- Here are negative words that should never come out of your mouth:
- Don’t say: My entire body aches. I’m just falling apart. Do say, Sickness and disease shall not stay in my body.
- Don’t say: I am so exhausted and tired. I don’t feel like working today. Do say, The Lord is the strength of my life. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- Don’t say: This headache is killing me. Do say, Headache, I resist you in the name of Jesus. I am healed by Jesus stripes.
- Don’t say: That’s too difficult to do. Do say, I can handle anything that God has called me to do.
- Don’t say: I am afraid to try. What is I fail? Do say, I am courageous. God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
- Don’t say, I can’t just eat enough. I need to have eat till I am stuffed. Do say, I have the spirit of self control. Nothing rules me.
- Don’t say, I am always broke. Do say, I am abundantly supplied. God is meeting my needs according to His riches in glory.
- Don’t say, I am so depressed. Do say, I have the joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord is my strength.
- Don’t say, I can’t sleep well. I am always tossing and turning in bed because of all my worries. Do say, God gives His beloved sweet sleep. I am His beloved. I cast all my cares on the Lord.
- Don’t say, I just can’t stop this bad habit. I won’t be happy unless I get to do it. Do say, I am not tempted beyond what I can bear. Sin shall not have dominion over me.
- Don’t say, My problem is heredity. Everyone in my family has the same thing. Do say, I am born again. I have new genes from the Lord. My family is the people of God.
- Don’t say, Someone has put a curse on me. Do say, I am redeemed from all curses. Anything curses put on me boomerangs to them.
- Don’t say, I never get my prayers answered. Do say, I ask and I receive. For everyone who asks receives.
- Don’t say, People are not willing to give me a break. I never get breaks. Do say, People like me. God favors goes before me like a shield.
- Don’t say, I don’t like people. I prefer to be alone. Do say, I have love and compassion for people. I have love for people.
- Don’t say, I will never find someone to marry. There is no one for me. Do say, There is someone for me. God is bringing my companion into my life.
- Don’t say, I’ll never meet my deadline. My work is overwhelming me; there’s no way I can meet the demands of this job. Do say, I have the grace to accomplish these demands. I have wisdom to solve every problem.
- Don’t say, I am so stupid and dumb. I just can’t make the right decisions. Do say, Jesus has been made wisdom to me. I have the mind of Christ.
- Don’t say, I useless for me to study the Bible. I can’t understand it. Do say, I have the spirit of wisdom and revelation. God opens my mind to see great things in the Word of God.
- Don’t say, God doesn’t care about me. Do say, God loves me. His mind is always on me.
- Don’t say, I get so angry. I can’t control my temper. Do say, I don’t have man’s anger, I have the anger of God and he is patient and so am I.
- Don’t say, My company is laying off people. What am I going to do if I get laid off? Do say, When God closes a door He opens a better one.
- Don’t say, I am always getting into accidents. Do say, The angel of the Lord protects my steps. My angel encamps around me to protect me from every evil thing.
- Don’t say, I am too afraid to travel. I might get into a plane crash. Do say, I can travel with peace, because I have the peace of God that passes all understanding.
- Don’t say, Everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn’t I? Do say, I am in the world but I am not of it.
Write down goals that are realistic yet challenging for the following 8 areas of your life.
- Adventures (hobbies, vacations)
Bible Speaks about Immigration
by Bishop Tom Brown
The Bible has much to say about immigration. The scriptures tell the story of the Israelites that immigrated to Egypt, only to find that in time they lost their status as citizens. They worked as slave laborers for the government. While the government was the beneficiary of their cheap labor, it would not offer them any real benefits that the citizens enjoyed.
God eventually delivered the children of Israel from the land of Egypt. At the time some others that were not naturally born Israelis wanted to join the new, future Israel, and they were allowed to join them as equal citizens. “And a mixed multitude went up also with them” (Exodus 12:38).
As the children of Israel made their way out of Egypt, God warned them not to mistreat the “mixed multitude” in the land, “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt” (Exodus 22:21). God reminded Israel how it felt to be aliens without rights, so God ordered them to treat them fairly and sympathetically.
When we get to the New Testament, the story about aliens and immigration does not change; only the specifics are different. In the case of the New Testament, it is the Gentiles that were aliens to the messianic Jewish Church. The New Testament tells the struggling story of how to incorporate the non-Jews into the Messianic fold. The first council of the Church dealt with this very issue, and James, the undisputed first leader of the Church, speaks, “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God” (Acts 15:19). The Church laid out minor, yet important rules, for the Gentiles to keep in order to become part of the Messianic congregation.
