Victory Briefings

Dwight Hammond

Using the Word of God for a Victorious Life

VB030: Wisdom and Understanding
Jul 26 2022
VB030: Wisdom and Understanding
Wisdom and Understanding Colossians 1.9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; Hebrews 4:2 (NKJV) For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Preached: euangelizo (yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo) from (eu) good; and (aggelos) to bring tidings; a messenger; especially an "angel"; or a pastor; to announce good news ("evangelize") the gospel, glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel). The Holy Spirit speaks to me plainly about Jesus, and that helps me to speak plainly about Jesus to others. He leads and guides me into all the truth. He gives me understanding, discernment, and comprehension so that I am saved from the snares of the enemy. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; Knowledge: Gnosis (gno'-sis) is the act of knowing, knowledge, science. The truth that I know about God makes me free (Jn.8:32). God's Word builds my faith in Him. I must know the Bible in order to know Him. I choose to agree with the Word, and I choose to disagree with any thoughts, conditions, or circumstances contrary to the Word. God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond
VB029: Becoming a Watchman
Jul 19 2022
VB029: Becoming a Watchman
Becoming a Watchman There are constant headlines of the enemy advancing on every front. We need to know our enemy and his strategies, or we will lose these battles. If you don’t think there is a spiritual war going on, then you are already a POW (prisoner of war). We must learn to identify the enemy behind the human power and initiatives. You must know that the real enemy is not the bogus politicians, terrorists, or any other human adversaries. I am convinced the condition of our country is in direct relation to the condition of the church. Satan has distracted and infiltrated the “church,” and now he has taken many positions in our government. We must stand up to our enemy and force him back! Eph 6:14-17 (NASB) –Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [15] and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; [16] in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil [one.] [17] And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Historians tell us that Roman soldiers carried seven pieces of armor; girdle (belt), breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet, sword and lance. This is one of Paul’s most famous lists (or outlines). Put on the full armor of God. As you read Ephesians 6:14-17 you see the belt of truth, 2. breastplate of righteousness, 3. gospel shoes, 4. shield of faith, 5. helmet of salvation, 6 sword of the spirit. Now where is number seven? We know it takes all the armor to effectively stand against the wiles of the devil (v.11)! We know the truth, we are righteous, share the gospel, and quench fiery darts with our shield. We have the helmet protecting our thoughts and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God, but that’s only six. The historians tell us of the most obvious weapon of battle – the lance. Where is the lance (or spear) in Paul’s list? Paul knew there were many types of lances. The soldier carried multiple short lances for close combat, with various shapes of sharp points, and one with a long heavy shaft (we would call this one a spear) which was very effective at longer distances. The first six pieces of armor are products (or the fruit) of the Word of God. Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. This is what you have in your spirit, because of the Word of God – the incorruptible seed. The lance or spear comes in verse 18. This shows us how to use our faith in the Word, by speaking the Word of God. Eph 6:18 (NIV) –And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Just as there are many types of lances for various situations, God has given us various kinds of prayer. We deploy and enforce our God-given power and authority through our prayers and decrees. Paul says to use all kinds of prayers. There are six kinds of prayer 1. consecration, 2. petition, 3. authority, 4. thanksgiving, 5. supplication, and 6. intercession. We use the sword of the Spirit, and we pray in the Spirit: the Holy Spirit empowers us to win various kinds of battles. You might use a short lance while laying hands on someone to heal them. You may launch a long-range spear of prayer, to remind the principality of a distant city, that Jesus is the head over all things (Eph 1:21; Col 2:10). Then Paul says to be alert. A watchman should never be surprised by the enemy. However, you can be watchful and smack-dab in the middle of God’s will and still be hindered. 1Thess 2:18 (NASB) –For we wanted to come to you–I, Paul, more than once–and Satan hindered us. Many people don’t think Satan has the power to hinder anything if an individual is in the center of God’s will as Paul was. They mistakenly think that everything going smoothly is...
VB027: Happy Independence Day!
Jul 4 2022
VB027: Happy Independence Day!
