For we walk by faith, not by sight. — 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7
Smith Wigglesworth said something that blessed me when I first read it way back in the late thirties, because it was so in line with my own experience. He said: “I am not moved by what I feel. I am not moved by what I see. I am moved only by what I believe.” Then he went on to say: “I can’t understand God by feelings. I can’t understand the Lord Jesus Christ by feelings. I understand God by what the Word says about Him. I understand the Lord Jesus Christ by what the Word says about Him. He is everything the Word says He is.”
You will not be able to understand yourself by feelings. Instead, understand yourself as a born again, Spirit-filled Christian, by what the Word of God says about you. And when you read what the Word says about you, whether you feel like it or not, say, “Yes, that’s me. I have that. The Word says I have that. I can do what the Word says I can do. I am what the Word says I am.” As you do this, you will begin to develop spiritually. - Kenneth E Hagin
Confession: I walk by faith and not by sight. I am not moved by what I feel. I am not moved by what I see. I am moved only by what I believe, and I believe God's Word.
Word Nuggets! If you're a Chick Fil A fan, this word, nugget, sounds mighty good, doesn't it? A beautiful brown nugget dipped in yummy Chick Fil A sauce, for some, is a very satisfying experience. Well, we at Beyond love Word Nuggets! Beyond an experience that is temporary, Word Nuggets are eternal and have the capacity to completely change us from the inside out while effecting the circumstances around us. From death to life! Below are some Word Nuggets from yesterday's message. Talk about meaty! Talk about nourishing!
Our heart grows the seeds that we plant and tend. God gives us so much instruction in His Word regarding the planting of His Seed, the Incorruptible Seed of His Word. We plant by saying. We tend to that Seed by saying. He also instructs us to guard our hearts for out of our hearts flow everything to do with our lives. If seeds of worry, unbelief, unforgiveness, strife, lack or sickness have been planted in our hearts by what we've allowed in through our ears and eyes and then by confessing with our mouths, then know this, those weed seeds CAN be plucked up, so that all that remains is the beautiful fruit of God's Word! Weed seeds can be plucked up by the washing of the water of the Word! We must open our mouths and SAY what God says!
Let's continue to stir ourselves up today regarding God's good will towards us, and get our hopes up as we trust in Him and in His character! Meditate on these Scriptures, confess them with your mouth and let faith in our Good God arise in your heart today, and don't let go! "Hold fast to your confession of faith because He Who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23)! No matter what pressure comes, what contradictory symptoms or reports may be, you can take a strong stand of faith and say as the apostle of faith, Smith Wigglesworth, "I'm not moved by what I see, I'm not moved by what I feel. I'm only moved by what I believe, and I believe (the Word of) God!"
. . . but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Psalms 34:10
The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalms 34:17
With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation. Psalms 91:16
Confession: Thank You, Lord, that because You are my Shepherd, I shall not want or lack. I lack for no good thing for You and You alone are my God! Goodness and mercy chase me down! Troubles may come, but You, My Lord, deliver me out of each and every one! With long life You satisfy me and show me Your salvation! The greatness of your salvation is seen and demonstrated in my life - spirit, soul and body, relationally and financially!
How imperative it is that we allow God Himself to tell us who He is and the thoughts that He has towards us! The Bible is nothing but GOOD NEWS! It is about His love for all of mankind and the lengths He went to to buy us back. Load up on HIS thoughts towards you every single day, then when the devil comes whispering lies and accusations of death, lack, trouble and unbelief, you can boldly say as Jesus did, "It is written", and watch God Himself perform His Word in your life!
Romans 2:4 - . . . it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance.
Ephesians 2:4 - But God—so rich (muchness!) is He in His mercy! (He's saying, "I got this!") Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, 5 Even when we were dead by our own trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
Psalms 145:16 - You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing with favor.
These are some thoughts He has towards you. Expect His goodness, expect His mercy - His covenant loyalty today!
You can never give too much attention and thought to what the Bible teaches about God’s goodness and His good will toward you!
To announce His Son’s birth into a dark, sin filled and hopeless world, God, through His angel, declared, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
God’s plan for you when He sent Jesus was to give you a prosperous journey on earth! Take God at His Word! Believe and declare His good promises over you and your family today and bring joy and pleasure to the One Who loves you so! His delight is to give you a prosperous journey!
