God is no respecter of persons. There are no “special” people, there are only people who do what it takes.
You have to do right to get right results. To operate in God’s power does require effort.
The traditional church keeps waiting for God to descend. Well, He already has, on the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. It is up to us to work the process for us to release God in might, love and power. God is no respecter of persons; He shows no partiality (Acts 10:34-35). When God does “come,” it is because someone did enough right to release Him.
Once a week in church does not do the necessary mind renewing; a devotional time every morning does not do it; 6-8 times a day every day may start to do it, but that is only the beginning. The good news is that starting with even 5 minutes a day can set you on the path of success.
I can hear it now, “Hold on, this is legalism.” My response is that there are some 1050 commands in the New Testament. That is right; in the original Greek they are in the imperative or command voice. They are not suggestions. Jesus said your results are the fruit of your doing. Do to see, no right doing, means no seeing. (For a listing of these 1050 commands as complied by Dake, please see the Articles page at our main website www.CovenantPeaceMinistries.com)
One way to say this is, “If I enforce it on you, it is legalism; if you decide to disciple yourself then it is spirit.” While biblically in-accurate, it may help you get started. The right fruit is how much love, power and the mind of Christ you operate in as a lifestyle, 24×7. You do the right, diligent and faithful spiritual disciplines before the battle, or you will arrive at the battle unprepared, and often more of a problem than a help. How you arrive is up to you. That you will have battles is guaranteed as Jesus described in Matt 5-7. Jesus called not preparing “foolish.”
Jesus demonstrated this foundation process to His disciples. Jesus did this in a Scripture-driven prayer life for 3-6 hours a day, 1-4 all nights a week, and often rising early in the morning. He had a regular schedule of 6-8 times or events a day, and then other times as provided or needed. And then His normal ministry of preaching and miracles were above and beyond this, but all this activity was a strong foundation.
That means Jesus had developed and continued to maintain godly habits consistent with how God showed humans (the Jews) what it takes to stay calm in God and manifest the glory of God at the point of need or attack. And His disciples, from Peter to Paul, did the same thing. They all kept a regular schedule of daily faith actions throughout the day and night.
This was not much different from what Moses, Joshua or David did. The secret is to make this a glad lifestyle incorporated into every part of every day. Thus for the Jews in the time of Jesus, this was 6-8 scheduled events a day of 15 minutes to an hour or so each, and then various other parts of the day as they could, with even more emphasis on Sabbath days. And there is no reason we cannot do the same today. Thus Jesus was the “perfect” Jew, and so became Peter, Paul and all Gentile believers.
Here are some Scriptures on this:
Ps 119:164 “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments (good acts among and for men and against the devil). “
Ps 119:62 “At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments (good acts among and for men and against the devil).”
Ps 119:148 “Mine eyes prevent (go before, are set on a schedule by) the night watches, that I might meditate (mutter to ponder, chew like a cow chews its cud, speak, sing, shout) in thy word.” (Ps 63:6; Lam 2:19; Luke 6:12)
Ps 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate (mutter to ponder, chew like a cow chews its cud, speak, sing, shout) day and night.”
Ps 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually (on a daily, regularly scheduled basis and as occasion serves) be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.”
Luke 6:12 “And it came to pass in those days, that he (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
Luke 18:1 “And he (Jesus) spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always (at all times, continually with frequent regularity) to pray, and not to faint (doubt, stop the faith actions, give up praying continually with frequent regularity); … 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth (of praying with faith actions continually with frequent regularity even though the answers are long in coming)?”
1 Thess 3:10 “Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? 11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in agape/love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 13 to the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”
Here Paul (the great works versus faith or grace expounder) tells you his regular prayer schedule, i.e., his “works.” Then Paul commands this in specifics: 1 Thess 5:16 “Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
All three of these (rejoice, pray, giving thanks) puts you to work 24 hours a day! Or at least during your “awake hours.” Doing this is a good description of “being revived.” Add in setting others free of the lordship of the devil whenever you come upon them, and you are now walking as a New Testament, “activated” Christian.
And again: Phil 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand [in power]. 6 Be careful (anxious, fearful, concerned, troubled, terrorized, worried, unsure) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your aiteo/requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with [and operate in and through] you.”
Notice that the peace of God comes AFTER the right doing, and if your peace is troubled in any way, we are told how to respond until that peace returns.
Thanksgiving definition: Here you pray and then do the behaviors of thanksgiving until you are thankful that you have it. How do you know you have it? You have it when you cannot stop the joyful laughing, dancing, shouting, praising and gladness of true thanksgiving. When you cannot stop it, then you have arrived. Until then you are doing the process of bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and of “making your aiteo/requests known to God.” You are the one making it known to God with faithful actions of thanksgiving until you are in the emotion of thanksgiving.
This is the great “How to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” passage. What is left out of “always” in “rejoice in the Lord always?” What is left out of “nothing” in “be careful for nothing?” What is left out of “everything” in “but in everything?”
