Spirit Food - July/August 2021
How to hear from God
If you want to hear God’s spoken Word, get into His written Word
In these last days, we cannot take God’s protection for granted. As believers, let’s believe and pray for the promises of protection that are found in Psalm 91.
Psalm 91:16 (KJV) – “With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation (‘Yeshua’)”
This a promise for those who are living under God’s grace, the new covenant.
The word for “salvation” in Hebrew is “Yeshua,” which is also Jesus’ name. God will give you a long life where you will see more and more of Jesus!
Under the old covenant (the law), there was a measurement to people’s years of life (Ps. 90:10). Under the new covenant (grace), God promises us long life (with no measurement) because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross.
There are so many promises that are waiting for us to possess.
GOD’S WORD IS FILLED WITH DETAILS OF OUR INHERITANCE!
God has prepared riches of His grace and glory for us to enjoy (Eph. 2:7, Phil. 4:19), but we need to seek out His Word to access this abundance of wisdom.
People of the world can gain knowledge, experience, and expertise in various fields. However, wisdom is not knowledge; wisdom is an impartation that only comes from the Lord (Prov. 2:6). Every time we search God’s Word, we are seeking wisdom. The way God speaks a word in season for us is through His written Word. When we seek Him in the written Word, He will make it a living word — a “now” word for us that is timely, relevant, and practical in our situation.
When you read God’s Word, know that every single word and detail in it was written for your benefit. There is no insignificant detail in the Bible — every story, every name, every event that took place — they are all types that symbolize the times we live in.
1 Corinthians 10:11 (DARBY) – “Now all these things happened to them [as] types, and have been written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.”
All the things that happened in the Old Testament are “types” written as details that hold significant meaning for us today. These admonitions (advice, lessons, counsel, teaching, reproach) concern areas of our lives that we may have neglected or been unable to understand. God desires to bring them to our attention to help us.
An example of how the meanings of names are significant and bring out the relevance of Old Testament stories in our lives today: the story of Caleb and his daughter, Achsah.
Joshua 15:16–17 (NKJV) – “And Caleb said, ‘He who attacked Kirjath Sepher (city of the Book) and takes it, to him I will give Achsah (anklet) my daughter as wife.’ So Othniel (lion of God) the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it; and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.”
“Kirjath Sepher” — This translates to “city of the Book,” which refers to the Word of God.
“Achsah” — Achsah’s name means “anklet,” and it refers to possessing one’s inheritance (because the anklet refers to the foot, and God said, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you” (Josh. 1:3)).
“Othniel” — The name of Achsah’s husband is Othniel, which means “lion of God,” a reference to Jesus, the lion of Judah.
When you put the names together, it is a picture of Jesus (lion of God) who has conquered (possessed the land) the city of the Book (God’s Word) (Rev. 5:2, 5).
Joshua 15:15 (NKJV) – “ . . . formerly the name of Debir was Kirjath Sepher.”
The name “Debir” means “spoken word,” which also refers to “oracles of God.” We see that Kirjath Sepher is the former name of Debir. From this we can see the connection between “Debir (spoken word)” and “Kirjath Sepher (written Word).” In other words, he who conquers God’s written Word will have God’s spoken word — the timely and relevant word in season.
You can ask God for big things for there is much more good He wants you to possess!
Caleb was a strong man of faith, and Achsah married Othniel who was also a man of faith. Imagine Caleb imparting God’s promises to Achsah as a young girl as they traveled in the wilderness, sitting around a campfire at night and telling her about the promised land that the Lord had prepared for them to possess. This is how Caleb developed Achsah’s love for her inheritance.
As parents, we can share the Bible with our children in simple ways that stir up interest and love for God’s Word. Because Caleb shared these stories of God’s promises with Achsah, she grew up with a desire to possess the land her father described. In the same way, our children will grow up with a desire for the things of God and know that their inheritance is found in His Word.
Joshua 15:18–19 (NKJV) – “Now it was so, when she came to him, that she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. So she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, ‘What do you wish?’ She answered, ‘Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water.’ So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.”
Caleb had given Achsah land in the South that was rich, full of precious fruits that were brought forth by the sun (Deut. 33:14). However, there was also a need for plenty of water.
Achsah never felt like she was asking her father for too much or felt like she was imposing on him. As believers, we can ask our Father for big things because we have received the spirit of Sonship through Jesus’ finished work. In fact, we honor God with our faith when we ask Him for more!
Caleb ended up exceeding Achsah’s requests by giving her both the upper and lower springs.
These springs are a picture of the Holy Spirit. The upper springs are a picture of the Holy Spirit coming upon us (like He did for the heroes in the Old Testament and gave them supernatural ability and power to equip them for the task at hand).
Judges 14:6 (NKJV) – “And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily (‘tsalach’) upon him (Samson), and he tore the lion apart.”
“came mightily” — The phrase “came mightily” is the Hebrew word “tsalach,” which means to “prosper.”
Psalm 1:3 (NKJV) – “ . . . And whatever he does shall prosper (‘tsalach’).”
“prosper” — The same Hebrew word “tsalach” is used here for “prosper.”
