Living Word Christian Fellowship
“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving...” Psalm 26:7
Vol. 15, No. 9 September 2006
Progress is supposed to be good; But, boy, is it painful to accomplish. I look back over other societies of history and wonder about all the progress that ultimately was lost when they fell into oblivion. As we have now finished the biggest project of Living Word’s history, I can look back and say it was well worth the struggle. I just get these thoughts that one day all that was built materially will be lost and forgotten. Even though we built this school for the Kingdom of God, it was really about people. People, not buildings are what count for eternity .
The most difficult part of this project was the feeling of letting the members of the church down because I, along with the other staff, was too busy building . We had to save money and do the work ourselves or else it would not have happened. I do believe we were and are a true witness for the city. I do believe that many students will be eternally blessed because of all the sacrifice and hard labor.
I want to personally say over and over we have the best congregation as ALL participated in some special way to make this happen.
“May the blessings of the Lord be poured out upon the people for their faithful and courageous sacrifices.” It is truly a family of God.
It’s the start that stops most people! (Selah)
The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us. (Selah)
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. (Selah)
Matt 24:34 “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
“Fulfillment is the full possession of desired ends.” What is the desire of your hearts? Fulfillment speaks of the end of a long journey that evokes thoughts of rest and joy. Fulfillment can be experienced in whatever manner you endeavor to achieve. For the Church, fulfillment will come when the Kingdom of God fills the earth with the glory of the Lord.
Every Christian is called to walk in the way of fulfillment, but there is only one way to achieve the call – “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die…” We have learned much about the process of death in the past year. It is now time to expect fulfillment to begin to come to pass.
Every time God gives a promise or a vision or revival we will experience the pattern of “a corn of wheat.” The pattern:
· A quickening to our hearts
· A time of contradiction
· A performance of fulfillment
A believer will get excited about the promise within, knowing that it is God. Then as the testing time comes, it will be doubted and even rejected (because of our human nature). But ultimately, it will come forth in fruitfulness, if we keep going.
Every move of God is first greatly hindered and opposed by the enemy, but God always prevails in the end. IT LIVES, IT DIES, AND THEN IT LIVES AGAIN – only the second time it is stronger and more effective. That is why each move of God in the earth increases with time.
All of us have had feelings of hope, then discouragement – but let us begin to experience great confidence as the fulfillment begins to break loose. There is a sense right now that God is getting ready to do something supernatural. If this thing has not gone through the death experience, then it is not of God. The reason the church (at large) is impotent is they have not discerned what is of God and what is not. We do not take in every whim of the flesh and call it God. If our vision is not of God, but of our flesh, God is not obligated to bring it to pass. Pride, covetousness, self-interest and immature religious zeal will always bring us to nothing. But when God is in it, the vision must go through the process of dying before the blessing comes through. And when it dies, no amount of prayer or commanding will bring it back until God resurrects it: (Acts. 5:39) “If this counsel or work be of men, it will come to nothing; but if it be of God you can’t stop it.” If we have a vision from God, look out; it is coming to pass. But if we walk in rebellion, look out; God’s plans can be thwarted. God has a right to cancel heavenly visions if we refuse to walk in His righteous ways. (Acts 26:19) “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.”
Well, who wants to be disobedient to God? Those who refuse to go through the process of John 12:24, “except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone…” (except = unless) The power of the Adamic nature hates this. We want fruitfulness, power, and glory, but “don’t make me go through a humiliating death experience.” THERE IS NO OTHER WAY! (Verily, Verily = I affirm it, so be it) That’s it – unless we die, we don’t live with fruitfulness or fullness.
1. “A corn of wheat” – speaks of potential, of the first stage of much fruit, of God’s plan or vision.
2. “fall into the ground and die” – it ceases from its original state – it is the transformation process, called germination. When this process is complete, new life comes forth producing much fruit. Not every seed comes forth; for if during the death process some form of rejection or rebellion occurs, the seed becomes dormant. (Habakkuk 3:17) Multitudes are in a state of dormancy right now – they have given up. But I believe part of this new move of God will bring them back into resurrection power and life, the Lord willing.
Right now we must simply learn the truth of the spiritual life that the Lord has thus far given us and know these truths:
God only blesses what He ordains
Apart from God we can do nothing
Submission accomplishes the will of God
Faith, not reason, brings forth results
God’s time is all that matters
God’s Word, not imagination, counts
Abiding in the vine creates the fruit
Success only counts when God is in it
Failure always occurs if God is not a part
Obedience glorifies God
(10 = number of completion & fulfillment of testing)
Only when we become content to pray in faith and stop trying to make something happen are we truly dead. Sometime after we reach this point, God meets us and raises us to new life, power and fulfillment. During the times of death, we experience great times of humility: (Pro. 15:33 & 18:12) “Before honor comes humility.” (vs. – haughtiness comes before disaster)
Deuteronomy 8:2 “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.”
“To humble thee, to humble thee” Adversity is the only known way to humble a person. The humble are not moved in their flesh. They know how to walk in the Spirit. This is why we are not allowed to judge anything before its time.
