Ephesians 5:19, 20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
"If you abide in Me, and My
Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for
The verse of Scripture
has a much deeper meaning than you may think.
To "abide in Me" is to
live in Christ and Him in you. And you are forbidden to meditate or touch
anything that is not of Him. This part of the verse is not too difficult to
understand, for anything of sin should not be let in. The next part of the
verse has been misunderstood for a long time by many and needs further
explanation: "...and My Words abide in you."
Here is what most people
think this part of the verse is saying: "If you stay away from sin and
read your Bible every day (or as often as possible), then you are abiding in
Therefore their belief is
that the promise in this verse, "You will ask what
you desire, and it shall be done for you," (John
15:7b), is automatically working for every believing Christian.
And when it doesn't work
in their life they question their faith and the truth of the Bible.
We must be willing to answer the call
of the Holy Spirit and be willing to follow Him to the depths of our sanity. He
will take you through various situations along this journey, teaching you what
His Words really mean. Whether it's the written Word or spoken word, we must
obtain understanding, for this will increase our knowledge and with knowledge
we will become much wiser.
The Deep Calls unto
Now let's give this some
thought. It's not too difficult to read your Bible and restrain yourself from
offending God. So why doesn't every Christian receive whatever they desire?
After all, the Bible promises it to be so.
The promise in this verse we are
discussing states that, "You will ask what you desire,
and it shall be done for you." This is a very powerful promise and
I will explain how you are to obtain this promise.
The first part of this
puzzle of truth must be broken down in order for us to see the prerequisites
outlined within it before we can receive the full measure of the promise and
its manifestation. Allow me to stretch your faith a little and share with you
what I have been taught by the Holy Spirit. The next few steps are not meant to
offend, but rather to help set you in a place to where you can begin walking in
the fullness of the promises of God.
Remember this one
thing! The Holy Bible is 100% from God and is all true.
Truth will always work
when applied as instructed. If what you have been taught in the past is not
working then it's not being taught correctly and it's time to ask the only true
Teacher for the correct answers.
The Holy Spirit is the
Author and Teacher that will give you all truth and nothing but the truth. We
can continue to learn more daily from our God, for He is NOT dead. He is alive
and is speaking to you and me.
Who or What is the
Word of God
Jesus Christ is
the Word of God. He can speak to you through the Bible, but do not be confused;
He is not wood, pulp, and ink, bound in genuine leather. The
Holy Scriptures are a compilation of divine events that are inscribed
testimonials about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
When you are reading from
your Bible you need to know the difference between the (Logos) Word and His
(Rhema) Word. Many words in the Bible have more than one meaning for they
originated in languages other than English. So when we read our Bibles in the
English translation, the same Word can be used over and over as having the same
meaning; however, in the original text it may have multiple meanings.
If you are reading your
Bible and you are obtaining information as you study, you are reading the
written Word or you could say the (logos)
Word. The Holy Spirit can use any book, billboard, poster, man,
woman, child and even a donkey to speak to you. There is no limit to how God
can speak His (Rhema) Word or to say His life-giving Word. We are always
looking for the life-giving Word, the (Rhema) Word of God. The (Rhema) Word
changes our lives and gives direction, heals and delivers us.
Do you know what it's
like to have the Holy Spirit speak His (Rhema) Word to you in the very hour you
need it? This is the (Rhema) Word this verse is talking about, not just
whatever you want to read or claim for yourself. The verse is referring to the
(Rhema) Word from Jesus Christ, who IS the living Word in this verse, "If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will
ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).
I hope and pray that you
understand this part and use it as your spiritual compass to guide you through
life. Continually keep your spiritual antennas up, ready to receive every
life-giving (Rhema) Word that comes to you. It is your Master, King, Lord Jesus
speaking to you.
Pray, hear and obey, for
it is the Christian way. Amen, so be it!
Kent Simpson is a prophetic pastor and is the founder and
senior pastor of Prophetic Ministries Tabernacle – a gathering place for the
prophetic people of God to unite for the sole purpose of being used as vessels
for the Holy Spirit to speak through. Prophetic Ministries Today is devoted to
the truth that Jesus is not dead but alive and He speaks if you have an ear to
hear the Spirit. His website is filled with prophetic teachings which will help
you understand the process of "hearing" God for yourself as well as
others. The Lord wants you to pray, hear, and obey Him because the Holy Spirit
is the only One who can truthfully lead you into the abundant life Jesus
Today at Church - Guest, Brother
Prapai brought an inspiring message with reminders of who we are today because
of Jesus. I gleaned and bring you this digested sermon.
