THE POWER OF KNOWING GOD

Matthew 14:25-31 (KJV) 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, He walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

I have heard this passage taught most often in a manner that criticized Peter. I find that approach interesting, considering none of Peter’s “scorners” had walked on water themselves. SELAH.

Recognize Jesus never condemned Peter. He rebuked his stinking thinking and behaviors, but He never condemned him. Each time, throughout Scripture, when Peter faltered Jesus gave him Divine Knowledge or God’s Truth. Each time Jesus supplied him with knowledge that reestablished his faith and redirected his focus. In the case of walking on the water, Jesus’ correction rebuked Peter’s fear and faith in the threat of the wind and waves, and turned his attention back to the sovereignty of our God.

KNOWING OUR GOD IN THE TESTS
Jesus Christ said all believers would be tested by evil and flesh in this world:

John 16:33b (KJV) In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Only God truly knows the heart and constitution of every human. He is the Master Potter, only allowing the turns and pressures sufficient to transform and restore our lives, as His sons (offspring, image, and likeness). He alone knows the level/strength of our faith, how much we can bear or endure. He reveals this truth in His Word saying,

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NRSV) No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing, He will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

Peter’s “faith failure” is common to humanity, but if we use the tools of true repentance,faith, confession, and obedience to keep our hearts and minds in agreement with the character, Word, and will of our God, He will provide a way of escape, or the strength to endure, conquer, and overcome. We must never lose faith in the reality that our God reigns over good and evil, and every created thing (named and unnamed) must bow and conform to His Truth, power, and authority. ONLY BELIEVE.

Whether in everyday life, or deliverance ministry, our God promises that the weapons evil forms against us will not be able to prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Why? He will expose them, and show us how to disarm and dismantle them. He promises we can live in the secret place He sets aside for us, the place where we safely watch the wicked suffer because of their evildoing (Psalm 91:8). ONLY BELIEVE.

THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR GOD IS POWER
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the knowledge and power of our God revealed (Romans 1:16-17)! No matter the situation, we must know (like Jesus) that our God is the only True and Living God and the Final Authority on all things. People of God, we must know our God, the One who orchestrates our steps, is willing to teach us how to allow Him to lead.

We must know our Heavenly Father loves us, desires we succeed and fulfill our destinies, and yes, even have the desires of our hearts. We must know that His Love and His Truth willingly lights the paths of our lives (James 1:5). We must get to know our God personally, through His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His Holy Spirit.

PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE COMES BY APPLICATION AND EXPERIENCE

2 Peter 1:2-8 (NKJV) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We will never “know” the level or strength of our faith and authority until we apply God’s Truth to our lives, trusting Him when we experience tests and trials. We will never “know” the sovereignty of our God if we never face things that are impossible for us alone. I use the term “know” meaning: (1) to understand, (2) to be acquainted with personally, (3) to be convinced of, and (4) to be skillful or wise in (Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon, Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

We obtain information through study and/or exposure. This information does not become knowledge until we are able to understand it. It is only after understanding this information does it become useful; only then are we able to recognize, classify, measure, and apply it.

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
The Apostle Paul shares the revelation of humanity’s need to “know” our God. He tells us in Philippians 3:10-11 that he gave up his earthly goals and pursuits, along with the accolades of humanity, so that he could truly pursue and come to “know” Jesus Christ. He wanted to “know” Christ through personal experience. He understood the need to become more acquainted with Him and understand His Person more completely. He understood the need to experience the same Holy Spirit power that snatched Jesus Christ from the grips of death.

NOTE: The Apostle Paul understood that application of God’s Word attracts the attention of the enemy. More importantly, he understood using his faith in God promises during these situations would give him greater understanding of our God, and mold his thinking, choosing, and believing. Applying and living the knowledge of God, (the Gospel) IS the power that works to transform us into sons in the kingdom of God.

“WE MUST KNOW WHAT THE FIGHT IS ABOUT”
We must know that satan wants to keep spiritual information (the Gospel, God’s Truth) from being known by humanity.

Luke 8:12 (KJV) Those beside the road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and takes the message of God (the Gospel) away from their hearts, so that they will not believe in Me as the Messiah and be saved (delivered, set free, blessed…).

