Adon

One of three titles (Adon, Adonai, and Adonim) generally rendered “Lord”. They all denote the various aspects of headship but each one has its own peculiar usage. Adon is the Lord as ruler In the Earth.

Adonai

The Lord in his relation to the earth, and as carrying out His purposes of blessing in the earth.

Adonim

The plural of Adon, carrying with it all that Adon does but in a greater degree, and more especially as owner and proprietor. Adonim is the Lord who rules His own.

Elohim

Occurs 2700 times. Translated “Lord” (KJV) and “Jehovah” (KJV). May mean “greatness and glory” with the idea of creative and governing power, omnipotence and sovereignty. Elohim is God the Creator putting His omnipotence into operation.

Alah

Another possible word for which Elohim could have been derived. It can mean to “declare or swear”, and thus suggests a covenant relationship.

El Bethel

God of Peace, (Gen. 35:7) may alternately be the God who revealed himself in Bethel.

El Elhoe_Israel

El The God of Israel (Gen. 33:19-20) Jacob buys a lot near Shechem and dedicates an altar there to Him.

Elyon

First occurs in Gen. 14:18-20 where Melchizedek blesses Abraham in this name, praising God as “possessor of heaven and earth” He divides the nations “their inheritance”. He is “over all the earth”, a title that appears 36 times.

El Elyon

“Exalted One” or “Most High” in the KJV. Used in Balaam’s prophecy (Nu. 24:16) with El Shaddai in both Moses’ and David’s songs and prayers, and in all other places where his rulership and ownership or absolute preeminence of deity are the focus of worship.

El Olam

“God the everlasting one” or “God of eternity”. The word means everlasting time, “time whose boundaries are hidden from view” applied to God it apparently means, “his sovereignty continues through the ages, unaffected by the passing of time.”

El Roi

“God who sees me” “God of vision” Used by Hagar in the desert as God watched over her and her son (Gen. 16:13)

El Shaddai

“God, the one of the mountains” (referring to his visits to Sinai, or his lofty rulership) or “God Almighty”

First and Last

Isaiah’s term to convey God’s “eternal sovereignty over the whole sweep of time from beginning to end” (Isa. 44:6; 48:12). God’s sovereign lordship is manifest in Jesus Christ the Alpha and the Omega.

Eloa

“Elohim is to be worshiped. Eloah is God in connection with his will rather than his power. The first occurrence associates this name with worship. (Deut. 32:15, 17); hence it is the title used whenever contrast (latent or expressed) is with false gods or idols. Eloah is essentially the “living God” in contrast with idols. GOD in KJV.

Jehovah

God’s proper name, denoting his person (Gen. 2:4) Derived from the Hebrew verb Havah “to be” or “being” a word almost exactly like the verb Chavah “to live or life”. With this name we must think of Jehovah as the being that is absolutely self-existent the one who in himself possesses essential life, permanent existence. Translated as LORD (all caps) in the KJV, and is the most frequently used name for God in the OT being used 6823 times. Jehovah has eleven related titles usually arising from some historic incident, and appearing in this Hebrew scripture order.

