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Greatness Is In You

Matthew 14:28 – Then Peter called to Jesus, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

How easy it would be to settle right where you are, in the place of comfort and familiarity. The natural tendency is to settle and get comfortable. The problem is, the life of God that lives on the inside of you never settles. We are called to greatness! As members of the body of Christ, we are called to do something significant with our lives. The “Greater One” that lives in you will not settle for less. He calls us to get out of the boat, take the risk, walk on the water, climb the mountain, move forward, possess the land, and do greater works.

We are called to Greatness!

Going to the next level in our faith requires us to be like Peter. Peter wasn’t happy sitting in the boat of comfort like everyone else. Are you in the boat? Most people live for comfort, but movers and shakers in the Kingdom never settle with the majority. Leaders are leaders! That’s why they are ahead of the pack. Peter said, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you.” And like Peter, we must have the desire to do the extra-ordinary and to live supernaturally.

We have what the world doesn’t have. We have the God of all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding on the inside of us, speaking to us. Believers have the God of the universe, the wisdom of all creation living in us. Why would we settle for anything less than Super – Natural and extra-ordinary? We are called to press forward into where God is wanting to take us – not settle for where we have been (Philippians 3:14). Unlike other gods, our God is a living, breathing, personal, speaking God. And after we know the leading of the Lord, we must believe He is faithful to complete it. His faithfulness must be settled in our hearts as we step out in faith and do what we’ve never done or gone where we have never gone. But that is when we will be met with opposition. It’s at this point that the men and women of faith are separated from the boys and girls. Faith doesn’t keep opposition from challenging us. Faith keeps us focused on our God, the storm-tamer.

His faithfulness must be settled in our hearts.

Always remind yourself of God’s faithfulness. Look at the times when Moses, Abraham, Joseph and the other heroes of our faith stepped out of their comfort zones. God has a track record of faithfulness. The truth is that He who has called you is faithful to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). God will always be faithful to fulfill every Word and every promise.

Satan is the great deceiver. He is a liar and if he can create just enough doubt in you, then he can set up a stronghold that will keep you from moving forward. James warns us against being doubtful. A doubting person wavers and will receive nothing from the Lord (James 1:8). We must stay focused on the Lord who is faithful. One of the enemy’s tactics is to get us to focus on our own limitations. To look at the natural circumstances through human logic. He will say things like “Why do you think you can walk on water?” Or like the 10 spies, “we are like grasshoppers in their sight.” By looking at their own natural limitations they missed out on God’s limitlessness.

We must stay focused on the Lord, who is faithful.

You have an inheritance – the DNA of tried and tested faith. God is calling you to do something and be a part of something greater than anything you’ve ever done. It will probably require you to do something that you’ve never done before, in a way you’ve never done it, but He is calling you to a place that is going to require greater faith. Where God is always beckoning us to come is to new territory, just like He did with Joshua. This will require us to go where we have never been (Joshua 3:4). If you continue doing what you’ve done expecting different results, that’s called insanity. Start believing that when you step out, the strongholds that are currently restraining you will come down – in Jesus name! Never trust your eyes or feelings in the matters of faith. Rather than counting the cost of possible loss, consider the reward of accomplished faith. Remember the many times that God has come through…even when it seemed impossible.

My prayer for you today is that you will believe the unbelievable and do the impossible! 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Warfare

2 Corinthians 10:4-“For the weapons of our WARFARE are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

One of the marks of a growing, maturing believer is their ability to STAND on the Word. Whether it be a prophetic Word (Rhema) or the written Word (logos), those words are the truth of who God is and what He is wanting to do in our lives. But, in order to see the Word from God demonstrated and manifested in our lives, we are first required to believe it. Faith and believing are not just mentally agreeing – because faith will always be tested. If your faith is only head (mental) knowledge, it will be stolen every time. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart…” Paul said that it is with the heart one believes unto righteousness. A belief does not become faith until it drops from your head into your heart. That transition requires confession, repetition, confession, and repetition. Confession and repetition sink the seed of the Word deeper and deeper until it takes root in your heart. What you are not willing to confess (speak repetitiously) you will not possess. That is the truth Paul taught – confession is made unto salvation. Salvation encompasses every aspect of our lives with God, from the moment of conversion to seeing every Word and promise experienced in our lives. Because our faith will be tested, our faith is validated by what we’re willing to STAND UP for and FIGHT for. That’s called WARFARE.

