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Romans 13:14

King James Version (KJV)

14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

It’s very easy to put on Jesus Christ. This is a matter of choice! I like the way that the Apostle Paul addresses this issue. He is saying that if you will let every part of your life belong to the Lord then you will not be able to make room for your flesh.

If people can be possessed of the devil shouldn’t God’s children be possessed of the Holy Spirit. If we were to walk continually after the things of the Spirit there would be no time to daydream about your own personal lusts. Lusting is not just about sex. Lusting is about wasting time on your ungodly desires. I know I have some issues like everyone else but I know if Paul the Apostle can write this statement then I should be able to fulfill it daily.

The topic of this message is Don’t Put That On! Why? Because if you do it will only satisfy you for a moment. Providing for the flesh is about temporary things. Anything that is temporal is subject to change. Put on Christ and you will find eternal things. Put on the flesh and you will only find temporary gratification. Put on Christ and you will find eternal gratification.

Life is not always easy but if you were to limit the resources of your flesh, then you will find life easier and more peaceable. Peace is the umpire to do the will of the Lord.

Flesh is temporary but your Spirit is eternal. Make a choice to give no place to your flesh. How? By opening your Bible and reading it. By adding 15 minutes to your prayer time. By taking authority over your flesh and saying to your flesh “stop it.” By making a choice to praise and worship more. Whatever is born of flesh is flesh. Whatever is born of Spirit is Spirit.

God’s desire is that you will desire Him alone.

Be Blessed!

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Mark 7:8-9, 13

King James Version (KJV)

For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Think about this for a moment. What traditions are you holding on to? What do you perform in your local church and in your home? Are you doing the same things that others have done? Do you have traditionalism racing through your church? I ask these questions because Jesus spoke these words. I ask these questions because the church needs to evaluate itself and see if they’re doing things because of tradition.

Jesus spoke on this because He was dealing with people who made His Father’s Word to have no effect. There was no demonstration of power. This is like people who preach and nothing happens. It’s just words! Christians who call themselves Christians, but still go out and make a mockery of being a Christian.

People were more in tune with doing things that were natural. The traditions were followed more to the letter rather than the commandments God gave them. People follow people! The question is… What do you get when you follow a person of tradition? You get tradition, natural things and loss of supernatural things. What happens when you follow Jesus? Power, might, strength, miracles, wonders, signs and supernatural things.

If your tired of the same old traditional things, then it’s time to start operating according to the Word of God. It’s not hard, it’s a choice and command from God’s Word. Why? Because God’s Word is powerful and mighty. If you operate only on man’s word you will miss supernatural things. Man is natural and if the Word of God is not first you will get a natural word. If man is preaching and teaching the Word of God according to the Spirit of God then you will get supernatural results.

Jesus does not want traditions of man preached! Jesus wants His Father’s Word preached. Mans tradition is “Genetically Altered Religion.” This is a quote from Kenneth Copeland.

When you are performing more of mans word then God’s Word, you have a tradition. Mans tradition opposes God’s Word. Mans word is usually what causes occults to come about. Take a moment and think about how you can make some changes. Am I a Christian of tradition? Or do I have a relationship with God? Relationship means intimacy. Intimacy will occur with daily bible reading and prayer. Spending time with the Father will help you to stay fresh and keep you from tradition.

Scripture Study: Isaiah 41:1-10

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Colossians 1:23

Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 [And this He will do] provided that you continue to [a]stay with and in the faith [in Christ], well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope [which rests on and is inspired by] the glad tidings (the Gospel), which you heard and which has been preached [b][as being designed for and offered without restrictions] to every person under heaven, and of which [Gospel] I, Paul, became a minister.

As I think about today’s topic I am reminded of the need to stay in faith. Many believers get small victories and they get distracted. Their eyes and mind stay on the victory and they begin to get complacent and lazy. They feel as if they’ve won the entire war. The believer will start taking off his armor after the small victory. This is a grave mistake! Why? Because after a small victory the enemy is going to come even harder at you, and he is going to try to make your testimony of the small victory of no effect. See after you testify about how God has blessed you, the enemy will come and try to get your testimony. Why? Because he does not like to be defeated. He is a sore loser!

