How Jesus Dealt with Death

Posted October 27, 2021 by dickbraswell
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The 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. John 10:10  

          There are only two kinds of people on earth.  And I do not mean men and women.  They are either Alive people or Dead people.  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 is the Giver of life.      

          The ultimate purpose and mission of the devil is to steal, kill and destroy; we find this out in John 10:10.  The devil deals in death and destruction.  Jesus gives LIFE and brings RESTORATION.   All problems and at­tacks are designed by Satan to steal your goods, take your life, and destroy you and anything and everything you have.   The devil wants death and destruc­tion to overtake you. 

On the contrary, Jesus wants Life and Restoration to overtake you.   How did Jesus deal with death?  The Bible says He conquered death, hell and the grave.  Because He did, they are still conquered.  If we can see and understand how Jesus dealt with death, we can deal with it the same way.   

“Death” comes in many forms.  It is more than dying a natural death and becoming a corpse.  Death can come into a marriage.  Death can come into a business.  Death can come in the form of sickness and disease.  Death can come into a family, a relationship or any situation in the human experience. 

As we consider how Jesus dealt with death, we can learn some valuable lessons that can bring a resurrection into any “death” experience we may be facing. 

Let’s look at how Jesus dealt with the death of His friend Lazarus.

Every Death Attack is an Opportunity  

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. John 11:4  

          Jesus “heard” the bad report that His friend Lazarus had died.  We know that faith comes by hearing but doubt also comes by hearing.  Unbelief can be birthed and nourished  by hearing bad news.  Distress can come by hearing a bad report.   Fear can be initiated by hearing negative things.   What are you hearing?  Whatever you are hearing will either build your faith are add to your unbelief.  Jesus determined not to be moved or influenced  by what He heard. 

          Then, Jesus declared with His mouth what the situation was going to be.  He took the opportunity to prophesy what 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 the opinions of men. 

          “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 speak­ing.  I am prophesying.  What I say is in agreement with God and because of this, the devil (and all his works) will have to move aside.”  This kind of thinking and speaking comes out of a mind that is renewed by the Word and a faith that is founded on the Word.

          Jesus saw sickness is an opportunity.  He even saw death as an opportunity.  In the believer’s life, every impossibility is an opportunity.  Your fiery trial is an opportunity for you to exercise your faith,  to get into the Word and find out what God says.  It is an opportu­nity to turn tragedy into testimony. 

When you see your “death” situation in this light, you will be encouraged to say the same thing Jesus said: “This thing is not unto death…. it is not the end….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 and how we act in the midst of 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 us into His Kingdom and given us the power to cre­ate with our words the things that are in the will of God.    

          Your fiery trial… your graveyard tribulation… your Red Sea and your furnace heated seven times over… your den of lions and your Goliath…  all these are opportunities for God to get glory and for you 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!

When under pressure:  Don’t Change your Plans 

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

          The devil wants you to change di­rections… especially if you are in the will of God.  If you are on the way to where God wants you, then Satan and all the forces of darkness are aligned to make you change your direction and alter your plans. 

Remember how the devil tried to stop Jesus on the Sea of Galilee with the great storm before He made it to the other side?   Here, as He considered the Lazarus situation, Jesus was in the flow of God and was not willing to change His direction just because He re­ceived some bad news.  Jesus stayed.  Sometimes it is hard to stay.  Staying can be standing still.  When we hear of pressing needs and powerful at­tacks, we are tempted to run ahead of God.  Remember… the Battle is the Lord’s but 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.  When you are the receiver of bad news, keep your eyes on your objective… do not allow discour­agement, worry, fear or distractions to make you change your plans in your walk of faith. 

          Job was a man who was a servant of the Most High God.  He had some 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 have we wanted Jesus to “hurry up?”  Our need presses us to prompt Jesus to hurry to our rescue.  However, God has a time.  He has a schedule.  And His time is the always the RIGHT TIME.  During tough times, we need to remember that things are happen­ing in the realm of the spirit we can­not see. 

God is working.  The devil is fighting.  We are waiting.  And 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 for God to get 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.  Stay on your course.  Do not change your plans because of de­monic emergencies. 

Nothing is FINAL when Jesus is Present

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

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

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

          So many times our attitude is like that of Thomas:  “Let us also go, that we may die with him…”   (John 11:16). Thomas was reflecting the normal attitude of most people when they are facing a death situation;  “Oh, well, it’s over.  No need to keep on.  It’s finished.”   However, nothing is FIXED or “set in concrete” 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 your dead hopes and dreams and aspirations.       

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

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

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.  John 11:32  

          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 and performance-based faith.   IF is not Grace.  IF is works.  IF will short circuit the will of God.  It does not matter who or what you are, what you have done, or what your need may be… all you need is JESUS.  He will erase all your “Ifs”  and  deliver you from your negative thinking. 

Don’t Yield to Religious Thinking

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

          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 works 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 about Religion.

          Religion will help the devil kill you 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 Religion taught us about God had nothing to do with the present.  It was either history or Heaven.  God is a God of the NOW.  And Jesus is a Jesus of TODAY.   

Don’t Be Moved by the Opinions of Men

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?  John 11:37  

          What people think and say has nothing to do with what the Word says unless they are thinking with a renewed mind.   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 agree 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 the death scene Jesus faced, saw the grave and the grieving family and 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 REASONABLY…  He is a FAITH GOD and He operates in the SUPERNATURAL.  

Attempt the Impossible

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.  John 11:39  

          Jesus “went too far.”  He crossed over the line.  He “lost it.”  When you begin to roll away grave stones from impossible situations, the devil and all his helpers will accuse you 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?”    

 If you never attempt the impossible you will never get a miracle.  When you refuse to roll away the stone, you accept defeat and limit God and stop all miracles from happening.  What stone will you roll away today?  What stinking corpse of impossibility will you drag out, 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 very act that moves heaven in your behalf.

Pray Right

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.  John 11:41  

          Notice how Jesus prayed.  He refused to pray in doubt and unbe­lief.  “If it be Thy will” praying will never get a miracle or experience a resurrec­tion.  If you know the Word you know the Will!    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 agreement with God’s will, and  (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.  

Speak Faith Boldly

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

          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…   

It’s time for you to roll away the stone and speak (loudly) to your situation! 

Get Free

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. John 11:44   

          Loose yourself.  Cast off those grave clothes.  Walk out of your tomb.  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 new life come forth.  Refuse to stay in the graveyard dressed like the dead, looking like the dead and smelling like the dead.    Get Up.  Get Out. Get Free.  Stay Free.

          This is how Jesus dealt with death.  Since the Word says
“as He is so are we in this world…” we can deal with our death situations just like Jesus did with His. 

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.   1Jo 4:17  


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

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

Surviving Your Storm

Posted October 26, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:   Mat 7:24

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  Mat 7:25

 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side Mark 4:35  

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 Mark 4:36  

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full   Mark 4:37  

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? Mark 4:38  

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  Mark 4:39  

And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?  Mark 4:40  

And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?  Mark 4:41  

The Purpose of Storms

            Storms arise and winds blow in the process of spiritual growth and ministry.  When you determine to obey God and be a blessing to His Kingdom, you will usually find yourself in the midst of a raging storm.     

           Storms challenge your faith and will often put you into confusion.    You may not be able to see God, hear from God or feel His presence.   You will be tempted to give in to confusion and ask foolish questions such as, “Why me?” or  “What did I do wrong?” or “Why is God punishing me?” 

            Actually, the storms in life are caused by the devil. They are devices to stop you from getting to the place God has prepared for you.   The devil is the prince of the power of the air and will pervert the forces of nature and anything else he can in order to kill, steal and destroy.  God does not cause storms.  If God causes storms then Jesus was guilty of rebuking Him in Mark chapter 4.   

           Storms in your life do not mean that God is not with you.  On the contrary, they are proof that He is with you and  He has a miracle coming your way.   Storms are not punishments or chas­tenings put on you by God… God will not create problems and difficulties in your life in order to “teach you something!”  

What Storms Are 

          Storms are circumstances and situations.   Storms are problems.  Storms are crises.  Storms are hindrances and delays and disappointments.  Storms are situations that plague us and harass us and attempt to destroy us.  Storms are tribulations and trials.  Storms are sicknesses and physical attacks. Storms are family conflicts and marriage troubles.  Storms are difficulties and impossibilities in the work place. Storms are addictions and habits that keep us in bondage.  Storms are demonic. Storms are satanic. 

          Storms will sink your ship if you do not know how to endure and overcome them.

Where Storms Come From and What Causes Them

Storms are caused by the devil.  This is a fact you must always remember.  They are demonic attacks.  They are designed to do what the devil wants to do.  He wants to kill you, to steal your goods, and to completely destroy you.  Storms are planned and birthed in hell.  They are individually designed for you personally by the devil and his demons.  They are intended to keep you as far away from God and God’s Purpose as possible.  

