God is Light

God is Light!

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1 John 1:5-7

There are many references in the Bible about God and light which help explain the relationship we are seeking, a oneness with God!  There are also references explaining that God is love in the same book here, He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:8

This should help us to understand that simply loving Jesus is not sufficient,  we must love others also, abide in love, yes, we must actually dwell in love the scriptures say.  If people truly love Jesus then they will do what he commanded, love one another, for then is when we truly walk in the light!

No man hath seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Hereby know we that we dwell in him and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the savior of the world.

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:12-17

Peter too, spoke about, his marvelous light, in 1 Peter 2:9, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

This marvelous light is not simply a metaphor as we see in the Transfiguration of Christ.

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Matthew 17:1-2

This wondrous light, the very light of God, is the very power of God, overflowing, manifesting in the Son and apparently is one of the characteristics of God, Light!

As many of you know, I am the son of a literally illumined minister who while trying to do as Jesus commanded, that is, to love God with all of your heart and love others, became illumined which I told about in, The Light, Commentary on the Light, and in the book, The Realm, chapter 7, The Event.  So, I know by visual confirmation that the light spoken of in the scriptures is not just a metaphor, but is actual light.

Why does this matter?  The reason I mention this is because the light manifested because of loving thoughts, a realization of oneness with God/Christ which shows there is a higher level we can reach.  The same night the light began, he had a feeling of complete harmony and said he felt an overwhelming exuberance, clearly this was a spiritual breakthrough.  It also shows that God knows what you are thinking and responds!  This is huge but is not a surprise or shouldn’t be because the scriptures clearly state that God knows what you are thinking.

I the LORD (capitalized in my Bible) search the heart. I try the reins; even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.  Jeremiah 17:10

 

So, the believer already knows that God is Light because the scriptures say so and we believe by faith. The ones I am speaking to when I speak of witnessing the light are those who may be on the fence wondering if there is anything to this, God stuff.  I am telling them and the world that God is Light and there is no darkness in Him at all, that this, “stuff”, about God is absolutely true.

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  Jesus from John 8:12

 Jesus also spoke of us as being, children of the light here.

While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.  John12:36

This light is the very light of life which the Christ spoke of which must fill our very being, for God is love and light.  Then astonishingly, love grows as we give it away.  The light and the love work together, both as one, so when you are spreading love you are literally sharing the very light of God!  Paul too, along with Jesus, Peter, and John spoke of the light.

                                          For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  Ephesians 5:8

Yes, Paul spoke to the Corinthians, the Ephesians, the Colossians, the Galatians, to all of them he spoke of, walking in the light.  To the Colossians he said.  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.  Colossians 1:12

Which brings me to another point I have pondered.  Are the halos depicted glowing above the saints an actual light manifestation which occurs when a person is so full of the light of God, the light of life?  I think they probably are.

Of course all of us, science has shown have an, aura, that is, a glow coming from us on a natural level.  Is this enhanced through spirituality when we are aware that God Is in us, Christ Is in us, we are one with the Father, Christ and one another?  It certainly seems this is the mark we are aiming for, being one, as Jesus prayed we would be in John 17:21.

That they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  Jesus from John 17:21

When we actually truly believe the power of God is in us and we are in God, then does a marvelous spiritual breakthrough occur?  It is known that we only use a portion, about 10% of our mind.  What is the rest for?  Is it to use as a modem to connect with God, which is in and through all things?  Just some questions I ponder which I know soon will be answered.

The scriptures too tell us in Revelation that those who overcome and are faithful unto death will receive a crown of life.  John who is the writer, also quoted this as part of his revelation.

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.  Revelation 3:5

I find all of the references about, the light, in the scriptures fascinating and I know that God is Light!  So, let us all be children of the light, helping one another, walking in love.  This is how we do the word, which I spoke of last time.  We share our light with others, being thankful and filled with love for when we are filled with love, then our light shines brightly!

Until next time, light and love to all.  May you all be blessed, filled and empowered!

 

“Doing”, the Word!

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.  Deuteronomy 30: 10-14

Early in Jewish history the Torah spoke of, “doing”, the word as you can see in the above scripture reference from the Old Testament which involved the Mosaic Law given to the Israelites by Moses. This was the Old Covenant.  Then, many years later as prophesied, Jesus came saying this:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-18

Jesus then reinforced and clarified what the Jewish writings of old were actually saying because the people would get involved in the technicality of the law instead of the meaning.  He had this to say to the Pharisees when asked by one, who was a lawyer, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus replied:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.  Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus tells us in the parable of the sower that the seed is, the word.  That you must get it down into good soil for it to truly grow.  This is what we have to do with the word of God, get it into the depths of your very being so it can grow to giant proportions.  He came performing many miracles, showing us what faith in God can do when you are speaking the word.  In the book of John it tells us Jesus is the very, Word, manifest:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witnesss of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 

He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-14

It says in the above scripture that he, came unto his own, the Jewish people, but they received him not, but it goes on to say that those who did receive him, his very essence, the words, which were the word of God, and the power of God which was in him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God!  Then it goes on to say even if you believe on his name, that is, the authority within him, you will be born, of God!  This is the re-birth he spoke of for believers!

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?  the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works sake.  

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.  If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14: 10-15

This scripture is huge!  Here, Jesus tells us himself how all of the miracles, the works were possible; “it is the Father who dwelleth in me, he doeth the works”.  He tells us that, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do: because I go unto my Father.”  Then he tells us, “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”  Glory to God, this is powerful scripture which helps guide us in our spiritual life.  We are to receive by faith, the words which Jesus spoke, believing, knowing that the power of God is in us, when we believe on him, or believe, he says, because of the very works sake; then, if ye shall ask any thing in my name, He says, I will do it.

I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Abide in me, and I in you, As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same brinngeth forth much fruit for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 

If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  John 15: 1-12

This shows the believer how to achieve the power filled life!  We are to walk, live, abide in love, for it also says in the scriptures, God is love!  Then we are told that we will bear much fruit, for it says, without me you can do nothing.  But with God all things are possible!  Jesus showed us this time and again, repeating that it is your faith which made you whole, your faith which healed you, because of your mighty faith!  Glory to God, we must have faith, for all things come about by faith!

In the book of James, who is believed to have been Jesus brother, he says this.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1: 22-25

This brings the believer to new heights, living the power- filled life!  Being, doers of the word!  Know, that God is in you, and you in God, with Christ and the power of the Word, which is not just words on a  page, as we have discussed before but is the very, supernatural power of God!

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  Isaiah 55:11

Until next time, may we all be filled with the Word of God so that we all may be a blessing to one another, loving and doing, being doers of the Word!  Glory to God, light and love to all!

 

 

 

 

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Happy Easter: I Am the Resurrection and the Life.

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this? John 11:25

This statement was made by Jesus to Martha prior to raising Lazarus from the dead, after Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Martha wished that Jesus had come prior to Lazarus dying because she knew Jesus could heal the sick but when Jesus told her Lazarus would rise again she thought he meant in the final resurrection, which the Jews believed in. Jesus then told her that he was the resurrection and the life.   Then, Jesus, did command Lazarus to come out of the tomb and Lazarus came out wearing grave clothes.  The scriptures tell us, Jesus told them to loose him, to undo the grave clothes which were wrapped in strips.  So, what does this statement mean?  I Am the resurrection and the life.

There is another set of verses earlier in the chapter of John which explains about this verse.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do, for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

 For the Father loveth the Son and showeth him all things that himself doeth and he will show him greater works than these that ye may marvel.

 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. John 5:19-21

So, Jesus, oneness with the father was how real, “life”, came about. He tells us that the power comes from the Father, that he can do nothing of himself.  All power is given to the Son because the Father loves the Son.  Then he commands a dead person to live, demonstrating that what he says is true!

 

This is Easter week when we rejoice in the power of the resurrection of the Christ.  Jesus traveled on to Jerusalem after resurrecting Lazarus at Bethany, where he knew, he too would die and rise again!

