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It Is Written. January 13, 2016

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The word “ALL” in the Bible

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When the Body of Christ is United. November 11, 2015

Manhood. Noovember 7, 2015

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Holiness and Sanctification

October 14, 2015

Drinking From the Water of Life

September 5, 2015

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It Is Written. Daniel Rodes

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January 13, 2016

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We Need a Major Reformation In the Youth

Until we are converted we will not in the right direction. Nobody who broke God’s law got away with it. Payday is coming. Commandments have to be kept or satan will kill you.

I have a duty to fall on my face before God and appeal for my family. Multitude of young people are in trouble. You can have a heart which is absolutely pure.

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We Need a Major Reformation In Understanding Our Words


Words are not just what you say but how you say it. Is what you say ministering grace to the hearers?

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February 19, 2015

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We Need a Major Reformation In Understanding Blessing and Cursing


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February 18, 2015

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We Need a Major Reformation In Understanding God’s Word

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February 17, 2015

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February 15, 2015. Video

God’s Promises For Thee and Me

If we claim the same promises someone else got a hold of why can’t we have them?

26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.
33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.
35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.
37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. (Luk 8:35-39 KJV)

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. (2 Ch 16:9 KJV)

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Monday, May 11, 2015

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Born to Win. By Daniel Rodes

INTRODUCTION

 This book was not written for men only. Although the word men or man is used freely, I am not referring to male, but mankind. It is my goal and prayer to stir up men and women to become all they can be in this life, to set out to get a dream, a vision and not stop until they see the vision fulfilled.

This is not a weird dream or unscriptural vision someone gets or claims to have from the Lord. Such dreams and visions have brought havoc and embarrassment to the Christian faith. The dream or vision I am talking about is when you have a desire to do something. You see yourself accomplishing it. You have a dream to achieve it. You have the mentality of a winner.

Get a vision or dream to become useful to mankind. Get a vision of becoming a winner. You can do it. Others did, so can you.

We desperately need men and women who can bring change to a world that is quickly getting out of control. We need men and women who care enough about other people that they are willing to be the person for the hour and leave a great influence on others.

Many people across the world have a defeated attitude and outlook in life. There is little incentive to get out there and get something done. I hope this book will stir you to the extent that you realize. Are Born To Win! Go for it!

CHAPTER ONE

GETTING STARTED

Anyone Can Be A Winner

Anyone can become a winner in life and be successful: young or old, weak or strong, rich or poor, known or unknown. I am not saying that you will be rich or own houses, lands, factories, and live in luxury. This book is not written to show you how to get rich. It is to show you how to become a winner. You can be a winner without being rich and owning a fortune. In fact, it wasn’t money that motivated most of the champions of the past to become successful. It was a vision.

Getting A Vision-A Dream

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he (Proverbs 29:18).

There are two very important statements in the above verse that you should consider before you can become a winner. The first one is you must have a vision. The second statement is you must operate in that vision God’s way. If you do not have a vision, you cannot expect to become a winner or be successful. Successful men and women have always had a vision of accomplishing something in life. If you intend to accomplish anything in life, you must get a vision. You can do it if you remember you are Born to Win.

Ask The Lord For An Idea

 If you don’t have a dream, ask the Lord to help you get a dream or a vision. Use your mind-think. That is what God gave you a mind for. Great minds conceive great ideas. Start thinking about what you would like to accomplish. Get a vision to not only help yourself, but others as well. If you keep thinking about your dream or vision, sooner or later it will become a part of you. Dream about becoming a success. Plan to become a success. See yourself prosperous. Get enthusiastic. The Lord will help you become a winner if your attitudes are right and you are motivated by the right spirit.

Train Yourself To Think Big

You may have heard people say, “If I could but keep one heart from breaking, I have not lived in vain.” That statement may sound good to the loser, but it is certainly not a goal for a winner. There is certainly more than one person we can help in a lifetime. A winner must train his mind to think big, but stay within the realms of common sense. Too many have failed in their vision because they had zeal without knowledge (Romans 10:2).

Stop thinking about how small you are. Start thinking about how big God is. Train your mind to think big. When we think success, we strive for success. When we think failure, we are apt to fail. We are what we think about. Proverbs 23:7 tells us, as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Get Faith In Your Vision

You must have faith in your vision. No dream or vision is ever manifested unless there is faith behind the vision. Faith not only speaks, it acts. Faith accomplishes something. Faith comes by obeying the Word of God and confessing it with your mouth, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17). Notice the words, “faith cometh.” The more we speak the Word, the more faith comes. Faith in your vision is a must if you plan to see your vision fulfilled. 

Nothing But Your Best

School teachers become a success when they improve their teaching skills. Successful teachers not only teach, but they influence the lives of those around them. They help others in their classroom to develop into quality men and women. If a school teacher is enthusiastic and has a winning attitude, the pupils will learn to do the same.

A prosperous farmer learns to farm. He has a vision and dream of becoming a successful farmer. He studies about the soil, livestock, tractors, and machinery. He cannot be careless about his livestock, but takes good care of them, seven days a week, 365 days a year. He is constantly learning. He learns from other successful farmers. He learns what to do and what not to do. He knows in order for him to be successful, he must sow his seed at the right time. He must harvest his fields when they are ready for harvest. If you want to be a success, you must be as the farmer. Expect a harvest. Prepare for the harvest. Learn how to reap the harvest. A dream without action is of little value. See yourself the best you can be. Expect to do great things. Expect to be a blessing to others.

A successful businessman sees himself as prosperous. He visualizes himself as a very successful person. He discovers ways to better serve his customers. He searches for ways to make his business more successful.

A good evangelist is not good because he has the ability to draw large crowds. What makes an evangelist successful is a vision of winning souls and bringing men and women to the place where they can be successful Christians.

A pastor is not a successful pastor just because he has the call of God on his life. He is a success because he has a vision to be a success. If you are a pastor, go to your church. Walk back and forth across your church building declaring, “Whatsoever I do shall prosper.” Get a vision of Psalms 1:3 working in your life. Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Get a vision of your people learning to trust God. See them obeying God and becoming men and women whom God can use. Study the Word. Meditate upon the Word. A true pastor doesn’t quit his job when the first church problem arises. He has a heart for the people God has placed under his care and leadership. He gets to the root of the problem. He finds an answer to his problem. Pastors who became very successful leaders did not become successful without a vision, a plan, a purpose, a zeal, and an enthusiasm. 

Be Consumed With Your Vision

 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

No one ever becomes a great success until they are consumed with their vision or dream. Be so consumed with your dream and vision that it becomes a part of you day and night. Let nothing stop you. Be bold about your vision. Talk about your vision. Think about your vision. Dream about your vision. Write your vision. Nail it to the walls of your house. Paste it on the dash of your car. Get enthused about it. Get busy. Do something about your vision. Act like a winner. Talk like a winner. Think like a winner. Be positive. Talk positive about your dream. Be consumed with your vision. That is why God told Habakkuk to write the vision and make it plain. God wanted him to have a complete understanding of that vision that would burn in his bones day and night. You must win! You can win! You are Born to Win! 

Be Committed To Your Vision 

You must be committed to everything you do. Many businesses fail because of the lack of commitment. Marriages fail when there is a lack of commitment. Pastors often suffer because the people are not committed to the church. If you are not committed to God and His Word, you will likely not be committed to anything else. If you are not committed to your vision, you will quit under pressure. If you are not committed, you are doomed to fail.

Be committed to your task. Be committed to your job. Refuse to give up. Don’t turn from it to the right hand or to the left until you accomplish your vision or goal. Think commitment. Talk commitment. Dream commitment. Plan commitment. See yourself committed. Leave nothing to chance and good luck. Don’t look for success-work for it. Don’t expect your ship to come in-build one. Stay on the main road of success. Detours cause you to lose your vision. There is a lot of work to do. Let’s do it. You are Born to Win. Win, brother, WIN!

Change Your Ways To Be A Winner

 As you dream, begin to remove things out of your life that could be a hindrance to your vision. Make sure you are not dominated by the flesh. Get yourself lined up with the Word of God. Correct the wrong in your life. Repent and turn from every evil way. Sin will kill your visions and bring your dreams to a sudden stop. Let the Lord help you overcome evil, then get a vision and go for it.

Learn From Your Mistakes

 Laugh at your mistakes and learn from them. Use your failures as stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks. If something doesn’t turn out the way you expected it to turn out, recommit yourself. Go at it again. Plan to win. Plan to succeed. Be determined. Say, “I must succeed. I shall succeed. I’ve got to win.” You can do it. God will help you do it. Angels will help you do it and, under most circumstances, someone else will help you to attain that goal.

CHAPTER TWO

FACING OPPOSITION

Winners Will Face Opposition

 Sometime in life, you will face opposition if you set out to become a winner, a success, a dreamer. Opposition may come from your pastor, your school teacher, your employer, your best friend, or even a family member. They will try to stop you. They will be quick to tell you it can’t be done. They even go on and tell you about a hundred others who tried something like you are about to try and failed. They will accuse you of being proud. Others may try to make you feel like you’re going crazy. Although they may accuse you of everything in the “book,” a winner can’t be stopped.

You may ask, “You mean Christians will try to stop a Christian who is set out to do something for the Lord?” They sure will. Weak, sickly, down-trodden church people don’t want a winner around. They become jealous and are quick to let you know what they think of your enthusiasm. They feel it is their god-given duty to hinder the work of the winner. Few people can win, and they wonder what makes you think you can do it. Losers nearly always try to handcuff the winner, but WINNERS WON’T STOP!

Apostle Paul Faced Severe Opposition

 Paul faced a lot of opposition in his ministry, but he had a vision to get the gospel into all the world. People tried to stop him. Devils tried to stop him. Storms tried to stop him. He was misunderstood, lied about, rejected, and accused. Everywhere he went, he was faced with someone or something that tried to stop him. He was stoned. He was beaten. He was shipwrecked. He was thrown in jail, but he had a vision that he refused to lose. When he was in stocks and in prison, he began to sing. The prison began to shake and there was a great revival there. He was determined to be a winner in spite of backsets and opposition.

Paul exposed his determination to win when he declared, I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air (I Corinthians 9:26). He wasn’t running a race to lose. He wasn’t uncertain as to how his life would turn out. He knew life was a fight. As he came to the end of his life, he gave one of the greatest testimonies written by man. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing (2 Timothy 4:6-8). He made it. He was Born to Win.

Failures Don’t Stop Winners

Many famous and successful men and women have failed time and again, but they refused to quit. Proverbs 24:16 says, For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. Everyone faces times in life when they are tempted to quit. Just because a person fails does not make him or her a failure. No one is a failure unless they quit. It is those who keep their eye on their goal, their vision, and their dream who become a success. Remember the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

So many never have anything to give them courage. All they know is they have failed and failed and failed. They are discouraged and are sure they are born losers. If you have been a failure, get up and start out again. Let me say again; you are not a failure unless you quit.

Some fathers, mothers, and church leaders have taught their people and children to be good losers and to rejoice even if they do lose. No wonder we have so many losers. I am not saying a winner will never lose. Of course, in games, someone will lose, but what should our attitude be? “I may have lost this time, but I will try harder the next time.”

I Will Win

 You tried and tried and tried and failed

 And yet you wouldn’t quit.

You may have thought a dozen times,

 “I’m quitting, this is it.”

But then you heard that little voice

 Deep down within you say;

“I may have failed a thousand times,

But I will win today!”

 

 -Daniel Rodes

 © Copyright 1999

CHAPTER THREE

 GETTING A WINNING ATTITUDE

 It Takes Hard Work 

How did others become successful and remarkable winners? Many of them got an idea and worked hard to become a success. Mr. Thomas A. Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” That statement is well worth remembering. Successful people agree that to be a success is hard work. It takes sweat and tears. God said, In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (Genesis 3:19). It takes a diligent, strong, and zealous person to succeed to the fullest extent.

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When the Heart is Knit with the Word of Truth

When the Heart is Knit with the Word of Truth

It supposed to be when an honest heart is knit with the Word of Truth… When a person picks up the Bible and reads it, what does that Bible mean to that person who picked up that Bible? Somebody could read the Bible, and it does not mean much to them, because their heart is not knit with the Word of Truth. Whether you agree with the Word of God or not, there are doctrinal things we need to know.

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This book will stand either for us or against us at the day of judgement. When your heart is not honest, you cannot go to the Word and receive the Truth of the Word of God. You can’t get to the Word. The key of getting to the Word of God is honesty. The way to get to the Bible and understand it is totally giving your heart to the Lord, when God’s heart and your heart match. They are knit together, joined together in one. Then when the Lord speak through His Word you hear it and understand it. Because an open heart, an honest heart receives revelation from this book called the Bible, and reveals to us the things which otherwise would be hidden. For the Word of God is hidden from anyone who does not want to know the truth.

The Spirit of Truth will lead you into all truth only if you have an honest heart, free from deception and deceitfulness. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us why people are not open to the truth and cannot receive the truth. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer 17:9 KJV)

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Saved and Know It

Daniel Rodes

How do you know you are saved? What must I do to be saved? And if I am saved, why am I in so much doubt? I will try to cover some of that territory now.

Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (Joh 12:32 KJV) Who lifts Hum up?

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 Jo 5:13 KJV)

People who say you do not know if you are saved or not do not know what they are talking about. The Bible says we can know that we are saved.

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (Joh 3:15-18 KJV)

The reason many people do not know they are saved because of they tongue, the way they are saying things and doing things.

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January 1, 2010

Preached at Beacon of Truth Church. Richmond, Kansas

Binding and Loosing

Matthew 18:18If we understand what Heavenly Father has for us, we would not have to go through the half what we go through. It is because we are ignorant in the area we have to be educated in.

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?” (Mat 16:13-15 KJV)

It does not matter what other people think of the Lord, it is what you think of Him. A person once told, that power to bind and loose was given only to Peter. Let’s check in the Bible. “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18). Who is the “ye” – Peter? People sometimes take part of the Bible and become confused.

Binding and loosing was done by words. It is not a minor, it is a major operation. It is God given. Casting all cares upon the Lord has to do with loosing. We don’t go by feeling, but by the fact of the Word of God.

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Binding and Loosing through the Blood

And 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)

Until I made a study on Binding and Loosing, I didn’t realize how powerful this subject could be when used in connection with speaking the blood. Almost every verse in the Bible can be associated with binding and loosing. Some are more obvious than others. Jesus told the disciples to go into the city and they would find a colt tied. He said, “loose him and bring him to me” (Mark 11:2). Under the circumstances, Jesus could not use the colt until His disciples loosed him. Before Jesus raised Lazarus, He instructed those with Him: “take ye away the stone” (John 11:39). In other words, “Loose the stone.” After He raised Lazarus from the dead, He said, “Loose him [Lazarus] and let him go” (verse 44). The Lord uses us to bind and to loose. Jesus didn’t say binding and loosing is one of the keys to the Kingdom, He said they ARE the keys. This became more clear to me when I was staying in a hotel room not far from where I was on a preaching assignment. I had just unlocked the door and walked inside when the Lord spoke to me. “The keys you are holding to this hotel room give you the authority to bind and loose, to lock and unlock these doors, although you do not own this hotel. I have given the keys to the Kingdom to My children to bind and loose as needed.” Then He added, “Go, teach My faithful children that I have given them authority to use the keys to the Kingdom to bind and to loose as needed.” Without an understanding of the power of speaking the blood in connection with binding and loosing, we would not be as successful as the Lord would want us to be. We first of all have to understand what we have the authority to bind and loose. Jesus used the word “whatsoever.”

Binding Ourselves to the Word

The Lord began to teach me the importance of binding myself to the Word of God. At first, I questioned if this was scriptural because it was all new to me. I discovered in Proverbs 6:20-22 that we are instructed to bind the commandments continually upon our hearts: “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.” He said, “tie them about thy neck. This means to bind them to your neck. The Lord spoke of the children of Israel on a number of occasions as being stiffnecked. This symbol of tying them about your neck would eliminate the “sin-drome” of becoming stiffnecked. You will notice Proverbs 3:3 emphasizes the same teaching: “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.”Also in Proverbs 7:1-3 we read, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, [something to seize with]write them upon the table of thine heart.” God wanted to make sure His children would always obey His Word and do all that He commanded.

In the New Testament, Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). We can’t keep the commandments unless we are bound to them. By binding the Word upon us, we become so attached to the Word of God that we will speak the Word and do according to all that is written in the Word. When we are bound to the Word, we are bound to truth, and we are bound to God. God and His Word cannot be separated. In Deuteronomy 11:18-20, the children of Israel were instructed to bind His book of the Law upon them: “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates.” They were to have God’s Word become a daily part of them.

When we bind the Word of God upon us, we are binding ourselves to the blood covenant that Jesus bought for us on Calvary. When we bind ourselves to the Word of God and the blood covenant, it has an effect on the whole family, just as it did in the Old Testament…

Loosing the Bands of Wickedness

Now, let’s turn our attention to loosing the bands of wickedness as recorded in Isaiah 58:6: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” If we could not have the power within us to loose the bands of wickedness, the Lord would never have commanded us to do so, would He? Can we completely control all the wickedness in the world by loosing the bands of wickedness? Certainly not. We cannot control the world, but we can hinder the works of wickedness when we take the time to fast and intercede and then take the keys of binding and loosing and do the job God has called us to do.

All across the world, people are being controlled by wickedness. The uncontrollable evil of this generation is ripping through our land like a mighty tornado, destroying everyone in its path. It is time for the blood-washed, blood-bought saints of God to arise and let the devil and his hosts know that through the power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will start loosing the bands of wickedness. We will undo those heavy burdens cast upon God’s people. We will let the oppressed go free. We will break every yoke, not by our power or our might, but by the mighty spirit of the living God. We have had some astounding things happen through the power of speaking the blood. One of the ways we can break these bands off and do the work outlined in Isaiah 58 is by making statements similar to this, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the blood of the Lamb and by the mind, body and Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ that I am a part of, I loose myself and my family from the evil influence of this nation. I loose the burdens from off the people of this nation according to the authority given to me in Isaiah 58:6.” This needs to be done in faith, knowing that you have the authority to do so because you are protected by the blood and are a part of the blood covenant. It must be understood that we cannot control the whole world, nor change nations on our authority. We can only hinder the work of evil. Although we have the responsibility and duty through the Lord Jesus Christ to bind and loose, it is the Lord that does the work. We are only instruments in the work…

Can We Bind the Devil?

For years, I have heard Christians trying to bind the devil with little or no success. Yet, for some reason, they felt they were keeping him bound. I have even heard little children say, “I bind you devil.” The more I was around the devil-binding crowd, the more I noticed they were getting deeper into trouble and often ended up calling me for counseling.

Years ago, I heard a well-known teacher teaching on the subject of binding the strong man, whom he said was the devil. He explained how to bind him in the name of Jesus. He used such Scriptures as Matthew 12:29: “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house,” and Mark 3:27: “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.” His message was quite convincing and appeared to be backed by the Scriptures. The only problem was I was unable to see the necessary results that one would expect in binding the devil. He seemed to be as free in his operation as he was before he was supposed to be bound. I need to be more bold, I thought, Maybe this will help.

Soon after that, I had an unusual experience while I was endeavoring to bind the power of the devil as this teacher taught. I was speaking boldly, “I bind you devil in the name of Jesus,” when the Lord spoke to me.

“What are you binding the devil with?” He asked.

I was startled and didn’t know what to say. Finally I answered, “I am binding him in the name of Jesus.”

“No,” He answered, “You can cast out demons in the name of Jesus, but you can’t bind the devil in the name of Jesus.”

“Well then,” I said, “I guess I must bind him with the blood of Jesus.”

“You can’t bind him with the blood either,” the Lord replied. “You overcome the devil by the blood, but you can’t bind him with the blood.” Then He began to reveal something to me that changed my life. He said, “You cannot bind the devil. All you can do is hinder, restrain or resist his operation by using the Word of God like Jesus did in the wilderness. Satan cannot be bound until the angel is given the authority to bind him (as recorded in Revelation 20:1-3), because his time has not come to be bound.”

