God loves you!
For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
1 Timothy 2:5 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved you and your household.” Act 16:30
What is being saved all about?
What does being saved actually mean? Saved for what?
We are saved eternal damnation, from being eternally lost forever, never knowing the love and mercy of a loving God and Creator. In my opinion, it takes more faith to believe in evolution then it does creation. The earth and the living creatures on the earth are in order and there is a balance. To say order and balance came from chaos and chance takes a lot more faith, then believing in an all powerful God, who is the creator, of all. Who has a design for creation and a design for your life. God Almighty spoke the world into existence. Adam was created in the image of God, he was able to name all of the animals, and to name something is to attribute a characteristic to the thing you are naming.
When the earth was created God wanted to expand His territory. He wanted a family to love and serve Him. As you expand, you need more people to handle certain areas of your business. After Adam sinned, the earth became a testing ground. The spirit of man is encased in flesh with limited powers, until man could be found worthy to operate in the realms of their Creator where your thoughts have immediate power. We are in training until we can submit our thoughts and tempters to Jesus Christ. God would never give His power to someone who would use it for evil.
Everyone will be of one mind and one heart; therefore, everyone will know each other’s thoughts. God in his great wisdom is searching for people, who will grab hold of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so God can rescue them from hell and spend eternity with them. Time is limited, it is finite. Satan and his fallen angels chose not to obey and worship God, even those they saw God face to face. God is selecting a group of people, a family or bride for his Son, who will obey him and worship him. God is a god of love and relationship.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.….
And on the sixth day, 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 creeps upon the earth. 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. And Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; and the Lord God command the man saying of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Eve was deceived into eating the fruit and she gave some to Adam who was with her. Their disobedience to God caused Adam and all of mankind, to live in a cursed world, under the lordship of Satan. Because to whom you present yourselves servants to obey, you are that one’s servant whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness. (Romans 6:16)
God is a merciful and gracious God. He has made a way for mankind to come back to him by the blood sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh. Being good and belonging to a church will not save you from hell. God has one plan of salvation and that is faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Even if you are eating from the “good fruit” of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, you are still eating from Satan’s tree. You may be good and do good hoping that your “good” will outweigh your “bad” and God will have mercy on you and allow you into His heaven. God said that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him, Jesus Christ, might be saved.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, God, except through Me, Jesus Christ.” Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind, and made peace with God by shedding His blood for all sins. By faith in Jesus Christ, we are eating from the tree of life. We are not our own gods, doing whatever we want. We are no longer operating in our knowledge of good and evil. We are loving and obeying God and living in Christ Jesus; and Jesus is living in us.
God gave dominion of the earth to mankind. Mankind obeyed Satan and not God, therefore they, Adam and Eve, gave their dominion over the earth to Satan. This is the original sin of mankind. We were born with a sin nature. Man is born spiritually dead; he is unable to communicate with God. There is a sin barrier; your sin has separated you from your God. Because of the sin of the first man, Adam, we all are under Satan control, sentenced to hell for eternity. But thanks be to God Almighty our Creator, He has made a way of escape, thought Jesus Christ His Son. God did not sentence you to Hell for your sins, Adam did. God is not trying to send you to hell; He is trying to save you from it. Hell was created for Satan and his followers, not God’s children. A person might ask if God is so loving why did he create hell? Why doesn’t he just forgive everyone? God said, “Let there be light and the light was created.” God lives in eternity, not time, when God created time; He set up the rules to govern the time and seasons. He cannot go back on His word or the earth would not be, because the earth was created by the spoken word of God. Therefore, the spoken word of God has all authority in Heaven and in Earth. Jesus Christ is word of God made flesh; Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father.
We declare unto you the life, eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested unto us. God has given us eternal life; this life is in His Son, Jesus Christ. He that has the Son has life. Almighty God, the Father, gave each one of us a free will so that we could choose to serve Him or Satan. Hell was created for Satan and not man. Each day Satan deceives more of God’s creation into following him into the depths of the earth – Hell. Don’t let Satan deceive you; call upon the mercy of God today.
Heaven is a real and beautiful place with an atmosphere overflowing with love, peace, joy and hope. Hell is a real and terrible place with an overflowing atmosphere of despair, pain, hopelessness, fear, and torment. God sent Jesus to the world to save people, who were already lost because Adam’s sin.
God gave me a word. “I chose a people, and trained a nation, yet sin was among them. Though I desired to bring men closer to me, the sin and pride was repelling Me away from man. My firstborn Son, Jesus Christ, went into the earth to proclaim salvation through Him. My everlasting covenant was established with Him. I greet my children with such great joy once they accept my Son, Jesus. I send part of my very self to them to direct and guide them. I have done my part. Oh my children why do you not listen to the cries of your hearts and obey my commands? Is it too hard to love one another? Can you love each other as I love you? Ask me, ask Jesus to help guide you. He is faithful. If you could be good by your own merits then the crucifixion of Jesus was unnecessary, welcome Jesus into your hearts. Ask Him to help you to be pleasing to the Father. For this is His job to bring salvation and bring you closer to me. I need a people who can stand up for what is right and good, a people to defend against the attack of evil, a holy people chosen by God.”
Lord God Almighty wishes all would come to faith in Jesus Christ and turn from their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord. Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Lord God Almighty loves you and wants to forgive your sins, by accepting Jesus Christ into your heart, confessing with your mouth Jesus Christ is Lord, and believing in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you will be saved. You don’t have to change to invite Jesus into your heart. God the Father loves you, and Jesus is greater and more powerful than any sin you ever committed.
Do not die before accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; once you die it will be too late. Are you willing to regret your past sins and stop sinning? You can start a new life today, one of love and devotion to God, the Father of Jesus Christ. Welcome Jesus into your heart and let the blood of Jesus wash away your sins. Jesus said, “Most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Each person has a spirit; this spirit can either serve the Divine Creator, Lord God or the spirit of this world, Satan. If you decide to serve God as oppose to the devil, you must be reborn.
To be reborn is to take out the heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh. It wasn’t until I was born again that I knew that God was real. Before that time I thought he was, but I never was quite sure. Now, I can sense Him, now I can feel his presence. I can love him; before I was saved, I couldn’t love him. I feared him, but now I love God with all of my heart, soul, and strength. God is the best thing that has happened to me and Jesus Christ made that possible. All I can say is thank you Jesus for coming into my life and saving me. What happened is I switched kingdoms. I was in the kingdom of this world which is ruled by Satan. Now, I am a citizen of Heaven I belong to God Almighty. He ransomed me from the devil by the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Now, I am in this world, but not of this world. My new mission is to bring other people to God. God, the Father, loves his creation. He is looking for people who will live to serve him and love other people. He is looking to build an everlasting kingdom and we are his children who love and obey him. God is looking for people who are not centered on themselves, but centered on God and others.
Satan fell because he focused on himself and thought he could rise higher than God. He wanted to build his own kingdom above God’s kingdom, but the Lord God kicked him out. God’s kingdom is ruled by God’s rules which is love, and love gives, love protects, love suffers long for someone else, love is kind, love does not envy, it is not prideful or boastful, love is patient, is not selfish, love thinks no evil, does no evil, does not rejoice in wickedness, but rejoices in truth and justice, bears all things, believes all things, hopes and endures all things. God is love and love never fails. My Creator, God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ gave me a choice. I have a free will and I chose Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. I chose to follow God and serve Him and live by his laws and ordinances. I chose life. How about you?