He did this to show us the way to real, life!  He also tells us that if we believe in him, understanding that all that he says is true, live as he lived, loving God, doing his will, which is loving, abiding in love, for God is love, then we will be truly alive and never die! Glory to God!  For God is light, love and spirit which never dies.  Jesus proclaims that he is the very light of life, here.

I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  John 8:12

 

Jesus too, showed humanity that he still lives and tells us we too shall, if we only believe.  Jesus also told us that if we ask anything in his name, he would do it, which should leave us completely without fear.  Yes, everything in the spiritual realm works by faith!  That is what, “believing”, is, having faith in what you believe to be true; in this case believing in what God’s Word says is true.   Here is what Jesus said:

Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me, or else believe me for the very works sake.

He did not care how you came to believe; he said believe because of the very works, the miracles, which he performed which proved God was with him, or just believe his words, which are God’s words.   

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I  do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:11-15

Jesus then later in the book of John prays for us all to be one as He and the Father are one here.

Neither pray I for these alone, (the disciples) but for them also which shall believe on me through their word (us):

That they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one;

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  John 17:20-23

This is the great truth of the resurrection, that new life is given to mankind as a gift, the light of life!  This year, at Easter and throughout the year, may we all be filled with the love of God and Christ.  May we be beacons of hope, fountains of living water, loving God and one another!  We were given an amazing love lesson, an intense course on who God is and what our relationship should be like with God when Jesus laid down his earthly body for us.  The good news is, He’s Risen!

Faith or fear: The Daily Choice of Life

Faith or Fear: A Daily Choice of Life

Have not I  commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  Joshua 1:9

Each day we are faced with our faith or lack thereof, choices to be rattled by what appears to be in life, or to stand fast with the knowledge that God is always with us, to remain faithful, especially in the face of adversity.

Jesus came to show, first the Jew and then the gentile how to live life, how to walk with God, as one, using the word of God to call things which were not as though they were, saying we would do the works that he does if we believe on him.

Verily, verily, I say unto you.  He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do: because I go unto my Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it,

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:12-15

So then, if in fact we believe the scriptures, there is only one available choice for the believer.  If I want to live righteously, then the choice is to turn from fear and live by faith, not by sight.

For we walk by faith, not by sight: 2 Corinthians 5:7

Then the scriptures explain a little more about the unseen realm where we must do our spiritual work.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Knowing this, that what appears to be is only that, we are armed with the knowledge that God is always with us, even Christ, who is our advocate, is available to cast out any fear.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; 1John 4:18

Since God is love, as stated in 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  And God is light, which is stated in 1 John 1:5, then we too know we must be filled with this love to truly walk as one.  Then our heart will not be condemned causing us to be ineffective, contrarily, we are told that we will have the petitions that we desired, that is, our prayers will be answered.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us;

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:13-15

This is a really big deal which may explain why John also wrote about this a couple of pages earlier.

For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things.

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

And whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:20-22

Therefore, being justified by faith, with a new understanding of who we are, we should walk by faith, doing as the word says, Fear not!  Glory to God, this changes everything once you are in walking in God/Christ and they in us!

Jesus came filled with power, showing us how to access the kingdom of God by faith.  He walked as one with the Father and prayed we too, be one.

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: (us)

That they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou has sent me. 

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one;

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John 17:20-23

Until next time, may we all walk as one, filled with the power and love of God.  May you remember who you are when faced with the daily choice of faith or fear and choose faith.  Glory to God!  Be blessed!  Light and love to all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling those things which be not as though they were

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.. Romans 4:17

This verse, which is a rather famous one, is a very important one because it shows how the kingdom of God works for the believer!  God looks at the end result of what he desires and then speaks it into existence like He did throughout the Bible, from the very beginning in Genesis.  Christ also did the same and instructed us to do likewise.  Every time he performed a miracle he said, the end result, believing, knowing, that it would come to pass.  Everything in the kingdom works by faith but this seems like foolishness to those who are living in the carnal, natural world.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.  1 Corinthians 1:28

In the opening verse the scriptures are referring to the, faith, of Abraham.  This it says later in Romans.