We must know that testing (temptation to walk beneath the reality of whom our God had made us) comes from satan alone. We must know we live in a world wherein Truth wars against deception, Light wars against darkness, Good wars against evil, and the flesh wars against the Holy Spirit. The fight is over the revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ!

We must know, satan knows that the earth and all it contains was given to humanity by our Heavenly Father. We must know he is jealous (the source of his cruelty) beyond natural description that our Heavenly Father created humanity in His own image and likeness, with access to His power and authority. Humanity possesses the very things Lucifer (now satan) lusted after, and he hates us for it.

We must know satan’s time is very, very short, and all his tormented soul works feverishly to delay what he knows is inevitable. We must know that satan and his cohorts are fully acquainted by experience of their absolute defeat by Jesus Christ, but they do not want humanity to know, recognize, become acquainted or skillful in this Truth!

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IS OUR ARMOR AND OUR WEAPONS

Ephesians 6:13-18 (KJV) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, (1) having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the (2) breastplate of righteousness; And your (3) feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking (4) the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take (5) the helmet of salvation, and (6) the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints:

1. Truth: the knowledge of God’s Word, which is Truth,

2. Righteousness: The knowledge that we are approved in the eyes of our God, because of the shed the Blood of Jesus,

3. Preparation of the Gospel of Peace: the knowledge of the Good News that God loves us and desires us to be whole (have peace in every area of life) and to share that with others,

4. Faith: the knowledge of power of belief in God, trusting Him and taking Him at His Word and acting upon it because of that belief,

5. Salvation: the knowledge that we are saved, and being saved (conversion, regeneration),

6. Spirit and the Word: The knowledge of power of the Anointed Word (promises) of God.

KNOWN BY GOD, HUMANITY, AND THE SPIRIT WORLD
Watchmen all over the world, we are already known by our God and others can attest to who we are. Remember also, knowing God and operating in His Word and Holy Spirit through the tests and trials makes us known to the spirit world.

Someone I respected greatly called me stubborn. It caused me to struggle and stammer a little, until I took the situation to God. Our Lord revealed to me that satan used this person to speak this to me. He revealed the wicked spirit (operating through this person) was frustrated at its inability to influence me to back down on a Scripturally based spiritual Truth! Our Lord let me know that I am known to have “stubborn” faith in the spirit realm. HALLELUJAH!

Watchmen all over the world, know that you too are known by God, humanity and the spirit world. Refuse to fear or back down from the threats of evil and deception. Though the Holy Spirit may tell you to hold your tongue, do not back down from your faith in and knowledge of our God and His Word. (The battle is in the spirit realm; know that satan will back down.)

James 4:7 (AMP) Submit to the authority of God. Resist the devil, stand firm against him, and he will flee from you.

FATHER GOD,
We love You. Thank You for Your love, faithfulness, and longsuffering. Thank You for Your Truth, Your Ways, and dumanis power. You promised to write Your Word in our hearts, and that no one will have to tell the other to know You, because we all will know You. Thank You for the fulfillment of Your Word. Thank You that the Ecclesia, the True Church of Jesus Christ is awaking from her slumber. Do all that is in Your heart, today and every day. In Jesus’ matchless name we pray. Amen, amen, and so be it!

THINGS WE MUST KNOW AND DO

I am speaking to a particular people with this post. If you are among them, this is not a new idea. No, our God has been dealing with you about this for a while. He has been giving you instruction and revelation preparing you for the change, the transition, the cross and resurrection 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 come 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 Great Example and Living Tutorial, Jesus Christ before us, focusing on His mind and methods. He shows us how to make the impossible, possible. We must believe, as He knew that all creation works to manifest our Heavenly Father’s promises, when we believe and act upon His “Rhema.”

Please did 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 physical, earthly ministry, Jesus (the human), made statements that revealed He was fully convinced of the character, Love, Word, power, and authority of our Heavenly Father, and 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 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
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!

WE ALL 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!

DELIVERANCE FROM SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE

Hosea 4:6a (NLT) My people are being destroyed because they don’t know Me.

The Gospel of Jesus The Christ leads us into the revelation knowledge of our Heavenly Father, empowering and authorizing us to use the keys of His kingdom, by His Word and Holy Spirit.

Our God has provided everything we need to live in the realm of His rule and right way of doing things.

He has provided everything we need to live in the realm where “every knee must bow and every tongue declare the Lordship of Jesus The Christ, AND the sovereign rule of our Heavenly Father, by His Word and Holy Spirit.

