Almighty God –
I am comforted in knowing that you are always with me – going before me, carrying a lantern of hope to light my path. When my soul becomes fearful, I direct my gaze unto Jesus and remind myself that I am your Beloved and that you are the One that can be trusted. Jesus is the embodiment of your love for me.
I hate Fear and understand that protracted fear gives my mind entrance to the enemy. I take my authority over the spirit of fear binding it and commanding it to leave my mind in the name of Jesus and by the blood of Jesus. Fear has no right to any place within my mind, body or my environment and will not be allowed to trespass. I pray for a sprinkling of the holy blood of Jesus over my mind to cleanse it from all fearful and unrighteous thoughts. As an act of my will, I forgive every person that has harmed me (Name them) or is harming me (Name them) and the action of forgiveness will shut the door to tormenting thoughts. Lord, forgive ME of my fear of man – or any unfounded fear that keeps me from your assignment on my life.
When I dwell in your Secret Place I can remain stable and fixed under your Shadow. You are my Rock and my Refuge. You are my Strength and an impenetrable Shield. Whom shall I fear ? I will be a protected spectator kept safely in the Secret Place and will witness the reward of attempts of wickedness towards me.
Father, I pray that you will shine the light on the places that I respond with Fear so that I can learn to turn and trust. Grow my roots of faith to become more firmly planted and established in your Son.
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Most Precious Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your mercy and great kindness. Your love endures forever. When I ask, you impart gifts from your Holy Spirit and as needed, the gifts of love, patience, kindness, self-control are brought to me without delay. Through my failures and successes, you have equipped me with sound wisdom, but your correct time and seasons are without fault or error to impart this wisdom. I seek timing, leading and most importantly, even more of your wisdom.
Because I walk in undeserved, unmerited favor, I live expectant that doors of great opportunity unlock on my behalf and in their correct time and season. The favor of the Lord opens doors that no man can shut. The favor of the Lord is upon me, and He confirms and establishes the work of my hands. Because of the New Covenant and the finished work of Jesus, my career is blessed, my family is blessed and my ministry work is blessed. I have been granted the keys to the Kingdom. Because I have dominion on the earth, what I bind on earth will be bound in heaven.
I decree that the favor of the Lord surrounds me like a shield against all enemies. When I call forth the blood of Jesus as protection – I speak into existence an impenetrable fortress. I am always above and I am never beneath. I am always the head and I am never the tail. Jesus has acquired all heavenly wisdom and because I am in Him and He is in me seated in heavenly places at the Father’s right hand – His Spirit counsels and teaches me skillful and Godly wisdom for any circumstance. I have the Spirit of Jesus Christ living in me and possess the identical power that raised Him from the dead and back to life. Thank you, God for the gift of your Spirit to me.
In the Name of Jesus I Pray – AMEN (So Be it)
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Dear Father –
I praise you with thanksgiving for this day, and for the many blessings that You have set before me. The work of your Son is complete so as I stand from victory for my prosperity, my safety and protection, my healing and wholeness, I hold on to the truth of Your Word. As I look unto Jesus and in the knowledge of His perfect sacrifice, I will move forward in confidence and boldness that He is partnering with me and mediating on my behalf. I remain fixed and focused on Jesus , relinquishing all self-occupation, fear and condemnation.
I am grateful that I have a good, good Father that loves me with an immutable, infinite caring love. The knowledge of this great love fills me with the light of hope and happiness. Knowing that my Father loves me and that Jesus is partnering with me in all family, career and ministry matters, keeps me grounded and provides a stable foundation for all areas of my life. While my sapphire foundation was established through affliction, You Lord set my gates, walls and foundation with precious stones. Your love and kindness never depart from me and your covenant of peace and completeness will never be removed.
I have been established in righteousness and I am in right standing because I seek to live in conformity to God’s will and His order. I am far from thoughts of oppression or certain destruction because I fully embrace the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ over my life. Righteousness, peace and victory over opposition is my heritage as a servant of my Lord and my God. I gladly receive the reward of peace as vindication for all unrighteous acts done to me.
