Born of the Spirit

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:6-8

Jesus reminds us in John 4:24 that God is a Spirit, and those that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The Kingdom of Heaven is also Spiritual. Therefor to see (or discern) the things of it we must be born into the realm of the Spirit.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3

Flesh births flesh and flesh only sees what is fleshly or carnal. It seeks after that which feeds the flesh trying to keep itself alive. But when a man is truly born again of the Spirit, he will began to see that which is of the Spirit and seek after that which feeds his Spirit. To the man who has not yet had this new Spirit birth and had the spiritual eyes of his understanding opened to this whole new realm of reality, the actions of those who have seem foolish to him. He hears their words but cannot tell where they are coming from with what they speak. He sees there actions but cannot understand where they are going with what they are doing. He is leaning on His own understanding, on what he can see with physical eyes which cannot comprehend the capacity of what God is revealing to those who are walking in the Spirit.

“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.” – Jude 1:10

“He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” – John 8:47

Do not expect men who are carnally minded to understand spiritual actions. They oppose each other. Scriptures says to be carnally minded makes you an enemy of God because it will cause you to always be in opposition to what the Spirit is doing. Don’t bother trying to make them understand what you are doing in obedience to the flow of the Spirit for they cannot see what you see, hear what you hear, feel what you feel, or discern what you discern. Instead pray that the eyes of their understanding be opened, which will only happen when they are truly born again of the Holy Spirit. Not when they make fleshy claims with no fruits of the Spirit to evidence it, but when they have truly been born into a realm of Spiritual revelation and impartation of sight bringing insight into the things of God and the Kingdom of God that goes far beyond the physical carnal world and their mundane daily interactions with it.

To those who have tasted of the deeper revelations of the Spirit Of God, the silly, shallow, meaningless task and distractions of this life become bland at best and often quite repulsive. Don’t judge too harshly the man that does not understand your operations of obedience to a realm that he does not really know, even if he thinks he does. Pray for him. Pray that he be born again so that he can enter in and then he will begin to see what you have been seeing. Deliver not the deeper revelations of the mysteries of the Spirit of God and expect him to discern the truth in it. He is not led of that Spirit but of the flesh who wars against that Spirit. Determine, as Paul did, to give him only the good news of Christ and Him crucified until his flesh dies and the Spirit Of God be born in him… even if he already thinks it is. No matter what they say or think, until their eyes and ears are open to the Spiritual world, they have not yet been born into it. Keep giving them Christ and Him crucified. Once that a baby is born, immediately are their eyes and ears opened and they begin to learn how to hear, see, and discern the things of this new world that they have been born into, not before. So judge the fruits and determine what you should say and how you should pray, believing in faith that the lost will be saved.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” – 1 Corinthians 2:12-14

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Passion Prioritizes

If you are more drawn to the things of this world then to the glory of God’s presence then you either never experienced the Glory of God’s presence or (like Adam) you are listening to the lies of the devil meant to rob you of what really matters in exchange for a temporary piece of bad fruit that looks good in the moment but rots away in the next. Don’t be so easily tricked. Set your priorities and prove your preference.

If exercising your body takes priority over exercising your faith. If entertainment draws you more than intercession. If the pleasures of the flesh pull harder than the joy of the Lord’s presence. If what you want outweighs what the Lord wants. If you give more of your time to that which is carnal than to that which is spiritual, and more of your energy to that which is temporary than to that which is eternal, then your priorities expose your passion and declare that you are a friend of the world and not of God. To which I say that anyone who would choose to prioritize the things of the world over the things of God is either horribly deceived, inexplicably foolish, or has never truly experienced the things of God.

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also, and home is where the heart is. If God is truly your treasure and love, then you will only feel at home with Him and will prioritize your time and service to Him. If you prioritize your time and service to the world then it’s because that is where you feel the most at home because that is where your heart determines that the greatest treasure really is. If so, then it’s time to repent, set some priorities, get into God’s presence, and fall in love with the right treasure.

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” – 1 John‬ ‭2:15-17‬ ‭

Why Does God Tell Us To Pray?

If God is all powerful then why do we need to pray?

No, God does not need our permission but He is just, and His word does not return void. If He said it, He will not break faithfulness with that which He said, for He is not a man that He should lie.

Knowing that I remind you that God created man to have “dominion” over the earth. Man forfeited that dominion to Satan in the garden, Christ came and got it back in an other garden, and then gave it back to His bride. So do you see the point here? It’s all about dominion. God gave us dominion and prayer is were you use it.

