Wednesday, August 13, 2008

8/13/08 - Faith

Faith

Today…I really…want to talk about one word…THAT WORD IS FAITH!

We are living in times…where many of us…are facing issues…that only God can solve.

We have tried earthly solutions…and they have not BEEN THE ANSWER.

Somebody shout…Lord…Give us the Answer!

There are some elementary…or basic things… that we need to make rock solid in our lives…

if we plan to spend the rest of our days…IN A MORE IMPROVED STATE.

Is there anybody in here…looking for better days!
Listen…the Bibles tells us that GOD IS A SPIRIT…

AND THOSE THAT WORSHIP HIM…MUST DO IT IN THE SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!

When the Apostle John mentioned here…in the spirit and in truth….

He was referring…to your FAITH!

You have to begin to believe…that you can talk to GOD from the inside… (your spirit person)

and talk with Him from the honesty of your heart! (the truth of who you are…and what you’re thinking)

For the only way you can approach the throne room of God…and Worship…is by FAITH!

Repeat after me…Without FAITH…it is impossible…to please God…

For he that cometh to God…must believe that God is…

And that He is a rewarder of them…that diligently seek Him.

Listen…after a period of time as the disciples walked with Jesus…

and they heard his teaching and saw His FAITH in action …

as people were being healed…and delivered.

They asked Jesus…if He would increase there FAITH.

Luke 17:5-6 - “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. [6] And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you”.

These disciples…had come to understand…that nothing would work for them…

unless they had FAITH!

They had also came to understand…that hearing Jesus speak…

was building up there belief system.

Rom. 10:17 - “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.

Heb 11:1-3 - “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

[2] For by it the elders obtained a good report.

[3] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Faith requires you to do something…it requires action…it requires you to step out of the box.

James 2:17 - “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone”.

Faith is a tool…given by God to all of us…

that we might overcome all the things…that the world throws at us.

1 John 5:4 - “ For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

8/06/08 - Appraising the Battlefield…for Open Doors

Appraising the Battlefield…for Open Doors

How many of you know…

that God has commanded us…to move onto the battlefields of our minds…that we…

should reclaim…all the mental powers…that the Devil has stolen from us!

God knows if we are to be successful…we must begin to recognize those battlefield in our minds…

that we may overcome all the power of darkness in our thought life.

God is wanting us to locate the TRUE enemy… focus our spiritual vision on him…

bind him… and claim back what is ours…and what has been promise as ours!

Let’s pray…

As a child of God…we must first understand that our Heavenly Father is GOOD.

That His chief motivation in our life…is to make us the best person…we can possibly be.

Everything He does as He deals with us…in our walk with Him…

is to develop our potential…to the greatest degree possible.

On the other hand…Satan is totally evil.

Jesus describes to us…Satan’s job description… in John 10:10...when He says…

“The thief cometh not…but for to steal…and to kill…and to destroy”.
To better understand who God is…let’s look at his attributes or characteristics…

that has been revealed in the Bible:

God is:

Spirit

Holy - He has never been touched by sin

Eternal - He has always existed

Infinite - without limits except when He has limited Himself by His Word

Omnipresent - everywhere at once

Omniscient - all knowing

Omnipotent - all mighty

Truth - He never…ever lie

Just - 100% fair in His actions with us

Righteous - totally good

Life - He isn’t just alive…He is LIFE
Unchangeable - James 1:17 - “ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”.

Sovereign - absolute supreme ruler

Love - He is the most loving personality in the universe

Faithful - absolutely trustworthy

Merciful - beyond human comprehension

Provident - watches over and cares for His creation

God’s attributes…never…get out of balance with each other…He never acts out of character!

It is for this reason…that we are able to trust and have confidence’s in God concerning our lives.

He will ALWAYS…do what is best for us!

Now…what about the enemy…let’s look at what the Bible reveals about his character:
The Devil is:

A liar

A murderer

A sower of discord

An adversary

Cunning

Wicked

Malignant - totally evil

Cowardly

A tempter

A thief

Without principles

Proud

Deceitful

Fierce and cruel

Aggressive

Destroyer

Now…some of the works of the devil…that we need to be very aware of…are:

sin, sickness, fear, death, depression, murder, temptation, deception, lust and rebellion.

But I want you know…that God informs us in John 3:8:

“For this purpose…the Son of God…was manifested…that He might DESRTOY THE WORKS of the devil”.

It is through the “Name of Jesus”…that we are able to appraise battlefields…and gain victories.

It is therefore very very important…that each of us…become experts…in recognizing…

Who is doing What…in our lives…To be able to react correctly….according to the Word of God.
Now take a moment…close your eyes…begin to think of things that aren’t right in your life…

I mean really focus in on those things that hurts you…

those things that are robbing you of a true peace of mind…

Family situations that aren’t right…job issues that are under your skin….

