May 10: The Power of the Tongue – “Even In Thy Mouth”

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“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

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“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

There are more than 100 verses in the bible that deal specifically with the use of, as well as the outcome of, using and abusing the small member of your body that reside in the mouth.  In the last message we considered the woman with the issue of blood from Mark’s Gospel, chapter 5.

I suggest reading the passage again. Pay close attention to the detail contained in verses 25 to 34. Lets look at this passage a little closer:

WOMANWITHISSUEOFBLOOD.jpg~original1. This woman had an issue of blood, a haemorrhage for 12 Years.

2. She had originally been a wealthy woman. But over that time she had dwindled her money away seeing all the best doctors; to no avail.

3. In point of fact she had grown worse.

4. She heard about Jesus and what he had been doing AND that he was coming, in fact he had arrived in her town.

5. She went to see Jesus. Note that she didn’t go to look at Jesus, to see him wandering through the crowds in the street. She had no intention of simply observing him. She set out with the intention of actually getting to see Jesus. She was taking her life into her own hands, literally, because as a woman, with her condition, she was regarded as being unclean and anyone she touched would also be declared unclean. She was determined; she had set her face like flint.

6. As she went on her way she continually reminded herself of her purpose and her goal. She kept saying. She didn’t just speak her goal once. The scripture says that she kept saying to herself “If I can only get close enough to touch his garment. I WILL BE HEALED.” notice she didn’t say I could get healed; I might get healed; I might get lucky. No, she said, she spoke at the level of where her Faith was at: “I WILL BE HEALED.”

7. She fulfilled her task. She put her actions to her Faith, she achieved her goal and she touched the hem of his garment. She reached out and took her healing. She didn’t wait for her to fall on her like fruit off a tree. She reached out and drew on the power, the anointing that was upon Jesus.

We know that she did, because Jesus turned around, in a crowd pressing so close to him that he was almost suffocating and declared “Who touched my clothes.” This is confirmed by the disciples who said “Um, there are people up close, all around you touching your clothes. What do you mean, who touched me?” Jesus replied saying “I felt power, the anointing, virtue (it is translated in some versions) flow out from me.” He had felt her taking the healing from him.

8. She was Healed, completely.

9. She was not only healed from the issue of blood, but her health had been restored, in such a way that she even recognised the feeling of being well. She KNEW she was healed.

10.Jesus knew it. He had experienced the anointing flowing out of him.

11. She testified. She came to Jesus, in the midst of the crowd and declared what had actually taken place in her body and how she had got to that place. She expounded to Jesus how she had used her Faith. Because “He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in (into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [ distressing bodily] disease.”

Pay very close attention here Jesus did not say “I have healed you!” he said “Your Faith has healed you.” YOUR FAITH! Her very own faith and her acting upon that faith had produced the desired result.

Take note, throughout this entire passage, the word TRY does not appear. She did not go to the town square to see if it MIGHT work for her. She didn’t go saying MAYBE. She went Determined to receive. She heard about what Jesus was doing and she said: “I’ll have some of that! Thank You!”

12 We know that she testified to more than just Jesus, because WE got to hear about it.

There are 4 vital steps to receiving anything from God, by Faith, outlined here. They are:

1. Confess it out of your mouth. Say it. You need to speak yourtree_of_life_and_bible.b4u4gy3087wwkowk0c080ww08.6ylu316ao144c8c4woosog48w.th Faith.

2. Put Action to your Faith Confession, or Profession. Faith without a corresponding action is nothing more than wishing and dreaming.James 2:17-18. In fact it verges into the realms of Foolishness and Presumption.

3. You need to take it, all the while giving thanks to God for his provision. You need to praise God for the healing, the Job, the salary; in the same manner as if someone had walked up to you and placed it in your hand. That doesn’t mean you should go out and spend up big and max out your credit cards, or run up a line of credit.

It means you need to have an attitude of thankfulness that backs up your confession. Like this woman, You Will KNOW when you have received what you are believing for.

4. You need to give testimony about what God has done for you. The emphasis is ALWAYS on what God has done. NOT on what a great FAITH PERSON you are. Nurture an “Attitude of Gratitude.”

Be honest, when giving your testimony. Don’t exaggerate, or use what has been termed “Evang-ELASTIC.” That’s just another word for LYING. If there were 3 people, don’t say there were 15. If the healing process was sped up to take 2 days instead of 6 then don’t start talking about the regrowth of a missing limb. I know that these things should go, without saying. However, the teaching of the application of Bible Faith has been hampered and much maligned through the excesses and exaggerations of the past.

