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!
Zechariah 8:23 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you,’”
God promises a time when people will be begging to go to church with us! People will finally awaken to their need of God, their desires will change and they will pursue Him by asking us where to find Him! Be ready for this!
Already, I have people stopping me in the grocery stores to talk to me or ask questions about where items can be found. I had this happen twice this weekend in two different stores. I stop what I am doing and purposely talk with strangers. Who knows where the conversation will lead? One time I got to pray with a woman in Walmart for her handicapped granddaughter. The woman was showing me pictures of the girl on her cell phone!
Be available at all times to share Christ, pray, stop what you are doing and talk to strangers! Remember Jesus who chatted with a woman at the well about a simple drink of water and how that lead to her conversion.
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!
It has been a long 10 years since these young women went missing. we are thrilled to see their safe return home. This whole incident, the Lost being Found, reminds me of the scripture Luke 15:32: "But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; He was lost and now is Found."
I live just a few blocks from the area that the girls went missing. I was running errands at the nearby bank and noticed all the media from different parts of the World! All eyes are on Cleveland! As I contemplated on this wonderful and joyous occasion I was reminded of a prophetic word spoken over the North East Ohio Region about 10 years ago. It was written and has been circulated among the churches. In this word it said that Cleveland will be experiencing a great Revival and that all of the world would come to SEE what was happening here! Knowing that what happens in the natural is a foreshadow of what is to come in the Spiritual, I quickly understood the Miracle that was unfolding before our eyes! The return of the ones being held Captive, 3 women who lost the most exciting decade of any persons life, Young Adulthood; to be found and given another chance at life, what a picture of the condition of our generation today! The young adults are being held captive by perverse lies. They are being held captive by sin and lust of the flesh, and yes against their Spiritual Will. These young women's spirits were vexed. They will never be the same, their innocence stolen. Our children's innocence is being stolen and people between the ages of 14 and 30 are being deceived by the great deceiver and father of lies.
But God! He has promised Revival on this land. the Lost will be Found! and they will come home and regain their identity in Christ! They will come home and receive true freedom! Their wounds will be healed and their hearts mended!!
Look Up, and see the harvest! Look up and see God's glorious salvation come!
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.
If I brood on the Cross of Christ, I do not become a subjective pietist, interested in my own whiteness; I become dominantly concentrated on Jesus Christ's interests. Our Lord was not a recluse nor an ascetic, He did not cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly disconnected all the time. He was not aloof, but He lived in an other world. He was so much in the ordinary world that the religious people of His day called Him a glutton and a wine-bibber. Our Lord never allowed anything to interfere with His consecration of spiritual energy.
The counterfeit of consecration is the conscious cutting off of things with the idea of storing spiritual power for use later on, but that is a hopeless mistake. The Spirit of God has spoiled the sin of a great many, yet there is no emancipation, no fullness in their lives. The kind of religious life we see abroad to-day is entirely different from the robust holiness of the life of Jesus Christ. "I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil." We are to be in the world but not of it; to he disconnected fundamentally, not externally.
We must never allow anything to interfere with the consecration of our spiritual energy. Consecration is our part, sanctification is God's part; and we have deliberately to determine to be interested only in that in which God is interested. The way to solve perplexing problems is to ask - Is this the kind of thing in which Jesus Christ is interested, or the kind of thing in which the spirit that is the antipodes of Jesus is interested? by Oswald Chambers - My Utmost for His Highest
Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world. The Spirit of God seizes me and I am compelled to get alone with God and fight the battle before Him. Until I do this, I will lose every time. The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. However long it takes, I must wrestle with it alone before God, and I must resolve to go through the hell of renunciation or rejection before Him. Nothing has any power over someone who has fought the battle before God and won there.
I should never say, “I will wait until I get into difficult circumstances and then I’ll put God to the test.” Trying to do that will not work. I must first get the issue settled between God and myself in the secret places of my soul, where no one else can interfere. Then I can go ahead, knowing with certainty that the battle is won. Lose it there, and calamity, disaster, and defeat before the world are as sure as the laws of God. The reason the battle is lost is that I fight it first in the external world. Get alone with God, do battle before Him, and settle the matter once and for all.
In dealing with other people, our stance should always be to drive them toward making a decision of their will. That is how surrendering to God begins. Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point— a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go toward a more and more slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for Hishighest— our best for His glory. - Oswald Chambers
There are moments in life that we face great opposition to the things we expected for ourselves, Times of suffering and trials. We wonder if this was God’s plan for us and why?
Jesus Christ had to endure such a time. When faced with false accusation and death He prayed to God and said, “Father, if it be thy will, take this cup from me.” He knew He had been sent to the world for such a time, but He was in anguish and like all of us, He hoped there would be a small window of opportunity for change.
What happens when God says NO? What do we do when His will is right there in that moment of suffering; moments like:
I can’t get past to the next grade level,
I lost a good friend,
My parent or guardian has abandoned me,
My friends are lying on me,
My house is being foreclosed on,
My spouse cheated on me, etc.?
Job 1:20-22 Then Job stood up, tore his robe and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will leave this life.” The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of Yahweh. Throughout all of this, Job did not sin or blame God for anything.
Today I want you to take with you a very important principle to live by. It is a principle that will help you find peace and Joy in every situation that you are faced with; yes, even those dark times in your life, like Job and Jesus faced, those uncertain times can be turned into gladness! This Principle is the “Nevertheless Principle”
No matter what happens in life remember that all things work together for the good of those who Love Jesus. Even our darkest moments in life are serving to build and shape us. It’s telling our story to bring Glory to God in some way. Everything leads to a future and a hope.
Purpose for afflictions: Romans 5:1-5 to produce Character and Build our Faith
He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side . . . —Mark 6:45
We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.
What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the sea” (Mark 6:49). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.
God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.
God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.