The Hands of Christ 

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:27‬ ‭

We’ve all heard the phrase, “we are the hands and feet” of Christ. This phrase is an indirect quote that summarizes chapter 12 of the book of 1 Corinthians. The chapter as a whole explains that though Christ’s Spirit still remains, His physical body is no longer in this world. Therefor, until He physically returns on that fateful day, we are to allow our physical bodies to be used by His Holy Spirit to continue His work and ministry in His stead. 

This is why the chapter begins with Paul identifying the spiritual gifts that Christ functioned in and explains that those who have His Spirit will allow themselves to be used as His body continuing His physical work by continuing to function in these gifts, as He did that the overcoming power of the Kingdom of God against the works of the kingdom of Satan would continue to be demonstrated in the earth to the freeing of souls from it’s lies, bondages, and limitations. This is why, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!” It is the power to set at liberty those that had been captive! Liberty from fear, from sin, from sickness, from demonic oppression, from torment, from all the works of the devil, because it is authority!

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

This is the truest since of what it means to be the hands of Christ! Demonstrating the authority of the Kingdom! Through out the New Testament when the command was given to “lay hands” on someone, the Authority of the Kingdom of God was about to be demonstrated in the Name of Jesus! The sick were healed, the oppressed delivered and set free, demons cast out, the dead raised, the lame made whole, the Spirit of God was given, gifts were stirred up, callings manifested! The power of Christ’s authority became alive causing people to have faith in the grace (or power) that had been made available to all through Jesus Christ! 

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant… But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERY MAN to profit WITHAL.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:1, 7‬ 

Here’s the exciting news! Nothing has changed! It still works the same today! Only our faith in it has changed so that you see only the rare few who dare to read the bible for themselves and belief it actually walk in the truth and power of it! A lot of people talk the talk but only the few who know who their God is and truly believe actually walk the walk in freedom bringing, hell overcoming, demon stomping, territory taking, life changing, faith stirring, miracle working power and authority! 

“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 ‭16:17-18‬ ‭

“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 ‭

Until Christ returns, we have been given the commission to continue His ministry in every aspect that He preformed it, functioning as His body led by His Spirit moving in His gifts by the power of His grace that He made available to us by His sacrifice. Upon His return, we will all have to face Him and give an account of what we did, or didn’t do with this great gift and commission that He suffered so much to give us. I for one would like to hear those words, “well done, My good and faithful servant. Inter into rest.” Yet I fear for the many who will hear, as the unfruitful servant who buried his talent did in Matthew‬ ‭25:30‬, “cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Note that this was a servant of God, a believer in God, yet he did not make it in because He did not bare fruit for the kingdom. He hid and wasted that which Christ had given all to give to him. Yes, he called Him Lord, yes he believed in Him, but he did not do His will, he trusted in his own ability and buried the gift that God had given him, that had he used, would have allowed him to do greater things then he could have ever done on his own. God would have multiplied and compounded the return of souls for the kingdom like interest on money in the bank if he had just used the gift that he had been given access to. Don’t let other people’s fear and unbelief rob you of your faith unto the hiding of your talents. Let your faith rob other people of their fear and unbelief by the digging up and using of your talents. 

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: …;” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-8‬ ‭

The gifts are given as tools for the harvest, to continue His work and demonstrate the reality of the authority granted by the victory over Satan that was won for us at Calvary. If you truly believe that Christ overcame His enemy and put Satan under our feet then these signs will follow you because you will walk in victory and authority speaking, doing, and living the power of this good news! If you will only believe, then you will give His Spirit, your body, to do His will. Then will you truly be His hands and feet, then will His gifts and talents be used to the harvesting of souls with interest! Then will signs, wonders, and miracles follow you, because you have believed, truly believed. 

