Reflecting on the series of event this past week leading up to this Sunday, I can’t help but to remember a story told in Acts 5:1-11. A story of a couple who drops dead after lying to the Apostles about how much they actually sold their property for. But I’m not thinking about them as much as I’m thinking about the group of young men that were assigned to “remove the dead bodies out of the temple”.
This week I witnessed how God used and ordered the steps of a group of young adults at RED to “remove” some dead things out of our church. The Lord graciously activated their gifts. Some dreamed, while others Saw in the Spirit and some Sensed and quickly discerned and others just plain out had encounters with the “dead” things. But they all responded in Spiritual Warfare! They heard the call of God to step into the Gap and travail in prayer and worship. They quickly responded with their eyes on Jesus and walked and moved in the authority of God.
Our team has tremendous maturity and they continue to grow. I am proud of them. They removed some dead things in the spirit this week. There was not only a cleaning of the Building in the natural, but we witnessed a cleaning in the spiritual. What a blessing and honor to have experienced God’s quick response to our prayers and declarations as a group!
Matthew 18:18-20 came to life right before our eyes!!
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
There is Power in fervent Intercessory Prayer!
A few weeks ago I had an impressive dream:
I was sitting at a round table with Young adults: I was explaining to them or going over with them about identity.
I explained that:
You must understand and internalize that you are a daughter of A King. We need to know in our hearts, and understand that God has placed a Crown on our heads. We do not see it in the natural but it is there in the Spiritual.
When we forget who we are, it's like taking the Crown off. When the devil comes to sift us, tempt us or confuse us if we have our Crown on and we KNOW who we are, The enemy is Blinded by the Light of Christ (Sun of Righteousness -Malachi 4:2) that reflects off the precious metals of the Crown.
Then I actually saw what I was sharing with them, I saw myself with a crown on my head, Satan approaching and Christ Stood with a great light behind and to the right of satan. The light of Christ shone so strong that it reflected off my Crown making me nearly invisible to the enemy. then I felt myself fear and I began to take the crown off which made me increasingly susceptible, visible to the enemy approaching, I felt Jesus signal me to put the Crown back on, I can sense He was smiling, not shaken calm and cool! It was like He was showing me how Crowns work! LOL
This is what I got from the Dream:
Crown represents consecration (a Setting apart), honor, exaltation. we also know that in the natural it means Authority, Identity, Strength. Paul uses Crown to talk about the Garland that was placed on the head of a Victor, someone whom has won a race. Taking the Crown off is a sign of shame.
Meaning that when we sin we unintentionally take our Crown off.
When we Hide from God we take our Crown off.
When we fear, we take our Crown off.
When we don't have faith we in essence are forgetting the promises of God, and thus our identity in Christ which, in turn, removes our Crown.
When we remove our Crown, any time we do; we become vulnerable to the enemy. losing our authority as a believer.
Believers have an advantage that if we stand on our identity as SONS and DUAGHTERS that Crown- Our Identity- that is placed on our heads is our protection, it's what we hide behind, it's what Christ uses to hide us from the enemy. His Light-glory-, on our Crowns (knowledge of who we are) is our helmet of Salvation. Salvation in Christ gives us identity. This makes IDENTITY everything, to surviving spiritual warfare.
Someone who knows who they are is victorious.
I feel like God is saying I'm looking for people who will become my Sons and know they are my Sons and Daughters. so that, they may be active in their Authority and so that I can reflect my Glory on them.
Know Who You Are.
When considering a Christian worldview on dancing I am reminded of 1 Titus 1:15 all things are pure to those who are pure. Much like a child. A child dances freely with nothing malicious in his mind. He is pure at heart and so his dance is pure.
But there are a few questions we should ask ourselves (and this can apply to anything else you may be wondering about that isn’t specifically called a sin or an abomination in the Bible)
1. What are my intentions today?
a. Am I dancing to celebrate, to have fun, to be social, to join in and be a part of, to exercise, for joy?
Or am I trying to draw attention to myself? Am I feeling seductive and want to be?
b. Am I trying to show off or am I lusting when I dance?
2. Do I rely on Dance too much to have a good time? i.e. “I can’t enjoy myself if I’m not dancing!”
a. Has dance become an addiction or god in your life?
b. Does it draw you away from God?
Philippians 4:8 instruct us to think on things that are excellent and of good report, pure, honorable and or lovely. “Whatsoever things” is a clue to us that it can be just about anything… dance, music, the arts can be one of those things that can be “Lovely” “Pure” “good”. Understanding that Balance and self-control, as given by the Holy Spirit is key to choosing anything in life.
Ultimately, it is our choice, the Bible does not specifically talk about Dance as a bad thing nor is it restricted to the believer.
Always remember that God knows our hearts and He is looking at the intentions of our heart. For Him, everything has a purpose and we should live life on purpose, intentionally.
If dancing troubles you, don’t do it until you have brought that before the Lord and searched your heart. If it brings joy and laughter to you and you aren’t moved by it, then by all means, dance.
In Acts 10:9-16 we read about Peter’s vision. Peter has a vision where he saw heaven opened and an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, lowered by it’s four corners to earth. In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth and the birds of the sky. Then the Lord said to him, Peter, get up, kill and eat!!” To Peter this was an abomination and perhaps he thought surely God was testing him, so he said No he will not eat anything common and ritually unclean!
But the voice said to him, “What God has made clean, you must not call common. “ Interestingly enough, Paul goes on to record that “this” vision/encounter happened 3 times before the object was taken up into heaven. It was that important to God that we get this: For some it's ok, because God said so.
In this account of Peter’s life God was showing him that He doesn’t play favoritism, “but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him”. (vs.35) (the heart)
When we fear God and do righteousness we are acceptable to God. What are those things that defile us? Can dance defile us? The bible says that it is not what goes into our body that defiles us but what comes out of our mouth that makes us unclean. (Matthew 15:11)
So, no matter what we do, what flows out of our hearts while doing it will be the determining factor; the end in sight; that which can make us or break us. At the end of the day, Folks, it all comes down to the condition of your heart. Anything that holds our heart in contempt with God, or binds us to ungodly thoughts or actions, is not pleasing to God. Not because He can’t handle it but because it can ultimately destroys us.
It is for Freedom that He set us free. God sent Jesus Christ who provided us with redemptive power so that we can be free to choose life and live it abundantly, without limits. Limitations can come in religious forms or even worldly forms.
What limits you from experiencing the true freedom of God? If dancing limits you then don’t dance, until you get a full understanding of why. If you feel miserable when you are at a party and feel like you are not allowed to dance and feel a sense of restriction and limited then by all means get up and dance!
So Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
I was meditating on this scripture today and found that if we want increased faith we must HEAR. Hearing comes by the Word of God. As you read His word you begin to hear His heart and your faith is increased and developed. As we hear Him more, we are washed as our faith grows. Washed by His word.
Here is a step by step to help you get this principle deep down in your spirit:
It all begins with reading His word. can't get away from that; it's the Bread of Life. it must become an essential part of your day.
Luke 9: 23 and 29 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me... "Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray."
Last night Xaris asked me, "Mom do you know why I pray with my hands folded together?" She explained to me that her prayers go into her hands and as she releases her hands the prayers fly up to the heavens and into God's heart. Micah went on to explain that his prayers are between his hands like a laser! As he prays his prayers shoot out like the Laser in the Light Saber from Star Wars! Kids have a wonderful imagination that empowers them to believe!
God's ultimate Goal for us is that our mind is Renewed, transformed into the image of His son Jesus Christ. Did you ever wonder what that might look like? I believe Jesus wanted us to have a visual of a Renewed Mind.
In Luke 9 we read about the Transfiguration of Jesus. about 8 days before the account of the Transfiguration, Jesus talks to His disciples about "Taking up your cross daily and following Him". On the Mount as Jesus prayed the appearance of His face was altered and His robes became white and glistened! (Lk. 9:29)
Could it be that Jesus was showing Peter, James and John what a Renewed Mind looks like in the Spirit?
It is a daily occurrence, a picking up of the cross that happens as we pray and meditate on the Word of God; a transformation happens that cleanses from the inside out. our countenance changes, our attitude changes and we become the Re-presenters of Christ here on Earth; that is we present Christ again. God said, "Here is my Son, Hear Him!" When we represent Christ on Earth renewed and transformed we become Sons and Daughters and God says to the world before us, "Here is my Son/Daughter, Hear them!"
The world can recognize the God in us, if we are renewed, transformed, transfigured! We will shine with glistening white robes and our face (attitude) will change.
