+ Biblical Declarations

by purifymyheart

Derek Prince:  “no right to claim promises unless we first meet the condition”

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John Piper:  Holiness will make you happy.  Look at the Book. 

Philippians 9:1-13:   http://www.desiringgod.org/labs/holiness-will-make-you-happy

Derek Prince:  Walking Through The Land Of God’s Promises:  http://www.derekprince.org/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=1000149113

 

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The Holy Spirit leads.  He does it ALL.

Keeping the most thing, the most Important thing! 🙂
sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.
Mary of Bethany sitting at Jesus’ feet, loving Him, listening to His Word. broken and poured out.  saves souls.
God will use this earthen vessel FAR more by sanctifying it and flowing through it than by that earthen vessel
avoiding communion with God in order to tell others as their focus.
1.  be filled with God
2.  ask the Holy Spirit what He wants to do, what He wants to do through me, what He wants me to do right now.
3.  I must follow HIM to be lead BY Him.  I follow Him, every day, all day long, each hour, each moment.

Loving God and loving others is the fulfillment of the law.

I am a lover of God and a love-er of people.

Then I walk in the Spirit with the whole armor of God.

I battle the world, the flesh, and the devil.

I intercede for others in bondage, this is loving them.

Galatians 5: Galatians 5Amplified Bible (AMP)

In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].

Notice, it is I, Paul, who tells you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no profit (advantage, avail) to you [[a]for if you distrust Him, you can gain nothing from Him].

I once more protest and testify to every man who receives circumcision that he is under obligation and bound to practice the whole of the Law and its ordinances.

If you seek to be justified and declared righteous and to be given a right standing with God through the Law, you are brought to nothing and so separated (severed) from Christ. You have fallen away from grace (from God’s gracious favor and unmerited blessing).

For we, [not relying on the Law but] through the [Holy] Spirit’s [help], by faith anticipate and wait for the blessing and good for which our righteousness and right standing with God [our [b]conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action, causes us] to hope.

For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.

You were running the race nobly. Who has interfered in (hindered and stopped you from) your heeding and following the Truth?

This [evil] persuasion is not from Him Who called you [Who invited you to freedom in Christ].

A little leaven (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers) leavens the whole lump [it perverts the whole conception of faith or misleads the whole church].

10 [For my part] I have confidence [toward you] in the Lord that you will take no contrary view of the matter but will come to think with me. But he who is unsettling you, whoever he is, will have to bear the penalty.

11 But, brethren, if I still preach circumcision [as some accuse me of doing, as necessary to salvation], why am I still suffering persecution? In that case the cross has ceased to be a stumbling block and is made meaningless (done away).

12 I wish those who unsettle and confuse you would [[c]go all the way and] cut themselves off!

13 For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for [d]selfishness], but through love you should serve one another.

14 For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is [e]complied with in the one precept, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.

15 But if you bite and devour one another [in partisan strife], be careful that you [and your whole fellowship] are not consumed by one another.

16 But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).

17 For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.

18 But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.

19 Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency,

20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies),

21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,

23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [[f]that can bring a charge].

24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.

25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit [g]we have our life in God, let us go forward [h]walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]

26 Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.

What God does through me, He does.  This is what I want, to be nothing so He can be everything in this earthen vessel.
I was “attracted” to Christianity by those filled with the fruits of the Spirit and by those walking in the Spirit.
I want to be that for others.  To do that:  the most important thing I can do to reach the lost, to proclaim the whole counsel of God, to tell the world that Jesus is returning soon and we must prepare… is for me to:
a.  humble myself and die daily, washed in the pure water of the Word.  Humility by Andrew Murray
b.  read God’s Word, meditate on it, memorize it, pray it, sing it back to God, ask Him about His Word.
c.  worship and adore God in adoration, singing and worship.   Be with Him.  The simplicity and purity of devotion to Him.
I declare that when I, as an earthen vessel, do these things that GOD WORKS through me and THIS IS DOING HIS WILL as Jesus did.  Jesus communed with the Father, often slipped away to be with His Father.
THIS IS PREACHING THE GOSPEL BY THE FIRST COMMANDMENT BEING FIRST IN MY LIFE SO THAT BEGINS LETTING GOD FLOW THROUGH ME BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!    Oh God, keep me corrected so that it would never be “she preaches it but doesn’t live it… she’s a hypocrite.  she has boards in her eye and leaves them there and goes telling others to clean their own spiritual house and worship God. she’s a hypocrite.”
L. Andersn’s life saves souls.
Daniele’s life saves souls. by hr obedience. humility. love devotion to Jesus.
    “I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking God to do His work though me.” – Hudson Taylor

THE GREATEST EXPRESSION OF BIBLICAL MATURITY IS LOVE AND LOVE TRULY DOES FULFILL THE LAW – PAUL WASHER

AND REPENT OF SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS: 

Biblical Tests of True Faith – Paul Washer  
repent of self righteousness
Francis Frangipane:   You cannot serve two masters. You cannot follow light and darkness, sin and righteousness, self and God. Light is within us but so also is darkness. Our world is a realm in darkness. Our carnal minds remain theaters of darkness. In a world of choices, we must deliberately choose light. Indeed, if we truly become single-minded for Christ we will be “wholly illumined,” radiant with the light and glory of God (Lk 11:36; Isa 60). — Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God
Jesus left heaven to come down and ransom us.  Jesus said that we are from heaven.  We came down from heaven and our “spirit will return to God Who gave it.”  I am FIRST and FOREMOST a “spirit” who came down from heaven, inhabiting this earthly “tent” and as a spirit I will return home to heaven.  Heaven is my home.  I am only a spirit visiting this earth down here.  I look down from heaven on this vapor of a life while I inhabit the earthly tent down there.  My heart is in heaven and my treasure is there too!  Heaven is home therefore: ____

Oil in our lamps…. oil intimacy with God is what fills the lamp (ministry).  Get oil! This is what Jesus said and I obey…. then and only then can the Holy Spirit do anything through us… as Jesus said, “human power counts for nothing” and “apart from Me you can do NOTHING.”   So be abiding in the Vine and He can DO ALL THINGS.

Love Jesus and then love Jesus that we see in others… when we love others, our neighbor, our deliveries, our coworker, our customers, we are LOVING JESUS!  Hallelujah!  Loving Him in the secret place and loving Him in others, loving Him in all things we do!

At the end of your life, it will be your joy to present to Jesus a life of Love poured out in His name. Love well today, He is so worthy of it all!

Recognize and hear Jesus speaking to me, (yes, person are false a,t,p ___) AND remember your first works:  lgm sweet song innocent pure love simplicity of devotion pure heart and wanting to share that happy song with the world and surprised and sad when they don’t, not mad if they don’t.  I obey Jesus and share the happy song,  I play the flute.  The failure is not sharing the happy song.  It is THEIR failure for rejecting the happy song.  they WILL RESPOND EVENTUALLY AND I REJOICE IN THAT AND PRAY FOR THEM TO RESPOND TO THE HAPPY SONG…  because whether it is now or in the Great Tribulation,  Jesus will have them as a bride who has made themselves ready:   pure, holy, spotless and passionately in love with Him oil in their lamps loving Him first and most!  Hallelujah!  I have that happy vision from the happy flute sweet song! A wide open heart!  A heart that is wide open is wide open to love God, to love people, to be trampled on and that offered as sweet incense fragrant worship to God and rejoicing in persecution of a trampled heart that belongs to God!  it is His heart and it continues to love Him all out, love others, trampled on and die daily saying as Jesus did when He died on the cross :  “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”  As a disciple of Jesus, I take up my cross, doing the Father’s good pleasure,  for the sake of souls saved.  Just as Jesus did, regardless of positive responses or persecution, for the joy  set before Him, He ran the race knowing the end from the beginning:  souls saved, a bigger eternal family in heaven with Him and His Father and the Holy Spirit forever.

I get better, not bitter.

 

Question: “What does the Bible say about when God will judge us?”

Answer: There are two separate judgments. Believers are judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10-12). Every believer will give an account of himself, and the Lord will judge the decisions he made—including those concerning issues of conscience. This judgment does not determine salvation, which is by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), but rather is the time when believers must give an account of their lives in service to Christ. Our position in Christ is the “foundation” spoken of in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. That which we build upon the foundation can be the “gold, silver, and precious stones” of good works in Christ’s name, obedience and fruitfulness—dedicated spiritual service to glorify God and build the church. Or what we build on the foundation may be the “wood, hay and stubble” of worthless, frivolous, shallow activity with no spiritual value. The Judgment Seat of Christ will reveal this.

The gold, silver and precious stones in the lives of believers will survive God’s refining fire (v. 13), and believers will be rewarded based on those good works—how faithfully we served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27), how well we obeyed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), how victorious we were over sin (Romans 6:1-4), how well we controlled our tongues (James 3:1-9), etc. We will have to give an account for our actions, whether they were truly indicative of our position in Christ. The fire of God’s judgment will completely burn up the “wood, hay and stubble” of the words we spoke and things we did which had no eternal value. “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12 ).

The second judgment is that of unbelievers who will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). This judgment does not determine salvation, either. Everyone at the Great White Throne is an unbeliever who has rejected Christ in life and is therefore already doomed to the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12 says that unbelievers will be “judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Those who have rejected Christ as Lord and Savior will be judged based on their works alone, and because the Bible tells us that “by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified” (Galatians 2:16), they will be condemned. No amount of good works and the keeping of God’s laws can be sufficient to atone for sin. All their thoughts, words and actions will be judged against God’s perfect standard and found wanting. There will be no reward for them, only eternal condemnation and punishment.

Recommended Resources: Your Eternal Reward by Erwin Lutzer and Logos Bible Software.

Romans 2:6  Question: “What does the Bible say about when God will judge us?”

Answer: There are two separate judgments. Believers are judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10-12). Every believer will give an account of himself, and the Lord will judge the decisions he made—including those concerning issues of conscience. This judgment does not determine salvation, which is by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), but rather is the time when believers must give an account of their lives in service to Christ. Our position in Christ is the “foundation” spoken of in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. That which we build upon the foundation can be the “gold, silver, and precious stones” of good works in Christ’s name, obedience and fruitfulness—dedicated spiritual service to glorify God and build the church. Or what we build on the foundation may be the “wood, hay and stubble” of worthless, frivolous, shallow activity with no spiritual value. The Judgment Seat of Christ will reveal this.

The gold, silver and precious stones in the lives of believers will survive God’s refining fire (v. 13), and believers will be rewarded based on those good works—how faithfully we served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27), how well we obeyed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), how victorious we were over sin (Romans 6:1-4), how well we controlled our tongues (James 3:1-9), etc. We will have to give an account for our actions, whether they were truly indicative of our position in Christ. The fire of God’s judgment will completely burn up the “wood, hay and stubble” of the words we spoke and things we did which had no eternal value. “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12 ).

The second judgment is that of unbelievers who will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). This judgment does not determine salvation, either. Everyone at the Great White Throne is an unbeliever who has rejected Christ in life and is therefore already doomed to the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12 says that unbelievers will be “judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Those who have rejected Christ as Lord and Savior will be judged based on their works alone, and because the Bible tells us that “by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified” (Galatians 2:16), they will be condemned. No amount of good works and the keeping of God’s laws can be sufficient to atone for sin. All their thoughts, words and actions will be judged against God’s perfect standard and found wanting. There will be no reward for them, only eternal condemnation and punishment.

Recommended Resources: Your Eternal Reward by Erwin Lutzer and Logos Bible Software.

Question: “What does the Bible say about when God will judge us?”

Answer: There are two separate judgments. Believers are judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10-12). Every believer will give an account of himself, and the Lord will judge the decisions he made—including those concerning issues of conscience. This judgment does not determine salvation, which is by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), but rather is the time when believers must give an account of their lives in service to Christ. Our position in Christ is the “foundation” spoken of in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. That which we build upon the foundation can be the “gold, silver, and precious stones” of good works in Christ’s name, obedience and fruitfulness—dedicated spiritual service to glorify God and build the church. Or what we build on the foundation may be the “wood, hay and stubble” of worthless, frivolous, shallow activity with no spiritual value. The Judgment Seat of Christ will reveal this.

The gold, silver and precious stones in the lives of believers will survive God’s refining fire (v. 13), and believers will be rewarded based on those good works—how faithfully we served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27), how well we obeyed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), how victorious we were over sin (Romans 6:1-4), how well we controlled our tongues (James 3:1-9), etc. We will have to give an account for our actions, whether they were truly indicative of our position in Christ. The fire of God’s judgment will completely burn up the “wood, hay and stubble” of the words we spoke and things we did which had no eternal value. “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12 ).

Romans The second judgment is that of unbelievers who will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). This judgment does not determine salvation, either. Everyone at the Great White Throne is an unbeliever who has rejected Christ in life and is therefore already doomed to the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12 says that unbelievers will be “judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Those who have rejected Christ as Lord and Savior will be judged based on their works alone, and because the Bible tells us that “by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified” (Galatians 2:16), they will be condemned. No amount of good works and the keeping of God’s laws can be sufficient to atone for sin. All their thoughts, words and actions will be judged against God’s perfect standard and found wanting. There will be no reward for them, only eternal condemnation and punishment.

Recommended Resources: Your Eternal Reward by Erwin Lutzer and Logos Bible Software.

Romans 2:6  Question: “What does the Bible say about when God will judge us?”

Answer: There are two separate judgments. Believers are judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10-12). Every believer will give an account of himself, and the Lord will judge the decisions he made—including those concerning issues of conscience. This judgment does not determine salvation, which is by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), but rather is the time when believers must give an account of their lives in service to Christ. Our position in Christ is the “foundation” spoken of in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. That which we build upon the foundation can be the “gold, silver, and precious stones” of good works in Christ’s name, obedience and fruitfulness—dedicated spiritual service to glorify God and build the church. Or what we build on the foundation may be the “wood, hay and stubble” of worthless, frivolous, shallow activity with no spiritual value. The Judgment Seat of Christ will reveal this.

The gold, silver and precious stones in the lives of believers will survive God’s refining fire (v. 13), and believers will be rewarded based on those good works—how faithfully we served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27), how well we obeyed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), how victorious we were over sin (Romans 6:1-4), how well we controlled our tongues (James 3:1-9), etc. We will have to give an account for our actions, whether they were truly indicative of our position in Christ. The fire of God’s judgment will completely burn up the “wood, hay and stubble” of the words we spoke and things we did which had no eternal value. “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12 ).

The second judgment is that of unbelievers who will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). This judgment does not determine salvation, either. Everyone at the Great White Throne is an unbeliever who has rejected Christ in life and is therefore already doomed to the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12 says that unbelievers will be “judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Those who have rejected Christ as Lord and Savior will be judged based on their works alone, and because the Bible tells us that “by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified” (Galatians 2:16), they will be condemned. No amount of good works and the keeping of God’s laws can be sufficient to atone for sin. All their thoughts, words and actions will be judged against God’s perfect standard and found wanting. There will be no reward for them, only eternal condemnation and punishment.

Recommended Resources: Your Eternal Reward by Erwin Lutzer and Logos Bible Software.

Jesus says to you in Revelation 2:2-5

“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

Mike Bickle:  minute 28:00  Encountering The Bridegroom God:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgph1NnH-WU

Jesus was  talking to leaders, wise and unwise leaders.  A lot of people say they love Jesus but lose their intimacy level with Jesus.  They took their lamps and went out to meet the Bridegroom.  5 were wise, 5 were foolish.  The WISE TOOK THEIR OIL AND THEIR LAMPS.  The foolish had no intimacy, they forgot worship, communion, union with God… all they had was a LAMP with no oil.  A LAMP speaks of ministry that brings light to others.

JESUS SAYS TO ME TODAY:  BE WISE AND LOVE ME, WORSHIP ME, COME TO ME, BE WITH ME, ABIDE IN ME IN MY WORD, JUST BE WITH ME:  THIS IS WISDOM, THIS IS THE GREATEST TASK ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU COULD DO TODAY!   THIS IS THE BETTER PART AND IT WILL NOT BE TAKEN FROM YOU.  Some will put the great Revival on the throne of their life and that is foolish.  Some put ministry, the second commandment on the throne of their life and they are nothing but a clashing symbol without oil, love, and all they have is human strength which Jesus said they could do nothing with that.  They will stand before Jesus and when He asks:  “did you learn to love God which lead to love for people?  they will say no.  didn’t learn to love.  missed it.  remorse.  failure.  missed the simplest and best doing each day:  Love God, the purity and simplicity of devotion to Him and from this God flows to do all that HE DOES by the power of the Holy Spirit.

“Inauthenticity in a leader is like plastic fruit; no fly ever lands on that apple. It doesn’t draw God or men” Mike Bickle

Can you imagine being 80 years old having lived a life of service and devotion from your youth, reading the prophetic Scripture and realizing you are in a divine time of history; so you set your face toward God in fasting and prayer asking for understanding when suddenly a majestic angel shows up and one of the first things he says is “O, greatly beloved…”?   I cannot fathom this!  I love Daniel! (Dan. 10:11) – Misty Edwards

