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,
SURELY your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life... " (Ps. 23:6 NIV).
If you set your heart on pursuing the goodness of God, you're always headed in the right direction.
POSITIONING OUR HEART
Moses knew that really well. Moses prayed that he would know God, to know His ways, to know His presence, and to know His glory! And because his heart was postured in the right place, requesting for the right things, praying for the right priorities, the Lord then promised to shower him with His goodness!
Moses prayed in Exodus 33:
13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight... 15 Then he said to Him, "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here." 18 And he said, "Please, show me Your glory."
And the Lord replied: 14 And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." 19 Then He said, "I will make all My goodness pass before you..."
To know God is to know His glory, to know His glory is to know His presence; to know His presence is to know His ways, to know His ways is to know His goodness!
BELIEVING FOR GOD'S GOODNESS NOW!
How would you like it if the Lord's goodness permeates and invades every area of your life this year, bringing healing and restoration, breakthrough and dreams fulfilled, relationship reconciliation and family salvation, debt cancellation and increased favor at your work?
Psalm 31:19 says, "How great is the goodness You have stored up for those who fear You. You lavish it on those who come to You for protection, blessing them before the watching world."
The Hebrew word for "great" is "rab", meaning abundant, large, of major importance, chief, weighty, noble, princely. And that is the basis, measure, and magnitude of God's goodness that He wants to lavish on us.
And it says God has goodness "stored up" for those who fear Him. It's in the past tense. In other words, in the heart of God and from Heaven's perspective, the goodness of God is a done deal.
He's got it ready; it's stored up for us.
The goodness of God is not something that God does; it is who He is! It is His nature to be good to His children! He is incapable of sabotaging His nature!
All we need is to choose to believe His goodness, declare it, meditate on it, speak it over our lives and circumstances, receive it by faith, and watch what the Lord will do on our behalf!
The Lord will bless you before a watching world! People are going to witness the power, provision, and blessings of God over your life!
I am confident that I see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
The Lord has stored up goodness for me and He's ready to lavish it over my life!
The Lord will bless me and enlarge my territory. His hand and favor is becoming so evident in my life!
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How many times do we try to reach through to Him – we pray, we fast, we read His Word, we worship?
The enemy tries to block you, but how easy it is to come into His presence when you declare He is Lord; because he must bow down. "For greater is He that is within you, than he that is in the world."
What you need right now, whether it be your children, your spouse, your finances, your health, lift it up to Him right now, for He can make all things whole. Like the woman with the issue of blood, she pressed through, and He made her whole.
The man who had the legion – he was insane -- he cried out with what little bit he could and He made Him whole.
The man who couldn't walk, even his parents were afraid. But He goes beyond circumstances and establishes wholeness, for He is the God of wholeness – the Alpha, the Omega.
Allow Him to come in and take down any wall, any kind of hindrance, whether it be a large wall that you've been hitting your head against for years, or whether it be a teeny, tiny, picket fence – anything that would block His presence, from just devouring you, to where you could be swallowed up in the goodness of God. To where fear could not find a landing place, but faith would be the landing place.
Faith conquers all fear. Don't make Him small. Understand, the King of the universe came to serve, to set free, to save and to heal, and to bring the good news that the Kingdom of God is not only around you, but is within you. Let His Kingdom come forth.
Continue to pray His Kingdom come. Continue to pray His will be done. For, yes, He brought His Kingdom to earth – for you are of another Kingdom, as well as you are of another Spirit.
Let His Spirit lift you up, from glory to glory – then you can look down and come to understand who you were called to be. For He is looking for a hungry people, a trustworthy people, overseers in His Kingdom, overseers in His vineyard – whether they have pain or whether they have strength; whether they have fame, or whether they be hidden; it makes no difference. He looks at the hearts of His own.
"That He would grant you grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man....that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." - Ephesians 3:16,19
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1 John 3:16 - "We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
There is something the Church seriously needs to attain to today. Somehow preaching has seeped in that makes one believe that believers have to get good first before graduating from being a baby Christian. Well, that happy day is never going to come if all they are doing is sitting at home, reading the bible-- trying to please God by improving their attitudes and behaviors, and thereby living unto themselves.
The best way to cultivate a love walk is through personal ministry to others (helping others with their spiritual life). That requires action, time, and involvement.
At the root of this problem is poor preaching ie. preaching that does not exhort the congregation into equipping its members to disciple new believers -- promoting the idea that they are inadequate or not ready for some reason. This has got to change.
Jesus admonished the disciples, "...take heed what ye hear.." (Mark 4:24). We should not sit under teaching we know is in error, because that spirit of error is being transmitted -- even though we may know that it is wrong-- it will eventually affect us if we hear it long enough.
Churches, that are not encouraging and equipping its members to disciple other believers, should be turned away from.
Now is the day of salvation!
Now is the day of the equipping of the saints!
Now is the day of Jesus Christ!
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"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified"' (John 7:37-39).
Note that "river" is pluralized. This indicates multiple flows of the precious Holy Spirit so that by His divine power we will be partakers of His nature in us (see 2 Peter 1:3, 4).
Each of these great flows of the precious Holy Spirit are available to every Believer to help us live in constant increase as we go about transforming the world for His glory.
God desires us to see the Spirit of God flow in and through our lives for total victory and searing success in bringing in the Kingdom of God.
We receive empowerment to do the extraordinary so that Jesus will receive glory and honor through His great power working in and through you.
What's holding you back from being all that you can be in Christ Jesus?
God wants to activate the workings of Christ Jesus through you, workings that will release a Holy Ghost revival in your heart!
Romans 4:17 -- ....."God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did."
When Jesus saw the man with a withered hand, He didn't say, "My goodness! It is so withered!" He said, "Stretch out your hand!" (Matthew 12:13). He CALLED FORTH what he wanted. He looked at the paralytic and said, "Rise, take up your bed and go home!" (Matthew 9:6). He didn't see it the way it was in the natural. He saw the way God meant it to be and He CALLED IT FORTH.
God's way is to call those things that are not as though they are. And because we are made in God's image, we can also call those things that are not as though they are!
God has confidence in us. It is Him working in us, both to will and to do His good pleasure (see Philippians 2:13). And as we discover our CALLING and Gods PURPOSE for our lives, it is the Father's good pleasure is to give us the power of His Kingdom (see Luke 12:32). These are decisive days of DESTINY. We must respond, allowing the Holy Spirit to empower and equip us for lives filled and overflowing with divine power and victorious valor (see 1 John 4:4).
