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May 7, 2021

Word for Today:  May 7

Rejoice.

“IT is finished!” It is done. It is settled. It is established. It is accomplished. It is MINE. God says so. The Word declares it. I believe it. Therefore I will be glad and rejoice in it. I will praise Him. I will worship Him. I will thank Him. I will show Him my appreciation.  It is Done.

Now, it’s time. It’s time for you and me to move out of our complacency and comfort and begin to take back what the devil has stolen. It is time for us to be aggressive. To be on the offense. Not the defense, but the offense. If we are satisfied to remain in our comfort zone… in the place we now are, we are backslidden.   We are not keeping up with God and His divine purpose and plan for us.

Are you ready?

Will you volunteer? Will you be one of the ones who will demonstrate the Power and the Glory of Letting God do in you whatever it takes? I believe you are.

Now, where do you start?

Right where you are.

FAST FOOD

May 6, 2021

Word for Today:  May 7

Be willing to wait.

Don’t be impatient. You don’t have to rush God. The production time of the Word is programmed in and it is as dependable as God is dependable. What is programmed will come to pass. In due season you shall reap if you do not faint (Gal 6:9).  Waiting will develop your patience and James tells us to let patience have her perfect work, that we may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing… (James 1:4).

Here is the hardest thing to do in Word production. It is not hard to sow. It is not hard to believe…. But it is next to impossible to wait, with patience, until God will produce in us the “wanting nothing” condition. God HAS SAID that we would “reap in due season IF we faint not… “

In Hebrews the Word declares: “For consider Him (Jesus) that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds…’ (Hebrews 12:3).

“Contradiction” here is anything that appears to disagree with God’s Promise. It is the “High Thing” that exalts itself against God that Paul writes to the Corinthians about.

The contradictions are what cause our patience to waver. When we see those things that seem to make God and His Word out to be a lie… these are the things that attack our patience.

Consider HIM… lest ye be wearied…

God’s Word for NOW

May 4, 2021

In Isaiah chapter 54 the prophet is speaking directly to Israel.  But I have discovered that many of the prophetic directions that were given specifically to Israel by anointed men of God, have a broader application to the Church today.  I am convinced that the message Isaiah spoke to his people in his day is also relevant and applicable to the Body of Christ today…. And particularly to this local body of believers.  We are, of course, not national Israel, but we are Spiritual Israel.  Because we have been “grafted into” (Romans 11) that spiritual nation by and through the New Birth. 

1 ¶  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Now listen to what the prophet said.   He said “sing”… He said “enlarge”… He said “fear not”… I am convinced that these words of encouragement or meant for us right here at Lott Road.   Now let’s look at a passage of scripture in the Book of Joel chapter 2: 

23  Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

In the second sermon that Simon Peter preached which is found in the third chapter of the Book of Acts he made this statement:

Ac 3:19  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Notice this special prophetic promise… “When the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord…”

I believe this is being fulfilled today.  We are entering into a special Time of Refreshing and this refreshing is coming from the Presence of the Lord.  This “movement” (if that’s a good word) is being born out of the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit which is always marked by the overwhelming Presence of the Lord. 

God is doing a wondrous thing in this hour… this time of refreshing.  We are on the cusp of the greatest spiritual awakening in the entire history of the church.  There is a sound of “rushing” among the mulberry trees… there is a quickening and an “awareness” in our spirit that we are living in a very special time and we are moving into a very special “place” in God’s Grand Plan for man.  There is a “feeling” that we are entering into a place we have never been.   It’s going to be a great place for a great purpose to fulfill what we have been born and called to accomplish. 

I was in a meeting recently with a group of preachers and pastors.  One of them told of a word he had received from the Lord.  God does give words to us.  He does bring revelation to us.  He does speak to us today.   This preacher said, “I am convinced that the reason all these multimillion dollar sports arenas are being built is not so that we can enjoy great sporting events…you know football and baseball and soccer…  but I believe these great indoor arenas that will seat thousands of sports fans are being built for the Kingdom of God.  They are going to be filled with folks seeking God… they will become large churches and locations where we can preach to thousands and tens of thousands of spiritually hungry people…” 

And do you know, I agree with him. There is a time coming and coming very soon that we will need facilities this large to take care of the crowds that are going to rush in to hear the Gospel.  You will be seeing on television those thousands and thousands in one place in one accord lifting their hands and clapping their hands and worshipping and praising God.  Hallelujah. 

