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RESTING IN GODS GRACE

The world lavishes attention upon people who work hard to earn what they want in life.
However, we often see that the empires they spend so many years building crumble and
collapse, and theyre worse off than before. Theres nothing wrong with hard work, but only if
the mindset behind it is on God. True success comes when we rest in Jesus while we work.

When we labor in our own works with fretful, anxious minds, we accomplish far less than if we
rested in Gods grace and let Him do the work. Far too many people worry constantly because
of the pressure to perform. We must remember that grace is available to everyone, and there
is no rest without it. His grace is sufficient, and its all we need.

Fear of the future is rampant. We dont know whats going to happen tomorrow, and that
causes stress for untold numbers of people. When we turn over all of our tomorrows to God
and embrace an attitude of Ill do whatever He directs me to do, were empowered for
success. Its not up to us to direct our own courses in life.

God wants to work in us, through us, and for us. When we trust Him and allow Him to do so,
we find the peace that only comes from Him. This requires faith, which positions us in His
grace. It takes work to find this place of rest and stay there, but its well worth the effort.

PRAYER:

Jesus, when I reflect on all You did to allow me to rest in You, Im awestruck. Your abundant
favor toward me has made available a kind of peace and joy that comes only from You. You
made it possible for me to come to this place of rest, this place of total trust in You. I will
depend on Your strength to help me maintain my position there, no matter what. Amen.

SCRIPTURES:

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, NKJV

2 Corinthians 12:9

James 4:14, 15

Jeremiah 10:23

Romans 5:1, 2

RESTING IN THE FINISHED WORKS OF JESUS


SUMMARY

When we rest in the finished works of Jesus, they empower us. This happens when we stop
laboring in our works, and come to the realization that we need God to work for us. The good
news contained in the Scriptures is the Gospel of His grace. This grace is available to
everyone, and without it, there is no rest. This rest is found in the Sabbath, but the Sabbath is
not a particular dayit is Christ Himself. We cannot earn His grace through our own merits.
We need only to accept it by faith, and this trust brings us into His rest.

A. We need God, and His grace, on our Christian walk. Our trust in Him brings us rest.
1. We do not know what will happen tomorrow. Life is a vapor that vanishes after a little
while. We should say, If the Lord will, we will live and do this or that (James 4:14, 15).

a. It is not up to us to say where we will be in the future, or what will happen. We need
God to guide us.
2. The way of a man is not in himself. It is not in a person to direct their own steps
(Jeremiah 10:23).

a. If it is not in us to direct our own steps, then the steps of a righteous person are
ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23).
b. With that in mind, we must stop every so often to make sure He is directing our steps.
We should not direct our own steps with good ideas that are not Gods ideas.
c. Once we realize this, we become extremely dependent on Him when situations arise.
He loves to be depended on.
d. We cannot produce the God kind of results unless He is working and we are
confidently depending on Him.
3. We need God to be who we are. He does not need us to be Who He is. Our labor is not
responsible for what we receive.

a. When God brings you into the land He promised you, and gives you great cities you
did not build, and houses full of good things which you did not fill, wells you did not dig,
and vineyards you did not plant, be careful not to forget Him (Deuteronomy 6:10-12).
b. I gave you land for which you did not work, cities to live in that you did not build, and
vineyards to eat from that you did not build (Joshua 24:13).
4. The Gospel is specifically the Gospel of Grace. This is news that seems almost too good
to be true.

a. We must be cautious, aware, and diligent not to fall short of the promise given to us of
entering into His rest. The Gospel was preached to us as well as to others, but those
who did not hear it in faith did not profit from it. The works were finished from the
foundation of the world (Hebrews 4:1-3).
b. Nothing moves me, and I do not count my life as dear to me, so I might joyfully finish
my course, and the ministry I received from Jesus to testify the Gospel of Gods grace
(Acts 20:24).
5. Grace and peace to you from God and Jesus, Who gave Himself to deliver us from this
present evil world. I marvel that you are so quickly moved from Him Who called you into
the grace of Christ, into another gospel. There are some who trouble you and pervert His
Gospel (Galatians 1:3-7).

a. Anything other than what Paul preached is not the Gospel of Grace. Paul emphasized
that the Gospel of Christ is the grace of Christ.
b. There is no other gospel. Grace is unmerited favor, and the Gospel of Grace makes all
other blessings available.
c. When we are commanded to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, we are being
told to preach the grace of Christ.
6. Grace is not a curriculum or a subject matter. Grace is an actual Person, and we must
keep our eyes on Him.

a. The Word was made flesh, and lived among us. We saw His glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
7. Do not cast away your confidence, which has a great recompense of reward. You need
patience, so that after you have done Gods will, you might receive the promise (Hebews
10:35, 36).

a. Our confidence has compensation. It is what escorts us into that place of rest, which
puts us in a position to receive what has already been done.
b. Patience means being consistently, constantly the same about what we have
confidence in. We employ patience to maintain our confidence so that our faith will
continue to work long enough to produce a harvest.
B. Everything has been completed for us. By faith, we enter the Sabbath, Who is
Jesus.

1. Count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations, because the trying of your faith
works patience (James 1:2, 3).

a. Joy is not happiness, but it produces happiness. Joy comes from what we know
through the Scriptures.
b. When we talk about faith, we do not need more of it, we simply need to keep working it
until we are satisfied with the results. Jesus used the analogy of the mustard seed, and
He told the parable of the servant in the field to illustrate this point.
2. We make an error when we have the wrong idea about faith.

a. We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).


b. The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; Habakkuk
2:4).
c. We have the faith of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22).
d. We have access by faith into the grace of God (Romans 5:1, 2).
3. God rested on the seventh day from all His works (Romans 4:4).

a. He rested because He was finished.


b. The seventh day is not just a day of rest, but the Sabbath. Many people misunderstand
what the Sabbath really is about.
4. Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy. Work for six days, but rest on the seventh day.
God worked and made the earth in six days, and rested on the seventh day. He blessed
and hallowed it (Exodus 20:8-11).

a. This is a shadow of Jesus and of the things that would happen in the New Testament,
when the new covenant was established after the cross.
5. Let no one judge you in respect to a holy day or the Sabbath days, which are a shadow of
things to come. The body is of Christ (Colossians 2:16, 17).

a. The Sabbath represents Christ, and affirms that we depend on Him.


b. Christ is Who the Old Testament refers to when it discusses the Sabbath. He is the
body that cast the shadow of things to come, hinted at in the Old Testament. Jesus is
our Sabbath.
6. If they shall enter into Gods rest, it remains that some shall enter in, and those to whom it
was preached did not enter because of unbelief (Hebrews 4:5, 6).

a. It is difficult for some people to believe that Jesus would do something for them without
them having to earn it.
7. Christ has become of no effect to those who are justified by the Law. They have fallen
from grace (Galatians 5:4).

a. Justified means to be declared righteous. To be justified by the Law means we must


work to earn justification. This is the opposite of righteousness by faith.
b. Falling from grace does not mean falling into sin. It means falling back into self-effort
and performance.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
James 4:14, 15 2 Corinthians 5:7
Jeremiah 10:23 Romans 1:17

Psalm 37:23 Galatians 3:11

Deuteronomy 6:10-12 Habakkuk 2:4

Joshua 24:13 Romans 3:22

Hebrews 4:1-6 Romans 5:1, 2

Acts 20:24 Romans 4:4-6

Galatians 1:3-7 Exodus 20:8-11

John 1:14 Colossians 2:16, 17

Hebrews 10:35, 36, 38 Galatians 5:4

James 1:2, 3

FROM THE SPIRIT TO THE NATURAL


by Taffi Dollar | 30 Apr 2016

SUMMARY

God can bring life into dead-end situations, and He has the ability to cause amazing things to
come to pass in our lives. These things begin to manifest themselves when we acknowledge
heavens agenda, and move ourselves into agreement with it in these last days. We must
anticipate experiencing what we have never experienced before. We are seeing an increasing
number of miracles and signs, due to angelic activity. These manifestations are examples of
what God has established in the spirit realm showing up in the natural realm, with the
assistance of a host of angels.

A. The power we possess comes from heaven. We must verbally acknowledge this
truth.

1. God has spoken, and I have heard it, that power belongs to God (Psalm 62:11).

a. If we were to believe what we see in the world with our physical senses, we would
think that power comes from demonic activity.
2. God told His people that when they went out to fight against their enemies and saw that
they were outnumbered, not to be afraid, because He was with them (Deuteronomy
20:1).

a. When we are born again, God goes with us everywhere. Angels have been sent to
accompany us.
3. When the servant of the man of God saw a great army assembled against them, the man
of God said not to fear. Those with them were greater than those who were with their
enemies (2 Kings 6:15-18).

a. The enemy tries to distract us and get us to focus on him.


b. When God opens our eyes to see whats really going on around us, we will see the
activity in the spiritual realm. We are not alone.
4. Remember the former things of old. I am God, and there is none other. I declare the end
from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done. My counsel will
stand (Isaiah 46:9-11).

a. Instead of saying what we see right now, we must talk like God. Declaring the end
from the beginning includes things like our deliverance, prosperity, and victory.
5. I have made thee a father of many nations. God quickens the dead, and calls those
things which are not as though they were (Romans 4:17).

a. To call is to summon, command, order, and give notice by the authority vested in a
person.
b. God spoke over mankind. He gave us the same authority He has, to allow us to
operate like Him.
B. Verbally declaring what is true in the spirit brings it to pass in the natural.

1. We have the same spirit of faith. According as it is written, we believe, therefore we


speak it (2 Corinthians 4:13).

a. When we believe the Word of God, we begin to speak just as He speaks. We will get
the results He wants us to have.
2. Which of the angels did God say to sit at His right hand until He made His enemies His
footstool? Angels are ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:13, 14).

a. Satan was originally an archangel, but God cast him down. Satan is now a fallen angel
who God has defeated.
3. Bless God, all you angels that excel in strength. Obey His commandments, and hearken
to the voice of His Word. Affectionately, gratefully praise Him (Psalm 103:20, 21, AMP).

a. When we put the Word inside us and declare it over us, we are giving heed to His
commandments.
4. Let them shout for joy who favor Gods righteous cause. Let them continually say the
Lord be magnified. The prosperity of His servant pleases Him (Psalm 35:27, 28).

a. God sent His angels as helpers, protectors, and guardians, so we may prosper.
5. God shall utter His voice before His army, and His camp is very great. Who can withstand
the day of the Lord? (Joel 2:11).

a. We are part of a powerful supernatural army.


6. Give thanks to God, for His mercy endures forever. Let His redeemed declare it (Psalm
107:1, 2).

a. If we want to be redeemed, we must say this to make it so.


7. Whoever dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall live under the shadow of the
Almighty (Psalm 91:1, 2, 8-16, AMP).

a. There is no better place to be than in the shade of Gods glory, where the enemy has
no access.

Scripture References

Psalm 62:11 Hebrews 1:13, 14

Deuteronomy 20:1 Psalm 103:20, 21, AMP


2 Kings 6:15-18 Psalm 35:27, 28

Isaiah 46:9-11 Joel 2:11

Romans 4:17 Psalm 107:1, 2

2 Corinthians 4:13 Psalm 91:1, 2, 8-16, AMP

HOW TO EXPERIENCE REAL LIFE TRANSFORMATION


(PART 3)
by Creflo Dollar | 20 Nov 2016

SUMMARY
Jesus accepts us as we are, regardless of the emotional baggage we may be dragging around with us;
but His intention is to transform us. Christians must understand that transformation should happen in
our lives, but we will not experience any change until we understand our true identity. Our beliefs affect
our entire lives, and wrong-believing is behind every fear, addiction, shame, and other struggle we
have. We must examine our belief system and determine where it came from, so that we can rightly
interpret the Scriptures and renew our minds to Gods perfect will. When we are born again, our spirits
are as perfect as Jesus Christ Himself. We are not our body, our mind, or our actionsour identity is
based in Him. Knowing who we really are is the key to transformation.

A. To see change in our lives, we must have a true understanding of who we really are.

1. If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! (2
Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

a. Many people use the words spirit and soul interchangeably, but they are not the same. We
are spirit-beings, possessing a soul, and living in a physical body. When we were born again
only, our spirit was impacted.
b. After being born again, the real person, the spirit, is an exact duplicate of God, perfect in every
way.
c. We are not our physical bodies. When we die, we leave them behind. If we are born again, to
be absent from the body is to be present with God (2 Corinthians 5:8).
2. We are sealed with perfection when we believe and become new creations.

a. Put on the new man, who after God is created in righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
b. You trusted in Christ, and then heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. After you
believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13).
c. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God
the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect (Hebrews 12:23).
d. Whom we preach, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, that we may present
everyone perfect in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28).
3. Whoever is born of God does not sin, for Gods seed remains in him. He cannot sin, because he is
born of God (1 John 3:9).

a. Christ perfects us. The person who is born of God is our spirit being.
4. Saul underwent a transformation when he was born again. Paul was the new man.

a. Saul consented to Stephens death. Saul caused havoc in the church, entering homes and
throwing men and women into prison (Acts 8:1, 3).
b. Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. We have wronged, corrupted,
or defrauded no man (2 Corinthians 7:1, 2).
A. We begin to be transformed when we let the Word change our thinking.

1. When we become born again, we are newborns in Christ, and a baby has no past. Our sinful nature
is gone. The sinner is dead, and we are brand new creations.

a. The devils job is to use our misbehavior to contradict our new identity. He tries to get us to
believe we are still sinners because we are sinning.
2. Shall we continue in sin so that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we who are dead to sin
live any longer like that? Our old man is crucified with Christ, so that the body of sin might be
destroyed and we should no longer serve sin. He who is dead is free from sin. If we are dead with
Christ, we believe we will also live with him (Romans 6:1, 2, 6-8).

a. The word sin is a noun, not a verb. This Scripture does not mean we will never sin again. It
does mean that our old man, our sinful self, is dead. This makes us heaven-ready.
b. We are sinners no more. When we do sin, it is not who we are.
c. We do not need to focus obsessively on sin, thinking it will keep us out of heaven. We all miss
the mark, which is why we need Jesus as our Savior. He is the only way to the Father (John
14:6).
3. When we get born again and our old self dies, what is left behind are our bodies and our
unrenewed minds.

a. In order to allow the new creation to dominate, we must change our way of thinking (Romans
12:1, 2).
b. Renewing our minds means exchanging our old thoughts and ideas with Gods thoughts and
ideas. We cannot do this without reading the Bible. God gave us pastors and teachers to help us
do this (Ephesians 4:11).
C. The enemy does not want us to know who we are in Christ, because that empowers us.

