And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Psalms 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength a very present help in the time of trouble. God is.. He is not going to be… he already is. He is our refuge. He is our fortress. You and I are in a battle of life against our joint enemy (Devil). In this battle the Lord our God will be your fortress and your strength. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Your weakness, whatever it may be produces a perfected strength displayed in you from God. He is a very present help in the time of trouble. He is not just present but a very present help in time of trouble. God is not just any other kind of dad… He drops whatever He is doing to listen to what you have going on in your life. Lord bless his name. He is so present that when you hear people in trouble, pray for them right now. I have a good friend who was sick, as we started praying, the presence of God entered into our bedroom. He is present in times of trouble.
Genesis 1:1 -God was in the beginning… And the earth was without form and void and the spirit of God moved upon the waters. God is in your beginning. He existed before there was anything. Even in Genesis Chapter 2: - God was present in trouble. It was void, incomplete, darkness amid darkness the Holy Spirit was present. He says, “I am very present in your trouble right now”. He is present in your times of trouble. God is giving me a different kind of praise… oh that men would praise the Lord (Psalm 107:31). God has given me a praise to praise God even before people get healed. This week if someone comes your way to be healed, he will heal them in your presence instantaneous. His eyes are going to and fro (2 Chronicles 16:9) waiting to show himself strong. He enjoys showing off. Sometimes the very ones he wants to heal are the ones who hate him. Remember in the book of Exodus. He talked to pharaoh. Every time he talked to the Egyptians, Moses would intercede for Pharaoh despite the Pharaoh’s ill intentions.
When God starts answering prayers, it does something to your own faith. In the first chapter of Joshua, we learn that this young man has now become a new leader of a nation. Moses the former shepherd of Israel just died. God waited for his people to mourn Moses. It’s good to mourn for your leaders but don’t stay in a rut of despair or you may miss out on what the opportunity(s) God has for you. “Moses my servant is dead. ….every place the sole of your foot shall tread upon shall be yours. As I was with Moses, so shall I be with you. (Exodus 1) Turn not from it from the right hand or the left. Ponder on it day and night. The original pastor of our church passed away decades ago. People who lived in our community would remember back on the “good ole days” and talk about amazing things that occurred in the past. Oh yes, jones is dead now get up and go to the promise land which I have already set in you. And watch me do signs and wonders. Quit praying the puny plans, I am Jehovah, this God that I am talking about wants to do signs and wonders, to show you that I am still alive, I am bigger than the right wing, don’t put me in a box. Bless his name. I can just see in my mind Joshua starting to put these words in his mouth, “Wow, we are going to the promise land. I am going to do what Moses couldn’t do”. Everyone laughed at Moses, stuttering. But he had the present God who is present in the time of trouble. He causes your natural to become supernatural. Remember the miracles that God welded through Moses’ natural staff.
Pastor you don’t need the stick, I want you to know that I have given you a word. You will do those things that the elders prayed about, He has seen the day that you have not seen the anointing has been placed upon you. Not only bless you but all the things that He has promised upon you. Bless his name, Glory, Glory. As you start walking, you have a Word. When God gives you a Word it is not just for you. Don’t lose the Words of God. But hold on to them and speak about them and speak them over your life. The bible says by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53). It also states that “I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread (Psalm 37:25), every time you hear negativity replace it with the Word of God (bible).
When Joshua set out to claim the land that God promised his people, he met a man with a drawn sword. The man informed Joshua that He was the Commander of the Armies of Heaven. Joshua may have felt fear but did not walk in it. This was due to the instruction that was given to him by the Lord God. He told Joshua not to be afraid but to meditate on the word (Joshua 1:8). When the nation of Israel saw the fortified city of Jericho they had every right to be afraid. The city was fortified with a supremely thick wall. It was so thick that chariots were able to race each other. But this was not a major issue with Joshua because his Faith in God was built up and would not falter. This is due to him seeing what the Lord God did for Moses and through him continually speaking about the Word of God. The word of God was reprograming his mind. The word will change your perspective. You will no longer be burdened with how you be able to pay unpaid bills. The Lord will teach you how to manage your finances. If you do not have enough he will provide you with the finances.