God never told us to take off our armor. God has instructed us to keep our armor on continually and He also wants us to keep standing. Why? So that you can get the big victory! Ephesians 6:13-18 King James Version (KJV) 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

So many times I watch people get the small victory only to get defeated and quit just before the big victory. What do I mean? There are people who need healing and as things start to change in their life they get excited and testify of God’s goodness. Then a month rolls by yet they are not completely healed. Five months roll by and you can see that the determination they had months ago is now dwindling. A month longer and they quit and they revert back to their old ways and lifestyle just to miss the blessing by a day or even a month.

Church it’s time to stop being lethargic or even complacent after you get a small victory. God wants you to get the big victory! He wants you to persevere and continue in faith. God wants you to keep your armor on! After your victory is when another attack will come. I can say this because I have experienced it and I have also observed others experience it as well. The devil wants to see how much you believe of what you’ve testified.

When you testify do you believe what you say. People will come up and say God is good, go through an attack, then ask God where are you? Speak words like “I don’t see you, I don’t hear you, are you there?” This is a sign of a person who does not wear their armor, does not pray continually, is irresolute and double-minded.

I encourage you to stay firm in the Word of God! Stand in faith! Believe what you testify! Never, never back down back down in the midst of a showdown. The devil wants to steal your testimony and your goods. Don’t give in or become lazy. Praise God for the small victories and stand until you receive the big victories.

Scripture Study: Romans 10:17

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1 Corinthians 15:49

King James Version (KJV)

49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Do you bear the image of the Heavenly? You are supposed to bear this image. Do you know what the image looks like? The image is Jesus! We are to bear His image in everything we do. Does the image of Jesus get mad and yell at people? Does the image of Jesus demonstrate gossip? Does the image of Jesus fight with other Christians?…ETC.

The image of the earthy man is easily puffed up. The image of the earthy man gets mad and yells at people. The image of the earthy man will gossip. The image of the earthy man will fight with other Christians. The image of the earthy man is touchy and full of feelings. The image of the earthy man will operate in his own wisdom and the wisdom will be touchy, earthy, sensual and devilish.

Do you get a picture of what I am talking about. You have a choice in which image you will bear. You can’t go back and forth. You shouldn’t switch it off then on. Pick a kingdom and operate in it. Heaven or Hell?

If your saved then you should be bearing the image of God! Really? Yes really! Numbers 12:8 (KJV)With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? The people who were the closest to Moses doubted him. Yet Moses had the image of God so greatly on him that he shined greatly of the Glory of God. But, Moses did not fight with Aaron or Miriam. Why? Because Moses was meek, which is a character of God and Jesus. What a great image for you and I to bear.

James 3:9 (KJV)Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

After you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become a new creature. This new creature bears the image of God. If you don’t show it to the world then the world will miss out on the blessing. Reading, praying, living and speaking the Word of God will cause the image of God to be seen by man. Why is this important? So we can draw all men (human) to the Lord. People that have influence can either leave a good mark or a bad one. Jesus is our great influence and we are to be the same as He was on the earth. He bared the image of the Father! So can you and I.

Matthew 21:19

King James Version (KJV)

19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

Jesus spoke to the fig tree and commanded it not to grow any more fruit forever. He had the ability to command. The same as Adam had in the garden of Eden. Jesus used the authority given to Him. Imagine if there would be more Christians doing this. We don’t have to see it to believe it will work. You need to believe it and you will see it. My eldest son was hurting in his ear yesterday and I started to pray and the Lord said command it. I said Lord, Thank You for reminding me. I did just as He said. I commanded my son’s ear to be opened up and to stop hurting. I commanded his ear to come into agreement with the Word of God. By His stripes you are healed is what I said next. I asked him, how do you feel now. His reply was ” It’s all gone, Dad, and I feel better.” We then gave God the Praise and Glory for my sons immediate healing! Amazing how God will always perform His Word!

Mark 3:1-5

King James Version (KJV)  And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

He spoke again and commanded the man to stretch forth his hand. He did not say do this and you will be healed. Jesus said stretch forth your hand. The impossible was done when we obey and we do not look on with the natural senses. Jesus did not pray that God would heal. He spoke with the authority that every believer is to have.

