THE HEART AND THE MOUTH

I wanted to interrupt the series on Hebrews chapter 11 to talk about confession. No I am not going to
talk about the thing the Roman Catholics do, but rather, something much more intimate and meaningful
for your life.
I have, in past articles, talked about what God has done for us, what we have in Christ Jesus and the
importance of believing the promises in God’s Word, the Bible. But, there is one aspect that needs to be
brought into the picture to continue to get consistent results to your prayers and that is confession.
When I say confession I am talking about the thoughts and the words that come out of your mouth.
Matthew 15:10-11 (KJV)
10 And he (Jesus) called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth,
this defileth a man.
As Christians we are sons and daughters of God, I John 3:1,2, but, to get to the place that we walk the
talk we have to confess who we really are. We are sons and daughters spiritually, but it doesn’t come
into manifestation until your confession lines up with the reality of God’s Word.
When God was commissioning Joshua to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land He set
parameters for Joshua’s leadership role.
Joshua 1:1-9 (KJV)
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake
unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people,
unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said
unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the
land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with
Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the
land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the
law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left,
that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and
night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou
dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.In verses five and nine God says that He will be with Joshua all the time 24/7/365 and that He
will not fail Joshua or forsake Joshua. Now, let me ask you, is God with you? Hebrews 13:5 says
that He is and that He is our helper.
Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV)
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath
said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
In addition God told Joshua to be strong and very courageous. But, to remember and do Joshua
had to do one thing “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt
meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written
therein.” By doing this Joshua was guaranteed of success!
This World and the things of this World will lull you into complacency so that you think you don’t have
to thing about what comes out of your mouth. How many times in a day do you speak negatively? I bet
if you monitor what you say for a day you will be surprised how many negatives come out of your
mouth. Everything from disparaging remarks against others to negatives about yourself and the
situations that you are in. This shouldn’t be!
2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The words “casting down imaginations” is better translated “demolish your human logic.”
Did Jesus Christ ever lose? Did he ever screw up? Was he ever negative in his thoughts or approach to
life? NO! Jesus Christ was always positive, always right on and always victorious! We are to think AND
CONFESS the same!
Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of
edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Philippians 4:8-9 (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of
peace shall be with you.
Why did I just put Phillipians 4:8-9 into a discussion about confession? Because, out of the heart, the
innermost part of you, the mouth speaks! If you want to change your confession you have to dwell on
the positives long enough that they work themselves down into the innermost depths of your being and
then it becomes easy to confess positives.
Luke 6:45 (KJV)
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil manout of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his
mouth speaketh.
The heart and the mouth always go together! Below I have included a few verses about the mouth and
the heart. I especially like Psalm 19:14.
Psalm 19:14 (KJV)
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my
strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 32:9-11 (KJV)
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in
with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him
about.
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalm 17:3 (KJV)
3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find
nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
Psalm 37:30-31 (KJV)
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
Psalm 49:3 (KJV)
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
Proverbs 4:23-24 (KJV)
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
Matthew 15:7-8 (KJV)
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is
far from me.
Matthew 15:16-20 (KJV)
16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast
out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness,
blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.Romans 10:8-10 (KJV)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith,
which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation.
It is time for the Christians to grow up and walk on this Earth as the sons of God and super conquerors
that they were born to be! The only way to do this is to study the Bible day by day and consciously
confess the positives “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” “God shall supply all your
need according to His riches in glory,” “God will never leave you,” “you are beautiful in the eyes of God.”
Only you can bring, in your own mind, every thought to the obedience of Christ.When you do this, what
a wonderful change you will have in your life and the lives of those around you.

HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 part three

(A little about Abraham)
Hebrews chapter eleven, verses eight through nineteen, talk about Abraham and Sarah, Abraham’s wife.
To really do a good job at explaining and expounding Abraham and Sarah would take a book, a very thick
book. Since, we don’t have that much room or time I will limit our discussion of Abraham and Sarah to
fit within the scope of these articles.
Hebrews 11:8-10 (KJV)
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an
inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac
and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God..
Genesis 12:1-5 (KJV)
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and
from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and
thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all
families of the earth be blessed.
4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram
was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had
gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of
Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
Abraham lived during the 1900’s B.C.. Back in that time you didn’t leave family and the area that you
lived in because it was dangerous to go away from the protections of alliances of family and friends.
Abram, he wasn’t re-named Abraham until he was ninety nine years old, chose to rely on God’s
protection and guidance rather than that of family and friends. This is believing, doing what God tells
you to do! Look at what Romans says about Abraham.
Romans 4:1-22 (KJV)
1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for
righteousness.
Believing is the key to deliverance. Believing is the key to power in your day by day walk.4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
What each and every one of us has to get straight in our minds is that we can’t save ourselves by
works. No matter what pew you are in on Sunday morning, no matter how much you give to the
poor, no matter how many good deeds you do you cannot, will not make yourself righteous
enough to get the blessings of God. You CAN’T go to Heaven on good works. The only way to
get to Heaven and the only way to please God is to believe! It is by grace that we are saved not
of works lest any man or woman boasts.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith
(believing) is counted for righteousness.
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth
righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for
we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in
circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
Abraham believed God and after he, Abraham, believed God made a covenant with him and the
sign of that covenant, that contract was for Abraham to circumcise himself and all his house (all
the males in his house.)
11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had
yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not
circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
The circumcision refers to Israel. The uncircumcised are those outside the pail of Judaism. This
is referring to the opportunity that everyone has after the Day of Pentecost. Where the body of
Christ is one body taken out of both Jews and Gentiles.
12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also
walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed,
through the law, but through the righteousness of faith (believing.)
14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith (believing) is made void, and the promise made
of none effect:
15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
16 Therefore it is of faith (believing), that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be
sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law (Jews), but to that also which is of the
faith of Abraham (Jews and Gentiles who do Romans 10:9,10); who is the father of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed,
even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations,
according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
This is interesting. At the age of ninety nine all hope of having a son where gone. Abraham AND
Sarah were both well past menopause. No longer did their reproductive organs function. So,
Abraham had to believe against hope! He had to forget about looking forward to having a son,
but rather, turn his eyes on God and His promise and take action. By this act of believing
Abraham became a father of many nations!
19 And being not weak in faith (believing), he considered not his own body now dead, when he
was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith (believing),
giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
I have included, for your enjoyment, the conversation between Abraham, Sarah and the Angels of God
regarding Sarah’s pregnancy and the birth of their son.
Genesis 18:1-15 (KJV)
1 And the LORD appeared unto him, Abraham, in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent
door in the heat of the day;
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he
ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
Angels don’t have wings or halos. They look, like us.
3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy
servant:
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the
tree:
5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for
therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures
of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young
man; and he hasted to dress it.
There was no such thing as fast food back then. This whole process took hours to accomplish.
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he
stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy
wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah
after the manner of women.12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure,
my lord being old also?
13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety
bear a child, which am old?
14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according
to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst
laugh.
After that the angels departed.
Genesis 21:1-3 (KJV)
1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had
spoken to him.
3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him,
Isaac.
Hebrews 11:11-16 (KJV)
11 Through faith (believing) also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a
child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Both Sarah and Abraham were well past menopause so BOTH had to believe. Abraham for his body and
Sarah for hers.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in
multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith (believing), not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and
were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on
the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had
opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called
their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Abraham looked forward to a city who’s builder and maker is God. That’s why it is “heavenly.” God
builds it, but, puts it here on Earth.
This is absolutely accurate. Abraham was promised, by God, Paradise, here on Earth. A new Earth, but,
Earth. Christians are promised to go to Heaven.
Abraham was faithful to God his whole life. He walked with God and he talked with God and because of
his believing and the believing of Sarah they, both, made it into the roll call of honor of Hebrews chapter
eleven.

HEBREWS ELEVEN (part two)