To become born again you must ask Jesus to be Lord of your life by saying the following prayer from your heart. “Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus, I present myself to you. I have sinned against you, but I am willing to turn from my sin and follow you. I ask you to forgive my sin. I pray and ask Jesus to be Lord over my life. I believe in my heart, so I say it with my mouth: “Jesus is the Son of the Most High God and has been raised from the dead by the power of Almighty God.” I make Jesus Christ the lord over my life. Jesus come into my heart and change me, help me to be the person you created me to be. I believe this moment that I am saved, I say now – I am reborn. I am a Christian. I am a child of Almighty God.”
This is only the first step in a long journey that will last forever. You now have a constant friend, a God who will never leave you for forsake you. You also have a real enemy, Satan, who hates you and wants to curse you. The devil will try everything in his power to deceive, disappoint, discourage, and disillusion you into giving up on your new birth and life in Jesus. The devil will even use other Christians against you! But don’t give up on your salvation, never let the devil win in your life. You are too precious to God to be lost again. The devil can’t hurt God, so he hurts God’s children and blames it on God. It is easier to kill a baby Christian then a mighty warrior in Christ Jesus. Yes, even if you are an older person, you are still God’s baby. The best thing to do is grow in the Lord. “As newborn babies, desire the sincere milk of the word that you may grow thereby unto salvation”
In Mathew 18:3 Jesus said, ““Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” You might ask, “How can I become like a little child or be born again when I am old?” The answer is you have a soul which is your mind, will, emotions, and memories, and you live in a body. The soul and body are not born again, they do not change. Your spirit is born again, when Adam sinned, he died spiritually. When Jesus comes into your heart and life, you are born again. Your human spirit is born again into the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ crucified the sin nature. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Your spirit is a baby and God is your Father. The most beautiful of all memories I have as a baby Christian is when my spirit cuddled up to the Holy Spirit which lives inside of us and I felt so much love and acceptance. I was like a child being nursed by their mother, so much love, so much peace. I was bonded to Holy Spirit forever. I treasure moments of intimacy with God, times I’m just waiting and loving on Him. It is never a physical, it is always spiritual. God will be forever holy and divine.
The Blood Covenant
God gave dominion of the earth to Adam and Eve. They sinned against God, and became subject to Satan. God established covenants with mankind to partner with man concerning the affairs of man. God is not a god who stands aloft to the problems of mankind. He wants to get involved, but you must be in covenant with God, and have faith in Him. The last covenant with mankind was made with Jesus. In Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.” Just as light is the only thing that can conquer or overcome darkness so life is the only thing that can conquer death. In a covenant, both parties give their best to each other. Blood covenants are found throughout ancient civilizations. A blood covenant demands absolute, unwavering loyalty. If you break a blood covenant, the other party of the covenant would kill you, because the only way out of a covenant was death. If one party absolutely hated the other party, under covenant rules, they were obligated to help their covenant party.
God’s plan for marriage has always been a blood covenant, between the man and the women. On their wedding night, the woman being a virgin, would bleed, therefore establishing the covenant between the two forever, part of the vows are to death do us part. The only way out of a blood covenant is death.
The covenant was made between God the Father and God the Son. If you deny Jesus Christ before man, Jesus will deny you before the Father. In Titus 1:16 Apostle Paul said, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” In 1 John 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleans us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,”
The covenant was made between God the Father and God the Son, if we deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Jesus is God in the flesh, we break the covenant with Jesus Christ, and therefore it is broken with the Father. “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7.” Never deny that Jesus Christ is Lord, He is the only begotten Son of the Father, and He is God, the Son. My covenant with God the Father is sealed by my faith in Jesus Christ! To say that Jesus Christ is not God or your Lord and Savior is to break covenant with God.
Adam lost dominion of the earth because of his sin, and Jesus reestablished his dominion of the earth because of his obedience. Therefore, all work for the kingdom of God has to be done by the commandment of Jesus Christ. Jesus has all authority and he uses his body to carry out his commands. Jesus Christ has all authority in heaven and in earth and he delegates that authority to his body. If you want an evil spirit to stop tempting you, say in the name of Jesus, evil spirit leave me now. I place the blood of Jesus between me and any evil spirit, evil spirit go in Jesus name.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel, The LORD our God is one Lord. And you shall love the LORD your God with all of your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. It is said that Christians believe in three gods, The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is a stumbling block to some people who believe in one God. The Lord our God is truly one God.
The doctrine of the Trinity is central to the uniqueness of Christianity. Christians believe in one God, who is present in the form of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is the same God, occupying different levels, The Father is in the highest Heaven, and the Son is the bridge between the highest heaven and earth. Another way to say it is that it is the same God performing different functions. The Holy Spirit indwells the believers. A Christian believes that Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit dwell within them. This indwelling makes it possible for Christians to walk in holiness and live a sin free life. God is an Almighty great God we cannot limit him.
John 14:23 – 14:26 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
1 Corinthians 6:19 or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
Luke 1:15 “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
Acts 13:52 and the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
The Nicene Creed, in its entirety, affirmed belief ". . . in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man; he suffered, and the third day he rose again, ascended into heaven; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. And in the Holy Ghost."
The council acknowledged that Christ was God of very God. Although the Father and Son differed in role, they, and the Holy Spirit are truly God. More specifically, Christ is of one substance with the Father. There is sameness, not a similarity. But the council felt that if they didn’t say sameness that eventually people would lower of Christ's oneness with the Father. They also argued that Christ was begotten, not made.
In the Old Testament, the presence of God dwelled in the Holy of Holy after the Israelites built the tent. Before the tent was built, the presence of God guided them through the wilderness. In Exodus 13:21- 22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.
In the New Testament, the Presence of God leads his people from the inside of them. Act 16:6 now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. Today, Christians can be lead by the Spirit of God. In Galatians 5:16 say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. This word walk means to direct one’s life, walk as to keep the law. When we walk in the Spirit, we let the Holy Spirit lead and guide us.
As a Christian, we are the living temples of God. God, in the person of the Holy Spirit and Lord Jesus lives inside of us. We receive them by asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit and by faith. The Holy Spirit is a free gift. He is also the most precious of all gifts. God will never leave us or forsake us. It is a joy to know that the Lord of all creation lives inside of you. This is also an awesome responsibility, because we have to guard our thoughts and words. Be holy for the Lord your God is holy.
To receive the Holy Spirit pray to God and ask him, Dear Heavenly Father, I ask you in Jesus’ name to fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I may receive the fullness of your Spirit and serve you better. Heavenly Father please give me the gift of speak in other languages or tongues in Jesus’ name I pray.
What about my past?
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)
You have now entered into a covenant with God Almighty by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. You are a new creation; all of your past sins, mistakes, shortcomings are on the cross of Jesus Christ, when you are in Him. God knew we couldn’t keep all of his commandments everyday of your life. So he sent Jesus Christ to the earth, who kept the whole law, the law of love and obedience to the Father. Jesus Christ healed on the Sabbath because God told him to. Jesus made a covenant with Father over 2,000 years ago. It cannot be broken; your sin will not break your covenant with God Almighty. That means we cannot keep on sinning and doing whatever we want, certainly not, because the wages of sin is death. The closer we move towards Jesus, the less we want to sin.
The real question is – If I am a new creation why I’m I still feeling these same old emotions? The key to that is being in Him. Raising up your thoughts, desires, affection, words, on things above, not things of this world. And once you are in Him and he is in you, he may direct you to become a governor, teacher, mayor, police officer, whatever he created you to be. But first, learn to live and move and have your being in him. Being in Christ Jesus is constantly, throughout the day, turning your thoughts to him. Once you learn to walk in Christ, sin will no longer have dominion over you.