By praying the scriptures in the epistles of Paul that pertain to our inheritance in Christ we come to know who we are in Christ; the power that is flowing through us and our authority over sickness, distractions, or other issues of life. Our body is the temple of God and we have the right to take authority over every area of it – spirit, soul, and body.
"For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." - Ephesians 2:10
Begin building your relationship with Jesus today by asking what you can do for Him; rather than telling Him what YOU want. This is the Key that unlocks the door to the abundant life.
Your worship is not perfected when it leaves your lips. It's perfected when it enters His ears. Passion takes imperfect worship and prayers and perfects them in the ear of God.
"Out of the mouths of babes...praise is perfected." - Matthew 21:16
If you want God's presence in your life, learn to be a praiser. Don't keep silent about His many benefits. Make it your purpose to find something new to sing to the Lord about every day.
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.." - Psalm 103:2
Today, as we carry on the activities of our lives, Jesus Christ is praying for us. Tonight, as we sleep through the long darkness, Jesus Christ is praying for us. Continual prayer is being offered at the throne of God on our behalf by none other than the eternal Son. You are being prayed for right now. We can rest in this work of the Son on our behalf.
"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. - Hebrews 7:25
When the Word becomes as a burning fire in your heart and bones your focus will be on God's PURPOSE for your life and it won't be denied you. Because freely you have received the Word and freely you give of the powerful Word of the Lord.
As long as you refuse to give up, God will make sure you excel in the next level of your DESTINY. So be joyful when you see spiritual contention in your life! It means you are on the verge of breakthrough and promotion.
Mark 11:23 - "Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,'and does not doubt in his heart; but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him."
A thought from God is not a part of your thinking process! When God drops or interjects a thought into your spirit, it has nothing to do with your thinking or rationalizing. He puts the thought into your spirit, bypassing the brain.
We can control the PASSION and INTENSITY with which we live our lives. To get the fruitful life that God has purposed for us, we must go out on a limb away from the ordinary and complacent.
"I know what you have done; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! But because you are barely warm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth!... Buy also some medicine (from Me) to put on your eyes, so that you may see." - Revelation 3:15,18 TEV
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"For our God is a consuming fire." - Hebrews 12:29
God's voice dwells in the midst of the fire! Fire consumes the sacrifice, and in Romans 12:1-2we are told to surrender our bodies and renew our minds. As we lay our flesh upon His altar, we are consumed!
Mark 9:49 - "For everyone will be salted with fire."
We are called to burn for Him and be voices of awakening. The Father desires to set regions ablaze with holy fire, but it will take surrendered ones who have been in His presence and are burning. It will take those who fully yield and obey to give birth to Heaven's agenda for this hour.
We must advance with our spiritual eyes open and carry a strong spirit of faith and authority. Bind up all false spirits and shake off their attacks. We are called to burn for Him! We are called to fuel the fires of revival and advance forward. We are called to be Heat Seekers!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 - "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
GOD DOES NOT DEAL WITH TIME; HE DEALS WITH TIMING.
SOMETIMES THERE ARE SOME DIVINELY PERMITTED DELAYS IN MANIFESTING WHAT YOU'RE BELIEVING GOD FOR: ie. HE PERMITS THINGS NOT TO COME TO PASS UNTIL HE CAN GET YOU IN A CERTAIN POSITION.
IF YOU ARE FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH -- CERTIFYING AND CONFIRMING YOUR FAITH WITH THE WORD OF GOD AND STANDING FIRM UPON IT -- AND THERE IS A DELAY, THAT IS NOT THE TIME TO LET GO OF YOUR FAITH AND GIVE UP! THE DEVIL WILL TRY TO DECEIVE YOU INTO THINKING YOUR FAITH IS NOT WORKING OR THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO COME THROUGH FOR YOU.
I'M NOT MOVED BY WHAT I SEE.
I'M NOT MOVED BY WHAT I FEEL.
I'M ONLY MOVED BY THE WORD OF GOD.
I BELIEVE GOD SAID WHAT HE MEANT, AND I BELIEVE GOD MEANT WHAT HE SAID.
Proverbs 3:5,6 - "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. "
"He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, from his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water." - (John 7:38)AMP
As Believers in Jesus Christ we walk in and release a supernatural, prophetic river of life (seeJohn 7:38). It is already flowing through us. The reality of the new creation is this: When a person is born again, the Spirit of Jesus comes and takes up residence inside. From that moment forward, new life flows out of that person like a river of living water.
The new life that flows through us makes it possible for the Kingdom of God to touch the earth.
AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST:
We are called to bear good fruit and fruit that remains (see John 15:16),
We are called to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying (see John 16:13) and echo it in a meaningful, relatable way.
Let him who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying (see Revelation 2:7).
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I just woke up from a dream. You might be tempted to think this is a literary device, but I assure you that this is a true story, the dream was real.
I dream a lot, perhaps we all do, but what makes the difference, is whether we remember the dream. Most of my dreams either involve things related to my real life, such as people I know, places I have been, or things which have happened. My next most common kind of dreams is usually some unfolding of events. They are more movie-like, having scenes, and involve the senses, primarily sight and sounds. Those dreams are usually in color, but they are not in stereo, nor is the sound even high fidelity. This second category of dreams has a plot, a story, but it is often very weird. They are often emotional, sometimes profoundly sad, or very scary, but I do not consider them to be nightmares, though I sometimes have nightmares also.
The dream I am about to attempt to describe, is not like ones I have mentioned above, in fact, I am not sure I have ever had a dream like this one. There were no people in this dream; at least there were none in the regular sense of that word. No visual content, no sounds. It almost seemed conversational, except I do not recall it having any dialogue. The dream was more of an awareness of ideas, though I cannot say with any certainty, whose ideas they were. I can say though that the ideas where not ones I had ever had before, and that the ideas came to my awareness not all at once, they sort of unraveled, developed over a short space of time.
I mentioned that it seemed conversational, yet without a dialogue, there was no back and forth it was just "forth". I want to say that it was almost as if, I was allowed to 'listen in", on the thoughts of another. I have spent a lot of words, attempting to bring you into the experience of this dream, and I am not sure why I am. What i want to share is the content, more than the experience, but before I do (momentarily) let me tell you what I am NOT saying.