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” – Romans‬ ‭8:14‬ ‭

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Christian, Stop Debating and Start Demonstrating

“He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” – Proverbs‬ ‭9:7-10‬ ‭

How often do we see believers getting caught up in debates with unbelievers? Is there any fruit in that? According to scripture, the answer is “no”. Unless a person has the fear of the Lord, which equates to an understanding of, and a belief in God’s just judgment and hell, and a reverence for His omnipotent wisdom, then they themselves have no wisdom. 

The truth is that non of us have any wisdom of ourselves, our world view is so limited and our minds, will’s, and emotions, are so easily manipulated, twisted, and confounded by the enemy who was by God’s own admittance, “the wisest creature God had created.” That means the devil is wiser then you, he is a lier, and a master deceiver. The devil will outsmart you every time, but he will never outsmart God. Therefore, to fear God will cause you to obey God, which will cause you to walk in His wisdom, which is the only wisdom that is wisdom because it’s the only wisdom that can outsmart the devil’s wisdom.

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made…”- Geneses‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭

“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. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” – Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-7‬ ‭

So understanding this we can see that it is utterly pointless to try to instruct someone who does not fear the Lord and therefor honor His wisdom above their own. So believers, stop debating with unbelievers, they cannot know the truth until they have first come to know Him that is the truth. Don’t debate moral issues with people who do not have God who is the only moral standard. Don’t debate the deep truths of the bible with people who do not have the Holy Spirit of God, it is not yet open to them. Just give them the gospel, give them the good news, give them Jesus! 

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭

Only once a person has truly had a real life changing, new creation, rebirth experience can they then walk in the humility to be instructed in the truth. Only after they have been made new and impossibly changed from what they thought they knew will the revelation of the reality that God’s ways are truly higher then their ways allow them to open up to the deeper wisdom of the way, the truth, and the life. Until then, you’re fighting a loosing fight. Trust God, He knows better. 

Stop debating and start demonstrating. You’re not demonstrating Jesus when you are debating Jesus. Show forth the good news and demonstrate the power of the the kingdom of God to set the captive free, transform lives, and do what cannot be explained or understood by the limited wisdom of man. No one can argue with your testimony, so stop debating Jesus and start demonstrating Jesus and you’ll see that the gospel  works on others when you show that it worked on you.

“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 ‭12:11‬ ‭

“But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:19-20‬ ‭

“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” – Jeremiah‬ ‭17:5-10‬ 

Worship Births Rhema 

Their is power in the Rhema word of God spoken out of the mouth of the believer to break yokes, take territory, heal, deliver, set free, and move mountains! However, we are cautioned in scripture to test the spirits to see if they are of God because many spirits are gone out into the world making many false professions.

One thing I have learned over the years is that any word not birthed out of worship is suspect. Why? Because worship is love expressed and God is love! Further more, true worship of God causes the enemy to flee clearing the air to clearly hear only the voice of the good shepherd. Therefore is it a safe place where the Holy Spirit is welcomed and made comfortable and the enemy is jeered and made uncomfortable!

The devil hates God and desires to be worshiped himself, therefor does he hate when God is worshiped. It enrages him to the core and he flees from it leaving his camp (or territory) in confusion and easy to take. Therefore does it not only run the enemy off and make the hearing more clear, it makes the fight easy and more effective. 

1 John 14:16 tells us that God Himself is love, but not just any kind of love, a particular type of love, “agape” love. This is a selfless sacrificial uncompromising love. Therefore we can say that God is Agape. We then read in 1 Corinthians 13 that though we may speak in tongues, or even prophesy, if we do not have Agape then it is only noise. There is no power in it because God is not in it. It is not Rhema, it is not love. 

Nothing draws the Holy Spirit of God/Agape (which is love) like a heart of love expressing love for His Agape love, and that’s what true worship is. Worship is love expressed. If it’s not love it’s not worship and if it’s not expressed its not worship. Worship is love for God expressed and in that expression is the Spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit) attracted and the Spirit of Error (the devil) repelled; and out of that is true unclouded, untainted, power filled, earth changing, heaven shaking Rhema birthed and brought forth. Anything less is just noise. 

