Thursday, July 31, 2014

Only Satan Wants You to Believe that the Cross was Insufficient!


I refuse to receive this and IMHO if we as Christians trust the work of the cross we must all start refuting this NONSENSE! (This is my opinion and I will err on the side of the Word) Jesus paid the price) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ~2 Corinthians 3:17

The Christian has been born again as a new person in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we are in the constant presence of the Holy Spirit who lives within us and under whose protection we exist (Romans 8:11). We do not need to worry about anyone casting any sort of pagan spell on us. Voodoo, witchcraft, hexes, and curses have no power over us because they come from Satan, and we know that “the one who is in you [Christ] is greater than the one [Satan] who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God has overcome him, and we have been freed to worship God without fear (John 8:36). “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? ” (Psalm 27:1).

Anointing can breaks EVERY yoke of sin. What is this yoke? Why should it be destroyed? If you know the answer you can receive great blessings. Yoke is a wooden beam placed on the neck of the bullocks to make them draw carts or plough the fields. The beam is called the Yoke. When the beam is placed on the neck of the bullocks and bound, they become slaves and cannot run freely on their own. Thus the animal bound to the yoke is enslaved .

Our Lord also has a yoke for us. Jesus says; Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light ." (Matt. 11:29,30) When we yield, of our own freewill, ourselves to live yoked with the Lord, then the Lord places His yoke upon us- one end on our shoulder and the other upon His shoulder. Now we are yoked with Jesus. Jesus says; "My yoke"- it is easy and the burden is light and joyful. It will not be painful.

At the same time, satan is also trying to place his yoke upon us. Why? Just to enslave us, by bringing pain and sorrow in our lives. If you take satan's yoke on you he will show you no mercy even when you suffer and are constrained. You will be a slave to satan. But, when you are anointed, this yoke of satan WILL BE DESTROYED.

Our Lord is different. His yoke is easy because He takes a greater portion of the burden on Him and gives us only a light burden (the burden to LOVE). That is why He says; "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matt. 11:30)

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree: ~Galatians 3:13

"No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me," declares the LORD. ~Isaiah 54:17

...on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. ~ Matthew 16:18

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Fall and Rise of Man

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” ; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. - 1 Corinthians 15:42-49

How amazing is the God that we serve! Adam sinned and so we have inherited sin through him as the Word reveals: "God's covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his posterity, all mankind descending from him, by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him in his first transgression. Not only is the guilt of Adam's sin imputed to us, but the depravity and corruption of his nature is transmitted to us, as poison is carried from the fountain to the cistern."
'By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin' - Rom 5:12. 

It was through Adam that mankind has fallen and yet it is through  faith in Christ that many will rise up again into eternal life through Salvation which comes ONLY by the shedding of His blood on the Cross. Through Adam we fell and are consigned to death which is the full payment for the penalty of our sins. Through Jesus Christ we rise again and are consigned to eternal life with God; His death on the cross is full payment for the penalty of our sins as we receive it by faith. "Death will strip us of the clothing of flesh, and all the comforts of life, as well as end all our troubles here below. But believing souls will be clothed with garments of praise, with robes of righteousness and glory." (see 2 Cor.5:8) “The first man Adam became a living being” ; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. Therefore in Christ we have risen from the fall!

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary:
The design of what follows is plain. It is to exalt our views respecting the blessings Christ has procured for us, by comparing them with the evil which followed upon the fall of our first father; and by showing that these blessings not only extend to the removal of these evils, but far beyond. Adam sinning, his nature became guilty and corrupted, and so came to his children. Thus in him all have sinned. And death is by sin; for death is the wages of sin. Then entered all that misery which is the due desert of sin; temporal, spiritual, eternal death. If Adam had not sinned, he had not died; but a sentence of death was passed, as upon a criminal; it passed through all men, as an infectious disease that none escape. In proof of our union with Adam, and our part in his first transgression, observe, that sin prevailed in the world, for many ages before the giving of the law by Moses. And death reigned in that long time, not only over adults who wilfully sinned, but also over multitudes of infants, which shows that they had fallen in Adam under condemnation, and that the sin of Adam extended to all his posterity. He was a figure or type of Him that was to come as Surety of a new covenant, for all who are related to Him.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When Our Troubles Help Us Find Jesus - Pastor Bryan Lowe

