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It Is Time To Promulgate!

There are two ordinances in the Church which demonstrate our identification with Christ: water baptism and communion. We know that water baptism represents being buried with Christ and risen with Him to walk in newness of life. The Apostle Paul refers to communion as the “cup of blessing” (1 Cor. 10:16). In fact, communion, or what we call, the “Lord’s Supper,” shows or proclaims our union with Christ in His body and His blood.

PROMULGATE: MAKE IT LEGAL!

1 Corinthians 11:26 says, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” Look at the word “shew.” It is kataggello in the Greek and means “to proclaim, promulgate, declare, and preach.” The word “promulgate” means “to put (a law or decree) into effect by official proclamation.” This same word is used in Colossians 2:15. “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he [Jesus] made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Jesus was
publicly proclaiming His complete defeat of Satan’s kingdom and our complete victory in His resurrection. If we are going to live like Him, it is time we start declaring some things too. It is time to promulgate!

Make these declarations now: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me. I live by the faith of the Son of God. I am dead to sin. The old person has died, and sin has no dominion over me. I am enjoying a new existence, which is Jesus using my body. I am a new creation. The old is gone and I’m living a fresh, new life!”

THIS IS YOUR SEASON TO BE HEALED AND MADE NEW!


2 Corinthians 5:17 says if any man be in Christ he is a new creation. The New Living Bible says he is “a brand-new person inside.” The Stanter translation says, “...a new world has at once opened upon him, an old world has passed away.” The New English Bible says, “...the old order has gone, and a new order has already begun.”

I also like how the Amplified Bible translates this: “...if any man is engrafted in Christ.” In horticulture, grafting takes place in order to strengthen a plant, to change varieties, or to cause two different plants to grow together as one. However, there can be no grafting without first wounding or cutting them. Likewise, Jesus was wounded so we could be engrafted into Him.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.                                                                     

Isaiah 53:5–6


The word “borne” is the Hebrew word nasa, which means “to lift.” Jesus has lifted our sorrows and has taken our torment so that we can have perfect peace. We do not have to be bound by shame, rejection, or feelings of abandonment. Instead, we can let the cleansing blood of Jesus heal us where we have been wounded by life. His precious blood will silence the accuser’s voice that tell us, “It’s your fault.” It will stop all self-condemnation. Some of the most powerful words are those found in Hebrews 2:14–15: “...through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” We have been delivered by the precious blood of Jesus!

IT IS TIME TO PROMULGATE

Declare right now: “I am a completely new person in Christ. The old person I was is gone. There is a new world opened to me where all things are new. By Jesus’ wounds I am healed and engrafted into Him. He has lifted my sorrows and griefs. I am no longer bound by fear! I now have perfect peace.”

PARTNERS IN CHRIST

This month, we want to offer you our book and CD series titled, “THE NEW.” We believe these resources will strengthen your faith and help you to walk in ALL that God has for you. We recently received a testimony of someone who listened to one of the messages in this series, The New: God Made Me Forget. He shared how much freedom he received from the Word. We believe the same freedom, healing, and victory is available for you through the blood of Jesus.

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SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN

“He who refuses to forgive, burns the bridge over which he himself must pass.” Have you ever studied the New Testament on the subject of forgiveness? The radical kind of forgiveness that God extends to us is the same kind He expects us to extend to others. It is amazing how in Christian circles we can rejoice about God’s forgiveness to us and have a brother by the throat at the same time. One of the most important lessons we can learn in life is how to forgive. In Luke 17:1-6, Jesus commanded forgiveness not 7 times, not 70 times, but 70 times 7! God expects us to forgive our brother 490 times. Perhaps God is so serious about us forgiving others because of the radical forgiveness He has extended to us (Psalm 103:1-3). God forgives and forgets our sins and expects us to do the same (Isaiah 43:25 26). The Greek meaning for the word forgive includes these words: forsake, leave, let go, remit. It denotes a cessation and completion. That means it is in the past and should be forgotten. It is over. When we refuse to forgive, we destroy the bridge we must cross to reach our blessing and destiny. Forgiveness is always connected to receiving God’s best blessings. Joseph forgave his brothers and reached his destiny. Satan always means it for evil, but God will turn it for good (Genesis 50:20). And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10 Job prayed for his persecutors and critics. When he exercised love and forgiveness, there was a turn for the better in his condition. Forgiveness is always a turning point. Job was able to turn things around in his life by forgiving, and you can too!

CHOOSE TO FORGIVE

Praying for those who have hurt you or wronged you is choosing to forgive. The first lesson Jesus gave about prayer in the New Testament is about forgiveness. “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven,” Matthew 5:44-45.

One time I was complaining to an older minister about some “friends” who had done me wrong. I felt mistreated and wanted some payback or revenge. I felt justified in my feelings and was offended. As I explained the situation to this older minister, he said, “You may be able to whip a skunk, but you might not want to.” I have never forgotten that statement. Any time I want to get back at someone, I always remember the skunk.

UNFORGIVENESS

The smell of unforgiveness defiles the atmosphere in every area of our lives. Unforgiveness is worse than the smell; it is a deadly poison that can kill. Forgiveness enables us to escape the “stink” that Satan is trying to put on us. I heard Dad Hagin say, “Any time you feel mistreated, you know the devil is working on you.” Satan is a master of offense. He is the accuser of the brethren. When we judge others, we are allowing Satan to use our mouths. Dad Hagin also said, “Putting out another fellow’s candle doesn’t brighten our own.”

FAITH’S GREATEST ENEMY

After the powerful lessons on unlimited faith and receiving from God in Mark 11:23-24, Jesus warns about unforgiveness (vs. 25). The greatest enemy to faith is unforgiveness. Unforgiveness stops faith from working, hinders your prayer life, limits blessing, stops spiritual growth, opens the door to the devil, and can cause sickness and disease – even premature death. Unforgiveness is a killer. Holding or nursing grudges - large or small - is a killer (Ephesians 4:26-27).

GET RID OF OUGHT

When you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any…. Mark 11:25 Jesus said, “if you have any ought against any.” This word ought simply means any little thing. It is wrong to hold unforgiveness against others or against yourself. If Jesus says you are forgiven, then you need to believe it, receive it, and expect God’s best blessings from now on. It does not take 10 years to forgive. Jesus said you can choose to forgive when you stand praying. It takes less than 10 seconds to forgive. Harboring unforgiveness can spoil 10 years of your life.

WORLD MISSIONS PARTNERS

This month we want to offer you our book and 4CD set, Love: The Secret to Success. We believe these will be great resources for you to help feed your faith on the love of God. Love is the way to VICTORY! We also want to thank you for your faithful partnership with us. Construction on our new Conference Center will be done within the next 2 months. We need about $250,000 to complete the sound system, tv studio lighting and to purchase chairs. We are excited to start scheduling meetings and recording TV programs. We believe we will be able to reach more people than ever before with the message of faith and who the believer is in Christ. Thank you for your faithful prayers and giving on this project. We declare to you, our partners, that “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus,” Philippians 4:19 (MSG).

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