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Friday, February 25 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

    Are you on a rat race with the world or on the heavenly race to win the prize of eternal life in Christ? The writer of Hebrews is referring to the Olympic games and the cost of one's ability to win the race or in our case, the course set for Heaven! Salvation is by faith in Christ, but the race is our own journey to reach the end of our course and inherit eternal bliss with Jesus!

    As we enter the starting gate, the narrow road, we must endure suffering and those things which try and ensnare us and stop our forward motion. Life is like a minefield with traps and snares on every side and many are the victims who succumbed to their deadly intent to kill! The devil comes to rob us, kill us and destroy that which is our divine destiny! This is our reason to run the race with endurance and stay the course until the end!

    I advise you to get in shape as we enter these trying times that lead to the end of all things, eternity is much closer than we have believed, and the end of our race is in sight, so run with endurance and keep your eyes on the prize, the Lord Jesus Christ!

    Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

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Thursday, February 24 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    And they overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 12:11

    Without a testimony of your salvation experience, that time you surrendered your life to Jesus, you are lost without Him! I can truthfully say there was no doubt in my mind that I was saved and sealed unto redemption! I hit the streets running to give my testimony and at the same time handing out $65 bibles to everyone I witnessed to.

    As I began to grow, I started to tithe, and God began blessing me financially until I decided to go back into the equipment business. One morning I was praying with a brother in the Lord when all of a sudden Jesus came into the office! I couldn't see Him, but I knew He was there, and He spoke to me in my spirit and said, "Come with Me to the graveyard in Auroa, Texas!" I knew it well because we used to skip school and go there for kicks!

    As we drove in the gate the wind was blowing the old sign that said, "I am the resurrection and the life!" Then we stopped and He told me I was like Lazarus when he came out of the grave, bound with grave clothes which in my case was the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of riches! Then He said, "Choose this day whom you will serve!" I answered and said, "You Lord!" When I got back to the office there was a constable there to serve me papers over mt past debts from my old life of drugs! I ended up going bankrupt for $500,000.00 and was free to serve the Lord!

    Now when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice,"Lazarus, come forth!" And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go!" John 11:43,44

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Wednesday, February 23 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. II Corinthians 5:17

    In 1980 I was hopelessly addicted to drugs and alcohol and my life was a disaster, but when I asked Jesus to save me one night, he transformed me into a new creation! Old things began to fall off and a drastic change was taking place in my life! The first thing to go the very next morning was my vocabulary, my vulgar speech was cleansed with Holy Ghost soap!

    Shortly after my conversion a friend gave me a Bible and I entered the local Baptist church of which I used to curse saying, "Why in the world would you have a church in a gated country club community?" Well, now I know, it was a divine appointment because God knew I needed fellowship after He saved me! I never would have picked it, but God knew it was the perfect place for me to be discipled by a godly pastor and to be in a home fellowship with many new believers where I grew in the Spirit!

    It was amazing, the things God was doing in that typical Southern Baptist church because a revival broke out in New Albany, Indiana with many signs and wonders manifesting, so I flew up to investigate and ended up baptized in the Holy Spirit! Everything changed as I was now anointed and obviously a born-again new creation in Christ, filled with power and His glory! When the Southern Baptists of the church told me I would cool off and be like them, the pastor told them, "Leave him alone!" And so, they did and eventually left the church!

    But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies, through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11

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Tuesday, February 22 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6

    The Creative Power of Faith is Holy Spirit's main function in that He creates what we are believing to come into existence. We are vessels who contain the most powerful entity in the entire universe, more than capable of supernatural results and miraculous acts of power, resulting in that which glorifies God.

    Jesus is our example, being born of a virgin, suffered in the flesh, died on the cross, was buried and resurrected, and then ascended to the throne of God. He then sends His Holy Spirit to indwell the "New Man!" Jesus told His followers to wait on the promise of His Spirit at Pentecost to receive power from on high! A "New Creation" was God's divine design for the New Man, a spiritual being to continue the supernatural life of Christ on earth!

    No longer a place to go, The New Man was the exact replica of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Spirit! A spiritual temple of living stones bound together as One and becoming living sacrifices serving God on earth as it is in Heaven! This is why we as believers are called "The Body of Christ," because we are the supernatural expression of Him in the earth today!