Happy Fourth of July! Victory Briefings comes to you with flags waving and a shout of victory! Where we use the Word of God for a victorious life! Happy Independence Day! Is there a better time to be bold about your freedom, your country, and your independence? Today I bring you variety. Some headlines selected from news sites that scroll across the top of our website. I think you will agree that celebration is in order! The Supreme Court Sides With Praying Football Coach in Game-Changing Win for Christians The Western Journal As the Supreme Court has been wrapping up its term, its decision in the case of Kennedy v. Bremerton School District is a landmark in the American principles of religious freedom and free speech. In a groundbreaking decision on June 27, the court ruled in favor of a former high school football coach who prayed in public after games — and lost his job over it. The 6-3 decision was clear: “The Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect an individual engaging in a personal religious observance from government reprisal,” the ruling stated, “the Constitution neither mandates nor permits the government to suppress such religious expression.” Coach Kennedy can resume his practice of praying after school games at the 50-yard line. It is interesting that even Lame Stream Networks are reporting this. Perhaps the Left is using it to appear righteous to regain some votes. Election integrity is a state by state battle. Missouri passed strong reforms this week. In addition to Voter ID, the legislation also bars the use of electronic vote counting machines and drop boxes to collect ballots. Missouri enacts photo voter ID law before November elections Southeast Missourian Missouri voters will have to show photo identification to cast a regular ballot in the November election as a result of a law signed Wednesday by Gov. Mike Parson that caps a nearly two-decade-long push by Republicans for stricter voting requirements. It comes amid a renewed national emphasis on election laws. Democrats in many states have sought to expand voter access following widespread mail-in voting during the pandemic-affected 2020 elections while many Republicans have pursued new voting restrictions that they contend would cut down on the potential for fraud. Missouri's measure was backed by Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. who called it "one of the strongest election laws in the country. It makes sure that it's easy to vote, it's harder to cheat and the people can have trust in the results." Seventeen states besides Missouri had voter photo identification laws in effect as of this spring, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and 19 states had identification laws that accepted proof other than photos. This decision provides legislators with the ability to defend the laws they pass when challenged in court. This Supreme Court Ruling Will Prove Vital to Defending Voter ID Daily Signal The Supreme Court's important ruling last week on voter ID in North Carolina has been overlooked in the fervor over the high court's spot-on decisions upholding the Second Amendment and religious freedom and overruling Roe v. Wade. But the court's procedural decision Thursday in Berger v. NAACP will help prevent state officials from sabotaging the defense of state election laws and other measures being attacked by their political allies and friends. The Berger decision did not uphold the constitutionality of North Carolina's new voter ID law, since that issue was not before the court. But in an 8-1 decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court held that state legislative leaders in North Carolina have the right to intervene in litigation to defend the constitutionality of the state's voter ID law. This is particularly important in a state with divided government. In North Carolina,
VB026: Trust in The Lord
Jun 28 2022
VB026: Trust in The Lord
Trust in The Lord Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) –Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; [6] In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Trusting in the Lord with all our heart is the opposite of doubting God and His Word. Such trust is fundamental to our relationship with God and is based on the fact that He is trustworthy. As God’s children we can be sure our heavenly Father loves us and will faithfully care for us (see Mt. 10:31), guide us rightly, give us grace, and keep His promises. In the most difficult times of our lives, we can commit our way to the Lord (cf. Ps. 37:5) and trust Him to work things out. He has a plan for us. Our own understanding is limited, fallible, and subject to error (Eph. 4:18). We must therefore be enlightened by God’s Word and led by the Holy Spirit (Rom.8:9-16). Rather than relying on our own judgment, we must pray for God’s wisdom and direction for all our intentions in life. In all our ways acknowledge Him. In all our plans, decisions, and activities, we should acknowledge God as Lord and His will as our utmost desire. Every day we must live in a close, trusting relationship with God, always looking to Him for direction “by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” (see Phil. 4:6). He shall direct our paths. When we acknowledge Him, God promises to direct our paths. He will lead us to His goal for our lives, remove obstacles, and enable us to make the right choices (see Prov. 11:5; Isa. 45:13). Trusting in the Lord begins by believing Jesus for salvation. When we trust in Him, we acknowledge that “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). We then get to know God more as we spend time in prayer and Bible study. The more we know God, the more we will love Him. The more we love Him, the more we will trust in Him alone – with all our hearts – for wisdom, for decisions, for everything. Jeremiah describes the benefits that come to the person who trusts the Lord with all his heart: Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV) –[7] “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. [8] For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. Those who trust in the Lord have hope, and need not fear difficulty or calamity. They know who is in control of their lives, and that He is always good and true. I am thankful for Proverbs 3:5-6, it is wise instruction and ends in a promise. It is an awesome thing to trust in God with all your heart and to have Him direct your paths! My Confession: I can reach my full potential when I trust in the Lord. It is good to use my head, but when I depend on my own understanding, I cannot acknowledge God in all that I do. Life is very limited and carnal when I am not standing on the promises of God. He is trustworthy! The more I love Him, the more I trust in Him alone – with all my heart – for wisdom, for decisions, for everything. I am like a tree planted by the waters – yielding fruit. I commit my walk of life to the Lord, I trust in the Lord and His will for me is being accomplished. He directs my paths! God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond
VB025: The Word is My Protection
Jun 21 2022
VB025: The Word is My Protection
The Word is My Protection Psalms 91:4 (NKJV) –He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. He shall cover you with His feathers, like a hen spreads her wings and protects her chicks. If you abide under the Almighty’s wings you are safe. His Truth protects you. To take refuge means to flee for protection. We should run to the Lord for His protective covering. His Truth means His stability, certainty, and trustworthiness. A buckler is something surrounding you. So while under His wings and surrounded by His Word, you are safe and enclosed with protection. The Word Is Protection Along Our Way. Psalms 119:105 (NKJV) –Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. We are inexperienced in too many areas of life to be without a guide. The Bible is our guidebook. We need to use the Word of God if we are going to make it through life. Psalm 119 shows us so many features of God’s Word, and how it will dynamically assist us in all aspects of life. Verse 105 is the focal point of this chapter, showing that God’s Word lights the way, giving direction for each step of my feet, and giving wisdom and long-range plans to my path. Verse 130 reiterates the light of God’s Word; Psalms 119:130 (NKJV) –The entrance of Your word gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. The word translated “entrance” has been translated, “opening” in other places in the old testament. The Scriptures give adequate light to the mind upon every subject of life; and the Holy Spirit communicates more useful knowledge to the simplest believer, than the sharpest philosophers have been able to develop through the ages. There is no reason to accuse God of anything dark, or to blame Him for an act of nature. He does not cause accidents. He does not make His loved ones sick. We should not be so careless with the Scriptures, because they are wonderful. An awesome light shines around us. Proverbs 6:23 (NKJV) –For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, This Proverb reminds us that the “reproofs” or corrections in the Bible, are as much a part of the light it provides, as any other direction or instruction it gives us. Let God’s Word guide, correct, instruct, lead, teach, and confirm. Do not rush forward without it – EVER! Without a lamp or light to show us the way through the darkness of this world, we will most definitely fall flat on our faces. The Bible will illuminate the right way to go, and keep us from stepping in the snare of the devil. Those who don’t use the light of God’s Word are sure to be captured by the enemy. Confession: El Shaddai covers me with protection. His truth surrounds me with safety. His Word is a lamp to each step I take. It illuminates my life’s journey. The Word of God is my protection, my shield, and my powerful weapon in battle. It makes my way plain before me. I do not stumble into enemy territory, because my steps are ordered in the Word. God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond
VB024: Incorruptible Seed
Jun 14 2022
VB024: Incorruptible Seed
Incorruptible Seed 1 Peter 1:23 (NKJV) –having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, The regenerating power of God’s Word is amazing. The Creator’s spoken word, and life-giving breath gave us our natural existence. Then in the same way, we receive our New Birth by the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. God’s purpose for our created being is fulfilled when our spirits are alive toward Him. Sin caused spiritual death, but salvation in Jesus Christ has provided spiritual life (see, Eph. 2:1-8). This text tells us that the “seed” that has produced new life in us is the Word of God, which has begotten us again by the Holy Spirit’s power (Titus 3:5) and made us members of God’s new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). This is the ultimate manifestation of the power of God’s Word – the power to bring spiritual life to whoever opens their heart to its truth. James 1:18 tells us God’s “word of truth” is how He brought us new life, emphasizing that He has done this according to His own will. It is plain, God doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Pet. 3:9). The incorruptible “word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart…. Confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom. 10:8-10). Declaration: I was born again by the incorruptible seed of God’s Word. There is no expiration date on the seed of God’s Word it lives and abides forever. The words that the Lord spoke to people over 2000 years ago are still alive and active, and will produce miracles in my life when I mix those words with faith (Heb. 4:2). God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond
VB023: Power to Witness
Jun 7 2022
VB023: Power to Witness
Power to Witness I remember when I was lost. I didn’t realize many things about destiny, the Bible, or even life in general. I had some hope of “getting by” in life. I wasn’t stupid. I had skills, so I figured I could get a job and make my way to whatever the end of life’s journey might bring. I thought I could do it alone, but I was lost. My mother taught Sunday school in a church down the road, not far from home. And I had some high school friends who were Christians. I had heard about Jesus and the gospel for years. Yet no one ever offered to “lead” me to Christ. I got invited to church a couple of times, but I had been to church with my aunt and with my grandma when I was younger, and it was dry and boring. So I declined the offers. No one ever asked me if I was a Christian. Why should they? It was easy to tell that I was not. I was lost. One of my friends came from a happy church-going family. They were not timid about their relationship with God. I learned many things from them. I wanted to be like them. Finally out of desperation, I prayed on my own to God, and Jesus came into my life. It was the most awesome thing I’ve ever experienced, just me and Jesus. My friend rejoiced when I told him, and we went to some Bible study meetings together. So, for the first 19 years of my life I had been around church people, and none of them really shared the gospel. At best a couple of invitations to church. Why is that? My friend from high school was the only one who was able to talk directly to me about Jesus. Everyone else seemed to be fearful about sharing the gospel – almost