God Reigns - posted 7.2.20

         “God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne” (Psalm 47:8 NAS). The image of God sitting upon the throne in heaven and Jesus Christ at His right hand is a central and important biblical truth. This truth gives assurance to all mankind of God's sovereignty, rule, and dominion throughout the ages, from generation to generation, and connects the past, present, and future to His divine and eternal plan. Throne is defined as the seat of government, honor, authority, matchless glory, transcendent power, and absolute sovereignty.

        There should be an acknowledgement and realization that whatever time, season or environment one finds themselves in there will be instability, ever changing culture, division, darkness, and uncontrollable events affecting lives and that the Lord is ever present and will never leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). In today’s current atmosphere and climate, each believer in Jesus Christ needs to know with confidence that God’s throne is established, all enduring, unshakable and that God is from everlasting (Psalm 93:2). Having this kind of confidence should enable each believer to gain the right perspective of God's kingdom and align with the truth that "the LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all" (Psalm 103:19 NKJV).

        The reign of God flows from His throne and is founded upon His word, righteousness, and justice. Scripture declares that the Lord shall reign forever and ever (Exodus 15:18). The word 'reign' means to rule over; exercise authority, power and dominion; fulfill the functions of a ruler or king; be a commander-in-chief of an army; and govern. Each believer of Jesus Christ needs to come under the authority and reign of the triune God who has given all authority to His Son, Jesus, in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). God's reign and authority supersedes any laws, ordinances, religious rules, and dictates that are contrary to the word of God and His will. Heaven is God's throne and the earth is His footstool (Isaiah 66:1).

        The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble [with submissive wonder]! He sits enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake! Psalm 99:1 AMP

        Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Revelation 19:6 NAS  

Activating the Power of God's Word - posted 6.25.20

        There is a powerful solution to life’s issues and the desire to be connected to reality, to know the truth, and to have stability in one's life. This powerful solution is through the activation of God’s Word in every aspect and level of life, culture, and society. From the beginning, God’s Word was and is intricately woven into every aspect of creation, sustains the existence of creation, and brings life and stability.

        Activating the power of God’s Word in one’s life would be to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, become His disciple, represent Him as His ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20), and be His special people who proclaim the praises of Him (1 Peter 2:9).

        God gave Jesus Christ who is the living Word [logos] (John1:1). Jesus sent Holy Spirit who brings forth the spoken word [logos] (John 16:7). The Greek word logos is defined as the conveyance of thought, communication, identifying a cause, divine revelation, instruction, divine doctrine, and spiritual declaration. We also receive the word of God by reading the written word (Bible) that has been recorded and translated for us.

        There is an exciting dimension and revelation of God’s Word which is inspired by Holy Spirit and identified by the Greek word rhema. A rhema word is the communication of a particular portion or revelation of the whole word [logos] which is revealed and propels a believer into action.

        Activating the power of God’s Word through both logos and rhema is the duty and responsibility of every believer of Jesus Christ. Each believer must recognize and accept God’s Word as the word of truth, the living word, and the inspired word as well as the source of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding concerning the various facets and realities of life. Here are some key steps in activating the power of God’s Word: develop a relationship with Holy Spirit; be a hearer and doer of the Word; sow His Word as a seed; declare with boldness His Word; and allow His Word to activate His truths, principles, ethics, commandments, and the execution of His will in every aspect of life.

        For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NAS

        (This blog post was previously posted in November, 2018.) 

Kingdom Culture - posted 6.18.20

        There is a culture that will literally shift, change, and transcend this current day of darkness, chaos, and destruction which is the culture of God’s kingdom here on earth. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NAS). The kingdom of God brings forth an atmosphere and environment of righteousness, peace, joy, order, rule, and authority which is foundational for a healthy and wholesome way of life.

        Kingdom can be defined as a sphere which designates the rule, reign, dominion, royal power, and sovereignty of a king. The King of God’s kingdom is Jesus who has been given all authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). God’s kingdom is not limited by that which He created or the natural laws that He established. God makes things that are not seen into things that are seen (Hebrews 11:3) and creates from nothing and transforms what is in existence. The kingdom of God offers abundant life, provision, health, strength, and life eternal.

        Culture is the result of the completion of or the by-product of something cultivated, programed, or planted to reach a particular end or to fulfill a designed purpose. The dynamics, nuances, and make-up of a culture is a deliberate and methodical process of creating, cultivating, and establishing a set of beliefs, social standards, and regulations of individuals and religious or social groups. The strongest influential forces of a culture will set the values, ethics, truths, attitudes, and practices which construct, determine, and dictate the quality of life.

        Unfortunately, in America there exists today a prevailing situation where many people have turned from God and embraced a culture that is controlled, influenced, and manipulated by the god of this age and a humanistic philosophy and mind-set that has attempted to remove God and His Word from every aspect of life which leads to destruction, darkness, and evil. The only hope to end division, hated, lawlessness, deception, and evil is the infusion of God’s kingdom, His presence, His ways, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ into the heart of mankind and society. “[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13 AMP).

