The Holy Seed Have Mingled Themselves

47A33CF9-3EC4-4713-B7FA-6B72596D9834“Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonished. Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonished until the evening sacrifice. And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God, And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day. And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments, Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness. Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever. And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.” – Ezra 9:1-15

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14-18  

When people read this they think of marriage or engagement, but did you know that this applies to much more?!

I once was convicted by GOD for even striking hands with the ungodly… a high-five or fist bump to some is a greeting, but in GOD’s eyes HE sees it as a sign of agreement and more than likely the ungodly (knowingly or unknowingly) do as well.

See once the sign of agreement happens the devil has access by right, fellowship with devils = relinquished authority over them!

These are dangers of agreement and fellowship of the ungodly.

What fellowship?

What communion?

What concord?

What part?

What agreement?

The answer is NONE! There should be no fellowship and agreement from the HOLY to the ungodly! The very word Holy means “set apart and sanctified”. We have all heard of the bad apple in the bag example of what happens to the whole bunch if the one rotten is allowed to remain. That which is unclean will definitely defile the clean, never will it work the other way around. Only AFTER the unclean has been made new by the cleansing power of the blood of Christ can they be received into fellowship with the Holy.

Remember:

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”- 1 Peter 2:9-10

The devil is well aware of the effect of this scheme and how well it works. This one thing, I believe, is the most common plot of the enemy! Infiltrate and infect, till that which desires to remain holy must separate. I look around and see this happening to almost every church I have attended. It is how the devil has destroyed the people of GOD all throughout history and is still actively doing so today. Whether corporately as a church body or individually in our daily relationships, the plot remains the same… because it works!

So no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it might be, choose the separation from the world and stay set apart unto GOD. I’d much rather have the whole world offended by my separation, than to be cut off by my GOD because I offended HIM!

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” – Psalms‬ ‭1:1-6‬


Submitted by Heather Wright

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THE BATTLE OF THE WILL

img_5061“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.” – ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭57:15-16‬ ‭‬‬

Contrite: crushed to powder; destroyed
Humble: low, lowly, abase
Revive: quicken, restore to life
Heart: inner man, mind, will, emotions, character

As I understand the Scripture, GOD is looking for a people who ACKNOWLEDGE not in word alone, (but in action and deed) that HE IS GOD by a people who are destroyed in their own will, mind, and breath and lay low in disposition of character. In other words, NOT SELF-willed; but GOD-willed. Only this dead-willed people will our HOLY LORD GOD REVIVE! This is the BATTLE OF BATTLES, the war between GOD and man, and the sooner people decide to destroy their own self-will, self-desire, in humility and surrender, the sooner GOD will quicken, or revive our spirit and hearts to Himself.
GOD cannot revive what refuses to die! Even demons are more submissive to GOD than the self-willed man. The mercy of GOD waits for people to submit to HIM, but HE won’t strive with us forever, there is an end to this struggle between GOD’S WILL and self-will, but at the end of this battle which side will you find yourself on? The scariest thought for me is to be found in self-will standing face to face with GOD! For as Scripture states HE resists the proud, but gives Grace to the humble.

Compassion for the repentant:

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” – Isaiah‬ ‭57:15-21‬ ‭‬‬

GOD desires to heal us and restore us to life in Himself, but those who refuse to give up their heart, will, and desires to Him, will come under His Judgement.

Judgement for the unrepentant:

“Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew‬ ‭11:20-30‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

The Gospel Truth

IMG_2253-1“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” – ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭

Many people have a misconstrued interpretation of Scripture, and therefore ERROR GREATLY!!!

SALVATION:
GOD’S Plan? YES!
For HIS OWN PURPOSE? YES!
BY HIS POWER AND FOR HIS GLORY? YES!
IS IT HIS WILL THAT ALL SHALL BE SAVED? YES!!

But, does that mean that all will be saved? NO!! Why? Because Salvation, though it is the work of GOD, is not done by force. HE MADE THE WAY FOR SALVATION, but it’s up to each individual to choose to take it , or not!

“ …choose you this day whom ye will serve; … – Joshua‬ ‭24:15‬

Example: Someone is drowning and the lifeguard throws out the lifesaver… unless the person puts it on, it cannot save them!!! They can look at it, talk about it, acknowledge that it is the only way to be saved, and even believe that it will… but unless they choose to grab hold of it and put it on, they WILL drown!!!