“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.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1‬ ‭

What A New Testament Church Should Look Like

“How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:26‬ ‭

Paul spent much of the book of first Corinthians explaining how the Corinthians (who had gotten quite a bit out of order) should conduct a church service. Besides basic instruction in not standing against local cultural laws unnecessarily, and striving to live peaceably if at all possible, he spent several chapters giving instructs on the proper operations of the Holy Spirit and their importance to the conversion of the lost and the edifying of the body as a whole. 

Starting in chapter 12 Paul explains the importance of the body of Christ all working together. Each moving in different spiritual gifts, one confirming the moving of the Holy Spirit through the operation of the other as God uses them in different ways; yet functioning as a whole in a way that only God can, and so proving what is from God and what is not. You see, the church was never meant to be one preacher serving a spiritual meal to everyone else who just come and blindly eat it up. That’s a good way to get poisoned! The church was meant to be a body of people all seeking God separately and then coming together to share what they got corporately to see how God fits the dishes together into one perfectly balanced meal. Not unlike a family potluck as opposed to a restaurant mentality.  

Paul goes into great detail on what a true New Testament church service should look like. After explaining what not to do he sums up what should be happening in this, our opening passage when he says, “well bretheren, how should it be? Everyone should come with a song or poem that God has given them or placed on their heart or prepared to partake in the ones brought by others. The body should come with some scriptures that God has recently pointed them to. The body should come ready to share some revelation that God has given them lately by either the written (logos) word or by the gift of prophecy (Rhema spoken word of God) as was covered extensively in previous versus. The body should come together taking turns in prayer in both the spirit and in the understanding as some pray in tongues and others interpret or move in other operations of the Holy Spirit mentioned earlier in the previous 2 chapters. These things all work together through the body that in the mouths of two or three all things might be established. 

“…In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1‬ ‭

When God speaks, He will speak it through multiple people and sources in different ways all coming together to make one very clear message. In this can you discern what is being ministered by the Spirit of God and what is simply coming from a man, or worse yet, a deceiving spirit. Where only one man ministers there will almost inevitably be error, for there is nothing to check the message against to keep it accountable. After all even the devil preached scriptures to Jesus (out of context and out of time with the season that God had Him in) when seeking to tempt Christ into error. 

To everything there is a time, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to wait and a time to move, a time to plant and a time to reap what has been planted. All of these take faith but faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Rhema (right now spoken) word of God. When you have heard the Holy Spirit of God speak the same thing to you consistently and persistently through multiple sources it stirs faith in you to believe it. The logos written word of God gives you instructions for both seasons but only the Rhema spoken word of God can tell you what season you are in. Therefore are we not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together nor the operations of the gifts of the spirit through each member of the body, that in the moving and speaking of the Holy Spirit of God through individual members can what He has been speaking directly to us be confirmed and reaffirmed and then sought out in scripture for examples and instructions on how to walk it out. This is the perfect moving, function, and operation for the true biblical New Testament Church and the body of Believers that make it up. 

“How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:26‬ ‭

“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. 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.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:7-14‬ ‭

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” – Ephesians‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭

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

FAITH As A Grain Of Mustard Seed

Plant in hands“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.‭‭” – Matthew‬ ‭17:20-23‬‬

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Heather Wright

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

Fight for Faith!

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” – Jude‬ ‭1:3

We’ve all looked at the story of the Israelites in the wilderness constantly loosing faith and thought, “how can they so easily forget what wondrous things the Lord has done?” However, if we step back and take an honest look at our own life we will see that many times, we have done the same. God has moved in miraculous ways, we have seen His invisible hand at work, we have experienced His faithfulness and had our faith built up. Then a trial comes, a hardship, a wilderness seaon, a testing of faith, and we get so caught up in the hurt of the here and now that we forget all that He has already proven Himself capable of, and our faith dwindles away.This is why Paul warned us to earnestly fight for the faith that was once given us, that we might have faith for the fight that is ahead of us! David did this by “encouraging himself in the Lord“, by reminding himself of all the wonderful works of the Lord and of His great faithfulness to him thus far.

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” – 1 Samuel‬ ‭30:6‬ ‭

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

In essence, David stirred up his faith (and thus the gifts that were within him that are the manifestation of that faith) by “speaking to the mountain” of trials that laid before him and to his own soul (doubt) in the process! 

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭

In order to fight for the faith, you must first stir up faith for the fight! How do you do this? By speaking! Out loud! Because you see, the bible says that faith comes by hearing, therefor what you speak is not only faith manifested, but you are hearing what you are speaking therefor it is also returning into your own soul and encouraging it as David did, and building your faith further that it (being stirred up) comes out again amplified and the cycle continues, building your faith and tearing down the devil’s lies!

So when you face that mountain of doubt, find you a place to get alone and speak to that mountain out loud! Cast it out, lift up praise and thanks to God, remind yourself of who He is and who you are in Him, take authority against the wilds of the devil, rebuke him and his lies, glorify God, stir up your faith and see everything change as that mountain gets out of the way and you’re able to press forward once agin! 

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭

Sometimes you just have to stop telling God how big the mountain is and start telling the mountain how big your God is. He has given you the authority, He has given you the instruction, He has given you the power, because He has given you His Spirit. Now use it.

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” – Romans‬ ‭8:11-14‬ ‭

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” – Mark‬ ‭11:22-23‬ ‭

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke‬ ‭1:37‬ ‭

Losing The Sight But Keeping The Vision

mountain-top“And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” – Matthew‬ ‭17:14-21‬

In verse 16, the man had brought his son to the disciples first for them to heal his son, and they could not. You have to remember that these are the same disciples that had just gotten through witnessing Jesus feeding 4,000 people with seven loaves of bread and a few fish. They saw him walk on the sea of Gallilee. Again they witnessed Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, and had 12 for baskets left over. Let’s not forget the “Mission of the Twelve”, were they even cast out devils!

“And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” – Mark‬ ‭6:7-13‬ ‭

Don’t forget that Peter had made his confession of faith when Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew chapter 16 verse 15 “who do you say that I am?” and Peter answered, “thou are Christ, the son of the living God.” So when the man told Jesus that the disciples couldn’t heal his son, Jesus looked and said “oh faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?” The disciples couldn’t understand why they could not heal the boy so they go to Jesus apart. Matthew chapter 9 verse 28 explains that they asked him privately and Jesus answers them, “because of your unbelief.” Then He further explains about faith.

How many miracles does Jesus have to do, and how many blessings do we have to receive before we are able to totally trust in Him no matter what the situation? How long do we have to live for God? How long do we have to have the Holy Spirit before we can totally trust in God?

If you look at “mountains” as a great difficulty in your life (it can be any situation), then when the word “mountain” is used, it is a difficulty that seems to be huge in our eyes and we can’t “see” around it because it’s so big. The mountain is so wide and broad that we can’t see around it, and the height of the mountain is blocking our sight of God. With our sight being blocked, our minds or distracted and are not focused on God. The “mountain” seems impossible to climb because it is too high and steep to go over, and two broad and wide to go around, and it seems like it will take forever to try to get across this mountain where we can get our sight back on God.

In Mark chapter 9 verse 29, the phrase, “this kind” suggest that there are different kinds of demons. Just as there are many different difficulties in life. We go through trials and storms. We stumble, fall, and wander off the path of righteousness. With these difficult times we go through, it indeed is hard but we still have our sight on God and are still strong in faith. When we stumble and fall, we still have God in our site and can feel His presence near and we know that all we have to do is get up and start our journey again. When we are going through a trial Jesus is right by our side guiding us in our journey. We know He is very near and is still in our “sight”. When a storm comes along and we or being tossed to and fro, as the disciples were, and the rain comes pouring down on us, we can still “see” His light because He is our lighthouse. Even in the midst of a storm we can still have “sight” of Jesus. Our site may be blurred from the pouring rain but we can still “see His glorious light” that will guide us through the storm.

When there are “mountains” however, where it seems that there is no hope, no way around or over because it is just too wide to travel around and too hard to see over and steep to climb, where your sight of God has been blocked and you can’t see God, it is “This kind” that comes forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting! When our mountain comes, we take for granted the power given to us from Jesus which is the Holy Ghost! We forget that we are God’s children, and our faith may come into question. We began to focus on how huge the mountain is when we have a lack of prayer. When we begin to have a lack of prayer our sight of God becomes blocked by this huge mountain. Then we forget that the power we possess to get over the mountain is from Jesus! When we forget about the power we possess which is the Holy Ghost, we begin to forget about Jesus. When you forget about Jesus you can’t “see” Him anymore. Then you focus more on your problem and it’s all that you see. When you lose sight of Jesus, you don’t know where to go and what directions to travel anymore. We think about turning back and going back to where we came from or we give up and quit and wander off. This is because our
“sight” is blocked from the “vision” of God!

We lost our vision! “oh faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and suffer you?”

Faith = Vision

We need to pray! So we can still keep our “sight” on God. Even if we can’t see Jesus we still have “faith”. Matthew chapter 17, verse 20 says “if you have the faith as a grain of mustard seed you shall say unto this mountain, removed to yonder place; and it shall be remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you”. Just a little faith to keep on going and move towards God and not to give up. If we have “faith” then we still know where Jesus is, that He is still there with us even though our site is blocked. That He is waiting on us to move forward. We know where we need to travel, what path to take, and what direction to move towards.

It is during these times that we need prayer and fasting. Yes, prayer is powerful but we also need to fast. In Mark 9:29 Jesus says, “this kind cannot come forth by anything but by prayer and fasting.” When a mountain comes into our path and blocks our sight to where we cannot see Jesus, everything seems impossible before our eyes and there seems to be no hope, this is where we have to “demonstrate” our determination and perseverance to God. We need to “keep our vision”. We have to “demonstrate” our belief. That we know that He is able to lead us over this mountain. We have to “demonstrate” our “faith”. Even though we do not see Him, or are even able to feel God’s presence is still there, He is still leading us and guiding us. Even when we feel alone and that no one else is there to help, “we have to know” that “Jesus is always there”. We have to “demonstrate” our “willingness”. We have to be willing to sacrifice to see God’s will accomplished. God’s will is that we climb over that mountain. God’s will is that we still believe in Him and the power of Jesus through the Holy Ghost! God’s will is that we have the “faith” in Him to where even when we lose sight of Him, that we will still have our “vision” of God. God’s will is that we overcome and claim victory over our mountains that we face in life. Many times in these situations that we face, we have to be willing to make a sacrifice. Sometimes we have to kill the flesh so the spirit can grow. Through fasting we can resist our flesh and make a sacrifice in order to see God’s will accomplished.

In this, we begin to see the hand of God reaching out and grasping our own hand and “leading us over our mountain”. Over our problems, over our situation, over our habits, over spiritual walls. He helps us.

But we have to still “keep our vision” of God, even when we “lose sight of him”. Even when our mountain seems to get too big, where the mountain blocks our sight of God. We still have to keep our vision. We must still keep our faith to overcome. This kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting.

Submitted by @ Chris Adams

Game Changer

hqdefaultWant to know how to change your day, and the devil’s too? How to turn the tide on the endless wearying battle with the lies and discouragements that the devil is constantly speaking in your ear? How to get off of the defense and onto the offence in this fight of faith? Then listen up, these are the 2 main rules that you need to put into practice to see everything change so that you can not only more easily hold your ground against the devil but start advancing and taking new territory in the fight.

1.) When God speaks, stop talking and start listening!

2.)But when the devil speaks, stop listening and start talking!

That is to say, don’t struggle in an inward battle with the thoughts, discouragements, and temptations he is speaking into your ear. “Speak” to that mountain of lies and cast it into the sea of forgetfulness! That’s right, stop listening and start speaking! Out Loud!

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” – Proverbs 18:21

So here’s you’re battle plan. Today, make it a point to praise God out loud. Thank Him for all that He has done and brought you through, and all that He WILL do and bring you though! Tell Him how wonderful and faithful He is, how you love Him, and why. Do it all out loud because your are not so much doing it for God to hear, for He knows your heart, but your doing it more so for the devil to hear! Stop letting the things you hear the devil say give you a bad day. Instead start letting the things the devil hears you say give him a bad day! If you are truly a child of God then you have the mind of Christ and the devil cannot get in there so say it out loud and smile that this day you stopped letting him beat you down with his words and lies and you swung back, because this day you stopped listening and started speaking.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” – James 4:7

Remember that the devil is a created being and unlike God he is not omnipotent, therefore he has limited resources and HATES to waste them. So stop leaving him guessing at whether or not his attacks are working and show him that they are not! You do this by speaking to the mountain, OUT LOUD! As soon as he starts whispering doubt, speak faith! When he whispers, discouragement, sing praise! When he shouts lies, whisper truth. When he murmurs complaints, shout thanks to God! Show him that his limited resources are being wasted on you and he will take them elsewhere. That’s when you start praying for those that he took the fight too when it left you! In this, you have graduated from defense to offence and become a contender for the faith!

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints'” – Jude 1:3

The Power Of A Peculiar Priesthood

jesus-on-the-cross“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” – 1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭

In the times before Christ, God had set up a priesthood. There were priests who were given jobs, task, and authority to do God’s work, to have access to His Word, to minister to the people, to pray and commune with God, to cleans that which was unclean, and so forth. Then above the priest there was a high priest. The high priest was the only one who, on the day of atonement, could take the blood of the sacrifice into the Holy of Holy’s (an archetype for heaven) and bring it to the mercy seat (a model of God’s thrown) to make atonement for the sins of the people.

Now all of this was done as a sort of prophetic play enacting what actually needed to be done to bring true atonement but could not be done because the real mercy seat (or thrown of God) is in heaven and no sin can inter heaven. Therefor, no man or priest was ever able to bring the blood of a worthy sacrifice to the true mercy seat, to enact a real and lasting atonement. Until Jesus, that is, the first man in the history of man, since the fall of man to die without sin. (1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:5)

Therefore, Jesus became not only our pure and spotless sacrifice for sin, but He also became our everlasting high priest, taking the blood of His own sacrifice into heaven and into the thrown of God where He has made atonement for the people once and for all. But it doesn’t stop there! Now that the temple of our bodies has been truly cleansed by the blood of Jesus and made Holy by this act of atonement, He then, (as He promised) ask the Father to send us His Holy Spirit to dwell within us! So that now, by receiving His Holy Spirit we are made joint heirs with Christ and children of God! Where before the authority of God rested upon the priest and kings, now as join heirs with Christ we all walk in the authority, power, dominion, and commission of the priest and kings to commune with God, walk in holiness, minister His words to others, heal the sick, cast out Devils, and take the land!

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” – Revelation‬ ‭5:9-10‬ ‭

Jesus did a pure and perfect work as our high priest that we might in turn be empowered to do pure and perfect works as priest of God in this earth. Do not trample underfoot the blood of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and deem it an unholy thing by denying the overcoming power of it against the enemy in all his forms and vises (Hebrews 10:29). Jesus’s victory was complete and without fail! There is nothing He can not deliver you from, nothing His blood can not remove, and nothing His Spirit cannot overcome! He sees all, knows all, and can deliver from all, if you will just believe. Do you believe? Do you really believe? Believe.

“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. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 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 ‭4:12-16‬ ‭