If you think about it, what would be the purpose of trying to bind a devil that Jesus has already defeated when he can be resisted? The Bible says, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). According to Hebrews 2:14 and I John 3:8, Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. Then in Colossians 2:15, we are told Jesus spoiled all the powers that come against us: “Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”If we study these two words, “destroyed” and “spoiled,” we find that Jesus abolished the works of the devil. He caused his operation to be hindered. He disarmed him. He brought his kingdom to ruin. He caused his kingdom to fail. He brought his powers to naught and made void the works of the devil. Only in the lives of those who are cleansed by the blood, redeemed by the blood and protected by the blood is the devil defeated and weakened, because he has one hundred percent power in the world. When we are engaged in slander, talebearing, strife, rebellion and division, we step out from under the blood protection and the devil is no longer a powerless force. The world does not have a defeated devil, but one who is able to kill, steal and destroy.

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There is Power in Speaking the Blood

The Old Testament Passover

The night the children of Israel left Egypt out of the land of bondage and slavery, God gave them some specific directions to follow. They were to kill a lamb, apply the blood to the doors, roast its flesh, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. God told them how, when, and where to apply the blood of the sacrificial lamb. God’s instructions were, “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat itAnd they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it”(Exodus 12:7-8).

They were also informed, “…none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning” (Exodus 12:22). If they had gone out of the house when the destroyer came through, they would not have been protected by the blood. They knew the life of a family member was in danger if they didn’t do according to ALL the Lord commanded. The blood was their protection from the destroyer that was to pass through that night and destroy the firstborn. In verse 13, the Lord said, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Notice, when the blood was applied correctly, the people were safe from the destroyer.

The Lord called this night, “the LORD’S Passover” (Exodus 12:11), when they were to come out of the land of Egypt and from the house of bondage.

by Daniel Rodes 

Christ Our Passover

The Old Testament saints had a tangible lamb and blood. God has given us the bread and wine as a symbol of the broken body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ when we partake of communion. In the New Testament, the Lord refers to the commemoration of communion as “Christ our Passover” (I Corinthians 5:7). As the children of Israel were given instructions concerning how to prepare the Passover, God has also given us some specific instructions to examine ourselves in preparation for this very important Passover ordinance. We are to make certain our lives are in agreement with God’s Word and that we have peace with God and man before partaking of communion (Passover): “…let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup” (I Corinthians 11:28). The Bible plainly tells us that it is not our responsibility to judge our fellowmen, but to judge ourselves: “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged” (I Corinthians 11:31).

Preparing for the Passover

Now let’s look at I Corinthians 11:27: “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” This word “unworthily” means “to be irreverent” or “not worthy” to take communion under the present conditions. We may ask the question, “What makes us unworthy?” In the earlier part of I Corinthians 11, Paul informed the people that there were divisions, heresies, and, in some cases, drunkenness among them which had brought them to a dangerous position. Some sins may seem small, but they could disqualify us to take communion. Habitual strife, envy, contention, slander, talebearing, lying, division, unforgiveness, disobedience or hypocrisy could cause us to be unworthy. It is important that we judge ourselves honestly and repent of any sin and renounce it. Just to say “I was wrong” or “I’m sorry” is like trying to wash a dirt floor with a wet mop. We must renounce and forsake sin.

The Consequences of Taking Communion Unworthily

As the Israelites were aware that they were not safe from the destroyer if they disobeyed God’s instructions, it is just as important for us to partake of the communion service reverently and in godly fear, or we will not be protected from the destroyer. Perhaps many Christians do not realize what could happen to them if they take communion in a state of unworthiness. The last part of I Corinthians 11:27 says, …[he] shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” Then verses 29 and 30 read, “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” Let’s analyze the words “damnation,” “weak,” “sickly,” and “sleep.” The word “damnation” means “being sentenced, judged, or damned.” “Weak” means “to be impotent, feeble, or weak.” “Sickly” means “to be infirmed or sick.” And the word “sleep” means “to be dead or deceased.”

Taking communion unworthily could cause a person to experience one or more of the following:

1. They will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

2. They will be condemned.

3. They may become weak.

4. They may become sickly.

5. They could die prematurely.

It is doubtful if the Corinthians who were sick, weak or dying were aware that their problem could be traced back to the communion table. Maybe they didn’t know why so many of them were sick or dying.

Chastisement

In my travels across nations of the world over the years preaching the Gospel, training church leaders, speaking in conferences and conventions and holding healing crusades, I often pray for people who have been suffering guilt and condemnation in their lives for no apparent reason. Some of these people are suffering guilt and condemnation because they have taken communion unworthily. They may not even be aware that they have done this. Someone asked me, “If you took communion ignorantly and were not aware of the danger involved, wouldn’t God overlook that?” The answer to that question is found in Acts 17:30: “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” The word “winked” in this verse means “to overlook” or “not punish,” but the Lord said clearly that He commands all men in the New Testament dispensation to repent of any wrongdoing or to suffer chastisement (disciplinary correction) from His hand. “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” (I Corinthians 11:32). Why would God be so harsh with people who partake of His communion service unworthily? I believe the answer is found in the fact that the body and blood of Christ are spiritual, sacred and precious. Because of this, we must partake of His body and blood reverently and in godly fear. The Lord brings chastisement upon us by means of correction that we should not be condemned with the world.

To eat unleavened bread and to drink grape juice is not dangerous in itself, when taken in the natural. Communion is not a natural ordinance, but a spiritual ordinance. When we take communion, we are commemorating the broken body and the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ who is our Passover. There is great power in the body and blood of Jesus, and I believe that we have yet to learn the true value of them.

Restoration

I believe there is deliverance and pardon for those who may have taken communion in a state of unworthiness. I’m not suggesting that everyone has taken communion with the wrong motive or with sin in their life, nor am I suggesting that you, the reader, take a guilt trip if you may have taken communion unworthily. Certainly not all weakness, sickness or death comes because of misuse of communion or because of sin. If there is a question, however, I believe it would be wise to examine ourselves to see if somewhere along the way we may have taken communion unworthily. If so, thank God, there is a way to be restored.

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Eternal Redemption. Daniel Rodes

Many people are sin conscious, because they do not know what the blood of Jesus does. It takes faith to believe that the blood cleanses you from all sin.

11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Heb 9:11-12 KJV)

1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (Heb 10:1-2 KJV)

If God said He gave you eternal redemption, you have to believe it. “But I don’t feel like that!” It has nothing to do with reality. You need to get rid of the conscientiousness of sin (I’m just a sinner saved by grace) and start seeing yourself in victory.

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (Heb 10:16 KJV)

I want you to notice: the law is in your heart and in your mind.

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (Heb 10:19 KJV)

You are no longer hoping you prayers will be heard,  but you have relationships with the Lord and have direct understanding. Men have tendency to go by feelings. But you are saved by His blood, not if you feel it or not. We need to walk by faith in the blood.

Today we will talk about understanding the communion service. What do we have communion for? What are we expecting to accomplish? We will never understand communion until we understand why Jesus wants us to eat Hid flesh and drink His blood.

We were born with sinful nature.  There is no one righteous. It took something to get us broke loose from sin. I need to appeal my case before God. We are reconciled to God through the atonement.

10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (Rom 5:10-11 KJV)

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Grace and Truth Mission. Waynesboro, VA. Wednesday,  January 1, 2014.

I Shall Be Healed

Heal me, O LORD, and I SHALL BE HEALED; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise” (Jeremiah 17:14).

INTRODUCTION

The Bible tells us that everything should be confirmed by two or three witnesses before it can be established. In this series of lessons, we want to emphasize that we have more than two or three witnesses for our belief in divine healing. “…In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (II Corinthians 13:1; see also Matthew 18:16). In this study, we have used more verses than necessary for confirmation.

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Ye Shall Know the Truth 

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). 

We need to understand the truth about healing before we can enjoy it’s full benefits. Tradition claims God doesn’t heal today, but the Truth confirms He does. The traditional way replaces miracle healing with doctors; but the Truth declares, “He sent His word and healed them…” (Psalm 107:20). There are people who claim that the Lord wants them to be sick to bring Him glory according to John 9:3. They say the Lord sent them to the hospital to have an operation so they could witness to a doctor or nurse. They argue that God wants them to suffer for His sake, yet at the same time are taking pain medication. They quickly remind us that it is not always God’s will to heal, yet they rush to the doctor or hospital without praying to see if it is God’s will or not. They get very upset when someone comes against their traditional training and manmade beliefs. Even those who believe it is God’s will to heal have fallen into confusion when their “Masters” were hospitalized because of major health problems or they died.

Traditions have a very strong hold on people. So much so that they may even resist the Word of God in favor of their traditional upbringing. Some denominations have bound their people to tradition to the extent that the Word of God is ineffective. Jesus told us in Mark 7:9, “…Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

People who resist the truth often wrest the Scriptures unto their own destruction (II Peter 3:16). God’s Word will never change or submit to anyone’s authority, therefore, in order to deliver people from traditional bondage, we must use the Biblical method to do so. Only those with an honest heart will understand God’s great healing power for today. Jesus spoke of those who accept the truth as having an honest heart. “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15).

Does God Mean What He Says?

The big question that we have subconsciously entertained is, “Does God mean what He says in the Word?” This question was asked years ago in the Garden of Eden by the devil to disarm the child of God and destroy his faith. If the devil can succeed in making you believe God doesn’t mean what He says, He can remove the Word out of your heart (see Luke 8:12-14) and replace it with the traditions of men. “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (II Corinthians 2:11).

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

…let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).

… thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13).

Sickness Is a Bondage

Since we studied that the knowledge of the truth is capable of making us free, we can be set free from sickness and disease by acknowledging the truth. Notice the expression, “loosed” (set free), in the two following scriptures.

And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God …And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:11-13, 16)

And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain” (Mark 7:35).

This study is to help you see yourself healed. Keep your desired miracle before your eyes at all times. “Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes” (I Samuel 12:16). As you study this lesson, keep in mind those with an honest heart receive the Word of Truth in their hearts.

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How to Keep Your Thoughts From Destroying You

How to Keep Your Thoughts from Destroying You. Daniel RodesWe’re going to continue with study of developing the right use of the mind.

Tonight we’re going to keep on the subject pretty close how to keep your thoughts from destroying you. If our thoughts are God led and God directed we’re safe and secure with that mind. If that mind is corrupted or defiled or misled or mis-trained we have trouble.

In Matthew chapter 6 verse 9 Jesus is teaching us how to pray. I want you to notice a few but very important principles about praying. I don’t know how many people have taken the instructions of the Lord in this area. But, if you follow that for exactly what it says, that doesn’t mean to pray exactly like that prayer. Jesus didn’t pray every prayer exactly like that. He presented a normal way of praying that has a very deep meaning to it.

After this manner therefore pray ye (Matt 6:9 KJV) This is where it goes,

Mat 6:9-13 KJV Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Notice this prayer begins with acknowledging and honoring our Heavenly Father’s name and ends with Praise, Honor and Glory to the Giver of life and breath and all things.

If you center your prayers around that type of praying, recognizing the almighty God as you begin your prayer realizing that your hands are in His hand, your heart is in His heart, your thoughts are in His thoughts, everything you are going to pray about is centered in one thing. Your will and God’s will be the same, if you want to pray something and you have a heart that is right with God. If you start to pray something that is not exactly the way the Lord would want it, He will signal to you and you will know about it. A lot of prayers are missed because we feel condemnation, etc.

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In Mark 11:24 Jesus gives a promise. This promise is forever settled in Heaven. It will never be changed. It cannot be changed. It must carry on to the end of the world till there are no more people on the face of the earth. That promise will still be there no matter how bad the world is. If there is one righteous person on earth he can go to Mark 11:24 and read this

KJV Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

That’s pretty strong. Did you ever pray a prayer that didn’t get answered? Did you ever have a prayer that goes like this – the way I was taught God may say yes, He may say no, He may say wait, or He may say a lot of other things? That is not the Scripture.

Just because your prayer is not answered it is not God’s fault. There are a lot of reasons which I am going to tell about this evening. This mind of ours can really give us problems. There are things the Lord told us (I will come back to this later).

When we run into a problem and we start praying that problem… Let’s see if you are praying that problem like, “Dear Lord, we are really having trouble here. The people are is coming against us, doing this and that.” You can guarantee that prayer will get you into trouble. That is not a prayer. That is unscriptural prayer. Now I’ll get to that in just a little bit later..

Whether you are facing temptations, relationships, anything that brings you negative results and you start pondering about that negative results, you start meditating about it and think negative thoughts, you are guaranteed to get a negative answer. It’s just as sure as the sun comes up in the morning. Any time a person thinks about their problems they are bound to receive these problems even more than they had them before.

The secret of prayer is NEVER pray about the mountain. You’ve heard me say this many times, “Do not speak to God about the mountain. You speak to the mountain about God.” Now, you’ve heard me say that a lot of times. It probably goes in one ear and out the other. Really think about that. Don’t speak to God about your mountain. Speak to the mountain about God. If you have that principle in mind you will have success. But what we are apt to do is pray about the problem. Your prayers can drive you deeper and deeper and deeper into the miry pit of despair. If you pray against someone or pray how someone has hurt you like, “Lord these people have been mistreating me and I am hurting, they did me wrong”, you can guarantee no answer. That’s not the way to pray.

Prayer (may I use an expression that may seem a little strange to you?) is a very sacred thing. Handle it with prayer. Handle your prayer with prayer. Not just with care, but handle your prayer with prayer. Lord teach us to pray. That’s what the disciples said. Then how am I going to pray?

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Seven Formulas To Victory

Дэниэл Роудс. Daniel RodesI asked the Lord to give me something to help Christians to win without going through the whole Bible in order to find proper verses. And He showed me verses, and if you drill this verses in your heart, you can not loose. If you want victory in your Christian walk, these formulas are absolutely necessary.

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The Lord not only expects His children to have victory, but He has given them the Word to show them how to have victory. Unfortunately, many are like Gideon who asked, “…Oh my Lord; if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites” (Judges 6:13). Many people wonder, “Why did this happen to me?” or “Why did this turn out the way it did?” or “Why don’t the promises of God work for me?” One day, while praying, the Lord gave me seven exciting formulas for victory, which I want to share with you. Although many people have confessed these verses, the formulas make each confession more personal and profound. By placing these confessions together, they become unique and bring greater victories. After I shared this program with others, they testified of greater victories – some in just a few days. The purpose of this program is to help you get a revelation of the Lord helping you and being with you through every situation. Keep in mind that the promises of God’s Word are not for the rebellious or disobedient. They have been given to God’s children to help them have victory. You will notice that many of the verses have qualifications for the person who receives the promise.

HOW TO GET STARTED

After you have read and studied the information sheet for the formula, go to the worksheet. (You may want to copy the worksheet to hang up or carry with you.) Write your name, starting date and finishing date at the top of the worksheet. Then write the day of the week that you started on the line beside the confession. On the first day, study the confession for day one. Continually confess and meditate upon it throughout the day. On day two, confess the verse for day two throughout the day. As you confess each scripture, you may want to return to the information sheet to read the reinforcement verses and get a better understanding of each confession. (Note: Become familiar with your daily confessions before confessing your reinforcement verses. The reinforcement verses are only to help broaden your understanding. It is not necessary to memorize these verses.) Study only one confession per day for a total of seven days. At the end of seven days, you should have an overall revelation of the formula. Now, for the next twenty eight days, confess all seven verses each day (Don’t let this overwhelm you. It’s not as hard as you may think.) This will be a total of thirty five days – seven days with one confession per day plus twenty eight days with all seven confessions per day.

Make each confession a priority for that day. It should be more important than anything else you do. Get enthused about making these confessions. Make a quality, unchangeable decision that you will confess each verse until it gets into your human spirit. The more enthusiastically you confess these verses throughout the day, the more revelation you will receive concerning that verse. The Word of God is very precious and should never be confessed in a mechanical, nonchalant way.

It is important to begin with Formula #1. The other six formulas may be confessed in any order. For best results, confess only one formula at a time.

BATTLE VERSES: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled(II Corinthians 10:5-6).

If at any time you are tempted to think, “This formula is not working for me,” immediately go to the battle verses and cast down that thought. You may feel like you are not worthy for this formula to work in your life. If so, ask the Lord to forgive you of any wrong doing and cast down those thoughts that may arise in you. When anyone or anything tries to stop you, go to the battle verses and cast down that thought. PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP!

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You Will Never Know What You Are Until You Are Tested

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,

But the LORD tests hearts.

NAS Proverbs 17:31

By Daniel Rodes

D. Rodes. Until You Are Tested booklet.You may say, I don’t have pride. You won’t know if you have pride or not until you are tested. There are people who appear to be strong spiritually and who say, “you won’t catch me doing that.” But when they come under the test, they fail that test. Why did they fail? The reason is that pride goes before destruction and haughty spirit before a fall.

Do you know that God has a way of proving people? He is looking for those who have been tried in the fire and come through victoriously.

One person built a house on the sand, another one on the rock. The 1st house fell when the storm came, the first one fell. You know why? Because he was not prepared for that storm.

Gold has to be tried in the fire. You have to get rid of the stuff that is not gold. So they put it under extreme heat so intense that all the dross be removed except gold. Gold can take extreme heat, same way is with silver. The more He sees your potential the more He will test you. He told Israelites, “I will try you as gold is tried in the fire, because I want a people that are not messed up with something other than gold and silver, I want a pure thing, who know what they are doing and that they can come through. But I have to prove you. Sometimes those tests are pretty difficult. It is not that God does not know, He wants to make sure you understand.

Moses said to people, God will send you a prophet to prove you, he will give you a false message. Deut 13:32. The reason for that is to prove you whether you got the stuff or not. Do you have it? Do you have the discerning of spirits? Do you know what you are doing? In Ex 16:4 the Lord said, “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or not” (KJV Exodus 16:4).

I will prove you if you are going to listen to Me or not. Doubt and fear moves wrong. God has to prove us, because we get into doubt and fear.

The Lord sometimes cuts your finances off when they look like complete failure. He does not like that. But He wants to prove you. He already knows who you are, but you may not know that. And He wants you to know who you are. So He tests you.

 WHEN YOUR TRUST IS TESTED

 Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own un­derstanding.

 We will never know how much we trust the Lord until we are tested. Sometimes, it ap­pears that the Lord will not come through. This is when we need to stand. Remember, life is a battle; that is why we are told “… having done all, to stand. Stand there­fore” (Ephesians 6:13-14).

WHEN YOUR CONFIDENCE IS TESTED

Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

When the Hebrew writer mentions, “cast not away your confidence,” he is informing us that it is possible to give up, to quit, to fail and to lose our confidence. However, he is instructing us to hold on to that confidence. Stand fast. Refuse to question God.

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WHEN YOUR FAITH IS TESTED

Romans 4:20 He staggered not at the prom­ise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.

God had promised Abraham a son whose seed would be a blessed people upon the earth. Abraham struggled. You can read about his struggles in the Old Testament ac­count. Yet, when we come to the New Testa­ment, the account reports that he staggered not. Sometimes, our faith may be tested like Abraham’s. He waited years, and more years, but, finally, he was able to hold the promised child in his arms because he did not consider the possibility of failure.

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Understanding Grace

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Recently, while seeking the Lord, I asked Him to reveal to me what is missing in the lives of most Christians. Why aren’t we accomplishing more for the Lord? Why don’t our prayers hit their target? Why aren’t more people being born again and living in victory over sin? Where is the power to see multitudes delivered? The Lord answered, “You need grace.” What? I need grace? The Lord said, “Grace is not what you believe it to be. I’m going to open your understanding to the power of grace.”  I went to the Word and began a thorough study on grace. The more I studied, the more excited I became. Most of us have been taught that grace only means unmerited favor. Others believe it allows unrighteous living and covers sins. I have discovered that grace is one of the greatest secrets hidden from the church. As we study the subject of grace, you will understand that it excels what most people, today, have ever known or experienced.

The Lord informed me that this would be the most important message I have ever taught. People must understand that everything in life is influenced by grace. You need grace to live, to have a peaceful family and to go through troubles. You need it at home, at work and when dealing with your finances. We have never been taught grace in this way before.

Grace is a gift given to you from God. Zechariah 12:10 describes it as a spirit of grace: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the SPIRIT OF GRACE and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” God is offering this grace to us. He not only wants to give us His grace, but He wants to fill us with His glory and all

good things: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).

OLD TESTAMENT GRACE

The Bible records that a number of the patriarchs in the Old Testament found grace. Genesis 6:8 tells us, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” Moses also found grace: “And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people” (Exodus 33:12-13). Gideon was another man who received grace: “And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a            sign that           thou     talkest  with me” (Judges 6:17).

