Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sodom & Gomorrah from the Highest Office in the Land

God doesn't tolerate immoral behavior for long. He has given us every reason to know He exists. Just look around at the awesome majesty of His creation or hold a newborn baby's hand in yours. He exists and we are without excuse to say we don't recognize it.

But we have turned away from God and become fools. We imagine that we have done all this. All that has been accomplished in this world is the work of man by the might of his intellect and the sweat of his brow. We no longer worship God, but His creation. Save the trees, the whales, the baby seals and anything with fur but don't tell me how to live my life. I have the right to choose. We're sung to sleep by philosophies that save the trees and kill the children.

We have changed God's truth into a lie and our foolish hearts have been darkened. God has had it with us and has given us over to minds destitute of judgment, and to our vile affections. We do things we know are deserving of His judgment and not only do them but relish in them and glorify the participants.

Here from the highest office in the land is the latest glorification of our vile, lustful and lewd behavior.

May God have mercy on us all.


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 1, 2009

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Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country's response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration -- in both the White House and the Federal agencies -- openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.


(emphasis mine throughout)

Romans 1:18-32

(18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
(19) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
(20) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
(21) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
(22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
(23) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
(24) Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
(25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
(26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
(27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
(28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
(29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
(30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
(31) Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
(32) Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Word of His Power - Proverbs & Psalms supplement

Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Pro 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Pro 4:20-5:2 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. (21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. (22) For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (23) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (24) Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. (25) Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. (26) Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. (27) Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. (5:1) My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: (2) That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

Pro 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.

Pro 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Pro 10:19-20 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. (20) The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

Pro 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Pro 10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

Pro 10:31-32 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. (32) The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

Pro 11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

Pro 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

Pro 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

Pro 12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

Pro 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Pro 12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

Pro 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Pro 12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Pro 13:2-3 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. (3) He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Pro 13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Pro 15:2-4 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. (3) The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (4) A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Pro 15:13-15 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. (14) The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. (15) All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

Pro 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Pro 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. (22) Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. (23) The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (24) Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Pro 16:30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

Pro 17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Pro 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Pro 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Pro 18:6-8 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. (7) A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. (8) The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Pro 18:20-21 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. (21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Pro 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Pro 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Psa 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (3) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psa 17:3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Psa 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Psa 33:9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Psa 34:12-13 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? (13) Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Psa 59:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.

Psa 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Psa 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Psa 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Psa 119:89 Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Psa 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psa 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Psa 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
The Word of His Power - Part 1
The Word of His Power - Part 2
The Word of His Power - Part 3
The Word of His Power - Proverbs & Psalms supplement

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Word of His Power (part 3 of 3)

What if everything you said came to pass? Is it possible that what you say has an effect on your life? If everything you said came to pass, would you be more careful about what you say? Would you choose your words more carefully? Are you constricted, limited and defined by the words you speak? Are you "hung by the tongue"?

In Part 1 of, The Word of His Power, we discovered that when God creates, or works, He speaks it into existence. He uses words to accomplish His will. In Part 2, we saw that when Jesus was in the flesh on this earth, He accomplished His will by speaking it. In Part 3, we will take a look at how man is to operate on earth and what role the words he says play in his life.
Man was created in the image of God and His likeness. There was creative power that flowed out of the mouth of God and you were created in His image.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

1John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Philippians 2:14-16 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: (15) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (16) Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Those who receive Him, believe on His name, or are led by the Spirit of God, are sons of God and hold forth the word of life. How do we apply it?

Let's first take a look at the men of God, those great men, who undisputedly were called of God to His purpose to perform His will -
Moses & Aaron - Exodus 7:1-2
Samuel - 1Samuel 3:19-20
Nathan - 2Samuel 7:2-5
Elijah - 1Kings 18:36-39
Elisha - 2Kings 5:8-14
Isaiah - 2Kings 20:1-11; Isaiah 38:1-8
Shemaiah - 2Chronicles 12:5
Jeremiah - 2Chronicles 36:12; Jeremiah 1:4-9
Haggai & Zechariah - Ezra 5:1
Ezekiel - Ezekiel 2:1-10
Daniel - Daniel 10:11-14; Daniel 12:9
Amos - Amos 7:11-17
Jonah - Jonah 1:1-2

The above is not a complete list but every prophet of the Old Testament that God raised up took God's words to the nations!

