Good Morning Lord!
Throughout this day, may I be keenly aware of Your presence in everything I do –whether I am commuting to work, going to school, staying at home, or just speaking with my neighbors. May my life be a living example and may others see Christ in me. There are many that are hurting in this world – may I be a salve to someone today Lord, in a way that I can’t even imagine. May my words be seasoned with salt and minister grace to all that hear. May my actions be aligned with Your Word.
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“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
I remember being in middle school and high school like it was yesterday. For me, middle school especially was a time of great trial and extreme pain. I was the one kid that had no friends, sat alone at lunch, and was bullied almost every day from the group of ‘cool kids.’ Maybe you can relate to a certain level and have been bullied yourself. One thing we can relate to though is having pain in our past.
In Isaiah 43, the Lord is speaking through his prophet Isaiah to Israel. The Lord says that he will be with Israel just as he had been with them in their flight from bondage in Egypt. When Israel was trapped between the Red Sea and the armies of Pharaoh, God made a way where there was none: a passage through the Sea.
“Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters.”
I did not know it at the time, but God had so much more in store for me beyond my wildest dreams after middle school was finished. He led me through the waters away from destruction, and he is doing the same for you even though you may not yet see it.
Ultimately, God’s new thing was a plan of redemption through the death of his Son on the cross.
“Then he said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will.’ He [Jesus] sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
God has done and will do a new thing in your life. Whether you are currently going through a difficult time or have come through one recently, hear God say to you as he said to Israel, “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?”
We lift up all those who have rejected the truth of Your Word and are seeking after the humanistic ways of the world. Lord we know that Satan is the father of lies and his great desire is to lead many away from the path of truth in Christ Jesus – but we ask Lord that You would thwart His malicious plans, and use the satanic agenda and the humanistic lies that are hurting so many people to be the very instrument that will cause MANY to question the values that they have held dear, and to turn them from their worldly ways and seek the Lord Jesus while He may be found– for He is the One and Only Truth and He is the Way and the Life and the Light – and He is the only Hope for mankind.
Your Word is truth – may the truth of Your Word ring in the ears of all who are perishing and bring many perishing people to salvation in Jesus name we pray,
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You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Exodus 20:16, NIV
HAVE YOU EVER noticed the headlines of some of the newspapers in the racks beside the grocery store checkout lines?
“Alien spaceship found in New Mexico!” (It was a four-seat plane from Mexico.)
“Baby born with treasure map on its back!” (It was a birthmark.)
“I gave birth to Elvis’s two-headed alien love child!” (Yeah, right.)
“Vince Foster’s ghost haunts White House!” (The floor in the west wing creaks.)
Do people really believe this stuff? They certainly buy it. Supermarket tabloids sell millions of newspapers every week, so somebody out there must be reading it, liking it, and maybe even believing it.
Of course, those newspapers aren’t the only ones to “embellish” the truth or even to stretch it to its breaking point. You and I do it all the time. We may not claim to have seen Elvis at the local Wal-Mart, but we do stretch the truth sometimes. After all, what’s the harm of a “little white lie”?
A lot. God has another word for “stretching the truth” or “embellishing the truth.” He calls it lying. He says, “Do not testify falsely against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16), and “Do not lie” (Leviticus 19:11). But lying, whether it’s a little white lie or a big fat one, is wrong not just because God says it is. The ninth commandment reveals God as a God who values truth because he himself is true.
Another reason God tells us to avoid lying and to speak the truth is that lying is destructive. Ananias and Sapphira found that out in one deadly lesson! Lying separates us from God. It erodes our character and destroys our reputation. It makes us less like God.
God wants to save us from all that by showing us, through his commandments, what he is like. When we reflect his nature, we also make things a lot easier on ourselves.
Heavenly Father, I thank You for who You are and all that You have done in my life. Your Word is the final authority in my life, and Your Word says that You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love, and of a sound mind. I declare that I am fearless in Jesus’ name. I will not succumb to fear, cowardice, terror, or intimidation. I possess the mind of Christ, and Christ never operated in a victim mentality; therefore, I walk in bold faith and confidence in every area of my life. I am not a victim; I am a victor in Christ! Fear has no place is my thoughts or emotions in the name of Jesus. The Word of God declares, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). I am a hearer of the Word of God, therefore; I choose great faith. Faith is the revelation of God’s Word in action; therefore, I am a doer of Your Word and not just a hearer. No weapon formed against me shall prosper, including fear, worry, or dread. I lift up the shield of faith and neutralize every fiery dart of fear and timidity in the name of Jesus. I declare that all irrational thoughts and phobias must leave me now in Jesus’ name. I have no fear because the Lord is the strength of my life and my salvation.
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For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
(2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)
Years ago, I was daily tormented by fear. I can remember being afraid to go to sleep at night because of the nightmares and horrifying spiritual attacks I would experience. It was then that I realized that the kingdom of darkness was very real. I discovered that one of Satan’s greatest weapons is fear. Why? Because he knows that you and I will not take authority over something we fear. What is fear? Simply put, fear is timidity or cowardice resulting from a wrong belief system. I also like to define fear as false evidence appearing true! We are told in 2 Timothy that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Wow! This tells us that fear is in fact a spirit, and this spirit does not come from God. God doesn’t want us to succumb to the lies of the evil one in the form of fear and ignorance.
