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John 1:1,14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Many people today question the will of God concerning certain circumstances and situations in life. But you don’t have to look any farther than the life of Jesus to find the answer. Jesus Himself said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Everything that we need to know about God and His character can be seen in the life of Jesus. Over the last several months I have had the opportunity to reacquaint myself with the church at large and I’m disappointed at the vast unbelief I have seen. Unbelief is rooted in FEAR, which is from the devil. Any thought that denies that what Jesus lived, taught, and modeled is God’s will, for those who follow Him, is from the devil. Jesus never did anything outside the will of God. Colossians 2:9 says “He was the fullness of God.” In other words, Jesus was the expression of the will of God for earth. “Jesus anointed with the Holy Spirit and power went about DOING GOOD and HEALING ALL who were oppressed of the devil” (Acts10:38). So, sickness is never the will of God – but rather of the devil. I simply define the Gospel like this, “If it’s good it’s God (Psalm 136:1), if it’s bad it’s the devil.” Jesus never contradicted the will of God.

The Word of God is eternal, because Jesus is eternal. This means the WORD is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. God’s Word contains the answers to all of life’s situations. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “that Heaven and earth (as we know it) will pass away, but HIS WORDS will never pass away”. Because God’s Word is eternal and has stood the test of time, we must accept and believe every Word. We do not have the right to pick and choose which parts we will believe and decide what is relevant for today. Since God’s Word is eternal, God in His infinite wisdom would never have written parts that aren’t relevant or needed for ALL generations. In fact, if you study the Bible closely you will see that God has always been about the NEXT GENERATION. David reminds us in Psalm 100:5, “for the Lord is good and His love endures forever; and His faithfulness continues to ALL generations.” He is faithful to always uphold His Word, to perform it and accomplish every Word of it in our lives. It is our responsibility to BELIEVE every Word! Because only the Word we believe will actually work in our lives. In Mark chapter nine a father brought his demon possessed son to the disciples to be delivered. To the father’s disappointment the disciples did not help the boy. Jesus immediately identified the problem and said, “You unbelieving generation.” The devil is not just after people, he is after a generation. He knows that if he can fill a generation with unbelief, he diminishes the presence and power of God on earth. Unfortunately, that is where we find much of the church in America today – powerless, compromising and without spiritual authority.

But, Jesus gives us the answer in Mark 9:23.  In the midst of an unbelieving generation He tells us that ALL THINGS are possible for him who BELIEVES. Before we can help an unbelieving generation, we must first BELIEVE. We must take every eternal Word from God and not allow the enemy to steal it from us. No matter what religion says or what your denomination says, NONE of God’s Word has passed away. NONE of God’s Word was only for the generation two thousand years ago. Jesus is the Word and He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Whatever the need in your life, find God’s Word for that situation and BELIEVE it, STAND on it, SPEAK it, CONFESS it, DECLARE it, SHOUT it over your situation. Get BOLD about what you believe. ALL THINGS are possible to them that believe. Smith Wigglesworth said, “If you’ll shout you won’t doubt.” Jesus said in Matthew 11 that the Kingdom suffers because the enemy is violent and in order to take it back we must become as violent (persistent) as the enemy. Today’s generation (millennials) are looking for people who truly believe – to the point that it is a consuming fire. Become consumed TODAY!

Today, my prayer for you is that you stop accepting anything that doesn’t line up with the WORD OF GOD. That you will become consumed with God and HIS WORD – for they are the WORDS OF LIFE!

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

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 stand, some kneel and people feeling threatened because of the color of their skin. 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 make it because they allowed themselves to fall into fear and unbelief. They viewed their circumstance as bigger than God or 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 grace. But not believing God is serious business.

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 situation. The one immutable 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. God is always faithful to His Word!

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 the promise. 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.

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.

My prayer for you today is that you will live in the place of peace by staying close to Him, the PRINCE OF 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. I pray that you will be open and available when those opportunities present themselves.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – ” For though we live in the world, we DO NOT wage war like the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself against the knowledge of God, and we take EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE to make it obedient to Christ.”

