Category Archives: Ownership
John 14:10-11 “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me…”
How is your study of John chapters 12, 13, and 14 going? Remember to form discussion groups and share. As we obey, God will open the Book of remembrance for us in Jesus Name. Over the next few days, we will be diving into John 15:1-27 [please read]. This chapter is super loaded. Read the rest of this entry
John 10:28-29 “And I give them eternal life, and they will never, ever [by any means] perish; and no one will ever snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (AMP]
John 10:24-26 “So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. Read the rest of this entry
John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.”
Even as He lies down to be the door, so He lays down His life for the sheep. Every night the shepherd lies down and becomes a living gate, he knows that he may never see the next day. But he would rather die protecting his sheep than have a wolf come in. Read the rest of this entry
Heb.13:20 “Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood”
Jesus is the Shepherd of our souls and He is the great Shepherd of the sheep. When you read John 10:1-42, the two things that jump at us from this passage of scripture about our Shepherd are;
#1. John 10:2 “But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.” The shepherd enters through the gate. He is the legitimate owner of your soul and He enters through the gate. Everyone else that tries to enter through the window or scale the fence is a thief. Read the rest of this entry
Jer.31:3 (NIV) “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
Do not let defeat define you. Let God’s love define you. You need to be resolved, settled in God’s love and let that define you. You are not defined by defeat. You are defined by the love of your Father and your Maker. Let God’s love define you; build your worth on who God says you are. Read the rest of this entry
Gen.18: 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.” But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.”
God spoke directly to Sarah and she believed. Heb.11:11 “It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise” [with emphasis]. Read the rest of this entry
Matt.6:32 “The thing you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you” [ICB]
If God has promised to meet every need then why do we still have unmet legitimate needs? Before we answer this question, you need to realize that for every promise in the Bible there is a premise [a condition]. God’s love is unconditional but the promises of God are conditional. This is one of the truths that you and I need to know and it births actions that we need to take. These actions are the premises that need to be fulfilled. What conditions guarantee God will meet my needs? Jesus shows us five things we should do, five Read the rest of this entry
Ex.17: 8 While the Israelites were camped at Rephidim, soldiers of Amalek came and attacked them” [with emphasis]
The first thing that stands out in the story of the children of Israel from Exodus 17:8-13 [please read], is that the Power to Prevail is released when You Become. The Israelites were God’s people; they had the seed of God in them. 1Jn.5:4 “for everyone born of God overcomes the world…” [NIV]. The power to prevail is released when the seed of God is formed in you. The power to prevail is released when you become a child of God. You cannot prevail against the world except you are born of God.
“You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say” Ps.17:3
A lot of people have live-in helps, which automatically means they enjoy the luxuries in those homes. If you live in a place where there is uninterrupted power and free water, the help enjoys all that too. He or she can eat whatever he wants to eat and is free to bath three or five times a day. But the day the help begins to forget his or her place in the home, that is the beginning of the end Read the rest of this entry
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths” Ps.24:1-2
“As he looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’ “While these words were still in his mouth, a voice called down from heaven, ‘O King Nebuchadnezzar, this message is for you! You are no longer ruler of this kingdom. You will be driven from human society. You will live in the fields with the wild animals, and you will eat grass like a cow. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.” Dan.4:30-32 [emphasis added]. The church in Acts [please read Acts 2:42:47] knew that “…the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses” and that is why they did not grab onto their possessions. The truth is that the more you know this truth personally the more you know God. In fact, the more possessive you are, the less of God you know.
Nebuchadnezzar was intelligent and swift in decision-making. In fact, history has it that Nebuchadnezzar can talk to five people and tell them what they said in their private meeting before meeting with him. Not because he had divination but because he was so smart. But this same Nebuchadnezzar had the audacity to think; I got this “…by my own mighty power”. We tend to think that we are owners when God has repeatedly made it clear to us that we are managers. We tend to think that we are owners when God has consistently made it clear to us, He has not left us with any doubt that we do not own anything. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him” Ps.24:1. “Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful…” Duet.8:18. The truth is that success is blinding but God is saying remember! Remember that God gave you that intelligence, remember God gave you that beauty, remember God gave you that power, and remember God gave you those finances. Remember God gave you everything and do not forget who owns it all. God has given us all things to freely enjoy but we must never forget that it all belongs to Him. That is why the Bible says it is better to go to a funeral house than a house of celebration [Ecc.7:2], because in a funeral house you are instructed that nobody takes anything away from this earth.
Prayer [song]: My heart, my mind, my soul belongs to You. My love, my life it all belongs to You. Belongs to you… The songs we sing they all belong to You. The air we breathe it all belongs to You… Belongs to you… Amen!