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Monday, November 30, 2015

The Fullness

The three richest people in the world equals $229B in net worth.  Yet, none of them can but the gift of salvation. If we could put a dollar value on the desire God has to have a restored relationship with us, we could not even list a value. It is literally priceless.  Regardless of how good our world may look from our perspective, if God is not the center of it, it is incomplete.

Col 2:9-10 says, 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

'The whole fullness' - plḗrōma, (play'-ro-mah) in Greek means abundance or completion. 

Our salvation comes with fullness. God has given us a keeping gift. It requires owning, maintaining, and protecting.  For example if someone gave you a gift that you desired you would do your best to take care of that gift you would claim your ownership. you would protect it making sure its not destroyed or used irresponsibly. You would also make sure it's been maintained either by you playing with it or utilizing it or even keeping it clean. When this happens you get the fullness of the gift. You get everything out of what the gift has to offer.

Essentially, the gift of salvation does the same thing. When you receive the gift, own it, maintain it, and protect it you are able to reap the fruits of what God has to offer. You get to claim rule and authority.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wor·ship

Worship, the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration; paying homage to royalty, is something we must always do as a Christian. True Worship can be seen in John 4:23, "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

When we cheer for sport teams it is a confession or profession, this is my team. We admit they have our support and in most cases loyalty.  Loyalty never happens unless that 'thing' has your heart. Some of us will, pay our body, tattoo our body, invest in clothing, or other materials to reveal our "worship" of the team we love.

Worship is very similar. True worship is a matter of the heart. It is an acknowledgment God  has our heart and loyalty. It is an attitude admitting God, has our reverence. Our worship is our response to God for what he has already given us. It is also a response to how God has revealed Himself to be in our lives not only who HE is, but who He will reveal to be in the future. Our worship to God is a commitment and acknowledgement of his sovereignty, grace, and mercy.  It is also a confession.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Order My Steps Dear Lord

Psa 119:133 "Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me."

Often times we get trapped in our situations and find ourselves by ourselves. Many times the devil throws roadblocks in our way to deter us from feeling stable in God. When we start to question our stability in God. We start to lose trust or faith. Though the situation looks gloomy, God hasn't changed. When obstacles come our way, it is the perfect time to strengthen our faith.

The word "order" in Hebrew can be translated or replaced with set, prepare, establish, or even direct. The psalmist is saying, "Set my steps, make them firm so there is no halting."  When we try to order our own steps we end up like the first part of Psalms 40:2 where the psalmist writes, He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  When we find ourselves in these horrible pits, thank God for a Savior. David notes God's favor, which delivers him in his time of need, WITH thankfulness in his praise.  

Our horrible pit or miry clay could be discouragement, doubt, depression, fear, or etc. This is when our heart needs to lean instead of holding on. We need to give it to God. When it seems there’s nowhere left to turn, turn to God. We need to stop taking all of the blows and let God "set [our] feet upon a rock, and established [our] goings." 

Selah. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Romans 8: Life in the Spirit pt 3

Romans 8:11 "And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you."

Too many times we deny ourselves the idea of being greater.  We tend to tense up at the thought we spiritually possess the power to heal or breakthrough our issues. If we truly knew it we would have a lot less hell in our lives. The thought is natural though, because that is our flesh speaking.  However, if we let the Spirit guide us (by living by the Spirit) we allow God to do everything for us. When we live by the spirit, we are living a life of submission and commission.

There is power in the spirit. The power of God will change our life. It will renew our mind. The blood that was shed for us to bridge the gap between us and God will never lose its power and the same power of God is existing today.

The indwelling Holy Spirit is a guarantee of the redemption of our bodies.  We only have to submit and committ our hearts to God.

Romans 8: Life in the Spirit pt 2

Romans 8:2-4 tells us the law of the Spirit of Life, present at the creation of the world (Gen 1:2), has set us free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. The law of sacrifice was formed in the old testament where animal blood was shed for sins. However, Hebrews 10 tells us despite the sacrifices of bulls and goats, sin remained year after year. Despite the burnt offerings and sin offerings our sinful flesh was never satisfied by form of sacrifice. Therefore, the body of our Lord Yeshua was prepared in likeness of flesh, which carries sin to fulfill the prophesy of Isaiah 53.  Jesus poured out his soul to death and was numbered with our transgressions.  He bore the sin of many and became our Intercessor.

We spend a lot of time pondering over where we messed up in life and beat ourselves up over the sins we struggle to overcome. Until we realize the only solution for our sin is The Solution.  This vital for spiritual growth and maturity. It is through this understanding that we need more of Jesus and we need to die every day.  Understanding the Lamb of God as the FINAL covering of our sins, releases us of the guilt the devil tries to imprint in our mind. Those thoughts of unworthiness should not deter us from coming to Jesus, because his blood deemed us right by law.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Romans 8: Life in the Spirit pt 1

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Some manuscripts add who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  The word condemnation, in Greek is katakrima (kat-ak'-ree-mah), which means the sentence of god against sin, a damnatory sentence, an adverse sentence (the verdict).

The Apostle Paul is telling us, for those who have given themselves up inwardly to Yeshua, the Soon Coming King face no penalty of death for the sins we entered the world carrying. Romans 5:16, goes on to tell us the free gift of eternal life is not like the result of one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought a damnatory sentence, BUT the favor with which one receives without any merit of his own makes you justified. The sacrifice of The Lamb has deemed us right. Our salvation, once received becomes law. It gives us rights in the Kingdom of God. Your salvation is what has been established by Jesus Christo. In America citizenship must be validated trough either visa, social security card, birth certificate, or green card.  To enter the kingdom of eternal life our citizenship must be Him. When we have proof of citizenship we receive rights by law.  His blood being shed made an ordinance, an ordained law that we no longer wear the chains of the devil. 


The LORD your God is in your midst

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst,a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

In other words, Jehovah is present in the inner part of you or among you. He is a Mighty Warrior that will save you and when He does, He will bring you into the joy of a new day. Have you ever gone to sleep joyful knowing the next day brings so much promise? Well this is how God feels. He longs to reestablish a relationship with us and when He does He wants to bring us into a new day and rejoice with loud singing. This reveals a lot of our Lord God's characteristics. Oh how He loves us! The comfort of His love will quiet us. All of the stress and life issues we deal with, God says His love will quiet us.

Our daughter can snuggle up in her bed with her stuffed teddy bear and just sleep like a baby because she is comforted with this teddy bear. Imagine on a greater level, God comforting us and bringing us into His rest.  
Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." God will provide peace of conscience, and rest for our souls." Matthew 11:28.

It is so amazing to think about. Let today be the last day you cry your team over your problems and the first day you put your problems in the hand of God and let Him hold you in His rest.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Your love walk includes your attitude.

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2.

The word love there is agape (ä-gä'-pā) in Greek, which means, affection, good will, love, benevolence, and brotherly love.  In other words, to walk in love means to be filled with benevolence toward one's fellow brother or sister. Your attitude is your temperament or approach.

If your "good" deeds are done with the wrong mindset, one would perceive your actions as phony.  To walk in love is a mindset, an attitude, and most definitely a lifestyle.  It doesn't make you a push-over. It opens the door for God to use you to love those that are brokenhearted.

Say it, "My love walk includes MY attitude." When we get this down in our hearts we will get mad less and stress less. AMEN. We'll do better in ministry and life.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Slap your comfort zone in the mouth

Slap your comfort zone in the mouth! Yes, that right. This is a lesson that can be learned from either the Prophet Jeremiah or Moses. Mentally they did not feel they were qualified enough to do the work of the Lord. Moses said to God, "Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue."  Jeremiah answered God, "Oh, Lord GOD, I really do not know how to speak well enough for that, for I am too young." Despite this they went on to be great men for God. Why? God pulled them out of their comfort zone. 
Most people are afraid of being put out there to face large groups or even lead people. This is the comfort. It is human nature. However, you never get to conquer anything unless you break through that comfort zone. In fact, the devil wants you to stay in the comfort zone. In your comfort zone, you can praise quietly so no one hears you. Quiet enough to no disturb anyone. You can pray a 5 second prayer before someone notices your head is down. In your comfort zone you hold back a little. HOWEVER, if we smack our comfort zone in the mouth, the praise we really need to give God can come out. The praise we really need for our breakthrough will come out.  
I believe there are positives in staying in our comfort zone, but there can also be some germination of stagnancy and complacency. Those two words are faith and purpose killers. Slapping your comfort zone in the mouth is a great way to elevate your faith and reach your purpose. Amen!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Take Authority!

Let today be the last day your fears hold you back. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The word slavery in Greek could be replaced with bondage, or the condition of a slave. A little deeper analysis reveals the definition, bondage which consists in decay.

The spirit of slavery is what causes our fear. Ever heard of a 'Slave Mentality'? A 'Slave Mentality' is to be conditioned into a sense of powerlessness which leads to self-defeating thoughts, and behaviors. Depending on what your form of slavery, or bondage is you could be suffering from it as well. For some it is marriage, others finances, others family. We tend to let ideas, situations, and sometimes people hold us back instead of overcoming and conquering like God intended us to do. This failure impacts our thinking and decision-making in negative ways, leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions. We tend to let our financial burdens, mental, and physical situations dictate our lives. As a result, our bodies begin to decay because it is overworked and instead of doing better, we circle back and live below our privilege.

We are adopted by God therefore we are saved from fear because God has given us control over this earth. He has made us rulers. Top of chain. The head and not the tail. We can do all things through Christ. We ALREADY have victory.

I recommend you pin the confessions below on your wall or bathroom mirror if you can:
  1. I will not let fear or failure dictate my life.
  2. Every element of my day shall cooperate with purpose and destiny.
  3. Today is the dawning of a new day. 
  4. My season of frustration and failures is over, and I walk in a season of success and prosperity. 
  5. Old things in my life have passed away; all things have become new.
  6. I am a child of God
  7. I am an heir to the Kingdom
  8. I have a heart for God
  9. I operate in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit
  10. I know God’s voice, and I always obey what He tells me.
  11. The love of God ​is in me​.
  12. I do all my work excellently and with great prudence.
  13. I am creative because the Holy Spirit lives in me.
  14. I love to pray.
  15. I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. 
  16. I will speak ​with righteousness.
  17. I have humbled myself, and God has exalted me.
  18. I am a tither
  19. I am a giver. 
  20. I cast all my care on the Lord for He cares for me.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Keep Your Head Up


Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for you!
-1 Cor 2:9

Hold your head up high, and know God is in control he has a perfect plan for your life. 

Don't let your struggle be the reason your potential is not met.  Let it become your platform for elevation.  #Holdon, a change is coming.

#itsmyseason
#newwineskins