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)

 

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The Unseen War: Vol 1, Pt 5 (6.16.19)

Volume 1: The Contrast between good and evil

Nehemiah 8:1-2
And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel. And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
Nehemiah 8:8-10
So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

The law was read and explained. It was called the word of God and when the people were saddened, perhaps convicted, Ezra encouraged them that the joy of the Lord was their strength.

God’s word stands forever! Scriptures for reference:

  • Isaiah 40:8
  • Psalm 119:89
  • Psalm 119:60
  • 1 Peter 1:23-25

The word of God has no expiration date, it is the will of God and it allows us to discern what is good and evil.
(reference Hebrews 5:12-14)

Acts 28:23
And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

Our salvation comes from Jesus Christ. Because of what He did on the cross, we no longer have to sacrifice a four-legged lamb. Since Jesus, the method of salvation has changed but God has not changed His position on His word and commandment.
(reference Romans 6:1)

Romans 7:7
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

It is important to have the law. It teaches us what sin is. If someone is lost, they need to know what sin is so that they may realize they need salvation.

Romans 7:12
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Matthew 5:17-19
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

God’s commandments are still relevant. He says not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law (His commandments) until all is fulfilled. Our position in the Kingdom of God is based on how we live the word of God and teach others to live it too.

Revelation 12 is a chapter that features the past, present & future all at the same time.

Revelation 12:17
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

We should know the testimony of Jesus AND keep the commandments of God. We shouldn’t have Jesus and ignore the commandments. His word is His word, He has not changed on the position of His word.

There is no other authority that can say what is in God’s will other than the bible.

Leviticus 18:5-23
These verses give us specific instructions not to see anyone naked we are not married to. It begins with the commandment not to look at your kin/family members naked. From adopted siblings, to an aunts and uncles, and to someone else’s husband or wife. Next the verses deal with sexual sin. Before the Lord deals with sexual sin, He Deals with seeing others naked because prior to someone walking in sexual sin, the enemy must first plant an image in their mind as the doorway to sexual sin. Once the image is there, lust will burn until you commit sin. The Lord goes on to command us against sacrificing our babies (abortion) and homosexuality and same sex relations which He calls an abomination. Last, the Lord commands us not to have sex with with animals. It is sad but true that in another nation, the marrying of humans to animals was legalized in 2010.

You don’t stop the acting out until you stop the pouring in! Don’t feed your mind an image that will lead to lust and sin. Cell phones make it easy to see things you’re not supposed to see and when you combine that with a culture that accepts everything and then tells you to have pride in it.

These commandments are not outdated Old Testament scriptures.
New testament scriptures reference:

  • Romans 1:26-28
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9
  • 1 Timothy 1:9-10

Scriptures to reference:

  • 1 Corinthians 10:6-8 – examples of those who lived in lust
  • 2 Timothy 2:13-14 – last days seducers will only get worse

2 Peter 2:2, 5-9
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Love tells the truth and we should learn to discern between good and evil and teach our children how to discern. Whatever goes into our hearts is what comes out of our lives.

Pulling Down Strongholds: Pt3 (6.12.19)

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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;

Verse four is in parenthesis to include a thought and expand on verse three before we read verse five.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Man is a spirit, who lives in a body and possesses a soul. Your body connects you to the earth and your spirit connects you to God. You are connected to the earth and your environment. In between your flesh and your spirit rests your soul.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Note that peace is not feeling good about a bad thing. It is when you have wholeness in spirit, soul and body.

2 Corinthians 10:3
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Reading this verse again after giving attention to our three part make up should allow us to really see that our flesh is just how we get around, its not where the war and victory takes place.

We shouldn’t look at 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 as a passage only for us. Strongholds exist in society and on other people. Perhaps God is liberating you so that you can liberate others.

One of the deepest strongholds that the enemy has on the mind of man is the spirit of fear. It can prevent us from advancing the kingdom of God in the earth. The answer to the stronghold of fear is 2 Timothy 1:7 which reads “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit has the ability to bring all things to our remembrance. He can cause us to remember things we’ve heard, read, or received from God’s word regardless of how long ago we received it. He can’t bring to remembrance what you’ve never heard. God’s knowledge is important.

  • Isaiah 5:13 – Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
  • Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

People are in bondage and destroyed for a lack of knowledge of God. All this is referring to the soul. When we are saved and know Jesus, we also know His Spirit. When we are in the Word and meditating on it we are giving the Holy Spirit something that He agrees with. 1 John 5:7 teaches that God, the Word, and the Holy Ghost all same. Put the Word in you, then you are giving the Holy Spirit the weapon to use on your behalf:

  • Ephesians 6:17
    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

God needs our mind, that is constantly hearing from the flesh, to hear from the Spirit. This enables the Spirit to do a work. Most believers live fleshy because they only feed their minds fleshy stuff. You need the Word in your mind because that is what connects you to His Spirit and gives you real power.

