FAITH As A Grain Of Mustard Seed

Plant in hands“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. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.‭‭” – Matthew‬ ‭17:20-23‬‬

Faith AS a grain of mustard seed…” Really pondering on this. What is this kind of faith?

REVELATION: This is the fully surrendered life. That which places no value on itself, but lays down to be planted (buried if you will); and not only the crucified life, but the buried (dead and gone). Place that flesh out of sight! Let it be destroyed!

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.”‭‭ – Romans‬ ‭6:4-7‬‬

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”‭‭ – Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬‬

“And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”‭‭ – John‬ ‭12:23-26‬‬

Choosing to die like this is not at all an easy thing to do, nor was it for Christ; but what we can be assured of is that it will all be worth it, when we enter into eternal life with JESUS CHRIST!

“Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.”‭‭ – John‬ ‭12:27-33‬‬

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”‭‭ – Ephesians‬ ‭3:16-21‬‬

There were many Biblical examples of people who had this kind of faith in GOD.
Here are some:

Esther:
“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”‭‭ – Esther‬ ‭4:16‬‬

Saul who became the Apostle Paul:
“And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.”‭‭ – Acts‬ ‭9:8-18‬‬

“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”‭‭ – Romans‬ ‭8:10-18‬‬

As followers of Christ Jesus we not only celebrate the victory of His death, burial, and resurrection, but are made partakers of it through suffering in this life. This is why Paul could say, “I die daily”, and spoke of the hope of the resurrection to come.

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”‭‭ – Colossians‬ ‭3:3‬‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

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Soldier-Like Faith

img_5282“Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.‭‭” – Luke‬ ‭7:1-10‬‬

Taking a close look at this story: a centurion’s servant was sick and ready to die. The centurion loved his servant and when he heard of Jesus…

• (He was told Who JESUS was) Today, we have the privilege of hearing JESUS Himself! Knowing JESUS ourselves! But this man only heard about Him.

The centurion sent the elders to JESUS beseeching Him to come and heal his servant. The elders come beseeching Jesus and saying that this centurion was worthy of his request saying, “he built us a Synagogue and loves our nation”. (Sounds similar to the things you hear from many preachers today: He’s a tither, He built our church!)

JESUS goes with them, but before HE gets there, the centurion sent his friends to meet JESUS with a message:
Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.”

These things moved JESUS:
1. He was moved by love.
2. He was humble.
3. He understood authority.
4. He recognized Jesus’s authority and submitted himself unto it.

This next verse has caught my attention the most where it says: JESUS marveled at him. Then turns to the crowd following Him and says, “I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

Today the church (as a whole it seems) is more moved and motivated by things than by love for people and love for God. It’s sad to say but we have drifted so far away from BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY that it has become repulsive to a HOLY GOD! As the world looks on at the church and sees the carnality of selfishness and pride, I believe GOD is looking for anyone who will TRULY BELIEVE HIM!

Today I’m humbled, today I’m seeking to be moved with compassion enough to come to JESUS humbly asking for others to be made whole, and to listen to HIS VOICE, understand HIS AUTHORITY, and SUBMIT TO HIM knowing that HE WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO, AND WHEN HE GIVES COMMAND ALL CREATION MUST OBEY!

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.‭‭” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭2:1-4‬‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

Turn Away From Sin Before It’s Too Late

image“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” – ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭18:20-32‬

From the Old Testament, unto the New Testament, the way that GOD judges sin remains the same. Remember he said:

“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?” – ‭‭Malachi‬ ‭3:6-7‬

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” – ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:8‬

“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. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 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 ‭3:9-18‬

It is the mercy of the LORD GOD that causes Him to wait, with long suffering not wanting anyone to perish, but desiring all to repent.  However, the day is yet coming when He shall return just as He promised He would!

And Jesus himself said after telling us the parable of the unjust judge…

“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” – Luke‬ ‭18:7-8‬

Many see GOD as their Creator, and well said for so HE is. Some see Him as Father, yet how many remember that HE is also our JUST JUDGE? How many will DO according to ALL HE COMMANDS because HE is right?! When HE returns will HE find faith? Will HE find any who will take heed to His Word because they truly trust: what He says He will do?