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.  Romans 4:20-25

So, we too are justified by faith, believing, we are filled with the Spirit of God!  This is a really big deal because if we are walking by faith and not by sight we are free from fear and any sort of bondage.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  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.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  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. Romans 8:14-17

This literally opens up a whole new world to the believer but those who live in the natural do not understand these things since this is spiritually discerned.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  1 Corinthians 2:14

So, what are the, things of God?  Certainly, the manifestations of faith would be one.  How can we expect to have prayer answered or call those things which be not, whether it be health, peace, or a lack in any area without believing?  We are told by Jesus this:

Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:31-33

The last entry I posted, was on, The Keys of the Kingdom.  Included in, The Keys of the Kingdom were, the Word, love, because God is love, and faith, to open up the kingdom to you.  Without the Word, it would be very difficult indeed to know how to access this kingdom spoken of which must be found by searching within.  But we are given the Word so we can rap our mind around how to access the invisible to bring about the visible.  Glory to God!

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  Matthew 7:7-8

This spiritual principle of, calling things which are not as though they were, will change your life!  For when we understand that this power is available to us all through the indwelling power of God, nothing is impossible!  This is what Jesus was telling us when he instructed us on, how, to come to God.

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.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them. Mark 11:23-24

Here we see that you are to ask for what it is you desire, believing you receive it. So, we are to expect what it is we desire, health, peace, sufficient finances, etc.  We must also control our mouth and thoughts, for these things are filled with power, either good or bad.  We are not to speak the problem but look away from the problem to the answer.  Then the very power of God moving in the unseen, will indeed change the situation.  Notice too in the above scripture how many times Jesus talks about what it is you are, “saying”.  We are told to, say, be removed to the mountain, believing that those things you, say, shall come to pass.  Then he says you shall have whatsoever you, say.

This puts you in the driver’s seat of your life.  You are the one who is, to say, to the mountain or problem, believing it will come to pass, that is, to accomplish, what it is you are saying!  Glory to God, this is huge!  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks which brings corresponding results.

The apostle Paul put it this way.  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written.  I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 2 Cor. 4:13  He then points to the unseen realm as the eternal here.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  2 Cor. 4:18

The above verse explains that the temporal or temporary is what we see in the physical world but that which is eternal is in the unseen realm.  So, if we want to change a circumstance which appears to be in the physical we must speak words of faith then wait in expectancy for the manifestation.  This is calling those things which be not as though they were!  God is the one doing all of the work, we are just being doers of the word as instructed.

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.  Hebrews 11:3

The Christ came to show man how to live, to give abundant life!  He did so by showing us how the kingdom operates, that what we get in our heart controls our life and tells us how to receive our petitions by speaking the word of faith.  When we understand these spiritual principles which are included in the very Word of God, which is the living water that pours from the fountain of living water, we will strive to get the Word into our heart, the center of our very being.  Then when we need to speak to overcome a situation we will be prepared to do so.

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. John 4:14

Now, the Word is in you and your faith is growing ever larger.  For all are given a, measure of faith, then when we use it, becoming doers of the Word, it grows ever stronger.  Like a muscle which grows when you use it, faith too grows with use.

Until next time, may you all walk filled with the power of God, loving God and one another with a pure heart.  Remember to fear not, anything of this world, but walk by faith and not by sight!  Light and love, to all…

Speaking Words of Life

Speaking Words of Life

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life; John 6:63

Jesus came to bring us the word of God, saying that his very words that he speaks are spirit and life.  He also said this;

I am the living bread which came down from heaven:  if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6:51

Now, the scriptures say that even at the time that he said this, it was a difficult saying to understand.  It says so in the next verse, “The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them,  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  This is that bread which h came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. John 6:53-58