1 Peter 2:2. Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.” John 6:63. By reading and studying the Word of God, you can have intimate fellowship with Him. God is generally very close to the new Christians, loving and teaching them truths about His kingdom, which is inside of you. Memorize the word of God, Jesus fought Satan with the word of God, study the life of Jesus. When a Christian sins against God, you open the door for the devil to enter your life. The devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy. If you sin, confess your sin, and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you with the blood of Jesus. God didn’t save you just to lose you again.
What if I Sin?
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not ours only but also for the whole world. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments (1 John 2:1-3). But if we walk in light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7-9) The blood of Jesus will cleanse us from all sin, if we ask for forgiveness, repent which is deciding to stop the sin, turn to God and we have forgiven all others. Even if you have sinned the same sin, if you asked for forgiveness, sincerely, then to God it is like the first time, because other times have been forgiven and forgotten. The love of God and the atoning power of Jesus blood are so great, that God always forgives and forgets completely, when we completely forgive anyone who has done us wrong.
Once you have tasted the goodness of Almighty God the desire to sin will fade. But if we sin, always run back to Almighty Father and ask for forgiveness and turn away from your sin. Satan will try to convince you, that you have committed a sin that God will not forgive. That simply is not true, especially if you are a young Christian. When I was still young in the Lord, I sinned and Satan tried to convince me that God would never forgive me. I also found the following Bible verse, which seemed to agree with what the devil was saying. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the power of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. (Hebrews 6:4-6) If I would have agreed with Satan and given up on my salvation early in my walk with the Lord, then I would have started living like I never knew Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I would have been lost forever in hell, within the first few months. I thank God for good churches and Pastors who speak the truth about God.
Believe God the Father will forgive you if you confess your sin and repent. Repent means to return or respond to God. Jesus didn't die just to lose you again. If your newborn baby does something wrong would you stop loving and caring for them. How much more does our Heavenly Father love you? I am not giving you permission to sin; we should honor God by always walking in love. If we walk in love, we will be obeying His commandments. Jesus had to die a terrible death because of sin, never sin intentionally.
There is one sin that the Bible states as being unforgivable and I believe that sin is the rejection of Jesus Christ. As long as you love the Lord Jesus and you are trying not to sin, you are still saved. Jesus will forgive you. Jesus knows whether you are fighting sin or submitting to it.
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? (Romans 6:13) Sin will separate you from God, and place you in the enemy camp. If you are in sin, you are a slave of Satan. The wages of sin is death (spiritual death or separation from God), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) You don’t have to stay in the enemy camp, if you ask God to forgive you, repent of the sin, and claim the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sin. God will forgive you. You can request the grace of God to overcome that sin. Condemnation will keep you in the enemy camp, because you have not forgiven yourself. God keeps His word, if He said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” You can be sure that you are forgiven. (1 John 1:9) But your iniquities (wickedness) have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2) …And my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:3). Always forgive yourself once you asked God to forgive, because if you don’t it is un-forgiveness and God can’t forgive you unless you forgive.
The Holy Spirit dwells within us, the more we desire to have the Holy Spirit, the more we must abide in Christ Jesus. Jesus said, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” (John 13:46) What does Lord Jesus said about sin REMOVE IT from your life. Sin will destroy your life and your walk with God. No Father wants to see their children hurt, and sin brings death. Never desire to seek your own, but in all things please God. It is true that His love covers a multitude of sin, but we must have a pure and clean heart before Father God. Never give up and never give in, keep fighting sin. You were given authority over the enemy and you need to use that authority to keep sin out of your life and help to free other people. Each temptation can be used as resistance to strengthen your spiritual muscles.
“Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32) God does not tempt, Satan does. Satan tempted Peter into denying Jesus, not once but three times. After the denial I would imagine Satan continued to condemn and taunt Peter. After we sin, run back to God, if we don’t we will be fighting condemnation and guilt. It is best to confess our sins as soon as possible pleaded the blood of Jesus and seek forgiveness.
Lord Jesus will never give up on you and will continue to meet you where you are at, and teach you His ways and thoughts. We should be willing to learn, if we are to grow in the Lord. The closer you walk with Father God and Lord Jesus the less sin you will have in your life, all evil must flee in the present of a Holy God.
I believe that Satan puts sickness upon us, one reason is we opened the door by sinning, or we just get sick, or we are under attack by Satan, He is trying to put out the fire we have for the Lord Jesus. God will not make you sick, He might remove His protection, because there is something in your life that needs to be corrected and sickness will get your attention. A Holy God requires a Holy people. I am talking a spirit-led holiness and not works, just be obedience to His prompting. God will speak to your spirit, soul, or body.
We punish ourselves by sinning. The Holy Spirit has a unique ways of getting your attention, sometimes by a holy fire on your behind. The Holy Spirit would rather have you feel a little now, to get your attention, then to have your whole entire body burn in Hell.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:7-10) When a Christian sins against God, you open the door for Satan to enter your life. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. Don’t be the Christian that resists God, submits to the devil and the presence of the Lord leaves. You are still God’s child; the enemy has just taken you captive.
Sin is always selfish, we can't sin for someone else, we sin for self, remove the self-seeking attitude and the majority of sin will not be a temptation. If we refuse to forgive, including forgiving ourselves, Jesus has to carry the burden. If we hurt another Christian, Jesus carries the pain. If we bless one another, Jesus partakes in the blessing. When we help each other, we help Jesus. If we judge one another we judge the work of Jesus in their lives.
I fought the same sin for years, each time I felt the temptation arise, I would get fearful, then start quoting the word of God. I would sometimes pace the floors praying and pleading the blood of Jesus. Yet I would sin until I changed my attitude about the sin. I saw myself as a helpless victim to the sin. I would even be upset at Jesus for letting me sin. Then this verse hit me: If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. (Psalm 66:18) I didn’t want to sin I was fighting the sin, but after reading that verse I checked my heart. I had a heart change. I was angry at the sin, at the first sign of temptation; I would take authority over the evil and command it to leave in Jesus’ name. I didn’t plead with evil to leave. I commanded it to leave in Jesus’ name. I finally started to operate in the authority God has given me over the powers of darkness. I was in an attitude of faith in God, not fear of failure. I say that the blood of Jesus is against evil, I have the armor of God on, and I use the sword of the spirit. All of these powerful weapons should be used with a pure heart, a heart filled with the love of God.
If you want true victory, change your focus, you will draw to you what you focus on. If you focus on defeat and sin, you will feel defeated. If you focus on God and His goodness by studying the word of God, praise Him and giving him thanks, you will have victory. Our thoughts and words are like spiritual magnets.
Forgive and You will be Forgiven
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. “When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. “But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. “So the servant fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ “And the lord of that servant felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servant who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ “So his fellow servant fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ “But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. “So when his fellow servant saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. “Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. ‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow servant, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12
From these verses God expects us to forgive people including ourselves who have not lived up to our expectations or hurt us. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” If you did not forgive yourself, then God cannot forgive you. Never sin against your own conscience, if you know it is wrong, don’t do it.
Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come; but woe unto him, through whom they come. Luke 17:1
We have a choice to forgive or be offended. The Bible is clear in telling us to forgive and let go of all offenses. An offense will keep you in bondage.
