Archive for January, 2018

Being Chastened

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Hebrews chapter 12:

5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:

​​​“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,

​​Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

6 ​​For whom the LORD loves He chastens,

​​And scourges every son whom He receives.”

7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Each of us goes through trials and tribulation in our daily life.  Some may last days, weeks, or even months but we must not let ourselves become angry or bitter.  Instead, we should continue our walk in faith knowing that Our Loving Father has a purpose for allowing us to go through such testing.  If we never had any sustained challenges then there would be a question of whether we are HIS Sons.  None of us are perfect thus we need correction from FATHER.  Those who are mature in Christ simply walk in peace as the test continues, knowing there is a need to be tested and to overcome the adversity.  FATHER will reveal certain aspects of our life needing correction.

The more severe the test, the more peaceable fruit of righteousness to those of us who have been trained by it.  It is all about attitude when proceeding through the test.  Paul suffered much when he was spreading the Gospel.  In 2 Corinthians chapter 11 he wrote by THE SPIRIT:

24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.

25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;

26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness

Did he complain about his trials?  He expressed his commitment to bringing the Gospel to the churches and was not moved by the things he suffered for Christ.  Each of us will suffer in some manner for Christ.  If we embrace the suffering, we will become an example and testimony to those who observe our suffering.  As we complete the test, we are able to minister to those who inquire about our positive attitude and we are able to give credit to Our Lord Jesus Christ Who sustained through such a test.  Embrace the chastening and trust FATHER to bring forth peace.  HIS Love will sustain us and the time will pass quicker.

Above Every Name

Tuesday, January 30th, 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.

Paul also wrote by THE SPIRIT in Philippians chapter 2:

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is exalted above every person who has ever lived on earth.  He is the precise manifestation of FATHER and His Words are Truth and fully reflect the Divine Intent of FATHER.  We must never overlook this Truth as we study His Word.  Jesus Christ should be preeminent in our walk and thoughts as we proceed through each day.  The phrase “What would Jesus do?” really does apply to us as we face our various challenges throughout the day.

At some point we know that every knee will bow and in a willing manner.  Why?  When a person’s eyes are opened and he or she is able to see the whole Truth of who Jesus is, that person will acknowledge the majesty and Love of Christ.  Jesus will wipe away the tears of regret in a Loving manner.

The sooner we fully acknowledge Our Lord Jesus Christ and the power in His Name, the more fruitful our walk will be.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians chapter 1:

15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

As we press in and receive greater wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, we will tap into the power and authority of our Elder Brother.  Being motivated by Love, we will minister with increasing effectiveness and produce greater fruit in our walk.  Jesus is expecting a Bride without spot or wrinkle and it is by His power that this will take place in our individual lives.  As we immerse ourselves in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, we will become spotless.  His thoughts will become our thoughts, His Words will become our words.  I find it an honor to be a reflection of Jesus Christ My Lord!

Courage In Turbulent Times

Monday, January 29th, 2018

This year the word to be emphasized is courage.  In a recent interview, Mark Taylor discusses what FATHER told him in reference to the United States.  We are apolitical and our focus is on spiritual aspects of the interview.  If February turns out to be the beginning of the revealing of truth, there will most likely be a time of unrest.  We are to be of good courage if this indeed takes place, knowing that FATHER will be our covering and protection.  To watch the interview:

Be A Light

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Philippians chapter 2:

13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing,

15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world

There are many things each of us do on a daily basis which seems to be of no consequence but we must not assume that to be the case.  As we learn to live in a state of constant gratitude, even the most mundane tasks can take on new meaning.  Let us embrace each task as a ministry unto FATHER WHO is working in us.

Since HE works in us according to HIS will and HIS good pleasure, everything we do is relevant in some manner.  Every task moves us closer to being blameless, harmless, and without fault.  The crooked and perverse generation all around us will do the same tasks but in a begrudging manner as though they are entitled to sit around and do nothing.  We become a testimony of stark contrast when both of us are side by side thus our light shines even brighter.

If I am called to serve others in some capacity, then I should be the best server in the building.  If I have to work late to handle some time-sensitive issue, then I should do it without complaining.  Consider what FATHER expected of HIS Most Holy Son:

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus embraced His calling to humble Himself even to the point of becoming obedient to death.  FATHER’S plan for redeeming mankind was successful because of Jesus’ obedience.  FATHER has a plan for each of us to also be lights unto the world so we should embrace the tasks each day knowing that the end result will be accomplished in us and through us.  Clear that table with a smile.  Wash those dishes with a smile.  Be happy when you de-clutter that closet.  When you have to work late, do it unto FATHER.  Be a blessing in everything you set your hand to and do it unto FATHER for HIS good pleasure!

Thank You

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Thank you to those who are able to give into this ministry!  We deeply appreciate your support and your words of encouragement.

