Attitude and Entitlement

(From the Heart of His Watchman)
Fellow servants of the Most-High God, I recall listening to the song, Royalty, by Byron Cage. This song speaks of the magnificence of our God. I considered that humanity is and always has been His offspring. I considered that our God revealed His Love for us in His work in His Word/human, Christ Jesus, our Savior, Lord, Messiah, and KING. Our God is the Ultimate King, who purposely and willingly made humanity in His own image and likeness.

I considered that our God knew the first Adam (male and female man; Genesis 5:1-2) would fall from grace through the deception of satan. I considered that He made us anyway, knowing when all the pressing and spiritual warfare is over, everyone that is with Him, will be with Him, because we have chosen to do so.

This song speaks of our position in our God. Our God is indeed ROYALTY. We are His offspring and He has declared we are royal because He is ROYAL. I considered that status of royalty carries privileges. Our Heavenly Father, the Source of all things good, willingly watches over, cares, and provides for us (in accordance to His Word and will). He has promised if we do things His way, with His heart, all creation will yield and supply our needs, even our godly desires.

I considered that the status of royalty carries entitlement. I considered the definitions of entitlement:

(1) The state or condition of being chosen for benefits or privileges
(2) A right to benefits specified especially by law or contract
(3) Belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privilege

I considered the Truth of these definitions for believers exists ONLY because of our God’s Love for us. I considered the Truth of these definitions for believers exists ONLY because of the work our Loving Heavenly Father worked in Jesus Christ.

Godly Attitude and Entitlement
Watchmen, our sense of entitlement is NOTHING like the world’s. Our sense of entitlement, is walked out in humility towards our God. A heart that truly understands we are absolutely nothing without our God, does not walk out this entitlement from a heart or in character that is rude or self-serving. We understand all we need or desire is found in the heart and will of our God.

A heart with understanding recognizes the necessity of being led by and walking in the Holy Spirit. It understands the need to allow Him and our God’s Word (Scripture and Jesus) to monitor and measure our thoughts, speech, behavior, so that we reflect the Person, character, and nature of our God. We know from Jesus’s life what True Love looks like, and that humanity can only walk it out with the help and guidance of God’s Word and Holy Spirit.

A believer with a godly attitude and correct sense of entitlement understands that the best of heaven belongs to us through Jesus Christ. He or she understands our God withholds no good thing from those who walk upright before Him. Walking upright includes maintaining a godly attitude, a listening ear, and a loving heart full of faith in our God’s ability to get the job done. A godly attitude and right sense of entitlement presses to maintain the commitment and passion to do our God’s will, His way.

Trusted with Heaven’s Power
We have to embrace the Truth that we must press into renewing our thinking with our God’s Word. We must press into taking on the mind of Christ Jesus, conquering the flesh, to do and say as our Father does and says. Doing so positions us, giving us access to the secrets of the kingdom of God, greater understanding of our victory over all darkness, and dumanis power to enforce Christ’s victory (our victory) upon satan, his cohorts, and all their works, IN JESUS NAME! HALLELUJAH!

Watchmen all over the world, let us allow the Holy Spirit to judge our hearts and lives. Let us ask Him to show us every ungodly attitude, every erroneous belief regarding our entitlement as God’s children. Let us repent quickly, and press into the Person of our God even more in our attitudes, so that we may wield His Word, backed by the power of heaven, in greater levels of authority.

Father God,
We first thank You; we appreciate who You are and all You have done for us. We love You; You have and are teaching us how to love with Your Love. Thank You for the use of Your authority and power. Thank You for equipping us to wield all You are with Your heart. We know, that because of You, no weapon created against us will succeed, because we will walk out Your character, mind, and nature, and enjoy all the privileges and entitlement You have made available to us, through Christ Jesus. Again, we thank You, in Jesus name. We stand with the Bride and Your Spirit declaring, “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

We pray, decree and declare all in the matchless name of Jesus, in which You have vested all authority and power! We rejoice, as we stand with godly attitudes and the correct sense of entitlement. We thank You for the wisdom, authority, and power to call things that be not as though they already were, because they are, in Jesus name! We look with earnest expectation to see the manifestation of all You have already done. IT IS SO!

BE IT UNTO US, AS YOU HAVE ALREADY DECLARED!

Well-trained Soldiers of the Cross

We thank our God, that He qualifies and equips all HE chooses to be a part of His army and heavenly plan.  As a well-trained soldier of the cross, He works to make sure we know Him and know our enemy. If we do not truly realize that we are not struggling against one another, but against a real devil, we are disqualified already. People are used of the devil, pawns, and flunkies, but the devil is the real culprit.

