Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Living Word

Christian Fellowship

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

Vol. 19, No. 9 September 2010

It is not easy to find the Presence of the Lord. But for those who will be filled with the Holy Spirit, His Presence will be manifest in all that they do. Yes, there is a Presence that will keep you through anything. We must know this Presence and be able to recognize it at a moment’s notice.

God’s people need comfort today. There is no true comfort for anyone on this earth except that of the Holy Spirit. He comforts, He guides, and He directs us to the Father of Mercy and makes His Presence known to us so we will not faint in this day of trouble.

This song keeps playing over in my heart. May the words bless you:


By: Bill Batstone

“I will be with you - In joy and in pain, Your cry for mercy - Echoes

My name.

Now and forever - I'll be at hand, I will be with you, I will be with you - For that's Who I am.

I will be with you, I'll be on your side. Your prayer for deliverance - Will not be denied.

I'll fight the battles - That evil might wage - I will be with you, I will be with you - 'Til the end of the age.

I will be with you, There's no need to fear. How can they harm you, When I hold you near?

Your life is in My life, Come peril or sword. I will be with you, I will be with you - For I am the Lord.

I.., I will be with you! I.., I will be with you! Now and forever - I'll be at hand,

I will be with you, I will be with you, For that’s who I Am.”

In Christ,

Pr. Steve

Victim, Survivor, or Overcomer

2Ti 2:12 (KJV) “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:”

Rev 2:26-27 “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: (27) And he shall rule…”

We are being prepared today for the real world! (What does that say about the present one?) We have some idea about what that world will be, but are we willing to stay the course for the real world to become a reality? If you really want this, then you are going to find out that the real world is a place of intense activity. Each of us will have responsibilities assigned by God. There will be no more welfare, hospital, rehab programs, or therapy. Do you realize how much of our time is spent in these areas?

There are three categories you might belong to:

· Victim

· Survivor

· Overcomer

Victim = a person who has been cheated, fooled or injured through unforeseen circumstances.

Survivor = a person who stays alive when others perish

Overcomer = a person who prevails, conquers and is victorious

A victim is the result of demonic activity

A survivor is one who lives by the flesh

An overcomer is one who is living by the eternal Spirit of God ruling and reigning over him

Which one are you?

The days are almost here when people are going to want to die to get out of their messes. But Revelation tells us they won’t be able to. Well why? If all we are preparing for is to go to heaven, why not get a head start?

What did John the Baptist preach?

What did Jesus preach?


For what reason?

They did not preach to go to heaven.

Repentance was preached to prepare for the coming Kingdom of God. Do you see why repentance is not important today when the church is preaching going to heaven? It isn’t necessary. John the Baptist and Jesus preached repentance to prepare for the coming Kingdom.

What are we preparing for today? There is only one way to keep yourself prepared with all the darkness and trouble – repent when you blow it or get caught in the turmoil.

You can remain a victim because of all the demonic activity; you can just survive while everyone around you dies off; or you can overcome and prepare to rule and reign with Christ Jesus.

The Kingdom of God is not a place; it is a system of rulership. Today we live in a system of democracy. But God is bringing it down. It is the best system the world has known, but there is a new Kingdom coming into focus. The Kingdom is a system of “rulership.” Before democracy there were kingdoms in this world. Democracy says , “One for all and all for one.” Everyone has a vote and a say in what is done and how it is to be done. In America we don’t understand what a Kingdom is. We like to accuse our government when it doesn’t satisfy. We have no respect for the one trying to do the leading. We don’t honor him as a leader even though he makes the most difficult decisions in the world. When we refer to our president by his last name only but omit his position as President, we show that we have lost the integrity of rulership.

What have we done with Jesus Christ even though He is our ruler? We call Him J.C. Anything to show we do not fear Him.

While this transition is taking place it becomes extremely painful to serve the King. The enemy wants you to feel like a “victim,” that you are just barely making. But my Bible tells me I am to be an Overcomer = one who conquers and prevails and is victorious.

So we have to learn what it means to come into a Kingdom. When the Lord returns, He will come with His warriors and His nobles; together they will come in power and all the other kingdoms will bow to King Jesus. If we have not learned how to treat Him now, when He comes we won’t meet Him with the appropriate response. Otherwise we will just treat Him like any other leader.

Did any of you know that Jesus is not a Westerner? He doesn’t dress like us. He won’t be coming in a business suit. He is an oriental King and His Rule will be Jerusalem. Do you fear Him?

Psa 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed [are] all they that put their trust in him.”

Rulership is what this day is about. We need to update our speech. We have said Jesus is coming to rule and to reign. But now we need to begin to say, “Jesus is coming to reign and we are going to rule in His Kingdom.”

Isa 32:1 (KJV) “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.”

“To reign” means to ascend the throne. “To rule” means to have dominion, authority, power. These words are synonymous. They are one in the same. It is Christ in us who will reign, and we will ascend the throne in Christ. Why is this different thinking? Because we are the ones who are called to rule! And we must be prepared to do so.

2Ti 2:12 “If we suffer, we shall also reign with [him]: if we deny [him], he also will deny us:”

“Reign” is to reign together. It means to rule! We are going to rule with Him. The real world is going to be very busy because people are ruling. [Say this to yourself: “I AM GOING TO RULE WITH CHRIST.”] Why we are going through the trouble we are in today? Because we have become lazy, believing eternal life is nothing but floating on clouds and playing games.

[Scriptures on ruling and reigning: Mat.19:28; Luk.19:17; 2 Tim.2:12; Rev.2:27; Rev.3:21;

Rev 22:5 says “They shall reign forever and ever.”]

The promises of rulership are to those who overcome. Conversely, those who do not overcome will be ruled by those who do. No one in the new Kingdom will not be ruled. But this generation won’t have it that way. So God says, “Die to the idea that says, ‘No one is going to tell me what to do.’” This type of rebellion is so deep in the heart of man that at the end of 1000 years of Christ Jesus’ reigning on the earth, people will still say “NO” to His authority. I can’t comprehend that! You may think, “I don’t care if God rules me, but I am not going to have some man rule over me.”

What does it mean to rule? To rule or to reign is to govern your circumstance and the circumstances of others. That’s it.

You cannot remain a victim. You cannot remain a survivor and become a ruler. You must learn to reign over your own circumstances!

When you come to yourself and begin to say, “I am not going to let that man or woman tell me what to do,” there is a problem. I am not saying you have to do what another says; but I am saying is that when another person tries to help you find life, resolution, surrender, or healing, but you adamantly refuse, you are demonstrating that you need a change. But because America and the church will not submit, God is going to allow trouble worse than the world has ever known to hit this land. [I don’t want to hear this verdict, but I am wise enough in the Lord to listen to the reason of God.]

The Kingdom is one of rule by a rod of iron: the rod of iron is developed in your personality every time you are tempted and you overcome that temptation through Christ. Each time you pray and get the strength to do what God wants, you are producing a rod of strength that enables you to begin to rule and reign.

There is only one way to develop this strength: Righteousness. When we are left to believe we can live anyway we please without concern for what God’s Word teaches or what the prophets are saying, we are not living in righteousness.

We are now in a time when even the Christians are not able to resist. But God will not change. We have to change and build within us this rod of iron so we will be overcomers -- Not survivors, but OVERCOMERS. With this overcoming ability we will be compelling others to live righteously instead of compromising with the world.

-Pr. Steve

. . . My calling as a pastor

Pastor's Journal September 2009

Sept. 3: Hope deferred makes the heart sick. But when it is fulfilled it is a tree of life.

Sept. 5: His righteousness is toward the grandchildren of those who keep His covenant and remember to observe His instructions. (Psm l03:17-18)

Sept. 7: Keep praying and believing, then trust Me to bring forth the healing.

Sept. 8 The river of life will flow from within. It will bring life again. I am flowing in you. It is a deep river and My life is in it. Don’t stop it, let it flow freely for I direct your steps.

Sept 9: Drink the blood of Jesus for every sin of the flesh, lust and worldliness – to be purged and cleansed from all unrighteousness. Consecration is required.

Sept. 13: Thank you Lord for the inspiring words this day. You reminded us of the call for Living Word. Your ways are going to come to pass. The vision is alive. Only you can do this. But we are willing and ready to assist You. We have been trained and wait for your instruction and timing to accomplish Your will. Again, I say, thank You for the anointing and Your presence. There is nothing like it.

Sept. l5: My word to you: healing and deliverance will come to this situation. My way!

Sept. 21: Walk in My Spirit and see how your heart is healed.

Sept. 22: Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for You. Be our strength every morning, and our salvation in time of trouble (Isaiah 33:2).

Sept. 28: I will keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind on Me.

Sept. 29: Be like a tree planted by the water and drink in as much as you need. I give freely to all that need and ask for it.

Our Ways? Or the High Way?

The Lord our God expects us to have common sense, which is defined as sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of situations or facts; but He does not expect us to limit His definitions and His abilities to the basis of our understanding. Much of what God says and does is counter – intuitive, or contrary to what intuition or common sense would indicate according to our ways of understanding. Therefore, because of naturally leaning upon our own intellect, intuition, and common sense, we all struggle with fully grasping the depth of God’s words and His ways.

Isa 55:8-9 (KJV) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

We read in the Bible that the Lord often gathered disciples unto Himself and spoke to them in parables. Some people might think that to be peculiar, but a good teacher will always teach someone “how to learn,” as well as “what to learn.” Jesus’ main teaching tool was by example, and then He would follow up with instructions; but the central life lesson was that believers should always follow the Word of God by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Joh 16:13-14 (KJV) “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (14) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

The disciples had a hard enough time comprehending what God was establishing right in front of them, and yet He still told them of things that would come later. Obviously, there were definitely worldly obstacles in the hearts and minds of the disciples that needed to be dealt with, just as there are with us who believe and follow the Lord today; and those obstacles serve to show us our need to change. The disciples were thinking that the purpose of Jesus’ coming was to set up His natural Kingdom in the earth and to set them in positions of leadership as well. Contrary to their thinking, it was the will and the Word of God the Father that Jesus Christ would be offered up as the final sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

Luk 9:22-26 (KJV) “…, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. (23) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (24) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (25) For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? (26) For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.”

Lose your life to find it. We are made great by becoming small. We are exalted when we are humble. We become wise by being fools for Christ's sake. We are made free by becoming bondservants. We gain strength when we are weak. Each of the previous statements is a great paradox -- a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a truth; but remember that they could also be expressed counter – intuitively, so we don’t want to lean on our own understanding. Instead, we should follow the Spirit of truth for revelation and application in every facet of our lives -- that is, if we want to follow the High way instead of our way.

-Kurt Thurston

Staten Island, NY

Rivers of Breakthrough

The other night I had a vision of a dam breaking. In the vision I [saw] rushing water that broke through the dam with massive force. This water did not appear as ordinary water but it was crystal clear and it was flowing into a stream and it came forth with great strength and intensity.
Not long after having this vision I received an email from breaking news, which said that an actual dam had broken in Iowa. It was reported that the dam break was due to the heavy rains. As I read the news brief the Holy Spirit revealed to me that the vision represented the water coming down from heaven, bringing extraordinary breakthroughs.
The Lord says just as you have witnessed this dam break and water being released with great force I Am about to release My Living Water into the body of Christ with great intensity. Many people will be swept out of the enemy’s camp as My glory dispels the darkness from their lives. This water that I Am releasing is not ordinary water but it is living water that will bring breakthrough to areas of your lives that you have not been able to break out of. This living water will set the captives free from immorality that they were not able to overcome on their own. I

will destroy the barriers that are obstructing the flow of the Living water that brings life and many will be released and healed.
It will be a cleansing stream of purified water that will not only bring refreshing and renewing but also conviction of sin. These rivers of living water will break through and unshackle those that are bound in sin and release holiness to the body of Christ. I Am bringing streams in the deserts to those of you that are in a dry place and release those of you that need to be set free from ungodly mindsets.
This living water is not just for you to enjoy but for others to come into and enjoy the freedom that I have provided for them. Many will be in awe at the intensity of My Glory that I am releasing in this time and season says the Lord.

Ezekiel 47:9
And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.”
John 4: 13 - 14
Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Revelation 22: 17
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”

Next course from Christian Life Educators Network - Richmond Center:

Anonymous Women of Faith: A Theology of Faith by Dr. Alvis Harthern

This course is a study of the lives of people who demonstrated supernatural faith. Its purpose is

to teach students what faith is, how to get faith and how to live faith-based lives. The author uses

descriptors to classify the types of faith exhibited by each of the women studied. The study of

each type of faith (obedient, fearless, desperate, persistent, expectant, witnessing and resurrection) is initiated with the identification of an unnamed woman in Scripture who exhibited that specific faith. Others who exhibited each kind of faith are also included. October 7-9, 2010