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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Know Your Toil is Not in Vain

Friday, April 24, 2015

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58.

These two weeks we visited God’s instruction regarding things we need to know in order to live this life well for His glory. Last week we discovered the call to know the gift of God, who it is speaking to us and what He asks of us that He makes provision for our accomplishing (4/13-14). We are called to know the truth of God, found in His Word (4/15); know His death that resurrects us to new life (4:16); and to know and walk in His Lordship (4/17).

This week we found the need to know with experiential and working realization that we are the temple of God, filled with His presence, having full access to Him and His resources (4/20); to realize that it only takes a little compromise of our principles to destroy the good God desires in and of us (4/21). To that knowledge, I would add that Jesus promised the good He desires for us only requires a mustard seed of faith, working in us, growing in us, to lead to our success in being His powerful, productive people (Matthew 17:20). Just a little of any good or evil, allowed free roam in our lives, will grow to mammoth proportions that effect our journey for good or for evil.

On 4/22 we touched on our need to know the power of God’s sowing and reaping law; and how our faithfulness provides God the food He needs from us. Then, yesterday, the 23rd, we covered our need to realize that our life is a race we are to run well, so-as-to win.

Beloved, all these things simply touch all there is for us to know and practice as we seek to accomplish the purpose of God in our life. The journey is a joy because God is with us to help us. However, since we live in a flesh body that often distracts us in a fallen world full of temptation, bothered by demonic forces set against us, it can often be difficult to see the good we accomplish as we run the race, set to win. In the seasons when things feel hard and we struggle to see any good accomplished, unable to realize the hand of God working, we must know with assurance that our resolve in running a godly race that wins is not in vain. God is doing something great! Though we may not see it at this time, we must run with assurance that our effort is worth the cost.

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” ~ Romans 11:33.

God has purpose in all He allows. The root and work of sin is deep in the earth and in our flesh. Digging those roots out and establishing the root of righteousness is God’s goal and purpose. Do not give up the good work. It is not in vain. It is not without its victories. The good will reveal itself in due season is we refuse to faint and fall away from our resolve.

There is always greater depth of understanding and comprehension to discover while we live this life. Full perfection and revelation will only come when we enter His eternal Kingdom. There are some things we may never fully know this side of glory. So we must trust God’s faithfulness to Himself and to His word, press forward with knowledge that He is doing all He says He will, and cross the finish line having done all to His glory, knowing a life lived fully for Him will accomplish all the good He plans.

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12.

Pray to finish strong, not throwing the race by giving up just as you are about to win.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Know The RACE

Thursday, April 23, 2015

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win” ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24.

God calls us to be our best for His glory; to come up higher in life; to excel at living, not according to the world’s standards, but His. In our occupations, we are to know our job, be exemplary in fulfilling our commitment, doing so with a right and good attitude, rejoicing in the walking-with-godblessing of the work given us. Whether a CEO or a janitor, as Christians we are to work with wholehearted resolve to be the best as a godly example in our position. In addition, the CEO and janitor are to treat one another with respect as brethren, citizens of the Kingdom. Though our position in life may make it seem one of us is better than another, in the Kingdom of God, we all serve the same Master, made equal, one to the other, in Christ, called to treat one another with honor.

Whether an athlete or street sweeper, a mom or the child, a husband or the wife, whatever our role in life, run the race of life to win. Walk in love, for God’s kind of love fulfills the Law. Live with integrity, known for your truth, righteousness, and faithfulness. It is not that we do better than others in our role, but that we do our best with understanding of the needs of those we minister to, possessing a joyful heart that desires to glorify the Lord in all we do, say, think, feel, and portray, exemplifying godliness.

Pray today for godly inspiration, resolve, and commitment to run the race of life set before you, having head held high as one doing their best from a heart that worships the Lord with every breath.

In what can you excel? Excel.

Where in life is there room for improvement? Improve.

What resource can you better use? Use well God’s provision as a good steward of all His supply. If energy is limited because of health issues beyond your control, prioritize the use of your energy for the most important things according to God’s standard of measure. Run the race of your life so-as-to accomplish all the good God desires in your living.