This is an exciting day.  These are the days of refreshing and renewal and revival.  And we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg… in regards to what God is doing on every continent and in every nation and on the islands of the sea… among every race and creed and ethnic group… and this supernatural move of the Holy Spirit is happening today. 

God has not excluded us.  God has not excluded you.  God has not excluded the church.  We are all a part of what God is doing.  You were conceived in your mother’s womb and you were brought forth in this hour that you might stand for God today in this crucial time.  You are not  a “nobody” you are a “somebody.”  A Somebody God has planned to occupy this place for Him. He planned this for you before He laid the foundation of the world.  He has ordained that you might be alive and well and a witness to the awesome Move of God that will usher in the Visible Kingdom of God at the end of this Age.  

“Who knows but that you are come into the Kingdom for such a time as this?”   This was spoken by Mordicah to Queen Esther regarding her role in approaching the King and asking him to spare the Jews from annihilation. 

Es 4:14  For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

And God has seared this phrase in my heart regarding this hour.  Who knows but that you and I have been brought into the Kingdom of God for such a time as this….?  A time when God will send a refreshing and a revival and a renewal that will impact the world with the Gospel of Christ.  Who knows but that this church has been established and kept and raised up to enhance and enlarge this great move of God that is shaking planet earth? 

I believe He has.  And I am determined to do what He requires of me in order that the masses might be reached… hallelujah.  If   the scales on our eyes could be lifted so that we might see into the realm of the Spirit… like it was in the days when the prophet Elisha prayed that his servant might see what was really happening around them when they were surrounded by the enemy… listen

17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Saints, I am telling you the place around us is filled with horses and chariots of fire… angels and ministering spirits… heavenly beings sent to help us and encourage us and protect us so that we might be instrumental in producing the Will of God in earth and especially here on the Gulf Coast… during this great season of Outpouring.  Open your eyes and see.  Behold the armies of God and the chariots of fire…  We are not alone.  You are not alone.   God has sent us helpers and we will not fail in the Call on us and the Commission He has given us. 

We will touch the world with the Word… and it will issue forth from this place so that the Greatness of Almighty God might be seen.    He is an Expert in making a Lot out of a little. 

 Folks, we don’t have to worry about the sweet by and by… we are living in the sweet now and now.  God is arising and His enemies are being scattered.  satan’s power has been broken and the captives are being set free.  This is the Holy Ghost Holocaust that will precede the holocaust of the Great Tribulation.  Across this world today, behind the scenes, behind closed doors, in little church buildings, in homes, in prayer groups, in open fields, believers are gathering together as the Body of Christ and they are worshipping and praising God and experiencing Him in fresh new ways and with fresh new power. 

God is supernaturally preparing the Church for Something Special.  Some are telling me… “I just don’t understand what is going on… I don’t know what to think or what to do…”  God spoke to us several months back and reminded us that He was going to shake everything that could be shaken and move everything that could be moved and jolt everything that could be jolted. 

And He also reminded us that this was being done so that those things remaining could become the bedrock and the foundation upon which He could build His End Time Church.  And I believe “this is that.”  There is a shaking.  But there is also a “coming together.”  Just like Ezekiel saw in his vision about the bones.  Bone is coming to bone. 

There is a great connection taking place.  And life is coming out of the graveyard.  Where there has been death, there is now life.    Where there were “dead bodies” (dead churches) now they are living and breathing Holy Ghost air. The tomb has become a womb.  Hallelujah.  Churches that were once weak and anemic are now rising and taking on new energy and new hope and new power.  Don’t worry about what’s happening… just trust God.  Don’t try to “figure it out” because you can’t.  Just trust God.  What is happening is good.  It is necessary.   And it is a part of God’s Plan for today. 

Everything we are going through is for the glory of God.  It is designed to exalt Him and Reveal His Nature and His Character.  It is happening to show us that God is good.  That He does not do bad things.  And that He is not the cause of sickness and disease and He does not employ accidents and tragedies and catastrophes to “teach us something” or in order to “discipline us” because we have done something bad.   

God is showing us new things.  He is revealing new facets of His Glory.  He is opening our understanding and moving us out of dead doctrines and lifeless traditions into a new and glorious place.  A place where we can enjoy church instead of endure it.  A place where church is fun and exciting and refreshing.  A place where we are not duty bound and judged by our performance…. But where we understand His Grace and His Mercy and His Love. 

God told His people through the prophet Joel that He was going to restore that which had been taken away… that  which the enemy had stolen.  He told them that they were going to eat in plenty and be satisfied and that they were going to praise the Name of the Lord.  Then, He said they were never going to be ashamed again.  Folks, this is restoration and it is a part of this Great Outpouring on this generation. 

I believe that God is going to restore that which dead religion has taken away and that which lifeless traditions have wasted. He is going to bring His Church into a place where it will never be ashamed again.  We have had a “church” that was magnificent in its structure but powerless in its message.  With its tall steeples and stained glass windows and pipe organs and padded pews…. The robed choirs and orchestrated services… the highly trained but spiritually dead clergy…  these have created a hunger for something real.  Something genuine.  Something meaningful.  Something Supernatural.  And it’s happening in this hour.   And it’s good.  God is restoring life and health and strength to His Body.  We have experienced the “former rain” but now we are in the season for the “latter rain” and the latter rain is watering our soil and germinating the Seed of the Word and we are coming into a time of an abundant harvest. 

The day is far spent and the night is at hand.  I want to us to realize and know what God is telling us to do.

First, we are to sing and rejoice.  

 1 ¶  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.  Isaiah 54

In the past we have been barren and fruitless. The days of barrenness are ending.   We are going to give birth to myriads of Spiritual Children.    It has been such a burden to see what little we have been able to accomplish regarding expanding the Kingdom of God.  The cry of my heart has been and still is for more “children” … that we might bring forth multitudes of “new babies” into the Kingdom.  That we might reach the lost.  That we might see multitudes brought into the Kingdom of God.  But God is saying to us that it is now time to rejoice and  break forth into singing;  we are to cry aloud because we who have been barren are going to have more “babies” than those who have been “married” a long time. 

In other words, God is going to take us into the Delivery Room and we are going to have many children.  The days of reproach and desolation are over.  This day marks the beginning of a New Thing God will perform in our midst. 

Hear me carefully.  Murmuring lips will be stopped.  Criticism will cease.  Griping and complaining will be no more.  Those who continuously find fault with what God is doing will be left desolate.  They will not succeed if they ignore or speak against what God is doing in this place in this hour.   God is not pleased with those who demean and put down what He is doing.  And so I issue to you this word of warning…. Stop your criticism…. Refrain your tongue from backbiting… behave yourselves, Christians!   Stop your misbehaving!   Do not argue with what God is doing. 

The  time is coming when the Presence of God… when the Overwhelming Presence of God will fall in the midst of His people and those of us who minister will have to stand in silence and refuse to open our mouths because the Presence of God  will be so real and so strong….  just as it was in the days when Solomon dedicated the Temple….  We will discover that God can and will do His work without a man or a minister or a preacher or a teacher…. He will do it sovereignly…. He will do His work without the arm of flesh.  He can do anything He wants to do because He is God and the devil can’t do anything about it.   God doesn’t need us.  We need God. 

Secondly, we are to expand our vision…

2  Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;  Isa 54

I know that we are a small congregation.  I realize that we do not have ample assets.  It is true we are limited financially.  But in spite of this, we are being called to expand our vision. It is necessary that we prepare for the increase.  We must look beyond the four walls of this brick building to the needs of a hurting, dying world.  The world is our parish.  The fields are white and ready for harvest.  We are responsible for more than these seven acres on the side of Lott Road… we are commanded to take the Gospel to the Nations of the earth. 

We are to “spare not” which means we are to spare nothing in our quest to obey God and fulfill His Call upon us.  Whatever it takes.  Whatever it takes.  Whatever it takes.  No sacrifice is too great or too costly.  No price is too high… God has called and we must go.  Sell our houses if necessary.  Sell our lands if necessary.  Empty our bank accounts if necessary.  Spend all we have if necessary.  No price is too high and no sacrifice is too great. 

“But what about my retirement?”  “But what about my old age?”  “What about that house down by the lake I want to have?”  “What about that boat I want buy?”  “What about the new clothes I want to buy…?”  Well, are you planning living on earth forever?  Or do you have some plans for making it to heaven?   Where is your heart?  Jesus said that where your heart is, is where your treasure will be.  Just what is important to you? 

Who said we need to retire anyway?  I had rather burn out than rust out, hadn’t you?  I am confessing that when I am  85 I’ll still be taking mountains for God.  How about you? 

To expand our vision also means to expand our “tent”… we must get ready for the harvest by building bigger buildings and acquiring more adequate facilities.  We are to lengthen our cords and strengthen our stakes.  God is telling me to get ready for the increase.  The masses are coming.  I can hear the footsteps of a multitude as they rush in our direction and they will be looking for a place to serve and be served when they get here.   