as if the church was a secret society. So, I became a born-again Christian and the next thing I learned was, I should go tell someone about it. Testify, tell others, you know – witness. And I found that I too, had the same problem. I was shy all of a sudden about what God has done in my life. I was afraid to witness. Why? Why did I join an organization that grows, only by sharing with others what happened to me, so it could happen to them – and it is the most fearful, difficult thing to do for most of the members of the organization? The same thing happens to many. It happened to you. You want to share the gospel and witness to others, yet you hold back as if you are not sure you want to do this because of fear of rejection, or fear of failure. You clam up like a dummy at every opportunity to share, just like I did. I think Jesus coined the phrase, “But wait there’s more!” Have you been stuck waiting? Luke 24:49 (NKJV) –“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” In Acts 1:4-5 Luke reiterates waiting for the promise of the Father... until you are endued with power from on high. Acts 1:4-5 (NKJV) –And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; [5] “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” After waiting, the Church received the promise of God and began to grow by the power of the gospel and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If church growth depends on the Spirit’s power to witness, why do so many churches deny the Holy Spirit? Many flat-out teach against Him. They continue to grieve the Holy Spirit by preaching against anyone who is filled with Him. God did not change. The true church still operates in the Spirit. Please don’t reject one-third of the God-head and half of the Bible. This is a law – a spiritual law. Without the Holy Spirit’s power to witness, fear sets in and nothing happens. Church is limited to a few families persuaded by traditions. Any growth is at a snail’s pace, and nobody wants to join a stagnant, shy bunch of people. John 15:26 (NKJV) –“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father,
VB022: The Law of The LORD
May 31 2022
VB022: The Law of The LORD
The Law of The LORD Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Meditate: to ponder, imagine, meditate, mutter, speak, study, talk. Observe: Many places this Hebrew word is translated to keep. It comes from a word that also means; to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard or protect, attend to, beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keeper, mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve. Speak Out Loud: I will not stop speaking the Word of God. I will tend to it and think about it over and over until I see its fulfillment or truth in my thoughts. I am so strong in my conviction of what I have spoken and meditated on from God's Word, that it produces actions. Faith without works is dead (James 2:20). So I do what God's Word instructs me to do, and it is always a good success. Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Converting the soul: Heb. shub (shoob) to turn back (hence, away) transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative—not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point. The Word of God helps your soul return to the way God intended it to be. This is the same Hebrew word that was translated "restoreth" in Psalms 23:3 - "He restoreth my soul." This is the way this word was translated here in this verse in the Amplified Bible ("restoring"). The English word "restore" means to bring back to an original condition. So, the Word of God will bring your soul back to a previous or original condition. Simple: The Hebrew used here, pethy (peth-ee') silly (i.e. seducible) God's Word will keep us from being seduced. Those who are easily seduced are not strong in the Word of God. Making wise the simple: That is, the humble, teachable, and such as are not puffed up with a conceit of their own wisdom (1 Cor. 7:18), the very entrance into God's word giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple, or to the persuadable (Ps. 119:130). Declare: I can always trust God's Word—The Bible. It is always the unfailing truth and trustworthy guide for my faith in God and wisdom in my life. God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond
VB021: Prayer For America
May 24 2022
VB021: Prayer For America
Prayer For America Lord God our Father, You are great and awesome. You are faithful to Your word, and never fail in Your promises. Father, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, and rebelled, and turned away from Your commandments. Father, you are merciful and compassionate. You have extended your mercy and grace to us, otherwise things would be much worse than they are. God in heaven, our hearts have hardened and we have turned against You. We have abandoned the teachings of your Word, and have taught our children the unstable ways of man. We have chosen pleasure rather than holiness, and lawlessness rather than justice. We have condoned evil, calling it good while persecuting those who walk in righteousness. Lord, this day we are shameful—our president, our governors, and the people of the United States of America are confused and sinful because of our unfaithfulness to you. Our leadership is deluded, because we have sinned against you. Lord, God you are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against you. All fifty of our states have transgressed your law, and have destroyed the marriage covenant, and killed our babies. We have gone to sleep and left doors open for evil rulers to take high places of authority, only to bring ruin and disaster. But Lord, we know you have delivered your people out of tyranny before with a mighty hand. Father, we have sought to do things by following the wisdom of the world instead of coming to You in humility, and asking for Your wisdom. We now come to You in lowliness of mind, being fervent and diligent in prayer. We believe the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin and unrighteousness. Lord we know you are bigger than our failures. You are bigger than any nation, and that you have caused an awakening. Lord we believe that you will finish the great work that you started with this country. Lord, forgive us as we repent and begin to trust in your promises again! Lord for the sake of your name, and our forefathers who paid for the liberty of this nation, deliver us and forgive us. Thank you Lord, for your correction and mercy that you have extended to us. God bless America! Amen. God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond Prayer for America PDF29 Downloads
VB020: Is There Life Beyond The Grave?
May 17 2022
VB020: Is There Life Beyond The Grave?