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yes, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Psalms 35:27
This message, "Too Good to not Believe", (link below) Pastor Nate taught on Sunday should be on repeat throughout the rest of the year! God told our Pastor, “Highlight My goodwill to My people!” God wants His people to experience His goodness in extraordinary ways! Our position of belief or unbelief in His Word will determine what we experience.
Quote from the message, “God told the Israelites to scout out His promise, not the problem when they went into the promised land.” Think about this during your week. What are you determining to believe? God's promise or the problem?
Confession: I am a believer. I believe God. I will experience His extraordinary goodness this week as I take Him at His Word!
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. Isaiah 53:4-5
When Jesus went to the cross to pay the penalty of sin for you and I, He didn't just go to the cross in His spirit man. He went to the cross spirit, soul and body. His sinless, life giving Blood flowed not only to wash away our sin, but to remove the effects of sin (death in every form) in every area of our lives!
Confession: Jesus is my Lord. He washed away my sin. I am clean. I am righteous in Him. He bore a crown of thorns and His Blood flowed for my soundness of mind and peace and well being, and with the stripes that wounded Him, my body is healed and made whole.
The Scripture clearly tells us how to walk in God's blessing, and it is directly tied to our yes and to our obedience. It's not the Word we know, it is the Word we act upon that brings about Heaven's flow into our lives.
Confession: I am a doer of the Word of God. I don't just give the Word a nod and say I agree. I hear it and I act upon it!
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (ESV)
But those who set their gaze deeply into the perfecting law of liberty are fascinated by and respond to the truth they hear and are strengthened by it—they experience God’s blessing in all that they do! (TPT)
Listen to this message Pastor Nate recently taught entitled, "When Will I Say Yes"; there is so much life in this message!
How many times has your life been wrecked because you were offended? It’s no secret that the spirit of offense and division is the spirit of the world and this present age. People everywhere are offended about SOMETHING. In yesterday's message, Pastor Nate talked about allowing and yielding to a critical spirit, about setting ourselves above others and grading them. I believe offense and a critical spirit go hand in hand, and one thing is for sure, when we yield to these devilish spirits, we have, as Pastor Nate said, just capped Heaven's flow. Children of God carry Heaven's flow. If I've allowed myself to become critical of or offended with a carrier of Heaven, I've just stopped Heaven's flow.
One thing I know about offense - it messes you up in every area of your life. It is all consuming. You view everything through the lens of this offense, therefore your reality is not reality at all. Suddenly, you have to fight for your rights and nurse your wounds. You feel constant pressure to defend yourself and let everyone know why you are offended, and the worst thing of all, you pull others in with you into this horrible dark place of deception. Offended people look for offended people. The spirit of division knows where it is allowed to operate. No matter how JUSTIFIED an offense may seem, the outcome of yielding to the offense is the same - bondage, and ultimately destruction. Destruction of relationships, families, and even our God given assignments.
Kenneth Copeland said, “The spirit of division takes a DIFFERENCE and MAGNIFIES it in HATE in order to separate people. And a house divided against itself cannot stand. When we take the Light of God's Word and expose who is responsible for offenses - the spirit of division - and quit blaming people for it, then we've got him! He can't stand the Light!
If we’ll address the spirit behind it, instead of the people themselves, we will find that the “feelings” of offense will not even take root, the Love of God that's been shed abroad in our hearts will dominate, our relationships will be blessed and we will continue running our race without even a bump in the road.
Ephesians 6:11: “Put on all of God’s Armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, and against evil spirits in heavenly places.”
James 4:7: “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
CONFESSION: I walk in love and forgive as I have been freely forgiven by God. I believe the best of others and with vigilance I guard the unity of the body. I deal graciously with people and viscously with evil spirits. I will not grade others as God has not dealt with me according to my sins or shortcomings, but according to His rich mercy and kindness. I am a conduit of heaven's flow.
Life flows to us when we are connected to the Source of Life. Just as a hose must be properly lined up to the water spout for the full force of the water to go through the hose, so our hearts, our wills and our motives must be properly lined up to receive the full force of God's divine life. Thank God for His great mercy as He continues to show us the adjustments we need to make, as His desire for us is a gulley washer of divine life! John 10:10 - The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
The life we are needing in our minds, in our bodies, in finances, in relationships flows from our inner man, our spirit, for that is where God Himself dwells, and where divine deposits are made. His flow of life flows to and through our spirit man! Many times we're not finding the life we want and need in the above areas because we've neglected our spiritual food and sustenance. We've neglected the Word of God. Our spirits need to be fed. Our spirits need to fellowship with the Father. We must be fully connected! And in that place of fellowship with the Father through prayer and His Word, the very Life of God flows up and out of our spirits into every arena of our lives and into the lives of others! Check the connection!
