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BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY-Mercy, Peace, and Love Be Multiplied In Your Life!

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BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

“Mercy unto you, and peace and love, be multiplied.”    Jude 1:2

 

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The Blessing of the Lord, Love’s Ultimate Gift

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I have read Kenneth Copeland‘s book “The Blessing of the Lord”.  I highly recommend this book!  It is informative, educational, and brings tremendous revelation in the realm of the Spirit and knowing God‘s perfect will for your life!

I have had this book sitting on my bedside table for well over a year.  I had tried to read it before and just could not ‘get into it’.  When we sold our home and moved to our temporary home, I felt prompted to pick the book up and put it on the beside table at my new residence.  I know now it was the Holy Spirit Who had me do this.

This book covers God’s blessing and HIS financial system, and it is nothing like the Babylonian system of this world.  We are going to  study several facets of ‘the blessing’ because they cover us spiritually, physically, mentally, in the arena of divine favor, and fresh revelation from God, Himself concerning different eras we have lived through and of things to come. It gives an in-depth account of things we have been told  and how they align with the Bible, and of future things to come.  

This book literally will shake up some of your thinking.  I know it did mine!  When I began to really read it, I could not believe how far below the blessing I was and had lived!  There were, and are, so many things God has for His children and I was experiencing very little of it.

I first came to the realization that my mind had become ‘sluggish’ in this area as we were selling our house and looking for another one.  I kept looking for something we could ‘afford’.  Now, don’t misunderstand me.  I am not about to tell you to go out and take out huge mortgages, or any other kind of loan.  My husband and I have determined we will remain as debt free as possible.  But, as I began to look at these houses, I found myself settling in the flesh for something God told me I could have much more of if I followed the Spirit of God.

It is so important to consult God in almost everything we do.  I don’t mean get silly and ask God what  outfit you should wear today..the green or the blue?  No.  I am talking about financial decisions, dating decisions, occupation and job decisions.  Things that literally direct the course and future of your life, should always be prayed about with diligence and we should have ears that are willing to hear what GOD wants in these arenas, not what we think we have to have!  This is where messes are made!

There will be people who will say, “I don’t like a prosperity message.  If you live for God, God will bless you with what you can handle.  Christianity is all about Jesus, it’s not all about us.”

That is right on one point.  As believers, life is all about Jesus, and we should keep that perspective!! It is about seeking Him first, loving Him, pleasing Him, winning souls, and giving Him glory.  But, in the words of Brother Copeland, “from Jesus’ perspective, it’s all about us.  He didn’t die o the Cross to save Himself.  He didn’t come to earth to fulfill the plan of redemption so He could have abundant life.  He came so that we could have it.  He became Abraham’s seed, not so He could inherit God’s promise, but that we could.  He did it so  THE BLESSING could come on us and, through us, all the nations of the earth could be BLESSED.”

I look forward to delving further into this subject in the coming weeks!  I am learning so much and I know you will be blessed by it, too.  God’s blessings are ours and His will is for us to live in the abundance of them.  See you soon, precious reader!!

 

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A Covenant of Love

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Last night was a difficult night for me.  Gracie was sick, praise God she is better!  I looked at properties with not much to choose from, and exhaustion without sleep seemed to permeate me.  

Today, as I had my prayer time, the Lord led me to call Kenneth Copeland Ministries for prayer about the new house.  We have partnered with Kenneth Copeland for over 20 years now.  We have seen the miraculous things God has done with that ministry and through it.

I googled the phone number and called.  When the phone call was over I happened to look and saw a daily devotional that caught my eye.  I heard the Lord say, “Read this today…it is for you.”  When I saw what it was, I got a bit excited.  It was about our covenant of  blessing with God!!!  That is exactly what God has taught me and has had me writing on lately.  Coincidence?  I think not since the Bible says there are no coincidences with God!!  Here it is!  I pray it blesses you as it did me!!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.

– John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave…and He gave…and He gave.

 

That is the message the Bible brings us from beginning to end. It sounds simple enough. Yet few of us really comprehend it.

 

We can understand the idea of a God of power. We can understand a God who desires to be served. But an Almighty God who loves us so much that He desires, above all, to give to us? That can be hard to believe.

 

For thousands of years, God has worked to drop the revelation of His love into the hearts of men. He’s made loving promises of blessing and protection. But He’s always faced that same obstacle–human beings who just couldn’t bring themselves to believe those promises were true.

 

The story of Abram is a perfect example. He wasn’t accustomed to the idea of a God who gives. After all, he’d grown up as a worshiper of the moon, and the moon had certainly never seemed interested in doing anything for him. Then he encountered El Shaddai, the greatest Being of all. The one Almighty God. And the first thing this El Shaddai wanted to do was give to him.

 

God’s promises so astounded Abram that he couldn’t believe them. “Lord,” he asked, “how can I know I’m really going to receive these things?” (Gen. 15:8).

 

Do you know how God answered him? By cutting a blood covenant with him. That covenant settled forever any question Abram could ever have about God’s love and loyalty. Once blood had been shed, he knew God meant what He said.

