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Ask Donnell: What Is Blaspheming Against The Holy Ghost?

Ask Donnell: What Is Blaspheming Against The Holy Ghost?

We received the following question from Roshawn;

Hi Donnell,
Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is something that I have not understood and anytime I come across it I ask God for an explanation. Now hear this; I was at my computer watching a sermon on YouTube and the preacher in his message (not titled about the Holy Spirit) gave this explanation in connection to Matthew 12:31&32 and I quote:

"God has already promised you some things, but you can talk against the promises of God and lose that promise on the earth. You can say things like; "You know it looks like I’ll never get out of debt." What God has promised you is that you will be the lender so when you say something that is an idle word, that is against what God has promised, you have blasphemed the Holy Ghost. And when you blaspheme Him you will not be let off in the earth and you will lose that reward in heaven."

Those are strong words Donnell. So someone can lose their healing, financial deliverance, and how much more so simply? Help a sister out here- can you confirm this? is this so?

Roshawn, this is one of those questions I've danced around for many years because I just didn't want to answer it. However, now you've backed me against the wall so let's just deal with it once and for all. Before I make any comments about what the preacher said in the YouTube video let me say something. Any explanation that is used to expound on a scripture reference needs to be substantiated either by contextual, historical or background research, "Word" studies and/or simply other scripture references. A Bible teacher can't just say what a scripture means, he has to say why. Even if the explanation is presented as a direct revelation from God, in order for us to teach it as truth to others we need to do our homework.

That being said, let's practice what we preach! We'll begin with the scripture reference.

Matthew 12:31&32(NKJV) - “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

The Greek word used here for blasphemy is "blasphēmia" which means;

1) slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another's good name
2) impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty

It comes from the root word, "blasphēmos" which means;

"speaking evil, slanderous, reproachful, railing, abusive."

These definitions depict blasphemy against The Holy Spirit as a very strong, forceful, declaration of hate that's directed specifically against The Holy Spirit. In other words, you can't blaspheme against The Holy Spirit by mistake. It's impossible to say something and be like; "Oops, I think I blasphemed against The Holy Spirit." That's not going to happen. For someone to slander or hurl abuses at The Holy Spirit, that person's heart has to be full of hatred against God because Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Hence, a Christian cannot blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

Here are some Biblical examples to help you understand what blasphemy against God looks like;

Revelation 13:4-7(NKJV) - So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.

Revelation 16:8-11(NKJV) - Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

Blasphemy against God is no joke. It's essentially what Job's wife meant when she told him in Job 2:9 to curse God and die. The Antichrist will set the standard of blasphemy against God and those who choose to follow his lead will also pay the ultimate price. When the bowls of God's wrath are poured out upon the earth these lost souls who would have taken the mark of the beast will refuse to repent and will verbally blaspheme God.

There will be no forgiveness of their sin so they will spend eternity in hell. Why is this significant? This is an exact illustration of the type of blasphemy Jesus was talking about as an unpardonable sin. This is way more than just speaking words of doubt instead of faith. This is a conscious, verbal assault on The Spirit Of The Lord out of pure hatred. People with the guts to do that are literally out of their minds.

The truth is that you can't even blaspheme against any other heavenly beings without paying a high price. Here's how Apostles Peter and Jude addressed that issue.

2 Peter 2:9-12(AMP) - Now if [all these things are true, then be sure] the Lord knows how to rescue the godly out of temptations and trials, and how to keep the ungodly under chastisement until the day of judgment and doom, And particularly those who walk after the flesh and indulge in the lust of polluting passion and scorn and despise authority. Presumptuous [and] daring [self-willed and self-loving creatures]! They scoff at and revile dignitaries (glorious ones) without trembling, Whereas [even] angels, though superior in might and power, do not bring a defaming charge against them before the Lord. But these [people]! Like unreasoning beasts, mere creatures of instinct, born [only] to be captured and destroyed, railing at things of which they are ignorant, they shall utterly perish in their [own] corruption [in their destroying they shall surely be destroyed],

Jude 1:7-9(AMP) - [The wicked are sentenced to suffer] just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns—which likewise gave themselves over to impurity and indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity—are laid out [in plain sight] as an exhibit of perpetual punishment [to warn] of everlasting fire. Nevertheless in like manner, these dreamers also corrupt the body, scorn and reject authority and government, and revile and libel and scoff at [heavenly] glories (the glorious ones). But when [even] the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, judicially argued (disputed) about the body of Moses, he dared not [presume to] bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, The Lord rebuke you! But these men revile (scoff and sneer at) anything they do not happen to be acquainted with and do not understand; and whatever they do understand physically [that which they know by mere instinct], like irrational beasts—by these they corrupt themselves and are destroyed (perish).

