Monday, November 23 2020
SEVEN KEYS TO ABUNDANT LIFE
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Psalm 36:7-9
The above mentioned scripture is a prelude to the "Seven Keys to Abundant Life" that we will observe in Psalm 37. There are many keys, precepts and commands in God's word that open to us the revelation of an abundant life in Christ!
Christianity is meant to totally transform the believer into a New Creation being, no longer bound to the ways of the world being subjected to the absolute glory of Heaven's splendor! In order to seek out this glory it is like mining for gold, meant to sharpen our spirits to find all the hidden treasure of the Most High!
David wrote Psalm 37 as he did many of the psalms because he was a man after God's own heart, always seeking the presence and blessings of of the Most High and he was very sensitive to the Holy Spirit's voice. Be blessed as God's Spirit awakens your heart to the revelation of His word.
Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart. Psalm 36:10
DO NOT FRET
Do not fret because of evil doers. nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down as the grass and wither as the green herb. Psalm 37:1,2
To fret is to be irritated and worrisome over those things that pester us and anger us because of evildoers. It seems the whole world has gone absolutely stark raving mad with all the nonsense going on in the news about the election, the virus and the state of the union!
The good news is the fact that all these evildoers will soon be cut down and wither away, including this cursed plague! Worrying and fretting cannot add one good thing to your life, but will make you miserable and anxious. Fretting produces fear and fear will cripple you and cause you to walk in dread without the peace of God that He intended us to live in.
The remedy for fretting is to set your mind on things above and not on the earth, fretting cant change anything, but filling your mind and heart with God's word will! You must practice the presence of God, living in the peace and tranquility of His presence and setting all your concerns on Him!
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:31-34
TRUST IN THE LORD
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct (make smooth or straight) your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
In order to trust someone you cant see it is imperative to build a strong relationship with God by study, meditation, communication and prayer. Spending time with someone builds trust and answered prayer gives us the assurance that we have a solid relationship with the Lord.
When I first Got saved my new pastor taught me how to have a quiet time with God by setting aside a time every day to commune with Him. Over time I began to have a dialog with God and by journaling I could look back and see where He had answered prayer and so I began to have a track record with the Most High that has lasted these past forty years!
By faith put your trust in Him because He is faithful to open the windows of Heaven and become your best friend and spiritual Father. Spend quality time seeking His face and meditating on His word, praying in the Spirit and resting in His presence!
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
Monday, November 16 2020
HOW TO TRUST GOD
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
The Word says to trust Him with all your heart, not your mind, that comes next. Trusting God is like falling in love with someone as your heart begins to allow them to enter a relationship with you. Infatuation leads to love and love leads to a solid relationship of trust. We trust those we love!
In order for one to trust God with the mind involves a renewing and restoration of ones mind. Your understanding of things must be changed from a fleshly, worldly view to a spiritual one. You must clean out the old and allow that which is new to fill your mind with the things of the Spirit. The Word instructs us to set our minds on things above and not on the earth!
The third thing is to acknowledge Him in everything we do, not ourselves or someone else but Him and Him alone, that in itself is one of the hardest things to do because of our own rebellious and selfish nature. He must become preeminent in our lives so that our trust is in no-one else!
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1,2
FEAR THE LORD
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:7,8
The Word says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the wisdom of God is far greater than anything the world offers! In order to develop your trust in God you must be free from fear, doubt and unbelief.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind. Once we are free from fear we can trust our God to completely take over our lives and provide for us His healing benefits and His supernatural strength. Separation from the world is necessary in order to be free from its grip that produces a self-reliant spirit that hinders our ability to trust God!
You cannot trust God and walk in the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of this world. God said to depart from evil and loving the world is evil! When we set our affections on this world we commit spiritual adultery that causes us to become enemies of God!
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (ill will and mutual hatred) with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9,10
It has been said that the last thing to get saved is a man's billfold, because if God has a man's money He has his heart! The truth is that any wealth we may obtain is really not ours, it is His who allowed us to have it in the first place.
Our wealth is to be a constant flow of blessing from us to whomever God leads us to give to, unlike the tithe, the 10% spoken of in the Old Testament, New Testament giving is Spirit led giving! The body of Christ possesses more wealth than they could ever imagine stored in the vaults of Heaven awaiting our prayer for God to provide!
The Word instructs us to give and because of our obedience it will be given back, pressed down, shaken together and running over! For by our standard of measure it will be measured back to us! So, put your trust in the trust account of Heaven and be led in your giving so that your vats will overflow and your barns may be filled with plenty!
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. II Peter 1:2-4
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
Monday, November 16 2020
MAKE AMERICA TRUST GOD AGAIN!
But to the wicked God says: What right have you to declare my statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth, seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and you have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak evil against your brother; you slander your own mother's son. These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes. Psalm 50:16-21
America, once a great land founded on biblical principals acknowledged God and for most of the population they trusted in Him. Even the ones who didn't know God respected His mighty name and His precepts. God's hand was on this country and there was peace because our military was powerful and America was respected around the world as the greatest nation on the earth because they trusted God!
