Archive for November 2017

FAST FOOD

November 23, 2017

Word for Today:  November 26

 

The Kingdom

“Religious” thinking (this is always a big problem) has removed the Kingdom from where it really is to where we think it is.  When we think of “heaven” we think “far away.”  We think “eternity.”  We think “after we die.”  We think “sometime in the future.”

The devil sees to it that we think wrong about the Kingdom and where it is.  Because he knows that when we find out the Truth, he is doomed.

The Kingdom is in (or within) every believer.   If you are a believer, the Kingdom is inside of you.  Jesus said the Kingdom of God is “within” or “inside” of you.

Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within (entos:  within, inside) you.”  Luke 17:21

Now, just what is in the Kingdom?   What is there?  What is inside of you?

  • Life
  • Health
  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Power
  • Success
  • Prosperity
  • Boldness
  • Love
  • Faith
  • Forgiveness
  • Patience
  • Strength
  • Soundness of mind

In fact “all things that pertain to life and godliness” are in you. (2Pet 1:3)   It is all there.  It is inside of every believer.  It came at the time of your conversion.  It is the Kingdom of God and it has come.  It is the Answer to the prayer Jesus prayed in Matthew chapter 6.  It will function when you let it.

All Kingdom resources are in you.

 

Faith brings them out

FAST FOOD

November 22, 2017

Word for Today:  November 22

 

Worship God.

Come before His presence.  Stand in awe of His Glory and His Goodness and His Power.  Be still.  Listen.  Wait.  Be quiet.  Weep.  Tremble.  Fall on your face.  Bow down.  Kneel. Worship God.  Get lost in God.  Get “caught up” in God.  Stand before Him.

When the Glory filled the temple in the Old Testament, the priests could not minister because of the powerful Presence of God.

On the Day of Pentecost in Acts, the saints who were filled with God staggered as drunk men and spoke in unlearned languages.  All around them people knew that something Supernatural had taken place.

  • Some were amazed.
  • Some were confounded.
  • Some marveled.
  • Some believed.
  • All were moved by the Awesome Presence of God…

They Worshipped.  God Responded.

 

When we worship, God Responds….

 

FAST FOOD

November 21, 2017

Word for Today:  November 21

 

What matters to Jesus.

Heart condition matters to Jesus.  The Word tells us that He looks on the Heart… not the outward appearance.  What is in your heart and the condition of your heart will determine the depth of your relationship with Jesus.

What is in your mind and what comes out of your mouth was first in your heart.  How you feel toward others and toward God and toward the Church comes from the inner most part of your re-created Human Spirit… your heart.

Revival and Restoration comes from the “reconditioning” of the heart…. Commitment and dedication and fruit production all come from the “reconditioned” heart.  How is your heart?  Are you plagued with “heart trouble”?  The kind of coldness and indifference that is spiritually fatal?

The “don’t care” attitude and the “good-enough-as-I-am” and “satisfied-as-is” attitude is the direct result of a hardened heart… an “evil heart of unbelief” (Heb. 3:12).

 

Check your heart

FAST FOOD

November 20, 2017

Word for Today:  November 20

 

Seek Him.  Find Him. Know Him.

Let your driving passion be to seek Him and find Him and know Him.  God tells us:

And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart… Jer. 29:13

Searching and Seeking “with all our heart” is the Key.  Many times our relationship with Jesus has been weakened and watered down… it has been prostituted and compromised… and as a result we do not seek Him with “all our heart.”   It could be that we have been too busy working for Him.  Perhaps we are too busy “going to church” and learning the latest trend and the newest formula and the next Revelation.

What do you really desire in your heart as far as your Spiritual Welfare is concerned?   What do you want most out of “Church”?   For what main reason do you attend church?

Some come to get healed.  Some come to learn how to prosper.  Some come because they like the music and the joy and the exuberance of the services.  Some come to hear the pastor.  Some come because they feel “obligated” and it relieves their conscience.  Some come to be with friends and some come to be with family.

