The enemy has one weapon…deception. He has mastered his weapon, he wields it on us often and it is truly a weapon of mass destruction.
The Lord has many weapons, but the weapon of choice against the enemies weapon of deception is TRUTH. The Lord has given us the Bible that is truth. If we are defeat deception in our life, our family, our church, our city, our state, our nation, the nations we need those who have mastered the weapon of TRUTH.
Truth is a person, truth is a book, truth is a spirit and the more truth we hear, believe and receive the more powerful we are. Only truth sets us free from deception, only truth awakens us, only truth penetrates the wall of deception that has many bound. Become a lover of truth, it is your salvation, your strength, your everything for success.
John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
You are blessed! It doesn’t matter what you feel; it doesn’t matter what you see; it doesn’t matter what you have said; I’m telling you, you are blessed and the enemy has deceived you into believing your not. How do I know, because if you are in the bloodline of Christ through His redemption and resurrection you are blessed.
Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”
Did Jesus keep God’s commandments? Did Jesus keep God’s covenant? Did Jesus love God? Yes, yes and yes again. How many generations have happened between Christ and us? Generations not years. Has it been a thousand? No. It’s only been by biblical estimates based on the genealogy Matthew 1 laid out, only 28 generations. There has been 1988 years since AD 33 when Jesus died. 1988 (70) = 28.4 generations. So, we are well within the Deuteronomy 7:9 truth of to the thousandth generation.
You are blessed! Fact, truth, can’t be changed or altered, can only be denied by beliefs it’s not true which produce actions that affirm the belief. You are blessed! Talk blessed, think blessed, act blessed, love as though your blessed, serve as though your blessed, you are blessed, because Jesus loved God and kept His commandments. You are blessed!
Yahweh is a voice not a form. He is the sound of words only! Everything in creation has a voice, the voice of God speaks through every prophetic act. Salt has a voice and it speaks life to death in the water (2 Kings 2); oil speaks healing to sickness and disease (James 5); the shofar speaks salvation to the nation (Joshua 6); communion speaks life to every cell in your body (Luke 22); can you hear the voice of creation speaking the words of God as Psalm 19 says?
Then the crowning of God’s creation is people and He speaks to us and through us. Idols have mouths but cannot speak (Psalm 115); but you, but me we have a mouth and His breath in our lungs so His voice comes through our mouth and when we speak it’s the voice of God in the earth. Speak life, speak hope, speak God’s word for its His voice coming through you! Yahweh is a voice, He is the sound of words.
Deuteronomy 4:12 “Then the LORD spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form—only a voice.”
The 11 spies who were sent into the promised land came back with a report detailing the people of the land, the giants in the land and the fortified cities in the land, then tagged on oh yeah here’s the fruit and yes it flows with milk and honey. The detailed report of the enemy put fear in the people so they didn’t crossover into their promised land.
Those who give details about the enemy and what he is doing create fear in the people of God and keeps them out of where God prepared to bring them into. If you want to go into the promised land you must not listen to those who describe all the enemy is doing. Find the Caleb’s who saw the enemy but know their God. Listen to the Caleb’s even though their the minority, not the 11 spies, if you want to go into the promised land for its crossover time.
Numbers 13:30-33 “Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
The moment the Lord opened my eyes this morning, He said, “I don’t give people alms who are begging, I give them legs to walk on. Everyone I came in contact with their situation changed.” The Holy Spirit then began to download story after story into my spirit.
The blind men on the side of the road screaming out, son of David have mercy on us, Jesus gave them their sight back.
The women who asked Jesus to come because their brother Lazarus was sick, Jesus raised him from the dead.
The man at the pool of Bethesda who said he had no one to put him in the pool when the angels stirred the water, Jesus told him to be well and he was well.
The man on the mat the four friends lowered down through a roof into the presence of Jesus was told to take up his bed and walk.
The crowds who were with Jesus for three days and had not eaten, Jesus fed them all with bread and fish.
Story after story, Jesus did not give people a word of condolences He gave them new life; He didn’t comfort them in their situation, He changed their reality. Jesus is not handing out alms, sympathy cards or tissues. No Jesus is restoring souls, healing bodies, renewing minds, transforming lives, raising the dead. He is still doing Acts 10:38 “Going around doing good and healing all those oppressed of the devil.”
Church it is time to pick up your mat and walk; It’s time to cast off those grave clothes and live; it’s time to dance on injustice; it’s time to hear the voice of God calling you to live again. He is still the resurrection and the life! Live my friends, live!
Humanism has made us soft as a culture. People are looking for those who will comfort them in their chaos rather than counsel them. They like to hear that God will bless them in their sin. They want people around them who will just love them in their dysfunction. But that’s humanism not Bible. The Bible wants them healed, helped, and given a hand up. The Bible wants them strong, stable and secure, so when they are struggling the Bible says…
Isaiah 35:4 “Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.”
It’s Time we speak the truth in love to one another who are believers because humanism is not Biblical and if we are going to be strong, and be available to minister in the next great awakening, we must cast off our grave clothes, pick up our mat, jump in that river to be cleansed, drop everything and follow Jesus. Where we’re going humanism cannot come.
Hebrews 12:1-2 “Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.”
I never cease to be amazed at how the Lord wants to do life with us. He loves the idea of being with us every step of our day. While in Nashville, my friend and I said over and over again how we noticed the Lord was ordering our steps in perfect timing. From traffic to places; from places to people. Every day we walked right into God’s perfect timing with ease.
It is easy to walk in the footsteps of the Lord, but it takes awareness of His presence and acknowledging He is there. He doesn’t want us stressing, striving or struggling, so He orders our steps and then delights in us as we walk in them.
I walked my dog when I got back to Kansas City last night and as soon as I got to my driveway my neighbor pulled up and rolled down his window wanting to speak with me. I proceeded to the drivers side window and this older gentleman talked about his dog for a minute, then spoke about his wife who died suddenly in August 2020. I shared my condolences, but as he kept talking about how the grief comes like waves and some don’t leave, tears came down his 70 plus year old face. I let him share before he headed to his house just steps from mine.
No matter where you are, the harvest is ripe and the Lord is wanting to order our steps for people need light, love and words of life. I pray you start noticing the Lord is ordering your steps in small doors and large double doors. It’s really all about loving God and loving people.
The remnant is familiar with the wilderness. The Lord lured us in there with His tender voice, to transform us forever. But He didn’t plan to have us dwell there forever. That is why there is a door of hope in the Valley of Achor. Get your dancing shoes on for we’re coming out!
The story of the Resurrection is not a one color story, it is multi-colored and very detailed. There are many characters identified, intrinsic imagery presented and little details very rarely talked about. When a story is familiar, finding the details makes it come alive in a fresh way.
Luke 24:1 is very detailed and beautiful in its imagery. Listen to it…”on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.” It speaks of a new beginning; a new week, a new day. Everything was new that day and they came prepared for an old burial. But it was a new day, for this burial did not yield a body to embalm.
I love that they came prepared as was the custom to do, but when there was no body on this new day, it Immediately put them in the New New Day. Everything changed and they dropped their prepared spices for a typical day and entered into that open door of a whole new day!
This is no ordinary story this year, today April 4, 2021 is an open door to a brand new day. The stone, the gate, the door that has kept you out is now open and you get to go in. The wait is over, take of the grave clothes, send away the weeping women, dry your tears, for I am announcing to you, this is the beginning of a New Day!
I was praying Psalm 126 this morning and the Lord gave me a little chorus. As I sang it over and over again I could sense newness, joy, and vision rising on the people of God. Here’s the chorus He gave me…
We are like those who dream We are like those who dream We are like those who dream We are the dreamers￼!
Psalm 126:1-3 “When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.”