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What Prevails in Your Life?

Many a saint and hero win the race by prevailing through dark times. Dark storm clouds gather yet they persevere and push on. Our history books ar full of this struggle! Good versus evil, right versus wrong. But what will the historian say about us? Will they write epitaphs of our courage? Will chapters be written about how we faced our fears and succeeded no matter the circumstances?

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I think that all depends on one little word with a great big meaning. I believe it’s in the word “prevail”.

It appears in Acts 19 in this context.

“So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” Acts 19:20

What a usage! What a statement of fact! We have it on our wall by our door in our home. Every time I see that verse it encourages me.  It exhorts me! It pumps me up! What prevailed? The Word of God!

But first, it had to grow. It had to grow inside each individual person from the inside out. Our lot in life is not to simply suck air and hope things turn out great. We are destined for bigger things. Great things! But first we must work on us. IF the Word of God is going to prevail out in our schools, our work and our churches, it must first prevail in us.

Let’s take this a step further. What does prevail mean?

It is, as used here, the Greek word, “ischyo” and  it has several meanings.

  1. to be strong

    1. to be strong in body, to be robust, to be in sound health

  2. to have power

    1. to have power as shown by extraordinary deeds

      1. to exert, wield power, to have strength to overcome

    2. to be a force, avail

    3. to be serviceable

    4. to be able, can

Wow, right. that is one loaded word!  It has all the potential of massive amounts of creative and unyielding energy and power. It is agape love, earth triumphant forces of nature and God in manifestation doing the impossible all wrapped in one! I mean, WOWZAH! We don’t really see the emphasis until we see the rest of the usage. Let’s talk about that.

Where else is Ischyo used?

“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole G2480need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Matthew 9:12

They that are powerful, prevailing and healthy need not a physician! Ha! They don’t need to be fixed, they are already living the abundant life, they are already seeing God work in powerful ways. They don’t need to be patched up and put together.

How about this one.

“And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” John 21:6

“Not able” is the usage. There was so much fish, they could not prevail over them, they could not pull them into the boat.

“And they were G2480 not able G2480 to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.” Acts 6:10

Stephen spoke with so much wisdom that the words he spoke prevailed, they were not able to resist the wisdom. Wow! Just speak the Word, let it do the prevailing.

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth G2480 any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6

Love prevails, not circumstances.

“I can do  all (G2480) things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13

Now we’re getting somewhere! I can prevail over all things through Christ which strengthens me! WOW! What a usage! Are you stuck? Are you feeling less than prevalent? Let this word sink into and heal your soul!

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth G2480much.” James 5:16

I just love the Word of God! This is how it prevails! When we look at all the ways God used this word in His Word to heal us and take care of our hearts. Do we really need to wonder? Do we need to worry?

Take heart and be of a good courage my friend. Keep praying, keep going and know that God loves you and it’s Him and His power that will prevail, you have only to believe it and walk in it!

God bless you today!

All The Goodies You Could want in Just One Chapter

Do you need a pick-me-up? I was astonished today as I read through Romans 8 again. In my Bible, it’s highlighted, underlined and notes scattered throughout. It’s really beautiful, but then today as I simply and without notions of study read the words my mind came alive. This is HOW God wants us to live, it’s how He thinks about us. It’s so remarkable. It was true the verse in Jeremiah.

 

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Here for your enjoyment, Romans 8, take what you need for a great day today.

(Oh and I added some context and literal translations in parenthesis for better clarity.)

Rom 8:1-39 KJV

  1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God

6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (blow to smithereens) the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) waiteth for the manifestation (the bringing out)  of the sons of God. 20 For the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) was made subject (put under the authority) to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope, 21 Because the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (the devil’s dominion) into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. 29 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. 30 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. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. 34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God bless you today!

Beloved…

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2

When was the last time someone called you, “Beloved”? It’s a special thing when it happens but even more special in this context here in the Bible. Isn’t it interesting the content of this life altering verse? I love when I read a refreshing post, or hear a sermon where someone dares to think this big. I can hear you ask, “Terri, do you mean to say this is true? God wants me to prosper above all things and to be in health…above ALL things???” Couldn’t a father want that for his child? IF you are one of the kids out there who grew up with confused, or rotten parents, I’m sorry, but God isn’t like that. It’s not fair to read their mistakes into God’s strength, or our mistrust for relationships around us into our relationship with God. We have to put our past experiences where they belong, in the past. We can’t let them decide our future. God is so much bigger than that!  Okay, where else doesGod say that?.

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God thinks peaceful thoughts towards us, not evil ones. He loves us and works miracles on our behalf to make our life better and more peaceful. There is no problem that you have or could come up with that will stump God. He’s seen them all and been victorious over them all. God really does want the best for you. If you don’t believe me just read what He wrote about you.

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Just keep going! You are loved, BEloved to God. And He wants to help you.

 

God bless you today!