This is your assignment today: delight yourself in the Lord. Let Him be your treasure and all your satisfaction. This brings Him great glory
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the highest wisdom is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. paraphrase of what Rick Joyner said.
From Sharon Bolan Yerby January 2012:  Wherever this year takes me, wherever I travel and whether there be few or many, I know that my greatest ministry is ministering unto HIM. There is a song that is dear to my heart and has become so real to me during this fast. It is entitled “I have walked alone with Jesus”. I would like to leave you today with the words of this song. May it bless you and may you be strengthened to “press on” to be more like Jesus, clothed in His righteousness and operating out of His Kingdom in 2012!
THE GLORY OF HIS PRESENCE
I have walked alone with Jesus, in a fellowship divine…   Never more can earth allure me, I am His and He is mine   I have seen Him, I have known Him, for He deigns to walk with me   And the glory of His presence will be mine eternally   In the darkness, in the shadows, with the Savior I have trod   Sweet indeed have been those lessons, since I’ve walked alone with God   Oh, the glory of His presence, and the beauty of His face   I am His and His forever, He has won me by His grace.
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Strangers and Pilgrims in this life.
Misty Edwards.  Hebrews 12:  “Have you caught a glimpse of that city that you’re going to?” Set our mind on things above. Citizens of that place.  Not of this world. … Minute 24:  The writer of Hebrews was painting a picture.  “Look at that great cloud of witnesses!  You are from a line!  You are pulling on a vine on people who are rich, rich in faith! You are not running this race with the people in your generation!  I don’t look to the left and to the right and say ‘I’m doing pretty good?! I’m a little more radical than they are…”   No!  I’m running with Moses, and Abraham, and Matthew, and Mark and John, and Luke!  These are the people!  John The Baptist!  These are the people I’m going to run with!  Look at this great cloud of witnesses!” “Don’t look to your neighbor!  Don’t look to the left or the right!  Don’t compare yourself with yourself!  Look up!” 
Running The Race With Endurance Look at Jesus The Author, the finisher of our faith, Who endured the cross for the joy set before Him.  Look at Jesus.  “Jesus stepped onto the track so to speak and showed us how to run.”  Jesus showed us how to run.  Don’t just glance at Him.  Study Him. Meditate on Him. Get to know Him.  Look at His life.  Study Him.  How did He live before the Father? How did He live before men?   How did He come and go?  How did He find His identity?  Where did He find His strength?  What was His value system?  Feast On Him.  You’re saved as a free gift but after you’re saved you have “need of endurance.”  He says in the gospel of John to “feast on Me.”  Daily “feast on Me.”  Come to Him through the Word, come to Him through the Spirit.   Imitate Him until you become the very image of Him. He suffered in obedience to the Father, because of the joy set before Him.  You’re not going to bear a cross that pays for any sin.  He paid the price.  You don’t pay any price, but what you do is imitate Him because that is the definition of love. video:  http://vimeo.com/24860482
David Wilkerson:  BECOMING A GIANT WITH GOD
“Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8).
You must consider your daily appointments with God more sacred and important than …appointments with any other people — no matter who they are.
How embarrassing it must be for heaven to see the way we Christians fail to highly regard the majesty of our God, the King of Glory. We are often flippant in the way we keep Him waiting. And at the drop of a hat, we will suddenly cancel plans to meet with Him in His courts, all for the most trifling thing!
Can you imagine someone keeping the Creator of the universe waiting while he lingers to view his favorite TV program? Yet that is what many of us do! Even worse, we often do not bother to show up in God’s presence at all. It is not that we forget our appointment with Him but we willfully refuse to appear before Him!
Isaiah lamented, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3). When I allow interruptions to come between me and my appointments with the Lord, I am hiding my face from Him and not appreciating Him as I should.
The truth is, it is impossible to waste time when you are seeking God in prayer. Furthermore, outside the secret closet, the praying man or woman accomplishes more in less time, with less hurry and less effort and sweat.
The most effective work for God we will ever do is on our knees. While the prayerless run helter skelter, to and fro, attempting great things, the praying Christian is hard at work moving kingdoms, shattering strongholds, doing great things and, in the process, becoming a giant with God.
from: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/19717
SermonIndex.net Moderator – brother Greg
“For Noah, preaching 120 years without results meant choosing the hard road year after year. Nehemiah, building the wall of Jerusalem, faced constant harassment by enemies from within and without. We cannot honestly, authentically, reasonably and deliberately serve our Lord without our willingness to accept difficulties and inconveniences.” – K.P. Yohannan
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Vision:
1) to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.  clothed in Jesus Christ.
2) follow these as they followed Christ, as iron sharpens iron so these brothers and sisters sharpen me.  They are on the other side of the glass that I see through
dimly.  I will stand before Jesus on judgment day.  I will stand before these others too and I am responsible for how I loved God and others with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength.
3) Jesus My Savior, Lord and Master. I live before the Father as He did by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Like David in wholehearted love and devotion obedience to God in all of His requirements, decrees, commands and statutes.  A person after God’s own heart to do all of God’s will. David stirred himself up in God.  David ran hard after God.
Like Daniel who had an excellent spirit in discipline, devotion, faithfulness, to God in captivity in a heathen nation… more than just “survive” he maintained an excellent spirit and THRIVED in maintaining his relationship of worship and prayer with God overcoming all obstacles.  God called him, “Daniel, greatly beloved of God.”
Mary of Bethany
Hannah
Enoch
Paul
Apostle John
John the Baptist
Misty Edwards
the little girl  who kept her simple devotion and love to God, daily washed in His Word, pure heart seeing God, loving Him AND ignore everyone’s reaction in order to avoid hardness of heart.  Like Jesus ignored what came against Him, He didn’t even respond.  I obediently follow Jesus’ example and do God’s will, eyes on Him, set like flint, to remain a branch on the vine that He flows through and ignore human reaction.  Look at the grief that A. N. has from taking his eyes off Jesus to be in the flesh to battle humans for the sake of his ego, his pride… he has wasted a large portion of time, of years, putting human opinion on the throne of his life to react to it to defend him “self” which is actually on the throne of his life, not God.
God is on the throne of my life, my heart, my mind, my focus, continually regardless of whatever is happening around me.  I ignore that and focus on loving God, abiding in Jesus, in His Word in His Presence.  This is all the doing that I need to do.  God flows through me and takes care of the rest.
Take Words With You:

+ Like Mary of Bethany, I have “chosen the better part” to worship Jesus, to sit at His feet and listen to His Word!   It will not be taken from me!  It will be remembered by You God!  by You Jesus!  by You Holy Spirit!  I love You!

St. Clare pursued a Person, not primarily pursuing concepts but the Bridegroom.

+ In Jeremiah 2, God says to me that “I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, When you went after me in the wilderness, in a land not sown,”  you were and are to be this day, today, “holiness to the Lord”

‘Thus says the Lord:
“I remember you,
The kindness of your youth,
The love of your betrothal,
When you went after Me in the wilderness,
In a land not sown.
Israel was holiness to the Lord,

+  I have hid Your Word in my heart that I would not sin against thee!   I love Your Word and I meditate on it day and night!   I live, my food, is every Word that proceeds from Your Mouth God!  Your eternal Word is forever and ever and ever and ever and ever!   I want food that endures forver!  Your Holy Word is my food!  It is delicious!  “Sweet are Thy words unto my taste!  sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103

Declarations:

  1. Healing Scriptures to pray and declare. You shall declare a thing and God will establish it. His word does not return void. Fight the good fight of faith and be healed.
  2. Faith Morning Declaration  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtkWYW6ipdU
  3. Healing Scriptures To Pray and Declare:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXAjEfgiJ-o
  4. Psalm 91 Song:  “My God, In Him Will I Trust”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67wC6-kWWSo
  5. Scripture Songs For Worship: click “play all” at top of page here:   http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL711791FB2A94FCBE     (website  http://www.scripturesongsforworship.com/ )Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

Overcoming Fear by Donna Hoover:  http://www.morningstartv.com/featured-video-week/overcoming-fear

DECLARATIONS: David Wilkerson “Freedom From Sin:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgqFufM0GWo  Excerpts:  “These Ten Commandments represent the heart and nature of God.  His holiness, His purity, His righteousness.”        Excerpt:  “In these last days, the only thing I can see is the New Covenant.”  “Come to the cross and the victory of Jesus Christ… if you say Holy Ghost come upon me… You Lord are the One Who saved me.  If I can plead Jesus that saved me from my sins then I can believe Him to give me dominion over my sins.”Ephesians 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.Our Part In Daily Victory in Jesus Christ:  “Putting On The Whole Armor Of God!”  http://www.crossroad.to/Bible_studies/Wardrobe/contents.html
“The reach for “more” is the reach for a renewed mind, a tender, fully responsive heart, & a greater awareness of His presence”
David Sliker.     I DECLARE that I reach for more of God’s Word throughout the day like Smith Wigglesworth did!  I continually repent and love God and people,  I continually humble myself, ignore scoffers, forgive those blind who mistreat me, and pray for them!  I declare that my heart is FULLY responsive to God and I live in His Presence.
If our thoughts are pure & holy like Christ, people will walk into that atmosphere & instantly discover it.  John G. Lake
A mans life will be of the character of his thought. His outward life will be as the inner impulse is.  John G. Lake
“Sin is what we do when our hearts are not satisfied with God. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
–JohnPiper
If you are struggling today the answer is not to grit your teeth and try harder. The answer is to see Jesus more clearly. Gaze on Him.
No matter what it costs us personally Jesus is worth all of our allegiance and obedience.  IHOP KC
Jesus says to me:  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
The most substantial way we bolster our spiritual strength is by feeding on God’s Word!  Your Word is my delight God!  Thank You for Your Word to bolster me right now!
Colossians 3:1-2(NKJV) Not Carnality but Christ
3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Col. 3:1-2 MSG
When u can’t find the path ahead, look up!  – Cindy Jacobs
What Jesus Demands from the World by John Piper     Read Online Free PDF:
“The kind of obedience that glorifies God is free and joyful, not constrained and cowering. Even when the cost is supreme, the joy is triumphant, because the cause of Jesus cannot fail”
Excerpt:  “Make disciples . . . teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28)
There is, of course, more to it than that—like the atoning death of Jesus (Mark 10:45) and the work of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26) and prayer (Matt. 6:13). But in the end Jesus focused on teaching. I take this to mean that God has chosen to do the impossible through the teaching of all that Jesus commanded. That’s what I pray this book will prove to be—a kind of teaching that God will use to bring about impossible obedience to Jesus. And all of that for the glory of God.
Teaching and Obedience That Glorify God
The reason I emphasize the glory of God is because Jesus did. He said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). The ultimate goal of Jesus’ commandments is not that we observe them by doing good works. The ultimate goal is that God be glorified. The obedience of good works is penultimate.
But what is ultimate is that in our obedient lives God be displayed as the most beautiful reality in the world. That is Jesus’ ultimate goal and mine.
This helps me answer the question: What kind of teaching of Jesus’ commandments might God be willing to use to bring about such impossible obedience? If the aim of obedience is ultimately the glory of God, then it is probable that the teaching God will use is the kind that keeps his glory at the center. Therefore, my aim has been to keep the supremely valuable beauty of God in proper focus throughout the book.
Demand #1 You Must Be Born Again Demand #2 Repent Demand #3 Come to Me Demand #4 Believe in Me Demand #5 Love Me Demand #6 Listen to Me Demand #7 Abide in Me Demand #8 Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me Demand #9 Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind,
and Strength Demand #10 Rejoice and Leap for Joy Demand #11 Fear Him Who Can Destroy Both Soul
and Body in Hell Demand #12 Worship God in Spirit and Truth Demand #13 Always Pray and Do Not Lose Heart Demand #14 Do Not Be Anxious About the Necessities of
Daily Life Demand #15 Do Not Be Anxious About the Threats of Man Demand #16 Humble Yourself by Making War on Pride Demand #17 Humble Yourself in Childlikeness, Servanthood, and Brokenhearted Boldness Demand #18 Do Not Be Angry—Trust God’s Providence Demand #19 Do Not Be Angry—Embrace Mercy and Forgiveness Demand #20 Do the Will of My Father Who Is in Heaven—
Be Justified by Trusting Jesus Demand #21 Do the Will of My Father Who Is in Heaven—
Be Transformed by Trusting Jesus Demand #22 Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door,
for All of Life Is War Demand #23 Strive to Enter Through the Narrow Door,
for Jesus Fulfills the New Covenant Demand #24 Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door,
for You Are Already in the Kingdom’s Power Demand #25 Your Righteousness Must Exceed That of the Pharisees, for It Was Hypocritical and Ugly Demand #26 Your Righteousness Must Exceed That of
the Pharisees—Clean the Inside of the Cup Demand #27 Your Righteousness Must Exceed That of the Pharisees, for Every Healthy Tree Bears
Good Fruit Demand #28 Love Your Enemies—Lead Them to the Truth Demand #29 Love Your Enemies—Pray for Those Who
Abuse You Demand #30 Love Your Enemies—Do Good to Those Who
Hate You, Give to the One Who Asks Demand #31 Love Your Enemies to Show That You Are
Children of God Demand #32 Love Your Neighbor as Yourself, for This Is
the Law and the Prophets Demand #33 Love Your Neighbor with the Same Commitment You Have to Your Own Well-being Demand #34 Love Your Neighbor as Yourself and as
Jesus Loved Us Demand #35 Lay Up for Yourselves Treasures in Heaven by Giving Sacrificially and Generously Demand #36 Lay Up for Yourselves Treasures in Heaven
and Increase Your Joy in Jesus Demand #37 Lay Up for Yourselves Treasures in Heaven—
“It Is Your Father’s Good Pleasure to Give You
the Kingdom” Demand #38 Do Not Take an Oath—Cherish the Truth
and Speak It Simply Demand #39 Do Not Take an Oath—Let What You Say
Be Simply “Yes” or “No” Demand #40 What God Has Joined Together Let No Man Separate, for Marriage Mirrors God’s Covenant with Us Demand #41 What God Has Joined Together Let No Man Separate, for Whoever Divorces and
Marries Another Commits Adultery Demand #42 What God Has Joined Together Let No Man Separate—One Man, One Woman, by Grace,
Till Death Demand #43 Render to Caesar the Things That Are Caesar’s
and to God the Things That Are God’s Demand #44 Render to Caesar the Things That Are Caesar’s
as an Act of Rendering to God What Is God’s Demand #45 Do This in Remembrance of Me, for I Will
Build My Church Demand #46 Do This in Remembrance of Me—Baptize Disciples and Eat the Lord’s Supper Demand #47 Let Your Light Shine Before Others That They
May Glorify Your Father Who Is in Heaven Demand #48 Let Your Light Shine before Others—the Joyful Sacrifice of Love in Suffering Demand #49 Make Disciples of All Nations, for All Authority Belongs to Jesus Demand #50 Make Disciples of All Nations, for the Mission Cannot Fail
HOW TO WALK IN FAVOR
I walk in true grace. A synonym for grace is favor. I walk in true favor. I worship God every morning for one hour. I tell Him how much I love Him just like King David in Psalms. I pray in tongues and my understanding. I thank Him for who He is in me. I tell him, “You are my peace; You are my doctor; You lead me into divine appointments; You are the evangelist; You are the husband of my wife and the father of my daughter and grandfather of my granddaughters; You are my wisdom; You are my favor; You are my financial advisor; You are the head of my ministry; You love people through me.”
This kind of worship makes me irresistible to God. Everything I do has the sweet aroma of God going before me. … Without obedience you will walk away from the favor of God. Repent (turn from sin and turn to God for the power to overcome), dust yourself off, and get back in the race.
God is not a respecter of persons. What He has done for me, He WILL do for you! I pray the favor of God overtake you in all of your ways!
When we pray “Thy Kingdom come” do we realize that, simultaneously, we are asking for our little self-centered kingdoms to go?  Francis Frangipane
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Chuck Pierce
Head Of Year 5773  (Saturday Morning Robert Heidler 9/22) minute 17:00  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6B0xa8A2Ss&list=PLD3Swt32c0TJuz_c8niXHMYfrDwU9etgb&index=6
Pastor/ Prophet Chuck Pierce:  Worship is,
you live here on earth, you walk here on earth,
you live in the Throneroom and you walk here on earth.
Many times, the Lord is not going to allow you to stay in the Throneroom all the time
even though the Throneroom is your position, He will send you out to go into the world and you want to walk in worship
sometimes warfare in the places that we walk  is so strong (that we confront)  that we have to develop the Presence of God in those places
worship is the key to rearrange the earth realm
I am a worshipper so I love it.
I declare:  my position is seated with Jesus Christ in heavenly places in the Throneroom and my feet dangle down to the earth walking on earth as I am seated with Jesus Christ worshipping, adoring, revering God in the Throneroom.
I declare that by an act of my will that I enter into JOYFUL PRAISE AND THE CIRCUMSTANCE WILL TAKE ON THAT ENVIROMENT.  I CHOOSE TO WORSHIP, PRAISE AND THANK GOD WITH ALL OF MY WILL, HEART, SOUL, AND MIND.  The emotions follow.  I first choose to joyfully praise God!
I declare that I fix my heart on Jesus as David did!  I ignore the distractions, the little foxes, the things satan would like to distract and I do God’s will!  Like Nehemiah focused and built the wall, he ignored those who would try to distract him and he accomplished what God had for him to do!  “The Great Distractor” by Jo Ellen Stevens:  http://www.spiritfuel.me/prophect-insight/the-great-distractor/
The words we speak reveal the spirit we are abiding in. – Rick Joyner                 I sing the sweet song of Mary Of Bethany.  lgm purifymyheart
I live, discipline, abide, worship, adore, study and memorize God’s Word, serve, love others, love Jesus in distressing disguise…. I am the change I wish to see in the world.  Sanctify myself and I sanctify society.
Some have lamented, Where are the leaders who seek God? Their complaint reminds me of a time in the ‘80s when none of the city pastors attended morning prayer. Alone in a cold, dark, empty church, I too lamented for nearly an hour. Suddenly the atmosphere changed. Everything – the hum of the furnace, the clatter of the grates, even my thoughts – all things were subdued. The presence of the Lord was in the room. Looking directly at me He said, “You be the man you want the others to be.” At that moment I stopped criticizing church leaders and started to become one.  Francis Frangipane****

It’s the joy of being lovesick, the pleasures of loving You Jesus!  The Gift (Joy of Being Lovesick) – HD – YouTube

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I declare that God’s Voice, His still small voice is the ONLY voice I hear in me.  His thoughts, His ways alone in me.  God is in control.  My thoughts, my opinions, are silent and still.  I have calmed and quieted my soul like a child against El Shaddai, the “All Sufficient One.”  I follow Him.  He leads and I follow and His will be done and He will take care of me.  I can trust Him.
I submit to Him, He has a bit and bridle in my mouth, mind, heart, soul and spirit.  I rejoice!  God can live through me far greater than human futility.  I want God living through me.  No longer I but Jesus Christ Who lives in me by the Holy Spirit!  Hallelujah!
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I Declare that I always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, mind that forgets the bad & a soul that always has faith in God.
Graham Cooke     @GrahamCookeBBH     “We never fight a negative; we simply look beyond it and move into our freedom.
Dr. Brown:  Is there anyone who has upset you or hurt you? Why not pray for them right now?

From Chapter 6, Andrew Murray “Humility”  “

Why do people who joyfully commit themselves to the cause of Christ find it so hard to commit themselves to

their brothers and sisters? Isn’t it because we have so little taught that the humility of Christ is the most

important virtue and highest goal we can aim for by God’s Spirit? But let’s not be discouraged. Let the discovery

that we lack humility motivate us to expect more from God than we’ve experienced. Let us look at every

difficult, testing situation as an opportunity to grow. Let us look at difficult people as God’s instrument for our

purification. The Life of Jesus is breathing inside our hearts! And let’s truly  believe that God is everything and we

are nothing, so that we may – by God’s power – seek only to serve one another in love.

Mother Teresa quotes

“These are the few ways we can practice humility:
To speak as little as possible of one’s self.
To mind one’s own business.
Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.
To avoid curiosity.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others.
To accept insults and injuries.
To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one’s dignity.
To choose always the hardest.”   ―     Mother Teresa,     The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living    
“To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”
―     Mother Teresa
“There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point.
What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone’s house.
That says enough.”
―     Mother Teresa
“Live simply so others may simply live.”
―     Mother Teresa
“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”
―     Mother Teresa
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  – Rom. 12:19
I remember and imitate Jesus my Beloved, Who never sought his own honor or asserted his power to vindicate himself.   –  Andrew Murray

Chapter 4:

Men sometimes speak as if humility and meekness would rob us of what is noble and bold and manlike. O that all would believe that this is the nobility of the kingdom of heaven, that this is the royal spirit that the King of heaven displayed, that this is Godlike, to humble oneself, to become the servant of all! This is the path to the gladness and the glory of Christ’s presence ever in us, His power ever resting on us.  Jesus, the meek and lowly One, calls us to learn of Him the path to God. Let us study the words we have been reading, until our heart is filled with the thought:

My one need is humility. And let us believe that what He shows, He gives; what He is, He imparts. As the meek and lowly One, He will come in and dwell in the longing heart.

The Humility Of Jesus, Chapter 3.   Humility by Andrew Murray:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85mUNqyYYs8&list=PL2FB94DF4FEFCF0B8
Excerpt:
“whether you are in the church or out of the church, hearing the praises of God or receiving wrongs from men and the world, all will be edification, and everything will help forward your growth in the life of God.”    “free from self that whatever is said about us or done to us is lost and swallowed up in the thought that Jesus is all.” ~ Andrew Murray, Humility.
Marvin Adams from Love Drives The Kingdom 10-4-13:  “pity party, you’re dead, I gave you as an offering to the Lord and I will not waste time thinking about that.”  I made a choice and I choose to give being trampled upon as an offering to the Lord, as a sweet aroma to Him and it is now His!  🙂  Hallelujah!
People are not our enemy, but the one who is controlling them is. The greatest victory of the evil one comes when those who are his agents are converted and become true soldiers of the cross. – Rick Joyner
The grown up (Manifest sons) of God do not allow there flesh to be the boss of them!!Romans 8:12-14 (AMP) “So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh we are not obligated to our carnal nature, to live life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates of the flesh.For if you live according to the dictates of the flesh, you will surely die.But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you are habitually putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the evil deeds prompted by the body, you shall really and genuinely live forever. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  Jo Ellen Stevens  Walk In The Spirit
We are defeated by the enemy when he can get us to respond in any spirit other than the Holy Spirit, whose fruit is love, joy, peace, etc. (see Galatians 5:22-23).  – Rick Joyner
John Paul Jackson   Weak people will find it hard to be sincere, as there are always too many opinions to please.
Walking in the spirit, responding in the spirit allows the Holy Spirit to make things better.
If I respond in offense, pride, and the flesh I DISPLEASE GOD AND GOD RESISTS ME, STANDS FAR OFF FROM ME IF I ACT LOFTY.   If I respond to others who are in the flesh, ego, pride and offense then I make the devil happy that he got me to sin and be like him, instead of being like  Jesus Who walked in humility and in the spirit!
I DECLARE that I PLEASE God by going low, humility in every situation, and I walk in the spirit by being empty of self, dead to self and filled with the Holy Spirit.

