“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving...” Psalm 26:7
Vol. 19, No. 11 November 2010
The blessings from the Lord come to those who will continue to praise Him in the good times and the bad. Also to those who will magnify the Lord with thanksgiving. There is nothing the Lord will not do for those who continually do this. The righteousness of Christ will fill our lives with the joyful sound and cause us to arise as a light out of the darkness. The Lord will be gracious and full of compassion when we need His help. He will not forget us or abandon us in times of trouble.
We are now coming into a most blessed season of the year. For many it is going to be a difficult and painful time. For others they just want to get past it. But for some, we will continue to praise the Lord with thanksgiving regardless of our circumstances because Jesus Christ still rules and reigns victoriously.
The times are upon us. Let us be like the sons of Issachar who know what season is upon us and respond according to the will of God. Let us not be moved nor be afraid of evil tidings, but fix our hearts in trusting the Lord for our salvation and blessings.
My heart goes out to the troubled soul, but I will keep my eyes securely on the One who is exalted above all else.
From Survival To Attack
Num 32:20-23 (KJV) “And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the LORD to war, (21) And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the LORD, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him, (22) And the land be subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD. (23) But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.”
There are multitudes today trying to find peace without the price for freedom. The Lord says if you do not fight for and with your brothers in the battle you have sinned against the Lord and your sin will follow you. You will reap what you have sown.
Before Moses died the Lord had not given the Israelites a clear definition of the boundaries of the Land of Promise. When Joshua took over everything began to be clarified. During the forty years in the wilderness the Jews did not need to know the boundaries of their promise land. They were told it was a good place, and that was enough. The same is true today. The church understands God is leading us to a good place, and we assume this is heaven.
When the ministry of Moses came to a conclusion and the Joshua ministry was at hand, clarity came forth. We must get this mentality today. It is a new day of the Lord. Everything is different than what we have been used to. The next generation to come will better understand these days than we do.
The wilderness journey was one long struggle for survival in the Presence of the Lord. The Jews had to have patience and obey the Lord. They were shown how to live a godly life and to deal with obstacles. This was their INTERNAL STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE.
When Moses died and Joshua took over they had to face a new way of life as they prepared to drive out the enemy from their land of promise. The struggle was not for personal survival. Their struggle was for the purpose of driving out the enemy from their land of promise and it was a place of attack.
So it is today. Most people are deeply involved with their personal struggles: they struggle just to take up their crosses and follow Christ. They are lukewarm; they carry bitterness over things they don’t understand and they are frustrated in the way of life and they don’t know if they can trust the Lord with total obedience.
But there is a remnant of the entire church. They are ready to move on with the work of the Spirit and of Christ against the enemy, so they can come into the promises of God. But in order to do this they must set forth the boundaries of the land of promise.
5- Boundaries that must be established:
1. Untroubled rest in God’s per
son and will
2. Change in our personality
3. Transformation of our body
5. Making all things new in
Know the enemy is entrenched deeply in each of these areas. And you find this to be true when you attempt to enter into the land of promise.
1. UNTROUBLED REST IN THE WILL OF GOD.
Rom 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Get it out of your mind the idea you cannot do God’s perfect will! Get it out of your mind that you have to sin! (Remember when it is in your mind it is not sin unless you respond to it.) Both of these ideas are from Satan and he is the father of lies. The Bible clearly tells us no Christian is to be practicing known sin. There is only one will of God for you and me at any point in time. If we are not doing it we are rebelling against God and it produces leanness (Psm.106:15). IT IS NOT DIFFICULT TO DO GOD’S WILL. All you have to do is tell God you want to do His perfect will and He will give you grace to do it. He is not a hard taskmaster. Satan is the hard taskmaster that cannot be pleased. God is easy to please. His commands are not grievous. Unless you are under great conviction you are doing the will of God for your life. But the enemy keeps you in a state of no confidence or satisfaction of life.
Satan is the one who keeps us away from the presence of God and keeps us fearful of him. Satan has demands that no one can keep continually. THE MOMENT YOU DECIDE TO DO GOD’S WILL PERFECTLY YOU ARE IN A FIGHT AGAINST SATAN. Do you want to just be a survivor or will you attack the enemy of your soul?
The people in the land of promise had been there for hundreds of years. They resisted the Jews with all their might. And what happened, the Israelites compromised with them. And because of that the Jews never had peace to this very day.
All of that was given to us as an example of what will happen if we don’t learn the attack plan and the boundaries of our promise land. Once we determine to do this there is no darkness that can stand before us because the all powerful Christ is filling our being with His glory.
2. CHANGE IN OUR PERSONALITY:
Rom 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Man was created to be in God’s image. That does not mean a partial image. Once, again when you determine you are going to be in the image of God, the enemy will come against you with all he has. Satan wants you in his image. That way he can remain in the earth and keep the Lord from taking over.
Our adamic nature cannot imitate Christ successfully. We have to want to be like Christ continually coming to Him for strength and change. DON’T SAY “I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE.” That is the tactic of Satan.
We have a seed growing in us. That seed is the image of Christ. The old nature must be rooted out to make room for the new nature to flourish. This means a disciplined life, denying ourselves, taking up our crosses and following the Lord each day. Every day we have the opportunity to turn away from sin. When we do Christ grows in us. He feeds us with His body and blood spiritually speaking making us strong to attack the enemy.
The more we do this the greater the portion of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit begin to rule our being. This continues until Christ fills the throne room with His glory leaving no room for Satan’s darkness and gloom.
Why does Satan fight us tooth and nail? To keep us from believing we can be filled with the fullness of God. The Lord simply says, “Keep my commands and the Father and the Son will make their dwelling in us. [A lie Satan has convinced people with is that God gives us grace and we don’t have to keep His commands.] Satan wants to continue to dwell comfortably in us.
3. Transformation of our body:
1Co 6:19-20 (KJV) “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
Do not give up on your body! The body is the third part of our personality and is very important to God. Through Christ we can possess our soul. We are not fully man until we have regained our body.
Many are waiting to die to go into the spirit realm. But once you do, you will want your body. Satan and demons and angels don’t have a body. That is why they want yours. The only way to enjoy the earthly realm is with a body. This generation is willing to give their bodies to Satan believing their soul and spirit will be saved. Remember it is the temple of God. Our body does not belong to us, it belongs to God. Cleanse yourself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. We need to fight to keep our bodies pure and whole and safe.
Psa 2:8 “Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession.”
God must put it in your heart to love people above everything else in this life. Outside of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Father there is no greater gift. The nations will never know lasting love and joy and peace until the people of God stand up for one another. The more we press into Christ the greater the people will profit. We only have one opportunity in this life to gain this kind of love.
5. All things will be made new in Christ:
Rev 21:5 “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
There is nothing that will not be made new. For all of creation must be summed up in the Lord Jesus Christ. God is making everything new, and Satan still tries to stop it through a people who still just want to survive.
It is up to you and me to press forward now, in our day, for God is moving past survival into attacking the enemy that kept His creation in darkness and doubt and death.
. . . My calling as a pastor
Pastor’s Journal 2009
Nov. 3: If the Lord is pleased with us, we will go in and conquer the land. The protection has been removed from our enemy.
Nov. 5: I am my Beloved’s and He is mine.
Nov. 7: Lord, Your word is forever. If Your instruction had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for You have given me life through them.
Nov. 12: Dear Lord…There is chaos and darkness and lies all around us. But in You there is peace and light and truth. I chose You and You have chosen me. Thank You for the best life in Jesus Christ.
Nov. 14: The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and is safe.
Nov. 17: Something good is going to happen.
Nov. 20: The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lust of other things choke out the word and it becomes unfruitful. But those who sow in good ground will be fruitful and some will come to the fullness.
Nov. 21: And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare his works with rejoicing. (Psm 107:22) The attitude of thanksgiving just keeps going and going.
Nov. 23: You are all that matters, Lord. No matter what, Your love never fails.
Nov. 24: I have given you a heart of flesh and filled you with My Spirit. Now I will cause you to know Me greater than before. You will obey and do my works.
Nov. 26: Total surrender means My way of doing things. Even if you don’t have the answers, it still is My way. That is what trust is about… Not knowing but still believing that I am the Lord of all.
All of Psm 88 is My heart’s cry, but I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever. With my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.
Nov. 28: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. Always being in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
The Word: Now and Forever
The Word of God, the Holy Bible, is filled with everything that pertains to life and godliness. So why would we look somewhere else for the answers to life’s questions. God’s Word also contains benefits in the form of promises that He has made that will allow us to partake of His divine nature. Those benefits and promises are entered into by getting to know the Lord and by following His Word by faith.
2Pe 1:2-4 (KJV) “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, (3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
It is important to know that relationship with the Lord is the key right from the start. There are people who use evangelistic tactics that consist of random communications with passersby, that by simply asking a person if they believe in God, and then offering them an escape from eternal destruction through the recital of a prayer, proceed to inform that person that they are now ready for eternity in heaven. Well, the truth is that there is more to it than that. First of all the Word of God says that those who come to Jesus must be drawn by the Heavenly Father and that a person also has to be able to comprehend; or come to know God, not just know about Him.
Joh 6:44 (KJV) “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” & Joh 1:1-5 (KJV} “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. (4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
It is clearly a fact that people must hear and receive the word of God before they can come to know Him. God is the author of the Holy Bible, and He will write His words upon our hearts, and reveal His will to us as we grow in relationship with Him if we choose to let Him.
Rom 10:17 (KJV) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Things are constantly changing in the world, and people everywhere seem to be questioning what they believe and why they believe it. A large part of the reason for that doubt and double mindedness is caused by the words we hear and the things we see happening. Almost all of us are subjected to some part of the knowledge of good and evil every day in some way, and even if we make the choice not to take in the evil, we still feel the vexation of it around us. Although we cannot change the world in a day, we can be sure not to let the world change us. Remember we have access to the promises that can keep us in the will of God, and we have access to God Who made those promises. We also have access to just about anything we can think of in the world, but the question is; what will we choose?
Mar 4:19 (KJV) “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”
Relationship with the Word of God is more than just a onetime prayer. God will keep us whole but mixture will destroy us.
Luk 21:33-36 (KJV) “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. (34) And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. (35) For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. (36) Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
“It is better for people to hate you for who you are than to love you for who you are not.” Andre Gide
“One who has nothing to lose is the most dangerous person on earth. For Christ’s sake, I pray I am one. Think about our Master. He became poor and emptied himself for us. Was he not then, and is he not still, the most dangerous man to have ever walked this earth?” Sandy Onstad
“I’ve got the Father on my side, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and 2/3 of the angels. What do you think I’m going to do? Sit down and cry? Leonard Ravenhill
“The deepest repentance and humility and our own frailty and weakness must be realized before we can know God’s strength.” Frank Bartleman
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