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.

 

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