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Genesis 1:26 – “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in OUR IMAGEOUR LIKENESS, to be LIKE US. To have DOMINION…”

We understand that God’s original intention in creation was to have relationship with us His creation. That through relationship we would be the exact expression of Himself on earth. But because of Adam’s treason, his sin fell on us all (Romans 5:12). Then began the tarnishing of the image of humanity. One generation begat another generation of tarnished image-bearers. And with every generation the sin became more engraved and more extreme. But because of God’s dream to have image-bearers on earth, He sent His son Jesus to be His exact expression and our redeemer (Hebrews 1:3). Literally, Jesus exchanged places with us to restore us back to God’s original idea of being His IMAGE BEARERS. God’s dream is that we live like Him on earth and have DOMINION over all the power of the enemy. Romans 5:17 explains it – “By the trespass of one man (Adam), death reigned through that one man. But even greater is God’s grace and His gift of righteousness, for ALL who receive it (the gift of righteousness) will reign (have dominion) over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” Through Christ, God did what it took to revive His dream of having IMAGE BEARERS on earth.

God’s dream is that we live like Him on the Earth.   

So that now, (you and I) His IMAGE BEARERS’ main objective is to be transformed from the life that we possessed before Christ to the life that we now have in Christ. This transformation only occurs as we change the way that we think. We must become people who allow God and His Word to eradicate every thought that would keep us from fully expressing who He is. Jesus makes an incredible statement in John 17:22 “I have given them (us) the GLORY that you gave me.” We are the exact image (glory) of Jesus, so that anything that doesn’t look like God in our lives, bear His image, we must oppose and take authority over. I love what Bill Johnson says about this, “We will know our mind is renewed when the impossible looks logical.” Jesus never questioned the willingness or the ability of His Father. In John chapter 11, when Jesus was facing an impossible situation in the natural, He ordered the stone to be removed from Lazarus’ burial tomb. Now, most people would say, “Well, it must have been his (Lazarus’) time.” But watch Jesus being an IMAGE BEARER, while all eyes were on Him, He gives the instruction that changes everything. John 11:40, “Didn’t I tell you that If you believe, you will see the glory of God.”

If you believe? Here lies the answer to transformation. What do you believe about your Father? Because what you know about your Father will change the image you have of yourself. This is the importance of relationship. Having a religious experience and having an intimate relationship are two totally different places that we can live from. Relationship changes us. Relationship transforms us into being intimate sons and daughters. Because of relationship with the Father Jesus tells us in John 11:41,42 -“Father, I thank you that you have heard me, I know that you always hear me.” Because of His confidence in their relationship Jesus then exclaims “Lazarus, come forth.”  It is out of the place of knowing the Father that we have confidence that He hears us and that His ability to answer and provide never comes into question.

Relationship transforms us into intimate sons and daughters.

When you know God as the Good Father (Psalms 136:1) you’ll know that it is His will to always exceed our hopes and dreams (Psalms 37:4). Because as His IMAGE BEARERS God desires that our lives are the expression of who He is. The GLORY of God that we possess compels us to something greater in our lives that we have yet to experience. REIGNING, RULING, having DOMINION in righteousness is who God is in us as His IMAGE BEARERS. He is always able and willing to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask (Ephesians 3:20). But when we don’t really know who God is, we don’t ask – because we don’t know Him. Our Father has no limitation concerning anything that pertains to our lives.     

There is an abundant supply of peace for those who ask. There is an abundance of financial breakthrough for those who ask. There is an abundance of healing power for those who will believe and ask. Always pray and ask in expectation. Never allow your past or someone else’s past experience to limit your faith. Because He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask. 

My prayer for you today is that you will be TRANSFORMED by seeing yourself the way that your Father sees you, as His IMAGE BEARER, reigning and ruling over all the power of the enemy. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

 Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

The Gospel of Power

Romans 1:16-“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the POWER of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes; to the Jew and also the Gentile.”