Our God has provided everything we need to walk in His character, ways, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, authority, and power in the earth. He has given us everything we need to establish His will in the earth, through Christ Jesus, His promises, and that by the help and guidance of His Holy Spirit.

Our God has provided us with so many spiritual keys (spiritual Truths) and each one leads to doors of revelation knowledge, deliverance, overcoming power and authority! Think about it; our God says we are destroyed because of our ignorance of Him, His character, nature, will, and way of doing things (Hosea 4:6). Does it not stand to reason that knowing HIM is the key to knowing all we need to live the overcoming Zoe life?

THE PURPOSE OF DECEPTION
What is the purpose of deceiving or deception?
(1) Merriam Webster Dictionary (2015) lists one definition of deceive is “to cheat.” Rest assured; satan wants keep us ignorant of spiritual Truth so we will be cheated out of living in the power and provision of our God (John 10:10a).

(2) Another definition offered by Merriam Webster Dictionary is “to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid.” Rest assured; satan want us to believe things about our God that are not true or valid. Remember Jesus told us the Truth we know will set us free to live as our God intended (John 8:32).

(3) Vine’s Complete Expository of Old and New Testament Words lists a definition of “to catch by a bait.” We are not ignorant of the tricks of the devil (2 Corinthians 2:11); we know satan sets temptations before us, hoping we will take the “bait” and be pulled off course or shipwrecked from our Heavenly Father’s will.

(4) Another definition offered by Vine’s Complete Expository of Old and New Testament Words is “to give judgment against or to condemn.” Isn’t it just like the devil to attempt to guilt or shame us into turning away from the love, power, and authority of our Heavenly Father, who has already told us that unrighteous judgment and condemnation has no place in the life of a believer who is genuinely seeking after Him (Romans 8:1).

Vines also lists the following definitions for deceive: (1) to cause to wander away from, (2) to lead astray from, (3) to miss the mark, (4) to fail, and (5) to cause to wander.

We must understand the purpose of deceiving or deception is to TO HIDE OR DISTORT TRUTH, KNOWLEDGE, AND WISDOM, and TO GET US OFF TRACK FROM FOLLOWING CHRIST! Why? Our Heavenly Father’s Truth, knowledge, and wisdom empower those who learn and use it AND Jesus shows us how to use our Heavenly Father’s Truth, knowledge, wisdom, authority, and power!

DARKNESS IS DESPERATE!
The kingdom of darkness seeks to keep humanity ignorant of (1) who our God is (our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture/Jesus) and His Holy Spirit), (2) how our God truly feels about humanity, (3) what our God, has, can and will do, along with (4) who HE has made us to be and do, which is demolish satan’s kingdom!

All of darkness is feverishly desperate to keep humanity ignorant of our God, our Christ, and ourselves. However, the spiritual Truth that shakes the foundations of the kingdom of hell can no longer be hidden!

This powerful spiritual Truth is found in Matthew 16:13-19. When Peter CHOSE TO BELIEVE IN AND FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST, he RECEIVED THE REVELATION KNOWLEDGE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS SON! Jesus gave Peter the master key to all the keys of the kingdom (our Heavenly Father’s rule and way of doing things), which is the revelation of the Person and purpose of Jesus The Christ, Son of the Living God.

We must understand that this interaction between Jesus and Peter reveals that believing and knowing “who, what, why, and how” about Jesus opens our understanding of our Heavenly Father and our faith in Him equips us to operate (rule) in His power and authority.

The revelation knowledge of Jesus The Christ (found in the Gospel), reveals the love, power and authority of our Heavenly Father. The Gospel proclaims all that our Heavenly Father did for and through Jesus The Christ, He will do for all who believe. He empowers believers to bind the works and effects of evil, darkness and all contrariness to His will on and in earth, with His heavenly hosts backing our declarations, decrees, and demands!

HOW ARE WE DELIVERED FROM SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE?
The Key is knowing our God and His Righteous Rule. We learn who our Heavenly Father is by listening to, watching, and following Jesus Christ. This is what He mean in John 14:9 when He said to Phillip, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

The Gospel of Jesus The Christ IS the revelation of the walk of faith made available to all humanity because of our Heavenly Father’s love.

John 14:21(KJV) He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.

