Sunday, September 30, 2012

Find Fault in Me!

2 Corinthians 6:3-13  We don't give people any opportunity to find fault with how we serve.  (4)  Instead, our lives demonstrate that we are God's servants. We have endured many things: suffering, distress, anxiety,  (5)  beatings, imprisonments, riots, hard work, sleepless nights, and lack of food.  (6)  People can see our purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives, our sincere love,  (7)  truthfulness, and the presence of God's power. We demonstrate that we are God's servants  (8)  as we are praised and dishonored, as we are slandered and honored, and as we use what is right to attack what is wrong and to defend the truth. We are treated as dishonest although we are honest,  (9)  as unknown although we are well-known, as dying although, as you see, we go on living. We are punished, but we are not killed.  (10)  People think we are sad although we're always glad, that we're beggars although we make many people spiritually rich, that we have nothing although we possess everything.  (11)  We have been very open in speaking to you Corinthians. We have a place for you in our hearts.  (12)  We haven't cut you off. Your own emotions have cut you off from us.  (13)  I'm talking to you as I would talk to children. Treat us the same way we've treated you. Make a place for us in your hearts too.

Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, was demonstrating to the Corinthian Christians his godly character. He gave them a list of proofs to come against the fault finders towards his ministry. He basically said, " Go ahead, find fault in me!" You will not find much to shake a stick at."  Our character, as believers, should be the same. People are always going to try and find fault in you but they pretty much will have to make it up if you have godly character. I am not saying we are all perfect or with out any faults. I am saying that we should make it hard for others to find our faults. Our Character should be iron clad no matter what.

Paul's list of character traits and character examples is astounding.

  1.  Became God's Servants ( First key to having great character of God. Give yourself completely to Him.)
  2. Enduring much for the gospel. ( People with horrible or no character in God run away at the first sign of danger or ridicule.)
  3. Demonstration of purity ( Living a holy and uncompromising life is crucial to stopping people from finding fault in you.)
  4. Godly knowledge ( Knowledge of God's word comes through hours of study and sacrifice. Preaching his word is useless unless you have experienced it.)
  5. Patience ( Have you ever met a minister who could preach but didn't have the patience with any body. Bad character flaw)
  6. Kindness ( This is good one. Some Christian act holy at church but are Diva's to the rest of the world. They think the world owes them everything.)
  7. Holy Spirit's anointing ( People should see God's hand upon your life not because you said so.)
  8. Godly love ( Without His love we are just phony people pretending to be something we are not.)
  9. Truthfulness in God's message and in life ( Always and mean always tell the truth and speak the truth of His word even when it is not popular.)
  10. Power of God residing ( It is hard to find fault with someone when the power of God is evident on their lives.)
  11. Enduring ridicule and false accusations with poise. ( How you handle ridicule and accusations speaks a lot about your character.)
  12. Surrendering all for the people of God. ( Regardless if the people of God are mean to you or not never stop loving them and surrendering your life for them.)
The world desires to find fault in us, because it makes their sin more comfortable. We just have to make it hard for them to do so.  Character is a growing trait we must all have. We are commissioned to be more like Jesus. As we become more like Jesus then we could honestly say " Find fault in me."

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fire of God

Hebrews 12:25-29  Be careful that you do not refuse to listen when God speaks. Your ancestors didn't escape when they refused to listen to God, who warned them on earth. We certainly won't escape if we turn away from God, who warns us from heaven.  (26)  When God spoke to your ancestors, his voice shook the earth. But now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the sky."  (27)  The words once more show clearly that God will change what he has made. These are the things that can be shaken. Then only the things that cannot be shaken will remain.  (28)  Therefore, we must be thankful that we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Because we are thankful, we must serve God with fear and awe in a way that pleases him.  (29)  After all, our God is a destructive fire.

More than ever, we need the ever present fire of God to reign within our lives. We need the shakable God to pan our hearts for the purest gold. We stand on the edge of time's demise and eternity's determination. His fire can change us. His fire can burn out the strongholds within us. We can gather some truths from the above passage.

1. His Fire comes to willing hearts and to unwilling hearts.
2. The Key to obtaining His firery transformation is by listening to His voice.
3. His Fire shakes the shakeable and leaves behind the unshakable.
4. His Fire salitifies His awesomeness and our alligance to Him.
5. His Fire is destructive. Destructive enough to tare down the bondage of mankind. Destructive enough to empower the powerless.

What is this fire? Is it visible or tanigble? Is it even biblical?

