We discussed the foundation of the Divine Exchange and introduced the topic to attendees.
Here’s a snippet from the discussion:
“A deeper understanding of the incredible “Divine Exchange” will reap a huge reward in your life because as your knowledge increases, you will identify yourself with Christ instead of your sinful nature. How do we spell Cross? V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!!”
– Pastor Carl
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Around a year ago, DHOP came into contact with a man by the name of Jeremiah that was experiencing an attack in his flesh by the name of Chron’s disease. Through prayer and the laying on of hands, standing on 2 Peter 2:24, Jeremiah is now free and completely restored in his body.
This is Jeremiah’s story and testimony, and we praise God for performing in accordance with His word.
Friends, I want to tell you right now that without doubt the foremost condition of every Christian at all times should be peace. This peace is independent of circumstances. I can hear you say, “Wait a minute pastor, life has its demands and pressures; we can’t be in peace all the time?” Yes, my friend, we can because it supernaturally abides within us. Peace is a gift that Christ gave us and peace is also our umpire in decision making. The Apostle Paul wrote about this issue to the church at Colossae. This supernatural peace should rule and reign inside us.
“15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts (deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state) to which as (members of Christ’s) one body you were also called (to live). And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]” – Colossians 3:15 (AMP).
We should not however confuse this peace with a fleeting emotion that comes and goes; it is an abiding peace because it is not only a fruit of the Holy Spirit but an attribute of the Kingdom of God. In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul defines the kingdom of God and its attributes, “17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.“ – Romans 14:17.
Righteousness and Joy
Think of righteousness and joy as bookends with peace slotted in the middle. As we attain righteousness with God as a function of our salvation, we are then able to receive ‘abiding peace’ within our hearts and from that peace, joy bubbles forth. Our peace is despite the circumstances. It is not contingent upon outcomes because it’s a supernatural influence that comes from the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. I had recently gotten into the ‘molly grubs”, even though things seemed to be working out for good in my life, I had a heavy heart. I seemed to be in “endurance mode”, rather than appreciating the joy of life in the day to day. I had lost peace, and it was my fault, why? Because Jesus had already given peace to me, “27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” – (John 14:27).
Notice the onus is on us to steward the peace that Jesus bestowed; we are the ones who have the choice to let ourselves be ‘troubled’ or ‘afraid’. My old mentor, Ann Vincent would always say to me “If you’ve lost your peace, you’ve messed up somewhere”. She was a powerful woman of God who moved in a strong anointing that seemingly never waned. Her secret? Peace. She oozed peace every time I was with her. Ann demonstrated abundant peace in her life and she is a great example to us all. She also moved in the power of God. Peace and power go hand in hand; they are twins. If we get out of peace, we get into the ‘flesh’ and we lose faith in God’s power because faith works by love (Gal 5:6). Did you know that Jesus commanded the disciples to bring peace to the houses they visited? The presence of God brings peace and the disciples were paragons of peace, distributing it wherever they went, the scripture makes it clear, “And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you” – Matthew 10:13.
Anxiety: Abstract Fear or Apprehension
The Holy Spirit revealed to me that as time had passed, I had allowed anxiety to creep in. Anxiety is an interesting word because by definition it’s an abnormal feeling of fear or apprehension but not necessarily tied to anything specific. It can be hard to fight against because it’s a more generic ongoing condition that is felt. The problem is if we meditate on this feeling of dread or fear concerning the future we may start believing that something ‘bad’ is going to happen. The very fact that you meditate on this over and over could cause it to become a reality in your life. Living in regret or worrying about the future will always rob us from the ‘now’. What time is it? The time is ‘now’. The time is always now. “Now faith is” (Hebrews 11:1). Replaying the sorrows of yesterday and dreading what’s to come; will put you in a place of misery and misery my friend is not a place where Christians should be. Misery and fear have torment; that is Satan’s territory, get out of it immediately.