The enemy always comes attempting to steal, kill and destroy the Word given to us from God. He comes to oppose you with the intent to steal from you what God has spoken. Jesus warns us in Mark 4:15, “These are the ones by the wayside (shallow, immature), where the Word was sown; Satan comes to steal the Word that was sown.” The only Words that will ever achieve the reward are the ones that we are willing to FIGHT for. I wish it wasn’t that way, but the truth is, only fighters win! Those who sit back and accept the lies of deception from the enemy never see the rewards of God’s Word manifested in their lives. That is why Paul tells us to “FIGHT the good FIGHT of faith.” Growing up with the name Rocky, you can imagine I’ve been in a lot of fights. The only good fights were the ones I won. Meaning I came out on top. That is what Paul is talking about. FIGHT the devil over the truth until you come out on top.

What you are not willing to confess, you will not possess!

Only FIGHTERS prevail! Only FIGHTERS triumph! Only FIGHTERS win!! One of the biggest problems in the body of Christ is that most do not know how to fight the devil – the enemy of their soul. They’re good at fighting other people but they haven’t learned how to fight the enemy of their faith. Until you learn how to do that, it will be impossible for you to live in victory and possess what God said belongs to you.

Mary received a Word that she would be pregnant with Jesus. This Word was incomprehensible and impossible to explain. She had no Biblical precedent for that Word – a virgin giving birth to a child. It was a prophetic Word. But the angel told her in Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing is impossible.” In the Greek, nothing means “no rhema.” In the Greek Luke 1:37 reads – “For with God no spoken Word, (including a prophetic Word) to you will be impossible.” Whenever God gives us a Word, it is not going to seem possible, in fact, the natural circumstances usually contradict the Word God gave us. But Mary had the sense to agree. Her response was Luke 1:38 – “Let it be done to me according to Your Word.” Our responsibility is to STAND, FIGHT and BELIEVE the Word given. Do not allow yourself to be talked out of the Word. If we REFUSE to let go of the Word, God will make it happen.

The only Words that will ever achieve the reward are the ones we’re willing to fight for!

Can you imagine the opposition that Mary encountered besides the devil – her family and everyone that she knew, including Joseph her fiancé? She had to STAND up against the stigma of being the mother of an illegitimate child. Everything in the natural (as well as the enemy in the spirit) fought her hard, attempting to abort the Word. Anytime we don’t STAND against the enemy’s attacks and his attempts to steal the Word, we are allowing that Word to be aborted – snatched from the birthing womb of faith. That’s what happened to the Israelite’s in Hebrews 3:18 where it says of them, “we see that they could not enter in because of their unbelief.” God gave them a Word. Any Word from God is His will for your life. But the Israelite’s allowed themselves to be talked out of it. So, the Word, even though it was the will of God, was aborted. That’s where a lot of people are. God has given them a Word, Hebrews 10:25, “Do not forsake going to church.” The enemy fights them over the Word and when they choose to give into his lies, the enemy steals the Word from them. Then the Word is of no benefit. So, they lose the fight and the reward of fighting the good fight of faith.

God’s Word is His will for your life!

What are you STANDING for today?

What are you FIGHTING for today?

My prayer for you today is that you will – STAND – FIGHT – and WIN!!!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Planting Seeds

1 Peter 1:23-“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the Word of God, which lives and abides forever.”

You won’t really get excited about the Word of God until you realize that it’s more than just a book of divinely inspired stories and promises. It’s a living powerful force that literally carries within it the power to make every promise become a reality in your life. Promises of salvation, promises for success, for healing and health, for victory over all the trials of life and overall the power of the enemy. Wherever you are in life, Jesus the Word has a promise for you. But you cannot be casual about this. Casual people rarely read the Bible and only go to church when they feel like it. In my over 30 years of being a Pastor, I’ve seen people who are casual about their relationship with Jesus and His Word, and their lives usually become casualties. The good news is that we have the opportunity to plant seeds that will produce a harvest of God’s goodness. Jesus makes it very clear that we have an enemy who is out to steal the Word from you (Mark 4:15). That proves that even our enemy recognizes the power of the Word of God. So, he wants to keep you away from it. Because the truth is – No Word – No Power! When the Word of God gets in you there is no devil from hell that can defeat you.

Is it tough for you to believe such a thing is possible? It shouldn’t be.

It happens in the natural world all the time.

If I were to put a tomato seed in your hand and tell you that within that tiny, dry seed lies the power to produce a stalk thousands of times bigger than the seed, to produce leaves and roots and round red tomatoes, you wouldn’t have any trouble believing that, would you? You know from experience that even though that scrawny seed doesn’t look like a tomato, somehow, given the right environment, it will become one.

Jesus says that the Word of God works by that same principle (Luke 8:11). There’s miraculous power within the Word of God. It is a seed that once planted by faith in a human heart, nurtured in the right environment (a church where faith is taught), that seed will produce more blessings than you can imagine.

Once you grasp that, you’ll get extremely excited about the Word of God. That’s what happened to me.

