What does it mean for a Christian to be “empowered?”

The first thing a person must do is receive Jesus. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (power) to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

Jesus is the Savior of the world, but He is not our Savior until we receive Him. Jesus has all power, but none of that power is available to us until we receive Him into our hearts. When we receive Him into our hearts, He gives us power to become one of His children. When I hear people say, “We are all God’s children,” that is not so until a person receives Jesus. And when we receive Jesus, we release Him to be all God intended Him to be in our lives.

So, the next question is: How do we receive? We submit our wills when we receive. It’s like when someone gives you a gift and you gladly receive it, only this gift is from God and we only submit our will to Him, but some reject that perfect gift.

God has basically said, “I want to give you a perfect gift, and His name is Jesus.” But some resist at first by saying, “No, I’m doing fine,” and continue to live their lives on their own. However, some get to a place in their lives where they realize it’s too hard and nothing seems to be going right and say, “Yes, I will accept this gift.” That is submitting in order to receive.

Some are better at giving than receiving. Why is that? Because if you are the one giving, you’re still in control. When the person is the one giving, they choose what they are going to give, when they are going to give it, how they are going to give, and where and to whom they are going to give it to. But when we receive, we’re not in control any more of any of that.

After we have received Jesus we are given the Holy Spirit. This is another gift from God. Look at Acts 1:8 which says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Boldness to witness comes from receiving the power of the Holy Spirit. We submit to Jesus and receive, but we also have to submit to the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:14 – Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, (Verse 15) who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. (Verse 16) For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

(They had heard the gospel, been saved, and water baptized.) (Verse 17) then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Here is another example of people having received Jesus but not yet the Holy Spirit. Acts 19:1 – And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (Verse 2) he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”

This statement is even true today in some churches. People have no idea who the Holy Spirit is. He has not been taught, maybe because of the “excesses” in some gatherings. Satan is the one that doesn’t want people to know about receiving the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is the One that will empower the believer. If these disciples in Scripture needed to receive the Holy Spirit, then we do too.

In order to move in any of the gifts of the Spirit, a person has to submit to the Holy Spirit. Then the gifts will flow as your spirit gives will. These gifts are not going to just pop out when you are unaware, as in the gift of speaking in tongues and you don’t have control over your tongue, because we do.

Another thing we have to do to be empowered is to receive “spiritual authority.” There is no power but what comes from God. A person doesn’t have influence or authority unless they come under authority.

Acts 13:2 – As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul (Paul) for the work to which I have called them.” (Paul had been a member in the church in Antioch for 13 years.) (Verse 3) Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (Verse 4) So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

The leaders of this church, after fasting and praying, the Holy Spirit speaking to them, it was the Holy Spirit that “sent them out.” If you haven’t been sent out by the leaders of the church which are n authority over you , then you haven’t been sent out by the Holy Spirit. This is very clear. We don’t just start new projects on our own. We have to come under spiritual authority.

Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authority that exist are appointed by God. (Verse 2) Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

This is why a person does not just start a prayer meeting in their home without being sent, or getting permission from the leaders of the church. The authority is there to protect. When a person comes out from under that authority, they could hurt someone with error in teachings.

The leadership of the church is there to protect and serve and God is the One who set it up. When someone steps outside of that authority, that’s when “church discipline” comes in.

This next verse shows what can happen when people try to take authority who are not under any authority to do so. Acts 19:13 – Then some itinerant Jewish exorcist took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” (Verse 14) Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. (Verse 15) And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?” (Verse 16) Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of the house naked and wounded.

That is comical to imagine. No one had sent these men out. They had just decided on their own to go out and cast out devils. I have a hard time believing that if a person won’t submit to the Holy Spirit or church authority, that they really never submitted to Christ. Salvation is about submission. If someone won’t submit to spiritual authority, they will never have the power to be an influential witness.

When a Christian is committed and they submit their will, they will be able to rebuke the devil in any area of their life and live that abundant life that Christ died for us to have.


Do you ever wonder why it feels like, at times, that your prayer goes unanswered? Like turning a light switch on to light up a room, there has to be a place of contact. If we don’t put the effort out to turn on the switch, there will be no light, because there was no “contact” inside the wall where the electricity runs. God has provided what His will has decreed, but without a point of contact, we won’t experience what that provision is.

Many today believe in God’s power, but are not seeing God’s provision because they don’t understand His place of contact. When we don’t make “contact”, we think there is no power. The reality is, we haven’t “hit the switch.”

The point of contact between our provision and God’s power is prayer. Prayer is the one thing God has established to make contact with what He has already decreed. When there is no prayer, there is no contact, and when there is no contact, we do not get what God has already declared for us to have.