          The moment you decide to go to the “other side” (Mk 4:35) which is the place God has prepared for you , the devil will create a storm to stop you and sink your ship.  It goes sort of like this: you hear the voice of God… His call and His command… (this is point A) and you start out toward point B (the place where God wants you),  then on the way,  you run into a STORM.

Some of the most committed and dedicated New Testament personalities were at times caught in a storm. 

The disciples were in a small boat in the middle of the sea when they were caught in a storm.  Jesus came to them walking on the water.  (John 6)

The apostle Paul was on the way to Rome and the ship he was on was destroyed in a great storm.  (Acts 27)

Storms can cause:

Discouragement and despair. 

Storms can cause us to give up and go down with the ship.  They make us tired and weary.  They tempt us to blame God and get mad at Him.  They can destroy our peace and mess with our minds.  They can make us sick and frustrate us.  They usually put unbearable pressure on us.  Storms can strain our marriage and hurt our home. Storms can separate us from friends and destroy relationships.  Storms can keep us out of the Will of God. 

Here are some common errors believers make while they are in the midst of a storm:

          (1) Some will use their own efforts to “bail out the boat” and try to keep it afloat.  However, all human effort is futile and the arm of flesh al­ways fails.  Storms are supernatural and cannot be overcome by natural means.  All our natural reasonings and efforts are futile and useless in overcoming storms.

(2) Some will look at the storm and try to size it up and figure it out. They usually end up asking:  “How long?”  “How strong?”  “What’s wrong?”  You will never overcome a storm by studying it or analyzing it. 

          “I wonder how long this will last?”  “Look how much rain is falling and see how strong the wind is blowing….just look at the size of those waves.  My, my, my see how dark it is getting… this is the worst storm I have ever seen.  I don’t think I can survive this one!”  This kind of thinking and speaking will keep you in the storm and could sink your ship.

          (3) Some will concede to defeat immedi­ately.  Remember what the disciples said?  “Carest thou not that we perish?” (Mk 4:38)   Nobody said that every storm was AUTOMATICALLY FATAL.  The devil’s greatest lie to you is that every storm you encounter will sink your ship.  Storms do not have to sink us,  in fact, their energy can be harnessed by our faith and used to get us across to the other side.

          If you are in the midst of a storm, what are you going to do?  If you are on the way to where God really wants you, are you going to let the devil sink your boat? 

What you do in the midst of the storm reveals what manner of man (or woman) you really are (Mk 4: 41)

          How many of you right now are facing the violence of a STORM in your life?  What are you going to do?  How do you intend to handle the situa­tion?  Are you going down with the ship?  Or will you survive the Storm?

Notice our Text:

And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.  Mark 4:35  

          It was time to do something.God may be prompting you to move on to the “other side”.  Time to pack up and leave the place of “do nothing” and get to the place God has prepared for you.  In this case,it was time for the disciples to move.  It was late in the day.  Night was at hand.  

          The best way and shortest way and quickest way to get through a storm is directly through it.  Fearing it will not work.  Dreading it will not work.  Worrying about it won’t work.  Putting it off will not work.  Going around it won’t work.,  Your decision to move on and face the storm is the beginning of victory.     

          In every journey of life, Jesus wants us to go with Him.  Jesus said “Let us.” He did not say, “Let Me” or “You go by yourself.”  He said “Let US.”  He is ready today to take you WITH HIM to the place He has prepared for you.  Remember, He is in your boat and committed to go with you… no matter what you encounter on your way.

          Jesus knows that there is a miracle waiting “on the other side…”  (Remember the demon           possessed man who got free of the devil in Mark chapter 5?)  That’s what is going to happen to those who survive the storm and make it to the other side….  There is a miracle there waiting for them.  

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.   Mark 4:36  

          Jesus wants us to be a part of your inner cir­cle.  Notice He sent the multitudes away.  He wants to be near you and with you.  He wants you to know that He is there for YOU.   He cares for YOU.  He loves YOU.  You are extremely important and special to Him.  You are not a statistic or a faceless number in the masses but a very unique individual who He has saved and redeemed and brought into His Family. 

          Jesus wants us to “Take Him” just like He is.  He was already in the boat.  He did not step out, or move out or change boats.  He wants us to take Him right where He is, not like we make Him.  Not like religion makes Him.  Not like the world makes Him. Not like unbelievers make Him.  But “Like He is…”(and He is Who and What the Bible says He is!)

          There are many other “ships” that can try to take you where you want to go.  But be sure you get in the ship Jesus is in.  There is the religious boat.  There is the denomination boat.  There is the performance boat… the good works boat.  There is the “feeling” boat.  The program and method boat.  There is the tradition boat.  There is the man-pleasing boat.  Many boats are out there, but Jesus is in only one of them.  And the one He is in is the right one.  Be sure you get in His boat. 

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.   Mark 4:37  

          Storms “arise…”  In other words, they start small and get bigger… much bigger.   They start as a gentle gust, but develop into a raging fury.  Gusts don’t hurt.  Breezes won’t matter. However, the fury can kill. The longer they last the stronger they get.  When they are left alone they grow.  They rage.  They rip and tear and destroy.  They cause terror and fear. They kill, steal and destroy. 

          The storm buffeted the ship… the very place where Jesus was.  He was in the ship with the disciples.  Where is Jesus now?  He is IN THE BELIEVER.  The fury of hell continually rages against every believer, but Jesus is right there and He will never leave you nor forsake you. It is your physical and mental man that is being shaken and buffeted.  You can “feel” it and “see” it and “sense” it.  However, Jesus in inside.    He is the Power that “worketh” in us.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  Eph 3:20  

          The raging waves began to spill over into the ship.  When the outside gets on the inside, un­less a miracle happens, the ship will sink.  All natural reasoning and thinking is what is on the outside.  When the fury of carnal thinking, intellect  and believing that’s outside gets inside, unless God comes to our rescue, we will not survive.

          Notice, the ship got full (Mk 4:37).  Your ship may be full.  The outside may have gotten inside.  But remember, Jesus is in the ship with you and God is going to come to your rescue.    Renew your mind.  Start thinking right. .  Believe right.  Talk right.  And don’t panic.

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?   Mark 4:38  

          Jesus was not alarmed.  He refused to be affected by the storm the devil created.   Satan was no problem to Him.  Nothing Satan can do or could do was any danger to Him.  And nothing the devil does can harm you IF you think like Jesus, believe like Jesus and talk like Jesus. 

“Nothing shall by any means hurt you…”  Luke 10:19

          He was in the “hinder part” of the ship.  That is where the rudder is located.  He was at the place of choosing the direction of the ship and He was asleep and oblivious to the storm.  No worries.  No fears.  No problems.  No danger.  He was at rest.

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.   Hebr. 4:9  

          He was calm but His followers were in a frenzy.  They were hysterical.  They were filled with fear.  The disciples were convinced that they were going to die.  They even said so.  “Don’t you care?  We are in serious trouble.  We are going to die.”   (Mk 4:38)  We need to set a watch over out tongue when we are in the storm.  It’s much better to confess what you want than to talk about what you see. 

          To accuse Jesus of not caring is to call Him the opposite of Who He really is.  What you say is what you get.  What you believe is what will happen.  What you fear is what will come upon you.

For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.    Job 3:25  

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.    Mark 4:39   

          Jesus got up and then He spoke up.  He spoke up because His faith was up.  His faith was up because He knew the Word. To rebuke means “to admonish or charge sharply.”  He rebuked the wind.  (This was the cause of the waves.  You need to speak to the CAUSE of your storm not the RESULT of it). He “said” to the sea.  “Said” means com­manded.  As you exercise your authority as a believer, you can command things to happen with the words of your mouth.    

And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?    Mark 4:40  

          Jesus dealt with the imminent danger, and then He turned to His disciples.  “What’s wrong?” “What’s the matter?”  “Why are you so afraid?”  “Why have you decided to die?”  “What made you give up?”  “Don’t you know WHO is WITH YOU?”  That is exactly what He is saying today to those caught in a storm. 

          “Why are you so empty of faith?”  “Did the seriousness of the situation limit your ability to believe?”  Jesus wanted to know why they were afraid and why they had no faith.  What an in­dictment!  We have no right to complain about what we permit.

And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?    Mark 4:41  

          How amazing!  They were even afraid of their deliverance!    They were afraid of the wind.  They were afraid of the waves.  They were afraid of the sea.  Then they were even afraid of Jesus!   No won­der He rebuked them for  having no faith!

