Archive for October, 2015

Learning His Voice

Posted: October 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

When we use the bulk of what God has given us for ourselves, we have chosen where to level off, as well as telling God what He can trust us with.

Breakthrough DOES NOT come from acting on spiritual principles alone. It comes from being sensitive to and then acting on the “voice” of Holy Spirit. We do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, not just what “has proceeded.” What has proceeded is yesterday’s news, but what is proceeding is for today.

However, what “is proceeding” will never, never, contradict what “has proceeded.” It will always agree with it.

Fresh revelation and understanding always comes with His manifest presence.

When we turn aside from our personal agendas as Moses turned aside that day to see the burning bush, we will attract the voice of the Lord as he did.

We “must recognize” how God speaks to us and through us. If we do not understand this we’ll unknowingly or inadvertently discredit His gentle promptings and then “put more attention” on God’s word coming through someone else and miss the “very word” we’ve been waiting for.

Holy Spirit may choose to speak through inspired thoughts, dreams, passions in your heart, visions, specific scriptures that perfectly address questions you’ve been asking, etc.

When this happens, make a special point to write them down as soon as possible so that you can refer to them over and over and pray into them.

Holy Spirit speaks to everyone differently. My personal experience has shown me that He will speak to you consistently according to the natural bent or gifting that He has given you.

For example, I love to write! Many times I sense Him prompting me to get a pen and note pad or to go to my computer. It’s amazing how many times I’ve gone to my journals from past years and found that things went well because I obeyed what I wrote down when I felt prompted to journal.

And other times it has not gone so well when I thought what I was writing was “just me” so I discounted it and basically ignored it.

God loves you and has been and is speaking to you every day about important things and about your relationship with Him. Listen and respond to His loving promptings.

You will not be sorry!

God bless you,

Dennis

Hope vs. Hopelessness

Posted: October 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hope is a priceless but fleeting commodity nowadays. It seems like trying to acquire and maintain hope for any length of time is difficult and futile—like trying to catch the wind.

The different forms of media available today are doing very little to instill hope in anyone. In fact, in most (not all) cases they’re promoting fear and hopelessness on an exponential scale.

Why? Because fear sells news and boosts ratings; regardless of the format.

There are multiple news apps available for our cell phones today and any of them will provide sufficient information for you to become depressed in an amazingly short amount of time.

I personally believe it’s extremely detrimental to your mental, emotional, and spiritual health to “feed regularly” on any negative news. I’m not saying don’t be informed, that’s equally foolish. But you should know your limits in how much you can take in and still maintain a positive and confident outlook about your future.

If you can’t do that, you’ll not have much to offer others around you who are looking for the right answers to questions that desperately need answering.

Our Government Can’t Do It!

It’s a “no brainer’ that not one government on the face of this earth is able to successfully handle all the problems that it’s citizen’s face financially, physically, morally, vocationally, etc. They are humans just like us, limited in their ability and knowledge, just like us.

I believe our government officials (many of them) have done their best locally, nationally, and internationally to keep our countries strong, vibrant, safe, and productive. But even when man has the best intentions for good, he can still fall short of providing and maintaining hope to others because, once again, he is just a man and he is limited at best with his abilities.

One Source of True Hope

The kind of hope we need is different than what most people are familiar with. If you asked most people what hope means to them today, you would probably get something like this. “To me, hope means something that I’m optimistic about happening for me, but I can’t really be sure or believe it until I see it.”

The hope I’m talking about is from the bible, based on God’s word, and the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is a: joyful, confident, absolute expectation with anticipation of pleasure accompanying the manifestation of the thing expected and believed for.

Maybe this will drive the point home visually. If you’re a parent and your remember seeing your young children get up early on Christmas morning with great excitement at the thought of opening gifts, that is a good picture of bible hope. The children “know” there’s something under the tree waiting for them, they can see the packages with their names on them, but you have not given them ok to open them and they’re bouncing off the walls with excitement.

That is the most accurate picture of the kind of hope Jesus offers to all who will accept Him.

Unshakable Hope

For you to have the kind of hope I mentioned above, you need to simply receive the truth that you need God’s involvement in your life, your heart, your thoughts and actions.

If you will simply say, Jesus, I believe you died on the cross for me. Please forgive me for the sin of not believing in you and for me trying to run my own life and trying to be my own god? I accept your sacrifice today and want you to be my God and bring living hope into my life. He will do it immediately and you will be eternally sealed by the Holy Spirit and destined for heaven to live there for all eternity.

You may ask, “Is it really that simple?” The answer is yes! Some organized religion and traditional denominational churches teach that you need to spill your guts and confess “all” your sin before accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord. But the bible “does not teach” confession of all sin first to come into relationship with Jesus.