Paul even writes that Gentiles, “Are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household” (Ephesians 2:19). The Gentiles, that are not natural born citizens, are made equal citizens with the Jewish believers. Put it simply: we Gentiles received amnesty and were made equal citizens of salvation along with the Jewish believers.
I’ve laid out the story of immigration, aliens and citizenship as told in the Bible, so we can come up with several principles that should guide our immigration reforms:
- Talk of securing the borders is a delay tactic, only to keep from dealing with the touchy subject of amnesty. The borders will never be one hundred percent secure, but they are basically secure, and any additional improvement, in my view, is cosmetic and minor.
- Aliens that have roots in our country, have families and stable jobs should not be forced to leave the country just to get in the back of the line to apply for citizenship. God does not want families uprooted. To uproot them from their homes and jobs is foolish, impractical and quite frankly, mean. Let them apply while residing in America.
- Provide reasonable rules that aliens must abide by in order for them to become citizens of this great land. I think rules like speaking English, having secure jobs, and abiding by the laws of the land is fair and reasonable. Perhaps a fine might be appropriate, but nothing too cumbersome.
I understand the concerns people have about aliens taking jobs from citizens, but to keep them under the radar only makes matters worse. It creates an underground, cheap labor force that will make it impossible for naturally born citizens to compete. I say, let us forgive the past and move on to create a better country. I believe the aliens of today can be the great citizens of tomorrow.
“And if we too have said like Peter, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ not as if flesh and blood had revealed it unto us, but by light from the Father in heaven having shone in our heart, we become a Peter, and to us there might be said by the Word, ‘Thou art Peter,’ etc. For a rock is every disciple of Christ of whom those drank who drank of the spiritual rock which followed them, and upon every such rock is built every word of the church, add the polity in accordance with it; for in each of the perfect, who have the combination of words and deeds and thoughts which fill up the blessedness, is the church built by God. But if you suppose that upon that one Peter only the whole church is built by God, what would you say about John the son of thunder or each one of the Apostles? Shall we otherwise dare to say, that against Peter in particular the gates of Hades shall not prevail, but that they shall prevail against the other Apostles and the perfect? Does not the saying previously made, ‘The gates of Hades shall not prevail against it,’ hold in regard to all and in the case of each of them? And also the saying, ‘Upon this rock I will build My church’? Are the keys of the kingdom of heaven given by the Lord to Peter only, and will no other of the blessed receive them? But if this promise, ‘I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven,’ be common to the others, how shall not all the things previously spoken of, and the things which are subjoined as having been addressed to Peter, be common to them? For in this place these words seem to be addressed as to Peter only, ‘Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,’ etc; but in the Gospel of John the Saviour having given the Holy Spirit unto the disciples by breathing upon them said, ‘Receive ye the Holy Spirit,’ etc, . . . And if any one says this to Him, not by flesh and blood revealing it unto Him but through the Father in heaven, he will obtain the things that were spoken according to the letter of the Gospel to that Peter, but, as the spirit of the Gospel teaches, to every one who becomes such as that Peter was.” (Commentary on Matthew, 12:10-11)
“The Lord speaks to Peter, saying, ‘I say unto thee, that thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound also in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’ And again to the same He says, after His resurrection, ‘Feed my sheep.’ And although to all the apostles, after His resurrection, He gives an equal power, and says, ‘As the Father hath sent me, even so send I you: Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they shall be remitted unto him; and whose soever sins ye retain, they shall be retained;’ yet, that He might set forth unity, He arranged by His authority the origin of that unity, as beginning from one. Assuredly the rest of the apostles were also the same as was Peter, endowed with a like partnership both of honour and power; but the beginning proceeds from unity.” (On the Unity of the Church, 4)
“In a passage in this book, I said about the Apostle Peter: ‘On him as on a rock the Church was built.’ . . . But I know that very frequently at a later time, I so explained what the Lord said: ‘Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church,’ that it be understood as built upon Him whom Peter confessed saying: ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ and so Peter, called after this rock, represented the person of the Church which is built upon this rock, and has received ‘the keys of the kingdom of heaven.’ For, ‘Thou art Peter’ and not ‘Thou art the rock’ was said to him. But ‘the rock was Christ,’ in confessing whom, as also the whole Church confesses, Simon was called Peter. But let the reader decide which of these two opinions is the more probable.” (The Retractions, 1:20:1)
“Peter, James, and John, were both first called, and held a primacy among the disciples” (Commentary on Galatians, 1, vv. 1-3). How then is Peter alone the primary apostle?
