Spiritual Fruit - posted 5.28.20

        As people begin to emerge and society begins to reopen from being shut in, there is new hope, fresh aspirations, and great anticipation for the future. How people emerge and their interaction with each other are extremely important for the nation, communities, churches, and families. Believers of Jesus have a vital role in the resurgence, recovery, and revitalization of society and normalization of life by being a light set on a hill (Matthew 5:14), an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), and a bearer of God’s spiritual fruit (Matthew 7:16). It is the responsibility of the body of Christ (ekklesia) and each believer to be on the forefront of re-establishing the atmosphere, ushering in a new culture, reopening society, and reconnecting relationships by being instruments in the hand of God in the demonstration and releasing of His spiritual fruit. 

        As people move forward, there will be a tremendous need and longing for truth, stability, assurance, understanding, and compassion. Recognizing and grasping the magnitude of these needs will give each believer an opportunity to “be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3 NKJV). The tree represents one standing strong, deeply rooted, drinking from the rivers of life, and bearing fruit that nourishes, encourages, strengthens, and brings life to the spirit, soul, and body. In Scripture the tree symbolizes the believer and decrees that every tree is known by its own fruit (Luke 6:44). The fruit that emanates from the life of a believer is identified as the fruit of Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV).

        Because of the separation from others and change in daily routines, believers have been provided space to review, evaluate, and identify the nature, quality, and value of the fruit in their life. Fruit represents the outward manifestation of a person’s belief, faith, heart condition, and relationship with Holy Spirit thus revealing one’s behavior, demeanor, and true nature of their heart. During this time, I believe God has been working on His spiritual trees (believers in Jesus Christ) checking the roots, examining the branches, clearing the dead ones, and pruning the healthy ones in order to have a healthy harvest of spiritual fruit.

        Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you]. Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.  John 15:2-5 AMP 

Your Path Forward - posted 5.21.20

        During these uncertain times of the pandemic, God has provided a great opportunity for each believer of Jesus Christ to examine, review, and determine their path forward. Life beyond these times will require decisions and choices to be made on the type of path one is willing to embrace and travel on. “Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright” (Proverbs 4:25-26 AMP). There are several paths one can choose from to establish their future and their relationship with God.

        First, coming out of these uncertain times for a believer to return and rejuvenate the past and pick up life as it existed prior to these times would reveal that there was no reflection, change or transformation of the characteristics and quality of one’s life or their relationship with God. When a believer chooses to return to an old pathway with no change, it will ensure that their future will be shaped and molded by their past which will leave one unprepared, ill-equipped, captured by old habits, and entangled by external forces preventing a move forward in God’s purposes and design for their life. Scripture instructs one to “throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:22-23 NLT). Moving beyond one’s past and progressing forward is particularly crucial for a believer to have a quality and righteous life. “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’” (Luke 9:62 NKJV). 

        Second, coming out of these uncertain times for a believer to continue to be under the current atmosphere and culture without a renewed and refreshed perspective, faith, and hope in God and His kingdom will severely hamper and impede any forward progress and development in one’s life. Staying planted within this current situation and being influenced and controlled by fear, insecurity, forced limitations, and the opinion and science of man will severely weaken one’s faith and spiritual stamina. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8 NKJV). To have a constructive path forward one must remember that the theory, facts, and truth of science will change in the future; however, the facts and truth of Jesus Christ will never change. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV).

        Third, coming out of these uncertain times for a believer to forge, create, and establish a path forward with a fresh relationship with God, perspective of life, vision of who you are in Christ, and boldness of belief, faith, and hope will enable experiencing the fullness of His kingdom. For the Scripture declares "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27 NKJV). For each believer there is available a new liberty and freedom to create a wonderful path forward for those who allow God’s word to be a lamp under their feet (Psalm 119:105), are guided in all truth (John 16:13), walk in Spirit (Galatians 5:16), obtained an inheritance being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11), and understand that God has a plan, purpose, and destiny for every believer.

        You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11 NAS

Heavenly Perspective - posted 5.14.20

        With everything transpiring in the world today including rapid change and the condition of culture, one of the greatest battles in one’s life is to have and maintain a proper perspective. Perspective identifies how one views, perceives, envisions, and discerns life; the capacity to evaluate one’s surroundings; and the capability to anticipate the future. Understanding and having a proper perspective is critical in one’s life because it molds, shapes, and defines ultimately determining how one responds and reacts to the elements and issues of life. Also, perspective will influence and direct a particular mindset which will bring about a realm of thinking that creates vision and viewpoint and determines focus and positioning in life.

        Scripture instructs believers of Jesus Christ to focus and position themselves in such a fashion that their view of life will be from a heavenly perspective and realize they have been raised up and are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), exhorted to seek those things which are above where Christ is sitting (Colossians 3:1), and encouraged to set their mind on the things above (Colossians 3:2). From this heavenly position believers can visualize their life, the culture they live in, and the world around them through God’s eyes which aligns with His will, agrees with His Word, and paves the way for the releasing of God’s kingdom on earth. God’s will for His people is to place their attention, focus, and sight toward the glorious and spiritual realm of heaven and align themselves with the Lord’s prayer which declares that God’s kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

        Without a heavenly perspective one will misinterpret and misconstrue the issues, details, and events of life. For example, when one experiences hindrances, blockages, mishaps or setbacks, they are considered a nuisance, a failure or an attack of the enemy which are meant to be a deterrent, resistance or destructive force in one’s life. This is a stark contrast to a heavenly perspective where one knows and understands that God causes all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28), is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9), will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), and makes all things possible (Mark 10:27). Having a steady gaze and focus into the realm of heaven will bring about a heavenly perspective resulting in the release of mercy, peace, grace, and joy even in midst of suffering.

        A heavenly perspective is developed and established by changing one’s viewpoint and focus from worldly and dark forces to the eternal spiritual realm of heaven. This is accomplished by one’s continual discipline to seek the Lord and His strength (Psalms 105:4), pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), focus on your position in Christ (Colossians 3:2), walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of Holy Spirit, and be encouraged to live a pure and righteous life.

        (This blog post was previously posted in March, 2019.)

Pray God's Glory across the Earth - posted 5.7.20

        During this time and season with the plague (coronavirus) and today being the National Day of Prayer for America, I am reminded of E.M. Bound’s writing on prayer is essential. “It must never be forgotten that Almighty God rules this world. He is not an absentee God. His hand is ever on the throttle of human affairs. He is everywhere present in the concerns of time. His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men. He rules the world just as He rules the church by prayer." The importance of this year’s theme “Pray God’s Glory across the Earth” cannot be underestimated or overemphasized in its effectiveness, potency, and power in shifting the current conditions of instability, circumstantial upheaval, and infectious fear that exist in the world today.

        The theme this year for National Day of Prayer is based on Habakkuk 2:14 and brings to light God’s care and promise, "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” There was a time when God’s people were covered by darkness, evil, and disobedience from the culture and the prophet Habakkuk cried out for hope and help from God. God responded to the prophet with a promise that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Within the promise that God gave to Habakkuk was the prophetic insight of declaring that the knowledge of His glory would be revealed through Jesus Christ and His body (ekklesia) which also aligns with 2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 

        The knowledge of the glory of God is not theoretical, speculative or conjecture but authentic, absolute, and factual truth that reveals and identifies who God is. God’s glory is the beauty and perfection of His character. God’s glory is His visible presence, greatness, Spirit, love, faithfulness, power, and light. The glory of God acknowledges His supremacy, sovereignty, authority, and governance of heaven and earth. When God responds to the prayers of His people, His glory will be revealed, made evident, exhibited, and established in and through His Son Jesus Christ. “And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once” (John 13:21 NLT).

        The National Day of Prayer provides a great opportunity for every individual to pray for God's will and destiny to be brought forth in America and throughout the world. Every believer of Jesus must remember that "whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive" (Matthew 21:22 NKJV).

        Whenever and wherever the glory of God is manifested, there will be a dramatic change for the good yielding a new lifestyle of righteousness, faith, and hope.

Declare God's Glory - posted 4.30.20

        Currently in today’s culture there is an abundance of information, thoughts, and narrative on the difficulties, concerns, and uncertainty due to this plague (coronavirus). There needs to be dramatic shift in the atmosphere that governors, directs, and forms one’s focus, thoughts, and quality of life. One of the most edifying and powerful ways to shift the atmosphere within culture is for the body of Christ (ekklesia) to begin to declare the glory of the God. “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples” (Psalms 96:3 NKJV). Declaring the glory of God within a society will facilitate a shift in the atmosphere, cause a change in one’s focus, change and prioritize the order of things, and bring alignment in the affairs of mankind according to the desires and will of God. Because God’s glory has been declared, people are enabled to experience God’s miraculous wonders in their midst. In a society where there is no release of God’s glory, there will be disorder, chaos, and destruction which is the result of mankind trying to gain glory for and unto themselves. God alone is worthy of all praise, honor, and adoration and above all else has the capacity to handle the weight of receiving glory.

