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10 Scriptures that Can be used in nearly every mess

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We often learn lists of healing Scriptures, finance Scriptures, family Scriptures, etc. so that in specific crises we know what the Word says.  But if you are a new Christian or if you don’t know the Word as well as you should, or if you are facing multiple battles at once it is great to know that there are some Scriptures that will apply to EVERY situation.  These Scriptures should be learned, considered, meditated and declared in every mess you find yourself in.

10.  Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world. (1 John 4.4)

9.  My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory (Php. 4.19)

8. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8.31)

7. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8.32)

6. We are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8.37)

5. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (Gal. 3.9)

4.  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: (Gal. 3.13)

3. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (1 John 3.1)

2. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  (Romans 5.1-2)

1. Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. (2 Cor. 2.14)

6 Ways to Successfully Build and Pastor a Multi-Ethnic Church

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1.  Celebrate food!  People will accept you if you love their food and eat it with enthusiasm.  It’s amazing what a pot luck will turn into with food from several nations.  It’s a lot more fun than just quiche and mini-sausages, I can promise you!  And eating together breaks down all barriers.

2. Do not appoint leaders just because of their ethnicity or gender.  Appoint the best leaders for the task.  

3. Always be sensitive to any group that is a significant minority.  It’s not easy being the odd man out.  Show that sensitivity by listening to people.  People from a new culture who come to the church are often gateway people who bring a number of people from the same culture, help them feel at home and disciple them.  Awesome.  If people are doing that job, make them part of your leadership team and encourage them to keep discipling.

4. (This is a controversial one) Never divide your small groups on the basis of ethnicity.  People need to get to know – and trust – people from every culture.  We are preparing people for heaven, which will be every tongue, every tribe and every nation.  I know some church growth strategists disagree with this, but sometimes growing people is more important than growing numerically.

5. Have a couple of people you know and trust from the different cultures and run any big ideas through them.  They may see things you haven’t seen, and they can advice you on the impact that decision would have on people who have been raised in a different culture from yourself.

6.  Remember at the end of the day, there are no white people, black people, Asian people: there are just people.  We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and we are all made righteous freely through the redemption of Jesus Christ.  Our similarities as Christians far, far, far outweigh our differences.  We have the same faith, the same God, the same peace, the same Bible, the same struggles, the same temptations, the same Holy Spirit.  

Romans 1.32

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Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The first remarkable thing that Paul closes his commentary on an individual or society that rejects God is that he says that such a person or such a group of people KNOW THE JUDGMENT OF GOD.

In other words, even though they deny God, reject God, hate God, and ignore God: they still know that God is a judge. They are aware deep down inside that living the way they live means that when they die. Even someone with a completely reprobate mind, someone without natural affection, someone completely merciless knows that God will judge them when they die. They know that unless they run to a Saviour that they will die and end up in a Christless eternity of hellfire. That is why we need to preach grace and reconciliation to the world.

They still remember God is a judge and they hate that, but they do not know the message of reconciliation and redemption.

If you preach to someone in the street: you are going to hell, that message will be rejected and ignored. We need to do what Paul said and be ambassadors of Christ with a message of reconciliation and a message of hope and destiny for the world. A message that their sins have been paid for, that there is a book better than the book of their life to be judged by and that is the Lamb’s book of Life. As soon as you are in this book, your book of life is ignored and never used to judge you again.

You must know this if you are to be an effective witness of Christ: every single individual knows that God is their judge. They might supress, ignore and hate that knowledge. They might say – and scream – that they do not have this knowledge. But they do!

So go and tell them boldly that Jesus has paid the price for them.

This verse concludes Paul’s assessment of individuals and societies that completely reject God. After letting us see the 22 characteristics of a society without God, Paul tells us that these people still know God is a judge.

Paul also tells us a second piece of information about these people. Not only do they do the things wrong that they do, but they have pleasure in them that do them.

In the Greek, this word “have pleasure in” is one word: syneudokeō. It comes from three Greek words syn-, eu- and dokeo. Syn means together, eu means good, and dokeo means opinion.

Together these words mean: to have a good opinion with someone. In other words, someone does something that is sinful and evil. Let’s use a very real example: abortion. In today’s society, not only do many people have abortions, but they celebrate and exalt people who do. They fight and agree for the rights of people to sin and rebel against God. Being bitter, getting revenge, all sorts of sexual behaviour – even if people are not involved in the behaviour – they do not want to judge people, they do not want to say it is wrong. Instead they say loudly that it is good and they have pleasure that people do these things.

People take pleasure in sin. Look at the entertainment industry: based entirely around sexual immorality. We now have television programmes in the UK where they lock people up in a house and hope they strip naked and have sex on camera. We are one step away from gladiators and lions in our entertainment!

One of the translations of syneudokeō is applaud or to clap. There are talk shows in the UK (and all over the world, I know) where people go on these shows, describe the most outrageous sins, and are applauded. If someone went on these shows and said they were a virgin or they forgave someone who hurt them they would not be applauded! The audience reserves their applause for the sinners!

One of the hallmarks of a reprobate society is that it applauds and approves the wrong things. It is even worse that some churches are involved in this as well – accepting and applauding homosexuality, ordaining and promoting homosexuals, seeker-friendly no-offense no-truth services, and so on.

Let us not be like this. Let us never applaud evil. Let us not watch TV programmes that promote evil lifestyles and hatred and malice. Let us not find sin entertaining.

