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Our Plans

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Wisdom wrote in Proverbs chapter 19:

21 Many plans are in a man’s mind,

But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).

Over the course of my life, I have had many plans, ideas, and imaginations about what to pursue with the time and resources available to me.  I have set up businesses based on what I thought were good ideas and found out the difference between my plan and FATHER’S plan.  HIS plan always works whereas my plan only has at best, the world’s odds of working.

I know the difference between activities backed by HIS favor and all other opportunities arising out of my mind.  Clearly my desire is to only pursue those plans supported by THE SPIRIT which ultimately are intended to bring forth life and blessing.  All else is simply a waste of time and resources and tends to bring forth stress in one’s life.

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Hebrews chapter 4:

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Some people become infatuated with new ideas or possible inventions.  The word infatuation a feeling of foolish or obsessively strong love for, admiration for, or interest in someone or something and is normally short-lived.  We must allow The Holy Spirit to lead us when our creative juices are flowing so that we don’t allow ourselves to be driven off course.

The adversary is an expert in the area of misdirection.  He will entice us with plans and ideas which will take our focus off of our calling and enslave us to a path of over commitment and underachievement.  His methods are extremely subtle but are no match for one who is led by The Holy Spirit.

FATHER has a Divine Plan.  You and I were created through Divine means and HE has a Divine purpose for each of us and that purpose is included within HIS Grand Plan.  Consider those men and women found in Hebrews chapter 11.  Each one fulfilled a portion of FATHER’S overall plan, even in their later years.

Our individual plans are intended to line up with our Divine purpose.  Let us not be tempted to deviate from our purpose because of being intrigued with opportunities which arise.  We must discern whether those opportunities are meant to further our purpose or if they are simply misdirections by the adversary.

We do not need to force our purpose to come to pass.  FATHER will open the doors at the right time, at the right place, and in the correct manner.  Your Divine purpose will draw you toward its fulfillment unless you resist it.  Your resistance causes delay and lack of peace.  This is why we should prepare ourselves on a daily basis to hear FATHER and be led by THE SPIRIT.  If we do this on a consistent basis, peace will prevail in our hearts and FATHER will exalt us in due time.

No Separation

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Man’s ego promotes the idea of independence and separation from FATHER as though FATHER is found somewhere in the distant heavens and has the ability to show up when called.  Nothing could be further from the Truth.

Jeremiah wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 17:

​9 ​​“The heart is deceitful above all things,

​​And desperately wicked;

​​Who can know it?

10 ​​I, the LORD, search the heart,

​​I test the mind,

​​Even to give every man according to his ways,

​​According to the fruit of his doings.”

FATHER makes an emphatic statement concerning the heart of man- it is deceitful and desperately wicked.  How would a distant GOD know this?  FATHER is not distant from HIS creation for HIS SPIRIT is everywhere.  Jesus spoke to Nicodemus in John chapter 3:

5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Jesus likened The Holy Spirit to the wind which is found everywhere on earth but cannot be seen.  Do you really think FATHER is not aware of your every thought and action?  How can a righteous Judge rule without all the facts?  By definition, FATHER knows our hearts and our intents.

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Genesis chapter 3:

8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

The “cool of the day” is actually the Hebrew word ruwach.  This word means:

wind, breath, mind, spirit.  Adam and Eve hid themselves from the “sound” of THE SPIRIT of FATHER as though they could be physically separated from The Holy Spirit.  As a result of their sin, they believed they could be separated and isolated from THE SPIRIT.  This belief as prevailed among men ever since.

Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 6:

6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

FATHER is ever present to hear our righteous prayers and will respond accordingly.  The Holy Spirit is also ever present in our individual “temples” thus we are never alone or forsaken.  There is not one person on this earth who is fully separated from FATHER for HE searches the hearts of all men.

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Corinthians chapter 2:

13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

The whole issue boils down to this.  Man’s ego has tried to separate man from FATHER and The Holy Spirit but has been fully deceived in his darkness.  Man is simply unable to recognize the Truth that The Holy Spirit is everywhere and can be found when this blindness is lifted.  We need a Spiritual awakening to occur today and FATHER is preparing us to rule and reign so that we can minister the exact Truth of FATHER’S Divine plan of Love.  Jesus showed us The Way so that we could be fully prepared for this eventuality.  Let us not cease in our determination toward full maturity IN HIM.

High Spiritual Activity

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Upon awakening this morning, I sensed a high level of spiritual activity brought about by the adversary. It was most important to deal with it thus I did not write a blog as usual… Just to let you know. Some of you may have had a similar experience today or it may have been confined to the personal level only.

Dying To The Flesh

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

How do I “die to the flesh”?  This question causes one to think that they must take certain steps to evoke death to their flesh but we must focus on the positive aspect of living unto Christ.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 12:

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

If I pursue full acceptance to FATHER, my flesh is not being fed in any manner and is weakened to the point of dying.  I am removing any and all sustenance to my flesh.  As I present my body as a living sacrifice to FATHER’S perfect plan, will, and purpose for my life, I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind.  This renewal is accomplished by reading, studying, and hearing FATHER’S Word consistently thus removing unbelief from my midst.

If I change my focus to worldly matters and events, my mind ceases to be renewed and I lose my first Love.  The categories of worldly matters are found in the Beloved Disciple’s writing by THE SPIRIT in 1 John chapter 2:

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Each one of us has a decision to make on a daily basis- pursue FATHER and HIS Word or pursue “all that is in the world” and lose our first Love.  The battle for our focus is in our mind and thus we must discipline our mind by building up our spirit.  The most direct way I know of is found in Jude 1 given to us by THE SPIRIT:

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

This is why I emphasized praying in THE SPIRIT daily for this will keep us in the Love of Our Heavenly Father.  What a simple solution!  When I pray in THE SPIRIT, I build up my faith and at the same time, remove unbelief and die to the flesh… little by little until I arrive at full maturity.

The Old Testament cannot transform our minds in the manner Romans 12:2 refers to.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 2 Corinthians chapter 3:

12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—

13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.

14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.

15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Transformation is accomplished by focusing on the New Testament hence that is why I believe FATHER has me focus on the Gospels and Epistles.  We need full transformation and this is primarily done by studying the New Testament.  Don’t get me wrong, the Old Testament metaphors and parables primarily point to Jesus Christ and thus we should not discount the Old Testament in any way.  However, let us focus on the Words of Jesus Christ and the Epistles given by The Holy Spirit to accomplish the transformation.

Saul was an expert on the Old Testament and he killed.  When his mind was transformed and became Paul, he became a man of Agape Love.  I trust that each of us has the desire to be transformed where we become mature Sons and Daughters and walk in Agape Love as well.  When we have become fully transformed, our flesh will have shriveled up and died.

Judgment Is Coming

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Isaiah wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 5:

20  Woe (judgment is coming) to those who call evil good, and good evil;

Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;

Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  AMPL

And in Proverbs chapter 17:

15  ​​He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,

​​Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

There are many social groups of various types who are attempting to redefine the Truth and the facts.  These passages are quite clear concerning the ramification of these movements. 

The term “perverse” means to alter (something) from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended.  FATHER formed each of us in the womb with a specific Divine Intent.  Any alteration is rationalized by individuals through redefinition to satisfy their lusts and/or pride.  Their darkness will only be removed when The Light arrives in their midst.  Selah!

Our Words

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Wisdom speaks to us in Proverbs chapter 16:

24 ​​Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,

​​Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

And in chapter 21:

21 ​​Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

​​And those who love it will eat its fruit.

