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Rebuilding Spiritual Foundations

ruinsMany people have been hurt by religious theology, fallen Church leaders and other backslidden Christians, or by painful circumstances that have left their lives in ruins. Because of these experiences they are bitter toward God and do not want anything to do with the Church. So, we are going to talk about the need to rebuild spiritual ruins, look at some of the main causes for the spiritual deterioration and see how to rebuild and restore trust and hope in the lives of these people.

First of all, compromise and corruption within the Body of Christ have weakened the basic foundation of faith. As a result, many struggle to trust God. It is time to rebuild this foundation. It says in Isaiah 58:12, “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

Jesus Christ repaired the breach that existed between us and our heavenly Father, in 2 Corinthians 5:18 He has called us to be ministers of reconciliation: “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”

Now, more than ever, we need to take serious the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus calls all believers to and repair the breach. The only way to build up these old waste places is to restore trust between the lost and our witness. Put aside vain religious philosophy, all forms of ungodliness, repent and get real with Jesus so that others may know there truly is a God in heaven who cares for them.

Ask yourself, “Am I willing to rebuild a spiritual foundation for my own life, and for the lives of those around me? Am I willing to be used by God and enter into the ministry He has called me to, the ministry of reconciliation?”

Let’s pray.

Dear heavenly Father,

We ask You to forgive us for being religious in our spiritual walk, for being calloused in our hearts toward You, for being filled with the things of this world but empty in our spirits and void of hope for others. Help us to be living testimonies for Your glory, which draw and woo people to You. May we take serious our call to be witnesses to the lost, to be tools in Your hands to repair the breach and to mend the violations of mistrust that we have caused in others. May we be Christians who act out what we say we believe and walk in the miraculous so that the world may know You are the one, true God.

In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

Becky Dvorak is a healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe and Greater Than Magic. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.

Fear Paralyzes Words of Faith

Today, we are going to take a unique look at fear, what fear does, and how it prevents the manifestation of the healing power of the Lord.

A friend of mine was stung 7 times by a scorpion. The first thing that happened to her was that her tongue became swollen and paralyzed. Then this venom worked its way down her arm and side, and both were paralyzed and her body was in extreme pain.

Fear is like this venomous scorpion sting that stung my friend. Fear first paralyzes the tongue, and then it affects the rest of the body. Why?

In Proverbs18:21 it says that LIFE and DEATH are in the POWER of the tongue. Your tongue possesses a power. What is this power? It is the power of the spoken word. Words have the power to create or to destroy.

This is why fear, first and foremost, paralyzes the creative power of the tongue. If you receive the injection of its venomous poison into your spirit, you will begin to speak failure, destruction and even death. And by the power of your own tongue, that which you speak will be produced.

In the incident with my friend, her tongue was paralyzed, she needed someone to come and speak words of healing over her body. I did this, and immediately she was set free from extreme pain and the swelling and the paralysis left her body.

Another testimony about a young man that became very ill and was in a lot of pain. It was discovered that he had a cancerous tumor. He shared what happened to him when the doctors came into his hospital room to give him the bad report. He said that as he heard the death report, he could not speak. It was as if he had swallowed poison. What did he really swallow? He swallowed fear. He accepted this death report into his spirit and immediately started meditating and speaking death.  It took others to speak words of healing into his life in order for his faith to be encouraged to the point that he accepted the words of faith and started to speak them for himself.  And once he started to speak faith-filled words of healing, health and life his miracle manifested and the cancerous tumor disappeared.

It is of utmost importance that we refuse to accept the venomous poison of fear into our spirit, that we do not allow fear to paralyze the power of our tongue and that we choose our words wisely and speak faith-filled words of life and healing.

Becky Dvorak is a healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe and Greater Than Magic. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.

Spiritual Ways to Combat Depression

I received a letter the other day from a woman asking for help to overcome depression, especially during the summer months coming up when she is not working outside of the home. Let’s look to God’s Word for spiritual help to combat depression.

