Come to Jesus for rest

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Our souls (our mind, will, emotions & conscience) need to rest in Jesus if they are to be healthy. If we allow our souls to be weighed down with pressures, stress, anxiety, troubles and cares, they can’t rest. A soul that is not at rest is an unhealthy soul. When our souls are not at rest, then our bodies can’t truly rest which leads to burnout, exhaustion, depression and nervous breakdowns.

The Bible tells us that we prosper in proportion to the prosperity of our souls. If our souls are not in a state of health and wellness, then the rest of us will suffer too.

3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

If we are consistently having problems in our finances, our health, our relationships etc, then we need to look at how our soul is doing.

Proverbs 22:5
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.

If we read Matthew 12:8, we see Jesus described as the Lord of the sabbath. In Hebrews 4 we are told to enter into His rest. Jesus is our sabbath rest, and no matter how much physical “down time” you have, if you are not resting in Jesus, you will not truly rest.

Psalm 23:1-3
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Psalm 23 is a great description of what happens when we allow God to lead us into rest. He leads us beside still waters, a place of peace and calm. He restores our souls and we do not want, our financial, health, etc. needs are met.

Remember that outside of Jesus you can do nothing. You may have some success without Him but it will come with great pain and suffering.

John 15:5
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Proverbs 10:22
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.

Resting in Jesus, is not avoiding living a challenging and exciting life, instead it is not carrying the burdens of worry and anxiety, it’s not carrying the stress, because you know that Jesus is the one that empowers you to do all things. When you are in Jesus and He is in you, His blessings empower you to be successful without the pain of broken lives, relationships etc.

1 Peter 5:6-7
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

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Don’t give up!

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

The writer here compares living our Christians lives to running a race. We are encouraged to have endurance, which suggests a long-distance race, rather than a sprint. We are to remain focused on Jesus, who dying on the cross, took our sins upon Himself and set us free from slavery. Jesus is the centre of our faith and our example in all things.

Hebrews 6:11-12
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

The promises of God are true and they are appropriated through faith at the right time (patience). We must not grow weary of doing good, of following God because with perseverance we will succeed.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Sometimes it feels like life is throwing everything at you or it feels like you are going nowhere fast, but don’t let these feelings take charge. Remember feelings are great for helping us experience life but they are terrible for discerning truth. We need to get our truth from the Word of God, the Rock, anything else is unstable ground. When things look bad to the natural eye, remember that God is for you, He is your deliverer and we live by faith in His promises.

2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

We live in a fallen world that will throw things at us, but remember that Jesus has overcome the world and as joint heirs with Him, we get everything He gets. We too can overcome the world through Him!

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Romans 8:16-17
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

So be encouraged, don’t give up, run the race with endurance, so that you may overcome in this life.

As King David said in Psalm 27:13
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

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Feeling guilty is not from God

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

Revelations 12:10-11
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Romans 2:15
who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them

God is not sitting in heaven accusing us of wrong doing and making us feel guilty, it is the devil and our own consciences that do this. What does this then mean for the believer? If God is not accusing us, why are we allowing ourselves to walk in guilt and shame? We need a revelation, an understanding of how Jesus has set us free from sin. We need to know that He has made us righteous, justified and clean before God. It is only when we realise this truth that we will be able to live it out in our lives.

Jesus took all your sins on the cross, He died and shed His blood, once and for all time, taking the sins of the world on himself and giving us His righteousness. We now live in this righteousness through faith.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1 Corinthians 1:30
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—

Roman 1:17
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Romans 4:13
For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Romans 5:17
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Philippians 3:8-9
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ  and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

Let’s live in the freedom from guilt that Jesus bought with His life for us. As you realise that you are a born-again, new creation in Christ and no longer a slave to sin, you will start to live a life that reflects this because as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov 27:3). How you truly see yourself is how you will you live and act.

P.S.
Guilt is a heavy, heavy burden. Remember that Jesus said His yoke was easy and His burden was light (Matthew 11:30). Don’t let the devil fool you into carry a burden that’s not from God and is not yours!

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Resist the devil and see him run!

James 4:7
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

I often see images on Facebook and elsewhere that show Jesus and the devil arm wrestling or some such thing. These images tend to suggest that the devil is holding his own against Jesus and that there is a 50/50 chance he may succeed. What rubbish! The devil is defeated, Jesus totally and irreversibly defeated the devil on the cross. The devil is a spent force who is awaiting his final incarceration in the lake of fire.

How then does the devil still exert influence on the earth? He speaks to human beings, tempting them with his lies and persuading them to do his bidding.  When we reject Jesus and choose to walk in slavery to sin rather than the freedom he has purchased for us, we play into the devil’s hands. If we submit to God, by receiving the free gift from Jesus of eternal life and victory over sin, we can resist the devil’s temptations and persuasions and he must flee from us!

