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Fulfilled in our Hearing!

*Parenthesis  & italics mine for purpose of definition. 

James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be  swift (quick to respond) to hear (a verb that describes the action we take in either drawing closer to God or furthering ourselves from the truth) , slow to speak (to use words to declare one‘s mind or disclose one‘s thoughts), slow to wrath (becoming angry or offended as conviction of righteousness comes through the word.  The rejection of truth).  

When you read study this passage from James, it cross references this passage from Luke 4.  

Read Luke 4:16-30 “And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book  and found the place where it was written, 18 “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, 19 TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” 20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  22 And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” 23 And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, `Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at  Capernaum, do here in your  hometown as well.’ ” 24 And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown. 25 “But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; 26 and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 “And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage (WRATH) as they heard these things; 29 and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. 30 But passing  through their midst, He went His way.”

Here we see Jesus has returned to His hometown was preaching a new message.  A changed message, (as Pastor Sharon taught recently on a Tuesday night.).  He was reading the same passage that had been read in times past but this time, He left something out.  He spoke nothing of  “the day of vengeance of our God.” as the people were accustomed to hearing.  In fact, if the book was handed to Him and He were truly reading from that Isaiah 61, as it was written on that page, that means He closed the book on words that were left unread.  He preached and made GRACE His closing statement. He stood before them as the Prophet declaring GRACE!   And it says that the people were “wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips.”  They questioned, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”  You see, this message was not the message they were accustomed to hearing.  They were offended at the word of grace.  

He returned their questioning with “No doubt you will say to me, Physician, heal yourself! What we have heard done in Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown.”  And then He continued to give them examples of how Elijah & Elisha who …in the times when grace was needed most… only ministered  to the one who both heard  and received! Both of these had to hear and respond to instruction.  It was up to that widow woman whether or not the cruse of oil would run dry or the meal in the barrel would fail!  (1 Kings 17).  As for Naaman, he had to hear and receive!  (2 Kings 5) 

You see, the Prophet (Jesus Christ) was offering them a new word! He was offering them something that was available to them.  He said, “Grace is now acceptable!”   but He also told them how it could be obtained.  He said, “This scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  How they heard would determine their outcome.  And that is James instruction…hear!  

But rather than hear, they became offended and drove Him out!  He was even giving them opportunity to receive.  He was saying to them…you can be that widow woman! You can be a Naaman! Yet they heard something altogether different.  They were filtering what they heard through religion and tradition and those things excluded them.  Grace never excludes anyone! 

 And they drove Him out and tried to kill him!  Yet, GRACE was demonstrated even still.  GRACE passed through and went on His way!  Unharmed, unhindered! 

Grace is still to be offered.  Still to be swiftly heard and yet if not…will pass through unharmed, unhindered!  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (upon you) because He has anointed me (and you)….Let’s go to the widows and to the Naamans! They are waiting!

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Posted by on July 31, 2009 in Kingdom Living

 

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The Calling Plan

 

 

Romans 4:17
“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those thing which be not as though they were.”

 

 

Calling those things that are not “being” as though they are “being”.  This is a truth that has been foundational in my life as a Christian and is direct result of being parented by a spiritual mother who both lives and teaches such things and mentored by intercessors who have demonstrated the power of this and yielded results. Revisiting this has been both a refresher course and a revelation for me.
Here’s what I’ve found.
 
“Being” is defined as: something that actually exists, the totality of existing things, or conscious existence.
 
“Conscious existence”…Selah…just let that cultivate for a moment.
Inserting those words into Romans 4:17, this is how it would read…
 
“Calling those things that we are not conscious that exist, into conscious existence.”
 
