Walter and The Cross
This story is about a dear friend and brother in the Lord, Walter Cross. I met Walter in August of 1998 after he had seen a performance of “Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Flames”. Walter has a problem with alcohol. His niece, Tammy, thought I might be able to help him. I offered and after a while he accepted and we met. Apparently we hit it off because a bond was formed.
It is now March of 2000, and Walter has been incarcerated in a prison in West Virginia for some of his past decisions and actions, but now he is even more a brother in the Lord. Walter and I have been corresponding since his incarceration and some magnificent, wonderful events have occurred during this time. Walter wrote to me and also enclosed a copy of a letter he had written to his wife, Brenda. I will let Walter tell you all about it.
Walter’s letter to me:
Will mail Saturday Feb 19
(God Bless you + your Family!)
Earl; How’s things going? I’m just so happy I just had to write to you and explain why, it’s wonderful. I’m going to send you a copy of letter I just send to Brenda that way you will know why I’m so happy I could just Bust it’s 9:10 AM Friday Feb 18. I probably shouldn’t bother you with this because you have already helped me so much But I’m going to anyways. I don’t know where I would be right now if you would not have come to Marion Jail Dec 11th 1998. You and God together saved my life. Now I just gave it back to God. I’m so happy. Can’t wait till you get this I know you will be able to tell how happy I am just by reading letter. Tell everyone you talk to what I done I want everyone in the world to know. Call Brenda tell her how happy I am tell Tammy, tell you wife, tell friends at work, church people, just everyone. Maybe even some poor person that has nothing. I have everything now. I need for nothing because anything and everything I need God will give me when its time (right). Will close so happy. Will write more in a few days. Got to rest.
Walter’s letter to Brenda, his wife:
Will mail Saturday Feb 19th
Copy of letter I send to Brenda
Brenda; I’m so happy right now its like I’m on top of the world. You will know why as you read this letter. It was so good to talk to you this morning. Sorry I woke you. But just had to. I called 8:25 AM Friday Feb 18, to tell you of commitment I had made. Here’s what happened. I sat up all night Thursday; reading Bible and other books of God, thinking, praying, crying, I talked to God all night I told God of all my sins, yes all, not just some but all. Maybe that’s the reason it took all night. I asked God to forgive me of all my sins, as I know God is a forgiving God. His answer was yes He would forgive me of all my sins. But that’s not all. I asked God to allow me to put conditions on His forgiving. And that was for me to be forgiven of all my sins and for me to deserve your love & the love of our children, that I spend the rest of my time on this earth, no matter how long or short, sober 100% and free of all drugs. God accepted. So after 6:00AM talked with tower guard told him I need a urgent meeting with Jail Minister, guess it must have scared him. Minister was here in 15 minutes. I told him of my past 7 hrs. And what I had done, and what I had asked God to do for me. We talked and prayed for about 45 minutes. He went over things with me + God. He said that I made one of the strongest and most caring commitments that he had ever witnessed. This is reason I was so happy when I called you. I have finally committed to God in total it feels so good. Now I’m exhausted. I will walk 30 min. do about 4-5 envelopes then try and get some rest. Will write more later. Please tell everyone of our doing, I’m so happy, just happy. I can’t wait to tell everyone.
Please be happy because now I know we can be happy together in life. You can have the person in me that you have deserved for the last 23 1/2 yrs. Its just wonderful! Now you not only have me but you have God in me, too. It’s just wonderful!
Can’t you just feel it? Tell everyone you talk to it’s wonderful!
(Walt and God)
There may be no difference between accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior, taking you off the road of sin, and placing you on the path of Salvation, and making Jesus Christ, the Lord of your life, controlling, directing, leading. guiding by the Holy Spirit, but making open, positive, conscience choices certainly make it clear in our minds.
On Friday, December 11, 1998 at about 2:30 PM in the Marion County Jail, Marion, Ohio, Walter Cross accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. On Friday, February 18, 2000 at 9:10AM in the South Central Regional Jail, Charleston, West Virginia, Walter Cross made Jesus Christ, the Lord of his life.
Savior – in Hebrew – yasha (yaw-shah’) one bringing safety; one bringing salvation
in Greek – soter (so-tare) a deliverer (of salvation); i.e. God or Christ
Lord – in Hebrew – Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw’) Jehovah; the self-existent One; the eternal One
in Greek – kurios (koo’-ree-os) supreme in authority; controller; God, Lord, Master, Sir
As noted above, the definitions of the two words are much different. We, as free moral agents, have been given the right to make choices, good one and bad ones. We are free to choose. We can choose to accept the gift of Salvation planned by God the Father, provided by Jesus the Christ through His death on the cross, His burial, His resurrection, and His ascension to heaven, and presented by the Holy Spirit, or not. By accepting the gift, I suppose we accept by default the Giver. But wouldn’t it be better to make a thoughtful, conscience choice through a positive action of making the giver, the Supreme, Sovereign authority in our lives.
In the Middle-East and Far East, it is understood that if one saves the life of another, then the savee’s life belongs to the saver to do with as he (the saver) wishes. But wouldn’t this be better accomplished, especially in the mind and heart of the savee, through a conscience choice and a positive action of giving one’s life to the other after accepting the gift of salvation?
THE MAN AND THE GOD
EARL D. DAVIS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION ONE IN THE SAME, IS IT POSSIBLE?
II. THE MAN
C. HIS LIFE ALWAYS GIVING, ALWAYS TAKING
D. HIS DEATH THE NECESSARY ATROCITY
E. HIS RESURRECTION MAN-1/GRAVE-0
III. THE GOD
C. HIS PRESENT HE IS! A MASTER BUILDER
D. HIS FUTURE HE IS TO COME! THE LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS
IV. CONCLUSION AND NOW, THE SALES PITCH
PART I INTRODUCTION
ONE IN THE SAME, IS IT POSSIBLE?
From the ageless past, a plan of the utmost brilliance existed, to save mankind even before his creation. To us it is foolish to put into operation a plan that we know will fall apart, but then God also knew that love would conquer all. This was the purpose.
