Who we are……….

June 4, 2010

John 10:33  The Jews said, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did, but for what you said—this blasphemy of calling yourself God.”      

Here is a window into the mind of the enemy,  He doesn’t get so angry at all the good works we do, but he gets irate when you come in right relationship as a son. That ticks him off. 

This season will raise up many believers that begin to proclaim their heavenly identity on earth, the world will call it pride or blasphemy but in the heart of true son, they will know they cannot do anything of themselves, (John chapter 5), that is true humility, fully surrendered and yielded to the Father.

The Unexplainable

February 17, 2010

In John chapter 9, Jesus sees a blind man from birth.  The disciples asked who sinned the blind man or his parents.  Jesus said neither, it was for the works of God to be made manifest. He then performs the miracle giving him sight.  Immediately it caused quite a disturbance because the miracle Jesus performed demanded an explaination from and for the people groups that were represented.  Here is the challenge, there was no explaination that could be given that would satisfy the bystanders. Because the only explaination given was only implied by the actions of Jesus and that was “Just because He wanted too”. 

Immediately, when I read this passage of scripture, the Lord reminded me of some disappointments we have experienced over the past few years. Disappointments such as a strong man of faith in our church that passed away, a baby dying, and others that really have no explaination.  

He then asked me, can you believe me for good things to happen in your life that you cannot explain.  If you dwell on losses, disappointments, or failures that you cannot explain it will keep you in a place of questioning that could lead to unbelief. 

So anticipate the wonderful unexplainable events that are going to occur  in your life just because He wants to.  There are so many “just because He wants tos” waiting for you.  It is His pleasure to give you the things of the Kingdom, if we seek first The Kingdom of God and His righteousness, all the unexplainable things will chase us down.  Why?  Just because He wants to…….

The End and the Beginning

December 31, 2009

Often I notice how many people can identify when a new season is beginning but fail to realize when a season is over.  

De 34:5 ¶ So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
 6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
 7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
 8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
 9 ¶ And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.
 10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,
 11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,
 12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.

I want to encourage everyone to identify those areas in our lives that we think gives us identity. Things, positions, territories, and even principles we still cling to might have had life in the last season but could very well need to be declared over, so we can embrace the next season with a fresh new perspective.   

Moses gave us an example, his season was declared over although he still had strength and vision.  This is contrary to most today, typically we are the last to know when a season is over and its only after the life is completely gone, vision is nonexistant, and it has created a weariness to all that are apart of it.  Often those that are emotionally attached to it have the most difficult time declaring it’s end, even though those around already know it before we do.  We can change this paradigm and the people we influence are depending on it. 

As 2009 closes out let’s declare the end of the some things that God has ordained over and the beginning of next season in 2010 with life, vision and strength.

One Minute Apology……

November 10, 2009

Recently a good friend of mine shared a book he read.  After reading it, I would like to share the bullets of wisdom that are so rich in this book.  Attacking pride will avoid the heart from becoming hardened in relationships

1.  The toughest part of apologizing is realizing and admitting that you were wrong

2.  At the core of most problems is a truth you don’t want to face

3.  It begins with surrender and ends with integrity

4.  One minute of being honest with yourself is worth more than days, months, or years of self-deception

5.  The longer you wait to apologize, the sooner your weakness is perceived as wickedness

6.  Honesty is telling the truth to ourselves and others, and integrity is living that truth

7.  The legacy you leave is the one you live

8.  Without a change in behavior, just saying “i’m sorry” is not enough

9.  Apologize not for the outcome but because you know you were wrong and it’s the right thing to do

10.  The best way to apologize to someone you have harmed is to tell them you made a mistake, you feel badly about it, and how you will change your behavior

11.  People with humility don’t think less of themselves, they just think about themselves less

12.  When you honestly express your feelings with someone you care about you show respect for yourself and the relationship

These humble approaches to life will help build and sustain long healthy relationships.

It cant be this hard……

October 28, 2009

Ever feel like you have taken a big step forward only to find yourself moving two steps backward? That cycle breeds a sense of discouragement if it is repeated to much. I am coming to realize there is an extreme battle going on in each individual as well as corporately in the Body of Christ. It is the battle between law and grace or put another way flesh and spirit.

It’s the tendancy for us try to use our human efforts to please God and receive things from God. No one really is exempt from this battle, and in my mind, proves to be the foundation of which all “abundant life” is lived or “death” is experienced.

Grace is the precise manifestation of favor in which you are changed. It is not loose or reckless and even requires a greater level of responsibility than the law of the old testament. It creates the atmosphere in which favor fills a person that empowers us to be like Christ. If we want to change our behavior we must change what we believe. Out of the change of belief will automatically change your behavior.

At the core of most problems is a truth we don’t want to face. Let’s explore this more in fully in the weeks ahead…….

“The argument hasnt changed”

October 19, 2009

It seems the argument today isn’t much different from in the days of the apostles.  Acts 15 describes a scene that many can relate to today,  the gentiles had started believing in Christ and there was a heated debate whether the newly converted gentiles would need to be circumcised in order to fully be received of God.  Paul and Barnabas believed strongly they did not need to keep the Mosaic Law to receive the promise of the Lord.  Peter said, come on guys, they received the Holy Spirit just like we did,  and evidently this plan was in place long before us so why do we want to heap all these rules on them that our ancestors couldnt keep and we have proven we cant keep them either.

James (the brother of Jesus) stood up and gave a final judgement on the matter: (NLV) 

Brothers, listen to me. 14 Peter[c] has told you about the time God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people for himself. 15 And this conversion of Gentiles is exactly what the prophets predicted. As it is written:

 16 ‘Afterward I will return
      and restore the fallen house[d] of David.
   I will rebuild its ruins
      and restore it,
 17 so that the rest of humanity might seek the Lord,
      including the Gentiles—
      all those I have called to be mine.
   The Lord has spoken—
    18 he who made these things known so long ago.’[e]

 19 “And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood. 21 For these laws of Moses have been preached in Jewish synagogues in every city on every Sabbath for many generations.”

With all that said, can we as church leaders be sensitive to hardships, rules, and preferences that we sometimes tag the Lord’s name to.  Can we truly be more excited in that sinners are coming to the Lord, an instead of training them in our preferences introducing them and reintroducing them to the awareness of the presence of the Lord in a practical but yet supernatural way.    More to come on what that might look like later…

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