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COMMUNICATING WITH THE FATHER…

Spoken communication was established by God from the beginning…

“The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely…” (Gen. 2:16)

The devil spoke to eve and convinced her that she did not understand what God meant when He said don’t eat. Eve first then Adam disobeyed God and the Lord had a long conversation with them about the curses upon them for their disobedience.

God created us with the ability to communicate, to speak and understand one another and God. The communication process went along well until God wanted to speak to His people after He delivered them from Egyptian bondage. When God was spectacularly manifesting Himself, the people were afraid: Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but LET NOT GOD SPEAK TO US, or we will die.” (Exo. 20:19)

One of the most important abilities God created in us, the ability to hear Him for specific direction for our lives, was rejected by man. So, God began to speak through His leaders. “Then the anger of the LORD burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite…You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do. “Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and HE WILL BE AS A MOUTH FOR YOU AND YOU WILL BE AS GOD TO HIM.” (Exo. 4:14-16)

Now we have God speaking to Moses, Moses speaking to Aaron and Aaron speaking to the people.

So, what do we do to restore God’s original plan? Can we restore that plan for our lives? God revealed His plan for us about fasting. He said that when we fast the fast that God has chosen…“Then you will call, and THE LORD WILL ANSWER; You will cry, and He will say, ‘HERE I AM…” (Isa. 58:9)

We see many examples in the scripture where God spoke to David, Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. Then in the New Testament, one of my favorites was when God spoke to Ananias: “Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “GET UP AND GO TO THE STREET CALLED STRAIGHT and inquire AT THE HOUSE OF JUDAS for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying…” (Acts 9:10-11) I often hear nowadays that God speaks to us through His word, I believe that as well but here we see Ananias needed an address and God SPOKE TO HIM and gave him one.

We see this phrase 12 times in the book of Revelation: “He who has an ear, LET HIM HEAR what the Spirit says to the churches…” (Rev. 2:7)

This is one of the abilities the devil has taken from us, “our being able to hear the voice of the Lord.” “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.(John 10:10)

The devil comes to steal away our belief that we can hear the voice of the Lord. Then he kills our desire that we can actually hear God’s voice, then destroys our ability to have ears to hear the voice of the Lord. Jesus says He came so we have abundant life, a better quality of communication with the giver of life. We must believe that we will take back what that the devil has taken from us and that we will have ears to hear, once again, what our creator and maker is saying to us.

-Bill Stockham

 

 

 

 

 

 

06-07-18 Loved One’s Devotion MIRACLES HELP US TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS…

My awesome, Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day:  Peter (after the lame man walked for the first time in his life) addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, GLORIFIED HIS SERVANT JESUS…”

Imagine Peter’s excitement and boldness, he had just been used of the Lord to heal a 40 year old man who has been lame from birth. Peter acts with no explanation and no warning. He does nothing to awaken this man’s faith. He does not tell him that he first must believe and then he will be healed. Instead, Peter just speaks the word, and the power goes forth to make this man well. No one in this crowd could say that a real healing had not taken place. They all knew this man, and they all knew that he had been lame. Now, he was clearly seen walking, leaping and praising God, and they could have no doubt that something miraculous had occurred. It makes it much easier to be so bold when you have a miracle walking, leaping and praising God around you…

“…whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and YOU KILLED THE AUTHOR OF LIFE, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.(Acts 3:12-15) Then Peter lays out the truth about what they had done to Jesus and how did they respond? People started getting saved by the thousands… So, turn away from your sins. TURN TO GOD. Then your sins will be wiped away. The time will come when the Lord will make everything new.” (Acts 3:19)

GOD USES MIRACLES TO WIPEOUTUNBELIEF

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “So, turn away from your sins. TURN TO GOD.. !!!That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

06-07-18 FaithLine Devotion MIRACLES HELP US TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS…

My dear brothers and sisters, of FaithLine:  Peter (after the lame man walked for the first time in his life) addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, GLORIFIED HIS SERVANT JESUS…”

