If You Love Him…

"Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me." Ezekiel 3:17

“Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.” Ezekiel 3:17

We as Christians have a distinct advantage over many people, the prophets of old, unbelievers of today, or even Christians who don’t know the will of God today; when it comes to facing decisions. We were created for a relationship with God, and in His image. Thus, when we learn to have a relationship with our Father, we will also know His way that is best for us, but we have infallible information about his priorities that will help us follow his plan. Likewise, we have the inspired Word of God as the foundation towards a relationship with Him. Also, he lets us know, how to reflect him in our lives, so as to glorify His Kingdom, Himself and us as well. He actually says, for all practical purposes, “This is my will for you.”

What I have come to know for sure in some of my experiences, is that we are to remain careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. For God, has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, love, and of a sound mind.

Those who believe in Christ Jesus are already blood-bought new creatures in Christ. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). But now we must become what we are. “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened” (1 Corinthians 5:7).  “You have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” (Colossians 3:10). You have been made new in Christ; but you now need to put forth the effort to being renewed day by day. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, [now here comes the aim] that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. Likewise, the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groaning’s which cannot be uttered. He does not call us servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but he called us his friends, for all that he has heard from our Father He has made known to you.

Recently I overheard a few Christians talking, they were talking about a newborn Christian who survived hell on earth and finally is living in a peaceful area, trying to start life anew. It has been said, “we are afraid to enter her house, for there is so much spiritual interaction in it. We don’t want those spirits to jump on us”.
People! Because He lives… I can face life. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When He faced demons, they pleaded to leave, even if by pigs! Because he has given us his mind, because he made us in to His temples, because he lives in us, we are to be afraid for not a thing!

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” And now He is in us, so the authority is in us as well! Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that he has commanded you. He says, “surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” He also has told us to “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” In Mark 16:17-18 Jesus said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name, shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”.

Stop been faithless! You, are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Here is the Will of the Lord. “Is this not the fast-which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh? …” Isaiah 58:6-7

In John 14: 15-21 Jesus Calls us out with a statement of love towards Him. “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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Standing Watch in Faith

Flag Worship As I go about my daily duties today, I started to think on the article “Miracles of Radical Faith” I wrote yesterday. To some, it would appear that I stood strong, that I knew exactly what I was getting myself in to, and that with all the “stormy waters” I withstood and kept my gaze on Jesus. In reality it is not so. At times I would stand in a daze, looking at my children and wife; thinking “what am I doing? Why am I doing this to my family?” Likewise, I would remember that I walked away from a steady and successful career, with a great check and benefit package. Then I would run to a place where I would be one on one with God; letting it all out to Him. Friends, It all starts at His feet. If I wouldn’t develop a habit of running to him, if I didn’t spend time alone with Him, I would not make it this far.

God wants us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, that we may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a peculiar people; that we should shew forth the praises of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. As a chosen generation, we need to become the prophets, we need to spend more time in God’s Presence; He has taken all of restrictions off of us. The fastest way to know what’s really in someone’s heart is to remove all restrictions. But through the removal of the restrictions he allows others to see in to our hearts. Enter in to His presence, cleanse yourself by His presence. Let Him take all the burden off, then go and declare His Kingdom and His victory.

I did, I would go before him and let Him take all of my fears, anxiety and anger that would form. The more I ran to Him, the more I learned to worship Him. I continually claimed the promise of Matthew 6:33 which says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be provided unto you.” This verse is an incredible promise, but with emphasis on God’s provision, we often lose sight of other significant issues of Kingdom Living. I challenge you to Seek His Kingdom, by thinking on it making it yours without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

During all of this, pray that God will help you hang tough for Christ no matter how hard your life becomes. Ask God to make you living proof of His power to others who observe your life. Ask Him to give you goals that center on Him and fulfill His purposes. Ask God to give you the grace to accomplish His goals for your life. Strive to glorify Christ in all you do, and look forward to sharing in His ultimate victory. Keep eternity in mind as you live in our temporary, fallen world. Embrace the values that will last forever.