In the Old Testament, the Fire was use to guide God's people to the next location. It was also a means of protection.

Exodus_13:21  By day the LORD went ahead of them in a column of smoke to lead them on their way. By night he went ahead of them in a column of fire to give them light so that they could travel by day or by night.




His Fire is meant to cleanse and reveal the depth of our hearts. His fire is meant to wash away all the barnacles of sin from our shipwrecked lives.  We need His fire!!!! We need it more now than ever before!!!!



Mal_3:2  But who will be able to endure the day he comes? Who will be able to survive on the day he appears? He is like a purifying fire and like a cleansing soap. 


His fire ignites our spirit again and gives us strength to endure the limits of our earthly host. It melts the impurities away until His heavenly gold is left behind. We become pure as His gold not the gold we can see in our realm.  His gold is way beyond what we could ever imagine.


We live in the last days where the fire of God is part of His Holy Spirit. His fire comes upon us as Holy Spirit baptizes. Either it burns us to ashes or sustains us like the three Hebrew men. Jesus comes and ministers through this fire and engulfs our hearts.

Matthew 3:10-12  The ax is now ready to cut the roots of the trees. Any tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire.  (11)  I baptize you with water so that you will change the way you think and act. But the one who comes after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  (12)  His winnowing shovel is in his hand, and he will clean up his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into a barn, but he will burn the husks in a fire that can never be put out."

 The time is approaching for the winnowing shovel and on it's tip will come the fiery presence of the almighty. We are challenged with either excepting or denying. We should be people of God who walk in His spirit and Fire. Each step leaves behind a burning residue of  His Holy flames. What are you doing today? Are you leaving behind a burning residue of His greatness? Is the world going to be touched today by His fire in you?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Slavery Around the World

Matthew 18:3-6  Then he said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  (4)  Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  (5)  And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me.  (6)  "These little ones believe in me. It would be best for the person who causes one of them to lose faith to be drowned in the sea with a large stone hung around his neck. 

She came from the Philippines to the USA with the promise of being employed with a cleaning service. She had dreams of helping her family back home and experiencing the American ideal. She reaches the States and is immediately thrown into the underground of human trafficking. She is beaten, drugged, raped, sodomized, and made to feel hopeless. Her pimp arranges a time for her first clients. She gives her first trick to an excited john. Her innocence is stolen in one brief moment and will never be regained. Within weeks she goes from one trick to more than 25 tricks a day. Each time her soul sinks deeper and deeper into depression.  Her dreams are shattered and her hopes of helping her family fade away after each trick. She is a slave to the trade now and there is no way out. She is filled with drugs and alcohol to make the pain go away, and she has become a zombie to life and all hope is sucked out of her.

Believe it or not the above situation happens all over the United States and the world each day. Children, young women, and young men are exploited into the life of human trafficking. While we sit in our nice air conditioned homes and sip on our glass of ice tea; a young person has perform over 25 tricks in a day. These slaves come from all walks of life. Some were run aways. Some were lured in by promises of a better life and some were simply stolen from their families. This is real people!!!! It is happening in almost everyone country on the planet.

I write this blog in hopes to bring attention to a horrible tradegy happening to human beings all over the world. I hope you can use it to know how to pray and maybe help join an organization that is helping rescue victims from the sex trade. I have enclosed Stats about sex trafficking and I have also enclosed links to organizations that are helping rescue people from this evil. Please do something for these precious people. Pray, seek the face of God, and do something for them.


Stats from http://sctnow.org/contentpages.aspx?parentnavigationid=5827&viewcontentpageguid=29d295d1-5818-4e7a-bde1-f61690fa44a8

  • Child/Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Child/ human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal enterprise, after drugs. U.S. State Department

  • The global market of child trafficking at over $12 billion a year with over 1.2 million child victims. UNICEF

  • As many as 2.8 million children run away each year in the US. Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

  • The average age of entry for children victimized by the sex trade industry is 12 years. U.S. Department of Justice

  • Approximately 80% of human trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50% are minors.  U.S. State Department

  • The average number of victims for non-incestuous pedophiles who molest girls is 20, for pedophiles who prefer boys 100! The Association For the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

  • 300,000 children in the U.S. are at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation. U.S. Department of Justice

  • 600,000 – 800,000 people are bought and sold across international borders each year; 50% are children, most are female. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade.  U.S. Department of State, 2004, Trafficking in Persons Report, Washington, D.C.

