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)

Daniel Rodes

Monday, May 11, 2015

Truth, Light and Life Mission, Penn Laird, Virginia. Revival meeting #4.

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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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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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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

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October, 1999

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Walking in God’s Favor and Blessing

If we want God’s favor, we need to understand He wants us to be blessed. We need to know what it takes to be blessed.

1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)

Everywhere I go I hear the word “lack”. What causes these blessings to be stolen?

The first way to receive blessing is honesty, when you have nothing hid.

“But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully” (2 Corinthians 4:2-3).

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Honest Heart

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Corinthians 4:1-5). Continue reading Honest Heart

Carnal Vs Spiritual

For you to really understand Romans chapter 8 you have to understand Romans 7.

One of the favorite verses of a lot of carnal Christians is Romans 7:15 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” Paul is not talking here about his present time, but about the time when he was not right with God. The same man he cries out, “24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”. Then he gives the answer, “25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Now I am free. Romans chapter 8. “1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

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Worship

People gather together to worship, but they don’t know how to do that. We will learn how to do it today. We will learn it from those who are in heaven worshiping God directly, from their first hand experience.

6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Continue reading Worship

The Purpose of the Anointing

Apostle Daniel Rodes

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Truth, Light and Light Mission

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

How To Respond When the Lord Is Silent

Apostle Daniel Rodes

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Sabbath, October 27, 2007

Ministry of Helps

Apostle Daniel Rodes

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Duration 81 min.

September 24, 2007

Part 2.

Duration 69 min.

September 24, 2007

Part 3.

Duration 67 min.

September 27, 2007

Part 4.

Duration 79 min.

October 1 2007

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Demolishing Yokes And Strongholds

“The yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” (Isaiah 10:27)

Apostle Daniel Rodes

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Truth, Light & Life Mission

Part 1. 43 min.

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2007

There Is A Way That Seemeth Right

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12)

Apostle Daniel Rodes

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2007

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Getting a Vision

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

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Facing Tests

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations (James 1:2)

Apostle Daniel Rodes

 

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