“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving...” Psalm 26:7
Vol. 19, No. 10 October 2010
Sometimes I wonder how God endures our responses. In the Old Testament, God was pretty hard on his people through the leadership of Israel. Time after time the kings kept sinning and God would proclaim judgment and the next king would be worse than the previous one. Once in a while a king would come along that was God fearing and the favor of God would be upon him and the land.
The Lord is looking for a royalpriesthood of believers in this time of great shaking. He is looking for the ones who will honor the Lord at all times and reveal the Lord’s favor. Let us rise up to the calling of the hour. Don’t be fooled by what is taking place in the land. Be what you are called to be and stay strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
Remember that you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this. Now is the time. Don’t ignore the timing of God. We are going to see many changes that can’t even be fathomed in the days ahead. But let the change be in you that God is your God and you can still rejoice in the God of your salvation.
Security & Survival
Joh 6:57 (KJV) “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.”
There is a question today about our security and survival. God has intentionally done this for one reason: to live a more personal lifestyle in Jesus Christ. As good or as bad as it may seem, the Lord wants us to know the power of His resurrection. The only way to come to this is to know the fellowship of His sufferings. WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE BY HIM AS HE LIVES BY THE FATHER. This is a much more intimate relationship than when we first received Christ.
Coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ means we have to learn to trust Him for our security and survival in the world. Any time you are being pulled in any direction you must be able to identify what is operating. Our basic human experiences will determine our security and survival. If we have been raised to depend on a paycheck every week then that is what we put our security in. If we have been raised to let our parents give us everything we need then that is our mentality for survival. If we allow the government to tell us they will provide for us then we are willing to feel safe as long as the government is coming through. But the Bible tells us this is all deceptive. Our concept of trusting God for our physical security must be completely overhauled in this generation.
The only way to genuinely know the Lord Jesus Christ is to gain victory over lusts, and desires of the flesh. God is willing to deliver us from this carnal way of existing; He is willing to fill us with joy in the Holy Ghost if we will accept His way of becoming a disciple. But the lust for gratification, entertainment and thrills has captivated the hearts and minds of people in every walk of life including the church.
Today God is sending His holy fire to burn away all that is not of Him. It is our responsibility to stand unmoved until the wood, hay and stubble are burned away. This is not easy but Paul tells us: Rom 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
The only way to endure this kind of deliverance is obedience to the Father. IF YOU ARE NOT LEARNING HOW TO DENY YOURSELF FOR PERIODS OF TIME YOU WILL NOT BE PREPARED IN THE DAY OF THE LORD. We must be patient in tribulation, in frustration and in pain. We must never step forth in our own lusts and ambition to bring a temporary moment of satisfaction that is harmful to our spiritual man. Instead we are to wait on God, looking continually to Him for every breath we take. [Many of you are now experiencing this new walk and you don’t like it, but God is in it.]
Transformation only comes as we surrender our thoughts to Him to lead us (Romans 12:2). He says in order to find the good, acceptable and perfect will of God is to present your body as a living sacrifice. God’s will is found in things close at hand, things we are familiar with, not in things we don’t know or experience on a regular basis.
Part of God’s plan in bringing the body into maturity is to move the congregations from passive listening to more active participation. How do we do this? It is your responsibility to participate in every service, in every prayer meeting and in all the praise and worship to God. Psa 150:3-6 “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. (4) Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. (5) Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. (6) Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
Does this sound like everyone is to get involved? Why do we remain frozen in our seats. Something needs to stir us from complacency - so we encourage you to join in. But you must be willing to let go and give glory and honor to the Lord willingly. It is better than exercise; it is more stimulating than food; and it produces life abundant and breakthroughs. IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO REBOOT AND GET ACTIVATED.
We are not ready for the Lord to appear. The greatest need is to grow in the maturity of Christ. We are going to appear with Christ in His glory bringing forth the right kind of relationships with God and man, but first the body must be built into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
The significance of Israel invading Canaan was not to receive fertile land. The significance was to judge the demonic practices of the Canaanites. God is not going to build a giant playground so people can have fun. He wants evil removed from His creation. There must be an army of warriors who will be prepared to descend as we follow the Commander in Chief. And that means BE READY AT A MOMENTS NOTICE.
We are learning how to battle in prayer.
We are learning how to worship with fervent shouts of glory.
We are recognizing what gets God’s attention.
We are becoming a band of trumpets as we join in unison with one voice to praise the Lord: 2Ch 5:13 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers [were] as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up [their] voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, [saying], For [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever: that [then] the house was filled with a cloud, [even] the house of the LORD;”
We are experiencing the Presence of the Lord in the day of battle.
And yet some will sit idly by wishing it would quiet down and be solemn like a funeral home. [Does anyone truly like funeral homes?] You won’t find warriors hanging around funeral homes. Warriors are active, on-the-go, full of energy and strength. THERE OUGHT TO BE HIGH PRAISES ON THE LIPS OF THE SAINTS WHEN THEY LEAVE THE CHURCH. [Now I am not criticizing – I am training you for war.]
Do you know what a frozen-chosen is? A graven image that can’t move!
2Ti 2:4 (KJV) “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” No soldier has his security and survival in the world. This is serious business. We must have a desire above all else to please our Beloved; to serve our Beloved; and to obey our Beloved. The days of foolishness are over. The tares of sin are maturing. It can’t be stopped. We cannot be a part of it. We are to be on call 24 hours a day in this Lord’s army. Why do you think you are experiencing such dramatic change in your life? It is essential to mature in Christ.
The return of the Lord is to bring justice to the nations of the earth. That means there has to be in place an army to conquer the works of Satan and there has to be a church prepared to minister life to the nations that are spared at His coming.
Driving Satan from the earth is violent warfare with all the strength of the Spirit of God. (Rev. 19:11-16). He who is called and chosen must be proven faithful by overcoming, through Christ, all the works of Satan. The God of peace will soon crush Satan underneath your feet (Rom.16:20).
Joe 2:11 “And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp [is] very great: for [he is] strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD [is] great and very terrible; and who can abide it?”
The Lord inhabits the praises of His people, and He dines off our worship and obedience. That means He goes with you wherever you go if you live this kind of life. It is time for these dumb sheep to become mighty warriors. The face of Christianity is changing as much as the world order is changing.
Can you hear the war drums of El Shaddai, the Almighty One. THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, WHO IS NOT CORRUPTED IN HIS MIND BY SATAN, WANTS TO WORSHIP WITH A WHOLE HEART AND BRING HIS SACRIFICES TO THE ALTAR OF THE LORD. He wants to BE SECURE IN THE LORD. HIS SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON LIVING TOTALLY DEPENDANT UPON THE LORD AT ALL TIMES. And it takes a people who are growing in the maturity of Christ.
Most Christians have never come to this place of denying themselves and taking up their personal crosses to set out after their Master. If we are going to walk in the safety of Christ then we better be ready today.
The Lord is dealing endlessly with us night and day with every word, every action and every motive. We are under the scrutinizing eye of God because of His great love for us. We may be perplexed, cast down, persecuted or frustrated. We may be weak and worn, but we are being made a place of safety and security to press into the new realm of glory that is being revealed.
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 October 2009
Oct. 1: The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He adds no sorrow to it. (Pro. 10:22)
Oct. 5: I lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. The Lord will protect you from all harm. He will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going, both now and forever.
Oct. 9: Nothing compares to the promise I have in You!
Oct. 15: You have My hand and you have My heart. What else could you want?
Oct. 20: I will work to show you things you have not seen. I will lead you down a path you have not been. I will turn darkness to light and make rough places plain and I will not forsake you.
Oct. 22: Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stay alert in vain.
Oct. 30: Let Me lead you, and you will not fail. Forty years ago you agreed to let Me guide your life. The best is yet to come.
Oct. 31: I want to answer the cry of their hearts.
Walk With God
The Christian is a person who is already physically living, but has encountered the Word, and the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ; and now is born again. Born again Christians have heard the Living Word of God, and now allow Him to live in their hearts and direct their steps. Many people have quoted a prayer because they were told that if they did they would be saved from hell. But being saved from hell is not the goal; the goal is to be reconciled with our creator and to be able to fellowship with now and forever.
Joh 3:4-21 (KJV) “Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? (5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (9) Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? (10) Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? (11) Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. (12) If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? (13) And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. (14) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
If we believe the first parts of the scriptures that we just read, then we should believe the last parts as well. People that do evil love the darkness instead of the light; and they even hate the light. But if they would come to the light and let their deeds be reproved, then The Lord would guide them into the deeds that are truly wrought in God. Only God knows best how to keep us from the whiles of the enemies of our souls. He will complete that which He has started in all who continue to believe in, and walk with Him.
Luk 5:22-25 (KJV) “But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? (23) Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? (24) But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. (25) And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.”
Christians must never forget that it is God who gives us the power to overcome the flesh, the world and the evil one. We must not walk self-righteously lest we fall into because of pride, but rather believe God and walk with Him.
Next course from Christian Life Educators Network - Richmond Center:
Studies in the Book of James: Hanging the Pirates by Dr. Charles Gaulden
This course is a study of the hidden pirates that attempt to rob our treasure of peace and joy. The course is based on the key New Testament principles.
November 4-6, 2010