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Prayer, It’s How we Fight!

Our Golden Nugget is found in:

Ephesians 6:12, 18 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

18) “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Perseverance: Not giving up even in your hardest moment or struggle.

Supplication: The action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly

*Read Ephesians 6:10-18

Everything is in the Spiritual realm. That is why we always need to be in prayer. When people don’t treat us right, or when we are battling sickness, financial problems, physical problems, or anything we need to be praying and fighting the spiritual war and not the physical war.

We always pray and use the name of Jesus. If we are not praying and using the name of Jesus, our prayers are not effective. There is power just in Jesus’ Name!

When someone is coming against us, we don’t fight it in the physical realm with nasty words or actions, we go home and pray and God does the fighting for us. He will change everything around.

The devil is always out there to try to destroy us in any way he can. He will use your friends, family, and strangers to try and get you down. If we are constant in prayer, God is doing the fighting. That is why is says, we do not war against flesh and blood.

If you have been sick, fight it off with prayer. Speak God’s Word and He will do the rest. Don’t wait until the sickness gets to its worst point before going to prayer. The first moment you don’t feel 100% start fighting with prayer. You don’t have to wait for yourself to feel sick either. There are verses in the Bible on how to stay healthy. Here are a couple from Proverbs that I like:

 

 

Proverbs 4:20-22

“My son attend to my words: incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”

When it is talking about “my words” I believe it is talking about the Bible and everything in it. God’s Word is life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh. In order to find God’s Word, you have to open it up and read it!

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant Words are as an honey comb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

What kind of words are coming out of your mouth? If we are always speaking pleasant Words, it is health to us.

Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

If we are putting our trust in the Lord and letting Him direct our paths. It says to acknowledge the Lord, be not wise in our own eyes, fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Doing that will be health unto us and marrow to thy bones.

 

Is your family in need of more money to pay bills, put food on the table, or something you need or even want, go to God in prayer. He will take care of everything.

Deuteronomy chapter 28 is a big chapter, but the first 14 verses tell us of the blessings of God. I would, encourage you to read the whole chapter so you get the full idea of what the devil likes to bring upon people. If we are walking with the Lord none of those curses can come on us.

This is why we have to fight the devil and everything he tries to do with prayer. We can’t physically punch him in the mouth or kick his head off, but we do that with prayer. Every time we speak God’s Word against a situation it is taking the devils own dart that he tried to throw at us and it turns around and stabs right into him.

We need to get serious about praying and speaking God’s Word in our lives and for the lives of others. We need to get to the place where we are tearing the devil and his whole kingdom apart!

Prayer isn’t just a “Thank you God for this food”. It is way more than that. Most of the time that is the only thing people know how to pray about. If they really learn how to pray, they would constantly be in prayer and the devil’s kingdom would be run down.

Don’t let the devil get a little crack in the door, shut that door at the very first sight of an opening. Better yet, keep the door closed to the devil and lock it tight.  He will always come with something. He has his army telling them what to do and they go and do it, but the moment they hear “in Jesus Name” they can’t do what they were sent out to do but have to return to who sent them.

We are not helpless as most feel like they are. They just do not realize how much power and authority God has given them to use.  He has given us all power and authority over the devil and his kingdom in Jesus Name! So Use it!

Prayer, It’s How We Fight!

 

 

What is Your Duty? (Call of Duty)

We are starting with this Golden Nugget:

Hebrews 6:10-15 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love which ye have shown toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints and do minister.

And we desire that everyone of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

That ye be not slothful but followers of them through faith and patience inherit the promises.

For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

Saying, ‘Surley blessing, I will bless thee and multiplying I will multiply thee.’

And so after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

These verses tell us that we need to be diligent in the Duty that God has given to us. We are not to be slothful but to keep on going until our Duty is done. We need to be patient like Abraham was.

Slothful means: Lazy, idle, inactive, doing nothing

We want to be able to obtain the promises that God has promised us. He gives us promises in the Bible that are for everyone, and personal promises.

Here is everyone’s “Duty”

Mark 16:15-18 “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues, They will take up sepents and if they drink anything deadly it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.’”

You see, we are all called to preach the gospel (basically tell those we see either stranger or not about Jesus and what He has done for us, for them and lead them to salvation). It says to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.

John 15:16-17 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever you ask the Father in My Name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.”

No matter what we want to say or think, God has chosen us! We all have a job to do. Even as children you have a job to do.  Others may have a particular job to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher but they are all doing the same thing and that is preaching the gospel.

Mathew 28:16-20 “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. God therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’”

We are to be followers of Christ and make followers of Christ. He will be with us every step of the way. All the way to the end. Jesus will always be faithful to the end (Rapture) and we need to be faithful until the end.

All the commands that are in the Bible, we are to do also. That is why I say the Bible is our guide book. It shows us what we need to be doing and how we need to do it. Without the Bible, we wouldn’t really know what our “Duty” is.

Revelations 2:10 “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

There might be times when we are put in a situation where we will be asked the question, “Do you believe in Jesus Christ?” and we will want to answer yes, even if it means to die. When we are faithful, Jesus will give us a crown of life. Just because you might hear that you will die if you answer yes, doesn’t mean you will actually die. Most people get scared like Peter and deny Jesus. Then they are miserable and live with the guilt that they didn’t love Jesus enough to say they were His. (Give examples of Shadrack, Meshac, and Abednego)

 

Time to Take Out the Trash!

The Golden Nugget is:

1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child I spake like a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man I put away childish things.”

What would happen if you never took out the trash in your house for a whole year? It would be terrible! It would stink, overflow from the trash can to the floor and all over. There would be no floor, to walk on because you would be walking on top of trash!