May you find the exuberant Joy of the Lord today as you commune with Him.
Let's Make it a Great Day!
This was Posted on May of 2012. I thought it was worthy of being reposted, enjoy:
Pastor Nate continues to teach on Transition and change, it is an exciting time in our lives as we move forward in Christ to advance His Kingdom.
In life we will face those "Decision Making" moments: Should I go to school?, should I get married?, Should I move out of town?, should I cut ties with some people?, etc. Those "moments" can be trying to our Faith. At those times we may face confusion or doubt and we may even grow increasing weary of "THINKING".
Well, the Bible has a lot to say about decision making and I want to share that with you on this post.
The Bible tells us that wisdom, which is what we need to make decisions, comes from God. In those moments of making decisions we should seek God's wisdom and understanding. today Pastor Jesse Duplantis tweeted: "If you want to be successful in life, you need to know everything in the Bible." studying the Word of God will open up your eyes to His heart for you. You will know what to do when you draw close to Him. Here are some scriptures to help you get started: -Brisyo
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.
He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."Proverbs 11:14
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
GO WITH THE FLOW
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
I don’t live by the expression “Go with the flow” because it offers no definition to my activities. Instead, I live the Ephesians 2:10 that clearly states that God has my activities in Christ all planned out for me. All I have to do is find out what they are and then physically do them. Be assured that these things are very practical and beneficial for yourself and for others.
I am a strong advocate of Christians knowing their God-ordained purposes and then doing them by faith. We don’t have to flounder in life. We are not lost—so why are we wandering around?
There is a scripture that I say to myself often, “God will fulfill His purposes for me.” Yes—as long as we are actively engaged in those purposes. That is the flow that we need to go with! Amen!
“But you will be called the priests of the Lord; You will be spoken of as ministers of God…”
In both the Book of Exodus and the Book of Revelation, the Bible gives us a glimpse of the congregation of God’s dreams— a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. This will someday be the vocation of peoples of all nations coming before God and worshiping Him forever. All eyes will be fixed upon the Lamb and all tongues will repeat with joy, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
This is also the worthy occupation of believers now. When we minister to Him, He accepts our sacrifice of praise to make His Name glorious. This is our wonderful privilege. Only by faith do we recognize the glory of this calling. Therefore, let us choose to take our place in this universal assembly now and worship Him rightly each day.
Luke 10: 41-42
Daily Bible reading is an act of worship that God cherishes. We pull aside, make time, sit quietly and read. This speaks volumes to God saying, “Here I am. Teach me. I want to get to know you better. I want to hear what You have to say to me. I want to change and adjust myself to Your way.”
Sister Mary in the Gospels unplugged herself from the preparations and sat at Jesus’ feet to hear the words of her Teacher. She was later commended for her good choice.
Many years of daily Bible reading is a sound investment of our time. The payoff is the wisdom that we gain from having a biblical perspective. In later years, our own hearts will commend us and we will know with deep satisfaction that we chose the one thing that can never be taken away.
Today I have been reflecting on pain. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “Pain? Who wants to think about pain?” Pain is not the best thing to think about but if you really think about it, all of us will experience it at one time or another in our lives; probably more often then we want too.
Sometimes we will go through painful experiences that cause a lifetime of painful reflection while other times we will experience pain that causes us to change and, in the long run, actually be thankful for the experience.
At this moment that I’m writing this I am experiencing emotional pain. But I reflected and thought to myself, “This is nothing compared to the pain others have experienced.” I have not had any major losses in my life; I’ve not lost a child or a parent nor my husband to death. I have not been hurt permanently nor left abandoned. Although, I know that some day I will experience that type of pain, I am reminded of Philippians 4:11-12 that says, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” This is perfect peace: When we put our mind to purposely think about the Lord and His goodness immediately we reflect on our pain and think, “Wow, Really, my life is not that bad; things can be far worse. “
Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
When we are persecuted or go through hardships we can put our heart at rest knowing that God is on our side. We become strong knowing that we have a God who promises perfect peace when in our weakness we turn to Him. When we turn to Him we become strong and can weather the storm that is causing pain in our lives. God gives us wisdom, tranquility and helps us to be content with what we have and trust that God knows what we need and will help us in His time. (Philippians 4:19) And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.