“…ye have not, because ye ask not.” – James 4:2

Know that from the beginning God wanted a family for fellowship, not servants for service. We were always meant to be His sons and daughters. So As any good Father does, He causes His children to be trained on the small things before He entrust them with rule over the greater things of His Kingdom. He allows us to (and actually commands us to) exercise authority and take dominion over spiritual things (principalities, powers, and rulers in dark places) in this small earthly realm so that He can train us to one day to rule and reign with Christ in grand Heavenly places.

“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” – 1 Corinthians 6:3

“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” – Matthew 25:23

This life is your training ground, your class room, your job interview for eternity. Don’t skip class, don’t be found sleeping on the training ground, don’t take the interview lightly. The only thing that really matters in this life is how seriously you took it’s ability to position you for eternity.

So yes God can do it all by Himself, but He doesn’t want to. That’s why He created you. So do what you were created to do. Pray. Pray so that you can fellowship with Him, pray so that you can be taught by Him, and pray so that you can exercise the authority and dominion granted to you by Him. Pray, because prayer proves faith and faith pleases God. Pray because anything less is not just lazy, it is rebellion against your Fathers instructions. Pray because it’s your mandate. But most of all, pray because it’s your privilege.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” – 2 Corinthians 10:4

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭

Presence Before Presentation

It’s easy to fall into routine. It’s easy to repeat what we’ve heard. It’s easy to mimic what we see others do and make excuses about why that is enough. Oh how we love to complain that nothing changes but get upset when we are asked to change?

So what exactly needs to change? Priorities. Paul tells us that prayer comes first. Before we sing we need to pray. Before we preach we need to pray. Before we work we need to pray. Before we play we need to pray. Before we do ANYTHING we need to pray. Prayers should be prioritized in our lives and in our churches and I’m sorry, but for the most part, it is not.

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

What you do in front of people should be an overflow of the infilling from what you’ve gotten in the secret place of prayer. If you have not first taken time to be poured into by the Holy Spirit (which is life), then all you have to pour out on others is flesh (which is death). Jokes might be spoken, but no yokes will be broken.

You must spend time in His presence so that you can receive something from Him to present or else you’re just preforming. While performances might be entertaining to the flesh it won’t break the yoke of bondage off the soul. People might leave feeling good but they won’t leave changed.

Get into God’s presence and let Him speak to you, lead you, guide you, correct you, teach you, change you, and fill you up. Visit His throne and get a word straight from Him Himself. Then stand in faith on that word as all hell comes against it to break your faith in it and watch all of heaven come to your defense and preform miracles to bring it about. It’s that simple. Stop trying to move people and start moving the mountains that are hindering the people from moving!

Jesus died so that we can come boldly before the throne of grace, commune with God Himself, and obtain first mercy, then authority to face all the wilds of the devil with confidence because “we know our God”! We know Him personally, we don’t just know of Him or know about Him. We know Him and he knows us because we have communed with Him, talked with Him, heard from Him, and believed.

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalms 91:1

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” – John 15:4

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me…” – Matthew 7:23

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel 11:32

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3

To be “poor” in spirit is to be humble. To these is the power of the Kingdom entrusted. The Kingdom of Heaven out-powers and overcomes every other kingdom. Therefor those whom God chooses to be it’s ambassadors in the earth must demonstrate great restraint, selflessness, discipline, and obedience; all of which are byproducts of humility.

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6

Grace by definition is favor, power, and divine influence. It is the power of God’s own Holy Spirit manifested through those whom He has favored with sonship which influences them toward Holiness and the accomplishment of God‘s will in the earth. Yet we see that not everyone has the same measure of grace, (favor, power, divine influence). The Bible tells us that God gives more grace in relation to your humility because the more humble you are the more He can trust you to use this great gift to achieve His purposes, endorse His message, and build His kingdom, and not your own.

However, who gets what measure of God’s grace is not some preordained thing. Favor is not the same as favoritism. Favoritism is unjust and unfair and God is a just God. Favor however, is released when you show forth faith in what God says, humbling yourself to it. The more you act in faithful obedience the more He will trust you with greater and greater measures of grace. This is why the Bible tells us that we can “grow in grace”. Now we are not saved by our works, for without faith it is all fruitless. However true faith must produce humble obedience to God’s voice or else it is rebellion and the bible says that God sees rebellion as witchcraft. So we are not talking about faith for salvation here but a faith that grows from salvation. Jesus said that faith is like a mustard seed that starts small but grows into the largest of all herbs. The point was not how small the faith was but how much it could grow.

