Saturday, November 30, 2013

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The Miracle of Gratitude


By: Pastor Tina McCrea

I have recently celebrated my Jubilee (50th) birthday.  Looking back over the past 10 years I have been anxious over lost time.   This nagging sense of regret and grief was actually tormenting me and I didn't truly realize it.  I was always trying to figure out what went wrong.  This sense of lost time seemed insignificant to others because I had gained so much and in fact I had recovered much of the things which were lost but not the time.   No matter how successful I became or how much God did for me I stilled longed for the lost time and became discouraged.  I once read that discouragement is no respecter of persons.  

It is the number one tool of the enemy to get our minds and hearts diverted from focusing on thanking God.  Before you know it your prayers turn into accusations towards God.  It is so easy to focus on the problems around you when you encounter difficult circumstances.  All I could see is myself and how others had robbed me of my time.  Once I had a dear friend and hairstylist help me refocus through the eyes of faith and see that the LORD had a plan and that HE is always in control even when life feels like it is spiraling out of control.

As the years progressed, I have learned like Paul to become grateful for his grace because over this time that I assumed that I lost, I actually gained a new perspective of who the Father was.  This scripture sums it up for me in that through the eyes of gratitude I found the Father to be a gracious savior, who showered me with a manifold of tender mercies every day, and I got to know Him as the God of All Comfort through the Holy Spirit.  This comfort has enriched my life with such a strength and resolve that I am compelled to share with and comfort others. 

Corinthians 1:4-9

In this reflection, I can say that I do not always get it right even today however I motivated by gratitude and not grumbling.  Refocusing on gratitude instead of what went wrong has made my marriage more pleasant, my daughter is more confident that she really  can do all things through Christ who gives her the strength even if she makes a mistake because I am no longer there pointing out what went wrong but pointing her to a place of prayer and thanksgiving. As for me, I am able to see the Father glorified through each and every year that has past as well as trust His faithfulness with my future. 


Today I challenge you to Change Your Life With The MIRCALE of Gratitude.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
"The Miracle of Gratitude
 is that it shifts your perception
to an extent that it
changes the world you see."
                        -- Dr. Robert Holden



Friday, November 29, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Cultivating the Heart of Gratitude & Contentment Series:

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God is Going to Change You Before He Changes Your Circumstances


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of all blessings,
source of all life,
giver of all grace:


We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath
that sustains life,
for the food of this earth
that nurtures life,
for the love of family and friends
without which there would be no life.



We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty
that the eye can see,
for the joy
that the ear may hear,
for the unknown
that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder,
for the expanse of space
that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.



We thank you for setting us in communities:
for families
who nurture our becoming,
for friends
who love us by choice,
for companions at work,
who share our burdens and daily tasks,
for strangers
who welcome us into their midst,
for people from other lands
who call us to grow in understanding,
for children
who lighten our moments with delight,
for the unborn,
who offer us hope for the future.



We thank you for this day:
for life
and one more day to love,
for opportunity
and one more day to work for justice and peace,
for neighbors
and one more person to love
and by whom be loved,
for your grace
and one more experience of your presence,
for your promise:
to be with us,
to be our God,
and to give salvation.



For these, and all blessings,
we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,
through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days THANKSGIVING SERIES:

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Cultivating the Heart of Gratitude & Contentment


Monday, November 25, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Love God, Love Yourself, & Love Others Series:

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Free At Last To Love





Sunday, November 24, 2013

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Loving Thy Neighbor & Letting God Love You


Saturday, November 23, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Loving God, Loving Yourself, & Loving Others Series

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How to Handle Your Enemies

“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them” (Luke 6:32).

How to Love the Unlovable?

Now for the True Test of Love.  Do you love your enemies?  Go ahead and be real; it is just you there. Do you really love those who are plotting against you, those who want to see you fail, and those who say you will not make it?  Don’t be gullible and na├»ve while loving your enemies, but be Christ-like and pray for their souls. Do not wish them ill will, but bless them and don’t stoop to their level by rendering evil for evil.  

You have to forgive those who have hurt you and accept the things that have already happened in your life.  You can’t go back and you can’t undo what has been done, but you can go forward and not repeat the same mistakes.  You can choose today not to repeat the same mistakes again and not allow others to do what has already been done to you before.  How you treat others is what matters.  Once you give love, you will get it.  Allow love to cover your words, actions, and deeds. 


The Hard Task: Pray for Your Enemies

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the sinners do so?” (Matthew 5:44-47).