1. No flesh should glory in Gods presence. But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made
unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:29, 30).

a. Whenever issues pop up that the enemy uses to try to shame or scare us, we must remember
that we are in Christ. He makes us wise, righteous, sanctified, and redeemed.
b. Real life transformation starts with believing who we really are.
2. The Bible tells us to repent and believe (Mark 1:15).

a. Real repentance is a change of heart and mind about our old identity. A change in behavior is
the result of a changed mind. It is the fruit of repentance.
3. The mystery has been hidden from ages and generations, but now it is made manifest to the saints,
to whom God would make known the riches of the glory of the mystery among the Gentiles, which
is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:26-28).

a. The mystery is how we can get born again, and be made righteous without doing anything right.
4. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom
and revelation in the knowledge of him. May the eyes of your understanding be enlightened, that
you may know the hope of his calling and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
and the exceeding greatness of his power to us who believe (Ephesians 1:17-19).

a. Paul prayed that the Ephesians would receive the wisdom, knowledge, and revelation of what
happens to those who are born again.
b. We must screen out all distractions and focus on Christ living inside of us.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV 2 Corinthians 7:1,
2

2 Corinthians 5:8 Romans 6:1, 2, 6-


8

Ephesians 4:24 John 14:6

Ephesians 1:13, 17-19 Romans 12:1, 2

Hebrews 12:23 Ephesians 4:11

Colossians 1:26-28 1 Corinthians 1:29,


30
1 John 3:9
Mark 1:15
Acts 8:1, 3

RESTORATION OF EVERYTHING SATAN


TOOK
by Creflo Dollar | 14 Sep 2016

SUMMARY
When we go through adversity, sometimes we can forget that whatever the enemy
has taken from us can be restored. Reading the Word of God is one of the most
powerful things we can do, and resting in what the Word says can bring about
that restoration. Shame is a weight that stops us from moving ahead, but Gods
restoration means we do not have to be ashamed. The primary thing the devil
tries to do with the church is to shame everyone. But whatever the circumstances,
it is Gods will to restore.

A. Restoration brings joy. God will re-establish what the enemy stole or
destroyed.

1. I will restore health to you and heal your wounds, because they called you an
outcast (Jeremiah 30:17).

a. We must believe that God wants restoration for us. We do not have to
settle for sickness.
2. Do not fear, but be glad and rejoice, because God will do great things. He
has given you the former rain moderately, and now He will give you the
former and the latter rains. The floors will be full of wheat, and the vats will
overflow with wine and oil. You will have plenty, and praise God. His
people will never be ashamed (Joel 2:21-26).

a. We can rejoice and be glad even when nothing seems to be going right in
our lives. This is part of supernatural restoration.
b. The rain the Scripture refers to is the anointing from God. Overflow is the
characteristic of this anointing. When He strongly anoints us, we see this
overflow.
3. Restore to me the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:12).

a. When we first get born again, we keenly feel the joy of being rescued and
accepted as Gods beloved.
b. Joy is powerful, like dynamite. As Christians, we must find our joy.
When this is restored, other things in our lives will also be restored.
B. We can rejoice knowing that payback will come from the hand of the
Lord.

1. When the fig tree will not blossom, there is no fruit on the vine, and the
fields yield nothing, I will still rejoice. God is my strength (Habakkuk 3:17-
19).

a. Happiness comes from our comfort, but joy comes from what we know.
When bad things happen, we can be joyful because we have the God of
restoration.
b. Our joy becomes our strength to turn things around. It is closely linked to
restoration.
2. Do not despise a thief who steals because he is hungry, but the thief who is
caught must restore sevenfold (Proverbs 6:30, 31).

a. Satan is the thief. When we catch him, he will be required to restore seven
times as much as what he stole from us.
b. Rejoicing over this promise moves us into a place of rest.
3. For your shame you will have double, and for confusion they will rejoice in
their portion. They will have everlasting joy (Isaiah 61:7).

a. God will recompense anyone who has shame. We all have shame, but He
will give us a double portion of joy for it.
b. People who feel guilty about something admit they need to confess it.
Those who feel shameful want to hide what they are ashamed of, so no
one can see it.
C. God will provide full restitution. He promises this, and we must declare it
ourselves.

1. Times of refreshing will come from Gods presence. He will send Jesus,
Who was preached to us. God has spoken of restitution through His prophets
since the beginning of the world (Acts 3:19-21).

a. When we change our focus from feeling we need to be in Gods presence


to honestly wanting to be with Him, we are refreshed.
b. The definitions of restitution include reparation made by giving the
equivalent of what was lost, damaged, or injured; a restoration of rights
previously taken away or surrendered; or restoration to the original state
or position.
c. God has not forgotten what was stolen, lost, or damaged.
2. When Job prayed for his friends, God turned Jobs captivity and gave him
twice as much (Job 42:10).

a. Job was only blessed when he humbled himself and forgave his friends.
Pride stops restoration.
3. God brings joy to the people when they praise and honor Him. The voice of
joy will be heard when He reverses their captivity (Jeremiah 33:9-11).

a. Praising Him even when we do not feel like it is a sacrifice. He will return
the joy back into our lives.
4. Nehemiah became angry with the nobles for taking too much money. He
demanded the return of what was taken (Nehemiah 5:6-12).

a. Nehemiah declared restoration, which is something many Christians do


not do.
5. Let the redeemed of God say so, whom He has delivered from the enemy
(Psalm 107:2).

a. The redeemed are the ones who have been restored. We are commanded
to speak restoration.

Scripture References

Jeremiah 30:17 Acts 3:19-21

Joel 2:21-26 Job 42:10

Psalm 51:12 Jeremiah 33:9-11

Habakkuk 3:17-19 Nehemiah 5:6-12

Proverbs 6:30, 31 Psalm 107:2

Isaiah 61:7

ARE WORKS PERMITTED UNDER GRACE?


by Creflo Dollar | 28 Feb 2016

SUMMARY

Sometimes we may wonder whether works are necessary now that we are under grace. If we choose to
depend on the Law of Moses to justify us, then that means we are declaring ourselves righteous by self-
performance. By comparison, righteousness by faith is based on what Jesus did to make us holy. Grace
means we no longer have to perform according to the Law to get God to bless us or show us favor. But
we must not get confused between the works of the Law and the works of faith.

A. The Law could never do what grace has already done.

1. People who depend on the Law to be justified have fallen from grace, and Christ has become of no
effect to them (Galatians 5:4).

a. Being justified by the Law means being declared righteous based on our own works, apart from
what Jesus did on our behalf.
2. What profit is it if we say we have faith, but do not follow up with works? If someone is naked or
hungry, we are not helping if we simply pay lip service to the issue without clothing and feeding
them. Faith without works is dead. When Abraham believed God and offered his son as a sacrifice,
God counted Abrahams faith as righteousness (James 2:14-22).

a. It takes more than words to solve physical needs. There needs to be corresponding actions.
b. If our faith is strong enough, our actions will reflect our belief. Others will see our faith by what
we do.
3. True faith is important, but it must be followed by a demonstration of what we believe. Acts make
our faith come alive.
a. We are justified by faith, apart from the deeds of the Law (Romans 3:28).
b. By grace we are saved through faith, but not through our own works. It is the gift of God
(Ephesians 2:8).
4. With our heart we believe unto righteousness. With our mouth we confess unto salvation (Romans
10:10).

a. Belief originates in the heart. Therefore, our faith depends on the state of our heart.
5. We must carefully guard our heart, because all of the issues of life flow from it (Proverbs 4:23).

a. What we do out of faith starts in our heart.


B. Faith and works are both important. We must understand how they go hand in hand.

1. If Abraham was justified by his works alone, he might have had reason to boast, but not before
God. His belief was credited to him as righteousness (Romans 4:2, 3).

a. God tested Abrahams faith, and he showed his faith by his works.
2. Before Isaac was born, Abram believed Gods promises, and God counted it toward him as
righteousness (Genesis 15:6).

a. Abrams faith was strong enough to influence his actions, and his actions completed his faith.
3. He was ready to sacrifice his son, but he saw a ram and sacrificed it instead (Genesis 22:10, 13).

a. This test of faith came many years after God had promised Abram a son. His works were done
by belief in what God said.
4. The works of man are referred to as dead works, but the works of God are referred to as works of
faith.

a. Do not work for meat that perishes, but for the meat that brings everlasting life. Jesus brings us
this meat. The work of God is to believe in the One Whom He sent (John 6:27-29).
b. Progressing forward from the elementary principles of Christ moves us toward perfection, and
causes us to repent of dead works and embrace faith in God (Hebrews 6:1).
c. Jesus blood purges our conscience from dead works, so we may serve the living God (Hebrews
9:14).
5. When we believe, God gives us the desire to do His work. His calling on our lives is through
Jesus.

a. We must work out our own salvation. God works in us to make us want to do His will
(Philippians 2:12, 13).
b. God calls us not according to our works, but according to His purpose and His grace. This
purpose was given to us in Christ before the world began (2 Timothy 1:9).

Scripture References

Galatians 5:4 Genesis 15:6

James 2:14-22 Genesis 22:10, 13

Romans 3:28 John 6:27-29

Ephesians 2:8 Hebrews 6:1

Romans 10:10 Hebrews 9:14


Proverbs 4:23 Philippians 2:12, 13

Romans 4:2, 3 2 Timothy 1:9

PROCLAMATION AND DEMONSTRATION


by Creflo Dollar | 18 Nov 2015

SUMMARY

When we preach the Word of God the way the Bible tells us to, we should not stop at simply talking
about it. Jesus spoke the truth, and backed His words up with action. He sent His disciples out in
teams, telling them to spread the Gospel and perform signs to confirm the Word. As Believers, we are
commanded to do the same. It is not enough just to proclaim doctrinewe should follow up our
proclamation with demonstration.

A. Jesus commanded His disciples to not just speak, but to act. After His ascension, the Holy
Spirit empowered them to do that.

1. When He sent them out, He told them to eat what was presented to them, heal the sick, and preach
the Gospel in the cities where they were sent (Luke 10:8, 9).

1. In essence, Jesus said to proclaim the kingdom and then to demonstrate it.
2. The disciples went forth and preached, confirming Gods Word with signs and wonders (Mark
16:20).

1. This was made possible because the Lord was working with them.
3. The Holy Spirit was the Helper Who guided the apostles in everything they said and did.

1. When they took action and performed miracles, they were all of one mind (Acts 5:12).
2. We can accomplish the same things by our own hands.
3. The apostles spoke boldly because the Lord was giving them utterance. They testified about
Jesus and performed supernatural works (Acts 14:3).
4. God bore witness to His Word through what He did (Hebrews 2:4).

1. We have the same authority as Jesus to command the manifestations of these signs.
B. The power and authority we have is real, but in order for it to work in our lives, we must
believe in its reality.

1. After Peter and John were released, they reported everything the priests and elders had done to
them. They praised God, and prayed for power to work miracles while preaching the Word (Acts
4:23, 24, 29, 30).

1. Preaching and manifesting go together. We must expect to see the manifestation.


2. God is not slow in keeping His promises to us. He is long-suffering, not willing that anyone should
die (2 Peter 3:9).

1. It is His will to heal, and for all to be saved.


3. The path of destruction is wide, and many enter into it. The path to life is narrow, and few find it
(Matthew 7:13, 14).

1. We are free to make our own decisions, regardless of Gods plan for us. Because of that
freewill choice, His will does not automatically come to pass.
4. After God freed Paul and Silas from prison, they told the guard to believe in Jesus in order to be
saved, and he believed (Acts 16:31).

1. Salvation and healing only work for us if we choose to accept them by faith. They work on an
individual basis.
5. Others cannot call on God if they do not believe in Him, and they cannot believe if they have not
heard His Word. They will not hear His Word without a preacher, and preaching it is impossible
without being sent (Romans 10:14, 15, 17).

1. We are required to minister the Word first, in order for the lives of others to be touched.

Scripture References

Luke 10:8, 9 Acts 4:23, 24, 29, 30

Mark 16:20 2 Peter 3:9

Acts 5:12 Matthew 7:13, 14

Acts 14:3 Acts 16:31

Hebrews 2:4 Romans 10:14, 15, 17

RESISTING THE DEVIL WITH PHYSICAL ACTIONS


by Creflo Dollar | 11 Nov 2015

SUMMARY
If we want to resist the devil the way the Bible tells us to, we must submit ourselves to Gods authority.
All power belongs to God, and we have been given the authorization and the right to use it on all levels.
The Scriptures tell us that the devil will only leave us alone when we stand up and fight against him.
Similar to wars in the physical realm, this type of resistance against the enemy even includes resisting
him with our body. Yielding our body to God instead of the devil is an important strategy in this fight.
This type of spiritual rebellion against anything not of God connects us to what He has already
released on our behalf.

A. A powerful way to demonstrate our faith is to do the right thing, even if we do not feel like
doing it at the moment.

1. We must submit to God and resist the devil (James 4:7).

1. We are told here not just to pray to God, but to actively fight against the devil. This includes
physical actions.
2. Faith without works is dead (James 2:20).

1. We need to accompany doctrines with action. Resisting the enemy with our body is actually
cooperating with God.
3. When the people turned back from God, they limited Him and the authority He had on earth
(Psalm 78:41).

1. He had to send His Son to earth in a physical body, to strip the authority from the devil and
return it to mankind.
4. Jesus power and authority were limited in places where people doubted Him. He was amazed at
their unbelief (Mark 6:5, 6).

1. Even Jesus needed cooperation, but the people refused to cooperate.


B. As ministers of God, we can choose whether or not to cooperate with Him through our actions.

1. Lucifer fell from heaven when he said in his heart that he wanted to be exalted over God. When
God declared Lucifer would be brought down to hell, He prophesied that mankind would look on
him and marvel that they ever feared him (Isaiah 14:12-17).

1. Hell was never meant for mankind, only for the angels whose power was stripped away because
they chose to rebel against God.
2. The only power the devil now has is what we give him.
2. As part of our rebellion against the devil, we can witness by stretching out our hand and healing
the sick.

1. Jesus commanded His disciples to go to the cities and accept whatever hospitality was offered
to them, while healing the sick and preaching the Gospel (Luke 10:8, 9).
2. When Peter and John were released, they went back to their people, reported to them all the
things the priests and elders had said to them, and praised God. Despite the threats made against
them, they used the power Jesus had given them to perform acts in His name (Acts 4:23, 24, 29,
30).

Scripture References

James 4:7 Isaiah


14:12-17
James 2:20
Luke 10:8,
Psalm 78:41 9

Acts 4:23,
Mark 24, 29, 30

WALKING IN THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER


by Creflo Dollar | 8 Nov 2015

SUMMARY
Gods church is facing severe persecution by the enemy, but we can exercise our Believers
authority over this persecution. In order to do that, however, we must thoroughly understand
the power we have been given, and learn how to wield it. We know that trouble is bound to
come, but it is written that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. So, armed
with this knowledge, the enemy can throw whatever he wants at us, but he will not succeed.
According to the Scriptures, we possess even more authority than Adam and Eve.

