Monday, November 26, 2012

Cheap Seats

Some time back I was praying to God about opening my ability to see God's visions for my life more clearly. I told the Lord that many times when I see spiritual visions in my mind, they always seem to be as though I am observing from a great distance. Have you ever felt like you were close but not close enough for it to make a difference? It is kind of like attending a pro baseball game and having to sit in the cheap seats. you can still see the game, you can hear the announcer over the speaker system, but you are not able to see the expressions on the players faces. From your vantage point you could not tell if the pitcher threw a curve ball, a slider or an off speed pitch unless you heard if from the announcer. So today why don't we begin to ask the Lord to spiritually move us out of the cheap seats to the expensive ones so that we might be first hand observers and participators in the spiritual game of life in order to get the most enjoyment and pleasure from serving his purpose. His word commands us to "draw nigh or close to him". It also reminds us of this in Ephesians 2:6 (NKJV) 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Child of God you were destined for first class seats so get out of the cheap seats and take your rightful place in God's kingdom.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It's Time To "Sober Up"!

Unfortunately a sizable portion of the church today has become drunk on its own definition of success. How often does God need to remind his people not to judge true success on the basis of whether something works or it seems not to. Paul and Silas did not appear to be successful when they were put in a Philippian jail, Peter did not appear to be successful when chained between prison guards, the gathering at Lazarus tomb did not have the aura of success and Jesus death on Calvary's cross appeared to be a total failure. However all these situations ended in great victory despite what it looked like on the outside.  When man in his own power and might puts together great programs and buildings in the church world, God reminds us that their success is not always indicative that his presence is in their midst. Remember it was Jesus himself who said in Matthew 10:34 that he came to send a sword and not peace to the earth. What did he mean? I believe Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit has declared war on man's idols that have separated him from having true meaningful communion with those for whom he gave his life blood. Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that the Word, the sharp two-edged sword "divides asunder". Unfortunately for many church leaders in the world today, great numbers and great building programs have become the new narcotic idol of the modern church. I'm not against great things taking place in the church today, whether it's number or building programs but let King David serve as a warning for us in 1 Chronicles 21 when we make idols out of these things. God had to reminded Elijah who lived in a corrupted spiritual age that he had 7000 reserved who had never bowed to the idols of the church or the world. I believe that God right now is similarly raising up many nameless people who have no great following or monuments named after them,  who are full of god's power and might and have set themselves to bring honor and glory to his Holy name. I believe God is about to make them known in this last hour and that part of his purpose in raising them up is to make them a thorn in the side of those who have made a false success idol out of Christianity. I believe this nameless band of brothers and sisters will also go forth in the spirit of Gideon to destroy their fathers idols and restore integrity back to the church and it's true mission. Yes God is raising up a people freshly sanctified by his word, who know how to properly separate themselves from the world and worldly Christianity, a people who have refused to be indoctrinated by "slick" marketing techniques or worship services that God has written "Ichabod" over because of those who promote fleshly performance instead of our decreasing that God may increase in our lives. God has already begun to dismantle the pompous houses of those who have obtained luxury and ease by preaching a gospel of "good news" for themselves while they expect others to continue to "pay dues" in order to maintain their lifestyles. These are people who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof, and God reminds us that we are to turn away from such things. We need a fresh godly fear to come over the church like it did when Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit and paid with their lives. I believe that God is enlisting a fresh army in this last hour but don't sign up unless you plan to fully trust his word and his direction for your life. I believe there is a joy and peace that has been kept from this world and those in the church that insist on kindling their own fire but God is ready to give it to those who will whole-heartily follow the Lord. This new army of believers will have a mandate to sober up the body of Christ so that they can reach this world with the "good news" intended for all.
 1 Peter 1:13-16 (NKJV) 
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
16 because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."


   

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Servant Leaders
Seems like everyone today wants to be a leader, but few have the desire or the stomach to be a servant-leader. Today leaders generally look out for themselves while servant leaders sense a responsibility to look out for the well-being of others, usually at the expense of themselves. The church today is suffering for a lack of these servant leaders which has resulted in the church reaching a place of comfortableness of being served instead of serving others. One difference between leaders and servant-leaders can be found in the thought that leaders usually want respect while servant leaders want results. A servant leader immersed in God's love has no time to dwell on past losses or mistakes, but looks for solutions that will heal and bring restoration to the wounded and discouraged among us. 
True leadership is not as hard and complex as many people make it out to be today. True leaders simply step up to the plate without grumbling about the pitches they are getting, swing the bat and do their best to hit the ball (work for solutions). If they hit a home run (find successful solutions) they bring great fulfillment to others and themselves, however they are quick to remember that soon another fresh turn at the plate will be coming again. The next time they may strike out or hit a pop fly to the warning track only to be chased down by the opposing team and caught for an out, but despair will not easily get a true servant-leader down because they live for another chance to display the gift that God has placed within them to help others.
True servant-leaders giving from the kings resources will never be empty or run dry, whereas giving to others solely from you own strength, will bankrupt you soon enough. Remember the words found in Luke 10:27...You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength and all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. Now that's the beginning of true servant leadership. 
What kind of leader will you be for the kingdom of God?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Faith IS Meat For Christians
Emotions do not move God but your faith in his word does. When we allow emotions to replace faith it only opens the doors to fear, doubt and failure. Faith is meat for Christians while fear and doubt brings misery and turns strong stable Christians into mere shadow-boxers! Faith finds it's true owners in the midst of trials, for anyone can seemly have ownership of faith in the good times. God wants you to know that he would never start you on a journey that he could not complete. You may question God when you don't know what to do or where to turn but question him in faith and he will show you great and mighty things.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Eye-opening Lessons from a blind man

This past Wednesday March 21 I ministered from Mark 10:46-52. I have listed the main points below and I hope as you review them that God will speak to your heart also.

I. We must assume responsibility for our own (life) or moment in time. (Mark 10:47)

     A. Bartimaeus refused to surrender the responsibility of the outcome of his life to others

II. Believe that you can change and become what God wants you to be in this life (Mark 10:51)

     A. Bartimaeus said to the Lord "I want to See".

     B. People will try to force you into a mold of their own choosing, if Bartimaeus would have allowed the                                people around him to do this then he would have never received his miracle. He believed change in his situation was possible, and so must you!

III. Stop worrying about what people think or say about you! (Mark 10:48)

     A. In Acts 28:3-6 the Apostle Paul realized that people were going to think what they wanted too so he might as well not be distracted by other people's opinion and continue to do the Lord's work!

IV. Ideal circumstances are rare, so be ready to press your way into the kingdom of God.(Mark 10:49)

    A. Bartimaeus could not afford to wait until things were perfect. He took advantage of the opportunity that was before him and as untimely as it seemed to others Bartimaeus knew it was his time and he walked away with a life changing miracle.

    B. What is it that you have been waiting for? Start pressing in order to begin receiving!
   



Saturday, March 10, 2012

What the cross will not allow a Christian to do

This past Wednesday, March 7, 2012 I ministered to our church on the subject "what the cross won't allow a Christian to do". I will list the Power Points again for your reflection and study in order for you to draw fully from the message that was poured into your spirit.

Power Point One - The cross will not allow a Christian to live "INDEPENDENT".


1 Corinthians 12:25 (MSG)
25 The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don't,

Power Point Two - The cross will not allow a Christian to live "SILENT"


Acts 4:18-20 (MSG)
18 They called them back and warned them that they were on no account ever again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John spoke right back, "Whether it's right in God's eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. 20 As for us, there's no question—we can't keep quiet about what we've seen and heard."

Power Point Three - The cross will not allow a Christian to live "SELF_GRATIFIED".


Mark 8:34 (NLT)
34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.

Power Point Four - The cross will not allow a Christian to live "UNDER CONDEMNATION".


Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Power Point Five - The cross will not allow a Christian to live "DEFEATED"


Hebrews 12:2-3 (NKJV)
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

Power Point Six - The cross will not allow a Christian to live with "UN-FORGIVENESS"


Mark 11:25 (NKJV)
25 "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.