          Then they began talking to one another.  They did not talk to Jesus, they talked to one an­other.  When you talk to one another, you usually talk facts and not faith.  Most of the time facts are embellished and exaggerated and truth is either ignored or denied.    When you talk to Jesus, fear will decrease and faith will increase.

          Unless YOU KNOW what manner of Man Jesus is (possess a genuine revelation of His Person and Work) you will always find yourself in disturbances and storms and threatening situa­tions. 

          He commanded the wind and the sea.  Why should not the wind and sea obey Him?  He created them.  His Word brought the wind and the sea into being. Natural creation can hear.    Jesus spoke to things that did not have “ears” but the things He spoke to heard what He said.   The wind and the sea will always obey Him because they recognize His Voice.  They were created by that Voice.  When they hear His voice they say,  “It’s that Word again…”  That Word is The Word.  The Word  has power over all creation.  Because God has given us the Power to become the sons of God (John 1:12) we, too, can exercise the miracle-working power of the Word.  We can speak and declare that Word in faith.  And when we do, all creation will obey our voice as well.

          Storms can be threatening.  Storms can be frightening.  Storms can be fatal.  Storms can be destructive.  Storms can change things.  But, when dealt with just like Jesus dealt with this storm, they can be turned into blessings.

          Here are some suggestions for you when you find yourself in a storm:

Be Calm

And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow  (38)

          We need to be like Jesus.  Jesus never suffered fromfear, panic, anxiety or nervous tension.  He was never stressed out.  He was calm, cool and collected.  In this case, He was asleep in the storm.     He was at rest and in rest.  He was totally covered by His confidence in God.

          At times of great stress and crisis, my children slept right through some of the greatest storms of my life. They were as­sured that I had everything under control and that I would be able see take care of them and protect them from any danger.     

          Your storm can give rise to reason and doubt as you look at it and give in to it.  When reason begins to function the next step ispanic and despair.  David said that God “prepared a table before him in the midst of his enemies…”  The Word says that we are to roll all our cares over on Him because He cares for us (1Pet 5:7).  If God is our Father, and He is, then He will take care of us and see us through.  Every time.   In every storm.  In every crisis. 

Speak the Word

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.   ( 39)

          The Word spoken in faith and prayed in faith always produces peace. In this storm, Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the sea… There is a time to pray and there is a time to arise and speak the Word.  Faith-filled words will make the natural submit to the spiritual. 

          If “no-faith” which is what the dis­ciples had (“how is it that ye have no faith…?”) yields to the destructive power of storms then faith (which is what Jesus had) makes the de­structive power of storms submit to the power of God.    

          You cannot speak the Wordif you do not know the Word.   And you cannot act on the Wordif you do not believe the Word.  In the beginning, words that were full of God’s faith released God’s power and brought cre­ation into existence.     God’s Word spoken and prayed in faith will move mountains and stop storms.

Don’t be Afraid

And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful?  (40)

          The one thing that will negate faith is fear.  As a matter of fact, fear is the opposite of faith.  Where fear is faith is not.  The disciples were consumed with fear because they were moved by what they saw.  They were “walking by sight” and not by faith.

          Jesus refused to listen to what they were saying about the storm.  Their words were confessions of their lack of faith.  As they talked about the wind and the waves; about sinking and dying, Jesus spoke words that were confessions of His faith.  And His Words had more authority and more power than the wind and waves of the storm. 

          Jesus knew Who He was and what He could do.  When we know who we are and what we can do, it won’t be hard to speak to storms and talk to “situations.”

Exercise Your Authority   

What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?   (41)

          When we consider just “what manner of Man” Jesus is, we will be reminded of what manner of man we are.  

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  1Jo 4:17 

          Jesus said that you and I would do evengreater works than He did because He was going to the Father  (John 14:12).  When He returned to the Father, the Holy Spirit was released into the earth, and the Church on earth was given power to function in God’s place. If we can believe, He tells us that all things are possible to us.  (Mark 9:23)

          God has given believers the ability, power and authority to do what He says they can do.  “I can’t” is a cop out and denies everything God says His children can do.  No matter what your situation may be, you can overcome it because God says you can!  It has absolutely nothing to do with how difficult or impossible it may be or how violent and relentless your storm is.

          Do you realize you are actually a misfit on earth?   When you are born again you are supernaturally made to live and function by heaven’s laws and principles.  You have God power, God life and God authority.   You can survive any and every storm.  You can conquer your storm.  And you will be enabled and empowered to get to the place God wants you to be.  

          You can rejoice and be glad be­cause the winds of your storm will be captured and contained by God and be used to  drive you to the other side!  Right to the place He has prepared for you and where He wants you to be.  

I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me…   Phil 4:13

          You can walk through the fire and walk on the water… defy devils and cast out demons… witness with power and preach with effective­ness… possess the wisdom of God and have the mind of Christ.  You can be whole and healed and delivered.  You can live your life filled with all the fullness of God!

You can survive your storm because God says you can!

When you feel like Quitting

          There will be times in your Christian Life when you will just feel like quitting.  You will get tired and weary and impatient.  You will begin to wonder if it is really worth it all.  Discouragement will move in and the devil will be­gin to make you tempting offers and alterna­tives. 

          The faith walk is not an easy walk. According to Jesus,  the way into life is narrow and straight and only a few will find it.   Sometimes, the way out seems to be just to quit; to follow the path of least resistance. To forget it.  To retreat.  To back down.  You see, it is always easier to cop out than it is to cope.  The greatest temptation any believer faces is the temptation to quit. When you begin to listen to and follow your feelings and your reasoning sets in, the option to quit may look like the best thing for you to do.

          The pressure and stress of maintaining your victory may build to the point of breaking.  Situations and circumstances may de­velop that will press you beyond measure and push you “over the edge.”  Now, how are believers to handle such situations?  What are we to do when we feel like quitting?  Where can we go to get some “relief?”  Is there a way out when we are at the breaking point?  What are our alterna­tives?

 You can Quit  

          This is probably the easiest to do and it is always a temptation when things really get tough.  It is the simplest and of­fers the least resistance.  But anybody can quit.  You can quit.  We can quit.  Many have quit.  And others will quit.  What about you?  Has the devil “got your number?”  What will it take to make you quit?  How much more “can you stand?”  Is quitting a real temptation for you in your situation at this time in your life?  I am sure some reading this right now are at the “giving up” and “quitting” stage.

You can compromise  

           Satan may be saying to you “if you will back off, I will back off!”  “If you will ease up, I will ease up…”  “If you will compromise, I’ll give you some relief.”  You can back down and ease up and let off.  You can stop and get stuck where you are.  You can re­treat and give up ground that you have fought for and won.  Compromise is an alternative.  But it is costly. You can slip back and fall back and go back.   

You can give in to self-pity 

          You can compare yourself with others and get mad at God.  You can become jealous and envious and get discouraged.  Often you will feel that nobody really cares anyway.  You can begin to wonder about the wicked being blessed and you can get jealous and pout.  You can play on the sympathy of others and complain and murmur.   The pity demons will inoculate you with their lethargy and they will constantly tell you how pitiful you are and how others should patronize you and cater to you.  

OR… you can turn your problems into Opportunities to trust God! 

          You can make your “situations” a test track for the Word of God.  You can stand and sing and shout and refuse to accept defeat.  You can endure and count it all joy when you come into temptations and trials.  You can see every impossible situation as an op­portunity to defeat the devil.  You do not have to quit!

          OK… so you have decided not to quit.  You have decided not to compromise.  You have de­cided not to feel sorry for yourself.  You have decided to quit complaining and murmuring.  You have de­cided to turn your problems into Opportunities to trust God… NOW:  HOW do you do it?

          FIRST…. Understand that you are not the only believer facing a tough situation.  There are literally thousands of other saints who have not bowed their knee to Baal in the thick of the battle!  The very fact that you are tempted to quit is a good sign.  If you are not facing any resistance, it is obvious you are headed in the wrong direction.  No resistance means you are doing nothing for the Kingdom of God. 

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.    Ps. 34:19  

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.   1Cor. 10:13  

          SECOND... never expect your faith walk to be easy.  You have not chosen an easy way of life!  To live by the Word is the most disciplined life a man or woman can know.  All the forces of darkness are set in array against you… demon powers have zeroed in on you because you have become a threat to them. You should recognize that your “situation” is really a conformation that you are headed in the right direction.  So, begin to rejoice and be glad!


          THIRD... You should review your contract with God.  Look it over.  If you do, you will see that there is no provi­sion for quitting in it.  When you got saved, you made a Life Commitment to God with no strings attached.  There were no “what ifs” or “just in cases” or other conditional clauses in the Contract.  God did His part.  Jesus did His part.  The Holy Ghost did His part.  The Salvation Contract calls for you to do your part.  You are expected to ENDURE.  You are required to STAND and not WAVER.  You are bound by your Contract with God not to QUIT no matter what. 