A. We have been given all authority, power, and dominion. It is up to us to use it.

1. In the beginning, God gave mankind authority over all the earth (Genesis 1:26).

1. By comparison, during Jesus earthly ministry, He had authority not just on the
earth, but under it, meaning He had power over demonic forces. He gave that power
to us.
2. At Jesus name, everything in heaven, earth, and under the earth, shall bow (Philippians
2:10).

1. We have the same authority. This means we have dominion over hell.
3. Jesus had all power. He commands us to spread His Word everywhere, and He
promises to stay with us always (Matthew 28:18-20).

1. When we do His work, we have His authority.


4. He gave His disciples power over evil, sickness, and death. He sent them forth to
preach the Gospel (Matthew 10:1-8).

1. We are authorized dealers of that power.


B. We must believe in the very real power we possess. What we have comes from God.

1. In addition to receiving the authority over all devils and the power to heal, the disciples
were also charged with the responsibility to preach the kingdom of God (Luke 9:1, 2).

1. This authority depends on our belief to activate it.


2. Submit to God and resist the devil, and he will flee (James 4:7).

1. He will not leave if we do not resist him in every way.


3. We are commanded to heal the sick (Matthew 10:8).

1. God has put His power under our authority, and we are responsible for using it.
4. We see an example in the New Testament of how to walk in our authority.

1. Jesus tells us to speak Gods Word and heal the sick (Luke 9:2).
2. Peter and John stood on their authority to heal the lame man (Acts 3:1-8).
3. In this case, instead of praying to God to do what was already done, they
commanded the manifestation.

Scripture References

Genesis 1:26 Luke 9:1, 2

Philippians 2:10 James 4:7

Matthew 28:18-20 Acts 3:1-8

Matthew 10:1-8

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YOUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY AND SPIRITUAL


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by Creflo Dollar | 11 Oct 2015
SUMMARY
Because of what Jesus has done for us, we are powerful people. As Believers, there is
nothing going on in our life that we do not have the authority to overcome. This is the result
of the relationship between spiritual authority and spiritual law. This law transcends the
performance-based do good, get good Law of Moses. Prayer is good and we need to
maintain a strong prayer life, but when we want to see tangible results, we must remember
that we have been given the ability to make our hopes and dreams into tangible realities.

A. The authority God gave Jesus is now ours, if we believe we have it. Under spiritual
law, we have the right to expect we will receive what we hope for.

1. Jesus made the disciples get into a ship and sail to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
A storm arose and threatened to sink the ship, and when Jesus came to the disciples,
they were afraid. Peter was able to walk on water when he kept his eyes on Jesus, but
fear and doubt made him sink (Matthew 14:22-31).

1. Jesus was walking on top of the situation that was trying to destroy the disciples.
This still applies to us today.
2. Jesus telling Peter to leave the ship and come to Him was the authorization giving
Peter power over the situation.
2. Jesus gave the disciples power over the enemy, and protection from harm (Luke 10:19).

1. For us, this means we have absolute authority over the devil. The only authority he
can have is what we give him.
3. Hope deferred makes us heartsick, but when we receive what we hoped for, it is the
tree of life (Proverbs 13:12).

1. As children of God, we expect for the Word to come to pass in our life. We make it
happen by our belief that we have the authority.
4. We have the anointing from God, and through Him, we know all things (1 John 2:20).

1. Children of God who know the spiritual laws in force can enforce those laws in the
same way a police officer enforces the laws of the land.
2. We have the authority to enforce everything in the Bible, but we must first know
what those spiritual laws are.
5. God will not break His own laws or go back on His Word after He spoke it (Psalm
89:34).

1. Healing, deliverance, prosperity, and acquiring what we speak are spiritual laws.
B. We have authority from God, but we also have the choice to reject that authority.
Gods plans are for His spiritual laws to give us life.

1. Jesus and the heavenly Father are in agreement that we have the authority to command
(Isaiah 45:11).

2. In the Old Testament, the peoples hearts were not right, and they did not keep Gods
commandments. God had compassion and forgave them, but they deliberately turned
away and chose to limit Him (Psalm 78:37-41).

1. Likewise, we can choose to limit Gods power in our life.


3. Gods thoughts and plans for us are for good and not evil, to give us hope in our final
outcome (Jeremiah 29:11, AMP).

4. We can choose life or death for ourselves. God says to choose life (Deuteronomy
30:19).

1. Although life is His will for us, He respects and protects our decision once we make
it.
5. Boasting is excluded by the law of faith (Romans 3:27).

6. The law of the Spirit frees us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

1. Whatever spiritual law we follow requires our attention.


7. God does not want anyone to die, and everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

1. Some people choose not to repent.

Scripture References

Matthew 14:22-31 Psalm 78:37-41

Luke 10:19 Jeremiah 29:11, AMP

Proverbs 13:12 Deuteronomy 30:19

1 John 2:20 Romans 3:27

Psalm 89:34 Romans 8:2

Isaiah 45:11aggai 2 Peter 3:9

MANIFESTING SUPERNATURAL RESPONSE


by Creflo Dollar | 13 Sep 2015

SUMMARY
As Believers, manifesting a supernatural response to everything that happens in our life
eases us into operating in the supernatural. We have a right to this supernatural life, but we
must be willing to step out of the natural. Verbally confessing that we live in this upper
realm begins the transformation process. There are some things we cannot accomplish
through our own abilities. But when we depend on the Holy Spirit as our Helper and our
Comforter, He makes things happen that we could never make happen ourselves.

A. Manifesting a supernatural response begins with faith in Gods grace.

1. We are not children of the bondwoman, but children of the free woman (Galatians 4:31,
AMP).

1. This refers to the discussion of Hagar and Ishmael in the Old Testament. Hagar
represented the Law, Ishmael represented self-effort, and Sarah represented the
covenant of grace.
2. When we are born again, we move from being children of the natural to being
children of the supernatural.
2. Faith, by grace, makes Gods promises accessible to those not just under the Law, but
also to those of the faith of Abraham (Romans 4:16).

3. Communication of our faith becomes effective when we acknowledge every good thing
in us because of Christ (Philemon 1:6).

1. Verbally confessing our faith is critical.


4. We are saved by grace through faith. Grace is Gods gift to us (Ephesians 2:8).

1. We must have faith in order for the supernatural to be manifested, and to take
possession of everything we have.
5. Faith is the substance of things we hope for, and the evidence of the unseen (Hebrews
11:1).

6. We must prepare our minds and keep hoping for the things Jesus brings (1 Peter 1:13).

1. Grace has made healing, soundness, freedom from condemnation, deliverance, and
prosperity available.
B. We need a thorough knowledge of faith and how it operates. We find good examples
of it in the Bible.

1. Believers must know what faith is, and what faith is not

1. Faith is our positive response to Gods grace.


2. It is not something we do to get God to respond.
3. It does not move God. It moves us to a position to receive what He already
provided.
4. It does not cause a positive response from God.
5. It is our positive response to what He has already provided.
6. It only takes possession of what God has provided by grace.
7. If God has not already provided it independent of our efforts and prior to our need,
then faith cannot make it happen.
2. During the storm at sea when Jesus walked on water to get to His disciples, they were
afraid. He chided them for their wrong response to the situation. When He got into the
ship, the wind stopped (Mark 6:45-52).

3. The disciples welcomed Jesus into the ship, and it immediately moved to the land (John
6:21).

1. This indicates they responded supernaturally, and received a supernatural response.


4. When Jesus fed the crowds, His response to initially not having enough food was
supernatural. God responded supernaturally, and everyone was filled (Mark 6:41, 42).

5. When they were jailed, Paul and Silas responded supernaturally to the situation. They
were immediately freed, but they did not flee (Acts 16:25-28).

6. The Shunammite woman responded supernaturally to the death of her son. God
responded accordingly (2 Kings 4:8-37).

Scripture References

Galatians 4:31, AMP 1 Peter 1:13

Romans 4:16 Mark 6:41, 42, 45-52

Philemon 1:6 John 6:21

Ephesians 2:8 Acts 16:25-28


Hebrews 11:1 2 Kings 4:8-37
HOW TO RECEIVE REAL LIFE TRANSFORMATION
SUMMARY
When we hear the phrase, come as you are, in relation to church attendance, sometimes we
assume we can remain as we are. Gods love and grace allow us to come to Him as we are,
without having to be qualified to be in His presence. No matter what state we are in when we
come to Him, He will cause something in us to change. Some people are content to remain the
same, continuing in fear and bondage, but through His unmerited, undeserved favor, God is
able to teach us to do what we were previously unable to do. Jesus died on the cross to set us
free from every issue that we would ever have to deal with. This is a truth that is controversial
in some circles, yet believing it unlocks the power to set us free. When we correctly interpret
the truth of the Gospel, we put ourselves in a position to receive life transformation.

A. How we think determines our behavior, and influences every part of our life.

1. Right-believing and right-thinking lead to right-living. If our thinking has been formed by
some type of confusing doctrine, we can wrongly interpret the Word of God.
a. Whatever we expose ourselves to will shape our thinking (Proverbs 23:7).
b. We spend much time trying to live right, but very little time trying to believe right.
2. Grace is the truth that will set us free.
a. Jesus said to the Jews who believed him, if you continue in my word, you are indeed
my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free (John 8:31, 32).
b. Moses gave the Law, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
3. The worlds values contradict Gods values. Observing events around us, we can see the
evidence and results of wrong thinking.
a. We live in a society that does not want to read the Word. People want to be comforted
by compromise, and they do not accept the Bible as the truth. But there is a way that
seems right to a person, that ends in death (Proverbs 14:12).
b. It appears that evil and sin are winning, but when sin abounds, grace abounds much
more (Romans 5:20).
B. Experiencing real transformation starts with our minds. We must change our
thinking.

1. I pray that your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
a. We are tri-part beings. Each one of us is a spirit, possessing a soul, and living in a
physical body. Our soul is our mind, which we use to think, feel, choose, and reason.
2. Before we were born again, we were children of the devil, possessing a sinful nature.
When we became born again, God removed the old root of sin and replaced it with the
root of righteousness. We received a new nature, and became Gods children. This was
true of the apostle Paul, and it is also true for us.
a. Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in
the fear of God. We have wronged, corrupted, or defrauded no one (2 Corinthians 7:1,
2).
b. Saul consented to Stephens death. At that time, there was great persecution against the
church in Jerusalem. Saul caused havoc in the church, entering into every house and
taking men and women to prison (Acts 8:1-3).
3. If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old things have passed away, and all
things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
a. When we become new people in Christ, we are no longer to associate or identify with
the way we used to be.
b. We undergo the same transformation that Saul went through when he became Paul. The
old person dies when the new person is born.
c. We must believe we are made perfect in Christ when we are born again. We are no
longer sinners, but we are saved by grace. If we do not believe this, we are double-
minded (James 1:8).
4. We put on the new man, which, like God, is created in righteousness and true holiness
(Ephesians 4:24).
a. When we are saved, our spirits are immediately changed. They become exact duplicates
of Gods Spirit, but our souls and bodies are not immediately affected.
C. After we are saved, we must begin the process of changing our old habits and
attitudes.

1. After you trusted in Christ, you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. After
you believed in Him, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13).
a. The Word of truth is the Gospel, which is the grace of God. Being born again seals our
spirits with the Holy Spirit, for our protection.
2. We are spirit beings, and our inner man is the real person inside us. Therefore, our real
person in Christ is perfect.
a. We teach everyone in all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ Jesus
(Colossians 1:28).
b. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to
God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous people made perfect (Hebrews
12:23).
c. Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, because his seed remains in him. He
cannot sin, because he is born of God (1 John 3:9).
d. Our love is made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment. As he is,
so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
3. We know that our old man is crucified with Jesus, that the body of sin might be destroyed,
so henceforth we should not serve sin (Romans 6:6).
a. When we believe wrong, we live wrong. We must not believe we are our behavior, or
allow our sinful actions to tell us we are still sinners.
b. It is important we interpret the phrase, body of sin, correctly. We are delivered from
sin itself, not from the act of sinning. In this context, sin should be considered a noun,
not a verb.
4. We should present our body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Do not be
conformed to this world, but be transformed and changed by the entire renewal of your
mind, by its new ideals and attitude, so you may prove for yourselves what is the perfect
will of God (Romans 12;1, 2, AMPC).
a. It is our responsibility to change our way of thinking, to align our souls with our new
spirits.
b. The most important thing for a person to do is to get born again. Some people do not
believe they need God, but they are fools (Proverbs 14:1).
c. After being saved, the most important thing for a person to do is to renew the mind, so
change can begin from the inside.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Proverbs 23:7 Ephesians 4:24

John 8:31, 32 Ephesians 1:13

John 1:17 Colossians 1:28

Proverbs 14:12 Hebrews 12:23

Romans 5:20 1 John 3:9

1 Thessalonians 5:23 1 John 4:17

2 Corinthians 7:1, 2 Romans 6:6

Acts 8:1-3 Romans 12:12, AMPC

2 Corinthians 5:17 Proverbs 14:1

James 1:8

JOYTHE KEY TO RESTORATION


SUMMARY
God wants to restore to us everything that has been stolen, broken, or missing from our lives,
but we must believe this for it to become real to us. His objective is wholeness in every area,
and it is not His plan to keep anything from us. The Word says that if we catch the thief who
has been stealing from us, he must repay us sevenfold.The joy of the Lord is the key to
breakthrough, and we take possession of our restoration by faith. In the Scriptures, God
equates joy with strength. We can actually use joy to ignite faith, and when joy is released,
restoration is the result.This is important when we need to know how to respond to problems
we face.

