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,
Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
It is a mistake to think that only certain people with unique gifts can hear and see God.
If I think that it's only for others, then I will disqualify myself because I know I'm nothing special. In doing so I remove myself from ACTIVE FAITH.
John 10:27 - "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."
One of the essential gestures of faith is to live with the expectation that the God who said that His sheep hear His voice and who gave His life to restore relationship with each of us would like to communicate with us.
This FAITH leads us to lean into His voice -- to learn as the prophet Samuel did:
1 Samuel 3:9 - "Speak Lord; for your servant is listening."
Significantly, it was as soon as he learned to take this posture that he gained access to the greater revelation that God had been inviting him into.
The Word says I can hear God's Voice and I believe it.
I do hear the voice of God!
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"And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, 'The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!'" Judges 6:12
"Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" Luke 1:28
As happened with Gideon and Mary in these two instances, it is time for God's children to step into their PURPOSE and CALLING. It's not just any courage, but a kairos kind of courage that empowers us to leap beyond the hope of our calling and into its appointed time of action and fruitfulness.
It's a crossing over of the mind, and an empowerment of the heart to fully believe, fully receive, and then to seize the purposes and promises we've prayed and waited for as the moment arises.
We are being presented "suddenly" moments, for such a time as this, to step into a breakthrough that is bigger than our hope can comprehend. These might be moments that look like immense risk or require vulnerability, but we have to seize that incoming wave at the opportune time with fresh courage.
"I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?" Isaiah 43:19
We must realize the breakthrough starts within us – so it can be brought to life all around us – by stepping outside our comfort zone and recognizing the new thing that He is doing now.
BREAKING OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE
"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.
How often do we turn a deaf ear to the question the Spirit asks us each day when He inquires, "Shall you not know it?"
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.
It will require us to be lion-hearted, found among those through the ages who have – like Gideon – lived a courage that is not so much about a valiant charge into battle but about a radical step of obedience to the leading of the Spirit of God.
YOUR MESSENGER OF 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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Matthew 6:26,27 - "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
Jesus used an analogy from nature to help explain prosperity.
Some people interpret this passage to mean that, since God is supposed to take care of them, they don't need to do anything themselves. Therefore, they just wait for God to act.
How does God feed birds? He provides for them, but He doesn't personally hand-deliver food to their nests! The birds don't just sit around and wait for God to stop by with their meals.
When Jesus said the heavenly father feeds the birds, He meant that everything they need has been made available for them, but they have to go and get it.
God does not build a bird's nest. He provides the twigs. The bird has to find them, pick them up, and bring them back to the tree it has chosen for a home. God does not leave worms on the top of the ground every morning. The bird has to go digging for them. It has to keep working, working, working until it finishes building its nest. It has to keep working, working, working until it gets the worm.
Sometimes, God doesn't give us all the resources we need to fulfill our visions because He has called other people to provide them for us.
Mary and Joseph's money came from wise men on camels. When they said "yes" to God's vision, the wise men traveled a great distance to get to them.
God is a God of provision. He is Jehovah-Jireh, "The Lord Will Provide." He provides everything, but He provides it after you begin the work of the vision. Your obedience to your vision affects not only your life but also the lives of those who will work with you.
GOD WILL SUPPLY MY PROVISION, EVEN IF HE HAS TO HAVE SOMEONE CROSS THE DESERT TO GET IT TO ME.
GOD HAS PROVISION FOR ME THAT NO ONE BUT HE KNOWS ABOUT.
ALL THE RESOURCES I NEED ARE ALREADY IN PLACE; THEY WILL BECOME VISIBLE IN GOD'S TIMING ONCE I START PURSUING MY VISION.
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Isaiah 9:7 - "Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end......"
How important is increase to God? Jesus once cursed a fig tree for not bearing fruit out of season (Mark 11:13-14)! A man in one of His parables was cast into outer darkness for burying his money and not obtaining an increase for his master (Matthew 25:24-30).
When the main goal of our faith is keeping us safe from the devil, our faith becomes inferior to what God expects. Jesus had in mind more for us than survival. We are destined to overcome.
Every conversion plunders hell. Every miracle destroys the works of the devil. Every God encounter is an Invasion of the Almighty into our desperate condition. This is our joy.
I FORGET THE PAST AND REACH FOR THOSE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS CALLED ME.
I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.
Philippians 3:7,8 - "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ."
Paul considered everything prized by his culture worthless compared with the awesome experience of knowing Jesus.
MY TREASURE IS IN JESUS.
I LOVE JESUS ABOVE ALL ELSE.
JESUS CALLS ME TO A HIGHER LOVE, TO EMBRACE THE BURNING AND PASSIONATE HEART OF GOD.