There would be a lot of different bugs, maggots, flies, and who knows what else would be hiding in the trash.

When you take out the trash, you take out all the old, nasty, smelly, broken things, and all the things you no longer need.

It is the same with your mind, soul, and body! Like 1 Corinthians says, we need to put away childish things. We need to let go of old habits and things that are not good for us and let God continue to do His work in us all the time so we can mature.

We are growing up physically and spiritually and every year we are getting older, smarter, and growing bigger.

Physically, we don’t wear the same clothes we did when we were toddlers, because they wouldn’t fit.

We don’t talk the same as we were when we were a baby.

You don’t act the same as when you were baby.

Why is that, because you have put away those childish ways. You cleaned up and threw away the trash!

As you are growing up and maturing, you learn more things that are right and wrong. What to say and what not to say.

The more you get in to God’s Word, the more he will clean you spiritually and keep the trash out of your life. He will throw out the things that are not good and fill it with His things.

If we are letting God clean out what is not needed, and fill it with his things: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience (Long - suffering), Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance, Self Control, etc. it isn’t so difficult. The change will happen automatically when you are diligent in getting in getting into the Word of God and letting Him do the work.

How do we do that?

Colossians 3:1-2, 8-10 12-17

“If ye be then risen with Christ seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

But now ye also put off all these: anger wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Lie not one to another seeing ye have put off the old man with his deeds.

And have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.

Put on therefore as the elect of God holy and beloved bowels of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.

Forbearing one another and forgiving one another if any man have a quarrel against any even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

And above all these things put on charity which is the bond of perfectness.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts to the which also ye are called in one body and be ye thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

These verses tell us what to throw out in the dumpster: Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication (Language), lying, and other things.

Those things are garbage! You only want to keep the treasures: holy and beloved bowels of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another, forgiving one another.

Romans 12:1-2, 9-12, 14-21, Ephesians 4:23

So remember, keep out the trash and keep in the treasures of God’s Word! Take Out the Trash! Keep the Treasure!

 

We have a Spirit-man Transplant!

The Golden nuggets are going to be: 1 Corinthians 3:16, 23, 6:17, 19, 20;

1 John 3:24, John 14:17, Romans 8:11, (Read 1 Corinthians 2:6-16)

1 Corinthians 2:12, 16 “Now we have received not the spirit of the world but the spirit which is of God that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

For who hath known the mind of the Lord that we may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

23) And ye are Christ’s and Christ is God’s”

6:17, 19-20 “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you which ye have of God and ye are not your own.

For ye are bought with a price therefore Glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s”

1 John 3:24 “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

John 14:17 “Even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him but ye know him for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you.”

Romans 8:11, 14-17 “But if the Spirit of him that raised of Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry Abba Father.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God, and joint-heirs with Christ if so be that we suffer with him that we may be also glorified together.”

We are one with God! God’s Spirit is in us! The same Spirit that was in Jesus is in us! God’s Spirit has been transplanted into us! It is no longer us but God! We have a Spirit-man Transplant!

When we get filled with the Holy Spirit, God places His Spirit inside of us and that is how we get to know the things of God. We can’t know the mind of the Lord unless we are filled with the Spirit! He tells us things by His Spirit!

It is like when you have a best friend and you get so close to that friend that you share secrets with each other. God wants to be able to share his secrets with us, and the only way for him to do that is by His Spirit. If we do not have His Spirit we can’t know his secrets.

When we get God’s Spirit, we become a part of Him. We are his children, the temple He dwells in, and we are his joint heir! Everything he has belongs to us. Only God doesn’t die in order to give it to us, it is ours now! God shares everything he has with us. He does not hide anything from us but reveals it to us through his spirit.

For me, it is like being married. Me and my husband may have 2 individual bodies, but we are always connected. Sometimes we joke to each other and say, “You stole my brain waves!” When we say the same thing or one of us says it before the other. If one of us isn’t happy we sense it and don’t have to wait for them to tell us. We are one, just like God is one with us when we have his spirit in us.

That is how it is with the Holy Spirit. It is God’s Spirit in us and the more we read the Bible, the more the Spirit can show us things, the more we get close, the more we will be walking and talking and thinking like God does. That is how we have the mind of Christ, and we cannot know the things of God unless we have His Spirit. We can’t do the things of God unless we have His Spirit in us. The moment we are filled with the Holy Spirit, God transplants His Spirit into us! We have a spirit-man transplant!

 

 

Faith – What you cannot See!

The Golden Nuggets  are:

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that you receive them and ye shall have them.”

Hebrews 11:1 “Now Faith is the substance of thins hoped for the evidence of things not seen.””

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him for he that cometh to God must believe that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

(read Jesus and the Fig Tree Matthew 21:18-22, Mark 11:12-14, 20, 21)

In the story of Jesus and the “Fig Tree”, Jesus  knew when he did that it was done, even though you couldn’t see it. That is Faith, what you cannot see! The disciples didn’t have faith because when they came the next day they were surprised to see it was withered away from the roots! If they would have been able to see the roots they wouldn’t have need of their faith.

Faith - what you cannot see!

If you keep that fig tree in mind, it will help you to use your faith. What part of the plant do you see? You see the leaves, Branches, vines, flowers, and the fruit. What part of the plant don’t you see? The Roots! That is how faith works! It goes to the roots of what you are believing for.

