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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Walking In The Lord

Colossians 2:6-7, As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Oftentimes we use the term “walk with the Lord.”  But that was never God’s intention.  As Christians, we are to walk in Him.

With that mindset, we would not as easily “go”, apart from Him or leaving Christ behind.  Those who walk “with” can also walk “away” and that’s not reality of His love for us.

When we live and move and have our being in Him, we are housed in His person and in His presence.  And just like any natural house, there are furnishings.  These supernatural furnishings are all of His character and integrity, The Fruit of His Spirit, His influence, His power, His gifts, prosperity and so much more!

This passage tells us how we can “abound therein”. (Where? In Christ and in our walk “in” Him.)

By thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving will cause us to exceed in Him, remain in Him, to be excellent in Him and to have an abundance in Him!    Thanksgiving yields an unlimited measure to us and through us.

This is my prayer today.

Thank you, Lord Jesus.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Prayer, Thanksgiving

 

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Setting The Price In Prayer

John 15:16, Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

There is deliverance in this passage.  Deliverance from a state of poverty and self-dependence into prosperity and God reliance.

This freed me friend.  Take a moment and read it again.  I pray that revelation flows to you.

John 15:16, Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

God chose you.

He believed in you before you believed in Him.  Yes, He created you but after that, He chose to put His faith in you.

The ultimate manifestation of His faith was Jesus Christ.  In believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, we agree with God’s choice in us.  We agree that “Yes, I was made for you Father God and for all of Your glory Lord.”

He ordained us and gave us authorization to go forth and bear fruit.  This particular fruit being produced from branches that are established in the Vine (which is what ‘ordained’ means.) and growth spurred on by His unfailing love for us.

Fruit that comes forth because we ask Father God, in Jesus name because that’s how faith is manifested.

One of the definitions of the word ask is to set at a price. When we ask of Father God in Jesus name, we call upon the price that He paid for us.

This will yield the fruit that remains.  It’s not of ourselves, let any man should boast.

We can ask Father God for many things without taking into consideration the price that Jesus paid but the eternal value and the permanency of the result we desire depends solely on what Jesus has done for us.  When setting the price that Jesus paid, we will most certainly never ask amiss or squander what has been given us.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Prayer

 

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Set Apart

John 17:17-19, Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

The one thing, as stated in this passage, that will sanctify us and set us apart is the truth!

The truth will cause others to stop and take notice. For better or for worse.  The truth will expose us.  We cannot hide behind it.  We must take it up.  The truth is our cross.

Because of it, we will either be…

loved or hated

accepted or rejected

popular or insignificant

beautiful or ugly

indispensable or superfluous

rich or poor

treasured or trashed

(And that’s just off the top of my head. Feel free to add your thoughts.)

But in any of the above circumstances we are free.

John 8:32, And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Truth

 

How We Overcome

Revelation 12:11, And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

I have to admit one major fault I have.  I habitually confess/pray partial scripture.  Not on purpose but somewhere along the line, what I memorized had only partially gotten to my heart.  Or maybe it’s that the part that impacted me to most made it down deep.  I don’t know.

There! I feel better.  “Hi! My name is Stacey and I have a bad habit.”

Truth be known, I think God may relish this defect because it’s like WHAM! When I discover where I’ve stopped short, it’s like a shot in the arm! The second (or third) part of the immunization is administered and  my defenses are strengthened!

And that’s what happened here! I’ve been limping around on two parts of the trilogy as an overcomer!

How do we overcome?

1. By the blood of the Lamb.

This speaks of relationship.   We have to part of the blood line of Jesus. Our lineage is in Christ and not of this world.  We are heirs of salvation! Our sins forgiven…covered by the blood and that blood flows in our veins! I love a statement that was made at The Call Virginia, “If someone cut you open, you should bleed the Word of God!”

This leads to…

2. By the word of their testimony.

What we say is who we believe we are!

God holds His word above His name and the picture I see when meditating on this is a legal contract that requires a signature at the bottom.  Everything that’s in the name of Jesus will uphold the contract of His word!

3. (This is the heat seeking missile.)  Love not thy life unto death.

Who better to look to in this than Jesus?  His blood. His testimony. His perfect love.  He didn’t love Himself more than Father God.  He didn’t love himself more than the purpose that had to be fulfilled by His life, that was carried out in His death and released to us in His resurrection!

I (we) must not miss this! I (we) overcome by carrying out God’s plan for my (our) life! By fulfilling the desires of His heart.

At all costs, we must say what God says. Do what God does.  Be who God is. Even if it means that it kills us.

We are overcomers! We have the victory! This eludes to being tried or being take to law. We win! Every trial! We win!

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Christian Living

 

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The Purpose of the Glory

John 17: 20-23,  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

The glory of God, better defined as opinion, judgment or view is not the glory cloud of His manifest presence that we read about in other passages!  The purpose of this glory is

1. Unity. He distinctly states in vs. 22 that the glory is transferred to us for a cause.  Glory has a purpose and that purpose it to make us one! To draw us together as a family, as a body, as a church.