To be conscious is to share another’s knowledge or awareness of an inward state or outward fact. We call into existence everything that Holy Spirit knows. We call into existence our inward KINGDOM state that is destined to be and outward KINGDOM fact.
Now in context, this passage ties together two concepts and they are directly related. We see
1. quickening the dead 
2. calling those things which be not as though they were.
quicken: power to arouse or stimulate into action
dead: something destitute of force or power, inactive or inoperative
 
What I read here is that to be dead is to be destitute…to be lacking something needed or desirable. To be lacking the resources. Do we realize what we are lacking? God himself quickens the dead. He uses His power to arouse or stimulate into action what has been inactive or inoperative. How did he do it? What was His resource? His voice. He called…
 
The voice is our resource. It’s a natural source of wealth and revenue, a natural feature than enhances the quality of human life. It’s a source of information and expertise. With it, we have recourse in difficulties and the possibility of relief or recovery. It’s our ability to meet and handle any situation. It is our means of spending our freedom.
 
And when we call, we are in reality “inviting”. My voice is an invitation. When I speak, it’s that same quickening power to arouse or stimulate into action that dead thing…those things that are not, those things that are void of the Word into being or conscious existence. I invite wealth and revenue to come into my life. I invite the Father’s information & His expertise. I invite His recourse in life’s difficulties, His possibility of relief and recovery. I invite Him to meet and handle every situation.  I want to spend His freedom!
 
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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in Kingdom Living

 

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Our God…bankrupt?

1 Kings 8:56 says, Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.” 

Just think of it friend.  This passage says that according to all God has promised, He has given rest to us, His people!  It’s because of every word written in the word of God, every promise ever made, that you and I can rest.  When we rest, it’s because the work is done.  It’s peace of mind and spirit knowing that God has already settled it that we should have salvation, healing, liberty, prosperity, righteousness, peace, joy and unconditional love.  All we will ever need has already been provided.  Glory to God alone!   

And taking the latter part of that passage, “There has not failed one word of all His good promise…”  When I read this, it startles me to think of the implications of that.  I should say it awakens me.  Somehow, my mind can attain to the fact that the moment God spoke those words is when they contained the strength and the power.  That those who heard and gave witness to the voice of the Lord were the only ones who received the full effect.  That only in that moment, long, long ago in another time or another place, did those words have the ability to produce.  But not so.  This passage says that not one word of all His good promise has failed.  To fail means to lose strength or to stop functioning!  God’s word has never lost it’s strength.  It can be repeated eternally and the last time it is spoken will carry the same authority as the very first time it was spoken!  It never stops functioning!  It never weakens with use.  

Which brings me to a very pregnant pause.   Have you ever tired of a passage of scripture…after hearing it used or even misused over and over again?  Sometimes I think that words can become cliché or old hat to us.  “Yeah, I’ve heard this all before.  Yawn.”  What happens then?  NOTHING!  The production line comes to a screeching halt! 

We cannot bankrupt God’s word use it to the place where there it nothing left!  God will never find himself in a position where He still owes anyone anything.  Nothing that God has said has ever been left undone.  No promise has ever been left unfulfilled.  That’s exactly what 1 Kings 8:56  states,  “There has not failed one word of all His good promise.”  Every word is a full container for your life…spoken just for you!  Take from it what you will. 

Will God ever disappoint the expectation that His word stirs up in you?  Will He ever disappoint your trust in Him?  These are questions of will He fail us?  Promises are legally binding you know.  When God makes a promise, it is never flippant.  Human misuse has caused that word to be just another word…a declaration of something that sometimes never comes because a man cannot truly promise anything in and of himself.  But when God promises, it is legally binding and we have every right as His children to expect or claim the performance of His promise.  He will do it!  

That word to fail also can mean to be or become absent or inadequate.  This speaks volumes. It tells me that everyword carries presence.  Even the jot and the tittle of God’s word carries more presence than we have even yet to understand.  Test it out.  Ask God to reveal His presence in, take for example, the very first word in the bible.  “IN” the beginning… Just meditate…go there and experience Him.  Selah

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2009 in Kingdom Living

 

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Playing with fire?

Luke 12:48,  “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

Recently the latter part of this passage was prophesied during a group intercession.  This is what the Lord said,  “To whom much is given, much is required.  This thing that I have placed within you is no small thing. It is Holy and it’s not to be played with.  If you play with it, it will burn you.”

