A Health and Wealth Christian

“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

I have been accused of being a “health and wealth” preacher. My response is, “Guilty as charged!” God’s Word is full of His goodness. In fact, God’s goodness is in His glory. James 1:17 says that good gifts come from God and that God doesn’t change. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that health and prosperity are good, and sickness and poverty are bad. Health and prosperity are a part of the blessing, and sickness and disease are a part of the curse.

Galatians 3:13 says that Jesus came to earth to redeem us from the curse of the law. In other words, part of His mission and goal was to make a way for those who would receive Him to walk in life, health, and prosperity.

Did Jesus accomplish on the earth what He was sent to accomplish? Did Jesus complete the task that His Father sent Him to do? Did Jesus make a way for mankind to be redeemed from the curse of the law? Of course He did! Jesus did not fail in any part of the mission He was sent to do. Upon returning to the Father after His ascension, I guarantee you that Jesus did not have to make up an excuse or give a reason why He didn’t do everything He was sent to do. He completed everything. He was the perfect sacrifice and paid in full everything that was to be paid for man’s redemption.

The curse of the law, as described in Deuteronomy chapter 28, involved three parts: 1) death, 2) sickness and disease, and 3) poverty. Jesus paid the price in full for our complete redemption – not just a third, not two-thirds, but completely in full. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” it was finished. God’s plan is for us to replace the curse in our life with the blessing. We replace death with life. We replace sickness with health. And we replace poverty with prosperity.

If it is true, and it is, that Jesus redeemed us from the complete curse, then how do we walk in the blessing that He has paid for? Quite simply, a biblical principle is that we only receive what we believe. If we believe He died for our sins, we receive everlasting life. Does everyone on earth receive everlasting life? No. Even though it is available to everyone and even though Jesus paid the price in full so that the whole world could be saved, only those who believe in Him and receive Him as their Lord and Savior actually acquire everlasting life.

But everlasting life is only one-third of the blessing. What about health and prosperity?

A Bible word we rarely used is propitiation. The simplest definition for this word is substitute. First John 2:2 says, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” Jesus paid the price we could not pay. He died for our sins so that we could live. He substituted His death for ours. Because He died, we will never die.

About seven hundred years before Jesus was born on the earth, Isaiah prophesied that a Messiah was coming who would be bruised for us. Jesus is the fulfillment of that prophesy and in First Peter 2:24 we are told that by His stripes we have been healed. He paid the price for our healing. He took pain upon His body so that we could live free from pain. He was our propitiation. He was our substitute.

The third part of the curse was poverty. In the same way that Jesus died so that we can live and in the same way that He took on sickness so we could be well, He also took on poverty so we could live in prosperity. In 2 Corinthians 8:9, the Bible says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”

Although the prosperity message may not always be taught properly, and sometimes is even taught with the wrong motive, the truth is prosperity is a part of the blessing and God fully expects us to receive completely all that He has sent Jesus to accomplish.

Recently, I heard a sermon about how heaven rejoices when someone receives eternal life. That is very true. “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10). But also there is great joy in heaven when a saint becomes prosperous. “…Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant” (Psalm 35:27).

Do not be deceived. God is the God of completeness. He doesn’t do things halfway. So when He sent Jesus to redeem us from the curse of the law, He redeemed us from all of it. And we receive that blessing according to our faith.

So, the next time somebody asks you, “Are you a health and wealth Christian?” you should stand up straight and boldly say, “Yes, I am, because I am a child of God, the God of the blessing!”

Scripture References:

“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous”(Proverbs 13:22).

“I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel” (Isaiah 45:3).

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go'” (Isaiah 48:17).

“For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God…” (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Devotion 0551

Let It Go!

What does forgiveness mean? Well, it means this – to absolve from payment or to cancel a debt. You may say, “What do you mean to cancel a debt?” Well, I’m glad you asked, because it’s this way. Most people who are holding unforgiveness in their heart feel that the person who has hurt them, owes them.

The reason they feel the person owes them is because in reality they haven’t forgiven that person. If they would have truly forgiven them, then they would have “canceled the debt” and nothing would have been owed.

Once I counseled with a lady who had been taken advantage of when she was young. She hated her father. When she got old enough to realize what he had taken from her, the hate began. The hate grew over the years. She felt that somehow he had to repay her for all the years of pain, sadness, and fear he had caused her. Then he died. She was devastated. How could he die? He still owed her. How could he repay her and give her relief from the pain now that he was dead?

