Praise an Intercessory Weapon

“Let the high praises of God be in their mouths, and two-edged swords in their hands” (Ps. 149:6).

If we say we know our God, then God promises us that we will be strong and carry out great exploits. Likewise, the Bible states that we are to submit to God and the devil shall flee from us. Finally, Jesus gives us the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt us. (Luke 10:19)

Dear friends, just from the stated biblical statements it is obvious that God left us in charge of this world. We see that Jesus has left us, His followers in authority taking us back to the first command God has given men, to be fruitful, fill the earth and subdue it. Likewise, we read in Psalm 8 that God has placed all things under the feet of man, given us, his followers dominion of all the works in His hands.

Please understand the truth, that what the Lord gives, he doesn’t take back, thus his statements are also not withdrawn. And Jesus’s final commission returns us to spiritual dominion. He restored in a glorious way what we lost in Adam, that is why it is written those who have faith, “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.”

However, today most of us have concentrated on the storms about us. Like Peter when he walked on water and looked about, we are sinking in the storm and are so complacent, that we even forget to look back to God and ask him for help. But praise is the greatest weapon we have against the Devil.

Permit me to entertain you with something that hit me as a reality sometimes go. I cannot even recall how I came to this element. But as I was reading about the temple I started to understand that we are the temple. And as we enter prayer, we have the temple of Jerusalem to serve us as a guide.

When Israelites enter the temple, they went through a women’s court, where the women prophesied over men in route to sacrifice. That is how the men remembered for what they brought sacrifices. Then we go through the sea, which is holy spirit. Through his guidance we always return to the Sacrifice, He who returned us to the Throne room of God, and with Him, we are co-seated with our Father. Entering the Holy Place, and by offering Incense, i.e., worship we are in the Holy of Holies. Thus, in the listening place, where we hear from God, guidance, direction, plans, or just Love from Him. Likewise, contemplate on the Lords Prayers, it is the blueprint of prayers, not something we learn and regurgitate without meaning. You see, in my view, when Jesus was in awe of His father, praising him and conversing with him, he observed everything he had to do the following day.

Finally, if we were to have a bird’s eye view of the temple as a plan, we would see that the temple was built as a stick figure of a man adorned in priestly garments. As a royal priest hood, the foot stool of the temple is the altar of sacrifice, with the two pillars of Boaz and Jachin as legs, holding the torso of the Holy place, with the arms being the Priestly cells, the head as the Holy of Holies, the eyes being the two Cherubs & the top being the Turban, of High Priest Cells. The Helmet of Salvation, The Breastplate of Righteousness, the arms Holding the Sword of the Spirit and the Shield of Faith. Think about, your arms are priests, you lift them up in praise, you bless with them, pray with them, lay them on those who need freedom! Your eyes are to be set straight! The Cherubs, what do they do? Your eyes are Cherubs, Wake up Church! The Ark of the Covenant – This is a gold-plated chest with a solid gold cover and two small cherubs (small stars). The Ark is his nose; and its poles –when attached to its long sides and drawn forward (I Kings. 8:8) – depict extended nostrils smelling the sweet smoke from the Incense Altar in the Holy Place. Finally, in my observation, the belt of Truth. The “sash” or “girdle” was worn by the High Priest was of fine linen with “embroidered work” in blue, purple and scarlet (Exodus 28:39, 39:29); those worn by the priests were of white, twined linen. Like the other priestly vestments, the purpose of the sash was “for glory and for beauty” (Exodus 28:41). On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest changed into special linen garments that included a sash of fine linen without any embroidery (Leviticus 16:4). These linen garments were worn only once, with new ones being made each year. According to Jewish tradition, it was 32 cubits long, as well as it would have to have been wound around the body several times. Theories differ as to how this was accomplished: some say it was wound around the waist only, while others say it was wound around the waist and over the shoulders, crossing over the heart. In any event, the ends would have been tied and allowed to hang down in front. According to the Talmud, the wearing of the sash atoned for “sins of the heart”

Now, using this as an example of prayer; You enter as a priest the daily duties in adoration and praises of God and who He is, Through the sacrificial altar by confessing and praising Him for the cleansing we receive. Thanking Him for the answers, His Grace (even if we have a problem to deal with) while thanking him we are acknowledging that all the blessings come from God alone, plus believing in faith that the answer is provided, and receiving these blessings.  When I reach the Thanksgiving stage, I begin to “put on the full armor of God” (Eph 6:10-17), while thanking the Lord for all that He has already done for me in Christ (Eph 1:3). But while we praise God, in any circumstances, we cut the enemies power. Fear is giving power to the enemy, he feeds off it, while praises enthrone God, and you take ground for Daddies kingdom.

At times, this is when we can go silent and soak in his presence; sometimes God will ask you what we want, sometimes we can stand in the gap for someone. At times, it’s just better to be in awe of God. However, if you start practicing praise, you will notice how your relationship changes with God, and you will walk in constant Joy! Be blessed my friends, and may the peace of our Daddy be with you. Praise God despite any trial or tribulation, anticipating glorious outcomes. Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

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Essential Secret to Renewal of your Mind

We live in a very interesting society today. There are many Spiritual toxins which have influence over the way we behave, think, respond to any conversation. Then when we turn to prayer we wonder in awe on why God does not answer the prayers. However, when someone stands in the pulpit, and talks about an answered prayer, the church community glorifies him to a level of a saint, and gives him titles such as a prophet, apostle, runs around to those conferences trying to see what the secret is. The church community starts to imagine that he or she must be good. The opposite also becomes true; some would contend, that the bible is complete, miracles, prayers answered, man walking in Gods authority was for the past of days. But what is the essential secret to communication with God? Why would God answer prayers?

I would argue that God does not answer prayers because somebody is good. Nobody ever got anything from God because he deserved it. Having fallen, man deserves only punishment and death. So, if God answers prayer it’s because God is good. From His goodness, His lovingkindness, His good-natured benevolence, God does it! That’s the source of everything.

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32)

God promises truth and freedom to all those who love Him and abide in His good pleasure. If we love Him, then we seek a relationship with him. A relationship which is closer than any we ever had with friends, relatives and family. In a life full of uncertainty, the truth of God is wonderful to contemplate indeed! Never need we doubt the veracity of the Lord for He Himself is the measure of truth. He is the standard by which all claims stand or fall. Rejoice in your freedom, O Christian, and use it to pursue the righteousness of God!

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. (2 Peter 3:18)

The new covenant of grace (at its very core) is a covenant of relationship. God’s grace enables us to grow in spiritual intimacy with our Lord. “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Here, grace is linked with growing and with knowing the Lord. As surely as grace was for spiritual birthing, grace is also for growing. The most strategic area of spiritual growth is progress in a deepening relationship with the Lord. Paul prayed in this manner for the saints: “that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him…and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).

Furthermore, if we remember the Lord’s prayer, one of the key things he was teaching us is that He brought heaven in to us,

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven…”

Later he said behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Moreover, in the old testament, we went to the temple but today our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God. You are not your own but Gods and the power and authority lives within him who accepts Him by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire. A large number of Christians today are backsliders. The backslider likes the preaching that wouldn’t hit the side of a house, while the real disciple is delighted when the truth brings him to his knees.

But the bible states “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things” 1 John 2:20.
“When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” John 16:13.

These are the foundations I’ve come to accept as my belief, however, in the church community today many believers do not know the truth. The church preaches the dogmas of the “fathers” not the Bible; while teaching not from a relationship with the Holy spirit by laying on their face before God. Dogmas. And I warn you against these. The Bible says you will know all things if you haven the Holy Spirit…. Also, it is written that if you have faith, signs and wonders will follow you. Thus, if there are no signs, then there is no faith.

Subsequently, the Bible spends a great deal of time warning believers about false teachers, false prophets, and false apostles. These deceivers may sound holy and have lots of biblical knowledge but they don’t have the revelation or evidence that God’s power is alive and working through believers.

In 2 Timothy 3:5-7 we read about Teachers who deny God’s power

“having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! for of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

From 2 Timothy 3:5, we know that false teachers have a form of godliness, which means that they act and sound godly, but deny God’s power. These people will teach that God is all powerful, but that His power is not in operation today, or that it is not available in the same way or at the same level as in biblical times. They teach that God is powerful, but not through us. This is denying God’s power. How can people who do not have God’s power active in their lives teach about it? The Word tells us plainly that we are to turn our backs (stop listening to) to this type of teaching. It is not enough for a person to be able to quote Scripture; it is the revelation of truth from the Holy Spirit concerning those Scriptures that activates God’s power in their lives.

But again, it comes from a relationship with the Father. Jesus has shown us an example of it by spending time with God constantly and saying what He heard the father say, doing what He saw the father do. People, The Kingdom of God is for everyone who wants it and accepts it. It manifests through a relationship with the father and obedience to Him.

May the Lord bless you and may the Lord keep you. And may the Lord make His face to shine upon you. And may the Lord be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you walk in the confidence that God has given you total freedom; that the Cross has removed your past and guaranteed your future; that you are His and He is yours and your life is destined to be blessed and victorious because of the Blood of the Cross.

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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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