Some people's hearts have become so corrupt that they have developed unnatural boldness against God. This is the kind of boldness that the devil will put into the heart of The Antichrist. Just think about it! Our human minds cannot understand the powers of the spirit yet some of us think we can shake our fists towards heaven. In 2 Kings 19:35 and Isaiah 37:36, the Angel of The Lord killed one hundred and eighty five thousand Assyrians at once. That's it! They were dead! The Bible did not say an army of angels killed all those people it said The Angel of The Lord. That's serious. I've witnessed the boldness of some "militant" atheists and it fascinates me. They dare to open their mouths to revile against God because they don't understand Him. They have no fear of The Lord and that's a dangerous place to be because if He comes after you, you're done!

Last, but not least, let's get a contextual understanding of what triggered Jesus' statement on blasphemy against The Holy Spirit. We can get a much better grasp of what Jesus was saying if we could understand why He was saying it. His statement was not made in a vacuum, it was part of a conversation. Let's take a look at the conversation.

Mark 3:20-30(NKJV) - Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.” So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house. “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Let's first answer this simple question. Why did Jesus say that one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven? The answer is right there in the scriptures. Because they said, "He has an unclean spirit." The truth is that the Holy Ghost lived inside of Jesus and by saying what they said the scribes were really calling the Holy Ghost a demon. That's a direct insult! Therefore, Jesus had to warn them to stop while they were ahead. If they stayed on that path they may have eventually developed the boldness to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and book their place in hell.

In sum, as you can see, the explanation you received from the preacher on YouTube really does not mesh well with the "word study", contextual background check nor additional scriptures we presented today. Blaspheming against The Holy Ghost is a deliberate act directed specifically to The Holy Ghost. It's not indirect. It doesn't just happen. For someone to have the guts to blaspheme against God that person has already rejected God and has chosen an eternity in hell. There's no forgiveness for it.

What the preacher said in your quote made sense in terms of watching your words and making sure you speak words of faith at all times. Yes, since life and death are in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21) you cannot just say anything you please and not expect to reap a harvest from your words. However, using this principle in the same context as blaspheming against the Holy Ghost is a bit extreme. We can't lump the two together.

It is true that Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 that we will be judged for every idle word we speak on the earth. However, it doesn't have to get that far. We can be forgiven if we choose to repent according to 1 John 1:9 for speaking words of doubt. In contrast, we cannot be forgiven for blaspheming against The Holy Spirit. Those are two different things. One is a forgivable sin and the other is unforgivable. It's human nature to doubt sometimes and struggle to believe but blasphemy against God is an act empowered only by the devil.

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Young People RISE UP; It's Your Time To Shine!!

Young People RISE UP; It's Your Time To Shine

Matthew 20:1-16 - For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

This parable when compared to those I’ve discussed already seems quite unorthodox. In it, the Kingdom of God can be perceived as an unfair system. The people who worked the longest and hardest in the vineyard were offered the same wages as those who joined at the last minute. As a result, there appeared to be no particular attention paid to seniority. In our finite human minds we just won’t get it but if we stop long enough to listen to what Jesus really said we’ll learn something quite profound.

The first thing the householder said when his compensation package was questioned by one of the “senior” workers was that he did no wrong because he stuck with the agreement. The second thing he said was that he was free to do whatever he wanted with his money. The third thing he said was that his goodwill to the last batch of workers should never have been considered as evil. Jesus then summed it all up by saying that in the same way, the day will come when the last shall be first and the first last because many are called by few are chosen. When I read some of these quotations of Jesus I am in awe of the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of His teaching style. Anyway, let’s get to the explanation.

God is the householder. The Body of Christ makes up the team of laborers. Even though God respects faithfulness it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been “working in the vineyard.” He is no respecter of persons. For some reason, as I write this, I can sense the Holy Spirit leading me in a particular direction with my explanation. In the last days, according to Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17, God will pour out the Holy Spirit upon all flesh and there will be a major prophetic movement among the young people. It won’t matter how long they’ve been saved or how much ministry experience they have. It will only matter to God that they’re willing to do His work. If they are, then the same anointing that the older, more mature Christians operate in will be made available to the teens and young adults.