But as time passed and the preachers began to pervert the Gospel of Jesus Christ and went a whoring after fame and fortune, America began to drift away from the Most High! Slowly they took His name and His commandments out of their schools along with prayer, then out of government, and before long God wasn't welcome in America! As this great land began to reject God, the devil began to move in and doors were opened allowing a filthy perverted horde of demons to flood the entire land with their poisonous venom.
Then Satan began to pervert the order of the family that God ordained by elevating the woman above the man which in turn allowed rebellion to dominate the children. Then something evil crawled out of the pit of Hell and women began to abort their children, at first hundreds, but then thousands and now more than sixty million precious babies slaughtered in the name of choice and even cut up and their little body parts sold for profit! This act of pure murder opened the door further, allowing homosexuals, bi-sexuals, transgenders and now, pedophiles to be normalized and gay marriage legalized. An abomination before the eyes of a Holy God!
"Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright, I will show him the salvation of God." Psalm 50:22,23
A SINFUL NATION
Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward. Isaiah 1:4
America the beautiful has become a common road whore, selling herself as a lady but corrupt to the core! The average middle-class suburban citizen, many of whom are confessing that they are evangelical Christians are asleep, not in the light but in darkness, and too busy to be about the business and warfare of the Kingdom of God!
The government is corrupt, the prisons are full, pornography and sexual sins abound, perversion is normal and the pre-meditated slaughter of our unborn citizens is legal. The churches, many of whom are deemed MEGA are filled with professional preachers trained to fleece the sheep and promote a successful life of wealth and abundant prosperity and they have perverted the word of God and become "false profits" in the house of God.
The most powerful entity in the world is the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ, our only hope for deliverance from the righteous judgment of a Holy God that we have deeply offended by our behavior! The only remedy for America's heinous sins and transgressions is the preaching of the true word of God that brings about repentance that leads to revival and restoration!
How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; Righteousness lodged in it, But now murderers. Your silver has become dross, Your wine mixed with water. Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them. Isaiah 1:21-23
IF MY PEOPLE
When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:13,14
His people have worn this prayer out but have not turned from their wickedness! They have confused confession with repentance, you can confess till you are blue in the face but until you repent He will not forgive you!
The judgment of God is on the land with wildfires, superstorms, riots, looting, burning, murder, sickness, disease and infirmities abounding, not to mention the pandemic! Drug and alcohol addition have destroyed millions of lives, pornography and perversion have polluted the minds of our children, sex trafficking has spread across the land and abortion has slaughtered millions of unborn citizens! If that is not bad enough America is about to elect a senile old man who doesn't even know what he is running for to lead the highest office in the land!
There is absolutely no hope for America this side of a Holy Spirit outpouring and a powerful revival of repentance and Godly sorrow! John the baptist was preaching a baptism of repentance and people were coming to be baptized when he said to them, "Brood of vipers who warned you to to flee from the wrath of God?" The people cried out, "What shall we do?" John answered and said, "Bring forth fruits worthy of repentance!"
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 1:16-20
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
Monday, November 02 2020
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS PART VI
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18
This sixth and seventh part is about "Practical Application," how to apply this revelation knowledge to the actual spiritual warfare you are engaging in. We as believers are always learning, but as the scripture warns, many never come to the knowledge of the truth!
First of all it is imperative that you be free from sin and disobedience before you engage the enemy who will use condemnation to defeat you. Next, obedience is of the utmost importance in order to see that which you are pulling down loosed and destroyed. You must be led by Holy Spirit's voice and not your flesh or your own understanding. You may be led to confess whatever sin led to a stronghold being erected so that God can pull it down.
When the children of Israel crossed the Jordan to defeat Jericho, God was very specific of how they were to do it! He told them to march around the city seven times and on the seventh time the priests were to blow the trumpet and all of Israel was to shout! What if they had grown tired and only went five times around the city? There would have been no defeat and God would receive no glory because of man's disobedience.
But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city! Joshua 6:15,16
BINDING AND LOOSING
"And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven." Matthew 16:19
After Peter had received a revelation from God of who Jesus was, "The Anointed One," Jesus gave he and the church the keys to defeat the powers of darkness and pull down demonic strongholds. The divine power to bind and loose is one of the most powerful weapons in our heavenly arsenal.
A strong-hold is exactly what it implies, it is something that has a strong-hold on a person, place or thing! A fortress built usually because of sin and rebellion and is guarded by the devil. If it is a strong-hold in a person's life, many times that person will protect it from being exposed because he doesn't want to repent because his sin is pleasurable. Take for instance pornography, lust, drug addiction, alcoholism and adultery which if not repented of will lead to possession and sometimes even death!