Imagine Peter’s excitement and boldness, he had just been used of the Lord to heal a 40 year old man who has been lame from birth. Peter acts with no explanation and no warning. He does nothing to awaken this man’s faith. He does not tell him that he first must believe and then he will be healed. Instead, Peter just speaks the word, and the power goes forth to make this man well. No one in this crowd could say that a real healing had not taken place. They all knew this man, and they all knew that he had been lame. Now, he was clearly seen walking, leaping and praising God, and they could have no doubt that something miraculous had occurred. It makes it much easier to be so bold when you have a miracle walking, leaping and praising God around you…

“…whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and YOU KILLED THE AUTHOR OF LIFE, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.(Acts 3:12-15) Then Peter lays out the truth about what they had done to Jesus and how did they respond? People started getting saved by the thousands… So, turn away from your sins. TURN TO GOD. Then your sins will be wiped away. The time will come when the Lord will make everything new.” (Acts 3:19)

GOD USES MIRACLES TO WIPEOUTUNBELIEF

FaithLine, the bible says: “So, turn away from your sins. TURN TO GOD.”

-Bill Stockham

MIRACLES HELP US TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS…

Peter (after the lame man walked for the first time in his life) addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, GLORIFIED HIS SERVANT JESUS…”

Imagine Peter’s excitement and boldness, he had just been used of the Lord to heal a 40 year old man who has been lame from birth. Peter acts with no explanation and no warning. He does nothing to awaken this man’s faith. He does not tell him that he first must believe and then he will be healed. Instead, Peter just speaks the word, and the power goes forth to make this man well. No one in this crowd could say that a real healing had not taken place. They all knew this man, and they all knew that he had been lame. Now, he was clearly seen walking, leaping and praising God, and they could have no doubt that something miraculous had occurred. It makes it much easier to be so bold when you have a miracle walking, leaping and praising God around you…

“…whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and YOU KILLED THE AUTHOR OF LIFE, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.(Acts 3:12-15) Then Peter lays out the truth about what they had done to Jesus and how did they respond? People started getting saved by the thousands… So, turn away from your sins. TURN TO GOD. Then your sins will be wiped away. The time will come when the Lord will make everything new.” (Acts 3:19)

GOD USES MIRACLES TO WIPE OUT UNBELIEF

-Bill Stockham

06-06-18 Loved One’s Devotion WILL IT MATTER IF I QUIT CHURCH…

My awesome, Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day: “…I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell shall not  1prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18) 1katischuō: not be superior in strength, not overcome

Jesus planned for His church to be functioning on earth to carry on the work of the Lord. Right before He went to the cross He prayed and declared that He had finished His work which was the “building” of His church. The writer of Hebrews stated this: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and LET US CONSIDER HOW TO STIMULATE ONE ANOTHER to love and good deeds, NOT FORSAKING OUR OWN ASSEMBLING TOGETHER, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Heb.  10:23-25)

The devil has done and will continue to do anything to keep us from assembling ourselves together. Church growth has declined in the USA for some time now. But we see from the history of the church: “When the day of Pentecost had come, THEY WERE ALL TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE. (Acts 2:1)

It is God’s will for us to be together…”But now God has placed the members, each one of them, IN THE BODY, just as He desired.” (1 Corin. 12:18)

I WAS GLAD WHEN THEY SAID TO ME, “LET US GO TO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.” (Psalms 122:1)

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “…NOT FORSAKING OUR OWN ASSEMBLING TOGETHER, as is the habit of some. !!!That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

 

WILL IT MATTER IF I QUIT CHURCH…

“…I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell shall not  1prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18) 1katischuō: not be superior in strength, not overcome

Jesus planned for His church to be functioning on earth to carry on the work of the Lord. Right before He went to the cross He prayed and declared that He had finished His work which was the “building” of His church. The writer of Hebrews stated this: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and LET US CONSIDER HOW TO STIMULATE ONE ANOTHER to love and good deeds, NOT FORSAKING OUR OWN ASSEMBLING TOGETHER, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Heb.  10:23-25)

The devil has done and will continue to do anything to keep us from assembling ourselves together. Church growth has declined in the USA for some time now. But we see from the history of the church: “When the day of Pentecost had come, THEY WERE ALL TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE. (Acts 2:1)

