Archive for July, 2012

Come Follow Me

Peter and Andrew leave their nets (Mt 4:18-20), Matthew his tax table (Mt 9:9), James and John a bewildered father (Mt 4:21-22)… because of the words: “Come, follow Me”. The woman at the well leaves behind her bucket (Jn 4:28), blind Bartimaeus runs off and forgets the cloak in which he gathered his coins from begging (Mk 10:50). Mary left behind an alabaster flask (Mt 26:7). Lazarus leaves behind an empty tomb (Jn 11:43)…. and on it goes. All these stories demand that we answer the question, “why have so many left so much to follow Jesus?”

Transitions require it!

Leaving things, dropping responsibilities and laying aside all that hinders is the way of those whose hearts have been captured. We are the generation that longs for more. We are the disciples that invested in the Kingdom of Heaven rather than the kingdoms of darkness. We have no regrets because there was no difficulty letting go. It was the God who allowed light to shine into us, from the very face of Christ that has shone into our hearts (2 Cor 4:6). He is all we seek now, for who else can offer the words of eternal, supernatural life. He has ravished my heart… I finally know where I belong!

“Come, follow Me?” Are you kidding, do You have to ask?

Learning Obedience

“If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”  (Heb. 12:7 & 11)

Jesus as our Example:

  • (Heb 2:10) “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
  • (Heb 5:8-9) “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,”
  • (Heb 4:15) “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

It is an astonishing thing for most Christians to think of Jesus “being perfected” and “learning obedience”. It seems contrary to our popular idea of Jesus arriving fully formed and spotless like a stainless steel robot that saves the world. That was not the case; however, He came as a human being and human beings learn obedience. So, Jesus learned to obey just like we learn to obey. This seems like a contradiction when Scripture declares Him to be “without sin”. He was the perfect ”Son”, without rebellion and without sin. Throughout His 33 years He “learned obedience” and suffered temptation, rejection, pain in His body and even death on a cruel cross.

The Process of Growth:

At first He learned obedience to His parents Joseph and Mary, whom he lived with until age 30. He was a carpenter’s son and had half brothers and sisters that came and ate together at the same family table. And of course He learned obedience to God. The Jesus we see at age 30 is more mature than the child of 12 we see briefly in Luke’s Gospel (Lk 2:41-52). He had grown up, ”increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man”. Notice the growth - intellectually, physically and spiritually. This speaks to His ability to endure temptation and stay on course with His Heavenly Father. Jesus “the man” had learned a level of obedience that Jesus “the child” could never have attained. By the time He reached the cross and had endured the intensity of Gethsemane; He was perfected in obedience and was the sinless Lamb of God, that could be slain for the sins of the world.

One with The Father:

Let me say that suffering at no time implies that Jesus had any moral imperfections. Jesus speaks this incredible testimony if you will, at the moment of His betrayal that “Satan had nothing in Him” (Jn 14:30). Learning through suffering life’s trials had strengthened His character, so that He was more and more obedient. He was more able to follow God through difficult and confusing circumstances. Jesus had the greatest liberty of anyone, yet He used that liberty in only one way – to maintain His ”one-ness” with His Father.

The Orphan Heart:

There are three primary realms of disobedience in the believer: the love of the world, the love of sin, and the love of self. These three loves are by nature inside of us, because of our orphan heart. When sin entered the world man was seperated from the Glory of God and lost his one-ness with the Heavenly Father. Our minds and hearts have become ruled by the god of this age through blindness, unbelief and meeting our own needs (2 Cor 4:4-6). Our greatest struggle is – who will “father” us (Jn. 8:42-47). God deals with these areas of our life as a father deals with children, by means of love, acceptance and chastening. God breaks us free of the orphan heart by training us to respond to nurture, instruction and discipline.

Battle Over the Heart:

These loves that wage war inside us, press us continually to disobey the Lord. The Apostle John calls us to forsake our love of the world in light of our love of the Father:

  • (1 Jn 2:15).  ”Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

What we notice is that many find obedience to Christ so difficult and the world so attractive, because of the orphan heart. That is why God chastens us as His Child, in order that we may not be condemned with the world.

