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LIVING IN THE JOY OF THE LORD
Introduction: The Joy of
The Joy of Our Lord
"Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJ)
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4 NKJ)
God is a joyful God; He is not grumpy or depressed. He is filled with light, holiness, and joy. He can be joyful amidst the darkness of this world because He has a plan to restore all things and to make us holy as He is Holy. He has a plan to destroy the spiritual kingdoms of evil that Satan has set up and that hold His people in bondage, keeping them from knowing and serving God with their whole being. He has a plan to bring into all the world the good news of what Jesus has done, is doing, and will do. He has a plan to make His glory known in all the world through His people, His church. God is using all that happens for His purpose and plan. He is using all things so that His purposes can be fulfilled. He is joyful in His plan.
He invites us to find our joy in Him--in His character and His desires--and in knowing and participating in His plan. He is bringing to an end all other sources of joy. He is calling forth His people to increase in their knowledge, commitment, participation in and experience of His plan. He invites us to live in His joy as we know Him and participate with Him in His plan and purposes for us and for this world.
What is Godís plan? What are His sources of joy? How can we participate with Him? These are some of the questions this booklet will address.
God is Holy and Righteous (Righteous means morally upright, without guilt or sin.). He loves righteousness. He rejoices when He sees people living in righteousness, and He loves those who are righteous and those who desire to be righteous. He is not happy with all that we do or with all the things that are being done in the world. He hates sin in its every form and deception; yet He is still joyful, even when He looks at the world. He is joyful because He has a plan.
He has a plan to restore us to love righteousness and to live in purity. He has a plan to bring His righteousness into us so that we will once again desire to be righteous. He has a plan to impart His Spirit to us so that we will have the power to do righteous things. His plan has provided a way for us to come out of our unrighteous and sinful ways into His righteousness. His plan will give us His love of righteousness and His hatred of evil. He loves to restore His people into having an ability to be righteous and to hate all forms of unrighteousness. He is joyful in His plan.
He has a righteous anger and wrath against the spiritual powers that have deceived His people and led them astray from knowing, trusting, and being dependent upon Him. He has a fire of wrath toward the spiritual powers that hurt, kill, destroy, or steal from His people. He has prepared a place of eternal punishment for those rebellious spirits and for all who continually desire to live with them in their kingdom. He has a plan to have His people ask Him to destroy the spiritual kingdoms that have enticed them and held them in bondage to sin. He has a plan to destroy the strongholds of the unrighteous spiritual powers. He is joyful in His plan.
God knows how to keep and deliver His people and how to restore them to the desires and visions He had for them when He created them. He sees all things working toward this end. He sees the end from the beginning. He looks beyond this temporary time of the coexistence of good and evil. He looks to the time when His people will be filled with His Holiness and His righteous character, and the presence of evil will be removed from this earth. He sees the present through His plans for the future. He sees the light of His people increasing and does not fear the increase of evil, for He knows how He will remove and destroy it. He sees and rejoices in the things He is doing through His Spirit and the good things His people are doing. He rejoices that His plan is coming forth.
He knows that the things we do for Him will have an eternal value, and He knows that He is able to work out circumstances in our lives so that we will want to serve Him. He sees His people being filled with more of His Spirit and reflecting more and more the image of Christ. Therefore He rejoices, not in what He sees in the darkness of the world, but in what He sees in the areas in which light is breaking forth. He rejoices not in the current status of things but in seeing things as they will be and in His working out of His plan to bring all under the obedience of Christ. This is why Paul says, "Rejoice in the Lord."
We are invited to have joy, Godís joy. We are invited to participate with God as he completes His plan of salvation and restoration for us, for mankind, and for the world. We can have joy, His joy, as we enter into His plan and participate with Him.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4 NKJ)
"He [The LORD] loves righteousness and justice;" (Psalms 33:5 NKV)
"...this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." (Jeremiah 23:6 NKJ)
"...just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love," (Ephesians1:4 NKJ)
"But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers; for plunder, and no one says, ĎRestore!í" (Isaiah42:22 NKJ)
"Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute on them the written judgment-- this honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!" (Psalms149:5-9 NKJ)
There is a God, and He is a rewarder of those who seek Him with diligence. The Bible says:
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews11:6 NKJ) God rewards us for our actions.
