Archive for January, 2018

Purity of The Word

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Paul wrote in Titus chapter 1 by THE SPIRIT:

15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

We who are classified as “pure” believe and embrace all of FATHER’S Word rather than the flattering words of those who are defiled.  It is so important to be well-versed in The Word and have an understanding of FATHER’S Divine Intent.  When that is the case, we cannot be swayed from the purity of The Word.  If we have a pure heart, our thoughts will be pure.

Those who are impure will be known by their works even though they will attempt to take our focus away by rationalizing why their “word” did not come to pass.
Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 5:

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

This Truth ought to be an incentive for any believer to purify the heart.  Jesus accepted the responsibility to minister to the wife (church) when Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians chapter 5:

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 

26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 

27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

FATHER’S Word will cleanse us of all unrighteousness as we read, study, and ponder it in our lives.  The Word itself is a purifier and will remove all spots and wrinkles.  None of us start our walk spotless but we rely on FATHER’S Word to bring forth the purity each of us desires.

Current Sufferings

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 8:

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 

Believers will go through sufferings of this present time and we must acknowledge this reality in our own lives.  Some people run away from suffering and believe it or not, some people run toward suffering in some manner.  We should simply walk the path FATHER has placed us on and deal with those sufferings as they arise.

Our trust and hope is in the glory yet to be revealed by FATHER and we should be at peace however and whenever this occurs.  Paul reveals to us The Comforter is here for our individual benefit as he wrote in:

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 

27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
We will all go through periods of weakness, but we are not alone.  

The Holy Spirit is here to minister to each of us on an individual and unique basis.  There is no broad formula to deal with my weakness thus I need The Holy Spirit inside me to lead, direct, and comfort me as I deal with life’s issues.  As I pray in THE SPIRIT, my prayers are received from FATHER with the pureness of THE SPIRIT.  My ego is not involved so I am not constrained in any manner.

Just as The Holy Spirit hovered Lovingly over the earth to bring forth FATHER’S Divine Intent, let The Holy Spirit “hover” over each of us to do the same.  What is the result?

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 

29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Amen!

Collecting For The Saints

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Corinthians chapter 16:
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: 

2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. 

3 And when I come, whomever you approve by yourletters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem. 

4 But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me.

Is every word written by Paul to the Corinthians fully inspired by FATHER’S Divine Intent and manifested by HIS SPIRIT?  Is there any Word or thought conveyed intended for any other purpose than FATHER’S Intent?  I ask these questions because our ego will have us discount certain verses in order to protect its “kingdom” of scarcity.  It only has power based on what we provide it and thus when we no longer accept its kingdom, its ruler has nothing left to rule over.

Paul gives a clear directive concerning collection for the saints at Jerusalem.  They were to set “something” aside at the beginning of each week to be distributed to those in need elsewhere.  Paul did not set a specific amount except to say that there must be something to be set aside.  Further, he would not take up a collection when he came so there would be no compromise to the “something”.

The collections would be taken by those who were approved as trustworthy to handle the proceeds but Paul was willing to lead the way if required to do so.  It is clear he understood the importance of meeting the needs of those in Jerusalem, or anywhere else for that matter.

Willingness to give is often an issue of trust.  At the highest level, do I trust FATHER and HIS promises to me concerning giving?  When my wife and I give, we do not concern ourselves with “policing” the recipient because we know our intent is honored by FATHER.  The recipient’s honesty and integrity is judged by FATHER without our assistance and he or she will receive the appropriate reward. Paul’s final exhortation:

13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 

14 Let all that you do be done with (agapē) love.In all aspects of our walk, let each be done in Love.

The Transition

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Transition is the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another, and we are in constant transition.  Movement is the hallmark of transition.  In Genesis chapter 1 by THE SPIRIT:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The word “hovering” means to shake or move with a feeling of tender Love.  FATHER’S Divine Intent causes transition to occur as HE focuses on the manifestation of that intent.  When our intent manifests, we move either higher or lower depending on how our intent aligns with FATHER.  As we seek HIS Wisdom and respond accordingly, we move higher.  As we look to the world and its sensual, experiential, limited wisdom, we will only move closer to the scarcity associated with man’s wisdom without FATHER’S Divine Intent.