  • (Jn. 16:33) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
  • (1 Cor. 11:32) “But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

Notice how the Lord calls us to Himself, “in Me you might have peace”. In the world we will have tribulation, but in Jesus we are invited into peace. It is human nature to turn away from that which is difficult and to seek ease and superfiscial happiness. By sending discipline and treating us as sons and daughters, God aims to turn our hearts away from the world and teach us how to find rest in His Son. We learn obedience through the things we suffer.

Dealing with Trouble:

We run into trouble in the flesh. There is incompatibility, because we are citizens of Heaven. There is anxiety, because we are ambassadors of another Kingdom, not of this world. There is that boss who is perverse or that co-worker who drives us crazy. Our Garden of Eden is plagued with weeds, mosquitoes, and serpents. Trouble is Designed for Dominion – Not Destruction!

Training for Reigning:

The purpose of trouble is to teach us how to rule. God’s discipline teaches us about obedience to the Father and life in His Glory. Our submission to God’s commands releases the anointing that breaks yokes and drives the love of the world right out of us. This present world is not our home, we must find no rest in it and get rid of any love for it. God’s Word reminds us that in Christ, there is a resource through the guidence of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16:8-13). We are made able to overcome the world by faith everyday… just as Jesus overcame the world. 

Three Truths:

  1. God is Perfecting Us: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…” (2 Cor. 4:17)
  2. God Promises Grace: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)
  3. God Loves and Accepts Us: “For whom the Lord loves – He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” (Heb. 12:6)

His Name is Faithful

God has many names and yet He is the only true reliable source of unity. Who do you need Him to be today? He is faithful to be the Father to all who call upon His Name! (Rom 10:13)(Jer 33:3)

  •   OLD TESTAMENT NAMES:
I AM - Ex 3:14 meaning the “One and Only”
ELOHIM - Gen 1:1, Ps 19:1 meaning “God”, a reference to God’s power and might.
ADONAI - Mal 1:6 meaning “Lord”, a reference to the Lordship of God.
JEHOVAH–YAHWEH - Gen 2:4 a reference to God’s divine salvation.
JEHOVAH-MACCADDESHEM – Ex 31:13 meaning “The Lord thy sanctifier” JEHOVAH-SABBAOTH - Isa 6:1-3 meaning “The Lord of Hosts”
EL-ELYON - Gen 14:17-20, Isa 14:13-14 meaning “The most high God
EL-ROI - Gen 16:13 meaning “The strong one who sees”
EL-SHADDAI - Gen 17:1, Ps 91:1 meaning “The God of the mountains or God Almighty”
EL-OLAM - Isa 40:28-3 meaning “The everlasting God”

MORE NAMES OF GOD–Father, Son & Holy Spirit

  • AVENGER……………………..1 Thess. 4:6
  • ABBA………………………..Rom 8:15
  • ADVOCATE…………………….1 Jn 2:1
  • ALMIGHTY…………………….Gen 17:1
  • ALL IN ALL…………………..Col 3:11
  • ALPHA……………………….Rev 22:13
  • AMEN………………………..Rev 3:14
  • ANCIENT OF DAYS………………Dan 7:9
  • ANOINTED ONE…………………Ps 2:2
  • APOSTLE……………………..Heb 3:1
  • ARM OF THE LORD………………Isa 53:1
  • AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION……Heb 5:9
  • AUTHOR OF OUR FAITH…………..Heb 12:2
  • AUTHOR OF PEACE………………1 Cor. 14:33

  • BEGINNING…………………….Rev 21:6
  • BISHOP OF SOULS……………….1 Pe 2:25
  • BLESSED & HOLY RULER…………..1 Tim 6:15
  • BRANCH……………………….Jer 33:15
  • BREAD OF GOD………………….Jn 6:33
  • BREAD OF LIFE…………………Jn 6:35
  • BREATH OF LIFE………………..Gen 2:7, Rev 11:11
  • BRIDEGROOM……………………Isa 62:5
  • BRIGHT MORNING STAR……………Rev 22:16
  • BUCKLER………2 Sam 22:31, Ps 18:2, Ps 18:30, Prov 2:7

