Joy of the Lord! (Part 2)

Joy can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory because it knows that difficult times have an expiration date. Joy gives you hope for a better future.

Joy – Glorify God with all your wealth, honoring Him with your very best, with every increase that comes to you. Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy! Proverbs 3:9-10

Joy – When you rejoice and laugh by faith, you tap into true joy, and resist yielding to depression and fear. Keith Moore

Joy – Happiness is always an inside job. Author Unknown

Joy asks, “Who can I be a blessing to today?”

Joy – Smile, for you never know how it may brighten someone’s day.

Joy – Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too.

Joy – Psalms 27 talks about the sacrifices of joy—rejoicing in God’s goodness, mercy, grace and presence with singing, shouting, dancing, lifting up holy hands and playing musical instruments. David knew how to rejoice before the Lord with the sacrifices of joy.

Joy – Paul mentions joy and rejoicing 16 times in the book of Philippians. Joy must be crucially important for Paul to mention it so many times in one small epistle alone.

Joy – Your joy is a demonstration of the triumph of Christ.

Joy – Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Joy is associated with trusting in the Lord and rejoicing in His goodness.

Joy is linked with the fruit of kindness. When kindness is demonstrated in relationships, it brings joy to the relationship.

Joy is the best makeup. Author Unknown

Joy is contagious. Be a carrier and spread joy to everyone around you.

Joy – Rejoice because you are a son or daughter of God!

Joy is found in the beauty and peace of nature, such as beautiful forests and flower gardens.

Joy – Psalms 126 says:

1 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.

3 The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.

5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Joy – Comparison is the thief of joy.

Joy – God’s goodness, and any mention of His goodness, brings joy.

Joy – Proverbs 15:15 says, “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].” AMP

Joy is found in a grateful heart.

Joy – Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in his love, He will joy over thee with singing.”

Joy – The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy. Author Unknown

Joy – The Bible instructs us in the attitude that we are to serve God. It says to serve the Lord with gladness (Psalms 100:2).

Joy – Gladness is defined in the Hebrew as: glee, blithe, making merry, rejoice, joyful, to brighten up, cheerfulness, goodness, welfare, beauty, to go well with.

Joy is linked with waiting on the Lord. While we are waiting, God is working in the situation and we can have joy knowing that.

Joy – Waiting on God also speaks of spending time soaking in God’s Presence, and in His Presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalms 16:11).

Joy is connected to the thoughts you think. If you think joyful, happy, positive thoughts, then you will be filled with joy and gladness. As a man thinks in His heart, so is he (or so does he become). Proverbs 23:7

Joy – He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25).

Joy – The joyful person finds delight in God’s Word (Psalms 1:2), and delights to do God’s will (Psalms 40:8).

Joy – “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” Irish Proverb

Joy – Laughter is an instant vacation. Milton Berle

Joy is the serious business of Heaven. C.S. Lewis

Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all of the details of your life; the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be okay; and the determined choice to praise God in all things. Kay Warren

Joy – When we receive miracles and answers to prayer, and dreams come to pass, it sparks joy.

Joy – Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5

Joy – May you become filled with so much joy and happiness that it heals every part of you.

Joy and grieving is meant to be shared with others. Rejoice with them who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15

Joy – After Elisabeth (who was past childbearing age) gave birth to John the Baptist, her family and neighbors heard that the Lord had shown her great favor, and done wonderful things for her, and they shared her joy. Luke 1:58

Joy – A mother presses through the pains of labor, and rejoices when the baby is born and she is holding her child in her arms.

Joy – There is no greater joy on earth than to be a grandparent.

Joy – The fear (holy reverence) of the Lord is a fountain of life. Proverbs 14:27

Joy – Happy people don’t go through life collecting recognition. They go through life giving it away. Dodinsky

Joy – Once you have feasted on the goodness of God, nothing else will satisfy. D.A. Ovieda

Joy – May we always have an attitude of gratitude, because thankfulness produces joy.

Joy – Your future is as bright as the promises of God.

Joy – The reward ceremony in Heaven will be unlike anything we can imagine. www.DavidJeremiah.org

Joy – “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

Joy – Psalms 32:11 says, “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”

Joy – Psalms 46:4 says, “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.”

Joy – Isaiah 12:3 says, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” NKJV

Joy – John 10:10b says, “I (Jesus) came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” AMP

Joy – Jeremiah 31:12-14 states:

12 Therefore, they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat (Word of God), and for wine (Joy), and for oil (Anointing), and for the young of the flock and of the herd (Prosperity): and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.