If speaking of these things at all makes you uncomfortable and nervous then come to the mercy seat of the cross of Jesus Christ while you still have breath,  REPENT TODAY, AND TRUST HIM FOR SALVATION. Lay down your pride, lay down your sins, lay down and die with Christ, crucifying the old selfish sin nature, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that now while you live you can live unto GOD in the power of His resurrection and righteousness of Jesus Christ… and then when HE returns you will find peace in knowing that by trusting in JESUS who is the way of Salvation, and following in His steps of obedience to the Father, you will live with HIM forever!

Salvation is a free gift of GOD, but receiving it comes by way of TOTAL COMMITMENT! Choosing Christ = turning away from sin abandoning it! Whole choosing sin = turning away from GOD and abandoning HIM. So choose you this day! Today! Who will you serve?

Grace is the work and power of GOD provided in JESUS CHRIST! Faith on the other hand is our part, we must choose to trust HIM, and if truly we do, we will love and obey HIM because we do.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” – Romans‬ ‭6:1-16‬

“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans‬ ‭6:17-23‬

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:1-10‬

“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” – Titus‬ ‭3:3-8‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

“AWAKE O’ SLEEPER!”

imageI once heard a sermon by Brother Leonard Ravenhill titled,  “While Men Slept“. It’s one that I soon intend to hear again, because never before have I been as convicted over this sin as I am today!

You see it only takes a little distraction and a little ease to throw you off track in your walk with Jesus. Just 2 days ago this very thing happened to me. Even though I’ve repented and returned to Him with my whole heart, I’m still stricken with grief and regret for the pain I caused my Heavenly Father. In this day and time (Last days, End times), Church, we have no time to waste! No time to take it easy and get comfortable: We are at WAR!

If we are not actively taking enemy territory, then we are by default loosing ground! I spent 2 days at physical rest and ease, but Spiritually, it felt like I got hit by a train! Crushed under the weight of my own guilt, first for allowing the enemy to distract me, but then more so, when I did not immediately reset course. How quickly and easily it happens to Spiritually loose focus, but far worse is to know it did, and delay in resetting it.

Thank GOD for His merciful hand in giving me that Spiritual knock on the back of my head, the way my Dad used to do to me as a kid when I got out of line. So when I got down to pray and open up the WORD these words jumped off the page at me so strongly I would have hit my knees to the floor had I not already been there… so my heart did!

“O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.”
‭‭Jonah‬ ‭1:6‬‬

These words broke me! Then awoke me!
The conviction of simply being at ease, filled with mental distractions instead of Spiritual determination. I’m absolutely broken because while I was busy in ease untold numbers of souls slipped into eternity, the majority of them entering eternal torment in Hell, many of whom were lied to by church people saying that heaven was their home if they would repeat a prayer, when it was a heart change they needed!

Let this be the quickening you need as well… Arise O Sleeper! Call upon thy GOD!!!

Submitted by Heather Wright

A Soft Answer and Love vrs Anger and Hate

imageWe are living in a time where people look on the first as a weakness, and the second as a strength. However, the Bible says of a soft answer, that it TURNS AWAY wrath, and commands that we love and that we exhibit kindness, gentleness, forgiveness and tender heartedness.

Likewise the bible also says of anger, that it rests in the bosom of FOOLS, and that we need to STOP being ANGRY, let go of wrath, and to forgive, even as many times as we are offended! We are clearly told that hatred makes everything worse while love covers all offenses.

It makes me sad that this is such a time where anger and hatefulness is somehow looked upon in a young man or woman as a trait of strength. That bitterness is an acceptable way to “show them you are right”, and that somehow that is wise. That holding a grudge is a reasonable “reminder of what they did to me, so I won’t forget!!”

