Recompense – A Covenant Promise

What has the enemy stolen from you? Has he stolen your health; family relationships with those you love; peace of mind; finances; jobs; has he brought shame to your life; has he stolen homes or vehicles from you; material possessions?

You name it and he has probably tried to steal it from you! That’s what he does – the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The good news is found in the second part of that verse – but I (Jesus) have come to give you life and life more abundantly. (John 10:10)  God is a God of covenant and that covenant includes recompense, or restitution!

 When I heard this from my Pastor, I got so excited because I’ve had things stolen from me, and at the same time I wanted to know more about this word “recompense” so I did some research.  I found that recompense can be used as a noun or a verb with somewhat the same meanings.  I’ll share with you what I’ve found…as a noun it means: something returned or paid back.  Synonyms include amends, atonement, bus fare, compensation, cue, damages, emolument, expiation, gravy, indemnification, indemnity, overcompensation, pay, payment, propitiation, quittance, recoupment, recovery, redemption, redress, remuneration, reparation, repayment, requital, restitution retrieval, retrievement, return, reward, satisfaction, sweetener, tip, wages.

When recompense is used as a verb it means: pay back, make restitution. Synonyms include ante up, atone, atone for, balance, comp, compensate, cough up, counterbalance, counterpoise, countervail, do business, equalize, expiate, fix, give satisfaction, grease, indemnity, make amends, make good, make up for, offset, overcompensate, pay, pay for, propitiate, put out, reciprocate, recoup, recover, redress, reimburse, remunerate, repay, requite, retaliate, retrieve, return, reward, satisfy, spring for, square, sweeten the post, swing for, take care of.

Now, with those definitions in mind, think about your covenant with God.  If you are born again, you are an heir and joint heir with Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:17) What He has you have. As God’s child you need to know the integrity of the Word of God and that it will not fail you! (Jeremiah 23:28-29) So when the Word tell us that God is a God of recompense, He will fully repay. He will ensure the enemy pays you back. That is just one of God’s promises that you can meditate on and watch it come to pass in your life. “For the destroyer is coming against her, against Babylon, and her mighty men will be captured, their bows are shattered; for the LORD is a God of recompense, He will fully repay.” Jeremiah 51:56.

I like the promise found in Isaiah 61:7-9 from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), “Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, everlasting joy will be theirs. For I, the LORD, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; and I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them. Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the LORD has blessed.” 

God monitors our injustices, and as you have just read, His covenant promise to us is to bring recompense to our lives! Now is the time to walk in your God-given authority as a child of God and demand recompense for what has been stolen from you. Rejoice in knowing that God will bring it to pass and become too expensive for the devil to mess with!

Completion – Quit Procrastinating!

 What a day! It’s been very fruitful as I’ve determined to complete unfinished projects that have been calling my name and waiting for my attention day after day, month after month!

Have you ever noticed that when you don’t complete a project before you begin another one, it always causes stress later on? The old saying of “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today” is great wisdom to take to heart.  We’ve all put things off until a later time with the result of feeling pressure to get today’s work, as well as yesterday’s tasks completed…and you can add to that pressure the unexpected issues or opportunities that come but because of lack of preparation you’re not prepared to handle them or accept them.

In Ecclesiastes 9:10a we read, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”  I really like how The Message Bible tells us to live life, “Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes–God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Dress festively every morning. Don’t skimp on colors and scarves. Relish life with the spouse you love each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it…” 

Not only are we supposed to work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labor, but Ecclesiastes 7:8 tells us that “Something completed is better than something just begun,” or “The end of a matter is better than its beginning.”

You can tell where I’ve been reading and what God has been dealing with me about – Completing what I start.  My daughter, Emily, and I had a conversation this past week about leaving dinner dishes in the sink overnight.  As I was washing off the dishes to put them in the dishwasher, the Holy Spirit explained to me that I was taking care of yesterday’s chores before I could even begin today’s responsibilities.  I was bringing yesterday into today – a brand new day, full of new opportunities and possibilities that I could not take advantage of because I was dealing with yesterday’s stuff!