  • CAPTAIN OF SALVATION……………Heb 2:10
  • CARPENTER……………………..Mk 6:3
  • CHIEF SHEPHERD…………………1 Pe 5:4
  • CHOSEN ONE…………………….Isa 42:1
  • CHRIST………………………..Mt 22:42
  • CHRIST OF GOD………………….Lk 9:20
  • CHRIST THE LORD………………..Lk 2:11
  • CHRIST, SON OF LIVING GOD……….Mt 16:16
  • COMFORTER……………………..Jn 14:26
  • COMMANDER……………………..Isa 55:4
  • CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL……………Lk 2:25
  • CONSUMING FIRE………………….Deut 4:24, Heb 12:29
  • CORNERSTONE…………………….Isa 28:16
  • COUNSELOR………………………Isa 9:6
  • CREATOR………………………..1 Pe 4:19
  • CROWN OF BEAUTY…………………Isa 28:5

  • DAYSPRING…………………………Lk 1:78
  • DELIVERER…………………………Rom 11:26
  • DESIRED OF ALL NATIONS……………..Hag 2:7
  • DIADEM OF BEAUTY…………………..Isa 28:5
  • DOOR……………………………..Jn 10:7
  • DWELLING PLACE…………………….Ps 90:1

  • ELECT ONE…………………………Isa 42:1
  • EMMANUEL………………………….Mt 1:23
  • END………………………………Rev 21:6
  • ETERNAL GOD……………………….Deut 33:27
  • ETERNAL LIFE………………………1 Jn 5:20
  • ETERNAL SPIRIT…………………….Heb 9:14
  • EVERLASTING FATHER…………………Isa 9:6
  • EVERLASTING GOD…………………….Gen 21:33
  • EXCELLENT………………………….Ps 148:13

  • FAITHFUL & TRUE……………………Rev 19:11
  • FAITHFUL WITNESS…………………..Rev 1:5
  • FATHER……………………………Mt 6:9
  • FIRSTBORN…………………………Rom 8:29, Rev 1:5, Col 1:15
  • FIRSTFRUITS……………………….1 Cor 15:20-23
  • FORTRESS………………………….Jer 16:19
  • FOUNDATION………………………..1 Cor 3:11
  • FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS…………..Jer 2:13
  • FRIEND……………………………Mt 11:19
  • FULLERS’ SOAP………………………Mal 3:2

  • GENTLE WHISPER…………………….1 Ki 19:12
  • GIFT OF GOD……………………….Jn 4:10
  • GLORY OF THE LORD………………….Isa 40:5
  • GOD………………………………Gen 1:1
  • GOD ALMIGHTY………………………Gen 17:1
  • GOD OF THE WHOLE EARTH……………..Isa 54:5
  • GOD OVER ALL………………………Rom 9:5
  • GOD WHO SEES ME……………………Gen 16:13
  • GOODNESS………………………….Ps 144:2
  • GOOD SHEPHERD……………………..Jn 10:11
  • GOVERNOR………………………….Ps 22:28
  • GREAT HIGH PRIEST………………….Heb 4:14
  • GREAT SHEPHERD…………………….Heb 13:20
  • GUIDE…………………………….Ps 48:14

  • HEAD OF THE BODY…………………..Col 1:18
  • HEAD OF THE CHURCH…………………Eph 5:23
  • HEIR OF ALL THINGS…………………Heb 1:2
  • HIDING PLACE………………………Ps 32:7
  • HIGHEST…………………………..Lk 1:76
  • HIGH PRIEST……………………….Heb 3:1
  • HIGH PRIEST FOREVER………………..Heb 6:20
  • HOLY GHOST………………………..Jn 14:26
  • HOLY ONE………………………….Acts 2:27
  • HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL…………………Isa 49:7
  • HOLY SPIRIT……………………….Jn 15:26
  • HOPE……………………………..Titus 2:13
  • HORN OF SALVATION………………….Lk 1:69
  • HUSBAND…………………………..Isa 54:5, Jer 31:32, Hos 2:16

  • I AM………………………………Ex 3:14, Jn 8:58
  • IMAGE OF GOD……………………….2 Cor 4:4
  • IMAGE OF HIS PERSON…………………Heb 1:3
  • IMMANUEL…………………………..Isa 7:14
  • INTERCESSOR………………………..Rom 8:26-27 & 34, Heb 7:25

