In the disciples prayer the Lord instructed them to pray His kingdom would come. What is this kingdom to come? A kingdom is all the territory or realm of a king. God did not have a place in the earth until Jesus arose from the dead and spoiled the devil. We live in this world but we are not part of it, we have been translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. The devil and sinners have no place in God’s kingdom, one must be born-again into it.
Colossians 1:13 We have been delivered from the power of darkness, and we have been carried into the kingdom of the Son.
In man’s kingdom you have the power man gives you, but in God’s kingdom we have supernatural power from God Himself. In God’s kingdom we have eternal life, love, healing, restoration, prosperity and power over every plot of the devil. Christians are a misunderstood bunch because they don’t share the fears of the world. The world has no hope because no one secured any for anyone, the world lives day by day for whatever comes. All I know about tomorrow is that the kingdom has blessings laid up in store for me.
Ephesians 2:8 We are saved by grace through faith; it is the gift of God, we cannot gain this through works, we cannot earn this.
The world cannot understand this kind of love, their perception of love must be performance based. If man could earn a place in heaven, there would have been no reason for Jesus to die on the cross. When God wanted something He sowed a seed. Adam was God’s seed, God’s seed was the breath of life that He blew into the dust of the earth. Adam became a speaking spirit, a son of God, but Adam changed fathers because he did not obey. God was determined to have a family so He sent Jesus, the Seed of Life. God had a seed and God had a purpose. Now He has many sons. More than can be numbered.
Mark 4:26 So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should put seed into the ground.
God’s kingdom is overflowing with blessings. All of these blessings are actually the harvest from the seed the occupants sow. God gives seed to sowers and this seed is spiritual or supernatural. It can only be sown into the kingdom of God. God may direct you to give a seed to a church, an individual, or a specific group. If He directs you to give, you will be sowing into the kingdom of God. When you choose to live this way He will give you the seed you need to give. The world cannot fathom such nonsense because their system makes no allowance for God’s way of doing things.
Luke 12: 32 Fear not little flocks for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Don’t share the fear the world operates in, God has a much better system just for His sons. There is no lack in His kingdom and no shortage of seed to sow for a harvest. The world gives to improve its advantage, the believer gives to improve the advantage of others. In so doing, the giver opens the windows of the kingdom and praises the Lord for what comes out.
The Bible has many references to prosperity and yet many Christians do not yet understand God’s will. When was God’s will that men should prosper?
Genesis 1:28-29 And God blessed man and gave him power to replenish the earth. And then God gave man every seed.
God considered Adam and Eve members of His family so He gave them a heritage from Heaven itself. Men have a cliché concerning people who are born in a wealthy family, they are said to be born with a silver spoon in their mouth. It was God’s will that Adam be born with a “silver spoon” in his mouth. God has no problem with men having wealth, but those who have less than others have an issue with others having more than they do. What happened to Adam’s heritage? Why was he kicked out of God’s kingdom? Wealth never disappears, it gets redistributed.
John 10:10 The thief comes to kill, destroy and steal: I am come to give you abundance.
When Adam disobeyed God he let his guard down. He let a creature he was given dominion over rob him of everything God gave him. God did not change His mind, He always wanted His covenant men to prosper and be in health. God had to deal with two issues: a thief and ignorant men who accepted poverty and lack as a way of life. The devil has convinced a lot of Christians that money is the root of all evil and God hates wealth. I came from a Catholic background where I was taught that poverty was the sacrament of humility, therefore I had a junkyard mentality. If I would have read the Bible I would have seen that God’s will for me is the abundant life. I want to give you the Bible definition of prosperity but in my own words.
Prosperity - the process of God restoring to His covenant people what He gave them in the Garden of Eden.
The wealth God gave man in the beginning has not vanished, it’s just in the hands of the wrong people. The thief robbed God’s man of his wealth and then transferred it into the hands of his own seed. The devil has no problem stealing wealth from Christians who are ignorant of God’s will. No one can prosper with the things of God until they know God’s will.
Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
The devil took our wealth and gave it to his people, those folks have no regard for God or His Word. They have the wealth that God has earmarked for His people. They are using our prosperity to buy drugs, abort babies and support ungodly politicians who pass laws that are immoral.
Acts 3:21 Heaven will hold Jesus back until all things are restored to God’s people.
