Jesus The Christ, The Mentor

This post is for the many watchmen all over the world, who find themselves in transition.  Our God is giving us instruction and revelation, as He prepares us for the personal transformation, the transition, the cross and resurrection, the unfolding of mysteries that is to come.

Our God is calling us into our place in Him, the place of our destinies. Some of us, our God is calling into marriage, some to change employment, some to make major decisions and purchases, or to sow major seed, some to walk into ministry, and the like. Whether or not you are among these people, I am unctioned to remind God’s people of the things we must know as our God walks us through these transitions.

WE MUST ALLOW JESUS TO MENTOR US!

Hebrews 12:2-3 (NLT) Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

We must keep our God’s Great Example, Standard, and Living Tutorial, Jesus The Christ before us, focusing on His mind and methods. He walks designs and walks out the faith life of a son of God, showing us how to make the impossible, possible. We must believe, as He believed, knowing that all creation works to manifest our Heavenly Father’s promises, when we believe and act upon the Words He spoke and speaks.

We must be mindful and not “try” to achieve anything because it sounds good. We must tune out all fear and doubt; get before our God and ask Him for His mind, will, and perspective for our own lives and all we steward. HE WILL SPEAK TO US (Isaiah 30:21; Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 91:5; James 1:5)! Once we receive His instruction, we must move out on His Word, just as our forefather Abraham (Hebrews 11:8-11). Our Heavenly Father has promised to order our steps, and lead us “line upon line and percept upon percept.” Our God has promised revelation/enlightenment as we go (Psalm 119:133; 37:23; Proverbs 4:18).

Throughout His ministry, Jesus (The Word of God made human), made statements that revealed He was fully convinced of the character, Love, Word, power, and authority of our Heavenly Father, and that He was granted His Holy Spirit without measure (John 3:34). He warned us of the struggles against flesh and demonic forces, as our Heavenly Father planned and fulfilled their complete defeat. We must keep His Word and ways as the guide for our lives, so that our lives will manifest the victory over flesh and demonic forces, just as He shows us in Scripture. We must wear humility towards our Heavenly Father as our spiritual skin! This is worshipping our God in spirit and truth (John 4:24)!

WE MUST KNOW HE UNDERSTANDS THE JOURNEY,
AND IS WITH US ALL THE WAY!

Hebrews 4:15 (NLT) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.

We must know that our Lord, Savior, Master, and King Jesus Christ has experienced everything we experience spiritually/physically. In order to overcome, we must use His methods of faith in our Heavenly Father’s character, Love, Word, power, and authority (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus’ knowledge of our plight qualifies Him to sit at the right hand of our Heavenly Father, making effective intercession possible; we must trust our God and refuse to fear.

Hebrews 13:5 (AMP) Let your character (your moral essence, your inner nature) be free from the love of money (shun greed; be financially ethical), being content with what you have. For He has said, “I will never (under any circumstances) desert you, nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless. Nor will I forsake, or let you down, or relax My hold on you. Assuredly not!”

One of satan tactics is to divide, separate, and conquer. No matter how lonely, how misunderstood he tries to make us “feel,” we must remind him of our God’s promises. We must give him some “It is written!” We must know that others who are called of our God, are struggling to protect their faith in our God, just as we are; we must use the knowledge of our God, His Word and Holy Spirit, and trust Him to redirect our steps, when and if we get off course.

HEAVEN HAS OUR BACKS!

Psalm 34:19 (KJV) “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

Exodus 14:13-14 (KJV) “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’”

Romans 8:28 (AMP) we know, with great confidence, that God (who is deeply concerned about us) causes all things to work together, (as a plan), for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

We must know that Jesus The Christ, our Heavenly Father, the Scripture, and His heavenly host have our backs as we walk into His predestined will for our lives. No matter how it looks or feels we must get our refreshing from our God’s Presence and Word, knowing no matter what, our God will make all things beneficial to our lives.

