Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Cursed: The Loss of God's Protection

For several years I have been studying the Bible in relation to God and curses (see my book "How" and an upcoming book on "Breaking Curses"). Based on a study of Scripture alone I have determined that a "curses" has nothing to do with God using His omnipotent power to cause misfortune, but is rather the absence of God's protective presence (see Joshua 7:12; Malachi 3:6-9; also compare Deut. 28 with Deut. 31:16-18).

Last night, while reading a book titled "Ten Words that will Change EVERYTHING You Know about God" by Dr. Jim Richards and Chaim Bentora I found this excerpt by Hebrew Scholar Chaim Bentorah on Jeremiah 17:5 enlightening (as well as a scholarly confirmation):

"Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." (Jeremiah 17:5)

"Curse in Hebrew is 'Arur, which comes from the idea of a situation where God is not present. To curse someone is to demand that God removes His protective covering, His Succoth, or arm of protection, from that person. In Jeremiah 17:5, the word 'Arur is passive. Hence, this is not an act of God, but a result of what will happen if we trust in the arm of flesh." (p. 60)


Sunday, December 27, 2020

“Jehovah-Sabaoth” or “Lord of armies”


"As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 47:4)

The Name “Jehovah-Tsebahoth” or “Jehovah-Sabaoth” means “Lord of armies”. This is the Name used in Isaiah 47:4. Anyone familiar with Scripture is fully aware that references to God’s “army” is usually a referral to His unfallen angels (Ps. 148:2; Rev. 12:7).

God dispatches these “angel armies” for our personal protection: “Yahweh protects me .... Yahweh will command his angels to protect you in whatever you are doing” (Psalm 91:9, 11; Unlocked Dynamic Bible). Similarly, another translation of Isaiah 47:4 reads, “says our Protector— the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name, the Holy One of Israel” (New English Translation).

Excerpt from chapter nine of my upcoming book, "The God of the Blank Check"


Friday, December 18, 2020

Andrew Murray on God Limiting Himself

“In creating man with a free will and making him a partner in the rule of the earth, God limited Himself. He made Himself dependent on what man would do. Man by his prayer would hold the measure of what God could do in blessing”
Andrew Murray, God’s Best Secrets, p. 71


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Sword is Utilized Verbally

 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken word of God.” (Eph. 6:17; Hebrew Names Version)

Most Bible commentaries on this passage place very little emphasis on the need to verbally declare God's Word authoritatively in direct confrontation with the enemy. Yet, Scripture gives us numerous examples of God supplying miraculous power when we assert our authority by faith in His Word (Ex. 14:13-16; Josh. 10:12, 13; 1 Sam. 17:45-50; Matt. 17:19-21; Mark 11:22-24; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 17:5, 6). Yet so many scholars and Bible teachers neglect and even dismiss this important truth . Yet, I believe it is one of the reasons we rarely see a visible a demonstration of God's power today. We do not exercise authority using “mental telepathy”. We must take God’s Word and address Satan with it from our mouths.


Saturday, December 5, 2020

Forgiveness by Francis Nathan Peloubet


“Forgiveness is not merely the taking away of the punishment of sin, but it is restoration to the family of God, to his favor, to the enjoyment of his love, as children and heirs of God.” 
Francis Nathan Peloubet, The Teachers’ Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, p. 110

Friday, December 4, 2020

Powerless Christian Cliches Vs. God's Powerful Word (Part 1)

Many Christians today repeat a lot of useless expressions: "God's ways are mysterious," "God is in control," "all things happen for a reason," "God is sovereign," etc. Jesus said, ".... every useless expression that men shall utter, they shall render, concerning it, an account, in a day of judgment" (Matt. 12:36; Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible).


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Your Future is NOT Set in Stone

Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. (Psalm 81:13-14)

Most Christians believe that all of the future is already settled. We run to "prophets" as some in the world run to mediums in order to know what is in our future. Beloved, your future is NOT set in stone. God has given all of us the ability to create our own future. Cooperating with Him will ensure a bright future full of victory. Failing to cooperate with Him will guarantee a future of life-long defeats. Our decisions create our future. Let us partner with God and create with Him a fruitful future.