Over 30 years ago, I caught a glimpse of what the Word could do. I had a revelation of the power within it. I became addicted to the Word of God and it has totally transformed and changed me. It transformed how I look at life and the results of my life. I was a financially broke 125-pound drug addict with no real purpose or direction. After several years of diligently planting the seeds of God’s Word, I can confidently say that the victory that the Word of God has brought into my life still continues to blow me away. “God is faithful to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). Doing Exceedingly Abundantly – that’s the Holy Spirit working with the Word of God that you plant in you, producing the “above all you could ask or think”. If God and His Word can do that for me there is no telling what He will and can do for you. 

After I received the revelation of how powerful planting seeds was, I became a farmer. As a father and a husband, I understood that the direction of my life was going to affect my family. So, I spent every possible moment in the Word of God. Because I wanted the power of that Word inside me more than I wanted anything else in the world. I knew it would blow the limits off of my life – limits that had held me back and kept me down for years. I knew that when I read it, I wasn’t just reading, I was planting seeds. Seeds of prosperity, seeds of health, seeds of greatness, and seeds of victory for every area of my life. Those same seeds are available to all who will take the time to plant, plant, and continue planting the Word of God in their hearts.

I knew it would blow the limits off of my life.

Don’t treat the Word of God as a book. It’s not! This book we call the Bible is Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word was God. He (Jesus) was with God in the beginning (John 1:1,2). When we fall in love with the Bible, the Word of God, we are falling in love with Jesus. And because it’s Jesus, it has the supernatural power within it to produce a harvest of the goodness of God in your life for a lifetime. I encourage you today to get excited about the Word of God, become a farmer and start planting seeds today!

My prayer for you today is that you will become a farmer, a planter of the seeds of God’s Word. Then you will find out that all things are possible to them that believe.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

What Do You Want?

Mark 11:23-“Whoever says to their mountain, be removed, and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that those things he says will be done; he will have whatever he says.

Jesus did not say, “Whosoever shall speak to God about their mountain.” He said that we must speak directly to our mountain (the problem) the desired end result that WE want. God has set spiritual principles in place that will work for whoever will use them. These principles are just like gravity, they work every time. You will have whatever you say. The truth is that you have what you’ve been saying. So, the question is – Is what you have what you want? If not, then you need to change what you’re saying.

These principles work every time, just like gravity.

From a natural point of view, I know that sounds crazy. But in 1 Corinthians 1:27 it explains that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. It’s always going to sound foolish to the world and to your natural thinking when you talk as if what God has promised is a reality, especially when the things that you are saying contradict the natural evidence around you. But if you want to live in victory and keep the enemy defeated, that’s the kind of talking you must do.

The Bible says that Abraham “the father of our faith” talked that way! In Romans 4:16,17, it says, “[He] Abraham called (spoke) those things which be not as though they were.” Abraham didn’t wait for circumstances to change before he spoke. He caused his circumstances to change because he spoke the desired end result. He did not speak what he had; he spoke what he wanted. What do you want? You can do the same thing if you’ll make your words agree with God’s and speak them out of your mouth by faith. Pastor Thomas Buchanan says, “You are sick and tired because you say you are.” If we want something different then we’re going to have to say something different. Abraham said what he wanted for twenty-five years before he got it. How bad do you want it?

He did not speak what he had; he spoke what he wanted.

The problem with religion is that it doesn’t want to take any responsibility for the authority that God has delegated to us on earth. So, because they refuse to recognize their Spiritual Authority as Ambassadors, Kings, and Priests, they end up being victims to their circumstances or problems and call that “God’s will.” Basically, blaming God for something within their ability to change. In John chapter five, Jesus shows us this with the man at the pool of Bethesda. The man had been sick for thirty-eight years, so Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be healed?” Jesus was asking him, what do you want? Jesus asks us questions because He will never violate our will or our decision to keep things as they are.

The easy determining factor, as I taught this past Sunday is, if your problem is contrary to Healthy, Happy and Blessed (Psalm 91:16), then it’s not from God. But God won’t do anything about your problem until you speak to it and you tell your problem what to do because God will not violate your authority on earth. After you declare your faith, then God will move your mountain in honor of your authority on earth and the declaration that you made.

You tell your problem what to do.

Follow Abraham’s and Jesus’ example. Let your faith speak the desired result that you want. Agree with God and His Word!

My prayer for you today is that you will take the authority that God has given you and move your problems out of the way so that you can be everything that God intends for you to be. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Fix It

Philippians 4:8 – “And NOW, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable, if there is anything worth praise – meditate on these things.”

