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The Bread Of Life

Monday, December 17, 2012



Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”

Jesus, when He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, quoted scripture to him in order to defeat him. This is a key element to our walking in victory over the attacks of the enemy. The word of God is vitally important in our exercising authority over the devil when he comes to attack our minds. In this first attack that the devil threw at Jesus he challenged Him regarding His physical need for food. Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights. He was hungry. This was a primary need in His life at that very moment. There are certain times in our lives when we are more vulnerable to the enemy's attacks than others. It is at those weak times that we will be more apt to have the enemy attack us. This was a time in Jesus' life when He knew He must rely heavily upon the word of God to defeat the attack of the enemy on His life.

Satan, described as the “tempter” came to Jesus and said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Matt. 4:3) The “tempter” is one of the names of Satan because it describes him by what he does. He tempts people to go against the word of God thereby taking things into their own hands to try to accomplish God's will in their lives. Jesus was drawing close to the Father through fasting and prayer. He was seeking God's will in His life for the plan that God had to free mankind from the dominion of sin to which they had been held in bondage. The “tempter” came to draw Him away from the plan that God had for His life by tempting Him to do things His own way.



The response that Jesus had towards the temptation of the devil serves as an example to us in how we can defeat his attacks in our lives. Jesus said, “It is written”! The Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword according to Hebrews 4:12. It is described as the sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6:17 where Paul is speaking to us about the armor of God and it's place in enabling us to be able to fight and stand against the wiles of the devil during times of spiritual warfare. Jesus quoted scripture, used like a sword, to the devil to defeat his attack against Him. When He was attacked regarding hunger He applied the word of God to that particular attack by saying, “It is written”, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” To nourish the physical man you must eat. Likewise, to nourish your spirit man, the inner person, you must eat of the Word of God. Food is necessary in both instances, but physical nourishment will not strengthen the spirit man, only the Word of God will do that. You can't fight a spiritual battle with physical food. The spirit of man will only be strengthened through eating or ingesting the Word of God.

Word – Greek word “rhema” which means the communication of the message. It is a verse taken from the Word of God and spoken to us by the Holy Spirit when needed to defeat the devil in his attacks against our lives. Rhema – the spoken Word of God.

Jesus was being attacked in His hunger. The Holy Spirit spoke the scripture needed to counter the attack upon His physical being. A Rhema word from God's Word will be given to you by the Holy Spirit as you need it to counter an attack upon your life. The key to having the Holy Spirit speak that scripture to you is through you putting the Word of God into your heart. That's why Jesus said, “'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” The spirit man within you cannot live and be strong enough to counter the attacks of the enemy without feeding on the Word of God.

Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit would be given to us, after He ascended back to heaven, that He would be our Helper and would teach us all things and bring back to our remembrance all things that Jesus had said.

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

The Holy Spirit brings back to our remembrance the Words of Jesus, or the Word of God, when we need them to fight the attacks that Satan arrays against us and to help us in our walk of faith. If we are not ingesting the Word of God, reading, studying and acting on it, the Holy Spirit does not have anything to help us with when the attack comes from the enemy.

God told Joshua that he should not let the Book of the Law, the Word of God, depart from his mouth, but that he should meditate in it day and night, that he might heed it and do all that was written in it so that he might be prosperous and successful in all that he did.

Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart form 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.”

Success in standing against the enemy comes through knowing and speaking the Word of God to him in each attack. God told Joshua that he need not be afraid but to be strong and courageous for He was with him wherever he went. God goes with us through His Word and His Spirit within us. When we are filled with His Word and His Spirit we can effectively stand against the attacks that Satan throws at us. We have no need to fear because our God has empowered us to win. He has given us His Word and His Spirit to enable us to fight and win. Are you prepared for the battle? Does the Word of God hold a high priority in your life? Are you eating of the Word of God as often as you are feeding your physical man?