It doesn’t make complete sense to some people but to God it’s the most cunning strategy to bring this era of civilization to a close. In Matthew 11:25, Jesus thanked God for hiding certain key facets of His wisdom from those considered wise and prudent while revealing them to those who operate in childlike faith. It goes against all logic and defies even the common sense of intelligent human beings. Regardless, God never intended to share His glory with any man.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:27 that God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. So His decision to treat young Christians with the same respect as their older counterparts fits right into that scenario. Many are called, but only those who respond can be chosen. In addition, as long as there is time, whenever people respond to the Call of God, they’ll be put to work in His Kingdom and rewarded just like the rest of the faithful.

I’ve seen people get saved and enter new assemblies ready and willing to serve. Many times, they come in at the bottom but due to their enthusiasm, climb the ladder quickly. That makes others in the assembly uncomfortable because they cannot believe that someone can walk away from sin and instantly be capable of being a major asset in the ministry. Maybe they can; maybe they can’t.

However, according to this parable, God responds to a willing heart and will give every man a chance to serve in the Kingdom. As a result, in the last days, many talented secular people will switch their allegiances to God and should be welcomed with open arms by all of us. Maybe we’re not confident in their character traits but at least we should give them a chance to prove themselves.

In sum, as I write, this is what I see in the words of Jesus contained in this parable. He welcomes young Christians, naturally or spiritually, with open arms and is willing to put them to work as long as they are ready. He’ll reward them with His Holy Spirit and they will be able to operate in the same anointing as the elders of The Church. The Saints Movement, which will make a major impact in The Church, will be led by the youth. Paul told Timothy in the book of 1 Timothy 4:12 to refuse to allow anyone to despise his youth but be an example in his speech, lifestyle, love, faith and purity. So if you’re under the age of forty, I say the same to you.

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The Body Bible Study: "The Holy Spirit - Your Spiritual GPS"

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

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Standing On The Strong Foundation Of Jesus Christ

Standing On The Foundation Of Jesus Christ

For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:9-10 NKJV

In the construction business there are many foundation types. When a building is to be erected at a new site the owner must retain a geotechnical or civil engineer to analyze the existing soil conditions. Based on their findings, they make recommendations about the type of foundation that should be used. The main factors that determine the foundation type are the intended building layout and the soil profile.

The soil profile can range from solid rock in the best case scenario to clayey soils in good conditions all the way to sandy soil in the worst case scenario. A rock foundation is the best to build upon and it's stronger than any man-made foundation. Without a solid rock foundation, if the soil is good only a relatively shallow mat or strip footing foundation is necessary to anchor a small building. However, if the soil is not good at all an expensive deep pile foundation may be necessary.

In contrast, there are no foundation options for the builders of The Church. As Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:12 there is only one foundation upon which The Church can be built and that's Jesus Christ. Every program, initiative and endeavor within The Church must somehow point people back to Christ. If the focus ever gets off Christ there's a crack in the foundation of The Church which is a universal sign of a major structural issue.

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they said,"Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said,"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 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 16:13-19 NKJV

The entire church is built on the rock of Jesus Christ. When Simon received a revelation of Jesus Christ he discovered the first step to building The Church. It's this revelation of Jesus which gives us access to the only power that withstands all the forces of darkness. It's this revelation which gives us the keys to the kingdom of heaven and the authority to bind evil spirits and loose the Spirit of God on the earth.

At that time so many people had met Jesus but had no idea of His true identity. Some thought he was another prophet like John the Baptist, Elijah or Jeremiah but The Holy Spirit told Simon the truth. When each of us get this same truth we will also be firmly established on the rock of Jesus Christ. There are many doctrines being taught and traditions being kept in The Church but they all pale in comparison to a revelation of Jesus Christ. He alone is the rock foundation we need to build upon.

In fact, who is Jesus Christ anyway? Do you really even know that yourself? When you think about Him, what comes to mind? Your answer to those questions are a demonstration of the strength of your foundation in Christianity. If you can't answer any of them, your foundation is shaky. Nonetheless, this is the foundation that must be laid by the apostles and prophets.

Jesus, The Chief Cornerstone

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19-22 NKJV

Together, The Church is the temple or dwelling place of The Holy Spirit. It's established according to 1 Corinthians 6:19 that each individual Christian is the temple of The Holy Spirit. That's common knowledge in The Church. What's not common knowledge is that God wants us collectively to be built together into a corporate temple in which He could dwell. This means that there is a certain level of the presence of God that's only reserved for a corporate body of Christians properly built together.