What a simple illustration for such a profound revelation. Since God’s mercies are new every day and He loads us daily with His benefits, why would we want to drag our yesterdays into our todays? I challenge you as I have myself, to discipline yourself to complete your daily tasks and goals for each day so you can start your new day excited about what God’s gong to do for you, and through you to help others. 

Not only that, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have done everything you can do to go forward today – being a better person and being all that you can be to show others Jesus!

Joy Has a Voice

…and it’s the sound of laughter! John 12:22 reads, “…your joy no one will take from you.”  When we spend time in God’s presence, He fills us with His joy.

When was the last time you laughed?  If it’s been a while, it’s time to get in God’s presence and let Him fill you to overflowing with His joy!

The Word says a merry heart does good like a medicine – have you had your daily  does of medicine today?

The Bible talks about joy being our strength; it tells us that we should rejoice, be of good cheer, and that we should laugh. We shouldn’t have any cares, be full of fear, worries or be dismayed about anything. Matthew 6:25 tells us that Jesus said “Take no thought for your life.” Therefore, as Christians, we should be the happiest people on earth. We can’t be encumbered with problems and have peace, joy, and laughter at the same time.

Sometimes, if we don’t keep ourselves in check, we’ll begin focusing on our problems instead of laughing at them.  It’s okay to laugh at our challenges because the Word tells us in Job 5:22 that “you will laugh at destruction and famine.” 

If God told Job to laugh at famine and destruction, we are no different and we can laugh at our circumstances – no matter what they appear to be!

Job realized that what he had feared came upon him because of his words. In Job 6:24-25, Job realizes that it’s his words that have gotten him into trouble and he says “Teach me and I will hold my tongue… how forceable are right words!”  However, God showed him that the way to come out of his situation was to laugh – at distruction and famine you shall laugh!

God doesn’t want us to pretend that our problems don’t exist, He’s telllng us to refuse to let the Devil steal our joy! Laughter is a natural force that releases joy which is a spiritual force.

Probably the best thing about joy, other than laughter being good medicine, is that  it confuses your enemy and puts him into such confusion that he doesn’t know how to handle you or what to do next!

As you continue to rejoice and praise God in the midst of your enemy’s attack, he won’t be able to triumph over you because the enemy doesn’t know how to handle praise and worship! It confuses him when he’s hit you with his best shot and you just keep praising and worshiping God.

Again, laughter is the way to release joy!

The game isn’t over just because the way things look right now. As you look beyond your circumstances as to what could be, don’t limit yourself, look at all the possibilities and laugh again!  Release your joy like Habakkuk did in 3:19, “The Lord is God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.”

Look beyond where you are right now and rejoice, laugh, release your joy and be confident that you are well able to live the victorious life you desire to live!

Create Your Future With the Power of Your Words

By Lucia M. Claborn

I’m excited about this topic and want you to know that I’m not the expert on it by any means, but I’ve learned what works for me and would like to share it with you. In Hosea 4:6, the Word tells us that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” I want to not only bring knowledge, or information; but I want to bring revelation because knowledge alone puffs up with pride, (1 Corinthians 8:1) but revelation brings change to lives.

I’m going to share some tools that will help you fulfill your dreams so you can succeed by laying the foundation of your future; getting a plan; and speaking the Word of god over your plan to create your future.

How do you do this? The first step is to lay the foundation. We do this by getting a vision. King James says in Proverbs 29:18, “God’s people perish for lack of vision.”  The Message Bible reads, “If people can’t see what God is doing; they stumble all over themselves, but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.” You may not have lost your dream or your vision, but you may have let life crowd in on you and you’ve lost your focus.

That was me a couple months ago, and if that you, I want to encourage you that your life can get back on track. If you’re not in the struggling category, simply pass this on to a friend who may be struggling, or file it for later when life catches you off guard.