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.” – Matthew 13:31-32

Understand that God’s love for us is the same from creation to salvation and for the rebellious and unbelieving, even to damnation. God’s love never changes, it is from everlasting to everlasting. However the measure of grace (power) that we receive from Him does. He simply trust more power to those who or more humble irrespective of race, gender, or genealogy. God is no respecter of persons, He loves us all the same and gives all the same opportunity. However He is a respecter of humility and pours out the power of the Kingdom upon it, knowing that it is less likely to be misused by those more willing to follow orders and function as part of the body rather then always trying to compete with the head of it.

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

So then we see that we can grow in grace as we choose to have a more humble spirit. So how to we do that? There are many ways that the Bible instructs us to “humble ourselves”. God calls us all to do this yet only a few actually do, and those few that do are the ones He chooses to empower with mighty anointing and the greater gifts of grace.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:14

A few ways that scripture tells us that we can humble ourselves is confession and repentance, submission and obedience to God’s Words, trusting God’s will over our own, prayer, worship, fasting, selfless sacrifice, servanthood, patients, reverence for authority. In fact all the fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22 are products of humility. You might say that humility is the good soil, faith is the seed, and grace is the fruit manifested in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

So let us pray, “Lord help us to recognize areas where we can humble ourselves by faith that we might be made fit to grow in grace. Help us understand when situations, trials, and tribulations arise that they are blessings in disguise allowing us opportunity to choose to react with humility that your grace may abound and your perfection shine through like a light on a hill in a dark place. Help us to see opportunities to show forth selfless love toward others and obedience to Your voice. Help us to walk in humility that the world might see you walking in us, because that is what true grace really is.”

Will You Stand and Possess The Land?

“And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?” – Joshua 18:3

The Israelites had been promises this land. God himself would deliver it into their hands. Yet they refused to possess it because they knew they didn’t have the strength or power to overcome the enemy that inhabited it in and of themselves. Herein lies the problem. Their faith was in themselves and their own limited natural ability. However, God had said that He would make them rulers over this land and their enemies. The real issue here that so upset the Lord was that they did not have the faith in Him that He was able to defeat the enemy and give them victory and territory.

You see, God didn’t say “go and fight”, He said “go and possess” because in God’s eyes the enemy was not an issue, he was already defeated! All they had to do was believe what God said and go and possess the land and God Himself would defend them in miraculous ways!

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” – Exodus 14:13-14

You see, to possess the land is to believe what God has told you and stand on it. It doesn’t matter how big or how strong the opposition to it is, God will fight for you in miraculous ways, He is your defender, your shield and your buckler. The Israelites faith was in their limits and not in God’s omnipotence, and so they feared the enemy who was weaker then God but stronger then them.

The passage continues with each tribe being told exactly what land they were to abide in. Yet they did not because of the report of other men who told them that the enemy was undefeatable. In doing so they actually put more faith in the enemies power then in God’s and more faith in the words of men then in the Lord’s. This greatly grieved and angered the Lord, therefor did they not possess the land because they did not abide in the truth; for to abide and to possess are one in the same. They are to “stand”, or “continue” in.

“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” – 2 John 1:9

In the same manner, many today fall away from the destiny and promised that God had for them. Because they did not abide (or continue) in the truth that God has spoken. They believed it when they left Egypt (decided to turn from the world and confess Christ), but they didn’t believe it when they got to Canaan (faced some opposition to what God said).

Faith is not a one time proclamation, faith is a steadfast determination to trust in what the Lord has said and stand on it. In this only to we possess the land (promise) that He has for us. Yes their will be opposition, yes it will be great, but yes God is able and faithful to deliver the righteous out of any trial and get Himself some fame and glory doing it. However, this can only happen if we are willing to stand. He speaks, we stand on it, the enemy rises against it, God does the impossible, defeats the enemy, gives us the land, we possess it and tell others of the wonderful works of our God.

