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03
Apr

HEALING IN THE SOUL

You can have healing in the Soul!

Can you imagine a life of peace and confidence?

by Steve Scroggs

It’s a true story not all that different from yours. Like me, you may have walked up behind someone taking papaSkyyour name in vain. The accusations hurt, the facts sketchy, but the betrayal went all the way to the bone. Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jesus knew what he was talking about! God’s process to heal the end time warrior’s soul is sozo – the Greek word translated saved, delivered, healed, and made whole. You can receive Healing for the Soul in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul said, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (sozoed)”.[1]

 

A New York Artist

When a troubled forty-something man arrived, the smell of apple blossoms floated on the fresh sunlight. He was well-known in his New York City community as the He-man tuff-guy, a brilliant tattoo artist, with a strong Bronx accent. He wanted all the right things for his family, but those who defied his personal sense of justice survived wounded in the wake.

His wake began in his teen years after suffering inhumane abuse. One day as he stood to subdued his step-father, an almost euphoric feeling swelled up within him, moved him to a bystander position, and took control of his body. He was never hit again, but he made a pact with an unclean spirit.

This complicated his marriage and family relationships. After almost thirteen years of a court moderated divorce, he has begun to experience the same feelings coming up inside him toward his not-so-understanding defiant son. He said, “I know if I keep this spirit my relationship with my son will be destroyed. I sense the swelling in me when my son disrespects me, and I know it is just a matter of time. Can you help me?”

 

Jesus Speaks

handofgod1davincciThe “shadow play” concerning unclean spirits is surrounded with mystery. We don’t want to talk about the highly deceptive and extremely controlling fallen angels who are tasked with our destruction. But Jesus spoke to our freedom.

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Just as you have guardian angels to protect you, you also have familiar (family) spirits; demons that travel blood-lines to visit the iniquity of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.[2] “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”[3] The artist’s enemy was not his step-father. Although demons exist invisible to the natural eye, they incite others against you. This attack exploits your fear, doubt, and unbelief. The battle originates in the mind. John’s heavenly vision shows us how to win.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. … for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he hath but a short time.[4]

The key is Jesus Christ. When you share a personal relationship, you receive salvation, strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ. Salvation is soteria from the Greek sotersavior, deliverer, and speaks of the complete redemption received from our infinite King-Savior.[5] Strength is dynamis – inherent miraculous power residing and enacted by virtue of His nature. Kingdom is basileiathe sovereign authority to rule all realms of creation simultaneously. Power is exousia privilege of authority one exercises in judicial decisions…[6] The authority to rule comes from God, and the privilege of mastery comes from the Anointed One. Since Jesus was revealed to destroy the works of the devil, when he left, he gave that commission to you.[7]

 

There is Hope

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The devil that controlled the artist stayed at his bidding. As the Spirit of truth opened his memories he received a new perspective. When he was a teen-ager, he took matters into his own hands, cried out for help to overpower his abuser, and summoned an unclean spirit. Jesus said, But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. When he submitted to the rule and reign of God, Christ set him free. But, how did his soul reason with God?

First, he was saved by confessing the sin of unforgiveness. His choice to harbor years of bitterness fostered a lie, “I have a right to be wounded and defend myself through whatever means necessary, and use the pain to protect myself from future abusers.” This decision linked his destiny to fallen angels, and left the forgiveness and comfort of the Holy Spirit in the dust.[8] His new confession, “I have a right to defend the kingdom, but I will forgive anyone who offends me. I will trust and solicit the help of God and His angels to protect me.”

Second, he was healed by repenting of his personal sense of justice that said, “You are abusive and will always intimidate. Therefore, I will arouse whatever power necessary to dominate you. You will not hurt me or my family again.” These judgments approved the devil’s strategy, and left “walk in the Spirit” and “trust in God” stranded.[9] His new confession, “I will honor and respect those in authority over me, and confront the principalities with the anointing of God in truth. And then appeal to the Father for power and authority.”

Third, he was made whole by confessing the sin of idolatry – implementing vows that made himself god, “I will never let anyone hurt me like that again. I will not trust anyone who hurts me. So, when I sense the same violent abuse, I will send my defender.” When he opened this door he failed the grace of God, and signed up for torment.[10] His new profession, “I confess the sin of idolatry, and I give my life to the only true God. I will cry out for his help in my time of need. I will fight the good fight of faith, receive what God allows, and then obtain healing from His hand.”

Fourth, he was delivered by casting the demon away. After you replace the legal stronghold with truth the demonic has no right to stay.[11] His commandment, “By the authority of the Word of God, and through the power of the Blood of Jesus, I bind you unclean spirit of intimidation and murder in Jesus’ name. You will leave my life now; you will leave my body now in Jesus’ name. I do not want you, I do not need you, and I renounce any involvement with you. Leave and present yourself before the throne of God according to Job chapter one and verse six. And, do not return to me in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Fifth, he was healed when the perfect love of God entered his soul.[12] He was cured from almost twenty-five years of demonic abuse, and he literally looked ten years younger.

God wants his children to live in Shalom by resolving their past in the context of truth. He said, “Come now, and let us reason together… though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…”[13] When the human soul is subjected to trauma, deceptions will prevail from the soul unless one comes and reasons with the Father. The Apostle Paul called this, “…transformed by the renewing of your mind…”[14] God loves the human soul and gave his life’s blood to redeem it. Teaching the sons of God how to process their soul with the Spirit of truth releases them to become a cleansed and purified Temple of God, possessed by the Holy Spirit.

 

[1] Romans 10:13 KJV

[2] Deuteronomy 5:6-10 ESV

[3] Ephesians 6:12 KJV

[4] Revelation 12:7-12

[5] The Olive Tree Bible Study Ap, Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary, Online. Retrieved 3-30-2016

[6] ibid.