Creation began, and there, in the garden, Adam did disobey, thus causing God to place him and all that came from him under a curse. Satan, of course, was trying to prove that love could not win out. By foiling the plot at its inception, he hoped for an early victory.
In the Old Testament we read that all sacrifices to God had to be perfect. After all, God is perfect and will accept nothing less. The animals used had to be physically perfect, without spot or blemish. In order for mankind to be redeemed, (the purpose of a sacrifice is to redeem) a man, without spot or blemish must be used, but all mankind from Adam forward was marred by the curse; thus, no perfect sacrifice.
All the while, it must be remembered that whatever developed, nothing could be done to give Satan ground to confront God with an argument in his favor. If God cheated, then Satan would win.
A man had to be used to take the curse off mankind, but not one under the curse. Perplexing, isn’t it? Satan was sure he would win. He also knew that God, being no respecter of persons, could not favor one over another. Nothing new could be introduced that hadn’t been done before. If so, it had to be made available to all.
There had been angels who were followers of Satan that had taken on physical form and had union with human women. Satan had masterminded this in order to wipe out the purity of the clan of Adam, but it failed as evidenced by the flood during Noah’s day. All, except eight, being pure stock from Adam, perished in the flood.
The curse that Adam was under was transmitted through the seed of the male of the species, part of the curse; the female merely being a carrier of the seed. Eve came under the curse because she had been a part of Adam.
When the supernatural event (and it was a supernatural event for the fallen angels to take on physical form under the direction of Satan and have union with earthly women) of a holy seed was planted within Mary, Satan had no grounds for argument.
This seed was indeed a Holy one, for one of the Divine Trinity relinquished His power and glorious position as Creator in the Godhead to become the Redeemer of mankind. He could not bring any of His power, or authority; all must be given up, and was. Thus the birth of a man, both the son of man and the Son of God took place. By now, Satan was beside himself, but nothing illegal had been done.
Satan was even afforded the same opportunity of temptation with this man as he was with Adam. Adam, remember, was pure and sinless before the temptation and fall. So the God that became man was also subject to these same satanic temptations with no more to resist than Adam had; God’s instructions.
One in the same, is it possible? You tell me.
PART II THE MAN
JUST ANOTHER MAN, AND YET – –
In His day, some said that this Jesus was just another man. Merely a man, nothing more, nothing less. Well, no man is mere in the eyes of God, not you, not me. God’s love extends to all, even those who perished in the flood from which Noah and his family escaped.
From Adam to Noah, all were guilty and through Noah all were warned of this impending doom. All were repeatedly petitioned to turn back to God. Those doing so would have been saved from the flood, even the giants, the products of the unholy union of fallen angels and women of the earth. The results we know.
God’s love is tremendous, sometimes beyond our comprehension. Remember, Jesus said that we are to love our enemies as well as our friends. This was even applied then, and by God.
Because of God’s love, Jesus came into being, not to taunt mankind, but to save it for its original purpose before Adam’s fall. His birth was foretold many times throughout the Old Testament, but many eyes were blinded to this. They wanted a Mighty Warrior, not mankind’s humble servant. (Both have been foretold, but the Mighty Warrior is to come later.) Even Jesus had to learn through these writings who He was and for what purpose He was here. I imagine that would be somewhat of a shock since He was not permitted any knowledge of the past, except through the scriptures. To hold up under that made Him quite a man. Put yourself in His shoes. Would you survive?
Even today some think it is impossible to walk as Jesus did, do the feats He performed, to have the faith He possessed. They think that He must have had special favors and powers to accomplish all He did. But stop and think a moment. His birth, being born without sin was no advantage that we can’t have also. If we ask for our sins to be forgiven, including that one sin we carry from Adam, then our slate is wiped clean and we start anew — sinless as Jesus was when He was born. He was tempted but did not give in, by reason of the knowledge of God’s word as a defense. How many of us use the scriptures as a tool to fight Satan? The miracles that Jesus performed were not done solely by Him with some special power He had from before that we can’t have, but by the power of the Holy spirit which was given to Him as it can be given to us, if we just ask for it. How many of us give up before we get started? What if Jesus did?
Just another man, you say, and yet He had a love within Him that wouldn’t quit — thank God!
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BORN IN A BARN?
Certainly this is not a very pleasant thought, but it fulfilled foretellings of humbleness and humility to begin where most men would prefer not to begin. Of course, some do have beginnings here and never rise above it. But then whose doing is that?
The Creator of mankind, in order to become the redeemer of mankind, and an example to mankind had to take quite a step down in order to prove a point, but prove it He did. He passed every test placed before Him for you and for me. What Love! And some people actually say that no one cares!
He became an example to all. He showed us what each one of us can do if we but apply ourselves. He showed us that we must rely on God daily for the strength to meet that day. He showed us love, compassion, understanding, courage, strength, wisdom, knowledge, patience…. the list is endless.
Perhaps if we were afforded the opportunity to have been born in a barn we might look on it in a different light today. After all, what is the condition of the world today?
God is truly in the miracle business, even today. Creating the heavens and the earth from nothing was a miracle. The creating of a man was a miracle. The virgin birth of Jesus was a miracle. Is it really too much to fathom if we understand the “whys” of it all? We are expected to accept these things and more if we are to become what God intended us to become. And how much better off will we be when we do?
ALWAYS GIVING, ALWAYS TAKING
Quite an odd character by the world’s standards in His day, or in any day for that matter, was Jesus. Matthew’s description of Jesus was that of an ideal king. Mark portrayed Him as the ideal servant. Luke paints a picture of an ideal man. John’s interpretation differs somewhat from the above three accounts, in that John depicts Jesus Christ as an ideal God. Not that Jesus alone is God, but He, as part of the Godhead along with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is perfection from the ageless past to the endless future.
I think that most of us would define “ideal” as “perfect” but “impossible” and yet His life was ideal. Yes, ideal according to that magnificent plan of long ago.
Jesus was the greatest man to ever experience life as we know it. From His humble beginning in a stable to His humiliating death at Golgotha, He never faltered, He never wavered. He always held His head up, and met each adversity head on with an unmatched degree of confidence. He was an example for us, an example He wishes us to copy.
