Monday, May 30, 2011

We need people in order to advance


One of the beauties of life is calculating the purpose of everyone that has ever entered our lives. Every person that will ever be a part of our life, sole purpose is to make a contribution to our existence in an effort to fulfill our purpose, whether we are aware of it or not. No human being purpose can be accomplished without the integration of others, all things are relative, meaning someway somehow there is a connection to someone, a place or an environment.

The core of their contribution whether it’s good or bad carries the seed of developing US! This makes the journey of life quite interesting, because for the most part we cannot predict what a particular individual will offer in terms of their contribution, nevertheless, they are necessary for our development. Meaning their contribution can either consist of adding to us or taking away from us; however what we do know is that during our time with them or even after their departure there will be a change in us via the association. The quality of that change will reflect in our attitudes, mindsets and beliefs, which equals their contribution.

Our bible tells us that all things are working together for our good, Romans 8:28, which also indicates that all things are indeed necessary and more so relative, and nothing was design by God to work independent of itself but must connect with someone or something to produce something else, again speaking to relativity.

We need people, and not just some people but all people, especially those that hate us, despise us detest us undermine us etc. I know this probably makes no sense to you, but watch the spiritual principles. God said that everything in his creation was good except that the man should NOT be alone Genesis 2:18. Many of us when reading this scripture connects this only to marriage. When viewed carefully, scripture is placing emphasis on the word good, meaning, it is not beneficial for a man if he's alone, he profits less in being by himself if he desires increase. King Solomon said, "two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor for if they fail, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls for he has no one to help him up" Ecclesiastes 4:9


Man always needs someone, something, or some environment to assist him in advancing in spite of how these people or places present themselves. The corporate world calls this process synergy. Synergy, is the combine efforts of two or more things or people to produce more than they were doing as individuals (note: synergy is not based on who like you or do not like you it’s about putting aside differences and focusing on a common goal to advance or produce more). So, in understanding this spiritual truth, it is only fitting to determine that we need haters, we need back stabbers, we need folks that love us, appreciate us etc. The truth is these people have been predetermine to our lives for the sole purpose of advancing us (again, in spite of their character, attitude or behavior). These folks came equip with what God knows to be a necessity for us concerning present and future events, again, in spite of the packaging that they come in.

Simply put our lives are a divine setup. The primary difficulty in this revelation, is grasping, the fact that we have to accept the undesirables for who they are, because it is in who they are that is teaching us directly or indirectly and at the same time preparing us for future progress.

So, in essence our enemies, friends and environments are in fact our teachers and our appointed times with them would be the class room of life that is making us better through these awesome experiences be it good or bad.

Therefore once we would have put aside our personal views we can now see more clearly the purpose for these folks presence in our lives. Thus, no matter who was, is or will be a part of our existence here on earth, we must thank God in advance for choosing them to advance us, and to make us better through the many experiences they've afforded us.

Scripture sums this entire process up with the following statement, “For whom he (God) did foreknew he also did predestine, to be conformed to the image of his son” Romans 8: 29. Simply put, because God knew us in advance of our earthly existence he also knew in advance who and what it would take to change us to the likeness of his son Jesus Christ. Bottom line: We need people to advance us in the process of becoming like Jesus!

My words of wisdom for today my wonderful readers are simply this, we need to urgently dispel the ideology of what is good is God and what is bad is of the Devil, because untimely God is Sovereign, which suggest that he is the one supervising over the good and the bad that enters and exit our lives as his method of developing us( as a reminder, all things are working together for our good). Further more biblical principle clearly states that wherever good is evil has a legal right to be present Romans 7: 21.

Father, I now understand why you've commanded us to bless and not curse those that curse us, To pray for those that use us and say all manner of things against us. Thank you for the revelation of the necessity of all people that enters our lives and how they are needed to advance us. I pray that the eyes of every reader of this article will begin to illuminate to the greater reality that you've designed every person, place and environment to advance us. We bless you and praise you for your wisdom in the matchless name of Jesus Christ. Amen!


