ACT on the WORD of GOD
Born again, Holy Spirit baptized Christians can be powerless
toothless spiritual lions because of their failure to continually ACT on the
WORD of GOD. Heidi Baker www.irismin.com
"practiced" healing blind eyes for a whole year prior to seeing any actual
miracle result from her eye prayers. Both God and Satin seem to want to
make sure that we mean what we say and say what we mean and BELIEVE.
Additionally, God wants to make sure that we do not kidnap His glory/praise, but
give it ALL to Him,
the healer/deliverer/miracle worker. In fact, Joshua Mills
going through walls before he actually had his first translocation/ translation/transportation in the spirit adventure. However, practice or acting on God's word is only part, a shadow, of His truth. First and foremost is our daily relationship to Him, to the Trinity. Without a relationship the marriage/friendship/ business deal is a corpse, waiting to be revived/resurrected. Lord, we implore, mentor/woo us.
Charles Ndifon www.christlove.org tells a story of a mom who carried a child 6 years prior to delivery. Let us not be Christians who never come to full term, who are never birthed into the destiny for which we were created. Today a majority of Christians live a second rate/second best life, one comparable to their gentile neighbors. God created his heirs to have superpowers, like superman. Let us awaken to the marvelous things God intended when He thought of us at creation. Let us awaken to the marvelous things God intended when He implanted us in the womb.
We only see now heavenly stars born thousands of light years ago. Those stars were born when God spoke. Likewise, God spoke everything into being a long long time ago. Yet only now are they appearing. Our DNA comes from our ancestors; genetically, we are not a new creation (except when we are born-again by the real but invisible Spirit of God). God spoke each of us into existence long ago. We each have a spiritual purpose, a destiny, an assignment, a reason for existing.
Although God spoke EVERYTHING into existence, man, for the most part, has to follow through on what he speaks, in the name and power of Jesus Christ, God's son. Joshua had to conquer the inhabitants of Israel before those lands, promised by God, became possessions of the Jews. Like a clay pot, it seems that God has to put us through the fire of testing; and in the so doing strengthen us. In the New Testament Jesus and His disciples frequently tell those requesting help/healing to act; when/as they respond the miracle manifests.
John Wesley wrote, "Do all the good you can, by
all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at
all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can."
Believing God with my brain is OK, but my feet running with His Truth, and my hands grabbing onto the hem of His garment, and my mouth hollering His Words to the enemy and to His kingdom, daily, weekly, yearly, consistently, is what gives legs, feet, and hands to His promises, and to our healing, deliverance or miracle.
Exodus 14:14 - The Lord shall fight for you; you need only to be still.
Exodus 14:15-16 Alexander Harkavy 15The Lord said unto Moses, "Wherefore criest thou unto Me (to do your job)? (You) Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward; 16But (you) lift thou up thy rod and stretch out thine hand over the sea and (you) divide it; and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea."
Joshua 1:1-11 Alexander Harkavy - The Lord spoke unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2"Moses
My servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this
people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon,
that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4From
the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates,
all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of
the sun, shall be your border. 5There shall
not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life. As I
was with Moses, so I will be with thee. I will not tail thee, nor forsake
thee. 6Be strong and of good courage, for
unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I swore
unto their fathers to give them. 7Only be
thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all
the law, which Moses My servant commanded thee. Turn not from it to the
right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
8This Book of the Law shall not depart out of (cease from
being spoken by) thy mouth; have not I commanded
thee? Be strong and of good courage. Be
not afraid, neither e thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee
withersoeaver thou goest."
10Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11"Pass through the host and command the people, saying, 'Prepare you victuals; for within 3 days ye shall pass over this Jordan (river), to go in to possess (wage war and conquer) the land, which the Lord your God giveth (bequeaths/deeds to) you to possess (contend for) it.'"
Matthew 7:20 KJVer -
By their fruits you shall know them.
Matthew 7:24 KJVer - Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does (act on) them, I will liken him to a wise man.
Matthew 7:26 KJVer - Every one that hears these saying of Mine, and does (act on) them not, shall be likened to a foolish man.
Matthew 25:40 NIV - He will reply, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me."
