Archive for June, 2023

Faith is the means of FATHER’S Power

Friday, June 30th, 2023

Accessing Father’s power requires us to walk in faith!

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Hebrews chapter 11:

6 And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that He is real and that He rewards the faith of those who passionately seek Him.

And in Romans chapter 4:

19  And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

It is FATHER’S power in response to our faith.  God’s responsibility is to perform what He promises in His Word. Our responsibility is to believe and trust that He will.  Power is the supernatural ability that God gives us to do His will, but faith is the means by which that power is appropriated. God’s power is only made visible by our faith.  FATHER waits to reveal Himself—His Love, His power—until we take the first step of faith.

The Greek word for faith is pisteuo (Strong’s #4100), which means “to put trust in, to be committed to, to be persuaded of, to place confidence in, and to rely upon.”

Paul also wrote in Hebrews chapter 11:

1  Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.

2 This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for.

3 Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s Words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.

You only need to look through a telescope to get a better understanding of FATHER’S mighty power.  All the planets and stars are perfectly aligned and remain in their assigned orbits.  We count on that!

Faith is not only the assurance that Christ is who He professes to be, but also the trust that He will do all that He promises to do. Faith is not only believing His promises intellectually, it is also trusting our lives to Him.  Real faith is not feeling, not seeing, not understanding, and not knowing but still choosing to trust and rely upon Him. It’s being convinced that no matter what we see happening in our lives, no matter what we understand to be true, and no matter how we feel, God will be faithful to His Word and perform His promises to us in His timing and in His way!

Faith is the key that opens the door to our Spiritual victory and what will enable us to walk triumphantly. We need faith in order to choose God’s Will. We need faith in order to trust God’s power to implement His Will. And we need faith in order to become overcomers who do His Will.  The Lord provides us with His power to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. Our responsibility is to have the faith that He will.

Be patient and submit to FATHER’S timing.  Allow yourself to visualize (through your imagination) success through your hope and expectation.

Wisdom wrote in Proverbs chapter 13:

12 When hope’s dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life’s sweetness will satisfy your soul, it is a tree of Life.

Paul wrote in Ephesians chapter 1:

18 I pray that the Light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with Light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in us, His Holy ones!

We must take our eyes off the temporal situations and focus on FATHER’S Eternal plan for us. That’s our hope! That’s our destiny! And that’s our future!

The Danger of being disqualified

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

What are the dangers of being disqualified?

Jesus addressed His disciples (you and me) when He spoke in Matthew chapter 24:

50 the Master of that servant (evil servant) will come on a day when he is not looking for Him and at an hour that he is not aware of,

51 and will cut him in two (separate from him, cut asunder) and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The word evil in Matthew 24:48, is the Greek word kakos (Strong’s #2556), which means “someone who has been disqualified.” It means “a worthless or injurious person.” It means he lacks the qualities that he should possess. Simply put, he is “not worthy.”

This servant thought His Lord would delay His coming. And this, of course, affected how he lived his life. He was lazy, untrustworthy, and cruel.  He abused his position by being ill-tempered and self-indulgent to those who worked with him. He thought he would never be called into account for these things because he secretly believed His Lord would not come.

Jesus then replaces the term “cast out” here with the term “cut asunder” (Strong’s #1371), which metaphorically means “to be cut open so all can see.” It means “to expose and scrutinize the thoughts and motives of a person’s heart.” It is simply an analogy for what will happen at the Judgment Seat.

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Hebrews chapter 4:

12  For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, like a two-mouthed sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.

13 There is not one person who can hide their thoughts from God, for nothing that we do remains a secret, and nothing created is concealed, but everything is exposed and defenseless before His Eyes, to Whom we must render an account.

We can potentially be disqualified from ruling and reigning as co-heirs with Jesus Christ, depending on our current motives and acts!

Like the disobedient servant in the parable of the ten talents, this unfaithful and unfruitful servant will be thrown into a specific place––a place with all the other hypocrites, who said they were Christians, but really didn’t live it––and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In this “outer darkness” there is going to be much “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” This particular phrase occurs three times in the Bible describing believers. These people are in the kingdom, but they will be cast out from experiencing the joy of The Lord, thrown into the outer darkness (or the darkness outside The Throne Room) where they will experience weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Weeping and gnashing of teeth” occurs when carnal believers reflect remorsefully on their lives and all the missed opportunities.