In Matthew there is an account of one of His most famous discourses, the one we call the “Sermon on the Mount”. In theses teachings, He gave us many commandments, each to be obeyed. one of my favorites is Matthew 5:48. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect”. No command was given by Him that couldn’t be followed. So I am especially flattered because I know that the Father’s perfection is for us also. It is attainable or Jesus wouldn’t have commanded us to be perfect.
Is not that perfection demanded, one of conformity to God’s laws? Impossible, you say? Well, when we reach the point of exasperation, He has at our disposal tools necessary to get the job done and done right. In fact, these tools are the self-same ones He used. Remember, that everything made available for His use, according to the plan, in order for it to be legal and above board, must be made available to all. (For a list of these, see First Corinthians, chapter twelve.) Does this amaze you? We should feel honored in a very humble manner that we have such an opportunity made possible only because of His life — and death.
Jesus gave much to many. He healed the sick, raised the dead, made the blind to see, cast out demons, made the deaf to hear, the dumb to talk, the lame to walk. He taught us love, joy, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. This was His life, filled with these attributes. This is His story.
Love. The love Jesus possessed went far beyond our scope of love. He had a strong, yet tender, compassionate devotion to the well-being of the individual. This kind of love is of a divine nature, God’s love. He expressed it so well in the healings and miracles He performed. On one particular day, after healing many within a multitude of over four thousand, because some had come so far and had that same distance to return home and had been there three days with nothing to eat, He fed them all with seven loaves of bread and a few fishes, and had more left over than at the beginning.
Joy. (Read Luke 7:1-10 on the healing of the centurion’s servant.) How joyous Jesus felt that day! Filled with a gladness and delight, not only that the centurion had asked for the healing of his servant, but also that the centurion knew that Jesus had only to speak the work and it would be done.
This is what Jesus was trying to instill in people, the centurion’s great faith. This is what He desires for us today. It must please Him greatly to see it in those releasing it.
Peace. This inner peace is something searched for, long and hard by many, then and today. If you are like me, this eludes us most of the time, seems like an impossible dream. But if Jesus had it, then so can we, if we work at it. And He did have it. He possessed this ability to remain calm and tranquil within, even in the face of trouble and temptations. This inner peace is a direct result of faith in God and God’s work. We must believe and have confidence in Him and His word. When we do, the peace will be there.
In each of the three recorded temptations of Jesus by Satan, the work of God was used effectively as a weapon against Satan. Knowledge of the word and the faith knowing it would suffice, was enough, and after forty days of not eating. What peace of mind!
After diligent study and ever-increasing faith (which increases by additional knowledge of the word), we all can have the inner peace we desire. Jesus had it. So can we.
Longsuffering. How many times have the words and the actions of others, created within you, feelings of resentment and bitterness? How many times have you brought forth those emotions? And yet “to err is human, but to forgive is divine.” It takes an extremely understanding individual to put to use the patient endurance necessary to overlook those words and actions. Can you? Can I? But should we?
God created man in the image and likeness of God, to have dominion over all of God’s creations. But because of the fall of man in the garden of Eden, he became “A little lower than the angels”, but still had dominion over the animals. If we become observant, we can lean both from above and below. I’m referring to my pet, a female Doberman, named Tammy. The love she has for me is sometimes beyond my understanding. I can have anger within me, and while it is not meant for her, I take it out on her. She goes away crouching and groveling, with her tail between her legs, if she had a tail. But the moment I call her name or whistle for her, she comes on a dead run. instead of carrying resentment, she is overjoyed to be with me again. Do you suppose that even though she is just a dog, these reactions placed there by God, could also be the very reactions of God and the same ones He expects from us? Tammy is willing to bear this because she loves me, and incidentally, I love her, too.
Jesus, also, was able to bear the burdens placed upon Him, even though they weren’t His, they were ours! The pain and agony He suffered just prior to His crucifixion had to be the sum total due mankind, not him. Yet He took it all gladly and without a whimper. He put the icing on the cake when nailed to the cross, He said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34.
Gentleness. Let me paint a verbal picture for you. Imagine two of the roughest, toughest linemen in professional football. Picture them on opposing side just before the ball is snapped. Then, “hike”, and crash, they come together with the impact of colliding freight trains. Now another picture, after the game, each going home and picking up their son or daughter with all the gentleness a father can muster. He speaks softly and quietly to his child, imparting comfort and security to him. To me that is gentleness.
When His disciples tried to keep the children from bothering Him, Jesus rebuffed them, and took the little children into His arms, and put His hands on them and blessed them.
Goodness. Someone who is good is a kind, benevolent, and generous person. Jesus was all of these. He expressed it totally saying that we should “love our enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”. Matthew 5:44. He not only told others how they should be, but He, himself did likewise, remember, these words?… “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:24.
Faith. An easy thing to talk about, faith, but very difficult to display. It is one hundred percent confidence, trust, assurance, and reliance placed in God. Paul told us that we walk by faith, not by sight. The straight and narrow path is strewn with obstacles, but if we keep our eyes upon the obstacles, we will surely fall. If we keep our goal up front, we’ll make it. anyone who has ever run track knows that the race is won or lost either by concentration of the finish line, not on the hurdles.
Peter, after asking for and receiving permission from Jesus to walk on the water as Jesus was doing, did just fine until he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the water.
Yes, faith in God is a mountain-mover, Jesus certainly moved a mountain of sickness and disease with this tool. Men who had never walked before were made whole and perfect by faith. And look what his faith in mankind gained us. Now is an excellent time to read chapter eleven in the book of Hebrews. It was a necessity to Jesus and it is for us.
Meekness. I sometimes think we define meekness as weakness. When we display gentleness, kindness; when we indulge others; when we bite our tongues instead of speaking out something we may regret even before we stop talking; are we weak or are we strong? Who is the stronger, the man who avoids a fight, or the one pursuing it? Have there really been any winners in a war?
Yes, it was a meek person who went though the garden of Gethsemane, through the mock trial, and on the Golgotha, not a weak one.