When a believer allows the Holy Spirit to speak through you, you will be able to share the Word and find words you never knew, use illustrations you never thought of (Matt. 10:19). This happens not because you are operating in your own natural strength, but in the Holy Spirit’s anointing (Acts 6:10).
For areas of ministry, ask God for His anointing to come upon you and empower you with His strength and wisdom. He will provide the gift of the Spirit that you need to minister in at the time!
On the other hand, the lower springs are a picture of the Holy Spirit within us, guiding you in daily decisions. While the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon us for the task at hand can come and go, His anointing within us remains permanently.
Don’t be satisfied with just the South land (land without springs of water). When you are feeling dry, ask the Lord for springs of water! He will give to you the Spirit that will lead you every single day. Keep asking Him for more — for there is yet very much land to be possessed (Josh. 13:1)! You don’t want to find out in heaven that there was much more land for you to have possessed on earth. It’s one thing to know your blessings but another thing to actually possess them. This is what God desires for us.
In every valley of trouble, God has prepared food and nourishment to sustain you
The “now” word for today is this: Don't just be satisfied with the status quo. There is much more land to be possessed (Josh. 13:1)! Don’t just be satisfied with knowing the gospel of grace. There is much more inheritance and blessings for you to possess.
Ephesians 1:3 tells us that we are “blessed in the heavenly places.” This same phrase is used again in the last chapter of Ephesians.
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV) – “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
“in the heavenly places” — This same phrase that appeared in Ephesians 1:3 is mentioned here where powers of darkness are involved. This shows us that the very same place God blesses us is the place the enemy attacks us. Satan doesn’t want you to enjoy God’s blessings with ease. However, there is no need to fear, because this is where God’s grace comes in.
In every difficult place in your life, God has prepared nourishment for you. He turns your difficulty into something that is good for you. When difficulties come, remember that you can put on the armor of God: the shield of faith, to quench all the fiery darts that the enemy shoots at you, and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:16–17).
IN EVERY VALLEY OF TROUBLE, THERE IS A DOOR OF HOPE.
Hosea 2:15 (NKJV) – “I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor (trouble) as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.”
The name “Achor” means “trouble.” In your valley of trouble, look for the door of hope and you shall find it. In the midst of your trouble, the Lord has prepared for you a way of escape and an expectation of good to come!
When you find that door of hope, you will discover renewal of youth, a youthful vibrancy to sing again, to find your springtime again. No matter what troubles come, the Lord is faithful to ensure that those times of testing will not overcome you. Rather, He will make a way of escape — your door of hope (1 Cor. 10:13)!
Jesus has stripped the enemy of all his weapons against you
Every name in the Bible has significance. Let’s look at the names of the enemies of Israel that were squatting in the promised land. These enemies represent the challenges and difficulties we face today that stop us from possessing our inheritance:
Joshua 13:2 (NKJV) – “This is the land that yet remains: all the territory of the Philistines (wallowing in dust) . . .”
“Philistines” — The name “Philistines” means “wallowing in dust.” In Bible times, when someone was grieving over their sins, they would take dust or ashes and place them on their heads. It was a physical action of condemning themselves.
The Philistines are a picture of self-condemnation.
Whenever you’re feeling condemned, remember that there is no more condemnation for you who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1). If you’re being attacked, remember the battle that happened between David and Goliath (a Philistine). Goliath’s name means “stripped, exiled,” while David’s name means “beloved.” Remember that you are God’s beloved, and you have received the gift of no more condemnation –– this will cause you to triumph over every attack of the enemy.
Colossians 2:15 (KJV) – “. . . having spoiled (disarmed, stripped) principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
“having spoiled” — The word “spoiled” here means “disarmed, stripped.” When Jesus went to the cross on our behalf, His death stripped the devil of all the weapons he can use against us. Today when you look at the devil, see him stripped and deprived of every weapon he ever had against you.
All the enemy has left is deception. He is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Don’t be someone he can devour.
He knows all his weapons against you are useless, so he attempts to use the power you have against yourself. For example, he has insidiously programmed death into our language because he knows that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21). Don’t allow him to use your tongue to speak against yourself! For example, instead of saying, “I’m dying for that piece of cake,” say instead, “I’m living for that piece of cake.” For we can only enjoy it if we’re living!
The other thing the enemy does now that his weapons are stripped is that he makes you self-conscious. That is where self-condemnation comes from. The enemy makes you conscious of what you’ve done wrong and what good you’ve not done enough of.
God doesn’t desire you to look within and see what you’ve done wrong or what you’ve not done enough of, He desires you to take the eyes off yourself and look to Jesus.
Our good works are important but that can only happen by beholding Jesus. It is when we behold Jesus that we are transformed into His glory by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:18).
When you wallow in self-condemnation (dust), you become devourable because the devil’s food is dust (Gen. 3:14). Instead, start hearing the word of grace which will turn your eyes upon Jesus and His finished work. When you see what Christ has done, you will shake off the dust of condemnation and become undevourable (Isa. 52:2, 1 Pet. 5:8).
Another enemy of the Israelites is the Geshurites:
Joshua 13:2 (NKJV) – “. . . and all that of the Geshurites (proud beholder).”