“Lengthen and strengthen” means don’t try to figure out how you are going fulfill God’s Call on your life, but rather launch out in faith and trust God. 

Thirdly, we are not to give in to fear.

4  Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.  Isa 54

Usually the very first thing anybody will say when a challenge is given to their faith is,  “but I’m afraid…”      “I’m afraid we can’t make it financially…”  “I’m afraid we can’t do it, we don’t have enough people..”  “I’m afraid if we start we will fail…”  “I’m afraid of what people will say about me….”  “I’m afraid….”  Don’t ever tell me you are afraid.  Never say you are afraid.  Do away with fear.  Understand that God has not given you a spirit of fear but of love and power and a sound mind.  Fear is of the devil.  Fear is faith in reverse.  Fear activates the devil  just as faith activates the Word.  Fear has torment.  Fear will keep you from stepping out and simply trusting God.  Fear will rob you and beat you up and steal from you.  Fear will paralyze you and render you helpless.  Fear will open the door to all kinds of devils and demons.  Fear will hinder the harvest and restrain the move of the Holy Spirit.  Don’t be afraid. 

We will never have to be ashamed if we follow God.  We will never be confused if we follow God.  We will never be immature if we sincerely follow God.   And we can forget our reproach if we follow God.  We will never be without a Helpmeet if we follow God.  This is what God is speaking to us.  We will not fail.

We will not be ashamed.

We will not be confused. 

We will not be confounded.

We will forget our past failures and press on in faith and believe God.

And God will always be our Helpmeet….we will never be forgotten or forsaken.   

If God be for us and with us who can be against us? 

5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.  Isa 54

This is God’s Message for this church.   In this awesome day of Great Spiritual Outpouring we must come into the fullness of what Jesus has for us.   We have heard from prophets and teachers sent our way… we have heard through the prophetic gifts of the Holy Spirit… God has revealed His Will for this ministry… for this church.   He has spoken His Word to us and NOW we must:

Sing and rejoice…. We are going to have a bunch of babies!

Expand our vision to reach the world and our facilities to reach Mobile…

Resist fear in all its form…

Know that God is with us and for us…. Therefore we cannot fail!

Isaiah 54

1 ¶  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

This is a very unique and exclusive season for us.  We are living in the small sliver of time for which we were created.  God has some awesome plans for you and for me.  It is imperative that we hear and heed what God is saying.  I am ready, are you?  Will you come and “go with me to the other side?”  Great blessing awaits us.  Great challenges are before us.   A Great Harvest is at our door. 

Let us run with the vision.

FAST FOOD

May 4, 2021

Word for Today:  May 4

See what you are believing for.

The farmer wants to harvest a crop.  So he begins with seeds.  The farmer will look at the seed package. The seed package has a picture of a healthy, fully matured, producing plant on it. That is the goal the farmer is shooting for…. a healthy, fully matured, producing plant.

When he plants the little seed, he can already see in his heart what the healthy, fully matured producing plant looks like. He sees hundreds of them. They are all lined up in neat rows and they are unrestrained and unrestricted … no fungus, no bugs, no imperfections … he sees the PERFECT FINISHED product IN HIS HEART.

To increase your crop see what you sow.  See it in its COMPLETED, GOD-CREATED form. See it with your eye of faith.

“Take heed (blepo: to see) what you hear, with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you; and to you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath (the Word) to him shall be given, and he that hath not (the Word),from him shall be taken even that which he hath … And He said, So is the kingdom of God… Mark 4:24-26.

We are told to walk by Faith (believing) and not by Sight (reasoning).

When we walk by Faith, we see with our Faith Eyes the finished product.

Just like God created it to be

The Power that Works in Us

May 2, 2021

 Ephesians 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…

God specializes in Workable Simplicity.  He is a Specialist in making things work and making them work efficiently and effectively… with no waste and with the least expenditure of energy.  He perfects creation.  He perfects creations operation. What He does perfectly He also does efficiently and economically… that is He gets the Very Most out of the Very Least. 

We are New Creation People… He has created us and equipped us so that we can accomplish the impossible without outside help.   He has imparted to every one of His Children the Power that taps into and connects with His Ability; His ability to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think…. This power is in us.  Now.  This minute.  The primary purpose God has imparted this Power to us is so that we might take Dominion over all things. 

Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Psalm 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Psalm 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:               

What is this Powerthat is supposed to work in us?  Where is it?  Where does it come from?  What does it do?  How does it function and work?  Do I have it?  How can I get it and be sure I have it?  These are some of the questions we will be addressing in this study regarding the power and the authority possessed by those who are Born again and in Partnership with God. 

The purpose and plan of God is for His Children to Reign in Life.                 

Romans 5:17  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

The word “reign” comes from a word that means:  to be the king, to exercise kingly power, to reign, to exercise the highest influence, to control.   This is a place I definitely want to be. Don’t you?  The Word also calls Believers “overcomers.”  Listen:

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

To “overcome” is to conquer… to carry off the victory, come off victorious.  To win.   All the time and every time.  This is what the Bible says about you and me.  Us. Believers.  The Bible also says that we are “more than conquerors.”  We are not just winners, but MORE than winners.  The outcome is not even close… the Bible says we win by a wide margin. 

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.     

The Bible declares that we can do all things through Christ and that nothing shall be impossible to us.  That if we ask, we will receive.  If we knock it will open.  If we seek we shall find and that with God, all things are possible.  We can live in the Supernatural.  We are who He says we are. We have what He says we have.  We can do what He says we can do.  These wonderful things He has promised us come out of Partnership.  They come out of His Word.  They come out of His Covenant with us.  These are His promises to everyone who will dare to believe.  This is absolutely awesome.  The Bible says that He always causes us to triumph in Christ… this means that we always win.  Every time.  God even says that we shall do even greater works than Jesus did because He has gone to the Father and sent the Holy Ghost.  God promises to supply all of our need according to HIS riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.  He even tells us that we can Choose Life and Refuse death.  And that by choosing Life both we and our seed shall live.  These are profound promises and awesome declarations… and they are to come to pass according to the Power that is working in us. 

How do we do this?  Where do the power and the ability to overcome, to win and to reign come from?  Most would say “from God.”  However, according to the Bible, it comes from what God has done inside the believer.   This power or ability to reign in life and overcome the world comes from inside the New Creation Man.  Then something must happen to a person to make this possible. 

The initial Transaction takes place at the time of the New Birth.  It happens when one gets Born Again.  At this particular instant, the moment of Regeneration, God Himself comes into the heart  (spirit) of the believing sinner.  When one believes with the heart and confesses with the mouth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who came from heaven, was crucified for our sin, was was miraculously raised from the dead and Who is now Alive and sitting at the Right Hand of God… that person is Born Again.  Saved.  Redeemed.  Regenerated.  Re-gened… his sins are forgiven and forgotten and he becomes a New Creation. 

2Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The Nature and Character of God Himself takes up residence inside the heart of the believer.  The believer becomes, through his faith and through the Grace of God, Born Again.  He becomes A Child of God.  We actually, factually and literally become “partakers” of the divine nature of God, our Father.  We have His character and His nature imputed to us. 

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

The word for “partakers” in this context means:  a partner, associate, comrade, companion…   a sharer, in anything and everything. So, according to the Bible, at the time of Conversion, the believer becomes a sharer, a partner, or an associate with God.  This experience affects the recipient, spirit, soul, and body.  The spirit is quickened and brought to life, the soul (mind and emotions) is renewed by the Word and the body becomes the Temple of the Holy Ghost… the very dwelling place of God Himself.  The Believer is also made Righteous. 

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Righteousness and sin are totally incompatible.  Just as darkness is incompatible with light, sin is incompatible with righteousness.  If one is Just and Righteous, there is no possibility of sin, failure, weakness or death in his spirit.  (It is the Spirit of Man that is made Righteous… not necessarily his mind and or his body).  Where there is no sin, there is no possibility of weakness and failure.  There is no place for condemnation and guilt. 

What is the seat of God’s Power?  We know He is Omnipotent (all-powerful).  But just where in God does His power reside?  Our concept and understanding of the Nature of God is essential if we are to comprehend anything at all regarding His power.  He is Creator.   Out from Him (by His Power) everything that is made was made.  Out from Him (by His Power) everything that is made is sustained and upheld. 

Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power…

What is it that makes God all powerful?    I believe it is His Righteous Nature.  His power comes out of His Righteousness.  Righteousness means Just and Right.  His power comes out of His Justice and His Rightness.  He is “Just Right.” 