Prayer is the mechanism that God has decreed, that is absolutely necessary for Him to release what He intends. Prayer does not make God do what He hasn’t planned to do. But what it does is release God to do what He has already decided to do and says so in His Word.

Isaiah 65:24 – “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” God has already decreed an answer for us. He is just waiting on us to call on Him. He knows the end from the beginning.

Prayer activates the decree and the will of God for our lives. Prayer is the mechanism that grabs something out of the invisible realm so that we can see it work in the physical realm.

Look what it says in Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” He has already give us our provision, but it’s in the heavenly realm. Now all we have to do is figure out how to get it to us in the physical realm.

God has decreed the sum total of our Christian life what He will do and what He won’t do, and when He plans to do it, but it’s with a condition. The condition is “Prayer!” When God answers prayer, we become the distribution point for His supernatural activity.

1 Kings 17:1 says, And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”

1 Kings 18:1 – Now it came to pass after many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.” 

Before we go any further, let me explain what is going on with the “rain thing” in order to understand why the rain stopped and then started again because of Elijah’s word. The answer is found in:

Deuteronomy 11:13-17.(God is giving Moses commands to then tell the Israelites.) And it shall be that if you diligently obey My commandments which I have commanded you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, (Verse 14) ‘then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. (Verse 15) ‘And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’ (Verse 16) “Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, (Verse 17) “lest the LORD’S anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.”

God had already said what would happen if the Israelites started to worship other gods, so Elijah’s prayer was in relation to what had been written before. Let me make a bold statement here: “If you don’t know what God has already written in His Word, you won’t know how to pray the Scriptures of what has already been decreed in heaven!” I am amazed at the Christians that can’t even find one healing Scripture when they need it. That’s why they are always asking for someone else to do the praying for them. Sad! God’s Word has to be the bases and foundation for our prayer.

Anytime I was desperate for the Lord to answer a certain request, I went to His Word and found in His Word that said it was His will. I would read it to the Lord in my prayer, because He said it and I knew it was His will for me to have it. For instance: When you need peace in your life, the Bible says that he who keeps his mind on Him, He will keep him in perfect peace! (Isaiah 26:3) Don’t make your prayers so vague without finding the Scripture that agrees with His will and what you need.

We all have to learn how to link our situations and circumstances to what God has already declared. Every situation that we have in this life, our answer is in the written Word. But people can’t pray God’s Word unless they know the Word.

Look what James 5:16-18 says. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (Verse 17) Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. (Verse 18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced fruit.

There was a gap of three and one-half years between no rain and when it rained again. Why? Because of their idolatry. The idolatry had to be addressed, just as our sin has to be addressed when prayer is being submitted. God is not going to overlook our disobedience and neither should we.

Many people want God to send rain, blessings, without touching anything in their lives. They want God to bless them, all the while worshiping other things, including self, money, and other things that have become an idol in their lives. (Remember, idolatry is any unauthorized person, place, or things, that people look to in order to get their needs met.) Some worship Him only on Sunday, but all week-long they live unto themselves for what they want. God would not shift from no rain to rain until they addressed their idolatry. God is not going to bless us so that we can share it with an idol.

So, if God has already decreed certain blessings for our lives, why do we still need to pray? Because what God has decreed needs a point of contact before it is delivered! Even though God knew when the rain would stop and when it would start again, nothing happened until Elijah prayed. When Elijah prayed, it came into the physical world. Point of contact!! James said that a fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

If we understand effectual, fervent prayer, as illustrated by James in the life of Elijah, we can effect heaven in opening and closing when we pray. James also said that Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. He was flesh and blood just like us. Elijah didn’t have just a general, ritualistic prayer that had been already written for him and then he repeated it out loud. What Elijah had was an effectual, righteous prayer that reached heaven.

What does it look like to have an effectual, fervent prayer? Well, that depends on how close you are to God and that will determine what you hear from God. If you are not close to God, you won’t hear the will of God applied to your life. The problem is, we want an answer and to hear from God, all the while keeping our distance from Him. The further you are from God, the more static you will likely hear, nothing will be clear. We can’t continue a long distance relationship from God and expect to hear the answer to what we have prayed about.

That is why prayer is relational communication with God, not ritual communication. If you draw near to God, you will be able to pick up on things that others won’t hear because of your proximity to the Lord.

What made proximity so close for Elijah? Scripture said Elijah was a righteous man. He lived his life to please the Lord. He was obedient. We cannot hear God’s will for our life while living a life-style that is in disobedience. If we want to experience supernatural power in prayer, the proximity must be “CLOSE!”