Temperance. This, as the other virtues, are closely related and sometimes intertwined. Self-control, much like meekness, is often thought of as a liability, not an asset. But without restraint, this old world may have ended long ago.
Jesus knew well the value of self-control. Imagine, if you will, Him firing his disciples and taking on new ones every time they made a mistake. Have you ever made a mistake, then had someone help you learn form it, rather than putting you down? Appreciation, right.
Perhaps, the best example of Jesus using self-control was in the garden at the time of His betrayal. If there were ever a time in His life when He came close to loosing it, that had to be it. The satanic pressure on Him was tremendous. He even sweated blood! But to come so far and quit now —-. I, for one, am certainly thankful for restraint and self-control.
Jesus was always giving: giving love and hope wherever He went. He was always taking: always taking ridicule, slander, belittlement, persecution, even physical pain and suffering at the end. He took with Him death and gave in return eternal life. He save mankind, at least those who will accept, from a horrible future, burning in the lake of fire forever, and gave to us a future too beautiful for human words to express.
He had something else, too. It was the secret to His success, perhaps a thing even greater than all His virtues rolled into one. His secret was constant communication with His Father! Try it, you’ll like it!
THE NECESSARY ATROCITY
Jesus often said, “Follow me”. He wants us to be like him. Our Father in heaven wants us to be like him. Let’s follow him at this point in his life. Let’s see what its like.
Follow Jesus into the garden of Gethsemane, ALONE. In fact, go one step further, experience things to come firsthand. Trade places with him. Kneel down and pray. Pray as you never have before. The ordeal that you are about to face has never been faced before and will never be faced again. This is a once and for all thing. Yow know what is coming, each minute detail is vividly etched in your mind. Each ounce of pain that you are to bear begins to throb and hurt and sting, even before it is administered. And you are to bear the pain of every single individual in the world at that time and those before and those to come after. You must suffer the sum total of the pain of the entire world. You must do it all for them, knowing full well that not one, no, not even one, is worthy of what you are about to do. And you have the full pressure of Satan and all his fallen angels, demons, imps, and evil spirits upon you, literally trying to force you to back out now before it happens. Satan and his world are trying to kill you now, short of the task you have been assigned, as terrible as it is. Satan even has you to the point of sweating blood because the agony is so great. You are in a life and death struggle between heavenly forces and satanic forces. All is on your shoulders now. The entire future lies in your hands. What would you do?
Don’t stop now. Continue on. You have been taken captive and are to be brought to Golgotha and nailed to the cross. But first, many other atrocities must take place. During the night, you are spit upon by your captors. You are beaten, mocked, blasphemed, and then scourged with this Roman implement of punishment, a whip-like device with twelve thongs each containing jagged pieces of sharp bone or metal at the ends to cut deeply into your body to inflict terrible pain. As you are beaten with this instrument thirty-nine times inflicting four hundred and sixty-eight lacerations while being chained to a post, you are not permitted the privilege of fainting away. You must suffer for all humanity. Can you imagine the pain? Can you feel those thongs lashing at your bare back? Can you feel those bones digging deeply into your flesh? Can you feel the warm blood ooze out of your body and run down your legs to the floor? Can you see the pool of blood at your feet by the post you are chained to? CAN YOU SEE IT? CAN YOU FEEL IT?
The soldiers come to take you out. They jam on your head a crown, a crown of thorns, thorns up to two inches long. You feel each one of the thorns jab into your head, piercing the skin, scraping the bone of your skull, the warm, salty blood runs in your eyes. And you cannot faint. You must not faint. For by all this, by your stripes will others be healed.
Now, and only now, are you led through the streets to Golgotha to be nailed to this cross which will become a symbol of victory to millions and millions.
You are being nailed to this tree. You can feel the intense pain as each spike is savagely driven through your wrists and feet. Yes, there is still blood within you, because it pours from your hands and feet. You hang here for six hours for all the world to see, in pain and agony, but knowing that because of what you have done Satan is defeated and man can now be deemed worthy in the eyes of God, because of you.
Can you hear Jesus calling your name? Yes, YOUR NAME, saying, “I have given my very life for you, I have shed my precious blood for you so that you might be ransomed from the terrible curse and from the clutches of Satan, I have quickened your spirit from the dead, I have given, yes, I have given my very life for you. What have you given for me?
MAN – 1 , GRAVE – 0
Three full days and nights a body was to lay before anointing it and properly preparing it; a custom at the time to insure no one was buried alive. Jesus had foretold that He would arise on the third day and so He did. The party approaching the tomb that Easter morning found it empty, except for the two who said, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen.”.
To say you are going to do something is one thing, but to actually do it is another. Here is yet another example for us. Consider the grave a doorway. If we enter into it believing the miracle of Jesus’ birth, that He was truly the Son of God, and the miracle of God’s power to resurrect Him, and that He is your Lord and Master; then you, too, can come out the other side of the doorway to begin a new and wonderful life, far beyond your expectations and wildest dreams.
Death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory?
PART III THE GOD
THE TRINITY IS UNDERSTANDABLE
I am not writing to prove the existence of God, neither am I defending His right to exist. No man has the right to do either. Each must come to his own terms, and the Bible provides us with the answers we seek. How could any words from the mind of man provide a better proof than the very words of God Himself?
Read Chapter Eleven of the book of Hebrews. Faith is a strange animal. It is a substance most all understand, yet few can find the words to describe. Faith is knowing that hopes and dreams can become a reality, a certainty for that which we cannot see. By this very faith, the works and power of the Trinity are accepted, but God as a Trinity is to be also understood, not just accepted.
Genesis 1:1, the King James Version, reads, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” The Hebrew word for heaven in this instance is SHAMEH, which is the same Hebrew word that is translated heavens in Psalms 33:6, for example. The Hebrew word that is translated God is ELOHIYM which is the plural of ELOAHH or ELOWAHH, and yet it would be highly inappropriate to say Gods. In Exodus 34:15-16, this same Hebrew word ELOHIYM is translated gods. When its use is other than of God, it becomes gods.