Have you lost sight of your vision, purpose, goals, dreams? Are you discouraged? Has the “I can’t” or “why try any more?” mentality crept in on you? Do you have a “settle for” mentality? Are you making excuses why things aren’t working for you? Are you procrastinating or have you become complacent? All these are tools Satan uses to keep you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life.

The good news is, God has given you a new song—whether you know it or not! Psalm 96:1 says, “O sing unto the Lord a new song for He hath done marvelous things. His right hand and His holy arm hath gotten Him the victory.”

If you’re discouraged, sing a new song. If you don’t have one, ask God to give you one. Why not pull yourself up and try again? Do you know Satan loves to bring past failures and disappointments to your mind on a consistently, constant basis…especially when you want to try again and step out to reach your goals and fulfill your dreams?

As we look to renew our vision or dream, or create a new one, often times we look back to our past to get direction for our future. This is not the smartest thing to do because we can’t run into the future dragging our past behind us!

Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about. Imagine you have three huge pieces of luggage. I’m going to share about myself since I know me better than you.  However, you can recall things from your past to fit the examples I’m giving.  These bags are going to represent my past failures – wrong thoughts, wrong words, wrong actions.

When the enemy brings wrong thoughts, words or actions we have the choice to either accept them to reject them. In the past, you may have just accepted them. Up until now, you may not have known you have a choice as to what you accept from the devil, but I’m here to tell you , you have a choice!

Let’s talk about Bag Number One. It represents my wrong thoughts called lies that the enemy brings such as, no one likes me, look at what a mess I’ve made of things, I don’t like this person, she doesn’t like me, they’re talking about me, and the list goes on and on.  Imagine strapping that bag onto your back.

Bag Number Two represents my wrong words; thoughts that I’ve meditated on, put in my heart and allowed to come out of my mouth (out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks) – gossip, giving someone a piece of my mind, speaking contrary to what the Word of God says about me, putting myself down in front of others, and the list goes on and on.  Imagine putting this bag on your shoulder.

Bag Number Three represents my wrong actions; being rude, being offended, walking in strife, giving someone an ugly look, cutting someone off while driving, racing to a parking space, not speaking to someone, not honoring my spouse, children, or parents, entering into wrong relationships, mistakes in my finances that I think can’t be fixed, and the list goes on and on. Imagine putting this bag around your leg.

At this point you may be asking yourself, “How can I ever go forward without making a mistake again and then having more baggage pile on me?

We can’t move forward with the past holding us in bondage. We aren’t designed to carry out past failures and disappointment into our today.  Philippians 3:13b and 14 reads, “but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of god in Christ Jesus.”

It’s by God’s grace we move forward, and I’ll show you how to move forward. As you get into God’s Word, find His promises for your situation, learn it, meditate on it, and make it yours. Then you can speak that word with belief and conviction. Don’t speak it until you believe it with all your heart and your very being or Satan will eat your lunch! Jesus takes our old failures, shortcomings and disappointments away. Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us that “We’re a new creation in Christ Jesus, old things are passed away.”

We have to mentally draw a line in the sand so to speak. As you are standing right where you are with these bags hanging on your body, draw a line on the floor ad say, “Father God, it’s in the authority of the Name of Jesus that I choose not to act this way any more and I ask you to help me, give me grace to walk through this situation and get it out of my life. Now, take each bag off yourself, place it on the floor, and step across the threshold into your new found victory. It’s that simple! You’re free!

Back to 2 Corinthians 5:17, let me give you another illustration. I’m a new creature in Christ Jesus. I take off my old nature – my old thoughts, actions, shortcomings, failures, and disappointments – and I put on the new nature of Jesus Christ. My past is in the past and it’s not going to destroy my today or my future.

