September 14, 2014

Be Kind

"A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel
man brings trouble on himself." (Proverbs 11:17 NIV)


The New Revised Standard Version reads:

"Those who are kind reward themselves, but the cruel do themselves harm."
The New Living Translation reads:
"Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel."
Are you being kind to yourself or are you being harmful? The Lord cares about how you treat you. Today would be a good day to give yourself a break, maybe cut yourself some slack and do something nice for you.

Jesus' two-fold law of love reads,

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30 NIV)

"Love your neighbor as yourself." (Mark 12:31 NIV)
To abide in Christ and to walk with Him means to walk in love. Loving God should be our first and most important duty and delight. Our second duty is important too: We must love our neighbors, essentially everybody else on the planet, as we love ourselves. It is obvious here that we must first love self before we can love anyone else. We should honor, care for, be forgiving toward, use gracious self-talk regarding, and be kind to ourselves, and then to others around us.

Self-denial is not a bad thing, for it was encouraged by Jesus Himself (Luke 9:23). But it can be damaging if taken to the extreme, or used outside the context of godly discipleship, or used as a law to punish the flesh and/or self-nature, or used in a way that frustrates or punishes others. It is just as important and biblically sound to be kind to the flesh and soul—but not so kind or soft as to allow the flesh-nature to become an idol or a self-absorbed monster.

Today might be a good day to regroup, rethink, or maybe take a deep breath and choose kindness toward self.

To you who are over-disciplined or rigid, maybe you should go shopping today and buy yourself a nonessential: some perfume or cologne, a new pair of flip-flops, a worship CD, some fishing tackle, or maybe a goofy hat; just because you want to. Perhaps at lunch you can eat a few more bites than is normal, or you can splurge on that rich chocolate dessert you usually ignore. (And then later in the day refuse guilt when it comes knocking on your stomach lining). Perhaps you can stop at the video store and rent a silly romantic comedy and watch it while relaxing in a bubbly tub. It's important to be kind to yourself from time to time. Why not today?

To those of you who are under-disciplined and your incautious lifestyle has caused you harm, maybe you should make some choices and some plans for your well-being. Why not stop smoking, stop overeating and/or undernourishing your body with the wrong kind of food? Why not let go of that unforgiveness, worry or fear, lose those few extra pounds, or start doing whatever sort of exercise that would get your heart pumping? Maybe now would be a good time to start a disciplined prayer life or a Bible reading discipline. Why not be kind to yourself and put your life on a track that will help and no longer harm you?

King Solomon said, "Those who are kind reward themselves, but the cruel do themselves harm." (Proverbs 11:17 NRSV). Today seems like as good a day as any to take Solomon's wise advice.

June 09, 2014

Sacrifice

Faith is willing to sacrifice the best — even the gift that has been granted by God. The price attached to faith typically pierces the soul. 

The greatest test to a man's faith is in the laying down of a son.

First, faith follows Jesus to the foot of the cross. Eventually it follows Jesus upon the cross. Such is the losing of one's own faith and the gaining of Yahweh's.

The cross in a disciple's life creates weakness to the carnal nature, yet is the seedbed for great faith and miracles.

People who turn away from Yahweh's discipline and correction invite poverty and destruction (Proverbs 13:18). Those who embrace God's discipline are wise.

Resurrection life is the goal of faith; death on the cross is the means. There is no lasting faith without the cross.

Faith's security is in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Jesus not only HOPED that the Heavenly Father would raise Him from the dead, Jesus believed that the Father HAD raised Him from the dead. Faith brings into time and space that which has already occurred in the IT IS FINISHED realm of the Spirit.

"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him." (Romans 6:8 NIV)

May 18, 2014

Working World




If a person works primarily for money, he or she has fallen short of God's best.

It is common for a Christian to think that he or she can pursue a job, change a job or quit a job at will. Christians should submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Once a person becomes a bond-slave to Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 7:22), he or she becomes a bond-slave to Christ’s will.

