Wednesday, June 1, 2005


Living Word Christian Fellowship

“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving...” Psalm 26:7

Vol. 14, No. 6 June 2005

Dear Family of God:

We must be watching to clearly see the hand of God moving today. Is He moving? Absolutely! The way we were is past and the way we are going to be is in motion. The difficulty lies in the middle somewhere. We question, we wonder, we doubt how much more can we endure. We will endure as much as God wants, to see what we truly want to be.

People today say they want all that God has for them, but then turn away at the time of testing. Do we truly know how immature we are in Christ? I want to grow up and endure no matter what. The church is in a state of transition and most have no idea what is happening. But if you pray and seek the Lord, He will let you in on what is happening. If you open your spiritual eyes, you will be able to see the transformation and the emergence of something awesome.

Fight this good fight of faith. Don’t remain idle and let someone do it for you. That will prove disastrous. Yes, there is a lukewarm church just sitting around waiting for something to happen. And then there are those filled with the Spirit and encouragement, hastening the coming of the Lord. These are the ones I want to be hooked up with. A mighty army is being formed that will push back the works of darkness and bring forth the glory of God.

In Christ,

Pr. Steve

Thy Seed

Isa. 44:3-5 “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: (4) And they shall spring up [as] among the grass, as willows by the water courses. (5) One shall say, I [am] the LORD'S; and another shall call [himself] by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe [with] his hand unto the LORD, and surname [himself] by the name of Israel.”

The Lord has begun the transition of giving His outpouring to the new generation. Our destinies are being fulfilled in this very hour. It will encompass all age groups that are living. It will happen because we have prepared for it and others have waited on it. If we do not yet understand our purpose for being here, we better get on board quickly. God has given us His manual with all the requirements and proper uses and warns what will happen to those who misuse or add to it.

We have prophesied that our teenagers will be the backbone of this great outpouring in which multitudes will turn to God. But there is only one way for it to happen: To choose personally to give our lives to God and to say "yes" to His purposes by putting ourselves in a place of training and submission to the will of God.

To understand the purpose of God for this generation is to make ourselves available to God now. It involves every one of all ages and groups who is willing. It involves families willing to stand together in their responsibilities to embrace and pursue God's purpose for life.

Today we have many unhappy families in the church because they have tried to add God to their own plans. They want Jesus to keep their children free of trouble, drugs, and sex, but still live their lives the way they want. People still believe their kids are good as long as they don't live destructive lifestyles. But now is the time to see God has a purpose. THE SEED OF YOUR BEING IS NOT FOR YOU, BUT FOR GOD ALMIGHTY. Everything of the world is simply an obstacle to sidetrack the eternal purpose God has for us and for our children.

The purpose of God for the family is not simply to live successfully, nor to be happy and attentive to each other, but to rear our children after GODLINESS!

Mal 2:15 “And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.”

God's purpose for our children is that they be a godly seed who love and glorify Him! The only freedom a parent can have during the years of rearing children is to know they are being brought up for God's purpose and not your own or society’s.

The whole attack against the children today is a work of the enemy because of God's plan. This attack is endorsed by educators and government to get young people to believe the highest goal is self-realization! Based on pride, self-centeredness, achievement, and competition with the attitude “May the best man win,” it seeks to enjoy the “good things” of this life. It is based on humanistic thinking that tells us all are good if given the right set of circumstances.

The Word tells us no one is good and only when we are born-again and begin to live only to Christ can any good be found in us (Rom.1-2). Too many Christians believe that deep down inside the heart of their children that they are good no matter how rebellious they act. Adults feel the same way, which simply gives them the freedom to live in sin while they think they are born-again!

Jeremiah tells us the "heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it?” ONLY THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU! AND IF HE ISN'T OPERATING, THEN YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART.

Secular humanism has now become "Christian Humanism." Churches promote personal goals above the goal of God. We see little sacrifice because we are so needy, and we have teachers who give us quick fixes to strengthen the family ethics and then add the Church to all of it.

CHRISTIAN HUMANISM says "put the family before God and what His Word teaches.” Though it sounds like it will strengthen the family, it simply results in cultivating an attitude of selfishness in the family as it relates to the church." Ultimately it will be the prime reason why the family will miss the MARK, which is to live for the glory of God.