Another mother gave away all her son’s inheritance while she was on her deathbed. She told him she did it just so he wouldn’t get anything. Then she died. For years, this man carried around bitterness in his heart. He lived each day with this hurt. As he put it one day, it was eating him alive. Like a cancer, he was being destroyed. His mother owed him.

Both of these people felt they had a debt owed to them. Both of these people were consumed with bitterness and unforgiveness. They were depressed and miserable. Only one thing could solve their problem and that was this. They needed to cancel that debt.

Let’s get real here. There is no way that people who have wronged you can ever repay what they have taken from you. You just have to let it go. Forgiveness means to LET IT GO! You have to decide to cancel that debt. They can’t repay the years of hurt. Even if they wanted to, they couldn’t. God is the One who restores, not man. You must LET IT GO!

Satan does not want you to forgive anyone for anything. He wants you to hold on to every hurt and pain. He wants you destroyed, and he knows that unforgiveness will do it.

Jesus said in Mark 11:24-26, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses, but if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Jesus said that if we didn’t forgive others, then God would not forgive us. We could elaborate on this, but how much clearer could Jesus be? If we don’t forgive, we won’t be forgiven.

Years ago, there was a person who had me so upset and filled with unforgiveness, that I was miserable. Then one day I realized that all the time I was in misery, he was out having a good time. My unforgiveness was tearing me up inside, but it wasn’t affecting the other person at all. And that’s the way unforgiveness is. The one that is destroyed is the one who won’t forgive. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

So, when you think of that person who has offended you, let it go!

Devotion 0060

Win the Lost Whatever the Cost

Many years ago, I sat in on a church business meeting. I had not actually gone to church to attend the business meeting, but I was already there, so I stayed. After all, if I had gone home, I would have probably watched television, and there is no way that a TV show could be as entertaining as a church business meeting.

The first order of business was the financial report. It was noted that the church had over $30,000 in a savings account that had been sitting idle for several years. Nothing else was mentioned about the $30,000 and the financial report was approved.

When it came time for new business, someone mentioned that there were several families that lived in a certain area who had expressed an interest in coming to church. Because some of the parents were working singles, they had no transportation for their children. In other words, they wanted to come to church, but did not have a way to get there.

Eventually, the discussion centered on the prospect of the church buying a small van to pick up these people and bring them to church. It was at this point the chairman of the board of deacons stood up and made this remark. He said, “I’m sure if we buy this van that we will be able to pick up a few new people in the church. And I realize that there may be some new converts. But I would rather have the money in the bank than a few new faces in the church. Wouldn’t you?”

I could hardly believe my ears. How can we place a price on the lives of those who are lost? How can we put a limited value on a soul? Jesus gave everything for them. We should do the same.

In Matthew 18:11-14, Jesus said, “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Here Jesus made a very interesting statement. He said that God, the Father, in heaven does not want anyone to perish. He wants everyone to be in the fold. It is His will that no one should be destroyed.

Now, of course there are restrictions. Sometimes we just don’t have the resources to do everything we want to do. But we must make every attempt to spread the good news of Jesus.

Later at the same business meeting someone asked the deacon who didn’t want to spend the money, what he would rather do with the $30,000. He said, “I’d rather just leave it in the bank and do nothing with it.” And that’s what they voted to do.

So, here’s the point. We must have the same goals and desires that God has. God’s desire is that all should be saved. He has brought the good news of salvation to a lost and dying world. We must now do our part. We must do all we can. We must do whatever is necessary. We must win the lost, whatever the cost.

Devotion 0198

Works Will Not Save You

It’s not my policy to eavesdrop or listen in on someone else’s conversation, but sometimes you get into a situation where you cannot help but overhear. Recently that happened to me.

I heard two people talking about tithing. As you most likely know, the tithe is ten percent of our increase that God says should go into the storehouse (Malachi 3:10-11). One of these two folks seemed to be quite adamant about tithing. In fact, he said that if a person didn’t tithe, they wouldn’t go to heaven. In other words, they would not be saved and would be condemned to an eternal existence in hell because they did not tithe.

After hearing their conversation, I was reminded of a TV minister I heard say something similar. He said if a person did not attend church every time the doors were open, he doubted if they were truly Christians. Also, he said that his family had always attended church and attending church would keep you from having any problems in your life. While he was probably sincere, his way of thinking was misguided and misleading.

You can attend church three times a week. You can give your tithe to that same church. You can give another ten percent in offerings to missionaries and still be lost and spend all eternity separated from Christ and never see heaven.

