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Perception: How Changing Your View Will Change Your Life



Today we will discuss perception and how a change in how you view things will change your life. Our perception is often fooled a little or more often then not thrown off track completely. Knowing this why do we trust our perception? The reason many people instinctively act on what they perceive is because they either trust it or because they feel it is all they have to go on. Trusting our own perception is not good because it can often be fooled. Have you ever looked at a series of numbers and thought the letter E was a 3 or a 6 was a 9 or a 1 was a 7. Simple mistake, but once made could cause you to deposit your weekly pay check into someone else’s account or send a corrective email to your boss instead of the cleaning crew. If you believe perception is all you have then what else is there to go on regardless of whether it is flawed or not. A famous saying started some decades ago is that perception is reality or how you see things is the reality you will create and live in. In the corporate world there is an old saying that is used and that is to a hammer everything in life is a nail meaning if you have a certain skill set you will attempt to fix every issue by using that skill set. And why not, this is what you know to do and what has possibly worked in the past. The only issue is that not every issue is a nail and in fact if you treat certain ones like a nail you will only shatter the opportunity to actually correct it.

Three things to take note of in this scripture.

  1. The perception of the crowd toward Jesus before and after the miracle.
  2. The perception of the skeptics after the miracle.
  3. The perception of the believers

Mark 2:1-12 (CEV): Jesus Heals a Crippled Man

2 Jesus went back to Capernaum, and a few days later people heard that he was at home.[a] Then so many of them came to the house that there wasn’t even standing room left in front of the door.

Jesus was still teaching when four people came up, carrying a crippled man on a mat. But because of the crowd, they could not get him to Jesus. So they made a hole in the roof[b] above him and let the man down in front of everyone.

When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the crippled man, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”

Some of the teachers of the Law of Moses were sitting there. They started wondering, “Why would he say such a thing? He must think he is God! Only God can forgive sins.”

Right away, Jesus knew what they were thinking, and he said, “Why are you thinking such things? Is it easier for me to tell this crippled man that his sins are forgiven or to tell him to get up and pick up his mat and go on home? 10 I will show you that the Son of Man has the right to forgive sins here on earth.” So Jesus said to the man, 11 “Get up! Pick up your mat and go on home.”

12 The man got right up. He picked up his mat and went out while everyone watched in amazement. They praised God and said, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Three things to notice during this scripture.

  1. The perception of the centurion toward Jesus in contract to the Crowd in Mark 2 & Luke 5.
  2. The perception of Jesus toward Israel in contrast of his perception of the centurion.

Luke 7:1-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

7 After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant[a] who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion[b] heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.” And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.

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Faith, Fire & Real Life



Faith, Fire & Real Life

slide-02[1]3 Simple points about faith. The first point is that faith will keep you. Daniel and the three Hebrew boys’ faith in God and obedience in upholding the Jewish tradition of not eating certain types of foods was honored by God as they turned out to be healthier than the captives that did feast on the finer delicacies provided them by their captors. Faith will keep you near God, within the safety and protection of God’s grace, though faith will also glorify God. Beginning with Daniel chapter 2 we see the faith of the Israelite captives being tested and their life being literally put on the line for simply having a connection with the Lord their God. Overall through their tribulations you see that their unwavering faith helped establish God’s kingdom in a severely pagan land.  We will see that after the incident with the king’s dream which put the Israelite boys in a life and death situation, a second situation arises equally as dire and in this situation a pagan king declares over a pagan nation that the Lord Our God is the primary God is never to be disrespected by anyone. Faith will advance the faithful and establish the believer though its primary job is to establish the kingdom.

Daniel 2: In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.“

10 The astrologers answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks!

24 Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.”

What kills others will establish you. Daniel and three other kidnapped Israelite’s had already suffered the raid and destruction of their nation and homeland and now have been identified as magicians and summoned to die and all this because of the kings lack of faith in his own advisers and soothsayers. This turn of events, instead of being the end of the Israelite captives, turned out to be the opportunity they needed to be established in the kingdom. As the result of this encounter the boys were elevated to high office and God’s glory was recognized, by the first time most likely for many.

Daniel Chapter 3

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.

Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

At this time some astrologers[b] came forward and denounced the Jews.They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! 10 Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, 11 and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

13 Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

This story ends with the three Hebrew boys being tossed in a furnace, yet instead of burning to death they live unscathed and in awe this miracle the King calls for the three Hebrew boys to return from the fire and next makes the following decree;

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Faith is designed to establish the Kingdom of God and the best way to do this sometimes is by stretching the faith of the believer.


Believe, Invest, Love, Obey: How Loving God Helps You To Love Yourself



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9 Characteristics of Highly Desirable Women



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Limitless: How To Become The Best Version of You



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Correction: I mistakenly referred briefly to Samuel as the wisest man when I meant to say Solomon. With that said enjoy this episode and learn how to truly become limitless!

Proverbs 2New International Version (NIV)

Moral Benefits of Wisdom

2

My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
( Matthew 22

The Greatest Commandment

34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul (Thoughts) and with all your mind.’c (Hear & See) 38This is the first and greatest commandment.39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’d 40All the Law (Pentateuch) and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”)

2

turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
(Listening to people with wisdom from God and not your own doubts)

3

indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
(This is literal)
(Provers 18
New International Version
20From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

21The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit. )

4

and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
(You live a life trying to “get money” use that fervor to get wisdom)

5

then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
(This is Literal)

6

For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
(This is Literal)

7

He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
(This is Literal)

8

for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
(This is a statement concerning the righteous and faithful. God loves those that struggle, but he protects those that have conquered sin)

9

Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
(This is Literal)

10

For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
(You will become wiser and enjoy learning)

11

Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
(Keeping your business to yourself will protect you and understanding that not everyone that smiles at your is in your corner will guard you.)

12

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
(You’ll know what to say and what not to say – discretion – to those who are wicked and lewd. Don’t be in adult conversations. When grown folks talk you leave – you are not an adult – you are a child of God and your adult Father does not approve of potty talk. )

13

who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
(same wicked people from vs 12)

14

who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
(same wicked people from vs 12)

15

whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
(same wicked people from vs 12)

16

Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
(There has been many a politician who lost a career, many a politician who lost an election, and many a family man who lost the family he loves behind a hussy. )

17

who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.[a]
(Hussy character traits)

18

Surely her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
(She is hell bound)

19

None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.
(Lie down with a hussy and you wake up in hell – life and after life)

20

Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
(It’s a trap! Don’t fall for it!)

21

For the upright will live in the land,
and the blameless will remain in it;
(Righteousness will get you there, Character will keep you there)

22

but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
(those that seek to do evil and those who aren’t consistent in seeking God.)


When it Hurts to Hope: A Guide to Dealing With Life



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Ever been numb?
Link to article written by Dr. Bryan McNally at the bottom of the page.
What is HOPE?
Believing in a positive outcome.
Romans 8:25Contemporary English Version (CEV)
25 However, we hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it.

How Do You find out about it?
Colossians 1:5Contemporary English Version (CEV)
5 because what you hope for is kept safe for you in heaven. You first heard about this hope when you believed the true message, which is the good news.

A Life Without Hope:
1 Thessalonians 4:13Contemporary English Version (CEV)
13 My friends, we want you to understand how it will be for those followers who have already died. Then you won’t grieve over them and be like people who don’t have any hope.
Living without hope
Proverbs 31:6Contemporary English Version (CEV)
6 Beer and wine are only
for the dying
or for those
who have lost all hope.

Where does hope come from?
Psalm 65:5Contemporary English Version (CEV)
5 Our God, you save us,
and your fearsome deeds
answer our prayers for justice!
You give hope to people
everywhere on earth,
even those across the sea.

From each other
1 Timothy 1:1Contemporary English Version (CEV)
1 From Paul.
God our Savior and Christ Jesus commanded me to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.

Hope can last a life time
Ecclesiastes 9:4Contemporary English Version (CEV)
4 As long as we are alive, we still have hope, just as a live dog is better off than a dead lion.

What does Hope Do?
Hebrews 6:19 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
19 This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls. In fact, hope reaches behind the curtain[a] and into the most holy place.

Romans 12:12Contemporary English Version (CEV)
12 Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying.

