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Vitality of Words

Is there anything “normal” about the spiritual realm?

The Kingdom of God should feel normal to the believing heart! Yet, when measured by human reasoning, its beyond comprehension. One law remains consistent in both the spiritual world and the natural world… All things; material and spiritual, are held together by the Word of God’s power (Heb 1:3). To say it another way; God sustains all things by using words that are released from His world- Heaven, into ours- Earth.

God sustains all things by using words!

For God, words are powerful and essential; like the connective tissue, the glue between two very different worlds. They are creative packages that hold His logic and purposes for life as He would want us to enjoy it… abundant and fruitful. He spoke the worlds into existence (Gen 1:3), He calls those things that are not as though they are (Rom 4:17) and He watches over His word to perform it (Jer 1:12). No matter how we perceive life’s experiences, His goal is for our good and not evil (Jer 29:11). In redemption, He has sent forth His Word to heal, forgive and revive the broken.

”The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and Truth” (Jn 1:14).

Our faith grows out of hearing the words of God, believing, knowing and experiencing the Word of God. Jesus explained, “The Spirit gives life, My words are spirit and they are life” (Jn 6:63). We all must come to the realization that as we live in agreement with God’s Word, all will go well.

God’s words are Spirit and Life!

David said, “Your words are a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). Solomon encourages us to hear the Father’s voice, “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to My words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and they are health to a man’s whole body” (Prov 4:20-23). What David and Solomon were saying, Jesus makes very clear when He faces the devil, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). Abiding in those words offers us the greatest freedom, because His words are Truth (Jn 8:31-32) from God’s perspective.

The Ingathering

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”  (Luke 10:2)

Jesus said to His disciples that there were fields before them that were ripe for gathering, but one problem would hinder their harvest… few workers! Three things are pointed out by Jesus, that if those disciples would begin doing them, they would see some amazing results.

1st - See What Jesus Sees:

So many disciples have no clue that the world is waiting for their witness. They cannot see the fields in which they live. They cannot perceive anyone wanting what they offer and they find themselves paralyzed by fear when asked to share their faith. We must become equipped with a vision of the fields Jesus sees and has placed us in! Hungry people are filling their lives with alternative lifestyles and they need to be presented with a clear message of spiritual truth.

Embrace a vision for the lost, the lonely and hurting around you. God’s love and the cross of Jesus are motivating forces, but we must feel what the Holy Spirit is speaking into our hearts. The fields, His field is ripe for harvest and you are an Ambassador for Christ, carrying His message. You and I are designed to carry heaven’s atmosphere into our earthly sphere of influence. Our behavior and lifestyle are dictated by how we see. So today ask God to give you a vision for the harvest and a perception of how deeply His field needs your voice.

2nd – Prayer: Work the Field

Jesus expects us to ask, seek, knock and keep on knocking (Mt. 7:7-8). Through prayer, God will position people around you and your co-workers, loved ones and friends. At significant times; in God’s timing, workers will come with a word from heaven to witness of Jesus. But know also, that the very act of asking is as powerful as the act of speaking.

Notice that in the next breath He said, “Go… I am sending you” (Lk. 10:3). If we are praying for workers; we must also be prepared to be workers, to speak when the opportunity arises. You are not only looking for God to answer your prayer, but you a waiting before God to be the answer to someone elses prayers. Jesus is Lord of the harvest… you and I must be faithful to the harvest in prayer and witness. Work the field!

3rd – Lean on God:

This cannot be emphasized enough! The subtle truths we often forget are that these are His fields and He is the Lord of the harvest. He knows how to reach people, how to gather them and how to keep them. Reliance upon God is essential in everything we do, say and believe (Prov. 3:5-6). We must speak to God in faith… and be careful with what we see in the natural or hear on the “grapevine” – we must look to Jesus with our eye on His Word. There are no gimmicks to lead someone to Christ, and there are no superstars with fancy degrees. Just simple people, with a tesimony and a vision to be used by God. Impact is made when an authentic voice with an experience shares their relationship in Christ with others.

Remind yourself that God is wanting to include you in this adventure of a lifetime… the ingathering of the harvest.

My Bible

My Bible is a book of history, science, poetry, human frailty and faith. I love it, ‘cuz its fascinating and character building, while it still helps me answer the questions that challenge me most in life. Perhaps the most important reason I love my Bible is because, it is a love story that reveals the heart of God through the person of Jesus Christ… His Son.