NEW TESTAMENT GRACE

The prophets foretold of the grace that was coming. I Peter 1:10 records, “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you.” They understood that the grace to come would supersede what they experienced. We are living in that time right now. The Lord showed me that we have completely misunderstood grace. The prophets prayed for us and we have established our own gospel.

In the Old Testament, grace meant favor, kindness and graciousness. In the New Testament, grace means graciousness of manner or act, especially the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life, including gratitude. It also means benefit, favor, joy, liberality, pleasure and thanks. It is a gift that makes us acceptable. This New Testament grace is where we want to focus in this study. “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Timothy 1:9).

THE POWER OF GRACE

Ephesians 2:5-8 explains that we are saved by grace: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

Grace not only brings salvation, but it gives you the power to live a changed life: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12). This is nothing like the grace I have been taught. That message said you could sin and grace would come on the scene and cover it.

Many soul winners, today, tell those who desire to be born again, “All you need to do is ask Jesus into your heart. Just repeat this prayer after me….” Then they confirm, “Now, you’re saved and going to Heaven.” The Lord rebuked me for just praying with someone and saying, “Now, you’re forgiven.” He said when a person receives Jesus into his heart, he must become a new creature in Christ Jesus and change from the old lifestyle. The Lord said that we have been adding hypocrites to the church because some of these people have no intentions of changing their lives. They’re only seeking a good feeling, but are soon discouraged and give up.

Throughout the Bible, there are numerous accounts describing where Jesus spoke to a sinner: “Thy sins be forgiven thee.” Those words only created a foundation for their salvation. Each individual had to make a decision to continue serving Jesus.

This is where grace is important. When you are tempted to sin, grace is available to help you overcome: “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal            life       by            Jesus    Christ  our Lord” (Romans 5:20-21). Grace reminds you not to give in to the temptation. It prods you and says, “No, you’re a new creature. Don’t go that direction.” When you face a problem you cannot handle, cry out for the grace of God to bring you through in victory. Let grace reign in your heart. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2).

The Word doesn’t say that everything will be easy after you give your life to Jesus. Luke 13:24 explains, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” The same is true of grace. Although it is available as a free gift, you must put forth an effort to receive it. It’s not automatic, you must earnestly seek and desire it more than anything else in the world. Ask the Lord to give you the fullness of His grace.

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Understanding Repentance

By Daniel D. Rodes

Introduction

 Understanding Repentance. Daniel RodesWe are living in a time when it is normal for people to backslide. Many have the mentality they can do as they please and still expect God to bless them. They have lost the fear of God and are not afraid to sin. Yet, when God doesn’t answer their prayers, they can’t understand why.

We must recognize we cannot reach Heaven with sin in our lives. Sin separates from God. When we are separated from God, He desires that we return to Him through repentance. Most people, today, do not understand how to repent.

Repentance really means to change your thinking toward sin and acknowledge that your sin is separating you from God. As you recognize your sin as exceeding sinful, it will stir the fear of the Lord in your heart.

Sin is attractive and fun for a season, but in the end, it brings destruction. This reminds me of a sermon I once heard entitled, “All Satan’s Apples Have Worms.” The minister stressed the idea that sin is appealing but ends with trouble. This message left quite an impression on me.

Sin will take you further than you want to go. It will get you into more trouble than you expected. When I was a young man, my father told me, “You’ll never become an alcoholic if you don’t allow alcohol to touch your lips. Stay away from it.” I honored that request. I have never tasted alcohol and it has saved me from much heartache. I have heard people say they could control their use of alcohol. They thought they could drink in moderate amounts, but soon became addicted. If they had never taken the first sip, they wouldn’t have become alcoholics.

People are being trained that as long as they become a “Christian,” then it is OK for them to sin. They confess, “We all sin and come short of the glory of God.” John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, declared, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). That’s pretty self-explanatory. You will not enter into the Kingdom unless you repent.

Some may say, “Well, I quit sinning.” No. That won’t work either. There has to be a time

that sin is cut off. God promised us redemption through Jesus Christ for sins that are past; “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Romans 3:25). God only forgives the sins that are past. How do you know when that sin is cut off and finished? When it is no longer in operation. Sins that are past are no longer active, enjoyed or excused.

Some may ask, “What happens after repentance?” Repentance releases you from the guilt and condemnation that you had in the past. When you truly repent of the sin you committed, that sin does not exist anymore. It is removed. It may exist in the eyes of your brothers and sisters in the church. It may exist in the eyes of the heresy hunters and those who want to bring up your past. However, it will not exist in the eyes of God. Once you have repented, it is settled between you and the Most High God: “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). He has taken away all of our transgressions, sins and rebellion. He promised to remember them no more. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12). Why won’t God remember them? Because they don’t exist. A cry of repentance has been made. He will not remember sins and iniquities that have been forgiven and pardoned.

What Causes People Not To Repent?

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Understanding Why God’s Word Works for Some and Not For Others

Understanding Why God’s Word Works for Some and Not For Othersby Daniel D. Rodes

Why do some people seem to have a closer connection with Heaven than others? Why does it appear the Lord is partial or prejudice? If you could understand what is required, you would be able to receive from God.

It doesn’t matter how simple, uneducated or weak minded you may be, you can understand how to have the Word work for you. The Bible says in Psalm 119:130, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

There are keys to unlock the promises of God’s Word: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2-4). In order to receive these promises, you must first “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.” As you follow this command, you are promised patience will help you through the problems and obstacles you encounter. You will become, “perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” All your needs will be met.

In this article, I will explain why the Bible does not work for some, yet works for others.

God Is Not Partial

I have heard many times that Jesus had three favorite disciples-Peter, James and John. If that were true, we would have reason to say that Jesus was partial. Why did He work closely with these men? I believe He focused on them more than the other disciples because they needed more training. James and John suggested calling down fire from Heaven to destroy the enemy. Peter declared, “Though all these others may fail you, I will not!” Jesus had to correct and tutor them. Thank God for those who do not need tutoring.

God will not respect one person above the other. We are all His children. Romans 2:11 says, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” This is repeated in Colossians 3:25 “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” It may appear that He respects some more than others, but they may need more correction and training in order to be used of God.

Seeking Wisdom

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8).

According to the above verses, if I ask for wisdom, the Lord will give it to me. If I do not receive that wisdom, I must identify the reason. Was I double minded in making my request? If I want wisdom, I must ask God without wavering.

Did you ever analyze your prayers? Are you wavering when you make your request? Do you pray in faith or are you just hoping? Wishy-washy prayers will not be answered.

Most of us are satisfied in not receiving our request. We give up before the answer comes. We conclude it may not have been God’s will. In Matthew 17:20, “…Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” He said that you could move mountains and nothing would be impossible. How many of you can say, “I have no limitations”?