We should never underestimate the power of the Word of God. The Word of God possesses the very essence of who God is, His character and His nature. The CORE of who God is is that He is good (1 Chronicles 16:34). And because of that being who He actually is, His love for us never wavers. Most people view God as an unstable schizophrenic who’s mood changes according to the circumstances. A recent survey’s findings said that 73% of Christians believe that God is angry, judgmental, uncaring and distant. In other words, if you’ve been good, then He is happy with you. If you’ve messed up and sinned, then His mood changes, so He is mad at you. We need to understand that God and the GOSPEL are fixed and established upon the truth that Christ paid the total complete price for our SALVATION. The truth of God’s goodness is true for the believer and the unbeliever. That is why it is GOOD NEWS! And that doesn’t change according to our behavior. But salvation is received and experienced in our lives through FAITHOne of the differences between the believer and the unbeliever is that the believer has placed their faith in Christ and His completed work, so now faith releases the POWER of GOD into the believer’s life empowering them to live out the life of Christ. For us as believers that means one-ness with the Father now empowers us to live as Christ lived with power over sin and every work of darkness (John 10:30). In spite of religious unbelief, Jesus was the expression of the gospel, meaning that if Jesus did it, we can do it, we can have it, and experience it in our lives.      

The truth of God’s goodness is true for the believer and unbeliever. 

The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 1:16 that we are not to be ashamed of the gospel. The tactic of the enemy is to keep us shamed. And what do we do when we are ashamed? We attempt to hide the thing that brings us shame. The enemy’s lie is to beat us up with shame which causes us to live guilt-ridden lives, so we hide just like Adam did from the very one (our Father) who loves us and forgives us. As long as we are living in shame, we cannot experience the POWER of the GOSPEL that sets us free. The enemy knows that if he can keep you in shame, you will never live in victory. And when we allow his deception to control us, we will also be ashamed of the gospel. As long as we are living in shame, our lives and testimony will not be filled with power. Meaning that we will live powerless lives with no influence with others. 

I remember being in high school and occasionally having an acne problem. I felt embarrassed and ashamed. So, what did I do? I would usually get out the acne ointment and attempt to cover up the blemish. If it was a bad one, I would try to stay away from others. God says in 1 John 1:7, “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the BLOOD of JESUS cleanses us from ALL sin.” The light of Christ doesn’t reveal anything in our lives to shame us or condemn us but rather to reveal His love for us, and to bring us back to a place of unhindered fellowship with Him and others. But when we do sin, the Holy Spirit always draws us to Christ so that we can REPENT (1 John 1:9). And when we do repent, we are actually uncovering the infraction of our relationship and applying the healing ointment of the BLOOD of CHRIST so that we can have continual fellowship with Jesus and His blood (which keeps us free from guilt and shame).  

Today I want to encourage you to apply the healing ointment (the BLOOD OF CHRIST)to any area of your life or anything in your life so that you can experience the POWER of the GOSPEL that will set you free from all guilt and shame, all sin and every sickness or disease.  

The Power of the Gospel will set you free from all guilt and shame.

My prayer for you today is that you will allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and allow the POWER of the GOSPEL to set you free. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

It’s Time for Revival

Acts 2:17-“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

Typically, we go to churches because we agree with what the church believes. For the most part, we all agree that faith in Christ and His sacrifice as being our only source of salvation is a non-negotiable. “It’s by grace that we are saved, through faith. And you cannot take credit for this; it is the gift from God” (Ephesians 2:8). Faith to believe in Christ is given to us from God Himself, we can’t even take any credit for our willingness to believe the gospel. It’s all from God. That’s what makes it grace. But since we are in the last days, there should be more that we are believing to unite us. What we should be believing for in addition to salvation in Christ, is the Spirit of Revival! 

Just about every preacher will agree that we are in the last days. So, I ask – why don’t we all believe what the Bible says is to be happening in the last days? Since God said He is pouring His Spirit out (and He can’t lie), that means the power of Holy Spirit should be here. The Book of Acts is the blueprint for the church. The Holy Spirit is the architect of the church. God gave us Jesus and the Acts of the Holy Spirit (Book of Acts) as our model and example to follow. If we really believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, TODAY and forever, shouldn’t we be believing for the works of Jesus to be manifested? Jesus did say that the works that I do, you shall do and greater works (quantity) shall you do, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12). Jesus left us the assignment of doing what He did. Heal the sick, cast out devils, set people free, love the sinner (Luke 4:18, Luke 19:10). Signs, wonders and miracles were normal and frequent in the ministry of Jesus. The Book of Acts proved that Jesus’ followers could do what He did.

Jesus left us the assignment of doing what He did.