Evangelizing
2 Corinthians 3:12Contemporary English Version (CEV)
12 This wonderful hope makes us feel like speaking freely.

Romans 8:24Contemporary English Version (CEV)
23 The Spirit makes us sure about what we will be in the future. But now we groan silently, while we wait for God to show that we are his children.[c] This means that our bodies will also be set free. 24 And this hope is what saves us. But if we already have what we hope for, there is no need to keep on hoping. 25 However, we hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it.

Changes behavior
Romans 2:7Contemporary English Version (CEV)
7 He will give eternal life to everyone who has patiently done what is good in the hope of receiving glory, honor, and life that lasts forever.

What helps us to hope?
Psalm 22:26Contemporary English Version (CEV)
26 The poor will eat and be full,
and all who worship you
will be thankful
and live in hope.

Why Does Hope Hurt?
1 Timothy 4:10Contemporary English Version (CEV)
10 We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, but especially of those who have faith. That’s why we work and struggle so hard.[a]

Hurt Gives Hope
Romans 5:4Contemporary English Version (CEV)
4 And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope

How to lose hope: Prolonged Trials
Acts 27:20Contemporary English Version (CEV)
20 For several days we could not see either the sun or the stars. A strong wind kept blowing, and we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

Links:
Why Do Cold Hands and Cold Feet Hurt Worse in Winter?
https://weather.com/health/news/cold-hands-feet-hurt-worse


God and War



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Philippians 2:12Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Lights in the World
12 My dear friends, you always obeyed when I was with you. Now that I am away, you should obey even more. So work with fear and trembling to discover what it really means to be saved.

Acts 2:2-4Contemporary English Version (CEV)
2 Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. 3 Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. 4 The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.

Exodus 14 CEV
6 The king got his war chariot and army ready. 7 He commanded his officers in charge of his six hundred best chariots and all his other chariots to start after the Israelites.
10 When the Israelites saw the king coming with his army, they were frightened and begged the LORD for help. 11 They also complained to Moses… Is that why you brought us out here to die in the desert?
13 But Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Be brave, and you will see the LORD save you today. These Egyptians will never bother you again. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you won’t have to do a thing.”
19 All this time God’s angel had gone ahead of Israel’s army, but now he moved behind them.
26 The LORD told Moses, “Stretch your arm toward the sea—the water will cover the Egyptians and their cavalry and chariots.” 27 Moses stretched out his arm, and at daybreak the water rushed toward the Egyptians. They tried to run away, but the LORD drowned them in the sea. 28 The water came and covered the chariots, the cavalry, and the whole Egyptian army that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them was left alive. 29 But the sea had made a wall of water on each side of the Israelites; so they walked through on dry land.
30 On that day, when the Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the shore, they knew that the LORD had saved them. 31 Because of the mighty power he had used against the Egyptians, the Israelites worshiped him and trusted him and his servant Moses.

Exodus 23 CEV
If you faithfully obey him, I will be a fierce enemy of your enemies.

New Testament
Matthew 21 CEV Kicks Over Tables
12 Jesus went into the temple and chased out everyone who was selling or buying. He turned over the tables of the moneychangers and the benches of the ones who were selling doves. 13 He told them, “The Scriptures say, ‘My house should be called a place of worship.’ But you have turned it into a place where robbers hide.”
John 2:13-17Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Jesus in the Temple
13 Not long before the Jewish festival of Passover, Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 There he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves in the temple. He also saw moneychangers sitting at their tables. 15 So he took some rope and made a whip. Then he chased everyone out of the temple, together with their sheep and cattle. He turned over the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins.
16 Jesus said to the people who had been selling doves, “Get those doves out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace.”
17 The disciples then remembered that the Scriptures say, “My love for your house burns in me like a fire.”

Kind David…


Plan For Success: A Guide to Conquering Sin



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Plan For Success: A Guide to Conquering Sin
1. Know that God has already forgiven you of it (Sinbad)
Romans 8 English Standard Version (ESV)
Life in the Spirit
8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[a] 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,[c] he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, (Pig & A Dove) but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit (Righteous living and evangelizing).