    "I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20

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Monday, February 21 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    Praying always with all prayer and supplications in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints, and for me, (the apostle Paul) that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6:18,19

    Born again 42 years ago, washed in the blood of Jesus, and baptized in His Holy Spirit, I began to speak in tongues, although not having a clue what I was saying, I knew there was power in praying in the Spirit! In the above-mentioned scripture, the apostle Paul was asking for utterance which I believe to be speaking in tongues so that he could discern the mystery of the gospel of which tongues is a part!

    The gift of tongues scares the daylights out of most believers today because the gift has been misused and not applied according to the instruction of the scripture. Nevertheless, it is a valid gift of the Holy Spirit and though misunderstood it must be utilized and not rejected. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 at Pentecost, they were all filled, and all received the gift of tongues! This first miracle of God's grace was used by all, and the very next result of their obedience produced a harvest of three thousand souls, saved right outside their door!

    In I Corinthians chapters13 and 14 Paul explains the operation of the gift of tongues, and its various types because there are various kinds of tongues with different purposes. So, being zealous for spiritual gifts as Paul had spoken, let it be for edification of the church!

    How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. I Corinthians 14:26

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Monday, February 21 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17

    The helmet of salvation guards the mind from the attacks of the enemy trying to get people to doubt, not only their salvation, but who they are in Christ. Many a believer has been put on the bench for believing he has somehow lost his salvation or never had it in the first place!

    Remember, the enemy's weapons against us are fear, doubt and unbelief, used to defeat us and stop our forward motion! We overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb (that washed away our sins) and the word of our testimony (that moment we repented and became born again) without which, we are still in our sin and lost without Christ!

    So, when the devil comes to you, and he will, just as he did with Jesus, take the sword of the Spirit and say to Him, "It is written!" Resist him and he will flee! If you are born again, you have the mind of Christ guarded by the helmet of your salvation and the sword of the Spirit, God's word, in your heart!

    Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. I Peter 5:6-9

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Wednesday, February 16 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    "Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." Ephesians 6:16

    Have you ever been sitting in church listening to a sermon and thoughts begin to enter your mind about other things? They may be just innocent thoughts or maybe thoughts of lust, but their intent is to rob you from hearing the Word! 

    If you are not disciplined in spiritual warfare to discern good from evil and know how to control your thought life, the enemy will load you up with unfruitful, mindless thoughts to distract you and draw you away into the world of vain imaginations! These are fiery darts and must be extinguished or else they will multiply and take over your entire thought life!

    In order to stop the enemy's onslaught, utilize the shield of your faith to defeat him! Fear or faith, the devil wants you to walk in fear so that he can paralyze you, convincing you that whatever you are fearing has already come upon you. 

    For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. II Corinthians 10:4-6

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Tuesday, February 15 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:14,15

    The Word is clear, stand, as in stand firm without fear or trepidation in the face of your enemies! Most of what the devil has in his arsenal is fear, doubt and unbelief with nothing that can harm us, although he makes it so real, we believe we are in harms' way!

    Our instruction is to gird our waist with truth, in other words, like girding your waist with a sword, so it is with the Word which in the Spirit is our weapon against the powers of darkness! Next, as I have been teaching in our devotions is the breastplate of righteousness that guards our heart and also confirms to us who we are in Christ! Remember when the devil tried to get Jesus to question who He was in the wilderness, when he said to Him, "If You are the Son of God?"

    Having our feet shod prepares us to go into all the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and preach to the lost, heal the sick, and cast out demons! When you ride into battle you have to make sure your horse is properly shod or else, he could come up lame, so it is with us, we must prepare ourselves in prayer and the Word before we engage the enemy!

    "Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19

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Monday, February 14 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

    It seems that the darkness is falling faster and faster as we approach the end of all things and that the rulers of the darkness are exposing themselves! Who would have believed a few short years ago that our rulers, the leaders of our government led by demons would demand that the police be defunded, violent offenders would be let out of prison without bail, and lawlessness would be rewarded, not punished?

