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)