The Deity of Jesus the Christ (Part 3)


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Temptation is Not for Our Good

 Satan does not bring temptation our way to bring the best out of us. His design is our destruction. God gives us His Word to enable us to overcome those things designed to destroy us. It is not God’s will that we fall into temptation but that we are completely victorious over it.


Monday, November 23, 2020

The Deity of Jesus the Christ (Part 2)


Deity of Christ in John 1:18

No one has ever seen God; the only son, Deity Himself, who lies upon His Father's breast, has made him known. (John 1:18; Williams New Testament)

No man has ever seen God. But the only Son (Jesus) is God. He is very close to the Father (God). And the Son has shown us what God is like. (John 1:18; Easy to Read Version)


Friday, November 20, 2020

The Deity of Jesus the Christ (Part 1)



The Trinity in the Old Testament

The Trinity in the Old Testament

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is ONE LORD. (Deuteronomy 6:4)

“It is often used by Jews and Unitarians to deny the three persons of the Godhead. The Hebrew word ‘echod’ (one), however, excludes forever such a denial, for it means a compound unity. The Hebrew has another word which expresses exactly what Jews and Unitarians, who reject the three persons in the Godhead, believe. It is the word ‘yochid’; this has the meaning of a single one.”
Arno C. Gaebelein, The Annotated Bible: The Pentateuch (New York: Publication office “Our hope”, 1913), p. 397


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Kenneth S. Wuest on Faith and Prayer

 Now faith is the title deed of things hoped for, the proof of things which are not being seen (Hebrews 11:1; The New Testament: An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest)

"The act of exercising true faith as one prays, or as one leans on the resources of God, is itself the title deed or evidence of the sure answer to our prayer or the unfailing source of the divine supply. It is God’s guarantee in advance that we already possess the things asked for." - Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest's Word Studies in the Greek New Testament : For the English Reader, Volume 3 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997, c1984).

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Gordon Lindsay on Corporate Prayer

"In God’s great plan for his church He takes into consideration that its members, working together, can accomplish much more than individuals who work independently, each according to his own particular inclination. If the church is to accomplish its great purpose, its individual members must work in proper relation to each other. When the members of the body of Christ pray together in absolute agreement, their prayers become irresistible and will cause even mountains to move before them." Gordon Lindsay, Prayer that Moves Mountains, pp. 74, 75


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Grace Empowerment

 .... God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:6b-7). Grace is not passive acquiescence to Satan's devices. Grace is empowerment to overcome satanic attacks.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Different rules for Different Kinds of Prayers (Part 4)



H. A. Ironside’s Teaching on Isaiah 45:7

H. A. Ironside’s Teaching on Isaiah 45:7
By Troy J. Edwards

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7)

I have examined this passage multiple times as it remains a source of contention with those of us who know that God is good, does nothing evil, but recognize that the Bible is the divinely inspired and authoritative written Word of God.

In all  of my writings on this we have shown through comparing Scripture with Scripture and by citing students of Scripture (past and present) that the passage must be read in a permissive rather than in a causative sense. I was delighted to run across an affirmation by yet another well-respected figure in the church who affirms this understanding.
H. A. Ironside, the well-respected pastor of Moody Church in Chicago from 1929 to 1948 and prolific writer of many books and Bible commentaries, had this to say on the passage:

“I create peace and I create evil.” What does that mean? Extreme high Calvinists insist that GOD has foreordained everything that takes place on the earth; therefore that man should sin, in order that He might have opportunity to display His redemptive grace. But that is not what is involved here when He says, “I create peace and I create evil.” It is evil in the sense of calamity. In other words, if there is a thunderstorm and great damage is done, GOD says, “I take full responsibility for it”; if everything is fair and beautiful GOD says, “This is from Me”; if there is a great earthquake, GOD is behind that. Whatever it is, “I the Lord create peace, I create evil.” And so we read, "Shall there be evil in a city and the Lord hath not done it?" (Amo_3:6).


