FAQs

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How can I find scriptural promises to stand on?

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Prayer that brings results must be based on God’s Word.  It contains the answers to prayers we haven’t even prayed yet.  Praying those answers frm the beginning undergirds out condident expectation that God will do what he has said.

Jesus said, “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!” (John 15:7).  New some help finding scriptures that dover your need/  Here are a few of God’s great guarantees to get you started.

Promises for your unsaved loved ones:  Luke 5:32, 19:10; Johns 3:3, 17; Acts 11:14, 16:31; romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 7:13-16; 1 Peter 3:1-2; 2 Peter 3:9

 Promises for your children:  Psalms 8:2, 91:11-12, 127:3-5;  Proverbs 3:1-4, 22:6;  Isaiah 44:3, 49:25, 54:13;  Colossians 3:20;  2 Timothy 3:15

 Promises for your marriageGenesis 2:18, 24; Psalm 101:2; Proverbs 10:12; Joshua 24:15; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Ephesians 4:31-32, 5:21-33; 1 peter 3:1-11; 1 John 4:15-21

Promises for prosperity:  Psalms 23:1, 34:10, 37:25; Matthew 6:31-33; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Philippians 4:19; 3 John 2

Promises for healing:  Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:3, 107:20;  Proverbs 4:20-22;  Isaiah 53:5;  Jeremiah 17:14, 30:17;  Malachi 4:2;  Matthew 8:8, 9:35;  Mark 16:15-18;  Luke 6:19;  Hebrews 13:8;  James 5:14-16;  1 Peter 2:24;  3 John 2

Promises for peace of mind:   Psalms 37:11, 119:165;  Isaiah 26:3, 12, 55:12;   John 14:27;   Romans 5:1, 8:6, 14:17-19, 15:13;   Philippians 4:6-7

The Bible contains over 7,000 promises—promises which include wealth and wisdom, health and success.  Finding the specific promises that apply to your situation is well worth the effort.

 

 

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How can I get free from anxiety?

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God doesn’t want you to have fear over anything because He promised to never leave or abandon you (Hebrews 13:5).  In fact, the phrase “Fear not” appears in more than 60 verses of the Bible!

So what do we do if fear is tormenting us? The fastest way to remove fear from our lives is to focus on God’s love for us. As we think on the love of God, we will see fear and worry go away. First John 4:18 says, “Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.

If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.

As challenging as the torment of fear and worry can be, it is no match for God’s love.  It has to take a back seat when your focus on God as a loving Father who cares for you and wants you to prosper.  Thoughts of fear that come into your mind can be knocked down simply by speaking

God’s Word out of your mouth. The word of God is not just helpful for pulling down strongholds—it is mighty when it comes to pulling down Satan’s strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Here are some examples of how you can speak God’s Word by faith:

  • God is on my side! (Psalm 118:6; Hebrews 13:6).
  • Since God is for me, who can be against me? (Romans 8:31).
  • No weapon turned against me will succeed *Isaiah 54:17).
  • My God will supply all my needs! (Philippians 4:19).
  • The Holy Spirit is guiding me toward the truth” (John 16:13).
  • Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world! (1 John 4:4).

When you know that God loves you, and you allow that love to fill every area of your life, fear cannot stay. It has no other option. Anxiety, fear and worry must leave.

 

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Tithes vs. offering–what’s the difference?

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Tithes and offering are part of God’s system of finances. It’s a system that’s completely different from the world’s, because it’s there to help you prosper!

Tithe simple means a “tenth.” To tithe is to give 10 percent of your gross income to the Lord. It may seem illogical that giving 10 percent of your income leads to prosperity, but Malachi 3:10-12 explains:

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, ad pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field…And all nations shall call you blessed: for you shall be a delightsome land.

God considers the tithe crucial to your financial success.

Offerings differ from tithes in that they are free-will gifts to any person or organization.  It is a gift beyond your tithe—not instead of your tithe.  An offering can be in the form of money, clothes, food or almost anything that God prompts you to give.

In God’s system, this is how you increase.  For example, if you want new clothes, pray about it and then consider giving a portion of your clothes as seed. (Remember to sow good seed)  Then be patient and expect your harvest.  If you want to get out of debt, find a way to help someone else.  As Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.”

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Are some foods considered unholy to eat?

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In the Old Testament, under the old covenant, some foods were considered unholy to eat. But Jesus changed all that with the establishment of the new covenant.

In 1 Timothy 4:4-5, the Apostle Paul says, “Some…will say it is wrong…to eat certain foods.  But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.  For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.

 

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Is everything that happens to me God’s will?

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Some believers think so. They often base this on their understanding of Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” You can see why this verse by itself could be used to teach that everything that happens to us is God’s will. However, when examined in context with the verses around it, we discover this verse has a very different meaning.

Let’s step back and read verse 28 with a couple of verses leading into it.  “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.  For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.  And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:26-28).

This gives us a clear view of what God really wants us to know about these verses. Regardless of what is happening to us in this world, the Holy Spirit is standing in prayer for us that the will of the Father be done in our lives.  In fact, the Bible teaches that we can actually partner with the Holy Spirit in prayer and pray for our own lives and the lives of others (1 Timothy 2:1).

