|Posted on October 17, 2019 at 4:55 PM|
The revealing of the kingdom of God on earth will bring much needed order, truth, and light to a world full of chaos, uncertainty, upheaval, and darkness. The kingdom of God through God’s Spirit will change the atmosphere and environment and create a climate where the hearts of mankind will be transformed and refocused on God’s will being done here on earth. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NAS). God’s kingdom being revealed on earth will initiate and establish God’s dominion, glory, power, and authority in the affairs of mankind and the spiritual work of the body of Christ (ekklesia). Jesus declared while preaching in Galilee, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:15 NAS).
With the revealing of God’s kingdom every believer in Jesus Christ needs to have revelation, knowledge, and understanding of the kingdom they serve and its power, magnitude, authority, and dominion. Kingdom can be defined as a realm which designates the rule, reign, dominion, royal power, and sovereignty of a king. The king of God’s kingdom is Jesus who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). God’s kingdom is not limited by that which He created or the natural laws that He established. God makes things that are not seen into things that are seen (Hebrews 11:3) and transforms what is in existence. Also, upon the revealing of the kingdom of God, there is an anointing, empowerment, and activation of each believer who boldly speaks the Word of the Lord, is obedient to Holy Spirit, becomes a doer of God’s Word, and becomes a spiritual instrument of God.
Because of this current age, the condition of culture and the mindset of its people, there is an inherent danger when a believer does not discern the times or seasons, is unprepared, is out of position, and is disconnected from the things of God which will prevent one from taking full advantage of the revealing of God’s kingdom. Because of the lack of knowledge, a believer can be destroyed (Hosea 4:6) and caught between two kingdoms unable to serve and be devoted to either one. Without realizing and recognizing that the kingdom of God is greater than the kingdom of darkness, a believer will be bound, held captive, restricted, and robbed of the victorious life promised in the Word of God. This is why each believer is instructed to first seek the kingdom of God. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” Mark 1:15a NAS
|Posted on October 10, 2019 at 5:25 PM|
The forward movement of a believer’s life is coupled with one’s view of the future and the level of faith to make the future a reality. A quality life is always moving forward, is unharnessed from the past, does not stand still, and through faith captures the freshness of God’s plans and purposes. One does not need faith for what was or what is. Faith is needed for what will be and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal” (Philippians 3:13-14a NKJV).
For a believer to have a faith forward mindset, one must understand the correlation of faith and the unseen or invisible world. Scripture declares that God framed the world through His Word so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3). Scripture also captures the essence of the principle of the unseen when it declares that “God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17 NKJV). Every believer of Jesus Christ through the activation and exercising of faith can live and operate in the realm of the unseen with the ability to pull those things into the realm of the seen. It is imperative for every believer to realize that they have been given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). The key issue in the forward movement of one’s life is the development, establishment, and building of that measure of faith given by God.
Each believer who desires to press forward through the gateway of the future may encounter numerous situations or challenges in their pathway which will affect, build, and establish their faith to overcome. One should take courage because the Scripture declares “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4 NAS). There are some fundamental truths that will enlighten and encourage each believer in their walk of faith and enable one to lay hold of their future and “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NAS). Faith is the reflection of what is in one’s heart, a deep conviction of an internal belief that produces corresponding action, a force that works from the inside out not the outside in, based on a promise not a problem, and the eternal hope of God’s Word being worked out as one moves forward.
Being discerning and conscious of the atmosphere, environment, and cultural pressure in one’s life that enters the soul assists in knowing how the belief system and level of faith is affected. Having discipline as to what enters one’s soul will establish, activate, and elevate a believer’s quality and level of faith as they move forward. One must be mindful that the gates of entry to the soul are connected to what one sets their eyes on which creates mental images, allows the ears to hear which establishes patterns of thought, declares from their mouth having creative power, sets the tone of one’s life which affects the condition of the heart. It is one’s responsibility and role to understand these gate areas and how they affect your life which ultimately determine your walk with the Lord and the level of victory and success you attain with the completion of your destiny.
|Posted on October 3, 2019 at 5:05 PM|
The favor of God can be described as one who gains approval, acceptance, special benefits or blessings from God as evidence and confirmation of one’s approval by God. There is a close association between favor and grace which comes from the same Greek word meaning graciousness, loving-kindness, and goodwill of God. Scripture declares “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV). For a believer to find and receive favor, one must first find and receive grace. Grace implies more than favor--grace is a free gift and favor may be deserved or gained. Access to God’s favor is available to those who by grace have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and the indwelling presence of Holy Spirit. The favor that mankind receives from God depends on His good pleasure and is often extended in response to prayer, worship, obedience to His Word, and righteous living.
There is not an external or natural source that can produce life and favor for mankind. In Scripture Job identifies the source of life and favor. “You have granted me life and favor and Your care has preserved my spirit” (Job 10:11 NKJV).
God shows and gives favor to those who delight themselves in Him (Psalm 37:4), seek Him daily and endeavor to know His ways, live by faith (Hebrews 10:38), and are humble and contrite in spirit and tremble at His Word (Isaiah 66:2). Believers who are favored by God know that He will not leave or forsake them (Deuteronomy 31:8]; cause all things to work for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28); hear their prayers (Proverbs 15:29); and extend grace, mercy, and peace to those who live in truth and love (2 John 3). God through Jesus Christ invites all believers to seek His favor. “I seek your favor with all my heart. Have mercy on me as you promised!” (Psalm 119:58 NET).
God’s favor is available to every believer and will change their lives once these basic truths are understood: His grace is favor; His favor is available to all those who believe; His favor is received by faith; His favor affects every aspect of one’s life; and His favor surrounds one’s life all day and every day.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; yes, confirm the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17 NAS
|Posted on September 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM|
Being an overcomer is an achievement that every individual aspires to, desires, and pursues in every aspect, endeavor, and facet of one’s life. The foundation of one who overcomes is their relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus declared that “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV). Overcomers are disciples of Jesus Christ who are victorious in resisting the power, temptation, and cultural norms of the world’s system. An overcomer is not perfect, sinless or blameless but one who prevails, is steadfast, and is determined to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), press on (Philippians 3:12), and run the race (Hebrews 12:1) until the end or finish line. One does not turn away when times, issues or life get difficult or become a backslider or defector.
Overcoming requires total trust and belief in the sovereignty of God; complete dependence on His Word, voice, promises, direction, and purposes; and faith to follow His plan for one’s life. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NAS). To overcome means to rise above, conquer, subdue, vanquish, overpower, and prevail against any conflict, issue, obstacle or challenge that stands in the way of one being obedient and fulfilling what God has called, instructed, and purposed. A believer who overcomes is known as one who is obedient (2 Corinthians 2:9), is faithful to God’s Word (Titus 1:9), is steadfast and immovable (1 Corinthians 15:58), finishes the race (Acts 20:24), and endures to the end (Matthew 24:13). “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21 NAS).
Being an overcomer is more than wishful thinking or hoping for something, it necessitates a decision and a choice to live by faith (Romans 1:17), have a strong and vibrant belief system (Mark 9:23), be a doer of the Word (James 1:22), and work out one’s salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Scripture declares that “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7 NKJV). Every believer of Jesus Christ has been equipped and empowered by God through His Word and His promises, giftings, and instructions to be an overcomer in every aspect of life.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5 NAS
|Posted on September 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM|
God’s gives life because He is the Creator and source of life. God breathed the breath of life into man who was formed of dust from the ground and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7). By the breath of God mankind not only became living beings but God gave mankind a soul which distinguished mankind from all other beings. Scripture states that there is a natural body and a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:44). “And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit’” (1 Corinthians 15:45 NKJV). It is important to note that the first man (Adam) was from the earth and bears the characteristics and image of the earth while the second Man (Jesus Christ, Last Adam) is from heaven and bears the characteristics and image of the heavenly Man (1 Corinthians 15:47-49). Upon being born again (John 3:7) by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, one’s spirit becomes alive and is given a new heart and new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). Through the breath of Jesus Christ, believers receive Holy Spirit (John 20:22) who quickens the spirit man and empowers life in Spirit.
Throughout Scripture the breath or wind of God denotes the impartation of life both in the natural man and in the spirit man. For example, on the day of Pentecost there came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind and filled all in attendance with Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). The word ‘wind’ also can be interpreted as breath which brings new life in Spirit. Another example comes from the vision of Ezekiel where he was instructed to prophesy for the four winds to come and breath upon the dead bodies so they may live again (Ezekiel 37:9).
The breath of God will bring new life--a refreshing, an awakening. God’s breath will also revive those believers who have become weak, apathic, and lethargic in the things of God; are influenced by an unstable belief system and lack of faith; have turned away from the Lord; and are in cultural bondage and have lost hope. Upon experiencing God’s breath there will be a quickening of one’s spirit resulting in the transformation of the inner man. This transformation brings hope, a renewed belief system, and an empowered faith which enables one to draw close to God changing the inner man and shifting the focus of life to the Lord and the things above (Colossians 3:2). God’s breath is essential for every believer and the body of Christ (ekklesia) to be awakened, revived, and brought into right standing before the Lord.
