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06-17-17 WE ARE OVERCOMERS!

06-17-17 WE ARE OVERCOMERS!

 

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have DIVINE POWER TO DEMOLISH 1STRONGHOLDS.” (2 Corin. 10:4) 1ochurōma: an opposing fortress of error or corruption.

In the devil’s first battle for control over one of God’s children, he challenged Eve with “is that really what God meant?” Eve was explaining to Satan that GOD COMMANDED THEM NOT TO EAT of the tree in the middle of the garden. So, the devil responded with: “God knows that when you eat the fruit of that tree, you will know things you have never known before. You will be able to tell the difference between good and evil. YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD.” (Gen. 3:5)

So, Satan began building up an opposing fortress of error to deceive Eve and it worked: The woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good to eat. It was also pleasing to look at. And it would make a person wise. So, she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. And he ate it.” (Gen. 3:6)

Adam and Eve disobeyed God and had this opposing fortress, this stronghold in their spiritual DNA which was passed down to all mankind, which is why the scripture says:

“…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23) So, how did God give us what we need to defeat our falling short of His glory? “…if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

When we are born again we are forgiven of all our sins, then when we are sanctified we are cleansed from the nature (that Adam and Eve had) to sin and we are given power to live holy lives.

“We know that the persons we used to be were nailed to the cross with Jesus. This was done, so that our sinful bodies would NO LONGER BE THE SLAVES OF SIN.” (Rom. 6:6)

Look at this awesome promise of God for our lives.

“Now, we are given power to live holy lives and become filled with the Holy Spirit of God, which gives us the power to do the work of our Heavenly Father! The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…” (Rom. 8:15-17)

OUR MISSION FROM GOD IS TO LIVE HOLY LIVES!

-Bill Stockham

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LIVE A HOLY LIFE?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LIVE A HOLY LIFE?

“…let us 1purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, PERFECTING 2HOLINESS out of reverence for God.” (2 Corin. 7:1) 1katharos: cleanse, purify. 2hagiōsunē: holiness, sanctity, a holy or sanctified state.

What authority does Paul have telling us we need to be perfecting holiness? I’m pretty sure that he gets it from here: “I am the LORD…your God; therefore, BE HOLY, BECAUSE I AM HOLY.” (Lev. 11:45)

Peter tells us that: “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so BE HOLY IN ALL YOU DO; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16)

Ok, we are commanded to be holy but how do we become holy? Paul teaches us in Romans: “I am using an example from everyday life…Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holinessNOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” (Rom.6:19, 22).

Sanctification is what sets us free from sin and empowers us to live holy.

“…do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God…And such were some of you. But you were washed, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corin. 6:9-11)

Why is living a holy life so important? “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD.” (Heb. 12:14)

I want to see the Lord – so, I commit myself to a life of holiness…Bill Stockham

NEVER LEAVES OR FORSAKES US!

NEVER LEAVES OR FORSAKES US!

[The troubles that often surprise us, giving us no time to arm ourselves by prayer; are the ones most likely to put us into confusion. Abba Father; do not let us forget your help, then we will not give way to fear that has torment, and be the alarmed so suddenly!]

“Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for THE LORD WILL BE AT YOUR SIDE and will keep your foot from being snared.” (Prov. 3:25-26)

[It would be good for us to put the word of God in one scale, and what we are about to do, in the other, and SEE HOW THEY AGREE; be serious in examining whether your way is good before the Lord and whether it will end well. We must consider our past and examine what we have done, what we are doing and where we are going, and see that WE WALK CAREFULLY!]

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and BE STEADFAST [not subject to change] IN ALL YOUR WAYS.” (Prov. 4:18, 26)

[Our Abba Father does not watch our ways every now and then, but WE ARE ALWAYS IN HIS VIEW AND UNDER HIS INSPECTION; Why? He is our Abba Father who CONSTANTLY CARES FOR HIS CHILDREN! Remember, your:] “…ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths.” (Prov. 5:21)

[Because we are always under our Abba Father’s care, and because He is omnipresent, He is also omniscient (all-knowing); heaven and earth include the whole creation of God, and the Creator fills both; he not only knows both, and governs both, but HE FILLS BOTH.]