We are studying the eleventh chapter of Hebrews and this week we are starting in verse four.
As we read these verses we have to keep in the forefront of our minds that this chapter is talking about
believing and not the faith of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 11:4 (KJV)
4 By faith (believing) Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained
witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
There is a lot to discuss in this one verse so let’s get started. By believing- who or what did Abel believe?
God of course! But, didn’t both Cain and Abel bring sacrifice unto God? Then why was Abel’s “more
excellent” than Cain’s?
Some people say it was because Abel’s sacrifice was an animal while Cain’s vegetables or grains. That’s
not the case. Look at Genesis 4:3-5.
Genesis 4:3-5 (KJV)
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the
LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect
unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance
fell.
Do you see what it says in verse four? Abel brought of the firstlings. Abel brought the best, he brought of
the firstlings, the fat juicy ones. Cain didn’t. He just brought some of what he had. Nothing said about
the first of the harvest or the best of the harvest. Cain didn’t bring anything special.
This is the fight that every person struggles with. The question isn’t “do I give and what do I give?” It is a
question that goes deep to the center of a person’s heart. That question is simple. “Who is God?” To
you, in your life, WHO IS GOD? Is He God almighty? Are you going to lean on Him for deliverance and
sufficiency? Is He the God that created the Heavens and the Earth the covenant God of Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob? Or is He a fictitious deity that, when you give, it is a waist, a waist in time and money.
God says in Malachi “prove me now here with.” God wants us to prove Him by tithing and abundantly
sharing for the movement of God’s Word. And, it says that there will not be room enough to receive
God’s blessings on your life.
Malachi 3:10 (KJV)
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now
herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a
blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.Abel BELIEVED God! He put God first because he gave of his firstlings. If you are giving God anything,
but, the firstlings your heart is not right with God. Let me ask you something. If you are going to see the
President of the United States or the Queen of England would you bring a gift that you had laying
around or would you make it the best gift you could afford? Would you buy it at Walmart or would you
go to Macy’s? This is not only the choice of two men, but, the clarion call for each and every one of us.
Are we going to give God our best or something less.
Hebrews 11:5 (KJV)
5 By faith (believing) Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because
God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Many people take this verse to say that God liked Enoch so much that Enoch didn’t die because God
took him to Heaven. This simply is not true! If this were the case then God would have to have broken
almost every law He set in place. First of all, the only people going to Heaven are the Christians!
Everybody else, that is going to be rewarded for their stand here on Earth is promised Paradise on Earth.
Since, Christ hadn’t come, yet, then Enoch couldn’t be a Christian and couldn’t go to Heaven.
Also, in verse thirteen is says that Enoch died.
Hebrews 11:13 (KJV)
13 These all died in faith (believing), not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and
were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on
the earth.
“These all” includes Enoch! So, let’s read verse five again.
Hebrews 11:5 (KJV)
5 By faith (believing) Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because
God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Another word for “translated” is transported or carried over. Enoch pleased God and because of that God
transported him from one place to another so that Enoch never saw anyone die.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
6 But without faith (believing) it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that
he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
If you want to please God you have to BELIEVE that He is. You know, most people stop right there.
They’ll say “Oh, yeah, I believe there is a God.” Does that please God? Not if my Bible is right! You have
to believe that He is AND, and, and, and believe that He is a rewarder, not a punisher, not a hellfire and
brimstone God, but, one who rewards those that diligently seek Him.
By the way, the way that you seek God is to study His Word and apply that which is addressed to you.
Hebrews 11:7 (KJV)
7 By faith (believing) Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an
ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the
righteousness which is by faith (believing).Noah is an interesting man! He was five hundred years old when God told him to build the Ark. It took
Noah and his sons one hundred years to build the Ark. The focus and determination that man had was
incredible! Not only that, but the stand he had to take for God and against all the people was
phenomenal.
Genesis 6:5 (KJV)
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of
the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 6:11-12 (KJV)
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon
the earth.
Noah walked with and for God. To see the violence and debauchery of that time must have hurt Noah
deep in his heart. In II Peter God calls Noah a preacher of righteousness. For close to six hundred years,
Noah preached God and the things of God to the people. Time and time again, Noah preached, not just
taught, but, PREACHED to the people! I can hear him now “come back to God! God is a good God, God is
a loving God.” Noah did this for nearly six hundred years. You know how many people changed their
ways? NO ONE! Six hundred years and no one changed their evil violent ways. Noah is an excellent
example of standing firm on the things of God. It doesn’t matter if people believe what you say
regarding God, Jesus Christ and salvation. What matters is your walk with God and that you speak.
When you speak God’s Word, the Bible says, that it doesn’t go out void (to no profit.) you may not see
the benefit right then, but, it is there.

HEBREWS ELEVEN (part one)