… but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Matt. 10:22

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebr. 12:3  

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.   Eph. 6:13  

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  Ps. 91:1  

          FOURTH... Remember your victories in the past.  See how God delivered you from the “hand of the lion and the hand of the bear…”  That is what David did as he faced the uncircumcised heathen giant.  Remember and relive the many victories in your past Christian Life. 

          I can remember the numerous times God came to our rescue in situations when there seemed to be no way out.  In over a half century of preaching, teaching and pastoring, I can attest to the faithfulness of God and the power of His Word.  He provided deliverance in times of financial crisis, attacks of sicknesses and health difficulties, times when we had to totally trust Him for food and sustenance.  Every time… not just sometime, but every time, He was there and carried us through and gave us victory over the devil.  I can only praise Him now as I remember those wonderful times of confidence and trust, knowing that with God all things are possible and that in all seasons and situations He will never leave us nor forsake us.  

          We have endured dishonest building contractors and thieving con men.  We have maintained our honesty and refused to bow to criticism.  We have lived down lies and resisted the devil and watched him run.  We have held our head high we have bowed our knee to no man and we have refused to compromise our convictions.  And we won.  We are still winning.  The Word will always win.  And God will never fail.

          If you are considering quitting, stop right now and remember your past victories!

          FIFTH… You need to repent for even considering quitting.  It is a sin and an affront to your faith to even give any thought about giving up and going back. 

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2Pet. 2:20  

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.   2Pet. 2:21    

But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.  2Pet. 2:22  

          In fact, you do not have the RIGHT to quit.   You can­not legally cancel your commitment to God.  You are bound by your promise and the integrity of your word.  If you have quit, REPENT and come back.  If you are consid­ering quitting REPENT and stop considering it.  Quitters are apostates.  Quitters are backsliders.  Quitters are losers.  Quitters are cowards.   The Bible calls quitters those who “fall away.”

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  Lu 8:13 

          SIXTH… Rededicate your efforts to keep on keeping on.  Renew your mind so that you can think right in the middle of your tight situa­tion.  If you allow your situation to dictate how you think and how you feel you will surely fail and you will more than likely quit.  If you allow your mind to be re­newed by the Word of God you will think like God thinks and you will know that quitting is not an option.  

          Notice, God did not quit.  Jesus did not quit.  The Holy Ghost did not quit.  The Word did not quit.  Aren’t you glad they didn’t?  Why don’t you decide to be a non-con­formist?  Be a misfit in the declining culture of the world.  Don’t conform to the world and the world system.  Be a Word radical.  Determine to be different.  Don’t yield to the pressures and allow them to make you back down.  Resist all temptations to give in.  Make your boldest confession in the midst of your darkest trial. 

          You do not have to be like everybody else.  Trying to be like others in order to please men is foolish.  Say this with me right now:

“Jesus, forgive me for even considering quitting.  I repent of the sin of turning back and slowing down and backing down and giving up.  I vow this day to never quit!  I will stand and I will not yield to the pressures of satanic powers.  I decide today to keep on keeping on… no matter what.  I will not be moved.!  Hallelujah.” 

          Be as persistent as the three Hebrew Children:  “I will not bow I will not bend… go ahead and heat the furnace and throw us in… God will deliver us out of the fire and out of your hand, devil.!”  (See Daniel Chapter 3)

          Be as unwavering as David when he faced his giant with a sling and a stone and the assurance that God was with him…. (we all have our giants to face, don’t we?)  Remember… your “situations” are not defying you… they are defying the Lord God Who lives inside of you!

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 1Sam. 17:45  

This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  1Sam. 17:46  

And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands. 1Sam. 17:47  

 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2Chr. 20:15  

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isa. 54:17  

          AND  THEN…  Rejoice and praise God for the Victory even before it comes.  Know you “got it” before you “get it.”  Sing and shout.  Leap and dance.  Run and jump.  Rejoice and praise God right where you are before you see any signs of relief.  Get some banners and flags.  Paint some posters.  Hang out some ribbons.  Declare and advertise your victory before you get it.  Buy a billboard. Let the world know.  Shout it from the housetop! 

          Demonstrate to show God that you are committed to winning and overcoming.  You can never embarrass God with your faith.  (You may embarrass your friends and family, but not God!)  Persist.  Press through.  Stretch.  See your victory with the eyes of your spirit.  See it so real that you can shout about it.  Sincere, heart-felt praise al­ways precedes victory.  (2 Chron 20:20-21)… Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.   Jos 6:16


Posted October 26, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  October 26

God is with you.     What more can you ask?

 If God be for us, who can be against us?  Rom 8:31

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear…” Psa 118:6 

If God is with us what can we fear?  Is anything too hard for God?  Is any devil bigger than God?  Is any sickness impossible for God?  Is any financial situation too bad for God to fix?  Is any marriage out of range for God?  NO!  God is with you.  God will not leave you.  God will not forsake you.  God is in you and He is more than enough! 

No enemy can stand in your way.     No need to fear or be timid.  God says that no man (demon, devil, situation, circumstance, etc.) can stand before you (if they cannot stand, then they have to bow!)  all the days of your life.  How long?  All the days of your life! When you are young and when you are old.  When you are strong and when you are weak.  When you feel bad and when you feel good. 

Nothing and nobody can stand in your way.  When you are in pursuit of God and God’s will for you… nothing can stop you.  When you choose to live and refuse to die, when you choose Truth and refuse the lie… you connect with God and nothing can stand before you. 

Hell has to move over

Releasing Miracle Power

Posted October 25, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Do you know that the miracle power of God dwells in you if you are a born again believer?  Imagine… the Miracle Power of God!   You say, “Bro. Dick, if I’ve got it where is it?  I don’t see miracles in my life, and I sure don’t feel very powerful.”

What I want to share with you from the Word of God is how to get that miracle power operating in your home, in your business, in your prayer life, and in every nook and cranny of your total existence. 

The first step, the first key, to unlocking this miracle power is realizing that it is actually there. 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2Cor 5:17 

          This is the first step, the basis, the foundation;  this is where we begin as we realize and understand that we are new creations in Christ.  We are not natural, we are supernatural.  We are not carnal, we are spiritual. 

          Who is this “real you?”  What is this “real you” like?  What is this “real you” capable of?  When I look in the mirror, what  and who I see is not the real Dick Braswell.  Oh, the real Dick Braswell is something else!  No grey hair.  No wrinkled face.  Young.  Handsome.  Big muscles.  A Mighty Man!  Devils tremble when he walks into their presence.  He is a perfect man.  He looks like God.  He talks like God.  He acts like God and when he walks into the room the devil thinks that God has arrived.  That, friend, is the REAL ME.  The real me is not getting older, he is getting better.  The real me will never die.  The real me is the New Creation Man. 

Understanding this truth is absolute basic to releasing Miracle Power.  It is necessary for you to get this in your spirit.  You must know that the person that is really you is a New Creation in Christ; a new man who is made in the image of God.   A new man who is perfect and complete.  A new man with powerful forces inside that is literally straining to get out.  There are energies and powers inside of the New Creation Man that are just waiting to be released.  When these forces are released that are contained inside your spirit you become a Miracle Worker. 

The seed for the supernatural is inside of you right now.  The potential to produce the impossible is in you at this very moment!  It doesn’t matter how old you are or how young you are.  It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman.  Race, culture, personality, demeanor, or environment does not matter.  Miracle working power and God-authority resides in you today.

Let’s consider four forces that operate in the recreated human spirit.  They are zoe (the God-kind of life); dunamis (the ability or power of God); exousia (the authority of God); and the rhema (the revealed Word of God).  Here are Life, Power, Authority and Word and they are all inside of you right now.  When you  learn how to release these forces you are enabled to release Miracle Power. 

When you were born again, these forces were born inside of you.  And something else happened.  You came under the authority and operating principle of a New Law.  You instantly were placed under the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus and that Law nullified the Law of Sin and Death!

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  Rom 8:2

          Natural Man (carnal man) as well as the natural world, all is controlled by the Law of Sin and Death.  The NEW MAN (spiritual man… those who are born again) lives by the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.  However, no law is any good unless there is a power behind it that can enforce it.   You can talk about that law.  You can legislate that law.  You can enact that law and document it.  But if it does not have force and power behind it, it is no good; it’s not worth the paper it is written on.

The Law of Life

          Every society that succeeds must have laws that govern it.  However, those laws are ineffective and invalid if they are not enforced by some Authority and Power.  Laws are enforced by police, by state troopers, the national guard and other governing agencies that have been given authority and power to see that those laws are kept and honored.  And if those under that law are do not obey and comply, they will face certain unpleasant consequences. 