New age religion and yoga didn’t create the practice of meditation. God himself created meditation to be used by the believer to combat the forces of darkness that try to invade our minds and lives with everything that is contrary to the mind of Christ. The truth is that every one of us meditate, but it is usually on the wrong things. The word meditate simply means to repeat a thought, to murmur, or to speak to yourself. We all meditate but our natural tendency is to focus on the negative. Have you ever heard anyone say, “Get your mind out of the gutter?” When that is the case, that requires for us to fix or repair our minds. The gutter would be any thought that is contradictory to the “mind of Christ.” “Let the same mind be in you that is in Christ” (Philippians 2:5).

Meditate – To repeat a thought, to murmur or to speak to yourself.

Jesus said, “When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness” (Matt. 6:22.23). What are you focusing on? Each day we get to decide where we will focus our attention. We don’t have to look hard to find things to complain about – our job, gas prices, the economy, the President, our health condition, etc. God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed in the garden, but they chose to focus on the one thing that brought death (and we are still being affected by the consequences of that choice). It is so much easier to focus on the negative because it’s all around us and sometimes upon us. But in order for us to live an overcoming victorious life, we must resist the tendency to focus on the negative and focus our hearts and minds on what God has done for us “In Christ”.

Focus on the good things that God has done. Focus on the things that are worth praise. Focus on things that are worth talking about. The Apostle Paul said to fix your thoughts. My motorcycle had been broken down, sitting in my garage for months. It was a point of real frustration. I just got it fixed and now I am experiencing the joy of it being fixed. As we get our minds fixed and transformed into who Christ is in us, then we will experience the joy of victorious living. Jesus said, “He is the vine, we are the branches” (John 15:5). The life that is in the vine (Christ) flows into the branches (us). The level of life that we will live in and experience is totally determined by how well we are connected to Christ the vine. There was no test or trial that defeated Jesus because He kept His mind and focus on the Father. Jesus said, “I only do what I see the Father doing” (John 5:19).  Focus and MEDITATE on the truth that everything “In Christ” is in you – right now! The Apostle John said it like this in 1 John 4:17, “As Christ is, we NOW are, in this life.” As we fix our thoughts on who Christ is in us our lives become more like His. We must discipline, fix and take control of our thoughts. Because “As a person thinks (meditates) so are they” (Proverbs 23:7). Our lives go exactly as we think. For most of us, it’s a matter of simply fixing our thoughts. The life of Christ is who we are. Righteous, Holy, Loving, Healed, Whole, Healthy, everything that Christ is, you are – NOW. “Put on the new self (new creation), created to be like God in true Righteousness and Holiness!” (Ephesians 4:24). Those truths ought to give you enough things to MEDITATE on to defeat any temptation, negative thought, circumstance or physical condition. Philippians 4:8, “MEDITATE on these things.” When we meditate (focus) on the goodness and faithfulness of our Father we will see our attitudes change, our thoughts change and then our circumstances will change. Many times, we are just a re-focus away from a breakthrough. Because our focus will always determine the direction of our lives, when we correct our focus everything around us will change.

Our lives go exactly as we think.

My prayer for you today is that your focus will be on the goodness of our Father and the truth that He sent His son into our world so that we could experience Him, and live life like Him.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Will To Triumph

Matthew 16:24 – “If anyone desires to come after me, they must deny themselves, and take up their cross, and follow me.”

When we decide to follow Jesus, everything changes. You became a new creation, the Holy Spirit moved in, to live in you. God now lives inside of you empowering you to live out the life of Christ. Everything about your life is now changed. The most amazing change is that His ways and desires now become yours. This is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit living in you. In spite of this supernatural birth, we still have a will, and we must grow to the place that His will for our lives becomes the priority of our lives. Jesus says that as we follow Him there will be times when we have to choose between our will or His, denying ourselves for Him. Jesus says that we must take up our cross to follow Him. As we know, the cross is never a pleasant experience. Jesus Himself on the cross had to deny Himself to submit to the will of the Father. There are sorrows and joys. There are test and trials. There are failures and triumphs. But Jesus lets us know in John 16:33, that while we are in this world there will be trials and sorrows, but we can be at peace because He overcame every test and trial so that we can through Him also overcome every test and trial. Here lies one of the major differences between a believer and an unbeliever. Everyone in this world faces problems, test, and trials, believer and unbeliever. The unbeliever walks through them on their own, while the believer has the Holy Spirit living in them empowering them to live in peace to triumph over any test, trial or problem. Because Jesus has already been there and triumphed over it, HE WALKS WITH US through it knowing the victory that awaits us (Hebrews 4:15).

I look at the life of Peter and can relate to why we don’t always experience the victory that Christ promised us. After three years of walking with Jesus, Peter saw the miracles, blind eyes opened, the dead brought back to life, demons cast out. Peter himself even ministered seeing signs, wonders, and miracles (Luke 10:17). But while Jesus was on the cross dying for his sins and ours, Peter denies Christ not once, not twice – but three times. I don’t know about you, but I can relate with Peter. How many times have we had the opportunity to deny ourselves and do His will and we deny Him instead?

What I love about Peter is that I relate with him in his failures. But what gives me hope is the consistent pursuit of the love of God. After Peter fails and even went back to his old way of life, Jesus pursues him to prove His love and restores Peter back to a relationship. After that encounter with the love of Jesus, Peter returns to triumph. Let’s learn from Peter’s failure and how he returned to triumph.

Jesus pursues us, to prove His love for us!

While Jesus was being taken captive to be beaten and tortured, it says in Luke 22:54 -“But Peter followed from a distance.” Peter had been following Jesus as a disciple for three years but when it looked like there could be consequences to following Christ, Peter’s commitment wavered. We may find ourselves following from a distance by not going to church as much as we use to. We don’t read the Bible as much as we use to. We don’t have the desire to worship or we don’t spend time praying and talking with God like we need to. These are all indications of following from a distance (and following from a distance is a dangerous place). Being in this place of distance, we are attempting to do life on our own. It’s like being “up a river without a paddle.” Now is the time to get back to following Jesus and make the change. Because of the downward spiral of following from a distance, Peter said, “I am going fishing” (John 21:3). What Peter is showing us is that what happens after following from a distance, is we return to who we were before Christ. Because of following from a distance, the enemy now beats us up, condemns us and convinces us that we’ve blown it. We’ve failed, we tried following Jesus, but we can’t do it, so we give up. Listen to me, messing up does NOT MEAN you should give up! We all mess up; we all blow it but it’s not getting knocked down that makes us it’s the getting up. Every one of us get knocked down, and anyone can stay down, but when you mess up, it’s time to look up, not give up. Ask for forgiveness and ask, “Lord, what can I learn from this?” His strength is matured in us when we recognize our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). When you mess up, don’t give up, LOOK UP! Look up and do as Jesus did before going to the cross, make the commitment, “Father, not my will, but yours”(Luke 22:42).

It’s not getting knocked down that makes us it’s the getting up.

Peter’s return to triumph after failing is so encouraging to me because it reinforces God’s unrelenting love for us. In John 21 it shows us that Peter had returned to his old life. While out fishing, he saw Jesus on the shore waiting for him. It didn’t matter that Peter had messed up; Jesus still pursued him with His love. No matter how good you think you’ve been or how bad you’ve messed up, you can’t make Jesus love you any more or less. He will relentlessly pursue you because He loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). Like Peter, Jesus waits for us to make the choice to deny ourselves and follow Him. Peter, by making the right choice, was later filled with the Holy Spirit and preached the first sermon of the new testament church and saw three thousand people come to Christ. Now that’s a return to triumph.

Wherever you are, be assured that His love for you remains steady and unquestionable. Your calling remains sure (Romans 11:29). When we mess up, Jesus doesn’t turn His back on us; instead, He opens His arms to draw us back to Himself. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end” (Lamentations 3:22). You may give up on Jesus, but He never gives up on you! Since Jesus did it for Peter, He will do it for you.

Jesus does not turn his back on us; instead, He opens His arms.

My prayer for you today is that you will continue denying yourself to follow Christ, by taking up your cross to follow Him. If you’ve missed it, if you’ve messed up – look up! His love never fails. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Consistency

Galatians 5:16-18: “My counsel is this: Live motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with the Spirit, just as the Spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions?”

Choosing to side with God’s Word is a continual challenge. It’s not something you do just once. It’s a process of choosing to believe and act upon the Word of God over and over in every situation and circumstance. Choosing Jesus and His Word is what we all must do – if we want to live free from the bondage of sin and the pull of this world. Years ago, I decided I was going to choose Jesus and His Word. Since then I’ve had to choose Him again and again in situations every day. I’ve chosen Him as my Lord and Savior. I’ve chosen Him as my Healer. I’ve chosen Him as my Provider. I’ve chosen Him as the Head of my household. I’ve chosen Him as the Head of my ministry. And I still have to choose Him moment by moment. It’s deceptive to believe that a choice that I made for Jesus sometime in the past is securing my destiny. Jesus said that “those who ENDURE to THE END shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Jesus actually tells us in Luke 18:8 “That when He returns, He will be looking for faithfulness.” This life is not just about making it to heaven. If that is your understanding of salvation, then you haven’t really understood why Jesus came. NO, this life is about living in the VICTORY that Jesus won for us – NOW – here on earth. That VICTORY can only be realized and demonstrated in our lives as we choose Him in every decision. “Choose TODAY whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). This is a daily, moment by moment, decision by decision choosing that truly exposes the motives of our heart.

It’s religious deception to believe that a choice I made sometime in the past is securing my destiny. 

