Having an Excellent Spirit

Don’t go halfway with your work; do your work as if for God. 28 min 30 sec

Be Positive

Don’t let negativity ruin your life. Be positive and learn to look on the bright side! 28 min 30 sec

Expect Good Things

What are your expectations for your life? Learn to think positively and focus on your blessings. 28 min 30 sec

Redeemed from Sickness and Poverty

Redeemed from Sickness and Poverty

Gal 3:13-14

13        Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

14        He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

  1. You are redeemed to be blessed. Curse is an invisible force intended to bring judgment, harm and misfortune to another.
  2. “Lord, what’s wrong. I’m born again, I love you, but nothing seems to be working for me. I can’t pay my bills, I can’t control my children, my spouse doesn’t love me, I’m depressed all the time, and I’m always struggling with sickness and pain.”
  3. The cause of your problems could be a curse working against you. There are curses that block the blessing.

Prov 26:2

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,

an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

  1. Curses are deserved but Christ came to give us the “undeserved blessings” of God.

Isa 50:1

50:1 This is what the LORD says:

“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce

with which I sent her away?

Or to which of my creditors

did I sell you?

Because of your sins you were sold;

because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.

  1. Redemption—Gr. lytron—a ransom; to buy back; to set free. It denotes that the previous owner owned an object but lost it through debt, only to purchase it back.

1 Peter 1:17-20

 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Gal 3:10

  • All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”
  1. Many limit redemption to being purchased so one does not have to go to hell. But redemption is so you do not have to be under a curse.

            Curse of the Law is uttered in Deut. 27:26

  1. Curses will come if you depend on your ability to keep “all” the Law. You need to focus not on your observance but on observing what the cross did for you. There is a difference between observing the Law and doing the Word.
  2. The results of the curse are mentioned in the next chapter. These are called the curses. The curse brings the curses.
  3. Read Deut 28:15-68 We are redeemed from each of these curses.
  1. This is what Paul was referring to.
  • Christ redeemed us from these curses by becoming a curse for us.
    1. The curse is many-fold:
    2. Poverty
    3. Sickness
    4. Emotional trauma
    5. If Christ did indeed redeem us from these curses then we should find some examples of Him taking these curses, especially poverty and sickness.

Deut 28:48

48 therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the LORD sends against you.

  1. Curse of Poverty is outlined in Deut 28:48
  2. Hunger, thirst, nakedness and hunger. Jn 19:23,28

John 19:23-24

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

John 19:28

28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

  1. 2 Co 8:9 Proves this.

2 Cor 8:9

9         For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

  1. Curse of Sickness is mentioned in

1 Peter 2:24

24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Matt 8:17

 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities

and carried our diseases.” 

Gal 4:4-5

4          But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,

5          to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

  1. Receive the full rights of sons.
  2. You must be a son to receive the rights of sonship.
  3. Old Testament saints were servants, the New Testament saints are sons.
  4. Most agree that God promised healing and prosperity under the Old Covenant, but many deny it under the New Covenant.

Heb 8:6

6          But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.

  1. Rights must be claimed.
  2. “By faith receive the promise”
  3. Claim baggage if you show the receipt.
  • Blessing of Abraham is yours.
  1. God declares the same blessing over us as He did to Abraham.

Gen 12:3

3          I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

  1. This blessing is the promise that the Spirit declared.
  2. In what way was Abraham blessed.

 Gen 24:1

Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.

Gen 13:2

2          Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.

  • Legal verses experiential blessings. It is possible to legally be free from the curses but in your experience still be trapped by the curses. In the coming weeks, we will explain how to experience the blessings.

Run Your Race

Don’t look to the left or to the right; keep your eyes ahead on the prize. 28 min 30 sec

Learn how to be Happy

Learn how to be Happy

Phil 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

 

Phil 4:10-13

10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

  1. You have to learn to be happy.
    1. Content spanish contento. Happy.
    2. Happiness is feeling or showing pleasure and contentment. Good feelings.
    3. Happiness is an attitude that you can learn.

v 11 “I have learned”

v 12 “I have learned”

  1. Secret implies something most people don’t know about.

 

Phil 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

  1. Many people are waiting for the circumstances to be worked out before they decide to be happy.
    1. Reason for rejoicing? The Lord. How often? Always?
    2. Lord does not change.
      1. People change
      2. Circumstances changes
    3. He repeats the command to emphasize the importance of rejoicing.
    4. “Rejoice” is a verb. “Happy” is an adjective. “Happiness” is a noun.
    5. Only way to change the description of your life (adjective) is to act (verb)!
    6. Happiness is a choice!

Ps 34:3

3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

KJV

  • Reasons in the Lord to be happy.
    1. Magnifying glass. Make bigger.
      1. God loves you.
      2. God has a good plan for you.
      3. God has you in the palm of his hands.
  1. You have to train your mind!
    1. We know body can be trained.
      1. Lift, run, catch, throw, bat, dance
    2. Mind can be trained to….forgive, trust, hope
      1. Rude, hurtful words,

1 Cor 13:7

7 If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.

TLB

  1. Bad doctors report, loss job
  2. Death of the love one
  1. Relax and let things go.
    1. People can make you miserable if you let them.
    2. Only God can change people. (still encourage, correct, and teach)
    3. EASY-GOING OR HARD-GOING.
      1. Waitress gets your order wrong
      2. Stuck in traffic
      3. Your Candidate lost
      4. People act stupid
    4. Sonia and my free stay in Rome.
    5. Sometimes God uses what appears to look like something to upset you to be something that blesses you.
  1. Don’t let Satan steal your joy.
    1. Joy is to Satan what Raid is to flies.
    2. I have never seen anyone demon possessed who maintained the joy of the Lord.
    3. Tune things out. My aunt Monica lived next to the airport. She didn’t hear anything.
    4. Eleanor Roosevelt: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Isa 35:1-2

1 The desert and the parched land will be glad;

the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.

Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;

it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.

  • When things seem dry and parch, you will bloom like the crocus, but only when the wilderness rejoices.
    1. Crocus is a plant blooming when other plants do not. Especially in winter.
    2. Symbolism: desert, parched land, wilderness and crocus speaks of us.
    3. Rejoice always….car breaks down, bad report from the doctor, kids tell you that they are not going to church,

Isa 12:3

3 With joy you will draw water

from the wells of salvation.

  • Salvation includes the all inclusive blessings of God through the sacrifice of Jesus.
    1. You only get the strength to draw when you maintain your joy.

Neh 8:10

for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Turn a Setback into a Comeback

Don’t fall into the trap of self-pity. Turn your life around with God. 28 min 30 sec

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