I am starting another series. This time on Hebrews chapter eleven. Hebrew eleven is a list, a roll call of
honor, of men and women that believed God and performed miracles, wrought righteousness and got
deliverance.
Before we begin, I have to explain the difference between believing and faith. In the Greek the word is
pistis. It is used for both believing and faith. It is only by the study of the Bible that we can differentiate
between the two. You see, there was a time that there was no “faith.”
Galatians 3:23 (KJV)
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be
revealed.
It says clearly “before faith came.” So there was a time before there was any faith. That time, as we will
see, is before the Day of Pentecost, when for the first-time people were born again of God’s spirit.
Let’s look further at Galatians chapter three.
Galatians 3:22-29 (KJV)
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given
to them that believe.
Here we see the usages of faith and believing being different. Same Greek word just translated different.
Faith is what we receive when we do Romans 10:9,10. The natural man can believe and receive the holy
spirit.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be
revealed.
Before the Day of Pentecost the only people with a covenant relationship with God were the Jews and
part of that covenant relationship was for them to obey the Law of Moses.
The words “shut up” mean to be shut off from. No one had access to that faith of Jesus Christ until it
was made available.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The words “to bring us unto” are wrong. The Law couldn’t bring people to Christ. No, no, no! “To bring
us” are in italics in the King James Bible showing us that the translators added these words. They are
void of authority and we can delete them, as we should. The word “unto” is the word UNTIL! The Law
was our schoolmaster UNTIL Christ. Therefore, we no longer are justified by the blood of goats andBulls! Jesus Christ accomplished our justification once and for all by the shedding of his blood. When we
are clothed with that holy spirit of promise we are justified by the faith of Jesus Christ.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
That is absolutely right! We no longer have to do all the commandments contained in the Law because
we are freed from the Law!
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye
are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The seed of Abraham that it is talking about here are those who believe. Abraham believed God and it
was imputed unto him for righteousness. (Romans chapter four)
Romans 4:13 (KJV)
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through
the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Romans 4:16 (KJV)
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all
the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham;
who is the father of us all,
Let me sum this up. No one before the Day of Pentecost had faith. They could believe, but, they couldn’t
have faith. After the Day of Pentecost the natural man of body and soul can believe and when a person
gets to the point that they believe and confess with their mouths Jesus as lord and believe in their heart
that God raised him from the dead then, in that instant, they receive faith. So, as we look at Hebrews
chapter eleven you will see that the word “faith” is used repeatedly. You will, also, see that all of these
people lived before the Day of Pentecost. Therefore, the Greek word “pistis” should be translated
“believing” and not “faith.”
Now let’s go to Hebrews chapter eleven.
Hebrews 11:1-7 (KJV)
1 Now faith (believing) is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The literal translation of this verse is “believing is the title deed to things prayed for, the
evidence that they are yours before they are seen.”
No one ever gets anything by hoping. Hoping is only for things not yet available. Believing
appropriates things that are available NOW. An analogy of this is two people standing in a trainstation one is a hoper and one is a believer. They are both waiting for the train to Boston. They
are both hopers to start because they are anticipating something that is not yet available.
However, when the train rolls in and then leaves the only one that got on is the believer because
believing appropriates things that are available NOW. Even though the train to Boston showed
up and allowed people to board the hoper stayed on the platform waiting, still anticipating, the
trains coming. Most people are hopers because they don’t know what is available from God
NOW, so, they hope God will help them. They hope for deliverance.
Deliverance is available. All we have to do is study the Bible to see what is available and get on
the train! BELIEVE and appropriate!
2 For by it (believing) the elders obtained a good report.
The word “obtained” is not in the Greek text and the words “good report” should be translated
“bear witness.” By believing the elders bear witness. Bear witness of what? They bear witness of
the power of God in the life of an individual that believes His promises!
3 Through faith (believing) we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so
that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
That’s right! God spoke the universe into being.
Genesis 1:3 (KJV)
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis 1:6 (KJV)
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters
from the waters.
Genesis 1:9 (KJV)
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the
dry land appear: and it was so.
Genesis 1:11 (KJV)
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit
after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Genesis 1:14 (KJV)
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the
night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Genesis 1:20 (KJV)
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and
fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Genesis 1:24 (KJV)
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing,
and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.People take the Bible for granted when it says it is a living word. The same God that spoke the
universe into being is the same God that had His living word written down for us! How
important and how powerful is that Word must be!

WHAT YOU LOOK AT YOU BECOME

People, for the most part and I am talking about believers as well as unbelievers, don’t understand how
important it is to choose not only what they watch, listen to and read, but who they associate with. For,
what you look at you become.
That is right! You can try to deny it, but, it is the truth! When I was young my mother didn’t allow me to
watch the Three Stooges on TV because she thought that I and my friends would try some of their
antics. Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, unbeknownst to her my friends did watch it and they taught me all
the moves including the eye gouging and forehead slapping!
Let me ask you, and be honest, how many of you have watched TV or a movie and then tried to act the
way the actors on screen did. Come on, let’s see a show of hands. That’s what I thought. All of us have
done this at one time or another.
You see our minds are designed to learn by seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. Those are
the only inlets, the only avenues, of learning we have unless we are born again of God’s spirit (Romans
10:9,10) and I am not talking about learning by the spirit of God for two reasons. First, 99% of the
people on Earth don’t know how to hear from God and second, God gave you the five senses so you can
learn. What you can know by your five senses God expects you to know.
Our minds are more powerful, hold more memory than any computer as well as have the ability to
learn, feel emotions such as love, happiness and joy as well as a myriad of other emotions. The thing
that is all the rage right now is AI (artificial intelligence) big deal! We are still so far ahead of computers
that is not funny. Why then don’t we as individuals take charge of our lives and control our destinies,
here on Earth, by controlling the input to our brains?
I will, also, tell you that who you hang around with will determine how far you go in life. If you hang
around people that are motivated and are striving to be good at something you’ll end up getting good
too. This works in all avenues of life whether it be sports, business or learning to walk with and for God.
Unfortunately, it works on the negative side as well. If you hang around people that steal, cheat, lie do
drugs etc. you will end up doing the same. So, why doesn’t someone teach us this stuff?
1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV)
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
There is One, God, that teaches us these things via His Word! The problem is that the leadership of the
so called Christian Churches today would rather teach current events or what they think rather than the
beauty and accuracy of God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible isn’t outdated it is as alive and vibrant and
pertinent today as it was when it was first written down! Look at Hebrews chapter four.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to
the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.It is a medical impossibility to separate the bones from the marrow and it is an impossibility to separate
the soul life from the spirit, whether holy or not. BUT, God’s Word can!
I want to share with you some of Psalm one and Proverbs one. These are only a tidbit on the buffet table
of God’s Word
Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of
sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Blessed means happy! Happy is the man (or woman, it is an inclusive noun) that doesn’t hang
around the ungodly or sinners or those that mock God and His Word.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Meditate does mean sitting in a lotus position chanting! It means you study God’s Word and you
endeavor to apply it in every aspect of your life. Because of this…
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his
season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
You will be like a tree that is not only big and strong and healthy, BUT, you will be successful
even in the hard times whether economic or other. You will not be a bush, but a tree, that gives
shade to others.
Proverbs 1:1-33 (KJV)
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto
wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and
instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
The presumption here is that they are teaching their children the Word of God.
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Not chains of bondage, but, chains of adornment, jewelry, BLING.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without
cause:
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
This sounds like Psalm One doesn’t it?
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners
thereof.
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth
her words, saying,
God doesn’t hide His Word. There may be secret orders of this or that that supposedly has
knowledge and wisdom, but, it is all so secondary. There is none wiser than God and God is not
secretive. What He does he does for everyone to see.
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning,
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my
words unto you.
The words “pour out” means to utter. This is Old Testament the outpouring of holy spirit wasn’t
available. What this is saying is similar to when someone is trying to communicate something so
earnestly, so intently we say that person is “pouring out his soul.”
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would have none of my reproof:
Again, who’s reproof? Wisdom’s! The kind you can only find in the Bible.
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
This is still “wisdom” talking. God set His Word for us to learn and the scorners, fools and
ignorant ones have turned their backs to wisdom, to God’s Word.
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when
distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me (wisdom), but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but
they shall not find me:
Why can’t they find wisdom? Wisdom is knowledge applied. It’s a way of life! You don’t learn
it in a day.29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear (reverence and respect) of the
LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
They wouldn’t feast at the table of knowledge and wisdom. They wouldn’t change their ways
even when they heard the Word of God.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy
them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me (the wisdom of God’s Word) shall dwell safely, and shall be
quiet from fear of evil.
Your friends, your favorite TV shows, the news, your favorite music, art and literature are all leading you
in a direct. They are all teaching you something. BUT, is it where YOU want to go? Are they teaching you
to be the person you know you can be? Or, is it time to change your life by changing what you are
allowing to program your mind.
The wisdom and knowledge of God’s Word are calling. Answer the call and be the best you can be.

