With A Purpose Ministries https://withapurposeministries.com Welcome to With A Purpose Ministries Sat, 02 Mar 2024 16:05:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.5.5 AN AMAZING MISSIONS TRIP TO GUATEMALA https://withapurposeministries.com/lisatestimonies/an-amazing-missions-trip-to-guatemala/ https://withapurposeministries.com/lisatestimonies/an-amazing-missions-trip-to-guatemala/#respond Sat, 02 Mar 2024 16:05:06 +0000 https://withapurposeministries.com/?p=5078 AN AMAZING MISSIONS TRIP TO GUATEMALA Read More »

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James 1:27 says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

That word ‘religion’ means worship, which makes this verse take on a whole new meaning. Pure worship that is uncontaminated or unsoiled before God ………….is to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction (pressure, burden, trouble, anguish).

I have seen this verse for many years and wanted it to take place in my life for some time now. And it finally came to pass in an amazing way a couple of weeks ago.

Our church here in Colorado Springs does several mission trips a year and Guatemala is one of them. The first time I saw pictures of Casa Angelina, which is an orphanage in Guatemala, I said, “I want to go there.” The couple who started this orphanage, at the direction of God, have done an exceptional job in showing these orphans (170 of them) the love of God, teaching them the Word of God, as well as training them academically, even providing for higher education for those who want it, along with their housing, clothing and feeding them and so much more. They turn them from orphans into royalty because of the love of God. You can go online and read all about it. Their ministry is called What Matters Ministries and Missions. And you can look up Casa Angelina in Guatemala.

That was almost a couple of years ago when I said I wanted to go on this particular missions trip. But God never forgets….it came to pass a couple of weeks ago.

JR and I, along with 17 other people, had the privilege and honor to go on this trip to build a widow a home and visit the orphanage at Casa Angelina, and help do work there as well. We also went to a place called “Land of Hope” and helped on projects there. We had an amazing team with an amazing young couple who were our leaders on this 8 day trip.

Many people were praying for us, and we were so thankful for each and every prayer. Weeks before we left, I had been praying specific prayers regarding this trip — and every single one of those prayers were answered. From ideal weather, to no delays at airports (although we had layovers going and coming back which we knew we would), unity with all the team members, no sickness from being over there, no jet lag, etc. This trip was flawless – smooth from start to finish. Even going through customs coming back – no issues at all. Praise the Lord!

God hears and answers our prayers when we pray in faith believing, according to His will. He knows the desires He places in each one of our hearts and as always, He is faithful to bring them to pass!

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To overcome means to conquer, prevail or get the victory. Do you have anything in your life right now that you need to conquer, prevail or get the victory over? We all do! There is hope because God says we are overcomers in this life because greater is He IN us, than he (the enemy) who is in the world!

What things in the world are we to overcome? Basically, anything that doesn’t align with the truth of God’s Word over any given situation. We are to overcome in everyday decisions and choices we make whether we go God’s ways or the ways of the world. We may have situations with other people that are yielded to evil against us, and we need to get the victory in that area. The thing is, we are either going to be overcomers or be overcome. The choice is ours, as always, in how we deal with things.

In the book of Revelation, it says many things about overcomers, such as how to overcome and what the overcomers will receive.

Revelation 12:10-11 – “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives to the death.”

What a blessing that we can overcome (the enemy/the world) by speaking our testimony with courage and boldness because of the blood of the Lamb. Praise God He has given us a way to gain the victory over whatever hinderances are in our way. I John 5:4 tells us this, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (and remember, faith works by love – Gal. 5:6).

Everything that the enemy wants to do in our lives (which is to steal, kill and destroy – John 10:10) can be overcome because Jesus has already overcome. That is great news!

It also tells us in Rev. 21:7 that he who overcomes shall inherit all things, and God will be our God and we shall be His son? There are other things in the book of Revelation that talk about the overcomers, which I’ll briefly list below. And it almost always begins by saying, “To those who have ears to hear, let them hear what the Spirit is saying.”