I am not saying that this dream was from God. I do not know where it is from, it could be from my imagination, my subconscious, or wherever it is that thoughts and dreams come from. Do I wish it was from God? Sure, a little, but I would be very hesitant to ever make or even think such a thing. I am not one who considers himself to be sensitive to hearing or understanding ideas from God. Maybe that is a shortcoming of mine that I do not readily allow for the idea that I am hearing from God. It seems presumptuous for me personally.
On the one hand, I do not want to give God credit - not because He doesn't deserve credit where credit is due, it is just because I worry about diminishing God's greatness, by claiming what might be the thoughts of a mere man actually came from an almighty God. Let me put this another way, by putting you in an imaginary situation, with which you may be able to identify.
Suppose you were to sit down in a church and the preacher took up his place in the pulpit and said: “Today I would like to share with you, a message that was given to me, by God Himself.” You listen attentively, but and you hear nothing profound, nothing that spoke to you personally, and nothing that you have not heard before nor thought before. If fact, you leave the church, thinking that you could have found dozens of ways to have better spent you time. Might you be tempted to think: “Wow that sermon did not seem that inspired by God, I have read more profound things on a fortune cookie!”?
If you can identify with that scenario, then you have an inkling of why I hesitate to give credit to God.
Now finally, onto the substance of my dream.
My dream was a sort of consideration of music. In this case it happened to be classical music, but for the purposes of what I took away from the dream, it could have been most any music, or other forms of music, even many things other than music.
I was thinking of how wonderful, how rich, how beautiful to the senses this music was. Then my thoughts became about what it took for that music to come to exist. Someone, had to compose the music, layer upon layer, to get it all to work together as the masterpiece it is. While the composition of the work, is a marvelous feat of its' own, it is not yet much more than a concept in the mind of the composer. To translate the concept into reality, there are those skilled in playing cellos, violins, coronets, drums, flutes, oboes, and the like. There are hundreds of instruments. Each instrument is the result of the craftsmanship of the instrument maker. Each instrument maker, in turn, relied on the considerable knowledge and skills of those who made and forged the alloys of metal in the horns, the selection and handling of the woods, the fabrication of strings and reeds, you get the idea. Then, there are the musicians. They study and practice for years, most of their lifetimes in order to bring the sounds symbolized on their sheet music and transform those into the vibrations that are carried through the air to our ears. Even the acoustical environment that is the music hall, is the result or architecture, and building, the physics of acoustics. It is as much a part of the music itself, as all the rest is, and also took a tremendous amount of skill and effort to finish. The conductor - his or her job is to get all the musicians working together, without the conductor, each musician will only contribute to a cacophony, not an aural masterpiece.
Again, you get the idea. Getting this music all put together and functional, is a huge undertaking. The content of all of these things, took much less time to dream (I suppose) than it did to write out. Now, with all of that said, it is time to go to that part of the dream that meant something to me, and perhaps might mean something to someone who reads this. All of those details (though I admit I have not really thought about) were not the point or the centerpiece of the thoughts.
What I came to understand (you may decide for yourself if this is even true) is that the outcome of creating that masterpiece of music, is not the most important part. Yes, it is the result off all that effort, which we enjoy as music; we tend to enjoy the outcome, normally without considering the process. The process though is the important part. The song, or what have you, is a result, but in the final analysis, it is just a thing. The process is about people, their efforts, and their motivations. The quality of the output reflects how skilled the various people were, but it does not reveal how hard or why they tried.
My thoughts then went to how it is for God. He desires a result, but when He looks at the believer, He looks upon their motivation, their heart, what sort of love for others and for Him, did these efforts reveal.
That is as far as my dream took me. I believe it was shortly after that that I woke up Then, I pondered this a little more, for application. Of the things that occurred to me, were things like evangelism.
It is not how many souls I was able to “win to the Lord”, the outcome, it was about my motivation, my effort to produce a quality result out of my love for God and my love for my neighbor.
Is that something I do, so that I can be proud of my acquired knowledge, or do I do it for God to help those who God wants to reach, for those for whom Christ died?
Do I give out of some sense of duty or obligation, or do I do it to support causes that are important to God?
Service, hospitality, and on and on, same questions.
We all probably have similar resources. I do not mean the same quality, or the same quantity. We have the same KINDS of resources.
We have Time, Talent, and Treasure, and they all belong rightly to God, and should be used in service to Him, and for His glory.
Looking back to the analogy of that musical masterpiece, if that was a picture of the effort and the output of our works, it is God’s purpose for us, that we try, that we are making the effort. The outcome is in His hands. He has His role to play, and has given us the privilege of partnering with Him to make the world a better place, and to get His message to the lost.
This reminds me of a short conversation I had with someone the other night, part of which made reference to Ephesians, chapter two, particularly this part:
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
The knowledge of the fact, that God saved us by grace, not because of our works, is a common and loved (by Christians) aspect of what God has done for us. That is His part, and His part is all there is, regarding our salvation, it is not of ourselves. However, there is an “our part” as well. We were created to do the good works, which He has prepared beforehand for us to do.
Part of that conversation which I just mentioned was about the word “workmanship” in verse 10. The Greek word for that is poema, from which we get our English word “poem”. We are His poem, His masterpiece. There is no masterpiece, without a Master. We are the outcome, the result, of His planning and work (think back to the music). We though, are not just the result, we are also the instruments which help to complete His other masterpieces (those who do not yet know, that they have been saved by grace).
Then, in Romans 10, we have this:
8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”
Let’s have those beautiful feet, and be instruments in the Masters hands, let’s be His poema.
"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." - 2 Corinthians 5:20
We are His representatives on this earth. Jesus came so we would know what God was like. This we can easily accept. But, Jesus went on to say, "As the Father hath sent Me, even so I send you" (John 20:21). The Father was full of confidence that the Son would fulfill His mission successfully and that He would obey in every area and rely upon the Holy Spirit to preach, teach, heal, and deliver. The Father has sent us to do the same thing and is confident that even as Jesus was successful, so will we be. That is God's view of us.
When God chose you, He equipped you for His service. It's not a, "Maybe I'll make it," or, "Oh no, what if I fail..." God has full assurance that you will not only make it, but fulfill your destiny completely. He believes it. You must believe it also.