When working within the world system (kosmos), a born again son or daughter of God should not constantly be striving for success, happiness or a hassle-free existence (1 Peter 2:18). Instead, they should seek to serve their employers as if they were serving the Lord Christ (Ephesians 6:5). A Christian should not try to “fit in” to the world system, for such conformity is deemed as spiritual infidelity by Christ (James 4:4). God created the realm of Babylon (kosmos, world system) as a tool of punishment and captivity for His people (Jeremiah 25:8-11), not as their land of opportunity!

A Christian need not seek to rule systems of government, finance, or any other worldly system. If Yahweh desires someone to be in authority, He will lift that person to position through a unique breaking process. Both Joseph (son of Jacob) and the Prophet Daniel were examples of this. Christians today who seek worldly position and success are more of a detriment to Jesus’ Kingdom than a blessing. Jesus never gained rule or anything else through self-promotion.

Jesus laid down His life to save people from the world, not to save the world system. The nature of the world system is that of prostitution (Revelation 17:5). It’s not seemly to befriend such company; nor is it logical to expect honor or “fairness” from such a whoredom system.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15 NIV)


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May 17, 2014

Fear for Tomorrow? Or Faith?



“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)
 
I used to know a woman who was a conspiracy theorist. Nearly everything about her conversation was conspiracy. She was also a Christian. Just about everything about her faith in God was mixed with worldly conspiracy concepts. This needy woman lived in bondage to tomorrow and to the world around her; and her bondage was the spirit of fear.

I also knew a man who never took a step in life without making sure beforehand it would not fail. He felt inadequate, insecure, inferior and felt terrors in the night about what might happen in the future. This man was a Christian and even a Christian worker, yet he spent much of his life in bondage to the spirit of fear.


The spirit of fear is a tormenting spirit. It seeks to sow seeds for a broken, sick and desperate tomorrow using thoughts, pictures, visions, pressures and dire circumstances. Its desire is for agreement; it understands that with agreement it gains authority over God’s family.


But the Word of God does not agree with such lies, and neither should we. Yahweh said:

"For I know the plans I have for you, 'declares the LORD,' plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

As Christians, we need to bind the spirit of fear and cast it out, no longer allowing it to coerce, control, speak or influence. It WILL obey when spoken to by the anointing and authority of Jesus. So go ahead and cast it out!


Jesus said:

“These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name….” (Mark 16:17 NIV)


“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 KJV)

Sister and brother in Christ, your tomorrows do not need to be like your yesterdays. The Word of God has promised great things for your future. Why not replace the spirit of fear’s lies and propaganda with the eternal Word of God? You will be amazed at what happens.

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March 10, 2014

Faith-Prosperity


Faith is a prosperous spirit; faithlessness is poverty. People do not need to center on prosperity for it to happen; prosperity pursues faithful people. 

People often focus their attention and faith on prosperity. Though the Bible promises prosperity, it was not promised for self-indulgence. Prosperity is part of the covenant-pact between Yahweh and Abraham. People who walk in the faith of Abraham receive abundant blessings. 

Prosperity is something spiritual that manifests in the natural realm. Prosperity is a picture of life, but poverty of death. Prosperity is a picture of heaven, and poverty of hell. Prosperity is a picture of blessing, poverty of curse. The Kingdom of God is an immensely prosperous place/realm. People who abide in Jesus Christ have a share in that prosperity.

Jesus commanded His disciples to live by faith, and not from the overflow of their accumulated possessions. People should love people and use possessions, not the other way around.


"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:33 NIV) 

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February 15, 2014

Today's Thoughts



When people fear they often grasp and hoard. 

Christians are (meant to be) God's funnels of blessing to the earth.

Faith has an open hand, fear a grasping one.


February 04, 2014

Passionate Faith


Faith is not recklessness; faith is abandonment. Faith is willing to abandon everyone and everything, even one's mortal life, for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Faith operates best when it's the only option. When a person has another option, another door, God will often allow the person to use that method. Faith requires absolute abandonment. Faith requires the principle of a thing, not the excess.

When a faithful man is at the end of himself, God's faith moves that man into the impossibility realm. Faith is usually the choice that seems the impossible one.

A person may receive a touch from Yahweh through a person's touch; but to dwell consistently in Yahweh's favor means to have cultivated an intimate relationship with the Lord. There is no true and lasting faith outside of love.

Faith is increased when a person is intimate with the Heavenly Father. A person cannot expect to live by exceptional faith when he or she only tries to wield it during a crisis. Faith cultivated in intimacy with the Heavenly Father is the faith needed to battle a crisis.

Faith looks beyond the impossible circumstances of life, walking on water with Jesus (Mark 10:27, Matthew 14:29). Life's circumstances automatically yield to faith.

It is only possible to please the Heavenly Father with Jesus' passionate faith (Hebrews 10:38). People with faith are like the morning sun; those who are faithful are like the sunset.


"And without faith it is impossible to please God...." (Hebrews 11:6 NIV)


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Yahweh's Law



Yahweh's Law is a solemn covenantal pledge:

With feet immersed in sacrificial blood,
hands raised high before the God of Abraham,
a man enters ancient holy covenant by declaring:
"I will love Yahweh the Lord with ALL my heart, 
ALL my mind, and ALL my resources;
I will love my neighboring clan even as my own flesh and blood."
And all witness respond, "Amen!"


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Nature of Covenant


Holiness

The word HOLINESS means CONSECRATION, SEPARATION. It means to be set apart to Yahweh through covenant blood. Those who are in covenant with God are holy; those who are not in covenant with Him are not holy. It takes holiness to see the Lord, and without holiness no one sees Him or knows Him (Hebrews 12:14). Holiness happens from the inside-out, not from the outside-in. It comes through faith in Jesus' consecration, not by human works that seek to dupe people into looking or "feeling" holy. The holiness of Jesus embodies Yahweh's people, Yahweh's clan. Living by the nature of the Holy Spirit is Holiness.


Righteousness

To be righteous means to believe Yahweh (Genesis 15:6), thereby living by Jesus' faith-filled nature. Righteousness is the character of Jesus Christ expressed through God's covenantal clan. A righteous clan has sanctifying power, affecting peoples and territories.

To be in covenant with Jesus is righteousness and faithfulness. Sin is not held against anyone in covenant with God through Jesus Christ; righteousness is held TOWARD them. Those who believe themselves righteous through external deeds and an unstained reputation need to join Jesus, naked on the cross.


Humility

Humility is dependence upon the Heavenly Father. Pride is dependence upon anything else. Humility allows Christ's strength to be seen. Faithful men and women do wonderful exploits through the power of Christ's humility, not from the greatness of their own spirituality. A person who bows before the Heavenly Father in humility, stands before Him in righteousness. A faithful person begins and ends his spiritual sojourn at the feet of Jesus.

Humility is not poverty; princes and paupers think differently. Wormship is not worship; to walk in humility means to agree with God in everything.


Forgiveness

To forgive means to be willing to embrace the person who sinned against you.

Humanity was completely forgiven at the cross; people receive that forgiveness by faith. those who trust in Jesus' abundant love, receive the Heavenly Father's abundant forgiveness. Forgiveness is the power of the cross.

One man sinned greatly against God, yet repented; he was forgiven. A second man knew about the sin and repentance, yet spread the news as if it weren't forgiven. At the Judgment Seat of Christ, the second man was judged guilty for the first man's sin. THAT WHICH IS FORGIVEN MUST REMAIN UNDER THE BLOOD OF COVENANTAL SACRIFICE.


Healing

Both sickness and healing are matters of covenant. Sickness enters a person's flesh through foolish words, foolish covenant ties and unforgiveness. Healing enters through repentance and faith. The covenant in Jesus' blood is the proof, the title-deed, that a person is healed. Feelings and circumstances come and go, but Yahweh's healing is covenantal.

Healing must never become a person's goal, but merely the overflow of a life-giving, covenantal relationship with Yahweh. To confer with self or society regarding one's health is foolish. Trusting one's health to the Lord is wise. God has promised healing; that should be enough.

Healing the sick takes a compassionate touch, not a sympathetic one. To live by the directive of the Lord Jesus Christ means to heal the sick (Mark 16:18). Jesus' wounds are the surely that others' wounds will be healed.

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