The Bible says, "Rejoice always." (1 Thessalonians. 5:16 NKJ) In another place the Holy Spirit explains the reason and the focus for our rejoicing: "Rejoice in the Lord always." (Philippians 4:4 NKJ) The reason for rejoicing--the basis for our ability to rejoice always--is God. God is, He exists, He is in control, and He rewards those who seek Him diligently.
The story is told of a man who offered a boy $1 million if he would mow his lawn once every week during a six-month period. The man said he would even provide the lawn mower for the operation. The man lived on one acre of grass, so the task would require some of the boyís time each week. The boy readily agreed to such a task. The man then explained that only $100 of the payment would be made immediately, that $1 would be paid each day the boy cut the lawn, and that the remainder would be paid after the six-month period. Now the boy had to trust--to trust both the manís integrity and his ability to pay the full amount. The boy decided to trust the man, and he entered the bargain. However, he never received the $1 million; he found the task too hard during the hot summer months and was lured away by the pleasures his friends were enjoying. He had thought only the integrity of the man was at stake; he failed to realize his need to receive the strength and continual motivation to remain faithful to such a seemingly fabulous opportunity.
God is different from the man in this story. He not only offers us the rewards, He also provides the continual grace so that we can be faithful in our faith-walk with Him. Jesus was faithful to the plans and purposes of His Father. He did what His Father asked Him to do. He learned to focus on His Father, doing what He saw His Father doing. He lived by the grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit. He modeled for us a life not only desiring to be faithful to God, but also able to be faithful through continually receiving the grace of God. He knew the Fatherís joy as He was obedient to Him. His Father even spoke to Him on several occasions, "You are My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased." (Mark 1:11, et al) He is now King of kings and Lord of lords. He has received the reward of such a life. He reigns in glory, filled with all the glory of God, able to manifest His glory into us and through us. He has been exalted so that all spiritual and natural powers are subject to Him. Jesus was faithful and has received the rewards of His faithfulness. God has exalted Him, and He gives honor to those who serve Him. Jesus said, "If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor." (John 12:26 NKJ)
"And the Child [Jesus] grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him." (Luke 2:40 NKJ)
"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone." (Hebrews2:9 NKJ)
"Then Jesus answered and said to them, ĎMost assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.í" (John 5:19 NKV)
"But to the Son He says: ĎYour throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.í"(Hebrews1:8-9 NKV)
"He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8 NKJ)
"And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:8-9 NKJ)
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:36 NKJ)
"For He [Jesus] must reign till He [the Father] has put all enemies under His feet." (1 Corinthians 15:25 NKJ)
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God has grace for us. He has provided the ultimate sacrifice He demands for atonement for our sins. He has the strength, the wisdom, and the love we need to be able to do His will. God delights in imparting His life into us through His Son. Jesus came to bring to us and into us Godís life. He said, "I am come that they might have life." (John 10:10 NKJ) Jesus is not just our example of faithfulness to God and of Godís faithfulness to those who trust Him; He now has been made the source of faithfulness for us. He is now the imparter of a life that is able to be faithful. He can impart His life into us so that we too can learn to rely on Godís grace and have faith in Godís faithfulness. Jesus was faithful for us so that He can now be faithful in us. Jesus was faithful for us so that now through Him we too can be faithful and receive the rewards God has promised those who remain faithful to Him. Our faith then is not just in Godís integrity to give us the promised rewards, but also in His ability to keep us in Christ so that we learn to rely on His grace to be able to be faithful to Him.
When we realize that we are workers in Godís kingdom and that there are immense rewards that are ours for our obedience to Him, we can run out and try to accomplish great things for God. We can have a surface-level joy as we think of what we can do with the rewards. Thinking Godís rewards are material blessings, we strive to obey in order to secure them. Often we fail because we do not have the ability to continue faithful, in spite of the great rewards promised.