    Jesus warned that in the last days lawlessness would abound and in recent years we have seen it escalate where thieves can walk into stores and take whatever they want without restraint, push people to be killed by oncoming trains in the subway, shoot innocent children, knife people for no reason and burn down buildings! Now the liberal politicians are going to spend 130 million of your tax dollars to provide addicts with crack pipes and allow open-air shooting galleries for heroin! And it's all legal!

    The rulers of the darkness of this age are doing what scripture says they will do, to rob, kill and destroy! The only hope for this world is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, preached by blood-washed warriors, anointed to serve and lay down their lives to make disciples and conquer the powers of darkness!

    Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, (today) and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13

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Thursday, February 10 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10,11

    Being a royal priesthood of blood-washed warriors for Christ we must utilize that which God has given us through faith. Contrary to popular belief the armor of God is not something you get up every morning and put on, it is attached by faith and never comes off, growing as it is used, just like exercising your muscles!

    The armor of God only protects the front, not the back, so stand firm and fight the good fight because the assault of the enemy comes against the mind and the heart, unlike conventional war, spiritual warfare attacks with flaming missiles of fear, doubt, and unbelief! Unseen forces of lust, pride, and greed have taken out many a warrior of God!

    Lions attack the weak, the sick and the young, hardly ever leaping on the headwater buffalo, they stay hidden in the weeds waiting for the stragglers and so it is with us. Remember King David, mighty warrior and a man after God's own heart laid down his weapons and allowed a beautiful woman to seduce him after deciding not to go to war! Beware, it can happen to you!

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. I Peter 5:8,9

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Wednesday, February 09 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    Then he showed me Joshua the High Priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. Zechariah 3:1

    Joshua is a type of believer yet to come in the future, a high priest, but like us all, clothed with filthy garments that represent our attempt to be righteous. We like Joshua are also clothed with filthy rags until we are washed in the blood of Christ and then we are made righteous through the atonement!

    Satan was accusing Joshua before the Lord when the Lord rebuked him and then He said, "Take away the filthy garments from him." And to him He said, "See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes." Joshua was made clean and clothed with the robes of royalty as we are also clothed with robes of righteousness.

    Then the Lord said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." I believe this represents the helmet of salvation which also protects the mind from the attacks of the enemy and allows us to have the mind of Christ! As Joshua was now a royal priest of the Most High, we are also a royal priesthood of blood washed believers able to go into the very throne room of God!

    Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command, then you shall also judge my house, and likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk among those who stand here.' Zechariah 3:7

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Tuesday, February 08 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. I Peter 2:9

    I am one who was in deep darkness when He called me out one night through His grace and mercy! In the pits of despair, hopelessly addicted to drugs and alcohol my life was a mess that only the Lord Jesus could repair!

    A heathen from birth, a godless, prideful human being, I grew up without God with only a short time in Sunday school with the motivation to go by the threats of my mother and a beautiful young girl whom I later met many years later! My neighbors took me to church one time when I was only about seven and I came back and asked my mother, "What's all this God business?" 

    Today and every day I can proclaim the praises of Him who called me out of darkness and that is why I am so adamant about telling people who they are in Christ! We have been lied to, polluted by tradition and doctrine for so long that we have forgotten who we are and to whom we belong! We are no longer sub-human sinners, saved by grace, we are chosen by God to be a royal priesthood of divine warriors, called to conquer and to walk in the Spirit proclaiming the praises of God!

    At one time we were not a people, but now we are the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. I Peter 2:10

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Monday, February 07 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    As newborn babes desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious. I Peter 2:2-4

    It seems that the spiritual nurseries are full of baby Christians, but sadly many never grow up and mature. I believe the reason for this is the way our modern-day churches are structured with the intent of keeping their members comfortable, fed with baby food and complacent in their padded pews forever, till death do us part!

    The Ecclesia of God is to be more like a military force to be trained, equipped and sent into the fields to reap a harvest of souls! Everyone who is born again has a specific gifting and ministry to be involved in as the Body of Christ! Every part has a function just as the organs of our body also have a function, and if just one fails the whole body suffers!

    I was fortunate to be discipled by a godly pastor and fed the meat of the word by an old carpet cleaner named Milt Green who had seminars that lasted four days, twelve hours a day and allowed me the opportunity to learn and grow in the word of God! The body of Christ must rise up and be equipped for service and as "Living Stones" they are to be fit into their place in the spiritual temple of God!

