Since I've been asked, I'll post up a quick reference guide to what the different functions of ministry are. We instituted a checks and balances sort of system at Worthy, so that no one person or persons have complete authority.
Worthy Steward -- That's me -- and why do I call myself a Steward. It's merely because I'm a steward of the Lord's ministry. It's not "my" ministry -- and not "my" work. It's the Lord's work!
Worthy Servants -- Those are Forum Moderators, who check reported posts, send PM's to keep the peace so to speak, and try to keep this "experiment " running smoothly!
Worthy Chat Moderators -- Those are Chat Moderators, who keep Worthy Chat clean, and help "steer" chat.
Worthy Watchman -- These are a group of "oversight" individuals, whose role is NOT to "moderate" but a means of checks and balances to the different moderators. When things come up -- they are responsible to review Reported Posts, Moderator actions / inactions, and even comment as to "why" things were handled the way they were.
So in essence, the moderation team is a group of individuals who "volunteer" their time, and often get criticized no matter what they do! Either they are moderating too heavily, not moderating too much, why is this "false" doctrine allowed to be discussed, etc. are some of the common complaints I've heard over the 15+ years we've run Worthy! It really doesn't change over the years -- just the members. Many people don't realize how much turnover there is on forum boards! I'm not sure how many different moderating teams we've gone through -- but it's significant!
Past Moderation Style
We've always like to keep a clean board. and in the past we removed, hid, and deleted harmful posts. However, when we do so, many people NEVER see how much moderating is being done behind the scenes! How many posts are "cleaned up"? The moderators have a few options at this point. First, we'll send a Private Message, trying to "steer" people to what is and what is not acceptable. If this doesn't work, then we will place individuals on "Moderator Review" for a certain period of time. At this point, most of those individuals placed on Moderator Review never come back. What most people do not realize is that "Moderator Review" is the last thing we really want to do as moderators -- because it increases our workload! So what is changed?
Changes in Moderation
We are simply not "cleaning" up the board any longer. If someone personally attacks someone, then we will simply leave the attack on the board -- EDIT the post -- leaving it intact, but commenting on the post that we as the moderating team do not feel this is appropriate, and the steps we've taken to fix the problem. We'll send a Private Message to the offender, issue a Moderation point, and ban the person from the thread -- ONLY FROM THE THREAD -- not from the forums! Just the thread itself! How I believe this will help in the long run?
1st -- People will actually begin to see how much "moderating" is being done "openly"!
2nd -- By having posts NEVER hidden -- it'll be easy to refer to "past" infractions as a means of "instructing, and correcting".
3rd -- Hopefully people will change their posting styles!
People always try to "win a debate"! In doing so, they forget that sometimes you win -- by laying down the fight for ANOTHER time! Usually in the "heat of battle" a nasty thing appears -- PRIDE! Do you not know that "pride is the source of all contentions!" (Proverbs 13:10a KJV Only by pride cometh contention) If you're truly wanting to change someone's mind -- you have to be CAREFUL not to offend. Why? As Proverbs 18:19 says, "A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle." Remember the instruction that Paul gave to Timothy written in 2 Timothy 2:23-26,
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
The hardest part of this passage is being "kind to everyone" and "patiently enduring evil!" If the first reaction is to trade insult for insult -- then you're failing at being an instructor of the Word! Notice how it concludes -- that God opens their hearts to the TRUTH -- it's not us -- it's the work of God! However, we can do a pretty good job of "hindering" someone coming to the knowledge of the truth by purposely "offending" them! Forgetting by offending them -- you're actually HINDERING the means by which someone comes to the truth.
If you have any thoughts, any questions, we're all about transparency -- so ask away!
Your brother in the Lord with much agape love,
John 1:16 - "And of his fulness have all we received and grace for grace."
Most Christians believe God can do anything but experience very little. They believe that God can release His power in answer to prayer, but whether something comes to pass or not depends on their performance (ie. being holy, speaking right, studying the word. tithing, avoiding strife, etc).
This view short-circuits God's power because their focus is on what they need to do instead of what Christ has already done. They think God's power is out there somewhere, and they must do things in order to obtain it!
The truth is, when we were born again, God put His power, anointing, victory, joy, peace -- everything -- in us in abundance. The only reason they weren't manifest in our soul and body is our unrenewed mind.
I refuse to look to the physical realm.....instead, I look at, affirm, and meditate on the words of Christ until they dwell richly in my soul.
Philemon 1:6 - "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ."
IN LUKE CHAPTER 6, JESUS TELLS THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED ARM TO STRETCH IT OUT. THIS MAN'S ARM WAS ATROPHIED AND JUST HANGING DOWN AT HIS SIDE. THE RIGHT ARM OF THE CHURCH - OUTREACH - IS WITHERED.
THIS MAN HAD A WITHERED ARM BECAUSE OF LACK OF USE. BUT THE MOMENT HE MOVED IS ARM IN OBEDIENCE TO REACH OUT, IT BECAME FULLY FUNCTIONING!
THE MIRACLE THAT HAPPENED TO THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED ARM DIDN'T HAPPEN UNTIL HE STRETCHED OUT HIS ARM! IT IS THE SAME WITH US. WE WON'T SEE OUR MIRACLE UNTIL WE STRETCH OUT OUR ARM - THE ARM OF OUTREACH.
CHRISTIANS WHO ARE NOT ACTIVELY SHARING THE JOY OF THEIR SALVATION ARE LOSING THE JOY OF THEIR SALVATION.
"To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in the world. With every soul you bring to Christ, you get a new Heaven upon earth." - C. H. Spurgeon
There are those in the Body of Christ who are still in a very dry place spiritually, but beginning to move up mountains towards a fresh anointing. They have crossed the desert sands and are positioned for the spiritual ascent to the heights, far above worldliness and carnal living.
Micah 4:1 - "Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it."
God will continue to unfold and reveal His PURPOSE for us as we begin our ascent.
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"Prepare for battle! Soldiers at attention! Present arms! Advance! Turn your shovels into swords; turn your hoes into spears. Let the weak one throw out his chest and say, 'I'm tough, I'm a fighter.'" Joel 3:9-10 (The Message)
The call to arms to pray has never changed since the prophet Joel wrote these words. Today, with all the turmoil in the world and in our lives, we should consider a powerful prayer strategy.
It is in prayer that we probe spiritual realities, communicate with God, access the arsenal of Heaven, and expand God's Kingdom on the earth.
Prayer gives Heaven permission to invade earth. Through this discipline, we are able to pray Heaven down to keep Hell from rising. You must fully embrace that God will never abandon you but is ever-present wanting to work His will in your life.
As Theresa of Avila said: "All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent."
GOD IS READY TO RELEASE HIS KINGDOM THROUGH US
God is right here with you, living inside of you, ready to release His Kingdom through you, because "the Kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21).
Every Believer is equipped with an arsenal of incredible life-altering and world-changing power.
For those who rightly esteem the privilege of accessing God's armory of possibilities, each word spoken through or by that person holds enormous, innovative potential and creative power. The Father has entreated each one of us to be involved in a dialogue that marshals angels and sets forth the weaponry of war—weaponry that impacts the spiritual realm and affects how events unfold in the natural world.
God is waiting for those who have the courage to step up and take their place in the highest ranks of His army.
REFUSAL TO USE WORLDY TACTICS
By going into prayer, rather than striving with those around you—using worldly tactics hampered and confused by human motives—you signal your dependence on God and your trust in Him as the source of all real hope. You acknowledge that the only things that will last are those born in the strategic command center of His throne room.
Communicating with God declares your commitment to seek His strategies and care for the objects of His affection.
God's communication with you marks the anticipated change of regime as "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ" (Revelation 11:15). It shows your intention as a Believer to annihilate barriers and hindrances—those things that divide the army of God into factions and divisions the devil can manipulate and keep ineffective—refusing to erect your own throne and kingdom where only His is intended to be.
It doesn't matter what human beings formulate, plan, and strategize upon the earth, for all of it will ultimately come to nothing. Your heavenly Father is a big God who created a big world for you to do something big in. He is always trying to communicate with you. Prayer is the means by which you engage Him in the affairs of your life and of this world.
There is a big conversation going on. God is sharing some big ideas.
What you need is to get in on the big conversation going on in Heaven's war room right now. According to Jeremiah 7:13, God is always speaking. Are you listening?
If you participate in prayer correctly, consistently, faithfully, and persistently, God will give you what you need to advance in your life, fulfill your PURPOSE IN CHRIST, and maximize your potential. We need to plumb the depths of the Spirit, to navigate new spiritual terrain, and to conquer old enemies of your soul.
Prayer creates hedges of protection that keep you and your loved ones safe, provides the strategies of Heaven that will give you victory, knits you together with others of like precious faith to form the army of God, and builds within you the strength of character to see the battles through to their victorious end.
PRAYER WARRIORS OF THE PAST
There is a war being waged for the souls of the earth and the only way to turn that tide is to fight again like the evangelists and revivalists of old did.
Are you willing to do what it takes to be among them?
We are in a generation that will again see great generals of prayer—but it will not come easily. Like the five virgins who ran out of oil waiting for the bridegroom to come and thus missed the wedding celebration, this CALL will pass over those who are not filled with the Spirit to the point of having more than enough.
THINGS FOR ME TO CONSIDER:
Will I be one who grabs hold of the strategic concepts of spiritual war to change your city, your state, your nation, and your world?
Or, when Christ calls, will I be caught ignorant, unprepared, and lacking?
God is waiting for you to step up and become a disciplined leader in His army—a leader who knows how to employ His tactics with precision and unleash His cosmic weapons of mass salvation.
Are you ready to enlist in the ranks of God's generals of prayer? Training begins now.
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) 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; and being ready to punish every disobedience when your obedience is complete." -- 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
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Isaiah 54:1 - "Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman," says the Lord.
YOU MAY BE BARREN NOW. SOME SEASONS THAT WE GO THROUGH ARE SEEMINGLY FILLED WITH DESOLATION BUT TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT EVERY SEASON HAS A TIME FRAME AND A DIVINE SEED.
GOD IS ALERTING US TO RAISE OUR EXPECTANCY. OUR EXPECTANCY WILL BECOME OUR SPIRITUAL CURRENCY TO ALLOW TRANSACTIONS WITH HEAVEN.
GOD IS CHANGING MY CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES.
WITH THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST, MY LIFE IS BREAKING WIDE OPEN!
THERE'S MORE AVAILABLE TO ME IN THE HEAVENLIES THAN WHAT I'VE CURRENTLY APPREHENDED.
Genesis 2:15 - "Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. "
SOME HAVE MISTAKENLY BELIEVED THAT LABOR WAS A PART OF THE CURSE, BUT MAN LABORED IN THE GARDEN BEFORE THE FALL. LABOR WAS NOT A PART OF THE CURSE; "TOIL" WAS THE CURSE.
TOIL IS DIFFERENT FROM LABOR. TO TOIL IS TO ACCOMPLISH ONLY WITH HARD AND PAINFUL LABOR. TOIL IMPLIES THE OPPOSITION OF THE CREATION INSTEAD OF ITS COOPERATION.
THE LORD INTENDED FOR US TO RECEIVE A DEEP SATISFACTION FROM OUR LABORS.
IT IS ALSO FUNDAMENTAL THAT EVERY PERSON FIND MEANINGFUL LABOR.
1 Corinthians 6:20 - "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."
We must allow each day to truly become a new day. We deliberately position ourselves to make the most of the new day, leaving the failures and disappointments of yesterday behind.
As each new day begins, you take a position spiritually to preserve and protect the sanctity of LIFE IN THE SPIRIT. Choose to make God your first priority in life. Sanctity means holiness or sacredness. We are not our own.
Believers will finally find their CALLING in Christ who have not known what to do or where they fit. God will open their eyes to possibilities both spiritually and naturally. Many will no longer see themselves as misfits, but will begin to see how truly unique and special they are in the context of their divine DESTINY.
Wherever your focus has been on external things, God wants to do an internal work of reordering your priorities to align with the importance of life in the Spirit. Each day presents opportunities to put God first—to GET CONNECTED AND STAY CONNECTED. Then, He will direct every, single step.
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Wisdom from Above
Dr. Charles Stanley
June 21, 2018
Impoverished by Desire
He who loves pleasure will become a poor man
Does today's verse mean the Lord doesn't want you ever to experience
any pleasure? Absolutely not. In fact, Psalm 16:11 promises, "In
Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures
forever." Rather, Proverbs 21:17 addresses the problem of giving your
life over to the pursuit of gratification rather than God. When your desires
become your focus, you're going to begin making compromises in
order to fulfill them and will eventually act in a way that contradicts your
core beliefs. The steps toward disobedience will begin small, but they'll
quickly speed up and take you in a very definite direction-which is
away from the Lord.
Eventually, you develop an attitude that anything goes, which results
in chaos in your life and your relationships. You become increasingly
susceptible to peer pressure, and your disobedience to God increases, as
does your spiritual weakness and discouragement. Ultimately, you lose
sight of the Father altogether, which means you lose your peace, joy and
strength, and you are no longer able to handle the storms that come into
Friend, don't let that happen! Remember who you are in Christ.
You're a child of the living God! The Spirit of God has sealed you as
His beloved, and He teaches you how to live in the freedom of your
salvation. Because of Christ's provision on the cross, you are not only
completely victorious, but you're also a coheir with the Savior-which
means you have an eternal kingdom waiting for you that is beyond imagination.