2. Plan For Success
i. Avoid the appearance of sin

1 Thessalonians 5:22King James Version (KJV)
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

ii. Avoid knowingly temptable situations
Psalm 1:1 ESV Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

iii. Avoid people that sin
iv. Have an accountability partner
James 5:16English Standard Version (ESV)
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.[a]

v. Convert your inner circle to 100% born again Christians


Questions From You



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1. Can God answer the prayers of someone who prays to have bad things happen to someone?

This is such a great question because it touches on a few different areas…
1. Who does God listen to?
2. How should that person present their prayer?
3. What should that person pray?

God doesn’t listen to all prayers, the bible says that the prayer of the righteous gets the most attention.

James 5:16 New International Version
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
So the offshoot of that is “Who does God consider righteous?” The bible says that no one is righteous (Romans 3:10 – no one righteous, not even one) but in Romans 4:22 a chapter to the right we are reminded that God imputes to us righteousness “credits us as though we were righteous) because of our faith in Him. So now you have to ask yourself “Would a righteous person of faith pray hurtful things on someone?” and the answer is NO and even if they did it would backfire! If God knew that someone was getting pleasure out of someone else’s suffering God would stop allowing the other person to suffer.

Leviticus 19:17-19New Living Translation (NLT)
17 “Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives.[a] Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.
18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
19 “You must obey all my decrees.
So God is saying don’t hate anyone but if you have a problem with them then talk to them about it! In layman’s terms you need to MAN UP or WOMAN UP and just tell the person how you feel and work it out if possible.
Proverbs 24
17Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
don’t be happy when they stumble.
18For the LORD will be displeased with you
and will turn his anger away from them.

Don’t be happy when your enemies fall, not everyone you try to work it out with will agree to be friends, so for those people , the enemies, pray blessings on them and never wish evil on them because like it or not they are your neighbor, brother or sister and you are commanded to love them even if they don’t love you!

Matthew 5:44
New International Version
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

b) For example; Can we pray that the ISI leader is killed/or dies so that many lives are saved?

This prayer, obviously by the examples already given, doesn’t work but you can pray for lives to be saved, for the ISIS leader to find Jesus, for the U.N. Allies to be protected so victories are quick and casualties are low. So you can pray up (blessings, protection, and prosperity) but people of love and forgiveness basically people of faith don’t pray down curses (death, pain, misery) on others. God wouldn’t acknowledge it anyway God may view the prayer as unrighteous.

2. Can the Grace/covering of God leave you? If so, how do you regain it back?
Another excellent question which is really multiple questions rolled into one big ball of curiosity and grace! 🙂
1. What is grace exactly?
2. How does one obtain grace or lose grace?

Romans 11 NIV (noticing Romans a lot… see why we started in Romans…. 🙂 )

5So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Paul means here that we have salvation (freedom from going to hell and being separated from God for an eternity) because of Grace (what we believe – our faith) and not by works (stuff we do and rituals we carry out.) The short of it is that what Jesus did at the cross and our belief in what Jesus did at the cross gives us grace (salvation from hell and separation from God). So how do we, being sinful and wretch, obtain this sweet Amazing Grace (see what I did there.) Well the answer is…

Ephesians 2:8 New International Version
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–

Grace is a free gift BECAUSE we believe, so how do we lose our grace simply by losing our faith. If faith saves us and grace is a state of being saved than a lack of faith, meaning choosing not to choose God, could cause a loss of grace.

99% Rule: Humans will act on belief other than impulse when they believe the impulse will (not possibly) destroy the belief.

3. a) Where does someone go to when they die?
b) If the answer is that they either go to hell or heaven….then what is the purpose of Judgement day?

What a question MUCH DEBATE over this one! Some say directly to heaven or directly to judgement and then to hell, some say they instantly get teleported to the future to the rapture but I kind of go with what I’ve heard Jesus say about death. Let’s dive in…

2 Corinthians 5

KJV
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

NIV
4 These tents we now live in are like a heavy burden, and we groan. But we don’t do this just because we want to leave these bodies that will die. It is because we want to change them for bodies that will never die. 5 God is the one who makes all of this possible. He has given us his Spirit to make us certain that he will do it. 6 So always be cheerful!
As long as we are in these bodies, we are away from the Lord. 7 But we live by faith, not by what we see. 8 We should be cheerful, because we would rather leave these bodies and be at home with the Lord. 9 But whether we are at home with the Lord or away from him, we still try our best to please him. 10 After all, Christ will judge each of us for the good or the bad that we do while living in these bodies.