Does GOD want anyone to die in sin and go to HELL? NO!!! But nevertheless, as JESUS says in Matthew 7, MANY WILL! But why? Because they continued to work iniquity (sin): “…depart from me ye workers of iniquity, I (HE SAYS) never knew you!” 

When people choose to remain in sin, though JESUS CHRIST died to take it away, they are foolishly CHOOSING TO ETERNALLY DIE IN HELL, though they had been given the opportunity to be saved!

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭

That being said, CAN A PERSON LOOSE THEIR SALVATION?

Let examine it! Once the understanding of Scripture has been rightly divided, and the truth attained by searching the WHOLE COUNSIL OF GOD by the help of the HOLY SPIRIT OF TRUTH, then we can give a correct answer to this question. “Can a person loose their Salvation?”
Once you understand that SALVATION, though it is GOD’S WILL for all to be saved, but many WILL NOT BE BY CHOICE, then we can understand more clearly, how these Scriptures unfolded together! I don’t believe that a person JUST looses their salvation, one cannot accidentally loose the most precious gift ever given to mankind. No the power of GOD IS GREAT ENOUGH TO SECURE THIS PROMISE TO US. HOWEVER, to be most accurate with words and the understanding of them, ONE CAN, AND MANY DO, CHOOSE TO RELINQUISH (willfully give up) THEIR SALVATION!!! Scripture is VERY CLEAR! Those who ENDURE TO THE END SHALL BE SAVED!

“I (Paul) therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” – ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:26-27‬ ‭

The Apostle Paul compared his own Salvation to a race, saying “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have KEPT THE FAITH…”. Remember we are saved by GOD’S GRACE (POWER) THROUGH OUR FAITH! We have a part to play in our Salvation! That’s FAITH! And FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD. Right

So what exactly is FAITH? Many people get in constant disagreements over this simple little word: is it belief or works? The answer is, neither. It’s trust, being confidently fully persuaded that what GOD HAS PROMISED HE IS ABLE ALSO TO PERFORM! FAITH IS BEING IN FULL AGREEMENT WITH THE PRESENT LIVING SPOKEN WORD AND WILL OF GOD AND ACTING IN OBEDIENCE TO IT! Simply put, FAITH IS TRUSTING AND SURRENDERING TO THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF JESUS CHRIST EVERDAY! Jesus said that no one can serve two masters, that he will hate one and cling to the other. SO NO ONE CAN BE A SERVANT OF SIN AND OF JESUS CHRIST AT THE SAME TIME.  NO, JESUS DIED TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS, Not leave us in them. Sorry to burst your bubble, but being a willful continual sinner will destroy you in HELL!!! However, if by FAITH FULLY TRUSTING JESUS CHRIST, we obey HIS VOICE BY CHOOSING HIS WILL OVER OUR OWN, AND BY CONTINUING TO DO SO UNTIL THE END, WE SHALL BE SAVED!

So if you’re not saved (from your sins) CHOOSE TO BE!

If you are saved, then don’t relinquish (give up) your Salvation to serve yourself, for if you do, you will die in your sins and find yourself in HELL for all eternity without another single opportunity to REPENT and be saved!

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews‬ ‭10:26-31‬

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John‬ ‭1:5-9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!

The BLOOD OF CHRIST CANNOT CLEANSE WHAT IT HAS NOT BEEN APPLIED TO. It’s time to WALK in the TRUTH of HIS WORD AND HOLY SPIRIT AND ALLOW HIM TO WASH AWAY OUR SINS!

“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward….And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it….Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.” – Isaiah‬ ‭1:4, 15-20, 24-28‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

THE RAIN IS COMING: ARE YOU READY?

img_6309“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew‬ ‭7:21-27‬ ‭KJV‬

Storms in life come in many ways, but understanding it’s purpose can bring comfort to such an uncomfortable situation. First thing to remember is that JESUS CHRIST IS STILL LORD OF THE STORMS! They are not just attacks from the devil… they were actually allowed by GOD, sent by GOD, and they have purpose! See the storm is the test. When it comes, it will reveal what foundation that you have built your life upon; because unless that foundation is Jesus Christ, it will surly fall!