EACH STEP IS A PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT STEP

Genesis 1:28 (NLT) Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

John 14:6-7 (AMP) Jesus said to him, “I am the only Way to God, and the real Truth, and the real Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had really known Me, you would also have known My Father. From now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

Our God is progressive. He works with us, (as He did with Jesus), helping us fulfill His charge to be fruitful, multiply, and govern the earth, according to His will and ways. We must recognize Jesus Christ, fulfilled this charge and left us “the way, the Truth, and the life” to follow back to the life our Heavenly Father intended for us. Every step Jesus took, every event and situation, (when faced and addressed with our Heavenly Father’s perspective), led Jesus to the fulfilling of His will, and humanity complete dominion over all darkness through Him! We must watch Jesus!

WE SUFFER SO OTHERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE

Though this change is for you, it is for the service of many others. Some of us must walk through situations and circumstances (with victory already assured), so that we are fully convinced of our dominion through Jesus Christ. Some of us must bear and overcome particular crosses, so that we can assist others, as they do the same.

JESUS IS LORD TO THE GLORY OF GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER!

We must understand that our lives are to reflect the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is indeed our Heavenly Father’s Word made human. Humanities’ dominion has been reestablished through Him; our Heavenly Father has made Him, human Lord of all. In Him, we are fruitful, multiply, and take dominion over the works of the hands of our Heavenly Father.

We need the fellowship of other saints. We need mentors and counselors, yes. We must never, ever forget; however, that our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His presence in us and the earth (His Holy Spirit) are our FIRST mentors. We follow all others, as they follow our God!

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Recently our Lord has impressed upon my heart that it is time to give myself totally to the work of the ministry. Like the Apostle Paul, I use my skills and training to provide for myself as I minister the Gospel. Over the past few years, (yes, years) our God has reminded me of the following Scriptures continually:

Acts 6:2 (AMP) So the Twelve called the disciples together and said, “It is not appropriate for us to neglect (teaching) the word of God in order to serve tables and manage the distribution of food.

1 Corinthians 9:14 (NLT) In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News (the Gospel) should be supported by those who benefit from it.

Though I understand what our God has been saying to me, I FAILED to develop the faith I needed to act on it. Faith unused and unattended are missed spiritual opportunities to manifest our God’s Will in our lives and the earth (I have repented.) If we all hold the things our God has shared, we will all “cross over to the other side.” We will see our God’s Word fulfilled in our lives, and walk in His glory!

JUST AS YOU ALL, I MUST OBEY GOD

There is greater truth and revelation to be revealed. Greater levels of prophetic and apostolic anointing are available to take teaching and deliverance to greater productivity, and furtherance of the kingdom of our God. There is much work to be done (in prayer, fasting, and any other service our God reveals). We know deep in our spirits that there is so much more our God wants us to do, and we must be about His business.

Our God has allowed our faith, prayers, decrees, and declarations to shake the kingdom of darkness. I have commanded the treasures stolen from our family lineages to be released in Jesus name. We have work to do. Our Heavenly Father gives us wealth to further His covenant in the earth, not to build bigger dynasties. He gives us wealth to take care of His people, and win souls to His kingdoms. He gives us wealth to tear down the works of darkness, and free up His people to serve Him and others.

We know our God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory, by Christ Jesus, our Lord!

FATHER GOD,

Thank You so much for the grace to do all You have set before us. Help us to be vigilant in our faith and prayer for one another as we step out in faith. Make us more sensitive to Your Word and Your precious Holy Spirit. We desire to do Your will.

Breathe on us again, open our understanding even the more to Your Word. We ask that You take over our lives, completely and perpetually. We desire to be vessels, continuous ready for Your use. Increase the anointing on our lives so that we flow freely in Your Holy Spirit, doing Your will in the earth. Teach us to walk among humanity, using Your wisdom and revelation knowledge to win souls, heal all who are oppressed of the devil.

Anoint us to be excellent stewards of all You place in our hands. Thank You for keeping Your hands on our lives as we enter into great wealth of knowledge, understanding, wisdom, power, authority, grace, favor… yes, even finances. Help us to represent You properly in the earth.