    You also as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. I Peter 2:5

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Friday, February 04 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance incorruptible (imperishable) and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faithfor salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. I Peter 1:3-5

    We have been left an unbelievable inheritance from the Lord Jesus Christ through His death, burial and resurrection! We are now "Covenant People"who have been washed and empowered to rule and reign by the Savior's blood! Members of the "Divine Bloodline" who have received all of the benefits of the cross of Christ!

    Most do not understand who they really are in the Spirit, nor have they appropriated all that they have inherited! Imagine millions of blood washed, Spirit filled believers standing together as One in the Spirit with all power and authority, not just trudging off to church on Sundy living mediocre lives, but mighty warriors of valor trampling the powers of darkness and healing the sick, performing miracles and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

    Not possible you say, and yet a small band of believers, 120, who followed Jesus in one accord, filled with power from on high, transformed their world and thousands were saved! What if we dared to do the same and step out into our true calling as the "Body of Christ" today in the earth? The glory of God would fill the earth, the harvest would be reaped, and Jesus would return!

    In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:6,7

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Thursday, February 03 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:1,2

    You have heard the remark that some people are so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good, but I say we are too earthly-minded, making us no spiritually good! As supernatural people, we have the very mind of Christ and should think as Christ does on heavenly things!

    We are living in extremely dangerous times with pestilence stalking the world, killing millions, earthquakes and natural disasters abounding, and lawlessness breaking out in the streets, we must have the mind of Christ! Warriors cannot fight when they are distracted by the lusts and pleasures of the world with worries and fears clouding their judgment! We must war in the Spirit against an unseen enemy who is robbing, killing, and destroying the earth!

    The scripture teaches us that we are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ! I remember in school when I should have been paying attention, I was daydreaming, filling my mind with the things of the flesh or just letting my mind wander! Our enemies are experienced warriors deceiving people for thousands of years and although we have all power and authority over them, they have still managed to seduce and defeat millions of Spirit-filled believers!

    For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing (spiritual entity) that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:4,5

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Wednesday, February 02 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

    Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, (saints or statues, idols or popes) intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind. Colossians 2:18

    Before I really learned the Word and studied, I was free in the Spirit and saw multiple miracles of grace and mercy, but as I grew and saw the many facets of religious doctrine and the arguments of different denominations and churches, I began to become legalistic!

    Around 1985 we leased a twenty-acre farm and began a ministry to unwed mothers and eventually drug addicts, prostitutes and women stipulated to us from parole and probation. One Christmas a lady asked me if we celebrated the holiday and before I could answer she said to me, "Working the streets as a hooker she would get arrested so that she could get out of the cold and she said they gave out fruit for the holidays."

    Being super-spiritual, (LOL) we had quit celebrating pagan holidays until I heard this lady's story and from that time on, we had some blessed Christmas festivities! The many ladies that came into our program literally set me free from dead religion, through prison ministry, street ministry, nursing homes and through the parole and probation departments across Texas it was liberating!

    Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations. Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using according to the commandments and doctrines of men. Colossians 2:20-22

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Tuesday, February 01 2022

THE CREATIVE POWER OF FAITH

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

    The apostle Paul was exhorting the Colossian brethren to beware of the tradition of men! Most are taught that tradition is good, but that depends upon whether it is good scripturally sound tradition, or a poisonous mix of man-centered doctrine or the teachings of demons!

    In the main-stream denominational churches, many are steeped in the traditions, doctrines and philosophies that have been passed down through the ages. Some are good but others are dangerous and even hinder people from being saved! For instance, the doctrine of salvation has been taught many ways and has deceived many over the years. Once saved always saved, vs saved, but with the possibility of losing it, predestination is another, where only certain ones are saved and so and so on!

    Religion is a killer, and there are many who try and draw you away from true faith in Christ. Take for instance, the thief on the cross, this poor lad wouldn't have made Heaven in our modern day, doctrine filled churches.All he said to Jesus was, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom!" He didn't pray a prayer, wasn't baptized, didn't take communion or mass and didn't join the church so how in the world did he get saved? He believed!

    Beware, lest anyone cheat (plunder you or take you captive) you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8

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