When you understand the importance and power in words we speak, we can speak health over ourselves.  As we walk in the pureness of our heart and are led by THE SPIRIT, our words reflect the righteousness of Our Heavenly Father.  We will not ask amiss but will ask according to HIS plan, will, and purpose for us.  If our particular calling requires certain resources to fulfill our mandate, we are not to hesitate in asking FATHER for them.  Jesus spoke in Mark chapter 11:

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Isn’t that the essence of the prayer of a righteous man as James wrote in chapter 5:

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Those who grew up in the “faith movement” of the 1970’s and 80’s focused on using the formula of “name it and claim it” in order to obtain finances and possessions.  They were compelled to give to the ministry as the necessary seed for their harvest.  Those ministries financially flourished but many people ended up with less money and possibly regret that they failed to follow the formula properly. 

The evangelist did not emphasize walking in righteousness and being led by THE SPIRIT.  Some of those same evangelists were caught up in sin and lawlessness themselves.  However, this does not negate the Gospel of the Words of Jesus.

Jesus never spoke words of unbelief and neither should we.  Words of pride are any words which deviate from who we are in Christ.  Those who are arrogant are full of pride.  Also, those who attempt to demean themselves as worthless are full of pride for they are not accepting who they are in Christ by their own words.  Wisdom wrote in Proverbs chapter 16:

18 ​​Pride goes before destruction,

​​And a haughty spirit before a fall.

When we hear ourselves speak words which do not line up with FATHER’S Word, we are promoting a life of unbelief and we continue to convince ourselves of being separated from The Holy Spirit within us.  We are effectively allowing our self interest to grow stronger thus becoming spiritually weaker.  I urge you to reverse this process for you are a child of GOD and HE makes no mistakes.

Jesus spoke in Mathew chapter 10:

32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.

 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

Our confession confirms what is in our hearts.  We must speak words of blessing over ourselves and others, not demeaning words.  Words of encouragement bring forth hope and life, biting words bring forth destruction.  As I mentioned months ago, confessing Colossians 1:10-11 will help build you up and strengthen your spirit:

I walk worthy of FATHER, fully pleasing HIM, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of FATHER;  strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.

Amen!

Our Every Thought

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

David wrote by THE SPIRIT in Psalm 139:

1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2 ​​You know my sitting down and my rising up;

​​You understand my thought afar off.

3 ​​You comprehend my path and my lying down,

​​And are acquainted with all my ways.

4 ​​For there is not a word on my tongue,

​​But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

And Wisdom wrote in Proverbs chapter 15:

26 ​​The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,

​​But the words of the pure are pleasant.

FATHER knows every thought we have even before we speak.  There is nothing hidden from HIM thus we must deal with our thought life if we are to become mature Sons and Daughters of GOD.  We must get rid of those selfish thoughts, thoughts of revenge, and condescending thoughts toward others.  We can no longer hold bitterness or anger within.  What is the solution?  We must renew our minds as Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 12:

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

When our minds are renewed, our thoughts align with The Word and our hearts become pure.  The result is that we die to the flesh and speak the Truth in Love.  Jesus revealed in Matthew chapter 5:

8 ​​Blessed are the pure in heart,

​​For they shall see God.

Proverbs 23: 7 tells us “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”  Our thoughts precede our actions as Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 12:

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

When you think wrong, you act wrong and then wonder why your life is not being blessed by FATHER.  The Word has all the answers to life’s problems if we will only pursue a life of living according to the precepts given to us in FATHER’S Word.

Wisdom tells us in Proverbs chapter 15:

8 ​​The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,

​​But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

9 ​​The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,

​​But He loves him who follows righteousness.

The Amplified Version expresses:

9 The way [of life] of the wicked is hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord,

But He loves one who pursues righteousness [personal integrity, moral courage and honorable character].

10 There is severe discipline for him who turns from the way [of righteousness];

And he who hates correction will die.

Yes, Agape Love brings for “severe discipline” as needed.  Unconditional Love does not passively accept sin and lawlessness as some groups want to believe and convince us to accept as Truth.  It is our responsibility to control our thoughts and not allow lawlessness and perversion to be found in us.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 2 Corinthians chapter 10:

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

Do not take these words lightly or else correction is on the horizon.  Its severity may be tied to how much needs to be cleaned out of one’s mind.  Each of us has been given the ability to control our thoughts so let’s exercise that ability beginning today.

Love’s Gift To Us

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Corinthians chapter 14:

18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

FATHER gave Paul tremendous revelation as evidenced by his epistles to the brethren.  Paul explains:

1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

When we speak to FATHER in the spirit, are there any idle words spoken?  Absolutely not!  A mystery is a revelation affecting the person and is yet to be revealed but is applicable to that person’s well being.  When we speak in tongues, we are speaking the pure Word to FATHER without any self interest attached to It. 

As we hear ourselves speak in THE SPIRIT, our faith is positively impacted even though our soul has no understanding at the time.  We can ask FATHER to interpret what we are praying for our own understanding but we must not allow ourselves to be caught up with self-imposed restrictions.

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 10:

17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Our faith increases as we speak in tongues when we understand the reality of our spirit communicating via The Holy Spirit to FATHER.  It is an act of faith to speak in tongues and as each Word is spoken, our faith increases.

In Jude, it is written by THE SPIRIT:

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

What simplicity in building ourselves up in faith to the point of walking in great faith!  Let us no longer downplay FATHER’S gift to us in any way.  Jesus spoke in Luke chapter 11:

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?

12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

FATHER has made it possible for every one of us to pray perfect prayers to HIM thus allowing HIM to respond to our situations in the perfect, applicable manner.  As we pray with this understanding, our faith will be energized even to a greater degree and expectation.  We must not set this gift aside but instead exercise this gift daily as we also pray with understanding.

Wisdom adds to this understanding in Proverbs chapter 18:

20  ​​A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;

​​From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.

21 ​​ Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

​​And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Selah!

Two Prophecies

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Here are two prophecies to consider.  When I hear the word “rapture”, I have a different understanding but I don’t discount everything else due to a difference in understanding of one verse.  Each of us must discern what to accept by THE SPIRIT and what to place on the “shelf” until FATHER provides clarity and deeper understanding.  As always, I focus on the message of Agape Love.

Economically speaking, perception is propping up the various economies around the world and they are at the precipice of collapse… I too am convinced that President Trump is well aware of it.  As the darkness grows worse around the world, even more so, the Sons and Daughters are being fully prepared in a much greater manner to overcome the darkness with the Light.

A Day of Praise

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Let us today praise Our Heavenly Father and acknowledge HIS majesty, especially in our lives.  Let us speak words of gratitude and thank HIM for Our Lord Jesus Christ Who has shown us The Way, The Truth, and The Life; Who has made us free.  Let us read aloud the following Psalm:

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Psalm 148:

1 Praise the LORD!

​​Praise the LORD from the heavens;

​​Praise Him in the heights!

2 ​​Praise Him, all His angels;

​​Praise Him, all His hosts!

3 ​​Praise Him, sun and moon;

​​Praise Him, all you stars of light!

4 ​​Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,

​​And you waters above the heavens!

5 ​​Let them praise the name of the LORD,

​​For He commanded and they were created.

6 ​​He also established them forever and ever;

​​He made a decree which shall not pass away.

7 ​​Praise the LORD from the earth,

​​You great sea creatures and all the depths;

8 ​​Fire and hail, snow and clouds;

​​Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

9 ​​Mountains and all hills;

​​Fruitful trees and all cedars;

10 ​​Beasts and all cattle;

​​Creeping things and flying fowl;

11 ​​Kings of the earth and all peoples;

​​Princes and all judges of the earth;

12 ​​Both young men and maidens;

​​Old men and children.

13 ​​Let them praise the name of the LORD,

​​For His name alone is exalted;

​​His glory is above the earth and heaven.

14 ​​And He has exalted the horn of His people,

​​The praise of all His saints—

​​Of the children of Israel,

​​A people near to Him.

​​Praise the LORD!