If we just read the Bible without experiencing it, it is nothing more than a history book. That is the problem with the majority of the church, they are just having history class every week. The world doesn’t want or need another history lesson. People I talk with outside of the church are looking for the Real Jesus – not the religious, historical Jesus. They are looking for the Jesus of love, forgiveness, with power to save, heal and deliver. This is the vision for the church that we should be attracted to. Vision brings unity. Doctrine and denominations alone will not bring unity. The Word and the power of the Spirit that brings Revival to peoples’ lives is the only thing that should matter – because God is all about Revival (2 Corinthians 5:19). The word Revival means to revive or bring back to life something that was lost. So, ask yourself, “What has been lost?” 

“Jesus was the expression and the image of the Father, and upholding (proving) everything by the word of His power“(Hebrews 1:3). Everything that Jesus did was to express the heart and love of the Father. Every sign, wonder and miracle was proof of the Father’s heart. So, what has changed? What has been lost? Jesus hasn’t changed, the Father hasn’t changed. God wants to revive us with the expressions of who He has always been. 

The majority of the church for the most part has placed its focus on the wrong thing, teaching. Don’t get me wrong, I study for hours every week. But teaching is not the only thing I desire. The Apostle Paul said, “My teaching and preaching was not with wise and persuasive words, but with demonstrations of the Spirit’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:4). Good teachers of bad theology might sound good but it’s still wrong. You can make something that’s wrong sound right by teaching it well, but that does not make it right. And that is the condition of most. Doctrine was never intended to cause unity. Vision is the only thing that has the power to bring unity. The original apostles did not agree or see eye to eye on doctrine, but they ministered in the power of the Spirit with signs, wonders and miracles. I have friends who go to churches where no one is ever saved, no one is ever healed, no miracles ever happen. I’ve asked them why they go to that church. Their answer was, “I have friends there and I like the pastor”. I love these people, but I lovingly let them know that isn’t why Jesus gave His life for the church!! The Apostle Paul dealt with teachers in the church that were teaching bad doctrine by correcting it, he wouldn’t let it go, he would “speak the truth in love”(Ephesians 4:15) correcting them. Any church that doesn’t look like Jesus: loving the sinner (that means the lost will come because they are loved), healing the sick, signs, wonders and miracles is a dysfunctional church. It’s not doing what Jesus did or gave His life for. A vision of the last-days church should be the basis for our unity – not whether we like the music, the way they take up the offering, or the frequency of communion. Those are negotiable. The only non-negotiable issue is, “Is Jesus showing up?” And if He is, He will do what He has always done. It is the last days and God is pouring His Spirit out, but the religious will miss it because their focus is on the wrong things rather than allowing Jesus (the head of the church) to do what He wants to do.

Vision is the only thing that has the power to bring unity.

My prayer for you today is that you will not miss out on what God is doing in these last days, position yourself for Revival.        

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Freedom

2 Corinthians 3:17 – “Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.”

There are a couple of thoughts that we really need to think about here as we consider the idea of freedom. The truth is that contrary to what we consider as freedom (democracy), the Kingdom of God is not a democracy. Most people think that they can do what they want and go to church where they want. Either Jesus is your Lord or He’s not. The word Lord simply means – Master/Boss. I know that isn’t a popular idea in America, but Jesus wasn’t American. He was and still is the King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s. He came from Heaven to set us FREE from sin and death and to make us ambassadors in His Kingdom. That means that we live by a higher standard than democracy. That is why the apostle Paul tells us – “That we ARE NOT our own, we’ve been bought with a price (you weren’t cheap, it took the Life and Blood of Jesus) so therefore glorify and honor God” (1 Corinthians 6:20). With that in mind let’s consider these thoughts – There are no perfect churches because there are no perfect people or pastors. Jesus said in Mark 2:17 “Healthy people don’t need (me) a doctor, but sick people do.” The church is a hospital, meaning that we’re all in the process of being healed. So, since none of us are perfect or totally healed what holds us together? What keeps us connected to a community of believers, protecting and caring for one another? FREEDOM. The freedom to choose to understand and forgive others.

The church is a hospital – meaning that we’re all in the process of being healed!

