Sunday, February 01, 2015

We Have To Get This One Right

If there was one thing this brother would encourage you to focus on and perfect it would be this:

1 Thess:15See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that whichis good, both among yourselves, and to all [men]. 16Rejoice evermore. 17Pray without ceasing. 18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1.  Rejoice evermore
2.  Pray without ceasing, and
3.  In everything give thanks

Why should we give thanks in every circumstance?  Why should we rejoice evermore?  Even when it seems life is kicking us in the throat, rejoice?  Give thanks?  You bet, especially when life us kicking us, rejoice more, give thanks more....But why? This goes against everything this world stands for or understands.  The 'why' behind giving thanks and rejoicing in every circumstance is this:

Psalm 22But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Our Lord inhabits the praises of His people, that means Israel, you and me.

Okay, so He inhabits our praises, so what?  This nobody has written you recently about our need for His presence and power.  There is no substitute for it.  When the Lord shows up, our problems are taken care of.  Proof?

Are any of our problems like being cast alive into a fiery furnace?  I don't think so.  What happened?
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had a problem, a real big problem and what happened?  The Lord God appeared in their midst.  His presence and His power appeared with Him and the result for our 3 brothers?

27And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

^^Problem solved......

You may say "that's great brother D but that was way back then and this is now"  or "they were special and I am not" to which I would say: nonsense.  This brother writes to you today to point you toward the Word of the Most High God, whose power is as great today for you as it ever was for any man in the past, including our brothers Sharach, Meshach, and Abednego.  This nobody who writes to you is a living breathing testimony to the power of God toward those who believe.  This nobody calls himself a nobody because he really is a nobody.  The only claim this brother has to anything that is noteworthy or worthwhile is the presence and power of the Lord God Almighty in my life.  That power has been exercised in a very very mighty way that this brother may provide in all truth a testimony of the presence and power of God right now today for you.

Praise Him, thank Him, rejoice evermore.  We, you and me both desperately need the presence and power of the Lord our God every minute of every day.  How does His presence and power show up for us?  Through our praise, thanks and rejoicing.  We do not beg Him, we thank Him.  We do not grovel before Him, we rejoice in Him.  Is this not what our Lord taught us?

Hebrews 414Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. 15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of ourinfirmities; but was in all points tempted {5625;3987:5772} like as [we are, yet] without sin. 16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

You need help, I need help every single day.  Our help comes in and through thanks, rejoicing and praise.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

grace and peace

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Great Power Toward Us

If there is one passage of the Word that sums up the bulk of what the Spirit of the Lord has impressed upon me over the past few years, it is this below:

Eph 1:18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what is the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20Which he performed in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Verse 18 points us toward the fact that we will be kings and priests, we will judge angels and we will rule with Him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what is the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

... And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to
him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen

Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of
this life!

... If we endure, we will rule with him

The bottom line with the above verses is we are being called to something glorious.  The Lord has recently made me very aware of his presence right there in our mind observing every thought we have with a spotlight. Is that thought acceptable and pleasing to the Lord?  Are we thinking and acting as a king of priest of the Lord would think and act?  We are being tested, we are trying out for eternal roles in the kingdom of our Lord.  When the reality of what we are being called to really truly set in (The eyes of your understanding being enlightened) it is very encouraging.  When we understand what we are being called to, it is easier to understand why the enemy hates us so much.

Verse 19 is something you have read much more about here via the testimony of this nobody who writes to you.  What is my testimony?

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

The Lord God has proven to this nobody that He will move heaven and earth, right now today for His people.  He has shown this and proven this fact to a nobody so a nobody's testimony can move a somebody's (you/your) heart.

This foolish, weak, despised nobody writes to you today to encourage you, to point you to the very real power and presence of the Lord God Almighty whose power is there for you right now today.  If you are reading this, the Lord's power are pent up like waters behind a dam ready to pour forth on your behalf.  What does He require of us?  Walk and talk with Him.  Keep the faith, be obedient.  Conform our lives to be pleasing to Him in every way.  Watch our thoughts and judgments about everything very carefully, understanding that the Lord sits there right along side us in our mind watching and judging every thought we have.

Let us be a people who walks with their God.

grace and peace

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Difference Between Churchianity and Christianity

Walking into the vast majority of churches today is akin to walking into a tomb.  Sure, the socializing and the lattes may be great but where is the power?  Why are people walking away from churchianity in record numbers?  No Holy Spirit, no power.  What am I talking about?

1 Thess 1:5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance; as you know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

What we need is the presence and power of God.  We are a needy people.  When people's needs are not met in the church, they go elsewhere to try to meet their needs.  When the presence and power of the Lord Holy Spirit is there, one not search anywhere else to find what they are looking for.

One might ask, presence and power huh?  I wonder if we have that in our church and I just haven't noticed?  If you haven't noticed, it isn't there....It has been this brother's experience of the Lord our God that His presence and power are overwhelming.  You absolutely positively do not have to wonder.  Its like wondering whether or not there is an 800 pound gorilla in the middle of the room, its obvious if it is there or it is not.

Why would we 'go to church' if we are the church?  Why would we go to a building to meet the Lord when the Lord is not there?

Romans 8:14

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God

This is less a beat down on churchianity today (that has already been well established here) and more of an encouragement to walk with our God.  The time for half measures is over, as is the time for playing church.  We need the real presence and power of our God right now today.  We must be desperate for it.  The brother who writes this to you has seen the Lord move heaven and earth, and yet this brother finds himself more desperate for the Lord's presence and power than ever.

One would think seeing multiple miracles would satisfy the soul to the point where one could relax.  Not so.  When a person has experienced the Lord's presence and power it becomes blatantly obvious where the presence and power are not....

Heb 6 1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3And this will we do, if God permit. 4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 

The Lord speaks of these things here ^^.  Tasted of the heavenly gift?  Tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come?  This sounds to me like a whole lot more than your vanilla flavored run of the mill churchianity.

Get to the point brother D.  Okay, the point is, we must be those who have been enlightened.  We must be the ones who have tasted of the heavenly gift, made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come.

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

This brother writes to you today along the same lines that we should be a people who walks and talks with our God 24/7 365, moment by moment as obedient children.  Not only does this please our Lord but it provides for our needs.  The days are quickly coming when all fakery and imitation and playing church will come to an end.  The only thing that will stand is what is real.

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,

Luke 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

1 Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Who among us believes we are not in the latter times?  At this time, on this day we must be a people who walks with their God.

... Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

Gen 6:9  These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Let us be like Enoch and Noah in a crooked and perverse generation.  Let us be a people that walks with their God.

grace and peace