Welcome to part II of our message “When You Pray Believe.” Our scriptural text is Mark 11:24,“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Seems odd that we would need that reminder, right? But let us look at some facts: we are acutely aware of the fact that not every member of the body of Christ are able to get a prayer through. Why is that? Last week we shared from Hebrews 11:6, “…without faith it is impossible to please God…” And also Hebrews 4:4, “…the word they heard did not prosper them, not being mixed with faith…”
The Word of God is complete; it is not compartmentalized into various segments. God warned the prophet Ezekiel about the elders coming with idols in their hearts, yet seeking a Word from the Prophet (Ezek. 14: 1-3). And the parable of Jesus on the soil types of four hearts. All of these conditions affect our ability to trust God in our hearts. You see, to believe translates to trust, and trust is comprised of faith molecules. All of this takes place in the hidden man of the heart, the inner man, and our re-born spirits is where God searches for trust/faith. This can lead to our lips and our hearts releasing a different message, faith on our lips, and fear/doubt in our spirits will quench God’s ability to confirm the words we just prayed, because that condition produces double-mindedness (see James 1:8). Double-mindedness means we are wavering back and forth; there is no steadfastness, no cementing our will to His Word.
Do you remember in the Book of Genesis, how it says the serpent was more subtle/cunning, and that he used that power to add doubt to the mixture? We have failed to believe that we also walk in deceptions that dilute our faith.
What are some of those faith diluters? “God is not doing that anymore.” Now the Word says: “For I am the LORD, I change not…” (Mal. 3:6). Another faith diluter: “Well you know God answers three ways. He says yes, no, or wait awhile.” However the Word says in I John 5:14, “This is the assurance that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Where do we find His will, it is His Word. As we peruse the gospels we hear Jesus who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). If you are desirous of a more personal directive, remember James 1:5 or I John 5:15. “And if we know that He hears us, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” Ps. 89:34 states: “My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.” Those are powerful words that has more potential than a nuclear bomb. It is the transforming power of faith that changes the intangible into the tangible. When we pray it produces a finished image of the change we are requesting. We are to hold on to that image until the full manifestation is received in the physical realm.
WHEN YOU PRAY, BELIEVE….
We invite you to listen to this message delivered by Dr. Dowdy on January 21, 2018, highlighting God’s word from Mark 11:24.
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Lion of Judah Worship Center, March 13, 2016
Scriptural text: Romans 6:2–4 NKJV:
“Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
Dead to sin: Christ condemned sin in the flesh. Sin separated us from God, it created an estrangement; that is why the mosaic covenant, which consisted of external laws that revealed sin in human beings could never absolve them of the stain, but simply cover it. The new law in Christ places us in Him. Since we are in Him, I Cor. 1:30, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus…” and since we were crucified with Him, Gal. 2:20, that means in the sight of deity, we died, were buried and rose with Him to share His resurrected life. We are in essence free from slavery to sin, the sin nature. We have freedom to choose, verse 11 says, “Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The work of freedom performed by Jesus is a decree of liberty to those who believe and receive.
Let us look at some supporting scriptures: Cor. 1:30 says, “Jesus is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.” Wisdom, James 1:5, tells us to ask God for the outpouring of his wisdom that is already stored up for us. The wisdom of God will not eliminate all trouble, but will guide us in ways we can learn from our difficulties. Righteousness: II Cor. 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Sanctification: I Cor. 1:2, “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus…” The Corinthians holiness came from their position in Christ, not from their own goodness. Redemption: Col. 1:13–14, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
As we continue our walk through the Word we come to II Corinthians 5:17 that states: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” Why? Because we have died to sin and the sin nature, able to live the resurrected life set before us. However, a person who has been freed from sin, can act as though still a slave because of the mindset, Romans 12: and Proverbs 23:7 will substantiate this. If we continue to believe that at some future date and time God is going to come and set us free, we will continue in the same pathway.
That is where the application of faith comes in. We begin to confess: “By faith I consider myself dead to sin and all of its tentacles that reached deep inside of me and kept me returning to the pit deprivation. But thanks be to God the Word says that if I confess my sins He is faithful and just to forgive me and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness in Jesus’ Name.”
How do we reach that place of confidence in God?
1: Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you, James 4:8.
2: Praying in the Spirit, Jude 20 & I Cor. 14:4; if you have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit spend time praying in your heavenly language. If not: ask the Holy Spirit to pray through you for victory over temptation.
3: Meditating in the Word, Joshua 1:8
Never define yourself as an old sinner saved by grace! You were an old sinner, then you were transformed into a new creation by that act of grace.
Pastor Dowdy, Lion of Judah Worship Center
Copyright 2016 Lion of Judah Worship Center.
“Fear. One of the enemy’s most popular weapons that he uses against us. Worry, anxiety, fear…can overwhelm us with a thick shadow of darkness, controlling our every move and decision.”
Check out Debbie McDaniel’s blog on 33 Verses about Fear and Anxiety.
33 Verses to Remind Us We Do Not Have to Fear:
1. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
2. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
3. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
4. “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
5. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
6. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
7. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
8. “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
9. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25
10. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
11. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
12. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
13. “Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
14. “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4
15. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26
16. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
17. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
18. “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” Mark 6:50
19. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
20. “’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:13-14
21. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
22. “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” Psalm 118:6-7
23. “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25
24. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:39-40
25. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:7
26. “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” 1 Peter 3:14
27. “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
28. “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22
29. “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’” Revelation 1:17
30. “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36
31. “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38-39
32. “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17
33. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him…” from Psalm 91:1-16
Lion of Judah Worship Center
Pastor Eliz Dowdy
The Message this morning is taken from the scripture, Judges 16:4–6. And it reads thus: “And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. (5) And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, ‘Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.’ (6) And Delilah said to Samson, ‘Tell me I pray thee, where thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightiest be bound to afflict thee.’”
Samson was born to be God’s champion for his people, a Nazarite from the womb, set apart by God the Almighty, he was to be different, exhibiting great strength against his foes, not afraid of man nor animal. Samson had a great weakness, Philistine women. From the first wife, to the harlot, to Delialah, he was smitten by their charms.
Why was Samson special? In the thirteenth chapter of Judges we see his beginning; his mother had been barren, and had a visitation from the Angel of the LORD, who informed her of her impending conception.
He has this fact in common with John the Baptist who would come later. Both of their mothers were barren, and received divine visitors who informed them of the coming conception. Both were consecrated in the womb; but Samson’s parents were instructed not to give him wine, or any strong drink, nor was he to eat any unclean food.
Samson could be described as a special child, because of the restrictions placed upon his life; but he also knew how to get his own way—see Judges 14:2–3. He told his parents he wanted a wife and they were to get her for him. The desire for a wife is a good thing. Proverbs 18:22 says, “He that findeth a wife findeth a good thing and obtaineth favor of the Lord.” Samson’s choice for a mate would lead to his ultimate downfall.
God had raised up a champion for His people when they had lived under Philistine rule. The anointing of strength extraordinaire, would be the defining role in Samson’s life, but he never accomplished all God had planned for him, even though he judged Israel for twenty years.
In July 2015 what is the greatest threat to each one of us? Samson’s greatest threat turned out to be his insatiable desire for Philistine women. If I played the role of the roving reporter asking people on the street that question the answers would range from the threat of ISIL, global warming, global drought, GMO crops, and the list goes on…
However as the redeemed of the Most High God, the greatest threat we face is heart conditions! What condition is your heart in today? No not the physical organ that pumps blood throughout your body, but your inner man, the core of our being. Pride, arrogance, murder, deception, drunkenness, evil thoughts, adulteries, false witness… See Matt. 15:18–20, the things that proceed from the heart and defile us. Now you may be saying, well that doesn’t include me, I am not doing any of those things! In Ezekiel 14:1–4 God informs the prophet that the elders of the land who had come to seek a word from the Lord, came with their hearts filled with idols they had set up in their hearts. Idols are things, people that have supplanted God. We are to love Him with our whole heart; we are to have no other god before Him. God is speaking to the body of Christ, His church to get our hearts prepared.
In I Samuel 16:7 God tells the prophet Samuel that He looks on the heart of man, not his outer appearance. Therefore, He is acutely aware of those things we try to hide, those evil thoughts we entertain and the idols we set up by the attention we give to them.
Let us purify our hearts with the fire of God’s Word, wash them with the water of the Word, that our hearts may be pure before Him.
The conditions of our hearts are the greatest threat we face today. Let God cleanse us from all unrighteousness as He desires to do; that we may be made whole and able to perform the task He has planned for us to accomplish.
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Lion of Judah Worship Center July 19, 2015
Pastor E. Dowdy
“But the men that went up with him said, ‘We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.’ 32And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 33And there we saw the giants, the sons of A-nak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.’”
The art of crafting falsehood to look like truth is the definition I was given for deception. The physical appearance of the inhabitants created space for deception in ten of the spies. Cross reference I Samuel 16:7 “God looks upon the heart…”
Unless the deception looks, feels, smells like and even performs like truth, it will not be a deception. Where does a deception begin? In the mind. Satan planted a seed in the mind of Eve (Genesis 3:18) that the fruit of the forbidden tree was good fruit. Now that went against what God had said, but she believed him, and that belief led to her deception. However that is not the only deception in the annals of history, or even in operation today. Yes we are deceived every time we believe something that attempts to negate what God has said about a situation.
Whenever your immune system attacks the body it was designed to protect. It has been deceived. Mind deception is operating in a mindset that is not right. Each time we act or believe a theory that is against the Word or will of God we are operating in deception and or delusion. That is the only weapon satan has to use against us, because Jesus defeated him, dis-armed him and left him powerless, except the guise of deception. That guise is used to perfection to keep us in bondage, because we believe we are still prisoners, that the enemy is all powerful, and sadly sometimes we picture ourselves as grasshoppers.
The word deception is not used in Genesis, the word to describe Eve’s being led astray is beguiled. We first make contact with the word translated deception in II Samuel 3:25, it is used by Joab in describing what he believes about a visit David the King of Judah has had from Abner, who was over the army of the other tribes. The word’s meaning: to lead astray mentally, to delude, or morally seduce, beguile, deceive.
The deceptions the enemy sends into us are a branding of the soul, just as cattle are branded, the deception/beguilement, and delusion literally stamps a brand or a tattoo image across the spectrum of the soul.
In Isaiah 36:41 we find the king of Assyria sending his top general, Rabshakeh, to Jerusalem to King Hezekiah; after extolling the might and power of his nation, he took the message to the people. Standing on the wall, he cried in a loud voice. (See verses 14–15. Continue reading to chapter 37:10.) The message he was spreading was: God is not able to save…. Jesus speaking in Matthew 24:4, and Mark 13:5 said, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” I Cor. 3:18 says, “Let no man deceive himself…” Eph. 5:6 “Let no man deceive you with vain words.”
II Thess. 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means.”
I John 1:8 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Obadiah 3: “Pride of thine heart will deceive thee.”
It is plain that God does not desire for us to be taken captive by any form of deception. He has provided spiritual weapons for our use to protect us. Knowing His Word is a guard against deception; and His Spirit lives in us. Jesus said, “When He, the Spirit of Truth, comes he will lead you into all truth…” Notice He did not say some of the time, when the deception is great, nor on special days. We are not to abide in any form of deception produced by the prince of darkness. We are children of the light! It is time to shed all deceptions in the Name of Jesus, the Christ!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Good morning, this is the day that the Lord has made; we are rejoicing in this awesome beautiful Fall day. We give thanks to God for divine health, for peace for our minds, hope for the future, aid for all weak areas of our lives and most of all for deliverance from the authority from the kingdom of darkness.
Today our scriptural text is taken from Proverbs 6:31; our support scriptures are John 10:10a, and Joel 2:25. Beginning with Proverbs, we read: “If the thief be found, he must restore sevenfold all he has stolen; he may have to give up all the substance of his house.” John 10:10a: The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy…”
The thief is fear! The arch opposite of faith. Faith builds up, fear tears down; faith restores, fear rends apart. Fear and the sin nature are inextricably united. It is the fruit of the sin nature that produces the desire to covet what does not belong to an individual. Fear of insufficiency fuels that desire. But let us take a closer look at our scriptural text, Proverbs 6:31, the thief who steals, takes what does not belong to him or her. This scripture is based upon Exodus 22:1-4, the Levitical laws concerning restitution. Now just as thefts occur in the natural world, they also occur in the spiritual realm. In the gospel of John, Jesus is addressing this unlawful taking what does not belong to the thief whose sole function is to kill, steal and destroy. He works to steal our confidence in God’s Word; if we don’t believe, we will not act on the promises. He works to kill our expectation of receiving anything from God; we settle for the wilderness when God’s plan is for us to continue moving toward the promise land.
Fear produces the lack of initiative to step out front, to settle in mediocrity flats when there is a fully furnished town house set aside for us.
All of us have been victimized by the thief at one time or another. Perhaps we did not understand the freedom package we inherited as born-again children who have received the nature of God Almighty. Deception steals what is rightly ours. Compromise keeps us in bondage. Fear creates a prison and we are content to live out our days in that prison created by fear. Some of the fear language that ensnares us: “You are too old; you don’t have the right education; you don’t know the right people; you are too poor. All fear talk is used to steal a blessing from you. Philippians 4:13 says: “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”
Am I going to acquiesce to the voice of fear and be stolen from? Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of man, fear of insufficiency, and the root stock of fear, fear of death, Heb. 2:14-15.
Jesus said in John 10:10b, “I am come that you may have life, and that life more abundantly.” That abundant life comes with restitution of what has been stolen from us. Joel 2:25 says: “I will restore the years that the swarming locust has eaten, ate the leaves–; the crawling locust, ate the stems–; the consuming locust, burrowed beneath the bark and attacked the trunk and branches, spreading fungus and sapping the life from…; the chewing locust, attacked the root system.
God restores all those years, and all those losses to those who repent and come to Him prostate. We are in the season of restoration, we need to begin to cry out to God who quickeneth the dead, and calls those things that be not as though they were… That is full restoration. Do not be deceived by natural circumstances, if the enemy cannot steal your joy, he cannot keep the goods he has taken away captive. Believe God for the impossible. Romans 4:19.
Be blessed in God, our Abba, today and every day that he grants us abundant life on this planet.
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