You see, we don’t need to take the lemons the devil gives us and pet them, stroke them, baby them, and watch them grow and produce a harvest of more lemons. Instead, we need to take those lemons, add some sugar – the sweetness of God’s Word – and make lemonade. As we drink that sweet lemonade, which is renewing our minds with the Word of God, we will gain strength and we can mentally draw a line in the sand, throw off that old baggage the enemy has put on us, and put on the new self!

Now that we have a new, clean foundation, you may ask yourself what’s the next step? The answer is easy, know what you want. The dictionary defines a goal as the purpose toward which an endeavor is directed, an end or an objective. Dream is defined as an aspiration or ambition. Before we can speak to our goals and dreams, we have to know what they are. On a side note, I like what Benjamin Mays says…”The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

Just because your goals and dreams don’t match up with someone else’s doesn’t make them wrong, it simply means god has given you different goals and dreams specifically for you to fulfill. We all have different goals and dreams and we shouldn’t criticize someone else because they don’t have the same goals and dreams as we do. We need to encourage them to set their own goals and dreams, and pursue them.

Back to the question, “Where do I begin, how do I start or restart my dream?” It’s simple, get a plan. My solution to everything situation is “GET A PLAN OF ACTION!” The Four Step Plan of Success will work for you if you will stay focused. The first step is to know what you want. Get God’s promise – His Word, a specific verse – to base your success on and write it down. Two of my favorite verses are Habakkuk 2:2-3, “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tablets, then he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for the appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”  The Message Bible reads, “And then God answered: “Write this: Write what you see. Write it out in big, black letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming: it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on it’s way. It will come right on time.”

If you don’t know what you want, write down what you don’t want, determine the opposite and write it down!

The second step is to know what you are willing to give up temporarily – write it down. Deny the lesser to achieve the greater goal and know that when you give something up temporarily you will have more of it once you have reached your goal.

Step three will help you put the wheels in motion. Create a plan. Pray; ask God to help you create the plan to get what you want. Write it down!  Now that you have a plan, work your plan. Speak the Word over your plan and speak life over your plan.

Step four is to associate with people who are where you want to be in life. Step out of your comfort zone and talk to those people who know what you want to know and are where you want to be in life. You can do it! Be bold!

Once you get you plan, get focused! Focus on the prize – your goals and dreams. Begin each new day with a quiet time with the Holy Spirit who knows God’s game plan for that day. Write down what He tells you to do, and how he wants you to do it. Write it all down; clear your mind, use a daily to-do list, surround yourself with great (focused) people, and get rid of the hindrances in your life. You’ll want to check your list, your instructions, and then go back and re-read it, meditate on it, put action to your plan, and watch it come to pass.

Along with being focused, determine your self-discipline habits. It’s easy to do what you need to do when someone is watching over you, however, what do you do when no one is watching? That the real test of self-discipline and it goes hand in hand with creating habits.

Sow a thought and you will reap an act. Sow an act and you’ll reap a habit. Sow a habit and you’ll reap character. Sow character and you’ll reap a destiny.

To this point, I’ve talked about laying a foundation – laying aside past failure and disappointments to enable you to rekindle your vision, dreams and goals; I’ve talked about establishing a plan of action and getting focused. Now, I’m going to talk about the creative power of speaking the Word of God over your dreams and goals to create your future.

I said earlier that up until now, you may not have known you have a choice as to what you accept from the devil. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to accept anything from him. Ask yourself, “How do I know if this is from the devil?” I’m glad you asked! Here’s a simple test, run your thoughts or situations through John 10:10, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; but Jesus come to give us life and life more abundantly.”    

Genesis Chapter One tells us God spoke a word and the world came into existence. In Genesis 1:28 God gives us the Law of Six when he blessed us, told us to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue and rule over the earth. This is the authority God has given to us.

In Deuteronomy 30:19 God tells us to choose life. “I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today; I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live.”  This is your instruction to speak words of life!