The idea that if I don’t agree with what someone else is doing that, I can just go somewhere else is a deceptive and divisive thought from Satan himself. That is what got him thrown out of Heaven. What keeps us together is the freedom to love and communicate when we don’t agree. The freedom to honor one another when we don’t agree. When people just walk out on relationships before having an honest, loving conversation keeps them from growing and maturing. They have actually lost out on the purpose of being saved and in the body of Christ, FREEDOM to honor and communicate. In freedom, there is no fear of being rejected or alienated by others because love sets us free from fear (1 John 4:18).  Fear is the opponent of love and honor. Fear triggers anger, division and manipulation. The thought, I’ll show them, I’ll just leave is nothing more than an attempt to control and manipulate, stimulated from anger. Fear takes power away from the offended and puts them in a vulnerable condition now open to evil spirits (Ephesians 4:26,27). That is why when most people leave a church out of disagreement it is never of the Lord. When in a relationship and something is said or done that you don’t agree with, it is never honoring to just be quiet or leave the relationship. The God way and the mature way to handle a disagreement is to honor the relationship by having an honest, loving conversation. Because we are called to be honoring people (1 Peter 2:17). The truth is that we don’t need to be loving and honoring when we agree. How loving and honoring we are is tested by when we don’t agree. 

Our basis for relationship cannot be totally dependent on agreement. The biggest problem in the church is the belief that we have to see eye to eye. The original apostles did not agree on everything or see eye to eye on every matter. But they did love and honor each other by talking about their disagreements. Who we are as a person proves itself in how we handle disagreement. Being an honoring person is not dependent on whether others live up to our expectations. Being a mature honoring person is determined by how we deal with disagreement. Our character is strengthened by dealing with conflict in a loving way. Ignoring the person and walking away from the relationship never grows us.

Being an honoring person is determined by how we handle disagreement.

The highest goal that we should have in life is becoming Christ-like. To love like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus and to honor others the way that Jesus did. The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 6:1- “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin (sin can mean- that they’ve done something that you believe is wrong), you who are spiritual should restore that person gently.” We have a responsibility to each other, to recognize how important we are to one another. I believe that most people do not intentionally sin against others. In my over twenty years of professional counseling I have found that when someone offends someone else, the offender is not usually aware of it. When someone has done something that we believe is a relationship breaker we have the opportunity to be like Jesus, we have to be willing to confront with the intention of restoring the relationship. The heart of restoration is never to prove I’m right, the motive behind restoration is relationship. Jesus showed us this after His resurrection. While Jesus was being crucified, Peter sinned against Jesus by denying Him three times, while Jesus was in His most neediness place, on the cross. In fact, Peter had sinned so big that he went back to his old way of life before Christ. But watch Jesus’ example of honor. After His resurrection Jesus goes after Peter, He doesn’t avoid Peter. He finds Peter fishing. Jesus prepared breakfast for Peter and they shared a meal together. That’s how you do it, folks, if you want to be like Jesus. In the conversation, Jesus restores Peter back to friendship (John 21). That is how we are to treat each other in relationship. Make restoration your goal when someone sins against you, don’t write them off. Restoration and honor is being Christ-like.

We all have the FREEDOM to be real and honest with each other.  We all have the FREEDOM to forgive. That is how we stay connected and how we protect our community of believers.

My prayer for you today is that you will find the FREEDOM to be honest, forthright and honoring.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Honor

1 Peter 2:17 – “Honor everyone, and love the family of believers, fear God, and respect the king (President). 

Life is made up of relationships, and how we treat relationships will always determine the level of maturity that we will grow too. We all need relationships that will challenge us and help us grow. Through growth we become stronger, more mature, and better people. The truth is that many people run away from these types of relationships not realizing that they are limiting their own growth. I used to do that with gay people. Because I did not agree with their lifestyle, I would avoid them, not realizing that I wasn’t living out the love that I professed as a believer. Then one day the Holy Spirit convicted me of this, so I started reaching out and having uncomfortable conversations. Uncomfortable in the sense that it was challenging to me, probably for them also. But by me honoring these people who I disagreed with it challenged me and grew me to truly love as Christ loves. Honoring one another is not about agreeing. In fact, honoring one another is really only tested when we don’t agree. The test of honor is when we disagree, are we still going to be honoring to one another. Relationships teach us about ourselves. How we treat others, how we speak about others, and how we love others. All of that is a reflection of my heart to honor. 