Our minds are the battlefield where the enemy wages war against us. Every word and deed begins with a thought in our minds. After you have come to Christ, you are a New Creation. Your Spirit is re-created to be just like Christ (Colossians 1:27). “The old is gone and all things are new. All this is from God” (2 Corinthians 5:17,18). The “all this” that the Apostle Paul is speaking of is the NEW CREATION. You are now made up of ALL the nature and ALL the character of God. We are a newly created Spirit man. And since the devil does not have access to our Spirit he can only make suggestions, lies and accusations in our minds. Any thought or any idea that comes against that knowledge of who we are in Christ is a lie from the enemy and must be destroyed. If we allow ourselves to ponder those thoughts, the enemy will continue to attack until he creates a stronghold. In other words, those thoughts will have a strong-hold in our mind and won’t voluntarily let go.

So, how do we gain the victory? How do we live out the character of God that lives in us?

The Apostle Paul admonishes us “to put on the helmet of Salvation” (Ephesians 6:17). This is not a physical activity of putting on a helmet. The helmet of salvation is a reference to guarding your mind with the truth of GOD’S WORD and everything that pertains to salvation. The definition of salvation (SOZO) is healed and delivered from the power of sin, sickness, disease, and lack (Psalm 91:16). This divine power that destroys strongholds is the WORD OF GOD. We cannot have victory without the WORD. We must be filled and saturated with God’s Word so we can win the war that the enemy will wage in our minds.

We must measure every thought, every idea, and every imagination against the knowledge of Christ in us. If a thought doesn’t meet the litmus test of Christ in us then it must be taken captive. This word CAPTIVE means “to make a prisoner.” Every thought that doesn’t represent Christ must be made a prisoner. If you’ve ever visited a prison you know that prisoners have lost their rights. They have lost their freedom. They are under the rule of the Prison Warden who tells them where to go and what to do. We are the prison warden of our thoughts. We must take every thought captive that opposes the Word of God and stop allowing the enemy’s lies to roam freely through our mind. If we don’t take those thoughts captive we eventually become captive to them.

You have authority to take the devil’s thoughts captive and live in victory. My prayer for you today is that you will recognize the real you, Christ in you and exercise authority over the enemy by taking every thought captive.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Rom. 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 under estimate 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. And because of that being who He actually is, He doesn’t vacillate. Most people view God as an unstable person who’s mood changes according to the circumstance. 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 probably mad at you. We need to understand that the GOSPEL is fixed and established upon the truth that Christ paid the total complete price for our SALVATION. That truth is true for us and the unbeliever. That is why it is GOOD NEWS! And that doesn’t change according to our behavior. But it is actualized in our lives through FAITH. The only difference between the believer and the unbeliever is that we have placed our FAITH in Christ and His completed work, so that now FAITH releases the POWER OF GOD into our lives empowering us to live out the life of Christ.

God says that we are not ashamed of the gospel. Here is the enemy’s tactic, to make us ashamed. What do we do when we are ashamed? We attempt to hide the thing that brings us shame. The enemy’s lie is to shame us and to cause us to live guilt ridden lives so that we will hide from the very one that loves us and forgives us, our Father. 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 be ashamed of the gospel. Meaning that we live powerless lives and the gospel in our lives has no influence on 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 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 love us. Holy Spirit always draws us to Christ so that we can REPENT, uncover, and apply the healing ointment, the BLOOD of CHRIST. So that we can have continual fellowship with Jesus and His blood 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.

My prayer for you today is that you will not allow the enemy to defeat you with guilt and shame but confess any sin so that our Father will forgive you and cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness, so that you can experience the POWER OF THE GOSPEL!

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

James 1:2-3 “Dear brothers and sisters, when TROUBLES come your way, count and consider it an opportunity for GREAT JOY. For you know that when your FAITH is tested, it is an opportunity for your endurance (faith) to grow.” 

I hope that during this time of devastation in Houston and the surrounding areas, you have found a way to reach out and help those whose lives have been turned upside down. I understand that it is a whole lot easier for us watching this tragedy from a distance, than being one of those directly affected and my heart goes out to everyone who has lost their home or even worse, a loved one during this crisis. However, I don’t understand when people (even Christian leaders) blame God for this catastrophe saying, “It’s God’s judgment on sin.” If that was true then none of us would be here. We forget that with God, ALL sin is sin. There are no degrees of sin with God. And the gospel truth is that God placed ALL sin on Christ on the cross – no longer counting people’s sin against them (2 Corinthians 5:19). That includes yours, mine, and the WHOLE WORLD. Jesus made it very clear, “The devil has come to kill, to steal and to destroy, but I have come to give life (ZOE = the God kind of life) and to have it in full abundance (John 10:10). Thousands of years ago Adam got all this destruction started and the world has been out of order ever since. But our Father is a creator, not a destroyer. Our God is a restorer, redeemer, and desires to reconcile all unto Himself. And He does that through HIS LOVE and GRACE, not through judgement.

