Go Therefore

Spiritual authority is a distinctive of disciples of Jesus Christ—authority is the subject of Matthew 28, verses 18 and 19. Jesus said that all authority, both in heaven and on earth, was given to Him and that He sent His disciples out with that same authority. Disciples are sent with heaven’s authority.

It is the authority thing—God’s, not yours. You wear it. It is recognizable to those who oppose the Lord. You’re the target that they see. So, yes, the flood is a certainty, but you are a container, an ark, ordained to carry His Presence.

More of God’s authority and less fear of man means confidence in His Word permeates your life.  Your level of Holy Spirit leadership attracts opposition from men—opposition meant to break your resolve, commitment, and your righteous stand for the Lord. Resist all of that. Continue to go. Keep going.

Soon, others will see what you have seen all along.

Amen.

Matthew 28:18-19 | Matthew 28 | Verses@Once

The Hammer

“‘Is not My Word like a fire?’ says the Lord, ‘And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?’” (Jeremiah 23:29)

Your supernatural weapon against Satan’s attack is the Word of God. In relationship with your Father, His Spirit, and His Son, you live in His presence. Throughout the day and at night, you hear His voice. You ask and receive. He hears and answers and makes a way even if there is no way—He is Creator!

You are at home in the hiding place of His power. You are under the shadow of the Almighty. The shadow… you are covered by His shadow. Furthermore, the Spirit of the Lord lives in you—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Your words are power. What you speak has authority over Satan, so as you speak what you hear the Father speak, the arrow God intends finds its mark. His bow is aimed, the accuser-liar in the crosshairs. No weapon formed against you will prevail and every word spoken against you falls, powerless.

For you or someone else, in prayer remember to first lay a foundation with God’s Word. Do it in faith. Declare faith, based in God’s Word. Release your faith with your words, patterned after His faith and His words! Decree according to His decrees. Lay the foundation in covering prayer, declare and decree. Now hammer with the revealed Word that He spoke to you. Focus on what you know without doubt. Crush with that hammer, that specific Word He gave you.

Amen.

Isaiah 11:1-3 | Isaiah 54:17 | Jeremiah 23:29 | Verses@Once

Kingdom Economics

“If it had not been for the Lord who is on our side where would we be?”  (Psalm 124:1-2)

He rides the circle of the earth and with Him, all things are possible. Righteous leaders serve Him. They lead and inspire vision to rise. Doors of opportunity open. Purity arrives. Wealth transfers. Those appointed by God speak.  

We call forth Kingdom economics and pray for the release of monies for right purposes. We pray forgiveness to enemies and God’s mercy to deliver, help, and bless them. We prophesy against poverty, declaring instead the blessing of the Lord and His divine plan for each life. We look to the future expecting increase and answered prayer:

Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!” (Luke 11:2)

Amen.

Psalm 124

The Land

“I will gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will judge them for harming my people, my special possession, for scattering my people among the nations, and for dividing up my land.”  (Joel 3:2, NLT)

Land ownership and the authority and responsibility for the stewardship of land belong to God, and He gives both to men and women who respect His stewardship plan and honor His ownership completely. An unfortunate twist on this truth can be seen in philosophies that promote worship of the earth and its many God-given resources. Don’t be misled. Creation worship is pagan—not Christian. Planet Earth is not our mother and did not give us life. All life begins with God. A mother’s womb is where we began—also God’s idea, a gift from Him.

Also unfortunate is the disregard by some for God’s right to dictate the boundaries of His land. For example, and to be specific, the land of Israel belongs to the Lord Himself. The consequences of violating God’s ownership of the land and its borders are serious, much like stealing from God. A violation of God-given land borders like the borders of ancient Israel risks the loss of God’s blessing, and a close look at nations and individuals who do so reveals evidence of that loss… increasingly.

Israel as a people and the land of Israel itself belong to God—in Bible terms, they are His special possession. It is why as Christians, we bless and defend the right of the Jewish State of Israel to her God-given land borders and why we bless and defend the peace of Jerusalem and those who God calls to be His stewards of that city, God’s ancient people, the Jews.  

Amen.

Joel 3:2, NLT | Psalm 122 | Genesis 15:18, NLT | Psalm 24:1-10, NLV | Verses@Once

Sabbath

The Lord sanctified one day in the week and called it holy, a set-apart day—a Sabbath.

In Jewish communities around the world, nightfall on Friday begins the Jewish Sabbath. Throughout the day, flower vendors are busy, and the aroma of fresh bread fills the air. The brisk pace of preparation is everywhere. By afternoon the pace slows—shops close, customers in market areas gradually disappear, and calm settles in streets and gathering places as the setting sun begins the Sabbath day, a special experience in the presence of Almighty God.

Bible mentions of sabbath occur more than one hundred times, half of those in the New Testament, including Jesus’s teaching not to judge one another regarding the observance of Sabbath in a legalistic or ritualistic way. He taught the true reality and spiritual significance of keeping the Sabbath—that for six days, men pursue ways that seem right to them but on the Sabbath Day, hearts recalibrate and soften as the focus centers on the One whose way is perfect.   

As a Christian, I cherish God’s provision of a day set apart, a day to concentrate on the Lord, a Sabbath day. Some don’t agree and think that observing the Sabbath is a legalistic carry-over from pre-Christian times. But I believe keeping the Sabbath is obedience to God’s Word of blessing for His people and that the spirit of the Sabbath is eternal.

For one thing, the Sabbath is holy, a day to rest. The Sabbath is God’s provision for the human body—to protect it from disease, heal the heart of heaviness, and relieve the mind of tension and driving routines. This slowing of pace benefits the entire human being—spirit, soul, and body—providing recovery and a sense of refreshed vision and rekindled hope.  