        God provided a pathway for every individual through His Son Jesus Christ to know, receive, and experience His glory. Upon accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, each believer now has the capability to reflect and demonstrate God’s majesty, greatness, splendor, and worthiness in their daily life and declare openly and boldly the glory of God throughout the world

        Describing and defining the glory of God is this limited space is practically impossible, however here are some areas of consideration or reflection. God’s glory is the beauty and perfection of His character. God’s glory is His visible presence, greatness, Spirit, love, faithfulness, power, and light. The glory of God acknowledges His supremacy, sovereignty, authority, and governance of heaven and earth. “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven” (Psalms 148:13 NKJV). When a believer of Jesus declares the glory of God, there is a releasing of the totality of who God is and the essence of His glory which is weighty, heavier, and greater than anything or anyone in existence either in the natural or the spirit realm.

        It is the responsibility of every believer and the body of Christ (ekklesia) as a whole to shift their focus from chaos, darkness, fear, negative thoughts, and destructive environments and begin to declare the glory of God wherever they go, whatever they do, and whoever they meet. It is time to release the power, force, and authority of God’s glory into the atmosphere over all destructive forces and powers.

        Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the LORD]; for your light has come, and the glory and brilliance of the LORD has risen upon you. For in fact, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness will cover the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you [Jerusalem] and His glory and brilliance will be seen on you. Isaiah 60:1-2 AMP  

Confidence in God - posted 4.23.20

        During this time and season with the plague (coronavirus), it is crucial where one places their confidence. One needs to place their confidence in someone or something that does not change and is trustworthy, faithful, enduring, and steadfast because it will affect their mental state, approach to life, and quality of life. If one’s confidence is placed in or derived from worldly and human sources which originates from the outside of their being, it will only produce insecurity, unbelief, and anxiety and will fail in the long term.          

        Many individuals find it difficult to understand the concept, principle or process of placing their confidence in God. Developing confidence in God is a process which begins the day one accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This process includes a believer’s life being transformed from glory to glory into the image of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18), led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:18), sanctified by the Spirit (2 Thessalonians 2:13), and solidified in the truth of God’s Word (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

        Confidence in God is central and essential in a believer’s life in order to live and walk by faith (Hebrews 10:38, 2 Corinthians 5:7). Confidence is a multifaceted word that exists in the belief system and thought life of a believer which enables one’s faith; creates trust and assurance in God and His Word; promotes courage, boldness, and determination in the development of one’s relationship with God; and enhances one’s dependence on His mercy and grace. Confidence is also realized through one’s conviction and surety of their purpose and destiny.

        “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15 NKJV). The confidence referred to in this passage refers and relates to prayer. The key to petitioning God in one’s prayer life is to come into agreement with His will. A believer can have confidence in their approach to God because He hears from heaven and responds to the prayers and cry of His people. “When the righteous cry [for help], the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their distress and troubles” (Psalm 34:17 AMP). The Lord encourages and emboldens each believer to come to Him in all circumstances with all supplications and requests.

        For each believer, confidence in God is not limited to prayer but needs to extend far beyond prayer and be found and demonstrated in every area, aspect, and level of their life.

The spirit of fear - posted 4.16.20

        As our nation (USA) faces mounting pressures and chaos due to this plague (coronavirus) and economic fallout and its effect on one’s daily life, the spirit of fear has infiltrated every segment of society seemingly without restraint. The discourse during this crisis from the news media, governmental authorities, and politicians has reached a high level resulting in fear, hopelessness, and anxiety which only produces weakness and vulnerability to the forces of darkness, destruction, and control. Whenever one encounters the grip of fear it keeps them from experiencing the fullness of God’s love, mercy, and grace. Scripture declares, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NAS). Thankfully, there is hope, deliverance, and freedom from fear that gripes the heart of mankind through the revelation and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

        Every believer of Jesus must understand the difference between the fear of the Lord and the spirit of fear. The fear of the Lord is devotion, respect, awe, reverence, and submission to God. The spirit of fear is an invading force from the god of this age that is destructive and detrimental to a believer because it changes one’s focus from God and allows their faith, belief, and dependence on God to be questioned. A believer who has been influenced by the spirit of fear, and in some cases captured by the spirit of fear, has traversed from the realm of the Spirit into the realm of the soul. The nature of the fear in the realm of the soul is painful, emotional or passionate which is stirred and stimulated by the expectation of evil or the apprehension of impending danger, anxiety, failure, and dread leading to a negative mindset and a depressed state.

        The word of God always has a solution for every destructive force against God’s people and fear is no exception. The apostle Paul declares to Timothy that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). God has not given the believer a timid or cowardly spirit causing one to be fearful and afraid of man or the devil and his demonic forces. A believer who is fearful and afraid allows discouragement to set in; sinks under pressure; and is deterred from worshipping God, declaring His Word or work in the kingdom of God. God has given the believer a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind. Of power--because each believer is endued with power which strengthens one to stand against reproaches and persecutions, encounter foes and dangers, bear up under trials, and do the will and work of God. Of love--because it is the very essence of God’s nature imparted to the believer which inspires courage; brings strength, assurance, and boldness; and sets mankind free because perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Of a sound mind--because it causes one to have a sober, quiet, and peaceful mind grounded in the truth, principles, and promises of God’s word and an intimate relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit under the authority of God’s kingdom.

        It is time for the body of Christ (ekklesia) to shake off the dust of the world; break the shackles of the spirit of fear; and rise up, exercise one’s faith, trust in the Lord, and be bold witnesses for the furtherance of the kingdom of God.  

Celebrate the Resurrection - posted 4.9.20

        The message of life, hope, and victory is sorely needed in our current time. The world is faced with a plague (coronavirus) and economic shutdown that has caused total chaos in every aspect of life with such magnitude and surpasses one’s ability to comprehend, create solutions, control or determine its longevity. Taking into account all that is happening in the world today, one might consider and interpret that this is a sign, shaking, and call from the God of heaven to get mankind’s attention so they will listen and hear His voice and cause mankind to pause, look up, and respond (Hebrews 12:25-26). When one understands the sovereignty of God, His mercy, grace, and unrelenting love, one’s perspective will change from being burdened, hopeless, fearful, and in darkness to a perspective of liberty, hope, faith, belief, light, and life in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

        In light of all that is transpiring in the world, the recognition and remembrance of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ should cause a much deeper reflection and pondering in one’s approach to this sacred observance. Perhaps a paradigm shift is needed for one to reach beyond the normal trappings of man-made rituals and materialism to have a life changing encounter and experience with the living God. This paradigm shift consists of entering this time of celebration with the intent of examining the makeup, contents, and devotion of one’s life; seeking God and yielding to Holy Spirit in order to bring about a deep repentance; turning from one’s evil and wicked ways; returning and drawing near to God; and experiencing an everlasting transformation in one’s life with a renewed relationship with God.

        By faith each believer in Jesus experiences resurrection life which enables and empowers one to be transformed from a child of the flesh, who is under the law of sin and death, to a child of promise, who is in the law of Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). Resurrection life is a pathway to become united with Christ, joined and connected in such a way that His death becomes the believer’s death and His life becomes the new life of the believer. The resurrection life is manifested as living and walking in Spirit.

        Jesus said to her [Martha], “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior], will live even if he dies; and everyone who lives and believes in Me [as Savior] will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 AMP                

Focus - posted 4.2.20

        The urgency and seriousness of this time and season in the world today makes one’s focus in life extremely important in order to have the proper perspective. The focus of one’s life will become their reality and determine the new normal of the future. God has presented mankind with an opportunity to refocus their life; reprioritize influences that form their thought life; and break established habits, bondages, and addictions that control one’s life and separates them from God. In this highly technological and fast-pace culture, it is so easy to get caught up in the daily routine, get distracted, and lose sight of one’s true purpose in life. God’s word identifies purpose and admonishes one to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37) and to worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). This is truly the time for everyone to change the paradigm of their focus from the instability, uncertainty, and ever-changing world to God who is sovereign, all powerful, ever-present, and does not change (Malachi 3:6).

