Romans 10:9,10 - "Because if you shall confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and shall believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved."
When we confess His Lordship, it is not only His dominion over us, but "lord" means Leader, "the bread-provider," the caretaker, the protector from all our enemies. You actually become a partaker of the Divine Nature. (2 Peter 1:4).
As you become a partaker of His Nature, you become a partaker of His ability:
1. God's ability becomes your ability
2. God's strength becomes your strength
3. Jesus' ministry becomes your ministry.
When we acknowledge Him as our Lord, then God becomes automatically our very Father. All the resources of Heaven are at our disposal (Ephesians 1:3) to:
1. Minister others into Christ.
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Questions to Ask Myself
Am I willing to
Do I believe that equipping believers to
disciple a new believer into his inheritance in Christ?disciple others is the most valuable spiritual instruction I can give?
I have power to labor for the spiritual lives of others.
I minister others into Christ,
Since I am God "insided minded" I confess -- greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
Haggai 2:9 - "The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts."
Hebrews 6:1 - "Therefore let us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ, advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity."
Nearly 2000 years ago, the author of the book of Hebrews exhorted the Jewish Christians to leave the elementary teachings and principles about Christ, urging them to press forward into maturity. Today as we are
discipled into a higher life in Christ we come before the very throne of God with boldness and confidence - stepping into maturity - as we encounter new realms of the Glory of God.
Psalm 149:6 - "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand...."
Through high praise we destroy the plans of the enemy and bring to earth new realms of Glory not yet revealed. We are stepping into a realm of timelessness where the miracles in His presence are being made known to us. As we continue Heavenward, we are breaking the constraints of the natural realm and shaking off old paradigms.
The doors of Heaven are opening wider than we've ever seen before and we are witnessing the unfolding of the scrolls of
We are being commissioned by the Lord to step into new realms of Glory through worship and high praise. As we do this together, we are going to see the Kingdom of Power and Glory made manifest. God's Kingdom is taking dominion upon the earth and is displacing every stronghold of the enemy. destiny. Both the seen and unseen worlds are being changed from one degree of Glory to another, and all are being transformed by the ever-increasing Glory of God.
Questions to Ask Myself
How much time do I spend each day praising God out loud?
Do I believe that praising and worshiping God will lead me into new realms of glory?
The fifth place where Jesus shed His blood was where they drove the spikes through His feet, nailing Him to the cross. The blood shed from His feet also redeemed us from our loss of
dominion and authority.
Ephesians 6:10 - "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
The Greek word "Kratos," relates to God's manifested dominion and therefore our outer strength. Kratos speaks of
Acts 19:20 - "So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing."
The scripture tells us that in the days of the early church, "the word of the Lord grew mightily (Kratos) and prevailed."
When Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, he lost dominion and authority, and at that moment, Satan became the god of this world. But through Jesus' shed blood, we don't have to be trampled by Satan. God said to Joshua "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you," (Joshua 1:3). There is something about taking ground in the spirit--there is something about taking land.
dominion, power and strength.
How do we prophesy over others:
We speak the Blood of Jesus over their lives
We speak health over their lives
We have been commanded to "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15). Wherever we go, we're to tell people "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15). This would be impossible unless we had the authority to take dominion over Satan's earthly kingdom.
As believers we have the authority to walk around our neighborhood and say, "I bind the devil in my neighborhhod. I bind the drug addicts and the dope dealers." We can walk through schools and say, "I bind violence, I bind perversion, and I bind New Age teaching." Because every place where you set your foot will be yours (Deuteronomy 11:24)
When we bind the devil, our next step is to loose the peace of Jesus in our streets -- loose the righteousness of Jesus in our cities.
destiny over their livesDominion over this earth is ours again because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and wherever we are, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 18:18 - "Truly I say to you, whatever you shall bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven".
Questions to Ask Myself
HOW AM I CREATING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GOD TO ACT THROUGH MY FAITH?
