- Date: December 9, 2015
- Verse: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” ()
I want to set a bit of a foundation. Look at Joshua, Chapter 1, verse 8. "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night…" We have talked about this word "meditate" over the years. We realize that the word "meditate" brings with it the understanding of muttering, repeating over and over to ourselves and to those that are around us. We know that the Word of God is to be taken and placed upon the doorposts of our homes.
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- Date: April 29, 2004
- Verse: "Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."(Romans 6:13)
"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof" (Rom. 6:11-12). What is sin? The simplest definition of sin is "to miss the mark." What is the mark? It's godliness, life in Christ, total dependence upon God. Sin, then, would be any choice that leads me away to independence--all that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil supplies.
- Date: April 28, 2004
- Verse: "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."(Romans 6:14)
If you believe that God will deliver you, that His Spirit dwelling in you can make you live victoriously and you choose to pursue that free gift, those that come to Him, He will turn none away. He'll do exceedingly abundant above anything that you could ask or think. So just change your course. Too many people are waiting for God to come and do it. Too many of us sit around and hope that somehow we will experience a Damascus road encounter. But most of us are going to have a Matthew experience: everything is going great--you're a fat cat, easy street--then you hear, "Follow Me.
- Date: April 27, 2004
- Verse: "Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."(James 4:4)
The problem with many ministries today is mingled seed--the Word of God "plus" Freudianism, humanism. To be a friend of the world doesn't mean you go out and party; it means that you embrace their philosophy. The world system is all about the deification, independence and success of man; it lifts man up. That's the root that we have to guard against. We live in a "sound-byte society" where everything is glazed over and image; when it's one phrase that sounds good.
- Date: April 26, 2004
- Verse: "Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved."(John 13:23)
"[You] adulterers and adulteresses, [don't you know] that the friendship of [this] world system is enmity with [in opposition to the kingdom of] God? whosoever...will be a friend [sympathetic with] is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). Friends come in different degrees. For one reason or another you may not be partaking of the world at this time, but are you sympathetic to it? Do you make excuses, saying, "If I could I would"?
Obedience can be approached from two major perspectives. External motivation-- the law, judgment, consequences--is for the immature.
- Date: April 25, 2004
- Verse: "Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."(Acts 3:6)
The greatest impetus of power in prayer is compassion and love. We can't pray just because there's a need. We can't pray effectively just because somebody brings a prayer list to us. Our hearts have to be touched. Jesus looked on the multitudes and had compassion for them. We can't pray effectively if we don't realize the brokenness of humanity or the hurts of our brothers and sisters. If we don't have love in our hearts, we can't pray. If we have unforgiveness in our hearts, we can't pray.
- Date: April 24, 2004
- Verse: "At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you..."(John 16:26-27)
Jesus says the Father loves us. Father will respond to us in direct correlation to the way we respond to Jesus. To the degree we love Jesus, Father will love us. As we speak in the name of Jesus, the Father receives us because we're the bride that Jesus loves. He's the one that graced us and caused us to be brought into His bosom. He's the One who sought us out. He's the One that proposed this marriage. He's the One that wanted us to be joined with Him in His glory.
- Date: April 23, 2004
- Verse: "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you."(John 16:23)
As we're praying properly and effectively, we're not praying to Jesus. We're praying to Father in the name of Jesus. That's how we're supposed to pray. One of the greatest truths in all the Word of God is where Jesus says, "You won't ask Me anymore. You'll ask the Father in My name, and He will give it to you." "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name..." (John 16:24). The disciples went out and came back rejoicing, saying, "Lord, it's tremendous! Even the devils are subject to us in Your name." They're out there casting out devils and healing the sick.
- Date: April 22, 2004
- Verse: "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."(John 14:13)
"If you shall ask anything in My name," Jesus said, "I will do it." This is the promise that comes to us. The name of Jesus is used in two distinct ways. This particular usage of the name is one of representation. The word "ask" literally means "to require, command, or demand." "Whatsoever you require, command, or demand in My name, I will do it." Why? He's commanded you to be about His business. He's the One that sent you and will work with you, confirming the word that you speak with signs following.
In John 15 we begin to see another usage of "ask.
- Date: April 21, 2004
- Verse: "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."(1 John 5:13)
How do we use this great name of Jesus lawfully? First, we have to know His name. We have to know everything that's inclusive in the name of Jesus. 1 John 5:13 says, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." When he says you've believed on the name of the Son of God, it is belief to salvation. Believing on that name to salvation gives you life. Once you've inherited life, you've believed on the name of Jesus to salvation.
- Date: April 20, 2004
- Verse: "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name."(Psalm 91:14)
Those that know His name will be a victorious people. We sing that chorus, "There's Just Something About That Name." We sing that name, Jesus. At that name every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that He's Lord. There's no other name under heaven whereby a man can be saved but the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12). The power is in that name. There's no greater force or power on this planet than the name of Jesus. When a man has a true biblical understanding and confidence in that name, it surpasses all other power. Yet we just throw it around and use it so loosely.
- Date: April 19, 2004
- Verse: "Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."(Psalm 37:4)
We can misunderstand this verse to mean if we delight in God and love the Lord, He'll give us anything we want. So we make up our lust list--a house, a car, a yacht, an island, or whatever else. We're fooling ourselves if our hearts are desirous for the things of this world. We'll never be satisfied. The wise man said, "He that loves silver will never be satisfied with silver" (Eccles. 5:10). There is not enough to satisfy our lusts. We need to discern where our heart is in these things.
If you delight in Him, that means your hope and your trust is in the Lord.
- Date: April 18, 2004
- Verse: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."(Psalm 34:19)
The life of Elijah shows that effectual, fervent praying is the white hot, burning Word placed into our heart by the Spirit of God. "Effectual" means divinely energized. To be effective, prayer must originate and consummate in God. He sends His Word into our hearts, and it doesn't return unto Him void. That is what we articulate in agreement with His will. "And this is the confidence [or the boldness that's been afforded us] in him, that, [we could now come and] ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us" (1 John 5:14).
- Date: April 17, 2004
- Verse: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."(Romans 8:28)
Everything that happens in our life is for the purpose of conforming us into His image. The whole purpose for man and life is to have fellowship with God; there's no other reason. Fellowship with God is why man was created. He's given us a lot of side jobs like ruling the planet, but that's not why we're here. He created us to fellowship with Him.
Fellowship was broken. The plan of redemption was to bring us back to that fellowship. You can't have that fellowship without sanctification. Without holiness no man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).
- Date: April 16, 2004
- Verse: "And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."(1 John 5:15)
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16). Righteousness does not require sinless perfection; it's based on our relationship to Jesus. Elijah was a man of like passions, subject to depression and to the valleys. He would sit down and say, "It's enough; let me die," and God would say, "I have another trip for you to take." And Elijah would submit his life one more time. That's a righteous man. It doesn't mean that you have to run through life giggling like you've been on laughing gas.
- Date: April 15, 2004
- Verse: "But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me."(Matthew 14:30)
When they came to the place called Gethsemane, Jesus said to the disciples, "Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder" (Matt. 26:36). Then He took with Him the inner circle. Is there a distinction between people in the body of Christ? Yes, Jesus is making a great distinction here. He leaves one group and says, "You three guys come with Me." He says nothing to the other eight. He tells the three, "I want you to watch and pray with Me." He didn't share that with the other eight. There are people that He shares His heart with.
- Date: April 14, 2004
- Verse: "...And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always..."(John 11:41-42)
The hour comes for the betrayal. Jesus said, "Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me" (Matt. 26:46). Many of us attend church regularly and read our Bibles, but we don't do His will. This is no different than betraying Him with a kiss. We're not blaspheming His name or saying "I don't believe that Jesus is the Son of God." But we like to call Him "Master" and kiss Him, yet we betray Him by our actions.
Do you think Peter would have pulled the sword if he had been praying? Jesus said, "It's enough; put the sword away.
- Date: April 13, 2004
- Verse: "Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench."(1 Kings 18:38)
"Hear me, O LORD, hear [this prayer], that this people may know that thou art...God..." (1 Kings 18:37). What is the desire of Elijah's heart? What was God leading him to do? The whole purpose was for the reconciliation of the lost. A remnant needs to be brought back to the reality of the living God; if we would effectually and fervently pray, be bold enough to scale Mt. Carmel, lay our lives on the line, and say, "If God is God, let Him answer by fire." God is calling us into warfare of this magnitude in the days ahead. We need to prepare ourselves now.
- Date: April 12, 2004
- Verse: "And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded."(1 Kings 18:29)
"And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them" (1 Kings 18:28). Effectual, fervent prayer is not how loud, how hard, or how much you sweat when you pray. The proof of that can be seen here with the false prophets of Baal. They're cutting themselves, dancing, running around, hollering and screaming; but nothing happens. It's not how loud you pray; it's whether you pray in faith; it's whether you believe God hears. If we have a God that hears, then He hears well. You don't have to yell.
- Date: April 11, 2004
- Verse: "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him..."(1 Kings 18:21)
A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). Anytime you pray in that mode of instability, it's because you're halting between two opinions. Are you going to believe God or not? Will you stand and believe for the miraculous intervention of God or not? What will you choose today to rule your life? It was more than a theological problem here, because the people had turned to spiritual adultery, worshipping false gods and involving themselves with all kinds of sexual promiscuity. There were those who sacrificed children to honor the different gods.
- Date: April 10, 2004
- Verse: "And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth."(1 Kings 17:24)
In the 17th chapter of 1 Kings, Elijah had been sustained by the widow, and then in the midst of this ministry, her child dies. There are adversities in the middle of God's will. You can experience tragedies. When things go wrong, people think they're out of the will of God. The fact that things are going wrong, doesn't mean you're out of the will of God. The fact that Satan is opposing you could indicate that you are right where God wants you. Satan is trying to move you off the promise of God. The little child dies.