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40 KEYS TO OPEN THE GATES FOR BREAKTHROUGH (11)

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40 KEYS TO OPEN THE GATES FOR BREAKTHROUGH (11)

GATEWAY TO VICTORY

KEY VERSE: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. —I Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)

Key #36: For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.— 1 John 5:4 (NASB)

Victory over the World

The age we live in is under the influence of darkness.  It bombards us daily.  Society challenges us, financial pressures surround us and interactions with a lost humanity try to pull us down.  I cannot understand how anyone can try to fight this in his own strength!  We have but one call: to live by faith.  As long as we are in the body, we must put our faith in Christ who has overcome the world for us.

Our faith in God to show up in the areas of life that confront us is our strongest front.  Simply believing the promises of His Word, holding them higher in our hearts than the circumstances that are pressing against us, and resting in that, brings victory.  The Bible shows us that we are aliens of this world-age, and our true citizenship is in heaven.  The Bible also tells us to ‘”love not” this world-age and to live by faith with our eyes focused upon Him.

I’m sure you’ve heard without faith it is impossible to please God.” Without faith, brothers and sisters, it is impossible to overcome this world.  We inherit a kingdom that is not of flesh and blood, but a kingdom which cannot be shaken—a kingdom where victorious living is possible in this world to those who would live it by faith.  Our faith changes things, and that’s real breakthrough!

Confession: I am an overcomer.  My faith overcomes the world.

Prayer: Father God, may I meet the challenges of life by faith in Christ’s accomplished work.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Do I live life by faith? What does this mean to me?

Resources: Book: Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs, Bruce Wilkinson

Key #37: For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.—Romans 8:6 (NASB)

Victory over the Flesh

Everyone struggles with the flesh.  There is but one answer; kill it.  This is the first key to unlocking this breakthrough. I’m not talking about a literal physical death, but there is an attitude that we must adopt in our hearts, as Paul says, “I die daily.”  We daily find those desires that are contrary to God’s Word and will in us, and bring them to the cross of Christ and leave them there.  We walk as new creations in Christ Jesus.

The problem is the flesh doesn’t want to die, but rather its will is to do anything it can to live.  It will try to act religious, try to tell us it can change and try to linger as long as it can. Don’t be fooled.  We must live by the spirit and not by the flesh.  They cannot co-exist in harmony.

Where we set our minds is the second key to this breakthrough: we must sow to the spirit. We must do something with God’s Word and communion prayer to sow into our recreated human spirit.  We can’t be sowing to the flesh and the spirit at the same time.  This is what we call a miserable Christian!  Victory over the flesh is available to us daily, but we have to make the correct daily choices, using the spiritual keys God’s Word has given us in order to walk in the victory He intended for us to have.  Try fasting—the flesh hates it!

Confession: I set my mind on the Spirit and chose life.

Prayer: Father God, guide me daily by Your Spirit on how to sow to the spirit and not to the flesh.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Where in my life do I continually sow to the flesh?

Resources: Books: Victory Over Temptation, Bruce Wilkinson; The Three Battlegrounds, Francis Frangipane

Key #38: When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. —Colossians 2:15 (NASB)

Victory over the Devil

The Biblical truth is that Jesus has already defeated the devil at the cross of Calvary, and left him an eternal “cripple” (Hebrews 2:14, 15). We start with this fact. Scripture also shows us that Satan is the god of this age, and since our physical bodies are in this realm, there is warfare against the Church.  The good news is that it is a spiritual warfare where we have spiritual defensive and offensive weapons in Christ that are superior to that of the dominion of darkness.  We enforce Jesus’ victory at the cross.  An example would be Berlin in WWII by the end of the war.  The Nazis were fighting a losing battle, whereas the Allied Forces were fighting a winning battle.  Yet, it was a battle!  The Christian has the winning battle, and the dominion of darkness has the losing battle.  This is good news!

