Are you giving or receiving?

And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35b

in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began

Titus 1:2

We have been taught to place ourselves in a position of serving God, giving all we have to Him and for Him. Some how we have believed that if we do that, God’s blessings and favor will fall upon us. But how many of us have truly realized what Jesus says here? Jesus spoke everything the Father had to say (John 15:15), and God cannot lie, therefore God is bound by His own truth.

The truth here is that God’s heart and will is to GIVE and not receive! Do you see the freedom in that? Oh how marvelous! God commanded His love towards us BEFORE we gave or will give anything (Romans 5:8 KJV), He chose us, we did not choose Him.

God is a GIVER and He is blessed because of that giving, not because we bless and server Him. He expects us to take from Him. It is only after we accept and take from Him that we can truly respond in giving back to Him the praise, honor, and thanks due to Him because of His giving acts of provision. God does not need our service or worship to be blessed. He is blessed because He gives. If we are giving to God to get, we have the cart before the horse. Faith is based upon expecting provision, the things we hope for (Hebrews 11:1). Hebrews 11:6a – “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.

Seeking Him for what? The REWARDS that He has freely GIVEN! Seeking Him is not serving and giving to Him so that those rewards will come. That is OT law and when you put yourself under that law you reap all the miseries of sin and death. The NT is clear that EVERY thing has been given to us by Christ’s sacrifice. Seeking Him is expecting what He has GIVEN, to manifest in your situation.

I want to encourage you today to start thinking that what you need has already been provided, start saying that to yourself, start acting as if God HAS provided that thing you need and start positioning yourself in rest to draw upon His inextinguishable resources. Watch the good, acceptable, and pleasing will of God the GIVER be proved out in your life as you accept by faith today His endless giving provision to you.

Give Thanks for what He has already provided to you and watch the GIVER meet your needs. You ARE blessed!

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Foolish, weak, or Victorious?

Are you living in the experience of Victory, overcoming everything in this world that might rise up against you? Look at what God wants us to understand:

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.

1 John 5:4

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Mark 11:24

Do you see that? YOU are born of God and and therefore, YOU overcome the World! Now that is really good news, but if you stop there you won’t come into the fullness of the understanding of that statement. Keep reading because John tells us HOW that overcoming is turned into reality within our experiences; “our faith“.

Jesus confirms that our faith is important for walking in the experience of Victory over every thing in this world that would set itself against you. He attained the full experience of Victory for us. Notice that believing we have received that Victory comes first and THEN the experience and feeling of the victory WILL come into existence. Believe first that you have received the victory and then you WILL HAVE, a past tense indicator, that Victory WILL come.

“You mean to tell me Michael, that if I just simply persevere in believing that I will have the new better job, my bill will get paid, my sickness will leave, or the persecution will stop, that it will?” Aren’t you glad that i did not architect this plan for victory in your life? i am quite sure i (lower case emphasis intentional) would have created a way more convoluted process than simply believing. 1 Corinthians 1:27 – “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”.

Who would have thought that in this scientific, logical, physical world we live in that something as transcendent as a mere belief in your mind, could change matter and atoms and ALL the things of this world?! Oh it is such good news that Jesus and John reveal here, isn’t it?

I want to encourage you to just believe today! Throw caution and reserve and doubt to the wind and just believe that you already have the Victory over everything you encounter in this world that would seem to be stealing, killing, or destroying; and see what happens.

May you walk in the FULL experience of Victory today as you go about merely believing that you have already received that which you need. May you also carry that over into someone else’s life on their behalf.

Our new law of LIFE

You know the Mayans never claimed that the end of the world was coming December 2012, but rather the consummation of the age would occur. They believed a new era would come into existence. Perhaps they saw an age where ‘time’ would not need to be measured anymore. Perhaps they foresaw an age where breaking down their physical natural experience into quantification’s their natural minds could understand would not be needed anymore.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:23-25

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death

Romans 8:2

I want to encourage you all to let today become the end of an age in your life where your focus is on the laws, ways, and outcomes that this physical natural world produces. The mirror beholding the perfect law of liberty is the law of the Spirit of Life that is in Christ Jesus! Jesus was the Word made flesh and we have that law of liberty to look into in the form of the bible today.

I want to encourage you all to let a new age begin to rule your hearts and minds. Let’s begin a new age where we look into that perfect law of liberty found in the bible and never look away from it, nor forget what it says about who we are or what we have. Don’t let it be drowned out by the circumstances of our lives, the situations presented to us, or the conclusions we make based on measuring ‘time’ and what takes place within that time and space spectrum.

Let’s form a new age, a new era where we let the truth of the word become a mirror to us, telling us what the circumstances of life should be. Lets mirror the word and its truth to the laws, ways, and situations of this natural physical experience and quantify what happens here based on what the bible reflects rather than what our minds conclude from the circumstance’s reflection.

Let’s allow the Spiritual LAW of LIFE in Christ Jesus to remove the effects of sin, the fallen world, and even all forms of death, stealing, and destroying from our lives. Every time we catch ourselves thinking about that job that we are not finding, that car repair we just don’t have the money for, that bill that needs to be paid that we don’t know where the money is coming from, those bumps in our marriage that just don’t seem to be getting any smaller, those times where we are so tired of children not obeying, or those wrinkles in our character and integrity that we just don’t seem to be able to iron out; instead of thinking or saying those things, lets focus on what the Word and the verses in these post mirror and reflect back to us. Let’s make the law of Liberty, truth, and Life be what we mirror back to those circumstances.