By myself, I am a microcosm of God's building and He does dwell in me but together we are God's building and He desires to dwell in us together as a group. That's what we call taking this thing to the next level. The construction of the foundation anchored and held in position by the chief cornerstone, Jesus is the beginning of the process toward The Church's establishment as God's temple.

If you are merely a part of the building called The Church and have not been officially called by God to be a builder your responsibility is to stay in place where the builders have put you. The same way a structural engineer creates a set of plans that are followed by contractors during construction God creates a blueprint for His Church as well as individual assemblies. These must be followed by His builders who in turn place people where they are supposed to fit into the plan.

Now let's make this very practical. If someone is called by God to be a builder how exactly should that person be building God's people? What does a foundation of Jesus Christ look like? If we can answer these questions we can accurately discern the stability of The Church or at least our local assembly. If the foundation of The Church is sure, we will be able to withstand the strong winds of doctrine and fiery trials without total collapse.

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Ask Donnell: Does The Holy Spirit Dwell In Or Fall Upon You?

Ask Donnell: Does The Holy Spirit Dwell In Or Fall Upon You?

We received the following questions from Vernell;

"Could you enlighten me as to whether or not Holy Ghost falls upon your flesh or does He dwell in your spirit? Also, what caused men like Elijah, Moses and others to perform miracles apart from living right before God and the fact that Holy Ghost came after Christ left? Were they empowered for any other reason?"

Vernell, these are some good questions that definitely need to be answered. Let's answer them one by one.

1) Does The Holy Ghost fall upon your flesh?

Joel 2:28(KJV) - 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:

The Hebrew word for flesh used here is "basar" which means "of the body, the body itself, all living things and mankind".

Acts 2:17(KJV) - And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

The Greek word for flesh used here is "sarx" which means "the soft outer covering of the human body, the human body itself, a living creature and human nature".

Therefore, when The Bible refers to The Holy Spirit coming upon flesh it simply means that The Holy Spirit will rest upon human beings. This reference to the word "flesh" is not the sinful nature of man. It's just referring to mankind in general. In other places in The Bible it is used to represent the sinful nature of man but not in this case. It simply is a figure of speech with the intention to identify humanity as the recipients of The Holy Spirit.

2) Does The Holy Spirit Dwell in Your Spirit?

Romans 8:9-12(KJV) - But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

1 Corinthians 3:16(KJV) - Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1 John 4:13(KJV) - Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

The Holy Spirit dwells in all Christians. We know that from the scriptures. Does He dwell in our spirits? I won't say that. Our spirits lives in our physical bodies and The Holy Spirit also lives in our physical bodies. That's about all we know based on the scriptures. I won't take the liberty to say anything more than what The Bible says concerning that.

Luke 4:17-19(NKJV) - And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

We know The Holy Spirit lives in us. We also know that He can rest upon us because that's what it means to be anointed. The anointing is the "chrism" or residue of The Holy Spirit after He rests upon you. When The Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus that was His anointing ceremony. Therefore, The Holy Spirit not only lives inside of us but can rest upon or anoint us at any moment so that we can walk in His power.

Isaiah 11:2(NKJV) - There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

When The Holy Spirit rests upon you, His power becomes readily available for wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and the fear of The Lord. When The Holy Spirit rests upon you He manifests in your life and people can see it. You have to submit yourself to Him for that to happen.

3) How were the Old Testament prophets like Moses and Elijah able to operate in such miraculous power even before The Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost?

James 5:13-18(NKJV) - Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

God guarantees results in response to only one type of prayer; the prayer of faith. Elijah was a human just as we are but he was able to stop the rain and start it later with his prayer of faith. That's really all that made him special. He heard from God and did what God said so He walked in God's power. The same goes for everyone else in The Old Testament.

Hebrews 11:32-34(NLT) - How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

Read Hebrews 11 where over and over you will see that faith was the key that opened the door to the miraculous for all of them. It worked then and it will work now. Do you want to see miracles like the prophets of old, walk in faith like they did. When God spoke, they believed Him and did whatever He said. They believed God. Do you?

Faith is the key to miracles. That's it. The Holy Spirit lives inside of every Christian which makes us all equally capable of the miraculous but what separates those who walk in God's power from those who don't is faith. When people have faith they hear God's Word, believe it and do what it says. That's all God asks of us, the power to do the miracles comes from Him. We're just His vessels.

