“9 You know the grace that has come to us through our Lord Jesus the Anointed. He set aside His infinite riches and was born into the lowest circumstance so that you may gain great riches through His humble poverty. 10-11 Listen, it’s been a year since we called your attention to this opportunity to demonstrate God’s grace, so here’s my advice: pull together your resources and finish what you started.”
Remember how excited you were at first; it’s time to complete this task in the same spirit.
II Corinthians 8:9-11 / THE VOICE
If you read this entire chapter you will see Paul was dealing with the Corinthians about their opportunity to “give” to a need. (Short version!) It had been a YEAR they'd been sitting on this opportunity. So, Paul encouraged them to pull together their resources and get on with it. Does that speak to our hearts about something we have been putting off for a year….maybe more?
Year after year rolls on as we move closer to the time frame for the King to return and establish His Kingdom, yet we fail to spend time in preparation to discern how we might multiply our resources to meet a need somewhere. We have good intentions but taking action, well, now that’s another subject all together! As part of the economy of Heaven, we are filled with resources! We also have all kinds of opportunity within our own neighborhoods and communities to walk out a spending spree backed by the bank of the Kingdom. NO LIMIT!
We listen for another prophetic word – attend a seminar or meeting for training but never SPEND the value of what that brings. BANKRUPT comes to mind….hmmmm…. How about just getting out there and affecting the community with what we already have! When we spend the gifts we have on others, more will be added! WE are the provision our community needs. WE have resources that we can give to others. I agree with Paul; it’s time! Hearing prophetic words about what the year will bring isn’t wrong but what is Holy Spirit saying about the economy inside us which we can bring into earth? THE KING IS COMING. What will the KING say when he returns about how we stewarded what He gave us? (Matthew 25:14-30) Multiplying our gifts or storing them? Perhaps it’s time – past time - to pull together a plan to take advantage of opportunities around us and complete assignments for the year?
As mentioned in the verses above, Jesus (our King and our example) left the resources of Heaven, came here – sprung you and I out of prison – then returned to massive wealth and oversight of His inheritance. (BTW….He intends to share that wealth too!) He completed His task….a costly one…and multiplied His gifts. In light of His return to earth, where do we stand? Are we pursuing Kingdom or a religious order? Time to enter the King’s field. The view is better from there anyway. ‘Just sayin’!
When we first moved into our present home, the yard was pretty much dirt/sand….no grass. There was no landscaping to give the residence personality. It was obvious an upgrade was needed. The previous owner(s) had “used” it as a rental and it appeared their focus was not to enhance the property although it was structurally sound.
This is a perfect picture for how I view Church vs. Kingdom. Hold on! Don’t cast stones at me yet because we are ALL headed down this road whether we realize it or not. If we are not advancing toward Kingdom life, where then are we headed? Kingdom life is not the traditional Church life. There’s more! Much more! So, unlike our formerly “used” rental property, when Kingdom moves in it recognizes potential, restores and releases the results for all who pass by to admire and want to model. Oh, how badly that is needed among wounded hearts and overlooked potential. Kingdom residents take ownership and current leaders should be encouraging AND teaching those they influence to do just that.
So just what is the Kingdom life? My definition: Life in the Spirit that transports us beyond the tangible. Kingdom life cannot be accessed by tangible means. All the parables were intended to introduce Kingdom lifestyle. No, flesh and blood will not inherit the Kingdom (I Cor. 15:50). It is a matter for heart and soul to encounter, then it affects its surroundings – not vice versa.
Consider these things as you ponder re-landscaping your current residence/temple (we are the temple of God). We will need a pivotal mindset to reflect on the fact that all the New Testament was written about Kingdom life and expanded by cells – industrious cells - called Church. The Church is to be the foot soldiers for Kingdom. Let’s consider taking some beginning paces toward this new landscape.
I want to begin exploring the deeper KINGDOM LIFE for 2019 in all my future writings. CRYFlorida will take on new landscaping – soon to be announced - that will enhance this Kingdom view. I am convinced we need to pivot our thinking for receiving our inheritance among the nations, our own U.S., our state and communities. We have confined our thinking too long around a local church mentality and the cloud is moving. We are a kingdom brotherhood that cannot be shaken.