Honestly, it sounds ludicrous, to say that you should pray for someone who makes it their mission to inflict pain in your life. However, I submit to you no one is better equipped to pray for them than you!  You are the person receiving the sad antics of their meanness, jealousy, and their pain projected upon you. You know better than anyone how much help they really need. Turn your anger into prayer and intercession for your enemies.  Who knows, afterwards they may not be your enemy any more.  The test of true character is not on their part, but on yours!

Friend or Foe?

Can you tell the difference between a friend and a foe?  What are the characteristics of a good friend?  What are the characteristics of foes?  We must consider these poignant questions in our current relationships and in those that we are now considering pursuing.

There are many reasons and seasons why people come into our lives. Some come to make a difference in our lives, and some even come to leave our lives.  After knowing your life purpose, it is equally important to know who should be in your life.  The right road with the wrong people can be detrimental.  The enemy knows that his best avenue to invade, destroy, or sidetrack your life and purpose is through ungodly and unfulfilling relationships.  Right now, think for a moment before you continue reading of a time when you were sidetracked and taken off course… Now think of the person who facilitated this, and realize that was a plot of the enemy to derail you!

Foes: These types of people are harmful, destructive, jealous, envious, conniving, and self-centered. They are non-supportive and co-dependent. There are Rules, but no boundaries in these relationships!  Foes are controlling, needy, and parasitic.  Foes have bad motives, and no maturity or real development comes out of the relationship.

They are not your friends, but your shadows, the dark spots and places in your life.  They cannot always be found; it is only when they are able to intercept your light that they appear.  A Shadow is defined as a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body intercepting light.  It is a period or instance of gloom, unhappiness, mistrust, doubt, or dissension in a friendship or one's life.  A shadow is also a dominant or pervasive threat, influence, or atmosphere.  

A foe is a shadow that follows another person in order to keep surveillance on that person as a spy or detective.  Foes (shadows) are a rough image cast by an object blocking rays of illumination.  The Foes (shadows) in your life are the blockers of your future!

“Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles or is overthrown, 18Lest the Lord see it and it be evil in His eyes and displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him [to expend it upon you, the worst offender]” (Proverbs 24:17-18 AMP).

A Depiction of a Foe/Antagonistic Relationship:

Peninnah and Hannah

Some would think at this age and stage in our lives as men & women that we should be able to recognize a good friend.  I find that with each stage of life, we learn just who our real friends are.

“Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:  2And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.  5But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb.  6And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb           
(1 Samuel 1:1-6 KJV).

The whole motive of a foe is to remind you of what is not going right in your life and to let you know that what you want, they already have.  They provoke you to come out of your godly character, and they do not let up until they have caused a breakdown in your life.  They make you fret and doubt what you know to be true about God and His promises toward you.  Believe it or not, they are good for a season in your life because they cause you to pursue destiny in order to prove them wrong.  They catapult you into destiny with their motives of trying to hold you back and down.  They were born as an adversary in your life, but you will be victorious.  Judas had his place in Jesus’ destiny; he helped Jesus get to the Cross at the right time for us to be saved.  The betrayal can be the very blessing that makes you continue forward.  Remember, they are only in your life for a season, but don’t give them a position or permanent role.



Friday, November 22, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Loving God, Loving Yourself, & Loving Others Series:

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Loving Yourself


You have to view your life, marriage, and the relationship you have with your kids (family) from the perspective of the oxygen masks on an airplane. Before taking off, the airline stewardess will demonstrate how to put on an oxygen mask. But it is the profound words that she says about who you should place the mask on first, YOU! Yes, she tells you no matter who is sitting next to you, no matter if it a child, elderly person, or someone that is disabled, always put your oxygen mask on first! WOW! What insight we can gain from this. You have to see about yourself as it realtes to needs before you can be of any service, help, or assitance to anyone else.

Basically,  the airline stewardess is saying, if you put someone else’ s mask on, you may not even have the opportunity to put yours own. No more guilt over meeting your needs! You have to put your “oxygen mask” on first then assist your spouse and children in their needs, wants, and desires.It is not the desire of any person (especially a spouse or parent) to put their “oxygen mask” on first, but it is a Need for you to do so in order to be the best person you can. You have to get a new working defintion of Needs & Desires as it relates to you as a holistic person.

Wives & Moms: If you really want to love your husband, then take care of & love his wife (you). Moms, if you really want to love your children, then take care of & love their mom (you).

Husbands & Dads: If you really want to love your wife, then take care of & love her husband (you). Dads, if you really want to love your children, then take care of & love their dad (you).

