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Ephesians 4:7

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Yet grace (God’s unmerited favor) was given to each of us individually [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and bounteous] gift.

Jesus’ grace was unmeasurable. Jesus had power without measure. This grace given to you and I is without measure. Grace is of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues. (BLB) Blue Letter Bible.

Because this grace is unmeasurable it means that it is extended to anyone. It is not restrictive. God’s grace for you came from His love for you. If God did not love you it would be impossible to give you unmeasurable grace. If God didn’t love you there would be no way for you to be saved. God loves you so much that He sent Jesus as the saving grace. The measure of Christ’s gift was His death on the cross. It was the greatest sacrifice. It was unmeasurable because it was meant for all humans. However we can’t use this grace to sin willfully. Grace is the gift of bountifulness, acceptance, unmerited favor, liberality, blessings bestowed upon. You can’t earn grace. Grace can not be worked for. Grace is an extension of God’s love for you and for the world. That is why accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is your choice. Grace is given and it causes favor upon your life. Favor is opening of doors that man can not open and man can not close.

Jesus had favor everywhere He went. I literally started to tell everyone that I have favor. I announce the favor of God on my life. I proclaim God’s grace is sufficient for me and my family. I rejoice over the fact that I am blessed and highly favored. What this does for me is, it reminds me of who I am and whose I am. I am God’s child. I am a son of God. You’re a child of God! That means you are a carrier of grace, the unmerited favor. Because of this grace in your life you are also to extend this to everyone else. Regardless of what someone has said to you or done to you, you must extend grace. After all God extends grace to you when you act crazy or stupid. I am not calling anyone stupid but you can act that way.

Grace is given through the love of God. That is how grace operates. So should you extend grace to someone? Be sweet like Jesus and extend grace. Grace is what will win someone to the Lord. Favor is a by-product of grace. It opens doors, it brings blessings, it sets people free and it loves unconditionally. The grace factor is God’s heart for dying man.

Scripture Study: Ephesians 4:1-7

Be Blessed!

 

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1 Corinthians 13:5

Amplified Bible (AMP)

5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

Love does not think about the wrongs that others have done to them… They let it go! Because love does not seek it own rights, it never pays attention to the suffered wrong. Love lays down its own rights. Why? Because love is not arrogant or inflated with pride. Pride will cause a man to fall.

Many people have been hurt by others. Most of the time this will leave a bad scar on someone’s heart. It can cause a division to take place. No one wants to be in division but it happens because of scarring.

Don’t let the scars hold you back from properly loving people. Don’t let the scars keep you from showing your heart to others. Don’t let the scars dictate who you will love. Why? Because God is not a respecter of persons and neither should you be. Love pays no attention to the wrong. That does not mean you have to get ran over by people. It means when someone hurts you unintentionally or intentionally you will not focus on them and how they hurt you. You will focus on Love who will always pick you up.

As I have studied love I still find myself missing the mark. I still find myself looking at my scars and not wanting to participate with others. Scars are a reminder of old pain. However scars can be a good reminder of how you persevered through pain. Scars show where you were and give you a chance to move ahead. If your scarred and still thinking about your past hurts it time to get over it. It time to Let It Go! If you don’t let it go then you will never be able to properly move ahead. Remember love always forgives and forgets. Love always gives. Love is never touchy, fretful, or resentful. Love never pays back evil for evil. Let it go and then you will be able to grow and go!

Scripture Study: Psalm 69:5-16

Be Blessed!

Isaiah 41:10

King James Version (KJV)

 10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Have you ever felt so tired that no matter what you eat or drink it would never keep you awake? Have you ever felt so weary from worry that you felt like you could not go any further. Well, I know something that is better than any energy drink or food. It’s the Word of God (Bible). I have found myself at times so tired not even crowbars could open my eye lids. I used to worry so much that no matter how much rest I did have, I would be exhausted. This is exactly what the enemy wants for you. He wants you so tired that you will not even look at your Word. The more you focus on your tiredness or on your worries the better satan’s kingdom gets. Why? Because you’re so tired that you will not wage war against him or his cohorts. BUT…

God is your Strength and Courage. God is your Strong Tower in the midst of a battle. God will give you strength. The God kind of strength nobody can match. God, in His right hand will UP HOLD you in righteousness. I like that word uphold meaning to lift you up. Keep you firm and established. He will help you to stay on the foundation… Jesus.