Glory and freedom,
Benjamin

Some Mighty Facts (E W Kenyon)

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Some Mighty Facts

by E.W. Kenyon

There are some things Eternal Life has given us. If we realized what we were in Christ and knew that we had the ability to be what God says we are, our lives would be transformed in a week.
    We do not understand what Redemption and the New Creation have made us.
    We do not realize what we are to the Father’s heart and what He is to us.
    Most of us are theological Christians instead of Bible Christians.
    We have theological experiences and are ever attempting to square the Word with those experiences.

 
         We have been taught there is no truth beyond our creed. We lock our people in a creed, making them prisoners of the theories of men born a hundred years ago. The Creed Christian is not a Bible Christian.
    Each creed must have the Bible translated to fit it.
    We have discovered a Christ who is greater than the creeds, a Redemption that is greater than the creeds, a New Birth that bursts the bonds of creedal Christianity and sets the prisoners free.
    We are discovering a type of Christianity that is better than the creeds, better than anything to which the creeds have given birth.
    The creeds, beautiful though they may be, are largely born of Sense Knowledge.

You Are Redeemed

    Romans 3:24: Through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus whom God set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to show His righteousness.
    Our Redemption, our Redeemer, is Christ. No one can rob you of your Redemption.
    If you take Christ as your Savior, He becomes your Redemption. You become independent of man.
    Your Redemption was God’s own work, and He Himself is satisfied with what He did in Christ.
    Eph. 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.
    Eph. 1:7: In whom we have our redemption through his blood, the redemption of our trespasses.
    If you have your Redemption, you are Redeemed.
    Your Redemption was through the blood of Jesus Christ
    You have the remission of your trespasses.
    Notice first, you have your Redemption in Christ. It is through the blood of the Son of God.
    You have remission from all that you ever did before you became a Christian.
    This Redemption is according to the riches of His grace.
    It is a perfect, a complete Redemption. It is not a beggarly Redemption, but a vast God-sized Redemption that glorifies God and glorifies Christ and honors every man who embraces it.
    Col. 1:13 14: “Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness.” That is Satan’s authority. If we are delivered out of his authority, he can no longer reign over us.
    Yet the great body of the Church is living under the dominion of the adversary as though it had never been Born Again. What is the matter?
    The creed to which we have subscribed has no actual Redemption in it. It has robbed the Church of its own Redemption by setting stakes of limitation.
    Col. 1:13: “Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the son of his love!” He delivered us out of the authority of Satan, and He translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His Love.
    Put it in the first person. You are the one who has been delivered. You are the one who has been translated into God’s kingdom and family. In Christ you have your Redemption, the remission of everything that you ever did.
    It gives you the Nature of God and takes out of you the nature of the adversary.
    The New Birth settles the problem of your sin nature. All you ever did is wiped out. All you ever were has been destroyed.
    You are now an actual child of God just as Jesus was in His earth walk. You have the same standing that Jesus had, because Jesus is your standing. He has become your righteousness. God Himself becomes your standing.
    Romans 3:26: “That he might himself be righteous, and the righteousness of him that hath faith in Jesus!” (Lit. trans.)
    You have faith in Jesus as your Substitute. So God has become your righteousness.
    When you believe this, you will come out of bondage and weakness and failure into the fulness of this new Life in Christ.
    You are the sons of God. You are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. You are redeemed.
    I Cor. 6:20: “For ye were bought with a price.” Why do we become the slaves of wrong teaching, the slaves of Sense Knowledge? That price was the blood of Christ.
    There is no joint ownership between Christ and the world. You either belong to the devil or you belong to Christ. Christ purchased you with His own blood. I Pet. 1:18, 19: “Knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with precious blood as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ.”
    It is the blood of the lamb without spot. You stand before the Father now a redeemed one, without condemnation. The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, redeemed you.
    Every claim of justice has been paid. Jesus met the demands of justice and satisfied them. You are free.
    I Cor. 7:23: “Become not the bondservants of men!” That means that we are not to become the bondservants of the theories of men or the creeds of men. “Men” here means the man who walks in the senses. You crown Jesus as the Lord of your life. There is no other bondage but the bondage of love.
    John 8:36: “If therefore the son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” You are free from Satan’s dominion. You are a New Creation, a child of God. You have been redeemed from the hand of your enemy. You are to take this fact seriously. You are to order your life accordingly.
    Romans 6:14: “Sin shall not have dominion over you.” Satan was defeated by your Master. That defeat stripped him of his ability to take you captive without your cooperation.
    The two phases of Christ’s ministry in Redemption are: Jesus paying the price of your Redemption, and defeating your enemy and setting you free.
    Col. 2:15: “Having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it!” He triumphed over the adversary. He defeated the enemy. His triumph was your triumph. That battle was your battle. He was not fighting for Himself.
    Hebrews 2:14: “Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to nought him that had the power of death, that is the devil.” He set you free. You are free. You are redeemed by God Himself.