All the devil has to offer the Christian is lies and deception.  Paul tells us we should not be ignorant of his schemes.  We have the weapons of the Word of God, the Blood of Jesus, and the use of the Name of Jesus.  These are complete weapons.  They work! Christians lose in spiritual warfare when they are ignorant of them, lose patience, live in the flesh, act in double-mindedness, and live married to the world.  No believer should ever lose in spiritual warfare.

The breakthrough in this area is holiness.  Holy living and holy pursuits greatly empower the believer.  Coupled with avoiding the reasons why Christians lose (in the above paragraph), these components ensure victorious living.  If the individual believer and the Church corporately get it together in this area, we’d probably win the whole nation to Christ!  Unfortunately, not all choose life.  It does come down to daily choices.  What will your choice be?

Confession: Jesus has set me free.  The devil is defeated in my life.

Prayer: Father God, may the eyes of my heart be enlightened to comprehend the victory I have in Christ over the dominion of darkness, and may I live accordingly in holiness, never taking this for granted.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Am I fighting the good fight of faith?  Do I lack in personal holiness?  Do I understand the danger of being married to the world?  Where am I in love with this world-age?

Resources: Books: Know Your Enemy, Novel Hayes; Victory Over Darkness, Neil Anderson

Key #39: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.—Romans 10:10 (KJV)

The Victory of our Confession

Confession means saying the same as.  We possess what we confess.  Christians need to get this.  What we speak out of our mouths will affect our lives for the good or for the bad.  The day to day victory we can live in as believers is directly related to what comes out of our mouths.  When the Word of God is the profession and confession of our lips, we are putting the truth of God’s promises in motion coupled with our faith.  Faith has a voice and must speak, and the voice of faith is the confession of our victory found in Christ.

Too often Christians mix their words.  They’ll speak the Word of God, but they mix their conversations with complaining, murmuring, gossip, words of fear, adverse circumstances, and doubt.  Scripture clearly shows us a double-minded man receives nothing.  Double-minded conversational confessions go nowhere and produce no victorious living.

People need a breakthrough in this area.  It is a decision and a daily choice to correct our speech, and begin to get our conversations to line up with the confession of God’s Word. There is no “Plan B”.  Either you do or you don’t.  Victory is available to all, yet not all grasp the seriousness of this.  I hope we all get a breakthrough in this area of life.  Faith first, and second speaking in faith from our lips the truths of God’s Word, the victory Christ has won for us.  There is victory in our confession!

Confession: I confess the victory of the Cross in my life and I shall eat the fruit thereof.  Not one of my God’s promises shall fail me; they are yes and Amen to me!

Prayer: Father God, help me to see the importance of my conversation lining up with the truth of Your Word.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: What comes out of my mouth?  Do I speak the belief I have in God’s promises, or do I speak the problem?  Does my confession and conversation please the Master?

Resources: Books: Faith and Confession, Charles Capps; The Tongue A Creative Force, Charles Capps

Key #40: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.—1 Corinthians 15:57 (NASB)

Victorious Living

Victorious living is the normal Christian life.  The average Christian life in America is far from this, but we are not called to the average Christian life; we are called to the normal Christian life where the victory of the Cross reigns in our lives.  It should be normal to live victoriously. It should be normal to have triumph over the world, the flesh, and the devil.  It is normal to live in the Spirit.

Living in Christ’s victory, living a spirit-controlled life is a series of daily choices.  Choices to submit to God, to put the flesh under the control of the spirit, to resist the devil, and to listen to guidance of the Spirit of God.  Daily choices to guard our hearts, guard the ear and eye gates entrances to our hearts, and to hide His Word in us, so that we might not sin against Him.  Letting the victory of the Cross triumph in us should be as easy as breathing.

This spiritual breathing becomes difficult and labored when we do not yield to the Spirit of God and sow to the flesh.  I’m sure many need a breakthrough in their walk with God.  I encourage you to let Christ reign in your life and cease being lord over your own life.  To the degree we will yield to Him and rest in His accomplished work, will be the degree to which we will experience victorious living.  A major key in all of this is being a thankful people.  A thankful people live in victory!