But these men were specifically called by God to speak, "thus saith the Lord", to the people. Of course, their words came to pass. They were expressly backed by God Himself. What about those closer to our times that lived during the times of Jesus Christ? For example, did the disciples' words carry any weight or have any particular effect?
Let's look at two acts by Peter -

Peter to the lame man at the temple -
Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Peter to the man with palsy in Lydda -
Acts 9:34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

So Peter released God's power through the words he spoke, in the name of Jesus Christ. But still, Peter was an apostle. He saw Jesus face to face and was personally selected by Him. He was one of the twelve. Surely, he was special and was given special abilities.

What about "regular people" like you and me?

Let's start with those who are not "true believers". What happens when they speak in Jesus' name? Does speaking Christ's name still bring His weight to bear even if the person saying it is not a true follower?

Luke 9:49-50 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. (50) And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
Matt 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
These people were not apostles or even true disciples and they performed wonderful works through the words they used. Don't you have to be someone of religious standing for words to take effect?

Mark 11:22-26 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. (23) For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (24) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

It doesn't say, if an apostle shall say unto this mountain, or if an elder shall say unto this mountain, it doesn't even say an evangelist or a pastor, it says, "whosoever". That sure sounds like it applies to everyone, even you and me.

These were words spoken "in the name" of Jesus Christ. I can see how speaking in His name would have a special power or effect. So all I have to do is pay particular attention to words I speak "in His name". As long as I don't mention His name or take it in vain then I can say whatever I want, right?

Matt 12:33-37 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. (34) O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (35) A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. (36) But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

An "idle" word (Gr. ar-gos) is literally a "non-working" word - one that is vain or useless, rash, thoughtless, of no real worth, importance, or significance. Words not meant to do anything but spoken in unguarded moments, when we're not choosing them carefully.

Even light conversation is called into account!
Under pressure, stress, anger or influence of alcohol, what's in your heart cannot be covered up easily. What's truly in your heart will come out of your mouth. You may say, "With my luck it won't work out" or "That always happens to me" or "I knew that would happen" or "I said that but I didn't mean it". That is not true. You said it because that is what came out of your heart. That is what you felt in your innermost being. Your mouth will betray you and show forth your heart. The heart and the mouth must be in concert.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Isa 44:26  That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:

Isa 57:19  I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good." Notice who Jesus said causes it to be manifested. He didn't say that God would do it. Man brings it forth. Not out of his head or intellect but out of his heart through the words he speaks. Why? Because God gave man dominion over the earth. (Gen 1:26-28)

Mark 11:22-26 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. (23) For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (24) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

We bring forth that which is stored up in abundance in our heart. That which we believe and do not doubt deep in our heart of hearts is brought forth through the words we speak. Just saying we will have a million dollars under our pillow in the morning won't work because our doubt, disbelief and lack of faith prevent it.

Matt. 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

How do we increase our faith against doubt and disbelief?

Luke 17:5-6 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. (6) And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

What did Christ say in response to their request for increased faith? “say unto this sycamine tree” In other words, "speak" words of faith. That which is spoken from the heart bringeth forth either good or evil. So we need to be certain that that which is in our heart is good. How do we do that?

Prov 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. (22) Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. (23) The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (24) Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Ecc 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

You pour the Word of God into your mind [heart], then the heart of the wise will teach understanding to your mouth and learning to your lips. Let your words be few.

How does God's word get into our hearts?

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Matt 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

So, when you hear the Word, it is sown in your heart. The Word enters the heart through hearing.

