Archive for January, 2011

Everything Can Shake

Shaking is scary.

Shaking can be scary!

Sometimes I am amused at the way we think. We refuse to believe we will see an evil outcome from our evil actions. Our ignorance is not bliss, nor amusing however; because we will realize, (the hard way it seems) that we reap what we have sown (Gal 6:6-10). God will shake this world into position for His end time scenerio to take shape and progress will come according to His priorities. Everything can shake, because God is bigger than our world.

 No question… The time has come, we must set our hearts to listen for His voice again.

“See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks.”
“If they did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven?At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.” (Heb 12:25-27)

God has been speaking and we have not been listening!

This is a day where we all need to get it right; because the shaking and turmoil we see today around the world, is going to increase. We must become unshakable, in order to be among those who negotiate the pitfalls of the next millenium.

Ears must be tuned into God’s heartbeat.

 We go through the wilderness to discover what must be removed, replaced and reshaped; to gain an ear that is tuned into God’s heartbeat. In order for our efforts to establish any real Kingdom advancement, we must hear our Commander and Chief. In this scenerio; its none other than Jesus, the Lord of the Heavenly Hosts.

I am reminded of Joshua’s surprising visit from this “Commander of the Lord’s Army” (Josh 5:13-15). Joshua’s agenda became an unimportant point as he recognized his position outside of Jericho. This was a fortified city and whether the Commander was for Isreal or not; all discussion was now over. The fact that the One, who commanded God’s army had arrived; was all that mattered. Joshua found himself in a place where hearing became his greatest asset.

 “What does my Lord say to His servant?”

Often the only way to recover this heartbeat is to have some shaking, some terrorist plot or national revolution, so we come to a place where the discussing ends. Our wisdom got us into this mess; only our reliance upon God, can get us out. Its in the shaking that we see the difference!

Lord Send Me!

Anointed with an Assignment

Another History Shaper

I had never heard of spiritual gifts…

“What? I have no idea…” I was unfamiliar with the concept of spiritual gifts, let alone evaluate my own. I had no idea that spiritual gifts were one of God’s primary ways of revealing His will to me. I couldn’t fathom how God could send me into a needy world. So as my spiritual journey progressed I often never responded or responded too quickly to God’s question… “Whom shall I send?”

 It makes sense as I look back now!

 God supernaturally empowers us, so that we are equipped to do what He has called us to do. Though I don’t have time to get into how God calls us and how to actually discover your spiritual gifts in this article; let me just share with you why it’s so crucial to discover, develop, and deploy your spiritual gifts.

Every Christian has an assignment! (Rom 12:3-8)

 The Bible declares that all Christian believers have an assignment or ministry. Maybe it will not be a ministry from behind a pulpit, but God will always offer His energizing touch, the anointing of the Holy Spirit. If you really figure out how God has wired you and how He has gifted you, it just may change the course of your life and ministry from this point on.

 Your passion released into God’s Will for your life will lead to greater joy and impact for the Kingdom of Heaven.

 The fact is, God has chosen very ordinary, common people; just like you and me, to accomplish the biggest events in all of human history. Look at Elijah for instance, (James 5:17-18) a man with a nature like ours, but through prayer was enabled to hold back the rain for more than 3 years and then through that same prayer released the rain. Another common man was Peter; taking a nap on a roof top (Acts 10:9), when he gets a dream that would later become the platform for the Gentiles to be received into the Church, just like the Jews who put their faith in Jesus.

History can be shaped by our obedience!

  God had a plan and someone heard the call! An assignment is released from Heaven and through obedience; great things are accomplished. Its no different today; all we need to do is discover our assignment and we become potential history shapers for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Possessing The Ground

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 ”Someday in the future I’m gonna look much better than I look right now!”

 This proclamation was heard at a conference I recently attended, where we felt the compelling urge to prophetically step into the new places God had carved out for us. We were taking the radical steps we needed to resist our enemies and possess the ground already acquired by God.

 

We need to rule in the midst of our enemies!

 The activity of ruling in the midst of our enemies should feel like a mighty militant victory shout. There’s been a transfer of ownership and we must run off the present-day squatters. ”Dis-possessing” those squatters is what Christ did by conquering sin through the Cross of Calvary… yet possessing our victory ground is a challenge we must not overlook.  

The spoils of Christ’s victory is our abundant life!  

Unforgiveness is a squatter, bitterness and envy are squatters, competition, jealousy, pride, fornication, sorcery, heresies and uncleanness of all kinds are squatters, upon the promise ground of God’s work in our lives. These deceiving spirits lie and establish false ownerships… they communicate through intimidation.

 We must speak with faith and courage!

 Life and death are in the power of our tongue and we overcome Satan’s lies by the word of our testimony. God’s destiny is not far from our possession, it just gets obstructed by the deceptive temptations that the enemy sets in our path. Deut 30:14 declares God’s pathway for obtaining the inheritance. He says look now…

 ”the Word is near you; even in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”

 He is speaking here of the opportunity to move into promised land through our obedient use of believing and speaking. Its the activity of faith… and its the obligation of all who aim to have influence for the glory of Christ. In this day; we must have Kingdom advancement for the obtaining of every mountain, every valley and every realm of influence. We must rule the ground we currently possess!

God is Listening

God is listening

Let the new song arise!

Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one. So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.” (1 Sam 16:12-13)

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 As the young teenage boy looked out on the flock of sheep he was tending, his heart was filled with pain. Once again, they had rejected him. The great Prophet Samuel was coming to their home, and he was the only family member not to be invited.

 “Why do they hate me so much?” he whispered to himself. “Am I really that different? It’s not my fault that I had a different mother from the rest of them.” Pain and lonely seasons were nothing new to this young man, but he was about to enter a new season.

New songs lead to new seasons, God is listening.

 After drying his tears, he picked up his instrument and began to worship. It was music like no one had heard before; it was different because it touched both the heart of God and man. As David played, the familiar presence of God began to wash over his being. Words he had never heard before began to flow out of his mouth and he lost himself in the love of God… where there was nothing rejecting him. His melodies of worship were interrupted by the searching cries of one of the household servants.

 “David!” the servant yelled, “Come quickly! The prophet is asking for you! He has told your father he will not leave until he meets you.”

“Why does he want me?” David asked breathlessly.

 As he ran toward home, the servant who was now watching his sheep yelled one last thing: “None of your brothers have been chosen.”

 Its a story like no other, as a shepherd boy takes his first steps toward a throne… from a deserted place to a king’s palace. He would be nurtured along by an anointing; this touch of power from God, would birth courage, favor and honor.

Because God is listening!

 So the next time you are considering the path which leads back into the deserted place, remind yourself that its the sound of praise that brings the chosen child to the prophetic call…

Where God is listening.

Unashamed

“I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The lines have been drawn. I have stepped over the edge. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Christ, a Son of Righteousness; and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed. My present is secure. My future is unstoppable. I’m finished with boxes, business as usual and safety nets. The days of breakthrough have come and I am no longer willing to settle for limited passion, small vision, safe plans, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed ideas and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, position, promotions, popularity or applause. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my Guide is reliable and my mission is clear.

I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus, the Christ; who was, is and forever will be the Anointed King of Glory. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear and my character will be clean! This is my claim without regret, this is where I stand… unashamed.”

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