Luke 8
51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother. 52 The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

John 11:11

Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”

So due to these scriptures of Jesus talking about the dead I am under the impression that we die or go asleep. Our body is physically dead but our spirit is asleep and when the rapture comes we will either go to heaven or are judged and go to hell.

Revelations 20
5This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.
The Defeat of Satan
7When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. 8He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. 9And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.
10Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The Final Judgment
11And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up its dead, and death and the graveb gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

1. How will God judge those people who have not heard the Gospel?

Second Peter 3:9 reads, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

Romans 10:13-15 underscores the significance of Christian evangelism when it comes to reaching those who have never heard: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Psalm 7:11 (NLT) God is an honest judge. He is angry with the wicked every day.

7Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

2. Is taking alcohol a sin?
1 Timothy 5:23 NASB
No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
Medical News Today says that a moderate glass of wine a half a glass a day for women and a full glass a day for men can help reduce dementia, breast cancer, colon cancer and effects of aging.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265635.php
Eph 5:18 NASB
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

Proverbs 23 NLT
20 Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons, 21 for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags.

Challenge People to have a 3 part witness
1. Lifestyle
2. Speech: How can they know if no one tells them
3. Connection: Connect every man to daily bread e.g. WordToday.Org & Podcast

Email Me your questions at WordToday.org@gmail.com


How To Know If You Are Saved: 100% Sure Fire Test!



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How To Know If You Are Saved: 100% Sure Fire Test!

I find that I spend the first half of my witness to non-believers distancing myself from the experiences they’ve had with past believers.

– Yes you saw a Christian on tv that killed someone but was he really a Christian or just a murderer.
– Ok, You had a friend that was a Christian that cheated on his wife but maybe he wasn’t saved.
– OH, you knew a pastor that was overtly mean to his wife, alright well did she have it coming. Just kidding.

And I find myself having to clean up the mess of previous believers so today once and for all we are going to clear the air! We will discuss.

– What the biblical definition of a believer is!
– What believers, new believers and potential believers measuring stick for Christianity and their own faith should be.
– What believers are saved and which believers are not.

What is a Christian? The word Christian was first used in Acts 11 at the church of Antioch.

Acts 11:26

When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)

Acts 26:28

Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?”

The word Christian literally translates to “like Christ”. Act like Christ, think like Christ, do miracles like Christ.

It’s not a title it’s a description!

There is no Aramaic context for belief without action so to believe in a principle means within itself to also follow that principle.

What believers, new believers and potential believers measuring stick for Christianity and their own faith should be.

Romans 3:21-25English Standard Version (ESV)

The Righteousness of God Through Faith

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Here Paul points out that there is no savior among men for everyone has sinned in which everyone is a sinner and thus being a sinner is unworthy to die for the sins of mankind. In other words never look at people in search of perfect character and righteousness.

John 14

5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Jesus clear points out here that the measuring stick is not other believers but Himself and Himself alone!

What believers are saved and which believers are not.

Matthew 7:21-23New Living Translation (NLT)

True Disciples
21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Jesus clearly states hear in uncut point blank fashion that I couldn’t care less about your words. When you die I will judge your actions and your actions alone! Checking a box off that you came to church and paid tithes and offering means nothing if you lived contrary to my demands.


Dealing With Difficulties: Do’s & Don’ts



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Do
1. State Reality & Seek Jesus – Matthew 9:18-19
Jesus Heals in Response to Faith
Matthew 9:18-19
18 As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”
19 So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.

The Faith of a Centurion
Matthew 8:5-13English Standard Version (ESV)

5 When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

1. Have Faith (To Persuade)
Jesus Heals the Blind
Matthew 9
27After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
28They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”
29Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30Then their eyes were opened, and they could see!
2. Get Rid of the Mourners

Matthew 9:23-26New Living Translation (NLT)
23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. 24 “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
3. Praise God

Matthew 9:26New Living Translation (NLT)
26 The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.

