Acknowledge the Good

There are a lot of good things that you can acknowledge when you’re born again in Christ Jesus — like who you are and what you have in Him. Philemon 6 tells us, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” Paul is talking about every good thing that’s yours now that you’re identified with Christ. The Amplified Bible reads, “[And I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and under-standing and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory].”

How often do you spend time thinking about all your bad qualities and what you think is wrong with you? If you look at the bad long enough, it will only get worse. Paul is saying that for your faith to become effective (effectual) you need to acknowledge every good thing that’s yours in Christ. Your faith won’t work unless you acknowledge some things by confessing, speaking, or acting on God’s Word.

“Every good thing” means there is more than one good thing in you because you’re in Christ. If you don’t know every good thing in Christ that’s in you and is yours, you can’t acknowledge it! Once you recognize the good things that are in you in Christ, your faith still won’t work until you acknowledge them. You need to have a daily acknowledgement, or confession time, of who you are and what you have in Christ! If you want your faith to work, you must make a practice to con-tinue acknowledging every good thing that’s yours because you’re in Christ!

As you begin to confess who you are and what you have in Christ, your faith will grow stronger. It will change your prayer life as well as your prayer attitude. Look for terms “in Christ,” “in Him,” or “in Whom” as they refer to who you are in union with Christ. These are things that are yours simply because you are in union with Jesus — acknowledge them and become effective!

Blessing

“I am” is covenant talk in the Bible, so when I read “I am” I know that it’s the same as reading “Jesus is” because Jesus paid the price for me to be in a Blood Covenant. As He is, so am I.

In my hunger for growth this year, I decided to focus on the Blessing of Abraham. I’ve heard it before, and it seems that everyone is writing about it this year, but I wanted to know more. So, I’m going to share some of my revelation with you!

Since I am the seed of Abraham, according to Galatians 3:13-14, 29, “Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law, being made a curse for me; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree; that the Blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles (me) through Jesus Christ; that I might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith…And if I am Christ’s, then I am Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Therefore, I have the Blessing because I am Abraham’s seed thanks to Jesus’ shed Blood! (His Blood Covenant with me!)

As I meditated on these scriptures, I began getting a deeper revelation of the Blood Covenant I have with Father God. Just as God was faithful to Abraham and Jesus, He’s faith to me. Abraham, Jesus and I have the same exact Covenant with God because of our faith! WOW! How awesome is that!! I’m not under the curse, or the Law, any more! I’m blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places because I’m the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and Abraham’s blessing is my blessing!

I don’t have to be in lack or under finan-cial curse any more. I don’t have to have sickness or disease in my body any more! I’ve been redeemed from the curse and re-positioned into the Blessing of Abraham!

“It’s the Blessing of the Lord that makes us rich and He adds no sorrow to it!” Proverbs 10:22. I challenge you to take your rightful position in the Blessing today!

A Fresh Crop

“Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him.” Revelations 22:1-3.

I’m convinced, as you read this verse, you are like me in that you will have new revelation of God’s Word explode on the inside of you! Lately, as I’ve read and studied the Word of God, a new hunger has been stirred on the inside of me! I hunger and thirst for more revelation knowledge of the Word because I’ve come to the realization that I’m not walking in revelation of what I already have – what Jesus has already paid the price for me to possess!

As l read these verses, “yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” came alive to me. In the natural, I can’t name a tree that produces new fruit every month? However, in the spiritual realm, this means a continuous harvest of a fresh crop is available to us; a continuous harvest of healing. Not just healing for the physical body, but healing for the mind (revelation); healing for finances (restoration); healing for every area of your life, for every person in Christ!

Psalm 103:2, reads, “Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits.”

Every month you have a fresh crop of healing! That mean in your personal age – where you are right now, this very moment; your personal situation, you have access to fresh healing, fresh restoration, fresh mercy, because it is one of God’s benefits.

“It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

God is faithful to deliver what you stand in faith to receive; be it healing, restoration, mercy, grace, or whatever you need. He is faithful!

Always Triumphant

First Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” Faith will look for a way of escape. Doubt and unbelief won’t look for an escape route. Doubt and unbelief will fall on the floor, bury their nose in carpet and cry, knowing that there’s a doorway leading out of the room if they’ll just look up, look around, find it, and start moving.

When the devil talks to you, you have to answer him. Victory has a voice! When he tells you you’re not going to make it this time, remind him the Word of God tells you in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “…God always causes us (me) to triumph in Christ!” We “Submit ourselves to God, resist he devil and he’ll flee from you.” James 4:7.

If the devil’s telling you it’s not going to work for you this time, that’s your guarantee of knowing that he’s lying to you, and you’re on the very brink of your breakthrough if you won’t stop! Simply resist the devil; tell him he’s a liar and he has to shut up!

Thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you’re listening to him, He’ll reveal Bible verses for you to stand on. God is faithful. He will always provide you an escape route!

How many times has the devil told you that your circumstances are beyond what you are able to endure, or you can’t do anything about them? How many times has he told you that your faith wasn’t strong enough, or you didn’t have enough faith to overcome the situation you’re in right now? Or maybe he’s told you that you were beyond your own strength, you were out of your league and you should just give up and quit now because you were in over your head?

All those are lies of the devil! Smoke and mirrors! However, the Holy Spirit will tell you God is faithful to you. He will not allow you to be tested, and tried above that which you are able, but with the temptation he will make a way of escape. It doesn’t matter what you get into; how dark it may seem at the moment; or that you can’t see victory on the horizon; if you’ll believe the Word of God, there’s a way out of your situation that will produce victory!

Decree A Thing

There’s power in your words! “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” Proverbs 18:21.

God created the world and everything in it by His words and it still stands today. When a king gives a decree, it is carried out as he decreed it. We’re made in God’s image and He’s given us His Name and authority to rule and reign in our domain by the power of our words. We’re heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. That in itself should give you revelation that you were created for victory!

Since Jesus is the King of kings and we are joint heirs with him; we’re created to rule and reign in our domain and speak forth decrees, just as a king would do to fulfill what he wants accomplished in his kingdom.

My three favorite Bible versions are The Message Bible, The Amplified Bible, and the New American Standard Bible. It’s good to read and study different Bible translations to get a better understanding of God’s word. Therefore, I want to share Job 22:28 in those three versions.

“You’ll take delight in God, the Mighty One, and look to him joyfully, boldly. You’ll pray to him and he’ll listen; he’ll help you do what you’ve promised. You’ll decide what you want and it will happen; your life will be bathed in light. To those who feel low you’ll say, ‘Chin up! Be brave! And God will save them. Yes, even the guilty will escape, escape through God’s grace in your life.”

“You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways.”

“You will also decree a thing and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.”

I believe this is a life-time nugget to personalize for yourself; to meditate on; to ponder and let it explode into revelation knowledge!

As you decide what you want your life to look like, start decreeing it as the king you are! Just as God spoke the world into existence, you can use your words to speak and decree your world into existence according to Job 22:28. Open your mouth. Fill it with good words. Decree your victorious future and watch it manifest before your eyes!

Humility

Many of us hear the Word of God every day. Sometimes we read it, listen to it on CD, our i-phones, i-pods, i-pads, nooks or kindles. The Word of God is available in more than 26 translations and in various languages. The Word is more readily available now than ever before.

However, that doesn’t mean that we are taking advantage of technology or various translations to get the Word into our heart. I love God’s Word, but I can assure you that I haven’t arrived yet and I still need to feed my spirit man the Word of God.

Several months ago I had the blessing of working with a personal trainer to jump start my exercise program. As we walked on the track she began telling me what exercises to do and how to do them to produce the best benefits for my time invested in exercising.

At first I agreed with her and told her I knew what she was talking about because I had exercised in the past. She continued with her instructions and again, I knew what she was explaining and agreed with her. It was common knowledge to me what she was saying. Then, something phenomenal happened – some would call it a light bulb moment! As she continued to explain the simple exercises, the Holy Spirit clearly told me “It’s not what you know that makes a difference in your life; it’s what you do with what you know!”

In that moment of walking on the track the Holy Spirit revealed a life-changing nugget that I continuously revisit. He put pride and humility into perspective for me in a split second! In James 4:17 we read, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” NASB. The Message says it like this, “As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right things to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.”

I liken my exercise program to reading and acting on the Word of God. In many instances I know what God’s Word says; however, it is like my exercise program! It doesn’t matter what I know (pride) – it matters what I do (humility)!

In the simple act of humbling myself to read and listen to God’s love letters to me, I reap endless benefits as I act on what I read and hear. I purpose in my heart to step out in faith and be a doer of God’s Word; to act on what I know. How about you? Will you take a step of faith and act on what you know?

Grace

You may have sin, but God has grace! Can you wrap your mind around that statement? It doesn’t matter what you have done, what you are doing, or what you are going to do, God’s grace has already got you covered. Your sins are already forgiven. I know! I know! It was hard for me to wrap my mind around that statement, too because I know my past! But…let’s look at the Word of God and let it be the final authority of this wonderful gift called “Grace!”