In Mark 7 Jesus mentions thirteen things that defile a person.

20. And He said, “That which springs forth from within a man, that defiles the man. 21. For from within, out of the hearts of men, go forth evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22. Thefts, covetousness, wickednesses, guile, licentiousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness; 23. All these evils go forth from within, and these defile a man.” (Mark 7:20-23, Holy Bible in Its Original Order – A Faithful Version (HBFV))

Isaiah 57:15 “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
GOD, IT IS YOUR WILL, YOUR GOOD PLEASURE, IT PLEASES YOU WHEN I REJOICE ALWAYS!  YOUR JOY LORD IS MY STRENGTH!  PRAY CONSTANTLY IN YOUR PRESENCE!  BLESSED IS THE MAN OR WOMAN WHO IS “ALWAYS REVERENT!”  AMEN!  AND GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS SWALLOWED UP IN LOVE’S IMMENSITY!  JESUS IS ENTHRONED IN MY HEART AND HE RESPONDS TO EVERYTHING BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • I declare as Marvin Adams wrote: Your personal calling doesn’t ever supersede walking daily in the 1st and 2nd Commandments in a spirit of humble servanthood.
  • Men, circumstances, pain and darkness all have the ability to rob of us of many things; but they can never ever rob us of the choice to love. That is entirely up to us and fully in our control.
  • My course is fixed; my eyes are set.
  • There’s a Joy before me just straight ahead.  He who demands all from me, gives all to me.  Do you have any idea how sweet this deal is?
  • The Master Plan, the Ultimate Big Picture, the Grand Epic of the Ages  is called “The Restoration of All Things”.  From the first second after man’s great fall, everything is rushing towards this. Try viewing history and current events through that lens. Wow!
God I declare in faith that I love what You love, righteousness, and hate what You hate, wickedness!
When You call and speak I will listen and obey instantly 24 hours a day!  I love You God!  List of what God likes and dislikes: http://godreallywantsustoknowhim.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/list-of-gods-likes-and-dislikes-what-he-loves-and-delights-in-what-he-hates-and-despises-and-why/
I declare that I pray Your Word God!   I pray Psalm 91 over myself and my family!

Psalm 91

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Psalm 91

He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,

10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.

14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 91:1 The rich promises of this whole chapter are dependent upon one’s meeting exactly the conditions of these first two verses (see Exod. 15:26). 
  2. Psalm 91 first two verses: 

He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

Exodus 15:26  King James Version (KJV) 26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Exodus 15:26

Exodus 15:26 Amplified Bible (AMP) 26 Saying, If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.

I pray like Jesus prayed! 
I pray Hezekiah’s prayer:
Isaiah 37:  15 Then Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying: 16 “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 17 Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. 18 Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, 19 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them. 20 Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone.”
I declare in faith:  As a disciple of Jesus, my Lord and Master, I glady humble myself continually before God and man and walk in the spirit, gratitude and love praying for every situation!  Hallelujah!

Matthew 5:  Jesus says to you M, whoever slaps you on your right cheek (or your heart or your dead flattened ego) turn the other cheek as Jesus did.  Amen!

Go the Second Mile

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’[f] 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[g] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[h] 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren[i] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[j] do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Roberts Liardon     You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in your life. Winston Churchill

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” C. S. Lewis

Our lives are a louder sermon than anything we can say.  Joyce Meyer

The whole reason God asks us to pray for our enemies is not because of what they are doing to us, but what they are doing to themselves.  Joyce Meyer

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 NIV    Pray for them for what they are doing to themselves.  Praying for them is loving them.  Keep your eyes on Jesus and cleave to Jesus.  God abides in the praises of His people, not in their focus on someone else’s life who they are not responsible for.  I will stand before Jesus on Judgment Day to answer for one and only person:  me.  Did I love God with all my heart soul mind and strength and did I love my neighbor as myself?

It’s the perfect trade: worry for peace. Find out how you can make this wonderful exchange.  Joyce Meyer

Don’t let people change you. You stay the same and your consistent witness will ultimately change them.  Joyce Meyer

Put on kindness. Put on humility. Put on love.. You don’t change by trying. You change by praying and asking God to get involved in helping you..   We are not a failure just because we fail at something.  Nobody is a failure unless they quit trying! -Joyce  Meyer

+  The world is looking for people who have been transformed by the Holy Spirit… I declare that I have been transformed daily!     Voice of the Prophets 2013 John Paul Jackson       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjbfXKNgGjw

+ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDyJtC0yBqQ  Biblical Declarations The Law of Attraction   John Paul Jackson

  • Responding to Angry People as Jesus Did
    (Learning Spiritual Martial Arts)

William Gaultiere,                 Ph.D                 Executive Director of New Hope, Psychologist ChristianSoulCare.com

http://www.newhopenow.org/notes/archive/martial_arts.html   Excerpt:

“Turn the                 other cheek. If someone takes your shirt give him your coat. Bless                 those who curse you.” For most people these teachings of Jesus’                 are painfully misunderstood or seem impossible. Yet, every week,                 if not every day, you are insulted, criticized, or mistreated                 by someone. How do you deal with those situations? How about looking                 at them as an opportunity to grow to be more like Jesus by responding                 as he would? Read on – if you’re brave enough!

JESUS’                 TEACHINGS ON ANGER

Let’s go over                 Jesus’ teachings on anger from the Sermon on the Mount to see                 if we can get a better understanding of them. Notice how he focuses                 on the problems we have with anger in our hearts.

Don’t let                 anger control you; address it in love: “I tell you that anyone                 who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Therefore,                 if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember                 that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there                 in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother;                 then come and offer your gift. Settle matters quickly with your                 adversary” (Matthew 5:22a, 23-25a, NIV).

Jesus is not                 saying that the emotion of anger is sinful. He is saying that                 anger is dangerous – be careful! Stand before the Lord as your                 gracious Judge and ask yourself: “What am I angry about? Why am                 I angry? What is an honest and gracious way to deal with this?”                 Then seek to resolve the conflict that angers you ASAP and do                 so in love. This is so important that you may need to interrupt                 a sacred ritual or a time of prayer (Matthew 5:23-24). Be the                 first to say “I’m sorry” or to offer empathy and compassion. Of                 course, this is not fair, but do it anyway because God does it                 for you. You can “Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians                 3:13b, NIV).

Don’t seek                 revenge when mistreated; share God’s generosity: “Love your                 enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate                 you, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons                 of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil                 and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous”                 (Matthew 5:44-45, NIV).

If we give                 in to angry feelings and justify them the next thing we want to                 do is to act on them and get even. Jesus’ point here is don’t                 seek revenge; God is gracious with you so you be gracious to others.                 Treat conflict and injustice as an opportunity for God to bring                 out the best in you, not the worst, for you to grow in your capacity                 to share the kindness of Christ.

Get help                 for your problem before you help another: “Do not judge, or                 you too will be judged. First take the plank out of your own eye,                 and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s                 eye” (Matthew 7:1, 5b, NIV).

When someone                 has a speck in their eye it hurts. They need help getting it out.                 But you’re in no position to help when you have a log in your                 own eye! Usually when we’re angry we have a log in our own eye                 that needs to be dealt with. Get help understanding and overcoming                 the issues in your life – like control, self-righteousness, and                 unforgiveness – that underlie and arouse your anger. Then you’ll                 be able to see clearly and act compassionately.

EXAMPLES                 OF JESUS RESPONDING TO THE PHARISEES’ ANGER

Let’s look                 at how Jesus applied his own teachings to the way he dealt with                 his conflicts with the religious leaders who repeatedly criticized,                 manipulated, attacked, and abused him.

  • They judged                   him for letting a prostitute sit at his feet crying, washing                   his feet with her tears and anointing them with perfume. Jesus                   told them a story that honored the woman for showing much                   love because she’d received much forgivenss and confronted the                   Pharisees for showing little love because they’d received little                   forgiveness (Luke 7:36-50).
  • They criticized                   Jesus and his disciples for picking heads of grain on the Sabbath.                    Jesus asked them if they’d read the Scriptures that demonstrate                   that the Sabbath is about God’s mercy, not sacrifice (Matthew                   12:1-8).
  • They plotted                   to kill him after he healed a man with shriveled hand on the                   Sabbath so he withdrew (Matthew 12:9-15).
  • They accused                   him of being in league with the devil after he delivered a possessed                   man. Jesus calmly explained that their was a war between                   the Kingdom of God verses the kingdom of Satan, good verses                   evil, he and his followers versus them (Matthew 12:22-37).
  • They judged                   his disciples for breaking the traditions of the elders. Jesus                   asked them why they break the command of God for the sake                   of their traditions and gave them examples (Matthew 15:1-9).
  • They pressured                   him to show them a sign from heaven to prove himself. He told                   them they were missing the signs right in front of them. He                   said their request was evil and the only sign they’d get was                   that of Jonah. Then he walked away (Matthew 16:1-4).
  • They tried                   to trap him into contradicting the law or his message of love                   by bringing him a woman caught in adultery and asking permission                   to stone her according to the law of Moses. Amazingly, Jesus                   affirmed law and grace by inviting whoever was without sin                   to throw the first stone. They all walked away confronted by                   their sins and Jesus released the woman (John 8:1-11).
  • They picked                   up stones to stone Jesus when he proclaimed, “I and the Father                   are one.” He confronted them for wanting to stone him when he’d                   done so many wonderful miracles. When they came after him he                   escaped (John 10:22-42).
  • They slandered                   him for accepting and eating with sinners and so he told                   them parables that highlighted God’s grace for the lost                   (Luke 15).
  • They badgered                   him on the issue of divorce: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce                   his wife for any and every reason?” Jesus reminded them of the                   sacredness of God’s original plan for oneness in marriage and                   then confronted them for mistreating women (Matthew 19:1-9).
  • They raged                   at him after he drove the conniving merchants out of the temple                   and healed the blind and lame and blessed the children. Jesus                   replied simply, “Have you never read, ‘From the lips of                   children and infants [God has] ordained praise’?” Then he walked                   away (Matthew 21:12-17).
  • They challenged                   him by asking, “By what authority are you doing these things?”                   Jesus said he’d answer their question after they answered                   his question about whether John’s baptism came from heaven                   or men. They refused to answer because Jesus caught them in                   their own trap. If they said John who pointed to Jesus was from                   men then the people would be mad at them, but if they admitted                   that John was sent by God then they were admitting that Jesus                   was too. So Jesus didn’t answer them (Matthew 21:23-27).
  • They tried                   to get him in trouble with the Romans by asking them if it’s                   right to pay taxes to Caesar. The people hated the taxation                   without representation and the Romans enforced their tax. Jesus                   confronted them for trying to trap him and then wiggled out                   of the trap: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s (the tax)                   and give to God what is God’s (the heart)” (Matthew 22:15-22).
  • They asked                   him difficult questions about the resurrection, greatest commandment,                   and the Messiah and his answers left them silent and pondering                   (Matthew 22:23-46).They sent a crowd armed with swords and clubs                   to arrest him. Jesus walked up to them and said, “I am he”                   and they all fell back to the ground. Peter struck a soldier                   with his sword, cutting off his ear. Jesus healed the soldier’s                   ear, commanded his disciples to put away their swords, let                   them arrest him, and confronted their unfounded and improper                   attack (Matthew 26:47-56, John 18:1-11).
  • They questioned                   Jesus in an illegal trial, spit in his face, punched him, slapped                   him, and mocked him as a helpless prophet. Jesus silently                   accepted their mistreatment. Then he calmly confronted                   them for ganging up on him secretly and for abusing him when                   he did nothing wrong (Matthew 26:57-67, John 18:19-24).
  • They watched                   him being crucified and he said, “Father, forgive them,                   for they do not know what they are doing.” They sneered at him,                   “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ.”                    He prayed, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”                   (Luke 23:33-46).

CAN WE                 RESPOND TO ANGRY PEOPLE AS JESUS DID?

What do you                 notice in the way Jesus responded to anger, judgment, and abuse                 from the Pharisees?

Jesus’ response                 to aggression is revolutionary. It’s so wise, so beautiful,                 so strong, and so different from what it normally done. In tense                 and angry situations, when he’s being judged, baited, or hit look                 at how he responds. He tells a story, asks a question, calmly                 explains, heals people, wiggles out of traps, walks away, prays,                 or silently accepts the mistreatment. In all cases he holds his                 ground, de-escalates the conflict, and speaks the truth in love.

What’s he                 doing? He’s practicing what he preached! “Make the first move                 to resolve a conflict. Turn the other cheek. Bless those who curse                 you. Pray for your enemies. Take the log out of your own eye before                 you remove the speck in another’s eye.”

Do you want                 to live that way? You might be afraid to face life and people                 and conflicts without aggression. Most people don’t want to handle                 anger in the way that Jesus is teaching here. It doesn’t feel                 safe. It doesn’t seem right. Sometimes we just need to fight back,                 don’t we?

Some of us                 do want to be like Jesus and so we try. But when we’re mistreated                 we lose our temper, get emotionally beat up, or become tongue-tied.                 Is it even possible for us to live these teachings of Jesus? Afterall,                 Jesus was the Son of God and we’re just human beings.

If we understand                 teachings like “Bless those who curse you” as a legalism – a standard                 we have to measure up to by trying hard – then the answer is no,                 it’s not possible. This was the approach the Pharisees took. They                 mustered up all their moral muscle to keep the law. They were                 religious perfectionists, devoted legalists. But they failed to                 live the law because their hearts were wrong. God’s law wasn’t                 in their hearts. They didn’t rely on his strength; they didn’t                 depend on him to make them righteous people on the inside.

An Example

Let me share                 with you a simple, concrete example from my life. Some time ago                 I started trying to implement the teachings of Jesus in how I                 drive. This might seem like a trivial thing, but it’s something                 I do everyday and it gives me a specific situation to practice                 trusting Jesus to transform me. Besides when I’m driving I’m praying                 anyway. For me, driving to and from work is an opportunity either                 for silence and solitude or for listening to Christian teaching                 tape.

My temptation                 in the car has been to use the power of my engine to race ahead                 and to assert my rights that people not cut in front of me. And                 when people do cut me off or ride my bumper or do something else                 rude my typical response was to get irritated and perhaps angry.                 You know how it goes: “You’re not going to get ahead of me!…                 No, you can’t squeeze in there – I’ll make sure of it!… That                 was rude and dangerous! What a jerk. Oh, you cut me off. That’s                 not right. I’ll show you and I’ll get ahead and cut you off.”

Do Jesus’                 teachings apply here? “Turn the other cheek. If someone asks for                 your shirt give him your coat. Bless those who curse you and pray                 for those who persecute you.” Yes, they do. Through prayer and                 trusting Jesus I can respond differently: “Don’t get mad, Bill.                 Look to Jesus. Let the person cut in. Smile. Pray for him, he                 might be having a hard day. ‘Yes, Lord I pray that you would keep                 him safe for his family and help him to rest in your love and                 to honor the name of Jesus.”

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A Steady Diet Of Worship, Prayer and The Word regardless of whether I humanly “feel like it or not.”  I choose to, I get to! YES! 🙂

  • I Celebrate All That God Is Doing!  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • I Praise And Worship God!  Psalm 22:3 (King James Version)
    3But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
  • Psalm 34 song:  His Praise Shall Continually Be In My Mouth !  🙂  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW1FwfZiZCw
  • I Declare that I Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, mind that forgets the bad & a soul that always has faith in God.
  • I walk in the spirit and please God.  When we are in the flesh we “cannot please God.”  There is NEVER any reason to be in the flesh.  If others are in the flesh, I respond ALWAYS in the spirit!  I am grateful for everything and the treatment from others good, bad, or  ugly and all is swallowed up in Jesus, in Love’s Immensity, Jesus lives in my by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit responds to all “in the spirit!”  Amen!  I get a vision of this.
  • I see the best in others and forget the worst!  I see others potential.  I see them as God sees them, He loves them so much He died to ransom them so that they could be with Him forever.  God LOVES the Bride of Christ, His Beloved Church and each Christian is “the Bride” “the church” that He loves.
  • I read this on a regular basis to remember:  http://www.jimfeeney.org/brideofchrist.html  The Bride Of Christ:  A Radiant Holy Church by Pentecostal Pastor Jim Feeney Ph.D.
  • I repent of a critical spirit!
  • Resentment is demonic!  God You will not forgive me if I don’t instantly love and forgive all and pray for them like Jesus did!  Unforgivers go to hell.
    Because Jesus You live in me, You are great at this in me and through me!  I AM a son of God!  Jesus loves forgives opens  blind eyes and convicts of sin by the power of the Holy Spirit! I forgive over and over 70 times 7!
    I declare in faith that I walk in truth spoken in love!
    In faith, when I see You face to face Jesus, I will say yes Jesus, I learned to love You and love people and mistreaters, blind, false accusers, I love them walking in spirit and truth.
  • Resentment leads to unforgiveness and God will not forgive my sins and I would
    choose to rebel against God Who tells me to ALWAYs instantly forgive for
    everything 70×7 and resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness is choosing to go to hell.
  • Instant continual permanent forgiveness, love, blessing, praying for, rejoicing in mistreatment IS God’s will for me! AMEN!  Your ways ARE BEST GOD!  I love Your ways!
    Resentment is unforgiveness is a root of bitterness is demonic.  It makes a human bite everyone they touch.
    I Rejoice when I am misunderstood and rejected for Jesus sake for great is my reward! I obey Jesus !:).
    Yahoo!
    Father forgive them, they know not what they do.
    Please don’t hold this sin against them, I pray for them (which You will help them which will help
    them compared to demonic resentment and fault finding.)  Correct all of us God
    until Jesus Christ be fully formed in each of us!:). It is Your will God!
  • God will judge us not according to how much we endured, but on how much we could love.  Richard Wurnbrandt  Tortured For Christ
  • I look UP and keep my eyes on You Jesus and I AM DELIGHTED!
  • I declare that I obey Jesus and love, bless, do good to, pray for help for and greet everyone and I am one of the “sons of my Father in heaven!!”  Hallelujah!    Matthew 5:43-48 NKJV43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[b] 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren[c] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[d] do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
  • We don’t burn out from going hard after God. We get burned out because we are bored spiritually, & motivated by the wrong things Mike Bickle
    Unforgiveness chains us to the past, poisons the present and keeps us from what the Lord has for the future. We must forgive as He forgives.
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Though there will be revival pockets before 2013, it will become full scale  in 2013. We’re talking world wide revival. ( Remember Tim McClellan’s prophecy  over Jason Hubbard and Jon Hammil?)

Judgments are coming to the Body. Some of them are not for us, but we must  trust in God or they will overcome us. The devastation of many others judgments  can be reduced by us

1. Severe anxiety–We’re not entitled to have this judgment; it belongs to  the world. We are supposed to have the Answer to show to others who are very  anxious.