Confession: I live in Christ’s victory.

Prayer: Father God, it is with thanksgiving in my heart that the victory I live in has come through Christ’s accomplished work.  May my heart and lips remain thankful all my days.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Am I living in constant thanksgiving for God’s goodness?

Resources: Books: Full Life In Christ, Andrew Murray; Spirit-Controlled Life, Bob Yandian

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40 KEYS TO OPEN THE GATES FOR BREAKTHROUGH (10)

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GATEWAY TO RELATIONSHIPS (Part two)

KEY VERSE: No floods can ever quench this love, no rivers drown it.  If a man offered all he has for love, he would be laughed aside. —Song of Solomon 8:7 (Moffatt)

Key #32: Behold, how rare it is, how lovely, the fellowship of those who meet together.  For in the fellowship has the Eternal fixed the blessing of an endless life. Psalm 133:1, 3b—(Moffatt Translation)

Relationships with the Brethren

God’s Word calls us to be different and reflect the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives.  Jesus prayed for His disciples in John 17:21 that they might all be one so that the world might know and believe that the Father has sent them.  Unity is the ingredient for breakthrough and is a quality that reflects the fruits of the Spirit in our lives.  A true charismatic quality is love and hospitality.  These are sowing and reaping qualities that will build unity among the brethren and in our witnessing to the lost!  In Acts 2, unity brought house-shaking results that changed a people and eventually changed the world.  What wonderful power is released in unity!

Rainer Maria Rilke wrote: “Once the realization is accepted that in between the closest human beings infinite distance must continue to exist, a wonderful being side by side CAN GROW UP!”  Unity among the brethren is a love relationship that will truly open growth both individually and corporately.  What we need is to be shaken and poured out.

Exercise: Schedule a specific place, date and time within the next month with another individual or couple from church that you know, but have not become personal with.

Prayer: Father, touch the hearts of Your people by Your Spirit and increase the love we have for one another through the unity of Your church.  May we be one in both word and in action so that the world may be jealous for You!

Memory Verse: Become useful and helpful to one another..—Ephesians 4:32 (The Amplified Bible)

Resources: Book: Jesus Wants All of Me: Sharing God’s Love, Phil Smouse

Key #33: A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”  Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. —Mark 1:40-42 (NIV)

Relationships with the Unsaved

   

The ministry of Jesus was marked by touching what ultimately brought breakthrough to a man that had lost all hope of a cure.  Jesus’ first command to us was to “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to all men” (Mark 16:15).  Isn’t that exactly what He demonstrated in His earthly ministry?  He came to seek and save those ordinary people.  Some of them you might not want to touch!  But His purpose and plan was to set the captives free, rescue and deliver them.  That’s getting personal—out of our comfort zone.   That’s breakthrough.

There’s something different about Jesus.  His life was a demonstration of His relationship with the Father.  Ours should be the same—being imitators of Christ!  Many of the miracles we saw our Lord perform were done out of compassion.  We must exemplify that same compassion if we are going to be witnesses to the unsaved.  We want the unsaved to be jealous of what we have been given!  The apostle Paul declared in I Corinthians 9:22 “…I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some!”

The message of Christ can and should be related to our world in a way that they can relate to in today’s life.  Breakthrough comes when we allow the Holy Spirit to use our lives to produce the simplicity of the Gospel to our friends, family, etc.  Are you prepared to give to the lost that which you have found?  Are you looking for opportunities to be a witness?  Begin with prayer, and then be prepared to be used by God’s Spirit.  Here am I, Lord—send me, use me!

Exercise: 1) Begin with prayer for an individual who is an unbeliever and look for a way to share Christ with them this week.

2) Always be on the lookout for ways to help your neighbor in practical ways and be ready to share the gospel with them.

Journal: Set goals on how you can become more aware of being a soul winner for Christ at work, home or school.

Memory Verse: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15).

