SCRIPTURES TO STAND ON //(Praying the Word)

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God always responds to faith. He is good, and He wants to interact with us. When we pray His Word, in the name of Jesus, we can be 100% sure that He hears us. While He was on earth, Jesus set the best example for us to follow. When He prayed, He knew His father heard it. There was no doubt in His mind (John 11:41). God desires that we pray with that same confidence.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14-15)

God will never break His Word. When Jesus died, He paid the debt for sin completely. When we believe on Him for salvation, we put on His garment of righteousness. When we are born again, God sees us through the righteousness of Jesus. So pray with confidence, knowing your Heavenly Father hears you- and He will always make His Word good! (Num. 23:19/Isa. 46:10-11, 61:10/Rom. 3:21-26/2 Cor. 5:21/Col. 2:10-15).

God’s Word is His will. It helps us understand how He sees things. Here, we have put together some of His promises for you to stand on! This list is not exhaustive. There are many, many more promises found in the Bible that relate to each of these topics. These promises are a great place to get started. They reflect God’s heart, and they apply to every single person who has been born again! Faith comes by hearing the Word. That means that when we speak the Word out loud, we build our faith! Below is prayer for healing that exemplifies how to take the promises found in the Word and return them back to God in prayer. Do not feel like you have to pray these specific words exactly. Return God’s Word back to Him in your own way. He is listening.

“Heavenly Father, 

I come to you in Jesus name. Forgive me of my sins and fill me with   your Spirit. I know that sickness is not your will for me, because you said in your Word that you wish above all that I would prosper and be in health. You said by Your stripes I am healed, and that the prayer of faith would save the sick. You said that whatever I bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever I loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. So, according to your Word, in the authority of the name of Jesus, I bind up and curse this sickness in my body. You are not a man that you should lie. You said that if you spoke it you would bring it to pass, and if you said it you would make it good. I believe your report. You said you heal me of all my diseases. So in the name of Jesus, I release from heaven your supernatural anointing by the power of your blood Jesus over my body to heal me. Jesus, I believe that you took my sin and sickness in your body on the cross, and I make the exchange right now: my sickness for your wholeness. I receive your wholeness by faith and thank you for it, in Jesus name, Amen!”

There’s not a more powerful position for any believer to be in than to be praying the Word of God in the authority of the name of Jesus. God will move when you return His Word to Him in faith.

Below you will find scriptures relating to the topics of healing, fear/worry, strength, provision, guidance, kingdom dominion, marriage, children, forgiveness, and the home. May God bless you as you stand on His promises.

HEALING

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 2)

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar [gray] hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. (Isaiah 46:4)

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. (Psalm 103:2-3)

O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. (Psalm 30:2)

Who his own self [Jesus] bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. (Psalm 41:1-3)

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
(Psalm 107:19-20)

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. (Psalm 118:17)

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. (Exodus 15:16)

And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. (Exodus 23:25)

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:23)

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me  And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. (Luke 8:43-48)

FEAR/WORRY/ANXIETY

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:10,13)

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (Isaiah 43:2)

For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:7)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: (Psalms 46:1-5)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:5-6)

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;  And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room. O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:7-8, 23-24)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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. 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. (Philippians 4:6-9)

I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (Psalm 118:5-6)

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 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.
(Romans 8:14-17)

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Psalms 9:9-10)

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

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.  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 withersoever thou goest. 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. 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. (Joshua 1:6-9)

STRENGTH

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. (Hebrews 10:23, 35-37)

Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)

Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51:1,3)

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:2)

Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:  But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee;
(Isaiah 51:21-23)

Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.  For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! (Isaiah 52:1-3,6-7)

Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: (Isaiah 26:4)


PROVISION

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. (Psalm 34:10)

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:10)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
(Matthew 6:26)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalms 23:1)

And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; (Deuteronomy 6:10-11)

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:31-33)

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
(Malachi 3:10)

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 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. (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:25-33)

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (2 Corinthians 9:8)

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
(Matthew 7:11)

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
(Psalms 37:3-4)

GUIDANCE


I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (Psalms 32:8)

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21)

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 58:11)

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalms 37:23-24)

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. (Psalms 25:9-10)

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
(Proverbs 20:18)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:7-11)

Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
(Isaiah 48:17)

KINGDOM/DOMINION



Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:18-20)

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. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26-28)

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:4-9)

MARRIAGE


Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s
sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)



Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mark 10:9)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. (Colossians 3:12-14,18-19)



Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. (Ephesians 5:25)



Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. (1 Peter 3:1)



So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it even as the Lord loves the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless, let everyone of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (Ephesians 5:28-33)

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3:13-18)

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? (1 Corinthians 7:10-11, 14-16)


CHILDREN

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psalms 127:3-5)

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (Isaiah 54:13)

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (Proverbs 13:24)

Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. (Proverbs 17:6)

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame. (Proverbs 29:15)

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (Proverbs 13:22)

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)


FORGIVENESS

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (Colossians 3:12-13)

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22)

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; (2 Corinthians 2:5-10)

FOR THE HOME

The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. (Proverbs 3:33)

And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; (Isaiah 32:18)

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

 

The Beginning of Sorrows | Pt. 5 (Sunday 3.29.20)

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24:1-8

 Successful people know how to adapt to seasons. Ecc 9:13 reminds us that a wise man knows how to make a judgement call based on the season that he is in.

 We can get so caught up in routines that we won’t break that routine. If we’re not careful, we expect tomorrow to look like today and next Sunday to look like this Sunday. We have to be sensitive to seasons, there is nothing that is certain when it comes to tomorrow. We are to take no thought for tomorrow.

 A sorrow is a birth pain. It comes from the Hebrew word, “Odin” which is a pang or throe, especially of childbirth–pain, sorrow, travail. These “birth pains” are leading us up to the end of time. The closer we get to the end of the world, the closer together and more intense these signs will become.

 What is happening right now (coronavirus) Jesus already spoke on and warned us about.

 Its our job to continue to be who God called us to be in every season. Will we come out of this better, wiser, and more determined than we went in?

 

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”
Thessalonians 5:1-10

 The end of time comes like birth pains on a woman with child leading up to the delivery of that child (the return of Jesus).

 For those who have been born again, Jesus’ return will not overtake us like a thief in the night because he has told us in his word what to look for. It will overtake unbelievers like a thief in the night.

 

“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”
Matthew 16:1-3

 Jesus said that we should be able to tell the times and what is going to happen by the signs in the earth.

Reading the word of God is like reading tomorrow’s newspaper today.

 

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”
Daniel 12:4,8-10

 Man will run to and fro and knowledge will be shared and increased! Some things will not be understood until knowledge is increased. Our ability to share knowledge instantaneously across the globe is a fulfillment of prophesy in itself.

 The word will test you to see if you really believe what you say you believe. Isaiah 53:1 says whose report will you believe?

 As much as you would store up bread in times of famine, we need to store up the word in our hearts in times of famine.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
John 16:7-13

 The first role of the Holy Spirit is to convince us to believe, the second is to convince us to righteousness, the third is of judgement.

 The Holy Spirit is God’s prophetic voice. We should not be surprised or unprepared about any of this. Nothing should overtake us in our ignorance.

 God is who He says he is. Only a God who stands outside of time could predict the end from the begining.

 There is going to be a harvest. These days are a prelude to revival!

SUNDAY, March 29, 2020 – Online Service

The Beginning of Sorrows | Pt. 2 (Wednesday 3.18.20)

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”
2 Timothy 4:1-3

 There is something about a trial that will make the main thing the main thing again!

 Be instant in and out of season…when we can gather and when we can’t gather.

 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

 This is an opportunity for the body of Christ to rise up and declare the Word of God!

 Stop saying “Oh me” and say “Amen” to the promises of God! “

 In Isaiah 53:1, the question is asked “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?”  The arm of the Lord will be revealed to them that believe the report.

 FEAR is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. Threats and issues may be real but they don’t have to have power over us. Just because “its” out there, “it” doesn’t have to get you!

 The word of God doesn’t change just because our situation or position changes.

 

“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Philippians 4:12-13

I am instructed: When you don’t have the word of God in your life, you don’t know how to go through things.

 Everything we go through will not be tailor made for us. When things are not going our way, will we still be who God called us to be? Are you still the head and not the tail? Are you still above only and never beneath?

 Jehosephat put confidence in two things, the name of the Lord, and the word of the Lord.

 

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
2 Timothy 3:1-2,10-17

 The word knowledge represents a conviction and oneness in truth. This is demonstrated in Genesis 4 where Adam knew Eve and she conceived and bear a son. This verse in 2 Timothy shows that in the last days, people will be ever learning but not have the knowledge of God.