A. The joy that God gives us carries restorative power to change our lives.

1. Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his soul if he is hungry, but if he is caught,
he shall restore sevenfold (Proverbs 6:30, 31).
a. Every Believer should be in the midst of receiving supernatural restoration, but like
everything else in the kingdom, faith is required to obtain it.
2. Nehemiah told the people not to mourn or weep, but to eat and drink. He said not to be
sorry, because the joy of the Lord was their strength. The people obeyed because they
understood the message (Nehemiah 8:9-12).
a. When situations arise and we feel weak, joy strengthens us.
b. Every time we see restoration, we see joy prior to it.
3. Fear not, but be glad and rejoice, because God will do great things. He will send the
former and the latter rains at the same time, and restore all the years that were taken. The
people will eat and be satisfied with plenty, and praise God. My people will never be
ashamed (Joel 2:21-26).
a. Whenever we have the opportunity to fear, we must rejoice instead. It is important to
know that God will do great things, because this determines whether or not we can
rejoice.
b. In the Scripture, when joy showed up, the manifestations also showed up. The floors
were full of wheat, and the wine and oil overflowed.
c. The fulfillment of all Gods promises starts with a decision to rejoice and be glad.
d. Joy and happiness are two different things. Happiness is based on our condition. Joy is
based on what we know.
4. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with your free spirit (Psalm
51:12).
a. Turnaround in our lives is dependent on the restoration of the joy of the Lord.
b. A Christian should not be without joy.
5. Although the fig tree will not blossom, there will be no fruit on the vines, the labor of the
olive will fail, the field will yield nothing, the flock will be cut off from the fold, and there
will be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. He is my strength, and He will
make my feet like hinds feet (Habakkuk 3:17-19).
a. The situation does not have to be right for us to rejoice. When we rejoice, God
restores.
b. The statement Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The
Lord God is my strength illustrates the relationship between joy and strength.
c. Like dynamite, joy is the fuse to our faith. Faith is required to take possession of all
grace has made available, but a fuse is needed to ignite the dynamite.
6. The city will be a name of joy, praise, and honor before the entire earth. Everyone will
hear about the good I do to them, and they will fear and tremble for all the prosperity I
bring them. The voice of joy and gladness will be heard in the desolate places. God is
good and merciful to those who bring the sacrifice of praise into His house (Jeremiah
33:9-11).
a. It is tempting to murmur, complain, and be sad, but this is a waste of time.
b. Praising God when we do not feel like it is a sacrifice. When we do this, He promises to
restore everything in our lives that was taken captive.
c. Joy escorts us to a place of rest and delivers us from the stress of the day, the cares of
the situation, and the worries of the circumstances. Joy will make us happy.
7. Count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations. The trying of your faith works
patience (James 1:2-4).
a. We do not count it all joy when we are comfortable and everything is perfect, but
rather when we are tested and tried.
b. Our joy comes from what we know about the finished works of Jesus, which made
things like healing, deliverance, and prosperity available to us.
c. Tribulation and trouble do not produce The word works means to employ or
hire. When our faith is tried, it puts patience to work.
B. Faith is an important component in finding our joy.

1. Jesus told His disciples to forgive others if they repented of their trespass, even if they
sinned repeatedly.When His disciples asked for more faith, He explained to them about
the mustard seed, and He told them the parable about the servant in the field (Luke 17:3-
10).
a. It is not a question of whether our faith is strong enough or big enough. Faith is the
servant we must keep working until we are satisfied with the results.
2. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
a. Some people may wonder how to keep their faith working out in the field if they have
no faith. This Scripture tells us why it is so important to hear the Word.
3. We are born again by the incorruptible Word of God, which lives forever (1 Peter 1:23).
a. If faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, and we are born again by
the Word, then we are born again by faith.
b. We get joy when we know what the Word says.
4. Peter walked on water, and Jesus rescued him when he began to sink. Jesus said to be of
good cheer, and not to fear (Matthew 14:27-33).
a. Peter went through the ordeal because he questioned whether Jesus was really Who He
was, and took his eyes off Him. Peters faith worked while he was walking on the
water, but his doubt called his faith in from the field.
b. Peter had great faith, but it did not last long. It was a short-lived burst of faith, because
his doubt contradicted his faith and told him he could not walk on water.
5. Rejoice always, continue praying, and always give thanks. This is Gods will for us (1
Thessalonians 5:16-18).
a. As Christians, rejoicing evermore, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks in
everything is our formula for joy and restoration.
6. Always rejoice in God (Philippians 4:4).
a. Rejoicing is significant to restoration and wholeness. We must rejoice verbally, and
condemn words formed against us.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Proverbs 6:30, 31 Luke 17:3-10

Nehemiah 8:9-12 Romans 10:17

Joel 2:21-26 1 Peter 1:23

Psalm 51:12 Matthew 14:27-33

Habakkuk 3:17-19 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Jeremiah 33:9-11 Philippians 4:4

James 1:2-4

CONFIDENCE TO REST
SUMMARY
When we truly learn to rest in God, even when the cares of the world bounce us out of our
place of rest, we can quickly move right back into it. God can only work on our behalf when we
trust Him enough to rest from stress and worry. He will not force the issue, which is why He
will rest when we work hard to make something happen by our own efforts. The only way we
will see any manifestations in our lives is when we finally decide to step aside, get out of His
way, and let Him get to work. This requires confidence in His Word.

A. Belief and confidence are closely tied together.

1. Those to whom the Word was preached did not enter into rest, because of their unbelief.
We must labor to enter into rest (Hebrews 4:6, 11).
a. Unbelief is the reason why people do not enter into the rest that allows them to receive
Gods promises.
b. We know we truly believe if we have peace.
c. Faith is our form of labor. This work is required to get us back into spiritual rest.
d. The enemy does not want us to rest, and we face spiritual warfare against him. The
battle takes place in our mind. We work to maintain the victory Jesus has already
obtained for us.
2. Do not cast away your confidence, which has a great recompense of reward. You need
patience to do Gods will (Hebrews 10:35, 36).
a. Our confidence has a spiritual payday attached to it. That payday is the manifestations
we seek.
b. The enemy uses fear and doubt to block the manifestations.
3. There are six works of faith to get us back to our place of rest.
a. Constantly renew your mind (Romans 12:2).
b. Confess the Word out loud (Hebrews 10:23).
c. Meditate on the Word and think on it (Joshua 1:8; 1 Timothy 4:15).
d. Pray persistently (Luke 18:1).
e. Hear the Word to increase your confidence (Romans 10:17).
f. Believe God loves us.

Scripture References

Hebrews 4:6, 11 1 Timothy 4:15

Hebrews 10:23, 35, 36 Luke 18:1

Romans 12:2 Romans 10:17

Joshua 1:8

HOW TO PRACTICALLY DEVELOP CONFIDENCE IN GOD


SUMMARY
God did not create us to operate out of stress or worry, but from a place of rest. Only when we
arrive at that place will we see His manifestations in our lives. Rest does not mean inactivity,
but rather continuing to work and move forward with our daily lives while letting go of anxiety.
This requires confidence in what Jesus did two thousand years ago. The only way we can
benefit from what the Word of God says is to confidently accept it by faith, regardless of the
devils attempts to move us out of our place of rest.
A. Finding our place of rest in God is extremely important for us.

1. Do not throw away your confidence, which has great compensation of reward. You need
patience, so that when you do Gods will, you may receive the promise (Hebrews 10:35,
36).
a. The devils main weapon against us is shame, to try and wear down our confidence.
b. He wants to knock us out of our place of rest, and keep us in worry and stress, by
causing us to pay attention to what we see and hear around us.
c. Patience is defined as constantly, consistently remaining the same. Employing patience
helps us maintain our confidence during the enemys attacks.
B. The Scriptures provide strategies on how to develop confidence in God.

1. Renew your mind. The battles we fight all take place in the mind. If we think differently,
we live differently.
a. Dedicate your bodies as a living sacrifice, consecrated and pleasing to God, which is
your rational and intelligent spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but
be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may perform and accomplish
Gods will (Romans 12:1, 2, AMPC).
2. Confess the Word. Our mouth can be a powerful arsenal, and we find ourselves speaking
what we believe in.
a. We must hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (Hebrews 10:23).
b. Whoever commands the mountain to be removed and cast into the sea, and has no
doubt in their heart, will have whatever they say (Mark 11:23).
c. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the enemys grasp
(Psalm 107:2).
3. Meditate and ponder on the Word. This makes it real, and what we meditate on comes to
pass.
a. The book of Gods Word shall not depart from your mouth. You shall meditate on it
day and night, and see that you do everything written in it. Then you shall prosper and
succeed (Joshua 1:8).
b. Meditate on these things and give yourself completely to them, so that your profiting
from them will be visible to everyone (1 Timothy 4:15).
4. Pray, but pray in the confidence of what Jesus already did. Do not doubt or judge others.
a. Jesus said to pray always, and not to faint (Luke 18:1).
b. Confess to each other your slips, offenses, and sins. Pray for each other, that you may
be healed and restored. The heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous person makes
tremendous power available (James 5:16, AMPC).

Scripture References

Hebrews 10:35, 36 Joshua 1:8

Romans 12:1, 2, AMPC 1 Timothy 4:15

Hebrews 10:23 Luke 18:1

Mark 11:23 James 5:16, AMPC


Psalm 107:2

DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE IN THE FINISHED WORKS


OF JESUS
SUMMARY
If we want to see supernatural manifestations in our lives, we must have confidence in what
Jesus did two thousand years ago. This confidence must be real, with no room at all for doubt.
We know that situations will arise, and fear is always waiting in the wings to show up. Fear is
the devils favorite weapon to try and get us to wonder if Gods promises will actually come to
pass in our lives. When we feel doubt starting to weaken us, our strength is found in the
Scriptures.

A. Trusting and believing Gods Word builds up our strength to reach a point of rest.

1. We must fear, lest any of us come short of entering into Gods rest. Those who did not
hear the Word in faith did not profit from it (Hebrews 4:1-3, 11).
a. Only the ones who believe will enter into rest. Rest is the evidence of belief.
2. God promises that in rest and returning we will be saved. Our strength will be in quietness
and confidence (Isaiah 30:15).
a. If we want prosperity, salvation, and deliverance, it will come through a place of rest.
When we are in that place, we find the strength we need.
3. Do not cast away your confidence, which has a great recompense of reward. We need
patience, so that after we have done Gods will, we can receive the promise. The just will
live by faith (Hebrews10:35-39).
a. Patience is not simply tolerating a situation. It is deliberately remaining unchanged
and unmoved, remaining consistent and constant.
b. Patience helps us keep our faith working until we see results.
B. Faith is necessary to develop our confidence and receive the gifts of the Spirit.

1. When Paul and his men were sailing, a tempest arose and began beating against the ship.
Paul told them to be cheerful, because no one would die. He said an angel had reassured
him not to fear, and God had plans for him to carry out (Acts 27:14, 18, 22-25).
a. God has plans for us, also. When we believe Him and the promises He makes to us, we
have joy and peace.
2. Lift up the covering shield of saving faith, which we can use to quench the flaming
missiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:16, AMP).
a. The doubts and fears we feel are the fiery darts we are warned about.
3. If we need wisdom, we can ask God, Who liberally gives to all. We must ask in faith,
without wavering (James 1:5-8).
a. Wisdom is not knowledge. It is the ability to use the intellectual knowledge we learn
from the world, and depend on God to reveal to us what to do when we do not know
what to do.

Scripture References
Hebrews 4:1-3, 11

Isaiah 30:15 Acts 27:14, 18 22-25

Hebrews 10:35-39 Ephesians 6:16, AMP

James 1:5-8

THE SECRET TO BEING FULLY PERSUADED


SUMMARY
It is necessary to be highly developed in our faith, because faith is responsible for taking
possession of what grace has made available. Whatever we could ever want in our life was
reserved for us when Jesus shed His blood on the cross, and there is nothing we can do
ourselves to get God to move. Everything we have been praying about is already donethe
issue is knowing what to do to see those manifestations. Grace by itself produces a passive
Christian, and faith by itself produces a legalistic Christian, but we begin seeing mighty things
when we put the two together. Faith and grace are equal parts of the equation in that our faith
connects us to Gods grace.

A. Faith and grace were just as important under the old covenant as they are now.

a. It is of faith that it might be by grace that the promise might be sure to all the seed.
Abraham had strong faith, and was fully persuaded that God was able to do what He
promised. Inheriting the promise is the outcome of faith (Romans 4:16-21, AMP).
1. God calls things that are not as though they are. Likewise, we must call the things in
our life that are not, as though they are.
b. God commanded the people not to let the Book of the Law depart from their mouth, to
meditate on it constantly, and to do what it said. The promise was prosperity and success
(Joshua 1:8).
1. Through the finished works of Jesus, we have the ability to make the promises
manifested.
c. Grace and peace are multiplied in us through the knowledge of God. Jesus has given us
everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:1-4).
1. We cannot believe something if we have no knowledge of it.
d. Jesus told His disciples to have faith in God (Mark 11:22).
1. God released His faith through His Word. Jesus was the Word in human form.
e. Follow God as dear children (Ephesians 5:1).
1. We must imitate God the same way children imitate their parents. To imitate Him, we
must talk and act like Him.
f. Gods Word is settled forever in heaven (Psalm 119:89).
1. Whatever He says is already established. When we imitate God, we speak what He has
already said.
B. There are some specific verbal strategies to follow to be persuaded by Gods Word.

1. Jesus did four things to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.
a. He spent much time in prayer, but He prayed the answer, not the problem.
b. His speech was accurate, never crooked. His conversations were always consistent with
the Word of God.
c. He always spoke the end results, not the problem.
d. He used the written Word to defeat the devil.
2. God gives us some powerfully persuasive promises for a better life.
1. Those who love life and want to see good days must refrain from speaking evil
(1 Peter 3:10).
2. When we decree something, it will be established in our life, and the light will
shine on our ways (Job 22:28).
3. A fools mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare to his soul (Proverbs
18:7).
4. A person will be filled with the fruit of what they say. Death and life are in the
power of the tongue, and those who indulge it will eat the fruit of it (Proverbs 18:20,
21).
5. Whoever keeps their mouth in check keeps their soul from trouble (Proverbs
21:23).
6. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the
upright delivers them (Proverbs 12:6).
7. A person will be satisfied with good by the fruit of their mouth (Proverbs
12:14).
8. The tongue can pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health
(Proverbs 12:18).
9. Those who keep their mouth keep their life, but those who open their mouth
wide will have destruction (Proverbs 13:3).

Scripture References

Romans 4:16-21, AMP 1 Peter 3:10

Joshua 1:8 Job 22:28

2 Peter 1:1-4 Proverbs 18:7, 20, 21

Mark 11:22 Proverbs 21:23

Ephesians 5:1 Proverbs 12:6, 14, 18

Psalm 119:89aggai Proverbs 13:3

DEVELOPING YOUR FAITH VERSUS DEVELOPING


YOUR USE OF FAITH
SUMMARY
There is a distinction between the finished works of Jesus Christ, which were given to us by His
grace, and the person of Jesus, Who is Grace. While faith is required to lay hold of those
finished works, the person of Grace actually provides the faith we need to do so. Remembering
that will keep us from falling into the trap of relying on our own efforts to get the faith to get
grace. As Believers, we have already been given all the faith we will ever need. With this in
mind, it is important to know the difference between developing our faith and developing our
use of faith.

A. There is a difference between what religion tells us about faith, and what God tells us.

a. Jesus told His followers if someone sinned against them, rebuke and forgive that person if
he or she repented. If the individual sinned repeatedly, forgive repeatedly. His followers
told Him to increase their faith (Luke 17:3-10).
1. Their statement reflects the attitude most Christians have today concerning faith.
2. Jesus tried to explain to them that they did not need more faith; they simply needed to
learn to use the faith they already had.
3. As Believers, we have as much faith as Jesus had when He walked the earth.
b. By grace we are saved through faith, which is a gift from God. This is not of works
(Ephesians 2:8, 9).
1. Salvation came by grace. Faith also came by grace, for us to gain salvation.
c. How can people call on God if they have not believed? How can they believe in Him if
they have not heard of Him? How can they hear without a preacher, and how can they
preach if they are not sent? Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God
(Romans 10:14-17).
1. Gods Word carries faith. Words are spiritual containers carrying the substance to either
destroy us or bless us.
B. We immediately receive Gods perfect and permanent faith when we accept Jesus.