HOW TO PRAY

The other day I was visiting friends, they were husband and wife, and she only speaks Spanish. So, I was
sharing the Word of God with them in Spanish, I call what I speak Spanglish ‘cause I am not the most
fluent Spanish speaker around. We got on the subject of prayer and the wife told me that in Spanish
there are two words for prayer, rezar and orar. They have different meanings. Rezar means to pray in
repetition as in Matt. 6:7.
Matthew 6:7-8 (KJV)
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard
for their much speaking.
The other Spanish word, orar, means to talk with God.
So I have been thinking about that conversation for days and tonight I would like to share on HOW to
pray (orar.)
I have listed seven steps to effectual prayer. There are others, but, these are the main characteristics of
a Christian’s prayer life.
Number One: Know who you are in Christ Jesus.
What this means is that you have to know that you are a son of God, that God loves you and you, as a
child of God you have legal sonship rights. This all starts with Romans 10:9,10
Romans 10:9-11 (KJV)
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
You have to know that God loves you and wants the best for you.
1 John 3:1-2 (KJV)
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know
that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Luke 11:11-13 (KJV)
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he
for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your
heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?In that culture the women would make flat bread, much like a tortilla today, outside. They would stack
them and put a flat stone on them to hold them down. Soon the stone would take on the oils of the
bread and the dusting of flour so that it looked like a piece of flat bread. In the near east they have
serpents and fish that look alike much like we have eels and snakes that look similar. There is a type of
scorpion in the near east that can roll up in a ball and it looks like an egg.
The point of this is that God is a loving God. He is a caring father. He is faithful to His Word. He will only
give you the best.
Number Two: Know what is available
There are hundreds of promises in the Bible to us as Christians, how many do you know? By going to
God’s Word and finding those promises relating to your needs and deliverance you can lay those
promises before God. “God, you said it and I know you are faithful to your Word. So, I thank you for
giving me this need and desire. Thank you in the name of Jesus Christ.”
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV)
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will,
he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that
we desired of him.
Promises of God supplying all of your needs in Philippians
Healing in Psalms
Prosperity in Deuteronomy
Anything according to God’s Word in Mark
Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Mark 11:24 (KJV)
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.
You can’t pray for things contrary to God and His Word, but, you can pray for deliverance, freedom,
love, health, children, prosperity and much more.
Number three: Know the power in the name of Jesus Christ
It is in the name of Jesus Christ that we are saved.Acts 4:12 (KJV)
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved.
In the name of Jesus Christ every knee must bow.
Philippians 2:9-10 (KJV)
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things
under the earth;
And it is in the name of Jesus Christ that we go to God with our petitions.
John 16:23 (KJV)
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask
the Father in my name, he will give it you.
THIS IS THAT DAY!
Number Four: Cast your cares on Him
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
You have to learn to give ALL of your cares and concerns to God and leave them there.
Philippians 4:6 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God.
The word “careful” is the word anxious. Don’t be anxious, but in everything pray to God!
Number Five: Be Thankful
Philippians 4:6 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known unto God.
The reason we are to be thankful is that when we were born again (Romans 10;9,10) He gave us all
spiritual blessings. It is no longer going to God hoping for a handout. We are God’s children, we have all
spiritual blessings so it is now a matter of thanking God for what we have and that it is manifested in the
senses realm.
Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ:Number Six: Believe
First, you have to believe that God is and that He hears you.
1 Peter 3:12 (KJV)
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face
of the Lord is against them that do evil.
Mark 11:24 (KJV)
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.
When you pray do what? Believe! You have to believe that God is and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek Him. Believe that God will give you the desires of your heart. God’s heart yearns to give
you the petitions of your heart more than you desire to receive them.
Number Seven: Be fervent in your prayers
When I say fervent I mean more than boldness. Fervency brings an attitude of continuance until you get
your deliverance. The world wants you to quit praying. It doesn’t want you to know that prayer works,
so, it will try to discourage you. Don’t let that happen! God’s promises are yea and amen! God knows
what you need and He knows when you need it and God is never late.
James 5:16b (KJV)
16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (KJV)
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in
all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to
help in time of need.
Prayer works because we have a loving father God and when you apply the principles set forth in this
article you will see great deliverance in your life and the lives of those you pray for.