• He will grant us to eat the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God – Rev. 2:7 (that sounds heavenly!)

• We will not be hurt by the second death – Rev. 2:11

• He will give us to eat of the hidden manna, and a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no man knows but the one who receives it – Rev. 2:17

• He will give us authority over the nations – Rev. 2:26

• He will clothe us in white garments, and will not erase our name from the book of life, but will confess our name before the Father and His angels – Rev. 3:5

• He will make us a pillar in the temple of our God, and we will not go out from it anymore; and He will write on us the name of our God, and the name of the city of our God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from our God, and His new name – Rev. 3:12

• He will grant us to sit down with Him on His throne, just as He sat down with the Father on His throne – Rev. 3:21

• We shall inherit all things – Rev. 21:7

These are promises that God has for the ones who overcome while on this earth. Remember, if we aren’t overcoming, we are being overcome. And Romans 12:21 in the Amplified version tells us, “Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

The only way to overcome evil with good is through the love of God and doing what the Word of God says in any given situation – being led by the Spirit of God.

A few examples might be – Instead of cursing those who persecute you, the Bible says to bless them and pray for those who despitefully use you. If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, if he’s thirsty, give him water to drink. If you are in fear (which is evil, it’s not of God), God says perfect love will cast out fear. Ask God to give you a revelation of His love for you. And you can overcome that fear.

Whatever evil is present in your life or coming against you, you can overcome it by faith in the blood of Jesus and the Word of God. When Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil, He always came back to the devil saying, “IT IS WRITTEN…..”

So in closing, Romans 8:31 and 37 says if God is for us, who can be against us because we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Let’s be overcomers so that we can inherit all things that God has for us!

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Decreeing and Declaring https://withapurposeministries.com/lisa/decreeing-and-declaring/ https://withapurposeministries.com/lisa/decreeing-and-declaring/#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2023 20:03:49 +0000 https://withapurposeministries.com/?p=4923 Decreeing and Declaring Read More »

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Job 22:28 in the KJV says, “You will decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” The amplified translation says, “You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light (of God’s favor) shall shine upon your ways.

A decree is an official order issued by a legal authority. It is an authoritative command. The person issuing the decree must have the authority or the right to pronounce or announce the order for the decree to be official. Without that authority, a decree is worthless.

We know, as believers, that God has given us authority in the earth, and when we decree a thing, it must line up with the truth of God’s word for it to come to pass because God’s word is the final authority. Decrees are also the privileges of kings! When kings decree something, it is automatically settled and becomes law. Therefore, we, as kings and priests (Rev. 1:6 and 5:10) can rightly make decrees according to the Word of God by the authority He has given us.

To declare something is to speak or say it out loud, to proclaim, announce, state or communicate something. To make known, show forth, or report something, or to stand boldly out opposite something. I highlighted this because you will see below this is what happened. When we declare something according to the will of God, we can expect it to come to pass.

I want to give a couple of testimonies about how when I decreed and declared something, it totally changed the outcome of some situations. And it wasn’t too long ago when I realized that is what I had done. I didn’t use the words ‘decree and declare’ but that is exactly what happened.

Prior to God moving us to Colorado in 2015, we were at point in our life where things were not really good. It was a very dry and isolated period of time. It had been that way for quite awhile and one day up out of my spirit I felt like I would burst if I didn’t speak what was on the inside of me. I remember JR was sitting at the computer and I looked at him and said, “I’m speaking this out loud to you, to God and to the devil — but I’m not going to live the rest of my life like we’re living (which was way under par); I KNOW God has more than what we’re experiencing, and I’m not sure exactly how it’s going to look when it’s over, but I don’t intend to live the rest of my life like we’re living right now.” And I walked out of the room. Notice the bold reference above – stand boldly out opposite. Really it was calling something that was not as though it was – which is FAITH. I wished I could remember the timeframe on this – it could have been a year or two or several years when things broke completely through. I am convinced now more than ever that those words I spoke out loud is what changed the trajectory of our life completely around, as I will share below.

