Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pursue Your God Given Dream

John BeltDream, dream, dream... God loves dreamers! Not only those who dream, but those who will respond 2 the dream that is given 2 them. Getting a dream is only half the equation. The other half is 2 respond 2 your dream, allowing God 2 breathe on it. The breath of God will bring your dream 2 life! Take steps toward your dream today. For your dream could be the key that opens the door 2 your destiny and heart's fulfillment.

God gives each of us dreams, visions of where we would like 2b, what we would like 2 do. With that comes the challenge of how do I get from "Point A" to "Point B"? A dream is like an invitation. With every invitation there is a response, an RSVP. The question is: how are we going 2 respond 2 the dream that we have been given? Wow! Great dream! So now what? Do we just wait until it manifests on earth? Do nothing?

If we are wise, we will take action, take steps toward the dream. Like anything in God's Kingdom, what God shows us has the elements of surrender, readiness and breakthrough 2 them. The membrane is many times very thin between where we are and where we want 2b; in the spirit, it most definitely is. First, it is required 2 break thru into a reality of faith and believing in order 2 C things progress into the fully blossomed fruition of our dream. It is a matter of our own dedication 2 the Lord, commitment 2 His heart, the price we are willing 2 pay and the determination we have 2 obtain this new land.

1. What is My Dream?
So u are wondering if God has given u a dream. Your dream is going 2b connected, in most cases, w/what u are already passionate about. Sometimes people C the dream they are passionate about but cannot see "the form" of how it will look in its fruition. In other words, we are trying 2 picture how this dream will look in a tangible, touchable form. I would suggest that when u are seeking the Lord, in a place of His tangible presence, write down 10 possible ways that your dream could work out in your life.

Write down how it could look in a concrete form. Of those ways, narrow it down to 2 or 3. Hopefully at this point u will have a little better idea of what the possibilities might be. Many times we get the best ideas when we are not trying. The Presence of God does release creativity, bcoz it is His nature 2 create. Keep pursuing His Presence. In that place He will reveal 2 u as u ask, seek and knock.

Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

In the case where u have no passion, u might need 2 just spend time seeking God until He gives u a fresh passion. Or maybe u need 2 go back 2 what u were once passionate about at a different time in your life. It is possible that it was shut down and lost. Maybe it is as simple as picking up that passion. What we enjoy the most can be a key to what our passion is. What we enjoy doing is a doorway 2 dream.

2. Surrender to God
How does our surrender 2 God look? TIME is the gift we have all been given. Time is our most valuable commodity. It is one of the things that we steward b4 God. If we spend our extra time watching "I Love Lucy," then we are throwing that time away. Our surrender 2 God must go much deeper than that. Our surrender very much is reflected in how we spend our time. Are we spending time learning His ways, receiving His Words in His presence, and being filled w/His Spirit? Intimacy w/God and surrender go hand in hand. You cannot have one w/o the other. What we do today determines where we will be tomorrow.

Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

3. Readiness of Spirit & Mind/Get a Plan
In our surrender 2 God we need 2b prepared. Part of the time that we are given we need 2 spend creatively planning the dream. It is good 2 get our thoughts on paper. The more tangible u make your dream the more u will be able 2 connect w/it. Because of this u will actually go there in your heart and mind more often. Make your dream visible in any possible way that u can. Don't wait 2 your dream 2 fall out of the sky; begin 2 make headway in that direction.

Habakkuk 2:2 Then the Lord answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it."

Whether it be ministry oriented, business or some other creative venture, study God's Word 2 find KEYS 2 bring clarity and confirmation 2 your heart concerning your dream. What are the highlighted building blocks of your dream? Begin 2 study in that direction. Jesus told us that we are 2 build our lives on His Word, the Rock. His Word is the solid foundation that we need 2 build our dreams upon.

4. Fire, Inspiration & Motivation to Break Through
Be inspired. This is also connected 2 your intimacy wGod. Don't expect 2b inspired if u don't spend any time w/God. Life w/o God is boring. You will have no fire, no desire and be led off on a foolish path. Get divine inspiration and "adjustment" 4 your dream from God. Many times our dreams don't turn out quite the way we expect, bcoz God makes some adjustments. That is fine. Be flexible w/God. Sometimes He will give u a new and better dream. But until then, go 4 what He has put in your heart. Just allow Him 2 speak 2 u, giving u fire and desire 2 fulfill that which He puts inside of u.

2 Timothy 1:6 Therefore I remind u 2 stir up the gift of God which is in u thru the laying on of my hands.

Another angle 2 look at this from is that we are admonished 2 "stir up the gift" within us. By seeking the Lord, praying in the Spirit, and spending time in worship b4 Him we activate our spiritual senses. When we do this it breaks us thru into a place of revelation, clarity of thought, and inspiration. Keep the fire burning within.

5. Excellence
A well-organized room inspires me. When a room is chaotic, it can make me feel the same way at times. But I know that I will be inspired easier when things are in order, clean and functional. Excellence is not perfectionism. Don't get the 2 confused. Excellence is a beautiful thing. We want 2b excellent in all that we do. We want 2 do our very best and let God do the rest. We want 2 give things that are excellent 2 the Lord, 4 He is excellent. In your work, be excellent. Be better. Be the best. Not in the spirit of competition, but b4 the Lord do your very best. With this, He is pleased.

When we go the extra mile, we are operating in the spirit of excellence. We are going "above and beyond" the call of duty. Scripture says 2 find out what is pleasing 2 the Lord. In other words, we can discover what is pleasing 2 the Lord instead of waiting 2 hear Him tell us what 2 do in many instances. Jesus said that the greatest would be the servant of all. There is a lot of latitude w/this statement on how we can be a blessing 2 others. Get hooked on being an excellent person, start storing up reward in Heaven. With this heart and attitude we will reap on earth as well.

Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

Pursue your dream. You cannot dream too big 4 God. When your dream is bigger than what u can pull off on your own, then God has 2b included in the equation! That is where faith begins.

His Overflow Be Yours!
John Belt
Live In His Presence Ministries


The Ears and Obedience

Many years ago, I was given a short but potent Word from the Lord. I had not moved 2 this area yet. It was my turn 2 go 2 this house and work the legs and arms of a quadriplegic man. I didn't want 2.

His ears didn't even seem 2 hear. I went 2 the Lord and asked HIM about it. What I saw suddenly was a decrepit old set of ears which I understood 2b the Word of God in this man's Bible.

I'll keep this word as short as HIS Word/Vision that He gave me. I saw in the Spirit this broken, yucky, dry and flaky set of ears fall off this man 2 the ground. I'll give the Scripture 2 u I heard at the time. I'll use the KJV version I knew this Scripture in at that time. I still use that version sometimes 4 memory's sake. (By the way, it's just crazy when people say the KJV version is the most accurate version of the written Word. They read it 2 u. THEN they have 2 tell you what it means. Accurate?)