The Truth About Exorcism

I have been noticing a rise in the number of articles about exorcisms and today a psychiatrist
came out and said there are devil spirits and there is a need for exorcisms. Well it is time that I
deal with this subject.
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It is no secret that there are devil spirits in the World. The Bible has told us this for thousands of
years,, but, the reason that people don’t want to believe there are evil spirits is they want to
belittle the Bible and Christians. Then they think it’s ok to talk about these things when
psychiatrists come out in the news about it.
God does not want us ignorant of Satan’s devices (II Corinthians 2;11.) God gives us clear
instruction and examples so that we aren’t ignorant. so, I am going to share with you the Truth of
God’s Word regarding exorcism. To do that we are going to start in Acts chapter 19.
Acts 19:8-20 (KJV)
8 And he (Paul) went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months,
disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9 But when divers (many people) were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way
before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the
school of one Tyrannus.
10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the
word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases
departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
So, what caused the people to get great deliverance? It was the Word of God being taught and
people believing that Word. How do I know this? Because, the Bible tells me so. You have to
hear the Word and you have to believe.
Hebrews 4:2 (KJV)
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them,
not being mixed with believing in them that heard it.
Matthew 13:53-58 (KJV)
53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch
that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and
Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour,
save in his own country, and in his own house.
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.Paul is teaching the Word of God and people are believing it and great miracles are happening.
Then some Jews proclaiming themselves to be exorcists decide to do by exorcism, which is black
arts, what Paul is accomplishing by preaching the Word. Let’s see what happens.
13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil
spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed
against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
What a contrast between the results Paul had and the consequences of the exorcists.
17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on
them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them
before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
Do you know what “curious arts” are? Amulets, Ouija boards, tarot cards, books on witch craft,
the I Ching, Harry Potter and the like. When they saw the great deliverance available from God
verses the black arts they took all the curious arts and burned them. When that happened the
Word of God prevailed.
Let’s look at how Jesus Christ and Paul dealt with devil spirits.
Luke 4:31-35 (KJV)
31 And , Jesus Christ, came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.
32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a
loud voice,
34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy
us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.
35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown
him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.
Do you see anything about Jesus Christ having a special meeting with low lights, pentagrams,
candles and chants? No! A thousand times No. Jesus Christ happened to be in a synagogue and
he didn’t hesitate he spoke to the spirit and said you have to go! Jesus Christ had the authority
over all devil spirits. You know who has it now? The Christian believer! That’s right those born
again of God’s spirit. (Rom. 10:9,10)
1 John 4:4 (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he
that is in the world.2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Jesus Christ acted immediately let’s see if Paul did anything different.
Acts 16:16-18 (KJV)
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of
divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most
high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
Even though what she said was true, how she said it was derogatory and belittling.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command
thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
Right there on the city street, in broad daylight! Paul didn’t mess around either. Paul acted immediately.
The one thing that he did different than Jesus Christ is that he didn’t use his own name, but, that name
which has all authority, the name of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:10-11 (KJV)
10 That at the name of Jesus (Christ) every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and
things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Don’t be fooled by these modern day charlatans. Christian believers are the ones with the power! They
are the ones with the authority to use the name of Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:37 (KJV)
37 In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us