Written by: Minister Kevin L A Ewing
kevinewing@coralwave.com
kevinlaewing.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Freedom


Freedom, for most of us can easily but erroneously be defined as being free from any form of physical restriction, such as shackles, a prison cell, cords, chains, hand cuffs or another human being for that matter. The above understanding can be labeled as a visible form of freedom. However there is a freedom that we cannot physically see, but is by far more reaching than any other type of freedom and that is mental freedom.

The bible says, “Whom the son sets free is free indeed”. The bible is not speaking about a physical freedom here, instead it speaks to freedom from habits, ideologies, and thoughts (strongholds) that have caused us to become enslaved physically and mentally to whatever has us bound or restricted in certain areas of our lives.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ (which is the true power of God) main purpose is to repair, renew and restore our minds (destroying those strongholds). Therefore we can conclude that true freedom is A STATE OF MIND! A state of mind speaks to the condition of one’s mind. Now, that condition is dependent on the word of God or the lack thereof. If God’s word is lacking in your life, then the evidence of that would be depression, confusion etc. Scripture further explains that wherever the spirit of God is there is liberty. Another word for liberty is also freedom. So, God who is his word has provided us freedom in our minds through us meditating on his word. Scripture elaborates even further, when it says that God is not the author of confusion. So clearly he’s not the one causing your confusion but in fact the antidote for your confusion.

Therefore, the Spirit of God, which is also the word of God which in turn is the freedom of God made available to us, is consistently trying through our five senses and our spirits to communicate this freedom to our minds. The reason for this is because our mind is the administrator to our bodies. What is the benefit of this you may ask? Well, so that the individual can decipher the will of God for his life and to free himself from bondages and strongholds that has caused him to behave contrary to the will of God. The flipside to this revelation, is one cannot comprehend the will of God for their life outside of the renewing of their mind which comes only by the word of God (Romans 12:2).

Bottom-line: We are the sum total of our most dominant thoughts, so in order to be free from whatever has us physically or mentally bound it must begin from the mind via the changing or altering of our thoughts by the word of God. “As a man thinks in his heart/mind so he becomes (Proverbs 23:7).

That relationship that is going nowhere is difficult to release because of the way you think, your life seems miserable only because of the way you think. You have difficulty in saving your money, not because you don’t make enough money, but all because of the way you think. Your thinking which has enslaved you is simply because you lack the meditating and application of God’s word to your mind that ultimately changes your life.

INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING THE SAME WAY ALL THE TIME AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT. CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK WILL AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE OUR PERCEPTION AND PROVIDE DIFFERENT WAYS OF ADDRESSING WHAT PLAGUED US, OR HAS HELD US IN BONDAGE FOR SO LONG!

Father, I break in the name of your son Jesus Christ the spirit of unbelief, your word declares that because of our unbelief the god of this world has blinded our minds 2corinthians 4:4. I further bind the prince of the power of the air who is presently working in the children of disobedience Ephesians 2:2. I speak freedom to the minds of my readers in the matchless name of Jesus Christ. Amen!  

Written by: Kevin L A Ewing
kevinewing@coralwave.com



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The mystery behind confidence


Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, for it has a great recompense of reward Hebrews 10:35. Confidence, as we understand it to be, is generally described as a state of being certain, sure, or firm about a particular person, belief or situation. It speaks of an excessive assurance or presumption towards anything.

In today’s teaching, we are about to explore this word confidence from a biblical perspective. In doing so, we will discover that the word confidence, from a biblical sense, suggest much more than just being sure, firm or certain about any matter. In fact, we’ll unveil a rather unique revelation or mystery concerning confidence. And I promise you that at the end of this article you will come to understand that confidence has embedded in it a payment, compensation or reimbursement, if you will, for the things you’ve lost during your journey as a Believer in Jesus Christ.