We must know Ephesians 6:10-18.  As well-trained soldiers of the cross, we must know that the armor of God is every promise written in His Word. The Word of God is our defense and our weapon. His Word illuminates darkness and separates truth from a lie!

We must know the authority and power of our God’s Word:

Hebrew 4:12 (KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

As well-trained soldiers of the cross, we must know the Word of our God is the Truth. There are some who want to pretend satan does not exist or is insignificant in our walk of faith. We know this is not true because Jesus dealt with him:  

Acts 10:37-38 (KJV) 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.

We need not be ignorant of the wiles, tricks and traps of the devil. The devil’s plan is to distort, hide and misrepresent God’s truth.

John 8: 44 (KJV) He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We were warned to watch for satan’s tricks:

1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

We live in a world influenced by the devil, because of the fall of mankind. The devil’s desire is to make us fear that God’s Word is not true for us, or deceive us into thinking we are exempt from the inheritance. 1 Peter 5:8-9 refers to the devil. Other names are adversary or antagonist. An adversary or antagonist is defined as (1) one who opposes and actively competes (to wear you down into surrender or defeat) or (2) a drug (influence) that neutralizes another drug (influence).

The devil wants to neutralize each of us and remove us from the fight of faith.(Understand the underlying factor is always fear or deception). The goal of fear is to: Strip us of conviction, making sure we are not allied with, supporting or favoring either side of a dispute (noncommittal) (full of procrastination). A position in which a set of gears is disengaged so that power cannot be transmitted.

The devil wants you disengaged from your source . He wants to separate you from the inheritance of love, truth, wisdom, power and all the benefits as a Son (Child) of God, so that you will not walk in the light, the revelation, and power of God, but be weak, and struggling your whole life.

A well-trained soldier of the cross is aware of the enemy and is even more aware of our dominion every all his works. So, what is the solution?

A well-trained soldier of the cross builds an immunity to the threat and tactics of the enemy with the Word of God. Challenge what you think with the Word of God. Anything that we hold has truth or tradition that opposes or does not align itself with the Word of God will keep us from the promise in that area. Remember we can depend on God’s character, His Power and His Word. Remember satan is no match for our God, who is the Most High God!

A well-trained soldier of the cross knows that the armor mentioned in Ephesians 6 is not our armor, but the armor of God. When we give Him our lives, He takes full responsible for our lives. We must keep no areas from Him and His Kingship. His instruction was have preeminence in our lives so that we might reap the full benefit of who He is.

Blessed Heavenly Father,
Help us to recognize the true enemy of our lives. Quicken us to take up our weapons and work the works of Jesus Christ. We decree that we are encouraged and we will not faint or grow weary in doing well, in doing Your will. Thank You that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, strengthens our mortal bodies. We decree that we are strong, we decree that we are rich in You. We decree that we are well able to take whatever mountain, scale any wall and overthrow any attack or tactic of the enemy of our souls. We decree that we will finish; we decree that we are more than conquerors in You. WE LOVE YOU! WE TRUST YOU!

Have Your way in our lives, in Jesus name we pray. IT IS SO!!! AMEN.

Good Soldiers: General or Troop

Imagine that you are a general, given the responsibility of leading your assigned troops into battle. The objectives are to overthrown the enemy, take control to the camp, all the while, maintaining the safety of your troops, and innocent lives. Your job is to oversee the coordinates and issue commandments to your chain of command. You must have a trustworthy and dependable chain of command, that you know will get the job done, and carry out your commandments, because you are privy to information they do not yet have.

As a general, you cannot afford to have troops in your chain of command that you cannot depend on; they must have integrity, because they speak for you.  Understanding the flow of authority, as an ambassador, they do not speak their own minds or words. The general & troops have to be committed to the cause to the point that personal inconveniences are of little concern; the team operates in the all for one and one for all mentality.

Unprofitable soldiers (whether generals or troops)

No General wants to bear the responsibility of the leadership of mules (jackasses), goats, and wolves. These unprofitable individuals are planted by the devil to drain energy and overthrown the plan of God. It’s a shame to allow ourselves to be used of the devil.

Mule struggle:
Complacency: 
Manifestation: Mules are consistently unwillingness to commit or participate in anything.  They carry either a smug self-satisfaction or fear in their stubborn refusal to honor the will of God, or requests of leadership

Stubbornness:  
Manifestation: Mules are resistant to change or correction; they are unteachable.  They are consistently unwilling to yield to truth. 