We are in the times of restoration, God is causing the wealth of sinners to end up in the hands of His covenant people. God loves all men but He does not have a covenant with all men. Those in covenant will be blessed and empowered to prosper.
One of the most impressive things you will find in a church are people who have remained faithful to the vision for years and years. With a sad heart I watched a lot of good people come and go, some in less than a month. Everyone of them had a justifiable reason for checking out but very few of them ever told me what it was.
Proverbs 20:6 Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving, but where on earth can you find one?
People who are loyal and faithful to God have a good reason, they know that without Him they would have a club membership to hell. All my life I wanted just one thing, I wanted to go to heaven. On the night that Jesus saved me, I set my hand to the plow and I never looked back. Some ask the question: What do you think of once saved always saved? I don’t think about it, I don’t want out.
Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man will abound with blessings.
When I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord I knew nothing about any kind of blessing. I just wanted to be saved and nothing more. It has been well over thirty-five years now and the Lord has blessed me more times than I can recall. I had no idea of all the things a Savior would do, I am now in a committed relationship and I love every day of it. When a saint forsakes his Lord, he disqualifies himself from a lot of blessings but most don’t seem to care. I can understand having a casual relationship with a person, but God is not just another person.
John 6:66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked no more with Him.
These disciples witnessed the miracles of Jesus but it did not have a lasting impression on them. He repeated what He heard His Father say and they didn’t approve of it. So they went back, they backslid, which means they chose the opposite direction of Jesus. If we don’t follow Jesus, who do we follow? The devil has sent out a lot of leaders, folks who lead unsuspecting people in the way of God’s adversary. When God speaks, He leaves no doubt of what His will and motive is. The devil promises us everything but he never mentions the degree of compromise we must accept in order to have what he wants to give us.
Mathew 25:21 Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.
God is looking for people who will rule and reign with Him during the millennial reign of Christ. God is going to replace world leaders with His own people, those who have been faithful to Him. The Bible makes it very clear that there is rank and file in heaven and it is all determined by faithfulness. I salute all of the people who held fast to their place in the kingdom, great shall be your reward in heaven. You may or may not be aware of how hard the devil tried to move you away from your assigned position. The faithful are a living testimony of faith, perseverance and commitment. God bless you.
Church is not a building, it’s a family of believers who gather for ministry to and from the Lord. The gathering together regularly is not man’s idea, it is all God’s plan for man. Why does God command His people to come together?
1 Corinthians 12:18 Now has God set the members, every one of them in His body, as it has pleased Him.
God is the Head and Christians are His body. A Head needs a body in order to fulfill His Will. Notice our text, He sets every one in His body. There is no such thing as an insignificant member of God’s body. If a believer does not take his place where God directs him, God must find someone else to fill the position and receive the blessings. Taking your place in His body is important to God but not to some Christians, some have other places they would rather be.
Acts 20:28 Take heed and tend to the flock, which the Holy Spirit made you officers to feed the church(body) of God, which He has purchased with His own blood.
The church needs to be fed the Word of God if it is going to live above the evil in this world. If a Christian is not edified with the Word they will have to live like the world does, they will need to cope with all the wiles of the devil. The world has no might against the evil in this world so they compromise what they will yield to. If a man is not strengthened with might in the inner man he will struggle to resist evil. The world cannot edify anyone, every day they report on how many more have contracted covid and how many died. They can’t pin point why all of this is happening, so they blame our president. The devil spreads all kinds of hell around and never gets credit for it, he always assigns a scape goat.
James 5:14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord.
If a believer doesn’t have a church, how can they call for those who are anointed to minister healing? The elders are always in church on Sunday, they are not hard to find. There appears to be a rather large number of Christians who want the supernatural power of God but they don’t have time for any time-robbing relationships! When people become grateful for what Jesus did on the cross for them, they gather together to worship and thank Him. Some folks attend church and do nothing but murmur and complain about what the pastor does and says, they seem to take advantage of his command to leave all men.
John 6:66 Many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.
When the disciples could not understand what Jesus was saying they went back, in other words they no longer kept company with Him. Some Christians are very finicky, they must have things a special way or they will abandon you. But blessed is the man who endures temptation for he shall receive the crown of life. God talks about great rewards when a man connects with Jesus and holds fast to the end, great are the rewards now and in heaven.