Is There Life Beyond The Grave? Every human being has a body, soul, and spirit. You are a spiritual being. You have a soul and you live in a physical body. When your body says that it is time to eat, you find it some food. Your body says it is cold, you turn up the heat. It says, “I’m tired and really want to relax now,” so you put your feet up and take a nap. You want your body to feel good. All of these things are okay up to a point, but left unchecked it is ultimately bad news. A problem becomes apparent when you learn that your body should not be in charge. It is not the boss. Your spirit, the real you of your three-part being was designed for leadership. Your soul (the mind, will, and emotions) listens to the body if that is all it hears. The body screams so loudly in pain that you automatically think it is boss. And your spirit, before it is born again, is little-known, lifeless, and dead. Something has to be done. Your spirit is not yet ready to lead you. All spirits exist forever. Where? Dead spirits go to hell along with their associated souls. Existence after death in torment and pain – totally separated from all enjoyment and entertainment the body once knew. Living forever away from anything good. Eternally lost, hopeless, in horror – totally separated from life, peace, and love. Many people joke about hell all the time. They may think, if they can laugh about the bad news enough, maybe it will not really happen. But hell is a very real place. Jesus often taught about hell. He said it is, “a place of outer darkness” (Mt. 25:30). Jesus pictured never-ending psychological torture when He said hell is “a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mt. 22:13). The rich man in hell (Lk. 16:23-28) called it “this place of torment and flame.” Revelation 21:8 (KJV) –But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Hell is a real place where people are burned forever with fire and brimstone. Not burned up, but repeatedly burned and tortured with no healing. Notice that it’s not just the eternal destination for murderers, thieves, the sexually immoral, and liars. But at the top of the list is, the fearful, and unbelieving, – those who have never come to faith in Christ. They will go to hell. “Where the worm never dies,” (Mk.9:44) and, “a place where the fire is never quenched,” (Mk.9:43-44). It is “a great furnace” (Rev. 9:2), and “a place of no rest”, (Rev.14:11). Hell is a place where people cannot forget the past opportunities they had to repent and receive Jesus as Lord (Lk. 16). Also notice the last phrase of Revelation 21:8 – Hell is the second death. I say, “If you are not twice-born, you become twice-dead.” Genesis 2:17 (KJV) –But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Both words, “surely” and “die” are the same Hebrew word for “die!” It can be translated “thou shalt die die!” Sin brings physical AND spiritual death. Failure to listen and obey God destined mankind to hell, the second death. Now I hear you ask, “if all spirits exist forever, how is it you say they die?” When the Bible talks about death, it is describing a separation. Death never means cease to exist. God is not a magician. He does not create things for the sake of disappearance. Your spirit is absolutely going to live (exist) forever! Where, depends on whether it is dead and lifeless, or if it is alive in Christ. A physically-dead man is a spirit separated from his body. A spiritually-dead man is a spirit separated from his God. If you are not born-again, you are spiritually dead, separated from God. Sin brings about death (Rom. 5:12), which separates man from God. Your spirit by itself has no power to connect to God.
VB018: Inspiration of Scripture 4
May 3 2022
VB018: Inspiration of Scripture 4
Inspiration and Authority of Scripture 4 2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; The word “inspired” (Gk. theopneustos) comes from two Greek words: theos, meaning “God,” and pneo, meaning “to breathe.” So, “inspired” means “God-breathed.” I want to encourage you to believe the God-breathed Bible. The Holy Scriptures as the Word of God must be received, believed, and obeyed as the final authority in all things that pertain to life and godliness (Mt. 5:17-19: Jn. 14:21: 15:10; 2 Tim. 3:15-16; 2 Pet. 1:3). The Bible must be used in the church as the final authority in all matters for teaching, reproof, correction, doctrine, and instruction in righteous living. This makes us completely capable and equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We cannot submit to the Lordship of Jesus without submitting to God and His Word as absolute and final authority. It is only the truth we know that will make us free (Jn. 8:31-32). The Holy Scriptures can only be understood when we are in a right relationship with the Holy Spirit. It is He who opens our minds to understand its meaning and gives us the inward witness of its authority. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us (1 Cor. 2:12). I want to remind you of God’s faithfulness. Take a stand in the things of God. We must use the inspired Word of God to conquer the power of sin, Satan, and the world in our lives (Mt. 4:4; Eph. 6:12,17; James 1:21). The Scriptures must be loved, treasured, and guarded by all those of the church who see it as God’s only truth for a lost and dying world. We must safeguard its doctrines by faithfully adhering to its teaching, proclaiming its saving message, entrusting it to faithful men, and defending it against all those who would destroy or distort its eternal truths (Phil. 1:17; 2 Tim. 1:13-14; 2:2; Jude 3). 