Breaking the Spirit of Poverty

Posted December 1, 2021 by dickbraswell
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I.  BASICS

1.  God is a GIVING GOD.  He is a GOOD GOD.  He does GOOD THINGS.  He can do no evil (poverty is evil).  He is a FATHER, He is a LOVER, and He is a GIVER… His actions respond accordingly.  It is the devil who is the thief, who comes to steal, kill, and destroy… not GOD..  Do not confuse what God does with what the devil does..  We must understand the BASIC NATURE of God is we are to come into PROSPERITY and FINANCIAL BLESSING.  Most theology complicates God.  Jesus came to SIMPLIFY HIM.. 

2.  The KINGDOM of GOD is a KINGDOM OF SUCCESS and PROSPERITY.  The Church is a PREVAILING CHURCH and not a succumbing church.  Since the Kingdom of God is PEOPLE, Kingdom People are to possess the same characteristics that the Kingdom Possesses… SUCCESS… PROSPERITY… VICTORY… STRENGTH… WEALTH… HEALTH… INCREASE… POWER…

Paul declares that Kingdom People are JOINT HEIRS with CHRIST.  This means that we are “equal-sharers” with Jesus of all that HE OWNS.. 

The Kingdoms of this world will soon become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ and we will rule with Him for ever and ever… We will oversee and supervise the Work of God on this earth and we will reign with Him..

3.  The PROMISES of the WORD regarding PROSPERITY  (See Scriptures)

4. The BIBLE TRUTH of SELF-WORTH.  You are SOMEBODY not NOBODY..  Kingdom People must understand the principle of SELF-WORTH.  If God takes notice of every sparrow that falls to the earth… surely He cares for and notices those who are created in His Own Image..

Inferiority… weakness complex… rejection… guilt… condemnation… sin con-

sciousness… unworthiness… all these sound righteous and religious, but they are foreign to the Bible concept of Self-Worth.  If you cannot value yourself (love yourself) you cannot come into Prosperity and Success.  What do you think of yourself?  Many are concerned about what others think.  What does GOD think of you??  What does the Word say???

5.  The “tense” of REDEMPTION.  “Christ HATH REDEEMED us from the curse of the law…”  (Gal. 3:13)

(1) “Hath”  Redemption has already been provided and completed.  It is not conditional or “going to be” but it is NOW. 

(2) “Redeemed”  (ex-ag-or-ad’ zo)  “ransomed”  “rescued”  “purchased”  Action already taken place.

(3) “Curse”  the curse is threefold: (1) sin  (2) sickness  (3) poverty

We do not struggle and fight to get… we fight the good fight of FAITH to KEEP what GOD HAS ALREADY GIVEN..   If we are not enjoying prosperity it is because we have allowed satan, the thief to come in and steal it away from us.  (It may have happened to your parents and grandparents and  their poverty may have passed on down to you)  YOU CAN STOP IT..  You can take back all that the devil stole and seven times more…  You will if you act on this teaching and do what I tell you to do..

II. WHAT BIBLE PROSPERITY IS

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth…”  III John 2

“And He said unto them, take heed and beware of covetousness:  for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth…”  Luke 12:15

To understand what Bible Prosperity is,  we must first learn what Poverty is.   POVERTY is a spirit.  POVERTY is a demonic force.  POVERTY is a satanic spirit that STEALS, ROBS, and DESTROYS.  It takes away what God has given.  It causes CONDITIONS that are below those of ease and comfort in living.  It brings about WORRY and FRUSTRATION.  It robs believers of peace, stability, and confidence.  It is NOT EASY when there are more BILLS coming in than there is MONEY to PAY THEM..  POVERTY creates PRESSURES:  Physical– Mental– Emotional.  Most FAMILY PROBLEMS are stem from FINANCIAL PRESSURES.

PROSPERITY is a PROMISE given by GOD to HIS FAMILY.  PROSPERITY is a QUALITY OF LIFE that is marked by SUCCESS and VICTORY.  PROSPERITY is having ENOUGH to meet all your LEGITIMATE NEEDS with sufficient left over to INVEST in, SUPPORT and FINANCE the KINGDOM OF GOD..  PROSPERITY is THRIVING in all AREAS OF LIFE ..

Prosperity is not MATERIALISM.  Prosperity is more than having money and things.  Prosperity is more than possessing wealth and riches.  Prosperity is more than being able to pay your bills.  Kingdom Prosperity is much more INCLUSIVE than materialism..  There are four areas in which God promises prosperity for His People:

(1) God promises Prosperity in the PHYSICAL REALM.  This means that God has continually provided  health and strength for you… ALL THE TIME..  If we prosperity physically, then we live above sickness, disease, and weakness.  God’s Word promises PERPETUAL HEALTH and SOUNDNESS of BODY and MIND.  That is PROSPERITY.

(2) God promises Prosperity in the MENTAL REALM.  God promises us the ability to live above Fear, Anxiety, Worry, Depression, Despondency, Despair, Anguish.  We can possess the Mind of Christ.  We can Think God’s Thoughts and Dream God’s Dreams..  Unhappiness, boredom, dread, sadness, and unchecked grief are all a part of the curse and the curse has been cancelled..  Hallelujah..

(3) God promises Prosperity in the SPIRITUAL REALM.  God wants you to grow and mature and develop Spiritually.  He wants you to hear the Word and receive the Word  and feed on the Word..  He wants you to conform more and more to the Image of His Son Jesus Christ..  He wants your Spiritual Man to dominate and control your Mind and your Body.  If we Live on and by the Word we will prosper Spiritually..

(4) God promises Prosperity in the FINANCIAL REALM.  God wants His People to possess enough money to pay their Legitimate Debts and have sufficient reserve to give generously and regularly and cheerfully into the Kingdom of God..  Giving is activating one of the Basic Characteristics of the Nature of God that is in every Believer..  “For God so loved, He GAVE…”  Financial prosperity carries two very important qualifications:  (1) Responsibility to man and (2) Accountability to God.

III.  WHERE TO BEGIN

Where do we start?  Why are some who are in the Kingdom not prospering?  Why are many of God’s Own People in financial need?  Poverty is a curse and should never be considered a virtue..  If God wants us to prosper, then why are some Believers living in lack?  Remember: POVERTY in any of the four realm we mentioned (physical, mental, spiritual, financial) just “doesn’t happen”… IT IS CAUSED..

A.  We Begin through KNOWLEDGE.  (“Information”)  We MUST KNOW what GOD HAS PROVIDED for us and WHAT GOD WANTS for us.  We make this discovery through the study of God’s Word. 

If God wants us to Prosper and Wills for us to Prosper and has made a way for us to Prosper THEN WE SHOULD PROSPER..  If we are not PROSPERING then SOMETHING is causing our poverty.