The first thing to note is that, the dividing line is whether we actually DO the will of the Father or not. This one thing determines what foundation we are building upon. Hearing God’s voice is one thing (and very necessary), but it’s the actual DOING IT that counts.

Another interesting thought is this: GOD made us all from the dust of the earth… so as I think on this, what is revealed to me, is that the “sand” in this passage actually represents man or self. Most people are so busy going about doing works all for themselves, even many doing “Good works” are doing them for the purpose of easing their conscience to feel better about themselves. In essence, those who are building their house upon sand are building their own kingdom, for themselves, upon themselves, making even the good things they do complete vanity! In judgement all this will burn up in smoke.

Hear what the Apostle Paul tells the church of Corinth who were boasting in men:

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:6-23‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As Jesus speaks, so we do, this is what pleases the Father. But those who do NOT do the will of the Father will be destroyed by the storms. Therefore I can conclude that the storms come to clear the stage of all the ungodly kingdoms of man, and to rain down blessing to grow the Kingdom of GOD in the earth through faith in Christ Jesus!

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me. The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish. And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.” – Deuteronomy‬ ‭28:1-24‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Therefore let us choose obedience to the VOICE OF THE LORD GOD that the blessings may fall upon us.

Submitted by Heather Wright

Breaking Camp

img_5284In every season there is purpose. Sometimes we don’t understand the purpose, or the pain. However, we know that Romans 8:28 states that all things work together for the good of those that love God. Certain situations may never make sense, we may never understand, but we are not told to understand, we are simply told to believe. God will be with you through this, He will be with you after, and He promises to make all things new.

The Israelites had been at the base of the mountain for long enough. God spoke to the people to break camp. He was actually telling the people He was sending them into the land of the ammoniates, their enemies. In the natural that made no sense, but the lord was trying to set them up to be weak in Him, so He could be strong through them. While doing this He would in turn show the surrounding nations how powerful the God of Israel was. He was trying to give them another Red Sea moment and encourage them. He wanted to remind the people how Great the might of their God was. He told them not to be afraid, to courageously go forward; they had a decision to make. They could stay there, choose to go another way (both would be acts of rebellion) or choose to trust Him. That would entail going in unfamiliar territory and taking the land. They were standing at the the place of decision, one of the ways in the natural looked impassable, but nonetheless they had to trust God and go through giants, they were going to ha e to hold their ground and fight for what God had already promised them. Once the victory was achieved the Promise land would be theirs. We know the story, they wavered in their faith and their belief in Gods Sovereignty. Because of this the promise land was lost to that generation. That wasn’t Gods plan, He had a victory waiting for them.

I want encourage you to keep walking, keep trusting, and lean not on your own understanding. God is setting up supernatural deliverances, victories, and provision. Go forward, don’t look back, don’t listen to your feelings, they have the capability to mislead you. Lean on God and what He says. Rebuke doubt and fear. God has already made the provisions.

Submitted by Jessica Fudge

Leave Behind Your Pain (misfortune), & Put On Your Praise!

img_6162It seems to be an all too familiar narrative in our day to day lives. There is always something that we look to complain, whine, or be upset about. Misfortune in some way, shape, or form will soon come to us all. No one is immune from it and it can takes many different forms.

In the books of the bible, we also see many different forms of pain, misfortune, or difficult circumstances coming against those whose only hope is by clinging onto their faith and praising God.

There are so many different examples in the bible that I am unable to list them all in this one message. However, in this manna we will look at two well known stories from the bible and look at how they did not let their pain –or misfortune- cause them to stop believing, worshipping, and praising God.

The first that we will look at is the story of Joseph, the favored son of Jacob (Israel) in the book of Genesis. As you recall Joseph’s brothers were no doubt very jealous of Joseph. He was not only their father’s favorite son, who he made a coat of many colors for, (Gen. 37:3) but he also was shown favor by God with the gift of dreams. This just made his brothers not only more angry and jealous, but also fear him because of the nature of his dreams that he may rule and reign over them. (Gen 37:5-8)

So in an attempt to be rid of him, they sold him into slavery after a discussion of whether or not to kill him. They first stripped him of his clothes, through him into a pit with no water, and then sold him into slavery for 20 pieces of silver. (Gen. 37:28)

Can you imagine the pain that had to be from Joseph’s point of view? Here Joseph is in the company of his brothers, family, that one would think that you are safest with family members. The thought that kind of betrayal would make most people harbor an anger that most of us could only imagine.

