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WHAT IS “GETTING INTO THE WORD”
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever. Isaiah. 40:8

The Word of God is the foundation needed for every Christian, in their walk through life. The Bible is God’s way of communicating with us. Nothing should ever take precedence over “Getting Into The Word” and getting the Word of God into us! Matthew 4:4 clearly states that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. It is only through obedience to God’s Word that we will find God’s will for our lives. When we take time to dwell into all the hidden treasures of His Word, we will find our purpose in life and know the path that he wants us to take to reach our God given destiny.

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A 5 STEP PLAN (PART 1) - 634

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”. We have all been through times when we encountered situations that caused some form of worry or trepidation. Worry has a way of magnifying issues to the point of being ridiculous, but when you're in the midst of the situation, it seems so real. Only after the event is passed do you realize how silly it was to be so worried about some­thing that was so non-eventful.

In this verse, Paul lays out five very important steps to move from fear to faith, from turmoil to peace, and from defeat to victory. We'll look at five key words that tell us exactly what we must do when worry and concerns are trying to assail our minds: prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, requests, and known. For this first part, this week, we will dwell on the first two.

When Paul uses the word "prayer" in this verse, it is the Greek word 'proseuche', which is the most commonly used word for prayer in the New Testament. This particular word and its various forms is used approximately 127 times in the New Testament. It is made up of the words pros and euche. The word pros is a preposition that means toward, which can denote a sense of closeness, up-front, intimate contact with someone else. The word euche is an old Greek word that describes a wish, desire, prayer,or vow. It was originally used to depict a person who made some kind of vow to God because of a need or desire in his or her life. This individual would vow to give something of great value to God in exchange for a favorable answer to prayer. Thus, inherent in this word is the idea of an exchange - giving something to God in exchange for some­thing wanted or desired.So instead of carrying your worries and burdens, you are to take the first step Paul gives you in moving from a place of turmoil to peace: Come close to the Lord in prayer.Once you are in that intimate, face-to-face place with God, take that opportunity to give Him your worries, fears, and concerns. Then ask the Lord to give you something back in exchange for the worries you have given Him - ask Him for peace! You see, this is a part of the great exchange found in the Greek word proseuche.When you give God your problems, in return He gives you His peace.

The second step Paul tells us to take is found in the word supplication.The word supplication in Greek is the word deisis, which depicts a person who has some type of lack in his life and therefore pleads strongly for his lack to be met. You see, deisis is a passionate, earnest, heartfelt, sincere prayer. It comes to God on the most serious terms, strongly beseeching Him to move and to meet a specific need that the person praying is facing in his life. It is not just ‘one of those prayers’ that we routinely utter day after day. This is a focused and serious prayer to our God and Saviour. It is one that requires our spirit man to cry out and connect to God for a timely intervention in our lives.

HEART & MOUTH - 633

Taking your thoughts captive is going to require determination and energy. Once you made the decision to do it, you still have to stick with that decision. If you're not really committed to seizing every thought the devil tries to inject into your mind and emotions, he'll be back to strike you again and again. And if you don't stop the enemy's thoughts from invading your mind, it won't be long until your faith begins to empower those thoughts and they become a bona fide reality in your life!

Mark 11:23 says, "Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them”. According to what Jesus taught in this verse, you can bring to pass whatsoever you say and believe in your heart. Did you notice that Jesus said if a person confesses something "and shall not doubt in his heart" - in other words, if he believes the words he is speaking with his mouth - he will have exactly what he says. The word "doubt" is from the Greek word diakrinomai,which means to hesitate, to waver, to doubt,to differ. In context, Jesus is saying that when a person's heart doesn't from what his mouth is saying, the combination of his heart and mouth in agreement will always make things happen! I call this concept "the heart-mouth connection For instance, if you believe in your heart that Jesus purchased your healing, and you put your heartfelt faith together with the confession of your mouth, you can literally bring that healing into manifestation in your physical body. Creative power is released when the heart and mouth get into agreement! That is why you must be careful about what you believe in your heart and say with your mouth, because when your heart and mouth get "in sync" with each other, it literally makes things come to pass! This heart-mouth combination works on both the positive and negative side of life. It can bring about the manifestation of healing in your body, salvation to your family, prosperity to your business, and growth to your local church. But the devil also knows how to use this principle against you!

The enemy knows if he can fill your mind and heart with lies that you believe and then coax you into confessing those lies with your mouth, you will make those evil images come to pass in your life! That is exactly why the devil wants to fill your mind with lies and accusations. That's why he paints so vividly on the "movie screen" in your mind.
When you make it a priority to fill your mind with truth from God's Word, the enemy can't penetrate your mind and he can't fill you with his lies. That's why he loves it when he finds a believer who has made no effort to fill his mind with truth from God's Word. Your mind is going to be filled with something, so you may as well choose the right thing to fill it. Your choice in this matter will determine your success or your failure in life, so make sure you choose wisely!

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The anointing that comes from God brings results. There will be no growth in your walk with God without His anointing operating in your life. When His anointing comes upon you, you will immediately begin to experience many changes. You will begin to experience miracles, signs and wonders in your life. Miracles are divine supernatural interventions in the natural affairs of man. It is when everybody has done everything in the natural and nothing has worked; then God steps in through the supernatural to do that which only God can do.