(1) Some are poor because God cannot trust them with finances.  (They would “eat the fish.”)  Some will never be rich and prosperous because the first thing they would do with a windfall financial blessing would be to rush out and spend it on themselves..  New cars… homes… boats… vacations… clothes… things…  God wants us to FINANCE THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL…

(2) Some are poor because they are Spiritually Ignorant.  (They do not know “how to fish.”)   They are  not aware of the Will of God or the Ways of

God or the Word of God.  They have been influenced by years and years of faulty denominational  or doctrinal  teaching that does not line up with the Word.  They are victims of RELIGION..  They REFUSE to get out from under the ministries that major on doubt and unbelief.

(3) Some are poor because of carelessness and bad financial habits.  (“They  have holes in their nets.”) According to the Bible, here are the root causes of poverty:

     a. Laziness—————————– Proverbs 6:10-11

     b. Dishonesty————————– Proverbs 10:2,4

     c. Lack of Ambition——————– Proverbs 12:11

     d. Selfishness————————– Proverbs 19:17

     e. Unwise Spending——————– Proverbs 32:16

     f. Gluttony and Drunkenness———– Proverbs 23:21

     g. Stubbornness and lack of Discipline–Proverbs 13:18

(4) Some are poor because they disregard the TITHE.  (“They are stubborn..)  God instituted the TITHE (one tenth of all our increase) not because He needed it but as an invitation for His People to become partners with Him.  Malachi called withholding the tithe as STEALING FROM GOD.  (Many are living in houses that were bought with God’s Money and ride in cars that were purchased with God’s Money).  When Believers (regardless of their circumstances) withhold the tithe, they rob themselves of God’s Blessings and Poverty is the result.

B.  We Begin THROUGH ACTING ON WHAT WE KNOW.  “Faith without works (corresponding action) is DEAD…”  KNOWLEDGE without ACTION = DEAD FAITH..  KNOWLEDGE with CORRESPONDING ACTION =  LIVING FAITH.  To PROSPER it is necessary to DISCERN between the NATURAL way of LIFE and the SPIRITUAL way of LIFE.  Sometimes BIBLE PRINCIPLES will “overload” and “short circuit” your Computer..  The WORLD says:  “Pay your way out of debt..”  The WORD SAYS: “Give your way out of debt..”  Everything in the Spiritual Realm is 180 degrees away from the Natural Realm..  “Die and you shall LIVE..”  “Surrender and you shall be FREE..”  “GIVE and you shall RECEIVE..”  “Humble yourself and you shall be EXALTED.. 

To OVERCOME and BREAK the Spirit of Poverty, you must ACT on WHAT YOU KNOW.  You know much more than you are acting on..  You Know more than you are DOING right now..  Couple your KNOWLEDGE with ACTION and you will release the flow of PROSPERITY in your life.  WISDOM is the PROPER USE of KNOWLEDGE..  If you KNOW IT then DO IT..  Don’t talk about it… look at it… consider it… think about it… DO IT…

C. We Begin Through MODIFYING our PRESENT SITUATION.  You may need to change some things and modify some situations in your life.  Notice the following:

     (1) Your attitude about DEBT and UNDISCIPLINED CREDIT may need to be changed..  Remember:  every BILL you pay is the RESULT of a DEBT YOU MADE..  Guard against excessive indebtedness..

           a. Excessive indebtedness can prevent people from serving the Lord.  “I can’t… I have too many bills to pay….”

          b. Excessive indebtedness causes DISCOURAGEMENT and DISTRESS.  Take a look at your payment books… 

         c. Excessive indebtedness can cause FAMILY PROBLEMS.  “We can’t afford to go out to eat….”  “Yes, but what about that fishing trip you took….”

    (2) Resist IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING.  God entrusts us with resources and He expects us to be GOOD STEWARDS of what we have. 

          a. IMPULSE BUYING.  “Borrowing the money you don’t have to buy something you don’t need to impress a neighbor you don’t like.”

           b. CARELESS MANAGEMENT.  If you are going to be a good steward of your GOD-GIVEN resources, then DO NOT ASK WHERE THE MONEY WENT at the end of the month… rather, YOU TELL IT WHERE TO GO..

God’s Plan for Prosperity is not dependent on the economy of the world system.  God’s way is a BETTER WAY a HIGHER WAY and a SUCCESSFUL WAY.  His Way never fails..  It is not related to the value of the dollar or the balance of trade…  it is not affected by DEPRESSION, RECESSION, or INFLATION..  The realm of the SPIRITUAL is never effected by the realm of the NAUTURAL.  The realm of the SPIRITUAL always effects the realm of the NATURAL. 

PROSPERITY has been misunderstood and improperly taught.  Prosperity is not an END in itself… Prosperity is a BY PRODUCT.  Kingdom People do not become prosperous by seeking prosperity.  Kingdom People become prosperous as they continually SEEK GOD FIRST.  When we (the Body of Christ) get our PRIORITIES right, prosperity overtakes us.   Prosperity does not come by a FORMULA or a SET OF RULES or a SYSTEM of FINANCE.  However, prosperity is PREDICTABLE.  Prosperity is TANGEABLE.  Prosperity is SPIRITUAL.  Money and Wealth are not sin.  Having great financial resources does not necessarily mean that you are wicked or dishonest.  It is the “love of money” that is the root of all evil..  Many who are far from rich suffer from this sin..

The Church (Kingdom People) is coming into GREAT WEALTH.  This is the final break-through for us before the great end-time revival and restoration and renewal.  This teaching will help you to come into the place of understanding how to use GOD’S POWER to MEET EVERY NEED IN ALL REALMS OF LIFE..   

FAST FOOD

Posted December 1, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  December 1

The Word declares:

Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith:  Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God…  Heb. 12:2

How could Jesus possibly have “joy” before Him in the midst of such torture and agony?  How did this “joy” give Him strength to “endure” the cross and bear the shame connected with it?

Why did He not call for “10,000 Angels” to come and loose Him and rescue Him from such pain and shame? He could have!  He willingly laid down His life… for He had declared that

…no man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself…  John 10:18

Why?  How?  Because Jesus looked through His Eye of Faith and saw into the future… He saw the time when you and I would hear the Word and Believe it, Act on it, and make it a part of our living and our breathing.  He knew by His death and obedience to the Father, that He would become the Firstborn of many Brethren… that He would establish a New Race and New Breed and New Creation that would crush the head of satan and trample demon powers underfoot.

That is the reason for His Joy in the midst of His suffering, His agony and His death.

JESUS  THE POWER OF GOD   

Posted November 30, 2021 by dickbraswell
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“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God, and the Wisdom of God…”   (I Cor 1:24)

Rom. 1:16  “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it (the Gospel) is the Power of God unto Salvation…” Jesus is the Gospel.  Jesus is the Power of God.  Jesus is the Way of Salvation. 

