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WHAT TO DO AFTER THE VICTORY – PART A

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WHAT TO DO AFTER THE VICTORY – PART A

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WHAT TO DO AFTER THE VICTORY – PART A

Immediately after the victory for which you have fought, believed in faith, and prayed will subtly appear one of your most dangerous attacks from the enemy. It will NOT be like the attack(s) BEFORE your conquest: to discourage you, to make you afraid, to cause loss of integrity, loss of a loved one, or loss of possessions. All of which attacks you can defeat … and withstand … by living holy and living a life of faith and trust in God.

But this attack will be so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe. You will not be capable, without discernment from God, of making fine distinctions as to the source of the attack. It will be “covert” and delicately complex. There will be put in place clever and indirect means by the enemy to achieve your downfall: spiritually, socially, materially, physically, and mentally … in that order.

This newsletter is being written to instruct you as to how to “offset” this kind of attack, and to guard against it; also, to augment and solidify your recent victory, and to go on to higher and more productive accomplishments.

King Solomon tells us in the Book of Ecclesiastes that “a threefold cord is not easily broken.” [Ecclesiastes 4:12] There are three things you can do to assure your maintenance of the victory and your own personal integrity. They are as follows:

[] Guard Against Pride

[] Monitor the Victory

[] Plan for the Future

We will now discuss these three aspects.

[] Guard Against Pride

Let us examine some scriptures concerning pride, its effects, and what God thinks about it. It is not my purpose here to comment on each verse, but to provide a general overview of the consequences of pride and the response of God toward it.

“When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” [Proverbs 11:2]

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” [Proverbs 16:18]

“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” [Proverbs 29:23]

“But when his [Nebuchadnezzar’s] heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne; they took his glory from him.” [Daniel 5:20]

“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” [1 Timothy 3:6] “For all that is in the world, the evil desire of the flesh, and the evil desire of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” [1 John 2:16]

Thinking in your mind that you were the one responsible for the victory … forgetting that God gave you the victory … is a great insult to the Heavenly Father, and manifests a lack of mature thankfulness. The Lord led you to the people, provided the resources, gave you the wisdom, enabled you with skill(s), and blessed you with the anointing.

You may have temptations to boast about the victory; maybe not in a braggadocios manner, but in a subdued presentation of the victory as “your brainchild” … “your baby” … “your production”. Remember, God is all-seeing, He is watching whether you try to take the glory or whether you give Him the glory. He doesn’t NEED the glory, but He is looking for the character in your heart, that He might use you even more in the future.

Remember, you can have your rewards here on earth … or in Heaven. The Lord Jesus taught us:

“Pay attention that you do not do your charitable donations before men, to be seen of them: otherwise you have NO reward of your Father which is in Heaven.” [Matthew 6:1]

“Therefore when you do your charitable donations, do not sound a trumpet before you [to draw attention to yourself and your works], as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Truly I say unto you, they have their reward.”

“But when you do your charitable donations, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does. This way, your charitable donations may be confidential; and your Father which sees your confidential works Himself will reward you openly.” [Matthew 6:1-4]

You don’t get any reward from the Father when you try to draw attention to your good works. You already received your reward; that was to have yourself and your works … your “victory” … seen by men. Like the old saying, “You can’t eat your cake and still have it, too!”

However, if you do your works confidentially (sometimes you can’t keep them confidential), in your heart NOT trying to draw attention to yourself, but wanting God to receive the glory, then you will have your rewards BOTH on earth and in Heaven. In this way you will be able to eat your cake and still have it in Heaven!

This mindset has to be established ahead of time or you will not be able to resist the temptations to boast. If you do fall prey to boasting, Satan will have a “hook” in you called “pride” and try to use it to steal your earthly blessings and to bring you down. His chief objective in all this, however, will be to keep you from being powerfully used by God again in the future.

One way of boasting, and thus giving in to pride, is through the vanity of numbers or size. King David was guilty of this and many innocent people lost their lives. [1 Chronicles Chapter 21] “And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant, for I have done very foolishly.” [2 Samuel 24:10]

Some of the ancient rabbis put up walls around the Torah to keep people from breaking the law. In other words, they had man made laws to act as a “buffer zone” to keep people from getting too close to breaking one of the laws in the Torah (the five books of Moses, the Pentateuch). Maybe it would be wise to make a personal decision not to number people or things (other than for inventory or important purposes and records) as a guard against using these numerical values as a tool for boasting or personal aggrandizement. I’m not talking about being legalistic, but about setting a path for humility.

One way to set up walls to help us guard against pride is to search the scriptures and find out what pride is about, and then do the opposite. For example, when the Holy Bible tells us, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” [Proverbs 29:23], then we can see that it would be to our profit to seek to be “humble in spirit.”