You have no reason to chase after temporary pleasures and no
reason to compromise. So don't! Don't do anything that could trap you
on the downward slide. Rather, look up and see all that God's promised
you if you'll obey Him.
Lord, I confess the ways my desires have gotten
hold of me. Free me, Father.
Luke 1:28 - "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."
Ephesians 1:6 - "To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."
The word "freely given" or "accepted" in Ephesians 1:6 (The Greek word - charitoo) is the same word used for "Highly favored" in Luke 1:28.
Mary was the one person on earth who was chosen to "bring forth the Son of God"; and she was called highly favored and beloved of the Lord.
Ephesians 1:6 is talking about every born-again believer being accepted in the beloved.
Just as Mary was used to bring forth the Son of God, so also, we will be used to bring forth the Son of God in all His Glory.
Like David, we have an innate hunger for justice. We are a passionate and are lead primarily by our hearts. We are purpose-driven visionaries. We are uniquely wired for transformation—the status quo just won't do. In Scripture, David was driven by his passion and his sense of justice—so much so that He was able to partner with a supernatural strength or divine grace to see the impossible accomplished. When David faced Goliath, he didn't seem to stop for even a moment to weigh out the different possible outcomes.
"For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" - 1 Samuel 17:26
David was so incredibly driven by his desire for justice to be implemented that there wasn't room for doubt or fear to have a place in his heart. We are to be a David generation marked by our impetuous passion and our bent towards compassion. Just like David saw so much of the impossible happening in his lifetime, we are due to see an acceleration of the impossible happening in Church ministry.
God is in our faces every day making old things beautiful again. Now is the time for us to run with hopefulness in our hearts and EXPECTATION of good things ahead. The grace He is pouring out for this new season is available to us as we access His favor in advancing His purpose for our life.
Just as David came under the divine covering for every impossible circumstance he faced, we can also come under the same grace and see the impossible turned around in our favor.
Expect victory and you will see giants fall at your feet.
Psalm 50:11,14,23 - "Gather My godly ones to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine. Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High; he who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."
The terms of covenant are simple: we pledge to thank Him and adore Him in everything; He pledges to shine forth from our lives in the perfection of beauty.
It is a sacrifice of thanksgiving, for it will cost us to praise Him when we hurt. But to do so is part of our healing and the beginning of our salvation.
This covenant of thanksgiving is the key which shuts and bolts the door to demonic oppression in a person's life.
MY LIFE HAS NO OTHER PURPOSE THAN TO FOLLOW HIM AND MAKE HIM KNOWN.
I HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED BY GOD TO REPRESENT JESUS IN THE WORLD.
I REPRESENT CHRIST IN ANY GIVEN SITUATION.
NOTHING EVER GETS BIGGER IN MY CONSCIOUSNESS THAN MY AWARENESS OF GOD'S PRESENCE UPON ME.
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The Kingdom of God is not a matter of mere words but of an empowered life, and God is calling forth a company of overcomers. These overcomers will go into the world and testify to the goodness of God, attracting non-believers to Christ like moths to a flame.
IT IS TIME TO ARISE AND SHINE
We are the temple of the living God and the Holy Spirit dwells within us. God is calling us to rise from circumstances that have kept us, and be radiant with the glory of the Lord.
"Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance." Isaiah 60:1-3 NLT
Our need for the Lord to move is increasing, and this is creating an insatiable desire to press into Him and seek His face. As we give ourselves over to God through intimate praise, worship, and prayer, His face turns toward us. When God's face turns toward us and the glory of God hits our temple, restoration occurs layer by layer until we are fully restored.
TRANSFORMATION OCCURS IN HIS HIDING PLACE
No amount of sound doctrine or good teaching is able to radically transform and restore in a single moment like an encounter with the living God. We are entering a season of sudden transformation as hunger for the Lord is magnified. We will be enveloped in His glory and hidden in His power so that supernatural transformation can take place.
"His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, and there is the hiding of His power." Habakkuk 3:4 NASB
It is in the face-to-face secret place that the Lord touches us with His hand and empowers us to go far above and beyond what we can do in our own strength. When God transforms us with His power, it is out of the overflow that we are able to go out and transform the world around us.
God is restoring us so that we can carry this transformational power into our families, communities, and workplaces.
GOD CANT RESIST US!
As we look to the Lord and worship Him, His heart is ravished by us.
"You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace." Song of Songs 4:9 NLT
Our vulnerability is safe in the hands of our King, and like a passionate lover, He is captivated as we set our gaze above. It is the unfailing goodness of God that we experience even when we fall short that draws us into a more passionate love affair with Him. We pour our passions at His feet and allow His glory to flood every area of our lives.
NOT JUST RESTORATION BUT MULTIPLICATION
"This is what the Lord says: 'When I bring Israel home again from captivity and restore their fortunes, Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins, and the palace reconstructed as before. There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply My people, not diminish them; I will honor them, not despise them.'" Jeremiah 30:18,19 NLT
When we know by faith that we are pursuing our CALLING in Christ and walking in the will of God, we can be at peace and rest assured that Heaven will deliver results. Pursuing our CALLING is true obedience to God. As soon as we see the harvest is coming in, our joy and thanksgiving to the Lord will intensify.
THE TESTIMONY OF THE OVERCOMER
We are the Lord's physical Body on this earth. By restoring the temple, God fills His Body with the fullness of what Jesus walked in, giving us power, prosperity, dignity, and pre-eminence, to bring reconciliation to earth. This is the plan of God. The beauty of a life restored is that the world can look at us and trust us. In the world's eyes we have credibility and a proven track record of being an overcomer.
In this next season, God is calling forth a company of overcomers that can testify to the transformational power which comes not from following rules and regulations but from encountering the living God!
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Memories are something, aren’t they? There are rare times when I reminisce about something from my youth and can recall in detail the words said and the actions taken. However, normally my memory is quite faulty and I can’t piece together the entire event. Or worse, I mingle several events together and end up with a skewed look at things. Now, this is troublesome for me because I like the order of things. From an accountants’ perspective, everything has to balance, has to be in order and has to make sense.
Memories are fragile. They only survive in a heart that gives them room, and cares enough to pull them out of storage ever so often for a good dusting. Even then they are subject to death and decay and will eventually pass from this life. I can remember my great grandmother and even some of the stories that she told me concerning her parents. My whole life I’ve heard about keeping the memories alive, that our loved ones live on in our hearts, and all that. But I’m a fragile human and don’t know how to access the part of the brain that records everything. Many of my memories have already crumbled into dust, taking with them bits and pieces of my loved ones.
I suppose that’s why this scripture jumps out at me so brilliantly.
Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. Mal. 3:16
God has a book of remembrance. Notice that the scripture says that the ones who feared the Lord spoke often with one another. In other words, they gather together in His name. Those of us who love the Lord – isn’t that what we do? Isn’t that why you’re here now, to read something a brother or sister has written about the Lord? Is it not incredible that the Lord would have it written down, so that you or I will be held in “remembrance” before Him because of our actions? Because we have “thought upon His name”?
I find it incredibly humbling, and also beautiful, that the Lord would bring this particular scripture to my attention while I was contemplating the fleeting earthly memories. I know that the Lord doesn’t forget. But to be told that He has a journal, a book of records, an orderly list of remembrances about me, you, us – is both terrifying and comforting. I will be forgotten here, in this place – but in the spiritual I will be eternally listed in a book that will be placed before the Lord.
And so will you.
Luke 8:14 - "The seed among the thorns represents those who listen and believe God's words but whose faith afterwards is choked out by worry and riches and the responsibilities and pleasures of life. And so they are never able to help anyone else to believe the Good News."
Your enemy wants to subdue your awareness and release a slumbering spirit. In this state, he can sell you on giving in to a comfortable life thereby causing a corpse-like complacency. You will always avoid the challenges of "breaking out of the box" into the maximum life that Jesus died to get you into.
The phrase "out of the box" means that someone or something has broken out from its barriers. It also means that someone has outgrown their history and has gone beyond their limitations.
Luke 2:48,49 - "Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them. 'How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?'"
THE PHARISEES HAD NO UNDERSTANDING OF THE FATHER'S HEART. MUCH OF CHRISTIAN ACTIVITY EXISTS THAT HAS NO RELATIONSHIP TO THAT SUPREME VALUE.
THE GOSPEL IS THE STORY OF THE FATHER WOOING THE HEARTS OF MANKIND THROUGH HIS LOVE.
WE CAN TRAVEL THE GLOBE AND PREACH THE GOSPEL, BUT WITHOUT A PERSONAL REVELATION OF THE FATHER'S HEART WE'RE CARRYING AROUND SECONDHAND NEWS - A STORY WITHOUT A RELATIONSHIP.
THE FATHERS BUSINESS FLOWS FROM HIS HEART.
THE CHURCH IS TO BE A MANIFESTATION OF THE FATHER'S HEART TO THE WORLD. WE ARE TO BE CARRIERS OF HIS PRESENCE - DOERS OF HIS WILL. GIVING WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED RELEASES HIM INTO SITUATIONS PREVIOUSLY HELD IN THE GRIP OF DARKNESS.
Galatians 6:7,8 - "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
He has revealed the endless crop of boredom I will harvest when I base my life on pleasure-seeking instead of sowing acts of goodness and love for a harvest of eternal life.
Luke 21:31 - "But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you."
I ASK THE LORD TO PROPEL ME INTO THE NEXT LEVEL OF MY GROWTH AND DESTINY.
I AM DETERMINED THAT I WILL COOPERATE WITH HIM.
Matthew 5:6 - "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
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"...He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature..." - 2 Peter1:4
Promises from God are met with contradiction in the natural realm. God is announcing a reality to you that will most likely appear very distant and disconnected from your present situation. God's promises are prophetic glimpses of the realities He wants to release into and through your life.
Promises Call You to PULL TOMORROW INTO TODAY. Promises will always contradict your present circumstances because God wants you to collaborate with Him, through faith, to bring His promised reality into the present, so that His will can be done.
The Word of the Lord places a demand on your life. Will you adjust everything—your habits, your thought processes, your relationships, your pursuits—according to the promise you received, or will you continue with "life as normal?" Normal will never be invaded by the supernatural as long as we are content to continue with status quo rather than accommodate the promises of God.
1 Thessalonians 1:5, "For our Gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake."
The message of Good News, "the Gospel," is followed by the reality of God's goodness being demonstrated in people's lives. For then, the reality of God's glory is touching people physically; bringing healing, restoration, and health in dramatic ways that cause people to "stand in awe." -- those who don't know God are struck with a healthy fear of God, conviction of sin and the need to come to a place of salvation.
Acts 26:24-25 - Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!" But he (Paul) said, "I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason."
The words "beside yourself" mean to rave as a maniac, and it's the idea of incessant craving. Festus accused Paul of being crazy.
Modern culture is not drawn to Christianity because the little they are exposed to is not extreme enough for them. What the world really wants to see is a Christian who is totally enthralled with who Jesus is. Our spiritual learning shouldn't be just systematic theology books but a distinguishable crazy love that goes public.
I won't give up, let up, or shut up until I get others to get up, rise up, and take up all who Christ wants them to be!
2 Corinthians 5:13 - "If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit." NLT
One of the great men of God of the sixteenth century, Francis Xavier, charged the apathetic European students of his day to "give up your small ambitions and come and preach the Gospel of Christ."
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When I was about ten years old my parents took my brother and I to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. I remember planting my feet on the path that led down to the dark gaping mouth of the cave while my mother pulled on my arm, urging me forward. I was both excited and terrified to descend the trail into the unknown. Once safely inside, my fears ebbed even though the dimly lit trail revealed a sharp descent down into the earth. However, expertly placed lighting soon revealed a natural wonder that only God could design. Thankfully, the electric age had made it possible for the common man to explore the once hidden depths of the earth.
Back then all visitations into the cave were done as a guided tour. The park rangers that led us stopped at intervals to describe the various formations, going into detail about the elements that came into place in creating that wonderful cavern. Of course I didn’t hear any of that. I was too busy letting my imagination run wild as I saw vistas unlike anything I’d seen topside. Ever.
After a short lunch break we entered what is known as the Big Room aka Hall of the Giants. After many stops the ranger gathered us all together, sat some of the older ones down on benches that lined a pull-over area, and warned us that the lights were about to go off. True to his word, total darkness filled the room. Total. Utter. Darkness. Silence came from either fear or respect of the alien environment. Then, from strategically placed speakers, the beloved hymn Rock of Ages filled the chamber. After a few more seconds a spotlight came on that lit up a massive column of limestone that stood just before us. The formation, in all its magnificence, dominated the area. Gasps were heard throughout the crowd as people, both young and old, appreciated the beauty before them. At the close of the song the trail lights came back on and the Park Ranger told us that the name of that formation was indeed Rock of Ages, but that it was the true Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ, Who created the remarkable cave. He then led us to the elevators where we were shuttled up to the Visitor Center Gift Shop and back into the light of day.
Since that adventure so many years ago I’ve often thought of the things unseen. It’s only been with relatively recent technology that we’ve been able to see the extraordinary beauty of the marvels in deep space or the intricate colorful splendor of the creatures and reefs beneath the ocean waves. I recall wondering in amazement why a diver would want to plummet into the black waters at night until I saw pictures of the neon creatures that radiate their glory only during that time.
For centuries man never knew about the colorful world that existed at the bottom of the sea. Nor observed the earth from the surface of the moon. Or saw a distant galaxy. The list of things never (or rarely) seen is infinite but still God made them and placed each one with purpose. Unimaginable beauty and wonder exists where no human eye has seen, even now. How do I know this? Because God created the whole of the universe, unfathomable in scope, infinite in design, to be explored for all eternity. His creation, full of variations and complexities, is beautiful and wonderful simply because of Who he is. Even in the absence of man He cares for and tends to all of creation. Even when no one is watching.
Job 38:25-27 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
I wonder if God the Creator smiles when mankind stumbles upon a new find. I find it humbling indeed that He chose me (and you) to be included in this remarkable journey.
Psa 8:3-9 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
We all leave behind footprints of our existence whether it’s the things we build or words we speak or friends we make. However, like the hidden treasures buried deep in the darkest caves, so are our hearts’ actions hidden from man. When we do something from the spirit (believe, hope, faith, love) it is only seen by God. Hopefully, as God’s children, we all seek to emulate the Father and with fortitude and purpose labor for beautiful and pleasing works that, like a once undiscovered jewel, will one day be revealed to the glory of God.
These are days of DESTINY, filled with wonder and excitement. The awe of God is returning to the people of God, filling the heart of God's people with great expectation.
Something new and revolutionary is at the door—but the question is not what is at the door, but Who.
A cry for the manifest Presence of God is about to be answered (see Isaiah 64:1).
Every eye shall behold His brilliance and magnificent Glory (see Isaiah 40:3-5) and,
Every veil shall be removed in order to behold the Lamb in His Glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Indeed, much will be discovered in these revelatory days concerning the Glory of God and the God of Glory. Now is the time for every child of God to behold the Lord Jesus in His revealed Glory (see John 1:14). The Word of God plainly declares that the entire earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of God.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." - Habakkuk 2:14
As we prepare the way of the Lord, the entire earth will behold His grandeur—and God's plans for these end-time days will result in the entire world discovering that His Son, Christ Jesus, is King of kings and Lord of lords ( see 1 Timothy 6:15)!
These are some of the most exciting days in human history. Prepare for the dawning of a new day!
BEHOLD GOD'S WARNINGS
Yes, we are living in unprecedented times. We are observing end-time events unfold before our eyes. Intense anticipation is building within the saints of God. However, we are also clearly beholding the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy concerning the condition and conduct of humanity at the end of the age (see 2 Timothy 3:1-5).
BEHOLD THE HARVESTERS
In the midst of the world's confusion and chaos, the Kingdom of God is advancing swiftly across the nations. The Spirit of God is anointing ordinary people to do extraordinary exploits for the Glory of God (see Philippians 2:13) and countless multitudes are turning to Christ. Soon, large numbers of people will be brought into the Kingdom.
You were born for this day. Don't delay: move forward in victory, taking your place in God's PURPOSE for your life and as an overcomer, embracing fully the DESTINY God has planned for you (see Ephesians 2:10).
Truly, as stated in Esther 4:14, we are in the Kingdom for such a time as this. You can know for certain that the Kingdom is in you for such a day as this. Take your stand be a bold and brave beacon of God's love and light.
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Proverbs 13:12 - "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy."
WITHOUT GOD HOPE IS REDUCED TO THE POWERLESS LEVEL OF FATE.
WHILE LIFE CAN TAKE PEOPLE FROM HOPE TO DISAPPOINTMENT THE GOD OF HOPE LEADS PEOPLE IN THE OTHER DIRECTION.
NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES LOOK LIKE FOR YOU, THE HEART OF GOD IS THAT YOUR DREAMS WILL COME TRUE.
WHEN DISCOURAGEMENT STARTS TO SET IN I FOCUS ON GOD AND THE INTEGRITY OF WHAT HIS WORD PROMISES BELIEVERS.
I SPEAK WORDS THAT BRING HOPE AND LIFE TO OTHERS.
I LIVE MY LIFE WITH FORWARD EXPECTATION AND SEE ALL MY DREAMS COME TRUE IN HIM.
Hebrews 4:16 - "Let us, therefore, draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need."
The Holy Spirit was sent to convict us of sin, and He will point out our sin.
The remedy is to repent. Repentance is not just turning away from the sin, but it is turning to the Lord. If we only take a half step of turning from the sin, we will fall again.
We must turn to the Lord, fleeing to the power of His cross, beholding His glory and nature. Then we will be changed.
He increases in us as we behold His glory, not our own shortcomings.
God wants to charge our faith today. He wants us to see it is not obtained by struggling and working and pining. "...the Father himself loveth you..." (John 16:27) "..Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" (Matthew 8:17). "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:18).
May we lay hold of this living faith today -- the Blood has never lost its power -- as we get nearer and nearer to Jesus wonderful things will take place. The baptism of Jesus must bring us to have a single eye to the glory of God; everything else is wasted time and wasted energy.
The Holy Spirit wants us for the purpose of manifesting Jesus through us.
The Holy Spirit moving upon us will make us to be like Him, and we will truly say, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
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2 Corinthians 5:21 - "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
John 17:23 - "I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me."
Jesus went to the cross to give us what he already possessed. He rose again so we could be re-created in His image.
We are the victory of almighty God! We are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. We are everything to the Father that Jesus is.
I was born again -- I wasn't half re-born.
I wasn't made half-righteous or a quarter-righteous -- I was made the righteousness of God in Christ!
I am a joint Heir with Him.
I step up to the position of authority that Jesus has given me, to take my rightful place and learn to operate the way He does.
Proverbs 25:2 - "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter."
In reality, the Bible is a closed book. Anything I can get from the Word without God will not change my life. It is closed to ensure that I remain dependent on the Holy Spirit.
When I treat the Bible as a roadmap I live as though I can find my way through my own understanding of His book.
Under grace I don't get a roadmap....I get a tour guide -- the Holy Spirit. He directs, reveals, and empowers me to be and do what the Word says.
2 Corinthians 5:14 says, "Christ's love compels us! We are convinced that One died for all, therefore all have died."
Healing doesn't compel us, crusades don't compel us, and offerings don't compel us. In the Kingdom, it's Christ's love that compels us!
Because His love causes us to realize that everybody has received an invitation into this hidden world, this redeemed world. This realm is liberation from sin, liberation from demonic bondage, liberation from religious bondage—and it begins to spark something in people and awaken them to a fullness in Christ that they never knew!
Romans 8:19 says, "That the whole world is waiting..."
For you to manifest Christ so that Christ can be made manifest in them. Their spirit is longing for Christ, the hope of glory—whether they know it or not! In Matthew 10:7 it says, "And proclaim as you go, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.'"
We need to be INTENTIONAL about releasing the Kingdom in the overflow of our union with Jesus through His Blood!
If God is pleased to give us everything, how can we not heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead?! As a Kingdom Dweller, it's inevitable. Let His Kingdom come! It is finished.