Sabbath is also a time to gather family for a practical and spiritual protection of affections between family members, a time together without outside demands. Sabbath is a time to refocus on God’s goodness, expressed in family with the Lord at the center, a time to reduce routine activity, and allow time unlike other days in the week to experience His love and refocus ours.

Shabbat Shalom! 

Amen.

Genesis 2:2-3 | Mark 2:27-28 | Matthew 5:17-18 | Verses@Once

Love Is Focused On You

The Lord’s eye is focused on you. He is pre-disposed to bless and is therefore demonstrably opposed to any opinion that differs from His love for you. His love is laser-sensitive, eternally focused, and perfectly perfect. Selah!

The Lord has only one mind concerning you. His mind is a single eye of love for you. So regardless of views to the contrary, He knows the plans He has for you—plans for good, as long-term as you’ll allow.

And when escape seems impossible, His delivering power snatches you… up, and out!

It is time to trust Him completely.

“Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.”  (Jude 1:24-25, KJV)

Amen!

Jude 1: 24-25, KJV

Many Emissaries

Jesus’s ministry was larger than one man. As heaven’s emissary on divine mission, Jesus carried the presence and authority of the Almighty—every step and word generating a solid case for the love of God, on assignment from the Godhead to deliver mankind from evil and bring forth many believers who would do the same.

His ambassadorship of compassion continues today, shaping the worldview of disciples on assignment with Him, His ministry still larger than one man, and His path still marked with specific incidences of supernatural intervention.

A man infirmed for thirty-eight years encountered Him at Bethesda—a pool near Jerusalem’s Sheep Gate. Jesus initiated the contact, as there was no apparent effort by the man. In brief conversation with Jesus, the afflicted one revealed hope that one day, His situation would change. And it did. That day!

The ambassadorship we carry is patterned identically this way. We are sent to offer what Jesus began, everything from compassion for the broken to firestorms of faith-prayer against roots of brokenness. We are on assignment . . . messengers not only of hope, but also realities of the Kingdom, a way of life for those who believe.

Wisdom guides us. Joy is our strength. Confidence motivates us, and our paths, like His, flood those we are sent to with specific incidences of supernatural intervention.

Amen.

John 5

I Believe, So I Speak

“But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, ‘I believed in God, so I spoke.’”  (1 Corinthians 4:31)

Every life is a story that others read. My life, for example, and what I believe rings truer when I share sincerely and naturally in conversation and action. What I say is what I believe. People know what I believe by what I say. If I tell you my view and give every appearance of sincerity, what I speak over time with consistency lets you know if I really mean what I say. My belief and my words go together. One tests the other.

In contrast, the pretense of faith doesn’t come across as true—pretense is not natural, not sincere, not truly believed, and does not communicate powerful faith. The one listening can tell.

You and I will have what we say. Not that we selfishly name and claim things, but saying is powerful because words are powerful. Our words reveal what we believe—really believe. If you think your prayers will gain what you claim to believe but fail to order your words and heart attitude in keeping with that belief, ultimately, your believing will fail because your words have expressed something different, a contradiction. Actions also make a difference—interrupt your faith-filled words with inconsistent actions and your strength to believe will be less. In the really serious battle for really precious things, it makes a difference. Religious pretense never rings true.   

Words tell our stories. For Christians, words reflect beliefs and release faith. Mature discipline orders the words we speak to be consistent with what we believe, a basic part of true Bible faith. Thoughts lead to actions, and belief is expressed in words.

Believing one thing and saying another is like trying to go while being determined to stay—it is the opposite.

Amen.

2 Corinthians 3:2 | Matthew 6:10, KJV | Luke 11:2, KJV | Verses@Once

Ready To Reward

The Lord rewards your righteousness. He specifically recognizes those who favor a righteous cause. When you take up HIS cause and possess it, the cause becomes your cause as well. Even those standing with you are favored because of you. The Lord is magnified and “takes pleasure” in rewarding you and all who stand with you! Mediate in Psalm 18. Make it your receiving prayer. The Lord is ready to reward your righteousness!

He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
         From those who hated me,
         For they were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my support.
He also brought me out into a broad place;
         He delivered me because He delighted in me.        
The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness
         According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
         And have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all His judgments were before me,
         And I did not put away His statutes from me.
I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.
Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
         According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.          
With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
         With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
         And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.          
For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”  
(Psalm 18:16-28)    

Thank God!

Amen.

Psalm 35:27 | Psalm 18:16-28 | Verses@Once

Pride

God’s Word gives perspective for our lives: He directs our paths by His Spirit and Word—a Lamp for feet and a light for paths. Without His shining we cannot see, and lacking sight, we settle for whatever light we can get.

Comparing what we settle for to all that His wisdom has provided for us is like comparing inches to miles, towns to nations, or a newborn to an elder. Conviction in this perspective is the Spirit’s gift; without the Spirit we remain unconvinced and choose instead mere human wisdom alone until inevitably, pride has its way.

Spiritual pride governs the low path, but on the heights of God we see that He is for us! God is Father, Son, and Spirit—to know Him is to know His Word: “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness.”

Father, I pray Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done in my life—today! I ask for Your leading and the Light of Your Presence. Forgive where I allowed pride to restrain me because I did not receive Your wisdom. I turn. I turn. I turn. Today, I turn away from pride into Your Word . . . into the light.

Amen.

Proverbs 16:18, NLT | John 1:3-5 | Acts 3:19 | Verses@Once

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