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What if Job was one of us?

Before I learned how to Abide in Christ and walk in the love, power, and demonstration of the Holy Spirit, the circumstances of my life used to not turn out like the bible said they should. So, I would go to the word looking for an excuse as to why that was. Doing so, caused me to use the word to justify my experience. IF the word is used to justify my experience, then my experience is exalted over the truth of the word.

Every Christian has pulled the God’s sovereign will card in their life at some point. When our life does not make sense and we read the word like above, we inevitably arrive at Job and pull God’s sovereign will card as a justification for why something, usually bad, happens to US whom God is supposed to love and never forsake. We don’t feel loved and we do feel forsaken, so there has to be an explanation, otherwise, our minds begin to formulate the idea that God is not who He says He is towards us and that gets over into blasphemy and unbelief and surely we can’t go there because what would be the point of our existence and belief in God…SO, God’s sovereign will is at play.

Job’s life experience and God’s sovereign will displayed in Job’s life is what we as Christians inevitably come to when suffering, pain, sickness, dis-ease, or tragedy strike our life. But, what if Job was one of us? What if Job was a NT saved individual? Would God’s conversation and ultimately God’s response to Job have been different?

We know the story, God and satan have this conversation about Job(Job 1:6-12). God says “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shuns evil? “. Satan reply’s, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”. And God reply’s, “Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”

Now notice that God is not doing anything to Job here. Satan says to God, YOU(God) put forth YOUR(God) hand and take away things from Job and Job will surely curse YOUR(God) face. But God then says Ok, satan, YOU(satan) can test Job, everything Job has is in YOUR(satan) power.

Satan was the one who was doing the stealing, killing, and destroying from Job not God. The first mistake we make in using Job to justify our suffering when the evil one comes to steal, kill, and destroy in our lives is that God is doing it under His sovereign will or ability. The second mistake we make is to then say well, God is allowing it. Then we get into the proverbially IF God allows satan to be the prince of this world and lets satan do whatever satan wants to us and does not intervene then God is allowing it and therefore, its God’s soverign will.

That maybe true for Job, but not for us as NT saved individuals.

Notice that God is not giving satan a new realm of power over Job. Job 1:7 says satan was going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says that satan is the god of this world. Luke 10:19 says that satan has ability. John 10:10 says satan’s ability is stealing, killing, and destroying; as demonstrated in Job’s life as well as ours. This has been true of satan throughout all of time thus far even today. God was not giving a new realm of power to satan, satan already had power over Job. God was merely saying, duh, you already have the power over Job. And we are also right, God did not intervene on Job’s behalf and in the end tells Job, where were you when I made everything and set it into motion. Who are you to question my motives. It was God’s decision to let Job be attacked by the devil and not intervene and Job had no real right to question that.

However, we cannot claim this same treatment by God and say that our experience is due to His Sovereign will, WHY? Read More…

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Are you proving yourself to be a minister of God?

2 Corinthians 6:1-5: “1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;”

Christians today use this passage to justify suffering in the believer’s life. The typical Christian message is that we patiently endure [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings] in life and that by doing so we become more experienced at being able to respond to these things in a Christ like way. Unfortunately, no one seems to have figured out exactly how to explain how that happens, nor really has anyone been able to achieve that end through this process.

Paul was NOT advocating enduring suffering here for a greater cause.

2 Corinthians 2:14 says that God always causes us to triumph in Christ. God is causing us to Triumph, not the process of suffering or enduring hardships. Constantly enduring [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings] in life and never conquering them or preventing them only achieves futility and is not triumphing. The process of enduring hardship for the sake of learning something the process doesn’t naturally teach, is futile and insane. Hardship does not naturally or logically or even magically produce patience, love, self discipline, faith, or endurance. God does not supernaturally appear because we undergo hardships or suffering. There is nothing spiritually created or manifested if I am constantly being overtaken by these things. My mind, will, and emotions are led to futility. There is no supernatural expression of the Spirit in this process that brings about patience, a drive to endure, or peace; because the expression of the Spirit is done through us(Philippians 2:13) as we PARTAKE of the divine nature(2 Peter 1:4). If we are undergoing hardships and sufferings, then we are not expressing the Spirit in a position of being more than conquerors. But, the Christian message is that this process is supposed to some how help my mind, will, and emotions be led to such patient endurance.