        To focus means to direct one’s attention and concentration, cause a clear perception or understanding, and develop clear sight or vision of something or someone. Focus is where rays of light meet that create an image and a process of concentrating one’s interest, effort, and activity resulting in a clear vision and direction in one’s life. The Bible teaches that “if then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV). To seek those things above and to set your mind on the things above means that one’s focus of life will shift to a heavenly mindset and viewpoint. If one is focused on Jesus Christ then He has their attention, concentration, and devotion which then influences, occupies, and establishes one’s thought life. Because of this, one is able to fulfill the instructions in Romans 12:2 which is do not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

        Each believer of Jesus on a daily basis faces multiple distractions in their life which destroys and hinders the ability to properly focus on God and His Word with a degree of consistency. As a result, one often finds themselves wavering under pressure, is caught by the philosophies and teachings of man, is questioning God’s word and tossed around and about by the issues and concerns of life. To establish, develop, and nourish a clear focus in life one needs to have the discipline to adjust or separate themselves from everything that detracts, diminishes or separates one from a solid relationship with God. Drawing closer to God is the way to gain and solidify clear focus of the Lord and His kingdom. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8a NKJV). 

        Focus can be developed by beginning each day with God, having a life of repentance, being in God’s word daily, having a consistent prayer life, always rejoicing, abiding in Christ Jesus, serving with a pure heart, and having a heart of thanksgiving.

        Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. Philippians 4:8 AMP

The Sufficiency of God - posted 3.26.20

        Currently in this season of time and cultural disarray many are searching for something or someone of sufficiency to bring a semblance of order, solution, and successful conclusion to this plague (coronavirus) and chaos. There appears to be a loss of confidence, belief, and hope and an increase in uncertainty of the future and the effect on one’s daily life. One needs to be reminded that “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26 NKJV). The sufficiency of God means that He is sovereign, all powerful, and all knowing and possesses within Himself every quality, authority, ability, and dominion which is never-ending and eternal. Scripture identifies the sufficiency of God in Isaiah 48:18 NKJV “For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’”

        To experience the full sufficiency of God one must have a relationship with Jesus Christ and abide in Him. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4 NKJV). Scripture declares “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17 NKJV).

        Understanding the sufficiency of God through Jesus Christ is a fundamental pillar and foundational truth in the life of a believer in developing a proper belief system of faith. Each believer must settle in their own heart that Jesus Christ is all powerful and full of strength or He is not, that He is the One that each believer needs to lean on and depend on or He is not, that He through His grace can enable each believer to walk in faith and stand or He cannot. God’s sufficiency through Christ is an all-or-nothing principle and each believer must decide to come in agreement and embrace this truth or not.

        And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP 

Trust in the Lord - posted 3.19.20

        Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

        There has never been in our lifetime such a challenge to our way of life, who we are, and the way one views human existence. Since creation there have been plagues and catastrophic events that have taken place which have had a dramatic effect on mankind and its culture. This plague or coronavirus is no different than what has transpired in the past. The way one comes through and out of this time will reveal much about their life and relationship with the Lord. The Bible distinguishes between those who have placed their trust in the Lord and those who have not. “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:6-7 NKJV). One can conclude from these verses that David was boasting and remembering the name, glory, promise, and covenant of the Lord God. Those who rely and depend on the natural provision or strength of chariots and horses (man’s strength, force, power, and wisdom) and put their confidence and trust in them will be overcome. However, those who put their confidence and trust in the Lord and remember the name of the Lord our God will triumph and experience victory.

        Due to the current atmosphere, uncertainty, and chaos every believer of Jesus Christ is encouraged to seek and set your mind on the things above where Christ is seated and not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-2). By focusing on the things above each believer will be able to discern the flow of overwhelming information, negative facts, and dark influences that at times are so daunting that they weaken one’s trust, faith, and resolve to stand and not be moved.

        The word of God admonishes every believer “to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13b). To stand, be strong, be courageous, and be without fear is the posture of one who has their trust in God. Having trust in God means one has confidence, belief, and faith in His plans, timing, purposes, and reasons even though they are not always clear or understandable. It is imperative that each believer yields, surrenders, and pours every ounce of their trust into God’s hands. “Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will also do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own]” (1 Thessalonians 5:24 AMP). The sovereign God is faithful, full of compassion, all knowing, trustworthy, and knows one's need before they do. He is the Lord God Almighty, our refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).

        Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! Psalm 62:8 AMP  

Grateful - posted 3.12.20

        In the current climate and atmosphere that exist in the world today being grateful to God for His goodness, grace, mercy, and provision will bring peace, contentment, and confidence in one’s heart and assurance to their soul. Being grateful is the quality of having a heart of gratitude and being appreciative, content, and thankful for the blessings, benefits, and provision one has received.

        A life of being grateful should be particularly true for every believer of Jesus Christ where one has received eternal life, true liberty, the promises of God, the kingdom of God, and the provision of God in all intangible and tangible things. One who is grateful opens the gates to a wholesome lifestyle, brings access to God’s promises and His rest, and allows continual peace to reign in the inner man. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15 NKJV).

        A believer who is grateful will have their emotional state solidified, their focus redirected to the things above, and their self-centered lifestyle shifted to a life-giving relationship with God. A grateful heart will allow one to experience God’s mercies and compassions which are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and to approach each day with new hope because they have learned to be content with what they have (Hebrews 13:5).

        When a believer has a grateful heart, it is indicative of a life of obedience, loyalty, and devotion to God revealing the indwelling of God's kingdom and His Spirit. One who is grateful will yield spiritual fruit such as joy, peace, faithfulness, self-control, and many other fruit and rewards in Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). However, when a believer has an ungrateful heart one demonstrates the characteristics of rebellion against God with thanklessness, covetousness, idolatry, jealousy, and other works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). Each believer needs to understand that one who is grateful can change their whole perspective and perception of life. With a grateful heart one can touch the very heart of God and open the gates of His kingdom.

        To face this life with an unshakable faith is to have a grateful heart knowing who God is and what He has done, is doing, and will do. One of the purest forms of worship and praise is to give thanks to the Lord with a grateful heart. 

The fullness of Christ - posted 3.5.20

        In this demanding and high paced culture many are diligently seeking and earnestly desiring a sense of fullness in their life. It is extremely important for one to understand that the fullness of life can only be obtained through God’s Son Jesus Christ. Oftentimes a believer of Jesus is tempted to look to or seek out various sources, venues, and experiences to obtain fullness in their lives. However, the only fullness that satisfies, nourishes, completes, and touches one’s spirit, heart, and soul with life and wholeness can only be found in the fullness of Jesus Christ. “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9 NKJV). 

        All of life’s fullness rest and exist in Jesus Christ because God created all things by Him, through Him, and for Him and Jesus is before all things and in Him all things consist (Colossians 1:16-18). Fullness describes one who is in the state of being filled to capacity and the quality of being complete and whole. The Bible states that the believer is complete in Him (Colossians 2:10 NKJV).

        The fullness of Christ contains and encompasses God’s nature which includes love, goodness, faithfulness, grace, mercy, patience, light, power, and much more and is available to all those who live and walk in Spirit. Christ in all His fullness brings power, authority, rule, and God’s kingdom into the life of every believer and is activated and energized by Holy Spirit who dwells within enabling each believer to experience a wholesome and abundant life in their relationship with God. When a believer receives the revelation of Christ’s fullness, one will be propelled forward in the process of being transformed from glory to glory into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18) and attain “to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13 NAS). 

        For a believer to live in and experience the fullness of Christ one must spend time nurturing and developing their relationship with Him by becoming more familiar with and aware of Holy Spirit who dwells within, by being in God’s Word, and by hearing and being obedient to His voice.

        For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. Colossians 1:19-20 NAS

Forgiven and Empowered to Forgive - posted 2.27.20

        One of the most powerful events that can happen in one’s life is to be forgiven. Knowing one is forgiven will break bondages, dismantle captivities, and release freedom within the inner man. To be forgiven touches the spirit, heart, and soul and brings life, hope, and peace to one’s whole being. The word 'forgiven' can be defined as a victorious conclusion of the process of forgiveness resulting in a full pardon, absolution, and remission of all guilt. Forgiveness is available to everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and trusts in the finished work of the cross and Jesus' sacrifice. "When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He [God] made you alive together with Him [Christ], having forgiven us all our transgressions" (Colossians 2:13 NAS, emphasis added).

        Being forgiven is very liberating and freeing however carries a responsibility, requirement, and demand for each person to forgive others particularly those in the body of Christ. Scripture is very clear in this matter, "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matthew 6:14-15 NAS). There is a story in Scripture where the master of a servant was moved with compassion to forgive the debt owed by his servant. The servant having been forgiven for his debt could not find the same compassion to forgive one who was indebted to him and refused to forgive. When the master was informed of his servant refusing to forgive, the master removed his forgiveness and required full restitution (Matthew 18:27-35). One of the benefits of receiving God’s forgiveness is that it enables a believer to extend to others what has been given to them and forgive without restrictions. Scripture tells us that our forgiveness doesn’t come from seeing God forgive others, but as an overflow of God forgiving us.