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! Why? 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 what? For us 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 and cast out demons? As a Kingdom Dweller, it's inevitable. Let His Kingdom come! It is finished.
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Exodus 12:13 -- "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you....."
On the night of the first Passover, many of the children of Israel were probably anxious.
They may have said "Yes! We were told to put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of our home and everything would be all right. Is that true?"
Or "Can the blood really protect me? Or How much blood do I have to put on my doorposts? Or Will the angel of death get me if I am fearful?
DO WE NEED TO DEVELOP DOCTRINE AND THEOLOGY OVER GOD'S CONDITIONS?
We do not need to add to God's conditions. He said, "When I see the BLOOD, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you."
He DID NOTsay, "When I see the blood, plus your understanding, efforts, obedience, faithfulness and refusal to give in to fear, then I will pass over you."
THE BLOOD ALONE SAVES
We are delivered by the blood of Jesus alone. If we think that it is because of our faith, then we will always be wondering, "Do I have enough faith? No, it is the blood alone that saves.
Saves from what? -- anything that doesn't match up with heaven.
Matthew 6:10 -- "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
If we think that our deliverance depends partly on God and partly on us, we will not have a settled peace in our heart. But when we know that its the blood alone that saves, we will have an unshakable peace.
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Ephesians 1:5,6 - "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."
A low opinion of yourself or self-hatred is not from God but from the enemy.
Prayer is not trying to get God to do something for you by making Him feel sorry for you. It is coming to Him knowing that you not only deserve what you ask because of the righteousness of Christ, but you also have a right to it because it is based on His Word.
Hebrews 4:16 - "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
John 8:39 - They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham."
Abraham was an alien and stranger on the earth. The goal of his life was to have a place in what God was building, not men.
We are not the heirs of faith because we know that we must live by faith, but we become the heirs of faith by actually having faith, by doing the same deeds that Abraham did.
We must devote ourselves to finding what is God's PURPOSE for our life and sacrifice whatever is required to manifest it.
Galatians 3:6,7 - "Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham."
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The Innumerable “Great Multitude” of Revelation 7:9
Rev. 7:9 I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, out of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, standing before the [heavenly] throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
Question: How many people would it take that “no one could number them?” Not, “no man,” but “no one” (obviously excluding God), which would include angels.
We find the mention of a very large number in Revelation 9:
Rev. 9:16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was 200 million; I heard the number of them.
So if 200 million (lit. “two ten thousands of ten thousands”) can be numbered, clearly the Great Multitude must exceed this amount. It is therefore reasonable to expect that the Great Multitude will number at least one billion people.
Current estimates of the number of professing Christians is in the range of 2¼ billion, out of a total world population of 7.2 billion. However, before the 1800s A.D., total world population was less than a billion, with the number of Christians very much less than that. Therefore, the total number of professing Christians that have lived on earth since the time of Jesus is estimated at 3+ to 5 billion; about half of which are currently alive. However, remember that “the gospel was also preached [and likely still is being preached] to those who are dead” (1 Pet. 4:6), so the total number of those coming to saving faith in the Christ will be significantly higher than 3-5 billion.
At the Rapture, when
1 Thes. 4:16 …the Lord himself will descend from heaven…with a trumpet of God…the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up/raptured together with them in clouds… Heb. 12:24 …to Jesus, mediator of the new covenant…22 to Mount Zion and to the city of the Living God, heavenly Jerusalem… 23 to a general assembly and Church of the Firstborn having been registered in heaven, and to God the Judge of all…
My previous blog article, The Firstfruits and the Harvest, explains the role of these firstborn: “Following the typology of the Mosaic Law, only the Firstfruits/Firstborn are to be brought before Godʼs sanctuary: in the Latter Days, that being the heavenly sanctuary.” This is the heavenly naos spoken of in Revelation 7ʼs passage about the Great Multitude:
Rev. 7:15 “Therefore they [the Great Multitude] are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his sanctuary/naos.”
In the blog article Job Openings in the Kingdom, it is shown that the Servants of the Priesthood in the heavenly sanctuary correspond to the Levitical servants of the Aaronic priesthood in the earthly sanctuary. Like the Great Multitude, the Levites were called out from among their brethren (the twelve tribes of Israel) to be a firstborn to God:
Num. 8:16 “For they are wholly given to Me from among the children of Israel. I have taken them for Myself instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the children of Israel. 17 For all the firstborn among the children of Israel are Mine…”
The tribe of the Levites comprised only a fraction of all of Godʼs people Israel. So too the Great Multitude, the Church of the Firstborn, will comprise only a fraction of the Lordʼs entire Church. Like the Levites, these are ones God has chosen to serve in holiness before Him. And like the Levites, who were Temple workers but not priests, these will not be granted heavenly priestly authority, a role reserved for the Melchizedek priesthood alone.
