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Monday, March 21, 2011

STRENGTHENING OUR FAITH

Our faith is strengthened as we set our minds on things that are "above".  
“Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 1:1-3

Lord, help us to see into the world of the supernatural so that we can walk "above", and have dominion over the natural world in which we experience and see so much sin and sorrow. For it was Your vision and great spiritual power that created and brought forth the natural world from the spiritual realm where You rule and dwell, Almighty God. “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him in heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” Ephesians 1:17-21 

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:6-7 

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 





(originally posted 1/22/07)

RISING ABOVE INSULT AND SLANDER

If you live in the kingdom of God, being subject to the laws, responsibilities, and privileges of that kingdom, then it is from this place that your power and way of life should come. Life in the kingdom of God is the highest life-style we can live. We are seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places Ephesians 3:4-7 Therefore, we are above all insult, lies, and slander which can be spoken against us. We are above all ill will sent to us by thought, word, look, deed, or feeling. Satan and his emissaries are truly defeated. Insults need to be put under the blood of Jesus and loosed from our souls. Only what is spoken about us in the heavenlies by God is important 


(originally posted 8/3/06)

THE DISABLING POWER OF FEAR

Fear challenges the Word of God. We cannot obey what we challenge in our minds and souls. Fear links arm-in-arm with unbelief and paralyzes our spiritual walk. What our hearts long to do becomes impossible to us because fear and unbelief say "no, you had better not, no, you cannot". At that point, the war is on. The wrestling match between what the word says we can be and do begins and rages on until we stop denying the power of God. It rages on until we say, “No, I cannot, but God can use me to do it. I do not have to be ragged in body mind, soul, spirit, affairs, relationships, concerns or possessions because God has promised me abundant life.” There are accounts all over the world, even in extremely hopeless, dry places, where desserts blossom because of those who through faith and patience obtain the promises of God.


(originally posted 4/6/06)