We run short of motivation because we look for the strength within ourselves or, lacking the maturity to realize the greater benefit of the spiritual blessings offered to us, we think the major reward is a material blessing. Spiritual blessings are things God offers us to bless our inner being. When we realize the grace offered to us, and the truth that through the grace offered we can be faithful and obtain the rewards, we can rejoice. We can rejoice in the assurance that God will give us grace to know, desire, and receive His spiritual blessings. We can rejoice and rest in knowing that our material needs will be taken care of as we are faithful to God. We can rejoice in knowing that God will give us grace to be faithful to Him. God will give us grace so that we can work for and receive the material blessings we need. But even more, we can rejoice in knowing that the spiritual rewards we will be given will far outweigh all the material blessings we might receive. The spiritual blessings will also far outweigh any momentary inconveniences or even times of agony we might experience. The spiritual blessings God has will remain with us and be part of us through eternity. We can begin to know them and experience them now. This is what Paul means when he says, "Rejoice in the Lord."
The blessings God gives to our internal being--His peace, His wisdom, His revelation, His love of what is right and pure, His absolute hatred of all that is sinful, and the blessings of His character--will be with us forever. He is able to give us an abundance of His Spirit so that we can even rejoice when things are difficult or when we are experiencing deep sorrow or pain. We will be able to see things from His eternal perspective and participate with Him in His plan. We can and will know His joy as we become involved in what He is doing. We will be able to be involved with Him as we continually receive the flow of His grace that comes from Him. This is why Paul says, "Rejoice always."
"...who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began," (2 Timothy 1:9 NKJ)
"Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you," (1 Peter 1:10 NKJ)
Experience His joy as you let Him perfect His holiness in you.
God is holy. He enjoys being holy and showing us His holiness. He is able to make holy and loves doing it. He enjoys seeing His people filled with His holiness. He will fill the heavens and the earth with spiritual and human beings who know and reverence His holiness. He desires to have us know His joy in being holy. We will know His holy joy as we let Him impart His holiness into us. We can be filled with His Spirit, and therefore know and have His holy joy in us. Our inner being will be at peace when we learn to seek , receive and manifest the holy character of God into and through our spirit. The Bible says that the basic characteristics of Godís kingdom are righteousness, peace, and joy through the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)
When we live in sin, or desire to sin, or have not confessed our sinful actions to God, we will experience inner turmoil or guilt and shame. Adam and Eve hid from God when they sinned. David said that His bones were hurting when he hid his sin from God. When we confess our sins and repent of our sinful desires, we can be restored to peace with God. We can have the joy of our relationship with God restored. God will lead us to live in close communion with Him and to increasingly experience the joy of this fellowship. This will come as we continue to let Him cleanse us from all sinful actions, desires, and motivations. As we confess, we empty ourselves of the wrong desires, actions, or motives. As we then ask and allow Him to fill these parts of us with His Spirit, we will experience greater and greater levels of His joy. As more of His nature is developed in us, more of His holiness will flow through us, and others will see the results of Godís Holy Spirit working in and through us. We will know that God delights in working with us during the process of having the nature of Christ formed in us, so that He can be shown forth to others through us. His joy becomes our joy as we follow Him.
"You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions."(Hebrews1:9 NKJ)
"For Zion's sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:1-5 NKJ)
Jesus was willing to suffer for a time so that He could experience the joy of being the author and finisher of our salvation. He was willing to die for our sins because it was the will of His Father. He was willing to pay the penalty due us because of our rebellion against the ways of God. He was willing to enter hell for us. God promised Jesus that He would raise Him from the dead and exalt Him. He promised to restore to Jesus all the glory He had had before He came to live on earth. He promised Jesus that He would be the One Who would send forth the Holy Spirit onto the earth and Who would baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Jesus believed in Godís promises and in Godís grace. He received grace from God to go through His time of suffering so that He could receive the promises of God. The joy of Godís rewards was a source of His strength. The Bible says that Jesus "for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross." (Hebrews12:2 NKJ)
Moses, as a Hebrew child, had the "good fortune" of being brought up in an Egyptian Rulerís home. He did not have to suffer the afflictions of his people who were slaves of the Egyptians. However, when he became of age, he chose to leave the home of the ruler and go back to his people. He went into the life of a Hebrew slave, wanting to be identified with Godís people so that he could receive the rewards God had promised to His people. The Bible says: "By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward." (Hebrews 11:24-26 NKJ)
God will use wilderness experiences to test us, to perfect our faith, to cause us to seek Him more diligently, and to show us the hidden things of our heart. He uses times of suffering to teach us to rely solely on His grace, to call for a destruction of Satanís ways and his kingdom, and to prepare us for further ministry in His own kingdom. Godís higher purposes for us result in our obtaining things that are exceedingly better than the things of this world. Through our sufferings and wilderness experiences we, like Jesus, will have our faith perfected. Through our sufferings and wilderness experiences we will have our hearts purged and cleansed. We will learn to hate the evil, to call for the destruction of all of Satanís ways, and to know Jesus as THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. We will learn to study Godís Word, to hear Godís voice, to be filled with the righteousness of God, and to know His peace and manifest His joy. Hallelujah!
"...looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2 NKJ)
"For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." (Hebrews 2:10 NKJ)
"And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD. (Deuteronomy. 8:2-3 NKJ)
"...for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans14:17 NKJ)
"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs-- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together." (Romans8:16, 17 NKJ)
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." (James 1:2-4 NKJ)
"Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets." (Luke 6:22-23 NKJ)
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We need healing and deliverance. We need healing from the spiritual wounds we have experienced as a result of living among sinful people in a sinful world. We need deliverance from Satanís strongholds and his demons that oppress and abuse us. God knows these things and has provided ways for us to experience His healing and delivering capabilities. He enjoys doing these things for us. Jesus said, "ĎThe Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed;í" (Luke 4:18 NKJ)
We need healing from the wounds our spirits have experienced. The Bible says that our spirits can be broken by sorrow. (Proverbs 15:13) Deep depression, listlessness, inability to cope with life, etc., are often the results manifested by those with a broken spirit. Loss of loved ones, broken relationships, divided families, etc., can be causes of great sorrow. Jesus came to bring healing to those who have experienced a broken spirit through such afflictions. He can heal the hurt, give renewed reasons for living, and bring His life into the spirits of those who have been wounded.
The Bible says that our hearts can be made sick by deferred hope. Such things as broken promises, lost expectations, and misplaced trust can cause hopelessness. People then are afraid to trust again; fearing disappointment, they become emotionally distant from life. Jesus can restore their hope as they learn to trust Him and to let Him heal the wounds. Other Bible references indicate that our spirits can be broken by continual put-downs, or weighed down by guilt or shame. These things can be healed by the Spirit of God bringing life to the Word of God.
The Bible also says that we can be oppressed by spirits of Satanís kingdom. Jesus came to free people from spiritual oppressions. The Bible says: "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." (Acts 10:38 NKJ) People can be oppressed by spirits of fear, anger, or lust, and by various infirmities. We know of several instances in which people have been oppressed after having given in to various occultic practices, or having been involved with eastern religions, masonic orders and the like. Some have had difficulties sleeping or maintaining a balanced lifestyle after such activities. Jesus came to free us and to deliver us so that we can know and experience all the joy God has for us. God heals and delivers us because He delights in us. He enjoys freeing His people.
"He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me; He delivered me because He delighted in me." (Psalms 18:17,19b NKV)
"ĎThe Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed;í" (Luke 4:18 NKJ)
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 NKJ)
"God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38 NKJ)
Man was created by God for His purposes. He was created to be "in Christ," manifesting the will, the ways and the Spirit of Christ into the world. (Ephesians 1:4) In Genesis, God told Adam to "fill" the earth. (Genesis 1:28) We can only fill something with something. We can fill the earth with the things God has given us, with the things of the Spirit of God--love, joy, peace, wisdom, reverence for God, etc. This is what Jesus did; He manifested both the will and the character of the Spirit (Luke 4:18; Is. 11:2). Jesus, when He sent forth His disciples, said, "....freely you have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8) Jesus sends His Spirit to fill us so that we then manifest the will and presence of His Spirit into the world.