In verse 42 of Chapter 18, Elijah goes up to the top of Mount Carmel and bows down with his head between his knees. He gets alone, no distraction. We all need a place that is quiet without distraction in order to be alone for a one on one with the Lord. That’s one reason why people won’t pray. They are not willing to find a place with no distractions from the noise of the world to be alone with the Lord. However, when we get desperate enough for a prayer to be answered, we will find that place.

The bigger the miracle we need, the harder the “labor” will become. We need to push, just like a woman about to give birth. We have to birth that miracle and God will use us to do it. when we make “contact.”

Some ask, “Why do I have to go through all that?” Because giving birth to a supernatural miracle is asking God to do something out of the ordinary. People put time and effort into their careers, things they want to buy, relationships, so why all the grumbling about spending time with the One that can actually give us a better life?

There will come a time in the Christian life where no one, or anything can fix the problem, but God All Mighty! There will be a time when we need the supernatural to be manifested on this earth, so we better learn how to pray.

We commit our lives to Jesus Christ and we commit to prayer and do what it takes to give birth to a supernatural miracle.



























Set Free

John 8:31 – Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciple indeed. (Verse 32) “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Verse 33) They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?” (Verse 34) Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (Verse 35) “And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. (Verse 36) “Therefore if the Son makes you free; you shall be free indeed.”

So, is it possible for a Christian to be in bondage? Yes, and most people are after they first get saved because of their past. You can’t just quote Verse 32, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The word “and” comes before it, and before that, the verse says, “If” you abide in My word.” The truth is only going to make you free, if you abide in His word.

Whomever commits sin is in bondage, according to Jesus. In the Greek, the word “commit” means “prolonged.” Someone that continues in a particular sin for a long period of time, is in bondage. Bondage is an impulsive or compulsive behavior that restricts us from living and enjoying the freedom that Jesus died to give us.

Jeremiah 7:8 says, “Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. (Verse 9) Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, (Verse 10) and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abomination’? (Verse 7:11) Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the LORD.”

Here is what Jeremiah is saying, “People who are saved, Christians, come to church still living in continuous sin, and say, ‘We’re delivered”, but haven’t changed in their daily living. Jeremiah asks, “What are you free to do? Are you free to commit sin?”

Jesus didn’t die for us to be free to sin. He died for us to be free from sin. Not that we will be perfect, but so that we won’t have a compulsive, continuous behavior that will destroy our lives.

When a believer is filled with the “Holy Spirit,” we continue to yield to His influence by praying and reading God’s Word. As we yield to His influence, we are filled with Him.

But what happens if a person continues to yield to a “demonic spirit?” What happens if a person continues to yield to their anger or lust, for instance? That person will be filled with whatever they yield to.

Romans 6:15 says, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! (Verse 16) “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

Obviously, Paul is talking to believers. Whomever you yield to, obey, you are in bondage to. Most people will never admit that they have a bondage area in their lives and that is why they are not set free.

The Jews couldn’t admit they were in bondage because in Verse 33, they told Jesus that they were descendants of Abraham and had never been slaves. They point-blank said, “We have never been in bondage to anyone!”

That statement is actually funny because, if you look through the history of the Jews, you will see how many times the Jews were in “Total Bondage.” To just name a few: The Babylonians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Romans, and on and on. This is called “selective memory,” as some Christians have today.

Christians think because they are a believer and they come to church, they certainly couldn’t be in bondage in any area. They will make excuses and say things like, “I have a weakness in that area.” Bull! That’s bondage to a spirit that is not of God. A person will never get free if they never admit they have a major bondage in a certain area and do something about it.

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus is the truth. He didn’t say, “You shall know of the truth.” There is a difference between just meeting Jesus one time and knowing Him. We are to know Him intimately. Fully knowing Him is what will break those chains of bondage and will set a person free. The more we know God, the more we know His word. The more we know His word, the more we will know Jesus, and that my friend is what will set you free.

Being set free really doesn’t depend on us. It depends on Jesus. The difficult part is for an individual to admit it and ask for help. But once they do, they are on their way to being set free. Jesus is not intimidated by Satan. He does not have to “get built up” to kick Satan out of something. All Jesus has to do is say the “Word!” Here is the great part, not only do we admit the bondage and ask Jesus for help, but He’s already done what’s needed to be done.

1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

Mark 9:17 – Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. (Verse 18) And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” (Verse 19) He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” (Verse 20) Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. (Verse 21) So he asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.”

Picture that. Jesus doesn’t get excited and start yelling at the demon that has taken over this boy. He is not impressed with Satan’s tactics. (Verse 22) And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” (Verse 23) Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believe.”

How many of us have prayed, “If You can do anything Lord, help me.” Jesus turned it back to the father of this boy and said, “If you can believe.” Then Jesus sets the boy free when the father says, “Lord, I believe!” 