So in January of 2015, I heard in my spirit the Lord say that we were going to be moving. I figured it was to another house in or around the same area we were living at the time. I started collecting moving boxes and never said a word to anyone but when the boxes started piling up to the top of the garage, JR asked what I was doing. I simply told him that the Lord had said we were going to be moving.

A few months later, at the end of April/first of May, JR got laid off from his job along with 400 other people. (It was an excellent job that had literally sent him all over the world traveling doing sales training with this company in other locations around the world). When this lay off came about, they did give him a nice severance pay and that was the end of that.

For the next month or so, as he was looking for another job, he only had one interview which he knew wasn’t the one God had for him. After a period of time and nothing opening up, we knew God had to be up to something.

So around the first of June is when God opened the door for us to come to Colorado for the Summer Family Bible Conference at Andrew Wommack Ministries for a week. I knew in my spirit when this trip was being planned that God was moving us to Colorado to go to Charis Bible College. Wow – nothing had ever been on our radar that we would ever move out of Texas. BUT GOD ~~ and this move proved to be exceeding, abundantly above all we could think or ask, and still is!

Most people plan for years saving money to retire in such a place as this, and here God moves us when JR has just been laid off from a good paying job with excellent benefits traveling around the world!

But that day I spoke out to JR, God and the devil that I knew God had more for us than what we were experiencing in life, I’m convinced the angels of God went to work preparing this move on our behalf to bring us into ‘the more that God had for us’.

Another example I want to share is how a situation changed completely around that involved our daughter, Amy.

Back in 2016 (a year after we had moved to Colorado), Amy called me one day asking for prayer. She said she was having issues in her body and would I pray with her. And of course I did and took authority over the enemy and commanded him to turn her loose and released the power of God into her body.

A few weeks later, she called again saying she wasn’t better and it was still there so I prayed again. This went on for weeks to the point she started having panic attacks. She would be in the grocery store and have to leave because these panic attacks would hit her. It had come to the point where she didn’t even want to leave the house – which is not like her at all.

By this time, I told her she had let fear in and the enemy was magnifying this. So I took authority over that spirit (2 Tim. 1:7) and once again released the power of God into her body and thanked Him she was healed. So after many more weeks/months into this attack, she called me one day and told me she had made an appointment to go to the doctor to have tests run because she knew something was totally not right in her body. There was no fear in me about all this, and I told her to do what she needed to do but when they run all the tests, THEY WILL FIND NOTHING THERE.

When she went in to have these tests done, they did numerous ones and when the reports came back, each test came back negative and nothing was found!!! Glory to God! She said she broke down crying she was so relieved. And after that ALL the symptoms left.

I am convinced that had I agreed with her that something was severely wrong, they would have found something. But that day when I declared and decreed out of my mouth THEY WOULD FIND NOTHING, that is exactly what happened because I was boldly standing out against a lie in her body! Why? Because Jesus already paid the price for all sickness and disease that we might be healed (Isa. 53:5 and I Peter 2:24).

Faith is always voice activated. You can see this beginning back in Genesis 1 when God said ‘let there be light’ and light was. Every time HE SAID – IT CAME FORTH. In Romans 10:17 it tells us faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. To hear something, it must be spoken out loud.

It also tells us in Prov. 18:21 that life and death are in the power of our tongue. Whatever we speak will produce what comes out of our mouth whether good or bad, blessings or cursing’s, life or death. That is why it is so important to sow the Word of God in your heart because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. So speak life and see God work powerful things in your midst!

 

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HOW TO BE SET FREE ! https://withapurposeministries.com/uncategorized/how-to-be-set-free-2/ https://withapurposeministries.com/uncategorized/how-to-be-set-free-2/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2023 20:33:23 +0000 https://withapurposeministries.com/?p=4789 HOW TO BE SET FREE ! Read More »

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In John 8:31-32, it says in the KJV, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Jesus was speaking to believers. But as we may know, many believers aren’t free. They have received Jesus into their hearts and been born again, but it ended there for them. Their thinking may be that they have their ‘ticket’ (so to speak) to go to heaven, so everything is fine (or so they think). And they go on in life their own way or better put, the ways of the world, not the ways of the Lord. They haven’t been set free from things that have them bound and things that are hindering them from walking in victory the way GOD intended for them to walk.