“Geshurites” — The name “Geshurites” means “proud beholder.” The Geshurites are a picture of pride. Proud people look at others and think they are greater than them.
Pride is also a result of self-occupation.
On one hand, there are those who look at themselves and feel condemned because they only see their bad points. Then there are those who look at themselves and only look at their good points, then compare themselves to other people’s bad points, and become proud.
The point is: When you take your eyes off Jesus and look to yourself, these are the results.
For Joshua, there were many cities he conquered but did not possess (live in and enjoy). The promised land for you to possess today is a place of rest, peace, health, wholeness, and a place where the Spirit flows. Don’t allow the Philistines (condemnation) and Geshurites (pride) to sit on it.
Sihor and Egypt
Joshua 13:3 (NKJV) – “. . . from Sihor (darkness), which is east of Egypt (‘Mitsrayim’ — double stress).”
“Sihor” — The name “Sihor” means “darkness.”
“Egypt” — The name “Egypt” is the Hebrew word “Mitsrayim,” which means “double straits” or “double stress.”
When you put the names “Sihor” and “Egypt” together, you get “darkness of double stress.”
Many of us are being attacked by stress and anxiety today.
Studies have shown that stress is a key factor behind many diseases.
Let’s not allow the enemy’s deception of self-condemnation, pride, or stress to stop us from possessing the land that God has promised us.
To possess your land, you can call upon the anointing of the Lord to come upon you. Like oil, it will make everything in your life smooth. There will come a supernatural ease to every area of life when you operate with the wisdom of God.
Your difficulties will strengthen you, not consume you
We go back to the story of Caleb, where he tells Joshua his plan of possessing the land:
Joshua 14:10–11 (NKJV) – “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.”
Because Caleb wholly followed the Lord (Josh. 14:8), he had faith to believe that he and his family would enter the Promised Land. At an advanced age of 85, there was no decline of energy or diminishing of Caleb’s physical strength.
In the Bible, you don’t find God telling Caleb that he was old (although God told Joshua that he was old and advanced in age (Josh. 13:1)). God put Caleb and Joshua side by side for us to see the contrast between the two of them. They were the two out of ten spies sent into the promised land who returned with a good report that the land was an “exceedingly good land” (Num. 14:7).
The “very very good land” (Num. 14:7 YLT) is a picture of God’s Word. In God’s Word, you will find the answers to every single thing you’re going through. All the books in the world cannot compare with the wisdom that His Word holds.
His wisdom for all our affairs of life — marriage, parenting, business, relationships with people, even our walk with God — is found in the written Word. It is a very very good book that contains our inheritance, and God is found on every page. This is why God wants us to possess it!
Caleb goes on to ask Joshua:
Joshua 14:12 (NKJV) – “Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said. And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron (‘habar’ — association) to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.”
Hebron is a part of the Promised Land that the Anakims (the giants) resided in, the same place the spies were sent to scout out many years ago. While the rest of the spies said that the Anakims would eat them up, Caleb was the one who said the Anakim were bread for them (Num. 14:9).
Caleb saw his difficulties as bread for him, and that is the secret to his perpetual and perennial youthfulness.
SEE YOUR GIANTS AND DIFFICULTIES AS FOOD THAT WILL STRENGTHEN YOU, NOT TROUBLES THAT WILL CONSUME YOU.
If you are faced with a stressful or difficult situation, be like Caleb and see every difficulty as an opportunity to be strengthened, and you won’t be consumed by it. As a child of God, the Lord will turn your difficulty into bread that will nourish and strengthen you!
Whomever you identify yourself with, their fate you will partake of
Joshua 14:14–15 (NKJV) – “Hebron, therefore, became the inheritance of Caleb . . . And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim). Then the land had rest from war.”
Hebron was filled with Anakim, and it was also where Arba, the greatest man of all the Anakim lived. “Arba” represents the number “four,” and also refers to the other great giants with him (there were four of them—three sons, plus Arba himself). Caleb had asked for the most difficult mountain to possess! However, at 85, Caleb went in and routed them out.
“Hebron” — The name “Hebron” comes from the Hebrew word “habar,” which means “association” (Josh. 14:13). “Hebron” is the noun, “habar” is the verb. From “habar,” you have the feminine word, “habura,” which means “alliance,” which also refers to “stripes.”
Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV) – “. . . with his stripes (‘habura’ — association) we are healed.”
“stripes” — The word “stripes” here is the Hebrew word “habura.” So while it is true that by the physical stripes Jesus bore on His body for us, we are healed, this verse also tells us that by our association with Jesus at the cross, we are healed!
When we associate ourselves with Jesus, when we identify with Him, we receive our healing.
We see this principle of association in the story of King Jehoshaphat of Judah when he associated himself with the evil king of Israel, Ahab. When Jehoshaphat allied himself with Ahab and said to him, “I am as you are” (2 Chron. 18:3), he ended up partaking of the fate that was meant for Ahab.
Whoever you identify yourself with, their fate you will partake of. So when you say, “As Jesus is, so am I in this world” (1 John 4:17), you are identifying yourself with Jesus’ portion and His fate. Today, we are not just one with Him in Spirit, but we are members of His flesh and bones (Eph. 5:30). This is why we can speak His health into our bodies — as He is healthy in heaven right now, so are we in this world right now!
Keep your eyes on the Lord and know that “as He is, so are we in this world.”
AS JESUS IS YOUNG, STRONG, RIGHTEOUS, AND UNDER THE FATHER’S UNCLOUDED FAVOR, SO ARE YOU IN THIS WORLD!
You’re not transforming yourself by your own words or effort. As you behold Jesus and speak forth the truth of your association with Him, you will be effortlessly transformed into the same image by the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18).
When you shift your focus from yourself to the Lord, the Spirit can then start working everything in your life for good.
Identify yourself with Jesus and you will partake of His victory in every situation
We go back to the story of King Jehoshaphat of Judah and his alliance with King Ahab of Israel. Here, Jehoshaphat agreed to dress as Ahab when they went into battle with the king of Syria:
2 Chronicles 18:30–31 (NKJV) – “Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots who were with him, saying, ‘Fight with no one small or great, but only with the king of Israel. So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, ‘It is the king of Israel!’ Therefore they surrounded him to attack; but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him, and God diverted them from him.”
Whoever you associate yourself with, their fate, portion, and lot you will partake of. This is what happened to Jehoshaphat when he associated with Ahab. Jehoshaphat went into battle dressed as Ahab, whom the enemies were looking to kill, and he almost died except that the Lord in His mercy saved him from Ahab’s fate.
Even after this event, King Jehoshaphat went on to identify himself with yet another evil king of Israel, Ahaziah:
2 Chronicles 20:35–37 (NKJV) – “After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied (‘habar’) himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly. And he allied (‘habar’) himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, ‘Because you have allied (‘habar’) yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.’ Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.”
“allied” — The word “allied” in these verses is the Hebrew word “habar,” which means “association.” In the end, because of Jehoshaphat’s alliance with Ahaziah, Eliezer prophesied that the works he had set out to accomplish with this king would be destroyed.
Whoever you ally yourself with, their portion you will partake of. When you ally yourself with Christ, you will experience the same benefits and victory He has.
WHEN YOU SEE AND IDENTIFY YOURSELF WITH ALL JESUS IS AND ALL HE HAS, YOU WILL START POSSESSING ALL YOUR POSSESSIONS.
Hebrews 2:14–15 (KJV) – “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
The way Jesus delivered us was to identify Himself with us by coming as a man. Identify yourself with Jesus, for He loves you so much that He came as a man so He could identify with you and deliver you from death.
If there is someone you love, the best way to communicate is to identify with their feelings, which results in more alliance, communion, and true sharing. Learn to listen not just objectively and also empathetically to your loved ones because it will help you identify with what they are going through.
God has plenty of land (inheritance) that we still have yet to possess, and it is important that we identify ourselves with Jesus. Do you have trouble in your life? See those difficulties as bread for you to feed on. Are you seeing an area of lack where you’re not possessing God’s promises? Look to the Lord and declare: “As Jesus is, so am I in this world!”
“Lord Jesus, I thank You that You love me and died on the cross for all my sins. I confess You, Lord Jesus, as my Savior and my Lord. Heavenly Father, thank You, that when You declared me righteous, You raised Christ from the dead. Thank You Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ is now my true identity. So help me discover all that He is, Lord, the glories of His person, so that I can be practically more like Him. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
“The Lord bless you and the Lord keep you. The blessings of God will manifest in your life throughout this week. You’ll see them pop, one by one. Acknowledge them, and thank the Lord for them. The Lord keep you, preserve, protect you and your loved ones throughout this week from the COVID-19 virus, and from every disease, and from every danger, harm, and from all the powers of darkness. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord make His face to shine on you. Behold Him as He is, and remember that you are in Him. His face is full of glory, shining on you, granting you His favor everywhere you go this week. Favor surrounds you like a shield. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and grant to you and your families His shalom peace, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. God bless all of you!”
Bishop Dr. Mark Krom, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Mark Krom Ministries
Bishop of California, UACCCI Ministries
Hesed is Hebrew for Grace.
One of the first things that happen when wisdom comes into your heart is that you treasure the presence of God. You treasure the person of Our Lord Jesus…you desire to know more about Him.
Live life successfully through God’s wisdom! Make every decision count as you learn how to flow in grace-filled wisdom, and see His provision and protection in your health, finances, family life, and ministry. God’s hesed wisdom is available to you. Pursue the One who is both grace and wisdom, and who brings long life, peace, and restoration of lost years. As you hear and receive the Lord’s word for you today, begin to see positive change in every area of life!
Proverbs 4:7-9 – “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
The best therapy is being occupied with Christ, His loving-kindness, His mercy, and knowing what it truly means to be in Christ. Embrace His hesed wisdom each day and begin to walk in a new level of peace and wholeness!
1 Kings 3:5-15 – “In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
Proverbs 4:7 says – “Wisdom is the principal thing. Therefore get wisdom And in all your getting, get understand. Knowledge brings understanding which then once applied becomes wisdom. To walk in dominion, we have to walk in the wisdom of God.
I encourage you to seek wisdom from the Word of God by washing in His Word daily.
Your Brother In Christ,
Bishop Dr. Mark Krom, Ph.D., Psy.D
Mark Krom Ministries
Spirit Food - August 2020
Coronavirus Biblical Information
Foundation Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-13
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (or scheming) of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the (or this) darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Before any battle comes your way, God has already prepared the victory for you
In the midst of all the news surrounding the COVID-19 virus, let's not give in to the voice of fear that says we must isolate ourselves from the rest of society so that we don't get infected.
If we are well, let’s come together as the church. During these times, it's important that we don’t stop coming to church, for there is great power and a corporate anointing present that cannot be replicated when we are at home.
If you are under quarantine or have been advised to stay at home, it's wise to heed that advice during this period of time. However, we do not have to let fear dictate whether we gather as a church or not.
THE ANSWER TO ALL OUR TROUBLES IS FOUND IN THE ELEMENTS OF THE GRAIN, THE WINE, AND THE OIL.
In the natural, the oil is just oil. But God’s power comes upon it when we understand what it symbolizes—Jesus being crushed for us at the cross.
Olive oil is produced by crushing olive seeds. It is a picture of how our Lord Jesus was crushed for our iniquities.
On the cross, He became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). That divine exchange is the reason why as believers, we can enjoy blessings of peace and health in every area of our lives.
The enemy wants to constrict our time and space, e.g. when it comes to the COVID-19 virus, people don’t want to leave their homes (constricted space).
But when we look at God’s example in the Temple of Solomon, the Lord wants to enlarge our space as we go up the chambers—from five cubits, to six cubits, to seven cubits.
On the first floor chamber of Solomon’s temple, the grain, wine and the oil is stored. It represents the abundant provision that the Lord has already prepared for us ahead of time.
The church should place a large emphasis on the grain and the wine (the Holy Communion). Now, not only are we focusing on the grain and the wine, but on the oil as well.
Long before we find ourselves facing a challenge, God already knew what it would be and provided the way out for you.
In Joel 2:23-25 it says:
23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you — The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month.
24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
25 ‘So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.’”
“The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil” — The wheat (grain) and the new wine represents the Holy Communion, and the oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit that comes by the anointing oil.
“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” — Despite all the bad that may have happened, the Lord wants you to know that He Himself will restore to you all that you have lost.
Even when the world experiences devastation, the Lord will not allow it to touch us.
In times of famine for the world, we are called to be rivers of blessing for others around us.
OUR WALK WITH GOD IS PURELY BY FAITH, AND NOT BY SIGHT.
The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:18: “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Everything you can see is temporal, but the things we cannot see are eternal. The Lord wants us to be more conscious of the eternal realm than the physical realm.
The devil always plays catch up to the plans of God. What God initiates, the devil reacts to.
The things of the devil are loud and conspicuous, but the way God demonstrates His power is not through fanfare, but in a quiet manner. His workings are quiet but powerful.
God is not the one who sends pestilences (or disease). He’s the one who has prepared the way out for you.
An example of the devil playing catch up is when God prophesied the coming of the Messiah, our Lord Jesus.
Back-story: When Jesus came into the world, He came quietly. But once the devil knew that the Messiah was born, He reacted by using King Herod to kill all the baby boys under the age of two. Everyone only saw the massacre, no one saw that the Savior had been born.
If you cannot discern what God is doing in your life, look at the area in which the devil is trying to attack you in, e.g. if you are being attacked in your body, it means that God has released a fresh infusion of health, strength, and renewal of youth into your body.
Once you realize that it is just an attack, you can rejoice, knowing that the Lord has begun something amazing in your life!
Round-the-clock protection surrounds you like a shield when you place your faith in the Lord
The anointing oil is powerful, for it is yoke-breaking, disease-removing, protection-giving, and filled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit! It even has the power to cause demons to flee whenever and wherever you apply the oil!
Today, we are talking about shields in the Bible—a picture of protection.
Allow me to expound on the story of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon
Back-story: Rehoboam rose to reign over Israel at the age of sixteen. Though he was a good king at first, he strayed after choosing not to listen to wise counsel. As a result, the kingdom was split into two. Though Rehoboam repented and walked with the Lord for a few years, he soon forsook the Lord once again. Under the law, God allowed Rehoboam to be handed into the hands of Shishak, the king of Egypt at that time. Shishak came against Rehoboam and took away all the treasures that were in the Temple of Solomon.
This is documented in 1 Kings 14:25-28: “It happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. And he took away the treasures of the king’s house; he took away everything. He also took away all the gold shields that Solomon had made. Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who guarded the doorway of the king’s house. And whenever the king entered the house of the Lord, the guards carried them, then brought them back into the guardroom.”
“He also took away all the gold shields that Solomon had made” — One of the treasures that were taken away were the 300 gold shields that Solomon had made. In the Bible, the number “300” represents victory. Shields represent the protection that God has given us from all attacks of the enemy.
“Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place” — To keep up appearances, Rehoboam replaced the gold shields with bronze shields.
If there’s no gold shield for reference, a bronze shield can easily be mistaken for a gold shield.
In Ephesians 6, we learn about the armor of God that includes a shield:
In Ephesians 6:16, it says: “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
“taking the shield of faith … quench all the fiery darts” — When you have the shield of faith, you will be able to quench not just one or two, but all of the fiery darts that the enemy throws at you.
The Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) describes the shield this way:
“Above all, having taken up the shield of the faith, in which ye shall be able all the fiery darts of the evil one to quench,”
“The shield of the faith” — In the Greek, the word “faith” is preceded by the definite article “the.”
Whenever the Bible says “the faith,” it’s not referring to the type of faith that trusts God for healing or a miracle. Whenever you see “the faith,” it’s referring to the righteousness of faith.
In 2 Corinthians 5:21 says: The righteousness of faith—the belief that we are righteous because of Jesus finished work — acts as a shield of protection for us.
The 300 gold shields that Solomon made are a picture of the shield of the faith found in Ephesians 6.
The significance of gold, silver, and bronze:
Gold is a symbol of divine righteousness.
Silver is a symbol of redemption.
Bronze is a symbol of judgment.
In reference to Rehoboam’s story and the significance of the three elements: Rehoboam’s decision to replace gold shields with bronze ones speaks of the situation in the church today. Many believers have given up divine righteousness (and with it, their protection), and replaced it with self-righteousness (which only results in judgment).
The essence of the Gospel is the gift of righteousness from God.
Though the law which demanded righteousness from man was first
given by God, it was not given for man to fulfill and please God. Rather, it was to show man how much we fell short of God’s glory and cause us to recognize our need for His grace. In His grace, He sent Jesus to the cross for us which has allowed us to receive the good that we do not deserve.
Without the law coming first, we would not have been able to appreciate grace.
Grace is all about God supplying to us.
You can pray the prayer of protection in Psalm 91, take the Holy Communion, and apply the anointing oil, but if you do those things with the mindset of trying to get right with God, you are not receiving God’s grace. You are under demand, not supply, and those gifts just become religious acts.
However, when you do pray the prayer of protection in Psalm 91, take the Holy Communion, and apply the anointing oil with the sense that you are the righteousness of God in Christ, power is supplied into your life.
The moment we are born into this world, we are creatures of sin because of Adam’s sin. Sin brings in disease, sickness, tragedy, and ultimately, death. But that was never God’s idea. Though God is our Heavenly Father who loves us, he is also a holy God, which is why in order to redeem us, He had to send His Son to die on the cross for us.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) - “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us” — When Jesus died on the cross for us, He took all our sins upon Himself.
“that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” — We who knew no righteousness became righteous with the righteousness of God in Christ.
Man may not know how to even attempt to reason the basis on which God can forgive our sins, but God had the answer from before time began. It is the cross of Jesus Christ. At the cross, the divine exchange happened.
Jesus paid for all our guilt, unrighteousness, and sins, and that is why God has the righteous foundation to judge us as righteous through the finished work of His Son.
Christ took your guilt at the cross, so that today, you can claim His righteousness as your own. His righteousness is a gift, it can’t be earned. It is by grace, not by your own works.
When you know your righteous standing in Christ, you can stand with boldness against the enemy
Coming back to the story of King Shishak who attacked King Rehoboam
“Shishak” means “greedy of fine linen.”
In the Bible, linen is a picture of righteousness.
The enemy is always trying to steal your sense of divine righteousness.
Divine righteousness as a gift is yours the moment you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, and is a gift that the devil can never take away or undo. But he can try to steal your confidence in it. He can try to steal your sense of being right with God.
He does this by attacking your mind with thoughts of condemnation, guilt, shame, and also thoughts of self-righteousness and pride in your own works.
When it comes to sin, there is no sin that can ever make you lose your righteous standing in Christ, nor any sin that God cannot forgive.
Why is that so? Jesus is greater than any sin.
When you have Jesus in your life, no sin can overpower you or remove Jesus from the throne of your life—and He cannot be moved for He is seated at the right hand of the Father. Once you are saved, you are saved forever.
Not only does knowing this free our conscience, but it frees us from the power of sin so that we are not trapped in sinful lifestyles.
God’s heart is to see us enjoying all the good things that He has intended for us.
God once commanded King Saul to destroy all the Amalekites, but Saul didn’t. In the end, it was an Amalekite who killed King Saul.
The Hebrew word “amal” from “Amalekite” means “grievous, burdensome labor.”
It is a picture of self-righteousness which strives to earn favor with God.
If we don’t kill our self-righteousness, our self-righteousness will take us down.
The Lord has ordained us to live lives of rest, and not of burdensome labor, trying to please Him.
NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER.
Our basis of using the anointing oil is that we are the righteousness of God in Christ.
When you are established in His righteousness, no weapon formed against you can ever prosper.
Weapons might be formed, like the COVID-19 virus, but God has promised us that it cannot prosper against us! That is why you need not worry about going out of the house during these times, for you are protected against the evil one.
When you declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ, good works are the result of it. They are an unconscious outflow because you know that you are already righteous.
God is pleased when you go to Him in prayer and declare that you are righteous through the finished work of His Son, not by pleading and begging for your blessing.
When you acknowledge your righteous standing in Christ, you become a blessing magnet.
The Bible says that Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness:
In Romans 4:13 (NKJV) it says: “For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”
“The promise that he would be the heir of the world” — We are all heirs of this same promise that God made to Abraham, for we are Abraham’s seed spiritually. To be the heir of the world means that we will have peace, wisdom, lack for nothing, and walk closely with God.
“through the righteousness of faith” — The promise did not come through obeying or keeping the law (bronze — judgment), but through the righteousness of faith!
In Isaiah 24:18 (NKJV) it says: “And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear Shall fall into the pit, And he who comes up from the midst of the pit Shall be caught in the snare; For the windows from on high are open,
And the foundations of the earth are shaken.”
“he who flees from the noise of the fear” — God is telling us not to fear, or do things out of fear because the result is always bad. You end up in a tight space.
THE RIGHTEOUS ARE AS BOLD AS A LION.
God wants us to be in a place where we are bold and confident in Him. He doesn’t want us cowering in fear, even when situations look dire.
Just like how David ran toward Goliath in the name of the Lord and killed the giant, today, the Lord wants us to be bold and courageous in the face of our own giants, knowing that we, the Lord’s righteous ones, can never have any evil plans prosper against us.
Listen to what God has to say, not what people of the world might be saying.
I encourage you to keep Jesus at the center of your lives and to always depend on our righteousness in Him and not our own self-righteousness, for that is what brings true humility. And God always gives more grace to the humble.
Spirit Food - January/February 2021
The Battle is the Lord's
Isaiah 60:1 says, "Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you."
As the world gets darker, God's goodness and glory will be seen upon His Children (Believers' who have accepted Jesus as the Lord of their life). Isaiah 60:2 indicates that in the last days, the world will get darker but the church will shine brighter and more glorious as Jesus will be seen in and through His people.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:7, that in the end times, nation will rise against nation and there will be pestilences and great earthquakes. In the midst of this darkness, He urges us in Luke 21:28, for us to look up, as our redemption draws near. We can look forward to being transformed into our brand new bodies, to be forever young and strong!
God's heart is for you to possess His abundant provisions and thrive in this life!
2 Corinthians 1:20 says, "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us."
While all of God's promises are yours, you will take possession of them (experience them manifest in your life), step by step.
Perhaps today you are believing for healing or provision and the devil is sitting on it. Know that the devil has no right to be there because God didn't give that to him. God will evict the enemy from the areas of your life he is squatting in. The Lord will bring you into your Promised Land where you will enjoy the overflowing blessings of His finished work!
The Promised Land is a land of rest. While the food of Egypt (melons, leeks, garlic, onions, etc) required back-breaking work to harvest, the food of Canaan (the Isarealite's Promised Land), figs, pomegranates, vines, olives, etc. were easy to pick.
Relatively speaking, the Christian life is easy. Though there are trials, Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." While we may face trials on the outside, we are meant to be at rest on the inside.
In 3 John 2, He desires us blessed, healed, and full of overflowing joy. Don't doubt His heart of love for you
The challenges you face will not defeat you, but strengthen you. In Numbers 14:9, it indicates that our challenges "they are our bread" - Joshua and Caleb saw the enemies as bread for them to devour. God desires you to see all the difficulties in your way as food for your faith! God doesn't send problems to us, but He allows them so that they can become bread for us to nourish and strengthen us.
Faith is having a good opinion of God even before you see the victory In Numbers 14:24, indicates that Caleb had a different spirit. The word "different" also means "following" in Hebrew. Caleb had a spirit that followed the Lord.
What is this spirit? It is the spirit of faith!
And in 2 Corinthians 4:13, it says, "And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak." Speak words according to God's promises for you. Your troubles will work for your good when you fix your eyes on God's unchanging promises. Your enemies and difficulties may look big in the natural, but compared to God, they are tiny! The spirit of faith acknowledges the problem but compares it with God. The nature of our flesh is to be inclined to the visible and palpable, that which our five senses can observe. However, God lives in the invisible realm.
When you rest in God, God fights your battles for you. We are pleasing God by resting in Him. Rest does not mean we have no activity, rest means that we do Holy Spirit directed activity. When God instructs you to do something, it's always in your best interest to do it.
Fight your battles by feeding on God's Word and keeping your eyes on Him. We don't fight by fighting (in the natural), we fight by feeding on God's Word.
1 Timothy 6:12 instructs us to: "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
When you are in a battle, your only fight is to remain in faith. When you are facing a challenge, you can say, "Father, I thank You this battle is Yours. Thank You, Father, my eyes are on You. Thank you, Father, You have overcome this problem for me."
Learn to say, "The battle is not mine. The battle is the Lord's!
Zechariah 4:6-7 says, "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit," Says the Lord of hosts. "Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!"
As we leave the year 2020 and enter into 2021, let us shout "Grace, grace to it!" And have great expectations of our Heavenly Father's blessings in our lives in 2021!
Your Brother In Christ,
Bishop Dr. Mark Krom, Ph.D., Psy.D
Mark Krom Ministries
Bishop of California, UACCCI Ministries
Washing with the Water of the Word
There are daily defilements in our life in this world.