[7] 1 John 3:8; John 14:12; Matthew 10:8

[8] Genesis 4:1-16

[9] Genesis 34

[10] 1 Samuel 15

[11] Mark 9:14-29 KJV

[12] 1 John 4:17-19

[13] Isaiah 1:18 KJV

[14] Romans 12:2 KJV

15
Jan

Meditation: the five phases

Meditation: The Five Phases

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them;

that thy profiting may appear to all.[1]

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It was a bright day in Statesville, North Carolina. As I sat in the living room of my mentor and friend, I asked him a question. “How do I get the truth from my head to my heart?” He put his finger on his forehead and then on his heart, he said, “Keep thinking and speaking the truth over and over again until you know it is coming from your heart.” In other words, meditate. In my book, Learn the Language of the Spirit, I have a chapter about meditation: the five phases. Meditation walks a parallel path to relationship.

The ancient practice of Biblical meditation is not just a state of mental or emotional stillness, but a continual focus on the name, personality, word, and ways of God. When Moses interacted with God in face to face meditation, he descended Mt. Sainia with his face glowing like a brilliant sun. When God engaged Joshua, preparing him to lead Israel into the promise land, he gave this instruction,

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth; but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.[2]

Since relationship is the ultimate goal of God throughout the universe, the process for nurturing relationship unlocks a natural pathway for meditation. Do you remember the beginning of your most satisfying relationship? I think you will agree with these five observable phases that produce a mutually satisfying bond. The sequence may differ, but this pathway charts a course for meditation.

Phase One: Adoration

The first phase in relationship and meditation is Adoration; the romance of seeing life through a fresh set of eyes. This inspiration cycles with a new person, a new mystery, and a new set of stories that inspire. Partakers share a state of near-constant bliss, and invest time to know one another. The psalmist David said,

 I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul follows hard after thee: thy right hand upholds me.[3] 

Through the focus of Adoration on God, praise will fill your mouth, and a new glory will enter your life.[4] The Father made your soul to process through meditation.

Phase Two: Adaptationstairs up into heaven

The second phase of meditation moves across the Adaptation of your life to the one you love and pursue. In a personal relationship this is about control. Every time you meditate, you will see a facet of His personality that challenges your status quo, and calls you in. As the newness of inspiration wears thin, the reality of life settles in with the disciplines required for meaningful interchange. Adaptation merges God’s life into the human life through agreement. King David chose meditation and scripted his adaptation in the book of Psalms.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. …I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.[5]

As you adapt to Him, you will discover that He created you to be like him. He is a dreamer and gave you the dreams you possess. He glorifies you so you will glorify him.[6]

Phase Three: Submission

Submission, the choice to handover your control to make decisions to the one you love, is the third phase of meditation. For the first time individual motives will be challenged. As the meditation deepens, God reveals his purposes, as well as your minor disagreements, the belief system arguments, and the self will motivations. This once tender loving, and effortless relationship evolves into a power struggle.

Meditation tunes your soul spirit experience to the frequency of heaven. Therefore, you will recognize that God is love and has your best interests at heart.[7] The psalmist cried out,

I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness have afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to your word unto your servant. …Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause; but I will meditate in your precepts.[8]

Through contemplation you learn to appeal to authority and develop the negotiation skills of bargaining, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

Phase Four: Ascension

In phase four, the heart ascends from the position of evaluation to a desire for connection. At this juncture, you recognize the link between what you learned in your family of origin, and how that imprint colored your interaction with God. As your perspective matures and you see your loved one with new eyes, a sympathetic re-awakening emerges. David experienced this,

I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate also of all your work, and talk of your doings. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? You are the God that does wonders: you have declared your strength among the people. You have with your arm redeemed your people… Selah.[9]

As you encounter the Word and Spirit in meditation, an invitation to the throne of grace appears. God becomes more than a truth to study, or a being to read about.

Let us therefore Come boldly unto the throne of grace…[10] You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.[11]

As you focus your attention and affection on His presence, you will experience the realm of His Spirit, [12] and walk as a child of light.[13]

Phase Five: CommunionLearn Language BookCoverImage

The fifth phase in meditation is face-to-face communion. Communion integrates the needs of self with the needs of another. You maintain an equilibrium between individuality and unity. You take responsibility for your own life and provide support for the one you love. Conflicts will arise from time to time, but as a result of the struggles from the previous stages you resolve them quickly. King David meditated on this reality.

I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.[14]

As you integrate your heart, soul, mind, and strength with the presence of God,[15] communion emerges with a passion that enraptures the soul. Earthly treasures become shadows in the love of his magnificent glory.

Conclusion

The brightness I sensed that day in my mentor’s living room was God’s excitement for His children coming to him in meditation. God’s favor was not affirming the shadow of the ritual, but the reality of the relationship. Meditation requires time, focus, and discipline. Those who walk in the Spirit and absorb his love will be his sons and daughters, and will share the secrets of eternal truth.[16]

 

 

 

[1] 1 Timothy 4:5 KJV

[2] Joshua 1:8

[3] Psalm 63:6-8

[4] Psalm 1

[5] Psalm 119:9-16

[6] John 17:1-5

[7] Romans 8:28

[8] Psalm 119:75-80

[9] Psalm 77:10-15

[10] Hebrews 4:16

[11] Psalm 16:11

[12] Revelation 22:17-19

[13] Ephesians 5:8

[14] Psalm 119:14-16

[15] Galatians 5:16-26

[16] Romans 8:1-6

23
Dec

The Christmas Wait

One day last week I experienced The Christmas Wait.

Three wise men and starI was steaming. It was rush-hour traffic at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. I set my frustration aside when I started the conversation. “Do you like sitting in traffic?” My wife alleged, “Not really, but I do like traffic when I am going Christmas shopping.” I almost suffered whiplash. “You like traffic…? …at Christmas?” I heard a chipper giggle. She continued, “Well, yes. It’s like… a part of Christmas. We’re all shopping… together.” I sighed with a giggle, but my brain seemed to turn around inside my skull. I had never considered that anyone would like to sit in traffic. But, then again, Melinda and I spend a lot of time talking in the car. However, I look for every opportunity to skirt traffic and shy away from malls. Although, I am at my best when surrounded with people.