Everything that WORKS must have a SOURCE OF POWER to make it work.  Nothing works without a source of Power or Energy.  The HUMAN BODY must have nourishment or food to maintain its power to survive.  AUTOMOBILES and motor-driven vehicles must have gasoline or diesel to run.  ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES and equipment must have electricity to function.  EVERYTHING THAT WORKS must have a SOURCE of POWER to work.  Nothing can survive without a source of power.  Without a source of power, death sets in and soon overcomes.  We must have POWER.  The Church must have POWER.  Jesus recognized this fact when He instructed them to tarry in Jerusalem until they were indued with Power from on High.  JESUS IS THE POWER OF GOD.

God wants you to have POWER in your life.  He has fixed it so that you can have POWER in your life.  His POWER is available, ready, and able.  His POWER will get you healed, keep you healed, set you free, keep you free, lift you out of the pit and keep you out of the pit, save your family, your marriage, your business, establish you and keep you.  His POWER will cause you to REIGN in life and RULE over demons.  His POWER will get you victory and keep you victorious.  It will make you the VICTOR and keep you from being the victim.  GOD’ POWER is your answer.   The answer comes out of POWER.  Find where the POWER is and you have found where the ANSWER is.

You know that you need God’s Power in your life.  You want God’s Power in your life. There are some things you want to do and you know you cannot do them without God’s Power operating in your life.  For example: 

(1) You desperately want POWER over sin and temptation. 

(2) POWER over being shy, timid, and introverted. 

(3) POWER over feeling bad… sickness… weakness… power over disease. 

(4) POWER over worry, fear, and anxiety. 

(5) POWER over wrong attitudes…. unforgiveness and bitterness, jealousy, greed, criticism, and judgment 

(6) POWER over your mind and your thought life and your imaginations  (7) POWER over the appetites and lusts of your flesh 

(8) POWER over poverty and lack and need and being broke all the time  

(9) POWER over your anger, your temper, your impatience, your meanness

(10) POWER over alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, tobacco, gluttony

(11) POWER over your unclean mind and your unclean mouth

(12) POWER over the devil and demons

You KNOW you need POWER.  You know where you need POWER and you know why your need POWER. You know that GOD’S POWER will set you free and that you can do nothing without HIS POWER.  You want HIS POWER and you want HIS POWER NOW.  You are tired of waiting and procrastinating. You have intended to do something about your situation for a long time.  You have tried books, tapes, rules, regulations, and formulas… you have listened to preachers and gone to church… but you have never received GOD’S POWER in your life.  You have decided to GET IT TODAY.

To get God’s Power, and get God’s Power working for you, you need to know (1) What it is  (2) Where it is  (3) How to get it and (4) What to do with it.

I. WHAT GOD’S POWER IS

God’s POWER is GOD’S ABILITY.  God’s POWER is GOD’S MIGHT.  God’s POWER is GOD’S ENERGY.  God’s POWER is GOD’S GLORY.  God’s POWER is GOD’S AUTHORITY.  God’s POWER is GOD’S NATURE.  

God’s POWER is not of this world and does not operate by the laws of this world.  All power on earth is inferior to GOD’S POWER.  “There is no POWER but of God…”  (Rom 13:1)  Nothing is higher than God’s Power.  All energy and all force and all power on earth is inferior to God’s Power. 

GOD’S POWER comes out of HIS NATURE.  He is POWER and He has POWER because He is GOD.  One of His Attributes is OMNIPOTENCE or the fact that He is and He has ALL POWER.  He is our ALL POWERFUL GOD.  His POWER makes HIM ADEQUATE and SUFFICIENT.  HIS POWER CAN DO ALL THINGS… Meet all needs… (according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus)… supply every lack… conquer every foe… defeat every devil.   His POWER is

(1) CREATIVE

(2) SUSTAINING

(3) REDEMPTIVE

II. WHERE GOD’S POWER IS

God’s Power is in JESUS. 

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God…”  (I Cor 1:24)

“And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth…”  (Mat 28:18)

“For without me ye can do nothing…”  (John 15:5  “However, apart from me– cut off from vital union with me– you can do nothing…”  (AMP)

“Christ in you the Hope of Glory…”  (Col 1:27)

Jesus not only HAS POWER…. Jesus IS POWER.  Wherever Jesus is…. POWER IS.  If you can locate Jesus you can locate GOD’S POWER and GOD’S ABILITY.    Jesus is the POWER OF GOD. 

This is why JESUS is so essential… all Power is in Him.  This is why we must Look unto Jesus… our power and our success and our victory comes out of HIM.  The victory is in HIM.    “But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God…”  (John 1:12)

Jesus has ALL POWER.  Power over all demons and all devils.  Power over all sickness and all disease.  Power over all poverty and all lack.  Power over all failures and all frustrations.  Power to save and power to keep.  Power to set free and power to keep free.  Power to raise up and power to put down.  Power to drive back all darkness and all weakness.  Jesus IS POWER.  Where every you are lacking… JESUS is the POWER for your ANSWER.  Power over drugs and power over drink.  Power over flesh and power over mind.  Power over sin and power over habit.  Your answer is in HIM.  Jesus is not ONLY LORD He is YOUR ANSWER.

1.  See your problem… admit it… repent from it.

2.  Turn to JESUS and give HIM control over the situation.

3.  Trust HIM to see you through.    REST in HIS ABILITY.

Decide NOT TO WORRY… NOT TO FEAR… NOT TO FAINT…

Refuse to take it back and “work things out” after you have given it to JESUS.

III. HOW TO GET GOD’S POWER

Get saved… get really saved.  Get saved and KNOW IT.  Get saved and SHOW IT.  If ALL POWER is in JESUS you must GET HIM IN YOU to get GOD’S POWER IN YOU.  It is a simple act of your PERSONAL FAITH in really BELIEVING what GOD SAYS IN HIS WORD. 

The BAPTISM in the HOLY SPIRIT is really releasing the POWER that is already in you by faith.  It is RELEASING the POWER OF GOD (which is JESUS) who is already in you.  Have you ever prayed and asked JESUS (the POWER OF GOD) to come into your heart?  Did you mean it?  Did you stick

with it?  Did you really believe it?  Did you experience the NEW BIRTH and do you still HAVE IT?  If you have never asked the POWER OF GOD (JESUS) to come into your life will you do it right now?  “For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord (JESUS) shall be saved…”  (Rom 10:13).  Stand to your feet right now and let’s get GOD’S POWER IN YOU.  You cannot release GOD’S POWER if GOD’S POWER is not in you.  You can’t get the ANSWER OUT if you don’t have the ANSWER IN YOU.  Pray RIGHT NOW.!