The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is enforced by the four powers that operate in the recreated human spirit:  Life, Power, Authority and the Word of God.  These forces activate the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.  

You are not helpless.  You are not weak.  You are not insecure. You are not alienated.  In fact, you are a Joint Heir with Christ.

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ…  Ro 8:17  

          God has bequeathed to you the ability to activate and release miracle working power.  He had given you the power to enforce the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ and to receive and enjoy victorious, successful Christian living.  When you activate and operate the forces within you will conquer every devil and overcome every obstacle.  You will be enabled to live under the control of the Law of Life.  You can resist sickness and disease.  You will overcome fear and discouragement.  You will win every battle and defeat every enemy.  You will experience Life as the head and not the tail, as above only and not beneath, as the strong and not the weak, as the well and not the sick, as the rich and not the poor, and as more that a conqueror in every circumstance and situation the devil may send your way.  You will be an Overcomer!  And the powers of darkness will fear and tremble in your presence!!

Decide to Change

          The first thing to do in order to release miracle power and Live by the Law of the Spirit of Life, is simply to decide to do something about your present situation.  If you are unhappy with where you are and what the devil has done to you, then decide right now to do something about it!

Everything you have ever done has been the result of a decision you made.  Decide to get mad at the devil and to put a stop to his tormenting tactics.  Tell him where to go and command him to leave you alone.  Vent your anger toward him because you know what he is trying to do.  He is determined to destroy you, steal from you and kill every dream you have.  Decide.  Do something.  Don’t sit where you are until you die.  (2Kings 7:3). 

If you don’t like what is happening to you, change it!  You are not a victim of your circumstances.  You are a victim of your own indecision.  Decide to get out from under the devil’s attacks.  Release those miracle forces that are inside you.  Decide to activate the power of the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus under which you are now living.  Decide to make miracles happen!

Wouldn’t it be great to not be sick?  Or not to suffer from depression and stress?  Or be plagued with worry and dread?  Or overcome by carnal habits and desires?  Then decide to do something about it!  You can and you should. 

Believe God’s Word

          Believe the Bible.  Doubt your doubts and question your questions but believe the Word of God.  Doubt your symptoms and doubt your feelings but believe the Word.  Doubt your reasoning and your assumptions; doubt everything you see and feel in the natural but never doubt the Word of God.  Heaven and earth will pass away and so will all the natural news media, but God’s Word will last forever.  God’s Word is true and changeless and  it  always will be.  Establish this fact in your heart and mind. 

Thank God for the Word!  Thank God for His love and grace!  Thank God for His promises!  As long as you fail to take the Word of God seriously and are satisfied to stay stuck where you are, you will not be able to release Miracle Power. 

However, when you really believe God will your whole heart… with everything that is deep inside you, when you believe it all the time, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year and all the years of your life; when you get up in the morning and declare:  “I believe the Word this morning, I’ll believe it at noon and in the evening; I’ll believe the Word tonight and every time and all the time…”  When you believe on that level, that’s when you are enabled to release Miracle Power!

Renew Your Mind

          So now, you have made a decision to do something.  And you are really believing the Word.   It’s time now to renew you mind.  You are going to move into the place where your mind thinks like the Bible.  You determine to think right.  When you think right, you will  think in line with the Word. The problem is you will more than likely have to reject about 95 percent of the stuff you have believed in the past.  Most of us have been conditioned to live by reasoning, intellect and facts. 

Human reasoning and natural facts will never change.  Intellect would have you believe that facts are right and that facts are real and unchangeable.  But if “it” (facts or assumptions, or previously learned stuff) is not in the Word and in agreement with the Word, it is a lie. 

I don’t (nor you either) have to believe anything that is a lie.  We can “cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.”  (2Cor  10:5)  I do not have to allow  anything in my mind that does not agree with God’s Word.  If a lie tries to get in, we can take authority over it and cast it down… refuse it.  We do not have to entertain information that disagrees with the Word.  A renewed mind (one that has been “washed” by the water of the Word) will discern what is the truth and what is a lie.  A mind that is saturated with Truth will detect any lie immediately.  A renewed mind is one that has been reprogrammed by God’s Word. 

          We will deter and prevent our mind from being renewed if we are ignorant of the Word of God.  A mind that is not renewed (“lack of knowledge”) will cause destruction and defeat.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…  Ho 4:6 

Refuse Compromise

          We all have many opportunities to compromise.   Compromise is interpreting the Word by your circumstances.  Compromise is judging the Word by the world.  The Truth is judging the world (and your circumstances) by the Word.  If your situation does not agree with the Word, you need to change your situation.  Refuse to accept any alternative to what the Word says or decrees.  If you do not understand what is happening or why it is happening, believe the Word.  Instead of questioning God, question your situation.  Analyze the problem, not the Word.  Speak to the problem instead of being upset with the result.  Change the problem by attacking it with the Truth.  Every lie must bow and give in to the Truth.

Stick with the Bible.  Never back down.  Refuse to compromise.  Resist the temptation to ease up or let up.  Keep the pressure on the devil.  When you use the Word as your weapon, you are guaranteed success and victory.  The battle is the Lord’s and the Victory is ours.  If your situation or circumstance does not agree with the Word, it is obvious that it is in agreement with the devil.   Since the Truth is the opposite of the lie… when Satan says we will die (a lie),  then we are certainly going to live (the Truth)

Cooperate With God

          Agree with God and God’s Word.  Search for and discover what God wants for you and then line up your wants with His Wants.

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdomLu 12:32 

          God wants to give us the Kingdom.  If He wants to give me the kingdom, then that’s what I want to get.  I’m going to line up my desires with God’s desires and so there will be two in agreement.  The Word promises that where there are two in agreement on earth as touching anything… It shall be done.

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. Mat 18:19 

I had much rather agree with God that with the devil,  hadn’t you?  I’d rather agree with God than with NBC or CNN or the newspaper, hadn’t you?  I had rather agree with God than agree with how I feel or what I see or what I think.  Therefore, I am going to cooperate with God and set my desires in line with Him and what He wants. 

Since He wants me to be well instead of sick, I want to be well, too.  And I’m going to be will because that is what God wants for me.  God wants all of my needs to be met.  Since He wants all my needs to be met, I want them met as well.  Therefore, all my needs will be met today according to His riches in glory  (Phil 4:19).  All my bills are paid.  All my debts are cancelled.  I have more than enough and lots left over.

I will walk in the high places of the earth and will always be the lender and not the borrower.  I know that the wealth of the sinner has been laid up for me and my seed (Prov 13:22).  I am cooperating with God and in total agreement with Him.  Hallelujah.

Frame the Word

          Frame Word in your heart.  In Hebrews, the Word says: “the worlds were framed by the Word of God.”   (Heb 11:3)  Also in Hebrews, the Bible declares:  “faith is the substance of things hoped for…” (Heb 11:1) 

Before God spoke the worlds into existence He had a mental picture or image what they would be like.  The “frame” of His faith was inside Him and He opened His mouth and spoke the Word by faith, the worlds were created.  He had “framed” that in His heart before He spoke it with His mouth. 

Hope is the “framework” that creates our “faith image” or picture of what we are believing for.  Frame the Word in your heart.  Picture yourself as you are pictured in the Word.  Do not see yourself as weak.  Or sick.  Or poor.  Or depressed.    Instead, see yourself as God sees you and as the Word says you are.  God’s does not see “an old sinner saved by Grace…”  He doesn’t see some poor saint crawling, hanging on by his fingernails, trying desperately to get to glory.  When He sees you, He sees Jesus!  You are in the process of being conformed into His exact Image and God sees the “finished product.”  You need to see yourself that way as well.  See yourself healed and not sick.  See yourself successful and out of debt.  See yourself living and not dying.  Frame God’s Word and what It says in your heart. 

Have you been believing for something for a long time?  I want you to frame that thing in your spirit right now.  I want you to see it with your faith eyes.  Faith has eyes.  We walk by faith and not by sight (2Cor 5:7).  Frame that picture of what God can make you.  Frame that picture of what you are believing for God to bring you into.  See that with your faith eyes as it is framed in your inner man. 

Carry your picture with you wherever you go.  The Word says that this is your hope of things not seen (in the natural) and this is the foundation for your faith.  Before long, what you see is what you will get!  Frame it.  See it.  And soon you will have it.

Say What God Says

          Don’t talk about your problem.  Don’t talk about your weakness.  Don’t talk about your symptoms.  Don’t talk about “how long it’s been.”  Don’t talk about what others are saying or what they have said.  Don’t talk about what happened twenty years ago when all hell broke loose.  Don’t talk negatively.  Don’t talk doubt.   Don’t talk pessimistically.  Instead, talk the Word.  Say what God says.  Control your tongue and speak the Word.

The Bible says the Word is “nigh” or near you and even in your mouth… (Rom10:8)  When your friends see you coming they ought to say,  “My Lord! Here comes the Bible.”  The only thing that distinguishes you from the Word is that you haven’t got black leather covers all around you. 

Don’t talk to God about your problems (He knows about them already), talk to your problems about God.  Don’t tell others how bad things are, tell the bad things how great God is.  What does the Word say about the situation?  That’s really all that matters anyway.  If something tries to come out of your mouth that’s not Word, slap yourself and tell yourself to shut up. 

          Words you speak will either generate life or bring about death.  Words are seeds.  What you say is what you sow  What you sow is what you grow.  What you grow is what you get.  What you get is either life or death. 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue…  Pr 18:21 

Resist All Else

          Actively resist anything and everything that is not in agreement with the Word of God.  If it contradicts or disagrees with the Word, cast it off.  If the devil comes in to unload his lies on you tell him, “No thank you, devil, you can’t deliver your lies here.  It does not belong to me because I am a New Creation in Christ.  Inside of me there resides the Life of God, the Power of God, the Authority of God and the Word of God.”

“I am living by the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.  You cannot unload your trash at my house and you can’t put it on my children or my finances.  Go on down the

road and find somebody who is not as smart as I am…”

Stay Mad at the Devil

          Get mad and stay mad at the devil.  Talk to him.  Command him.  Boss him around.  Sit him down and have a Bible study with him.  Make him do what you say.  Torment him like Jesus did (Mat 8:29).  Make him plead with you to leave him alone.  Yell at him.  Scream at him.  Shake the Bible in his face.  You are probably asking:  “What will the neighbors think?  How will they feel about this?”  Well, they are more than likely thinking it already.  That could be why the house near you is up for sale!  Just get mad at the devil.  Don’t be nice to him… he’s surely not nice to you or to anybody else. 

Jesus said that the works He did we would do also and even greater works (John 14:12).  When you confront demons they ought to react to you just like they did to Jesus.  You have the Life, the Power, the Authority and the Word of God to make the devil submit to you.


          Keep your heart filled with thanksgiving and praise at all times and in all situations.  Don’t give in to depression and  heaviness.  Don’t surrender to sadness and worry.  Above never fall into the trap of self-pity.  Don’t feel sorry for yourself.  Don’t gripe and complain.  Remember all fear and worry disgraces every promise of God.

If anybody has a right to shout and rejoice, you do.  You have no right to doubt and grumble and live in depression.  Praise God all the time.  Live in the atmosphere of joy and gladness.  Sing and dance.  Clap your hands and give honor and praise to God.  March and run and jump if you have to.  It doesn’t embarrass God if you get a little radical.  It will terrify the devil and all the demons he sends your way. 

You can release Miracle Power.  Miracle Power is right inside you and it’s inside you right now.  I challenge you to follow these simple instructions and begin to make miracles happen all around you, your family, your business, your finances, and your neighborhood. 

God has given you His Life, His Power, His Authority, and His Word.  He has deposited these life-changing forces inside of every believer.  Now, it is up to YOU to release this MIRACLE POWER and the time for you to begin releasing it is RIGHT NOW!!


Posted October 25, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  October 25

Be strong and courageous. 

Being strong is a decision you make.  You decide to be strong.  You decide to be weak.  You decide how you are going to be in life.  It is really up to you.  You do not wait to get strong… you “be strong!”  It is a choice and decision you make. 

God is saying to us:  Be strong.  Don’t be weak.  Strong in faith.  Strong in the stand you take.  Strong in the Word.  Strong in your calling.  Paul commands us to “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might…” 

You can be strong or you can be weak.  Strong is better!  Strong wards off hell.  Strong defeats the devil.  Strong believes the Truth.  Strong refuses the lie.  Strong never fears.  Strong stands!  

Courageous is Alert, Steadfast, Established, Prevailing, Obstinate…  It is to be “on foot” and alert.  It means to be awake and not asleep! It means to be ready!

Do you have the courage to do something about your situation?  Do you have the courage to challenge hell over your family?  Your marriage?  Your finances?  Your health?  How much courage do you have?  God commands us to be courageous.  Courage is the opposite of fear.  It is boldness and assertiveness.  It is refusing to stand still and watch the devil devour your possessions.  It means to launch an attack!  It means to be aggressive.  It means to be offensive.  It means to run into the battle!    

Do not look at the size of the enemy.

Look at the size of the prize 

The Revelation of the Purpose of God

Posted October 22, 2021 by dickbraswell
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          God has a purpose.  God has an ETERNAL PURPOSE.  Everything God does He does “on pur­pose” and “for a purpose.”  Nothing that God has ever done was done “by accident.”  God has a Plan and God has a Purpose.  We are in His unfolding Plan.  This earth is in His unfolding Plan.  The Church is in His unfolding Plan.  YOU are in His unfolding Plan. We need to understand and know that This Eternal Purpose of God WILL TAKE  PLACE.  

 No man can stop it.  No de­mon can stop it.  No nation can stop it.  No government can stop it.  The devil can’t stop it.  Hell cannot stop it.  It WILL HAPPEN.   We need to understand that God has an eternal purpose for us. When we discover exactly what that purpose is, and it be­comes a revelation to us, we will be able to Reign in Life.

          Paul writes concerning the Eternal Purpose of God in the Book of Ephesians.    God has never had but one purpose.  That purpose has been and still is an Eternal Purpose.  While most of the world is caught up in the tem­poral, the transient, the carnal and the nat­ural… God is looking at the Eternal, the Spiritual and the Su­pernatural.

 All Creation is anxiously awaiting the fulfillment of the Eternal Purpose of God.  Angels and spirit be­ings and heaven is anxiously awaiting the fulfill­ment of the Eternal Purpose of God. 

          I want to know what God’s purpose is for me.  I want you to know what God’s purpose is for you.  We were born for a purpose and we were brought into the Kingdom for a purpose.  We are alive today and we are here today for a purpose.  We  are in His church for a purpose.  We are where we are spiritually for a purpose. 

We will discover this truth if we will pay close attention to this teaching.  We will know it and we will rejoice in it because it is good.  It is better than we can imagine.  And when we discover God’s Purpose we can pur­pose to do the same thing.  This places us in agree­ment with God.  When we are in agreement with God we are au­tomatically in dis­agreement with the devil. 

When our purpose is the same as God’s purpose we have all the power of heaven working with us. When our purpose is the same as God’s purpose, we are hooked up to heaven and plugged into Miracle Power.  We are, in effect, walking with God.  When we walk with God we are in agree­ment with Him and when we are in agreement with Him we can “ask what we will and it shall be done unto us.”   John 15:7. 

When we are in agreement with God it keeps us in the place of authority and power and control.  It gives us strength to do what needs to be done.  This is ex­actly what Paul meant when he said:  “now unto Him who is able to do exceed­ing abundantly above all that we ask or think ac­cording to the power that worketh in us.”   (Eph  3:20.)  The “power that worketh in us” is the Power of Heaven that is re­leased when we walk in agreement with the Eternal Purpose of God.  When we do this, we are Reigning in Life.

          There are four areas we want to explore. We want to explore and discover (1) God’s Eternal Purpose for Man, (2) God’s Eternal Purpose for the Church, (3) God’s Eternal Purpose for the Earth and (4) God’s Eternal Purpose for Eternity. 

God’s Eternal Purpose for Man

          God’s heart has never changed.

His heart has al­ways been inclined toward man.  It is now and it always has been.  Man  was originally created in order for God to have a family.  God wanted companionship.  God wanted fellowship.  God wanted relationship.  God wanted a family so that He can love them and care for them. God wanted to have a family to love and to bless and to keep unto Himself.   God wants to have children that will re­cipro­cate His love.  God is Love, God loves and God wants to be loved. 

Do you realize that God made the heavens solely for the benefit of earth? Do you know that God made the earth solely for the benefit of man?  Can you believe that God created all ani­mal life and plant life solely for our benefit?  Everything and all things that God cre­ated by His power,  were and are created for the benefit of man.     And God made man for Himself.  

All of creation is designed to sustain human life.  Scientists are now be­ginning to recognize that the entire universe has been created and calibrated to support and sustain human life. The original Plan God had is still the same.  It is the Eternal Purpose of God for man.  Even though Satan en­tered and Adam sinned and death was brought into the earth, God has Eternally Purposed for Man to be His Own.  The Bible says that “God is not willing that any should perish  (lose, be defeated, be lost),  but that all should come to repentance…”  2 Peter 3:9.   

Now, how does man come into the family of God?  Man becomes a child of God only through the NEW BIRTH.  Therefore, we may conclude that God’s Eternal Purpose for man is FIRST that man might be Saved. 