THE PROPHETIC GIVES HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
God is a God of the now, in the sense that He never changes, (see Malachi 3:6).We, His children, are not only people of the moment (now), but of the future, because we are being changed into His image (see Romans 8:29).
You don't want to forever be like you are now. If all we had was the now, we would have little. Paul said, if this it, "we are of all men most miserable" (1 Corinthians 15:19). We need to press forward to the high calling of God which is in Christ Jesus (see Philippians 3:14). This high calling is prophetic, in the sense that we are going to be like Him one day (see 1 John 3:2).
The prophetic gives purpose, hope, and vision for the now and the future. When we have purpose, we have joy. You have a divine PURPOSE -- seek it!
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Matthew 3:7 - "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"
WHAT THE PHARISEES MOST FEARED WAS THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS NOT PROCLAIMING ANY VALUE IN THEIR ROLES; IN ESSENCE, JOHN'S MESSAGE DETHRONED ANY REAL AUTHORITY TO BE HAD IN RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES.
JESUS TOOK IT ONE STEP FURTHER. BUILDING ON JOHN'S FOUNDATION, HE SAID THINGS LIKE: "IF YOU ARE TO BE GREAT IN THE KINGDOM, YOU WILL BE LIKE THE LEAST OF THESE."
HE ESTABLISHED A NEW GOAL THAT WOULD LIBERATE HUMANITY FROM CHERISHED STATUS AND RESTORE THE HEAVENLY POSSIBILITY OF UNION WITH GOD.
I DO NOT ESTEEM THE SAME VALUES AS THE WORLD DOES.
I DO NOT NEED ANYTHING ELSE TO COMPLETE ME.
I AM SUSTAINED IN GOD'S LOVE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Luke 20:46 - "Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts".
Joshua 1:9 - "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
COURAGE COMES FROM TRUSTING GOD'S WORD. IT CAN'T BE MENTALLY DRUMMED UP.
IT COMES FROM BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAYS REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES LOOK LIKE.
DISCOURAGEMENT COMES FROM FEAR THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO PERFORM HIS WORD ON YOUR BEHALF.
FEAR IS THE DARKROOM WHERE NEGATIVES ARE DEVELOPED. FEAR COMES FROM NOT BELIEVING (DOUBT & UNBELIEF) GOD'S WORD.
I REALIZE WHO I AM IN CHRIST AND WHAT I'VE BEEN GIVEN BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.
I STOP LISTENING TO SATAN'S LIES.
I STOP RECEIVING EVIL REPORTS.
WHENEVER SOMEONE TELLS ME THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO DELIVER ME, I JUST TELL THEM "HE'S ALREADY DELIVERED ME IN THE NAME OF JESUS."
I AFFIRM AND MEDITATE ON THE PROMISES OF GOD IN HIS WORD DAY AND NIGHT.
"I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?" Isaiah 43:19
Often, the hardest thing about receiving something new FOR US is that it almost always requires something new OF US. Those new breaker waves we pray and believe for rarely flow through our familiar comfort zone. They don't stay within our boundaries or control, rather, they are the move of His Spirit calling us to jump outside our self-imposed box and ride the wave of a lifetime.
Will we know the new thing God is doing in, through and around us? Will we recognize His fresh move, beyond our insecurities, critiques or judgments? Will we be able to embrace the very thing we've been praying for when it passes by just outside familiar waters? If we will, it will take courage.
You have a Messenger of Courage within you, a Helper, the Spirit of Truth, and He is calling to you like He did Gideon and Mary, already addressing you as beloved and a victor, not just hopeful of such. He wants to visit you, meet you, and call to the courage He already sees within you. He wants you to see yourself as He does, and He is imparting to you the courage necessary to leap out and seize the moment that is only just beyond your reach to STEP INTO THE APPOINTED TIME OF YOUR DESTINY.
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Expectation is the key that unlocks the storehouses of heaven and opens the way for God to speak to us. Never pray without expectation. Expectation lets God know you are waiting for a response. He will always be faithful to answer an expectant heart.
Do you want to hear from God? Live with expectation. Pray with expectation. Listen with expectation. You WILL hear His voice.
Examine your lifestyle and see if the cares of this life, deceitfulness of riches, or the pleasures of this life, could be choking God's Word (Luke 8:14).
Stay stirred up: don't let your spirit man get into a dormant state, as it will when you haven't prayed with intensity for several days. Prayer and praise stir up the still small voice of God.
Be confident: you were born for this day. Don't delay: move forward in victory, taking your place as a harvester and as an overcomer, embracing fully the DESTINY God has planned for you.
Ephesians 2:10 - "For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."
Make a decision to refuse all fear in the name of Jesus. Refusing to fear doesn't mean denial of circumstances, it just means that you will AGREE WITH FAITH IN GOD'S WORD and not fear.
"Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today...The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." - Exodus 14:13-14
What you say in the midst of your struggle will frame your situation.
If you don't have the ability to speak blessing and faith, don't say anything. Don't create an atmosphere for the enemy by opening your lips to complain, criticize, accuse, shift blame, or attack.
"You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of our mouth." - Proverbs 6:2
When challenges come, the devil will tempt you to go dig up the dead bones of the past -- the people who oppress you, the betrayals, hurts, pains, and you can decide whether you want to stay there in the graveyard of your past, or pass through the waters and get to the other side in the promised land.
"But Jesus said to him, 'Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.'" - Matthew 8:22
God is fighting for you. He is fighting for your children. He is fighting for your well being. Your job is simply to stay FAITHFUL. He is bringing you out with blessing, possessions, and a double portion. He is bringing you into His promises.
"The Lord will fight for you....." - Exodus 14:14
Just as a newborn needs nourishment and care, so do those believers who are new in the Lord. God has called His Body not only to preach the gospel, but also to DISCIPLE new believers.
God wants to bless you with the privilege of flowing in a river of godly counsel that will answer people's questions and unlock their destinies.
2 Timothy 2:2 -- "You must teach others those things you and many others have heard me speak about. Teach these great truths to trustworthy men who will, in turn, pass them on to others."
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." - Psalm 23:1
The word "want" in the 23rd Psalm carries a broader meaning than simply not lacking anything. It also carries the idea of being utterly contented in the Good Shepherd's care and consequently not craving or desiring anything more.