Joy – Psalms 34:8 says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.”

Joy is something that rests deep within your soul. It is something that does indeed bring you happiness, but which also brings you peace and hope in times of pain or sadness. Joy is indescribable, just like its Maker. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Rejoicing describes the outward expression of our internal joy. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy comes from being in God’s Presence—He is the source of joy! Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy is an expression—a shout, a song, a praise to God (He is the object of joy!) Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy Heals—We can find joy during suffering and our suffering can turn to joy. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy can be found by following God’s will—serving him with our work, following his commands, and becoming like-minded with Christ. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy is something we can ask for—God gives it freely. Kira, www.joypursued.com

God finds joy in His people (that’s us!). Kira, www.joypursued.com

Faith and obedience to God brings us joy. This includes keeping God’s commands (John 15:10-11); trusting in God (Romans 15:13); seeking after the things of God (Romans 14:17, Psalms 97:11). Kira, www.joypursued.com

How much joy we experience directly relates to the closeness and steadfastness of our relationship with God. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Relying on God to meet our needs allows our joy to be complete. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” John 16:24. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Sin hinders us from experiencing joy. Sin separates us from God, our source of joy. An example is King David after committing adultery (Psalms 51:7-12) www.joypursued.com

Joy transcends circumstances. The Bible assures us we can experience joy in all circumstances. Habakkuk demonstrates this principle as he prophesied the coming destruction of Israel (Habakkuk 3:17-18). Kira, www.joypursued.com

Having joy blesses us. As we seek God’s will and rejoice in his goodness, God blesses us. Jesus himself tells us, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33) Kira, www.joypursued.com

Keep in mind many of our blessings are awaiting us in heaven. “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” Psalm 16:11. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Exploring what the Bible says about joy brings us to one conclusion; joy is the result of a life lived for God. Kira, www.joypursued.com

J O Y = Jesus, Others, Yourself

Joy is a daily choice. Choose joy and gladness today.

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Joy of the Lord! (Part 1)

Joy of the Lord!

Joy is the English word for Strong’s #5479, chara. Chara is defined as “calm delight; cheerfulness”. It is translated as “exceedingly joyful, joyous, gladness”. It is derived from #5463 chairo, meaning “calmly happy or well off; cheerful”. It is translated in the New Testament as “joy”, “gladness”, and “rejoice greatly”.

The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines joy as the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune, or by the prospect of possessing what one desires; a state of happiness or bliss.

Joy is produced by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2; Romans 14:17, 15:13; Galations 5:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 1:6)

Joy is second on the list of the Spirit-filled life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23

Joy is associated with hope and faith (Romans 15:13; Galations 5:22-23). The Holy Spirit is seen as the One giving the joy, hope and faith.

Joy is also associated with peace and righteousness in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17, 15:13).

Joy – Rejoice that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and Heaven is your eternal home! Luke 10:20

Joy – Jesus despised the shame of the cross, because He focused His mind on the joy of the future that was set before Him. Hebrews 12:2

Joy – The Apostle John had no greater joy than to know that his spiritual children walked in truth (3 John 4).

Joy – In order to remain joyful, keep company with other joyful and positive people.

Joy – One way to build your praise to God is to associate with others who are praisers.

Joy – Don’t spend a lot of time with gloomy people, except to offer encouragement, prayer and to cheer them up.

Joy – Be careful of someone who is in a pit, lest he or she pull you in the pit with them. Sometimes you have to turn people over to God and let Him heal them.

Joy – Unforgiveness and bitterness will hinder the force of joy from operating in your life (Mark 11:23-26; Ephesians 4:31; Hebrews 12:15).

Joy – The Lord gives us the oil of joy or gladness for mourning (Isaiah 61).

Joy – God turns our mourning into dancing (Psalms 30:11).

Joy and rejoicing are daily choices. The Apostle Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always; I will say it again, Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

Joy is cheerfully expectant.

Joy contains expectation of a prosperous and successful future.

Joy can get you through any hardships, trials, grief or sorrow (1 Peter 4:12-14).

Joy – Most prosperous and successful people are joyful people, because they are positive minded and are thankful individuals.

The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). The Lord says to prepare a feast and celebrate, and sorrow no more. The word for “strength” in this verse means a defense, a rock, fortitude. It also means “staying power”.

Joy strengthens a person spiritually, emotionally, mentally, relationally, financially and physically.