  • JAH…………………………….Ps 68:4
  • JEALOUS…………………………Ex 34:14
  • JEHOVAH…………………………Ps 83:18
  • JESUS…………………………..Mt 1:21
  • JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD…………….Rom 6:23
  • JUDGE…………………………..Isa 33:22, Acts 10:42
  • JUST ONE………………………..Acts 22:14

  • KEEPER………………………….Ps 121:5
  • KING……………………………Zech 9:9
  • KING ETERNAL…………………….1 Tim 1:17
  • KING OF GLORY……………………Ps 24:10
  • KING OF THE JEWS…………………….Mt 27:11
  • KING OF KINGS……………………1 Tim 6:15
  • KING OF SAINTS…………………..Rev 15:3

  • LAMB OF GOD………………………Jn 1:29
  • LAST ADAM………………………..1 Cor 15:45
  • LAWGIVER…………………………Isa 33:22
  • LEADER…………………………..Isa 55:4
  • LIFE…………………………….Jn 14:6
  • LIGHT OF THE WORLD………………..Jn 8:12
  • LIKE AN EAGLE…………………….Deut 32:11
  • LILY OF THE VALLEYS……………….Song 2:1
  • LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH…………Rev 5:5
  • LIVING GOD………………………..Dan 6:20
  • LIVING STONE……………………..1 Pe 2:4
  • LIVING WATER……………………..Jn 4:10
  • LORD…………………………….Jn 13:13
  • LORD GOD ALMIGHTY…………………Rev 15:3
  • LORD JESUS CHRIST…………………1 Cor 15:57
  • LORD OF ALL………………………Acts 10:36
  • LORD OF GLORY ……………………1 Cor 2:8
  • LORD OF HARVEST…………………..Mt 9:38
  • LORD OF HOSTS…………………….Hag 1:5
  • LORD OF LORDS…………………….1 Tim 6:15
  • LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS…………..Jer 23:6
  • LOVE……………………………1 Jn 4:8
  • LOVINGKINDNESS…………………..Ps 144:2

  • MAKER…………………………….Job 35:10, Ps 95:6
  • MAJESTY ON HIGH……………………Heb 1:3
  • MAN OF SORROWS…………………….Isa 53:3
  • MASTER…………………………….Lk 5:5
  • MEDIATOR…………………………..1 Tim 2:5
  • MERCIFUL GOD……………………….Jer 3:12
  • MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT…………….Mal 3:1
  • MESSIAH…………………………… Jn 4:25
  • MIGHTY GOD………………………….Isa 9:6
  • MIGHTY ONE………………………….Isa 60:16
  • MOST UPRIGHT………………………..Isa 26:7

  • NAZARENE……………………………Mt 2:23

  • OFFSPRING OF DAVID…………………..Rev 22:16
  • OMEGA………………………………Rev 22:13
  • ONLY BEGOTTEN SON……………………Jn 1:18
  • OUR PASSOVER LAMB……………………1 Cor 5:7
  • OUR PEACE…………………………..Eph 2:14

  • PHYSICIAN…………………………..Lk 4:23
  • PORTION…………………………….Ps 73:26, Ps 119:57
  • POTENTATE…………………………..1 Tim 6:15
  • POTTER……………………………..Isa 64:8
  • POWER OF GOD………………………..1 Cor 1:24
  • PRINCE OF LIFE………………………Acts 3:15
  • PRINCE OF PEACE……………………..Isa 9:6
  • PROPHET…………………………….Acts 3:22
  • PROPHET OF THE HIGHEST……………….Lk 1:76
  • PROPITIATION………………………..1 Jn 2:2, 1 Jn 4:10
  • PURIFIER……………………………Mal 3:3

  • QUICKENING SPIRIT……………………1 Cor 15:45

  • RABBONI (TEACHER)……………………Jn 20:16
  • RADIANCE OF GOD’S GLORY………………Heb 1:3
  • REDEEMER……………………………Job 19:25
  • REFINER’S FIRE………………………Mal 3:2
  • REFUGE……………………………..Jer 16:19
  • RESURRECTION………………………..Jn 11:25
  • REWARDER……………………………Heb 11:6
  • RIGHTEOUS ONE……………………….1 Jn 2:1
  • ROCK……………………………….1 Cor 10:4
  • ROOT OF DAVID……………………….Rev 22:16
  • ROSE OF SHARON………………………Song 2:1
  • RULER OF GOD’S CREATION………………Rev 3:14
  • RULER OVER KINGS OF EARTH…………….Rev 1:5
  • RULER OVER ISRAEL……………………Mic 5:2