Adversity is unavoidable. But God can and will turn our adversities to our good when we submit ourselves to His direction. The Apostle Paul said we have enemies which are not flesh and blood but are principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6;12). When being attacked by the forces of darkness, Christians must not sit in complacency, but rather submit themselves to God and resist the devil (James 4:7).

In short, Romans 8:28 is a reminder that regardless of what the enemy throws our way, God in on the throne and Jesus is Lord!

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Is God hearing my prayers?

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It is not uncommon for people to wonder if God is hearing their prayers. But we should not let feelings have the final say. God’s Word paints a much different picture.

The Word says, “The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers” (1 Peter 3:12).  Let’s make sure we understand who “the righteous are.  Righteousness is not only right-doing, it is right-standing with God.

You come into this right-standing through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians’ 5:21). Because of your God-given righteousness, you have as much right to receive your prayers answered as Jesus does.  Your prayers are as valid as Jesus’ prayers!

Because Jesus made you righteous by shedding His blood on your behalf, Hebrews 4:16 now tells you that you can come boldly to the throne of grace, so that you may obtain mercy and find grace to help in your time of need. Notice the word “boldly.” That means without intimidation, or a sense of inferiority or unworthiness.

Picture Jesus approaching the throne with you when you pray to the Father.  He is your mediator. First Timothy 2:5 says He mediates, or intercedes for you, with the Father. He is also your High Priest (Hebrews 4:14) and your Advocate (1 John 2:1). You approach God with boldness because of what Jesus has done and is dong for you, not on your own merits. This is why God hears and answers your prayers.

Also, you must remember there is a right and wrong way to pray. If you pray accurately according to the Word, you can always be assured that you receive what you ask of God. Read John 14:13-14, 16:24-24 and 1 John 5:14-15.  From these verses, you will find that it is important to pray to the Father in Jesus’ Name, to pray according to the Word of God, and to pray based on your relationship  with Jesus, and not on your own merits.

God does hear your prayers!

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What does it mean to “plead the blood”?

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“Pleading the blood” is actually a legal term. Think of it like a lawyer pleading his case before the judge. He presents evidence and facts to support his case. We have examples of this term in the Old Testament (1 Samuel 24:15; Psalm 43:1).

When the accuser says we’re guilty, our plea before God, the Righteous Judge, is the blood of Jesus. It changed everything. The blood of Jesus established a new and better covenant between us and a holy God (Hebrews 8:6-7, 9:11-14, 22, 12:24). The blood is our defense. It declares we are not guilty but free from all penalty of sin. The blood also gives us the authority and dominion to resist Satan and put him out of all the affairs of our lives and our families’ lives.

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary, the devil has no legal right to interfere in our lives anymore. He says we’re guilty; we “plead the blood!” (James 4:7; 1 John 3:8; Luke 10:19). We have every right and provision to walk in victory through the precious blood of the Lamb.

Every day you have the right to exercise that authority by pleading what the blood of Jesus has done for you. Refuse to give the enemy even one small inch of territory. Satan is a defeated foe and through the precious blood of Jesus we are victorious!

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Do I have authority over the devil?

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As believers, we have been given authority over the devil! We have this directly from Jesus Himself.

“Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and (physical and mental strength and ability) over all the power that the enemy (possesses), and nothing shall in any way harm you (Luke 10:19).

Further reinforcement of this is found in Colossians 1;12-13:”…the Father…has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.”

There is no question whether you, as a believer, have authority over the devil. Through His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus destroyed the works of the devil (see Ephesians 4:8; Colossians 2:15).

Jesus gave authority to those who believe in His Name to case out the devil: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils…” (Mark 16:17).

Notice He said, “In My Name…”You have at your disposal Jesus’ Name to combat the devil: “That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of thing sin heave, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Philippians 2:10). The power of God stands behind the Name of Jesus to deliver you from the power of Satan.

So, take courage in the fact that you have been given authority over the devil!

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Does God allow Satan to afflict people?

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God will permit only what we permit. He has given us the right to choose—life or death, blessing or cursing (Deuteronomy 30:19). When God created man He created him in the image and likeness of God. Adam walked and talked with God and knew Him. God never required him to be sick to know Him. Adam never experienced sickness until he changed gods. Adam was the one who made the decision to disobey.  He was not forced—he made the decision on his own.

Satan’s ability to afflict people was severely restricted with Jesus’ victory at the cross. When you make Jesus your Lord, Satan’s authority over you is ended. But the enemy still attempts to deceive you by circumstances and to rob you of your rights in Christ. He will dictate to you as long as you continue to live by what you see, hear or feel.

God has never used Satan to discipline His Body and keep it in line.  He sent His Word to do that. Second Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and I useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It correct us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God used it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

So, people are not being afflicted by Satan as a means of God’s correction. People are being afflicted by their words and actions not lining up with God’s Word. Scripture is our answer to Satan’s desire to be exalted above God and his continual attempts to deceive us into using negative words of defeat.

The course of nature is set into being by words. Not one thing happens in this universe without it being spoken first (James 3).  When faith-filled words are released, they dominate the laws of sin and death.  You are the establishing witness in this earth, and those who carry out the words you speak—the angels of God (Psalm 103:20) or the demons of hell (Ephesians 6:12)—bring into existence the things you have released out of your mouth. For success, confess the Word and act on it.