Greater Things

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” – John‬ ‭14:12‬ ‭

As a child growing up I had two main passages that really impressed upon me and lived within me continually. The first was this passage. What a bold statement, such an awesome promise to those that believe. Coupled with the promise that signs, wonders, and miracles will follow those that believe! From an early age I established this biblical truth in my heart that maybe among the hardest for us logical and dignified adults to grasp, the truth that nothing is impossible to those who truly believe.   

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark‬ ‭16:15-18‬ ‭

These great declarative promises were not given to a select few but to “all those that believe”. In actuality they are the byproducts of belief, like the fruit on a tree, they are the evidence of belief in one who truly believes! These are not the ideas or concepts of men, these are the Words of Jesus Christ Himself, do you believe them? 

As a child I would often ponder the marvelous things that Christ did and then chew on the words that those who believe would be able to do those same things and even more once He ascended to the father to be our high priest and advocate, leaving His ministry to this world in our hands as His body and bride. In this biblical truth was my faith in the impossible power of God founded that has caused me to see many countless miracles thus far and to have a knowing that there are even greater ones to come.

The second passage that really stuck with me growing up was the verse that states, that those who are ashamed to speak of Jesus or His words before men, then when we stand before His great white throne He will be ashamed of us before God. You see the bible says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Therefore if love for God and faith in His words are abundant in your heart, then will your mouth speak it! Therefor again do we see that our willingness (and more so our desire) to confess our love for God, our faith in what He says, and our appreciative witness of what He has done and is doing in us, through us, and to us, is yet agin the fruit (evidence or natural byproduct) of the faith in our hearts. What is abundant in your heart, your mouth will speak. This is why confession is a required part of salvation. Because if you truly believe it, you will also speak it, being that the words of your lips are the fruit of the faith planted in your heart and only those who produce the good fruit are saved from the fire.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” – Romans‬ ‭10:9-11‬ ‭

“For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” – Luke‬ ‭9:26‬ ‭

In these two passages do we see the fruits of the evidence of salvation, they are the physical manifestations of God’s grace being released into this world through the believer because of their faith. Therefore, if we want to see the grace of God poured out, we must first choose to have faith and believe. You see faith is a choice or else Jesus would not have continually pleaded with us to have faith nor would God have continually rebuked those who didn’t, calling them faithless and rebellious for the very nature of rebellion is a choice. Understanding this we see that Grace is God’s part, but faith is our part. We must choose to believe what He says and act upon it in faith, then He will respond to that faith in whomsoever chooses to truly believe, and pour out His grace upon them, and the world through them in the greater things that will then follow after them as they speak forth their faith in the words of Jesus Christ to the stirring of faith in some and wrath in others. Nevertheless, God will always confirm His Words even if He has to send miracles to validate the message! So choose to believe. The promise is given you just have to choose to believe it, receive it, and speak it, and greater things will follow.

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” – Acts‬ ‭17:30-31‬ ‭

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John‬ ‭3:16-18‬ ‭

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” – Romans‬ ‭10:13-14

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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

If The Church Wakes Up

“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 ‭

It’s easy to forget the reality that we are not physical beings called to have occasional spiritual experiences. We are Spiritual beings having a very short and temporary physical experience, for this world is not our home. Therefor, though our fight is in this world, it is not of this world. Neither is our authority from this world or the things of it. The sooner we truly come to realize this the sooner we will start seeing real strategic victories.

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:4-5‬ ‭

You see, ALL our battles are against principalities, which are spiritual. Whether they influence us, the people around us, or the circumstances we find ourselves in, if it’s bad it was influenced by evil powers and principalities for all good and perfect things come from God and all else comes from the enemy of your soul and those who follow Him.

Yet God did not leave us defenseless or hopeless but He sent hope to hang on a tree, to become the curse that we might have victory. To become the tail, even as we were the tail, that He might (being exulted) become the head and make a way for us to follow Him there into the victory seat with all power and authority to overcome these principalities that had previously so easily beset us.

“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world (Satan) be cast out. And I (Jesus), if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” – John‬ ‭12:31-32‬ ‭

In humbling Himself, Jesus was exalted and given all authority by the Father, He then through the cup of the marriage covenant betrothed Himself to the Church (His bride) in the fashion of communion. Once having done this, He then willed everything that was His (including His authority) to His bride. Upon His death this New will and Testament became finalized and all that was His was passed to His bride granting is full power and authority over every principality that we are no longer slaves to sin (or the master of sin), but Children of God, brides of Christ, and join heirs with Him of the Kingdom being made the head and not the tail, all spiritual power and authority being granted to us so that sin no longer has dominion over us, nor do the powers of hell have any authority against us.