One area of pride, and there are many facets, is in the area of relationships. I’m not talking about immoral, or ungodly, relationships, but about bragging,or even mentally boasting that we know or closely associate ourselves with someone who is well known. I’m not talking about honoring and being thankful of associations with people who have the favor of God on their lives … but about giving preference or showing respect of persons.

James, the brother of our Lord and the first bishop of the church of Jerusalem, taught us:

“For if there come unto our assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment, and you have respect to him that wears the magnificent clothing, and say unto him, ‘You sit here in a good seat,’ and say to the poor person, ‘You stand here …’; are you not then showing partiality, and have become judges of evil thoughts.” [James 2:2-4]

The scripture admonishes us in Romans 12:16 to “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” In other words, be of the same mind toward all people, whether rich or poor, politically connected or not, educated or uneducated, whether advantageous to our cause or not. This is another way to guard against pride.

It may take working at as we learn to lean on the Holy Spirit, but it will help us to maintain our well fought victories and also help us go on to higher and more productive accomplishments. Specifically, it will let God see that we are willing to let the metal of our hearts be refined so that He might use us more greatly for His glory!

So far we have discussed the first thing you should do to assure the maintenance of your victory and your own personal integrity:

[] Guard Against Pride.

In subsequent newsletters we will discuss the second and third things you should do to assure the maintenance of your victory and your own personal integrity:

[] Monitor the Victory; and,

[] Plan for the Future.


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2009/06/16 Posted by | A WORD FOR YOU, HOW TO WIN, integrity, MINISTRY, PROTECTION, SUCCESS & VISION | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HOW TO GET OUT OF WHERE YOU’RE AT

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HOW TO GET OUT OF WHERE YOU’RE AT

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HOW TO GET OUT OF WHERE YOU’RE AT

Are you in a place in your life or ministry where you think: “I will never get out of this situation!” Then you probably won’t. The Bible tells us, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” [Proverbs 23:7] Let us rephrase it to make it personal: “For as YOU think in YOUR heart, so are YOU.”

This scripture means more than, “If you dwell on negative, fearful thoughts most of the time, then you’re a negative, fearful person.” It actually means these things will come to pass in your life. It’s not just that you experienced these things over and over and they caused you to be that way. But conversely … your mind caused you to experience them!

The battleground is in your mind. That’s where your future is set! Your future isn’t dependent upon where you grew up or from what family you came. Your future is set for success if you are born again and of the royal seed of Abraham through the shed blood of Christ. But … you have to control your thoughts to line up with your Father’s promises.

Your thoughts … just like dreams … come from one of three (3) sources: God, yourself, or the devil. Don’t let Satan lie to you and tell you: “You will never get out of this situation.” “You will never have victory in this matter.” “You will never pay all those bills off.” “You will never reach every nation, tribe, language group, and race of the earth for Christ.” The devil will tell you, “You’re too young, you’re too old, you’re not smart enough, you have too much education and it has hurt you.”

Remember the life of Queen Esther whom we studied last newsletter. She was so confident in God that she didn’t ask for anything to take into the king’s court on her first appearance to Ahasuerus. Whatever she desired would have been given to her. [Esther 2:13] “And Esther obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins.” [Esther 2:17] God can give you favor in whatever situation you find yourself. But you have to BELIEVE, OBEY, and CHOOSE to live in FAITH and VICTORY.

You may be in a jail cell. But God! Those are powerful words … think about them: “But God …” Jesus was taken from the wooden cross stake after having been crucified and laid in the tomb. “BUT GOD raised Him from the dead.” [Acts 13:30] I was a scheduled speaker at a large interfaith conference where I was Dean of the ministry school and met a brother, a minister, who had been sentenced to prison for life. He had been an attorney and was convicted of crimes by the federal government in the USA that resulted in his life sentence.

After being committed to prison he gave his life to Christ. One day, without advance notification, guards came and escorted him out of his prison cell and he was released permanently. “But God …” What is your situation? This relationship of ours with God, the Father, is a MIRACLE relationship. Never forget it! It has all happened as a result of the resurrection …. AND … the Holy Spirit is God’s agent on earth to supply the resurrection power of Christ. Believe God!

You must control your thoughts. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God [the Word of God], and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” [2 Corinthians 10:5]

If you do not cast down Satan’s lies, if you listen to them … or if you choose to dwell on your own negative thoughts of defeat, poverty, and sickness … you will limit your life. God is NOT limited by your family, your background, your education, your companion. God is limited by your FAITH.

Choose to dwell on thoughts of life and hope and positivity. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both you and your future posterity may live.” [Deuteronomy 30:19]

Is your life dull … boring? It’s because you’re not believing God for exciting things. Find a promise (or promises) in God’s Word that pertain to the thing(s) you want, and then believe God for them.