As soon as I heard these words, I didn’t suppose they were for anyone other than me, even though I wasn’t alone in hearing them. Immediately I wanted to put them into the context in which they were written in the word and find out more directly what God meant by this because it is not altogether clear.  “Much” is a pretty broad word and for that to be required…I need to know more! 

I began studying and referenced the John Gill exposition and love what it states.

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall, much be required

the more knowledge a man has, the more practice is expected from him; and the greater his gifts are, the more useful he ought to be, and diligent in the improvement of them.

God has given me His WORD…and that is MUCH! He has given me His SPIRIT and He is MUCH! The attributes of Holy Spirit are these but are not reduced to only these: GRACE, SUPPLICATION, POWER, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, COUNSEL, MIGHT, UNDERSTANDING, HOLY REVERENCE & JEHOVAH.  I could go into all the gifts and the fruit of Spirit but those things would be useless and nothing if it weren’t for the love that God has both given me and in turn, required of me. 

The thing is, the more I know of God, the more I am expected to practice what I know of Him.  I should be useful in the things of God.  I should be a servant to God’s purposes and plans. 

What I find very interesting is this.  The word required is defined as “to seek, demand or crave”.  Crave, now that’s an interesting perspective. God wants greatly and even yearns for us to “do” much!   In fact, it is demanded.  “Claimed as due.”  If we backtrack and look at Luke 12:43, it says just that.  “Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord, when he comes shall find doing.”  I owe so much!  I owe everything. What can I do? This reminds me of a passage from Song of Solomon 8:7.

 …if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. 

If I give all of my house for LOVE.  If I give all that is required of me…I will be utterly condemned.  I couldn’t claim anything of myself and nothing could take up residence in me because I would be found uninhabitable by anything or anyone other than the Lord himself.  I must be totally expended…completely used up when it comes to love.

Last night, I had a dream and in this dream, we were praying for people in the altars and as we were, whatever part of their body infirmity had destroyed, we would remove that  part from our own body and place it into theirs.  I believe this is a demonstration of Solomon 8:7.  We are the body of Christ and as His body, we contain within us every part that is needed.  If someone needs a new liver, we are able to supply it.  If someone needs a new spine…here you go, in the name of Jesus. The spiritual dynamics of this is limitless!  We should exhaust all of our house to furnish someone else’s house.  That’s the love of God.

As for playing with it.  Anything that can be played with is simply a toy.  No more, no less.   We can pick it up when we want and put it down when we want and derive pleasure only for ourselves.  That is not how love is to be handled.

Song of Solomon states that the love of God is a fire. Many waters cannot quench it and floods cannot drown it.  The zeal of it is overwhelming and the implications of it, as a fire, if not vented and released, it will consume us.

Jeremiah in 20:9 says this, Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay”.

Love desires to be spoken, to be vented.  Love can only be satisfied when it is released, when it is done. Love is relentless and until Jeremiah released it, he knew the unease of forbidding it!  His conscience a constant reminder and his own mind, his own will to do as he pleased with the Word, his enemy. He had been given much!

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2009 in Kingdom Living

 

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Beware of Dog!

James 4:5, “Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, “The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit to be welcome with a jealous love?”

Where is my welcome sign for Holy Spirit? What does it look like to the enemy of my soul?  Is it posted clearly on the gates of my eyes and my ears? 

I think that our WELCOME HOLY SPIRIT sign should be like the “Beware of Dog!” sign that some people post on their gates.  There’s no misunderstanding that sign.  It means, “this place is highly guarded” and if you come in here, I ain’t calling these dogs off because you have been forewarned!  

Most of the time when you see that kind of sign, you can be sure  you wouldn’t get inside and be greeted with a sissy dog of some sort! Hopefully not anyway.  Those signs are the mark of fighting dogs…dogs that “jealously love”  their people! 

That’s what I want my sign to say!  Don’t even think about coming in here! Enter at your own risk because I love Holy Spirit! I love the Word of God and I love all He has entrusted me with.  You may be like a roaring lion but this lamb has teeth and the real Lion is inside!

What we allow in and out of our gates should be a sign post to everyone around us.  What we watch and listen to, either a “welcome sign” to Holy Spirit or a “welcome sign” to the enemy.  We can invite fear, poverty, sickness, lust, hate, etc. with what we watch or listen to or we can put up a sign that says, “NO TRESPASSING!” 

Are we jealous enough yet?

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2009 in Kingdom Living

 

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What’s in your cup?

Matthew 26:26-28

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

 In prayer this morning, this passage of scripture came up in my spirit and I began to see it differently than I had before.  The Lord married this passage to the many passages that state that we are the body of Christ. 

 1 Corinthians 12:27, Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” and Ephesians 5:30, “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” are only two of a multitude of instances that the word defines us as the body of Christ.

 With that said, I began to see something in this that I never saw before.  The disciples were already having communion with Jesus before “communion” as we know it even began. They were sitting around the table with Him, partaking of Him, tasting & drinking in of His presence.  And in that moment, He took the opportunity to “give” them something.  Two times, this passage states that he gave.  The bread which was His body and the wine, which is His blood.  He was giving himself, his entire being, nature, characteristics, and anointing to them. He was laying the sacrifice on the altar of their hearts. He was saying, this is who I am, consume me. When we eat something, our body uses what is has consumed to produce an energy. Our metabolism much like that of spiritual fire that breaks down the sacrifice on the altar and devours it with it’s flames until there is nothing left.  The very thing that will enable us to live, move and have our being is in what we have eaten and drank… and spiritually speaking, in that body and blood. 

 He was instructing them to take and eat because what they were taking in would produce more of Him in the earth.  He told them to “drink ye ALL of it”!  Why would He have to tell them to finish it…to drink it all? Perhaps when they got a taste, it seemed as though it was more than they were worthy of?  Maybe when they began to drink, they began to feel the weight of it hit their spiritual bellies and the fullness of who Jesus Christ is began to resonate through their entire being. Perhaps it was that that the spiritual cup contained ALL that would cover as many as they would encounter and in drinking it, they carried a great weight of responsibility!  The blood was “shed for many for the remission of sins.”  Whatever the answer…it was the Lord’s desire that they would drink it all…finish their cups and not waste a drop. 

 Have you eaten today?  Have you drank?  What remains in your cup?  These are questions the Lord is asking me today but I believe there is a message for the “body” here today.  I saw a picture of the body of Christ and church…we are not yet broken. I say this, but I can only speak for myself.   I have not yet begun to bring the message, “This is my body broken for you!”  And that is the cry of my heart today.  “Take and eat!  Drink ye all of it!”

 
 

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Home Equity

If you have ever taken out a loan or have any knowledge of loans availalbe to us today, you know that as a homeowner, you can take out what is called a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit, borrowing the money value of your property. If you already have a lien against your home, you can borrow what is in excess of that. If your home is valued at $100,000 and you borrowed only $50,000 of that worth, $50,000 is still available to you. That is the equity of your home. Make sense?

Well, did you know that there is an equity available to every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, every son & daughter of the Most High God, that supercedes anything the world could offer us?  I can prove it!  Are you ready?

Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the HOUSE of the LORD for ever.”

 Do you get me?  I may sound ridiculous in suggesting that God’s house would have equity in the sense that I just spoke of but does it?   Just how much do you think the house of the Lord is worth? You can’t put a price tag on it but I guarantee that you would have no problem establishing financial liberty with it, along with every other benefit or homeowners insurance, as we like to call it. 

And who does it say will dwell there and how long is forever anyway? Again, let me reiterate, me & you friend! ME and YOU! That’s who can live there!  And forever is exactly what it says.  It is completely, excessively and to exhaustion, at any time, in any way, always!  That means starting yesterday infinity to tomorrow infinity!

But that’s not all. Let’s not overlook that little two letter word in this passage.  OF.  “I will dwell in the house OF the Lord forever.”  That word of  is used as a function word to indicate the component material, parts, or elements or the contents.  Every component material of that house is the Lord!  Every part, every element and the content…it’s the Lord himself! 

You know, there is a place where God lives….you are that temple! (1 Corinthians 3:17) and there’s a place where you & I live! He is our house! Now that some kind of  HOME EQUITY!

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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