Joseph was then taken by the slavers down into Egypt where he was sold again in to the service of the Captain of the guard of Pharaoh. But it states in the bible that the Lord was with Joseph, in his most dire situation, he saw favor. Joseph was made the overseer of the Captain’s house and all that he had. (Gen 39:4-5)

So even in the midst’s of being betrayed by his own brothers he did not lose his faith, or blame God. He was taken from an unfavorable place and was then elevated in his situation. Joseph then saw more trails and tribulation when the wife of the captain desired and wanted to lay with Joseph. Joseph refused her many advances and even ran away from her in what one could only imagine to be a desperate attempt to escape a bad situation. (Gen 39:7)

He remained virtuous and righteous, and was then punished for something he did not do. The wife lied to her husband and other servants and Joseph was promptly placed in jail for a lie where he would be for over 2 years.(Gen. 39:20)

Joseph still did not lose his faith or favor in the Lord after yet another terrible thing befell him. But the Lord was still with Joseph, and he was shown favor by the keeper of the prison. He went from favored son, to slave, to overseer of a household, to prisoner, and now the prison keeper’s assistant. He never once stopped believing or lost his faith in God, or let his situation (surroundings) cause him to stumble and fall. Joseph in his faith was still receiving the gifts of the Lord by being able to interpret dreams. He proved himself in prison to two fellow prisoners and then to Pharaoh himself. (Gen. 41:25)

Joseph is then rewarded again with Pharaoh promoting him to 2nd in all the land only lower than Pharaoh himself.
Even after everything Joseph had been through; hated by his brothers, put into a pit, sold into slavery, and being put into prison. He never faltered with his belief and praise of God. And when it could have been so easy too at that. And yet he saw time and time again being restored and even elevated in every situation. It’s far too easy in today’s society/world to look to lay blame at or on someone, or complain about why this and that is going on. We must always understand what it is that we are facing on a daily basis.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

The devil is a liar. He looks to steal, kill, destroy any and everything and everyone that he can. (John 10:10) We must remember that sometimes the very things that seem like they will destroy or ruin you can be used by God to put you into a position and place that is beyond your own understanding. Do you think that Joseph could have understood that had it not been for him being sold into slavery and placed in prison over a lie, that he would have not been able to provide his family with food when the 7 years of famine came upon the land?

“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.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

Another story to consider is Job. Job had everything possible going well and great for him. He had everything anyone could possibly want at that time. 7 son, 3 daughters, he had a great wealth of possessions, great household, it was even said in scripture Job1:3 (KJV) “so that this man was the greatest of all men of the east.”

Job seemed to have everything going for him, this must have truly angered Satan. As it is written in Job 1:8-11, the Lord used Job as an example to Satan, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”

Satan then tried to state that the only reason that this was so, was because the Lord had blessed and protected all that Job had. Stop or remove your protection and he will surely curse you the devil claims. The devil thought that he “got one over on the Lord” by trying to goat him into allowing this righteous man to suffer to try and prove a point. But the devil could not see what God was doing, he is not a creator and so he cannot see down the road how and what the Lord was planning to do for Job. Satan then proceeds to destroy and kill all that Job has and owns, he even then attacks Job physically. And what and how does Job do? Job drops everything and worshipped the Lord. How amazing! In the face of losing it all, that he instead of asking “why me God?” or being angry with or blaming God, he worshipped him.

Job 1:20-22 (KJV) Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down up the ground, and worshipped. And said, Naked came I out of mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

“But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” Job 2:10 (KJV)

After everything Job went through, all that he lost, all those that died, all he suffered, and everything he endured he could not see nor understand what God was doing. We as a people tend to look more to the here and now of right in front of us. We cannot see all the things that the Lord see’s, knows, understands, and all that is planned. Did Job become discouraged? Yes, but that was due partly to the people he had who were speaking things in his ears.

We have to watch who and what we allow to speak not only things to us, but over us as well. They attempted to try and convince him of the fault of all that had befallen him, was a fault to do with him. In all this Job began to question God and that’s when the Lord comes to Job in the form of a whirlwind. God was putting Job “back in his place” so to speak. If Job had only known what all God would do and restore to him and more! God rewards Job for his faith from all his ordeals and even elevates him to where he ends up with double and far better off than when it all began. The bible records, he had 7 sons and 3 daughters again, in fact in all the land where there no women as beautiful as his daughters.

There is a power and peace that can be found when there is nothing else that you can do other than to just stop and pray. When you feel like there is so much coming against you that you don’t even know what direction is up, down, left, or right and you have no idea what or where to go and do next there is only one thing left to do. Stop, pray, give thanks, and worship to God.

Stop. Stop worrying about the things of this world and the perceptions that so much of us in today’s society worry about. Do I have this? Do I have that? Do I have the right look? Do I have the right clothes, vehicle, shoes, etc? You fill in the blank.
Pray. Pray to God for Him to come to you in your time of need. Pray to God for wisdom, for knowledge, for understanding, for peace, for comfort, for a connection to Him so that you may feel Him and know Him better. So that you may hear his voice and communicate with Him like we have a friend that we are speaking with face to face.

Give thanks. Thank the Lord for everything that He has given you in your life. Thank him for the times that God was there with you even when you didn’t know it. Thank Him for his grace, His mercy, His love, His son’s sacrifice, for His gifts, for everything in your life.

Worship. Worship the Lord so that you may be able to remove yourself from whatever trouble is going on in your life at that moment and connect with Him. Lift up your voice of praise and worship to Him that even in the moment of great trail, tribulation, or heartache that we know that He is Lord of all. And in Him we place our trust, faith, and understanding. For His is greater than any of us can fathom.

Submitted by Cole Peers

The Promise Comes By Faith

girl-dancing-rain“Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” (Gal 4:28)

This is quite possibly one of my favorite passages in the Bible. As God’s covenant with Abraham was fulfilled by his faith -which God credited as righteousness -so are we saved by faith through grace. With the principals of holiness in the law (old covenant) now written on the hearts of believers (new covenant).

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt 5:17-18)

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3:24-29)

So what does that mean for Christian’s today? It means that we are able to come boldly before the throne of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That the same God who loved and nurtured the generations of Abraham, will in turn accept us. Such is His promise because we are heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus. And this is accomplished through grace and by faith.

Scripture teaches that even a small amount of faith can do great things. Faith as great as Abraham’s can move mountains. And it did, for God often refers to the nation of Israel as a mountain.

“Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.” (Zechariah 8:3)

In Genesis, Noah’s ark, the embodiment of the promise God made for salvation from the flood (built through great faith, for until the time that the floods came, no one had ever seen rain!) came to rest a top a mountain.

God leaves nothing to chance.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. (Isaiah 2:2)

There are other biblical references to mountains as well. In the book of Jeremiah, the Lord calls Babylon a destroying mountain.

“Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the Lord, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.” (Jeremiah 51:25)

Jesus spoke to his disciples on more than one occasion about the faith needed to move mountains. Not because it was impossible, but because it was possible and even required!

The book of Matthew records a child under demonic possession being brought for deliverance, but the disciples fail in their attempt to heal him. The parent of the child comes to Jesus boldly declaring the failure. Jesus then rebukes them all in not so gentle terms.

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matt. 17:15-21)

KJV uses the word structure “Because of your unbelief…” which is softer framing of the words used in other manuscripts saying…”Because of your little faith…”.
Lack of faith? Measure of faith? Faith the size of a mustard seed? How then, can faith be measured?

Most certainly the disciples had some measure of faith, for they had made a diligent effort to heal the child, however unsuccessful. I think any person of faith who has attempted to perform a miracle of any kind in Jesus’s name understands the frustration of this moment. We do receive a clue to the problem when Jesus addresses the man who comes to Him to report the failure of his disciples. (Matt 17:15-16)

In this passage, Jesus calls the assembly faithless, and perverse. By faithless, Jesus meant unbelief or too little faith. So that having too little faith can have the same effect as unbelief.