In the new testament, also the King James Version, the Greek word THEOS is translated God in John 1:1, and yet in John 10:34-35, it is translated gods.
The old testament was originally written in Hebrew, the new testament in Greek, King James merely oversaw the interpretation of each into English spoken in his day. Why, then, did Moses and other old testament writers use ELOHIYM, and Paul as well as the disciples use THEOS in the new testament. Could it be they understood.
This highly intricate Trinity reduced to simplicity for human comprehension by God has, in fact, been complicated by man to the point of confusion, certainly not God’s intent whatsoever. If one can not get a handle on this, then attempting to understand the laws, commandments, works, and the power of God becomes increasingly difficult, or, perhaps, almost impossible to comprehend. Just think of the word God as a plural one, as sheep, fish, and fruit are.
Before a child can use multiplication, he must know addition, One plus one plus one equal three, but one times one times one equal one. Are both expressions not true?
“God, grant to me the peace of mind to accept by faith those things not comprehendible by man’s mind, to obtain by Your knowledge those thing meant to be comprehendible, and the wisdom to know the difference, In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
HIS PAST: HE WAS!——AGELESS
No man can comprehend something that has had no beginning and will have no end. Any attempt to do so will only result in the worst case of frustration ever. As a child I would say to myself, and dwell on the fact, and upset myself immensely that God had no beginning and will have no end, and that the universe goes on forever and is everywhere. These are two points we must accept by faith. Knowledge is useless for the time being.
He came out of eternity past and was the Creator, creating first the heavens and then the earth. Somewhere between came the creation of the angels (Job 38:4-7) for they were present and shouted with joy at the creation of the earth.
Painstakingly, He laid out the earth with exactness. It is the proper distance from our sun so we not freeze nor cook, the moon in its proper place to precisely control the tides, the correct tilt of the earth’s axis to create the four seasons, things taken for granted by man or thought to be an accident or a happen-chance event.
There is disagreement between theologians and scientists as to the age of the earth and yet how much time passed between Genesis 1:1 and those events, and those events beginning in Genesis 1:2? King James Version renders the earth ‘without form and void’ and yet Moses wrote ‘tohu va bohu’ meaning waste and empty but in existence. If man cannot cope with or make an attempt to understand either by faith or by knowledge those occurrences and happenings for the past six-thousand years, then how can he begin to comprehend those things which came before? And yet it is all written down for us; creation of the heavens and the angels and the earth, angels ruling planets, a plot by Lucifer and his followers, complete destruction of Lucifer’s kingdom here on earth, the results of which are in Genesis 1:2 (Earth a wasteland and empty of living things, complete darkness surrounding it, and water completely cover it). How long did the earth lie dormant? The flood in Noah’s day lasted over one year and still when the waters receded, vegetation was still present. Results of Lucifer’s flood left nothing.
And the He created man in the image and likeness of God. (Image – TSELEM – resemblance; Likeness – DEMUWTH – model or shape). He originally gave title to the earth to Lucifer. Lucifer lost it. Then He gave it to man. Man lost it to Lucifer. He gave up His glorious position to become flesh. Through the death on the cross and the resurrection from the grave, He gave back to man, title to the earth. Why then don’t we rightfully claim it instead of being constantly in subjection to Satan? Jesus gave His Life for this and we throw ours away needlessly. Yes, He was —— ageless!
HIS PRESENT: HE IS ——– A MASTER BUILDER
When He was flesh and blood, He was the son of a carpenter. And while He was flesh and blood, He told the disciples after the Last Supper on the way to Gethsemane that He was to be not long in departing and that in His Father’s house there would be many abodes and that He would go and prepare a place for ‘you’. He created the heaven and the earth. True, He possessed the skill of a carpenter while on earth. True, He went to prepare a dwelling place in heaven for each of us. But it is not for these abilities that He is known as a Master Builder. It only took Him six days to re-establish the earth and all it contains, so why should it take two-thousand years to prepare dwelling places in heaven? Perhaps at the most one day! So what has He been building for two-thousand years that qualifies Him at present as a Master Builder? For all this time He has been molding the character of man, through the Holy Spirit, so that each brick fits together to form a perfect church, an audience suitable for God’s presence, a congregation worthy of spending eternity with God. Eternity is a long time and God must be very sure with whom eternity is shared. Each must be purged of all desires of rebellion even though the freedom of choice with each remains. If God wanted an audience to continually praise and glorify Him just to hear the beautiful words, then a race of robots could have been created. But yes-men are not wanted. The praise and glory must come from the heart, not the mouth. Stop for a moment and think of your reaction to the same situation. Do you appreciate those who say nice things to because they feel they have to? Or does the appreciation lie in the fact that they do it because they want to? Well, if we are truly created in His image and likeness, then He is no different.
Before a build can be erected, the building blocks must be molded. If the blocks are shabbily constructed, then the building will crumble. But the stronger the blocks, the stronger the building. Of course, Jesus Christ is the foundation, so no worry there.
This is the present tense —– He is! This is what is transpiring today —— molding men into quality blocks. If a piece of clay that is to be a beautiful pot or crock doesn’t quite seem to make it before it is completed, then back it goes to the potter’s shed. And this is the case with us. How many times must we say, “Lord, I know I’m not right according to the standards established. As much as I am going to hate it, let’s go back to the potter’s shed”? Have you ever spoken these words? Should you speak them now?
Yes, His business today is that of molding building blocks. The mold has been set. And it really isn’t hard to fit into that mold as the devil makes you think it is. After all, he doesn’t want you in His mold, he wants you to be cast aside, discarded, and rejected, or at least feel that way.
Some think that the righteousness spoken of in the Bible is an unattainable goal, so they don’t even attempt to reach it. But since we are now under the period of grace, then the righteousness is as a tight rope we must walk, and grace is the safety net. If we fall off the rope, we are caught and have another chance to finish the walk, if we ask for forgiveness. How many times does the beginner in the circus fall? And how many times does he get back up and do it again? Ring a bell, anyone? We, all, must stumble many, many times before we get it right, but each time we chalk up a bit more experience than the last time, right?