Each one of us is in a constant state of transition and we each have sole discretion which direction we pursue.  If we will only build our foundation on the Rock rather than the sand, we will be able to embrace the deeper Intent of FATHER.  We must:

Be still.  Stillness teaches us restraint.

Be silent.  Silence eliminates noise from the outside and forces the mind to become quiet… if you tell it to do so.

Listen.  FATHER’S Thoughts are higher than ours so we must be intent as we listen for a Word from HIM.

If we are not a peace, one of these facets will be a problem and we must deal with whatever is preventing us from hearing.  Jesus spent much time with FATHER isolated from the others.  This prepared Him for the next day of ministry as He heard instruction from FATHER.  In Deuteronomy chapter 32, THE SPIRIT gave us the Song of Moses including:


11 As an eagle stirs up its nest,Hovers over its young,Spreading out its wings, taking them up,Carrying them on its wings,

12 So the LORD alone led him,And there was no foreign god with him.

It is my desire to have no foreign god directing my footsteps.  Such gods include greed, lusts, logic. goods, signs, lying wonders, etc. and all of these are of a temporary nature for they are all of man’s invention and have no place in The Kingdom.

Those who oppose or fail to seek out FATHER’S Divine Intent effectively place themselves on their own thrones as though they are gods.  Let’s face it, man’s ego is at the top of the list of offenders.  The ego’s needs and desires will become the guiding force of those who walk away from FATHER’S Throne and they will only find death and destruction as a result.  The inward rule over our lives is always greater than the outward rule by others.

No one is stationary in his spiritual walk.  You are always on the move.  Let each of us be established in The Word so that we will always be in an upward motion toward Spiritual maturity.


Our Cross

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 16:

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 

25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 

26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 

27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”

What are we asked to deny?  My “self”, my soulish life.  What will replace it?  Love of FATHER for mankind.  The primary issue to making this commitment is fear, uncertainty, and doubt of the trustworthiness of what Jesus calls “My sake”.  The word sake means cause, for the purpose of; in the interest of; in order to achieve or preserve.  Jesus told His disciples that His cause was the pathway to life and the glory of FATHER.  In essence, Jesus provided us cause and effect of either taking our own path or following Him.
What is my cross to take up?  It is very specific to my own history thus none of us can create a set of generic steps to address specific histories of sin and lawlessness each of us has been exposed to in our upbringing.

The ego will sacrifice the long term for the short term every time it has a say in our decision-making.  “Self” wants no denial in its way and will sabotage our decisions if given the opportunity.

What will help me discern when my ego is losing ground?  Look at the fruit of your decisions and how you look at others.  Are you seeing them from the eyes of Love or disdain?  Are you drawn to help others or is your sole focus on your own situation?

Finding a quiet, silent place where there is no distraction will allow you to open your ears to what FATHER wants to reveal to you today.  Once we begin to quiet our soul, our spirit can hear what FATHER wants to show us today according to HIS priorities.  There are issues in our soul which must be resolved, especially in the area of unforgiving.   Our initial trust to be nurtured by our family may have been damaged by their actions or lack thereof.  Childhood traumas certainly impact the soul of an immature and impressionable child.  These acts by others require us to root out hurts from the depths of our soul and finally forgive them for they know not what they do.

As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus and take up our cross, we will finally confront the past hurts and forgive those who have wronged us.  As we listen to FATHER and ask HIM to expose those past hurts, HE will cause those remembrances to surface allowing us to finally forgive those acts against us.  It may be like peeling an onion but the result will be to jettison those issues from preventing our spiritual walk of fully expressing Love toward others.

“Self” wants to hold on to those deep-seated hurts but we must nail them to our cross once and for all.

Forgive Them

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Luke wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 23:
33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Jesus provides us the key to forgiving others in the above verse.  Jesus did not call upon 10,000 angels to wipe out the enemy but instead He forgave them.  Men and women act and react based upon their revelation of who they are.  Jesus observed their fruit and knew they were blinded to Love and discerned their current state of destruction.  Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
Each of us was born into a fallen state and as we become self-aware, we are able to make a decision to change.  The decisions we make will determine the fruit we bear.  If we are ignorant of what it takes to make a positive change in our life, then we will continue toward self-destruction.  
Our fruit reflects our current state of blindness.  Jesus forgave them of their blindness and we should do the same when people negatively affect our lives for they are simply living at the level of their current revelation of Love.  Clearly, it can be negligible.
Men’s fruit which are outward speech and actions are what we are to observe and discern.  Each of us knows whether their fruit is consistent with Love and lawfulness.  When drivers cut you off in traffic, they are benefitting themselves at your expense.  Rather than responding in rage, Love realizes their blindness and forgives them.
Each day we make decisions moving us toward full restoration or moving us toward some manner of destruction.  We must be brutally honest and open with ourselves by judging our own fruit.  If we have acted badly, there is something needing to be revealed and corrected in our lives.  We must ask FATHER to show us the root of the problem causing our unloving act so correction can take place.  Jesus continued:
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.”
As we do the sayings of Jesus, even those He spoke while on the cross, our foundation of forgiveness will respond in Love to the bad acts of others.  Let their blindness not ruin your day, forgive them they know not what they do.

Sound Doctrine

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

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Sacrifice Of Praise

Friday, January 12th, 2018

THE SPIRIT wrote in Hebrews chapter 13:

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.

10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp.

12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.

13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.

14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.

15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

The word sacrifice means surrendering a possession as an offering to God: an offering.  A sacrifice is given when the current circumstances need correcting.  Man’s fallen state was corrected by the sacrificial blood of The Lamb.  Praise is an acknowledgment and admiration of a benefit received.  When we praise Our Heavenly Father, we are acknowledging HIS Character and works with our lips.  This act is an acknowledgment of the reality of HIS omnipotent power over all our circumstances.  A sacrifice of praise is done in faith and in expectation of our current circumstances being overcome because when there are no issues at hand, there is no sacrifice or correction needed.  At all times we should be lifting our voices in praise, even when things are going well.

In Acts chapter 16, Paul and Silas were imprisoned for preaching the Gospel thus the opposition wanted to keep them from fulfilling their calling.  What did they do?

25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns (praises) to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

Instead of sulking and being sad, the two men prayed and sang songs of praise to FATHER.  The opposition intended evil against them and they devised a plot which they are not able to perform because Paul and Silas were serving FATHER and HIS Divine Plan.  Paul certainly knew Psalm 28’s importance:

6 ​​Blessed be the LORD, ​​Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!

7 ​​The LORD is my strength and my shield; ​​My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; ​​Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, ​​And with my song I will praise Him.

When we declare the greatness of FATHER by word or song, we are requesting HIS manifested Presence to work among us.  In the Revelation of Jesus Christ chapter15, those in Heaven were singing the song of Moses and the song of The Lamb.  These two songs express appreciation and admiration for FATHER’S acts of deliverance.  The song of The Lamb is sung by a company of full overcomers who had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name.  Victory first comes in the Spiritual realm and then manifests in the physical realm just as it did for Paul and Silas.

Our sacrifice of Praise sets us up for victory over the circumstances in which we find ourselves.  As we hear ourselves bring forth praises, the problem grows smaller, and FATHER’S deliverance grows greater in our hearts and minds.  HE is moved by the purity of our hearts in time of need just as any father would respond.  Without question, there is power in the sacrifice of Praise, and we should never discount the importance of it.  Paul and Silas didn’t.

Behold, A New Creation

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

A birth day is the manifestation of a new and unique Expression of FATHER on earth, and each of us is unique and special in HIS Eyes.  FATHER deemed it important to place each of us on earth to live and carry out our specific calling here on earth.  It is a time of celebration when life comes forth.

In 2 Corinthians chapter 5, Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT:

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

We must not allow this passage to become “stale” in our hearts and minds and grow cold concerning its revelation.  We became a new creation when we receive Christ in our hearts, and many of us saw a dramatic change when we received The Holy Spirit into our lives.  Each of us had a second birth day which is even more pronounced than the first.

FATHER has reconciled us, and we are also to be reconciled to HIM.  The word reconcile means to return to favor; to bring into balance; cause to coexist in harmony; make or show to be compatible.  As new creations, we are to reflect FATHER in our daily walk for that is what mature sons and daughters do.  The more complete our reconciliation, the more mature we are.  Am I in greater harmony with FATHER this year versus last year?  Is there any notable difference in my spiritual maturity?  Am I producing the fruit of THE SPIRIT to a greater degree than this time last year?  Each of us should take time to assess progress in these areas.

THE SPIRIT implores us to become fully reconciled to FATHER.  I see no greater barometer than walking in the revelation of Love.  Isn’t that the ultimate test of being in complete harmony?  If each one of my actions has the intent of Love behind it, can there be any incompatibility with FATHER’S Divine Intent?

Most families celebrate birthdays for they are reminders of how special those family members are.  These days serve as a reminder of the bringing forth of life and the uniqueness of the individual.  There are times when each of us needs to be reminded of our relevance to FATHER’S Divine Plan.  Becoming the righteousness of GOD in Christ is a daily progression, and we should purpose to be in greater harmony with FATHER as we start our day.  We need to keep this Truth before us at all times and not allow ourselves to become passive in our walk.

THE SPIRIT wrote through Paul in Colossians chapter 1:

21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind (expressed) by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

We are new creations so let us walk accordingly by being well grounded in Love and faith.  Our daily Hearing, studying, and meditating on HIS Word solidifies our foundation so that we are well grounded.  As we plant HIS pure Word in our hearts, we become the true expression of our new man for behold; we are a new creation.

The Old Man (Or Woman)

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

As believers, we are dead to sin and alive to GOD.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 6:

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

We must quit digging up that old man and allowing his qualities to impact our walk.  The old man’s nature is no longer a part of our life and was buried when we accepted Jesus Christ.  Let us not resurrect the old man by constantly referring to our past along with its attitudes.  Our old man was done away with as we were effectively nailed to the cross and united with Jesus Christ.

Consider the past of the disciples, especially Paul.  They did not constantly dredge up their past after being filled with THE SPIRIT.  They left the past behind and proceeded on to their high calling.  We must do the same.  Paul was an expert on the Old Testament Law yet he received the revelation of the Commandment of Love and walked according to it.  When we walk by THE SPIRIT of Love, we no longer need to concern ourselves with focusing on the 613 commandments and statutes because we are fulfilling the Divine Intent of the Law.  The old man did not comprehend true Love, and at best the old man would be legalistic.

If we couldn’t continue in sin, then Paul would not have urged us to depart from it.  Our ego will try to keep us from walking according to THE SPIRIT and revert us back to the lifestyle of the old man.  We must resist going back to the ways of the old man.  Immature believers are susceptible to being manipulated by their ego as long as they remain in that state of immaturity.  As we become mature, our old man becomes less of a problem, and we can move forward at a greater pace.  The chains to the past are broken.

7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

We are responsible for presenting ourselves alive in Christ to FATHER.  We must not let sin reign in our bodies and obey its lusts and FATHER has provided the means for us to overcome sin by applying HIS Word to the situation.  If a sinful thought rises up, speak to it and tell it “That is not who I am” for sin has no dominion over you.  Any thought, imagination, or dream contrary to the Word should be cast down the moment it raises its ugly head.  We must take control of our thought life because we are no longer the old man subject to sin and death.