Father, I thank You for Your Word and Your Spirit who gives us the victory. Thank You for giving us the Word to defeat the devil when he attacks our lives. I thank You for Your Spirit who never leaves us nor forsakes us to fight under our own power. Thank You for helping us to strengthen our spirit man so we can stand against the wiles of the devil. Father, I pray for those who are struggling in a battle this morning. I pray that You will give them the Rhema Word that they need by Your Spirit to fight and win against their enemy. I pray that my friends will eat of Your Word every day to strengthen them for upcoming battles. Father, I know that in these last days the attacks of the enemy will increase as he knows that his time is shortened so I ask You to make us aware of the importance of giving Your Word pre-eminance in our hearts and lives. Thank You for equipping us to win the battles of life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.



Today's confession: The Word of God is in my heart and in my mouth. I defeat the devil's attacks through speaking the Word of God into that situation.

  
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ANHELIC 12/18/2012 12:21AM

    Thank you Avanell for an powerful lesson. I too quote scripture when praying. I am grateful to have the Holy Spirit guiding me and being with me when faced with the enemy. He puts the words in my mouth to enforce the Lord's word. God bless you and thank you for the goodie and note you sent for Lori's passing. I will truly miss her.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/17/2012 10:17PM

    emoticon for this inspiring blog, victory through Christ our Lord.

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KATSTEAM 12/17/2012 8:01PM

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and the anointing that is upon you & the call on your life .These are great teachings.

when I pray many times I quote scriptures back to the Lord . I ust do
re inforceing I suppose my prayer

God bless


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GABY1948 12/17/2012 6:40PM

    Wonderful one as usual, Avanell. Yes, the spoken Word is sharper than any two-edged sword! You present it all so beautifully!

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TONYVAND1 12/17/2012 11:22AM

  The Holy Spirit gives us victory through Christ our Lord as we follow Him. The Word is our guide.

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MARYBETH4884 12/17/2012 10:30AM

    Thank you Lord for your Son, your Spirit and your Word. Without these our lives would be over!

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EDITOR 12/17/2012 8:45AM

    Quoting and praying Scriptures is the only way we have of defeating the wily one. We fast when we want to outwit the tempter. We beseech the Holy Spirit to equip us. We read the Word daily and we rely that His words are true and faithful as always. We take communion and we are healed by His stripes and our confession. We gather together as One in His body for fellowship and exhortation. We continue to seek His face and will in all we do. We forgive others as we so desire to be forgiven.

Oh my, does this sound like we need to do our part and not just coast until He takes us home?

God bless your devotional today, as always, Avanell.

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TDEMAIO2 12/17/2012 8:25AM

    AWESOME : ) Thank you!

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JILLITA55 12/17/2012 8:19AM

    good blog.

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My Heart Overflows!

Sunday, December 16, 2012



Isaiah 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

What are you meditating on in your heart? That is what will come out of your mouth. The Psalmist says that he prays the words that come out of his mouth and the things that he is thinking about in his heart will be acceptable to God. Have you ever thought about whether or not what you are thinking about and saying are pleasing to God?

Psalm 45:1 My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

The Psalmist here says that his heart is overflowing with a good theme and that is what flows from his tongue. You can tell pretty quickly what a person is thinking about all the time because that's what you hear coming out of the mouth. Words can never be taken back, they simply wait out there in the air to be remembered by whomever spoke them or heard them.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 18:20, 21 A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat it fruit.

There's so much in the word of God regarding the tongue and the effects our words have on ourselves and those around us. In Matthew 12:33-37 Jesus even chastised those around him for the things they were saying.

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Evidently God cares very deeply about what we say, even to the point of holding us accountable on the day of judgment for our words. We will have to give account of them and we'll either be justified by them or condemned. I pray as the Psalmist said in Psalm 19:14 that the words of my mouth and the meditation in my heart would be acceptable to my God!

Father, I come before You this morning ever mindful of the words that I have spoken in so many instances that I know have not been pleasing to You. Father, we may think that as long as we don't use curse words that our language is good, but that's not true. You've said in Your Word that if we are thinking about wrong things and our mouth speaks that out that we can be unacceptable to You. I pray, Father, that there will be a good theme running through my heart that my mouth will speak about. Today I give You my heart and my mouth that You might cleanse them and cause me to think on the good things that will eventually flow out of my mouth. Father, may I speak in accordance with Your Word for Your word is truth. If I think on Your word then my speech will be acceptable to You. Thank You, Father, for cleansing my heart and mouth so I can speak forth the right things. May my words be uplifting and comforting to those around me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.