Joy – Science has proven that laughter is therapy to the soul and entire body, including the bones (Proverbs 15:30, 16:24, 17:22).

Joy – Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

Joy – The Holy Spirit is likened to new wine, and wine is also associated with joy and laughter. The Bible says that wine makes merry (Ecclesiastes 10:19).

Joy – The Bible teaches us to drink wine in moderation to avoid drunkenness. Ephesians 5:18 encourages us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It says, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” In Acts 2, the Jews at Jerusalem thought that those who were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues were drunk, but the Galileans were sober and praising God in languages they had never learned, and speaking eloquently as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Joy – When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will speak to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:19-20).

Joyful people make a habit of singing quite often. Singing expresses joy and brings joy. Some people need to get their song back.

Joyful people are thankful individuals. They express their gratitude to the Lord and others. They may keep a gratitude journal, and write down a few things each day that they are grateful for.

Joy – When a person expresses gratitude, then breakthroughs come to their life and dreams come to pass, and then the person has even more joy than they had before. Gratefulness expresses joy, but also generates more joy.

Joy – Father God enjoys answering our prayers when we ask in Jesus’ Name, because it brings us fullness of joy! John 16:24 says, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

Joyful people make the commandments of God their delight, and they prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Joyful people never run dry, and they are strong and stable. They are connected to Jesus (the Source), and they are like that tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in season, and his leaf shall not wither and whatever he does will prosper (Psalms 1).

Joyful people have a spring in their step and tend to be more agile.

Joy – May your morning confession be: “This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalms 118:24).

Joy – God promises that those who delight themselves in the Lord, they shall receive the desires of their heart (Psalms 37:4).

Joyful people delight in doing God’s will (Psalms 40:8).

There are enemies to joy: anxiety, worry, depression, hopelessness, gloom, fear, rage, anger, resentment, negativity, insecurity, faithlessness, impatience, bitterness, unforgiveness, offense, hatred, ingratitude, abuse, a victim mentality, lack of peace, exhaustion, loneliness, confusion, pride, judgmental attitude, strife, arguing, discord, family breakdown, complaining, murmuring, doubt, sadness, grief, mourning, sin, disobedience to God’s commands, dwelling on past mistakes, frowns, downcast appearance.

There are friends that dwell with joy: love, peace, rest, strength, endurance, forbearance, patience, meekness, calm delight, pleasure, positive expectation, hope, faith, grace, gentleness, humility, high praise, worship, gratitude, gladness, cheerfulness, rejoicing, laughter, dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, positive thoughts and attitude, Presence of God, Glory of God, Anointing of God, the fruit of the Spirit, smiles, countenance is radiant.

Joy – Happiness is based on circumstances and mood swings, whereas joy is fixed in the heart. We can feel joy on both good and bad days and in any situation.

Joy wins battles. When Judah’s army, at the leading of King Jehoshaphat, began to sing songs in the beauty of holiness, and go out before the army praising the Lord, God set up ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir and they became confused and turned on each other and self-slaughtered (2 Chronicles 20:21–24).

Joy is associated with rest. When you have entered God’s Sabbath Rest, there is joy and gladness. Rest is also linked with faith and hope. As you rest, God is working, bringing the answer to pass in your life.

Joy is associated with believing (believing in God’s goodness, believing the Lord to answer your prayers, believing for the best outcome, believing in a bright future) – Romans 15:13.

Joy – Though you may not have seen Jesus in person yet, you believe and rejoice in Him, with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8).

Joy – The sacrifice of joy, praise and worship, is likened to the fragrant offering from the Altar of Incense in the Holy Place. Joy and praise is like a sweet-smelling aroma ascending to the very Throne Room of God, for which He is well pleased (Revelation 5:8-9 AMP).

Joy – There is joy during sufferings, trials and persecutions. Joy is what sustains you and gets you through it (Matthew 5:12; Colossians 1:24; 1 Peter 4:13).

Joy – Romans 5:3-5 says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Joy undergirds your faith and hope. Joy also gives you the grace to go through trials with composure, knowing that hard times don’t last forever.

 

Can a Christian Go To Outer Darkness (a section of hell)?

A Christian’s salvation is eternally secure as long as he or she does the will of the Father and lives in holiness, and bears good fruit in their lives.

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.”

Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Some Christians have forfeited their eternal security in heaven by living a lifestyle of disobedience and lawlessness. Some examples include:

  1. Not walking in love; hatred; prejudice; murder; malice
  2. Abuse of any kind, and causing strife and discord
  3. Bitterness (which defiles many) and unforgiveness
  4. Any form of witchcraft, sorcery, horoscopes, etc.
  5. Any form of sexual immorality, including porn addiction
  6. Embezzlement, stealing, corruption, lying, deceit
  7. Pastors and leaders leading the flock astray through their teachings or being bad examples
  8. Demonstrating irreverence (through words and deeds) to the Holy Spirit and His Anointing and Anointed Ones
  9. Pride and rebellion
  10. Lifestyle of drunkenness, gambling, carousing, vices

The Lord said in His Word that those who practice such things cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God has a two-fold definition: 1. God’s system of doing things 2. Heaven.

Revelation 22:14-15 talks about those who will want to get into heaven, but the gates will be closed for them and they won’t be able to enter in.

Revelation 22:14-15 says, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

Galatians 5:19-25 gives examples of the works of the flesh, and then says that they which live in such a way cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Then it lists the fruits of the Spirit, and encourages us as Believers to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:19-26

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The thing that the majority of Christians struggle with is offense. People hurt you and did you wrong. Then it leads to anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness.

In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus tells us the story of the man who had an enormous debt and could not pay it back. He was facing prison time if he didn’t pay back the debt, and his children taken as slaves. He begged for mercy and the creditor had pity for him and canceled the debt owed.

However, there was a person who owed this man (who was forgiven of much) a very small debt and had no way to pay it off. The man who was forgiven of much had no mercy on the man who owed him a small debt and had the person put in prison. When the creditor found out about this man’s hypocrisy, he was filled with wrath. He had the man put in prison and turned over to the torturers.

When we fail to forgive others, then God cannot forgive us. And we need forgiveness in order to enter into Heaven, because we as Believers miss the mark quite often and need God’s grace. There are many Christians in Outer Darkness (a section of hell) today that are there due to unforgiveness and hatred.

The torturers speak of demons tormenting people. Usually offense is the door in which demons enter people’s lives to torment them. Also, every time people view internet porn, it releases scores of hideous demons into their lives and home, and these demons wreak havoc.

Strife in the household, church or work environment is another way demons wreak havoc, and the sheep are scattered.

In the Apostle John’s writings, his three key words he uses the most often are: LOVE, LIFE and LIGHT. These words are interconnected. If you walk in one, you will walk in all three.

John says that if we claim to love God, yet hate our brother, then we lie and the truth is not in us. He also says that those who do not walk in love are in the darkness, and cannot inherit eternal life. On earth, they are living in spiritual darkness, but in eternity the darkness is literal, and it is the blackest pitch darkness there is.

For years I struggled with offense, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness towards a family member who had abused me for around 21 years – primarily verbal abuse and fits of rage directed against me. God gave me warnings through dreams that I was in trouble and headed for Outer Darkness in hell if I died at that time.

I had to turn the pain over to the Lord, and ask Him to put love in my heart and help me to forgive. For me, it’s been a process of healing that has taken many years. When people hurt me, I tend to internalize it, and I’m learning how to let go and turn people over to the Lord.

If you have a root of bitterness in your heart, the Word says it defiles people. However, the Holy Spirit can remove all bitterness from your soul and fill you with His love and compassion. No one is worth going to hell over. Let go of the offense. If not for their sake, do it to make sure you go to Heaven someday.

Years ago I heard the true story of the pastor in Africa who had gotten in an argument with his wife one morning, and then later on that day was killed in a car crash.

He talked about how he went to hell for 2 or 3 days. He saw fellow pastors there, and was shocked because he thought they were in heaven. One was there for stealing the tithes and offerings, and embezzlement. Others were there for adultery, not walking in love, failing to teach people the whole counsel of God and for other reasons. This pastor was there for being abusive to his wife.

After he was in hell for 2 or 3 days, he was transferred to heaven, and shared how glorious it was.

Meanwhile, after he was killed his wife held on to the Scripture in Hebrews 11:35 that says that women received their dead raised to life again. She, along with others, prayed and believed that he would come back to life. His body was even partially embalmed.

Where they live, there was a Rinehard Bonnke meeting going on. They took his body to the meeting, believing that he would be raised to life. They took him in the casket to the basement while the meetings were in session. His wife and brothers in the Lord were interceding for his rising from the dead. He did come back to life. And now he shares his testimony and warns Christians, and especially pastors and leaders, of the reality of hell if you don’t walk in holiness. Pastors, teachers and leaders are held in stricter judgment than others in the Body of Christ.