The anointing will cause you to have a change in purpose and changes in your heart, mind and actions. You will no longer have any sense that you are able to bring radical change to your life, and certainly not to anyone else’s life, without total submission to God. Think about the spices in the holy anointing oil. They had to be scraped, ground, bled, burned and so on in order to be pure and holy, ready for His intended use. Just as God instructed this to be done to these holy spices, believe me, He will do that to you when He gets ready to use you. Everything that can be shaken has to be removed so those things that can’t be shaken will remain. God demands pure vessels.

The Holy Spirit, the keeper of the anointing, helps us to purify ourselves. It’s by His power that we can cleanse ourselves and depart from iniquity so we become pure vessels, fit for the Master’s use (2 Tim. 2:21). Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would lead and guide us into all truth (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit is there as the keeper of the anointing to protect, remind, convict and draw you into Jesus and into a greater anointing with Him.

Whatever you may be facing—be it a trial, hardship or difficulty; a calling; or anything you feel you aren’t able to handle or come out of—God wants you to know you are anointed for this! You might be going through a particularly hard season right now in your finances. You need to know that you are anointed for this! By God’s power and grace, His Word declares, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). King David said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Ps.37:25). You’re coming out of this! There is an anointing upon you to believe God for the unbelievable! You might have received a bad report from your doctor. You need to understand,you are anointed for this! You might be in the fight of your life for your marriage, your children or your home—believe this one thing: You are anointed for this!

God is going to give you the extra grace and glory you need to believe Him for a miracle. For everything that you are facing right now, there is an anointing ... to face it, overcome it, restore it, transform it and see dynamic change. Why? The Spirit of the Lord God is upon you! He has anointed you! You can come out of every challenge in victory.
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What God did throughout thousands of years of Jewish history pointed to a future that would fulfill the Old Testament tabernacle with the New Testament temple and the holy anointing oil with the gifts presented in worship to Jesus shortly after His birth. When the three wise men from the East brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus (Matt. 2:1-11), the prophetic was at work, foretelling amazing things that would come to pass:Gold, considered very valuable, gold was a symbol of kingship throughout the earth.Frankincense was a gummy substance representing Jesus’ life and sacrificial death as a sweet-smelling aroma to Father God. Myrrh was a resin that was part of the original anointing oil and is a prophetic representation of the wounding of the Lord Jesus. The prophet Isaiah spoke about the Anointed One and said, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:5).

When Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19), He wasn’t talking about the tabernacle in Jerusalem. He was declaring that His body would be raised to life in three days by the power of the anointing. The Old Testament burnt offerings, grain offerings and peace offerings that God had broken down to Moses in Leviticus 1-7 have now been fulfilled with one final offering: “God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honour at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy” (Heb. 10:10-14).

God’s only begotten Son, Jesus, declared He had made the final and complete sacrifice when He hung His head and cried, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).The tabernacle in the wilderness, which the Israelites had to set up and break down every time they moved camp, was ultimately fulfilled by Jesus Christ Himself. And it gets even better. The apostle Paul later expanded the New Testament theme of the spiritual temple to include the church: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16).The anointing is always connected to one of two things, what God is doing in us and what God is doing through us. In turn, we are meant to give all the glory right back to Him. Always remember as you grow in the anointing that everything God has ever created is for His purpose and glory.
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God is constantly trying to get us through a “this” so He can get us to a “that.” As Peter told the onlookers from the upper room experience, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel” (Acts 2:16).

There is a place in the spirit realm where every believer longs to go, and when we get to that place, we don’t want to leave. We want to dwell there. Where is that place? In the anointing. Men and women of God have operated in the anointing throughout history. While being eaten by lions, they sang; while being blindfolded and waiting for bullets to fire through their entire bodies, they prayed in peace; and as Stephen was being stoned, he looked up to heaven and asked God, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge” (Acts 7:60). These saints of God paid the ultimate price for their commitment to the cause of the anointing. We as the church long to be infiltrated with it more and more. So what is the anointing? It is joy, passion, power, glory, confidence, boldness and authority. It makes you cry. It makes you laugh. It gives you righteous indignation. It is the power to preach, sing, witness, testify and do spiritual warfare. It is peace. It comes suddenly, and it takes time. It is meek, and it is strong. The anointing will come to get you through difficult circumstances in life.

When the anointing comes, truth confronts lies. Life confronts death. Everything that can be shaken is removed so the things that can’t be shaken will remain. God wants each of His children to walk in the anointing and gifting’s He has destined for our lives. He wants to impart a “fresh anointing”—one that will change your life forever. Everyone has the capacity to be anointed. God is no respecter of persons. The anointing is for every believer—every man, woman, boy and girl. It is for the young. It is for the old. It is for the rich, and it is for the poor.