Goats struggle:
Pride: 
Manifestation: Goats have an ungodly confidence, and are depend upon his/her own ability .  They do not know, nor have respect for the leadership of the Holy Spirit

Selfishness and self-righteousness
Manifestation: Goats will butt heads until their “target” is rendered unconscious. They will argue, complain, and “switch” topics until the target’s strength (will) is diminished; the purpose is to control others and move them to fulfill their own self-serving desires and wishes. 

Self-deception: 
Manifestation:  Goats refuse to get real and allow God to show them what is in their own heart’s.  They reject truth, not wanting to discover the causes for why they operate the way they do. Utter denial

Wolves struggle:
Lawlessness: 
Manifestation: They are not submitted to anyone’s rule, being god’s unto ourselves. They truly respected no one’s opinion of view but their own, and does not yield or obey the clear instruction of the Word of God. 

Greed and lust:  
Manifestation: They give their time and talent to the highest bidder; selling out for a dollar, fame, and fortune, They are consistently bitter and  envious of what someone else has, with the willingness to pay the price to get it. They have the something for nothing syndrome. They are never satisfied.

We are not conformed to the ways of the world. We must allow our God’s Truth (Word) and Holy Spirit of Love transform us until we have the mind and desires of our Savior, Lord, and coming King, Jesus. He is the greatest representation of our God’s General AND His ground troop:

Philippians 12:1-13
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others

Let us be genuinely concerned about the lives of those around us, as we are of our own. Like Jesus.

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Let us recognize and understand that Jesus had and has it all. Let us recognize and understand what our God did for Him, and what He is willing to do for us.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Let us recognize and understand the authority and power vested in the name of Jesus. His name is fully respected in the spirit world, if we believe. (John 14:13-14 whatsoever we ask in His name, will be given to us).

12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye 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. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Let us recognize and understand that we are not alone in this already won battle. Our God, His Love, Truth, Spirit, authority, and power are working with us to manifest His will in our lives and on the earth.

The Benefits of Accepting Christ as Savior and Lord

Our God’s gives new life to our spirit:
John 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

His Holy Spirit changes our eternal citizenship:
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.

The body will be delivered
1 Corinthians 15:52-53 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

We must work out our soul salvation.
Continuing in God’s Word, growing to know Jesus means you must obey the Word that God brings you. (Yielding our mind, will and emotions to the Word of God)

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

James 1:16-24 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures. 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

We must walk in His meekness: We have the power to refuse the word of God, but with meekness, (His loving power giving us control) we are willingly allow His word to change us.

A Good Soldier: Lets look at Jesus who received God’s Orders, and humbled Himself into the filth and degradation of mankind. (Jesus recognized and understood Isaiah 53)

Luke 22:39-46 39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. 40 There he told them, “Pray that you will not be overcome by temptation.” 41 He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. 45 At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked. “Get up and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you.”

Jesus submitted His will to God allowed Himself to sacrificed for a fickle and uncaring people. We must be willing.

Hebrews 12:25-29 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

The time will come, when what you say you believe, will be tested, and after the test the only thing that will remain is what God has established. If God didn’t build it, it will come down. I believe that God uses us, just like He did Jesus to position each other for the shaking.

God’s a strategist and Master Builder as He orchestrates our lives.

  • He hardened Pharaoh’s heart in order to display HIS sovereign power (Exodus 7). 
  • He spoke to King Asherus Mordecai’s behalf, for His own purpose (Esther 6:1-11) .
  • He instructed Jesus to put on the towel and wash the filth from the disciple feet, displaying His humble willingness to care for us (John 13).  
  • He will allow you to suffer injury until we learn to walk free from the opinion and ungodly need of others.
  • He will allow us to be shaken so that we see what is in our own heart. (Peter in Luke 22 told Jesus he would die for Him, Peter did not know his own heart, and God allowed him to be shaken that Peter might see his inability to obey God without His grace.)
  • He will allow us to be misunderstood, so the glory will be reflected in Him and not in man. 

Jesus died between two thieves like a heathen, and was buried in a borrowed tomb, but He arose with all the authority and power of heaven bestowed upon Him!! We must ask ourselves if we are the kind of Christian that can humble ourselves to that type of usage, for the glory of our God?  

Understand God wants us to enjoy life, (1 Timothy 6:17)
Whether general or troop, we are not to be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain, temporal things, that perish with time, but we are to trust in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.  His opinion, His desires, and His plans must take precedence in our lives. Is He our General? Is Jesus really Lord?

When God speaks, we must not be fretful. We must remember it is He who loves and has already qualified us:

Hebrews 10:35-39 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition (physical, spiritual or eternal ruin); but of them that believe to the saving of the soul (mind, will, emotions).