Here are two examples:

1.    Zane was experiencing a problem with rashes. He had a rash behind his knees and pert of a rash under his arms. We prayed for him and cursed the rash at the roots in Jesus Name! It was about a week that went by. In that week, did it look better after the first day or two? Not really. Did it feel better? Not really. But by faith it was already dried up and gone. By the end of the week it was physically better and you could see the results, and the effects of it all dried up. No longer needed faith because we could see the results. Before we used our faith in knowing that he was already healed.

2.    On the money end, believing for extra money, Me and my husband have been thanking God for extra money to come in to have for Christmas gifts, car maintenance, and other extra things we would need to pay for.

One day, God impressed on Randy to pray for our finances in a certain way. To bind up Satan and his demons from holding back and squeezing our finances and any money had to be released in Jesus Name! We were not only praying for ourselves but for the church and God’s people.

That same minute we finished praying, God caused it to rain an good heavy rain right over the property showing us He is raining his blessings down on us and His people. A couple days went by and by faith we knew God was taking care of our situation from the moment we prayed. On the fourth day after we prayed we received a check in the mail for $1,000! The check was dated on September 26, 2017. It was September 26, 2018 when we got the check! The money had been held up for a year! My husband’s step-mother had it the whole time and we never knew it! The devil was using her to hold on to it. She never once told us she had it! It was from his Grandma and Grandpa Johns who have passed away. Sometimes people don’t even realize they are being used by Satan. By faith we had that money we couldn’t see it but it was there! When we got it, we didn’t need to use faith any more to know we had it.

Faith – what you cannot see!

We need to have faith to believe God exists until the one day we meet him face to face in heaven! If we didn’t have faith and believe in God, then we would have nothing. When we pray, nothing would happen. It would be a plea in open air. Since we have faith in knowing that God is true, we can pray and know he is doing something about the things we have prayed for.

So use your faith for things you have prayed and asked God for until it is able to be seen!

AMP Philippians 4:6 “Do not fret or have anxiety about anything but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition (definite request) with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God.”

By faith we have what we asked God for and we continue to Thank the Lord for what we ask for (Faith) until we have it! (No longer need faith) Keep believing by faith! You have it!

Jesus is your Immunity Shot!

The Golden Nugget is found in John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

Provers 4:20-22, Psalm 91:10

“My Son attend to my words, incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Let them not depart form thine eyes, keep them in the midst of thine heart,

For they are life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh.”

These verses are saying that we need to keep God’s Word in front of us and listen to what they say. It says God’s Word is life unto those that find it and health to all of their flesh. Your whole body is healed! Your whole family is healed because they are your Flesh and blood!

Psalm 91:10 “There shall no evil befall thee neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

When sickness is trying to go around, this verse says that no evil can befall us and no plague can come close to us or our dwelling. I don’t care of your whole family got sick with the same thing, if you are standing on God’s Word and speaking it concerning what is going on you won’t experience those things.

Jeremiah 33:6 “Behold I will bring it health and cure and I will cure them and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.”

Jeremiah 30:17 “For I will restore health unto thee and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord…”

If you or someone you know has been sick and can’t seem to get over it, start standing on God’s Word! The Lord will bring you health and a cure and bring you an abundance of peace and truth knowing He has taken care of you. God will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds. So it goes even further than just being sick. If you have a wound of some sort, God will heal your wounds too.

Isaiah 58:8 “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning and thine health shall spring forth speedily and thy righteousness shall go before thee, the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.”

This verse says just as quickly as the sun shines for the morning our healing will spring forth speedily. Quickly! Not slowly!

(1 Peter 2:22-24 Read)  24 “Who his own self bare our sins and his own body on the tree that we being dead to sin should live unto righteousness by whose stripes ye were healed!”

Jesus has already taken away ever sickness and disease from us when he took all the beatings when he was being put to death on the cross. We just have to believe it and know it!

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded four our transgressions he was bruised for our iniquities the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed.”

Jesus is our immunity shot! He already paid the price for it! He took all the pain for it, so we could live in perfect health! From Old Testament to the New Testament it talks about health and healing and being healed. That is why God’s Word is Life unto us that find it and health to all our flesh! And your flesh is not just your own body but also for you family! Your Flesh and blood! So Remember, Jesus is the best immunization shot you could ever get and it doesn’t hurt and no needles involved. Is all you have to do is speak the Word!

 

 

Jesus is the Ticket!

The Golden Nugget is John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”

Read John 14:1-14

John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth (Jesus) and the truth shall make you free.”

John 11:25, 26 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life he that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

Jesus is the only way to heaven and He has already paid the price for our way!

Jesus is the truth! He will set you free!

Jesus is the Life! He rose from the dead to prove He is life. He gives us the everlasting life!

(John 11:17-27, 32-44) Lazarus

Not only did He give us eternal life, but physical life. Lazarus was dead 4 days and Jesus gave him life.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave is only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

It is important to choose Jesus! He is the only way, the only truth, and the only life!

It is more than just asking Jesus into your heart, but continuing to live for Him. When you do something wrong, make sure to make it right with God by asking for forgiveness. Jesus loves you! He is always forgiving and never holds a grudge!

Sing song, John 3:16, read lyrics from Jesus is the Ticket to Heaven.

 

Easter Sunday!

 

Today, we are going to talk to you about Easter and why we have Easter.

Most people have what we call, Easter Dinner. We make a special meal just for Easter and have family that get together.

Jesus had his Easter dinner with his disciples before he died on the cross for us. He told Peter and John to “Go and prepare us (Jesus and all his disciples) the Passover that we may eat.” Luke 22:15 says,” And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” He also knew he was going to be betrayed and who it was. He said, “And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, one of you which eateth with me shall betray me.” (Mark 14:18)

All of the disciples were wondering who it was, but Jesus knew!