I was at work one day and a coworker, a fellow Christian, had a disagreement. I thought I was totally in the right, while she thought she was. The next day, while in the shower, I didn’t have a peaceful morning with praise and thanksgiving to God. Instead, this person and the events of the previous day were filling my mind and my heart was grieved. At first I said to myself, “Get out of my mind” then I realized I hadn’t forgiven her. So I forgave her and the thoughts faded.
Forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. Forgiveness is releasing the person without receiving an apology, payment, or explanation. Forgiveness is viewing the person or event from a non threatening perspective.
Forgiveness is a decision you make to benefit you, not the person that hurt you. The person that hurt you could care less if they were ever forgiven by you. Forgiveness is something you do for yourself. It is an act of obedience to the commandments of Jesus Christ. When you forgive a person, you need to forgive each act separately, instead of a blanket statement. I forgive my father for being mean to me is a blanket statement. It is best to forgive each incident that the Lord brings to mind. I forgive my father for beating me up at the age of six. I forgive him for lying to me about my mother. Each incident that you choose to forgive will bring you into a place of healing for yourself.
When you forgive a person, that doesn’t mean that you still need to be friends with that person or do business with them. Don’t let the devil set you up for repeat failure. It gets harder to forgive a repeat offender and it is harder to forgive ourselves for being hurt again.
If the person who has hurt you is a business associate or a family member and you have to continue to associate with them. You still need to forgive them, but that doesn’t mean you have to be close to them or that you trust them to change. Trust is earned not granted. If you are unforgiving, then anger, resentment and bitterness from the past will hurt new relationships and new experiences. Your life might become so wrapped up in the wrong that you can't enjoy the right. You are wrapped up in the past at the expense of the future. You might become depressed or anxious which will cause your body to become sick and your immune system to be compromised.
Truly, sometimes people don’t know that they have hurt you. It is best to keep things in the open, concealing them in the dark only leads to lies and deception. Openly, say, “I was hurt when you did this.” The person might or might not ask for forgiveness it doesn’t matter, it is your responsibility to forgive.
If you have spoken ill of someone and God is dealing with your conscience about the issue, then it would be good to repent and ask God for forgiveness. But, it is not necessary to go to the person who you talked ugly about because they are unaware of it. We are commanded not to stir up strife. In these cases, the saying is true…if they don’t know, it won’t hurt them. The main objective is to walk in love. Treat other people how you would want to be treated.
The Bible is very clear, if we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us. Matthew 6:14-15 For it you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Un-forgiveness, give the other person power over you. They hurt you in this life; don’t let them destroy your eternal destiny. Hell is full of people who choose not to forgive others.
Un-forgiveness can bring isolation into a person’s life. Some people have been hurt so badly that they are unable to forgive and relate to other people. The un-forgiveness has built up a wall around their hearts. They are unable to establish new relationships because of the pain from the old relationships. They have an “all I need is God attitude.” No man is an island to themselves, we were created for relationship. In Genesis 2:18, And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-19 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up. We are the body of Christ and we need each other, 1 Corinthians 12: 12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (Also see Romans 12:4-5) We are created to live in a community or a family unit.
We are in a fight for our lives… Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, fight the good fight of faith. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
These and many more are fighting scriptures and the devils knows that if he can hurt you so deeply you can’t forgive your abuser, or if the devil can get you to sin against your own soul, so that you cannot forgive yourself, or if the devil can hurt you so badly and blame it on God so that you cannot forgive God,…….then the devil will have won, and you will spend eternity in hell for the crime of un-forgiveness.
Forgiving someone is something we do for ourselves. We cannot expect the other person to change; the only person we can change is ourselves. This is very important while dating. Don’t marry someone thinking that you can change them, only God can change a person’s heart.
The hardest person to forgive is you. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, we know verses like: Hebrews 12:4 ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. We know better than to fall into sin. But if we do, we need to repent, ask for forgiveness from God in Jesus’ name, and forgive ourselves. When we repent and ask God to forgive us, we need to confess our sin, not justify it. Example: Forgive me Lord for lying to my boss is the proper way to ask for forgiveness. The wrong way would be to justify the sin, like Lord you know I need this job, so I lied to keep my job, forgive me.
And it doesn’t help if you ask God to forgive you fifty times for the same sin. If you truly repented, he forgave you the first time. The longer you stay in a state of condemnation, the longer your assignment from God is left undone. We are not higher than God, so when God forgive us, for His own name sake, we need to forgive ourselves too. Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. If you are having a hard time forgiving yourself, say for Jesus’ sake I forgive me.
If you can’t forgive, then ask God for the grace to forgive yourself. Remember Jesus Christ wants you to succeed, more than you want to succeed. A person without an ego would have the attitude, Lord Jesus, You and Lord God are the only holy perfect ones, and I throw myself on your mercy, for your mercies are new every morning. Give me the grace to forgive myself.
It is best never to sin against your own conscience. Never think that you are so strong that you put yourself in a position to be tempted. Never judge another person’s sin as if you were better than they are. No one knows another person past or why people do what they do. Take everything to God in prayer and keep a clear conscience. Forgive and it will be forgiven you. And don’t take on another person offence. If your child was bullied at school, take on the appropriate actions, like contacting the school, but don’t take on the offense.
Forgiving God can be hard because we are taught that God is all knowing, all powerful, He is everywhere at the same time. God is our healer and our provider. God is our King and our Lord. He rules over all. Yet, an eight year old girl is raped by her drunken 18 year old brother. A stray bullet takes the life of an innocent child. A child of God after believing for healing dies after suffering terribly with cancer. After giving into the kingdom of God for years, you are unable to pay your bills or the car breaks down. Where is God? Where is He when I’m hurting so bad that I can’t breathe?
He is in the same place, where he was when he watched his innocent beloved only begotten Son be tortured and crucified for mankind. He is in the same place He was when so many martyrs have lost their lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were tortured and put to death, some were beaten, beheaded, cut open with swords and knives, shot and killed, raped and murdered for the gospel. 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. And John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.
God will not violate free will. God will not make you do anything; therefore God will not make a sinner stop sinning. Roman 12:19 dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, Ezekiel 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? Said the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? God will give the abuser time to repent.
Steps to Forgiveness
1.) Make the choice to forgive – forgiveness is not a feeling. Forgiveness is a choice made through faith.
2.) Understand that forgiveness does not forget what happens nor does it excuse the person who hurt you. Forgiveness releases you from the person and incident. You don’t want to make excuses for the person who hurt you. Like, they were incapable of loving me because they were never loved. This may be true, but forgiveness is forgiving the person, not making excuses for the person.
3.) Once a person is forgiven, stop rehearsing the incident in your mind or telling others what terrible things happened to you? Stop reliving the event. If the event should enter your mind, pray “God I choose to forgive ____________________________, and I ask you to forgive them too. Lord God, please heal my emotions and remove any lies or pain that has been embedded in me.” As you walk in greater forgiveness you can ask the Lord to bless the person who hurt you.
4.) Release any thoughts of revenge, anger, bitterness, or resentment towards the person who has hurt you including yourself.
5.) Some pains and hurts are so deep that we are wounded at the conscience and subconscious levels, once forgiveness is given, God can and will start the healing process. Remember the devil does not want you to forgive and be set free. Beware of any inner voices telling you that if I forgive it will happen to you again.
6.) Forgive yourself and God.
After you have forgiven, if an event enters your mind again, there is a reason, (a) either you need to forgive again, (b) there is a lie that is attached to the event, (c) you might need to confess a sin to God concerning the incident, or (d) the devil is tormenting you or your past to shipwreck your future.