This same feeling was coursing through Joseph and Mary on the day they entered Bethlehem. The traffic on the streets hummed with excitement. The Roman Empire called for a census to be taken, in person, in the city of your family’s heritage. For Joseph and Mary, this meant traveling in excess of one-hundred miles, during her pregnancy to Bethlehem, the village setting in the shadow of Jerusalem. They were all tired, even the donkey. The sinking feeling as Joseph went from Inn to Inn intensified. “Surely God will

A Baby Changed The World

A Baby Changed The World

give us a room for Mary to give birth. After all, it is His Son” Joseph thought. All of the Inns and stables were full. (Joseph had unsuccessfully preplanned his trip through Hotels.com.) However, he remembered the visitation from Gabriel three months ago and his message, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”[1] The angel’s word did not say how, nor did it include a five-star hotel. Nonetheless, this did not seem right. Jesus literally was the Son of the Creator-King of the Universe. Although Joseph had no way to preplan his trip, God’s plan was written before the foundations of the earth.

When Joseph and Mary entered Bethlehem, God was preparing to preach an eternal message.[2] The creator was entering His own creation. God was communicating to all present in the second century B.C. and throughout all time, that He was here. His plan was coming together. “And in the fulness of time…” Joseph was offered a stable that would shield them from the cold, give them a bed of hay, and include certain amenities; a trough for food (a manger), piles of hay, an abundance of animals, and access to water. Bethlehem was the epicenter of “the Word of God became flesh….”[3]

AngelShepherdsGod chooses humble places to birth His Son: A planet He created to birth His children. A village on the outskirts of the Capital city of Israel. A stable made for bedding animals, complete with hay and a feeding trough. And, a human heart created in perfection and fallen into disrepair. God is not disappointed with you. He is an eternally generous and forgiving personality. He pursues the lost and afflicted. He seeks the least. There is nothing you can do to make him reject you. When Jesus was born, a Star was born. And He still is born in humble places. Since God accepts you, go ahead and accept you. Since God forgives you, go ahead and forgive you. Since God gave his very best for you, therefore, give yourself the very best from God.

Think of the people who had front row seats to His arrival that night when the Shepherd’s responded to the Angel’s announcement. They came from all over to see the Christ child. This was no small event. God sends His angels to the least in Israel’s society. And as they come the word spreads throughout Bethlehem. The whole village, filled with people from all over the Roman empire, are drawn to the hustle and bustle of the crowd of shepherds overturning every rock to find the baby, “…wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

Although traffic lined the streets of Bethlehem, and the makeshift malls filled the town square and bordered the streets with shops and vendors, the hustle and bustle will either crowd out the coming of Jesus, or communicate his arrival. Everyone in Bethlehem did not see him. But everyone who wanted to see him was invited. He is the only God, the only Savior, the only lamb of God offered to take away the sins of the people.

During this Christmas season, rejoice as you celebrate the birthday of God’s eternal gift. The traffic is natural, and the idea to enjoy waiting in traffic shows us there is something important to see. Something of divine origin to contemplate. Just like God surrounded His Son’s birth with people, God will surround you with what is necessary to bring forth His Son. He will bring out the best!

During this season, God is appealing to you as you wait.

FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!!!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Scroggs Family! Merry Christmas

The Scroggs Family!
Merry Christmas

Let me encourage you to read my books. They will change the way you see life, and bring prosperity to your soul! You may purchase them on my website www.stevescroggs.com, or on Amazon, and Kindle.

 

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[1] Matthew 1:20-21 NKJV

[2] Revelation 14:6-7

[3] John 1:14

31
Oct

NEW BOOK!

NEW BOOK!

How to have Prosperity in your Soul!

In the roaring Twenties, the atmosphere in New York city was filled with expectancy and promise. Henry Ford’s cars crowded the streets, and the world looked on as the United States experienced exponential growth. Prosperity was a by-word. When the Rockefeller’s came to the party the atmosphere ascended. They personified the American dream and the prosperity of the early twentieth century.

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However, this book is not about America’s rise to economic supremacy, or the Rockefeller’s prosperity, but I wrote it with entertaining stories and eight practical steps so that you can acquire a prosperous soul. God promises that when your soul prospers your life will prosper!

As you read, engage the Spirit and you will overflow with prosperity. When you choose a relationship with the eternal God, he flows through you just as he flowed through His Son. He is the source of heavenly health, celestial wisdom, and divine wealth. Eternal prosperity cannot be bought with earthly treasure, but as you follow the Holy Spirit through steps in this book it will be opened to you.

I have experienced this prosperity first hand and proved the process true. I have seen it work in my life and in hundreds of people whom I have counseled. I live in the promise and  glory released through the power of Spirit. My heart is at peace, my soul walks in confidence with God, my emotional love and joy increases, and the story of my life is unlimited! But this rise in my soul did not come from this temporal world! This transformation has comes through the power of God’s eternal Spirit.

Prosperity is illusive and garners a wide assortment of definitions and descriptions. An entertaining comic gave this sketch.

Money can buy you a house, but not a home.

Money can buy you a bed, but not sleep.

Money can buy you a clock, but not time.

Money can buy you a book, but not knowledge.

Money can buy you medicine, but not health.

Money can buy you sex, but not love.

So you see money isn’t everything. And it often causes pain and suffering. I tell you all this because I am your friend, and as your friend I want to take away your pain and suffering. So send me all your money.[1]

When I heard this I laughed, but wisdom says money is a part of prosperity. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Moses said, “But you shall remember the Lord your God: for it is He that gives you power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant…”[2]

The key to prosperity in your life is inescapably bound to the prosperity of God in your soul. The soul has a currency and an exchange rate that is very different from bank account balances. You may have heard, “…life is a negotiation and we are all negotiating.”

 

The Treasure

Prosperity tops the chart of the self-help industry and stands highest in the celebrated topics on the motivational circuit. Inspiring teachers tell the David and Goliath stories of great achievers, successful businessmen, triumphant underdogs, and victorious women who by sheer determination carve a place in history.

And while telling these stories, they attempt to answer the questions everyone asks; What is prosperity? How do I get prosperity? How do I achieve prosperity in my life? Remember the old wise saying, “When men are young, they give their health to get wealth, and then as they grow older, they give their wealth to get health.” I want to show you a way to do both.

If you allow inspired humans to define and promote their brand of prosperity, you will wind-up in a six-foot-deep dead end grave. I saw a bumper sticker that describes the mantra of this system, “He who dies with the most stuff wins!” Many of the understandings of prosperity I see people investing their life in looks suspiciously like greed. Is this true prosperity?