We will always have questions, but let me suggest that if we ask the right questions then we’ll find the right answers. James was the brother of Jesus and saw firsthand what his brother went through for our sin – to provide redemption for all who would believe. In other words, Jesus suffered, for no cause of His own, to show the GLORY of God to the world. James was writing this letter to the first believers. These believers faced unrelenting persecution. The vastness of pagan religion, ungodly government and unsaved family caused tens of thousands of Christians to be thrown into arenas where they were mauled alive by lions, burned at the stake, imprisoned, and beaten to death – all because of their faith in Christ. Though there is still persecution in some parts of the world today, very few have experienced the intense opposition that the early believers faced. Yet James encouraged them to rejoice. Consider trouble as an opportunity to have GREAT JOY. Let me encourage you here by suggesting that the right question is probably not ‘Why?’ but rather ‘What?’ Lord WHAT do you want me to learn? WHAT is it I am to grow in? Lord, WHAT do you want me to do? WHAT do you want me to change? When we ask the right questions, we have the opportunity to see God’s glory revealed through whatever life throws at us. Until we ask the right questions we usually continue going around and around in circles, making the same mistakes, and facing the same circumstances – but never getting any better. When we ask the question ‘Why?’, we’re usually looking to find someone to blame. If we just want to blame someone else, we never grow, we never change and our faith never gets stronger. The truth is, our true character and faith are proven by our response to what we experience. And, how we go through the test of life determines what we go to in this life. I hate to disappoint you but faith and character ARE NOT built on the smooth seas.  Faith is built during the storms of life. So, like the first believers and James, when we face troubles, test, and trials we can rejoice because we know that God’s goodness will be revealed (James 1:4).

It’s during these times of TROUBLE that we need to be like the Psalmist David. While being hunted by King Saul, a jealous, ungodly king attempting to kill him, David declared “I will bless the Lord at ALL TIMES, His praise shall forever be on my lips” (Psalm 34:1). Even when we don’t understand why things are happening, if our hearts are set on BLESSING GOD, we can be assured that God will fight our battles and ALL THINGS will work out for our good (Romans 8:28). It’s during the times of test, trial, tribulation, and TROUBLE that God does His best work – IF we keep our faith straight. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 14:8 – “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord.” The point is, whatever comes our way we go through it with God, so we ought to praise Him in it. When we keep our faith straight, God will always be glorified whether in death or life.

I believe that during this time of devastation in Houston it is our opportunity as the body of Christ to step up and see the glory of God revealed as restorer, redeemer, and reconciler.

My prayer for you today, no matter where you find yourself, is that you will choose to BLESS GOD and see Him prove His faithfulness and your faith will grow and be rewarded.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On earth as it is in Heaven!”

Ephesians 3:20– “Now all glory to God, WHO IS ABLE, through His mighty working power at work in us, to accomplish exceedingly abundantly more than we ask or think.”

The main objective for us as children of God 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 the way that we think changes. We must become people that allow God and His Word to eradicate every thought that would keep us from fully expressing who He is in us. I love what Bill Johnson says about this in saying, “We will know our mind is renewed when the impossible looks logical.” Jesus never questioned the willingness or the ability of His Father to deliver. In John chapter 11, when Jesus was facing an impossible situation in the natural, while those around Him watched, He ordered the stone to be removed from Lazarus’s burial tomb. 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? 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 this confidence in their relationship Jesus then exclaims “Lazarus, come forth.”  It is out of the place of knowing the Father that we have the confidence that He hears us and know that His ability to answer and provide never comes into question.

When you know God as your Good Father (Ps.136.1) you’ll know that it is His will to always exceed our hopes and dreams (Ps.37:4). He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask. When we don’t really know who God is, we won’t ask – because we don’t know Him. I’ve never met a child who was timid about asking for the most extravagant things at Christmas. They never take into consideration the financial condition of their parent because they believe that if they ask, they will receive. Our Father has no lack concerning anything that pertains to our lives. Because He is a good Father, He desires to provide for His children, for those that believe and ask.

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

My prayer for you today is that you will come TO KNOW your Father intimately. I pray that you get to know His heart of LOVE and GIVING. Our Father is the BIGGEST GIVER that has ever existed.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Matthew 26:36 Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane and said, “Sit here while I go and pray.”

