Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Magnificent Christ - Demon Possessed People

  The account of Mark's gospel chapter 5, shows us through the demoniac of the Gadarenes the characteristics of demons possessed people.  They like nudity and sexual display. They are unclean in actions and words.  They are often uncontrollable.  They dwell in lonely places and they are tormented.  This man demonstrated all these. He was infact, filled with a legion of demons in the hundreds and perhaps some believe up to a thousand.  The village people were afraid of him and could not control him so they bound him in a cave with chains.  But he continually broke the chains.  Jesus must needs go over the sea to set this man free!  Jesus said His anointing delivered the captive.  In my many years of street ministry in San Francisco as we went weekly to Powell and Market streets, we saw many people delivered from demons.  I learned from years of experience that demons operate on two principles: 1) they are territorial. 2) they operate by permission.  The way to cast them out of someones body is to remove these two strongholds.  You remove territory, by bringing it under submission to Christ and His ruler ship.  You removed permission by commanding.  Jesus never played mental games with demons but always spoke to them. We do that in the name of Jesus practicing His authority.  The sons of Sceva tried to cast out demons, but had no authority.  They were attacked and ran out of the house naked. 
You must operated under the transmitted authority Jesus gives us as His sons and daughters. This is one of the vital ministries of the saints who know who they are in Christ and know who they are under...Jesus Christ.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Magnificent Christ - Casting out Demons

   Jesus announced His mission after coming out of the wilderness having just been tempted by Satan for 40 days.  He goes to the temple and reads Isaiah 61:1-2  "The Spirit of the Lord is now upon me for He has anointed me to .. proclaim liberty to the captives."  Jesus spent almost 1/3 of His ministry casting out demons.  We should also.  I have always been interested in knowing how to do this.  I learned from the many years of street ministry on the streets of San Francisco.  It was almost a weekly episode.  Sometimes a bit dramatic.  I have seen demons come out with a loud voice, with cries of desperation, and sometimes simply quietly.  But I have seen many people set free.  Drug addicts, prostitutes and people who have particularly given their bodies over to demons.  But as I often mention, the meanest demons are religious ones.  They are the ones that crucified Jesus.  I am going to talk these next few days about how to cast out demons.  If you want to see people set free, truly set free, you need to know how to do this.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Magnificent Christ - You have the power to command storms

   Jesus said that "If you believe, the works that I do you shall do also, and greater works than these shall you do because I go to my Father."  John 14:12  Since Jesus operated on delegated authority we have been given the same power!  He said all authority in heaven and earth was His and He gave it to us!  But it operates by faith.  If you believe you have His power, you have it. He said, "Have I not given you power, on earth, to cast out demons and over all the power of the enemy..."  Luke 10:19  His power in and through us is only limited by our faith.  Faith can move mountains... but it has to be received and released on earth. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Fill your heart and mind with scripture that releases your faith. Then confess the words with you mouth.  Circumstances and old failures will not do. Put those behind you and renew your mind with God's unchallenged power... His uncompromising word!  You can learn more about kingdom living and become a student of God's word.  Write you own living commentary of the entire New Testament by signing up for Kingdom Life University.  

Magnificent Christ - Purpose

  God's pleasure is your prosperity!  God, by His goodness and providence, has created the universe to serve His pleasure and He delights in showing this to His children.  He even went so far as to say, "All things work together for good to those who love Him., to those who are called according to His purpose."  Rom. 8:28  He also adds, "If an earthly father knows how to give good gifts to his children, how much more does the heavenly Father know how to give good gifts to us."  Wow!  Are we getting it?  Don't let your past failures, disappointments and discouragement block His love.  I pray today your love may increase in revelation of How much God loves you.  May the Holy Spirit open your heart to receive this awesome truth.  You give God pleasure...quite a thought, right?  Yes, Eric Liddell the uncompromising Olympic racer said that he felt God's pleasure when he ran. Why?  Because he was able to receive this revelation knowing he was fulfilling his purpose.....that he was loved and was running to give God pleasure.  When we find out our purpose and run our race we give God pleasure!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Magnificent Christ - Power of Goodness

  There are two forces in the universe that exceed all other powers... God's goodness and love!  When Jesus wanted to reach the toughened heart of Peter, Jesus didn't preach hell fire and damnation.  He said to Peter, "Cast the net on the other side...".  Peter did and an incredible catch resulted so that the nets began to break.  Peter fell to his knees and said, "depart from me, for I am a sinful man."  The way to reach a hardened fisherman is to give him a big catch.  God catches us with His goodness... if we see it.  Satan confuses us with blame, doubt, discouragement and defeat.  But God reaches out His hand of love and goodness and picks us up with the remembrance of His faithfulness in our lives.  Stop and look!  "Remember the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living" said the prophet of old.  Stop today and meditate on how good God has been to you!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Magnificent Christ - Providence (Daily Video)

  Providence is God using all the resources of His creation to show us His love.  When we look over our past life, we can see God's hand over and over again directing people to us at exactly the right time, supplying our needs at the right time, and caring for us with His gentle love.  Providence exalts the sovereignty of God.  God is in control of everything in our lives that we place in His hands.  "All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose."   In today's video I share the story of Isabella, my daughter, and how she could have been seriously injured, but God by His divine providence had already allowed a bad repair on my car that saved her from broken fingers and a broken hand.  I love to reflect on how God has demonstrated His great wisdom and grace in protecting me again and again. The first airplane I bought was a Bonanza.  The gas tanks had been improperly installed and showed the wrong amount of fuel in the tanks. Flying home to Colorado they became empty but one showed still 3/4 full on the gage.  I ran out of fuel flying the airplane home from Indianapolis where I had bought it.  When the engine stopped, it was right over the top of the Brush, Colorado airport.  I was a 8 thousand feet and had plenty of time to prepare for an emergency landing. I circled the airport several times and prepared for the approach and landing.  I actually rolled out at the exit of the runway almost right up to the gas pumps!  Talk about providence.  God is good!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Magnificent Christ - Greater Revelation

  To receive a greater revelation of Jesus Christ you must increase your capacity to receive His love. Peter tried to express his love for Jesus over and over by performance and self effort.  Jesus finally had to ask Peter three times, "Do you love me"?  Like many of us, we try to love God and even want Him to know it.  But the apostle John had learned the secret of receiving Christ's love by building intimacy with Christ.  So much so, he was able to lay his head on Jesus breast and not be embarrassed. John said over and over again, "I am the disciple whom Jesus loved".  He did not see his love for Christ but Christ's love for him!  That is the key to receiving a greater revelation of Jesus Christ.  How do we increase our capacity to receive His love?  
1. Receive His forgiveness.  Shame blocks love. Jesus is perfect and perfectly forgets our sins once we have confessed them.  "He removes them and places them in the depths of the sea and remembers them no more." ... He perfectly forgets!!!

2. Read His word.  I know it almost sounds too good to be true.  It's because His grace provides His love, not our performance.  We understand this totally by FAITH, and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  Ephesians says, "That you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height -  to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."  (3:18-20)

3. Repeat it over and over again to your heart!  We have been so taught that God is not good, that He is to blame for all the terrible things on earth and in our lives.  This Satanic lie has distorted the truth that Jesus came to reveal two things about God the Father... "Grace and Truth".  Keep repeating over and over and over... "I am the disciple whom Jesus loves" until it begins to connect to the truth of God's love.  

Because John understood this simple truth, He received the entire book of Revelation of Jesus Christ!  Please watch the 3 minute video above to receive more revelation about this great truth.