Life is race each of us runs, set to be the best we can be for the glory of God. Run the race to win the prize.

Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Know Your Part in Supplying Food for God

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar? So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel” ~ 1 Corinthians 9:13.

From the beginning of Temple worship to God, God’s intent was for those who serve the needs of the Temple to get there physical and material needs met out of the tithes, gifts and offering the rest of His people brought to the altar. Their food came from the offerings of the altar. Their space for living and for raising crops and herds came out of that which He gave to the rest of the people. It is the God-given right of the ministers of God to get their living from the resources of the people of God. Many, even in Paul’s day, begrudge God’s ministers their right, fussing over the Pastor’s salary. Some refuse to obey God’s instruction on tithing into the house of worship so it can have financial provision needed to function in a materialistic society. However, God designated a portion to come out of that provision for the food and material needs of His ministers, providing for their need to be able to focus on the work He calls them to do.

Beloved, are you giving your portion in tithes and offerings? If not, talk to the Lord about this need. It is a necessity for you as well as for the church. Here is why.

“‘Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, “How have we robbed You?” In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, AND test Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. THEN I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,’ says the Lord of hosts.” ~ Malachi 3:8-12.

God tells us we rob Him of “food” for His house when we withhold payment of the full tithe (tenth of one’s income) and offerings (extra over the tithe given as a freewill offering, often to meet specific needs). Does God need “food”? No. However, his full and part time ministers do. Does God have material need? No. However, the buildings in which we worship require maintenance and the ministers need for space in which to live met.

Are you living pay check to pay check, feeling there is nothing there to give as a tithe, much less an offering? Look at the promise of God here. He promises that if we tithe as first importance out of obedience to Him, He will pour out provision for our need. He even says, “Test me in this!” God grants us ability to work and earn a living (Deuteronomy 8:18). That provision withheld from us, the first place to look for the why is our obedience to the tithes and offerings. There is more!

Yes, God allows hardship because of our disobedience, allowing crops and production to fail so the economy falls, out of which our ability to earn a living is helped. However, that is only one source by which the devourer comes. What eats up your funds so that you can’t seem to get caught up, much less ahead? There is the source of the devourers that attack you personally. They are enemy released sources that eat up God’s provision. The “enemy” I speak of is the wisdom of the flesh, the world, and the demonic (James 3:13-18). We make bad choices when our financial priorities are out of order. Our flesh desires the world’s goods, the world encourages us to want their wares, and the demons whisper their agreement with our fleshly desire saying, “Go for it! All is well. You deserve it.”

Beloved, when we give our tithes as first priority with faith in God for provision, He not only makes a way to meet our need, but He also removes those things that devour His provision. He not only sets things back in good order for a strong economy, but He adjusts our desires to match His own priorities, grants wisdom and strength to refuse the lure of the world, and gives His angels charge to shut the mouths of demons and remove their influence.

“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.

Hear, believe, and trust in the Lord, beloved. Seek Him with whole heart, giving into His work with willing cheer. Sow faithfully into His house where you worship and see Him bless you to reap bountifully in every aspect of life. You may not come into financial riches according to this world’s standards, but you will find your needs met along with a life of joy unspeakable and full of glory as you realize His hand faithfully moving on your behalf.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Know it Only Takes a Little

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“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?” ~ 1 Corinthians 5:6.

Do you know that a small negative can destroy a day of positives? One wrong thought can get us off course by a fraction of a degree, setting us on a path far from God’s will and way. Test that. Take a square for measuring angles, draw a line depicting the path to travel, then angle another line just one degree off the desired path. See how far off course that one degree gets after just a little time.

One bite of a food that we too easily give self to, and we can see an entire day of good dietary choices go out the window with a loss we don’t want. One choice to follow bad company into something we know we don’t need to do, and we can get our entire life off course.

First Corinthians 6:9 warns us to refuse deception, realizing that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Believe the deception of the flesh, the world, and the demonic, and we can miss Kingdom reward, or eternity with God altogether. James 4:4 warns us to realize that friendship with the world makes us an enemy of God. Allow just a little worldly impulse to have its way, and we can find ourselves one degree off course from God.