1. The gifts and calling of God cannot be revoked (Romans 11:29).


1. He will not change His mind about what He has given us.
2. When we are born again, we are born of incorruptible seed, which is the Word of God that
lives forever. We are regenerated from an immortal origin (1 Peter 1:23, AMP).
1. At that point, the faith from the Word that we heard was deposited in our spirits as a
gift. Right away, we had the faith we needed.
3. Through the grace given to us, we must remember not to think of ourselves more highly
than we should. God gave everyone the same measure of faith (Romans 12:3).
1. Many people think they do not have enough faith, but the real issue is whether or not
they are using the faith they have.
4. We are not justified by works, but by the faith of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16).
1. We were made righteous when we heard the Word, which tells us we are justified.
Jesus faith is independent of any evidence derived from our physical senses.
C. Supernatural faith from God goes above and beyond human faith, which can fail us.

1. When Christ is in us, we live by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).
a. Just like the constant drip of water eventually drills through solid rock, when we use
our faith regularly we can drill through any issue to bring about change.
2. Jesus said whoever believes on Him will do even greater works than He did (John 14:12).
a. We have enough faith now to do what He did.
3. When God promised Abraham a son, Abraham did not weaken in faith when he
considered his advanced age or that Sarah was barren. His faith was strong (Romans 4:19,
20).
a. His faith was strong not because he had more of it than we have, but because he worked
it.
4. Jesus called Peter, and Peter walked on the water. He began to sink when he saw the
storm. Jesus caught him and chided him for his doubt (Matthew 14:28-31).
a. Peter used supernatural faith to walk on water, but switched to human faith when he
used his physical senses to pay attention to the storm.

Scripture References

Luke 17:3-10 Romans 12:3

Ephesians 2:8, 9 Galatians 2:16, 20

Romans 10:14-17 John 14:12

Romans 11:29 Romans 4:19, 20

1 Peter 1:23, AMP Matthew 14:28-31

ACCESSING GRACE BY FAITH


SUMMARY

As part of the salvation package God gives to us as a gift, we are born again, saved, healed,
delivered, and made whole. These blessings were made available to us as a result of the
finished works of Jesus Christ, so now we have everything we need for a life in godliness. This
is by the grace of God, but whether or not we see the manifestations of these promises in our
life depends entirely on our faith. This is why the Bible says that those justified in Gods eyes
will live by faith. This type of living includes not just acting in faith, but also speaking in faith.

A. It takes faith to accept what God has already given us.

1. Faith plays a major part in the life of those relying on grace.


a. We are saved by grace through faith. This is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8).
b. It is of faith, that it may be by grace, that the promise may be made sure to all the seed.
This is for those under the Law as well as those of the faith of Abraham. Inheriting the
promise is the outcome of faith (Romans 4:16, AMP).
2. God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians
1:3).
a. This promise is based on the finished works of Jesus.
b. The blessings are in Christ, and He is in us, so the blessings are already in our spirit.
The trick is to convince our mind to agree with what our spirit already knows.
3. The communication of our faith becomes effectual by acknowledging every good thing in
us in Christ (Philemon 1:6).
a. God has put it all inside us.
B. Despite the power of the Word of God, doubt blocks its effectiveness.

1. The Word was preached to all, but some did not profit from it because they did not hear it
in faith (Hebrews 4:2).
a. Faith is the key to benefitting from the Word, but we cannot lay claim to something that
grace has not already made available.
2. Patience works to perfect us, so that we may be complete and lack nothing (James 1:4).
a. Patience is necessary to help us maintain our consistency over time, until we see the
manifestation of our faith.
3. Faith and the Word are one and the same, and we must clothes ourselves in it. This
pertains to healing as well as all of Gods other grace gifts.
a. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
b. God shall supply all our needs, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus
(Philippians 4:19).
c. Jesus bore our sins on His body on the tree, and by His stripes we were healed (1 Peter
2:24).
4. When we have faith with no doubt in our heart, we can speak to mountains, and what we
say will come to pass (Mark 11:22, 23).
a. Sometimes we must speak to the situation, but we must wait until the time is right. Our
speech is powerful, and we will receive what we have been speaking, good or bad.

Scripture References

Ephesians 2:8 James 1:4

Romans 4:16, AMP Romans 10:17

Ephesians 1:3 Philippians 4:19

Philemon 1:6 1 Peter 2:24

Hebrews 4:2 Mark 11:22, 23

THE EVIDENCE OF BELIEF


SUMMARY
When we live a life of grace and walk by faith, we will confess what we believe. The Law came
by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. As Christians, verbalizing our beliefs is
an automatic response to receiving what He wants to give us. Depending more on ourselves
than on the finished works of Jesus takes us out of grace and back into works and self-effort.
But by simply accepting what He did for us, we begin to see the evidence of our belief.

A. There is a huge difference between the Law and grace.

1. Gods promise is of faith, that it might be by grace. Abrahams faith was strong, and he
believed that promise. He was persuaded that God was well able to do what He said He
would do (Romans 4:16, 20, 21).
a. Being persuaded depends on belief. To believe is our response to grace.
b. We cannot separate faith from grace. We must trust Jesus in every situation.
2. The people pledged to do all that God said (Exodus 19:8).
a. This was under the Law of Moses, which was based on works and self-effort.
3. Whatever is of grace is no more of works, but whatever is of works is no more of grace
(Romans 11:6).
a. If we have to work to be righteous, then it is not righteousness by grace. Righteousness
is a gift from God.
4. Whoever believes the Son has everlasting life, but whoever does not believe will not see
life (John 3:36).
a. Belief is total dependence on something or someone. Therefore, we must totally and
completely rely on Jesus. This type of trust is the evidence of our belief.
5. Those who believe enter into rest. Gods works have been finished from the foundation of
the world. On the seventh day, He rested from His works (Hebrews 4:3, 4).
a. The Sabbath day mentioned in the Old Testament was symbolic of Jesus, Who is our
rest.
B. The Sabbath was established under the Law, but is now by Grace, Who is Jesus.

1. God commanded the people to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy by resting and
doing no work. He made all of creation in six days, and blessed the seventh day to make it
holy (Exodus 20:8-11).
a. This commandment was entirely under the Law of Moses, and was a shadow of things
to come.
2. We should let no one judge us in respect to a holy day or the Sabbath days (Colossians
2:16).
a. In comparison to the commandment in the book of Exodus, this is according to the
covenant of grace, which is based on the finished works of Jesus.
3. We labor to enter into the rest God promised us (Hebrews 4:11).
a. This type of labor means we must do what we need to do, to enter into His rest. The
difference between our works and His grace is that we are not laboring to earn what
Jesus already made available to us.
4. Jesus said to the Pharisees that whoever does not believe He is God will die in their sins
(John 8:24).
a. The only way to life is to depend on God. Eternal life hinges on our willingness to
believe.
5. Do not work for the meat that perishes, but for the meat that endures unto eternal life,
which Jesus gives us. The work of God is to believe in Jesus, Who He has sent (John 6:27-
29).
a. The type of work referenced here has nothing to do with self-reliance. It actually means
to rely on Gods grace.

Scripture References

Romans 4:16, 20, 21 Exodus 20:8-11

Exodus 19:8 Colossians 2:16

Romans 11:6 John 8:24

John 3:36 John 6:27-29

Hebrews 4: 3, 4, 11

THE FAITH RESPONSE


SUMMARY
When life throws us a challenge that requires a response, there are many ways we can choose
to respond. If we want a positive outcome, the response we give in the middle of that challenge
is important. How we respond determines what happens next, and a faith response will always
release supernatural manifestation. We can base our response on the finished works of Jesus,
Who made available to us everything we will ever need for a godly life. If we do that, then our
faith takes what grace has already made available.

A. We see examples in both the Old and New Testaments of how to respond in faith.

1. Abrahams faith was strong when God promised him a son. He did not stagger in doubt,
but believed and glorified God (Romans 4:19, 20).
1. To see manifestations, we must consider the promise more than the problem.
2. Worry stems from focusing on the situation more than Gods Word.
2. When Paul and Silas were in jail, they began praying and singing praises to God at
midnight, and the other prisoners heard them. Suddenly, an earthquake shook the jails
foundation. The prisoners were freed, but no one ran. The guard prepared to kill himself,
but Paul told him not to harm himself (Acts 16:25-28).
1. Paul and Silas were not ashamed to respond in faith, and their response caused a
supernatural manifestation.
3. The faithful Shunammite woman was not moved by the situation, but insisted on believing
in the promise.
1. She showed kindness to the prophet Elisha, and cared for him. God granted her a son,
who was born according to Elishas prophecy. After the boy had grown up, he died, and
the woman called for the man of God (2 Kings 4:8-22).
2. When her husband questioned why she did this, she responded and said, It will be all
right (2 Kings 4:23, AMP).
3. When she came to Elisha, she insisted all was well, but then confessed the boy was
dead. Elisha returned with the woman, went in to the boy, prayed, and the child was
revived (2 Kings 4:24-37).
4. When the crowds got hungry after Jesus had been preaching, He took the little boys five
loaves and two fishes, gave thanks, and gave the food to His disciples to distribute. There
was food for all, with plenty left over (John 6:11-13).
1. Jesus used this as a lesson to teach us how to respond to lack and insufficiency. The
final outcome went from not enough to over and above.

B. Grace makes available what we can take by faith, and Jesus is Grace.

1. After Jesus preached to the people, the disciples got into a ship to sail to Bethsaida, while
He stayed behind to pray. Later that night, the sea became rough. Jesus walked on the
water to get to them, and they cried out in fear when they saw Him. He told them not to
fear. When He approached and the wind stopped, they were amazed (Mark 6:45-52).
1. When Jesus said, Be not afraid, it was another lesson on how to respond to fearful
situations.
2. For us today, this means when we are in trouble, we must not give the usual, expected
response. Jesus tells us to Be of good cheer.
2. The knowledge of God brings increased grace and peace. Jesus has given us everything
pertaining to life and godliness. We have been given exceedingly great and precious
promises. By these promises, we partake of divine nature, and escape the worlds
corruption (2 Peter 1:2-4).
1. We must set our mind according to the Word, not according to the world.
3. God has already blessed us with all spiritual things through Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
1. When Jesus lives in us, we have inside of us all we need for a life pleasing to God.
4. Jesus is the One by Whom we access this faith into grace. We can rejoice in hope
(Romans 5:2).
1. Just like when we use a fishing pole to catch fish already in the pond, our faith in what
grace has already done will hook us up to the manifestations.

HOW TO COOPERATE WITH GOD


SUMMARY
Knowing how to cooperate with God is an important component in seeing the manifestations of
the finished works of Jesus Christ in our lives. Jesus has made available everything we will
ever need in life, so asking God to do something He has already done is an indication of
unbelief. If we want to see the manifestations, we must believe, but doubt cancels out belief and
shuts us down. To overcome doubt, it is necessary to disregard what religion has taught us and
go to the Bible to learn what we really need to know in this area.

A. If we believe, God will team up with us to bring to pass manifestations of His power.

1. The Believers went forth and preached everywhere, confirming their words with signs. As
they did this, the Lord worked with them (Mark 16:20).
1. God does nothing independently of people. He works with us when we cooperate with
Him.
2. God is sovereign, but He has given His authority to us. He allows us to make our own
choices.
2. Knowing the truth sets us free (John 8:32).
1. This means freedom from lack, debt, evil influences, religion, sickness, or anything else
that keeps us in bondage.
3. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways, and will not receive anything he asks
God for (James 1:7, 8).
1. If we believe what the Bible says, and then back off from our belief and begin to doubt
later, it is as if we are of two minds.
2. Manifestation requires a single-mindedness. Two minds equal zero.

B. Gods promises work by cooperation, but not everyone will accept them.

1. When Jesus began to teach in the synagogue on the Sabbath, many were amazed. They
looked at Him and took offense, rejecting what He said. Jesus acknowledged their
response, saying that those closest to Him would not believe. He could do nothing for
them, because of their unbelief (Mark 6:2-5).
1. When we present the truth to family, friends, and loved ones, we can expect the same
rejection that Jesus experienced.
2. There are three ways to cooperate with God.
1. He needs a Believer with a physical body He can work through.
2. God needs someone who knows His promises.
3. He needs someone to enforce those promises by releasing their authority.
3. Gods promises are spiritual laws, but we cannot enforce laws we are unaware of. We
must learn them by studying the Scriptures.
4. By identifying the promises in the Bible and recognizing them as laws, we can command
them to come to pass. We should not beg or plead.

HOW TO COOPERATE WITH GOD PART 3


SUMMARY
In order to see the manifestations of the finished works of Jesus, we must decide to cooperate
with God. This is done by lining up what we say we believe with what His Word actually says.
This type of cooperation involves using the power God gave us to enforce spiritual laws, in the
same way a police officer enforces earthly laws. However, we cannot enforce those laws if we
are ignorant of what they say. With that in mind, we must understand and accept by faith what
has been promised to us in the Scriptures. We receive what we believe.

A. We receive power and authority by faith in the grace of God.


1. The power that works within us is from God, Who can do exceedingly and abundantly
more than we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
a. We have been authorized to use that power. God actually commands us to use our
authority to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons.
b. This is done through faith, which is a spiritual law.
c. Faith takes whatever grace has made available. Grace is Jesus Himself.
d. The just shall live by their faith (Habakkuk 2:4).
e. The just are those who have been declared righteous by the grace of God.
2. The righteousness of God is revealed by faith, because it is written that the just shall
live by faith (Romans 1:17).
a. As Believers, we walk in faith, not by depending on any of our five senses.
3. In Gods sight, no one is justified by the law. We are reminded that the just will live by
faith (Galatians 3:11).
a. If we do not live by faith, we are not cooperating with God.
4. God has no pleasure in someone who does not live by faith (Hebrews 10:38).
a. We cannot draw back into performance, self-effort, or doubt.

B. God emphasizes the importance of faith and grace.


1. The promises are made available to all generations through faith, by grace (Romans
4:16).
a. This applies to healing, deliverance, prosperity, soundness, and all of Gods other
promises.
2. We are saved by grace, through faith, which is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8).

a. This is the opposite of the works-based Law of Moses.


3. Faith gives us access to grace. We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Romans
5:2).

a. The finished works of Jesus, Who is Grace, are made accessible to us by faith.