The word Gethsemane means “crushed olives.” And from crushed olives comes oil. In the Bible oil always refers to healing. We all need our Gethsemane. While in Gethsemane the night before going to the cross, Jesus said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not my will, but yours.”

You don’t have to live very long to understand that life can become overwhelming and confusing at times. When you are overwhelmed, what do you do? It’s at those times we must find our Gethsemane. It’s in Gethsemane where God will bring healing and confidence to walk out His plan. God understands how we feel and has no issue with us expressing our hurts, fears, and confusion. It’s during this time of transparency that God will ensure us of His plan and His grace for us to walk it out. The Apostle Paul said, “for when I am weak, then I am made strong.” We need to find our Gethsemane, the place of being alone with God. Because what happens when we bypass God is we try to get from others that which we can only get from God. We need to understand that those closest to us cannot pour out the oil and answer the longings of our heart. At the place of Gethsemane, you pray alone and when necessary you go on alone to fulfill God’s plan.

Luke tells us that in Gethsemane, Jesus was “full of pain” and that “His sweat was like drops of blood.”

Today if you find yourself disappointed, confused, hurt or in fear, I encourage you to find your Gethsemane. Get alone and get real with God and He will bring the healing, the answers, and the reassurance of His ever-present help. He promised Jeremiah “I am with you” (Jeremiah 1:8).  Jesus assures us “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). God guarantees us “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

My prayer for you today is that you will find that place of peace in your Gethsemane.

 

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Colossians 1:12-13 “Giving thanks to the Father…who has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”

In spite of all the Bible’s promises about prosperity, in spite of all the prayers you’ve prayed, if you are still struggling financially, consider this question: Where do you think God is going to get the resources to meet your needs?

Many believers limit God without even realizing it by focusing on the limited resources of this world rather than the unlimited riches of God’s kingdom. Our faith will always be tried when we think of the troubled, limited economy on the earth. Many times, we wonder, “How is God going to bless me in the middle of all this?” If that’s what you’ve been thinking, I have some good news that will turn those thoughts around.

The Bible says that God has “delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” To be translated means to be taken out of one place and put into another. In other words, your citizenship IS NOT of this earth. You are not primarily American or Canadian or Mexican or whatever nationality your ancestors were. If you are BORN AGAIN by the blood of Jesus, you are first and foremost a citizen of the Kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul say’s in 2 Corinthians 5:20, that we are now AMBASSADORS. You are an ambassador of heaven visiting earth, representing heaven.

That means that this planet doesn’t have any right to dictate to you whether your needs are met or not. The Bible says that God will meet your needs according to HIS RICHES in glory! (Philippians 4:19). You can live by heaven’s economy. You are not limited by earth’s economy, because in Heaven there is always more than enough.

Whenever I teach on “Shifting Heaven’s Economy,” I face the question (with good reason), “How do I get Heaven’s resources here?” That’s a great question and I’ll admit that it takes a number of messages to properly lay the Biblical foundation for such a revelation to be made clear. But here’s the basis – as an ambassador, we are representing Heaven on earth. Meaning that we are delegated by God to speak on behalf of Heaven. When we speak in agreement with Heaven (Matthew 18:18) The angels and the Holy Spirit are loosed to bring the resources of Heaven into our lives. It’s not our job to figure out how that will happen. It’s our responsibility to just believe and declare it. That’s the job of an ambassador.

My prayer for you today is that you will get a greater revelation of your homeland (Heaven) and start declaring what belongs to you as an ambassador – Love, Joy, Peace, Healing, Health, and Financial Abundance!! It’s all yours NOW! Why wait? Start agreeing with Heaven and you will see Heaven come to earth.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On earth as it is in Heaven!” 

Philippians 3:12 – “I do not mean that I am already as God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal, but I continue trying to reach it and to make it mine. Christ wants me to do that, which is the reason He made me His.”

Are you perfect?  Are you living a life without mistakes?  If not, have you given up or are you still striving to be the person God created you to be?

This verse in Philippians is one of the most encouraging verses in the Bible. The Apostle Paul who wrote two thirds of the new testament admitting that he hasn’t arrived but is still in pursuit of Christ – Likeness. That should motivate all of us. 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles tell us of two kings, Jeroboam, and Rehoboam, who lived flawed lives – lives outside of the will of God.  The result of their choices was disastrous and yet, when Rehoboam realized the error of his ways humbled himself and repented before God, and the wrath that was due him was turned away.