By perverse, He means showing a desire to remain obstinate. The multitude that followed Him during His miracle working missions failed to comprehend He was more than a prophet. That He was THE PROMISE. That the kingdom of heaven was present among them. And only for a short time. (Matt.17:17)

Because Jesus addresses, not just the disciples alone in this matter, but the generation as a whole, we can see how that applies to the assembly as well. Those present had come to see a man work miracles, but lacked the faith to accept that the kingdom of God was at hand and nothing was impossible for them that believed.

When the disciples ask Him why they were not able to cast the demon out, Jesus makes a brief explanation that this kind [of evil] can only be cast out by prayer and fasting. (Matt 17:21)

In short, Jesus’s rebuke was out of His frustration with their little faith and deliberate stubbornness to accept that all power in heaven and earth was being prepared to be given them.

If you believed that the Son of God was walking beside you in the streets to redeem the lost and cast out devils, would you not prepare for that great task? The disciples had not. And Jesus knew His time remaining on this earth to teach them was running short.

Abraham had the correct measure of faith. For when God told him of His promise with him, Abraham went straightway to carry out his part of the covenant. Even though he knew His promise would be with his generations, he wasted no time in preparing the way for that promise. He took action that very day. (Gen. 17:23-27)

After this failed attempt by the disciples to exorcise the child, Jesus comes to a barren fig tree. Because he hungered and found the tree barren, he spoke unto it that it should wither away. To contrast the matter of faith Jesus had just spoke to them concerning the child, Jesus then tells them also, “Have faith in God…

“Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain Be lifted up and thrown into the sea, and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you HAVE received it, and it will be yours…” (Mark 11:23)

Abraham believed the covenant would be received and acted as though he had already received it. The prophets of old had done more with less. Here God was walking among them, and they failed to muster the faith needed to relieve a child of his affliction. Faith isn’t abstract. For even the devils believe in God. (James 2:19) But Jesus does expect us to have faith like Abraham had faith. Faith that can move mountains. Faith that is obedient and not obstinate. Faith that is measurable (even the size of a mustard seed). For faith is the result of an absolute alignment of one’s heart, mind and soul with the word of God. He wants us to put our faith in the truth he has revealed. In the righteousness of his covenants.
What Jesus wanted them -and us- to know, is how to use faith to move mountains. How take ground from the enemy and how to uproot strongholds.
Mountain moving faith-measurable faith -is faith rooted in God’s promises.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17

Submitted by Christy Peers

Joshua and the Bride of Christ

img_5852An examination into the warfare of God

Since the dawn of mankind, we have all been active participants in an age old battle. From the origin of sin to the Battle of Armageddon, a war rages all because Satan desires a foothold in heaven. As Paul illustrates in Ephesians 6: 12, we are in a battle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

John of Patmos quotes a voice in heaven as saying:

1Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Rev. 12:12)

In this life we have a very real enemy, and he has an army of his own.  And so the attacks come, whether big or small, nation against nation, man against man, spirit against spirit. And yet, to even begin to understand this war, we must first understand our enemy and the battlefield we find ourselves in.

Even in the days of Jesus’s earthly ministry, there were those who sought access to the kingdom by force. Jesus made an interesting observation when he said, (Matthew 11:12) “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”

Sadly, we see this same “force” at work within the church today. There are those who seek to force the Holy Spirit to conform to their own desires. This force, Jesus witnessed as violent, causes damage to the kingdom. It is a weakness in the wall of an otherwise fortified city.
Still, for so many, taking is easier than obeying. And therein lies the first battlefield. The front lines of this violent war…the heart.

Know whom you serve

In Genesis 12 God promises Abraham he will make a great nation from him and that his decedents will claim the land of Canaan. God tells him he will be a blessing, and that in him shall all families of the earth be blessed. But why did God promise him his generations would dwell in Canaan, of all places?

Because God had plans to establish a foothold of his own. And Abraham was faithful to the extent that God credited it to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:22). Such was Abraham’s faithfulness that everywhere he traveled throughout the land, he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. Effectually, petitioning God to come dwell among them, even in pagan lands.
Through Abraham’s faithfulness (righteousness), God was advancing His camp, and preparing a way, that thru him, all families of the earth would be blessed.
Abraham was claiming his promise. And his claiming was in obedience to God’s voice.

Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven…. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:8-20)

By contrast, the Canaanites are described in the Bible as a wicked, idolatrous, and fierce people. Descendants from Ham, the cursed son of Noah. The Israelite spies whom Moses sent into Canaan reported what they described as the descendants of Anak (Numbers 13:28, 33) – giants, whom by comparison, the Israelite’s saw themselves as grasshoppers. The Israelites were so afraid of these large inhabitants that they refused to claim the land God had promised them. In the end, only two, Caleb and Joshua were bold enough to enter. With the exception of Joshua and Caleb, that entire generation of Israelites was denied entry into Canaan, because of their lack of faith.Obedience is required.

In due season, Joshua –descendant from Abraham – was commissioned by God to fulfil the promise God had made. Joshua, understanding his commission, declares, (Joshua 24:14-15) “…Choose you this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Understanding whom you serve is critical. But it starts with a choice. Joshua acted in faith on God’s promise and entered enemy lands.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (John 10:27-28).

Do not be afraid. No man has the power to remove you from the hand of God.

Know your commission

Loosely defined, a commissioned officer is a commanding officer in a unit. It is a ranked soldier who understands his authority. Jesus remarked on the eagerness of men to snatch and carry off the riches of heaven’s blessings like spoil from a conquered city. (Matthew 11:12) It grieved him that there were (and still are) those who would seek to take the kingdom for selfish gain. He even compares them to children who sit in marketplaces calling for attention to their games.

There is no power in this type of action. It foolishly misses the purpose of giving mankind access to the kingdom. Jesus clearly defines the commission of his followers (Matthew 28: 18-20) when he says, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The church received its commission upon the death and resurrection of Christ. Just as Joshua received his commission upon the death of Moses. (Joshua 1:1-18) The LORD commanded Joshua to be strong and courageous, and to not be afraid, neither dismayed, but that the LORD God would be with him wherever he would go. (Joshua 1:9)

Both commissions were given with the promise that they will not have to fight alone, and both commissions give a directive to take ground from the enemy.
Why then are some acting like children playing games in the marketplace, while the enemy is waging war on God’s people?
There is no authority in attempting to force God’s hand to your own benefit. Know whom you serve. If you are not obedient to your commission, you are in the enemy’s camp.

Know your battlefield

Before Joshua was able to take the walled city of Jericho, the LORD spoke to him, directing his every move. After the miraculous drying up of the Jordan River so that they crossed over into the Promised Land, the LORD instructed Joshua to remove twelve stones from the river, out of the place where the priest had stood with the ark, and take them to their campsite. (Joshua 4:1-5) Joshua did so, calling twelve men, one out of every tribe. Joshua explained the meaning of the twelve stones was so that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that you might fear the LORD your God for ever. (Joshua 4:24)

By comparison, the bride of Christ is described as a walled city with gates and foundation stones. (Rev 21: 9-27) Specifically, twelve gates representative of the twelve tribes, with an angel stationed at each gate. Additionally there are twelve foundation stones, representing each of the twelve tribes, and twelve walls, with the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. But John of Patmos notes, that in the new city, there was not an ark or temple within, for the LORD God and the lamb are the temple of it.

Needless to say, at the time, of Joshua, the ark of the testimony served as the seat of God among his people. Joshua’s obedience in something as small as pulling stones from a river set the stage for a sweeping victory. Still, Joshua waited on the LORD to take Jericho.

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, what saith my Lord unto his servant? And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. (Joshua 5:13-15)

Only through Joshua’s obedience and decision to serve the LORD whole heartedly was God able to remove the reproach of Egypt from them and make pagan land holy. Joshua may have had to face some faith shaking situations along the way to taking Jericho, but the LORD was with him. Every step of the way.
In preparation to taking the walled city, the LORD commanded him to take his men of war, and march the city once a day for six days. (Joshua 6:1-4) But that also, the ark was to be brought as well, with seven priest bearing seven trumpets before the ark, they were to blow each day and on the seventh day, they were to compass the city seven times, and the priests should blow their trumpets, and the people were to shout with a great shout. (Joshua 6:5)

In Revelation, John is shown a prophetic vision of a coming battle, in which seven angels stand before God and they are given seven trumpets. He then sees, a golden alter before the throne, in which an angel mixes incense with the prayers of the saints, the smoke from which ascended up before God.