IV. WHAT TO DO WITH GOD’S POWER

God’s Power will do for you what God will do for you.  It will bring God on the scene and Jesus on the scene and the Holy Ghost on the scene.  Focus GOD’S POWER on the point of your NEED.  Get JESUS to the problem and you will have NO PROBLEM.  Jesus is GOD’S SUPPLY for all your NEED.  “My God shall supply all your need according to His Riches in Glory BY CHRIST JESUS…”  (Phil 4:19)  Where are HIS RICHES?  IN GLORY BY (through) CHRIST JESUS. 

1. Attack demons and devils

2. Drive out sickness and disease

3. Quit running and start attacking

4. Do what Jesus would do

5. Rise up and BE BIG 

6. Attempt the impossible

7. Dare to take nations for God

                         JESUS CHRIST IS THE POWER OF GOD

FAST FOOD

Posted November 30, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  November 30

A Higher Call

God calls His People into realms beyond the natural.  We are birthed into a higher dimension when we get Born Again.     The New Creation is delivered from the “old things” and brought into the realm of “all things new”.   The Word says “we are in the world, but not of the world…”  We are citizens of “another country” and we have been raised up to sit with Jesus in “heavenly places…”   The New Testament is the Believer’s Instruction Manual.  It tells us how to Live in the realm of the Supernatural and it gives instructions about how to live Heaven’s Life here on earth.

The majority of the Church is living far below the full potential God has birthed in it.  Most who make up the Church do not know the hidden forces that are in them.  The very Forces that make God, God are inside every Believer…  There is great and awesome potential inside every New Creation in Christ.  Why do you think the Word tells us that we “can do all things through Christ…”  Why do you think God tells us that “nothing shall be impossible to you…”  Why do you think God promises us that “if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven…”  We are called to be “more than conquerors…” and we have been equipped with mighty weapons of warfare that are “not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds…”  God is calling you and me to SEE THE INVISIBLE and DO THE IMPOSSIBLE…   Heb 11:27

Live in your Supernatural Dimension

The Real Jesus

Posted November 29, 2021 by dickbraswell
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He was called.  He was appointed.  He was anointed.  He was sent.  First and foremost, Jesus was a Preacher.  He had Fire in His bones, Oil on His head and a Sword in His mouth.  However, His outward qualifications would not be adequate to place Him in a modern ministry.  His demeanor would not qualify Him to be a successful preacher in the setting of today’s church.  His education would be lacking and His experience inadequate to qualify Him for a successful pastoral position in today’s religious world.  He did not dress like a preacher.  He did not keep company with preachers or with people preachers normally keep company with.  He did not act like a preacher, talk like a preacher, or live like a preacher.  He did not have a preachers’ education or a preachers’ credentials.  Yet, He was and is the Son of God.  He was a preacher.  Ahead of His time but in tune with His Father.  He was consumed with His Call.  I have tried to notice some characteristics in His Life that probably would not be accepted in the life of any preacher in our society today.  He is not who most people think He is.  He was not what most people think He was. 

            He was Radical.

            He was Outspoken.  He pulled no punches.  He shot straight and true.  He did not “beat around the bush.” 

            He was transparent.  Who you saw was Who He was.  No pretense.  No hypocrisy.  No make-believe.  No disguise.

            He was non- religious.  Did not run with the ministerial crowd.

            He was fearless.  Bold.  He did not mince His words.  He did right with no fear of consequences. 

            He was an iconoclast.  A Non-conformist.  He kicked over sacred cows.  He violated traditions and He shattered customs.  To the religious world, He was a troublemaker. 

            He was controversial.  He took sides with the underdog and He challenged the respected.  He fellowshipped with the sinner and the profane.  He embraced the simple and rejected the complicated.  He spoke so little children could understand and confounded the wise with Wisdom and Truth.

            He was Uncompromising.  Even when He could have won friends in high places and saved His own life, He refused to compromise.  

            He was Anointed.  And this is what drove Him to the Cross… His Anointing.  He was and is “The Anointed One.”  The Messiah.  The Christ. 

WWJD.  If I dared (or any preacher dared) to do what Jesus did, the majority would leave the church.  They would attempt to do to me the same thing they did to Jesus.  Tell lies.  Fabricate allegations.  Look for flaws.  Falsely accuse.  And the crowds would dwindle.  The support would wane.  My “popularity” would decline and my friends would leave.  “This is a hard saying…”

John 6:60   Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

John 6:66   From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

John 6:67   Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

You know why?  Because I would not be patronizing the people.  I would not tip toe around their petty feelings.  I would not put up with silly stuff that wounds and hurts and defrauds simply to avoid conflict.  I would name names and specify sin.  I would publicly announce the hypocrite and shout from the housetop their sin… specifically and pointedly.  

The majority could not stand the “hard saying” of the Word of God.  They are too intent on remaining comfortable.  They are too set in their ways.  They are too determined to have their way and do their thing.  They want Salvation and sin.  They want Heaven when they act like hell.  They want the benefits of Salvation without the responsibility of Living like Jesus.  This is going to change.  Reckoning time has arrived.  The King has come to Town.

Matt. 21:8   And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strowed them in the way.

Matt. 21:9   And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

Matt. 21:10   And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

Matt. 21:11   And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Praise rang out.  Crowds gathered.  A parade took place.  Rejoicing was everywhere.  The King had come to town.  This was a divine convergence of time and eternity.  In time, God foreordained that Jesus would enter the sphere of human existence.   In eternity, God planned for the redemption of the fallen human race.  And now, time and eternity came into a divine convergence…. they meet.  They intersect.  They collide.
We are at a similar place. 

Time, today, is converging with eternity.  Just as Jesus came “in the fullness of time” we are coming into another fullness of time and it will shortly blend in with eternity.  The temporal is about to become eternal.  This is why this moment is so crucial.  This is the reason the anointing is mounting and the glory of God is rising.  This is the reason behind Revival.  This is the reason behind our Praying.  Our Intercession.  We are at The Place.  We are in The Time.  There is once again a Divine Convergence of Time with Eternity.  We are There.

When Jesus comes to the city, He provokes a polarization in the camp.  The wheat begins to be divided from the chaff.  There is a line of demarcation. There is a division.  Did He not say He has come to bring a division?

Luke 12:51   Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

How have we come to believe and accept that we can have our sin and be saved?  Live in our rebellion and still please God?  Continue in our rotten attitudes and yet be delivered?  Where have we gotten this deceptive sense of false security?  What is it going to take to convince us that we cannot serve God and mammon?  You cannot have two masters.  You cannot live a divided life.  It is One or the other.  It is God or the devil.  It is right or wrong.  It is Heaven or hell. 