Variations of Jehovah
Name Meaning
Jehovah Jireh “jehovah will see or provide”
Jehovah Rophe “jehovah that healeth thee”
Jehovah Nissi “jehovah my banner”
Jehovah Mekaddishkem “jehovah that sanctifies you”
Jehovah Shalom “jehovah send peace”
Jehovah Zebaoth “jehovah of hosts”
Jehovah Tsidkenu “jehovah our righteousness”
Jehovah Shammah “jehovah is there”
Jehovah Elyon “jehovah most high”
Jehovah Rohi “jehovah my shepherd”
The Blood of Jesus
Verse Description
Matt. 26:28 for remission of sins
Mark 14:24 shed for many
Luke 22:20 shed for you
Acts 20:28 purchased the church of God
Rom. 3:25 propitiation through faith in His blood
Rom. 5:9 justified by His blood
1 Cor. 10:16 communion of the blood
Eph. 1:7 redemption through His blood, forgiveness of sins
Eph. 2:13 made nigh by the blood
Col. 1:13 redemption, forgiveness through His blood
Heb. 2:14 power of satan destroyed
Heb. 2:15 fear of death destroyed
Heb. 9:12 gained eternal redemption by His blood
Heb. 9:14 purged conscience from dead works
Heb. 10:19 boldness to enter holiest by the blood
Heb. 10:29 His blood is a holy thing
Heb. 13:12 sanctified with His blood
Heb. 13:20 protection through the blood (the Shepherd)
1 Peter 1:18-19 redeemed with precious blood
1 John 1:7 cleansed with the blood
1 Jn 5:8 witness on the earth
Rev. 1:5 washed us from our sin in His blood
Rev. 5:9 redeemed by the blood
Rev. 7:14 made white in the blood
Rev. 12:11 overcame by the blood
Jesus Is My Healer
Verse Description
Ex. 15:16 I am the Lord that healeth thee
Ex. 23:25 I will take sickness away from the midst of thee
Deut. 7:15 the Lord will take away from thee all sickness
2 Kings 20:25 behold I will heal thee
Ps. 23:1 The Lord is ny Shepherd
Ps. 30:3 and thou has healed me
Ps. 91:3 He shall deliver me from….harmful fatal diseases
Ps. 103:2-3 who healeth all thy diseases
Ps. 107:20 He sent His word and healed them
Prov. 4:20-22 my words…are life to those that find them and medicine to their flesh
Prov. 12:18 the tongue of the wise is health
Is. 53:4- Surely He has born our sickness… we are healed
Jer. 17:13 Heal me O Lord and I shall be healed
Mal. 4:2 with healing in His wings
Matt. 8:17 Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses
1 Peter 2:24 by whose (His) striped ye were healed
James 5:15 the prayer of faith shall save (heal) the sick
??? Deliverance From Satan and His Demonic Forces

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes you need to make in your life. These changes need to be completed  in order that I may fulfill my promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life.

1. Quit Worrying

Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for  you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

2. Put It On The List

Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to me. And although my to-do list this long, I am after all, God. I can take care of anything you put into my hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things that you never even realize.

3. Trust Me

Once you’ve given your burdens to me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on my list. Problem with finances? Put it on my list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For my sake, put it on my list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.

4. Leave It Alone

Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I  think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling now? It’s simple. You gave me your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with me and forget about them. Just let me do my job.

5.Talk To Me

I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please don’t forget to talk to me OFTEN! I love you. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with me. I want To be your dearest friend.

6. Have Faith

I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you  are. Have faith in me that I know what I’m doing. Trust me, you wouldn’t  want the view from my eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and Meet your needs. You only have to trust me. Although I have a much bigger  task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your  simple part. How hard can trust be?

7. Share

You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share  your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

8. Be Patient

I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands Of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes me a little longer than you expect to handle something on my to-do-list? Trust in my timing, for my timing is perfect. Just because created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should  always rush, rush, rush.

9. Be Kind

Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for my sake. I created each of  you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please know I love each of your differences.

10. Love Yourself

As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created  by me for one reason only – to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes my heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget that!