There’s nothing wrong with that if you know at some point the Lord is telling you to do that. But if you do that, make sure it’s someone you know you can trust to keep it confidential.

John 3:16-18 in the NKJV says: 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Then Romans 10:13 says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. If you mean it in your heart when you ask forgiveness from Jesus, you will become His child forever and nothing will ever change that because this promise is written in blood!

When you do that, you “immediately” enter into a relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and there is NO ENEMY that will successfully defeat you.

You now have the God who created the earth and personally designed you, living inside your human spirit and He will guide you the rest of your days on earth and be with you through all eternity.

Jesus is the great hope, the living hope, and He is all you will ever need.

He is THE SOURCE of healing, protection, provision, success, wisdom, knowledge, creative and innovative ideas, understanding, peace, joy, fulfillment, happiness, and a million other wonderful experiences that you haven’t even imagined yet.

Please let me know if you invited the GREAT HOPE to live in you.

God bless you,

Dennis

 

 

I recently had the opportunity to visit with someone who is very dear to me and the subject of healing vs. sickness came up because they have a family member who is very ill with a debilitating disease.

Before I go any further, I want to let all readers know that I am not an authority on either of the aforementioned subjects. However, you don’t have to be when you’ve lost loved ones to disease. It should stir up more than grief when an invisible enemy invades your family and steals someone precious from you. Agreed?

As we were visiting about this person’s loved one, my passion (or anger) against sickness and disease started to surface again so I mentioned recent testimonies that I know about where God had done miracles in people’s bodies. Things that would defy logic, things that even doctors are at a loss for words over.

I followed it up with scriptures about the truth of what Christ purchased for us on the cross of Calvary and how He not only purchased spiritual freedom and eternal life, but the atonement on the cross clearly provided for our physical healing as well (see Isaiah 53:3-5, Mt. 8:16-17, 1Peter 2:24).

Is God the One Who’s Making People Sick?

As our conversation continued, this dear person said: “Well you know don’t you that God gets great glory from those who are suffering with sickness and can use that to bring someone to Him if He wants to?”

I need to tread very carefully right now for those of you who believe this stuff because I respect your right to believe what you want. However, I choose not to believe anything that I cannot find in God’s word.

Once again, I want to make it clear that I am not “an authority” on the subject of healing, nor am I a theologian. But since I lost a precious little girl to cancer years ago, I’ve made it my business, more like “my quest,” to find out what I was lacking in Word knowledge so that it never happened again.

I grew up under the same type of thinking that this dear person still lives under…I was never taught the whole truth.

Some religious persuasions still teach people that God is angry at times and if you step out of line too far, or don’t perform all your duties accurately or completely, He’ll be mad and is liable to put a cancer or some other horrible disease or circumstance on you to (here it goes) “teach you something!”

I have a question for you, if God uses sickness and disease to teach us, then what is the Holy Spirit, our Teacher doing? Part of His job description is to teach and counsel us (see John 14:16) just like Jesus would do if He were here in the flesh today?

Accusing a loving, compassionate, merciful God of putting sickness on us really “gets my goat!” It clearly shows that wrong teaching has been received and that’s more difficult to root out than simple ignorance or lack of awareness of the truth.

Jesus Himself said in John 5:19-21(NKJV) that He could do nothing of Himself but what He saw His Father do and then He did it in “like manner.” He also said in v.21 that as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so does the Son.

God was OK with Jesus healing people, He authorized it from heaven and He was not and is not the source of cancer, or leprosy, or any other sickness, then or now, or any other hellish disease that destroys people’s lives.

Beelzebub or the Spirit of God?

Let’s go to Matthew 12:21-30 for a minute. Jesus was face to face again with His religious adversaries. He was doing what he was supposed to be doing, going around doing good and healing all who were oppressed (Acts 10:38). After he cast a demon out of someone and set them free so that they could talk and see, you would think that it would have been cause for joy.

Instead, the Pharisees—the ones who knew every letter of the law, accused Him of casting out that demon by Beelzebub, or Satan himself. How completely ludicrous, and religious! Jesus told them, “If Satan casts out Satan, how will his kingdom stand?” But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Think about a couple of things here. Jesus said that He only did what He saw His Father do (Jn. 5:19), and back in Hebrews 1:3 the word says that Jesus is the expressed image of His person, meaning the exact image, character, and nature of His Father.

Wouldn’t it make sense that if God was responsible for making people sick, then Jesus would have been in direct violation of the Father’s will for Him by going around healing people that His Father was trying to teach by making them sick? And, God’s kingdom would have fallen as surely as if Satan’s would have if he was casting out his own demons. Sort of defies common sense doesn’t it?

You have to be taught this kind of illogical, religious thinking repeatedly to believe it. How many of you that are parents would pray for, or call for sickness to be placed on your children or loved ones so that they would learn their lesson?