People want to see Jesus.  But you cannot see Jesus and ignore the Truth.  Jesus and Truth are synonymous.  They want to see the Glory of God.  But you will never see the Glory of God by continuing in rebellion and sin.  The world is tired of seeing Church and        

Performance and Form and Custom.  They want to see Jesus.  I want to see Jesus.  Jesus has been buried under Religion and the traditions of men and doctrines that have sanitized God and left the miraculous out of the Bible.  People are tired of Professional Preachers and Social Churches.  “Pulpiteers” are no better than “musketeers” or “musketeers.”  We have kept Jesus covered and hidden by our veneer of hypocrisy.  What we do speaks louder than what we say.  Who we really are overshadows what people see. 

It is not great preaching that is needed or great preachers… People need to see Jesus.  People want to see Jesus.  People must see Jesus.  When Jesus is welcomed in our churches… crowds will follow.  Because where Jesus is… God is.  And were God is… the devil isn’t. 

This church (and any church) will touch the Heart of God… if we allow people to see JESUS and not us.  Can others see the JESUS in you?  or is the Jesus in you hidden by the you in you? 

Jesus draws crowds…  not gimmicks, contests, covered dinners, homecomings, band concerts or free pizza.  It is JESUS that people want to see and it is JESUS that people need.   Only Jesus can change your situation.  Only Jesus can bring you into Victory Living.  Only Jesus can deliver you and make you free.  Only Jesus can satisfy the hunger in your heart. 

The first thing the religious bunch wanted to do was to destroy Him. 

Mark 11:18   And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

            They did not like Him. 

            They did not like what He did.  (He messed up their Theology.)                              

            He cleansed the Temple.  He reestablished its purpose.  

            He drove out the hypocrites and the game players in church.                                 

            They did not like what He said.  He told them to do stuff they did not want to do. 

He pointed out their sin and their hypocrisy. They did not like the way He talked and what He called them. (Thieves, Hypocrites, Serpents, Vipers, Dead Men’s Bones, Whited Sepulchers,  Unclean,  Full of Iniquity.)

They were afraid of Him because He was drawing bigger crowds than they were.  (Because when Jesus spoke, things happened.)  Their message was dead, dry, and useless.  They had form but no fire.  They had the Letter but no Life.  When they preached, nothing happened. 

            The sick stayed sick. 

            The lost stayed lost. 

            The afflicted stayed afflicted. 

            The oppressed stayed oppressed. 

            The poor stayed poor. 

            The sad stayed sad.

(My greatest concern is that nothing will happen in church on Sunday.)  However, my greatest assurance is that the Gospel we preach is the Power of God unto Deliverance and that the Word we preach will not return void but will accomplish that which pleases God…  It will.  It will.  It will.  Just you wait and see… It will.

Something happens when Jesus shows up.  There is always Joy when Jesus shows up.   This is why we Celebrate.  This is why we Dance.  This is why we Laugh.  This is why we run.  This is why we leap.  This is why we Sing.  This is why we March.  This is why we Rejoice.  Jesus always brings GLADNESS and JOY when He comes to town.   The people wanted to PARADE because they knew that their KING had come to town.  Every service should be a Celebration.  Every meeting should be a Praise Parade.  Exuberance is the natural reaction to the Greatness of God and the Power of the Word.

We are entering into a new dimension of celebration, praise, and worship.  Our worship will become more like heaven’s worship.  We have just begun and the best is yet to be.  The Victor’s Song will be our song and the Victory Dance will be our dance.  Jesus has come to Mobile and we will CELEBRATE.

Hypocrisy is the curse of the moment.  In society.  And in the church.

            1.  Get real.  Be serious.  You are not fooling God. 

            2.  Forget the past.  Let bygones be bygones.

            3.  Consider Others before yourself.  Stop being so selfish.

            4.  Don’t play games with God.  Get off your religious kick.

            5.  Don’t miss the Revival.  Get in the flow.

            6.  Don’t miss heaven.  Don’t be a hypocrite. 

Shocking, but true:

            1.  More are going to hell than heaven.

Matt. 7:13   Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

            2.  Many who think they are going to heaven, aren’t.

Matt. 7:21   Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matt. 7:22   Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Matt. 7:23   And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

            3.  Nobody knows when their last chance will come.

Prov. 27:1   Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

            4.  Born twice:  die once.   Born once:  die twice.

            5.  Do not be deceived.

Matt. 5:44   But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

1John 4:8   He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

What about you?  Where will YOU spend ETERNITY?

FAST FOOD

Posted November 29, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  November 29

What really happened at Calvary?

We have read about the Crucifixion, heard sermons on the Crucifixion, studied about the Crucifixion, but in reality very few know and understand what happen on the Cross.  What we believe about the Cross will determine the depth of our Revelation of Jesus.

Justice had decreed that sinful man must pay the penalty for his transgression.  The Human Race stood guilty before God of Spiritual High Treason.  Man had turned away from God and embraced the devil.  However, the human race was impotent, helpless and incapable of meeting the demands of justice.

“I owed a debt I could not pay,

He paid a Price He did not owe,

I needed Someone just to wash my sins away,

And now I sing a brand new song:  Amazing Grace!

Christ Jesus paid the Price that I could never pay!”

And so out of the Heart of God comes the solution to the human problem.  Jesus steps forward and declares:  “Here am I, send Me…”  And so toward the Cross He goes.

Calvary is center stage for the entire human race.  What happened there is the pivotal point of all history.  Calvary is more than the death of Jesus at the hand of His enemies.  Calvary is more than the suffering and horror of such inhumanity and torture.

  • Calvary involves Jesus and it involves God.
  • It involves man and it involves sin.
  • It involves time and it involves eternity.
  • It is the place of a divine Exchange

Here, Jesus became what man is in order than man can become what Jesus is.

“God made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him…”  II Cor. 5:21

What a Deal

   BELIEVE to RECEIVE

Posted November 28, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth…  Mark 9:23

There are three root causes for failure and defeat in the Christian Life.  All your failures and disappointments and defeats can be traced to these root causes:  (1) Ignorance of the Word  (2) Rebellion against the Word or the Will of God and (3) Doubt and Unbelief.  In this study we will consider FAITH which is the opposite of doubt and unbelief. 

FAITH is the Key.  Faith is Believing.  Faith is Believing when there is no evidence.  Faith is reaching out into nothing and holding on until nothing becomes something!!  Faith is the “substance” of things hoped for and the “evidence” of things not seen… (Heb 11:1) 

Faith is the key to SALVATION

Faith is the key to VICTORY  “and this is the victory which overcometh the world even our faith…” 

Faith is the key to HEALING

Faith is the key to PROSPERITY

Faith is the key to RECEIVING from God

Faith is the key to PLEASING God.  “For without faith it is impossible to please Him…”

Faith is a POWERFUL SPIRITUAL FORCE

Faith is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY For MIRACLES!!