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Peter warns us that the devil walks around like a roaring lion. A lion roars to instill fear and to cause his pray to run in the direction of the rest of the lions who are waiting in ambush. When we allow fear to come upon us, we allow the devil to manipulate us in the direction he wants us to go. How many bad decisions do you know of that were made because of fear? Fear of a lack of finances, love and many other things. The world’s system is a system based on fear and lack, God’s system is one of love and provision. This world has been under the influence of the devil for so long, that it reflects him all too much. This is why the Bible says that friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4).

Note that 1 Peter 5:8 says that the devil is seeking those whom he MAY devour. May is a word of permission, the devil cannot devour us if we are sober and vigilant to walk with Jesus.

John 8:31-32
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Its only with the truth of God’s Word that we will be able to see the lies of the devil. When tellers at a bank study to spot counterfeit bank notes, they handle and study the real thing over and over. When the fake comes into their hands they spot it immediately because they know the true notes so well. We need to do the same with the Word of God. We should be so familiar with the truths and promises of God’s Word that when the devil tempts us with a fake “good thing”, we are able to spot the lie and send him running.

Let’s not be a people who are easily ensnared by the devil and sin. Let’s be a people submitted to God, who see the devil flee before us!

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How to pray

Matthew 6:7
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

We all know that for the Christian, prayer is a good and desirable activity but for many, it is a difficult topic. Let’s look to the Bible for some pointers on effective prayer. We see from the verse above that it’s not about saying things over and over or praying long prayers with fancy words.

The first thing to remember is that when you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you were born-again into God’s family and families are about relationship. God becomes our loving father and we become His sons and daughters.

John 1:12-13
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

2 Corinthians 6:18
“I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”

God wants to know and be known by you! We know from our human interactions that communication is critical to any successful relationship. No matter the nature of the relationship, if the parties never talk to each other, there is no relationship. God is always talking to us, we need to take the time to listen and to talk with Him. I like to call this “hanging out” prayer and it’s not about asking for stuff, it’s about getting to know the person. “Hanging out” with God is a major key to enjoying your prayer life. As you get to know God personally, not just know facts about Him, you will find your desire to spend time with Him grow.

John 10:14
I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

John 10:27
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Once we have the foundation of relationship, we can move on to prayer for specific things. When we approach God, it’s important to do so in faith, believing that He will fulfil His promises and that His word is always true. We must ask without doubt (double mindedness), fully confident that God will respond to our advantage.

Hebrews 11:6
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.

James 1:6-8
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

When we come to God, we must do so boldly, knowing that He is our helper in time of need. Our boldness is rooted in the fact that Jesus has taken away all our sins and made us righteous and justified. God remembers our sins no more!

Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Romans 5:1-2
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Hebrews 8:12
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

When we have a problem, we need to understand whether it is something God wants us to take authority over and remove in His name or whether it’s something we should ask God about. We have been given authority and power on the earth to speak to things, commanding them to change. When you are confronted with something you have been given authority and power over, it is wrong to ask God to change the thing. To ask God to rebuke something, when you are suppose to be doing so, shows either a lack of understanding of how things work or a lack of faith.

Let’s look at Jesus modeling this for us:

Mark 11:12-14
Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.

Mark 11:20-24
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

In the example of the fig tree, we see Jesus command that the tree would no longer produce fruit. (Fig trees by nature have leaves when they also have figs on them. This tree was operating outside the natural order by having leaves but no figs.) The next day, Peter notices that the tree is now dead and he is amazed. Jesus then goes on to teach that when we meet an obstacle (mountain) we are to speak to it, commanding it to move out of the way. We have the authority to get anything we say in faith, when we believe that we have received it. Expectation is important here, you can’t be in faith if you are expecting nothing to happen.

There is one thing that can cancel out this promise; if we ask in a selfish manner, pursuing our own greed and avarice. Greed is a destructive emotion which the devil will use to neutralise you. God in His love will not allow you to be destroyed with what is supposed to be His blessing.

James 4:1-3
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

It is important that we are abiding in Jesus and He is abiding in us. When this is the case, our desires are in the right place and we can be confident of receiving all that God has for us.

John 15:7
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

We should ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). Wisdom on how to live our lives to His glory. Wisdom on how to co-operate with Him to see His power at work in us. God has already done everything that was needed for us through Jesus on the cross. Let’s be a people of prayer, who communicate with our loving father effectively and in faith.

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Don’t let your heart be hardened

Read Mark 6:45-52

Mark 6:51-52
Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.