We trust You have heard the cries of our hearts, because we have repented, turned from wickedness, and trust You to keep Your Word. Do all that is in Your heart. Help us to see You at work. We love You so dearly. Thank You for loving us first. We trust, obey, and wait on You. In Jesus name, we pray. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!

The Mysteries of our God

IT IS GIVEN TO US TO KNOW THE MYSTERIES OF OUR GOD

It is the will of our God for His faithful children to know and have access to the secrets of His kingdom (His rule and way of doing things).

Mark 4:11 (KJV) And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.

Peering into mysteries of life without the guidance and protection of our God’s Word and Holy Spirit is dangerous. Why? The treasures and of darkness are also shrouded in mystery. Those treasures and hidden riches of darkness are safely revealed to those who reverentially respect and honor His character, Word, and ways.

Isaiah 45:3 (NKJV) I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.

To Whom are These Secrets and Treasures Safely Unlocked?

Our God reveals these hidden truths and treasures to His people in the safety of His Word and care of Holy Spirit and heavenly host. This safety and care is only available to those who respect and honor our God’s character, Word and Holy Spirit with obedience.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

To Whom is Access to these Truths Given?

Psalm 25:14 (KJV) The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant.

The intimate counsel of the our Lord is available to those who reverentially respect and honor God. They receive the protection and provision found in His alliance, friendship, divine pledges, and promises. He unlocks the knowledge and understanding of secret treasures of darkness, and the wisdom to use them.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Psalm 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Safe access to the knowledge and wisdom of the ages begins with reverential respect and honor for Him, His character, Word, and ways.  Jesus identifies the fruit or evidence of those who have reverential respect and honor for our God:

John 14:21 (NLT) Those who accept My commandments and obey them are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, My Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal Myself to each of them.

The Access Keys of the Knowledge of our God’s Character, Heart and Mind

We must recognize the importance of knowing our God’s character, Word and Holy Spirit (ways), according to the Scriptures. Do not allow the Word of our God to be an historical story. Gathering knowledge for knowledge’s sake opens the door to the spirit of pride (1 Corinthians 8:1).

We must not study the Scripture to understand our situations; rather, we should study to know the character, heart, and mind of Your God in our situations. The use of our God’s Word without His Holy Spirit (character and ways) will lead to legalism (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

We are led into the understanding of our God’s law by His Holy Spirit, and that through obedience. Our God’s law is rooted in love. The life and power of the Word of our God and His Holy Spirit are revealed in our lives when we apply His Truth and Ways to our daily living. Just as oil to a car is likened to the blood in the human body, our God’s Word and Holy Spirit are the blood of Christian life.

Our God has given us everything we need (through His promises/His Word and Holy Spirit authority and power) to escape the debauchery (every sin-affected thing) in the world. Through His Word and Holy Spirit, He has given us access to His abilities, gifts, and weaponry. We should never forget their importance in our lives. Without our God’s Word and Holy Spirit we are not whole and will not function properly.

Understand the principles surrounding the revelation of spiritual mysteries.

We should never seek to know spiritual mysteries for the sake of knowing, or for gaining wisdom and power for our own purposes. Revelation without our God’s understanding and instruction opens the door for deception. The guidance and protection of the Light of our God’s Word and Holy Spirit exposes and consumes death and darkness (which is also held in mysteries), as we walk with Him into the mysteries of His Love, Light and Life.

The Holy Spirit knows if and when we are ready for deeper truths. He knows our spiritual and mental strengths and lesser strengths. He knows every spot and blemish, every door that needs to be opened or closed, along with God’s timing for both. 

Remember watchmen all over the world,  it is given to us to know the mystery of the kingdom of our GodLet us align our thinking, speaking, and acting with His Standard, Jesus The Christ, so that His revelation knowledge and Truth unfold before us.  We are then well-equipped to join Him in enforcing the completed work of Jesus, His Christ in the earth and in the lives of His people.  Understanding the mysteries of the kingdom of our God positions us to join Jesus The Christ (our God’s Chosen Anointed One) in His mission. 