Jesus knew this would be his last time eating with his disciples. He knew he was going to go through a lot of suffering. After dinner Jesus and his disciples went to the mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He had asked his disciples to pray with him for 1 hour.

While Jesus was praying, he was in great agony (distress, anguish, suffering) Luke 22:44 says, “And being in agony he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” When Jesus had gotten up from praying, he saw his disciples sleeping! He only asked that they would pray with him for 1 Hour. Jesus went back to praying, and this happened 3 times. 3 times he went to pray and 3 times he found his disciples sleeping.

Now the time came where he knew Judas was going to give him that kiss of betrayal. He knew that when Judas was coming, he wasn’t alone. “Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.” (John 18:3) “And while he (Jesus) yet spake (with his disciples) behold a multitude and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:47, 48

After Jesus got arrested, he was beaten, scourged, had a crown of thorns pounded on his head, people blindfolded him and spit on him and hit them with their hands and clubs, he was whipped till he could barely stand. Then he had to drag his cross to Mount Calvary only he was so beat up he couldn’t carry the cross without help. A man named Simon of Cyrene helped him. When they got to Mount Calvary, there they nailed Jesus to the cross and before he died he said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34) Jesus said he was thirsty and they had put a sponge in vinegar and put it up to him to his mouth and “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said “It is finished” and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost (he died).” (John19:20)

Now we get to the good part! All the things Jesus had to suffer was for us! The best part is yet to come because Jesus didn’t stay dead and that is why we celebrate Easter! Mark 16:2, 4 “And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James) came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.

 (Matthew 28:2-4) And behold there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the keepers did shake and became as dead men.

4) And when they looked they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.” 28:5-7 “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not for I know that ye seek Jesus which was crucified. He is not here for He is risen as he said, come see the place where the Lord lay and go quickly and tell His disciples that he is risen from the dead and behold he goeth before you into Galilee there shall ye see him lo, I have told you.”

So See? Jesus didn’t stay dead, but he came back to life! He is risen! That is why we celebrate Easter! Jesus is alive not dead! If Jesus stayed dead, we wouldn’t be promised eternal life. He rose from the dead to give us life and hope and a future! If Jesus stayed dead, we wouldn’t have hope, nothing to look forward to. Jesus conquered death and the grave!

 

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 31)

Don’t Take the Bait!

The Golden Nugget is: James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you!

10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.”

Read James 1:12-17

Satan likes to be a fisherman. He thinks he is good at it and seems to have an endless amount of bait. It is time to stop taking the bait!

We have talked about resisting the devil, but this is a whole new level!

What bait is satan throwing at you? Anger, hurt, frustration, video games, TV, guilt, swear words, bad attitudes, stealing, gossip, skipping church, lying, getting even, spending money, being mean, picking on someone, putting other things before God, arguing, etc.…

1 Corinthians 10:13 “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.”

God always makes a way to escape temptation!

We don’t have to take satan’s bait of temptation. Even if for some reason we do take the bait that doesn’t mean we are done for.

Have you ever been fishing and you start reeling in that fish and something happens that the fish gets away? Why? Because the fish realizes he bit on to something that he shouldn’t have and he is fighting like mad to get free. Sometimes the line snaps, the hook rips through its mouth, or your pole breaks!

Once we realize we have fallen into temptation we can still get out. That is why it says that God is faithful and will make a way of escape for you. His way is forgiveness! We ask God for help and we ask Him for forgiveness. After we ask for forgiveness we sometimes still have to fight like mad to stay out of that temptation! God is always there to help us. He will help us to resist the devil. We need to be smarter than the fish! A fish keeps going back to the bait because it is something he likes. You would think that after the first time of getting a hook in him he would not come back. The same fish can come back 10 times just because he hasn’t learned and is still taking the bait. The devil thinks it is funny when people keep taking his bait, but we have to turn the tables and laugh at him and make him look like he is a fool for trying.  He likes to sit there and laugh and say, “Watch this, he keeps taking the same bait over and over!” We need to be the ones that say, look the devil is trying to bait me, and he can’t do it ha ha ha!

1Peter 5:8 “Be sober be vigilant because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour.”

That is why satan goes around looking and seeking for the ones he may devour because not every takes the bait! Or they have learned to refuse it!

9) Whom (the devil) resist (the one we don’t listen to) but be steadfast in the faith knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your breather that are in the world,

10) But the God of all grace who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus after that ye suffered make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle you.

11) To Him be the glory and dominion for ever and ever Amen!”

Jesus went through it all for us when he died on the cross. It says we have all had the same afflictions in the world. Not one of us has a special affliction or have been tempted different than others. God will strengthen you, settle you, and make you perfect by his grace.

This is why we need to understand not to take the bait and make sure to give God all the glory because he made a way out with every piece of bait the devil has to offer!

So…”Don’t Take the Bait!” Help others by telling them not to take the bait. When you see someone getting ready to “Take the Bait” tell them! Say, “Don’t take the Bait! Resist the devil” Even little Jubilee goes around and says, God says don’t take the bait!”

Ever since God gave this to me, I have used it a lot in my own life and helping others. I say, “Not Devil! I am not taking your bait so get out of here in Jesus Name! I refuse to take it!” So Don’t take the bait!

 

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We are His Workmanship

The Golden Nuggets are:

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Walk in the good works)

Workmanship: the product or result of labor and skill

Synonyms: handiwork, expertise, know-how, design, skill, artwork

Genesis 1:26-28, 31, 2:7

“And God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him male and female created he them.

And god blessed them and God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moveth on the earth.’

And God saw ever thing that he had made and behold it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

And the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the BREATH of LIFE and man became a LIVING SOUL.”

Soul: breath of life, recesses of heart, secret self, spiritual being

Def: the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part. The spiritual part of humans regarded in its mortal aspect or as believed to survive death and subject to happiness or misery in a life to come (Heaven or hell!)

James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

Acts 17:28 “In Him we live and move and have our being as certain also of your own poets have said, For we also are his offspring.”

Offspring: child, children, heir, descendant

What else can I say? We are his workmanship!

His final piece of artwork and the result of his labor before he rested! We are God’s image!

His breath of life! God’s living soul!

The final touch of His masterpiece! That is why we are so precious to God. If you can’t understand it now, I hope you will get an understanding of it soon.

It doesn’t matter how we grew up or how we were treated we can never use it as an excuse to reject God’s love.

Sometimes even when we are treated right most of our lives, when someone treats us wrongly or something bad happens, we start rejecting others and God. I have witnessed it both ways.

Once there was one who grew up Christian home and treated good their whole life and had Jesus in their heart. One time something happened and a close friend of theirs had hurt them and they closed everyone out, God and family. They could have chosen to turn to God and family for comfort.

Another example is someone who grew up in a home without the love of an earthly father, and couldn’t even let it go even though their father died.  They blamed their growing up for the way they were.  How could God or anyone love them because their own father couldn’t love them? They couldn’t accept the love of God for most of their life. They even claimed to be a Christian, going to church and yet it was only until a week before they died that they actually asked Jesus in to their heart. They could have replaced God’s love for the love they didn’t receive from their earthly father.

This is why we need to know that God loves us unconditionally.  We need to be able to accept God’s love and let the other things go. God knows things are not perfect in life that is why he is there to pick us up and hold us in his arms and love us. We just have to allow him to do that. He is real. His love is real, we are the only thing that has his soul, his breath of life, and his son Jesus that died for us. We are His Masterpiece!

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Walk in the good works)

 

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Rejoice Not when Your Enemy Falls

Here is the Golden Nugget:

Proverbs 24:17-18

“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.

Lest the Lord see it and it displease Him and He turn away His wrath from him.”

A lot of times when someone is not being nice to us and we see them get into trouble we are happy about it and say things like, “Good they deserve it” or “They are getting what they deserve.” Sometimes if they get hurt we laugh and say something like: “That’s how it feels!”

The Bible clearly tells us not to be glad or rejoice when punishment or bad things happen to our enemy (those who are not nice to us). Did they deserve it? Probably, but it isn’t pleasing to God if we are rejoicing over it. God will handle things, but if we are rejoicing over the Fact of their punishment then God will turn away his anger from them.

When Jesus was getting arrested, Peter had cut off Malchus’ ear but Jesus didn’t laugh instead he sounded displeased that Peter did that.

 Read John 18:1-12

18 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. 10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? 12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

So if Jesus didn’t rejoice over his enemy’s fall neither should we. Jesus always had compassion!

Jesus is our greatest example in life and we need to remember what would Jesus do or how would Jesus react to this situation.

 

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*Pleasant Words!

The Golden Nuggets are:

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb sweet to the soul and health to the bones.”

Psalm 141:3 “Set a watch O Lord before my mouth keep the door of my lips.”

God talks a lot about our mouth. We talked about death and life being in the power of our tongue, but now we are learning that pleasant words are sweet to the soul and health to our bones.

With this promise here, if we are speaking only pleasant things, it is sweet to our soul and health to our bones. In order to walk in perfect health we need to keep speaking good things.

If we have a problem with how we talk, we can ask God to keep the door of our mouth.

God can cause that to happen in different ways. He might just prevent us from talking or he might appoint someone to get on our case every time we say something negative. They would say something like this: “Hey, don’t be saying that!” “That’s a negative confession” “That isn’t a good thing to say.” “Do you really want that to happen?”

The Bible says “pleasant words” are as the honeycomb not the negative, harsh, sour, or hurting words.

Those that are having health problems, or bone problems need to change what they are saying. Are they speaking good things or bad things? Are they constantly talking about the circumstances or are they speaking God’s Word concerning the situation?

Maybe they do not have anything good to say about anyone or anything. It says pleasant words not just concerning yourself but towards others.

Here is what pleasant means.

Pleasant: acceptable, friendly, agreeable, cheerful, polite, pleasing, lovely, delightful, refreshing, nice, sympathetic, pleasurable, etc.

With this definition, we can clearly see the kind of words we need to be speaking. These words are not just for speaking about yourself, but what we are speaking about or towards others.

If the words you are speaking are not part of the description, then it shouldn’t be coming out of your mouth.
We need to really learn how to think before we speak. Keep our mouths shut unless it is pleasant.

You can’t take back the things that you have said, you can ask for forgiveness, but you can’t take it back.

So Remember PLEASANT WORDS! Don’t forget to ask God to set a guard (watch) at our mouths and to keep the door of your lips so you don’t say things that you shouldn’t say.

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb sweet to the soul and health to the bones.”

 

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No Stumbling!

The Golden Nugget is…

Proverbs 4:12 “When thou goest thy steps shall not be straitened and when thou runnest thou shalt not stumble.”

This verse is so amazing in different ways! First off, do you know what it talks about when it says, “…thy steps shall not be straitened”?

This word straitened means: confine, hinder, restrict, to put into difficulties (especially financial).

Stumble means: to strike your foot against something, slip, stagger, hesitate, tilt, or wobble.

Every time I read the Bible and come across a word I don’t quite understand or I think I know what it means, but want a greater understanding on it, I mark the word in my Bible and I can go back to it and look it up to find out what it means.