This Book Is Unique:

How incredible would it be to have 66 books, all written over a period of 1,500 years, by more than 40 authors, in three languages and on three continents, carrying the same basic message? This book is a miracle waiting to be opened every time I look at its cover. Rather than contradicting one another, the writers reveal a supernatural harmony from Genesis to Revelation. It makes my heart race every time I open it.

Inspired by God:

The Bible was written by people (2 Pet 1:20-21) under the inspiration of God (2 Tim 3:16). It speaks to me, because God exerted His supernatural influence on the writers. In other words, God was the real author and men were His writing tools. There are many proofs of this truth, but perhaps the greatest proof is the accuracy of Biblical prophecy. Over a thousand Old Testament Scriptures were fulfilled just when Jesus came to the Earth as the Christ, the Messiah.

My Bible Gets Used:

Studying the Bible is essential for Christians. The Bible itself, instructs us to, “Study to show yourself approved unto God as a workman who can rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). Its the Truth that matters. I make it my goal to immerse myself daily in God’s Word, like the Bereans who searched the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11). I find the revelation that comes out of the Word of God to be transforming and encouraging to my daily experience as a Child of God. My Bible gets used more than anything in my life, because of how it makes me feel. The Bible speaks to me, as if I were sitting at the feet of God, Himself!

  • I am wiser, because of the principles given there. 
  • I am richer, because of the treasures hidden there.
  • I am stronger, because of the power discovered there.
  • I am saved, because of the love that is offered there!

Spirit and Life

Words effect the atmosphere.

God speaks from Heaven

There is nothing normal about the Spiritual realm. When measured by human reasoning, its beyond comprehension. Yet one law remains consistent in both the spiritual world and the natural world… All things; material and spiritual, are held together by the Word of God’s power (Heb 1:3). To say it another way; God sustains all things by using words that are released from His world- Heaven, into ours- Earth.

For God, words are powerful and essential; like the connective tissue, the glue between two very different worlds. They are creative packages that hold His logic and purposes for life as He would want us to enjoy it… abundant and fruitful. He spoke the worlds into existence (Gen 1:3), He calls those things that are not as though they are (Rom 4:17) and He watches over His word to perform it (Jer 1:12). No matter how we perceive life’s experiences, His goal is for our good and not evil (Jer 29:11). In redemption, He has sent forth His Word to heal, forgive and revive the broken.

 ”The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and Truth” (Jn 1:14).

Our faith grows out of hearing the words of God, believing, knowing  and experiencing the Word of God. Jesus explained, “The Spirit gives life, My words are spirit and they are life” (Jn 6:63). We all must come to the realization that as we live in agreement with God’s Word, all will go well.

God’s words are Spirit and Life!

 David said, “Your words are a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). Solomon encourages us to hear the Father’s voice, “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to My words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and they are health to a man’s whole body” (Prov 4:20-23). What David and Solomon were saying, Jesus makes very clear when He faces the devil, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). Abiding in those words offers us the greatest freedom, because His words are Truth (Jn 8:31-32) from God’s perspective.

Bring the Goods

Following the Signs

Immanuel is Found

I am grateful that God wants to bring renewal to hungry hearts and pour out spiritual rain upon the dry and thirsty soul.

Our cry is for more and although we’ve just begun our quest for a supernatural move of God… it has become quite obvious that carrying the Glory requires integrity and Truth in the deepest places. Hunger alone is not enough. The attributes that arise out of transformation are essential to sustaining our commitment to seek first the Kingdom of God (Mt 6:33).

 Plainly we must become a people who are committed to pray with passion and purpose… living from the overflow of His Presence.

 Historic revival can be within reach, but it must be identified by its intimacy with God… not hype.

 The move of God we are after calls for a great harvest of souls as well as a reformation of society and culture; its not about more meetings. Somehow God is going to make His people a shining light upon the Earth.

 I believe integrity shapes our ability to reflect the heart of Christ in this season.

 Our ability to be transparent and real about the Christian life means acknowledging that our success depends upon the Holy Spirit. People have seen enough of the hype to last five lifetimes and overall they are fed up with living with false promises that carry no power.

 We must bring the goods to the table.

The Apostle Paul said people’s faith should not rest upon the wisdom of men, but upon the power of God… not on the eloquence of any preacher’s speaking, but upon the demonstration of the Spirit (1 Cor 2:3-5).

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