Archive for April, 2016

Spirit of Excellence

“There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.” (Dan. 5:11-12)

The phrase “excellent spirit” was only used in the book of Daniel, but it’s really what the Bible describes as “faithfulness”. Notice that this quality of character offered Daniel more than skill or favor with leaders of nations… it offered him favor with God. God promotes and rewards faithfulness and people who have faithful hearts! So, a spirit of excellence is the key to promotion according to the Word of God.

Here is an example of that in action:
“Servants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.” (Eph. 6:5-8)

Now, most of the people reading this are not servants, slaves, or masters, but this can also relate to an employer, an employee, or a person who is under the authority of another. The Scriptures say to serve those over you “with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ” (Eph. 6:5). In other words, Christians should look at their work as serving Christ, not people. One of the things about an excellent spirit is that instead of looking at people as your source, you need to see God as your source. And this passage of Scripture goes on to say that “the same shall he receive of the Lord,” meaning God will give back to you what you have done for Him.

What About You!

If you aren’t being promoted, if you’re being passed over, if it seems like everybody else rises and you just stay the same, it’s possible that you don’t have an excellent spirit. Maybe you’ve allowed a bad attitude, discouragement, fear, or stress to dominate you. But you need to know that your attitude determines your altitude. You cannot rise any higher than the image and the way that you think on the inside. Now, you can’t control other people or circumstances, but you can control the attitude that’s on the inside of you.

Matthew 25:23 says that to be made ruler over much, you must be faithful in that which is least. That includes being faithful over the private thoughts and secret intentions of your heart. Like Daniel, you can choose to have an excellent spirit. You can choose to be faithful! If you do that, I promise you, you will be promoted… not just at your employment, but also in your family, among your friends, and in your neighborhood.

And Remember… God is looking for those with an Excellent Spirit! (2 Chr. 16:9)

Healing Pools

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. (Jn. 5:2-9)

The Pools of Resource Get Stirred… Because Jesus is Moved with Compassion for You! (Mt. 9:35-36)

A frequent question I receive from those who are new to healing is whether we can lay hands on ourselves and receive healing from God. I want to propose to everyone who is reading this post that there are pools of healing available in Jesus (Mt. 11:28). Can we believe for our own healing or do we need to have someone pray for us to be healed? I want to encourage you to believe for the healing of your body, because Jesus is moved with compassion toward you and your circumstances! Recognize that healing is not an exact science and our bodies are subject to all kinds of difficult issues, such as trauma, infections, viruses and demonic assaults. Since there are no clear examples in the Bible of self-healing, I would like to share a personal experience… and I would like you to evaluate the principles that might apply in your own circumstances.

One night as I went to bed, I noticed a reoccurring pain in my lower back and it radiated down the back of my left leg. I had this type of pain before, and I knew from talking with people that it was consistent with a herniated disc. The pain was severe and for a moment I could feel fear rising up in me… thinking I’d done something to injure myself. As I thought about the pain, I remembered that God had been speaking to me about pain returning after healing. This was a new concept at the time. Immediately, I began to question the source of the pain. I took a position (in my mind) that the pain I felt was not actually a herniated disc, but an imitation of that pain, caused by a demon. I told myself repeatedly, “I do not have a herniated disc.” Suspecting an evil spirit was at work, I commanded the spirit to leave. I didn’t address the bones, nerves or other structures in by back. I focused completely on the spirit I believed was causing the pain. After ten minutes, the pain left, but it returned 20 minutes later. When it returned, I repeated the same process and had my wife join me in the prayer for agreement. We went to war against the spirit, repeatedly commanding it to leave. A pivotal moment came as I felt the pain leave for a while, only to return later. This went on for two hours, but finally stopped and never returned again! What I learned was clear to me… that we can indeed heal ourselves through prayer and laying hands upon our bodies. I also learned that we can have the symptoms of a condition that perfectly mimics the condition itself, with no actual injury or disease in our body. A demon can create a near perfect imitation of a real medical condition. At that moment God spoke an invitation to my heart, He said, “If you want to be free, come and experience My healing pools!”

God said, “If you want to be free, come experience My healing pools.”

I have learned three powerful keys to victory over demonic attacks in our bodies:

  • 1st) We must want to be free. (Jn. 8:32-36)
  • 2nd) There are healing resources (“pools”) in Jesus. (Mk. 5:34)(Mt. 9:35)
  • 3rd) Our faith is released by what we speak. (Ps. 30:2)(Mk. 11:23)(Jn. 14:13-14)

I refused to believe or admit that I had a herniated disc… even though the symptoms felt exactly like it. Perhaps the most important lesson of all is that you must take a stand! Although we see the removal of symptoms, it doesn’t mean they won’t return. And if the symptoms return, the strategy that worked the first time can be used again, as often as needed, until the symptoms are gone for good. I’ve used these principles many times. Whether it’s a headache, a sprained ankle or some other sickness or injury. The authority we’ve been given by Jesus over sickness and evil spirits works as well on us as it does on others.

Jesus is Willing to Heal!

Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” (Mk. 1:40-41)

Saved and Delivered

My Dear Brother Prabhakar Rao Mannepalli of Bangalor, India shares this testimony.

The testimony of Mr. Chandru on March 30 2016 at Venkatapura, India.

Mr. Chandru is 32 miles away from Venkatapura Church, in a village called Beerandahalli. Father died when he was 9 years old. He is drinking alcohol, chain smoking, going for the prostitution and quarreling with mother. Since 2 years of age, he was sick. There is no peace and joy in the home. Mother took him to the hospitals and different temples for the pujaas and mantras. Mother spent lots of money. Finally he was desperate and still not getting healed.

Possessed by a Demon:

On March 30th, Wednesday his one uncle, Mr. Munikrishna (believer from Venkatapura church) brought him to his home Venkatapura. On that day I went to the house visiting and I got time to meet Chandru in Munikrishna house. In that night I have conducted night prayer meeting at Munikrishna’s house. At the time of praying for sick people, I called Chandru for the Prayer. When I was praying for him, Mr. Chandru spoke out in a strange voice, “I came to this village to take 2 dead bodies”. He was possessed by Nagadevatha demon (snake god). It was clear that he was possessed shouting, “I cannot leave this place without killing 2 people”.

It was around 10pm that we prayed and I keep my hand on the head of Chandru and rebuked the demon in the name of Lord Jesus Christ and believed God’s power for him. When I was speaking, he was fallen down. He began to spew from the mouth with big noise and shouts. The demon shouted out of Chandru, “I am not leaving this place” with big screaming.

But God Has All Authority!

God prevailed and he was delivered from the demon around 11pm and Chandru was healed and freed completely. From last Sunday April 3rd onward he and his mother have attend the Church. God has the victory because He is the prevailing King! We rejoice the the greatness of our God. It is our declaration that, “whom the Son sets free is free indeed” to live by God’s power! (Jn. 8:36)

Pray for Chandru and his spiritual growth in Christ… today he is free!

The Father’s Countenance

“Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42:5)

“My child why are you constantly complaining about your situation?”

The time has come to open up our eyes to the wonderful help that comes from the countenance of the Father! May I remind you what happened to the Children of Israel while in the wilderness. They complained and gossiped… they went around the mountain year after year. They were only eleven miles from the promise land – yet they wandered around the mountain year after year after year – forty long years they remained there. In fact, many got so comfortable hanging on to their baggage, that they made friends with other folks just like themselves. They were looked forward and never seeing themselves correctly.

Choices:

The Children of Israel were a difficult group to lead through the wilderness. They chose to complain about their problems… to everyone they came in contact with. Rather than praise God right into the Promised Land, they chose to murmur! Do you complain and tell others how big your problems are… or do you tell your problems how big your God is?

God has promised to make a way where there seems to be no way! He will even make a road in the middle of the wilderness and create rivers in the desert.

Faith talking people focus on the road more than they do the wilderness! God made the road and has already walked it ahead of you and it’s safe, reliable and trustworthy. You don’t have to just try to find your way through life. God has a plan just for you (Jer. 29:11) with specific direction on the way! The road itself is clear – it’s the way to eternal and abundant life! It’s your choice… focus on your problems or focus on the Lord. Start today telling your problems how Big Your God is – instead of telling your God and people how big your problems are. Walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).

  • “So Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mk. 11:22-25)
  • “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness. And rivers in the desert.” (Isa. 43:18-19)
  • “The righteous shall live by faith!” (Hab. 2:4)

Finding Comfort in the Father’s Countenance: It was David’s Remedy (Psalm 42-43 & 142-143)

  1. Remember the Lord: He is your strength, your help, your shield and defender.
  2. Meditate on His Promises: Remind your heart that He has not left you.
  3. Consider His Purposes: Testify of all the Works of His hands.
  4. Worship Him: Praise Him and enter His gates with thanksgiving.
  5. Pray: Cry out to Him – With Voice and Volume!
  6. Agree with His Covenant Realities: Declare His Word over your battle.
  7. Renew your Mind: Pour out your heart to Him and receive His Kingdom.
  8. Cast all your Cares upon Him: Lift up your hands… to receive Father’s embrace.
  9. Take Refuge in His Love: Take Shelter Under the Shade of His Wings.
  10. Focus on His Pleasure: See the Smile on Your Father’s Face!

“We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12)

Leadership Capacity

I am learning a lot about leadership in this season.

I understand more clearly now that with authority comes much responsibility. The more influence I have in the world, the more wisdom I need to navigate life redemptively so that the purposes of God are fulfilled in my time. Favor amplifies the influence of my life, but favor alone doesn’t help me make good decisions. I have to seek God for His perspectives, and connect with wise people for their insights and counsel. It’s in the abundance of counselors that there is victory.

CAPACITY AND TALENT

When I hire people or ask them to join my team, I look for people with capacity, not just talent. I have hired many very kind, gifted and talented people over the last 30 years, who have no capacity…they can’t carry pressure. The weight of responsibility crushes them.

5 SOURCES OF CAPACITY

Capacity has at least 5 sources:

1. Personality – in other words, some people are just born with more capacity than others. We often use phrases like “Joe has thick skin.” We’re saying that Joe can carry a lot of pressure, or take a lot of criticism without crumbling.

2. Experience – capacity tends to grow with experience. For example, the mother who has her first child tends to worry about everything that happens to him or her. But by the time she gets to child number three, they are playing in the rain with a cold.

3. Influences – great leaders choose who influences them. They surround themselves with people who increase their capacity by giving them great counsel, and at times help carry the load with them.

4. The God factor – people who have a great relationship with God inherently have more capacity. They lean on their their relationship with Him and He helps them through their hard days. He keeps them in perfect peace when they keep their mind on Him.

5. Identity – people who know who they are can weather storms more easily than those who have no confidence in themselves. Tough times only reinforce noble peoples’ identity. Trials forge our character and reveal our godly nature, or they point out cracks in our personhood.

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