“When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death”.
John 4:47
Without his troubles, it would be highly improbable that this man would go find Jesus. His son is very ill, and close to dying. Undoubtedly the father has tried all of the conventional methods but to no avail. Somebody has mentioned that Jesus has just arrived in Galilee, and that remains the best option. He will find Jesus, the healer, and bring Jesus to his son.
Very often this is how it works for us. Life is good and there is no reason for us to go to Jesus. We’re content and reasonably happy with how things are going. But this man– a royal official, is desperate. Life has detonated in his face and he is completely undone. He is in a good place, although he can’t see it.
Believe it or not, our trials and troubles are our wonderful guests. Without them we would not look for Jesus. They are frightening and they are difficult, but they are necessary for us. Over the years, it is likely that this man has been insulated and protected from life’s difficulties. There has been nothing to cross him as his life unfolded. He believes that he has an immunity to suffering.
This official desperately seeks out Jesus. His son is dying. He must locate Jesus and bring Him back. He is frightened and frantic. Jesus is his only hope. But even this is not automatic.
“God never withholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful- “severe mercies” at times, but mercies all the same. God never denies us our heart’s desire except to give us something better”
The answer is not what this man was looking for. He wanted Jesus to return to Capernaum with him, but instead Jesus decides to stay right where He is. Instead He speaks, and the boy is healed, long-distance. As we seek the Lord’s grace, forgiveness and healing into our own lives, and our family, let us let the Lord be the Lord. Let Him decide how to do it. This man simply trusted, “The man took Jesus at his word and departed.” He would never, ever be the same.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Misadventures to Grace

Hi, I’m Linda and posting to “Seated in High Places” for the first time. I’m a survivor and have difficulty dealing with stress, depression and the pace of life in today’s society. I decided to write about my week’s misadventures, challenges, ordeals. What I call them depends on how I feel at the moment. God’s grace came through for me and I will tell you how I knew He was there in my turmoil,

Several weeks ago my phone started having no dial tone and when it did it was crackling.  Bleh…just using my cheap cell phone until I could call the phone company on someone’s landline.  I just didn’t have enough minutes on the cell to do it. I made one call and the nice automated voice told me my number wasn’t in the system…okaaaaay. Next call told me I was and there was no problem with the line. I knew the phones worked…so I would need to call the property owner. My toilet started dripping last weekend.  I checked to see if something was twisted or out of place…nope. I figured I would have to call the property owner.  It tends to take me a while to get going on things, so no calls was made yet.

Tuesday I worked a few hours then went to my women’s fellowship group. Watched a teaching on a DVD and discussed it. Prayer for someone then left. I arrived home about 10:15…I started digging through my bag for the keys. I keep my car keys and apartment keys separate. No keys…checked the car…no keys. Texted the Landlord…no reply. Texted women I had just spent time with but received one answer from someone who had just gone to bed. I figured everyone else was too. I did end up spending the night at another friend’s place and was quite grateful. In the time between discovering I didn’t have the keys and arriving at my host’s home, I hit the anxiety highway at 90 miles an hour. I had all kinds of thoughts about being ignored, uncared for, what if I have to sleep in the car…I was crying, wheezing and yelling. For me that is my panic attack…not a pretty picture, feels even worse. I know to pray during this time and often my prayers start out ridiculous. “Please Jesus take me home”, “my friends aren’t my friends”, why did you let this happen” …my inner 4 year old wants comfort, protection and security.

