Archive for October, 2010

Redeem The Moments

More of the Love of God

Favor and Blessing Released

I love the opportunities that God has placed before me and what I have found in life are moments where I am learning, making wonderful decisions and growing in my awareness of God’s plan and purposes for me. The Christian life is meant to be abundant and full of promised goodness. I must take responsibility for my perception and enter moments with the anticipation that God’s plan and purposes will emerge for me. What I want to propose is that instead of analysis, we move into praise and learn that we can redeem every moment by choosing to glorify God in the midst of uncertainty.

Its what the Apostle Paul meant when he told us to redeem the time, because the days are evil (Eph 5:16). His encouragement was that we give thanks or glorify God, in the midst of all things (2 Thess 5:17) “…for this is the will of God for us, in Christ Jesus.” God wants to teach us how to see!

First we must trust God that every moment is a Divine opportunity; and second we must grab the greatest potential out those moments through praise.

 Then we will begin to see what God is doing in every step we take… the Divine opportunities emerge.

 The wise King Solomon wrote that the path of the righteous grows brighter and brighter until the full day (Prov 4:18). That “full” day in the Hebrew (kuwn ) means a day that is firm, stable and established. How does a person “establish” a day?

They do it by how they think about it and speak into it. We must learn to be deeply confident… fully persuaded that God is good and that He has good plans for us just waiting to emerge.

Meditate for a moment on Nahum 1:7. Read this verse over and over to yourself, pondering every word: “The Lord is good, a Stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” It does not matter where you are in life right now; God has much more in store for you.

 You may be disappointed and confused, because of recent bad news: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine. You may feel betrayed and rejected, in an impossible marriage: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine. You may be doubting and defeated, weakened by a serious illness: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine. You may be desperate and lonely, concerned for your wandering children: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine.

Remind yourself that, “No man has ever seen, heard or even imagined the wonderful things God has in store for those who love the Lord.” (1 Cor 2:9).

And then begin to glorify God through open declarations of praise for the moment you have to display His goodness in the midst of struggle.

The Holy Spirit longs to take you to new levels in every area of your life: He wants to give you His wisdom so you can make better decisions and impart wisdom to others… this redeems the moments! He wants to give you His anointing, stronger than what you now have, so you can have greater influence in every sphere of your life… this redeems the moments! He wants to give you His favor and provision to be blessed spirit, soul and body, so you can be a blessing to others financially, spiritually and in every way… this redeems the moments. Get ready for the seasons to shift as you grab the potential in every moment through praise. You will begin to redeem the moments of your life and see Divine opportunities emerge.

Gateway People

An Open Heaven

The Time for Breakthrough

Becoming a “Gateway People” means we are called to agree with Heaven all the time… to train our minds to be “at the gates” (those places of entry) of Heaven where angels ascend and descend freely on assignment from God.

 As Kindom Agents we are called to advance the supernatural  ministry of Jesus in all the Earth; doing His will and obeying His voice. 

Our willingness to flow in the Spirit and train our minds for the administration of God’s increasing glory connects Heaven (God’s resource) to Earth (the world of need). This principle could not be more clearly understood than when miracles are seen or healings occur by the work of God in our midst. When we have minds set against the supernatural work of God and cannot embrace the impossible, then we will host no invasion of Heaven.

 The supernatural is released through our agreement.

 We had a marvelous example of this recently when a man had a heart attack and died in our Sunday morning worship service. Clyde lost his strength and slumped into his seat, while many around him leaped into emergency mode. His breathing was checked and pulse was undetectable… in this moment all of us were aware that this man had died. Three men placed Clyde into his car and as the door was about to shut…

 God spoke… “call life back into his limp body.”

 As I declared the Words of Heaven my mind was nowhere else but in agreement with the intent of God to raise this man from the dead. This was in no way something I could do in the natural; but agreement with the intent of Heaven gave influence at the gate between Heaven and Earth. The power of God rushed  into this impossible situation. Immediately the man came back from death and asked how he got to the car.

 He testified to the fact that he left his body and then heard someone calling him back.

 Within the next few moments his strength returned better than before… he re-entered the worship service as if he had been given new energy and a completely new heart.

 As Gateway People our task is to see what is happening in Heaven and begin to pull it into the Earth realm.

 The only way to know how to function as gatekeepers is to walk in revelation. We must see through the mind of Christ and respond out of the Father’s heart toward the realities of Earth.

 Jesus said (Jn 3:12) “…how will you believe if I tell you Heavenly things?” It must come by way of revelation through the spiritual realm. Dwelling at the gates of Heaven means we embrace supernatural encounters as normal experience. As these opportunities arise they become an invitaion to excersize faith, speak life and enjoy the favor of God’s touch. As Gateway People, its revelation knowledge that helps us carry out our assignments from God (Psalm 84). God is looking for those with loyal hearts, that He can show forth His goodness and release His favor upon us. All for His Glory!

Real Anointing

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,” (2 Cor 1:21)

No question, it is God who anoints us with the Holy Spirit and establishes us together as ministers of the Gospel. We have been set apart with an incredible calling. We all have a ministry; for some its hospitality, for others intercession or evangelism… yet for every one of us there is an anointing that accompanies the gift and makes it effective in the world around us. God is dreaming big dreams and asking us to partner with Him in fulfilling His purpose upon the Earth.

