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Comment by Albert Finch on July 12, 2015 at 3:27pm

IMAGES OF FAITH

1John 3:2 -- "Beloved, now are we the sons of God......"

We will not become the sons of God when we get to heaven. We are sons of God now. If we aren't sons of God here, we won't make it to heaven.

We must have within us the image that God has of us: then we will be enlightened and see that God's fullness will dwell in us as we keep His Word.


FEAR GIVES SUBSTANCE TO THINGS NOT DESIRED


Job 3:25 -- "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me."

The words we speak create: (1) images either of faith based on the authority of God's Word or (2) fear based on our failure to believe and act of God's Word. Just as faith in God's word gives substance to things hoped for (desired), on the other hand, fear give substance to things not desired.

The point is that every circumstance or situation life is subject to change if we are consistent to do what Jesus said in Mark 11:23,24; Luke 17:6; and John 15:7. But on the other hand, if we speak words of doubt, fear, and unbelief, we may establish bad situations and curcumstances in our life forever.

Ephesians 4:29 -- "...Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."

Comment by Albert Finch on July 10, 2015 at 10:24pm

HAVING ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE


Matthew 6:9,10 - "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."


THE LORD'S MODEL PRAYER PROVIDES THE CLEAREST INSTRUCTION ON HOW WE BRING THE REALITY OF HIS WORLD INTO THIS ONE.
BIBLICAL PRAYER IS ALWAYS ACCOMPANIED BY RADICAL OBEDIENCE (ACTION) WHICH ALWAYS RELEASES THE NATURE OF HEAVEN INTO OUR IMPAIRED CIRCUMSTANCES.

JESUS' MODEL PRAYER REVEALS THE ONLY TWO REAL PRIORITIES OF PRAYER;
(1) IMTIMACY WITH GOD THAT IS EXPRESSED IN WORSHIP - HOLY IS YOUR NAME.
(2) BRINGING HIS KINGDOM TO EARTH, ESTABLISHING HIS DOMINION OVER THE NEEDS OF MANKIND.


Observation


AS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS I AM BOTH A CITIZEN AND AMBASSADOR OF ANOTHER WORLD.
THIS WORLD IS MY ASSIGNMENT, BUT NOT MY HOME.
MY PURPOSE IS ETERNAL. HAVING AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE CHANGES THE WAY I DAILY INTERACT WITH OTHERS AND MY MUNDANE CHORES.
THE RESOURCES I NEED TO COMPLETE MY ASSIGNMENT ARE UNLIMITED - THE ONLY RESTRICTIONS ARE BETWEEN MY EARS.


John 15:7 - "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will,and it shall be done unto you."

FELLOWSHIPING WITH JESUS IS HOW YOU GET TO KNOW HIM PERSONALLY. AND THE BEST WAY TO FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS IS WITH HIS WORD.


IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ABIDE IN JESUS WITHOUT THE WORD AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ABIDE IN THE WORD WITHOUT JESUS, BECAUSE JESUS AND THE WORD ARE SYNONYMOUS.

KINGDOM DYNAMICS BEGIN TO FLOW THROUGH YOUR BEING, AND YOU KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT WHAT YOU ARE MAKING DEMANDS ON MUST OBEY YOU. YOU ARE NOT TALKING OUT OF YOUR OWN STRENGTH OR CONFIDENCE ANY LONGER. YOU HAVE THE ANOINTING OF GOD'S WORD. YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE DOESN'T HEAR YOU TALKING ANYMORE; IT HEARS JESUS TALKING.

Comment by Albert Finch on July 9, 2015 at 10:03am

GETTING GOOD

Romans 10:10 - "For with the heart man beleiveth unto righteousness......."

Romans 5:17 - "For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ."


Paul makes two significant statements about righteousness:

1. With the heart man believes unto righteousness.

2. When we receive Jesus and we are born again, we receive "the gift of righteousness."


RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A GIFT


Too often we have associated righteousness with "good works." The Bible teaches good works and right conduct, but all of our good works and right conduct will never make us righteous. If good works made us righteous, we wouldn't need Jesus.

Another fallacy about righteousness is that we've thought we had to grow into some kind of "high spiritual state" to be righteous. We can grow in the Lord and we can develop spiritually, but we cannot grow in righteousness. We will never be any more righteous than we are right now!


2 Corinthians 5:17,21 - "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. For he hath made him (God has made Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."


In Christ we become new creatures. In Him we become the righteousness of God when we are born again (verse 21).

This righteousness we are told to seek is not right behavior, but RIGHT STANDING before God, which comes to us as a gift when we receive salvation.

Romans 4:5 -- But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.

