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  1. Luke 9:38-40 - "A man shouted from the crowd. 'Teacher! Look, I beg you, at my son - my only son! A spirit attacks him with a sudden shout and throws him into a fit, so that he foams at the mouth; it keeps on hurting him and will hardly let him go! I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn't.'" OBSERVATION: I can't put the Word into action successfully without making it a reality in my spirit man. If the Word is a reality only in my head or mind, feelings will get in the way of my acting on the Word. But if the Word is real in my heart, I have an anchor to hold me steady when the storms of feelings and emotions try to shipwreck me.Matthew 14:29 - "Come!" answered Jesus. So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus. When he noticed the wind, however, he was afraid and started to sink down in the water. Matthew 11:29 - "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Affirmations: TODAY I STOP FIGHTING WITH GOD AND LEARN FROM HIM! I LET HIS WORD PUT TO DEATH THE TORMENTS OF THE SIN NATURE. I CEASE STRUGGLING; I CEASE WRESTLING AGAINST THE BLESSED ONE FOR I AM COMMITTED TO SURRENDER. MY REST COMES FROM BECOMING HONEST ABOUT MY NEEDS AND ALLOWING CHRIST TO CHANGE ME. Observation: THROUGH SURRENDER, MY GOAL IS TO EXTEND THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO EARTH. FAITH IN THE PROMISES OF GOD BRINGS TO EARTH HEAVEN'S PROVISIONS; SURRENDER BRINGS GOD'S PRESENCE INTO THOSE PROVISIONS.Matthew 6:10 - "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Song of Solomon 4:1 - "How beautiful you are, my love; how beautiful you are! You have doves' eyes, besides what is hid within. Your hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Mt. Gilead."THE HAIR, REPRESENTING THE AFFECTION THAT SPRINGS FROM THE SPIRIT, SEPARATES YOU FROM EARTHLY TIES. SINGLE-HEARTED LOVE FOR GOD RISES ABOVE THE MOST EXCELLENT GIFTS UNTIL IT ARRIVES AT GOD HIMSELF. IN THIS WAY, ABANDONED LOVE FOR GOD RESEMBLES THE GOATS THAT FIND THEIR WAY UP THE STEEPEST MOUNTAIN. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  2. Acts 16:26 - "And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed." We are challenged in the New Testament to see God at work in the midst of our trials so that incredible positive outcomes are secured. Isn't this what Paul and Silas "saw" in the darkest hour with bleeding backs and bound in the prison stocks? The Holy Spirit is promising us that in these days we are going to begin to "see" the invisible God at work in ways that we have not recognized before. This spiritual insight is what distinguishes this "Holy Spirit optimism" from the mere "power of positive thinking". Observation: I HAVE BEEN "DOING TIME" (IN THE PRISON OF MY MIND), BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN DECEIVED BY THE DEVIL. HE HAS TRICKED ME INTO BELIEVING THAT I CAN'T BE FORGIVEN AND THAT GOD DOESN'T LOVE ME ANYMORE.Isaiah 55:7 - "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." John 1:1,9 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word was the true light that enlightens all men; and he was coming into the world." No one can stop the language of God because God's words are creative. They are full of power. Affirmations: WHEN I SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF GOD FROM MY HEART, I AM AGREEING WITH GOD, AND NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO ME. I AM FULL OF LIFE AND POWER TOO WHEN I LET THOSE WORDS ABIDE IN ME. Song of Solomon 4:1 - "How beautiful you are, my love; how beautiful you are! You have doves' eyes, besides what is hid within."YOUR EYES, IN FAITHFULNESS AND SIMPLICITY, ARE LIKE THOSE OF DOVES. SIMPLICITY CAUSES YOU TO ACT ONLY WITH GOD'S GOOD PLEASURE IN VIEW, HAVING FORGOTTEN YOUR OWN SELFISH INTENTIONS, MOTIVES, OR SCHEMES. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  3. John 15:16 - Jesus said, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit -- fruit that will last. Ask the Lord to come into your vineyard. Let Him prophetically reveal to you the fruit you are going to bring forth in the future. Enter into His PURPOSE for your life. We must desire to fully finish the course--in such a manner as to hear the Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Our greatest opportunity of all time to walk with God and be His messengers. Do you have the message? Are you beholding the glory of the Lord? Can others behold His glory on you? Affirmation: GOD HAS CALLED ME, AND HE HAS AN APPOINTED PLACE FOR ME (MY CALLING IN CHRIST). GOD WANTS ME IN A PLACE OF DIVINE APPOINTMENTS. HE WANTS ME IN THE PLACE OF DIVINE BLESSINGS TO OTHERS. HE WANTS ME IN THE PLACE OF DIVINE MIRACLES, DIVINE PROVISION, AND DIVINE PROTECTION. "NOW, AFTER this,......Ezra went up from Babylon, and the king granted him all he requested because the hand of the Lord his God was upon him." - Ezra 1:7,6 When does this happen? NOW! This verse says, "Now after this...". The time is now. God is a now God and this is a now word! It's a now time and a now season. The Church needs to arise because we are now in a new time! Take your eyes off of the "this" and put them on the "after"! Do you have a vision? If not, you better get one! Habakkuk 2:2 says, "Write the vision..."Proverbs 29:18 says, "Without a vision, the people perish." How can God give you provision for the vision if you don't have a vision? Write the vision so you can operate in the PROVISION! Once you have this godly game plan—a strategy—you can trust God to fulfill it. He will give you more than you ask for, over and above anything you can ask, think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). There will be so much, in fact, that God has a contingency plan! This is for you to do what you know to be in alignment with God's will with the extra that He gives you—above and beyond your budget—even exceeding your vision! God trusts you to do what is right. Because He has trusted you with the little, He can trust you with the big! He knows He can trust you with the PROVISION! He will give you what you NEED to SUCCEED in the "after"! Song of Solomon 3:11 - "Go forth, daughters of Zion, and behold King Solomon with the crown which his mother crowned him with in the day of his wedding, and in the day of the gladness of his heart." CHRIST INVITES ALL INWARD BELIEVERS, WHO ARE DAUGHTERS OF ZION, TO COME OUT OF THEMSELVES. BEHOLD YOUR KING (JESUS) WITH THE CROWN OF GLORY GIVEN TO HIM BY GOD HIMSELF! HE IS CLOTHED IN HIS DIVINE CONQUESTS, AND HE DESIRES TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  4. Proverbs 20:27 - "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly." As we begin to cry out from a deep engaging of the Spirit of the living God within our spirits, we experience the communion of the Holy Spirit, which is a place of deep to deep fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit searches out the deep counsel of God for you and reveals it to you. OBSERVATION: If I am sensitive to my spirit, the Lord will tell me what to pray about. He will alert me to those things that need to be addressed in prayer. I become sensitive to my spirit by meditating on spiritual things at all times -- by meditating on the Lord, on His goodness, on His greatness, and on His Word. AFFIRMATIONS:Out of His glorious riches He strengthens me with power through His Spirit in my inner man. (Ephesians 3:16) I receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17) The same Spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead dwells in me. So, therefore, I walk in His Kingdom power. I walk in the Presence of the Lord, in step with Him. His fire surrounds me and His Glory dwells within me. My speech demonstrates the power of God’s Spirit in my life. (I Corinthians 2:4) "God put His stamp of ownership (seal)on you by giving you the Holy Spirit he had promised...so that your minds may be opened to see His light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you...and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power in us is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death." - Ephesians 1:13,18-20 To be sealed means to be stamped with an image. That means, when we were born again, we were stamped with the likeness of the Anointed One. We were made to look like the Lord Jesus Christ on the inside. OBSERVATION: Shall we stop short of what He says we ought to be -- shall we cease to come into line with the Mind which is always thinking for our best -- shall we cease to humble ourselves before him who took the way of the cross for us -- shall we cease to withhold ourselves from Him.Can a true believer come to God today without a cry to God to make them, as it were, flames of fire?God shall endue you in that you won't be satisfied until you feel the very members of your body on fire with a Spirit-kindled PURPOSE. Song of Solomon 3:10 - "He made the pillars of silver and the couch of gold. the ascent is of purple and the middle of it is decorated with love for the daughters of Jerusalem." THE PILLARS OF THE HUMANITY OF JESUS CHRIST ARE OF SILVER. HIS COUCH, WHICH IS THE DIVINE NATURE OF CHRIST, IS MADE OF GOLD. THE ASCENT, OR THE ENTRY WAY, SPEAKS OF THE JOURNEY OF JESUS CHRIST. THE MIDDLE OF THE ROYAL CHARIOT IS DECORATED WITH GOLD ORNAMENTS; THIS SHOWS THAT LOVE IS THE CROWNING GLORY OF ALL THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT.JESUS CHRIST CONTAINS ALL THE TREASURES OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  5. Many have been experiencing intense pressure in their personal lives and in their ministries! Families and finances may have been under attack and many believers may have felt like giving up! These attacks have formed a layer of "slate" between your current dwelling place and a next level anointing! The attacks exist to make you give up before reaching the oil of restoration and release into the next level of your CALLING! There is a "breakthrough" for those who will not relent! DESPERATION WILL BREAK THE HARD PLACES In Mark 2:4, we see what happens when determined people refuse to be separated from their miracle: "And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay." The book of Luke (5:17) further explains that the reason they could not reach Jesus through conventional means is because of a large crowd, partly composed of Pharisees and doctors of the law who were sitting by. The power of the Lord was there to heal but the only recorded healing was due to people who apprehended the promise by breaking through the roof! This is a perfect picture of intercessory prayer and the power of desperation! Desperation will break through the hard places and tap into the miraculous! God told Israel in Hosea 10:12, "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness upon you." Fallow ground is ground that had once been tilled but has been lying dormant and allowed to harden. God was speaking to Israel about a heart issue! The spirit of religion, disappointment and the pressure to please man can harden the soil of our hearts and keep us from the rich flowing rivers of a next level anointing and awakening. PERSISTENCE IS REWARDED The relentless will tap into the release -- they will uncover and uncap an untapped river of His glory and power! While the slate (hard times of heat and intense pressure) may have tried to separate many from reaching the new thing that God wants to do in them -- those who keep digging the well will be rewarded with a gusher of His oil! ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  6. Mark 4:26,27 - "Jesus went on to say, 'The Kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed in his field. He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens."' Turn away from anything that would take preeminence over your time with the Master Gardener. Allow Jesus to uproot anything in your field that hinders growth. Jesus provides water from His pierced side and again, as He promised, "You will be like a well-watered field, like a spring whose waters never fail." Living Water, "reign" down on us! Our Father promises in Revelation 21:6, "I will give to the thirsty the springs of the Water of Life--as a gift!" He says only to those who are thirsty will He give that gift.Observation: The word is a seed that contains the very life of God. When it's planted in my heart and left there, it will release that life. God's best is for me to take the seed of His word and plant it in my heart where it will naturally and effortlessly produce the changes that I desire. John 15:7,8 - "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." Romans 13:11 - "Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; " John 4:35 - "Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'?Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest." "Urgency of spirit" is very real today. The culmination of the ages is about to burst forth as the glory of the Lord is revealed and covers the earth.May our flesh not react to the "urgency" we feel, but may we position ourselves in Christ as we prepare our hearts—watching at His gates and waiting at His doors—so as God moves we hear and respond rightly. In the parable in Matthew 25, all ten virgins had lamps. Lamps speak of our calling in Christ, a free gift. Yet only five had bought oil. Oil speaks of the anointing to move in our CALLING -- that which comes from time spent with the Lord. There is cost involved, choices we make. May our lamps be full so when the door opens and the Lord comes in greater ways, we might be "ready" to enter into what God is doing. The five wise and the five foolish are in us—the deciding vote is ours! Are we going to be wise, or foolish? May we be prepared, poised and ready, with oil in our lamps. "Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you" (Ephesians 5:14). Song of Solomon 3:9 - "King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon." THE SON OF GOD MADE HIMSELF A CHARIOT OF HIS HUMANITY. THE THRONE OF THE KING OF KINGS IS MADE OF THE WOOD OF LEBANON. CHRIST CONSTRUCTS A THRONE FOR HIMSELF IN EVERY PERSON. HE ADORNS THIS THRONE IN GREAT SPLENDOR SO THAT HE MIGHT REIGN THERE. HE BOUGHT THIS PLACE WITHIN YOU WITH HIS BLOOD. BY HIS GRACE THIS THRONE IS MADE HOLY. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  7. The Holy Spirit’s desire is that we live every day in the fullness of the Lord, by seeing above and beyond what we can do, and that Jesus would receive glory and honor through His great power that works in us and through us. This is the essence of what Paul writes about in Ephesians 3:20, 21 - "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."We need to believe that the Lord will release to us a revelation of the unlimited realm of the great ministry and fullness of the Holy Spirit in and through our life. Praise the mighty name of Jesus who pours out the promise of the Holy Spirit to us. (Acts 2:33)! Praise the mighty name of Jesus who said, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” (John 20:21) The Father sent Jesus with an unlimited anointing of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:34). That same promise is for us.This spiritual dynamic that flows into us daily is the witness of the reality of the Holy Spirit’s power to the masses of humanity. The unlimited anointing that the Lord is pouring out reveals an even greater understanding of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. This plunges the Church into the river, which is widening the banks of spiritual realities and creating a tremendous overflow that will extend into the marketplaces of the world.As we press into this Present day empowering and equipping for the effective working of His Power in and through us on a day to day basis we need to live in a place of perpetual fresh oil -- fresh anointing of His wonderful Presence, to be a blazing lamp in the midst of the darkness of our day, that we would see the ever-increasing expansion of His Kingdom, not just in Word but also in demonstration. We must flow out of His Word and His Presence and draw from the flow of His Spirit if we are to see impact in every area of this life that surrounds us.Are you ready to be even more aggressive in the area of faith to see the impossible become possible for great and mighty things to take place? This is not a time to be fearful but be strong in the Lord in His Power and Might. Charles Spurgeon said once that he never passed a single quarter of an hour in his waking moments without a distinct consciousness of the presence of the Lord. When the Spirit fills the heart, so does His power, grace, direction, and the love of Jesus for a hurting world. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  8. "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." - Ephesians 6:10 It is time for the Church to completely shake off any and every residue of a victim mentality and step into our gloriously enlightened and empowered place of authority as victors in Christ – in all things at all times. No more complaining. No more murmuring. No more self-pity. No more sniping at or criticizing each other. No more wasting our time, energy, focus and authority on the distractions and traps of the enemy. It is time to realize we are God's dominion stewards in the earth -- this is the moment for us to arise and shine and step into God's PURPOSE for our life. You are in the Great I AM – He who is always Great, always Victorious, always Present, and always Present-Tense. Your time is now. Your victory is now. Your influence and impact are now. But first, you also have a decision to make. You have to choose to see beyond what you have been through, or what you are facing, and trust in God that it is all a divine set-up. Do not believe the lies of the enemy that you are too small or too insignificant to have an impact, or you would be better off simply sitting on the sidelines until it all plays out.You are God's plan for the hour. You, standing in your divine authority as His dominion steward in the earth, are His solution in your sphere of influence. The devil wants you thinking you are pitiful. It is time to realize that in Christ you are powerful (see Ephesians 6:10). AFFIRMATIONS: I embrace the fullness of power that we have been given in Christ to change the world. (Isaiah 60:1-3). I am an empowered dominion steward in the earth, well equipped to deal with any and every situation I face. (Genesis 1:26-28) The eyes of my understanding are being enlightened, and I understand the incredible greatness of power and authority I have to affect change in the earth to the glory of the Lord. (Ephesians 1:15-23) I am bold in advancing the Kingdom in the earth – realizing I have the victory and enforce it anywhere and everywhere I see the enemy try to raise up a stronghold. (Luke 10:19, 2 Samuel 5:20) Song of Solomon 3:7,8 - "Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; sixty valiant men surround it, the valiant ones of Israel. They all hold swords, being expert in war; every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night." TO REACH THE BED OF THE TRUE SOLOMON, WHICH IS GOD, YOU MUST PASS THROUGH SIXTY BRAVE SOLDIERS. THESE SOLDIERS (WHICH ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD'S NATURE) CARRY THE WORD OF GOD LIKE A SWORD, SEARCH DEEPLY WITHIN YOU TO FIND OUT YOUR SECRET PRESUMPTIONS; AND THEY ARE APTLY FITTED TO DESTROY THEM. "FEAR OF THE NIGHT" -- THE NATURE OF GOD FIGHTS AGAINST ALL THAT KEEPS YOU IN DARKNESS, THAT IS, FIGHTS AGAINST YOUR SELF-NATURE WHICH TAKES FOR ITSELF ALL THAT RIGHTFULLY BELONGS TO GOD. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  9. THE GIFT OF PROPHECY "For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills." - 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul encourages everyone to pursue the gift of prophecy (v. 1). The primary purpose of prophetic ministry is to strengthen, encourage, and comfort believers (v. 3). In other words, “the one who prophesies edifies the church” (v. 4). Prophecy may also bring conviction of sin to unbelievers who happen to be visiting the gathering of God’s people, as “the secrets of their hearts are laid bare” (vv. 24–25) "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." - Revelation 19:10 We meet people everywhere. Our business is to turn them from being forgetful of God, from being devoid of faith, from being prayerless, so that they become people who habitually pray, who believe in God, remember Him and do his will. Whenever we share a testimony of what the power of Jesus has done -- any miracle, healing, salvation account -- the Spirit of prophecy is loosed over the people who are hearing it. This means the Spirit of God is actively moving on them to create faith. THE OFFICE OF PROPHET "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers," - Ephesians 4:11 God's ultimate weapon is a man or a woman who has encountered the prophetic anointing. Persons anointed with a prophetic ministry speak the word of the Lord in the name of the Lord. They carry weight in the church by virtue of the ethical, moral, and spiritual urgency of their message. Their credentials credibility, and status as prophetic vessels stem not from birth or by official designation, but by the power of their inner call and by the response of those who hear them. The single most characteristic mark of a true prophetic person is the evidence that he or she has stood in the counsel of God and has, therefore, faithfully declared what he or she heard from His mouth. In contrast to the "Gift of Prophecy" which Paul encourages all believers to pursue, the "Office of Prophet" is only given to a few chosen by God. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  10. John 6:5,7 - "So when Jesus went up into the hills and sat down with His disciples around Him, he soon saw a great multitude of people climbing the hill, looking for Him. Turning to Philip he asked. 'Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?' Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!" Philip got caught up in thinking about the problem. He was figuring out how many people there were....how much money was in the treasury....and how much bread costs. He was so preoccupied with his own doubts and questions that the problems were speaking to him more loudly than the Lord. As a result, he answered Jesus without really listening to Him. OBSERVATION: The Lord often asks us to go beyond our abilities. Our usual response is to express our limitations -- not realizing that Jesus is asking us to place our limited ability in His hand, so He can multiply it. AFFIRMATION: WHEN I GET OUTSIDE OF MYSELF AND BEGIN TO THINK INSIDE THE WORD OF GOD, I GET OUTSIDE OF MY LIMITATIONS AND INTO THE LIMITLESS POWER OF ALMIGHTY GOD! Philippians 4:6 - "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Christ's presence within us is our assurance that we can live in peace, even in times of pressure and turmoil. This is the abundant life purchased for us by the broken body and spilled Blood of the Lamb of God at Calvary. He died and rose again to birth the Kingdom of God within us when we are born again. The Prince of Peace abides within us! We have a Blood-bought right to walk in uninterrupted shalom, free from all anxiety and fear, because of the living, breathing presence of Christ in our temple. Affirmations: JESUS IS MY GREAT HIGH PRIEST, AND HE IS INTERCEDING FOR ME RIGHT NOW. WITH GOD ON MY SIDE, I CAN ENJOY LIFE AS HE INTENDED FOR ME TO ENJOY IT. I BOLDLY CONFESS THAT I AM FEAR-FREE AND THAT ANXIETY HAS NO PLACE IN ME! I DECLARE THIS BY FAITH IN JESUS' NAME! Song of Solomon 3:6 - "Who is she that goes up by the wilderness, like a pillar of smoke, from the incense of myrrh, and frankincense, and all the powders of the perfumer?" YOU BECOME SO PURE IN THE ARMS OF YOUR BELOVED (JESUS) THAT YOU SEEM LIKE A BREATH OF AIR CONSUMED BY THE FIRE OF LOVE. YOUR UPRIGHTNESS IS LIKE SMOKE RISING. YOUR SPIRITUAL NATURE IS CLEARLY EVIDENT. YOU FLOW UPWARD, COMING FORTH FROM THE WILDERNESS OF FAITH. WHERE ARE YOU GOING? TO REST IN GOD. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  11. Mark 3:27 says, "No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house." One time, after Jesus had cast out a devil and healed a deaf and mute boy, He explained that in order to overturn the works and activity of the devil, we must bind him first. Again in the New Living Translation Bible: "For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house" (Matthew 12:29). Christ in you is the one who is stronger and able to overcome. This is not the only place where the Lord plainly described a man as a "house" or habitation of the evil one. In the same chapter, He speaks of the unclean spirit cast out and, finding no other habitation, says, "I will return to my house" (see Matthew 12:44) and because no other had taken his place, he is able to "enter and dwell there" (see Matthew 12:45) with seven others more evil than himself. The key to real freedom and overcoming the strongman is to displace the enemy and establish the presence of God. Where satan has been commanded to leave, fill it up with God's Word and presence through daily intimacy. Where the presence of the Lord is, the devil isn't! Satan doesn't want to hang around where people are lifting up Jesus in worship and prayer. The presence of the Lord displaces the devil. "For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?" (II Corinthians 6:14). BIND THE PRINCIPALITIES OF DISEASE AND SICKNESS As II Corinthians 4:4 shows us, satan is the "god of this world." He is the strongman with power to steal, kill, and destroy (see John 10:10) and he has the ultimate power of death (seeHebrews 2:14). The kingdoms of the world and their power and glory are the devil's (see Luke 4:5-6). Jesus has given us the ministry to binding and loosing what has already been bound and released in Heaven because of His finished work! "I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven" (Matthew 16:19). VICTORY OVER STRONG MEN Lofty arguments and opinions are the results of pride and evil and vain imaginations - the very strongholds in which demons reside. This then is the essence of demonic warfare -- the power of God to overcome the strongholds of demons. One way we can bind and weaken any demonic stronghold is by setting the captive free like Jesus and moving in our authority. While Jesus was here during His earthly ministry, He was freeing people from the devil by casting him out of them (see Luke 13:11-16; Mark 5:1-15; John 8:32-36). As we set the oppressed free, we weaken the strongman! We must remember,"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds" (II Corinthians 10:4). One of the greatest ways we can plunder the strongman's house and overcome the enemy's power is by understanding our true authority in Christ and how to resist the devil by submitting to God's promises. In I John 4:4, we're told that the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. II Corinthians 10:3-5, Ephesians 6:10-18, and James 4:7-8 show us the proper way to resist the devil and defeat his schemes through submitting to God. What is more amazing is that Jesus gives authority and power to us. "Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness" (Matthew 10:1). In overcoming demonic strongmen and strongholds, we must remember the importance of prayer and intercession -- coming together in agreement to bind the principalities of disease and sickness during mass prayer before loosing and declaring the healing power of God! And continue praying with other Believers against strongholds until you get results. There is intensified power in the gathering of more Believers. Prayer with fasting intensifies faith, and faith will break strongholds. "Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, 'Why could we not cast him out?' .....However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting" (Matthew 17:19, 21). PREPARED FOR BATTLE We do not take on demonic strongholds in our own strength. We protect ourselves with the first five pieces of defensive armor and wield the one offensive weapon - the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. In verses 12 and 13 of Ephesians 6, Paul writes, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  12. Luke 24:1-3 - "Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus." Observation: TRULY, ITS TIME FOR ME TO STOP LOOKING FOR THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD. IT'S TIME FOR ME TO STOP WANDERING AROUND IN THE CEMETERY OF SIN, SICKNESS, AND FAILURE AND TO STEP INTO RESURRECTION LIFE! AS A RESURRECTED CREATURE, I AM NO ACCIDENT GOING SOMEWHERE TO HAPPEN. MY LIFE ISN'T JUST A LOOSE WEB OF EVENTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES. GOD HAS SPECIFIC PLANS FOR ME. Romans 1:17 - "For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, But he who is put right with God shall live by faith." "From faith to faith" means we are to begin and finish in faith. We are to start in faith and stand in faith until that which we are believing for arrives. We go from "faith to faith" not faith to feelings. Faith is a seed. When we are dealing in faith, there is a timing for the manifestation. It takes time sometimes for our faith to pull things into the natural realm. That's why the bible says it's "from faith to faith." We have to stay in faith even when we don't see any changes. In our faith, we have to get above seeing or feeling something. Observation: FAITH PLEASES GOD BECAUSE IT MAKES A WAY FOR HIM TO WORK IN MY LIFE. IT CONNECTS ME TO HIS SUPERNATURAL ANOINTING. LIKE ABRAHAM I STAGGER NOT AT THE PROMISE OF GOD THROUGH UNBELIEF; BUT AM STRONG IN FAITH GIVING GLORY TO GOD! Song of Solomon 3:3 - "The watchmen that patrol the city found me and I asked, 'Have you seen my beloved?"' THE WATCHMEN, WHO GOD HAS SET ON THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM, FIND YOU BECAUSE THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR HIS CITY. YOU ASK THEM FOR NEWS OF YOUR BELOVED (JESUS), BUT THEY CANNOT TELL YOU WHERE HE IS. YOU SEARCH FOR YOUR BELOVED, BUT NO ONE CAN TELL YOU WHERE HE IS BUT HE HIMSELF. Isaiah 62:6,12 - "I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who are His servants that put the Lord in remembrance of His promises, keep not silence. And they shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord." ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  13. Luke 1:35 - The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God." We need to ask Him for a release of divine hunger that will drive us deeper into Him.Like Mary, it is simply through intimacy, engaging the realm of heaven, and declaring what we see and hear that brings heaven to earth. As Mary received Christ into her physical Body, we have received Jesus into our spirits. As she birthed Christ, our quest is to see Jesus unfettered from the womb of our religion about Him. Our destiny is not just to carry Christ inside but to reveal the fullness of His glory in this world. Mark 16:15 - He said to them, "Go to the whole world and preach the gospel to all mankind." Hebrews 11:6 - "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." One of the most crucial areas in which believers fall short in is pressing into God. Many pray briefly about decisions, then merely do what seems like common sense, not acquiring the mind of the Lord at all. But God must be sought. The temptation, when we first pray about something is to lose heart or give up. But God will speak clearly to us if we press into Him. Often it is necessary to pray until you feel (and know) your spirit is breaking through. Affirmations: I CONFESS THAT I LIVE "IN" FAITH. I WILL NEVER RELINQUISH THE DREAM HE HAS PUT IN MY HEART.I WILL STAY IN THIS PLACE; I WILL USE MY FAITH; I WILL BE STEADFAST, UNWAVERING, AND COMMITTED TO SEEING HIS PROMISES COME TO PASS IN MY LIFE. BECAUSE I HAVE MADE THIS DECISION, I AM A PERSON WHO PLEASES GOD. Song of Solomon 3:2 - "I will rise now and go about the streets of the city. In the highways I will seek him whom I love. I sought him but did not find him." SINCE YOU NO LONGER FIND YOUR BELOVED (JESUS) IN YOUR RESTING PLACE, YOU ARE PERSUADED TO LOOK FOR HIM. THE CITY, WHICH IS THE WORLD, WILL BE WHERE YOU NOW LOOK FOR HIM. AS YOU LOOK IN VAIN YOU MAY BECOME OCCUPIED WITH THE WORLD WHILE YOU USE THE EXCUSE THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR BELOVED. YOU DO NOT FIND HIM BECAUSE HE WISHES YOU TO SEEK HIM IN HIMSELF. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  14. 2 Corinthians 5:7 - "For we walk by faith, not by sight." "Sense knowledge" is the attitude that says, "if I cannot see it, then it is not real. I'll believe it when I see it."This means that faith and sense knowledge are not compatible. Faith is the substance and evidence of things that your sense knowledge cannot see. Luke 8:47 is the story of the woman who had an issue of blood who desperately pressed through the crowd to lay hold of the hem of Jesus' garment. Most of the time when Jesus was healing the crowds of people He was doing that which He saw the Father doing. But in this instance, it wasn't Jesus that "SET THE TIME" for this woman's miracle, but rather the woman"SET THE TIME" through her faith, desperation and determination. Many times when we are believing for a miracle we may feel we have positioned ourselves and we are waiting on God, when in fact, God is waiting on us to activate our faith to "set the time" for the release of the supernatural turnaround. Pull your future miracle into the NOW by activating your faith and pressing into His presence as never before. Remember, every day is Jubilee when you are in Christ! "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith." - 1 John 5:4There is coming a fresh awakening of Kingdom dominion and victory. This is the victory, even our faith, that has overcome the world. It is time for a fresh wind of His victory to blow upon His people -- to wake up and receive a consciousness of victory! It is high time for sleeping Believers to wake up, realize their authority and quit tolerating Jezebel and religious control. Ahab represents the church that is in idolatry, caught up in performance (the show) and looking for titles while being in bed with the world. God is looking for a people with clean hands and pure hearts that have not lifted up their souls in idolatry. These people will ascend the mountain of God and experience great authority and victory as they see the Lord as He truly is. "Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Selah." - Psalm 24:3-6 Song of Solomon 2:16 - "My beloved is mine and I am his: he feeds among the lilies." THERE IS UNIMAGINABLE HAPPINESS FOR YOU AS YOU WHOLLY AND UNRESERVEDLY DEVOTE YOURSELF TO YOUR LORD. YOU KNOW THAT YOU BELONG TO YOUR BELOVED (JESUS): HE MAY DO WITH YOU WHAT PLEASES HIM. HE LIVES UPON INNOCENCE AND PURITY, NOURISHING YOU WITH THE SAME FOOD. HE INVITES YOU TO EAT WITH HIM THE FOOD WHICH HE LIKES BEST. Isaiah 55:2 - "Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  15. Joshua 4:8-9 - "And the children of Israel did so, just as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the midst of the Jordan, as the Lord had spoken to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day." It's time to cross over! It's time for your ministry to cross over! It's time for you and all that you represent to cross into the new! The time of promise and stepping into the lands of promise is now! There are two different types of stones that are alluded to in this passage. One set of stones represents the old and the other represents the new. There are twelve stones that will lead you into your destiny and there are twelve stones that you are meant to leave behind. There are stones of memory that will lead you and there are stones of memory that will leech onto you if you don't let it go. It's time for you to cross over into the new and for you to cross your Jordan River! THE OLD IS GONE Your memory stones will bring you into your future. You are meant to bring up those precious moments of divine encounters with the Lord and bring them into your future. These moments of victory will become signposts and prophetic symbols of where you came from and where you are going. Most people seem to either ignore this or to read over it. However, the Bible is clear that there were twelve other stones that Joshua intentionally left behind in the midst of the river of Jordan. Prophetically, led by the Lord, Joshua intentionally left behind twelve stones in the River Jordan. There are some things that you may have picked up in the journey that shouldn't be in your destination. There are some hitch-hikers that you may have picked up for a ride, but you must leave behind before you reach your stop. The old should not be brought into your new! There are some things of the past that don't ever need to be remembered again. Those dead-weights of pain and burden are not a part of you anymore. Leave it behind in the River Jordan. The old will be forgotten as quickly as the Jordan waters cover over these stones. It's time for you to be free from these things and for you to cross over! CROSSING OVER However, there are twelve stones that the Lord wants you to bring as you cross into your new you! In fact, it is absolutely necessary for you to carry it into your crossover! What are those foundational things that God wants you to carry into this new season? What are those memories with Him that will become cornerstones of your faith for all that is ahead? God is anointing the Church to be prepared to cross into their Promised Land. The Holy Spirit is anointing the Church with fresh insight and revelation, to walk ahead and move forward into the new! Do not look back! Yesterday is already long gone! Do not treat today like yesterday. God wants you to fully possess today! Today is your day! This is your acceptable year of favor! These memorial stones will be set up as a reminder and a testimony of God's goodness. They will be prophetic symbols pointing you to the new thing that God is leading you into. You will know where a person is going by the stones they've set up. You will have direction in your life by the clear signposts you set up. These signposts of memory will lead you into God's PURPOSE for your life and your DESTINY. They become memories of honor. These rocks will cry out of your honor! These rocks will cry out of your destiny! These rocks will cry out of your glory! They will properly guide you into the new government that God is giving you. JOSHUA GENERATION This is the Joshua generation. It's time for the Joshuas to arise! It's time for your dreams to become a reality. It's time for the Joshuas to cross over and to possess their lands of promise and fruition! You are made to conquer! You are made to be a conquering king and queen! It's time for you to possess the gates of your enemies! It's time for you to possess the spiritual lands, riches, and resources destined for you in God's Kingdom. Be the Joshua that God has ordained you to be. Don't look back and cross over into the new! ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  16. Luke 17:5 - "The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith." When you are praying for faith you are praying to believe. Either you believe or you don't believe. Such a prayer is really based on unbelief, and therefore it will not be answered. Faith comes and increases as we hear and believe the word and put it into practice. Romans 10:17 - "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the word of God." In Romans 10:6-8 Paul tells us, "the righteousness which is of faith speaketh...the word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart." Notice it's in your mouth first, then in your heart. Jesus confirms this in Luke 17:6. When the apostles asked Him to increase their faith, His answer was: "If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you." He didn't say a thing about giving them more faith. He told them to plant their faith by"SAYING", and it would produce. 