GOD takes the responsibility for everything that occurs, but it is not always that He is working directly Himself, but that He permits others to work. For instance, He permitted Satan to try Job. But the point here is that there are not two great powers in the universe in conflict with each other, both of whom are god, a good god and an evil god; but there is one GOD, though there is an evil power working against Him. (Ironside Notes on Selected Books, E-Sword Edition; Emphasis are mine)

I believe that this is a beautiful explanation of Isaiah 45:7. It helps us to understand the Old Testament language and removes the need for us to apply the marcionist idea of rejecting any portion of Scripture that does not appear to fit with our understanding of God as He is represented by Jesus the Messiah. Isaiah 45:7 is Scripture, but must be understood in the wide context of full Biblical revelation concerning God’s loving and holy character.


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Sunday, October 11, 2020

God's Promises are His Will

 "God's Promises. Faith without something to believe would not avail us anything. Neither would a promise avail us anything without faith to demonstrate that promise. But thank God, faith has a solid basis--the promises of God. God's promises are his WILL."
O. L. Yerty, Christ the Master of all Diseases, p. 17


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Praying To Receive Faith?

Some of the “doubt theologians” who promote a “faith lottery” teaching tell us that one of the ways to appropriate faith is for a person to pray and ask God to give it to him.  But this is not a Biblical teaching because faith is a prerequisite for answered prayer. Paul writes:
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (Rom. 10:13-14)

Take note of the questions Paul asks here. There are obvious answers to them. One cannot call on God if they have not believed and one cannot believe if they have not heard. Faith is a prerequisite to answered prayer.

Paul goes on to tell us in verse 17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Faith is not obtained by asking God for it but by “hearing.” Divine healing and other miracles are not for the preselected few who won the “faith lottery.” The means for appropriating faith is available to anyone who has access to God’s Word.  The great evangelist, Dwight L. Moody wrote:
And so, instead of praying for faith and mourning because we haven't got faith, let us study the Word of God and get acquainted with the God of Israel, and then we will have faith in Him. You can't find a man or woman that is acquainted with God, but that has strong faith in God.1
Moody is also recorded as having said, “If I had spent as much time in reading my Bible and in learning about Christ as I have in praying for faith, I should have a great deal more of it.”2 Like Moody, we believe that praying for faith is a waste of time. God has already provided the means by which we are to appropriate faith for any specific situation that we encounter.

Therefore, we do not pray to receive faith. If we prayed and ask God to receive faith then that means that we are not in possession of faith at the time that we are praying. Since the only way to receive answers to prayer is by faith, we cannot expect an answer to prayer to receive faith since it would take faith to receive the answer.

Hebrews 11:6 says “for he that cometh to God must believe.” Therefore, coming to God to ask for faith already disqualifies us.
1. Moody, Dwight L.  Glad Tidings (New York: E. B. Treat, 1876), p. 175
2. Quoted by Drummond, Henry “Our Religious Life” an article in The Magazine of Christian Literature, Volumes 1-2 (New York: The Christian Literature Co., 1889, 1890), p. 233 


Different Rules for Different Kinds of Prayers (Part 2)


Thursday, October 1, 2020

God's Goodness and His Provision

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. (Psalm 34:8-10)

Take note that God declares Himself as good and then connects His goodness to the fact that He provides for His children.

If I neglected my family by never working or taking care of them then there is no one who would call me a good father or husband, and rightfully so. I would be considered a bad man. Even the Scriptures themselves would declare me worse than an infidel (1 Timothy 5:8).

The problem with most Christians is that we believe that God has double-standards and that He can act in ways that He would forbid us to act in while still claiming to be good. Beloved, God would not be good if He did not provide for His loved ones. Again, He connects His goodness to His provision and we have no right to disconnect it.

Our faith is strengthened by the fact that God is good, and we can taste and see this by trusting Him to take care of every need. Because he is good it is within His very nature to supply our need. If we are not seeing God’s provision then He is not at fault nor should He be blamed. The defect is with our faith.