  • SAVIOR……………………………..Lk 2:11
  • SCEPTRE…………………………….Num 24:17
  • SEED……………………………….Gen 3:15
  • SERVANT…………………………….Isa 42:1
  • SHADE………………………………Ps 121:5
  • SHEPHERD OF OUR SOULS………………..1 Pe 2:25
  • SHIELD……………………………..Gen 15:1
  • SHILOH……………………………..Gen 49:10
  • SONG……………………………….Ex 15:2, Isa 12:2
  • SON OF DAVID………………………..Mt 1:1
  • SON OF GOD………………………….Mt 27:54
  • SON OF MAN………………………….Mt 8:20
  • SON OF THE MOST HIGH…………………Lk 1:32
  • SOURCE……………………………..Heb 5:9
  • SPIRIT……………………………..Jn 4:24
  • SPIRIT OF ADOPTION…………………..Rom 8:15
  • SPIRIT OF GOD……………………….Gen 1:2
  • SPIRIT OF TRUTH……………………..Jn 14:17, Jn 15:26, Jn 16:13
  • STAR OUT OF JACOB……………………Num 24:17
  • STRENGTH……………………………Jer 16:19
  • STONE………………………………1 Pe 2:8
  • STONE OF ISRAEL……………………..Gen 49:24
  • STRONGHOLD………………………….Nah 1:7
  • STRONG TOWER………………………..Prov 18:10
  • SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS…………………Mal 4:2

  • TEACHER……………………………..Jn 13:13
  • TEMPLE………………………………Rev 21:22
  • THE ONE……………………………..Ps 144:2 & 10
  • TRUE LIGHT…………………………..Jn 1:9
  • TRUE WITNESS…………………………Rev 3:14
  • TRUTH……………………………….Jn 14:6

  • VINE………………………………..Jn 15:5

  • WALL OF FIRE………………………….Zech 2:5
  • WAY………………………………….Jn 14:6
  • WISDOM OF GOD…………………………1 Cor 1:24
  • WITNESS………………………………Isa 55:4
  • WONDERFUL…………………………….Isa 9:6
  • WORD…………………………………Jn 1:1
  • WORD OF GOD…………………………..Rev 19:13

  • YAH………………………………….Isa 12:2, Ps 68:4

Come Like the Rain

“Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain! Like the latter and former rain to the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)

“He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth.” (Psalm 72:6)

It is the cry of my heart… “Holy Spirit – come like the rain!” We are after Your refreshing! Your going forth is established as the morning… and we have awakened to the sound of Your Presence! Yes, Lord come to us as the rain! We are longing to see, waiting to know, postured to receive the abundance of Your resource. Like the sweet spring rains that fall on the meadow. Like the swift delouse that washes the atmosphere. We long for the great outpourings and the gentle drizzles alike. Its all about Your Glory, that we might experience Your heart.

A Life Source:

Rain has such a powerful influence on that which it touches. We can visually see its dual implication. First as refreshing - where there has been dryness and barrenness (Joel 2:23-29). Second, as restoration - where there has been loss (Isa. 28:11-12). Rain comes to replenish and renew everything it touches. Its longed for and anticipated, because its a life source that carries the earth into new seasons. Did you catch that… Rain initiates new seasons of life in the earth!

New Seasons of Fruitfulness:

The ”outpouring” Peter and the 120 disciples experienced at Pentecost (Acts 2:17) was not some abstract concept; it was the birth of a New Day! This was the literal evidence of “latter rain” that brought about a harvest and watered the earth for fruitful seasons. The Lord is saying to the thirsty that He will send rain! He will come like the rain to fields… to people that are totally barren as a promise of revival.  