Matthew 25:45 NIV - He will reply, "Whatever you did NOT do for one of the least of these, you did NOT do for Me."
Acts 9:34 NIV - Peter said to Aeneas, "Jesus Christ heals you. (Now/immediately) Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up.
James 2:20 KJV - Faith without works is dead.
Allen, AA - (1911-1970) - God's Guarantee to Heal You - republished by -
Caption - Thus Saith the Lord, the God of David thy Father, I have heard thy prayer; I have seen thy tears. Behold, I will heal thee. King James Version
"We care NOT what your pain declares or what your feelings say. God's Word says by His stripes ye were healed! God's Word declares one thing. Your pain declares another. Which are you going to believe - God's Word or your pain? What do you declare? What is your testimony? This is what it should be, 'BY HIS STRIPES I AM HEALED!' Some think this is a lie, but it is NOT, for God's Word cannot lie...
You do NOT have to lie about your pains. It is wrong to lie. Do NOT say, 'The pain is gone,' when the pain is still there...If you still have pain, don't lie about it - just refuse to discuss it. Quote God's Word, for it is truth...
Pain has nothing to do with your faith. Feeling is not faith and faith is not feeling. Faith is believing that you are healed because God says that you are healed...
A person who walks by faith ignores the testimony of his senses, unless it agrees with the Word of God."
(Do what you could not do before. Crawl. Then stand. Then walk. Never do nothing.
This readiness and subsequent action is what happened at Azusa Street during the 3.5 years the Glory Cloud dwelt with the parishioners. Before prayer, the wheelchair foot rests were moved out of the way in readiness for the patient to walk. Always expect. Always act. Act on the Word of God.)
Burt, Arthur - Surrender Your Key to Spiritual Success -
Chapter 4 Some Keys, but Not the Key "Your faith is in His Word; His Word is a fact; therefore you act on a fact. If you don't act, you don't believe."
Chapter 7 If You Want More Grace, Embrace More Truth - "What you do does not matter as much to God as why you do it.
Ask yourself, 'Is it for God's glory'" (or for my own glory/ego/resume)?
Chapter 10 Walking the Land "The Lord Jesus is our doctor. I built a doctrine out of that radical perspective, preached it, and practiced it...On this day, however, Mrs. Friday persuaded me to go to a doctor for the sake of my family, I submitted...One night, it dawned upon me that I was going (to die)...The Lord spoke to me, 'Yes, you are going (to die). You will either go and do what I require you to do, or I will end your life...The Lord told me, 'When you put your hands on that tape recorder, I will heal you'...While I listened to Brother (Oral) Roberts, I managed to stretch out my hands and put them on the tape recorder. The power of God went through me and I had an immediate witness from God that I was healed. The next morning when I woke up, I felt twice as ill...Was I to believe the inner witness of the Holy Spirit Who told me during the night I was healed?...I knew I had been healed last night, but my body was just defying the witness of the Spirit of God...What do I believe...my body or the inner witness?...I knew God met my need, even though nothing changed outwardly...Believing that, I acted on it, getting out of bed. From the moment I acted upon my faith, the pain began to ease...'What are you looking at?' God asked...'Lord...I am looking at my leg.' 'Every time you look at your leg, you are feeding your unbelief,' He said. 'Feed your faith and starve your unbelief'...I came to understand I feed my faith with the Word of God, but I feed unbelief with sense knowledge: what I see, hearm all my (5) senses. If I wanted unbelief to die, I must starve it to death. I said, 'Lord, I will not look at that leg again, not even when I am in the bath.'" Against the advise of his wife he limped out "to do what I believe is the will of God." As he went he "learned a divine principle - as you minister to others, you incidentally get ministered to yourself." Eventually the itinerant preacher returned home - alive and healed. "Smith Wigglesworth used to say, 'Faith is an act, not just a nice feeling. Faith is an act!'"
Capps, Charles - England, Arizona, USA - Your Spiritual Authority - www.charlescapps.com - Chapter 1 Man Under Authority "Peter said...in 2nd Peter 1, 'The Lord has already done it!' He isn't going to do it someday. In fact, the Bible tells us, God finished His work in 6 days, then rested. Some of us have been trying to get God to work ever since! He set it all in motion. It was accomplished in Jesus Christ and is available to all who will receive it.