3. “Except…it abides alone” - Except a corn of wheat fall in the ground and die, it produces no fruit – it never becomes what it was intended to become. The refusal of humiliation never produced the life of Christ. “DISQUALIFIED – REJECTED.”
4. “It brings forth much fruit” (but only if it dies) – It is reproduced over and over again and again. This is the ultimate purpose in every born-again believers life. “to bring forth much fruit.” It is resurrection power in its fullness. It is the blessing of God manifested through us in glory and splendor. It is the spiritual destiny of the original seed.
All of this that Jesus is talking about is the CROSS – the breaking of our wills so that we could glorify the name of the Lord. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus literally said, “Father, if there is some way I can be delivered from this death experience, nevertheless not my will, but yours be done.”
LWCF has been experiencing some temporary defeat. God’s will has been done – the seed has died – for a season – God has permitted it so that ultimately hour of resurrection will come. I didn’t know it then, but I know it now. And my prayer is “Father, glorify Your name.” (vs.-28)
The hour of despair and defensiveness is just about over. “Father, glorify your name. Fulfill your Word to us.”
Psalm 126:5 through Psalm 126:6 “ They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
If we continue to say “Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord,” the vision will be fulfilled.
Habakkuk 2:3 “3For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
With it is coming new authority, anointings, provision, wisdom and a divine visitation of the Lord.
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 2005
Sept. 1: “I have breathed on you. I have covered you with senses and flesh; the wall of protection is around you. This new season I will place My breath in you to stand as an army. For this to come about you must prophesy. Speak the words of life to as many as I give you.”
Sept. 3: “RAVISHED”
Sept. 4: “The only witchcraft that can affect a believer is rebellion. Stubbornness is the sign of idolatry. These both work because they will not heed My Word.”
Sept. 5: A ministry for women is given like the daughters of Zelophehad (Numbers 27:1-7) – to be able to help them make the right decisions.
Sept. 8: People filled with the Holy Spirit are ready to praise the Lord at all times.
Sept. 10: The pain, the agony and the disappointment of life are almost unbearable. Is it this way with all people or just those who want to do Your will? It is so easy to break off integrity and just take the reigns. But then perhaps we wouldn’t be able to stop, so much, so much agony in the hearts of people. But this is the Day of the Lord. Who can endure? Who can survive? Only You know, Lord. But those who put their trust in You alone will not be put to shame. They shall rise up like the morning sun and shine with Your glory. And the tears will soon be dried up and the countenance of Your joy will be seen. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
Sept. 13: Unforeseen death is a vexing situation. Every thought of why or how could I not see this coming fills my thoughts. Anxiety tries to take over. We are such intricate beings. Without You, O Lord, we are hopeless. But in Christ we will rise up and bless the name of the Lord. Death is a part of life. It comes whether we expect it or not. Only You have the answers and we put our trust and hope in You alone.
Sept. 16: “You are now in the test of affirmation. In this time you will experience all the confirmation necessary to reveal your calling for this hour.”
Sept. 20: It is mercy, mercy, mercy that we need. We are filled with those who disregard You and Your ways. Fill us with mercy that we might not sin against You.
Sept. 25: “Rejoice for the steps of the righteous are ordered of Me.” (PM) “Many of My people say they are in My will. Many declare “This is the will of the Lord.” Many do want to do My will and I am showing them My will. Unless they do it My way there will be leanness in their soul. The army of the Lord must be strong in the Spirit, set on doing My will My way. Only when it is done My way are the results lasting.”
Sept. 28: Oh, the pain of waiting, waiting to see how You, O Lord, will solve the next big thing. Time has run out. Nothing else can be done but I will still trust in You. It is Your ministry. We are simply Your servants.
Wholeness – part 2 of 3
1. Whole means to strengthen (endurance)
Matt. 6:25 through Matt. 6:34 (KJV) 25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
We are not whole because we toil instead of resting. Adam had two purposes when he was created. One was because God wanted fellowship; the other was to take care of everything God created.
That second purpose is still ours today, but many in the body of Christ in their self-righteousness only take on the first purpose. People say that labor was part of the curse and now all curses are broken. They say that the New Testament speaks of the rest of God and believe that to be the absence of labor. They feel that eternity will just be resting in the love of God.
The truth is that “toil” is the curse, not work. The fact is that caring for all God created is hard work, but that does not say that we do not have to work. The rest of God is laboring for the work without the “toil.”
2. Whole means to deliver, save, protect (body, soul, spirit)
Matt. 9:18 through Matt. 9:22 (KJV) 18While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. 19And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. 20And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
The spirit, soul and body have life. The spirit needs food from the Father, the soul needs food from others, and the body needs food from us.
Any part of us can die. We have seen people with dead spirits (the world), dead souls (in the church), and dead bodies (the funeral). People with dead souls cry out to God for confidence, assurance, acceptance, and appreciation because they do not receive it in Christ.
1 Thess. 5:23 (KJV) 23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We must allow God to heal the soulish man. This is why Christians sin. They are not preserved blameless because of soulish desires and needs.