Let us press in to believe our God’s unfailing love towards us.  Let us press in to believe in His sovereign authority and power.  Let us trust that He is working in and with us to get the job done, whether our assignment calls for us to be general or troop.  Let us trust that He can make us both general and troop simultaneously, according to His will and purpose.  Let us follow Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).

Discerning the Heart of a Good Godly Soldier

When we repent of our sin and rebellion against our God, accept the His plan of salvation through His sacrifice of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and open our hearts to His Love, Word and Holy Spirit transforming power, we are free to do our part.  What does this mean; how does it look?  How do we discern the heart of a good godly soldier? 

Matthew 15:16-19 (AMP) 16 And He said, “Are you still so dull and unable to put things together? 17 Do you not understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? 18 But whatever word comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what defiles and dishonors the man. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts and plans, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slanders, verbal abuse, irreverent speech, blaspheming.

Our God is not impressed with our own words or works in and of themselves. In the operation of our faith and its accompanying speech and works, our God is most interested in the condition of our hearts. It is possible to say and do “good” things from an evil heart, and miss heaven altogether:

Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV) 21 Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.

A HEART THAT DOES THE WILL OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
The heart of a good godly soldier is a heart that believes our God is who He says He is, that He is willing and able to do what He says, and that He does it for ALL who diligently (purposefully and consistently) seek to learn and apply His character, nature, power, and authority, HIS WAY (Hebrews 11:6). Mark, chapter 4 provides analogies of the conditions of the human heart (ground), after hearing the Word of God (seed).

THE LUKEWARM HEART
This heart is not awake to God; being unbelieving, disinterested, unenthusiastic, disapproving, lazy, indifferent, non-committed, unconcerned, and unresponsive.

Mark 4:34 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow, and it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

Mark 4:15 These are they by the way side, where the word is sown, but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

The seed of the Word of God does not even enter this heart; this heart does not take the Person or Word of our God seriously. This is the heart that half hears God, a heart whose “love” is halted (stalled, in neutral) between the love of the world and God, because it wants His blessing and power without His disciplines, instructions, or guidance (Matthew 22:37).

STONY HEART
This heart is awake to God to a measure, but has not fully embraced the Faith, Focus, Crucifixion, Resurrection Process. Therefore, it does not yield to the instruction of our God in an area (or areas).

Mark 4:56 Some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

Mark 4:16-17 These are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

This heart lacks the proper nutrients (sincerity, respect for, revelation of, or faith in God) to maintain the seed of the Word of God until His Truth takes root. The spiritual stones of self will,fear, pride, and the like resist the instruction and/or convicting power of our God’s Word. Simply put, this heart is capable of producing and maintaining goodly fruit, but its unrepented attitudes, appetites, and lusts resist the instruction and/or convicting power of our God’s Word. This heart picks and chooses what it will allow to grow in it, rather than fully accepting and nurturing the seed of God’s Word.

THORNY HEART
This heart is awake to God and has sincere desire for God. However, it lets go of its faith under the pressures of life, OR after receiving a measure of God’s blessing, it fails to purposefully and consistently crucify flesh and honor God. This failure opens the door for satan to capture it in the web of the love of money (gain) and/or the lust for pleasure/comfort.

Mark 4:18-19 These are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Mark 4:7 Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

Have we discerned our heart can be good and godly in one area, but lukewarm, stony, or thorny in another? How does satan gain access to our hearts? We fail to (1) trust God with our cares and concerns while continuing to believe His promises, (2) exalt and trust in Him rather than our own gifts, abilities, or blessings and (3) make our relationship with Him our first priority.

Our failure to nurture the seed of our God’s Word with purposeful, consistent thanksgiving, right confessions, praise, honor, and obedience to Him, opens the door for the world and satan to penetrate our protective spiritual armor and distract us from our focus. Our focus should be trusting and pleasing God through His Word.

THE GOOD HEART
The good heart is a humble heart, that believes our God is God, that is He is able and willing to do all He has promised, AND that He will do it for all who purposefully and consistently believe!

Mark 4:20 These are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Mark 4:8 Other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some, an hundred.

Faith, humility, and patience in the only True and Living God, for Whom it is impossible to lie is the combination that gets manifestation. This heart embraces the Word of God and nurtures what it hears with thanksgiving, right confessions, praise, honor, and obedience, until the Word produces the things hoped for, the things our God has promised (Hebrews 11:1; Hebrews 6:12). Such is the heart of the soldier of Jesus Christ. We may live our lives in joy and peace, knowing our God’s Love and power never fails, if we only believe.