2. Fear–This comes from having a big devil and a small God. People will die  from anxiety and fear (e.g. heart attacks, suicide, etc.) Our faith needs to be  anchored on Jesus, not what the news commentators tell us. In fact, many  newscasters are witches putting curses on their viewers and listeners.

3. Depression and self pity–You cannot have your way, but God will have His  way. Get over yourself and grow up. Stop living in poverty of spirit.

4. Financial collapse

5. Nicolaitan spirit–This spirit is condemned by the Lord in Rev. 2:6  (church at Ephesus) and in Rev. 2:15 (church at Pergamum). This spirit has  victory over or rules over the people. It’s the pastor (and sometimes other  leaders in the church) being on a different, higher level than the people. The  Lord says in Revelation that He hates this spirit, to repent of it, and that He  will come against it with the sword of His mouth. The reign of the pastor over  the entire church is coming to an end. There will be a community of believers  with their various giftings operating. Everyone will be important.

B. Jones at NW Prophetic

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Pastor Na.  Heaven & Hell and Alarming Rapture – Pastor Hyun Sook Na (Heaven and Hell Testimony)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiC7cgdwWys

Isaiah 61:10 (KJV)

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Published on Jun 15, 2013

South Korean Pastor Hyun Sook Na has been visiting heaven and hell for the last 20 years. In this testimony she tells a little about what she has been shown and she urges the church to live a sanctified life, because He is coming soon!
She saw Jesus actually opened the sixth seal in September 2012. So seals it was written in the book of Revelation has been opened from the first one to sixth one. The next seal will be opened is the seventh seal.
In Rev 8:1 “When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” She found out Jesus coming for the rapture of the church during time of half an hour in the museum of heaven. When Jesus opens the seventh seal, antichrist also will appear.
The rapture of the church will happen anytime soon. Only holy and righteous brides will get raptured. In order to get rapture, we need robes. Not only we need the gowns of the salvation, we also need robe of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10) It is time to repent sincerely daily basis and pray continuously. Love Jesus with all your heart.  Keep in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

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I share the gospel with testimony and tracts… it’s the power of the GOSPEL that is the POWER.

“Some fear witnessing because they don’t feel confident enough in their persuasive powers or their ability to answer all imaginable objections to the gospel.  But the power for evangelism is not in our ability; it is in His gospel.  You may have never imagined that an unbeliever could actually be born again by hearing of Christ from your lips.  But that’s not humility.  It’s doubt, a denial of God’s blessing upon His gospel just because it is spoken by you.  Don’t doubt the power of God to add His blessing upon your words when you speak of Christ.” ~ Donald Whitney
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The true measure of spirituality is not how angry we become toward sinners, but how Christlike; our mission is not to see men destroyed, but redeemed. — In Christ’s Image Training
I declare:  first: I pay the price to see Jesus Christ living in me.  Full Mature Christlikeness in me each day, every moment.  This is my desire and prayer for all Christians and those in 5 fold ministries.
Mature Christlikeness is what God wants from me and each Christian, follower disciple of Jesus Christ, before Jesus returns to earth:  http://cleansingofgodsword.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=196&action=edit&message=1
Love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs. Keep the good stuff that people do, but If you have a record of wrongs…erase it.  Joyce Meyer
If your goal is to pray for a loved one, you will likely be wounded, insulted or cursed by that person before your prayers are answered. The person may actually despise your faith before finally succumbing to it. Yet, if you stay in prayer, stay forgiving, the injustice you endure will force you into a greater maturity of Christ’s love. Breakthroughs will come. This I have found to be true: the …mercy prayer of a wounded intercessor holds great sway upon the heart of God. – In Christ’s Image Training
  Kay Arthur (regarding below pictures:  when-you-live-where-there-are-people-there-is-always-the-chance-of-conflict-make-this-your-prayer-tonight. and kay-arthur-the-next-time-a-conflict-arises-remember-your-battle-is-not-against-flesh-and-blood. )
If the devil is riding around on someone’s back, whether they know it or not, I don’t argue with the devil on their back.  I CAST THE DEVIL OUT!   Then I pray for the Holy Spirit to give them ‘eyes to see and ears to hear’ ‘hear what the Spirit is saying!’  in faith, with thanksgiving in the mighty Name of Jesus!
Kay Arthur The next time a conflict arises remember your battle is not against flesh and blood!When you live where there are people there is always the chance of conflict! Make this your prayer tonight!
Sharon Bolan Yerby  January 12,2013
Daniel Fast Day 12:  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” -Matt. 5:11-12 The sting of the the pain in these words!  Insult! Persecution! Lies! And all of this is “because of Me”, Jesus said.  …I never realized how true this beatitude was, until I accepted the call of Jesus upon my life.  But I have learned the lesson of forgiveness.  It has not been easy, but we must “pray for our enemies”.  We must “forgive those who speak evil against us”.  This behavior is expected from the world, but when it comes from a fellow brother or sister in Christ, the sting of the pain goes much deeper.  It is like a sword that pierces straight through the heart. But notice the Lord does not tell us to defend ourselves.  He does not tell us to give evil for evil.  But He does called us “blessed” and gives us a “blessing” for enduring.  But is doesn’t end there, for there is a reward given to us.  And not just a reward, but a GREAT reward! Sometimes, it is hard to be a soldier of the Lord. But we must keeps our eyes fixed on our Commander and Chief, and continue to press despite the persecution.  “You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Tim. 2:3
Rick Joyner on Martial Law statement: Prophetic Perspectives

That being said, without a soon and very radical turn back to what we were called to be as a nation, we are going to pass through a time of martial law in America. The crucial issue is who the martial is going to be. This could be a very difficult time, much darker than we can probably imagine, or it could be a time when peace and stability is restored, and the Republic is restored to its Constitutional moorings. That choice is up to Americans.

What is happening in America, and what will happen, is not God’s choice, but the choice of Americans. As we are told in Psalm 115:16, “The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth He has given to the sons of men.” This is why the Lord will not do things on the earth until we pray—He delegated the rule over the earth to men, and here we receive what we decide.

In Revelation 3:20, we see that in this age Jesus will not even enter His own church unless we open the door for Him. America was once the place on earth where He was the most welcome and the most sought after. However, for nearly half a century now we have been telling Him to leave. We do not even want the mention of Him in our public places or in our history books. Therefore, He has left. Now what is coming upon us is not His doing, it is the choice our country made when we began turning from Him.

In this I count myself as guilty as any. Even if it was not my desire, it has happened on my watch. I am not pointing the finger at others without accepting responsibility myself. Though the friends of the Lord still outnumber the enemies of the Lord in America, His enemies are growing in number. They are seizing the reins of our country because few of His friends have cared enough, or had the courage, to do anything about it. If we do not change our direction, we will end up where we are headed, and we are headed there with increasing speed every day.

Again, martial law will be an extreme danger. Martial law can quickly morph into a permanent dictatorship. With the technology available today, and almost daily in the news, a totalitarian police state is now possible which could be far worse than any previous police state in history. That is where we are headed. Will we change our direction?

The most thorough way to kill a plant is to cut it off from its roots. The most effective way to destroy a nation is to cut it off from its history. Revisionist historians have been doing this to America. Americans hardly know who we are anymore or what our purpose is. We are being severed from the foundations of what once made us a great nation. The destruction of America is imminent if we do not change our direction. If we start turning back to the Lord, we can have a reset, a jubilee, and a return to the trajectory that He has planned for us—unprecedented peace, prosperity, and strength, because of the favor of the only One who can make this possible.

I am very glad for this controversy, even the outrage I have created in some by the Prophetic Perspectives program. To quote King David, “I will yet be more vile” (see II Samuel 6:22 KJV). I don’t enjoy controversy, but I do appreciate it for what it can accomplish. It is not likely that anyone will be able to speak the truth in these times without it. I intend to use the controversy started by that program to delve into more depth on these issues. Therefore, future Prophetic Perspectives programs will likely be even more controversial. If you do not get these programs through your network or cable provider, you may go to www.morningstartv.com and view them online at your convenience.

For those of you who have expressed concern about me personally, I appreciate this concern. However, my job is not one that wins the favor or understanding of many people. If you speak the truth in these times, many will be enraged. I knew this when I took the job. My ambition is to know that I was not a watchman that slept on my watch, but that I did the best I could to sound the alarm when there was danger. Alarms have to be irritating to wake people up. So my reward is seeing people wake up, even if they are angry with me at first for being so irritating. At least I know that some of those who wake up irritated are finally awake now. Those who are now enraged at me at least care enough to be enraged, and I’m thankful for that. They can be the ones who rise up and do the most to protect us from what is now threatening us. 

  Even so, it is not the time for fear, but faith. Please read and take courage in the following Psalm that I was given for this time. Keep in mind that mountains often speak of governments in biblical prophetic symbolism:

Psalm 46 A psalm of the sons of Korah To the Chief Musician

God will prevail

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will we not fear even though the earth changes, and though the mountains shake and fall into the seas.

3 Though the waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with the swelling of them. (Selah)

4 There is a river whose waters make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she will not be moved. God will help her when the morning dawns.

6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were shaken. He uttered His voice, and the earth melted.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah)

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He has made in the earth.

9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah)

In times of great tribulation and upheaval among the nations, we have a Rock in our God. He will never be moved, and the nations are like dust in His hand. When the shaking comes, and it will come to even the most powerful and seemingly stable nations, the righteous will be at peace, and they will not be moved, because they have built their lives upon the Rock.

         So what can we do? There is a lot. We must mobilize and get engaged. We must resolve that we value truth, righteousness, and justice more than our comfort, or we will soon be the most uncomfortable of all people. If you love God, if you love His truth, it is time to stand up.

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Encouraging Bible Study on “FORERUNNERS” in the Bible:

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Holiness, God’s Fashion Statement    June 13, 2012          Written by Sharon Bolan Yerby     

             

“And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.” (Ex. 28:36) The “mitre” or “headband” worn by the High Priest was engraved with the words, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD”. Wow! What a statement! Not one designer today has fashioned those words on the runway! It only proves that “holiness” has become so “old-fashioned” and practically “extinct” from our way of life. It has been removed from our vocabulary and Mindset and replaced by sensuality, lust and idolatry. But God’s “fashion” never changes. He has one “image’ and one “standard” that remains timeless and unchangeable. He is a HOLY GOD and HOLINESS is the foundation of Who He is. If holiness was removed from God, His very throne would waver. It is HOLINESS that makes God God! And it is HOLINESS that makes US LIKE GOD! We cannot be “like” God, nor be “sons” of God unless we are transformed into HIS FASHION and image which is HOLINESS! But notice the location of the headband..it was placed “on the head”, meaning Holiness must RULE our mind. Our thoughts must be subject to His Holy standard. Remember, every sin begins with a thought. But if we surrender our thoughts (mind) to the Lord, He will transform our way of thinking. Instead of being governed by the world’s way, we will be governed by God’s way. Phil. 2:5 states, “Let this mind be in you, which was in Christ Jesus.” Rom. 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Because we all live in the world, the world does it’s best to set the standard for our lives. The world infiltrates the way we think and teaches us how to think. No matter where we go or what we do, we are surrounded by the influence of the world on our MIND! THINK about it…television ads influence our minds on what we should buy; the news media influences our minds on how we look at the world; fashion magazines influence our minds on our personal image; movies influence our minds on how we should live including moral (or should I say IMMORAL) standards and our acceptance of profanity as commonplace in our vocabulary; and the list goes on and on and on… How far have we fallen from the original standard of God which is holiness? Friend, it is so far that we rarely hear the word “holiness” spoken, even in our churches today. So what is the solution to our modern day contemporary fashion dilemma? Repentance! Only when we see the error of our ways and repent before God, can we then be forgiven and allow His nature of Holiness to begin to take over our lives. The Bible BOLDLY declares that “without HOLINESS, NO MAN OR WOMAN will see God. It’s that clear and that absolute. We are the generation that must wake up and go against the modern day society of Godlessness. We must not be ashamed to wear the Headband of Holiness. We must LIVE first and then declare God’s standard to this world. For it is His holiness that carries His love to this lost and dying world. Once our minds are renewed and we begin to meditate on His Word, His thoughts, His ways…then the holiness of God will infuse our lives and begin to make the change within. That change within will impact the change without. There will be total transformation of the body, soul and spirit as holiness consumes the life. I pray that you will take the time today to meditate upon the holiness of God. Ask the Lord to make you Holy in thought, word and deed. When we think with His thoughts, we will speak with His words and walk in His ways! “For you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and HOLY nation…” 1 Peter2:9

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Those who walk in true faith are naturally going to appear foolish to those who live according to the wisdom of this world or those who are of a “natural mind.” – Rick Joyner

Rejection provides an opportunity for us to grow in grace and die a little more to ambition, pride, and other motives which so quickly color our revelation. – Rick Joyner

Any authority or influence that we gain by our own manipulation or self-promotion will be a stumbling block to us and will hinder our ability to receive true authority from God. – Rick Joyner

Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations, but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. – Prov. 24:24-25
“Such a dilemma are the church’s watchmen in; MEN WILL CURSE THEM if they be FAITHFUL, and GOD WILL CURSE THEM if they be FALSE. But it is a needful office; the house of Israel CANNOT BE SAFE WITHOUT WATCHMEN…” – Matthew Henry
If you are a WATCHMEN (Preacher of the Gospel), then you have a DECISION to make – will you FEAR MEN’S CURSE or GOD’S CURSE?

Bob Jones, Shepherd’s Rod 2014:  The Apostle Paul recounts the Lord’s supper in 1 Corinthians 11 and he takes it a step farther as he explains why we need to examine ourselves first. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. (1 Corinthians 11: 27-30) We are called to be a holy temple of God sanctified and set apart for His service. Therefore we need to take daily inventory of our life and repent for anything unholy that we are guilty of retaining in our being. For example: if we hold unforgiveness, hatred or bitterness toward anyone then we must repent of these things. Christians are supposed to walk in the fruit of the spirit (Galations 5: 22-23) displaying the nature of Christ. However our flesh gets in the way too often and we let it dictate to us instead. Then we speak out of hurt, disappointment and fear instead of love.

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Your personal calling doesn’t ever supersede walking daily in the 1st and 2nd Commandments in a spirit of humble servanthood.  Marvin Adams
After having sat in a prayer room for almost a decade and a half now for many hours a week, of this I’m confident, God likes the attention. I’ve never heard Him once say that I was spending too much time with Him.  It’s in that place of giving Him adoring attention that He shares secrets and assignments that touch the poor, the lost and the nations. – Marvin Adams
“If I had a thousand jars I’d break them at Your feet. I would not hold back even one I’d give you everything… I’d let this room become a sea… Of my affection. Better to drown in love than to live without it…”-Marvin Adams
Marvin Adams, Director of the Wabash Valley International House Of Prayer:   The seven Unshakeables worthy of intense pursuit: His name, His nature, His kingdom, His Bride, His throne, His Word, and His love! In stark contrast to the seven Shakeables of Haggai 2: the heavens, the earth, the sea, the dry lands (farming, agriculture) the nations, the church, and monetary institutions and situations. Major on that which is unshakeable! —
Don’t settle for inspiration when you could have revelation; don’t settle for good ideas when you could have God’s will…  – Marvin Adams
I wake up every morning and realize that once again I have two paths set before me for the day: IGNORE or ADORE, concerning how I will respond to Jesus with all my choices for that day. My worship, my time, my affections, my money choices, it all comes down to the names of those two streets. I voluntarily choose to adore Jesus in all that I do today. —
Your personal calling doesn’t ever supersede walking daily in the 1st and 2nd Commandments in a spirit of humble servanthood —
 “If I had a thousand jars I’d break them at Your feet. I would not hold back even one I’d give you everything… I’d let this room become a sea… Of my affection. Better to drown in love than to live without it…” —
Encounters throughout the night: woke up with a longing to further simplify my life so that I can set myself before The Lord with even more intensity and abandonment. I have set my face like flint because my leader has set His face like flint. The more I fully attach myself to Him (the hidden life, agreement with His heart), the more He carries me into the places that He’s going to. This is the surrendered life. —
Better one word spoken with revelation, than a thousand well said to impress man —
We have a few years on earth to learn to love well…and mostly waste our strength on the futility of selfish gain. We need a higher vision… —
The Master Plan, the Ultimate Big Picture, the Grand Epic of the Ages is called “The Restoration of All Things”. From the first second after man’s great fall, everything is rushing towards this. Try viewing history and current events through that lens. Wow! —    Marvin Adams
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“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work. Prayer is the greater work.” -E.M. Bounds
The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve. – John Stott
The aim of all ministry and missions: To make God look great in salvation, and to make man glad in God.
Catherine Booth “If you haven’t got tears in your eyes let them see tears in your voice.”
“Holiness is liberty.” – Charles Spurgeon
My question is – ARE YOU FREE?  Connie M. Giordano
“David fulfilled all the will of God in his generation.” May I experience the fullness of what God is willing to give me in my lifetime
Psalm 51:12  New Living Translation
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.English Standard Version
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.New American Standard Bible
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.King James Bible
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
11Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. 13Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.…
I declare that I often remember the “joy of thy salvation” Jesus and I thank You for a willing spirit that desires to obey You!  I love You!  I thank You forever for salvation and the joy You put in my soul!  Hallelujah!!
To my facebook friends, before you read Kirsten’s story, I would love to tell you mine. This article by Kirsten Powers reminded me of how I was once a “highly reluctant Jesus follower.”  Kirsten Powers is a contributor to USA Today and a columnist for Newsweek. She is a Democratic commentator at Fox News.
If I’ve never told you my story to my facebook friends, I want to share it now.  When I was a teenager I was very grouchy and grumpy.  My family at times even referred to me as “grouch and grump” which only made matters worse.  I was going through the usual growing pains of life and the challenges of living in this broken world.  I was not a happy camper to say the least.  I attended church each week and I revered God, but did not know Him.  When I was sixteen some friends invited me to their youth group at a Presbyterian Church.   Having never set foot outside of my home church, I cautiously went.  The youth Pastor there was more like Jesus than any person I had ever seen.  It was remarkable to see a person who, in many ways, was like the Jesus I had read about.  He was joyful, loving, wise, patient and had a peace about him (but I figured he was the Pastor and was expected to be like that.)  Some of the youth that attended were not so Christ like, but a few had a lasting impact on me that kept me coming back.  I was miserable inside and I was desperate to be happy.  There was this one young woman, one of the youth leaders, who had a joy about her that was absolutely incredible.  I was amazed to see someone so consistently happy.  It seemed too good to be true.  Even more than happy, she was filled with joy and she didn’t even have to say a word.  After I while I finally said to myself, “whatever you people have, I’ve GOT to have it.”
The problem for me was, that these people were “born again Christians.”  Prior to attending this youth group I thought that born again Christians were like the Jesus freaks in the Elton John song:  “Jesus freaks out in the street, handing tickets out for God.”  I did not  want to be one of them.  I just couldn’t understand why someone would be so enthusiastic about Jesus.  I thought they were crazy.  But I was desperate to be happy.  I knew that eventually I needed and wanted to say that “prayer” that they often spoke about.  The prayer where you ask Jesus to forgive you of all of your sins, and you turn away from everything bad and sinful in your life and ask Jesus to come into your heart to surrender to Him as Savior and Lord of all of your life. That He would save you from going to hell which our sins deserved.  That He would live His life through you by the Holy Spirit and for all of His goodness and holiness to fill you.  To ask Him to take over, to come in, to possess you with a holy possession, to rule and reign on the throne of your heart and life.  To commit to following Him and being His disciple.  I called it “walking the plank.”
After several months, I finally decided to take that step, to “walk the plank” and ask Jesus to take over.  I went forward and prayed that prayer (not thinking anything would happen right away, but it did.) The instant that I prayed that prayer I felt this incredible spiritual power enter me and fill me with joy, love and peace.  He was for real.  Jesus was for real, we actually could know Him personally, and by the power of the Holy Spirit He came to live in my heart.  I cry as I write this because the greatest miracle for me was the joy that filled my soul!  That he could take a grouchy grumpy teenager and fill her with His joy.  Next to salvation, this was the greatest miracle of my life.  Of course I love His love, and His peace, but at that time I was desperate for joy and He filled me with joy.  It was and still is, the greatest day of my life, bar none.  I then understood what these born again Christians were so happy about and why they wanted the whole world to experience that.  I do too.  Jesus Christ is the greatest thing that ever happened to me and I just had to tell you 🙂  I can’t keep it inside.
I later heard a song that described my experience called “Look who loves You now” by Michelle Pillar.  song:https://myspace.com/michelepillar/music/album/look-who-loves-you-now-17242386
lyrics:  A million or more I was just wonderin’ How many have there been I remember before thinking they were all crazy Now here I am one of them All that have found you and gathered around you Outnumber the stars in the sky So many have come, but if there’s still room for one I’m trying to catch your eye And look who loves you now Look who’s come around With her head in the clouds And her feet on the ground And a smile on her face Look what love has found Right side up from upside down I can hardly believe it myself but it’s true . . . Look who loves you now The not knowing why and wondering how I’m just beginning to see But I can tell you right now from here on out This is how it’s gonna be Wanting to touch you, wanting to see you I know there’s comin’ a day But, Lord, if you could right now if you would Cast glance my way And look who loves you now Look who’s come around With her head in the clouds And her feet on the ground And a smile on her face
And like this song by Sandi Patty, Jesus is “More Than Wonderful” to me!  song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRZEx8rLhqA
Love, MAB ————— Fox News’ Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower Of all people surprised that I became an evangelical Christian, I’m the most surprised. Kirsten Powers [ posted 10/22/2013 2:21PM ] http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/november/fox-news-highly-reluctant-jesus-follower-kirsten-powers.html
If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I wouldn’t fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for you!  Cindy Jacobs
“Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13a-14The key phrase here is pressing–applying pressure against the unbelief, fear, anxiety, and lack of faith that would stop you from finishing the race.  Cindy JacobsEnter into the promises of God. It is your inheritance. You will do more in one year if you are really filled with the Holy Ghost than you could do in fifty years apart from Him. – Smith Wigglesworth
Francis Frangipane:
There is the cross upon which Christ died but there is also a cross upon which I must die. This cross is not some unfair oppression I carry; seen with faith and vision, it is actually a provision that puts to death my selfish, unbelieving, old nature. If I surrender my old self to death, then this cross actually becomes the gateway for me to possess resurrection life and power (Phil. 3:10-11; Gal. 2:20). Jesus said if we die we bear much fruit (John 12:24-25).
I seek God for everything, I seek His Face continually, and rely on Him for all guidance in good times and in hard times…anything else, relying on myself or others for guidance is rebellion.  He is jealous for me to rely on Him completely and do His work through me.  This is the only way.