So as we can see in these scriptures, just because someone has believed on the Lord and been born again, doesn’t mean they are automatically free. Their spirit man is made completely perfect just like Jesus’, but the soul has never been dealt with and freed from bondages and wrong thinking, etc.

None of us are totally free and we won’t be until we go to be with Jesus. But many of us can say God has started the process of setting us free to the degree He has because we are continuing, or abiding, in the Word of God.

The qualifications for getting set free are clarified in these two scriptures in John 8:31-32.

Many times you hear it quoted, ‘The truth shall make you free.’ But the previous verse (31) needs to be quoted along with verse 32, which says, “…..if you continue in my Word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” and then verse 32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The word continue means to abide and to abide in something is to dwell, endure, remain in it.

A disciple is a learner, a pupil, or one who follows one’s teachings. And according to this scripture, a disciple is one who continues or abides and dwells in the teachings of Jesus.

As stated above, verse 32 continues, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

To know the truth is to be aware, perceive, understand. Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 1:17 tells us the law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Jesus and the Word are one – John 1:14.

So simply put, if we abide or remain in the Word of God, we are His disciples, His followers. And it is then we shall know the truth of His Word and it will set us free. The more you renew your mind in the Word of God, the more truth you will be aware of and understanding and revelation will come. And the truth of His Word will set you free.

It will set your thinking right, it will set your actions right, it will restore your soul, it will set your life on a path that is a righteous path pleasing to God. It will set you free from bondages, free from lies, free from addictions, free from every hindrance that keeps you from walking in victory.

Thank God for the truth of His Word that sets us free as we continue in it!!

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In John 8:31-32, it says in the KJV, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Jesus was speaking to believers. But as we may know, many believers aren’t free. They have received Jesus into their hearts and been born again, but it ended there for them. Their thinking may be that they have their ‘ticket’ (so to speak) to go to heaven, so everything is fine (or so they think). And they go on in life their own way or better put, the ways of the world, not the ways of the Lord. They haven’t been set free from things that have them bound and things that are hindering them from walking in victory the way GOD intended for them to walk.

So as we can see in these scriptures, just because someone has believed on the Lord and been born again, doesn’t mean they are automatically free. Their spirit man is made completely perfect just like Jesus’, but the soul has never been dealt with and freed from bondages and wrong thinking, etc.

None of us are totally free and we won’t be until we go to be with Jesus. But many of us can say God has started the process of setting us free to the degree He has because we are continuing, or abiding, in the Word of God.

The qualifications for getting set free are clarified in these two scriptures in John 8:31-32.

Many times you hear it quoted, ‘The truth shall make you free.’ But the previous verse (31) needs to be quoted along with verse 32, which says, “…..if you continue in my Word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” and then verse 32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The word continue means to abide and to abide in something is to dwell, endure, remain in it.

A disciple is a learner, a pupil, or one who follows one’s teachings. And according to this scripture, a disciple is one who continues or abides and dwells in the teachings of Jesus.

As stated above, verse 32 continues, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

To know the truth is to be aware , perceive, understand. Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 1:17 tells us the law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Jesus and the Word are one – John 1:14.

So simply put, if we abide or remain in the Word of God, we are His disciples, His followers. And it is then we shall know the truth of His Word and it will set us free. The more you renew your mind in the Word of God, the more truth you will be aware of and understanding and revelation will come. And the truth of His Word will set you free.

It will set your thinking right, it will set your actions right, it will restore your soul, it will set your life on a path that is a righteous path pleasing to God. It will set you free from bondages, free from lies, free from addictions, free from every hindrance that keeps you from walking in victory.

Thank God for the truth of His Word that sets us free as we continue in it!!