The Bible makes it clear in Proverbs 27:17 -“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” If we go through life just looking to be in relationship with people that we agree with, our lives will be shallow. And if we walk out on people that we don’t agree with we will never grow. Relationships are to sharpen us to be stronger and better people, reflecting the love of God. When two swords are being sharpened by each other they are knocking off the rough and dulled edges, making a sharper and more effective sword for battle. What happens when we don’t honor one another, is that we lose the opportunity to be sharpened and we will not be prepared for the next battle the enemy brings our way. Again, being an honoring person is only proven and tested through disagreement. It doesn’t require us to be honoring when we always see eye to eye and agree. The true measure of who we are is proven through how we treat each other when we don’t agree.

The Bible is filled with verses that indicate to us who we are to honor. Honor the Lord, Honor your father and mother, Honor your wife, Honor those in authority, Honor your boss, and Honor pastors. In fact, God says, “to give double honor to pastors” 1 Timothy 5:17. 1 Peter 2:17 – “Honor everyone,” covers everybody else, no one is left out. The word honor refers to how we respect and treat others. If I’m to be an honoring person then I am to respect and treat you with honor, especially when we don’t agree. When we are honoring people we will not just walk out on relationships, we will honor the relationship by treating it with respect. We must be honoring to others by being an honoring person. Honor is not something that others have to earn; honor must be who I am. Being an honoring person is not determined by anyone else other than me. You can disrespect me, hurt me, and lie about me, but that doesn’t change who I am. I am still commanded to honor everyone.

So, what does honor look like? To be an honoring person means that when we disagree with someone (that we’re in a relationship with), we have a responsibility to sit with that person and have an honest and respectful conversation with them. Jesus gives us this instruction and command in Matthew 18:15 – “If a brother or a sister has offended you, (that means that you don’t agree about something) then go to them in private.” Sometimes I think that we think that Jesus just made good suggestions. Jesus gave us instructions to be obeyed; and when we don’t, that’s called sin. Jesus makes it very clear that in order to honor the relationship, that you don’t call, text, or Facebook other people to voice your disapproval. You go straight to the person that has offended you in an attempt to reconcile. God’s love for us was proved by Him extending reconciliation to us when we we’re in direct opposition and disagreement with Him (Romans 5:8). We prove how mature we are by living for reconciliation with others. The biggest issue that the world has with the church is that most people in the church don’t even try to reconcile relationships, they just walk out on them. Even the world knows that’s not love. So, the world just looks at us (The Church) and calls us hypocrites. They say, “why would I want anything to do with people who can’t even love each other”. If we would grow up to the point of understanding how important and valuable relationships are, especially Godly relationships, then we would begin to honor each other.         

My prayer for you today is that you would realize how important it is to be an honoring person. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers 

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Boldness

Acts 4:13,14– “Now when they saw the BOLDNESS of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated, ORDINARY men, they were astonished. And they realized that they HAD BEEN WITH JESUS. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them there was nothing that they could say against it (them).” 

I love this portion of scripture because it gives me great hope and expectation. Usually, we believe that we are not good enough or smart enough to be used by God. Nothing against education, I am a true proponent of education. I worked hard to earn my master’s degree. But it is not our education or our own personal works of righteousness that give us any clout with God. Everything that we do that represents the Kingdom of God comes through faith, BOLDNESS and His grace. 

Here in this portion of scripture, a man was healed not because of how smart Peter and John were. But rather because of the BOLDNESS that they displayed. This BOLDNESS was achieved by knowing the person of Jesus and because of what they knew about Him. If we really believe that Jesus is “the same yesterday, today & forever,” shouldn’t we be displaying the same BOLDNESS that Peter and John did? The works of Jesus is never about our abilities or our imperfect life’s. As Ambassador’s we simply represent a Kingdom that’s not of this world whose King wants to invade this world with His presence and power. He is just looking for those that know Him well enough to be bold enough to step out in faith and represent Him.     

The ingredient that was the cause for such a display of BOLDNESS is the truth that “they had been with Jesus.” This is the same invitation that we all have been given. So, we must ask ourselves, who have I been with or who am I giving my time and focus? The simple truth is this, who we spend our time with is who we end up emulating. This act of BOLDNESS which produced a miracle was not achieved through any power of their own but only because of who they knew and through having been with Him. The Kingdom of God is not about achieving, it is about receiving. Our activity for God is meant to only flow out of our intimacy with God. Being “with Him” is how that intimacy is cultivated. In Mark 3 Jesus calls the twelve, just like He calls us so that we can be “with Him.” And in the process of being “with Him,” the disciples fell in love with Him, as will we. And out of this type of love flows the heart to be like Him and to represent Him.