Resources: Books: Jesus Wants All of Me: Sharing God’s Love, Phil Smouse; How to Pray for Lost Loved Ones, Dutch Sheets

Key #34: This is My commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his soul for his friends.—John 15:12-13 (Worrell Translation)

Relationships That Last

Jesus declares that there is no greater example of the love of God than that of a man laying down his life for his friend.  Two elements of laying down our lives for others are being a servant and counting the cost.

Galatians 5:13 says, “through love we are to serve one another.”  Christians serving one another is Christ-like character that brings breakthrough to any relationship, no matter how difficult.  The saying “going the extra mile” is pertinent in any relationship.

Jesus took twelve disciples of different backgrounds, temperaments, job skills, etc. and taught them by example how to serve one another with a loving heart.  Upon reading God’s Word, it seems that the twelve got along quite well with each other.  But there was a price to be paid—time.  Quality time must be invested to cause a relationship to last.  It has no room for selfishness.  We have heard from our pulpit that we are to invest our time, talents and treasures into God’s kingdom work.  Giving of our time is a stretching exercise.  It builds Christ-like character while exemplifying the fruit of the Spirit!

Romans 12:9-10 says, “Let love be without hypocrisy…Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.”  Verse 13 talks about “contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”  Verse 16 states, “Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.”

Lasting relationships find their solutions built upon the principles of God’s Word.  Henry Ford said, “Don’t find fault, find a remedy!”  We should become people-builders and in doing so, we build relationships, and through relationships, we help to shape the world.

Exercise: Read I John, Chapter 4

Prayer:  Father, help us to be good examples of who You are.  Forgive us and help us to conduct ourselves in the world and especially with our relationships to others in holiness and sincerity that can only come from You!

Resources: Book: Jesus Wants All of Me: Forgiveness, Phil Smouse

Key #35: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.—Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)

Relationships in Christ

In the above Scripture we see the importance of doing good in showing the love of Christ to all men.  We endeavor to do good to those we have relationships with, and thus we should make the most of such opportunities.  However, we see the Body of Christ is in a special category here in the above verse.  Especially to the household of faith Paul tells us, that is, our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We have a special duty to the brethren.  They are of like faith, and we share with them the same hope of glory.  So as we treat the brethren, so then in turn do we treat Christ.  We can’t separate Jesus from His Body.  We can’t have relationship with Jesus and think we don’t need to maintain relationship with His Church—His people.  The Scriptures show us that if we’re related to Christ, we are also related to His Church!  It is the relationships in Christ that are the eternal relationships!

We are called to love everyone (agape in Greek, meaning unconditional love).  We are not called to “like” everyone.  (The liking part is a conditional love – phileo in Greek).  We can love the brethren in a higher agape love, without the need for a friendship conditional phileo love. We need to be concerned about how we treat the brethren.  I have come to realize because they are of like faith, they are my true “spiritual” family in Christ.  It is a breakthrough to realize that the relationships we have in Christ are connected to the relationship we have with Jesus, and He is watching how we treat His family.  We must hold them in high esteem, with respect and agape love.  

Exercise: Take 30 minutes today—5 in worship (in English), 5 in prayer (in tongues), and 20 minutes—to meditate on the Scriptures of today’s study.

Confession: My heart is filled with the love of God for His Church.

Resources: Book: Six Keys to Lasting Friendships, Kent/Thorpe

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GATEWAY TO RELATIONSHIPS (Part one)

 

KEY VERSE:

No floods can ever quench this love, no rivers drown it. If a man offered all he has for love, he would be laughed aside. —Song of Solomon 8:7 (Moffatt)

 

Key #29: Yet I insist that among you also, each man is to love his own wife as much as he loves himself, and let a married woman see to it that she treats her husband with respect.—Ephesians 5:33 (Weymouth Translation)

 

Marital Relationships

 

The will of God in marital relationships is built upon an attitude of lifelong love. H. Norman Wright wrote that a marriage may be made in heaven, but the maintenance must be done on earth. Just as commitment and imagination will cause romance to grow in a healthy relationship, so marriage is a lifestyle based upon love, passion, and intimacy. It is what you make of it. Under God, it is the most important relationship in your life. Guard your marriage from all intruders! Never allow friends, family, work, or anything else to come between you and your spouse. Getting a breakthrough in your marriage begins with three important words…I LOVE YOU! Love and respect go hand in hand, along with considering each other first before others.

 


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GATEWAY TO LOVE (Part two)

KEY VERSE: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. —1 John 4:7 (NKJV)

Love toward your city

There is a real maturation to breakthrough in our Christianity when we come to the realization that we should love our city (town, county, etc.).  Few believers understand this.  This type of love truly requires selfless devotion and vision through the loving eyes of God.  God loves people—all people.  He desires all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  He desires to see our city/town transformed into a public place of devotion to Him.  He needs believers to hold this desire of His heart as a desire of their own hearts.

Learning to love our town is the first stop.  Walk its streets, declare in the heavenlies that this town belongs to God and darkness is not welcome here.  Declare that because you live here, salt is here.  You are God’s covenant partner to be an avenue for life to come into your town. Yes, it depends on us caring and doing the works of faith.  His eyes are looking to and fro for someone to stand in the gap and pray!

Prayer is the breakthrough your town needs.  You are the prayer agent for the breakthrough your town needs.  Be a change agent!  Be one of the faithful ones God can trust to stand in the gap for your city.

Confession: I love [name your town] with the love of the Lord.  I declare Jesus is Lord of [name your town].

Prayer: Father God, open my eyes to loving [name your town].  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Do I pray for my town?  If not, what’s keeping me from doing so?

Resources: Books: Loving Your City into the Kingdom, Jack Hayford; Taking Our Cities for God, John Dawson

Key #27: I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.—John 17:20 (NASB)

Love as your Mission

We are representatives of Christ.  As the world came to believe on the Apostles’ words, so through the centuries it has come down to us now in our generation that the gospel goes forth on our words.  Men will come to Christ through our words.  Our mission is to lift Christ high, that all men would be drawn to Him.  Our mission is to make disciples.  Our mission is a mission of love.  Our mission is to love first the church and then the world.

Do you view your mission in life as a lover?  A lover of God and a lover of men’s souls?  Love must be our mission.  All that we do must be motivated by and through love.  Doesn’t Paul show us that without the agape love of God we are nothing?  Regardless of our role in the Kingdom, without love, we are nothing.  God is not impressed by how much we know and by how highly others esteem us in their eyes.  He is taking notice of our actions of love.  He is blessed by seeing lovers show His nature of love.

When love is our mission in life, we are saints bringing breakthroughs to the lives of others. When love becomes our mission, we bring the living Christ to all who come in contact with us. Why?  We shine the nature of the Father brightly: that God is agape love who has revealed Jesus, crucified, risen and coming again!

Confession: Love is my mission.

Prayer: Father God, may my mission of love be seen by all, as I live as a written epistle of Christ read by all men.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Is love my mission?  How will I carry out this mission?

Resources: Book: New Kind of Love, E.W. Kenyon; Lord, Teach Me How to Love, Creflo Dollar

Key #28: But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?  Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.—1 John 3:17,18 (NASB)

Love in Action

Here’s a simple but profound thought: love in action means love with actions associated with it!  The Apostle John clearly shows us that our love must have actions that show we love.  God is results-oriented and is interested in the fruit we bear for Him.  Real biblical love leaves fruit behind, an abiding fruit that brings change to people’s lives.  And, real love will cost you.

If love is your mission, then love actions must follow.  There will always be opportunities to show love in tangible ways that touch people’s lives.  Don’t pray about it—do it!  God is looking for lovers in deed and not word only.  As the Holy Spirit leads us, we show the love of Christ in ways that show God is love.  We are the flesh extension of Christ to this world, and our love actions will love people into the Kingdom of God.

Be a breakthrough lover!  Our love actions are gospel breakthroughs to all we come in contact with.  Yes, there is a cost to this.  There is a cost in time, personal inconvenience, dollars and cents, and personal belongings.  Consider, however, when we’re in heaven at the believer’s throne of judgment, judging the works that brought a cost into our lives, I’m sure no one will say “I knew I gave too much!”  Rather when our eyes are opened in eternity we’ll say, “I knew I should have given more!”

Confession: I act in love to everyone I meet.

Prayer: Father God, may my mission of love have actions of love.  Lead me by Your Spirit in my love walk.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: What does love in action mean to me?  Am I holding back love actions because I don’t want to pay a personal cost?

Resources: Book: Love: the Way to Victory, Kenneth Hagin

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GATEWAY TO LOVE (Part one)

 KEY VERSE:

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. —1 John 4:7 (NKJV)

 

Key #22: And He said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the great and foremost commandment.—Matthew 22:37-38 (NASB)

 

Love toward God

 

Without exception, as Jesus points out to us, this is the greatest commandment! In fact, the entire first half of the Ten Commandments falls under this command. How do we love Father God with our whole heart, whole soul and whole mind? It is by Him owning us in Christ, and by us not claiming ownership of ourselves. It is seen by our actions and not by our lips only.

 

If He owns me, that is, if I have been bought out of the bondage of sin, paid by the highest price possible—the precious blood of Jesus, then I submit to Him in all the actions/behaviors of my life. First, His Word is His revealed will. Second, Jesus is the will of the Father. That is, when you look at the Son you’ve seen the Father. And lastly, scripture shows us that Jesus and the Word are one! We need to take the guidance of Holy Spirit through the Word of God to be the standard for all our behavior in life, thus showing love for the Father by submitting to His Word no matter what it costs us!

 

Unfortunately, this is not how it is in American Christianity. The majority of Christians in America live for themselves and love God with their lips only. Oh, do we need a breakthrough! This breakthrough comes by our reckoning ourselves as dead to self, consecrating ourselves to Him, and letting the Holy Spirit direct our paths. Will we die to self, daily as Paul says? Will we consecrate our plans and pursuits to Him? Therein lies the breakthrough for America. Will the real Christians please stand up?

 

Confession:

I am dead to self and live for Christ, and for the praise of His glory.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help me by Your Spirit of Grace to love and live for You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

 

Journaling Question:

Do I love the Father with my whole being? If yes, how would anyone know it by how I live my life? Where in my life am I alive to self? Where in my life have I not allowed Jesus to be Lord?

 

Resources: Book: Loving God With All Your Mind

, Elizabeth George

 

Key #23: The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” —Matthew 22:39 (NASB)

 

Love toward your Neighbor

 

Without exception, as Jesus points out to us, this is the second greatest commandment! The entire second half of the Ten Commandments falls under this command. Scripture tells us that we cannot love God whom we have not seen with the naked eye and, at the same time, not love our neighbor whom we can see with our eyes. The point is: you don’t love God if you don’t love your neighbor! Make no mistake on this point! Of course, if we do love God, we will love our neighbor, because the love of God shines through us toward our neighbor.

 

And so the tough question is, how do I love my neighbor? When the man asked Jesus this in terms of “who is my neighbor?” Jesus pointed to the Good Samaritan and told him to go and do the same. The Samaritans were hated by the Jews in the first century, and yet the Samaritan showed love toward his Jewish neighbor.   Jesus’ illustration was that first, love is shown by actions; second, love is shown even when it costs us something; and third, love is unconditional even toward those who hate us! You love your neighbor because the love of God compels you to do so.

 

Wow! Do we need a breakthrough in this area! Most tend to love only the loveable, or those who give love in return. Most tend not to reach out to those that hate us. Most tend to love to the point of little or no personal cost and discomfort. We need to grow in love. We need actions that show that we have been with Jesus, our example of a surrendered, submitted love for the Father.

 

Confession:

I am a lover of men’s souls.