The opening statement which reveals that the Christ’s words were literally spirit and life were spoken to clarify his statement about his flesh being meat indeed and his blood drink indeed.  When a believer was first learning the word of God and learning of spiritual ways they said they were on a milk diet, not ready for spiritual meat yet.  But, Christ says he is meat indeed, the very substance of God, the power of the word manifested in the flesh.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 

In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4

Further on in the book of John it reveals that Jesus is the very manifestation of the Word, filled with life and power.  For as I discussed in earlier writings, the Word is not simply a combination of letters which spell out words but the Word is actually God and his power, thought, words filled with spiritual power.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Jesus came to show the people, first the Jew and then the Gentile, the way.  He explains in the parable of the sower how the spiritual system we live in operates.  The word is like a seed, and when it is planted and cultivated, cared for, then it grows ever larger. Then our faith increases because we grow also in understanding.  He explains how good words planted within you, the word of God, planted within you grows and blesses others, this is good fruit. Jesus said he is the bread of life.  We have already established that he is the Word manifested so this bread of life is the Word.  To have life, real life, which is living spiritually, inclining our ear to the Father for guidance, loving God with all of our heart and one another, then realizing God/Christ are dwelling within you and you in they.  Then you realize, with God all things are possible!  This is why the Christ risked his life to go to the people and speak on things of God, because he loved people and wanted them to have the abundant life.  So he spoke words of life and spirit to the people to teach them how important words and thoughts are. He spoke of faith and that with God all things are possible. He also told us this;

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  But I say unto you. That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

This is huge! It does not say words do not matter, that you can say whatever you want. No, on the contrary it says what you have in your heart is what will be manifested when you speak.  This is a very big deal; if you want good things in your life, think on good things, speak good words, and then you will manifest good.  Everyone wants good in their life but are you speaking good, thinking on good things?  Do you have the word of God within you so that good can manifest?

The scriptures reveal throughout the Bible the power of the Word.  Everything is, spoken into existence.  God spoke when he released power to create and we are made in God’s image.

But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.  Deuteronomy 30:14

Likewise, Jesus would speak when performing a miracle. He tells us too to have faith and says this,

I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:5-7

Here is a promise that connects it all.  We abide, or live in Christ and his words, which are life and spirit, abide or live in us; then when we ask, it shall be done! Wow, this brings the believer to a place of power.  This is when we become doers of the word.

But be ye doer of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

This scripture again points to the power of the word and the importance of bridling the tongue.  Why would you need to bridle the tongue?  Because controlling your words, and what you allow to be within your heart, the center of your being, your spiritual center, controls your life!

Knowing this, that our words, our very thoughts, control the outcome of our life, the fruit we bear, we choose, words of life and spirit!  We incline our ear to the Father, accept the power of the word into our heart, realizing that the very essence of Christ is empowering us in our daily lives!  Then with this knowledge, we speak words of life, blessing each other and glorifying God, for God is love!

So, until next time, may you be blessed abundantly. Light and love to all!

The Wonder of Christmas!

The Wonder of Christmas!

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph thou son of David fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

And knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son: and he called his name JESUS.  Matthew 1:18-25

This wondrous season brings us into remembrance of the birth of Christ which was foretold by the prophet Isaiah.   This was an amazing time with many marvelous signs, angels, a star guiding the way to the Christ child, and not only the birth of Christ but his predecessor, the birth of John the Baptist also was occurring to a woman who supposedly could have no children.

During this time the Word was in force, as it always is, and you will be able to easily see why the Christ was born to Mary and Joseph and likewise why John was born to Zacharias and Elisabeth.  Often, in my writing I talk about the Word being alive and moving in the unseen, manifesting, bringing about circumstances because of what has been spoken, literally power in motion.

First, let us look at the account in Luke, which is the most complete, starting with the birth of John the Baptist.  It says there, this. about Zacharias and Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.  And they had no child, because that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. Luke 1:6  So, these were good, righteous people who were trying to live according to the precepts of God, Zacharias it says was even a priest.  It was while he was at the temple burning incense, a custom of the priest’s office, that an angel appeared unto him.