Come to Jesus with your belief and faith in Him, and He will set you free! Please remember this: Satan does not have the power to stop any one from coming to Jesus!

Do you remember the man in Chapter 5 of Mark, where a crazy, demon possessed man was living in a cave? Look what Mark 5:6 says: “But when he (the demon possessed man) saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.” Even though this man was possessed, he still had the ability in his will to choose to worship Jesus. No one and certainly not a demon from hell, can stop any one from coming to Jesus to be set free from any kind of bondage!!




After a person is saved, the next step in their growing as a believer is to be healed, in their emotions and sometimes physically. Jesus is able and willing to do both.

Luke 4:16 – So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. (Verse 17) And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: Verse 18) “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Verse 19) To preach the acceptable year of the LORD.”

When Jesus had sent His disciples out, He told them three things to do: preach the gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons.

Physical healing

What does the Bible say about physical healing? Does God want us healed, or does God want us sick? These are very simple questions we can ask ourselves, because too many Christians today do not believe in divine healing, emotional or physical.

Look what God says in Exodus 15:26 – and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

This reference is not referring to “spiritual” healing. It is physical healing. God never changes and what He did for the Israelites in the Old Testament, He is still doing today.

Exodus 23:25 – “You shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

Deuteronomy 7:15 – “And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt, which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you. 

Psalm 103:2 – Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. (Verse 3) Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, (Verse 4) who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

If we can believe that God can forgive all of our iniquities, and saves us from an everlasting eternity without Him,  then why is it so hard for people to believe Him when He says over, and over in His word, “I am the God that heals all your diseases?

Isaiah 53:4 says, “Surely He has borne our griefs (sickness is what the word means in Hebrew) and carried our sorrows (infirmities in Hebrew); The word sorrows is in the Old Testament 24 times and twenty of those times it is translated “sickness.” It is also quoted in the New Testament also, for those who think it just applies in the past tense.

Matthew 8:16 – When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, (Verse 17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”

Matthew 4:23 – Now Jesus went about Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Verse 24) Then His fame went throughout all Syria and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytic; and He healed them. If He healed in the Old Testament and the New Testament, He is still healing today. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He changes not.

Jesus never healed people to draw attention to Himself as some draw big crowds today, as if to say, “Look what I can do!” He healed people because of His mercy and because of “who” He was. This is what God does; He saves, He heals, and He sets the captives free!

Tradition makes some people uncomfortable with the teaching of healing. Some believe in “excesses” in the body of Christ. One excess is, “God heals every one,” and the other is “God doesn’t heal any one today.” Those are excesses that do not line up with the Scripture.

Another excess is “God does heal, but He chooses whom He will heal and He doesn’t choose to heal others only some.” Here is the problem with that kind of thinking. It places the blame as to why someone doesn’t get healed on God.

Here is another excess: “God has already healed everyone, through the cross, and those with enough faith can receive it.” In other words: If you don’t get healed, you didn’t have the faith to be healed. Now, it places the blame on the person.


Blame, shame, and condemnation, came into this world with the fall. It was the very first thing Adam and Eve did after the fall. God came to Adam and asked him if he had eaten the fruit. Adam said, “The woman you gave me, gave it to me.” And then when Eve was asked, she blamed it on the serpent. This is almost laughable if it weren’t so serious.

When we learn about physical healing from any doctrine or dogma, that begins to put blame on either God or the person, it is not from God. We need to stop blaming God for people not getting healed and stop blaming the people. We live in a fallen world and people get sick and hurt. Everything that goes wrong in a person’s life is not a loving God trying to correct you. You don’t burn someone to teach them not to “touch” that.

All through the Bible forgiveness and healing are combined. Jesus died for our sins, broke the power over us to sin, and He also broke that power over sickness.

To make this very clear, ask yourself: “Since I have been saved, have I sinned?” Yes, I have, because I still live in this fallen world and still make mistakes. So then, if I still sin, but am forgiven, does my body still get sick? Yes, because my body is not made perfect yet! However, that does not mean that Jesus does not still heal. We still believe, pray, and have our faith, to know that God does heal.

Remember these two phrases; “He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted and to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” God heals our emotions also. Oppressed means “bruised,” “crushed,” or “shattered.” It’s a hurt. To set free those who have been wounded. This means that, past wounds can hold you in bondage. People who have had their hearts broken, for whatever reason, also need God’s healing.

Here is the good news: He came to heal the “Brokenhearted!” Some people will tell you, “You just need to learn to live with it!” No, you need to be healed by the Master! Jesus never said, “I came so that you could “cope” with your brokenness.” He did not say that! He said, “I came so that you could be set free!” Jesus can do for us what no psychiatrist can do. We are not to go through life with open wounds. We bring every need to our Lord and Savior.