A believer who refuses to avail himself of the moment-by-moment cleansing that God provides is seen as walking in darkness. He has not been cleansed by the washing of the Water of the Word, therefore he can only remain in the darkened courtyard outside the light of the Holy Place.

Unfaithful believers are those believers who are disobedient, self-consumed, and self-indulgent. They have hardened their hearts, they walk by the flesh, and they are dull of hearing.  They will be in Heaven but will have restrictions placed on them.

If we don’t learn how to have our souls experientially sanctified here on earth, we will lose incredible opportunities there in Heaven.  Let the Spirit of God convict you to turn around and begin to live as God desires. There is still time!  Even a worker who comes in at the end of the day receives the same reward as the one who has worked all day (The Parable of the workers in the Vineyard: Matthew 20:1-16).  I know this Truth gives me comfort and assurance!

Dangers of being carnal

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

What are the dangers of being carnal or lukewarm?

It is impossible for us to really know who is carnal and who is spiritual. Only Our Heavenly FATHER knows the Truth thus we are not to judge! That’s Jesus’ business at the Judgment Seat. We are told to simply produce good fruit.  Our lives will either show forth the fruit of the Spirit manifested by God’s Love or we will display rotten fruit brought forth by our carnal behavior.

Jesus referred to this when He spoke concerning the parable of the hearts (aka Sower) in Luke chapter 8:

14 The seeds that fall into the weeds represents the hearts of those who hear the word of God but their growth is quickly choked off by their own anxious cares, the riches of this world, and the fleeting pleasures of this life. This is why they never become mature and fruitful.

The danger of being carnal is that we can be born-again by God’s Spirit (justified) and yet spend most of our time in the soulish or fleshly realm. If this is the case, our ministry, our teaching, and our preaching will not produce any real Godly fruit.

Jesus spoke in John chapter 6:

63 It is the Spirit who gives Life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are Spirit, and they are Life.

Carnal Christians not only quench the power of God from coming forth through them, thereby hindering their own sanctification, they also hinder salvation and/or sanctification in others. They give a false impression of what a true Believer is really like. They can actually become stumbling blocks to passing along the True Gospel because nonbelievers look at them and say, “Hey! If that’s a Christian, I want no part of it.”

If a carnal Christian persists in doing things his own way, he will never grow to full maturity. This results in spiritual dullness, with no possibility of sparking a revival in himself, much less in anyone else. By living this way, he discredits Christ in all his actions.

Jesus spoke in Matthew 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.”

Both our words and our actions create a confession!

If there is no fruit of the Spirit, it doesn’t matter how many verses of Scripture we know, we still will be denying Christ in our actions.

Jesus also spoke in Matthew chapter 16:

24  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If you truly want to follow Me, you should at once completely reject and disown your own life. And you must be willing to share My cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to My ways. 25 For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for My glory, you will continually discover True Life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep.

26 For even if you were to gain all the wealth and power of this world—at the cost of your own life—what good would that be? And what could be more valuable to you than your own soul?

Jesus addressed His disciples (you and me) when He spoke in Matthew chapter 24:

42  This is why you must stay alert: because no one knows the day your Lord will come.

44 So always be ready, alert, and prepared, because at an hour when you’re not expecting him, the Son of Man will come.”

45  “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom His Master made ruler over His Household, to give them food in due season?

46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when He comes, will find so doing.

47 Assuredly, I say to you that He will make him ruler over all His goods.

48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My Master is delaying His coming,’

49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the Master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for Him and at an hour that he is not aware of,

51 and will cut him in two (separate from him) and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Jesus is clearly warning us as believers to not live a carnal life!

Characteristics of a Carnal Christian: Part 2

Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

What are the characteristics of a carnal Christian?

“A self-centered mindset” describes a carnal Christian.

A carnal Christian often makes himself the center of attention and values his own will above God’s. He is a “soulish” Christian, which means his own self-life rules. He can do righteous deeds and do them well. However, any good deed that the flesh does is an abomination in the sight of God.

Jesus spoke in Luke chapter 16:

15 And Jesus said to them (the Pharisees), “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

In other Words:

 “You always want to look spiritual in the eyes of others, but you have forgotten the eyes of God, which see what is inside you. The very things that you approve of and applaud are the things God despises.”

And Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Galatians chapter 5:

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.

Paul also warns us of those who are not led by The Holy Spirit when he penned Romans chapter 16:

17  Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

19 … I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.

Carnal Christians reveal themselves by their words.

Also in Ephesians chapter 5:

6  Don’t be fooled by those who speak their empty words and deceptive teachings telling you otherwise. This is what brings God’s anger upon the rebellious!

7 Don’t listen to them or live like them at all.

11 And don’t even associate with the servants of darkness because they have no fruit in them; instead, reveal Truth to them.

Carnal Christians say one thing, but often do another. They are also often talkative and flippant. They tend to use many words and have the attitude that they are more advanced than others. As a result, they are often faultfinders. Working for the Lord is also of the utmost importance to them; however, they feel that everything must be done in a hurry and all must be done to attain the glory for themselves. They do not wait on the Lord for His direction and His answers.

They walk by sight not by faith. They are often uncommonly gifted, have great talent and magnetic personalities, but at the same time are worldly, ambitious, and self-pleasing.

Many carnal Christians try to satisfy their curiosity by studying. They believe that knowing something mentally is the same thing as possessing it experientially. Consequently, they are often double-minded, living two lives. They have an abundance of acquired knowledge, but very little Spirit-revealed knowledge.

They don’t realize that increased spiritual head knowledge can often become a trap. Head knowledge can strengthen our carnality and deceive us into thinking we are spiritual. The danger is that because God’s Spirit is suppressed, the soulish and bodily realm will rule.

God designed the sanctification process to remove all hindrances such as these, so that the Holy Spirit can control and direct us.

Much of what a carnal Christian does, he does for show and to gain something for himself, even if it’s just the praise of men. He does these things for the love of self, not for the glory of God. Remember, a lack of Love for others, no supernatural power, and no Godly Wisdom reveals a denial of Christ’s character in that person.

We must focus on being fully led by The Holy Spirit!!!

Characteristics of a Carnal Christian

Monday, June 26th, 2023

What are the characteristics of a carnal Christian?

“A self-centered mindset” describes a carnal Christian.

A “carnal, unfaithful or nominal Christian” is one in whom the flesh is in control, not the Spirit of God, a sign of immaturity.

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Hebrews chapter 5:

12  For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

He is a saved believer, but he loves the world and himself more than he loves Christ. Thus, he operates out of his own desires rather than God’s will. He does not apply the kratos power of God to rein in his own thoughts and emotions. He can’t because the Spirit of God is quenched. Because of this, there is no life transformation in his soul, no Agape Love, no resurrection power, and no fruit.

Paul urges us 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.

And in Galatians chapter 5:

16  Let me emphasize this: As you yield to the dynamic life and power of the Holy Spirit, you will abandon the cravings of your self-life.

17 When your self-life craves the things that offend the Holy Spirit you hinder Him from living free within you! And the Holy Spirit’s intense cravings hinder your self-life from dominating you! So then, the two incompatible and conflicting forces within you are your self-life of the flesh and the new creation Life of the Spirit.

18 But when you yield to the life of the Spirit, you will no longer be living under the law, but soaring above it!

Instead of overcoming the flesh, the world, and the enemy by the power of God, these unfaithful Christians allow their flesh to rule over them, the world has a hold on them, and the enemy has acquired a stronghold in them.

Some of the characteristics that a carnal or unfaithful Christian displays are a bad temper, anger, fretting, murmuring, pride, selfishness, malice, worldliness, evil speaking, bitterness, jealousy, envy, quarreling, and hatred.

They also portray self-confidence, self-centeredness, self-exaltation, self-reliance, self-importance, self-love, and self-ambition. On the other end of the spectrum, they can also be totally consumed with themselves through self-pity, self-condemnation, and self-doubt. Either way, they are pridefully consumed with themselves and not God.

The Beloved Disciple summed it up as he wrote by The Holy Spirit in 1st John chapter 2:

15  Don’t set the affections of your heart on this world or in loving the things of the world. The Love of the Father and the love of the world are incompatible.

16 For all that the world can offer us—the gratification of our flesh, the allurement of the things of the world, and the obsession with status and importance—none of these things come from the Father but from the world.

17 This world and its desires are in the process of passing away, but those who love to do the will of God live forever.

Who do you love more- self or FATHER?  That is the question each of us must ask in order to move toward full maturity as an overcomer.