My prayer for you today is that you will become so desperate for Jesus that in being with Him, that you will become like Him.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Break Out Of The Box

Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”

Are you truly aware of all you can accomplish with God? I’m convinced that most of us aren’t. That’s why we settle for mediocre, half-hearted lives. I believe that many of us are going through life carrying heavy loads and baggage, that we were not created to have. We feel weighed down by life’s problems and circumstances. Others have simply surrendered to living in a box of limitation. We’ve put limits on what we believe we are capable of and have lost our sense of purpose and fulfillment. In looking at the opportunity before them (in spite of the negativity of others and the overwhelming natural circumstance), Joshua and Caleb boldly proclaimed that “We are well able” (Numbers 13:30). And they did overcome the negative critical opposition, to possess what God said they could. These boxes of negativity, limitation, and self-defeat must be overcome in order to fulfill the plans of the Lord for our lives. When we do overcome these boxes then we will experience success and satisfaction. 

Many people need to break out of the “Box of Pain”. I admit that life can be tough and sometimes even unfair. Jesus tells us that in this world we will have tests, trials, and tribulations (John 16:33). “But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”(John 16:33). It can be discouraging at times when we don’t know which way is up or where to go from here. When the pain of disappointment has become overwhelming. As difficult as it may feel (and I’m telling you from experience), if you’ll replace your cries of pain with shouts of victory and determination, your pain will be turned into joy. Because Jesus’ victory becomes your victory when you by faith celebrate what He has done for you. Many times, we must celebrate by faith, meaning that faith goes against our feelings of hurt and pain (2 Corinthians 5:7). It’s the way out of the “Box of Pain”. 

Many people need to break out of the “Box of Doubt”. If you are still doubting and questioning your worth and whether or not you have a purpose, begin praying, asking God to reveal His heart for you. Start daily decreeing verses over your life – reminding yourself of who you are In Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:9,10). These are just a few scriptures – there are dozens more that reveal your worth and value. Again, as you daily declare these scriptures over yourself, the doubt and unbelief will be diminished and eliminated. God has chosen you for such a time as this. That means that you are well able to accomplish and fulfill every desire of your heart because greater is He that is in you (1 John 4:4). 

Don’t you think that it’s about time that you stop thinking small and believing small? By breaking out of the Boxes of pain and doubt, your plans will succeed. The God of the universe is your Father. Greatness is in your DNA and in your lineage. Your Father loves you with an everlasting love. His Perfect Love defeats the fear that pain has produced and overcomes the doubt that circumstances have imposed. God is telling you to not be afraid! “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom (what) shall, I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom (what) shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). It’s your time to break out of the Boxes of pain, doubt and fear and enter into your destiny! 

My prayer for you today is that you will break out of every Box and know the joy of living up to your full potential.             

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Overcoming Anxiety

II Timothy 1: 7 –“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

What would you think if I told you that you could live without fear? Would you believe me if I said that despite what you saw on the news tonight, you could be perfectly at peace? No matter what happens with the economy you can be at perfect peace. If you lost your job today, you could have peace. No matter what the doctor’s report says, you can live in peace. Impossible? Unrealistic? No! You see, fear isn’t just a reaction to external circumstances. It’s a spiritual force authored by Satan. It begins inside of us. And it is totally destructive. In fact, fear is Satan’s primary weapon against us. He moves in response to fear, the same way that God moves in response to faith. Satan challenges the promises of God with fear.

An excellent example of this is found in Matthew 14:30 when Jesus invited Peter to get out of the boat and come to Him on the water. “But when Peter saw the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me.” What enabled Peter to get out of the boat and walk on the water? His faith in the Word of Jesus. What caused Peter to sink? He saw the wind blowing and took his eyes off “The Word” Jesus and that caused him to fear. It wasn’t the wind that defeated him, it was his fear of it! He looked at the circumstances, gave in to the fear, and the result was defeat, he sank. Whenever the storms of life become our focus instead of Jesus “The Word” the results will always be the same, defeat. If Peter had kept his focus on Jesus, Jesus is the Word, his faith would never have wavered. All the wind blowing and storm raging in the world couldn’t have drawn him off course.