Confession for today: My heart is overflowing with the truth of God's Word and my mouth reflects it by it's speech. I speak life into every situation!

  
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LIVELYGIRL2 12/17/2012 10:16PM

  This is something we always need reminding of...

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TDEMAIO2 12/17/2012 5:20AM

    Thank you Thank you for this : ) sometimes I think you a sending these words just for me when I need them most emoticon

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ANHELIC 12/16/2012 9:45PM

    What an awesome lesson. I just love the Proverbs. There is so much teaching and wisdom in those words. I seem to be able to turn to them and find something that touches my heart. I too love the Psalms. Thank you for sharing this with us. You are an awesome friend and Lady of God.

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IAM_HIS2 12/16/2012 7:51PM

    What a beautiful blog--so much wisdom. I was just mediating on this last night and read your blog today. God bless you my friend!

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EDITOR 12/16/2012 4:48PM

    Psalm 45:1 is my all time favorite verse. Thank you for your prayer and lesson, Avanell.

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TONYVAND1 12/16/2012 2:32PM

  So important that we waych what we say.

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/16/2012 2:10PM

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, My God and My Redeemer. is in the Psalms also. It just played as I was reading this. Thank you for your prayer.

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GABY1948 12/16/2012 12:17PM

    Oh, Avanell, this is such a good lesson today. I always try to be mindfull of what I say! I can never be reminded to often of it. When I get nervous (around others) I sometimes tend to rattle on...just from the nervousness!

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The Father's Heart

Saturday, December 15, 2012



Isaiah 63:9 NIV In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; and he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

There are times in life when we experience such heartache that it is unexplainable. In our limited perspectives we can't seem to wrap our minds around the “whys” of it or offer an explanation for the atrocities of life. It is at those times that we can run to the only One who is able to offer comfort and to ease the pain of what we are experiencing.

Yesterday was one of those days in the lives of innocent little children and their care givers who had their lives snuffed out by an individual that chose to vent his inner anger, hurt or mental illness on others. We will never fully know the “why” of that young man's choice to take the lives of others, but for those left behind to deal with the loss we must offer prayer, comfort and encouragement in their time of grief. We can know that when we hurt God hurts with us. He understands the pain that we experience and is there to wipe away the tears and carry us through the difficult days.

When I lost my husband and was in such a deep period of grief one morning I was praying about the “why” of it. Many questions go through the minds of grieving individuals: why did it have to happen?....How could God have let this happen?....How can I ever go on when such pain is in my heart?....Do I even want to continue living in the face of such a disappointment? It was at that moment when I questioned God about all these things that He spoke the above scripture to my heart. As I looked at that scripture I could see the pain of a parent for a child who was hurting. He hurts with us when we hurt. He lifts us up above the pain of life and carries us through the difficult days. Without God we would have no hope! Without His comfort and help we would have no reason to continue to live through the pain of life. Without Him we would have no peace. All the questions can't bring back the lost loved one. Nothing can change what happened. The only comfort we have in those difficult times is knowing that God loves us; when we hurt, He hurts and He is there to love us through the pain and to carry us as we mourn.

God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to heal the brokenhearted; to save us from sin. Isaiah prophesied about the coming of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus, as this:

Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”

Jesus described His mission on earth and the fulfillment of that Isaiah prophecy in Luke 4:18, 19. He proclaimed Himself as the fulfillment of that prophecy:

Luke 4:21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

We live in a fallen world and as long as this world continues we will have pain, heartache, disappointment, sickness and poverty. But in Christ Jesus we have hope for tomorrow; healing for our pain and sickness, and provision for our lack. Through His presence we have comfort when we are hurting and a safe place in which to run when we are brokenhearted.