In the meantime, I encourage you to read the Kingdom Manifesto which is found in Luke 4:18 & 19 but the whole chapter was new landscaping as introduced by Jesus, our model. Kingdom culture is an overcoming culture and it is a choice to live there.
Is it just me or is the WORD making more sense today? I mean, I’m reading scriptures that I’ve read SO many times before, but WHOA….they are like reading applicable content for today’s culture in a whole new way! I think I’m understanding what’s happening here….
This thought keeps repeating itself: “We stand on the shoulders of the Early Church” .…or should be….and therefore we should be seeing beyond what the Early Church saw and doing the “greater works” mentioned in John 14:12. Could it be we are STILL at the same junction as the Early Church when John came preaching prepare the way of the LORD? Explanation: This is the junction where the collision of physical sacrifice and spiritual sacrifice met. Jesus came preaching “there’s a better way” than having to prepare animal sacrifices. In essence He was saying, “I’m going to take care of all that for you and become THE sacrifice, BUT that means you will have to take ownership of your own heart.” WOW! Personal responsibility. A NEW COVENANT forged out of a heart commitment. That’s foreign language now and then, but yet it is a fact etched in life forever. Where does the church stand now in view of this?
As I see it, all of the New Testament was written to move the Early Church toward this principle goal of ownership. I suppose – for our current application – we could park at II Corinthians 5 to explore this view more. (May I suggest you STOP and read II Corinthians 5 before you read further.) One word dominates this view – RECONCILIATION. This is a power word for those groaning (vs. 4) to go beyond this cloak of mortality. There is more. It has been offered to us since Jesus showed up. If we stand on the shoulders of the Early Church we should be operating in MORE power….MORE revelation…..MORE righteousness. We need to embrace the ministry of RECONCILIATION. (Please read ALL of II Corinthians 5. OH YES! Did I mention read II Corinthians 5?)
(the word from II Cor. 5:18)
To change mutually
Time for the “church” of 2018 to be reconciled to Christ. Time to REPENT for building our house with untampered morter. (See Ezekiel 13:10-15; 22:28) This means we agree with who HE is, how He thinks and take on the responsibility of ownership in this new covenant. Otherwise, what god are we serving? (Don’t get me started on the spirit of the age vs the Holy Spirit!) This requires kingdom view and according to vs. 16 we are to know no one according to the flesh. One of the challenges for the followers and listeners of Christ was they knew him in the flesh but did not discern him in Spirit. Still, this is an issue the church today must deal with. Frankly, I am witnessing the falling away of people who do not know and follow the real God of the Bible. Not everyone that says, “Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom.” (Matthew 7:21) As ambassadors for Christ we must hear THE VOICE in the voice of others to determine with whom we are to align. These voices must be identified and linked up with for expanding Kingdom authority.
My prayer over the state of Florida is that the eyes of our understanding will become enlightened on the real Christ – REPENT and be converted – so the times of refreshing can come and Holy Spirit can be poured out like a mighty river. We are in a day of choices. Choose you this day whom you will serve. Soon, it will become very clear who is on the LORD’s side and they will be hated for His name’s sake. My desire for every reader is that you be RECONCILED to God and find the path of REPENTANCE to return.
Antidote – a medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison.
What happens when a nation goes rogue (dishonest or unprincipled), finding it's citizens actions are diseased symptoms of a failing system? It appears we may be watching this scenario play out as there is a rising cry that all constraints be thrown off and morals abandoned. Seems like we have arrived at Isaiah 5:20….
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
What has happened and what is the antidote to heal the breeches? As for me and my house, we begin looking inward for self-examination. So, my brief overview of this is that we didn’t get here overnight and the generation before us did not prepare us for where we are now nor did they take the stand needed to stop the “train from going off track”. BUT! We don't have to continue in this melt down and we CAN do something about it. ‘No time to do the blame game, we take ownership of our own negligence, repent and affect where we are called. Truthful analysis is that if the culture has thrown off the constraints, then its pretty certain the church began the process and it spilled over in our nation.
"Where there is no revelation, the people cast off constraints...."