Pain and discomfort that comes against your body…

Financial scenarios…that are causing havoc in your planning…

These things are real…it is these things…that we must assess and appraise.

It is these things…that are becoming battlefields in our spirit.

There are doors there…these are doors…that are letting pain…and misery enter our lives.

Come on…come on…they must be identified and located.

We must know where these entrances are…that we might begin to shut the DOOR!

The Apostle Paul…tells us…that WE are the determining factor…

in whether the devil can operate in our life or not.

Eph. 4:27 - “ Neither give place to the devil”.

The Amplified Bible says it this way… “Leave no room or foothold for the devil…give no opportunity to him”.
When we allow opening in our spiritual life…

the devil feels he has the right to take advantage of us in those specific territories.

If we keep the doors closed…he can’t do what he would like to do.

The Bible first introduces us…to the “Open Door” principle…in Genesis when God said to Cain.

Gen. 4:7 - “If thou doest well…shalt thou not be accepted?…and if thou doest not well…sin lieth at the door”.

God told Cain…that Satan was crouched at his doorway…waiting to leap into his life.

Cain had the choice…and because he chose to open the door to jealousy….

The devil led him into the murder of his brother.

Look at your neighbor…and say…sin is progressive!

One things leads to another…until we find ourselves in big trouble.

It is for that reason…we all must learn to close those doors…

and keep them closed before they develop into something harmful.

These open doors …has a heritage…they either come from lineage…crisis…or just plan ignorance’s.

Eph. 6:10-13 - Ҧ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.


James 4:7 - “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bible Study 07/13/08 - Faith Comes From God

Faith Comes From God


Today…I’m believing that God has sent us a Word…to Help Build our Faith.

How many…need there Faith…built up?

There’s a portion in each of you…called inner faith…that comes from God.

It is called… “the measure of faith”…

and every person…is given this amount according to Rom 12:3.

This measure is an amount…whereby every person is without excuse…for not believing in God.

This God-given faith…is the initial starting amount… that everyone possessed at one time.

A person can go on to develop this faith…

by studying the Bible to build his faith as promised in scripture…

or a person can throw away his initial measure of faith.

God has allowed each us…to make our own choice.

But one thing for sure…He has given us a free gift… a gift…that cost a man His life…a gift called Faith.

And because of God’s grace…and this gift of faith… we are able…to be saved.

Eph. 2:8

True faith…comes from God…and it is faith…that brought you to church today.

There was a point in God’s plan at onetime… where faith…was not originally meant for you and I.
It was meant only for the Jewish people. God’s chosen ones.

But because of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us… we were included.

I want you to know…that FAITH…is really a big deal!

Acts 14:27 (read this verse):

When this door was open…a couple of important things…initially came through that door.

Repeat after me…

#1 - The Gospel News of Jesus…..and…

#2 - by hearing…and believing…I’m able to receive
the promise.

Why do we need to hear the Word of God?
We need to hear…how others were tested by faith…

and overcame there issues…trails…obstacles… barriers…and mountains.

Read heroes of faith - book of Hebrews Chpt. 11:

We are like a book…and our life is being written.

There’s chapters of stuff…that we have gone through and will go through…

that’s being produced and has an author.

And that author…has a great audience…that’s taking note.

Heb. 12:1-2 (read this passage)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Bible Study 07/06/08 - Faith Challenges

Faith Challenges…is the Testing of Your Faith
Otherwise…Called Warfare

The trials and temptations we encounter are for our growth.

From time to time…God is going to test your faith.

It’s important that we fix our eyes upon Jesus…that our faith fail not.

Everything God has for us…is in us.

He made us in His image.

He’s a faith God…and we are to be faith people.

The bible says…that “faith cometh by hearing…and hearing by the Word of God”.

That scripture saying…is a very important to the strategy of Satan.
He works in just the opposite direction.

He doesn’t want you to have hope in God…faith in God…belief in God.

His method of operating…is to tear you down.

Listen…once you tear down a person’s self-esteem… they become a danger to themselves.

This is the main cause of the use of drugs…alcohol

and every other destructive thing that destroys a person.

Satan…wants to attack your value system.

And it’s up to you…to fight back!

1Tim.6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
Lk.22:31-32 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”


1Pet.5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

We have to begin to look at temptation as an opportunity.

A opportunity to stand strong as a disciple…an opportunity to put the devil on the run.

An opportunity…to sharpen our “Faith” skills.

Look at your neighbor and say…I’m a soldier… not a coward.
James.1:2-3 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”


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

Notice that this scripture never gave us the impression that the darts would stop.

But that impact of the attacks…would be greatly reduced.

Look at your neighbor and say…you’re not going to die. It’s meant for a lesson!…I’m an over-comer!

1Jn.5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”