In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells us the parable of the children of the kingdom. (The children of the kingdom are referring to Believers in Christ.) Some were cast into outer darkness and everlasting fire, while others received their reward and were granted to enter into Heaven. Jesus said that if you did it (ministered to) the least of these His brethren, you’ve done it unto Him. So therefore, there is a correlation between our works to help others, and receiving eternal life. We are not saved by works, but created UNTO good works (Ephesians 2:10).

In the parables right before this one in Matthew 25:1-30, are the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins. A virgin speaks of the Body of Christ, chaste like a virgin awaiting her bridegroom. Five of them made it into heaven, and five were turned away because when the Bridegroom came, they were unprepared.

Then there is the parable of servants given talents. All of the servants, except for one, invested their talents and had more to present at the end of their lives. They heard the words from Jesus: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. You were made ruler over a few things, now you will be ruler over many things.”

A talent refers to something we are capable of doing, a natural gifting God gives to us. He wants us to develop and use our gifts, and to end up at the end of our lives with even more gifts.

This one servant was given one talent, but he was afraid and buried it in the ground. When the Master came, he gave the talent back to the Master, but he had done nothing with his talent, nor had he invested it. He could of at least put it into a savings account to earn interest. This servant was called an unprofitable servant, and his talent was taken from him and given to the one who had ten talents, plus he was cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

These are strong words Jesus spoke, but they are eternal realities.

John 15 talks about abiding in the Vine. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If we abide in Him, and He abides in us, then we will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. We can live fruitful lives if we will abide in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Also, abide in the Word of God, which renews the mind, transforms the soul, fills the hungry soul, and is like medicine.

Back to the subject of love, John said in 1 John 3:14-15:

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

It’s time to take an inventory of our soul. We need to ask God to highlight to us if there is any iniquity in our lives, so that we can have an opportunity to repent of it while we still have time on this earth.

Just pray this simple prayer, and begin to seek God with all of your heart.

“Dear Father God,

I come to Your Throne in the Name of Jesus. Show me if there is sin and iniquity in my life, and give me the grace to repent of it and forsake it. I am aware of this sin in my life _______ (and tell it to God what the sin is), and I need Your help to overcome it. I want to live for You. I want to spend eternity with You and my loved ones in Heaven. I want to get right with You. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and forgive every sin. Wash me clean by Your Blood. I receive your forgiveness. Fill me with Your love and grace, and empower me to forgive others who have hurt me. I give You my whole heart. Sweet Holy Spirit, please fill me afresh with Your Presence. I need You in my life like never before.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen”

Lord of the Breakthrough – Part 3

Bishop C. Carl Smith

Series: Lord of the Breakthrough – 1 Chronicles 14:8-11

2010 is the year of breakthrough.

Quickened Number 1411 = Lord of the Breakthrough (1 Chronicles 14:11). Everytime I see 1411, I think of “Lord of the Breakthrough.”

The Holy Spirit often quickens particular numbers for a period of time to get a message to us. The word “quicken” implies that the Holy Spirit brings something to life, brings it to our attention to speak a rhema (“Now”) word to us.

The Logos word is the general Word of God. A rhema word is a specific thing the Lord speaks to us through His Word (as if the words jump off the page and relate to exactly what we are going through at the time), and sometimes God quickens things to us through the prophetic (but the prophetic has to line up with the Word to be of God).

God can speak to us in many different ways. The Lord has often spoken to me through my 7-year old nephew who is quite a preacher, and sometimes it’s words of conviction and correction from the Lord. The Lord even speaks to me through the behaviors of my pets. He speaks through nature or through circumstances.

Everytime I see 10:10 on the clock, I think of John 10:10 “Jesus came to give us life, and life more abundantly, til it overflows.”

Breakthrough occurs in many stages or levels of a believer’s life. Before David dealt with the Philistines, he had trouble with the Jebusites. It’s always the “ites” that oppose our possession of the land, and we have to learn how to fight and overcome them. The “ites” today are demonic spirits we contend with that control this world.

Two stages of breakthrough, comparing it with Biblical Old Testament military breakthroughs of entering a fortified city and capturing it:

  1. There is the narrow place, called a gutter. It’s an underwater shaft that leads to the inside of the walled city or castle.

If an army attempted to take on the city from any direction, the entire military could be taken out as they advanced closer to the city. A military strategy was to have someone sneak through a narrow place, a shaft, leading to the inside of the city. Then they would open the gate, and the army would come rushing in and overtake.

The underwater shaft represents the Word. In the narrow place, fear tries to grip you. In the narrow shaft, there is no room to turn around. You cannot go to the right or the left. The only way out of the tight shaft is to either continue going forward or to back out.

When coming out of the underwater shaft on the other side once inside the city, everything opens up into a large expanse. Psalms 66:12 says in the Amplified version, “You caused men to ride over our heads [when we were prostrate]; we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a broad, moist place [to abundance and refreshment and the open air].”

The King James Version words Psalms 66:12 like this: “Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.”

Psalms 18:19 (AMP) says, “He brought me forth also into a large place; He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me.”   Psalms 118:5-6 (AMP) says, “Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

The stronghold of the enemy is NOT stronger than the arm of the Lord. The right arm of the Lord in Scripture implies strength, victory, might, power.

You have to get violent about bursting through. (We’re not talking about physical violence, we’re talking about spiritual warfare – being violent against the tactics of the devil. And being aggressive about possessing the promises of God.) There are giants (obstacles, opposition) to overcome when you set out to obtain the promises of God. You will never outgrow warfare … you have to learn how to fight.

Matthew 11:12 (AMP) states: “And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize — a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].”

  1. The next level of breakthrough is to enlarge your territory. Isaiah 49:19 (AMP) says, “For your waste and desolate places and your land [once the scene] of destruction surely now [in coming years] will be too narrow to accommodate the population, and those who once swallowed you up will be far away.”

Isaiah 54:1-3 (Amplified Version)

1 “Sing, O barren one, you who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who did not travail with child! For the [spiritual] children of the desolate one will be more than the children of the married wife, says the Lord.

2 Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes,

3 For you will spread abroad to the right hand and to the left; and your offspring will possess the nations and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

Enlarge your territory, enlarge your power, enlarge your influence, multiply your numbers of people, financial empowerment, increase of the anointing, expansion in every area of life.

Psalms 65:11 (AMP) says, “You crown the year with Your bounty and goodness, and the tracks of Your [chariot wheels] drip with fatness.”

Isaiah 55:2 (AMP)

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy].

This shall be the year of the glory and the anointing.

The yoke around your neck will break because your neck will get so large from fatness that the yoke will not fit anymore and will snap off.

A yoke is talking about bondage or captivity of any sort. The fatness is referring to the anointing oil (or anointing of the Holy Spirit).

Isaiah 10:27 (NKJV) says, “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.”

The Amplified renders Isaiah 10:27b (AMP) as: “The yoke shall be destroyed because of fatness [which prevents it from going around your neck].”

The spiritual analogy of the yoke refers back to the agricultural society during Biblical days. Yokes would be tied around the necks of animals, such as oxen, to force them to carry a heavy load, to plow fields, to tread out grain.

The devil ladens us down with yokes that are heavy and oppressive to bear. But the Lord comes to set us free. The Anointing breaks every yoke of bondage. Jesus said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30).

The devil may have stopped me once, but won’t stop me again. I have overpowered my enemies.

Do not fear.

Lord of the Breakthrough – Part 2

Bishop C. Carl Smith, New Destiny Church, Pittsburg, CA

Lord of the Breakthrough Series, Part 2

In the Hebrew, the word “Lord” in 1 Chronicles 14:11 is “Baal”, meaning master, controller, ruler.

The Hebrew word translated into English as “breaking forth or breakthrough” is “Perazim”.

Baal-Perazim = Lord of the Breakthrough.

Every time I see 1411, I think of “Lord of the Breakthrough” (1 Chronicles 14:11).

10 = responsibility, law, testimony

Affliction shall not rise up a second time (Nahum 1:9).

Philistine spirit = an enemy spirit that comes to oppose us possessing the promises of God, characteristic of aggressiveness, intimidation, advanced in warfare tactics, having sophisticated weapons, always trying to take more and more territory. This spirit often works through people who rise up as enemies and oppose us.

This spirit is also at work today in the Middle East against Israel and the Jews. The borders of their territory keep getting smaller and smaller, as they are pressured to give up the land that rightfully belonged to them thousands of years ago given by Jehovah, and as an inheritance from Abraham.

2010 is the year of extraordinary faith.

You cannot let fear, which is the enemy of faith, intimidate you.

You shall go up against them and overtake them (referring to the battles in your life).

1 Chronicles 14:10 NKJV

10 And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.”

11 So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim.

This is the season of the breaker anointing (meaning breaking through barriers of opposition, pressing in until you receive your breakthrough from God).

God makes the crooked places straight and makes the wrongs right (Isaiah 40:4).

Zechariah 4:1-6 says,

1 And the angel who talked with me came again and awakened me, like a man who is wakened out of his sleep.

2 And said to me, What do you see? I said, I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with its bowl [for oil] on the top of it and its seven lamps on it, and [there are] seven pipes to each of the seven lamps which are upon the top of it. [Matthew 5:14,16; Luke 12:35; Philippians 2:15; Revelation 1:20.]

3 And there are two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl and the other upon the left side of it [feeding it continuously with oil]. [Revelation 11:4-13.]

4 So I asked the angel who talked with me, What are these, my lord?

5 Then the angel who talked with me answered me, Do you not know what these are? And I said, No, my lord.

6 Then he said to me, This [addition of the bowl to the candlestick, causing it to yield a ceaseless supply of oil from the olive trees] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of hosts.”

Lampstand = instruction, enlightenment, guidance, revelation, vessel of light

Seven Lamps = 7 churches (Rev 2-3), 7 Spirits of God (the Holy Spirit – Isa 11:2-5; Rev 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6)

Candlestick = New Testament Church (in the Book of Revelation, the candle represents the congregation, the glory of the Lord at the Head), new creation church, its flame makes reference to its output, the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord (Proverbs 20:27). Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts.”

When the glory of the Lord passed by Moses (Ex 33:18-23), the hinder parts represent what God HAS done in the past. The front part represents the future. Moses saw God’s past and even wrote about it in the book of Genesis. He was not able to comprehend what God wanted to do in the future.

Revelation 5:8 (AMP)

And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each was holding a harp (lute or guitar), and they had golden bowls full of incense (fragrant spices and gums for burning), which are the prayers of God’s people (the saints).

Harp = Rev 5:8. Song, praise, worship, invoking the Presence of the Lord.

(Psalms 100:4 tells us how to approach God’s Throne Room … we enter into His gates with thanksgiving and come into His courts with praise. This usage of the words “gates” and “courts” is in reference to the Tabernacle in the Old Testament. The Tabernacle was an earthly replica, and a type and shadow, of the True Sanctuary (Throne Room) in heaven.)

Bowls of Incense = worship, intercession, prayers. The bowl is an object shared. Containers. Carries your petitions, prayers and worship to the very Throne Room of God and leaves it there.

In passages throughout the Bible, incense is symbolic of our praises, worship, prayers and intercession. Our praise is as a sweet-smelling fragrance to the Lord, in which He is well pleased.

Psalms 141:2 (AMP)

Let my prayer be set forth as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. [Revelation 8:3,4.]

Revelation 8:3-4 (AMP)

3 And another angel came and stood over the altar. He had a golden censer, and he was given very much incense (fragrant spices and gums which exhale perfume when burned), that he might mingle it with the prayers of all the people of God (the saints) upon the golden altar before the throne. [Psalms 141:2.]

4 And the smoke of the incense (the perfume) arose in the presence of God, with the prayers of the people of God (the saints), from the hand of the angel.

Fragrant incense is also symbolic of giving monetary offerings (Philippians 4:15-19), as well as offering our bodies as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 6:19).

Harp (worship) and bowls of incense (prayer) = breakthrough.

Many churches have special services that are called “Harp and Bowl”. This is what it is talking about (taken out of Revelation 5:8). It’s usually a time that people gather just to worship God with singing and musical instruments, and to offer up their intercessions. It’s a time of consecration and seeking the Lord around the altar to hear from Him.

Declare your breakthrough.

You cannot allow the enemy to control your tongue by:

  1. Speaking words of negativity and doubt
  2. The enemy binding your tongue where you are unable to speak and decree the Word of the Lord

Isaiah 52:9 “Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.” NKJV

Psalm 103:2 “Bless the Lord oh my soul, and forgot not all His benefits.” What are His benefits?

Vs 5: Satisfies your mouth with good things (you get what you speak)

Once you decide to break forth, you put yourself in a position to receive breakthrough.

It’s the powerless Christian that is easily defeated.

If you want to break forth, you’re going to have to break forth with joy. “You shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace” (Isa 55:12).

The enemy wants to silence you and silence your worship. The reason is that because when you praise, your praise silences the mouth of the accuser.

Psalms 8:2 “Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger.” AMP

Our tongue is a weapon. It can be used for evil, or used for good to defeat the enemy.

Shouting forth the praises of God causes your breakthrough to come forth. The shouts brought down the fortified walls of Jericho.

Revelation 19:15a “From His mouth goes forth a sharp sword with which He can smite (afflict, strike) the nations …” AMP

The sharp sword is the Word of God.

When I say what God says, my mouth becomes the mouth of the Lord.

Declare, “His mercy endures forever.”

Lord of the Breakthrough – Part 1

Hello dear readers. I wanted to share with you notes I’ve written down in my journal of the highlights of some of the sermons preached at my church during 2010. These messages blessed and empowered my life, and it’s my hope that it will be a blessing to you and encourage you in your faith walk with the Lord.

Bishop C. Carl Smith

Series: Lord of the Breakthrough – 1 Chronicles 14:10-11

David recovered all.

The Philistine spirit is very aggressive and advanced in warfare tactics. In this new season, you’re going to have to be mentally tough. To defeat this spirit, it will take faith.

The Issachar anointing is to know what’s coming ahead and what course of action to take to defeat the enemy. 1 Chronicles 12:32 says, “And of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do.” AMP

The Hebrew word translated as “times” is the word eth. The Vine’s Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament defines eth as: “appointed or fixed time, proper (or suitable) time for something to happen in life, due season, opportunities”.

Zechariah 4:1 says to wake up from sleep.

Change your warfare tactics (we’re talking about spiritual warfare). Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against satanic powers of wickedness.

Ephesians 6:12-18 AMP

12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms (principalities), against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].

14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. [Isaiah 52:7.]

16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

Back to Zechariah, chapter 4:

  1. Lampstand = enlightenment, illumination, guidance, instruction, learning, revelation
  1. Candlestick = the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly (Proverbs 20:27). God speaks to us and leads us through our spirit man. He doesn’t lead us through our mind, body or emotions. The Lord communicates to us Spirit to spirit. Our spirit man is the deepest core of our being, where we “know” things, or have deep premonitions or intuition, while our mind may be telling us something else. If we follow the inward witness (the primary way God speaks to us), then our way will be more successful.

As the Lord prepared a stone to take Goliath out, God has a stone to take out our enemy. Again, we’re not talking about hurling stones at people, but at demonic spirits behind the actions of people.

Some situations where we are dealing with Philistine spirits (spirits that are advanced in warfare tactics and very ruthless) may not always involve other people necessarily. It could be a sickness, economic crisis or poverty, addictions, fear, depression, anxiety.

You may be dealing with aggressive demonic spirits sophisticated in warfare tactics that are working through people. It could be a legal battle, strife in the home, problems with certain individuals in the workplace.

As the Lord anointed David to take out Goliath, He is arming you with power, authority and anointing to take out your Goliaths (giants).

It’s the time for promotion.

Fellowship With the Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn

Notes from Benny Hinn Broadcast, March 2017

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it). AMP

The word “fellowship” or Greek koinonia means:

  1. Presence
  2. Fellowship
  3. Sharing Together
  4. Participation
  5. Intimacy
  6. Friendship
  7. Communion

The Holy Spirit desires daily communion with us. Our Christian life has no power apart from the Holy Spirit.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

John 14:16 says, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.”

We are not left as orphans because we have the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the most sensitive member of the Godhead.

He is easily grieved. Ephesians 4:30 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” NKJV

He is the Helper of our infirmities. John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever.” AMP

He is the Spirit of Truth. John 16:13-15 says:

13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].

14 He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.

15 Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. AMP

1 Corinthians 2:9 was a quote from the prophet Isaiah:

9 But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].

In Verse 10, we can know what God has prepared for us by His Spirit unveiling it to us.

Verse 10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].

Who knows you better than your own heart? Who knows the Spirit better than He Himself?

1 Corinthians 2:11 says, “For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” AMP

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray. Romans 8:26-27 says:

26 So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.

27 And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will. AMP

Zechariah 4:6-7 tells us:

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

6 “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts.

7 “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!” NKJV

Matthew 21:21-22 says:

21 And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea”, it will be done.

22 And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. AMP

Jesus is the revelation of all the Father is. He is the express image of the Father (John 14:9; Hebrews 1:3).

John 14:18 says, “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.” AMP

The Holy Spirit will take all hardness of heart out. Ezekiel 11:19 tells us:

“And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh.”

The Holy Spirit is your Helper. Don’t ignore Him. Stop pushing Him aside. With the Holy Spirit there is life, liberty and beauty.

Be introduced to the Person of the Holy Spirit today.