Brother Kenneth E. Hagin, who went home to be with the Lord in 2003, put itHow To Write Your Own Ticket With God succinctly in his minibook “How To Write Your Own Ticket With God” he puts it as:

1. Say It

2. Do It

3. Receive It

4. Share It

There is an overarching principle that MUST be brought to bear in sharing all of this. You can’t just go about attempting to fulfil “The Lusts of the Flesh.” The ONLY way that you can apply this teaching is by “First and Foremost” finding the promises of God, in his Word, that govern what you are believing for.

It’s NOT about preparing your Christmas list and thinking that God is like the mythical “Santa Claus” that you believed in as a child.

I like to deal with “First Principles” here, as in other areas of life. in Matthew 6:33 Jesus said “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God AND HIS Righteousness.” He had just spent hours teaching the people that God knew what they NEEDED even more than They knew what they needed.

In Psalm 37:4 we are told that: If we draw near to God; If we delight ourselves in Him; if we are satiated by our relationship with HIM; then He will give US the Desires of Our Heart.” Now this particular scripture has been taught as:  “God is so desperate to know you, that as you spend time with Him; then, like a lovesick puppy, he will give you whatever your heart desires.”

love-hearts-and-kisses-wallpaper-hdOkay, so that might be an over-simplification of WHAT’s been taught. BUT, it is NOT an over-simplification of HOW it’s been used and abused.

Instead of God being the victim of Carpet baggers in this verse. I like to turn it on its head. It’s often a good way to approach scriptures that involve promises. In particular, it is a great way to examine the actual intention behind the promise.

What do I mean? Okay, let’s look at it this way:

The desires that you have “in your heart” will come about as a result of your principle action of Getting to know God better; through spending time With Him; In His Presence; Getting to know Him; Allowing Him to Know You. In other words: As your relationship with God develops and gets deeper and deeper in Him and With Him; because of WHO he is AND because of how mind-blowingly amazing that experience WILL be. YOU CANNOT walk in this world, as a RESULT of that relationship, without having been changed BY that relationship and throughout it all developing THE HEART OF GOD.

I believe that this simple phrase, from this psalm, holds a NUGGET, that is LIFE-CHANGING. As Your Heart grows into and develops God’s heart, wants and DESIRES, you would NEVER ask, or believe for anything that was not within the “Perfect Will” of God. In other words: He will Fill Your Heart with HIS Desires.

You see, there is a major key that many have forgotten. We CANNOT get our Faith to Work Without LOVE (Gal 5:6); in particular the LOVE of God as outlined in 1Cor 13:4-8a. Because, as the Beloved Apostle reminds us in 1John 4:7-8 LOVE and GOD are inseparably one and the same.

So, My prayer for you, as you head into the on-coming week, joins with the prayer of Paul in Philipians 4:7;

“And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (AMP)

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May Press: Out in Perth Magazine

 

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Open Arms Fellowship: A Warm Welcome

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Religion is always a contentious topic. For many in the queer community it’s an especially difficult issue. Many LGBT people are told that their identity won’t fit in with their faith, or have passages from religious texts brought up in arguments against their human rights. However, some religious organisations are extending a welcome to the LGBT community in growing numbers.

One of these organisations is the Open Arms Fellowship, an affirming and Pentecostal church that prides itself on including all members of the community. Pastor Graham Douglas-Meyer shared with us some of the history of the church.

“The whole purpose of setting it up was basically because there wasn’t a Pentecostal GLBTI affirming or welcoming church in Perth. There was a particular gap for a group of people who were very excluded from the churches that they had belonged to in the past.” he said. Developing an inclusive Christian environment is a cause that’s close to Douglas-Meyer’s heart. He documented his experiences reconciling his faith and his.

“Having been through periods of depression in my life and in particular after coming out, and having psychologists turn to you and say ‘Well, maybe you should just drop that’, in relation to spirituality and particularly in relation to Christianity. It just didn’t feel very right.” he explained.

Douglas-Meyer said he’s committed to challenging stereotypes. “I’d be the only openly gay, openly HIV positive, openly married pastor in Perth. Damien and I have been married for just over eleven years now and we’ve been together for thirteen so we break the stereotype for a lot of people, in relation to homosexuals, anyway.”

Come June, the church will be celebrating its tenth anniversary. It’s part of an international movement of LGBTI-friendly congregations, and has a sister church in the New Covenant Church in Sydney, led by Pastor Sam Grebert, who Douglas-Meyer counts as a friend and source of inspiration.

