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Heaven on Earth

Heaven On Earth – Battle for the Family, A Civil War
Focusing on Husbands and Wives

Consider this: God created everything including man, woman, marriage and the family. If you are facing a challenge in your life, marriage relationship or family, seek the Lord to correct it. Since He created everything, who would know better than Him in how to fix it?

Marital Bliss God’s Way

Our church body confesses that, “Husbands and wives of EOC love each other, treat each other with respect, and are faithful to each other. The spirit of divorce, disagreement, infidelity and disunity are bound in Jesus’ name.”

Ephesians 5:29-31 (The Message Bible)

No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband.

The power of agreement between a married couple is essential because it threatens the enemy. Whenever Christians agree, they reflect the power and unity of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Satan is terrified of the power of agreement. This is why he works overtime to keep us at war. Our conflict with one another dilutes our power.

As a married couple, your home should be like paradise. Bickering and unhappiness don’t belong there. For example, if a nation is divided against itself, it will not stand. The same principle goes for your home. If you are in constant turmoil with your spouse, the foundation of your relationship will crumble.

What’s the Purpose?

Marriage is God’s first institution; He ordained it. However, for a marriage to be successful, it must be conducted His way–not our way. Today, a staggering number of Christian marriages have failed because they adopted the world’s cultural beliefs instead of godly principles. God’s institutions are organized by biblical guidelines. Make sure your rules line up with His.

Popular Principles VS God’s Precepts
America is a nation that worships the image of God without following His teachings. Families who live by the philosophies, culture and trends of the world deny the power and sovereignty of God. Many people are quick to confess God in tongue but not in their lifestyle. To them, God has become a ceremony and not a daily practice. It is possible to worship the image of God without seeking His will (2 Timothy 3:1-5). As a Christian, you have to decide if you are bending to the peer pressure of the world, or if you are following the instructions of the Lord.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (The Message Bible)

Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.

A Tangle of Excuses

Instead of buckling down and obeying the Lord, we often try to bargain with God and seek exemption from His Word. Sometimes, we feel that if our situation is unique or complex enough, then we should be able to take the world’s approach to handling problems instead of doing what He says. This is dangerous to do because satan is right at your door ready to enslave you to the world system.

John 8:34-38 (The Message Bible)

Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. I know you are Abraham’s descendants. But I also know that you are trying to kill me because my message hasn’t yet penetrated your thick skulls. I’m talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father, and you just go on doing what you have heard from your father.”

Avoiding Divorce

Did you know that divorce means violence and broken faith? It’s a wicked trend of the world that you don’t have to be a part of. The problems of marriage begin in the selection of your spouse. When looking for a “forever partner”, many people follow their flesh and their eyes. You have to consider more than her “brick house” figure or “Mr. Muscles”. Choose a person that has a heart towards God and who is interested in following His Word.

Make sure that you begin a marriage the right way by standing on God’s principles. Premarital sex is out of the question. It’s a worldly standard that ignores God’s sovereignty. In addition, a great to marriages is when spouses are unequally yoked. Both of you have to change your values to line up with the Word of God (Romans 10:14).

Recipe for a Perfect Marriage

Yes, it is possible for you to have the marriage that God designed. If you want paradise in your marriage, then both parties must change. Husbands and wives must work actively to see a difference in their relationship. Marriage core values include putting God first. You can not disobey the Lord to please your mate. The Lord has promised us that He will never leave or forsake us, and He will never change His Word. In addition, your marriage foundation must be love (1 Corinthians 13). Your marriage is not a business arrangement or a union of convenience.

Anatomy of Adultery

Adultery begins with no soundness in God, and when the Lord is no longer number one. The couple develops a sense of apathy. This opens the door for the accuser to entertain both parties by leading husbands and wives to find fault with one another. Constant blaming cause husbands and wives to attack one another and stop supporting each other.

After this, unforgiveness and discontent set in. Husbands and wives fail to give emotional attention to one another and fail to respect each other. They handle one another unkindly and stop ministering one another as well. The irony is that each party hungers for what they are withholding from one another. Finally, satan sends the unholy connection.

Keep your marriage bed pure.

Love

Pastor Joyce

Ponder This: What would you do for God if you had all the money that you needed?

Have you ever considered the purpose for money? You need it for more than paying bills. The Lord has a divine purpose for money. First, money enables us to meet our physical needs. Second, money allows us to set a godly example by helping those in need, and third, we can do the work of the Father by evangelizing the world and taking more ground for Him. Have you ever wondered why sinners are rich? It’s because they work for the devil and believe in themselves (Genesis 1:28-29) It doesn’t matter what life looks like, know that the enemy is a liar and he wants to destroy your faith. The Lord has a financial plan for you!

The Church Enslaved
Slave master spirits are hovering over the church (Exodus 1:8). The slave master spirit is manifested in the form of debt, lack, financial limits and the poverty mindset. Even though the Word of God states that Christians are rich, the slave master spirit says otherwise. The tragedy is that Christians have succumbed to the lie and become financial slaves. But the good news is that the church can experience the manifested wealth that Jesus died for. He wants us to build His kingdom and enjoy life on earth! God has given us everything we need to be successful in the earth; in fact, he has given each of us an assignment. If we walk in our assignment, the wealth will automatically come. Then, we will be able to support the work of the kingdom.