  • An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is even higher, with an estimated 200,000 American children at risk for trafficking into the sex industry. U.S. Department of Justice Report to Congress from Attorney General John Ashcroft on U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

  • An average serial child molester may have as many as 400 victims in his lifetime. Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Study

  • Child pornography is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States right now.  Nationally, there has been a 2500% increase in arrests in 10 years. FBI

  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which helps to identify and locate children in pornography photos and videos, says it’s staff reviewed more than 10.5 million images in 2009 alone.

  • Reports of exploited children grow every year, in 2009, the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children received more than 120,000 reports on its cyber tip line. In 2010, the number grew to over 160,000 with the vast majority being from child pornography. 

  • http://exoduscry.com/
  • http://www.onebyoneproject.org/
  • http://abolitioninternational.org/
  • http://www.polarisproject.org/

Monday, September 17, 2012

The State of Marriage

At the time of this writing, there have been heated debates about the state of marriage. Homosexuals are desiring to marry and are pushing to make it legal all across the American landscape. Many believers are fighting this agenda and are trying to make the union called marriage a political issue instead of a moral issue. Homosexual unions, although I disagree with them, are not destroying the state of marriage. The covenant of marriage was under attack and degrading way before the debate of homosexual unions. Covetousness, adultery, fornication, and many other sins are the cause of the degradation of marriage. Why are Christians focusing on one sin as the cause of the debacle of marriage? Why are we not fighting against all these other sins which are causing the sacred union of marriage to go to the crapper?

I believe the enemy is deceiving many believers today. If he can get us to focus on sins that WE THINK are more horrible than others then he has us bound. A sin is a sin. Yes sexual sins are stronger sins because of the physical bondage it puts the sinner into, but the same of blood of Jesus is needed for all sins.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  (10)  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  (11)  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:15-20  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Then taking the members of Christ, shall I make them members of a harlot? Let it not be!  (16)  Or do you not know that he being joined to a harlot is one body? For He says, "The two shall be into one flesh." Gen. 2:24  (17)  But the one being joined to the Lord is one spirit.  (18)  Flee fornication. Every sin which a man may do is outside the body, but he doing fornication sins against his own body.  (19)  Or do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit in you, which you have from God, and you are not of yourselves?  (20)  You were bought with a price; then glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are of God.

I find it amazing to note that the Corinthian Christians had problems with their sexual activities. They were still mixing the pagan rituals with Christian beliefs. Paul declared these acts to be ungodly.  The Roman culture was lax on sexuality. Almost anything went in regards to sexual relations. It was a part of their pagan faith and was considered magical. I will not go in detail here but look up the information for yourself. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexuality_in_ancient_Rome). All forms of gross and ungodly sex is sinful and destroying the State of marriage. There are issues in the marriage today which are  making it less appealing to the world. Below is a list of destructive things in regards to the state of Marriage.

The Degrading Marriage.

1. Absence of a Father and Husband figure.
2. Lack of Husband and wife roles. ( Who wears the pants?)
3. Pornography among men and women.
4. Adultery and other types of fornication
5. Covetousness or greed
6. Financial stewardship or lack thereof.
7.Selfishness between both parties
8. Divorce
9. Lack of godly sexual relations.
10. Lack of godly love and commitment
11. Putting the children first
12. Lack of a godly center
13. Lack of understanding
14. Lack of forgiveness

And the list goes on and on. Homosexual unions are not causing the downfall of marriage between a man and woman. All of the above is, and it has been going on for years. The divorce rate among Christians is about 42% to 50% in the American culture. That is the same percentage of those who don't follow a faith. This figure has been growing each year as well. Among believers it should be ZERO! Some of the top three causes of marriage failures are money, sex, and communication. ( http://voices.yahoo.com/causes-marriage-failure-money-sex-communication-41609.html)

It is true that the state of marriage is under attack but by many different causes. As believers we should focus on them all and combat the nuisances of them all.

What is marriage anyway? The dictionary says the following.

mar·riage/╦łmarij/

Noun:
  1. The formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.
  2. A relationship between married people or the period for which it lasts
It is the union between a man and woman. It is meant to be a holy union for God should be at the center. The living God created the union called marriage. He had a purpose for it

Genesis 1:26-31  And God said, let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth.  (27)  And God created the man in His own image; in the image of God He created him. He created them male and female.  (28)  And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the seas, and over birds of the heavens, and over all beasts creeping on the earth.  (29)  And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant seeding seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree seeding seed; it shall be food for you.  (30)  And to every beast of the earth, and to all birds of the heavens, and to every creeper on the earth which has in it a living soul, every green plant is for food. And it was so.  (31)  And God saw everything that He had made and behold, it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning the sixth day.
 