Cerullo, Morris - The New Proof
Chapter 7 God Is Not Depending on What We Are, But What He Can Make of Us
Ferrell, Ana Mendez - Regions of Captivity - www.voiceofthelight.com - Chapter 2 At Death's Door
"Defeat dwells in passivity, together with hope and faith, without action."
Hagin, Kenneth E (senior) - I Believe in Visions -
Chapter 1 How God Raised Me Up from a Deathbed
The following sections My Struggle with Mark 11:24 , I See It and Up and Out of Bed help clarify why many fail to enter into their healing. "In this moment, I saw exactly what that verse in Mark 11:24 meant. Until then:
I was going to wait until I was actually healed before I believed I had received my healing.
I was looking at my body...but I saw that the verse says you have to believe WHEN you pray. The having comes after the believing. I had been reversing it.
I was trying to have 1st and then believe 2nd. That is what most people do...
I've got to believe that my heart is well while I'm still lying here on this bed...
I've got to believe that my paralysis is gone while I'm still lying here helpless...
(Father God,) 'I believe in my heart that You have heard my prayer.
I believe that my heart IS healed and that my paralysis IS gone...
(Satan,) I didn't say that I am healed BECAUSE I feel like it...
I'm healed because I believe it...Devil, if you say I am not (healed), then you are a liar. I am acting on the Word of God. If I am not healed, then Jesus is a liar. Go argue with God about it; don't fuss with me'....
Then I said, 'Thank God, I'm healed.' I lifted my hands and praised God...
As long as the devil can keep us in the sense realm, he will defeat us,
but if we will stay in the faith realm, we will defeat him."
(Each morning) "I declared I was healed and I WAS going to walk...
On the 3rd morning I got out of bed, dressed (and) walked."
[In Hagin's sermons he admonishes us to act on any healing scripture declaration/proclamation. For most, the quoting of scripture is insufficient spiritual muscle/backbone to reverse/exterminate/erase illness/disease. After deliverance/ healing ministry we often say that we are ill, rather than confessing that we WERE ill. Jesus said to the evil spirit speaking through Peter's mouth, "Get thee behind Me, Satan" (disease/sickness/insanity/lier). Jesus refused to entertain/ acknowledge/listen to anything that would contradict Father God. Hagin would go to work disabled and allow the Holy Spirit to clothe him with supernatural power so that as a youth he could earn money. Hagin would climb a mountain as an invalid, but come down cured. Additionally he testifies that often when reading the Bible he would gain no further spiritual insight until he acted on any scripture (or spiritual principle) which had been revealed to him and on which he had promised to act, such as not to worry.]
Hinn, Benny -
Faith Acts -
"A lady who went to Katherine Kuhlman's meetings 11 times before she was healed."
Smit, Philip - Entrance to Power - http://www.ezfaith.com - South Africa -
Walker, Dennis - Catching the Initiatives of Heaven - The Key to Accessing the Power of Heaven for Every Need on Earth - www.dunamisarc.org or to paraphrase: Catching the wind of the Holy Spirit in your boat sails.
1999 by Bern Zumpano, M.D.
- THE JERICHO MARCH
"The spiritual Jericho march is an effective way of tearing down demonic strongholds...It is originated from the Old Testament. God performs His Word (Jeremiah 1: 12), confirms the word of His servant and performs the purpose of His messengers (Isaiah 44:26), and tells us that His Word shall not return to Him empty (Isaiah 55:11). These same principles apply to the keeping of vows.
The number 7 is the number of God and nowhere is it more apparent in the scriptures than in Joshua chapter 6 where the Jericho march proceeds with the men of war circling the stronghold of the city once each day for 6 days and 7 times on the 7th day. 7 priests, carrying 7 trumpets of ramís horns before the Ark lead them. Because the things of the Old Testament are a type or shadow of things to come, it is evident that the 7 priests mentioned in Joshua chapter 6 are a type of the 7-fold Spirit of God (Revelation 1:4). The Lord reminded Joshua that it was He who was the one present and that the presence of the Holy Spirit guaranteed victory (Joshua 1:2).