        A believer who is unwilling to forgive opens a door for the enemy to come in and establish unhealthy and negative situations in their life. Unforgiveness can cause one to fall short of the grace of God giving room for the root of bitterness to develop in one’s heart which leads to destruction, defilement, and sickness within their being. Living a life of forgiveness demonstrates one's maturity, relationship, and commitment to God. One must always remember that forgiveness does not come without repentance and is connected to God's forgiveness. “Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us” (Matthew 6:12 NLT).

        Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:12-13 NLT

Greater is He - posted 2.20.20

        Most individuals desire a life full of hope, promise, and possibilities which is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Bible teaches that God dwells within each believer by His Spirit whose power, strength, and grace enables one to activate a life full of hope (Romans 15:13), God’s promises (2 Corinthians 1:20), and a life full of possibilities (Mark 9:23). Because of this indwelling every believer is able to conquer, overcome, and have victory over all external forces, life issues, cultural demands, and all the schemes of the devil. For the word of God declares that, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NKJV).

        Sometimes during prayer and faith affirmations or decrees it is declared in believers’ lives that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world with little understanding of the power and authority of their words. It important for a believer to define and understand who the “He” is that is greater. The “He” is Holy Spirit that dwells and rests in the very core of a believer’s life guiding one in all truth (John 16:13), enabling the discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10), revealing the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10), and releasing of God’s power (2 Peter 1:3) in all aspects of life. The “he” who is in the world is identified as the ruler of this world (John 12:31); the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4); the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2); and the devil who walks about seeking whom he might devour (1 Peter 5:8). The enemy of God influences the hearts of men directing and indoctrinating their lives with bondages, rebellion, lies, schisms, darkness, and the spirit of antichrist.

        Every believer who understands the depth and power of Holy Spirit dwelling within their being and that this is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11) will embolden and strengthen their belief system and faith. This kind of belief and faith will enable a believer to eradicate fear; erase doubt in one’s inner being; and acknowledge and recognize that no external force, life issue, difficulty, problem or power is greater than what God by His Spirit has placed in them.

        You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NKJV

I Believe - posted 2.13.20

        What a person believes will shape, mold, and determine the character and substance of their life. To believe means to place one’s confidence, reliance, and trust in someone or something and be fully persuaded of its authenticity, truthfulness, authority, and legitimacy. Where one places their belief will be instrumental in influencing, conforming, and causing one to be transformed into the very nature and image of the subject of their belief. By being transformed one will also embody and exemplify the mannerisms, characteristics, and qualities of the subject of their belief and will determine their quality of life. 

        Deep within the core of an individual there is a need and desire to believe in something or someone bigger than themselves. The source of what one seeks to believe in needs to be founded on a firm foundation, established in truth, consistent, reliable, secure, and able to offer a quality life. There is only one entity or source that could possibly fulfill this kind of need and desire in one’s life and that would be a relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6 NKJV). When God created mankind, He placed within the very core of the inner man this need and desire to believe and then shaped and framed life in such a manner where only one person would meet that need and desire. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).

        Once an individual accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord they are given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), enabled and empowered to believe that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20), able to believe that all things are possible (Mark 9:23), able to receive God’s kingdom within and its power (Luke 17:21, 1 Corinthians 4:20), and will not perish but will have eternal life (John 3:15).

        These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13 NKJV

Provision Ahead - posted 2.6.20

         When God created mankind, He made provision for each individual to have a life in Spirit full of love, joy, peace, goodness, and liberty regardless of external conditions or circumstances. For any individual to experience this provision of God, one must be born again making Jesus Christ their Savior and Lord. Once an individual is a believer of Jesus, God’s provision becomes available, accessible, and expansive because Spirit of the Lord now dwells within them, brings new life, and releases the provision of the kingdom of God.

        Provision in one’s life oftentimes refers to the act or process of producing, receiving or providing something of substance which in today’s culture generally means economics, finances, and the supply of something. This type of provision is conditional, temporary, and dependent on the condition of culture and external forces.

When a believer contemplates their future and what lies ahead of them, one needs to understand that the substance, quality, and nature of their life depends more on the invisible, intangible, and spiritual provision of God opposed to any provision created or produced by the systems of the world or mankind. The provision of God is determined by a believer’s relationship and obedience to God, His Word and voice, which is governed by one’s life in Spirit. To look ahead for God’s provision and a life in Spirit, one is encouraged to have faith, trust, and confidence in the Word of God for it states that the promises of God are assured (2 Corinthians 1:20), the “Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8 NKJV), and “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV).

        Since the provision of God is spiritual, a believer’s life in Spirit is key in identifying and discerning God’s provision and the ability to receive it. “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV). The challenge is for the believer to see and recognize God’s provision in their life even though it appears different or contrary to what was expected. In understanding the provision of God, each believer must accept and reconcile that God is God, His ways are higher than your ways and His thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).

        God’s provision in a believer’s life can come forth in a multitude and unexpected of ways whether one is on the mountain top or in a valley, during good times or hard times. When a believer has a preconceived or predetermined notion or mindset on how or what God’s provision should look like, the method used to fulfill it or the timing involved to accomplish it can cause one to miss the very provision God has provided. It is God’s will and desire for all believers to experience the enabling grace of His provision in every aspect on their life both in Spirit and in the natural.

        By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3 NLT 

The Name of Jesus - posted 1.30.20

        Every name has a definitive meaning and can communicate something of value and significance which is why parents are so particular in the naming of their children hoping that the meaning of that name will affect their life. So, it was with God the Father in His instructions through an angel to Mary, the mother of Jesus. “Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS’” (Luke 1:30-31 NKJV).

        There is only one name that is above, surpasses, and outweighs every other name and that name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV). It is by the name of Jesus that believers of Jesus are empowered, authorized, commissioned, and instructed to bring forth God’s kingdom here on earth with authority to represent Him, to declare His Word, carry out His will, release His power, and usher in His presence.

        The name of Jesus Christ is a central truth in the life of a believer because it is the gateway to salvation and eternal life for the word of God declares “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved" (Romans 10:13 NKJV). It is by the name of Jesus that believers are baptized for the forgiveness of sins and receive the gift of Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). It is by the name of Jesus that the Father sent the Helper, Holy Spirit, to believers to teach them in all things and bring them to remembrance of all that He said (John 14:26). It is by the name of Jesus that believers are granted the authority to cast out demons, speak with new tongues, and lay hands on the sick for healing (Mark 16:17-18). It is by the name of Jesus that believers can perform miracles (Acts 3:6) and gain favor to ask and receive for “whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14 NKJV).

        For believers the name of Jesus is not some mystical, magic word that is used to bring trivial or ungodly matters to fruition. One does not call on the name of Jesus in order to entertain, exploit, or elevate one’s spirituality or standing. When a believer uses the name of Jesus and a victorious result occurs, it is for the glory of God and the furtherance of His kingdom. Believers are encouraged to call on and have faith in the name of Jesus for hope, strength, provision, protection, and comfort. Also believers can through the name of Jesus reach out to others, be a blessing, and bring forth the kingdom of God.

        And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 NKJV 

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Read by All...8/19

Posted on August 1, 2019 at 5:05 PM

     Your life is a book read by all men. Every day people will discover and read the pages contained within the cover of your life. Like it or not this is a fact of life.

 

Holy Spirit was sent to dwell within you to write and create God’s message in your heart which will line up with your new identity as a Christian and a child of God. This new message birthed in your heart will bring life to those who read the pages of your life. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3: 2-3, "You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart."


Much time and money are spent on the development and maintenance of the outward appearance of our lives (the cover); however, we are known by the content of our inner life (pages). So it would be worth the commitment and time to invest more in the content and character of our lives. This is why in this move of God that is unfolding now that Holy Spirit is intently working on the inside of every believer to change and develop their hearts and souls so when the cover of your life is opened there will be a message of light, life, and hope.

 

(This blog post was previously posted in July, 2014.)

 

Planting of the Lord...7/19

Posted on July 25, 2019 at 4:55 PM

   In creation God’s intent was and still is that every individual be firmly planted, established, and rooted in the place where God has designated in order to fulfil His plan and mission through their life. This designated place of planting will influence, form, mold, and crystalize one’s nature and character and produce an identity which is known to all men. Scripture uses symbolism or metaphors such as trees, plantings, and seeds to describe the process and concept of one setting root, growing, and maturing into a strong relationship with God and to be a force in His kingdom. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV).

 

In the Scriptures, there are many different trees: the cedars of Lebanon which are strong, mighty, and majestic and stand tall amongst the forest (Psalms 104:16); the great oaks which are magnificent, rugged, and hardy with roots that go deep tapping into the springs of water (Isaiah 61:3b); the trees of the forest that sing for joy (Psalms 96:12); and the trees of the field that clap their hands no matter what the elements are (Isaiah 55:12). The body of Christ (ekklesia) must take upon themselves the various characteristics of the trees of the Lord in order to represent God’s kingdom and be a righteous standard in a dark, chaotic, and lost world.


The place of planting is important for growth and fruitfulness. It is a place where there is trust in the Lord, hope in the Lord, and delight in the law of the Lord. It is a place where one accepts God’s process of regeneration (John 3:7), is renewed by Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), receives the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), embraces the disciplines of the Lord (Hebrews 12:6), submits to the testing of the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:13), allows the pruning of the Lord (John 15:2), and learns to give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18).


Each believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is a planting of the Lord and has the responsibility to be established through the nourishment, stimulation, attention, and power of God and His Word which enables one to have continual growth, maturity, and firmly formed roots providing stability and strength to fulfill God’s purposes, will, and destiny in their life.

 

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. (Psalms 1:1-3 NAS)

 

God knew you...7/19

Posted on July 18, 2019 at 4:45 PM

   It is exciting to know that God knew you before you were even born which gives value and importance to your journey here on earth. Knowing that God sent you here with purpose and destiny gives reason and motivation to run and finish the race set before you.

 

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:4-6 NKJV

 

The truth of God’s revelation in His creation of you will only be activated and fulfilled as you acknowledge Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior and come into agreement with God’s Word that you are created by God, a very special treasure to Him, and empowered by His grace to become what He created you to be.

 

So I would encourage all to read and meditate on the Word of God in order to have a true understanding of your value, worth and insight of who are in Christ Jesus. This will change your whole perspective of yourself and your life to the glory of God.

 

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.  You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! Psalms 139:13-17 NLT


(This blog post was previously posted in September 2014.)

 

Birthing of a Nation...7/19

Posted on July 4, 2019 at 5:15 PM

  Today we celebrate the birthing of our nation, United States of America, which was founded on the fundamental truths and principles of God’s Word. Independence Day is a day where this nation should express praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving to God for releasing His mercy and grace upon its people and granting them liberty and freedom and breaking the bondage of the tyranny of government control. As a result, the people of this nation could experience liberty and freedom; and as individuals, they could become whatever they desired to be.

 

Faith in God, freedom, and liberty are the basic truths, central core, and thought in America. The Declaration of Independence declares the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution is set in place to secure our God-given liberty. Though we celebrate our independence from man and cultural control, perhaps we should also celebrate and commit our lives and country to the dependence on the Creator God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the source of America's independence. True liberty and freedom only come from and are sustained by God. "Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36 NKJV). One can never take this liberty and freedom for granted which was miraculously given by God.

 

The time has come for America to wake up for tyranny once again crouches at the door of the Republic looking to exercise control and rule over a people that have been given liberty and set free by God. Religious freedom and the liberty of free speech is being extracted from our lives. The only answer at this point is for the people of this great nation to turn again to God, to seek Him out and repent. By returning to God, America will continue to have the liberty and freedom granted to us by God.

 

Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:7 NKJV

 

Mindset...6/19

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 5:10 PM

     When one considers and contemplates life’s journey, it is imperative to have a proper understanding of the importance of a healthy and properly directed mindset. One’s mindset will determine the direction, quality, victory, and outcome of their life’s journey. The mind denotes the faculty of knowing, the seat of understanding and reflective consciousness, and the process of thought and perception which activates one’s reason, judgement, and determination. A person’s mind is one of the most powerful forces within the human soul coupled with the emotions and will dictate, influence, and condition the heart which in return governors thought life. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7a NKJV). Mindset is the exercise or activation of the facilities, perceptions, and thoughts of the mind in order to set, establish, and fix one’s attention upon something or someone which will cause clarity of focus and direction for one’s life. Scripture instructs each believer of Jesus Christ to “set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2 NAS).

 

Many believers are searching for a life full of love, joy, and peace with a desire to know God’s will and purpose for their life. However, they are confronted daily with internal conflict, condemnation, volatility, instability, and lust of the flesh as well as a sincere desire for a relationship with God. The answer is to develop a spiritual mindset that is focused on God and His kingdom rather than the flesh and the kingdom of this world. Scripture declares “for those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5 NKJV). Every believer must choose to set their mind on Spirit which is life and peace for to be carnally minded is spiritual death and enmity against God (Romans 8:6-7). For those who attempt to set their mind on both Spirit and the flesh will be cast into conflict, condemnation, confusion, and a constant battle of Spirit and flesh. “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish” (Galatians 5:17 NKJV).

 

For a believer the condition and focus of their mindset will determine whether one has spiritual life or death, internal peace or conflict, stability or instability, and a spiritual life pleasing to God or a fleshly life which separates one from God. When a believer has not firmly established a heavenly or spiritual mindset, one opens themselves to be tossed about with every wind of doctrine and the trickery of man, the cunning craftiness of the enemy (Ephesian 4:14) and will be unstable in all their ways (James 1:8). To prevent an unhealthy mindset, Scripture instructs the believer to be transformed by the renewing of their mind (Romans 12:2), be renewed in the spirit of their mind (Ephesians 4:23), gird up the lions of one’s mind (1 Peter 1:13), and understand one has the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).

 

Scripture presents the believer with a constant contrast between those devoted to God with a life in Spirit or those devoted to the world with a life in the flesh. The prophet Elijah asked the people of his day “how long will you falter between two opinions” (1 Kings 18:21 NKJV). The same type of question could be asked of today’s believer, how long will you falter between two mindsets? A believer is known by a spiritual mindset and a life in Spirit.

 

All of Creation...6/19

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM

 God created all things; and all creation exists because of God’s Word, will, and power. Upon creating the heavens and earth, God saw that all was good and then created mankind in His own image (Genesis 1). On the seventh day, God ended His work and rested from that which He had done (Genesis 2:2). Through creation the all-powerful God established His sovereign will, rule, and authority over the natural world, mankind, and the spirit realm. God’s creation was good, holy, and perfect in every way and designed to fulfill His purposes, will, and eternal plan in the establishment of His kingdom. Creation denotes that something is initiated, established, and formed out of nothing which implies an action by which something that has not existed before is brought into being. Scripture declares, “by faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen” (Hebrews 11:3 NLT).

 

God existed before all of creation and set in order the design of the heavens and earth. After creating mankind in His own image, God gave specific instructions to man (Adam) to tend, cultivate, and manage the earth; nourish the heavenly atmosphere; sustain the oneness of heaven and earth; preserve the relationship between God and man, and safe guard the free flow of God’s presence. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘from any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die’" (Genesis 2:16-17 NAS). However, mankind (Adam and Eve) did not follow God’s instructions which changed God’s divine order, caused division between heaven and earth, and severed the relationship between mankind and God. Scripture declares “for the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope” (Romans 8:20 NKJV). All creation through disobedience was placed in a state of separation, darkness, confusion, corruption, decay, and death temporarily because God provided for a redemptive hope of deliverance.


In the current culture, certain segments of society, politicians, and environmentalists are expressing a concern and sounding the alarm about the condition of society and the condition of the environment. However, their reasoning in identifying the cause of the deterioration of society and the demise of the environment is misplaced and their solutions will do more harm and exasperate the problems. The redemptive hope of deliverance for creation, society, and its environment does not and cannot depend on mankind, their politics, methods or natural remedies. The redemptive hope of deliverance does depend on the sovereign God and His people. Scripture declares that all creation has an earnest expectation for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19). This is a crucial spiritual truth because God said that if my people would humble themselves, pray and seek His face, turn from their wicked ways that He would hear, forgive them and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). All creation waits expectantly and longs for God’s children (sons of God) to arise and exercise the authority and power granted to them as believers of Jesus Christ and citizens of heaven. “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21 NKJV).

 

Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created. Revelations 4:11 NAS

 

Spiritual Weapons...6/19

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 5:00 PM

  In order for believers to achieve a victorious and fulfilled life they must have a knowledge and understanding of spiritual weapons and their applications and purposes. With this knowledge and understanding one will establish a relationship with God though Jesus Christ and be effective in handling the issues of life and every challenge set before them. Spiritual weapons are fundamental, imperative, and necessary for a believer to be properly equipped, developed, and empowered to walk in Spirit (Galatians 5:25), be an overcomer in all things (Revelations 21:7), and be victorious in the daily battles of life (1 Corinthians 15:57). ‘Spiritual’ identifies God’s divine presence and power which enables believers to facilitate their faith, belief, and strength in order to press through all aspects of life and defeat the forces of evil. ‘Weapons’ symbolizes tools, instruments, and methods utilized in one’s relationship with God to defeat the enemy, dislodge the flesh, and bring forth the kingdom of God.

 

Believers must properly activate and become proficient in the use of spiritual weapons to become a force and an instrument in God’s hand to bring forth His kingdom. Scripture declares “for the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4 AMP). Many believers shy away from the term ‘warfare’ and consequently never develop the weapons needed for their life. Warfare is often used as a metaphor which represents life with its everyday trials, mountains and valleys, various battles, overcoming the enemy, and one’s flesh.

 

Spiritual weapons are made known by God, His thoughts and ways, and identified in His Word and empowered by Holy Spirit. Here are seven spiritual weapons that are available to all believers to be activated and utilized in their lives on a continual basis. (1) Prayer: develops and solidifies relationship with God; opens a line of communication; reveals God’s heart, desires and will; activates heavenly forces; and releases spiritual power. (2) Praise: focuses the heart and soul of man towards the Lord, encourages one to declare God’s name, His purposes and will; and actively releases His power and presence that He might be glorified in all things. (3) Worship: positions one’s life before the Lord with reverence, devotion, and allegiance; brings honor to His name; and releases His glory in every realm of life. (4) The Word: solidifies the truth, cleanses the heart and soul, establishes faith, and equips to combat the enemy and all his evil forces. (5) The name of Jesus: establishes and releases God’s authority and power and the heavenly forces. (6) The fire of Holy Spirit: operates as an offensive or defensive weapon, purifies the good or destroys the evil, and demonstrates God’s power and His glory. (7) The truth: confirms the facts, defines reality, and sets the standard which are established by the Spirit of Truth.

 

There is an abundance of spiritual weapons available to the believer according to the Word of God and one must seek the Lord to determine which weapon will fit the strategy and plans God has for their triumphant and victorious life.

 

Covenant Marriage...6/19

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 7:20 AM

   From the beginning, God has instituted and established many covenants between Himself and mankind that would guide, direct, and nourish a two-way relationship. One of the most significant covenants established by God is the one of marriage between a man and woman being joined together as one flesh in a covenant agreement between them and God and between themselves.

 

But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate. Mark 10:6-9 NAS

 

The foundational principle of a covenant is the coming together of two or more parties for the development and implementation of an agreement with its promises, stipulations, authorities, and responsibilities. God has ordained marriage to propagate the development of mankind, establish His body on earth, and to fulfill His desires, purposes, and plans.

 

The covenant of marriage is one of the greatest gifts God has granted to mankind and is a type and shadow of man’s relationship with God through Jesus Christ. To have a victorious, glorious, and blessed marriage there must be first a total commitment to the Lord and total commitment to each other. This type of commitment involves making the right choices on a daily basis to pray for one another, to love one another with the love of God, to forgive one another when forgiveness is needed, to respond to one another rather than react, to prefer one another over one’s self, to build and encourage one another in and through the issues of life, and pursue together God’s destiny for one another and one’s family.

 

Today my wife and I celebrate 55 years of marriage. We are grateful to the Lord for His mercy, love, grace, keeping power, and the continual fulfillment of our marriage covenant made on June 6, 1964.

 

Power of Praise...5/19

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    All creation was created to be a praise and to bring glory to God Almighty. Each individual was created, designed, and assigned by God to be a vessel of praise that God’s glory would be released in all the earth. A vessel of praise is one who has a relationship with the living God and has a continual flow of praise, adoration, and honor springing forth from their heart which enables them to experience and release the power of praise. The power of praise denotes one’s ability, willingness, and commitment to declare God’s name, purposes, and will and to release His power and presence in, through, and over all things for His glory. Flowing in the power of praise gives one access to God, activates His kingdom, enables change within the individual, solidifies the relationship with God, influences the atmosphere, and defeats the enemy. "The people whom I formed for Myself will declare My praise” (Isaiah 43:21 NAS).


The power of praise is sorely needed in a cultural environment where robust and radical praise has been greatly diminished and, in some cases, completely eradicated. Praise is one of the most powerful weapons in the advancement of God’s kingdom because praise disrupts the realm of darkness, silences the devil, dismantles strongholds, sabotages sinister schemes of the enemy, and depowers the forces of evil. The power of praise enlightens the soul, replaces the spirit of heaviness, energizes hope, breaks the bondage of the flesh, and instills a heavenly mindset. One of the greatest forces and influences that effects the climate, changes the atmosphere, and creates a godly environment is the high praises of the body of Christ (the ekklesia) which reflects the light, glory, and goodness of God.


Praise consists of a sincere acknowledgment, thankfulness, and recognition of God’s presence which includes His attributes, His promises, His perfections, His works, and His glory. God’s Word instructs believers that it is their duty, responsibility, and act of obedience to have praise at the center core and essence of their heart as a daily celebration expressing honor, glory, and recognition of God Almighty. “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17 NKJV).

 

When believers praise God, they declare their trust and faith in Him and strengthen their inner being with the resolve to stand for the Lord no matter what and to perpetuate the flow of God’s presence and power in all aspects of life. “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name” (Hebrews 13:15 NLT). A sacrifice of praise is something that one continually offers to God regardless on one’s station in life, issues, situations or events. Scripture instructs each believer to “rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 NAS), “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 NAS), and “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” (Ephesians 5:20 NAS). For each believer to have a life in Spirit, victorious life, healthy heart, and heavenly mindset, praise is not an option.

 

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram's horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalms 150 NLT

 

Warning...5/19

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 5:50 PM

   From the beginning of time God has established His truths, standards, and laws for creation, the world--its culture and people with a clear distinction between good and evil, light and darkness, and sweetness and bitterness. Without these clear distinctions being rooted and established in the foundation of creation, the world--its culture and people, there will be perversion, distortion, and confusion of God’s truths, standards and laws. For God’s people there is a stern warning about good, light, and sweet. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20 NAS).

 

Those who fail to distinguish between good and evil; who excuse the actions of one and reproaches the other; who mock righteousness and embrace unrighteousness; who call evil men good and good men evil; who speak in praise of drunkenness, gluttony, all carnal pleasures, and fleshly lusts; and who has contempt for godly worship and service have little relationship with God. Failure to recognize the difference between good and evil will give way to adversity, affliction, calamity, displeasure, sorrow, trouble, wickedness, and chaos instead of joyfulness, gladness, righteousness, truthfulness, peacefulness and pleasure before the Lord God. Judgement will be upon those who blur, obscure, and diminish the clear lines of good and evil established by God. It is always good to remember that “a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Matthew 12:35 NKJV).

 

Those who fail to distinguish the light from darkness and substitutes darkness for light diminishes their ability to be enlightened and receive God’s revelation and wisdom giving way to ignorance, error, false doctrine, destruction, oppression, and crime. Scripture declares “that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19 NKJV). It is crucial that every believer in Jesus Christ understand that they have the light (John 12:35), are the sons of light (1 Thessalonians 5:5), and are to walk in His light [Ephesians 5:8]. To walk in the light signifies a life in Spirit, bringing forth the glory of God, being a beacon of light for the kingdom of God, and allowing the Word of God to be a lamp to one’s feet and a light to their path (Psalms 119:105).

 

Those who fail to distinguish between sweet and bitter reveal the true condition of their inner man and are guilty of reversing standards of morality, causing depravity of character, weakening a sense of righteousness resulting in a hard heart and unstable soul.

 

Warning. In the last days the forces of culture under the direction of the god of this age will seek to blur the lines between good and evil, light and darkness, bitter and sweet thus creating a gray zone where relativity of truth is questioned; morality, ethics, and righteousness are ignored; and political correctness governs the vocabulary which influences the atmosphere. A gray zone is an intermediate state which comes and exists between two realities and truths that has not substance, principles or standards. Believers in Jesus Christ must not reside in the gray zone of life for they will become lukewarm (Revelations 3:16), be like salt with no flavor (Matthew 5:13), be the light covered by a basket (Matthew 5:15) or have a form of godliness yet deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5). 


Encounter God...5/19

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    Many seek to know, experience, and be blessed by God without knowing and understanding the process of inner transformation. True spiritual transformation can only take place when there is a God encounter which changes and renews man's heart and spirit. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them" (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJV).

 

The word 'encounter' is dynamic, sudden, and abrupt causing a shift or change. Encounter means to meet unexpectedly, contend with, and enter into a sudden contest or conflict between forces in opposition to determine a particular outcome. Encounter causes a breakthrough which removes or surpasses obstructions, restrictions, and barriers and which is essential for a person to have growth, advancement, and progress in the kingdom of God.

 

Every believer should on a continual basis seek to encounter God in every area, aspect, and situation in their lives whether good, bad or indifferent. God encounters can be found in victories or defeats, bright light or deep darkness, times of refreshing or dry times, and in the promise land or wilderness. No matter what state one finds themselves in, the believer is admonished to "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 NKJV). Through encounters, the Lord continues to move, change, and mold one's life into the image of Jesus Christ. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV).


Every encounter with God is assimilated into one's life experience which enhances maturity and growth into God’s purposes.


(This blog post was previously posted in May 2017.)

 

The Beyond Factor...5/19

Posted on May 9, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Through one’s journey in life there will be occasions and opportunities to encounter something larger, greater, and more powerful than oneself which will require going beyond the status quo, conventional thinking, standard methods, and cultural norms and to be challenged to go beyond. For the believer of Jesus Christ, one would be entering a realm of Spirit which will enlarge their capacity to believe and embrace the beyond factor. What is the beyond factor, why is it important, and how does it effect a believer’s life and their relationship with God?

 

The beyond factor is an exercise of faith based on the premise that each believer has God’s perspective and views life from a heavenly viewpoint where they are seated (Ephesians 2:6). The beyond factor provides a way and enables one to transcend and go beyond the worldly lifestyles, cultural edicts, imposed limits, bondages, and spiritual forces and enter into the liberty, freedom, and authority of God’s kingdom. The beyond factor encourages believers to look beyond situations, life issues, mental capacities, man’s manipulation and control and lay hold of God’s principles, purposes, promises, provision, and destiny. The importance of the beyond factor is that it builds, strengthens, enhances, matures, and energizes one’s belief system, level of faith, and ability to trust God in all things.

 

God has given each believer a measure of faith (Romans 12:3) which enables one to live and walk by Spirit (Galatians 5:25) and to believe that all things are possible (Mark 9:23). The activation of faith is crucial in one’s life because without faith you cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6). The effect of the beyond factor is that it causes a major and radical shift in one’s perspective. This shift will be the impetus and stimulus to move beyond self-centered, flesh dominated, cultural induced, worldly indoctrinated, and satanic driven perspectives and mindsets and traverse into a godly perspective. This godly perspective will position each believer to enter into a kingdom viewpoint and mindset thus viewing life through the eyes of Spirit and rooted in the Word of God.

 

A great example of the beyond factor is found in Deuteronomy chapter 3 where God had granted His people land and their inheritance; however, they were required to go beyond the Jordan River to take possession of what God had promised. The Lord instructed His people [vs. 18] to gather and arm all the fighting men and to cross over (go beyond) the Jordan River to battle, take possession, occupy, and secure the land God had given and promised to them and to lay hold of their inheritance. The key to this story is that the land and inheritance given and promised by God required His people to believe, exercise their faith, be obedient to His instructions, and prepare to fight or do whatever it took to lay hold of the promise. The instructions and requirement for God’s people to go beyond the Jordan to possess the land still applies today.


A good question for each believer is--what is your river ‘Jordan’ that exists between you and God’s promises? Is it your belief system, your self-centered lifestyle, your career, your family or your perspective of life in Spirit and God’s kingdom? Each believer must have the determination to go beyond anything that stands in the way or hinders from taking possession, laying hold of, and securing the promises of God.

 

Called to Pray...5/19

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 5:10 PM

  There is a call for God’s people to gather in unity as one before the Father to pray, believe, and declare the awakening, healing, and restoration of America. Because this nation was founded on the fundamental truths and principles of God’s Word, there is a responsibility placed on the believers of Jesus Christ to petition God the Father to have mercy on a people who no longer adhere or believe in these truths and principles. The answer and hope for America will require the body of Christ (the ekklesia) to repent, become unified, be in one accord, have one voice, and stand in the gap between heaven and earth to seek the Lord, pray, and intercede for the nation.

 

The theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer is “Love can change America” based on the Scripture found in John 13:34 which declares “love one another, as I have loved you.” The premise of this theme is that love can change this nation, be a healing force, bridge the divide, curb the evil, and create oneness and unity amongst the people. However, the love for one another will be very difficult without returning to God the Father who is the principle source of love. Scripture declares that there are two commandments of love, the first being necessary to fulfill the second. “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets’” (Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV). In order for love to be a force that changes the nation, people of this nation must return to God as their first love (Revelation 2:4). By returning to God, who is love [1 John 4:8], a fresh release of love will immerse the body of Christ (the ekklesia) which will flow through believers touching people and changing the nation.

 

On this National Day of Prayer there will be many praying for our nation, government, leaders, congress, and the judiciary that truth and righteousness will reign supreme and once again there will be a recognition and acknowledgement of the sovereign God as LORD. I am reminded of E. M. Bound’s writing on prayer is essential. He writes “It must never be forgotten that Almighty God rules this world. He is not an absentee God. His hand is ever on the throttle of human affairs. He is everywhere present in the concerns of time. His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men. He rules the world just as He rules the church by prayer." An equally important and crucial component on this day of prayer is that intercession and supplication be made for the body of Christ (the ekklesia) to be awakened, empowered, revived, and restored to the full glory of God.

 

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV 

The Resurrection...4/19

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM

  The season is upon us of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s look beyond the normal trappings of man-made rituals and materialism to capture a life giving truth -- that we may know Him and the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10). Receiving revelation of this truth enables each believer to live and walk each day in the Spirit and newness of life.

 

Resurrection is the central doctrine of being a Christian affirming that God raised Jesus from the dead on third day (Mark 10:33-34). Without the resurrection, the entire belief system is faulty and preaching of the Word and faith are in vain (I Corinthians 15:14). So important and significant is the resurrection of Jesus Christ that without it there would not be the remission of sins (1 Corinthians 15:17).

 

As the body of Christ celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ annually, every believer should celebrate it daily. "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23b NKJV) Every day as we yield to the power of the cross there is a perpetual flow and release of the power of the resurrection.

 

Remember that "the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." (Romans 8:11 NJKV) Through the cross, resurrection and renewing life of Holy Spirit we are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).

 

Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. Romans 6:4-5 NKJV

 

(This blog post was previously posted in March 2016.) 

The Joy of the Lord...4/19

Posted on April 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM

  God’s original intent and design for mankind was to have a sustaining and strengthening force of joy at the very core of their being. Because of the fall of man, the supernatural gift of joy was depowered, encased in flesh, and relegated to an emotion which is subject to external conditions and events. The restoration of supernatural joy transpires when an individual accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. After becoming a believer, one is filled with Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) and receives the kingdom of God within their being (Luke 17:21). Scripture declares that the disciples (believers) were continually being filled with joy and with Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52). This is possible because joy is a fruit of the Spirit and an intricate part of Holy Spirit’s nature (Galatians 5:22).

 

Joy is a powerful force in one’s life which is firmly fixed and deeply rooted in the Spirit and demonstrated through His presence resulting in a life full of gladness, contentment, cheerfulness, and pleasure. The joy of the Lord will cause one to rejoice exceedingly, be a light to the world, have a festive heart, and delight themselves in the Lord regardless of external forces, issues or situations. The eternal joy of the Lord refreshes and strengthens one’s soul and brings rest and hope enabling one to go above and beyond life circumstances and focus on the very nature and character of God.

 

As one observes the current condition of people in general and their cultural atmosphere, there is very little expression of joy in their continence, demeanor, and attitude. Even more revealing and disturbing in today’s culture is that there appears to be little difference between believers and non-believers in the demonstration of true joy in their lives. For this reason, many are growing weak, have become downcast, are being consumed by the cares of the world, are absorbed by negativities, and have lost their zeal for the things of God and His church. Scripture instructs the believer to “consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” (James 1:2-3 NAS). How one approaches the issues and trials of life reveals the condition of the heart and determines the measure of victory.

 

In Nehemiah’s time instruction was given to God’s people, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b NAS). Why is this important? Because the joy of the Lord is supernatural and works within each believer to strengthen their resolve, bring gladness and hope to their heart, enable them to handle life’s issues, and give them a godly perspective which brings praise and honor to God.

 

These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. John 15:11 NAS


River of God...4/19

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 5:10 PM

  One of the majestic wonders of God’s creation is the establishment of rivers which flow throughout the earth affecting the lives of people in their paths and creating life experiences for everyone touched by their waters. Rivers are magnificent living forms of art, wellsprings of life, bastions of refreshment, and beauty to the eyes but at times violent and deadly. Every river is different in its characteristics, flow, degree of current, depth, and width carving out its own unique identity and purpose. Oftentimes God uses the natural things to reveal, instruct, and demonstrate what is to take place in the spiritual realm (1 Corinthians 15:46). The same characteristics, elements, reactions, and experiences one would have with a natural river can be applied to the river of God which is symbolic of the presence of God flowing upon, in, and through His people.


There are several ways for one to experience the river of God which provides fresh new life, spiritual liberty, deliverance from captivity, healing of one’s being, and release of all bondages. Each person needs to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and abide in Him in order to be positioned to receive from and be touched by the river of God. One can experience the river of God by being in the flow and movement of its waters which happens when there is an understanding of the true source and power of God’s river. One can experience the river of God in faith by jumping in and committing oneself to the waters no matter how deep--as shown is the vision to Ezekiel, the waters come to his ankles, then to his knees, then to his waist, and then the river was measured so deep that one would have to swim (Ezekiel 47:3-5). One can experience the river of God by having rivers of living water flow out of their heart (John 7:38) which are the workings and flow of Holy Spirit from within.