        Kingdom culture can be activated, empowered, and established when believers speak forth the word of the Lord, are obedient to Holy Spirit, and are doers of God's Word. Here are several areas where believers can change the prevailing situation that exists today: rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; when there is darkness, bring light; when there is unrighteousness, stand for what is right; when there is no hope, bring hope; when there are storms and chaos, bring peace; and in the absence of love, love. The result of activating a kingdom culture will produce new life, hope, wholeness, righteousness, peace, joy, and an atmosphere of unity and love. Lord make it so for your glory. Amen  

You are the Light - posted 6.11.20

        Surrounding today’s culture there seems to be a penetrating and bold darkness that has a devastating grip on mankind and society as a whole. God always has a solution and remedy for the gross darkness the god of this age has perpetuated and forced upon culture and society. God declares in His word and instructs all believers of Jesus Christ that they are to be a source of light like a city set on a hill for all to see. "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14 NKJV). Believers are to shine the light of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world and guide all those who are covered by darkness or maneuvering their way through the darkness. The word ‘light’ signifies a source of illumination which shines, emits, and makes manifest rays of light which identifies and causes things to appear; darkness to dissipate; and enlightenment, truth, freedom, and hope to come forth.

        The source of all true light is God and was demonstrated when He spoke and declared, "’Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:3-4 NAS). Light permeated all creation with its brilliance, brightness, and goodness bringing life revealing the essence of God’s kingdom on earth. When mankind sinned and was disobedient to God’s commands and yielded to the voice of the devil then darkness covered the earth and penetrated the heart and soul of mankind. Mankind also surrendered their authority, rule, and reign to the god of this age. God again moved to reverse the power of darkness upon the earth and mankind’s heart and soul by sending His Son Jesus Christ to separate light and darkness once again. For Jesus declared “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life" (John 8:12 NAS).

        When Jesus ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), He did not leave the earth without light. For the body of Christ (ekklesia) is in the world who are the sons of light and sons of day (1 Thessalonians 5:5) and who function as the illuminated light of Jesus Christ separating light and darkness. All creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19) to bring and release light in a darkened and lost world.

        Every believer is a source of light and called, instructed, and empowered to bring the light of Jesus Christ into culture, society and its people. Believers receive and derive their light from God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the word of God which exposes a believer’s walk and identifies their lifestyle. The word of God is a powerful guide to direct and enable each and every believer to live and walk as children of light.

        For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:8-13 NAS

Heart Condition - posted 6.4.20

        The condition of the heart will determine the entire relationship with the Lord and the quality of spiritual life. One of the most dangerous places any believer of Jesus can be is to have a hard heart which will block the voice of Holy Spirit (Hebrews 3:7-8, 15), will lead to an evil heart of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12), and will result in going astray not knowing God’s ways (Hebrews 3:10). A hard heart is a place where sin, iniquity, and transgressions will manifest and is the playground of the enemy. The Lord addresses the condition of the heart in Hosea 10:12 NAS with the instructions to “Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” The fallow ground of the kingdom of God has already been tilled, plowed, harrowed, and sown. Now the question is--does the ground of each believer’s heart have the same consistency and quality of soil as found in the kingdom of God.

        There is one area in Hosea 10:12 that needs to be brought forth which is the term fallow ground. The word fallow describes ground that has been slightly plowed or has not been tilled or plowed at all which produces a hardness of the ground and then renders it unusable. Spiritually this condition means having a hard heart not capable of producing any good fruit or righteous results and allows the hardness to block the voice of Holy Spirit. Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. Hebrews 4:7b NAS

        In the New Testament Jesus addresses the condition of the ground of one’s heart in Matthew 13:18-23. At the end of this section of Scripture in verse 23, Jesus describes the proper condition of a believer’s heart and what it will produce. “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

        (This blog post was previously posted in January, 2015.) 

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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Spiritual Breakthrough...1/20

Posted on January 9, 2020 at 5:05 PM

 To all those who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who sometimes find themselves in the land of questions, unsure of their walk and wrestling with their faith, I have great news for you. This is the year of spiritual breakthrough where any believer who so desires can step out of a life ruled by the natural elements of self and the world.

 

Spiritual breakthrough begins when a believer receives the revelation of the sovereignty of God in relation to creation and the source of all life. Knowing that God is sovereign is different than understanding the sovereignty of God. Being sovereign identifies God as the God of gods, Lord of lords, mighty God, creator of all, and supreme ruler of the universes. The sovereignty of God is all-inclusive in the execution and implementation of His authority, power, rule, dominion, and governance according to the counsel of His will. God is above all things and before all things for "He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion" (Jeremiah 10:12 NKJV). Breakthrough is a certainty when a believer abides is Christ and experiences the sovereignty of God at work in their life.

 

Once a believer recognizes and accepts the sovereignty of God, one has the foundation to exercise their belief and faith in order to experience a breakthrough for whatever one is believing for. Breakthrough is identified as a military term for moving forward and advancing through or beyond something or someone. Breakthrough occurs at the point of the strongest or greatest resistance when one is removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction or overcoming a stalemate. Breakthrough also applies to a believer opening a door or taking on a challenge that has not previously been acknowledged and sees it through to a victorious conclusion. Any believer who has experienced a breakthrough and understands the process will continually and consistently overcome and press forward no matter what is set before them.

 

Spiritual breakthrough can only come from a life in Spirit for “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63 NKJV). Those who live in the natural realm or in the flesh will be unable to break through the spirit realm of God utilizing natural or worldly means. “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). Life in Spirit begins with one accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, then receiving Holy Spirit, and walking and living under the leading of Holy Spirit.

 

As stated above this is the year of spiritual breakthrough where any believer who so desires can step out of a life ruled by the natural elements of self and the world. So step forward in Holy Spirit and experience a spiritual breakthrough.

 

New Beginnings...1/20

Posted on January 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM

God’s view and perspective for this new year for each believer of Jesus and the body of Christ (the ekklesia) far exceeds the desires, thoughts, and plans of mankind. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV). For those who abide in Christ the possibilities are endless and abound through the releasing of God’s Word, presence, promises, and anointing upon His people. With the culture, atmosphere, and environment that exist in this current age, conditions are right for a fresh awakening, a fresh move of Holy Spirit, and revival resulting in the activation of the body of Christ and gathering of an abundant harvest. John 4:35b NKJV declares, “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”

 

Entering a new year as a believer can be exciting and offers a fresh look at the future with hope. How one enters a new year sets the belief, faith, and expectation which will determine the level of accomplishment and victory. Each believer should enter the Lord’s gates this year with thanksgiving (Psalms 100:4), have ears to hear (Mark 4:9), seek things above (Colossians 3:1), receive God’s kingdom (Hebrews 12:28), put on the new man (Ephesians 4:24), and live and walk in Spirit (Galatians 5:25). This prepares each believer to approach the new year with a right spirit, a willing heart, a determined mindset, and an understanding that every year is the Lord's and every day is made and designed by the Lord to fulfill His desires and will. “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24 NKJV).

 

Beginning this new year and understanding the conditions of our culture and society, the words of Isaiah are so powerful and encouraging to all believers who abide in Christ. “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV).

 

This new year will be defined by the relationship one has with God through Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit determining the paths one takes, the fruit of the Spirit one produces, the victories one obtains, and the blessings one will be to others.

 

Peace...12/19

Posted on December 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM

 There is no stronger message needed in the world, our country and culture as a whole than that God has granted peace in the birth and life of Jesus Christ. We hear peace, peace but seemingly there is no peace which is true because there can be no peace without Jesus Christ. Like in the Old Testament, the prophets would see visions of peace, when there was no peace.

 

In celebrating Christmas this year, it is good to remember the wonderful gift that Jesus declares in John 14:27a, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you.”

 

Merry Christmas to you all. May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be in you, upon you, be alive in your life, and be a guide throughout the coming year.

 

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV

 

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

 

Confidence in God...12/19

Posted on December 19, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    As one experiences the end of one year and the beginning of a new year, there is oftentimes a resurgence of hope, heightened faith, and the freshness of new beginnings. Upon entering this new year believers in Jesus Christ should have total confidence that God’s mercy, grace, and faithfulness is upon them; that He has ordered their steps (Psalms 37:23); and that all things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23). God has provided every believer with His strength, power, might, anointing, and authority to be a beacon of light, be a bearer of His presence, be released into culture, affect society, and accomplish all that He has set before them.

 

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.

 

One of the greatest challenges in a believer’s life in this materialistic and demanding world is where to place one’s confidence so that it will lead to a life of victory and fulfillment of purpose. For a believer to place their confidence in man’s abilities, power of government, the god of this age or the world and its culture will lead to weakness, falsehood, darkness, and deception. When a believer places their confidence is anything other than God, they risk the danger of entering into some form of idolatry. Scripture declares that one should have no other gods before the LORD (Deuteronomy 5:7), keep themselves from idols (1 John 5:21), and flee from idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14). When a believer places their confidence in God, one enters into His kingdom, authority, provision, promises, and sovereign power where all things become possible (Matthew 19:26). Once one’s confidence is properly placed in God, then there is genuine increase in the level of trust, faith, and ability to live and walk in God’s Spirit.

 

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).

 

For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end… Hebrews 3:14 NKJV

 

A Believer's Harvest...12/19

Posted on December 5, 2019 at 4:50 PM

   Every believer of Jesus Christ can experience the abundance, fruit, reward, and blessing of a personal harvest in every aspect of their life. In this modern age there is little knowledge, understanding or emphasis on the process of agriculture, the principle of sowing and reaping or the components of harvest. Because of the lack of knowledge and understanding of the natural process of harvest very few believers can grasp hold of the spiritual principle in order to achieve their personal harvest (1 Corinthians 15:46). Also very few believers have an agricultural mindset or understanding that harvest is the result of a seed being planted, watered, and cultivated or the time of harvest. “Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor” (1 Corinthians 3:8 NKJV).

 

For a believer to experience the blessing and benefit of reaping a harvest in their life one must know, believe, and embrace the truth that it is God’s will for one to reap a harvest from every seed sown in faith. Scripture is very clear and concise "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” Galatians 6:7 NKJV. The word 'sow' is used in agriculture meaning to scatter and plant seed. Whatever kind of seed is sown in a field is what will be reaped. The word 'reap' means to harvest, gather, obtain the fruits of labor or works, and receive the consequences of what was sown. The law of sowing and reaping is a governing and guiding principle of the kingdom of God to be activated in one's life and is crucial in the release of God’s promises and provision. God provides seed to the sower and will respond in portion to what the sower does with the seed. “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully" 2 Corinthians 9:6 NKJV.

 

In the current age of I want it now mentality, there is little patience for the process of seed planting, watering, and cultivating where the outer shell of the seed dies and the contents of the seed comes forth to be harvested. "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24 NAS). Believers through erroneous teaching, unscriptural belief system, and cultural influence oftentimes attempt to reap a harvest where there is no seed planted or dig up the seed before it matures preventing what is on the inside to come forth.

 

When the time of harvest has come many believers are unaware or ignorant of the principles and laws of harvest and are unprepared and lack the tools and foresight to experience the abundance and reward of a personal harvest. God does not hinder the reaping of one’s harvest but rather apathy, lack of belief, weak faith, and mindset of the believer is what hinders their harvest. The believer who has a harvest mentality, belief system, and activated faith will properly sow their seed in good soil, will know how and when to reap the harvest, and will preserve the harvest for its intended purpose.

 

Thanksgiving Proclamation...11/19

Posted on November 28, 2019 at 4:20 PM

   Thanksgiving Proclamation


Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789


By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.


Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”


Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.


And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.


Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

 

(This blog post was previously posted in November, 2013.)

 

Walking in agreement with God...11/19

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    So many believers of Jesus Christ desire to be free from an up and down lifestyle where they are held captive and controlled by the elements of society and culture and there is no surety or hope in the future. One of the remedies to an up and down lifestyle is for one to come into agreement with God and His word. "Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley” (Isaiah 40:4 NAS). Scripture clearly instructs each believer to walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) which is only possible when one is in agreement with God.

 

Scripture proposes a question, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed” (Amos 3:3 NKJV). To walk in agreement with God identifies and describes one’s relationship, connection, trust, and dependence in God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. Also walking in agreement with God reveals a believer’s lifestyle as one who walks and moves in conformity, in one accord, and in rhythm with God according to His will and destiny for their life. Each believer is to live, move, and have their being in God (Acts 17:28). To walk in agreement denotes that two or more parties have come together with one purpose, agenda, and direction and to function as one in unity, harmony, and one accord. A great illustration is found in Matthew 11:29-30 NKJV where Jesus stated, “Take My yoke upon you…For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Being yoke is likened to two individuals walking and functioning as one unit in total agreement.

 

Walking in agreement with God is a key element to releasing the Lord and His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Every person lives in agreement with someone or something. An individual is either in agreement with the living God, His kingdom and word or with culture and the god of this age. Scripture instructs us, "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him" (Colossians 2:6 NKJV). Every believer must learn to walk in oneness with the Lord in order for Him to truly release His character, nature, presence, and power in their lives. For a believer to be in oneness with the Lord they must come into agreement with Him.

 

Coming into agreement with God and walking with Him is to enter into an intimate heart relationship with Him through faith in His Son, Jesus. Then God becomes the believer’s focus, driving force, passion and zeal, assurance, and confidence in their faith. The results and benefits of walking in agreement with God is that each believer will gain understanding and knowledge of who God is, execute His word, know His will, hear His voice, have discernment in the spirit realm, fulfill one’s purpose, and be an instrument of praise and worship to His glory.

 

One of the greatest kingdom principles in operation is the power of agreement which releases God’s word, freedom, presence, and promises in your life.

 

Heart Revival...11/19

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 4:55 PM

  The heart is vital to a quality life in both the natural realm and the spiritual realm. In the natural realm science and medical professionals have studied, researched, and invested in the health, vitality, and condition of the human heart; designed many methods, medicines, and cures; and recommended lifestyles that sustain and maintain a healthy heart to prolong the life of mankind. In the spiritual realm there needs to be the same diligence and care of the spiritual heart because it is crucial and vital to a life of purpose, quality, and right standing before God. Scripture states that one should “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV). The spiritual heart is the core or seat of one’s life from where all spiritual life, actions, and words flow forth shaping one’s life determining the depth of one’s belief system and rules the content of the mind. Scripture declares, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45 NKJV).

 

Many believers in Jesus Christ are believing, praying, and hoping for revival to break out; looking for the outward manifestation of God’s presence; and anticipating that such a move of God’s Spirit will affect and change the atmosphere, culture, and their lives. One must realize that revival begins when God breaths on and touches man’s heart. Lasting spiritual revival flows from the inside when the zeal, presence, and fire of Holy Spirit is released through mankind setting one’s heart ablaze. “So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us” (Acts 15:8 NKJV).

 

Understanding and receiving spiritual revival within one’s heart is essential in order for a believer to have proper relationship with God, be a spiritual instrument in God’s hands, and experience the flow of God’s Spirit. One of the most dangerous conditions any believer can have is a hard heart which will block the voice of Holy Spirit (Hebrews 3:7-8, 15), lead to an evil heart of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12), and result in going astray not knowing God’s ways (Hebrews 3:10). A hard heart is a condition where sin, iniquities, and transgressions will manifest and is the playground of the enemy.

 

Sometimes the fire, zeal, and passion in one’s heart for the Lord and His kingdom loses its brilliance and clarity and begins to wane, dim, and lose its luster. There is nothing more miserable and daunting than a heart that has lost its fire, grown cold, and become hard affecting their relationship with Jesus and grieving Holy Spirit. When this kind of spiritual condition exists in a believer’s life, one needs a heart revival to receive the breath and fire of God that brings life to the smoldering coals causing one’s heart to become a burning fire, to allow God’s Word to become a penetrating fire within them, and to guard their heart and not allow the fire to go out.

 

For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones…” Isaiah 57:15 NKJV


 

Abide...10/19

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 5:05 PM

   Contained in the inner being of an individual is a desire and hope for a life full of stability, assurance, and endurance with the ability to deal with the issues of life in a comprehensive and orderly fashion. Every individual’s life is created, designed, and equipped to be anchored in a life-giving source, divine purpose, and destiny. The only way for one to experience the stability of being anchored in life is to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord which gives grace and enables one to believe, trust, and have faith to abide in Him. Jesus declares in Scripture "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15: 5 NKJV). For a believer abiding means more than living right, holding the proper beliefs or presenting oneself in a certain way, it is about relationship, agreement, obedience, and commitment with God through His Son Jesus Christ and by the power of Holy Spirit.

 

Each believer must understand that in order to abide in Christ one must be steadfast, fixed, and unwavering in their commitment to continue, endure, remain, stand, dwell, and reside in Christ no matter what the issues, circumstances or conditions one might face. Abiding in Christ requires a believer to be dependent, reliant, and subservient to God through Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. The scriptural concept and principle of abiding in Christ solidifies each believer’s standing in God’s kingdom. “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).


Abiding in God’s kingdom brings new life, establishes one as a new creation, ensures communion and fellowship with God, enhances the justification of faith, enables one to partake of God’s promises, encourages the renewing of one’s mind, causes one to become prudent and wise, provides grace to strengthen one’s resolve to overcome, and secures a permanent relationship with God the Father.

 

Some characteristics and qualities of a believer who abides in Christ are: one’s love and devotion to Jesus transcends what God has done or given (1 John 4:16); one is obedient to Jesus’ instructions (John 15:10); one is a doer of the word (James 1:22); one aligns their heart and comes into agreement with God’s will (Matthew 6:10); one consistently matures and grows spiritually (Philippians 3:14, 2 Peter 3:18); one is not conformed to this world but is transformed into a heavenly mindset (Romans 12:2); one’s service unto the Lord is fueled by love, intimacy, and devotion for the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. John 15:9-10 NAS

 

Revealing the Kingdom of God...10/19

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 4:55 PM

  The revealing of the kingdom of God on earth will bring much needed order, truth, and light to a world full of chaos, uncertainty, upheaval, and darkness. The kingdom of God through God’s Spirit will change the atmosphere and environment and create a climate where the hearts of mankind will be transformed and refocused on God’s will being done here on earth. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NAS). God’s kingdom being revealed on earth will initiate and establish God’s dominion, glory, power, and authority in the affairs of mankind and the spiritual work of the body of Christ (ekklesia). Jesus declared while preaching in Galilee, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:15 NAS).

 

With the revealing of God’s kingdom every believer in Jesus Christ needs to have revelation, knowledge, and understanding of the kingdom they serve and its power, magnitude, authority, and dominion. Kingdom can be defined as a realm which designates the rule, reign, dominion, royal power, and sovereignty of a king. The king of God’s kingdom is Jesus who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). God’s kingdom is not limited by that which He created or the natural laws that He established. God makes things that are not seen into things that are seen (Hebrews 11:3) and transforms what is in existence. Also, upon the revealing of the kingdom of God, there is an anointing, empowerment, and activation of each believer who boldly speaks the Word of the Lord, is obedient to Holy Spirit, becomes a doer of God’s Word, and becomes a spiritual instrument of God.

 

Because of this current age, the condition of culture and the mindset of its people, there is an inherent danger when a believer does not discern the times or seasons, is unprepared, is out of position, and is disconnected from the things of God which will prevent one from taking full advantage of the revealing of God’s kingdom. Because of the lack of knowledge, a believer can be destroyed (Hosea 4:6) and caught between two kingdoms unable to serve and be devoted to either one. Without realizing and recognizing that the kingdom of God is greater than the kingdom of darkness, a believer will be bound, held captive, restricted, and robbed of the victorious life promised in the Word of God. This is why each believer is instructed to first seek the kingdom of God. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).


“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” Mark 1:15a NAS

 

Faith Forward...10/19

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 5:25 PM

   The forward movement of a believer’s life is coupled with one’s view of the future and the level of faith to make the future a reality. A quality life is always moving forward, is unharnessed from the past, does not stand still, and through faith captures the freshness of God’s plans and purposes. One does not need faith for what was or what is. Faith is needed for what will be and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal” (Philippians 3:13-14a NKJV).

 

For a believer to have a faith forward mindset, one must understand the correlation of faith and the unseen or invisible world. Scripture declares that God framed the world through His Word so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3). Scripture also captures the essence of the principle of the unseen when it declares that “God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17 NKJV). Every believer of Jesus Christ through the activation and exercising of faith can live and operate in the realm of the unseen with the ability to pull those things into the realm of the seen. It is imperative for every believer to realize that they have been given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). The key issue in the forward movement of one’s life is the development, establishment, and building of that measure of faith given by God.

 

Each believer who desires to press forward through the gateway of the future may encounter numerous situations or challenges in their pathway which will affect, build, and establish their faith to overcome. One should take courage because the Scripture declares “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4 NAS). There are some fundamental truths that will enlighten and encourage each believer in their walk of faith and enable one to lay hold of their future and “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NAS). Faith is the reflection of what is in one’s heart, a deep conviction of an internal belief that produces corresponding action, a force that works from the inside out not the outside in, based on a promise not a problem, and the eternal hope of God’s Word being worked out as one moves forward.

 

Being discerning and conscious of the atmosphere, environment, and cultural pressure in one’s life that enters the soul assists in knowing how the belief system and level of faith is affected. Having discipline as to what enters one’s soul will establish, activate, and elevate a believer’s quality and level of faith as they move forward. One must be mindful that the gates of entry to the soul are connected to what one sets their eyes on which creates mental images, allows the ears to hear which establishes patterns of thought, declares from their mouth having creative power, sets the tone of one’s life which affects the condition of the heart. It is one’s responsibility and role to understand these gate areas and how they affect your life which ultimately determine your walk with the Lord and the level of victory and success you attain with the completion of your destiny.

 

The favor of God...10/19

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 5:05 PM

 The favor of God can be described as one who gains approval, acceptance, special benefits or blessings from God as evidence and confirmation of one’s approval by God. There is a close association between favor and grace which comes from the same Greek word meaning graciousness, loving-kindness, and goodwill of God. Scripture declares “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV). For a believer to find and receive favor, one must first find and receive grace. Grace implies more than favor--grace is a free gift and favor may be deserved or gained. Access to God’s favor is available to those who by grace have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and the indwelling presence of Holy Spirit. The favor that mankind receives from God depends on His good pleasure and is often extended in response to prayer, worship, obedience to His Word, and righteous living.

 

There is not an external or natural source that can produce life and favor for mankind. In Scripture Job identifies the source of life and favor. “You have granted me life and favor and Your care has preserved my spirit” (Job 10:11 NKJV).

 

God shows and gives favor to those who delight themselves in Him (Psalm 37:4), seek Him daily and endeavor to know His ways, live by faith (Hebrews 10:38), and are humble and contrite in spirit and tremble at His Word (Isaiah 66:2). Believers who are favored by God know that He will not leave or forsake them (Deuteronomy 31:8]; cause all things to work for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28); hear their prayers (Proverbs 15:29); and extend grace, mercy, and peace to those who live in truth and love (2 John 3). God through Jesus Christ invites all believers to seek His favor. “I seek your favor with all my heart. Have mercy on me as you promised!” (Psalm 119:58 NET).

 

God’s favor is available to every believer and will change their lives once these basic truths are understood: His grace is favor; His favor is available to all those who believe; His favor is received by faith; His favor affects every aspect of one’s life; and His favor surrounds one’s life all day and every day.


Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; yes, confirm the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17 NAS


Being an Overcomer...9/19

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Being an overcomer is an achievement that every individual aspires to, desires, and pursues in every aspect, endeavor, and facet of one’s life. The foundation of one who overcomes is their relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus declared that “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV). Overcomers are disciples of Jesus Christ who are victorious in resisting the power, temptation, and cultural norms of the world’s system. An overcomer is not perfect, sinless or blameless but one who prevails, is steadfast, and is determined to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), press on (Philippians 3:12), and run the race (Hebrews 12:1) until the end or finish line. One does not turn away when times, issues or life get difficult or become a backslider or defector.

 

Overcoming requires total trust and belief in the sovereignty of God; complete dependence on His Word, voice, promises, direction, and purposes; and faith to follow His plan for one’s life. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NAS). To overcome means to rise above, conquer, subdue, vanquish, overpower, and prevail against any conflict, issue, obstacle or challenge that stands in the way of one being obedient and fulfilling what God has called, instructed, and purposed. A believer who overcomes is known as one who is obedient (2 Corinthians 2:9), is faithful to God’s Word (Titus 1:9), is steadfast and immovable (1 Corinthians 15:58), finishes the race (Acts 20:24), and endures to the end (Matthew 24:13). “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21 NAS).

 

Being an overcomer is more than wishful thinking or hoping for something, it necessitates a decision and a choice to live by faith (Romans 1:17), have a strong and vibrant belief system (Mark 9:23), be a doer of the Word (James 1:22), and work out one’s salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Scripture declares that “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7 NKJV). Every believer of Jesus Christ has been equipped and empowered by God through His Word and His promises, giftings, and instructions to be an overcomer in every aspect of life.

 

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5 NAS

 

Breath of God...9/19

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    God’s gives life because He is the Creator and source of life. God breathed the breath of life into man who was formed of dust from the ground and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7). By the breath of God mankind not only became living beings but God gave mankind a soul which distinguished mankind from all other beings. Scripture states that there is a natural body and a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:44). “And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit’” (1 Corinthians 15:45 NKJV). It is important to note that the first man (Adam) was from the earth and bears the characteristics and image of the earth while the second Man (Jesus Christ, Last Adam) is from heaven and bears the characteristics and image of the heavenly Man (1 Corinthians 15:47-49). Upon being born again (John 3:7) by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, one’s spirit becomes alive and is given a new heart and new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). Through the breath of Jesus Christ, believers receive Holy Spirit (John 20:22) who quickens the spirit man and empowers life in Spirit.

 

Throughout Scripture the breath or wind of God denotes the impartation of life both in the natural man and in the spirit man. For example, on the day of Pentecost there came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind and filled all in attendance with Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). The word ‘wind’ also can be interpreted as breath which brings new life in Spirit. Another example comes from the vision of Ezekiel where he was instructed to prophesy for the four winds to come and breath upon the dead bodies so they may live again (Ezekiel 37:9).

 

The breath of God will bring new life--a refreshing, an awakening. God’s breath will also revive those believers who have become weak, apathic, and lethargic in the things of God; are influenced by an unstable belief system and lack of faith; have turned away from the Lord; and are in cultural bondage and have lost hope. Upon experiencing God’s breath there will be a quickening of one’s spirit resulting in the transformation of the inner man. This transformation brings hope, a renewed belief system, and an empowered faith which enables one to draw close to God changing the inner man and shifting the focus of life to the Lord and the things above (Colossians 3:2). God’s breath is essential for every believer and the body of Christ (ekklesia) to be awakened, revived, and brought into right standing before the Lord.

 

What society, culture, and people need is a fresh breath (wind) of God to be released or blown throughout the earth that will bring change in the hearts of mankind and shift the atmosphere from darkness to light. This will require believers and the body of Christ to enter into fervent prayer, have a hunger and zeal to seek the Lord (Isaiah 55:6), walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), and believe for a fresh outpouring of the breath of God bringing new life to all.

 

God's Ways...9/19

Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM

   It is written in the Bible that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). Each believer that sets their mind on the things above not on the things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2) will position and establish themselves with the ability to receive and be in tune with what God is speaking and revealing thus enabling them to receive the instruction of Holy Spirit in the higher ways and thoughts of God. “Make me know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day” (Psalms 25:4-5 NAS).

 

Many believers have been indoctrinated in worldly thinking which causes them to live in the natural environment where they believe it is impossible to receive, live in, and embrace the full revelation of God’s heavenly realm. In order to embrace God’s ways and thoughts and make them a part of the inner being, the believer is instructed to not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). In the renewing of the mind, believers will understand that the entire universe was framed by the word of God so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3).

 

A worldly minded believer would believe that God’s ways and thoughts are beyond them and impossible to obtain. A spiritually minded believer would declare the word of God and believe that "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26 NKJV) and "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9:23 NKJV).

 

But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, and the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 NKJV

 

(This blog post was previously posted in January, 2016.)

 

Understanding God's Purpose...9/19

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 4:50 PM

  In the beginning God’s purpose was to establish the Word and cause all creation to come through the Word–the Word being the Son of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4 NKJV). God’s purpose was to move upon the earth which was without form, void, and full of darkness and speak forth light in the midst of darkness, bring order between the waters and firmament, bring life through creation, and set the atmosphere and environment for mankind. Everything God created including man was made to expedite, facilitate, and fulfill His purpose.

 

Another dimension of God’s purpose through Jesus Christ and by Holy Spirit is to raise up and empower a body of believers as sons and daughters who are worthy, obedient, and comply to His Word. Every believer must realize that they were chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), predestined according to His purpose (Ephesians 1:11), and called to fulfill their role or portion of God’s purpose (2 Timothy 1:9). Having the vision and divine revelation of God’s purpose will assist in identifying one’s assigned purposes, guide in running the race (1 Corinthians 9:24), and sustain momentum as one presses towards the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).

 

Understanding God’s purpose in life is when one discovers the reason why one was created. Every believer of Jesus Christ was created with purposes, assignments or missions that are set before them which not only fulfills their call but furthers and establishes the kingdom of God. Having God’s purpose identified, defined, and revealed in one’s life will bring substance, value, and relevance thus preventing one from being unduly influenced by circumstances, life issues, cultural norms, individual mindsets, and social pressures.

 

God’s purpose in one’s life is worked out and demonstrated on a daily basis. The challenge is many believers have a misconception of the magnitude and importance of God’s purpose. There are practical ways to activate and empower God’s purpose in and through one’s life such as caring for and nourishing one’s family, being part of and serving in a local church body, being a witness in one’s community, and being a light in the work place. “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones” (Luke 16:10a NLT).

 

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NAS

 

God's Purpose...8/19

Posted on August 29, 2019 at 5:25 PM

   Deep in the inner being of mankind there is a longing, quest, and yearning to know and understand the significance, meaning, and defined purpose for their life. Every individual's life is designed, created, and given life by the word and breath of God with a divine purpose and destiny. God’s original intent in the creation of mankind was to share His nature, power, and plans in the design, forming, and implementing His divine purpose. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV). Mankind was fully positioned and equipped to know one’s purpose until sin, rebellion, and disobedience caused a divide between God and His creation. As a result of this divide, mankind relinquished any awareness or connection between their life and the designed purpose God intended. It is important to understand that although there was the fall of mankind God’s original purpose and destiny for one’s life was not nullified, canceled or altered; however, the awareness and recognition of their purpose became hidden.


The Lord speaks in Jeremiah 29:11 NAS, “'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'” The word ‘plans’ means that God has thoughts, intentions, and purpose. For us today to give a future and a hope means to lead one into a relationship with Jesus Christ and the restoration and activation of God’s given purpose enabling the fulfillment of one’s destiny. When an individual accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, their divine purpose and destiny is then released to fulfill God's will in their life. Every believer must realize that they were chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) and predestined according to His purpose (Ephesians 1:11) so purpose was established the moment one took their first breath. To know God’s intended purpose for one’s life requires obedience and committed action to call upon Him, come to Him, and pray.

 

As in many things in today’s culture, purpose has evolved into a self-centered and man-driven desire for the edification and gratification for one’s life. The importance of the origin, source, and substance of purpose has been diminished and is some cases eliminated. One’s significance, meaning, and defined purpose for life cannot be disconnected with the Creator. God created mankind and equipped them with giftings, qualities, characteristics, and abilities enabling them to activate His Word, walk in Spirit, carry out His instructions, and perform His purpose.

 

The LORD has made everything for his own purposes... Proverbs 16:4a NLT

 

Remain Faithful...8/19

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    With everything that is transpiring in the world today including rapid change and the condition of culture, one of the greatest battles in one’s life is to remain faithful in a faithless society. Faithfulness is considered as a quality, attribute or characteristic which is attributed to both God and mankind. Someone who is faithful is true to their word, keeps their promises, honors their commitments, performs their duty, loyal to their covenant relationships, and adheres to established standards. There is a cultural challenge for any individual to exhibit a faithful lifestyle without a committed relationship with God who is the source of all faithfulness through Jesus Christ and by Holy Spirit.

 

Faithfulness is one of the distinguishing facets and distinctive characteristics of God’s nature. It denotes the sovereignty, steadfastness, and constancy of God in His relations with mankind and particularly with His people. God’s faithfulness is not contingent on what He does but it is who He is and He is unchangeable, immutable, and constant in keeping His covenant, promises, and Word. God is the Beginning and the End (Revelation 1:8],does not change (Malachi 3:6), and through Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8], God established the earth to all generations (Psalms 119:90); keeps covenant and lovingkindness (Deuteronomy 7:9); chose Israel (Isaiah 49:7); gave His Son, Jesus, for the redemption and salvation of mankind (John 3:16-17); and cleansed believers of all sin by the blood of Jesus, His Son (1 John 1:7).


For each believer of Jesus Christ to maintain a healthy relationship with God and be effective in the body of Christ, one must remain faithful to God’s Word, voice, Spirit, and commandments. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37) and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Faithfulness is not an option and is expected of every believer because it demonstrates God’s attributes, character, and nature in and through their life. Each believer is required as a steward in God’s kingdom to be found faithful (I Corinthians 4:2). Without faithfulness to God there can be no life in Spirit.


Remaining faithful hinges upon what one values as important combined with commitment. To remain faithful, believers should engage in life disciplines such as having holiness as a priority, holding God’s Word as true and the source of authority, relying and depending on God’s strength not man’s, staying the course regardless of the storms and issues of life, and embracing the fellowship of believers.


His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' Matthew 25:21 NKJV


Be Authentic...8/19

Posted on August 15, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    All creation and mankind long to experience authenticity, reality, and truthfulness in every aspect of life. Some of the major challenges that mankind faces today is that authenticity is met with skepticism, reality is shaped by uncertainty, truth is replaced with opinion, and ethics are substituted by what works. The makeup and design of any society and the structure of its culture must have at its very core authentic people whose lives are founded and rooted in truth, principles, and ethics derived from a source which is established in God, the Creator. For someone to be authentic one is genuine, credible, trustworthy, faithful to their beliefs, steadfast in their convictions, and confident in their nature no matter what issue or situation is in front of them. Authenticity is a powerful force rooted deeply and established by a genuine and bona fide source whose origin is supported, approved, and authorized by factual evidence and confirmed as true which stands contrary to what is false, fictitious, counterfeit, and deceptive lies.

 

The true source or origin of authenticity that exists in life rests in God the Father who created all things, His Son Jesus Christ who redeemed all things, and Holy Spirit who sustains all things. From the beginning God the Father invested all in His Son Jesus Christ. “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). Currently in today’s culture mankind has adopted and embraced other sources created by the god of this age, the spirit of religion, and false teachers. These other sources have given way to destructive heresies, the philosophy of relative truth, false doctrines, the denial of and resistance to God’s creation, rebellion against foundational truths, and a decline and weakening of standards established by God.

 

The deterioration of society and instability of culture has created a deep longing and craving within man’s soul for reality to overshadow uncertainty, light to penetrate darkness, truth to replace lies, and good to triumph over evil. The only authentic force that can affect and change the prevailing culture and bring healing, restoration, wholeness, and peace is the body of Christ (the ekklesia). This authentic force is believers of Jesus Christ who have been redeemed by the blood (Ephesians 1:7), adopted as sons of God (Galatians 4:5), empowered by Holy Spirit, and called and commissioned by God to bring authenticity, reality, and truthfulness into the world, its society and culture.

 

There are many people who desire and attempt to live an authentic life. However, without a relationship with Jesus Christ and the indwelling of Holy Spirit, one is unable to accomplish this because there is no connection with God--His presence, Spirit or Word. It is time for every believer to allow Holy Spirit to work in their life from the inside out to mold and shape them into being an authentic force and be released into society as a bold representative and an effective witness for the kingdom of God. This can be accomplished when one puts on Christ (Galatians 3:27) and takes upon themselves the characteristics of an authentic believer. Authentic believers openly confess Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:32), walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8), obey the commands of Jesus Christ (1 John 5:3), submit to God’s Word (1 John 2:5), walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25), hear the voice of Holy Spirit (Revelation 2:17), enjoy fellowship with other believers (1 John 1:7), seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33), and love the Lord with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their mind (Matthew 22:37).

 

Outside...Inside 8/19

Posted on August 8, 2019 at 4:55 PM

  Living a quality life comes from the innermost part of man. There is a perception that if the outside of man looks good then the inner quality must be good. Jesus addresses the religious leaders about the outside and inside condition of their lives in Luke 11:39-40 NAS “But the Lord said to him, 'Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?'”

 

Mankind has learned to address the issues of life by changing their exterior conditions, presentations, life style, circumstances, relationships, atmosphere, and environment. There is a problem with this perception because it is the opposite of and contradicts God’s Word and His process of changing a person’s life from the inside by the indwelling and power of Holy Spirit. Scripture declares in Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJV, "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." A change from the outside of one's life can only change what is around them and is always temporary where an internal spiritual transformation is full of life and everlasting. Scriptures declare that out of the center of your being (heart) will spring the issues of life.

 

But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 NKJV

 

Only Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of life (Romans 8:2) and who dwells in each believer (Romans 8:11, I Corinthians 3:16), can bring full assurance to a person (I Thessalonians 1:5) upon the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to a quality life full of righteousness, peace, joy, victory, and the fulfillment of all that God has purposed and destined.

 

(This blog post was previously posted in March, 2015.)

 


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