Before I looked of the word straitened, every time I read this verse I always stopped and wondered what this word straitened really meant. When I finally looked it up, I also decided to look up the word stumble to see what it said.

I was so glad when I finally decided to take the time to look up these words. Often times I would use this verse for stumbling, because I knew what that meant. “When thou runnest thou shalt not stumble.” I had some trouble stumbling, especially if I started running and trip over my feet or my feet caught in the grass or something would get me off balance and I would stumble and fall.

Especially in baseball or softball, I would hit the ball and go to run and %50 of the time stumble trying to get to the base. Sometimes in the outfield when going after a ball that would happen too!

When I found this verse I started using it right away, but now I can use it more powerfully because I can use it better now that I took the time to look up the words.

Now it helps even more, not just for running but also for our spiritual walk with the Lord. If we are reading the Bible, going to church, and doing the things of the Lord, it says,  “when we go our steps shall not be straitened (confine, hinder, restrict or put into difficulties especially financial) and when thou runnest thou shalt not stumble (strike your foot against something, slip, stagger, hesitate, tilt, wobble)”

The devil likes to throw difficulties our way to hinder us from reading the Bible, or hinder us from going to church.  The devil likes to try and make us stumble spiritually (sin) and make us feel like it isn’t worth being a Christian because of sin. That is why we have the power of forgiveness!

When we do something wrong we ask for forgiveness and God forgives us!

Satan also likes to try and make us feel constricted in our finances so we might make the choice to Not Give in the offerings at church.

This Verse tells us that when we are serving the Lord our steps we take will not have financial difficulties! God will supply everything we have need of!

That is why we have God’s Word the Bible, to tell us these things so we can trust in the Lord in everything we do. 

We have this verse here to back it up: Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

God will take care of us! So you see these verses are not only for physical needs but also to help us spiritually so we can continue to walk with the Lord. We need to push through those obstacles that the devil likes to throw at us by using the Word of God. It is just like when the football players on the offence push against that line of players on the defense so the runner can go through to the touch down!

We need to push through the devil to run the touch down to heaven!

Here is that verse again, “Proverbs 4:12 “When thou goest thy steps shall not be straitened and when thou runnest thou shalt not stumble.”

 

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Greater Works!

The Golden Nugget is found from John 14:12

“Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me the works that I do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father.”

Here is a story about Jesus and something he did for an example for us.

John 6:2-14, Matthew 14:13-14, 21 Mark 6:40

Jesus fed the 5,000 right after his cousin, John the Baptist, was be-headed. I think at first, Jesus and his disciples wanted to be alone, but Jesus had compassion on the multitude of people that were following him. He healed them and fed them both spiritually and physically.

Imagine this whole property filled with people who are following you. There is no way to cook for all of those people or even go out and buy enough food for them!

Jesus had them sit down in groups of 50 and 100. If you divided just the 5,000 men by 100 that would be 50 groups of just men. There were also women and children that were not counted in these figures!

After they were sitting down, Jesus prayed and blessed the food they had collected from the people and only a boy with a small lunch had food, 5 loaves and 2 fish. When Jesus prayed the food multiplied, and when everyone was done, they did not waste the left-overs! The disciples were taking food to the people and then collecting what was not eaten and they had gathered 12 baskets of food left over. One for each disciple.

I just think of how fun it is for the cooks to cook for the ones we have at Camp Meeting and then for people wait in line to get food is fun!

I know that what Jesus did was not only a miracle, but an example. It says greater works shall we do! Feeding the multitude was a huge thing! Not only was Jesus feeding them physically, he was preaching to them also.

So remember that is says that Greater Works we will do! It doesn’t matter if you are praying for your food or for someone to get a miracle, God will answer and Greater Works will you do! Just believe it!

 

 

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Our Golden Nugget!

Romans 8:35, 38, 39

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine (hunger) or nakedness or peril or sword.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things to come

Nor height nor depth nor any other creature (anything else in creation) shall be able to separate us from the love of God which Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So, what is the main point? Nothing can separate you from God’s Love! There is NOTHING in all of God’s creation that can block you or separate you from the love of God! He loves you! You can’t pretend his love isn’t there. It is all around us!

Think of it this way: Just because you are at school, does that mean your parents don’t love you, or that you are too far away that their love is blocked from you?

No! It doesn’t matter if you are at your friend’s house, at the store, a school trip, or even if your parents have a business trip to go on and you can’t go with; your parents love is always there and will never change just because you are apart.

God’s love is greater than that! What about getting sick? A Storm? Going on Vacation? On top of the tallest mountain? In the deepest part of the Ocean? Outer Space?

None of those things can separate you from God’s love!  We still don’t know how deep the deepest part of the ocean is, but God knows! There are places out in space they can’t go either!

There is Absolutely NOTHING that can separate us from God’s love! The only thing in the deepest part of all water are sins! It says that when we ask for forgiveness, God casts it into the deepest part of the Sea (all bodies of water).

So, Who can separate you from God and his love? No one!

What can separate you from God and his love? Nothing!

These verses are very clear that absolutely nothing or no one can take you, separate, block, or hinder you from the love of God.

So the next time you are feeling down and that nobody loves you, remember, God does and nothing can separate you from that. The only reason you feel that way is because the devil only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He wasn’t to destroy you and make you turn from God, so if he can make you feel lonely and depressed and unloved, then he can make you feel that God doesn’t love you.

You need to stand up and tell the devil that nothing can separate you from God’s love and tell the devil he is a liar and to get out and leave you alone in Jesus Name!