KEEPING A GOOD HEART FOR THE WORD OF GOD
(1) We must give our lives to God purposefully and consistently, as living sacrifices. He is looking for an open, obedient heart. He is looking for a “Do with me as You will” heart. Judge all things by His character, mind, will, power, and authority.

(2) Faith and fasting conquers and overcomes the worldly desires, appetites and lusts of our bodies, getting our souls (minds, wills, and emotions) under control, quieting them so that we can hear and do what our God’s Word and Holy Spirit says to us.

(3) Spending quiet time with God, away from the responsibilities of life and the cares of the world quiets our soul: our mind (thought lives), our will (decision-making abilities), and emotions (our feelings) so that we can hear and obey God.

(4) Praying in the Holy Spirit (in tongues and with understanding) builds our faith in God. We must ask the Holy Spirit to help us to pray and relax in His care and guidance (by faith). Our spirit man is our divine hook up to God, we are strengthened and built up in our inner most being by His Word and Presence. We must trust Him without fear; He keeps His promises.

Faith begins and builds on what we hear (on where the will of our God is known (Romans 10:17). When other voices (the other people, the noise of busyness, the distraction of technological devices …) fill our lives, we become more influenced by them than what our God has to say.

Our hearts (spirit) will only make wise decisions when we put our God, His Word/will, and His Holy Spirit first. We will enjoy peace when we embrace how much He loves us. 

ANOTHER ANALOGY
Jesus Christ our Lord is the highest-ranking officer, second only to our Heavenly Father.

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 (NLT) 24 After that the end will come, when He (Jesus Christ) will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. 25 For Christ must reign until He humbles all His enemies beneath His feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under His authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under His authority,” that does not include God Himself, who gave Christ His authority.) 28 Then, when all things are under His authority, the Son will put Himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave His Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.

Our Heavenly Father established Jesus Christ as His right-hand man (Hebrew 12:2). THERE IS NO REBELLION IN THE THIRD HEAVEN; our Sovereign God evicted satan and every other rebellious being (1 John 5:7; Luke 10:18). Though he is utterly cast out and evil, satan dare not further rebel against God, but he does all he can to keep us from the knowledge that we have victory over him and his rebellion (all evil belongs to satan).

We are the Body of Christ, charged to enforce Jesus’ completed work and defeat of satan and darkness; we are anointed and appointed to decree, declare, command, and demand that every knee bow and tongue confess His Lordship, TO THE GLORY OF OUR GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER (Mark 16:17-18, John 14:12; Philippians 2:2-11). We must do so from a heart that purposely, consistently, and sincerely desires His will.

KNOW THE HEART BY THE FRUIT
The Scriptures uses types, shadows, and symbols to explain the mind of our God. Let us consider analyzing the heart of spiritual mules (jackasses), goats, and wolves. We must understand darkness plants corrupt seed into unguarded hearts (Proverbs 4:23), to drain energy and overthrown interpersonal and intra-personal success on both the individual and corporate levels of ministry.

The mule heart is ignorantly complacent or smugly self-satisfied, which manifests as the unwillingness to commit or participate in anything. It is the sterile, fruitless offspring of the donkey and horse, it is equipped to run for God, but chooses to follow its own mind. Its nature is stubborn and unwilling to yield to truth, which manifests as the resistance to change or correction; they are unteachable, generally get along with the select few, and resists Truth steadfastly. They are lukewarm, being mostly motivated by the dangling carrot or cube of sugar (self-pleasure and accolades). (Sounds Pharisaic, doesn’t it?)

The goat heart struggles with pride or ungodly confidence and dependence upon one’s gifts and abilities, which manifests in extreme independence and relentless ambition. It has no respect or regard for God’s Word, His Holy Spirit, authority and delegated authorities. It selfishly butts against truth until unconscious, which manifests as arguing and complaining until its strength and resolve diminishes. This heart condition leads a reprobate thoughts, decisions, and behaviors, as satan removes it from its the path of destiny. In worst case scenario, this heart begins to work with satan to hinder or shipwreck others. It is self-deceived; refusing recognize its own fruit, it is in utter denial (Romans 1).

The wolf heart struggles with lawlessness. It is a sneaky chameleon, resisting the headship of our God, being god unto itself, which causes it not to respect nor trust anyone; it will bully relentlessly to get its way. It is a greedy, lustful heart that is never satisfied, which manifests in compromise. It is not willing to pay the price for what it wants, but uses others without remorse or conscience (Acts 20:29).