There is a great example of two men who had a strong-hold that led to their demise, one was the strongest man to ever live, Samson and one of the greatest military commanders in the history of the world, David. These two men were greatly anointed by God to defeat His enemies but because they didn't heed His commandments they were both destroyed, one was killed and the other's brilliant career was ruined! We would do well to look closely at the lives of these two great men and observe their disobedience lest we also destroy our own life.
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. II Timothy 2:22-26
STRONGMAN WITH A STRONGHOLD
For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” Judges 13:5
Samson was a Nazirite, an Israelite consecrated to the service of God, under vows to abstain from alcohol, and could not let their hair grow, and were to avoid defilement by contact with corpses. Samson was one of the strongest men that ever lived, having received his great strength and anointing from God to judge and destroy His enemies!
One of the reasons Samson failed, like many young Christians do, myself included, is the fact that his character hadn't caught up to his anointing. Samson didn't seem to realize what it meant to be a Nazirite, set apart for the service of God because he defiled his parents by giving them honey from the corpse of a lion, something he wasn't suppose to touch and he ran with his enemies, something very dangerous for a believer to do. If you have a problem with lust you don't hang out at a top-less bar!
Samson's downfall came when he was embittered when his bride to be was given to another and after that he fell in love with an unbeliever, something a believer can never do! He not only fell in love with a woman named Delilah, he teased her about the source of his great strength and fell asleep on her lap. After telling her the truth this deadly "Jezebel" called in the Philistines who quickly shaved his head, gouged out his eyes and bound him with bronze chains, a symbol of judgment and made him a slave. Eventually I believe he repented and as his hair began to grow his strength returned and when they brought him into their coliseum to make sport of him, his last great feat of strength came when he brought down the arena, killing his enemies and himself, a sin unto death!
Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life. Judges 16:30
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
Monday, November 02 2020
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS PART VII
Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have 1 provided Myself a king among his sons." I Samuel 16:1
David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, shepherd boy, a man after God's own heart, mighty warrior and King of Israel was a target for Satan from his youth! Remember the devil is like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour, but he never goes after the strong, he waits for the weak, the sick and the stragglers!
He killed a lion and a bear while keeping his father's sheep, with a sling in hand he hit the giant Goliath and took his head. Saul appointed him commander of the armies of Israel and David killed tens of thousands of the enemy, to the extent that King Saul grew jealous and plotted to kill him. David's God given strength and ability came from the anointing he received and his wisdom as a military commander also came from the Most High!
After Saul's demise and David finally became Israel's king he acquired wives and riches, children and great accolades from his military exploits, but he began to grow weary of the battle and one year he stayed back from going to war. This was the devil's chance to snare him by tempting him with forbidden fruit, one of his mighty men's wife, Bathsheba. He saw her bathing from his porch, brought her to his bed and the rest is history!
Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. II Samuel 11:2
FLEE YOUTHFUL LUSTS
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. II Timothy 2:22
Samson and David, two of the strongest men on the planet, both succumbed to lust. Samson, because his character never caught up to his anointing and David who became weary and was too tired to fight off the spirit of lust that took him down! It cost Samson his life and David who was guilty of two death sentences, murder and adultery, although forgiven the consequences of his actions followed him to the grave!
Flee and pursue as the scripture states, resist the devil and he will flee, in other words when tempted turn and run and pursue that which the Lord wants us to seek that brings about peace and be accountable to someone so that you can share what you are dealing with. Neither Samson or David had anyone to be accountable to and so they had to deal with their issues alone, a huge mistake for believers.
There is power for two or three to agree and stand together against the schemes of the devil, but alone all you have are the lies of Satan trying to convince you to go ahead and sin, after all God would want you to have whatever the desires of your heart are seeking! Has God said, "You surely shall not die!" It worked in the garden with Adam and Eve and it will work with you if you give in to his lies and deception!
Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
CONFESS YOUR TRESPASSES TO ONE ANOTHER
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:13-16
To break a stronghold or to be cleansed of any sin there are various ways to go about it, for personal sin come before the Father and confess whatever you have done, repent and He will forgive you and the blood of Jesus will cleanse you. For sickness, or to be delivered of a spirit or spirits call for the elders of the church or a person or persons who are familiar with deliverance.
There is power in the unity of the church and great strength in the agreement of two or more brothers or sisters to pray for you and to confess before them, being accountable to someone which will help you obtain freedom. We as the body of Christ must join together in these last days to break the chains of the devil and to pull down strongholds in order for God's people to be free from bondage and the oppression of the powers of darkness!
In these stressing times of uncertainty there are many demonic strongholds in the world and in America such as abortion, the premeditated murder of the unborn, rebellion, addiction and the many religious cults, satanic traps and schemes, racism and the ever present strongholds of Baal and Jezebel which have wreaked havoc among families and even in governments! My prayer for you as the army of the Lord Jesus Christ is for you to arm up, show yourself approved to God and be prepared for spiritual war!
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-10
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin