Spread His Love
Not all of us are called to the mission field overseas. But, all of us have a mission field right in front of us, in our neighborhood, community, city..., school, work, gym, grocery store, etc. Today is a great day to step out in boldness and share your faith right where you are! Where can you shine the light of Jesus today? J
Greg Comer has battled cancer for almost 7 yrs. The doctors are giving him only days to live. Greg is 41, married & has 2 children, Jacob 11 & Alyssa 7.
Jac...ob has asked his Mom for a special request, for everyone to pray for a miracle for his daddy. He wants a prayer chain across the world. Please pray for Greg and help start this prayer chain across the world for Jacob.
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" I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him."
What ever you act within the most (Slave of sin ...which brings death; slave of righteousness which results to life)is whom you serve. For I tell you, no child of God continues to sin, for God's very nature is within him. 1 John 3:9-10 | Romans 8:10 | Romans 8:14-15 | Romans 8:5 | Romans 8:6-7)
Concerning cultural Christianity.
Cultural Christianity is not biblical, wherefore these so-called professing "Faith Christians" are everywhere. They claim to know Jesus Christ Our Lord but they do not know Him. ( 1 John 2:15-17, John 14:15, Proverbs 8:17, Proverbs 8:36) These people that claims to be Christians are not Christians; they are carnal. They think by going to church on a Sunday can make them look 'holy' by means of them spending 6 days out of the week looking like the world, and talking like the world then; when attending a church that preach not on sin; because there is not the Holy Spirit to convict, reproach, and rebuke ones in wrongs ( 1 Timothy 5:20, Proverbs 26:5-6, Luke 17:3, Titus 1:12-13). So they come with a false charasmatic movement; so they sit under the influence of lies and a different doctrine that they think, can help their helplessness. Such teachings are spread by deceitful liars whom conscience are as if burnt with a hot iron.these deprave, carnal men and women prophesy only for barley and a piece of bread this is why they spread a different Gospel; that isn't a Gospel, such teachings are of prosperity and motivational false teachings. By all means of whitewashing ones sin but rather not rebuking, they cover up sin, and speak about worldly things and the world listens to them because they belong to the world, this is why they have entertainment within the church; because entertainment is the devil substitute of joy in which satan display; because I see entertainment impacting the church, than the church impacting the world.(1 John 5:1-5, Ezikiel 13:10, Ezekiel 13:3, Ezekiel 13:4-7, Ezekiel 13:8-9, Ezekiel 13:17-23, 1Timothy 6:1-10, 1 John 4:1-6, Luke 6:26 "How terrible when all people speak well of you; their ancestors said the very same things about the false prophets. 2 Peter 2:1-22) These people attend a church of such, thinking they will get what such 'Prophet' prophesy by means of what he/she say ought to get; should I ask. Do you my friend, get those very things such so-called 'Prophet' say you will get? Certainly not! how much foolish are you? Don't you know that the only benefit you are to such carnal mortal human beings are your very own hard earn funds which God give to you as wealth? If not what help are they to you? Are you stuck on folly? You are'nt as relevant to such men because if you were. Would'nt you not be as carnal as they are? (1 John 2:15-17, Proverbs 27:5-6 Better to correct someone openly than to let him think you don't care for him at all. 6 Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts an arm round your shoulder watch out!) you love the way you look, don't you? You want nothing but the world and everything within it; but do you get it when one whom is false prophesy such false visions, and false predictions? No indeed! The only help you are to then is your wealth this then is why God's judgement will fall upon you because of such wicked men are God's judgement for such wickedness (Revelations 19:20). Such people like these hate the truth, they are quick to say "judging" [ they are antinomians: Anti in Greek is against, Nomos in Greek is Law. So in other words these people go against the truth and do not speak truth, but are a bunch of reprobate godless minded men, women, boys, girls, whom hold the outward form of our religion; 2 Timothy 3:5 they will hold to the outward form of our religion, but will reject its true power. Keep away from such people.] when being confronted by sin [Romans 14:23 And anything that is not based on faith is sin." James 2:26 So then, as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without actions is dead.]. They love darkness rather than light, they call good evil and evil good because they love profane things, they feel good about themselves, they are self-centred people (seeker sensitive), they rejoice in lawlessness, they hate those who live holy lives in the service of my Lord God almighty Jesus Christ, they are quick to anger about the truth, without any Wisdom from God they show whom exactly who they are. By one reacting within the flesh which alternate to the very conduct which one such display. First from their actions, then their words as the scriptures says: Luke 6:45 For the mouth speak what the heart is full of. Matthew 15:11 It is not what goes into a person's mouth that makes him ritually unclean rather, what comes out of it makes him unclean." James 3:13-15 Are there people among you who are wise and understanding? They are to prove it by their good lives, by their good deeds performed with humility and wisdom. 14 But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don't sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from heaven; it belongs to the world, it is unspriritual and demonic.
James 2:6 Do any of you think you are religious? If you do not control your tongue, your religion is worthless and you decieve yourselves. What God considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: take care of orphans and widows in their sufferings and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.
James 3:12 A fig tree, my brothers and sisters, cannot bear figs, nor can a salty spring produce sweet water.
Ephesians 4:22 So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to the old self that was being made destroyed by its deceitful desires.
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, passions, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort.
Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.
Ephesians 5:4 Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God.
Ephesians 5:5 You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever recieve a share in the Kingdom of Christ and God.
Ephesians 4:29 Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.
Matthew 12:36-37 " You can be sure that on Judgment Day everyone will have to give account of every useless word he has ever spoken. 37 Your words will be used to judge you to declare you either innocent or guilty."
Matthew 15:11 It is not what goes into a person's mouth that makes him ritually unclean; rather, what comes out of it makes him unclean."
Matthew 15:19 For from his heart come the evil ideas which lead him to kill, commit adultery and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others.
LUKE 6:43-45 "A healthy tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit. 44 Every tree is know by the fruit it bears; you do not pick figs from thorn bushes or gather grapes from bramble bushes. 45 A good person brings good out of the treasure of good things in his heart; a bad person brings bad out of his treasure of bad things. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
This, "God loves you Gospel only reaches the flesh!" they slander, use vulgar words and do every sort of evil; ( spirit that belongs to the word that God put within us to not satisfy which is; filled with fierce desires.
Desires: a strong feeling of wanting to have something. Which in this case is strong passions for something or someone which is out of the flesh of worldy lusting.) they are a bunch of Apostasy children of the Devil they call themselves something which is the contrary of whom they are within their actions by all means of ones words contradicting he/she very action. They put everything before the Gospel and exclaim they follow Christ! [carnal, uncircumcised hearted, donominational arrogant self-centered false hood christians.]. These people (stereotype) love to be pat on the head and to be told how wonderful they are and to not speak the truth to them about sin. They hate to be reprove, the love of this world are within their hearts; this is why they are lukewarm or rather should I say cold unspriritual depraved merely thinking mortals, who think they are entering the Kingdom of God but are not Matthew 7:21-23, 1 Timothy 4:1-2, 1 Timothy 6:1-10, Revelation 3:16-18 But because you are lukewarm, neither hot or cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, 'I am rich and well off; I have all I need.' But you do not know how miserable and pitiful you are! You are poor, naked, and blind. 18 I advise you, then, to buy gold from me, pure gold, in order to be rich. Buy also white clothing to dress yourself and cover up your shameful nakedness. Buy also some ointment to put on your eyes, so that you may see. ( these are foolish virgins whom are those who were faithful to God but then give up their faith for the world; to be one of such an infidel, when the tribulation comes of the great destruction of babylonia such terrible things will be appearing upon this earth I myself and my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus will be persecuted even if it means death or to be thrown in jail.) . They follow nothing but teachings of ancestors, which indeed are men traditions. Their mouth are full of sweet words towards God but their hearts aren't right, their hearts are far away from God. This is why Proverbs says; Proverbs 8:17 I Love those who love me; whoever looks for me can find me; Proverbs 8:34-36 Those who listen to me will be happy those who stay at my door every day, waiting at the entrance to my home. 35 Those who find me find life, and the LORD will be pleased with them. 36 Those who do not find me hurt themselves; anyone who hates me loves death." Proverbs 28:9 If you do not obey the law, God will find your prayers to hateful to hear. Proverbs 28:4 If you have have no regard for the law, you are on the side of the wicked; but if you obey it, you are against them. Jeremiah 29:13-14 The Lord said, "These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they simply memorized. 14 So I will startle them with one unexpected blow after another. Those who are wise will turn to to be fools, and their cleverness will be useless."
This is a question to ask one self; 'Am I an infidel claiming to be a believer, or rather is my life conforms to the image of Christ or as by the world standards?
By: Roberto Forbes
John 16:33 NLT
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have ov...ercome the world."
Romans 8:37 NLT
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
1 John 4:4 NLT
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
1 John 5:4-5 NLT
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.  And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 Corinthians 15:56-58 NLT
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.  But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.  So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
Apostle Jonas Clark
7 STEPS TO EFFECTIVE APOSTOLIC MINISTRY
Steps to Effective Apostolic Ministry
The Apostle Paul showed us the apostolic model of ministry. Let's review seven steps to effective apostolic ministry. First we must understand that man cannot save himself. We live in the world that teaches we don’t need the God of the Bible. Secular humanists, for example, have educated people to believe they are gods and capable of finding their own way through life.
The sad conclusion of this doctrine is a complete moral collapse, outright corruption, lack of identity, direction, and purpose. The only salvation for humanity is Christ. Jesus said, “Come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest to your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Jesus is still looking for disciples that will take his Gospel into the harvest fields. Unfortunately, we have a problem. Churches around the world have become ineffectual in reaching the lost and unchurched. Our model of ministry, "draw people to a building with every gimmick you can think of," is not working. We need a better way, a New Testament way, and an apostolic way.
Christ will return for a glorious Church that has cleared away the humanistic dross and rediscovered God’s model for effective ministry. Ministry leaders are struggling with falling church attendance, apathy and lukewarmness in their congregations and the lack of spiritual fervor. If we want something different, then we must do something different. We need a new model of ministry. Current church models do everything they can to draw people to their buildings to attend services. That "church model" only produces a group of people shuffled from one church to the next. No new converts.
Apostolic ministry gifts bring structure and order to the Church (Titus 1:5). We cannot expect change by doing the same thing this year that did not work the year before. To reach our cities for Christ, apostolic tactics are needed. Building apostolic teams and companies of sent ones from Antioch model ministries is one of those tactics (see Acts 13). Instead of expecting the lost to attend our churches on their own accord we must go out and get them. This is how Christ, the founder of the Church, taught his disciples. Jesus said, “Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23). We must learn how to compel the unchurched to come into God’s house. This is the New Testament model for church growth, go get them.
If we are going to see the glorious church revealed, then we need to change the way we reach our cities with the Gospel (Ephesians 5:27). Apostolic churches are modeling a different pattern for ministry. Instead of doing everything possible to attract people to a church building they are training various harvest teams to invade their communities. This type of ministry requires organizing apostolic teams and companies. Forming apostolic teams and companies is one part of the new apostolic church revolution. Let’s learn how the Apostle Paul built an apostolic team.
PAUL’S APOSTOLIC TEAM
The Apostle Paul showed us how he built an apostolic company by finding disciples, laying hands on them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, spiritual impartation, modeling boldness, forbidding prejudice and showcasing deliverance ministry. We can find his example in the following scripture.
“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus and finding certain disciples said to them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said to him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said to them, To what then were ye baptized? And they said, To John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:1-5).
STEP ONE: GATHER DISCIPLES
Apostles don’t work alone. Jesus didn’t send them out alone and neither should we. He sent them out two and two (Mark 6:7). They have an anointing to gather disciples and put them to work as a team. Paul’s first step, when he entered the city of Ephesus, was gathering disciples. He didn’t have many to begin with, only twelve are mentioned. From these twelve he formed an apostolic revolutionary team that built one of the greatest churches in history, the Ephesus church.
Gathering disciples was putting “first things first.” A true disciple (Greek mathetes) of Christ is not simply a born again believer. A true disciple is a person that lives according to the Word of God to the best of their ability. Jesus described a disciple as one who “abides in His Word” (John 8:31). Disciples love the Word, are lifelong students, doers of the Word, and are spiritually hungry and remain teachable (2 Timothy 2:15; James 1:22). They know the Word of God and the ways of God. There are many believers, but few disciples. Notice Paul asked these disciples if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed in Christ. Their response was revealing. They said they had never heard of a baptism of the Holy Ghost.
At this point in Paul’s life, he is a seasoned apostle. Many years passed since being sent out of Antioch. Because of the warfare against his life and ministry he knew that these disciples had to be filled with the Holy Ghost. When Jesus formed His revolutionary team right before His ascension into heaven, he directed them to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit. “But you will receive power after the Holy Ghost comes on you and you will be witnesses to me” (Acts 1:8). Notice Jesus said you would receive power after and not before. Apostles never ignore the spiritual condition of their team members. Team members need the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues and prophecy. “And when Paul laid his hands on them the Holy Ghost came on them and they spake with tongues and prophesied” (Acts 19:6).
STEP TWO: BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY GHOST
Second, Paul laid his hands on these disciples and prayed that they might be baptized with the Holy Ghost. This is the New Testament biblical pattern for building apostolic teams. Apostolic team members should be filled with the Holy Ghost to be effective in ministry. Remember, we are rediscovering the Apostle Paul’s apostolic model. This is it. There is no way to handle the extreme pressure and opposition to the Gospel without Jesus’ dunamis power to witness, the Holy Spirit himself. Not only does the Holy Spirit give you power, but He is also your spiritual teacher.
There are many references to the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the Word of God. After Jesus’ resurrection, he commanded his disciples not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the Father. Jesus had spoken of this same promise when he said, “If you love me keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Comforter that he may remain with you forever even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because it seeth him not neither knoweth him: but you know him for he dwelleth with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17). Jesus declared, “For John truly baptized with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days from now.” Jesus also assured them that they would “receive power after the Holy Ghost came on them and that they would be witnesses to him” (Acts 1:4-8). John the Baptist also prophesied of this great baptism. “I indeed baptize you with water to repentance, but he that cometh after me is mightier than I whose shoes I am not worthy to bear he will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Matthew 3:11).
Apostolic Ministry Training
APOSTOLIC MINISTRY TRAINING
Then that precious day came. “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come they were all with one accord in one place, and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4). The Apostle Peter was also in the Upper Room that day and was filled with Holy Ghost power and spoke with other tongues. After he had left the building people asked him the same question that is being asked today, “What meaneth this?” Responding, he preached his first Holy Ghost empowered sermon. His message pierced the hearts of the hearers, and they asked, “What must we do?” Peter, who just days before denied the Lord Jesus, answered with great boldness. “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you and your children and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord our God should call” (Acts 2:37-39).
This same baptism of the Holy Spirit is available for you right now. Let’s pray together. Jesus. You are my Lord and my Savior. Lord, I want everything that you have to give me. I want this same precious gift of the Holy Spirit that you poured out on your servants in that upper room. By faith and according to your word, baptize me and fill me right now with your Holy Spirit. I accept your promise by faith. Thank you, Lord.
STEP THREE: LAYING ON OF HANDS AND SPIRITUAL IMPARTATION
Paul modeled his apostolic ministry through the laying on of hands for impartation on those twelve disciples. “And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came on them and they spake with tongues and prophesied” (Acts 19:6). Paul taught his new team the doctrine of the laying on of hands and the power of apostolic impartation. This doctrine originated with Christ (Hebrews 6:2). After he had prayed, there was a release of the Holy Spirit on these believers, and they began to speak in other tongues and prophesy.
Apostolic ministry is a ministry of impartation. Paul said in Romans, “I want to come to you that I might pass on some spiritual gift to the end you may be established” (Romans 1:11). There are many examples of the ministry of the laying on of hands throughout Scripture.
STEP FOUR: MODEL BOLDNESS IN SPIRIT
The next step the Apostle Paul did was to show a bold ability to preach and teach the Gospel to a not so receptive group of religious people for three months.
“And all the men were about twelve. And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus” (Acts 19:7-9).
Grace for spiritual boldness is an apostolic trait. The Apostle Paul trained by example. Here the team gets a chance to hear Paul speaking boldly in the synagogue challenging and swaying the listeners. Apostolic boldness expresses itself during a conflict. Notice too that Paul taught about the Kingdom of God. Indeed, Paul spoke of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and the atoning blood of Jesus. This Scripture, however, says he spoke boldly about the Kingdom of God. The message of the Kingdom of God is reestablishing the Kingdom of God on earth through Christ’ disciples. In my book "Kingdom Living" you will discover what Jesus and his apostles preached. You won’t see this preaching on Christian television.
The Holy Ghost loves boldness. To be bold shows a readiness to take risks and face danger. Not boldness worked up by man’s soul but evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Apostolic grace is visible.
STEP FIVE: FREE OF RACISM AND PREJUDICE
The fifth principle the apostle models are breaking down walls of racism and discrimination. Paul left the church after three months and taught in Tyrannus’ school for two years. This was a multiethnic school with both Jews and Gentiles. Here Paul’s grace flourished and “all of Asia heard the word of the Lord” (Acts 19:10).
Paul, taking the pattern from the Antioch church taught the gospel was not for Jews only but also Gentiles. He teaches them to breakthrough walls of cultural separation, prejudice, and racism. It’s unfortunate that people who say they love Christ refuse to worship in multiethnic settings. The apostolic team must guard themselves against partiality, favoritism, and discrimination. Racist people can never enter the new apostolic Church revolution.
STEP SIX: TRAIN IN DELIVERANCE MINISTRY
The sixth step to forming an apostolic company is training in deliverance ministry.
“And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons and the diseases departed from them and the evil spirits went out of them” (Acts 19:11-12).
Paul was given the opportunity to display the miracle working power of God and teach the newly formed team about deliverance ministry. Apostles don’t ignore the devil. You cannot build a new apostolic church and ignore enemies in the unseen spirit world.
In the past, some untrained and overzealous people abused the merits of deliverance ministry but that doesn’t mean we should stop helping people. Some try to replace holy living and obedience with excuses for sinful behavior that can often be linked to generational curses, soul ties, and witchcraft. Our apostolic teams, therefore, must train in spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry. Jesus said that “deliverance is the children’s bread” (Matthew 15:22, 26). Paul trained the members of his church to put on the armor of God and engage spiritual enemies. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:10-12).
Before Jesus sent out his apostolic teams he gave them power against spirits. “He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matthew 10:1). Again, Jesus never taught his apostles to ignore the devil. Jesus didn’t leave them alone and neither should we. Demonic powers are still saying, “Let us alone; what have we to do with you, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know you who you are; the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Hold thy peace and come out of him” (Luke 4:34-35). A disease is often, not always, directly related to demonic activity as seen in the following Scriptures.
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).
“There came also a multitude out of the cities round about to Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one” (Acts 5:16).
Understanding your authority as a disciple in spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry is important to the apostolic team. Spiritual warfare is simply binding and loosing in prayer and attacking on purpose spiritual strongholds of opposition and resistance to the advancement of the Gospel in a territory (Matthew 18:18-20). It is a taking up, in prayer, the authority of the believer that Jesus gave his disciples (Luke 10:17-20). This is all with the understanding that we are not wrestling with people, but with principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).
Deliverance ministry and the casting out of demons is the first sign that should follow the believer. “And these signs will follow them that believe; In my name will they cast out devils” (Mark 16:17). An apostolic governing church never substitutes deliverance with counseling. They don’t try to talk out what can only be cast out. This is not to say that they don’t offer to counsel; they do. Apostolic ministry, however, flows in the anointing that sets captives free. There are many different types of prayer in the Word of God, all given for Spirit-life living and the advancement of the Gospel (Ephesians 6:18).
Apostolic teams must prepare to meet strong opposition from Satan and occult influences in society (1 Thessalonians 2:18). Christians cannot continue to avoid spiritual conflict while hiding behind a comfortable and often backslidden condition. To do this ignores the needs of those around them. Opposition, abuse, and resistance are all part of the package. Paul declared, “For a great door and effectual is opened to me and there are many enemies” (1 Corinthians 16:9). The effective advancement of the Gospel always causes a reaction; some are negative.
STEP SEVEN: A SERVANT'S HEART
Apostles train those with servant's hearts. Step seven for forming apostolic teams and companies is the servant’s heart.
“After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus; but he stayed in Asia for a season” (Acts 19:21-22).
Paul completes the apostolic pattern gathering, teaching, training and sending. He chooses Timothy and Erastus, two of his spiritual sons that ministered to him and sent them on apostolic assignment. Erastus was not only a servant he was a city manager (Romans 16:23). Until you have learned to serve someone else, you can never be a sent one. Minister, from the Greek minus or minor, means one who acts as an inferior agent in obedience or subservience to another and one who serves or officiates in contrast to the master (magnus). The most familiar English word describing a servant is the deacon. Someone once asked, “How do I know if I am a servant?” The answer is, “You find out when you are being treated like one.”
The Holy Spirit is teaching us the importance of apostolic teams and companies. Once we thought of the apostle’s Paul or Peter working alone, but now we know they never worked alone, they formed many teams.
I know that you want to do something great for God with your life. Follow the Apostle Paul’s example and get baptized in the Holy Spirit. He is your teacher who will “lead you and guide you in all truth.” Next, do everything you can to renew your mind with the Word of God. Spiritual maturity is a must and only comes through learning and applying God’s truth to your life. If you don’t think right then, you can’t believe right. As you continue to grow in the Word, learn the ways of the Holy Spirit. Watch what the Holy Spirit likes and dislikes. Then start using the spiritual authority Christ gave you by submitting yourself to God and resisting the devil. Finally, make sure you find a good Bible believing, Holy Spirit anointed church, and join the revolution of righteousness.
Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart.
You have heard "the truth will set you free". How is that possible? Lies hold us in bondage. If we tell lies, we have to remember what we said so we can tell the next lie that goes with the previous lie. Lies keep us in fear of the truth being found out. Lies cause others to not trust us or we... can't trust someone else. Lies do not come from your heart because in your heart you know when you are lying and it causes you distress.
When the truth is presented there is no room for debate. If lies hold us in bondage then truth is what sets us free from that bondage. The truth is not always easy but it is best. When you tell the truth there is no fear of being found out, like when telling a lie; you do not need to keep creating something else to say to cover up your last truthful statement, like you do with a lie; truth can hurt others for a little while but the damage from lies is long-term.
This verse asks some questions about who can dwell with God? The answer is someone who is blameless, does what is righteous, and speaks truth from his heart. None of us can do these things all the time. But through Jesus' death and resurrection we are made blameless and righteous with truth filling our hearts. That is how you can be free.
God, lying is sin. It hurts others and us as well. Truth equals freedom from the bondage of sin. Thank you for providing a way for us to come to you and receive freedom from sin and the guarantee we will spend our eternity in your presence. Love you, Lord. Amen.
Challenge: Are you in bondage? Do you seek to be free? Repent of sin and receive forgiveness. Freedom will follow.
WOW Let's all meditate on this song! Thank you Jesus for letting LOVE be the loudest voice I hear every day of my life!!! I hope this touches someone's Heart today.
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea....When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
- Luke 21:25-28
"...in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungratef...ul. They will consider nothing sacred.
They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.
They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of[a] vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) ...They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith.
Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." 2 Timothy 3: 1-17
What do you do when things get out of control and it seems God has lost control? What do you do when the sickness you prayed for gets worse? When the marriage y...ou fought for fails? When the financial problems you tried to resolve turn into a total crisis? What do you do when friends leave and enemies cleave? When your back is against the wall and you’re running out of time, look to God, don't lose faith, and remain faithful to every revealed truth. Whenever you feel desperate, trust God and resist the temptation to take matters into your hands. Daniel proved that there is safety in the company of hungry lions in the den of death alone with God, than in peace pleasing people. The three Hebrew boys proved that there is hope in the flaming furnace alone with God than in the false comfort and coziness of idol worshippers. Joseph proved that there is potential for divine promotion in Pharaoh’s prison in obedience to God, than in Potiphar’s palace in sinful partnership with Potiphar’s wife. When hell breaks loose; stand faithfully with God. Oftentimes we have nothing left but God, only to discover that God is all we need. God says, "Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10) - Isaac Kubvoruno
We all need to meditate and pray over these words and ask God to guide us in our relationship with Him
The Three Life-long Stages of Spiritual Development
Part 3 - Responses and Snares Within Each Stage
by John Cameron King
In my first article on the phases of s...piritual growth we looked at each phase itself and in my second article we looked the similarities of each of the phases. Today were looking at how to respond to each stage and what snares can potentially trip us up. If you’re just joining I suggest you start from the beginning by clicking here.
Our Response in the Thankfulness Stage
Remember, this is the starting point. The place we first engage grace. The place where God initiates. In this place we’re rejoicing because the Holy Spirit is doing everything, there are times in this stage things just appear easy, which makes us feel like we’re pretty awesome!
Our response in this stage is to just receive. Our goal is to gobble up as much of the free stuff as we possibly can. We need to take in and exploit everything the Father is offering to us! Don’t be eager to leave this place. Certainly don’t rush it. The temptation is to hurry up and exit this phase due to the fact we believe we can conquer the world. Why should the world suffer when there’s such a mighty warrior here to save it? It’s easy to feel that we can save the world when the Holy Spirit is doing everything for us.
Nevertheless, when he delegates a tiny fraction of kingdom responsiblity to us in the next phase, it’s easy to believe the weight of the world is on our shoulders. So in light of this, don’t be so determined to get into ministry or your personal vision so fast that you jump into problems and spiritual battles you’re not prepared to fight. Just chill out and receive.
Snares in the Thanksgiving Stage
This desire to rush the journey is the first snare that can trip us up in this phase. It’s real easy to pick a fight with a giant, when you’ve never even killed a lion or a bear (1 Samuel 17:36).
The second snare in this phase is falling back into sin. You’re not far from your old lifestyle. The appetites for sin are still relatively accustomed to being fed. Old habits are broken, but not forgotten. This can be compounded by the ease of early grace. The easiness of it all predispositions us toward pride, and pride greases the stairs for your fall down the staircase (Proverbs 16:18).
The third snare is the Joseph syndrome. At this early point in the journey, the Father has divinely called you out from among the crowd. The Holy Spirit is hooking you to Your call by giving you an early taste of the things to come. He’s revealing your potential to yourself. You’re tasting the power of your gifts in their future and more mature state. One suffering from the Joseph Syndrome believes they’re so awesome that the sun, moon and stars are ready to bow down to them right now (Genesis 37:9). Lacking the maturity, experience and wisdom of a more seasoned disciple, they show off their pearls of revelation to anyone who will listen (Matthew 7:6).
The problem with the Joseph syndrome is everyone wants to throw them in the pit. Their pride and arrogance, that is hidden from them, is apparent to everyone else. While their older brothers have been baking in the sun watching over the sheep, there’re not quit as entertained by their inexperienced little brother’s self revelations of grandeur, even if they are from God. If you know a Joseph don’t throw him into the pit. Just be silently content that God’s providence can help him find it himself.
If you’re suffering from the Joseph syndrome, it’s probably impossible for you to see it right now. However, if you can, just sport your multicolored coat and thankfully know you’re not mature enough to work the fields like your older brothers. Be quietly gratified knowing you’re the Father’s favorite and ponder the word in your heart like Mary; don’t tout it like Joseph.
Our Response in the Praise Phase
In the praise phase you must respond to the Holy Spirit by embracing what he’s giving you. You must embrace the vision, calling and identity he’s placing upon You, while at the same time accepting the responsibility that accompanies these things. In this stage you’re learning to be a manager in God’s kingdom. You’re growing into a person that’s co-laboring and co-reigning with him. You embrace the call along with the heavy responsibility that comes with it. You are offering the sacrifice of praise, but also releasing the shout of praise in times of victory.
The Snares in the Praise Phase
The snares in this phase of your life-long journey are disillusionment and discouragement. We get disillusioned with God, with people, with other disciples, with leaders and the church as a whole. None of the above act in a way that is consistent with our expectations. They certainly don’t align with our assumptions of what “should be.”
Nevertheless, the redemptive potential of this place is powerful. This is the place of character formation. Though at times fruitful, it can be mundane. As we press through this stage we learn the value of friendship with God solely for the sake of the relationship. He totally breaks us of seeking him for the purpose of seeing our dreams come true. We learn to seek him for the purpose of knowing him. Whether in success or failure, he becomes our prize apart from our circumstances. Many times as we remain faithful, vision fulfillment occurs in this season, but this is not guaranteed.
If you find yourself in this place, press though discouragement and disillusionment. Don’t drop out of the race. Don’t settle for being a good citizen, be a kingdom warrior that fights until victory is secured or until you die trying.
Our Response in the Friendship With God Phase
The third and final phase is the place of mutual friendship with God. In this place Father, Son and Holy Spirit is your best friend, which may have been true through all the phases, but now you have the maturity, experience and enough history together to be his friend as well. Your response in this place is to choose to sit at his feet. Your focus is now interaction within his presence, not the vision or the call. Success or failure is irrelevant. He is the prize. Knowing him with clarity and mutual transparency is the goal.
Snares in the Friendship with God Phase
The snares one faces in this stage is dependent on how things faired in phase two. If one doesn’t believe they fulfilled their calling, as they interpreted it, there is a temptation to fall into bitterness, to live in a place of perpetual grieving and inferiority due to the fact that they didn’t reach their goals. The people who have fallen into this trap rarely desire to press into his presence. They feel betrayed by him.
If this is you, you must embrace the kingdom reality that you’re “being calling” trumps your “doing calling.” You must embrace this passionately or you’re in danger of missing your whole life purpose. Your purpose is not to be a machine that produces results, but to be a person that knows him. Remember this! The greatest commandments reap the greatest eternal rewards. The greatest command is to love him, so give yourself to his feet and let eternity pick the winners and losers. If you choose his feet, then eternity will prove you wise.
The second snare in this place is wrongfully choosing more success over the humility of being at his feet. Maybe phase two was really good to you. Whether by the sovereignty of God or by the wise use of your talents you bore much fruit. If this is you, there’s a danger of becoming success greedy. It’s hard to transition from being the visible head into moving to his invisible feet. Even if you choose more success, then you must be aware in the economy of God’s kingdom, you’re not eating at the head table, but your eating at a buffet of lesser servants.
Unfortunately, many people who choose more success don’t attain it. Many times people overstay. How many people do you know that the business they own or the church they pastor would be much stronger if they retired three years earlier? They can’t seem to let go. They don’t realize their time is up.
If this is you, then you must choose the humility of sitting at his feet. Your experience, counsel and consultation will be so much more valuable if you end on a strong note, especially if you offer this from a place of friendship with God. Don’t be deceived into believing your value to the kingdom is based on your results for the kingdom. Your value to the kingdom is based on who you have become and the depth of your relationship with the Holy Spirit. As your physical strength diminishes and you find yourself unable to maintain the pace you’ve engaged in the past, then this provides the greatest opportunity of your life up until this point. You now have the opportunity to deepen your friendship with the Father by drawing on a rich history lived with him.
No matter where you are on this journey, make a point to run to the end. God speed my friends.
To The Wounded Soul Who Has Lost Hope ... Life at times can seem so unfair. The more we try to do good the more bad things seem to happen to us and it has a tendency to harden our hearts and then we put up walls all around us so that people can't get through anymore and hurt us. Though we might have a lot of people around our lives we feel all alone and if there is a God why doesn't He see my suffering and come to my rescue. If this is you then Jesus has a simple answer that has life changing results. --This message is just for you right now. Jesus Said-Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Jesus wants to be our strength in life difficulties and bear our burdens when life becomes overwhelming and we just want to give up. He loves us so much and right now He wants to heal and comfort you in all that you are going through.
Ask the Lord right now to heal your heart from all the pain you have inside and if you need to be forgiven for anything then ask Him to forgive you and then believe He will do what He has promised. We are to cast all our care upon Him the bible says because He Cares for Us. What a great promise and what an awesome God we have. Father we pray that you would comfort and strengthen our hearts and minds and heal us from all the pain and sorrowful memories that have haunted our hearts and minds and renew our strength to trust you and love you and follow you this very minute in Jesus name we pray Amen. In order to maintain a close relationship with Christ like any good relationship we have to spend time with them and we do that with God by spending time in prayer and reading His word DAILY and going to church for fellowship and learning about Him. If you do those things very little you get little results but if you make them your life daily then God will meet you and you will have the abundant life He promised. Jesus loves you so spend a lot of time with Him so He can show you. Please share this with others so they can also receive the healing God has for them. Share with others if this has blessed you and you would like to partner with us to pay Facebook to boost this post to reach more people then you can donate and 100% of donation goes to the post and it is tax deductible and a receipt for donation will be sent. A detailed explanation about Donations is at the beginning of this Facebook page called "Why donations when Facebook is free." #Jimmykempner777 @jimmykempner.com #wounded #hopeless
Greg Comer has battled cancer for almost 7 yrs. The doctors are giving him only days to live. Greg is 41, married & has 2 children, Jacob 11 & Alyssa 7. Jacob has asked his Mom for a special request, for everyone to pray for a miracle for his daddy. He wants a prayer chain across the world. Please pray for Greg and help start this prayer chain across the world for Jacob.
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Let us take time out today to pray for world peace . Lord we see the unrest among nations who are seeking power at any cost . Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts o...f all mankind with the love of Christ . Show us the way to living with one another in harmony even though we have differences . Bring Your peace to every human heart on earth. Amen
Satan is a Liar!
EMOTIONAL PAIN: "Sometimes we experience such emotional pain that we can't eat, sleep, or even think straight. We tend to feel misunderstood & under appreciated.... The hurt is so strong that it feels debilitating. We tend to repeatedly play, over & over again, the scenarios from our past, & what is currently happening in our lives. These instances typically triggered self destructive emotions & behaviors such as insecurity, anger or even drug & alcohol escape. TODAY WE CHOOSE PRAYER & FAITH AS WE PRACTICE "THIS TOO SHALL PASS" MENTALITY TO RECOVER & HEAL" !!!
When we understand that we live in a world where 2 million of us are part of Alcoholics Anonymous, 28 million children live with alcoholic parents, and 43 % of ...adults have been exposed to alcoholism including those of us who are part of Adult Children of Alcoholics, we know that we are interfacing day-to-day with the walking wounded. We have heard repeatedly that we live in a world that needs Christ, and these statistics help us to see why. Adult children of alcoholics guess at what normal is, constantly seek approval, overreact when they are not in control, and are either very responsible or very irresponsible. It’s no wonder Christ said to judge not, and that we have need of patience.
Whether we are part of this group or dealing with drug abuse, financial issues or any other problems, we are all the children of God; and as believers, sent to continue Christ’s work in this earth. That means receiving all He has given us, and then giving all we can in God’s timing and in His ways.
Father, we love You so! We are so very grateful for Your love and all it means to us. Thank You for parenting us, for sending Your Son to save us, to restore us and for sending Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. We receive it all, asking Your help for that and Your direction for giving of what we have. We declare and decree that Your Word doesn’t return void, but that it accomplishes that which we please and prospers in the thing where we send it. We stand in agreement with You and every person praying in agreement with Your perfect will. We lend our faith to theirs, and receive the faith and agreement of all those lending theirs to ours. We pray for all times, at all levels, releasing ministering angels to help us in Jesus’ name and for Your glory!
(Matthew 7:1; 5:9; James 5:7; Romans 8:16; Ephesians Chapter 1; Deuteronomy 28:9; Isaiah 30:21; Luke 6:38; Matthew 7:11; Hebrews 2:2-4; Revelation 12:11; John 14:10-18; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 6:10, 18:18-20; Hebrews 1:14)