Social status, background, education, color, nationality, denomination, sex; all of these have a very significant place in how we fit into the mold created by society. However none of these have any real value when it comes to entering the mold He has created. Know what is important there? It’s not being rich or poor; college graduate or sixth-grade drop-out; red, yellow, brown, black, or white (after all what color is a soul?); Jew or gentile; any of the going church memberships today; or the superiority of the male or the female. He loves each of us independently of the other, and desires that all fit into the mold. It is our willingness to see our mistakes, the mistakes of our forefathers, and the common sense to benefit and learn from them without suffering the consequences. It is our willingness to go into the potter’s house as nothing and come out a beautiful, magnificent, special piece of finely crafted pottery, as the potter would design us, not as we would have us be.
The end result, the sight of this quality building block, is far more beautiful than we can ever imagine. And it is a goal that as impossible as Satan says it is to obtain, is one that is realistic and assessable. The description can be found in Galatians 5:22-23, a person filled with love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Consider, if you will, a baker making a cake. All you see is the end result, but for every cake, there is time and effort and a large pile of dirty dishes and pots and pans in the background. It’s the same with our lives. Sometimes we fear the mess much more than the finished product, but any cook knows that a good cake, well-made, is worth every bit of sacrifice put into it.
Yes, He is —– A Master Builder! Will you be the buildee?
HIS FUTURE —– HE IS TO COME!——-
The Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. All the while the world, our social systems, will stumble blindly along, and then one day much to its surprise the game will be over. Imagine, if you will, a magnificent army of innumerable soldiers clad in pure and brilliant white, each mounted on a perfect, muscular, shining white steed with swords drawn, sparkling and gleaming in the sunlight, with a leader out front, His eyes aflame with an unquenchable fire, blindlingly brilliant, His immaculate uniform literally dipped in blood from countless ages past, and on His vesture and on His thigh is the name KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS, and here they come, right at our old social system and those within it. What will be once deemed virtually indestructible will crumble within a blink of an eye. Beauty or ugliness? It depends from which side of the fence it is viewed. In an instant it will be over and the blood will run, as deep as the bridle on a horse, in the Valley of Jehosephat, Armageddon, in the not-so-distant future. Will you be a winner or a loser? At the moment, now, there is still time before the battle to decide.
After the battle, His earthly government will be established both for the soldiers in His army and those humans remaining who did not participate in the war against Him. This reign will last one-thousand years, a time of peace and goodness toward all with Satan bound in chains and cast away. At the end of this millennium, Satan is loosed for a short period of time to gather his remaining forces, but will be totally defeated by fire from heaven, from the Father, and cast into the Lake of Fire with all those who chose to do his will rather than the will of the Father, forever. And then this heaven and this earth will be re-constructed to its original state in Genesis 1:1 and this new heaven and this new earth will appear and peace and joy will reign forever with God and those who chose to love God. A fairy tale you say; no, more real than life itself!
He is to come! —– The Lord of Lords and King of Kings!
AND NOW, THE SALES PITCH
In any sale, the product worth its salt, deserves a closing. That is asking the consumer to take the product and use it for a price. Good products carry some type of guarantee, up to and including a lifetime warranty. Some shoddy imitations carry none.
The product represented here is Jesus Christ. It carrys not only a lifetime guarantee, but an eternal guarantee. No danger of ever not being satisfied.
Satan will try to high-pressure you into his line by making many promises, promises that are temporary and of the world, not of the future, He will ply you, tempt you, bargain, plead, anything he can do to convince you. He is effective because so many have fallen prey. If you find out that the product fails, to whom are you going to return it for full refund? The price you pay may be high —– eternal life, in exchange for eternal torment and hell in that place reserved for him, the Lake of Fire, every moment filled with the realization of what you could have had. Then, it will be too late, now there is still time.
You see, the product I present is eternal life. We can make an effort and own the quality product or do nothing but fall in line with the worldly system and have the other. How hard is it to say ‘I’m sorry’ anyway? “I’m sorry God, forgive me.” That’s all. He will take it from there. There will be many in the fires of that lake who will say I’m sorry after the fact and will beg and plead for His forgiveness every moment of their eternal existence there, but it will be too late.
All of us have an eternity to spend somewhere. It’s your choice TODAY that will determine your TOMORROW.
God bless you.
Vietnam PTSD: Another Curse of Satan
I was a happy-go lucky kid, having fun chasing girls, running with the guys, living my life, felt safe, had a sense of right and wrong, school provided structure, leading to a happy future.
I lived in a world where every single day and night I had to worry about being wounded, mutilated or killed. I survived 115-120 degree temperatures, torrential rains, poor food, awful insects and demanding physical efforts. I learned to stuff my feelings when I saw unspeakable horrible events, felt tremendous terror/fear/revulsion, and developed rage and anger to cover up. I may have killed, saw others kill, or saw the end results of horrible killing and death. I may have turned to alcohol or drugs to numb me out and keep the terror from my awareness. I was given responsibility over friends who died under my care. I learned to hate, became confused, feared making new friends, felt isolated/alone/abandoned and no one to tell. No place to let the pain go. I forgot my beliefs, lost my life’s direction, lost who I was, survived for a year in this living hell, and expected that I would return to be the same happy-go-lucky kid, but he had died in Vietnam.
I was no longer the happy-go-lucky kid. The world was no longer a safe place in which I lived. I was confused, lost angry, fearful, suicidal, quiet and withdrawn. I had lost my ability to have fun. I became antisocial, untrusting, fearful, vengeful, numb, and no longer fit in. I had lost my sense of direction, and lost my self. The horror was still with me from Vietnam, and the alcohol and drugs only triggered my fears into rage, violence, and “crazy behavior”. I just wanted to be the old me, but now I was an old man with post traumatic stress disorder as my world! I could not handle stress and feared anything new or different. The horror continued in my head for years after returning. Others saw the changes and wanted the happy-go-lucky kid to still be me. Others told me just to forget about it, but I haven’t found out how to do that. I live with the past daily. The kid was killed by war; he no longer exists.