 

God did the same thing for you. He cut a blood covenant with you. And He sacrificed His own Son to do it. Jesus‘ broken body and shed blood have become the eternal proof of God’s love for you. Through Communion, He’s urged you to remember them again and again so that when your faith in His promises begins to waver, you “might have a strong consolation” (Heb. 6:18).

 

Get a revelation of God’s love for you by meditating on the covenant He’s made with you. Get out the bread and the cup. Go before the Lord with them and take Communion thinking about the body and blood of Jesus that enables you to be a blood-covenant member of the family of Almighty God. Let them settle forever the question of God’s love for you. You’ll never again have to doubt His promises once you believe in His love.

Scripture Reading: Genesis 15

SOURCE:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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The Blessing of Abraham Now Rest Upon Us Who Are In Christ!

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And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.  Deuteronomy 28:1-68

I could literally laugh out loud now.  I guarantee you God has a sense of humor!  I have sold my house, and we are living temporarily in a travel trailer.  We are looking for another home and there isn’t a prospect in sight, and the Lord has me writing on ‘The Blessing’!  Now tell me God doesn’t know how to make us laugh!

For about two years, I tried to really study out the blessing of Abraham.  I knew as God’s children we were under that same covenant of blessing, but I really didn’t fully know what all it entailed, nor could I fully explain it.  I tried to study it in depth but it was as though the timing was always off.  I would pick up my study materials and I just could not stick with them.  I just seemed led in another direction every single time.

Since our house sold,  the days after are now turning into weeks and I have needed this knowledge to keep my faith up!  I will never lie to you, dear reader.  I did cry a few tears tonight, but praise God for hubby who spoke the word to me and I felt myself rallying again in the Spirit!

I have read Deuteronomy 28.  It is the blessing God spoke upon Abraham.  What is so marvelous is the fact it is the same blessing we as Christians live under as well.  We don’t always see the effects of  it in every Christian’s life, because it is not known by all Christians.   God has a full account of all good things that are yours for the asking and receiving!  You can’t withdraw from an account that is in your name if you don’t realize it exist.

It is as if a parent or grandparent opened a savings account for their child or grandchild.  Years can go by and steadily that person deposits money into that account for future use.  If the child never becomes privy to the fact they have money in this account, they will never be able to withdraw from it or benefit from it.  

God will not and has not left us in the dark and He has not hidden information from us.  It is all in His last ‘Will and Testament’.  That ‘Will and Testament’ is the word of God!  If we don’t know what it says, we can never lay claim to what it says we can and do have!  

Do you know the blessing of Abraham spans the entire Bible?  For God to say something over and over, He meant for us to take it and take it seriously!  He doesn’t give false hope nor does He give empty promises!  Let’s take an in depth look at what God says about living in the blessing!!

In Genesis 12:2-3 and 13:2 God tells Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing ; and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be BLESSED….And Abram was very rich….” 

Now let us look in Galatians. Galatians 3:14 ” That THE  BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles…”  That is US!!  The same blessing God promised Abraham, we now qualify for by receiving Jesus as our Saviour!   We have become the seed of Abraham as well!

Look at Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be CHRIST’S, then are ye ABRAHAM’S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.”  This is shouting ground for me!  What a mighty promise and what a precious and loving Father to plan this for ALL who would come to Him through Jesus!  He truly is our Father!!  Glory to God!!!

Galatians 3:7-9 tells us, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall ALL nations be BLESSED.  So then they which be of faith are BLESSED with faithful Abraham.”

THE BLESSING, is the gospel, the good news!!  Verses 13-14 tells us, ” Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; THAT THE BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles THROUGH JESUS CHRIST; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  Verses 26, 29 “For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST….And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Now when people ask you how you are, you can say, BLESSED!!” and know why you are saying it and just what you are BLESSED with!  We will get deeper into the blessing tomorrow.  For now, I want this to sink into my brain very, very well and into yours, too!  Isn’t it good when we find out just who we really are and we didn’t have to get in a sailboat and sail around the world in less than a year to do it!  The things of God are so simple…we complicate them far too much!

You are blessed, dear reader!  I will see you soon!!

 

Reference:  ”The Blessing of the Lord” by Kenneth Copeland

 

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Be Ye Holy

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“Be ye holy for I am holy” is a verse we don’t hear too much anymore.  I hear a great deal about God‘s mercy and grace.  I hear a lot about His love.  I hear a lot about the great future He has planned for us, and all of these things are true!  They are quite Biblical but, “Be ye holy for I am holy” is Biblical, too and applies for today as much as it ever has.

You cannot pick apart the Bible and choose what is for “today’s world”.  It is ALL for today!  God said anyone who added to or took away from the Bible was in danger of hell!  Why?  Because many times people file everything under “God is a good God and would not send a good person to hell” to “God is a God of grace and everything is lawful” to excuse or permit their own baseness and wills.  Neither of these can be supported by the word.  The second one is a partial scripture, but many fail to read the rest of it…”NOT ALL THINGS ARE BENEFICIAL”!