2 Corinthians 4:18 -- "While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
We have two sets of ears and two sets of eyes. We have the "NATURAL SET" that we are born with, and we have a "SPIRITUAL SET" that is activated when we are born again.
As we grow spiritually, we begin to see with our spiritual eyes and hear with our spiritual ears.
John 5:19 - "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
ALLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO LET US SEE AND HEAR
John 5:30 - "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me."
Jesus is our example. He stated plainly that He was able to see what the Father was doing, and hear what the Father was saying. Like us, He had to allow the Holy Spirit to let Him see and hear. The success of Jesus' ministry was based on time He spent with the Father and hearing Him accurately.
God never promised to lead us by our physical senses or our mental faculties. In every situation we have to:
1. Take note not so much what our natural (physical) senses are telling us, but what the Holy Spirit is revealing.
2. See through the eyes of the Spirit which is usually in great contrast to what the natural eyes are telling us.
THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS
John 11:41,42 - 'Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that you always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.'
Jesus was, in effect, saying it was unnecessary to pray, except for the people to hear Him. He had already seen what God was going to do. Earlier in prayer, the Father had revealed to Him that Lazarus was going to come forth from the grave.
Matthew 9:24,25 -- "He said to them, 'Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.' And they laughed Him to scorn. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.''
Jesus ignored what His natural eyes told Him, and He declared what His spiritual eyes saw. He saw the heart of God and the mind of God which was far more of a reality than what His physical senses told Him.
CROSSING THE BRIDGE INTO THE ETERNAL
Faith is the bridge between the eternal (the unseen) and the temporal (the seen). In prayer, we can cross that bridge and see as God sees. Real prayer is not just words, but intently waiting on God until we (by the Spirit) see what He is seeing.
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Luke 10:38-40 - "As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, 'Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"'
Many people have their own ideas about what they want to do for God, and this is why they keep drifting off in the wrong direction. It is easy to become preoccupied in doing things for God rather than doing what God has specifically told us to do.
Nowhere in the story does it say that Jesus was hungry. It says just that Martha went about preparing food for Jesus. God doesn't want us to start anything, including doing good works for Him, until we consult Him. This is because He doesn't want us to work "for" Him, but "with" Him in partnership. We are God's fellow workers or workers together with Him.
2 Corinthians 6:1 - "Laboring together as God's fellow workers with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain."
WHEN GOD REVEALS TO ME THE ASSIGNMENT THAT I WAS BORN TO FULFILL, I PRIORITIZE MY LIFE IN KEEPING WITH THAT VISION.
I DECIDE HOW MANY OF THE THINGS THAT I AM CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ARE BENEFICIAL TO MY DREAM.
THERE ARE SOME GOOD PEOPLE IN MY LIFE WHO ARE "BAD" FOR ME BECAUSE THEY'RE DISTRACTING ME FROM GOING WHERE I WANT TO GO.
THERE ARE SOME GOOD BOOKS IN MY HOUSE THAT ARE WRONG FOR ME BECAUSE THEY TAKE MY FOCUS OFF MY GOAL.
MY VISION PROTECTS ME FROM BEING MISGUIDED BY GOOD ALTERNATIVES - IT ALLOWS ME TO SAY NO TO LESSER OPPORTUNITIES, EVEN IF THERE ARE CERTAIN BENEFITS TO THEM.
"He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, "O Lord God, You know." - Ezekiel 37:3 NASB
This scripture asks the question, "...can these bones become living people again?" The word living does not only mean to come back to life after being physically dead, it also applies to brokenness, a dying dream, a losing struggle, and times of hopelessness and despair in any area of our lives. To live means to be refreshed, rejuvenated, revived, or to be given the promise of life. It also means to be restored or renewed—or simply to be made whole again.
Just as the wind breathed new life into the dry bones from the Ezekiel passage, God wants to resurrect our spirits as well. He wants to welcome us into His living presence and impart that same resurrection life to us, breathing new life into the dead places in our lives. And while some may come along and say, "God can't use us," God is saying otherwise.
"Therefore, prophesy and say unto them, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O My people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel." - Ezekiel 37:12
Micah 2:13 - “The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the LORD at their head.”
God, the breaker, goes before us and breaks open the way. Something compels God into action to open those gates -- faith coupled with obedience. Faith opens the gate of heaven. When heaven’s gate opens, what is in heaven comes down to earth: health, boldness, peace, love, grace, glory, revelation, strategy and all the rest of the kingdom of God.
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Romans 10:10 - "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness......."
Romans 5:17 - "For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ."
Paul makes two significant statements about righteousness:
1. With the heart man believes unto righteousness.
2. When we receive Jesus and we are born again, we receive "the gift of righteousness."
RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A GIFT
Too often we have associated righteousness with "good works." The Bible teaches good works and right conduct, but all of our good works and right conduct will never make us righteous. If good works made us righteous, we wouldn't need Jesus.
Another fallacy about righteousness is that we've thought we had to grow into some kind of "high spiritual state" to be righteous. We can grow in the Lord and we can develop spiritually, but we cannot grow in righteousness. We will never be any more righteous than we are right now!
2 Corinthians 5:17,21 - "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. For he hath made him (God has made Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."
Matthew 6:33 -- "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
In Christ we become new creatures. In Him we become the righteousness of God when we are born again (verse 21).
This righteousness we are told to seek is not right behavior, but RIGHT STANDING before God, which comes to us as a gift when we receive salvation.
Romans 4:5 -- "But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness."
We are not righteous because of how morally upright we are.
We are not righteous because we exercise self-control.
We are not righteous because we read 10 chapters of the Bible daily.
We are not righteous because we feel righteous.
JESUS' FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS
We are the righteousness of God in Christ solely because the sacrifice of Jesus made us so. When we believe this, our faith is accounted for righteousness.
If we are righteous by our deeds, we don't need faith. We also don't need faith to know that we are sinful. But we do need faith to believe and declare that we are the righteousness of God in Christ, in the midst of our struggles with temptation and sin.
At the cross, Jesus didn't just remove our sins, He also gave us His righteousness so that today, we can come boldly before the throne of God and receive freely everything that He died to give us!
I seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, not my own righteousness, and "all these things shall be added to me."
I am righteous only because of the blood and finished work of Jesus at the cross.
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Revelation 4:6,8 - "And around the throne, in the center at each side of the throne, were four living creatures who were full of eyes in front and behind. And the four living creatures, individually having six wings, were full of eyes all over and within; and day and night they never stop saying, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come."
The many eyes represent the open and all-inclusive vision that is the result of being in God's presence.
These "living creatures" are symbols of the life one finds as he abides in God's presence.
1 Corinthians 2:10 - "Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the Holy Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God."
In Him our eyes can think - they see with discernment and understanding. The mind of Christ fuses with our vision, revealing what was impossible to be seen by the narrowness of our perception; we see "In front and behind."
Our vision also comes from "The center of the Throne".
Not only do we see distant spiritual realities but we are close enough to penetrate and search the depths of God himself.
Ephesians 2:6 - "And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together in the heavenly sphere in Christ Jesus."
Yet, at the same time being near to God also gives us "eyes within" - eyes which monitor the motives that guide self; inner eyes which stand guard against sin. The more our vision opens up, the greater we see God and His Holiness.
The slightest sin in our lives becomes significant; we are compelled to live pure before Him.
I AM LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AS OPPOSED TO MY INTELLECT TO BRING FORTH THE PROMISE OF GOD WITHIN ME (MY DESTINY).
I AM IN LABOR, INCREASING IN WISDOM, AS JESUS WAS IN HIS TIME OF PREPARATION.
Luke 2:52 - "And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man."
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“Rise up and shine, for your light has come. The shining-greatness of the Lord has risen upon you. For see, darkness will cover the earth. Much darkness will cover the people. But the Lord will rise upon you, and His shining-greatness will be seen upon you. Nations will come to your light. And kings will see the shining-greatness of the Lord on you." Isaiah 60:1-3
"Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever." Daniel 12:3
The Lord is raising up for HIMSELF a people who are walking in the three-fold blessing of His Character, His Nature, and His Power! We need to access and internalize what it means to walk in the full stature of Christ, to move and function out of the fullness of the Holy Spirit, to experience the breakthrough power of the anointing.
FRUITFULNESS AND BREAKTHROUGH TO BE A WAY OF LIFE
Many have been thrust into great spheres of effectiveness and influence, according to God’s PURPOSE for their lives. The breakthrough glory realm sets in deeply like a firmly planted tent peg, altering everything to bring in great fruit and breakthrough in new levels of DESTINY.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20, 21).
EVERYONE HAS A MINISTRY
One of the unique things about the Church of the New Covenant is that God has authorized and commanded every believer to do the work of the ministry! God wants an entire army of workers out doing the vital work of DISCIPLESHIP of the saints and building up His Body, the Church.
The true success of our ministry to others will be by how it brought forth the formation of Christ within the person God has given us to DISCIPLE.
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"Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil." - Ephesians 5:15,16
Jesus knew this world was a realm under satanic siege. From the casting out of lucifer and his angels from Heaven, to the temptation in the Garden of Eden, to Babylon and the multiplication of nations under satanic influence, planet Earth has been an embattled world. The idea that somehow our era is less threatened by evil is the height of deception. We must fight if we will follow Christ into victory.
No matter how beautiful or even innocent the world around us seems at times, remember there was a serpent in Paradise itself. If Adam and Eve had possessed a war mode mentality, they never would have casually accepted the lies of lucifer. Likewise today, we need to be wise and walk carefully, for "the days are evil."
A test is different from a temptation. Spiritual tests are given to us so that we can go on to the greater anointing and spiritual authority.
Luke 11:9 - "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."
Jesus is telling us, "Don't stop after you pray. Get up and go look for what you asked for. You will find it if you seek it. It may be behind some closed doors. If that is the case, then knock. When the devil tries to hold it back, just keep persisting until the door falls down."
According to the Word of God, If you knock it will come to pass. This is the meaning of active prayer.
2 Timothy 3:17 - "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
Do not accept what the world calls normal. We need a fresh Gospel mentality that is willing to walk away from the things that hinder and hamper our CALLING IN CHRIST.
Jesus' invitation to Peter is still being given to us today. Are you ready to leave the shore and become something more?
"Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all your waves and billows have gone over me." - Psalm 42:7
Can you feel the depth of God's heart CALLING to you in this season? Can you feel the depth of your spirit desiring Him more than your next breath? Launch out and launch into Him. It is in this place that your wilderness becomes a fruitful field.
His power is alive and flowing through us, and once you receive the breakthrough in one area, your faith will become stronger and you will find that you have faith to move mountains that are a little larger than what the last ones were, because you are attaining the understanding unto believing, and that simply means that the word no longer remains as only head knowledge, but also becomes written on the tablets of your heart ie. it has been made real to your spirit.
When we make a place of agreement with discouragement, we tend to shortly thereafter give up. As Believers, we must see the enemy as he really is...underneath our feet!
Luke 10:19 - "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
Jeremiah 23:29 says, "'Is not My word like a fire?' says the LORD, 'And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?'"
Words are not enough to claim the Kingdom of God. It takes strength and courage and violence. You must violently resist the tides of the world. Violently give up all that holds you back from God. Violently turn your will over to God to do His will alone.
We have many concerns and many thoughts that should have been taken captive but were not (2 Corinthians 10:5, Matthew 6:31). But when we enter into that place of His Presence (Psalm 91:1), He begins to re-order our thinking Heavenward. Most of the earthly stuff moves into the unimportant category.
Oh, how the Lord longs for His church to receive a revelation of His ravished heart - utterly overwhelmed with delight for us - even though we may not like or believe in ourselves. (Psalm 45:11)
John the Baptist was a prophet. He introduced Jesus. We may be ordinary people, but we do the same thing -- men and women introducing the Man, Christ Jesus.
The Lord is calling His sons to arise. They will arise with power and authority when they know their identity in Christ and they stand on that truth. Our true identity comes from our position as children of God. As children of God we inherit everything that Jesus has as we are co-heirs with Him.
The idea of spiritual adoption is presented in John 1:12 - "But those who embraced him and took hold of his name were given authority to become the children of God!"
To make Christians, we must get people attached to Jesus, not to certain evangelical teachings. As witnesses, we as persons are important. Our personalities and Christ combine in this work.
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"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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"Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you." -NASB
"Arise and Shine." He says to you, "What is your mountain? Where do you have to go to shine to be seen? What do you have to do? For there is a mobilization He is calling you to that is far greater than you've ever known before. You will advance in the day of His power, so stir yourself up, stir yourself up on your most holy faith and get on your boots and get ready to be a mountain climber.
He is calling His people together to go forward -- even now receive a new anointing of faith, receive a new revelation of His PURPOSE for your life, receive a new anointing of strength, receive a new anointing of grace, fear not for He with you. Resist the devil and he will flee, so it's time to shine."
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The main idea for breakthrough comes from the breakthrough of water from 2 Samuel 5:20: "So David went to Baal Perazim (which means 'possessor of the breaches' that carries the idea of 'the Lord who possesses the breach, or point of breakthrough') and David defeated them there; and he said, 'The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.'" The breakthrough of water is like a crack in a dam that continues to grow wider and wider.