Here are some ways to know if you still have some emotional hurts that are keeping you in bondage: When someone points out an area that triggers an emotion to rise up that makes you want to say to them, “So do you,” you are in an emotional bondage. You take the focus off yourself and throw it back on the person that said that. Some will regurgitate their past hurts to any one who will listen.

Here is what a mature Christian will never do to someone who is hurting. They will not say to them, “You need to just get over it!” In order for a broken bone to heal it has to be set so it can heal correctly. Things have to be put in alignment. You go to a doctor who is an expert, get it set, and heed their instructions.

In the body of Christ there are experts that are set in place to help people with inner healings and deliverance. However, you won’t find help if you never tell any one about your hurts. Don’t let the devil steal your joy of being a Christian by controlling your emotions.  Jesus came to mend us and deliver us from our past and give us an abundant life, so don’t let the devil ruin your future with Christ.

Are You Saved?

What exactly does it mean to be saved? God has a specific purpose for all our lives, but we will never accomplish it until we are saved, healed and set free. Too many times, people try to disciple other people who are saved but they themselves are not healed or set free before trying to help and disciple someone else.

What does the word “Saved” mean? 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Being saved is present tense.

1 Corinthians 3:15 says, “If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” Will be, future tense.

Ephesians 2:8, 9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (past tense), (Verse 9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Salvation is “grace through faith, not of works, because of boasting. There will be no boasting in heaven. Every person that will be in heaven, will understand that they are there by the grace of God, and no other reason.

So, from these verse that we just read; are you being saved, present tense; or will you be saved, future tense; or have you been saved, past tense? The answer is yes; you will be saved, and you are being saved, if you have been saved, present, future, and past tense. There is a past tense to the word saved that we have to understand.

We are tri-une beings. We all have three parts, body, soul, and spirit. Our bodies “will be saved” in the resurrection. Right now, while on earth, we are in a decaying body.

Our souls, mind, will and emotions, “are being saved.” Our souls are being transformed, renewed into the mind of Christ.

The Greek word for saved is “Sozo,” but pronounced “Sode-zo.” It means to be made whole in body, soul, and spirit – to be made perfect. One day we will have perfect bodies, but our souls are being “perfected” now. Our bodies “will be” saved, our souls “are being” saved, and our “spirits” have been saved, if you have accepted what Jesus did on the cross for you. In other words “Your spirit has a perfect relationship with God, because Jesus paid the full price for our sins. This should clear up what these previous verses mean.

So, what happens when a person gets saved, past tense? Here are seven things about getting saved: (1) It is a gift. If we don’t understand this first, our reasoning and understanding of all else will be messed up. It is a gift from God, to receive. Salvation is not a goal to achieve. And we can’t have it both ways, grace and works. If it’s grace, it’s not works and if it’s works, it’s not grace.

Romans 11:6 says, “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise works is no longer work.” Grace is a gift and works would be earned. If it’s a gift, we can’t pay for it. 

We couldn’t and didn’t pay for our salvation before we got saved, and we can’t pay for it after we get saved by works, lest anyone should boast.

(2) It’s eternal life. Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 John 2:25 – and this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life. 1 John 5:13 – These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. So, when does “eternal” life start? It starts when we die to “self.” It starts when we die to our own way. This, right here is why there are a lot of people who think they are saved but are really not. They have never committed to Christ and died to self.

(3) Being saved is forgiveness. Acts 13:38 says, “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; Jeremiah 31:34 says, “I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Forgiveness is complete release from the penalty that was against us! God has chosen to remember our sins no more!

(4) It’s justification. Romans 3:24 – being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Galatians 2:16 – knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

What does it mean to be justified by God? It means that God is a just God and it is justice for Him to sentence us, me, to heaven. God in His grace towards us, sends us to heaven, because Jesus paid the full price for our transgressions. He is not going to punish two people for the same crime. So if you receive Jesus Christ, you are set free from the penalty of sin which is death.

(5) It’s righteousness. Romans 4:3 – For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Righteousness means right standing with God. It doesn’t mean doing the right thing, that’s righteous. However, we can be righteous and have righteousness, because Jesus did the right thing. So here’s what happened: Before I was saved, there was sin in “my account.” In Jesus account, there was righteousness. God took all of the sin that was in my account and put it in Jesus account, transferred. That’s why Jesus died for me and you. The Bible says He made Him, who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness in Christ Jesus.

God actually took the sin of the whole world and placed it in Jesus account. People need to know that everyone in the entire world has had their sins paid for. They are not all saved though, because they have to believe that Jesus Christ is their Savior.

When we were saved, all our sin went into Jesus’ account and when we believed, Jesus righteousness went into our account. That’s what this verse says. When Abraham believed God, God put righteousness into his account.

He that believes, has life, he that doesn’t believe, doesn’t have life. We all have a choice to believe or not, whether we go to heaven or hell is our choice.

(6) It’s redemption. 1 Corinthians 6:19 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? If you have been saved, you don’t belong to you anymore. 1 Corinthians 6:20 – For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 

The word redeemed is to “purchase back.” God had given dominion to Adam and Eve. They lost that to Satan. Jesus came and legally purchased it back. He purchased the world and every person in the world. He owns them all now. However, He created us in His image, we have a will, and so we can choose whether we serve God or not serve God.

(7) It is a total commitment. There are a lot of people who have fire insurance because they don’t want to go to hell. They go to church and do “churchy things,” but Jesus is not the Lord of their lives. Luke 6:46 says, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things I say?” Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Matthew 7:22 – Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord,’ have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ Matthew 7:23 – And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who have practiced lawlessness!’ “

Jesus said that there are going to be “many” in that day that say this to Him. Jesus did not say, “I once knew you, but I don’t anymore.” He said, “I never knew you!” This proves that a person cannot lose genuine salvation. You don’t receive it once and then lose it. Because Jesus says, “I never knew you,” that person that he is speaking to, was never truly saved, according to what this Scripture says. They never came to the place where they gave control of their life to the Lord.

So, how can a person know that they are truly saved? Ask yourself: Who is the boss in my life? Is it you or Christ? Do your principles and standards take charge or do you follow the Bible in your decisions? If you have never died to self and are still in control, then you are deceiving yourself.

It takes total commitment, surrender, to receive this free gift of salvation. There is not a covenant until both people die. Jesus already died, and we have to die to self in order for the covenant to take effect.

It’s not enough to just believe there is a God, so does Satan. But Satan is not going to heaven because he won’t submit his will to the Lord Jesus Christ. We must will our control over to the Lord. He is either Lord over all or He is not Lord at all! Our God does not take second place.

There are a whole lot of people who have receive a little bit of Jesus, or a little bit of religion, and it’s a counterfeit salvation. It actually tricks them into thinking they have the real thing. If a person has any doubt about whether they are truly saved or not, why not make it right today? This is an eternal question about where you are going to spend eternity.




Miracles Glorify God

In Matthew Chapter 9, there is an instance where Jesus healed a paralytic man. Matthew 9:8 reads, “But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”

God has given the believer supernatural abilities through the gifts He gives. The gifts of the Spirit – miracles – glorify God.

Signs and wonders are for the purpose of validating the Word of God, which is what will change people’s lives.

1 Peter 1:23 says, “having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,”…

So what’s the purpose of miracles? It is to get people to believe His Word. When someone hears about it being God’s will for a person to be healed, we demonstrate it by speaking over them in the name of Jesus. Their healing validates God’s Word. It’s not the miracles that change people, but it will cause them to believe that the word spoken is the Word of God.

In Mark 2:1-12, Jesus was teaching and preaching the Word to a large number of people. Four men showed up carrying a paralytic man on a bed, but couldn’t get anywhere near Jesus. So, they went up on the roof and let him down on the bed. and when Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Some of the scribes that were there started grumbling and wanting to know who can forgive sins but God? 

Then Jesus answered them and said, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk?’ “

Jesus produced the healing so people would know that, if He could do things in the physical realm that they could see happen at His word, then spiritual things such as the forgiveness of sins could also take place. Jesus used miracles to validate His Word.

In Hebrews 2:2, 3, it says that God confirmed this word by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now put that with Mark 16:20 which says, “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”

The Bible says in Mark 17 and 18, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; (Verse 18) “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”

Acts 10:38 reads, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” Jesus and His Word confirmed and drew people to Him to hear His message. This glorified God. Jesus never healed anyone and made Himself more important than the compassion He showed for the people.

The word is preached, then confirmed with miracles, signs, and wonders. Too many sermons are preached Sunday after Sunday with no power behind them. The flow of God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, equips believers with gifts to perform these miracles and it will glorify God.

Too many Christians have no idea of the power that has been placed on the inside of them. Stop waiting on someone else to “do it!” You are equipped with the Holy Spirit to do just as Jesus did.

1 John 4:17 says that, “As He is, so are we in this world.” Just as Jesus is, so are we in this world. Instead of always looking for someone else to do the “laying on of hands,” you do it! Watch what will happen when you let the Holy Spirit flow through you for the benefit of someone else. Your healing might just happen while you are praying for someone else.!