My name is Earl Davis. I am a United States Marine Corps Vietnam combat veteran. I am a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was in Vietnam in 1966, as an interrogator with the 9th Interrogation-Translation Team stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station at Chu Lai, South Vietnam. Chu Lai was in I Corps south of Da Nang on the coast. Many of you may be familiar with the location of Chu Lai because of its proximity to My Lai, the site of the Lt. Calley incident.
We are here now to discuss the causes and effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the past, effects of combat had labels like “shell-shocked” and ‘battle fatigue”. These were the labels applied by man and our government in an effort to explain the effects of combat on the veteran.
The DSM IV, the handbook used by the Veterans Administration to explain psychological disorders in veterans, lists the diagnostic criteria as follows:
The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury to the physical integrity of self and others, and the person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.
This event is persistently re-experienced in one or more of the following ways:
1. Repeated and uninvited depressing recollections of the traumatic event or events to the point of vivid images, disturbing thoughts, and negative perceptions.
2. Repeated distressing dreams of the event in the manner described in the previous statement.
3. Acting or feeling as if that event were occurring at that moment (reliving the experience, having flashback episodes, including those happening upon awakening or when intoxicated).
4. Intense psychological distress when exposed to circumstances resembling the original traumatic event.
5. Physically reacting those circumstances as though they were happening again for the first time.
The DSM IV goes on to describe how the above leaves its mark on us:
1. Taking whatever measures we feel is necessary to avoid these thoughts, feelings, or conversations.
2. Avoiding activities, places, or people that bring back these thoughts.
3. Forced amnesia – inability to remember the event.
4. Turning every thing inside – no interest or participation in anything.
5. Feeling of detachment from others – no self-worth.
6. Unable to have any loving/caring feelings.
7. No expectations to have a career, marriage, children, or a normal life-span.
It is said that if any three (3) of the seven (7) effects are present then the person is suffering from PTSD.
I have a friend whose brother is a Vietnam veteran. My friend told me that on various occasions his brother had said that he felt at times that he was cursed.
Recently, God placed a booklet in my hands through a friend. It’s title is “America Ambushed”, now out of print, written by Chuck Dean of Point Man International Ministries. I’d like to read you a portion of that book and combine that with the seven effects of PTSD, along with reading from the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy from the Old Testament.
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the malady that plagues hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans today is a SPIRITUAL problem, and a bi-product of pagan curses.
In late 1989, Point Man Ministries headquarters received a verbal report that an ex-Buddhist monk had shared with an American pastor regarding demonic curses being cast upon American troops during the Vietnam war.
Since we know that Satan’s playground and battlefield is mostly the minds of men. we began to take serious notice of how these so-called curses may had affected all Vietnam veterans. When we did, we realized that PTSD’s origin had more of an explanation than simply being beaten down by the rigors of combat, and participating in an unpopular war.
According to the ex-Buddhist priest, an entire sect of Vietnamese Buddhist monks spent years heaping specific curses upon all Americans that came to fight their country. These specific curses were:
1. That the American soldiers would become wandering men and women for the rest of their lives.
2. That they would never find peace.
3. That they would be angry men and women for the rest of their lives.
The secular way of bringing mental health and healing to the Vietnam veteran has not produced any permanent satisfactory results since the war ended. One veteran described their administrated practices as ‘putting a band-aid on a bullet hole’. The majority of all programs given by the government have only taught the veteran how to ‘cope’ with the problem. They have no permanent solutions simply because they don’t understand, or adhere to the Biblical truths regarding the spiritual makeup of a man, and the spiritual enemies and battles that confront us constantly.
To understand what really happened to our troops in S.E.Asia, and why they are seemingly hopeless cases, with ‘incurable’ stress problems (the VA makes this claim), we must look from the spiritual side of things. We must look at the eternal, not the physical.
Before the United States entered this conflict in Vietnam, France had been occupying the country for many years. France failed to keep the peace between the warring tribes of Vietnam and was ousted. History reveals that in the areas of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand there have been century-old battles between these tribes.
During that time much of the religion in these areas was Buddhism and Hinduism, mixed with Spiritism (worshipping spirits). Over the centuries this part of the world was given over to pagan spiritual powers.”
From Ephesians 6:12 of the New Testament:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Back to ‘America Ambushed’:
“When they (these warring tribes) went to war they called their gods (principalities, powers, rulers, spiritual wickedness) to fight for them. During these battles they had learned how to call on the spirits to destroy their opponents. When foreign powers came to their countries, they also used these same spiritual forces against them. Our American men and women went to fight a physical war, not a spiritual one. They were spiritual ambushed and much sickness, confusion, mental torment, and death) especially through suicide) followed.”
Let’s compare these readings to scriptures in Deuteronomy:
” But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day, then all of these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.
Cursed shall you be in the city and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading trough. Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, of your land, of the increase of your cattle and the young of your sheep.
Cursed shall you be when you come in and cursed shall you be when you go out.
You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but not live in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but not gather its grapes. Your sons and daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all the day; and there shall be no power in your hands to prevent it.
You shall beget sons and daughters but shall not enjoy them, for they shall go into captivity.
The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the ends of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you shall not understand, a nation of unyielding countenance who will not regard the person of the old or show favor to the young.”
The following is from Derek Prince’s book entitled “Blessing of Curse”:
Through personal observation and experience, I compiled the following list of seven problems indicating that a curse is at work. When I compared my list with that of Moses in Deuteronomy 28, I was impressed by the close correspondence between them:
1. Mental and/or emotional breakdown.
2. Repeated or chronic sicknesses.
3. Barrenness, a tendency to miscarry or related female problems.
4. Breakdown of marriage and family alienation.
5. Continuing financial insufficiency.
6. Being ‘accident-prone’.
7. History of suicides and unnatural or untimely deaths.
John 10:10 says that, “the thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy”. Satan appears to exercise much control in the far-east – Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. After researching a book by George Otis, Jr. and Mark Brockman, entitled ‘Strongholds of the 10/40 Window”, I have concluded that worship of evil spirits for power seems to be the norm in that part of the world.