Mark 9:23(NLT) - “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

Mark 16:15-19(KJV) - And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth 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. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

In summary, faith makes the difference between results and no results. Signs follow those who believe God so if we want to see signs we have to believe and if we believe Him we will do what He says. Does The Holy Spirit dwell in or fall upon you? The answer is both! All Christians have The Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us. However, we have to yield or submit ourselves to His directions for Him to rest upon us empowering us to operate in His power. What made the prophets of old capable of walking in miraculous power? Faith! They believed God and did what He said.

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Ask Donnell: Are Angels Really Sons Of God?

Angels

We received several questions from Vernell. We will answer the following today;

"I have a few burning questions for you that I am sure you will be able to answer for me. Firstly, could you tell me whether or not angels are God's creation or sons of God? I am clear that Christ is God's only begotten son and He is referred to as the Son of God in The Bible. Also, we became sons of God when we accepted Jesus Christ. If angels are sons of God, does that mean satan is also a son of God or was one at some point in time?"

Good questions Vernell. The title "sons of God" has been used in The Bible to refer to everyone you mentioned. It's been used to refer to angels, Jesus Christ, Christians and even satan. Therefore, I understand where it can get very confusing. It obviously was not the intention of The Holy Spirit to bring confusion as He inspired several authors of The Bible to use the term. Let's identify examples of each case then decipher similarities and/or differences in what they mean.

Angels as sons of God

Job 38:4-7(NKJV) - "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

In this passage, God is speaking to Job and He refers to His angels as the sons of God. The Hebrew word used here for son is "ben" which means "son, grandson, child or member of a group". It is a derivative of the word "banah" which means "to build or make". Angels are members of a group of heavenly beings that were built or made by God to carry out His instructions.

"Ben" is the same word used in Psalms 33:13 when referring to the sons of men. Here's what it says;

Psalm 33:13-14(NKJV) - The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;

What does this all mean? The word "ben" is merely a designation or characterization used to identify a particular group of created beings. When The Bible uses the word to refer to angels or heavenly beings it calls them sons of God and when it refers to humans or earthly beings it calls us sons of men. Being a son in this case means you're part of a group. Angels are part of the group that comes from heaven and humans are part of the group that comes from the earth.

We do nothing to earn our designations as sons (ben). It just represents where God created us and where we're expected to dwell. Hence, the designation of angels as sons of God doesn't represent anything more than a reference to their origination in heaven. Angels are actually described in The Bible as God's servants which means their sonship cannot mean anything more than a reference to their existence as heavenly beings.

Here's how The Bible describes them.

Psalm 103:20-21(NLT) - Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will!

Hebrews 1:13-14(NLT) - And God never said to any of the angels, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.” Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.

When The Bible refers to the angels as the sons of God it is not a declaration of their status. Being a son in this case does not carry special privileges. Angels were created to serve not just God but His people. They're the "Ben" of "Elohim", the group of servants created by the Godhead to carry out their instructions. It is not a measure of character and it's a position that cannot be earned or lost. They're heavenly beings for their entire existence because they were created by God in heaven to serve Him wherever they are needed.

Hence, even fallen angels including the devil are still described as the "ben" of "Elohim" as shown in the following scriptures;

Genesis 6:1-4(NKJV) - Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said,"My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Job 1:6-7(NKJV) - Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the Lord and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."

Once a son, always a son. Once a "ben" always a "ben". The wrongdoing of these fallen angels didn't cancel out their sonship because doing right didn't earn them their sonship. They came from heaven so they're sons of God. Humans come from earth so we're sons of men. God created us both but since He lives in heaven those who were created to live there with him are called sons of God. The Bible says in Psalm 115:16(KJV) - The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

Jesus as The Son of God

Psalm 2:12(NKJV) - Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Daniel 3:25(KJV) - He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Before Jesus was born into the earth through Mary He already carried the designation as The Son of God. In fact, in the Old Testament account of God saving the three Hebrew boys from the fire, Jesus appeared walking with them and was recognized as such. The Aramaic word used for Son in both Psalms 2:12 and Daniel 3:25 is "bar" which is distinct from the word "ben" used to refer to angels. The word "bar" means "heir" and therefore is a selective designation only reserved to the one appointed or selected by God to hold it.

An heir is one who in some significant way carries on the legacy of his father and is therefore entrusted due to certain characteristics that match the father's. Any being created in heaven could have been a "ben" of God but only Jesus is the "Bar" of God. It was important to make that distinction in The Old Testament because in that way we can compare "apples to apples". It's easy to contrast words between different languages. Of course there would be differences. The New Testament was written in a completely different language and obvious differences in the translation of words could cheapen our "head to head" comparison. Nonetheless, since we've established our point in The Old Testament let's fast forward to the New Testament which was written in Greek.