“He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness (“Just-rightness”) for His name’s sake…”  Psalm 23:3.  Just what does this mean?  If God leads me… He takes me somewhere.  He is in front and He takes me by the hand and He goes somewhere with me.  We are together.  And we are going to the same place.  We go along the path of Righteousness.  The road of “Just Right.”  (Justice and Rightness).  As long as I walk with Him in this place… along this path, then I bring honor and glory to His Name.  (For “His Name’s sake”).  To bring Honor and Glory to His Name is to receive and walk in all that His Name provides.  This is walking in Covenant or Partnership with Him.  The power to do this is in and  by and through the Power of Righteousness; the Force of Righteousness.   Where is this Force and where is this Power?   Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:20. 

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able (dunamai; Present Tense… a simple statement of FACT or REALITY viewed as happening in actual present time.) to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according (Kata: down from… through) to the power (Dunamis:  power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature) that worketh (Energeo:to be operative, be at work) in us…     

On close examination, this verse tells us some very important facts:

  1. God is Able.
  2. God is Able to do something.
  3. The Something God is able to do is far beyond our ability to ask or think.
  4. He is able to do this According to something that works kata… “down from”  “through” the Power.
  5. Power that is Energized in us (energeo) “to be operative, to be at work…

2 Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made (caused) him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made (become) the righteousness of God in him.

The PRIMARY purpose of the Substitutionary Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross is that those who believe might be made Righteous.   This verse declares that God, the Father, caused… was the Author of… Jesus becoming sin even thought He never knew sin… IN ORDER THAT we (believers) might BECOME (be made) the Righteousness of God.    Paul speaks of the possibility of us becoming filled with all the fullness of God…

Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

I believe the “fullness of God” has to do with the Righteousness of God.  The force and energy and power of being Just Right.  Justified and Righteous.

In order to understand the principles of Righteousness and the Power of Righteousness, we need to define some terms.

Righteousness:  Dikaiosune.  “The virtue or quality or state of one who is Righteous.”  Equity.  Equality.  Justified.  Justification.  Innocent.  Guiltless.  Faultless.  Free.  “The state of him who is such as he ought to be….”  The only condition that is fully acceptable to God.   

 2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Partakers.  Koinonos.  Partner.  Associate.  Comrade.  Companion.  Sharer.  “To be the partner of one doing something.”  

Divine.  Theos.  Deity.  Divine nature, power, providence.

Nature.  Phusis.  Natural lineal descent. 

God’s Nature is a Nature of Authority and Power,  a Nature of Abundance and a Nature of Righteousness.  As Believers we are partakers of this very Divine Nature or the very Essence of God.  This study will attempt to reveal the How and the Why of the believer’s Righteous Nature.  We will look at where we get this nature and how we get it.  We will discover what this nature is and what it will do for us.  We will learn how most religious teaching and religion teachers have failed to tell us the truth about Who we Are.  They have become experts at telling us what is wrong with us but few have received the Revelation concerning what is Right with us.          

This teaching will dispel all guilt and condemnation.  This truth will set us free from legalism and works-oriented salvation.  This message will magnify our appreciation for God and His Provision for all His children.  We will discover more about the Grace of God and the Mercy of God… we will see God and Know God in a new and deeper way.  We will feel His Heart and know His Mind.  We will enter into a Higher Dimension of Spiritual living and be better prepared for what God has in store or us in this hour.  Hallelujah.

“…and they who receive abundance of grace and the GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS shall reign in life by one Jesus Christ…”  (Rom. 5:17)

“But seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God and His RIGHTEOUSNESS; and all these things shall be added unto you…” (Mat 6:33)

“For He (God) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us (you and me), Who (Jesus) knew no sin; that we (you and I) might be made the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Him.”  (2 Cor 5:21)

FAST FOOD

May 2, 2021

Word for Today:  May 2

What God wants.

God wants His Kingdom to come in the earth.  God wants His will to be done in the earth.  God wants the same things that are happening in heaven to happen on earth.  This is the prayer that Jesus prayed in Matthew chapter 6:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven…

This is what God wants.

This is why you have a purpose in life.  This is why you can do all things through Christ.  This is the reason for the existence of the Church.  The Church is here to bring God’s Kingdom from heaven to earth.  If we are not bringing God’s Kingdom from heaven to earth we are not doing what we were born again to do.

The Christian Faith is not a salve for the guilty conscience.  The Christian Faith is not a passive religious experience to make people “feel” good.  It is a dynamic declaration of victory to the powers of darkness and a furious fight to take enemy territory.  The Christian Faith… especially the Spirit-Filled Christian faith is Warfare. We are fighting the Good fight of Faith.  The battle is the Lord’s and WE WIN.

Every time.  All the time.  Any time.


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