It is our responsibility to find the will of God for our lives within God's eternal purpose. The scripture is clear about this:

Eph 1:4-5 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (5) Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

When we are born-again we enter God's family, the household of faith. We cannot separate God's family from our earthly family because the Church, God's family, is made up of our earthly families. So we do not go to church, we are the Church. And the Church functions as successfully as our families function. Our being dedicated to God's purpose of holy living in love and becoming mature sons of God bring Him glory in the earth...

As we become the Church that God intended, we will stay free of humanistic ideals for self-realization and realize the purpose of God for our lives.

Some people have trouble setting priorities for their family. It doesn't have to be that way. There doesn't need to be frustration or strife in this. The Godly pattern must always rule according to the Word. If we set this goal first, everything else WILL fall into place. That is why Jesus taught the priority of seeking His Kingdom FIRST.

EX: If there is not enough time to give to the vision of the local church, then you need to change your involvements and outside interests. It doesn't mean those activities are wrong or sinful, but do they build the inner man of the spirit and draw you closer to the Lord? THE WORLD HAS NOTHING TO CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR INNER MAN!

Mar 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

The world has so much to offer that many Christians have become burdened rather than free.

Born in 1592, a man named Jon Amos Comenius who became the originator of EDUCATION, was told he was retarded because he could not learn like others. Later he called that kind of teaching "slaughterhouses of the mind."

At the age of 22 he became a teacher and began to teach that all things were made through Christ and for Him (Col 1:16). Four years later he became a pastor of a Moravian community which later ushered in the world's greatest revival up to that time. Through all of this, the 100 year war began, wiping out 2/3 of the population of his country, including his wife and children.

Comenius believed that war was the result of human ignorance. His goal was to provide education for all classes of people in the entire world. Up until then, only the rich and famous were educated. His teaching was "The Prince of Peace" would bring peace to the nations.

Comenius’ goal was quality education based on a deep love for God. All teachers had to have this operating in their lives. The result was for each child to become "a creature which shall be the joy of his creator."

Comenius taught that all education established on Christ alone would bring unity as it spread across the globe, thus ending war. One hundred years later, this teaching gave birth to world missions.

Comenius believed by planting TRUTH in the innermost being, the mind would become renewed in the knowledge of Christ. His writings of over 90 books are the foundation of today’s educational tools.

Finally, Comenius believed that the seed of those who would follow this teaching would produce the last great revival of History.

Four hundred years later, the seed is not dead. Will it bring forth the prophesied revival? Yes, under the right spiritual conditions, it is bringing forth the truth for which this man sought and gave his entire life.

IS THE SEED OF YOUR LIFE DEAD, OR ARE YOU BRINGING FORTH THE CONDITIONS FOR SPIRITUAL LIFE IN YOUR FAMILY? How you as a parent respond to the purpose of God will directly affect your children's lives.

Deu 6:7 “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

Continually offering to your household godly virtues will usher in the Revival of this age that can usher in the Lord's return. To neglect it can bring disaster that will be seen in this generation like no other.

You will succeed if you sincerely follow the example of Manoah, Samson's father: "How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?" (Judges 13:12) When we ask the Lord and obey His instruction as to how to order our children's lives, then the Godly Seed will be realized. Only when attention is given diligently to the Word of God can we expect to enjoy a godly household.

-Pr. Steve

I am going to be sharing with you thoughts from my journal over the past few years. This is to show you how the Lord has brought about His Word in my life to minister to you and to show you how real this walk can be. Please read and understand by the Spirit about ...

. . . My calling as a pastor

Pastor’s Journal 2004

June 3: May my sacrifice be pleasing to you, O Lord, as I obey you this day by hearing your voice to direct my steps. The favor of the Lord is upon me.

June 5: “The pain that you carry is to produce the power of Christ within.”

June 10: “Don’t try to make change happen. Allow Me to bring forth the change. Just obey!”

June 14: His hand!

June 15: “Call those things which are not as though they were. Bring into order My life through obedience. Righteousness shall go before you and set you in the right way.”

June 22: “I would faint, unless I believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Ps. 27:13) “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)

June 23: “There is an open door of effective ministry for you.”

June 26: “I am giving you a new burden of the Lord. It will be light and a blessing. With it comes an increase of anointing.”