We are seated in our Christ and are anointed with our God’s Holy Spirit and power.  In our Christ, we go about doing good and healing all who are under the power of the devil, because our God is with us (Acts 10:38).  In our Christ, we are anointed with His Truth (the Sword of the Holy Spirit) to separate His people from the deception of satan and his minions.  In our Christ, we are anointed with His Holy Spirit and power to proclaim, decree, and declare His Good News of salvation, deliverance, healing, restoration…! 

In our Christ, we are anointed with His authority and power to deliver those held in bondage to satan’s tricks and schemes.  In our Christ, we are anointed to bring His Truth and revelation knowledge to the ignorant, light to heal all blindness, wisdom and power to work miracles, and faith to receive the impossible.  We are in Christ and anointed with the authority and power to show forth the favor, the magnificent grace of our God (Luke 4:18-19). 

Watchmen all over the world, let us align with our God, receive His mysteries and take the systems of this world, for Him and His Christ!

Hallelujah!

 

 

The Secret of our Lord

Psalm 25:14  (KJV) The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant.

Merriam Webster Dictionary (2018) defines secret as:

I. Kept from knowledge or view : hidden

While is nothing new under the sun, there are truths and things kept hidden from the knowledge and understanding of humanity. Whatever we feel we understand, we feel we are able to lead. control, or destroy.  For this reason, our God hides those who worship Him in spirit and truth, in plain sight. He allows us to walk among the wicked and those who desire our destruction, yet they are unable to set a target upon our lives; we are always changing without changing, as we live in Christ (John 3:8).

II. Marked by the habit of discretion

Our God does not reveal the deeper truths of His Kingdom to those who prove foolish. The foolish messenger/ambassador misrepresents whomever sends him/her, by speech, behavior, and appearance contrary to the speech, behavior and appearance of the person who sent him/her. We see this in today’s church, individuals declaring they speak for a holy (morally excellent) God, yet practice sin and degradation.

These foolish individuals seek to know the future and secrets about others, through communication with the dead, monitoring, and familiar spirits. They practice divination, rather than legitimately seeking the heart and mind of God. The end result of their maneuvering is murder, theft, and destruction in the lives of others, as fleshly and the demonic purposes are feed (self-promotion, lust, greed…).

III. Working with hidden aims or methods : undercover a secret agent

Our God’s thoughts and ways are so much higher than our thoughts and ways. He does not tell us everything, knowing in our human weakness, we involve ourselves and get in His way. We end up doing what WE think is best.

Sometimes He sends us into situations as His undercover agents. He uses our mouths, hands, hearts, and feet to deliver His Love and Truth, deliverance and healing. He IS God.

IV. Revealed only to the initiated

As Psalm 25:14 makes clear, our God reveals His secrets to those who trust and respect Him. When the fruit of any person evidences that they neither respect, nor trust God, the Truth is all he or she knows comes from some other spiritual source. Our God knows those whose hearts truly belong to Him (2 Timothy 2:19).

V. Designed to elude observation or detection a secret panel

Our God is SO much God, that He uses darkness as His covering and cloak (Psalm 18:11). Our God is Creator of all, the Invisible God and we are in Him! Our God has the authority and power to make darkness hid us from darkness! SELAH! A classical example is His use of Rahab (the harlot) to hide Joshua’s spies (Joshua 2). He is so much The Rewarder (Hebrews 11:6) that we find Rahab in Jesus The Christ lineage! What a God we serve and love!

Our God unfolds His secrets to those who trust and respect Him.

The Power of our God’s Covenant
The All Mighty Creator God cut covenant with humanity, indicating He will give His all, His life for us. He gave His all, in the Person of Jesus The Christ, His Promise, His Word in human form. He does not simply want us to win, He has ensured our victory, if we respect, honor, and trust Him, and we accept the Truth He has revealed in Jesus His Christ.

Trust, respect, ask, and receive
Beloved watchmen, remember this Truth, our God will give the wisdom we need and ask Him for, if we believe He will. He also reveals His secrets, if we trust and respect Him (James 1:5).

Trust, respect, ask, and receive the secret of our God!

Continue to Fight the Good Fight of Faith

Lately, I have experienced spiritual warfare on a very personal level.   The Lord has taught me that such things come, just before breakthrough.  There have been attacks on my mind, my body, the ministry, and family members.  When I find myself in these seasons, I fight to keep my mind nestled in the loving and capable hands of our God.  This is the fight of faith, knowing the work we do, is getting the job done, according to the mind, will, authority, and power of our God! 

In these times, the Holy Spirit calls to my remembrance encouraging words He has spoken in the past.  He reminds me that nothing has changed and His heart towards all humanity is still Love.  The Word of our God tells me that others are passing through similar waters.  I share with you a Word from our God spoken to His watchmen about 7 years ago.  

BE ENCOURAGED; STAY IN THE FAITH FIGHT!

The Lord would have me to say the following things to His faithful watchmen.

Please hear His unchanging heart:

No, this is not all there is and your labor has not been in vain.  Continue to believe and trust that the seeds you have sown will produce the expected harvest.  The seeds of love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, meekness, long-suffering, self-control and yes, even finances will all return the harvest promised.  Prepare for the Amos 9:13 anointing. The season is coming wherein you will see that what you need comes to you almost as quickly as you sow for it.  Remember, the harvest comes at the appropriate time, when you have need of it.  Only I truly know what you have need of. 

Prepare for the anointing. Heed my instruction; follow my strategies.  Examine your heart; repent of any attitude, thought, desire that is not of My character.  Examine the works of your hands, repent of any practice, behavior or incident that did not or will not meet My approval.  Examine your ways; pull out the debris, clear the bottlenecks.  Rebuke the enemy off of your inheritance.  Command that thief return what has been stolen.  When you have done these things, that which has always been yours will begin to flow to you.  Remember, after you have done My will, you have need of patience that you might receive the promise.  It will come.  

Above all else, always know that I love you and desire that you have hope and experience success.

Watchmen all over the world, we prove to be more than conquerors, as we fight from our place in Jesus The Christ.  Through Him, our God conquered every thing that the kingdom of darkness could create to use against us.  

BE ENCOURAGED; STAY IN THE FAITH FIGHT!

Thank You for Promoting Your Warriors

(This was posted in 2015, on the original site.  I am led to post it again.)

Beloved watchmen all over the world, we are aware that growth and success in life for our spirit, soul and body, only comes through faith in our God, His character, Word, power and authority. Genuine faith requires the application of our God’s Truth in everyday life experiences and situations. We know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the “expressed image” of our Heavenly Father’s character, heart, mind, power, and authority revealed (Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 2:9)!

This is a season of our God’s promotion for many of His warrior servants, all over the world. The more our God is able to reveal to us, the more He is able to place under our stewardship. He knows those truly trained by His Word and Holy Spirit may stumble, but will always run back to Him. He knows He can trust us with more (Matthew 25:21). Some of us are experiencing resurrection and are now walking into our “joy beyond our crosses”!

If you are reading this post and are among those whom God is raising up in the natural and spiritual realms, I beg of you, make staying humble before our God one of your first priorities. We are not ignorant of satan’s devices. We know that every time our God uses or promotes us, satan comes with the temptation to glorify self/flesh. Pride has destroyed many ministers and ministries (Proverbs 22:2; Proverbs 16:18).

Remember whenever we preach, teach, or pray godly Truth, the Word of our Lord comes to measure our lives first. We must be first to respond to our God correctly; doing so positions us to be the first to partake of the resulting harvest (2 Timothy 2:6). We must be alert and sober, keeping ourselves in the Presence of our God, examining our hearts for thorns (ungodly seeds of rebellion, greed, jealousy …), and minds for stinking thinking.

I celebrate with each of you, as our God blesses and promotes you. I beg of you; do not forget the Lord our God. Never fail to give Him the glory for all HE does through your life. This is the process in which we keep our hearts and minds humble before our God (1 John 5:18). I release this prayer as I stand with you in faith, before our God. HIS KINGDOM COME, HIS WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!

FATHER GOD,
In the authority of Jesus Christ, we clear the paths and raise the gates for the entrance of Your Glory in the lives of Your people. We give Your Holy Spirit free course in the lives of humanity. We embrace the authority redeemed by Jesus Christ, and utilize Your revelation knowledge to get the job done. 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 that every peeping tom, every familiar and ancestral spirit, every  blind, deaf, and dumb spirit bound, caged, and cast into the abyss, 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 The 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, shutting the mouths of the scorners and naysayers. Do it so all will know that You are God, that You yet 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.

Have Faith in our God’s Love and His Work in Christ

Hebrews 12:1-4 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. Let us run with endurance (its a process) the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish; He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterward. Now He is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. Think about all He endured when sinful people did such terrible things to Him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

Jesus overcame the struggles of the cross, because He had faith (knew and believed) the Love and Promises of our Heavenly Father. He took on the punishment for the sin of humanity; He paid the price with His shed blood. He yielded to death (separation from God the Father, who IS Life) so that we who believe, may forever remain connected to our God. This is The story of Love and redemption: our Heavenly Father allowed His only Begotten Son to pay a price we could not pay, to restore humanity to Himself (Jesus The Christ restored believers to our rightful place, position, or status in our Creator God).

We must choose to believe that Jesus died in humanities’ behalf, and accept the victory that He won for us as our own. We must we take Him at His Word, utilizing the graces, gifts, tools, wisdom that He teaches us to walk in. In doing so, we are positioned and equipped to overcome every lie and attack of the devil. We must allow our God’s Love, Word, and Holy Spirit power to separate us from sin, fear and shame, or anything that would keep us from enjoying the precious life that Jesus purchased for us with His shed blood and death. We are astronomically expensive, priceless to our God (I Corinthians 6:20); He loves us with height, depth, and width that we will not understand until we see Him. Think about it, our Heavenly Father believes we are worth the price He paid in Jesus His Christ.

Faith to be dead to sin
Faith to be alive to His Love

Galatians 2:17b-21 (NLT) I have been crucified with Christ. I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless.

Grace is our God’s gift of loving help; He does for us what we cannot do for ourselves, because of His Love towards us. The law is also a gift to us, so that we might be made aware of our sin (Romans 7:7). We know that in and of ourselves, we are unable to keep the law. If we break one law, we are guilty of all the law. Being made aware of our sin, and inability to keep the law, we must repent and return to God, and His ways. He and His Christ are our only hope.

Our loving God provided the way back to His Life, Love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace, using the spiritual substance of faith in the work He performed in Jesus. We must recognize that our Heavenly Father allowed Jesus to suffer for the sin of all humanity so that we could be forgiven through His suffering (Isaiah 53). Give careful attention to Jesus The Christ and the work God did through Him at Calvary. It is there we find the ability to live our lives to the fullest. (Foundation Scriptures: Galatians 3:1-14; Romans 5)

The Just Shall Live by Faith
Our God works His Righteousness (right way of thinking, speaking, and behaving) into our lives, as we trust Him, His Word, and do as He instructs. This process is revealed in the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus The Christ. Jesus trusted our God’s Love, authority, and power to be and do that which was impossible for Him on His own (He, the Word of God, emptied out of His deity and live by the Word that proceeded from our Heavenly Father). This is the revelation that caused our Apostle Paul to declare:

Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV) 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

We have to trust our God’s Love, authority and power, as we walk through tests, trials, opposition (stress, fear, temptation to quit, stumbling, falling…). Our God promises to reveal Himself, to all who believe and honor His Word and Holy Spirit, with compliance to His will. He oversees His promises to bring them to pass in our lives. He promises to rescue, deliver, heal, restore, provide, … Hallelujah! He cannot lie; His promises (as revealed in Jesus The Christ) are “Yes and Amen!”

We Must Trust Our God with Our Present
Our God, the Heavenly Father is for us TODAY. He loves us TODAY. He reveals that part of His nature through Jesus, and His precious Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Psalms 42:1 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present(always here) help in trouble.