“The wonderful thing about it is that in his church the trans community is welcome, and more than anything that’s one of my desires here for Perth, is to ensure that trans people realise there’s a church where they are not only welcome, but they’re affirmed for who they are, not for what people think they should be.”

According to Douglas-Meyer, the priority of Open Arms is to facilitate a relationship with Christ for anyone wishing to pursue it. “I believe in healing, I believe in people being saved. I believe in people being able to have their complete life turned around as a result of their spiritual experience.”

Find out more about the Open Arms Fellowhip at openarmsfellowship.org

Sophie Joske

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May 03: The Power of the Tongue – What You Say is What You get

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Be Careful about what comes out of your Mouth. You may find that you are getting, in your life, exactly what you have been saying all along.The simple truth is that we, as human beings have the ability to use words and words are carriers of power; energy.

Words can construct and words can destroy. As Christians we have the responsibility to ensure that our words construct The Blessing; that our lifeZipper-Mouth becomes a testimony to the wonder that it is to be In Christ.

Romans 10:8-10 gives a prime example of where our faith needs to be located; in our heart and in our mouth. The word of Faith which we preach is built and developed by hearing and constantly re-hearing the word of God and by acting on that word (Rom 10:17)

Whenever Jesus was involved in healing, words were spoken; faith was released; corresponding actions were put into motion and the manifestation healingtheblindeither instantaneously presented, or as in the case of the 10 Lepers they noticed they were cleansed as they were obedient to do as Jesus had told them to.

Our own salvation is dependent upon hearing; accepting; deciding; speaking and acting on the word of God that we hear.

Hope is an important part in the process. It provides the structure upon which we can layer our faith. But, it is Faith that is needed, in order to see the manifestation of that hope; that which we desire. Hebrews 11:1 puts it this way:

Now Faith is the SUBSTANCE of the thing hoped for; the EVIDENCE of what has not yet been manifested to our physical senses. (paraphrased)

If you want to change your life. If you want to move the mountains in your life. If you have a need for physical healing, finances, or peace. then youtaming_the_tongue need to change the words that you speak to come into line with what God has already said to us about those things in his word. Feed our faith, not just once, keep it before our eyes, keep it on our lips and put the corresponding action into play.

Just step back for a moment and think about it:

When was the last time you said anything positive about where you work?

When was the last time you proclaimed the blessing, which is within your authority, within your workplace?

Or, was it easier to join in with everybody else and complain, or attack the very conduit that God has used to get his financial blessing to you?

So many Christians are believing God to prosper them financially. But, they are cursing the very tree that God is using to get that blessing to them.

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You have the power to both bless and to curse, with your mouth. If things are not going the right way in your workplace are you going to bless, or curse your tree? Seriously, stop! Think about it! Is unemployment a real choice? (your resounding response should be NO!!!!)

So, if your employer is going through a bad time should you be a part of the blessing or part of the curse? I don’t think I need to really answer that one, do I?

Be recognised as the blessing in your workplace. It will bring about promotion, it will bring about supernatural favour. It will produce opportunities that you might never have imagined possible. BUT, it is allballoon-rides-in-tulsa-03 reliant upon Putting God’s word FIRST PLACE AND following through; putting that word into ACTION.

From personal experience, I can tell you that, FAITH, without corresponding action is nothing more than “HOT AIR.”

GOD responds to, rejoices in, requires, above everything else, that we walk in FAITH. We CANNOT please God without it; so the premium is revealed.

If NOTHING else in my Life I want my Father to know that I know he IS and That HE IS the rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM!

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April 26: The Power of the Tongue – Our Confession Rules Us

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Proverbs 18:21 tells us:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. (Amplified)

The tongue is very powerful, yet, because it is so small, it can be considered insignificant. However, what we say, with our mouths governs the way we think and can determine the road that we either choose, or are forced to travel, all based on the words we have spoken; or in some cases, refused to speak.

MiracleofthefigtreeThis proverb is not the only passage that we can find in the bible that demonstrates the influence and the effect that the tongue and thereby words have over our very existence.

Christianity has often been referred to as “The Great Confession.” Romans 10:8-10 demonstrates the importance of confessing, or actually, of professing the faith that has been established in your heart. With our mouths we profess our salvation.

Likewise, we profess the state that we have found ourselves in, as a result of that salvation. The very action of speaking it enables our auditory senses to be satisfied and helps to reinforce that thing that we profess deeper within our psyche, after having first been developed within our Spirits. This is the essence of the word meditate; meaning to ruminate, to mutter, to chew something over and over in the same way a Cow chews its cud; an essential part of our self-talk.

