Archive for August, 2018

Resting In Him

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Hebrews chapter 3:

7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: ​​​“Today, if you will hear His voice,

8 ​​Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, ​​In the day of trial in the wilderness,

9 ​​Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, ​​And saw My works forty years.

10 ​​Therefore I was angry with that generation, ​​And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, ​​And they have not known My ways.’

11 ​​So I swore in My wrath, ​‘​They shall not enter My rest.’ ”

What kept the children of Israel from entering into the Promised Land?  Unbelief in FATHER’S Word.  HE delivered them from a life of toil in Egypt yet they had no faith in HIS Word when it came time to enter the Promised Land of rest.  They then saw HIS works for forty years but did not know HIS Ways.  FATHER wants us to enter into HIS Rest today and quit striving.  In chapter 4:

1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.

2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.

3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

​​​“So I swore in My wrath, ​‘​They shall not enter My rest,’ ” ​although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;

5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

It is FATHER’S Divine Intent for us to enter into HIS rest and we must do it by faith.  When we strive to make things happen by our own will and power, we are not entering into HIS rest.  When we are led by THE SPIRIT, respond to FATHER’S directives, and act accordingly, we have entered into HIS rest.  I look back over 45 years and see this Truth to be abundantly clear in my life time and time again.  There are many instances when I took matters into my own hands and expended much time, energy, and money in order to produce results.  In other instances, FATHER directed me to act and provided the necessary resources to accomplish much more without the toil.  Now I can tell the difference between the two paths and when to correct myself, and cease from my own works.  It is imperative for us to focus on being led by THE SPIRIT… daily!

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Philippians chapter 4:

8  Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].

9  The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.  AMPL

As we dwell and meditate on FATHER’S Word and take our focus away from the chaos of the world, we will by faith enter into HIS rest and life will become joyful, even as the chaos all around us continues.  Let us take verse 8 and respond by embracing and acting on it without exception.  Now is the time!

Disarmed!

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 2 Corinthians chapter 10:

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

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

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

We are to cast out lies, arguments, and imaginations as we take on the mind of Christ thus we disarm the flesh with the Word of GOD.  The old man would try to convince us of another path to take based on some lie, typically created by a doctrine that has infiltrated our thinking by adding man’s logic to the Word.  This is why we must come to trust in The Holy Spirit Who is resident within us even though we may have difficulty in hearing THE SPIRIT.  People ask me from time to time how to hear The Holy Spirit.  I wish I had some standard reply but I would say that it might take prayer and fasting to subdue our mind, will, and emotions which tend to dull our sensitivity.  Our mind wants to challenge any attempt to give up control of our thoughts and actions.

A stronghold is defined as:

  1. a castle, stronghold, fortress, fastness

  2. anything on which one relies

    1. of the arguments and reasonings by which a disputant endeavors to fortify his opinion and defend it against his opponent

Anything in which the mind wants to defend against The Pure Word is a stronghold.  As we mature, we must be pliable to hear a deeper revelation or correction to what we were taught by man when we were immature.  There were doctrines taught which were based on one verse and taken out of context.  As an immature believer, I assumed the preacher to be right in what he was teaching us.  The doctrine he presented sounded right at the time but later I found that he was wrong.  He wasn’t malicious in his intent but he nevertheless directed us into religion rather than the life found in The Word.

Without the knowledge of GOD, how can we bring every thought into captivity and disarm the flesh?  Without dying to the flesh, how can we live in the full obedience in Christ?  As we disarm the flesh and disarm the old man’s thought life, we will become more sensitive to being led by The Holy Spirit and we will rest in our walk on a daily basis.  Our mind will become quiet and willing to be led by THE SPIRIT.

Ask, Seek, And Knock

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 7:

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

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

9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

In the above passage, Jesus provides us with a simple and direct understanding in what it takes to receive a promise from FATHER.  Within this passage we also find the Golden Rule- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

In order to properly ask FATHER for anything, we must first have the knowledge of what FATHER’S Will is in the area of our perceived need.  HE will always answer us according to HIS Word thus we need knowledge of HIS Word in the area of our request.  We know unequivocally that it is HIS Will to heal us so we should not hesitate to pray for healing and restoration.

One of the aspects of prayer is in essence seeking or petitioning FATHER for help in meeting a need.  FATHER is not reluctant to do HIS Will in our lives so we should not be reluctant to pray for one of HIS redemptive blessings.  If I need resources in an area of my life, FATHER is not reluctant to provide them.  FATHER is never too busy to listen and respond to our requests.

Once we have prayed according to HIS Will, we should expect HIS Word to come to pass and act on It.  When FATHER gave me HIS Word that I would live and not die on three different occasions when I faced death, I acted on HIS Word and expected to be made whole.  I disregarded the symptoms and associated pain and continued on with whatever daily duties I could perform, knowing HIS Word was acting in my body on my behalf.  As we respond to HIS Word by acting on It, our faith is empowered and the results manifest in the natural, lower realm.  In Luke chapter 17, Jesus was sought out by ten lepers:

11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.

13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

They sought out Jesus and asked Him to have mercy on them, obviously for healing.  He responded and told them to “Go”, thus He expected them to act in response to His willingness to heal.  As they acted, they were healed.

Knowledge, prayer, and action are the three aspects of receiving from FATHER.  Let us not ask amiss, but seek out FATHER’S Will when our needs arise for HE Loves us and wants to give us those good things when we ask.

HIS Word

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Ezekiel recorded by THE SPIRIT in chapter 12:

21 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

22 “Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’?

23 Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.” But say to them, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision.

24 For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.

25 For I am the LORD. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”

For our faith to be unwavering, we must believe that FATHER watches over HIS Word to perform It.  It is that simple.  We must also believe that what Jesus spoke came directly from FATHER and His fruit is a testimony of FATHER watching over HIS Word and bringing it to pass.  Jesus confirmed this Truth when He spoke in the Gospel of John chapter 14:

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

All of the results in Jesus’ ministry on earth are based on FATHER absolutely watching over HIS Word and causing It to manifest Itself on earth.  When our faith overtakes our sensual logic and common sense, we will see good fruit come forth and come to expect FATHER’S Word to operate on our behalf.  This is a daily walk.  We should not wait until we face some disastrous situation to begin building our faith.

Being led by THE SPIRIT moment by moment should be our goal.  I can say without wavering this is my goal.  I have no desire to be independent of FATHER’S perfect plan, will, and purpose for me.  I see no future in allowing the old man to guide me in any manner for all his paths lead to anxiousness, heartache, death, and destruction.  I do not need to be convinced of this reality and hope each reader has come to the same conclusion of this Truth.

Those who live by the soulish man cannot realized the peace we walk in as we deal with the challenges of life.  When I receive a bad report, I am no longer moved but expect FATHER to guide me into victory in what ever manner and method HE sees fit.  As we continue in HIS Word we become more and more like HIM and take on HIS nature.  This pleases HIM and we enjoy communion like never before.  Let us view every Word HE speaks with the preeminence It deserves.  As we do, peace will flood our soul.

An Apostle

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Galatians chapter 1:

1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),

2 and all the brethren who are with me, ​To the churches of Galatia:

​3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

An apostle is one who is sent to preach the Gospel and heal the sick.  Isn’t that the ultimate mandate of a mature Son and Daughter?  Then, aren’t we all called to be “apostles” of Christ?  Man in his religious, soulish orientation has tried to establish a structure where an apostle is an office held by only a select few as though we must have men decide who is able to operate as an apostle.  Being included in the five-fold ministry, we have not been encouraged to be “sent forth” and operate in this aspect of the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Yet Paul clearly states his apostleship came through Jesus Christ and GOD The Father, not man.  Notice in Luke chapter 9, Jesus sent forth the disciples:

1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.

2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.

4 “Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.

5 And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”

6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

Jesus sent out His twelve disciples to do two specific things: preach the Kingdom of GOD and heal the sick.  This is the mandate of the mature Sons and Daughters as well.  This is what our focus should be as we continue to prepare ourselves for the fullness of our ministry.  We must not allow ourselves to be held back by our past or the old man’s thinking of being ill-equipped to spread the Gospel.  Upon their return from being sent out by Jesus:

10 And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done.

Notice that the twelve disciples were now referred to as apostles for they had been “sent forth” by Jesus.  As you and I are led by The Holy Spirit and sent forth to preach the Gospel and lay hands on the sick, we too are apostles.  We must shed the old religious beliefs that apostles must be ordained by man’s religion and change our expectation of being “sent forth”.  As we mature in the confidence of Christ, we will have no reservation to go forth and minister the Gospel and healing.  Apostleship isn’t reserved for the few, it is meant to describe anyone who is sent by FATHER through His Most Holy Spirit.  FATHER will empower those of us who are willing to be sent forth with the Gospel in our hearts and Love for all of mankind.

Crucified Flesh

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Paul wrote in Galatians chapter 5 by THE SPIRIT:

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

As mentioned yesterday, Jesus directed us to partake of His Blood with understanding that we are to die to the flesh.  When we do this in its fullness, we die to the flesh and are no longer under the law but we begin our walk of being led by THE SPIRIT.  We specifically focus on cleansing ourselves in FATHER’S Word of Life.  As we maintain a steady, daily focus on cleansing and purification, we will see greater fruit operating in our lives.  Those who are oblivious to this reality will participate in the works of the flesh:

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

You only have to look at what is going on all around to see how the works of the flesh have continued to proliferate throughout the country.  FATHER is raising up a standard of Truth in HIS remnant by which judgment will come.  Those who are willing to fully crucify the flesh and walk by THE SPIRIT are being prepared as this standard.  We must not allow our focus to be divided and we must protect our hearts from the noise being generated all around us.  As we become fully cleansed and purified by The Word, we will see the following fruit abound:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Let not even one of the works of the flesh be found among us as we are to become white without spot or wrinkle.  Let the full cleansing and purification cycle be complete and allow the dying to the flesh be irreversible.  Do not look back!

Examining Ourselves

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Corinthians chapter 11:

27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

When we read the above passage, we must not condemn ourselves or others who have been dealing with sickness and disease.  Notice that Paul uses the term “many” in the above passage.  We have had little or no true understanding of the meaning of communion as we have partaken of it in the past.  I have heard countless “mini-sermons” on communion prior to receiving it in the past yet I partook of it with little understanding of its ramification on me personally.

In Leviticus chapter 7, FATHER spoke to Moses:

26 “Moreover you shall not eat any blood in any of your dwellings, whether of bird or beast.

27 Whoever eats any blood, that person shall be cut off from his people.”

Partaking of the blood meant that you would die and be cut off from your people yet Jesus instructed the disciples to partake of His blood.  The fact is our old man is meant to die and be cut off once and for all.  As we allow the old man who would guide us by soulish logic and reasoning, we begin to trust in our five senses and no longer walk in faith for our healing.  I had to examine myself when I came down with a serious disease and found that I had slowly drifted away from the simplicity of Christ, especially in the area of healing.  From 1995 to 2005, my focus revolved around teaching which was based more on the logical details within the Scripture rather than the simplicity of walking in faith by the blood of Jesus Christ.  More time was spent in the Old Testament which simply pointed to the New Testament.  More time was spent on the complexities in and around the Word than exercising simple faith and walking in Love.  No time was spent in the area of healing through His Word.

FATHER told me in 1998 that something noteworthy would happen in 2005.  Of course I wanted it to happen sooner.  In those seven years I was exposed to much activity that did little to keep my faith strong and to fully trust in my ability to hear The Holy Spirit as I had previously.  In 2005, HE directed me to focus solely on Agape Love which had been missing in most of the teaching I was receiving in the previous ten years.  I missed the boat in one sense but FATHER used that decade to reveal much to me which now allows me to no longer be moved by any teaching which does not center itself on Jesus Christ and the pure Word from a perspective of Agape Love.  It makes it easy to discern intent when people speak or write.

I share these things with you so you won’t think that you are by yourself when you look back at past errors in judgment.  FATHER, in HIS great grace and mercy, has sustained you and me for such a time as this.  We must not beat ourselves up for the past or failure to walk in full understanding.  Let us simply die to the flesh and discern communion properly so that we can walk according to the fullness of THE SPIRIT.  Let each of us examine ourselves, get back to a daily walk in CHRIST, and not allow any teaching to draw us away from this Christ-centered focus.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

James wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 2:

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.

When we hear FATHER’S Word, we are expected to act on It.  This is true in every directive HE gives us without exception and there is an inherent simplicity in walking by faith.  As I have written in the past, Jesus provided for seven redemptive promises which correspond to FATHER’S seven characteristics.  Man has a tendency to muddy the water by attempting to complicate FATHER’S Word.  Faith is simple: FATHER speaks a specific Word and we walk, speak, and act accordingly.  There is no complexity in this Truth yet man wants to add to it and create a religion out of it.  We need not wrap complexity around a simple directive given to us by FATHER.  Just walk according to HIS Word!

The Beloved Disciple wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 John chapter 3:

18  Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].

19  By this we will know [without any doubt] that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart and quiet our conscience before Him.   AMPL

How straightforward are the above directives?  If you truly have the revelation of Agape Love, act on it.  If you truly have the revelation of faith, act on it.  Do we need to do an exhaustive word study on Love and faith before we act?  Do we need to seek out fifty scriptures in the Old Testament to confirm these two passages are true?  Did Abraham require FATHER to write a book on faith before he could believe HIM to do the impossible?  As we act according to HIS Word, our Love and faith will grow and become strong.  Our praises are verbal acknowledgements of WHO is preeminent in our walk and acts.  Now is the time to act in the simplicity of HIS Word toward us and there is no need to wrap complexity around It.

Fruit Of Good Works

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians chapter 2:

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

FATHER prearranged and made ready for us the opportunity to produce good works in our lives.  HE has resources available to us even though many see scarcity all around.  HE expects us to live a life of Agape Love and walk in faith, trusting HIM to come forth with the resources to accomplish our individual callings which HE foreordained before you and I were formed in the womb.  HE is not moved by our temporary circumstances and expects us to live by faith in HIM.

FATHER is not moved by our past thoughts and failures but has provided for our change by giving us HIS Word.  Paul wrote in 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.

Jesus gave Himself for you and me that we would be sanctified and cleansed by FATHER’S Word.  Nobody starts out pure but the Word will cleanse us and purify us to the point where we will by holy and without blemish.  We must not look at the past but look forward as we allow the Word to do its cleansing in us.  We should expect to become pure and acceptable as His Bride.  We must let go of the past and not allow those who hurt us and took advantage of us to take up any more time in our thought life.  The thoughts of the past only serve to direct our focus away from the here and now.  We must trust that FATHER will execute any judgment applicable to their actions and not allow ourselves to dwell on those people any longer.

Shouldn’t we ask ourselves each day, “What opportunity for good works is before me today?”  This shouldn’t be seen as a burden but rather as an opportunity to put Love in action.  What can I do to express FATHER’S Love to someone today?  As we move away from self-interest and toward “others-interest”, we become more like OUR FATHER and HIS first Begotten Son.  Just consider when all of the true church of Jesus Christ comes into the fullness of Love, how the world will change!

We must be careful when seeking out prophetic words for some will be from false prophets who come across as true prophets.  Jesus gave us a specific warning 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 thornbushes 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.”

Man has a tendency to seek out the future and focus on future events in hope of changing his current situation.  I say- focus on today and produce good works and those good works will be what impacts your future.  Constantly focusing on the prophetic will only serve to cause us to miss opportunities to serve mankind which are before our very eyes.  Shouldn’t we let FATHER WHO knows the future, give us our daily instructions which will surely conform to the future HE has for us as individuals.  After all, FATHER prepared us beforehand that we should walk in good works.  Let us keep our priorities in line with our callings and let FATHER guide us in the future no matter what man is predicting.  We don’t need to worry about the future when we know FATHER is in full control.  Let us focus on good works meant for today.

Proper Centering

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

When we are born, we are totally self-centered and our parents make sure we have the necessities to cause us to grow.  No one likes a crying baby.  As we grow older, that self-centeredness remains until we experience unconditional, Agape Love.  Once this happens, we begin to change the center of our existence and no longer view life with the same perspective and priorities.  Many parents get a taste of Agape Love when their baby arrives and grandparents get that same experience when their grandchildren come forth.  The greatest experience for us is when Jesus Christ comes into our lives and we are born again.  Our whole focus in life begins to shift away from being self-centered to Christ-centered.  This is easy for some and difficult for others for we all start the maturing process as though we are babes requiring much nurturing.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians chapter 1:

10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.

12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,

15 lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.

16 Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.

17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

One issue that arises as we go through the re-centering process, is that of exalting men who are more knowledgeable of Bible Truths and facts.  Isn’t this what happened in Paul’s corrective writing above?  Whether intentional or not, the de facto elders of a group of like-minded believers have shifted the center of focus away from Christ onto themselves.  Did that elder shed his blood for you?  Could that elder’s blood and body bring forth salvation and healing?  Less mature people exalt those of greater knowledge when the recipient fails to keep the emphasis on Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.  Those teachers and/or “prophets” often have a subtle agenda which revolves around money.  They often compel you to support their ministry either by directly requesting it or by causing you to feel guilty if you don’t.  In the meantime, the center of your attention slowly moves away from Christ to a totally inadequate substitute.

Paul was stern in his words concerning this situation.  Those who have exalted men are making the cross of Christ of none effect in their lives.  Attending someone’s meetings will not draw you closer to Christ.  The anointing and FATHER’S directives are found in one-on-one time with HIM.  Our focus and purpose is to point you toward a deeper relationship with FATHER through Our Lord Jesus Christ and be led by The Holy Spirit, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

As we become Christ-centered, we become mature Sons and Daughters.  It will not occur if we attend some meeting on some special day, thinking that the anointing of Heaven will somehow fall on us and change us into fully mature believers.  I encourage fellowship when it Is truly Christ-centered rather than standing in line to hear someone give his educated (and often perceived superior, witty, funny, etc.) view of life.  I would rather fellowship with a person who hears directly from FATHER and has a single relevant Word for the day then to hear hours of teaching discussing topics which contain no anointing from Heaven.  No matter what state of maturity that person is, I want to hear what FATHER is telling or showing them.  They may have the one Word spoken to them by FATHER I need to hear that day!

We must not exalt one person over another in our daily lives.  Jesus Christ is the One Whom we are to exalt and as we become Christ-centered in our walk, we will see people in a much different light.  We will no longer “mis-judge” people but see them as FATHER sees them.