In Joshua 1, God called Joshua to meditate on his word. Until you have filled your mind with His word, your flesh will not act out on the Holly Spirit.

  • Psalms 119:11 – Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

God told Joshua that if He meditated on His word that he would observe to do His word. Five chapters later in Joshua 6, they were faced with the stronghold of Jericho. None went out and none went in. The walls were so tall and wide that they had chariot races on the top of the wall. It was a fortress but God had given it to the children of Israel.

Like the walls of Jericho, some have mental stronghold in which the enemy controls what goes in your mind and what come out. Once a stronghold has been established, the enemy looks for reinforcement!

He called them to meditate and not say a word. They needed to see what God said until they saw it manifest. We are made in his image. Our life will inevitably create what we imagine.

We will become the product of our thought life. Proverbs 23:7 reinforces this truth:

  • Proverbs 23:7 – For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

If you fill your mind with evil or perversion, you will act on it. Whatever you put into your eyes and ears is what you will become.

  • Romans 10:8 – But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Until the Word is occupying your heart it won’t completely occupy your mouth.

Take the Word of God into your prayer life. Something supernatural happens when you pray and declare the word of God over your situation or circumstances.

The enemy is strategic, he builds weapons. 1 John 3:12 says that Cain was of the evil one. He used a weapon to murder Able, there was bloodshed. The first man to form weapons out of metal was named after Cain and was called Tubal Cain, Genesis 5. The word shows us that weapons are formed:

  • Isaiah 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.

Your mind is connected to the second heaven. Your mind is the median between your spirit and flesh. We are in a constant war of what our flesh wants and what would please the Spirit.

Daniel 10:1-12
Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.

Heaven responds to the word of God. Heaven was moved by Daniel’s words. He affected all three realms with the word of God.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word of God is the only thing that affects the spirit, soul and body all at the same time! There is not a more powerful position than a born again believer declaring the word of God in the authority of the name of Jesus!

Do battle with the Word!

The Unseen War: Vol 1, Pt 4 (6.9.19)

Volume 1: The Contrast between good and evil

Matthew 6:9-13
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Based on what we learn in the “Our father prayer” we can have as much of the kingdom as we want. How much are you willing to sacrifice?

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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.

Don’t conform to this age or the pattern of this time. When we present our bodies a living sacrifice, we are set apart. It takes more effort to transform than to conform!

John chapter 15 explains how we renew, wash, and transform our mind by allowing God’s word to purge, cut and prune us into trees that bear fruit for the kingdom.

The will of God brings wholeness in your mind, body and soul. It brings these three into alignment. The enemy will always resist the will of God in our lives.

John 17:14-17
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

 

There is a difference between good and evil. One may ask why God is good to those who are evil.

Romans 2:4
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

God is kind to the thankful and unthankful. He allows the rain to fall on the just and the unjust. The goodness of God is what leads a man to repentance.

 

Matthew 5 and Luke 6 feature Jesus’ sermon on the mount. His teaching illustrates that we should live a life where heaven meets earth. We are called to live this way regardless of the culture around us.

Culture is Secondary and artificial but creation is primary and natural. What God has said is real and doesn’t change. Revelation 5:9 illustrates a vision of heaven where every tongue and nation are united as one. So something like racism would be culturally acceptable to some but is a counter-kingdom attitude. God created all people in His image, therefore, there is nothing natural about racism. We have to compare culture to creation.

  • Revelation 5:9 – And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
  • Revelation 7:9 – After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

The enemy has to change culture to try to satisfy people. The world will lie you. Cultural is fashion and changes but it is secondary to creation. There’s such a term called “silent migration” in which children advance a new culture because their parent’s culture no longer satisfies them. One who confirms to the culture will never be satisfied because only God can satisfied.

Because the culture we live in is counter-kingdom. We have to be sanctified.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Word gives us many examples of things that are accepted in the world today that would cause us to not inherit the kingdom of God:

1 Corinthians 6:9
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

There are old testament (Malachi 2:17 + Isaiah 5:20) and new testament (Romans 12:9,21) examples of God calling our attention to rightly discern good from evil and choose good.

  • Malachi 2:17 – Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
  • Isaiah 5:20 -Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
  • Romans 12:9,21 -Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Psalm 119:101,115
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

This scripture reminds us not to let the world tempt us to do evil.