“We will Never rise above the level of Our Confession” FF. Bosworth: Christ The Healer  p153.

It was Zig Ziglar who said:

The man who says he Can and the man who says he Can’t are BOTH Right.” (See You At The Top)

You can convince yourself that you are a failure, and you can speak negatively about your life and always be complaining. As long as your mouth produces negative fruit, that’s all you’ll ever have to eat.

You can alternatively choose to speak words that paint a positive picture oncol your life. You should never lie to yourself. But, you can actually draw positive fruit from the well that is your heart. Your whole outlook on life can be enhanced and that, in turn, can begin to produce better outcomes and will create physical changes in your life and your sense of wellbeing and that’s even without applying any of the additional promises that God has for us as followers of Christ; In Him.

As children we were given the memory verse:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones. But Words will never hurt you.” (Origin unknown)

However, I can personally attest to the fact that this is a lie from the very pit of Hell itself. It has been allowed to fabricate a false sense of security in the minds of vulnerable children in an attempt to silence their complaints about what another person, child or adult, has said to them, in their attempt to Pebble Heartattain superiority over this child. It devalues the destructive nature of verbal bullying that can devastate a child and has been found to have ramifications in their adult life.

The truth is, as we have discovered, over recent weeks, that words are vessels that carry power. They have the capacity to construct images, within our minds and to convey meaning. Writers use this capacity to construct images of characters and faraway places in the minds of their readers.

Or, they can use words to describe and construct processes and diagrams through the application of technical and industry specific terminology. They key to knowing what kind of writing is before you is dependent upon the cypher you have, in your possession, that gives you access and assists you to make meaning.

The Written word is referred to as the Logos in the greek language and theSword Word Spoken word is called the Rhema.The spoken word of God is imagined as:

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” (Heb 4:12 Amplified)

When we use and speak the word of God its very life force is able to both build up and strengthen or it can also be found to be a weapon; cutting down and rending and laced with judgement. That is why we, as Christians, are charged to become skilful in its use 2Tim 2:15.

Are you a good tree, producing good fruit? Or, are you an evil tree, producing evil, unsavoury, inedible, or poisonous fruit?

It’s entirely up to you? You choose!

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April 19: The Power of the Tongue – The Fruit of Our Lips

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The words that come out of our mouths in times of stress or trouble, which will inevitably come our way, give a clear indication of the treasure that is built up in your heart. They are a pretty clear indication of where your word level is and they will also give an insight as to the outcome you are bothtreasure_chest_1 expecting and will receive; unless you do something to repent those words.

Matt 12:34; Luke 6:45 and Prov 4:23 all speak about the contents of our hearts: “For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.” Are you aware of the words that automatically spring from your lips if you hit your thumb, instead of the nail? What about when you stub your toe in the dark of your bedroom in the middle of the night? Remember Jesus said: “But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.” Matt 12:36-37 AMP

Now, I don’t, for the slightest moment suggest that you become obsessive regarding this in your life. But, more importantly, it is NOT your job to police the words of those people around you, Christian, or non; no-one else is accountable to you.

However, we are told to keep guard over our hearts, because the issues;  the very forces of life itself flow from your Spirit being; your heart.

Just a quick reminder that as human beings we exist on three dimensions:

You are a:

Spirit = Heart, Core; the REAL you

you have a:

Soul = The Mind

           The Will

           The Emotions

and you Live in a:

Body = Physical Body; The Flesh; The Senses

body-soul-spiritOne of the Major Spiritual forces of the recreated Human Spirit is the Force of Faith. Heb 11:1 tells us that: “Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for; the EVIDENCE of things not seen.” (AV) Faith takes the place of the thing asked for, until it is manifest in the sensory realm; sometimes referred to as “the Flesh; the physical.” We are also reminded that the things that are seen were made from things that were not seen: “By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.” Heb 11:3 AMP The suggestion that the things that are in the realm of the spirit are in fact ‘MORE REAL’ than the things we can perceive with our senses.

It is for this reason that it is important that we understand the potential that our words have to create the world around us. Hebrews 11 goes on to describe that God created the universe and the world by Faith and as we go through Genesis chapter 1 and 2 we discover that words were the key tools400-creation-135157891 that God used to form and carry his Faith into place.

The realisation that Humans are the only creature on this planet that has the ability to choose and speak words (not just mimic them) and that we are made in the image of God; it is incumbent upon us to be aware of the power that our words have. Not only in our own lives. But in the lives of those around us.