Faith is developed by meditating on God’s Word. Fear is developed by meditating on Satan’s lies. Such fearful meditation is called – worrying, anxiety. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). We must use it to fight worry and fear. Every time Satan comes against you with worry or fear combat him the same way that Jesus did in the wilderness, “It is written,” with the Word (Matthew 4:4). God’s Word and His promises are our weapons to defeat every attack of the enemy. Hold up your shield of faith and quench all his fiery darts. Speak words of faith and fear will depart. Which simply means for us, that the more Word that you’re filled with the more weapons you have at your disposal. Why are so many believers being defeated by the storms of life and worry? No Word, no victory. More Word, greater victory!

My prayer for you today is that you will fill yourself up with the Words of Life that will cause you to overcome every lie and every fear of the enemy. Then you shall be more than a conqueror!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Kiss & Make Up

2 Corinthians 5:18 – “All this is from God, who RECONCILED US to Himself through Christ and GAVE US the ministry of RECONCILIATION.”

As believers we have been healed to be healers, we have been forgiven to forgive, we have been loved to be lovers, we have been reconciled to be reconcilers. Every believer is called to the ministry, the ministry of reconciliation. No one is excluded, that’s how valuable and important you are to the church. So, what does that mean – the ministry of RECONCILIATION? It means that when people hurt us, we keep loving them. Where there is conflict, God expects us to seek reconciliation. It means that when we are offended, wounded, or heartbroken, we choose to forgive and keep loving through the hurt with the heart to reconcile. 

The world and the church are full of people who are estranged from one another. We see siblings who don’t talk to one another, parents who don’t talk to their children. We see people who won’t talk to other people in the church. Someone has offended someone; someone was hurt by someone. So, most of the time instead of seeking reconciliation we simply avoid them. Sometimes we convince ourselves that we must avoid them because we can’t tolerate what they’ve done. But is that fulfilling the call to be a reconciler? This calling to be a reconciler is irrevocable because God called us to it (Romans 11:29). 

How can we deliberately avoid someone when it’s our responsibility to love them? Where would we be if God ignored us when we messed up? John tells us in 1 John 4:20 -“If you don’t love people that you can see, how can you say that you love God, whom you cannot see?”  God loves us through our messes, through our mistakes, and even through our sinful choices. He keeps pursuing us. He keeps offering love in an attempt to bring reconciliation to our relationship. Because that is who He is, so He expects us to do the same with one another. It’s our responsibility to reconcile. 

If you need to be reconciled to someone, take the first step. God took the first step with us, and every step after that – to reconcile with us. Maybe your waiting for them to change, before you will accept them. Is that what God does with us? Absolutely not! He loves us like we’ve never hurt Him or disappointed Him. “While we were still sinners, He died for us” (Romans 5:8). Be the one that makes the first move, step up and be the reconciler that you are called to be. Reconciliation requires us to love as we’ve never been hurt. “Love never fails”(1 Corinthians 13:8). Don’t stop loving. It’s never out of order to love. Sometimes we just need to love – by faith. Because love never fails; love will triumph and bring reconciliation to the relationship. It might take a week, a month or even years but we are responsible, no matter what has been done or said, we are responsible to fulfill our call to the ministry of reconciliation. I know several people who are called to the fivefold ministry (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher – Ephesians 4:11) but have not been able to step into their calling because they have not learned how to fulfill their first calling to be a minister of reconciliation. The MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION is the most important ministry in the church because that is the predominant characteristic of our Father. Before we can reconcile any relationship, we must first choose to forgive. Reconciliation hinges on forgiveness. Jesus acknowledged this principle from the cross – “Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Forgiveness always precedes reconciliation.   

Maybe you’ve been hurt so deeply that you think that you can’t be healed. Our Father is loving and powerful, He can bring healing to every situation. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”(Psalm 147:3). God can give you the grace to love and forgive as if you’ve never been hurt. Bring the hurt, the wound, the mess to God. His grace is sufficient. And His love will never fail! 

My prayer for you today is that you will love like you’re loved, forgive like you’ve been forgiven, and become the reconciler that God has called you to be.

Pointing people to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Win

Joshua 1:8 – “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so that you will obey it. THEN you will prosper and succeed in ALL you do.” 

