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What And Where Is Your Treasure?

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus spoke:

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;

20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.”

At some point, our preparation must move from passive to active.  We can spend our whole life studying The Word and can be known as professional students or we can move toward walking out the revelation we have been given.  There have been those who have tried to walk out their incomplete preparation and have produced little or no fruit.  Others waited and postponed the next step in walking out the ministry given to us and produced very little or no fruit as well.  The key is to seek FATHER and be fully led by THE SPIRIT according to HIS perfect timing.  That should be what we all seek.

The foundation of our walk must be centered around Agape Love and not anything else.  Each of us must ask “Where is my treasure?”  “What is my life centered around?”  There are those who spend their life accumulating “stuff” and financial treasures only to leave a huge burden of disposing of the “stuff” to their inheritors.  Others accumulate wealth and end up leaving it to those who will ultimately squander it on their lusts and pride.  Either way, their treasure becomes corrupted and gets destroyed in some manner.

As for me, I am laying up my treasure in Heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys it.  No thief can steal it for it is guarded by Our Heavenly Father.  What about you?

FATHER has had my wife and me in a “de-clutter” mode and we are in the midst of getting rid of things we purchased in the past and have held onto beyond their true usefulness.  The stuff simply took up space and caused us difficulty in finding the things we still use.  The local charity knows me well by now.  We chose to help people in need rather than hold garage sales in an effort to squeeze the last dime out of past purchases.  Let our giving be a blessing to those in need.

Our focus must be directed to Heavenly treasures, not earthly accumulations which have no enduring value to the Kingdom.  Yes, we must keep those things and assets which promote our ability to operate going forward but we also must jettison anything which would enslave us from being nimble when FATHER tells us to “Go”.

I would suggest that those who are being led in the same manner, begin to de-clutter your life of anything which would hold you back from what lies ahead for the mature Sons and Daughters of FATHER.  I sense the time is now short and we should prepare ourselves for whatever FATHER calls us to do as a unified Body.  I would also suggest that it is time to ramp up our time in prayer with an expectation of coming into a full unity of fellowship and purpose.  In the coming days, I will further expound on the next steps as FATHER leads.  I myself currently have more questions than answers in this area so I will be seeking FATHER for direction.  If you are also sensing a change, please begin praying about it as well.  Let us be in unity based on our commitment to walk in HIS Love and not simply raise up another church among the 10,000 denominations already in existence.

Physical Death

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

I do not intend to be morbid but death is part of living on this earth.  It is not necessary to die due to accident, sickness, or disease.  FATHER does not put sickness on us when it is our time to pass from the earthly life.  In Psalm 104, by THE SPIRIT it is written:

29 …You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

FATHER simply and peacefully takes our breath away just as HE breathed life into man, HE also removes life by taking our breath.  This is how Love operates, not by placing some extended illness on HIS children and causing much pain and suffering in HIS children and anxiety in their loved ones.

In the Book of Job, it is also written by THE SPIRIT in chapter 34:

10 ​​“Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding:

​​Far be it from God to do wickedness, ​​And from the Almighty to commit iniquity.

11 ​​For He repays man according to his work,

​​And makes man to find a reward according to his way.

12 ​​Surely God will never do wickedly,

​​Nor will the Almighty pervert justice.

13 ​​Who gave Him charge over the earth?

​​Or who appointed Him over the whole world?

14 ​​If He should set His heart on it,

​​If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,

15 ​​All flesh would perish together,

​​And man would return to dust.

It is not the will of Our Heavenly Father for men to suffer so let us not make an exception when it comes to the time of our departure from physical life.  It is totally inconsistent for us to be instructed to heal the sick and then require sickness for us to later die after we live a full and complete life according to HIS purpose.  Let us not allow ourselves to rationalize the method of our physical departure based on man’s traditions and lack of understanding concerning FATHER’S Agape Love.  Is there a better and more peaceful way to pass from this current state?

Body And Spirit

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Corinthians chapter 6:

15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!

16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,”He says, “shall become one flesh.”

17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

People focus only on sexual immorality in this passage but I say we must go beyond the “do not” aspect expressed by Paul.  Yes, let us not be sexually immoral but let us truly treat our body as HIS temple where HIS glory resides and expresses Itself.

Many people pursue the state of meeting “minimum” requirements in what they do rather than exceeding expectations.  I believe the mature Sons and Daughters will exceed expectations by pursuing excellence in their walk.  We have been given the opportunity by FATHER to be counted among those whom HE has placed here on this earth at this particular time in history.

In the past, I failed miserably at times to even meet FATHER’S minimum requirements but by HIS great mercy, HE restored me to fellowship with HIM.  Our immaturity is considered as we go through the trials and testings before us and that is why FATHER’S mercy is necessary to be extended to us in order to get us back on track.  Paul’s failures and restoration were very encouraging to me when one considers that he was an enemy to The Way before being confronted by Jesus.

We must not belittle the price paid for our bodies as well as our souls.  Our bodies should become a testimony of Christ just as our actions should reflect FATHER’S Divine Intent.  Jesus went to the cross and left nothing out for He died for our sins and our sicknesses.  Let us pursue excellence in all areas rather than omit any aspect of FATHER’S Divine Intent.  Let us glorify FATHER in body and spirit!

Jesus’ Ministry Has Not Diminished

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Man has continued to seek cures for sickness and disease by attempting to discover and understand the design of the human body independent of FATHER’S perfect Divine Intent for healing.  I believe this avenue that man has taken falls under the category of FATHER’S “acceptable” Will rather than HIS perfect will.  Mankind can achieve positive results but they will not obtain 100% success in the acceptable category whereas if we pursue FATHER’S perfect Will, we should expect 100% success when the recipients’ attitude is right.

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Acts chapter 5:

14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,

15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.

16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

When Peter flowed in FATHER’S perfect will, all were healed in the above passage, not just a few.  Why?  Because the multitudes had seen that through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people (v 12) and their attitudes and expectations lined up with FATHER’S perfect Will to the point where they gather from surrounding cities with their sick to receive healing.  What was the result?  All were healed of sickness, disease, and demonic possession/oppression.  There was no technology, drugs, or any other current means available to them.

Yet when Jesus was ministering in Nazareth, it is written by Mark in chapter 6:

1 Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him.

2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands!

3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.

4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”

5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.

6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

In the above passages, Peter had greater success than Jesus!  I believe it is critical for us to embrace this contrast because of its impact concerning our expectations as we mature.  Jesus spoke in John chapter 14:

12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

We must not limit ourselves by thinking we are unworthy to walk in a greater manner than Our Elder Brother as far as tangible results are concerned.  Peter had greater success in Jerusalem than Jesus did in Nazareth because the attitude of the people was right in Jerusalem.  They had seen the many indisputable signs and wonders done by the hands of the apostles.  Those signs and wonders could not be challenged or denied thus the expectation of success was exceedingly high among the people.

The disciples were all in one accord on Solomon’s Porch… they were in total unity.  This is critical for us today as well for our unity has its basis on the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament exact Truths contained therein.  Placing our focus anywhere else will only serve to move us away from FATHER’S perfect Will back to HIS acceptable Will.  Let us not diminish FATHER’S Divine Intent that we are to do greater works than Our Elder Brother.

Do You Really Believe?

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

By THE SPIRIT, the Beloved Disciple recorded in John 14 when Jesus spoke:

12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.“

Men spend billions of dollars in time and money trying to find cures for what they classify as the “incurable” yet Jesus had no problem curing all who were sick.  It all really gets down to the declaration made by Our Lord Jesus Christ in the above verse, “Greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.“  Our maturing process will go no further unless we truly believe this declaration and not allow our past weaknesses and failures to hold us back from ascending to a higher spiritual understanding.  We must change and be transformed by the renewing of our mind to this Truth.

It is recorded by THE SPIRIT in Acts chapter 5 that the disciples rose to that level of spiritual understanding:

12 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.

13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly.

14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,

15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.

16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

There will be those of us who really believe and not be denied the promise given to us by Our Lord Jesus Christ.  Let you and me be counted among those who truly believed Our Elder Brother!  Once again, it is all about Love.

Think about it.

Thoroughly Equipped

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 2 Timothy chapter 3:

1  But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear].

2  For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane,

3  [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good,

4  traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God.   AMPL

Doesn’t the above describe precisely what is occurring today?  In the months ahead, I expect the Truth to expose many notable men and women of their hidden agendas which will greatly impact the masses who have blindly followed their leadership.  The Word has warned us of the perversities to be revealed in the “last days”.

But Paul wrote to us, the true believers in Jesus Christ:

10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance,

11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.

The writings we present are intended to mature the Sons and Daughters of Our Heavenly Father who have carefully followed the teachings of Jesus and have not become lukewarm but continue to persevere and remained patient, walking in Agape Love.  Yes, we have suffered persecutions by those whose intent has been to spread their agendas described in verses 1 to 4 because they wanted to remove any opposition who represent the standard of Truth so they would have no restraint from fulfilling their hidden motives.

12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Even though evil has been spreading, FATHER’S Sons and Daughters are being prepared to overcome all the works of the evil one.  We must not allow the current conditions to dishearten us in any manner for Our Heavenly Father will use us to bring forth HIS Kingdom in due season.  Let us be encouraged each day as we continue our preparation to be thoroughly equipped:

14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,

15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Jesus was thoroughly equipped for every good work and His success is well documented in the Gospels.  The Disciples became thoroughly equipped and their successes are well documented in the Book of Acts as well as the Epistles.  We should expect nothing less as we come into the full maturity and are equipped for every good work in the perilous times ahead.

Preparing For Warfare

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

As we spiritually mature, we will confront opposition to our walk.  This is why it is important to become vigilant in our daily lives and continue to prepare for this eventuality.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians chapter 6:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

Paul provides us with the most important aspect of overcoming the wicked one: the shield of faith which is strengthened by the indwelling Word of GOD in us.  Don’t think you can be slack for days, weeks, months, and years then expect to overcome all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  This is one of the many reasons FATHER has me write to you daily.

There are signs of upheaval ahead and we should be prepared as lights unto a world whose past perceptions and assumptions will be shaken.  Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 7:

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:

25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:

27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Jesus provides us a stark contrast of doing versus not doing His Word.  Who else would we trust to take us through chaos and collapse of Mystery Babylon’s fall?  Let us not become collateral damage when the systems no longer work because the perceptions based on smoke and mirrors are finally exposed.  It is only a matter of time when Truth will expose the lies and deceptions of carnal man.

28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,

29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

We have been warned.  Don’t be one the the “astonished”!

On Record

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

The Beloved Disciple wrote by THE SPIRIT in John chapter 20:

30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;

31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

We have been given eyewitness accounts of the Words, works, and miracles of Jesus Christ that we would believe and have life in His Name.  These eyewitness accounts have stood the test of time like no other throughout history for they contain life and promote life among those who believe.

When you have been subject to the miraculous, it changes you and you never forget it.  Yes, you may go astray for a time but you will return when you come back to the realization of the importance of the life-giving Way of Jesus Christ.  Once you have been miraculously healed by FATHER, no one can convince that HIS willingness to heal us is not for today.  Once HE speaks to you personally, no one can convince you that HE does not speak to HIS children in a personal manner.

Matthew wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 16:

1 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.

2 He (Jesus) answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;

3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites!  You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

There are ministries who would lead us to focus on signs attributed to FATHER rather than the Sign Giver.  There is nothing wrong with acknowledging a sign but our focus should not be drawn away from the ministry of Our Lord Jesus Christ and our part in becoming a mature Son or Daughter.  It is easy to be drawn away from the multitude of signs all around us for they can be found everywhere, especially with the advent of the Internet.  I went through a time where I was drawn into the focus of signs and then FATHER warned me and said, “Son, all signs are of ME but not all signs are applicable to you, and I will tell you which signs are applicable to you.”  I repented.

Notice that Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducees that they were effectively wicked and adulterous for seeking after signs.  This warning provided us with the result of being drawn away by an excessiveness of being focused on signs.  “An evil and morally unfaithful generation craves a miraculous sign thus those who should have known better were leading the sheep astray with their impure teachings.  We must take every Word spoken by Jesus Who went on record to reveal FATHER’S Divine Intent as the exact Truth and not allow ourselves to be drawn away from an evil and adulterous path.

Those who are familiar with running marathons (26.2 miles) and half marathons (13.1 miles) are familiar with the car oval stickers which simply state 26.2 or 13.1 inside the oval.  It represents their achievement of a past event.  I recently saw an amusing sticker that had 28.4 on it and in small letters it said “I got lost”.  The good news is that even if the runner gets lost, he or she still knows that there will be a finish line to cross… eventually.

FATHER’S great grace and mercy will steer us back to the course as we return to the all important record known as the New Testament and follow Its instructions.  Just as the prodigal son came to his senses (Luke 15:17) as he was eating pig food, we too will come to our senses when we find ourselves on a totally unfruitful path and realize our mistake.  Let us return to The Word and allow it to be preeminent in all we think, say, and do.

Every Good Work

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 2 Corinthians chapter 9:

. 8 And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.  AMPL

And he further wrote by THE SPIRIT in 2 Timothy chapter 2:

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.

21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

Love and faith acts on The Word and we are to be known by our acts which are good fruit.  If you do nothing, you have no fruit.  Faith acts, Love acts, therefore vessels of honor have corresponding actions known as good works.  We are called to good works and it comes in many forms.  Actions may by physical in nature as well as financial in nature.  When I give money to another in need, it represents the fruit of my past, honorable labor and is deemed to be good fruit when given to someone else out of Agape Love. 

As we increase in the knowledge of Our Heavenly Father and have a greater understanding of HIS Divine Intent, we become sanctified and useful to HIM for good works which HE expects of us.  James wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 2 concerning the need to have corresponding works:

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,

16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

Giving of ourselves by helping others or, giving of our finances to bless others who are in need, are both indications of good works of faith.  There are many who study the Bible and have no corresponding actions thus they only have self interest at the core of their intent.  Corresponding actions to FATHER’S Word separates vessels of honor from vessels of dishonor.  If is up to each of us to determine what path we are willing to take.  Corresponding actions will often seem inconvenient at the time but the fruit of such actions will be quite rewarding because FATHER sees our willingness to sacrifice self-interest on HIS behalf.  We are urged by James to not be foolish in this area.

21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?

22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

Let us become perfected by our actions of faith which will be known to all as good works, motivated by Love!

An Excellent Daily Confession

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

The following is an excellent confession to start each day with:

“I walk worthy of my FATHER, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of HIM; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to FATHER who has qualified me to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in the light for HE has delivered me from the power of darkness and conveyed unto me into the kingdom of the Son of HIS Love”

We have the right and authority to speak forth this confession give to us through Paul by THE SPIRIT in Colossians 1:10-13.  As we hear ourselves speak these words, they will become fully planted and begin producing the fruit of FATHER’S Divine Intent for HE is faithful to watch over HIS Word to perform it.