We are not righteous because of how morally upright we are.
We are not righteous because we exercise self-control.
We are not righteous because we read 10 chapters of the Bible daily.
We are not righteous because we feel righteous.


JESUS' FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS


We are the righteousness of God in Christ solely because the sacrifice of Jesus made us so. When we believe this, our faith is accounted for righteousness.

If we are righteous by our deeds, we don't need faith. We also don't need faith to know that we are sinful. But we do need faith to believe and declare that we are the righteousness of God in Christ, in the midst of our struggles with temptation and sin.

At the cross, Jesus didn't just remove our sins, He also gave us His righteousness so that today, we can come boldly before the throne of God and receive freely everything that He died to give us!


Affirmations:

I seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, not my own righteousness, and "all these things shall be added to me."

I expect good things to happen to me because blessings are on the head of the righteous (Proberbs 10:6).

I am righteous only because of the blood and finished work of Jesus at the cross.

Comment by Albert Finch on July 8, 2015 at 6:36pm

FACING OUR NEED FOR GRACE


Matthew 6:13 - "And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

There is no temptation or sin in heaven. This prayer does not imply that God wants to tempt us.
We know from James 1:13 that it is impossible for God to entice us to sin. This kind of praying is important because it requires us to face our need for grace. It helps us to align our heart with heaven -- one of absolute dependency on God.


The phrase "deliver us from evil", as it is traditionally rendered, actually means, "deliver us from the evil one." A heart modeled after heaven has great success in spiritual warfare. Jesus was able to say, "satan has nothing in me." The believer is to be completely free from all satanic influence and attachments. That is the cry voiced in this prayer.

James 4:7 - So be subject to God. Resist the devil (stand firm against him), and he will flee from you.


John 8:32 - If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

Some have thought being nice was of the same essence as knowing the truth.
It is not.
We can thank our parents that we are nice but, if we would know the truth, we must seek God and be willing to obey Him.

Comment by Albert Finch on July 7, 2015 at 9:26am

EATING AT THE FATHER'S TABLE

Matthew 14:26 - To this Jesus replied "it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

IT IS THE PRIVILEGE OF CHILDREN TO EAT AT THE TABLE WITH THEIR FATHER AND FROM HIS DISH, WHICH IS TO SHARE IN HIS SPIRIT; BUT THE DOGS MUST EAT THE CRUMBS THAT FALL FROM THE TABLE.

Psalms 59: 14,15 - "And at evening let them return; and let them make an noise like a dog, and go round about the city. Let them wander up and down for meat, and tarry if they be not satisfied."

Luke 22:24 - "Now an eager contention arose among them as to which of them was considered and reputed to be the greatest."

Observation:


I AM NOT AT REST IN HIM IF I AM LOOKING ABOUT TO SEE HOW HE IS DEALING WITH OTHERS. NOR AM I AT HIS SERVICE TO BRING THE GRACE OF COMPASSION TO THEM, IF I HAVE TAKEN A HIGHER SEAT .

Luke 22:26 - But this is not the way it is with you; rather, the greatest one among you must be like the youngest, and the leader must be like the servant.

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

THE TERRITORY OF THE UNCRUCIFIED THOUGHT-LIFE IS THE BEACHHEAD OF SATANIC ASSAULT IN MY LIFE. TO DEFEAT THE DEVIL, I MUST BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF MY MIND!

Comment by Albert Finch on July 3, 2015 at 3:43pm

DARING TO BELIEVE FOR SOMETHING "NEW"

Our cry for a fresh experience of God is at the core of being open to believe for something NEW.

Brick by brick, life by life, God is creating a kingdom, a "spiritual house" (1 Peter 2:5).
The Holy Spirit gives assignments to people, "to each according to each one's uinique ability (Matthew 25:15). As He calls, He equips. To discover this assignment we must be open to something NEW.

We have an uncommon call to an uncommon life. "The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others" (1 Corinthinas 12:7). We are to "Kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you" (2 Timothy 1:6)

We have build up in our reasoning faculties lots of support for not being convinced that NEW things can happen, even if we deeply want them to.

MY NEW LANGUAGE

Since I am engrafted in Christ, I am a new creature altogether; old things are passed away; behold all things are become NEW.
(II Cor 5:17)

When I was baptized I went into the tomb with Him and joined Him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Fathers glory, I too might live a NEW life. (Romans 6:4).

I am not conformed to this world; but I am transformed by the
re-NEWING of my mind; that I might know the will of God – what is good, and is pleasing to Him and is perfect.
(Romans 12:2) .

My speech demonstrates the power of God’s spirit it my life.
(1 Cor 2:4)

I have put off the old man and put on the NEW man, which is
re-NEWED in the knowledge after the image if Him that created me. (Col 3:10)

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 incomparable great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18,19).