THE GOOD GODLY SOLDIER FOLLOWS THE LION AND THE LAMB
Jesus Christ is The Lion of Judah, our Fearless Champion (Revelation 5:5), and The Lamb, our Humble Servant slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). Our Heavenly Father’s Holy Spirit transforms our lives into that of a son of the only Living God, as we yield our lives (spirit, soul, and body) to Him. We do so by embracing the full Persons of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ AND by believing, thinking, speaking, and behaving in alignment with His Truth. We take on the heart of THE Good Godly Soldier! Hallelujah!

FATHER GOD,
Hear the joy of our heart cry, “Thank You for making us one with Jesus Christ, with You and Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the ability to walk with the sober estimation of who we are; we know it is You Who has made and are making us, and not we ourselves. Any good thing to be found in us, or said about us, is because of You alone. We give to You all the praise, honor, and glory!

Thank You for the ability to walk in Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the ability to know Your Voice from any other; Hallelujah!” We align our confession with Your Truth declaring, “We have the heart of THE good, godly soldier, Jesus Christ, our Lord. He has made us enforcers of His completed work at Calvary. The will of our God be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Hallelujah!

Father God, We love and trust You. Do all that is in Your heart, today and every day as You prepare the Body of Christ, for His return. We believe we receive even before and as we pray, because we pray according to Your will, in Jesus name and it is so!

AMEN, AMEN, AND AMEN!

All Free to Do Our Part

(None are Exempt from Walking in our God’s Virtue)

Watchmen all over the world, we must put away the demonic stronghold of respect of person and status in the Body of Christ. We must look and listen beyond the world’s hype and see that our God’s Word is continually being fulfilled. We must remember, when believers know, understand, and submit to the original mind, perfect will, and steadfast intent of our God (His Word: Scripture and Jesus), HE synchronizes us with and by His Holy Spirit.

We share in our God’s virtues, as His Holy Spirit manifests the will and power of heaven in the earth and lives of humanity, according to our faith and obedience (Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 12:7). Our God’s perfect will is for all humanity (male and female; old and young; rich and poor) is for us to live, move, and have our being synchronized with Him and one another as One, displaying His Person, Word, character, authority, dominion, and power in the earth:

Genesis 1:26-27 (AMP) 26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Word, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness (not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness); and let THEM have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God HE created him; male and female HE created THEM.

Genesis 5:12 (KJV) This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made HE him; 2 Male and female created HE them; and blessed, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. Our God’s mind and intent when He created humanity in His own image and likeness, was to allow us (all and each of us) to reign together on earth, as He reigns in heaven (Genesis 1:26-30).

Our God charged humanity to take dominion over every other created thing, NOT ONE ANOTHER! This is His will (finished and revealed in Christ Jesus) and it IS manifesting in the earth.

EACH DOING OUR PART; GROWING UP TOGETHER IN
HIS UNFAILING VIRTUE OF LOVE

Ephesians 4:11-16 (NLT)
Verses 11-13 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the Body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Jesus Christ willed the ascension or five-fold ministry gifts to the Body of Christ, anointing ALL WHO BELIEVE with His virtues of grace, wisdom, ability… to build the mind, will and ways of our Heavenly Father (His kingdom) into the lives of believers. These gifts are spiritual tools used to mature the Body of Christ for service. The Body of Christ comes together, as all and each believer arises with understanding and does his or her part. No matter how it seems to the natural eye or ear, our God’s predetermined will IS taking place; as genuine believers in Jesus Christ shall see His will come to pass:

Verse 14-16 We will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the Head of His body, the Church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

It is the will of our God that each member of the Body of Christ (male and female; old and young; rich and poor) do our part by agreeing with His Word and allowing His Holy Spirit to administrate His virtue (power to do good and right) in our lives. Our God has made plain that in spiritual operations, there is NO favoritism, neither is there any superiority among men or angel. He alone is our Sovereign God. The mature in Him have grown to understand assignments and responsibilities (according to gift and His processing) and are sober in the estimation of themselves and others. HE HAS NOT EXCLUDED NOR EXEMPTED ANYONE!

WE ARE ALL SONS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD

John 1:11-12 (KJV) 11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. 12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.

Watchmen all over the world, we know that our true being and existence is spirit. We live in flesh bodies (male or female) to fulfill our purpose and assignment in this physical world; however, our true being is spirit. Our God’s only requirement to be one of His sons (regardless of person or status) is faith in Him and His work in Jesus THE Christ:

Galatians 3:28 (AMP) There is now no distinction in regard to salvation, neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you who believe are all one in Christ Jesus, no one can claim a spiritual superiority.