In the Name of Jesus I Pray – AMEN (So be it)
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A Time to Dream radio interview Topic: Forgiveness Time: 28 Minutes
Hebrews 9:11-14 AMP
“When Christ came as High Priest of the good things that are already here, He went through a greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal (not temporary) redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”
When Christ was crucified, His Blood served as the total redemption for every sin committed from the beginning of time to every sin that would ever be committed. God’s wrath was taken out on one perfect sacrifice in strategic points on Jesus’ body, redeeming every known sin; perfectly and completely. This sacrificial act also had the power to cleanse our consciences from actions that lead to death so we can get about the business of building His Kingdom. (read the verse). Jesus has sprinkled His own Blood on the Mercy Seat of Heaven, allowing us access to the power of Heaven to work through any obstacle. Now Heaven is actually in you – your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit does not simply vacation at your address ( you are not Aspen) He lives in you ALL THE TIME.
Jesus’ sacrifice was perfect and complete, it had to be done this way because we cannot purchase our own freedom from sin or acts of sin. There was no higher sacrifice than God’s own Son. Jesus never struggled with sin so we look to Jesus as our hope to destroy the power of sin (in this case unforgiveness) instead of our own willpower. Willpower could be renamed ‘Soulpower’ because our souls are comprised of our mind, will and emotions. It takes God’s supernatural grace to overcome unforgiveness and other sin. When partnering with your faith, God can transform and release you from unforgiveness and sin, when your soulpower will not. When we accept Christ, we access His nature; He is in us and we are in Him. We must have a higher degree of faith in His character and His willingness to heal, deliver and transform us, than faith in ourselves.
Romans 5:20 NKJV
Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more!
Romans 5:20 AMP
But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, resting in His own work, and praying for all of His Saints. If you are “in Christ” you are no longer a defeated Sinner but a very precious Saint in the eyes of God. His Spirit lives in you – would He call His Spirit a Sinner? Would God who created the Universe put His very Spirit in someone that was a Sinner that could still be sinning? Yes, He did. And that person, after accepting by faith that His Son paid for all sin, is now called A SAINT. If that is not grace, I do not know what is.
Ephesians 4:32 states, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Bring each unforgiven person before the Lord and tell Him that because you are forgiven by Him through Jesus’ sacrifice without deserving forgiveness for your own sins, that the person that hurt you is now forgiven in your sight, then release all anger in Jesus’ Name and believe that God will do the transforming work. Forgiveness by faith (not through emotion), puts God in the driver’s seat. Forgiveness is not for people that deserve it. Extending forgiveness is simply extending grace ~ undeserved, unmerited favor.
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I drove down to the Bay Revival in Mobile AL 11/30/2012 to hear Steve Hill teach on ( I assumed) the subject of healing because he has spent the last 3 years battling melanoma and appeared to be well. Instead Pastor Steve spent well over an hour talking about sin. Bummer. It was a good sin sermon but nonetheless, it left me flat. At the close of the service, he asked everyone to raise their hand that needed forgiveness from sin and then asked everyone that had raised their hand to come to the front for prayer for forgiveness of their sin. I started working through this;
(1) I am forgiven of all sin through Christ’s final sacrifice that also redeemed me back from Adam’s fall and an Adamic nature (2) That Holy Spirit lives and works in me as partner to conquer all sin (3) The veil in the temple was torn signifying that I can come into the very presence of God to speak to Him and repent from any sin issue. (4) I have Jesus Christ as my High Priest seated at God’s right hand advocating me to God. (5) When I have a sin issue, I can repent (change my mind/ change direction) with the assistance of accountability partners or in partnership with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Certain pastors possess an anointing to break spirits and yokes that bind. It is beneficial for us to recognize them and take these opportunities for healing and deliverance. Sin is no small issue. Sin matters greatly to God because His Son had to die to defeat its power. Holiness matters greatly to God, too and
I AM FORGIVEN.