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Psalm 1:2,3 - "in His law he MEDITATES day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."
There are specifically three areas of meditation that we can engage in as Believers so that our heart and mind will be captured in the glory of Who God is. These areas include the Word of God, the voice of God, and the testimonies of God.
1. The Word of God:
– Cleanses, purifies, and protects the heart (Psalm 119:11)
– Separates the soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12)
– Brings light of revelation, driving out the darkness (Psalm 119:130)
– Washes by the Spirit (Ephesians 5:26)
– Prospers our spirit, soul, and body (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)
– Brings healing (Proverbs 4:22)
– Revives (Psalm 119:25)
2. The Voice of God
Another powerful area of meditation is the revelation that God gives to us through His voice speaking personally to us. How is God speaking to you? Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice...and they follow Me" (John 10:27). This is the next important step: to walk with God, hearing His voice.
If we don't have expectation, then we have no faith to hear. And we must hear the voice of God to obey. Have faith that God wants to flow through your life to impact others.
Hebrews 11:6 - "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
Our belief and faith give us the following action of diligent pursuit to lay hold of the reward that He has for us. Believe God, hear His voice, and diligently seek Him.
3. The Testimonies of What God Has Done
What prayers has He answered in your life? What is your personal testimony of coming to Jesus Christ? Then we also have all of the testimonies of what God has done in the Bible. These are our own testimonies as well, through inheritance.
We see it all through the Psalms, how we are to remember the works of the Lord. We should meditate on all the things that Jesus did in His earthly ministry: the miracles, healings, deliverances, including other acts of His love and truth. The Book of Acts is a book of the things God did, how He worked through His Church, showing He is alive and active.
MAKING THE CONSCIOUS CHOICE
The fact is that we are always meditating on something, thinking about something, or giving our thoughts over to something. Psalm 1 makes it clear that there is a right kind of meditation that God wants us to engage in.
Choosing what we meditate on is hugely important because it is the difference between meditating and "communing" with the spirit of the world versus the Spirit of God.
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Wisdom from Above
Dr. Charles Stanley
June 12, 2018
Truthful lips be established forever.
Do the people who really know you see you as a person of integrity?
When they describe you, do they talk about your truthfulness
and trustworthiness? Are they inclined to believe and heed what you say
when they need counsel?
We live in a culture that tends to obscure the facts and deny reality.
People say one thing but really believe another; and it seems that everyone
has his or her own version of what is right. It can be difficult to
know whom to trust and whom to listen to. But the reality is that the
truth does not have versions, and integrity is a major issue in the eyes
of God. His desire is that we would be people who represent Him well,
with honesty, transparency, dependability, and hearts set on doing what
is right. He wants us to be the kind of people who speak the truth in
love-not to wound, but so others can be set free and healed ( Hebrews 12:13).
Friend, it is so frustrating when others won't listen to us, but often
we teach them to do so by lacking integrity in our interactions with
them. Is this the case for you? Do others treat you as less than trustworthy?
Begin changing that today by being a person of your word, but
also by being a person of God's Word. To build and maintain your integrity,
submit yourself to the Lord and walk in righteousness. Don't protect
yourself with dishonesty; instead, arm yourself with the Sword of
the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Surround yourself with honorable
people and learn from them. Trust the Lord in everything you do,
and confess your failures. In this way, God will establish you as a person
people can count on for truth and good counsel.
Lord, I want to be a person of integrity. Help me to walk in Your
truth so others can count on me so I can represent You well.
Just so you know, you can listen to live Christian Radio while at WCF fairly easily. On the right side, at the bottom of the front page -- you'll see a set of links --
The Truth Network
If you click on any of those links on the front page -- you'll see a little popup window -- which allows you to listen to a number of Christian Radio stations, while continuing to view the forums or chat in the chat room.
Hope you enjoy it,
Your brother in the Lord with much agape love,
Isaiah 35:8,10 - "And an highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be called, the Highway of Holiness. And the ransomed of the Lord will return, And will come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away."
WHAT ATTITUDE FILLS THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO WALK TOWARD HOLINESS? .....JOYFUL SHOUTING....EVERLASTING JOY UPON THEIR HEADS.....AND GLADNESS AND JOY.
THE IMPRISONED, IMPOVERISHED STATE OF THIS WORLD HAS DECEIVED US INTO THINKING THAT A LIFE WITH GOD IS ONLY A LIFE OF PAIN.
JESUS COMPARED HIS MINISTRY TO ONE WHO "PLAYED THE FLUTE" (MATTHEW 11:17). HE SAID HIS MESSAGE OF GRACE AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD, WHEN IT WAS PROPERLY HEARD, SHOULD CAUSE MEN TO "DANCE" IN CELEBRATION!
THE SCRIPTURES TELL US THAT JESUS "REJOICED GREATLY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT" WHEN HIS DISCIPLES RETURNED FROM A POWERFUL TIME OF EVANGELISM (LUKE 10:21). THE WORD REJOICE THAT IS USED HERE MEANT "TO LEAP MUCH FOR JOY." JESUS, THE KING, WAS LEAPING FOR JOY!
Matthew 13:3 - "And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow."
As the Lord explained in the parable of the sower, words are also seeds. Seeds grow up to become plants that bear fruit.
What is growing from our words? What will the FRUIT of our words be like?
If we speak out bitterness, we are planting bitter fruit in the earth.
If our words are filled with faith, hope, or love, we are planting trees that will one day bear the fruit of faith, hope, and love in the earth.
I realize that like seeds, words are very likely to multiply.
I consider each day that my words will bear fruit.
I determine that I will only sow that which brings forth the fruit of the Spirit.
Proverbs 18:21 - "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit."
"For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ" - 1 Corinthians 2:16
This is a cross-reference from Isaiah 40:13 which says: "Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor?". What Paul was trying to say is that along with the domain of the King comes the reality of our mind being merged with His! Under the law, no one could understand the mind of the Lord, but under grace, we have been given His very mind. This is the reality of a Kingdom Dweller. Our mind is no longer a battleground for the enemy, but a concourse for the Holy Ghost.
According to 1 Corinthians 4:1, we are stewards of His mysteries! A steward literally means a governor. A kingdom must be in place for us to govern—and that Kingdom is His, and you are a governor of His mysteries on the earth!
That being said, we no longer press in for more of what we don't have but learn all of WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST and OUR RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD which we have been granted through Christ Jesus' Blood!
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"But the men who had gone up with him said, 'We can't attack those people; they are stronger than we are.' And they spread among the Israelites an evil report about the land they had explored. They said, 'The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes and we looked the same to them.'" - Numbers 13:31-33
God will often ask us to do something that is bigger than we are.
Just because God promises you something, that doesn't mean you won't have adversaries.
If God asks you to do something that appears to be difficult, He is also giving you an anointing to overcome it.