Pray today for God to show you the leaven in your life, the things that have you off course from Him and His will. Pray to know the things that hinder you walking in the full power of His supply, living so as to receive the rewards promised Kingdom people who walk with God. Pray to know if you have a false understanding that is robbing you of Him and His Kingdom altogether.

“For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.’ Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit”  ~ Ephesians 5:14-18.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Know God’s Temple

Monday, April 20, 2015

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:16.

Paul is speaking to the whole group of people that make up the church at Corinth. Thus, it is taught that the church as a whole make up the temple of God. This is true, for who is able to contain Him? However, my experience instructs me that each individual of us who are fully committed to Him house within the wholeness of God, granting us full access to Him in the power of the Spirit; each individual of us being the temple of God. With man, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). First Corinthians 6 tells us

Christ-inside016“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, ‘THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’ But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:15-16-19.

We are individually made one with God through the power of His Spirit, each one being a temple of God. All that God is and all His resource is as fully available to me as it is to you, equally. We are one with Him in the power of the Spirit and one with each other by that same power. Together we make up the whole of His dwelling place. Each of us possesses through Christ our full access to all that God is. He is All, in all.

Pray today to know the presence and power of God within your being. Pray to recognize His presence within as never before: growing strong in unity with Him and understanding the provision available through Him. Pray to grow strong in the ways of God that provide His fullness through your personal unity and access to the Father. Now, go forth and prosper.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: If You Knew ~ His Lordship

Friday, April 17, 2015

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?”  ~ Romans 6:15-16.

There is a philosophy among professed believers that claims that because of our salvation in Christ and the grace that covers sin, it no longer matters what we do, how we behave, the choices we make, etc. However, Christ teaches the opposite. He tells us that we know the tree by its fruit. That which comes from us into this life proves whether we are people of God in Christ Jesus, powered by His Spirit.

Jesus says that he did not come to do away with the Law of God, but to fulfill it; and He calls us to be like Him, following His example in our selfless obedience to God. Therefore, we are to be Law-abiding citizens of the Kingdom of God. The only part of Law that is not required of us is the sacrifices for sin. Jesus fulfills that part of the Law for us. In every other way, considering the Old Testament with the New (the Old listing the Law, the New clarifying and explaining more fully), we are to be Law abiding, promise keepers, just as He is. (Matthew 12:33; Matthew 5:17; Luke 9:23)

Beloved, have you fallen into believing that you can do what you want since you believe Jesus? Even demons believe Jesus is who He says He is and they cringe with understanding that because their belief is head knowledge that has no effect toward changing their personality or actions, their belief locks them into their punishment for sin because of their continued pursuit of evil. They do not believe so-as-to surrender to Christ’s Lordship and perform the works of God that faith produces in the true believer.

Salvation comes to those who believe and profess with their entire being that Jesus is who He says He is, Lord of lords Christ-inside012and King of kings, come to pay the price of sin for you and for me. Yes, when we falter and fail, slip back into the flesh and forget who we are for a moment, He is enough to cover and protect. We do not lose our salvation. However, we prove the reality of our possessing true belief as our own through its effect on who we are and what we do. True and abiding faith causes the image of God to express itself more and more in and through us. In this life, our true faith continually works to perfect us in Christ. He makes us able to stand as His servant (Romans 14:4). Changing first who we are within, we grow strong to serve Him well, action flowing out of the change within.

Has faith in Christ effected change in you, causing the image of God to grow strong in forming your character and nature? Do you know who you are in Christ? That personality in us will reveal itself in the things we do and say. We will talk different, be selfless, and minister to the need of those around us with hope of setting an example that helps others grow strong in Christ, desiring that same relationship for themselves.

Pray today to be the slave of righteousness for the sake of the gospel message we live.

In Christ Alone ~ Owl City: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4uIGoJtMd8&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9DeINw1_UsnMNkpV5_-oxlL&index=15

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: If You Knew ~ His Death, Our New Life

Thursday, April 16, 2015

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or DO YOU NOT KNOW that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” ~ Romans 6:1-4 (*vs. 3).