Using Your Gifts To Minister

How can we be an effective minister to others? In 1 Peter 4:11 it says, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” A person does not minister out of their own ability, but out of the ability that God gives.

When the Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of the born again Christian, God Himself comes to live on the inside of us. He begins to speak and flow through us. We need to remember that, when we begin sharing or teaching with other people, this is what is called the gifts of the Spirit. God gives every single person specific gifts in the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 says, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (Verse 5) There are differences of ministries, bu the same Lord. (Verse 6) And there are diversities of activities, bu it is the same God who works all in all.” This means that God works these things in all of us, as Verse 7 says. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all;

These verses tell us that God has put supernatural ability within every single Christian. Some may not feel or be aware of it, but this is a promise of God’s Word. We carry other people’s miracles on the inside of us. God has put the seed form of a miracle inside us for somebody else. Not a single Christian has been left out!

Nine different gifts of he Spirit are listed in 1 Corinthians 12, such as a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge, discerning of spirits, working miracles, gifts of healing, etc. ( I might add, there is no gift of “discernment , as some like to say. It is a gift of discerning of spirits.) There are other gifts listed in Romans 12 also.

Many people have a gift or several, and are not aware of it. There are gifts for teaching, preaching, hospitality. You may have a gift to spot people who feel uncomfortable in a group of people and you go over and speak kind words to them and make them feel welcome. These are all supernatural gifts from God.The book of Romans, Chapter 12, speaks of people who have the gift of giving. They are able to give substantial money to keep someone’s ministry going forward. Some will have the gift of exhortation. There are some of you who have the ability to encourage those who are discouraged. God has placed these gifts and talents,that makes you gravitate toward doing certain things within the body  and on the outside reaching the lost.

The love that God has placed in you through His Spirit, will flow to others to encourage and help. Recognize that you are gifted in Christ and you are equipped to do all things for the kingdom of God.


Divine Flow

The very first step in having the power of God flow through you to other people is to acknowledge the power and good things that are inside of us through Christ.

Philemon 6 says, “That the sharing of your faith may become effective, by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” When we begin to tell others the good things God has done in our lives, some people will be helped.

1 John 4:7 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” Anytime we feel love flow out of us toward another person, that’s God flowing out of us toward them.

To help fully understand this, we have to be able to determine which of the four kinds of love there are. The highest form of love is “agape” love. This is the God kind of love and is supernatural. We need to recognize the difference between attraction, or desire towards somebody. A lot of Christians don’t know the difference and it puts them in difficult situations when trying to help someone of the opposite sex.

When that divine flow comes out of us toward another, it is not self-serving. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, gives the qualifications of God’s kind of love. It’s not envious, selfish, self-serving, easily provoked, etc. We all need to analyze what we call love and make sure it’s really God’s love. We don’t love a person because of what the person can do for us. (But I will tell you this, it is a whole lot easier to love someone that is kind to me and to others.)

When we are trying to help someone and we feel the flow start, always speak words of encouragement and if you can help them in any way, do so.

God is love, and when we love on other people, it’s Him loving other people through us. The way the power of God flowed through Jesus was through compassion and love. This compassion is not just an emotion, it will compel you to do something for another.

When Jesus was dying on the cross and said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) He asked God to forgive the very ones who were crucifying Him, yet He had compassion on them. He made the choice to forgive. He did it and released it toward other people who didn’t deserve it. God will release compassion from inside us toward others.

It doesn’t have to be profound or necessarily some great word. God is love, and whenever we discern that love flowing through us, it’s the divine flow. Sometimes the person might just need to be told that, “God loves you.” We can always be a blessing to someone, if we’re paying attention. God will use us to reach others for His glory.


Does God Always Answer Prayers?

1 John 5:14, 15 – Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (Verse 15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we have asked of Him.

Matthew 7:7, 8 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. (Verse 8) “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”

These verses are very plain and tell us that God does answer prayer, and yet, everyone can remember a time in our lives when we prayed and asked, believing it was right, not selfish or outside God’s will, yet we didn’t see an answer.

God operates in the spiritual realm to answer our prayers, but it takes faith on our part to manifest. Faith is what takes things from the spiritual world and moves them into the physical world. Look at what Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

It didn’t say faith is the evidence of things that don’t exist. They do exist, but they are not in the seen, physical world but the unseen spiritual realm. Faith reaches over into the spiritual realm and draws those things into the physical world.

Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

Are you in Christ? Then it is already there waiting for you to receive it! God moves and answers your prayer but you may never see it manifest in the physical unless you let faith bridge the gap between the unseen spiritual realm and the physical world we live in.