In Mark 4:3-8 Jesus teaches about the Parable of the Sower. “Listen. What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled among  the weeds and nothing came of it. Some fell on good earth and came up with a flourish, producing a harvest exceeding his wildest dreams.”  This parable teaches about sowing and the principal is true for the Word of God, money, time, kindness, whatever you sow you will have a harvest according to the soil you plant the seeds into.

If you have ever doubted the power of your words, read Mark 4:3. “Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing n it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.” Just as Jesus’ words had power over the fig tree, our words have power over our situations because Jesus has given us that authority.

In Mark 11:22-24, Jesus tells us we can have what we say. “Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. The mountain for instance: Just say, “Go jump in the lake; – no shuffling or shilly-shallying – and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking.”

If you are facing situations that make you struggle or are contrary to God’s Word you can “call those things which are not as thought they are.” (Romans 4:17) And finally, “Hold fast your confession of faith” as Hebrews 10:35 tells us to do, until you see your dreams and goals come to pass.

The final step is to walk in faith. Water your seed with your praising, rejoicing, and singing of His power and mighty deeds until it manifests in your life. You see the importance of words in our lives. Just act like the Bible is true and take Him at his Word.

Now, let’s put this information into action! Take a few minutes to get quiet before God. Repent, take off your old self, put on the new you! You are a winner in God’s eyes. Ask God to give you a new or renewed vision, dreams, and goals so you can work toward them. Make it bigger than you so you can see God do above and beyond what you think you can do in and of yourself.  This gets God’s anointing into your life! Write it down! According to a Harvard study, 95% of the things you write down come to pass.

You are a winner! You can create your desired future and make your dreams come true by the power of speaking the right words – faith-filled words!  Start now and fulfill the destiny God is calling you into.

Living Life Without Regrets

I want to talk to you about a word many of us have confessed at one time or another about words we’ve spoken or situations that we’ve had to deal with in our life; and that is regret. We regret something we’ve said or something we’ve done, and instead of going to God and repenting so we can let go of it, we dwell on it. We mull it over, and over, and over again, in our mind making it worse each time we think about it. Oh, yeah! You know what I’m talking about! Before you know it, you have made a mountain out of a mole hill and it consumes the better part of your thinking.

Unless you take those thoughts captive to the will of God, they will become a stronghold in your life. Not only that, regret is a worthless emotion that chains you to your past. When your heart is full of regret and disappointment it draws fear to its side, then fear joins hands with disappointment and regret and holds you in limbo – boxed in – looking back and wishing you wouldn’t have said or done what you did; looking forward, fearful to make a decision because you may make the wrong decision.

So how do you get out of limbo and deal with regret? The only way to overcome regret, disappointment and fear so you can go forward into the victorious life God has designed for you is to confess that you have regrets, disappointments and fear, then spend time in the Word and with the Holy Spirit to renew your mind to the will of God. In Mark 1:14-15 in the Amplified Bible, we read “When Jesus came into Galilee he preached the good news of the Kingdom of God and said, “The appointed period of time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel).”

Through renewing your mind you will be able to overcome thoughts by taking them captive to the will of God with the words of your own mouth. You can’t overcome thoughts with thoughts; therefore, you have to address thoughts by speaking to them.

When you renew your mind and know the will of God, which is His Word, you can speak with authority and things will obey you. You can cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ as the Bible tells us to do in 2 Corinthians 10:5. When you do this, you will overcome past regrets and disappoints, address fear of future events and decisions and go victoriously into your future.

Finding the Right Answers

     Are you looking for answers to your problems and challenges? If you’re like me, you want real answers to real problems.  I have found that God has given us a guaranteed way to receive the answers to those problems and challenges. It is His Word. Every answer or solution you need is found in the Bible; God’s personal love letter to us. 

     Yet, many Christians aren’t walking victoriously in certain areas of their lives, because the devil continuously wages a war of distraction against them. He has managed to take them away from the one thing that can bring them victory — the Word of God. He will do everything possible to prevent them from opening the Bible because he knows that the Word will deliver them.

