Going On to Perfection – 2/17/16

In the Bible we read “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Ph.2:12). This apparently means that when we have questions concerning spiritual growth it is important that we come humbly before God and ask Him to lead us. In humility we are to ask him what we should believe and how we should behave. And yet within this spirit of humility we are also encouraged to “come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Heb.4:16). For “when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide us into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew us things to come” (Jn.16:13). And finally we read that we “have an unction (or anointing) from the Holy One… and we need that no man should teach us” (1Jn.2:20&27).

Unfortunately, many Christians find it much easier to be told how to think, what to believe and how to behave. The result is that the believer often becomes vulnerable to highly dogmatic and religious individuals who all too often are like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. These so-called “Teachers of the Word” can come across presumptuous and even quite offensive. They are typically argumentative and contentious. To the Christian they will say, “I need to straighten you out.” Flee from those you meet with this spirit (Ep.5:6-11). In all likelihood this is not just some kind of personality trait you are encountering. When around individuals who are behaving in an argumentative and contentious manner be aware that you are probably dealing with demonic forces.

But if we have to be cautious regarding Bible teachers how are we to invite the Holy Spirit to teach us all things as he promised. If we are honest with ourselves we will admit that there are aspects of Christian growth that can appear confusing or can seemingly complicate the believer’s desire for a closer walk with Christ. Some seem to just give up and remain stagnant in Fundamental-Evangelicalism. Certainly, there can be no doubt that God wants us to move on to higher ground, to press towards the mark of the prize of the high call of God in Christ Jesus. Without a doubt it is His desire that we all become involved in a spiritual journey that takes us out of the worldliness associated with spiritual “Egypt” and into the “Promised Land.” Now most Christians have no problem correlating the Feast of Passover with their salvation experience. The blood of the Lamb was applied to the horizontal and vertical “cross-beams” of the household door and the Death Angel “Passed-over.” Or, in spiritual terms, when you repent and accept Christ as Savior the blood of Jesus that was shed on the horizontal and vertical beams of the cross is spiritually applied and you receive the promise of eternal life. Moreover, most Christians agree with Paul and acknowledge that water baptism was foretold in type and shadow when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea (1Cor.10:2). In this case more could easily be said to correlate this experience with the 2nd and 3rd Feasts of Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits. But we will defer the detail of these feasts that speak of repentance and dedication to the get to the heart of the matter, Christian perfection.

And so, moving on we now come to the 4th and highly controversial Pentecostal Feast, which is called Feast of Weeks in Exodus 34:22 and, which was celebrated in the wilderness. It was initiated by God to commemorate the giving of the 10 Commandments or the WORD OF GOD, literally written on tablets of stone. Likewise, the New Testament Pentecostal experience described in Acts 2:4 was a celebration of the WORD OF GOD given spiritually; “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Paul describes this experience as a foretaste of the glory to come, or “the earnest of our inheritance” (Ep.1:13-14). That the “giving of the word of God on tablets of stone” was a foreshadowing of the events that occurred in the 2nd Chapter of Acts, there can be no doubt. But what is also apparent is that both are wilderness experiences. That is, in the same way the 10 Commandments were given to the people of God while they were in the wilderness, this Pentecostal experience (associated with gifts) is a wilderness experience. All too often Christians are led to believe that the gifts of the spirit equate to the Promised Land. Many ultimately reject this experience altogether and claim that this Pentecostal feast was intended only for the “apostolic dispensation.” But we know this is not true since “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb.13:8). And yet to others on the opposite end of the spectrum these gifts have become the endpoint in spiritual growth. Though the lame walk, the blind see, and the dead may be raised, this does not necessarily mean that the individual is possessed by Christ. Beloved, the goal is to be conformed to the image of Christ (Rm.8:29). “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (Jn.17:21). If there be tongues, healings or miracles, these will eventually cease (1Cor.13:8). Many who call themselves Pentecostal have decided to end their journey with the gifts. But God seeks not just to fill us but to possess us fully. Indeed, many Pentecostals have even heard this and reject it outright. Nor is the great call of God on our life simply evangelism, but it is “to be conformed to His image” (Rm.8:29). “And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ep.3:19).