Tracy’s Prayer returning from the Bay Revival ~
Dear Father – I love you so much and thank you for this day. Thank you God for forgiving me for every sin I have or ever will commit because you see me through the lens of the sacrifice of your Son. Jesus, I am so grateful today for what you did for me on the Cross. I am filled with such joy and gratitude and hope because your actions defeated Satan, and sin cannot control me and your Father sees me clothed in a white robe of righteousness. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, an heir and Offspring of the seed of Abraham and every covenant blessing has been redeemed for me. I rest in the work of Christ and so very grateful that I am cleansed and protected by His holy blood. Holy Spirit, I ask you for favor today in every place I go – and thank you for being my teacher, my comforter, my counselor and best friend. Please administrate and coordinate every area of my life today in a way that is pleasing to God.
I pray all these things in the Mighty and Supreme Name of Jesus Christ My Lord – AMEN.
Psalm 89: 19-29 AMP
Once You spoke in a vision to Your devoted ones and said, I have endowed One who is mighty ; I have exalted one chosen from among the people. I have found David My servant with my holy oil I have anointed him, With whom My hand shall be established and ever abide. My arm also shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not exact from him or do him violence or outwit him, nor shall the wicked afflict and humble him. I will beat down the foes before his face and smite those who hate him. My faithfulness and My mercy and loving-kindness shall be with him, and in My name shall his horn be exalted (great power and prosperity shall be conferred upon Him). I will set his hand in control also on the (Mediterranean) Sea, and his right hand on the rivers (Euphrates with its tributaries). He shall cry to me, You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation! Also, I will make him the firstborn the highest of the kings of the earth (Rev. 1:5). My mercy and loving-kindness will I keep for him forevermore, and My covenant shall stand fast and be faithful with him. His Offspring also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. (Isa 9:7, Gal. 3:16).
An indication that the Lord planned the execution of the New Covenant from the beginning of time is found in Psalm 89 which depicts David as a type and shadow of the New Covenant Jesus Christ. The terms of Jesus’ Agreement in walking out the covenant with the Father were agreed upon from the beginning; God would never allow Jesus to leave His sight or His Presence while He was on the earth, The Spirit was sent to assist Him without measure, (it is the Holy Spirit that conceived Jesus in Mary, empowered Jesus to walk to Golgotha and resurrected Him from the grave), great reward and honor would be bestowed upon His return. Jesus agreed to be born of a woman; to become human in form, divesting Himself of His glory. He accepted the assignment of becoming a humble servant and understood before He came that wicked people would dishonor and attempt to destroy Him before His work was complete. Jesus, our Chief Advocate and Mediator of the New Covenant, faithfully agreed to walk out the terms of the agreement with His Father to insure that His Offspring and Seed would be guaranteed all the benefits planned for them.
As we know, the Eternal Covenant made between God and Jesus for all Believers (accepting by faith His Sonship and understanding He is the required sacrifice for all sin ) was a blood covenant requiring His life. Jesus by His own volitional will, came in the volume of the Book it was written, and timed with perfect precision. (Hebrews 10:7 AMP Behold, here I am O God ( to fulfill ) what is written of Me in the volume of the Book . vs 9: Behold here I am, coming to do your will). We now have the ability to live a life pleasing to God, with that ability given to us by God Himself. John 6:32 NKJV Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world”. Does this confirm with you how much is the love of God?
Psalm 89: 30-37 AMP
If His sons forsake My law, And do not walk in My judgements, If they break My statutes And do not keep My commandments, Then I will punish their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless My loving kindness I will not utterly take from Him, Nor allow My faithfulness to fail, My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David: His seed shall endure forever, And His throne as the sun before Me: it shall be established forever like the moon, Even like the faithful witness in the sky.
This passage also represents a foreshadowing of the crucifixion: Isaiah 53: But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
John 17: 1-5 AMP
When Jesus had spoken these things, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify and exalt and honor and magnify your Son, so that your Son may glorify and extol and honor and magnify You. Just as You have granted Him power and authority over all flesh (all humankind), (now glorify Him) so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. And this is eternal life: (it means) to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with and understand) You, the only true and real God, and (likewise) to know Him, Jesus as the Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), whom You have sent. I have glorified you down here on the earth by completing the work that You gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me along with Yourself and restore me to such majesty and honor in Your presence as I had with You before the world existed.