God’s Eternal Purpose is for Every Man to be Born Again   

God wants the entire human race to be birthed into His family.  God purposes for man to be saved.   Potentially, the entire human race (both born and un­born) was redeemed from sin when Jesus died on the cross.  

What is in­volved in salvation?  God has a part and man has a part.  God’s part is called REGENERATION and man’s part is called REPENTANCE.  When we re­pent of our sin and believe in our heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and then when we openly and unashamedly confess our heart-be­lief, we are BORN AGAIN. 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Ro 10:9 

At the precise time of our New Birth, God impregnates us with His Life and we are given eternal life. God’s Life comes into us along with all of God’s Characteristics and we become the Sons of God.

But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the Sons of God… John 1:12. 

God’s Life comes into us, His Power comes into us, His Authority comes into us, His Love comes into us, His Faith comes into us, and His Very Nature comes into us.  We are instantly made “in the image” of God.  We  are conformed to the Image of Jesus Christ, God’s First-Begotten.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did pre­destinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Rom. 8:29   

God’s Eternal Purpose is that Every Man enjoy Divine Health 

God wants us healed.  God wants us well.  If we are sick, we are outside the will of God.  It is the purpose and intent of Almighty God that we get healed, stay healed and walk in Divine Health. 

Sickness is not the will of God.  God does not put sickness on any­body.  God does not use sickness to teach us a lesson. God never employs Satan’s tactics and methods to bring any of His Children “in line.”  Just as God purposes for us to be free from sin’s condemna­tion and guilt and judgment, He also purposes for us to be healed of all sicknesses, diseases and in­firmities.

          Listen to Isaiah 53: 5:  But He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniq­uities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed… 

This Eternal Purpose of God for us is restated in I Peter 2:24: Who His own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed…

God wants us well.  God has sent His Word to heal us and he has brought us where we are so that we might discover that His Divine Purpose for us and our seed is that we might be whole.

God’s Eternal Purpose is for all Believers to re­ceive the  Baptism in the Holy Ghost   

This never was intended to be an “option” for the Believer.  It was and is a command.

Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit…   Gal. 5:18.

          The first Believers were Baptized in the Holy Spirit. 

          The Early Church was Baptized in the Holy Spirit. 

          John the Baptist was Filled with the Holy Ghost in his mother’s womb. 

          The Spirit of God came down from heaven in the form of a dove and filled Jesus at His water Baptism. 

Paul was Baptized in the Holy Ghost when Ananias laid hands on him.  When Peter preached to the household of Cornelius the Word declares:

While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word, and they of the cir­cumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God…  Acts 10:44-46. 

          The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the Eternal Purpose of God for every Believer.  Any church or any denomination or any preacher or any teacher or any pas­tor who refuses or neglects to teach this truth is guilty of violating the ETERNAL PURPOSE of GOD. 

Every Believer needs the bap­tism.  It is essen­tial for effective Spiritual Warfare.  It is essential for tapping into Heaven’s power.  It is essen­tial for ef­fective praying.  It is essential for moving into the supernatural…. It is the Eternal Purpose of God for every Believer to be Baptized in the Holy Ghost.

It is the Eternal Purpose of God for Every Believer to be Free from Sin’s Control 

We need to know that God wants us to live free from sin’s do­minion.  It is His pur­pose for us to totally free from anything and all things that Satan designs against us.  The Bible declares that  sin shall not have do­minion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace…   Romans 6:14. 

We do not have to live under the control and dominion of the devil.  If he is manipulating us and our family and our marriage and our finances and our mind and emo­tions, we are missing the Eternal Purpose of God for us.  Jesus has defeated the devil once and for all and we do not have to sin. 

We do not have to live controlled by the devil or the devices of the devil.  Jesus came to set us free and He did. If we have gone back into bondage, I have good news…. we do not have to stay there. We can, with God’s help and by the promise of His Word, be FREE right now.  And we can stay free once we get free. 

God’s Eternal Purpose for us is for us to be free from sin’s control and do­minion…. If you are tired of being controlled and manipulated by the devil, you can decide to do something about it.  When you are ready to be free, God has given you the power and authority to get free.  It’s not up to God… it’s up to you!

It is the Eternal Purpose of God for us to Reign in Life 

That is what this book is about.  This means that God purposes for you and me to be in charge…. for us to live in and walk in suc­cess and prosperity.   It is God’s Purpose for every believer to ride in the high places of the earth.

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth…   Isa 58:14 

When we were born again, we were born into a Kingdom of success and power.  We have been given all the information (in the Word) we need to live in success and prosperity.  We have been challenged to move into the dimension of the Kingdom of God where we are the head and not the tail… above and not beneath… blessed and not cursed… strong and not weak…. well and not sick… glad and not sad…  rich and not poor… where we live the life of a Conqueror. 

God wants us taking back what Satan has stolen.  God wants us treading on the head of the serpent.  God wants us to kill our giant and move into our promised land. God pur­poses that we reign in life… no matter who we are, where we are, how old we are, how educated or uneducated we are…. it is written in the changeless and eternal Word that God has plans for our suc­cess and pros­perity. 

God wants to use us to finance Kingdom Work.  God wants to show­case us as the blessed because of our obedience.  It is the Eternal Purpose of God for every Believer to live in and en­joy heaven’s blessings on earth while they live and be­fore they die.   Do you want this?  Are you will­ing to line your life up with the Word of God? Will you walk in obedience to His commands? 

Can you and will you cru­cify your flesh and renew your mind and control your tongue?  Say YES.  Then DO IT.   And DO IT NOW. 

It is the Eternal Purpose of God that you and I take the Gospel of the Kingdom to the Nations of the earth  

The final command and commission Jesus gave the Church was the command to take the Gospel to the nations of the earth.  While we have been looking at communi­ties and cities and states with our vi­sion for evan­gelism… God looks at the Whole World… the Nations of the earth… the kindreds, and tongues, and peoples… the is­lands of the sea and the inhabitants of this planet. 

Some may grow weary of our con­tinual emphasis on missions.  It has been brought to my attention that a few feel that we might be top-heavy with our vision for Lost People in other lands and our commitment to go and teach and preach and plant churches in nations overseas.   I must re­mind you that when our mission vision dries up and our at­ten­tion is focused on us and ours and me and mine and this church only, we are violating the Eternal Purpose of God. 

If we want to live in Divine Providence and Protection and Favor, we must have the heart of God for the Nations of the earth.  God has raised us up to seed the Word into the World… this was spoken to my heart over fifty years ago when we were in the throes of conflict over the Baptism of the Holy Spirit…. God promised me that this church would one day touch the  world with the Word of God.  He promised me that He had set before us an “open door” and no man, move­ment, demon or devil would ever be able to close it. 

He has honored this Word to me and it is presently being ful­filled… we have not entered into the fullest measure of ful­fillment yet, but we are on the way.  Therefore, if you desire the continued blessings of God and Favor of God on you and us… then agree with His Eternal Purpose to take the Gospel to the Nations of the Earth.

It is the Eternal Purpose of God for you and I to pull  down the strongholds of the devil and take back what he has stolen 

In the past, you and I have been royally ripped off by the devil.  We have lived in igno­rance.  We have been poisoned by false teaching.  We have been blinded by reli­gion.  We have been lied to, spied on, deceived, tricked, ripped off and almost ruined by the powers of darkness.  We did not know any better.  We thought what was hap­pening to us was the “will of God”… We did not under­stand spiritual warfare and we did not know about the authority of every believer.  But we know now.  Thank God!   

We are prepared and we are equipped.  We are strong and we are mad.  We are ready to rumble.  It is time to attack.  The devil has thumbed his nose at us, he has taunted us and teased us,  he has invaded sa­cred territory and, with great belligerence, ridiculed the church, the Bible, Believers and the Holy Ghost. 

I say Satan has gravely miscalculated and is now about to be put in his place by a Company of Believers who have had enough.  Enough is enough.  It is time to stop standing still… it is time to attack.  Let’s charge into Satan’s territory and take back what he has illegally taken from you and from me and from the Church.  It is the Eternal Purpose of God for the Church to give the devil hell.  The command to attack has been given and it is a com­mand that will not be ig­nored and must not be dis­obeyed.  


Posted October 22, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  October 22

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh… Gal 5:16.

Right living is a decision.  People choose the way they live.  They can determine what they do, what they say and what they yield to.  The devil has no power to make anyone sin.  Sin and sinful living are the results of decisions and choices that are made.

No temptation is irresistible.  No trial is too much or too great or without a way of escape for the Believer. (1Cor 10:13)  The bottom line is the quality of life you are now living is the direct result of decisions you have made.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace…     Rom 8:5-6

In this hour of compromise and moral failure, decide to live right.  Decide to resist the wrong and embrace that which is good, honorable and right.