Finding Favor with God and Man

I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word” (Psalm 119:58).

King David did not half-heartedly entreat the favor of the Lord. He entreated it with his whole heart. If you want the favor of the Lord, you must serve Him from the depths of your heart. Be determined, “I must have this desire fulfilled. I am entreating Your favor. I can’t do without it.” When nothing seems to happen, go back to the Word and find out what is blocking your answer. Ask for direction.

How is your relationship with your spouse? Proverbs 18:22 promises, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” Does this verse imply you will automatically find favor with the Lord if you‟re married? It’s not that simple. You need to see your marriage the way God views marriage-a type of Christ and the church. To say that I love my wife the same as when we first married would be wrong. My love for her has greatly increased since that day. I did not know you could love a woman that much. I did not know you could obtain that kind of relationship. Day after day, my wife and I have a strong and beautiful relationship. That is one of the keys to finding favor with God. You must see your spouse as a precious jewel. Treat her with respect. She will start treating you with respect. The way you treat your spouse can make a major difference. It could change your relationship with the Lord.

Obtaining Mercy

It seems that some people receive more mercy than others. Jesus said in Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Watch for the key words. In this particular verse, who shall obtain mercy? The merciful are the ones who will obtain mercy. He also said, “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Our Heavenly Father is merciful so we must be merciful.

The church, today, does not know how to be merciful. When someone has fallen, the church believes it is their duty to remind others of the sins that person has committed. Those people who are “reminders” will not receive mercy from Heaven. They may try to justify themselves by saying, “That person did not repent.” How do they know? Who gave them authority to judge? How would a person prove they have repented? Our Heavenly Father has declared, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12). Mercy chooses to forgive and “remember no more.”

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Chosen of God

A Prophetic message

 Daniel D. Rodes

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen, Matthew 20: 16.

According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, Ephesians 1 :4.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light, 1 Peter 2:9.

GOD’S BOOT CAMP

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier, 2 Timothy 2:4.

When the U. S. army trains their soldiers, they first send them to “Boot Camp” to rid them of their childish ways and to teach them to become “battle hard” soldiers. According to those who have gone through “Boot Camp,” it is not easy. They have to do things they don’t necessarily enjoy, but this is a part of the training. Readiness for battle can be a matter of life or death, and who would choose to die on the battle field?

I heard a paratrooper say when he was in training, he had to run one mile the first day, two miles the second day, three miles the third day, four miles the fourth day, five miles the fifth day, six miles the sixth day, seven miles the seventh day, eight miles the eighth day, nine miles the ninth day, ten miles the tenth day and ten miles each day after that. Why? The army needed tough men, strong men, able men. God needs “men,” CHOSEN men who are trained in the “Boot Camp” of Heaven. God, help us to be “MEN” I am not talking about males, I’m talking about “MEN,” MEN and woMEN! God needs YOU! You can be CHOSEN!

Paul, in writing to Timothy, said to endure hardness as  a good soldier, 2 Timothy 2:3. The Lord has a “Boot Camp,” so to speak, for all His CHOSEN people. The time of childhood is over for those who have been Christians for years. Whether we desire adulthood or not, it is a necessary part of life. Adulthood is not easy to attain, but will be very rewarding to the CHOSEN of God. We must train our up-coming generation to become hardened soldiers. Well armed with the unchanging, unfailing, Word of God.

YOU CAN BE A CHOSEN SOLDIER

The Lord Jesus made it clear in Matthew 22:14, For many are called, but few are chosen. Why are there so few who can endure the “Boot Camp” of the Lord? Endurance is a choice of commitment. The Lord is looking for committed, strong, stable men and women in this hour to fight the good fight of faith. There is a battle to be fought. There is a world to win to Jesus Christ. God is looking for preachers, teachers, soul winners and warriors. We have had enough weak, fearful, childish leadership. We are under attack. Our homes, children, marriages and churches have been attacked. We don’t need more actors in the pulpit, we need attackers; men who will fight back; CHOSEN men who refuse to let a heathen nation control our homes, schools and classrooms. We no longer cry, “The enemy is coming,” for the enemy is here! God has CHOSEN us to beat him. We are called to overcome him. The heathen had to tell a sleeping prophet, o sleeper? arise, Jonah 1:6. Could it be that a heathen society will have to wake us up? We don’t need intellectuals with their fancy warmed over sermons to get us fired up. We need CHOSEN men of God who have set their hand to the plow and refuse to look back as written in Luke 9:62. We need CHOSEN men of God who will do what Jesus said do, Let the dead bury their dead, Luke 9:60. We need inspired men, empowered men, who will teach their boys to be men. God is looking for CHOSEN men, not frozen men. Frozen corpses can’t carry flaming Swords to drive the enemy back. We need motivators who can place enthusiasm in the pulpit. We have enthusiasm in sports, video games, television shows, and internet. These things can hinder and destroy a nation if not controlled by God-fearing people. Until God-fearing CHOSEN men of God proclaim without fear, a complete and total separation from the world system, we will have wimps instead of CHOSEN men. We need a Moses to get us out of Egypt but we need the Jehovah God to get the Egypt out of us. We need another Jeremiah to weep over “God rejecting” nations.

We need MEN; CHOSEN MEN, able MEN. Men who won’t quit when under pressure. Men whom the Bible says, One man of you shall chase a thousand, Joshua 23:10, and two put ten thousand to flight, Deuteronomy 32:30.

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE

The following prophetic message was given to me in a hotel in Chicago, IL in September, 1995. The Lord showed me some of the things that will be taking place in the near future. He wants to equip us to come through this time in victory. Before we can have victory and win the battles, we must follow Isaiah 38: 1, Set thine house in order.

BABIES MUST GROW UP TO BE CHOSEN

For years the Church has been a hospital for the wounded, many of whom have remained wounded. She has also served as a nursery for babies who have never grown up. Beyond question, the Lord is concerned about people who are hurting, and He has been loving and caring for the babes in Christ. However, the day has come for the Church to be a “Boot Camp” for those who are to be mature in the things of God. People who are still babies in the Lord after five, ten or twenty years will suddenly be faced with a decision; either grow up, or blow up. People are in trouble who spend day after day, week after week and year after year still nursing their wounds and recalling all t.he evil that has befallen them. Those who have been counseled and prayed for over and over again and keep falling back into the same old “pity me,” “love me,” “help me” condition, will become an easy target for satan to destroy. Christians in this condition weaken churches and kill evangelism. They spend years with tears and fears. They sing of going through the deep, dark valleys of life while they live in strife. They cry on each other’s shoulders. They write and talk about death, pain and suffering. They blame others for their sorrows, grief, failures and sins. They often murmur and complain. This is the very thing that kept God’s people from entering into the land of Canaan.

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Power of Binding and Loosing

“And 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 KJV)

Apostle Daniel Rodes

Sermon. Audio. MP3.

October, 1999

part 1 – 57 minutes.

part 2 – 58 minutes.

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