Faith will change FACTS

Faith will MOVE MOUNTAINS

Faith will quench ALL THE FIREY DARTS OF THE enemy.  “Above all take the shield of faith wherewith you shall be able to quench all the firey darts of the enemy…”  (Eph 6:16)

Faith will BELIEVE God in spite of what it “looks like”!

Faith is a WAY OF LIFE  “The just shall live by faith…”

Faith never SEES an IMPOSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCE or a HELPLESS SITUATION

Faith is ALWAYS POSITIVE and OPTIMISTIC

(Doubt and unbelief are always negative and pessimistic)

Faith elevates the believer into the realm of the SUPERNATURAL

Faith will never BELIEVE ANYTHING that IS CONTRARY TO THE WORD

Faith TALKS. 

Faith SPEAKS.

Faith EXPECTS.

Faith SEES.  “We walk by faith, not by sight…”

Faith HEARS.  “Faith cometh by hearing…”

Faith LOVES.  “Faith worketh by love…”

Faith GIVES.  God is a Faith God and God Gives…

There are some FUNDAMENTALS or PRE-REQUISITES to understanding and operating in Victorious Faith. 

1. Develop a BIBLE-CONCEPT OF GOD.

Our concept of God has been limited and incorrect in the past.  We have been taught that God is mad and mean.  We have often lived in great fear and anxiety because we were told that God was going to GET EVEN!!  He has been presented as a GOD of JUDGMENT and a GOD of REVENGE and a GOD of GREAT WRATH.  At the same time we were told how UNWORTHY we are and how we are nothing but WORMS and under CONSTANT CONDEMNATION.  The main MESSAGE from the pulpit was FEAR ORIENTED and it continually emphasized how HOT HELL IS and how LONG ETERNITY IS.   Thank God, times have changed!!  Our level of Revelation has increased and we have discovered the true nature of God!!

God is a GIVER.  God is a GIVER because He is a LOVER.  God us a LOVER because He is a FATHER.  God does not Kill, murder, take away, hinder, hurt, test, try, make sick, give cancer, cause poverty, or “get even”!  God is GOOD and He LOVES, GIVES, MULTIPLIES, HEALS, DELIVERS, SETS FREE, MAKES RICH, FIXES, HELPS, STRENGTHENS, PROVIDES, PROTECTS!!

It’s the dirty devil that KILLS, STEALS, ROBS, DESTROYS, MAKES SICK, HINDERS, HURTS, BINDS, SUBSTRACTS, BREAKS, TAKES YOUR MONEY, YOUR HAPPINESS, YOUR JOY and YOUR PEACE.  If it is GOOD it is GOD if it is BAD it is the devil!!

Keep your MIND RENEWED and RIGHT concerning the NATURE of GOD!!

2.  UNDERSTAND what FAITH REALLY IS

There are a lot of FLAKY IDEAS about FAITH.  The reason there are a lot of FLAKY ideas about faith is because we have had a lot of FLAKY FAITH PREACHERS and TEACHERS!!  Some have been hindered, hurt, and disillusioned and even disgusted by some of the crazy things that have been taught as “faith”.  Some have died and some have backslidden and some have quit God because of FLAKY TEACHING about FAITH.  “Charismatics” and “Word People” and “Faith Churches” have been slandered and attacked and abused because of the incorrect and unbiblical presentation of “faith”.  (I know we have in the past!!) We MUST HAVE an UNDERSTANDING of what FAITH really is ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE!!  According to the Bible:

(a) Faith is an ATTRIBUTE of GOD.  God is a faith God.  We are commanded to have “the faith of God” or to have “the God-kind of faith”.  God operates by Faith.  His Kingdom is a Kingdom that operated by Faith.  His New Creation is to live and function by FAITH. 

When you were BORN AGAIN, you received the NATURE and CHARACTER of your HEAVENLY FATHER.  His TRAITS and CHARACTERISTICS and NATURE came inside of you.  Just as you received certain characteristics from your earthly parents, you received GOD CHARACTERISTICS from your HEAVENLY FATHER!!  They are in you RIGHT NOW.  They have been in you since you got BORN AGAIN.  God’s FAITH is in you RIGHT NOW!!

(b) Faith is a SPIRITUAL FORCE.  It is a POWERFUL and SUPERCEEDING SPRITUAL FORCE.  It was present before there was a World or a Universe or a Human Race.  Faith existed before the natural world existed:  “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God…”  (Heb 11:3)  It is a FORCE that has more POWER than FACTS.  It is a FORCE of the FIRST ORDER!!  Because it is, it has more power, more authority, more ability, and more strength than anything in the Natural World!!  Faith is stronger than disease!!   Faith is stronger than poverty!!  Faith is stronger than any bondage of the devil!!  FAITH is the VICTORY that OVERCOMETH the WORLD (Cosmos)!!

(c) Faith is the VICTORY!!  (Nike) nee-kay.  “Conquest”… “The means of success”  Every area of weakness and lack is the result of a failure of your faith.  If you are living by and operating in faith, you will live in CONSTANT VICTORY and will always have a “means of success”!!

3. GET in the WORD and GET the WORD IN YOU!!

Who you are and what you have and what you can do as a Believer, are all clearly revealed in the Word of God.  The Will of God for you is revealed in the Word of God.  Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus.  When you get in the Word you get into Jesus and when you get the Word in you, you get Jesus in you!!   When Jesus is in you and you KNOW IT you will be able to release your FAITH believe for the impossible!!  Do you know why I act like I do?  Because Jesus is in me!!  Do you know why this Church does what it does?  Because Jesus is in it!!  To get FAITH developed and strong, mighty, and great, you must get in the Word  “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God…”   (Rom 10:17)

It is important for you to KNOW WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU HAVE and WHAT YOU CAN DO as a BELIEVER.  satan constantly tempts you to DOUBT.  he wants you to doubt who you are (he tried to get Jesus to doubt Who He was!) or to wonder who you are or to be ignorant of who you are.  As long as you are NOT SURE of your POSITION in CHRIST and your AUTHORITY as a BELIEVER your faith will not work.  You cannot receive what you do not know KNOW KNOW KNOW KNOW!!!  GOD has raised up CHURCHES like this one and PREACHERS like I am to instruct HIS PEOPLE of their PRIVILEDGES and POWERS and RIGHTS that are revealed in the WORD.  The POWER of FAITH working in your SPIRIT will change your SOUL and your BODY.  Your Spirit is FULL OF FAITH!!  Your faith will fix your MIND and HEAL your BODY.  As you GET the WORD BUILT IN YOU, faith is PRODUCED and DEVELOPED.  “Faith cometh by HEARING and hearing by the WORD of GOD….”  We are set in the Body as MASTER CRAFTSMEN to BUILD you up in the WORD.  You are “God’s Building” and I am a Holy Ghost Craftsman equipped with the Proper Building Materials to make you STRONG in the LORD and in the POWER of His MIGHT!!!  HALLELUJAH!!