The Agreement was struck in Heaven before the creation of the world, then Jesus walked out the terms of grace, by grace.
While walking out the Agreement, the Great Shepherd of the sheep ~
(1) showed the people they have access to divine healing/freedom by healing them
(2) showed the people they have access to God’s provision by feeding them
(3) showed the people that peace could be attained by focusing on Him
(4) admonished all people to Fear Not and removed their fear
(5) taught and cared for multitudes as their shepherd and teaching pastor / rabbi
(6) taught forgiveness and showed the people they must forgive
There is also every reason to assume that Jesus even knew the names of the people He would encounter while on earth, the ones that would be coming into His own body, The Church.
He finished the work of the New Covenant (new agreement) at the Cross. Jesus shed blood in 7 places; His back took lashes from a rod, both hands and both feet took nails, His head wore a crown of thorns, and His side was pierced by a Roman soldier. The Number 7 is the number for perfection and revelation.
2 Timothy 1:9 AMP
(For it is He) who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness (to a life of consecration, a vocation of holiness); (he did it) not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace (unmerited favor) which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began (eternal ages ago).
Genesis 3:1-13 AMP Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he (Satan) said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the Garden?’ And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the Garden, Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the Garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ But the serpent said to the woman,’ You shall not surely die, For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity. And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable and pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at and the tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband and he also ate, Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apron- girdles. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the Garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the Garden. But the Lord God called to Adam and said where are you? He said, “I heard the sound of you walking in the Garden and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself. and He said , who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?
The very first Law given by God to man was violated by the very first people made to dwell the earth, resulting in the very first sin (wilful disobedience) and with it, the very first mention of shame and condemnation. Genesis 3:23 AMP continues – therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east corner of the Garden of Eden and a flaming sword which turned every way to guard the way to the Tree of Life. (Cherubim guard the holiness and righteousness of God). This is not only the Bible’s first account of sin but also the first account of sin conciousness and condemnation and attention to self.
For sin to have any strength there first must be a law, rule or commandment that can be violated – something that is forbidden. This was the only place that Satan could get to man because eating of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was the only thing that was forbidden. As we know, Satan found his opening and thereafter Adam and Eve lived with the ever-present reality that they had unbroken fellowship with God and no access to His presence. There was no knowledge of faith, no hope through a Savior, no divine revelation available from the Holy Spirit – God dealt with them directly, and severely.
Enter Jesus …….
Hebrews 7:11 AMP Therefore if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law) what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron (or the law of Moses)? For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe from which no man has officiated at the altar. ….. And a Better Way.
Perfection and holiness had to be purchased for us through Jesus’ sacrifice – we could never attain perfection and holiness in our own strength or through our own consistently good behavior. We are now perfect and holy in the sight of God as He views us through the perfect lens of His Son. It is only through the glorious work of the Cross and the Exchange that allows us to be seen by God wearing white robes of righteousness; not draped in our perceived shame, our defeat or our condemnation. Condemnation, shame, defeat, fear occurs through the Knowledge of Good and Evil ; and a conciousness of sin. We can never be Good Enough to completely satisfy God – that is why He sent Jesus, the Tree of Life. Condemnation is defeated in the full understanding and knowledge of the perpetual cleansing flow of the Blood of Jesus that not only pardons us from sin but constantly sanctifies and transforms. The Blood of Jesus is nothing less than the eternal power of God Himself – and where He exerts His Almighty supernatural power to resurrect us from our sin and sin conciousness. We must look to and through Jesus as the Author and the Perfecter of our faith and lives. Only when we fully recognize what He has done for us and the fullness of the completion of the Finished work, can we understand the magnitude of our freedom. He is now seated at the right hand of God, at rest, because His work of purging sin is Finished and perfect!
John 20: 19 – 23 NKJV “Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and is side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you. And when He said this He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
When Jesus showed the nail wounds on his hands and side to the disciples, and said, “Peace Be With You.”, he could have said that HE was Peace and with them and to rest in His finished work. Shalom! I am Peace in the middle of your Fear! We can now come with innocence and child-like faith, open our hearts to the ever-increasing experience of the sanctifying, delivering power of the finished work by simply asking Jesus to perform its effects in us. The Blood of Jesus is brought by the Holy Spirit to cleanse our consciences, cleansing us from all sin and even the stain of sin however this divine work cannot be separated by the choice of man to cease sinning. You must stop the sin.