 

Warren Buffet

I saw an interview with Warren Buffet an investment genius, whose net worth at the time of this writing is in the neighborhood of sixty-six billion dollars. He said, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” In this interview he said, “I am good at making money. I made my first trade on the New York stock exchange when I was about eight years old.” He exuded confidence and went on to say that there are many people on the earth that don’t know how to make money. His conclusion was, those who know how to make money have a responsibility to take care of their fellowman. Then he said that the rich should pay their fair share.

When Warren Buffet finished I was amazed. It challenged my thoughts because I had never heard a rich man talk like this before. Later, I learned that Warren Buffet was tasking his son Jimmy Buffet with giving massive amounts of his money away before he dies. This generosity seems like a habit among some of the super wealthy people.

Andrew Carnegie, an oil and steel tycoon in the late nineteenth century sold his empire and gave back to his fellowman by, among other things, building libraries. Carnegie wrote several books and numerous articles. His 1889 article “Wealth” outlined his view that those with great wealth must be socially responsible and use their assets to help others. This was later published as the 1900 book The Gospel of Wealth.

J.D. Rockefeller followed a similar pattern and established a foundation that is still trumpeting humanitarian causes. On a recent trip to Uganda, I saw Bill Gates, whose estimated wealth at present is in the ball park of seventy-nine billion, on television being interviewed about his foundation that contributes to feed, educate, and set up legal help for humanitarian causes. These men of means give back to their fellowman and want to leave a legacy. They want to spread the wealth, health, and prosperity to help the poor and uneducated.

But the prosperity doesn’t come from monetary investments. Prosperity is a matter of tuning your heart to the creator and harmonizing with His abundance. Would you describe the Son of God as prosperous? He was the eternal God in human flesh. No one is more prosperous. I heard this statement a week ago, “He has more money than God” and laughed.  

These observations makes an appointment the Son of God had in the first century very interesting. Around 33 AD, during the days of the Roman empire, a rich young ruler sought out Jesus Christ. The first century rich were not so different, unless they were young. As you may know, rich people are usually very independent, self-confident, resourceful, and proud about their successes. Most have the same thought, “If I can do it anyone can.”

 

The Ruler

As Jesus walks away from Jericho on his way to Jerusalem, a rich young ruler rushes to him, falls to his knees, and asked Him a timeless question. “Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

In that moment Jesus gazed into him, “You know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor your father and mother.” All of these commandments are prerequisites to prosperity in your life.

And he answered, “Master, all these have I observed from my youth.”

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, “One thing you lack: go your way, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

And the rich young ruler was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

And Jesus looked round about, and said unto his disciples, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” And Jesus looking upon them said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”[3]

The rich young ruler walked away sorrowful because his soul valued the treasures on earth more than the eternal treasures of heaven. Therefore, his soul was darkened by riches.

Jesus said, “…With God all things are possible.” Jesus prophesied the prosperity that would manifest in the young ruler’s soul. He received the answer to his question, but the answer was not manageable like his fortunes. But, when he chose to invest in a world beyond this realm, eternal life would spring up inside him. Faith is believing more in what you sense than in what you see. You may not have mountains of money, you may not be talented in sports or the creative arts, but you can have the prosperity of God’s eternal riches. How does work?

 

The Change

Oral tradition holds that the rich young ruler was Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, who after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ sold all he had and laid it at the apostle’s feet. (Acts 4) When the rich young ruler walked away from Jesus he was sorrowful. Godly sorrow worked repentance. As a Levite, Jesus knew his call, his dedication, and his love, and challenged his acquired value system. When Jesus responded with “sell all you have,” it struck him like a slap in the face. Only he and Jesus knew that his idol was out of the closet. The love of money was killing him and left unopposed would take him into eternal hell.

He was a “ruler,” that is, a member of the Sanhedrin, the same council Saul of Tarsus was a member. According to tradition, to be referenced as a rich young ruler, his personal wealth would sustain an entire city for over five years. When Joseph acted on the encouragement of Jesus; to sell everything he had, his choice may have actually incited Saul’s fury toward the followers of Jesus Christ. For one of his own council sold everything, gave it to a cult, and joined their blasphemous ranks.

The Wisdom

The rich young ruler laid all he had at the Apostles feet they renamed him Barnabas; son of encouragement, because he responded to the encouragement of Jesus. He encountered the Savior of the world and obtained eternal life.

Later, at the direction of the Jerusalem Apostles, Barnabas was sent to Antioch where he witnessed the exponential growth of believers. He knew the church needed a strong dedicated teacher, with the scholarship of Gamaliel to meet the demand for the revelation of Messiah from the Law. Therefore, being “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith,” plus having a preexisting relationship with Saul, and furthermore knowing the story of Saul’s salvation experience, Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek him. After he found him, they returned to Antioch and for an entire year assembled with the church, and taught the new Jewish and Gentile believers.

Think about the irony of two members of the Jerusalem Sanhedrin teaching the secrets of the law and Yeshua-Messiah in Antioch. The glory of God illuminated and prospered the souls of many and changed the face of the church. It was in Antioch that the believers were first called Christian.

This book will give you a foundation for the flow of eternal prosperity and enlighten you way into the Spirit realm of God. He waits to enrich your life. You can grow strong and prosper.

 

[1] See more at: http://www.progress-to-financial-freedom.com

[2] Deuteronomy 8:18

[3] Mark 10; Acts 11

30
Oct

A Strategic Warfare Strategy

papaSkyA Strategic Warfare Strategy

Peering into Satan’s command center

I didn’t see it coming. These were my friends. They didn’t see it coming either. Many years ago a pastor’s son and one of the staff member’s daughters entered into a relationship as two adults over the age of twenty. The relationship was consensual, but the pastor’s son was blamed.

For the next few months the staff member began to sow discord and dissension in the hearts and minds of the people on his team. “You can’t talk to the pastor because he never listens…” “I question his integrity if he will not hold his son accountable…” And, “What does the Bible say about a man whose house is not in order?” are some of the phrases used. It was a number of months before the Senior Pastor was brought into the problem. When the staff member encountered the pastor, it was a surprise to the pastor when a no-excuses-command to publicly discipline his son in the church surfaced.