Luke 9:1-2

King James Version (KJV) Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

You don’t have to pray out devils, you command them to come out. You don’t have to pray for healing to work, you command people’s bodies to operate the way God designed them to work. You have the same power, dominion and authority that Jesus has. He lives in you right? Well then, why whine about the problem? Command it to cease and desist. You have the ability to do so because of the blood of Jesus on your life. Because you have the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. You can do this, because you, like Jesus, are a child of the Most High God. You are a representation of Jesus on the earth. Don’t worry, there will be Pharisees (religious, traditional people) watching you. They won’t like it, but they did not like Jesus doing it either. So step out and step up! Do something about the sick people in your home, church, neighborhood, supermarkets and jobs. Be the different church person. Dare to be different then other Christians and start commanding things to operate in Jesus Name.

I am excited after writing and reading this blog! I hope you are too, and I hope you don’t get all religious after you read this today. If you do, realize you are loved and forgiven. Father, forgive the ones that get offended with Your Word. Forgive them for they know not what they say and do.

If you really want to bless someone, command a blessing on them. God did in the book of Deuteronomy. He commanded a blessing on you that you would be a blessing to others.

Scripture Study: Genesis 6:22; Leviticus 25:21; Deuteronomy 12:28; Mark 10:49-52

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Psalm 8:6

King James Version (KJV)

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

How many times have you read this scripture and passed over the first part. God has made you and I to have dominion over the works of God’s hands. That for which God produced we are to have dominion over.

Many Christians are not possessing their inheritance because of an identity crisis. Many are not possessing because they don’t even know that they have dominion over the devil and the inhabitants of the land. People are just sitting by and allowing the devil and his cohorts to take everything from them. I say enough is enough! But just because I say enough is enough does not mean that it will work for you. You need to say enough is enough. Don’t listen to satan! Don’t participate in the worldly ways. Otherwise you will respond in the worldly ways and it’s actions. Don’t get enticed by the world otherwise you won’t take your full inheritance.

Adam did the very same thing in the garden. He had the ability to stop the serpent and to shut him up. God said in Genesis 1:26-28

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Adam had the full inheritance in his hands! He let it all go on the words of a serpent that Adam had dominion over. The church quite often surrenders their inheritance on the words of someones mouth. Well, STOP IT!

You are supposed to be taking your inheritance! You are supposed to use the dominion given to you. You are not to let the enemy come in and steal from you. The moment I see the enemy trying to tear up my inheritance or he tries to keep me from receiving , I go into battle mode because I don’t like anyone or anything stealing from me. When I notice the onslaught of an attack from the enemy, I tell him to get under my feet because I have dominion over him. It’s time for you to do the same. Get your inheritance and let nothing keep you back from receiving it.

Scripture Study: Psalm 8

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Romans 13:8

King James Version (KJV)

 8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Years ago I had a real struggle with love. I was relational with people, but when others would hurt me or say something about me I would intentionally hurt them back. I was not violent with my hands, rather I was violent with my mouth. I would negatively speak about them and hurt them behind their back. Little by little I was setting myself up for failure.

I had a man come into my life who would later become my Father-In-Law. He taught me about Love’s Actions. I have spent many years from that moment to perfect love in my life. I am making a point in my life to Champion Love. Why? Because we as the Church need to make love our life. There are plenty of hurting Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and church people. People that are hurt tend to hurt others, not always on purpose. Hurt shows a lack of love. Anger shows a lack of love. Disobedience shows a lack of love…ETC.

If you want to Champion Love, then you need to know how love behaves itself. You need to know how love gives. Like I have always said “Love always gives to benefit the one true love.” Why? Because God is love, and it benefits Him when you love others in-spite of their wrong. Love lays down its own rights and does not allow a suffered wrong to change him. So, if you say I am a man or woman of love, then it should show to the millions. The Church would not be hurt if the Church would Champion Love.

Love Always Gives! Today I am stronger in love then I have ever been. Do I still need to work on it? Absolutely! Sometimes I want to walk out of love and walk according to my flesh. Sometimes I want to be negative; but as soon as I feel like this, I have to tell my flesh NO! The next thing I do is to tell my flesh it must get in line with the Word of God. I have to remember Love’s Actions. Love lays down its own rights even if the other person is wrong.

Love is my life, and that is my purpose. I want to love others no matter what! Do you?

Scripture Study: 1 Corinthians 13

Be Blessed!