Christ died once for ALL. On our behalf, Jesus paid in full the death of sin’s sting and that which separates us from God no longer has hold on us. Therefore, when we receive true baptism into Christ, we no longer owe the debt of sin and He raises us up with Him to new life, empowering us to choose a better way and equipping us to walk it out into our now existence. Our journey of freedom from the grip of sin’s death begins. Nevertheless, the habit of sin still works through our flesh, tempting us away from God and His ways, so that we do not realize our victory in Christ. This is the reason it is vital for us to know our death with Him, so we can rise up to walk in the new life He provides for us to possess.

Death, eternal separation from God, no longer has a hold on one who knows this death in Christ. These realize their sin habits no longer have right of possession over them. They maintain realization of relationship with God in Christ Jesus by refusing to enslave themselves to sin anymore. Trusting the covering of God in Christ, they find the new paths of life God lays out for them and walk in it to possess the life God has for them. They do not refuse the path of God as Judah did in the days of Jeremiah, who testified against them saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.’

“But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’’” (Jeremiah 6:16).

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Though we are eternally secure in Christ, we still have the choice set before us of life or death, good or evil, prosperity or adversity, the blessing or the curse (Deuteronomy 30). We choose whether we walk the godly way in this new life we have in Christ, or continue the path of death. The sincerity of our relationship with God in Christ is proven by the fruit of the new way our life bears out into our now existence. Pray today to possess full understanding of this death of Christ that is ours to have so that we may rise to live in newness of life.

(In addition, prayerfully consider: Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:1-17; Romans 6-8)

Where You Go I Go ~ Kim Walker and Jesus Culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyBw_DrEv34&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9AfidNKH4ify2vg0Z5t-SSj&index=2

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: If You Knew ~ The Truth

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“It seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW THE EXACT TRUTH ABOUT THE THINGS YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT” ~ Luke 1:3-4.

Bible001The Bible is a compilation of numerous books, chosen by godly, Spirit led leaders as the best representation of the day, presenting truths about God and His ways, written by leaders of faith, and made available for the people as a resource for our personal journey to know the truth of God and to grow in faith. Though written by many men, its words flow to each from the One heart and mind of God, powered by the Spirit residing in each author. That is the understanding we must possess as we read and study its wisdom. The Bible is a story about GOD and about His work in the lives of many supporting characters, dictated by Him to the hearts of many secretaries. Studied by men and women of faith, having the Spirit of God to instruct and teach understanding, it is inerrant in its instruction because it flows from Him, and it is by that made useful in equipping the student of God to know Him.

Paul says, “Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of (or about) Christ” ~ (Romans 10:17). Access to the Word that teaches us of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is vital to our faith. God gives us the truth in His Word because He desires we know Him. Knowing Him through His word requires faith to believe His word is truth and is without error. That faith grows stronger as we learn to receive the Word from the Rabbi-Spirit, and see the effectiveness it has for life in our day.

The world sees our faith as foolish because they cannot know the heart and mind, the thoughts of God, without the Spirit to teach them. But we have the Spirit of God and the mind of Christ to instruct us. As we grow in knowledge of truth, we find joy as ones numbered among the foolish for Christ’s sake and are unafraid to share our faith, knowing the truth is freedom, and desiring that freedom for those with whom we share. (1 Corinthians 1:21; 15:34)

Pray today for yourself and those around you who need to know the truth of God more fully. Pray to be a student of God’s truth under the tutelage of Rabbi-Spirit. Pray to make the personal study of scripture a priority. We should not only be people who receive the teaching of those who are students of the Word. We should be like those of Berea, able to discover if these things are true for ourselves and give the “Amen” to those teachers among us (Acts 17:10-12).

Word of God, Speak! ~ Mercy Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8cJQMU9Q-U&index=2&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9CSYXFnlQnFvRUUZD5PnBYA

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: If You Knew (Part 2)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water’” ~ John 4:10.

Yesterday, looking at the first part of this verse, we prayed to know God – our greatest treasure and the giver of all good things. We also prayed to know Jesus and the word He speaks to us: the understanding of which requires us to know with comprehensive assurance His instruction to us; and who we are in Christ that equips and enables and empowers us to take action on the instruction given. Next Jesus says, if we knew God and Him who speaks, then…

“…you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water’”

God incarnate told the woman what He wanted / needed from her: a drink of water. Then He essentially added, “Ask Me and I will give the supply by which You can truly have what you need to do what I ask of you.” We need desperately in our day to know the source of our supply and get into the river flow of His living, life-giving waters.