four dimensions of the cross for us to embrace. First, the breadth of the cross--The love of Christ is manifested in the cross to everyone. God loves us all. His love extends to Africa, to Asia, to Latin America, to Russia, to China, to the United States, to Canada—to the whole world. It includes you, whoever you are, whatever your religion, even if you have no religion. God says from the cross, "I love you." there is the length of the cross. It has no measure. It extends from eternity to eternity, from everlasting to everlasting. When Noah built the Ark, it was 450 feet long. When Solomon built the Temple, it was 60 cubits long. If you build a shed for garden tools, you can measure the lumber with a tape measure. But how can you measure God’s love for us on the cross? the height of the cross—it extends to the throne of God. It doesn’t matter how high Heaven is. Through the cross, God draws all people to Himself. But you have to make a decision about Jesus Christ. the depth of God’s love for us on the cross. You can fall into the pit of sin and degradation. You can live like an animal. You can be a murderer, a rapist. But you can’t get beyond the love of God. The cross covers to the very gates of hell. How deep is God’s love? The Bible says, "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" (Romans 11:33). It can draw every sinner up to the exalted height of Heaven. Jesus said, "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself" (John 12:32).Jesus endured five kinds of wounds: Concussion, when they beat Him on the head; laceration, when they bared His back, took long leather whips with steel pellets on the end and beat Him until He was bleeding from head to toe; penetration, when they crushed that crown of thorns on His brow; perforation, when they drove the nails through His hands and feet; and incision, when they put the spear in His side.
The history of the cross goes back long before Christ came. But it was the Romans who used it on a massive scale to execute people. The victim was fastened to the cross by cords, or his hands were nailed, and he was left to die. Even with the heat of the sun, the pull of the body and the torture the victim had endured before being put on the cross, sometimes it took a week to die on a cross. It was one of the most terrible, painful ways to die.
God loves us all. His love extends ... to the whole world.
But Christians started to use the cross as a symbol of Christianity. And every time the Gospel is proclaimed, those who hear the message and receive Christ as Savior come to faith by way of the cross.
The Bible says that God’s love surpasses knowledge.
The Bible says that God’s love surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:19). There is no way that our finite minds can even begin to understand the love God had for us when He gave His Son on the cross to die for us, because we deserve death. We deserve judgment and hell.
Think of the cross for a moment. Think of Christ’s suffering for us. It’s said that
Think of Christ’s suffering for you.
Those nails through His hands and feet were driven by all the peoples of the world. We all had a part in the death of Christ because of our sins. Our sins put Him on the cross—and you participated.
You will never understand the Bible, you will never understand the death of Christ on the cross, until you understand that God is a holy and righteous and pure God. He cannot even look upon evil.
In that terrible time of the agony of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, a shadow came between God the Father and God the Son. God cannot look upon sin, and in that moment He was laying your sins and mine on Christ.
He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). That means that He had never known sin, never told a lie, never had an evil thought, never had any greed or lust. But all of the filth and dirt from your life and my life descended on Him. None of us will ever understand the mystery of that moment. It was God’s great love for each of us that allowed His Son to take that suffering.
He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us.
You and I have sinned against God. We have broken His laws. God told Adam that if he broke God’s law, he would surely die (Genesis 2:17). But Adam and Eve broke His law.
They sinned. We have all deliberately rebelled against God. God would not be God, He wouldn’t be just and righteous and holy, if He came along and patted us on the back and said, "You’re forgiven." We either had to die for our own sins, or somebody who was qualified had to die for us. That Person who was qualified was Jesus Christ, and He volunteered to do it. He died in our place. People will do almost anything to get rid of their guilt. The place to get rid of guilt is at the cross. Jesus came to die. On the cross He said, "It is finished" (John 19:30).
Your body will go to the grave. Your soul, your spirit—the part of you that lives forever—will live on. Where will you spend eternity? Heaven or hell? That will be decided by what you do about the cross, because from the cross Christ is asking you to repent of your sin and receive Him as your Lord and Savior.
From the cross, Jesus reached out by His death and rescued us.
On the cross Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit" (Luke 23:46). They did not take His life from Him; He laid it down voluntarily. He gave up His Spirit to God the Father. And in saying this, He conferred upon every one of us the possibility of the gift of eternal life. You can have eternal life, too. Jesus’ invitation is to Heaven.
We were lost, confused, without purpose or meaning in life, without assurance of a future life. But from the cross Jesus reached out by His death and rescued us. We can say to Him today, "Lord," "Savior." Are you sure that He is your Lord and your Savior? Thousands of people attend church, but they are not sure that they have committed their lives to Christ.
The crowd at the cross was shouting, "Save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross" (Matthew 27:40). Others were saying, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save" (Matthew 27:42). They were mocking, jeering, laughing.
Christ was on the cross for six hours between two thieves (Luke 23:39-44). They both deserved to die, according to Roman law. But one of the thieves looked at Jesus, and he saw that Jesus was different. He must have said to himself, "He has to be the Son of God. He has to be Lord." He said, "We deserve what we are getting, but He does not—He hasn’t done anything wrong." Then he turned to Jesus and said, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom" (Luke 23:42). What an act of faith!
Jesus was different.
And what did Jesus say? "Today you will be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). That thief will be in Heaven. Jesus forgave him by His death on the cross.
The forgiveness and the mercy of God are so far beyond our comprehension that we can hardly even talk about them.