Throughout the Word, it is stated that God will not share His glory with another.  That means that when we refuse one another (of the Body of Christ), we refuse the glory.  Glory is positional as well as relational.  Where we are in relation to Him must be where we are in relation to one another.

When the glory of God is on a man’s life, it should draw us closer to God and one another rather than alienate us.  Otherwise, the glory is being used for personal gain.

2. Perfection. (vs. 23)”…that they be made perfect in one”

That word “perfect” means to accomplish, finish, or bring to and end.  This cannot happen if we remain separate entities. He wants us to finish together as one working part!  We will not come to completion in our purpose apart from one another.

Perfect also means consummate human integrity and virtue. These are the legs that we stand on! Picture a stick figure.  That is the body of Christ.

The left leg is the Fruit of the Spirit, integrity and character. Not surprisingly, the word unity (one, together) also means integrity.

The right leg: the Gifts of the Spirit: our unique calling, gift(s), purpose, virtue

We cannot operate in our calling and gift(s) without one another.  It simply is not possible.  Our left leg only grows as we regard one another and relate one to another.  It’s worth considering that the branches that do not bear fruit are those that remain alone, unexposed to brothers and sisters in Christ.  The very tool the Husbandman uses could very well be the one’s we refuse to have fellowship with.

Without each other, we are handicap.  One leg short.

The spiritual legs of the body of Christ will never take us in opposite directions.  The legs are one working part, just as the legs (of a physical body) are one working part.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2012 in Glory, Unity

 

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Prospering Through The Prophesying

This is a post that I wrote on June 26, 2011 and it has been sitting in my drafts, left unpublished.  The same is true for yesterday’s post as well.  I wrote that particular post on December 29, 2011.

I don’t know why this had to wait until now but I have felt a stirring…a resurrection of sorts in my spirit.  I am not alone in this.

There have been many prophetic words declared and some have been sitting dormant, just like these posts, waiting to be brought before the Lord in remembrance…to fulfillment.

I am compelled because it is the prophetic Word that causes us to prosper.

Ezekiel 6:14 tells us this very thing…

And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

What’s more is that this post in particular was entitled “Great Expectations”.

It’s no coincidence that my son brought home Great Expectations for his summer reading assignment.  I am being provoked by God to remember! He desires for me (all of us) to prosper!

Great Expectations!  

As I entered into corporate prayer this morning, the subject of God’s glory came up.  How could it not?

There are some things that have “run their course.”     That’s how it was revealed in prayer this past week and this very thing has been stirring in my heart for a little while now.

Things have run their course and there is more of God’s glory yet to be revealed to us and experienced.  Transition doesn’t feel comfortable.  Among the many obstacles, those that seem most evident to me are identity crisis, ownership mentality or maybe even a sense of obligation. Regardless, if we are going to go from glory to glory, we must move beyond ourself.

That said, the scripture came up in my heart, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

Christ in you…expect His glory. That’s what hope is. Expectation.  Wherever we are, in whatever we do, with whomever we encounter.  Expect His glory!

As prayer continued, the idea of Great Expectations was released and was available to anyone who would receive it.  Again, I was stirred.

What we consider to be “great” and what God considers great, are not always the same thing.

What might these “great expectations” look like?

Let’s just see…

1 John 5:9,  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 

If we would believe what a man would tell us, how much more should we believe God’s word?  It will in no way fail us or disappoint us!  This is the great expectation.  Daily we are tried in this.

1 John 4:4, Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

This was expounded on as prayer continued…Claudia said (basically), “This that we are expecting is not as is was with Mary.  She was great with child…a babe…an infant.”

That’s just it!  Why are we expecting infant results when the One we carry is full-grown?  He lived, He died and was resurrected and that same Spirit lives in us!

I have GREAT EXPECTATIONS!  I am GREAT with the man Christ Jesus! Holy Ghost without measure! This is off the growth chart.  Man’s tape can’t measure it but He’s coming!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Prayer, Prophecy

 

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The Sent Church

Matthew 9:37-38,Then He said to His disciples, The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.

I read this and thought, really?

The original KJV says send forth but somewhere along the line, down through the ages, someone was given a different interpretation…a revelation of the reality of the Apostolic (meaning sent one) church!

Our God, forcing out His people?

The answer is yes.

Fully translated, ‘send’ means to eject, bring forth, cast forth, drive out, expel, pluck out, put forth and send away.

There is coming a Divine ‘eject’ in the church.  “Here is the church, here it the steeple, open the doors, see all the people” nursery rhymes have run their course.

Don’t be dismayed or deceived.

The church is not in the field.  But we will be…very soon.

We cannot and will not be allowed to labor upon our pews or in our padded chairs much longer.

Get ready.

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Apostolic Church

 

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