1 Corinthians 1:26,27 - "Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." Affirmations:I CONFESS THAT I AM EXACTLY THE KIND OF PERSON GOD WANTS TO USE! MY HEART IS RIGHT; MY ATTITUDE IS WILLING; AND I DEEPLY DESIRE FOR GOD TO SHAPE ME TO BECOME A MIGHTY INSTRUMENT IN HIS HANDS. BECAUSE OF MY ATTITUDE AND WILLING HEART, GOD IS GOING TO USE ME MIGHTILY TO FURTHER HIS KINGDOM ON THIS EARTH! Song of Solomon 2:14 - "My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow of the wall, show me your face and let your voice sound in my ears; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely."YOU ARE HIDDEN IN HIS WOUNDS. THESE WOUNDS ARE CLEFTS IN THE LIVING ROCK. THE BRIDEGROOM (JESUS) ASKS TO SEE YOUR FACE. HE WANTS TO HEAR YOUR VOICE; AND YOU ARE INTERESTED IN NO ONE BUT HIM. YOUR FACE IS BEAUTIFUL, REFLECTING HIS. YOUR SPIRIT IS ALREADY FAIR AND BEAUTIFUL. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  17. Luke 11:13, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him." One of the most powerful ways we can "turn the tide" of what is going on in our lives and the things going on around us is through our surrendered worship. Maybe you feel like the tide is against you right now. Realize that you can turn the tide through your simplicity of worship to the Lord. It does not need to be a big display, but it does need to be fresh. Through the spirit of worship we are able to access the realms of glory where revelation flows (Revelation 19:10). ACCESS A FREEDOM CONSCIOUSNESS When revelation flows there is truth present that has the power to make you free. You shall "know" the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). The Word of God is truth but it needs to be accompanied with the Spirit of Revelation, just as Jesus told Peter that He would build His Church on the rock of revelation. Matthew 16:17-18, "Jesus answered and said to him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.'" What Jesus was referring to here was not a one-time event in Peter's life or in our lives, but a continual flow of the Spirit of Revelation in us (Ephesians 1:17). Without the light of revelation making God's Word alive to us, it is still just ink on paper. God's Spirit makes the Word of God alive in our hearts. Through a heart of worship, our relationship is made alive thereby propelling us into a place of living light and revelation concerning the truth of God. Psalm 119:105, "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Our worship powerfully transforms us and the atmosphere around us because it has an innate heavenly multi-faceted effect upon our lives. Worship: (in the context of vocalization and surrender to God): • Causes us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, making us habitations of God. • Changes the spiritual climates surrounding us. • Refreshes our spirit, soul, and body. • Enables us to enter into the courts of the Lord. • Establishes the Lordship of Christ in our hearts. Ephesians 5:18-20, "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." ACCESSING OUR VAST INHERITANCE Don't settle for good when you can have the best. God wants us to have the best! Our Father has a vast rich inheritance for us to access right here and now. Realize that the Holy Spirit is an essential ingredient for your life to flourish. Get your full inheritance. Get your fresh bread from the Holy Spirit. Turn the tide of your life through the simplicity of devotion and worship. Don't allow the enemy to steal the most basic and essential life-giving ingredients for your life. If you need to learn how to worship, then ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Yield yourself to God casting everything you are and have upon Him. Jesus said, "How much more will your Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask!" Luke 11:13, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him." Realize what your Father has for you (God's PURPOSE for your life) and begin to turn the tide through your surrendered heart of worship and thanksgiving today. A fresh heart of worship will break you through to a new place where the rivers of living waters flow freely! Take hold, drink deep and overflow! ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  18. Luke 11:9 - "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." JESUS IS TELLING US, "DON'T STOP AFTER YOU PRAY. GET UP AND GO LOOK FOR WHAT YOU ASKED FOR. YOU WILL FIND IT IF YOU SEEK IT. IT MAY BE BEHIND SOME CLOSED DOORS. IF THAT IS THE CASE, THEN KNOCK. WHEN THE DEVIL TRIES TO HOLD IT BACK, JUST KEEP PERSISTING UNTIL THE DOOR FALLS DOWN. ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD, IF YOU KNOCK, IT WILL COME TO PASS. THIS IS THE MEANING OF ACTIVE PRAYER. 2 Timothy 3:17 - "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." We as kings and priests in God's kingdom are the anointed ones, the sons and daughters of fresh oil, endued with gifts of power, strength, and grace to enable us to accomplish the spiritual WORK we're called to (God's PURPOSE for our life). "You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only." - James 2:24 Jesus is not looking at our intentions, wishes, or knowledge of what is right. He is looking at our works! Are we allowing the grace of God to produce holy living and advance His Kingdom in our lives, or have we received the grace of God in vain? Affirmations: I CONFESS AND MEDITATE ON GOD'S WORD DAY BY DAY. THAT WORD DECKS ME OUT - EQUIPPING, OUTFITTING, AND FURNISHING ME WITH ALL THE SPIRITUAL GEAR I NEED TO TAKE THE ADVENTUROUS TRIP GOD HAS PLANNED FOR MY LIFE. WITH GOD'S WORD FITTED TIGHTLY IN PLACE, I AM READY TO SET SAIL AND FOLLOW WHEREVER THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS! I DECLARE THIS BY FAITH IN JESUS' NAME! Song of Solomon 2:13 - "The fig tree has put forth her green figs, and the flowering vines give a pleasant fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come." COME OUT OF YOURSELF TO ENTER THIS LAND! HE WHO OWNS THE LAND PROMISES THE LAND TO ALL. THE PURCHASE WAS MADE WITH HIS BLOOD AND HE EARNESTLY INVITES ALL TO ENTER INTO IT. THE BRIDEGROOM (JESUS) FURNISHES YOU WITH ALL THE MEANS OF DOING SO. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  19. 2 Timothy 2:24,26 - "And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." Anything broken can be repaired; anything closed can be opened; anything lost can be recovered. "He must grow greater, but I must grow less." - John 3:30 WET Joshua waited or "lingered" in the presence of God and he was entrusted to lead God's people after Moses. David spent endless hours in the presence of God, and he took down giants and turned the heart of his nation toward God in radical worship. There is something in this hour to laying everything down for the encounter that echoes throughout eternity. Allowing Him to become greater means I must "empty myself" and become less. The Lord is saying that this is a time of an "increase of the anointing" in the earth, for sons and daughters who seek His face. There is something so powerful about an encounter that the person who leaves it, is not the same person that went in. We become less and He becomes more. We have the privilege in this life of living as an altar to the Lord, continually giving Him all of us in exchange for all of Him. God is calling us to be like those in Acts 2 in the upper room, who were sought Him until the Spirit came like a mighty rushing wind and flames of fire! There is a fresh hunger that is unleashing the response of Heaven. This truly is the hour of a fresh baptism, and just like Samuel laying down in the temple, God is calling your name and saying to "come and sit and wait in His presence" until the very thing He desires to impart and give to you comes. Affirmations:I AM STIRRED TO GREATER LEVELS OF HUNGER TODAY AS I LEAVE THE SHORES OF FAMILIARITY. NOW, I RECEIVE THE FRESH FIRE OF JESUS' LOVE IN MY HEART THAT WILL REBRAND AND REFUEL ME FOR THE GREATEST DAYS OF KINGDOM EXPLOITS. I AM BEING TRANSFORMED AS I WAIT, LINGER, AND LAY DOWN IN HIS PRESENCE. Song of Solomon 2:12 - "The flowers have appeared on the earth: the pruning-time is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land." THE VOICE OF THE TURTLEDOVE - THE HUMANITY OF CHRIST - INVITES YOU TO LOSE YOURSELF AND HIDE YOURSELF WITH HIM IN THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER. CHRIST CALLS YOU TO "OUR LAND" BECAUSE HE HAS WON IT FOR YOU BY HIS REDEMPTION. THE FLOWERS THAT GROW THERE NEVER FADE, FOR THEY HAVE NO FEAR OF WINTER COMING AGAIN. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  20. "And Saul armed David with his armor, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armor, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, 'I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them.' And David put them off him." 1 Samuel 17:38-39 Get out of the cookie cutter -- Be who God made you to be. Don't compare yourself to someone else. Throw off Saul's armor. Don't be conformed to a teaching or a doctrine, be conformed to the image of Christ. We are changed from glory to glory as by the Spirit of the Lord as we behold HIM. Don't be a parrot that just repeats what someone else says—find your life, identity, purpose and devotion with God in the secret place. Discover your value as you pursue Him and as you are changed by beholding His face. Here your true nature that is created in true righteousness and holiness, will rise to the surface of your life—with His light and countenance shining upon you! "Now the Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, seeing the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, as in a mirror, are being transformed (transfigured/metamorphoō) into the same image (eikōn) from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord." - 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 John 16:13 - "However, when He comes who is the Spirit of truth, he will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but will tell only what He hears; and He will make known to you the things that are coming." The deep things of God are known only to Him, but are revealed to us through His Spirit. That is the promise of 1 Corinthians 2. Indisputably, our great desire is to soar in the Spirit and obtain revelations of God's nature, power, strategy, and insight. However, to best accommodate this great privilege, we must be firmly "rooted and grounded" in Him. We must "Go deep in order to go high!" WE MUST BE: 1. Rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17).2. Rooted and grounded in faith (Understanding Christ's finished work, who we are in Christ and our inheritance in Christ.)3. Rooted and grounded in truth (Understanding God's Purpose for our life - our CALLING in Christ.) The more firmly we are grounded, the more capable we become to penetrate Heaven by the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation and embrace insight with understanding. AFFIRMATIONS: I confess that I am led by the Spirit of God! Because I cooperate with Him, I don't waste valuable time, energy, or money, and I don't shed a lot of unnecessary tears. He leads me past every attack: He helps me avoid each strategy of the devil; and He safely guides me to the place where God wants me to be! Song of Solomon 2:11 - "For lo! the winter is past, the rain is over and gone." YOU COULD HAVE FROZEN FROM THE EXCESSIVE COLD OR BEEN OVERWHELMED BY THE SNOWS AND STORMS OF SINS. INSTEAD, YOU BECOME STRONG DURING THE TIME WHEN YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THE LORD WITHIN WHILE THE STORMS WERE RAGING WITHOUT. THE COLD HAS DESTROYED ALL THE INSECTS - THAT IS, THINGS THAT WERE FORMERLY ACTIVE IN YOU AND WOULD HAVE DESTROYED YOU. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  21. Stand firm and do not be moved! As believers, we are rooted and grounded in His magnificent love. Because we are established in His love, we can have a peace that passes all natural understanding. And we have COURAGE, the depth of which is confidence in the Lord. "And that Christ will make His home in your hearts, through faith. I pray that you will have your roots and foundations in love so that.....you will have the power to understand how broad and long and deep is Christ's love. " - Ephesians 3:17 This place of trust is beyond the natural ability of a person. It comes only through a relationship with the Lord, who will lead us and bring to pass all He has purposed for us (ourCALLING in Christ). As we are directed by Him, we can also be assured that He is making every path straight. As believers, we declare that we, "Trust in the LORD with all [our] heart, and lean not on [our] own understanding; in all [our] ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct [our] paths." - Proverbs 3:56 GOD-EMPOWERED BOLDNESS This creates in us PERSEVERANCE THROUGH OUR FAITH as we hear and are led by Him. Holy perseverance is God-empowered boldness or courage that enables us deep within to persevere. One way we can define perseverance is simply to stay the course. This is a powerful blessing from the Lord that enables us to believe the impossible is possible. It is a work of the Holy Spirit within that enables us to have strength to stay the course, regardless of present circumstances or situations. This is what the prophet Isaiah wrote about: "Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice." - Isaiah 41:10 AMP HERE IS THE INCREDIBLE PROMISE: You can stay the course because of the enabling of the strength of the Lord for you and in you! Believe that the Holy Spirit will release an even greater strengthening deep within so that you will stand firm for the promises of the Lord for your life and your family. As you lean into the Lord, you will go from strength to strength with deep courage to believe for the impossible to be possible. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  22. Romans 10:17 - "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the word of God." Notice that it does not say, faith comes from "having heard." The whole nature of faith implies a relationship with God that is current. The emphasis is on hearing.......in the now! Faith has its anchor in the unseen realm. It lives from the invisible toward the visible. Faith actualizes what it realizes. Faith has focus and purpose. Faith grabs hold of the reality of the Kingdom and forcefully and violently brings it into a collision with this natural one. An inferior kingdom cannot stand. For one who has faith in the Word of God, there is nothing impossible. There are no impossibilities when there is faith..........and there are no exceptions.Observation: IF I WANT TO KEEP ADVANCING MY FAITH, I HAVE TO BE PLANTED. I PLANT MYSELF IN A PLACE WHERE THE WORD IS PREVALENT AND THE PEOPLE AROUND ME ARE CONTINUALLY SPEAKING AND LIVING IT. "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." - John 8:36 It says in the Word that the Lord cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful (John 15:2). Although His "cutting away" process can be painful to our flesh, it is all for good. God is getting rid of the old wineskins and making room for the new. This can be a vulnerable process; often during times like this, the enemy tries to come in and deceive. Yet, just as it's written, "the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy..." but the Lord has come so that we can have life more abundantly (John 10:10). Those God uses the most often endure the most intense time of pruning. However, it is so that they are prepared to carry the "more" that He is about to release upon them. To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). It is vital to look beyond what we see in the natural, having absolute trust that the Lord will complete the good work that He started in us (Philippians 1:6). He tears down, but He also rebuilds (Job 12:14, Isaiah 61:4)Today is the day of new assignments and greater favor. If you are currently experiencing turbulence, just hold on. This will soon clear, for the Son is breaking forth and you will experience a new day! "...What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived -- the things God has prepared for those who love Him." - 1 Corinthians 2:9) Song of Solomon 2:10 - Behold, my beloved speaks to me and says, "Rise up, my love, my dove, my fair one, and come." GOD TURNS YOU WITHIN, TOWARD HIM, AND PREPARES YOU FOR UNION WITH HIM THROUGH HIS HOLY EMBRACE. THE BELOVED (JESUS) SPEAKS TO YOU AND INVITES YOU TO COME QUICKLY OUT OF YOURSELF. HE NO LONGER ASKS YOU TO REST, BUT COMMANDS YOU TO RISE UP. " I HAVE LED YOU DEEPLY WITHIN TO FIND ME; NOW I COME OUT AND ASK YOU TO FOLLOW ME OUT OF YOURSELF." THIS IS A CALL TO DEPART FROM YOUR SELF-NATURE. YOU MUST LOSE POSSESSION OF YOURSELF IN ORDER TO BE POSSESSED BY GOD ALONE. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  23. "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day..." - Psalm 91:2-6 God promises us that we have no need to fear the demonic entities that will be in operation during this season because He will deliver us from the "...snare of the fowler and the noisome pestilence" (Psalm 91:3). The snare of the fowler is a symbol for demonic ambushes and traps that the enemy will try to set up against us. Noisome pestilence is symbolic of things that come into our life to try and drain our resources—just like pestilences come to destroy a farmer's crops. Yet, when we dwell in God's secret place, God will make sure that what He has blessed us with will not be devoured. DWELLING IN HIS SECRET PLACE "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust." - Psalm 91:1-2 It is in our personal time with God that He will give us divine strategies and speak to us about what is to come. We have to have our spiritual ears and eyes open to hear what God is saying to us in this season. God is saying to us that when we abide in Him, He will build a wall of protection around us. No matter what evil is going on in our nation, or even within our territory of influence, it will not be able to touch us because God will be our refuge! GOD WILL PROTECT US FROM SICKNESS DURING THIS SEASON "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." - Psalm 91:9-10 God wants to comfort us by letting us know that He is going to protect us from sickness and disease. Cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, etc., are all plagues. God wants to encourage you that no matter what sickness or disease that you have been attacked with—He wants to bring healing to you. LOVE WILL BRING US INTO MASS DELIVERANCE "Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver Him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name." - Psalm 91:14 The only way we will ever be able to annihilate evil is by setting our love upon Christ. This begins with receiving Christ's love in our heart. As we affirm that we are receiving Christ's love, we then give our love back to Jesus. We demonstrate this action by permitting Christ to live through us as we help others with their spiritual needs. God says that when we purposely focus our love on Christ and make Him our main priority, He will deliver us from all evil. This not only means that God will remove evil from us, but He will also make sure that evil never comes near us. Isn't that so awesome to know that if we concentrate on loving Jesus and demonstrating His character among those we come in contact with, evil strategies and plans that satan has for us (i.e. sickness, disease, failure, trauma, job terminations, etc.) will never even occur? God will literally shut down the enemy's plans before they even come our way. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  24. Psalm 1:3 - "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Water is used as a symbol of the word of God. The tree is "planted by streams of water." It is healthy and yields fruit because it is near the water and can draw the water by its roots. Observation: IN THE SAME WAY I AM CONNECTED TO THE WORD OF GOD SO IT CAN FLOW CONTINUOUSLY INTO MY LIFE -- THEN I WILL BEAR MY FRUIT IN ITS SEASON. Revelation 2:6 - "But you have this in your favor; You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate." THE DOCTRINE OF THE NICOLAITANS IS COMPROMISE WITH THE WORLD. Affirmations: I CONFESS THAT I AM FREE FROM THE WORLD! I DO NOT WALK IN COMPROMISE! AS A RESULT OF MY FIRM DETERMINATION TO WALK WITH GOD, I HAVE POWER OVER SIN, POWER OVER SATAN, AND POWER WHEN I PRAY. I AM CONFIDENT THAT HIS PRESENCE IN MY LIFE IS GETTING STRONGER TOO! Song of Solomon 2:8 - "The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills." YOU HEAR AND RECOGNIZE HIS VOICE AT ONCE. THE BRIDEGROOM (JESUS) BOTH EMBRACES YOU AND DWELLS WITHIN YOU. HE DOES NOT MERELY WALK UPON THE HILLS (WHICH ARE THE MORE EXTERNAL PARTS OF YOUR SOUL), BUT UPON THE MOUNTAINS (THE DEEPEST PART OF YOUR SPIRIT). YOU ARE IN UNION WITH GOD WHICH DEEPLY CHANGES YOU WITHIN. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  25. Matthew 11:29 - "Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest." Imagine bringing a problem, wrapped in a "burden bundle," to the throne of Jesus. Picture Him reaching out and offering to take it. Does the picture include your being all too glad to turn it over to Him or do you imagine yourself hesitating? Remember that trust is a part of praise. Affirmations: TODAY I STOP FIGHTING WITH GOD AND LEARN FROM HIM! I LET HIS WORD PUT TO DEATH THE TORMENTS OF THE SIN NATURE. I CEASE STRUGGLING; I CEASE WRESTLING AGAINST THE BLESSED ONE FOR I AM COMMITTED TO SURRENDER. MY REST COMES FROM BECOMING HONEST ABOUT MY NEEDS AND ALLOWING CHRIST TO CHANGE ME. "Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, 'Make a road for the Lord through the wilderness; make Him a straight, smooth road through the desert. Fill the valleys; level the hills; straighten out the crooked paths, and smooth off the rough spots in the road. The glory of the Lord will be seen by all mankind together.' The Lord has spoken-it shall be." - Isaiah 40:3-5 (The Living Bible) How do we "make a road for the Lord?" We do that by removing anything and everything from our lives that would hinder the way of the Lord. One translation says, "Remove all the obstacles out of His way. Next, we are told to "shout" in Isaiah 40:6-10 "Shout that man is like the grass that dies away, and all his beauty fades like dying flowers. ... O crier of good news, shout to Jerusalem from the mountaintops! Shout louder—don't be afraid-tell the cities of Judah, 'Your God is coming!' Yes, the Lord God is coming with mighty power; He will rule with awesome strength. See, His reward is with Him, to each as He has done." - Isaiah 40:6-10 What does that mean for us? It means, whatever has been standing in the way of the manifestation of the Word of God in your life, speak to it, shout to it—prophesy to it! It must fade away and the Word of God must come forth in manifestation.And finally, the Scripture says: "Your God is coming!" Yes, the Lord God is coming with mighty power. He will rule with awesome strength. See, "His reward is with Him, to each as he has done" - Isaiah 40:10 Song of Solomon 2:5,6 - "Sustain me with flowers, refresh me with apples; for I am lovesick. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand shall embrace me." AS SOON AS THE BRIDEGROOM (JESUS) SETS HIS LOVE WITHIN YOU, HE THEN BLESSES YOU WITH FELLOWSHIP DEEP WITHIN YOUR SPIRIT. YOU ARE ABLE TO BEAR MORE AND MORE OF GOD'S PRESENCE WITHOUT GROWING FAINT. CONFIRMED IN LOVE, YOU LIVE IN GOD. 1 John 4:16 - "Thus we have come to know and believe the love which God has for us. God is love; he who dwells in love is dwelling in God, and God in him." ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
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