All of these are good.  None are the best.

Come to seek Him

Come to know Him

Come to worship Him

Come to fellowship with Him

Come to love Him

Come to Behold His glory

FAST FOOD

November 19, 2017

Word for Today:  November 19

 

The Bottom Line.

The Bottom Line of the Christian Faith is that Christians are to be like Jesus.  The very word “Christian” means “like Christ.”  We are not to be like Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Charismatics… or any other “religious” group… we are to be LIKE JESUS.

We are not to be like Oral Roberts, Billy Graham, Simon Peter, the Apostle Paul or any other notable preacher or teacher.  We are to be LIKE JESUS.

We have been so caught up with studying and learning about Jesus that we have neglected the simplicity of Knowing Jesus and Knowing Jesus intimately.

This is not something new for the church.  It happened in Ephesus as John describes in the Book of Revelation:

I know thy works and thy labor and thy patience and how thou canst not bear them which are evil and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles and are not and hast found them liars and hast borne and hast patience and for my name’s sake hast labored and hast not fainted nevertheless I have somewhat against thee because thou hast left thy first love… Rev. 2:2-4

The result of continuing to neglect our First Love is spelled out clearly in this passage.

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repent and do the first works; or else….  Rev. 2: 5

 

Remember… Repent… and Return

FAST FOOD

November 18, 2017

Word for Today:  November 18

 

Weights.

We have been hindered by “weights.”   Some of these “weights” have been manufactured by the church and fostered by the ministry.  We have become consumed by Procedures and Techniques and Easy Formulas that attempt to manipulate God to provide Instant Cures for all that ails us.

We have developed a Mind for God and a Knowledge about God, but our hearts and Spirits are dry and stunted and hungry for a Simple and Genuine Relationship with the Risen Jesus.

  • Just to Know Him.
  • Just to Love Him.
  • Just to Commune with Him.
  • Just to Walk with Him.
  • Just to Fellowship with Him.

Forget about all the “buttons to punch” and all the “strings to pull” and all the empty “words to say”…. let’s come back to JESUS.  Let’s really make Him Lord and keep Him Lord.  Let’s Behold His Glory and Look into His Wonderful Face.

We have been like Martha “cumbered about with much serving” when we need to be like Mary who sat at Jesus’ Feet loving Him and hearing His word.

Mary chose that Good and Better Part.

 

So should we

FAST FOOD

November 17, 2017

 

Word for Today:  November 17

 

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.   (John 11:4)  

Jesus “heard” the bad report.  Faith comes by hearing and doubt also comes by hearing.  Unbelief can be stimulated by hearing.  Distress can come by hearing.  Fear can be initiated by hearing.  What are you hearing?  Whatever you are hearing will either build your faith are add to your unbelief.  Jesus determined not to be moved by what He heard.

Then, Jesus declared with His mouth what the situation was going to be.  He took the opportunity to prophesy what the situation was going to be because he knew the will of God in the matter.   Jesus “heard” and then He “said.”  What He heard did not alter what He said.  He refused to give in to the sense realm by believing what the opinions of men were.

“It’s not over.  It’s not final.  It’s not what it’s going to be.  God is working.  I am waiting.  I am believing.  I am standing.  I am speaking.  I am prophesying.  What I say is in agreement with God and because of this, the devil (and all his works) will have to move aside.”

  • Sickness is an opportunity.
  • Adversity is an opportunity.
  • Every impossibility is an opportunity.
  • Your fiery trial is an opportunity.

They are opportunities for us to exercise our faith.  They are opportunities for us to get into the Word and find out what God is saying.  They are opportunities to turn tragedy into triumph.

God is the Master at giving us Beauty for ashes.  (Isa 61:3)  When we see our “death” situation in this light, we will be encouraged to say the same thing Jesus said:

“This thing is not unto death…. it is an opportunity for God to show Himself strong in my behalf and to give me a powerful testimony of His Faithfulness.”

 

Your crisis is not “unto death”


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