1 Peter 1:13-24

Living Before God Our Father

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”[c]

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

The Enduring Word

22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[d] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,[e] 24 because

“All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man[f] as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”[g]

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

There is a code of conduct by which we are to pattern our lives after.  We are especially to be aware and cautious if we are ministers.  We are a “royal priesthood” and in that “priesthood” the Bible tells us there is a higher caliber of behavior we are to not only exhibit, but exhibit due to the condition of our renewed hearts!  God isn’t looking for actors!  God isn’t looking for people who know the “vernacular”  of super Christendom, if you will!

Serving God in Spirit and in truth is getting truthful in the arena of your mind, will, and emotions just as the truth has fully flourished in our redeemed spirits, if we are truly born again.  There is an old saying, “We aren’t playing church here, folks!”  but, sadly many are today.  When the very elect take the Bible when confronted with wrong and twist it with false ”church history” and twisted theology, you have left honoring the truth and have made it YOUR OWN truth!  It ceases to have power to save and change at that point because it is no longer the unadulterated word of God, but it is what YOU want it to say in order for it to fit what YOU want to do!

I have heard these very types of people say, “We are not under law!  We are no longer under the Old Testament, but a better covenant.”  This is true!  But God never meant for us to throw the Old Testament and the examples of it out of our lives.  I find it amusing those very people, when their lifestyle gets them into trouble, want to quote the Old Testament and what God did to Haman and what He will do to their enemies.  They quote what David wrote in Psalm when he was faced with great trouble and people who were out to take his life and kingdom.  They want to quote the story of Lot and how he was saved due to Abraham’s prayers, but don’t give it a second thought until trouble comes and these scriptures become “convenient” for them and what they want to see done to so-called “enemies”.   Suddenly, the Old Testament becomes “viable”, again!

While we are over in the Old Testament let us remember a foolish king who took holy things from the temple and decided to drink wine from them and party with them!  He decided to take what was holy and treated it as common, the way many do with what should be a Godly lifestyle and tremendous respect and gratitude for the gifts God has placed within us.  The word tells us a hand came down and wrote on the wall MENE,[d] MENE, TEKEL,[e] UPHARSIN.[f]   

When you have a chance, read all of Daniel 5, but for now know what these words mean and let us look at some very important verses that led to this!  Daniel 5 tells us,

Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand.  2 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. 3 Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple of the house of God which had been in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.

5 In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6 Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other. 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck; and he shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” 8 Now all the king’s wise men came, but they could not read the writing, or make known to the king its interpretation. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly troubled, his countenance was changed, and his lords were astonished.

Daniel at this point is called to interpret the writing and the meaning of it follows…

26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”[g] 29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

Do you not believe if you abuse the office in which God has placed you, you will not be open to consequences?  Do you believe if you treat the supernatural things of God as common in this natural world you will not suffer natural consequences?  Belshazzar had a choice.  He could have lived humbly, looking to God but instead he was prideful and went too far with his lifestyle, all the while reasoning in his blinded mind that this was okay and he was king and could not be touched!  He ruled, what could happen?

Many have made the call of God, the gifts of God, and the responsibilities that come with these very things “common” to themselves saying, “God is merciful and forgives.  I am absolved of all guilt.  He would rather bless me than punish me, hence grace” but the truth is God has done these things in your spirit, but your soul still lives in this natural world where satan seeks to kill, steal and destroy and he would love to ruin your life and your witness.  You will go to heaven, but you will go faster if you don’t obey the supernatural laws of God while you are in a natural world.  These laws were put in place to protect you, but you can ignore them just as you can a traffic light and die early due to physical lawlessness, “wrecking” your life!

To live holy is a command!  Don’t think you are untouchable because God is full of grace and mercy.  Paul wrote we were not to try that grace!  Is what you are doing worth your relationship and reward with God?  There is a separation coming in these last days.  God will not have people whose souls hang in the balance influenced in an ungodly manner by the very ones who have tasted the sweet savor of salvation, but live sloppy lives!

There is an exposing coming of all secret things.  It will be as the word tells us where the wicked will become more wicked and the righteous will flourish.  Live as God has clothed you to be!  Don’t take your robe of righteousness and cover it with the sights and smells of a common cloak by living as all others in a common world and expect the supernatural blessings of God to follow you.

Perry Stone spoke recently of a minister he knew.  The man had a powerful ministry!  He would pray and cancers would fall to the floor, roots of them still attached!  People were set free, salvations taking place as he preached.  Miracles, signs and wonders followed this minister’s ministry!

This minister had trouble sleeping and was advised by some people to drink some wine to help him sleep.  He began to drink a little wine.  When he did, the anointing left his ministry, he became an alcoholic and died in poverty and as a hermit.  A little leaven spoils the whole loaf.  Learn from other’s examples and don’t be an example of what CAN happen, but what SHOULD AND WILL happen when we live for God, holding His word as our standard in ALL of our conduct!  We will be held accountable for what we did on this earth one day!  Don’t let the temporary things of this world cost you an eternity of great reward!

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