The Children of Israel, through their unbelief, determined how long they were in the wilderness. God never intended them to stay in the desert for 40 years.
Colossians 1:12,13 - "Giving thanks unto the Father ...Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."
Many believers limit God without even realizing it by training their eyes on the limited resources of this world rather than the unlimited riches of God's Kingdom.
Their faith fails when they think of the troubled economy on the earth or of the scarcity that surrounds them.
The Bible says God has "delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son." To be translated means to be taken out of one place and put into another.
In other words, your citizenship is not primarily of this earth...you are first and foremost a citizen of the Kingdom of God. That means this planet doesn't have any right to dictate to you whether your needs are met or not. The Bible says God will meet your needs according to His riches in glory! (Philippians 4:19)
I wake up to the fact that I've been translated out of a world of poverty into a kingdom of abundance.
Heaven's unlimited resources are available to me!
"...where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom" (2 Corinthians 3:17)!
Freedom is the key result of any Holy Spirit breakout.
Let your faith rest in the anointing that destroys every yoke. Let your expectation be in the mighty arm of the Lord that is ready to move across the earth! The breakout of the Spirit like a flood upon this earth!
There is about to be a "bursting forth of His Spirit" like a flood, like a flood of rushing rivers and every restraining factor – whether it be religion or tradition, or the Antichrist cultures of our day – and these things will bend and fold under the power and force of this breakout!
The Holy Spirit is about to breakthrough the immunity to His presence that the Church has put in place (sometimes unwittingly) via religious rituals, traditions of men and inviting the spirit of the world in. He is going to "take over" and move by His Spirit like a flood. Everything that tries to stand in His way will get swept away by the force and velocity of His coming!
How will this break out? It will break out of the Believers who are walking in their CALLING IN CHRIST and putting God first in everything! For doesn't His Word say that out of our hearts will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38)?
That is why the Lord would have you decree over yourself Isaiah 61 in this season. Decree and declare it, for you are about to see the Spirit of the Lord breakout through you like a rushing river. Everything Isaiah 61 spells out, you will see take place by the Spirit of the Lord!
"'For it's not by might nor by power, but BY MY SPIRIT,' SAYS THE LORD" (Zechariah 4:6).
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
Wisdom from Above
Dr. Charles Stanley
June 9, 2018
"Forsake your folly and live, and
proceed in the way of understanding."
Each of us faces the same challenge every day-to look beyond what
we can see to what God perceives, to understand our circumstances
from His viewpoint, and to faithfully choose His direction. This is one
of the reasons it is so important to have a daily quiet time-because we
need constant reminders of His truth. We require continual exposure to
the Word and its testimony of God's character.
After all, no one is wiser than the Creator of all things when it
comes to knowing how you can live a successful life on this earth. No
one has deeper understanding about how you can have a healthy and
productive life than the God who formed your body. No one has a more
profound comprehension of your potential than the Lord who molded
your inmost being and caused you to be born in your particular circumstances.
No one could possibly have a better plan for you than He does.
After all, He created all natural resources and everything of real value
on this earth-including the gifts and talents that you possess. No one
has a greater stake in seeing you trained and successful than the One
who bled on the cross for your redemption. Certainly, if He gave so
much for you, He would lead you in the best way possible and never
deny anything you truly need (Romans 8:32).
Friend, each day will bring you numerous opportunities to assert
God's wisdom over your own. Don't rely on your own limited knowledge.
That only leads to trouble. Rather, continuously train your mind, heart,
and spirit with His truth. Then you can proceed with confidence on the
path of His understanding and live.
Father, You are God! You know and understand all things! I choose
Your wisdom above my own. May I honor You with my life.
"Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance." - Psalm 89:15
Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God. He eagerly awaits the fragrance of our affections, desiring to manifest His sweet presence and power in our midst.
Praise is a "sacrifice," something that we offer to God sacrificially, not just because we feel like it, but because we believe in Him and wish to please Him.
"By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name." - Hebrews 13:15
That being said, we need to understand that every attitude carries its own power and vibration which is recognizable in the realm of the spirit. It is not just an attitude... it is a force that wraps itself around a person like a coat that continually pulls a person deeper into its power until they are completely overtaken by it -- whether for good or bad. Every attitude we release is filled with powerful vibrations wrapping themselves around us like a garment, further enveloping us into its cocoon-like power.
"For by your words you will be justified and acquitted [set free], and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced [condemned]..." - Matthew 12:37
Jesus was saying that the words we wrap ourselves in will either set us free or imprison us here in this life and in eternity to come!
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]." - Proverbs 18:21
CULTIVATING AN ENVIRONMENT OF THE GLORY OF GOD
As we cultivate an environment of the Glory of God through High Praises the enemy will run from us, demons will automatically scatter, sickness and disease will lose their grip as they are demonically induced and will eventually fall away.
As the Presence of God comes, the veil is stripped away and we are being transfigured from one degree of Glory and revelation to another by the Lord who is that Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Satan becomes powerless to stop the renewal of the mind and the flow of revelation that comes to transform the person. He fears the power of the name of Jesus and runs from the presence of the Lord.
"Who so offers praise glorifies me: and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God." - Psalm 50:23
"..when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten." - 2 Chronicles 20:22
When God's people begin to praise His name, it sends the enemy running! As you become a person of praise, you will experience the release of the power of God.
THE RUAH SHOUT
The Hebrew word "Ruah," which is the very breath of God, can also be translated, Shout. It is the same word used in Psalm 100:1 and Psalm 95:1 and translated shout joyfully and make a joyful noise. Other meanings include battle cry, shout of triumph, and sound an alarm. Ruah was used to denote any shout of joy or praise. In fact, in public worship, it would denote praise of the most animated kind, which always required a body function.
One of those words is the word "Shabach" which means to shout in a loud address or tone. The priest blew the trumpets; the people raised a great shout of triumph, and praise; God's presence and power came down; and the walls of Jericho fell flat. When the praise went up the presence came down. It's interesting to note that it is the very breath of God (Ruah) that comes through the mouths of His people in the shout. He is the very breath (Ruah) of life living in us. When we shout unto God, it is literally God's breath and sound that are being exhaled into the atmosphere. Every created living thing recognizes the God-Sound vibration and responds.
THE HIGH PRAISES OF GOD
Praise is one of the highest weapons the Believer possesses. Through praise, battles have been won and nations conquered. David wrote:
"Let the high praises of God be in their throats and a two-edged sword in their hands, To wreak vengeance upon the nations and chastisement upon the peoples, To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron, To execute upon them the judgment written. He [the Lord] is the honor of all His saints. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)" - (Psalm 149:6-9).
Let the "High Praises" of God be in your mouth – not the low praises. High praises are the release of THANKSGIVING and HONOR given directly to the Lord Jesus Christ. When we give Him the Glory due His name and begin to sing directly to Him instead of about Him, He comes with all of His Glory. As the high praises are in our mouths, the double-edged sword is automatically in our hands, to wreak vengeance upon nations, punishment upon enemies, to bind kings (demonic) with chains and fetters, and to execute judgment. For the Lord is the honor of all His saints!
When the praises go up, the Glory comes down and every enemy of the saints is rendered powerless. Sickness, disease, poverty, lack must all bow to the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
David wrote about many types of praise including high praises and joyful sounds. These are not just nice, descriptive words–they are powerful.
THE JOYFUL SOUND
"Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound.." - Psalm 89:15
Blessed are those who know the "Joyful Sound." What is the joyful sound? It's the sound of High Praise that brings the transforming Glory of God! In the joyful sound, God's friends rejoice all day long, for the Lord is their strength and they can walk with their faces lifted toward Him with no shame.
The enemy cannot touch the warring praising saint, for his attention is on the loveliness and sweet attractiveness of the Lord and they walk in the Light of the Glory of God. No devil can follow you there! With our attitudes we are constantly attracting one of two kingdoms; either the Kingdom of light or the kingdom of darkness. All too often we are looking for some kind of super-spiritual answer or remedy to deliver us from our condition, when all we need to do is simply worship and praise our way through it.
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2 Corinthians 3:18 - "But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."
WE ARE TO BE TRANSFORMED "FROM GLORY TO GLORY." THIS INDICATES AN UNFOLDING PROCESS TO CHANGE US INTO HIS IMAGE. THIS IS NOT A PROCESS THAT WE CAN ENGINEER OR CONTROL, BUT IT IS "FROM THE LORD, THE SPIRIT." WE SUBMIT TO IT BY "BEHOLDING THE GLORY OF THE LORD."
AS WE BEHOLD HIS GLORY, WE WILL BE CHANGED INTO HIS IMAGE.
WHEN WE FALL INTO THE TRAP OF TRYING TO CHANGE OURSELVES, IT RESULTS IN LOOKING AT OURSELVES INSTEAD OF HIM. THIS WILL INEVITABLY LEAD TO THE BLACK HOLE OF SELF-CENTEREDNESS. EVEN AFTER WE ARE BORN AGAIN INTO THE LORD TRANSFORMATION NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE IN OUR LIVES.
AS WE KEEP OUR ATTENTION ON HIM, WE WILL CHANGE, EVEN IF WE ARE OFTEN UNAWARE OF IT.
Matthew 22:29 - "You are wrong because you know neither the scriptures nor God's power."
In this passage, Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for their ignorance of the scriptures and God's power. What was the cause?
They didn't allow the scriptures to lead them to God. They didn't understand......not really understand. The word "know" in this passage speaks of "personal experience." They tried to learn apart from such an experience. Their study didn't lead them to an encounter with God. It became an end in itself.
Christianity is not a philosophy; it is a relationship. It's the "God encounter" that makes the concepts powerful. We must require this of ourselves.
We must seek until we find.
We must be moved with the love of God to the point that we seek His face until we are "clothed with power from on high!"
Luke 11:10 - "For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door will be opened." AMP
Psalm 141:3 - "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips."
THE WORLD IS LIKE A RUSHING RIVER, PULLING AT ME, TRYING TO GET ME TO FLOW WITH IT. I MAKE THE DECISION TODAY TO PADDLE UPSTREAM AGAINST THE CURRENT BY SPEAKING GOD'S WORD INTO MY LIFE.
Proverbs 4:20 - "My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings."
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
Revelation 19:10 - "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
A testimony prophesies what is possible again. It declares another miracle is now available.
It illustrates to all who will listen, the nature of God and His covenant with mankind.
All He looks for is someone who will add his or her faith to the testimony given.
Because He is no respecter of persons He will do for you what He did for another. Because He is the same today as yesterday, He is willing to do again what He did long ago.
Revelation 4:1 - "After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, 'Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things."'
That voice is still calling to all who will hear. There is a door open in heaven and the spirit is beckoning us to come up there.
The ultimate quest of every Christian is to walk the earth from a position seated with Christ Jesus in the heavenly places.
Therefore, our prayer must be the one that He taught His disciples, for His kingdom to come, and His will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
We can never be too heavenly minded. The true good that we are able to do on earth will be dependent on the degree to which we have attained the heavenly treasures.
Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you".
As soon as Paul saw the light from heaven above the brightness of the sun, he said, "Lord what wilt thou have me to do?" - Acts 19:6
And as soon as he was willing to YIELD he was in a condition where God could meet his need; where God could display His power; where God could have the man.
The place of yeildedness is just where God wants us.
When you begin yeilding and yielding to God He has a plan for your life, and you come in to that wonderful place where all you have to do is to eat the fruits of Canaan.
It is God's CALLING on one's life that counts. Paul recognized the call of God. Paul's choice was to be a bondservant for Jesus Christ.
"I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake." - Acts 19:6. Paul saw that these things were working out a far more exceeding weight of glory.
QUESTIONS TO ASK MYSELF:
Am I willing that God shall have His way today?
Am I willing to follow Him -- will I obey Him?
Am I willing to take the place of Paul, and yield and yield and yield, until God so possesses me in such a way that from my body virtue shall flow to the sick and suffering?
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
Wisdom from Above
Dr. Charles Stanley
June 5, 2018
The lips of an adulteress drip honey
and smoother than oil is her speech
Some people say that they don't accept Christ as their Savior because
they don't want to live by a bunch of rules. They want to be free to
do what they wish, whenever they like, with whomever they please, and
they don't like the idea that there is a God in heaven who would prevent
them from experiencing the pleasure they desire.
As a believer, one may hear this and wonder, Is there something I'm
missing? It seems that the whole world is enjoying things that God forbids
in His Word. Friend, be careful! The enemy may be trying to get you
to believe that the Lord is an unappeasable taskmaster who is keeping
you from experiencing pleasure. Satan will do whatever he can to convince
you to stray from the sanctified life God has called you to by telling
you that you aren't going to hurt anyone. The desires of your body
are natural-just meaningless fun-and the Lord is being unreasonable.
However, the truth is that the Father gives you His commands to
help you avoid ruining your life with something that will never really satisfy
the deep needs you're trying to fill. Because whether you know it or
not, those sins influence who you become in a negative way, hindering
you from being the courageous, powerful witness God created you to be.
Don't do that to yourself! Open your heart to the Lord and be willing to
put aside what the world has taught you (Amos 5:4). Tell God that you
believe His commands are for your good, and ask Him to teach you to
live a godly life that honors Him. There's freedom for you if you'll trust
Him, so in prayer commit yourself to Him.
Lord, sin is certainly tempting. But I know Your commands
protect me from destruction and are always from my
good. Teach me to walk worthy of Your name.