Christianity is: the process of replacing bad habits with good habits and developing more good habits, all of which you work to continue doing continually with frequent regularity.
Again, the Bible word continually (as does: always, diligently, and without ceasing) means regular and frequent scheduled daily times in multiple-events per day, day after every day, along with when opportunities present themselves, i.e., ad hoc.
Gen 5:24 “And Enoch walked [continually in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him]. [Heb 11:5.] AMP
Luke 22:39 “And he (Jesus) came out, and went, as he was wont (as was His regular habit, where He went continually), to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.”
Of course Jesus did what God had commanded His namesake to do (Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua or Yeshua) Josh 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law [for us this includes the entire Bible] shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate (chew, ponder, think on, sing, shout, mutter, recite and proclaim so your mind is never empty of these truths) therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Note: Bible meditation and being still is to fill your mind with the goodness and power of the Lord in the Scriptures. False-god methods often focus on emptying your mind so other thoughts can come. Any method short on direct Scripture and long on other words or sounds is suspect. That includes much of past and present popular, so-called “Christian” music, and some forms called “soaking.” Sing the same scripture passage for hours a day is a right form of biblical meditation.
If Jesus spent 3-6 hours a day, 1-4 all nights a week, and often arose early in the morning for Scripture prayer, and Peter, James, Paul and other disciples did the same, and all taught their disciples to do the same, along with 1-6 hours a day in Holy Spirit tongues, why not you? So if you wonder where your answers from God are, now you know.
If you did not spend the time and “Jesus-effort” before the battle, do not be surprised if you have to spend it in the battle to get victory. Otherwise learn to accept defeat, and blame it on something else rather than your lack of diligence. If you are a child of God, born-again in Jesus, you have all the power of God there is. The issue is you effectively renewing your mind to release God.
The issue is not God withholding anything. God spent the wonder of the Universe, Jesus, for our healing and blessing. Then God puts Himself in us with Holy Spirit when we get born-again. He has spoken every blessing it is possible to say over us in heaven (Eph 1:3) and God has entered His “rest” (Heb 4:4).
The issue is us doing the right things to release Him, as God is no respecter of persons, nor can He show partiality. Each of us has 24 hours a day; the issue is what you do with them every day. In this case the Universe is digital; every moment you are serving, breathing in and exhaling God or the devil. You chose which by the thoughts, words, and actions you allow and do.
A Bible not devoured is like bags of seed stored away. The potential of God into the earth is there, but rarely a harvest is made. Jesus is the Seed. The only soil that matters is your heart. The truly difficult thing is the consequences of not managing your thought life. Keep Working the Word so God can Work!
Here are two major commands: 2 Cor 10:4 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Now which part of “every” in “every thought” do you want to debate? If it does not direct you to doing like Jesus, then that is a thought you need to get rid of and focus on one that Jesus did and would think, and then do it.
Jesus said it this way: Matt 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
That word “idle” in “every idle word,” means useless, will be destroyed on the Day of Judgment, and in context, does not produce the Kingdom of God in this life. Now you can debate all this all you want, but now you know what your words can cost you.
Being led of Holy Spirit is you doing what written Bible commands you are aware of and then you following His instruction on how and when to do them as a son of God, a joint-heir with Jesus, and not something less. When you get a “special” leading, this is in addition to your normal lifestyle of going about and doing good like Jesus did.
Those 1050 commands are descriptions of the divine nature you have in the new birth. They are what God wants you to do all the time; everything else is up for wisdom and love. So start with the 1050 first and then seek the Lord for wisdom on doing them, as you do them. The wisdom will come as you do these faith actions.
I have an exercise program I follow every day of every week. Some days I do them first thing in the morning; other days can be any time before I go to sleep, depending on the specifics of the day. Rarely do I miss doing them. They went from a project and labor, to my lifestyle. You do the same thing with the Jesus lifestyle. This is the standard process of intentional habit development.
Typical prayer and fellowship times with God for scheduling include: upon waking; while getting dressed; while dressing children; at breakfast; right after breakfast; morning devotionals; going to work; at 9 AM (or coffee break); 12 noon, lunch; 3 PM (or coffee break); coming home from work; while preparing supper; eating dinner or supper; right after dinner; 6 PM; while watching children in sports, music, etc.; 9 PM; while putting children to bed; after putting children to bed; while undressing; bedtime; rising at 12 midnight for an hour or two of Bible study and praise (like Paul and Silas did in Philippe – Acts 16:25; Ps 119:62); and then rising on the night watches (Ps 119:62, 148). The night watches are typically every one or two hours starting at 9 PM through midnight until dawn, or around 6 AM. And of course, you rising early before everyone else like Jesus did.
Sabbath activities include the same with added joyous expressions of much Scripture and focus on positive and happy interactions with your children. If Sabbath/Sunday is not a day of joy for your children, you are doing it wrong. And yes, this means fun. Remember Israel lost the land for failure to serve, worship, or walk with the Lord continually in gladness and joy (Deut 28:47).
For many, this may seem a lot and would force major changes in your lifestyle and that of your family. If you find yourself getting stressed trying to do this all at once, that is not from God. In that case, slow down, and spend time praising God and singing and speaking in tongues, and/or reading out loud Galatians thru Colossians repeatedly at whatever time-chunks you can muster, regularly or irregularly. Set a goal of 2-5 minutes each day and build from there.
Most who use the Affirmation Magnets in OK, GOD, Now What say the same ones out loud for at least an hour a day for at least 90 days. The normal program is tithing at least 2.4 hours per day. Fastest results are seen with 3-6 hour a day in the Affirmation Magnets and the teachings in OK, GOD, NOW What, along with time spent in other spiritual disciplines spread throughout the day and night. The full program is described in the book.
Note: in the Bible the word thanksgiving includes giving of thanks and/or doing all the faith acts from thanksgiving, praise, joy, affirmations, fasting (the flesh must be disappointed), courage, blessings, aiteo prayer and supplications. For the New Testament we include speaking and singing in tongues, and operating in the other gifts of Holy Spirit. So thanksgiving can mean all of this.
The good news is you can start small and work your way up in this. Small steps do count and you can start to see significant benefits with consistency.
Go to www.CovenantPeaceMinistries.com at the Contact Page, and get our free list of Top Ten Affirmations to get you started. Or get the Power Trilogy book, OK, GOD, Now What, and start an in-depth transformation process now.
You can start with just 2-5 minutes a day. For that we have taken the first Affirmation Magnet A in OK, GOD, Now What and broken it into 10 bite-sized pieces. To get your copy as a gift, just go to our website mentioned above, and go to the Contact Page to request your free listing of these Top-Ten, Scripture-rich, Affirmation Magnets.
They are called Magnets as diligent use will make your heart magnetic to God so you continually and diligently seek Him as a lifestyle of releasing His rewards. Heb 11:6 “But without pistis/faith (seen in continual and diligent faith actions against every threat to fear something other than God) it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must pisteuo/believe (seen in continual and diligent faith actions against every threat to fear something other than God) that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” The rewards come with diligent seeking with pistis faith actions, one of which is joy.
Soon you will find yourself easily and gladly obeying this powerful key that God has promised, even guaranteed, to release Him into your troubles for your deliverance. James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience (so you develop the godly habit of faith actions the moment you are threatened or concerned that God will not show up, or reminded that the answer is not yet there as God tells us in Phil 4:4-9).”
Count means to call it joy even though it is not, but not just call it joy, count it as a call to do the thoughts, shouts and actions of joy anyway. So as these negative events and threats happen, you will be flooded with thoughts to make you give up on God, and become offended at God and others.
You will have to make cognitive choices, often at almost every moment and under intense pressure, to “count” it all as a call to joy, a call to battle, and then continue to do the faith actions BEFORE and UNTIL the answer comes.
In this process you will be building the Kingdom of God and destroying the kingdom of darkness, starting in your own soul to manifesting Jesus in every part of life.
Notice that this looks much like what the snake-bitten in the desert did with raah looking in Numbers 21, or as people express as they act in courage. As Jesus commanded in John 3:14-15, this is what we are to do in Communion as we pisteuo believe the Bible-way with faith actions of joy.
You can know that as you do the constant repetition of these Redemption facts, you will be exercising the best way science has found to write changes on your heart. That means it is a process of God within our very biology. It shows we are designed to act for success in God. So with the biological process using the Word of God, which is Spirit and zoe life, you will also be working in the spirit realm to get the good results and rewards God has promised.
Now, it does not matter what logic you use to get doing, but it is right, like Jesus would, doing of faith actions that makes the difference.
How long does it take? Well, for an immediate crisis, depending on where you are starting from, it can be an intense 30-60 minutes to 3-5 intense days of cramming on Redemption truth and Holy Spirit tongues. For a lifestyle, the shortest time for significant change is 90 days of continuous faith actions for 3-6 hours per day. This lifestyle change is very similar to going to the gym. Do less, get less; do more, get more.
“Well, I thought this was all by grace!” Yes that is true, but grace, Holy Spirit dwelling in us, compels us to work, to will and to do of God’s good pleasure. So the grace of God compels you to work, not to “get born-again,” but to release God into the earth as your regular lifestyle, just like Jesus and the early disciples did. And it is God’s good pleasure for us to heal the sick in the name of Jesus for and with Him. Col 1:29 “Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”
1 Cor 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
Phil 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
For all those troubled with thoughts of legalism, notice that God is working in you to work, to do of His good pleasure. That means God is working, can you do less?
The truly difficult thing is the consequences of not managing your thought life.
Keep Working the Word so God can Work!
God Bless You and Yours in the Name of Jesus to be more Noble in Him (Acts 17:11-12)
Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth!
Donald C. Mann
Speaker, teacher, navigator and author of:
OK, God, Now What?
Discovering Our Redemption
Battle Prayer for Divine Healing-Field Manual 2