Christ-inside08Too often, when we receive instruction from God that tells us what He needs or wants from us, whether a way of life or a ministry to others, we look at the weakness of our flesh and our meager means to make supply in our own strength to determine our ability, which determines our obedience. The first time God called me to take on major roles of responsibility at church, doing a new thing that would require time and energy, I realized that the first thing I needed to accomplish His will there without neglecting other areas of responsibility was organizational and leadership skills. As I realized God’s sure call on my life for that ministry, I asked God for my supply for these needs or whatever other needs the position required. He faithfully poured forth His supply of living water, so I could flow back to Him through obedience that started a work that still stands today. God is faithful, but we have to know the source of our supply and get into the flow of His life-giving river.

Jesus calls us to ask Him for all we need for our obedience, beloved. As you seek His face today, consider the areas of struggle in your life. Consider first if you are taking up your cross of self-denial so that you can obey and flow out of His resource (Luke 9:23; Philippians 2:1-8; Hebrews 12:1-3; Mark 10:38 with James 4:1-3). Ask the Father for the Living Water supply needed for you to succeed in that area of your service and in your following after Jesus.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him” ~ Matthew 7:11.

Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: If You Knew (Part 1)

Monday, April 13, 2015

“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water’” ~ John 4:10.

This verse has warmed my heart and inspired my journey for several days now as I meditate on its power. It is pregnant with truth we need to possess as children of the Father in Christ Jesus. As I think on it, I find the focus for our prayer journey for the next week or two and I am excited to jump into it with you. Look with me at what Jesus says here and pray as the Spirit inspires.

“If you knew!”

“If” leads me to listen up because God is about to say something important that gives me choice and direction. This “if” tells me I need to “know” something important; several important things for that matter:

1, Know the gift of God ~ now, of course, Jesus is speaking of Himself as the Christ and the opportunity we have as we acknowledge Him as the Messiah ~ The Giver of the Eternal Life that brings us into the Kingdom of God and the Royal Family of Christ. However, applying this to us for any given day, I see the need to realize daily, yes, the gift we have in Messiah; but also the gift of relationship with Father that gift of Jesus provides for us. Several places in scripture instruct that God is the greatest treasure we can possess, an endless treasure that we will never fully discover or comprehend this side of glory. Realizing that treasure is what brings us to satisfaction in life that transcends our reality on earth and leads us to contentment in whatever state we find ourselves. This realization of God empowers us to know that He is the Gifter – He daily supplies abundance to those who seek and find Him, a supply above and beyond our understanding.

“If you knew the gift of God AND who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’….”

  1. Know the One speaking – the Christ who makes Himself known to us. Jesus is the one sent by God to save and to restore us to the Father. In the power of the Spirit come to life in us, He is the All in all. He never leaves nor forsakes, but fully covers us. Because of Him, we have full access to the Father, who is the Gifter, making the whole of His resources available to us.

And what did Jesus Speak to this woman at the well that we need to see? “Give me a drink.” He told her what He needed her to do for Him. This is important to realize.

God, the Father and the Son, in the power of the Spirit, still make known to each individual of us what He needs us to do for Him. He instructs us through His word, telling us right from wrong, good and evil, the blessing and the curse, the path of prosperity and that that brings adversity; and He tells us to choose, good or evil, blessing or curse. He instructs us concerning who we are in Christ and what we are to do as His followers. As we know His instruction, hearing and obeying, we come into the knowledge that we are His lights His ambassadors to the world, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, the possession of God. That means there are two more things we are to know:Christ-inside017

  1. Know His instruction to us as His people, His representatives, being in the world, but not of it. And…
  2. Know who we are in Christ ~ His representatives from the Royal family of God, being citizens of the Kingdom of God, having all the responsibility, power, authority, and resource that relationship brings to our life and to our living for Him.

Beloved, meditate on this verse with me today and pray to come into the full knowledge of these things we need to understand. Tomorrow we will finish the thought from Jesus that we need to understand once we know these things addressed thus far.

Get ready to press forward as ones who KNOW. Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: God’s People Flee Antichrist

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The abomination of desolation ~ Mark 13:14

“But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.”

Antichrist, the abomination of desolation, is a spirit of evil that stands against God and denies Christ. That spirit will one day indwell a man, possessing him for his own evil use, and that man will stand in the temple of God in Judea, professing himself as God. This word warns those of Judea to flee to the hills when they see this take place, knowing it signals a tribulation period that will devastate the earth and all its inhabitants.

However, we today need to realize that antichrist is already at work in the earth. That evil spirit is working to accomplish three things:

  1. He is rising up a person to be his man that will stand in that temple as the abomination warned of by Christ;
  2. He is preparing the hearts of people who will be followers of that false god called Antichrist; and
  3. He is working to lead even the elect away to false understanding that makes us impotent in this age, when we need to flow from the power of God to accomplish His purpose, reaching many for His name’s sake, before it is too late.

Beloved, if we do not want to be a follower of antichrist, we must realize that anything that causes us to doubt Jesus, the Christ of God-Jehovah, is the work of the spirit of antichrist. Anything that causes us to turn from God as the one and only true God is the spirit of antichrist setting us up for an eternal fall. Don’t wait to see the abomination of desolation before you flee the work of this spirit in the earth. Refuse antichrist. Believe God and follow Him faithfully. Our greatest, most effective resistance of the devil and this spirit of antichrist is simple: submit to God and follow Him with your whole heart.

WALK-WITH-GODPray today for those trapped by this false belief system set in play by the spirit of antichrist. Pray to recognize any false belief you have that comes from this spirit at work, determined to make you impotent as a bondservant of God in Christ Jesus. Anything that places a stronghold of doubt in us, robbing of trust in God alone, is antichrist. Pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus, but not one second before the last one who will give their life to You does so.”

“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. …For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. …We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work” ~ John 4:34; 6:38; 9:4, AMP.

Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: God’s People Flee Youthful Lusts

Monday, April 06, 2015

Difficulties in life, dealing with issues that needed attention threw me off course with this series last week. Believing the subject to be important for us in this season of life for humankind, this week we will finish that thought before pressing on. What is it scripture warns us to flee?

Last week we noted and prayed over the call of God to flee immorality, idolatry, and the root of all evil. Today we continue with the call to flee: Youthful lusts ~ 2 Timothy 2:22

“Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”

In verse 15, Paul warns young Timothy, his son in the Spirit, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” He speaks to Timothy of the need to set a good example while instructing others to walk in truth, to choose to be a vessel for honor in God’s house, and to refuse foolish and ignorant speculations that lead only to quarrels. He encourages Timothy to grow up.

Bible001Scripture instructs us in many passages that we are to grow up and mature in our faith. Paul, in Ephesians 4:15 implores, “let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ” (AMP). First Corinthians 14:20 tells us, “…in your thinking, be mature.” Hebrews 5 speaks to those who have slipped backward in their progress. At a time when they should be teachers, feasting on the meat of the word and sharing it with the less mature they fell back to needing milk. “For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (vs. 13-14).

If we are to make it through the challenge to our faith in these days we are in, beloved, it is vital that we grow up! How long have you been in this faith? Are you able to sit down on your own with the Spirit and feast on the meaty word of God, then take your gleanings to feed others and encourage them? Or are you still in need of others to feed you, like giving a bottle to a baby?

If you still look at God’s word and see disjointed stories about many people and events, speaking many confusing truths that sometimes appear contradictory; if you see it as archaic and no longer relevant, seek the Spirit to be your teacher. He is the one sent by the Lord to be our teacher. He is the one who applies the word of truth to our lives, making it relevant. He helps us grow, mature, and discern the truth of the word that puts it together like a puzzle, bringing all to clarity. Pray for those around you that need to mature in the faith.

Word of God, Speak ~ Mercy Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8cJQMU9Q-U&index=2&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9CSYXFnlQnFvRUUZD5PnBYA

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.