You Are A New Creation

Next I want you to notice that you are a New Creation. This truth has never been given its place.
    All we have been taught was that God forgave us our sins and that by a second work of grace, sin was eradicated from us. But if we did wrong ignorantly or knowingly we had to be justified again. That justification permitted us to be justified with the devil’s nature in us.
    Another view is that God was unable to take out Satan’s nature when He gave us His Nature; so that when we were Born Again we had God’s Nature and the devil’s nature in us. We warred against the old nature in us. They said that we would be free when we died. Satan is the author of death. That would make Satan your savior. Far be the thought!
    All this teaching belongs to Sense Knowledge’s interpretation of the Word.
    Spiritual things are spiritually understood. I Cor. 2:12: “That we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
    The first thing that is given to you after Redemption is a New Nature. II Cor. 5:17 must ever stand as the key to this wonderful truth: “Wherefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all these things are of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.”
    You are a New Creation. The devil’s nature has been taken out of you. God’s Nature has taken its place.
    You are reconciled to the Father. You are brought into fellowship with the Father. Everything you were before, stopped being. All you were in Satan stopped being.
    The old things of weakness and failure are passed. This New Creation has no memory of the past creation. You are newly born. You are a new species. You are a New Creation in Christ Jesus.
    The Jew was blood-covered because his nature was antagonistic toward God. We are not blood-covered. We are made New Creations. We are cleansed by the blood. We need not be covered. We can stand free of sin-consciousness in His presence. just as Jesus did in His earth walk.
    The Holy Spirit has given birth to us. We are born of God. James 1:18: “Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” I John 4:4: “Ye are of God, my little children.” Eph.2:10: “We are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus.”
    All this drives us to this conclusion: that this New Creation is something that God Himself has wrought, and that we are just what He says we are-the very sons of God.
    Romans 6:6 tells us that the man of sin is done away in the New Creation: “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him. that the body of sin might be done away that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin.” The sin nature is gone. So many of us have tried to get rid of this old nature. We did not know that it was put away.
    The thing called the Adamic nature is spiritual death which has possession of our spirits. When we are made alive, made New Creations, that nature is done away.
    We are tempted, and in our babyhood state do foolish things. That is because our bodies have never yet been brought into subjection to our spirits. Desire may dwell in your physical body, but it is not sin until you have consented to an act that is forbidden in the Word. There is nothing wrong in your body. Sin lived in your spirit and in your mind. It does not abide in your body.
    When it says “sin in the flesh” it means sin in the senses. It is when your senses have gained the dominion over your spirit and mind.
    Romans 12:1, 2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service. And be not fashioned according to this age; but be ye transfigured by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
    He desires that these senses shall be dedicated to Him after we are Born Again. It is an unseemly thing for your senses to rule your mind and your spirit. You know that if you have a sore foot that that foot rules all the rest of your body. That disease has gained the mastery so that your spirit and your mind become absolute slaves to the pain in the foot. The same thing is true if you have an unclean appetite, a habit. That habit gains the mastery over your whole being, if you do not hold it in subjection.
    The thing you should say to that foot is, “By His stripes, you are healed. In the Name of Jesus become well!” (from Isaiah 53). You say to the habit that has gained the mastery over your body and mind, “You have no right to hold dominion over me any longer. In the Name of Jesus Christ, depart!”
    You will be free.
    There is only one place for sin to actually reside, and that is in our spirits. Our spirits have been recreated. The sin nature has been taken out. I John 3:14: “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren!” Satan’s nature is gone. God’s Nature is in us. This New Creation is of God. We know that we are His own.
    Nothing will cripple one so quickly as to deny this truth. Nothing will establish you and build your faith as quickly as to confess it. Confess it in your heart first. Confess it out loud in your room. Say it over and over again: “I am a child of God. I have God’s Nature. I am the righteousness of God in Christ!” Say it until the words become familiar to your spirit. Say it until your spirit and your words agree, until your whole being swings into harmony and into line with the Word of God.
    That miraculous passage in Hebrews 5:13 says, “For everyone that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe!” They have never sounded the depths of righteousness. They do not know what it means to have God justify them and to have a standing with the Father just like Jesus’ standing. They do not seem to grasp the significance of the reality of the New Creation.
    That New Creation is a part of God. It has partaken of God’s Nature. It has been made out of righteousness and holiness of truth. The New Creation is not a man-made thing. It is not a mental thing. It is a thing of God. Just as the angel said in Luke 1:35: “That holy thing that shall be born shall be the Son of God.” The Holy Spirit has given birth to you and you are one of the holy ones of God.
    You are that separated thing that belongs absolutely to the Father. You are now His very child. You can say, “My Father!” He whispers, “My child!”
    Romans 8:15: “For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” This is your continual confession of your relationship to Him and His to you. That will build faith into you.
    Romans 8:1: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus!” God is your Father, your Protector, your Caretaker, and your Lord. You are in His family. Take your place. Play the part of a son.
    Let the world hear your confession. Every time you confess your sonship rights and your sonship place, you defeat the adversary. Sickness has no dominion over you. Disease has no dominion over you. Want and hunger and need have no dominion over you. You are now in the family of plenty.
    You are in the family where you lie down in green pastures and you are led by streams of sweet water. Your soul is restored from calamity, fear, and doubt; and fellowship and communion with Him is quiet and beautiful. You are walking, now in the paths of righteousness, taking advantage of your righteousness. You are doing the works of a righteous man. You are praying the prayers of a righteous man. James 5:16: “The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.”
    You are praying for the sick. You are casting out demons. Mark 16:17,18.
    You are living a life of victory because you are the righteousness of God in Christ.
    This in part is what Eternal Life gives us in Christ.

This page Copyright © 2001 Peter Wade. The Bible text in this publication, except where otherwise indicated, is from the King James Version. This article appears on the site: http://www.peterwade.com/.

Prophecy: The Flawless Perfection of Calvary

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Beautiful hymn followed by a beautiful prophetic word. Enjoy!