Ephesians 5: 18-19 warns us, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,” and again in Colossians 3:16 again admonishes us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

First of all, it says in Ephesians 5:18, “be not drunk with wine”. Oftentimes, when people are suffering from depression they turn to alcohol, drugs, anti-depressants, food, pornography… These and other things are temporary highs, but they cannot fix the problem causing the depression. God is your only answer.

Here are 6 spiritual ways to combat depression that can help you.

  1. Become Born-Again. This is where we are to begin. If you are not already a Christian, it is time to become born-again. John 3:3 tells us, “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” God and His kingdom ways are filled with hope, new beginnings, and victory in Christ.
  1. Look to Jesus. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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.” Joy will come when we keep our eyes on Jesus.

This word, “look” means to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something, and in this case it means to fix our eyes on Jesus. (Strong’s G872 – aphoraō). When we focus on Jesus, the things of this world lose their grip on us, and Jesus becomes our stronghold.

  1. Be baptized with the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 4:4 shows us how to encourage ourselves, He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” When we pray in tongues, it edifies and builds us up. This is a very important tool that needs to be taught to the whole body of Christ. Imagine how a spirit of depression would flee from the Church!
  1. Think godly thoughts. It says in Philippians 4: 9-10, Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” The next time you hear yourself thinking negative thoughts ask yourself, “Is this thought pure, lovely, good news, virtuous, or praiseworthy?” If not, purposefully change the theme going on in your mind.
  1. Renew your mind. In order to think godly thoughts you are going to have to renew your mind with God’s thoughts. Romans 12:2 puts it this way, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

  6. Singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Our opening Scriptures from Ephesians 5:18-19 and from Colossians 3:16 talk about singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. And this is our last point we will cover in today’s message.

The Bible has a lot to say about the power of songs, words put to music, for example a psalm of praise sung by Moses and the Israelites after they passed through the Red Sea, and then Miriam and the women continued on with song and dance.

Songs of praise to our God have a way of lifting our spirits that puts smiles on our faces, joy in our hearts, and even sets our feet to dancing.

When joy is always difficult to find in life, then it is more than disappointing or hurtful circumstances causing the depression. And would be a spirit of depression over you. One way for deliverance from a demon of depression is by prayer and fasting that I have discussed in other blog posts. See “Do You Need a Breakthrough?” I would also recommend that you see a Christian counselor nearest you.

Becky Dvorak is a healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe and Greater Than Magic. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.

31 Joy Scriptures

little girl blue hat smilingWe all need a little joy in our life. In fact, joy is a supernatural power that releases healing and strength into our spirit, soul and body. Joy is also a decision. So make a wise choice and partake of some of God’s happiness today!

I’ve listed 31 joy scriptures for you. That’s one for everyday of the month. ENJOY! :O)

  1. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Ps. 51:12.
  2. This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Ps. 118:24.
  3. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess. 5:16-18.
  4. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4.
  5. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Romans 12:10-13.
  6. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Psalm 94:19.
  7. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9.
  8. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isa. 61:10.
  9. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24.
  10. Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Prov. 15:30.
  11. A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Prov. 15:13. NIV
  12. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isa. 35:10.
  13. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Tim. 6:6.
  14. Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart. Ps. 119:111.
  15. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Psalm 27:6.
  16. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11.
  17. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Mt. 13:44.
  18. His glory is great in Your salvation; honor and majesty You have placed upon him. For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved. Psalm 21:5-7.
  19. For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God, 1 Thess. 3:9.
  20. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, and my soul, which You have redeemed. Psalm 71:23.
  21. 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. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  John, 15:10-12.
  22. The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad. Psalm 126:2-3.
  23. For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.O Lord, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep. Psalm 92:4-5.
  24. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 1 Peter 4:12-14.
  25. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom. 15:13.
  26. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10.
  27. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:2-3.
  28. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night,
    But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5.
  29. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23.
  30. But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. Psalm 5:11.
  31. A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22

*Unless otherwise stated, these Scriptures are taken from the NKJV of the Bible.

 

Becky Dvorak is a prophetic healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe and Greater Than Magic. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.

