Salvation

For many people today if you mention the word salvation they think; forgiveness of sin. While this is certainly part of it — it is only part of the salvation package. There is much more. Jesus did not do things half way. When He provided salvation, He provided it for the spirit, soul and body, He left nothing out.  The forgiveness of sins is of course, the greatest miracle of all. If that was the complete salvation package it would certainly be enough…but He didn’t stop there.

Jesus said in Luke 9:56; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.   This word ‘save’ is sozo. It refers specifically to the forgiveness of sins, the healing of all disease and deliverance from torment. This is salvation; Jesus made provision for the whole person, spirit, soul and body.

For the spirit, He provided forgiveness of sins. For the soul, He provided deliverance from torment. For the body, He provided healing from disease. Salvation is meant to touch the whole person – what kind of salvation would it be if you were free from sin but tormented in your mind for the rest of your life? Or what kind of peace would you have if you were free from sin but sick in body all your life? There would be no peace in that.

Remember the man who was healed at the Gate Beautiful? The word of God says that he walked, leaped and praised God. He was touched in every area with salvation; He walked because he was physically healed. He leaped because he was healed in his emotions — his soul. He praised God because he was healed spiritually.

Jesus came to set us free; spirit, soul and body. Don’t settle for just one part of the salvation package; instead press in for the entire package.  Matthew 6:13 says; Deliver us from evil. This word ‘evil’ represents the entire curse of sin upon man. Poneros is the Greek word for evil; it comes from the root word, ponos, which means pain. That word comes from the root word penes, which means poor. This scripture as well as the scripture in Luke 9:56 give us insight into what Jesus did at the cross. He delivered us spirit, soul and body as we discussed earlier. According to Matthew 6:13, He delivered us from evil.  He delivered us from evil, pain, and poverty – are you partaking of your complete package of salvation?

We have a God-given, Jesus-purchased right to be free from sin, sickness and torment. It is time we take what belongs to us. We have a God-given, Jesus-purchased right to be free from pain and poverty, or lack – isn’t it time we stopped accepting pain and lack? I do believe it is!

The same salvation that wiped out sin also wiped out torment and sickness and lack and pain….take your full package today by faith and begin to walk in it. Salvation is YOURS and there is nothing incomplete about it. Jesus came to set the captive free – that’s YOU! He came to set you free from all these things – are you ready to be free? Completely free, not just from sin but also from lack, pain, disease, and torment? It’s time… Experience His Freedom.

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God can take care of that too…

 There is no one I know of that has not experienced disappointment at one time or another – it is simply a part of life – however, disappointment if left unchecked is a dangerous thing.

Disappointment breeds unbelief. Unbelief is a partnership with a demonic force – the spirit of unbelief is looking for a way in to the life of a believer and disappointment will give him that open door. Disappointment comes when things happen in your life that you simply can’t understand – perhaps you were standing firm on the word of God, fasting and praying and still your prayers seem to go unanswered, this will cause disappointment.

Disappointment is defined as defeat of expectation, to hinder from the possession or enjoyment of that which was intended, desired, hoped for or expected. We take the word of God and we apply it to a situation and expect it to bring change, our desired outcome, and when it doesn’t happen the way or time we think it should, disappointment sets in.

Proverbs 13:12 says hope deferred makes the heart sick. I love the way the Message Bible says it, it says unrelenting disappointment makes the heart sick. For most Christians, it takes more than one attack from the enemy to bring the heart to a place of being vulnerable to sickness, it will take unrelenting attacks, attacks from every side.

When unrelenting disappointments come we have to deal with disappointment, if we don’t it will affect every single prayer we pray from that time forward. You will begin to see things through the eyes of disappointment instead of through the eyes of faith and when that happens, unbelief will become a part of your prayer life.

As the scripture says in Proverbs, disappointment makes you vulnerable to sickness and disease – in body and in spirit – I experienced that and found that we simply can’t afford to carry around disappointment.   I believe one of the biggest hindrances to blessings and miracles in the life of an individual is the unresolved hurt and disappointment they continue to carry around. It affects your faith in God and opens the door to the enemy.

The good news is that God will take your greatest disappointment, your greatest loss and turn it into your greatest strength if you allow Him to. All you have to do is seek His face and ask Him to remove all disappointment from you and to completely heal your heart of every hurt – He will do it for you – He did it for me.

Remember, whatever the enemy means for harm, God means for good – allow God to turn every hurt and every disappointment for your good. Proverbs 13:12 says ‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick’…but it doesn’t stop there…it says ‘but when the desire comes it is the tree of life.’ Allow God to take you PAST disappointment and into life and life more abundantly.

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Perspective

Perspective is a vital part of the walk of faith.  Perspective is defined as ones point of view, belief or opinion.  It is very important that we have the same point of view as God has about our life, our children and our situations.  I am not saying it is easy to see things as God sees them, it will take practice but it can be accomplished.

 Jesus only did what He saw the Father do – He only said what He heard the Father say – He was in continual agreement with God’s perspective. Do you recall when Jesus was telling the disciples all that He would suffer and eventually die in Matthew 16?  If so, you will remember how Peter said ‘no way is this going to happen to You, Jesus.’  Jesus replied ‘Get behind me Satan; you are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God but the things of men.’

I have read this scripture many times, but today I read it in a different translation and it shed a whole new light – in the New Living Translation it says ‘Get away from me, Satan!  You are a dangerous trap to me.  You are seeing things merely from a human point of view and not from God’s.’  The Jewish Bible states it like this; Get behind me Satan!  You are an obstacle in my path, because your thinking is from a human perspective and not from God’s perspective.’

We can see from these two translations – when we see things from a natural or man’s point of view – or perspective, it is an obstacle and a dangerous trap.  It was a difference in perspective that caused the ten spies to return to Moses with a bad report, while Joshua and Caleb declared in faith ‘we are well able to overcome and possess the land.’   The ten saw from man’s perspective, which became an obstacle to them and they never entered into the Promised Land and it was certainly a dangerous trap for them to speak out of their mouth because it sealed their fate forever.

Perspective is vital in the Kingdom of God.  How you see things will determine much of your outcome because you will react based on what you perceive. Do you remember when Elisha asked God to open the eyes of his servant?  You see, the servant was afraid, terrified, because he was seeing from man’s point of view and not seeing as God sees – but God opened his eyes and he saw that there was indeed more with them than with their enemy.

You see, that is always God’s perspective -when an enemy comes against you – God always sees that there is more with you than with them.  God always sees that you have the upper hand because He has the upper hand and He dwells in you.  Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.  The Bible even says that God sits in the heavens and laughs at the enemy because God knows the outcome – wouldn’t it be great if we simply laughed at the enemy when he came against us?  We would…if we saw from God’s perspective.

God always sees you healed and whole.  God always sees you prosperous and abounding to every good work.  God always sees you as righteous.  God sees you as victorious and triumphant because you are in Christ and Christ is in you – the question is, do you see from God’s perspective? You are who He says you are. Seek God for His perspective. Then choose to agree with it.

It will cause you to be at peace in the midst of storms knowing that He is with you – He who calms the seas is with you.  His perspective will enable you to walk through the fires of life without even the smell of smoke. Seeing as He sees – it’s vital in the Kingdom of God.

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It is finished.

When He received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed his head and gave up His Spirit. John 19:30

These are the final three words that Jesus spoke before He gave up His spirit on the Cross. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event of the Christian faith. It is a historical fact—one with profound implications for your life and mine. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can find healing from our past, experience power in our daily lives, and rejoice in the promise of heaven.

The moment we receive Christ, we step into a lifetime journey – a journey where we are continually challenged by the things of the world. Wounds that may have pierced your heart when you were young may still plague you. Guilt or shame from a situation that you were involved in may still cause you to feel inadequate in current relationships or situations. It may cause you to revel in your past and struggle with making good decisions now.

Satan tries to use our wounds to accuse us and make us feel as if we are unlovable. No one will ever love you. You aren’t worthy of being loved. You will never measure up. You are not good enough. These are all lies and attacks on the mind that he will try to get you believe. Some will go right along with the things he is saying and fall to even deeper depths of depression, pain or isolation. When we come into agreement with the enemy, we give him power over our lives and negate the Word of God.  One significant area where the enemy does this is in your mind.

Satan is a deceiver and his target is your mind. His weapon of choice? Lies, lies and more lies.  His purpose is to make you ignorant of God’s will. If the enemy can be successful in distracting you from God’s Word, he can distract you from being able to discern what God’s will is for your life. Your defense is the inspired Word of God. Romans 12:2 reminds us to not conform to this world, but for our minds to be transformed. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. It is imperative that when in the midst of a struggle that you go to God, just as you are and confess any sin and area of struggle and ask Him to help you. This is good news for all of us!

You reflect the glory of God. He loves you so much that He took everything that could possibly come against you to the Cross that day thousands of years ago. And because of His love for you, He rose from the grave – defeating death. Resurrection power is never more evident than when Christ frees us from bondage to sin and destructive habits. Whenever we, as believers, fall for Satan’s lies and yield to his temptations, our only avenue to freedom is through the crucified life—as we take up our crosses and deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24.) It is crucial to realize that you walk around with Almighty God inside you. There is nothing Satan can throw at you that Jesus cannot defeat. By choosing to let Him handle the temptation, you’ll experience His victory.

So the next time you find yourself battling the enemy, speak the Word of God and remind Him of the words that Jesus said, “It is FINISHED.”

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