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"Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them." Luke 12:37 NKJV When Jesus returns I desire to be found faithful. More than anything in the world I long to hear the voice of the Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Zacharias was burning incense… What was he REALLY doing and how do it apply to my life?

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Zacharias was burning incense… What was he REALLY doing and how do it apply to my life?

Zacharias was burning incense before the Lord when an angel of God appeared to him. However, Zacharius was not just burning incense before God, he was having communion ( an intimate time) with God.
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The room where Zacharias was when the angel appeared to him was the holy place. In the holy place was a golden lampstand, an altar of incense (golden altar) and the table of shewbread. On the table of shewbread sat wine, bread and frankincense.
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In the holy place the priest would sprinkle frankincense on the golden altar. This physical act represented prayer, praise and worship to God. He would then go back to the table of shewbread and eat some of the bread and drink some of the wine. The eating of the bread and drinking of the wine represented the communion elements. The priest continually repeated this process the entire time he was in the holy place – burn incense on the golden altar, eat the bread and drink the juice from the table of shewbread. The actions of the priest are a pattern for communion. Prayer, praise, worship (incense) then the receiving of the communion elements (bread and juice.)
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Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth had no children. The Bible refers to Elizabeth as being barren.
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Luke 1:5-22 NKJV
“There was in the days of Harod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. but they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth: For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the father to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’ ”And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am old, and my wife is well advanced in years.’ And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.’ And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and the perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.”
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As Zacharias was burning incense before God and receiving communion (bread and wine), he was having an intimate relationship with God. And he was ministering to God. It was during this time that God sent an angel to tell him that his wife would have a baby. God had heard their prayer. God was going to provide healing, victory, and restoration. He meet Zacharias’ need during communion. God can and will do the same thing today.
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Luke 1:23-25 NKJV
“So it was, soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”
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God wants to minister to us just like He did Zacharias. God wants to meet our needs, but first, we must minister to Him.

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YOU ALONE ARE MY SOURCE OF DELIVERANCE

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YOU ALONE ARE MY SOURCE OF DELIVERANCE

Dear Father,
Thank-you for delivering me from myself and from sin. You alone are my source of deliverance. Through Jesus I have been forgiven of my sins and set free from its bondage. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may I always remember that You are my lovingkindness, my fortress, my high tower, my deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

VOICE ACTIVATED

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VOICE ACTIVATED

EVERYTHING that God has for you is voice activated.

John 14:12-14 NKJV
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

Job 22:28 NKJV
“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”

Matthew 18:18 NKJV
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

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The words we speak contain power and they have the ability to bring things into existence. The words you speak have the power to wound or heal, discourage or encourage, tear down or build up, bless or curse. Words are binding and they effect you, your home, your church, your country. What words are you speaking? God has a storehouse of wonderful things for us. However, we must open our mouths and pray, bless, bind & loose, prophesy, and decree. EVERYTHING that God has for is is voice activated.

MAY I REJOICE ALWAYS FOR MERCY AND GOODNESS FOLLOW ME

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MAY I REJOICE ALWAYS FOR MERCY AND GOODNESS FOLLOW ME

Dear Lord,
I thank-you for all that You do for me. I have no want because You provide for me in abundance. With You as my Shepherd I have no fear. Peace and calmness surround me and my soul is restored. By the power of the Holy Spirit help me, when going through dark places, to remember that You are with me. May I rejoice always for mercy and goodness follow me always. And most of all, I thank-you for the promise of eternal life that You have given me.
In Your precious name, Amen.

Nailed To The Cross

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Nailed To The Cross

The gavel is a symbol of authority, especially in courts and justices. They symbolizes power, authority and firmness.
In the past, gavels were struck to indicate that a meeting will begin, peace and order should be maintained and to end a meeting. Today, gavels are used to call for attention or to punctuate rulings and proclamations. In addition to that, gavels are used by judges to proclaim proceedings and decisions to be final, legal and irrevocable. Once the gavel is struck, it signifies that no other factors can renew the decision being made. In other words, it is finished, it’s done , it’s over.

John 19:30 NKJV
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

Jesus‘ last words, “It is finished” come from the Greek word tetelestai. The Greek word tetelestai is an accounting term that means paid in full.

By saying, “It is finished” Jesus was declaring the debt we owed to God was wiped away completely and forever. He was also declaring that our future needs are already paid for.

Isaiah 53:4-12 NKJV
“Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was woundedfor our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripeswe are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.”

All our sins, sickness, fears, anxieties, and lack were nailed to the cross with Jesus and He said, “IT IS FINISHED“. Just as the Passover lamb provided everything that the Hebrews needed (deliverance, protection, salvation, direction, favor, strength, health…) so Jesus, our Passover Lamb, provided for us. The price has been paid in full. Jesus on the cross was a lot like a judge striking his gavel declaring a legal decision, one that is irrevocable.

Amen – So Be It

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Amen – So Be It

The word amen means so let it be or it is true. In the Old Testament when the people responded by saying amen they attested to the sentences which they heard were true, just, and certain.

Saying amen is a way to finish our prayers. When Christians say amen at the end of our prayers, they are following the model of the apostles. They are asking God to let it be as they had prayed.

John 14:12-14 NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

1 John 5:14-15 NKJV
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

Decree

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Decree

According to the dictionary decree is defined as a rule of law issued by a head of state according to a certain procedures. It carries the force of the law. In biblical times, the King had the authority to make decrees. When a king spoke, his subjects obeyed him instantly. The decree was a written document and would be very specific and clear about that subject matter. It was a royal command. In short, a decree is an official order issued by a legal authority. Decrees are made for various reasons.

Job 22:28 NKJV
“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”

God desires for His will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven, that His kingdom would be established in our lives. When our desires line up with God’s will or plan we have the power to speak it into existence in Jesus’ name. We come into agreement with God through our words. This agreement with our words is sometimes referred to as decreeing something. Decree a thing (according to God’s will) and it shall be established.

Matthew 6:10 NKJV
“Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.”

When believers decree something, they are making a declaration that has the power and authority of God behind it. We are to bind up things that are not permitted, and to loose things that are permitted on earth as they have already been determined in heaven.

Matthew 18:18 NKJV
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Believers are joint heirs with Christ and through Him we have kingdom authority. We are the King’s children and with that comes responsibilities and rights. We come under the Kings authority and rule, and we are given the authority to use the name of Jesus.

Romans 8:16-17 NKJV
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

John 14:12-14 NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

Words and faith are both very important to God. In creation we see the importance words. When God spoke, “Let there be” is was.

Genesis 1:3-28 NKJV
“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

Mark 11:22-24 NKJV
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

As a child of God, and since we are His voice in this world, when we decree something it is like we are saying, “Let it be.”
When we decree something in faith, according to God’s will and purpose, we are commanding it to be by the authority that Jesus has given us.

Decrees can…
* align things up with the purpose of God.
* cause the impossible to happen.
* cause the spiritual realm to come into alignment with God’s will.
* change hearts and lives
* change the atmosphere
* lead to miracles
* lead to victory.
* overturn the enemy’s plans.
* position people to fulfill God’s purposes.
* remove the opposition against God’s purposes.
* unlock and provide the resources for kingdom purposes.
* usher in revival and a retentive atmosphere.
* unlock the resources of heaven