When we understand and receive, by faith, Jesus’ finished work on Calvary, the Holy Spirit sprinkles Christ’s own blood on our hearts in response. Until we truly believe in His finished work at Calvary, there will be no transformative effect on our souls. Although we may struggle with condemnation or fear, if we believe with all of our heart that Jesus has paid the price of sin it will bring our conscience and soul into a state of rest. To be sprinkled by the blood of Jesus allows one to take full command of their conscience in the Spirit and know that only through the justifying power of the Blood can we even experience righteousness and fully rest in its cleansing – we can feel totally secure and our conscience should no longer condemn us. Freedom. This is the way …. walk in it.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience… Hebrews 10:22.
Ephesians 3:20 NKJV
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church of Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20 AMP
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the (action of His) power that is at work within us, is able to (carry out His purpose and ) do super abundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts , hopes or dreams) To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).
Immediately following His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus appeared to the Apostles and breathed into them the life of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was released into 3,000 people. These are the Bible’s first accounts of people being saved as the grace of God was poured out into humanity following the death and resurrection of His Son. The sacrifice that formed an Eternal Covenant between God and Jesus for all mankind also installed Jesus as our Advocate where He sits at the right hand of God, making intercession for us every day. The Holy Spirit, the very spirit of God that knows His will, is deposited into us as our internal Counselor, Comforter, Teacher, GPS, and Best Friend. The Holy Spirit is your Sword of Gideon.
The Old Testament story of Gideon details an account of God choosing him to be the one to deliver Israel from the Midianites. Despite his feelings of inadequacy, Gideon continued to put one foot in front of the other in obediance to the will of God. After asking God to confirm His will multiple times, God’s mercy prevailed and Gideon moved forward to fight the Midianites and Amalekites “who lay along the valley like locusts for multitude” (Judges 7:12) As the great battle neared, Gideon heard a dream interpreted that described a cake of barley bread that rolled into the camp of the Midianites, flattening their tent. (Barley was very inexpensive and the least of all grains, distinguished from ‘fine flour’.) Gideon’s family was the poorest in Manasseh and he was the least in his family but through the Lord’s detailed direction, Gideon and his small band of 300 warriors destroyed the Kings and Princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb, and 120,000 of their men fell by the Sword.
Ephesians 3:16 AMP
May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit (Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality).
The Holy Spirit is a person, working in and through, enabling you to become more like Christ while providing necessary tools and communication to live successfully. His primary role is to point you to Jesus but one of His roles is to administrate and orchestrate the redemptive covenant benefits awarded by grace through the blood and resurrection of Jesus –
Shammah (His Presence, Always There, Ezekiel 48:35)
Shalom (Peace, Judges, 6:24)
Ra-ah (Shepherd-Pastor, Psalm 23:1)
Jireh (Provision, Genesis, 22:14)
Nissi (Banner of Victory Over Darkness, Exodus 17:15)
Rapha ( Healer, Exodus, 15:26 )
Righteousness (Tsidkenu, Jeremiah, 23:6)
M’Kaddesh (Sanctifier, Leviticus, 20:6)
It is the will of God for all people to fully understand what His Son purchased for them and walk in the fullness of the glory of the New Covenant.
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Over the past year plus more following the devastating April 2011 tornado, I have prayed diligently for my hometown; Tuscaloosa, Alabama. One December day, I prayed a simple prayer asking God specifically to allow the University of Alabama to win the BCS Championship. I barely know a field goal from a safety but I do understand that winning the National Championship brings hundreds of thousands of fans to Tuscaloosa, driving millions of dollars into its sales tax base, money still urgently needed for tornado recovery. Following my prayer, I felt a single yet strong, and very definitive confirmation from the Holy Spirit. The University of Alabama football team not only won the BCS Championship title, but shut out its opponent. Throughout this spring, the U of A has won National Championship titles in women’s golf, women’s softball, gymnastics and also recruited the #1 college football team for next season. I believe there is more to come.