Sometimes the choice is hard, but God has promised that it will never be too difficult or that He hasn’t made a way to overcome. At times when circumstances are overwhelming and contrary to what God has promised, we are tempted to believe the circumstance instead of the Word. We must recognize that every temptation is the work of the enemy. The choice to not believe is the temptation of UNBELIEF. “As a person thinks in their heart, so are they” Proverbs 23:7. In this world, the outcome of every test, trial, and temptation is according to our own beliefs. We choose to live by the Spirit or the flesh. The Holy Spirit who lives in every believer always agrees with God and His Word. Unbelief chooses to not believe what God has said, so will suffer the consequence of not having what God has promised (Hebrews 3:19). In 1 Corinthians 10:13, Jesus is saying He will not allow us to be subjected to a temptation we’re unable to overcome. With every temptation, He will make a way of escape. He will ALWAYS make sure you have a choice and the GRACE to OVERCOME every temptation.

We choose to live by the Spirit or the flesh.

When the devil comes to tempt you, the Spirit of God is there providing you with the way to overcome. God isn’t off duty somewhere unaware of what is happening to you. God matches the toughest temptations with the weapons of His WORD and the Holy Spirit that lives in you to conquer. He always “makes it possible for you to choose righteousness and life, the path that leads to immortality” (Proverbs 12:28). Consistency is important. Others are watching and your consistency establishes your reputation – your reputation with others, God and the devil. 


So, DO NOT EVER GIVE UP!! 

My prayer for you today is that “you will be strong and courageous to endure to the end” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). So, choose to be consistent. Choose to walk in love. Choose to walk by faith. Choose to live by the Word. Choose to be led by His Spirit. Choose to not forsake being in church. Your choices will always bring reward or consequence (Romans 6:23). Choose to – Be consistent! Amen! 

Pointing People to Jesus,

 Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Just Chillin’

John 14:27 – “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Today in our country and in the world, it is so easy to be troubled, confused and even downright fearful. Some people feeling threatened because of the color of their skin and their ethnicity. Human rights are being questioned. Should we bomb or wait to be bombed? Christians are being slaughtered by the thousands world-wide through religious persecution. Storms and devastation throughout the earth. With social chaos everywhere, what is a person to do when peace seems elusive? 

In Hebrews chapter three God explains why most of the Israelites didn’t enter into the promised land. Remember this promised land was the inheritance that God swore to their forefathers (Deuteronomy 7:8). But most didn’t receive the promise because they allowed themselves to fall into fear and unbelief. They viewed their circumstance as bigger than God or His willingness to keep His promise. Because they chose fear and unbelief, God said, “I swore an oath in my anger, they SHALL NOT enter My rest” (Hebrews 3:11). We rarely see God express His anger like this. He is best known for His mercy and grace. But obviously, God takes unbelief seriously.

Jesus promised us His peace. This word “REST” in Hebrews 3:11 means “in the midst of opposition, you’re able to live in peace.” God fulfilling His promises is not dependent upon the conditions of the world or our own personal condition or situation. The one unchanging characteristic of God is that He is always faithful! He will never change His mind concerning any promise. You can put it in stone. In fact, He did, Jesus the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone (Psalm 118:22). Even though Jesus was rejected, it didn’t change the truth that He is the cornerstone. Whether anyone believes it or not, Jesus is the cornerstone. Because God is always faithful to His Word!

The one unchanging characteristic of God is that He is always faithful!

The Israelites did not enter their promise of REST/PEACE because of their unbelief. We have everything that we need to enter REST/PEACE. They had a promise and we have promises. We have the promised PRINCE OF PEACE (Isaiah 9:6) living in us. Anytime we allow ourselves to get into worry, fear or anxiety, we are looking in the wrong direction and in the wrong place. Peace is the gift that came to live in us when we invited Jesus into our lives. We must look internally not externally. Our internal perspective will always overcome what is happening in the natural. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto ME all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you REST/PEACE.” As believers, we don’t have to go far for our peace. He lives in us and is ever-present to comfort all who are burdened. This is why religion can never answer the longings of our hearts. Religion only complicates life while a true relationship with Jesus frees us to know Him and HIS PEACE.

We must look internally not externally!    

God is always faithful. That’s who He is. Persecution, racial strife, bills and health issues do not hinder God. The only thing that hinders God in our lives is unbelief. He promises that if you’ll bring every situation to Him in prayer and thank Him in faith for being who He says He is (your faithful Father) then you will not be anxious (Philippians 4:6). In other words, anything can be happening around you and you will enter His REST/PEACE.  

 It’s not our responsibility to fix the problems of the world but we carry the answer that everyone needs, the PRINCE OF PEACE. There has never been a greater time than today to reach others who are without true peace.

My prayer for you today is that you will enter into His REST, that you will be CHILLIN by staying close to Him, the PRINCE of PEACE. I pray that you will be open and available to others when those opportunities present themselves.      

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Health & Healing

Psalm 91:16-“With long life I will satisfy (healthy, happy, blessed) them and show them my salvation.”

I love Israel and studying its history, there is so much to learn and take away from Israel’s relationship with God. After four hundred years of bondage and slavery in Egypt Moses shows up telling the people that he was sent by God to be their deliverer. I can imagine what most of the people were thinking – Right – and if you believe that, “I got some oceanfront property in Arizona I’ll give you a good deal on.” Moses shows up with no army and no weaponry to back his claim. Moses shows up with a shepherd’s staff, a stick. And I’m sure that after forty years of shepherding he smelt like sheep. Most of the Israelite’s probably thought that he was crazy and had been out in the sun too long tending sheep. Tending sheep has a way of driving you a little crazy. But Moses actually did it. Through Moses God brought Pharaoh to his knees, then before you know it the Israelite’s are walking out of Egypt with their wealth, now being a very prosperous people (Exodus 12:36). 

God showed Himself strong on behalf of Israel. He supernaturally delivered them, protected them, punished their enemies, and preserved them in their exodus. But when they came to their first test, the bitter water. They immediately complained about the man of God, Moses. The man God chose to lead them out of bondage. Again, leading sheep can drive you crazy. They had just been delivered from four hundred years of bondage. You would think that after seeing all the awesome works of God to deliver them, that they would be so full of faith that they would believe that bitter water would be easy for God. But no, they immediately forgot about faith in God and went back to their old mindset of being enslaved to doubt and unbelief, grumbling and complaining.   

There’s a lesson here for all of us to learn. We must train ourselves, to always keep the testimony of what God has done fresh in our minds. We must discipline ourselves to not consider the hardship in front of us as anything more than an opportunity to believe God and to see His faithfulness. Because God and His faithfulness never change (Lamentations 3:23). As He was faithful before, He will be faithful again (Malachi 3:6). In order for us to walk in everything that God has provided for us through His salvation, we are going to have to discipline ourselves through the Word of God. Because He is always faithful to His Word, and because He is not a man that can lie, He will always stand behind His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). Our only responsibility, no matter how it looks, is to stay in faith – believe God no matter what it looks like (2 Corinthians 5:7).

He was faithful before; He will be faithful again.

Moses was an awesome leader. The one thing I believe that qualified Moses was that he spent forty years on the backside of the desert tending sheep. It’s my belief that the burning bush experience was the culmination of encounters that he had with God during those forty years. Those encounters prepared him in the supernatural, which came from intimacy with God. So, when the people complained Moses’ response was different because he already had it settled in his heart of who God was. Instead of grumbling and complaining Moses knew that God had the answer, so his voice was not one of doubt and unbelief but one of faith. When Moses cried out in faith God gave the answer. Exodus 15:5, “The Lord showed him a tree, told him to cast it in the waters, and the waters were made sweet.” Out of Moses’ faith and obedience, the waters were made drinkable. Again, God released His power as Moses in faith obeyed. Several years ago, I was having some health issues, I told the Lord that I didn’t understand, “I’m a man of faith, that I believe your Word and confess your Word over my body, so why am I having this problem?” His answer to me was a question – “when are you going to get back in the gym and steward your body?” I didn’t need chapter and verse because I knew 1 Corinthians 3:16,17. I obeyed in faith and in a short matter of time my health issue was gone. God is not a man; He cannot lie (Numbers 23:19). Faith and obedience will always bring about the proof of God’s Word in our lives (James 2:17). Maybe your situation wasn’t like mine. But God and His Word are your answer because He is always faithful to His Word. 

God had already proved Himself to be Deliverer, Provider, Defender, and Protector to the Israelite’s but after the miracle of bitter water turned sweet God revealed Himself to the Israelite’s as Jehovah Rapha, I AM the Lord that heals thee (Exodus 15:26), the Divine Physician, that heals His people. This is originally where divine health was established AS THE NORM for God’s people. So that for us today, this revelation of who God is, is now a part of the salvation that Jesus on the tree has provided for all His people.

Divine health was established AS THE NORM for God’s people.

In your walk of faith don’t be content in just looking back on history at moments of breakthrough for yourself and others. Thank God that what He has done He will always do. God wants to always prove Himself as Jehovah Rapha, I AM the Lord that heals thee. God promises that with long life He wants to satisfy you and show you His SALVATION (Sozo) (Psalm 91:16). Sozo – Saved, Healed and Delivered from the power of sin, sickness and disease. Christ paid the price for this salvation (Sozo), to belong to every believer. God’s will is that you live in divine health so that you can be a testimony of His SALVATION! No matter what is happening in your body it can be changed by standing on the truth of who God is and what He has provided for us through Jesus on the cross (tree). Make your confession of faith according to who He is, not according to what your body is doing. “Hold unswervingly to the hope we confess, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

God’s will is that you live in divine health so that you can be a testimony of His salvation!