Romans 8:35, 38, 39

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine (hunger) or nakedness or peril or sword.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things to come

Nor height nor depth nor any other creature (anything else in creation) shall be able to separate us from the love of God which Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Separate: apart, by itself, cause to move or be apart, divide, unconnected, disjoined, set apart, isolate, remove

 

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Time to Study! The Golden Nugget is…

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.”

We need to study and be eager and do our utmost best especially with God’s Word. This verse will also help us with our school work. If we are studying and doing our utmost best we won’t be ashamed because we know we did our utmost best and we studied.

Here is another verse about studying. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 “And that ye study to be quiet and to do your own business and to work with your own hands as we commanded you.”

John 14:26 “But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in my name he shall teach you all things and bring all things back to your remembrance whatsoever I have said to you.” Psalm 48:14 “For this God is our God for ever and ever He will be our guide even unto death.”

How can God guide us? By His Spirit! Here are seven things to remember:

1.    Study!

2.    Be quiet!

3.    Stay in your own business!

4.    Be filled with the Spirit.

5.    Ask the Holy Ghost to teach you before reading the Bible and doing your school work.

6.    Before answering questions, ask the Holy Ghost to bring back all things to your remembrance the things you need remembering.

7.    Trust God! He will lead you every step of the way!

All of these verses are here to help you in school and with God’s Word. If you are filled with the Spirit, and you have asked him to be your teacher and guide, he will guide you in all things.

Remember it is God’s Spirit inside you and He knows all things from beginning to end. God knows how to do your school work too!

This is why being filled with the Spirit is so important! There are so many things we need guidance in and God is the only one who knows the right direction to take. If we are Trusting in God, He will lead us by his Spirit every step of the way.

We need God’s Spirit to guide us though His Word, in school, and in life. (on the job, in college, driving, sports, everything)

You are constantly learning and studying even when you don’t think you are. There is always something you are learning. If you are letting God and his Spirit help you, the Holy Spirit is your teacher as well as your reminder and guide. He will be there every step of the way.

How do we study? By being quiet and only concentrating on what you are learning. If you are letting other people’s business distract you, then you aren’t really getting anything out of what you are studying.

That is why it says to do your own business and not get into someone else’s. That alone is hard to do sometimes, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, he will lead us and guide us in everything we do!

Before I read the Bible, I always say this, “I thank you Lord that the Holy Spirit is my teacher and my guide. I understand all things and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  I thank you Lord that the Holy Spirit will also bring all things back to my remembrance the things I have need of in Jesus Name Amen.”

When I was in school and studying and taking tests I would pray basically the same way. Sometimes I would even get stuck on a question and ask the Holy Spirit to help me and I would skip that question and go back to it so I didn’t waste time thinking on it.

If you are being diligent in studying the Bible, school work, or anything the Holy Spirit is there to bring it back. But if you aren’t studying there won’t be anything there to bring back to you. So, remember that!

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

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*Here is your Golden Nugget:

Children are Special to Jesus!

Psalm 127:3 “Lo, Children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

Luke 18:6 (18:15-17)

“But Jesus called them  (the children) unto him and aid, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of God’”

Read Matthew 18:1-6 Luke 9:46-48

God’s Word tells us a lot about children. It says we are an heritage of the Lord and his reward! Never once did Jesus push a child away! In fact when the disciples tried to take the children away Jesus stopped them. The parents were binging even babies to Jesus so he could touch them and the disciples rebuked them. Jesus told the parents to let the children come!

Basically saying, “Here let me hold them.” (AMP) “But Jesus called to them (the parents) to Him saying, ‘Allow the little children to come to Me and do not hinder them, for such as these belong to the kingdom of God.” He went on to say, “Whoever does not accept and receive and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child does shall not in any way enter it at all.”

If we can’t accept children we can’t accept the kingdom of God! Just like when the children and babies were crying out “Hosanna to the son of David!” the chief priests and scribes got upset told them they need to “Shut-up”! Jesus had a come-back! He said, “Yea; have ye never read, out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou has perfected praise?”

Why is that? Because children aren’t afraid of their emotions! Children cry, yell, cheer, laugh, sing, and dance. They do it at home, in stores, at church or whenever and they don’t think of where they are at or if it is the right place to do such a thing. They don’t know or understand where or when to do those things. Children don’t really get embraced about things like we do.

This is why the Bible says we need to become like little children because adults think too much. Children don’t stop to think before they shout out for joy in the middle of the library when they get excited about something. Adults know that in a library it doesn’t matter how excited you get, you have to contain your excitement and be quiet. We all know that when something excites you, you want to rejoice now and not wait until later. You have that excitement now!

We need to learn to be excited about church, what God is doing, and about what we read in His Word.

That is why children don’t bother me when they are loud while they are singing the songs in church or if they get dancing before the Lord, or help with offering , or singing a special in church even if they can’t remember all the words. It doesn’t bother me when kids want to step out and give a Word from the Lord or give a message in tongues. Why? Because they are only glorifying God in the only way they know how.

Even Babies when they all of a sudden make a noise in church when it is quiet, I smile knowing that they are praising the Lord, they get quieted by their parents, but really there is no need for that.

Zane is loud, but when he gets into singing and worshiping the Lord, he can get even louder and some have said that he needs to be quieter because he is being a disturbance, but I remind him, that Jesus loves children and loves to hear our praises! I am always full of joy when I see and hear young people, children, and babies, praising the Lord.

Most adults (sad to say) think that children should not be heard or barely seen. I look through God’s eyes and know that He loves the children and understands that they are young.

You need to look through God’s eyes too and realize just how special you are!

 

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The Golden Nugget is: God to the Rescue! Who would Dare Stand against God?

 

Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things, if God be for us who can be against us?”

Romans 12:19 AMP says this

“Beloved never avenge yourselves but leave the way open for God’s wrath for it is written Vengeance is mine I will repay says the Lord.”

Psalm 37:39-40 “But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord He is their strength in time of trouble, and the Lord shall help them and deliver them from the wicked and save them because they trust in Him.”

Salvation means the act of saving, protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.… deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption (rescue, deliverance, escape, exemption, life line, release, restoration, safe keeping)

Is there anyone, even the devil himself that would dare to start a fight against God? Remember, the devil and all his demon friends already tried fighting Jesus and they all got whipped, beaten, and defeated by Jesus and he is God’s Son! They wouldn’t even dare come to God and say, “You want to fight, I can beat your but!”

Who would win? God would! This is why we need to step out of the way and let God do all the work! That is why God’s Word says if our enemy is hungry to feed him, if he is thirsty give him something to drink, if he is naked give him clothes to wear! Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything but to love one another for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Bless them which persecute you bless and curse not. (12:14) Don’t let evil overcome you, but overcome evil with Good! Romans 12:21

 

God will take care of them! There is no reason to get revenge! No reason to get them back! That is what our enemy would be expecting, but they never expect you to be nice to them.

Why not give them something they do not expect and blow their pants off!

Remember Salvation is from the Lord and he is your strength in time of trouble. (go over again what Salvation is)

We just need to keep out of God’s way and let Him handle every situation. When that happens, they see God instead of us! And who will dare to come against God? No one! And they won’t come against us because we are God’s children, and God is be for us (before) Get it, if God be for us who can be against us! He is out in front of us, fighting every battle. He is indestructible! Always the winner!

Let’s go over our first verse again:

“Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things, if God be for us who can be against us?”

 

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The Golden Nugget is…

Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and intents of the heart.”

Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord, and like a hammer that breaketh the rock into pieces?

How many of you have tried to smash a rock? I use to take a hammer and pound on little stones just to see if I could break them. After the rock would break, I would look for a bigger one and try it.

That is how God’s word is to our problems. When we speak the Word of God in Jesus Name, our problems and circumstances bust into many pieces. There is no rock (obstacle) that God can’t break!

Philippians 2:10-11

“That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth and that everyone should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

It doesn’t matter what the situation, every knee will bow in the name of Jesus Christ!

This is just one example Matthew 8:23-27

“And when he was entered into a ship his disciples followed him. And behold there arose a great tempest in the sea insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him and awoke him saying, Lord save us we perish! And he saith unto them, “Why are ye fearful O ye of little faith?” Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm. But the men marveled saying, “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”

You mean to tell me that even the winds and waters have to obey God’s Word?

That’s right! Anything in heaven and of earth has to bow to the Name of Jesus Christ! When Jesus spoke to the winds and the sea, they obeyed him and it happened quickly.

 There was power in the words Jesus spoke and we have that same power when we speak the Word of God in Jesus Name!

Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and intents of the heart.”

 

 

God's Treasure Chest (Finding Golden Nuggets in the Bible part 20)

 

Our Golden Nugget is found in James 1:5

“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.”

Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

Remember the last time we talked about having more understanding than our teachers, enemies, and ancients?

These verses kind of go along with it. In the first verse that is given, it says if you lack wisdom to ask and God will give it to you. If there is something we do not understand either in school, work, in putting something together, taking something apart to fix it or whatever it is, ask God to give you the wisdom in how to do it!

Maybe you are faced with a decision to make and you don’t know what to choose, just ask God for wisdom! It says in the second verse that was given that His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light onto our path. When we turn to God and His Word for the answers it will be like a light shining on the right choice to make and you will have peace knowing it is the right choice.

Let’s look at King Solomon:

1 Kings 3:5-15

In this passage The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night and God said to Solomon, “Ask what I shall give thee.”

Solomon told God how he showed great mercy to his father David and how he had given David a son to take over the throne and that son being him (Solomon). Solomon said, “ O Lord my God thou has made thy servant king instead of David my father and I am but a little child, I know not how to go out or come in. Thy servant is in the midst of thy people that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people that I may discern between good and bad for who is able to judge this thy so great a people.”

It says that it pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked for understanding and wisdom and to know between good and bad.

God told Solomon, “Because thou has asked this thing and has not asked for thyself long life, neither has asked for riches for thyself, nor has asked the life of thine enemies but asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment, I have done according to thy words and lo, I have given thee a wise and understanding heart so that there was none like thee before thee neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. I have also given thee that which thou has not asked both riches and honour so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. If you walk in my ways to keep my statutes and my commandments as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”

After that, Solomon woke up and offered offerings unto the Lord.

It wasn’t long after that time that two women fighting over a baby, came to Solomon, and God proved to Solomon that He had given him what he asked for, wisdom and knowledge.

In the natural, Solomon wouldn’t have known who that baby belonged to because they both pleaded for the baby and both claimed it to be their own child. They didn’t have the DNA tests that we have today. It was each woman’s word against each other. There were no other witnesses, video cameras or DNA to bring out the truth!

 God gave Solomon the wisdom and knowledge that he had asked for and because of it, he was able to make the right decision. From that point on Solomon had several people from near and far come to seek the wisdom that God gave him and they didn’t come for a free show, they paid Solomon just to hear what he had to say about their situation. Even the Queen of Sheba came to see King Solomon to seek out his wisdom. She had to come for herself to see everything! He was already rich by then, but she gave him even more riches! She wasn’t the last person to visit him either, many more came.

I encourage each of you to read 1 Kings Chapters 3 though chapter 10. I think you will enjoy it.

Let’s say these verses again: James 1:5“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.”

Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

 

 

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