The Bible speaks of hardened hearts that prevent us from seeing the things of God clearly. We should at all times check our hearts to make sure that they are teachable and sensitive to the Holy Spirit. If our hearts become hardened, it’s because we have neglected spiritual things and we can choose to soften them by focusing on the right things again.

The symptoms of a hardened heart are:

  • Not perceiving spiritual truth
  • Lack of understanding
  • Can’t hear God’s voice
  • Lack of spiritual memory
  • Spiritually backward

Things that harden our hearts to God:

Rebellion – Hebrews 3:7-11, Matthew 13:14-15
When you knowingly disobey God’s instructions to you, you harden your heart to Him. Wilfully sinning will cause you to have a hardened heart. When we do things that are against the Word of God, we slowly layer by layer, harden our hearts. It usually happens slowly over time and before you are even aware of it, your heart is dull or hard.

Wrong focus – Proverbs 23:7, Hebrews 11:6, Matthew 13:20-22
What you focus on, your heart will be sensitive to and what you don’t focus on, your heart will be hardened against. If you are focused on the things of the world and the world’s troubles, instead of the things and promises of God, you will be sensitive to the world and hardened against God. A person who relates easier to the natural realm than the supernatural realm has a hardened heart.

Unbelief – Matthew 17:14-21
Unbelief or doubt will undermine your faith and harden your hear to the things of God. Unbelief can cohabitate with faith in your heart and cause you to be “double minded” (James 1:6-8). Your heart will be hardened to the spiritual things if you don’t deal with this.

How to soften your heart to God:

Focus on God and His Word
Read your Bible and talk to God. When you have ignored God for a long time, it can we difficult to get back into reading the Bible and praying, but it’s worth persevering in this. As you spend time with God, you will find the desire to do so will increase and it will get easier. This is a sign that the hardness is receding.

Study what it means to be a new creation, free from sin
As you understand what it means to be born-again and a new creation, you will learn that you are no longer a helpless victim to sin. You are now free from sin, no longer it’s slave. As you walk free from sin, it will no longer be able to harden your heart.

Learn to walk by faith and get rid of unbelief
In Matthew 17:14-21, Jesus heals a boy who has severe fits. In this story, the disciples had both faith and unbelief which hindered their ability to heal the boy. This is double mindedness or doubt (James 1:6-8). We are to spend time in prayer and fasting to refocus us on God’s promises. Fasting does not move or change God, it re-calibrates us to spiritual things by denying our physical appetites for a time. Our physical bodies want to rule us but we should be ruled by our born-again spirits. Fasting is a method of putting our physical bodies in their place and giving the spiritual the lead position in our lives.

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Bearing the fruits of repentance

Matthew 3:8
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance

The word repent means to change your mind totally about something. When we are called to repent from sin, we are called to change the way we see sin. No one when they sin does so to do himself harm, we sin because we think it will do something good for us. The Bible is clear that sin is a dark destructive force that can only bring death into our lives. When we see the true outcomes of sin, we will change the way we view it and naturally turn from it.

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The Bible talks about the fruits of repentance. To put it simply, if you have truly seen and understood the nature of sin, the natural outcome of that is a desire to avoid it at all costs. No sane person takes a bottle of rat poison, with all its warning packaging and drinks it, and in the same way once we understand that sin is just sugar coated poison, we will not seek after it.

As born-again believers we are no longer slaves to sin, our nature has been changed through having a new spirit born inside of us. We are reconnected with God and are no longer sinners by nature, we are saints. The “old man” that was inside of us died with Jesus (symbolized in Water Baptism) and a “new man” who is no longer subject to sin has been created (see Romans 6).

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

1 John 2:1-2
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Jesus took everyone’s sins at the cross. We will be held accountable for one thing to God, how did we respond to Jesus, did we accept Him and His gift or did we reject Him. When we receive Jesus, we receive all that He did for us and we are empowered to rise above sin.

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Let’s be a people who don’t only talk a good talk but walk a good walk. This is only possible through a revelation of who you are in Christ and how He has set you free and an understanding of the absolutely destructive nature of sin.

It’s better to live in God’s blessings

We receive from God via either blessings or miracles. Blessings are a supernatural empowerment, favour or ability that every believer receives from God. Blessings are not things, things are a fruit of the blessing. A miracle is a supernatural suspension or superseding of natural laws to resolve a crises.

It is far better to live your life, tapping into God’s blessings, than to move from crises to crises, needing His miracles. Miracles are temporary, the blessings remain with us. Miracles tend to be enough to get you out of trouble while blessings operate to produce abundance. While we may all need a miracle sometime, they should not be our primary way of receiving, we should always be pressing into the blessings.

We can look to many examples of miracles in the Bible. We see Moses and the Israelites crossing through the Red Sea, we see the Israelites living on Manna in the wilderness, we see the walls of Jericho fall at the blowing of trumpets and shouting, we see Jesus turning water into wine and feeding thousands with two fish and five loaves.

Blessings are always spoken. God spoke His blessings over Abraham and we inherit these same blessings through Jesus.

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Galatians 3:13-14
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses on our behalf, thereby releasing all the blessing on us while at the same time taking all the curses of the Law on Himself so that we operate only in the blessings.

Abraham’s Blessing:

Genesis 12:2-3
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

The Abrahamic blessing passed down from Isaac to Jacob:

Genesis 28:3-4
“May God Almighty bless you, And make you fruitful and multiply you, That you may be an assembly of peoples; And give you the blessing of Abraham, To you and your descendants with you, That you may inherit the land In which you are a stranger, Which God gave to Abraham.”

The blessings from the Law of Moses:

Deuteronomy 28:2-13
“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

All the blessings above are ours through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Just as we received Jesus through faith, we appropriate the blessings of God through faith. We must plant God’s promises deep in our hearts, where they become our only truth. Our faith is the bridge whereby the blessings of God pass from the spiritual into the natural world around us. Through faith we receive what God has already done for us.

As blessings are spoken, we must be careful on how we speak over our lives. When we say negative things over our lives we are speaking against the Word of God and we interrupt the blessings of God in our lives. We should always speak the promises of God out over our lives.

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

James 3:10-12
Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

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Jesus the resurrection and the life!

When we read the story of Lazarus rising from the dead in John 11, we see that Jesus is in fact the bringer of life in all its abundance. The same Jesus that raised the dead and was Himself resurrected lives in us when we believe in Him!

John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Romans 8:11
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

There is no situation in your life, no matter how difficult or “dead” it may seem that Jesus cannot transform. He is the specialist in making dead things live again. When we give our lives to Jesus and invite Him to be our Lord and Savior, we are born-again into His family. This is the beginning of a journey of renewal. While we are immediately transformed from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light and are guaranteed citizenship of heaven, it takes time to change our old ways of thinking to line up with God’s Word.

This process of “mind renewal” is what determines how successful we are in living out the promises of God on the earth.  Everything between us and God is done through us having faith (believing it to be true) in what He has done for us. Jesus paid the full price on the cross for our total redemption from sin and through that from sickness, poverty and every evil thing. As we change the way we think to line up with these truths, we will start to see freedom released in our lives.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The world’s system runs on fear and greed, God’s system runs on faith and love. You can’t think to operate using the world’s methods and get God’s results. You have to go to God’s Word and find His way of doing things. We must re-learn everything we learned before from the world in the areas of relationships, finances, health and everything else. Failing to renew our minds will cause us to miss out on all that God has for us and it’s the primary reason that so many Christians live defeated lives.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

Pray and declare today that the resurrected Jesus lives in you. Then command every evil thing to leave as you release His resurrection life into every area of your life!

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The power of praise

Psalm 150:6
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praising God is an important part of our lives. As we praise Him and acknowledge Him for who He is, we focus on His power and goodness and our faith rises up. Look at the rest of Psalm 150.

Psalm 150:1-5
Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

We are to praise God in every place and every situation. Music is a powerful tool to praise God, it enables us to connect with Him in a way that bypasses our issues and anxieties.

When we get a revelation of God’s love for us and everything He has provided for us through Jesus, praise is a natural response. God has set us free from slavery to sin and empowered us as victorious overcomers. His blessings (supernatural-empowerments/divine-abilities), allow us to be successful in all we set our hands to and to top it all off, we are adopted into His family as His children, co-heirs with Jesus!

The prophet Isaiah had a vision of God on His throne, and the seraphim (angels) in God’s presence where crying out praise to God continually. When we experience our connection with God we will have a deep desire to praise Him. We are encouraged to come boldly into His presence to get help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16)

Isaiah 6:1-3
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Praise does not change God, He is perfect and all His was are just. Our praises tune us into God’s goodness and calibrate our hearts to His Spirit. Praise is a powerful weapon against the attacks of the devil because as we stay focused on God and not our problems, our faith rises up to appropriate His promises of deliverance.

Deuteronomy 32:3-4
For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.

Look at Acts 16:25-40, Paul and Silas were in jail for preaching the good news of Jesus. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they were singing praises to God. As they were singing and praying, an earthquake shook the place and all the doors opened and their chains fell off. Paul and Silas did not run away but stayed to see the jailer and his family accept Jesus and be saved. Praise is powerful to shake of bondage and point us to Jesus.

I encourage you to do a Google search for Bible verses on praising God. This is a great way to see how much is said about praise and it will help you in praising God yourself.

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