To take care of yourself would seem to be something that no one would have to tell you, but as men & women (husbands/dads & wives/moms) we are always worried and consumed by everyone else’s needs.  When was the last time you did something for you?  It is wonderful to do great things for others, but charity starts at home, and then it goes abroad.  If you neglect yourself, then are you really helping others?  If you are in a place of restlessness, burnout, and hopelessness, then you will not be good for others.  You have to consider yourself and really focus on your needs to make sure you are equipped to complete the tasks before you.

“Don’t Take Your Strength for Granted”

We are always being and doing for others, but you have to remember that there is one person who needs you most--You!  Really take inventory over the next month of all the demands, activities, errands, and everything else on your to-do list and see where some things can be eliminated.  Again, what is needed vs. what is necessary?  Allow God to be the deciding factor.  Once you have looked at your full monthly calendar and considered everything, then go back in the recesses of your mind and figure out how you got to this place. 

As a person, you have come to the place of being so inundated with stuff that you have allowed it to define who you are.  If you took all the stuff and the busyness away, then what is left? Who do you see when you look at yourself?  Are you afraid of just being alone with yourself?  I think you are missing out on the greatest relationship that is always near you, the one with yourself!  Do not forget to put yourself on your own guest list. Invite yourself to the greatest party--Your Life!

The “Do You” List:

I know you have to have a “to-do list” every day, but you need to have a “Do You” List! We are constantly doing things, but we sometimes forget ourselves.  This list will help you achieve the optimum you, so that you can live a life full and overflowing and not one of weariness. This list helps you to take off the Superman/Superwoman Cape and put on the Robe of Care for yourself.  We as spouses & parents are constantly wearing the cape of “I can do it all” when God is only requiring us to put on the Robe of Care.
 
Today, decide to change your wardrobe and give up your cape for the Robe of Care!  Your password for your life is LIBERATED.  The login name is YOU… You have to sign-on and login to your own life.  It is time to feel completely free being you.  


This is Your “Do You” List:

1)      Accept You
2)      Love You
3)      Trust You
4)      Affirm You
5)      Respect You
6)      Be You

Accept yourself no matter what. Have a great appreciation for who you are. There will always be things that you want to change, but you have to have initial acceptance of who you are and rejoice in the value of your life.  Know what qualities are simply a part of you and know the things that you do have the power to change.  You become better when you choose to. 

Love yourself. If you do not, then no one else will. Take time to love yourself through words, care, and doing fun things.  You are worth it and you do deserve it.  Always keep a healthy self-esteem; fall in love with you, and then others will too.

Trust yourself no matter what.  You are your own greatest ally.  Decide every day and in every situation to be honest and trustworthy. 

Affirm yourself. You know you can do it, you know you will make it, and you know you are beautiful.  Say and do things to affirm yourself and the overall goal of your life.  Only allow things, people, and places into your life that affirm and add to who you are. Dismiss those things that subtract from you.

Respect yourself every day.  Never allow anyone to degrade you or treat you as less than who you are.  Always regard yourself highly and keep your dignity, integrity, and self-respect as a top priority.

Be You.  If you do not be you, then who will?  God made you and He doesn’t make mistakes, so you are what He wants you to be.  Seek God for improvements, and not the opinion of man.  Be proud to be you, even the past you.  You are a compilation of your life experiences and they have made you who you are today.

Every day, you have to keep this “Do You” list before you.  No matter what situation you face, you will always need to Accept you, Love you, Trust you, Affirm you, Respect you, and Be you!  When you don’t “Do You,” then you are a half-empty woman.  The only way to be full is to fully “Do You!”

Take time now to write out the “Do You” list several times on a piece of paper, sticky note, or index card. Put the list on the bathroom mirror, in the car, at your office, and wherever else you need a reminder of how great you are. A Total Man/Woman does the “Do You” list every day.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Loving God... The Agape Way




Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Love Series

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Love God, Love Yourself, & Love Others


Monday, November 18, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days

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Breaking Free-The Movement: The Purity Prayer






By Elder Gary McCrea

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Breaking Free: The Movement Homosexuality (Pt.2) Min. Eugene Blakely

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Symptoms


VS.

ROOTS


One day as I was watching television, a sharp pain developed within the top left tooth of my mouth. It was baffling to me seeing that I went to the dentist just a week ago and had a filling in that tooth. A week later, I went back to my dentist. I described the pain and told her the situation about the filling. She immediately identified the problem as a root canal. I began to ask, “Why do I need a root canal when I just had a filling?” She said they put a filling where a root canal should have been done.