John 3:16-18(KJV) - 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. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The New Testament refers to Jesus as the "Huios" of God. This Greek designation means the following; "Term used preeminently of Jesus Christ, as enjoying the supreme love of God, united to him in affectionate intimacy, privy to his saving councils, obedient to the Father's will in all his acts." In this case, Jesus is referred to as The Son who exemplifies His Father's character and has an intimate relationship through which He accesses all that's available from His Father.

Christians as sons of God

John 1:12-13(KJV) - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Romans 8:14(KJV) - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Galatians 4:1-7(KJV) - Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

1 John 3:1-2(KJV) - Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

We were born as sons of men and were born again as children of God but must become sons of God. Angels don't become sons of God, they are born as sons of God. However, their designation only refers to them being heavenly beings. We become sons of God when we are led by the Spirit of God and mature enough to distinguish ourselves from the other children. All humans are God's creation but are not God's children. All Christians are God's children but only some mature enough to become God's sons. God's children live on the same level as His servants even though they have superior status. They live below their fullest potential because they can't operate at a level that's higher than their maturity.

Sons of God, "huios", that's who we need to be. The same word used to describe Jesus as The Son of God is used to describe Christians as the sons of God. Why? Christians are in Christ so whatever status Christ has, we have. We are joint-heirs so if the New Testament would have been written in Hebrew, we would be called the "bar" of God. However, to be given the same designation like Jesus Christ we have to be like Him. When we first get saved we receive the power to become sons of God but only when we actually follow the directions of The Holy Spirit do we access that power and manifest our sonship.

In sum, it's interesting to note that angels are not referred to as sons of God anywhere in the New Testament. That eliminates any possible confusion. Mature Christians are the sons of God and share the same status as Jesus, The Son of God.

Romans 8:19-20(KJV) - For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
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Ask Donnell: Is there anything "Biblically" wrong with gambling?

Ask Donnell: Is there anything Biblically wrong with gambling?

We received the following question from Roshawn;

"Morning Donnell, Please tell me why gambling is biblically wrong?

Great question Roshawn, great question. Some time last year the lotto jackpot in Atlanta kept rolling over until it grew to over $500 million dollars. The city was in a lotto frenzy. People everywhere were lining up to purchase tickets hoping for their shot at instant riches. I can still hear the jingle from the Georgia lottery; "Today, could be your day!" 🙂 Groups of coworkers were purchasing tickets together at different companies and mine was no different.

One day someone approached me with a list and asked me if I wanted to pitch in to buy lottery tickets. For a split second I thought about it but instantly The Holy Spirit gave me a vision. I saw Eve looking at the fruit of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and thinking about it while the serpent smiled. The scripture says in Genesis 3:6(NKJV) - "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate."

The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of putting my money in the betting pool. What was there to lose? What if we won? What would I do with tens of millions of dollars? That would change everything, wouldn't it? The possibilities would be endless. That jackpot looked really good. If we won I could eat good, dress good and live good. Millions of dollars were good for food, pleasant to my eyes and would make me wise? Not according to The Holy Spirit. His plan for me did not include buying a lotto ticket. I wished them well and kept it moving. My answer was no!

Traditional gambling has destroyed many lives. The lure of an elusive payday has caused many people to "bet the farm" and lose. People have gambled their retirement by cashing out and investing in some "get rich quick" schemes. People have gambled their homes chasing pipe dreams that have no substance. Eventually, when they lost they had to pay and ran into some serious issues because of their lust for material wealth. I know what I'm talking about because I've seen it. Gambling is one sure way to make people broke. As the saying goes, "The house always wins."

However, is there anything Biblically wrong with gambling? Honestly, I can find no commandment which says; "Thou shalt not gamble." If you desire to gamble and will only change your mind in response to a direct commandment from The Bible go ahead and buy a "quick-pick" lottery ticket at the closest gas station because we can't find one. However, even though we can't find a commandment The Bible does have a clear position on gambling. It considers gambling a lose-lose situation. If you gamble and lose you can lose the shirt off your back but even if you gamble and win you can still end up a loser.

Proverbs 22:26-27(MSG) - Don’t gamble on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hocking your house against a lucky chance. The time will come when you have to pay up; you’ll be left with nothing but the shirt on your back.

Gambling is based on luck and chance. As a result, even though it is entirely possible to have a lucky streak gambling is a totally unsustainable plan for wealth building. If you keep gambling long enough your luck will run out and you will eventually lose. When that happens, depending on what you have on the line you can lose big. When we think of gambling we usually think of traditional types of gambling like slot machines, lotteries, casinos, throwing dice, card games, etc but there's much more to gambling.

When you take unnecessary risks with valuable assets in your life even against the voice of Godly wisdom you are gambling. People gamble when they make important moves in their lives without doing proper research or seeking God's guidance. People gamble when they make emotional decisions instead of thinking first. People gamble when they risk their lives for silly reasons and sadly some of them end up dead. When you gamble you step out of God's Will and leave your life in the uncertain hands of chance.

Losing a gamble is usually a painful experience. However, people who gamble are not focused on losing, they're focused on the chance of winning. So what if they do win? Wouldn't that justify gambling? Wouldn't it all make sense if you gamble and win? Wouldn't the end justify the means? There's nothing to lose right? Does The Bible address the winners also? Oh yes it does.

Proverbs 13:11(AMP) - Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].

Proverbs 13:11(NLT) - Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.

Getting money is easy. You can win it, find it, receive it, inherit it or claim it but it's keeping the money that's hard. As soon as money hits your account if you don't know what to do to keep the money it's only passing through. Quick money goes as quick as it comes. The "rags to riches to rags" stories of lottery winners, professional athletes and entertainers continue to prove that The Bible is right. If you don't have a reliable system for acquiring and growing wealth you are destined to be broke even if by chance you receive access to short term cash.

In sum, even though The Bible doesn't give a commandment against gambling, it does give some sound advice. God's plan for His children is that we build our wealth step by step through legitimate systematic processes. That way, even if we do receive sudden access to money we'll know what to do with it. Also, if we ever lose our money due to unfortunate or tragic circumstances we know how to get it back. That way we can never stay broke because we understand the flow of money. That's why the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. It's not luck!

Isaiah 48:17(KJV) - Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

Proverbs 10:22(AMP) - The blessing of the Lord—it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].

If we get rich God's way we'll stay rich. His way is not gambling.

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"The Body" Bible Study - Join The Journey To Discovering Your Purpose

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

You are personally invited to join us in Atlanta (Vinings), GA for our exciting, new monthly bible study; "The Body". Our mission is to bring people into The Body of Christ, help them to discover where they fit and show them how to execute their purpose with a burning passion for Jesus! Join us every 2nd Saturday as we address Biblical steps toward discovering and executing The Will of God for your life.

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The Hidden Gospel

The Hidden Gospel

Today's blog is an excerpt from my book, "The Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven"

2 Corinthians 4:3-5 - But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

The gospel is hidden. The message of hope that can change every person in the whole world just does not make any sense to some of them. It's not like God's plan of redemption is difficult to understand but with a heart full of rebellion it's difficult to accept. After reading The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven I hope your eyes were opened to see the inner workings of God's system. When Jesus died on the cross He didn't just pay the price for our sinful nature but He restored our access to God's Kingdom. That's the part of the gospel that applies to our present time on earth and that's the part that remains hidden even to some Christians.

Matthew 13:10-17 - And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

What seems like the simplest message to some of us continues to confuse others. Hence, it's sometimes hard for us to perceive how anyone could reject God's Kingdom. Nonetheless, the scriptures are clear that the enemy has blinded the eyes of the world. It also says that he has clogged their ears. That's straightforward information but what's interesting is what Jesus said in Matthew 13:17. Many prophets and righteous men wished that they would be alive to see God's Kingdom established in the hearts of His people on the earth. They had to live through the Old Covenant until Jesus became the sacrifice for the new.

Now, we can live in the middle of the world by a superior system that completely opposes it. Even if it gets challenging, we have the scriptures and The Holy Spirit to help us through it. If you learned anything while reading this book why not share this gospel with someone else who's willing to listen. Those in the world need to know that with His death Jesus paid the price for their sin. However, those in The Church need an understanding of the system He set up before He died.

Matthew 11:11-12(NKJV) - "Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus confirmed that the Kingdom of Heaven is superior to any other system that ever will exist. After calling John the Baptist the greatest man who ever lived, He made a strange statement. The person at the lowest level of the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. How is that possible? Not only did John personally welcome Jesus into the ministry but he baptized Him and saw a rare manifestation of The Trinity. What made John so great were not the miracles he performed but what he represented. He declared the end of the old religious system and the beginning of The Kingdom.