We hear of great men of God
who slip and fall, yet we know God is the restorer.
Adam and Eve messed up big
time, but in His mercy, God gave them a package of seeds to plant and harvest,
as they were cast out of the garden.
Sometimes we fall short, and
it is time to return to the cross.God
is developing us and changing us from day to day, one step at a time.
This is the season to
overcome.Each season with its changes
has a different color.It is time to
change and be ready for the next season in our spiritual walk.
Peter was a coward, just like
us, but he was the one who stepped out of the boat.We reason and question, should I get out of
the boat or should I wait just a minute.
God has not called us to
worry, but we are called to trust.
Peter began to sink, but what
he did is what we should do in time of trouble.He called out “Help me Lord.”Peter had faith, but it was supported by his head and not his heart.
God knows all about our
shortcomings and all the stuff that is going on in our lives.
We can overcome by using
God’s Word and our testimony.
The soldiers were coming to
get Jesus, and Peter took out his sword and cut off the ear of one of the
soldiers.Jesus loved the soldiers and
he picked up the ear and put it right back on - - healing the man.
Jesus loves us when we are
up, he loves us when we are down, and even when we are a bit crazy.
We say, “I can’t do
this.”Hey aren’t you listening?There is a break through coming.Don’t worry about what you don’t have, but
rejoice and be thankful for what you do have.
At Pentecost, Peter said, “I
am going to tell you what I know.”That
is what we can do.Tell others what God
has done for us.
Are you looking ahead or do
you want to get back in the boat?Are
you tired of doing life your way with results that are lacking?
With God the net will be full
and not break.
At the recovery meetings the members
say, “Hi my name is (blank) and I am an alcoholic or an addict.
But we need to understand that I am NOT that
old person any more.I was a sinner, but
now I am saved by grace.
At church we gather for
prayers and we are around people.Then
it is time to leave and we feel alone.Understand we are NOT alone.Jesus is in us, and has promised to never leave or forsake us.
People are hungry and thirsty
and we have the Bread and Water of Life to share.
Let us go forth with our
testimony and believe God to bring the increase.Sow your packet of seed that is in your hand
and expect God to yield a harvest.
God restore your soul, refresh your spirit, and remove every cloud of despair,
release every care of anxiety, lift every burden of strife, heal every wound of
unkindness, cleanse every stain of sin, take every weight of heaviness, and
renew to the fullest, every joy, hope, and blessing that He has made available
to you in the riches of Jesus Christ.
will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like
great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the
ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. Isaiah 61:3-4 (NLT)
What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will
not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God
be found true, though every man be found a liar. —Romans 3:3-4, NAS
Everyone, at some point in their lives, feels that God
has betrayed them and let them down.
They find God seems more like an enemy than a friend.
Nine out of ten people say, "Well, God, if that's how You want it to be,
then I'll go my way and You go Yours."
Only one out of ten, I reckon, breaks that betrayal
barrier and holds on, like Jacob who wrestled with the angel and said, "I
won't let go unless you bless Me."
The same kind of thing happened to Abraham. We read in
Genesis 22:2 how God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son—his only
That made no sense to Abraham. But Abraham showed he was
willing to obey God, and God honored him for what he was prepared to do.
Sooner or later, God will ask you to do something that
makes no sense at the time.
Perhaps the barrier you have to break is the one that
doesn't seem logical at the time, but you must give God the benefit of the
doubt. Abraham obeyed God and was never sorry.
We want God to be partial for us, but we have to come to
the place where we allow God to be God.
Would we affirm Him if He were to work powerfully in
another church, in another denomination? Would we say, "That is
During the American Civil War, someone came up to
President Lincoln and asked, "Is God on our side or their side?" Lincoln's reply was,
"All I want to know is whether we are on God's side." That is what we
need to learn. When it comes to understanding God, we need to be on God's side
and let God be God.
Excerpted from All's Well That Ends Well - R.T. Kendall
Let God work first IN You and then YOU work with God
Some of you, though, need
a little more encouragement. In my book, Mornings
With the Holy Spirit: Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God,
I have shared with the world prophetic words the Holy Spirit has spoken to my
heart over the years during times of prayer, worship and just everyday living.
I believe the following
six utterances, along with Scriptural references and prayer starters, can help
you press into your new beginning. I hope they encourage you as much as they
1. Determine to Follow Your Desires
Determine to follow
your desires, for I have placed those desires in your heart as you have
delighted yourself in Father. As you continue to seek first the Kingdom and Our
righteousness, I will direct your steps on a lighted path that will take you where
We both want you to go. Apart from Christ you can do nothing, but you are not
apart from Christ. You are in Christ, and He is in you. If you determine to
reach His high calling for you and lean and depend on Me to guide you, nothing
shall by any means stop you.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 37:4;
Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 3:5
You for Your faithfulness to the dreams You have put in my heart. Give me a
determined heart that will not turn to the right or to the left. Help me to
stay focused on Your perfect will for me this day and every day.
2. Look Ahead to Your Destiny
Don't look back. I
know your hurts. I know your wounds. I know your disappointments. I saw the
betrayals. I saw the tears. I was with you through the pain, and I am here to
make it right. I will work it all—the hurt, the disappointment, the
betrayals—together for your good because you love Me and I love you. I will
give you beauty for ashes. But you have to leave those ashes behind so I can
resurrect with newness of life those things the enemy tried to steal, kill and
destroy. Remember Lot's wife. Don't look back.
Your destiny is ahead, and I am leading you toward your dreams. (Photo via
You for Your healing power in my soul. Give me the strength to press beyond the
past and toward my high calling in Christ. Show me how to make the divine
exchange that will give me beauty for ashes, and I will glorify Your name.
3. It's Never Too Late to Start Over
No matter what destruction
the enemy has brought to your life, you can start over again. Father started
over with Noah after the destruction of the Flood. He made a covenant with man
never to flood the earth again. And He has made a covenant with you through His
Son. So be at peace, knowing that when the enemy comes in like a flood, Father
will raise up a standard against him. And what the enemy meant for harm, Father
means for good. You can start again in My grace. It's never too late to start
over in Christ.
PRAYER: Thank You for Your covenant with me.
Thank You for protecting me from the wiles of the enemy. Thank You for giving
me a fresh start in Christ. Anoint me to walk out of the old season and into
what You have planned for me.
4. Forget What Lies Behind
It's a new day.
Forget what lies behind, and press on to what Jesus has for you. Don't let your
mind wander to the people and places of the past, no matter how good or how
bad. If you try to move forward while looking back, you will stumble. You will
stumble over frustration, either because things didn't go the way you hoped or
because your current circumstances do not live up to those of your past. Don't
look back. Stay focused on your mission in Christ. He will take care of the
past, present and future if you keep your mind stayed on Him.
Spirit, when my mind wanders away from Your truth, please speak to my heart and
remind me that the past is the past and the future is bright. Please give me a
glimpse of what lies ahead so I can press on toward that higher calling of God
in Christ Jesus.
5. Prepare for a New Season
I've given you a
gift, and I expect you to use it. You've wondered many times why your gift has
not made room for you. But, My friend, you must take the first step and make
room for the gift. You must put away from you and lay aside those things that
are distracting you from My higher purpose for your life. I want to take you into
deep waters. Prepare yourself now for a new season in which My gifts will
manifest through you for the glory of Christ.
want to glorify Christ with the gifts You've given me. I will yield to You,
Holy Spirit, if You make Your way known to me. Help me to turn away from
anything and everything that's distracting me from Your love, Your presence and
6. I Will Give You Wisdom and Strategies for Victory
Just as I was with
Moses, Joshua and David, empowering them with wisdom and revelation and
delivering them from the hand of the enemy, so I am with you. I am the power
that defeats all your enemies. Speak against your spiritual foes in the name of
Jesus, and I will enforce His will against your enemies—they will fall in
defeat. I will give you wisdom for every battle and reveal strategies for
victory. Just as I was with Moses, Joshua and David, so I am with you.
SCRIPTURE: Zechariah 4:6;
Psalm 31:8; Psalm 24:8
me a revelation of Your presence and an understanding of the power of the name
of Jesus, that I may stand confidently—fearlessly—against the wiles of the
enemy and see Your victory in my life. Thank You for the authority to use