Watchmen all over the world, we must do our part to set all captives free, so that we all are able to do our part in the furtherance of our God’s kingdom in the earth and lives of humanity. Perhaps you live in a culture or nation that overtly or blatantly oppresses people (we know it is everywhere to some measure). We pray more grace and endurance upon their lives, along with every believer, as our God works and fights on our behalf. We thank our God that the revelation knowledge is being poured out that activating and releasing all of our God’s sons is key to building the Body and bringing Jesus Christ back.

WATCHMEN, BE LOOSED, IN JESUS NAME!

John 11:43-44 (AMP) 43 When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 Out came the man who had been dead, his hands and feet tightly wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a burial cloth wrapped around his face. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and release him.”

Luke 13:1617 (NLT) 16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” 17 This shamed His enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things He did.

Though a nation, culture or environment require anyone to think, speak, and move in a place outside our fullest potential, we pray that all be encouraged and do not ever forget we can take absolute dominion over darkness in the spirit realm (in the authority and power of the name of Jesus). Let us stand together and continue to faithfully command these walls and strongholds of satan to crumble and fall, and for its perpetrators be put to open shame and repentance. We call forth great favor and understanding to be poured out. We need every son of God fighting the good fight of faith.

We pray that our God shut down all success and progress until every ruler’s heart turn favorably towards with all (men, women, young, old, minorities, and the systematically disadvantaged). We pray that restitution be paid to the loved ones of those who died after laboring without wages. We pray the glass ceilings over those who are oppressed crash to the ground, into pieces that cannot be reconstructed.

FEMALE WATCHMEN, OUR GOD’S APPROVAL HAS
BEEN GIVEN, ARISE AND TAKE YOUR PORTION

Numbers 26:33; 27:28 (AMP) 33 Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but only daughters, and the names of Zelophehad’s daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 They stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the congregation at the doorway of the Tent of Meeting (tabernacle), saying, 3 “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among those who assembled together against the Lord in the company of Korah, but he died for his own sin (as did all those who rebelled at Kadesh), and he had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be removed from his family because he had no son? Give to us a possession (land) among our father’s brothers.” 5 So Moses brought their case before the Lord. 6 Then the Lord said to Moses, 7 “The request of the daughters of Zelophehad is justified. You shall certainly give them a possession as an inheritance among their father’s brothers, and you shall transfer their father’s inheritance to them. 8 Further, you shall say to the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and has no son, you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter.

Watchmen all over the world, we must know that our God has taken all ungodly constraints off all His people (without respect of person or status). He has ordained that all ungodly yokes and burdens destroyed and removed (whether physical or spirit). Let us stand together and demand chains to break and locks to melt, as doors and gates open to the manifested, anointed hand of our God at work in the cultures and nations of the world. We need all of God’s sons (male, female, rich, poor, young and old) at work, in His virtue of liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17)!

RESCUED TO DO OUR PART

Psalm 34:19 (NLT) The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.

It makes absolutely no difference why any of us are found in the fights and struggle we are in. It does not matter if our pain is self-inflicted. Our God loves us and has preordained that every believer prospers and be in health, as our souls (minds, wills, and emotions) prosper, that we lend and not borrow, that we are blessed in whatever state we find ourselves. We need only repent. This is not because of anything good in us; it is all about our God. His Word has forever established that we be rescued and restored, if we only believe.

FATHER GOD
We are grateful that Your Word is being fulfilled continually and the oppressed are walking into Your perfect liberty. We thank You the Body of Christ is indeed coming together, and we are growing together in Your Truth and Love. Once again, Your Word and Holy Spirit are using unusual methods to do things impossible for mere humans.

Thank You for Your enduring strength empowering us,until we see Your hand of deliverance, until Your angel walks us out of every trap and cage, until the necessary miracle manifests. Thank You for allowing us to see Kairos commune with Kronos.
You are our Great God.

Father we thank You for gathering and uniting Your people from every walk of life, culture, and nation. We thank You for linking our faith, gathering our tears, and giving us the authority and power in the name of Jesus. You have well equipped us to pull down strongholds. Nothing contrary to Your will shall stand before us. We stand sending Your Word and consuming fire to every fairy tale and lie that we have heard about You, Jesus, and Your Holy Spirit. We thank You for breathing upon us afresh, so that we see You as You truly are.

We stand together (in the power of agreement) and send Your dunamis, yoke destroying, burden removing power/virtue into and against these wicked systems, until Your people can no longer be oppressed, or mistreated. Thank You that the revelation comes to these systems, that they WILL NOT see their promised land or walk into their large places until such oppression and abuse is uprooted. We declare to them, “Loose God’s sons and let them go! In, Jesus name!”