When we do not live in our position of authority, it is because we do not know our covenant rights.
You have to move gradually from crying outward - crying out for people who you think can fulfill your needs - to the place where you can let yourself be held and carried by God.
"Casting all your cares upon him; for he cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7
Tell God you are ready to be offered, and God will prove Himself to be all you ever dreamed He would be.
"I am already being poured out as a drink offering." - 2 Timothy 4:6
In John 11:42 Jesus (talking to His Father) said, "And I know that You (God, the Father) always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me." Jesus also said in John 20:21, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."
Have faith that He always hears you.
Have faith that you ALSO are sent by the Father to accomplish the DESTINY and plans He has for you.
Have faith that He wants to save your family (see Acts 16:31).
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Hebrews 3:7 - "Wherefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, TODAY, if you shall hear His voice, harden not your hearts."
The Holy Spirit says, TODAY. What does this mean?
God is the Eternal One. With Him there is no yesterday or tomorrow; what we call past and future are with Him an ever-present NOW. His life is an ever-blessed, never-ending TODAY.
Jesus has become the author of eternal salvation -- that is, a salvation which bears the character of eternity; its chief mark is that it is an ever-present NOW -- that there is not a moment in which Christ, who ever lives to pray for us, is not able to maintain us in it in the power of an endless life.
Even as the Holy Spirit says TODAY, satan's word is ever "TOMORROW, God's demand is too great for TODAY."
The Holy Spirit says, TODAY! That means that He who is the mighty power of God is Himself ready to work in us the CALLING He has on our individual life and asks; it is He who is each moment pleading for immediate surrender, for a present trust, because He bears with him the power of a present salvation.
TODAY, this very moment, the wondrous love of God is for me -- it is even now being poured out into my heart as I willingly receive it.
TODAY, all that Christ has done, and is now doing in heaven, and is able to do within me -- this very day --- to advance His Kingdom PURPOSE for my life.
TODAY, the Holy Spirit, is within me -- sufficient for every need, equal to every emergency.
With every prayer I breathe, and every longing that rules in my heart, there is the Spirit of promise whispering, TODAY!
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Matthew 14:29,31 - "Come!" answered Jesus............ "You of little faith, he said, "why did you doubt?"
WE SHOULD REPENT OF CARRYING THE IMAGE OF A SAVIOR WHO FAILS TO CONFRONT OUR SIN OR CHALLENGE OUR UNBELIEF. FOR SUCH IS A FALSE IMAGE OF GOD. IF WE WOULD GENUINELY KNOW HIM, WE MUST ACCEPT THIS TRUTH:
JESUS CHRIST IS IRREVOCABLY COMMITTED TO OUR COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION!
HE KNOWS THAT WHATEVER WE SETTLE FOR SPIRITUALLY WILL BE FAR SHORT OF HIS PROVISION. THUS, HE COMPELS US TOWARD DIFFICULTIES, FOR THEY COMPEL US TOWARD GOD; AND GOD COMPELS US TOWARD CHANGE.
I LOOK THROUGH THE STORM UNTIL I SENSE HIS PRESENCE - UNTIL I HEAR HIS CONFIDENT VOICE, "TAKE COURAGE, IT IS I."
Mark 13:31 - "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away."
GOD IS NOT AN UNCERTAIN GOD.
HE KNOWS WHAT HE WANTS TO DO.
HE KNOWS THAT HE'S BROUGHT DELIVERANCE TO US THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
GOD KNOWS THAT THE NAME OF JESUS CAN CHANGE ANY SITUATION.
HE KNOWS THAT THE BLOOD HAS ALREADY DELIVERED US FROM SICKNESS, POVERTY, AND ALL THE CURSE OF THE LAW.
GOD KNOWS THAT HE HAS GIVEN US THE VICTORY.
I REFUSE TO WALK IN UNCERTAINTY.
I MAKE UP MY MIND THAT THE BIBLE IS TRUE AND THAT I SHALL LIVE BY A LIFESTYLE OF FAITH.
First John 5:1 says, "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God."
Being born of God entitles us to citizenship in the kingdom of God. In Luke 12:32, Jesus said, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Fathers' good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
Realizing that we have right-standing with God causes us to expect results when we pray. We put faith and confidence in our right-standing with God--not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus has done for us.
We have a right to expect God to answer. We have not prayed in our name, we have prayed in Jesus' Name. His righteousness (right-standing with God) is ours! With a reality of being the righteousness of God, we expect God's Word to be true and we plan for success.
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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."
Revival begins within. Reformation starts with us allowing Him to re-form us into a greater expression of Him. As we allow the move of God – this process unto the promise, this purification, and refinement, this loving discipline of the Lord – we will see greater manifestations of revival and reformation explode through us into the earth.
The reality is that He has not kept any of His fullness from us. But in His incredible love for us, He is answering our prayers with the Refiner's fire, allowing the dross and chaff (the rationalizations and justifications that have kept us limited in the fowler's snare of "self") to be burned up.
Let's pray that:
 We will love the Lord with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength! (Matthew 22:37)
 We will love others as Christ loves us! (Matthew 22:39)  Holy Spirit will come upon us in power so that we might die to ourselves in a greater way and be more gloriously alive in Christ! (Acts 1:8)
 We will embrace the discipline of the Lord and lay aside every encumbrance and sin which so easily entangle us. We will run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1 and 12:10)
 We will cry out for the fire of God to burn up all the dross and chaff in us, refining us again and again until there is nothing of our old dead nature and we are fully alive in His righteousness! (Malachi 3:3)
 We will know the height, the length, the breadth and the depth of His love. And we will make it known everywhere we are because we are filled up with the fullness of God! (Ephesians 3:18-19)
 We will be without compromise, submitting no part of our body or soul unto wickedness or unrighteousness, but present ourselves to God as living sacrifices that are instruments of His righteousness! (Romans 6:12-13)
 We will embrace the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to baptize us anew and take us from glory to glory through understanding God's PURPOSE for our life, transforming us into greater and greater expressions of Jesus! (2 Corinthians 3:18)
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How much water, does it take, to make a cheeseburger?
It takes 68 gallon of water for the bun. It takes water to grow wheat for the flour.
One slice of tomato, 3 gallons.
Slice of lettuce, 1.5 gallons.