May you be FREE today from the past era and age of quantifying the physical natural experience as your outcome and may you walk in the new era of the LIBERTY and LIFE of Christ as you quantify the physical natural experience as God sees it, using His perfect Spiritual LAW which is far beyond and above any law on this earth!

Feast upon Jesus, the Word

What have you been feasting on today and what do you plan to feast upon tomorrow and the next day?

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7

Do you see that? Jesus was brought forth into this world and laid in a manger, a feeding trough!

Are you feasting on Jesus the literal Word of God made flesh? It is no wonder Jesus said in John 6:63 – “It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” It is no wonder His body and blood were made the symbols of the Communion/Eucharist and that we are to consume them in remembrance of Him.

The verses from these posts are meant to be feasted upon. Jesus and His words of life are meant to be consumed over and over as if they were your favorite meal during the Holidays.

He is not a baby in a manger anymore, He is not a broken man on a cross, He didn’t stay in the grave, and He is not staying in heaven forever. Take time right now and every day to come to feast upon the life of the Word Jesus Christ of Nazareth and watch the power of God unfold and be unleashed to work for you in every area of life.

May you be FULL on Christ as you feast upon His incorruptible nutrition!

Freedom from ties and binds

Do you know how to be free from EVERY thing that ties and binds?

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32

Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

John 14:6

And the Word (CHRIST) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

It is the TRUTH that sets you free. Right thinking about things in your life is the birth place of your freedom. Christ who was the WORD of God made flesh embodied the deliverance of that TRUTH to us!

There is truth in the Words of God, in these posts. Take a look back at all these posts and read the truth of God, which is His will for your life and any situation you may be facing. The truth you hear when you read these verses aloud, contains FREEDOM!

Freedom is a supernatural entity that comes forth from the Word of God into the natural physical world and it will cause that which it is spoken over to prosper. Let the freedom of the truth you hear as you read these verses wash over you and your situation today. Just believe that there is freedom in them and that it is going to come into existence. Let the truth ring in an atmosphere of peace over your soul, heart, and body. Meditate on these verses, focus on them, let them be the foremost thoughts in your mind, let them be the first words to leave your lips when you speak about your life or situation, and let them be the foundation stone upon which all your actions are based.

When we let His TRUTH become the sole focus of our minds, FREEDOM is thrust upon every area of our lives!

May you be focused on the truth and freedom God has given you today and may you release that atmosphere of freedom upon those around you that desperately need a restful place.

God’s economy of Abundance

Are the things you or those around you need or want being abundantly added to every situation of your life? Look at how God’s economy works:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

AMP – But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

Matthew 6:33

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

Romans 10:3

Do you see yourself BEING constantly right before God no matter what you think, say, or do? I want to encourage you to fully submit your mind, heart, body, voice, and actions to the way God sees you. When you seek His Righteousness, you accept the right position before Him that He created for you through Christ’s obedience. Seeking is not a striving to do Right. Seeking is reminding yourself in your thoughts, words, and actions that you are already Righteous, Holy, perfected, and accepted in the beloved before God and that your actions cannot alter that to any capacity.

Notice that when we place ourselves under that state of being, ALL these things Shall be added unto us. Shall is the strongest form of completeness in the Greek. In the previous verses of chapter of Matthew 6, we find that food, clothes, shelter, and money make up all these things.

I encourage you today to start saying over yourself and your situation as often as you can, “I am the Righteousness of God because of Christ’s obedience and nothing I do or leave undone can alter that, therefore, all these things (and then name the things) WILL completely be added unto me, by the grace of God. Amen and so be it.” I think you will be pleasantly surprised how calming and effective that can be.

May you be abundantly added to today from the provision and goodness of God almighty!

Effective Faith

Is your faith effective in establishing the precious promises of these verses as reality in your daily life or those around you? Look at what Paul prayed for Philemon:

And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective in the acknowledging of every good thing that belongs to us in Christ.

Philemon 1:6

Paul was not just talking about sharing Christ to unbelievers. Paul was talking about the tangible outcome that takes place in a person’s life when they exercise faith and belief for something. Healing when sick, provision when lacking, help when in need, companionship when lonely, love when hateful and angry, peace when stressed and worried. We are supposed to be sharing our faith for healing, provision, help, peace, love, or any answer from God to come to our experience or to the experience of those in our sphere of influence! What an amazing opportunity!

I want to encourage you today with how to make your faith EFFECTIVE so that it will accomplish ALL that God has in store for you and those around you. When we acknowledge that the fullness of God in Christ, dwells within us (Colossians 2:9-10), our faith becomes effective. When we recognize ALL the provision, health, peace, love, help, and every answer of God is right inside of us, our faith becomes effective in delivering those things to the situation when they are required.

I encourage you to see the healing, provision, help, grace, mercy, peace, love, and every answer of God fully inside of you right now before it is ever needed. Acknowledge that those things are actively living inside of you ready to be delivered into any situation. Accept that they are LIMITLESS and that you can give them away in every situation of life. Accept the never ending quantity and quality of those things inside you by faith today! When you acknowledge those things in this way, you are IN faith and IN Christ, and that faith becomes effective to solve ANY issue at hand in your life or for those around you. Rivers of living water flowing out of you!

Lift up a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for EVERY good thing inside of you that is in Christ, praise His name that those things are now freely yours in the situation!

May you be EFFECTIVE in your faith today!