God made a covenant with Adam and it was sealed in blood. Abram gave his blood at circumcision, God would give His blood in His Son when He hung on the cross. Modern man uses ink to enter covenant and some of them can be broken, it’s called a loop hole. God called for the shedding of blood, if anyone broke the covenant his blood would be required. God is very serious about covenant and we need also to be.
James 2:23 Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God.
Friend is a covenant term, when two men enter into a covenant they become friends. A true friend will never abandon you no matter what happens to you in your life. The term friend goes far beyond “two buddies”, it defines a relationship where one friend is willing to die for the other. Friendship today is ratified with ink, a Bible covenant is ratified with blood. We have treaties with “friendly” nations but someone is always cheating on the treaty trying to get an advantage.
Proverbs 18:24 There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
I have a friend that loves to quote this phrase all the time: “You choose your friends but you’re stuck with your family”. Most times family members keep a record of all your blunders and short comings, your friends don’t care what you have done. When God made covenant with us He knew we were imperfect, but He didn’t let that influence His decisions. He knew that if we honored the covenant we would be better people than we ever were.
John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
There are certain people that if you’re going to love them as a friend, you must be willing to overlook a lot of their faults. God loves us despite all the weird and stupid things we do, He sent His Son to die for a world full of perverts. God made friends of people who hated Him and wanted nothing to do with Him. He knew that once men began to see Him as He is, they would soften their hearts and repent. A true friend will always make us a better person, unless you’re like Judas that sold his soul to the devil for thirty pieces of silver. Judas had no friends, he would not inconvenience himself for anyone unless he could make money.
Exodus 33:11 And the Lord spoke into Moses face to face as a man would speak unto his friend.
If we are in argument with our Lord then He will call us friend, and if we be friends, He will talk to us like a friend. We are not God’s buddies, we are His friends as long as we are willing to hear and do what He says. We all begin as strangers knowing nothing of our Lord and Savior, but He pursues us with His goodness. Love can wear down the hardest of hearts given enough time, God doesn’t want us to be strangers to Him, He wants to call us His friends. Does God call you friend? Are you doing what a friend should do? If you are a friend of God then you have the covenant of hope that promises something good every day. A friend of God is never without the backing of heaven and all its angels, God always has the back of His friends.
Jesus prayed for all the people who believed on Him according to the teachings of His disciples. You must accept the fact that Jesus got all of His prayers answered. Why? Because He always prayed the Father’s will.
John 17:15-17 I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I an not of the world. Separate then through Your truth: Your Word is truth.
Let’s dissect this portion of the Lord’s prayer and find out what He prayed over us. His first request is that He not take us out of the world, the only place we could go is heaven but He needs us to remain here. Then Jesus prayed that the Father would keep us from all the evil in this world. I know a number of people who can’t wait to get to heaven and get away from the devil and all his evil intentions. Have they not heard that the Father will protect us from all the plots of the devil? When believers are in the world, who should suffer the most? The devil! Every time the devil rolls out an evil plan and the believers stop him, he wails and moans.
We are not of this world. Jesus told us to pray that the kingdom come, well it is here and we are there. We live under a completely different system then the devil and his seed. If the people in this world don’t get born-again, they will never leave this world, they will just get deeper into it. The folks who are born-again have no affiliation with the spirit of the world nor its god. The believers live by a completely different set of laws. The world lives by the law of sin and death, the believers don’t even share the same language because they don’t share the same gods. The world speaks a language called doubt and unbelief, the believer speaks a language heaven calls truth.
If the believers were citizens of the world, then the devil would call them his own, but they have been purchased by the blood of Jesus. The world does not have the power to resist the devil, they are joined together by the bond of sin. The believers are strangers and pilgrims in the earth, we own no allegiance, we just have a visa that will one day expire. When one country sends ambassadors to another country, that ambassador has diplomatic immunity. They are exempt from certain laws and they have special privileges, believers in the world have diplomatic immunity.
Separate them through your truth. The truth is far more important than what some folks realize. The truth puts you on a different path and a different place in life. The devil cannot get on this path because there is no truth in him, he is the father of all lies. If you get on the path of truth and stay there you will not meet up with the devil, he is not qualified to walk that path. We need to be very serious about the prayer Jesus made for us, He put us in a tough spot, a place where the devil fears to tread.
The law of first mention is a term the men of God have introduced to explain some supernatural events we have today. Let’s look at some examples of the operation of this law. Kenneth Hagin, Jesse Duplantis and Keith Moore all claim that God took them individually to heaven. Immediately most folks labeled these men as heretics and false prophets. Is it possible for a man to go to heaven, if there is such a place, and return to this natural world? In order to answer this question, we must find the first time this was mentioned.
2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man, I couldn’t tell if he was in his body or not, such a man was caught up to the third heaven.
According to the law of first mention, Paul was taken up to heaven and given some revelation the church desperately needed. If God would take Paul to heaven, why couldn’t He take Kenneth, Keith and Jesse? The law of first mention establishes a pattern of God’s activities. Are we obligated to believe these men? No! Could they be telling the truth? Did they really go to heaven? I believe they did. These are men of integrity and they do not ask anyone to believe them, they are simply sharing their experience. Paul undoubtedly went to heaven and we must believe him because God had his event recorded in the Bible. Smith Wigglesworth raised fourteen people from the dead. Do you believe it?
Acts 9:40 Peter knelt down over Tabitha who had just died, he prayed over her and she arose from the dead.
Once again, according to the law of first mention, Peter raised a woman from the dead. If Peter, Paul and Jesus did it, then Mr. Wigglesworth could also do it. Any born-again spirit filled believer could raise someone from the dead, if God told them to. Often times we will read accounts in the Bible that don’t appear to mean anything to us, but those incidents could first be mentioned for a reason.
Genesis 26:12 Isaac sowed his seed in a land during a drought and received in that same season a hundred fold return.
This is not just another miracle, Isaac was used to establish a law of first mention. Most times where the Lord leads us to sow a seed the amount seems wrong, the place isn’t right and the timing is all off. But according to the law of first mention Isaac reaped a huge harvest at a time when no one else would think of planting anything. One night we took some pastors out to dinner and at the end the Lord told me to give the waitress all of my money, it was only about twenty-four dollars. The next Sunday a local pastor sent his associate to give me five thousand dollars, I believe that’s a hundred-fold return.
John 14:12 I tell you the truth, the miracles I have worked, you will do also and you will do greater because I return to the Father.
Everything Jesus did comes under the category of the law of first mention. If He did it we can do it and even more. If you ever question your assignment, find the law of first mention and then proceed.
The last days began on the day of Pentecost, two thousand years ago, now we are in the last of the last days. From the day of Pentecost until now there have been signs in the heavens and signs in the earth beneath. With each passing century the signs pointing to the return of Jesus have increased. Every new day is one day closer to the return of Jesus. Will we be the ones who see Him in the clouds or will it be our children, perhaps it will be our grandchildren? We know for sure and for certain, that just before He comes the world will be over their head in wickedness. Scripture tells us that perilous times are here, men will be self centered, loving pleasure more than God Himself. They will deceive the weak, those who have no foundation of faith.
2 Timothy 3:7 (KJV) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:7 (TPT) They are always learning but never discover the revelation - knowledge of truth.
Learning good information does not always translate into success, there is knowledge and then there is working knowledge. The world is full of information but not all of it is truth, it is someone’s interpretation or opinion. It is very possible to learn a lot of things that will never benefit you in the kingdom of God. One of the most common places that distribute useless information are churches, they teach “religion” which is man’s idea of what God may have said. The Jews were so full of the doctrine of the scribes, pharisees, Sadducees and priests that God had to send a prophet called John to prepare the people for Messiah. The purpose of false doctrine is to put men in bondage to the one dispensing the false information.
Mathew 5:20 Jesus says: except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The scribes and pharisees were doctors of the law, they were the best educated theologians of the time, but knew nothing of God’s plan of redemption. You could learn a lot from these men but it wasn’t always the truth. A deceiver is qualified to teach only deception, if they knew the truth they would share it.
Mathew 7:28-29 The people were amazed at Jesus because He taught as one having authority and not as the scribes and pharisees.
Despite all the miracles Jesus performed, the Jewish leaders were able to convince the people that Jesus was a false prophet. The people were taught many things but little truth, not all of them prospered from the ministry of Jesus. Some folks are slow to learn, many of our churches today welcome the teaching ministry of the scribes and pharisees. The people Jesus came to save were church people full of knowledge but little truth. Isaiah and Moses warned the people that when they would reject Jesus as Messiah, He would turn to the gentiles. The easiest people in the world to teach the truth to are those folks who have never been indoctrinated with religion. Many folks know something about God but not many know Him on a personal level. Do you know the truth or are you filled with what man calls truth? If you’re free, you know the truth.
Everything we need to know about the devil is recorded in our Bible, despite all this, some folks are still ignorant. Some church going folks think God and the devil share equal power. Some don’t know where the devil came from, they think he always was, just like God. When people are ignorant concerning the devil they assign him some power he just does not have.
Isaiah 54:16 I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth an instrument for his work: and I have created the waster that destroys.
Isaiah the prophet gives us an explanation of the devil’s existence. God created the devil but he began as an angel, he thought he was equal to God and it cost him his place in heaven and his identification. When the angel lucifer was kicked out of heaven he became satan, the devil. The nature of lucifer is wrath and revenge, he has never forgiven God and he never will. He cannot touch God so he targets those created in His image, us born-again Christians. The devil is out to destroy everything good and put fear in the hearts of God’s people.
2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us the spirit of fear: He gave us the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
God created an angel that became a fearful creature but He did not give us this creature to torment us. If you read Isaiah carefully you will perceive God offering an explanation of His plan that went awry. If you continue to read you will see our Lord taking care of all this, He did not saddle us with a problem He created. The devil used a snake to deceive Adam’s wife but we can’t really blame the devil because Adam had dominion over all creeping things. God gave Adam a prophetic promise, He would deal with the devil and make restoration with all His creation.
Hebrews 2:14 Jesus became a human being just like Adam, that through His death He would destroy the devil who had the power of death.
The devil figured that if he could crucify Jesus, His Father would have to curse Him and send Him to hell. With the Son of God out of the way the devil would have free reign over mankind for all eternity. But on the third day the Holy Ghost raised Jesus from the dead, sealing the devil’s fate forever. When Jesus rose from the dead He spoiled principalities, in other words He disarmed the devil. Now things are back to where they began, now we have dominion over creeps and every demon.
The devil is no big deal.
Why should we regard the devil as if he has power? The devil and all his plans are destroyed, so why think he can do something to separate you from God. The devil doesn’t even warrant a thought, he is like a bad dream, it comes and goes and we assign it no importance. The devil is not important enough to listen to, what can we possibly gain from a committed liar. The devil relies on attention in order to promote himself just like all phonies. If the devil can’t get you to pay attention to him, he will sulk away and come back later because he aint what he use to be.
It is a good thing to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and it’s even a better thing to know why. I have met a lot of folks over the years who received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, spoke in tongues once and then never again. The gift of salvation is the greatest gift followed closely by the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Before Jesus returned to heaven He told His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit and the Spirit would take His place. Jesus taught and led His disciples, the Holy Ghost teaches and leads us. When a person is baptized into the Holy Ghost, they will speak in tongues, leaving no question that they are now filled.
1 Corinthians 14:2 Those who speak in strange tongues do not speak to others but to God, because no one understands them. They are speaking secret truths by the power of the Spirit.
Tongues is a divine prayer language imparted by the Holy Ghost where you become prepared to pray perfect prayers every time. God knows what we need before we ask but we still need to ask, the Holy Spirit knows more about what we need than we do. We don’t always know what we are praying about, we need to trust the Holy Ghost and that requires faith. I can tell you by experience and through the Scriptures that the more you pray in tongues the more involved in your life God will be. Nothing will attract God’s attention quicker than prayers that are released in faith.
1 Corinthians 14:4 He that prays in an unknown tongue builds himself up.
People who are dedicated to praying in tongues daily are always equipped to handle every spiritual issue. If you are filled with the Spirit you have the answer to every problem within you. God is not with us just to fix our problems, the Holy Spirit will often times use our tongues to praise our Lord. The Holy Ghost leads us to do what Jesus led His disciples to do, having the Spirit is like having Jesus.
Romans 8:26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
There are certain things for our lives and the lives of others that are needful and prayer is the only thing that will meet those needs. But if we won’t pray the prayers the Holy Spirit is leading us to pray, then God’s will cannot be fulfilled. If we are faithful to pray, then in most cases we have received the answer before the problem is offered.
1 Corinthians 12:7 The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
A Bible manifestation is God giving evidence of something spiritual, it is confirmation of God’s Word. So, tongues is the manifestation of the Spirit, when we are faithful to pray in tongues the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit will begin to operate. And folks this will work for anyone not just preachers, the Holy Spirit and His nine gifts are for whosoever will. Why tongues? Because God cannot answer prayers that are not spoken, we can never pray too much but we can pray too little.
All men must deal with a myriad of things in their life, some important and some not so important. If we are the adult of our lives then we can put all our responsibilities in a category of our choosing. How important is it to you if someone comes to church early and sits in your favorite chair? I have watched some folks get so mad they spent their time in church in another chair burning with anger at the chair thief. As people we will experience disappointments or blessings every day of our lives.
Luke 10:41 And Jesus said, Martha, Martha, you are careful and troubled about many things.
When you read this account of Martha and her sister Mary, there is no record of any man in that house complaining about the ladies’ hospitality. Based on my understanding of the Scriptures, if any of Jesus’ staff would have complained He would have rebuked them. We humans tend to overreact over the silliest things that would amount to nothing. We will assign certain priorities to everything that happens in our life. It seems like the things that we deem life or death situations get the most worry and anxiety. If we address something as if it’s a “big deal” then it will be a stressful time, if we view something as minor and simple then that’s what it will be.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your cares upon the Lord; for He cares for you.
I have known some folks who went to a doctor to have a wart removed, and you would think they had an arm amputated. I have known others who had open heart surgery and they acted as if they just had a wart removed. What’s the difference between these two people, one made the simple a priority and the other made the complex simple. If we can learn to roll all care over onto the Lord and let Him deal with them, then we can assign every issue in our life a low priority. We have the choice as to how big we want our mountain to be. I believe that some folks will take a manageable molehill and turn it into a mountain. Ever heard of a person who was afraid of their own shadow? We cast our own shadow and then become afraid of it.
Mark 5:36 When word came that Jairus’ daughter had died, He said to Jairus, do not be afraid, only believe.
Jesus could very well be speaking to anyone of us, He says to us, do not be afraid, only believe what He said He would do. Evidently Jairus gave heed to His word because he was one of the few Jews allowed to be in the room when Jesus raised his daughter from the dead. What if Jairus would have gotten into fear? He would have disqualified Jesus from the miracle because the girl was his daughter.
If we roll our care over on the Lord, He cares for us. It takes faith to trust Jesus with your life, it will require you to give up all your cares and worries. If you truly trust Jesus then nothing will be a big deal, He always makes things all right. If Jesus is the biggest deal in your life then everything else can be overcome. The whole nation of Israel was afraid of Goliath, but David had more faith in his God than some mouthy giant, Goliath was no big deal.
Nehemiah 8:10 Do not be sad or sorry: for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
When joy manifests in the life of a believer, they will be continually glad and cheerful. It can be difficult to understand why a person in tribulation can even have joy. You cannot analyze joy because it is not a product of man, joy can only come from the Lord Himself. The Holy Ghost and the joy of the Lord are like the wind, you can’t see the wind but you can see what it does when it blows. So, how do we have joy?
John 15:11 These things I have spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full.
The joy of the Lord is a manifestation of His joy in us based on what He tells us. No matter what your situation, the joy of the Lord can manifest in your heart. Jesus said that in this life we would have tribulation but to be of good cheer because He overcame everything that tries to hinder us. If we take hold of His Word we will know the devil cannot sustain any kind of attack, His joy gives us strength.
Mathew 7:24 Whosoever hears My Words and does them, will be like a wise man which builds his house upon a rock.
My natural house is built on a cement foundation according to Montana state building code. When the heavy rains and snow come I never have even one worried thought. I know the elements of nature cannot harm me, so I have natural joy. Jesus says that if we listen to Him and do what He says, then the devil has no weapons that he forms against us that will succeed. If we get the revelation that we are more than conquerors, then we will have the joy of the Lord without limitations. When you have the joy of the Lord in your heart, you have an attitude of confidence and victory. The joy of the Lord is a spiritual force that empowers a person to expect victory every day of their life. No man can take your joy because no man gave it to you.
Hebrews 12:2 Look unto Jesus Who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame.
Jesus hated what He had to endure but He had joy because He knew how things would turn out. He knew that His blood would cleanse all mankind of sin, He knew many would not see hell. Without faith a man cannot have the God kind of faith, one must believe that God will have the last word. People who have no faith tend to be depressed and withdrawn, they have no hope of a better life. Most people who commit suicide have no hope, they cannot see anything getting better for them. The joy of the Lord will sustain a believer through every hardship and attack of the devil. If the devil cannot get your joy, then he cannot get your goods.
The Lord gave His church the Holy Ghost and nine gifts to access the blessings of the Lord. All of the gifts are very important and one is no better than the other, they’re all from the Holy Spirit. However, there is one gift that the last days church needs above all the others. Jesus said that in the last days deceivers would be very prevalent, so the gift we perhaps need the most is discerning of spirits. When people are misled about God’s Word, which is Spirit, it affects their natural life. Religion can make the Bible say whatever it wants to, you can see what the doctrine of greasy grace has done to some Christians.
1 John 4:1 Believe not every spirit, but try (test, examine, discern) the spirits whether they are of God, for the world is full of false prophets.
The ministry of a false prophet is to challenge your allegiance to the Lord Jesus and to persuade you to follow them. When they solicit for new recruits they always share two major methods. At first they will appeal to your emotions in an attempt to get you sympathizing with their cause. If that doesn’t work they will turn to threats, they conjure up a fabricated consequence for not siding with them. There is one thing a false prophet just loathes, it is a man who wants to think their proposal over before making a decision.
We are instructed to try or to discern the spirit, which is the motivation behind every entity, good or evil. A demonic spirit at any level hates it when people try them, it destroys their element of surprise. When you try a spirit you are examining their fruit, past and present, an evil tree cannot produce good fruit. A false prophet can testify of good fruit but that doesn’t make it true. A good tree has nothing to hide, they welcome men to investigate them because then they will see Jesus.
Galatians 6:3 If a man think himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Some men have a very high opinion of themselves and they love to share their façade with whosoever they can get to listen to them. The devil will never appear as himself when he is out to deceive, he will appear as a serpent if that’s what it takes. Sometimes he will use a handsome woman and call her Delilah, or he will use an accountant named Judas. If a believer will take the time they will discern the antics of the devil and spoil his whole plan. Jesus said His sheep do not know the voice of strangers and they would flee from them. Well some strangers have learned to disguise their voice to sound like Jesus. A lot of men can sound like God but there is only one true God and He reveals Himself to whosoever.
Mathew 24:4 And Jesus said, take heed (beware) that no man deceive you.
The most successful deceiver is the man who himself is already deceived, he can be very convincing because he is convinced. God gave us His Holy Spirit for a reason, rely on His judgement and let Him reveal what is right and what is wrong. One of the greatest joys you will ever have is converting a deceived person to the truth. I was deceived and went to church every Sunday in order to avoid hell. But folks who loved me read the Bible to me and I could not resist their wisdom. Thank God.
If you spend time in a church that God has ordained and is building, you will hear the word vision. The word vision can be misleading if you define it with our language, which is English. Vision according to the Word of God is a divine revelation, it is God imparting His plan to a man, a ministry, or a church. Many ministries and churches operate without a vision, they hold fast to the traditions they have learned.
Proverbs 29:18 If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves.
Vision guides, ambition drives; a vision will always change things. A vision looks like a blueprint to a man building a house. Unless a man build a house according to the vision, he who labors, labors in vain. When God gives a man a vision, He will send the people to staff that vision, they have gifts that will help to implement the vision. I have met and known a lot of men who started a ministry but after a time they fizzled because they were not given a vision. Others had great difficulty because they did not stay with their vision, they decided to go a different direction, but God didn’t go with them.
Acts 9:15 The Lord said to Ananias, do what I ask, for Paul is a chosen vessel to Me, he will bear My Name to the gentiles.
The Lord had a vision, an assignment for Paul before he was ever converted. After Paul was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost he was sent to preach the gospel to the dogs, the non-Jewish folks. He was met with opposition from the apostles, the Jews and the Romans, of which he was one, but because he was under assignment God met all of his needs and protected him from the death his adversaries wanted to give him.
Psalm 5:12 The Lord will bless the righteous, He shall crown him with favor as with a shield.
The devil and his bunch could not stop Paul, they couldn’t even kill him until he was ready to depart. When a man is given a vision he will have favor, blessings and divine protection. If a minister does not have favor or divine protection, perhaps he had no vision or he is out of the will of God.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus is in you, except you be a reprobate?
If you’re in the faith then you are in the will of God and subject to His blessings and divine favor. If your problems are more than you can bear, maybe you’re doing something you were never called to do! This one thing I do know, when you’re in God’s perfect will you will have His peace. When people get their eyes off the vision and onto themselves they will cause trouble. A vision keeps everyone focused on what God wants done, He is the center of attention, not any man. Every church in a city will have a different vision, this way God can cover the whole city with His plan for that city. Not every church is supposed to operate a soup kitchen, or minister exclusively to the poor. Every church is called to cast out devils and lay hands on the sick, some will do this better than others. Thank God we have a vision and a God to over see it.
I am not afraid to give, I am not afraid to cross the Jordan.
My faith is in the promises, God is not a man that He should lie.
My prosperity is on the other side, God will help me get across.
Nothing can oppose me, because God is on my side.
GOD’S EXPECTED END
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
GOD’S WILL IS TO HEAL: Matt 9 Jesus traveled healing every sickness and disease.
Matt 10 Jesus gave his disciples (us) the authority to do the same and sent them (us) Luke 10 Jesus sent out 72 others to do the same.
Mark 16 Jesus said signs would follow: “Lay hands on sick they will recover”!
John 14:12 Those who believe would do greater works!
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK
PRAYING FOR PROTECTION OVER THOSE WHO ARE NOT
PRAYING IN AGREEMENT FOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH
PRAYING FOR GOD’S EXPECTED END
PRAYING AGAINST FEAR (OUR OWN AND OTHERS) FEAR OF GETTING SICK/ FEAR OF LACK DURING AND AFTER
Romans 4:21 “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he is able to perform it.”
Jeremiah 33:6 "I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security”