None of us are perfect.  We make mistakes and we fall short of the perfection in Christ that we are called to model.  There are many days when I wonder if I’m making any progress – if I’m truly following God’s path for my life or if I’m too focused on worldly issues and gains.  In Philippians 3, Paul warns us of the destruction that comes when we “think only about earthly things.”

Max Lucado in his book “The Applause of Heaven” tells a story of a little girl’s first experience in a pit filled with colorful balls found at fast-food playground areas.  She was so amazed by all the balls and all the colors she tried gathering as many as she could.  She wanted them for herself.  She grasped and grasped and grasped until she could carry no more. She became so burdened with her treasures that she was unable to walk out of the pit and yet, she didn’t want to let go of any of her prizes.

Isn’t that how life is? When we’re overly focused on earthly treasures, it burdens us down with fear, anxiety, greed, lust, and contempt of others. Then we find ourselves no longer able to walk the path that God has created for us.

Paul reminds us of this tendency.  However, he also gives us a word of hope.  We are not perfect and we often become burdened with earthly things because of that. But our relationship with God is not about who we are, but who Christ is in us and who we are becoming.  It is a process.  It is the goal of attainment —- of Sanctification, separation from the influence of the world. The Apostle John writes in 1 John 2, that the goal of sanctification is to separate ourselves from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, because none of that comes from our Father but from the world. Each day as we move forward, dropping a ball or two along the way, then we are steadily moving forward along the path of becoming the fully devoted disciple God wants us to be.  This is very Good News!

When we recognize that we are overly focused on the pursuit of earthly things, we frequently become bogged down with feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness, guilt, shame, and insecurity. But as we continue reaching for the goal that God has for our lives – the goal of becoming a fully devoted disciple of Christ, then this process of becoming Christ-like is attainable and rewarded by God.

My prayer for you today is that you will recognize who Christ is in you and turn away from everything that doesn’t look like Christ.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Matthew 28:20″And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

God’s promise to us that he will be with us is God assuring us of His faithfulness to meet our need for courage and strength to face everything that this life would throw at us, especially the things that seem impossible.

There is no question that the Presence of God is what brings us great joy, comfort, and peace. The Presence of God will also give us confidence in the face of opposition and any less than favorable circumstance. Moses was called by God to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. He asked God in Exodus 33, “Who will you send with me?” God answered, “My Presence will go with you, and it (My Presence) will give you rest (peace, confidence and strength).”

It is this revelation of the Presence of God that enabled the exploits of the Apostle Paul. It’s what strengthened a king named David. Moses needed this same assurance. They all needed incredible courage to fulfill their callings. Joseph was only 17 years old when God gave him dreams of his future authority to reign and rule. But Joseph found out that not everyone celebrates a Word from God. Yet, even though Joseph was hated by his own brothers, thrown in a pit, and sold into slavery, the Bible says that the Lord was with Him. Most people would question, “If God was with him, then why did he go through those things?” The truth is, BECAUSE the Lord was with him, Joseph was able to persevere with strength and hope. Because the Lord was with him, Joseph, was able to see beyond the pit. He was able to endure being falsely accused. He was able to overcome the injustice of being wrongly imprisoned…because THE LORD WAS WITH HIM!

It’s the same promise of Jesus being with us that should provide confidence, peace, and strength to make it through every test, trial, or tribulation. From the pit and through the prison to finally the palace at the age of 30, Joseph finally saw his dreams come true. The Lord was with him through every test during those 13 years which finally brought him to His promise. Whatever your pit might look like, remember The Lord is with you. Do not lose hope. If you let the devil steal your hope he will steal your promise from you.

This promise is given to everyone that calls on the name of the Lord. But some live with a greater sense of peace and confidence than others. BECAUSE SOME PLACE A HIGH VALUE ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD, and some don’t. Those who do, begin their day seeking the Presence of God and continue to fellowship throughout their day with His Holy Spirit. They are extremely conscious of His Presence and understand how He responds to their WORDS, ATTITUDES, and ACTIONS. The thought of grieving the Holy Spirit brings them great sorrow. This passion for the Presence of God causes us to live in the place of confidence. “I am with you always…” becomes our reality that invites the supernatural into our daily life. Those with a passion for the Presence of God will be the ones with constant activity of the Holy Spirit working through them.

My prayer for you today is that you will live with the reality of the assurance that Jesus promised, “I will be with you always…”

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On earth as it is in Heaven!”