 

Try the Spirits Part 3

prophetPaul is again warning us in his letter to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:5-7 to protect us from the deception in these last days: “having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” We are not to be naïve, but wise. No matter how godly, how charismatic, how charming or how appealing the one with a message may seem, we are responsible to try the spirits and judge the message against the Word of God. We endanger ourselves when we run to others for direction and comfort instead of to God. The modern-day prophet is not meant to take the place of God.

True prophets bring clarity to the Word. They help to shed revelation knowledge on God’s people. They do not mince word, but are very direct and to the point. They do not use flattery to gain favor. The prophetic words they deliver are not their own, but God’s. Their message compliments the Word of God, but does not substitute the Word. They do not need to be coaxed from the receiver to see if what they are prophesying is the truth. They will bring transparency to the obscure. The message they deliver from God will release freedom. They have a low tolerance level for blatant sin and a rebellious spirit. They are not going to ask you to compromise and do something ungodly. Understanding these characteristics should help to discern a true prophet from a false prophet.

False messages are not only delivered by false prophets and false teachers, but also by other means as well. Other delivery services are lying and deceptive spirits whispering to our minds and emotions. We are to judge these messages passing through our minds and working on our emotions. We must learn to judge our own thoughts against the Word of God and do as Paul instructs us in 2 Corinthians 10:5: “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

Judging the message by the Word of God will protect our hearts from being deceived in these last days. It also will highlight the venomous snakes that are camouflaged in God’s thicket.

Try the Spirits — Part 1

Try the Spirits — Part 2

Becky Dvorak is a prophetic healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe and Greater Than Magic. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.

Try the Spirits Part 2

Judges malletThe other day, we read how John in 1 John 4:1-6 warns us of the spirit of Antichrist that we heard was coming in the form of false prophets. And that we are not to believe every spirit, but we are to test them to see if they are of God or not.

Then Paul warns us in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 about false prophets that transform themselves into prophets of Christ. We are not to be gullible, but be responsible and try the spirits.

Peter also warns us in 2 Peter 2:1-3 of false prophets and false teachers and their destructive heresies, and that many will follow after their destructive ways.

These false prophets and false teachers by the evil power of deception camouflage themselves to be like us. And their numbers are increasing in these last days.

The thought that there is deception in the camp of the Lord is discouraging. The fact that many will be led astray from the faith is even more disheartening. But these warnings are not meant to detour us from walking in the supernatural; they are to help us not be foolhardy. They are to aid us in being wise and able to discern true gold from fool’s gold and walking in the true power of the supernatural.

This is why we need to do as the Lord instructs us: “Try the spirits.” Evaluate or judge them; put them on trial according to the Word of God. We are the judge; the message is the defendant. The Bible is our law book that we base our judgment upon, and we are to judge the message. There are only two choices: either the message is true or the message is false. Does the message line up with the law book, the Bible? Or do we have to compromise the truth of the Bible in an area to approve the message?

A good judge is not swayed by emotions, but has studied the law books and with wisdom implements the law. To make good judgements, we need to know what the law books says. In order to have a fair trial, the truth needs to be revealed. In order for the truth to be revealed, the message needs to be examined according to the Word of God. We cannot rightly judge unless we have studied God’s law, His Word. We are instructed in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” We are the ones who are to study the Word of God for ourselves; we are the ones who need to try the spirits; and we are the ones who are to judge the message according to the Word of God. Is the message true or false?

The evil one, satan, and his demonic force are experts at being wicked. Through trial and error they have found our weakness and will appear as angels of light, false prophets and false teachers to cause us to fall into destruction. If they see we do not read and study the Bible on a consistent basis, they will bring false teachers and false prophets our way. Then before we know it, we could find ourselves in ruins because we believed a false prophet who declared the world was going to end yesterday. We foolishly believed that he could predict the return of the Lord when Jesus Christ clearly states in Matthew 24:36, But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” In our eagerness for the Lord’s return, we willfully believed the charismatic personality and are now broke and bitter because we did not “try the spirits.” We did not take the time to rightly evaluate, judge or put the message on trial to see if this message lined up with the written Word of God.