When we perform a spiritual Jericho march...we ask the Holy Spirit and warrior angels to go forth spiritually ahead of us with the Ark (Joshua 6:7). We ask Jesus to walk before us and then we follow as the rearguard.
Do not speak during the marching but pray silently (Joshua 6: 10). Remember that the Lord leads (Joshua 6:8). After praying for the Holy Spirit of Jesus to go before you, follow these steps before marching around the location of the stronghold once daily for 6 days, and then 7 times on the 7th day:
Consecrate yourselves to the Lord (Joshua 3:5).
ē Ask the Lord (the Ark) and the Lordís angels to go before you in procession.
ē Decree: "The Lord has delivered (name) along with itís king and fighting men (ruler spirit and all spirits not of the Holy Spirit under him), in Jesusí Name.
ē March around the location of the demonic stronghold once daily for 6 days and do so silently (Joshua 6:3)
ē On the 7th day, ask the Lord to spiritually have the 7 spirits of God go before you, as the 7 priests did with trumpets,
to blow the trumpets 'in the Spirit'. Then walk around the location 7x on the 7th day (Joshua 6:4) at daybreak (Joshua 6:15).
ē Upon completion of marching 7x around the location on the 7th day, listen in the Spirit for a sound of a long trumpet blast, that is, discern that it has happened by word of knowledge. Give a loud shout of praise to the Lord (Joshua 6:5; Joshua 6:20).
ē Watch the stronghold fall immediately or over time (Joshua 6:5, Joshua 6:16). Keep in mind that the Jericho march must be performed with trusting faith and expectation that God will perform His Word. Believe that you receive what you intend to accomplish.
Turner, Ann - Dear America - The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow - The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo (Dine) Girl, New Mexico, 1864 - book - "During the Long Walk...'to Fort Summer'...Hweeldi, a place of suffering in the Starving Time...the Day of Burning, for when the soldiers came...in the Time of the parting of the Seasons...October...1864." "My words fall like pebbles into the water hole - now I must act as if I believe them."
Click, Bill - What has Already Been Set in Motion Part 1 by Bill Click + What has Already been Set in Motion Part 2 by Bill Click + What has Already been Set in Motion Part 3 by Bill Click
Francis - 8/5/2014 -
adapted from Pastor Frangipane's book
The Three Battlegrounds.
"The war against principalities involves displacement: Christ filling
the spiritual territories once held by Satan....Who
will control reality on earth, Heaven or hell?
When it comes to angelic and demonic warfare, the battle rests not in physical weaponry but in the power of agreement between mankind and the spirit realm. We read in Ephesians 6 (NKJV) that 'principalities' and 'powers' occupy the 'heavenly places' (v. 12). But we read in Ephesians 1:10 that it is the Fatherís expressed purpose to sum up all things in Christ, 'things in the heavens and things on the earth.' Ephesians 3:10 reveals Godís glorious plan, that 'through the church' God has purposed to make known His manifold wisdom to the principalities and powers 'in the heavenly places.' You see, as the body of Christ on earth agrees with its Head in Heaven, the Spirit of Christ Himself displaces the powers of darkness in the heavenly places. In other words, when the church on earth is aggressive in its agreement with the will and Word of God, then the presence of God increases in the spiritual realm, proportionally displacing the influence of hell on earth. Shortly thereafter, manifesting in the world of men, we see revivals, healings and miracles. But when the church is passive, indifferent or carnal, the powers of hell increase their rule over the affairs of men: marriages break up, crime increases, and wantonness becomes unbridled. We must see that our prayers, attitudes, and agreement with God are an integral part of establishing the reality of the kingdom of God on earth...
Satan is unmasked in Scripture as 'a liar and the father of lies' (John 8:44). His realm of operation is the spirit world that immediately surrounds and blankets the consciousness of mankind. This realm (1st heaven/atmosphere/ stratosphere) is known as the 'heavenly places' in the Bible (Eph. 6:12). From this spiritual realm Satan works to corrupt and control the mind of man through illusions built from mankindís carnal desires and fears. But the power of the lie is not merely the speaking of falsehoods, nor is it that this world is an illusion. The lie of the enemy appears most powerfully when men believe that this world, as it is, is the only world we can live in. The truth is, of course, that God is establishing His kingdom, and ultimately, every other reality will submit to and be ruled by that kingdom! (See Heb. 12:26-28; Rev. 11:15)...
Paul taught that spiritual warfare deals specifically with the 'pulling down of strongholds.' But what are those strongholds? They are lies the devil has sown into our thought-processes which, as we accepted and believed them, became reality to us. We do not fall in sin as much as we are seduced by it; every sin is cloaked in some measure of deception. But as these lies are uncovered and destroyed, as our thought-processes are freed from illusions, we will discover the blamelessness, perfection, and truth of Christ in us, the hope of glory (see Col. 1:27)...
To be successful in life, therefore, we must know the Word of God. For all things come into being through the (read/spoken/declared/enforced) Word. Yes, it is the Word made alive in our hearts, germinated by our faith, that wins the war over reality." (Have each of us read and regularly re-read God's Word? Otherwise how can we recognize and refute the deceptions in each generation? Does any doctrine contradict holy scripture?)
Holtz, Scott - 4/20/2012 - TIME TO RE-CALIBRATE YOUR FAITH!
Newell, Judy - Jinja, Uganda - 3/23/2000 - prayer @
http://www.sermons.com/sermonweb/serm-4.html edited -
"In Matthew 12:28-29, Jesus told us that it is impossible to take the possessions of Satan away from him without 1st of all binding him. The possessions which are to be taken from him are his most prized possessions of all...lost individuals enslaved by him including those who are demon possessed. Do we have love and compassion for those who are bound by Satan...enough to pray for them? We can use binding and loosing over every problem, situation and challenge. We can bind the power of the enemy to work in our life, home, community and church fellowship, city and nation. We can loose the will of God into every problem, situation and challenge in our life, home, community and church fellowship, city and nation. Letís...practice. Those of you who asked for the anointing, please stand up. Letís pray and bind any spirit of strife and division in our home. Pray with me: 'Father God, I pray seated with Christ in heavenly places. I rule and reign from that position of divine authority. I come to your throne. I bind every evil spirit of strife, division or unbelief in my home. In Jesusí name, you must go. The word of God is against you. The blood of Jesus is against you.
I loose (holy) spirits of salvation, love, joy and peace to fill my household. I declare that all my family shall be saved (and baptized in the Holy Spirit). My house belongs to God. In Jesusí name I pray, Amen.'"2.22.2015
"Worship and praise is intercessory prayer. The powers of the enemy are literally bound by worship and praise.
Many of the hymns of the church carry an anointing to release captives from Satanís hold. The next time you have a sickness which you want to carry to God in prayer, try singing this little chorus over it until that spirit of infirmity is gone:
The devil had me bound, but Jesus set me free. Well, the devil had me bound, but Jesus set me free.
The devil had me bound, but Jesus set me free; Singing glory, Hallelujah, Jesus set me free. Author Unknown"
McLean, Renny - Pentecost and the Kingdom Audio to download or listen to snippet at yellow icon - Experience and action takes precedence over head knowledge and spoken words. "When Christ appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, he didn't teach them about the Torah, or their cultural traditions; he taught them the dynamics of the kingdom." He did not come in a book, the torah; he came as the book, the torah.
Schambach, RW - Give Me This Mountain CD - http://www.schambach.org/ God has given us many promises. But if we want to see the fulfillment of them, it will require some action on our part. God has prepared the land, but we must possess it!
Copeland, Gloria - DO the Word of God
and Live Well - 9/23/2007 -
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Kayanja, Robert - 10/25/2007 - This is Your Day TV broadcast Uganda and Beyond #1 - http://www.bennyhinn.org/ - Robert Kayanja, host pastor for the the Benny Hinn Uganda crusade, was called at the age of 17 and launched into ministry at the age of 22. Now he is senior pastor of Kampalaís 10,500 seat Miracle Centre Cathedral. Robert shares that it is imperative to ACT, that is, to plant the seed into the soil, for the seed to touch the soil, not just to pray.
Meyer, Joyce -
Wisdom and the Blessed Life
Do not be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good. Excellent real life applications for everyday living.
