Monday, October 30 2017
A month or so ago, I was in Kansas City, MO for the General Conference of the United Pentecostal Church, Int. At each conference is the “bookstore” where believe it or not, they sell books. The preaching is always fantastic and the seminars are amazing, but I love going to the bookstore. It was while I was at the bookstore that I picked up a small book of about 80 or so pages. It is called A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Praying the Scriptures by Juli Jasinski. The book can be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Sword-Sickle-Warriors-Praying-Scriptures/dp/1533379025/ref=sr_1_3/133-9602508-6195047?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509408635&sr=1-3&refinements=p_27%3AJuli+Jasinski.
The book has changed the way I pray. I have prayed the scriptures for years, but I prayed them the way they are written. For example, if I was praying Romans 12:1 - 2 , I would pray it...
Romans 12:1-2 KJV
I would pray that I could live the scripture and that I could apply it to my life. Juli Jasinski’s book has taught me to pray it like this...
Romans 12:1-2 I present [myself] a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is [my] reasonable service.  [I will not] be not conformed to this world: but [I will be] transformed by the renewing of [my] mind, that [I] may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Others scriptures that I pray include...
Colossians 4:5-6 [Lord, I pray to] Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let [my] speech be alway[s] with grace, seasoned with salt, that [I] may know how [I] ought to answer every man.
1 Corinthians 2:4 [Father, let] my speech and my preaching [be] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
There are many scriptures that you can use to praise, repent, pray for yourself, your church and others. It is truly using the Word of God to pray. As you read the Word make them part of your life of prayer. A scripture may speak to you. You can write it down in a way to help you pray it.
When I pray for Cornerstone Chapel, these are some of the scriptures, I pray...
Psa 119:33 HE. [I pray to God that you will] Teach [Cornerstone Chapel], O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and [we] shall keep it unto the end. Psa 119:34 Give [us] understanding, and [we] shall keep thy law; yea, [we] shall observe it with [our] whole heart.
Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow [Cornerstone Chapel]; In [the name of Jesus] [we] shall cast out devils; [we] shall speak with new tongues; Mar 16:18 [We] shall take up serpents; and if [we] drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt [us]; [We] shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall [Cornerstone Chapel ] do also; and greater works than these shall [we] do; because [He] [goes] unto my Father.
It is important to pray and it is my desire that this will help you in your life of prayer. It was Martin Luther that said...
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
Have a great week!
Monday, October 23 2017
When we speak there is more that happens than words exiting our mouth and be heard by others. Have you ever thought that our words have an impact supernaturally. Let’s look at the Word of God...
First, some words are “idle”. Jesus said in Matthew:
Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
The Greek word used in Matthew means “inactive, useless or lazy”. These are words that have no purpose and Jesus further explained in verse 37...
Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified (to render just or innocent), and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (guilty)
It will be by our words that we are found innocent or guilty. How often have your words condemned you? When we speak it is too late to take our words back, the damage is done. We serve a merciful and gracious God that can forgive, but human nature is often not so forgiving.
Have you ever thought that your words change things in the supernatural? Can I words give cursing and blessings? The writer of Proverbs said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” James penned:
James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
How can we speak blessings and curses in the supernatural. Let’s start with curses by looking at Jezebel. Elijah had just prayed fire down from heaven and slew the prophets of Baal. He was in revival and when Jezebel heard of what had happened she said, “So let the gods do to me , and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.” The very next verse documents the actions of Elijah...
1 Kings 19:3-4 KJV
 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord , take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
Have you ever had someone talked negatively to you and you have what you think is depression or just a reaction to their negative words? We need to understand the spiritual nature of these words even if they are said “accidentally” or impulsively. Paul wrote that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood.” Elijah went from victory to asking God to kill him because of the demonic force sent our from the words of Jezebel.
If we are a child of the King of Kings, we need to understand that these words can come against us, but we also can use words to combat them through prayer. We can tell that spirit (with our words) that...
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord , and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord .
Our words can also be used to speak faith in God and it opens the door for Him to do miracles.
Mark 11:22-23 KJV
 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Our words matter In the supernatural. We need to be careful not to use idle words or speak curses against others. We need to speak faith and blessing. As Christians, we sometimes want to “warn” others thinking that we are helping while we speak faithlessness and cursing, but God is on a whole other plan. Even if those warnings come true, God will take care of His faithful. We need to be encouragers, not discouragers and faithful, not faithless.
Have a great week!
Monday, October 09 2017
I finished reading the book of Job this morning. In doing so, I noticed something that I had read before, but it did not register with me like it did this morning. Has that ever happened to you? You have read the Bible and when you read it again, a single point jumps off the pages at you. Maybe, that is just me!
The story of Job is interesting. God offers him up to the trials and tribulalations of Satan. Job loses everything, but his wife and friends. His wife wanted him to curse God and die and the Bible says that his friends "have not spoken of me (God) the thing which is right, like my servant Job."
The Bible says, "The Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends." We may be praying for the wrong thing. Job's captivity or exile was changed not when he prayed for his situation, but for his friends. Also, Job did not have to provide the sacrifice that God demanded when he prayed for his friends, God told his friends "to take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering." The friends had to repent for their treatment of Job. It was Job's faithfulness that turned his captivity. When we are faithful, God will answer our prayers.
Psalm 6:9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
Psalm 6:10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.
When God turned Job's captivity, Job did not have to borrow or steal to get what had been taken. God restored it to him and not just what he had, but more.
Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Job 42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
Job 42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
God gave him twice as much and had others provide the start up capital. When we exit out of our trail expect the blessings of God because God will reward our faithfulness. Just hold on. You will have people that will sow doubt, but stay faithful. God will restore you not to where you were, but in a better place.
Have a great week!
Sunday, October 01 2017
The vision of Cornerstone Chapel is Love. Grow. Serve. Give. There are several ways to grow including growing in faith, growing in grace and growing in the Word. It was the Apostle Peter that wrote...
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
The Word of God (Bible) will help us grow as Christians. This growth is necessary if we are to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. It will be our fruits that reveal our relationship with Jesus Christ.
It was Jesus that said, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
According to Wikipedia, "A fruit results from maturation of one or more flowers." The "fruit" that Jesus spoke of is what others see in us. Our choices are simple, do we want to display "good fruit" or "evil fruit"? Good fruit is a result of sanctification or a maturing process as a disciple. The Gospel of John records Jesus saying, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
Our efforts to mature and grow in the Word must be intentional. It requires being in the Word through personal study, corporate Bible study and the preached Word of God. Last week, I spent the week at the General Conference of the United Pentecostal Church, Int. It was blessing to spend the mornings in seminars on prayer, revival and servant leadership from proven leaders. We should look for opportunities to grow in the Word.
It was Paul writing to Timothy that said...
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
...and Jesus said:
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
We must ask ourselves if the fruit that we are bearing reveals a mature disciple and are you still growing in the Word. It will be the scripture that will help you make it to heaven.