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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.

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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

A Signet Ring

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A Signet Ring

In the book of Esther we are given an example of where a ruler can allow someone else to use his authority. By giving his signet ring to Haman the king gave Haman the authority and power to use his name.

Esther 3:10 NKJV
“So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.”

Later in the book of Esther we are given another example of using the kings name and authority. A royal decree could not be altered, but a second decree could invalidate the first one.

Esther 8:8 NKJV
“You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”

During Biblical times kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. A signet ring contained an emblem unique to the king. Official documents were sealed with soft wax impressed with the king’s signet. A signet ring was as reliable as a signature, a seal of authenticity that branded a document. It was an emblem of authority.

A few examples of a signet ring from the Bible are:

Genesis 41:42 NKJV
“Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.”

Haggai 2: 23 NKJV
“In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the Lord, ‘and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

Jeremiah 22:24 NKJV
“As I live,” says the Lord, “though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet on My right hand, yet I would pluck you off”

1 Kings 21:7-8 NKJV
“Then Jezebel his wife said to him, “You now exercise authority over Israel! Arise, eat food, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” And she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who were dwelling in the city with Naboth.”

Daniel 6:17 NKJV
“Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.”

Esther 3:10 NKJV
“So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.”

Esther 8:8 NKJV
“You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”

AUTHORITY

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AUTHORITY

Names and positions carry power and authority. Jesus gave us the authority to use His name.

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.”

John 14:12-14 NIV
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

The dictionary describes authority as:
* the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.
* the right to act in a specified way, delegated from one person or organization to another.
* official permission; sanction.
* a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere.
* the power to influence others, especially because of one’s commanding manner or one’s recognized knowledge about something.

When we end prayers, petitions, blessings and decrees in His name we are asking for it or proclaiming it done in the power and authority of Jesus’ name. Not in our name or ability but in Jesus’ name. Believers have been given official permission to use His name. What we pray, bless or decree (when it lines up with the will of God) it is just as if Jesus prayed, blessed or decreed it Himself.

Through our words (prayers, blessing, decrees) believers …
…have the power or right to enforce God’s plans and purposes.
…delegated to act on God’s behalf in the earth.
…have been given permission to use God’s name.
…have power through Jesus Christ.
…have power to influence others.

Realize That You Are In Danger

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Realize That You Are In Danger

As the prodigal son was in the pig pen (the lowest point in his life) he realized that he had sinned against God and against his father.

Luke 15:17 NKJV
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!’ ”

The prodigal son had to go through a lot of bad things and hard times before he would admit that he had sinned and that he was in danger.

The woman with the alabaster box knew that she was a sinful woman. She knew the law and the penalty of breaking the law. She had probably been standing among the crowd as Jesus spoke before. In His presence she truly realized that she was in danger spiritually. The Holy Spirit began to convict her of her sin and within (unseen to the eye) her heart began to change. She might have even had thoughts along the same line as Isaiah when He encountered the holy presence of God.

 

Isaiah 6:5 NKJV
“So I said:
‘Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips;
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.’ ”

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them. It was a plot that, had it been effective, would have separated her from the king.

 

Esther 4:7-8 NKJV
“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for the destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

Every person born is in danger of separation from the King (God) because of sin, Every person has sinned, and every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the lake of fire (away from God’s presence.) The first step to salvation is admitting that you have sinned. Once we take that first step, God is there like the prodigal son’s father with arms outstretched for you.

1 John 1:8-9 NKJV
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and top cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
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Romans 3:23 NKJV
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
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Romans 6:23 NKJV
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Know Who Can Save You

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Know Who Can Save You

The prodigal son knew who could save him. He knew that his father was in a position to help him.

Luke 15:18-19 NKJV
“I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me one of your hired servants.’ ”

The woman with the alabaster box knew who could save her. She had heard Jesus speak before and she knew the message of salvation and hope that He brought. She knew His repetition and that He welcomed everyone into the kingdom of God. Who knows, maybe she had even heard about the woman ‘caught’ in adultery or the woman at the well.
Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16 NKJV
“Go gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My
maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9 NKJV
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts 16:31 NKJV
“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”