Cursed?

Are you or is someone you know under a curse?

Do bad things keep happening to you?

Are you repeating the same destructive habits or patterns over and over?

Did these patterns exist in the lives of other family members?

You may be a really good Christian and yet thinking that you are under a curse.  Many people do think that.

Many Christians, as well as unbelievers, seem to really think that the devil has more power to harm, than God has to free and heal.

Many people seem to think that they are stuck and doomed to live with the generational curses.

Others spend countless hours reading and studying and searching for the hidden root of the curse, to no avail.  (Jesus said, You search here and there but won’t come to me in faith John 5:40.  You want to be “ok” because of your works, or your “goodness”,  or with your efforts to fix things.)

Freedom will never come this way.

But, I have a some good news to share.  And if you are open to it, it will change your life.

First of all let me say that YES there are “curses” that are passed down from generation to generation.  Let’s read Exodus 20:5.   “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me.”

That is real, but now that only stays activated when we refuse to make a quality decision to change the way we think, in other words, refuse to repent for not believing God’s Word of FREEDOM and VICTORY from our past and present circumstances.

When we believe circumstances and the “devil-lies” more than truth, then we have no confidence to believe God (I John 3:21 If our heart does not condemn us we have confidence before God.) When we are believing lies,  our heart is automatically condemning us, though it may be at an unconscious level.

Let me lay a foundation here.

  1. Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one, and He DID IT.  The works of the evil one HAVE BEEN TOTALLY DESTROYED (1 John 3:8).  The only power the devil has to enforce the “curse”, the family patterns, is the power we give to him by believing the lies instead of believing the Word of God.  [It is critical that we CHANGE OUR MIND about what we believe.]

2.   Believing TRUTH is the only thing that sets us free (John 8:32).   Therefore it stands to reason that we should make it a top priority to know THE TRUTH about every issue of life.

I remember when I first started walking with the Lord.  My life had been a huge mess. I had major emotional issues.  But, I also believed God’s Word contained the answers I needed.  I didn’t have a promise book, didn’t even know about promise books, but I had a bible concordance.  So I got a notebook and made a list of the different emotional problems I had and then took the concordance and began to search out what God said.  Fear and panic were particular issues of mine.  I had never heard of panic attacks back in 1980, but I surely had them.  Here is the truth though – the word of God brought total freedom and healing to me…to my emotions and my body.

There are many verses on fear.  I wrote them down and I carried one or two with me because I wanted to live in peace.  Over time, the light of the scriptures drove out the darkness of fear and the panic attacks stopped. I was no longer under the “curse” of fear.  Studying about fear didn’t bring freedom!  Taking  truth into my thinking, my heart and my practice, brought freedom.

3.   See, the devil is a liar and the father of lies, all he has is lies.  As long  as we continue to live in agreement with what he whispers, the longer we stay under the  “curse.”

4.   Jesus took away the devil’s power to control us and keep us in bondage.  Jesus actually became the curse in order to dismantle it so that the blessings can flow into our life  (Galatians 3:13-14). Jesus hung on a tree when He was crucified.  Verse 13 says that everyone who hangs on a tree is cursed.  Jesus went through this so that the blessings of Abraham could come to us, too.  Believe me Abraham was highly blessed.

Let me show you some more powerful truth:

In Jeremiah 17:5-8  we are shown some very critical information about curses and blessings.

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

When anyone puts their trust in themselves or in another human being they automatically come under a curse. Plain and simple.  You don’t have to believe me, but your life will prove it to be true.

Jesus said in John 3:17 that he didn’t come to condemn the world (or curse the world) but to bring salvation, which equals freedom, health, victory, peace, prosperity etc.

In verse 18 Jesus clearly says that those who do not believe are already condemned, or cursed.

When anyone of us trust in our own goodness, or our ability, or intelligence or whatever, and do not acknowledge God or learn His ways they fall “under condemnation or the curse”.

We have to move beyond our “victim mentality”.  WE can change the course of our life and find lasting freedom from all manner of “curses” provided we are willing to make the quality choice and commit to walk it out day by day.

If we make a mis-step, be quick to take responsibility before God, be cleansed by His blood (1 John 1:9) and get back on track.

These curses and patterns do not have to have dominion over you. You have dominion over them.