With all my heart I love you,
GOD

  • I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens and empowers me – Phil. 4:13
  • I am accepted – Romans 15:7
  • I am alive with Christ – Galatians 2:20
  • I am a friend of Jesus – John 15:15b
  • I am an ambassador for Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:20
  • I belong to God – John 17:9
  • I can be sure that God can take care of everything I need – Philippians- 4:19
  • I am anxious for nothing – Philippians 4:6
  • God did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind – 2 Tim. 1:7
  • I acknowledge my need for God – Matthew 5:3,6
  • I am blessed with spiritual blessing – Ephesians 1:3
  • I am born –again- 1 Peter 1;23
  • I am a child of God – John 1:12
  • I am chosen – Colossians 1:27
  • I am clothed with Christ – Galatians 3:27
  • I am comforted – 2 Corinthians 1:4-5
  • I am empowered to obey – Philippians 2:13
  • I am delighted in – Isaiah 42:1
  • My eyes are fixed on Jesus – Hebrews 12:2
  • I am cherished – Ephesians 5:29
  • I am filled with joy – John 17:13
  • I have died and my life is hidden in God – Colossians 3:3
  • I am filled with the fruit of righteousness – Philippians 1:11
  • I am filled with the fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
  • I am free – Romans 8:2
  • I am confident He will never leave me nor forsake me – Hebrews 13:5-6
  • You, O Lord, are a shield about me. You hold my head high – Psalm 3:3
  • I am confident that God hears me – 1 John 5:14
  • I am loved constantly and unconditionally – Isaiah 43:4
  • I am made alive with Christ – Ephesians 2:5
  • God is for me – Romans 8:31
  • I am a new creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • I am no longer a slave to sin – Romans 6:6
  • I am his handiwork – Ephesians 2:10
  • I am His – Isaiah 43:1
  • I am indwelt by His Spirit – Romans 8:11
  • I am in scribed on the palms of His hands – Isaiah 49:16
  • I have no fear – John 14: 1, 27
  • I have obtained an inheritance – Ephesians 1:11
  • I am laying aside the old self – Ephesians 4:22-24
  • I am living for Him – 2 Corinthians 5:15
  • I am given His magnificent promises – 2 Peter 1:3-4
  • I am a joint heir with Christ – Romans 8:17
  • I am an heir of God – Galatians 3:29
  • I know all things work for good because I love God– Romans 8:28
  • I am kept – 1 Peter 1:5
  • I have no condemnation –Romans 8:1
  • I will run and not be weary – Isaiah 40:31
  • I will run and not faint – Isaiah 40:31
  • I am an overcomer – 1 John 5:4-5
  • I am a partaker of grace – Philippians 1:7
  • I am a partaker of the promise in Christ – Ephesians 3:6
  • I am prayed for – Luke 22:32
  • I have abundant life – John 10:10
  • I am safe – Psalm 4:8
  • My steps are established by the Lord – Psalm 37:23
  • I am standing firm in Christ – 2 Corinthians 1:21
  • You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing – Psalm 30:11
  • I will sing praises to you and not be silent – Psalm 30:11
  • I am victorious – 1 Corinthians 15:57
  • I am the temple of the living God – 1 Corinthians 3:16
  • I am transformed into His image – 2 Corinthians 3:18
  • I am valued – Matthew 6:26
  • I am yielded to God – Romans 6:13
  • The Father Himself loves me – John 16:27
  • The Lord is my rock and my salvation –Psalm 62:1-2
  • I have wisdom – Colossians 2:3
  • I am useful for His glory – Isaiah 43:7
  • I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you – John 14:16
  • My prayers go up before God – Revelations 8:4
  • I have received mercy – 1 Peter 2:10
  • I am reigning in life – Romans 5:17
  • I am His special possession – 1 Peter 1: 18-19
  • God is my provider – Matthew 6:33
  • Jesus is my healer –  1 Peter 2:24
  • He takes us to the high places of blessing in Him – Ephesians 1:3-4
  • I have peace with God – Romans 5:1
  • I am controlled by the love of Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:14
  • I have every good thing – Philemon 6
  • I am the fragrance of His knowledge – 2 Corinthians 2: 14-15
  • I am seated in heavenly places – Ephesians 2:6
  • I trust in the Lord – Psalm 37:3
  • I hear the voice of the Lord – John 10:27
  • I bless the Lord who guides me – Psalm 16:7
  • I am beautiful – Isaiah 61:10

  1. Life isn’t fair, get used to it… (but it’s still good)
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month. If you can’t, then use a lower rate line of credit until you can pay them off monthly.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Forgive others and yourself.
  8. Yield.
  9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheque.
  10. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  12. Be on time.
  13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
  16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  21. Today is special; you are alive.
  22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  23. Pay cash and stay out of debt.
  24. Never assume another person’s debt.
  25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
  27. Apologize when you screw-up.
  28. The best is yet to come.
  29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  30. Time usually doesn’t heal anything, but God does.
  31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  33. Believe in miracles.
  34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
  35. Envy is a waste of time.
  36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
  37. Your children get only one childhood.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  40. Life is a gift.

I am a child of God!

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Romans 8:14And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18

I am forgiven of all my sins!

“God has purchased our freedom with His blood and has forgiven all of our sins. Colossians 1:14He is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven. Ephesians 1:7

I am a new creation!

“What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

The Holy Spirit is within me!

“Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and is given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I have been delivered from the power of darkness!

“For He has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and He has brought us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.” Colossians 1:13

I have been redeemed from the curse part of the law!

“But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. Then He was hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrong doing.” Galatians 3:13

I am blest!

“All who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of this faith. Galatians 3:9How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blest us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

I have been called by God!

“God loves you already, and He has called you to be His very own people. May grace and peace be yours from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7…you who have been called by God to be His own holy people. He made you holy be means of Christ Jesus, just as He did all Christians everywhere – who ever calls upon the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and theirs.” 1 Corinthians 1:2

I am the head and not the tail!