The Characteristics of a True Disciple

Sunday, June 25th, 2023

What are the characteristics of a True Disciple?

“A Christlike mindset” describes a true disciple.

A real disciple is always concerned with the personal application of Truth first. Then he becomes willing to share what he has learned.  God’s Truth must first be personalized in a disciple’s life, before it can be shared. It’s one thing to know God’s principles in your head, but it’s something totally different to walk out those principles in your everyday life.  Paul’s life was an example of the fruitfulness of a true disciple.

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Romans chapter 15:

18  And I will not be presumptuous to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me. For many non-Jewish people are coming into faith’s obedience by the power of the Spirit of God, which is displayed through mighty signs and amazing wonders, both in Word and Deed. Starting from Jerusalem I went from place to place as far as the distant Roman province of Illyricum, fully preaching the wonderful message of Christ.

True disciples not only “talk the talk, but walk the walk!”

What are the characteristics of a true disciple?

A spiritual or a faithful believer is a person who not only has been born again, but who is also abiding in and walking by the power of the Holy Spirit, thereby producing fruit.

Jesus spoke in John chapter 15:

1  “I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

The true disciple has allowed the kratos strength of God to rein in his emotions and will, so that his works are done through God’s empowering, not the flesh.

Paul wrote in 1st Thessalonians chapter 5:

23  Now, may the God of peace and harmony set you apart, making you completely Holy. And may your entire being—spirit, soul, and body—be kept completely flawless in the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.

24 The One who calls you by name is Trustworthy and will thoroughly complete His work in you.

The true disciple’s motive for speaking, his strength for working, and his reason for living is simply the Love of God which causes us to Love others deeply with a pure heart, a clean conscience, and sincere faith.  He is more concerned about what Christ thinks of him, than what others think. Christ’s Presence in this believer brings about “a peace that passes all understanding”.

The true disciple will be filled with the fruit of the Spirit as evidenced by: Love (Agape), joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. These characteristics all manifest themselves in humility.   And besides this… add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience Godliness; and to Godliness brotherly kindness, all resulting from Agape Love.

This disciple radiates God’s Holiness. Consequently, the world hates him as they did Jesus in His earthly ministry.

Peter wrote by The Holy Spirit in 2nd Peter chapter 1:

10  For this reason, Beloved ones, be eager to confirm and validate that God has invited you to salvation and claimed you as His own. If you do these things (written above), you will never stumble.

11 As a result, the Kingdom’s gates (portal) will open wide to you as God choreographs your triumphant entrance into the Eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah.

As we mature as true disciples, our fruitfulness will abound!

A True Disciple

Saturday, June 24th, 2023

Who are True Disciples?

“A lifestyle that reflects one’s belief” describes a true disciple.

A true disciple of Christ is one who not only has “partaken in Christ,” meaning he has received God’s Spirit, but one who has also “partaken of Christ,” meaning he is living Christ’s Life, His Love, and His power. In other words, he is not only following Christ around, listening to His sermons, he is also obeying and doing what he hears. Just because we are learners or followers of Christ does not necessarily mean we are “true disciples.” Remember Judas? He was a follower of Christ, but not a true disciple.

Being a disciple indicates that a life action is accompanying our belief. A true disciple not only proclaims the message of Christ with his words, he also shows forth Christ’s Life in his actions.

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Galatians chapter 5:

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.

A true disciple is one who does the Will of God. He is one who denies himself, picks up his cross, and follows Christ. He is one who has forsaken all in order to follow Him (Luke 14:33).

Jesus spoke in Mark chapter 8:

34  Jesus had His disciples and the crowd gather around him. And He said to them: “If you truly want to follow Me, you should at once completely disown your own life. And you must be willing to share My cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to My ways.

35 For if you let your life go for My sake and for the sake of the Gospel, you will continually experience True Life. But if you choose to keep your life for yourself, you will forfeit what you try to keep.

36 For what use is it to gain all the wealth and power of this world, with everything it could offer you, at the cost of your own life?

37 And what could be more valuable to you than your own soul?

38 If you are ashamed of Me and My Words while living among sinful and faithless people, then I, the Son of Man, will also be ashamed of you when I make My appearance with my Holy messengers in the glorious splendor of My Father!”

Real overcomers are true disciples!

Jesus also spoke this Truth in Luke chapter 14:

25  As massive crowds followed Jesus, He turned to them and said,

26 “When you follow Me as My disciple, you must put aside your father, your mother, your wife, your sisters, your brothers; it will even seem as though you hate your own life. This is the price you’ll pay to be considered one of My followers.

27 Anyone who comes to Me must be willing to share My cross and experience it as his own, or he cannot be considered to be My disciple.

28 So don’t follow Me without considering what it will cost you. For who would construct a house before first sitting down to estimate the cost to complete it?

29 Otherwise he may lay the foundation and not be able to finish. The neighbors will ridicule him, saying,

30 ‘Look at him! He started to build but couldn’t complete it!’

31 “Have you ever heard of a commander who goes out to war without first sitting down with strategic planning to determine the strength of his army to win the war against a stronger opponent?

32 If he knows he doesn’t stand a chance of winning the war, the wise commander will send out delegates to ask for the terms of peace.

33 Likewise, unless you surrender all to Me, giving up all you possess, you cannot be one of My disciples.

A true disciple of Christ, therefore, is one who has done a complete reordering of his life. He constantly relinquishes his self-life to the Lord and in exchange, Christ gives him His. He is one who not only spends time in the Word, but he also lives what he preaches. Divine power seems to be the mark of a true disciple of Christ. Weakness (or yielding to Him) is the prerequisite for this kind of Divine power.

Jesus told Paul, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and My power finds its full expression through your weakness.”  

Waiting on THE LORD

Friday, June 23rd, 2023

Waiting on The Lord means we are surrendered to His Will.

The central purpose of the Christian life is to be totally surrendered to Him so that His Spirit of power can direct our lives.

This will ultimately make us overcomers who will inherit His kingdom. The secret is FATHER’S power freely working through us. It’s the key!

 God will give power to the faint and to them that have no might He will increase their strength (Isaiah 40:29). In other words, if we are open and yielded

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Isaiah chapter 40:

29  He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

31 But those who wait on THE LORD and entwine their hearts with HIM will experience Divine strength. They will rise up on soaring wings and fly like eagles, run their races without growing weary, and walk through life without giving up (or becoming faint).

The word wait (Strong’s #2442) not only means “to abide and adhere to over time,” it also means “to carve or etch an image into.” In other words, only those who have Christ’s image “carved or etched into them” will be able to renew their strength. Only those who are “conformed into His image” will experience Christ’s empowering.

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Romans chapter 8:

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.

30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

In other Words:

For HE knew all about us before we were born and he destined us from the beginning to share the likeness of His Son. This means the Son is the oldest among a vast family of brothers and sisters who will become just like Him.  Having determined our destiny ahead of time, He called us to himself and transferred His perfect righteousness to everyone He called. And those who possess His perfect righteousness he co-glorified with His Son!

Isaiah 64:4 takes this Truth a little further: “For since the beginning of the world, men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him.” (For those who have been “conformed into His image” by carving or etching.)

Unlike justification, sanctification is not a free gift and will cost us our life.  Our resulting lifestyle will prove who we are.

Jesus spoke in John chapter 12:

24  Let Me make this clear: A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat—all because one grain died.

25 “The person who loves his life and pampers himself will miss true Life! But the one who detaches his life from this world and abandons himself to Me, will find true Life and enjoy It forever!

26 If you want to be My disciple, follow Me and you will go where I am going. And if you truly follow Me as My disciple, the Father will shower His favor upon your life.

Patience associated with waiting on THE LORD brings forth maturity in the overcomer.

James wrote by The Holy Spirit in his Epistle, chapter 1:

2  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

I must confess that in the past, I have had challenges associated with patience, that is to say, waiting on THE LORD.  Let us become perfect and complete in all areas!

Yield and Humble Yourself

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023

Walking in FATHER’S resurrection power requires us to yield and humble ourselves in all areas.

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Isaiah chapter 55:

Jesus lived His whole life in obedience to the principle of yielding to The Holy Spirit. Even though He was the Son of God, everything He did in His ministry was by the power of the Holy Spirit working through Him.

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in 2nd Corinthians chapter 13:

4 For though He (Jesus) was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.

The key to understanding this passage is that “weakness” in this context does not mean feebleness or inability, but rather a total relinquishment to God, a total yielding and openness to His will. According to the Bible “weakness” means freedom from self, freedom from what others think, freedom from our circumstances—allowing a total reliance upon Christ. It means being cleansed of all known sin and self, so that He can be strong through us.  This is how He is glorified (Psalm 89:17).

Paul also wrote in Ephesians chapter 6:

10 Now my Beloved ones, I have saved these most important Truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of His explosive power flowing in and through you.

And in 2nd Corinthians chapter 12:

10   So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my Love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.

In Isaiah it is recorded by THE SPIRIT in Isaiah chapter 40:

29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

King David also wrote by THE SPIRIT in Psalm chapter 138:

1  I thank You, Lord, and with all the passion of my heart I worship You in the presence of angels! Heaven’s mighty ones will hear my voice as I sing my Loving praise to You.

2 I bow down before your Divine Presence and bring You my deepest worship as I experience Your tender Love and Your Living Truth. For your Word and the fame of Your Name have been magnified above all else!

3 At the very moment I called out to You, You answered me! You strengthened me deep within my soul and breathed fresh courage into me.

4 One day all the kings of the earth will rise to give You thanks when they hear the Living Words that I have heard You speak.

5 They too will sing of Your wonderful ways, for Your ineffable glory is great!

6 For though You are lofty and exalted, you stoop to embrace the lowly. Yet you keep your distance from those filled with pride.

Let us lay aside our own strength and ability and do only Our Heavenly Father’s will by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This is what Jesus did in His earthly ministry and He is our Perfect Example.

Paul wrote in Philippians chapter 2:

8And being found in appearance as a man, Jesus 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.

FATHER’S dunamis power, if allowed to accomplish its mission, will lead us first to repentance, then to surrender, and ultimately to being an overcomer bearing fruit. As a result of this total yieldedness to God, we will be able to handle situations we never thought possible, endure circumstances we never could have withstood in the natural, and fight the enemy in ways we never dreamed attainable.

FATHER is not looking for capable and self-sufficient believers; He is looking for broken, submissive, and humble believers. Christ is our Example. He was rejected, betrayed, and then killed. But His humiliation led to His exaltation. The more we allow FATHER to break and mold us, the more open and pliable we’ll become for His use.

The Need to Yield Ourselves

Wednesday, June 21st, 2023

Walking in FATHER’S resurrection power requires us to yield ourselves in all areas.

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Isaiah chapter 55:

8   “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

The process of walking in FATHER’S resurrection power requires us to make the appropriate choices that allow Him to accomplish it in our lives. Often, however, it seems that He brings about His will in what appears to be a completely illogical way.

Paul accentuated this reality when he wrote by The Holy Spirit in 1st Corinthians chapter 1:

18  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to walk in FATHER’S resurrection power.  As a matter of fact, the highly intelligent person may often have greater difficulty in yielding to The Holy Spirit.  Little children have no problem in submitting to Jesus Christ!  Paul came to this reality when Jesus spoke to him.

He wrote by The Holy Spirit in 2nd Corinthians chapter 12:

7  The extraordinary level of the revelations I’ve received is no reason for anyone to exalt me. For this is why a thorn in my flesh was given to me, the Adversary’s messenger sent to harass me, keeping me from becoming arrogant.

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to relieve me of this.

9 But He answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and My power finds its full expression through your weakness.

So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me.

10 So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of My Love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.

The world sees natural strength as a formidable asset and as a demonstration of a strong character. In the above passage, Jesus is saying just the opposite. Only when we are weak, can we be made strong. Only when we are yielded vessels can His dunamis, kratos, and ischus strength work in our lives.

Paul also writes in 1st Corinthians chapter 1:

28  He chose the lowly, the laughable in the world’s eyes—nobodies—so that He would shame the somebodies. For He chose what is regarded as insignificant in order to supersede what is regarded as prominent,

29 so that there would be no place for prideful boasting in God’s Presence.

30 For it is not from man that we draw our life but from God as we are being joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. And now He is our God-given Wisdom, our virtue, our Holiness, and our redemption.

31 And this fulfills what is written: If anyone boasts, let him only boast in all that the Lord has done!

I can take no credit for any past successes and that is why I have removed those items that represented those achievements (sources of pride) from my home.  We must yield and rely on FATHER’S Strength, not our own.

The angel was sent directly from The Throne of GOD in Zechariah chapter 4:

6 So he (the angel) answered and said to me: “This is the Word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.