C. Gods spiritual laws are faith-based. We learn those laws by studying His Word.
1. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews
11:1).
a. Those unseen things are the finished works of Jesus.
2. How can people call on God if they do not believe in Him? How can they believe in
Him if they have not heard of Him? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Faith
is developed through hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:14, 17).
a. We have a responsibility to preach the Gospel to everyone.
3. By His power, God has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness. We receive
these things through the knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3).
a. We gain that knowledge by studying the Bible.
4. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17).

a. When our faith is strong enough, it leads to action. This is illustrated by the woman
who had suffered with the issue of blood for twelve years. She believed so strongly
in Jesus ability to heal that she took action and was made whole.
5. Jesus is our Intercessor.

a. His blood redeems us, and we have forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His
grace (Ephesians 1:7).
b. Our High Priest is well acquainted with what we feel and what we go through. Jesus
was tempted like us, but did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Ephesians 3:20 Romans 5:2
Habakkuk 2:4 Hebrews 11:1
Romans 1:17 Romans 10:14, 17
Galatians 3:11 2 Peter 1:3 James
Hebrews 10:38 2:17
Romans 4:16 Ephesians 1:7
Ephesians 2:8 Hebrews 4:15

THE POWER OF GODLY ANGER


SUMMARY
Regardless of how strange it may sound, there is a valid biblical reason for incorporating
godly anger into the Believers authority that we have in our spiritual life. Normally when we
hear about anger, it is in the context of learning how to control it, but this type of anger serves
a powerful purpose. Both God and Jesus demonstrated this emotion, but unlike when we get
angry, it fell within its intended purpose. When we speak the Word of God and the devil comes
against us, the right kind of anger actually helps us resist him and make him flee.

A. Expressing anger against evil, not against people, helps us put our authority into
practice.
1. To get the devil to flee from us, we must resist him and submit ourselves to God (James
4:7).
a. God gave us the authority to resist the devil.
2. Jesus called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all
devils, and the ability to cure diseases (Luke 9:1).
a. Nothing in Gods Word is excluded from the reach of our authority.
b. We do not need to pray to Him on this point. We have already been given the power.
3. The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew
11:12).
a. When we resist the devil, we must do so forcefully, actively fighting against him. In
this way, we take authority over him.
4. We are told to heal the sick, cleanse the unclean, raise the dead, and cast out devils
(Matthew 10:8).
a. We must stop begging God for an outpouring of His Spirit. Instead, we must take
action and command the manifestation.
5. There are three things we must do to cooperate with God and see manifestations.
a. We must believe, and rest from trying to get God to do something.
b. Know His promises, which are spiritual laws. Have as much faith in these laws as
you would in physical laws.
c. When we know the spiritual laws, we must enforce them.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

James 4:7
Luke 9:1

Matthew 11:12

Matthew 10:8

HOW TO RECEIVE WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE


SUMMARY
Everything that we need for this life was made available for us over two thousand years ago.
However, it is important that we believe that the promises of God are really true for us today.
We must believe and receive it; trusting that Gods Word is true, even when we dont see the
manifestation of it.

1. We have confidence in our prayers when we pray Gods will. Gods Word is His will
(1 John 5:14, 15).
1. When we ask God for something, we ask Him knowing that He has already provided
what we are asking for (Matthew 6:9-11).
1. Gods will doesnt automatically come to pass in our lives.
2. We have to really believe and receive His promises.
2. For example, it was the will of God for the Israelites to enter into the Promised Land,
but their unbelief kept them out (Hebrews 3:19).
1. Likewise, how many promises have we failed to enter into because of our unbelief?
2. We cannot afford to simply speak religious clichs. We have to believe what we say.
2. The Word doesnt profit us when it is not mixed with faith. We can hear the Word,
but fail to believe it (Hebrews 4:1, 2).
1. The evidence of what we believe can be found in our words. Out of the abundance of
the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).
1. A tree is known by its fruit. Likewise, we are known by the words we speak when
we are under pressure (Matthew 12:33, 34).
2. What is on the inside of us comes out when we are squeezed.
3. Empty and idle words come from an empty, idle heart (Matthew 12:35-37).
3. How do we crank up our belief?
1. Meditate on the Word (Joshua 1:8).
2. Thank God for His Word; be rooted in thanksgiving (Colossians 2:7).
3. Keep in mind that we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
4. Have confidence that the works are finished. Our problems are not a surprise to God
(Hebrews 4:3-8).
5. Understand that God wants us to enter into His rest. He wants us to trust and rely on
Him, not our own efforts (Exodus 20:8-11; Colossians 2:16, 17; Hebrews 4:11).
1. The original Sabbath was a shadow of Jesus. In other words, the Sabbath symbolized
resting in God and ceasing from human effort.
2. We believe in Jesus and rely on Him.
3. We labor to enter into this rest. In other words, we persevere in thanksgiving, praise,
reading, and speaking the Word although our circumstances seem to contradict the
Word.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
1 John 5:14, 15
Matthew 12:33-37
Matthew 6:9-11
Joshua 1:8
Hebrews 3:19
Colossians 2:7, 16, 17
Hebrews 4:1-8, 11
2 Corinthians 5:7
Luke 6:45
Exodus 20:8-11

RESISTING THE DEVIL WITH PHYSICAL ACTIONS


SUMMARY
If we want to resist the devil the way the Bible tells us to, we must submit ourselves to Gods
authority. All power belongs to God, and we have been given the authorization and the right to
use it on all levels. The Scriptures tell us that the devil will only leave us alone when we stand
up and fight against him. Similar to wars in the physical realm, this type of resistance against
the enemy even includes resisting him with our body. Yielding our body to God instead of the
devil is an important strategy in this fight. This type of spiritual rebellion against anything not
of God connects us to what He has already released on our behalf.

A. A powerful way to demonstrate our faith is to do the right thing, even if we do not feel
like doing it at the moment.

1. We must submit to God and resist the devil (James 4:7).


1. We are told here not just to pray to God, but to actively fight against the devil. This
includes physical actions.
2. Faith without works is dead (James 2:20).
1. We need to accompany doctrines with action. Resisting the enemy with our body is
actually cooperating with God.
3. When the people turned back from God, they limited Him and the authority He had on
earth (Psalm 78:41).
1. He had to send His Son to earth in a physical body, to strip the authority from the devil
and return it to mankind.
4. Jesus power and authority were limited in places where people doubted Him. He was
amazed at their unbelief (Mark 6:5, 6).
1. Even Jesus needed cooperation, but the people refused to cooperate.
B. As ministers of God, we can choose whether or not to cooperate with Him through our
actions.
1. Lucifer fell from heaven when he said in his heart that he wanted to be exalted over God.
When God declared Lucifer would be brought down to hell, He prophesied that mankind
would look on him and marvel that they ever feared him (Isaiah 14:12-17).
1. Hell was never meant for mankind, only for the angels whose power was stripped away
because they chose to rebel against God.
2. The only power the devil now has is what we give him.
2. As part of our rebellion against the devil, we can witness by stretching out our hand and
healing the sick.
1. Jesus commanded His disciples to go to the cities and accept whatever hospitality was
offered to them, while healing the sick and preaching the Gospel (Luke 10:8, 9).
2. When Peter and John were released, they went back to their people, reported to them all
the things the priests and elders had said to them, and praised God. Despite the threats
made against them, they used the power Jesus had given them to perform acts in His
name (Acts 4:23, 24, 29, 30).

Scripture References

James 4:7 Isaiah 14:12-17

James 2:20 Luke 10:8, 9

Psalm 78:41 Acts 4:23, 24, 29, 30

Mark 6:5, 6

GOOD WITH GOD


SUMMARY
The world has multiple ways of thinking and many different philosophies, but not all of those
philosophies are in line with Gods Word. Mankind has developed its own peculiar set of
values and standards, but because the devil rules this world, secular ways of thinking have
become tainted. Letting down our guard leaves us open to the high thoughts of the world,
which can take over and hijack the thoughts of God. We run into trouble when we begin to
trust in our own thoughts and emotions instead of Gods Word concerning our lives.

A. We must be careful what we think. Thoughts and concepts are pervasive and
powerful.

1. We should be on our guard for deceit, and any philosophies that go against Gods Word
(Colossians 2:8, AMP).
1. We are in a spiritual war. We should not let ourselves be carried off as spoils, or made
captive by intellectualism or nonsense.
2. We all have a philosophy, whether we know it or not. A philosophy is a basic set of
ideas, beliefs, and values that we live by.
3. Our philosophy affects how we view life and the decisions we make.
4. Do not be robbed or kidnapped by the traditions of men. Instead, we are to view our
lives through the lens of Christ.
2. Analyzing the word philosophy can give us its true implications.
1. The Greek translation of this word is philosophia, which refers to the elevating of
human wisdom over Gods wisdom.
2. The root of this word pertains to the pursuit of worldly truth apart from Gods truth.
B. Many people cannot comprehend the ideas and thoughts found in Gods Word.

1. The world will not understand the preaching of the cross of Christ, and will consider this
message foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18, 19, AMP).
1. God promises to destroy the worlds wisdom and high thoughts.
2. He will make foolish the wisdom of the world.
2. God will bring down the scribes and philosophers of the world (1 Corinthians 1:20, 21,
AMP).
1. He will reverse the order, and reveal as nonsense and foolishness the philosophies the
world thinks so highly of, and exalts.
3. The wisdom and prudence of the world will perish. The worlds philosophers will not be
able to fathom Gods wisdom, and this will be marvelous to many people (Isaiah 29:14-
16, AMP).
1. God has a warning for those who think they can hide their deeds from Him.
2. Turning the order of things upside down and making ourselves out to be greater than
God is a perversion in His eyes.
C .Heavens wisdom and knowledge is different than mans.

1. Gods wisdom is meek, with no bitterness, strife, or envy. It is pure, peaceful, merciful,
and gentle, and it descends from above (James 3:13-17).
1. If we follow our own thoughts and wishes instead of seeking Gods will, we fall prey to
secular humanism.
2. True wisdom and insight does not go against God (Proverbs 21:30).
3. Only fools trust in their own hearts, but God delivers the wise who walk in His Word
(Proverbs 28:26).
4. The Holy Spirit teaches us His wisdom, which transcends mans earthly wisdom (1
Corinthians 2:13).
1. Speaking in tongues is one manifestation of this wisdom. This involves speaking words
given to us by the Holy Spirit.

Scripture References

Colossians 2:8, AMP Proverbs 21:30

1 Corinthians 1:18-21, AMP Proverbs 28:26

Isaiah 29:14-16, AMP 1 Corinthians 2:13

James 3:13-17
THE LENS OF THE FINISHED WORKS OF CHRIST
SUMMARY
When we read the Bible, we need to use critical thinking and ask ourselves four basic
questions: who is speaking, to whom is it spoken, what is it the Scripture is speaking about,
and how are we to understand what we are reading in light of the finished works of Jesus.
Following these guidelines will help us properly divide the Word. If we fail to do this, we open
ourselves up to the danger of taking a single Scripture out of context and misinterpreting the
Words true meaning.

A. We are under the new covenant, which was established when Jesus shed His blood on
the cross.

1. We must remove the lens of self-righteousness and the veil of religion, and instead read
the Bible through the lens of the finished works of Jesus.
1. When we remove the veil and look on Jesus, we are changed into His image (2
Corinthians 3:18, AMP).
2. We behold God by reading His Word, which mirrors to us who we really are in Him.
B. It is important to establish whether the Scripture refers to before or after the cross.

1. During the conversation between Jesus and the rich young ruler, Jesus is answering
questions the young man posed to Him (Matthew 19:16-26).
1. Upon reading further, we learn the man is Jewish, because he keeps the
commandments.
2. Jesus answer to him was to keep the commandments through self-effort, because this
was pre-cross, under the old covenant.
3. When Jesus spoke of a camel passing through the eye of a needle, He acknowledged
that this is only possible through God.
4. It is impossible for us to keep all of the commandments of the Lawonly Jesus could
do that. Metaphorically speaking, Jesus is the only One Who can go through the eye of
the needle.
2. We are not justified through the Law, because by its very nature we are continually
beholding our sins (Romans 3:20).
1. The Law is based on self-effort, which does not make us righteous in Gods eyes.
3. Jesus blood gives us the right to approach the throne of God. Jesus is the new and living
way (Hebrews 10:19, 20).
4. Jesus tells us He is the only path to eternal life (John 14:6).
1. Keeping the requirements of the old covenant will not get us there.
5. When Paul and Silas were speaking to the jailer, they were speaking under the new
covenant (Acts 16:30, 31).
1. We see here there is a switch from being required to do something to simply believing.
6. In the book of Matthew, when Jesus was teaching the people about how to get to heaven,
He was teaching the Law. His statement this is the Law and the prophets puts it into
context (Matthew 7:12-14).
1. Under the Law, the road to heaven was narrow and few people were able to get there.
C. After the cross, Jesus had completely invalidated the old covenant and made it possible
for large numbers to enter the gates of heaven.

1. In the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied that Jesus is the highway to God. Jesus has made
it possible to get to heaven by walking the way of holiness (Isaiah 35:8).
1. He made it foolproof.
2. The book of Luke made reference to Isaiahs prophecy that Jesus is the way to salvation
(Luke 3:4-6).
1. Jesus has made the road smooth, straight, and completely attainable.
3. When we call upon the Lord, we are saved (Romans 10:13).
1. This is the new and living way to be saved, and it does not involve self-effort or
following a long list of requirements.
4. There is nothing complicated about being saved. Jesus says if we come to Him, He will
not turn anyone away (John 6:37).
5. Unlike the Law that Matthew 7:12-14 referred to, the new covenant allows a great many
people to be saved (Revelation 7:9).

Scripture References

2 Corinthians 3:18, AMP Matthew 7:12-14

Matthew 19:16-26 Isaiah 35:8

Romans 3:20 Luke 3:4-6

Hebrews 10:19, 20 Romans 10:13

John 14:6 John 6:37

Acts 16:30, 31 Revelation 7:9

THE REQUIREMENTS OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS


SUMMARY
The old covenant, before the cross, was based on what the people had to do first before
receiving a blessingthey had to obey in order to be blessed. After the cross, the order was
changed, and now the focus is on what Jesus has already done. We are blessed because of our
belief in His perfect obedience, not ours. Now, our obedience is not the same type of
requirement as described in the Old Testament, but rather a response to Jesus, and the fruits of
the spirit. Faith, love, and forgiveness are also responses.

A. Studying Gods Word, we learn to trust Him enough to become givers.


1. When we diligently study the Word and correctly interpret it, we can be effective workers
for God (2 Timothy 2:15).
1. We should eagerly do our best to present ourselves to Him after we are tested by trials
and found to have no cause for shame.
2. Religious interpretations of the Bible are fables.
2. We must demonstrate to ourselves our faith and trust in God through our tithes and
offerings (Luke 16:10, 11).
1. Money is the smallest way we can possibly demonstrate our trust in Him.
3. Jesus gives seed to the sower and bread to the hungry (2 Corinthians 9:10).
1. He gives money to those who give. He takes care of His children.
2. After the cross, financial blessings are now a result of what Jesus has already done for
us, not what we think we are required to do according to the old covenant.
B. Jesus bled and died for us so that we can lay claim to all the promises of God.