4.  DISCOVER the TENSE of REDEMPTION

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law…”  Gal. 3:13

God has already done all He is ever going to do about sin.  God has already done all He is ever going to do about sickness.  God has already done all He is ever going to do to set you free.  It is DONE.  It is FINISHED.  It is COMPLETE.  It is PERFECTED.  Nothing is left to be done.  Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law… from sickness… from devils…. from poverty… from failure and defeat!!  It is DONE!!

How do you release your faith and get it out where it will work for you? 

(1) Knowing what the Word says

(2) Believing what the Word says

(3) Saying what the Word says

(4) Doing what the Word says

FAST FOOD

Posted November 28, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  November 28

Jesus’ self-emptying.

(Jesus) Who existing in the Form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation (Kenoo) and took upon Him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross…  Phil. 2:6-8

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel…  Isa. 7:13

The Kenosis of Jesus is a Foundation Truth that many have failed to grasp.  Kenosis or “self-emptying” simply declares that Jesus willingly “emptied” Himself of His God Characteristics and condescended to the stature and state of a man… a human being… born of a woman… and came to earth to live and die as part of God’s Plan to Redeem Man from Adam’s failure.

Jesus laid down and left in heaven certain characteristics and privileges He exercised as God.  He willingly emptied Himself of His God Form… His God Power… His God Knowledge… His Eternal Life.  He became subject to sickness, disease, death, failure, sin and any and all human liabilities and limitations imposed by Adam’s sin and failure.  The Scripture tells us that:

He was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin… (Heb. 4:15)

Jesus willingly and obediently subjected Himself to the possibility of sin and the possibility of failure when He put off His God Characteristics and took on Himself the form and limitations of humanity.

But He was Victor over temptation.  He was Victor over sin.  He was Victor over every human weakness.  He was Victor over all…

Even death and the grave

Jesus the Miracle Worker

Posted November 27, 2021 by dickbraswell
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John 10:

10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

            There are only two kinds of people on earth.  And I do not mean Men and Women.  They are people who are Alive and those who are Dead.  You can be Dead before you are dead.  If you are Alive you know it.  If you are

Dead you know it.  The devil is the merchant of death.  Jesus came that we might be Alive. 

            The ultimate purpose and mission of the devil is to kill and destroy.  The devil deals in death and destruction.  Jesus gives LIFE and deals in RESTORATION.  All problems and attacks are designed by satan to kill us and destroy us.  The devil wants death and destruction to take us over.  Jesus wants Life and Restoration to take us over.   How did Jesus deal with death?  The Bible says He conquered death, hell and the grave.  If He conquered them, they are still conquered.   Jesus never has to re-do what He has already done.  His work is complete and perfect.  He has “finished” it (as we heard last week: Jesus did not say “to be continued” on the Cross, He said “it is finished.”)  We need to deal with death just like Jesus dealt with it.

Relate the story of Lazarus.

Lazarus = “whom God helps”

I.  Every Attack is an OPPORTUNITY.  

John 11:4   When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

            Jesus “heard” the bad report.  Faith comes by hearing and doubt also comes by hearing.  Unbelief can be stimulated by hearing.  Distress can come by hearing.  Fear can be initiated by hearing.  What are you hearing?  Whatever you are hearing will either build your faith are add to your unbelief.  Jesus determined to be NOT MOVED by what He heard. 

            Then, Jesus declared with His mouth what the situation was going to be.  He took the opportunity to Prophesy what the situation was going to be because he knew the will of God in the matter.   Jesus “heard” and then He “said.”  What He heard did not alter what He said.  He refused to give in to the sense realm by believing what the opinions of men were. 

            “It’s not over.  It’s not final.  It’s not what it’s going to be.  God is working.  I am waiting.  I am believing.  I am standing.  I am speaking.  I am prophesying.  What I say agrees with God and because of this, the devil (and all his works) will have to move aside.” 

            Sickness is an opportunity. Adversity is an opportunity.  Every impossibility is an opportunity.  Your fiery trial is an opportunity.  Our fiery trial is an opportunity.  An opportunity for us to exercise our faith.  An opportunity for us to get into the Word and find out what God is saying.  An opportunity to turn tragedy into testimony.  God is the Master at giving us Beauty for ashes.  (Isa 61:3).  When we see our “death” situation in this light, we will be encouraged to say the same thing Jesus said: “This thing is not unto death…. it is an opportunity for God to show Himself strong in my behalf and to give me a powerful testimony of His Faithfulness.”

            We are all faced with “Lazarus” attacks.  What we do, how we act during such situations will demonstrate just how deep we are in God.   We can say what others are saying.  We can agree with what the Facts are.  We can accept the “inevitable” or we can Prophesy to the situation.  God has called you into His Kingdom and given you the power to create with your mouth the things that are in the will of God.  Speak the Word!

            Our fiery trial… our graveyard tribulation… our Red Sea and our Furnace heated seven times its capacity… our den of Lions and our Goliath…  all these are only opportunities for God to get Glory and for us to experience a miracle.  Jesus knew that impossibilities are opportunities for God to Show Himself Strong in behalf of those who would DARE to BELIEVE!

II. When under pressure:  Don’t Change your Plans.  

John 11:6   When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

            The devil wants us to change directions… especially if we are in the will of God.  If we are on the way to where God wants us, then satan and all the forces of darkness are aligned to make us change our plans.  Remember how satan tried to stop Jesus on the Sea of Galilee with the great storm before He made it to the other side?  Here, Jesus was in the Flow of God and was not willing to change His direction just because He received bad news.  Jesus stayed.  Sometimes it is hard to Stay.  When we hear of pressing needs and powerful attacks, we are tempted to run ahead of God.  Remember… the Battle is the Lord’s and the Victory is ours. 

            Satan is the author of all bad news.  Bad news is demonic.  Bad news is a fiery dart of the enemy.  Bad news is satan’s attempt to get you to change your plans and alter your direction.  Bad news tends to make us worry.  Worry is fear.  Fear has torment.  Fear does not come out of a “sound mind” but rather is  the is product of a double mind.  When we are receivers of bad news, keep we must keep our eyes on our objective… we cannot allow discouragement, worry, fear or distractions to make us change our plans about Who we believe and What we believe.   

            Job was a man who was a servant of the Most High God.  He had bad news brought to him… over and over again.  On the very heels of one messenger, another would come until it seemed that Job could not stand any more.  And yet “in all of this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly…”  It was the devil attempting to change the course of Jobs life.  Learn from the Life of Jesus…. do not allow demonic pressure to change your faith position. 