Without faith you cannot receive anything from the Lord. Here are several things faith obtains from God!
Saved. Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith”
Justified Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
Access into grace Romans 5:2 “through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand”
Protected 1 Peter 1:5 “who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Blessed Galatians 3:9 “So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith”
Receive the Spirit Galatians 3:14 “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.”
Sanctified Acts 26:18 “so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
Inherit promises Hebrews 6:12 “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
Resist Satan 1 Peter 5:9 “Resist [Satan], standing firm in the faith”
Overcome the world 1 John 5:4 “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
Prayers answered Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Wisdom James 1:5,6 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt”
Healing Matthew 9:22 “Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.”
Supply of material needs Matthew 6:30 “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith.”
Mountain of difficulties removed Matthew 17:20 “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you.”
Theological Scriptures proving you have God’s Spiritual DNA
(Supplement for Sunday’s message, December 13, 2015)
18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
- The message of the Bible is not simply forgiveness of sins, but receiving the life and nature of God.
7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
1 Peter 1:3
In his great mercy he has given us new birth
1 Peter 1:23
23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
- Born again.
1 John 3:9
9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
- Greek, Seed, sperma. Sperm of God.
2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
- Partakers of God’s divine nature.
- We participate in God’s character, personality, his makeup and his moral fiber.
- You participate in the divine nature when you know the promises of God.
5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
- Re-new-genes. You have new genes.
Click this link to show the growing revival among muslims.
Muslims view of Christ:
- Jesus was born of a virgin.
- Jesus was created, not the eternal God.
- Jesus is only a man. Son of Mary.
- Jesus was strengthened by the Holy Spirit
- Jesus performed miracles by the power of the spirit.
- Jesus was given revelation by Allah.
- Jesus was given the gospel by God.
- Jesus was not crucified, he only appeared to be
- Jesus was taken bodily into heaven
- Anyone who says that Jesus is the son of God will be cursed
- Jesus will come back to establish Islam throughout the world.
- How to witness to Muslims. Show Love and confidence.
- Acknowledge the high view that Muhammad had of Christ.
- Logically the virgin birth of Christ.
- Surah 3:54 states: “When Allah said: ‘O Jesus, I will cause thee to die and exalt thee in My presence and clear thee of those who disbelieve”
- Gospels speak much about Jesus dying and being resurrected: Matt 17:22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.
- Show that God wants fellowship.
- Payment of sin is required; Christ therefore had to die.
- Salvation can be now and assured.
- I am a magnet attracting God’s blessings.
- God’s blessings seek me out and find me.
- I am blessed when I come in and when I go out.
- Good breaks keep finding me.
- I am blessed because Christ has redeemed me from the curses.
- I am well liked by others.
- I am fun to be around.
- I will accomplish my dreams.
- I am stronger than ever.
- My mind is sharp.
- I overcome every obstacle.
- I am becoming more like Jesus.
- Like Him, I am walking in the supernatural.
- I am receiving supernatural blessings.
- I am attracting the goodness of God.
- I am a believer, not a doubter.
- I am prophesying my future by speaking the Word of God.
- I am blessed.
- I am prospering.
- I am walking in the favor of God and people.
- I am strong in the Lord.
- I am coming out of debt.
- I am healed and getting stronger all the time.
- I am creating my world by speaking the Word of God.
- I am guarding my tongue so I don’t sin against God.
- I am allowing only positive things to come through the door of my lips.
- I am well.
Say out loud:
I am blessed. I am prosperous. I am successful.
I am victorious. I am gifted and talented.
I am wise. I am healthy. I am getting younger on the inside.
I am energetic. I am joyful. I am positive.
I am passionate. I am strong. I am confident.
I am loving. I am forgiving. I am kind.
I am valuable. I am a masterpiece. I am accepted in Christ.
I am motivated. I am focused. I am smart.
I am determined. I am disciplined.
I am generous. I am excellent. I am equipped for every good work.
I am empowered. I am well able to take all God’s promises.
I am a child of the Most high God!