 

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there. They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:1-5 NKJV

 

Fresh Fire...3/19

Posted on March 28, 2019 at 5:25 PM

   When God releases a fresh fire upon His people, there is a powerful transformation of the body of Christ (the ekklesia) which causes a dramatic and major shift in the world and its culture. This transformation is consummated when the body of Christ (the ekklesia) forgets about themselves and concentrates on the one true God and embraces a heavenly perspective aligning themselves with God’s truth and Word.

 

Scripture declares that Jesus will baptize you with Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11). Much emphasis has been and is placed on being baptized with Holy Spirit and what takes place once Holy Spirit is released in one’s life with the fullness of giftings, fruit, and power. The baptism of fire is divinely connected to experiencing the fullness of God and Holy Spirit baptism. To be baptized whether in water, Holy Spirit or fire means one is immersed, submerged, and saturated by the penetrating purifying presence of God exchanging one life or lifestyle for another. To be baptized with fresh fire means one is immersed, submerged, and saturated in God’s power and presence causing an awakening within one’s heart and activating their spirit enabling one to become a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God (Romans 12:1).

 

One of the most captivating, powerful, and intriguing subjects in Scripture is fire which represents God’s presence, glory, power, Spirit, love, wrath, and judgement. Fire is an agent of purification, sanctification, and testing which creates a pathway to intimacy and relationship with God. Fire also is identified as God’s nature as a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29, Deuteronomy 4:24). On the day of Pentecost, fire appeared as tongues as of fire which rested on each of the disciples (Acts 2:3). Pentecost was a prime example of how God uses fresh fire to prepare and empower His people for the work in the kingdom of God.

 

The fire of God is demonstrated in many ways: the burning bush from which God spoke to Moses (Exodus 3:2-6) - by God’s manifest presence as it was in the pillar of fire at night giving His people light (Exodus 13:21) - God’s descent upon Mount Sinai in fire (Exodus 19:18) - God makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire (Psalm 104:4) - Paul describes the second coming of Christ with His mighty angels in flaming fire (2 Thessalonians 1:7) - an angel of God coming down from heaven with his face like the sun and feet like pillars of fire (Revelation 10:1) - Christ’s eyes are described like a flame of fire (Revelation 19:12).

 

Nothing can be more absolute, liberating, and certain in God’s kingdom, His body (the ekklesia), and individual believers than God’s fire, presence, anointing, and power. Fresh fire is essential for each believer to be prepared as an instrument of God through the refiner’s fire as they are purified and purged as gold and silver unto righteousness (Malachi 3:2-4), each believer to live and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25), one’s work to be revealed and tested by fire (1 Corinthians 3:13), and one’s faith to be tested by fire (1 Peter 1:7).

 

Heavenly Perspective...3/19

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 5:10 PM

 With everything transpiring in the world today including rapid change and the condition of culture, one of the greatest battles in one’s life is to have and maintain a proper perspective. Perspective identifies how one views, perceives, envisions, and discerns life; the capacity to evaluate one’s surroundings; and the capability to anticipate the future. Understanding and having a proper perspective is critical in one’s life because it molds, shapes, and defines ultimately determining how one responds and reacts to the elements and issues of life. Also, perspective will influence and direct a particular mindset which will bring about a realm of thinking that creates vision and viewpoint and determines focus and positioning in life.

 

Scripture instructs believers of Jesus Christ to focus and position themselves in such a fashion that their view of life will be from a heavenly perspective and realize they have been raised up and are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), exhorted to seek those things which are above where Christ is sitting (Colossians 3:1), and encouraged to set their mind on the things above (Colossians 3:2). From this heavenly position believers can visualize their life, the culture they live in, and the world around them through God’s eyes which aligns with His will, agrees with His Word, and paves the way for the releasing of God’s kingdom on earth. God’s will for His people is to place their attention, focus, and sight toward the glorious and spiritual realm of heaven and align themselves with the Lord’s prayer which declares that God’s kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

 

Without a heavenly perspective one will misinterpret and misconstrue the issues, details, and events of life. For example, when one experiences hindrances, blockages, mishaps or setbacks, they are considered a nuisance, a failure or an attack of the enemy which are meant to be a deterrent, resistance or destructive force in one’s life. This is a stark contrast to a heavenly perspective where one knows and understands that God causes all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28), is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9), will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), and makes all things possible (Mark 10:27). Having a steady gaze and focus into the realm of heaven will bring about a heavenly perspective resulting in the release of mercy, peace, grace, and joy even in midst of suffering.

 

A heavenly perspective is developed and established by changing one’s viewpoint and focus from worldly and dark forces to the eternal spiritual realm of heaven. This is accomplished by one’s continual discipline to seek the Lord and His strength (Psalms 105:4), pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), focus on your position in Christ (Colossians 3:2), walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of Holy Spirit, and be encouraged to live a pure and righteous life.

 

Living a Life of Significance...3/19

Posted on March 14, 2019 at 4:55 PM

  Every individual can have a life of great significance and be an influential force in every sphere one finds themselves. The word significance means that one has value, meaning, purpose, a sense of worth, and esteem. Understanding the significance of life is crucial to one’s spiritual, emotional, and social stability and is the driving force within man’s spirit. With this understanding one will be able to discern their mindsets, evaluate attitudes, prioritize actions, and define life decisions. The hunger and quest for worth, esteem, and importance was implanted by God when He created man and can only be satisfied and fulfilled by Him.


The true significance of life is not dependent on how a person is viewed by others or the culture one lives in. The identity of an individual, their image, and how one sees themselves is directly connected and intertwined to the scope, degree, and level of significance that exists in their life. Having the proper knowledge and awareness of the significance of one’s life is revealed by their state of being and the condition of one’s heart and thinking which makes known their character, likeness, nature, and qualities.

 

Many believers today do not understand the true source of significance and its implication in establishing one’s life which is secured upon a sure foundation. “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11 NKJV). The source of true significance must rest in the truth and can only be established in God who is the truth (Deuteronomy 32:4b) and the Father of all. God the Father has placed His truth in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:21) and Holy Spirit leads and guides into all truth (John 16:13). A relationship with God is the only source and pathway to a life of significance and understanding of one’s value, worth, and importance within the kingdom of God.

 

For each believer of Jesus Christ to embrace a true life of significance one must understand the Scriptural truth of birthright and established DNA. The establishment of birthright and DNA began when God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) and breathed the breath of life into man and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7). After the fall of man, the life of true significance was greatly diminished. However, God’s plan for mankind was renewed and enhanced by the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and the indwelling of Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17). Believers gained the full power of significance in the second birth having obtained their spiritual birthright and establishment of DNA through the blood of Jesus Christ promised and granted in their creation. Each believer’s significance is maintained and enhanced by Holy Spirit through His power, wisdom, guidance, comfort, and counsel.

 

Each believer should endeavor to remember that every aspect of their life is not only significant and important to God but also to all those in their sphere of influence.

 

Identity...2/19

Posted on February 28, 2019 at 5:10 PM

  How a person is viewed by others and the culture one lives in forms a perception and opinion of that person which creates an identity. Identity is defined as a sustained state of being that demonstrates the condition of one’s heart, thinking, and inner man which makes known their character, likeness, nature, and qualities.


The substance of a person's life determines how that person is perceived and acknowledged which exposes the condition of the inner man. Scripture says "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34) and "keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23). This is why establishing a God-centered image in a believer’s life is extremely important because identity is the results of that image producing a lifestyle from the inside out.

 

The identity of each believer is formed and shaped by the source which captures their attention and directs their focus whether it be God and His kingdom or the world and its culture. This will determine the magnitude, quality, and depth of one's identity. Scripture says "do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). If one's heart and thinking is righteous, good, and godly, it will indicate and reflect a healthy image which will in return produce an identity that brings forth good fruit. Scripture declares that "every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit" (Matthew 7:17). Everyone who calls Jesus Christ their Lord needs to be in right relationship with Him and understand the importance of repentance, baptisms of Holy Spirit and fire, and the power of living the resurrected life which will enable them to be identified with Him.

 

A believer's identity needs to be tied, connected, and empowered by Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ which will reflect and demonstrate who He is--His attributes, His nature, His character--in their life. “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:5-6 NAS). Each believer should reflect the image and identity of the likeness of Christ, be renewed in the inner man, and experience freedom from sin. One must let go of past issues and images, embrace the revelation that they are a new creation in Christ, and receive the guidance of Holy Spirit. In order for a believer to change their identity, how people perceive them, and how they see themselves, there must be realignment and agreement with God's Word, identification with Jesus Christ, submission to Holy Spirit, and an embracing of the kingdom of God. The time has come to be transformed into the same image, likeness, and identity of Jesus Christ.

 

And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP

 

(This blog post was previously posted in August 2016.)

 


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