Our health, prosperity and our salvation all hinge on the words of our mouths. Relationships can be formed, or broken by words. Covenants depend upon words; both blessing and curses.

Our Word level, the amount of the word of God and in particular the promises that God has made to us regarding the various areas in our lives will determine the level of Faith that we have to be able to use, in our time of need. Romans 10:17 “faith comes by hearing and a constant re-hearing of the Word of God.” by contrast Fear comes by listening to and hearing and re-hearing the word of Satan; the evil report; much like the Giants and Grasshoppers report in the story of Joshua and Caleb (the only two to bring Crystal-clear flowing watera good report to Moses).

Paul suggests that we need to renew our minds by the washing of the water of the Word of God so that we can develop the strength and the reservoir of Faith to hold us in good stead in the evil day. Rom 12:1-2

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April 12: The Power of the Tongue – You Can Have What You Say

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Two days after Jesus’ Triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the day after Jesus cleared the money-changers and market-place out of the Temple and Jesus had returned once again to the House of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, in Bethany; Jesus and his disciples are once again heading for the Temple in Jerusalem:

“In the morning, when they were passing along, they noticed that the fig tree was withered [completely] away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to Him, Master, look! The fig tree dead-fig-treewhich You doomed has withered away! And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it.” (Mark 11:22-24 AMP)

The words that we allow out of our mouths will either bind us. Or, they will release the good things that God has provided, for us, into our lives. Words are containers that carry great power and energy.

Have you ever given a thought to the way you imagine, or frame thoughts that go through your mind? It is interesting to note that we do not think in words, but rather we think in pictures; images. However, to convey ourWordimages thoughts to others we have to take those pictures and try our best to communicate those pictures as words.

Words can make, or break relationships;depending on the way they are conveyed and very often, if our shared language is limited, in any way, the message can be skewed, and the wrong impression given. It is for this reason that a person is considered a good or a bad writer are they able to convey the picture they have, in their mind, to you, the reader.

Jesus was an amazing communicator. his use of parables, accessing familiar images from the lives of the people he was speaking with, has enabled those timeless messages to maintain, both their clarity and their relevance today.

In this example, from Mark’s Gospel, Jesus uses a fig tree (an unproductive tree) to teach a very powerful object lesson to his disciples; “You can have what you Say!”

There is sooooooo much that can be said about this one topic alone. I’ve been reading this verse of scripture now for 33 years and still, to this day, it reveals something new. Added to that is the fact that we can attempt to read too much into some parts of scripture; when sometimes it simply means what it says.

This verse is about Faith and how to apply and release the force of Faith in your life and the world around you. Key to this is to take your time with each verse; sadly it is too easy to skip over essential verses like Mark 11:22. In most modern translations from the Greek this verse reads “Have Faith in God.” However, when we go back to the Aramaic text, the language that Jesus spoke, we discover that the verse reads as:

“Yeshua answered and he said to them, “May the faith of God be in you.” Mark 11:22 (ABPE)

To put it into perspective, Jesus was telling his disciples to take ahold of and use the “God KIND of Faith.” He had used the God quality of Faith and Moving-Mountains3 cropwanted them to understand that they could use it as well. The fact that it is included in the New Testament reveals to us that this wasn’t limited to the apostles of the Lamb (as the orignal 12 are referred to). But, that it was deemed important enough for All of those who would believe to learn as well.

The book of Hebrews 11:3 tells us that God used Faith to create the Universe and all that is in it. If we go to Genesis Chapter 1 we discover that each time God created something he spoke it into existence. This is further back up by Romans 10:8-13 where the great confession, or profession that brings about our salvation  is outlined.

Understanding this relationship between Faith, one of the major forces of the Human, recreated spirit, and the confession, or profession of our lips can provide insight into why and how our lives are currently going. But, at the same time gives us a clue as to how to also do something about it if we need and want to make a change.

IN Mark 11:23 and 24 the keys to operating by Faith is revealed to us, by Jesus himself. They are:

1. Speak the Answer to the problem form God’s Word

2. Don’t Doubt that It will come to pass

3. Believe You receive it BY FAITH.

4. Thank God for the Answer

5. Keep praising God for the Answer until you see it manifest.

Kenneth Copeland says it this way:

“You and I have the responsibility of getting our hearts and mouths in gear, speaking and acting as though we’ve already received the fulfillment of our desire. We believe we receive when we pray. From the moment we release our faith, we must talk and act as though it is done.” (Framing Your World with Faith. 2012)

Both the Old and New Testament give us plenty of examples to attempt to get us to learn this powerful lesson. James 3:6 and Proverbs18:21 both inform us that Life and Death are in the power of the Tongue. In Matthew 12:37 we are told by Jesus that “the words of your mouth will either justify you, or condemn you.” He also reminds us that it is not what goes into our mouths that defiles us. Rather, it is what comes out of our mouths that willLive is Christ defile us; shame us and that we will be held accountable for every frivolous, or idle word spoken.

As we continue this important series on “The Power of the Tongue” we will discover just how much of what happens to us, in this life, is framed by, or created by the very words we speak. We will learn just how important it is to control the things we say and what we need to do to make the necessary changes to be able to have more control over the outcomes in our lives.

We will discover that it’s not so much a matter of “Que sera sera”, as it is “You can Have What You Say.”

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ABPE refers to the Aramaic Bible in Plain English

As promised you will find the Healing Confessions sheet by clicking on the following link. Use the same instructions for downloading as for the recording file:

Confessions For Healing

April 5: Resurrection Sunday : Covenant of Blood – Jesus – Covenant Guarantor and Advocate

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“Hear the Bells ringing, their singing, Christis Risen from the dead!” Jimmy and Carol Owens choral piece from the musical “The Witness, a favourite in churches around the world in the 1970s and 80s.

The morning of the first day of the week after the passover celebrations in Jerusalem and the disciples of Jesus were scattered. Despondent, disheartened, depressed and desperate (How’s that for alliteration?) threePassover-Lamb days before they had seen their master, after being arrested the night before by the High Priest’s guards, held for trial, like a common criminal, on trumped up charges, before the Roman procurator, who wanted, desperately, to let him go free.

They had watched as his body had been torn to shreds by the scourge; his emaciated body forced to carry the timber cross, the tool of his execution; weighing less than the shame and guilt and sin and pain that had been placed upon him as the scapegoat. Yet, he still had a word for the women of Jerusalem, not so much a rebuke, as a sign of the sadness in his heart for their rejection of hope.

Those who could, stayed around and watched him crucified, cry out to the Father and finally give up the life, all of them unaware of what was happening before their eyes, even though he had striven to help them understand what was about to happen. Unlike Abraham, who had maintained his vision of the promise, who had hoped against hope, this motly crew had abandoned all hope and were at a loss as to what they were supposed to do next.

In the realm of the spirit a whole different scenario was being played out. Every principality and power, every dominion in the heavenlies were in Limbo web saferapturous celebration. They had won. They were ecstatic. For 3 long arduous years they had battled, fought, tempted and inevitably lost, at every turn, as they had come against this man Jesus. In point of fact, although they knew that he was “The Son of God” they had not actually clued into the fact that he was in fact God in the flesh. A prophet, they acknowledged; a powerful and well informed prophet, they knew. But, God himself, no. All that Satan could see was his next step. He had defeated God’s best shot and he was about to succeed in achieving his original goal to ascend the heights and to place his own throne above the throne of God himself.

In the very depths of Hell itself; in the midst of the darkness; in the very place of experiencing the pains and torture of Hell, where they had dragged this prized trophy, The Lights went on. In 1Cor 2:8 Paul outlines the hindsight view that Hell probably holds: “Had the princes and powers of this world known, They wouold NOT have crucified the Lord of Glory!” You bet!

Jesus certainly had taken upon himself the sins of the whole world. He had allowed himself, by a very act of his will, to become seperated from the Father. The pains of all sickness and disease, for all of eternity and ALL ofCrucifixion horrific Juan Manuel Minarro humanity had been laid upon his back with the application of each and every one of those stripes from the scourge. But, commit sin? No! Jesus Christ was sinless in thought, word and deed. The punishment that he had allowed himself to endure had been totally unjust. Hell had taken possession of the one thing they had no right to; a perfect, sinless man, the last Adam.

Unlike his disciples, Jesus, in Gethsemane, had set his vision and applied his Faith in the same way as Abraham had done with his son Isaac. He had “set his face like flint” to fulfil ALL that the Law and the Prophets had proscribed. The one thing he did not desire to do, was to be seperated from the Father. Yet “like a lamb before his shearers is dumb, he opened not his mouth.”

If you want to get a greater insight into what happened over this important period get ahold of E.W Kenyon’s book “What happened from The Cross to the Throne.”

All of this, the entire process involved in the Life, Ministry, the Death and the Resurrection of Jesus. As well as the subsequent Ascension  all took Empty-Tomb-Picture-15place to fulfill the requirements of the Covenant that God originally made with Adam, Abraham, refined with Moses and culminated in Jesus, to establish his “New and Better Covenant, Built on Better Promises.”