THE DESIRES OF THE HEART

I have, over the past few years expounded on our rewards in Heaven, Matthew 6:19, 20. I have talked
about what we can believe for, now. But, I haven’t shown you or talked to you about what God has in
store for those who commit their lives to God. So, tonight I want to expand on Earthly Rewards .
The greatest reward that a person can have is to be given the desires of his/her heart. Now when I talk
about the desires of your heart I am not talking about a new car, a new boat or a new house. I t could be
for some people, but, I am talking about the deepest inner most desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (KJV)
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
I would like to show you a couple of people that put God first in their lives and how God gave them the
desires of their hearts.
The first is Job. Job was a man that walked with God and loved his family. But, fear crept into Jobs life
and you cannot believe God when you are fearful.
Job 1:1-5 (KJV)
1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and
upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred
yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the
greatest of all the men of the east.
4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their
three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified
them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of
them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus
did Job continually.
As you will see, Job did this out of fear.
Job 1:13-22 (KJV)
13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their
eldest brother’s house:
14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses
feeding beside them:
15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with
the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen fromheaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am
escaped alone to tell thee.
17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three
bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with
the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters
were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the
house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell
thee.
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and
worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD
gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Job 3:25 (KJV)
25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
You SEE?? Job had fear in his life. Fear always causes us to be less than we can be. Fear opens
an avenue for our adversary, the Devil, to attack us. So, this fear that Job had caused him to lose
so much. The rest of the book of Job is about how Job justified himself and how his three
friends, “miserable comforters,” accused him of sin. It isn’t until chapter thirty-two that Elihu
talks to Job and starts to straighten out Job’s thinking from self-righteousness to the
righteousness of God.
Chapters thirty-two through thirty seven are wonderful chapters of instruction as to God and
chapters thirty eight through forty one shows anyone who thinks themselves somebody who
GOD is. Then in chapter forty-two Job finally gets to the place of giving God the respect and the
place in his heart that God deserved. God deserves the same respect and position in each and
every one of our lives.
Job 42:1-6 (KJV)
1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood
not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Job 42:7-16 (KJV)
7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz
the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not
spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and
offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will Iaccept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is
right, like my servant Job.
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did
according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD
gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his
acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and
comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a
piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen
thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she
asses.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name
of the third, Kerenhappuch.
15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave
them inheritance among their brethren.
16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four
generations.
Job finally put God first in his life and God gave Job the desires of his heart! No more fear just an
absolute reverence and love for God.
The other man I want to show you tonight is the Apostle Paul. Paul was a man much like Job in his
attitude of self-righteousness.
Paul (Saul is his Hebrew name) wanted to be the best for God. He did everything that he could to be
God’s best! His schooling was the best. He moved up through the ranks of Judaism to one of the top
positions of the time, a member of the Sanhedrin. But, what he was doing was contrary to God’s will.
Paul was a very zealous person and he thought getting rid of the Christians was doing God a favor.
In Acts chapter seven Stephen, a Christian full of the holy spirit is confronting a crowd of Jews. But, what
he had to say didn’t go over very well with the crowd. So, in verse fifty-seven they had enough.
Acts 7:57-60 (KJV)
57 Then they (the crowd) cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one
accord,
58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young
man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he
had said this, he fell asleep.Acts 8:1 (KJV)
1 And Saul was consenting unto his (Stephen’s) death. And at that time there was a great
persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem;
Paul continued his rampage against the Christians.
Acts 8:3 (KJV)
3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and
women committed them to prison.
Acts 9:1-2 (KJV)
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went
unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way,
whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Paul was a murderer, yet, one day he learned that the righteousness of God is greater than his
own righteousness.
Acts 9:3-9 (KJV)
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from
heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for
thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him,
Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by
the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
Acts 9:17-22 (KJV)
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him (Paul) said,
Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me,
that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and
arose, and was baptized.
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples
which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this
name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief
priests?
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving
that this is very Christ.Paul went on and became one of the greatest believers that ever walked the Earth. Paul who once
was a murderer and worked to destroy the Christians every chance he got ended up receiving the
great revelation regarding the mystery of the body!
Paul’s heart’s desire was different than Job’s, but, God honored them both and gave them the
desires of their hearts when they changed their thinking and put God first in their lives.
God is no respecter of men or women. He does, however, stands by His promises and He
promises that when you put Him first He WILL give you the desires of your heart.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN “TO PUT GOD FIRST”
God has given us specific rules and guidelines to live our lives by. Those are in the Epistles. He
gave the Old Testament for our learning but He gave the Epistles for us to walk by. When we
apply those principles, rules and guidelines in our lives instead of what we think, our friends
think or the world thinks then we are putting God first