In Romans 5:6-21, The Message Bible explains the New Covenant (a better covenant) of grace compared to the Old Covenant law. “So, my friends, this is something like what has taken place with you. When Christ died he took that entire rule-dominated way of life down with him and left it in the tomb, leaving you free to “marry” a resurrection life and bear “offspring” of faith for God. For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. And this made us all the more rebellious. In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God…

“But I can hear you say, “If the law code was as bad as all that, it’s no better than sin itself.” That’s certainly not true. The law code had a perfectly legitimate function. Without its clear guidelines for right and wrong, moral behavior would be mostly guesswork. Apart from the succinct, surgical command, “You shall not covet,” I could have dressed covetousness up to look like a virtue and ruined my life with it…

“Don’t you remember how it was? I do, perfectly well. The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. What happened, though, was that sin found a way to pervert the command into a temptation, making a piece of “forbidden fruit” out of it. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me. Without all the paraphernalia of the law code, sin looked pretty dull and lifeless, and I went along without paying much attention to it. But once sin got its hands on the law code and decked itself out in all that finery, I was fooled, and fell for it. The very command that was supposed to guide me into life was cleverly used to trip me up, throwing me headlong. So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead…

“I can already hear your next question: “Does that mean I can’t even trust what is good [that is, the law]? Is good just as dangerous as evil?” No again! Sin simply did what sin is so famous for doing: using the good as a cover to tempt me to do what would finally destroy me. By hiding within God’s good commandment, sin did far more mischief than it could ever have accomplished on its own.

“I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for me and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.

“But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

“The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.”

Romans 8:1-4 goes on to say, “With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

“God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.”

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. Grace does what the Law cannot do!

Strength

You may have weakness, but God has strength. You may have sin, but God has grace. You may fail, but God remains faithful!

We have all felt weak at some point in our life – or we will feel weak and inadequate in the future, if not now! However, in Hebrews 11:33-34, we learn about the great men of faith…”who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.”

And in Second Corinthians 13:1-10 we read what Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses. I have previously said when present the second time, and though now absent I say in advance to those who have sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that if I come again I will not spare anyone, since you are seeking for proof of the Christ who speaks in me, and who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you. For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you. Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test. Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved. For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete. For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.”

God is able to prove Himself strong on our behalf when our knees are shaking, or when we are weak emotionally.

Faithful

Failure is a part of life; just as victory is a part of life. When winners fail, they get back up. Micah 7:8a says, “Don’t rejoice over me, O my enemy though I fall I will arise.”

If there were any doubt in your mind that God is faithful, you can search the Bible from beginning to end to settle the question forever. Let’s take a road-trip look through the scriptures and let them speak to your heart!

“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9

“The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4

“O LORD God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.” Psalm 89:8

“He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.” Psalm 98:3

“Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.” Psalm 119:90

“Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist.” Isaiah 11:5

“A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.” Isaiah 42:3

“They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:23

“What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?” Romans 3:3

“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:35

“And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood.” Revelations 1:5

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True…” Revelations19:11

Confession

Faith isn’t faith until you open your mouth and speak it! Faith is mental assent, however, mental assent become faith by action, or confession. Real faith is a living, moving force. Confession is faith’s confirmation. When you constantly affirm the things that God is to you and who you are in God, and the things you are in Jesus Christ and what Jesus is in you, you are giving faith wings to reach a higher altitude in the spirit realm.

Faith confessions are as much a part of victory as is the Blood of the Lamb! The Bible says “we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony” in Revelations 12:11. God doesn’t accept faith unless it is confessed. When you stop your faith confessions, faith stops growing and acting on God’s promises becomes more difficult.

When you exercise your faith, it is a creative force that only expresses itself through confession. Just as God said, “Let there be light, and there was light,” you can use your faith-filled words as a creative force to design your future of your choice.

The creative ability that was in Jesus is God’s nature as well. Since you have God’s nature on the inside of you, you are a partaker of the divine nature of God (2 Peter 1:4); therefore, that same creative power is on the inside of you! However, it must be manifested through your confessions.

You can dominate your future just as Jesus dominated the laws of nature by His faith-filled words. A great example of Jesus using his faith is when he called Lazarus forth from the grave in John 11:43, and Lazarus obeyed the words.

You have a choice to either speak creative faith-filled or doubt-filled words to design your future. I encourage you to take your place of authority and fearlessly face your enemy to speak to him in the Name of Jesus. He can’t stand before you and angels are standing ready to go to work on your behalf. As you speak the living Word of God through faith, you will realize you are more than a conqueror!