The Truth Will Set You Free

John 8:44
The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He has never been truthful. He doesn’t know what the truth is. Whenever he tells a lie, he’s doing what comes naturally to him. He’s a liar and the father of lies.

One of the primary tactics of the devil is to manipulate and take advantage of people through fear. Whenever you make a decision in life based on fear, you are headed the wrong direction. If we have made a decision based on being afraid, then we have accepted a lie from the father of lies himself. Jesus said in Luke 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

We are to walk in the fear of the Lord, which means to have an awe and reverence for God. But to make choices in life because you are afraid of sickness, disease, or things in this world based on fear means you have believed a lie. Knowing the Truth will set you free from making decisions based on fear that will only lead you into bondage. Satan wants to control your life, and when we choose lies over the Truth, we are following the way of fear.

God’s Word tells us that greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world. This greater One who lives in you is greater than anything you will face in life. To not give in to the lies we must live in and by the Word of God, for if you do you will know the Truth by experience, and the Truth will set you free from satan’s lies. Making choices based on fear will always lead to bondage, but making choices based on the Truth, will liberate you from this liar and his deceptive ways.

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Don’t Shipwreck Your Faith

1 Timothy 1:19
Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.

As a believer, a key to living a victorious life is clinging to our faith in Christ Jesus. When we do so we are walking by faith (what God has said), and not by sight (what we see in the natural), believing in what Christ has done for us. If we loose our confidence in God through sinful actions as 1 John 3:21 teaches, this will undermine our faith walk. One of the things that helps us to know we are doing so is our conscience. Deliberately ignoring this voice can shipwreck our faith walk.

When a ship became shipwrecked in the days of the Bible, it was usually because the ship had run aground on a sand bar or was sunk because it ran into rocks under the surface. In either case that ship is going nowhere. This is what can happen to a believers faith if they do not pay attention to their conscience. The conscience is the voice of our spirit man within (Romans 9:1). If we reject the voice of our spirit, we to can become shipwrecked and our faith will go nowhere.

The conscience or voice of our spirit is where we learn to follow the guidance of our spirit man, which when born again will lead us in line with the Word of God. When we reject our conscience, we are not walking in line with the Word. Our conscience will reveal when we have missed it with God, and if we listen and repent, we maintain our confidence toward God and our faith remains active. So listen closely to your conscience if you don’t want to become shipwrecked, causing your faith to go nowhere.

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Our enemy is looking for any place where our life is out of biblical order. But we don’t have to give him any place in our life. As Dr. Barclay will share in this powerful message, don’t become a straggler and you can guard against the devil taking advantage of your life. May you be blessed as you receive the Word of God for you.


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Obtaining A Good Testimony

Hebrews 11:39
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, …

All those spoken of in Hebrews 11 had obtained a good testimony because, they walked by faith and not by sight, and so can we. In the verses that follow the above scripture, Hebrews 12:1-3, we find some nuggets of truth that will help our faith walk so that we can obtain a good testimony as well. Let’s look at them together.

We must lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensures us. The weight referred to is anything that is keeping us from our walk with God. Anything that keeps you from knowing God better is hindering you from putting your trust in Him. We also need to lay aside sinful acts that will deceive us, and as 1 John 3:21 tells us, sin will hinder our confidence in God. We must also have endurance to live by faith, simply meaning we don’t back down, nor do we ever stop trusting and believing our God.

Next we are to to look unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. This statement in the original language means we give Him our undivided focus and attention. He is the Word of God, so we never take our eyes off of what God’s Word says. In doing so we are only considering Him, the Word of God, not our circumstances. Faith never takes its focus off of what God has said. So learn to apply these truths in your daily life, and you too can obtain a good testimony.

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By His Stripes We Are Healed

Matthew 8:17
This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.”

Jesus at Calvary carried away sickness and disease for us all. The prophecy of Isaiah 53:4-5 has been fulfilled. All we have to do is receive by faith in our hearts what He has already done for us. Healing comes from the Spirit of God and it manifests in the physical body. Healing is a part of the salvation package purchased for us, for by the stripes He bore in His body, we are healed.

Acts 10:38 reveals that healing is for everyone as Jesus Himself was anointed by God and went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Many often question if it is God’s will to heal them, but Jesus proved it is His will for us to be healed, for no one who ever came to Jesus for healing was ever turned away.

Take the scriptures that reveal healing in the Bible and meditate on them until they become real to your inner man, your spirit. As you continually declare those verses to yourself faith will come, for faith comes by hearing, and hearing by God’s Word. Scripture reveals to us in Proverbs 4:22 that God’s Word is medicine to all our flesh. Keep taking His medicine and you will be healed.

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Loyalty Not Sacrifice

Hosea 6:6
I want your loyalty, not your sacrifices.
I want you to know me, not to give me burnt offerings.

In Mathew 9:13 Jesus quoted the verse above from Hosea and then said to go and learn what this means. The key word to this entire verse that the Lord wants us to understand is the word loyalty. The word loyalty here refers to a steadfast love. It is an adherence to another from the heart. In other words because of their love they will be completely loyal. This is what God wants from us.

Notice it says He wants our loyalty, not our sacrifices. If you have a true loyalty to God, a steadfast love for Him, then going to God’s house every time there is opportunity, sharing the gospel, and giving to the work of the Lord are not a sacrifice to you. Many feel that they have to “sacrifice” there time and money for God, but that is not what God wants. Our Father wants you to want to do these things because of a steadfast love for Him.

What does this steadfast love, this loyalty lead to? He tells us in the above verse, that we may know Him. Sadly many Christians know about God, but do not intimately know God. Why? No loyalty. When the basic things scripture teaches us that should be a part of our lifestyle as a believer becomes a sacrifice for you, you have left your first love. Scripture teaches us in the last days the love of many will grow cold. If this is true for you repent and renew your loyalty to God, or you will drift further away from really knowing Him.

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Abide In God’s Love

John 15:9
I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me].

The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit when we got born again. To walk in His love is a choice we make. The love of God is not a feeling, but a spiritual fruit that will change one’s feelings. Love is seen in what you do, not how you feel about someone. The God-kind of love is not interested in what I can get, but what I can give.

Galatians chapter 5 verses 22-23 tell us the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This fruit is a part of every born again believer. It is the fruit of our new spirit man. A key to walking in the fruit of the spirit begins with love. When you walk in love you will walk in the remaining fruit of the spirit. You can’t walk in God’s love and not experience joy, peace, longsuffering, etc. The rest of the fruit are a result of love.

So to abide in love there are some things we must do. First act upon God’s love. Love requires us to treat others just as you want to be treated no matter how you feel. The love of God is not a feeling, but a fruit of the new you. Secondly God is love, and when we take time to fellowship with God He rubs off on us. So make the choice to act on God’s love instead of your feelings, and stay in close fellowship with God. You will experience a much better life by abiding in God’s love.

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Jesus Has Overcome The World

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Troubles or storms of life come to all. Jesus did not tell us this so that we would be troubled by them. He has already overcome the world’s troubles you will face. Jesus taught us that if you come to Him and hear what He says, but do not do what He says, you will be like a man who built a house on sand. Storms would come and when they do the house would fall.

But if you come to Him and you hear and do what He has said, you will be like a man who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock (the Word of God). When the storms come the house would not only stand, it would not be shaken. In this fallen world you will face trouble or storms of life. But the person who has come to Jesus and will listen to what He has to say and is a doer of the Word and not just a hearer only, they have a strong foundation upon which they stand.

Those who are doers of the Word are those who walk by faith and not by sight. Those who are doers of the Word do not focus on the storms, they keep their focus on God. Instead of talking about their storms, they talk about their God. They magnify their God and command the storm to cease. In the midst of trying times keep your eyes on God. Bodily confess what His Word says, for Jesus has overcome the world for you!

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