     The distractions can be very subtle: Too many to-do’s on your daily task list, TV programs that distract you and hold your interest for endless hours, or it may take the form of a big problem that makes you feel you need to focus all your attention on it instead of the Word. The enemy knows that if he can get you to take your eyes off the Word of God, he can keep you from winning the battle.

     When you’re going through a tough time, it isn’t just enough to know that God’s answer to your problem is “somewhere in the Bible”, you need to know where it is. Look in a Bible concordance and then find that scripture that God has promised the solution. Meditate on it until the truth of that scripture is revealed to you. The revelation will go from head knowledge to heart revelation. When you make that revelation your own, the devil can’t stop God’s Word from producing fruit in your life.

     Even Jesus Himself used the Word to defeat the devil in the wilderness – “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4) So, the way to defeat the enemy is with “It is written…” 

     There is no substitute for the written Word of God.  God tells us that we will find life and health if we give our attention to His word and keep it in the midst of our hearts. The key is to dig into his Word and let God’s promises abide in your heart.

The Trial of Your Faith

As I read Dr. Bill Basansky’s article it ministered to my heart and encouraged me beyond compare so I have put it here for you to read today so you can be encouraged as well.

Dear Friend:
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren (Luke 22:31-32, KJV).

Every time that you dare to believe God for ANYTHING, your faith will be put on trial and tested. Satan believes that if enough pressure is applied on you, then you will get discouraged and quit. He will tempt you and try to lure you into sin.

If you have ever quit in the past, then Satan is counting on you to quit again. He will constantly remind you of your past mistakes and failures. He is a master when it comes to temptation and mind manipulation.

Satan does not believe that you will stand strong, believe God’s Word and continue to trust God when everything around you indicates that your situation will never change.

One of the keys to making a strong stand against the devil is understanding that TESTS AND TRIALS DO NOT LAST FOREVER. They are temporary and subject to change (2 Corinthians 4:18).

When you know that trials are subject to change, then you can endure because God’s Word never changes.

1 Peter 1:6-7 tells us that …the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire.

Hebrews 10:35 says Cast not away therefore your confidence which has great recompence of reward.

Hebrews 10:23 …Let us hold fast the profession – confession – of faith without wavering for he is faithful that promised.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13, KJV).

The word temptation refers to any outside source that appeals to a weakness in your flesh and entices the flesh to take a closer look. If you don’t stop this thought process, it will set its hook in your soul and pull you right into the middle of some kind of sin.

But this verse promises that God will make a way for you to escape temptation IF you really want to escape it. The word escape means to walk out of a difficult place, to walk out of a trap, or to walk out of a place that is not good for you.

This reminds me of the time when Joseph fled from Potiphar’s wife when she tried to seduce him (Genesis 39:12). In other words, Joseph did not stay in a bad situation and try to negotiate. He fled from there as quickly as he could!

Negotiation with sin usually leads to falling into it rather than conquering it.

This is why Paul was constantly telling the early believers to FLEE evil influences (1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Corinthians 10:14, 1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 2:22).

You don’t have to be stuck in those temptations that surround you. You can walk out of those temptations just as easily as you walked into them. God has made a way for you to escape, but you are the only one who can make the choice to jump through the escape hatch!

So today the Lord is asking you: Are you going to stay the way you are right now? Or are you willing to take the proper steps to escape from the emotional temptation and demonic trap? The choice is yours to make. You are the only one who can chose to walk of those temptations or negative situations.

The moment you make that decision, your journey of freedom has begun and the Lord will lead you to victory.

Standing with you in faith,
Dr. Bill Basansky

**Dr. Bill Basansky, born in Ukraine, was confined in Nazi prison camps during parts of World War II. Dr. Basansky became paralized in his legs, resulting from an injury during his work in the Air Force. Thankfully, God healed him and restored his body from drugs and alcohol, and his mind from thoughts of suicide.

For five years, Dr. Bill worked with Oral Roberts University as a professor, and afterwards moved to Florida and founded Love And Grace Fellowship, which he and his wife pastored for over 14 years. His ministry is now focusing back to his country of origin. Scheduling multiple missions trips a year, Dr. Bill Basansky has started es, established Bible Schools, and held leadership seminars to train pastors and leaders. With his partners and friends have been able to ship more than $15 million in medicine, medical equipment and supplies, vitamins, clothing, food, and shoes to his home country. Dr. Bill is serving as an advisor and spiritual father to our leadership.  We celebrted Dr. Basansky’s promotion  to heaven September 9, 2010. 

Never Give Up In The Battle

By Lucia M. Claborn

Are you ever tempted to give up in the heat of battle?  Sure, you are! We (including me) have all wanted to quit at some point in time because life’s situations just got too hard, we could see no way out,  no help on the horizon, and thought it better to find a cypress tree and have a pity party for ourselves.

However, you need to know that God didn’t draw you to Himself and anoint you with the power of the Holy Spirit to be a quitter!  He made you to be a winner, more than an over-comer, in every area of your life.

You may have never been told that before, so I get the wonderful pleasure of telling you now:  God created you to triumph! In the Amplified Bible we read in 2 Corinthians 2:14a. “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory].” And in the Message Bible it reads, “In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade…”

No matter what life’s situation is that you’re facing and need to conquer, you must make a decision that you are never going to give in or give up!  This is exactly what the devil wants you to do: give up and quit!  Don’t give him the satisfaction of beating you!  One key to victory is continuing to do the right thing with the right attitude and refusing to quit.

When we become a born again Christian, God gives us the authority to whip the devil every time! Ephesians 1:19 tells us about this power, “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.”

I would like to encourage you to not let the pain of the past keep you from enjoying your today. Your dreams of the future have no place for the failures of the past.  Be determined to put the past behind you, as you can not change one thing back there. Press on into your future. the new beginning God has planned for you.  Although right now is not the first of the year when we would normally be making all of our new goals and commitments, today is the first day of the rest of your life.  No one else can be determined for you, so you must continually remind yourself to let go of the past and go on into the new things of your future.

I love the following quote by Winston Churchill and keep it on my refrigerator to remind me how good my future is going to be. “I have no fear of the future.  Let us go forward into its mysteries, let us tear aside the veils which hide it from our eyes and let us move onward with confidence and courage.”

When you decide to turn your back on the devil and humble yourself before the Lord, He will lift you up and make your life valuable, wonderful and worth living each and every day.

When you are discouraged and about to give up, God wants you to know that He’s there to help you. “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”  Galatians 6:9

Remember that it’s not how you start life’s journey that’s important, it’s how you finish.  You have not failed until you stop trying, so don’t give up and give in to the enemy’s plan for your life.  God created you to triumph in all things.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 4:17, “As it is written, I have made (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”

For years, I’ve taken God’s Word and personalized it with my name as well as my husband’s and children’s names and spoke it forth with authority calling those things which weren’t as though they are only to watch situations line up with God’s plan for our life!  When we learn who we are in Christ, and the awesome power our words have, we can easily change our negative words to positive, faith-filled confessions and change our world to have heaven on earth.

If you were like me when I began my journey with Jesus, I didn’t know who I was in Christ or even what that statement meant!  Today I have a better understanding of who I am in Christ, so here are some Bible verses that I have learned to stand on to help me believe who I am in Christ.  I simply insert my name or my children’s names and say, “I’m (or my children’s names) is/has (then confess the following):

Above and not beneath. (Deuteronomy 28:13)
Apple of God’s eye. (Deuteronomy 32:10)
Abundantly provided for.  (Ephesians 3:20)
Abundant life. (John 10:10)
Abounding in all things. (2 Peter 1:3)
Accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
Anointed. (Isaiah 61:1)
Access to God. (Romans 5:2)
Authority. (Luke 10:19)
Abounds in faith. (Colossians 2:7)