Psalms 42:1 - As the deer pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God.
Confession: I'm hungry for you, Lord! As the deer longs for water, so I long for you. Thank You for Your Word that is spirit and life and connects me to Your very Being! Thank you, Lord, for life, life and more life - to the full till it overflows, a beautiful harvest in my life and into the lives of others!
Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them, and the one who pours out his life to pour out blessings will be saturated with favor. Proverbs 11:25
Never let your struggle become your identity. There's no such thing as unchallenged faith, and the devil will always challenge your identity. It's your confession that precedes your salvation. - Mark Hankins
Confess God's Word (the only TRUTH that exists) over yourself today! The devil is a liar. Let God tell you who you are and agree with Him! Get your mind meditating on what God says about you. Get your mouth moving. Make your mouth do it's due diligence and say what God says about you today!
WHO AM I?
I AM accepted and I belong to Jesus! (EPHESIANS 1:6)
I AM valuable because I was bought with a price, and I glorify God in my body and spirit, which are His! (1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20)
I AM chosen by God! (EPHESIANS 1:4)
I AM holy and blameless before Him! (EPHESIANS 1:4)
I AM God's handiwork! (EPHESIANS 2:10)
I AM precious in His sight! (ISAIAH 43:4) I AM His and He is mine! (SONG OF SOLOMON 2:16)
I AM God's special treasure! (EXODUS 19:5)
I AM fearfully and wonderfully made! (PSALMS 139:14)
I AM more than a conqueror through Him who loves me! (ROMANS 8:37)
I AM a disciple taught of the Lord and great is my peace and undisturbed composure! (ISAIAH 54:13)
I AM protected, no weapon formed against me will prosper! (ISAIAH 54:17)
I AM surrounded with a shield because I trust in Him! (PSALMS 18:30)
I AM an heir of salvation, and He gives His angels charge over me! (HEBREWS 2:1, PSALMS 91:11)
I AM the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! (2 CORINTHIANS 5:21)
I AM healed by the stripes of Jesus! (1 PETER 2:24)
I AM full of joy, and the joy of the Lord is my strength! (NEHEMIAH 8:10)
I AM strong in the Lord and the power of His might! (EPHESIANS 6:10)
I AM full of the Spirit, and greater iş He in me than He that is in the world! (1 JOHN 4:4)
I AM full of faith and I have the victory! (1 JOHN 5:4)
I AM filled with the full knowledge of His will. I walk, live and conduct myself in a way that is fully pleasing to Him and I desire to please Him in all things.(COLOSSIANS 1:9-11)
I AM an overcomer! I overcome the world, the flesh and the devil! (JOHN 16:33; 1 JOHN 2:13)
I AM led by His Spirit! (ROMANS 8:14)
I AM called by God, created for His pleasure, His purpose, and His glory! (REVELATION 4:11; ISAIAH 43:7)
I AM royalty, anointed to serve my generation, and appointed for such a time as this! (1 PETER 2:9; ESTHER 4:14)
I AM in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things, with the right people!
You’re in a courtroom and the judge asks you, “What is your plea?” What do you say? What can you say? In this particular case, this case called humanity, the law says, “you’re guilty”. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
But God! . . . in order to satisfy the greatness of His love for mankind made a way, a way that is beyond human comprehension so the guilty can walk free rather than pay the debt for his/her sin. What is that way? It is the precious Blood of Jesus, for it is the ONLY agent of our salvation! It truly is our only plea for salvation, healing, provision, restoration, deliverance, protection, and prosperity! What do you plea? Your defense attorney (Jesus) instructs you on what to say. I plead “The Blood!”
The gavel comes down and the judge declares, “Not guilty!” You see, it's not about our works or our own merit. NOTHING from God is. We want to guard against both ends of the spectrum - one of not feeling worthy to receive, and two of feeling like provision or healing should be ours because of the life we lead and how "good" we're doing. May our outlook and expectation always be, "Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy Blood was shed for me!" What is our plea when we come to the end of ourselves and realize that we need a Savior? The Blood of Jesus!