Deliverance from spiritual ignorance is deliverance from the destruction of satan’s and deception. Jesus says to all that believe on Him:

John 8:31-32 (KJV) “If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

BE DELIVERED FROM SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE
Choose to believe and walk in our God’s Truth (as revealed in and by Jesus The Christ), to wield His power and authority to root up, pull down, destroy and throw down the kingdom of darkness.

Choose to believe and walk in our God’s Truth (as revealed in Jesus The Christ), to build, plant, and further His kingdom through prayer, decree, and declaration.

USE THE KEY OF THE REVELATION KNOWLEDGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST, AND
BE DELIVERED FROM SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE

Let THE Church arise!

Sitting in churches, homes, and businesses, all over the world, there are people (men, women, boys, and girls), who have made the conscious decision that our God is real and true to His Word. All over the world there are people who are tired of simply “doing” church. These are faithful people, who do not:

(1) Use our God’s Word as a cloak for sin. They appreciate the conviction of the Holy Spirit and are quick to repent.

(2) Use our God’s people to satisfy their worldly needs, but live and teach others the economy of heaven, using their faith which is the medium of exchange in heaven.

(3) Use the resources of God’s people to build temporal monuments, elaborate houses and storehouses, but realistically supply the needs of their widowed, the hungry, the naked, the ignorant…, wisely restore the prodigal and backslidden, and genuinely evangelize the lost and unsaved.

(4) Manipulate the Scripture to suit their own beliefs, doubts, and struggles. They believe the Word of God is the mind of God, as it is written.

(5) Believe they can do anything good on their own, rather they believe their lives must be completely transformed through obedience to God’s Word, with the help of His Holy Spirit. They know they can accomplish nothing good or for God without true compliance and submission to His Word and Holy Spirit.

(6) Believe the lies and smokescreens of the devil; rather they know that the love, power, authority, nor any other characteristic of our God has diminished! They know our God alone is sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.

These are the people who, in spite of what goes on around them, study God’s Word, have Jesus Christ as their mentor, and depend on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. These are the people who will stand strong against the temptations, manipulations, enticements, and enchantments of satan. These are the people our God spoke of when He said:

Daniel 11:32b
(CJB) The people who know their God will be strong and will resist him (satan).
(KJV) The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

OUR GOD IS SPEAKING TO THOSE THAT ARE HIS

2 Timothy 2:15-19 (NLT)
Verse 15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive His approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the Word of Truth.

The Apostle Paul instructs believers to follower their leaders, as their leaders follow Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). We are to follow no one (human, spirit, word, or no thing) without measuring their fruit (thoughts, beliefs, words, actions) with the character and heart and Word of our Heavenly Father, the mind of His Christ and the behavior of His Holy Spirit.

Verses 16-18 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. This kind of talk spreads like cancer, a as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.

Intellectualism, (which is the result of exalted trust in human cognitive abilities) is the result of interpretation and application of the law absent of the Holy Spirit. Our God’s ways and thoughts are so far above and beyond our own; therefore, we must study to know His mind (according to His witness), rather than deciding with our limited understanding, and conditioning. We must avoid foolish “doctrine” that contradicts the full counsel of God, soberly desiring to avoid being a stumblingblock to others.

Verse 19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are His and “All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil.”

We have to believe our God when He tells us we have an enemy who roams about seeking to consume the life of any human (those who were made in the image and likeness of God from the beginning). We may stumble; perhaps fall, but noone who truly belongs to God practices sin in peace! Our God knows those who are His!

WE CALL THE GENUINE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OUT OF THE ASHES
We, God’s Watchmen, stand on the perimeters of the earth and speak to its four corners commanding the genuine Church of Jesus Christ to:

“Arise; arise in the name of Jesus! Rise up out of the ashes left from the burning away of fleshiness and carnality by the fire of trials, tests, and temptations. Rise up and you will find that your flesh has been dominated by God’s grace and Truth, to the point that He is able to reveal Himself at much greater levels than our eyes have seen, our ears have heard, than anything that our hearts have imagined. Rise up and know that the Word of our God and His Holy Spirit has done a great work in us!