It takes no courage to get drunk or smoke dope or pop pills or shoot up.  It takes no talent to be mean, ugly and violent.  But it takes old fashioned backbone and intestinal fortitude to resist the temptations of the flesh and to stand for God and what’s right.

If you want to live and not die… choose to live and choose to live right.   Walk in holiness, purity, honor and integrity.  Determine to present your body to God as a living sacrifice.  (Rom 212:1)   Refuse to hang out with so those who tempt you and lure you do stuff you know is not in the will of God.

Walk in the Spirit.

And you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh

The Revelation of the Gospel (part 2)

Posted October 21, 2021 by dickbraswell
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4. His Earthly Ministry   

Jesus’ 33 years of life on earth are part of the Gospel.  The fact that He was born of a virgin, grew up in the home of a carpenter, physically matured into a man and developed an earthly ministry that changed the world is a part of the Gospel. 

He was a real man.  He was a courageous man.  He was a compassionate man.  He dared to challenge a flawed political world, a sinful culture and or­ganized religion.  He revealed the true and real nature of His Heavenly Father.  He was tempted in all the ways we are tempted yet He never sinned.  He could have sinned but He did not.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmi­ties; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb. 4:15   

          This is part of the Gospel.

5.  His Substitutionary Death by Crucifixion.

And being found in fashion as a man, he hum­bled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Phil. 2:8  

 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Col. 1:20   

Blotting out the handwriting of ordi­nances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Col. 2:14   

          The Cross is central to the Gospel.   The Cross of Calvary is Center Stage for all creation and the entire human race.  What happened there is the pivotal point of all history and the foundation for all eternity.  The Cross is more than the death of Jesus at the hands of His enemies.  The Cross is more than the suffer­ing and the horror of such inhuman­ity and torture.

          The Cross involves God.

          The Cross involves Jesus.

          The Cross involves man.

          The Cross involves Satan. 

          At the Cross Jesus became what man is in order that man might become what Jesus is.  What a deal!   

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righ­teousness of God in him. 2Cor. 5:21    

          The 22nd Psalm gives us a picture of the physical suffering of Jesus.  This was written ap­proximately a thousand years before Calvary.  Jesus actually quoted portions of this Psalm as He hung on the Cross. 

Psalm 22:

1  My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

2  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

3  But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

4  Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.

5  They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

6  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

7  All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

8  He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

9  But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

10  I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

11 ¶  Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

12  Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

13  They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

14  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

15  My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

16  For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

17  I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

18  They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

19  But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

20  Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.

21  Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

          Isaiah 53 gives us a picture of the Spiritual Suffering of Jesus. 

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sor­rows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isa. 53:3   

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and car­ried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isa. 53:4  

But he was wounded for our transgres­sions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chas­tisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isa. 53:5  

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa. 53:6  

          “Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise Him and to make Him sick.  He was filled with grief and sick­ness…”  (Isa. 53:10)  Another translation reads:  “He was covered with disease as from a plague…”  There is no escaping the fact that sin and disease are one.   They have a common origin.   But they have two different ways of manifesting themselves, one in the physical body the other in the spiritual.  

On the Cross, His Spirit became totally impregnated with the sin nature of the world and He sank to the low­est depths of Hell according to the 88th Psalm.  “Him who knew no sin, God made to become sin…”   

          The Crucifixion is part of the Gospel.

6.  The three days and three nights He spent  in hell are part of the Gospel.

 Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? Eph. 4:9    

He that descended is the same also that as­cended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) Eph. 4:10  

          However, the Work of Redemption was not com­pleted at the Cross.  The Cross is a vital and strategic part of Total Redemption, but there is more.   Colossians 2:15 gives a description of a battle that took place in Hell before Jesus rose from the dead. 

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumph­ing over them in it. Col. 2:15  

          Luke says that Jesus went into the strong man’s house and bound him.  Jesus, by His victory over Death, Hell and the Grave, became Satan’s Master.  According to the Word He spoiled princi­palities and powers and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it… (Col 2:15).  “He put to naught the hosts of darkness…”  He par­alyzed their death dealing power. 

When He met John, Jesus said:  “I am he that was dead and be­hold, I am alive forever more, and I have the keys of death and of Hell…”     Jesus conquered Satan and stripped him of his authority and power.  However, Jesus did not conquer Satan for Himself… He con­quered Satan for you and me. It is as though we personally met Satan and con­quered him and stripped him of his authority and stood as master over him.   Think about that. 

          During the three days and nights His body was in the tomb, Jesus not only descended into hell and disarmed and defeated the devil, He also as­cended into Heaven to make a deposit of His Blood on the Heavenly Altar.

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. John 20:17   

          This is a part of the Gospel.

7.  His Resurrection and Ascension is a part of the Gospel.  

          Redemption was not fully completed until Jesus arose from the dead and carried His Blood into the Heavenly Holy of Holies, and sprinkled It upon the Mercy Seat (John 20:17). This accomplished Heaven’s Greatest Miracle. 

At this precise point in time, ev­eryone (the entire human race) had Righteousness set to their account.  This gave us (the entire human race) a Legal Right to Eternal Life in the Family of God.  However, this Righteousness does not and will not become appropriated until the individual concerned personally accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.   Eternal Life was put in the bank for ev­ery man and Jesus filled out the check and signed it with His Blood. But each person must individually cash the check.  This is done by and through accepting Jesus personally as Lord and Master.

  • His 40-day Post-resurrection ministry is a part of the Gospel. 

          He was “seen alive” by more than five hun­dred people on one occasion after He arose from the grave. 

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins ac­cording to the scriptures; 1Cor. 15:3  

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1Cor. 15:4  

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 1Cor. 15:5   

After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 1Cor. 15:6   

After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 1Cor. 15:7   

And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 1Cor. 15:8   

          Jesus ministry during the forty days after His Resurrection is a part of the Gospel… right up until the time He was “taken up” from earth into heaven.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. Acts 1:9  

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Acts 1:10  

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:11  8. His Present-Day Ministry is a part of the Gospel.        

According to the scriptures He “ever liveth to make inter­cession” for those who come to Him in faith.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb. 7:25  

          Jesus is presently fulfilling His ministry as High Priest in heaven.  He represents

the believer before God the Father and officiates as our High Priest.

Now of the things which we have spo­ken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heav­ens; Heb. 8:1  

8. His Future Ministry is a part of the Gospel.

          Jesus IS coming again.  He will return in the clouds to meet the redeemed (both living and dead) in the air.  This is called the Rapture of the Church.   And this is the very next prophetic event to take place.  There are many scriptures that verify this:

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3  

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 1Ths. 4:16   

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1Ths. 4:17  

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:11  

          Jesus will lead the armies of heaven in the end-time Battle of Armageddon which will over­come the powers of darkness, defeat the devil and establish the Millennial Reign of Christ. 

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. Rev. 14:14   

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. Rev. 14:15   

And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. Rev. 14:16  

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. Rev. 14:17   

And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. Rev. 14:18  

And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Rev. 14:19   

And the winepress was trodden with­out the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thou­sand and six hundred furlongs. Rev. 14:20   

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old ser­pent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, Rev. 20:2  

And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thou­sand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. Rev. 20:3  

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Rev. 20:4   

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resur­rection. Rev. 20:5  

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Rev. 20:6   

          Following the Millennial Reign of Jesus, and the ul­timate defeat of Satan, God will permanently establish His Headquarters on earth in the New Jerusalem.  From there Jesus will rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords throughout eternity.

Revelation chapter 21:

1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

 The future ministry of Jesus is a part of the Gospel.

          The sum total of the redeeming work that God wrought through Jesus Christ in behalf of man and cre­ation… past, present and future is the GOSPEL. 

This Gospel is THE POWER OF GOD to those who believe.


Posted October 21, 2021 by dickbraswell
Categories: Uncategorized

Word for Today:  October 21

The Power of death and the Power of life is in your tongue.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue… Prov 18

It matters how you talk.  Choose to “speak the Word only” and speak only what the Word declares.    Confess what God says and not what you feel or how you feel or what others think.

  • Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth… Pro 6:2
  • The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life… Pro 10:11
  • A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth… Pro 12:14
  • A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth…. he that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life… Pro 13:3
  • A wholesome tongue is a tree of life… Pro 15:4
  • A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth… Pro 15:23
  • A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. Pro 18:7
  • A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue…  Pro 18:20-21.

Words kill or words give life.  Words bring success or words cause failure.  Words initiate healing.  Words make things start or cause things to stop.  Words are carriers.  They bring in and they carry out.

What you say is important.  Your words will imprison you or set you free.

What you say is what you get

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