The Old Testament Jews would dip a hyssop branch in the blood of the sin sacrifice and then apply it to the doorposts of their home. By doing so, death and destruction would pass over the house because it could not cross the blood line. When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, the book of Psalms tells us that there was not one feeble among them and they came out with the silver and gold of Egypt. This tells us there is healing in the blood! This tells us there is provision and prosperity in the blood! Can you imagine? There were millions of people that came out of Egypt and from the youngest to the oldest, not ONE was sick. Not one. The blood applied by faith in the Old Testament was only a type and shadow of what was to come. It pointed to the Blood that would be shed at Calvary by our Lord Jesus Christ! We must believe and live our lives as though the cross really did make a difference! Salvation was not an afterthought in the mind of God.
The Bible says that Jesus was “the lamb slain from the foundation of the world”. That means provision for everything we have need of was made ready and given before there was ever a need. Did you get that? Provision was made before that need in your life ever manifested! One of my favorite quotes from Billye Brim is, “God never plays catch up with the devil”. Amen!
Whatever your need is today, provision for it was made available before the foundation of the world with Precious Blood! Your freedom from bondage to sin and death was purchased with Precious Blood! 1 Peter 1:18: For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake. Honor His Blood!
Make much of His Blood and His Blood will make much of you! By faith, draw that Blood line around your family with the words of your mouth and be assured that Jesus and His Blood truly is enough to save, keep and bless you all the days of your life and throughout all of eternity! You ARE free! When Satan comes knocking, open your mouth and show Him the Blood over you and your family! He has no answer for it! It is his complete defeat and your complete victory!
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony . .
The peace of the world is evident only when everything is going right. But that peace evaporates when things go wrong. Jesus said that His peace isn't like the world's peace. It doesn't come and go based upon changing circumstance, people who fall and fail us, or governments that rise or fall. It is constant in the face of everything else that changes because it is based on the One Who never changes and Who is forever faithful. That is our God. He is our Rock, our Fortress, our High Tower, our Safe Place and our Victory. Because we trust in Him, we can experience supernatural peace in a volatile world.
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]"
Jeremiah 1:12 tells us that God is watching over His Word to perform it. One version says that He hastens to His Word. God in Heaven is looking for His Word in the earth. Why? He clearly tells us here, so that He can do it, so that He can perform that Word in our lives, and Heaven locates the Word in the earth by what is coming from our hearts and out of our mouths.
F.F. Bosworth in his book, "Christ the Healer" states, "How the father nature of God must long for man to return to the security and simple faith of pure fellowship with Him, taking His Word as fact that can be fully trusted. Basically, the Church has only one message: In all things our Heavenly Father can be trusted to honor His Word." Don't grow weary in attending to His Word! Keep putting it in your heart and keep it coming out of your mouth. Heaven will show up!
Confession of His Word
The life of God abounds in my life and household because Jesus came that we may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10
God doesn't want me full of care and anxiety and looking to myself as my own provider, but rather looking to Him and trusting Him in ALL things, therefore, I take no care for my life, but rather trust Him as my good good Father to care for me. 1 Peter 5:7 I cast the whole of my care [all my anxieties, all my worries, all my concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for me affectionately and cares about me watchfully.
What a great day to agree with God and declare over yourself and over your family that there is no lack, no want in your house because THE LORD is your Shepherd! Every blessing, every supply, every provision is already laid up for you in Christ Jesus! Open your mouth wide today and declare, "We lack no good or beneficial thing because the LORD is our Shepherd!"
The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing. Psalms 34:10
. . . . but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack (want). Psalms 23:1
The local church is where we . . . . . wait for it . . . . . GROW UP. It is the place God uses to train and equip us for our purpose in life. It’s where we learn to walk with God. It’s where we learn to not be ruled by our flesh and the circumstances of life, rather live being led and guided by the Greater One in us. It’s where we learn that it’s not all about us and how to partner with God and His plans and His purposes in the earth. It is where we learn who we are in Christ and what we have in Christ. It’s where we learn that it isn’t the end when we fall, rather we receive strength to get back up and finish the race! It’s the place where we draw strength and encouragement for ourselves and . . . . . . give out to others. IF we are ever going to grow up and be fruitful for the Kingdom of God, being planted in the church He has called us to is imperative. It truly is our flourishing place.
The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. 13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.14 [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. 15 [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.