Jericho was straightly shut up. The trouble that the enemy brought against you, God will keep the enemy back until you cross over. This is seen when the Lord God allowed an east wind the blow the Reed sea overnight and created a way for Israel to cross. He would later start to taunt their Egyptian enemies before letting it come down upon them (Exodus 15). God says see Jericho, they saw what I did. His Word is not bound. God keeps his receipts. Jericho was straightly shut. The simple instruction that was given to Joshua on how to conquer Jericho was to march seven times around the city.
Follow God’s simple instruction to you on how to overcome anything. He speaks in a still small voice to every person. The choice is whether you will listen. If you would listen to him, he would show you step by step how to become the victor in anything in life.
We are on the lord’s side. We have the shield of faith to block the arrows of devastation from the enemy. Remember no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Many film makers and writers have produced movies about the supernatural. These movies display the channeling of spirits making it all seem fun and harmless. After watching this, people believe that there is no danger involved and can easily lose their lives. People chase the evil spirits, haunted homes, spiritism, sacrifice to the devils – they are putting their lives in danger. If you are not careful, the devil will follow you home and torment you. Do not give him place in your life through such actions. He won’t come into your home or life unless you invite him in.
There was a 16 year old girl who had a close-nit family. One day her father died and the family suffered. Before sleeping she said, dad are you there? She believed that his spirit lingered on this earth. Unknowingly she gave the devil a foothold. Once you die, your spirit does not roam around. It is not reincarnated. . This ideology originates from the devil. You don’t come back. This is done by the devil to deceive people being forever lost in hell. Remember the devil knows how your loved one looks. He is a shape shifter. These loved ones that you see are not them but demons. She used to go to the grave yard every night with her friend. After a while she thought she felt his presence but did not. She later entered into an abandoned mental assignment but did not know that the asylum was haunted. They later went home and the demons followed her there. The demons talked to them and caused the fighting. Unfortunately, this family was not Christian. The Lord will give you a feeling and a gut feeling if something is wrong or right. If you know God, he will protect you. Don’t live in fear. Some people have false security. There is no protection in a building Psalms 20:7- trust in the name of the Lord God. If you know God, he will protect you wherever you go. He will protect you from shootings. God gives victory to the anointed. He gives a peace that no man can give. Stand firm Philipians 4:6 and trust him all the way. John 14:27 peace I leave to you I do not give a peace Col 3:13-15 peace of God live in your heart. Phil 1:2 – grace and peace . I 1:20-21. Psalm 20
Building a firm foundation. You have people who live in sin so long that they think that they are living alright. Everything you have watched via media or casual conversations fits in the 59th chapter of Isaiah. These are the works of the wicked. They believe that there is nothing but darkness. It’s alright here. Nothing new under the sun. God has seen governments and empires fall, and will remind you that he has always brought people out of pain and despair.
Isaiah 59:16-17(NIV): He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him. He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
The Lord looked at this and saw that there was no justice….
Don’t ever reach a point in life where God has to step in for vengeance. When he puts on his armor, there is no asking for forgiveness. Don’t be self-righteous, you don’t need that point where your own stupidity outshines God. Don’t be on the last day, when it’s judgement time.
Proverbs 10:8 (NIV): Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.
Everyone works with a babbling fool. When you realize that you may be a fool what do you do? Correct yourself or stay in it. The wise of heart will receive commands. We are always learning. Some believe that they know it all. And later come to the realization that they don’t know everything.
Proverbs 10:25 (NIV): When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.
The righteous have an everlasting foundation. If you have a solid foundation you will stand. You continue to keep reading the bible so that you can have the proper nourishment.
Psalms 125:5 (NIV): But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.