Slice of cheese, 56 gallons. Water to grow the feed that feeds the cow that makes the milk, that gets turned into cheese.
That patty of hamburger? 616 gallons. Water grow the feed for the beef steer, as well as for the animal itself.
That is 744.5 gallons of water, and that is not even counting pickles and onions, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise!
Think then about how this sort of thing, and how that relates to other food we eat. 25% of the nation's (the United States) food, comes from California. California is experiencing a drought, plus water projects are being curtailed, so there is less water available, in addition to the drought problem.
Dams are being destroyed, and floodgates opened, so that reservoirs are being drained such that the water is not used for growing food, or for industry, or for drinking water, it is just allowed to drain into the ocean.
All of this also, leads to unemployment. Unemployed people get federal and state assistance, so others then pay taxes to pay for the consequences of the water problems in California.
Food prices rise due to shortages. Those unemployed people, can't afford to fix their cars, nor their homes, nor even to buy clothes, & they also are not paying taxes, not supporting local businesses.
This leads to more unemployment, truckers lose their jobs, since there are less goods being made, sold, and transported. See how one thing leads to another and another?
We are so crazy here (we meaning legislators in California pressured by environmental groups, and federal environmental laws) that we are spending 4 million dollars per fish, trying to restore a native population of salmon, that has been gone for about 100 years.
I do not know, what the solution is to these problems, but the problems are far reaching. It is not just California, it is also the world. A lot of the food, and other products that used to come from California, are decreasingly being produced.
This, and the unemployment, the costs of doing business in California due to water shortages and oppressive regulations (which are largely environmental in nature) but also other things, is hampering the economy of California.
These things cause the government of California, and counties and cities there, to raise taxes.
All of these things, force people to leave the state. They then go to other states. This migration then leads to an increase in the cost of housing for the citizens of these other states.
It also, creates some food shortages for them, so food prices rise. These new people, also need employment, so that means that there is more competition for jobs in these other states, which of course increases unemployment in those states as well.
It is hard for me not to consider, how all these things are inter-connected. These kinds of related factors are not just California, they go on world wide. This being the case, is it that hard to imagine that a series of unrelated events, or perhaps a few natural disasters, could ultimately tip the scales and send the world into a sense of desperation with , people wanting a solution to the mounting problems?
Enter the future antichrist.
Maybe this (or a scenario like this) will usher him in. Don't worry though, these things will happen, they must happen.
We may desire to seek solutions to these problems, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, eventually, hard times and the antichrist are coming, all in the timing of God.
If you are a Christian, try not to be too anxious, as God has everything under His control, nothing escapes His notice. He works all things together for good, to those who love Him, and are called, according to His purpose.
Cheer up saints, it is going to get worse! Luke 21:28
Note: Much of the information in this post, derives from a video called Dead Harvest - Made by National Alliance for Environmental Reform, and it can be found on YouTube
Isaiah 22:23 - "And I will fasten him like a peg or nail in a firm place; and he will become a throne of honor and glory to his father's house."
This person will become a "supernatural gateway" or a "throne" of God for all of Heaven to flow through. According to Isaiah, we literally become a throne that the Lord Jesus Christ can rest upon to reveal His Kingdom of power and glory!Psalm 22:3 says: "God is enthroned upon (lives within, dwells in) the praises of His people." What does that look like?
When we begin to praise God the Scriptures say that His throne and His presence are literally built upon us and come to rest on top of our praises. So, wherever the high praises of God are found, the throne of God will rest. Wherever the throne of God is, the King is -- there are angels and all of the resources of the government are present in reality.
When we are connected with Heaven, we literally become a gateway for the supernatural to manifest in and around us. Heaven moves up and down upon us, releasing signs, wonders, and miracles with our cooperation.
Jesus said, "For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you, and among you, surrounding you." - Luke 17:21
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Matthew 10:37 - "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."
If we do not love God more than our mates, we will not love our mates as much as we should. Our relationship to God was created first and must always remain first.
Many try to find the fulfillment that they can only find in their relationship to God through their mates or others and even those in the church. Usually, this will lead to frustration that will damage our relationship to our mates and others, because we will begin to feel that they are not enough for us. They aren't, because they can never take the place of God in our lives.
Romans 12:3 - "God has given to each man a liberal measure of faith."
FAITH WILL ALWAYS OVER-COMPENSATE FOR YOUR PERSONAL FEARS AND FRUSTRATIONS - YOUR PERSONAL LIMITATIONS AND LIABILITIES. FAITH WILL ASSIST YOU TO MOVE AHEAD IN GOD'S CALL ON YOUR LIFE.
EXERCISING FAITH TO FULFILL YOUR CALL WILL ALWAYS RESULT IN:
INCREASING SPIRITUAL BOLDNESS!
SOARING SPIRITUAL CONFIDENCE!
TRUE LASTING SPIRITUAL EFFECTIVENESS!
PERMANENT SPIRITUAL RESULTS - "FRUIT WHICH REMAINS" MEASURED BY THE LIVES YOU HAVE DRAMATICALLY CHANGED (JOHN 15:16)!
Nehemiah 4:6 - "So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart."
Passion is stamina that says "I'm going to go after this, no matter what happens. If I have to wait ten years, I'm going to get it." Passionate people are those who have discovered something more important than life itself. Jesus told His disciples, "Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:27)
I REALIZE THAT GIVING UP FALSE VISIONS AND AMBITIONS FOR MY GENUINE VISION IS THE PATH TO TRUE LIFE.
I AM HUNGRY FOR MY VISION
I NEED PASSION TO FULFILL MY VISION. I NEED PURPOSE TO PRODUCE PASSION
Matthew 16:25 - "For whoever is bent on saving his life(his comfort and security here) shall lose it (eternal life); and whoever loses his life (his comfort and security here) for My sake shall find it (life everlasting)."
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In His Presence Are the Answers That You Seek.
Wear the crown of glory that He would have you wear uprightly. Lay down any identity that man would come with. Man would come and try to push His crown off your head, and put upon it a counterfeit identity.
Lay down all these things that rush into your mind – to where you cannot even come into His presence, because your mind, your spirit, is somewhere else.
Call everything that would command you to give up dreams and visions and hope – command it to be cast behind you, for it is of the enemy.
Let His Spirit rule and reign. Let Him begin to flow out of you – with discernment, with knowledge, with worship. Practice this when you're alone.
"My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." - Psalms 62:5-8
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Isaiah 43:1-3 - "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you: and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
TROUBLES AND AFFLICTIONS ARE OFTEN AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF OUR TRANSFORMATION; AS THEY COMPEL US TOWARD GOD, HE COMPELS US TOWARD CHANGE. EVER MINDFUL OF TRANSFORMING OUR LIVES INTO HIS IMAGE, GOD REDEEMS THE ADVERSITIES WE FACE.
WHY DOES THE LORD ALLOW US TO PASS THROUGH CONFLICT IN THE FIRST PLACE? BECAUSE IT IS HERE THAT HE TRAINS HIS SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN CHRISTLIKENESS.
Ephesians 1:4 - "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love."
MAN IS CALLED TO REST IN GOD, BUT WE MUST ALSO LABOR WITH GOD. IN THIS LABOR, WE MUST FIND WHAT HE CREATED US TO DO.
We were foreknown and chosen by God before the world was even created. The God who is so particular and specific also knows what he created us for. We each have a very specific job to do - a very specific calling (DESTINY). We will never know a true peace and fulfillment in our hearts until we are doing our callings.
GOD HAS CREATED ME AND CALLED ME TO DO THE DEEPEST DESIRE OF MY HEART.
I REJECT THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE WORLD AND BEGIN TO DISCERN THE YOKE THAT GOD HAS CALLED ME TO CARRY.
When Jesus first came to the disciples on the shore, after the resurrection in John 21, He was ready and waiting to prepare a feast for His beloved.
It's time for us to become like Peter in this passage, and stop waiting for Jesus to come out to us, but rather that we need to rush to be near Him! As soon as Peter was back on the shore, a feast was there waiting that had been prepared for him by Jesus Himself. It was also at this point when Peter had the deepest conversation he'd ever had with Jesus, which regarded love and his relationship with God, as well as his CALLING. (to feed the "sheep").
As you run to Jesus, and dive into your pursuit after Him, He will most definitely pour out His Spirit and presence on you like never before. He has a banquet feast waiting for you, which includes the new wine and manna of Heaven (also known as His joy, His PRESENCE, and His revelation).
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In Psalm 81:10 God challenges us with these words, "Open wide your mouth and I will fill it!"
What will God fill our mouths with? This is not about God giving you food. The Hebrew text actually reads, "Open wide your mouth and I will FULFILL it!"
God wants to FILL our mouths with HIS Word then FULFILL it when they speak it forth! Get ready...now is the time to "Arise and Shine" with the Word of the Lord in our mouth. We come to see the folly of being consumed with hobbies, hype, and hiding our faults. We are consumed with holiness and declaring the Word....embracing the required expectation of God's PURPOSE for our life.
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"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." -- 1 John 5:14,15
You cannot ask with confidence until there is a perfect union between you and God, as there was always perfect union between God and Jesus.
The moment you pray you find that the heavens are opened -- having a fidelity and confidence to believe that He will not fail, and cannot fail. We shall never get anywhere if we depend upon our feelings.
There is something a thousand times better than feelings, and it is the naked Word of God. You must be yielded to the Word of God. The Word will work out love in our hearts, and when practical love is in our hearts there is no room to vaunt ourselves. We see ourselves as nothing when we get lost in this divine love.
The confidence comes from our fellowship with Him. There is a wonderful fellowship with Jesus. The chief thing is to be sure that we take time for communion with Him. There is a communion with Jesus that is life and that is better than preaching.
PRAYER OF FAITH
There is a rest of faith -- there is a faith that rests in confidence on God. God's promises never fail -- "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the word of God." (Romans 10:17).The Word of God can create a resistless faith (through continually speaking it and meditation) -- a faith that is never daunted, a faith that never gives up, and never fails.
God has a plan of healing -- it is on the line of perfect confidence in Him. You can never pray "the prayer of faith" if you look at the person who is needing it; there is only one place to look and that is to Jesus.
May God help us today to get our eyes off the conditions and symptoms, no matter how bad they may be, and get them fastened upon Him, and then we shall be able to pray the prayer of faith.
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"For the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power." - 1 Corinthians 4:20
God gives us the power of the Holy Spirit to break the curse. When we lift our hand against the darkness, we have the authority to break every curse of the devil. The curse represents every evil thing that tries to lay hold of us or anyone else because of the fall of man. When Adam sinned against God, he gave over the authority God had given him. Through the work of the Cross our authority has been restored.
It still remains that WE MUST TAKE AUTHORITY and break these things through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God is going to plant His purpose for your life in the epicenter of your heart and it will fuel new exploits in your life.
"Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." - Luke 14:27
The true Christian life, which is to be a disciple of Christ, is a life of sacrifice. This "taking up of our cross" means that we 'die' to SELF (the right to do as we please, and surrender 'unconditionally' to the Lordship of Jesus.) It was on the Cross that Jesus suffered the ultimate injustice, but He did not retaliate or ask the Father to retaliate, but rather to forgive. This is one of the most difficult tasks for any human being, but it is the basic responsibility of the disciple – to forsake RETALIATION when it may be just, and to forgive instead.
As Christians, we may often resolve to forgive but secretly hope for justice from the Lord, but Jesus went beyond that. HE DID NOT WANT THE FATHER TO GET EVEN for Him – He even asked the Father to forgive them. That is ultimate forgiveness and ultimate love.
Forgiveness can be one of the most difficult of all things to do, but it is the most basic discipline of Christianity and the SUREST SIGN OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY. As we are told to take up our crosses daily to follow Him, we should also daily look for opportunities to forgive.
As we go inward in growing communion with Him, we learn how to call forth the living water within us and release it in an outward flood that transforms lives.
Luke 18:1 - "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up."
SINCE HE HAS GIVEN HUMANITY AUTHORITY OVER THE EARTH, HE REQUIRES THE PERMISSION OR AUTHORIZATION OF MANKIND IN ORDER TO ACT ON THE EARTH. THIS IS WHY, WHEN WE STOP PRAYING, WE ALLOW GOD'S PURPOSES FOR THE WORLD TO BE HINDERED.
Matthew 16:19 - "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
We need to avoid the old ruts of fear and unbelief. Submit to the God of peace, resist these demons and they will flee from you (James 4:7).