Fear comes in many forms. Many people are afraid of failure, others are fearful of being alone, and others still are fearful of death. No matter what fear has attempted to attach itself to your life, you must understand that God has not given you a spirit of fear; instead, He has equipped you with power, love, and a sound mind.
Whenever we are operating in fear, we are neutralizing our spiritual power and authority. Beloved, I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being afraid! One day, while I was being attacked in my sleep by demonic spirits, I screamed the name of Jesus. Suddenly, the oppression lifted! It was then that I realized that the name of Jesus was stronger than the devil. There is no need to fear the enemy. He has no power in your life except that which you give him. Every fear in our lives is the result of a lie we have believed about God, ourselves, or others; however, the moment we accept God’s truth, the power of the lie is broken and fear leaves. The Scripture declares, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I thank You for the blood of Jesus. Through Your shed blood, I have been redeemed from the curse of the law of sin and death. According to Galatians 3:13–14, You became a curse for me and hung on the tree so that I might receive the blessing of Abraham. Thank You, Jesus, for fulfilling Yom Kippur on my behalf. The Word of God declares that the life is in the blood. You exchanged Your life for mine and paid my ransom. I receive the blood sacrifice that You made for me, and I know that through You I am completely clean and justified. I declare that the blood of Jesus Christ neutralizes every curse. I declare that the blood of Jesus Christ is the title deed for my healing, deliverance, and breakthrough. I serve notice to the kingdom of darkness that the blood of Jesus is against it! The enemy can no longer condemn, accuse, or slander my name because my sins are under the blood of Jesus. Thank You, Lord, for Your mighty power working in and through my life. Just as the blood of bulls and goats had power under the old covenant to atone and bring restoration, so Your blood, as the ultimate payment, has the power to completely restore my total self. The blood of Jesus covers me in every area of my life.
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Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.
(1 Peter 1:18–20 KJV)
One of the most significant holy days in the Old Testament was Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. During this sacred time, the High Priest would take a scapegoat and lay his hands on it, symbolically transferring the sins of the entire nation of Israel onto the animal. Then the High Priest would banish the goat into the wilderness, representing the putting away of Israel’s sin before God. After that, a spotless lamb would be sacrificed, representing the atoning (expiating) of Israel’s sin, and thus cleansing the entire nation of their iniquities. To this very day, Yom Kippur is the most holy day in Israel.
However, Yom Kippur was just a type and shadow of something much more powerful. Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ became both the Scapegoat and the sacrificial Lamb, sacrificing Himself of the cross of Calvary for the sins of the entire world (not just the nation of Israel), so that all who believe in Him may be redeemed from the curse of sin, and stand clean, forgiven, and justified before a holy God. What a wonderful display of God’s goodness! The blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed every born-again believer from their sins, and has transformed us into new creations.
When I was growing up, my mother would use bleach to remove heavy stains from clothing. Depending on how soiled the clothing was, there would sometimes still be a remnant of the original stain. In contrast, the blood of Jesus Christ removes any and all stains and leaves no trace of our iniquities, but washes us completely clean. Hallelujah! The blood of Jesus Christ is more powerful than anything you have ever imagined. It was the only ransom worthy of redeeming us. No matter what you are dealing with in your life, you must recognize that the blood of Jesus Christ is more than able to redeem, heal, deliver, and cleanse you. There is power in the blood!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for Your everlasting goodness toward me. Your Word declares, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). I declare that I am a new creation in Christ; old things have passed away, and I have become brand new. I am no longer controlled or manipulated by my past sins, failures, and iniquities, but I have been made clean by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. By faith I possess the mind of Christ! I submit my thought life to the Word of God and declare that I think and reason like Jesus. I command any and all mind-binding spirits to leave me now in Jesus’ name. My heart is receptive to Your truth, and Your Word renews my mind. The more I think on godly things, the more I am changed into the image and character of Jesus Christ. I declare that the life of almighty God is made manifest in and through me daily. I declare that the peace of God that passes all understanding rules my heart and mind in the name of Jesus.
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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1–2 KJV)
Our mind is one of the most important components of our Christian experience. The Bible says plainly, “For as [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). I like to rephrase that to, “What you set your mind on, you will ultimately manifest.”Many believers love God with all their hearts, but they are unable to manifest the abundant life that Christ gave them, because they have not understood the importance and significance of mind renewal.
What does it mean to renew our minds and why is it so important? In Paul’s epistle to the Romans, he instructs us to “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The word “transformed” comes from the same Greek root word that gives us “metamorphosis.” A metamorphosis is a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means. In other words, we are changed in our natural expression through the renewing (renovating) of our mind. Once we became born-again, we became new creations in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17), but we must appropriate this spiritual reality into every sphere of our lives. In essence, we have to “workout” what God has “worked-in.” The more we meditate on God’s Word, the more we begin to manifest this new life. This is why the things that we meditate on are so vitally important. Many people have what I call “stinking thinking”; that is to say, they are always focused on negativity, defeat, and despair. Let us not be among those who possess a defeated mind-set! Too many believers are losing the battle in their minds. For example, don’t say to yourself, “I am just a sinner!”because the reality is that you are the righteousness of God in Christ! The more we think on the Word, the more the Word will transform our lives.
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