So, if your tired of being tired then look to the Lord. He will uphold you. He will strengthen and guide you. Stop worrying because God is still on His throne. Nobody is going to uproot Him or kick Him out. Worrying will keep you tired but reading the Word of God will energize you. The Word of God will encourage you and bring rest. God gives His beloved sleep (Psalm 127:2). He gives them good rest. Rest in Him. Consistent worry keeps people from doing the God kind of things…Miracles, Signs and Wonders. Worry holds Faith in captivity. So, if you’re not seeing what you are believing for maybe you have been using the perverted faith… FEAR and WORRY.

Get rest, get faith, get moving and stop confessing I am always tired. Proverbs 18:21 Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue and they that Love it shall Eat the Fruit thereof.

Be Blessed!

Isaiah 41:10

King James Version (KJV)

 10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

For I am thy God, is an Awesome statement! When this statement came across, it came across with authority and ability. God is able to take care of you. God can handle all things, after all He is one who measured the waters of the world in the hollow of His hands. He created man and knows everything about him. He made the sun, moon and stars. He created the animals. Our God has an amazing imagination and when He creates He makes the best. If the creator of all can truly make great things, shouldn’t He be able to take care of it all? Absolutely!

He is El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty) El Elyon (The Most High God) Adonai (Lord, Master) Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah) Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner) Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd) Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals) Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There) Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness) Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You) El Olam (The Everlasting God) Elohim (God) Qanna (Jealous) Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide) Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace) Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts).

God is a bold God. He will not leave you forsaken or forget about you. He will build you up and not let you fall. He will build a home in you and never move out. So what reason do you have to be afraid? What reason do you have to be concerned? What reason do you have to doubt? The maker of the universe is the One who will always follow through.

For I am thy God tells me that no other god can out-perform Him. No other god can do what He does. No other god can create. All the other god’s of this world can not even speak blessings. For I am thy God tells me of a Father who desires to take care of us. He has a proven track record. So why not turn yourself over to Him and let Him be God and you be God’s child. Let Him take care of you and you stop trying to play Him.

When you seek the Blessor, the blessing will come upon you and overtake you. When you seek the blessing you will always be in a constant wait.

Seek Him and not the blessing.

Be Blessed!

Isaiah 41:10

King James Version (KJV)

 10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Dismayed is defined as gaze in anxiety. You don’t need to look into any form of fear. Fear is not of the Lord. For God has not given you bondage once again to fear. You don’t have to look into your situation and try to work on it by using fear. Look at any situation you may have and then turn it over to the Lord. God told Joshua the same thing in Joshua 1:9. He told him… “be of good courage and be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed.” The real key to not being dismayed is doing what the Lord told Joshua to do in verses 7 and 8. He told him to meditate on the Word of God day and night. He told him not to let it depart from his eyes. Many that get dismayed are usually subject to not having read much Word and have not been in prayer. Reading the Word of God and praying are the essentials to knowing the Lord. The Lord works with you not against you.

As I continue to Pastor others I have watched many people fall because they become dismayed. They are constantly looking at the problem with anxiety and they begin walking with fear instead of turning it over to the Lord. It’s not that easy to be dismayed. It’s what you set your eyes (gaze) upon. Stop looking at the situation and how you think you can fix it. Stop seeking the author of confusion and start seeking the Author and Finisher of our Faith. Fear is perverted faith. Fear is the polar opposite of faith. It works the same as faith. It’s just the complete opposite. Faith in fear will bring the anxiety and torment.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus! Look to Him! Seek Him with all your heart! Know Him! Love Him! Believe on Him! Let NO FEAR come to mind and keep your gaze upon the perfect law of LIBERTY! Your confession of faith is… Because of Isaiah 41:10 I will not be dismayed because God is for me. He will strengthen me and help me. He will uphold me with His right hand of righteousness. I will not gaze upon my past. I will not gaze upon my problems. My God (El Shaddai) is on the Job. No one can take care of me like Him. My God is for me! Who can be against me? Praise the Lord! I am at liberty! Amen!

Be Blessed!