Eight Keys to Receiving Your Breakthrough:
1. Persistent Prayer.
Grace works in persistent prayer! Spiritual breakthroughs come to those who persevere before the throne of grace in faith! Have you tried breakthrough prayer as a collective body? Before Breakthrough takes place we need Supernatural Perspective! When the supernatural wisdom of God begins to flow from the dimension of heaven to your spirit – the Holy Spirit gives your mind the revelation of the truth. Spiritual maturity is developed as we learn how to persevere and persist, anchored on God’s Word even when our natural circumstances show absolutely no signs of improvement. You become the greatest catalyst of breakthrough when you learn how to hear what God is saying and pray these eternal realities over the present conditions.
1Samuel 1:19-20 And they rose up in the morning early, and WORSHIPPED before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.’ (Job 22:28, NASB) Are you in need of a breakthrough? A prophetic decree is an authoritative ‘now’ word that unlocks the supernatural and causes a shift to take place. When we decree something, we are making a declaration that has the weight of Kingdom authority behind it.
Jericho and the walls coming down required obedience. It is the Key: God gave directions to Joshua, They were not suggestions, They were his commandments, their victory was totally reliant upon their obedience.
Praise is faith expressing itself audibly. Faith has a voice, Faith calls those things which be not as though they were, and those things that be as though they were not. Faith hears God say it’s done, sees God make it done and shouts because it believes it’s done. paul and Silas' prayer and praise caused tremors in the realms of darkness. Suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the building, and the doors were opened.
6. Change Your Perspective.
This requires seeing the invisible and Faith which is about "things we do not see," There are many ways of seeing or looking at something and what matters is how God sees things. Sometimes we need to "Change our approach to the battle"
Thanksgiving builds our faith, and that faith sustains us while we continue to believe for the complete miracle—for ourselves and for others. Focusing on what God is doing causes us to be thankful.
8. Hearing God
The Voice Of God is the Master Key To your Supernatural Breakthrough. Hear it and Speak it. Agree with the decree.
If you TRULY want to create a breakthrough in your life, take consistent and persistent steps daily to your dreams or goals!
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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.
GOD IS CALLING FOR ME TO ENTER INTO A COVENANT BOND WITH HIM - A COVENANT WHERE I PLEDGE MY LIFE. I AM THANKFUL, AND HE PLEDGES HIS LIFE TO SHINE FORTH THROUGH ME.
I BEGIN TO THANK HIM.
I NAME THE GIFTS HE HAS GIVEN ME, STARTING WITH THE BLESSING OF LIFE ITSELF.
WHEN I THANK HIM I AM HONORING HIM.
I AM THANKFUL, REGARDLESS OF WHAT MY LIFE SEEMS TO BE.
Isaiah 43:1,2 - "Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle up thee. "
JESUS IS MY WARFARE-COMPANION DURING EVERY BATTLE WITH MY ENEMY.
Isaiah 60:1 - "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee."
God will advance you forward--even into a place of glory you've not known. Go through the gate, and go beyond.
Even though things have grown icy around you and have attempted to stop your movement, the sound of movement down deep within your spirit will press through that blockade of ice and your way will open up and you'll find yourself in new waters. God's light in you will draw many fish to you. God's supply is there.
I DECREE THAT MY ZEAL AND PASSION WILL ARISE IN A NEW WAY.
I MOVE FORWARD INTO THE PLACE OF GOD'S PRESENCE.
I DO NOT FEAR NEW WATERS AND UNCHARTED COURSES.
I GRAB HOLD OF THE MOMENT AND PUSH FORWARD INTO MY DESTINY.
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Matthew 16:19 - "Whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven."
How do we know what is bound and loosed in heaven? Who tells us what heaven's reality looks like?
The only way to know these things and to function as the HOUSE OF GOD and GATE OF HEAVEN is to have revelation of what is happening in heaven. Otherwise, we're working in the dark.
God has always wanted to release truth to His people, backed by the Word, of things that are found in heaven but have no earthly parallel. Jesus said: "If I have told you of earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you of heavenly things?" (John 3:12)
He was expressing a desire to reveal things to us about what's happening in the spiritual realm that have no corresponding earthly picture.
Isaiah 9:7 - "Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end........."
As His government increases in the earth, the Church will receive more and more revelation as we are engulfed in His glory.
I COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH THE FATHER TO RELEASE ME INTO THE THINGS HE HAS PREDESTINED ME FOR SINCE BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD.
I HUNGER FOR AND RECEIVE REVELATION AS PART OF MY EVERYDAY LIFE.
THAT REVELATION WILL HELP ME CARRY OUT MY EARTHLY ASSIGNMENTS WITH GREATER PRECISION AND WISDOM.
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"Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things." - Revelation 4:1, AMP
As we set your our agendas aside and come to Him -- we receive more than we could ever ask for and move you into a position that we never knew was possible."
STEPS TO POSITIONING FOR REVELATION:
1) Schedule consistent time to spend with the Lord, as you would any appointment.