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, YOU ARE THERE; if I make my bed in the depths, YOU ARE THERE. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, EVEN THERE YOUR HAND WILL GUIDE ME, YOUR RIGHT HAND WILL HOLD ME FAST.” (Psa. 139:7-10)

[Please, Abba Father, order my steps, direct my path and know my heart! It is MY DESIRE TO WALK IN YOUR WAY!]

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and LEAD ME IN THE WAY EVERLASTING.” (Psa. 139:23-24)

I LOVE HOLDING MY GRANDCHILDREN’S HANDS WHEN I WALK WITH THEM BUT YOU LORD, HOLD US IN YOUR HAND!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE ARE ALWAYS IN THE RIGHT HAND OF OUR ABBA FATHER!

-Bill Stockham

WHAT KIND OF CHILD?

WHAT KIND OF CHILD?

[“In a glorious manner”, Jesus will arrive; Isaiah tells them “you have been often told that he should be born among you, I am now further to tell you that he shall BE BORN OF A VIRGIN, which will signify both the divine power and the divine purity with which he shall be brought into the world”!]

“…the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (lit. With us is God). (Isa. 7:14)

[The excellence of the Gospels is not that it makes allowances for sin, but that IT MAKES AN ATONEMENT FOR SIN: not that it tolerates sin, but that IT FORGIVES THEN DESTROYS SIN!]

“…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because WHAT IS CONCEIVED IN HER IS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “GOD WITH US“). (Matt. 1:20-23)

[Some will say these gifts brought by the wise men, are symbolic of the Divinity, regal office, and manhood of Christ. “They offered him incense as their God; gold as their king; and myrrh, to a human body, subject to suffering and death!]

“On coming to the house, they [the wise men] saw the child with his mother Mary, and THEY BOWED DOWN AND WORSHIPED HIM. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” (Matt. 2:11)

[If a man loves me, says Christ, he will keep my word; and I and the Father will come in unto him, and make our abode (dwelling) with him.  And indeed, even Christ in the arms of Simeon could not benefit him, if Christ were not already formed in his heart.]

“…there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon…the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that HE WOULD NOT DIE BEFORE HE HAD SEEN THE LORD’S MESSIAH …Simeon took him (Jesus) in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For MY EYES HAVE SEEN YOUR SALVATION, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: A LIGHT FOR REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:25-32)

LET’S ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS AS OUR LIGHT AND OUR SALVATION AND WORSHIP HIM TODAY!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE ARE ALSO BLESSED TO HAVING SEEN OUR SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST!

-Bill Stockham

BELIEVING, DECLARING!

[Declaring something is: to announce, or proclaim it. To speak out! The doctrine of salvation preached by the apostles; is in our mouths, the promises of redemption made by the prophets that are a part of every Jew’s belief; and is in our hearts – the power to believe with our heart unto righteousness, then our tongue can make confession unto salvation!]

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. No, the word is very near you; IT IS IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART so you may obey it.” (Deut. 30:11, 14)

[There are basically two steps involved in activating our faith, we must BELIEVE and we must DECLARE or speak out WHAT WE BELIEVE!]

“Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU; IT IS IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you DECLARE WITH YOUR MOUTH, “Jesus is Lord,” and BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART that God raised Jesus from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED. For it is WITH YOUR HEART that you believe and are justified, and it is WITH YOUR MOUTH that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Rom. 10:6-10)

[We must bow to the determinations of our Abba Father, concerning his mode of saving our souls, through faith in Jesus Christ, as THE ONLY AVAILABLE SACRIFICE FOR SIN – this is what the whole law pointed to!]  

“As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–THE SAME LORD IS LORD OF ALL AND RICHLY BLESSES ALL WHO CALL ON HIM, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord WILL BE SAVED.” (Rom. 10:11-13)

[Oh, how important it is for us to respond to the call of the Lord on our lives! THE GOSPEL MUST BE SPOKEN!!! Just say “HERE I AM LORD, SEND ME!]

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS!” (Rom. 10:14-15)

LET’S PROFESS OUR FAITH TO AT LEAST ONE PERSON TODAY!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

THE LORD GRACES US WITH BEAUTIFUL FEET TO WALK IN OBEDIENCE TO HIS CALL!

-Bill Stockham

MOST WORTHY OF PRAISE!

MOST WORTHY OF PRAISE!

[David was a type of Christ, in that he agonized before he reigned, was humbled before he was dignified, and that as there were many who loved and respected him, and sought to do him honor, so there were many who hated and resented him, and sought to do him damage!]

“I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy. Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, YOU SHIELD MY HEAD IN THE DAY OF BATTLE.” (Psa. 140:6-7)

[Let my prayers be like the incense offered every morning and evening before the Lord, on the golden altar, before the veil of the sanctuary!]

“I call to you, LORD, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. MAY MY PRAYER BE SET BEFORE YOU LIKE INCENSE; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” (Psa. 141:1-2)

[You are my only sanctuary, please hear me right now as I cry out to you!]  

“I cry to you, LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; RESCUE ME FROM THOSE WHO PURSUE ME, for they are too strong for me.” (Psa. 142:5-6)

[I know Lord that in my weakness, your strength will be manifest!]

“So, my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I SPREAD OUT MY HANDS TO YOU; I thirst for you like a parched land.” (Psa. 143:4-6)

[Let me always be found doing your will Oh God; for that is the only ground safe for me!]

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; MAY YOUR GOOD SPIRIT LEAD ME ON LEVEL GROUND.” (Psa. 143:10)

[We are to be peace loving people, but we know there is a battle coming; prepare us for the battle Lord!]

“Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, IN WHOM I TAKE REFUGE, who subdues peoples under me.” (Psa. 144:1-2)

[We cannot hide from you Lord so…]  

“Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. GREAT IS THE LORD AND MOST WORTHY OF PRAISE; his greatness no one can fathom…Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” (Psa. 145:2-3, 13-14)

YES, INDEED LORD, YOU ARE TRULY GREAT!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

THE LORD IS TRUSTWORTHY IN ALL HE PROMISES AND FAITHFUL IN ALL HE DOES!

-Bill Stockham

WHO IS IN CHARGE?

WHO IS IN CHARGE?

[Our Abba Father governs all His creation; and of course, He is in every way capable to govern everything! Why? Because HE IS CLOTHED WITH MAJESTY AND WITH STRENGTH – dominion is His, He governs with supreme power to perform His task of reigning! He reigns in such a way that nothing can be driven out of order; He rules over all!]

THE LORD REIGNS, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.” (Psa. 93:1)

[There has never been a time when God did not reign, when he was not a supreme and absolute Ruler; because HE IS FROM EVERLASTING!]

“Your throne was established long ago; YOU ARE FROM ALL ETERNITY.” (Psa. 93:2)

[We have witnessed on the news the devastating and awesome power of the sea!]  

“The seas have lifted up, LORD, THE SEAS HAVE LIFTED UP THEIR VOICE; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. MIGHTIER THAN THE THUNDER OF THE GREAT WATERS, MIGHTIER THAN THE BREAKERS OF THE SEA– THE LORD ON HIGH IS MIGHTY.” (Psa. 93:3-4)

[All of God’s power and His majesty derives from His holiness, He will reign forever in that holiness!]

“Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; HOLINESS ADORNS YOUR HOUSE FOR ENDLESS DAYS.” (Psa. 93:5)

[What if we choose to reject the Lord God Almighty?]

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, YOUR RIGHT HAND WILL HOLD ME FAST.” (Psa. 139:7-10)

[There is no hiding from our Awesome God!]

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, FOR DARKNESS IS AS LIGHT TO YOU.” (Psa. 139:11-12)

[We cannot hide from you Lord so please…]

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and LEAD ME IN THE WAY EVERLASTING.” (Psa. 139:23-24)

HERE I AM LORD, PLEASE LEAD ME IN THE WAY EVERLASTING!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

YOUR RIGHT-HAND ABBA FATHER, WILL HOLD ME FAST!

-Bill Stockham

WHAT DID JESUS DO?

WHAT DID JESUS DO?

[It is important for us to understand that the real “us” is about spiritual things, not just fleshly things, because:]

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must WORSHIP IN THE SPIRIT and in truth.” (John 4:24)

[Our first step is to understand that we are born into sin and we are not alive unto God!]

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight…for ALL HAVE SINNED and fall short of the glory of God…” (Rom. 3:20-23)

[We must understand that there are consequences for our sin!] 