Walking in Godly Authority

As Christians, we have been adopted into the family of God (Galatians 3:26 and 4:6). As His children, we are entitled to all kingdom rights and privileges. The Lord is our Daddy; we have rights to everything He owns and—just for the record—He is not poor. One of the most important things we inherited from Him is authority.

Change Your Vision

Your duty as a child of God is to destroy the works of the devil in the earth. This power is a part of the total salvation package that Jesus died for you to have. You need to get a clear picture of yourself and understand that you are a royal ruler. See yourself as the leader that you are; the Lord has graced you to do so. Remember that mature children of God walk are not doormats; they graciously walk in their authority because they are authorized by divine power (1 John 4:4).

Exert Your Power in a Godly Way

Start commanding challenges in your life to line up with the Word of God. Do not tolerate foolishness from the enemy. You have to exercise your authority because it is preparation for Heaven (Genesis 1:26, John 5:19). Through salvation, we have been positioned to rule over darkness and demons. God expects us to be firm with the devil because his agenda is to destroy us. However, we must have a balance and be sure to display the love of God to those around us. Our authority should not be used to humiliate or belittle people. We are trying to draw people to Christ not push them away.

As a mature Christian, use your leadership to inspire by example. In Ephesians 2:1-6 of the Message Bible, says that:

1 -6It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

Dominion Belongs to God

When you come across the spirits of drama and adversity, let your godly authority rise up in you. That’s why it is important to stay steeped in the Word so that your flesh won’t get in the way. Your authority is limitless and has the ability to move mountains in your life. Your job is to secure the land with your confession and faith and to not succumb to the devil’s attacks (Mark 11:22, Hebrews 11:6, Psalms 8:3).

You should never want for anything in Christ because He has already given you everything you need for life and godliness. The challenges are coming, so you have to be ready. Your power to rule is inside of you so begin to develop it. Your power grows when you refuse to give in t emotions and pain. Make your choices up on the Word of God—not how you feel. Remember that you reign as a believer and that you have the victory in every situation. Keep your thoughts in line with the Word!

Love
Dr. Joyce Oliver

Dream Conference

Kingdom Economics Part 1

Ponder This: What would you do for God if you had all the money that you needed?

Have you ever considered the purpose for money? You need it for more than paying bills. The Lord has a divine purpose for money. First, money enables us to meet our physical needs. Second, money allows us to set a godly example by helping those in need, and third, we can do the work of the Father by evangelizing the world and taking more ground for Him. Have you ever wondered why sinners are rich? It’s because they work for the devil and believe in themselves (Genesis 1:28-29) It doesn’t matter what life looks like, know that the enemy is a liar and he wants to destroy your faith. The Lord has a financial plan for you!

The Church Enslaved
Slave master spirits are hovering over the church (Exodus 1:8). The slave master spirit is manifested in the form of debt, lack, financial limits and the poverty mindset. Even though the Word of God states that Christians are rich, the slave master spirit says otherwise. The tragedy is that Christians have succumbed to the lie and become financial slaves. But the good news is that the church can experience the manifested wealth that Jesus died for. He wants us to build His kingdom and enjoy life on earth! God has given us everything we need to be successful in the earth; in fact, he has given each of us an assignment. If we walk in our assignment, the wealth will automatically come. Then, we will be able to support the work of the kingdom.

SPIRITUAL SIGHT

Spiritual Sight

Fact: You don’t have any problems.  All you need is faith in God.  This is something you cannot comprehend with your natural mind.

Confess Your Desires by Faith

In Mark 8:22, Jesus laid hands on a man twice as He healed him from blindness. This is the only recording where a healing did not come at His first command.  Do you wonder why?  In this particular healing, Jesus was teaching this blind man about his faith and confession.  In the first healing, the man said that he saw men that looked like trees (he wasn’t seeing what Jesus wanted him to see).  But in the second healing, the man saw clearly.

Jesus was teaching us not to settle for a partial healing.  He was also teaching us to say what we truly want to see.  But in order for us to say what we want to see, we need progressive faith.  Don’t settle for the occasional headache, a slight pain or that minor problem.  The devil is an opportunist looking for any platform to elevate us to more hardship.

20/20 Vision

Do you see what God sees?   Do you see yourself healed, delivered, and living in abundance—all the time?   If so, then you are seeing clearly.  Don’t let challenges and doubt distort your vision.  Maintain your faith by hearing the Word, confessing victory and closing your ears to fear.  If you view life with your physical eyes only, your spiritual vision will get blurry fast.  Therefore, keep your eyes on God (2 Kings 6:17).

Grow Your Faith, Don’t Kill It

The Lord sees you as a faith champion.  You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus!  Speak your victory into existence.  This means that you can’t just say anything.  Phrases like, “I’m sick,” “I’m losing my mind,” or “I’m dead tired” slaughter your faith.  Build your faith up; keep it strong!  Develop it by believing God for an extraordinary miracle.  Keep naysayers from speaking doubt in your life. Stop living naturally; instead live in the spirit.  Remember that nothing is too bizarre for God to deliver your from.  After all, it was His original plan for you to live a victorious life.

He is waiting on you to believe in Him (Ephesians 2:3).

Love,

Pastor Joyce