Becky Dvorak is a prophetic healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe and Greater Than Magic. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.

Try the Spirits Part 1

Snake EyeJohn warns and instructs us in 1 John 4:1-6, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”

To protect ourselves in these last days we are to test the spirits. The enemy’s messengers will come especially to those whom they have witnessed do not judge what appears to them, for these people are easy prey for the enemy to devour.

We are not to be gullible, but responsible and try the spirits. Paul warns s in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” He is warning us that there are false prophets and false teachers and that their numbers are increasing in these last days, but they will appear to us to be of Christ. So just because we see or hear something amazing, does not mean it is of God.

Peter also warns us in 2 Peter 2:1-3, “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”

As I meditate upon these warnings, I think of a time I was taking a nature walk and enjoying the beauty of the rainforest. I bent down to pick up an old rusty bucket that was in the weeds. As I reached out to grab the bucket, I realized that I was right on top of a venomous snake in the grass. It held its head and upper body so still that it blended in perfectly with the tall surrounding grass. I didn’t recognize it until I was very close to it and looked it in the eye. But as soon as it knew I had seen it, it dropped and slithered quickly away, deeper into the thicket of the woods.

Right after my encounter with this snake, our son, Joaquin, was down by the pond and he cried out, “Mom, there is a big snake!” The snake he saw was different from the one I just saw. Then later that morning our son, Andres, was walking down the path and he saw a snake, and it was a different species. Then the next day my husband, David, was working outside and he too came across a snake. We all came across snakes within a two-day span of time, each one a different species, but still they were snakes and we did not spot them until we were right on top of them.

Beware, for there are highly venomous spiritual snakes camouflaged within the Body of Christ today. As we draw close to the end of this age, their numbers will increase and their poison will become deadlier than before.

Becky Dvorak is a prophetic healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe and Greater Than Magic. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.

Revive Your Spirit

black-and-white-waves-close-up-view-circle-mediumThere’s much talk for the need of revival throughout the world, our nation, and in the body of Christ. And this is certainly true, but I’m not sure if God’s people understand how to make this happen.

We can fill large auditoriums with God’s people, have the most popular preachers and Christian singers, people can sing and dance throughout the night, and still not have revival.We can travel the world and revisit where amazing moves of the Holy Spirit took place, and still not enter into true revival.

Why? Because revival is a matter of the individual’s spiritual heart. It involves self-judgement and repentance. Spiritual revival resurrects the dead, gives oxygen so that the spirit can breathe again.

True revival is not staged, and it doesn’t come cheap. It doesn’t transfer from one person to another, you have to go after it for yourself.

You must look at yourself with your spiritual eyes wide open, and recognize your utter desperation for the Spirit of the Living God. Become the deer that David describes in Psalms 42 that is so thirsty that it pants in desperation for the water, this is how we are to desire our Lord, Jesus Christ.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”” Psalms 42: 1-3.

If you are thirsty for God, I invite you to join me for 40 days for a Daniel Fast. I will teach you how to do this with daily words of encouragement and instruction. Not only will we cleanse our bodies by eating fruits and vegetables, but spiritually we will cleanse our spirits by the washing of His Word, and learn to enter into fellowship with Him, pray daily for the healing of our Nation, and breakthrough to the realm of the miraculous for ourselves and our loved ones.

This fast starts, Monday, March 28th and ends Friday, May 6th.

Make sure to have on hand for Monday, March 28th, a supply of fruits and vegetables that you enjoy. You can juice these, or make into smoothies, or eat whole, cooked or raw, organic or non-organic, which ever you prefer. Drink lots of water, tea, and natural fruit juices. We will eliminate added sugars, and not use salt.

Have your Bible on hand, and a journal, a notebook is just fine for journaling.

If you will put your all into this time of prayer and fasting, you will enter into the place of true revival.

 

Becky Dvorak is a prophetic healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe and Greater Than Magic. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.