Why Wait?

by Emily Wooten

After the death and resurrection of the son of God, the disciples were instructed to wait. They gathered in Jerusalem and prayed. Jesus promised them before he left, they would be given power.
Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
52-53 And they worshiped him, and returned to
Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.
The reason they were asked to wait is not because it was necessary to beg for the Holy Spirit to come. When Jesus left them, they were not distraught. They came together in one mind looking to receive.
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
They were looking with anticipation for the gift prophesied by Joel.
Joel 2:28- And it shall come to pass afterward, that
I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
It had been fifty days since Jesus had been raised from the dead. Every day after he left they had been looking for the comforter.
Acts 2:1- 4 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
They were all filled. It wasn’t for some and not for others. The experience of being born again is for everyone who will receive it. That same Spirit, who creates the “born again” spirit when we are born again, is the Spirit of God. Scripture refers to him as Holy Ghost and sometimes Holy Sprit. He is here right now making himself available to you. Sanctification happens in an instant and we continue to develop as we grow in our soul and spirit. Don’t wait until you are good enough. That won’t happen. In fact, why wait one second to receive what Jesus sacrificed to give you more than 2,000 years ago? Be filled today!

If God says it’s possible, I do too!

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Everyone wants to be heard. In order to be heard we have to obtain the hearer’s attention. In the scriptures we see God’s instructions which help us approach God in his love language. If we follow his instructions he promises he will hear us!
Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
In addition to clear instructions, God also sent us a comforter. If we let him, he will lead us in prayer and teach us so we aren’t praying a miss or in unbelief.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Mark 11:22-24 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. Of a truth I say unto you, whoever shall say to this (obstacle, sickness, weakness) mountain, “Be removed, and be cast into the sea;” and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatever he says. Therefore I say unto you, What things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.
Jesus told us, in his instructions for us, we have what we say. I can’t, I don’t, and I’m afraid should not be our conversation when discussing what God has for us. Praise be to God, he has given us hope! We can say, “I am free from sickness and disease!” We can say, “My body is healed in Jesus name.” We can say, “I operate in strength and wisdom. God has given me health!” According to the scripture we just read in God’s instructions to us, we can speak to our body in Jesus name and command it to obey what God said. We can call our body, well.
Everyday people wake up and take medication from the pharmacy. They will take more at lunch time or evenings. Perhaps they even have bedtime meds that they will consume. God’s medicine is far more important. This week as you take your prescribed medicine, lay your hand on your body part as you confess, “I call my (name the body part) healed and whole. I am loosed from all infirmity in Jesus name!”
Every time you take your pharmaceutical medicine, take God’s medicine saying, “I’m free from every form of weakness, disease or malfunction. I thank God for restoration, correction and strength.”
Remember, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Divine help is only a prayer away

by Emily Wooten

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; It has nothing to do with how good or bad you behave.

Every human is born of Adam’s family and separated from the Creator God Almighty.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

God loved humans. In order to save them from dying in sin and being eternally separated from life eternal and God, he had to provide a sacrifice.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Ephesians 2: 4-6 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. God didn’t leave us alone to fend for ourselves. John 14: 15-17 If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

26-27 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Tell it!

by Emily Wooten
Today around 166,859 humans will face eternity some with and others without God. The message of salvation through Jesus Christ is simple.
Perhaps you have already accepted Jesus’ offer. We know that if we accept Jesus, we are children of God. Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons (and daughters) of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…
So you are a child of God and an heir with Jesus Christ. What are you doing with the power and position you’ve accepted? Perhaps you haven’t thought about the relationship you have with the Almighty, Self Existing Creator since you asked Jesus to forgive your sins. You should. Included in the covenant through which we receive salvation and eternal life is help.
If God has called us to it he will enable us to do it. He told his followers in: Mark 16:15 Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:19 Go teach and baptize. Luke 24:47 …repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations… John 15:16 …I have chosen you, and ordained you, you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
The fruit to which Jesus refereed is those we have led into the kingdom. In the NIV it reads he has appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit…
And the gospel must first be published among all nations. Mark 13:10
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Today is a good day to ask God our Father to fill us with boldness and grace to tell others. We should all expect God to do great things as we share his love with others.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction…
There is nothing more important than telling people what we have experienced, what we’ve learned and how good God is.

God is Bigger!

by Emily Wooten

For all the situations life presents God is El Shaddai. The word El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty) is first seen in Genesis 17:1 and is used 48 times in scripture.

God announced to Abram that he, God, was almighty or All-Powerful.
Romans 8: 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

If the all-powerful, almighty creator is for us there is no force or circumstance that can prevail. What are the qualifications for tapping into the resources of an almighty, self-existing deity?

1. Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

We have to first understand that we didn’t get good enough to be saved and it wasn’t because of works that we were welcomed into the family or kingdom of God. We shouldn’t get the idea that we can work our way into access.

2. Ephesians 2: 8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Christ died for us, taking our place. Now with God’s help, we can live in the benefits Jesus provided. That includes health, provision, boldness and deliverance. All the blessings offered under a covenant with God Almighty is already included.

Galatians 3:13-14 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

If the blessings of Abraham are ours through faith, we need to find out what those blessings are before we can lay claim to them. Deuteronomy 28: 1-14 explains the blessings or covenant rights of a born-again Christian. God tells us clearly what he expects and what he is willing to do for us.

3. Deuteronomy 28: 1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

He is just getting started. Pray in the spirit daily and listen for God to reveal himself to you through his word.

Head knowledge vs heart knowledge

By Emily Wooten

In Mark 9:23, Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.”
According to this and other verses in the Bible, what we believe determines what we receive.
Jesus, the head of the church, author of our salvation and soon coming king said in Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.
It isn’t enough to have mental asset or acknowledge the scripture exist. That is head knowledge.
Perhaps before you believed with your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you may have been able to acknowledge there was a God. Perhaps you could have agreed there was a Christ child, angels, a heaven and hell. That alone did not cause your spirit to be reborn.
Scripture tells us in Matthew 18:16 …in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Matthew agrees with Mark’s account in Matthew 21:22 …all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Both agree Jesus said ask or pray and believe. In Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. In Romans 10: 9 Paul said, “…if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, you shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The “way” to faith is being persuaded or convinced in our heart. It isn’t a magic wand or a spell we cast. When we take the words God has given us and speak them to the situation we are acting on our covenant with God, accessing available resources and being obedient in the face of obstacles.
We can’t take the word saying it if we don’t know it.
Know: to perceive directly: have direct cognition (to reason or recall): to have understanding of.
We do not recite the word or just memorize scriptures. We have to be able to understand their function and apply them in our situation. Before we say, we have to check our heart. If there is doubt we review the scriptures or promises we are standing on until we “Know” as if we could see it with our eyes because our heart sees what God says is true.

Basic Christian Behavior

By Emily Wooten
Anytime we learn something new, it might be necessary to take baby steps when we first start practicing what we learn.
Confessing Jesus has saved us from sin is a step one takes when they first acknowledge they need what is offered in Jesus’ plan to help us. Romans 10 is about as basic as it gets.
Verse 9 says: That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
We could talk all day about the exhaustive list of things from which we have been made free but let’s start with eternal death. The second death and all its evil (addiction, murder, hate, fear, and more) is destroyed by the redemption Jesus has provided.
Romans 8:1 says: …if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Again, God’s instruction is telling us to confess with our mouth what we believe in our heart. Verse 2 tells us what it does: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made (and continues to make) me free from the law of sin and death.
Here’s how those function in the person who has believed and confessed Jesus is Lord. Scripture says your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour. He is looking for someone who will take his lies into their mouth and confess them as truth. That opens the door for the law of sin and death to have its way in us. The enemy of our faith is an outlaw and will push to get by with as much as we let him.
That is not what God planned. Romans 10:10 is what God planned. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. God planned for us to constantly be agreeing with his plan for our life. Mark 16: 15-17 is the last thing Jesus said before he went to heaven. You go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved (The act of water baptism is public confession of your agreement with God); but he that believes not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Basic Christian Behavior!

No Place for Evil

By Emily Wooten

1 Corinthians 1:30-31 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

God wants us to understand who we are in Christ Jesus. He also wants us to understand the devil has no place in our lives. We can be adamant. Evil has no place with us.

Ephesians 4:22-27 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

James 4:6-8 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

One minute, one hour, one day, that is how we win the battle. One step in front of the other, repenting when we miss it and not allowing Satan to guilt us into a spirit of condemnation. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. We should not let the devil remind us of things we did in the past. We should proclaim: I AM the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

We call the shots! We can constantly be saying no to Satan and yes to Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit Himself

Romans 8:16-17 {AMP}
The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] that we [believers] are children of God. And if [we are His] children, [then we are His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance], if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory.

John 14:26 {AMP}
But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.

1 John 5:6 {AMP} It is the [Holy] Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. [He is the essence and origin of truth itself.]

John 14:16-17 {AMP}
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [c]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.

In the amplified version the word calls Holy Spirit he and himself. Jesus called him, He and Himself. We desperately need to recognize our comforter Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead. He is not a thing, and he is not human, but he has been sent to all humans who call on God. It is his great pleasure to help, teach, reveal and strengthen all who will ask.
Jesus encouraged us to seek, ask and knock. If we do, he promised we would find, receive and things will be opened to us.

Romans 13:7 (KJV)
Paul tells us to render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

As we honor Holy Spirit, respecting him and his authority, he will be happy to come along side us revealing things in the spirit realm, the natural realm and in the kingdom of God; what was and is and is to come.
Tap into the resources God has provided for his children who are heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Make yourself available to hear from God through the ministry of Holy Spirit working in you. Welcome Holy Spirit. Fellowship with him in praise to our God offering words of praise. Experience the words of your mouth as they become holy praise exalting Jesus as Lord of All in power.

Love one another for God is love

1John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

Ephesians 4: 31-32 and Epesians 5: 1-2 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Chist’s sake hath forgiven you. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Colossians 3: 12-16 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.