Whatever you do, when you see bad among you, don’t go with the flow. No one put a gun to your head. When you see bad do good. Don’t go with the flow. You have character if you do what’s right. You may fall but you will get back up. If you fall remember the difference between you and the sinner is that you had enough sense to learn and accept God’s way to salvation.
3 John vs 2 – beloved I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers
What is prosperity? The condition of being or thriving or of economic wellbeing – Webster
God is the author of prosperity.
The silver and gold is mine. We must realize that God is the giver of great things and the source of prosperity. What is the secret? It’s three-fold. Prosper in material things, health, and the soul (inner man) God wants us to prosper in the whole man in unity and power. The Holy Spirit is the connector to the will and purpose of God for you to enjoy. You need these fundamentals or this prosperity will be fleeting.
God wants us to prosper. When we think of prosperity we usually think of material things. And God wants you to have plenty of this. He wants to show you before this year is out to show you that he can and will prosper you in whatever you face. – I want you to be in health. Prosperity without health is not worth anything.
Story: Superintendent of schools had everything. One of the students told him he wanted to be just like you. He told the kid, I would give everything if I could eat a good meal like you. But I have had ulcers for ten years. Lesson: You can be wealthy but if you don’t have health, you don’t have anything. If you’re family hates you, you have no prosperity. Start saying prosperity is flowing in mine life. Start saying that God wants me to prosper. I believe that my pocket book is full and refrigerator.
As your soul prospers. What good is it to have wealth but go to hell. God wants you to have prosperity in your emotional, spiritual, and physical area. If you have a heavy heart, contemplating suicide, God wants to heal your soul. So many people who have had wealth wanted to commit suicide. I send his Word to those who want to commit suicide. Take your hands off their minds devil in the name of Jesus.
When we came here we didn’t have anything. Prosperity is more than dollars. The money will come. The whole composite of the glorious human structure is giving strength, power so that you can be the person God wants you to be. Prosperity begins in the inner man. It begins on the inside. – WHO can do exceedingly abundantly above all that you may see or think. It will renew your mind in the name of Jesus.
The outer man (health,). To the wife prosperity- loving husband, children, and home. To a husband it may be a far different thing. Man- believe God for the electric bill, maintaining the bills. Mom’s was about clothes, school items. To others it is living free of debt. Some it is a nice hut, a horse, a good camel. God can provide prosperity for every one of us. To a farmer it is rain. To a stock broker it is a good stock market. You must get the feeling for prosperity. It works for anybody. Everyone can use it and it will work for them. God doesn’t want his people to be poverty stricken.
I grew up in poverty. God wants you to prosper. God can break the chains of poverty and set you free. The prosperity of God begins right here on earth. Not pie in the sky. Psalms 1:1-3 – blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. His delight is in the law of the God…His leaf will not wither whatsoever he doeth it will prosper.
David was a rugged man- a hard worker. When he grew up, God revealed to him what prosperity is. The beginning of prosperity is proper Counsel. In the multitude of counselors, there is safety. Sometimes you may get the wrong advice. You can’t be prosperous all by yourself. You will reap what you soul, so don’t cheat others. If you want corn, you don’t sow soybeans. You plant ungodly counsel it will come back to you. You must be careful how you sow your seed. Establish yourself with the right kind of people. The right knowledge will flow if you flow with the right kind of people. The wrong counsel results in divorce. Don’t fellowship with wicked people. It is a total life not a partial life. – I have never seen the righteous forsaken. It is built around discipline.
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful. Disposition has to do with prosperity. Don’t be scornful to everyone. Attitude problem. You must have the right disposition. You must delight in Jehovah. His delight is in the law of the lord. Delight in truth. No matter what you think about it, the bible is true.
The bible is still the most popular book. The prosperous person is honest, delights in honesty, integrity. Always give 100%. Integrity and prosperity are kin-folks. God’s prosperity brings forth fruit. The blessed man or woman is like a tree not a bush or a weed. They are planted by a river not a dessert. That person brings forth fruit in their season. The more we delight in obeying God, the more fruitful we are.