2 Timothy 1:13-14 (NKJV) –Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. [14] That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Hold fast... sound words: The “sound words” are the fundamental revelation of Christ and the apostles, and the doctrines taught by Paul to Timothy. Timothy was to hold fast these truths in faith and love in Christ Jesus, never depart from them and never compromise them, even if it means suffering rejection and persecution. Today it is popular in some churches to focus on experience more than doctrine. This is contrary to Paul’s pastoral letters (cf. 2 Tim. 4:3; 1 Tim. 1:10; 6:3; Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1-2, 8). Keep by the Holy Spirit: A pastor or teacher must guard and defend the gospel committed to him even in a day when many depart from the faith (2 Tim. 3:13-15; 4:2-5; 1 Tim. 4:1). Timothy’s instructions were to defend the Word of God against attack, and to challenge the church if it was tempted to stray from the truth. This was necessary to guarantee salvation for himself and for those under his charge (2 Tim.3:13-14; 1 Tim. 4:16). Guarding of the deposit of faith must be done with the help of the Holy Spirit. It is He who inspired the infallible truths of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21) and it is He who is the great guide and defender of the truth (Jn. 16:13). Defending the faith once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3) means standing faithfully beside the Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:17; 15:26-27; 16:13). A lack of faith in absolute truth results in fear and insecurity. The world teaches there are no absolutes, but the Bible is full of absolutes. For example, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6). God says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). God’s absolute truth provides security. Security removes fear,
VB017: Inspiration of Scripture 3
Apr 26 2022
VB017: Inspiration of Scripture 3
Inspiration and Authority of Scripture 3 All Scripture is inspired (or God breathed); it is the very life and Word of God. The ancient manuscripts are without error, absolutely true, trustworthy, and infallible. Without a strong belief of the Bible the church has no true foundation for its faith, no certainty of salvation, no moral absolutes, no message to preach without doubt. Without a clear biblical view you have no real expectation for the baptism in the Holy Spirit or the working of miracles, “These signs follow those who believe...” (Jn. 16:17). Without trusting God’s Word, you have no real hope for the return of our Lord. The Bible is a God-breathed, spiritually imparted book. If I have a difficult time understanding the Bible, it is because I am trying to comprehend it in my mind only. The Holy Spirit has to enlighten my heart before my mind can be blessed by God’s Word. I pray, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.” (Eph. 1:17). You can become a spiritual person by believing and responding to the whole Bible. To doubt the authenticity of any part of Scripture is to question or belittle God. Jesus is the Word of God (Jn.1:1-3). The entire Word is true (Ps. 119:160; Eph. 1:13; Col. 1:5; 1 Thess. 2:13). John. 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. Psalms 119:160, “The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” Don’t think that the Bible is out of date. And don’t think that part of it is not for today. Believe all of the Word, unless you think He is a liar! The Bible tells us He is the Spirit of Truth (Jn. 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 1 Jn. 4:6) The Holy Spirit is truth, don’t doubt and discredit Him! Isaiah 63:10 says, “But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; So He turned Himself against them as an enemy, And He fought against them.” You really do want to be on God’s side in battle. Speak the truth, believe and do what is right, and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…. (Eph. 4:30). The inspired Word of God is the expression of God’s wisdom and character, and is therefore able to give wisdom and spiritual life through faith in Christ (Mt. 4:4; Jn. 6:63; 2 Tim. 3:15; 1 Pet. 2:2). Matthew 4:4 (NKJV) –But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” He answered and said, “It is written”: The Word of God has power to demolish Satan’s temptations. Speak the Word against the temptation, and the sin is obliterated. Say, “I must not do it, because it is against what the Bible says in this or that verse.” And be sure to have Scriptures ready at hand, that you may “resist the devil,” “steadfast in the faith,” grounded on the word. The Bible is God’s infallible, true witness to His saving plan for man in Christ Jesus. This is the reason Scripture is incomparable, forever finished, and always valid. No word of man or religious establishment can ever compare to its authority. All teaching, commentary, prophecy, interpretation, and traditions must be judged and legitimized by the authority of the Bible. Listen to the podcast for the entire teaching. Visit the Download page to get your complete copy of the Inspiration and Authority of Scripture study outline with all the notes. God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond
VB016: Inspiration of Scripture 2
Apr 19 2022
VB016: Inspiration of Scripture 2
Inspiration and Authority of Scripture 2 While the Bible was God-breathed (inspired) by His Spirit – He worked with the personalities of the writers, moved upon them in such a way that they wrote without error. 