 When we stand on the word, believe it and have hope in the word of God we become one with the word in these perilous times. Adversity will make you one with God.

 When times are hard, you’ve got to stick with what you’ve learned.

 If the body of Christ is broken and defeated, how will the world receive hope.

 We cannot be defeated. Let the word of faith come out of your mouth and confuse the enemy.

 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 – When our mind is really on Jesus, we should walk in peace.

 We are living epistles. The living word. Our lives need to reflect the glory and goodness of God. We need to be medicine to the people around us.

 The enemy wants us all offended at each other and eventually at God.

 There are many believers who only have a physical connection with Jesus and no spiritual connection. John 6:26-29 gives an account of people who only followed Jesus for the bread he gave them, not for him or the miracles he did. Don’t let this be you!

 What will we convey to the Lord in hard times?

 God looks at the remnant who is ready to be used for His kingdom!

Rise up! This is the threshold to revival!

 

Declaration of Psalm 91 over your life:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord , which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 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. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psalms 91:1-16

 

 

Declaration of 2 Chronicles 20:9 over your life:
If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
2 Chronicles 20:9

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 6:30PM Service

Purpose | Pt.5 (2.9.20)

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”
Proverbs 19:21

 God’s plan will stand.

 

“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:27-28

 It’s ok if your plans are not going as you planned, God will use it.

 God has a way of using things we didn’t plan to prepare us for His purpose.

 We need a reconciliation on what’s in our minds and what’s in God’s heart.

 Hebrews 7:25 – “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

 verse 28: all things work together for His will.

 Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

 When you step into something too soon, it can hurt you.

 Stop judging your life by age and experience. Only God knows when you are ready for the next season.

 God specializes in allowing you to make big mistakes in a small room instead of big mistakes in a big room.

 Make a decision that God will be the potter and you will be the clay.

 

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”
Philippians 2:7

 Three things that are plaguing the body of Christ: Preference, Praise & Promotion. Problem occur when we prefer ourself over others, expect and feed off the praise of men, and seek promotion.

 Titles are a handicap. You’re not defined by one title. The enemy likes to get you in one spot, focused on one title so that if it doesn’t work out you’ll focus on that failure.

 God establishes your purpose.

 

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.”
1 Samuel 30:6-8

 David encouraged himself in the Lord.

 verse 2: If you look back, the explanation as to why David was sad was that he failed in his role as king and it resulted in all the women and children, including his own, being taken into captivity.

 You never know how God will take what is in your life today and use it for where He is taking you.

 David slew Goliath as a shepherd. He went back to that place to encourage himself.

 verse 8: David, the king, became David, the shepherd, again.

 In the end, by the instruction of the Lord, David recovered all that was lost!

Sunday, February 9, 2020 – 9:45AM Service

Marriage Conference | Night 3: Session 1 – Pastor James A. McMenis (2.7.20)

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
Romans 13:8

 Live with the mindset that love is a debt that you never pay off. Since love is a debt that you never pay off, you are always making payments. The debt doesn’t get satisfied.

 Eight times in the Old Testament, God says that we should love our neighbor as ourself.

 The two most important things that God commands us to do in scripture is to love God and to love your neighbors as yourself.

 There are five love languages to speak to your spouse: (1) Words of Affirmation, (2) Physical touch, (3) Quality time, (4) Acts of Service, (5) Gifts

 Keep making payments!

 Stop making statements like, “you should know I love you.”

 We are called to keep paying on the love debt until Jesus comes back.

“And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”
Luke 10:25-28

 The man in this passage was looking for a way to get out of the commandment to love.

“So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”
Ephesians 5:28

 Adam was the head, this is why God called out to him and not Eve after they sinned.

 If you’ve not received the love of God, you will struggle to give love to others. Your capacity to love will be limited until you know God’s love.

 No one can fill your love tank but Jesus!

 Don’t be a depleting person.

 Knowledge removes ignorance, love removes hate, and light removes darkness.

 You cannot make a love withdrawal when the balance is zero. If you see someone at a zero balance, make a deposit.

 What gets on others when they are around you?

“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”
Luke 6:31-33,35-38

 The spirit produces love.

 Don’t try to find a loophole.

 When you don’t communicate love, you remove joy from the relationship.

 A marriage cannot have peace without joy and there is no joy without love.

 Whatever is coming out of you is returned to you.

 Psalms 45:7-8 & Hebrews 1:9

 Whatever is coming out of your life is different when you’ve been with God.

 Get in fellowship with God so that you can offer them something that didn’t already come from them. When they pour into you, don’t just give back what they already gave to you. Give them something fresh, an overflow from your relationship with God.

Matthew 10:8 – “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

Proverbs 18:24 – “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”
Ephesians 5:25

 When I submit to Jesus, I submit to his love.

 If men loved their wives as Christ loved the church, wives would submit.

John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

 The body doesn’t work independently of the head. Stay in the will of God even if your spouse is not. Pray and ask the Lord to align them.

Marriage Conference | Night 2: Session 2 – Pastor James A. McMenis (2.6.20)

“But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.”
2 Kings 5:11

When our expectations are not met, we can become offended.

 We come into marriage with preconceived ideas which can come from:

1. Our parents and how we saw marriage.

Ephesians 6:4 – “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Proverbs 14:1 – “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”

 Ask yourself, “Have I brought strongholds into my marriage that are not biblical?”

2. Tradition

Mark 7:13 – “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”

3. Culture

 Marriage should be a picture of Christ and the church. Your marriage should not be defined by what’s going on in today’s culture.

Romans 12:2 – “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.”

 Culture can also be established in movies which make men more emotional and women more sexual. Its not reality.

4. Church

 Just because you heard it at church, doesn’t make it true. It has to be based on the word.

 In the following scriptures, there was a lot going on and lot being said. Jesus points to all the things that people had heard and that seemed normal but he pointed them back to what he says on the matter.

Matthew 5:21,27,33,43 – “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.”

 Let the word of God be the foundation of what I expect in marriage.

 

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
Genesis 2:16-18

 God gave Adam a help meet. Meet means that she was proper, suitable and fit for him.

 Eve was also a spiritual help to Adam. God saw a man that needed help right after a command of death was given.

 We get the complete image of God when man and woman come together.

“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,”
Matthew 19:4

 In this passage, Jesus endorses the origin of marriage from Genesis.

 There is no offense when there is no expectation.

 The closer you get, the higher the expectation.

 There is always the capacity to be offended with extended time/relationships.

“Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.”
Malachi 2:14

 Marriage is to produce Godly seed or Godly fruit.

 Sin is selfish, you cannot be selfish and be married.

“They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.”
Matthew 19:7-8

 Divorce was suffered or allowed only due to the hardness of heart. The enemy wants our hearts to be hard.

 We have to break the spirit of offense.

Psalms 55:12-14 – “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.”

 Offense is based on expectations. Unfulfilled expectation turns into anger. Unfulfilled revenge turns into bitterness.

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
Proverbs 18:19

 When we are offended, we put bars up. Then, we don’t let that person in until they have paid what we thing they should. Until then, they don’t get access.

 Those bars turn into your own prison.

 It leads to your own bondage due to offense.

 There are four basic needs for all people: (1) acceptance, (2) identity, (3)security, and (4) purpose. We must rely on God to ultimately meet these needs so we don’t put unrealistic expectations on others to meet the need.

 

If two are to become one…

 Both must be adaptable. I am able to change or be changed in order to be a better fit or work better in a certain situation.

 Both must have empathy. Empathy is the ability to care about what someone else is feeling. It helps you to be sensitive to your spouse’s needs. There is too much water in the world for your spouse to leave home thirsty!

Marriage Conference | Night 2: Session 1 – Chrissy McMenis (2.6.20)

Two choices we have in Marriage:
God’s Original Plan vs. Marriage under the curse

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;”
Genesis 2:21

 This passage gives us the Bible’s first mention of marriage which is God’s original intent.

 God’s original design was oneness.

 Adam and Eve were naked, they exposed all of themselves to one another with no shame.

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
Genesis 3:1-14,16

 Under the curse, we are deceived to believe that control is better than being dependent on God.

 Once sin entered man, Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together. They were the only ones there but they covered themselves. There was shame between the two of them and shame between man and God.

 There was shame, blame and condemnation.

 Verse 16: Be careful that the desire doesn’t rule. What this means is that under the curse, the woman would desire her husband but he would rule over her. As women, be sure not to allow the curse to give you an overwhelming desire to have a husband or for your husband to fulfill you. Your value and worth comes from God, not man.