She explained to me that the filling took the pain away temporarily, but if the tooth was going to be saved from extraction, she would have to dig down in the root of it.  It is amazing life operates like this as well. We look at the struggles in our lives and only focus on the symptoms or filling, but never try to discover the root of the problem. When I look at King David on his dying bed pouring out his life lessons to his son, I see he forgets to tell him the root of lust that travels in their bloodline.

This mistake leads Solomon almost to lose the Temple of God to pagan gods. Too many men, are fighting symptoms, but not confronting the roots that continue to bring the same problem year after year. When I was going through homosexuality, I remember telling myself, “I only feel like this because I have no friends or a companion that I can share my thoughts and inspiration with.” I began a journey of searching for people to please me, make me feel important, or make me feel like I was somebody. A couple years after I was saved, I felt myself going back to that place.

God immediately stopped me and said, “Your loneliness is not the absence of people, but the absence of Purpose.” God said, “When you find purpose, I will put you with the right people.” I understood in that moment that homosexuality was a symptom, and the lack of purpose was the root. My life felt suicidal all the time because there was an empty hole called purpose. The enemy will always try to attack you by drawing your focus to the current issue (symptom) instead of the root of the problem.

When you look at King Saul in the book of Samuel, you see a man offering sacrifices without a heart transplant. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Saul never wanted to confront the roots in his life because he was too busy trying to please the people. Saul forgot to please the very One who placed him on the throne in the first place, God. When we as men or women do not dig into the roots of our lives, we forget about the things of God. We put our purpose in front of God’s purpose, and neglect the life source that produces joy, love, peace, and understanding.

I encourage you as men today to ask yourself, “What is the root to my lust, pride, rebellion, or insecurities?” It is time to search within yourself and find the root so you can see the treasure that you are. God has a plan for each and every one of you. In order for God to show you that plan, He has to trust you. In order for Him to trust you, He has to bring you to a place in Him. In order for you to go to that place with God, He has to start with you. He has to dig deep enough in you until you do not like what you see. Until all the concentration becomes no one, but yourself.

If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it
(Matthew 10:38).

Saturday, November 16, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Breaking Free-The Movement: Homosexuality

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                                     My Testimony, My Story, & My Deliverance
                                     By: Min. Eugene Blakely





Your Message of Hope from My Heart







Friday, November 15, 2013

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A Word For Spouses of People In Transition


Thursday, November 14, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Breaking Free-The Movement

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What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality?




By: Elder Gary McCrea


Romans 1:18-32

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.  Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way, the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.  Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

President Obama states that “same-sex marriage exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation,” reports CNS News today. The statement was made by the president in congratulating Hawaii yesterday for legalizing same-sex marriage. Hawaii joins several states in recently enacting legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.

When you start thinking about homosexuality – same sex attraction, people have a tendency to try to figure out how did this happen to my love ones, friends, co-workers and so on.  Here is some of the ways that the door was opened:

·        Sexual violation or experimentation
·        Incest or molestation
·        Exposure to pornography
·        Negative spiritual influences
·        Media influences
·        Personality and temperament
·        Negative body image
·        Peer labeling, harassment or alienation
·        Fear of or an inability to relate to the opposite sex
·        Dysfunctional family relationships

The Bible Condemns Homosexual Behavior.

God’s plan for natural sexual relationships is his ideal for his people.  Unfortunately, sin distorts the natural use of God’s gifts.  Sin often means not only denying God, but also denying the way we are made.  When people say that any sex act is acceptable as long as nobody gets hurt, they are fooling themselves.  In the long run and often, the short run as well, sin hurts people – individuals, families, communities and societies.  How sad it is that people who worship the things God made instead of the Creator so often distort and destroy the very things they claim to value.

Alongside God’s Condemnation of Sin is His Offer of Forgiveness.

Homosexuality (to exchange or abandon natural relations of sex) was as widespread in Paul’s day as it is in ours. Many pagan practices encouraged it. God is willing to receive anyone who comes to him in faith and Christians should love and accept others no matter what their background. Yet, homosexuality is strictly forbidden in Scripture (Leviticus 18:22 - You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination). 

Homosexuality is considered an acceptable practice by many in our world today – even by some churches. Nevertheless, society does not set the standard for God’s law.  Many homosexuals believe that their desires are normal and that they have a right to express them.  However, God does not obligate nor encourage us to fulfill all our desires (even normal ones).  Those desires that violate his laws must be dealt with.

Temptation Can be Overcome by God’s Grace.

If you have these desires, you can and must resist acting upon them.  Consciously avoid places or activities you know will kindle temptations of this kind.  Do not underestimate the power of Satan to tempt you nor the potential for serious harm if you yield to these temptations.  Remember, God can and will forgive sexual sins just as he forgives other sins.  Surrender yourself to the grace and mercy of God, asking him to show you the way out of sin and into the light of his freedom and his love.  Prayer, Bible study and strong support in a Christian church can help you to gain strength to resist these powerful temptations.  If you are already deeply involved in homosexual behavior, seek help from a trustworthy person (pastor, professional counselor).

Resources



http://www.blazinggrace.org/ (online 12-step program)

http://www.sasandiego.org (12 Step Program download online)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






 



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days BREAKING FREE-THE MOVEMENT

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S.E.X. (Singles Engaging in X-Rated Behavior)



By: Evang. Tashara Luster

The copyrighted material from this teaching are excerpts from author Tashara Luster’s soon to be released book:

THE TOTAL SINGLE:
“I JUST DON’T WANT TO BE ALONE”
THE SEARCHING MAN & THE WAITING WOMAN

Copyright. Tashara Luster. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without consent.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Breaking Free The Movement: 
Deliverance From Sexual Sin & Bondage

Testimony By Elder Gary McCrea

Monday, November 11, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Shattering Strongholds Series:

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Shattering Strongholds in the Lives of Men Prayer




By: Elder Gary McCrea

Sunday, November 10, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Shattering Strongholds Series

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Loosing Lawlessness 

Binding Love Through Salvation



Friday, November 8, 2013

P-90X School Prayer-Walk

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Breaking The Stronghold & Power of Hurtful Words Spoken Over You & Others



We can speak words about ourselves and others containing curses and spiritual death without realizing what we are doing. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” Proverbs 18:21 Amplified “for the tongue can kill or nourish life.” Proverbs 18:21 NLT:  We need to practice the Words of God, speaking in love, with patience and kindness in every sentence.   

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy or haughtiness. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly, Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it (it pays no attention to a suffered wrong). It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything (without weakening). Love never fails (never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end).” 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8. When our own words align with the Words of God we have a special connection to God. Our words truly have the power of life and death. Loose the power and effects of any hurtful words you have spoken upon yourself and others, whether unbeknownst or in anger. Repent of having spoken such words, remembering that to repent means to turn away from ever speaking such evil words again. If you have spoken negative words about your children, your finances, your health, your spouse, your life or your relationship with God – get on your knees alone and bind these to the Will of God and loose the power and effects of any wrong words you have spoken.


Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come to You now in the Name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father, I repent of any words I have spoken over myself and over _____ (my child, my finances, my health, my mind, my spouse, my relationship to You). Heavenly Father, please forgive me for speaking these words according to 1 John 1:9. I ask You to destroy and break the effects of these words in Jesus Christ’s Holy Name. I am standing on your Word. You said You would give me the Keys to the Kingdom, that whatsoever I would bind on earth would be bound in heaven and whatsoever I would loose on earth would be loosed in heaven. In the Name of Jesus, I  bind my will to the Will of God, I bind myself and everyone that I prayed for today to the Will of God and I pray you will make me constantly aware of Your will for my life. I bind my mind, ____’s mind to the mind of Christ that we will be aware of how Jesus would have us think, believe and speak. Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I loose every wrong thought I have placed on others or others have placed into my mind. I loose every wrong thought I have placed into ____’s mind and every evil imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. In the Name of Jesus, I loose the power and effects of any wrong words spoken to, about or by me. In the Name of Jesus, I pray with thanksgiving.  Amen!



Thursday, November 7, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Binding & Loosing Pt.2

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By Elder Paula Burch & Pastor Tina McCrea

Matthew 16:19 
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Definitions according to the Greek:

Keys: symbolize authority to open. used to unlock a door or gate, hence the means to entrance, or power to keep in, to denote power and authority of various kinds, close(1), closed(1), closes(1), locked(1), shut(11), shuts(1).

Bind: of arrest and imprisonment bind, tie up, “to wrap up” to tie, fasten.  “to forbid” and “to permit.” , to bind, fasten with chains, to throw into chains.

Earth: A definite land which is not named, the earth as a standing place,

Bound: restrict, “tie” four times, “knit” once, “be in bonds” once, and “wind” once.  to bind tie, fasten. fasten with chains, to throw into chains, to take possession of, to stop one from being what they should be.

Loose: “unloose,” destroy, dissolve, break down,

Loosed:  destroy, dissolve, break up, to loose one bound, to unbind, release from bonds, set free.

Statement: Jesus passed on to His church His authority or control to bind or loose on earth. Jesus Christ has given us the keys to the kingdom, which means that He has given us His kingdom power to stop evil and release God’s power on different situations in life.  In other words, Peter’s pronouncement of “binding” or “loosing” is dependent upon what heaven has already willed, rather than earth’s giving direction to heaven. “Bind” in this verse is translated from the Greek word deo, (deh’-o), which means also to be in bonds; knit, tie, fasten, confine, join together like husband and wife, wind. “Loose” in this verse is from the Greek word luo, which also means to break (up), destroy, dissolve, (un-) loose, melt, put off.

In Biblical times, binding and loosing refers to what was permitted or not permitted. Most Christian interprets the passage to mean we are to bind demons or “negative” things.  I suggest that if we pray this verse according to the Greek language and the original meaning of the word, when we pray I bind poverty and I loose prosperity, we are in essence praying I knit, I tie, I fasten, I confine  poverty and I break up, destroy, dissolve, melt, put off prosperity.  If we pray I bind sickness and disease and I loose healing and wholeness, then we are praying I knit to, I tie, I fasten, I confine, I join together like husband and wife sickness and disease.


As stated above we are to bind what heaven has already willed – therefore I suggest that if the Word of God suggest that Jesus willed that by his stripes we are healed then we should knit, fasten, tie, confine, wind healing to us.  Likewise the Bible clearly indicate that we are to ‘LOOSE” sickness, disease, evil, infirmities because it has already been willed in heaven.  Note:  in Luke 13:12 -Jesus said you are loosed from your infirmity – He did not bind her to the infirmity – He loosed her.

Luke 13:10-12 
And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

In Job 1: God had a conversation with Satan.  The Bible says that when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, Satan came with them.  Then the Lord asked Satan where did he come from? Satan said from walking up and down in the earth.  Now in this text God did not will Satan to be bond.  He did not say I bind you Satan. Rather he permitted/allowed Satan access to one of his most faithful servants.  According to I Peter 5:8, Satan is still walking around like as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  In this text the Bible did not instruct us to bind the enemy rather according to I Peter 5:9, he states we are to resist him and stay firm in our faith.

Job 1:6-7: Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.  7And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
I Peter 5:8-9:  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Again in Mark 1:24-25 when Jesus came into the presence of the man with unclean spirit He did not say I bind you unclean spirit.  Rather he said be quiet and come out.  Jesus did not demonstrate that we should knit, fasten, tie or even confine unclean spirit.  He told the spirits to come out- in other words, Jesus broke (up), destroyed, dissolved, un- loose, put off the hold this un-clean spirit had on this man.

Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

Matthew 8:28-32 again, we find Jesus in the presence of two people possessed with devils, when the devils ask if they could go into the swine, Jesus “did not” say I bind you devil,  rather Jesus permitted (allowed) the devil to go into the swine.
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.  29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?  30And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.  31So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.  32And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

CONCLUSION:


I contend that whenever the Bible talked about someone being bound, it was always something negative that had them in bondage and Jesus always loosed them from that which was negative.  Therefore if we pray to bind something -- binding should encourage us to draw or tie the wonderful things of God to ourselves in the same manner as God had commanded in Old Testament scriptures.

  • Deut11:18 -     Bind God’s Word upon our hands.
  • Proverbs 3:3    Bind kindness and truth to our necks.
  • Proverbs 7:2-4 Bind  the Commandments and teachings to our fingers

I also contend that whenever the Bible talked about something being loosed, he loosed negative things that had us bound.

  • Isaiah 58:6       Wickedness was loosed.
  • Jeremiah 40:4- Chains are loosed
  • Luke  13:12     Infirmities were loosed.

Matthew 16:19 suggests that those things that have already been willed by God in the kingdom of heaven are imitated by the Church on earth.  “Binding” or “Loosing” is dependent upon what heaven has already willed.   We do not have authority to give direction to heaven Also note in this test there is no reference to the binding or loosing of persons, yet we often say or hear others binding and loosing people.  This passage speaks exclusively of things –ho’sa (3745) in the Greek means whatever not whoever.  Believers can never make conclusive decisions about things, but we can confirm those decisions which have already been made by God Himself in the general context of His kingdom both on earth and in heaven.