Thursday, November 8, 2018

Effectual Fervent Prayer

In my book, "Praying and Proclaiming God's Abundant Provision," I also write about the power of effectual fervent prayer.  

To pray the Scriptures specifically related to prosperity and God’s abundant provision, our first prayer is about the power of the effectual fervent prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, your Word says that the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16, ULKJV,) that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (NIV,) and can accomplish much (NASB.) Your Word says that prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective (ISV,) and exert a mighty influence (WNT.) Very strong is a working supplication of a righteous man (YLT.)

God, I am not righteous by my own righteousness. Your Word teaches that there is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10, ULKJV,) for we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6, ULKJV.) 

But in Christ Jesus am found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (Philippians 3:9, ULKJV.) 

I am not righteous in my own righteousness, but I have righteousness by the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:9, BBE.) It is not by my effort at righteousness but by the righteousness that you grant that I pray the effectual fervent prayers that avail much. 

Having therefore, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19, ULKJV,) I approach you this day in the Name of Jesus (John 14:13 & 16:26.) 
In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Christ in You - Being One with God

Being one with God

In this post: When we become filled with God, we begin to view the world from the perspective of God-filled beings. We begin to see that challenges of life are small and finite compared to God. And this Almighty God dwells within us. We consider ourselves no more hindered by the restrictions of this life because nothing is impossible for the Almighty God who dwells within us. 

One of greatest and supreme truths of Christianity is that, because of the glorious bodily incarnation of God in the Person of Jesus Christ, and by our faith in his life, death, and resurrection, it has now become possible that God himself may dwell within the believer. 
That God may dwell within mere human beings is no small matter. The God-filled believer possesses the incredible ability to operate in the supernatural. We can engage in astonishing activities that are not common for normal man. 

The God-filled believer lives his or her life with a sense of greatness because the Greater One dwells within us. 

We look like humans do. We talk like humans do. We act like humans do and even though we are indeed human, we are God-filled humans. This God-within consciousness may cause us to experience supernatural encounters and engage in paranormal, supernatural activity. 

We possess natural bodies, which we have surrendered to God. Yet we do not live according to the fleshly, carnal nature. Though it is possible to still succumb to it in areas of our lives that are not yet fully surrendered to God, we daily and progressively continue to dominate this fleshly, carnal nature by the power of God. If we live in the Spirit, we do not yield to the carnal and sinful desires of the flesh. 

We live in a natural world, but we operate in it with a spiritual dominion that causes us to live above the hindrances and restraints of the natural. We eat, drink, and sleep well; but sickness, lack and defeat are not our portion.

We live in dominion over sickness and disease, for God dwells within our physical bodies also. We administer healing to others, for the influence of God flows from us to give them healing and liberty. 
We are not subject to emotional illnesses such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear, because the nature of Christ has become part of our emotions. 
Our minds are filled with the mind of Christ and our thought patterns reflect the way God would have thought, had he been in our situations. 

We weather financial trials or other challenges in our families and lives, for God in us commands the storms and holds power over life. Christ lives within us and we cannot live by the limitations of unregenerate humanity any longer. 

We relate to others as God would have related to them. We bring healing, victory, and hope to others because this is what God in us offers them. In full surrender and complete subjection to our Father, we think like God, feel his emotions, speak, and act like him and so represent the Almighty God in the earth. We possess a supernatural sense of love and compassion for humanity, for God loves them through us. We are fused in union with him, that we may represent him here on earth. 

Our greatest joy is the bliss of loving God through worship and praise in the same sweetness of Spirit that Jesus Christ enjoyed with the Father during his earthly abode. 

We are ever conscious of his glorious incarnation: That he was the Word made flesh. And we are consumed with that most glorious act of his love when he died on a cross to bring about forgiveness from our sin, reconciliation, and union with God. And we are thrilled by his glorious bodily resurrection. His resurrection stirs our soul, for he conquered death and hell and infused the redeemed with his resurrection life and power. 

He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the right hand of power. He poured out his Spirit into the early believers — our ancestors in the Lord, and he pours his Spirit into us in modern times. 

We look forward with great anticipation to the literal return of the Son of God, and to our eternal abode with him. We long to be with the One we have not seen, yet we love. But until then we relish that sweet communion that is encountered in our relationship with his Spirit. 

God dwells in us by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. We are fused and blended in union with him — Christ in us, the Hope of Glory. Our glorious hope is that we will be completely transformed into the image and nature of Christ in us, and manifest him outwardly. 

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Praying Abundance - Dedication

I dedicate this book to my wife and best friend Heidi, who it the greatest woman of faith in God’s provision I know. Honey, God truly handpicked you for me. Our journey of faith has been an exciting one, and God has always provided in all our needs, even when we did not know where it would come from next. 

And to my children – Anthony, Rebekah, Timothy and Trey: As ministers’ kids you have learnt to live the life of faith in God’s provision. You have seen the Lord supply in all our need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19.) And kids, God will always provide for you – just keep on trusting Him and you will see God intervene for you in supernatural ways.

And to those many wonderful friends and supporters of our ministry – you have believed in us and in what we do. You have supported us with your sacrificial giving. We are indebted to you, our friends. With your support we have pulled off some big things for the kingdom of God. You remind me of our Lord’s own supporters:

“Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, along with … many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples” (Luke 8:1-3, NLT.)
And finally to my Lord and Savior, the King of kings and Lord of lords – who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20, ULKJV.) You are Jehovah Jireh – the LORD my Provider (Genesis 22:14.) You have given me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4.)

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Chrystal River of Life - the Holy Spirit

The "Crystal River of Life" in the Book of Revelation is none other than the Holy Spirit! Joel Hitchcock compares Scripture with Scripture and contends that the Holy Spirit River will give you life! 

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The Ascension of Jesus

Joel Hitchcock preaches on Christ's glorious ascension:
After his death and resurrection, the One and Only God-Man - JESUS CHRIST ASCENDED and is seated at the Right Hand of God - holding all power and authority on his glorious throne. YOU have a Friend in High Places - the Highest Place - the throne of God! Whatever your situation, GOD IS THERE FOR YOU! 

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Holy Spirit, teach us about Christ within

From Joel Hitchcock's book, "Christ in You:"

First, let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will be our teacher. Pray these words with all sincerity:

“God, I pray that you illuminate my mind by the power of your Spirit and by the power of your Word, that I may understand the wonder of my union with you. 

That I will progressively come to understand that Christ dwells within me. That I will develop a consciousness that I am filled with God by Christ in me. That I’m filled with Christ and that he flows through me, today and every day. 

I am filled with God; that I am fused with you. My nature is altered by yours; I am blended with Christ. By the Spirit of God’s Son in me, I enjoy that same sweet intimacy with the Father as Jesus did. I love and worship my Father from this awareness.

Holy Spirit, teach me more about Jesus. Make God real to me. I open my mind and my heart, even my very flesh and my entire being, to the influence of your Holy Spirit.

My glorious hope is that Christ will be revealed in me in fullness and completion — Christ in me, the hope of glory.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Is there historical evidence that Jesus existed?

Historical evidence outside of the Bible that indicates that Jesus Christ existed.

There are several references to Jesus in both the pagan as well as anti-Jesus Jewish writings. We will here briefly mention several of them, but the ones that relate to the actual deity of Jesus Christ we will list in the end. 

Thallus (circa 51AD) is quoted by Julius Africanus sometime around 221AD, when Africanus writes, “On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down. 

This darkness Thallus, in the third book of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason, an eclipse of the sun.”  

Though the existence of Jesus is not explicitly mentioned, the events listed here her are stunning confirmations of seismic events that occurred with the death of Jesus – darkness, rocks rent, and earthquake. It confirms what the Bible says, “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour… And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent; … And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent; … Now thee centurion, and they that were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:45, 51, 54, ASV.) 

Mara Bar-Serapion around 73AD, “What advantage did the Athenians gain from putting Socrates to death? Famine and plague came upon them as a judgment for their crime. What advantage did the men of Samos gain from burning Pythagoras? In a moment their land was covered with sand. What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise king? It was just after that that their kingdom was abolished.” Though the name of Jesus is not specifically referenced here by Mara bar Serapion, the only person this may have reference to is Jesus, for he was the only one executed for being the “King of the Jews,” after which Jerusalem was destroyed within a single generation, approximately 40 years later, in 70AD.

Tacitus (circa 56-120AD) writes, “Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular.”  

The Testimonium Flavianum: Again, the first century Jewish Historian Josephus Flavius wrote “About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.” (Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book XVIII, Ch. III, Sn. 3.) 

This passage is considered by some to be an interpolation, yet there has been no real evidence to negate the original existence of the passage. Even if part of it had been interpolated, his writing still evidences the existence of Jesus during that time. 
Kitab alUnwan: Though this Arabic version of the Testimonium Flavianum dates around 941 or 942AD, the similarities of its “Yusifus, the Hebrew” that speaks of a “Jesus” whose “conduct was good, and was known to be virtuous,” and whom “Pilate condemned him to be crucified” and “accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah,” shows the existence of Josephus Testimonium Flavianum’s widespread existence.  

The Jewish Talmud writes against Jesus, yet nonetheless acknowledges his existence. It says, “On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshu and the herald went before him for forty days saying Yeshu is going forth to be stoned in that he hath practiced sorcery and beguiled and led astray Israel. Let everyone knowing ought in his defense come and plead for him. But they found naught in his defense and hanged him on the eve of Passover” 

We have seen from these few references of Jesus from non-Christian sources of antiquity that Jesus did indeed exist. These sources are references to the very existence of Jesus Christ, and they are from outside the Bible. But what about his deity? Are there any literary sources of antiquity that say that the Early Church believed he was God? Remarkably, we find from extra-Biblical sources that the Early Church indeed considered Jesus to be God! Let’s look at a few… 

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Effectual Fervent Prayer

In my book, " Praying and Proclaiming God's Abundant Provision ," I also write about the power of effectual fervent prayer.   ...