Saturday, March 26, 2016

REIGN IN LIFE THROUGH HIS GREAT LOVE


"24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is (represents) My body, which is [offered as a sacrifice] for you. Do this in [affectionate] remembrance of Me.” 25In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in [affectionate] remembrance of Me.” 26For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are [symbolically] proclaiming [the fact of] the Lord’s death until He comes [again].”
1 Corinthians 11:24-26 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The power of communion is in remembering Jesus and what He did. I like how the Amplified Bible puts it: affectionate remembrance of Jesus. This means it shouldn’t just be some mental exercise of replaying scenes from the movie The Passion of The Christ in your mind, and chewing the bread, then downing the cup. It should be remembrance that moves your heart and emotions to remembering Jesus in a loving, fond, adoring, devoted, caring, and tender way. Partaking in communion should move you emotionally because you’re overwhelmed by Jesus’ amazing love for you which is without condition, and so extreme, that it caused Him to do what He did, for you.

4But God, being [so very] rich in mercy, because of His great and wonderful love with which He loved us”
Ephesians 2:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Communion isn’t about feeling sorry for Jesus. It’s about remembering that what He did, He did because of His great love for you. It’s about remembering that in and through your relationship with Him, and because of His love for you, you can live a victorious life.

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
1 Corinthians 11:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

Every time you partake of communion you are proclaiming Jesus’ death! You’re proclaiming what He accomplished through His death for you! You’re proclaiming that Jesus is alive and that His victory is your victory! You’re proclaiming His great love for you and that through His great love for you, you are more than a conqueror!

37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].”
Romans 8:37 Amplified Bible (AMP)


Thought to focus on for the day:

Jesus loves me! His love for me is so extreme that He gave His life and died for me, but He also rose from the dead and is alive! His victory is my victory! I reign in life through the risen Christ!

Taken from this week's REIGN IN LIFE daily devotional which is being handed out free of charge at GraceLife services during the REIGN IN LIFE series (which resumes after Easter).

Thursday, March 24, 2016

REIGN THROUGH THE RESURRECTION LIFE & POWER INSIDE YOU


11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
Romans 8:11 English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus is alive, and you are alive with Him! His resurrection life is yours. His resurrection life – a power so strong that it conquered death – now resides, dwells, lives in you. The resurrection life and power of God lives in you. There is more power inside a believer than most believers realize. This resurrection life inside of you is giving life to your mortal body; in other words, the spiritual reality (resurrection power in you) is affecting your physical reality (mortal or physical body).

 “27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Colossians 1:27 King James Version (KJV)

27God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory.”
Colossians 1:27 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Having a revelation of “Christ in you” will cause you to rise up and reign in life.  Having this revelation will help you realize the glory that is within you – that there is an all-powerful God living inside of you.
“…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4b New King James Version (NKJV)

No matter what circumstance you are facing, focus on the truth that Jesus is alive and He is within you. Jesus is bigger than any problem, any bondage and any sickness you could ever face, and He is within you.

You are not helpless, powerless or needy. You do not need more power to reign in this life. All you need is a revelation of what you already have – a revelation of who is inside of you! Like Paul, we should pray for a deeper revelation and understanding of what we already have in Christ (Ephesians 1:16-23). This will cause us to reign in life.

Thought to focus on for the day:
Jesus is alive and He lives in me! I have resurrection power on the inside of me. I have Jesus in me. Therefore, I can reign in life.

This is taken from the "REIGN IN LIFE" devotional handed out at GraceLife worship services.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Completely Forgiven


“And then he adds, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”
Hebrews 10:17 Living Bible (TLB)
What great news! God will never again remember anything you do wrong. A lot of Christians have probably read this verse but in ministering to many people over a number of years, I have come to realize that few Christians actually believe this. Many people wrongly believe that God’s keeping record of all their wrongs and that one day when they get to heaven they will have to endure watching it on DVD, after which God will expect an explanation for why they did whatever they did. You cannot find that scenario anywhere in scripture but there are a number of verses declaring God’s complete forgiveness towards us.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Hebrews 8:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
“He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us…”
Psalm 103:10-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

One of the main reasons that Christians do not reign in life is because they do not know that they are completely forgiven. They are unsure if God really forgives them of their wickedness. This is one of the biggest tools of the enemy. By reminding us of what we’ve done wrong he sells us the lie that God hasn’t forgiven us and that we will pay for our sins. This brings condemnation, guilt and shame. Worst of all, the believer (who stands completely right before God – 2 Corinthians 5:21) loses confidence and boldness to enjoy friendship with God.

It doesn’t matter how bad whatever you did was. It doesn’t matter how many times you did it. It is irrelevant how many times you have failed. Your sins have been completely dealt with. God is not remembering them – why are you?

Thought to focus on for the day:

Realizing that I am completely forgiven liberates me to enjoy my friendship with God and gives me confidence to rise up and reign in life.