….But, grace, how you love receiving grace, you just don’t practice showing grace. Well, this is not a strength. This is hypocrisy. It also reveals that the love of God doesn’t abide in you. Because it can’t, if you hate another. In actuality your anger and hatred of others is your rebellion of the fulfillment of the law (which is love.)

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” – Psalm 37:8

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” – Matthew 18:21-22

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” – Proverbs 10:12

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” – 1 John 4:8

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” – 1 John 4:20-21

“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” – Ecclesiastes 7:9

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” – Romans 13:8

Submitter by Ameila Barr

Are You In Need Of A SPIRITUAL ALINEMENT?

img_5195Just as physical pain can indicate the need of physical care and correction to the body, so it is with the Spiritual. Many times GOD allows a pain to come that it may bring to our attention a condition that is the cause of it.

Quick example:
I discovered early on in my life that the physical labor I was doing was causing me much pain. Day after day of manual labor was causing my back to hurt, and many times I could not sleep until I got my back realigned so the pain would go away. Only then, I could rest properly to be ready for work the next day. Without that realignment, I would wake up crying in pain, and every day be in more and more pain.

In the same manner Spiritual Alignments are just as necessary and even more so! As individuals being the body of Christ, this is so important! This is what GOD is doing with each of us daily…

All you need to remember is:
F.L.A.T.
Firm Foundation
Lie at rest
Allow GOD to make necessary adjustments
Trust and obey GOD (our Great Physician) And…
Keep coming back for more.

FIRM FOUNDATION:
Jesus Christ-the Word
(The Way, the Truth, the Life)
The ROCK of our Salvation and Foundation of Faith

“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.‭‭” – Psalms‬ ‭18:30-32‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”‭‭ – 2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”‭‭ – Luke‬ ‭6:46-49‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”‭‭ – Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

LIE AT REST:
Secret place; Prayer closet
Get alone with GOD and set your gaze upon HIM, loving HIM to become more like 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 ‭11:28-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

ALLOW GOD TO MAKE THE ADJUSTMENTS NEEDED:
Fix your gaze upon GOD to see your heart desires change to HIS

GOD’s Words to JESUS:
“I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;”‭‭ – Isaiah‬ ‭42:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭17:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”‭‭ – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

TRUST AND OBEY GOD (THE GREAT PHYSICIAN):

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”‭‭ – James‬ ‭1:21-25‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”‭‭ – Philippians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As individuals being many members of the body of Christ, these same principles equally apply! This is what GOD is doing with us corporately as the Church:

Apostle Paul to Timothy:
“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”‭‭ – 1 Timothy‬ ‭3:15-16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.”‭‭ – Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”‭‭ – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12-27‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”‭‭ – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:4-11, 28-31‬ ‭KJV‬‬

More excellent way? What way? That is answered by the very next chapter. This is the only gift that is given to us all by the Holy Spirit:

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”‭‭ – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

So it doesn’t matter what good deeds you do or how many gifts you have… it’s all in vain, if it’s not done in selfless, sacrificial love. GOD has given us the gift of LOVE, because that is Who HE IS, and who HE wants us to become! Truly it is better to give than to receive, because the more of this gift of LOVE you give, the more it multiples!

“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”‭‭ – Hebrews‬ ‭12:5-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The more we become submissive in our relationship with JESUS CHRIST the more we will become just like HIM, causing us to fulfill the law by love!

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”‭‭ – Galatians‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Any operation done outside of this gift of love hurts the body as a whole, but the more time spent alone with JESUS in relational intimacy, the more we will become the pure bride HE’s returning for.
Remember: Without this Spiritual Alignment to God’s word and will we cannot STAND, WALK, OR FIGHT! It’s VITAL that we keep it!

Submitted by Heather Wrigjt

Love Is Proven In The Waiting

6c1d9eb3a55ab0e218dee7bec82dad76It’s not in the toiling, but in the tarrying where we see miracles! Jesus can do through me more in a moment, than I could do for myself in a lifetime! Wait on the LORD! Salvation comes to those who truly trust HIM! HIS ways are HIGHER than our ways (and many times contrary to ours), and HIS thoughts than our thoughts. So wait, I say, on the LORD.