How can this be? Well it’s this way. You are not saved from hell and born again because of anything you can do. Nothing you can do will save you, except the act of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. It’s because of what He did and not what you can do that saves you.

Now don’t take me wrong. It is the will of God that we should assemble ourselves for the purpose of building each other up in faith. It is His will that we tithe, that we give ten percent of our increase to the church. James 1:27 says that true religion is to take care of the orphans and widows. How can the church take care of the orphans and widows if it has no funds? Should they steal? Of course not! God wants us to give. Taking care of the orphans and widows is a good thing and Christians are supposed to do it — but doing it will not save you.

Let’s look at God’s Word and see what it says about being saved and attaining everlasting life.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

It’s important to know the truth on this. Obeying the law doesn’t save you. In fact, the Bible says in Galatians 2:21 that if righteousness comes through the law, then Jesus died in vain. Once again, it’s not what you do, but what He did. You just have to accept Him.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16,17).

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9,10).

Devotion 0003

Is It Possible? – It Is Possible!

Is it possible to see Jesus? Is it possible that Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of God, the One Who died on the cross and was raised from the dead would personally visit you in your home and talk with you? Is it possible that Jesus could have a discussion with you about your life and give you advice that could change your destiny?

As a young Christian, I heard stories of people who had a visitation from Jesus. I thought people like that were crazy. After all, I had been taught in my church that after Jesus ascended into heaven, He sat down at the right hand of the Father and that’s where He was going to stay until the Father decided to send Him back for the church in the Rapture.

It’s amazing what determines what a person believes. Once I met a man who would only drive a Ford pickup truck. He had the Ford logo painted on his rear window. He had a Ford jacket and a baseball cap with Ford written on it. This man loved his Ford pickup. When I asked him why he felt Fords were the best, he said, “My dad always drove a Ford, and his dad before him. I will always drive a Ford because they did.”

Sadly, in a recent survey that was the same reason that people said they were Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, etc. Too many people believe what they believe and attend the church they do solely because it’s the church their parents attended or it’s the closest one to their home. It’s amazing that people will make decisions that determine their eternal destiny and the quality of their life here on earth strictly because of tradition or convenience.

So, when I heard someone say that Jesus had appeared to them, the church I was raised in didn’t believe that could happen, so neither did I. Then one day while reading my Bible, I read in Acts chapter nine that Jesus appeared to Ananias and, according to the Bible, Ananias actually saw Jesus and carried on a conversation with Him (vs. 10-15). (This was after Jesus had ascended into heaven.)

Acts chapter eighteen tells us that one night Paul saw Jesus and Jesus gave him instructions on what to do in His ministry (vs. 9-10). In Acts chapter twenty-two, Paul tells of a conversation he had with Jesus in Jerusalem. In verse eighteen the Bible says that he saw Jesus and Jesus gave him advise that, if obeyed, would save his life. It was in this conversation with Jesus that Paul learned he would be sent great distances to take the gospel to the Gentiles (vs. 17-21).

Then in chapter twenty-three, Jesus actually stood next to Paul and gave him further instruction for his ministry (vs. 11). This was not a vision nor a dream, but an actual event. The visitations of Jesus were extremely important in Paul’s ministry. It’s also interesting that each time Jesus appeared to a New Testament believer, they were not shocked. It was expected.

These examples show clearly that Jesus appeared to New Testament Christians and carried on conversations that included instruction, warnings, and comfort.

God is not a respecter of persons. If Jesus appeared to and spoke to and gave guidance to New Testament Christians, then why wouldn’t He do the same for you? After all, you are a New Testament Christian too.

As Christians, our theology should be based on the truths given to us in God’s Holy Word, the Bible. The Bible clearly tells us that faith is important (Hebrews 11:6) and that without faith mixed in our hearts the Word does not work in our lives (Hebrews 4:2). Our very salvation exists only for those who believe and have faith in God’s promise of eternal life (Ephesians 2:8). The Bible tells us that we prophecy and receive the Holy Spirit in proportion to our faith (Romans 12:6). If you do not believe that Jesus died for your sins so that you can have everlasting life, you will not have everlasting life. In order to receive it, you must believe it. Every gift from God comes by faith.

So today, I propose this. We as Christians should raise our level of belief to include every good gift that God has for us. If New Testament Christians were healed, you can be healed. If New Testament Christians were delivered from oppression, you can be delivered from oppression. If Jesus appeared to New Testament Christians, Jesus can appear to you.