We, with the help of the Holy Spirit, need to guard our minds and examine every thought carefully before allowing it to reside there long enough to become a part of us and enter our hearts. Your mind will accept or reject thoughts according to what it knows about the Word of God. Cast out every thought that is against the knowledge of God and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Thoughts become imaginings and imaginings become strongholds and strongholds control your life if you allow them to. The bible says you can pull these down. An imagination is an intent to do something about what you've been thinking; a stronghold is when the choice is not yours anymore, but you have submitted your will to the thought.

2Cor 10:4-6 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (6) And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

If you can put correct thoughts in your mind, study that thought, meditate on that thought, long enough to become an imagination and become a stronghold, according to God's word, then that word will become a part of you and be stored in your heart. It will come out of your mouth and you will direct your path according to God's word. Thoughts are the seeds planted in the garden of the mind.

The words of your mouth have control of your life. What comes out of your mouth will determine your future and you will be held accountable for every idle word.

Whatever we say in the name of Jesus that agrees with what He says, He will confess for us before the Father. We have given Jesus a sort of power of attorney to represent us before God. We need to control the words that come forth out of our mouths and bring them into obedience to the Word of God, which is God's spiritual law.

We must give Jesus, our intercessor, good, faith-filled words to defend us before the Father. If we confess His words, faith-filled words, then Jesus can confess this before the Father. If we confess words contrary to His words (fear-filled words) then Jesus cannot use them but Satan can use them to accuse us before the Father.

John 16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: ["and I say not unto you" means "I need not tell you again"]
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Even the holy Spirit intercedes for us -
Rom 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

But Satan uses our words to accuse us before the Father -

Rev 12:10 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.

Satan only has authority over us when we give him that authority with our mouth. He knows there is power in your words so he tries to get you to confess fear, doubt, and unbelief. We have been deceived by the evil one to tear down what God is trying to build by the words of our own mouth. Satan's ability is limited to what he can get you to say. God's word is settled forever in heaven. (
Psa. 119:89)

You have to believe that everything you say will come to pass. You shall have whatsoever you saith. When we pray we should be careful not to pray the problem but to pray the answer. The answer is in believing what the Word says; that it will be removed and cast into the sea. That doesn't mean to deny the existence of the mountain (problem), but to deny the right of it to exist in our way. Don't establish the problem by speaking it, but speak its removal in faith.
Jesus said you can have whatsoever you say, if you doubt not, and believe in your heart the things you are speaking. You are believing the end results. You need to confess God's words to have God's blessings in your life. God cannot violate the law of His word if you speak negatively (Gal 6:7). He said He will give you what you ask. No man can tame the tongue, but the holy spirit can.

What you store in your heart produces after its kind - faith produces faith, fear produces fear according to the words of your mouth. Program your heart with the word of God by speaking God's words, what He says about you in His word. To be submitted to God is to be submitted to His word.

When you come under the pressure of life, that which is abundantly in your heart is going to come out, whether it is God's word or Satan's. Satan's words produce fear and unbelief in your heart. God's words produce faith in your heart. God will give to you according to the words of your mouth. The only ability Satan can exercise over the believer is the ability to deceive you. Satan presents you with visual/physical evidence and waits to see what you're going to say about it. Ten of the spies in
Numbers 13 gave an evil report - what they saw, what they heard and what they felt. It was an evil report because it was contrary to what God had said.

You release Satan's ability when you say what he said. If Satan can get you to believe his lies or quote his words, he's got control over you.
Realize that you have already won. It's not your fight. Jesus fought it for you and thank God, He won!John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

You can see that words work for or against you. Christ said you are going to be justified, or condemned by the words of your mouth. (
Matt. 12:37)

Prov 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Words produce after their kind. It won't happen just because you say it. You must release faith in the words you speak from the heart. You must believe that those things which you are saying will come to pass. (
Heb. 11:6)

God gave you the ability to use your tongue to create a better life by speaking words that are full of faith. Christ came that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) The word says you will have it. Be smart enough to agree with God.

When you start to believe what you say will come to pass, then you have creative power working for you. You have creative power right in your mouth and you will be more careful about what you say. Learn to release it wisely and accurately. Don't be hung by the tongue!


The Word of His Power - Part 1
The Word of His Power - Part 2
The Word of His Power - Part 3
The Word of His Power - Proverbs & Psalms supplement

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Word of His Power (part 2 of 3)

In Part 1 of, The Word of His Power, we discovered that when God creates, or works, He speaks it into existence. He uses words to accomplish His will. In Part 2, we will examine how Jesus did things when He was in the flesh on this earth.

When the disciples were in the boat and a storm arose -Matt 8:26 And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

To the man who couldn’t walk sitting by the pool at Bethesda -

John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

To the man with the withered hand -Mark 3:5 And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

To the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue -
Mark 5:41 And He took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

In the gates of Nain to the dead, only son of the widow -
Luke 7:14 And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

To Lazarus who had been dead 4 days -
John 11:43 And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

To the fig tree near Bethany -
Mark 11:11-14 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when He had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, He went out unto Bethany with the twelve. (12) And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, He was hungry: (13) And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, He came, if haply He might find any thing thereon: and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. (14) And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

In Matthew 17 when the man brought his son whom the disciples could not heal to Jesus, what did Jesus do to heal him?Matt 17:17-18 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. (18) And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

After Jesus had described to the disciples how he must suffer at the hands of the Pharisees and be killed, how did He deal with Peter's response?Matt 16:22-23 Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. (23) But He turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

When Christ was being tempted by Satan, how did He combat it?
By quoting scripture!

Matt 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (quoting Deut 8:3)

Matt 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (quoting Deut 6:16)

Matt 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (quoting Deut 6:13)

Jesus' words are spirit and life (John 6:63). Jesus spoke God's word continually. He was established in His Father's word. He overcame the world by the spoken word.

Heb 1:1-3 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, (2) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; (3) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

He is upholding all things by the Word of His power. We know that His power resides in His Spirit (Zech 4:6) but how does He apply that power? If He had said "by the power of His Word", that would imply that His Word is just one avenue by which Christ exudes power; that would have meant that there is some power in God's word, but not all power. But by choosing this phraseology, it tells us that is how His power is applied, in the Word, in what he says.

Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

So, now we see that God accomplishes His will by speaking it (Part 1) and that Jesus accomplishes His will by speaking it (Part 2). In Part 3 of, The Word of His Power, we will see what we can find regarding how man is to operate on earth and what role the words he says play in his life.
The Word of His Power - Part 1
The Word of His Power - Part 2
The Word of His Power - Part 3
The Word of His Power - Proverbs & Psalms supplement

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Word of His Power (Part 1 of 3)

What if everything you said came to pass? Is it possible that what you say has an effect on your life? If everything you said came to pass, would you be more careful about what you say? Would you choose your words more carefully? Are you constricted, limited and defined by the words you speak? Are you "hung by the tongue"?
What are "words"? Are they "things"? Do they have power or are they just warm air blown through vocal chords and released into the wind never to be heard again? In this 3 part series, we will examine what the bible says about the "words" we speak. In Part 1, we will take a look at where words originated and what effect they have when spoken by God. Part 2 will examine how Jesus, who as God in the flesh, used words to affect people and His surroundings when He walked the earth. Finally, in Part 3, we will see what importance words have for the disciples and other humans and what the bible tells us regarding the words we speak.

As we see from John 1:1, words, or more specifically, "the Word" existed before man did.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Not only did it pre-exist man but it appears it was very close to, and important to God. Let's examine the original Greek and see what the word, "Word", really means.