Isaiah 41:10

King James Version (KJV)

 10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

This morning as I was reading Isaiah I had a good thought. I was thinking I would speak about this scripture in many parts. Like doing a series.

In this scripture we can see three words that are marked bold. FEAR THOU NOT! I believe it should have had an exclamation point at the end. Why? Because this is a commandment with the authority of God. As a Christian you do not have to walk in any form of fear. The Bible says, “fear not” and that is what we are supposed to do. There is 62 exact phrases fear not in the whole bible. There is also fear ye not, fear thou not…ETC. I would say that we are not supposed to fear!

I am doing an extensive study on fear. I have been at this for about 4 years now. In my past I have operated in this, felt this, experienced it in many forms. Fear is cancerous to your body, mind (soul) spirit. Fear is like a disease, once it gets a hold of you, it does not want to let go. Fear will keep you from loving others and walking in your authority. Fear will keep you from ministering the Gospel (Good News) to all people. Fear will cause you to mis-trust the Lord and His Word. Fear can encapsulate you to where you will not even step out of your house. Fear is a work of the enemy that no Christian has to participate in. Fear is a choice. Really it is. The Word of God says, God has not given you the spirit of fear, but of Love, Power and a Sound Mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) So is fear a choice? Absolutely!

God does not want us to operate in any form of fear. This is one of satan’s attacks. If he can get you off center, then he can tip you to his side of the tracks. His (satan) desire is to trap God’s people and to keep them from messing up his kingdom. Satan desires to keep you so full of fear that you will not be able to do anything God desires you to do. Satan brings fear. God brings love. What do you want? Get into the Word of God today and look at the blessings God has given to you. Put satan into his place and don’t take your foot off of his neck. If you want to get rid of fear then stop watching what your watching and stop listening to what your listening to. We sow with our eyes, ears and mouth. So watch what you put into your eyes and ears because it will come out of your mouth. Out of the abundance of your heart the mouth speaks Matthew 12:34.

Understand that you are to operate in the blessing not the curse. You are not to fear. You are supposed to be blessed. You are called blessed of the Lord. Why? Because you are the seed of Abraham! Amen! Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: Deuteronomy 28:1-14

Luke 10:19

King James Version (KJV)

 19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

I like what John Wesley had to say about Luke 10:19 I give you power – That is, I continue it to you: and nothing shall hurt you – Neither the power nor the subtilty of satan.

This is very vital for you today. Stop surrendering to the enemy and take your Authority over him. Jesus said I have given you Power. The Power that Jesus is talking about is Dunamis Power and Exousiazo. These Greek words means strength power, ability inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth. It also means to have power or authority, use power to be master of any one, exercise authority over one.

Jesus has given you the same authority that He received from the Father. So if you have the same authority that Jesus has why not exercise it more often. It’s like this… If you have trash in your house that smells really bad, what are you going to do with it? I am sure that you will take it out immediately! So why do you keep allowing satan and all his stinky works to hold you back? Why do you keep allowing him to attack you? Why not put him away and throw out that spiritual trash! Just say no! Take the Power that you have and use it against him. You have Authority so why not use it?

Stop being a weak Christian and do what the Word told us to do. You know Jesus is the Word. John 1:1-2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. You don’t have to walk in fear anymore. You don’t have to surrender to anything that is not like Jesus. When a problem arises, the Word of God with Power and Might should arise to a higher standard than your problem. David was not afraid of Goliath. He rose to a higher standard. When David fought against the Lion and Bear, David arose to a higher standard. Jesus told you that He has given you power over satan and all that satan’s kingdom has. There is not a single thing the enemy can do IF you don’t allow him.  Dr. Kenneth Hagin says, you need to “keep the switch of faith turned on.” This is true! Your faith is being challenged. Your faith can not waver during an attack. This is where your faith in Jesus comes in. However, faith without works is dead. So put your faith out there and exercise your power in the Name of Jesus.

Stop crying a river and start declaring the blessings over your life. Stop crying about the problem and put God’s Word on it. Stop complaining and start exercising Power. You are His Beloved. His Banner of you is Love. You are the Righteousness in Christ Jesus. God loves you the same as He loves His Son Jesus. Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: Zechariah 10:5-12