People who live in the past are often depressed and full of regrets; people who live in the future are often anxious and worried. The people who take the present moment and live in the presence of God casting all of their cares upon him for he cares for us, and take the whole of the past with its victories, disappointments and regrets, and place the past on the altar of God, burning up the disappointments, placing the victories at the feet of Jesus, and applying the Blood of Jesus to the regrets, live a life full of joy and contentment. We can’t change the past, we are not God, and we can only live in the present. If you are tormented by some action or sin you committed in the past. You need to forgive yourself, because if you keep reliving the moment and you will draw to yourself the things you are focused on. Forgive! And start focusing on the goodness and mercy of God.
We are made in the image of God and the Spirit of God dwells within us after we are born again. The words of our mouths and belief in our hearts have creative power to frame our worlds. Whatever you dwell upon will become part of you in time.
Take time to get alone with God and ask him to show you every individual that you need to forgive. You can start forgiving them today and you will begin to feel so much better. Remember forgiveness is something we do ourselves and not the other person. Let God be the judge, not you.
“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.”
― C.S. Lewis
“People have to forgive. We don't have to like them, we don't have to be friends with them, we don't have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!”
― C. JoyBell C.
Sample Prayer of Forgiveness
Dear Lord God Almighty, in the name of Jesus, I choose to forgive _______________________________ for ___________________________________. I want to forgive but I need your grace to forgive completely. I place _______________________________ and the situation into your hands. I forgive and I ask you to forgive me for any involvement in the situation. Dear God heal my wounds that this has caused. I forgive you for allowing this to happen. Please forgive me for holding on to the offence, shame, hate, and angry. I choose to release it all to you. By the blood of Lord Jesus Christ I cleanse the wound and the memory. Please Father remove all the lies in my soul and mind because of this event.
If sexual abuse was involved continue to pray: Lord God Almighty, I ask you to break all spirit and soul ties with ________________________________. I forgive them and I release them from me. I call back all parts of my soul, and I release all parts of their soul to them. Lord God please make me whole again heal my brokenness.
How to Get Free in Your Soul so You Can Fly in Your Spirit
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17). We who were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death. Therefore we are buried with him by the baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4)
Notice in both verses, we are new when we are in Christ. If we walk in the spirit we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Being born again is a union with Christ Jesus, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and Lord Jesus is in us and we are in Him. All of our past sins, memories, events are placed on the cross of Jesus Christ and were buried with him. We experience the newness of life when we realize the old is passed away. It is not just you; it is you in union with the Creator of everything. It is you in union with Jesus Christ, who has all the power and authority in heaven and in earth and under the earth. You are new!
We need to make a break with the past by confession:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am a new creation in Christ Jesus because I was born again into the kingdom of God and redeemed from the kingdom of darkness but the blood sacrifice of Lord Jesus. Lord Jesus is my king and savior. Therefore, I boldly proclaim that any sin I might have done willfully or unknowing I ask for you forgiveness. Any sin, curse or agreement with evil of my ancestors; I ask you dear Father God to forgive me and place the cross of Jesus Christ between me and any actions of my ancestors that is unpleasing in your sight in Jesus’ name. Father please remove any lies embedded in my mind or heart, in Jesus’ name. Father I ask you to fill me with your truth in Jesus’ name. Satan be gone from me and my life forever in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I sever any ties with evil in Jesus’ name.
Realizing, all of your past, good, bad, and ugly, is on the cross of Jesus Christ. Now, by faith believing it, even if you need to repeat over and over again, I am a new creation in Christ Jesus old things are passed away, behold all things are new.
Sometimes the past is so painful that we are unable to just let it go and believe. For people who have had generation of iniquity past down might need inner healing.
Introduction to Inner healing
We know that when God first created the earth everything in the earth was good. God loves us and has pleasure in our successes. We were created for God’s pleasure. We are children of love created by a love God. We were created to be loved and protected. God formed the family unit to love, train, instruct, and nurture the children.
We hear the gospel preached and we come to God and we find out that God is good and He loves us. When we accept Jesus Christ as our King and start to work in his Kingdom. We love and serve King Jesus and we are saved from the fires of Hell. We have entered into a covenant with the Creator of the universe. We can live forever with God in all of His glory and goodness. We can have the love, peace, acceptance and joy that we always wanted. We can be important people; we are Kings and Priest of the Most High God. We are His children and we are seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus. We are no longer victims, losers; hopeless bunch of people, for the God of the universe loves and cares for us…WOW!
Because we are not in Christ Jesus all the time, the old patterns of thinking, the lies that we believed about ourselves haven’t been changed, so we fall back into old habits, believing the old lies that were engraved upon our soul, we are the victims of our environments, we will never amount to anything, we are no good, so we stay in that place of sin and defeat until the goodness of God or the prayers of the saints can penetrate the feeling of defeat and hopelessness, we confess our sins, and try to do better, try to read more Bible, memorize more word of God, to renew our minds only to find that after a time we fall back into the same pattern of defeat and we cry out to God. Heal my thinking, remove the lies from me. And that is inner healing…
It is necessary to read and memorize the Bible so that we can renew our minds, AND we have to remove the lie in our thinking. If you were abused, wounded, used, rejected, or addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you need to read and study the word of God more. Because thy word oh God have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you. We read the word of God until it because part of our thinking. We read the word of God until we become the word, and the word becomes us.
Some people say that inner healing is not necessary because all of my past was crucified on the cross with Jesus, this is very true, but sometimes our past prevents us for living in Christ. If you have a wound, it hurts every time someone brushes up against it. This emotional pain is enough to pull you from being in Christ. God is a God that heals the broken hearted. Jesus overcame the devil in the dessert, and he returned in the power of the Spirit. When he came to Nazareth, one of the first messages he preached in the gospel of Luke was Luke 4:18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. It would seem like inner healing and deliverance were part of the gospel message.
Tearing down of strongholds
A stronghold is a fortified place, a place of security or survival. Satan sets up strongholds in people’s lives, it is like placing a chain around their leg and each time that person starts to advance in the Kingdom of God. The devil pulls this chain and yanks the person back down again. John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. He wants to steal your health, your faith, your love of God, your trust in God. The devil wants to bring fear, hate, doubt, sickness, poverty, lack, un-forgiveness, rebellion, lust, deception, disappointment into your life. But God, …. John 3:8 “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (Overcome means to conquer, to carry off the victory, to come off victorious)
Strongholds are normally started at early childhood. One example is a young child is abused or molested by their parent or a close relative. This develops strongholds of distrust for authority, hate, angry, guilt, and shame. If these strongholds are not dealt with, the distrust for authority turns into rebellion, hate advances to murder, angry advances to rage, bitterness, resentment. I’m not painting a pretty picture. And because that child has these spirits of abuse, hate and angry, they, the evil spirits, will set up events in the child’s lives to reinforce their strongholds. Events of abuse and molestation continue to happen in a person’s life. Once that person becomes a teenage all these emotions are flaring up in their young minds, their hormones are making the person more unstable. The emotional pain is too great to bare. Humans were not created to be abused. We were created to be loved and to serve God and each other. But because of sin, evil entered the world and destroys lives. Once this emotional pain is too great that person will either withdrawal into themselves and continues to sabotage their lives without even knowing why they are doing destructive things. Often times the person will develop a drug or alcohol problem to numb the pain. The evil spirits of abuse, angry, rebellion, rage, etc.., will always hide in the soul, ready to spring out when it is triggered.
A trigger is an event that will recall a memory either subconscious or consciously. Certain songs will trigger memories in your past. Certain smells will trigger memories, someone who has been abused as a child might be triggered when someone raises their voice at them. The abused person will responded with hate, fear and angry. That person is not reacting to the events, they are reacting to all the unresolved hurts and pain that has been buried within them, and they responded to that yelling with hate, angry, and sometimes violence. Sound familiar? The enemy has set up stronghold in their life. As a person continues to act on their pain and hurt, habits are developed which serve to reinforce the stronghold.
Childhood trauma can affect the rest of our lives if we let it. A child’s mind is created to bond with its environment. The chemicals in the brain that are necessary to think abstractly are not present in the child’s mind. This is why a child thinks everything is about them. If a child hears the parents fighting, the child believes the fight is about them, they caused it. The personality of a person is established within the first six years of development. God engineer the child’s brain to be one with the family until the child is old enough to think for themselves.
As Paul puts it ... “Oh what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 7:24
The first steps in tearing down strongholds are:
* Confessing any known sin in your life, don’t justify the sin, confess it as sin.
* Repent of the sin - which means determine in your heart that you will not sin again in the same way. Like if you stole something, steal no more. Repent means to change your mind.
* Forgiveness, totally forgive everyone involved including God and yourself.
* Cancelling all bitter root judgments. A bitterroot judgment is a vow you make to yourself, I’ll never treat my children that way.
* Ask Jesus Christ to heal the memories, and remove any lies.
* Walk through the memory with Jesus Christ and trained counselor.
* Fill yourself with the word of God and the Holy Spirit.
The Power of the Word of God
The most powerful force or Supreme Being is God Almighty, our Creator. We have established that He is a loving God. Everything we need for life and godliness was given to us. The sacrifice of Lord Christ Jesus dethroned the devil and we are now seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. When Jesus was on the earth He fought the devil with the word of God, self sacrifice and always doing what His father commanded him to do. WE, as God’s children, have been given access to the ear of God; we can come boldly before the throne of grace. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Some might ask, “If that is the case, why are there so many defeated Christians.”
We have a powerful God, but we also have a powerful enemy. We can never fight this enemy on our own. We need to be in Christ and Christ needs to be in us. Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh, we need the word of God within us, study it, memorize it, quote it, and become it.
The Bible states: Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house. There are no voids, when the unclean spirits are driven out, you must fill the void with the Spirit of God. We are the temples of the living God. Fill your mind with the word of God. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us. God is my Lord, master, creator, king, but the best part is he is my father. He is not some god, who is far away, that I pray to and hope he hears me. God is a God, who loves His creation so much that he is willing to sent His spirit into us.
Matthew 12:43-45 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he said, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he found it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goes and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wick generation.
Listed below are some very good scriptures. I have included them to show the power of the word of God.
Exodus 23:30 By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land. Joshua 17:13 Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them out.
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.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Proverb 23:23:7 For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
Proverb 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligences for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 13:2-3 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth; but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. Lord who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.
In conclusion: We are made in the image of God and the Spirit of God dwells within us after we are born again. The words of our mouths and belief in our hearts have creative power to frame our worlds.
Developing Positive Words
The more a person acts on the stronghold the more power the stronghold is given. Example: Anger: A person can be angry in a situation, but when a person acts on that anger by yelling or striking out, the more power is given to the stronghold of anger. In order to be free from the stronghold, you must decide to act in a godly matter. Instead responding in anger, ask God to give you the grace to overcome your anger in the midst of a bad situation. Respond in love or walk away. We cannot fight the devil using his tools or methods. In Ephesians 4:31-32 states: Let all bitterness, wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
It is a battle but you can win with the help of God. Desire plays a very strong role. Do you desire to be free? If you desire to be free, God will help you become free. Find some verse in the Bible that are solutions to your problem and continue to mediate on the scriptures.
Stop the negative Words
Keeping yourself unspotted from the world included bridling or guarding your tongue. Are you speaking God’s words or your words?
If you get angry, control your words, Never say, “I’m going to kill you” In order to control your words you first have to control your thoughts, the Bible tells us to think upon good things, don’t dwell on the past and past hurts. If a negative situation comes to your mind concerning a person, purpose in your mind to think about a positive trait of that person. You would be less likely to be angry at someone if you where thinking good thoughts about them.
Be patient the renewing of your mind takes time. We have been programmed by the world for a long time. Speak words of life not death and practice focusing on God and his word.
Speak Life - Glory to God Almighty. Thank God I’m doing well. God is good all the time. I’m blessing and prosperous. I’m more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. And remember it’s not enough to say the words we must believe them too. The heart, head, and mouth must come into agreement. It takes all three. I think it, I believe, and I know it, act upon it. These are the steps to faith. But seek first the Kingdom and God and His righteousness. God wants you to be victorious, just cooperate with God.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are good report; if there by any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
A stronghold was developed over time, don’t get discourage if it takes time to tear it down just believe All things are possible with God. The more time you spend with God and the things of God. The less power that stronghold will have.
The Armor of God
Eph 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
2 Cr 10:3-5 for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds ;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The battlefield of the will and desires. First we must conquer our minds, than we must advance the kingdom of God to include our family, friends, state, and nation. If you can capture the mind and beliefs of the youths, you can change a nation. The enemy knows this, we should know it too. Look at America, we have been changed by the media, but it is time to comeback stronger. We are in a battle for souls and we need the armor of God. Before starting your day, plead the blood of Jesus upon you, your family and processions. To plead means to argue a case or cause in a court of law. In other words, back off devil, I and everything and everybody that pertains to me belongs to Lord Jesus Christ, purchased by His blood. After you plead the blood of Jesus Christ, put on the armor of God.
On the cross Jesus Christ defeated Satan. Satan is a defeated foe. He is still your enemy, but you are victorious through Jesus. Let us look at the pieces of armor.
The Belt of Truth - This was a belt the tied tightly around the waist, it gave the solder freedom of movement because they would take their clothing into the girdle. We must surround ourselves with truth, by honest and open communication with other people especially God and ourselves. Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12: 1. Anything that is hidden needs to be bought into the light. Once an incident is in the light, it loses its power to control you. The word of God is truth; study the word of God daily, even if you read one verse. Surround yourself with the Holy Spirit; invite Him into your life. Create an atmosphere that is inviting to the Holy Spirit, have praise in your heart and be filled with love and gratitude.
Spirit of Truth is the Holy Spirit. He will guide you in all truth, he will give you power to live a Christian life; He enables us to pray according to the will of God. For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Psalm 89:14
Breast Plate of Righteousness - Romans 5:17 for if by one man's offence death reined by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall rein in life by one, Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 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. The breast plate of righteousness is not our own, but it is the righteousness of Jesus Christ, we are to put on Christ. The breast plate protects the heart – the emotions, love, sorrow, depression, guilt, condemnation, jealous, fear, angry, and hate. These are the most abused emotions and Jesus Christ is the solution for our emotional needs.
Once we are saved, we try to do the right thing. We want to please our heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, because we love them, but sometimes we miss it. We have holes in our breast plate of righteousness. So Jesus seeing us, he loves us, and he gives us his righteousness. I seen a vision; I was standing in battle and my breast plate had these holes in it, Jesus stands besides me and he gives me his breastplate which was shine and new. It is not my righteousness, but Jesus’ righteousness.
Phil 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
1 Tim 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
This is a breast plate of faith and love, not of works. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availed anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.
The one definition of righteousness is conformity to the moral law. Apostle Paul exhorts Christians to moral uprightness; awake to righteousness, and sin not. Almighty God has always called His people to a higher standard, a standard of holiness. We are not under the law but under grace, meaning grace will enable you to fulfill the moral law. We are righteous by faith in Jesus Christ. Faith works by love; it is heart knowledge of the beauty of holiness. I follow the commandments of God out of a love for Him.
A self righteous person will be critical and judgmental. They will follow the commandment of God out of fear not love. If they mess up, they would run away from God being unable to forgive themselves for a season, because out of pride they held themselves to a higher standard. The joy of the Lord is missing. Christianity becomes a set of rules which to love by.
A person operating in the righteous of Christ Jesus will be loving and forgiving. They would operate out of mercy because they know how many times God has forgiven them. If they mess up, they would be quick to ask for forgiveness and run to God and the mercy seat, because of their love for Him. They gladly do those things that are pleasing to Him. There focus is on obeying God, not out of duty or compulsion, but out of love for God and others. As a Christian desires to grow nearer to God they will begin to seek the Lord, they follow the prompting of their hearts. Christianity is not a bunch of rules to live by, but a relationship with God. A Christian will prefer love over hate, peace over strife, forgiveness over revenge, thankfulness over complaining. The ways of this world will grow distance and uninviting. Righteousness by faith in Jesus, a heart trust in Jesus Christ, not head knowledge, but heart knowledge.
Every time I take my eyes off of Jesus and focus on becoming righteous, I fall from grace to works. Every time I take my eyes off of Jesus and focus on fighting sin, I lose the battle with sin. Whatever you focus on you will attract to you. We are called to live holy and righteous lives by faith, not works.
Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace: prepare to walk in the gospel, shoes bring protection and defensive. Shoes help you keep your footing; you can’t walk far without shoes. Let Lord Jesus guide your steps each and every day. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.
Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Shield of Faith: Satan will attack us in our minds, emotions, bodies, or finances. The shield of faith covers us. If he cannot attack us, he will attack those who are closest to us. The Romans had to lock shields in battle. The plan is the enemy is to separate you from God and other Christians. All of our power and authority flow from God Almighty, the Creator. If the devil can hurt you and blame it on God, then you cannot go to God to get healed, physically or emotionally because you think God did it. Always stay close to Jesus and have faith that he loves you dearly. He desires for you to succeed.
Helmet of Salvation – have a covering, submission to authority, to have authority you have to be under authority. A helmet is protection for our head, take the helmet of salvation, and receive it. In Hebrew 10:25, The Bible tells us not to forsake the assembly of ourselves together, as the manner of some, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. We need to belong to a body of believers or church.
If the world and the things in the world attach themselves to you, to bring you into the worldly way of operating, instead of the spirit of Christ, then in an anointed church service, that thing has to get off of you. How many times have you heard, “what has gotten into you.” If you don’t go to church that thing on you is going to continue to draw you away from God. Whether it is oppression, doubts, or disappointment, don’t give it any place; give no place to the devil.
In war time, the enemy would take his sword and crush the head of the opposing army. In Matthew 4: 1-11; the devil used the word of God against Jesus. The battlefield is for the mind. The enemy will try to put thoughts into your mind that would be a death blow. If the devil can separate you from Jesus you will have a death blow. You should have some spiritual authority in your life that you are accountable to. Someone or a group of people who you trust and you could go to talk to them about anything without being judged or rejected. This would be a biblical way to guard your thoughts.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 but let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Derek Prince “The protection for the mind is hope, but the protection for the heart is faith”
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hope is not wishful thinking; hope is built on faith, built on the promises of God, built on trust. Hope is an expectation of good based on the promises of God’s word.
Romans 8:28 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.
Colossians 1:2 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Sword of the Spirit: Which is the word of God Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus used the sword against the devil. You can’t separate God from His word. We need to build up our spiritual muscle by studying the word of God. In the midst of a battle, sometimes we have to take the word of God and tie ourselves to it as an anchor.
Breaking Generational Curses
Can a Christian be cursed? The answer is no, you can’t curse what God has blessed. Is it necessary to break generational curses? The answer is yes, it is necessary. The evil spirits don’t believe the word of God or they don’t obey the word of God. God said if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. We, as believers, need to reinforce the new covenant. AS a new believer, I struggled with old thoughts and I couldn’t get the breakthrough until I renounced involvement in the occult. Jesus gave us the victory we need to contend for it.
Dear Lord God Almighty,
I acknowledge your presence in my life. You are the only all knowing and all powerful God, my creator, my father, and my master. I am depended upon you, for apart from you I can do nothing. I stand in the truth that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus Christ. And because I am in Christ Jesus I share in that authority as Jesus enables me to. Dear Lord God, fill me with your Holy Spirit and lead me into all truth. I pray for your complete protection and guidance. I plead the blood of Jesus upon my mind, heart, soul, spirit, my family and friends and everything that pertains to me. In Jesus name.
In the name and authority of Lord Jesus Christ, I command Satan and all evil spirits to release me in order that I can be free to know and do the will of God. As a child of God seated with Christ in the heavenly places, I command all the enemies of the Lord Jesus to be silence and leave my presence forever in Jesus name. I forbid any evil spirit from harassing me or inferring with me in any way in Jesus name.
As you speak out these words, remember evil spirits and Satan will only be defeated if you confront him verbally. He cannot read your mind, and he is under no obligation to obey your thoughts.
The first step is to renounce your previous or current involvement with satanically inspired occult practices and false religions. You need to renounce any activity and group that denies Jesus Christ, offers guidance through any other source other than the absolute authority of the written Word of God, or requires secret initiations, ceremonies, or covenants.
Dear Heaven Father,
I ask you to guard my heart and my mind and reveal to me any and all involvement I have had, either knowingly or unknowingly, with cultic or occult practices, false religion, or false teachers. In Jesus’ name, I pray Amen.
Non-Christian Spiritual Experience Inventory
Lord I confess that I have participated in ___________and I renounce __________in Jesus name. I commend every evil spirit that came into me because of the ___________to go now in the Name of Jesus. I shut the door to my life and the lives of my children to every demonic spirit in Jesus name associated with the practice of ________________. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ that I am forgiven and set free.
Dear Lord God Almighty if my ancestors had involvement in any occult practices listed above or have sinned against you. I confess and renounce my sin and their sin and ask for your forgiveness and I cleanse myself and my family with the blood of Jesus. I command every evil spirit associated with the practice to be gone from me and my family in Jesus name. Dear Lord God Almighty, In the name of Jesus Christ your son and my Lord and Savior; I ask you to break any and all generational curses from me and my family, because I now belong to you. You are my family and your family is blessed and not cursed. I am a member of your family and I ask for and receive the blessing of Abraham and the blessing associated with belonging to Christ Jesus. Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I know that you desire truth in the inner self and that facing this truth is the way of liberation. I acknowledge that I have been deceived by the father of lies and that I have deceived myself. I pray in the name of Lord Jesus Christ that you, heavenly Father, will rebuke all deceiving spirits by virtue of the shed blood and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. By faith I have received you into my life and I am now seated with Christ in the heavenly places. I acknowledge that I have the responsibility and authority to resist the devil, and when I do, he will flee from me. I now ask the Holy Spirit to guide me into all truth. I ask you to “search me, O God, and know my heart; have mercy upon me; tell me to truth, help me to believe the truth, and lead me in the way everlasting”. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
Self-deception (deceiving ourselves instead of acknowledging the truth)
___hearing God’s word but not doing it (James 1:22; 4:17)
___saying we have no sin (1 John 1:8)
___thinking we are something when we are not (Galatians 6:3)
___thinking we are wise in our own eyes (1 Corinthians 3:18-19)
___thinking we will not reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7)
___thinking the unrighteous will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9)
___thinking we can associate with bad company and not be corrupted (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Self-defense (defending ourselves instead of trusting in Christ)
___denial (conscious or subconscious refusal to face the truth)
___fantasy (escaping from the real world)
___emotional insulation (withdrawing to avoid rejection)
___regression (reverting back to a less-threatening time)
___displacement (taking out frustrations on others)
___projection (blaming others)
___rationalization (making excuses for poor behavior)
For those things that have been true in your life, pray aloud:
I agree that I have been deceived in the area of _________. Thank you for forgiving me. I commit myself to know and to follow your truth. Amen.
Faith is the biblical response to the truth, and believing the truth is a choice. When someone says, “I want to believe God, but I can’t,” that person is deceived. Of course you can believe God, Faith is something you decide to do, not something you feel like doing. Believing the truth does not make it true. It is true; therefore, we believe it. We cannot create reality with our minds; we face reality. It is what or who you believe in that count. Everybody believes in something, and everybody walks by faith according to what he or she believes.
I recognize that there is only one true and living God who exists as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that he is worthy of all honor, praise and glory as the Creator, Sustainer, and Beginning and End of all living. I recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. I believe that he came to destroy the works of Satan, that he disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public display of them, having triumphed over them.
I believe that God has proven his love for me because, when I was still a sinner, Christ died for me. I believe that he delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to his kingdom, and in him I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. I believe that I am now a child of God and that I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. I believe that I was saved by grace of God through faith, that it was a gift and not the result of any works on my part. I choose to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. I put on the whole armor of God and I resolve to stand firm in my faith and resist the evil one.
I believe that apart from Christ I can do nothing, so I declare myself dependent on him. I choose to abide in Christ in order to bear much fruit and glorify the Lord. I announce to Satan that Jesus is my Lord, and I reject any counterfeit gifts or works of Satan in my life. I stand against Satan’s deception by taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. I declare that the Bible is the only authoritative standard. I choose to speak the truth in love. I choose to present my body as an instrument of righteousness, a living and holy sacrifice, and I renew my mind by the living Word of God in order that I may prove that the will of God is good, pleasing, and perfect. I put off the old self with its evil practices and put on the new self, and I declare myself to be a new creation in Christ Jesus. I trust my heavenly father to fill me with his Holy Spirit and to guide me into all truths and to empower my life that I might live above sin and not gratify the desires of the flesh. I crucify the flesh and choose to walk by the Spirit. I renounce all selfish goals and choose the ultimate goal of love. I choose to obey the two greatest commandments to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and to love my neighbor as myself. I believe that Jesus Christ has all authority in heaven and earth and that he is the head over all rule and authority. I believe that Satan and his demons are subject to me in Christ, since I am a member of Christ’s body. Therefore, I obey the command to submit to God and resist the devil and I command Satan in the name of Jesus Christ to leave my presence. Your confession should match your desire, and your desires will lead your actions into conduct that matches your confessions. We do not want to be double minded.
Psalm 155:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Jesus Christ has all authority in heaven, in the earth, and under the earth and he gladly shares the authority with his children on earth. The host of angels will respond to a prayer that is prayed in faith. Prayer is communication with God. Prayer is making a request in a humble manner; prayer is adoration, praise, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving. Prayer is an act of faith. Faith that God hears, God cares, and God wants to get involved in this world.
Sometimes we project onto God the attributes of our fathers. If a person father was very busy and uninvolved in his children’s life. People tend to think God doesn’t want to get involved with their lives. That he is a God that is too busy for them, that doesn’t care about their needs. This is so far from the truth. God is a god of relationships. He wants a relationship with you, he wants a family. He can have everything, yet one of His desires is to have a family that loves and obeys Him.
If I was going to live with someone for eternity, I would want that person to truly love me, not for what I could give them, but love me for who I am, not what I do.
Prayer is getting God involved in yourself, your family, your friends, your nation, your world. Prayer is not just talking, pray is listening. When you communicate, you talk and listen. We need to take time to listen. Many Christians journal, which is writing what they hear in their hearts during prayer time. Journaling is very important, if you forget part of conservation with a friend, it isn’t life changing, but if you forget something God has spoken to you, it could be life threatening.
There are several types of prayer, individual and group prayer. There are prayers that we pray with our understanding and there are prayers we pray with an unknown language. There are prayers that come from a person heart, or prayers that are directly from the word of God. There are prayers in your tears, moans, and your breath. There are prayers that are prayed while kneeing, standing, walking, or running. God hears them all. God is a God that is very near, not a God that is far away. There are many books written on prayer. The best advice is pray. Pray in the morning, afternoon, evening before going to bed. Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. If praying is communicating with God, then if you are conscience of the presence of God during all of your waking hours, you will be praying always. Remember, God desires fellowship.
Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
Matthew 16: 19 Jesus said , “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
The word bound has several means, one is to bind, fasten with chains, to throw into chains, to put under obligation. The word loose means to loose any person or thing tied or fastened, to loose one bound, to unbind, release, to dissolve anything bound. Jesus said that this is a key, so if you say “I bind the evil spirit from interfering with me in Jesus name” Are you fastening the evil thing to you? Or are you forbidding the evil spirit from operating in your life? You might say Jesus knows what I mean, but you are no addressing Jesus? Jesus’ host or army will carry out the command, but you are addressing the enemy. You must be specific so that there is no confusion. Example prayer: I forbid Satan or any evil spirit from harassing me in Jesus name. I release myself from any involved in evil or the occult in Jesus name.” You don’t want to bind an unclean spirit to you; you want to forbid the unclean spirit from operating in your life in Jesus name. Remember, unless you speak out loud in Jesus’ name. The host of heaven will not come to your aid. Jesus has all authority and delegated that authority to the believer. Jesus has chosen to work alongside of mankind. We must work with Jesus to establish his kingdom on earth.
Creating an Atmosphere inviting to the Presence of God
Paul states in 1 Corinthians 3:16 that we are the temples of God, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” We love God and we want God to feel at home with us and in us. God is holy and he commands us to be holy for he is holy. Holy is defined as sacred, saint, set apart one. God dislikes every kind of impurity both physical and moral. In the physical sense God desires that we keep our dwellings clean and neat. Our homes should be clean of any evil object or filth. In a moral sense, God wants us to put away sin from our lives. We should live morally pure lives, no fornication, adultery, incest, idolatry, murder, lying, stealing, and such sins.
We should have a thought life of praise, worship and thanksgiving to God. In Romans 14:17, Paul said, “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” The devil would have you focus on your past mistakes and regrets so that you can draw the past into the presence and defile the present moment. Key: Whatever you focus on you will draw to yourself. God would have us focus on his goodness, love, peace, joy, and mercy so that we will draw the presence of God into our present. Praise worship and thanksgiving to God is a great way to create an atmosphere in which God dwells.
Every thought you think, the Holy Spirit hears because he is inside of you. God loves us and he also loves all of his creation and bride of Christ. If you want more of God starts becoming a person that God wants to hang around with. Think and speak positive thoughts and words about God and his awesome family. Never insult or judge a person in spiritual authority over you. If you see a fault, take it to God in prayer. Always build up the people of God, never cut them down, because God loves them as much as he loves you. Let Jesus be the judge of his people’s action, our job is to walk in obedience and forgiveness.
God loves you!