Being Filled With The Fullness

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians chapter 3:

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,

Our inner man can and will be strengthened with might through The Holy Spirit.  By HIS glorious, unlimited resources, FATHER will empower you and me with inner strength so that we can walk according to HIS glory.  Paul prayed this prayer because he knew it to be true so we should expect it to occur in our lives without reservation.  His prayer also bases the ability to walk according to HIS glory on certain conditions being met.  Paul continues:

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—

19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Love and faith are necessary to being filled with the fullness.  Our comprehension to pursuing the fullness requires us to be fully rooted and grounded in Love.  The intellectual person will spend countless hours gathering facts in Scripture hoping to find the key to understanding but without Love being the foundation, the revelation will be out of reach.  Only by focusing on Love, its attributes, and its fruit will we be prepared to be filled with the fullness.

Jesus was fully motivated by Love in all that He did and all that He spoke.  His commandment was centered around Love.  FATHER sent Him because HE so Loved the world.  I marvel at those people who claim to be mature in Christ yet they do not have the revelation of Love, based on their word and deed.  Each day we should be looking to be a blessing of Love to others.  Our daily lives should be filled with acts of kindness and forgiveness.  We should live each day with gratefulness for simply being alive at this hour.  As we walk in this manner, we will be filled with the fullness.  Thank YOU FATHER for providing The Way!

Being Strengthened

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Philippians chapter 4:

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:

12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Each of us faces many challenges in life, and some of those challenges seem insurmountable at times.  Thankfully, we do not have to experience them alone for Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us The Holy Spirit to comfort us in those times.  Knowing that Jesus Christ is never far away provides us the strength to endure all things which come our way.

Paul had a great anointing on him to minister the Gospel yet he suffered many trials for Christ.  We’ve been led to believe that we should not suffer at all but the reality does not confirm that teaching.  If we are to be “overcomers”, then we must overcome something and/or someone.  Why do we need to be strengthened?  So that we can overcome the challenges in whatever form they take.

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.

Why do we need to be strong if we were not going to be challenged?  These Scriptures are meant to prepare us spiritually and emotionally for what lies ahead.  As we embrace these passages, our faith will increase as well as our courage.  When the challenges do confront us, we will not be moved but will work through those challenges and stand on FATHER’S promises to us.

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;

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

The Truth will always prevail over the circumstances if we do not waver in our stand.  The Word of FATHER is greater than any sickness or disease as well as any other obstacle we may face.  We must not fear the obstacles but instead exercise our faith to overcome them.  As we dwell and meditate on these passages, our strength will increase and we will truly be able to proclaim “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

The Truth

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Jesus spoke in John chapter 4:

23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The fullness of Truth is found within FATHER and if we want the whole Truth, we must seek HIM.  Truth originates with FATHER and all those who seek the Truth cannot omit FATHER’S Word else they will end up with some form of derived truth.  In Psalm 25, THE SPIRIT wrote:

4 ​​Show me Your ways, O LORD;

​​Teach me Your paths.

5 ​​Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

​​For You are the God of my salvation;

​​On You I wait all the day.

Is there a higher truth than that emanating from FATHER?  Absolutely not!  As we seek to walk in THE WAY, we will be known as truth seekers.  We will be able to discern when people lie to us because our spirit will pick up on the inconsistencies and intent of what they speak.  THE SPIRIT wrote in Psalm 86:

15 ​​But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,

​​Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.

When we stand on the Truth, we do not have to remember what we said and to whom.  We simply recall the Truth.  FATHER is abundant in Truth so we should expect that abundance to be communicated to us as we seek the Truth in all matters.  There are many doctrines out there and only by knowing the Truth can we accept or reject what is being offered.  In the end, we shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set us free!

Glorify FATHER

Wednesday, January 24th, 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.

My body is the temple of The Holy Spirit and I should treat it as such.  Even though all things may be lawful for me, I should listen to THE SPIRIT concerning what I eat and drink.  As each of us becomes more sensitive, our body will function better and tend toward health.  Overindulgence is not good so we should consume in moderation.

We are urged to flee sexual immorality.  Any impure use of the body ultimately defiles it and requires a purging to resolve the defilement.  If we will give no place for a thought to manifest, we will keep ourselves pure.  Let us take each thought captive and counteract it by expressing The Word in that specific area.

Our goal should be to glorify FATHER in our body and spirit so let us begin this day and focus on glorifying HIM in word and deed.

Embrace The Fire

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

THE SPIRIT wrote in Hebrews chapter 12:

25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 

26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 

27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 

29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Those who trust in FATHER’S Love will get to the point of embracing HIS consuming fire in their lives.  Am I happy to live a life with dross anywhere in my being?  No, let every aspect of my life be subjected to HIS Loving, consuming fire which will remove anything from preventing full healing in every area of my existence.

When given the go ahead, FATHER will surgically use HIS fiery Word to expose and remove anything contrary to HIS Divine Intent of Love.
FATHER spoke to Joshua in chapter 1:

 8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

We are called to conquer our land (body) in similar fashion but it will take courage to purge our history, bias, incorrect thinking & teaching, etc.  Let each of us step up and be of good courage!