And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. Luke 1:12-13

The scriptures go on to say that John, shall not drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. Luke 1:16-17

But Zacharias response was not what the angel Gabriel, or God, wanted to hear because it appears, he was in doubt of what he was told.

And Zacharias said unto the angel.  Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee,, and to show thee these glad tidings.  And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. Luke 1:18-19

This scripture reveals a couple different important points.  As I have said repeatedly in my writing the words of your mouth bring about circumstances.  Jesus explains this in Matthew, that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. This is why  Zacharias was made dumb, so he could not speak because power is put in motion when you speak, either good or negative.  It was to show him and us that words have consequences. Contrarily, look at the response of Elisabeth and Mary and what they had to say.

Powerful women of God

Then, the scriptures say, And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. Luke 1:24-25

Now, why did she say this?  Because at this time in history women were very low in social status and if you could not have children then your value was diminished even more among men, so Elisabeth was simply grateful.  Then scriptures say, in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth. To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  Mary, was troubled by this manner of salutation but the angel told her to, Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.  Then the scriptures go on to tell her about the son to be born to her and that his name would be Jesus.  Mary did ask how this could be since she had not been with a man.  The angel told her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35

Now, look at Mary’s response to the angel and you can immediately see why she was chosen to be the mother of the Christ child.  Mary obviously had an amazing understanding of how the word operates for her words are filled with power and positive affirmations.  The angel goes on to tell her about her cousin, Elisabeth and how she had conceived a son in her old age and then tells her this:

For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37

This too, is what Jesus tells us.  Then Mary’s powerful response!

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word. Luke 1:38

So, Mary immediately had received this information as truth by faith.  She already sees herself as the handmaid of the Lord and says, putting power in motion, be it unto me according to thy word.  In our terms it would be, okay, let it be done!  This is a powerful statement because at that time a woman could be put to death for having a premarital relationship, even though she had not, to people it would certainly appear she had.  She did not question or fear but simply acted in accordance with the word given to her.  Then, the angel departed from her and it says Mary went to see her cousin Elisabeth.  The conversation that ensues shows both of these women were filled with understanding and the knowledge of God.

And it came to pass, that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.  And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

This clearly shows in the last sentence that, believing, is an integral part of the equation.  Faith, puts God’s power in motion.  All the way back to Abraham, faith, is what puts God’s power to work.   Then, Mary responds:

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.  He hath shown strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Glory to God, this is powerful.  Mary did not say anything other than power-filled words, that blessed God, and by so doing, blessed herself also.  Immediately, you can see why she was chosen, but to be blessed she had to listen and believe!

Then Mary stayed at her cousin, Elisabeth’s home for another three months and Elisabeth delivered a son.

And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.  And his mother answered and said Not so; but he shall be called John. Luke 1:59-60

Now, this was huge because women as we discussed were of low social status at the time, so speaking out like this was a big deal.

And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.  And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.  And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying His name is John. And they marveled all.

And his mouth was open immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake and praised God. Luke 1:61-64

Then the Holy Ghost came upon Zacharias and he prophesied and glorified God, talking about the coming of Christ, the redeemer of Israel, and he said this about John.  And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.

Mary and Joseph then had to return to his own city because of a tax decree from Caesar so they proceeded to go to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord,  And this shall be sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:7-14

Glory to God, this is a wondrous time of the year!  Of course, we must get past all of the commercialism and get back to the roots of the story, but when we do so we can truly realize how important this event truly is.

By faith, we too must accept what has been done for us and learn how to live in accordance with God’s precepts, truly loving God and one another!  The Christ went on to show us the way, to give his life, because of his great love for mankind, fulfilling prophecy from many years before his birth.  But I marvel too at Mary and Elisabeth’s great faith!

May you all have a blessed holiday season!  Remember too, the word holidays came from holy days.  So, when someone wishes you happy holidays, remember, yes indeed, holy days they are!  Oh, yes, the wonder of Christmas!  Until next time, may you be filled with the power of God, loving one another and the Lord.  Merry Christmas!