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Do You Realize How Valuable You Are? (Derek Prince)

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Dear Friend
For more than fifty years, I have tried to help people with innumerable different problems
in their lives. Eventually, I have come to a surprising conclusion: our basic problem as
human beings is that we do not realise how valuable we are.
Consequently, we make the most tragic mistakes. We are like a person who is legally
heir to a vast fortune, but we sell off our entire inheritance for something incomparably
less valuable: a night of sex, a joint of marijuana, a drunken party, a crooked financial
scheme.

Or we may value ourselves a little higher, perhaps seeking some prestigious position
in politics or the entertainment world, or even some high ecclesiastical office. Yet for all
its prestige, it does not compare with the value of our inheritance – which we give in
exchange for it.

If we are to appreciate our real value as human beings, we must consider the unique
and wonderful way in which Adam – the ancestor of our race – was created.
The Miracle of Adam’s Creation

In John 1:1-2 we discover that the actual agent in creation was not God the Father, but
the divine Word, who was with God from eternity – the Person who was later manifested
in human history as Jesus of Nazareth: “All things were made through Him [the Word],
and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

Creation, as a whole, was brought about by the spoken word of God: “By faith we
understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” 1 “For He spoke and it was
done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” 2 But the creation of Adam, as described in
Genesis 2:7, was uniquely different: “And the Lord God formed [moulded] man of the
dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
living being [literally, a living soul].”

Picture the scene! The Lord kneeled down, took dust in His hands, mixed it with water
and moulded it into the body of a man. So there it was – the most perfect piece of sculpture
ever fashioned – more perfect than any masterpiece of Michelangelo. But it was lifeless!

Then something marvellous happened. The Creator leaned forward, put His divine lips
against the lips of clay, His divine nostrils against the nostrils of clay and breathed into
them. His breath penetrated the form of clay, and transformed it into a living human
being with every organ of its body functioning perfectly, and with all the marvellous

spiritual, intellectual and emotional responses of which a human being is capable. No
other being has ever been created in such a way.

The words used to describe this miracle are particularly vivid. Hebrew is one of those
languages in which the sound of certain words is directly related to the action which
they describe. The sound of the Hebrew word translated breathed can be rendered
yipakh. It consists of a tiny internal “explosion,” followed by a forceful, on-going release
of air from the throat. Thus it vividly represents the action which it describes. As the
Lord stooped down over those lips and nostrils of clay, He did not let out a languid sigh
– He forcefully breathed Himself into that body of clay, which thus received a miraculous
impartation of the very life of God!

Immediately, man became a triune being, composed of spirit, soul and body. The spirit
came from the inbreathed breath of God; his body was clay, transformed into living,
pulsating flesh; his soul, produced by the uniting of spirit and body, became a unique,
individual personality, capable of making decisions – I will or I will not.

Together with his God-given mate, Adam was appointed to rule the earth as God’s
representative. The triunity of his inner nature represented the likeness of the triune
God. His outward form mirrored the image of the Lord who created him. 3 Both in his
inward nature and his outward form, he uniquely represented God to the rest of earth’s
creatures.

Furthermore, Adam and Eve enjoyed regular personal fellowship with the Lord. At the
close of each day He came to spend time with them. 4 Who knows what revelations of
Himself He shared with them? We do know, however, that God granted Adam the privilege
of choosing names for all the other living creatures. 5

The greatest tragedy of human history followed. Tricked by Satan, Adam and Eve traded
their God-given inheritance for a piece of fruit! This disobedience affected every part
of Adam’s triune nature. His spirit – cut off from God – died. In his soul he became a
rebel henceforth at war with his Creator. His body became subject to sickness, ageing
and, ultimately, death.

God had warned Adam concerning the tree of knowledge, “In the day that you eat of it
you shall surely die.” 6 It was Adam’s spirit that died instantly; his body did not die for
more than 900 years.

The Miracle of Christ’s Redemption

Adam’s disobedience was terrible in its consequences, yet it brought to light an aspect
of God’s nature that would otherwise never have been fully revealed: the unfathomable
depth of His love. God has never given up on Adam and his descendants. He longs to
bring us back to Himself.

This is beautifully expressed in James 4:5 (NAS): “He jealously desires the Spirit which
He has made to dwell in us” – the spirit that was breathed into Adam at his creation.
Incredible though it may seem, God continues to long for the personal fellowship which
He once enjoyed with Adam, but which was broken by Adam’s rebellion – a rebellion

that has been perpetuated in every one of Adam’s descendants.

Furthermore, at infinite cost, God has made a way for us to be restored to Himself. He
sent Jesus “to seek and to save that which was lost.” 7 By His substitutionary sacrifice on
the cross, Jesus has made it possible for each of us to be forgiven and cleansed from sin
and to become members of God’s own family.

In Matthew 13:45-46 Jesus told a parable which – for me, personally – most beautifully
describes the wonder of our redemption: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold
all that he had and bought it.”

For me this depicts the redemption of a human soul. Jesus is the merchant – not a tourist
or a sightseer – but a man who has dealt in pearls all his life, and knows the exact value
of every pearl. The pearl that He has purchased is just one human soul – yours or mine.
It cost Him all He had – everything He owned.