[Constraints: a limitation or restrictions.]
Revelation of what? Revelation of how God intended the earth to be sustained through morals, statutes, commandments, creation, family, marriage between man/woman as the means of procreation, etc. WHO is responsible for living, speaking, modeling revelation? Dum-te-dum-dum..... You get the picture.... This absence of morals is not to be left to the politicians to straighten out but we have a crises: an absence of influence from the church.
What about a REFORMATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS? Perhaps that could be the antidote to shift this unhealthy cycle. Why would I think that? Well, for one thing righteousness EXALTS a nation (Prov. 14:34) AND, it provides courage to do the exalting.
"...the righteous are BOLD as a lion."
What?!!!! Oh yeow, we need some BOLDNESS. Compare that with the bold displays of darkness through witchcraft and sorcery that are not under cover anymore. Evil is flexing its muscle against the Holy Ones. When darkness comes knocking on our door, who will respond? The WORD does not leave us without answers and it will require “mainlining” the WORD to restore our mindsets for affecting the state/nation.
Righteousness IS a strong contender against evil. Let me share three arrows to put in your quiver ….
"A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.”
“For the scepter of wickedness shall NOT rest on the land allotted to the righteousness.”
“Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.”
The key here is to BE righteous. When we follow the meaning in Strongs for righteous it boils down to being innocent. Come on now! Don’t back peddle here. Let’s keep moving forward. Take the STRONG medicine here and swallow the fact that Jesus was without sin and we are to follow suit. When darkness came seeking to accuse Him – nothing could be found. IT WAS JESUS WHO CONTROLLED THE ELEMENTS AND WICKEDNESS. They did NOT control Him. So again, when darkness/witchcraft/evil comes knocking on our door what will answer?
Whether one believes God is judging the nation or the systems of the nation (opinions that have been shared by national voices), the ONLY HOPE FOR REVERSAL IS A REFORMATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH must be preceded with REPENTANCE. That is exactly the antidote God called for.
Joel 2:12, 13 – “Now therefore, says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning. 13) So rend your heart and not your garments; return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.”
“Holy Spirit, we have grieved YOU in so many ways. YOU are to be our Counsel, our Guide, in all of life and we have been insensitive to quiet ourselves to hear YOUR nudge to stop and get realigned. Forgive us individually and forgive us as a state for following a form of godliness but we obviously have no power. YOU are ready to lead us into TRUTH. YOU are ready to clothe us in robes of right-living when we shut out the voices of chaos in the culture and listen to YOUR channel. Return our hearts to righteousness as we “put on” the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness according to Eph. 4:24. Lead us in paths of righteousness so the world may see the beauty of our God displayed among them.”
“When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord
your God and obey His voice 31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you,
nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.”
Deuteronomy 4:30, 31
We have not been a nation of conflict...at least not on our soil, but we now see rising chaos intent on "managing" the atmosphere of our Republic in confusion, conflict and deception. What are we to do? Where is this coming from and how can we identify it. Well, you don't have to wonder any more because the mask is off and darkness has boldly made a statement that witchcraft is contending to rule this nation. Time to call it out so we know what we are dealing with and look to TRUTH so we can be set free. That is NOT fake news!
This should be no surprise to any Bible student. It is the consistent issue that has risen from the beginning of Adam and Eve's sin....LIGHT VS DARKNESS. That has always been the battle and darkness is often veiled with enough truth so its prey will bite the apple. I found myself repenting for the sin of Eve during prayer time yesterday.
Three weeks ago I was with a group praying into our nation and the whole scenario of Jezebel begin to play out in our prayer/conversation. Revelation begin to come - again - that this is what we were dealing with in our nation. This is not news to many of you who have been keeping your ear to the Holy Spirits counsel, but as I was praying into the issue, I begin to pray to frame Jezebel in the window so she would be clearly seen. Then, I asked that the eunuchs be put in place for the PUSH and for the JEHUS to CRY OUT! The anointing was strong and confirming as we all prayed into the matter. I knew something "more" was taking place behind the scenes which is yet to be revealed.