In Strong's Lexicon -

Strongs G3056logos “Word” or “logos” pronounced - log'-os

Stems from G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation

Strongs G3004 lego pronounced - leg'-o

A primary verb; properly to “lay” forth, that is, (figuratively) relate in words [usually of systematic or set discourse]

Let's also entreat Barnes Commentary – the phrase “Was the Word” - Greek, “was the λόγος Logos.” This name is given to him who afterward became “flesh,” or was incarnate (John 1:14) - that is, to the Messiah.
John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Whatever is meant by, "was the Word", therefore, is applicable to the Lord Jesus Christ. There have been many opinions about the reason why this name was given to the Son of God. The opinion which seems most plausible may be expressed as follows:

1. A “word” is that by which we communicate our will; by which we convey our thoughts; or by which we issue commands; the medium of communication with others.
2. The Son of God may be called “the Word,” because he is the medium by which God promulgates His will and issues His commandments. See Heb 1:1-3.
3. This term was in use before the time of John.
(a) It was used in the Aramaic translation of the Old Testament, as, “e. g.,”
Isa 45:12; “I have made the earth, and created man upon it.” In the Aramaic it is, “I, ‘by my word,’ have made,” etc. Isa 48:13; “mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth.” In the Aramaic, “‘By my word’ I have founded the earth.” And so in many other places.
Isa 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.Isa 48:13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

So we see that God laid forth or set a discourse through the logos, His Son, Jesus Christ by whom all things were made. Jesus was the Word, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. It is the Word that makes things happen, sets things in motion or sets a discourse.
When the world was created, (or re-created as we all know) how did God do it?

God spoke it into existence -

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.Gen 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.Gen 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.Gen 1:24-25 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.Gen 1:26-28 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Psa 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

When God wanted to do something, He said it first. He said it, then He did it. The power to do was in the Word. God speaks of non-existent things as if they already existed, the end from the beginning.
Isa 48:3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

God knows the future because He has spoken the future.

In Part 2 of, The Word of His Power, we'll examine how Jesus did things when he was in the flesh and walked this earth.
The Word of His Power - Part 1
The Word of His Power - Part 2
The Word of His Power - Part 3
The Word of His Power - Proverbs & Psalms supplement

Monday, June 1, 2009

American capitalism gone with a whimper?

You may have heard some of the buzz lately surrounding an article that appeared in the Russian media lecturing America on our descent into Marxism. This from a country that we have long pointed to as brutish and communistic. The author makes too many frightfully strident points that hit just a little too close to home. I have re-posted it below in its entirety along with a hyperlink to the original.

If the Russians can see our future, why can't we? Pride, maybe?

American capitalism gone with a whimper
Source: Pravda.Ru

URL: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/107459-0/

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their "right" to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our "democracy". Pride blind the foolish.

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the "winning" side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the "winning" side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America's short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.

These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?

These men, of course, are not an elected panel but made up of appointees picked from the very financial oligarchs and their henchmen who are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another. They are also usurping the rights, duties and powers of the American congress (parliament). Again, congress has put up little more then a whimper to their masters.

Then came Barack Obama's command that GM's (General Motor) president step down from leadership of his company. That is correct, dear reader, in the land of "pure" free markets, the American president now has the power, the self given power, to fire CEOs and we can assume other employees of private companies, at will. Come hither, go dither, the centurion commands his minions.

So it should be no surprise, that the American president has followed this up with a "bold" move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantee of automobile policies. I am sure that if given the chance, they would happily try and redesign it for the whole of the world, too. Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK's Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our "wise" Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.

Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper...but a "freeman" whimper.
So, should it be any surprise to discover that the Democratically controlled Congress of America is working on passing a new regulation that would give the American Treasury department the power to set "fair" maximum salaries, evaluate performance and control how private companies give out pay raises and bonuses? Senator Barney Franks, a social pervert basking in his homosexuality (of course, amongst the modern, enlightened American societal norm, as well as that of the general West, homosexuality is not only not a looked down upon life choice, but is often praised as a virtue) and his Marxist enlightenment, has led this effort. He stresses that this only affects companies that receive government monies, but it is retroactive and taken to a logical extreme, this would include any company or industry that has ever received a tax break or incentive.

The Russian owners of American companies and industries should look thoughtfully at this and the option of closing their facilities down and fleeing the land of the Red as fast as possible. In other words, divest while there is still value left.

The proud American will go down into his slavery with out a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker.

Stanislav Mishin

The article has been reprinted with the kind permission from the author and originally appears on his blog, Mat Rodina

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