Now, don’t take me wrong. I am not suggesting that we spend our time begging Jesus to appear to us. But what I am saying is this. We must not allow the traditions of man to impede the manifestations of God.

Remember, we receive in proportion to our faith.

Devotion 0473

Authority Over Fear

A few years ago a lady called me from the basement of her home. She was afraid and under great fear. When I asked her what was wrong, she began to tell me stories of strange things that were happening and of the voices she kept hearing. Although the lady claimed to be a Christian, she said she knew the voices were demons because she had once dabbled in the occult. I felt she was right. After all, Jesus said His sheep would know His voice (John 10:4,27) so it shouldn’t seem strange that the followers of Satan would recognize his.

I prayed with the lady and connected her with a Bible-believing pastor in her area. The last I heard, she had been set free from the demonic attacks and was active in her local church.

Now, first of all let me say this: Demons do exist. Demons are not a concept or a mental representation of evil. They are created beings that live in the spirit realm and follow the orders of their master, Satan. The Bible talks about them, and several scripture passages tell of Jesus casting them out of people.

After speaking at a Christian convention one time where I touched on the reality of Satan and his demons, I was standing outside the auditorium on a balcony. One of the leaders in that church organization came over to me and complimented me on my message. He then proceeded to inform me of his true beliefs. He said he knew the Bible talked about Satan, demons, and angels, but in reality, they were just stories to be used to help the less educated understand the personality of God. His monologue reminded me of the Bible verse in Romans 1:22 which says, “Professing to be wise, they became fools.” This man thought himself to be highly educated, but in the knowledge of the Word of God, he was foolish.

The lady who called me was in great fear. Many Christians fear the works of the devil, but this should not be. As Christians, we should never fear something or someone who has already been defeated.

Satan has been defeated. When Jesus died on the cross, Satan thought he had won. He and all his demons probably rejoiced, but when Jesus conquered death and came back to life, Satan’s future was decided. He was defeated. Jesus took authority over Satan and was victorious (1 John 3:8).

Here is the good news. Jesus gave that authority over Satan and all his demons to us. We who are Christians have the ability to walk through the kingdom of darkness without fear. We not only can resist the evil of this world but can overcome it.

When the seventy who were sent out by Jesus to witness returned, Jesus told them in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Later, Jesus gave that same authority over the devil to all who believe. He said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 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” (Mark 16:16-18).

So, Jesus gave us authority over the works of the devil, and He commanded us to use that authority. He said, “These signs will follow those who believe.”Do you believe? Well, if you do, this applies to you. All you have to do is walk it out.

Devotion 0044

Four Steps to Faith

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

For years, as a faith teacher, I taught faith with the following definition: “Faith is believing God will do what He said He would do.” As the years passed, I realized that faith is not believing, but faith has believed. So, I revised my definition to be: “Faith is believing that God has done what He said He would do and everything you say and do is based upon that belief.”

Teaching something difficult is made easier with a simple definition. Likewise, I discovered that something simple can be complicated by making the definition too complicated. Even though my definition was accurate, I decided to make it easier to understand.

So here it is. Faith is: hear the Word, believe the Word, speak the Word, and do the Word.

Let’s take a moment to look at each part of what faith is.

1) Hear the Word.

Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing. Hearing is the first step, but not the only step. Without knowledge, we perish, because without knowledge we do not know what to believe (Hosea 4:6). Hearing the Word affects our souls. The soul is the mind, will, and emotions, and hearing brings the Word of God into the realm of the soul (in this case, the mind) so that we can decide what to do with it.

2) Believe the Word.

Once the Word is in our mind, we must decide what to do with it. Believing is the result of a decision. We decide what we are going to believe and what we are going to reject. The choice is ours. What we decide to believe sets the pattern of what we say.

3) Speak the Word.

Second Timothy 1:13 says, “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” We will develop a pattern of words determined by what we have decided we believe and what has developed in our heart as a result of that belief. Jesus said out of the abundance of our heart our mouth will speak (Matthew 12:34).

4) Do the Word.

Faith without action is not living faith. James 2:26 says, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” We must act on what we believe, and we must daily reinforce that belief by renewing our minds with the Word. Through the daily hearing and believing of the Word, our words and actions will be more accurate.

To summarize: Faith is important. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Through faith we are saved (Ephesians 2:8). Anything that is not from faith is sin (Romans 14:23). Faith moves mountains and activates our prayers (Matthew 17:20; James 1:6). Faith is vitally important in our lives. All that we do must be based on the God-kind of faith (Mark 11:22-24).

So, hear the Word, believe the Word, speak the Word, and do the Word and you will please God.

Devotion 0405

Understanding the Source of Sickness

Once a man told my wife he was sick, and he knew God had made him that way. His reasoning was this—he said God had given him stomach problems so he wouldn’t eat too much and gain weight. He reasoned if he gained weight, he would develop a heart problem and could die. So, in order to keep from dying of a heart problem, he reasoned, God had made him sick so he couldn’t eat and get fat.

This may sound strange, but unfortunately, many Christians believe that God makes them sick for a purpose.

It is true that God can and will cause all things to work together for good for those who love Him and who seek Him by the Spirit. The Bible tells us that in Romans 8:28. However, God’s Word does not say that God causes bad things. It simply says He causes them to work together for good for those who love Him and those who are the called according to His purpose.

We must understand the root sources of healing and sickness. The One who heals us does not make us sick and the one who makes us sick does not make us well. We must discern right thinking from wrong thinking. We must quit blaming God for the works of Satan.

Let’s examine the truth. What does the Bible say about God’s view of sickness?

In Psalm 103:3 it says that He is the One “Who heals all your diseases.” 

Matthew 4:23,24 says, “Jesus went about all 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. 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 paralytics; and He healed them.”

Matthew 8:16 tells us, “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.”

Then, in Matthew 9:35 it says, “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” 

Matthew 10:1 also tells us, “When He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.”

Matthew 12:15 we’re told, “When Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.”

Again, in Matthew 19:2 it says, “Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.”

Everywhere Jesus went, He healed people. Remember what He said in John 5. Jesus said that He didn’t do anything unless God His Father instructed Him to. (vv.19,30-31.) So, what does that tell us about God? It tells us that He wants us well and He wants to heal us.

Jesus said He came to earth to destroy the works of the devil and that He said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The devil is the thief who steals health, kills bodies, and destroys life with sickness. Jesus is the one who gives life.

Devotion 0041

God Gave the Land to Israel

“And God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.’ So, He called his name Israel. Also God said to him: ‘I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land’” (Genesis 35:10-12).

Over the centuries, there has been much discussion about how to bring peace into the Mid-East. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers and politicians have devised plans that would guarantee peace. To this date, all of man’s plans have failed and here is the reason why.

In any given situation, there are only two plans:

1)  God’s plan

2)  Any plan opposed to God’s plan

As Christians, we must quit analyzing the situation and start looking in God’s Word to find out what He wants. When you do this, you find one thing very clear and defined. God gave the land of Israel to His chosen people, the Jews. Any plan that would divide their land and give it to their enemies is opposed to God’s will and that plan will not be blessed.

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1Timothy 2:1-2).

The Word tells us that we are to pray for all who are in authority. When we pray for our leaders, we must pray that they will be led by the Holy Spirit and will make decisions that are in alignment with God’s plan.

We know that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed. (Genesis 27:29.) To desire for Israel to have all that God wants them to have is blessing Israel. To take from Israel something God has promised to Israel is cursing them.

You must decide for yourself. Will you bless Israel or curse Israel? To help them keep their land will bring a blessing. To agree with those dividing the land will bring cursing.

God has a place for everyone. But, for the Jews, it’s the land of Israel.

Devotion 0418

A Living Billboard

“Exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you” (Titus 2:6-8).

The nature of a Christian is different than the nature of someone that is of the world. That’s because Christians have the Holy Spirit living within them pulling them toward the things of God and if we yield to God’s Spirit, we will attain integrity. Christians have been born again. They are different creatures than the creatures of the world. Christians have the character and the same nature as God.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

As a Christian, you have been born of the Spirit and you have the same spiritual genetics as your Father. The Bible tells us that whoever is born of God does not sin because the seed (The Amplified Bible says sperm) of God resides in him (1 John 3:9).

Again, as a Christian, you are different from the world. This difference, although it is spiritual, should be seen in the physical. A Christian should think, talk, and act after the manner of their Father, God. Everything we say and do should be an imitation of our Father. When Jesus was here on the earth, He made an interesting statement. He said that He did not do anything, nor did He speak anything, unless the Father spoke it first (John 5:19).

God is a God of character and integrity. If we live our lives and only say and do what He imparts to us, then our lives will also be full of character and integrity. The world will see the honesty of our lives and they will be drawn to the Source. Each and every day as we live our lives in the world, we will be a living billboard proclaiming the way to Jesus.

Devotion 0316

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