It is at these difficult times that we can gather around the brokenhearted to help them see that God is there to heal and carry them through their grief. We can weep with them, offer comfort for their pain and support them through the difficult days. We must offer them hope where there is sorrow and encourage them to continue on.

Romans 12:15 NKJV Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Father, words this morning do not come easily as I reflect on the pain and heartache that so many are feeling this morning in light of the school shootings yesterday. I know that You understand the pain that so many are experiencing today, not only in Connecticut, but all over the world as these atrocities are not limited to just our own land. The evil one is not particular about who he steals from, kills or destroys as long as it is a human being. Father, I pray that You will comfort the brokenhearted this morning. I ask You to carry them through the difficult days ahead. I pray that those who don't know You will turn to You today and put their trust in You for salvation for You alone offer hope for tomorrow. Father, don't allow them mourn as those who have no hope but help them to see their loved ones in Your arms so they may find peace in knowing that they are in a safe place with You. Place individuals around them to support and encourage them; to help them through this tragedy. Encompass their hearts with Your peace, Father. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

  
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ANHELIC 12/15/2012 11:02PM

    I have been praying for the children and caregivers that lost their lives so needlessly yesterday. I was saddened last night as well when my very dear friend passed away due to brain cancer. I was blessed when her daughter called me to come because her mother would not make it through the night. We prayed for Lori and when she took her last breath, we knew she was with the Lord. I felt cheated that I lost my dear friend, but I looked at the number of families that are mourning the loss of their children especially and felt that these dear families lost so much more. Thank you for your awesome lesson.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/15/2012 5:48PM

    Many questions go through my mind also. It doesn't seen right for the children to suffer, then the parents also suffer. My heart is very heaven right now. I loved your blog and the scriptures. Thank you for opening my eyes and my heart. God be with all those who were so saddened by this.

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SLIMLEAF 12/15/2012 5:23PM

    Amen

Thanks, Avanell: I couldn't find any words to pray for this situation, but now I've been able to borrow yours.

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MARYBETH4884 12/15/2012 4:53PM

    God will surely carry that community and for that matter the whole country through this tradegy. It was a blessing to see the local churches open their doors and hearts to the families. May all involved lean on God through this trial. Thank you for your words and thoughts today, understanding the ways of evil in this world is difficult, thank goodness the Lord is only a pray away.

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GABY1948 12/15/2012 4:28PM

    Avanell, thank you for addressing this. The news media often makes things worse by just dramatizing it worse than it is. This was a PERFECT blog today. My heart has been breading since I first learned of it yesterday.

I knew we could count on you to soothe our hurting hearts for the parents and grandparents of all the little ones. I can only imagine. We have been prayiing for all of them.

Your prayer, as always, is so comforting. Thank you

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KATSTEAM 12/15/2012 2:12PM

    As the world is comming together , expressions , and the overwhelming grief.
and we are mourning in to getherness. My heart is so sadden . I cANT even start to imagine ., the families how they must go through this time of grief.

Lord come Quickly heal up our broken hearted ,bind up thier wounds . Bleeding hearts. Lord surround the families in your love & comfort as we weep along with the
families . As it is said Lord lean not on our own understanding, but lean on you. My prayer , that all lean on you , draw thier strenght from you Oh lord .
praying Lord they reach out to the healer
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MPETERSON2311 12/15/2012 9:35AM

    this made me tear up a little .You said what I was struggling to find words to say. Amen. Thank you for posting this.

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/15/2012 8:59AM

    God forgive us for not standing in the gap more often for these innocent lives.

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TDEMAIO2 12/15/2012 8:30AM

    May all who are lost at this time find the love of GOD and feel his comfort at this unthinkable time in theirs lives

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TONYVAND1 12/15/2012 8:21AM

  Grieving with all the families. Only God knows why, but as you said we live in a lost and depraved world.