The best example I can give you as to why our prayers are delayed or we don’t see them sometimes, is found in Daniel, Chapter 9. Daniel had been praying for the sins of his people and confessing and then was asking for revelation. and Gabriel shows up. Daniel 9:23 says, “At the beginning of your supplication the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:

Now look at Daniel, Chapter 10, Verse 13, which says, “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the king of Persia.

We think a lot of suppositions that if God is really God and something is His will, it just happens like the snap of a finger, but that’s not true.

In Daniel 9:23, Daniel prayed and his prayer was answered in about three minutes, but in another instance following that prayer in Chapter 10, it took twenty-one days for the answer. In both instances, Gabriel tells Daniel from the first day Daniel’s words were heard, the command was sent, went out to bring him the answer.

If you put Chapters 9 and 10 together, you will see God answered both prayers instantly. One took three minutes for the answer to come, and the other took three weeks, but God wasn’t the variable.

God answers our prayers. He does things, but there are a lot of variables that can happen between the time He answers prayers and we see the answer manifest. We have to believe, faith has to reach into the spiritual realm and bring the answer into the physical realm.

When Gabriel said he was left alone with the king of Persia, this was a demonic hindrance. Satan is another variable that will throw all kinds of hindrances our way. Keep in mind, Satan will hinder through other people also.

If you are praying for a breakthrough in your finances, God is not going to print a bunch of money and rain it down from heaven, it will come through other people helping to make it happen. We just have to know the difference between the ones God sends to help and the ones Satan sends to hinder. That’s when the spirit will lead you into all truths. One of the biggest problems that I see with unanswered prayers is, people only want to pray when something goes wrong. Or, they will pray a couple of times and give up, saying that God didn’t answer. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you, and stay in that closeness.

God is faithful and He has never failed to answer any prayer that was based on His Word and prayed in faith. Your answer just might not show up the way you thought it would or in your timing.


God’s Kind of Love

1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 14:1 says, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”

The Bible says to follow after love, pursue it, and make it your highest aim. It’s the only thing we’ll take out of this life into eternity. We will take the love that Christ has imparted into our lives by the Holy Spirit. Love is the only thing that has eternal value.

When we say, “We love our car, or I love ice cream,” it’s not the same love as a husband says to the wife. That kind of love, between husband and wife,  is “Eros,” which means sexual attraction or sexual love. The book of Song of Solomon, is about sexual love and God has restricted that kind of love to a marriage relationship between a man and a woman.

Another kind of love is called “storge,” which is a natural bond of affection in a family relationship.

Then there is “phileo” which comes from the root word “philia.” This word is used about seventy-two times in the New Testament and means a warm feeling of affection that comes and goes in intensity. “I fall in love,” “I fall out of love.” If a marriage is built on that kind of love, then there will be times when that love is high, and when it’s low.

However, the Bible says we are to love one another with the God kind of love – Agape” love.

1 Corinthians Chapter 13, gives the definition of what love involves. and then 1 John 5:3 says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” And Matthew 7:12 says, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law of the Prophets.”

In other words: Whatever you would want others to do to you, do to them. How do you want to be treated? Treat others the same. This will go against our flesh at times, and will go against us seeking our own benefit first. I don’t think this can be done without the help of God’s Holy Spirit. The Bible says the fruit of the Spirit is love, and God is love. He is the source of love and the One who will show us how to love through His commandments. He’s the One who will give us strength, even in spite of our flesh, to make the right choices and decisions and act on the right principles.

We are not to love in words only, but also with our actions. If you want to have a love that has true feelings in your life, practice “agape” love. Seek the welfare and benefit of others regardless of how you feel at first, and you will be rewarded beyond measure.

Jesus Christ was and is the greatest expression of love that ever came on the face of the earth, yet as far as the recordings of the Bible, He never said, “I love you.” Isn’t that amazing? Because love is more than a word.

Suppose a husband tells his wife, “I love you,” and then goes out and commits adultery. She wouldn’t think much of those words, would she? But if that husband doesn’t tell her he loves  her but provides for her, and is faithful till the day he dies, she’ll know he loves her by his actions. 90% of truly loving another is nonverbal. It’s not in the things one says, it’s what they do.

1 John 3:18 says, “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and truth.”

Matthew 25:35, 36 says, “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; (Verse 36) ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “

Then in verse 40 He says, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “

Matthew 22:37 – “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Verse 39) “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “

The Bible and Jesus teachings, show us that we have opportunities to love Christ in practical ways, by loving others. Love is kind, love seeks the welfare of others – just like Jesus sought our welfare when He went to the cross! Treat others right and they will know you belong to Christ and you won’t have to tell them that you are a Christian.