So we look to him not for one or two experiences and call it quits. Look at Hebrews 6: “leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment, LET US GO ON UNTO PERFECTION (τελειό-τητα). And this will we do, if God permit.” Please know the author is not simply talking about maturity in the human sense as many new compromised and anemic translations insist. How do we know this? Because in Matthew 5:48 Jesus said, “be ye PERFECT (τέλειοι) as my Father in heaven is perfect.” Notice the same Greek word is used in both verses. Hence, he is not calling us to “Christian maturity” any more than he is calling his Father mature. Instead the author is writing about “coming to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ep.4:13). So there is much more beyond the Pentecostal experience that has been hidden from the spirit filled believer. And yet some Pentecostals are content to remain in the wilderness, while others actually want to “go back to Egypt and enjoy the leeks and garlic” so to speak (Nu.11:5).

Instead, let us be determined to go on to perfection. Numerous other feasts are clearly outlined in Scripture that take us beyond Pentecost and point not only to the Promised Land but to the “glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rm.8:18). These feasts are like a roadmap described in the Old Testament in type and shadow, providing for us direction for our journey from beginning to end. Now I am painfully aware that the more I write the less likely these posts are read. So in the interest of time I will simply share the remaining feasts as the Lord has revealed them to me and suggest their meanings without detail. In no way am I offended if you disagree with me. I only share these with you and pray that perhaps you might come to an understanding regarding some Christian experiences that remain unclear. Certainly I encourage you to pray about any and all of this information that I share with you. I have utmost faith that the Holy Ghost will not mislead you.

THE 5TH IS THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS, which refers to “the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation” (Ep.1:17).
THE 6TH IS THE DAY OF ATONEMENT and equates to Trials, Tribulations and Deliverance (James).
THE 7TH IS THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES. In Christian circles it is often called the Kingdom Walk since it correlates to the crossing of the Jordan into the Promised Land. Some call this “Preparation for Ministry.”
THE 8TH IS THE DEDICATION OF THE TEMPLE. (If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chr.7:14). Some call this the “Ministry.”
THE 9TH IS THAT FEAST OF PURIM which speaks of the Ministry of Intercession, introduced in type and shadow in the book of Esther but revealed by Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.
THE 10TH IS THE SABBOTH, which speaks of a day of rest, a work of Holiness or Baptism of Fire.
THE 11TH IS THE SABBATICAL, or the 7th year of rest: the Marriage Feast of the Lamb.
THE 12TH IS THE YEAR OF JUBILEE’S, which speaks of Restoration or Total Possession by God.

The Lord Jesus is calling a remnant, the Joshua’s and Caleb’s onto the PROMISED LAND, into KINGDOM LIVING in this lifetime (Josh.1:3-5). Yes indeed, this Jesus of Nazareth is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col.1:27). “It is no longer I that liveth, but Christ that liveth in me” (Gal.2:20). Commit yourself this day to press “toward the mark of the prize of the high call of God in Christ Jesus” (Ph.3:14). “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not” (1Jn.3:1). Be blessed in Jesus name.

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The Glory of the Lord – 2/14/16


First consider this man Melchizedek. Abraham met him returning from battle and gave tithe unto him (Gen. 14:18). He was without father, without mother, having neither beginning of day nor end of life (Heb. 7:3). His walk with God had ushered him into timelessness. He was called the King of Salem (Heb. 7:2). Salem means peace, hence he was the “King of Peace.” His successor would therefore be called the “Prince of Peace” over Jeru-Salem, the City of Peace. But Melchizedek was much more than a king. He is also called “Priest of the Most High God.” No one before him had been king and priest.