Psalm 2:1-3
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord , and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Whatever God says about any topic, Satan will try to give an alternative. As culture shifts, politicians and laws shift. There is a pattern of government that caters to culture. It is a representative government. We, as the church, must be able to respond to both culture and government

Romans 13:3
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

Are you ready to live by the Word of God no matter what culture says and no matter what government says?

Pulling Down Strongholds: Pt2 (6.5.19)

2 Corinthians 10:2-6
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

We need to have a broader scope of strongholds than just our own mind.
Your mind is the arena of faith.

Ephesians 6:10-17
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Wiles of the devil” mentioned in the passage above are the enemy’s strategy and plans. We are taught in the word of all the parts of the armor of God. The sword, or the Word, is the only offensive part of armor. An offense helps you to attack or advance.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Christ gives us strength to all things through the anointing of his Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 10:27
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

These anointings that are available to us are listed in Isaiah 11:2.

Isaiah 11:2
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

A stronghold is when a thought or idea is enforced. Recognize that someone who opposes you is likely a pawn in the enemies plan. The moment you try to fight in the flesh, you have already lost! Strongholds are destroyed by the Word. When you’re not getting the Word of God, you are not pulling down strongholds.

Zechariah 4:6
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

God has given us His Spirit and His sword to fight. The sword is His Word.

Jeremiah 1:7-9
But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord . Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

Our first response to any situation in life should be to speak the Word over our lives.

If you’re not getting the Word, you are a believer who is unarmed in a world where the enemy is trying to take you out. How can you give a word to the enemy if you don’t know the Word? The Word of God is the weapon!

There is a triune nature of God, creation, and man. The triune nature of God includes God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Nature is reflected in this same way through a first, second, and third heaven.

The first heaven is physical (earth) and reflects the physical nature of man and God. The second heaven (spirit realm) connects to heaven and earth. Daniel 10 speaks of spiritual warfare taking place in the second heaven. The second heaven is liken unto our mind or soul. Our flesh is not what’s stopping the Lord from doing a work our flesh, it’s our mind that is the hinderance. The third heaven is the actual Heaven where God the Father and Son are.

The triune nature of man consists of a spirit, soul, and a body (earth suit). Whichever has the most feeding and nourishing will bring the most influence to the flesh.
Your body connects you to the earth, your mind connects you to the second heaven, and your Spirit connects you to heaven.
In your soul you can both be in touch with the spirit, and the physical at the same time!

You’ll never have an assignment that will outlive your earth suit which you only need and use while on earth!

The resistance you feel in spiritual warfare is actual principalities not wanting to lose ground. Scripture tell us that we can pull down strongholds and cast down imaginations that rise against the knowledge of God. You can’t do it if you don’t have the knowledge of God.

Your own mind can lie to you based on what you’ve been feeding it. Don’t let your second heaven (mind) run wild.

Acts 19:15-16
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Acts 19:19-20
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

In these verses, we see that the word of God prevailed but it can’t prevail if you don’t use it. Jesus is the word.

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

1 John 5:17
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

The Unseen War: Vol 1, Pt 3 (6.2.19)

Volume 1: The Contrast between good and evil

The Choice

Deuteronomy 30:15,19
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Good = life and blessing
Evil = death and curses

Romans 8:1-2
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Also refer to:
John 6:63 – It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
1 John 5:17 – All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

There are two laws, the law of life in Christ Jesus and the law of sin and death. These are always in operation at all times for everyone, just like the law of gravity.

Often times, people will choose death instead of life. There were two trees in the midst of the garden, the choice of each tree came with different rewards and consequences.

Genesis 2:7-9,16
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

God allowed Adam and Eve to eat from eat freely from every tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. There were two trees in the center of the garden, one tree gave life, the other one brought on death! Most of the time, we chose death instead of choosing life. They never ate from the tree of life before they ate from the tree of death!

Genesis 3:24
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

In this passage, God drove them out of the garden after they knew evil. This next passage explains why.

Genesis 3:22
And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

God protected man from eating from the tree of life after we knew evil because we would’ve become eternally stuck in an evil condition, separated from God. Instead, He gave us salvation.

Evil is as simple as breaking God’s commandment. The only difference in these two trees were the commandment that God placed on them. Once the commandment was broken, the consequence came forth.

One may ask, why is there a devil or evil? The question really is, why is there a choice?
He gave us a choice, but when we reject Him and we and the enemy don’t think He wants us, He still does! Creation of the enemy was a setup that would allow God to choose us in the midst of our sin and imperfection! God knew what we were going to do before we did it.