 

Prayer:

Father, may I please You in loving my neighbor. Teach me and show me how I would be an example of Your love to everyone I meet. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

 

Journaling Question:

Do I love my neighbor? How would anyone know that I do?

 

Resources: Book: Love Your Neighbor,

Melody Carlson

 

Key #24: For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same?—Matthew 5:46 (NASB)

 

Love toward the Unlovable

 

Recall in Key #23 that Scripture tells us we cannot love God whom we have not seen and, at the same time, not love our neighbors whom we have seen. Here in Matthew 5:46 we see Jesus’ instruction to His disciples on this issue of love.

 

Our love as believers must go beyond the church pews and reach out to those no one will love. Mother Theresa clearly pointed this out in her ministry. There was nothing of value in what she did in men’s eyes, but there was great value in it to heaven’s eyes. Perhaps a better way to put this is to ask yourself, “Will I reach out to the unlovable?”

 

We get a breakthrough in love when we reach out to those who cannot bless us in return. Food pantry service, clothing ministry, homeless ministry, and prison ministry are only a few areas where we meet those who society has pushed aside. Perhaps it is a deep personal question we must ask of the Lord: “How do I love the unlovable?” A greater and higher dimension of our Christianity awaits us as we become doers and not mere talkers of loving the unlovable. Maybe, as Mother Theresa once said regarding our ministry to the poor, we might meet Jesus there.

 

Confession:

I am a lover of men’s souls. I show the love of Christ to the unlovable.

 

Prayer:

Father, broaden my view of whom I am sent to love. May I put no barrier between Your love in me and another’s soul. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

 

Journaling Question:

Do I love the unlovable? Do I care? Am I willing?

 

Resources: Book: Love Your Neighbor,

Melody Carlson

 

Key #25: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.—Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)

 

Love toward the Church

 

We are called to love all men. Love is seen in our actions and not merely by lip service. Yet we have instruction from Scripture that we are to show a special dedication of love first to the household of faith—the Church. The Church is our family. How you treat the household of God is how you treat Jesus. Unfortunately we live in a Christian culture that wants to separate Jesus from His Church and not look at them as one. They are one. The Body is connected to the Head.

 

You are the Church. Your brother and sister in Christ are the Church. Your love toward the saints is your love toward the Church and directly related to how you show love toward Jesus. Jesus’ authority structure in His Church is also connected to this. You and I cannot escape this truth that in this life, we are connected to Jesus’ Church as much as we are connected to Him! Now that’s a breakthrough thought for some!

 

Love towards the Lord’s Church is seen by our service of ministry. It is seen by the fruit we leave behind as believers. Love toward the Lord’s Church is seen in our active participation in the Body of Christ. There is a breakthrough here—we need to get busy with the Lord’s work in the Lord’s Church and not live for ourselves. There are no lone ranger saints. There is an army of the Lord marching forward. I wouldn’t want to explain to God one day why I was AWOL in His Church Army! Would you?

 

Confession:

I love the Lord’s Church. I’m in the Army of the Lord.

 

Prayer:

Father God, may I have a deeper understanding and commitment of love to Your Church. May my service be acceptable to You and to the brethren. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

 

Journaling Question:

Am I submitted to the Lord’s Church (Hebrews 13:17)? Am I a fruit producer in the Kingdom? Is my love for the Church seen by my actions?

 

Resources: Book: My Church My Family,

James Richards

 

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GATEWAY TO HEALTH (Part two)

 

In part one we looked at: The health of the tongue, The health of your lifestyle, and the health of your eye and ear gates. We will proceed with:

 

Key #19: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. —Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

 

Health To Your Heart

 

In Key to Health #18, we examined the importance of our eye and ear gates, because they go directly to the heart of man. It is the heart of man that directs health to his whole being. In Proverbs 4:23 above, we see being on guard is of paramount importance:

“above all else …”

The heart is our very wellspring of life. The heart of man is where our spirit and soul touch. It is where the Word of God goes, and where our intentions come forth. A heart full of God’s Word and rich in communion with Father God is healthy and thriving. The intentions of that heart will be pure, undefiled and godly.