“If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God and carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always have the upper hand.” Deuteronomy 28:23

I am holy and without blame.

“Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.” Ephesians 1:4

I am part of the elect!

“Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies.” Romans 8:33

I am established to the very end!

“He will keep you strong right up to the end, and He will keep you free from all blame on the great day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.” 1 Corinthians 1:8

I am free!

“And Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying My teachings and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” …so if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.” John 8:31-32, 36

I am strong in the Lord!

“A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10

I am dead to sin!

“He personally carried away our sins in His own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.” 1 Peter 2:24

I am more than a conqueror!

“But in all these things you overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

I am joint heirs with Jesus!

“And since we are His children, we will share His treasures – for everything God gives to His Son, Christ, is ours, too.” Romans 8:17

I am sealed with the Holy Spirit!

“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.” Ephesians 1:13

I am acceptable to God!

“God along made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and He gave Himself to purchase our freedom. 1” Corinthians 1:30

I am complete in Him!

“And you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe.” Colossians 2:10

I am alive in Christ!

“But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead.” Ephesians 2:4-5

I am free from condemnation!

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

I am free from the power of sin!

“For the power of the life giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:2

I am firmly rooted, built up, established, and overflowing with gratitude in Him!

“Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.” Col. 2:7

I am part of God’s family!

“So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.” Ephesians 2:19

I am built upon the foundation of the apostles, and prophets with Jesus as my cornerstone!

“We are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself.” Ephesians 2:20

The devil cannot touch me!

“We know that those who have become part of God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them.” 1 John 5:18

I am the light of the world!

“You are the light of the world – like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.” Matthew 5:14

I am the salt of the earth!

“You are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13

I am as righteous as I’m ever going to be!

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

I am God’s ambassador!

“We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ Himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God.”” 2 Corinthians 5:20

I am healed by Jesus’ stripes!

“He personally carried away our sins in His own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by His wounds!” 1 Peter 2:24

I am begin changed into His image!

“But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

I have the mind of Christ!

“How could they? For who can know what the Lord is thinking? Who can give Him counsel? But we can understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16

I have free access to God!

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” Hebrews 4:16

I have overcome the world!

“For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory. And the ones who win this battle against the world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the son of God.” 1 John 5:4-5

I have everlasting life!

“I assure you those you listen to My message and believe in God who sent Me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” John 5:24

I have the peace of God which passes all understanding!

“Don’t worry about anything instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all that He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I have power in the Holy Spirit!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7

I can do all things!

“For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Philippians 4:13

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won your fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”1 John 4:4

Having the Gift of Administration automatically makes me a steward; one who looks after things and people. My family are people; the most special and important to me than anything thing or anyone else in the world. To me every person Christian or non-Christian, should have that same opinion. Unfortunately such is not the case. In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul; says, “if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Pretty cut and dried to me . . .

God has blest us with many blessings in the world. Life in itself is His greatest gift followed by salvation. Yet, with these gifts and many more, comes the responsibility of looking after them. The first thing that God told Adam to do was work. He told him to name all the animals in the world. Then, after the fall he told him that he would work and toil. Part of “work” is maintaining, growing, and developing the things that we are responsible for. One of those “things” is family; perhaps the most important destiny in our lives. “To whom much is given, much is required.” There is no question that we have been given plenty which includes family, especially in our culture and society.

The bible says that we are to leave our children’s children and inheritance. Yet, I find in our culture too many senior citizens who believe that spending their own money that they have “worked so hard for” seems to be a rite of old age and retirement. Again, we see people putting their “treasures in the pleasures” and not into heavenly things. We need to stop here and define the word “family.” Although I believe the scripture in Timothy that Paul was referring to one’s literal family, in today’s culture the members of our church, and indeed the members of the body of Christ are all “family.” Therefore, perhaps a better solution for seniors would be to go on missions trips and combine pleasure with purpose. Perhaps going back to school to re-train in the things of God for the benefit of “family” (in the broadest sense of the word) is more in tune than the narcissistic desire of “retiring” to play golf. Ironically, in spite of the world wide crises of needs, (food, clothing, water, education, spiritual etc. etc.) it seems to me that many people in this world, young and old alike, don’t have enough to do and are bored. If many of the retires of the world would cut their golf games in half and shut the T.V. off, and got busy helping with the needs of the world, than the world might be a better place to live. Point being, “how does a Christian retire??” If young people would stop “hanging out” in some sort of state of bored existence thinking that the world owes them a living, and get busy helping others and helping to solve the world’s problems, then wouldn’t the world be a better place to live?