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EDITOR 12/15/2012 8:13AM

    A great deal of questions were asked this morning. You once had the best answer to one of your inquirers, Avanell. "I may not have all the answers."
God does though, and we do not have to wait until heaven to hear His voice. What we do have to do is grieve and let grief have her way with us. We need to let others comfort us, when nothing but a warm touch will work. May those that grieve find the Comforter and recognize Him!
Hoping Abby is back to par.

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Shout It From The Housetops!

Friday, December 14, 2012



Matthew 10:27, 28 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Jesus told His disciples to be bold in telling others what they had heard from Him. They were not to be afraid of man, but to have reverence and awe for Him, the One who held their eternal destinies in His hands.

As I was praying this morning this scripture came to my mind. I was asked recently if the blogs that I write are from an outside source or are they mine. As I answered that person I can assuredly say to you that these blogs come directly from the Holy Spirit as I seek the Lord early in the morning and listen to share what He shares with me. It is my heart to win the lost and see the saved healed, delivered and set free from bondage. With that in mind I must seek the Lord every day to hear and share what is on His heart for I know that apart from Jesus I can do nothing!

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

What does it mean to “abide”? The Greek word in John 15:5 for abides is the word meno, which means “to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):-- abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry. To abide in Christ Jesus is to stay connected to Him, to continue in relationship with Him and to live in expectancy of what He says and does. I desire to be filled with His words, His thoughts, His emotions and to be able to pass those things that I hear from Him on to my readers.

Jesus told Simon Peter that if he truly loved Him he would feed and tend His sheep.

John 21:15-17 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”

As believers in Christ Jesus can we say as Simon Peter said, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You”? If we say “yes”, then should that love for Him be exemplified through our actions? Should we not care for Him enough to continue the work that He began when He walked on this earth?

As I get older I am reminded more and more that life is short and it becomes more and more important with each passing day that I fulfill the call that God has on my life to share His word and His love with people around the world. I don't think that is too much for Him to ask of me. In fact, I believe He gives each of us a mandate to fulfill the Great Commission.

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Jesus gave these instructions to His disciples before He ascended back into Heaven after His crucifixion. I believe that these instructions still stand today as a mandate to those who continue to follow Him. We must be about our Father's business in calling the lost to salvation, sharing with others that they can be free from sin, sickness and disease and poverty and lack. We have been given a mandate to share what He shares with us with others.

Matthew 10:7, 8 “And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

As I receive from the Lord I am instructed to give it away. That's what I endeavor to do. In the Old Testament the Priest went before God on behalf of the people and then took what He heard from the Father and shared it with the people. He was the go-between for the Israelites; he made sacrifices for their sins so they would be clean before God and then what the Father said to him he was instructed to take back out to the people and tell them so they could know what was on the Father's heart. Today, as individual believers in Christ Jesus, we have been made a nation of priests and kings unto our God.

Revelation 1:4-6 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Jesus, through His sacrifice on the cross on our behalf, has made us kings and priests to His God and Father. We no longer have to go through an earthly Priest to approach the throne of God. We can come boldly into His presence to receive what we need from Him. Jesus, our High Priest, stands between us and the Father making the way into the holy of holies now open to us.

Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We can come as individuals into God's presence to obtain mercy and grace to help in our time of need. God wants to commune with His children. It is through our relationship with Jesus as we abide in Him that He is able to share His heart with us. When He shares those things with us that need to be passed on to others we are to freely give them away. He wants us to shout from the rooftops those things that are to be told about His love, His mercy, His grace, His forgiveness, His great salvation!

Before Jesus' birth the shepherds were watching their flocks by night when the Angel of the Lord appeared unto them to tell them of the upcoming birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. After they heard about His birth and went to see the great Babe in the manger that was the Savior of the world, the scripture records that they went and told what they had seen and heard.

Luke 2:17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.

Good news cannot be hidden under a bushel! It must be shared with others.

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Is your light for Jesus shining brightly today? As the world gets darker the lights of Christians will shine brighter. I challenge you today to share what you've heard from the Lord, to tell it on the mountains and shout it from the housetops!