Trying Times

Heb 2:17-18 (KJV) (17) Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (18) For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”

Unexpected trials and temptations usually come suddenly and without warning. Sometimes they are so subtle, that at first they are almost unrealizable. Other times they are so overwhelming and pronounced that like a flood they seem unstoppable. Jesus came to earth in the flesh and experienced all of these and more. He knows what it is like when we are tempted. He knows what it is like to have to suffer, and at the same time be offered a way out that would feel so good to the flesh, but be totally wrong. No, He did not sin. He overcame every challenge. But He knows what we go through, and His heart’s cry for us is made in constant intercession on our behalf.

Heb 7:25 (KJV) (25) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

His intercession for us is the most awesome part, but there is a part of that verse that we must not leave out: “…He is able to save them that come to Him...” Coming to Him is a crucial part of surviving trying times! One of the most important battles the enemy hopes to win is the battle that keeps the Christian from continuing to seek the Lord during difficulties. We are nothing without our Savior. We will be powerless and confused if we don’t turn to the Lord for wisdom and strength, even if we don’t feel like doing so. If it were easy enough for us to do it without Him, He would not have had to come.

Heb 4:14-16 (KJV) (14) 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. (15) 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. (16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Many times we fail to overcome during trying times because of an unwillingness to visit the throne of grace in time of need. We also fail because we don’t spend an adequate amount of time at the throne. Yes, there is more there for those who seek with a whole heart. That takes a willingness to forsake the other things that demand our attention and affection; it takes humbling ourselves and spending time in His word at His feet during trying times.

1Pe 5:6-11 (KJV) (6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (7) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (10) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you]. (11) To him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

-Kurt Thurston

The Suddenlies of God - part 3 of 3

KJV & Amplified Bible

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul makes a clear distinction between believers in Christ and non-believers, especially as relates to the time of the Lord’s sudden return. The great apostle encourages those who have had their “work energized by faith and service motivated by love and unwavering hope in [the return of] our Lord …” {1:3}. He assures them that “…God has not appointed us to [incur His] wrath He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)” {5:9}. Knowing “…that the day of the [return of the] Lord will come [as unexpectedly and suddenly] as a thief in the night” {5:2}, these have prepared themselves and have allowed the conviction of the Holy Spirit to judge their lives and hearts, progressively transforming them into the image of Christ. As His corporate temple, His One New Man, these believers have allowed the Lord to sanctify them through and through, spirit, soul and body, separating them from profane things, making them pure and wholly consecrated to God {v 23}.

In contrast, God’s long-delayed but then sudden outpouring of wrath is reserved for those who have not withstood the kingdom of darkness, who have rejected the Word of truth, and who have believed the deceitful lie that all is well. “When people are saying, All is well and secure, and, There is peace and safety, then in a moment unforeseen destruction (ruin and death) will come upon them as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape; for there is no escape” {I Thes 5:3}. Those who continually spurn God’s Word are promised destruction based on their accumulated guilt and iniquity which “…will be to you like a broken section of a high wall, bulging out and ready [at some distant day] to fall, whose crash will [then] some suddenly and swiftly in an instant” {Isa 30:13}.

Luke urges those Christians who would “be accounted worthy to escape” God’s wrath and “to stand in the presence of the Son of Man,” {Luke 21:36}, to keep themselves from worldly entrapments: “But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and (lest) that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose” {Luke 21:34}.

Recently when meditating on the phrase “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” {Isa 40:3 KJV}, I heard myself reading the command as, “Prepare ye, the way of the Lord,” meaning, “Prepare yourselves, you who ARE the way of the Lord.” This rendering is consistent with the promise that before Christ returns for his people, He will return in His people. As His literal return draws near, does it not behoove us even more to make ourselves ready by becoming the pathway of the Lord through whom others witness the life of the Savior? To be among those who “shall drink in the courts of [His] holiness” {Isa 62:9}, we must first recognize and execute our authority (represented by “gates”) in Christ, bringing to sudden completion the prophet’s instruction: “Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people” {Isa 63: 10}. During these last days, the life-power of Christ is suddenly and exponentially increasing within His chosen remnant as He prepares them to become the standard through whom others are drawn to Him. Those who believe after them, remain secure in Him, and are obedient to Him will also be preserved from the sudden wrath to come.

-Ruth French