Message for January 1, 2017 from Pastor Shirley

“You shall also decide and decree a thing and it shall be established for you and the light of (God’s favor) shall shine upon your ways.” Job 22:28  (Amplified Bible)

    A decree is a proclamation made by someone with authority. When I think of someone making a decree I think of kings. A king has authority over his dominion. He makes a decree by declaring what is legal and illegal and everyone in his dominion has a choice to obey or not.

    Revelation 1:6 says, “and {Jesus} has made us kings and priest unto God and his Father.” Jesus has made us kings and priest now. Not just when we get to heaven to rule and reign but right now in this life. Romans 5:17”….those who receive {God’s} overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness… reign as KINGS IN LIFE….

    “Reign” means to rule over, exercise dominion, to decree. As sons and daughters of the King he has made us kings and priest in this life and has given us authority to rule in life. We don’t rule over people but those things that are contrary to the will of God. We reign over the flesh, sin, situations and circumstances. Over all the power of the enemy. God has given to us everything we need to do so.

    Matthew 18:18I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth shall have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth shall have [already] been loosed in heaven.” The word bind means to “declare unlawful.” The word loose means “to declare lawful.”  How do bind and loose? Through our decrees as we declare what we know to be of truth. Jesus looses the authority of His word as it goes forth on earth for the fulfillment of its purpose. We set the word forth in the earth with our speaking the will of God which is his Word.

    We have entered into a New Year. What mind set have you entered into this New Year with?  We cannot go back and change the past but we have the gift of now and the gift of choice. You have been given authority from God to reign as kings in this life. Stop living below what God says you are and what he wants to bless you with. You decide a thing-you make a decision. This is the year for the glory of God to shine through you.

   “You’ll pray to him and he’ll listen; he’ll help you do what you’ve promised. You’ll decide what you want and it will happen; your life will be bathed in light.” Job 22:28 (Message Bible)

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