"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock." Matthew 7:24, KJV
I knew in a moment what God was saying: Do what u read; do what u hear. JUST DO IT!
Needless 2 say, I went and did what I was called 2 do.
That's the end of the true story. I hope this encourages u 2 step out where God has told u 2.
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DECEMBER Encouragement

========  There are so many miracles waiting 2b discovered, like little tiny nuggets of gold that God left 4 us 2 find out about Him in order 2 know ourselves much better...Be blessed in this most precious month of our Savior's Birth and new Winter Season... remember u are never alone, bcoz encouragement is just a step away, and each step a miracle waiting 2b discovered.

01DEC - You have been in a time of old things coming 2 an end. And, even though u cannot see ahead 2 know what is coming, u can trust Me 2 continue 2 shut the doors that need 2b shut and 2 open the doors that need 2b opened. Do not be afraid, 4 I Am w/u to bring u into divine purpose and destiny, and I will fill the void in your heart and any sense of emptiness that has resulted from changes that are taking place, says the Lord. Put your trust in Me.

Revelation 3:8 - I know your works. See, I have set b4 u an open door, and no one can shut it; 4 u have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

01DEC - Moving Forward or Slipping Back? - Don't get so busy enjoying today's Victory that tomorrow ends up in defeat. Give the Word more of your Attention, not less.  Keep moving from faith-2-faith.  When u turn your Attention away from the Promises of God, u may begin suffering defeat in areas in which u once had Victory.  It's not that u dont believe anymore, no. Your Word level had dropped and tat equals low faith level.  When that happens, u begin slipping backwards instead of forward in the things of God.  dig deeper into God.  Concentrate on becoming strong in the Spirit.  Keep moving forward in God.  Go from faith-2-faith.

Hebrews 2:1 - So we must Listen very carefully 2 the truths we have heard, or we may drift away from them.

02DEC - Release yourself from the bondage of fear and worry. When your faith is in Me, I will carry you in the flow of My Spirit. But, you must not hang on to the things of the world or put your trust in natural things. Your faith is substantive and vital to your success in any endeavor, and you must put it to work by actual belief and not just hope. I am looking for a people who have a strong and working faith whose actions demonstrate My kingdom, says the Lord.

Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

02DEC - Free Your Faith - If u have been praying 4 something and u just cant seem 2 get an answer, check your heart 4 unforgiveness.  Releasing those that have wronged u is fundamental 2 receiving from God.  You cannot hold grudges in your heart and have your prayers answered at the same time.  Unforgiveness clogs the faith channel and keeps u powerless against the mountains in your life!  You can unclog the channel of faith by asking the Holy Spirit 2 bring 2 light any grudge that is hidden in your heart.  You will begin 2C those prayers answered when u free your faith!

Mark 11:25 - But when u are praying, First forgive anyone u are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in Heaven will forgive u your sins also."

03DEC- Talk Like God -  God has chosen the foolish things of the world 2 confound the wise
(I Corinthians 1:27).   God's Promises 2 u often contradict the natural evidences around u, but if u want 2 keep the enemy defeated, that's the kind of talking 2 do.  Your circumstances may not immediately change when your words begin 2 agree w/God's.  Continue 2 speak them out in faith no matter what it looks like.  When Jesus cursed the fig tree, He did not go back and check 2C if anything had happened 2 it!  He considered it done!  God never waits 4 circumstances 2 line up b4 He speaks.  He causes them 2 line up because He speaks.  Follow His example.  Let your faith speak!

Mark 1l:23 - If u only have Faith 'IN' God [or the God kind of faith]--this is the absolute Truth--u can SAY 2 this Mount of Olives [problem], "Rise up and fall into the Mediterranean," and your command will be obeyed.  All that is required is that u really believe and have NO doubt!

04DEC - Honor God and He Will Honor U - There is a basic principle in Proverbs that can mean success or failure in your life.   If u want God 2 honor u and bless u in any area of your life, u are going  2 have 2 honor Him in that particular area.  U must honor God w/your money, or as the scripture says, w/the firstfruits of all your increase.  You are going 2 have 2 Tithe.  If u do not start honoring God w/your money, u will be in the same financial position next year that u are in today.  Give God His firstfruits, your Tithe.  God is always faithful 2 honor and bless u as u put Him first!

Proverbs 3:9-10 - Honor the LORD w/your possessions, And w/the firstfruits of all your increase;  So your barns will be filled w/plenty, And your vats will overflow w/new wine.

05DEC - You have been taught My word, and My ways have been revealed 2 u by the spirit of truth. U have been equipped by the spirit of power as u have embraced the gifts of the Spirit and have believed that u can operate in these. And now u are entering a time of testing so that u can apply that which u have learned and that which u have received. In this season u can pass the tests that come by using the authority that u have been given. These tests will strengthen u and will teach u responsibility and integrity. They will equip u 2b more than conquerors and enable u 2b overcomers. This is an important season in which I am preparing My people 2 become a glorious church. It is a season in which u must live by My prophetic and written word. U must now learn 2 apply by faith My words 2 every test, and if u do so, u will have victory and reason 4 celebration. Present vision will be established as u embrace the challenges of this season. My people will not perish 4 a lack of vision in this season. Rejoice and be glad 4 the time of the victory and the Day of My power is at hand, says the Lord.

Luke 10:19 - "Behold, I give u the authority 2 trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt u."
05DEC - To those of u who have fought the good fight, I tell u honestly that u have punched thru hindrances and dispelled the darkness so that u are able 2 C w/more clarity and walk in more freedom. The battle has been fierce and your adversary has been tough, but u have risen up in faith, stayed the course, and overcome. Rejoice in victory, says the Lord. 

1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thanks be 2 God, who gives us the victory thru our Lord Jesus Christ.

05DEC - What Riches Were Meant 2 Do - Do not turn down the wealth God wants 2 give u just bcoz u do not 'need' it.  U may things that is humility, but it is not.  It is selfishness!  What u are really saying is, "All I care about is meeting my own needs.  I have no ambition 2 help meet anyone else's!"  That philosophy has hindered the ministry of Jesus on the earth today.   It takes money 2 preach the gospel.  Jesus had so much money coming in and out of His ministry that He had 2 appoint a treasurer, Judas.  Jesus did not store it up, tho.  He was constantly giving!  Start following in His footsteps.  Expect a financial blessing and start giving.  It is time 4 u 2 stop working 4 a living and start working 4 a 'giving'!