The priests of old entered into the Holy of Holies once a year for the sins of the people. Jesus is PRESENTLY seated at the right of the Father in heaven, always there to intercede for us. He understands the things we go through; He experienced life on earth, as a human. (Hebrews 9, Romans 4:14-16). WE MUST BELIEVE OUR GOD’S LOVE.

We must trust our God with our past

Matthew 10:29-31 (NLT) Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. The very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows.

Our God is concerned about our personal welfare (Psalm 23). We must believe God is able to take care of us, the same way He protected the first born of the Israelites from the angel of death by painting the blood over the doorposts. We have to use our words to paint the shed blood of Jesus over our lives and belongings, and trust God. Sometimes we are angry, or disappointed with God because of things that have happened to us or our loved ones in the past. Paul gave us so wonderful advice:

Philippians 3:12-14 (KJV) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes we miss out on the wonderful things that God has in store for us by spending our thought life on things in the past. No matter what is in our past, or the past of others, Jesus Christ suffered and died that we all can be free. Our Heavenly Father’s predestined will and Word raised Him us to show all of creation His sovereignty. Now He has given us His Word (Scripture/Jesus) and His Holy Spirit to do to, for, and through us the things we cannot do for ourselves.  WE MUST BELIEVE OUR GOD’S LOVE.

We must trust our God with our futures
Undue concern about the future is worry.  We must trust God to bring us to victory, just as He displayed in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 37:5 (KJV) Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.

Proverbs 16:3 (NLT) Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed.

We make be secure in our futures in our God and His Christ.  We make plans and pray.  We share the plans we make with our God, and let Him know we desire to do His will above all, and we are open and willing to do what He desires. We ask Him to make us sensitive to His leading.  We trust His Love and work in Christ, as He performs what He promises.  Our God is unchanging; He has always loved us and He always will.

Hebrews 77:24-25 (NLT) But Jesus remains a priest forever; His priesthood will never end. Therefore He is able, once and forever, to save (heal, deliver, set free, restore), everyone who comes to God through him. He lives forever to plead with God on their behalf.

We must cast all care on The God Who cared for Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

We must first talk to the One with the ability to solve our problems, and give us peace while we wait for change (in us or the situation). We must not feel guilty when we have peace, while everyone else is running around in drama. Our quiet spirit is evidence that we have entered into pure faith, pure rest in our God.

We are not alone in this fight!

I Peter 5: 7-9(NLT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you. Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

SHOCKER!!!! The devil wants us to think we are the only ones going through what we are going through. We are not ignorant of his tricks and schemes! We pray for others, knowing they are struggling too. As we do, our God grants new strength and greater revelation to solve more problems!

Give Him all burdens, weights, and cares

Psalms 55:22(NLT) Give your burdens to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

What is a burden? Something that weights your down. We find the promise that God has made that pertains to the struggle, then we do what we believe our God would have us do we, and roll all concern for the remainder over on our God, our Heavenly Father (Hebrews 12:1-2). We must trust Him to do what we, and others we have trusted in, have failed to do, even against all odds. He is our God of the impossible. WE MUST BELIEVE OUR GOD’S LOVE.

We have new DNA in Jesus The Christ!

II Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) says Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Before we knew Christ we struggled endlessly with wickedness, now that we know that we have power over all wickedness, as we press in, following the Way of Jesus The Christ. Like Him, we are able to overcome the crosses we face in life by believing and obeying the Word of our God. The devil uses his weapon of deception, continually trying to convince us that we are not who the Word of God says we are, that we cannot do what the Word of God says we can do, and that we cannot have what the Word of God says we can have; he is The Liar.

Revelation 12:9-11 tells us that we overcome the deception of the devil by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, (which redeemed us from the penalty of sin), the word of our testimony (God’s Word in our hearts, spoken with our mouths), and not loving our lives unto death, (being willing to be as dead to our old ways and beliefs and alive to the Word of the Living God.) We must purpose in our hearts to continually cast away all shame, fear and guilt, and doubt. WE MUST BELIEVE OUR GOD’S LOVE.

Our God’s Love Speaks to Us!

Jeremiah 29:11-14(NLT) For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.

Let our hearts reply to Him:

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT) I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We must have faith in our God’s Love and His Work in Christ!

Blessing in the Testing

Hebrews 12:2 (ERV)  We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the Leader of our faith, and He is the One who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But He accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing. because of the joy He could see waiting for Him. And now He is sitting at the right side of God’s throne.

Watchmen all over the world,  we know that our God is the God of cycles and seasons. What a blessing is it for an individual to understand the season he/she is in; this understanding allows them to make and get the most out of their situations and circumstances. An indicator that we are in a new season, or a new place in our God is the tests that appear. May we pass each one.  There IS blessing in the testing.

Our God-given Standard of Truth
Jesus The Christ IS heaven’s Standard for the manifested son of God. Let us first take a look at the “Author and Finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2):

Hebrews 5:7-9 (NIV) During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Imagine, our God’s Word/human (Jesus) suffered, crucifying His flesh nature by honoring and obeying our Heavenly Father’s instructions (Word), as He passed through life’s lessons. Our God’s Word/human (Jesus) learned to live in humanity’s preordained, original habitat; He learned to crucify the flesh nature (fallen nature) of humanity , to submit it and be guided/controlled by our Heavenly Father’s instruction and Holy Spirit.

We learn the Way, the Truth, and the Life of a son of God and of kingdom living, as we watch Jesus The Christ in the Scripture. We must remember our God is not a respecter of persons. Our Heavenly Father showed us His heart, mind, power, and authority through the life of Jesus The Christ (His Word made human), who is the “expressed” image of Himself (Hebrews 1:3). In other words, our God “explained” Himself through Jesus Christ.

Understanding Our God’s Methods
Our Heavenly Father’s Living Word (Jesus) and written Word (Scripture) repeatedly tell all who chose to follow Him, that they will face tests and trials. Believers must embrace the Truth that whenever our God exposes a problem, He gives a solution to the problem, and promises a reward to those who overcome it.

James 1:2-5 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

We are not living this life alone, or in our own understanding. We have legal access to the wisdom of the ages. Our Heavenly Father is our ever-present, all-knowing, all-powerful, loving God, who orchestrates the life of the believer, working to cause all things (whether we perceive them to be good or not) to work together for our good (Romans 8:28-29). His intent is that we be blessed, as a result of our tests!

Testing is Necessary; Let Us Make the Most of It
We must believe the same Holy Spirit and power that raised Christ from the death lives in us. We must believe that our Heavenly Father’s Word works for Jesus and will work for us. We will be faced with opportunities to believe God above our own thoughts and feelings, above the suggestions of the enemy, and the opinions of others. The dream will be tested, but remember, if it is of God, it will not, it cannot die. It is impossible to curse what God has declared blessed!

Remember in the testing, that we “have need of patient endurance, to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising, so that when we have carried out the will of God, we may receive and enjoy to the full what our God has promised (Hebrews 10:36, AMP).

We must continue to be faithful. We must refuse to give up; we must use our faith to pull down all opposition and contrariness to the Word of God! We must trust the same Holy Spirit to enable us to love the unlovable. We must trust the same Holy Spirit to raise up in us when we come face to face with evil.

Expect to be Blessed!
In testing, we must rebuke the devil, in accordance with our God’s character and Word; we must trust His Holy Presence to walk us around, over, under, and through every test, victoriousfully. Hallelujah!

We must learned from the “Author and Finisher of our faith, that beyond every cross and shame, there is joy (Hebrews 12:2). We have learned, beyond every passed test, there is a reward.

We must follow Jesus The Christ, our Example and Standard

Philippians 2:5-11 (NLT) 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  7 Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, 8 He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

THERE IS BLESSING IN THE TESTING;  HONOR AND OBEY OUR GOD, THEN EXPECT YOUR BLESSING!

I prophesy to the faithful all over the world, “Your blessing is here!”

Keep your eyes and ears open for the manifestation process:
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear (Mark 4:18).

THERE IS BLESSING IN THE TESTING; HONOR AND OBEY OUR GOD, THEN EXPECT YOUR BLESSING!