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 (NKJV) –[12] Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. [13] These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. That we might know: The things which God has prepared for those who love Him (v. 9) can be understood by the believer through the Spirit’s revelation and illumination (vv. 10-16). As the believer reads and studies the Bible, the Holy Spirit illuminates his understanding of the truth. The Spirit also gives to the faithful believer a strong assurance of the divine origin of Scripture (Jn. 16:13; Eph. 1:17). Words... which the Holy Spirit teaches: (i.e., explaining spiritual things to spiritual people). Though Paul is writing about the divine origin of his preaching, vv. 9-13 suggest the steps by which the Holy Spirit also inspired the writing of Scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; All Scripture is God breathed; it is the very life and Word of God. The very words of the original manuscripts are without error, absolutely true, trustworthy, and infallible. Matthew 5:18 (KJV) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. A jot is the smallest letter in the original languages; yod in Hebrew, and in Greek an iota. A tittle is a tiny mark used to distinguish certain Hebrew letters. (Example: in English the dot of an “i.” Without the dot it could be number “1” or a lowercase “L.”) One small mark could change the meaning of a paragraph! But there is absolutely no doubt or changing of God’s Word. (Even the spaces were inspired by God, and are very important, i.e., GOD IS NOWHERE vs. GOD IS NOW HERE.) The Holy Spirit enables the spiritual man to know and understand the Word of God (1 Cor. 2:14). Listen to the podcast for the entire teaching. Visit the Download page to get your complete copy of the Inspiration and Authority of Scripture study outline with all the notes. God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond
VB015: Inspiration of Scripture 1
Apr 12 2022
VB015: Inspiration of Scripture 1
Inspiration and Authority of Scripture 1 2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; The word “Scripture” in 2 Tim. 3:16 refers primarily to the Old Testament writings (3:15). There is indication, however, that some New Testament writings were already being viewed as inspired and authorized Scripture by the time Paul wrote 2 Timothy (i.e., 1 Tim. 5:18, which quotes Luke 10:7; see 2 Pet. 3:16, note). Today, we know that “Scripture” refers to both the Old and the New Testaments. The Bible is the original message of God to mankind and the only infallible witness to God’s plan and purpose for all people. Paul makes a positive declaration that all Scripture is inspired by God. The word “inspired” (Gk. theopneustos) comes from two Greek words: theos, meaning “God,” and pneo, meaning “to breathe.” So, “inspired” means “God-breathed.” All Scripture is God breathed; it is the very life and Word of God. The very words of the original manuscripts, are without error, absolutely true, trustworthy, and infallible. This is true not only when it speaks of salvation, ethical values, and morality, but it is also without error on all topics it mentions, including names, places, history, and the world. Without a strong view of the Bible, the church has no true and sure foundation for its faith, no certainty of salvation, no moral absolutes, no message to preach without doubt. Without a clear biblical view you have, no real expectation for the baptism in the Holy Spirit or the working of miracles, and no hope for the close at hand return of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Without a strong Biblical view, Christians will not be ready to withstand the extreme difficulties of the last days to come. Without a strong perspective of holy Scripture, the full authority and teaching of the Bible are weakened; the Bible will subsequently be replaced by human subjective religious experience or by independent and critical reasoning (2 Pet. 2:1-3). Without strong Bible-believing Christians, you have no absolute and verifiable truth based on the authority of God Himself by which to judge and reject the ever-degrading values of this world, human philosophies, and the ungodly lifestyles of our society (Ps. 119:158-160). And without godly people in leadership roles and centers of influence, societies fail and lawlessness abounds. Listen to the podcast for the entire teaching. Visit the Download page to get your complete copy of the Inspiration and Authority of Scripture study outline with all the notes. God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond
VB014: Alive and Powerful
Apr 5 2022
VB014: Alive and Powerful
Alive and Powerful Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Thoughts: The Greek word enthymesis (en-thoo'-may-sis), used here at Heb. 4:12 and in Mt. 9:4 and 12:25, is the unexpressed and hidden thing in man which God's omniscience sees and judges. Intents: This Greek word ennoia (en'-noy-ah) is from en, a preposition meaning (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and the word nous (nooce) meaning mind or understanding. So, its what you have "in-mind" or your "state of mind." God's Word is the only thing sharp enough to separate the soul and spirit. The soul and spirit make up the heart, and they function as one. We can distinguish between them only by an in-depth study of the Scriptures. The context here is laboring to enter into God's rest (Hebrews 4:11) Here, the writer talks about the Word, since laboring in the Word is one of the greatest things we can do to enter into that rest (1 Timothy 5:17). The whole subject of this chapter has been the rest of God. As stated in Hebrews 4:2, the way we enter into God's rest is through faith in Jesus. So, the writer now summarizes by bringing us back to the faith we professed when we received Christ. Since Jesus has overcome all opposition and is now enthroned on high, we need to not waiver in our faith. My Proclamation: The Word of God is alive and powerful in me. I am determined to think about the Scriptures. I will walk in the Word. God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond
VB013: A Wall of Protection
Mar 29 2022
VB013: A Wall of Protection