Ephesian 4:28 "The NEW MAN" - Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working w/his hands what is good, that he may have something 2 give him who has need.

06DEC - Rise up, My people, and thus receive that which I am doing among u. Rise up and receive the power of the most Holy Spirit. Rise up into a heavenly place and no longer be bound 2 the earth. For, I have opened a door in the heavens. I have created a pathway 4 u 2 come. And, surely, if u walk upon this pathway u will be given entrance into the glory of My kingdom. You shall be allowed to walk in the valley of vision and the vision that I show u will forever change u. Rise 2 believe that u will be victorious in every situation and every circumstance. Arise and receive the power of this age, says the Lord God.

06DEC - Rise up and receive the strength that is found in Me, says the Lord. I have indeed undergirded u; I am your refuge and your place of safety. Come 2 Me in faith and obtain all that you need. I am for you and not against you, and I will give you wisdom and direction in every circumstance. Be strong and of good courage.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from b4 u, and will say, 'Destroy!'
06DEC - Your Children Released From Captivity - Do not let the devil run roughshod over your  children!  U have authority in the Name of Jesus  order satan out of their lives.  It is your responsibility 2 stand against those unseen forces on their behalf.  Your children may not understand what is coming against them.  When u C the first warning signs of rebellion in them, confess the Promises of God over them and refuse 2 give the devil any room 2 operate.  God knows how 2 deliver your children.  Do your part.  Trust that God will do His part.  He will bring them back from the land of the enemy!

Jeremiah 31:16-17But now this is what the Lord says: “Do not weep any longer, 4 I will reward u,” says the Lord  “Your children will come back 2 u from the distant land of the enemy.  There is hope 4 your future,” says the Lord  “Your children will come again 2 their own land.

07DEC -Make sure that the things that u hold dear are not of the world or of a temporary nature. Occasionally it is necessary 2 regain perspective and reorder your priorities. This is one of those times. Whatever seeds you sow will reap a harvest, and this is a time 2 invest your heart in My kingdom in order 2 reap a bountiful spiritual harvest, says the Lord.

Psalms 62:10 - Do not trust in oppression, nor vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

07DEC - Press In - The Holy Spirit is sending forth a message today.  It is a message of urgency 2 press in 2 Him.  Hard times are coming, but u can C the glorious outpourings of God if u will heed His call.  Your 1st step in drawing closer 2 God is 2 realize that u know God 1st in His Word.  Remember this: John 1 tells u that Jesus is the Word.  When u spend time in it, u are spending time w/Jesus!  When His Word is richly dwelling in u, then Jesus is dwelling in u richly, too!  Press in 2 Jesus!  U will be able 2 make it thru the dangerous days ahead.

Colossians 3:16 - Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other w/all the wisdom He gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs 2 God w/thankful hearts.  And whatever u do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks thru Him 2 God the Father.

08DEC - I kept hearing in my spirit, "Steady as she goes." It is a navigational phrase that means the same thing as "stay the course". Don't change anything; keep doing what you've been doing. And, I heard the Lord say: In your recent course corrections refuse 2 get discouraged when u don't C immediate advantage. U are on the right track. Just keep moving and obeying My voice and My leading. U will C that divine purpose is being accomplished.

Romans 8:28  - And we know that all things work together 4 good 2 those who love God, 2 those who are the called according 2 His purpose.\

08DEC - Get the Two Together - You can be established in the Faith AND abounding w/Thanksgiving.  Success comes from combining these 2 forces.  When u run into a challenge, do not just stand around grim-faced and white-knuckled holding onto your faith.  Raise your hands high and PRAISE!  Start  thanking God in the midst of what is happening around u.  Keep thanking Him 4 the answer UNTIL it comes.  U can be a faith person and a joy person as u rejoice and give thanks as u hold fast 2 the Word.  U and God will have a glorious time together.  

Do not allow anyone or anything 2 ROB u of your Joy. Bcoz people have a tendency 2b happy one moment and bring u down of your own Joy and Happiness, and then after they have robbed u of yours, they are happy again as it came and past. Remain thankful and joyful and pray 4 that person, but remain happy in yourself. Do not allow the enemy 2 rob u of what Jesus died 2 give u. He paid the price of suffering so u could have Happiness and Joy and Faith! The price has been paid so enjoy it.

Colossians 2:6-7 - As u have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk IN Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as u have been taught, abounding in it w/thanksgiving.

09DEC - Take advantage of these days of discovery, 4 I tell u truly that u are in a time when u can discover more about My kingdom and the truth of My word as well as about yourself. I will take off the blinders and open your eyes so that u can C more clearly and make decisions based on a broader view of life and circumstances. Use this time 2 expand rather than retreat; 2 go forward rather than pull back. Do not be afraid 2 explore unfamiliar territory, says the Lord.

Micah 7:8 - Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light 2 me.

09DEC - L-O-V-E: Everyone's Language and THE SECRET 2 Success - God's LOVE has been shed abroad in your heart.   Commit 2 living the life of LOVE today, right now; and watch God turn failure into success at Home, at work, and in every situation, bcoz LOVE never fails!  Jesus was moved and motivated by LOVE here on the Earth.  He was moved w/compassion 4 the sick even when they would give Him no solitude.  Compassion does not strike at the surface of things.  It goes 2 the ROOT of the problem.  Remember, LOVE is the secret 2 your success bcoz Love never fails!

I Corinthians 13:8 - LOVE NEVER FAILS.  But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

10DEC - Seek God First - Do not worry if u do not "have it made."  Growing in the Faith walk takes time and perseverance.  U serve a faithful God who has given u PROMISES from His Word.  Seek God FIRST.  Make that decision today.  Do not get your eyes on the things of this world.  When u seek His Kingdom first, and His righteousness, all these things will be added unto u.  God cares 4 u and 4 what u are doing.  He sees your need and has promised 2 meet it.  Walk w/God in whatever place u are today.  He will never let u down!

Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be ADDED 2 u, not taken away, but added.

11DEC - Spread Peace This CHRISTmas - Christmas is a perfect time 2 plant SEEDS-Of-Love.  The whole world is hearing the message oft he birth of Jesus, and their hearts are tender toward His Love.  Those seeds of love may take the form of a kind word while shopping.  U may be able 2 pray and minister 2 someone.  At times, the Lord may even direct u 2 give a few dollars 2 someone letting them know the Lord directed u 2 help them and that He loves and cares 4 them.  People will listen when u speak and act in love.  These small seeds may take root and bring one more precious person into the glorious Kingdom of God.

Luke 2:13-14 - And suddenly there was w/the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  "Glory 2 God in the highest, and on Earth PEACE, good will toward men!"

12DEC - I have chosen u 4 such a time as this 2 walk in the power of My presence and in victory. For, I have come 2 raise an army, a glorious army, the likes of which has never been b4. For, they shall rise up and run in the power of the Most Holy 2 defeat the enemy. I am calling 2 u now. I am calling 2 u 2b restored and 2 recover the gift of My Love, Joy and Peace. Beloved, even as this year has passed by, there stands one b4 u, the summary and the power of which, at this point, is unknown and unbelievable. But, I call those things which are not as though they were, and u will be astounded at My work. U will be astounded at what I accomplish among My people. It is the day of opportunity and discovery, the day of receiving the blessing of the Lord Most Holy. Renew yourself this day, says the Lord; all things will be possible 2 him who believes.
12DEC - Stay focused spiritually and refuse 2 allow the herd instinct of this season 2 push u into carnal tendencies. Expectations based on presumption or fantasy will only produce disappointment. Keep your emotions under the rule of the Spirit, says the Lord, and u will be able 2 resist temptations that will take u down the path of regret. 

James 4:7 - Therefore submit 2 God. Resist the devil and he will flee from u.

12DEC - Tune In - There can be an explosion of God's power in this world that can turn it around when the hearts and minds are tuned in 2 God.  Praying in other tongues is the fastest, most effective method of tuning in 2 God that I knowInstead of praying your own thoughts and plans, u are praying His.  The Spirit knows how 2 turn His Body into the glorious Church w/o spot or wrinkle.  Start adjusting your spiritual tuner today.  Set your spirit on God's wavelength and C how quickly the spots and wrinkles disappear from u!  Pray in the Spirit!

I Corinthians 14:2 - For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak 2 men, but 2 God, 4 no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

13DEC - My beloved children, if u could C the extent of destruction that is set in motion when u speak against one another, u would learn 2 hold your tongue. However, this is not a matter of words but of the condition of your heart and your willingness 2 say things about someone else that u would not want spoken about yourself, says the Lord. U will be held accountable 4 every word that u speak, so be careful what u say.

Matthew 12:36 -  But I say 2 u that 4 every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

13DEC - Do Not Panic - If u are on the edge of making a major decision in your life right now, do not panic!  U can receive guidance from the Lord.  Being led by Him is not some complicated process!  U will know the right thing 2 do as u begin 2 roll your works over on God, commit your ways 2 Him and trust them wholly 2 Him.  He will start adjusting your THOUGHTS 2b like His until u will just know the right thing 2 do.  Feeding on His Word will establish u in Faith and Trust and u will become more confident in your ability 2 hear from the Lord.  Believe u receive when u pray.  Stop worrying!  Do not panic!  Begin believing!

Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your works 2 the LORD, And your THOUGHTS will be established

14DEC - Turmoil and confusion rage around u, but u belong 2 Me and 2 My kingdom where u can abide in righteousness. Literally, u are in the world, but u are not of it. U are a citizen of the spiritual Jerusalem, the place of SAFETY where peace abounds. Rise above the consortium of worldly systems and carnal thinking and truly establish yourself in the spiritual reality of My government and power of rule, says the Lord.

2 Peter 1:2-4 - Grace and peace be multiplied 2 u in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given 2 us all things that pertain 2 life and godliness, thru the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given 2 us exceedingly great and precious promises, that thru these u may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world thru lust.

14DEC - No Deposit--No Return - Now is the time 4 u 2 build a rock-solid foundation!  Do not wait around until u are faced w/a crisis.  U can be so deeply established in the Word that when a crisis does come, your first response will be one of Faith, NOT fear.  Begin depositing the Word in your heart now!   The Faith u will need will be able 2 flow out of u in power.  Remember.  No deposit--no return!  U do not want doubt and unbelief returning 2 u.  So start making Faith deposits today.  Get ready 4 an abundant, powerful return!

Psalms 112:1,7-8 -  BLESSED is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments.   He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.  His heart is established;  He will not be afraid,  Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.

15DEC - Maintain right standing w/Me, says the Lord. The days are evil, and u must stay in the flow of the Spirit or the works of the flesh will take you into darkness. Now is the time 2 take your position as a watchman and keep a constant vigil so that the enemy cannot plunder what should be your place of refuge. Your place of safety is in Me, in truth, in righteousness and peace. Guard your heart.

Proverbs 4:23 - Keep your heart w/all diligence, 4 out of it spring the issues of life.

15DEC - A Carefree CHRISTmas - No matter how intense or how trivial the problems are that u are facing right now, u can have the most wonderful, most carefree christmas season u have ever had in your life.  PEACE can be yours as u pray, making your requests known 2 God and praising Him 4 the Answers.   Worry is one of the devil's chief strategies against u--especially during the holiday season!  If he can get u 2 worry, he can use the financial pressures, family pressures and scheduling problems that are just a 'normal' part of everyday life 2 weigh  down and drag u into trouble.  DO NOT WORRY!  God has the ANSWER.  Just ASK HIM and u will be celebrating a carefree CHRISTmas!

Philippians 4:6 -  ... and the Peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will GUARD your hearts and minds thru Christ Jesus.

16DEC - It is imperative that u walk in truth. I not only speak of always telling the truth, but of living the truth of My Word, and knowing the truth of every circumstance. Deception abounds, but u will only fall prey 2 the lies of the enemy if u are not firmly grounded in truth. Be on guard 4 seductions that lure u into all manner of fantasy. If something seems too good 2b true, it usually is. Let Me lead u in righteousness and truth in all things, says the Lord.

Proverbs 3:3 - Let not mercy and truth forsake u; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

16DEC - Run Him Out of Town -Do not let the devil catch u off guard.  he can build his forces up  against u when u wait til the last minute 2 take your stand.  Prepare now 4 the battle.  U can get the stage set spiritually 4 what lies ahead.  Satan wants 2 get his forces entrenched b4 u begin moving against him.  Do not let him get a foothold.  Start praying and speaking the Word of Faith now over your family,  your business and your church.  Get your feet shod w/the PREPARATION of the gospel of Peace.  Then if Satan tries 2 cause trouble, u will be well equipped 2 run him out of town!

Ephesians 6:14-15 - Stand therefore, having girded your waist w/TRUTH, having put on the BREASTPLATE of Righteousness, And having shod your feet w/the PREPARATION of the Gospel of Peace.

17DEC Dare 2 Take Your Place -  You have a covenant of grace w/Almighty God!  This Truth will change your life if u can grasp the significance of it.  God has entered into a Blood covenant w/u.  He has given u grace upon grace.  He has given u everything He has in Exchange 4 everything u have.  

He took your Sin 2 give u His Righteousness.
He took your Sickness 2 give u Health.
He took your Poverty in order 2 meet all of your Needs according 2 His riches in glory.