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AFTER THE VICTORY…. https://withapurposeministries.com/lisatestimonies/after-the-victory/ https://withapurposeministries.com/lisatestimonies/after-the-victory/#comments Sat, 11 Feb 2023 18:37:14 +0000 https://withapurposeministries.com/?p=4741 AFTER THE VICTORY…. Read More »

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Once you receive a victory such as a healing, one thing to be aware of is the enemy will many times come back and try and put the same symptoms on you. This testimony is a continuation from my last one I posted, so you may need to go back and read it if you haven’t already, or reread it if you have.

After my healing manifested from an attack I had on my body for almost 6 months, about a month later the same symptoms reappeared. We have all probably heard the saying that your mind is a playground for the enemy. He will bombard your mind with all kinds of things and if you let those thoughts into your heart, they will take seed and produce – just not what you’re looking for! That’s why it says in Prov. 4:23 to guard your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.

So when these same symptoms reappeared, I was once again angry, to the point I was ‘being tempted’ to maybe go and have it checked out. But then I would immediately think, “Well, if I go have it checked out and they find something, I know it’s a lie because God’s Word says that by the stripes of Jesus I AM HEALED.” Well, this went on for maybe 3-4 weeks where I was in a battle between my flesh and my Spirit man (Gal. 5). They were definitely in a war one against the other!

One Sunday afternoon, after getting home from church, a friend and I had decided to meet up and go on a walk. As we were out walking and I was telling her what was going on once again, she stopped me in my tracks and said, “Lisa, where is your focus? You need to get your focus back on the Word of God and not on what is going on in your body.” When she said that, I knew without a doubt this was the Spirit of God speaking out of her mouth to me. There was an instant change that took place on the inside of me. And by the way, this is not something I didn’t know.

I know that what you focus on will be magnified (good or bad) and what you starve or neglect (good or bad) will die. I have taught on this, I have experienced this many times in my life. But somehow this particular thing going on with my body got my focus off what it should have been on. There was something in my body that would take place and when it did, I would get so angry but really that anger was fear. So from that point forward after she spoke that to me that day, when this particular thing would take place in my body, I just gave it NO attention – NONE – NADA. I would just start worshipping and praising God and thanking Him for HIS goodness and that’s where I would keep my focus — not on what I saw with my eyes or what was going on in my body. After a few days, do you know that I was completely healed and made whole! No problem since then — the door was closed on the enemy that day. I overcame and victory was mine.

There are many things in our lives that we have and will walk through. I know I have, and I know I always get the victory – always!! Why some battles are harder than others, I’m not quite sure because the answer is the same for all of them. But if you will stand and believe the power of God, you will see victory every time.

You might have days, even months, you will be tempted to cave in and go the ways of the world (and God meets every person where they are at that particular time). But one thing I know, I want God’s best because I know that Jesus has already won every battle we will ever face and the victory is ours, if we don’t quit!! Remember – what we focus on will be magnified; what we starve will die! It doesn’t matter what it is. This is a law that applies spiritually as well as in the natural.

 

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WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS ? https://withapurposeministries.com/lisa/where-is-your-focus/ https://withapurposeministries.com/lisa/where-is-your-focus/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2023 02:13:40 +0000 https://withapurposeministries.com/?p=4666 WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS ? Read More »

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Did you know that we have a choice on what we focus on every day, whether good or bad? And whatever and wherever we put our focus, it will be magnified. Whatever we starve (don’t focus on), will die. This is such an important truth. And to have a successful and victorious walk with the Lord, your focus will have to be on Him and the truth of His Word in every situation you encounter.

You have probably heard the saying that the mind is a playground for the devil. But we have the Bible which is the blueprint for our life. And when we renew our mind in the Word of God, we will walk in peace and truth in the midst of any storm.

We can choose to believe God and put our trust and hope in Him or we can choose to put our hope and trust in the flesh. Whichever one you choose will be magnified and enlarged in your life.

This truth applies if your body needs healing, if your bank account needs money, if your heart needs healed (and not necessarily the one that pumps blood), if your mind needs renewed, if your children need deliverance, etc. The list could go on and on for whatever it is in your life that you are needing. If you look to the ways of the world and how the world operates to solve these things, your problems will only increase and enlarge. And likewise, if you look to the Word of God and put your focus on the truths of God’s Word about any given situation, that is what will be magnified in your life. And God’s ways will always produce victory and blessings from above!

So every day we have choices to make. We can choose life or death, blessing or cursing, good or evil. Which one are you choosing to focus on? The bad economy or God’s prosperity and His blessings for your life. Sickness in your body or believing that Jesus paid for your healing 2000 years ago on the cross when He took every sickness, every disease upon Himself and believing and focusing on ‘by His stripes you were and are healed’ – I Peter 2:24 and Isa. 53:5. Are you choosing to walk in forgiveness because Jesus forgave you or are you holding onto grudges and offences and choosing to let unforgiveness and bitterness rule your life? If the latter, it will only cause you to become more and more bitter. Jesus chose to forgive those that crucified Him and did all kinds of evil to Him, even though He had done no wrong and committed no sin. And because He forgave, we can and should walk in that forgiveness as well.

Every answer we need in this life and for our life to walk victoriously is in the Word of God. It is a blueprint for our lives. Likewise any answer you need and are looking for according to the ways of the world and ways of the flesh will come through the news, the doctors, the stock market, the government, etc. You have a choice this day to find results either according to God’s ways and His Word or the world’s ways. Which way will you choose to focus and follow? Each one will bring results. One good – one not so good. And the not so good will ultimately be not good at all.

Every day your thoughts are on something, whether true or false, good or evil, positive or negative. But if you choose to think God’s way as it states in Philippians 4:8, it tells us what we’re to think on, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” And He didn’t say to think on these things as long as everything in life is going good. No, we are to think on these things no matter what is going on in our life and in the world around us.

I would encourage you this day to step back and consider your ways; consider where your focus is in your every day life. It could be the difference between life and death, blessing and cursing, good and evil. God has a good plan for your life to do you good and not evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11). But it is your choice whether you will enter into His plan and His destiny for your life.

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PROSPERITY – ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE https://withapurposeministries.com/lisa/prosperity-according-to-scripture/ https://withapurposeministries.com/lisa/prosperity-according-to-scripture/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2022 20:24:52 +0000 https://withapurposeministries.com/?p=4592 PROSPERITY – ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE Read More »

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Religion will teach you that prosperity is not of God. But that does not line up with the truth of God’s word. It tells us in 2 Cor. 8:9, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.”

The word rich in this verse means abundantly supplied; to be increased with goods, abounding in material resources. The word poor here means destitute as a beggar. Poverty means destitute of riches and abundance. When Jesus became poor for our sakes, it was while He was on the cross. This is where the exchange was made – He took our poverty/our lack for HIS riches.

Jesus had a lack of nothing while He walked on the earth and that’s what He desires for us and has made available to us if we will believe and receive what He did for us on the cross. 

God desires for us to be abundantly provided for in every area of our life where there is nothing missing, nothing lacking, nothing wanting.

So prosperity is not just financially, but it definitely includes that. He wants us to be prosperous in our spirit, body and soul as well.

When we take ALL limits off of God, this is when He can do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or thing according to the power that is working in us (Eph. 3:20). And it will be in every area of our lives – spiritually, mentally, physically, financially, relationally.

Here are some scriptures on God’s ways on how to be prosperous:

  1. Joshua 1:8 tells us that if the words of God won’t depart out of our mouth, and if we will meditate on them day and night, then our way will be made prosperous and we will have good success.
  2. Delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night, then we will be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper – Ps. 1:2-3.
  3. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in ALL things and be in health, just as your soul prospers – 3 John 2 NKJV. To have a prosperous soul, it must be renewed in the Word of God (Rom. 12:2).
  4. Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine – Prov. 3:9-10 KJV.
  5. Walk uprightly and no good thing will He withhold from you – Ps. 84:11.
  6. Choose to serve God and not money – Matt. 6:24-33.
  7. If you choose to hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord and obey Him, ALL these blessings listed in Deut. 28:1-14 will be yours. I would encourage you to read these verses.
  8. Trust, fear and seek the Lord – you will have a lack of nothing – Ps. 34:8-10.
  9. Purpose in your heart what to give and do it cheerfully, and God will make all grace abound toward you; that you will ALWAYS have ALL sufficiency in ALL things, so that you can abound to EVERY good work – 2 Cor. 9:7-8.
  10. Fear (reverence, be in awe of) the Lord and you will be blessed – Ps. 128:1, Prov. 28:25 (be made fat – prosperous).
  11. Give to the poor and you will have a lack of nothing – Prov. 28:27.
  12. Give and will be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom – Luke 6:38.
  13. Seek first the Kingdom of God (His dominion, His rule and reign) and His righteousness (His faithfulness, truthfulness and nature) and ALL these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:33-34).
  14. Fear (reverence) the Lord and delight greatly in His commandments (His precepts) and your seed shall be mighty upon the earth and wealth and riches shall be in your house – Ps. 112:1-3. (This whole chapter is so good).
  15. By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life – Prov. 22:4.

                              So as we can see in these verses, God wants us to prosper in every area of our life. And when we do things God’s way, prosperity and success will follow us every time. And remember what it says in Luke 12:15, “And Jesus said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses.” Being prosperous is not dependent on how much a person has, but really it is a condition of the heart that believes what God says about prosperity and receiving it HIS way!

                              I will close with 2 Peter 1:2-4:

                              “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us ALL things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

                               

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                              DRAW NEAR TO GOD https://withapurposeministries.com/lisa/draw-near-to-god/ https://withapurposeministries.com/lisa/draw-near-to-god/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:11:48 +0000 https://withapurposeministries.com/?p=4587 DRAW NEAR TO GOD Read More »

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                              In James 4, James is rebuking those who have wrong passions and desires and wanting to be friends with the world, whom he clearly defines as adulterers and adulteresses. It continues in verse 4 saying whosoever wants to be a friend of the world (or makes himself a friend of the world) is the enemy of God. That is a strong statement, and there is no gray matter in that statement, is there?

                              He continues on in verse 6 and 7 saying that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble and to submit ourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. That is humility. In Micah 6:8 it states, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Humility, I believe simply put, is submitting to the will of God. It is doing His will from the heart – Eph. 6:6. It is submitting to truth – the truth of God’s Word over the lies of the enemy.

                              James 4:8 continues saying, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.”

                              We know in James 1:7-8 that it says that a double minded (wavering, uncertain) man will receive nothing of the Lord because he is unstable (restless, unsettled) in all his ways. When you are rooted and grounded in the Word of God, you are fixed and settled. Why? Because you are trusting in what God Word says over what the world says. It’s a sure foundation for your life with a sure and certain outcome — which is Victory! Micah 2:7 tells us that God’s Words do good to him that walks uprightly.

                              When we are caught up in the world and the ways of the world, we really are walking in pride. But if we will come close to God and humble ourselves in His sight, He will lift us up (exalt us).

                              Everything in this life is a choice. We can decide the course of our life by the decisions we make. And know for sure that any wrong decisions we’ve made, any wrong paths we’ve taken, we serve a God who is merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. All we need to do is repent and turn from those paths and decisions we’ve made and receive God’s forgiveness and mercy and move forward in truth.

                              The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Are the decisions we are making according to the world’s ways (which is law, deception and bondage) or are they according to God’s ways (which is grace, truth and freedom)?” We can’t have it both ways. God says in Revelation He would that we were hot or cold, but because we are lukewarm (straddling both sides of the fence), He will spew us out (Rev. 3:16).

                              It is the mercy of God to give us warning about things in our lives and the choices we make because as Paul says to Timothy in I Tim. 2:4 and Peter states in 2 Peter 3:9 that it isn’t His will that any perish but that all come to a knowledge of the truth. In 2 Tim. 3, Paul goes on talking about perilous times coming in the last days (of which we are in). He tells how men (and women) will behave and one of those is lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. It continues in verse 5 stating they have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof and from such turn away. They are ever learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

                              God is telling us to turn from the ways of the world. Yes, we are in the world, but we are not of the world. Big difference! The world’s ways will lead to destruction, but God’s ways will bring us closer and closer to Him and will always bring forth victory and peace and joy! So today, draw near to God, and the promise is – He will draw near to you!!

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                              ~~ I AM THE HEALED OF THE LORD ~~ https://withapurposeministries.com/lisatestimonies/i-am-the-healed-of-the-lord/ https://withapurposeministries.com/lisatestimonies/i-am-the-healed-of-the-lord/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2022 22:40:31 +0000 https://withapurposeministries.com/?p=4570 ~~ I AM THE HEALED OF THE LORD ~~ Read More »

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                              About 3 months ago, something hit my body and I didn’t pay much attention to it at first. But as time went on, I knew something was not right. It’s interesting how subtle the devil can be and we let things go on instead of dealing with it in the Spirit right then and there. Normally I don’t do that but for some reason this time I did – I just let it go on. As time went on, though, I would pray and rebuke the devil but it didn’t change what was going on in my body. Then the devil would speak to me and I would hear all kinds of things that were not good, which he was trying to convince me of. I know better than to believe his lies. So I would pray and rebuke/resist his lies quite often as I was hearing them. But it came to the point where I could tell my praying was in fear, and even at times panic and anger – not in faith, although the words I was praying were words of faith – if that makes sense ! I was praying according to scripture.

                              During this time, I had mentioned it to some other people and asked for prayer of agreement. I even had people tell me that I should eat certain things and that would help the problem. Well as time went on, nothing got better. You can’t fight a spiritual battle with fleshly advice. I truly believe that all sickness and disease is a spiritual matter because John 10:10 says that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. So whether it be with your health, with your finances, your relationships or whatever — he wants to do those 3 things. But Jesus came that we might have life and have life more abundantly. Sickness is not an abundant life, lack of finances is not an abundant life, strife and division is not an abundant life, fear and turmoil is not an abundant life, etc. God is only good and only has good for us and the devil only has bad. It’s really black or white, blessings or curses, health or sickness, life or death, good or evil. We choose which one we want.

                              So fast forward a couple of months later, one morning as I was praying, I had had enough and I was so angry. And I was praying before – speaking the Word, commanding the devil to turn me loose, etc., I heard the Lord stop me and I heard Him tell me that my praying was in fear (just as I knew it was a couple months prior).  I was praying from a place of fear and not faith. The Lord also showed me that I was praying from a place of trying to get healed and not from a place of victory resisting the devil’s lies. Even though I knew all this, when you are battling something in your own body, it is so easy to get off track on what you already know because the enemy is constantly speaking his lies to you. So after the Lord spoke this to me, I loosed myself from the spirit of fear and commanded it out and closed the door on it. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). I got my heart once again aligned with truth, and do you know that immediately I broke through and healing manifested in my body!!! Praise the Lord!

                              I am convinced that any sickness, any disease, is rooted in fear and unbelief. You have a symptom (which is a lying symptom of the devil because the truth is you ARE already healed; healing is on the inside of your born again spirit and all you need is to align your soul with what your spirit knows to be true and the manifestation will come forth). Any and every attack that comes against our bodies, our finances, our relationships, our emotions, our jobs or whatever else it may be you are facing, has already been judged – the battle over it has ALREADY BEEN WON. Jesus paid the price with His life/His body and with His blood over whatever giant you are facing that has come against you. He said on the cross, “It is finished.” He is not going to do one more thing for us – He already paid the price. All we have to do is believe Him and receive by faith what He has already provided for us on the cross.

                              We can obtain victory every single time from the time we are born again until we go to be with Lord in heaven if we believe what Jesus already accomplished for us. It’s not a 50/50 chance that we might get the victory over any given situation; it’s 100% guarantee that we win every single time. Don’t ever give up or ever give in to defeat. Fight the good fight of faith knowing you already have the victory in Jesus. Amen!!

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