But you must first realize one thing. The enemy will come and tell you, “You aren’t good enough to have the anointing on your life.” He’ll tell you that because you are divorced or you didn’t come from a family in the ministry or you aren’t a perfect person, therefore you can’t experience the anointing. He’ll constantly put you down and make you unworthy. Don’t ever forget this one fact: The devil is a liar! To combat his lies, it’s key to remember that the anointing that comes upon you is not your anointingIt is God’s anointing, the anointing of the Holy Spirit. God is the one who gives His anointing to us. It is a free gift that comes directly from Him, and once given, it is to be shared with others. The anointing belongs to God.

His anointing destroys the yoke of cancer. It battles sicknesses. God’s anointing releases healings, deliverances, miracles, signs and wonders. But this same anointing also helps you live out your everyday life as one of the called out, chosen and appointed people of God!!

THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS - 629
Isaiah 61:3 - to appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the mantle of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that He might be glorified. In Isaiah 61:3, we read about the spirit of heaviness. The meaning of it is: a feeling of being dull, old, despondent, serious, and weighted down mentally. It’s like a low hanging fog that rolls in over our joy, and makes our mind feel murky and dark like we can't see through it, with a sense of fear and failure, like a floating anxiety without a cause. The spirit of heaviness usually comes when our foundation of self- esteem has been badly shaken in some area. When we feel the need to emotionally and mentally retreat because the pain is too much, or when we have struggled so long with an issue we are weighed down from searching hopelessly for a doorway out.

There is a built in factor in heaviness that opens the door for our enemy, the devil, to come in. That factor is isolation. When our heart and mind are heavy, our emotions say, “Leave me alone. I don’t want to see anybody. I don’t want to talk to anybody. I just want to be alone.” This is what the devil wants. If he can get you off by yourself, preferably under the covers, turned to the wall, he has you all to himself to plant words and pictures and stir up old painful memories to torment you. When people are shut off from others, their anger, sadness, and depression begin to interfere with their thinking processes. Their circuits are on overload, and their thought processes become distorted. Suspicion and distrust of others can enter in. They fear being hurt again and feel they can’t trust anybody. These thoughts bring even further isolation because they begin to avoid people. Hurt always interferes with clear thinking. When people isolate themselves they become disconnected from God and feel very empty – this is exactly what the devil wants, because when you are disconnected from God’s thoughts in your mind, and you feel mentally and emotionally empty – your enemy, the devil, will love to have the opportunity to fill that emptiness with strongholds of bitterness and hatred. The only way to escape the heaviness trap is to bring our heavy thoughts out of the gloomy darkness into the light of Jesus words.

“The entrance of Your words (Lord), gives light; it gives understanding – discernment and comprehension – to the simple” (Psalm 119:130). If I know to praise God to be delivered from the bondage of spiritual heaviness, and I don’t do it – then I’m postponing my deliverance from the spirit of heaviness and postponing my healing. God’s Word is truth, it is fact, it is reality and it is alive whether anyone believes it or not. It is a matter of life or death, physically, spiritually and mentally. Let’s use His spiritual weapon, His Word, to defeat heaviness, because yes, heaviness is a spirit!

A 5 STEP PLAN (2) - 635

The next step, continuing on from last week’s article "supplication," Paul then gives us the third important step to take when giving our worries and concerns to the Lord. Paul tells us to make our requests known to God "…by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.…" God not only expects you to be bold; He also expects you to thank Him for being good to you! It simply isn't right to ask boldly without expressing thanksgiving. If you've ever generously given to someone who never took the time to thank you for the sacrifice you made for him or her, you know how shocking ingratitude can be. In a similar way, you must be careful to thank God for being so good to you!

The word "thanksgiving" that Paul uses in this verse is the Greek word eucharistos, which is a compound of the words eu and charis. The word eu means good or swell. It always denotes a general good disposition or good feeling about something. The word charis is the Greek word for grace. When these two words are compounded into one, they form the word eucharistos. This word describes an outpouring of grace and of wonderful feelings that freely flow from the heart in response to someone or something. By using this word, Paul teaches us that when we earnestly ask God to do something special for us, we must match it with an earnest outpouring of thanks.

Paul then gives you the fourth step out of worry and anxiety when he tells you, "...Let your requests be made known unto God." The word "requests" is the Greek word aitima, from the word aiteo which means to be adamant in requesting and demanding assistance to meet tangible needs, such as food, shelter, money, and so forth. In fact, in the New Testament, the word aiteo is used to portray a person who insists or demands that a specific need be met after approaching and speaking to his superior with respect and honor. Additionally, it expresses the idea that one possesses a full expectation to receive what was firmly requested.

There is no doubt that this word describes someone who prays authoritatively, in a sense demanding something from God. This person knows what he needs and is so filled with faith that he isn't afraid to boldly come into God's Presence to ask and expect to receive what he has requested. Furthermore, when you pray, it is spiritually appropriate for you to fully expect God to honour His Word and do what you have requested.

As a final, fifth point, Paul says "...let your requests be made known unto God." The word "known" comes from the word gnoridzo, and it means to make a thing known; to declare something; to broadcast something; or to make something very evident. This plainly means that your asking can be extremely bold! Declare to God what you need; broadcast it so loudly that all of Heaven hears you when you pray. You can be exceptionally bold when you come before Jesus to make your requests known!
 


 

 

 
 
 


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