If you could actually do that and you were found out, you’d be arrested, and rightfully so. But yet people have no problem accusing the same God who died for them, of putting cancer or something else on them.

The problem is, they really don’t understand the nature of the One who loves them more than anyone else EVER will.

God’s Healing

If you have sickness in your body, regardless of whether you have a headache, or something worse, it’s completely natural to want to be well; to be free from what ails you. That’s the way God made us and that’s one of the things He died for on the cross. He even made our bodies to heal themselves.

One of the names of God is Jehovah Raphe′, our healer. If a person will do some study of the subject of healing from the Old Testament through the New Testament, it’s virtually impossible to ignore that this was one of the important things Jesus died for. The Father clearly equipped and anointed Him for this ministry, as well as preaching, teaching, and deliverance, another form of healing and restoration.

In many circles, the term: saved, or salvation is understood to mean accepting Christ as Lord and then receiving eternal life with the promise of heaven someday. But again, this is only part of the meaning of being saved.

“Almost” every time you see the word save, saved, or saves in the New Testament, it’s translated in the Greek as sozo, and it means: to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health, to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue.

There are approximately, seventeen occurrences or references in the Gospels alone where it shows Jesus healing “all” who came to Him; regardless of the malady of the day. And one interesting tidbit is this. Jesus received 39 stripes on His back for our healing. Every major sickness and/or illness known to man comes from 39 original causes. Coincidence? Hardly.

In Luke 9:54-56, Jesus and His disciple were passing through a Samaritan village and the people of the village did not receive Him. When James and John picked up on this, they said to Jesus, “Do you want us to command fire to come down and consume them like Elijah did?” Then Jesus said, “The Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” The word “save” here that Jesus used is, sozo, to heal, make whole and restore.

Jesus was, and is, very interested your healing and wholeness. Nothing has changed that!

But the devil wants you to believe that God has allowed your sickness, or even made you sick and he’s been very successful at using wrong doctrine and religious dogma to dilute the truth so that he can blame God for it and so that we’ll receive and agree with the destroyer.

Get in the word today concerning your healing, listen to the Holy Spirit and simply receive it as your own.

God bless you,

Dennis

Unholy Alliances

Posted: October 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Have you ever been in a relationship with someone that was work related, personal, or otherwise, and you felt it was not right for you? In fact, you may have sensed early on that it was not only wrong for you, but could be potentially destructive for you or others acquainted with you or related to you if it continued. More than likely, that was an unholy alliance!

What is an unholy alliance? Webster’s defines unholy as: wicked, deserving of censure, or very unpleasant. An alliance is defined as: a bond or connection between states, parties, families, or individuals.

Unholy alliances most often come through relationships with people. Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV) says, “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Having the right kind of relationships is critically important in our lives and can either add to or take away from our spiritual and emotional health. They can and do even affect every area of our lives and those we love. And when the negative ones are allowed to go “unchecked” it can actually affect us for all eternity.

However, personal relationships with others are not the only way we are exposed to unholy alliances. These alliances can also be made—most often without people’s knowledge—through the many forms of media we have access to today which desensitize our consciences overtime and can ultimately neutralize our self-will. When this occurs, it can make us more susceptible than before to other destructive and evil influences which satan—the source of everything evil—will take full advantage of.

Different Types of Alliances

Whether or not you happen to be a Christian that is reading this post, you live in the same fallen world as I do. Unfortunately, you cannot help but be exposed to the same evil as the rest of us. However, there is hope of not only resisting it, but also winning over it if you know what to do and who to ask for help.

As I mentioned earlier, the source of all evil in this world comes from one place, satan. His strategy of trying to deceive and destroy mankind goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, so he’s had a long time to work on his method of operation.

My personal conviction is that one of satan’s most insidious but extremely effective weapons he uses against us is fear. In Hebrews 2:15 (KJV) it says that one of the things Jesus did for us on the cross was to “…Deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” I believe that this verse implies that this particular fear could very well be the mother of all fears.

As I mentioned earlier, there are many ways that evil can come against us. It can also come through unforgiveness, strife, hatred, lying, cheating, rejection, betrayal, abuse, wrong relationships in different forms, and the list goes on. However, I would like to paint a bulls-eye on fear for the subject of this post.

How an Alliance is Formed

An alliance is typically formed between two parties who trust each other. The purpose of forming an alliance is so that either party can benefit from what the other has to offer. As such, each must be willing to yield himself to some degree to the other’s wishes or demands. In other words, each must have mutual agreement on the terms.

If you were to ask the average person if he or she would choose to form an alliance with fear, they would probably look at you like you were from another planet. No one in their right mind would choose to live in fear if they understood the consequences. In contrast, the spirit of fear is a bully, it’s controlling and manipulative and there is no benefit in being under its power.

The bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God did not give us a “spirit” of fear, but one (a Spirit) of power, love, and a sound mind [my emphasis]. This scripture lets us know immediately where, or who fear comes from and it is never from God.

When a person experiences fear coming against them, the best course of action is to use God’s word against it immediately! Why? Because if we don’t resist it, this is the entry point satan uses to bring more of his evil tactics to bear in our lives. The way he gets us to form an alliance with fear is by deceiving us into agreeing with him.

For example, I used to be terrified to talk to people about Jesus. The main reason is because satan would flash some image in my imagination of someone trying to hurt me if I witnessed to them. Or, he would drop some lie into my mind about what they would think of me (fear of man) if I did.

What happened in these instances? I came into agreement with satan’s lie, which in turn empowered him as the liar that he already is, (see John 8:44) so that he could have rule over me in that situation.

It does not matter what lie you fall for from satan or from a human being. Anytime you yield yourself to a lie, you empower that lie to have control over you to the same degree that you yield to it (see Romans 6:16). If that happens too many times, strongholds are established in your thinking and in your emotions, making it very difficult to get back to normal without a serious change in your thinking.

It’s never impossible with the power of the Holy Spirit to break down evil strongholds. But the truth remains, the more often you make alliances with an enemy, the more ground you’re going to lose in your life. I am speaking from experience here. When you finally set your mind to take back the territory you gave up to the enemy, he will not give it up without an intense fight.

How an Alliance is Broken

An alliance of fear can be established in our minds and emotions through direct assaults of satan coming against us mentally. This can also happen through relationships with human beings who are controlling, manipulative, and overbearing. These types of relationships, whether man or woman, can have a devastating effect in our lives that sometimes can last for decades.

Only Jesus Christ, through the person and power of the Holy Spirit can break the stronghold of an evil alliance such as this. He can and does come into our lives with a healing balm that restores life. When God gets involved in our healing, an individual can actually experience a quality of life that is better than it may have been before a traumatic event occurred.

You can break an evil alliance with fear, dread, anxiety, etc. the same way you formed it. But you have to change partners. You must be willing to admit that God is your only source of hope and deliverance, then yield to what He says in His word. He always has your best interest at heart, but you’ll have to be willing and committed to listening to and obeying His promptings.

If you’re someone that has lived in fear for months, years, or a lifetime, you can see that living a life of peace, tranquility, and security would be a much more enjoyable experience.

A Holy Spirit Alliance

If you’ve opened yourself up to things are evil, ask God to forgive you, cleanse your heart and mind and get under His protection. If you’re a Christian and are bound by fear, anxiety, dread of the future, present or otherwise, God loves you dearly and is waiting to help you.

Stay away from the “self-help” gurus and their methods for controlling fear. Fear is a demonic spirit that plays on and manipulates our minds and emotions which are the “fleshly part” of us. You cannot get victory over things of the flesh by using more fleshly tactics. (There is form of teaching of out there called Neuro-linguistic programming used to overcome emotional issues. That does not work long-term because it’s using fleshly tactics against an unseen spirit, the devil.)

Fear is a spirit and you can only get victory over it by using a spiritual weapon that is more powerful than what you are fighting against. And that would be God’s word.

1John 4:18 says that there is NO FEAR in love [God’s love]. It goes on to say that when we are mature in our knowledge of God’s love for us, every trace of fear can be eliminated. Not most of it, but every trace. See 1 John 4:18 in the Amplified translation. The more aware we become of and experience God’s love for us, the more fear loses its hold on us. That is what I will refer to here as coming into a Holy Spirit alliance.

If you don’t know Jesus, you can never successfully overcome anything on permanent basis that the enemy brings against you. It may look like it, but remember he is a master at hiding. That’s actually the definition of “occult.” It means to remain hidden. Only God’s Holy Spirit can expose him for what he is and eliminate him from your life as you continually yield to the Holy Spirit’s control.

Simply ask Jesus into your heart by saying, Father God, please forgive me for not believing in Your Son, Jesus Christ? I accept Him as my Savior and Lord and I ask You to come into my heart and make me Yours. That’s it! It’s not difficult. See John 3:16-17.

Contrary to religious tradition, God is not holding your sins against you. John 3:17 says God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved…period! Jesus took your sin on the cross, God has never held it against you (see 2 Cor. 5:19). The only reason a person won’t go to heaven is for rejecting Jesus (John 3:16-17).

If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, I am so happy for you because you are now God’s child. John 1:12 says as many as receive Him, God gave them (you) the power to become the sons (or daughters) of God.

Welcome into God’s family.

Bless you,

Dennis

*Note: I chose not to capitalize any use of satan, except at the beginning of a sentence because he doesn’t merit the attention