We have an incredible power within us to choose. Deuteronomy 30:19 says God has set before us life and death and we should choose life that we can live!

Be Free.  Then help others make the right choice.

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A Caleb Spirit

There were  g i a n t s  in the land.  Out of millions of people, only TWO  believed God was bigger and more powerful than the giants.  Everyone cried and complained….”if only….” [Numbers 14:1-2]  But Caleb had a different spirit. He followed God FULLY and was assured that he would enter the promised land and his descendants would inherit it [v.24]

Those who cried and complained were not allowed to enter.  And God was not at all pleased with them….you can find God’s account in 1 Corinthians 10.  In  v.5  it is recorded that with MOST of them God was not well pleased…and v. 6 tells us that these  things became EXAMPLES (warnings even) to us….

Read the whole chapter….

Stop fellowshipping with demons v. 20.  Stop playing with the demonic.  Give up fear and fascination with all that, and serve God FULLY.  Know Him.  That is the only place of PROMISE, PROTECTION, and PROVISION of supernatural grace and peace.

There is still time to develop a CALEB spirit.  Lay aside that which is distracting and disturbing you.  Walk as an overcomer, a conqueror, a grace empowered CHAMPION.

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The Battle

> Who or what is LORD of your life?
> Who or what has PREEMINENCE in your thoughts and plans?
……spouse, jobs, children, problems, bills, politics, church, wants, entertainment etc.?
Jesus not only wants to be first, but in reality HE is first, it is just not widely acknowledged. Jesus is The Lord of all, and ruler of all nations!
There is an ongoing and intensifying battle right now. Satan still thinks he can prevent the ascendancy of Jesus to His rightful place.
Although we may know that ultimately Jesus will take His rightful place, the war  rages on. It is imperative that we not be passive, with a que sera, sera mentality.
The battle has to be first fought and won within our own heart and soul. And that is what bootcamp is all about, to provide assistance in winning your personal internal battles and inspiring and equipping you to arise as the warrior – the change agent – that you are meant to be.
Join us at bootcamp for re-focusing and realignment of heart and prayer priorities.
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Back to the Basics

Sometimes we have to go back to basics, or  “back to the very beginning” (as Julie Andrews sang in The Sound of Music), and do a quick review of how we are actually “getting along” in living this life of faith, and in the effectiveness of our prayer life.

For several weeks I have personally been in that “mode”, as I have spent much time meditating and reflecting upon the “prayer-conversation” of Jesus and the Father as recorded in John 17, and other passages.

I would like to share some insights that have formed over the last few days. I am only sharing what I have personally had revealed to me and what I am purposing to walk out as I am surrendered to and empowered by the Spirit of God.

Crazy as it may seem to many, I am motivated by extreme desire to be effective in prayer and victorious in my mind and emotions.  I strongly desire to not be a believer whose joy and victory is dependent upon circumstances.  I strongly desire that my circumstances always bow to the TRUTH of God’s Word and that no matter what I will genuinely rejoice in God and in truth – regardless.

(It is my understanding that the early Christian martyrs, who were tortured or burned at the stake did so not with complaint or accusations against God but with praise on their lips.  To me, that is the “gold standard”.)

Here are a few simple keys I want to pass on today.

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#1  We must always look with spirit eyes into the unseen realm, in order to maintain the kind of victory that is based upon truth, not upon circumstances.  We must always keep our eyes upon God who CANNOT lie and who KNOWS HOW to work out the details of our journey in this life.

Of course this can be a major challenge to our mind…especially when we are certain we have ‘heard from God’…. as to what His will for us is.

#2  We must expend effort and invest time into increasing our deep trust in His word.  His Word must be the SOLID ROCK inside us, when the storms hit.  Our trust must never be in people.

It may sound easy enough to embrace this, but be assured it isn’t  because we are all basically “people pleasers” or “people reactors” at our core.

(We must know and personally believe that Jesus was not moved by external “evidence”, but by eternal evidence.  He was not moved by opinions of man. He needed no human attention, acceptance, approval, or applause. See John 5:41, 44 and John 2:25)

#3 The biggest battle we all must win is the battle in our mind.  So we must face it head on,  in order to win.

I will now share something very simple that can help anyone make progress in this arena.

Begin immediately to make the changes you want.