Building a Wall of Protection I want to suggest some actions you can take that will build a wall of protection around you for the last days’ troubles. Here are some easy steps to take to begin to prepare, and to reinforce, a wall of protection around you and your family. 1. Morning Prayer Start everyday with prayer. Prayer is the foundation for your wall. Psalm 5:3, shows us David’s commitment to spend time with God every morning. (Your assignment: Read Psalm 5 – It is for today!) Psalms 5:3 (NIV) – In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. In the morning: is used twice for emphasis. David knew the importance of having his first thoughts of the day in prayer. Wait expectantly: (KJV translated this “looking up,”) David had a daily prayer strategy with purpose and expectation. Every morning David not only prayed, he would look up to the Lord for the answer. You need to start every morning with the Lord “looking up” – or life will quickly take you down. If you ignore this spiritual principle, you will end up troubled, nervous, and worried – and you will lack spiritual power in your life. On the other hand, if you do this, you will remain in a state of abiding peace, able to walk through each day with expectation and confidence. You’ll experience the power to overcome the daily problems you face in life. You can actually learn to live in constant fellowship with the Lord in prayer. Ephesians 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; You may ask, “Is praying always, really possible?” Yes – learn to do it. When you purposely begin each day with prayer, it affirms that you are serious about your commitment to God. It opens your heart to receive from Him. It will establish the mode for your day as you expect God’s guiding presence and His goodness to manifest in your life. As you set your heart to begin each day in prayer, and to stay in a prayerful frame of mind during the day, you’ll find yourself becoming more spiritually aware of the things around you. A prayerful mind set will enhance and sustain your spiritual sensitivity, which is exactly what you need in these last days. 2. Read the Bible every day. Make a commitment to read your Bible every day as part of a plan to build a wall of protection around your life. In Psalm 119:105, it says; “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” You must determine that the Word of God will be the guiding light that leads you down every path, and in every decision you make in life. God told Joshua in Joshua 1:7 (NIV), “...Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” According to this verse, a great part of your daily victory depends on you faithfully sticking with the Word of God, and not allowing other voices or ideas to sidetrack you. By taking time to read the Bible and allowing its words to enter into your heart and mind, you give God the opportunity to do a supernatural work in your heart and to keep your soul free from the enemy’s entrapment. Make God’s Word the highest priority of your life. It has transforming power just for you. Hebrews 4:12 reveals this; Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) – For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. In these last days, it is vital for you to have the Bible in your heart and at your disposal to successfully defeat the enemy forces that will continually bombard your mind. Today, many “Christians” feed their bodies three hot meals a day and give their spirits only one cold snack on Sundays. Get in the Word, and stay in the Word, Feed your spirit, and you will have great success. 3.
VB012: The Word of Christ
Mar 22 2022
VB012: The Word of Christ
The Word of Christ At my Bible College Graduation Banquet, Dr. Lester Sumrall delivered an awesome message on “Walking in The Word.” Which included the following verses; John 8:31-32 –Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 15:7-8 –If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. [8] Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. And he finished with, Colossians 3:16 –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. After speaking, Brother Sumrall did an interesting thing. He auctioned off his sermon notes to raise money to begin the next year’s scholarship fund for World Harvest Bible College. “Who will give ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS to jump-start the scholarship program?” He waved the pages of notes above his head. As the price quickly diminished, he just grinned and looked at the faces of his students. Finally a classmate stood up with some money in hand. The winner of the auction was on his way back to his table when he turned and said, “Hey, these are blank sheets of paper!” Brother Sumrall replied, “You just paid $100.00 for a valuable lesson. When you are preaching to your congregation, deliver the Word of God from your heart, not from a piece of paper. God bless you for your great generosity toward a next year student.” A great applause was followed by the benediction. Colossians 3:16 (NASB) Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Word of Christ: The Greek phrase, Logos Christos, (log’-os) and (khris-tos’) the word (something said) of the anointed, the Messiah. The sayings of Jesus. Richly dwell within you is very strongly emphasized here. Richly: the Greek word plousios (ploo-see’-oce) incredible abundance, extreme wealth, enormous affluence, great prosperity, immense riches, extravagant lavishness. Dwell: the word, enoikeo, (en-oy-keh’-o) literally, to dwell in. This word is used with a spiritual significance only (2 Cor. 6:16; Rom. 7:17, 8:11; Col. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:5, 14). The verb tense here is present imperative—a commitment to a long term way of doing something. A command to keep on doing an action as one’s general habit or life-style. Admonish: noutheteo (noo-thet-eh’-o) to put in mind, i.e. (by implication) to caution or reprove gently - admonish, warn. My declaration: The Word of God dwelling in me produces spiritual wealth in me! The words of Jesus live in my heart, making me abundantly rich in all true wisdom. The Holy Spirit directs and inspires my understanding and application of God’s Word. My study and continual meditation on the Word has made it a permanent abiding part of my life. I am so wealthy with the word of Christ—He has become a part of my nature and that has put a song in my heart, enabling me to help others. I am so filled with the riches of God's Word that I automatically find myself admonishing and encouraging others in their faith. I confess this by faith in Jesus' name! God bless you my friend, — Dwight Hammond