God loves us, and wants to bless us exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever imagine. I was content with one (albeit major) football game but blessing continues to flow on this program. How many times do we put limitations on God, becoming satisfied with our finite ideas of what He could do for us when He has planned exceedingly and abundantly more? He has removed all major obstacles through the sacrifice of His Son, which formed an eternal covenant with Him to provide for the needs of every Believer.
To my friends that cheered for the opposing team during the Championship….Hey – It was only a game! But you’re the ones that taught me how to pray! 🙂
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As Believers, we must recognize fear as the dangerous portal to evil that it is – Fear is the foundation of almost any poor decision, and the primary spiritual root cause of almost every emotional malaise. Fear will kill you unless you kill it first –
Hebrews 13:6 AMP
So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm (I will not fear or dread or be terrified.) What can man do to me?
If you look closely at the root of all negative emotion; envy, discord, strife, jealousy, insecurity, selfish ambition, pride, disrespect, lying it is undergirded and confidently supported by a sled of FEAR, which is the antithesis of faith. God will only work through faith (the leaning on the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) to upright you in your circumstances. Fear simply prolongs the ride. Fear Not! The Scriptures exhort us never to be afraid.
When Jesus’ Body was sacrificed on our behalf – He purchased our right to a free mind; freedom from all torment, fear, anxiety, confusion, shame, and depression. ( Isaiah 53:5 ) His Blood purchased our deed of ownership to the right to peace always as our natural state. Jesus’ sacrifice allows each of us the opportunity to walk out this knowledge by utilizing the tool box of the Eternal Covenant; the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of God. When you pray, do not do so begging God from a defeated or even a weakened stance – you ALREADY OWN PEACE OF MIND – YOU ARE ALREADY FREE. It was purchased for you through the grace of the Exchange and is to be internally maintained through the Power of the Holy Spirit. Pray from a position of ownership, not as a tenant.
Hebrews 10:14-23 AMP
For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy. And also the Holy Spirit adds His testimony to us (in confirmation of this). For having said, This is the testament, covenant) that I will set up and conclude with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding), He then goes on to say, And their mind and their law breaking I will remember no more. Now where there is absolute remission (forgiveness and cancellation of the penalty) of these (minds and law breaking) there is no longer any offering made to atone for sin. Therefore brethren since we have full freedom and confidence to enter the Holy of Holies that is through His flesh and since we have such a great and wonderful and noble Priest (Who rules) over the house of God. Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified engendered by faith having our heats sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water. So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.
If you have a relationship with Jesus as your Savior you now live IN CHRIST JESUS – covered and protected in Him and by Him. You own the mind of Christ – your mind and Christ’s mind are ONE. This is a dynamic shift in thinking – we pray from a free and redeemed stance; whether you feel free or not. You possess everything that you need for your own freedom and deliverance. You are now One with Christ Jesus and when the Father looks at you, He sees You through the lens of His Son’s sacrifice. Now picture not the Jesus Christ beaten, covered in blood, and dying while hanging from a tree but see the Christ Jesus of the Revelation.
And in the midst of the lampstands (One) like a Son of Man, clothed with a robe which reached to His feet and with a girdle of gold about His chest. His head and His hair were white like wool, (as white) as snow, and His eyes (flashed) like a flame of fire. His feet glowed like burnished bronze as it is refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth there came forth a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full power at midday. Rev. 1:13
This is Your Jesus Now. He has given you His Holy Spirit and you are strong IN HIM. God loves you. We must understand what we now own and learn how to pray –
STRATEGIC PRAYER AGAINST FEAR/ ANXIETY/ CONFUSION/ OFFENSE
I thank you Father, for the authority that I own because of the sacrifice of Your Son on the Cross on my behalf; every lash He took on His Body, every thorn in that Crown, and every nail that pierced Him purchased healing in my body and peace within my mind. I ask that my heart and mind be sprinkled with the blood of Christ Jesus and therefore guarded by Him. That your Holy Spirit apprehend every spirit that is not from God.
Fear, (or anxiety, confusion, offense, condemnation) I command you by the Power and Authority that I have by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on my behalf, to release me now. As I look unto Jesus and the crown of thorns that He wore to pay for my mind to be free, I decree that the spirit of Fear be bound and broken in the name of Jesus. I ask the Holy Spirit to release in me the mind of Christ – Jehovah Shalom.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name AMEN!
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The greatness of God rouses fear within us, but His goodness encourages us not to be afraid of Him. To fear and not be afraid – that is the paradox of faith.
Knowledge of the Holy A.W. Tozer
Psalm 27: 4 – 6 AMP
The Psalm of King David
One thing have I asked of the Lord that I will seek, inquire for and (insistently) require. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord (in His Presence) all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty (the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness) of the Lord and to meditate, consider and inquire in His temple.
For in the day of trouble, He will hide me in His shelter, in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock, And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy, I will sing, yes I will sing praises to the Lord.
An account of the Bay Revival, Mobile Alabama
There is an atmosphere where His Presence dwells and no evil can sustain – no torment or hindering thoughts, no condemnation or guilt, no distractions. There is an atmosphere where every negative thought chokes, then sputters, and vaporizes – a climate of consistent, thunderous praise and endless petitions of prayer requesting the majesty of His Presence. This is the air of holiness, the birthplace of miracles, but instead of by ones and twos they occur by the dozens. Bondage cannot breathe in His Presence because where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.
This weekend, I attended the Bay Revival. Each time I go and watch the magnificent power of God move it astounds me. No matter your belief about Revivals, it is absolutely impossible to “manufacture” what you witness. There is no other explanation but God moving but not orderly or organized as we think of the Holy Spirit’s typical actions. Revival is achieved in part by taking command of an atmosphere and drawing His Presence into an environment where He wants to work and move in mass display. I hope that this same thunderous praise and prayer is pervasive in Heaven’s divine atmosphere. How wonderful if Heaven has one large eternal Revival tent. “Has anyone seen Divinely Constructed today? – oh yes, walk past The Pearlies, down the main street of gold and turn left at the fourth jasper wall. You can’t miss the tent! You will certainly find her there.” Glory!
I’m glad that my body is a tent – and in it I possess internal Revival purchased for me through the Exchange at the Cross. Jesus’ body was sacrificed as our gateway into an eternal covenant. He will hide me in the place of His shelter, in the secret place of His tent will He hide me – we can hide in the shelter of praise and worship – our own intimate Revival and communion tent with Him – and offer up praise and thanksgiving. …. And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies – He will act to defend us from liars, and shame slanderers and derail the strategies of our enemies. (An enemy is someone who openly diminishes your influence in your absence and resists your success.) Jesus’ Blood purifies us, allowing the precious gift of God’s Presence. God cannot look upon or be in the presence of sin so if not for what Jesus did, we could never cohabit any environment with Him. Jesus’ body was exchanged to enable us permanent access to the power of the Holy Spirit. His torn body bought us peace, righteousness, healing, sanctification, provision, victory over darkness, restoration and His protection as our shepherd. Healing, freedom, righteousness, defeat of demonic power – can only be granted to you by the Holy Spirit because of the Holy Blood of Jesus.
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Last night I was at the Revival and left an offering, a short note/ prayer request and a few of my articles focusing on the Blood of Jesus in the collection box for Pastor Nathan. I arrived back in town today (Sunday) around 1:45 and drove straight to the car wash to de-insect my white vehicle from the 4 hour drive. As I was leaving, a conversation started with a person in the vehicle next to mine. I was standing between the driver’s side seat and the open door, my arms draped over the car door and I was slightly leaning on it – she was on the other side of the car door.
While in mid-sentence suddenly my body started tingling then it felt like a FIREBALL blew through my spirit – like a rocket went through me. I thought I was going to hit the ground – my knees buckeled, and I couldn’t finish my sentence. For several seconds, I did not know if I was going to be able to stand. This woman looked at me like I was nuts but I could not tell her what had just happened. I recovered and kept up the discussion – but WOW!
All I can say is Brother Nathan – if that was you praying for me – I want what you’ve got! TG