Instead of receiving fear and unbelief, receive His precious promises as rock-solid truths and begin to act accordingly -- CONFESSING THE SCRIPTURES OUT LOUD and giving thanks that your Father is certainly doing "exceedingly more" than you can even imagine.
The Lord Jesus Christ is inviting us to lift our vision up, above our circumstances and situations, to fix our eyes on Him and His Word. As we do this we can expect to see the glory of God fill our lives and those who we touch.
"And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him." - Mark 1:10
Being a person on whom the Holy Spirit can remain has a cost. (Cost in this context has nothing to do with church attendance. It is passion for Him and a reverence for His presence where EVERY MOVE WE MAKE (bearing fruit) has Him in mind.)
As we pursue God's PURPOSE for our life (Matthew 7:7,8), His Kingdom and righteousness--all things--are added to us.
We move ahead in the army of God, advancing His Kingdom. As long as we keep marching, we're CHANGING because faith moves us ahead, step-by-step. If we don't give up, eventually we walk into the Promised Land.
The last command of Jesus while on earth says, "Go!" That's why we often see the ANOINTING INCREASE as we go, moving with the cloud.
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
Paul often spoke of patience and perseverance; they are necessary virtues for evangelism. Jesus says, "Follow me" (Matt. 4:19). Well, He has gone ahead. So somebody must follow Him. Why not you?
"Christ changes us from enemies into His friends and gave us the task of making others His friends also." - 2 Corinthians 5:18
He promised that they would see Him again. This is clearly not merely a promise that they would see Him in heaven, because that was a given. Jesus has given us these promises explicitly that we might seek Him with abandon, confident that He will be found by those who love Him and seek Him with all their hearts.
The Lord is not impressed with how long we have known Him, how many times we have read the Bible, or by how much we pray -- what matters to Him is if we are abiding in His Son and bearing fruit.
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"So may all Your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love You be like the sun when it rises in its strength..." - Judges 5:31
There is a rising coming for the Body of Christ – a rising within Him, in His ways and in His love to be free in Christ. We are rising up in the glory of the Son. A "rising" can also mean a revolution or revolt – it is time to rise up and push back the powers of darkness trying to encroach and violate our lives!
We are being called to rise up and take our places in history; to rise up and seize the day. We are being called to rise to the occasion for which we were created (God's PURPOSE for our life). Rise to believe that you can overcome, because much greater is He that lives in you – the One who has overcome the world – than the one who is under your feet! The force that is holding the world together lives inside of us! With the grasping of this truth comes the revelation that nothing is or can be impossible to those who believe in Him.
EMERGING FROM THE CRUCIBLE OF FIRE
After death comes resurrection. There are a people hearing the sound and they are rising, coming out of graves where strongholds and circumstances have kept them bound. The cry of the Lord can be heard -- "Be loosed and arise to life, to the upward call in Christ." People are coming out of the crucible of fire, prepared as agents of transformation.
God is saying, "This is the time to make your voice heard!" - Esther 4:14 This is an hour to make our voices heard, to be very courageous and bold (with wisdom). God is listening. He desires to hear our courageous voices proclaiming His Word, that we become living testaments of His truth:
"You who dwell in the gardens, the companions listen for your voice – let me hear it!" - Song of Solomon 8:13
It is time to speak and shout and let our voices be heard. It is time to LIVE but to live as ones who do not love our lives so much as to be afraid of death (see Revelation 12). Dead men don't fear, dead men don't get offended. Dead men become fully alive in Christ! Jesus said that if we were willing to lose our lives we would gain it!
CREATIVE CONTAINERS OF GLORY
We have been in a new time to run a race of strength. It is time to run with all our might; time to live, time to speak, time to write if you are called to write; time to sing that song. It is time to truly live like we have never lived before. Time for our God-ordained container, representing our life's vision and call, to come forth. There are many unique containers, designed specifically to fit our portion of the harvest.
Ask God, "What is my container? What is its structure, its dynamics, its purpose in the harvest?" God is trying to break through our old mindsets to conform and transform us to see and understand in new ways. He wants us to have the renewed mind of Christ to meet the challenges of the harvest with innovative and creative containers of glory. He is shaking things that are stagnant and old that cannot serve Him in this distinctive hour.
A container is a vessel created for reflecting your light that has come (see Isaiah 60:1).
You are a container of God's glory, carrying the treasures, goods, and supplies of the Kingdom to a parched Earth. You are an exceptional vessel, with a specialized call and a matchless container God has fashioned just for you. Let your light shine, let your container fulfill its call in preparing the highway for our God!
"Listen! It's the voice of someone shouting, 'Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!'" - Isaiah 40:3 NLT
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
"Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.' The woman said to him, 'Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty...'" - John 4:13-15
Jesus boldly told the Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob that she could come to Him and He would give her living waters. He was speaking figuratively of the Spirit of God. We cannot live without natural water and so we cannot spiritually live without the water of the Spirit of God. Jesus taught the disciples in Matthew 5:6 that "blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied."
He promised that we would be satisfied. How does this happen? The only way it can happen is if we have the indwelling presence of God in our hearts via His Holy Spirit. David said in Psalms that his heart and flesh longed and thirsted for God in a dry and weary land. Again David mentioned the life-giving power of the Spirit of God in Psalm 51, "take not your Holy Spirit from me..."
David loved the Presence of God and the Holy Spirit. He knew that if he grieved the Spirit of God He might leave him and then the Presence of the Lord would diminish. David lived in the days of the Old Covenant and so did the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus came along and told this woman that she could have living waters inside her and she would never be thirsty again. Jesus risked much to minister to her and probably stirred up some controversy as people heard what He did.
God has been inviting mankind to fellowship with Him since the days of Adam and Eve. He walked and talked with them in the garden when He came to visit them. He was about cultivating a relationship with them. He made it easy for them to know Him. His heart has never changed and He has again made it easy for us to experience Him by the sweet indwelling presence of His life-giving Spirit.
Come and drink of His living waters and allow them (Holy Spirit) to well up in you like the well where Jesus invited the woman to drink of His living waters. Jesus gently shared love and hope with her and she was so transformed that she went to her village and told people about her experience and many people found Jesus that day.
Regardless of how we feel about ourselves, He is always telling us, "Come and Drink." "Come to Me and I will give you living water and you will never thirst again!"
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY