1. Getting Stronger!
We are living in a remarkable time. I have never seen the entire world so gripped by fear and uncertainty. The pundits and prophets are all weighing in on what this means, why it is happening and how long it will last. I don’t know all the answers, but there are some things we can know for sure. As Children of God we have access to a peace that passes understanding – that is, it is not natural or carnal. It is supernatural, surpassing what the mind and intellect can comprehend. That is important because what we need right now is not more information – we are being bombarded with news. What we need is something that goes straight into the core of our being and fortifies us from within. That is what the Word of God does. Over the next 60-days, I am going to bombard your heart and mind with timeless, unchangeable truth from God’s Word that will act like a heavenly vaccine, inoculating you against fear, anxiety and worry. These words were true before the virus came along and they will be true long after it is gone. But in moments like these, we need to remind ourselves of these truths more than ever before. Some people begin to waver in times like these. Some question God, His Word, His love and His faithfulness. But this is the time we need to cling to Him as never before. I remember an exchange Reinhard Bonnke once had with a man who was sick and suffering. The man said he was having “a crisis of faith.” Reinhard said, “My brother, when you are drowning, that is the worst time to let go of the lifeline.” If you are struggling, grab a hold of God’s Word and His truth with all your might – it is your lifeline! Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” The Lord made a clear contrast between His mission and the devil’s mission. Satan’s plans for us are in complete opposition to God’s plans for us! It is paramount we believe this foundational truth: Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly! We see the declarations of His love for mankind all over the scriptures, both in His words and in His actions— and most profoundly, when He laid down His life for us on the cross. Jesus loves us! He is for us! He gave us His word as our solid rock to stand on, so that when the thief comes to attack, we can stand in unwavering trust on God’s faithful promises. Often, what makes people susceptible to an attack of the enemy, is the onset of doubt and unbelief in the goodness of God and the truth of His word. Immunity, on the other hand, is the lack of susceptibility, especially to something unwelcome or harmful. Satan knows He has no legal right to steal, kill, and destroy you, unless he can persuade you, to hand over to him, your God given power and authority as sons and daughters of God. The devil plots and schemes to deceive the masses by planting false accusations, twisting the truth, and most often, by employing fear tactics. He uses fear because it tends to work so well on the wavering. Ultimately, those who succumb to unbelief help him accomplish his mission. Once Satan has convinced a person to misplace their trust in the Lord, then they become susceptible to the contagions of fear, doubt, and unbelief. The way to become immune to these attacks from the enemy, is to holdfast in unwavering faith in Jesus and his word! In the days ahead, we are going to press into the truth, so that we can stand firm against all attacks, securely fortified in the victory we have in Jesus! When a person is exposed to a pathogen and they survive, their bodies learn how to fight that contagion and they become immune to it from then on. This is where we get the old cliché “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I believe it is very similar with our spirits. As we go through life, overcoming trials and difficulties, emerging victorious, walking hand-in-hand with Jesus, we become stronger, spiritually tougher and more resilient in faith. That is why a season like the one we are in now is so important. It can be a training ground for the more significant battles to come in the future. Jeremiah asked, “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” (Jer. 12:5) Join me for the next 60-days as we confront the pathogen of fear head on and eradicate it with the antidote of God’s Word. May God use this season in all of our lives to build unwavering trust in our hearts for Him as never before. This bible study was adapted from my new book 'Slaying Dragons'. This book will take a deep look into the following subjects: Angels and Demons in the Bible, Where the Dragon Gets His Power, The Cosmic Battle, Spiritual Warfare Demystified, How to Kill Your Pet Dragon & Casting Out Dragons and more. See link above to order your copy!
2. "It Is Written"
Do you ever notice that sometimes it seems as if you’re on a spiritual high? You’re tangibly feeling the presence of God, receiving fresh revelation, the anointing is flowing like oil, and you’re clearly hearing the Lord speaking to your spirit. Then other times, it seems as though the heavens are brass, the oil has run dry, and if the anointing is there—you certainly can’t tell! You didn’t get a single goose bump during praise and worship. Not one tear dropped, not one hair raised. During those moments when the thrills of His glory have lifted, and you find yourself in a spiritual valley, you may be tempted to question what you encountered when you were on the mountaintop. You may be tempted by the devil to fear that what you experienced previously wasn’t real. You see, if we base our faith in our feelings, then our faith will fluctuate whenever they do. When Satan came to tempt Jesus in the desert (Matthew Chapter 4:1-11) he said, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” The word, “if” is so subtle and so small, yet such a huge stumbling block to many, because in that one little word, one’s entire belief system can be shaken. This is why we must follow the Lord’s example and refuse to rely on our feelings or current experiences, especially when facing the temptation of doubt. Jesus responded, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4) Every time Jesus responded to the devil, He said, “It is written…” Jesus stood on the word of God, and we must do the same. It’s our sure foundation! It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, or what the ‘ifs’ are, or how we are feeling in any given moment—the word of God must have the final say in every season of our lives. The following is a list of Scriptures that I would encourage you to read aloud and to confess over yourself and your family. Read them again and again until you sense faith and courage arising in your heart. This was the ammunition Jesus used against Satan in the wilderness ("it is written”) and it will be your strength as well: IT IS WRITTEN: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). IT IS WRITTEN: “He will call on me, and I will answer him” (Ps. 91:15). IT IS WRITTEN: “The one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward” (Prov. 11:18). IT IS WRITTEN: “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” (Matt. 6:30). IT IS WRITTEN: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19). IT IS WRITTEN: “No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent” (Ps. 91:10). IT IS WRITTEN: “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (Ps. 34:19). IT IS WRITTEN: “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up” (Jas. 5:15). IT IS WRITTEN: “Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Ps. 55:22). IT IS WRITTEN: “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them” (Ps. 34:7). IT IS WRITTEN: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this” (Ps. 37:5). IT IS WRITTEN: “He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children” (Ps. 113:9). IT IS WRITTEN: “His mercy endures forever” (Ps. 136:1). IT IS WRITTEN: “We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:8–9). This bible study was adapted from my new book 'Slaying Dragons'. This book will take a deep look into the following subjects: Angels and Demons in the Bible, Where the Dragon Gets His Power, The Cosmic Battle, Spiritual Warfare Demystified, How to Kill Your Pet Dragon & Casting Out Dragons and more. Click link above to order 'Slaying Dragons' Today!
3. The Victory that has Overcome the World!
The bible says, “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) This scripture makes it clear that the spirit of fear is not from God. When danger threatens us, fear tries to latch onto us. Even our body chemistry changes when we sense impending disaster, when our circumstances are doom and gloom, or when pain becomes overwhelming, and our natural response is to be alarmed and fearful. So, what does a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind do in the face of fear? It removes fear’s death grip that tries to paralyse us. Fear can come, but it cannot stay and bind those who belong to the Lord because we are overcomers! “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4) “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 40:10) Jesus said, "Do not be afraid; only believe” (Luke 8:50). The Bible’s greatest illustration of fear and unbelief lasted forty years with the tribes of Israel who were camping out in the wilderness. Even though their wanderings took them close to the border of the Promised Land, they did not actually believe they could cross over because they had already succumbed to fear. They knew it was their right to possess the land, because God had given the land to them, but their faith had a fatal flaw—the disease of fear had enveloped what little faith was in their hearts. Their faith was useless for as long as they feared, which is why most of them never reached the Promised Land. They complained about their situation, but did not have enough faith to change it. They whined when they could have dined. Moses sent twelve spies from each head of the tribes of Israel to spy out the land of Canaan as the Lord had commanded (Numbers, Chapter 13). There were two very different reports from the spies when they returned. This resulted in ten of them falling prey to unbelief and discouragement, and two full of faith with courage to move forward and possess the land. This is probably a normal average—two out of twelve believe and get what God has for them. The rest only wish for it and die, never taking hold of it. There will always be more of those who are full of fear than those who are full of faith… which will you choose to be? This bible study was adapted from 'Faith the Link' by Reinhard Bonnke. Some believe that simply having faith is an entitlement to blessing and prosperity. Others believe that faith in oneself is all that is needed in life. Order your copy of 'Faith the Link' using the link above!
4. The Word is Our Source of Faith!
Jesus specialises in troubleshooting every type of problem known to mankind! He is our Lord and saviour, our provider, our healer, our shepherd, our advocate, and our great defender… I could go on and on! There is no problem too big for Him to solve! You’re never going to come to Him with an urgent prayer request and hear Him reply, “Oh no! That’s terrible news! Whatever shall I do?” There is literally no issue He cannot solve! Oftentimes, if we are allowing fear to creep into our thought life, it’s because we have not been meditating on the Word of God. Jesus can do anything! “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) I cannot emphasise this enough— the word of God is the most valuable tool we have. The only answer for the whole world is found in the Bible. Many people remain in a continual state of fear. For some it would seem that irrevocable disaster and destruction are lurking around every corner, and yet the entire bible is all about God’s plan of mercy, redemption, and restoration for mankind. For those who belong to Christ, there is nothing to fear— there is only good news! The antidote to fear is faith. You know, the Bible was written for people with no actual faith. Meaning, we all begin with a minus, in terms of faith. If we have no faith, reading the Bible will produce it; if we have some faith, reading the Bible will produce more! We do not first acquire the faith that we bring to Scripture. Scripture produces, encourages, and grows our faith! Romans 10:17 says, “So then, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in God’s Word and reveal the truth to you as you read through your bible. Then hone in on the verses that catch your attention. Many times, the scriptures that seem to “pop out” to us are the ones He wants us to meditate on. And as we meditate on His word, faith begins to arise in our hearts! This bible study was adapted from 'Faith the Link' by Reinhard Bonnke. Some believe that simply having faith is an entitlement to blessing and prosperity. Others believe that faith in oneself is all that is needed in life. Order your copy of 'Faith the Link' using the link above.
5. Faith without Questions or Qualifiers!
Fear and unbelief are not intellectual responses, but emotional responses of the heart from a lack of faith in God. Meaning the root of unbelief isn’t in the mind, but in the heart. Unfortunately, “faith” has become a religious generalisation. Authentic faith is accepting the credibility of God— “He who promised is faithful” (Heb. 10:23). Faith means we leave things up to Jesus, step out in trust, and obey Him at His word. “Trust in the Lord,” is a foundational biblical principle, and that should be followed by the attitude, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). Jesus expects us to trust Him with this kind of attitude and response. How do we know this? Well, He made the most striking statement in the book of Luke, “They will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost” (Luke 21:16–18). He expects our trust no matter what the outcome. Faith is not merely showing approval for scripture, or being an expert on doctrine. We can be biblically correct, but void of any real trust in God. Faith is childlike trust in Jesus and full surrender of our lives to Him. For example, putting qualifiers on prayers like, “I’ll believe in You, God, if You answer this prayer,” shows a gross ignorance of the whole understanding of what faith is. You see, God does not always do what we think He should do. In fact, that is why we have to trust Him! If He always answered every prayer in the way and timing we wanted, faith would not be necessary. Also, we must remember that God is God, and we are not. If we demand to know why God does or does not do something as a condition for our trust, then we do not have true faith. God accepts no terms for our trust in Him. He is the creator of the Universe! He does not conform to the pattern of our small thinking in order to convince us to believe. If we do not believe, it is always our loss, not His. May we never doubt in God or in His goodness towards us. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” Also, Psalms 34:8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” When we fully believe that He exists, He is good, and He loves us, all the qualifiers and questions fall away. Like a child in the arms of his father, we are able to find rest for our souls. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” (Psalm 91:1-2) This bible study was adapted from 'Taking Action' by Reinhard Bonnke. Millions of people all over the world have been introduced to Jesus through the ministry of Reinhard Bonnke. In Taking Action he describes how we too can be an extension of God's love to the world by partnering with the Holy Spirit. Order your copy of 'Taking Action' by using the link above.
6. The Fear of the Lord
In the Bible we learn some fear is good and some is bad. The books of Psalms and Proverbs speak of “the fear of the Lord” as a virtue fourteen times! “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10), “a fountain of life” (Proverbs 14:27), and “riches and honour and life” (Proverbs 22:4). Yet 1 John 4:18 says, “Fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” In Exodus 20:20, we find both aspects: “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” How can fear be both good and bad? The answer depends on what or whom we fear. To fear God is a wholesome attitude! When we fear the devil, it is a sign we do not fear God, which means we have no faith in God. In fact, to fear Satan is to have faith in Satan! However, when we fear the Lord, we are essentially saying, “Ultimately Lord, You are in control. Therefore, my life is in Your capable hands, and I submit to You!” On the other hand, to fear Satan, is to believe he’s in control, your life is in his hands and you submit to him… May it never be so! Having the fear of the Lord keeps unhealthy worries from growing into monstrous trepidations, because it reveals to us Jesus’ supreme position as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The fear of the Lord keeps us in alignment with the truth! Satan would delight in nothing more, than for your perspective of divine supremacy to get twisted. He wants your focus to get off of the Lord, and onto Him. The Devil would love for you to believe that he calls all the shots and your life is susceptible to his plans for your destruction. But Jesus defeated him once and for all on the cross! Hallelujah! The finished work of the cross is not only a sign of the Lord’s victory over Satan— but your victory over him as well! Be encouraged! Proverbs 19:23 says, “The fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.” Those who have the good fear—the fear of the Lord, are untouchable! This bible study was adapted from 'Faith the Link' by Reinhard Bonnke. Some believe that simply having faith is an entitlement to blessing and prosperity. Others believe that faith in oneself is all that is needed in life. Use the link above to order your copy of 'Faith the Link' today.
7. The Name Above all Names!
We believe and proclaim that Jesus is the name above all other names. Therefore, it is important for us to know what is in His name. We begin to find out by looking at the great name of God, the Lord (Yahweh). Israel held that name as sacred and awesome. At the beginning, it was only a title, like a sealed book. They did not know what was in it. It held the mystery of God’s very being, a holy secret. Even Moses had to ask what it was, and God’s answer was simply, “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14). Who He was, had not yet been revealed. However, “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel” (Psalm 103:7). Then, “precept upon precept, line upon line” (Isaiah 28:10), the Lord opened His glory to Israel. Name was added to name, but His greatest name was not yet known. It would not be a mere title or a mystery but a great explanation. It would not be known until it was understood in all its wonder, height, and depth. It is the mighty name of Jesus! “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11). I declare over you today that the name of Jesus is above fear The name of Jesus is above Corona Virus The name of Jesus is above lack The name of Jesus is above disease The name of Jesus is above loneliness The name of Jesus is above depression The name of Jesus is above loss The name of Jesus is above uncertainty The name of Jesus is above death The name of Jesus is above (you fill in the blank – what is weighing on your heart and mind) Declare it today in faith! The name of Jesus is the name above all names! This bible study was adapted from 'Faith the Link' by Reinhard Bonnke. Some believe that simply having faith is an entitlement to blessing and prosperity. Others believe that faith in oneself is all that is needed in life. Click the link above to order your copy of 'Faith the link'!
8. A Weapon Against Fear
A Weapon Against Fear: Purpose is a powerful weapon against fear. What gave thousands of young men the courage to storm the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day? They were fortified by purpose – to confront and conquer a great evil. In our lives we will find the same truth. When we are living with great purpose, we are filled with courage. If we can remember that time is short and, as Christians, we have been entrusted with a heavenly assignment – to storm the gates of Hell, to win the lost and to set the captives free – this purpose will fill us with courage. “Little children, it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18). I know it seems that this hour has lasted for a very long time. John wrote those words over nineteen centuries ago. Do not let that observation confuse you. We can be certain of one thing—if it was the last hour then, it most certainly is now! If John were writing today, he probably would write, “Little children, it is the last second of the last minute of the last hour.” Most people live as if this life were a permanent arrangement. Often, it is only in the face of a crisis or a calamity that they are awakened to the fact that their days are numbered. “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (Job 14:5). Our days are numbered. There is actually only time for the important things. I am thinking about the church of Jesus Christ in particular. People often point out that life consists of a thousand details, but the minor must not outweigh the major. The church is to concern itself with one aim—to live on fire for Jesus and campaign for souls. When Scripture proclaims, “It is the last hour,” it truly is. For the message of the Gospel, it is always the last hour. This unique, special doctrine of Scripture is called “imminence.” Many sit back and relax, thinking that there are still four months to the harvest (John 4:35). If you want to know how a single individual like Paul did so much, read his open letter to the Corinthians. He lived as if the end of all things was at hand, as if the final curtain was always imminent. “But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep, as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world, as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31). The Gospel is eternal, but we do not have eternity to preach it. It seems as though we have that long when we view the leisurely operations of the church on the gospel front. We have only as long as we live to reach those who live as long as we live. Today, over six billion souls are alive on this planet. They are not in a future age that will need to be evangelised, but present and living now on earth. It is the last hour. Luke 21:11 says, “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” So, what then will we do as the clock races towards the end and chaos, terror, famines and plagues increase in the earth? We can busy ourselves with the fear that the media sells us, focusing inward on frantically preserving our lives and our interests, OR we can busy ourselves with the great commission, focusing outward, forsaking our lives and our interests for the sake of the gospel being preached throughout the earth! We can choose to be paralysed in fear, or be about the Father’s business, faithfully advancing His kingdom in whichever ways we are able. Right now, you may not see yourself in a position to do much for the Lord. But that is exactly what the enemy of your soul wants you to believe! Satan would love for the church to believe that the proclamation of the Gospel and the ministry of Jesus Christ is on hold for as long as the Coronavirus is on the move. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! Jesus is always two steps ahead of Satan and three on Sunday. In fact, the advancement of the kingdom of God is only picking up the pace! We have so much more connection right now to our families and loved ones through the modern technologies we have today. Not to mention, many are finding that their schedules have freed up during this period, to allow more time for interpersonal communication and reflection on what matters most to us and to the Lord: people. The field is ripe for harvest! I encourage you to ask the Lord how you can be on active duty in the gospel brigade today. There may be someone sitting under your own roof that needs to know the love of Jesus. There may be a friend or a relative that you haven’t had time to catch up with previously, because of your busy schedules— now is the time for that phone call! Today is the day of salvation! There are multiple ministries proclaiming the gospel through television and social media and other various connections online, that you can support financially. We here at CfaN need your support! When you give, you reap the same reward as the sower because you enable the seed to be spread, and spread much further than it could ever go without your support. And finally, but most certainly not the least important, you can pray! What a wonderful opportunity to lock yourself away with the Lord for a window of time to seek His face! You can pray for the harvest… “Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). I’m encouraged by the Holy Spirit of this fact: Nothing of importance to heaven has ever been put on the back burner. May we be found faithful, not fearful, and may the lamb receive the reward for His suffering. This bible study was adapted from 'Evangelism by Fire' by Reinhard Bonnke. "The evangelist is a man (or woman) with a driving urgency, not a man with two minds. The Gospel and nothing else on earth matters: neither fame, money, earthly pleasures nor life itself." - Reinhard Bonnke Get Your Copy by Clicking the Link at the top of this page.
9. The Remedy
Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke once shared a story about a man who told him that he also was a “spiritual counsellor.” However, the man did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, nor that the Bible is the Word of God. Reinhard wondered how this “counsellor” counselled anybody, so he asked, “Do they come to you, and then go away with broken hearts?” “Oh no,” the man assured him, “I just calm them down.” Reinhard looked him in the eye and said, “Mister, a man on a sinking ship needs more than a tranquilliser. Don’t calm him down. He is going down already! When Jesus comes to a man in a shipwreck, He doesn’t throw him a Valium pill and say, ‘Perish in peace.’ He reaches down His nail-scarred hand, grips him, lifts him, and says to him, ‘Because I live, you will live also!’” (John 14:19). This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that must be preached! Jesus is the Saviour of our world. He alone is the calm to all fears! His message is life, peace, hope, and health for the spirit, soul, and body! The Gospel is the remedy! The book of Luke, chapter 4 describes the day that Jesus stood up in a synagogue full of people, to read from the book of Isaiah. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favourable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:16-19). This is “the favourable year of the Lord.” In every nation, the enslaved abound—slaves to every contemptible habit, slaves to fear, slaves to doubt, slaves to depression. The devil never lets anyone out on parole. Everywhere people are failure-prone, sin-prone, morally defective, and spiritually bound. But the Jubilee trumpet has already sounded! The price of their freedom has been paid. This is what we must preach, because people have forgotten it. They have forgotten that Christ has come, and what that actually means for us. This is not the pre-Christian era. We are not waiting for Christ to come and conquer. The war is already over! Freedom is ours! Jesus opened the kingdom of liberty and blew the trumpet of emancipation when He cried on the cross, “It is finished!” People who should know better are calling this the “post-Christian” era. As if the work of Christ was only for a past age! That certainly is not true. Christ opened prison doors forever, not just for a certain period in the past. The work of Jesus cannot be exhausted or undone. It is the greatest redemptive force at work on the earth today. Never again can prison doors be bolted on human beings. When Jesus opens a door, no man can shut it. “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). So why do millions needlessly languish in the devil’s concentration camp? Today is the day of pardon. The Conqueror has crashed through the gates; relief has arrived. The most famous escape artist of all was Houdini, a show business notable. Police would lock him up in a cell, and as they walked away, he would follow them—already loose within seconds. Except once. Half an hour went by and Houdini still was fuming over the lock. Then a policeman came and simply pushed the door open. The door had never been locked! Houdini was fooled trying to unlock a door that had already been unlocked. Christ has gone right through the castle of giant despair. He has the keys of death and hell, and He has opened the gates. So why are millions sweating, trying every trick to get out of their bondages? They join new cults or old heathen religions, hear new theories, and go to psychiatrists. But why? Jesus sets men free. He does it all the time. That is the Gospel! You do not preach about it or offer its contents for discussion. The Gospel is not a discussion point. It is a proclamation of deliverance. The Gospel is not open to modification. It is a mandatory, royal, and divine edict. Some systems and theories of deliverance are bondages in themselves, full of lifelong duties and demands. Only Jesus saves! We need to let the world know. If you are depressed, the worst thing you could do is concentrate on your depression. If you are lonely, the worst thing you can do is focus on your loneliness. And if you are afraid, the worst thing you can do is focus on your fear. Instead of looking inward, begin to look outward to a world that needs a cure for their depression, loneliness and fear – and YOU have the answer! It is not a mere tranquilliser. The Gospel is God’s remedy for the problems the world is so acutely aware of in this moment. Don’t keep it to yourself! Now is the time to shine! This bible study was adapted from 'Evangelism by Fire' by Reinhard Bonnke. "The evangelist is a man (or woman) with a driving urgency, not a man with two minds. The Gospel and nothing else on earth matters: neither fame, money, earthly pleasures nor life itself." - Reinhard Bonnke Click the link above to get your copy >>
10. The Anointing!
The Lord’s anointed ones are full of active faith! They won’t back down to the voice of fear or the appearance of impending destruction. We read in 1 Samuel 17, the story of David and Goliath. David saw Goliath and heard the blasphemies that came out of his mouth. Eliab listened with a sinking heart. Something different happened to David, though. The anointing of the Lord began to heat up within him. At that same moment, the hearts of Israel’s unanointed professionals became ice-cold with fear. Do you see the contrast? This has always been a notable distinction between the two, and it still is today… The anointing gives great boldness, making people immune to fear! The anointing makes the difference between an academic faith and a burning faith. Let me warn you—the one faith will always irritate the other. Eliab undoubtedly had reason on his side, which left him weighing up the balance of Israelite and Philistine forces. He saw no other resources. Eliab was able to make professional assessments of battle situations, and he saw that Israel had no chance of winning. This professional officer mentally put himself next to Goliath for comparison and saw him as an awesome giant. David, in contrast, was a man of active faith and mentally put Goliath next to the God of Israel and saw the Philistine as a midget. It is amazing what transpires when faith and fear are contrasted. David knew that he had the Lord on his side, and he felt a holy stirring and indignation within his soul. That was because of the anointing, which gave him resources unknown to others. His inner eyes of faith were upon the Lord. He did more than just hope and pray. God’s anointing made him hungry for victory, and he was excited with eager anticipation. The anointing was the “guarantee” of things to come. Oftentimes, people act in response to a voice of fear that comes disguised as a voice of reason. However, for the anointed believer, it is only reasonable to view every unholy circumstance of opposition as insignificant, compared to our great and mighty God! Rather than allowing the challenging circumstances in your life and in the world around you to paralyse and intimidate you, allow them to stoke the fire in your heart. Allow them to embolden you and stir the anointing on your life. Perhaps in this season, as never before, you will discover the great resources God has invested into your life and the anointing He has given you. We will talk more about that tomorrow… This bible study was adapted from 'Evangelism by Fire' by Reinhard Bonnke. "The evangelist is a man (or woman) with a driving urgency, not a man with two minds. The Gospel and nothing else on earth matters: neither fame, money, earthly pleasures nor life itself." - Reinhard Bonnke Click the link above to buy the book!