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. (Rev 8:2,6)

Remember Jesus’ words in Matthew about binding and loosing? What is done on earth, is done in heaven. Certainly the battle described in Revelation is a future conflict, and the battle at Jericho is, for us, in the past. But the Commanders of the armies on the battlefield have never changed. There is a purpose in all things God ordains.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb. 13: 8) If you want victory, know whom you serve.

Know that victory is the Lord’s

And it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. 16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city. (Joshua 6:16)

Joshua declared victory in boldness of faith before the walls ever came down.
20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. (Joshua 6:20)

Likewise in the final battle as described in the book Revelation, the trumpets sound, and voices are heard in heaven proclaiming victory.

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever… And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail (Revelation 11:15, 19-20)

In both battles, victory is proclaimed before the battle begins. Claiming is more than believing. It is faith in action.
In comparing the two battles, a lot of parallels can be made. But the most significant are the understanding that prayer reaches the throne room of God and has the power to bring heaven to earth, faith is acting in obedience. Aligning your heart with God’s word, knowing his voice, accepting that the battle is inevitable for the present time, learning to lean not on your own understanding, and when to take your sword and declare victory in Jesus’s name, are all necessary combat skills.
Battles aren’t won in our time, they are won in God’s time. He is a God of peace, but he is also a Commander of heavenly host. And you have been called to battle.

Know whom you serve.
Know your commission.
Know the battlefield.
Know that victory is the Lord’s.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. (John 1:1-4)

The spirit of antichrist is already at work in the church. Many who claim to be men and woman of God are opening gates that are allowing the enemy in. Yes, you have been called to battle, but you have also been given all you need to succeed. Start using your commission and take ground from the enemy.

The Bride is preparing for her wedding day. Will the devil not know what is to come?

“There is only one place the devil has a right to be and that’s under your feet.” – R.W. Shambach

Submittes by Christy Peers

Live Like You Believe

18a2“The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.”‭ – Psalms 93:1-5‬

The Church is more to blame for the condition of the world, than the world is to blame for the condition of the Church!!!
If “GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN ME, THAN he that is in the world”, than why don’t we live like it??!

We have allowed the “spirit of error”, unbelief, and the sin-filled world to infiltrate the churches, thereby relinquishing our GOD given authority against it! Today, I’m provoked!! Today, I say, “ENOUGH!!!” Today, I choose to take up the authority and power of GOD within me and do something about it! It’s HIGH TIME that the Church fixes their gaze on their HOLY GOD, and begin to live like HE IS IN US!

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men‭‭;” – 1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1‬‬

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”‭‭ – Titus‬ ‭2:11-15‬‬

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”‭‭ – 1 Timothy‬ ‭4:1-2‬‬

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”‭‭ – 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7-10‬‬

We have not received a spirit of fear, but we have received a SPIRIT of POWER, LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND! HE is the HOLY SPIRIT OF TRUTH! HE IS THE POWER BACKING UP THE WORD OF TRUTH, THE WHOLE COUNCIL OF GOD!
So, receive the WORD, believe the WORD, and live the WORD in the POWER AND OPERATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN US! Then we will be transformed into the HOLY BODY we are called to be, operating in unity by the HOLY COMMANDS coming from JESUS CHRIST, who is the HEAD of the Church unto those who seek His face, hear His voice, and are led by His Spirit. Then will OUR HOLY GOD WILL BE GLORIFIED AGAIN, AND MANIFEST HIS GLORY!

“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.‭” – Ephesians 1:15-23‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

Only Those Clothed In Wedding Garments Will Enter In

bride-of-christ_n“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Matthew‬ ‭22:11-14‬ ‭

Scripturally the Wedding garment always represents RIGHTEOUSNESS (Revelations 19:8). We cannot expect to approach GOD OUR KING without being properly clothed!

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”‭ – Revelation 3:18-22‬

Today, after reading this, I was amazed at how similar the “Marriage dinner” parable was to this, then I thought how the Pharisees would’ve known that also.

“The word of the Lord which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord. I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham; And them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him. Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel. In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills. Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off. And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil. Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof. The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.”‭ – Zephaniah 1:1-18‬

“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”‭ – Hebrews 3:1-19‬

Submitted by Heather Wright