 

Hearts need healing when impurities and defilements have crept in. Darkness is the source. The vehicles of this dark source can be the occult, sexual sin, unforgiveness and bitterness; pride of life; embracing the lusts of the flesh; defiling things like pornography; and loving the world age we live in. Allowing such things as these in us is not keeping a watch over our eye and ear gates and certainly is not guarding our hearts. When the wellspring of life gets contaminated we need healing and deliverance. We need a breakthrough.

 


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GATEWAY TO HEALTH (Part one)

 KEY VERSE:

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. —3 John 2 (NKJV)

 

Key #15: Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.—3 John 2 (NIV)

 

The Will of God in Health: Health is Related to the Soul’s Attitude

 

Getting a breakthrough in health is directly related to what you believe regarding health. Health in the Scriptures is a concept far more encompassing than just getting healed when sick. It is a state we should dwell in daily. It is a covenant right that belongs to us which Christ purchased with His blood at Calvary. We must hold fast to the established eternal fact that sickness was dealt with by Christ on the cross according to Isaiah 53. We must believe this in our hearts, and not just mentally assent to it.

 

Dwelling in health starts with the attitude that this is my mindset. The NASB translation in the above verse says “…just as your soul prospers.” The soul is the hinge on which the gate of health swings. If your soul prospers in God’s Word, it is filled with God’s thoughts and God’s words. When we are filled with God’s will (His Word is His revealed will in the person of Christ) we are prospering beings, filled with health spilling out into our bodies.


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GATEWAY TO PROSPERITY (Part two)

KEY VERSE:

Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. —Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)

 

Key #12: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.—Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

 The Prosperity of Our Walk

 Our God desires that as we walk with Him in our earth walk, we walk as representatives of heaven, prosperous servants of God. He desires that we would produce fruit for the kingdom. He desires that all we would put our hands to would prosper and succeed. Our earth walk as believers should not be a day-to-day struggle in failure and futility. It should be natural for us to prosper in our lives, marriage, parenting, finances, career, ministry and all that concerns us. Not prosperous as the world would view prosperity, but on how the Scriptures reveal what is a prosperous man. Proverbs 3:5-6 are verses key to this prosperous walk. (Psalm 112 is a description of a man walking in prosperity.)


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GATEWAY TO PROSPERITY (Part one)

 

KEY VERSE:

Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. —Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)
 

Key #8: …And let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”—Psalm 35:27 (NASB)

 

God’s Will is Prosperity

 Prosperity is a greatly misunderstood topic in the American Church where there have been some very good teachings and some very bad teachings on it in the last 25 years. Prosperity is far bigger than just finances. Finances are only one part of the Biblical concept of prosperity. We have the clear understanding that when Jesus enters a man’s heart, the man changes; first in the spirit realm, and then progressively working out that salvation into the natural. When we come to Christ, we enter into covenant with God in the blood of Jesus’ work at Calvary. God raises us to a level that is beyond comprehension.


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GATEWAY TO FREEDOM (Part two)

Key Verse:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. — Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)

 

Key #5: I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…— Deuteronomy 30:19

(NKJV)

 

Freedom for the Eye and Ear Gates: Conscious diligence through faith

The eye and ear gates are the ways we receive information and also the filters used to determine what we see or hear. Freedom for these gates comes from being particular about what enters through them. God has given us the freedom of choice and with that freedom we can either maintain our freedom or choose to go into bondage.

What our eyes behold with regularity will have a great influence on what we will become. If we maintain a close relationship with the Word of God, our eyes will serve us well by helping to conform us to the Word of God which will bring blessing into our lives. If we allow our eyes to behold pornography, we choose bondage which will bring cursing into our lives. That which we hear regularly will determine what is acceptable to our lives. If we allow foul language to be a part of our daily lives, before long it will not only be coming into our ears, but out of our mouths. Jesus said in Revelation “Let those who have an ear hear” which means to obey. So when we are truly obeying, we are hearing.


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