We could spend a whole lifetime of toiling and still never reach our hearts desire, but if we surrender our hearts unto HIM, delighting ourselves in HIM AND HIS DESIRES: those desires HE has promised to give us. O that the LORD GOD would have a bride delighting herself in the Spiritual pleasures of her LORD, and O that we would be that bride: that pure bride gracefully, faithfully, delightfully, and expectantly waiting for her LORD’s return! Not seeking her own glory, but HIS. Not seeking her own pleasures, but HIS. Not seeking her own will, but HIS! Truly led by HIS HOLY SPIRIT Who brings us to JESUS, and filled with the oil of gladness, burning with desire to see HIS FACE!

Truly the only thing in this life worth having is that covenant promise of JESUS CHRIST and the endurance to wait for HIM!! Let us lay aside everything else for that promise of redemption… even if it comes by way of our death, for we know that our REDEEMER LIVES, and because HE LIVES, we shall live also! Let us not be found unfaithful in the day of HIS return, having our hearts given to other desires; but patiently waiting, enduring affliction, fervently praying, and burning in our hearts with desire for ONLY HIM!

“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians‬ ‭1:9-11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;” – Colossians‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” – ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:12-13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:11-23‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” – 2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

…And while waiting and watching, PRAY PRAY PRAY! Remember: all prayers prayed in the name of JESUS with a heart of love, humility, and brokenness are answered, because they flow from the heart and will of the FATHER… EFFECTUAL, FERVENT PRAYER BY THE RIGHTEOUS! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING… there’s POWER in the Rhema (spoken) WORD OF THE LORD! Wait on the LORD, Watch for HIS RETURN, Hear and obey HIS VOICE, and Pray HIS WILL AND WORD!

Submitted by Heather Wright

An Instrument of Worship

imageHow many of us saved and born again believers want to be used for God? I would hope that to be the desire of us all, but the LORD revealed to me why only a few of us actually walk out His perfect plans for our lives.

God showed me a valuable lesson, He showed me an instrument… (for me it’s a guitar). He said, “How awkward would it be if when you went to pick up your guitar and tune it to play, that it would un tune itself; or if when you picked it up to play a song, it would decide to play something else. Would you be able to use it?

You see this is the reason why so few are actually being used by GOD. We think we know better about what we should do than GOD does, or we are simply not willing to be tuned to HIS PERFECTION, but what it all really is, is that we want to do it ourselves, our way. We have free will and the ability to do what we want to do, so in order to let GOD use us we have to surrender and remain surrendered, allowing the HOLY SPIRIT to have control of the strings of our hearts and play out that which pleases HIM. We must be always in a place of Worship surrendered unto HIM for all HE desires to do with us.

For many of us, we think of images of those like Billy Gram, but that’s not necessarily what GOD has in mind. It’s the simple place where when GOD speaks, we say yes and do just as HE says. When GOD says, “Don’t go anywhere today, stay still be with only ME.” Do we? When He speaks again and says, “I want you to go tell your brother, “that little secret sin in your heart, GOD sees and is asking you to lay it down.” Do we? Do we obey HIM when it’s difficult and unpleasant to our flesh? Do we? Do we fast and pray seeking to be turned to HIS PERFECTION? Do we? Will we weep over our sins and those of our brothers and sisters in Christ? Will we ask HIM what we should do to be of use to HIS KINGDOM, for HIS GLORY to be displayed in our lives and those we are around? And when HE answers, will we trust and obey? All of those things are necessary components of an instrument of worship unto the LORD. You see, what I’m about to share with you is the rest of the revelation GOD showed me… when you are doing what you want to do, and refuse what HE wants you to do… we actually are instrumental in doing harm to HIS KINGDOM, and become instruments used by satan for distraction and destruction.

You see it’s vital that we remain surrendered unto HIM, only then can He pick us up and use us! Not all of us are called to be Billy Grams, but all of us are called to WORSHIP HIM, and by doing so (this surrendered life) will be even more valuable to GOD!

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬

No one wants to suffer, yet it is this very state of a “living sacrifice” that pleases HIM, allowing GOD to transform us into the perfect image of HIS SON JESUS CHRIST of whom GOD says: THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED!

Submitted by Heather Wright

GOD ALONE

humble-yourselves-before-the-lord-christian-wallpaper-hd_1366x768How often it happens: we get Saved -GOD delivers us from Egypt (bondage to sin), then gives us a promise (a land flowing with milk and honey)… but then, you find yourself in a wilderness leaving Egypt behind you… you don’t know it but GOD has a plan and is using the WILDERNESS – to make you thirsty, hungry, and desperate for HIM! GOD LONGS TO INHABIT A PEOPLE WHO WANT NOTHING BUT HIM!

Get alone with GOD until all you want is HIM, then when you get there… ABIDE WITH GOD… that’s all HE WANTS is for us to want HIM AND ONLY HIM!

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness because they never understood this: GOD was after their heart. They complained about the journey every step of the way, and wandered even longer because they never reached this place where nothing else matters, but GOD and being with HIM. They made themselves other gods and worshiped them, enjoying the pleasures of sin and wanting to go back to Egypt, because they didn’t believe GOD or HIS PROMISE.

The wilderness was to make them thirsty, hungry, and desperate for GOD! GOD was showing them time after time that all HE wanted was them!All HE wanted was them to want only HIM! Why do we do just like them? We complain about how long the journey is, when the journey is to make us to appreciate the promise that much more! GOD will take us though anything and everything it takes to get us to the place where we realize that all we really need is HIM and HE becomes our ONLY desire! Until then, learn to trust HIM on the journey knowing that this is the goal that we would want to DWELL WITH HIM! The promise land is nothing without HIS PRESENCE!!

Moses met GOD ALONE on the mountain…
King David and Elijah met Him in a cave…
Daniel in an upper room until people got jealous and threw him to the lions in a den, yet still He remained alone with GOD. John the Baptist and other prophets In the wilderness… And the Apostle John exiled on an island… Whatever it takes… find yourself alone with GOD AND ABIDE WITH HIM.

All throughout history GOD has been searching for people that want only HIM, so if that is you.. Hear the voice of the LORD and harken to HIS CALL: COME UP!!! COME UP AND BE WITH ME!!!

If it’s not your ONLY desire, then someone or something else has your heart… repent and lay it down now.

Submitted by Heather Wright

A Seed in the Dark

29136110_10211610570521620_256729960721416192_nI sealed a bean up in a ziplock bag with a damp paper towel for 2 weeks containing enough water to germinate the seed. I insured that this little bean received no light, not even from a crack under the door. It was well hidden in a dark closet, and sealed up tight.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19

The Holy Spirit waters us in the dark seasons of our life, having only this, we have all we need. So sometimes it is in the darkest places that we seem to have the greatest growth. Yes, it is mysterious to us, but that’s God.

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?” – Job 11:7

He is so good to bless those dark days. The bean that was given all the same things in it’s sealed bag but was kept in a place guaranteed to receive sunlight did not even begin to grow a root, and barely enlarged in size at all. That was to my surprise. I did not expect the bean in the hidden darkness to grow in leaps and bounds while the bean receiving abundant light and protected moisture, barely changed.

How baffling to my mind. My hypothesis was wrong. What I have seen in this was perfect to encourage my soul and hopefully yours. When our source of growth is continually coming from the Spirit of God (HE is watering us), we can actually grow even more in dark seasons, than we did in the sunniest circumstances!!!!

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)” – John 7:37-39

Prayer: Thank You God, for the dark seasons that grow us even more than those filled with sunshine and expectation. Much to my amazement, You work so differently than man can fathom, but You are God and I am just a little seed being watered by my father.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a seed of wheat fall into the ground, be burried, and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” – John 12:24-25

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” – Psalms 91:1-2

“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon the rock.” – Psalms 27:5

Submitted by Amelia Barr