11. Pick Up Your Weapons!
Where are our weapons? Paul wrote, “Stir up the gift of God which is in you” (2 Tim. 1:6). He instructed, “Stir up.” This word has to do with fire—the stirring up of a campfire to get the embers blazing. It means, “to kindle,” “to bring up to full flame.” Do not cool off! Stir up that fire! Use the fan on the dying embers. The word of God and the gifts of the Spirit are our weapons against the attack of the enemy. These gifts are described in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.” These gifts of the Spirit are our weapons, and the devil has done his best to stop Christians from using them. As valuable as natural gifts are, they can never take the place of Holy Spirit endued gifts, and more importantly, they must never be confused with them. For example, many churchmen and medical doctors have opposed divine healing. They have magnified the stories of those who are “disappointed” and who are not immediately healed. They have conveniently forgotten that doctors disappoint millions every day. Nearly everyone in the graveyard had been to a doctor first, yet nobody would be so foolish as to demand the closing of all hospitals! Others object to divine healing simply because some are not healed, and so they do not minister to the sick at all. This leaves everybody unhealed! Where is compassion, or obedience to the Scriptures? Some Christians have let their bow and arrows (their gifts, their spiritual weapons) gather dust in a corner because of critics. They lower their God-given weapons and accept defeat because of the fear of man. Others have been hurt, perhaps by remarks from fellow believers, and thus have dropped their gifts. They have “lost” them, though God never reclaims them, for “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29). The Lord has never sent a saint into battle without a weapon. That is precisely why, before His ascension to heaven, Jesus told the apostles to remain in Jerusalem until the coming of the Holy Spirit. He knew that they would need to be endued with the power of the Holy Spirit and His gifts. The power of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts must be recovered to each and every believer. Hear the word of the Lord: Go back to the day and to the place where you left those spiritual gifts, and ask the Lord to forgive you. Do not be afraid! Do not despair; the gifts are still there, albeit dormant. Dry your tears of despair and sorrow, and take up your weapons again! This bible study was adapted from 'Evangelism by Fire' by Reinhard Bonnke. "The evangelist is a man (or woman) with a driving urgency, not a man with two minds. The Gospel and nothing else on earth matters: neither fame, money, earthly pleasures nor life itself." - Reinhard Bonnke Click the link above to buy the book!
12. Fear is a Phantom!
Do you know, with absolute assurance, that you have joined the winning side? Then you will not be harassed by fear. There is no way a believer can be crushed by Satan. Those who belong to Jesus are unbeatable. You see every Christian has the Winner, Christ Himself, on his side. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). Fear is forged in hell. It is issued by Satan as a standard weapon to all demons. They know the meaning of fear. It has a paralysing force. Demons are full of fear themselves, as scorpions are full of poison. Fear is Satan’s venom. He wants to sting us all, making us sick with fear. The devil will create a future for us packed with frightening images, and roll it out for us, like a reel of film on the screen of our minds. However, they are all illusions. Fears are mere phantoms. They only take on substance if we accept them as truths. We must exorcise these ghosts. Conquering dread is the blow against the enemy that neutralises his primary attack. “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isa. 54:17). We have our own weapon, the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). Know the Word, and learn from it that we are not at the mercy of the devil! You are on the winning side! Satan wants you to believe you are doomed. But that is not so! “No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Believe it! You’re more than a conqueror through Jesus! This bible study was adapted from 'Evangelism by Fire' by Reinhard Bonnke. "The evangelist is a man (or woman) with a driving urgency, not a man with two minds. The Gospel and nothing else on earth matters: neither fame, money, earthly pleasures nor life itself." - Reinhard Bonnke Click the link above to buy the book today!
13. Dressed for Battle
The Bible uses military analogies to describe the way in which followers of Jesus are to prepare for attacks from the devil, whether they come in the form of fear, temptation, iniquity, sickness, or disease. Paul gives a famous example of this in his letter to the Church in Ephesus, “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armour so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armour of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:10-18). In ancient times, a soldier in the Roman Empire would put on his complete battle gear before engaging the enemy. Paul explained that in the same manner, we should also be fully dressed in spiritual armour, ready for every battle. Our spiritual armour has both defensive and offensive components designed to protect our spiritual lives. Each piece of this armour serves a specific purpose and provides much needed protection for us. Salvation, faith, truth, righteousness, and peace, are more than Christian virtues— they are components of our spiritual battle gear! We must have these virtues to be both good witnesses for Jesus and effective soldiers in His army. We are God’s children of peace; we are likewise His children in war. That means you are destined to face adversity, and destined to win, because God is your Father! Proverbs 24:10 says, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” We put on salvation, faith, truth, and righteousness, so we can stand strong against the devil’s weapons formed against us. There is another weapon in our arsenal that packs the biggest punch to the kingdom of darkness! It’s the ultimate spiritual weapon known to mankind, and the only force strong enough to render Satan a defeated foe now and forevermore! Have you guessed what it is already? It’s the precious blood of Jesus! The cross was the ultimate thermonuclear bomb to the armies of hell. The poured-out blood of Jesus forever changed the trajectory of every battle that ever was and ever will be, to a complete triumph over the kingdom of darkness! Jesus has already won the victory over hell and death! It is up to us to believe it and align ourselves with this truth! “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11). The only ones that have any reason to fear are those who are fighting in futility on the dark side! However, we stand dressed and ready for every battle, knowing we have already been declared overcomers through the powerful blood of Jesus! This Bible Study has been taken from “Slaying Dragons”. This book will show readers what the enemy is trying to accomplish and how they can slay every dragon they encounter—in their lives and in the world. Click the link above to buy the book!
14. The Safest Place on Earth – “In Christ”
The opposite of fear is faith. But what is true faith? Wholeheartedly trusting Christ Jesus is real faith. We trust Christ in a way that is deeper than our trust in anything or anyone else. It means surrender, letting Him take over—not just in one area of our lives, but over our entire lives. Peter showed this kind of faith when he stepped out of the boat to walk on water to the Lord (Matthew 14:22-33). Sometimes Peter gets a bad rap for allowing the fear of the waves to shake his resolve, but the rest of the disciples didn’t even attempt to step out of the boat! But Peter had faith in who Jesus was and because of that relationship, he dared to leap! But when he took his eyes off of the Lord, and saw the wind and the waves coming towards him, he became afraid and cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately, Jesus reached out His hand to Peter and caught him. If the Lord is going to keep your head above water, He has to get a grip on you completely. That’s what Paul desired for his new converts to Christ. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Jesus can only save what we give to Him. We must hand everything over to Him—lock, stock, and barrel; body, soul, and spirit—giving ourselves into His total care for all time. It’s total trust in Who He is. You see, believing is a relationship. I do not mean like being related to your great-aunt Betsy, whom you’ve never met. Our relationship with Jesus is both alive and thriving! We give ourselves to Him, and He gives Himself to us. We become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). The apostle Paul uses a marvellous expression to describe this relationship— “in Christ.” For example, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17), and “there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). The simplest faith in Christ has this amazing effect. All true faith is simple anyway. Even a child can grasp it! It is not some kind of algebra to find the value of X. The simplest person can believe and enjoy the same effect as the wisest. Jesus heard all the religious jargon of the scribes, which ordinary people did not appreciate. But the common people heard Jesus gladly. He talked about faith, but put it in other ways. “Come to Me.” “Love Me.” “Abide in Me.” “Follow Me.” Faith is not one particular religious act. It is the transfer of responsibility for our lives to God in total when our own resources are inadequate. Faith is spiritual fusion, making us one in Christ! This bible study was adapted from 'Faith the Link' by Reinhard Bonnke:- some believe that simply having faith is an entitlement to blessing and prosperity. Others believe that faith in oneself is all that is needed in life. Click the link above to order your copy!
15. God’s Plan for Your Health
We often take good health for granted—until something threatens it! Unfortunately, so many people are experiencing sickness and disease right now, which was never God’s idea. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s national health plan for every nation on earth, and the Bible is its textbook. Somebody said that God meant our bodies to last, with care, for a lifetime! The first page of the Bible says, “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). The last page says, “There shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying . . . no more pain” (Revelation 21:4). Things began very well and they will end that way. The Lord’s plan for you since the beginning of time is for you to “prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2). Sickness in God’s good world is like weeds growing among wheat. But make no mistake — God did not sow the weeds. “An enemy did this” (Matthew 13:28, NIV). The Father sent Jesus who “went about healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). It was the Creator’s protest against the sabotage of His work by the devil. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). God planned cures in nature which medical research keeps finding. But the God who heals naturally, also heals supernaturally! The Bible makes it clear that sickness is not God’s will, and in contrast, it credits all healings to God. Today, His hand touches far more people than many even realise. Throughout the world, many supernatural healings take place every year, proving that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). It has been said that the Bible holds, not only the “words” of God, but also the “Word” of God — His solemn and heart-felt promises. And while He didn’t have to make a written legal agreement with mankind, nonetheless, when He gave us His “Word,” He memorialised those promises in writing. Interestingly, both terms for the old and new sections of our Bible, “covenant” and “testament,” are legal terms, which in this case refer to a binding agreement between the King of kings, who governs the universe, and mankind, His creation. Legally binding or not, when God gives His Word, you can count on it, it is unbreakable — He means what He says and says what He means! And whatever your position on the covenant of healing may be, there is no challenging the reality that it is both a biblical promise and a mandate for His people. In the wisdom, love, and tender mercies of God, He reaches out to heal the whole person — those with broken hearts as well as those with broken bodies. Be encouraged! When God gives His Word and makes a promise... you can believe Him. You have nothing to fear because His plans for you are for good! “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Click the link above to visit our website today! Source: (adapted from God’s Promises for Healing & Hope.)