Paul is not advocating that some how through the help of the Spirit we learn to be patient and endure these types of suffering in life as Christians in this passage. In verse 4 the word MINISTER = de-ä’-ko-nos. It means 1) one who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master, a servant, attendant, minister. In verse 4 the word PATIENCE = hü-po-mo-nā’. It means 1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance.

A Minister of God is one who is constantly executing the commands of God. Executing is not a “trying” or an “attempt”. Being able to Execute the commands of God means that we are fully able to carry them out with proof or evidence in the resulting circumstance. IF the execution of the command of God fails, the resulting circumstance can lead to an offense that can lay blame as verse 3 points out. If my answer to unbelievers or immature believers is that the name of Jesus is above ALL other things, except for [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings], sorry those things you will just have to go through and somehow God will show up; I open the door for offense and blame that God does not love enough, or is not active enough in the lives of those He came to fully deliver, save, and give Life to.

Paul’s focus is NOT on how the Christian should suffer hardship. Paul’s focus is on proving to people that Christianity is effective, that there is hope when the devil tries to manifest [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings] in a believer’s life. Paul was saying in 2 Corinthians 6:4, that consistently and constantly when the devil tried to attack him and others with TRIBULATION[afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings], Paul PROVED himself as one who executed God’s commands.

As believers are we doing and teaching the same?

God’s command was that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, heal the sick, raise the dead, give life, preach that the will of God is deliverance from ALL the works of the devil; and then demonstrate in the situation that the name of Christ can resolve the tribulation. Otherwise, His name and the ministry of executing His will is offensive and open to blame as being ineffective. Paul says in ALL things, don’t give an opportunity for an offense to be created where the offended can blame the ministry. Instead, in ALL things execute God’s commands. By doing so you prove and show that the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is above all things including [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings].

Proving that we are able to execute the commands of God prevents offense and an opportunity to say that God’s name is not effective. The proof is that the situation changes. The affliction is thwarted, the need is meet, the stripe and imprisonment are overruled, there is peace instead of tumult and distress, laboring is not required, the watching is replaced with rest, the fasting is foregone, and the storm is calmed.

The Abide Project is designed to teach you how to successfully execute the commands of God for yourself and others. Abide IN Him and every aspect of life will bow to the name of Jesus. The devil will leave you alone as you learn to always Triumph over his attack. Praise Jesus forever!

Is your perception a lie?

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Romans 8:29-30
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Hebrews 10:14
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Colossians 1:27
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Is the real you the natural, nothing added, plain, vanilla, imperfect, undone, unevenly colored, disheveled, blotchy, exposed, blemished, marked, no makeup, wake up version?

Our perception is not always reality. As Christians, we mostly identify with only half of the truth. I am a sinner. I am barely but thankfully accepted by the grace of God, and then we don’t ever seem to move from that place out of fear of getting over into pride. In fact, we honor and praise those who think it is pridefully presumptuous to think or desire anything more than that place of weakness and barely making it. Less of me and more of Him has become a challenge in how far away from the perfection of Christ we can get, as if that is the high mark of true humility. But that is only the beginning frame in the movie of our evolution.

Is our identification with who we are a passive aggressive attempt at recognition, and therefore rooted in pride?

If we cannot immediately answer yes to that question, then chances are it is a true statement and we cannot bring ourselves to answer it because of how it will make us look. And if that is the case, then we are clearly in pride.

It is a praiseworthy trait in Christianity to appear humble, and we wear that humility as a badge of honor. Somehow we gloss over how manipulative and prideful that really is.

