Victorious: A word to the Church for the days we are in

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On Sunday, August 20th, the Lord impressed this word on my heart and I shared it with our congregation.

I, the Lord your God, am a consuming fire. I am the God who makes days, times and seasons. And your times are in my hands.  The times of all creation are in My hands.  Make ready your hearts.  Make ready your homes. Fill your lamps with oil, says the Lord. Fill your lamps with oil for yourself, for your families, for your neighbors, for those I am calling. There is abundant supply. Access the abundant supply. Not just enough for you, says the Lord, but enough to give away, enough to draw the nations. My heart, My heart is crying out for the lost and you are the answer. You are the healing. Your hands are my hands, says the Lord.  Our feet are My feet. Where you go, I go. I send you, says the Lord, not in your own strength, but in My strength. You are not as you appear. You are Jesus on this earth and nothing, nothing can stand against My church.  You go now. You go now in the strength of My Spirit and nothing can withstand you, says the Lord.  There is no power in hell that can stand against you for all has been defeated and you are in Christ.  You are Mine. And I have made you for this day, I have made you for this time. You are where you are because I have placed you here. And there are those you will touch, there are those you will speak to that you have been destined to minister to. You are My children and you have been marked with the seal of My Holy Spirit – My Holy Spirit. My Holy, Holy Spirit lives in you. You are My vessel. You are pure. You are refined. You are sanctified.  You are marked with the blood of the Lamb and nothing will stop this mighty moving force that is My church, says the Lord.

Now you:

  • Do you believe that these are the last days as referred to by Paul in 2 Timothy?
  • Do you know that you are the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth today?
  • Do you know that God has placed you in the family, the job, the church and the neighborhood where you are so that you will be His representative on this earth? If we are His body, what would Jesus do for your family, your friends and your colleagues if He were here in the flesh? What problems would He solve, what healing would He bring and what truth would He convey?

Even though I was the one who delivered it, this word is challenging me in considerable ways.  When the Lord says, ‘Get ready’, we better take note and get ready. When he tells us that we are able to accomplish our assignment and that nothing will be able to stop us, we need to quit making excuses.  I am challenged and taking this to prayer.  I am asking the Lord to help me make changes and evaluate my life properly.  This life is not a dress rehearsal.  We have one shot on this ball of water and dirt and I personally don’t want to abuse the privilege of carrying the presence of Jesus in my mortal body.  I want to represent the Father and Jesus well and be His hands and feet on this earth.  I believe you do, too. Let’s pray.

Father, we can do nothing without you, that we know. But we forget is that WITH You, we can do mighty things.  You are waiting for us to get up and do those mighty things and live out the truth that it is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us.  Let us grow in devotion, in passion and in boldness to bring your goodness into this lost and dark world.  You have prepared good works for us to walk in.  Help us to see what to do and be obedient to do it. Help us to be relentless in cleaning the junk out of our hearts and minds so that your Presence can flow through a pure vessel.  You are good and patient and we thank you for your mercies that are new every morning! Amen.

Thought For the Day: We should REHEARSE all of God’s benefits to ourselves and others

StrawberriesThought for the day: Not only should we not FORGET all the Lord’s benefits, but we should REHEARSE all of His benefits OUT LOUD to ourselves and to others.  Speaking about the benefits and blessings of the Lord keeps His presence at the forefront of our minds.

It’s too easy to lose sight of God’s greatness and goodness in our tiresome lives. It’s too easy to focus on everything that isn’t happening.  So the Lord gave us a solution for our ingratitude and shortsightedness.  In Psalm 103, He tells us to forget not all of His benefits.  The opposite of forget is remember, right? But simply remembering His benefits in the solitude of our mind doesn’t create the atmosphere of God’s favor that speaking about His benefits does.

Have you ever been around a person who is talking about something great that happened to them? As they speak, you can see how they are reliving that situation in their minds as if they were there. The same is true for when we tell others about the things that God has done for us.  As we relive His goodness and power, people can see that our God is real and moving on our behalf.  A God who once was a theory in their mind now becomes the Living Wonder that He truly is.

And as far as it concerns us, I have noticed that when we lose sight of God’s benefits, we grow cold in our affection towards the Lord. But when we remind ourselves and others of what God has done for us, we refocus ourselves on the fact that the that God who poured out His benefits before can do it again.

So today, let’s open our mouths to our families and friends and tell them of the benefits that God has poured out.  Ask the Lord to bring situations back to your memory and to give you opportunities to share testimonies of His care with people who need to be encouraged.  You never know how the goodness that God has poured out in your life will bless someone else – and I KNOW it will certainly bless you!

And if you’re having trouble thinking of anything to applaud as a benefit, I recommend reading all of Psalm 103 where the Psalmist rehearses many of the benefits of the Lord. Those displays of God’s goodness, mercy and patience should never lose their luster in our affections; and if they have, repent for your hard-heartedness and ask the Lord where the root of bitterness has sprung up. He will show you, wash you up and restore the joy of your salvation!

Psalm 103:2 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.

Psalm 116:12 – What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?

Now you:

  • Can you think of a time that God poured out His goodness and mercy upon your circumstances? Can you recall times when you could imagine the worst, called out to God for rescue and then watched Him work His wonders on your behalf?
  • Do you ever spend time in prayer just thanking God for what you have rather than asking for something more?
  • Do you know people who are discouraged and who don’t believe that God would ever want to do anything good for them?

Dear God

Today, let’s make it a point to thank God for all we have instead of asking Him for anything more,  Let’s exalt the ways that He has blessed us and create an atmosphere of His goodness around us that others can draw from.  Amen!

Thought for the Day: Let the Redeemed of the Lord “Say So”!

Psalm 107 verse 2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.”

We have been redeemed from all the power of the enemy. Every spiritual blessing has been laid up for us in Heavenly places and purchased for us by the precious blood of Jesus.

Ephesians 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

But Satan is not going to roll over and give up ground without a fight. So we must ‘say so’ in every area. We must declare our place in Christ and remind ourselves and the adversary of our position in Christ.

1 Peter 5:8

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

If we are being stolen from in the area of finances, of health, or in our families, the blessing belongs to us. And we must say so. We must declare what belongs to us because of the blood of Jesus that Satan cannot resist. He does not want us to realize the power in the blood that has been shed for us and that has obtained for us a great inheritance. But we are called to give thanks unto the Lord for his goodness and for his mercy that endures forever! And we are called to declare the victory of Christ over all of the enemy’s power in the Earth. God has redeemed his children back to the place of victory and glory and with our mouths we declare this victory every time we “say so”!

Revelation 12:11

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony (their “say so”)*, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

*parenthesis mine.

Now you:

  • Do you understand and believe that if you are a born again believer that you are spiritually seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above all spiritual forces that could ever tie you down?
  • Do you know what the victory of Christ on the cross has purchased for you and the new position of glory that you have been given as a result of your faith in Jesus?

At the moment you became born again, your new birth recreated you inside where no one can see, and you became a new creature in Christ.  All that you are in your inner man is now TOTALLY acceptable to God.  You used to be His enemy. But if you have placed your faith in Jesus as your substitutionary sacrifice, you are now God’s CHILD.  You can never earn more of His love or lose it through your mistakes and failures.  Furthermore, you have been restored to the place of being covered with God’s glory (His nature).  You have great power and authority on this earth as a child of the King of Kings.  All power, rule and dominion other than God’s is spiritually under your feet.  When the Church of Jesus Christ really, REALLY gets this truth locked down, we are going to change this world with the love of God. The enemy hopes you never fully grasp who you are in Christ, because then his lies and traps will fail to work.  You will walk in your freedom and set others free as well!

For a deeper understanding and greater insight into who you are in Christ, I recommend the following reading:

  • Who We Are In Christ: Discovering Your Eternal Identity by Joe McIntyre
  • The Blood and the Glory by Billie Brim
  • The Believer’s Authority by Kenneth Hagin

God bless!

No More Naomi: Don’t get stuck in Chapter 19

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If bitterness was collateral, then Naomi would have been a millionaire.  Naomi was a woman in the Bible who had seen her share of sad days, losing her husband and then both of her sons.  These losses and the accompanying grief were compounded by financial distress. Because of the culture she was living in, not having a male to provide for her, be it a husband, a son or a grandson, put Naomi in a very stressful and scary position.  Furthermore, she had two daughter-in-laws to worry about.  They were lovely girls, mind you, but they were more mouths to feed.  So she told her daughter-in-laws that they should return home to their families, something that was not in accordance with the custom of the day.  But Naomi didn’t know what else to do.  She planned on returning to her family in Israel and hoping for the best.  Maybe someone would have pity on her and take her in.  Otherwise, she would become a beggar on the street – as if life hadn’t been hard enough on this older woman who was just trying to get through each day under the intense weight of her sadness. Have you ever felt so sad that you no longer cared what happened to you? Naomi felt this way.  And I’m sure just trying to think about how to take care of her daughter-in-laws while struggling under the pressure of grief and financial strain was too much for her.

One of the daughters agreed to go home to her family but the other daughter-in-law, Ruth, begged to stay with Naomi.  So Naomi brought Ruth with her back to Israel, a land that Ruth had never seen before.  Now Ruth is following a grieving widow while trying to handle her own grief and adjusting to a new culture.  She had her own sadness and financial concerns pressing down on her, but her reaction to life’s stress was different than her mother-in-law’s.  Where Naomi saw her loss and grief as a box that contained her, Ruth looked around for the new beginning.  Where Naomi looked at the season she was in as the definition of who she was, Ruth looked forward with hope for what could transpire.

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