“And do not fear those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Father, I thank You for saving me, for delivering me from the power of darkness and conveying me into the kingdom of the Son of Your love. Thank You for making me Yours. Father, today I pray that I will always be aware of the need of those around me to hear Your word, to experience Your love and that I will always be brave enough to share what You have spoken to me in the dark and preach the message of salvation that You have given me to those who are lost and perishing. May I fulfill the call that You have on my life before my life is over.

Father, I pray for those who do not know You this morning. I pray that the true meaning of Christmas will be revealed to them this year that they might come to know Jesus, the Babe that was born in a manger that came to be the Lamb of God that was sacrificed for their sins. May they come to know Him as the risen Lord; high and exalted above this world of sin and their only way to salvation.

I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ that they would have the boldness to share You and what you have done in their lives with others around them. I pray that they would rise up to be the army of God that You have called them to be. I pray that they would have that Holy Spirit boldness and courage that comes from abiding in Christ and that You would shine through them as a light in the darkness around them. Father reveal Yourself through them, touch others through them, heal through them, bring deliverance through their bold confession of You. I pray that many will come to salvation through their witness! And I thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer this morning. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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ANHELIC 12/14/2012 11:39PM

    Thank you Avanell for your lesson. Lord, give us the boldness to go out and share the Good News with everyone we see. We have been equipped with your Goodness to share with everyone. God bless you for sharing this lesson with us.

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EDITOR 12/14/2012 1:05PM

    Amen! Grant us the boldness to proclaim the Good News! Thanks for faithfully listening and proclaiming, Avanell. Keep on sharing.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/14/2012 11:02AM

    I love it!. emoticon

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TONYVAND1 12/14/2012 10:33AM

  Abiding in Him and sharing the Good News with others. May I shout it from the roof tops.

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Are You Shining?

Thursday, December 13, 2012



2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 NLT If the Good news we preach is veiled from anyone, it is a sign that they are perishing. Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them. They don't understand the message we preach about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Have you ever wondered why people don't understand about Jesus dying on the cross to purchase their salvation? Why is it so complicated to them? They often will say they believe in God, but believing in God does not purchase salvation. James 2:19 says that even the demons believe that there is one God.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble.

We know that believing in God, or simply having a mental assent to the existence of God, does not make a person a Christian because the demons believe in God and they are doomed to an eternity separated from Him, in a place of darkness, where there is gnashing of teeth and tormenting fire.

The Greek word for “believe” in James 2:19 is pisteuo and it means to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing) i.e. credit; by impl. To entrust (espec. one's spiritual well-being to Christ):--believe, commit (to trust), put in trust with.

So to believe in God for salvation, you would have to put your trust in Christ to save you, not just have a mental assent in His existence. This is one of the things that has been blinded to the minds of those who are perishing that Paul was talking about in 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4. They have trouble separating the “belief in” God and the “belief upon” Him for salvation. To believe or have faith in Christ for salvation is to entrust one's spiritual well-being to Him, to commit to Him, to trust in Him to save you.

The god of this age, or Satan, has blinded the minds of those who are perishing so that they cannot see or understand that the way to salvation is through the finished work of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for their sins. They are blinded by a veil that hangs over their minds.

In the Old Testament when Moses would come down off the mountain after having been communing with God his face would be aglow with the glory of God so much that he would have to hang a veil over it so the people would not be frightened by the glow of the glory of God. The people didn't understand God and were frightened by Him.

2 Corinthians 3:7-9 NLT That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses' face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. Shouldn't we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life? If the old covenant, which brings condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God!

The Old Covenant that people lived by was a covenant of keeping the law. The New Covenant is a covenant of living by grace. The law was keeping a set of rules and in order to be right with God you had to keep the rules and offer animal sacrifices for your sins. The New Covenant is based on placing your trust in Christ Jesus who was the sacrifice given once and for all the sins of mankind. Jesus took the place of the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament to remove a person's sin.

Hebrews 9:28 NLT so also Christ died only once as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again but not to deal with out sins again. This time he will bring slavation to all those who are eagerly waiting for him.