The truth is that from the very beginning God desired for us to achieve Christ-likeness, to be congruent with His image. He predestined that everyone would have the opportunity to achieve that. He called us to that. He justified us, meaning He set us apart specifically for that end. And then He glorified us. Christ in us is the glory of the Lord. When we Abide in Christ we walk in the glorification He gave to us. As sanctified(set apart) children of God, we have become perfected once and for all. If we are sanctified, and we are, then we are perfected forever! This is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The reason it is prideful to identify with anything else, is because this is who God made us to be IF we are in Christ. To tell Him, ourselves, or anyone else that we are not yet what He predestined us to be, called us to be, set us apart to be, is rebellion and rejection of Him. IF we are IN Christ, we ARE the things He says we are whether we feel or think we are yet. We cannot be anything else. If we try to be anything else, it is rebellion, which is at the root, pride. IF we are NOT in Christ, then we can identify with that place that is far away from the perfection of Christ. But you are not.

IF we are in Christ, then we are to live in protest to the place that is far away from the perfection of Christ. We are to rightfully engage the perception of who the word says we are, not the perception of who we believe we have become at this place in our evolution towards Christ-likeness. It is the ultimate expression of humility and Faith to bow our recognition seeking pride and obey the word with respect to who it says we are. Our thoughts, words, and deeds must express in a radical way what the word says we are. It is truth, obedience, faith, and therefore humble, to say I was once a sinner but now I am perfected in Christ, whether practically you have aligned every thought, word, and deed. You will align every thought, word, and deed to what the word says faster if you practice identifying with that truth. Do you see that? God set it up so that we can be who He says we are and by doing that, by professing who we are, by acting like who we are, by expressing who the word says we are, we actually become that very thing.

Do you want to see what NOT identifying with Christ in this way has done to the name of Jesus? Go to Google and type in this phrase: why are Christians so and see what Google’s predictive modeling technology tries to fill in the blank with based on what searches and content people have created.

We must passionately come into alignment with who God says we are. Do you see that doing so is the essence of faith? Despite the seemingly very real understanding that our thoughts, words, and actions are not yet truly perfected in Christ, when we step out in thought, words, and deeds as though we are, believing, accepting, and professing that we are…….we are walking in Faith! We are pleasing to God when we exercise faith to be in the place He created us to be.

It is a lie from the devil to identify with anything less, it is a purpose driven lie to keep us from walking in faith and becoming who we are supposed to be. Our current perception of humility is a lie from the devil to keep us from really entering into who we are IN Christ; huh, who would of ever thought……

Abide in Christ by humbly acting as though you are the perfected child of God that you are!

Faith is Not RE-Active

Ephesians 6:16
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

1 John 2:14
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

We have been engineering safety into every aspect of our lives from the inception of our life and even our salvation. We are conditioned to expect the worst, to expect injuries, to expect wrong doing, to expect pain, to expect to be robbed, to expect our hopes to be destroyed, to expect our dreams to be killed, to expect harm, failure, discontent, injury, death, and list goes on.

We have been conditioned to prepare for these things in a RE-actionary way, as if there is no way to prevent them from happening. Its coming, so we must prepare to endure and safeguard ourselves from the onslaught. We have insurance for everything now…our bodies, our homes, our investments, our cars, our rentals, our cell phones, our actions, our jewelry, our spouses, our money in our bank accounts, and we can even insure ourselves from alien abductions now. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones has insured his middle finger, Gene Simmons of Kiss insured his tongue, actress Betty Grable insured her legs, and singer Bruce Springsteen insured his voice.

Our humanistic common sense says, “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” and “Accidents just happen”.

I just have one question…..

If ALL the fiery darts of the evil one WILL be quenched by our faith, we are strong, that absolute true word of God abides in us and we in it, and we have overcome the wicked one…….why do we expect to be stolen from, to receive destruction in the hopes of our lives, or to have our dreams killed by the one whom we have overcome?

It has been our experience that we cannot stop nature, that we cannot prevent bad things from happening to good people, that this world is over run by satan and we are just waiting for God to suck us out of here and until then we protect ourselves from the attack.

Maybe our experience has been the product of us looking at our life and those attacks in a wrong way. Maybe we have looked at life and God wrong all these years and that has legitimized our own unbelief. Maybe this place of misunderstanding has thrust us into protection mode in every way, shape, and fashion. Maybe WE have had it all wrong in our thinking and line of sight……

In the old days of wars with bows and arrows and shields, the shield was used offensively. The shield was used to protect a soldier from arrows or hand held weapons as the soldier advanced into the enemy territory or throng.

We have used our shield as a reactionary protection from the attack of the devil. We have experienced successful attack by our adversary because we have misunderstood how to use the shield offensively. He has backed us down into a corner and all we can do now is just try to block him.

However, the word says above ALL instructions for using the Armor, take up the shield, it is the most important piece of the armor. Maybe we should be using our shield more pro-actively to prevent the arrows and blows of the devil from hitting us as we advance upon his kingdom, therefore establishing the kingdom we are a part of. The word says that we are strong, that the word of God regarding the shield and faith abides in us, and that we have overcome the evil one. We are not “going to” overcome the devil, but we HAVE! That is the good news!

We are not backed into corner, Jesus has defeated the devil, and that gives us footing, that gives us a stance, that gives us place against the devil. In the perfect place of His love, there is no fear. Rise up into that place, stand firm with your shield as you advance towards the devil and drive him from the place of attack in your life. Get fed-up with the devil always on the offense against you, stand up, and advance upon him with all the power of Jesus inside you in realization that you are already the victor. The devil is in a place of defeat, perpetrating a lie that you are not in a place of victory over him. Keep marching toward him expecting that you are the victor and that the shield WILL protect. We know that the Centurion had the greatest faith because he understood Authority. Let’s rise up in that authority against the devil, he has been defeated….Let’s start acting as if that is true and rise up against him to prevent his attacks, to quench ALL of his attempts.

Abide in the truth of the word, of the shield of faith, and its effectiveness, Amen?!

The Healing Model of Jesus

The model Jesus used for healing prayer consisted of at least one and sometimes a combination of the following, as indicated by the verses below:

  1. 0% of the time, Jesus consulted with God the Father or the Holy Spirit regarding demonstrating healing for the person.
  2. Almost 69% of the time an action to be obeyed was spoken. (20 times out of 32)
  3. Almost 47% of the time a touch was used. It was usually the hand or part that needed healing. (15 times out of 32)
  4. Almost 16% of the time a statement that healing had occurred was spoken. (5 times out of 32)
  5. Almost 10% of the time a command to be healed was spoken. (3 times out of 32)
  6. Almost 10% of the time compassion or heart felt emotion toward the sick was described. (3 times out of 32)
  7. 28% of the time, Jesus initiated prayer/healing for the person getting healed. (7 times out of 25)
  8. 28% of the time, the disciples initiated prayer/healing for the person getting healed. (2 times out of 7)
  9. 71% of the time, people came to or called out to Jesus or the disciples for prayer/healing. (23 times out of 32)
  10. 75% of the time, people were INSTANTLY healed. (24 times out of 32)
  11. 25% of the time, healing was a process that continued within the hour AFTER the person left Jesus or the disciple. (8 times out of 32)

In all 32 healings listed below, both Jesus and the disciples held the majority of faith:

  1. Out of all 32 healings below, only 3 times(for 4 people), was the faith of the sick/diseased/lame person attributed to their own healing.
  2. Out of all 32 healings below, only 4 times or 12.5% of the time, Jesus prayed for a friend or family member of the person requesting prayer. The faith of these 4 people were added to the faith of Jesus and the disciples, and healing took place in the person they came on behalf of.
  • Almost 79% of the time, the faith of Jesus or His disciple was the ONLY faith involved in the healing.
  • Exactly 9.1% of the time, the faith of the person being healed was the ONLY faith involved in the healing
  • Almost 91% of the time, the faith of Jesus or His disciple was the PRIMARY faith involved in the healing. The faith of person being healed, or the person requesting prayer was added to the faith of Jesus or His disciple as a secondary source.

Some points I noticed about Jesus’ healings:

  • Jesus was performing the healing in God’s name, fully human and empowered by the Holy Spirit, one with the father. Therefore, He did not have to say In my name or In God’s name. I don’t know why the disciples said “In Jesus name” in Acts, or why Paul and Peter did not say “in Jesus name” more in the epistles.
  • Interestingly enough, in Mark 9:38-39 an unsaved person was going around casting out demons in the name of Jesus and Jesus did not know it, and did not condemn this activity. In Matthew 7:22, Jesus also indicates that His name has so much power, that even people whom He never knew, WILL(not might or maybe) perform miracles, cast out devils, and prophecy using His name. In Luke 10:17, the 72 disciples came back reporting that even the demons obey them when they used His name. Using the phrase “In Jesus name” in conjunction with healing is demonstrated broadly enough that I incorporate it. I think testifies to the power of His name, let alone faith in that name.
  • Jesus boldly and authoritatively referred to himself a lot in these healings using (“I”) as did the disciples. It was not because Jesus was operating in His divinity or in the power of the human self(soul). It was because as Acts 10:38 said, God was with Him as He was anointed by the Holy Spirit. God was also in His disciples and they were in Him, one with Him, so “I” was appropriately describing them ALL, the combination of the new creation, Jesus/Holy Spirit in us. Samuel was told something similar when he was annointed in 1 Samuel 10:7.
  • The healings usually took place after any of the above 4 things were done by Jesus or the disciples WHILE faith was being excercised.
  • Almost 49% of the time, an exclamation mark is used. (16 times out of 32)

Below is a listing of every healing of Jesus and the disciples, correlated with the items above beginning in Matthew through the end of Acts.

  1. Matthew 8:1-3 – Touch, A command to be healed:
    1 Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. 2 Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
    Who Prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: Jesus
    Who was healed: leper
    Who initiated: the leper
    When healing took place: INSTANT
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  2. Matthew 8:13 – An action to be obeyed:
    13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.
    Who prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: centurion/Jesus
    Who was healed: centurion’s servant
    Who initiated: the centurion
    When healing took place: Within the hour
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  3. Matthew 8:14-16 – Touch, A command to be healed:
    14 When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. 15 But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him. 16 That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick.
    Who prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: Jesus
    Who was healed: Peter’s mother-in-law
    Who initiated: Jesus
    When healing took place: INSTANT
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  4. Matthew 9:6 – An action to be obeyed:
    6 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
    Who prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: Jesus
    Who was healed: paralyzed man
    Who initiated: friends of the paralyzed man
    When healing took place: INSTANT
    ———————————————————————————————————————–
  5. Matthew 9:22 – A statement that healing has occurred
    22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed from that hour.
    Who prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: woman who was bleeding
    Who was healed: woman who was bleeding
    Who initiated: woman who was bleeding
    When healing took place: Within the hour
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  6. Matthew 9:25; Mark 5:41; Luke 8:54 – Touch, An action to be obeyed:
    25 After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!
    41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!”
    Who prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: Jesus
    Who was healed: Jairus’ little girl
    Who initiated: Jairus – leader of a synagogue
    When healing took place: INSTANT
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  7. Matthew 9:29-30 – Touch:
    29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30 Then their eyes were opened, and they could see!
    Who prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: 2 blind men
    Who was healed: 2 blind men
    Who initiated: 2 blind men
    When healing took place: INSTANT
    ———————————————————————————————————————–
  8. Matthew 12:13; Mark 3:5; Luke 6:10 – An action to be obeyed:
    13 Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one!
    Who prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: Jesus
    Who was healed: man with a deformed hand
    Who initiated: Jesus
    When healing took place: INSTANT
    ———————————————————————————————————————–
  9. Matthew 15:28 – A statement that healing has occurred
    28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
    Who prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: Canaanite woman/Jesus
    Who was healed: Canaanite woman’s daughter
    Who initiated: Canaanite woman
    When healing took place: Within the hour
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  10. Matthew 17:18; Mark 9:25 – An action to be obeyed:
    18 Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.
    25 When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil[f] spirit. “Listen, you spirit that makes this boy unable to hear and speak,” he said. “I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!”, and the child was cured from that very hour.
    Who prayed: Jesus
    Who had faith: Jesus
    Who was healed: demon possessed boy
    Who initiated: father of the demon possessed boy
    When healing took place: Within the hour
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