What society, culture, and people need is a fresh breath (wind) of God to be released or blown throughout the earth that will bring change in the hearts of mankind and shift the atmosphere from darkness to light. This will require believers and the body of Christ to enter into fervent prayer, have a hunger and zeal to seek the Lord (Isaiah 55:6), walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), and believe for a fresh outpouring of the breath of God bringing new life to all.
|Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM|
It is written in the Bible that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). Each believer that sets their mind on the things above not on the things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2) will position and establish themselves with the ability to receive and be in tune with what God is speaking and revealing thus enabling them to receive the instruction of Holy Spirit in the higher ways and thoughts of God. “Make me know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day” (Psalms 25:4-5 NAS).
Many believers have been indoctrinated in worldly thinking which causes them to live in the natural environment where they believe it is impossible to receive, live in, and embrace the full revelation of God’s heavenly realm. In order to embrace God’s ways and thoughts and make them a part of the inner being, the believer is instructed to not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). In the renewing of the mind, believers will understand that the entire universe was framed by the word of God so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3).
A worldly minded believer would believe that God’s ways and thoughts are beyond them and impossible to obtain. A spiritually minded believer would declare the word of God and believe that "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26 NKJV) and "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9:23 NKJV).
But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, and the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 NKJV
(This blog post was previously posted in January, 2016.)
|Posted on September 5, 2019 at 4:50 PM|
In the beginning God’s purpose was to establish the Word and cause all creation to come through the Word–the Word being the Son of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4 NKJV). God’s purpose was to move upon the earth which was without form, void, and full of darkness and speak forth light in the midst of darkness, bring order between the waters and firmament, bring life through creation, and set the atmosphere and environment for mankind. Everything God created including man was made to expedite, facilitate, and fulfill His purpose.
Another dimension of God’s purpose through Jesus Christ and by Holy Spirit is to raise up and empower a body of believers as sons and daughters who are worthy, obedient, and comply to His Word. Every believer must realize that they were chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), predestined according to His purpose (Ephesians 1:11), and called to fulfill their role or portion of God’s purpose (2 Timothy 1:9). Having the vision and divine revelation of God’s purpose will assist in identifying one’s assigned purposes, guide in running the race (1 Corinthians 9:24), and sustain momentum as one presses towards the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
Understanding God’s purpose in life is when one discovers the reason why one was created. Every believer of Jesus Christ was created with purposes, assignments or missions that are set before them which not only fulfills their call but furthers and establishes the kingdom of God. Having God’s purpose identified, defined, and revealed in one’s life will bring substance, value, and relevance thus preventing one from being unduly influenced by circumstances, life issues, cultural norms, individual mindsets, and social pressures.
God’s purpose in one’s life is worked out and demonstrated on a daily basis. The challenge is many believers have a misconception of the magnitude and importance of God’s purpose. There are practical ways to activate and empower God’s purpose in and through one’s life such as caring for and nourishing one’s family, being part of and serving in a local church body, being a witness in one’s community, and being a light in the work place. “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones” (Luke 16:10a NLT).
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NAS
|Posted on August 29, 2019 at 5:25 PM|
Deep in the inner being of mankind there is a longing, quest, and yearning to know and understand the significance, meaning, and defined purpose for their life. Every individual's life is designed, created, and given life by the word and breath of God with a divine purpose and destiny. God’s original intent in the creation of mankind was to share His nature, power, and plans in the design, forming, and implementing His divine purpose. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV). Mankind was fully positioned and equipped to know one’s purpose until sin, rebellion, and disobedience caused a divide between God and His creation. As a result of this divide, mankind relinquished any awareness or connection between their life and the designed purpose God intended. It is important to understand that although there was the fall of mankind God’s original purpose and destiny for one’s life was not nullified, canceled or altered; however, the awareness and recognition of their purpose became hidden.
The Lord speaks in Jeremiah 29:11 NAS, “'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'” The word ‘plans’ means that God has thoughts, intentions, and purpose. For us today to give a future and a hope means to lead one into a relationship with Jesus Christ and the restoration and activation of God’s given purpose enabling the fulfillment of one’s destiny. When an individual accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, their divine purpose and destiny is then released to fulfill God's will in their life. Every believer must realize that they were chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) and predestined according to His purpose (Ephesians 1:11) so purpose was established the moment one took their first breath. To know God’s intended purpose for one’s life requires obedience and committed action to call upon Him, come to Him, and pray.
As in many things in today’s culture, purpose has evolved into a self-centered and man-driven desire for the edification and gratification for one’s life. The importance of the origin, source, and substance of purpose has been diminished and is some cases eliminated. One’s significance, meaning, and defined purpose for life cannot be disconnected with the Creator. God created mankind and equipped them with giftings, qualities, characteristics, and abilities enabling them to activate His Word, walk in Spirit, carry out His instructions, and perform His purpose.
The LORD has made everything for his own purposes... Proverbs 16:4a NLT