            How many times do we want Jesus to “hurry up?”  Our need presses us to prompt Jesus to hurry to our rescue.  However, God has a time.  And His time is the RIGHT TIME.  Things are happening in the realm of the spirit that we cannot see and if we could, we would not understand.  God is working.  satan is fighting.  We are waiting.  While we wait, He is working in our behalf.  If He is not hurrying, He has a reason.  Jesus needed to remain where He was in order that God would get all the glory for the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection. 

            Remember, when you are in the Will of God, you do not have to change your plans when satan attacks and emergencies arise.   Hold steady.  Do not panic.  Do not change your plans because of demonic emergencies. 

III.  Nothing is FINAL when Jesus is Present. 

John 11:14   Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

            Nothing can be more final than death.  When you are dead…. you are dead!  It’s over!  It’s finished!  It’s done!  UNLESS Jesus is there!  Listen:

             1Cor. 15:26   The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

So many times our attitude is like that of Thomas:  “Let us also go, that we may die with him…”   (Verse 16).  Nothing is FIXED in the world system.   Not even death!  Jesus is the Great Changer.   He changes things.  When it seems totally final and nothing more can be done… when death looms and defeat is at hand and all hope is gone… Nothing is FINAL when Jesus is present.  If He can raise Lazarus from the dead, He is more than Able to resurrect our dead hopes and dreams.  

            Both Mary and Martha fell into the trap of the “IF Syndrome.” 

John 11:21   Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

John 11:32   Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

            You cannot afford to live in the land of IF.  “If I had just done this… ”  “If I had just said this…”  “If I had tried harder…”  “If ” moves you into the place of legalism.  IF is not Grace.  IF it works.  IF will short  circuit the Will of God.  It does not matter what we are, what we have done,  or what our need may be… all we need is JESUS.  He will erase all our “Ifs”  and deliver us from our negative thinking. 

IV. Don’t Yield to Religious Thinking. 

John 11:24   Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

            Every time you are faced with an impossibility, Religion will attempt to rise up and “explain” the situation.  Religion attempts to make the Word of God agree with the death situation you are experiencing instead of making the death situation agree with the Word of God.   Religion is dead doctrine.  Religion is self-righteous pride and arrogance.  Religion is form and tradition and legalistic law.  Religion is a heavy burden.  Religion collaborates with the devil to keep you in death.  Religion is deception.  Christianity is not Religion… it is LIFE.    Read Matthew 23 to see what Jesus said concerning Religion. 

            Religion will help the devil kill and destroy you.  Pious platitudes that look way into the future for pie in the sky by and by will not help you in the NOW.  Most of what we were taught about God had nothing to do with the present.  It was either History or Prophecy.  God is a God of the NOW.  And Jesus is a Jesus of TODAY.  HALLELUJAH.           

V. Don’t Be Moved by the Opinions of Men.

John 11:37   And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

            What people think has nothing to do with what the Word Says.  All the opinions of men will not heal the sick or raise the dead.  What you say and what you think is worthless unless your WORDS and your THOUGHTS line up with the WORD OF GOD.   Most who are so quick to give  advice and counsel know little or nothing of the Power of God.  The ones looking on, seeing the grave and the grieving family, began to murmur.  Skeptics always murmur.  Doubters and Unbelievers are always looking for REASONS.  God is not a rea­soning God and He does not operate REASONABLE… He is a FAITH GOD and He operates in the SUPERNATURAL.  

VI.  Attempt the Impossible.  

John 11:39   Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

            Jesus “went too far.”  When you begin to ROLLAWAY STONES from IM­POSSIBLE SITUATIONS, satan and all his helpers will accuse of GOING TOO FAR.  “You can’t be serious.”  “You really don’t mean that.”  “Do you realize what you are doing?”  “What will people say?”  “What will my relatives think?”  DO IT.  If you never ATTEMPT the IMPOSSIBLE you will never get a MIRACLE.  When you refuse to ROLL AWAY THE STONE you accept DEFEAT, LIMIT GOD, and STOP ALL MIRACLES from happening.  What stone will you roll away today?  What stinking corpse of impossibility will you UNCOVER and present to GOD?  YOU WILL NEVER get a RESURRECTION if you REFUSE TO ROLL AWAY THE STONE.  This is your INITIAL ACT OF FAITH and it is this ACT that Moves Heaven in your behalf.

VII. Pray Right.

John 11:41   Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

            Refuse to Pray in doubt and unbelief.  “If it is Thy will” praying will never get a miracle or experience a resurrection.   If you do not know how to Pray the Word, you better never roll away the stone.  Jesus knew (1) What God’s Will was  (2) How to Pray in God’s Will  (3) How to Pray in Great Faith.  He was SURE of HIS POSITION in GOD.  He KNEW WHO HE WAS and what GOD had promised to do for Him.  He did not beg.  He did not plead.  He did not an­guish.  HE THANKED GOD.  

VIII. Speak Faith Boldly.

John 11:43   And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

            I get great comfort from this verse.  If Jesus “cried with a loud voice” I guess it’s OK for me to preach with a loud voice.   He boldly and specifi­cally spoke out and called for a miracle.  He “got what He said!”  Remember Mark 11:23?  “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall SAY unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall HAVE WHATSOEVER HE SAITH…”   Roll away the stone and SPEAK TO YOUR IMPOSSIBILITY.   

 IX. Get Free.  

John 11:44   And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

            Get free and stay free.  Do not get entangled again with the yoke of bondage that kept you bound.  Tear off the grave clothes and let the NEW LIFE come forth.  Refuse to stay in the graveyard dressed like the dead.  Get Up.  Get Out. Get Free.  Stay Free.

FAST FOOD

Posted November 27, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  November 27

What really happened at Calvary?

We have read about the Crucifixion, heard sermons on the Crucifixion, studied about the Crucifixion, but in reality very few know and understand what happen on the Cross.  What we believe about the Cross will determine the depth of our Revelation of Jesus.

Justice had decreed that sinful man must pay the penalty for his transgression.  The Human Race stood guilty of spiritual high treason before God.  Man had turned away from God and embraced the devil.  However, the human race was impotent, helpless and incapable of meeting the demands of justice.

“I owed a debt I could not pay,

He paid a Price He did not owe,

I needed Someone just to wash my sins away,

And now I sing a brand new song:  Amazing Grace!

Christ Jesus paid the Price that I could never pay!”

And so out of the Heart of God comes the solution to the human problem.  Jesus steps forward and declares:  “Here am I, send Me…”  And so toward the Cross He goes.

Calvary is center stage for the entire human race.  What happened there is the pivotal point of all history.  Calvary is more than the death of Jesus at the hand of His enemies.  Calvary is more than the suffering and horror of such inhumanity and torture.

  • Calvary involves Jesus and it involves God.
  • It involves man and it involves sin.
  • It involves time and it involves eternity.
  • It is the place of a divine Exchange

Here, Jesus became what man is in order than man can become what Jesus is.

“God made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him…”  II Cor. 5:21

What a Deal


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