The Levitical order of Moses and Abraham established on Mount Moriah that was established later produced no one who was both king and priest. Kings were kings and priests were priests. How could anyone govern God’s people and yet truly minister to the Lord. Not only minister to Him but be a High Priest. That means God’s closest confidant and friend is also established as king over God’s people.  The most renown men of all history have laid claim to this; the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Caesars of Rome, Emperors of China and Japan. Even individuals like Nebuchadnezzar claimed to be God’s man of faith and power for the hour. But they all died in time, thus proving their claim counterfeit. No one could be both unless they were sinless and immortal.

By setting the Ark of the Covenant to rest on Mount Zion, the highest peak in Jerusalem, David has once and for all enthroned the Lord God Himself as both King and Priest over His people, “after the order of Melchizedek.” From this unveiled temple on Zion the indescribable brilliant glory of the Lord that emanated above the mercy seat of the Ark could be seen by all the nations on Earth.  David describes this supernatural phenomenon in a multitude of Psalms. A few are listed below.

Great is the Lord…in the mountains of His holiness…The joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great king. God is known in her palaces as a refuge…The kings were assembled, they passed by together…They saw it and so they marveled…They were troubled and hasted away (Ps. 48: 1-5). Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shinned (Ps. 50:2). In Salem also is his tabernacle and his dwelling place in Zion…thou art more glorious than the mountains (Ps. 76:2 & 4). The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion; rule thou in the midst of thine enemies…Thou art forever after the order of Melchizedek (Ps. 110:2 & 4). The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen (Ps. 98:2). The Lord reigneth…he sitteth between the cherubim…the Lord is great in Zion (Ps. 99:1 & 2). When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in glory (Ps. 102:16). O Lord thou art great…who coverest thyself with Light as with a garment (Ps. 104:1 & 2). The Lord reigneth, a fire goeth before Him and burneth up His enemies round about. His lightning enlighteneth the world, the earth saw and trembled…all the people see His glory. Zion heard and was glad. Light is sown for righteousness (Ps. 97).

These and ALL 150 Psalms were written for and sung to the Lord God as He ruled out of Zion. The glory the Lord shinned out of Zion all 33 years David was king of Israel. Likewise, Jesus was the expressed glory of God on earth for 33 years. As David re-established the king-priest ministry by enthroning the LORD, so too is Christ the King of Kings and a High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 5:5 & 6).

After David’s death, his son Solomon reigned as king. But Solomon built the Lord’s temple on Mount Moriah, the second highest peak, removed the ark from Zion to his temple and strengthened the Levitical order prescribed by the Law of Moses. Once again the glory of the Lord was veiled – out of sight. The Lord no longer reigned supreme. Succeeding generations began to stray from God’s purpose and plan. Civil war left the nation divided into Judah and Israel again. Worldly influences from other nations gradually and ultimately resulted in a corrupted people. Untold kings and priests struggled to retain their power and it seemed each succeeding generation grew increasingly wicked. Finally two great kings, Nebuchadnezzar from Babylon and Sennacherib from Assyria took for themselves captives of these two nations. The glory of the Lord had long since departed as these great kings lay waste Judah and Israel, burned the temple and destroyed the ark.

But throughout these times of judgment, God was not without a voice. In every generation He raised up someone, a remnant whose loyalties lay exclusively to Him. Their message was a cry to return to the God of David. Over and over they prophesied that God would return and rebuild the tabernacle of David and Mount Zion. Obadiah, prophesied: “Saviors shall come upon Mount Zion to judge the Mount of Esau (Gentiles), and the kingdom shall be the Lords” (Ob. 21). Amos also prophesied of the coming Babylonian captivity but ended: “I will raise up again the fallen tabernacle of David…that they may possess the remnant of Edom (the descendants of Esau) and all the heathen which are called by my name saith the Lord that doeth this” (Amos 9:11 & 12).

The tabernacle of David will be rebuilt. Zion’s glory will possess, as Amos describes, those called by HIS NAME. These are, of course, Christians for they bear the name of Christ Himself. In fact these shall come forth as Saviors. The prophet Zechariah returned from Babylon with a great company of Jews to rebuild the temple and believe for a return of glory of the tabernacle of David. But Zechariah was given a vision and a strong word to share with his fellow laborers. The Lord told him and showed him that He would rebuild the temple Himself. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 4:6).

Since that time there have been many captivities and many returns to rebuild the temple. But no glory has or ever will return to a man-made temple. The glory shall possess the remnant and the heathen called by His name (as Amos said). No wonder the Apostle James declared in Acts 15:16 that the prophecy of Amos was being fulfilled when the Holy Ghost was poured out on the Gentiles. We are that temple of the Holy Ghost (I Cor. 3:16) in whom and upon whom the glory of the Lord shall be revealed. (Isa. 60:2) God has called every blood-bought, born-again, Spirit filled believer to come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13). That you go in and out no more but be a pillar in the temple of your God (Rev. 3:12). He has called and chosen you and I to be Kings and Priests unto Him (Rev. 1:6). He has chosen us to be the revealing of the Lord in our life time (I Thes. 1:10). “The Lord shall arise upon thee and His glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isa. 60:1, 2). In this, beloved, “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together” (Isa. 40:5).

Like Melchizedek, we are called to walk in resurrection life power, in the here and now; to enter into eternal life now, to receive the power of an endless life; not just the promise, by faith, some day in the great by and by – but HERE and NOW.  Jesus said, “I AM the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (Jn. 11:25) But pay careful attention here. Jesus continues in verse 26, “And whoseoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die.” So it is clear that this promise of eternal life is for “he that believeth” and not just for “he that believeth yet is dead.”

Jesus walked in this Resurrection life. Speaking of His life, He said, “I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again.” (Jn. 10:18) No one killed, murdered or assassinated Jesus. He laid his life down willingly. His blood wasn’t spilled, it was shed! His resurrection from the dead was proof that He had entered into “the power of an endless life” after the order of Melchizedek. Even Paul walked in resurrection life for he says he was in deaths oft or died many times. (2 Cor. 11:23) To the Philippians he even confessed that he was caught in indecision. He said he wanted to go home to be with the Lord, he wanted to die. But because they had need of him, of his mighty working as an apostle, he decided to stay for their sakes. If he was executed, stoned (2 Cor. 11:25), or thrown to ferocious beasts (I Cor. 15:22), he just got up after it was all over and went about his business preaching and teaching the Good News of the “Resurrection Life” in Christ.

This life of being possessed by Christ is the “Rest” spoken by the writer of Hebrews.  He explains, “there remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” (Heb. 4:9) For “We are come unto Mount Zion and unto the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…and to God, the judge of all and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” (Heb. 12:22 & 23) Thus we, “are built up (to) a spiritual house,…in Zion, a chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood (kings and priests), a holy nation that we should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous Light!” (I Pet. 2:5-9)

God is calling forth a people in this hour to return to Zion. The power, the authority and the glory of the Lord will be revealed in them, through them and upon them. These shall walk in resurrection life, eternal life, in the here and now. Like Jesus and Paul, they shall walk in timelessness for they shall inherit immortality in their life time. The fire of God’s glory shall purge the dross of their sinful natures and they shall receive the divine nature. This is the righteous remnant, the redeemed of the Lord that shall return unto Zion. These shall possess the fullness of God to be revealed at the end of this present age. These are the Sons of God. These are kings and priests to the Most High, a Royal Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek. This is the Body of Christ, God’s expression on earth. This Body is to come forth to be revealed in glory as the ark was when returned to Zion. These shall rule the nations with a rod of iron. These shall walk in oneness with God Himself. He who “fills all in all” shall rule and reign supreme on the earth, for He shall rule in them and through them.

Beloved, you have been called to walk in this promise. Press in to receive all that God has for you “that your joy may be full.” The hour is short and this present day draws to a close. “He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Seek Him for the abundance. See Him for “Life Abundantly.” “He will do exceedingly above all that you ask or think.” He is your portion, your inheritance, your life. He is come to be glorified IN HIS SAINTS.(2Thes 1:10)

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Wandering in the Wilderness 2/11/16

After David slew Goliath one would naturally think that David would be instantly recognized as the anointed of the Lord and established as God’s chosen vessel of authority. Not so! Instead, the remainder of the book of I Samuel gives a detailed account of how King Saul, like a driven mad-man, hunted David down like an animal. He chased him in the wilderness, on mountain tops, in caves and in towns. Despite the fact that the Philistines had regrouped and re-attacked Israel, Saul disregarded these, the true enemies of his people and sought with all his might to kill David. Likewise, we should not be surprised today when ministries go on the war path against Spirit filled believers. As long as they keep quiet, warm a pew and pass the plate, they’re okay. But let them heal the sick, prophesy or speak in tongues and “out the door they go.” While the sheep are taught to view these charismatics as heretics and fanatics the devil continues to destroy with depravity, disease, despair and death.

These spirit filled believers, called charismatics are labeled Cruise-o-matics as they fellowship like David, “from pillar to post.” Yet for some this wandering in the wilderness without a church home is too wearisome. And so they return to programs, preachers and familiar forms of fundamentalism. Rather than worship God in Spirit and in Truth, they abandon their new experience and seek the comfort of church games and politics. Even Saul’s daughter, Michal, David’s beloved wife thought cave life too treacherous. In her heart she must have reasoned that the life of an outcast would never lead to an anointing of authority. And so it was, she deserted her husband’s side and stayed in her father’s court. Likewise, Jonathan, Saul’s son, though he loved David and counted him his blood brother, would not go with him in the wilderness for his loyalties lie with the madness of his father, the King. Instead, David’s only companions were cut-throats, vagabonds, thieves and undesirables by most standards. In the natural, David was labeled a rebel, a pirate, an adulterer; someone so brazen that when he and his men were hungry, he stormed into the Holy Place of the Tabernacle and dared eat and distribute the shew bread reserved as an offering for the Lord. But God looked not on the outward.

Occasions were even given to David by the Lord’s design where he could have easily taken Saul’s life. But as the young shepherd boy had refused the King’s armour to fight Goliath, so too did he refuse to usurp the throne of Israel by assassination. Saul’s methods of fighting were useless to David. Instead he was anointed and empowered by the Spirit of the Lord to slay Goliath. And if he were to reign as king, again it would be because of an anointing, and not by the methods used by his predecessor. Unfortunately, all too often charismatics are enticed into positions of leadership using carnal or even natural methods to achieve that end. How sad it is to see these spirit filled believers fitted into the armour of advertising and politics to fight the spiritual forces of darkness. They call this battle “evangelism”…then when all is said and done, wonder why their goals are not achieved.

Even sadder still are the methods used by many a Spirit filled believer to obtain a position of leadership or authority. Like their King Saul prototypes they ignore the Spirit’s ability to teach them “all truth” and recklessly purse a Bible College degree. Upon completion and with a sense of accomplishment they field resumes and obtain interviews. This is so they can be chosen to lead through natural selection. But it is God’s desire to empower through a SUPERNATURAL ELECTION.

If you intend to walk in your calling and become that Son of God that rules and reigns with Him, you will in all probability find yourself like David, wandering in the wilderness somewhere with no place to call home. In addition, like David you will probably be despised and rejected most by those who you identify as your family, brothers and sisters or friends. It will not be unusual for you to be persecuted by church leaders and your only earthly comforters will be those who you would not otherwise seek company with. Not a pleasant life for anyone and yet this is exactly where David found himself. So too were Joseph, Moses, Elijah, the Apostle Paul and yes – Jesus. All of these had extensive, intense wilderness experiences because their own brethren rejected them and wanted them dead! But they, like David were all called and anointed with authority to fulfill God’s purpose.

But when David received news of Saul’s suicide, he didn’t jump at the opportunity and declare himself “Big Cheese.” Instead he lamented, rent his clothing, cried in anguish and mourned almost inexhaustibly though his tormentor’s life was ended. Why? Because David took no pleasure seeing King Saul, God’s first anointed King of Israel, wasted. He not only had accepted the wilderness as his lot in life, but had learned to rejoice and glory in his suffering. But there was no glory in the death and suffering of Saul. By learning to rejoice in tribulation God had truly created the heart of a servant in David. He accepted both good and bad as from the hand of the Lord and knew that despite the circumstances, God was faithful to His promises. By rejoicing in adversity, David’s heart was transformed such that the Lord commented of him that he had a heart after His own heart. (I Sam. 13:14)

Over and over David wrote in the Psalms, “His mercy (or love) endureth forever.” By glorying in suffering David not only received true humility of soul, but could write experientially of God’s love. It was this love that dominated his prayers for Saul, his king, his father-in-law, the once mighty man of God. The Apostle Paul describes this type of love. It, “suffers long, is kind, is not boastful nor puffed up.” This love does not behave selfishly, is not easily provoked and does not think evil of others. (I Cor. 13) Most important, David the praiser knew that love did not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoiced in the truth. No wonder David could not rejoice in Saul’s death since he was once used as the anointed servant of God. Likewise, David’s example of brokenness, sorrow and loss should speak to us about how we should view the current crumbling, criticism and collapse of charismatic ministries once blessed by God.

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Five Smooth Stones – 2/10/16

This same anointing received by David to slay Goliath can be likened to the outpouring of the Spirit in the experience of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Jesus said, “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” (Acts 1:8) It is this infilling that enables the believer to figuratively “tread on serpents,” (Mk. 16:18) to acquire a worship in the Spirit that is mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. (2 Cor. 10:4) This power is dynamite against the forces of evil. No wonder our prayer language is expanded to an incomprehensible dialogue with God resulting in the mighty working of His hand to save, heal and deliver. Just as David fought the giant of the enemy so too is the believer equipped to do battle with the forces of evil.

David’s five smooth stones speak of the mighty force of the 5-fold ministry. These 5 fold ministries are mentioned in Ephesians 4:11 for we read that, “God hath given apostles, prophets, pastors, evangelists, and teachers.” But reading on (Eph. 4:13) we notice that these ministries are given for a limited period of time; “till we all come to a perfect man.” The goal is to come to a perfect man. Though David chose 5 stones, it only took one to do the job.

Even in this hour God is raising up an army of believers who collectively are called the Body of Christ, A PERFECT MAN. This is not to say we are not grateful for the working of these 5-fold ministries in our lives to edify, exhort and instruct. Like David’s stones from the brook they were chosen by the Shepherd after being washed by the water of the word (Eph. 5:26). But God has not chosen these ministries to topple the Goliaths of the Earth. Instead these ministry gifts or offices have been established temporarily to nurture, guide and strengthen the children of God that they might come forth upon the Earth as the manifested Sons of God. These have been chosen to rule and reign with Him. These shall bruise Satan under foot. These shall be the manifest expression of God’s fullness. They are unified and made ONE by the Spirit of the Living God, fully empowered with the mind of Christ. This Body will lay waste the powers of darkness on the Earth as David’s selected stone brought the Philistine beast to the ground.

If you have received Christ, you too have received the power, the right, the authority to become the Son of God. Your reception of Christ as Saviour is the call of God on your life to one day usher in a millennia of righteousness, peace and joy on the Earth with our Blessed Saviour.

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There is a River… 2/8/16


Revelation 22:1–2 refers to “the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” The apostle John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, describes the river as flowing “down the middle of the great street of the city.”

The “water of life” referred to here does not have to be considered physical water as we know it. Rather, the water flowing from the throne is symbolic of the water of eternal life, crystal clear to reflect the glory of God in a glorious never-ending stream. The fact that the stream emanates from the throne tells us that eternal life flows from God to believers.

Water is a common symbolic representation of eternal life in Scripture. Isaiah refers to drawing water from the “wells of salvation” with joy (Isaiah 12:3). The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah rebuked the Israelites for abandoning God’s “spring of living water” and digging for themselves their own cisterns which could not hold water (Jeremiah 2:13). The Israelites had forsaken the living God, who alone provides eternal life, to chase after false idols, worldliness, and works-based religions. Men do the same today, refusing the water of life only Christ provides for a parched and dusty life of self centeredness, materialism and self-indulgence.

Jesus encouraged the Samaritan woman at the well to take from Him the water of (eternal) life so that she would never thirst again spiritually (John 4:13–14). Those who believe in Him, Jesus goes on to say in John 7:38, will have streams of living water flowing from them. Water is an easily understood symbol for life. Just as physical water is necessary to sustain physical life on earth, living water from the Savior is necessary to sustain eternal life with Him. I invite you today to drink from the wells of salvation.

A Higher Vision 02/04/16

Hannah sat next to the temple. The high priest supposed she was drunk and implored her to leave the temple stairs. Insisting, in her deep pain and tears, she begged, stating she was not drunk.  WE know the rest of the story.

But Hannah was a type and shadow of the Bride of Christ pleading to bring forth a man-child. Yes, it seems that people fight over what is ‘ the real’ fruit or gift of the spirit… Some even ask, “what (exactly) is my ministry?.What a small point compared to the individual who wholly/holy seeks intimacy with Jesus. No longer shall such a one wonder where their place in ministry is; rather this lovely soul has been called to administer Christ-with creative force to bring forth from that which is not; move mountains; wield the sword of the word; and walk upon the voice of many waters.

Look at Jesus, that your vision may be made much greater.

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Acts 19:1-6


And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. (Ac.19:1-6)

Meeting of the Saints – 1/31/16


We are living in what are the greatest hours of all time. Unprecedented showers of blessing are being poured out upon hungry and starving believers who have for years waited for His presence to enrapture them. This is a season of great refreshing.

Think it not strange that you are meeting God’s people under very unusual circumstances and in places you would never expect. For so long and in so many different churches you longed for fellowship with believers of like precious faith. But you eventually left dissatisfied and unfulfilled. You came away feeling as though you were just playing church.

It is no coincidence that you are meeting other believers and being immediately conjoined in the spirit. And you and the other person know immediately that your meeting is by divine appointment. Just when you walk away and consider how pleasant that meeting was the Lord surprises you in a day or a week later with an encounter even better than the one before. Christians everywhere are meeting each other and fellowshipping with a joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Where and how do we meet? We meet at the grocery store. We meet at the post office. We meet at the bank. We meet at the restaurant. We meet in the office. We meet on a park bench. We meet in someone else’s living room. We meet on an airplane. At first you find yourself sitting there all alone, not feeling a part of what’s going on. And suddenly you recognize that other believer – radiant, glowing – with the presence of Jesus. You are drawn to each other like moths to the light. There’s not enough time to share everything that God has put on your heart.

The encounter may last for a few minutes, for a half an hour or for half a day. You can’t describe it to other people, other believers, unless the same thing is happening to them. And guess what? It’s happening – everywhere, all around the world. The more often it happens to you the more your heart burns and longs for our Blessed Savior.

No, its not just happening to you. No, you’re not going crazy just because you don’t identify strongly with an organized fellowship. It’s happening to you because this is the hour when He is drawing believers together to experience the spiritual unity that is found only in Christ Jesus.

From this empowerment, these encounters, you know He will be birthed in you in a new and greater way. So be thrilled and rejoice if you don’t feel comfortable or at home where you go to church. Rejoice if you are being conjoined to members in particular – every day – and unexpectedly. Behold, He is doing a marvelous thing in our sight.

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