FAITHFULNESS, KEEPING HIS WORD AND INQUIRING OF HIM IN ALL THINGS.

1 Chronicles 10:13 13 So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. 14 But he did not inquire of the Lord; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

Prayer:  Dearest God, My Lord, my love forever.  I worship You!  I give You praise!  I repent of unfaithfulness to You.  I repent that I have not “kept the word of You, the Lord.” I repent that I have not “inquired of the Lord” of You. I WANT TO RELY FULLY ON YOU IN ALL THINGS!  I DON’T WANT TO GRIEVE YOU LORD AND You’ll hear his woe to you: “Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of your Egypt your confusion” (Isaiah 30:3).  Worse, you’ll He’ll say, “You trusted in the arm of your flesh, even though I warned you that doing so is foolish. Now you’re going to pay a price for not fully relying on me in all things. You’ll end up in sorrow and confusion.” God Told Isaiah to Write Down His Grief Over Judah’s Rebellion. “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever” (Isaiah 30:8). God was saying, in essence TO ME AND EVERY PERSON:  “I want every generation, from now to the end of time, to know my deep sorrow over this kind of rebellion. Write it down, Isaiah, so that all people, at all times, will understand my grief when they trust in some worldly provision and not in me.”

DEAR GOD, I HUMBLE MYSELF CONTINUALLY BEFORE YOU AND SUBMIT TO YOUR TOTAL RULE AND AUTHORITY IN THIS LIFE THAT BELONGS TO YOU.  I AM NOT MY OWN, I HAVE BEEN BOUGHT WITH A PRICE.  I seek YOU Lord for all my guidance — I am crying out to YOU God for direction, and I am trusting in YOUR faithfulness!  I repent of a refusal to seek Your mind in all things. “This includes not just the big things of life, but the small things: family matters, hurts, personal worries. And it encompasses every aspect of our being — the spiritual, the physical, the mental, everything. Rebellion against God’s rule means saying, “I can do this by myself. I don’t need to bother God.” But God wants to be bothered.”   I repent of rebellion cloaked in independence.  I call it what it is:  relying on the arm of the flesh grieves You and it is rebellion which is as witchcraft, satan was rebellious!    I die daily to self, I count myself as nothing so that You can be everything.  I want to be the “least of these” a tiny speck in the bottom of an earthen vessel emptied of ego and self in order to be filled with YOU GOD Who is Greatness Complete!  🙂  Whatever you depend on for help, you worship. You make it into a god.  I depend only on YOU God!  I worship ONLY YOU GOD!  I reject all others!

The rebellion that God describes here is an act of defiance, a resistance to his total rule and authority in our lives. It’s a refusal to seek his mind in all things. This includes not just the big things of life, but the small things: family matters, hurts, personal worries. And it encompasses every aspect of our being — the spiritual, the physical, the mental, everything. Rebellion against God’s rule means saying, “I can do this by myself. I don’t need to bother God.” But God wants to be bothered. Simply put, if you’re not seeking the Lord for all your guidance — if you’re not crying out to him for direction, if you’re not trusting in his faithfulness, if you’re trying to make things happen on your own — you’re in rebellion. God declares, “I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts” (Isaiah 65:2). In light of God’s warning, ask yourself: is it possible you’re in rebellion against God, in spite of your devotion, worship and righteous walk? You may pray, fast and faithfully attend church. But could it be the reason you’re facing confusion or warfare in your home, your family, your job?

I pose the same question to ministers. When God looks on you, does he say, “My child, at times you still do your work of ministry without seeking me. I want to be involved in everything, from the hairs of your head to the soles of your feet. If you don’t ‘ask at my mouth’ or trust in the shadow of my wings, you are in rebellion.” Our Lord wants to be our keeper. “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper” (Psalm 121:4–5). The Hebrew word for keeper here means guard, protector, director, guide. Our Lord is a vigilant, protective father who takes great joy in keeping and preserving his children. In fact, in Exodus God revealed himself to Israel by a new name: Jealous. “Thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14). Notice that this name was revealed in the context of a warning: “Thou shalt worship no other god.” At the time, most Israelites went to “high places,” or idolatrous altars, to find direction. They gave the Lord mere lip service when it came to seeking him for guidance. This was idol worship, plain and simple. Only God can know the future. And whenever a person turns to something besides God for guidance, he worships that object.This is true of any reliance on astrologers, horoscopes or reading the stars. Whatever you depend on for help, you worship. You make it into a god.

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In 1 Chronicles 10:13, God says in His Word that “Saul died for his  1) unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, 2) because he did not keep the word of the Lord and 3) also because he consulted a medium for guidance.  4) But he did not inquire of the Lord; therefore He, God, killed Saul and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

God killed Saul, a leader that He had chosen and later regrets choosing Saul in what He spoke in 1 Samuel 15:10  10 Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11 “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.”

David Wilkerson:  excerpt from The Secret Of Spiritual Strength:  Worse, you’ll grieve the Lord. You’ll hear his woe to you: “Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of your Egypt your confusion” (Isaiah 30:3). He’ll say, “You trusted in the arm of your flesh, even though I warned you that doing so is foolish. Now you’re going to pay a price for not fully relying on me in all things. You’ll end up in sorrow and confusion.” God Told Isaiah to Write Down His Grief Over Judah’s Rebellion. “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever” (Isaiah 30:8). God was saying, in essence, “I want every generation, from now to the end of time, to know my deep sorrow over this kind of rebellion. Write it down, Isaiah, so that all people, at all times, will understand my grief when they trust in some worldly provision and not in me.”

The rebellion that God describes here is an act of defiance, a resistance to his total rule and authority in our lives. It’s a refusal to seek his mind in all things. This includes not just the big things of life, but the small things: family matters, hurts, personal worries. And it encompasses every aspect of our being — the spiritual, the physical, the mental, everything. Rebellion against God’s rule means saying, “I can do this by myself. I don’t need to bother God.” But God wants to be bothered. Simply put, if you’re not seeking the Lord for all your guidance — if you’re not crying out to him for direction, if you’re not trusting in his faithfulness, if you’re trying to make things happen on your own — you’re in rebellion. God declares, “I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts” (Isaiah 65:2). In light of God’s warning, ask yourself: is it possible you’re in rebellion against God, in spite of your devotion, worship and righteous walk? You may pray, fast and faithfully attend church. But could it be the reason you’re facing confusion or warfare in your home, your family, your job?

I pose the same question to ministers. When God looks on you, does he say, “My child, at times you still do your work of ministry without seeking me. I want to be involved in everything, from the hairs of your head to the soles of your feet. If you don’t ‘ask at my mouth’ or trust in the shadow of my wings, you are in rebellion.” Our Lord wants to be our keeper. “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper” (Psalm 121:4–5). The Hebrew word for keeper here means guard, protector, director, guide. Our Lord is a vigilant, protective father who takes great joy in keeping and preserving his children. In fact, in Exodus God revealed himself to Israel by a new name: Jealous. “Thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14). Notice that this name was revealed in the context of a warning: “Thou shalt worship no other god.” At the time, most Israelites went to “high places,” or idolatrous altars, to find direction. They gave the Lord mere lip service when it came to seeking him for guidance. This was idol worship, plain and simple. Only God can know the future. And whenever a person turns to something besides God for guidance, he worships that object.This is true of any reliance on astrologers, horoscopes or reading the stars. Whatever you depend on for help, you worship. You make it into a god.

Our Lord is absolutely jealous over his keeping power. And we scorn him whenever we don’t turn to him alone for help. God slew King Saul for this very sin of rebellion: “So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it: and enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him” (1 Chronicles 10:13–14). God’s word makes it clear: Saul’s transgression was in seeking counsel from another instead of inquiring of the Lord. And God slew him for it. – See more at: http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/node/1189#sthash.cYqBlNeN.dpuf

David Wilkerson:  The Secret Of Spiritual Strength:

The Secret of Spiritual Strength

by David Wilkerson | January 29, 2001

[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

The prophet Isaiah pronounced a woe upon Israel: “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 30:1). The Hebrew word for woe here signifies a deep sorrow and grief. What had God’s people done to hurt him so deeply? And why did he call them rebellious? After all, these weren’t heathen; they were his own children. What awful sin did they commit that caused him to say they were rebellious?The word Isaiah uses for rebellion in this verse means backsliding, stubbornness, a turning away. What, exactly, were God’s people turning away from? And what caused their backsliding?We find the answer in the next phrase: “(They) take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit” (30:1). The phrase “cover with a covering” here means they make their own plans. Simply put, God said, “My people no longer consult me. They don’t look to me for guidance and counsel. Instead, they lean on the arm of the flesh. And every time they act without seeking me, turning to the world for help, they pile sin upon sin. They’ve forsaken their trust in the strong arm of the Lord.”Today, we think of rebellion as refusing to obey God’s word and turning to drugs, alcohol, fornication or other gross sins. But the rebellion God refers to here is far more grievous than these things. The Lord’s own people were saying, “Let’s not bother God with this — we have the wisdom and will to do it on our own.”Yet, God’s people knew full well they were to trust the Lord in every situation, no matter how insignificant. The Psalms constantly reminded them of this: “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings” (Psalm 36:7). “My soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge” (57:1). “Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice” (63:7).Now God’s people were facing a great crisis. The Assyrians had declared war on Judah, and the mighty enemy was approaching fast with thousands of chariots. This was the mother of all crises for Judah. Their situation looked absolutely hopeless.Yet Judah didn’t turn to the Lord in their crisis. They ignored God and leaned instead on their own wits. First, they sent ambassadors to Egypt to ask Pharaoh’s army to loan them horses for battle. Then they tried to bribe Egypt to fight the Assyrians for them. In short, they sought strength from the wicked: “[They] go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt” (Isaiah 30:2).I wonder why none of Judah’s leaders asked, “What did our godly fathers do in such threatening times? After all, we have a great history of deliverances. Where did they seek counsel? How did they find help in time of need?They might have recalled David’s situation, when the Philistine armies had spread through the valley of Rephaim. David had just been anointed as king of Israel, and he didn’t know what to do. The Bible says, “David enquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? And wilt thou deliver them into mine hand?” (1 Chronicles 14:10).David sought the Lord alone for his guidance. He didn’t ask the advice of any counselor, even though he had many wise men around him to call upon (and the scriptures say there is wisdom in many counselors). But David went to God in prayer, asking for specific guidance. And the Lord gave it to him: “The Lord said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand” (14:10). God blessed David with a great victory, because he inquired of the Lord.But the Philistines suddenly regrouped. Now they came back at Israel with a fresh army. At this point, David could have reasoned, “The strategy God gave us against this enemy worked the first time. We’ll just use the same plan again.” But David refused to rely on anything other than a fresh word from God. “Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them” (14:14, italics mine).I believe no two of God’s plans are the same. And the Lord had a new strategy for David here. He instructed him, “Come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going [rustling] in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines” (14:14–15).I ask you: what military advisor could have given such advice? And who would have believed such a plan, if they’d heard it? I imagine Israel’s captains saying, “David, are you telling me we’re supposed to sit around and listen for the wind to blow in some treetops? That’s when we’re supposed to attack the Philistines, and expect God to give them into our hands? Have you gone crazy?”Our God has ways that are beyond our human ways. His plans may seem absolutely foolish in the eyes of men. But our Lord works supernaturally through our obedience to his word by faith: “David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gideon even to Gazer” (14:16).

King Asa Is a Different Example.

Asa was king when a million-man army of Ethiopians attacked, bringing scores of chariots and horsemen. “And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have not power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude” (2 Chronicles 14:11).

In essence, Asa was crying, “Lord, we put our trust in you.” Here was a godly king who “did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God” (14:2). Indeed, Asa “commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment” (14:4).

When the crisis came, Asa went straight to God in prayer. He didn’t have to gather a committee to spend days scheming and planning. He had many wise people at his disposal — soldiers, politicians, strategists, counselors — but he sought God first. Asa prayed, “Lord, what should I do?” God responded by giving Asa a word, and by delivering Judah miraculously. “So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah” (14:12).

Then another crisis arose. I believe this trial was meant as a test of Asa’s faith. According to scripture, “Israel came up against Judah” (16:1), capturing the city of Ramah. But Asa didn’t turn to God again, as David had done. Instead, he formed his own plan. He reasoned, “That million-man force from Ethiopia was a different matter. I needed God then. But this army from Israel is no big deal. I can handle it on my own.”

How did Asa attempt to solve his problem? He tried bribing Syria to come against Israel. Asa even took gold and silver from the temple treasury and from his own accounts to use as bribe money. Then he dispatched ambassadors to persuade Syria’s king, Benhadad, to break his peace accord with Israel and attack them.

The plan seemed to work. Syria moved against Israel, the Israelites abandoned Ramah, and Asa retook the city. Asa’s self-conceived plan, which had ignored God completely, appeared successful. And the king congratulated himself for his cleverness.

But the Lord was grieved. He told Asa, “Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians…a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, he delivered them into thine hand…Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars” (16:7–9).

God was saying, in short, “Asa, at one time you relied only on me. And because of your trust, I delivered a great army into your hand. But now you’ve relied on your own wits and on the Syrians. You know this was not my way. And I will not allow it. You’ve acted foolishly, Asa. And from now on, you’ll have not peace, but wars.”

Many of us are like Asa. We receive a great deliverance from God, and we thank him with loud praises. We promise, “Lord, from now on, I won’t go anywhere or do anything until I inquire of you. I’m going to pray about everything.” But then another crisis arises, and suddenly things are different. We think we can rely on our old plans and successes. So we end up taking matters into our own hands. The Lord may allow our self-made plans to work momentarily. But eventually, we end up in total confusion.

You may object, “God has given me a good mind, and I’m supposed to use it. He wants me to figure things out.” Yes, but only after receiving his direction in prayer. We can never obtain the mind of God by relying on our own reasoning. The apostle Paul tells us the carnal mind can’t understand the spiritual mind (see Romans 8:5–7).

Let’s say you’re single, and you’ve been praying to God to bring a spouse into your life. That’s a good thing. But over time you’ve grown impatient with the Lord’s timetable. You’ve waited on God, but the right person still hasn’t come along. So you set your sights on a certain person, and suddenly you’re scheming to trap him. You may get your spouse. But, like Asa, you’ll pay a heavy cost you hadn’t counted on, such as anger, misunderstanding and confusion.

Worse, you’ll grieve the Lord. You’ll hear his woe to you: “Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of your Egypt your confusion” (Isaiah 30:3). He’ll say, “You trusted in the arm of your flesh, even though I warned you that doing so is foolish. Now you’re going to pay a price for not fully relying on me in all things. You’ll end up in sorrow and confusion.”

God Told Isaiah to Write Down His Grief Over Judah’s Rebellion.

“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever” (Isaiah 30:8). God was saying, in essence, “I want every generation, from now to the end of time, to know my deep sorrow over this kind of rebellion. Write it down, Isaiah, so that all people, at all times, will understand my grief when they trust in some worldly provision and not in me.”

The rebellion that God describes here is an act of defiance, a resistance to his total rule and authority in our lives. It’s a refusal to seek his mind in all things. This includes not just the big things of life, but the small things: family matters, hurts, personal worries. And it encompasses every aspect of our being — the spiritual, the physical, the mental, everything. Rebellion against God’s rule means saying, “I can do this by myself. I don’t need to bother God.” But God wants to be bothered.

Simply put, if you’re not seeking the Lord for all your guidance — if you’re not crying out to him for direction, if you’re not trusting in his faithfulness, if you’re trying to make things happen on your own — you’re in rebellion. God declares, “I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts” (Isaiah 65:2).

In light of God’s warning, ask yourself: is it possible you’re in rebellion against God, in spite of your devotion, worship and righteous walk? You may pray, fast and faithfully attend church. But could it be the reason you’re facing confusion or warfare in your home, your family, your job?

I pose the same question to ministers. When God looks on you, does he say, “My child, at times you still do your work of ministry without seeking me. I want to be involved in everything, from the hairs of your head to the soles of your feet. If you don’t ‘ask at my mouth’ or trust in the shadow of my wings, you are in rebellion.”

Our Lord wants to be our keeper. “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper” (Psalm 121:4–5). The Hebrew word for keeper here means guard, protector, director, guide. Our Lord is a vigilant, protective father who takes great joy in keeping and preserving his children.

In fact, in Exodus God revealed himself to Israel by a new name: Jealous. “Thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14). Notice that this name was revealed in the context of a warning: “Thou shalt worship no other god.” At the time, most Israelites went to “high places,” or idolatrous altars, to find direction. They gave the Lord mere lip service when it came to seeking him for guidance.

This was idol worship, plain and simple. Only God can know the future. And whenever a person turns to something besides God for guidance, he worships that object.This is true of any reliance on astrologers, horoscopes or reading the stars. Whatever you depend on for help, you worship. You make it into a god.

Our Lord is absolutely jealous over his keeping power. And we scorn him whenever we don’t turn to him alone for help. God slew King Saul for this very sin of rebellion: “So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it: and enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him” (1 Chronicles 10:13–14). God’s word makes it clear: Saul’s transgression was in seeking counsel from another instead of inquiring of the Lord. And God slew him for it.

We Come Now to the Secret of Spiritual Power.

Isaiah listed the awful consequences of Judah’s refusal to trust God as their keeper: “Your rebellion will cause you to close your ears to God’s word. You’ll no longer hear the prophets’ warnings. Instead, you’ll clamor for a ‘smooth’ gospel, deceitful preaching that justifies your rebellion. And because you despise all correction, you’ll turn from the path of holiness” (see Isaiah 30:9–10).

Finally, Isaiah declared that God would break down all their self-protective walls: “This iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall…whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare” (30:13–14). God was saying, “I’m going to break into pieces every false thing you’ve trusted in. Your plans are going to collapse.”

But then Isaiah revealed God’s compassionate heart toward his people. He urged Judah, “You don’t have to live in confusion anymore. And you don’t have to endure this sudden breaking. God has provided a way out for us.” “For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (30:15).

Here, in short, is God’s secret to spiritual strength: “Quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” The word for quietness in Hebrew means repose. And repose means calm, relaxed, free from all anxiety; to be still, to lie down with support underneath.

Not many Christians today have this kind of quietness and confidence. Multitudes of believers are involved in a frenzy of activity, rushing madly to obtain wealth, possessions, pleasures. Even in the ministry, God’s servants run about worrying, fearing, looking for answers in conferences, seminars, best-selling books. Everyone wants guidance, solutions, something to calm their spirit. Yet they seek it in every source except the Lord. They don’t realize God has already spoken a word for them, through Isaiah: if they don’t turn to him as their source, their striving will end in sorrow and confusion.

Isaiah describes what God’s righteousness is supposed to accomplish in us: “The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever” (32:17). If we’re truly walking in righteousness, our lives will bear the fruit of a calm spirit, quietness of heart and peace with God.

Peter speaks of “the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4). Such a spirit has nothing to do with temperament or personality. After all, some people are naturally inclined to be calm and shy, while others are simply morbid. No, the meek, quiet spirit Peter refers to can only be implanted in us by the Holy Spirit. And he gives it to everyone who fully trusts the Lord in all things.

Yet, as Isaiah looked around, he saw God’s people fleeing to Egypt for help, trusting in men, relying on horses and chariots. The prophet warned, “The Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall, and they all shall fail together” (Isaiah 31:3).

Ambassadors were coming and going. Leaders were holding emergency strategy meetings. Everyone was in a panic, wailing, “What can we do? The Assyrians are going to wipe us out.”

But Isaiah assured them, “It doesn’t have to be this way. Return from your backsliding. Repent of your rebellion of trusting in others. Turn to the Lord, and he’ll cover you with a blanket of peace. He’ll give you quietness and rest in the midst of everything you’re facing.”

The Holy Spirit Gives Us Strength When We Release All Our Needs Into God’s Hands and Trust in His Might.

Ruth is an example of this kind of trust. After her husband died, Ruth lived with her mother-in-law, Naomi, who was quite elderly. Naomi was concerned about Ruth’s welfare and wanted to ensure her daughter-in-law’s future. So she advised Ruth to lie down at the feet of the wealthy Boaz and ask him to fulfill his obligation to her as her kinsman.

That evening, after the day’s winnowing was finished, Boaz lay down “at the end of the heap of corn” (Ruth 3:7) and pulled a blanket over him. The next morning, he woke up startled, finding a woman lying at his feet. (There was nothing immoral about Ruth’s presence there; this was a common custom of the day.)

Ruth said to him, “Spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman” (3:9). She was saying, in essence, “Will you take on the obligation of a relative for me? Will you provide for me?” In short, she was asking, “Will you marry me?”

Now, this was no manipulative scheme. Ruth and Naomi had done everything in divine order. We can be sure of this, because Christ’s lineage came through Ruth. When Ruth returned home early that morning, Naomi asked her, “Who art thou, my daughter?” (3:16). She was asking, in other words, “Shall I call you ‘engaged Ruth’? Or are you still widowed Ruth?”

Ruth told Naomi all that had happened. Now listen to her godly mother-in-law’s advice: “Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day” (3:18). Naomi had prayed about the matter, seeking God’s direction. And God had given her counsel. He had reminded her of the law of the kinsman-redeemer (which was a type and foreshadowing of Christ). So Naomi was confident that she and Ruth had done their part. Now it was time to sit still and trust God to perform what he had promised. She was saying, “It’s all in the Lord’s hands now, Ruth. Just relax and be calm. God will move supernaturally for you, so you don’t have to worry, fret or manipulate anything. Let quietness and confidence be your strength. God won’t let Boaz rest until he puts a ring on your finger.”

A calm and peace settled over Naomi’s house. Nobody was in a frenzy, biting fingernails and wondering, “Will God do it? When will it happen?” These two faithful women could relax, sing and praise the Lord for his goodness.

What about your home? Is your house a calm, peaceful abode? Or is it a place of doubt, questioning, anxiety, restlessness? Do you run here and there, fretting, “How am I going to pay the bills?” When trouble comes, do you seek God diligently before any other source? Then do you obey everything he tells you to do? Finally, are you still, restful, trusting him for the result? If so, your home should be one of calm and peace.

Isaiah Lists the Good Things That Come to Those Who Wait on the Lord in All Ways.

“Blessed are all they that wait for him…thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry…And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left…Ye shall have a song, as in the night…and gladness of heart” (Isaiah 30:18–19, 21, 29). Isaiah was saying, “If you’ll just wait on the Lord — if you’ll cry out to him again, and return to trusting him — he’ll do for you everything I’ve said and more.”

God can merely speak a word, and the enemy will falter before us: “For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down” (30:31). Beloved, there is no matter our father can’t solve, no battle he can’t win for us, with a mere word from his lips. Isaiah says “the breath of the Lord” will consume everything in our way (see 30:33)

Yet, this process of trusting God in all things isn’t easy. Recently, in prayer, I sought the Lord about a situation concerning our church building here in New York City. It was possible we might have a company build a fifty-story hotel on top of our building. (The problem has to do with what’s called “air rights” in the city — that is, the space above existing buildings, which constitutes potential building space. We do not own the air rights above our building — it was too expensive for us to buy — so we cannot legally stop this company. Space is at a premium in Manhattan, so even the air space above buildings can be sold as real estate.)

I’d prayed that not a brick of our building would be removed. I told God, “I trust you about this, father. I have sought you about it, and I will be at peace about it.” Here is how he answered me: “David, I’m amazed that you can trust me with your real estate, finances and other material things. Yet you still won’t trust me with your physical well-being.”

I’d been very aware that I’m about to turn seventy soon. And I’d been overly concerned about what would happen to my family after I’m gone. Now the Lord’s convicting words hit me like a thunderbolt. I’d put every material concern into his hands, but not the eternal concerns. I realized, “Lord, you want me to trust you with everything, don’t you?”

Yes, dear saint, he wants it all — your health, your family, your future. He wants you to entrust him with every matter. And he wants you to live in quietness, confidence and rest. So, go to your secret closet and get alone with the Lord. Bring everything to him. He has promised, “You’ll hear my word behind you, telling you which way to go. This is the way — now, walk in it.”

– See more at: http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/node/1189#sthash.cYqBlNeN.dpuf

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Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill toward all men. Agape is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. Theologians would say that it is the love of God operating in the human heart. When you rise to love on this level, you love all men not because you like them, not because their ways appeal to you, but you love them because God loves them.~Martin Luther King, Jr.~
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Strangers and Pilgrims in this life. Misty Edwards.  Hebrews 12:  “Have you caught a glimpse of that city that you’re going to?” Set our mind on things above. Citizens of that place.  Not of this world.
Minute 24:  The writer of Hebrews w…as painting a picture.  “Look at that great cloud of witnesses!  You are from a line!  You are pulling on a vine on people who are rich, rich in faith! You are not running this race with the people in your generation!  I don’t look to the left and to the right and say ‘I’m doing pretty good?! I’m a little more radical than they are…”   No!  I’m running with Moses, and Abraham, and Matthew, and Mark and John, and Luke!  These are the people!  John The Baptist!  These are the people I’m going to run with!  Look at this great cloud of witnesses!” “Don’t look to your neighbor!  Don’t look to the left or the right!  Don’t compare yourself with yourself!  Look up!”
Running The Race With Endurance Look at Jesus The Author, the finisher of our faith, Who endured the cross for the joy set before Him.  Look at Jesus.  “Jesus stepped onto the track so to speak and showed us how to run.”  Jesus showed us how to run.  Don’t just glance at Him.  Study Him. Meditate on Him. Get to know Him.  Look at His life.  Study Him.  How did He live before the Father? How did He live before men?   How did He come and go?  How did He find His identity?  Where did He find His strength?  What was His value system?  Feast On Him.  You’re saved as a free gift but after you’re saved you have “need of endurance.”  He says in the gospel of John to “feast on Me.”  Daily “feast on Me.”  Come to Him through the Word, come to Him through the Spirit.   Imitate Him until you become the very image of Him. He suffered in obedience to the Father, because of the joy set before Him.  You’re not going to bear a cross that pays for any sin.  He paid the price.  You don’t pay any price, but what you do is imitate Him because that is the definition of love. video:  http://vimeo.com/24860482
Misty Edwards.  Hebrews 12:  http://vimeo.com/24860482
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Question:  When I am scratched today by someone or something, am I offended?  Do I respond in the spirit?   yes!   I declare in faith that I walk and respond in the spirit and I please God!
Those who are in the flesh, defend their ego,  cannot please God. 
I declare that:  I am someone who is truly walking in the Lord, not in pious rhetoric but in reality, I can be scratched and I won’t get defensive and fire back.I know how to absorb hits, punches, and exhibit the Spirit of the Lamb in the face of criticism and even persecution.  —————-
when someone is nasty or treats you poorly don't take it personally because it says nothing about you but it says a LOT about them
Nov 20th, 2013 @ 05:57 am › Frank Viola

While most of my blog posts are for Christians in ministry, this one is especially so . . . and I believe God has put it on my heart to share it so I’m not going to ignore the still small voice, even though it would be more convenient to do so.

I’ve been following Lord for over 30 years, and I’ve made an observation that I hear few people talk about today.

It can be summed up by this sentence: Scratch a Christian and you’ll find out what’s underneath.

Gifted communicators are a dime a dozen.

But when a Christian “leader” is scratched and they react in the flesh, then their “leadership” isn’t worth a toot on a tin whistle.

By contrast, Christian leaders who have been sufficiently broken before God wherein they are unoffendable  . . .  Christian leaders who respond gently when criticized . . . Christian leaders who react with grace if someone corrects them . . .  Christians who don’t return evil for evil, even when persecuted or mistreated . . . are rarer than chicken molars.

By contrast, Christian “leaders” who will defend themselves at the drop of a hat and attack those who cross them (intentionally or unwittingly) are countless.

Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about.

I was speaking at a conference once with a group of other speakers. When the conference was over, some of us who ministered had lunch together.

One of the speakers, a well-known pastor, was upset. So he began to share with us a letter he received from one of his congregants.

He rehearsed the letter to us. It was written by a woman who had brought a gentle word of correction to him. She had been trying to reach this pastor about something important to her and she was puzzled why he didn’t respond to her for a long period of time, despite her many attempts to get him to respond.

Instead of owning the problem, the pastor threw his chest out and told us how wrong this woman was for expecting him to respond to her when she wanted.

He essentially went ballistic on this woman. He wrote a letter to her where he defended himself.  His letter was laced with snide comments as part of his defense. He was, in effect, “putting her in her place.”

This only proved one thing. Although this man could speak well in front of an audience, he knew nothing of the cross of Jesus Christ.

He knew nothing of brokenness.

He knew nothing about losing.

His reaction was pure flesh.

What was equally sad is that none of his buddies saw this for what it was and none of them called him on it. Instead, they just affirmed his fleshly reaction.

Let me tell you something. With all the talk about “discipleship” and “mission” today, if the cross isn’t front and center in the lives of those who teach on these things . . . I don’t mean the salvific part of the cross, but the “bearing” and “dying” part of it . . . then such people don’t know the first thing about discipleship.

The reality of your discipleship gets exposed when you are scratched. 

Someone who is truly walking in the Lord, not in pious rhetoric but in reality, can be scratched and they won’t get defensive and fire back.

They know how to absorb hits, punches, and exhibit the Spirit of the Lamb in the face of criticism and even persecution.

If this well-known pastor got in the flesh because a sister in Christ expressed her dismay that he didn’t respond to her, what would he do if he was truly being attacked unjustly and slandered by someone who had malicious motives?

“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”

~ Jeremiah 12:5

I don’t think I have to answer that question for you.

I’m not able to say that this was the only time I’ve seen this sort of thing.

I’ve watched famous Christians respond similarly (defensively and in the flesh), and I think to myself, “How can this person lead God’s people while showing no signs of the cross in their lives?”

So you, dear Christian leader — actual or aspiring — how do you react when someone scratches you?

Don’t make the mistake of silencing your conscience on this point and justify yourself. We all make mistakes and we all blow it from time to time.

But if reacting in the flesh is the impulse you go with and there’s no instinct in you that tells you this reaction is fleshly, then something is desperately wrong with your heart.

I don’t care how many followers you have, how large your influence is, and what big names you can drop. This question gets down to the profoundly naked reality of what you’re made of.

Your reaction to such things will reveal more about your spiritual stature than all the stemwinding sermons you’ve delivered or the books you’ve  signed or the “great” people you’ve shaken hands with.

Consider it. It’s a wrinkle.  http://frankviola.org/2013/11/20/scratchachristian/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wordpress%2Fviola+%28Beyond+Evangelical%29

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The problems of the world could be solved overnight if men could get victory over their tongues. Suppose there was no anger, no profanity, no lying, no grumbling or complaining; suppose there were no dirty stories told, no unjust criticism-what a different world this would be! The Bible teaches that a man who can control his tongue can control his whole personality. We should ask ourselves three questions before we speak: Is it true? Is it kind? Does it glorify Christ? If we would always think before we speak, there would be much less evil speaking, and there would soon be a spiritual awakening that would sweep the church in America.

Prayer for the day

May I remember how important it is to keep a check on my tongue. I pray that my conversation this day will be pleasing in Your sight, Lord.

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Do what you do because of love, and you will always triumph. Love is the source of courage. Love will always prevail in the end. — Rick Joyner

The impact God wants you to have does not come when we pursue impact, but when we pursue God. – Beth Redman

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DECLARATIONS: David Wilkerson “Freedom From Sin:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgqFufM0GWo  Excerpts:  “These Ten Commandments represent the heart and nature of God.  His holiness, His purity, His righteousness.”        Excerpt:  “In these last days, the only thing I can see is the New Covenant.”  “Come to the cross and the victory of Jesus Christ… if you say Holy Ghost come upon me… You Lord are the One Who saved me.  If I can plead Jesus that saved me from my sins then I can believe Him to give me dominion over my sins.”Ephesians 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.Our Part In Daily Victory in Jesus Christ:  “Putting On The Whole Armor Of God!”  http://www.crossroad.to/Bible_studies/Wardrobe/contents.html
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I am a Mary of Bethany live out the message.  I am not a preacher.  If everyone loved God with a pure heart and obeyed Him with all their heart then God would have what He wants:  our wholehearted love and obedience.  If I start focusing on others responses to God then I have lost the message.  Live it so to be a light.  Like Enoch.  Live it and let them follow my example because more is caught than taught.  99% live it and 1% say it.  Love, pray, do, say;  THIS is HOW I impact others.  What others need most from me is my own personal holiness and worship and adoration of God.  God will do the rest.  Amen.  It is a happy message!  I live it.  God preaches it.

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I ignore the critics and scoffers like Jesus did, I walk in truth and do the Father’s will!    John Wimber on responding to criticsm: http://vineyard.org.za/papers/paper1.pdf

What I respond to brings attention to.  live the message.  lgm pure in heart, washed in the word, a good and obedient heart with my eyes on Jesus loving Him above all things.  I am loved and I’m a lover of God, I succeed at the first and greatest commandment.  Smith Wigglesworth didn’t get into discussions about doctrine, he lived the message and preached it, disregarding those who scoffed at it or wanted to distract him.  If they reject the message then they reject it, the truth of the message remains whether they reject it, are indifferent toward it or embrace it.  What matters is not their response, that is completely out of my hands.  What matters is 1) that I live the message the purity and simplicity of devotion to Jesus Christ and that souls are won to Jesus by my obedience.  When God speaks then God speaks but I am simply to focus on living it, not being a messenger because the Holy Spirit is the messenger when He decides to speak.  He deals with “their” reactions and they will answer to God on judgment day.

I accept the things I cannot change (others and how they live their lives before God)

I change the things I can:  myself, my love and obedience to God.  I will answer for myself on judgment day, did I love and obey God (not what others did in response to His message.  I am free from their response whether it be enthusiastic, indifferent or rebellious toward God.  I am separated from their life.

I ignore their responses because their responses are between them and God on judgment day.  I won’t be there then, so I stay out of their conversation between them and God now.

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Do you ever have days when you feel completely overwhelmed by circumstances in your life? What the enemy means for your destruction God will use for great triumph in your life. Watch as each unfavorable situation turns into a place of celebration and victory! God does not mean for your to simply survive, He intends for you to thrive!
I declare that just like Daniel VICTORIOUSLY THRIVED IN BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY AND JOSEPH TRIUMPHED IN EXCELLENCE, OBEDIENCE, DEVOTION TO GOD AND BEST EMPLOYEE THAT I ALSO HAVE AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT LIKE DANIEL AND I AM A DISCIPLINED  DISCIPLE!  I OVERCOME EVERY SITUATION AND CIRCUMSTANCE BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND JESUS CHRIST WHO LIVES WITHIN ME!  HALLELUJAH!   THEY DID IT, SO CAN I RIGHT NOW THIS MINUTE!  YES!  AMEN!  THANK YOU JESUS!
Jo Ellen Stevens:  “So many are going through transition right now. God is closing some doors that you thought would never shut. It is a place that is not comfortable but necessary to get to the doors that God is opening up for 2014. Be sure and guard your heart in this shift because we become vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy during this time (been there and done that.) Beware of the enemies strategies to get you to grow bitter instead of better in… this change.”
I DECLARE that I keep my heart tender before God, I do God’s will,  ignore the scoffers, pray for open eyes, ears, and hearts.  When others are in the flesh and proud, I continually walk in the spirit, continually humbling myself before God and people.
True Christianity is in basic conflict with the ways of the world, which  are usually the ways of the multitude. – Rick Joyner
Learning to deal with spiritual tares and betrayers are part of the curriculum that helps develop Christian character. – Rick Joyner
I DECLARE :  I LIVE IN THE SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST HIGH AND LIVE IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY IN EVERY SITUATION! HALLELUJAH!  I AM SEATED WITH JESUS CHRIST RIGHT NOW PERMANENTLY IN HEAVEN.  GOD’S WORD SAYS IT.
Elsie Bouwman What is so wondrous is, that in the secret place of the Most High, you live in the shadow of the Almighty! Simple choice there!
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The first to apologize is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, and the first to forget is the happiest.
I DECLARE  that I apologize when I am wrong!  I forgive everyone that mistreats me and I forget about it!  Hallelujah!  My eyes are on Jesus and heaven is my home, not this world!  Isaiah 51:6-8.  ————————
From Transition To Position“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert. “Isaiah 43: 18-19 (NKJV)When you are going through transition you must keep focused on the bigger picture. If you do not realize that God has a plan for your life and that He loves you and is only taking you to a Higher place in Him the enemy will always succeed in causing you to doubt God’s love and provision and healing are yours while you go through this time. That is the only way that he can win. Knowing the Love of God through prayer and fasting and focusing on this plan will get you through because it will bring you Joy which is your strength!Also when you go through transition the enemy will remind you who you use to be in the good old days.This is where we try to go back to like Lot’s wife and like the children of Israel as they came out of Egypt.. We are not to think on the good, the bad ,or the ugly as the Lord told me once in a time of hard transition..GOD DOES NOT WANT TO DO WHAT HE DID BACK THEN AGAIN! He has brought you out to take you to a whole new place!! This transition in this season will be like nothing you have ever seen before!!When you go through transition as Jesus did when going from the Jordon (Baptism) to being drawn into the wilderness by the Spirit. It is a very vulnerable time and it is the time to fast and pray,and build yourself up in the word so when the enemy says “Did God Say?” you will have the ammunition to counteract the temptation that he brings during this time of testing..You see God allows and even draws us into the test during transition so that we will be positioned to a higher level in him but the enemy tempts us in this test to give up on God and go through the wrong doors and thus put off our destiny’s for a season.. (Been there done that) So we must watch and pray during this time and speak God’s word only!The enemy will also tempt you to be angry at those that are the agents of change during this time (remember Joseph’s brothers) This is a time when the Spirit of jealousy rises up against you because that Spirit knows where you are going to and wants to kill that anointing on you! These are often times people we love and respect and oftentimes are in leadership, but if we do not get angry with these that mean to do us harm we will come out of this transition time as Jesus came out of His wilderness experience, “in the Power of the Spirit!!” So for us respecting authority is very important during this time because they just might be sent to bring you to a place of destiny. Remember Saul as David was going from the cave to the palace. There is always a Saul to push you to your destiny!So get ready if you are in a place of hard transition you are about to be positioned for such a time as this!! Enlarge your thinking in this hour to know that God has a plan and a greater purpose for you just on the other side of this time of change! He is not mad at you ,you are just going through!!Luke 4:13-15 “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.”Genesis 50:20 (NKJV) But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.Arise shine,Jo Ellen Stevens
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I DECLARE that I begin and end walking in the Spirit,  I respond in the Spirit, I let others persecute me, falsely accuse me and I pray Father forgive them they know not what they do.  I smile, rejoice in obedience to Jesus and offer it as sweet fragrance incense in worship and love to the Father for His eternal uncompromising truth in the WHOLE COUNSEL of God!
Galatians 3:3  New International Version
Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?New Living Translation
How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?
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I DECLARE THAT I REDEEM THE TIME!  I NUMBER MY DAYS THAT I MAY GAIN A HEART OF WISDOM!   I AM A DISCIPLE WHICH MEANS I AM DISCIPLINED:  I have a daily schedule to make sure I accomplish the most important things in all areas of life.
David Wilkerson:  Maybe you are stuck in a pit right now. It could be a difficult relationship,
a financial hole, an illness—something you’ve been caught in for a
while—and you wonder if you’ll ever be able to climb out. Your once close
walk with Christ seems like a distant dream. But God has something powerful
to say to you about your present pit.One type of pit is the kind we create for ourselves. We may fall back into an old sin habit or unhealthy life pattern that keeps us going in circles. We find
ourselves drifting, wandering, moving farther away from the abundant life God
has provided. But it does not matter what kind of pit we are in. Our merciful
Lord makes a way for us out of every one of them.“Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?”
(Matthew 12:11, ESV). Jesus says, “It doesn’t matter if you created your pit.  Even the law won’t stop Me from coming to lift you out of it.”—— I DECLARE that I PRAY CONTINUALLY 🙂  AS MISTY EDWARDS SAID:

I’ve learned not to freak out by distractions in prayer but to stay calm. I used to panic whenever my mind would wonder when I was trying to pray. I would become condemned and think I could never be a person of deep prayer because of my compulsions and my untamed mind.  I’ve discovered by staying calm you take the fuel out of distractions. Simply return to the Scripture you are meditating on, pray out loud if needed, pray in the Spirit or move around, but don’t panic. The frenzy robs you of focus more than the original distraction can. Staying calm and returning your mind to Him over and over with simple phrases of devotion and love is the key to ceaseless prayer.  He knows our frame, He knows our distractions and they do not panic Him. By turning inward to where He abides and coming to Him through the Scripture with confidence in love, over time our soul will become quiet.
—— like JONATHAN EDWARDS I DAILY DECLARE WHO I AM IN GOD AND STAY  ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW PATH!
—— God chose me because of all I learned in sports and He wants me to pursue Him like that!  The Spiritual Olympics by Leonard Ravenhill!
When the trials and battles are intense, we are usually quick to seek the Lord. When we begin to walk in the promises and everything is going well, we do have the tendency to become complacent, often slipping into compromise. – Rick Joyner
I DECLARE THAT LIKE DAVID I STAY SMALL IN MY OWN EYES, LIKE A CHILD, THAT IS ALL I AM AND LIKE “A CHILD AGAINST IT’S MOTHER” TOWARD GOD.
The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
“The prophet Samuel, speaking to Saul, the king of Israel, said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel?” (I Samuel 15:17, NKJV). Once Saul lost his meekness, God could no longer use him in that responsible position.”
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Forerunner Christian Fellowship – Wes Martin SUSTAINING WHOLEHEARTEDNESS THROUGH TRIALS . MY HEART’S DESIRE AND BIGGEST FEAR . From the time that I became a born-again believer, I have dreamt to be all God has called me to be and to be wholehearted in my love for Jesus. My biggest fear has always been having regret because I settled for less. 28Abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed. (1 Jn. 2:28)
8Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. (2 Jn. 8)
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope…4to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. (1 Pet. 1:3-4)
21Well done, good and faithful servant…you were faithful…enter into the joy of your lord (Mt. 25:21) .
Deep in every believer is the desire for greatness and impact. We can’t repent of this desire; the Designer Himself put it there. We desire to be great because we are meant to be great. . Jesus teaches us that the pathway to greatness is in the place of genuine love for God with humility, faithfulness and servanthood as a lifestyle. (Mt. 5-7; Eph. 3:19) . Every believer must have a focused life vision to be great in the sight of God. Anything less will cause us to come up short in the fullness of what God has for us. We must continually resist the temptation to live life without a wholehearted reach for Christ.    .
SATAN RESISTS OUR PURSUIT OF GOD
10The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy… (Jn. 10:10)
8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Pet. 5:8)
11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…16above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Eph. 6:11, 16)
10Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested…be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Rev. 2:10) . Satan’s goal is to take us out of the race of passionately pursuing God. He seeks to convince us to quit, and abandon our dream of being great and wholehearted.    . He is unrelenting in his attempts to plant offense and deception within us. He desires for us to be offended with God and seeks to deceive us on what God is really like and who we are to Him. . Satan comes to destroy us with various trials that test our faith in the knowledge of who God is.      . COMMITTING OURSELVES TO JESUS IN TRIALS . Just after introducing the thief who comes to destroy us, Jesus introduces Himself as the Good Shepherd who is greatly committed to us, even at the cost of His own life. 10…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. (Jn. 10:10-11) . The devil will test us in the knowledge of God when trials come. He says to us: Is He really the Good Shepherd? Does He really give His life for you? Does God see? Does He care? . Paul, when teaching on spiritual warfare, declares that “above all” we are to take up the “shield of faith.” Faith believes God for who He says He is and who we are to Him, no matter the test.  16…above all, taking the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts. (Eph. 6:16) . Peter exhorts us to stay steady in our faith as we resist the lies and endure the trials of the enemy. He also encourages us to believe in God’s faithfulness towards us in the midst of various trials. 9Resist him [devil], steadfast in the faith… (1 Pet. 5:9)
19Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. (1 Pet. 4:19) . As trials come we are to commit ourselves to Jesus and lean into Him. The enemy would prefer that we isolate ourselves and sink into a depression that is rooted in deception. The enemy seeks to destroy the truth of who God is (faithful, gentle, good, etc.).

I DECLARE IN FAITH: 

I SUSTAIN WHOLEHEARTEDNESS THROUGH TRIALS . IT IS A GODLY DESIRE THAT GOD DESIRES I HAVE!  HE WANTS ME TO BE WHOLEHEARTED AND RUN HARD AFTER HIM!  IT IS MY HEART’S DESIRE  I have dreamt to be all God has called me to be and to be wholehearted in my love for Jesus. My biggest fear has always been having regret because I settled for less.
I DECLARE IN FAITH THAT I: 
  1. 28Abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed.
  2. (1 Jn. 2:28) 8Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
  3. (2 Jn. 8) 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope…4to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.
  4. (1 Pet. 1:3-4)  21Well done, good and faithful servant…you were faithful…enter into the joy of your lord (Mt. 25:21) .
I DECLARE IN FAITH THAT:  Deep in every believer is the desire for greatness and impact. We can’t repent of this desire; the Designer Himself put it there. We desire to be great because we are meant to be great. . Jesus teaches us that the pathway to greatness is in the place of genuine love for God with humility, faithfulness and servanthood as a lifestyle. (Mt. 5-7; Eph. 3:19) . Every believer must have a focused life vision to be great in the sight of God. Anything less will cause us to come up short in the fullness of what God has for us. We must continually resist the temptation to live life without a wholehearted reach for Christ.
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Spirit of Jesus Christ lives in me The Light Of Christ Is Pure Holiness It is no longer I but Jesus Christ Who lives in me I have been crucified with Jesus Christ
**** MAB, remember, you feel pride right now, you are battling it, expect that… and remember it’s a conscious decision to hit the play button and fall face to the floor and be washed in the water of God’s Word!  It’s only AFTER you are washed in the Word and have died to self and forgotten self that Jesus and all His thoughts and Godliness will fill you.  The only righteousness good thing you can do as a human being is to ignore your fleshly emotions that are there and run to Him and with that free will that God gave you:  “choose” to seek Him in humility, worship, His Word, listening to Him, and prayer.  THEN HE DOES IT after you choose to connect and abide in Him.  Hallelujah!  Jesus Himself will cast out the pride but I must let Him!   I MUST DO MY PART, GOD CAN’T EVEN DO MY PART OR FORCE ME TO SEEK HIM.  I SEEK HIM AND ABIDE IN HIM AND HE DOES THE REST FILLING AND FRUITING.  🙂  It’s as simple as hitting the play button:   Humility by Andrew Murray in Contemporary English:  http://www.heavenreigns.com/read/read_humility.html
It’s as simple as hitting the play button or opening God’s Holy Word
It’s as simple as getting in the car and driving to church
It’s as simple as choosing to sing and thank God for Who He is and worship and praise Him with ALL of my heart, soul, mind and strength!
It’s as simple as choosing to boldly read a list of declarations of God’s Eternal Word that is living and active!  faith comes by hearing and declaring God’s Word!
It’s as simple as reading or joining in prayer declarations with another!
I CHOOSE to do my part and I will only feel God’s GOOD AFTER I attach to Him.  I seek His face continually as Jesus did!  IT’S A GOOD THING AND GOD IS PLEASED WHEN I SEEK HIM CONTINUALLY, WITHOUT CEASING!  HALLELUJAH!
“My people’s greatest need is my personal holiness”

Excerpt:  Time and time again I find myself returning to the words of Paul to his young apprentice, Timothy.  The pastoral epistles (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus) are a goldmine of rich instruction, especially for young ministers.  Let me give you just one verse.  “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.  Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)  When a pastor is committed to holiness, there is a much better chance his people will actually listen to him.  On the other hand, when his lifestyle does not match his teaching, there is a good chance his people will tune him out.

Kevin DeYoung, himself a young pastor, writes “My congregation needs me to be humble before they need me to be smart.  They need me to be honest more than they need me to be a dynamic leader.  They need me to be teachable more than they need me to teach at conferences.  If your walk matches your talk, if your faith costs you something, if being a Christian is more than a cultural garb, they will listen to you.”

No doubt pastors face a lot of pressure.  There are a number of different expectations that keep pastors busy these days.  My recommendation is place one expectation on yourself that trumps all others – a commitment to personal holiness.  If you fail to keep your own walk with the Lord of first importance, you will soon lose your ability to minister to others.  No pastor wants that, and no church wants that for the pastor.  Thank you Robert Murray M’Cheyne for this important reminder!  http://danstegeman.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/my-peoples-greatest-need-is-my-personal-holiness/

You Have Resurrection Power Living In You, So What Are You Waiting For?   Jo Ellen Stevens
Matthew 28: 1-6 (CJB) “After Shabbat, as the next day was dawning, Miryam of Magdala and the other Miryam went to see the grave. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of Adonai came down from heaven, rolled away the stone and sat on it.
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were as white as snow. The guards were so terrified at him that they trembled and became like dead m…en. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know you are looking for Yeshua, who was executed on the stake. He is not here, because he has been raised — just as he said! Come and look at the place where he lay.”
Whewwww!!!! The Holy Spirit just hit me when I read this!!! Oh how I wish I would have seen what happened here! Just one big angel rolled that stone away, and to think we have Angels that He gives charge over us! So what do we have to fear today? We also have the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead living in us!! So lets go do some great things for His Kingdom today!! Let’s heal the sick, cast our devils, and yes even raise the dead!! You have been given this authority!! Oh come on somebody, let’s go!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark 16:15-20 (CJB) “Then he said to them, “As you go throughout the world, proclaim the Good News to all creation. Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved; whoever does not trust will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who do trust: in my name they will drive out demons, speak with new tongues, not be injured if they handle snakes or drink poison, and heal the sick by laying hands on them.”
So then, after he had spoken to them, the Lord Yeshua was taken up into heaven and sat at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the message by the accompanying signs.”
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You Have Resurrection Power Living In You, So What Are You Waiting For? </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Matthew 28: 1-6 (CJB) "After Shabbat, as the next day was dawning, Miryam of Magdala and the other Miryam went to see the grave. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of Adonai came down from heaven, rolled away the stone and sat on it. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were as white as snow. The guards were so terrified at him that they trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know you are looking for Yeshua, who was executed on the stake. He is not here, because he has been raised — just as he said! Come and look at the place where he lay." </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Whewwww!!!! The Holy Spirit just hit me when I read this!!! Oh how I wish I would have seen what happened here! Just one big angel rolled that stone away, and to think we have Angels that He gives charge over us! So what do we have to fear today? We also have the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead living in us!! So lets go do some great things for His Kingdom today!! Let's heal the sick, cast our devils, and yes even raise the dead!! You have been given this authority!! Oh come on somebody, let's go!!!!!!!!!!!</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Mark 16:15-20 (CJB) "Then he said to them, “As you go throughout the world, proclaim the Good News to all creation. Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved; whoever does not trust will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who do trust: in my name they will drive out demons, speak with new tongues, not be injured if they handle snakes or drink poison, and heal the sick by laying hands on them.”</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>So then, after he had spoken to them, the Lord Yeshua was taken up into heaven and sat at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the message by the accompanying signs."</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Arise shine, Jo Ellen Stevens
Jane Hansen Hoyt
Remember, we don’t take our truth from the external circumstances that surround us.  The world always gives negative information.  Ask the Father for His perspective about your situation and live in the peace and settledness of what Heaven has to say.
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Sharon Bolan Yerby  April 23, 2014
As we have just celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord, where do we go from here? Do we just remember the Cross and the Resurrection at this season of the year and go on with our lives? Is this message to be preached and remembered only once a year? I beg to differ. For this very morning in my home, I began praying in the Spirit and declaring the power of His resurrection in my own personal life! I made a declaration that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is dwelling in me this very moment! And I believe that His resurrection power is quickening my bloodstream, every cell, every organ, every molecule and even the very atoms of my being! We can’t just listen to the message of the resurrection, nor can we just preach it, WE HAVE TO EXPERIENCE IT for ourselves! And it is time for the Body of Christ to experience His resurrection life that surpasses all earthly life, for it is LIFE on a higher plain of existence! This life is not affected by this dying earth realm, for it is quickening life that is rooted in the “SEED of CHRIST” on the inside of us. I pray today that you will experience His resurrection power that activates His LIFE within your mortal body!
Remember, the Resurrection is not just an event, the Resurrection is a PERSON!
“…I AM the Resurrection and the Life…” -John 11:25
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” -Romans 8:11
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It has been said:  “Talk about being transformed by the renewing of his mind – God’s truth changes the way we think, which changes the way we act and respond to challenges and trials, which changes our life, which has the power to change the lives of others for the Glory of God!  That is good medicine for me when I am tempted to complain about circumstances, rather than to believe God.”

This Will Shut Your Mouth:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hhVKIphiH9I
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Jesus Christ LIVES BIG IN ME Today!    Jesus conquered death and the grave and demons flee from Jesus!  Hallelujah!  the devil is a defeated foe.  the devil is an itty bitty devil.  the devil knows his time is short, he is defeated.
I will not fear demons encamped against me roundabout, as David declared I declare!
Psalm 3:  WARRIOR SONG FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE SAINTS:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFQbM17dn1w
Fighting song – End times edification for the ongoing battle with the enemy.
I walk in love, I ignore the scoffers, bless the demon possessed people and pray for their salvation and love them as if they love me… “in my heart I know that these people love me and love God” and I walk in faith in the name of Jesus that they are saved and running hard after Jesus!  Hallelujah!!  I am too blessed and filled with the Holy Spirit because I continually adore Jesus, continually commune with Him and praise Him, thank Him, abide and talk with God and GREATER IS JESUS IN ME THAN an itty bitty little tiny devil pipsqueak.
Like Smith Wigglesworth said when the devil was rattling chains at the foot of Wigglesworth’s bed, Smith said, “oh, it’s you” and went back to sleep.  🙂
All is to conform me to the image of Jesus.  Jesus defeats the devil.
Francis Frangipane:
The intercessory prayer of the Apostle Paul was not just for protection or for a few blessings to rest upon the church. He said, “My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19). Paul was in labor, in spiritual travail, to bring forth Christ within the church — not just Christianity, but the full bloom of Christ in both character and power! — In Christ’s Image Training
Our prayer for each of you today is that you would abide in the resurrection power and love of Jesus Christ. As Paul prayed, “That you may truly come to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! — Eph 3:18-19 Amp
After 43 years in ministry, here is what I’ve found: Often, the flawed reality that initially angered me about my church or city; it was that very place where God desired I become Christlike. True, when I first see the need, typically, my flesh reacts with criticism. But if I repent of just finding fault – if I pray and submit myself to Christ’s heart – I soon discover there are many ways for me to participate in redeeming this situation, all of which fuel my spiritual growth. Indeed, by approaching the area of need with Christ’s redemptive heart, the “flawed reality” I initially criticized ultimately became the land of my anointing.
Jesus lived for 30 years in sinless purity before He did one work of power. His life goal was not to do great works but to please God with a surrendered life. Likewise, our highest goal should not be to become powerful but to walk holy in the overflow of Christ’s presence. God promises to empower those He first makes holy. Indeed, a mature Christian will be both holy and powerful, but holiness will precede power. – Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God
Love Motivated Warfare
Jesus knew this world was a realm under satanic siege. Planet Earth was not a place of peace but a realm at war. From the casting out of Lucifer and his angels from Heaven, to the temptation in the Garden of Eden, to Babylon and the multiplication of nations under satanic influence, planet Earth has been an embattled world. The idea that somehow our era is less threatened by evil is the height of deception. We must fight if we will follow Christ into victory.
No matter how beautiful the world around us seems, remember there was a serpent lurking in Paradise itself. If Adam and Eve had possessed a war mode mentality, they never would have casually accepted the lies of Lucifer. Likewise today, we need to be wise and walk carefully for “the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16). You see, Jesus was always aware that He lived in a war zone. No matter what He was doing — whether He was laughing with sinners or driving out demons, whether He was healing the sick or training followers — beneath the surface of His outer activities, the “war mode switch” in Jesus’ mind was always on.A word here to the women who find warfare a solely macho topic. I have heard a few women argue, “I’m just a housewife, a mom. I don’t have a war mode.” If your child was seriously sick, wouldn’t you fight that illness with everything at your disposal? You would fast and pray, and you would do so from your war mode. If your marriage was under spiritual attack, wouldn’t you get before God and war with fervency? The fact is, you know how to fight. Ask your husband if he thinks you have a war mode. You just need something to wake it up, because once you begin to shift into the war gear, in the Holy Spirit you are dangerous!You see, the war mode is in us all. It may be attached to our instinct for survival, but it is more directly connected with our love for people. I love my nation, so I am warring in prayer on its behalf. Because of love for my family, I war in prayer on their behalf. I love my church, my city and, of course, my own soul, so I war to protect what I love.If there is a natural fight instinct, there is a spiritual fight mode as well. It just needs to be awakened, submitted to Christ, and then unleashed against the enemy. If you have a love mode, you also have a war mode. God has created the war mode so we can protect the people we love.**************************Adapted from Francis Frangipane’s book, This Day We Fight available at www.arrowbookstore.com.
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 I DECLARE:   I TAKE RISKS TO BOLDLY BRING THE KINGDOM OF GOD!

Team Member wrote: Jeff Jansen in this photo is sharing an encounter that Bob Jones had on 3/11. In the encounter he saw an angel.

The angel said my name is breakthrough revival. The Lord has asigned me to America. The angel assisted in facilitating revival in Nigeria.

The angel said “I was in charge of removing resistance in Nigeria. I am here helping prepare America for the greatest revival America has ever seen.”

The angel said “I am here to assist those who are taking risk to bring the kingdom!” ————-_

OCT 16

“THE FATHER SAYS, ‘I NEED YOU TO STRAIGHTEN SOMEONE OUT FOR ME . . . ”
Russell and Kitty Walden
https://www.facebook.com/russ.walden.sr

“The Father says today I need you to straighten someone out for Me.

Not your brother or you sister – I need you to straighten out the enemy of your soul. On your way out to the tasks of the day take a moment and remind the enemy of his total defeat.

He thinks if he isn’t reminded it won’t happen so help him out and remind him of the keys that I have made available to you. In fact just shake the keys in his face because he can’t have them and he can’t take them from you.

Be sure of your God today says the Father. Be sure of your God because living for Me is not a suicide mission. I have committed you to a winnable war and equipped you with every necessary resource.

The angel supply lines are unbroken and your final preparation is coming to a close. Shoulder your faith and un-holster My word and watch the terror in the eyes of the enemy of your souls. Go out and terrorize terror by the blithe joy of one who is hidden in the secret place of the Most High.

Rejoice, rest, recover, recuperate and be restored as I beautify Myself in you this day.”

OCT 16</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>"THE FATHER SAYS, 'I NEED YOU TO STRAIGHTEN SOMEONE OUT FOR ME . . . "<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Russell and Kitty Walden<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> https://www.facebook.com/russ.walden.sr</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>"The Father says today I need you to straighten someone out for Me. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Not your brother or you sister – I need you to straighten out the enemy of your soul. On your way out to the tasks of the day take a moment and remind the enemy of his total defeat. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>He thinks if he isn’t reminded it won’t happen so help him out and remind him of the keys that I have made available to you. In fact just shake the keys in his face because he can’t have them and he can’t take them from you.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Be sure of your God today says the Father. Be sure of your God because living for Me is not a suicide mission. I have committed you to a winnable war and equipped you with every necessary resource. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>The angel supply lines are unbroken and your final preparation is coming to a close. Shoulder your faith and un-holster My word and watch the terror in the eyes of the enemy of your souls. Go out and terrorize terror by the blithe joy of one who is hidden in the secret place of the Most High. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Rejoice, rest, recover, recuperate and be restored as I beautify Myself in you this day."

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” – Oswald Chambers

COMMENTER:  REGARDING Ebola:  do what John G. Lake did with the virus of 1918….. Declare the Power of God and tell the virus TO DIE anywhere around me!

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Who Are You?

In the world you are a bar code. In the kingdom you bear the image of God.

You are not your feelings.
You are not your past.
Your inner man is not the age of your outer man.
Your spirit is eternal.
Your real capacity is unexplored because its a new nature that came alive the moment Christ came into your heart by the Holy Spirit.

You are no longer merely human – you possess an aspect of the divine nature. Your recreated spirit is the real you, and in that part you bear His image.

As You behold the beauty of the Lord you are changed…”But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD.” (2 Cor 3:18)

The ancient mirrors were actually bronze hammered flat. When the sun hit them the radiant reflection would cover your face.

The figure is one of great beauty; and the idea is, that by placing ourselves within the light of the gospel; by contemplating the glory that shines there, we become changed into the likeness of the same glory that shines on us.

The world system is called Babylon. Everybody losses their unique identity and becomes a brick, a unit- a number – in a globally controlled economic system of total surveillance. The tower of Babel was built of brick. Each brick made to fit exactly like the other brick.

The Temple of the Lord on the other hand is built of stones…”living stones” that fit together in such a way that each stone is unique.

The world pressures you to conform – make you a brick in a godless system.
The kingdom challenges the bride transforms – make you a living stone in a living temple.

You are a whole lot more than you think you are!
“When He appears you will see Him as He is and immediately be transformed to be just like Him.” (1 Jn 3:2)

Do you know why? Because you are made of the same nature and material. Your life is hidden in Christ. You only need to see Him to be like Him.

You only need to receive His words to activate what you’ve got.

Open the Bible and do it now. You only need to see to be.

Make sense?

Who Are You? </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>In the world you are a bar code. In the kingdom you bear the image of God.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>You are not your feelings.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> You are not your past.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Your inner man is not the age of your outer man.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Your spirit is eternal.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Your real capacity is unexplored because its a new nature that came alive the moment Christ came into your heart by the Holy Spirit.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>You are no longer merely human - you possess an aspect of the divine nature. Your recreated spirit is the real you, and in that part you bear His image.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>As You behold the beauty of the Lord you are changed…"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD." (2 Cor 3:18)</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>The ancient mirrors were actually bronze hammered flat. When the sun hit them the radiant reflection would cover your face.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>The figure is one of great beauty; and the idea is, that by placing ourselves within the light of the gospel; by contemplating the glory that shines there, we become changed into the likeness of the same glory that shines on us.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>The world system is called Babylon. Everybody losses their unique identity and becomes a brick, a unit- a number - in a globally controlled economic system of total surveillance. The tower of Babel was built of brick. Each brick made to fit exactly like the other brick. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>The Temple of the Lord on the other hand is built of stones…"living stones" that fit together in such a way that each stone is unique. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>The world pressures you to conform - make you a brick in a godless system.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> The kingdom challenges the bride transforms - make you a living stone in a living temple.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>You are a whole lot more than you think you are!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> "When He appears you will see Him as He is and immediately be transformed to be just like Him." (1 Jn 3:2) </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Do you know why? Because you are made of the same nature and material. Your life is hidden in Christ. You only need to see Him to be like Him.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>You only need to receive His words to activate what you've got.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Open the Bible and do it now. You only need to see to be.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Make sense?
Know God’s word so well you can weave it into any conversation you have!<br /><br /><br /> #preceptministries http://goo.gl/rm3l5j
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The blood of the Lamb of God.
Prophetic statements this week.
1: The blood of Jesus cries out today for my release.
2: The blood of Christ gives me today the release of entire captivity.
3: The Paschal lamb determines my complete healing in the name of Jesus.
4: I was buying by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross so I don’t belong to this world and Satan does not have any authority over my life.
5: The blood of Christ breaks all curse that born with me in the belly of my
mother.
6: blood of Jesus in mark today the road to my victory and supernatural provision.
7: The blood of Jesus declares today the trial and the defeat of all Principality on this day on each city where cry by the power of this blood.
8: Today God went through his power and judgment injuring his enemies on this country and each city where his Church claims to power blood.
9: The blood of Christ active today in your life the power of resurrection.
10: The blood of Christ gives us the power to overcome on this day all power of the evil one.
11: Jesus is the bread of life that gives us health and eternity divine. I receive today the restoration of my health and all body that this failing is quickened by the power of his blood.
12: All infernal and diabolical force that is being unleashed by witches and sorcerers was destroyed on this day by the power of the blood of Christ.
13: The blood of Christ brings a restoration of twice what Satan has stolen to me about my life. The shame is removed on this day by the power of his precious blood.
14: The blood of Christ cries out for my blessing, protection, provision and abundant life.
15: The path of blood in the Scriptures leads me to my land of purpose, destiny and success.
16: The blood of Jesus gives us grace abundant in our cities to be influence to introduce to my Jesus as the only God and true King.
17: The blood of Jesus I am free.
You are free from all evil.
You are exempt from sudden death.
You are exempt from all forms of oppression.
You are free from all disease and chronic illness.
You are free of any disturbing event in your life.
You’re free of poverty and scarcity.
You’re free from nightmares.
You’re free from Satanic attacks.
You are exempt from unemployment.
You are free of all shame and reproach.
You are exempt from the depression and sadness.
You are free men and women evil and perverse.
You are exempt from the failure.
You are exempt from the sterility.
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The Breastplate of Righteousness
Ephesians 6:10-11, 14

1. Righteousness Personified
A. Standard of Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21)
B. Source of Righteousness (Romans 10:3) (Hebrews 4:15)

2. Righteousness Produces
A. Holiness Imputed
(Romans 3:21-22) (Romans 10:9-10)
B. Holiness Imparted
(Philippians 2:12-13)
– how to live righteousness -Ephesians 4:25-26,28-29, 30, 32) (Ephesians 5:2.18,20,25)

3. Righteousness Protects
A. When Satan Assaults
(2 Corinthians 6-7) (Romans 8:31-34)
B. When Sin Attracts
(James 1:14) (Romans 6:18)
C. When Struggles Arises
(Romans 7:21-25)
D. When Shame Attacks
(1 John 3:20-21)

4. Righteousness Protects
A. A penitent heart
B. A purified heart
C. A preserved heart
D. Praising Heart
Have a great and Righteous week!!!
DarrellHall

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John Piper on Paul’s holy ambition:

Second, as Paul does his missionary work of gathering the nations for God and ‪#‎preparing‬ to ‪#‎present‬ ‪#‎them‬ like a priest to God (as verse 16 says), who is it that really fits them for God? Verse 16b: “. . . ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the ‪#‎Gentiles‬ may become acceptable, ‪#‎sanctified‬ by the ‪#‎Holy‬ ‪#‎Spirit‬.” The Holy Spirit is the one who makes the Gentiles a morally acceptable offering to God – makes them holy. Paul, the missionary, does not do that, God, the Spirit, does.

Third, in verse 18 Paul says, “I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, ‪#‎resulting‬ in the ‪#‎obedience‬ of the #Gentiles by ‪#‎word‬ ‪#‎and‬ ‪#‎deed‬.” How do the nations come to forsake idols and sin, and become obedient to God? Answer: Jesus Christ does it through the missionary. Not without the missionary, but through the missionary. It is Christ who does the decisive work of conversion and transformation, not the missionary. The missionary’s job is to be faithful and true to the Word of God and to lay his life down to show Christ to the nations. But Christ himself is the one who does the decisive work.

Fourth, in verse 19, Paul goes on to say that his ministry proceeded “in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit.” So here again it is not Paul, but the Spirit that exerts the decisive power in the work of missions.

So my second observation is that missions is not mainly a human enterprise but a divine one. It is ‪#‎God‬‘s ‪#‎work‬ based on #God’s #Word. We speak and we do. But in and through us God’s speaks and God does, or all is in vain. We rely on him. Our job is to ‪#‎obey‬ and be ‪#‎faithful‬ and ‪#‎trust‬ ‪#‎him‬. Just as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.” (See also 1 Corinthians 15:10; Colossians 1:29.)

3. The Aim of World Missions Is the ‪#‎WORSHIP‬ of #God
The reason the universe exists is that creatures might have the joy of worshipping God. Therefore, missions exists where worship doesn’t. Missionaries are seeking to awaken worship for the true and living God through his Son Jesus Christ. Where in the text do I see this?

Consider how Paul describes his missionary service in verse 16. He says it is like a priest preparing an offering for God. Grace “was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” So the ‪#‎aim‬ of missions is to be like priests of God who prepare an offering acceptable to God among the peoples of the world. What does that mean? How are the Gentiles an offering to God?

Romans 12:1 explains, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a ‪#‎living‬ and #holy ‪#‎sacrifice‬, ‪#‎acceptable‬ to God, which is your spiritual service of #worship.” The #Gentiles are an acceptable offering to God when their #lives are an #act of #worship to #God.

But we don’t have to leave this chapter to see that. Back up with me to verse 9. Here Paul says that the aim of Christ’s coming into the world (as the model foreign missionary) was “for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy.” That is the aim of missions – that the nations would glorify God for his mercy. That is worship – showing God to be glorious in his mercy, by trusting in it and cherishing it above all things. Then Paul supports this claim with a string of Old Testament quotations in verses 9b-11, “As it is written, ‘Therefore I will give praise to You among the gentiles, and I will sing to Your name.’ Again he says, ‘Rejoice, O gentiles, with his people.’ And again, ‘Praise the Lord all you gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him.'”

So you can see how Paul thought about his mission. It was a fulfillment of Old Testament expectations that the Gentiles – the nations – would praise the Lord by rejoicing in him above all other joys. That is the goal of missions: the worship of God – or as we like to say: “the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.”

Excerpt from ” The Revelation of God’s Righteousness Where There Is No Church”. http://www.desiringgod.org/…/the-revelation-of-gods-righteo…

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posting what I need to hear. If I have already been reached with the gospel, do I remember why? I need to hear this from God’s Word.

Heavenly Father, Holy is Your Name! Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! I thank You God for Your living active inspiring life transforming Word! Thank You Holy Spirit for transforming me from the inside out! More Lord More! I want what You want!

Lord Jesus, as one in the nations who has already been reached, Jesus may You receive the reward of Your sacrifice from me! As I continue to run the race today, by faith by the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God , by abiding in You in worship, prayer and Your Word, I desire with all my heart: ” what Christ has accomplished through me, #resulting in the #obedience of the #Gentiles by #word #and #deed

I want ” by the mercies of God, to present” my body “a #living and #holy #sacrifice, #acceptable to God, which is” my “spiritual service of #worship.” “…like Daniel in Babylon with a spirit of excellence, I ‘purpose my heart.’. Conform me to the image of Jesus Christ in thought, word and deed.
May my life today be an acceptable offering to You God , a wholehearted #act of loving #worship to You #God”
To the glory of God!! I ask in Jesus Name. Amen.

Ephesians 5:25-27
Revelation 19:7
Matthew 22:37-40
Matthew 25

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Romans 8:28-29Amplified Bible (AMP)
28 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand], He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son [and ultimately share in His complete sanctification], so that He would be the firstborn [the most beloved and honored] among many believers.

Paul Washer:

“the true goal and greatest endeavor of the Christian life. And do you know what that is? Conformity to the image of Jesus Christ. A Godly character. You have one problem. It is your lack of Christ-like character. If you have problems with your parents, you have one problem a lack of Christ like character. If you have problems with your wife, you have one problem a lack of Christ-like character. I have been among those and I still do pray for power. And I pray for the unction of the Holy Spirit. And I pursue those things, but Paul Washer’s greatest need is to be more like Christ and less like him (Paul Washer). And if I’m to pursue anything, it shouldn’t be ministry. It should be the character of Jesus Christ.”    ~Paul Washer

Psalm 51Amplified Bible (AMP)

A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bathsheba.

51 Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and guilt
And cleanse me from my sin.

For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them;
My sin is always before me.

Against You, You only, have I sinned
And done that which is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak [Your sentence]
And faultless in Your judgment.


I was brought forth in [a state of] wickedness;
In sin my mother conceived me [and from my beginning I, too, was sinful].

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part [of my heart] You will make me know wisdom.

Purify me with [a]hyssop, and I will be clean;
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Make me hear joy and gladness and be satisfied;
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.

Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.

10 
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me.
11 
Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
13 
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted and return to You.

14 
Rescue me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
Then my tongue will sing joyfully of Your righteousness and Your justice.
15 
O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
16 
For You do not delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
17 
My [only] sacrifice [acceptable] to God is a broken spirit;
A broken and contrite heart [broken with sorrow for sin, thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

18 
By Your favor do good to Zion;
May You rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 
Then will You delight in the sacrifices of righteousness,
In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.

Psalm 51The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm, After He Was Confronted by Nathan About the Affair with Bathsheba

51 1-3 Generous in love—God, give grace!
    Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
    soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
    my sins are staring me down.

4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
    it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
    whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
    in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
    Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.

7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
    scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
    set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
    give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
    shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
    or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
    put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
    so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
    and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
    I’ll let loose with your praise.

16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
    a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
    when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
    don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.

18-19 Make Zion the place you delight in,
    repair Jerusalem’s broken-down walls.
Then you’ll get real worship from us,
    acts of worship small and large,
Including all the bulls
    they can heave onto your altar!

James 1:21
Pure religion, undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Pure and unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit and look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress, and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world.
External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
True devotion, the kind that is pure and faultless before God the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their difficulties and to keep the world from contaminating us.
The religious observance that God the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the world.
Religion that pleases God the Father must be pure and spotless. You must help needy orphans and widows and not let this world make you evil.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
This is pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father— to be looking-after orphans and widows in their affliction; to be keeping oneself unspotted by the world.
Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one’s self unspotted from this world.
The worship that God wants is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence. This is the kind of worship that God accepts as pure and good.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and ·without fault [undefiled] is this: caring for orphans and widows [2:1–13, 15–16; Ex. 22:22; Deut. 14:29] ·who need help [L in their trouble/distress/persecution], and keeping yourself ·free from the world’s evil influence [L unstained/unpolluted by the world; 4:4–10].
Pure religion and undefiled before God, even the Father, is this, to visit the fatherless, and widows in their adversity, and to keep himself unspotted of the world.
Pure, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world.
What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Religion that God the Father accepts is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help; and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence. This is the kind of religion that God accepts as pure and good.
A religion that is pure and stainless according to God the Father is this: to take care of orphans and widows who are suffering, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Religion that is pure and genuine in the sight of God the Father will show itself by such things as visiting orphans and widows in their distress and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world.
The pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation and to keep thyself unspotted from this world.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father’s point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord—not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world.
Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before · God · the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in · their time of trouble, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Pure, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence.
Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Here are the beliefs and way of life that God our Father accepts as pure and without fault. When widows are in trouble, take care of them. Do the same for children who have no parents. And don’t let the world make you impure.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Religion that is pure and good before God the Father is to help children who have no parents and to care for women whose husbands have died who have troubles. Pure religion is also to keep yourself clean from the sinful things of the world.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Avodas Kodesh that is tehorah (pure) and tamimah (unblemished) before Elohim HaAv is this: to visit yetomim (orphans) and almanot (widows) in their tzoros and to be shomer against the defilement of the Olam Hazeh. [DEVARIM 14:29; IYOV 31:16,17,21; TEHILLIM 146:9; YESHAYAH 1:17,23]
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Real, true religion from God the Father’s perspective is about caring for the orphans and widows who suffer needlessly and resisting the evil influence of the world.
Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
This is what God the Father wants. It is clean and right. Go and help those who have no father and mother. Go and help widow women whose husbands are dead. These people have troubles. And keep yourself clean from the wrong things in the world.
A clean religion, and unwemmed with God and the Father, is this, to visit fatherless and motherless children, and widows in their tribulation, and to keep himself undefouled from this world [and to keep himself undefouled from the world].
religion pure and undefiled with the God and Father is this, to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation — unspotted to keep himself from the world.
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