Whenever He asks u 2 do something, He Provides everything u need 2 carry it out.  You are a covenant Child of the most powerful being in the universe.  Dare 2 take your place in the Family of God!

Titus 3:4-7 - But when the Kindness and the Love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of Righteousness which we have done, but according 2 His Mercy He saved us, thru the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly thru Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become Heirs according 2 the HOPE of Eternal Life.

18DEC - Extremely Blessed - Do u want 2b extremely blessed this Christmas?  If u will give God's Word your full attention and NOT BE AFRAID of His will 4 your life, u will be happier and more prosperous than u could ever dream!  U may just be ordinary, but if u will latch onto God's Word, u will latch onto something out of the ordinary.  It will change your life!  People may call u extreme, but do not worry about that.  When u put your faith in the Word of God, u will be extreme!  Extremely well, extremely blessed, extremely prosperous!   Merry CHRISTmas.

Proverbs 17:8 -  A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety 4 his friend.

19DEC - I say unto u, truly, truly, that this is the day of recovery, so rise up w/HOPE renewed. Gain access into My goodness. For, surely I will restore that which has been stolen. The process of restoration has come as a part of My ministry. I have come 2 set My people free, and I continue in the process by restoring them from time-2-time when it is necessary. Receive today the power of restoration and let the spirit of the living God now invade your spiritual space; let it over take u; let it embrace u. Let the Spirit of God draw u close 2 the heart of Jesus. Regain this moment, the power of your first Love; the power of His presence and your position in God's kingdom. Regain your position of victory, says the Lord, 4 surely it is yours.                                       NicholasBelPhotography

19DEC - To those who feel like energy is a rare commodity, the enemy has done his best 2  wear u out. But, I tell u that u cannot find your strength in the natural realm, it comes from having spiritual Joy. Come into My Presence and receive My Joy, which is everlasting and does not depend on youth or natural vitality. Come, says the Lord. 

Nehemiah 8:10 - Then he said 2 them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those 4 whom nothing is prepared; 4 this day is holy 2 our LORD. Do not sorrow, 4 the Joy of the LORD is your strength."

19DEC - Do Not Settle 4 Second Best -  It is tough 2b enthusiastic about going thru tests and trials.  If u will use those trials 2 develop Patience, your needs will be supplied in every way and u will be in want of nothing.  Now, that is exciting!

PATIENCE is a powerful word.  It does not mean settling sweetly 4 second best.  It does not mean standing meekly by while the devil romps all over u.  It means "2b CONSISTENTLY CONSTANT or 2b the same way all the time, regardless of what happens."  If u will put your Trust in the Word of God and let Patience work, it will not matter what happens.  U will be able 2settle 4 Victory!

James 1:2-8 - "Profiting from Trials - My brethren, count it ALL Joy when u fall  into various trials, Knowing that the testing of your Faith produces Patience.  But let Patience have its perfect work, that u may be perfect [mature] and complete, lacking nothing. 

If any of u lacks Wisdom, let him ASK OF GOD, who gives 2 all liberally and w/o reproach, and it will be given 2 him.

But let him ask IN Faith [calling those things which are not, as tho they were] w/no doubting, 4 he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord [if he doubts]; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

20DEC - Beloved, u must not be moved by anything but My Spirit. Be aware that there are forces around u that are waiting 2 move u away from truth, righteousness, and obedience 2 My Word. Temptations will be tantalizing, but u must test the spirits and discern. Consider the ultimate results of the changes and decisions that u are entertaining. Yield only 2 the moving of My Spirit, says the Lord.

1 John 4:1-  Beloved, don't believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God.

20DEC - A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth - Do not open the door 2 your home 2 satan by allowing your family the 'luxury' of a few Quarrels.  He wants 2 spoil the atmosphere of your Home, 2 foul things up by causing family members 2b at odds w/one another.  Living in a Home filled w/the LOVE and PEACE of God is almost like living in Heaven right here on Earth.  Everyone longs 4 that kind of atmosphere.  When God's people are in harmony w/each other, miracles start 2 happen bcoz it is a supernatural atmosphere.  Anchor your Home 2 God's Word.  Your Home can be God's powerhouse!  Pray, Support, and Love your family  Teach them that when they are all in agreement, they can all enjoy a little bit of Heaven on Earth!

Colossians 3:12-13 - "Character of the New Man" - Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering;  bearing w/one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave u, so u also must do.

21DEC - Watch for the chance 2 speak the truth that will bring freedom. U will have opportunities 2 both speak truth 2 yourself in moments of weakness and temptation and 2 others who have yielded 2 the carnal nature on some level. Don't sympathize with the condition and works of the flesh or become a victim of attacks from the evil one. Rise up in the liberty that comes from maintaining your position in the Spirit, says the Lord.

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

21DEC - Stick 2 Your Calling -  Are u doing what God has called u 2 do?  No matter who u are, God has put a holy calling on u!  He has designed u and called u 2 meet a need in the Body of Christ that nobody else can meet quite like u can.  Make up your mind 2 prayerfully trim away the extra things u have added 2 your life.  Stir up the gift God has placed inside u.  Get back 2 what He has called u 2 do.  U may be called 2b so successful in business, u can finance the gospel.  U may be called 2 a ministry of prayer and intercession.  U may be called 2 a ministry of Healing in your own neighborhood.  Whatever it is, follow it.  Do not ever let it slip away from u.

2Timothy 1:6,9 - Therefore I remind u 2 stir up the gift of God, which is in u thru the laying on of my hands.  ..who has saved us and called us w/a Holy Calling, not according 2 our works, but according 2 His own purpose and grace which was given 2 us in Christ Jesus b4 TIME began,

22DEC - The enemy has risen up with a vengeance to destroy your faith and bring u down to the depths of despair. Don't let the devil gain any ground in your heart. He will take advantage of your self-focus and will take u down in condemnation. U are not a victim of his schemes; u are designed and empowered 2b victorious over all the work of evil against u. Rise up in your most holy faith, and stand your ground against these attacks by maintaining your position in My Spirit, says the Lord. Do not be afraid.

Colossians 2:13-15 -  And u, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven u all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

22DEC - Do Not Look at the Storm -  When u get a revelation from the Word of God, hang onto it!  Do not focus on anything else.  The devil will try anything 2 get u 2 take your eyes off the Word.  He wants u 2 concentrate on the physical senses and the situations around u, instead of on the promises of God.  Peter began 2 focus on the circumstances instead of on Jesus; and when he did, his faith slipped out of gear and he started 2 sink.  Do not let that happen 2 u.  Keep your eyes on the Word of God 'until' it is more real inside u than anything else.  If u do, u will be able 2 walk on the water during the storms of life instead of sinking into the dark waters of defeat.

Matthew 14:30-31 - But when He saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning 2 sink he cried out, saying , "LORD, save me!"  And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, 'O u of little faith, why did u doubt?"

23DEC - You are entering a season when u will be able 2 gain new perspective and perhaps see a theme as the details begin 2 come together in a comprehensive overview. It would be a mistake 2 give the temporary details of your life more significance or power than they deserve. In the long run what really matters is your spiritual relationship with Me, says the Lord, and not the natural things that distract u from that which is really important. Maintain a positive outlook as u continue 2 progress in spiritual reality.

Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good 2 those who love God, 2 those who are the called according 2 His purpose.

23DEC - Go When U Are Ready - Did u know that it is not God's will 4 u 2 die young?  His will is for u 2 live a full number of your days.  The B.I.B.L.E says that when Abraham died, he died at a god old age, FULL of years.  that is the way it ought 2b with us.  God promises in Psalm 91:16 that if u are living under the shadow of the Most High, He will satisfy u with long life.  If u are not satisfied, live a while longer.  Live out the full number of your days ready 4 His coming, healed and victorious.

Psalms 91:16 - With long life I will satisfy him, simplyelegant      AND show him My salvation. 

24DEC - Good Success -  Being established in the Word guarantees u 'good success.'  It comes from spending so much of your time and your THOUGHT life on the Word that it becomes 'second nature.'  It comes from hearing and obeying the Word so consistently that it begins 2 guide your actions even when u are not consciously thinking about it.  Practice meditating on the Word.  Apply the Word in different situations while u are meditating on it.  See yourself obeying in every possible circumstance.  U WILL have good success.

Joshua 1:8 - "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your MOUTH, but u shall meditate in it day and night, that u may observe 2 do according 2 all that is written in it.  For THEN u will make your way Prosperious, and then u will have Good Success..

25DEC - A Time 2 Forget - Make CHRISTmas more than just a time 4 remembering this year.  It is FUN 2 reminisce and talk about the days gone by.  But, inevitably, u will stumble across memories u would rather forget.  Are u dragging behind u memories from the past?  U must leave that baggage behind and there is only one way 2 do it --thru Forgiveness.  It is not an option, but a Basic requirement as a believer.  God calls unforgiveness wickedness.  Matthew 18 illustrates this Truth.  When petty resentments and tiny bits of unforgiveness build up between u and others, beware!  Satan will use those 2 torment u.  Allow the Holy Spirit 2 reveal past hurts.  Get forgiveness by repenting.  Make this CHRISTmas a time 2 forget AND forgive!

Matthew 18:21-22 - Then Peter came 2 Him and said, "LORD, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  Up 2  seven times?"  Jesus said 2 him, "I do not say 2 u, up 2 seven times, but up 2 seventy times seven., [Note: We desire God 2 forgive us our own mistakes/sins and bad decisions, and He continually forgives us, we must love others the same way.]
26DEC - I kept hearing in my spirit the words fine tuning. And, I heard the Lord say that  this is a time 2 make adjustments in order 2 obtain optimum performance in the realm of the Spirit. He is going 2 hone our methods of prayer and warfare, like sharpening a blade on a stone. He is the chief cornerstone, His word is the sword of the Spirit, and He will prepare us for greater effectiveness and send us out 2 efficiently accomplish His will on the earth.

Isaiah 49:2 - And He has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has hidden me, and made me a polished shaft; in His quiver He has hidden me.

26DEC - Know Him as Daddy - Fellowship with God 2 get 2 really know Him.  There are times u will be very serious with one another.  He will be "Father" then.  Other times, u will be more lighthearted.  Then u can call Him "Daddy."  The Greek word Abba means "Daddy" and it is scriptural for u 2 refer 2 your Heavenly Father with a word that signifies closeness.  When u spend time with Him and get 2 know Him, u will be comfortable calling Him Daddy.  He does not mind.  He wants u 2 know Him as your Daddy.

Romans 8:15 - For u did not receive the spirit of bondage again 2 fear, but u received the Spirit of Adoption by when we cry out, "Abba, Father."

27DEC - The choices u make at this juncture in your life will have far-reaching consequences. Now is the time 2 carefully consider your options and make decisions only after you have sought Me for wisdom. Making course corrections based on seduction will only bring leanness 2 your soul. Stay in the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord, and let Me guide u in this season. Then, when u know what is right 4 u 2 do be concise and decisive without wavering.

James 1:5-8 - If any of u lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives 2 all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given 2 him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

27DEC - Do Not Answer - If u live like the world, u will be overcome by the world.  So be not conformed 2 this World!  Do not let the world squeeze u into its mold.  "Be transformed" by the entire renewal of your mind.  Begin 2 think as God thinks.  Act on what the Word says about u, not what the devil says about u.  Agree with the Word!  When sin calls your name, do not answer.  Say, "I am dead 2 that, devil.  U cannot pull me into that anymore."  U will find yourself changing and becoming an overcomer.  The only time u will answer is when God calls!

Romans 12:2 - And do not be conformed 2 this world, but be transformed BY the re-newing of your mind, that u may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

28DEC - This is a time 2 re-evaluate. There are things that are best left behind and other things that should be restored. There are still other things that need more care and attention then u have previously given. Your circumstances will dictate what u need 2 take a look at and what requires your interest. This process might take some time, so don't be hasty in your judgments or choices. Be moved by My Spirit, and your decisions will be sound, says the Lord.
Proverbs 21:5 -The plans of the diligent lead surely 2 plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely 2 poverty.

28DEC - Major on Mercy - When Moses asked God 2 show him the most important thing about  Himself, God showed him His mercy.  he did not show Moses His power, His holiness, He showed Moses His glory, the heaviest, biggest, grandest thing about Himself.  Exodus 34:6-7 says, "The LORD passed by b4 him and proclaimed, The LORD The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and Truth,  Keeping mercy for 1000's..."  God showed Moses His mercy.  That means if u and I are 2 imitate God, we must major in mercy too.  (Ephesians 5:1) Mercy, goodness, forgiveness, and compassion must mark our behavior above all else.  Others will see Jesus in u when u major in mercy!

Exodus 33:18 - And he said, "Please, show me Your glory."

29DEC - Beloved, I am making a distinction between things that are your responsibility and under your authority and those things that are not. Your experience can be on both sides of this issue--taking responsibility that is not yours 2 take or expecting someone else 2 take responsibility that is yours. I am bringing correction, so that those lines of distinction can be drawn and issues can become clear 2 u and 2 others. Be sensitive, and let Me show u by example the difference, says the Lord.

Ephesians 6:5 - Bondservants, be obedient 2 those who are your masters according 2 the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as 2 Christ; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as 2 the Lord, and not 2 men.

29DEC - Remember Noah - The next time u are tempted 2 shrug off the Instructions of God and be disobedient, next time u catch yourself thinking  , "It does not matter what I do," remember Noah, U are important and God has something only u can do.    Noah did not picture himself as an insignificant man whose life did not matter.  He saw himself as a man 2 whom God had spoken and by faith he obeyed God.  And bcoz of that he ended up being the only thing that stood between mankind and total destruction.  God is also counting on u 2 carry out your part of His plan.  Live like u are someone important in the Kingdom.  Sooner or later, u will realize u are!

Genesis 6:7-8 - And the LORD said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them."  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

30DEC - I want u 2be aware of a slight course correction as u enter the new year. You may experience some confusion or have a sense of losing spiritual equilibrium. This is bcoz there has been a shift in the spirit realm that will require some adjustments. All u have 2 do is find Me again, says the Lord. Come into My presence and seek My face; then, u will realize that u just needed 2 focus more directly 2b solid again. This shift will also require that u leave behind all that has been a source remorse and regret.

Exodus 15:13 - You in Your mercy have led forth the people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength 2 Your holy habitation.

30DEC - Born To Victory - When u made Jesus the LORD of your life, u were born into Victory.  The Victor came 2w live 'inside' of u.  Think about the One living inside u;  The Victorious Jesus, the Anointed One, the glorified and resurrected LORD, the Ruler of the Universe.  Jesus has over come the world and  every kind of trouble there is.  As His child, u are not defeated trying 2 get victory.  You are the overcomer.  Cheer Up!  Have 'perfect peace and confidence' bcoz that is Jesus living in u!

John 16:33 - "These things I have spoken 2 u, that 'in' Me u may have Peace.  In the world u will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. "

31DEC - Do Not Speak -SHOUT Your Victory - You ought 2b shouting your way 2 work and shouting your way back home.  If there is anything the devil cannot stand, it's Praise!  When satan starts shaking your mountain, do not retreat and run for cover.  Speak 2 that mountain with the Authority u wield in the Name of Jesus Christ.  The devil wants 2 get back that territory u took from him so do not sit down and whine about how things are not working out.  It is time 2 get re-anchored in God's PROMISES.  Keep them constantly b4 your eyes and in your heart.  Pray the prayer of faith and take your stand on His Provision.  When u have done all of that, start shouting your Victory--LOUD!

Psalms 113:3 -  From the rising of the Sun 2 its going down, The LORD's name is 2b Praised!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Who Put the X in Xmas?

Patricia KingA Note from Patricia King: Have you ever wondered where the term "Xmas" came from? Do you believe that someone who wanted to take "Christ" out of Christmas created it? Then read this article by our own Rob Hotchkin. You may be very surprised to find out what that X in Xmas really stands for, and why we at XP Ministries find the historical abbreviations "X" and "XP" to be very interesting and Christ-honoring.
Patricia King
XP Ministries (Extreme Prophetic Ministries)

                                                                       Who Put the X in Xmas?
Rob HotchkinAs the Christmas holiday is fast approaching, an annual event is beginning to take place. And no, I don't mean the exchange of presents, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, or office parties. I mean the rallying cry of many who say, "Let's keep 'Christ' in 'Christmas!'"

This time of year is a wonderful opportunity 2 C the whole world rejoicing over how our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ manifested in the earth so all people could be restored 2 relationship with our Heavenly Father. And just as when the wise men came 2 focus on the newborn Savior and lavish Him w/their attention and gifts, I believe w/all my heart that Jesus Christ should be the focus of the Christmas holiday today. I enjoy all the decorations, all the carols, and yes, even all the gifts. But I C each of them simply as an opportunity 2 celebrate Him who has given the greatest gift of all – our salvation! He is worthy of all worship. Christ is truly the reason 4 the season!

Having said all that, u may be surprised that I occasionally have abbreviated Christmas by writing "Xmas." Recently I wrote a promo email 4 our ministry making mention of "Xmas." Some wrote responses 2 let us know that they did not appreciate the use of the abbreviation "Xmas." In their mind, it took the "Christ" out of "Christmas." I love and appreciate anybody who is willing to stand up for our Jesus, so I was grateful that these folks took the time 2 share their concerns. You may be one who also feels that the abbreviation "Xmas" is a secular attempt 2 take "Christ" out of Christmas. But u know what? The term "Xmas" seems 2 have an origin that is actually all about Christ.

Xmas is All About Christ
The third century Church used the Greek Letters Chi ("X") and Rho ("P") – the first 2 letters in the Greek speaking of the word "Christ," and sometimes "X" by itself 2 represent Christ. In religious art of the Renaissance and Medieval periods it was quite common 2 C these intertwined letters "X" and "P" in
paintings of Christ. It is believed that this is the origin of the use of the letter "X" in "Xmas."  Online encyclopedia articles explain more:
The word "Christ" and its compounds, including "Christmas," have been abbreviated in English 4 at least the past 1,000 years... "Christ" was often written as "XP" or "Xt"... This X and P arose as the uppercase forms of the Greek letters χ and ρ used in ancient abbreviations for Χριστος (Greek 4 "Christ"), and are still widely seen in many Eastern Orthodox icons depicting Jesus Christ. The labarum, an amalgamation of the 2 Greek letters, is a symbol often used 2 represent Christ in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian Churches. 
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the OED Supplement have cited usages of "X" or "XP" 4 "Christ" as early as 1485. The terms "Xpian" and "Xtian" have also been used 4 "Christian." The dictionary further cites usage of "Xtianity" for "Christianity" from 1634. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, most of the evidence for these words comes from "educated Englishmen who knew their Greek."
The historical use of "Xmas" then seems 2 have been 2 represent and even recognize Christ as the focal point of Christmas – since anyone who would have used the term "Xmas" would have known Greek and known the "X" was 4 "Christ," not a secular replacement 4 Him. So the "X" in "Xmas" was not an attempt 2 take Christ out of "Christmas," but simply another way of honoring and recognizing Him. The challenge, however, comes in these modern days when the term "Xmas" is still used even though not everyone is aware of the Greek roots of the usage of "X, "XP," and "Xt" 2 represent "Christ."

I love Christ. And I love having Christmas be all about Him – the Savior, King, and Lord of all! I say let's keep "Christ" in "Christmas" – and in "Xmas" – by keeping Him in our hearts and our minds as we share His love, light, and truth w/all those around us!

Enjoy celebrating Him 2 the fullest this holiday season. A Merry "Christmas," "Xmas," and even "XPmas" 2 u all!

Robert Hotchkin
XP Ministries (Extreme Prophetic Ministries)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to Overcome the Spirits of Infirmity and Trauma

=========     Wow – u all NEED 2 hear this latest word and teaching by Matt Sorger. Just reading it will help set u free. There is so much available in the spirit 2 us and we've got 2 take advantage of the heavenly resources God gives us. Get ready 2b set free. I have included his book 4 those of u who are interested in buying it beyond this reading.

                  How 2 Overcome the Spirits of Infirmity [Disease] and Trauma Angels, the Discerning of Spirits and Overcoming Spiritual Warfare
by Matt Sorger
4-Set Teaching

Matt Sorger
Having the ability 2 discern in the realm of the spirit is crucial 4 true, anointed Spirit-led ministry. When we accurately discern we are able 2 flow in a higher dimension of supernatural power and authority, transforming people's lives all around us.
Overcoming Spirits of Infirmity [Diseases].

                           Overcoming Spirits of Infirmity
Let's look at detecting the influence of the demonic in cases of physical illness. We C very clearly in Scripture that there are times sickness is caused by natural infirmity and at other times it is caused by demonic oppression. Discerning of spirits will reveal when the root of an infirmity is spiritual. Such was the case in Luke 13:10-13:

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for 18 years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her forward and said 2 her, "Woman, u are set free from your infirmity." Then He put His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

We C 2 things operating in this Scripture. First, the woman was bound by a spirit, a demon of infirmity, who afflicted her physical body 4 eighteen years causing her 2b bent over. Jesus was able 2 discern the presence of spiritual affliction thru the power of the Holy Spirit and took authority over it. In this particular case, He didn't even directly confront the demon. He just said, "You are set free from your infirmity." The moment He said that the demon had 2 leave.

Then, the Bible says, after she was released from the spirit of infirmity, Jesus laid His hands on her and healed her deformed body. We can C that she was still in need of physical healing even after the spirit left her bcoz she was still bent over. The effects of the demonic oppression over her back and muscles needed 2b healed. After casting off the spirit of infirmity He ministered healing 2 her body by the laying on of hands.

First Jesus ministered deliverance thou the discerning of spirits and then He ministered divine healing. We C both deliverance and healing operating together here. To have an effective healing ministry u must also operate in a deliverance ministry. Jesus did both, and at times we will need 2 as well.

We also  this principle of deliverance and healing operating together w/the boy who suffered from convulsions. In Luke 9:42 Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child and then restored him 2 his father:

Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him 2 the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back 2 his father.

Jesus did 3 things in His earthly ministry. He preached repentance, healed the sick and cast out demons (Mark 6:12-13). We can also operate in the fullness of His ministry today.

                                                 Dealing with the Spirit of Trauma

I remember a few years ago when I gave an altar call 4 those who needed healing in their bodies. I was praying at the altar in a Spirit-filled Methodist church in Georgia and there was a 93-year-old man that came forward 4 prayer w/his 91-year-old wife. This is an example of where the gift of discernment is crucial in ministering healing 2 an individual. He couldn't stand up too well so he sat in a chair up at the altar. His wife was sitting next 2 him and a person was in front of him praying 4 healing. I looked over and suddenly my spiritual vision opened and I could C what looked like a small black ball on the back of his neck and head. It was a demon.

I walked over 2 him and put my hand on the back of his neck. Instead of screaming, "Come out!" I calmly, but w/authority said, "In the name of Jesus, let him go." As God gave me authority over it, I commanded it 2 loose and instantly this man looked up at me w/wide eyes. He didn't know what was happening. With tears streaming down his face he said, "What's happening 2 me? The pain is all gone!"

I then asked him, "What happened 2 u?" He said, "A year ago I fell over a suitcase in my house and hit my head on the ground. I've had nonstop pain in my head and I haven't been able 2 sleep 4 a whole year."

This situation calls 4 understanding on how the enemy operates thru spirits of trauma, not only in the emotional realm but in the physical realm as well. When there is a traumatic experience the enemy can try 2 take advantage of it. Sometimes when someone experiences a trauma, such as a car accident or injury, a spirit of infirmity can attach itself 2 the point of trauma, extending the period of pain much longer than it should be. This demonic attachment can hinder the natural healing process and prolong sickness in a person's life.

This applies 2 both physical and emotional trauma. I have seen people suffering from the grief over a lost loved one years after the loss occurred. There is a natural grieving process, but eventually healing occurs. When a spirit of grief or trauma attaches 2 the emotional wound the pain is prolonged 4 a much longer period of time. When u discern the spirit of trauma u then have authority 2 cast it away, bringing freedom and healing 2 the person who was afflicted.

How the Spirit of Infirmity Attaches Itself

This is what happened 2 this older gentleman. He got into an accident and a spirit of infirmity took advantage and attached 2 his natural injury. This does not always happen, but in this case it did. He didn't just need a healing prayer. When people were praying 4 his healing, he wasn't being healed. But when I received a spiritual discernment of his affliction, God's power set him free and then healed him. What he needed first was a deliverance prayer thru which the demonic oppression was taken authority over and cast off. The moment it was taken off, he was healed.

Then I looked and saw hearing aids in his ears. I said, "Take out those hearing aids." I laid my hands on his ears and took authority over the deafness. Some deafness is a natural loss of hearing and needs healing while other deafness is caused by a spirit of deafness. In this case it happened 2b a spirit of deafness. I took authority over the spirit and commanded it 2 leave.

His eyes got really wide again as he looked at me and said, "I feel something being pulled out of my ears!" And pop! Both of his ears instantly opened. The spirit of deafness was pulled right out of his ears. At 93-years-old both ears popped open. Some people say, "Oh, you're just getting old. You lose your hearing and sight. It just happens." No. You can be healthy and strong until the day God takes you home 2b w/Jesus.

This 93-year-old man received healing in his head and both of his deaf ears popped open. Then I turned 2 his wife and I noticed she had a hearing aid. I said, "Take that hearing aid out." Her ear popped open and she leaned over 2 her husband and said, "Well honey, I guess we're not going 2 have 2 scream at each other anymore. We can actually hear each other now." They had 2 scream at each other their entire married life. But they were newlyweds married only one year!  It's never too late 4 anyone.
Matt Sorger
Matt Sorger Ministries


About Matt Sorger: Matt Sorger, host of the TV program Power for Life, which airs each week on God TV, carries a strong healing and miracle anointing with many instantly healed in his meetings. Matt's ministry is also used to ignite a fresh passion in the hearts of Believers to go deeper in their relationship with God. He places great emphasis on the practical preaching and teaching of God's Word, bringing a great balance between authentic, supernatural encounter and solid Biblical truth.