If it’s a new car, then go down to the dealership, find the model and color you really want and believe God for it. Put it on your prayer list. Ask God to show you if there’s something He would like you to do for Him. If it’s a husband or wife you want, then tell God what you’re looking for.

I was speaking at a large singles’ convention recently. I was late (it wasn’t my fault) and they had been waiting for six hours (in their seats) for me to arrive. Many people were saved and many were healed instantly with MIRACLES from God.

While speaking, I approached a young lady in the audience and asked her if she was praying for a husband. She said “Yes.” I asked her what kind she was praying for. She couldn’t answer me specifically. I said to her (and to the congregation) “How will God know what kind of husband to give you? Tell Him what you want!” “Do you want a white husband, a black husband, or a green husband? Do you want a tall husband or a pygmy? Intelligent … or unintelligent?” Finally, she got the point. Be specific in your praying.

Also, if you’re single, be specific in your goals before you go on a date. This will help you get your prayers answered. You have to come to the place AHEAD OF TIME, where if you’re tempted with sex, you can say to your date: “I really love / like you, but I want to please God … I love Him more … and I don’t want to have sex unless I’m married.”

My purpose in writing is to get you out of where you’re at. Here’s what to do:

Find something God wants to do … that’s near to His heart.

Find something you want to do … that’s near to your heart.

Join the thing(s) you want to do WITH and UNDER the things God wants to do.

IF YOUR PLAN FITS INTO GOD’S PLAN, YOU’LL HAVE GOD’S FAITH … AND GOD’S FAITH ALWAYS WORKS!

Bring (plead) your case before God. “Put me in remembrance: let us plead together; you declare, that you may be justified.” [Isaiah 43:26]

You have to get SERIOUS with God and PLEAD YOUR CASE BEFORE HIM. Lay out the facts. Show Him the paper work if you have to. How would you appear before a human judge who doesn’t even have one iota of the authority of Almighty God, the Judge of the Universe?

This is more than just praying! You’re standing seriously before the Court of Heaven pleading your case. It’s a “life or death” situation because you don’t want to end up where you’re at. You may be 8 years old … or 108 years old. But, the KEY element here is that you need to be FREE and PRODUCTIVE so that life can be ministered and multiplied to millions of people around the world through the ministry God has given you!

Give due diligence to present your case. Tell God WHY and to WHAT ADVANTAGE it is to both you and Him for you to be released from this situation in which you find yourself. If you are in that situation because of sin or disobedience, then repent and ask God for forgiveness. Assure Him that it will NOT happen again. (You may be there for a “learning experience” because God has been merciful upon you in that you would not learn the lesson another way.)

You may be there because the enemy has tricked you … deceived you. Explain this to God, and appeal to His mercy. Remember, God’s enemy is your enemy. This gives you favor, just as Queen Esther had favor … just as Joseph had favor. And it may be, just as in both the lives of Joseph and Queen Esther, that God will turn this situation around and use it “to save many people”.

When you leave the Heavenly Court, do so with humility, respect, and thankfulness. Wait, listen, and obey!

Write down your goals and the things you want God to do through you. Write them down in the form of goals or concise statements: what you WILL accomplish, by the grace of God. At the top of the page write these words: “By the grace of God and His MIRACLES, I will:”

Then underneath write out the prayer goals that you want the Holy Spirit to accomplish through you. You may have to pray for days, months, or years. Remember what Jesus taught us in Luke 18:1-8, recorded below:

“And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men should always pray, and not faint; saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, ‘Avenge me of my adversary.’

And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her. Unless by her continual coming to me she wearies me.’

And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge says. And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes to earth, shall He find faith on the earth?”

I have things for which I have prayed daily for decades. Years ago I spent time alone in a hotel room writing down the goals that I wanted Christ to accomplish through me in the future. They were BIG and I thought many might not come to pass for 50 years. However, almost all of them came to pass within a few years.

Believe God for BIG things … so big you could never do them. That way, everyone, including yourself and your enemies, will know it is God when they come to pass! Claim Jeremiah 33:3 which says, “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you GREAT and MIGHTY things you do not know about.”

When you’re out of where you’re at, then don’t go back. Be productive, bear fruit for the glory of God … and out of thankfulness for what He has done for you. Remember, God brought the children of Israel OUT … that He might bring them IN. He delivered them from Egypt, that He might bring them into a wide, wealthy place of ENLARGEMENT to be a praise among the nations.

God is bringing you OUT … that He might bring you IN … and save alive many people!


Subscribe to The Apostles Advanced Teaching (this newsletter) by email: apostlehandley@gmail.com (type “SUBSCRIBE” in the Subject line).

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2009/06/15 Posted by | CREATING WITH THOUGHTS, FREEDOM, NEW TERRITORIES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment