DECLARATIONS & DECREES: WE ARE BRIDGE-BUILDERS FOR CHRIST!
August 23, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21; Acts 17:16-34
1 Corinthians 9:16-27: 16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. 17 For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. 18 What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.
19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21: 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. 12 We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Acts 17:16-34: 16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. 17 So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. 18 And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, “What would this idle babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming? 20 For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.” 21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)
22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 29 Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you again concerning this.” 33 So Paul went out of their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
I write these decrees in the Name of Jesus Christ and in His authority and through His power. The Angelic troops stand ready to dispatch these decrees to the heavenly realms to the rulers, and authorities, and to post in the King’s Palace (Revelation 2 and 3, Ephesians 3:10, Esther 8:10, 13).
» I decree and declare I have been ENTRUSTED with a Commission to PROCLAIM the Good News – I have no reason to boast, for pressure is put on me and WOE to me if I don’t proclaim it! My reward is that when I Preach, I may PRESENT THE GOOD NEWS FREE OF CHARGE, not making use of my right in the Good News!
» I decree and declare that though I am FREE from all men, I have made myself a SLAVE to all, so that I might WIN OVER more of them. To the Jewish People I identified as a Jew, so that I might win over the Jewish People. To those under the Law/Torah I became like one under the Law/Torah, so that I might win over those under the Law/Torah; to those outside the Law/Torah, like one outside of the Law/Torah, so that I might win over those outside the Law/Torah.
» I decree and declare to the weak I become weak, so that I might win over the weak. I have become ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN, so that BY ALL MEANS POSSIBLE I might SAVE some. I do it all for the sake of the Good News, so that I might be a fellow partaker of it.
» I decree and declare, as I know the FEAR OF THE LORD/ADONAI, I am trying to PERSUADE People, but what I am is KNOWN TO GOD/ELOHIM—and I hope it is known to your consciences as well. If I am out of my mind, it is for God/Elohim; If I am in my right mind, it is for you. For the LOVE of Christ/Messiah COMPELS me, since I have concluded that One died for all, as a result all died. And He died for all so that those who live might no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.
» I decree and declare I do not recognize anyone according to the flesh. If anyone is in Christ/Messiah, he is a NEW CREATION. The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are from God Who RECONCILED us to Himself through Christ/Messiah and gave us the Ministry of RECONCILIATION. That is, in Christ/Messiah God/Elohim was reconciling the World to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them; and He has ENTRUSTED the Message of RECONCILIATION to us!
» I decree and declare we are AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST/MESSIAH, as though God were making His APPEAL through us. We beg you on behalf of Christ/Messiah to be RECONCILED to God. He made the One Who knew no sin to become a SIN OFFERING on your behalf, so that in Him we might become the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD!
» I decree and declare I will allow myself to be aroused by the idols and worldliness around me, for the FURTHERING OF THE GOSPEL! I will fellowship with Believers and I will go into the Marketplace and discuss with those present. Though many may wish to argue, yet I will PERSEVERE for the ones who have open hearts to HEAR of the Good News of Jesus/Yeshua and the RESURRECTION!
» I decree and declare I will allow myself to become knowledgeable enough about the foreign idols and gods that I may engage in conversation and LEAD MANY TO THE SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST/MESSIAH. God/Elohim has allowed men to search for Him, and perhaps grope around for Him to find Him. Yet He is not far from each one of us, for in Him we LIVE and MOVE and have our being.
» I decree and declare that many false religions have fragments of the TRUTH. But partial truth results in lies, except that when CORRECTED it can lead to the GREATER REVELATION of the FULL WORD OF GOD and SALVATION through Jesus Christ/Yeshua Messiah! Though for a time God/Elohim overlooked the periods of ignorance, NOW HE COMMANDS EVERYONE EVERYWHERE TO REPENT!
» I decree and declare God/Elohim has set a DAY on which He will JUDGE the World in RIGHTEOUSNESS, through the Man, Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua, Whom He has appointed. He has brought forth evidence of this to all men, by RAISING HIM FROM THE DEAD.
» I decree and declare a CLEANSING and UNIFYING of the people of this land as these decrees go forth.
In the name of King Jesus Christ, empowered and led of the Holy Spirit of God, we dispatch the Angelic troops, throughout this land and in the spirit realm, to deliver these decrees to all, both flesh and spirit. The enemy, the principalities and powers, have no authority to act against these decrees of our King, the Lord God Almighty; their actions will be of no effect to God’s chosen ones, but will be turned back on themselves for destruction.
The Lord God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, we praise Your Name for You are True and Faithful and Just to perform it. Amen!
[Keyword(s): entrust, commission, free, all things, fear, persuade, reconcile, lead]