Poverty and transgression are related. More than 50% of charity goes to families that have been deserted by the husband. Matthews 25:14 – for the kingdom of heaven is as a man
The bags of silver represent any kind of resource that we have been given. God expects us to invest them wisely. We are responsible to what he has given us. How well have we used these gifts not how many gifts God has given us? Some people believe that prosperity can be had in heaven but no on earth. Misgivings about prosperity are off.
1 Tim 6:10. Some people believe that prosperity is evil. God is not the author of poverty. We don’t have to accept circumstance. Some say we are victims of our circumstance. Ghettos are created by transgressors. If you serve the Lord you can overcome. God grows bananas all over the world. BILLIONS of coconuts are grown and not eaten. God has an abundance of everything. Line up on the right side. The devil is a loser. Religions teach poverty. You shouldn’t struggle all the time. The thinking – make you think wrong. You should renew your mind. The thinking of transmigration in India produces poverty. Total prosperity comes through living right. Superstitions come from the devil. They are not related to truth.
National poverty (Nehemiah- the God of heaven we are his servants – he had a personal relationship with the God of heaven. The beginning of prosperity is a proper relationship with God.
There are gifts that are present to us as Christians that provide us with information about the future and special knowledge to assists those who are in need. The bible refers to these gifts as the gifts of the Spirit identified in the first letter to the Corinthian church and the twelfth chapter. These gifts seem kind of spooky to those who may not know the Lord or have not been around those who have access to these gifts. They seem spooky because many people do not believe that they exist, have not seen anyone from the church use them or just segment this ability to witches or the occult.
Special knowledge about what will occur is not just relegated to the weird or to those who want to be known as prognosticators. Special knowledge from the Spirit of God is given to his servants to assist people who are in need. This need can be physical, mental, or spiritual. In the bible, Jesus accessed this gift when he spoke to a woman who arrived at a well seeking water. The Spirit of God worked through Jesus to reveal the woman’s history. This knowledge was not to embarrass the woman but to show her that God still is alive and works in this life to meet the needs of people regardless of their gender, ethnicity, nation, or class. This instance is found in the fourth chapter of the book of John. With this gift of knowledge, an entire city decided to pledge their faith in Jesus Christ.
Special knowledge about the future can help kingdoms, democracies and even countries that do not know God. In the bible, we learn of an old prophet named Elijah. His nation was at war with another nation. God wanted to protect his people so he revealed to the prophet the war plans of the enemy nation.
How can access to this knowledge be obtained? Well, it can’t be obtained by works. For the gifts of God or given to his people severally as HE wills. It can only be obtained by having a sincere love for God and people. Knowing this, you must first believe that Father-God exists and that he rewards those who continually seek him. Second, you must receive confess that his Son Jesus Christ lived, was crucified, and was raised to life to become your savior from lawlessness. After this you must be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This baptism of the Spirit is different from water immersion. It’s being immersed by the power of the Living God. With this immersion, the Holy Spirit will live in you and give you Power from Heaven. After this, you must maintain a clean life connected to God. This clean life is a life that is one of prayer. A life of love for people. A life that doesn’t allow evil to remain in your life. It is a life of faithfulness. A life of Hope. A life of joy. A life of self-control. A life of being humble. A life of gentleness. A life of kindness.
A life of prayer is different from chanting mantras. A life of prayer is a life that is led by God. This life sees a need. If it is in your power to remedy that need you do your best to supply. This means that if there is a problem and you don’t have the money to fix the problem, you bring the request to the Lord in prayer and expect results. See if the solution is the Will of God and go from there. You can only find and know the will of God by studying the bible and talking to God about the situation. If you talk to the Lord He will talk back to you. His voice (if you are his) will be spoken to you through the bible or from within you. His voice will reflect his words in the bible. They will not deviate
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