This is post was taken from the daily devotion which accompanies the "REIGN IN LIFE" series by Shayne Holesgrove at GraceLife in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The devotional is being given away for FREE to all who attend the services as a gift to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus. You can listen to the audios online at: http://gracelifeministries.co.za/teaching_resources/

Friday, March 11, 2016

God's Report on Your Health

 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” 

Romans 10:17 KJV 

God’s Word is the foundation of our faith. Do you know what God’s Word says concerning your life, and especially your health? Are you hearing what God’s Word says concerning your health? Sadly, many believers have heard what God’s Word says about healing but they aren’t hearing it today. They’ll say something like, “Yes, I have heard that God heals and the Bible says that healing is for today…” and they’ll share testimonies saying “I was healed once…” or “I knew a guy who was healed of something…”. But faith is a present tense reality. We need to be hearing what God’s Word says. It needs to be fresh for us in the here and now.  And this is what God’s Word says concerning your health: “By Jesus’ stripes you were healed!”  (1 Peter 2:24)

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” 
2 Peter 1:3 KJV 

Faith is based on knowledge. We’ve been given “all things” for life (the practical) and godliness (the spiritual). That includes healing. We’ve been given everything we could need for every situation we could ever face and every task we need to accomplish. But we will only ever experience what is ours in proportion to “the knowledge of Him”. Remember that “faith comes by hearing… the Word” and so what you know is either liberating or imprisoning you. They say that what you don’t know won’t hurt you and ignorance is bliss. But the truth is that what you don’t know will kill you (Hosea 4:6). And we’re not just talking about an intellectual awareness, but rather a heartfelt conviction which leads to action.

Many believers do not realize the power of the Word of God. They don’t realize what they’re missing out on by not studying the Word.
 “Forever, O LORD, thy Word is settled in heaven.”

Psalms 119:89 KJV

“The grass withers, the flower fades: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.” 
Isaiah 40:8 KJV

“But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” 
1 Peter 1:25 KJV

What God says, is. What man says, might be. What man says is always subject to change. I know of someone who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer recently. When the doctor checked to see how far the cancer had progressed, it was gone! The woman had received prayer and experienced a miraculous healing! What the doctor had pronounced over her as the final word had changed. You need to stop holding onto the word of man (and your doctor) as if it is eternal and start holding onto God’s Word, which is eternal. It endures and stands forever. God is faithful!
 “…let God be true, but every man a liar.” 
Romans 3:4 KJV

What God says is always right, no matter what the opposition says. Any word contrary to God’s Word is a lie. So when God’s Word says, "Surely He hath borne our sicknesses and carried our diseases, yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted", we can know with confidence that our diseases and sickness were laid on Him. This scripture climaxes with the statement "by His stripes we are healed". God’s Word says it, therefore we know that we are healed. It is an issue of the integrity of the Word. Do you believe what God’s Word says, or does the doctor and your circumstances hold more authority in your heart and mind?
  
“He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” 
Psalms 107:20 KJV

Too few believers recognize the power of God’s Word to heal them. If God says “by Jesus’ stripes you were healed”, then it must be true.
 “…I am watching over my word to perform it." 
Jeremiah 1:12 ESV 

He said that He carried our sickness and disease. Therefore we do not have to carry any sickness or disease. They cannot be a part of us, because they were already laid on Jesus.


Get into the Word and hear what God is saying to you. Hold fast to God’s Word. Don’t be moved by what people or circumstances tell you.






This article is taken from the "Healing for Today" devotional; a 14-day devotional focusing on what God’s Word says about healing. To order a copy please email me at shaynebh@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

More than Conquerors



Is there an area of your life that needs conquering? Do you have a challenging situation that you need to overcome? Are there some difficult circumstances (or even people) that surround you, and it seems like there is no hope or that it'll take a miracle for things to turn around? The Bible says to cast your cares on Jesus, because He cares for you! (1 Peter 5:7) That means that you can take whatever is troubling you or making you anxious and you can cast it (throw it with force) to the Lord because He loves you. He wants to carry your burden - it's His job, not yours! He is your Shepherd (Psalm 23) and wants to care for you.


Romans 8:37 (KJV) "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." 

"More than a conqueror" means that you get all the rewards of the battle without having to go to the battle! It's like a boxer who fights round after round, pushing himself physically to the max. Eventually he throws a knockout punch and his opponent falls to the ground. The referee steps into the ring, raises his hand in the air and declares him the world champion and conqueror! He gets the shiny belt and big cheque as his reward, then goes home where his wife claims the cheque! She is "more than a conqueror"! She gets all the reward with none of the battle, simply because of her relationship with her husband. You and I are "more than conquerors" and get all the rewards of what Christ accomplished through His death and resurrection without us having to fight for it. We partake in the rewards simply because of our relationship with Christ, not our effort. 

1 Corinthians 15:5(KJV)"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

God gives us the victory we don't have to fight for it. As a believer you don't fight for victory, you fight from victory! The moment you receive Jesus you are "born-again" into victory. You are not fighting for victory but fighting to defend your victory. 

One of the keys to experiencing victory in your life is found in Romans 8:37, and that is to focus on His love for you. The reason we are "more than conquerors" is because of Jesus' love for us. The reason He came is because of His great love for us (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4). Faith is the key to experiencing this victory but focusing on His great love for you is what gets that faith active (Galatians 5:6).

No matter what you're facing, focus on Jesus' great love for you and see yourself as God sees you: more than a conqueror because you are in Christ!