We stand together as one in the Holy Spirit, declaring and decreeing Your heart and mind. Therefore, Father, be it unto us, as we believe and have spoken.

In Jesus name, we pray. Amen and it is so!

A Prayer

FATHER GOD,
In the authority of Jesus Christ, we clear the paths and raise the gates for the entrance of Your Glory into the lives of Your people. We give Your Holy Spirit free course in the lives and affairs of humanity. We embrace the authority and power redeemed by Jesus Christ, and utilize Your revelation knowledge to get your will done, your way. We know whatever we take authority over in the earth, You back us up in heaven. We understand how it works, and put our hands to the plow. By Your grace, mercy and keeping power, they will never be removed.

In light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we decree and declare that Your watchmen, their families and everything under their care are free from all oppression from the enemy of our souls. We decree and declare that every curse released over our lives, our destinies, all that we possess and all our connections, (whether past, present, and future) are rendered powerless. Every mission, every fiery dart of destruction, (whether ill-spoken word, thought, or deed) falls dead to the ground, NOW (1 to 3 seconds continually)!

We decree and declare that every weapon (whether ill-spoken word, thought, or deed) formed against Your watchmen, their families and everything under their care, implodes like the wicked spiritual chemical labs that they are. Their makers feel the fire of their own devices; their evil sticks to them like napalm until they bow hearts in repentance. We decree and declare every wicked spiritual entity behind their foolishness consumed by the fire of Your Holy Spirit, who is Truth, Light, Life, and Authority.

We decree and declare every wicked messenger bird, shot down dead, in the authority of Jesus Christ. We decree every peeping tom familiar and ancestral spirit blind, deaf, and dumb; we decree them bound and caged to await their judgment, in the authority of Jesus Christ.

We decree and declare access to the minds, hearts, bodies, and lives of God’s people cut off from every unclean, contrary spirit and reentry prevented by the fiery Sword of the Holy Spirit. We remind darkness that it has no legal right to any human because of the shed blood of Jesus. We lift our voices as one commanding every unclean, contrary spirit to loose God’s people and let them go NOW! You are bound and caged with no release until judgment, which is soon to come!

Father, we who are not ignorant of Your Truth, cover those who are, and we thank You for Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Breathe on us all again; open the eyes of our understanding, even the more, that we all may know Jesus Christ, according to Your plan and purpose for our lives, individually and corporately.

Father God, we have cleared the paths and raised the gates for the entry of Your Glory. Let Your Glory be revealed in us. Shut the mouths of the scorners and naysayers. Do it so all will know that You are God; You reign and are yet moving in the land of the living!

Thank You for being the God of our breakthroughs. Thank You that dreams and visions long delayed are manifesting in the lives of Your people.

You are coming back for a glorious Church; glorify Yourself in us. Do all that is in Your heart, today and every day. We clear a straight path for You, our King of Glory, strong and mighty in battle. You have made us more than conquerors, by Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. Thank You.

With great expectation, we look to see You. We love and appreciate You and all You do and have done. We give You all the Glory; it belongs to You alone.

We pray and decree all in Jesus’ mighty name.
Amen, amen and amen.

Your Faith, Prayer, and Support Needed

Beloved watchmen,  I want to let you all know the faith fight I have been in. I have been sucker-punched by the devil, who attacked my body with infirmity. I believe that by the stripes of Jesus Christ, I am already free. God has chosen a path of recovery for me and I need your faith, prayer, and support. I ask that you resist all fear and anything that speaks contrary to our faith in our God. There is a GoFund Me page setup to assist me in walking out this healing. Please share it as the Lord leads. My faith says I am already on the other side of it all.

GoFund Me: www.gofundme.com/help-save-linda039s-life

One thing I have known my entire ministerial life, is that satan and darkness wants to shut down all Truth.  The truth is the return of Christ is upon us and he knows his time is short; he is desperate.

I feel I was sucker-punched to see if I truly believe our God is who He says He is.  I do believe.  I believe I was healed when I asked to be healed in Jesus name.  When I asked for instruction and direction, I was given this course.  I ask for your faith, prayer, and support.

I will continue to share this marvelous Gospel, because our God is real and His work in Christ is our portion.  My intent is to share the “faith, focus, crucifixion, and resurrection” process, that brings us to victory in Christ Jesus every time, in upcoming posts.

Thank you for your faith, prayer, and support.  Please share the page as the Lord leads.  Much love, grace, peace, and blessing to you.

Watchman L. R. Sharpe