2) Set aside your normal agenda and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.
3) Steward well the revelation and instructions you receive through intercession, discernment, and declaration in agreement with God's word.
God's invitation has been extended to all who desire to come and receive revelation. The revelation we receive is to be birthed this season. Declaration of these revelations will ignite the sparks for His upcoming move.
STEPPING THROUGH THE THRESHOLD WILL REVEAL YOUR NEXT STEP
It is time to step all the way over the threshold (Revelation 4:1) to receive clarity. We will not be able to fully see if we are straddling the doorway. We have to be fully committed and step over. As we do, we will see the revealing of our next steps.
SEASON OF GREATER ANOINTING
Just as Gideon originally believed he was the weakest and the least, and then came to know the truth that he was indeed a mighty man of valor, we also will come to understand our true identity in the Lord.
Once the truth of his identity was established, Gideon was given an assignment from God with a greater anointing that fit his true identity (Judges 6:12-15).
The Lord is calling you to step into your identity, so the greater anointing can come upon you. Like Gideon, when he stepped into his identity, the Holy Spirit will come upon you in greater power (Judges 6:34). As you step into your identity – you will step into God's PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE -- the greater anointing with greater power.
AWAKENING OF THE GENERATIONS
In the Old Testament, Israel moved with one purpose while being identified by the anointing in each tribe, not by their ages. Being known by our anointing will unite us. Being labeled with the truth not only unites us, but it also releases strength beyond our expectation. God is calling us to arise, as the called generation, and take our positions operating in our anointing to move His Kingdom forward.
Stand up and prophetically step over your threshold into this new season and declare:
• I am prophetically stepping into my season of revelation.
• I step into a new understanding of my identity as mighty and strong.
• I step into God's commissioning.
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Luke 19:12,13 - He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.'
A mina represents the truths of God's word, our inheritance in Christ, the love of God shed abroad in our hearts, and the covenant blessing that are given to each believer. Each individual has the same; no one is given extra to start with.
This parable speaks of what every one of us as believers possess in Christ. These blessings are ours in Christ, but it is our faith that appropriates and manifests them here on earth. And it's our obedience and giving that causes them to multiply. This is why the nobleman, who represents Jesus, says to his servants (us) - "Do business till I come". We are to take what we have been given and multiply it to the glory of God.
Luke 19:20,24 - "Then another servant came and said, 'Sir here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. Then he said to those standing by, 'Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.'"
The master said, "For I say to you, that to everyone who has, more will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."
More revelation will be given to him that has. This involves asking, seeking, and knocking(Matthew 7:7,8).
This parable shows that each man had the potential of multiplying his mina many times over. In regard to our personal lives, THERE IS NO LIMIT TO HOW MUCH WE CAN AFFECT AND BUILD THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
I ALLOW THE SEED OF INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL WITHIN ME TO BE RELEASED AND DISPLAY THE GLORY OF GOD TO THE WORLD!
I FORGET THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, AND PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.
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Luke 12:35: "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning."
"Dressed" implies walking IN the fullness of your calling and anointing, and ready for action as God directs. There is need to act and respond quickly, so your "lamp" must be filled and ready to burn. God's calling His Bride out of "luke-warmness" and into BURNING for Him. He is inviting you into a new dimension of passionate, contagious, radical pursuit of Him.
Trying to protect our self-image probably keeps us from seeing more of the power and glory of God than anything else.
We are priests and ministers of the New Covenant in the power and authority of the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead.
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts..... What are you O great mountain...you shall become a plain......amid shouts of 'Grace, grace to it." - Zechariah 4:6,7
What the Lord is showing us in Zechariah 4 is a heavenly blueprint or pattern for the Church. He tells us to die to ourselves, to come out of our own perceived strength and perceived power, and live in His ability.
Every believer in Christ Jesus can live in the perpetual continuous flow of the Holy Spirit daily in their life, for we've all been given the blessing and authority to tap into the root of continuous oil. That root is Jesus! (Romans 11:16,17)
Are you tired of going around the same old mountain hoping to get to the top, but the obstacles hold you back? It is time to shake off the old and get ready for the new and for receiving the workings of Christ in you, for NEW BEGINNINGS - for the rich oil of His anointing.
Our fight is the fight of faith: Do we believe, AFFIRM AND MEDITATE on what God has promised? Our war is against principalities and powers.
Jesus said His words "are spirit and are life" (John 6:63), which is to say that the substance or meaning in Christ's words represents an actual reality -- the living Spirit of the Kingdom of God.