The Believer, the follower, the disciple of Christ who does not know all of these things regarding their covenant with God and its origins is ill equipped to live the abundant life that Christ spoke of in John 10:10. In truth, they will scorn and speak out against any who do. But, as I said at the begining of this journey; once you do get to know and understand, what you really have , in this life as a result of the covenant  with God, through Christ:

YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!

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April 03: Good Friday: Covenant of Blood – Redeemed – From the Curse

Good Friday, The penultimate moment in the church calendar. The key that unlocks the very purpose behind the entry, of God himself through the legitimate path; taking upon himself human flesh; a vulnerable child. Fully human; with the ability to be afflicted with pain, emotions and all of the natural temptations that can afflect us in every day life.  Yet, at the same the-crown-of-divine-grace1time, Wholly divine; entirely God and man as one; theologians refer to it as hypostasis.

This is the day we remember one of the most horrific acts of violence ever committed upon a human being. Jesus of Nazareth, an innocent man, brought before the Roman Procurator in Jerusalem by the High Priest and the leaders of the Temple on a range of trumped up charges; all because Jesus challenged thew fact that they had reduced the covenant of AbrahamCrucifixion horrific Juan Manuel Minarro and the Law of Moses to dead religion.

So, if that is the facts behind the memory of Good Friday, why do we call it good? Surely it should be Sad, or Bad, or something similar?

When I was going through Bible college in the 80s I remember a particular sermon that we all became familiar with. “It’s Friday! But, Sunday’s a Commin’!” is the catchcry that has helped many a beleagured minister press on. It is that reminder that Good Friday does not stand alone. That, although immensely significant, without Resurrection Sunday it would b e nothing more than a memorial day to a dead prophet, by a dead religion. It is Resurrection Sunday that cements the significance of Good Friday into the psyche of Christendom.

I finally got to meet the man behind the sermon, Dr Tony Campolo, the weekend before we started Open Arms Fellowship and it was a pleasure to spend some quality time with both Tony and his equally talented wife Peggy, as we talked about the wonderful thing that the Lord was doing in establishing this ministry. It was a vote of confidence and encouragement that I appreciate the Lord sending me. I feel extremely privilleged to have been able to maintain correspondence with them since then.

The marriage of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, as important as it is, does not fulfill the search for an answer to the reason for referring to it as “Good.” But a reminder that with the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary came the end of the hold, the terror that Death itself held over those who choose to follow Christ. I have heard it described as “The day that Death died.”

Good Friday provides us with an opportunity to look at what was really happening on that tree atop Golgotha 2000 years ago. In Galatians Paul emphasises the relationship of the crucifixion to the prophecies concerning the need for a Messiah. In particular he talks about the Redepmtion of humanity from the Curse of the Law; which no human being could, with theirBronze Serpent1 ‘sin nature’, keep, in its entirety and thereby failing the whole Law. He emphasises that the Curses outlined in Deuteronomy 28:14-68 were threefold: Poverty, Sickness and Spiritual Death; all of which the action of Christ’s sacrifice remitted through the power of his blood. The purpose of which is to make the promised blessings to Abraham available to all.

The promise to the “Seed of Abraham” Gal 3:14 was and is prosperity at all levels of our existence. The total Salvation (Soteria), provided to free ALL humanity from the sting of death is prosperity of the highest order. It provides a New Birth from the clutches of Spiritual Death.

In 3John 1:2 The disciple John, the beloved disciple prays, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit that: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” If anyone would know whether Jesus taught a message of poverty, rather than the Gospel of true prosperity, I believe  that it would be this disciple.

In fact, by studying this verse the context of the prosperity message is outlined clearly. The Key is that he desires that we prosper “EVEN AS” or, in direct proportion to, the prosperity of our soul (the mind, the will and the emotions). This can ONLY occur as our minds are renewed, as Paul tells us, by the washing of the water of the “Word of God.” Ephesians 4:23.

All of the promises to both Abraham, and clarified in the list prepared by Moses, outline the prosperity of the Body; the ability to walk in divine health as the third dimension. This runs contrary to the notion that God can get glory out of sickness and disease. Interestingly, the same people who proclaim this on a Sunday are usually the first in line to see the doctor on Monday morning.

Sadly, the greatest critics of “The Prosperity Gospel,” as it is often venomously referred to are those who either believe they are poor, financially. Or, are very aware of their own “Love of Money,” or lust thereof. Often combined with this is a ‘religious’ education based around a belief and misguided teaching that Jesus was poor and that he taught that his followers should be poor. This then gets distilled into a belief that the servants of God should be poor; should only ever be satisfied with second-best; or should settle for whatever scraps that might be left over.