1. He took our sins upon Himself and exchanged them for His righteousness so that we could
become enriched and abundantly supplied (2 Corinthians 8:9, AMP).
1. Because of the cross, we have a blood-bought right to be abundantly supplied.
2. God will take care of us even more than the birds of the air, which neither sow nor reap
(Luke 12:24).
1. All we need to do is trust in Him enough to tithe and give offerings.
3. In the book of Malachi the people were required to give first before receiving Gods favor,
and that failing to tithe and give offerings brought a curse and was the same as robbing
God (Malachi 3:8-11).
1. That was under the old covenant, which is now invalid.
4. We give from our heart, because we want to. This is the approach to giving under the new
covenant (2 Corinthians 9:7).
1. We now give out of appreciation, love, and thanksgiving.
2. If we give to avoid being cursed, it is giving out of necessity.

Scripture References

2 Timothy 2:15 2 Corinthians 8:9, AMP

Luke 16:10, 11 Luke 12:24

2 Corinthians 9:7, 10 Malachi 3:8-11

WHAT IS IT SPOKEN ABOUT


SUMMARY
The Word of Truth can be rightly divided, but it can also be wrongly divided. If the Word is
interpreted and preached incorrectly, negative consequences will be the end result. When we
follow the guidelines for properly interpreting what we read in the Bible, we can benefit from
its true meaning. When studying a particular passage in the Scriptures, we must ask ourselves
what the passage speaks about and refers to.

A. Religion has corrupted the true meaning of the Scriptures pertaining to taking Holy
Communion.

1. When we read about taking the bread and the cup in an unworthy manner, we must
understand what the term unworthy really means in the context of Pauls letter (1
Corinthians 11:27-30).
1. This Scripture says to examine our hearts.
2. Taken out of context, it would seem that if we accidently forget to confess all of the
sins we can remember, we will be taking communion unworthily and we will die.
3. The Lords Supper is not the time to reflect on our sins.
2. We are commanded to take communion in remembrance of Jesus, His blood, and His
broken body (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25).
1. We are not to take communion in remembrance of our sins. It is actually a celebration
of Gods everlasting forgiveness for us.
3. This is not an ordinary meal. The Lords Supper should not be eaten out of condemnation
(1 Corinthians 11:21-23, 33, 34).
4. The Scriptures tell us that those who were sick and dying and took communion without
understanding its true significance could have been healed (1 Corinthians 11:29, 30).
1. Taken out of context, we could assume that taking communion in an unworthy manner
leads to sickness and early death.
5. The book of Numbers foreshadows the significance of taking the Lords Supper in the
New Testament (Numbers 21:9).
1. Anyone who looked upon the serpent was healed. Similarly, whenever we look upon
Jesus and reflect on Him during communion, we are healed.
B. Another example is the gaining of our salvation.

1. We are urged to work outnot work forour salvation. We should not make the mistake
of thinking our salvation is based on self-effort (Philippians 2:12, 13, AMP).
1. We are to cultivate and carry out what Jesus has already done for us. Through Him, our
salvation is complete.
2. We cannot trust in our own strength. We are saved through Christ, Who is in us.
3. Working out our salvation means bringing out what is already in us through Christ,
which is love, temperance, patience, faithfulness, and good behavior.
2. Jesus lives in us so that we can have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:1-13).
1. Christ in us changes our character.

Scripture References

1 Corinthians 11:21-25 Numbers 21:9

1 Corinthians 11: 27-30 Philippians 2:1-13


1 Corinthians 11:33, 34 Philippians 2:12, 13, AMP

WHO SPEAKS TO WHOM


SUMMARY
When we are studying the Scriptures, it is important to not just read words, but to understand
the spirit of the meaning behind them. If we take them out of context, we can get an erroneous
meaning from them and our entire spiritual walk is affected. Not only do we need to keep in
mind whether the particular Scripture is before or after the cross, but we must also pay
attention to who is being quoted and who they are talking to. Taking into consideration custom
and cultural differences can also help keep us from misinterpreting the Bible.

A. We must interpret the Bible correctly to divide its true meaning (2 Timothy 2:15).

1. The requirements under the old covenant differ from those under the new covenant.
1. When comparing the old and new covenants, we should read the Scriptures in light of
the finished works of Jesus.
2. None of the Scriptures have a personal, private interpretation. They are all the Word of
God (2 Peter 1:20, 21, AMP).
1. All Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit. To understand Gods meaning, we must
know who was quoted in the Scripture, and the persons being addressed.
B. Reading a single verse out of context can be misleading.

1. After Job loses everything, he says God gives, and God takes away (Job 1:20, 21).
2. We later read that God is a giver, not a taker. Jesus came to give us abundant life, not take
it away (John 10:10).
1. Job later repented of what he had said earlier. He admitted that he did not know God
before, but now was seeing Him with his spiritual eyes (Job 42:5, 6, AMP).
C. The story of Job, and the devil asking Gods permission to afflict him, is before the
cross. After the cross, the devil had no access to the throne of Grace to make anyones life
miserable.

1. Satan was cast out of heaven and no longer has the authority he had under the old
covenant (John 12:31).
1. Yet, he still tries to create trouble without permission. When we see bad or evil things
happen, we should not assume they are Gods doing.
2. The devil has blinded the minds of those who do not believe in the power of the Word (2
Corinthians 4:4).
1. Believers have the authority to overcome the world and bind the enemy.
2. We know that trouble is bound to show up, but we must not be afraid to press forward.
3. The appearance of trouble does not mean that what we are doing is not working.
3. The world is corrupt, but Believers are not of this world (1 John 5:19).
1. God has delivered us and given us authority over the devil (Colossians 1:13).
D. If we do not take into consideration who is speaking and who is being spoken to, we
can arrive at the wrong conclusion.

1. Know yet not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath
dominion over a man as long as he liveth? (Romans 7:1).
1. This Scripture addresses those under the Law.
2. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are
scattered abroad, greeting (James 1:1).
1. This Scripture addresses the tribes of Israel around the world.
3. Neither Scripture specifically addresses the church of Jesus Christ.
4. At first glance, it would seem that 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 tells us that when praying, men
should not cover their heads and women should, and that women should have long hair.
That is not what the Scripture is saying.
1. This is an issue that has caused great contention in the past.
2. It pertains specifically to the custom of Corinth at the time.
3. This is actually advice to Believers to follow the customs and local culture where they
are.

Scripture References

2 Timothy 2:15 2 Corinthians 4:4

2 Peter 1:20, 21, AMP 1 John 5:19

Job 1:20, 21 Colossians 1:13

John 10:10 Romans 7:1

Job 42:5, 6, AMP James 1:1

John 12:31 1 Corinthians 11:3-16

HOW TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF TRUTH


SUMMARY
Are we to preach the whole Bible, or preach Jesus through the Bible? Should we preach
everything we read, or are we called to preach the Gospel of Christ? We learn much from the
Old Testament, but should we preach as if we were still under the old covenant? We see Jesus
in the Old Testament through types, images, and shadows, but we have been called to preach
Him through the whole Bible. We are not to preach as if the old covenant was still in force.
Preaching the Word wrong will have a major impact on our lives.
A. There is a major difference between the Law in the Old Testament and the grace that
Jesus established in the New Testament when He shed His blood.

1. In the Old Testament, God repeatedly told the children of Israel that He would curse those
who did not obey the Law, and His punishment would extend to the third and fourth
generations (Exodus 34:7; Exodus 20:5; Numbers 14:18).
1. All these Scriptures were written before Jesus went to the cross. After the cross,
everything changed, and God promises us He will remember our sins no more if we
accept His Son (Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17).
2. Studying the Word helps us divide it correctly (2 Timothy 2:15, AMP).
1. Analyzing it wrong has serious consequences.
3. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John focus on when Jesus walked the earth
during which time the old covenant was still valid.
4. We are perfect in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28).
1. Read in this way, the Bible is not a book that tells us how bad we are. It reminds us
how perfect we are in Jesus, despite what we see.
2. Christ in us enables us to live a different lifestyle.
5. Although we are now under the new covenant, we should not discount the Old Testament
(2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
1. The entire Bible was written so that we may be perfected.
2. We should respect all Scriptures, whether Old or New Testament (Romans 15:4).
B. There are seven guidelines for interpreting Scripture.

1. Let Scripture interpret Scripture. There is no need to use a dictionary.


1. We need to put Scriptures in context with other Scriptures, and with the rest of the
chapter. In John 12:31, 32, Jesus was referring to the judgment of sin in the world, and
the drawing of all sin to Him.
2. Do not read anything into the Scripture that is not there. Read its true meaning. Romans
3:20-23 is one example.
1. Analyzing verse 23 incorrectly makes it look like a condemning statement from the old
covenant. Verse 20 tells us that the Law does not justify us in Gods eyes. Verse 21
refers to the covenant of grace, minus the Law. Verse 22 establishes that we need faith
in Jesus to be made righteousit says nothing about works.
3. Read the meaning out of the Scripture, not into it.
1. Taking 1 Peter 3:3, 4 out of context makes it seem like the Bible is saying women
should not wear makeup or jewelry, or braid their hair. It actually means we should pay
more attention to the inward person, not the outward appearance.
4. Be consistent to the selected type of interpretation throughout the Scripture.
1. If a lamb is a type of redemption in the first part of the Scripture, it should be a type of
redemption in the last part.
5. Two or three witnesses are needed to make a doctrine. It cannot be made from a single
Biblical verse.
1. Several Biblical sources are needed to confirm a teaching. Paul wrote about this in 2
Corinthians 13:1.
6. Study to whom a Scripture is written, and what time it is written about.
1. Hebrews 2:14, 15 was written to the Jews who were still living under the Law and
feared death.
2. Hebrews 10:26 was also written to the Jews, specifically the ones who continued to
make animal sacrifices after Jesus made the one perfect sacrifice for all time.
7. Notice how the finished works of Jesus affect the way we interpret the entire Scripture.
1. We should read 1 John 3:20, 21 in light of what He did on the cross. If our hearts
condemn us, we know that we are not operating under the new covenant. There is no
condemnation in Christ.

Scripture References

Exodus 34:7 Romans 15:4

Exodus 20:5 John 12:31, 32

Numbers 14:18 Romans 3:20-23

Hebrews 8:12 1 Peter 3:3, 4

Hebrews 10:17 2 Corinthians 13:1

2 Timothy 2:15, AMP Hebrews 2:14, 15

Colossians 1:28 Hebrews 10:26

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 1 John 3:20, 21

LIFE AFTER THE CROSS


SUMMARY
We can read the Bible all we want, but if we are not picking up the true meaning of what God
is trying to convey to us, we might as well be reading a fairy tale. There is a sharp contrast
between the Old and New Testaments, and it can be seen as before the cross and after the
cross. The old covenant, based on the Law, required that we first follow the letter of the Law
in order to be blessed. Under the new covenant, we now live under grace, because of what
Jesus did when He shed His blood for us on the cross. As Believers, it is important for us to
realize the difference.

A. How we understand the Scriptures profoundly impacts how we live our lives, and the
results we experience.

1. We can correctly or incorrectly divide and interpret the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15, AMP).
1. We are to analyze and earnestly study the Word of God, in order to be presented to Him
and come into His presence.
2. We cannot preach the old covenant, because we are no longer under it.
2. Jesus shed His blood on the cross, and He was the perfect sacrifice for all time. With this
in mind, we must ask ourselves if we are living pre-cross or post-cross.
1. This will affect how we live our lives.
3. During Jesus earthly ministry, the old covenant was still in force. The new covenant did
not start until He shed His blood.
4. The Law, as described in the old covenant, was based on the if you do good, you get
good principle (Deuteronomy 28:1-4, 15, AMP).
1. Overlooking even one small area of the Law brought a curse.
5. What the new covenant means for us is that we have already been redeemed. Jesus has
already delivered us from the curse of the Law. (Galatians 3:13, 14).
1. Jesus took the curse on Himself when He was hanged on the cross.
B. Because of Jesus, we are now no longer required to earn our salvation through our
good works.

1. We are blessed because of Jesus obedience, not ours (Romans 5:19).


1. Unlike in the Old Testament, our obedience is the response to what He has already
done.
2. Grace and righteousness are gifts from God. We receive them because of Jesus (Romans
5:17).
3. Under the new covenant, we cannot brag about what we have done. The focus is on Jesus,
not us (1 Corinthians 1:29, 30).
1. Because of Him, we have wisdom, righteousness, redemption, sanctification, and
holiness.
4. We have spiritual blessings which will result in the fruit of the spirit (Ephesians 1:3).
1. We will bear this fruit automatically when Jesus takes root in our lives and branches
out, like a tree.
5. In the New Testament, two people asked the same questionwhat to do to have eternal
lifeand received two different answers.
1. The first answer was during Jesus ministry, before the cross (Matthew 19:16, 17)
2. The second answer was after His death and resurrection, after the cross (Acts 16:30,
31).

Scripture References

2 Timothy 2:15, AMP 1 Corinthians 1:29, 30

Deuteronomy 28:1-4, 15 , AMP Ephesians 1:3

Galatians 3:13, 14 Matthew 19:16, 17

Romans 5:17, 19 Acts 16:30, 31


THE POWER OF GIVING
SUMMARY
God is trying to teach us through the Scriptures about the tremendous power of giving, but are
we getting it? In both the Old and New Testaments, we can see the results of generous giving,
and we are taught to give generously and with the right motivation. The world will always
come up with reasons why we cant give, and sometimes we may find ourselves outside of our
comfort zone when we follow Gods lead during offering time. But the level of our giving is an
indicator of how much we trust Him.

A. We can take Gods lead and follow His example.

1. God is a giver. He gave us His only Son (John 3:16).


1. Therefore, when we are givers, we reflect His image.
2. Like Him, we should give out of love.
2. God is a God of increase. But to see that increase, we must be willing to sow abundantly
(Psalm 107:37).
1. Giving is a form of sowing that allows us to experience increase in our lives.
B. We should trust God enough to give.

1. Sowing will not always feel comfortable, but the Scriptures promise we will reap joy if we
give regardless of the way we may feel at the moment (Psalm 126:5).
2. If we focus too much on things going on in the world, we will not sow (Ecclesiastes 11:4).
1. There will always be something competing with our intent to sow and give.
3. To trust is to lean or rely on. When we trust God enough to give the way the Scriptures
say, He will cause an increase in our financial storehouses (Proverbs 3:5-10, AMP).
1. God loves to be trusted in all areas of our lives, including our finances.
2. We should not trust in our own understanding of our present circumstances more than
we trust in God.
3. In everything we do, we should acknowledge Him.
4. We should honor Him specifically with our income. Hard work for the kingdom is
righteous and good in His eyes.
5. The contemporary translation of storage places that the book of Proverbs refers to is
our checkbooks and savings accounts.
C. When we trust God first, everything else will fall into place.