“For THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, [eternal separation from God] but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)

[In order to receive this gift, we must know this:]

“Who can understand his errors [moral mistakes]? Cleanse me from secret [to conceal or hide] faults [sins]. (Psa. 19:12)

[So what do we do now?]

“Repent, [ask for forgiveness, turn away from and forsake sin] then, and turn to God, so that YOUR SINS MAY BE WIPED OUT…” (Acts 3:19)

[This is what our Abba Father does for us!]

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast [dedicated] spirit within me.” (Psa. 51:10)

[The Lord forgives us, He cleanses us, then HE ADOPTS US!]

“…the Spirit you received BROUGHT ABOUT YOUR ADOPTION TO SONSHIP. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Rom. 8:15)

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that WE ARE [Then we become beneficiaries of God and co-beneficiaries with Jesus Christ!] GOD’S CHILDREN. Now if we are children, then WE ARE HEIRS–HEIRS OF GOD and COHEIRS WITH CHRIST, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Rom. 8:16-17)

[We are now the redeemed [to buy back] of the Lord]

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, BUT WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)

  • SUCH AWESOME LOVE…
  • JESUS GAVE HIS ALL FOR US!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE ARE REDEEMED WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST!

-Bill Stockham

HOW TO OBTAIN FAVOR!

HOW TO OBTAIN FAVOR!

[I am so very honored and blessed to spend time with my daughters (and their families) Amanda, Shane and Amy, Blake. Eight of nineteen my wonderful grandchildren as well. This all came about because over forty-two years ago I found “what is good…]

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and RECEIVES FAVOR FROM THE LORD.” (Prov. 18:22)

[We are blessed to spend most days together greatly enjoying one another!]

“…from everlasting to everlasting, the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH THEIR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN…” (Psa. 103:17)

[Please bear with me as I share the following, Adam did not a take a wife; he received one from God!]

“And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him…but for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and HE BROUGHT HER TO THE MAN. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, AND THEY SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. (Gen. 2:18-24)

[Some Pharisees came Jesus to test him. They asked,]

“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and THE TWO WILL BECOME ONE FLESH’? So, THEY ARE NO LONGER TWO, but ONE FLESH. THEREFORE, WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO ONE SEPARATE.” (Matt. 19:3-6)

A HUSBAND MUST LOVE HIS WIFE JUST AS HE LOVES HIMSELF! (from the Word)

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WHEN WE ARE MARRIED, OUR ABBA FATHER JOINS US TOGETHER AND WE BECOME ONE FLESH!

-Bill Stockham

CLEAN HANDS OR A CLEAN HEART?

CLEAN HANDS OR A CLEAN HEART?

[The tradition of the elders was: to wash their hands before every meat; a custom of cleanliness, and no harm in it; and yet it shows too great a care about our body, which is earthly; yet they made it an important religious experience!]

“…Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, IT IS WHAT COMES OUT OF A PERSON THAT DEFILES THEM.” (Mark 7:14-15)

[Whoever eats the bread over which they recite the benediction, blessed be he that produced the bread, and they must WASH HIS HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER,” or else they were thought to be defiled!]

“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)” (Mark 7:18-19)

[One major intention of Christ’s coming, was, to leave behind the ceremonial law which God made, and to PUT AN END TO IT; so, He starts with the ceremonial law which men had made, and added to the law of God’s making, and releases his disciples from keeping these!]

He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of A PERSON’S HEART, that evil thoughts come–sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:20-23)

[Awaken us Lord to where evil really comes from, so we DO NOT OFFEND YOU!]

“The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing…they observe many other traditions, such AS THE WASHING OF CUPS, PITCHERS AND KETTLES. So, the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” (Mark 7:3-5)

[Please Lord, don’t allow us to be hung up on any traditions and miss what is important to you!]

“Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but THEIR HEARTS ARE FAR FROM ME. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” (Mark 7:6-8)

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
(Matt. 5:8)

Our greatest show of love is out of our obedience to God!

“…from everlasting to everlasting, the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– with those who keep HIS covenant and remember to OBEY HIS PRECEPTS [teachings].” (Psalms 103:17-18)

REMEMBER, OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE MUST LET GO OF HUMAN TRADITIONS AND LOVE THE COMMANDS OF GOD!

-Bill Stockham