Rise up and declare that we are well able to conquer and overcome everything standing between us and the will of our God for our lives. Rise up realizing there are more for us than there are against us. Rise up knowing the war is already won by our Champion, Jesus Christ, and satan is totally and completely defeated. Rise up knowing that our Heavenly Father has given us a name that carries the full weight of His glory; He has given us the name of Jesus. Rise up knowing that at the name of Jesus, spoken in faith, every knee (whether flesh or spirit) must bow and acknowledge His Lordship.

Rise up knowing our God is the Master Finisher! Rise up knowing the “vision,” the “Word” He spoke to us many years ago will still come to pass. Rise up knowing we will receive harvest on the seed we have sown, and we will know our harvests when they come. Rise up knowing that our assignments will become more and more clear as we purpose in our hearts to follow Christ. Rise up knowing no matter what, our God has the final say. Arise!

Church of the Only True and Living God, rise up knowing the best is yet to come!”

Warnings, Encouragement, and Instruction

In the early hours of the morning, I awoke to a vision. In this vision, there were many numbers floating in the air. This numbers would pair off with sums of 13 and disappear.

I asked our God what I was seeing. The response, “This is the sign of the end times, when all will come together as I have foretold, when darkness will be completely swallowed up in Light. I have told My people what this time will look like and I have made them a promise.

I was taken to Luke 21 and read the many things Jesus told His disciples about the end times.

I see the promise:

Luke 21:18-19 (NKJV) 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost. 19 By your patience possess your souls.

Our God tells us, He will take care of us, if we will quiet our souls (mind, will, emotions) and patiently wait on Him.

Then I see the warnings:

(1) Luke 21:8 (KJV) 8 And He said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and the time drawled near: go ye not therefore after them.

As students of the Word, of our God and His Christ, we will know those who are not of our God, and we must not follow them.

(2) Luke 21:9-11 (KJV) 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.10 Then said He unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Dangerous, tumultuous times will come, with threats and much destruction; we are not to be afraid knowing these times are associated with the end times.

(3) Verses 12-17 warns us that we will be challenged because of our faith, even family members and loved ones will turn against you.

(4) Verses 20-25 warns us of the things that will take place in Jerusalem.

Our God then encourages us:

(1) Luke 21:25-28 (KJV) 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Our God encourages us, saying as all these things take place around us, we must keep looking to Him, for our redemption is close.

(2) Luke 21:29-31 (KJV) 29 And He spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

Again, our God encourages us to remember that all we see happening around us is evidence of His promises coming to pass.

Our God gives us instruction for life, during these times:

Luke 21:34-36 (NIV) 34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Our God warns us to be sober minded; to walk circumspect so that we are not caught up in the party mentality (even in church) of the world. We are to take heed to our lives so that we do not become intoxicated on the things the world has to offer, so that we are not anesthetized (put to sleep) spiritually. We are to watch and pray, trusting our God, so that the concerns of life do not overtake us. It will be through faith and prayer that we will escape that which is to come and kept so that we are about to stand before our Christ in faith.

It is past the time

People of God, it is past the time to believe our God. It is past the time to know that He loves us and already made provision for us to win, no matter the test. Even in death, we win.

It is past the time to walk in the Holy Spirit of Love, Truth, authority, and power, It is past the time to partake in spiritual warfare, safely nestled in the armor of our God, and seated in The Christ, His Right Hand of authority.

It is past the time to bind the activity of satan in the earth and loose the hand of our God in this realm, so that He can do all He pleases. It is past the time to know that our God’s Word is true and sure.

It is past time to be about our Father’s business. Let us thank Him for souls. Let us thank Him for ministers after His own heart, who minister His Word, with His heart, backed by His power.

It is past the time to thank Him for writing His Word, His principles, His laws in the minds and hearts of humanity so that all know Him and His Christ. It is past the time to thank Him for pouring out His Holy Spirit so that all prophesy of Him and His Christ.

It is past the time stand with that Bride and the Spirit crying, “Even so, come Lord Jesus!” It is past the time to know that our God IS working in us to do His good pleasure AND that He will prepare for Christ’s return.

It is past the time to know that He knows those that are His and that in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, He can evangelize the world, collecting every soul that is His. It is past the time to know that OUR GOD IS GOD!

People of God, let us be about our Father’s business, according to His way and will. We have been warned, encouraged and instruction. We are without excuse.

Dangerous Traditions

(Spiritual Common Sense)

We know the role of God’s watchmen is to sound the alarm, to fight the good fight of faith, in behalf of God’s people, and of course, for ourselves. We know our God anoints us to expose and destroy the works and plans of the enemy of His Kingdom, and that by the power and authority of His Word and Holy Spirit. Our God has a way of stripping off the glam and glitter and getting to the root of the problem. He wants to expose another subtle working of satan:

One day, as I washed my dinner dishes, the Holy Spirit took my mind back to earlier experiences in church, as His presence was made known. I remember the times when His presence (the Morally Excellent Spirit of Love and Conviction) was so strong that men, women, boys, and girls wept shamelessly in His presence. I remember I once melted from my seat and crawled to the altar of His Love, knowing He was gracious and merciful, that He was more than willing to help me be the person He designed me to be.

I heard my spirit man ask our God why the Body of Christ (as a whole) is not experiencing this measure of anointing today. I heard Him say, “I have not changed.” I realized “we” have. I prayed and released my cares to our God regarding the matter and went to bed, knowing He would further enlighten me.

The next morning, after my personal quiet time and Forerunner prayer with our Lord, I sensed a heaviness in my heart. Examining my thoughts, concerns, situations, and surroundings I realized this heaviness had a particular purpose. I turned to watch a broadcast of a fellow minister of the Gospel and found myself even more grieved than before. I asked the Lord what was going on in my spirit man; He reminded me of my experience the night before. Then I heard His Word from the Apostle Paul:

Brethren, when I came to you, I came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:1‐5) .

I was floored when our God revealed why my soul was disturbed. Truth is, I have grown weary of good preaching and teaching alone; where are the works of God that confirm our faith? Our God has not changed, and He is not a respecter of persons. What He did for Jesus, the Apostle Paul and others, He is more than willing to do for us.

Another Tradition
Then I heard our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ:

Mark 7:9; 13 (KJV) 7 He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. 13 Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

The truth is, to a great measure today’s church has made good preaching and teaching, the end all of its “services”.  As a result, God’s people’s faith lies more in the oratorical skills of the speaker, to include their physical appearance, familial and educational background, socio‐economic status, their ability to enunciate, exegeses, prophesy, and dramatize the Scripture. Humans confirming the validity of the minister by these statuses and capabilities; HOW CONTRARY THIS FOOLISHNESS IS TO THE MIND OF OUR GOD!

Our God Alone Validates
Our God validates and backs His Word and delegated authorities with HIS AUTHORITY AND POWER. WE MINISTER BY THE GRACE OF OUR GOD, ACCORDING TO OUR FAITH IN HIM and He responds with power and demonstration of His Holy Spirit, confirming what was spoken!

What is at the Root of all this?
Why are we not seeing our God back His Word and ministers? The Scripture tells us it is because of the LACK OF FAITH!

What causes us to have a lack of faith?

• The failure of Christian leaders to teach the True Gospel of Jesus The Christ, in all its Truth, love, suffering, authority, power, and complete victory.

• Our lack of study and application of God’s Word. Our failure to accept our Heavenly Father God for who He says He is, according to the witness of His Word (Jesus/Scripture) and His Holy Spirit.

• Our self‐reliance, independence and self‐trust

• Our lack of sincere surrender or submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and our God’s Word as the Sovereign Truth 

• Our failure to renounce sin (call sin, sin; repent; ask for God’s help to overcome the sin nature that wars against our born again spirit)

• Our practiced disobedience (the backslidden make excuses for sin; captured believers weep and seek deliverance from sin)

• Our prayerlessness (genuinely spending time in our God’s presence strengthens our faith and convicts us of all contrariness in our lives)

• Our failure to resist fear, doubt, pride, selfish, envy, hatred and every other negative, sin conceived emotion

• Our having mental condescension to the Word of God, without genuinely choosing to believe

• Our lack of genuine gratitude for all our God has done (evidence that we have walked away from, or never knew our God)

• Our dishonor of God by disobedience to His known will (our God does not make clones; we must know Him for ourselves)

• Our failure to receive conviction and correction

• Our failure to repent

• Our believing and magnifying problems and satan above the Truth, Love, power, and authority of our God

• Our loving the world, resulting in our thinking, speaking, and behaving like the world

• Our belief of erroneous doctrine (teaching and beliefs), because of our failure to judge all things by the Word, character, Person, and Spirit of our God.

(Note: This list is not all inclusive, and I have been guilty of them all. Thank our God for repentance and His faithfulness!)

NOW is the time for God’s ministers (all over the world) to take responsibility for our foolishness and open our hearts before our God. We must ask Him to show us all that is in us, that keeps us from walking in HIS confirming power and authority. NOW is the time to align our HEARTS AND MINDS with the HEART AND MIND OF OUR GOD, so that HIS CONFIRMATION (miracles, signs, and wonders of mass salvation, conversion, restoration, healing, deliverance, provision, and every other good thing that is part of the believer’s inheritance) can manifest in our ministries and in the lives of those we SERVE.

Pray Watchmen Pray
Watchmen, let us pray that the Holy Spirit of conviction fill the hearts of our God’s servants all over the world, that we cast our crowns at the feet of our Savior and weep, if not for ourselves for our brothers and sisters, and the unsaved who have been robbed by the slight of humanity and the cunning of satan. May our God forgive us for being satisfied with so little. May the kingdom of darkness woefully rue the day they planted this seed of iniquity among our God’s people.

Father God,
Our hearts cry out to You; MAKE US REAL! We free Your hand. Do all that is in Your heart. Just as You declared so long ago, judgment must begin at the household of faith. Correct us quickly Father. Thank You for second, third, fourth and fifth chances to get it right. Let Your servants know it is never too late to repent and get back in the fight that is already fully won, by Jesus The Christ, our Savior, Lord, King, and Messiah.

You said Your eyes search to and fro, looking for someone to show Yourself strong in behalf of. Father, we are here; we are repentant, and we are calling on Your name. We are saying with our whole hearts, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in our lives and in the earth.” Do all that is in Your heart today and every day.

Thank You for Your faithfulness to preparing the Body of Christ for the return of our Savior, Lord, and King, the Messiah Jesus The Christ. Thank You for saving souls and raising up the Remnant, who will once again fully take up Your cause, with the confirmation of Your power and authority. Thank You for raising up men, women, boys, and girls, full of Your faith and Your Holy Spirit, who will do the greater works declared by Jesus Christ, our Lord. Your Word does not return to You void; we are watching and waiting.

We love and appreciate You. Even so, come Lord Jesus! We believe, we receive as we pray, knowing You are faithful to Your Word and to us.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen, amen, and amen.

The Testing of our Faith is Part of the Process

Spiritual Common Sense

Each genuine believer must be delivered from contrariness to God, which operates in our own hearts, first and foremost. We must ask ourselves if we will choose to believe our God, and willingly seek His opinion, insight, and instruction, no matter the situation. The testing of our faith (what we genuinely believe) is necessary, if we are to move from faith to faith, and glory to glory in our transformation into the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).

WHY DOES OUR GOD ALLOW OUR FAITH TO BE TRIED AND TESTED?

Deuteronomy 8:2 (NLT) Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.

Our God does not “test” us Himself; rather He does not rescue us, but allows us to “take ourselves” or “be drawn into situations” so that we can see what is in our own hearts. He already knows if we will honor His will and way. He is not sadistic, or masochistic. No, His intent is that we prosper and be in health, even as our souls proper (3 John 1:2). We must first; however, recognize and acknowledge sin and rebellion in our own hearts, before we can genuinely repent. Genuine repentance then opens our lives up for our God’s intervention and blessing.

Psalm 66:10-12 (NASB) For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.

Zechariah 13:9 (NASB) “And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.'”

THE CONSUMING FIRE OF OUR GOD IS A BLESSING TO US
Watchmen, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you, (that is, to test the quality of your faith), as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. Remember that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings and keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory (filled with His radiance and splendor) is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy (1 Peter 4:12-13 AMP).

Yes, we are to walk through testing, and live each day as if Christ could return in all His glory. As the fire of our God’s love, protection, and correction changes our lives, we must also remember that His glory will first be revealed in us, His Body, the Church. We must remember the value and results of the trying, testing, and molding of our faith:

James 1:2-4 (NASB) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect (mature) and complete (whole), lacking in nothing (having faith that manifests your needs).