God is letting us know here that His will for our lives is to WIN! I grew up playing quarterback, so I grew up understanding that in order to WIN you just couldn’t show up. The sad truth is that many people go through life just showing up. Then there are those that don’t show up at all. I look for them on Sunday and they can’t be found. Yet, these are the people who are having the biggest struggles and wonder why. The first principle for success in life is Matthew 6:33 – “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then ALL these things that we have need of will be given to us.” If you can’t prioritize God’s house, why would you think that God is going to prioritize your house? In my over 30 years as a Pastor, one thing I have seen is that the difference between average people and successful people is commitment. To WIN in life we must have a strategy. As a quarterback in order for my team to WIN, we had to have a plan. A strategy, a plan is a well-thought-out scheme of how to overcome what our opponent was going to throw at us. This is contrary to today’s mantra that everyone is a winner, so everyone gets a trophy. That philosophy has produced a generation of young people with an entitlement mentality that has not served them or the world well. No, you do not get a trophy for just showing up. There is an opponent that is attempting to keep you from living a life of victory. But God promises that if you will study His Book, meditate on it and obey it, THEN you will have financial prosperity and succeed. These principles, this promise translates into every aspect of life. Spiritually, Physically, Financially, Family Life, and Careers. God’s will is that you prosper and succeed in every area of your life. There is no greater testimony to the world then to see God’s sons and daughters succeed. This characteristic of God’s goodness and His desire to see His people succeed was instilled in Jewish culture. That is why you will never find a Jewish person who doesn’t believe that God wants them to be prosperous and succeed. Because many of us (like myself) have grown up in a survival environment or just getting by, we struggle with the idea that God wants us to prosper and succeed. The truth is, that in order to experience any of God’s truth, our thinking must be transformed. Let’s look at some strategies that will cause us to WIN.

The scenario in the book of Habakkuk was that Israel was being overtaken by enemy armies. Many of your lives are being tormented by the enemy. God has your answer to WIN. Habakkuk the prophet cries out to God for help. So, God who is ALWAYS good and faithful gives the strategy. Habakkuk records in Habakkuk 2:2 God’s strategy – “Write the vision, make it plain (understandable), so you may run after it.” This is how you move from defeat, from ruin, from being broke, being sick, to victory. Get a vision of where you want to go, where you would rather be, and write it down so you can read it and re-read it and keep your focus on where you are heading. No matter how bad it might be right now or how bad it looks, if you will decide what you would rather have – your story is not over. The truth is for all of us, you will never leave where you are, or your current situation until you decide where you would rather be. I am proof that this truth works no matter your age or your upbringing. Today, if you will make the decision to write down your vision for your life, you can leave being broke behind. You can leave being sick behind. You can leave defeat behind. It starts with you deciding where you would rather be, by writing it down. What does the opposite of what you currently have look like? Write it down! You can walk into my office at home and read my vision on my whiteboard. I read it every day. I know where I am going. So, anything that doesn’t take me in that direction for victory does not get considered.  

In all my football life growing up, the biggest thing that I learned was that you could go into every game with a plan, but the opponent was not going to lay down in defeat. In order to WIN we are going to have to fight for what we want. But the good news is that when we refuse to give in to defeat God fights our battles for us. But the key is to not give in or give up to the enemy’s lies. The Apostle Paul gives us a principle of victory in 1 Timothy 6:12- “Fight the good fight by faith.” The only good fights are the ones that you WIN. Faith always has a voice (Romans 4:17). In order to be in faith, you must make declarations of faith. In other words, after you have decided your vision, of where you want to go and write it down, now you must declare it – in faith. Continually and consistently, your faith must be declared in the face of opposition and especially when you are in the midst of the opposite. Make confessions of faith that keep you encouraged and heading in the direction of your vision. You have to keep believing, no matter how it looks, no matter what comes at you or is attempting to discourage you, you must keep believing and confessing your vision. Jesus said in Mark 11:23 “That you will have whatever you say.” In the fight of faith, you must refuse to give in to the enemy by saying what he is saying, you must keep speaking your vision, not his. Now that kind of faith moves God to work on your behalf. And when God is moved by your faith, no devil in hell can keep you from prospering and succeeding. 

My prayer for you today is that you will decide where you want your life to go – Spiritually, Physically, Mentally, Financially and write it down and believe that you are worth it so much that you cannot help yourself but to declare it!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”