I once spent time living in a monastery with a group of very impressionable young men who had been taught this message to the point where they were happy to receive and eat mouldy potatoes. They would scavenge the sliced meat thrown into the bins behind the supermarkets; as well as milk that had gone well past its use by date and very often off. All of this was because they believed it gave people a sign that they were ‘Holy’, that they were pious. Needless to say, they weren’t very well.

Yes, there can be and sometimes are abuses of the principles behind God’s form of prosperity for his people. But, more often than not the criticism is down to a sense of jealousy born from the self-righteousness and pride (lust) that deep-down wishes that their brand of religious theology (something I refer to as ‘Religiosity’) would allow them to be allowed to experience.

Covenant SealedThe fifth dimension of this prosperity provided by the inheritance of Abraham’s blessings is the Social prosperity that the “Covenant of Strong Friendship” provides. Those who are truly members of the Body of Christ realise that as ‘members, one of another’ their relationship is closer to their family “In Christ” than that of their biological families.

The day death died; the price for Adam’s disobedience was paid. The redemption of humanity had begun. The process of Christ’s journey, from the Cross to the Throne had started. Jesus exclamation “It is Finished!” was the moment of realisation that he had been separated from the Father, He was spiritually dead and with that he gave up his spirit and died, physically.

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Redeemed – From The Curse

March 29: Covenant of Blood – Covenant Words

The-Lent-Lily-HeaderThe ability to have confidence in, and the ability to stand on, your covenant with God, is not something that falls on you like ripe cherries off a tree. It doesn’t happen automatically.

Faith, Simple faith is something every person has to be able to live their everyday lives; to be able to sit on a chair, to walk a straight line, to stand up; all of these require the simple faith that either the chair will hold you; cliff-hanging-house-image-1when you put one foot in front of the other you will move in that direction and that when you lift yourself up from a sitting or lying position your legs will hold you. But, even these things took practice, failure and repetition to become skills that you could rely upon.

Even the faith that is required for salvation doesn’t happen by accident. Faith is not something that is simply given. Romans 10:17 gives us the clue that: “Faith comes by hearing and repeatedly hearing of the Word of God.” The other thing is that Faith has to be developed Hebrews 12:2. It is only by acting on the faith that comes from hearing the Word of God that it becomes alive in us.

This Faith is the action of standing on the new covenant that was established by Jesus. That covenant that has taken all of the blessings ofhouse on a rock God’s covenant with Abraham and forged upon the cross of Calvary; the penalty for the old being paid in full, in the very pit of Hell, by Christ himself; culminating with the final sacrifice, offered by Jesus as our great high priest, in the Heavenly Holy of Holies; to form of the two one New and Better Covenant built on better promises.

The substitutionary work of Jesus at Calvary has ensured that anyone who calls upon the name of Jesus WILL be saved; will receive ALL that Salvation  (soteria) has to offerBy this action God has placed the obligation upon himself to acknowledge and accept Anyone (Whosoever) who puts a demand on that promise. Like he did with Abraham, God, through Jesus, has sworn by himself that it will be that way and no other; such is the nature of covenants. In particular, with this covenant, the Testator, Jesus, has died so that his will and testament could be activated. But, by rising from the dead he lives to ensure that that testament is fulfilled.

Diligence is required to ensure that we are fulfilling our part of this process. We cannot benefit from a covenant that we don’t know anything about and we can’t stand on promises that we have scant knowledge of. We NEED to study the promises that have been made to and for our benefit throughout Man standing on the edge of rock on sunset.the word of God, the bible, the record of the Old and the New Covenants. A good place to start is to consider the promises, the Blessings in Deuteronomy 28 (remembering that when you get to the curses, in the same chapter we have been redeemed from those, by Jesus [Gal 3:13]).

But even better, is to go through the New testament, particularly the Epistles, and look for any statement that describes who we are Now, or Have Received, by being: “In Christ; In Him; In Whom; Through Christ; By the Promise” and the like.

Glory BibleIn this important teaching we look at the different words that relate to the topic of covenants and covenant agreements. We look at the significance of those words NOW, Today. We consider the Truth, that Salvation, through Christ, is not just for the future, in the sweet by-and -by, over in  glory land. But, available for us today, as believers. But, to live in these blessings requires the work of finding the promises and standing on them, by faith.

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Covenant Words