“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” – Psalms 118:17

So stop putting your faith in the faithless words of faithless men and start putting it in God’s. Stop putting your faith in the power of the enemy and start putting it in the Lord. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver you out of them all, if you are willing to stand. So grab hold of His words, steady your faith, and stand and possess the land.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:10-11

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew‬ ‭24:13‬ ‭

A Liberation Generation Rising Up

“Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?” – Jeremiah 2:11-14

I whole heartily believe that God is once agin saying these words. This passage expresses the astonishment and bewilderment of the Lord over what His people had done. It made no since why a people who had access to a God of power and victory, a God who can do all things, a God who overpowers the enemy in every way, would choose to adopt the bondage’s and mindsets of the unbelieving and adapt them to their view of god, causing them to create a powerless, god of their own making. A work of their own hand and imagination.

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” – 2 Timothy 3:5

The God of scripture is all powerful, nothing is impossible for Him and therefor, nothing is impossible for those who believe in Him. After all, we are made in His image, His likeness, His glory, His Sonship! The people of Jeremiah’s time however, had looked upon the fallen state of the people’s around them and taking their sin and the bondages of it upon themselves then created a god after their own fallen image and likeness. One who had no victory over sin, no power over the enemy, no way, no truth, no life, no deliverance, no healing, no salvation, no hope.

God marveled at the people who had actual written accounts of His greatness and all that He was capable of, yet they chose to make up this weak powerless self serving god that was not at all Him and serve it as though it was. Why trade the glory and majesty of the God of scripture for this faithless powerless fake that is unable to deliver you from the powers of the enemy?

God continues to explain the depths of this problem when He states that they have given up the fountain of living water that flow freely for all who are willing to ask Him of it (which Jesus Himself says is the Holy Spirit). Instead they created for themselves broken cisterns that could hold no water. Because that they justified sin and created a god of their own making who had no victory or power to deliver them from it, they created a state for themselves where even in the midst of a spiritual down pour, an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit when even a cistern would normally be filled up, still they could hold no water (Holy Spirit).

“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

Jesus said that His Spirit was this freely given fountain of cleansing, refreshing, and overcoming power. Scripture says, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” It is an all powerful, liberating Spirit. It saves, it heals, it delivers, it liberates! Yet many live in defeat today because, though having a form of Godliness, they have denied the power thereof and in doing so have rejected the Holy Spirit, the liberator! They then create a helpless, hopeless, powerless, victory-less, god of their own making and serve that bringing shame to the true God’s Name and stirring wrath against themselves on the day of judgment. Their lack of faith and faithfulness has driven them to make themselves into broken cisterns that cannot hold water. The Spirit Of God is not with them, neither His power, nor His authority, nor His liberty. And that is the sad state of much of the church today.

In the last line of this passage God ask, “are My people meant to be slaves to the enemy? Then why do they let the enemy spoil them?” It’s because they do not truly believe in the God of scripture and it’s high time that a people rise up who do. Read the Word of God, believe the Word of God, receive the God of the Word, ask to drink of His Spirit, let it set you totally free from your captivity, then carry it forth and cause it to flow out upon others that they might be set free as well. If your God brings no healing, no deliverance, no victory, no overcoming power, no liberation from the enemy, then it is not the God of the Bible, you are serving a god of your own making. Repent and cry out. There is hope, there is help, there is victory, and His Name is Jesus. It’s time to stand in faith in who God really is and raise up a liberation generation.

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” – Luke 4:18

“Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The Lord.” – Jeremiah 16:20-21

Endorsed By Heaven, Hated By Hell

“And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul.” – 1 Samuel 18:11-12

For all the cultures, classes, races, and people’s, in the world there are actually only two kinds of people in God’s eyes. Those who do His will, and those who do their own will. Peter talks about the evils of those who are “self-willed” among the church in 2 Peter 2:10, and in Matthew 7:21 Jesus talks about the few who actually do follow God’s will even among the church while boldly speaking the uncomfortable truth that most, do not do God’s will at all.

Saul and David are clear examples of this. Saul was self willed, Saul trusted in his own rule, while David trusted in the Lord’s and submitted himself to God’s will when it was presented to him. When we come into agreement with God’s will, His Spirit, His anointing, His grace (favor, power, and influence) shows up to manifest that will through you. When you trust in your own will, your own plan, your own logic, your own feelings, like Saul did, you come out of agreement with God’s Will and actually come into agreement with the enemies and that grace, power of the Holy Spirit, the anointing itself departs from you.

This is what happened to Saul and he knew it. He knew that the Lord had left him, yet he recognized the favor and power of God upon David and he became envious. The Bible says that where envy is, there is strife, and contention, and every evil work. This is proven in the story of Saul and David, as Saul is driven by envy to pride, hatred, lies, slander, plotting, manipulating, oppressing, and even attempting to murder David all because David had what Saul wanted but did not possess.

The Lord was with David because that David submitted himself to God’s will, the Lord had departed from Saul because that he would not and rather then place the fault where it was due, humble himself and cry out to God in true repentance, commit to submit, and realign himself with God’s will, he instead continued to work in his own will, strength, and ability against God’s will by trying to kill David. You see, he couldn’t change God’s will to his own, so he instead tried to prevent God’s Will from coming to be by fighting against those who walked in obedience to it.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” – 2 Timothy 3:12

There is a high cost to pick up the cross and follow after Jesus. Yet there are also great rewards. Therefor, just like Christ, for the promise of the glory we are to endure the hardship that must first come to prove the faith that releases the grace that brings the testimony that overcomes the lies of the devil. However, those that won’t submit themselves to the pain of Passover (obedience, sacrifice, crucifixion, death of self will, faith), they often become envious of those who did, come time for Passover (glory, outpouring of God’s Spirit in power, sings, wonders, and grace).

Then come the attacks against those who lives, manifesting power of God, proves the absence of it in the lives of the self willed. The favor of God manifesting as the power of God to win battles through David proved the absence of God in Saul who saw little to no victories over the enemy.

We see this again in what we might term, a “Pharisees Spirit” that rose up against Jesus Himself. It was not the heathen that opposed Christ, but those who claimed to stand in the place of God yet had they not the supernatural endorsement of God but only the natural endorsement of themselves. Yet the more the people saw the real power of God manifest through the one who was willing to lay down self will and say, “not My will, but thy will be done” the more it proved the absence of this all powerful God from the selfwilled who claimed to represent Him, and they hated Him for it.

“Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered Jesus to be Crucified.” – Matthew 27:17-18

The many that Jesus claimed where selfwilled, will always move with envy and hatred against the few who submit themselves to God’s will. Yet if you will choose to be among this few, though great is the suffering of it, greater still is the reward and glory of it. For many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord Himself delivers them out of them all and miraculous is the deliverance of the Lord, every single time.

Getting the endorsement of heaven will surly get you the fury of hell, but if God be fore you, who can be against you? You want to see miracles? Come into agreement and alignment with God’s will, stand in faith as the self-willed rise up against it, and watch how the Lord parts seas to deliver you. In this does He prove His approval of you when His favor and power pour through you to accomplish what He sent you to do. Those who just talk the talk are only discredited by those who actually walk the walk, not by more talk.

“For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” – 2 Corinthians 10:18

“And these signs WILL 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 16:17-18

“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” – 1 Corinthians 4:20

“If God is not King, …Then He is not Savior”

“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 21:25

Since I was a child, I’ve heard it said, “Many want Jesus as Savior, but not Lord.” An old but very relevant point today. Reading this passage this morning, this verse stood out at the conclusion of chapter 21.

Without a king, there is no “rule” of the people whether corporately or individually. Inadvertently people will pursue their own lusts or desires if there is no ruler or law keeping them accountable to a will other than their own.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” – Proverbs 12:15

Historically, Israel was to remain a “theocracy” (ruled by God) and not a “monarchy” (ruled by a king), but they wouldn’t have it. They demanded of Samuel the prophet to give them an earthly king. Ultimately, we all have a king; the question is who? Whether the Spirit unto life? Or sin unto death?

“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 6:16

The salvation of Jesus we speak of is a “saving” FROM sin because of its “end game,” death. The “Kingship” of our Lord Jesus is to reference our “sanctification” as to “maintain” that position of our saving. Him being ruler, and us being servants to obey.

Whether you believe this or not, we all have choices in life that dictate a consequence that can either be positive or negative. A parent tells a child what they should do, but ultimately the child chooses whether to obey mom & dad, or disobey. This is simply no different with God: A choice given from God to mankind of whether to surrender & serve Him, or not.

“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.” – Romans 6:13

If you don’t want Jesus as your King (ruler), then you can’t have Him as Savior… They go hand-in-hand.

Jesus our Savior pulls us out of the pit, and Jesus our King keeps us from the pit!”

The Rewards Of Righteousness

We read of great exploits throughout the scriptures preformed by righteous men and women of God. We also read many marvelous promises of God, nearly all of which, again are contingent upon righteousness.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” – James 5:16

“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:12

“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry…The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles…Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” – Psalms 34:15,17,19

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” – Psalms 37:25

So what exactly is righteousness and how do we attain it that we might walk in these blessings and power? First we must come to terms with the truth that God is no respecter of persons, if He did it for Elijah, Abraham, Peter, and Paul, then He will do it for you if you meet the same conditions they did.

“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” – Acts 10:34-35

“… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” – James 5:16-18

So we see that according to James (the brother of Jesus), everyone has equal opportunity to walk in righteousness unto miracle working power. We also see according to Peter (the disciple of Jesus) that God is no respecter of persons picking certain people out of favoritism. Instead He will use anyone (are as the Bible often puts it) “whosoever” will fear and reverence Him and walk righteously. Peter also makes it very clear that if we do not walk in righteousness then we are not only missing blessings, we are missing Jesus all together because only the righteous “are excepted by Him”. So how then do we walk in righteousness?

The first thing you have to come to terms with is that you cannot do it apart from God. Not by good deeds, or intellect, or strength of man. Doing what you think is right is self righteousness and God says that your righteousness is as filthy rags before Him. However, doing what God says is right is walking in God’s righteousness. Even if one claims the Name of Christ yet does not do His will, then he is self righteous just like the Pharisees.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21

“And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” – Matthew 12:49-50

Therefore, believing and doing what God says is right is true righteousness, and what is this but faith? Real faith. Not just empty faith professed but true faith expressed! This is why without faith it is impossible to please God and without righteousness you are not excepted of Him. You see true faith is believing what God says because scripture says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. You seek, God speaks, you believe, trust, and obey, which will cause you to be in right-standing with Him and He will count you as righteous. For the word “righteous” literally means “to be in right standing with God.

So this means that in order to be righteous then we have to hear from God so that we can then choose to believe what we have heard. Hearing comes by God’s Word, either logos (His Written Word) or Rhema (His present personal spoken Word). Therefore, in order to walk in righteousness we have to believe both the scriptures and what He speaks to us personally in the place of prayer. Therefor, if you are not personally hearing from God daily through His word and in prayer and personal communion then you cannot walk in righteousness because you have not heard His instructions and only have your own righteousness to lean on.

“And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles 12:14

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Your own plan, your own idea, your own logic, your own agenda, your own ministry, your own words, your own understanding, your own strength, your own tools, your own skills, your own wants, your own wisdom, it all equates to your own righteousness which equates to filth to God. Therefore, if you do not seek God for His words to give you His wisdom, His plan, His insight, His instructions, His strength, His power, His promise, His will, His righteousness then by default what you do will be your own will and that is evil in the sight of the Lord.

“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” – Romans 10:2-3

“…Presumptuous are they, selfwilled…And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;” – 2 Peter 2:10, 13

So we see that it takes both humility and faith to walk in God’s righteousness. It takes humbling ourselves to recognize that we need to seek God to hear His voice, and once we have heard it it takes faith to trust and obey it. However, man in his natural fallen state cannot hear God’s voice, for his sins have separated him from the righteousness of God. So if you don’t hear God’s voice then there is something you must do first.

You must humble yourself, confess your faults unto God, and repent. Then by faith you must call upon the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to wash you clean with His blood and fill you with His Spirit so that you can go boldly before the thrown of Grace where you will then have direct access to God, His voice, and His righteousness.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

By faith it can be yours. God is no respecter of persons. If you believe what He said enough to do it by faith then you will gain access to the very thrown of God and being reconciled back unto the Father, He will then begin to minister to you, to teach you how to hear his voice and be led of His spirit into all truth.

However, once that He has begun to speak to you and instruct you, you must then daily humble yourself to hear what He is saying and have faith to believe it no matter how difficult it may seem. Remember that He truly is God, that nothing is impossible to Him, that He gives more grace unto the humble, and that nothing shall be impossible to those who truly believe because He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Remember that it doesn’t matter who you are, it matters who He is, and what He says.

If He says it, you believe it and walk in it, and that will position you in right standing with Him. Submit to this and you will be standing right where He wants you so that when the time comes and the curtain is drawn you will be in position to play your part in the destiny that He has planned for you and it will be counted unto you as righteousness.

“And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” – Romans 4:21-22

“Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” – Genesis 18:14

“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.” – Matthew 17:20

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19

“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

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” – Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