Genesis 2:18  And Jehovah God said, It is not good, the man being alone. I will make a helper suited to him.
Genesis 2:20-25  And the man called names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every animal of the field. But no helper suited to him was found for a man.  (21)  And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh underneath.  (22)  And Jehovah God formed the rib which He had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man.  (23)  And the man said, This now at last is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh. For this shall be called Woman, because this has been taken out of man.  (24)  Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh.  (25)  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.


God intended for man and woman to come together in holy matrimony. He made woman special for man and man special for woman. Women and Men are different but designed to be two lovers who connect like a puzzle. Men are called to leave their parents and cling unto their wives. God created the connection of a husband and wife to be innocent even in their nakedness.  The bible says that the marriage bed is undefiled.

Hebrews 13:4  Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

 The Living God has even given each person a role he and she should play.

Ephesians 5:22-33  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  (23)  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  (24)  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.  (25)  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  (26)  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  (27)  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  (28)  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  (29)  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:  (30)  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  (31)  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  (32)  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  (33)  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

The State of marriage is failing because believers are not following the word of God. We are not becoming the faithful spouse we should be. We are not reaching out to our spouses and ministering to their hearts. We are a selfish and inconsiderate people.  It is easy to blame one group or one issue on the degradation of marriage but we have to stop and look deep within ourselves. We have to take off the blinders. Some governmental law or the lack thereof can not save or sink the state of marriage. Believers not fulfilling their God given roles is destroying the institution called marriage. What can we do to turn this around? How can a godly marriage be at the center of our society?

Saving the State of Marriage

1. Be the spouse you are called to be.
2. Fit in the role that God has designed for you.
3. Don't allow the junk of the world to enter into your marriage.
4. Keep the Living God at the center of your marriage and personal relationships.
5. Keep your marriage sacred and guard it with your life.
6. Love your spouse unconditionally and allow forgiveness to be the norm.
7. Don't allow your children to become your number one focus.
8. Keep the Romance alive and allow your marriage to grow in maturity.
9. Don't depend on the government or some corrupt law define your marriage. We know the truth and we know what God's word says.
10. Don't focus on one vagrant attacking your marriage but keep your eyes open for the many vagrants that come to do damage to your holy union.

It is time we fight back to save our marriages. It is time that we get  back to what defines a godly marriage. I don't need the government to tell me what marriage is. I know what God has made it to be. I will follow the WORD OF GOD not the WORD OF MEN or HEATHENS. What about you? What defines your marriage? What do you think the failure is in your marriage? Do you believe that the government defines your marriage? Do you think the current issues of today hurt your marriage? Are you willing to fight for your marriage? Is your spouse worth it? The choice is yours.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Psalm 91

 Psalms 91:1-16 

There are promises from our God that He desires to gives to us. Psalm 91 gives a clear explanation of God's promises for us. Below is a break down and explanation of each verse.

It is believed that this Psalm was one penned by Moses himself. Moses had a lot of  experience with God being his refuge and defender. God uses Moses to write this Psalm for all to learn from.

 (1)Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.

 The key to obtaining the promises of God comes from the simple act of obedience. Obedience to His words and obedience to His ways.We step out from His protection once sin becomes a dominate force in our lives. Sin has the means of destroying the goodness of God within us.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men,  (10)  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  (11)  And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
The bible is clear that those who walk constantly in these sins will not inherit the Kingdom of God and will find themselves in an eternal damnation. Why is this so hard for people to believe and understand? When we step outside of God's protection and walk into sin then the Shadow of His Almighty is removed. I know those believers of the LOVE camp don't like this statement; all I can say is read your bible a little better. It is clear that God's love never leaves us, but it is equally clear that we can leave it.

 (2)  I will say to the LORD, "You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust." 

The basic fundamental truth for all believers is to put their whole trust in the Lord. God desires to be our refuge in time of trouble. He desires to be our fortress in times of distress. He desires to be right there in the midst of our circumstances.  I can look back over my life and see the faithfulness of God. He has taken care of my family many times and I am forever grateful. His hand of mercy has overshadowed me and all I had to do is simply put my trust in Him. Trust means devoting all to someone bigger than yourself. It means surrendering all to the living God. We can't fool God either. He knows the ones who truly trust in Him.

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. ”

We can't  fool the almighty. Going to church or saying you are a Christian does not constitute trust in the Almighty. Either you do or you don't. You will never understand how your God can be your refuge until you surrender your all to Him. Try it today. Take a circumstance that you are going through and simply put it in the Lord's hands. See what happens!

 (3)  He is the one who will rescue you from hunters' traps and from deadly plagues.  

The bible is very clear that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. We fight against demonic forces that we can't always see. We are fighting against the tempter who does not want to face that he has already lost the war. In this verse, we have the promise of rescue from hunter's traps and deadly plagues.  The word " rescue" is the word "natsal" in the Hebrew which means to snatch away. The Lord will snatch us away from the hands of the enemy. He is our protector.  What is He snatching us away from?  He is snatching us away from the enemies' snares in life. Those rabbit traps of life that get us caught in a box with a trap door. When we put Him first, His power begins to work on our behalf.  Sin truly has no dominion over us.

(4)  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor.

Thomas Watson, a 17th century puritan preacher writes the following about verse 4.
 Christ's wings are both for healing and for hiding ( Matthew 4:2 ), for curing and securing us; the devil and his instruments would soon devour the servants of God, if he did not set an invincible guard about them, and cover them with the golden feathers of his protection. 

Like a mother hen who brings her chicks underneath, so does our God when we are in danger or need of protection. That word refuge means finding hope or security. It is a joy to feel the great protection from our Lord. Underneath His wings I find healing and renewal for my soul. His truth of promise is like a shield to me. His desire to fulfill His truth in my life is also my armor against the evil of this world. There is only one absolute truth, and it belongs to the maker of truth. As we live in a world that is constantly trying to redefine truth; we can rest in the arms of our living God who is the TRUTH. 

 (5)  You do not need to fear terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day, 
 (6)  plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at noon. 
 (7)  They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side.  
(8)  You only have to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people. 

When we are nestled in the promises of God. When our heart beats for His , and we are in relationship with Him then one need not fear. We need not fear with what goes bump in the night.  The arrows of evil which fly over head become like trophies on our mantles of life. We overcome because He is our savior. We overcome because our God is near us and loves us. The enemy cannot come near us while we are in the Lord's care. Thousands will fall beside on the right or the left but we will be unharmed. This is the promise of the Lord. He desires to keep His promise through His people. All we have to do is believe. All we have to do is come unto Him.

 (9)  You, O LORD, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your home. 

The writing was trying to explain the greatness of our God. He said the Most High was his home. This means the universe beyond the universe is His home. He owns it all. There are millions upon millions of galaxies which make up the know universe. It is said that the universe is a living organism and it is in fact still growing. Our God owns it all. Our God lives outside of it and within it. He truly is our refuge.
 

(10)  No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house. 

 I might have to go through the fire like the three Hebrew men but I don't have to get hurt. God's promise is for no harm to come to us. His promise is for no sickness to come near our house. Moses and the people of Israel saw this take place many times. Jesus came to bring our complete healing which means cure.

1 Peter 2:21-25  For you were not called to this? For Christ also suffered on our behalf, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps,  (22)  He who did no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth,  (23)  who when He was reviled did not revile in return. When He suffered, He did not threaten, but gave Himself up to Him who judges righteously.  (24)  He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.  (25)  For you were as sheep going astray, but now you are turned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.


 (11)  He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways.(12)  They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.

Another promise from our Lord is that He sends His infinite amount of Angels to protect us and defend us. What do we have to fear? Why do we allow fear to over take us? We have the Lord and his heavenly host on our side. This promise once again comes out of our  relationship with Him. He loves you and He love me. What a wonderful truth.
 

(13)  You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes. 

We are promised to stomp the devil and his demons down to the ground. They have no power over you and I. The only power they have come from us.

(14)  Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name. 
 (15)  When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you.  
(16)  I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you.




This Psalm ends with a greater break down of the Lord's promises.

1. He loves us some much.
2. He rescues us.
3. He protects us by knowing Him deeply.
4. He answers us when we call.
5. He stands with us in time of trouble.
6. He saves us and lifts us up in honor above all wickedness.
7. He gives us a long life for trusting in him.
8. He shows us His greatness and His protection over our lives.


Without a doubt our God is full of promises . Each promise is for you and I. All we have to do is have a great a relationship with our father and trust in Him. It comes back down  to relationship. The key to unlocking His promises for us comes out of our relationship with the Almighty and being obedient to all His ways.