As parents, we are commanded to raise our children in Christian homes with Christian influences and teaching. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6) What greater responsibility in life is there than this? Personally, I cannot think of anything more serious and important that this commandment. This rule is not restricted to financially blessings. Indeed, that is the problem with many parents in our society. There is too much emphasis on material blessings and not on the emotional and nurturing needs of children. Parents are spending too much time making money for a certain high level of standard of living, but what their children really need is them and their time. Often the biggest regret of the businessman is that he did not spend enough time with his kids. Family responsibility is one of the greatest calls if not the greatest that any person can have in life.

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Money is a big issue in our lives. In our culture, and for that matter in most cultures, you simply can’t live without it. Unfortunately, money in our society, plays havoc with people’s ego and pride so much so that our social status in life is mostly dependent upon how much money we have and the number and kind of possessions we own. Is this the “true perspective” of what God wants us to do with His money? I don’t think so.

Unfortunately, Christians often seem to go “to far the other way.” Money is bad, and you should not have too much of it. Money is dirty and the root of all evil. No, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” (Tim. 6:10) Jesus never said it was wrong to have money or wealth. The bible teaches that we are to prosper in every way for the purpose of building up the Kingdom of God. (3 John 1:2 and Deut. 8:18) Possessions are fine as long as they don’t possess us. So how do we know if we are “possessed” with our possessions? The question is answered by asking ourselves the following: what are we thinking about? (how much money we can make?) What are with spending our time with? (things that improve our financial state and social status or are we pursuing the things of God?)

A true perspective is to understand the purpose of money. Deuteronomy 8:18 says that the purpose of money is to build up the Kingdom of God; it does not say “make as much money as you can and spend it on yourself.” It does not say that we can’t be wealthy on our way to meeting God’s commandment of building His Kingdom. In other words, where is our heart? Our hearts need to be on the Lord with the money He has blest us with, constantly asking Him where we should put the money He gave us. The first place of course is to not “give” the tithe (we can’t give something what is not ours) but rather “return” the tithe to Him. Statistics show that less than ten percent of the body of Christ tithes. Some survey groups put the figure at even less than that. How can this poor showing be a true perspective on handling finances for the Kingdom? Further, if Christians did have the right perspective, think of what the church could do if one hundred percent of the body, tithed? Oh my, watch out devil! He would be history. The great commission would be filled and the second coming would happen sooner! So who do we have to blame for the mess the world is in? The Christians. They are not doing their job of preaching the gospel. It takes money to do that, and we would have that money if everyone tithed and stopped trying “to keep up with the Jones” with the owning of possessions. This is not rocket science!

Christians has fallen into the trap of modern day marketing and consumerism. We can’t tithe and we can’t make offerings because we feel we can’t afford it. Yet, few of us live without cars, microwave ovens, T.V.’s, cell phones, and computers. A generation ago these were considered luxuries; today they are deemed necessities, even though in reality, they are not. By filling ourselves with cheaply priced and cheaply made consumer goods and/or expensive luxuries goods before we have meet our financial obligations to the Lord, we are not in His will. Then of course, we pray to God asking for His help with a multitude of personal problems. How God has enough grace and patience for us is beyond me. I wouldn’t have it if I were Him.

The true perspective of giving is additionally put to the test by our own North American definition of “suffering.” We think that “suffering” is to miss our favourite television show to attend a prayer meeting. “Suffering” is when we can’t get an internet connection, or our computer quits. More than half of the world’s population does not have enough to eat on a daily basis and one in five does not have clean pure drinking water. That is suffering. A true perspective is to change the way we think, stop being so self-fish and self-centered and start being a true disciple for Christ. You think you are suffering? Go to Africa . . .

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If you are walking with God you should experience a greater level of healing and prosperity than the world around you.

Why aren’t many Christians experiencing that?

In the dark ages, the church embraced the Greek philosophy of Asceticism which is defined as a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various worldly pleasures, often with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals. This spirit of poverty entered the church under the rule of Constantine in the 300 A.D. era who took this Greek mind set and added it to the Jewish or Christian mind set. Eventually this Greek thinking over took the church. The Greeks believed that the whole world was divided into two equal parts; the material world and the spiritual world. They were in balance and if you had more of one then you had less of the other. Therefore to “be more spiritual” a person had to give up the material. Therefore, wealth was considered an enemy of the spiritual (ie. God) world. In short, “If you want to get closer to God get more miserable.” This false theology was further perpetuated by the monks in the fourteenth century.

Today, we still see the remandments of this in our churches. There are still Christians that feel that poverty is next to Godliness and that money and wealth is sin. As you will discover, through scriptures and through the renewing of your own mind, NOTHING could be further from the truth.

Christians have been told to not pray for healing. Preachers have said that God may have sent that sickness as a blessing or to teach you something. In short, Christians have been taught unbelief. The church told people a lie: “God doesn’t heal anymore so stop trusting God for healing and prosperity.” Since Christians were told to stop trusting God for healing, they stopped trusting God for healing! The result of that unbelief was infirmity. That concept has been essentially brain-washed into many church people ironically by the church! Most of us have had that drilled into us – “Don’t trust God for healing; don’t trust God for finances,” Jesus could not even heal in his own home town because of unbelief.  (Matt. 13:58) That is still common in many churches today. However, God is calling us back to His Word an His truth. If we accept Him and His ways then we have a right too expect healing and prosperity.

II Peter 1:3 says that when Jesus died on the cross, His shed blood purchased “all things pertaining to life and godliness;” that includes healing and prosperity. Derek Prince said that “everything you will ever need in time or eternity whether spiritual or physical, financial or material, emotional or relational, has been provided in that one sacrifice.”

Just like Egypt in the days of Moses, the world lives under the curse! However, the blood of Jesus completely and utterly broke the power of the curse for you! Jesus’ perfect sacrifice has broken the curse of sin and the released the blessing of God. The Lord’s blessing in Deut. 7 says that health is part of that blessing. That is the level of blessing that God wants for you. Gal 3:13 -14 sums it best: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

So how do we meet our healer and provider?

  1. We lay hold to the full work of Jesus by faith; we used faith when we asked Jesus to become our Lord and saviour.
  2. Then, the anointing is released and the curse is broken.

How do we exercise faith?

  1. By Faith, we thank God that Jesus took upon himself ALL of the evil Satan intended for us.
  2. By Faith, we believe God’s blessing is our portion; healing, provision, peace etc.
  3. By Faith; we choose to reject discouragement and fear.
  4. By Faith, we ask God for His strategy to overcome.

What many Christians do not understand is that after you have done all of the above, Satan still comes to inflict the curse. That is what he does; he goes around seeking who he can steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) That is his job. Our job is to stand against him and to enter into the blessings. There is a battle to do that! We need to “war” to enter into the fullness of the promises. We accept infirmity to easily when it comes; “Oh, I must be catching a cold.” So we first proclaim that to our friends, then after when we have the symptoms, we take the medicine, then a few days later when things are not better, we think as a last resort that we might want to pray! Start praying at the first sign of sickness by rebuking the devil off of you! When we accept what Satan is giving us we are rolling out the red carpet and welcoming it. We need to remind the devil that he has no place in you. You need to battle for the blessing!

The same applies for finances. Choose not to be part of any depressions and/or recessions. Instead, say “God supplies all of my needs according to his riches in glory.”  (Phil 4:19) Blind Bartimaeous and the woman with the blood disease were both healed because they fought and pushed through for their healing. Jesus said that their determination to resist infirmity and press through for healing was a picture of faith!

How do we fight for the blessing?

Rev. 12:11 says “we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.” The key then is the words that we speak, so be careful what you say. I know of a lady who is in a wheel chair and said one day, “I’m going to be in this wheel chair for the rest of my life and you had better get used to it. “ Guess what? She still is and always will be until she changes her confession. Your testimony (confession) is what overcomes the enemy. Whenever Satan comes around, begin to testify about what Jesus has done! When he arrives with sickness, then tell him that it is written that “Jesus took my sickness and disease.” That is what Jesus did when he was tempted; He put Satan in his place by the words He spoke. Speak forth God’s decree…. “It is written . . .”

Speak to the enemy and tell him: “Satan I resist you in the Name of Jesus and I command you and your spirits of infirmity to leave for it is written that by his stripes I am healed and I resist you, and you will flee from me now!”  (James 4:7)

So be encouraged to fight the battle for healing and for finances.

If you are too worn down and lack the strength to fight anymore, or you can’t see the strategy, then use plan B and go to a doctor. That is OK, but not God’s best. Jesus said that “he that is sick needs a physician.”

Confess the Word of God over your health and your finances. “It is written . . .” and then proclaim God’s Word over your situations.

The bible teaches that we are to be in this world, but not part of it. Our place, our “home” is really in heaven. We are just here for a span of time; or as the book of James says, “even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”  (James 4:14) However, we are here in this world and part of an earthly society. Consequently, there are certain rules and responsibilities that we must adhere to. We hear a great deal these days about our, “rights”, but little is mentioned about our responsibilities.

In our society our responsibilities include: voting, paying taxes and following the laws of our land. Every time we have an election I am appalled at the indifference that people have for the election process; one that my grandfather fought for (Vimy Ridge and the Somme.) We live in a country where freedom is taken for granted. Perhaps if people traveled more to other nations they might realize how impoverished other countries are especially those under dictator regimes. It is the duty of every citizen to become aware of election issues and cast their vote!

In Matthew 22:22 Jesus said to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and render unto God what is God’s.” In other words, we need to render our taxes unto the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper. It never ceases to amaze me how it has become a totally acceptable practice is our society to cheat on our income taxes; to the point where if you don’t cheat, you are dumb! After all, “everybody does it!” Well, not everybody does do that! I don’t! I remember when I lived in Banff, it was a commonly held idea that the best job in town was to be a waiter or waitress because of the earning potential of gratuities which did not have to be reported on ones income tax. Excuse me?! Yes, tips do have to be reported; but our society says we are to cheat as much as possible. This has become so entrenched in our society that people honesty do not regard it as fraudulent crime; which is exactly what it is. My, how far we have strayed from God’s law.

Another fraudulent crime in today’s business world is for the small businessman to charge personal expenses to their business. This is very very common; it fact it is “the norm.” Again, “everybody is doing it;” and why wouldn’t you? It is one of the “perks” of owning your own business; so they say. I do not agree. When I lived in Banff I would often go to our local building supply store for various purchases either for myself or for my business. I had two accounts; one personal and one for the business. I will never forget the reaction of the owner when I told him I wanted to establish a personal account. He asked me why I didn’t want to charge my purchases to my business. I told him why; I think he probably thought I had a screw loose somewhere, but I knew I was doing the right thing. I believe to this day, I established a witness and perhaps some respect in the eyes of that business owner.

More appalling to me that people cheat on their taxes and/or charge personal expenses to their business is the fact that Christians do this! How do they expect to be blessed by God when they are guilty of fraud? Not only are we not to cheat the government, but we are to pray for it and the people in power. (1 Tim. 2:2) It does not matter who is in power and whether we agree with how the government spends our money. We are simply to be honest, above reproach, and pay our taxes. I am however, a firm believer in legally avoiding taxes wherever possible. An R.R.S.P. (K401 in the U.S.A.) is a good example; but once taxes are due, they are to be paid, on time, and in full. Scripture teaches us to be free of debts, that includes our financial debts to our governments, which is essentially ourselves, for we are the government!

Got any stolen goods in your house? (plastic milk crates? A & W mugs?) Were you given too much change by the cashier and decided to keep it? Did you find something that belongs to someone else and not return it? Did you jump that yellow light? Jaywalk? Not put money in the parking meter? Not put the shopping cart away? Stand in the 8 items or less express line knowing full well that you have 15 items? Going to court to “fight” that speeding ticket when you were in fact speeding and broke the law?

Hitting to close to home?

How is it possible that violent crime in the United States has surged by more than 460 percent since 1960?

The answer is as painful as it is simple: the further the Americans (and the rest of the world for that matter) turn away from God, the further they drive Him out of their society, schools, courts, media and their homes, and the more they deny God, the more people are “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:5) – the worse things get.

Should we be surprised? It is a logical result from a course of action that runs against the Word of God. God is a gentleman. He won’t force us to accept His great love and many blessings. If a nation tells Him to leave, He will leave. Galatians 6:7 says, “For whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” We are reaping a horrifying explosion of murder. We are witnessing a gruesome crime wave unprecedented in world history with no end in sight. So what did we sow to deserve this? Kicking God out of every facets of our society. Return to God, and He will return to us.

“From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. (Mal.3:7)

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