Jesus knew joy as He lived in the will of His Father; He invites us to live in Godís will also so that we can know His joy. Jesus said, "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:10-11)
Jesus calls us to be His disciples so that we can become like Him, desiring to live for His Fatherís purposes and kingdom as He did. He said:
"A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher." (Luke 6:40 NKJ)
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father" (John 14:12 NKJ)
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19 NKJ)
"I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:18-19 NKJ)
Jesus had a zeal to see His Fatherís kingdom established in the hearts of His people and to see the ways of Satan destroyed. He had a zeal to see the gospel of the coming in of the kingdom of God preached in all the nations. When He cast out the money changers and the merchandisers from His Fatherís temple, the disciples remembered that it was written of Him, "Zeal for Your house has consumed Me." (John 2:17) He said, "The kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19 NKJ)
Jesus calls us to be disciples, not just believers. He calls us to use the authority of being His disciple against the spirits of this world who would seek to maintain their control of the world through its people. Jesus knows His Fatherís zeal to see Satanís kingdom destroyed and to see us filled with His zeal for the establishment of the kingdom of Christ in and through His people. Jesus has been given a special measure of joy because He loved righteousness and hated evil. God desires to impart this joy to us so that we too will know Godís joy in restoring the world, in exalting Jesus, and in having His kingdom made known in the hearts of His people. The Bible says: "Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns; the world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved; he shall judge the peoples righteously." Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness" (Psalms96:10-11 NKJ) Letís go, church!!!
"But to the Son He says: ĎYour throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.í" (Hebrews 1:8-9 NKJ)
"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ĎAll authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.í Amen." (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJ)
"...this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;" (Matthew 24:14)
"Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them, the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them; you shall rejoice in the LORD, and glory in the Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 41:15-16 NKJ)
"Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and render vengeance to His adversaries; he will provide atonement for His land and His people." (Deuteronomy32:43 NKJ)
"The LORD shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies." (Isaiah 42:13 NKJ)
"Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, ĎLord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.í And He said to them, ĎI saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:17-20 NKJ)
"Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute on them the written judgment-- this honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!" (Psalms 149:5-9 NKJ)
"Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke12:32 NKJ)
"Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, ĎHow awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name.í" (Psalms 66:1-4 NKJ)
"All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. For the kingdom is the LORD'S, and He rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth shall eat and worship; all those who go down to the dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive." (Psalms 22:27-29 NKJ)
"Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth." (Psalms 67:4 NKJ)
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About Cyrus Ministries International
Rich and Kay Fick are the directors of Cyrus Ministries International. God has anointed and called them to this ministry. Rich, an ex-alcoholic, has personally experienced Godís love, forgiveness, power, healing and restoration. Their ministry involves helping others come out of their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bondages into the fullness of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to know and live in Godís plan and purposes for them. They minister to individuals, equip churches for ministry, and disciple others in breaking down spiritual bondages over individuals, families, generations, communities and nations. Their calling and vision is to see Godís people living in the spiritual presence and reality of Godís heavenly kingdom as Jesus manifests His life into them and through them on earth.
The ministry has taken them to churches and groups locally and to many locations in the USA, as well as other nations. (Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Bolivia). As they travel, Rich and Kay minister healing, train leaders, and teach and disciple, as well as establishing ongoing networking relationships. Cyrus Ministries provides oversight to ministries and churches in other nations, helping them to come into their calling and destiny. Leaders from other nations are invited to come and spend time at the Big Rock location for training and impartation.
The Big Rock Ministry Center offers a meeting place for both small and large groups.Ü There are regular times of prayer, worship, teaching, impartation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship.Ü
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