Obeying God puts a demand upon our lives.

We must break out of small places and small thinking. The Prophet Zechariah said, “Not by might, nor by power; but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts” (Zech 4:6). This amazing declaration gets to the point… the impossible can only be accomplished by the Spirit of the Lord. Yet God does it through the human instrument, frail and incapable. God anoints and commissions His Child with the Holy Spirit and power.

“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be witnesses to Me… to the end of the Earth.” (Acts 1:8)

If we aim to carry the real anointing of the Holy Spirit, we must recognize the fact that God is not looking for talent or skills. He is looking for those who have made themselves available to be entrusted with the eternal message of Christ… “the Anointed One”. He is looking for someone He can wear like a glove and use to demonstrate His glory.

Breach of Trust

Can you trust God?

 The question really has two possible answers. First is, “absolutely because God is completely trustworthy”. In other words, I can trust His character and power to bring about what is best for me. God loves me and wants what is best for me. We all must use discernment and negotiate our faith in God based upon the Truth of God’s Word; if He says it, that settles it.

So can you trust God?

 The second answer to this question is not as simple, because it relies upon the ability of my heart to process my pain and my experience with God. Have we found God to be trustworthy?

 Can we really trust God when life strikes hard at the core of our being, the place where we distinguish Truth from Lies?

Our relationship with God must carry such a confidence in His ability to rescue us, save us and deliver us from harm, that we can say… “Yes I do trust God”. This confidence is not based upon a feeling, but an absolute Truth. God is worthy of my trust! In tough moments we must find Him faithful and experience weighty Truths that shape perceptions on the inside, at our emotional center. Our hearts will defy us if we lack conviction in this issue; because we are all born with a breach of trust. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). We have all gone our own way and found ourselves lost in the journey (Rom 3:10-12).

Jesus is the Repairer of the Breach (Isa 58:12).

The breach is the testing ground. It represents the broken places in our lives where we have wondered about God’s purpose, questioned His priorities and even doubted the timing or intensity of our circumstances. We need to recognize that trust is as important as obedience to God and that He is all about restoring our hearts. When we fail to obey God, we are defeying His authority; but when we distrust Him, we are denying His goodness. Its God’s goodness that allows us to rest in confidence that even in some uncertainty, God gives what is best.

Be wise in the midst of doubts.

 Doubts are natural, but God seems to want a faith to emerge that is supernatural. Faith makes the choice to Trust God and lean not on our own understanding. Faith esteems God’s ways as more effective and better for all parties involved than our ways. Faith allows God to direct our paths so that the proven will of God emerges out of uncertainty (Prov 3:5-6). He longs to be found in the midst of life’s struggle, as the Repairer of the Breach. We can feel at times the overwhelming weight of circumstances, but its in those moments where His voice is heard. “I am with you! and I love you!”

Possess The Enemy’s Gates

Living Out Your Salvation:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:12-13)

Living the abundant life God has promised every believer, should become our ultimate experience. Yet the promise is no more than just words if there is no power to restore our past broken hearts and deliver us from the bonds of sin. In Christ all of this is possible through faith and personal relationship, where we come to see His hand upon our lives. The New Testament promise is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col 1:27) and “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4). Fullness of joy is released in us when we have an awareness of His Presence in our lives, because nothing can defeat us and we become more than conquerors in Him.

Enemy Gates:

God’s Word offers incredible principles that bring wisdom and revelation to our experiences. One such principle that is found in the life of Abraham and Sarah was that God promised to give their descendants the “gates of their enemies” (Gen 22:17). The gates were symbols of authority. Obviously then what God was offering was a promise to release favor upon Abraham’s descendants… such favor that they would have influence in their enemy’s camp. When they showed up at the enemy’s door, they could rely upon God’s promised favor to bring supernatural breakthrough. And if their enemy chose to attack, God’s hand would become the resistance the enemy would experience first… we call this a hedge of protection. Its also spoken of as an “angelic charge over us” by King David (Ps. 91:11-13). A hedge of protective security is promised to keep God’s Covenant Child in all their ways… to bear them up against stumbling and blocked vision. Notice the effect is to allow for victory against the lion and the cobra… “the young lion and the serpent you shall trample under foot”.

You might ask, so why is that important to us?

Well we are the descendants of Abraham, and heirs of this promise! Through the Blood of Jesus Christ, we can claim this promise for our own lives. When we are mistreated or have caught the enemy stealing our goods, we can call upon God to give us favor and influence in the restoration of all that has been taken. God has offered us restoration and deliverance through this wonderful promises (2 Pet. 1:2-4).

Our willingness to stand in the midst of persecution or fight for the poor, gets God’s attention because of this promise. It is a promise He has made to all of His Covenant Children. Those who believe in the God of Abraham receive the Blessings of Abraham. The Blessing of being in Christ is that we come into fellowship with the God who restores and heals all that we have seen stolen and broken in our lives. This is the meaning of abundant life, full of joy and full of glory.

The Apostle Peter said “…you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (You) “…who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Pet. 2:9-10)

Don’t give an inch to the devil! Take dominion and occupy what God has promised you!

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