There is a fascinating statement that Christ made in Matthew 6:31, “31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?” Did you catch that? Jesus said you take a thought…by saying it. Once you start verbalizing what is in your mind, you are ‘taking the thought’. Not every thought is from the devil of course, we rationalize in our minds daily as we muse over decisions, but it is the penetrating or interjecting thought that is either from God or Satan. The easiest way to discern the thought’s origin is to compare it to the word of God. If it’s accusatory in nature or discouraging it’s not from God. Guard your mind! Satan is not in the encouragement business (1st Peter 5:8). So what do we do to restore peace? Firstly, we must cast our care, “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully” – 1st Peter 5:7 (AMP). We need to get into the habit of saying, “I couldn’t care less, God is taking care of everything in my life and He is trustworthy!” Let go of your anxiety, cast your care, pray and thank Him for the answer, it’s that simple. This scripture sums it all up…“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” – Philippians 4:6 (NASB).
Friends, it’s time to get your peace back! What are you waiting for? Spend time with the Holy Spirit today and take back what the enemy has stolen. Peace is not something to look for, it’s always inside of you, it’s time to reconnect with the tranquility in your heart (that Christ won for you), cast your care and feel the peace of the Lord once again!
Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.
Have you ever tried to explain something to an individual and it seemed as though they’re just not getting it? You want them to understand what you’re trying to say and convey your message clearly. Eventually, as you give them more information, they start to see the whole picture and might even say something along the lines of, ‘Oh, I see what you’re saying’! In this instance, you might say the “light bulb” finally came on for them! What happened here? What does it mean when someone says, ‘I can see it now’?
God’s Word Illuminates
God’s word gives us the answer to these questions. In Proverbs 20:27 it says, “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart” (NKJV). Other translations say it like this: “the spirit of man is the flashlight or candle of the Lord”. You see, God sheds light in an area so we can clearly see what He wants us to see. He reveals things to our heart, or in other words our spirit. God speaks to us today and wants to reveal or shed light on our future and the path we are to take in life. Proverbs 4:18 says: “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (NKJV). God is not trying to make it hard for us by hiding His plans for our future. In fact He is very excited to reveal them so we won’t miss it! He’s the one explaining things to us and waiting for the light to ‘come on’. How does God give us more information and light? He has revealed it in His word; we simply have to read it. Psalm 119:130 says: “the entrance of your word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (NKJV). This means the more we read God’s word, the brighter our lamp is going to get. Not only will we be able to see more clearly, but also what’s to come.
The Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding through our spirit-man
The apostle Paul prayed for believers’ in the New Testament that they would see with their spiritual eyes and be enlightened to know things by the spirit of God. In Ephesians 1:16-18 he said this: “16 I cease not giving thanks for you and making mention of you in my prayers: 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know the hope of His calling” (KJV). God is going to give us revelation by enlightening our understanding from within. The ‘eyes of our understanding’ is something we see deeply within our spirit, this is a knowing from our heart. Now the word revelation in this verse simply means to ‘reveal’ or ‘uncover’ something. Getting a revelation of something is basically seeing what was hidden from you that you didn’t see before, or something you may have been in the dark about. God’s Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, is revealing and showing God’s plans, purposes and pursuits for our lives. The Holy Spirit is lighting us up on the inside with spiritual wisdom and understanding so we can see the things He has for us to do in this lifetime.
God’s will for our lives is not mysterious
In times past, the Lord has given me a simple word that would change my direction in life and set me on the right course. It was as if He just suddenly turned on the light in an area and revealed to me what was not seen before. He reveals his plans for us by simple turning on the light inside of us and illuminating things. People will try to discourage you and say ‘you can’t hear from God’, or even know what God is doing, and we can’t figure out the mysterious will of God for our lives. But 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says: “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit” (KJV). Did you notice the last sentence? He has revealed them to us! God is revealing His wisdom and plans our lives; we must listen and keep our spiritual eyes open to see what those plans are! Our eyes should see and our ears should hear what God has prepared for us because He loves us! This my friends, should not be a mysterious thing.
It’s time for your light bulb to turn on
Jesus, referring to the Holy Spirit said ‘He would show us things to come’, in John 16:13. Friends, if you are stumbling around in a dark room right now, and can’t see where to go or know if you’re evenon God’s path, simply flip on the light switch by reading God’s word. It will light up the inside of you and you’ll begin to clearly see what you didn’t before! By reading His word daily and listening to the Holy Spirit you will stay on God’s successful path for your life and He will provide illumination each and every step of the way.
Associate Pastor Bobby Wayne Musgrove is an ordained minister at the Denver House of Prayer. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Bobbi Allison, and two children. In his spare time, he is a violinist and loves to hunt.