The average believer in Jesus Chris in spite of how seasoned they may be, are having a difficult time as it relates to the promises of God, during this worldwide economic depression. At the same time aside from the economic depression, it would appear that as a Christian once you would have started your Christian journey suffering losses seems to be the order of the day.

I am confident that most believers reading this article right now, has either in the past or present experienced the loss of a car, job, home, finances, family, etc. particularly as they got deeper into their faith. Again, it challenges the promises of God issued from our pulpits, meaning it would appear as if we’re getting quite the opposite of what has been promised. For example, scripture says, “We’re the head and not the tail” “We are above only and not beneath.” The silver and gold belong to God, including the cattle on a thousand hills. If this is the case, then why are we (Believers of Jesus Christ, his children) losing jobs, our homes are up for foreclosure, marriages being ripped apart if God is our Father and we are his children, and he owns everything?

I will be presumptuous here and ask the following questions, which many dear not ask and they are, when is this wealth of the wicked that has been stored up going to be transferred to the righteous? When will we really be the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath? Is losing all that you have makes you the head or is it preparing you to be the head?

Our opening scripture “Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, for it has a great recompense of reward” speaks to this mystery and the necessity as to why it is mandatory that the Christian must suffer lost before him increasing. However, the compensation or restorations of his repetitive losses are tied into his confidence.

Now, let’s dissect this scripture and unveil the revelation and mystery to this frustrating matter. Firstly, we are commanded not to fling or toss our confidence away. The Bible states that the Lord is our confidence Proverbs 3:16. If the Lord is our confidence and the Lord is also his word according to St. John 1: 1, then I believe it’s safe to say that the word confidence in this text is referring to God’s word. So whatever it is that we believe God for and the scriptures that we’re standing on as proof of that, becomes our confidence. Therefore we’re told not to toss this confidence (the word of God) away because it has a great recompense of reward. Wow! This is where it becomes interesting. The word recompense is defined as making payment or to give compensation to somebody for an injury or loss.

The word recompense in this scripture immediately suggests that there must be a lost. Recompense can not be possible unless the prerequisite to it is the loss of something. So this scripture is, in fact, assuring us that there is just not recompense or compensation for our losses but a great recompense suggesting that the reward is higher than what you originally had. Further, it is a must that we suffer lost, such as homes, cars, money, etc. There should be no surprises here, yes! I know that there are those who would say this is happening to you because there is hidden sin in your life or you're just not living right. This also is expected, because these folks are ignorant of the laws that are governing the entirety of this situation. Nevertheless, you are still commanded to hold on to your confidence, because it is this confidence that carries with it a payment for the losses that you've experienced.

My beloved readers based on the above understanding, your loss has an important purpose, and that purpose is for you to increase. This is how it works in the kingdom of God, you must give to get, and you must release to increase. The primary law of giving strongly and clearly dictates the following “He that gives, lose, scatters or share shall increase, and he that holds on to more than is necessary shall come to poverty Proverbs 11:24.

The qualification to all of this is YOU MUST NOT GIVE UP, TOSS OR FLING AWAY THE WORD OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE, WHICH IS YOUR CONFIDENCE, WHICH HAS BUILT INTO IT An excellent COMPENSATION, REINBURSTMENT, OR RECOMPENSE AS A REWARD FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS. As you can see you were and are being set up through your losses for greater and time is advancing you every day to that abundance. The thing I love most about this law is that you can not receive equal or less than you originally loss, it must be greater than you originally had….. Glory to God!

So whatever it is that you’ve lost my beloved readers, make no mistake, it is the only evidence that more is awaiting your arrival. Were you looking for a compatible mate? Then it was necessary that you lose that loser. Were you hoping that more money could be added to your finances? Well, expect to lose your job, a cut in your pay or reduced days. Remember though, you must hold on to your confidence which is God’s word concerning your matter. The word says, “If I give it SHALL, not might be given unto me in great measure, press down, shaken together and running over SHALL men give into your bosom. As you can see these laws are not just reserved to finances, but it affects every area of our lives.

You did not understand this process before so automatically you became frustrated, confused and wondered if God was playing a game with you. The truth is you can not master anything you don't understand. In fact, you become learned by that which you don't understand, and for anything to be a master over you, that thing or person without fail to make you a slave to it. So, let's begin thanking God even now for this insight to overcome what has been overcoming us via the application of this law.

The bottom line here from the Christian perspective is, losing is a good thing, because the process of losing is all in a divine attempt to give us more than we had before the loss if we hold on to our confidence….We must release to active the law of increase.

The righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, much more the wicked and the sinner Proverbs 11:31

Heavenly Father, I am now beginning to understand your word when you said to us that we must give thanks in all things for this is the will of God concerning us in Christ Jesus. Thank you for this spiritual insight of confidence as it relates to releasing to increase. I bless you, Father, because you’ve given myself and the readers of this article an incentive to continue pressing forward in spite of our losses. We understand now that you were not taking from us, but enabling us via your law for us to have more. We bless you and praise you in the matchless name of your precious son Jesus Christ. Amen!


Written by: Kevin L A Ewing
kevinewing@coralwave.com


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Managing our thoughts


Managing our thoughts as of late seems to be one of the most challenging events ever. Specifics would reveal that our thoughts are managing us as oppose to us managing our thoughts. Unfortunately, this can be quite challeging, particularly if we give no resistance to this very common activity.

In our teaching today, we’ll discover that, in not managing our thoughts, we become slaves to our thoughts in a negative way that will automatically result in negative actions and most importantly we are in direct violation of God’s word concerning this very important issue. “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23. The word heart here speaks of our mind, and the scripture here is suggesting that we monitor and scrutinize what we allow to traffic in and out of our minds (through thoughts via sight, sound, and environment), because it is in our minds where all our issues originate.

Most of us have little control over the thoughts that are basically ruling us. For example you have a Doctor’s appointment tomorrow and presently your mind is flooded with the worst that could happen. Even if you share these thoughts with someone and they say to you it will be ok, this means nothing to you because your ruling negative thoughts has already determine that only bad can come out of this. It is almost as if you can not stop the thoughts from coming. You’ve literally become a slave to these negative non-productive thoughts. What’s even worst, you’ve become so frustrated because you want these evil negative thoughts to stop, but it seems hopeless because as quickly as one leaves another is waiting to invade your mind to further frustrate you.

What we don’t realize is that we are giving these negative thoughts the legal right to not only dominate us, but leave us with the oppressive spirits such as depression, hopelessness, anxiety and panic attacks and worst case scenario suicidal thoughts.

Now I know you’re probably screaming in your mind right now saying how in the world do I over come this mental torture Kevin? Well I am happy that you asked, because I am about to instruct you biblically how to switch from being managed by our thoughts to managing our thoughts.

Firstly let’s look at the law that governs this situation and the authority we have concerning this that we have not been applying. The Apostle Paul told the church of Corinth in his letter to them that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (physical) but mighty through God to the PULLING down of STRONGHOLDS 2Corinthians 10:4-5. Now the Apostle Paul here is speaking about thoughts trafficking in and out of our minds unchecked to the point that they have set up strongholds. A stronghold in this sense speaks of a thought process that has become contrary to God’s word and has set up its own belief system that has superseded the laws and knowledge of God which ultimately ends in frustration to its victim. As a result of this the victim will exhaust every form of relief except the spiritual weapons provided in the word of God for them.

The Apostle further goes on to say that we must cast down imagination (imagination: meaning negative mental images that we’ve conjured up through uncontrolled thoughts) and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ. So the law here which is God’s word commands us to bring our thoughts and anything that exalts itself against his knowledge into captivity to the obedience of Christ, this is not a suggestion but a command. To be commanded in bringing something into captivity by God clearly suggest that it is roaming about illegally, and we have been given the charge to subdue and dominate it.