Ladies and Gentlemen and families, we have been cursed — not by God, but by Satan. Why? Satan wants to tear apart mankind, God’s creation. Also, the United States has long been very instrumental in support of modern day Israel, God’s chosen people. Satan doesn’t like this and doesn’t want this.
If you are truly fed up with the effects of PTSD or the curse, there is one way out. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”.
When God created mankind, He placed within each of us something very, very powerful. He gave us the right to make a choice!! Deuteronomy 30:19-20, “I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live and may love the Lord your God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
From this point forward, you have the right to choose, once and for all, to break the PTSD curse from the devil.
Your response can be, “Father God, on the basis of your Word written in the Holy Bible, I make my response. I refuse death and curses. Instead I choose life and blessings.”
Jesus said in John 8:32, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” In Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor, He has sent Me to announce release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed, downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity.” Galatians 3:13, “Christ purchased our freedom from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree, or is crucified.'”
Every recovery program established has specific steps to recovery. Here are God’s steps to recovery from the PTSD curse:
1. Confess, or say out loud, your faith in Jesus, God’s Anointed and in His sacrifice for you; in His Name, His Word, His Blood. Romans 10:9-17, “Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes and so is justified or declared righteous, and with the mouth he confesses and confirms salvation. The scripture says, No man who believes in Him and trusts Him will ever be put to shame or disappointed. There is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him. For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But how are people to call upon Him in Whom they have not believed, in Whom they have no faith, in Whom they have no reliance? And how are they to believe of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how are men to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings. So faith comes by hearing and what is heard of the message that came from the lips of Christ the Messiah Himself.”
2. Repent of all rebellion and sin. Mark 1:15. “The Kingdom of God is at hand; have a change of mind about past misconduct and a change in present conduct for the better and believe the good news, believe the gospel.”
3. Claim forgiveness of sin or past misconduct. 1John 1:9, “If we freely admit that we have sinned, or have been guilty of misconduct, and confess our sins, He is true to His own nature and promises and will forgive our sins or dismiss our lawlessness and cleanse us from all unrighteousness or wrong-doing.”
4. Here is the hard, hard one: In order to receive anything from God, we must forgive all who have ever wronged us or harmed us. Mark 11:25-26, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop, leave it, let it go, in order that you Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your own failings and shortcomings and let them drop. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.” This is from ‘America Ambushed’ and Chuck Dean is speaking, “Not long ago, I was speaking at a national conference for Vietnam veterans, and I touched on the importance of forgiving such notable figures as Jane Fonda, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, etc, The reactions were mixed, especially when I mentioned truly forgiving Jane Fonda, the Vietnam veteran’s arch-enemy, for her activities during the war. One particular veteran who has been paralyzed and wheel-chair bound for twenty years, forgave her and got out of his wheel-chair and walked. As far as I know, he is still walking, and most of all he is praising the Lord for setting him free of his un-forgiveness.” Conquering un-forgiveness is difficult — but not impossible. Reach out a little to God, and He will reach back a lot!!
5. Renounce all contact with anything satanic or of the occult. 2Cor 6:14-15,17, “For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ or Belial (the devil)? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? So come out from among them, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord, and do not touch any unclean thing, then I will received you kindly and treat you with favor.” All ties with the misconduct of the past must be broken and destroyed.
6. You are now ready, having been duly prepared, to pray the prayer of release from this curse and become a member of the family of God.
A. Prayer of Salvation – “Father God, I come to You in the name of Jesus. I ask You to forgive me of all my past sins, including my rejection of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is my Lord, and believe in my heart that He dies for me and my sins, and You raised Him from the dead by the Power of Your Holy Spirit. I now receive Your forgiveness and Your life into my spirit. I am now born again, Your Holy Spirit with my spirit, a new creature in Christ Jesus. Thank You Father, that Jesus is my Lord. Amen.”
B. Prayer of Forgiveness – “Father, in the name of Jesus, I now confess that I have not loved, but have resented certain people and groups who have hurt or disappointed me. I have un-forgiveness in my heart. I call upon You, Father, to help me forgive. In the name of Jesus, I do now forgive: begin naming names, groups, institutions, etc. that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. Take your time! Father, in the name of Jesus, I do now also forgive myself. I claim and receive your forgiveness because I am Your child. Amen.”
C. Prayer for Breaking the PTSD Curse – “Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, I am truly Your child. I have been purchased by the Blood of Jesus. I belong to You, I do not belong to the devil. The devil has no right to me and no power over me because of the precious Blood of Jesus. Father, You have known my sins. I confess them all. I repent of all of them now. I ask You to forgive me. Forgive me of every sin and remove the stains from my heart and from my life, for Your Word tells me that when I confess my sins, You will forgive me and will cleanse me of all unrighteousness. I not only confess the sins that were committed by my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents – which introduced curses into my family. I confess those sins to You that the power of the curse might be broken through the shed Blood of Jesus – Blood that was also shed for me . In the name of Jesus, I now rebuke, break and loose myself and my family from my own sins, the sins of my ancestors or from any other person. I am redeemed from the curse of the Law. I break the power of every spoken curse – of every evil that came out of my mouth. I take back all ground I ever yielded to the devil and establish my faith in the Lord Jesus and I claim the blessing rather that the curse. I break the power of every evil word that was knowingly or unknowingly spoken against me by any other person, cult, or group. I cancel that spoken word and I cancel the power of the curse in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in Your power through the Holy Spirit, Lord Jesus. I believe in Your redemption for me. I believe in my heart that You are my Savior – You are my Deliverer. I confess You with my mouth, and I confess that the power of every curse is now broken in the authority of Your Name. I command every evil spirit which is come in through the door of that curse to leave me NOW!!!, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
7. Now believe that you have received and go on into God’s blessings. Eph 3:20, Now to Him Who, by the power that is at work within us, is able to do superabundantly, for over and above all that we can ask or think beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams.” These simple words will help you in receiving, “Father, I now open myself to receive Your blessings in every way You want to impart them to me. In Jesus’ name.” Keep these words of receiving active in your mind and on your lips. Find a good, loving, understanding church where the Bible is taught and preached.
God loves you and we love you. God bless you, and remember Jesus is Lord over all.