Don’t
1. Call Rain Sunshine – Rom 4:16-17

Calling That Which is Not as Though it Was
Romans 4:16-18King James Version (KJV)
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Romans 4:16-18New Living Translation (NLT)
16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.”[a] This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

Set Unrealistic Expectation

Even if We are Thrown Into The Fire
Daniel 3
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
Don’t Take Control Back From Jesus

Matthew 9:23-26New Living Translation (NLT)
…. But the crowd laughed at him. 25 After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!

Take Credit: 3Gs.

A. Gold – How Shall A Man Rob God – Malachi 3:8-18
B. Girls/Guys – Touch Not My Anointed – Psalm 105
C. Glory – Father’s Prayer – Matthew 6:13


What Are You Chasing?



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What Are You Chasing?
I met a girl who locked herself out of her car… I was running late… She was running late… and then we started to talk.

Ecc 1 NLT
14I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.
15What is wrong cannot be made right.
What is missing cannot be recovered.

◄ Psalm 147:11 ►

Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Mat 6 ESV
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.


A Life Set Apart



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Holy is to set apart

Strong’s Concordance
qodesh: apartness, sacredness
Original Word: קֹ֫דֶשׁ
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: qodesh
Phonetic Spelling: (ko’-desh)
Short Definition: holy

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from an unused word
Definition
apartness, sacredness
NASB Translation
consecrated (2), consecrated thing (1), consecrated things (2), dedicated (1), dedicated gifts (2), dedicated things (5), holiness (9), Holy (6), holy (263), holies (6), holy ones (1), holy portion (3), holy thing (2), holy things (12), most holy (25), most holy place (6), most holy things (6), sacred (2), sacred gifts (2), sacred things (3), sacrifices (1), sacrificial (1), sanctuary (65), set apart (1), thing most holy (2), things that are most holy (1), things dedicated (1).

◄ Isaiah 6 ►
New American Standard Bible
Isaiah’s Vision

1In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”

Glory

Strong’s Concordance
dokeó: to have an opinion, to seem
Original Word: δοκέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: dokeó
Phonetic Spelling: (dok-eh’-o)
Short Definition: I think, seem, appear, it seems
Definition: I think, seem, appear, it seems.

HELPS Word-studies

1380 dokéō – properly, suppose (what “seems to be”), forming an opinion (a personal judgment, estimate).

1380 /dokéō (“suppose”) directly reflects the personal perspective (values) of the person making the subjective judgment call, i.e. showing what they esteem (or not) as an individual.

[1380 (dokéō) is the root of: 1378 (dógma), 1391 (dóksa), and 2106 (eudokéō). Each cognate stresses “the subjective mental estimate or opinion about a matter” (R. Trench, 304).]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from dokos (opinion)
Definition
to have an opinion, to seem
NASB Translation
deem (1), expect (1), has a mind (1), inclined (1), recognized (1), regarded (1), reputation (3), reputed (1), seem (3), seemed best (1), seemed fitting (1), seemed good (4), seems (3), suppose (5), supposed (2), supposes (1), supposing (4), think (18), thinking (1), thinks (6), thought (4

Spirit

pneó: to blow
Original Word: πνέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: pneó
Phonetic Spelling: (pneh’-o)
Short Definition: I blow
Definition: I blow, breathe, as the wind.

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
a prim. verb
Definition
to blow
NASB Translation
blew (2), blow (1), blowing (2), blows (1), wind (1).

Holiness
Romans 11:16
New American Standard Bible
If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

◄ Jude 1:20 ►

New International Version
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,

◄ Leviticus 21:8 ►

New International Version
Regard them as holy, because they offer up the food of your God. Consider them holy, because I the LORD am holy–I who make you holy.

◄ 1 Peter 1:15 ►

New International Version
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

◄ 1 Peter 1:16 ►

New International Version
for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”


Powerfully Praying



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Matthew 6
9“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.

10‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

11‘Give us this day our daily bread.

12‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

http://biblehub.com/lexicon/matthew/6-9.htm

https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/406-use-of-hell-in-the-new-testament-the


Leave Your Gift



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Leave Your Gift

Matthew 5

21“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,a and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sisterb c will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’d is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Attributes of A Gift?

– Special or Unique

1 Corinthians 7:7

… But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. …

Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another.

– Gifts Can’t Be Bought

Acts 8:20

Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you
thought you could buy the gift of God with money! …

– Gifts Are Perfect & Complete

1 Corinthians 1

4I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, 7so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,8who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

– Gifts Need Attention

1 Timothy 4

14Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

– Gift Makes Room

Proverbs 19: 16

16A man’s gift makes room for him
And brings him before great men.

Where do Gifts come from?

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the
heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Attributes of The Gifted

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

8To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,a and to still another the interpretation of tongues.b 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Romans 12:6-8

6We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with yourafaith; 7if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,b do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

What does a Gift do?

– Gift’s Call Your Life To Purpose
– 1 Peter 4 10Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.


Overcoming Fear



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pri·mo·gen·i·ture
ˌprīmōˈjenəˌCHər,ˌprīmōˈjenəˌCHo͝or/
noun
noun: primogeniture
– the state of being the firstborn child.
– the right of succession belonging to the firstborn child, especially the feudal rule by which the whole real estate of an intestate passed to the eldest son.noun: right of primogeniture; plural noun: rights of primogeniture

Primogeniture Rights

– Double Portion : Deuteronomy 21:15–17, a father was obliged to acknowledge his firstborn son as his principal heir, and to grant him a double portion of his estate as inheritance.
– A Special blessing
– The office of high priest of his clan or tribe,
– A position of authority and leadership,
– Procreative vigor.

Genesis 27 Jacob Gets Blessed Instead of Esau

27So Jacob went over and kissed him. And when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son. He said, “Ah! The smell of my son is like the smell of the outdoors, which the LORD has blessed!

28“From the dew of heaven
and the richness of the earth,
may God always give you abundant harvests of grain
and bountiful new wine.
29May many nations become your servants,
and may they bow down to you.
May you be the master over your brothers,
and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
All who curse you will be cursed,
and all who bless you will be blessed.”

Revelation 21 Cowards Got To Hell
The New Jerusalem

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

3I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.a 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

5And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.

8“But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Romans 9:13 God Hates Esau
New Living Translation
In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.”

Genesis 25 NLT Esau Sells His Birthright

27As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter. He was an outdoorsman, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home. 28Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. 30Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”)

31“All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”

32“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”

33But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.

34Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.

References:
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/firstborn
http://chafer.nextmeta.com/files/v13n1_5davis_israel_s_inheritance_birthright_of_the_firstborn_son.pdf


Everything You Want Now: A Guide To Utilizing Unshakeable Faith



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What is faith?

peithó: to persuade, to have confidence

Original Word: πείθω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: peithó
Phonetic Spelling: (pi’-tho)
Short Definition: I persuade, urge
Definition: I persuade, urge.

3982 peíthō(the root of 4102 /pístis, “faith”) – to persuade; (passive) be persuaded of what is trustworthy.

The Lord persuades the yielded believer to be confident in His preferred-will (Gal 5:10; 2 Tim 1:12). 3982 (peíthō) involves “obedience, but it is properly the result of (God’s) persuasion” (WS, 422).

http://biblehub.com/greek/3982.htm

Verb: a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence, such as hear, become, happen. Origin: late Middle English: from Old French verbe or Latin verbum ‘(meaning) word,…’

– Unbelievable when people say I believe but have NO Action

Acts 26

27“King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you do.” 28Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.” 29And Paul said, “I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains.”

James 2:14

New International Version
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

Hebrews 11:7

New International Version
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.

Titus 1:1

This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives.

References:

http://biblehub.com/greek/3982.htm

Google search for the definition of Verb.


You Can Win, Just Not Alone: A Believer’s Guide To Success



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New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Matthew 18
19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them [u]by My Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

1 Corinthians 12
14 For the body is not one member, but many.

Ephesians 4
10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)
11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
2 Chronicles 7
13 If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 and My people [a]who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

1. You can go in to blessing you just can’t go in alone.
Exodus 23:22
“But if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.