After all the great prophets and men of God who prepared the world for the coming of Jesus, John was privileged to be the last. He beheld with his natural eyes what they could have only seen in the spirit. Now we have an even greater advantage than John. In the Body of Christ, we can live in the Kingdom of Heaven that John prophesied was imminent. We can operate in the authority of the name of Jesus and The Holy Spirit lives inside of us. We have the entire New Testament to teach us how the new covenant of faith operates.

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August 7, 2013 Posted by admin in Faith

Building Your Faith Through The Word of God

Building Your Faith Through The Word of God

Mark 11:24 - Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Mark 9:23 - Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Jesus revealed that faith is one of the main building blocks of miracles. In essence, He said that if we can believe something according to the Word of God we can see it happen. Someone who refuses to believe has blocked a miracle from coming to pass. This explains why so many Christians in the Western church have to live without the full manifestation of the power of God. They know so much about everything else that they rather obey their own understanding than “blindly” follow a God whose thoughts are not always easy to grasp.

1 Corinthians 2:13-15 - Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Romans 10:17 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Christians who spend time in the Word of God are developing their faith. This is how we move from the natural to the spiritual. Once we are walking in the Spirit, we will be able to comprehend mysteries that cannot be easily explained outside of the Spirit realm. Consequently, the Word must enter our hearts and not just our minds because Biblical scholarship without a heart of true worship presents another set of serious problems.

It is a complete waste of time to argue for hours with carnal individuals about something in the Word of God. They will never get it. They can only see with their natural eyes and that limitation cannot be removed with Christian logic. In addition, a lack of faith is a reflection of a lack of the Word of God in the Body of Christ. A spiritual awakening based in sound Biblical instruction is the answer to the skepticism in existence concerning the supernatural ability of God.

Hebrews 5:12&13 - For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

It’s interesting that we expect so much out of the Kingdom of God without taking the time to find out how it works. The time that a Christian spends in the Word of God is more important than anything else because that is where Christianity is taught. The basics of Christianity are necessary before we try to accomplish anything advanced. We put the miraculous on hold if we are not fed the Word of God that builds the faith necessary for it to come to pass.

How will I know that God will heal me if I don’t know that He said it in the Bible? How do I know that the angels will protect me if I have no proof from the Word of God? Deductive reasoning is not enough! God does not do what we think He’ll do. He does what He said He’ll do in His Word. Baby Christians are only babies because they are not skillful in the Word of God and not because they are young in the faith. I’ve seen with my own eyes God work wonders in the lives of Christians with no regard for age or experience. Personal study should be complemented by a proper diet of spiritual food from the local church and other reliable sources.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 – I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

The prevalence of itching ears in the Body of Christ is a fulfillment of this prophetic word delivered by Paul. I do have good news, however. Many Christians are getting fed up with the fables because the world is getting tougher and they are frustrated with their own ineffectiveness. I am so excited about the movement of Christians on this earth who have had enough of the parables and have a hunger for the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. This brings up an interesting situation.

What are the preachers supposed to do now? People listen to what we say and that makes us responsible for the accurate delivery of the Word of God. In other words, if God didn’t say something, we don’t need to say it. I like different types of delivery because that is a part of the cultural experience. I don’t mind if a preacher sings while he preaches. I don’t mind if he runs around in circles and makes jokes during his message. Once he states clearly what is contained in the Word of God equipping people with the tools necessary to live outside of the four walls of the church building I am happy.

I have done my share of sleeping in church so I know that an exciting delivery is not a bad thing. However, we should all be disciplined enough to sit, listen and take notes when we are being taught the Word of God. I’ve sat through long lectures as a graduate student so I cannot give the Word of God less attention than I gave to my professors. Whatever avenue we use to receive Biblical instruction is really up to personal preference. I use every one that is available but I am very selective about who I give my time to. If the minister is feeding me the Word of God then I listen because the more my faith is built, the more ability I have to walk in the Spirit. That’s how I set the atmosphere of my life for the miraculous to take place.

Matthew 8:5-13 - And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

The centurion understood how the Kingdom of God operated better than most of the followers of Jesus. He was obviously well informed about the system of faith which defined the life of Jesus. If you would like more proof of what I am saying, look at the life of Jesus. He was always spending time with the Father throughout His life and He demonstrated His aptitude with the scriptures from a very young age. However, He was not an academic like the Pharisees. He let the scriptures build His faith so that He could do the miraculous. In addition, He taught people the Word of God so that they would have the faith that was essential to receive from Him. If you have questions, take some time to read what Jesus said about many of the people who received individual miracles and you would see that the one thing He liked the most was their faith. The centurion was just one example and in Matthew 15:22-28, you can find another. Matthew 15:22-28 - And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

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