Personal Revival:

Needing to be refreshed doesn’t mean that we are lost or backslidden or that we have broken our fellowship in some way. When the lawn endures a hot season, it dries up and needs to be refreshed - only rain can truly nurture its recovery. In the day of natural drought, the earth cries out silently to be restored. When there is drought and barrenness of soul or when the evidence of weariness takes hold, it is with great anticipation that we cry out for the early and latter rains of heaven. There is no greater sight to the weary ones than the gift of refreshing… the rain of heaven! 

Its the Resource of God in the Promised Land:

“For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year. And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.” (Deut. 11:10-15) 

“Holy Spirit – Come like the rain!”    

Radical Repentance

Radical Repentance is something that happens far beyond the sinner’s prayer or the altar call. You might feel saved and have a powerful testimony of all that God has done for you. But the key to a radical life is radical change. Kingdom impact requires real transformation – a metamorphosis. Radical repentance will transform you! Don’t miss this Christian principle: real repentance is a change in the way you think.

Changing the Mind:

The Greek word ’metanoia’, means a turning of the mind or changing the way we think. Note: the word metamorphosis is the result of what a metanoia has accomplished. Follow the transformation of a butterfly and you will see that the caterpillar simply begins to make a cocoon for itself. The real work is done from the inside out. The Apostle Paul said, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away, behold all things have become new” (2 Cor 5:17). You are supposed to be able to behold the “new you” immediately after the “old you” has passed away. Notice that it is a result of becoming a New Creature… a re-created being – changed in your thinking! I want to propose to you that Jesus has changed the way you think! Now it is up to us to begin thinking with the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16). 

Aligning Our Thoughts:

It needs to happen every day! Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me” (Lk. 9:23). It’s a daily event and a daily alignment of our thinking. We must read God’s Word and actively believe what God has said about Himself and about our identity in Christ. We must bear the reproach of the world and ignore the invitation to revisit our old ways of life. Satan is a liar and a thief, with a determination to deceive us into a life without passion and carnal Christianity. Its not real, because it cannot bear any fruit. And we will not find real satisfaction in anything less than thinking like Jesus.

  • Radical Repentance is the process where we identify with the Truth that sets us free!

1st Step – Breakthrough:

We have to break through the hardness that settles into our heart and mind from seasons of dormancy. The Prophet Hosea said, “break up your fallow ground, its time to seek the Lord” (Hos. 10:12). Most farmers know a lot about fallow ground. It’s that hardness on a field from a winter season of inactivity. When soil is allowed to lay dormant, it becomes crusted over… dry, lifeless and unproductive. The plow has to violently break it up and turn it over. 

The goal is to sow seed and release fruitfulness; but, the process starts with a violent over-turning of hard soil. That’s what we need in the soil of our hearts …and it comes by radical repentance.

2nd Step – Break Free:

The Cross of Calvary was a work of mercy available to all mankind, to free the sinner of the penalty of sin. We who are forgiven and redeemed by the Blood of Jesus, have no business trying to continually pay a price that has already been paid in full.

By contrast, the Cross of which Jesus speaks is a tool of restoration, recovery and renewal. Its a tool that allows the Holy Spirit to release love, acceptance and Kingdom influence into our living. We are now Saints of the Most High! And we must think according to the mind of New Creatures. Our freedom comes through how we live now that we are no longer slaves to sin.

 “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” (Jn. 8:36).

We are free to live the radical Christian life as Kings and Priests unto our God (Rev. 1:6), free to overcome the obstacles of our past and free to embrace the assignments of Kingdom Ambassadors.  

This cross, that Jesus tells us to carry daily, is not cruel; though it destroys arguments and crushes strongholds (2 Cor. 10:3-6). This cross is the Word of God applied under the canopy of the Holy Spirit’s comfort, guidance and revelation. It sets us free! When this cross is carried effectively, it comes plunging into the soil of our heart and mind, like Hosea’s plow comes breaking into the “fallow ground” - our dormant soil. And when it is applied, it cuts, like a two edged sword, sharp and effective in allowing us to discern the thoughts and intents of our heart (Heb. 4:12). Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). It comes through the ears and into the mind, it transforms the heart with a bold declaration… “This is your new identity!”

  • Radical Repentance leads to Radical Christianity!

Jesus said it like this… “If you abide in My Words you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” (Jn. 8:31-32)  

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