My prayer for you today is that you will believe the testimony of who God is and who He wants to be for you. Make it your daily confession. So that you can experience and minister His healing power to others.   

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers 

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Wine Please

Luke 5:37- “No one puts new wine into old wineskins… v.38- But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Here in Luke 5, Jesus tells us that NO ONE (including God) will put NEW WINE into old wineskins. One of the references in the Bible to the Holy Spirit is WINE. We see in Acts 2 when God birthed the church that the Holy Spirit was poured out, the believers had an intoxicating, joyful experience and expression. This was NEW WINE being poured into new wineskins. This was a new experience and a new encounter. It had never been done like this before, yet it was God. But at the same time of this NEW WINE being poured out we see the religious skeptics response in Acts 2:13, “these men are full of NEW WINE.” Meaning it to be judgmental and critical about something they didn’t understand. But it was true, these believers were full of NEW WINE. Sadly, these religious skeptics still exist today. The thing that we must always understand is that everything God does; He does out of love and for the purpose of experiencing Him. 

A wineskin becomes old because the wine steward (believer) fails to keep the skin oiled, causing it to get dried up, brittle and rigid (religious). When the skin becomes dry it no longer has any capacity to stretch or expand – it is at its limit. As believers, if we don’t stay oiled up with the presence of the Holy Spirit, we become the same way – dried up, rigid, and we lose the capacity to stretch and expand our thinking or the ability to receive what God is doing. When that happens in our lives, we have limited our ability for further transformation. This is nothing new. Typically, the people that were involved in the last move of God become stuck and critical of the new thing that God is doing. When all along God is wanting everyone to be included in the NEW WINE being poured out. 

Everything God does, He does out of Love and for the purpose of experiencing Him.

In order for us to expand and enlarge our capacity for NEW WINE, we must keep our wineskin oiled and filled with the Holy Spirit. Anytime we become critical of something that we don’t understand it’s an indication of our Holy Spirit tank being low and in need of filling. God wants 2019 to prepare us for 2020. I believe that 2020 will be a year for us to have great encounters with Him. Great encounters always bring about great experiences and expressions of the Holy Spirit. I believe that 2019 is the threshold of the NEW WINE that God is preparing to pour out in 2020. This NEW WINE outpouring of God’s can only be experienced in new wineskins (those with a hunger and heart of expectancy). In order to receive what God is wanting to do, we must be willing to change and keep ourselves from old mindsets, old attitudes and old habits. In other words, we cannot allow ourselves to become religious, dry or rigid. The attitudes of, “I know it all”, “I know how God moves”, “I must understand it to believe it” or “it’s never been done like that before” are all old judgmental wineskins and religious attitudes of pride. One of the predominant old wineskin attitudes says, “I want God to be predictable.” We must not allow ourselves to come close to having this attitude. It will stifle our ability to grow and expand in our relationship with our Father. 

Part of our challenge is that we don’t like change. We like familiarity. That is why religious churches exist, going through the same program week after week, not allowing the Holy Spirit to show up. We must be people of expectancy. There is no limit to our growth because there is no limit with our God. We must expect and desire for Holy Spirit to show up and express what God is wanting to do – not man. Isaiah 43:18 says to “forget the old way- it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.” Jesus said that He did not come to do His will but the Father’s (John 6:38). Even Jesus had to live in a place of expectancy and encountering the Father. It’s the greatest and most pleasurable place to live.  

There is no limit to our growth because there is no limit with our God.

The condition of the wineskin will always determine its ability to contain the contents. Jesus said in Luke 5 that when the wineskin is able to contain NEW WINE, both the WINE and wineskin are preserved. When we keep our expectations up, open and receptive to everything and anything that God is wanting to do, it preserves our natural lives as well as our spiritual lives – giving us the capacity to go to a greater level of maturity and experience with God. Again, when we stay hungry there is no limit to our growth because there is no limit with our God.   

In order to receive what God is wanting to do, we must be willing to change.   

Allow this year to be the year of NEW WINE for yourself. The remainder of 2019 and 2020 can be your year of NEW encounters, NEW experiences and NEW life with God. This NEW WINE will not only preserve your life but the lives of many others because of your acceptance of God’s NEW WINE. We must become people with a dis-satisfaction for religion and the status quo. This NEW WINE will mean tremendous breakthroughs and unprecedented victories in 2020 for those with a heart of expectancy.

My prayer for you today is that you will constantly be being filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and that NEW WINE will be poured into you so that you can overflow onto others.  

        
Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”