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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Miracles of Radical Faith

HL beach lava cave In the beginning of the year 2016, most people do a new year resolution. I went in to a private room, closed the door and read proverbs 3:1-35. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So, you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Then I prayed. Father of Glory, Grant me your spirit of wisdom and revelation for my knowledge of You. I want my heart and eyes to be enlightened only by you, to know what is hope of your inheritance, riches of your glory and your power, to believe and trust. I want to use this year to develop a radical trust in you; but for you to be glorified through my life. Let my life this year be a walking testament of your glory. I beg you, to show me your Glory, that is if I found favor in your eyes. Develop that trust in to you.

The Car

Little did I know, that this prayer became a vow of my heart for my Lord. Within months, I had no way to pay my bills, my wife and I still had a car with a portion of payments on it. One day, she calls me and says “honey, they are taking our car”. A few hours later I am home, sitting at the space where the Rav4 Limited used to be parked. Multiple sorts of emotion swelled up in me, then a still voice says “trust in me”. Tears formed in my eyes as I started to worship God and thank Him for what he has prepared for us. We started looking for a hoopty on craigslist, then one night I get a text from an acquaintance, who since became a friend. He sends me a few pics of family sized cars, and says” choose one, and I will help you get it”. Within days, we had a vehicle just a year older than the rav4, same size, in great condition, with just a tune up to do.

The Food

Subsequent to the prayer, as well as the experience with the car, a season started in our lives where we would make payments on utilities, rent but would have no money in our budget for food. Now, this season is on and off through the past year, and I will summarize it. It came to a point, where I knew Every time this season begins. Before it, we get friendly calls with emotional support- hard pressing us to apply for social and health services; such as food stamps, financial assistance, etc. Then when I state that I have been called to radical faith and dependence on the lord, not Egypt- I get accused of spiritual pride then I get a friendly good bye. Within days, I have no money for food. Finally, after getting tired, I will call upon the vow of radical faith. The result, money in the mailbox, somebody coming up and saying “accept this gift from papa”, with amounts to cover rent, vehicle maintenance, food and bills. Or a brother will come with a box full of groceries, a sister with groceries to cover a couple of weeks. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie. My God has taught me and kept me in perfect peace, because my mind is stayed on Him and because I trust in Him. Brothers and sisters, trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.

In conclusion, I would like to say; there are more miracles that with the Lord permission, or enlightenment I shall share. But at the moment, I believe there are a few out there who need this encouragement. Some of you are about to make a leap of faith, some are going through a season where your faith is developed. This is the most amazing time of my life, because I learned to trust in Him like I have not before. I’ve experienced miracles in my life I only read, but the most important thing, I’ve honed in on His voice and developed an understanding of his speech and his way of instruction. Jesus calls us to a radical faith. In all that we have learned so far in terms of the call to a new identity, a new ethic and new values, the underlying call is Christ’s call to a radical faith. Embrace it, for it will be the most amazing testimony of your lives. Jesus is calling us back to the original faith relationship with himself for which he created us in the first place. It is a relationship in which we trust him absolutely and trust in ourselves not at all; it is a relationship in which he is our God – not us; it is a relationship in which we depend entirely upon him, and do not seek to be independent from him. One, it will help us through the times we are about to witness, and two, other will learn to follow Jesus, bowing their knees in awe and worship- not out of fear. He deserves the Glory, and we only partner with Him to glorify His Father.

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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THE DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE

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The Declaration is currently being shared by churches and ministries throughout the nation and will be presented to influence state and federal legislators. If you would like to help support this effort, please sign here.
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The Crown of Victory

screenshot_2016-08-29-22-40-38-1.pngAs we read The parable of the Ten Virgins, I want you to take notice of the word “watch”. It is a militaristic word. Literally, it means to look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time. Jesus wants us to stand guard; To watch over ourselves, the church and those entrusted to us in order to keep them and us from being damaged, robbed, or injured. He wants us to be a sentinel, or in biblical terms, a watchman, who stands in the gap.

Recently, a dear sister shared her dream with a group of people, in which I was as well. In this dream she is watching a bride prepared to walk to meet her groom. Her court is doing the final touches on her. As she steps forward to walk, they start to fix her diadem; the bride is impatient, but the diadem needs a fixing. A crown, or diadem prognosticates change of mode in the habit of one’s or in this case the churches life, likewise, it signifies a change into a different level of awareness, victory over death and a recognition of status. In all of history, a crown represents the image of the kingdom, in all of its glory, riches and beauty. The king would adorn his bride in the most decorative state, that the Kingdom would or could afford, thus saying, all that is mine, is yours. I believe, that Jesus wants us to conform to him, we were created in his image, thus we need to become his image.
Today, we have to make a decision; a decision to wear a crown given to us to be His bride. However, decisions are irreversible. Thus, we have to make a conscience and intentional step to follow only Him. If God is intentional, then we have to be as well. We can’t afford to listen to people, therefore we can only listen to Jesus. But it starts at His feet, as Mary has shown us. Rest at His feet. When you know how to rest, you know how to receive under pressure. Likewise, when we are at peace, then we place the enemy under pressure. If we are proactive at receiving this peace, then we place the enemy on the reactive. Albeit, this peace only comes from a formed relationship with God. It comes from rhythm of a relationship, then He Himself teaches us how to take territories in our mind, heart and relieves us from pressure to do anything on our own.

When we are in rest, you pause your circumstances, thus you see them with a majestic/militaristic mindset. So it is us taking control of our circumstances where we start to demonstrate Christ like behavior. We start to partner with God, we become co-inheritors with Jesus. Furthermore, when we start taking territories, sometimes they are circumstances as well, we can impart territories by laying on of hands on to those who are still in the learning process.

Dear friends, we have to change our mind and identity to His. Remember, God created Man in His image, thus now, we have to conform to His image. But to do so, we need to change our Perception, mindset and language. So, when God speaks to us in any form, or even circumstance, we need to ask Him “what does it mean for me?”; furthermore, what I must do, who do I need to become? Then partner in the upgrade of the elements of identity. Rejoice in the circumstance for the lessons learned. Gods has an image of you which he is forming you to occupy the space in circumstances. Remember the story of Jesus walking on water, it starts at the bottom of His father’s feet. From there he observes the circumstances of His followers, then he walks on those circumstances. God has an image of you, do you believe this image, are you ready to partner with Him.

Focus on Jesus, enjoy becoming like Him, Rejoice in the Lord. Give thanks for all circumstances. You Don’t have to mean it at first. Give thanks, until you become thanks. Until you are blessing Him. Until you are partnered with Him Be watchful. be on guard. The key is to rest in Him.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God; Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

People, there is no active endurance unless one actually desires to accomplish something, and he has the -hope of good to come ¬from what he is enduring.

—There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. (Hebrews 4:9-10)

Our gracious Father offers His children the beautiful promise of complete rest in Him. The author here makes an earnest plea to the recipient of the epistle–let us receive this abundant spiritual life that God has made available to us. May we take strength in His eternal rest.

“Then Moses said to him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.'” Exodus 33:15
And now may the Lord bless you and may the Lord keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, giving you His peace. May you walk today in the confidence that you are a coinheritor with God.
Your yesterdays have been forgiven and your tomorrows have all been taken care of by the grace of a loving Father, who has all power in heaven and on earth. Be assured that when you call upon His name, He will answer…even before you finish your prayer. He’s just that close. Nothing is impossible to you.
May you discover the mind of Christ this week. Let your life be baptized with joy that is unspeakable; may God take the chisel of adversity and cause you to rise to a new level in the kingdom of God, for they that endure to the end, the same shall be saved.
Let God’s perfect plan in your life be accomplished because you are willing to walk through the fire and the water, for when you walk through the water, the water won’t drown you; when you walk through the fire, the fire won’t burn you, because the Lord is with you. There is nothing that cannot be accomplished in the authority of His name, for nothing is impossible to those that believe. May God bless you this week with blessings you cannot contain, in Jesus’ name.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. The King is coming! The King is coming! Heaven is just a heartbeat away! In Jesus’ name, rejoice and be exceedingly glad.

Amen

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