 

All We Have to Do is Believe

All we have to do is believe the promises of God, not make them come to pass. That sounds like a comment from the wide-eyed fervor of a zealot, a true believer.

frustrated-001 It doesn’t sound like it comes from a hard workin’, stressed-out business owner and mom who needs a break. So how do we do that? How do we believe?

“4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:4-6

“Quickened”, is the old English word for “made alive”.  God made us, who were dead spiritually, alive together in Christ, by grace then He raised us up together to sit in heavenly places.

Am I in heavenly places now? No, not at all, in fact, some days I feel like I’m going’ through hell. So how do we explain that? Well, this is like Grandma calling us in for a homemade dinner, and she has our seats marked at the table. They are reserved just for us. We have a place in heaven already waiting for us. Let’s read on.

” 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. ” vs. 7-9

It is not our job to save ourselves. We couldn’t, we don’t have any way to do it. We can’t work ourselves into that salvation. We don’t even deserve it! But then again, God doesn’t ask us to.

It’s His kindness not our effort. It’s His grace not our good deeds. It’s His gift to give and He can’t wait to give it. The same goes for miracles and healing and for all spiritual things, like understanding, peace, and hope. All these things are fruit of the spirit. God gave us the gift of spirit. Mankind didn’t manufacture it with our hands or minds. So why, would God save this stubborn, hard-headed, prideful lot?

“10 For we are his workmanship (masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11 Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];” vs. 10-14

Why did He do it? He knew we needed it. He loves and pities us. He gave us Jesus Christ to break down that barrier between us. Okay, so now what? I accept it, I am thankful. How do I see God’s promises come to pass?

We partake.

“6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” Ephesians 3:6-7

We have been given great power, now we just need to learn how to partake in it through our believing. We just believe.

Belief, is just coming to a conclusion about a matter.

So let’s say we’re faced with financial battles. Circumstances have us believing or concluding that we can’t overcome the financial burden. We can’t make it over the obstacles. So instead we look at God’s Word for the conclusion. What should we believe?

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalms 37:25

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

We can conclude, or believe, that God will supply all our need. And we conclude that He would never let His seed (us) beg bread.

We conclude that the Word of God is True and applicable today. We believe that God will, and can, do no less than His written Word. Is God the Creator of the universe able?  OH YES! And is He willing? Now we must learn how to receive anything from God.

God Bless You Today!

What Sort Of People Does God Give Everything To?

Very few of us know what really pushes God’s “Give” button or if there is a button at all. Personally, I’d like to just enter my pin number and out would come my blessing. Wouldn’t that be nice? We make God into an ATM machine.

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But no, God is a person. He has feelings. He has dreams and goals, just like we do. What is God’s goal  in this verse?

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2

It doesn’t seem like I deserve all that, especially after the ATM comment. Lol… BUT look at that. He wishes that we prosper and be in good health, above all things. That is amazing. It also sounds like there are two of us involved. Me and God. God wishes it, but am I supposed to make it happen? Or will He help me out?  How does it work?

That’s the great thing about being the right sort of person. For the right sort of person, it just happens. No, the “right sort” is not a religion, race or gender. Look at this old promise from way back in Psalms.

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:11

The “meek” sound like they have it made! What does it take to be meek?

I once heard these two definitions and they stuck with me.

Humility is being willing to listen to what God has to say. (Over our own opinions.)
Meekness is being willing to do what God wants done.

God empowers, blesses and needs people who are doers! “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,” James 1:22

That can’t be too hard right? God does love us and wants us to prosper and be in good health. God is love. God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. I’ve been meek to a boss, and I’m sure he didn’t care if I prospered or was in good health. I’ve been meek to teachers, friends, parents and colleagues. Being meek to God, now is that really that hard? God’s a big guy.

What if He wanted me to do something I couldn’t do?

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3

“Grievous” is translated from the Greek word, “barys”, and literally means; “hard to do.” God’s commandments are not grievous, or hard to do. Isn’t that a relief? This verse also mentions something besides meekness, and that’s love. God loves us and now we know how to love Him back. Wow! We just have to do His commandments. Isn’t that meekness?

Meekness is doing what He says to do without an attitude.

God just needs something done. He doesn’t have feet and hands or a mouth. He is Spirit and works inside you for good and for His glory. His glory is ours too. I’m going to add another layer here.

After the day of Pentecost, suddenly it was available to DO a lot more for God. He gave us salvation and the gift of holy spirit which is our permanent connection and interface that seamlessly operates nine manifestations, or functions. These functions are nine of the biggest hugs you’ll ever get from God. And the more you sow, the more you reap. What do we reap? A harvest, or fruit of the harvest. SO here we are working for God, “DO”ing things for Him, like speaking in tongues, getting word of wisdom and word of knowledge, discerning spirits, faith, miracles and healing. I mean we are little powerhouses now and having a blast doing it all the way down the line. What do we get back?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:23-24

Did you see that? Our fruit of the operating and living of our lives doing the work of the Spirit, is all the stuff we need to inherit the Earth. God asks us to be meek, then, for being meek; He gives us more meekness. Being meek, becomes easy! God asks us to walk in love and gentleness, and for doing that we reap the love and gentleness. God asks us to be at peace, and for doing that we reap abundant, deep, abiding peace!

The longer you live like this, what do you think happens? I would guess you begin seeing the MORE than ABUNDANT life up close and personal. God fills all your cups, He plugs all the leaks and He literally meets your need, almost before you know you have one. Why? Because of that dusty old promise in Psalms.

“But the meek shall (absolutely) inherit the earth; and shall (absolutely) delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:11

What joy! What rejoicing!

We have a great big wonderful God and He respects conditions, not persons or status. The condition here is meekness. Are you willing to have this kind of life? I know I am, and it’s much better than having an ATM for a Heavenly Father.

God bless you today!

What Kind of Person Would You Be?

 

You have to read this post today, because there are different ways to live, and God has something wonderful to say about it and you.

 “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye (you) received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe.”1 Thessalonians 2:13

Only the real deal Word of God can heal lives. Only the Real Deal Love (agape) of God can heal hearts. People change their minds all the time, yet beg God for a change of heart or a change in their life. How do you get that change?? By Receiving the Word the Right Way

It all starts with the word “received” in the second line of the verse. “Received” is the translated from the Greek word…paralambanō. It comes from the root word lambanō. It means “to receive”, but in the Greek, there is also another word for “receive”. It is dechomai.  Both of these words are translated into “receive” and have caused a ton of confusion in today’s Christian.

Let’s look at what they mean.

Dechomai is a subjective reception indicating that by a person’s own decision they received something, but nothing was manifested from the receipt, nothing was done with it. What was received was not manifested into the senses world.

Action” is the heart’s barometer measuring the condition, changes and beliefs one holds dear.

Lambano is an objective reception indicating that by a person’s decision he manifests outwardly that which has be received inwardly.

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Here is a great example of the words received being used.

“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received (dechomai-spiritually) the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive (lambano-manifest in the senses world) the Holy Ghost:” Acts 8:14,15

Why was Paul so thankful for those Thessalonians? How did they “RECEIVE” the word of God?

 “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received (para-lambano- received it into manifestation in the senses world) the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received (dechomai-without manifesting it in the senses world)  it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works (energeo, or energizes) also in you that believe.”1 Thessalonians 2:13

These believers used what they were given. They acted on it. What kind of things happened when they did that?

“But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:” 1 Thessalonians 3:6

These believers kept on standing and kept on doing what they were taught. Yeah it was hard, yes, their faith was tested, but they knew what they had been given.

Do you know what you have been given?

Do you know how much of a big deal it is when you stand for God? He knows it’s hard, but believe me it’s much harder without God. Let your life so tell the story of your stand and faith that when someone hears negative, they don’t believe it. They have seen you acting on your faith. What do you do when you are faced with negative situations? Do you give up? Or do you continue to manifest the Word of Life? Change is hard. It requires our full attention so when you have something this powerful pouring into your life and world, do something with it.

God bless you today!

I didn’t Know What to Do…Until I Found You

Have you ever been in a situation where questions are overwhelming and they out-weigh all the answers? It is stressful! I’ve been in that place. Where the only answers I get are negative and the only options I see in front of me involve sacrifice from me and I want to cry. And then, I talk with someone, or meet someone new, and suddenly all of that changes. Suddenly, I have hope again and it came from the most unlikely thing. I feel like everything will be okay.

It reminds me of the Samaritan women at Jacob’s well.

She had seen her share of hard times, in fact, she was living a nightmare! She bounced from bad relationship, to bad relationship and I bet she was feeling  hopeless and brokenhearted.

6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with [his] journey, sat thus on the well: [and] it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

Here’s one more man asking something of her, but he seemed different. He was a Jew and Jews were not allowed to converse or do anything with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

This man had answers and he seemed to know about something a lot bigger than she did. He was talking about living water? What is this living water? Is it something she could physically haul around in a jar? Everlasting life? Whoa, now this man is really peaking her interest. Her heart leaps with joy at the thought of living water. Hope springs anew.

“16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband.”

He’s going to judge me and surely he will push me away! I better tell him the kinder version.

“Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].

Suddenly this Woman Knew What to Do

Jesus Christ had compassion for this woman, but he also told her one of the biggest mysteries of all time. All-be-it still cloaked in mystery, but looking back he revealed the truth about the salvation plan.

Do you think this woman had found answers? Do you think she had hope?

“27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.”

Jesus hadn’t condemned her, he brought her answers. Answers that changed her life forever. Those same answers apply to us today. How many of us know how to worship God in Spirit? If you would like to learn what the Bible says about it, email me and I’ll send you a handout explaining what it is and how to do it. Fountain of Youth-001

Living waters are still flowing, let them change your life forever.

God Bless You Today!