“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” – 1 John‬ ‭3:7-8‬ ‭

“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? 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.” – Romans‬ ‭6:16-18‬ ‭

If the bride of Christ ever wakes up and realizes what it really is and what it really has been given the devil will be in a world of trouble. Know that Christ was given authority over ALL principalities and then willed that power to you. Stand in true faith and use it. Resist the devil and he WILL flee from you. He has no choice, he knows who he is, his only hope is that you don’t realize who you are, that you don’t come to understand the scope of what Christ really did for you at Calvary. He gave you the power to put Satan under your feet and keep him there if you truly believe and walk in the authority of that faith, for if God is for us, who can be against us?

“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 ‭1:18-23‬ ‭

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” – Colossians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭

“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.” – Romans‬ ‭8:16-17‬ ‭

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

Don’t Hide From God, Hide In God

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

The bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Everything with God takes faith, because God works first in the hidden and in the waiting, then unto the revealing. Not unlike a great chess player or strategist, He has a plan but He hides it until it is no longer expected then once everything is perfectly positioned He reveals it unto victory! 

We see this through out the bible, in the life of Moses who was hidden in Pharaoh’s house until his revealing, in Joseph who was hidden in a prison until his revealing, in David who was hidden in caves until his revealing, and of course in Jesus who was hidden in poverty until His Kingship was revealed. Yet the grandest story in this God cherished tactic of hiding and revealing is still being played out right now, and you are part of it!

If you have chosen by faith to believe in the hidden truths that God revealed through Jesus, repent of and renounce your allegiance to sin, and set your heart to follow Christ, then you will follow Him right into an other hiding. Yet in this hiding we wait in faith for the greatest reveal since the resurrection of Christ, the resurrection and glorifying of the followers of Christ with Christ at the last trump! For it is this last event that the first event came to give us faith for! For if God was able and willing to raise Christ from the dead, then we can wait in hope during the hiding that surely he can and will raise us also. By Faith in what He did, do we have faith in what He will do that we might make ourselves ready for when He does it! Therefore, by faith are we able to endure in the hiding that we can be saved in the revealing and spared from the judgment to come. So I petition you now, choose today to hide in God with Christ that you not desire to hide from God at the return of Christ, for I tell you assuredly that the day draws near and is even at the door. 

“For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” – Luke‬ ‭8:17‬ ‭

“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. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” – Romans‬ ‭8:17-21‬ ‭

“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;” – Titus‬ ‭2:11-13‬ ‭

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” – Colossians‬ ‭3:3-4‬ ‭

“And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” – Revelation‬ ‭19:5-7‬ ‭

“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

You Are The Church

How often I see the body of Christ sitting idle when God has sent forth the call for movement. All the more often I see frustrated congregants full of ideas and vision, coupled with frustrated overwhelmed pastors who are slap out of stamina. I find this to be the result of one main issue. The Church has forgotten who they are.

“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew‬ ‭16:15-19‬ ‭

Here we see Jesus asking a common man, a fisherman, that famous question; “who do you say that I Am“. Peter was not a priest, he was not a Levite, a rabbi, or a man of any title for that matter, yet in that moment God moved upon his heart with revelation. God used a common man to profess this God given revelation that Jesus was the Christ, the savior of the world, the son of the living God! Then Jesus pleasingly professes that upon this, the revelation of God and the proclaiming of the deity of Christ being given to, and boldly professed by common men, (whomever would believe as Peter had believed) would the foundation upon which the Church of Jesus Christ be built!

Brother, sister, the church is not a building, the church is not a pastor, a worship team, or the staff, the church is you. If you have received the revelation from God that Jesus is the Christ, the chosen and anointed one that came to take away the sins of the world, the Son of the living God, and are willing to boldly profess that revelation, then you are the church!

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” – Romans‬ ‭10:8-12‬ ‭

Therefor, is every person who has been saved called to preach, maybe not to pastor for Paul said that to some was the call to pastor, to some to teach, to some to evangelize, to some to prophesy, and to some to Apostle (Ephesians 11:4), yet to all is the call to preach. If you have received the revelation of who Jesus is and what He did for you, then you have also been called to confess it, or speak about it to others. On this is not only salvation founded but the true church of Christ as a whole.

So here in lies the disconnect. Many today believe that it is their job to believe but the pastors job to speak and to do. Therefor, every time the Lord puts something on their heart they go to the pastor and tell him to do it. Multiply that by the number of people in a church and you can begin to see the problem. Frustrated congregants not seeing what God has ignited in their hearts being done, led by frustrated pastors so overwhelmed by demands to do what God is telling everyone else to do that they can’t do what God is telling them to do. All because many have lost sight of the reality that your pastor is not the church, you are. If God put it in your heart then it’s for you to do, go do it. If God lays a person on your heart, go visit them. If He lays a charity or mission on your heart, go do it. You are the church. The pastors job is to seek the Lord for a word that will confirm what God is speaking to you so that you can better do what God is telling you to do. God did not call you out of darkness to be a pew warmer, He called you out of darkness to be the church. Not to be in a church, to be the church. Now go shine your light before men. Ask yourself what you would like to see your church doing, and go do it. Your pastor, and more importantly your God will thank you for it.

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew‬ ‭5:15-16‬ ‭

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

The Forth Man in the Fire

“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” – Daniel‬ ‭3:24-25‬

Nebuchadnezzar had built an image for himself and he desired that men worshiped it. So he passed laws that all tongues and peoples must bow and worship his image. Scripture records that three Hebrew boys, faithful and submitted to God, refused to submit to the ungodly, unjust, and demonically inspired laws of the land. They bent the knee daily to God but would not bend it to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol image.

When the three boys were brought by accusers before the king and questioned as to weather or not the accusations of there refusal to submit to Nebuchadnezzar’s law was true, they did not hesitate even for a moment to profess God’s authority to be greater then Nebuchadnezzar’s and their determination to obey their Heavenly King before their earthly one.

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Daniel‬ ‭3:16-18‬

Now there are a few things that we need to take into consideration here. The first is that these boys had no promise of deliverance from the Lord. No great sign or assurance that God would intervene in any miraculous way. However they did have great faith that He could, coupled with an intimate knowledge of who God is which gave them faith in His character.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭

The next fact to take into consideration is that these three young men had great title, position, and power compared to most of their brethren as indicated in verse 12. They knew by standing in defiance to this law they were going to loose everything, not just their lives, but very good lives. Yet still they reply, “we are not careful to answer you.” In other words, they didn’t think twice, with no hesitation, they laid everything, their great possessions, positions, clout, and power down for the glory of an even greater God. They loved God more then anything this world had to offer, more then even their own lives. For remember that they did not know weather God would deliver them alive or not, yet they chose to stand for Him anyway that they would (even in dying) have a testimony of loving faithfulness to God; knowing that even in death they would be delivered from the oppressive hand of this temporary earthly king into the loving arms of their eternal heavenly King.

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation‬ ‭12:10-11‬ ‭

“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” – Philippians‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭

This blow to Nebuchadnezzar’s (and the devil that influenced him) pride infuriated him and the boys were thrown into the fire. However, the boys faith had so completely set God up to receive glory in the face of the pride of both men and Devils that fancied themselves to be deity among men, how could God not move to take advantage of this perfectly impossible situation? So he did! The fires, turned up seven times hotter then normal, served only to burn up the boys accusers and the ropes that bound them as they walked victoriously in the fire with God, unhurt by any of it because the fire of God’s love burned hotter within them then the man made trial by fire burning around them.

In this was a testimony of God’s great faithfulness to those who love Him seen and shared with others unto the stirring of faith for a thousand generations. Because these three boys decided to trust in God completely in the face of utter loss, no matter the cost, God took what the devil meant to destroy them and turned it around for His glory, and theirs also. Had it not been for the fiery trial that was set before them, and their willingness to walk through it by faith, they would have never walked so closely and personally with the forth man in the fire or had the testimony of it to stir faith in others. So have faith and in all things remember, when you choose to stand with God, God will stand with you, even in the midst of a fiery furnace as you see your accuser (the devil) destroyed, your bondages burned away, and your relationship with your deliverer become more real and personal then you ever thought it could, to the ends that others might see and believe.

“And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.” – Daniel‬ ‭3:27-29‬ ‭

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