Continue Reading..

18
Oct

YOU CAN HAVE PROSPERITY NOW

Prosperity has a wide assortment of definitions. An entertaining comic gave this sketch.

Money can buy you a house, but not a home.

Money can buy you a bed, but not sleep.

Money can buy you a clock, but not time.

Money can buy you a book, but not knowledge.

Money can buy you medicine, but not health.

Money can buy you sex, but not love.Three wise men and star

So you see money isn’t everything. And it often causes pain and suffering. I tell you all this because I am your friend, and as your friend I want to take away your pain and suffering. So send me all your money…[1]

When I read this I laughed, but wisdom says money is only a part of prosperity. So, if you find yourself with the burden of money, unload it.

You can have prosperity now. The key to prosperity in your life is inescapably bound to the prosperity in your soul. The soul has a currency and an exchange rate that is very different from bank account balances. You may have heard, “…life is a negotiation and we are all selling something.”

As far as prosperity goes, everyone wants it. Most have confidence in it. Countless dream of it. But, few know what it takes to obtain it, and fewer actually live in it. Some would define prosperity as winning the lottery and never having to work again. Others, marrying the right person and fetching instantaneous treasure. Still others, inventing a gadget that everyone wants, and by it possessing more wealth than a small country. But others, who make every sacrifice known to man to come to the United States, define prosperity as the American dream. 

The Treasure

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Prosperity tops the chart of the Self-Help industry and stands highest in the celebrated topics on the motivational circuit. They inspire by telling the stories of great achievers, and answering questions like; how do I define prosperity? How do I get prosperity? How do I manage my life in prosperity? What does prosperity have to do with money? Who will be the one to tell me when I have arrived? These are some of the questions, but if you allow inspired humans to define and promote their brand of prosperity, your life will wind-up in a six-foot-deep dead end rut.

They spend all their energy obtaining earthly treasure. I saw a bumper sticker that describes the mantra of the world’s system, “He who dies with the most stuff wins!” An old sage told me once, “The earth is out of harmony with God because man is out of harmony with God.”[2] Listen to me! The prosperity in the soul is a matter of tuning your heart to the creator and harmonizing with His abundance.

The Generous

This generous and benevolent abundance of the creator was elegantly flowing out of His son during His earthly ministry. His day usually began early on the mountain with his Father.

On this particular day his appointments began as he was leaving Jericho. He took children up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway begging. And when he heard it was Jesus, he began to cry out. “Yeshua, Son of David, Have mercy on me.”

And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried out even more, “Jesus, Son of David, please have mercy on me!”

And then Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they called the blind man, saying unto him, “Be of good comfort, rise; he calls you.”

Bartimaeus threw his garment aside, arose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus said unto him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

The blind man said unto him, “Lord, I want to receive my sight.”

And Jesus said unto him, “Go your way; your faith has made you whole.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

The treasure and prosperity in Jesus did not have a price tag. What is the earthly prosperity, if you do not have the health to enjoy it? When you choose a relationship with the eternal God, he flows through you just as he flowed through Jesus. He is the source of heavenly health, celestial wisdom, and divine wealth. Jesus is not only your example, he came to show you who you really are and what will flow through you when you take your place by His side. Jesus simply released the flow of his prosperous soul. But His next appointment revealed more.

The Ruler

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJesus’ next appointment was very unusual. As you may know, rich people are usually very independent, self-confident, resourceful, and proud about the success they exude.

A year ago, I saw an interview with Warren Buffet, whose net worth at the time of this writing was in the neighborhood of sixty-six billion dollars. He said, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” While he exuded confidence he said, he was good at making money. He made his first trade on the New York stock exchange when he was eight years old. Then he went on to say that there are many people on the earth that don’t know how to make money. His conclusion was, those who know how to make money have the responsibility to take care of their fellowman. Then he said that the rich should pay their fair share.

When Warren Buffet finished I was amazed. I had never heard a man of his stature talk like this before. Later I learned that Warren Buffet was tasking his son Jimmy Buffet with giving massive amounts of his money away before he dies. It seems like a trend among super wealthy people. Andrew Carnegie, an oil and steel tycoon in the late eighteenth century sold his empire and gave back to his fellowman by, among other things, building libraries. J.D. Rockefeller followed a similar pattern and established a foundation that is still trumpeting humanitarian causes. I saw Bill Gates, whose estimated wealth at present is in the ball park of seventy-nine billion, on television when I was in Uganda, contributing to feed, educate, and set up legal help for humanitarian causes. These observations make Jesus’ next appointment unique. In the first century the rich were not so different, unless they were young.

As Jesus walks away from blind Bartimaeus, a rich young ruler rushed in, fell to his knees, and asked Jesus a timeless question. “Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

In that moment Jesus gazed into him, “You know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor your father and mother.”

And he answered and said unto him, “Master, all these have I observed from my youth.”

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: go your way, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

And the rich young ruler was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

And Jesus looked round about, and said unto his disciples, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” And Jesus looking upon them said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”[3]

The rich young ruler walked away sorrowful and grieved because his soul trusted his riches. His soul valued the treasures on earth more than the eternal treasures of heaven. Therefore, his soul was darkened by riches.

Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Jesus prophesied the prosperity that would manifest in this young ruler’s soul. He received the answer to his question, but it was not manageable like his fortunes. But when he chose to invest in a world beyond this realm, eternal life sprang up inside him. You may not have any wealth, but you can have eternal life.

The Connections

Mr Cenchelli Picture11Oral tradition holds that the rich young ruler was Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, who after the death and resurrection of Jesus sold all he had and laid it at the apostle’s feet.

He was a “ruler,” that is, a member of the Sanhedrin, the same council Saul of Tarsus was solicited to join. As a rich young ruler, his personal wealth could sustain an entire city for up to five years. When Joseph acted on the encouragement of Jesus, his choice may have incited Saul’s fury toward the early church believers. One of his own council sold everything he had, gave it to a cult, and joined their untraditional ranks.

However, after the rich young ruler encountered Jesus’ his life opened and his soul was transformed. Godly sorrow worked repentance. As a Levite, Jesus knew his call, his dedication, and his love, and challenged his acquired value system. When Jesus responded with “sell all you have,” it struck him like a slap in the face. Only he and Jesus knew that his idol was out of the closet. The love of money was killing him and left unopposed would take him into eternal death.

But he was looking for eternal life. When he laid all he had at the Apostles feet they renamed him Barnabas; son of encouragement, because he responded to the encouragement of Jesus. He encountered the Savior of the world and obtained eternal life.

Barnabas later was sent to Antioch at the direction of the Jerusalem Apostles and witnessed the exponential growth of the believers. He knew the church needed a strong dedicated teacher, with the scholarship of Galileo to meet the demand for the revelation of Jehovah. Therefore, being “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith,” plus having a preexisting relationship with Saul, and furthermore knowing the story of Saul’s salvation experience, Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek him. After he found him, they returned to Antioch and for an entire year assembled with the church, and taught the new Jewish and Gentile believers. Think about the irony of two members of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem teaching the secrets of the law and Yeshua-Messiah in Antioch.

The glory of God illuminated and prospered the souls of many and changed the face of the church. It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christian. The prosperity of your soul is God’s ultimate objective. He wants all of His children to walk in the glory of His presence.

[1] See more at: http://www.progress-to-financial-freedom.com

[2] Bob Jones, Prophet to the Nations, In loving remembrance from 2-14-2014

[3] Mark 10; Acts 11

06
Sep

Prosperity

PROSPERITY

There was a knock at the door. Our residence, an upstairs apartment and home of the Pastor, his wife and family, just up from the church was well known. The day after the weekend services was usually a day off. And then another knock. My wife answered the door.

Melinda and a woman in needA beautiful lady, fixed up in the tradition of Barbie, began the conversation, “I have all the money I want. I have a good husband and all the things that money can buy. But I don’t have peace. I want what you have.” The 2000 red corvette convertible she drove was sitting in the parking lot. But she was standing alone at our front door.

“What do you mean?” My wife responded. Then she replied, “I would give all the money I have to get what you have.” My wife responded, “You can have what I have, all you have to do is give your life to God, and live your life for love.” She came in and talked for about an hour, and then, she did what most people do in the heat of the moment. She walked away. The cost of peace was a prosperous soul that comes through a personal relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ. Your soul is the immortal treasure your Heavenly Father pursues.

Prosperity Flows from God

What is prosperity? On earth, the crosshairs focus on fortune, treasure, affluence, abundance, and success. However, to make the hometown of prosperity material abundance and the opulent lifestyles of the rich and famous, make it alien to ninety-five percent of the people who live here. Wouldn’t you agree, it’s hard to live a life of prosperity when it is defined from a worldly point of view? The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines prosperity as, “a: marked by success or economic well-being. b: enjoying vigorous and healthy growth: flourishing.” On the other hand, if prosperity is defined by your eternal Father and the river of life that flows from his throne into your immortal soul, then it is available to every one. In other words, when you believe God, prosperity lifts you like an elevator from the basement to the penthouse.

key-light-spiritThe key to prosperity in your world is inescapably bound to the wealth of your soul. Fortune in the soul has a currency and an exchange rate that is very different from bank account balances. You may have heard, “…life is a negotiation and we are all selling something.” The prosperity of God is a matter of negotiating life or death in your soul. In the first century, the Apostle of love wrote a letter to his children,

Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

When your soul believes God and walks in the light,[2] your life will manifest the illumination of God.[3] When your soul drinks from the river of life that flows from his throne, your body receives divine health and spiritual wisdom.[4] When your soul accepts perfect love, you rise fearlessly in confident faith.[5]

If rational education and material things could satisfy the desires and needs of the human soul, there would be no displeasure, distress, discouragement, disillusionment, disappointment, disapproval, disenchantment, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontentment, and disassociation that usually attains depression, despondency, and despair with suicide waiting in the wings. A mountain of dis-words can bring up piles of memories, but God made a way for your soul to prosper.

Approximately five hundred years before Jesus was born that first Christmas day, his forefather wrote this song and taught Israel to sing it before Almighty God.

Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

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 brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.[6]

The natural man does not want to admit the need for anyone, and in particular the need for God. But the truth remains; your soul was made in God’s image, in his likeness, and donned with his authority. All you have to do is make the choice to walk in His counsel, stand in his ways, delight in the law of the Lord, and meditate in his law day and night, and then whatever you do will prosper.[7]

Therefore, the prosperity of your soul harmonizes with the paradigm of your value. For example, if you remember being treasured by your earthly father, you will know the pleasure of your eternal father as he rejoices over you.[8] My wife Melinda was the apple of her father’s eye. She has never had a time in her life when she questioned, “Daddy, do you really love me?” Or from a secret place in her heart asked, “Does my daddy really love me?” So her value was set in her father’s unconditional love, complete adoration, and unreserved acceptance. She knew from the bottom of her heart that she was her father’s greatest treasure. As a result, her soul is gracious, optimistic, polite, and wealthy. When you meet her you will want what brightens her life.

Like Melinda, the glorious thing about God’s love will shine in you when you choose to believe that your eternal Father loves, accepts, and adores you. The assessment of your worth, significance, and inspiration determines how prosperous your soul will be. In other words, “What you believe about you, and your Father’s love for you, will manifest.”

The Beloved

Once upon a time, dusk invaded the sunset as a brisk fall evening fell across the Israeli desert. Only the coals of his campfire remained when he began to praise Yeshua on his harp. In the third watch of the night, the youngest of eight brothers awoke to the growl of a hungry bear in pursuit of a meal. David follows the bear into the woods, grabs him by the jaw, rescues the lamb, kills the bear with his bare hands, and returns to the flock.

Samson & the LionAs he watched his father’s flock he skillfully played his harp, trained himself to proficiently wield his stone and sling, and commanded the respect of a multitude of shepherds in the land. When the shepherds and their flocks gathered, you heard the reverberation, “Who is this that plays? He plays with passion, excellence, and inspiration. Let’s worship and celebrate.” They heard him play and sing for the king of the universe. But, what every other shepherd could not see was the truth that resounded in David’s heart, “I am my father’s joy and expression. I know I am my father’s beloved. My father Jesse named me David – Beloved.” Even from his youth he focused his attention and affection on the most valuable commodity in the land, the love and honor of his Father.

One day, when an evil spirit tormented king Saul, the ruddy boy’s reputation preceded him into the king’s and his advisors sent for him. When the sweet Psalmist of Israel played, the evil spirit left Saul and his sanity returned.

This anointed young man communed privately and performed publicly with skill. David lived at the beckon call of the Lord of Hosts; and knowing the love they shared, David rose in confidence when the almost eleven-foot-tall giant stood to intimidate the nation. He said, don’t worry, I will go and fight him. King Saul’s immediate response was you are but a youth, and he a warrior from his youth. David’s answer caught the King by surprise.

Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.[9]

Then in confidence and power, David, armed with only a shepherd’s staff and sling, ran to the brook and gathered five smooth stones. In the anointing of God, he darted over the stream and faced a giant twice his size and three times his weight. After Goliath finished his best crack at a victorious speech, David proclaimed from the richness of his soul.

You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.[10]

That day, a young Jewish shepherd showed the entire nation that the battle belongs to the Lord. Israel celebrated the defeat of the intimidator with only a sling and stone.

David was at home in his own skin. He prospered from within and overcame without. The power of God flowed through him. The beloved knew his source when he sang and wrote,

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.[11]

David knew his place in the Father’s heart, and as a shepherd, understood firsthand the shepherd’s pursuit. His soul was restored in an environment of love and trust. He knew how to follow the Great Shepherd as he was being groomed to rule as Israel’s next king. He is still the most celebrated and the most beloved King in Israel’s history.

Prosperity has a Currency

papaSkyProsperity travels through the soul in currencies of light and dark energy. If your soul leans into the light, your prosperity will grow positive and your body will receive life. If your soul leans into darkness, your fortune will grow negative and your body will manifest depression, criticism, and sickness. Regardless of how much money you have, your body will reflect the focus of your soul’s choices.

When your heart is full of life, attentive to the Spirit, and focused on creative spirit, your prosperity flourishes. Your Father in heaven has never changed his mind about you. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, and I will never leave you! Again, I will never leave you nor forsake you! I love you…I love you…I love you! I am with you…. This is eternal truth… Even in your darkest hour, I am right here.”[12]

You are the Father’s Treasure

While the Son of God was on earth he established the value of your soul. However, you have to believe Him in order to receive the full consideration.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?[13]

Humans determine worth by what someone is willing to give for a person, place, or thing. Think about it. If I told you, I am a very popular writer, that my books are best sellers, through which I make upwards of $1,000,000 a year, and that every publisher wants to buy my first draft scripts, how would you feel about me and what would you think I was worth?

It would be completely natural for you to feel respect, honor, and value for me. But, all of the money on earth, all of the real estate in the world, all of the precious metals under the mountains, and all of the priceless treasures in all of the king’s palaces combined cannot compare to the value of your soul. But, the only way to bring God’s value into your heart is through the process of faith. You must believe God loves you and pursue an individual relationship with Him.

You are the Father’s Likeness

There is a way for the human soul to access the manifest glory of God, and convert darkness to light, death to life, sickness to health, rejection to acceptance, and the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His dear Son. Although, eternal life continues when you die, you can have this power manifesting in and through your body right now, by faith! Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.[14]

When the soul enters into heart covenants, mental decisions, and subconscious resolutions of truth; steps must be taken to legally resolve, officially sever, and legitimately break the covenants, and choices made to accept God’s truth as the foundation for your life. To walk out of the soul’s maze, you must first be set on the life-giving power and expanse of God’s timeless word. His life is endless, His Word is creative, and His truth is freedom. However, you were not born with this perspective.

This journey sparkles when you have a personal relationship with God. A young lady sparkled when through prayer and confession joy filled her heart and her hope was renewed. Jesus said it this way,

Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.[15]

God gave a way in scripture to process the human soul, and he is the One who saves, heals, delivers, and makes you whole. You will grow and prosper as your soul prospers. Enter into a life with Jesus Christ because it is God that works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

On earth you will make many choices. You will choose to believe the truth or a lie. You will submit to His divine purpose, or offend God’s standard of righteousness.[16] You will evaluate everything and everyone based on God’s Spirit of truth, or you will judge everything and everyone according to your own personal sense of justice. You will choose either to make a vow to God or you will ascend to god-like status by pledging I am the determiner of my own destiny, I am the Captain of my fate.[17] These are a few of the many choices you will make, but the prosperity of your soul depends on loving God and loving His truth.[18] You will prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.

[1] 3 John 2

[2] John 11:9

[3] John 6:28-29

[4] Romans 8:10-11; Revelation 22:17

[5] 1 John 4:17-18

[6] Psalms 1

[7] Revelation 22:1-5

[8] Nehemiah 8:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:6

[9] 1 Samuel 17:34-37 ESV

[10] 1 Samuel 17:45-47 ESV

[11] Psalm 23:1-3

[12] Hebrews 4:14-16

[13] Mark 8:36-37

[14] Hebrews 11:1

[15] John 8:34-38 ESV

[16] Psalms 19:

[17] Acts 17:26-30

[18] John 8:32

06
Jun

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

God whispers. The rustle in the trees is not the only wind that blows on earth. There are times when God whispers truth into the soul of a man or woman, and a song is born. He whispers to your heart. He says, “I love you, and I created this world so that you could experience me and know me.” The Father loves you, and wants you to enjoy the life He has given you. He has given you a way to be happy, in whatever circumstance you find yourself. The decision is yours, because you make up your own perspective by the focus of your thoughts and paradigms.

In 1988 Bobby McFerrin wrote a BIG little song that swept the world titled, “Don’t be worry be happy!” It won a Grammy Award for the song of the year. I loved the song then, and I like it even more now. The whole world listened, danced and moved with Bobby’s song, but I don’t think they understood it. God was whispering through a musician and most of us missed it.

Bobby Mcferrin

The Blessings of Musicians

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy

In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy (x4)
Oo, ooo…

Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy

The land-lord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy

Look at me, I’m happy

Don’t worry, be happy

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style
Ain’t got no girl to make you smile
Don’t worry, be happy

‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy

 

Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t do it, be happy
Let the smile on your face
Don’t bring everybody down like this

Don’t worry, people will soon pass
What ever it is

Don’t worry, be happy

I am not worried, I am happy

Most people are happy when everything is going good, because it seems easy to be happy when your life comes together. But the Father wants you to be happy and joyful in every circumstance, good or bad. How do you do that? Number 1, always praise your Father in heaven for everything that comes into your life. (2 Chronicles 20:1-30) Choose to say, what I experience I am experiencing with God and is my opportunity to trust Him and believe Him. Number 2, thank God for every circumstance. (Job 1) Choose to say, thank you God, I believe you know best, and you are allowing everything to come into my life for a purpose. Number 3, choose to let the event play out in faith believing that God will work all things together for good. (Romans 8:13-30) Choose to say, the story I will tell from this experience will be the most exciting and most encouraging part of my earth’s journey. God created this life for you and he knows how to make everything work together for your good.   

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Covenant Promise

Your mindset; the paradigm of life and the filter through which you choose to process life will determine whether you have a positive or negative state of mind and whether you will enjoy or hate the life God has given you. Have you ever met a person who always saw what could go wrong in every circumstance? You know him as the critic who can never see the silver lining, or the eternal purpose for the difficulty you will face, but only congratulate himself when the bad happens he predicted. There is another way. 

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks:for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

When Job was faced with the worst circumstance in his life he made one declaration, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all that Job went through the scripture says, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:21-22)

When the Israelites were facing an enemy massively larger than they, they bowed their knee to the Lord and began to pray. Their imminent destruction was at hand. Tomorrow they would all die, if they believed the press. But King Jehoshaphat led his people in prayer. He didn’t call the defense minister, he didn’t call the generals, he didn’t call other nations to join him. He called God to join him. The scripture records it this way.

“And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, And said, ‘O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do:but our eyes are upon thee. And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.'”

The King’s eyes were turned to God, and in this circumstance he only had a few choices. He could have said, “we are all going to die, so eat drink and be merry.” He also could have said, “I told you this was going to happen… if you all kept on sinning and treating God badly.” But instead, he choose to focus his own heart and the heart of the people on the only one who could save them. And then, someone in the crowd who was tuned into God’s channel began to prophesy.

“Then upon Jahaziel…, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; And he said, ‘Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground:and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

In the face of certain destruction the King and the people of Israel began to pray and seek the Lord for their help and protection. This strategy is the only strategy for you and me. The only way to engage God’s help and favor is to pray and trust him! Do not complain. Do not threaten. Do not challenge. Do not swell up in anger. Do not stand up for your rights. Give yourself completely into the hands of your loving and gracious heavenly Father. There is a time to fight, but the first step in God’s economy is surrender and trust.

When you choose believe God mountains will move when you speak to them. Look at the mindset of Israel as they go out face the enemy.

Harp and shofar

You are the Instrument of Praise

“And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.’ And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endures for ever.”

This strategy will always be rewarded. It may not turn out like you think, but it will always be rewarded! Look what happens when the people began to sing and praise the Lord. You must answer a huge question! IS GOD REAL? While He is invisible, will he intervene in physical circumstances? Does He want to intervene for you?

 

“And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them:and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.” 

You must begin to see with His eyes! When a bad situation comes, you are getting ready to be blessed and prospered, if you will stand with the Lord! Praise in the midst of difficulties is a theme in the apostle Paul’s writings. 

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Romans 12:15 KVJ

“And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.” 2 Corinthians 2:3 KJV

“Rejoice in the Lord alway:and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 KJV

This Book can Help You

This Book can Help You

On day, on my way home from our church, Mountain Vintage Fellowship, the Lord whispered to me. “I give all the music you hear on the earth. Life is hard here. Without music man would not survive. And I give all kinds of music. Music will touch people in every stage and in whatever emotional state they find themselves. Music is an eternal medium that will always remind you of me. There is meditative music for those who seek serenity, angry music for those who are angry, happy music for those who are happy, depressed music for those depressed, praise music for those who praise, and worshipful music for those who worship me. When people are young and rebellious, I have a way to touch them. Through their music. And usually, as people grow older and learn how to resolve their conflicts their taste in music changes. Music is an eternal medium that falls from heaven into the soul. But, the words come from the heart and can bring darkness into the music. Be happy and enjoy what I have made for you”

You always have a choice. But you may say, “I can’t help but see the bad, because bad is always happening!”  When your heart and mind has been trained to see the bad, you will always see it first. But, that does not have to be your focus. Choose God and live in His promise and Power.

Remember what to do! Number 1, always praise your Father in heaven for everything that comes into your life. Number 2, thank God for every circumstance. Number 3, choose to let the event play out in faith believing that God will work all things together for good. The story you live and share will bless thousands. Life is short, live it! Don’t worry, be Happy! God created this life for you and he knows how to make everything work together for your good.

Check out www.stevescroggs.com, or www.theiamnetwork.net.

07
Apr

Believe His Prophets

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword… (Hebrews 4:12 a)

Have you ever received a word from someone who told you the purpose of God for your future. This word would be a chosen path of faith. As you respond to the word given and mix that word with faith, the power of God will go forth to perform it. God rules the universe with the power of His Word.

Rev. Steve and Melinda Scroggs

Rev. Steve and Melinda Scroggs

The Word of the Lord will always encourage, comfort, and exhort you toward the glory of heaven, and the kingdom of God. On the other hand, the word of the enemy will always come to bring fear, doubt, and unbelief with the end-game being to steal, kill and destroy your present experience and pervert your future in God.

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11
Mar

A SozoLife Weekend – Columbia, SC

A SOZOLIFE WEEKEND at COLUMBIA, SC

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I want to invite you to A SozoLife Weekend

March 20-21, 2015.

I have had people ask can one week-end really change your life?

Yes!

On a recent weekend an attendee told me. “My life will never be the same!”

Another man said, “I never knew that God loved me so much!”

Another lady said, “Wow, I am free and now I feel closer to God than I ever have. There was a lot of information and revelation, but the presence of God is real.”

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