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A few years ago as I was reading the book “Christ the Healer” by F.F. Bosworth; the Lord had me copy down the SevenĀ  Redemptive names of Jehovah that Brother Bosworth lists in this excellent book on Healing. I began confessing these over my family and myself every morning as I waited for the bus to come by to pick me up for work. I have gone over these names and scriptures in prayer giving thanks to God that He is all of these things in mine and my families lives.

Did things change instantly in our lives? No! But there was a continual planting year by year of the Word of God in my life, a continual rememberance of how Mighty of a God I serve, and a constant reminder of what He desires to come to pass in our lives.

I would like to challenge you today to do two things. One, find and read this excellent book by Brother Bosworth. Two, begin confessing and praying the names and scriptures over you and your family today.

May God richly bless you and your family as He through His Mighty Holy Spirit begins to reveal His Salvation Plan for you and your family through these Names and Scriptures which witness of our Salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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If you are looking for a good Christian book to download or read from the Internet, let me suggest checking out the following book by Andrew Murray: The True Vine.

A copy of this book may be read or downloaded from the following site: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/murray/true_vine.html

May God Bless you in your reading and study of His Word!

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Let us start out today by reading from the book of James in chapter 1.
In James 1:2-8 it says:
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

In James chapter one verse two the Lord tells us to be exceedingly glad or full of joy when we fall into or encounter various circumstances or situations that put to the proof or test what we say or think we believe.
And in verses 3 and 4 the Lord tells us why this is the case: “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience”. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Anytime there arises a circumstance or situation that puts to the test what you say you believe, it is a time for rejoicing in a couple of ways.
One. If you allow patience (cheerful endurance) to bring you through to the receiving or the promise …whew-hoo (rejoice) you now know how to face that circumstance or trial with the Word of God and defeat it in your life, and help others defeat it in theirs.
Or if you really were not believing but merely giving mental exercise to the Word of God, then you will fail the testing or proving of the matter and you can locate yourself for change.
It is not the failing of a thing that is bad, because we all have areas of our lives to work on; but it is the continual living in that failure and not learning how to overcome it that causes us and our Father God great sorrow.

In verses 5 the Lord says “if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given to him.
Do you hear that “it shall be given to him”! The Lord is not expecting us to have the answers to the issue, but He is looking for us to ask Him with child like trust, believing that He will show us the way to accomplish the task. Now if I know that He is going to show me the plan, give me the way to overcome then I have joy. But if I doubt my Fathers love for me or think that He is going to say “well you made the mess, now clean it up yourself”, then I will not ask in faith. I will be like James said a man driven by the winds of doubt, tossed to and fro.

So today if you are facing some trial or testing in your life, then I say with the Apostle James “count it all joy”!

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Have you ever thought to yourself that you were not sufficient, not qualified to do the things that the Lord has asked you to do.
Well let me share a word of encouragement with you today from 2 Cor. 3 verses 5-6:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.
We have the same sufficiency from our Father God who has made us able ministers in whatever area of life or task that Lord has called us to.
So don’t look at your circumstances, as to what they or the world tells you that you can or cannot do, but look unto Jesus whom the scriptures state “is the author and perfecter of our faith”. Begin to say within yourself today, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”.
Then step out and do what God has placed in your heart to accomplish, for you are qualified!

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Fiery Trials

I don’t know how many times I have gone to do something that the Lord has spoken to my heart, when immediately there arises some circumstance or situation that seeks discourage or distract me from doing His will.

If you are in that place today where you can say with me that it seems like all hell was waiting for you when you stepped out to accomplish something God told you to do, then let me remind you of what the Apostle Peter had to say about this in 1 Peter 4:12-13
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Do you hear what the Lord is saying to us through this scripture?

Let’s just take a second here to examine by the Holy Spirit what these verses have to say to us.

First, He calls us Beloved! Not second rate, barely hanging in there, low life scum of the earth sinner ….but Beloved! I was a sinner but praise God I got saved by Grace, and now because of the Blood of Jesus, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Praise God, I am the Beloved of my Father God!

Next he says “Don’t think it is a strange thing concerning this fiery trial which has come to try you”. Hey, the devil hates you. He hated Jesus, the apostles and disciples that were before us, and he hates us to because we belong to the Father God. Now, the devil will try to make you believe that these fiery trials come from God.
But listen to what James says about this lie from the devil in in James 1:13-17:
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Now the Lord is telling us “do not err”. He is not the source of our temptations, trials, tribulations, persecutions, or problems. He is the Father of lights! He does not bless one time and the curse the next. No he is the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father…not a child abuser!
So if this trial, temptation, problem, persecution is not from Him then the question is from whom?
Well let’s listen to the words of Jesus from John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
And again in John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Now look at the life of Jesus through the Gospel, and ask yourself did Jesus tempt or do terrible things to those He ministered to? Did He plague them with disease or sorrow? Did you ever read anywhere in the scriptures where Jesus did this to anyone? The answer has to be NO! And if he perfectly represents the Father then my Heavenly Father did not do this!
So if you have stepped out to obey the Lord in anything then just know that it is the devil who is attempting to turn you away from obeying your Heavenly Father.

Last He says “rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings”!
Yes, rejoice because you have become a partaker of Christ’s sufferings. When I look up that word “sufferings” it refers to mental or emotional anguish, grief, indignation, resentment, and sorrow. These are the sufferings of that Christ and all of his followers endured as they lived the life and preached the Word of God.
The world system and satan was there to resist them and attempt to discourage them. So rejoice, just as the religious and satan led of the day hated Jesus they will hate you to.
But in all of this remember it is only because you are becoming more and more like Jesus through your obedience to what He has called or asked you to do. So as you rejoice, you will find as the Apostle Paul did that in your weakness…the area where the devil is tempting/testing or attempting to discourage you in, that is where you will find the strength of the Lord. And as you find the strength of the Lord to accomplish these tasks, you will see His Glory displayed in your life, and as you see His Glory and Power displayed in your life, you will be glad with exceeding great joy!

My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, Rejoice…and again I say “rejoice”!

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