Proclaim the Word of God with authority. Indeed, the Holy Spirit tells us to take up "the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). If we advance protected by the Blood of the Lamb, if we war armed with the Word of God, and if we shoulder in our hearts the Cross of Christ, we will truly be "more than conquerors through Him that loved us" (Romans 8:37).
You need to boldly confess the Word of God that covers your case every day. If you'll say it with victory and with love, it won't be long until God will move for you and your family.
"If you shall ask anything in my name I will do it." - John 14:14
Psalm 100:4,5 - "Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations."
Satan’s plan is to make us somehow accept, either through our upbringing, our experiences or through Church dogma that certain portions of the life of Christ are untrue or not valid in our case. Every battle we face in life is over the word and whether or not we can build our lives upon the faithfulness and integrity of God.
Hebrews 10:23 - "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is FAITHFUL;"
You become what you listen to. You become what you think, You become what's in your mind. If your mind is filled with the Word of God, then you will start becoming what it says. It will wash you.
"Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word." - Ephesians 5:25,26
Revelation 1:20 - "The mystery of the seven stars which you saw at My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches".
We are golden lamps, precious in the sight of God and continually shining and burning with His abiding love. He pours His oil and fire into us and we are the dispensers of the light! The lamp is not a light in itself; it's only the instrument for emitting the light. The lamp has to receive the oil and fire before it can dispense light.
Christ pours the unlimited oil of the anointing in us so that we can shine and burn continually, bringing the power, glory, and love of the Lord to the world.
Knowing how He views us in Christ will strengthen the inner man and demolish satan's strongholds.
"For the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds." - 2 Corinthians 10:4
Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
There is a condition within this verse that is very important -- "...called according to His purpose."
If you read this verse as it is written, then you will see that it is saying that: if you are in God's PURPOSE for your life and do all things according to His word (your calling, commission, and gifting) good things will come to you and the evil one cannot touch you.
"Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, 'See how He loved him!" John 11:35-36
Can you believe for the tear He weeps for you? Are you in a process that has not yet produced answers to your problems or your promises? Jesus says, "Believe, and you will see the glory of God."
Jesus understands the very personal, seemingly not understandable place you are battling and His tears are right there with you – dripping down over you in fact. And now, He calls you forth like Mary and Martha to follow Him further, through the tears, to a place where He plans resurrection and life!
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
"And He said to them, 'Why are you afraid? Do You still have no faith?'"
In Mark 4:35-41, we see Jesus giving the disciples an opportunity to step into storm-silencing dominion power and divine authority, but they do not quite get it at first. He responds to their call for help by mentoring and modeling how to silence a storm. What we see is that when a storm kicked up, the disciples forgot the word they had from the Lord that they were to go to "the other side" (Mark 4:35), and instead of overcoming the resistance of the storm they allowed themselves to be overcome by it.
Jesus knew the word He had given them was true and certain – no matter what (the word of the Lord always is). He also knew that the disciples were able to handle any storm or resistance. But when the disciples did not step into the authority they had been given by Him as His agents in the earth, Jesus did what He always does – He came to the rescue! Not only does He save them but in the saving He also reminds them of the dominion steward power that is available to every "son" of God in the earth if we simply believe (Romans 8:29, Mark 9:23).
What Jesus shows them then – and each of us right now – is how to silence any storm that would attempt to interrupt, delay or interfere with a promise of God. The simple steps are this:
(2) rest in the Word of the Lord (Mark 4:35, 39).
Know that He is always with you and empowering you, even in the midst of a severe storm He is right there with you (Mark 4:36). Do not take any storm lying down, but instead stand up to the storms sent against you, your promises, your family, your city, nation or world (Mark 4:39). Speak to the storm and command it to "be still!" Do this until you see the storm obey and bow – because it must (Mark 4:41, John 14:12).
ohn 2:3-5 - When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
"Why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
Jesus attended a wedding where they ran out of wine. As yet He hadn't performed any of the wonders for which He would later become known.
Mary knew who her Son was and what was possible.....her faith so touched the heart of the Father that He apparently changed the chosen time to unveil Jesus as the miracle worker. Her faith just made room for the extravagance of God!
Faith moves heaven, so that heaven will move earth.
Psalm 78:23-25 - "Yet He commanded the clouds above, and opened the doors of heaven; And He rained down manna upon them to eat, and gave them food from heaven. Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance."
As we read in John 6:31-35, Jesus is the manna from heaven. We must have a fresh encounter with Him, every day, and we must partake of Him every day.
We should be more addicted to the Son of God than a Junky is for His next fix.
If a junky does not get His fix He will soon begin to shake. Most of the shaking we go through in life is the result of our not having partaken of Christ, every day.
We, too, lose our spiritual strength, our vision, and soon go into spiritual convulsions when we do not partake of Him.
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