Our Bible says that faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God. If you take this Scripture at face value, you would conclude that if you hear the Word you would have faith. You would be partially correct!
Romans 10:2 I can assure you that the Jews are deeply devoted to God; but their devotion is not based on true knowledge.
Faith will only work in proportion to what you believe concerning God’s Word. Having faith for the sake of having faith will gain you nothing. True Bible faith is based on what you believe concerning what God says in His Word. Knowledge must come first and then you have something to put your faith in. Let’s use something in the natural to better understand the principle of faith. You know full well that if someone hit your finger with a hammer it will hurt and throb for hours. You have knowledge of what misusing a hammer will do and now you have the faith to keep your finger away from the business end of a hammer.
Faith comes from what you know, so you must know what God says before you can begin to believe Him. Some folks have a zeal for God based on what He has done for others. But testimonies don’t produce faith, they create hope. As a child you can live off of the faith of your parents, but when you become an adult you must gain your own supply of knowledge. This can be difficult for some folks because people love to have others do things for them.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
Sitting and hearing the Word will not produce faith! Hearing and hearing the Word will give you the information you need to put your faith into action. You can have faith without knowledge and you can have knowledge without faith, but when you mix the two you have miracles.
Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
God spoke through Moses to Israel that He would deliver them out of Egypt and lead them to their own land flowing with milk and honey. They all heard God’s will and they all knew God’s will, but they did not have the faith to believe God could give them the land. God’s Word means nothing if you don’t mix faith with it. Two men, Joshua and Caleb, heard the Word and they believed God would give them dominion over all the unauthorized people in their land. The rest of the Jews, about two million, did not believe God could give them such a victory. They watched God split the red sea and bring water out of a rock but faith doesn’t come from seeing, it comes from believing the Word. Joshua and Caleb believed what God said, so the opposition meant nothing to them. One day the disciples asked the Lord to increase their faith, but He put it right back on them. It’s our responsibility to have faith in our knowledge of His Word, He simply tells us what we can do if we do it right.
How many times have you been vexed by the devil and felt like it was just you and him? Of course he filled your mind with lies like God doesn’t care about you because you are not tithing. Let me give you some good news, the devil can never represent the thoughts of God. But I know what God thinks because His thoughts are all recorded in a book called the Bible.
Mathew 28:20 I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Whether we “feel” Him or not, His Word and promise never changes. He is with us. The devil is a flesh devil, he operates within the parameter of the five senses. He does his best to coax us into the limits of our flesh, thereby making no space for God the Spirit.
2 Timothy 1:6 Stir up the gift of God, which is within you by the laying on of hands.
The key to our emancipation is “stirring” ourselves up not once or twice, but every time the devil comes to disrupt our lives. How do we stir ourselves up? Tap into your partnership with the Holy Ghost and together put everything into perspective. The Holy Spirit will tell you that you are a child of God, He loves you and He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will tell you what God says about your situation and that you have all the power. When the Holy Ghost gets through with you, you will rise up and go after that tormenting devil. Why? Because you know where God is, where you are and where you send the devil.
Isaiah 59:19 When the enemy shall come in, like
a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall put him to flight.
The devil must be taught that messing with God’s children will always be a losing proposition. But some Christians don’t know their authority and the devil has his way with them. Are you known in hell? Does the devil know you by your victories? I testify to you, the devil knows me and he knows I know how to use my weapons of warfare. But he is too dumb to give up so he uses people around me to do his bidding. The devil has nothing to lose, the only way to make him pay is to stop him from a successful temptation. What can we possibly do to a man on death row? The devil is doomed and his ministry is to create as much misery and chaos as he can before he is locked away forever.
Romans 8:32 In all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ that loves us.
What does it mean to be more than conquerors? It means that not only do you see the devil defeated, but you gain something from his storehouse of stolen goods. Every time an enemy attacked Israel, they were defeated and the land in Israel got bigger. We are a blessed people, we are empowered to prosper. Remember this: fear attracts the devil, faith attracts God. Use your faith. When you use your faith and when you believe the Word, God will draw nigh to you and together you will overcome the world. Oh God, where art Thou? He is just a prayer, a Psalm, or a praise away and that’s in your heart.
There is no doubt that we are in perilous times, the amplified Bible says times hard to deal with. The last days did not start in our life time, they began on the day of Pentecost. They have grown worse and worse with every passing year and the devil is not done yet. The devil is the minister of misery and he is quite good at his temporary self assigned duty. The devil cheers as his subjects live further and further from God, demonstrating a blatant disregard for all things God. I hear people all the time calling for Jesus to come and get us out of this sin laden world.
Mathew 24:14 The Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations: and then shall the end come.
Jesus is not coming back because the world is in chaos, He will come for us after the Christians proclaim His Word over the whole world. Reinhard Bonnke was able to preach to over seventy-nine million people in his life time, because men like Kenneth Copeland sowed millions of dollars into his ministry. Missionaries and Evangelists are flying all over the world preaching the Gospel, some on their very own air planes. They are desperately working to enlist the world and what do they get? Criticism from other brethren. God gave man air planes to go into all the world, he gave man television to record Gospel meetings and He gave us the internet to give the world access to His Word twenty-four seven. Right on cue the devil found a slew of men who would misuse these gifts for ungodly gain.
John 17:15 I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil.
Jesus did not run from the devil, He went toe to toe with him and totally defeated him. Now He prays to the Father to leave us in this chaotic world and have dominion over the devil He whipped. The devil can introduce a lot of garbage into our lives, but the only way he can win is if we turn away from our Lord and go back. He can bring illness, lack and even rejection from the brethren but none of these are a victory for the evil one. When a believer stays true to Jesus until the day he takes his last breath, he has the victory Jesus died to give him. Every time a believer goes to heaven the devil is credited with the failure to impart his evil ways.
1 John 5:4 Whosoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
Faith is simply believing God’s Word to the degree that you order your life to it. We overcome the world with our faith, so the devil’s number one target is our faith in God. If we hold fast to our faith like Job did we cannot be defeated. We are not of this world so we are not participants of the chaos, it is not our portion. Before Jesus left He gave us His peace, not as the world gives. Peace is not the absence of problems, it is the constant continual presence of God. We are not part of this world, we are not part of the chaos.
How long do Christians hold fast to their place in the Body? Some will last days and some will endure their whole life. Why do some folks go back and walk no more with their Lord? There are a myriad of reasons, but there is one major deal breaker that is at the root of the problem.
Hebrews 5:14 Milk is for babies, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in discerning good and evil.
A lot of people don’t stay with Jesus long enough to know His ways. Despite the fact that they are born-again Christians, the devil never ceases in his endeavor to rule over their lives. Most Christians cannot comprehend that the devil is determined to undermine their connection with Jesus! The devil is behind the scenes manipulating people and circumstances in an attempt to pull you away from your Savior. If you have not spent enough quality time in God’s Word, you will not be qualified to discern the wiles of the devil. You are so important the devil wants you to join him in the pit and God wants you to join Him in His kingdom. Selah.
The devil is a master of manipulation, he can draw men after himself and they don’t even know who they are following. If you ever come under demonic influence, you will begin to think of yourself more highly than you ought. The devil has no idea what love and compassion are. He is convinced that he is the most important being in all creation. The devil thinks he has power because he can kill, destroy and steal. He can kill but he does not possess every soul, there are some who have discerned him and they will give him no place.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
When you hear God’s Word and obey it, you are submitting yourself to God. We cannot resist the devil successfully until we first submit to our Lord. God through His Word puts everything in perspective, it’s His Word that enables us to discern between good and evil. At one time most of the Bible believing churches were nearly full, but good people did not discern who was leading them away from their Body.
All backsliders have an out-of-body experience.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 It will come to pass, if you will hearken diligently unto the Lord, that all those blessings will come on you.
How can God bless someone who is not where He told them to dwell? The key to having the blessings is our willingness to obey whatsoever He tells us to do. According to spiritual law, we become the servant of whom we obey, that can be God or the god of this world. It is unethical to minister to another man’s servant, if a man serves the devil God cannot bless his soul. The devil is definitely unethical, he is always pursuing the servants of the most high God. The devil has no rule book, no law to abide by, he will do whatever he can get away with. Because the devil has no laws to adhere to, he has no power. Keeping God’s laws is what empowers us with His blessings. Obedience is what makes us free. Doing whatever you please is not freedom, it’s rebellion and you are what the devil is seeking.
Joel 2: 28 ...your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
God created man with the ability to see reality within himself. Several times in the Bible we read accounts of God appearing to men in dreams and visions. God wants us to envision within ourselves what He has planned and can do for us. Before He led the nation of Israel out of Egypt, He told them they were going to a land flowing with milk and honey. He wanted His people to forget all of their years in bondage and focus on a new land and a new life.
God got His people out of Egypt, but He could not get Egypt out of His people.
When Israel came out of Egypt, it was by the way of a miracle. The entire event from beginning to end was to be one continual miracle. When it came time for the miraculous, the people could only remember their life in Egypt. God used ten evil plagues to persuade Egypt and not one of them touched Israel. After the people left healed and wealthy, He split the red sea and drowned the Egyptians. Not only was God set on protecting His people, but He wanted them to see what their God could and would do for them.
Psalm 103:3-4 God forgives all your sins, heals all your disease and redeems your life from destruction.
God had His will recorded in the Bible so we could read it, know it and then begin to meditate on it. Meditate means to imagine or to ponder something recorded. Why does our Lord want us to meditate His Word? If we will consider His Word long enough, we will begin to see Him perform it within ourselves. If you have ever heard a coach try to inspire his team before a game, you will see him trying to get his players to see themselves as winners. He will not talk about the strength of the opponent nor their record.
Proverbs 23:7 For as a man thinks in his heart so is he.
Whatsoever a man gives himself to, that’s what he will think on and become. Some folks in their ignorance follow after failures and they inevitably make the same foolish errors. The first thing God wants us to see is ourselves washed in His blood and totally sinless. If He can get us to see ourselves clothed in His righteousness, then we can easily see everything else He has made us to be. He heals all of our disease, so we should see ourselves sound and whole. As a man thinketh, as a man dreams, so shall he become what he envisions.
God created man to see within himself what he desires, this can be good or bad. He tells us throughout His Word to consider Him. Take notice of what He can do, has done and will do.
We will see it before we have it.
O say, can you see what the Lord has done for you? When I see Jesus healing the sick in His ministry, I picture Him doing the same for me. He puts the image on the inside of us and He has made the way to walk in that image.
We are instructed by the Lord to put on His armor because the devil has come to kill, destroy and steal. God’s armor consists of the obvious; a breastplate, shoes, a shield, a helmet and a sword. Let’s focus on the sword and pursue some understanding. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God and this Sword represents all of the prayers God has made available to His saints. The devil throws fiery darts which are various temptations. We overcome these temptations with the shield of faith. When we take up the Sword of the Spirit, the devil has no defense against such a force.
Ephesians 6:17-18 Take the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
Faith created the devil and faith will control him. When Jesus defeated the devil He made him subject to His Word. The Word of God issued, with the Name of Jesus, is the only thing the devil must adhere to. The devil has no choice, he must obey God’s Word. We on the other hand can ignore it if we choose. This is what makes faith so special, men of their own free will choose to obey God. The devil has to obey God, we choose to.
James 5:16 The earnest heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in it’s working).
We may enter our closet kneeling down and with great reverence, quietly praying the Word of God, but in the spirit realm God gives commands and the angels are put on assignment for our sake. The natural course we were walking on is cancelled and a supernatural course is set before us. The devil loses his grip on us and his plans of torment get cancelled and turned off. Our quiet, unassuming prayers, reverberate across the heavens. Angels move and devils quake in their failed effort.
Jeremiah 1:12 Thus saith the Lord: I will hasten My Word to perform it.
The word hasten means sleepless, God performing His Word is His priority. If I got this thing right, we take the Word of God praying and then we enter into His rest. Our part is to pray the Word and His part is to bring it to pass. Can you see how foolish it would be to enter into warfare and not have on the armor of God? Every piece of God’s armor is special and each serve a specific purpose, but it all works together to make one suit.
1 John 4:4 Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
The devil desperately wants to enter our lives but if we are full of the Spirit he has no place, no room. If we wear God’s armor, the devil has no chance of overcoming us. He has no prayer. Don’t just stand there and let him beat on you. Take the Word of God, which is the Sword of the Spirit, and dice him like you would an onion. Let the Word convince you that we have the upper hand, God has declared us to be more than conquerors. We don’t just defeat the devil but we keep everything he stole and gain more besides, because the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
I have the giving spirit,
so I will not rob from God.
I love my Lord and Savior,
I am committed to obey Him.
I don’t even consider the curse because I am prone to obey.
My love is in my giving
and I sow good seed daily.
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.
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