Meyer, Joyce The Power of Attitude - Pt 2 4/17/2008 http://www.joycemeyer.org/OurMinistries/Broadcast/TV/Archive/20080417.htm
Only 2 of about 2,000 crossing the desert found the promises of God. Why? Due to a bad attitude and not due to their enemies or problems. They did not (correctly) go after nor receive their inheritance. Ouch. Know about or quoting an inheritance or promise of God is insufficient. We need to act aggressively in accordance with God's legal protocol.
Nori, Don - Breaking Generational Curses - www.destinyimage.com - Superior book for new parents. "God's purposes aren't fulfilled by people who know His will. God's purposes are fulfilled by people who DO His will."
Savelle, Jerry - 2/9/2015 - God's will and testimony pertains mainly to the future regarding His written inheritance to His heirs, when He dies (in the flesh on the cross via His Son Jesus the Messiah). Prayer of Petition 1-3 @ http://www.jerrysavelle.org/media/television-broadcast/
Walters, Katie -
Kicking the dogs from the door of your Destiny -
5/29/2009 e-mail -
"At the end of the road, Jesus is going to ask YOU, 'What
did you do with the anointing I put in your life?' Your saying, 'My
church didnít like it,' is not going to be an acceptable excuse, because YOU can
hear from God, you are called, and YOU have a destiny to
Everyone has the witness
(nudging/prodding/ witness/whisper) of the Spirit or the
anointing within them. Thatís why the
apostle John said, 'You donít need any man to teach you, because the anointing
(or the Anointed One) is within you.' Does that mean that we donít have teachers
on the Church? No...Teachers, pastors, prophets, apostles,
evangelists, are given to equip the church.
But YOU have
to listen to the anointing or witness of the Spirit within you to discern what
God is saying to you personally.
example - someone could come to your church and prophesy,
teach or preach. You have to discern what is God saying to you. Maybe
there are just a couple of sentences that are for you personally.
There is a great scripture in
Philemon that I love. Paul prayed for Philemon that, 'Your faith becomes
effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing that is in
you, in Christ Jesus.'
When you acknowledge the gift and calling
in someone, you cause it to be brought forth and activated.
When you tell someone, 'That was a great word you gave', they are encouraged and want to do that again.
If you criticize, they shut down.
Maybe there are different things that the
Holy Spirit brings out of one message, where He says a different
thing to 20 people? Understand?
Jesus said, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' (Matt 4:4) Not every word you hear, not every Bible verse you read, is proceeding Word for you. What is God saying to you NOW? Today? This week? The proceeding Word imparts life and faith and has power to move you to the next thing that God has for you.
You have to move on. You have to continually discern what is He saying to you now (today). Todayís manna.
When God called Jeremiah he was a teenage prophet, not an old man with a beard, running around the country doing prophetic seminars...What is OUR response to the call of God. We can sit there forever in our comfort zone or we can rise up and say, 'Iím going to go for it. Iím going to be all I can be in God.'
God asked Jeremiah, 'What do you see?' Jeremiah got into faith and saw a vision of an Almond Tree. God liked what Jeremiah saw and said, 'I will do what you saw.' In the KJV it says, 'You have well seen. I will hasten My Word and perform it.' You canít aim at what you canít see. By faith you have to see your destiny. I donít believe we have to wander around and around the mountain, wondering where we are supposed to be going and doing - a kind of 'hit and miss' attempt at fulfilling the will of God. God will show you what He has for you, if you start to see by faith and believe YOU CAN HEAR FROM GOD.
He also puts His desires in your heart, so that when you fulfill the will of God itís delightful to you. You can see, by faith. Whatís in your heart? Where do you want to go" What is it you really want to do? You only have one life to live down here on earth. What kind of life do you want to live? A mundane, in my comfort zone, occasionally stepping out, kind of life or an on the edge, exciting, whatís going to happen next, kind of life? So you are going to make a decision. I am making a challenge. I donít think itís just me making this challenge. I believe itís your Heavenly Father Who is stirring you up. He made an awesome deposit in you. Jesus deposited His life in you. He is looking for a return on His deposit. His deposit will bring forth your destiny, if you let it run itís course.
BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU, there are dogs that lay at the door of your destiny. Isnít it odd to you that 'dog' is 'God' the wrong way round? What are the 'dogs' then. Well, dogs in the Bible usually represented the gentile, the ungodly who werenít familiar with God and His ways: Religious spirits. Do you know there are lots of dogs in the church. Religious spirits have a certain kind of 'knowledge' of God, but itís not really God. It has a form, NO power, and eeps people from entering in. Jesus said about the Pharisees, 'YOU..with all your laws and man-made commandments prevent people from entering into the Kingdom.' Jesus was angry with those people...having (an arm's length) knowledge of God, but denying His power. There are dogs: religious negative spirits make Godís people qualify to be used by God. But Jesus already qualified us 100%. Dogs can also be jealous spirits, inside people that donít want you to go further than them. A good mentor is proud when a pupil begins to accomplish something. But sometimes if that same pupil becomes too good, or better than the teacher, the instructor feels threatened and begins to pull the person back to remain the pupil, the beginner.
I knew a prophet who was asked to teach in a church. He did a 'School of the prophets' and it was great. He soon had everyone prophesying and hearing from God. One of the girls attending the school began to show manifestations of a really wonderful prophetic gift. Soon people were asking her to pray for them and wanting appointments with her. The first man, the one who ran the school, got upset about it. He began to criticize her and pull her down. He started to say negative things about her to the pastor and elders. They asked her not to minister. For 4 years she sat and withered away and didnít operate in her gift, because she was afraid. She thought she had done something wrong. It took about 6 months to get her really delivered from those dog bites and those religious dogs who stood in the doorway of her destiny: Intimidation, lies. (The congregation/pastor with religious mindsets accomodated evil spirits who were jealous, fearful, disapproving with false standards and wanted the limelight).
Guess what? Jesus has made you perfect in the sight of His Father. It is His righteousness that you are covered with - not your own. Jesus switched. He took your righteousness which is like filthy rags and took it to the cross; then He gave you His robe of righteousness in exchange. What a great 'swap' - your rotten rags in exchange for the beauty and awesomeness and righteousness of the Mighty Son of God. Like the hymn writer says, 'Jesus, my robe of righteousness. His beauty is my glorious dress.' How awesome is that? To be clothed in the holiness and beauty of the perfect Son, Jesus.
Donít be afraid of the dogs. Jesus has given you power over them. The dogs can only minister to you through lies. You have to choose not to believe those lies. Now is the time to be all you can be in God, You donít have to qualify. You just have to learn how to yield to God's anointing. God sees a great big vision for you. He is not limited by your inability. He is released through your believing in His ability.
You know what? If there is no dog food, the dogs will leave. If there is nothing for them to feed on, they will slink away. Donít feed them, donít listen to them, donít give them any advantage.
If they lie (bark at you) and tell you, 'You are nobody: what do you know? What can you do?' Laugh at them and say, 'Thank you for reminding me who I am (without Christ and who I now am with Christ). Thank you for reminding me (devil/Satan/misguided person) who YOU are. Thank you for reminding me that I am somebody in God.
I am part of THE BODY (of Christ). I am royalty (because I am adobted into God's family).' God has a wonderful great big destiny and calling on my life. I am going to fulfill that calling; are you? Godís plan for you is not dull and boring. It's exciting and full of adventures...You do have Godís faith inside you. (Scripture says,) 'To every man is given the measure of faith." Thatís divine, unconquerable faith. Believe it. Go for it. Have a spirit of abandonment to the purposes of God. God loves that childlike ability (availability/potential) in you. Enjoy Him; He is mighty God, but He is also 'Abba' (daddy). 'Snuggle donít struggle, nestle donít wrestle'...Say these things...
In the 5th century in Ireland some of the monks from the monasteries would board a little boat off the shore. It had no rudder, or oars. They trusted God to send the winds to take them where they were supposed to go. They were called 'The Peregrini.' I would say that this was a spirit of abandonment to the purposes of God... Donít let the (religous party pooper) dogs keep you from your destiny. They are liars and thieves. The dogs can howl, scream and bark all they want, but they canít touch you, if know who you are (in Him) and...(that you have a holy) calling and destiny on your life."
http://www.heresthedealmedia.com/bullseye-challenge/introduction/ - Soft rebuttal tools for hard questions.