It is God’s will for us to be together…”But now God has placed the members, each one of them, IN THE BODY, just as He desired.” (1 Corin. 12:18)

I WAS GLAD WHEN THEY SAID TO ME, “LET US GO TO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.” (Psalms 122:1)

-Bill Stockham

06-06-18 FaithLine Devotion WILL IT MATTER IF I QUIT CHURCH…

My dear brothers and sisters, of FaithLine: “…I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell shall not  1prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18) 1katischuō: not be superior in strength, not overcome

Jesus planned for His church to be functioning on earth to carry on the work of the Lord. Right before He went to the cross He prayed and declared that He had finished His work which was the “building” of His church. The writer of Hebrews stated this: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and LET US CONSIDER HOW TO STIMULATE ONE ANOTHER to love and good deeds, NOT FORSAKING OUR OWN ASSEMBLING TOGETHER, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Heb.  10:23-25)

The devil has done and will continue to do anything to keep us from assembling ourselves together. Church growth has declined in the USA for some time now. But we see from the history of the church: “When the day of Pentecost had come, THEY WERE ALL TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE. (Acts 2:1)

It is God’s will for us to be together…”But now God has placed the members, each one of them, IN THE BODY, just as He desired.” (1 Corin. 12:18)

I WAS GLAD WHEN THEY SAID TO ME, “LET US GO TO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.” (Psalms 122:1)

FaithLine, the bible says: “…NOT FORSAKING OUR OWN ASSEMBLING TOGETHER, as is the habit of some…”

-Bill Stockham

06-05-18 Loved One’s Devotion BECAUSE I LIVE, YOU WILL ALSO LIVE – JESUS…

My awesome, Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day: “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; BECAUSE I 1LIVE, YOU WILL LIVE ALSO. “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:19-20) 1zaō: to have true life, this is eternal life…

In order for Christ to be seen in us we must acknowledge I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but CHRIST LIVES IN ME. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

We must be very sure about Christ being in us… TEST YOURSELVES to see if you are in the faith; EXAMINE YOURSELVES! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU–unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Corin. 13:5)

We must be absolutely sure that Christ is in us and that our lives belong to Him!!!

“…IF CHRIST IS IN YOU, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.” (Rom. 8:10)

OH JESUS, I WANT YOU TO BE SO ALIVE IN ME

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] TEST YOURSELVES to see if you are in the faith. !!!That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

06-05-18 FaithLine Devotion BECAUSE I LIVE, YOU WILL ALSO LIVE – JESUS…

My dear brothers and sisters, of FaithLine: “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; BECAUSE I 1LIVE, YOU WILL LIVE ALSO. “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:19-20) 1zaō: to have true life, this is eternal life…

In order for Christ to be seen in us we must acknowledge I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but CHRIST LIVES IN ME. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

We must be very sure about Christ being in us… TEST YOURSELVES to see if you are in the faith; EXAMINE YOURSELVES! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU–unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Corin. 13:5)

We must be absolutely sure that Christ is in us and that our lives belong to Him!!!

“…IF CHRIST IS IN YOU, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.” (Rom. 8:10)

OH JESUS, I WANT YOU TO BE SO ALIVE IN ME

FaithLine, the bible says: TEST YOURSELVES to see if you are in the faith…”

-Bill Stockham

BECAUSE I LIVE, YOU WILL ALSO LIVE – JESUS…

“After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; BECAUSE I 1LIVE, YOU WILL LIVE ALSO. “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:19-20) 1zaō: to have true life, this is eternal life…

In order for Christ to be seen in us we must acknowledge I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but CHRIST LIVES IN ME. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

We must be very sure about Christ being in us… TEST YOURSELVES to see if you are in the faith; EXAMINE YOURSELVES! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU–unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Corin. 13:5)

We must be absolutely sure that Christ is in us and that our lives belong to Him!!!

“…IF CHRIST IS IN YOU, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.” (Rom. 8:10)

OH JESUS, I WANT YOU TO BE SO ALIVE IN ME

-Bill Stockham