Marriage in the New Testament

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”
Ephesians 5:18-28

 When we are filled with the Spirit, it is a constant cycle of being filled.

 As a woman, submit all that you are as a woman to your husband. As a man, submit all that you are as a man to your wife. Both the husband and the wife bear a part of God’s image. When we come together, that image is complete. If we allow  all that God put in us to lift one another up, our spouse can be all that God has called them to be.

 We can look at the relationship of Christ and the church as an example of how we are to treat our spouse.

 If we are walking in our marriage in shame, blame, and condemnation, we are walking in the curse.

 The great news is that because of redemption, you can choose to walk in blessing instead of curse at any moment.

How to walk in a Grace-filled Marriage & Family

Six Declarations to live by:

1. My primary source is God. My value and identity are in God.

 In the garden, they trusted God for all their needs. On your worst day, you are just as valuable to God.

 John 4:7 – The woman at the well was looking to be filled by men but when she encountered Jesus, she had the opportunity to be filled by Jesus and never thirst again.

2. I am filled by His Spirit, not by the performance of others (or my children).

 Don’t buy into the lie that you are only good enough once you’ve done enough.

Ephesians 3:16 – “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”

 Under the curse, our spouse is our supply. Under grace our greatest needs are met by God.

Galatians 5:15-16 – “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

Galatians 5:21-22 – “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. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”

Without the Holy Spirit, we will resort to marriage under the curse!

3. My spouse and my children are gifts to me.

4. My worth is not based on my performance.

 Don’t be concerned about appearances, they do not define you as a mother, father, wife, or husband. Be concerned with what God thinks of you, not others.

 The people around us need to know that they are more important than the screen (phone).

Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 Christ delighted in you and delivered you.

Proverbs 8:19 – “My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.”

5. I can separate my spouse’s identity from their behavior.

6. I can speak the truth in love!

 We should be able to find the solution in the word.

 Matthew 5:9 says blessed are the peacemakers, not peacekeepers.

 Don’t just be silent, deal with issues.

 Check your heart and motive.

 Revelation 2:2,4 shows us a way to deal with issues. Give three compliments and only one complaint.

Marriage Conference | Night 1 – Pastor James A. McMenis (2.5.20)

“And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
Mark 3:25

 It’s time to highlight what unites us, Jesus!

 Marriage can be looked at like a triangle with Jesus at the top and you and your spouse on the two opposite bottom corners. The closer you and your spouse get to Jesus, the closer you will both get to each other.

 There is power in agreement. You both have to win.

 If we get divided, it won’t work.

 Everything that is of God is hated by Satan.

Psalms 127:1 – “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

Strong marriages make strong homes, strong homes produce strong churches, and strong churches create strong cities. The enemy will bring division in an attempt to destroy your home!

 There has to be a common denominator larger than you and your spouse.

 The power of agreement rests in a common denominator.

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
Matthew 18:19

 There is a supernatural blessing/anointing on agreement.

 With agreement, anything is possible.

 If the enemy can keep you focused on the disagreement, he can stop you from achieving anything.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”
Psalms 133:1-3

 God endorses agreement, there He commands his blessing.

 If you’re in an area of disagreement, you’re outside of God’ blessing.

“How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?”
Deuteronomy 32:30

 What is God’s blessing? It is Endowment, or, His “super” on our “natural”

 God blesses unity, there is harmony and power in agreement.

 Grace is unmerited favor. When you are in agreement, you get God’s unmerited favor. The word says that one will bring a thousand to flight while two can bring ten thousand to flight.

 

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4:3

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
2 Corinthians 6:14

“And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”
Genesis 11:6

 Ruth and Naomi had agreement.

 You have to get in agreement with people who will take you in a positive direction.

 You need a circle of people who are in agreement with what God says.

“And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.”
John 13:27

 The enemy is seeking to introduce division.

 In the events leading to the crucifixion, Judas was not in agreement with the rest of the disciples.

 The enemy can only break your household down from the inside.

 Jesus told Judas to betray him quickly because Judas’ division was holding up what Jesus was going to do at the day of Pentecost.

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
Acts 2:1

 They were all in agreement!

 Bring the change in you, not the expected change in your spouse.

 Romans 16:17 – “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”

 1 Corinthians 1:10 – “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

 1 Corinthians 3:3 – “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”

 Find the place of agreement and harmony and start there. Let that be the voice of reason.