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Hello brothers and sisters! I hope you are having a wonderful week. It’s a new year! Though many of us do not want to still be here, knowing the things that are coming, God has blessed us with another day and another week to preach, teach, and encourage one another to draw closer to Christ.

Today, I have a warning and some encouragement for the Bride of Christ. The Lord has given me many messages to speak, but He wanted me to start the New Year off with this one.

On the morning of December 2nd, 2021, between 4 and 5 a.m., the Lord told me, “If you say you are a sinner, you will be a sinner. If you say you are redeemed, you shall be redeemed. You have the power to speak life or death upon yourself.”

Then later that morning, He continued. He said, “Do not take someone else’s sin upon yourself and repent for them. You are accountable for your sins only. Everyone must repent for themselves.

Call those things that are not, as though they are. Your power lies in the words of your tongue. Whatsoever you ask in Christ’s name, you shall have.”

These very words can be found in Bible scripture.

 

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

 

Acts 17:30

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent…

 

Deuteronomy 24:16

Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.

 

Jeremiah 31:30

But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

 

 

Romans 4:17

God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

 

Mark 11:23

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

 

John 14:13-14

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

 

 

Another thing I had been meditating on that morning is that I hear many in the Body of Christ say, “We are as filthy rags.” The Lord has put it into my spirit that this is not true. If you have repented of your sin and received the salvation of Jesus Christ, you are now a new creation. Though we go through a refining process as we walk with Jesus daily, your past and the sins of your past are remembered no more. The moment you repent of your sin and turn from your old ways, God does not remember your old sin and your old life. The stained garment you used to wear is taken off and replaced with a new, clean garment that has been washed in the blood of Jesus.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

 

Hebrews 10:16-18

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

 

 

Mark 2:21-22

No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”

 

Ephesians 4:22-24

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

These scriptures are clear. If you have received the salvation of Jesus Christ, you have been made new. The Holy Spirit is like new wine and cannot be poured into an old wineskin, which is your old sinful self. The Holy Spirit must be poured into a clean new vessel. This is the way Christ sees you. He does not see you the way you used to be; filthy, dirty, unclean, all tattered in the rags of sin. He sees himself in you and He is pure and clean, spotless.

For you to say you are as filthy rags to Him is a lie and denies that you have come away from sin and are a new creation in Christ. Which leads me to another thing I hear people saying and that is, “We are sinners in need of a Savior.” This is also a lie for those who have already accepted Christ as their Savior. We were sinners in need of a Savior. But then we accepted Christ and our sins were washed away. If you are still in perpetual sin, you are not in Christ; you have not been redeemed and YOU DO NEED CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR! But if you have accepted Jesus and what He did for you on the cross, you have been redeemed, you have been made new, and you are no longer a sinner in need of a Savior. You HAVE a savior! And He is constantly purifying you and transforming you daily as you walk with Him.

You must learn to believe what the Word of God says and you must learn to speak what the Word of God says. You cannot speak both life and death upon yourself. God calls this type of person ‘double-minded’.

 

James 1:6-8

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

 

 

James 3:10-12

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

 

James 1:22-25

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

 

So just as the Lord has said, “If you say you are a sinner, you will be a sinner. If you say you are redeemed, you shall be redeemed. You have the power to speak life or death upon yourself.” Choose to speak life. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then believe you have been redeemed. You have been made new in the image of Christ. Walk in this truth. If He has told you something, believe that it is so. Do not doubt the words He has spoken. When someone tells you that you are a sinner, reject that and tell them you have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. When someone tells you, you are as filthy rags, tell them you are a new creation in Christ and you are wearing a pure garment that has been made spotless and clean.

The enemy wants you to believe you are still a sinner, wearing filthy rags, and that Christ sees you as the dirt beneath His feet. The enemy wants you to believe this so that you will continue in sin and so that you will never have the confidence in Christ to rise up and accept the power that is within you. If you ever realize your true power that Christ has given you, the enemy will never have power over you again. He trembles in fear of this.

 

1 John 4:4

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.

 

Don’t let the enemy bully you into believing things that aren’t true. Take all things to Christ in prayer and always seek the truth in His Word, no matter who’s telling you something. When you know the Word of God, you will begin to reject those things that do not line up with His Word.

Stop repeating the words spoken by other people and start repeating the words of God. We are not to be followers and imitators of people, we are to be followers and imitators of Christ. That’s why we’re called ‘Christians’. It’s not just because we’ve accepted Christ! The word ‘Christian’ means ‘to be like Christ’.

Brothers and sisters, I believe Jesus wants us to go into this new year with a different heart and mind. He is drawing us closer to Him, He is calling us to go through our final preparations of refinement, and He wants us to start realizing who He has created us to be. I believe this year is going to bring greater challenges than we have ever faced. I believe that because we are getting so close to the Lord’s coming, the enemy is going to come at us relentlessly and harder than ever before. Our swords need to be more polished and sharper than they have ever been. We cannot continue bowing to the enemy, we cannot continue believing his lies, and we cannot allow ourselves to be in his control. If we believe Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we must follow Him and only Him. We must speak the words of Christ and we must walk in His ways. If the Lord says, “Stop doing that,” stop doing it. If He says, “Go here,” then go where He’s telling you to go. It’s time to be the Christian you say that you are.

Jesus is coming only for those who have been made spotless and have fully surrendered to Him. You cannot straddle both sides of the fence. You cannot be double-minded. If you want to have the victory over the enemy, you have to be firmly and solely in Christ.

Brothers and sisters, I hope this has encouraged you. I’ll be back for another message next week. Have a wonderful weekend. Be blessed. Shalom.

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