That glorious gospel of His payment for our sins is what Satan has blinded to people who are perishing so that they can't see how Jesus paid the payment that was required for the removal of sin that would make a person right with God. Satan has hung a veil over people's minds to cloud and confuse their thinking.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NLT But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom. And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.

Whenever a person comes to Jesus for salvation and is born again, or places their trust in Him for salvation, the veil is removed and they then shine brightly with the glory of God. Have you ever seen a Christian that just seemed to shine with a glow that was undeniably not of their own works? They just radiate the glory of God! Once that veil is removed we then shine as we draw close to Him. As the end of verse 18 says: “And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more”. If people can't tell that you are a Christian then maybe you need to draw closer to the Lord Jesus and allow Him to change you into His likeness.

2 Corinthians 4:7 calls the glory of God within us “precious treasure”:

But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in perishable containers, that is in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own.

It becomes evident as a person goes through trials and tribulations, the ups and downs of life that the glory of God within them is not something they are manufacturing on their own. It is God's glorious power within that causes a person to shine even though them may be going through extreme hardship. His power within gives them the ability to shine whether they are experiencing good or bad times.

Do you have loved ones that are blinded by the enemy this morning so that it seems that they can't see or understand what you are talking about when you try to talk to them about Jesus? Do they become hardened in heart at the mention of the gospel? If so, then pray that the veil that Satan has hung over their minds would be removed so they can see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and come to salvation. Saturate them in prayer before you attempt to talk to them about the Lord.

Father, I thank You for providing salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. I know that He was the ultimate sacrifice that paid the penalty for the sin of mankind. I thank You for making it possible for all men to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This morning, I pray for those who are perishing that the veil that Satan has hung over their minds would be torn down so they can see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and be saved. I ask that You would place people in their paths that would be able to share Jesus with them in ways that they will understand and receive. I pray that their hearts would be softened and prepared to receive Your word to them about their need for Jesus as Savior, for without placing their faith in Him there can be no salvation for them. Father, I pray that You will create divine appointments for them to interact with Christians who shine with the glory of God in their faces. Let them see the difference in the lives of those who have spent time with You allowing You to change them to reflect Your glory. Father, I thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

  
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ANHELIC 12/13/2012 11:20PM

    Thank you for a great lesson Avanell. It is hard when I see my family who have never been saved and I pray for them. They have problems and constantly blame God for them. I have problems and I thank God for helping me through them. I can see what I was like before I came to Jesus for Salvation. I love your messages, they keep reminding me of how grateful I am to know Christ.

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GABY1948 12/13/2012 6:25PM

    Great blog, again, Avanell. I read a book by Jack Hayford not too long ago where he said among all the things we pray for (pastor, teachers, Israel. etc/) we should always pray that the unsaved persons we are praying for would have a strong desire to seek what God's purpose for their life is. God has a specific purpose for each of our lives. I have done that ever since. I remember when I was in the darkness and I actually WANTED to read the Bible (in my old denominational church) but, of course, it never made the sense it does now. I love your blogs because I always learn something more out of them! I pray that your words get through to someone and maybe they will go out and witness to my family members!

God Bless you dear friend!

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/13/2012 4:37PM

    Praying in agreement for those divine appointments!

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KATSTEAM 12/13/2012 4:15PM

   

yes people have head knowleadge . We so need revelation .
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God Bless

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HAGIN2010 12/13/2012 1:54PM

    Thanks for your blog this morning, Avanell. I had been blinded for over a year attending church and having just a concept of God but not applying any of it. I had my awakening in October and have started seeing spiritually now.

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EDITOR 12/13/2012 12:19PM

    Good blog. May the blinded to the Gospel see, believe, and receive.

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TONYVAND1 12/13/2012 9:10AM

  Salvation comes through Christ Jesus alone. Thank you for sharing each day. I enjoy reading your blogs.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/13/2012 8:36AM

    emoticon blog! Thanks for sharing!

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MJRVIC2000 12/13/2012 8:32AM

    God helps all to see with our hearts and not rely on our eyes which can deceive us. Thank YOU AVIE! I love to read your blogs. In His Love! Vic.

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