After about 30 minutes, I began to settle down and my thoughts began to settle as well.  Often the thoughts linger quite a bit longer. However, I recognized God speaking truth to me….”they are in bed and turned their phone off or silenced it”, “They do care, they have family members visiting or with health issues”, “You haven’t really made them aware of your situation, living alone with little support from others”.  I realized my reaction was based on several things.   I’ve experienced much rejection at different times of my life and when something seems to not go well in a relationship I default to the rejection response as a victim.  That kind of feeling and response gets wired in the brain.  I know I need to find a way to respond differently.  It seems so “automatic” no thought goes into it…it just happens.  Somewhere there’s a thought but I don’t recognize it. I’m not trusting God…because even though I start praying, they are childish prayers. I was in a panic so it could take a few minutes to give the situation over to Him, confess the lies of rejection and listen for His guiding voice. I just didn’t allow the transition that night until after 30 minutes.  

God was showing me grace in the midst of my situation and emotional crisis.  I’m sure He spoke to me well before I recognized His calming words. He calmed me and showed me some things I needed to know about this reaction that has frustrated me for a long time. Anxiety, fear of what others will think, of what they will say or do, not recognizing that even in what feels like an out of control situation that God really has control…trusting Him….with everything and everyone in my life. Time to make some different choices, time to actively pursue what God has for my healing, growing up in Him.

By the way...the next morning the Landlord's master key didn't work and she had to come back and we had to take the door off the hinges...and the toilet started running, not just dripping.  At this point I just groaned and laughed. God has my situation and all the things that are falling apart...including me!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

God Is the Life Giver

There are many arguments we could marshal to give evidence of the existence of God. There is scientific evidence pointing to God’s existence. For example, whatever is in motion must be moved by another, for motion is the response of matter to power. In the world of matter there can be no power without life, and life pre-supposes a being from which emanates the power to move things, such as tides and the planets. Or there is the argument that says nothing can be the cause of itself. It would be prior to itself if it caused itself to be, and that is an absurdity. Then there is the law of life. We see objects that have no intellect, such as stars and planets, moving in a consistent pattern, cooperating ingeniously with one another. Hence, it is evident that they achieve their movements not by accident but by design. Whatever lacks intelligence cannot move intelligently. An arrow would be useless without a bow and an archer. What gives direction and purpose and design to inanimate objects? It is God. He is the underlying, motivating force of life.

Daily Prayer
Lord, I know that without Your power my life would be useless. Prompt me, by Your Holy Spirit, to glorify You in everything I do.

Scripture -Hebrews 1:2:
in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

~Day by Day Billy Graham

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Why Are Some Congregations Teaching Christians To Follow the Law of Moses

*Jesus declared all foods clean*
We must stop worry about what goes into your mouth and focus on what comes out. It was Jesus who declared ALL food clean for the Christian believer. On our behalf he has fulfilled the Law of Moses without abolishing it. If we continue to live by any part of the Law and do not follow the ENTIRE Law and stumble on any part, we are guilty of breaking the entire Law AND will be Judged by the entirety of the Law. (see James 2:10) Why are some congregations teaching Christian believers to follow the Law of Moses?
And He (Jesus) said to them, "Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" Thus He declared all foods clean.
And He was saying, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. ~Mark 7:19-20
Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY (ALL OF) THEM." Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-- for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE "- Galatians 3:11-13
For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. ~ Galatians 2:19
Prayer: It is due to the grace TRANSCENDING the law, offered by Christ, that we gain eternal life. This is all thanks to God’s great love for us, a love explicitly shown at Calvary, when the shame of the cross was transfigured into Christ’s glory. Amen.

Poverty in Love Through Position, Title & Perceived Power

Something we do that turns off would be visitors and potential new members to our church gatherings: We like to throw around our titles, formal education, power and perceived positions, while throwing around very LITTLE Love. It doesn't matter who we say or think that we are.... in the Body of Christ it only matters how God sees us... and I'm told that He is not impressed by our power, positions or titles. He looks at hearts not titles.