Fast forward ahead to a sermon preached yesterday (August 19) at Pastor John Kilpatrick's church (the pastor during the Brownsville Revival) in Alabama who echoed the words that this nation was trying to be taken over by witchcraft. He further revealed the whole plot has been played out by "Ahab" who has been taking instructions from Jezebel but that Jezebel was about to be revealed in the Deep State and therefore we would see the open battle for the soul of our nation (not verbatim). He encouraged his church to pray for the president because he would encounter more opposition and that he was not making that request political.
If in reading this you find stirring’s that are politically motivated in one direction or another, STOP!!! (See the CRYFlorida Disclaimer below.) Analyze what should be our Kingdom position. Before we can pray effectively into this issue – should your spirit be quickened to join the fray – it is important that we discern properly. The goal here is to preserve the voice of God out of this nation founded on Christian principles and to move with Kingdom agenda. LET THE REMNANT RISE! We must pull on Holy Spirit and develop prayer points for getting this praying army on the LORD’s side and move as ONE. Here are some suggestions or you may develop your own:
“Thus says the Lord: “As the new wine is found in the cluster,
And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, For a blessing is in it,’
So will I do for My servants’ sake, That I may not destroy them all.”
YOU’RE GONNA WANT TO READ THIS ENTIRE THING!
If you were to rate the community of Believers in Florida on a scale from 1 to 10 for how well they are connected, what would be the score? Computing….thinking….applying logic….etc…. As for me and my house I would say uh – well – maybe 4. And quite frankly, I give it that because we are GREAT about attending some conferences together OR passing one another at church where we have brief encounters, say, “HI! It is SO good to see you! How are you doing?” Then our replies may put Pinocchio to shame; “Oh, I’m doing GREAT and blah….blah….blah….” In other words, canned chatter and religious responses DO NOT build community when we are in pain and carrying a bag of offenses or condemnation or our family is falling apart or we struggle with life OR...OR...how about unconfessed SIN -- YIKES! How well do we know one another? Are we meeting one another’s needs? Are we able to confess our faults to one another and feel safe? Are we connecting in ways that engage one another in an atmosphere of thick love. If you are one of those who can say YES! then PLEASE run – do not walk – to anyone you can and infuse this ability! But if you are like me and needing an overhaul, I’m going to be as brief as possible in providing a little expanded narrative on this issue and then make you an offer.
For over 2 years, Holy Spirit has been counseling me on what it means to grieve Him. I won’t give you the 2 year explanation but the narrow view for this time and season that may shock you as it has me. I’ve often read Ephesians 4 but never comprehended the hidden mystery of its content which is actually revealed in the last verse (32)…. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you could read Eph. 4 through the eyes of being kind to one another, you’ll begin to see one of the intended and significant workings of Holy Spirit among us. One of the main jobs of Holy Spirit is to connect us and that means teaching us HOW to live as a community for giving Jesus the reward of His suffering! So, when we fail to walk in community and model body connectedness we GRIEVE Holy Spirit. (Put your hands on each side of your face and say, OMG!) What does it mean to keep the UNITY of the SPIRIT in the BOND of peace? If we all are carriers of the Spirit.......
So let’s just focus some thoughts on this to nail our sin to the cross. Ever been jealous of someone in your God-family? Ever said, “My spirit just does not identify with them (of what spirit are we that we cannot love another in their gift or where they are - I am SO guilty!). Ever avoided making eye contact with someone in the store you just didn’t care to talk to or take the lonnnnnnnng way around to avoid them? OUCH!
I would like to encourage you to read Ephesians 4 again through the lens of community – unity – love. That chapter has caused me to recognize my need for more community among my God-family. OMG! If we could have one hour to live among the Early Church we may perhaps understand it was their STRONG love for one another that had such impact on society. I believe Ephesians 4 supports the fact that Holy Spirit has backed away from manifesting His power and abilities through us because we have NOT fulfilled our love commission to our God-Family. Taking this a step further, we don’t even need to mention losing our FIRST LOVE and the grief that has caused. In fact, that's the reason we cannot connect properly with one another. Just sayin'.....
So where do we start? Okay, CRYFlorida has outlined a plan that you may choose to engage with alone or with others – your choice. It is simple but requires a broken, contrite heart and Godly sorrow. If you see this as impetus for reformation and restoration, I encourage you to read the BLOG below this one or go to the HOME page on this site and look at the information to the far bottom right, then access it for how you can join a small army who is taking this on across the state. I am pretty certain Holy Spirit may be drawing our attention to this issue to prepare us for what is coming. How will we face persecution if we do not KNOW those who labor among us? How can we feel safe or know we have support if we fail to engage with one another. So, JOIN US! We want to see Holy Spirit download across our state.
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DATES – April 27, 28 or 29
MARK YOU CALENDAR
and join us for statewide repentance to Holy Spirit
For SCRIPTURE RECOMMENDATION info
go to ARTICLES and click on EPHESIANS 4
What happens when Holy Spirit withdraws? Pretty much the same as if a close friend would do the same, ie, no phone calls/texts, no times of communication, no opportunity to draw from their wisdom, no times to share intimate life issues, no support, a feeling of great loss and no manifestations of relational influence. Perhaps you too have felt the sting of this loss on occasion by failing to engage properly with your Counselor, your Guide, the One who bonds you to the heavenly realm. It can be frightening to realize how far removed one may become from a life lived with Holy Spirit influence. When we read the New Testament and see the LIFE breathed into the church by Holy Spirit, it should be grievious because we are not seeing it in our day.
IF YOU ARE A TRUE FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST
PERHAPS YOU WILL AGREE THAT WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO LIVE
WITHOUT HOLY SPIRIT INTERVENTION
IF WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT BREATH FOR OUR NATURAL BODIES, OUR SPIRIT-MAN CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT BEING AFFECTED BY THE BREATH OF HOLY SPIRIT
THERE MUST BE A MANIFESTATION OF HOLY SPIRIT LIFE THROUGH US
WE MUST SEE THE LAME WALK
WE MUST AFFECT PEOPLE WHEN OUR PRESENCE CROSSES THEIR PATH
WE MUST LAY HANDS ON THE SICK AND SEE THEM RECOVER
WE MUST STOP THE DISJOINTING OF THE BODY THROUGH OFFENSES
CRYFlorida is inviting you to join its Ambassadors across the state to take time to call out to Holy Spirit and repent for grieving Him. “HOW” have we grieved Him, you may ask. Be encouraged to read (REPEATEDLY if necessary) Ephesians 4 and grasp the “HOW”. Then, we have outlined Ephesians 4 with some points you may consider using as a guideline for expressing your heart of repentance to Holy Spirit. (Go to "ARTICLES" tab above and click on EPHESIANS 4)
“Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.”
It is time to return to the LORD (Joel 2:12, 13). The nation is waiting for someone to lead. As Forerunners, we must RETURN TO HOLY SPIRIT. It will be through that anointing we will lead and NOT from programs or mans plans. It is through a return of the UNCTION of Holy Spirit our state and culture will be impacted.
This is not a corporate gathering in a location but rather a corporate statewide heart assembly that you may choose to join or not. It is the desire of CRYFlorida that we acknowledge our need of Holy Spirit’s work among us by expressing GODLY SORROW (II Cor. 7:10). It can begin with YOU.
NOTE: For all who participate in this repentance, CRYFlorida will host a statewide
conference call, Sunday, April 29, 8:30 PM to receive testimonies
and pray into our state. Info sent to those on our mailing list.
This weekend in much of the religious world, there will be recognition of the cross. For others, there will be recognition of the resurrection and for some both since they do connect. While these two events are obviously stalwarts of the Christian faith, perhaps it may be timely to reposition our focus toward the apex of their intended purpose. So, what would that be? What is beyond death, burial, resurrection? May I encourage the reading of John 16:7 as well as Hebrews 6:1-6.
Pondering the current position of the church vs how the church was effective during the New Testament….well, uh….perhaps there’s a need to go beyond the current mindset and take the position of picking up the end time mantle. Now I am in NO WAY slightly suggesting we forget the ultimate sacrifice of LOVE, but that sacrifice was given to MOVE us somewhere. There’s been a LOT of time between the New Testament and now. Perhaps it is called the NEW testament because they expected something NEW and lived in the NEW when it arrived! Much of what happened in the NEW testament isn’t even happening now. What’s missing? HOLY SPIRIT….HOLY GHOST…depending on how you may prefer to address our END TIME COACH! We must have a return of HIS PRESENCE in our lives, in our cities, in our state. Would you help me contend for that lest the suffering of our LORD be in vain? He deserves the "reward of His suffering" (a term used by missionaries who never expected to return home once they journeyed to their assignment).
I would just like to suggest we get out of the rut of man's religious culture and jump into the culture of Holy Spirit. It will take a death - burial - resurrection of US. It will require a hunger for the more. I totally believe that's what the upper room participants had when they tarried. After being with Jesus and seeing the miracles....are you kidding me?!!!! How could you live without that? How could you live without seeing people's lives changed and affected? Yep...we have become complacent and comfortable. Time to go BEYOND.
The first thing we need is to CRY OUT --- LOUDLY AND OFTEN – FOR GODLY SORROW. We need to see HOW we have offended Holy Spirit from our own lives. (II Corinthians 7:10). You may recall I had previously written about my own encounter in asking 3 times during a time of prayer 2 years ago, “Why are we not experiencing signs, wonders and miracles…regularly.” 3 times Holy Spirit gently reminded me of Eph. 4:30, grieve not the Holy Spirit. My heart was SO hard I didn’t even get it the first time! When I probed Holy Spirit asking how I had grieved Him this was His reply; “You don’t even address me when you pray. You talk to God and Jesus but not me.” Through this journey of asking and probing one day Holy Spirit told me to ask Him every night before I went to sleep if I had grieved Him during the day. Immediately the scripture about not letting the sun go down on your wrath circled in my head and when I looked it up guess what? It was 4 scriptures BEFORE the “grieve not” passage. Coincident? No. I was arrested in my heart and knew it was time to make a change. Holy Spirit is important. He is our Guide through end time events. VERY IMPORTANT! The world is moving at a fast pace toward the return of our beautiful LORD who will reign from Jerusalem. We have work to do. Holy Spirit is the vehicle we ride through this and HE will counsel us in all matters ahead.
FLORIDA NEEDS HOLY SPIRIT TO INVADE OUR ATMOSPHERE. We need to repent to Him for many things…at least I have had to do that. Holy Spirit will usher in the NEW FLORIDA I believe God intends to establish.
More to come on this subject in the coming days….stay tuned because we as a state must make a statement about this issue to Holy Spirit. In the mean time, scroll to the bottom of the BLOGS below and read May 15, 2017 and May 18, 2017.
“ One person may say of some idea,
“Pay attention to this; it’s original!”
But that same idea has already been expressed;
it’s been with us through the ages.”
As humanity rolls along this new year toward the fulfillment of our King’s return to establish His Kingdom, there’s a whole lot of talkin’ goin’ on. Not that it isn’t important – some of it – but WHOA! Opinions from ALL sources are vying to “educate” culture and get the upper hand not only in our nation but globally. So, while we may be in a monsoon of opinions, the Kingdom must become the voice of definition for reality. Therefore, we must not be moved by opinions – even if they are ours – but rather moved by stating “Kingdom Policy” taken from the Word and STAND UP.
Crisis is nothing new to civilization and the verse above out of Ecclesiastes should be a wake up call for us about motives behind those “voices of reason”. The world narrative does not carry "original" content and keeps expressing with the same motive in mind. To DECEIVE. Yet, how can we know? I have found the perfect antidote. THE WORD OF GOD. By intaking massive amounts one can implode deception and find the bridge over those troubled waters. So let’s talk practicality in living out life through the maze of chaos and “fake news” and people putting their spin on topics of interest…and…and…and…and….. For sure, the bottom line of Satan’s agenda is to make us believe opinions come from an “original” trail of thought when all along the intent is the same – to separate and divide – to bring just enough truth into a situation that we begin to tilt toward deception. (Again…see the above verse.) The only way I see to avoid such disaster is to remain solidly in the WORD.
I have found that as I remain in the WORD I have a little meter inside that registers a BIG QUESTION MARK when something doesn’t quite line up. When this happens, I search for a scripture to confirm and ask Holy Spirit to counsel me. Let’s just take this a step further by gently….very gently…. posing a scenario that we all may need to peer into for making sure we are tracking properly.
THOUGHT: Weekly most in Christiandom attend a church of preference based on something we like; worship, community, children’s ministry, friends, influence, etc. Included and a BIG part of that choice is or should be, centered around the preaching/teaching gift of the pastor. So, what happens? The orator of the WORD shares his/her revelation – opinion – of the WORD they are bringing that day. Our thoughts and actions – eventually – begin to be formed by their revelation or opinions. Without us taking time in the WORD to unpack how that may or may not align with our lives AND what God is expecting of us, or even if the WORD presented has been properly discerned, we become comfortable with allowing another voice to impart to our lives. I AM NOT SPEAKING ANARCHY AGAINST PASTORS. I AM however, saying WE need to take responsibility for eating from the WORD ourselves so Holy Spirit can highlight what is on His agenda for us. We cannot continue to live out a spiritual entitlement program by just going to church every Sunday and expecting handouts. Our call to holiness and the implementing of our gift should come at the direction of Holy Spirit – not man. Man should confirm and affirm Holy Spirits movements in us. Hey, if we get it wrong….just go back to the drawing table (the WORD) and get it right! For God’s agenda to have impact in this nation or otherwise, each of us must take ownership of our Kingdom positions. WE ARE ORIGINALS!
So, this is why I shared the Ecclesiastes verse because we MUST get back to connecting to the pure WORD of GOD – one-on-one. Everyday, should be a creative day for us in the WORD. There is nothing “original” to man’s ideas but when we plug into THE Source for ourselves it becomes original to our lives because Light is turned on with regard to something in us…something we need to know. We begin eating from the Tree of Life and connect to the real Vine rather than looking at the tree of good and evil. Here is what Paul had to say to the church at Rome….
“…..I want you to be wise in what is good and simple concerning evil.”
To possess Kingdom, we must take ownership of the WORD. It does not carry fake news and it is the ONLY Source by which we become stable in a fallen world. Those who access it, will find themselves grounded and remaining strong when winds of deception and adversity rise like a tsunami to take out many. World crisis must not dictate how we live. When we make a choice to possess Kingdom, we must also make a choice to allow the WORD to possess us.
ON THAT NOTE
MAY THIS BE THE GREATEST NEW YEAR YOU’VE EVERY LIVED!
WE ARE POSSESSING
Interruption – to stop or hinder by breaking in
We are all familiar with interruptions! If you live in a family, have a job or interact with people in any way, you know this word well. I have found I can either get flustered or calm my female self and look for the silver lining. So, the last two months of every year, this word often weaves its way into our world via holiday flurry. This year….not so much, for me. I’m looking more toward “God Interruptions” and what that would look like. Intentionally stepping out of the usual bustle requires intentional calculation.
I’ve been pondering about THE most notable interruption of all time: when the agenda of darkness was interrupted at the birth of a King in Bethlehem yet he was not ushered to a throne as was man’s custom. It was uh, unusual. Not the norm. He wasn’t even recognized except by those who were spiritually perspicacious (having or showing an ability to notice and understand things that are difficult or not obvious). Yes shepherds! Who would’ve thought they would have even recognized the interruption yet their hearts must have been aligned to be chosen for such majesty. This announcement by ANGELS (whoa!) was the break in about a King who was to rule in heavenly places far above principalities and powers and rulers of wickedness in high places…..an unseen realm to the naked eye. One must be spiritually perspicacious in today’s culture as well for such interruptions: when God breaks in to man’s agenda.
I am anticipating a break in! Not one that is orchestrated by man’s disobedience, but one that has been drawn to earth by holy actions. Will I recognize the break in? Will angels be sent? Where will I be? How will I respond? The Day of Pentecost was an interruption and those who got the download waited for it. They did not do business as usual. They altered life to discover what Jesus told them to go after even though they didn’t know what it was! I have changes to make if I want an “interruption” that will be life changing.
MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS SEASON BE
INTERRUPTED BY A KINGLY ENCOUNTER
WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
David and Judy Braland