“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving...” Psalm 26:7
Vol. 18, No. 1 January 2009
The watch word for our day seems to be “obedience.” God is driving this response home to us until it is deep in our hearts. I have such a love and trust for God that I believe He will give us exactly what we need to bring us to complete peace and safety in this day of uncertainty.
I have been noticing that there is much attack over the people of God in this hour to break them down and to cause them to back away from what God is asking and doing. We must not give in at any cost. Either He is God or He is not. Either He rules and reigns or we act on own, in which case our efforts will come to nothing. Stand firm in this day and don’t let the enemy run over you. Obey the Lord’s voice and honor Him as King who rules in absolute authority and sovereignty. No other rulership on earth or under the earth can compare to His outstanding ways.
There is a verse in the Bible that shows us how to stand victorious through all the onslaught: 1Jo 5:18 KJV “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”
The word “keepeth” means to “hold fast.” What are we to hold fast to? The commands of God! When we walk in obedience to the Lord, the wickedness from the evil one cannot touch us or bring us any harm. Glory! You see, obedience really is the answer for every believer today. It brings you to a life that is filled with joy and fulfillment. So be OBEDIENT and watch the Lord take care of you.
It’s About Power
1Co 4:20 (KJV) “For the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power.”
We are in a state of reformation (or correction) of our thinking. Our goal is not to go to heaven. All religions have this as their goal. Our goal is to find our place with Christ in the center of God’s person and will so we can live today.
People want to go to heaven because of the promise of heaven or paradise. But the tree of life in the Garden of Eden pointed to Jesus Christ who is coming back to earth. So our desire should become that of wanting to be where Christ Jesus is. Mat 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Your treasure must become what Jesus is - without a sinful nature ruling your life.
In the past century we can look back and find that the restoration of Pentecost became an emotional and dramatized experience. As long as we think heaven is the answer, people will remain emotional for fear of not making it. Emotions are acceptable at the right time – but that makes it too much about me. This has produced:
- Is produced by the mind
- Is based on feelings or temperament
- Responds to certain conditions
- Allows Christ’s life to become real
- Is not based on feelings or emotions
- Is not based on symptoms or outward appearances
God is teaching us how to live so we have something to give to others. People are easily deceived just because they want to believe and keep in their minds that which is unreal. Living a life by the Spirit of God is reality – it is not something you just dream about. God is much more involved in this earth and in the lives of people than we understand. But as the evil continues to increase, we are recognizing God more and more in the everyday occurrences of our existence. God is making us into Christ’ image so that we can be like Him in every respect. This is our destiny.
Do not allow yourself to stay in discouragement very long. Keep persevering because things are going to change – they have to – they always do. But if we are not established, settled, and strengthened with the Truth of God in our being, then when the change finally comes we won’t be ready. God is absolutely faithful. He is getting ready to pour out the best wine now. And then we will understand the fullness of this scripture: 1Co 4:20 “For the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power.”
How many of you have ever been sick and tried to talk yourself out of your sickness? That technique, based on metaphysical principles, makes us our own traffic cop. For example, the following scenario illustrates how we may try to reason our sickness away by forgiveness: “I got sick because I was angry with so and so. If I forgive him, I will get healed. I have arthritis today because I have been holding a grudge for many years. If I go to that person and make things right, my arthritis will go away.” This example is called metaphysical manipulation is not my God and Savior. God is the source of all authority and power. As we call on the Lord and pray the prayer of faith, we exercise our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not exercise the power of positive thinking or positive speaking. We call on the Lord. If when we are praying something comes to mind that we need to forgive or seek forgiveness in, we speak it forth and God moves in power and wisdom – whatever is needed – and we receive a healing or a miracle.
The emphasis is: CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD. This is the power we are getting ready to experience in this hour. Can you receive this preparation?
The earth is filled with inhumane actions today. All of these actions are a result of evil that comes from the rebellion of Satan. Rape, murder, thievery, prostitution, incest, abortions are all common today. These, and other evils, are going to get much worse - worse than Sodom’s. Satan doesn’t have much time left, so he is attacking with all he has.
While the people and the courts have become soft on judgment, the Lord will not be soft. He is patient, but not soft. As soon as the Father gives the signal, the Word of Christ will rise up and begin to avenge Himself. All that has been done will come to maturity. All that we have been numbed to will suddenly be awakened.
The Father has given all authority and power to Jesus Christ. He does control all that takes place. He will not let those who have taken hold of Him perish. They will be empowered to come forth with great authority over the evil of our day. This does not mean we go forth and start dealing with abortion rights, or freedom of speech or homosexuality. We may think Jesus is agreeing with us, but that view is why nothing has changed. Jesus is looking for righteous living, not democracy or philosophy.
· Abortion is the same as throwing children into the fires of Molech. Killing children was wrong then and it is still an abomination to God.
· We may think we need to protect our rights of free speech, but James tells us we need to tame our tongues. It is about righteousness, not a band wagon for the next thing that comes along.
· No matter what reasoning people use about homosexuality, it is not an alternate life style. It is detestable to God, and those who participate in it without repentance and change will pay a severe penalty.
· Those who molest, prey upon family members, perform or even incite such evil must be delivered by the power of God or suffer the consequences.
We are not in a new age of enlightenment. To believe we are is one of the reasons there is so much confusion. Christians are taking on the information of our free society and making it a part of their walk with Christ. The Bible teaches us to separate ourselves from the world and to become pure in our walk, our talk, our attitudes and our actions. I’m not talking about legalism – we are not going back there. I am talking about the freedom of the Lord that leads us into POWER. That’s what it’s all about: POWER!
I do not trust in the government, I do not trust in the educational system, I do not trust in money, I do not trust in family values that come from some popular psychologist. I TRUST IN THE LORD. Psa 71:1 “In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.”
At one time, this nation’s people put their trust in God. They prayed and spoke reverently about God and His help, but no more. Today, we are cynical. But the one who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved – made whole and complete.(Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13)
Where will we be when trouble fills our land? To whom will we turn? Mat 28:18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
The question is: Where is the power in your life?
The answer is: It is in the IMAGE OF CHRIST!
. . . My calling as a pastor
Pastor’s Prophecies 2008
Jan. 1: May our goal always be the image of Christ and coming into the rest of God. Above all else that we believers desire, keep us on this path, I pray. Amen. I just want to know You more this year and the power of Your resurrection.
Jan. 3: Everything comes from You and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand. I bow down and pay homage to my Lord and King.
Jan. 4: It is in Your name that I live and move and have my being. I will praise, exalt and extol the Name above all names – Jesus Christ my Lord.
Jan. 5: When loving kindness meets with truth, righteousness and peace will come forth and we will praise the Lord.
Jan. 7: “No good thing will I withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Jan. 12: At what time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise His word. In God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do to me!
Jan. 15: “Do not fret over things you cannot change. Do not worry about things you have no control over. Instead rest in the assurance that I rule in authority and all power.”
Jan. 22: There is no fear in love, perfect love drives out fear. If you fear you have not yet reached maturity.
Jan. 24: The Kingdom of God is not in talk but in power. What do you want: A rod or a spirit of love and gentleness?
Jan. 31: “Press on, you are on the path I have set for you. The enemy has set traps. Walk cautiously and you will not be enslaved. I am taking you to a new place of great awareness. With it comes satisfaction, knowing I have led you the whole time.”
Quotes by Leonard Ravenhill
“What good does it do to speak in tongues on Sunday if you have been using your tongue during the week to curse and gossip?”
“The only time you can really say that ‘Christ is all I need,’ is when Christ is all you have.”
“The Bible is either absolute, or it’s obsolete.”
“Why do we expect to be better treated in this world than Jesus was?”
“Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.”
“Testimonies are wonderful. But, so often our lives don’t fit our testimonies.”
“You can’t develop character by reading books. You develop it from conflict.”
“When there is something in the Bible churches don’t like, they call it legalism.”
“Any method of evangelism will work if God is in it!”
“If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.”
Making the Difference
As we enter this New Year will we start it off right? On December 31st many people will celebrate the incoming New Year by indulging in substances that can cause them to temporarily escape from reality, and possibly make them miss the New Year altogether. The good news is that the best way to start new is to take an assessment of those areas in our lives that are not right, and then make a sober decision to seek the Lord about the necessary changes.
2Ch 15:15 (KJV) “And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.”
Let’s not make mere resolutions, but rather return in obedience unto the oaths that we have made unto the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, more than ever, is the time to return unto the Lord with all that is within us, and to set our desires upon Him and His Kingdom. If we seek Him with all of our heart we will find Him, and there is no greater joy to be had than that which is found in the presence of the Lord. We must realize what a difference we truly make. The way that we live our lives has a ripple effect that goes far beyond what we can see with our natural eyes. So let us not be entangled with the things of this world, but rather be totally consumed with the will and the purposes of our Lord.
Deu 15:5-6 (KJV) “Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day. (6) For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.”
Each of us personally constitutes what our country is made of. If we are selling out to materialism, or digging ourselves an inescapable hole in debt, or participating in sinful ventures and practices, we will suffer the same judgment as those who do not claim to know and serve Jesus Christ. For many years our country has claimed to be a Christian nation, but now the United States of America is experiencing the consequences for her insatiable greed, lusts, and the pursuit of other gods. Despite natural catastrophes and warnings from the Lord, this country, which once declared her dependence upon the Lord God Almighty, now appears to be tattered and beaten down. We are in debt to multiple nations. We are unwilling to acknowledge and repent for the sinful abominations that we condone. We are unable to stop our downhill plunge of greed and selfishness, and yet all the while still expecting God to bless us as we ride the coattails of our forefathers, who lived and died for the freedom to worship God and walk in His blessings.
Gen 6:5-8 (KJV) “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually. (6) And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (7) And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. (8) But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
As Christians, we must not live after the fashion of the world around us. We must, instead, live as true Christian examples, just as Noah did, believing God and making the difference. Only as the members of His body increasingly demonstrate the wisdom of acknowledging and submitting to Christ’s kinship can America triumphantly stand out among the nations.