So what is the revelation here? The revelation here is we’ve allowed negative thoughts to run rampant in our minds without policing them or bringing them into captivity. Captivity, meaning to restrain these thoughts and exchanging them with what God’s word says about them, which is bringing them under the obedience of Christ. As an example of this you’re sitting up every night worrying about your financial crisis or that broken marriage and every thought is negative. To the point it has consume every form of hope or solution that you’ve had previously. You need to begin reversing this process and begin speaking to these thoughts just like they are speaking and dictating to you. These thoughts are spirit entities constantly speaking to your subconscience  conjuring up anything negative and hopless and ultimitly suppressing God's word that is in you, which is the only thing that has any influence on them .

Begin saying to these thoughts, I bind these evil thoughts in the name of Jesus Christ. This is the beginning process of controlling your thoughts by exchanging the evil thoughts with the word of God. Say to fear, “God did not give me a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind”. Say to the negative thoughts of worry, “I must be anxious for nothing but through prayer, supplication with thanksgiving I will make my request known to God”. Say to confusion, “God has given me a Peace that passes all understanding, and great peace have they that love thy law and nothing shall offend them. Again, we’re replacing evil thoughts with the word of God. This is the only way you can bring these thoughts into captivity and redeem your piece of mind.

In doing this you will eventually regain control through consistent practice by knocking down unwanted thoughts by the power of God’s word (God said to remind him of his word). You have failed previously in this area because you tried doing it your way and by your words, and God word is clear when it says we can do nothing without him (God)……..

I want to make mention of a very important scripture that directly relates to what we’re discussing and it reads, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also Matthew 6:21. Now, the word treasure here is symbolic of things that are of importance or of great value. So our thoughts will always be consumed by things that are important to us. However it is the quality of those thoughts (positive or negative) that will determine the state or condition of our heart/mind. Meaning negatives thoughts produce depression and anger and positive thoughts bring encouragement and an overall good feeling.

Jesus said in his teaching, that the thing that proceeds out of a man’s mouth comes from the heart and it is these things that defiles him. For out of the heart proceed evil THOUGHTS such as murder, adulteries, fornication, theft, false witness etc. Matthew 15:18-19. So again all of this began with thoughts that were never monitored and brought into captivity and as a result has placed this person in bondage, and has shackle him mentally to a state that he would prefer not to be in.
  
Unfortunately for this person, the condition of their mind is exactly how they view life in general, and that is they see life as frustrating and confusing with no evidence of hope at all. These people are very unhappy with themselves and overtly and covertly spew this evil venom in their present environment. Their minds are saturated with bitterness, rage and anger, and they will make every attempt to convince others that this is the way life is. The truth is this is the way they perceive life to be because of their obsession to think negatively. I have also observed that folks that are overwhelmed by negative thoughts posess two very distinct characteristics and they are selfishness and insecurity. These are the two dominating spirits that feed their minds with negativity.

The bible has provided us with the ability to diagnose this evil when it said, " For as a man thinks in his heart/mind so is he, Proverbs 23:7. The reality of this scripture is displayed in all of us everyday, because we are the products of our most dominant thoughts. The change in any human being begins with the altering or changing of the way he thinks. A change in our thought process automatically changes our perception of anything. Our adversary wants us to believe we can not change our uncontrolled negative thoughts, but contrary to what he says God says that all things are possible to us that believe.

My dear readers, my words of wisdom for you this morning is, be transformed or changed by the renewing (repairing, fixing or restoring) of your mind and that can only be done by replacing your unwanted thoughts by the life changing word of God. However this requires you reading God’s word and meditating on it day and night and to do all that is in it. For then shall your way be made prosperous and then you shall have good success Joshua 1:8.


Heavenly Father you've done it again with your revelatory insight. I thank you for affording myself and the many readers of this article the understanding of the power of our thoughts and the necessity of renewing our minds to master our thoughts. It is no accident the readers of this article has stumble upon this read for it was all apart of your divine will, so I thank you and bless you for everything you’re doing in our lives, in the matchless name of Jesus Christ. Amen!


Written by: Kevin L A Ewing
kevinewing@coralwave.com