1. Want to advance at work? God is ultimately responsible for our promotion. We cannot
count on others (Psalm 75:6, 7).
2. By giving, we receive. Conversely, hanging on to money and being stingy will lead to lack
and insufficiency (Proverbs 11:24, 25).
3. When we think we can compartmentalize God and trust Him in only some situations, we
are deceived (Galatians 6:7, AMP).
1. When we just pretend to trust God, we are mocking Him.
2. When we do not trust Him, we will reap only what we sow and no more. If we sow
evil, we will reap evil.
4. Whatever you do, do it with all your heart. Do it to serve God, not man (Colossians 3:23,
24).
1. When we serve Him, He will be the One to reward us above and beyond what the world
could ever be capable of.
5. We will receive according to our generosity (Luke 6:38).
1. If we give with the right motive, whatever we give will be multiplied and returned to us
in much greater proportions.

Scripture References

John 3:16 Psalm 75:6, 7

Psalm 107:37 Proverbs 11:24, 25

Psalm 126:5 Galatians 6:7, AMP

Ecclesiastes 11:4 Colossians 3:23, 24

Proverbs 3:5-10, AMP Luke 6:38

PROSPERITY IS NOT SELFISH


SUMMARY
There is a mistaken belief that being prosperous is sinful, and having money is against Gods
will. But if we study the Scriptures, we see that He wants to bless us in every way and in every
aspect of our lives, including our finances. Money itself is not evil, but the worship of it is. In
both the Old and New Testaments we see example after example of God teaching us the
difference between the right attitude and the wrong attitude about money. If our heart is right
and our motives are pure, it is okay to be prosperous.

A. We need the heart of a steward (Matthew 25:1-46).

1. The parable of the bridegroom and the virgins teaches us that we should manage the
resources God has given us, and always be prepared for when He comes.
1. We must manage Gods affairs the same way a steward manages his masters business.
2. Planning ahead is wise. Procrastination is seen as being foolish.
3. In this case, the oil is the Gospel and also the anointing from God.
2. Jesus also tells a story about a master who gives talents to his servants and punishes the
one who did not multiply his talents.
1. God expects us to multiply the talents and gifts He blesses us with, not simply receive
them and keep them to ourselves.
2. Our God is a God of multiplication. He wants us to use our abilities to serve others, and
He will multiply them.
3. The lesson about the sheep on Gods right and the goats on His left illustrates how God
sees the way we utilize the talents and gifts He gives us.
1. The sheep are the multipliers who shared Gods gifts by giving water to the thirsty,
feeding the hungry, visiting those who were sick and in prison, and welcoming the
stranger. The goats did none of that.
2. The sheep stewarded and managed Gods affairs properly.
4. Prosperity is not selfish. It is for the purpose of carrying out the business of the kingdom.
1. It is not about us, it is about blessing others through the excess that comes to us.
2. Motivation is important. We can do all the right things for all the wrong reasons. Our
motivation must come from a humble heart wanting to bless others.
B. If what we do is not done in the right spirit, it will amount to zero blessing for us.

1. The mother of Zebedees children appeared to worship Jesus, but she had ulterior motives
(Matthew 20:20, 21).
1. She wanted something for herself, and Jesus detected that right away.
2. Whatever we do, if it is not done out of love, it matters not (1 Corinthians 13:3).
1. As Christians, we should measure our motives against this Scripture.
2. Giving is a reflex that comes from the right motives, which come from loving and
trusting God and wanting to thank Him for what He has done.
3. Abram gave tithes because of his thankfulness to God for delivering him from his enemies
(Genesis 14:20).
4. Zacchaeus gave out of his gratitude and love for Jesus (Luke 19:5-8).
5. Mary also gave with the right spirit, out of thankfulness for Jesus raising Lazarus from the
dead (John 12:1-3).
C. There is widespread misinterpretation about how the Bible describes financial
prosperity. It is not about money, but about loving and trusting God.

1. Being godly does not mean we should not have money. The book of Timothy describes
contentment as having our needs met (1 Timothy 6:6-12).
1. Loving God does not mean we have to be broke and poor, and having money does not
mean we are ungodly.
2. Money has nothing to do with godliness. It has to do with our relationship with money.
3. Real prosperity is defined by how much we give away, not how much we keep for
ourselves.
2. Joseph prospered even though he was a slave and did not have lots of stuff at first
(Genesis 39:2, AMP).
1. God made him prosperous and successful.
2. Everyone Joseph came in contact with was blessed through him.

Scripture References

Matthew 25:1-46 Luke 19:5-8

Matthew 20: 20, 21 John 12:1-3


1 Corinthians 13:3 1 Timothy 6:6-12

Genesis 14:20aggai Genesis 39:2, AMP

SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM


SUMMARY
From a young age, the world drills into us the message work hard and make a living. Most
people have unquestioningly accepted that mindset, but it reinforces self-reliance instead of
reliance on God. When we struggle with the double-edged sword of trying to live up to the
worlds standards or face condemnation, we miss out on Gods promises to us. His plan for us
includes prosperity and abundance, but the Scriptures teach us to trust Him and seek Him first.

A. What we focus on can either bring good or evil.

1. Spiritually, having a single-minded vision of God fills us with light (Matthew 6:22, 23).
2. Taking our focus off God and striving to be rich first is evil (Proverbs 28:22).
1. If we split our focus and try to get rich while trying to focus on God at the same time,
we will be full of darkness.
3. We may not be able to stop thoughts fleetingly passing through our minds, but we can
examine them and bring them into captivity (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5).
1. We can train ourselves to cast out the thoughts that do not conform to Gods will, and
actively focus on those that do.
2. Thoughts contrary to Gods Word divide our attention, and we cannot accomplish our
goal if our attention is divided.
3. We should also beware of a divided heart, which comes from trying to trust in
ourselves and in God simultaneously.
B. Gods priorities and the worlds are different.

1. We need to keep our priorities in order: God first, followed by everything else after
(Matthew 6:33).
1. When we do this, everything else we want will show up in our lives.
2. What we think in our hearts determines what we say, do, and believe (Proverbs 23:7).
1. It is not about money, it is about trust. In whom, or what, do we trust?
2. The love of money is the root of all evil. The love of money is having the wrong kind
of relationship with it.
3. All of us think about money, but some people need to let their minds be changed and
renewed in this area (Romans 12:2).
1. We must think soberly about it. Sober thinking lines up with Gods will.
4. Do not think that we should not laborit is good to work (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
1. However, we should remember the real reason why we work: to have what is needed to
give and help others.
2. Our focus should be on others, not ourselves (Ephesians 4:28).
C. Trust activates Gods promises.
1. The Scriptures tell us to give and it will be given back to us abundantly. We can substitute
the word trust for give (Luke 6:38).
2. Joseph was a good example of someone who trusted God. He gave constantly, and God
took care of him.
1. Joseph gave to Potiphar, to the jailer, and the pharaoh of Egypt. Because he was a
blessing to others, God blessed him accordingly.
2. Prosperity is not about stuff, it is about how much flows through us to bless others.
3. God evaluates our prosperity by how much of a blessing we are to others.
3. God promised prosperity to Abram (Genesis 12:1-3).
1. The blessing was the instrument of His favor.
2. He blessed Abram because of Abrams trust in Him. Because of that, God gave Abram
what he wanted mosta son (Genesis 15:1-4).
D. God can make it happen.

1. He can make over-the-top blessings come to us so that we will not need aid or support
from any other source (2 Corinthians 9:8, AMP).
1. We will have everything we need for every good work and charitable donation.
2. Giving of our first fruits honors God, and gives Him priority (Proverbs 3:9, AMP).
1. This makes Him more valuable than our substance.
2. God promises we will see an increase when we do this.
3. We should not let our relationship with money get in the way of our relationship with
God.

Scripture References

Matthew 6:22, 23, 33 Ephesians 4:28

Proverbs 28:22 Luke 6:38

2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 Genesis 12:1-3

Proverbs 23:7 Genesis 15:1-4

Romans 12:2 2 Corinthians 9:8, AMP

2 Thessalonians 3:10 Proverbs 3:9, AMP

GRACE BASED PRAYERS


SUMMARY
Jesus left His throne in heaven, came down to earth, died for us, and was resurrected, all out of
His love for us. Because of His finished works, we are now no longer under the Law, but under
grace. Our prayer lives should reflect that. We can pray timidly as the world prays, or pray
powerfully in the faith and belief that God has already given us everything we need to succeed.
Grace activates Gods power to work in our lives.
A.Everything we will ever need has been given to us (2 Peter 1:1-3).

1. When we study Gods word until we know Him, we gain faith in His grace, which is
sufficient for everything.
a. We receive peace, and we are empowered to live a godly life that is pleasing to Him.
2. Do not have a mindset that we are meekly asking for something that has not happened yet.
God has already blessed us. Whatever we ask for is already done (Ephesians 1:3).

a. Through grace we are blessed. Blessed means empowered for success.


3. Prayer is not an issue of asking God for something we do not already have. It is an issue of
giving approval for something to be manifested that was made available thousands of years
ago.

a. The blessing is in spiritual form first, because the root to every physical thing
is spiritual.
b. The spiritual realm is the parent of the physical realm.
B. We are the righteousness of God, and our prayers should reflect that belief.

1. We should pray always, and not be faint-hearted.


a. Jesus teaches us through His Word to be bold and persistent in our prayers (Luke
18:1-7, AMP).
2. God is with the righteous, and He hears their prayers (1 Peter 3:12).
. Prayer is a two-way communication with God, not a monologue. We can expect Him to
answer us back.
a. Prayer is saying to God what is already said in the Scriptures, under grace.
C. We are under grace and no longer under the Law, so we pray by grace, not by the Law
(Romans 6:14).

1. Our prayers should therefore be in agreement with this grace-based covenant with
God.

a. Grace is undeserved favor. Our prayers are not answered because we deserve it. They are
answered because God favors us and He said He would answer us. We believe this, and
trust Him.

2. We do not pray trying to get God to do something He has already


done. We pray to give consent for what He has already done.

a. Prayer opens the floodgates to allow the flow of the finished works of Jesus
to enter into our lives.

3.Our belief opens up the door to us receiving what we ask for. It


removes barriers (Mark 11:24).

a.When we are fighting spiritual battles, all of our strength and power
comes from God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

1. Jesus has already won the entire war.

1. We are not fighting for victory. Instead, we are fighting from a position of
victory.
2. Praying in tongues is a spiritual gift, and it is talking directly to God. Praying in
English is for the edification, exhortation and understanding of others (1
Corinthians 14:1-3, 14-16).
D. Everything we will ever need has been given to us (2 Peter 1:1-3).

1. When we study Gods word until we know Him, we gain faith in His grace, which is
sufficient for everything.
a. We receive peace, and we are empowered to live a godly life that is pleasing to
Him.

2. Do not have a mindset that we are meekly asking for something


that has not happened yet. God has already blessed us. Whatever we
ask for is already done (Ephesians 1:3).

a. Through grace we are blessed. Blessed means empowered for success.

3. Prayer is not an issue of asking God for something we do not


already have. It is an issue of giving approval for something to be
manifested that was made available thousands of years ago.

E. We are the righteousness of God, and our prayers should reflect that belief.

1. Our prayers should therefore be in agreement with this grace-based covenant with
God.

a. Grace is undeserved favor. Our prayers are not answered because we deserve it.
They are answered because God favors us and He said He would answer us. We
believe this, and trust Him.

2. We do not pray trying to get God to do something He has already


done. We pray to give consent for what He has already done.

3. Prayer opens the floodgates to allow the flow of the finished works
of Jesus to enter into our lives.

a. Our belief opens up the door to us receiving what we ask for. It removes barriers
(Mark 11:24).

4. When we are fighting spiritual battles, all of our strength and


power comes from God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

a. Jesus has already won the entire war.


b. We are not fighting for victory. Instead, we are fighting from a position of
victory.
c. Praying in tongues is a spiritual gift, and it is talking directly to God. Praying in
English is for the edification, exhortation and understanding of others (1
Corinthians 14:1-3, 14-16).

Scripture References
2 Peter 1:1-3
Romans 6:14
Ephesians 1:3
Mark 11:24
Luke 18:1-7, AMP
Ephesians 6:10-18
1 Peter 3:12
1 Corinthians 14:1-3, 14-16

WHAT GRACE IS AND WHAT GRACE IS NOT


SUMMARY
There have been many misconceptions in the Body of Christ concerning what grace is and
what it is not. Some people view grace as an excuse to live a sinful lifestyle, while others view
it as an excuse to be lazy Christians. These misconceptions about grace cloud the true purpose
and value of the grace of God upon our lives. Grace is not merely a subject, doctrine, or
teaching; grace is a person. It has a face and it is the face of Jesus. Grace describes all that He
has done and all that He is.

A. What grace is and what grace is not:

1. Grace is not a license to sin (Jude 1:3, 4).


a. As born-again Christians, we have received the abundance of grace and the gift of
righteousness. We rule and reign in life (Romans 5:17).
b. We have been called to freedom; however we should not allow our freedom to be an
incentive to the flesh. The flesh is a way of thinking that goes against God (Galatians
5:13, AMP).
c. Sin has no dominion over us; we are no longer under the Law, but under grace
(Romans 6:1, 2, 14).
d. The grace of God teaches us to deny ungodliness (Titus 2:11, 12).
e. We should not go half way, but go all the way, in servitude to righteousness where
there is safety (Romans 6:12, 13).
2. Grace is not a license to become lazy.

a. The phrase resting in God does not describe inactivity.


b. Resting in God describes our determination to trust God while working hard.
c. When we are doing what God has graced us to do, we want to labor even more (1
Corinthians 15:10).
d. God is at work in us, giving us the desire to do what He has called us to do
(Philippians 2:12, 13).
3. Grace is not an encouragement to settle for miserable circumstances.

a. God will strengthen us in bad situations and circumstances, but He also gives us the
grace to improve our circumstances.
b. He is able to make all grace, every favor, and earthly blessing come to us in
abundance (2 Corinthians 9:8, AMP).
c. There is a grace to help us succeed and remain victorious no matter what we face.
4. Grace is not cheap.

a. Just because something is free doesnt mean its cheap.


b. Grace and righteousness are free to us, but they were purchased at a very high
pricethe precious blood of Jesus.

Scripture References

Jude 1:3, 4
Romans 5:17
Galatians 5:13, AMP
Romans 6:1, 2, 12-14
Titus 2:11, 12
1 Corinthians 15:10
Philippians 2:12, 13
2 Corinthians 9:8, AMP