Bad TV news, bad images on billboards, gossip, lying, cheating, etc.
So, you can wash yourself from these defilements by being washed in the water of the Word – daily devotions, listening to a godly message, ect.
It does not mean that you have lost your standing, you are still righteous in the Father's eyes (2 Corinthians 5:21).
You were washed in the blood of Jesus when you made the quality decision to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
You never lose that once and forever bath, but, your feet are still dusty.
John 13:10-11 - Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”
So, let’s back up a little bit in John 13, and look at the context.
2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,
4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.”
Washing of the feet is a form of listening to teaching/preaching – however you do it – when you invest time in the Word of God, you are exposing yourself to the basin of water. And that is what washes your feet.
After Jesus washed their feet, He dried their feet with a towel. This towel was a linen cloth. Linen in the Bible represents righteousness.
Then, in John 13:6-8, it says, “Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
“With Me” – refers to Peter having a part of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
Then in John 13:9 it says,
9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
Isn’t it just like prideful people, instead of flowing with God’s plan for their life, they’d rather hold back or jump ahead.
Jesus, washing the disciples feet was an act of cleansing, purifying them, and using the linen towel to wipe their feet was an act of making them righteous.
Let’s look how this is recorded for our learning in the Old Testament.
Numbers 19:2 – “This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which a yoke has never come.”
The ashes of the red heifer – are a symbol of Jesus. A heifer is a female, and it speaks of passivity. Male represents active, and female passive.
So, the ashes of the red heifer speaks about how the Lord can apply this to you.
Remember, in 2 Corinthians 5:21 Paul, a man of intelligence, said that Jesus knew no sin.
And Peter, in 1 Peter 1:22, a man of action, said that Jesus did no sin.
Then John, in 1 John 3:5, a man of the heart, said that in Jesus was no sin.
Numbers 19:3 – “You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, that he may take it outside the camp, and it shall be slaughtered before him;”
Eleazar- means helper in Hebrew.
Jesus was crucified outside the camp.
Numbers 19:6 – “And the priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet, and cast them into the midst of the fire burning the heifer.”
The red heifer was burnt until there were just ashes left.
But the blood from the red heifer was sprinkled seven times before the Temple.
These ashes were used to cleanse people who had touched dead things.
Ashes mean the judgment has passed.
The ashes are a reminder of the finished work of Jesus. Our sin is removed and remembered no more (under the New Covenant).
Numbers 19:17-18 – “And for an unclean person they shall take some of the ashes of the heifer burnt for purification from sin, and running water shall be put on them in a vessel. 18 A clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water, sprinkle it on the tent, on all the vessels, on the persons who were there, or on the one who touched a bone, the slain, the dead, or a grave.”
When you touch death, or become defiled by the ungodliness of this world, you need the washing of the water of the Word.
This can happen by listening to the Word of God you receive cleansing.
After a good message, you should feel refreshed.
This shows us the importance of hearing the Word of God.
In Leviticus 14, it explains the procedure for the priests to follow, taking the two birds, killing one, and getting the blood from the bird killed and dipping the live bird into the blood and sprinkling it seven times on the leper, then letting it go.
It is a representation of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In Leviticus 14:7 - “And he (the priest) shall sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed from the leprosy, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose in the open field.”
The first pronouncement of clean is salvation, - “veTihaRo” in the Hebrew
Leviticus 14:8 – “He who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean. After that he shall come into the camp, and shall stay outside his tent seven days.”
The second clean is “vetaHer” - meaning free from physical disease.
Okay, now that it has been establish that we are made clean, first by being made righteous by what Jesus accomplished on the cross, and can receive daily cleansing by the water of His Word; let us recognize that He is still serving.
Revelation 1:13 says, “and in the midst of the seven lampstands, One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.”
Golden girdle, Jesus is still serving.
In the four gospels – the veil that separated the Holy place from the Holy of Holies, had four symbols on it representing the four gospels.
Matthew is portrayed as a King - the face of the Lion.
Look at the sermon of the mount as the constitution of the King.
Has the genealogy of Jesus back to Abraham.
Matthew ends with the great commission. Go ye …
Mark is portrayed as a servant - the face of the Ox, a tireless laborer.
The last verse in the Gospel ends with the Lord working with them.
Luke portrays Jesus as a man - the face of a man on the Vail
Reflects His ancestry back to Adam.
And John, where He's portrayed as God - the face of an eagle, representing the Heavenly.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Isaiah 11:5 – “Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist.”
Remind the congregation that they as believers are the righteousness of God in Christ.
So, I encourage you to expose yourself to the water of the Word daily or you will become dusty. And when you are dusty, you become the devils food. Because God told the devil, dust you shall eat, all the days of your life (Genesis 3:14).
Believers had a bath by the blood of Jesus. You just need your feet washed by the water of the Word.
Believers need to flow with God.
In our daily life in this world, we can become defiled by the negative effects of this world, so we need the daily washing of the Word to wash the dust off.
I encourage you to wash the dust off your feet as often as required by the water of His Word.