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Start here.   The scriptures declares that:

1. “NO weapon formed against you shall prosper….” Isaiah 54:17 (It would be good to read the entire verse)

2.  “You are more than a conqueror…(through Christ)  ” Romans 8:37

3.   “You have the mind of Christ…” 1 Corinthians 2:16

What was revealed to me was that most of our mind battles consist of facing one or all three of the following:

Fear   –  of the FUTURE:    of the unknown, failure, or exposure of our real self

Regret —  from the PAST:  of mistakes, or wrong choices

Emptiness – in the PRESENT:  no sense of a reason to exist, purpose, love, or joy

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The battle(s) can be won by first honestly “owning up” to what is bothering you.  Then realize that it is possible to exchange truth for the lies that are going round and round inside your mind.

In fact the cross of Jesus is all about the place where the “great exchange” took place -He gave His life, His emotions, His mind for mine, if I will but take what is offered.(Positive thinking and positive confessions can never match the power of the life giving word of God)

Take one scripture, all or add additional ones to the ones above.  Use  the scripture as your sword against the lies that come against your mind until the “skirmish” is completely over!

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Be aware that there will be new battles, but you will always win the same way….by starting off with “It is written…..”

Do it out loud. (You do not have to feel like it.)   The word is living and active and it works if you will work it.

Darkness in thoughts and distress in emotions will go.  Peace and joy will come.

And please remember, it does not glorify God to live in regret or fear or emptiness.  Jesus came to give us abundant life.

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A Very Short Dream; Big Implications

On February 20, 2016 I had a dream just before waking.  The dream was short and troubling.

I was seated in a “pub” between a high ranking government official and a church leader.  I was trying to speak to the government official, but all he wanted to do was blame others for the condition of our land.  I tried to say “why don’t you just take some responsibility?”  He pulled away in anger. Then I turned toward the church leader on my right.  I noticed a “beer can”.  On the can was the word ‘intoxication’.

When I awakened I was very troubled.  I asked the Lord what it meant and I sensed what I believe to be His revelation – that we as a nation and as “church” in our nation, by in large, are lacking in proper leadership and that there is a propensity within church leadership to be intoxicated with the music/worship, teaching/preaching, anointing, signs/wonders, ministry and gifts more than with THE giver of it all.

My prayer for myself and for the church at large is that we return to our first love, and put the “mechanics” of doing church on the back burner, or at least in the proper place.

Christ alone.  Christ to have preeminence. First Place. Even above our prayer burdens.

And my prayer for government leaders is to own up to, take responsibility for, actions and the impact of all the wrong decisions.  I pray for leaders to chart a new course and quit blaming everyone and everything.

For meditation and prayer:

Isaiah 56:10-12  “His watchmen are blind,They are all ignorant;They are all dumb dogs,They cannot bark; Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.11Yes, they are greedy dogs Which never have enough. And they are shepherds Who cannot understand; They all look to their own way, Every one for his own gain, From his own territory.12“Come,” one says, “I will bring wine, And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink;Tomorrow will be as today, And much more abundant.”

“In returning and and rest you shall be saved. In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

 

Are You Developing?

Are you developing? Are you more like Jesus today than you were last month or last year?  Or are you just an older version of what you have always been? How would you answer these questions?

As I see it, the bible is clear that the Father is looking for full grown sons. (Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:29; Colossians 1:28; Hebrews 2:10 etc.)

Our model, our pattern and empowerment,  is found particularly in the gospels, but also throughout the scriptures.

Let me quickly run through a few verses.  Please examine these prayerfully on your own.

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.                   1 John 2:23

How did He walk after the Holy Spirit came upon Him?  (Matthew 3:16)

In Acts 10:38 we see a concise summary of how He walked:  “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him.”

That verse contains the answer.

He also proclaimed His mission “to preach the gospel to the poor; heal the broken hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (or the year of the Lord’s favor) Luke 4:18-19

This is the commission, the mandate, the assignment day in day out – 24/7.

How do we get there?

We do whatever it takes to shift our mind from things of this world to things eternal.   Jesus’ disciples asked Him once “What shall we do, that we may do the works of God?”  Jesus answered them…. “This is the work of God, that you BELIEVE IN HIM whom He sent.”   John 6:28-29

Our mind has to be renewed to think His thoughts, have His purposes always central and let go of things that hinder.

Think about it.