Christ in me is the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
Since Christ is in me, I have the power to help others with their spiritual needs. Galatians 1:16).

Comment by Albert Finch on July 2, 2015 at 3:11pm

CALLED TO BE A GATEWAY TO HEAVEN


Revelation 4:1,2 - "After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, 'Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.' Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne."


A sign in front of a church said "we are just a waiting room for heaven."
That is not what we are called to be. We are called to be a gateway to heaven through which people can enter into and begin to experience heaven now!
Every time we ascend we will descend with a blessing for the earth. The blessing we come back with is a piece of heaven -- evidence of it's esistence.

The way we do this is the "Way", Jesus. As we ascend by the progressive revelation of who He is, we will see more glory, and we will carry that glory with us.

Affirmations

HE HAS NOT LIMITED ME ON HOW FAR I CAN GO, EVEN TO SITTING WITH HIM ON HIS THRONE.
WHAT COULD I POSSIBLY HAVE BETTER TO DO?


Romans 10:10 - "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

WHEN YOU BELIEVED IN YOUR HEART AND CONFESSED WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD - WHEN YOU RECEIVED HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR - THAT IS CALLED THE "GREAT CONFESSION."
BUT IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH (HOW TO STAY IN THE FAITH FIGHT UNTIL YOU WIN) YOUR CONFESION BECOMES NULL, VOID, POWERLESS, AND OF NO USE TO YOU IN THIS LIFE.



Comment by Albert Finch on July 1, 2015 at 12:03pm

BABY CHRISTIANS

Numbers 11:5,6 - "We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions and the garlic: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna before our eyes."

THEY WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN DERIVING FROM THE MANNA ALL THE TASTE AND STRENGTH THEY WERE LOOKING FOR, NOT BECAUSE THE MANNA DIDN'T HAVE THESE BUT BECAUSE OF THEIR CRAVING FOR OTHER FOODS.
SIMILARLY, IF SPIRITUAL PERSONS COULD RAISE THEIR APPETITES ABOVE CHILDISH THINGS, THEY WOULD DISCOVER IN SPIRITUAL FOOD THE SAVOR OF ALL THINGS.

2 Kings 6:17 - "And Elisha prayed, and said, 'Lord I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.' And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."

IN SPIRITUAL WAREFARE, THE BATTLE IS NEVER LIMITED TO AN "US AGAINST THEM" HUMAN AFFAIR. IT ALWAYS INCLUDES "THOSE WITH US" AGAINST "THOSE WITH THEM."

Mark 11:23 - "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."


Observation:

BECAUSE GREAT POWER IS RELEASED WHEN MY HEART AND MOUTH START WORKING TOGETHER, IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT I PUT THE RIGHT THINGS INTO MY HEART.

Comment by Albert Finch on June 30, 2015 at 8:01am

A CLOSED BOOK

2 Corinthians 5:21 - "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

John 17:23 - "I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me."

Jesus went to the cross to give us what he already possessed. He rose again so we could be re-created in His image.
We are the victory of almighty God! We are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. We are everything to the Father that Jesus is.


Affirmations:

I was born again -- I wasn't half re-born.

I wasn't made half-righteous or a quarter-righteous -- I was made the righteousness of God in Christ!

I am a joint Heir with Him.

I want to step up to the position of authority that Jesus has given me, to take my rightful place beside Him and learn to operate the way He does.


Proverbs 25:2 - "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter."

In reality the Bible is a closed book. Anything I can get from the Word without God will not change my life. It is closed to insure that I remain dependent on the Holy Spirit.
When I treat the Bible as a road map I live as though I can find my way through my own understanding of His book.
Under grace I don't get a road map....I get a tour guide -- the Holy Spirit. He directs, reveals, and empowers me to be and do what the Word says.

Comment by Albert Finch on June 28, 2015 at 9:19am

TURNING ASIDE INTO THE FLAME

"For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:8 AMP

The first step to getting out of the box is to fellowship with the God of the breakthrough.The Holy Spirit will charge you with fresh vision and boldness. Choose today to align yourself with God. Choose today to "turn aside into the flame" of God's presence and receive fresh encouragement, fresh vision, fresh energy, and fresh oil.


It's important to operate at maximum efficiency in the Kingdom — that is getting up each day and asking Him to help you be aware of the Kingdom -- current of activity going on around you—and jumping into Gods PURPOSE for your life.


Ask God for a revelation of your DESTINY in Christ. You carry the heart of a lion. You are made fearless in His image. You are created for an extraordinary life. Pray and soak in His plans for you. Open the door to your future.

 

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