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June 29, 2015

Another topic is Fear, and this is a good one, because under Fear, they give a lot of good scriptural reasons not to be afraid. He says, Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?' And, Fear not, little flock; it's your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.' For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. There are many, many different Scriptures under Fear. I know that I've gotten this many times, especially when I think about the future.

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked when it comes. For the Lord will be your confidence and shall keep your foot from being taken.

He will often use these Scriptures to tell me that He's protecting me.

The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers: who is it that will harm you, if you are followers of that which is good?

In righteousness you'll be established: You'll be far from oppression; you'll not fear from terror, for it will not come near your tent.

Fear not, for you will not be ashamed: neither be confounded.

I love this one. This is my favorite: He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under His wings shall you trust: His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You'll not be afraid of the terror by night; nor the arrow that flies by day; nor the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

This is the psalm that we refer to so many times for God's protection.

I've gotten Food and Clothing before. That's the next one. When I get Food and Clothing, the Lord is saying, "Be happy with Food and Clothing. You don't need all these things that you're chasing after." This was more for me in the past. Now, I really don't hear too much about anything, other than what I need to keep my You-tube channel going. He's basically saying, "I'll take care of your food and clothing, but don't get your mind on the world or anything else." That's how He uses that Scripture with me.

Forgiveness is obvious.

'Forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive you also.'

I've done something here that's a little different, because of the way I use The Bible Promises as an oracle. I will take a blank page and separate topics, when, normally, I would open the book, and one topic will fall on the left side, while the other one falls on the right. In this case, I open to Food and Clothing on the left-hand page and Forgiveness on the right; so, I took the Introduction out of the front of the book and I stuck it in between the pages, so that it either opens to Forgiveness or to Food and Clothing, and there's no confusion. Sometimes things can seem really difficult - what we're getting involved in; what we're doing. We can get a lot of opposition, or we're just not sure what's going on. I get Fruitfulness at those times. When I get Fruitfulness, I think about pruning. I'll think to myself, 'Yep. The Lord is pruning me a little bit.'

I am the vine and my father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that bears no fruit he takes away:

and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it that it may bring forth more fruit.

Sometimes, that helps me to understand why things are so stressed. There's a "pruning" going on. Then, of course, there are wonderful Scriptures there, too:

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in season. His leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

Oh, that's beautiful! It's a beautiful promise.

And they shall still bring forth fruit in old age. Yay! They shall be fat and flourishing.

Hmm. I don't really want to be fat. "Flourishing" is fine, but let's leave the "fat" out. I've already got enough of that (laughing).

When I get Fruitfulness, it could be that I'm bearing a lot of fruit, because I'm abiding on the vine, or the Lord's reminding me that I can bear nothing outside of Him. It could also be that He's doing some "pruning," and it's a little uncomfortable, and He wants us to know, "This is about pruning, so don't be stressed about it. You're going to bring forth more fruit because of it."

Here is one that you don't want to get: Gossip. When I open to Gossip, I tremble. 'Lord, have I spoken a word of judgment? Have I judged someone in my heart? Have I gossiped?'

A froward man sows strife: and a whisperer separates friends.

Believe it or not, on this particular one, about a gossip separating good friends, I've gotten this one, when the Lord is warning me that the Enemy is lying about His character. The Enemy is trying to separate me from God by talking about the Lord in deprecating terms and saying: 'He's not going to do this; He's not faithful; He's angry with you; He doesn't want anything to do with you.' That's Gossip, too! So, if you start feeling self- condemnation, and that the Lord doesn't love you, so many of us fall into that trap! You must understand that this is a gossiping, lying spirit, and he's trying to separate you from the Lord! Don't listen to him!

Your tongue devises mischief; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Where there is no wood, there the fire goes out: so, where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases. As coals are to burning coals and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

The words of a talebearer are as wounds; they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

This is really a terrible thing! Especially stumbling blocks! People who put down Ministries, because of what they've heard on the Internet, and what they think, but they've never been a part of that Ministry. They never sat under that person as a teacher. They're just listening to evil reports that are coming up from different places, and they're not investigating those reports to see how accurate they are, or how balanced they are. They're just taking people's words for it, and they become stumbling blocks. Every Ministry has a gift to share, and no Ministry is perfect; there is going to be some error in every Ministry, but if you focus on the error, then you negate the good that is there - the gift that this person has been given - and you never get to receive the gift that the Holy Spirit wants you to get from this Ministry. People have gossiped about this individual or Ministry, and told all kinds of stories, and you're focusing on that, instead of on gift that the Ministry has to share. It's just as much a sin to be a talebearer, as it is to listen to one. To listen to gossip, and to be a stumbling block in the Kingdom of God is a terrible thing! To put down other Ministries, because you don't agree with them, or because you think they are wicked people is terrible; and all this, because that's what's being told to you on the Internet, and you don't bother to check out their sources, because you're lazy! You just take their word for it and 'go with it,' and it feels good. You get to agree and say, 'Oh yeah, they're really bad. I'd stay away from them.' It's just like being Self-Righteous, but it's extremely destructive; the judgment that is going to come with stumbling blocks is horrendous!

There are so many people out there that need different kinds of ministering, and some of these Ministries have what they need; but because they hear a false report and gossip, they won't go to that Ministry, so they never get the help the Holy Spirit intended for them to have. It's a very serious and sad thing. Gossip is probably one of the worst things that we can do!

I remember a story about a priest, who told someone about a woman who came to him for confession, talking about how she gossiped. She had gossiped about so-and-so, she confessed to him.

He told her, "Go home and take a feather pillow, rip it open, go to the window on the second story, and shake it out."

She went home, and she cut open her pillow, and she shook it out all over the ground. Next week, she returned to confession and the priest asked her, "Well, did you do what you were told?"

"Yes," she replied. "I emptied the pillow out the second-story window. The feathers flew everywhere!" "Good," he told her. "Now, go home and pick up all the feathers."

So, you see, that is what Gossip does. It's impossible to retrieve the damage that a bad report causes, and the Lord will hold us accountable for every idle word. When I get Gossip, I shake, because if I've gossiped, that's really serious. It's a very serious sin.

Growth in Grace is another reading that I've gotten, when things are a little difficult, and I've made mistakes, and I've asked the Lord to forgive me, and He'll come back and give me Growth in Grace.

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O Lord, endures forever: forsake not the work of your own hands. That's beautiful. That's a promise. I press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that you ought to walk to please God, so you will abound more and more.

Growth in Grace is a comforting one. The Lord is basically saying, "Yes, I know you blew it, but you're growing. You're growing in grace."

Guidance is a wonderful one that I get, when the Lord is telling me that He's speaking to me.

Your ears will hear a word behind you, saying," This is the way. Walk in it. When you turn to the right and turn to the left."

This reading is very useful when you're asking the Lord, "Lord, is this you speaking to me?" For example, when you're sitting in prayer, or you're in worship, and, all of a sudden, you feel that the Lord is speaking to you, and you want to make sure that it's Him. First, you bind the lying spirit off of your Bible Promises, and then you open it, and you get Guidance. Wow! That's a wonderful one! It means, "Yes, I am speaking to you. You're hearing a word behind you. This is the way. Walk in it." That's a beautiful confirmation that you are hearing from the Lord.

Another one that makes me shake in my boots is Guilt. When the Lord really wants to confront me with something, or when we're counseling someone, and we get Guilt, it means that there are some things there that need to be confessed; that they need to look at and they need to confront. Some things that they've done need to be addressed. I don't think that the Lord ever gives this to us, when someone comes along, who is very contrite over what they've done. No, this would be for someone, who is trying to hide something, and the Lord's just standing face to face, saying "You're guilty. You have guilt!"

I've gotten that one, and it's no fun!

Another good one that I get is Help in Troubles.

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows the ones who trust in Him.

And though you fall, you'll not be utterly cast down: for the Lord holds you up with His hand.

You're my hiding place; and you'll preserve me from trouble; you'll compass me about songs of deliverance.

This is a beautiful one! When you are really feeling low! I've gotten this a few times, when I had to take Ezekiel to the hospital, and I asked the Lord, through The Bible Promises, if it was necessary for him to go to the hospital. We got Holy Spirit and Help in Troubles. So, off to the hospital we went, and he underwent emergency surgery.

My flesh and my heart fails: But God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

For the Lord will not cast off forever.

This is the second page of Help in Troubles, and when I get this one, it acknowledges my sin but talks more about the Lord's mercy.

...the Lord will not cast off forever: But though He cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He does not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

Here is another one on the second page of Help in Troubles:

Rejoice not against me, my enemy: When I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

When I get that Scripture, it's almost like Guilt. "Yes, you sinned. You've missed the mark."

Here is my favorite one in the whole book - Holy Spirit. I love it when I open to this page, or, actually, to this four-page section in the book! There are so many different scriptures!

And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them. This is another Scripture that will confirm a word from the Lord. If you are beginning to get a message, and you want to make certain that it's the Lord you are speaking to, you stop, and bind a lying spirit off of your Bible Promises, and then you seek the Lord, and you ask Holy Spirit to show you, "Is this you?" Well, if you open to Holy Spirit, Wow! That's the best response you could possibly get!

I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes.

The anointing you receive abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: --

This is what I'm trying to do on our channel, guys. I'm trying to help you get to the point where you don't need a teacher; where you're totally relying on the Holy Spirit.

--but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, it is truth, and is no lie, and it has taught you, you shall abide in him.

When the spirit of truth has come, he will guide you into all truth.

He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints, according to the will of God.

Honesty immediately follows these Scriptures and begins in the opposite page. So, once again, I've taken a page, ripped it out, and placed it between the last page of Holy Spirit, and the first page of Honesty, on the right-hand side, so that there's no confusion when I open the book, to which set of Scriptures the Lord is pointing me.

Let's see what else we've got here. Hope is something I get when things seem really dark. My gosh. I get that a lot when I've blown it. It's like the Lord is saying, "There's hope for you."

Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you.'

Every man that has this hope in him purifies himself.

The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has hope in his death.

The hope is laid up for you in heaven.

There are all kinds of Scriptures in here...

...Christ within you, the hope of glory:...

...which speak to our hearts and say, "Don't give up on yourself! There's hope!"

Hospitality is a reading I get when it's about feeding or clothing someone, or taking care of their needs in some way.

Give hospitality one to another without grudging.

Another time that the Lord has given this to us, it has been about using our gifts; like the gift of music or the gift of writing.

As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. I prefer to take Hospitality to mean corporal works of mercy; like buying something for someone, if we have the money, or taking a food box to someone; or taking someone to the store, like an elderly lady, and making sure she has a way to get to the store and helping her with her grocery shopping. That's Hospitality. Sometimes, I'll even get that one, when the Lord wants us to put someone up for a time.

Humility. I get this a lot! That's because I have a lot of pride. So, the Lord is continually admonishing me. And whoever will humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever shall exalt himself will be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

My heart always sinks when I get Humility, because that means that the Lord is saying, "Your pride is active again, and it's causing problems." For me, that's really painful, but I want to know when that pride is getting up there. I beg Him to tell me when I'm starting to fall into pride.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.

That's under Humility also.

Here is another instance, where the last page of Humility butts up against Joy. Now, remember, The Bible Promises that you get will probably be arranged differently, but in my book, I put a fly sheet between the last page of Humility and the beginning of Joy, so I know which Scriptures I'm being directed to when I open the book.

Here's another one that I get a lot - Laziness. Diligence. That just means, "Work hard. Apply yourself."

Another time I get it is when I'm on the Internet, and my mind is straying, and I find myself really curious about what so-and-so had to say about prophetic events, or whatever catches your eye -- you know how that goes - and I go over to that page, and I start listening, but then, when I go to the Lord for a rhema about something, I get Laziness, and under that, it says:

Drink water from your own cistern.

That's actually pretty important. It means, "Don't listen to other prophetic voices. You've got the Lord with you, and you need to be focused on what He says to you."

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and

it was grown over with thorns...

Don't love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes...

The way of the slothful man is a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

Laziness continually reminds us to work harder.

(Please go to the next video/pdf to continue on to Part 3 of this teaching.)