Prayer Strategies That Go Beyond…

From the earliest days of my renewed relationship with the Lord in 1980 I wanted to know how to pray to see results.  I began reading books and listening to great teachers, and studying the scriptures regarding prayer.

To me the greatest example of an “apostle of prayer”, other than the Lord Jesus, is Paul who thankfully recorded many of his own prayers.   He lived a life of praise and prayer regardless of the circumstances in which he found himself. He didn’t just pray when nothing else seemed to work, he lived out his life as a prayer.  What a model.

Paul expressed a heart attitude that has inspired me since my earliest days and it is this:  “my circumstances are turning out for the furtherance of the gospel” Philippians  1:12.  He expounds upon this view even further in 2 Corinthians 1:6 when he states that whether he is AFFLICTED or COMFORTED it is for the consolation and salvation of others.

If the people of God could simply embrace this view regarding this very temporary life on this earth (again as he states in Philippians 1:12) I believe it could change everything!   Embracing this “philosophy” would enable us to shed our “rejection complex”,  our fears, our jealousies and fleshly strivings for acceptance and prominence.

There is so much to be learned and experienced in prayer by studying and applying what and how Apostle Paul prayed.  He never prayed from a standpoint of fear or uncertainty.  He knew in whom he believed and was confident that God was truly able to do exceedingly MORE THAN what he could even ask or think.

His prayer pattern was always one of thanksgiving toward God and for the people in his sphere of influence.  His heart was humble and filled with love and faith in all his prayers.  I highly recommend studying the prayers for yourself as recorded in the epistles.

Now, I want to share what I have been meditating on this week.  I still look for models and patterns in scripture that I can apply in my life.

This is what stood out to me this week.  It seems that right  now whenever I hear or read  something outside of the bible, the highlighted phrase is from the Lord’s prayer.“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

YES!  I wholeheartedly agree and often pray it,  AND take time to actually reflect on what that means.  It is so important to realize what is and is not in heaven and what we are truly asking to  manifest on the earth – particularly in our assigned realm, or sphere of influence.  (Often we forget that in order to fulfill that prayer there is a process that will also manifest to move us and circumstances toward the desired outcome. Process is not always a “picnic”. We tend to not like that part.)

As I meditated this week upon that passage called the Lord’s prayer, I realized that the prayer primarily does two things.  First, it clearly honors the person of our Heavenly Father and His power, rule and Kingdom Dominion.

Secondly, it is basically a pattern of prayer for MY individual daily needs….including provision, protection and pathway.

Well, we must all develop a deeper prayer life than just praying for our own “survival” and blessings.

So, I then spent time in meditation on the prayer of Jesus that is recorded in John 17. Jesus is our high priest and lives to make intercession for us. Did you know that in this prayer record there is no request made by Jesus specifically for the “lost”?  Rather the requests that He makes to the Father are for His disciples and those who will later believe through their life and testimony.

(I am not suggesting that we not pray for the lost, unbelieving or backslidden individuals, or nations or governments.  Certainly we are instructed to pray for EVERYONE and for those who are in authority so that we can live quiet, peaceable, godly and reverent lives. 1 Timothy 2:1-2)

I am suggesting that there is a prayer pattern revealed in John 17, given by our Lord, that we can implement to deepen our prayer life for those that God has given to us.  Those He has given to us may include our family, our friends our co-workers, or individuals we have frequent ministry interaction with.

Ten things in this prayer stand out to me which I will list, but not discuss right now.  Holy Sprit may ignite something in your heart to study this passage to see what He will reveal to you.

Remember, Jesus prayed to the Father for those that He, the Father, had given to Him, Jesus.

Here are the things which Jesus prayed that were highlighted to me:

  1. That the Father would keep them.
  2. That they would be one.
  3. That they would have the joy of Jesus in them.
  4. That they would be kept from the evil one.
  5. That they would be sanctified.
  6. That they would be sent into the world as He (Jesus) was.
  7. That they would be where He is.
  8. That they would behold His glory.
  9. That those who would believe through the words of the disciples would also be one.
  10. That these all would experience and know that the Father loves them even with the same love that He loves Jesus****                                                                ******This last one is deep, profound, and deserving of much reflection, meditation and prayer.

May God Bless you as you reflect and delve deeper into a lifestyle of prayer

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