Updated to our contemporary culture, I picture to myself the scene when that merchant
broke the news to his wife.
“Honey, I’ve sold our car.”
“You sold our car! Well, at least we still have a roof over our heads.”
“No, I sold our house, too!”
“Whatever made you do all that?”
“I found the most beautiful pearl I’ve ever seen. I’ve been looking all my life for
such a pearl. It cost me everything I had – wait till you see it!”

So what does this mean to you and me? Each of us may picture ourselves as that one
priceless pearl.

Remember, it cost Jesus everything He had to buy you back to Himself. Though He was
Lord of the entire universe, He laid it all aside and died in absolute poverty. He owned
nothing. The robe and the tomb in which He was buried were both borrowed. “Though
He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become
rich.” 8

Perhaps you have never seen yourself as important. You have a poor self-image. You
may look back on a life of pain and disappointment: a deprived and unhappy childhood,
a marriage that ended in divorce, or a career that never materialised, or years wasted
on drugs and alcohol. Your past and your future both convey the same message: FAILURE!
Not to Jesus! He loved you so much that He gave up everything to redeem you for Himself.
Repeat the beautiful words of the Apostle Paul, make them your own: “He loved me and
gave Himself for me.” Say it again, “He loved me and gave Himself for me.” And again, “He
loved me and gave Himself for me.” 9

Now see yourself as that pearl held in the nail-scarred hand of Jesus. Hear Him saying to
you, “You’re so beautiful! You cost Me everything I had, but I don’t regret it. Now you’re
Mine forever!”

You cannot do anything to earn this. You can never change yourself or make yourself
good. All that you can do is to accept what Jesus has done for you and thank Him!
You belong to Him forever!

Yours in the Master’s service

Derek Prince

1 Hebrews 11:3
2 Psalm 33:9
3 Genesis 1:26-27
4 Genesis 3:8
5 Genesis 2:19
6 Genesis 2:17
7 Luke 19:10
8 2 Corinthians 8:9
9 Galatians 2:20

A Response to a video about terminal cancer.

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I was on a Christian forum today when someone posted a link to a video of the testimony to a girl dying of cancer.  The girl thinks that it is God’s will she dies of cancer, and that the cancer will bring about much good.

The poster posting the link I assume agrees with this line of thinking.  I watched most of the video and decided to give a Biblical response to it.  I wanted to share what I said as I have covered most of the main objections to the truth that God will heal anyone at anytime if they would just receive it.  I do not recommend that anyone watches the video as it is not founded on the Word of God and will not build your faith.  However I have left the link for completeness’ sake.

May the Lord open this young lady’s eyes to the truth that she is already healed due to the redemptive work of Christ.  Amen!
Blessings,

Benjamin


This fellow sister in Christ has terminal cancer. Watch the video and think about (and possibly even respond) to the questions:

Death is Not Dying Event Video

(1) Does she lack faith?

Well it was obvious to anyone watching the video that she does not believe at all that Jesus Christ bore her sicknesses and carried her diseases, that He heals all our diseases, that you can have anything you ask in prayer, that by His stripes she was healed, that God’s Word is health to all her flesh, that she is completely redeemed from the curse of the law.

So if your question about faith is about the faith that Jesus asked the blind men if they had when He said “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”, the faith that when Jesus healed the blind men said “According to your faith be it done unto you” (Matthew 9), then the answer is no.

She said so clearly in the video that she does NOT believe that God would heal her, and that to believe that God would heal her would be sin to her.  So to then say she clearly has faith for healing would be to contradict her testimony.  She has traditions that make the Word of God to no effect which is why she is not healed.

(2) Has she done something wrong that brought this cancer on her?

No.  Well I guess not, I don’t know about her diet or whether she was a chain smoker or drug user.  I don’t know if the thing that she greatly feared came upon her because I don’t know the thoughts and intents of her heart.  I am giving her the benefit of the doubt – most people get sick because we live in a sin-cursed world.

Unless of course you count the fact that she failed to fellowship with a group of people who would have taught her that Jesus Christ is the LORD our Healer, and that we can receive the healing that He purchased for us with His stripes freely by faith in His Word something wrong.  I would call it ignorant, I wouldn’t call it something wrong in a moral sense.

(3) Is God using her terminal cancer to teach her and others

Absolutely not.  God uses His Word to teach people.  He uses the five fold ministry to teach people.  God does NOT use sickness to teach people.

There is no recording of Jesus teaching people with sickness in the Bible.  As we have talked about Matthew 9, let’s keep talking about it.  Jesus asked the men if they had faith, they said yes, and He said they were healed because of their faith.

Now Jesus didn’t ask if they were born again, if they spoke in tongues, if they were nice people.  He didn’t even ask if they have faith in Him as Messiah, if they believed in the Trinity, if they believed in substitionary penal atonement.  No – He asked: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”  The girl in this video has faith that Jesus is Lord, faith that the Trinity is correct, faith in a lot of things.

Does she believe that Jesus can heal her completely and totally because of His love and mercy?  Not at all.  Jesus is saying the same thing to her that He said to the blind men: “According to your faith, be it done unto you.”  Her faith that God will comfort her in her last days means that she will be comforted.  If at any point she changes her faith to believe that He heals all our diseases, then she can walk in divine health.

Jesus did not put the cancer on her.  God is NOT the source of cancer and cancer is not educative.  People do not learn from cancer.  It is not an instructor it is a destroyer. Jesus never said to the blind men: hey, God wants you blind, and come here let me put some cancer on you as well there is still stuff you need to know.  If you believe cancer is an instructor, go and strap some plutoninium to your chest, go and start smoking 60 a day, stop eating green leaf vegetables.  If you believe blindness is didactic, go and gouge your eyes out with a spoon.

Or get with the programme, and believe and receive your healing!

Goodness – don’t you know God is LOVE.  Love does not give someone cancer to teach them a lesson.  It patiently instructs people.  God is our Father, not some maniacal despot who wants everything His own way or He wipes people out to get His own way.  God is a loving Father. If His son asks for bread, He will never give them a stone.  If we ask for healing, He will never give us cancer.

(4) Have people been strengthened in their faith because of this illness?

No.  Jim suggests that people who are not strengthened in faith don’t have ears to hear.  I would like to mention the Scripture at this point: faith comes by hearing and hearing the testimony of someone dying of cancer.

Or maybe it doesn’t say that.  Maybe it says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD OF GOD. My faith is strengthened as I hear the Word of God, not by testimonies.  Your faith isn’t even strengthened by hearing testimonies of people healed of cancer – you cannot get healing faith from a testimony but from the Word of God.

Her testimony might give people goose bumps, it might make them decide to struggle on, it might make them decide to be a bit more grateful for their health but it will never, ever, ever produce faith.  Anyone who thinks this strengthens faith simply does not know what faith is.

(5) Does her suffering bring good?

No.  It is not the kind of suffering mentioned in the Bible that brings good.  Suffering in the New Covenant is about being persecuted for bringing and teaching the Word of the living God.  Being stoned, being beat with sticks, being mercilesses persecuted wherever you go preaching the Word.

Sickness does not bring about good.  The Word of God is clear on this: Jesus went about doing good healing the sick (Acts 10.38).  Healing is good, sickness is bad.  Look at Deuteronomy 28, sickness is a curse, healing is a blessing.

Sickness steals, kills and destroys.   It does not bring life in abundance (see John 10.10).  That and that alone should tell any serious student of the Word the source of sickness.  Sickness is satanic, sickness is a curse, sickness is captivity – when God healed Job, the Bible says God turned his captivity.  Sickness is a bondage.  Sickness is bad.  Healing is good.

Jesus Christ took every sickness on the cross so that by His stripes we were healed (Matthew 8.16-17, 1 Peter 2.24).

(6) Is God being glorified through her illness?

No, not in the slightest.  God is in His fullness of glory in heaven.  We are taught to pray “Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  There is no sickness in heaven, therefore it is obvious the will of God is healing.  If sickness brings God glory why is there no sickness in heaven?  Why was Adam not created with cancer: seen as you think cancer is so intructive, maybe a bit of cancer would have helped Adam make the right choice in the garden.

Maybe God should have ripped Adam’s arms off and stopped him eating the forbidden fruit.  I mean if God is going to give someone cancer to teach them a lesson, why not?  One of the reasons Eve sinned according to 1 John is that she SAW the fruit was good to eat.  Why didn’t God create her blind?  Would that not have brought Him glory?

Of course not.  God teaches through His Word.  When Adam and Eve lost paradise and perfect health due to their sin and rebellion, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for the healing of every human on the planet.  He died our death, He bore our sins and He bore our diseases.  So that we could be alive, righteous and healthy.

If sickness brings God’s glory, are there angels with broken wings and angels full of cancer?

You know the answer is no.  You know that man was created healthy.  You know that in heaven there is no more sickness and you know that God’s will should be done on earth as it is in heaven.  God is glorified in healing the sick and changing lives, not letting a satanic thief cut down and destroy someone’s life prematurely.

(7) Will she be physically healed?

The choice is hers.  God said that He sets before us life and death.  Jesus said “According to your faith, it will be done to you.”

If she stops believing the traditional lies that have kept the church powerless for years and believes the simple truth that By His Stripes She Was Healed, then I can guarantee she will shake that cancer off and live a long and productive and fruitful life, with a testimony that will glorify God and a ministry that will bring faith as she teaches people the Word of God and how she found out that it brings healing and health to all her flesh.

If she continues to believe that God is not there to heal her and that God cannot be relied upon, then I do not foresee her healing manifesting.

Blessings,
Benjamin

Michael Jackson is dead.

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An event so momental that people were texting me in the early hours of the morning to let me know.  I thought there was some sort of emergency as the phone beeped, but it was texts telling me about the death of one man.

I turned on the radio news this morning and it was every story.  I clicked on the online Telegraph newspaper to scan the news as I do every morning and it is all 5 of the top 5 stories of the day.  Apparently Facebook (which I am not on) and Twitter (which I am on infrequently) are jammed with the news.  9 out of 10 searches on google this morning are about Michael Jackson.

Remarkable.  Someone who was clearly a talented and gifted individual has died – and yes they have died before their time, and the world comes to a stand still.  However, there are people dying every day. 

150000 people die every day on average.  People who most of whom have never known Christ, have never responded to the gospel, believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and had their sins forgiven and their nature transformed.

Think about that – why is our priority as a planet an entertainer?  Why is that the top news story is the death of one man when a more important issue is perhaps the number of children aborted on our planet today (115000 on average)?

I know Michael Jackson is a father, and my heart goes out to his three children.  But many fathers will be dying today and it won’t be the news story of the year.

Why does something like this hit people hard?  Why does it get the sort of coverage it does?  It is because the human race has not yet dealt with the one undeniable fact: all people die.  Everyone dies.  No matter how talented, how famous, no matter how renowned – everyone dies.

Death is not normal: humanity was not created to die.  It was created to live forever in paradise with God.  Adam and Eve would have done that if they had not sinned against God and rebelled against His provision and goodness and broke the one command He gave them. 

The good news is that there  is an antidote to death: Jesus Christ died our death so we can enjoy His eternal life.  Jesus Christ paid the price for your sin and my sin, so that if we believe in His redemptive work on the cross, then we can receive eternal life now on earth, and enjoy the joy of knowing Him not just now but forever.

If you want to know if you need a Saviour, or if you think you are a good person: click here.

Our Position of Authority as Believers (Kenneth Copeland)

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When you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, Colossians 1:13 says you were delivered from the power of darkness. The word power is literally translated “authority.” You have been delivered from the power, or authority, of darkness and placed into God’s kingdom. Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore…” (Matthew 28:18-19). That power was given to you as part of your inheritance in Christ Jesus. You have entered into this position of authority because you are in Him. 

The Word says that righteousness has come upon all men (Romans 5:18). You may ask, “Then why don’t all become righteous?” Because in order to receive it, you have to act on righteousness from the point of authority.
           
Nov. 2, 1962, I used my authority as a human being and made a choice. I made the decision to receive Jesus as Lord of my life. At that moment, the righteousness that had been upon me came inside me. I was made the righteousness of God in Christ. II Corinthians 5:21 says, “He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
 
Jesus Secured Our Power and Authority
           
Jesus succeeded in securing all power by going to the cross, dying a horrible death, suffering the penalty for sin and defeating Satan in the pit of hell. He came to earth as a man for one reason: to recapture the authority Satan had stolen through Adam’s disobedience in the Garden. Jesus was called the last Adam (I Corinthians 15:45). After securing that power and authority, He freely gave it over into the hands of those who would believe on Him—you and me.
           
It is not enough for us to simply accept Jesus’ work at Calvary. We are held responsible for much more. Jesus’ words in Mark 16 were not intended for the early Church alone. His words are just as vital and real today as when they were first spoken.
           
Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection from the dead. His words to them form the basic foundation for the work of the New Testament Church. It was at that time He delegated the authority to carry out that work. Beginning in verse 15, Jesus said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:15-18).
 
We Have Authority to Preach the Gospel
           
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Every born-again believer has the authority and responsibility to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in this earth. If you can’t go, you can send someone in your place.
           
“And these signs shall follow them that believe….” Notice who is to do all these things: them that believe. The signs will follow the believers who act in faith and boldly speak in Jesus’ Name. They shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall lay hands on the sick. Believers are the ones with the power and authority to do these things.
           
Verse 20 says, “They went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.” God will confirm His Word, but first it has to be spoken forth. That is where you and I come in. God does not preach; He has given us the authority to do the preaching. God will not lay hands on the sick. He will bring the healing, but you and I as believers must lay hands on the sick by faith, believing God will perform His Word.
 
We Have Authority to Stand Against Satan
           
One of the most vital areas of the believer’s authority is his power to successfully stand against Satan. Ephesians 4:27 says, “Neither give place to the devil.” In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul describes the armor that we as believers are to wear in combat against Satan. He explains each piece of that armor. It is the armor of God. But not once does he say that God will put the armor on you or that God will fight the devil for you. You is the understood subject of these verses. He says, “[You] be strong in the Lord…. [You] put on the whole armour of God, that [you] may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [You] take the whole armour of God, that [you] may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, [you] stand.” God has given you the power and the authority to stand against Satan and his destructive works. He has provided the armor, but it is your responsibility as a believer to put on that armor and stand against the devil. James 4:7 says, “[You] resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The armor and the weapons are at your disposal. God is there with you to back His Word; but all that is worthless unless you take your position of authority and assume the responsibility to use what He has provided. You have the power and the authority to take the Word of God, the Name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit and run Satan out of your affairs. Don’t pray and ask God to fight Satan for you. You are the one in authority. Take your responsibility and speak directly to Satan yourself and stand your ground firmly. He will flee!
 
We Are Seated With Him in High Authority
           
In Ephesians 1, Paul prayed a prayer for the body of believers in Ephesus. One part of that prayer was that they know “the exceeding greatness of his power to [those] who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). That exceeding great power is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenlies. Ephesians 1:21 tells us that Jesus is seated “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.”
           
The work God did in Jesus was supreme. He raised Jesus from the dead and set Him far above all other authority—not only in this world, but also in the heavenly world. Then verses 22-23 say that God has put all things under His feet and made Him head over the Church which is His body. Where are the feet? They are in the body. As believers, we are part of His body and we are seated with Him in that highly exalted place of authority. Praise God! Look at Ephesians 2: “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Even when we were dead in sins, [God] hath quickened us together with Christ, and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (verses 1, 5-6).
           
We are seated together with Him. Where? Far above all principality and power and might and dominion. As a believer, you have accepted the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary. Therefore, you are part of His body and are seated with Him in that heavenly place, equipped with the same power, the same authority that He has.
           
The great power that God worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead is the same creative power of God that worked in you to make you alive when you were dead in your trespasses and sins. The moment you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, that same power was exercised on your dead, unregenerate spirit, causing it to be reborn in the likeness of God Himself. Any man who is in Christ Jesus is a new creation: old things have passed away, all things are new, and all things are of God (II Corinthians 5:17-18).
 
We Have the Power of God’s Word to Exercise Our Authority
 
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? (Mark 4:35-40).
 
Jesus spoke the words, “Let us pass over unto the other side,” and there was enough power and authority in those words to accomplish the job. One thing I want you to notice is that Jesus did not take command of the ship to see that His words were carried out. He walked to the back of the boat and went to sleep. Jesus delegated the authority to His disciples and they accepted it. But when the storm came, they were filled with fear that the boat would sink. Jesus had to carry out the responsibility of authority, which He had delegated to them, by rebuking the wind and the sea.
           
Do you see the parallel here? You are the captain of your ship. You have control over your own life—your spirit, your soul and your body. Jesus has delegated power, or authority, over Satan to you as a believer. You are to give him no place in your life. You are born of the Spirit of God. You are filled with the Spirit of God. You have been given the Word of God. Those three elements are enough for you to carry out your spiritual authority here in the earth. You don’t need any more power. You have all the power necessary. You simply have to exercise your authority. Jesus has already done everything necessary to secure the authority and power over sin, sickness, demons and fear. You have to employ the faith action to receive that authority and join forces with Him in this earth. You are the one to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
 
We Have Authority to Act as New Creations
           
Hebrews 2:14 says, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same.” Jesus partook of flesh and blood, so that you could partake of spirit and life. For you to partake of that spirit and life, you must take the responsibility of standing in the place of authority as the new creation in Christ Jesus that you are. You are born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God (I Peter 1:23). It was the Word of Almighty God that was injected into your spirit man to bring about the new birth in your life. When the Church was first beginning, Acts 12:24 described it as the Word growing and multiplying. The Word is in you, but you are the one who must be willing to allow it to work in you.
           
Ephesians 4:21-24 says, “If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
           
You are the one in authority. It is your responsibility to put off the old man—the unregenerate man that you were before you accepted Jesus. The Holy Spirit does the actual work in you, but you must make the decision to allow Him to do it. God has never forced His will on any person. You put off the old man. You use the Word of God to renew your mind. You put on the new man, which is created in righteousness and true holiness.
 
We Can Minister and Walk From a Point of Authority
           
God’s power is in His Word. He is “upholding all things by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). You need to learn to minister and walk from a point of authority. In His earthly ministry, Jesus said such things as “Be thou made whole.” “Take up your bed and walk.” Then Peter said to a lame man, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6). He too ministered and spoke from a point of authority.
           
It’s time for you as a believer to begin to act that way. You have obtained an inheritance, and in that inheritance you have been given all authority. The God of the universe lives inside you! He lives and walks in you. Become God-inside-minded and you will begin to walk in this point of authority.
           
Keep right on building yourself up in your inheritance. You live in a world that is full of evil influences. Satan would like you to forget the reality of being born again and never realize your place of authority in Christ Jesus, because if you do, that power you walk in makes you absolutely dangerous to him. He has no defense against you when you walk in the power of God’s Word.           

When you see in the Word that you are in Christ Jesus, that you are in Him, then confess it with all your heart. Then you will be strong, standing in a point of authority and operating in your inheritance in Him. As you do this, the power of God will always be available to work in your behalf. Praise God!

Understanding Redemption (Kenneth Copeland)

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God is able to establish us in the faith according to the plan of redemption which had been hidden over the ages. After the Fall in the Garden of Eden, God spoke and outlined that plan. What He laid down put Satan out of business completely. Praise God! He has commanded that the plan of redemption be revealed to His people by His Word. This outline will help you, step by step, understand the reality of it and prevent Satan from lording over you. 

1. The Plan of Redemption Called for an Incarnation (The Union of Divinity With
     Humanity in Jesus Christ)
 
Man was the key figure in the Fall. Therefore, it took a man, Jesus, to be the key figure in the redemption of man. When we were born into this world, ruled by Satan, we did not naturally know God. Therefore, the objective of the incarnation is that men may be given the right to become children of God by receiving the nature of God (John 1:12-13; II Peter 1:3-4).
 
2. Redemption Comes From Knowledge
 
God’s divine power has already provided everything that pertains to life and godliness. You can escape from the corruption in the world and partake of the divine nature of God. And you can have peace and grace multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord (II Peter 1:1-4). It’s there for you!
 
But this revelation knowledge is not sense knowledge – doctrine, philosophies and creeds – it is the reality and full truth of the Word of God revealed by the Holy Spirit (James 3:13-18). Revelation knowledge is literally knowledge brought to you by revelation!
 
3. Satan’s Lordship Has Been Broken
 
Revelation 12:11 tells us that the believers overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, or confession. Confession brings possession. Boldly confess, “I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony. I am redeemed from the lordship of Satan. I can stop his assignments every time” (II Corinthians 10:4; James 4:7). Satan is not the head of the Church. Jesus is the Head of the Church (Ephesians 4:15-16, 5:23; Colossians 1:18, 2:10). Satan has no rule over you. Hallelujah!
 
4. You Are Bought With a Price
 
I Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us we are the temple of the Holy Spirit which is received from God. This means that we don’t own ourselves. We were bought with the price paid through the plan of redemption. Because of that, we should glorify God in our bodies and spirits.
 
5. God’s Response 

When you begin to take your place and assume your rights and privileges in Christ, then God begins to respond to you. The Word gives us our inheritance (Acts 20:32; Colossians 1:12). As you study the scriptures in this outline, our prayer is that you come to the full knowledge of who you are in Christ, especially in light of the redemption plan. God will bless you! Amen!

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