NEVER FORGET THAT WE ARE HIS BELOVED CHILDREN
As our God’s Word and Holy Spirit teach us, life, the world and darkness come to test what we believe, to see if we genuinely believe with our hearts (Mark 4:14-20). Passing the tests equips us with new/deeper revelation of our Heavenly Father, the mind of Christ, and the power of His Holy Spirit. This is part of the process of spiritual maturity and promotion. Our God wants us to trust Him, His Word, and ways, as He grooms and grows us up, as He restores our lives to HIS original intent.

Our God’s Love, companionship, and training equip us to operate in the power and authority of His Word and Holy Spirit. The guidance of His character, Word and Holy Spirit, (as They walk us through the traps of life, the world, and darkness), provides the understanding and sound spiritual judgment needed to tear down the kingdom of darkness, as we build the Kingdom of our God.

FEAR NOT, IT IS PART OF THE PROCESS
The Word to God’s Watchmen all over the world today is a resounding, “Fear not!” There is no need to fear if our God is leading. How do we get our God in the driver’s seat of our lives?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

James 1:5 (KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

We must get and keep our God involved in our affairs. Purpose to never leave His presence, or escape His watchful eye. Expect, without wavering, His answers, and guidance.

JESUS IS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S BELOVED FIRSTBORN SON,
WE MUST HEAR HIM (Luke 21)
The following is a reminder of the things Jesus Christ said during His time on earth; the Holy Spirit would put us in remembrance so that we do not faint and lose heart; so that we continue steadfast and immovable in our faith towards our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His Holy Spirit. No man knows the hour that the Son of man shall return. We can; however, be prepared and properly informed.

Luke 21:8 And He said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
Jesus knew that false prophets and teachers would be at work in the “church.” It is our job to believe our God is greater and stronger and that His Word does not return void and empty, as we pray, decree, and declare His will in the earth.

Luke 21:9-11 When ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: Great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Are we genuinely surprised when we see or hear the news from around the nations? Did not our God speak through His Son warning humanity of the things to come? We must not be moved by what we hear, see, or feel; we must purpose in our hearts to be moved by the character, Word, power, and authority of our God alone.

Luke 21:12-15 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. It shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

We must purpose in our hearts never to be afraid of the faces of any, but trust and follow our God’s lead in all things. He will speak through us if we allow Him to do so, and He knows just what to say. He speaks the language of the hearer (Acts 2:6).

Luke 21:16-17 Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. Ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake.

Darkness hates light, even when it exists in one of our loved ones. We must remember it is not truly us, but the God in us, who is the Light. The hatred and contradiction of humanity did not change Jesus’ mode of operation. He continued to listen to the voice of our Heavenly Father and followed the guidance of His Holy Spirit. We must do the same.

Luke 21:18-19 There shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.

We must remember, when we leave all to our God’s care and guidance, He alone has the final say. When He says yes, no one can contradict Him. We must lay our lives on the altar of His love, trusting Him to keep His Word, causing all things to work together for our good. We are patience; we endure without fear, without doubt.

WE MUST REMEMBER OUR GOD’S PROMISES
James 1:12 (NASB) Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Living life in abundance is living in the faith, glory, power, and authority of our God. Our faith must be tested.

REMEMBER THE NATURE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
We will walk through life, the world, and darkness filled with confidence in our God. We will not fear the testing of the genuineness of our faith, knowing that our God’s Love, Joy, Peace, Goodness, Gentleness, Longsuffering, Faithfulness, Meekness, and Self-control, will see us through until the end of the matter. We know the end of the matter is that “WE WIN!

HEAVENLY FATHER,
We love You. We trust You. We set our faces like flint to do Your will. We understand the testing of our faith is necessary. We are mature enough to recognize and know that testing is good for us. We are grateful that even though we fail a test, You are right there instructing us anew.

Thank You for the nuggets of gold that we have gained through our tests and struggles. Thank You for Your plans for our lives, and that You are walking us into them. We are grateful that You have the final say in our lives.

We open wide doors, windows, and gaps for You to enter in. We ask that You do all that is in Your heart. We thank You in advance for all that we are learning. We thank You in advance for the understanding, wisdom, and revelation knowledge we receive. Thank You for greater levels of power and authority that comes with it all.

We trust Your character, Word (Scripture/Jesus), and Your Holy Spirit to continue to lead, guide, direct, keep and provide for us. We thank You for making us more and more like Jesus, and therefore, like Yourself. Again, do all that is in Your heart, today and everyday. In Jesus name we pray. Amen and thank You.