The Hope Revisited

Hope is anticipation. Hope is waiting for something that you can’t have now. In other words, it is not
available, yet. There is one thing that all Christian believers cannot have, but, will, in time, receive it. This
thing that is so tremendous that if you keep this in your thoughts it helps you stand-now, it roots us so
that we are like a great oaks that are not bothered by the howling storms that surround us. What I am
talking about is “THE HOPE” and it is found in I Thessalonians chapter four.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (dead),
that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep (are born
again, but, have died) in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the
coming (for his church) of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep (have
died.)
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump (trumpet) of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I keep telling you that this world and all you see will pass away, it is not our home we are just sojourners
here. Our home is in Heaven!
Death is a sting, it is painful to lose a loved one, but, we will see them again, so, God tells us not sorrow
don’t grieve like the unbelievers for in their minds death is the end all. They can’t see anything past
someone’s last breath. But, we know that this is not the end this is just the beginning.
In verse fourteen it says “even so them also which sleep (are born again, but, have died) in Jesus
will God bring with him.” There are two parts to Jesus Christ’s second coming. The first is
Christ coming for his church and the second is Christ coming with his Church, which is called
the Day of the Lord.
When Jesus Christ comes for his Church not all of the believers will be dead so the progression is the
born again believers who have died rise first THEN we that are still alive are caught up together with
them in the clouds and together, as one group we go to Heaven.
These words should be a comfort to every Christian.
There is another record in I Corinthians that, also, describes the gathering together.
1 Corinthians 15:35-58 (KJV)
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may
chance of wheat, or of some other grain:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts,
another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and
the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:
for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a
spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a
quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that
which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also
that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the
dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of
the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
The more the hope of Christ’s return resonates in your soul and life the more you steadfast and
unmovable like the mighty oak, standing for God and abounding in the work of the Lord

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

What is the most important day of the year for a Christian? Is it Christmas? No. Is it Easter? No. This year
it is May 20th!
Why, you ask is it May 20th. Because, this year, May 20th is exactly fifty days since Easter or more
accurately Resurrection Sunday. May 20th this year is Pentecost! It is the birthday of the Church! It was
the first day of the outpouring of the holy spirit on believers. Since the Day of Pentecost spoken of in
Acts chapter two all who will may come and drink of the fountain of living water. That’s a fancy way of
saying those who do Romans 10:9,10 are born again, born from above, are changed from empties
floating by to filled with all the fullness of God!
John 4:13-14 (KJV)
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall
give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 3:3-6 (KJV)
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into
his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which
liveth and abideth for ever.
Most denominations don’t teach this because they would have to admit that there is power in the
people and speaking-in-tongues is real!
Let’s take a look at four verses in the scriptures that give the account of the first outpouring of holy
spirit.
Acts 2:1-4 (KJV)
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the
house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the
Spirit gave them utterance.
This is the only account given regarding the outpouring of holy spirit on that day. So, let’s take a
little closer look at these four verses.Acts 2:1
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
How long had the day of Pentecost been coming? Some say it started coming from Genesis 3:15
Genesis 3:15 (KJV)
15 And I (God)will put enmity between thee (the Devil) and the woman, and between thy seed and her
seed; it shall bruise thy head (he’ll, the promised seed, destroy you) , and thou shalt bruise his heel (you
shall wound him.)
But, I think it started coming even before that.
Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him in love:
God chose us before the foundation of the world! Now, that is a long time.
Acts 2:1
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
“They “ who? The Apostles. Where is the “one place?” It was an hour of prayer these Apostles were
Judean and would be where all good Judeans, who are in Jerusalem, go at the hour of prayer and that
would be the Temple.
Acts 2:2 (KJV)
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house
where they were sitting.
This “rushing mighty wind” in one text is translated “as of a heavy breathing.”
John 20:22 (KJV)
22 And when he(Jesus) had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy
Ghost:
Jesus had taught them what to do on the Day of Pentecost.
What is “the house” it is talking about? Many have taught that it is the house with the “upper room” of
Acts 1:13, but, it isn’t.
Mark 11:15-17 (KJV)
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold
and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that
sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of
prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Luke 19:45-46 (KJV)
45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
John 2:13-17 (KJV)
13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep,
and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of
merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
The house that is mentioned in Acts 2:2 is the same house as the house of John chapter two, Mark
eleven and Luke nineteen. It is “The House” of God, the Temple.
Acts 2:3 (KJV)
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Appeared unto who? The Apostles! Fire purifies and sitting on each of them signifies completion!
The word “sat” signifies completion. For example, Jesus ascended into heaven and “sat” on the right
hand of God. When Jesus had accomplished everything he “sat.”
So, the cloven tongues like as of fire sat on who? The Apostles!
Acts 2:4 (KJV)
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the
Spirit gave them utterance.
“And they” they who? The Apostles were filled and that word “filled is the Greek word “platho”
which means filled to overflowing.
Who spoke? The Apostles, by their own freedom of will. But, what they spoke was “as the spirit
gave them utterance. Let me remind you that what they spoke were the wonderful works of God!
(Acts 2:11)
This is the first account of the outpouring of holy spirit. This is the start of the Christian Church
that is taken out of both Jew and Gentile.We are sons of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We are heaven bound and nothing can stop
us from going!
So, on this coming Sunday light the candles, sing Happy Birthday, thank God for His great
deliverance in your life and bask in the glory which is God in Christ in you!

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