It’s not about man’s love for God, it’s about God’s love for man. He chose Himself as the solution. He wrapped Himself in flesh and came to die for our evil.

Though we chose Him last, after sin, after ourselves, He still loves us. There are examples in the Bible which allow man to somewhat understand how this makes God feel. Hosea’s marriage to Gomer was a story of constant redemption of him buying her back from prostitution. Another example was when Abraham was asked to offer Isaac similar to when God would offer His innocent Son to cover our sin.

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

1 John 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us.

Cassie Hammett (5.29.19)

Strongholds

It is Jesus’ great delight to free us!

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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;

The world tells us that we should invest in self care.  We buy into the lie that the priority of our lives is based on us. This mindset creates a world that revolves around us.

We have the ability to break strongholds. This isn’t always comfortable. Jesus calls us out of the comfort and safety of our lives. He frees and pursues us for the broken people around us.

When a stronghold has been broken in you, God leaves you with an unquenchable thirst to help the broken around you.

Question: If our freedom was only meant for us, why are we still here? He has a zealous love for the broken.

God uses what has happened to us to free someone else. He gives His appeal through us. What a kind God to let us do what he could do on His own.

Know these truths: nothing is so unacceptable to God that he can’t use you and won’t free you, and He is powerful enough to break strongholds and then give you purpose in that.

He has purposed your stronghold. He has purposed your brokenness.

Cassie walked through a stronghold to anxiety that God delivered to her from and then used her breakthrough to help others. Our of her deliverance, The Hub Urban Ministries was purposed.

You must have your own encounter with Jesus. You cannot walk through life not acknowledging that you need God.

Isaiah 61:1-3 (also see Luke 4:18)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord , and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

We need Jesus for every single breath we take. He delights in setting us free.
The first time you show affection for God’s Word, He will be there.

Isaiah 61:4
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

This scripture is talking about us! We are capable of raising up cities and former desolations.

Luke 5:18-20,22-24
And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

Here are some things in the passage to pay attention to. First, Jesus healed the man not because of the his faith but because of the faith of his friends. Jesus said that the man’s sins were forgiven but his friends were waiting for Jesus to just heal him. The bigger thing was that the man was free, his soul was restored. So that they would know that he could, he forgave the man’s sins and healed him.

All it took for Jesus to be moved was his friends picking up his mat and making the physical sacrifice of getting him there believing that Jesus could heal him.

There is a mandate on our lives to be the type of friends this man had.
There are edges of many mats all over this city that we are called to grab and walk to Jesus. In the process of walking with people, we can make sure they know who they are and where truth can be found.

Isaiah 58:8
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward.

The Unseen War: Vol 1, Pt 2 (5.26.19)

Volume 1: The Contrast between good and evil

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Judgement means recognition!

Proverbs 15:3
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

The Word contrasts good and evil over one hundred twenty two times. This is a standard that we should be aware of. We don’t judge, or recognize things as in between or grey, they are good or evil.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Psalms 34:14
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Matthew 7:17-20
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

We are responsible for what is coming out  of our life!

John 5:28-29
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

3 John 1:11
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Evil individuals have not seen God. What is your fruit?

Mark 7:21-23
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Romans 16:19 (Jeremiah 4:22 those who have not known Him)
For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

In this passage, simple means to be innocent of evil. We should raise our children to be wise toward what is good and innocent to what is evil.

Romans 12:1-2 (Compare with Hebrews 5:13-14)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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.

Hebrews 5:13-14
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

When we read the Word of God regularly, our senses are then exercised in the word. The enemy doesn’t want you in the word so your senses aren’t exercised.

We should be well exercised in the word, we shouldn’t lack knowledge:
Isaiah 5:13 – Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Jeremiah 4:22 – For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Peter 3:11-12
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

The Word says to to avoid evil, but, what is is evil? Evil is any thing, person, thought or action that is contrary to the Word, character,  will, and purpose of God.

Genesis 3:1-4
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? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 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 serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

In studying the passage from Genesis, the first recorded words of satan in the bible show him questioning what God said. Satan’s second recorded statement was, “ye shall not surely die.” He was deceiving Eve into the belief that there would be no consequences for her disobeying God.

Accusation comes after temptation and sin. The enemy wouldn’t be accusing you if he hadn’t tempted you in the first place!

Don’t let the enemy use accusation to silence you. Even if it was once you in the same scenario, you are forgiven and can speak up. If you have been through it, you are the perfect person to speak on that same issue that is plaguing someone else.