Archive for December 2021

Jesus: Prophet, Priest and King

December 16, 2021

Matthew 2

1 ¶ Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?

When we speak of the Revelation of Jesus Christ we are not speaking about the book of Revelation but a personal, overwhelming, life changing revelation of Jesus.  As The Christ.  As The Messiah.  As The Anointed One.  As The Son of God.  As The Living Word.  As The Savior.  As Our Lord.  As Our Redeemer.  As Our King. 

I believe that the One Thing needed in this hour of trial and tribulation is for us to come into a fresh Revealed Knowledge of Jesus.  Paul wrote in Philippians:

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Paul’s One Life Driving Force was that he might KNOW JESUS.  That he might Know Him in Power (that would be good times).   That he might know Him in times of suffering (that would be hard times).  That he might know Him in times of sacrifice. 

At this particular stage in my life I want to Know Him.  Know Him every way I can know Him.  Know Him in every possible situation of life. Know Him in good times in hard times in times of sacrifice and rejection and pain and even death. 

We have been so guilty of running after theological concepts and pet doctrines and a feel good Gospel that we have all, I believe, fallen away from our First Love.  And that is dangerous.  Jesus is what it is all about.  Jesus is what Church is about.  Jesus is what the Believers life is about.  That is what is of prime importance.  He is the Main Thing.  Not some Thing but the Main Thing.  He is the foundation and the corner stone of all things.  I want a fresh and life changing revelation of Who He Is and What He Does.  Are you with me??

Now, what can we discover about Jesus in the Word?  How does the Word tell us about Who Jesus is and What Jesus does?  Remember, the Word is our best and most reliable Revelation of Jesus… all else (all books written about Him and all study about Him and all research about Him) are all futile and less than adequate in our quest to Know Him.  As we search the scriptures we find some very remarkable things about Jesus.  Things that can help us as we seek to know more about Him.  However, knowing about Jesus is, in itself, not the main thing.  The Main Thing is to KNOW HIM… remember, that is what the Apostle Paul had a heart for… to KNOW HIM… really Know Him.  Personally.  Intimately.  Supernaturally. 

Our study at this time will consider Jesus as Prophet, as Priest and as King… these three offices are well defined and well substantiated in the Word.   In many places in the OT, the Word informs us that the office of Jesus is three-fold, the office of a Prophet and the office of a Priest and the office of a King

Jesus fulfills the office of a Prophet

Deut 18

15 ¶ The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet (notice the capitalization: a designation of a proper noun… a name) from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

18  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Acts 2

22  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

Jn 4

19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

Now, what is a prophet?  What does a prophet do?  What does he say?  What is his purpose?  If the Bible says that Jesus fills the office of a Prophet, then we need to know everything we can about a prophet.  The word “prophet” means “spokesman” or “speaker” in the Hebrew.  In the NT the word ‘prophet’ means “one who declares to men what he has received by inspiration from God.”  He is a foreteller as well as a forth teller.

A prophet speaks for God to God’s people.  He is God’s representative to God’s People.  He is responsible to tell people what God is saying and what God is planning and what God is preparing and what God is doing.  He speaks regarding the Now and also regarding the Future.  A prophet is necessary to keep the Body informed and abreast of the plan and purpose of God.  He speaks in agreement with the Word of God and the Will of God.  What He says can be checked out with the scriptures.  And he can be judged as a true prophet by the fact that what he prophecies comes to pass. 

Jesus perfectly fills the office of a Prophet since He speaks for God to us… and He has spoken (and still speaks) to us…

Heb 1

1 ¶ God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

God has spoken to us by His Son… 

Jesus fulfills the office of a Priest

In Hebrews 7: 17 there is a reference to Jesus who would be a Priest forever after the order of Melchisedec…

  1. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec

In Hebrews 9:11 again   But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come…

Question:  What is a priest?  What does a priest do?  What does he say?  What is his office all about?  In the Bible a priest is one who offers sacrifices.  He represents God’s people to God. A priest speaks for God’s people to God.  Jesus is our Faithful High Priest since He has shed His Blood for us… representing us to God and speaking to God for us.  As our High Priest He pleads to God in our behalf and is our Advocate or Lawyer as we stand in Presence of God. 

1Jo 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate (Representative for us) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Heb 2:17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Jesus fulfills the office of a King

Rev 19 reminds us that He is presently reigning as a King. 

11 ¶ And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Do you know who that is talking about?  That’s talking about Jesus.  KING of Kings and LORD of Lords… The Jesus I know is not a meek and mild baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying helpless in a manger but He is a reigning, ruling King.  All power and all authority have been given to Him and all Power and all authority is HIS. 

Matthew 2

1 ¶ Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?

The wise men came looking for Jesus… (and they still do) you know how they looked for Him?  They came looking for a King.  They came to ask questions and what they asked was” Where is He that is born who is King of Jews?”  So before He grew into manhood and filled His Office as a King He was already known to be the King of the Jews

Jesus is King.  And He is reigning over a Kingdom.  His Kingdom is without end… it will last forever… it is eternal.  And we are in it.  Hallelujah.

Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Lu 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

A prophet speaks for God to God’s people.  A Priest speaks for God’s people to God.  Now what does a king do?   A King Rules and Reigns.

Now we can better understand Jesus as King if we consider the role of an earthly king.  We need to think in terms of an earthly king ruling on this earth.  That is the best way for us to illustrate it. 

First, an earthly King is not elected to that office.  He is born by Royal Blood.  An earthly king is never given his office through a democratic election or selection.  He is in line to sit on the kingly throne because of his lineage and the royalty of his blood.  A king is born to be a king.  A king is never given a throne because of the will of the people.  A king cannot be elected.   Jesus was not elected.  He was not selected by a process of elimination. But He has the authority, the power  and the right to rule as a King because He was conceived by the Holy Ghost in the womb of a virgin and in His veins flows the very Blood of His heavenly Father.  He was and is Born to be a King.

Secondly, an earthly king possesses absolute authority.  In other words, if He did not or could not exercise absolute authority he would not be a king.  A king possesses absolute power and authority.  On his lips rests the power of life and death…  If he speaks, then the words that he speaks become law and they demand perfect and total obedience because the King has spoken.  Jesus is King.  He is Born a King and He possesses absolute power.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

A king is not a king if he does not have some power.  He’s got to have power in order to be a king.  How much power does it take to make a King?  As much as you can get.  How much power does Jesus have?  All of it.  Every bit of it.  All power both in heaven and on the earth has been given to Jesus Christ and the word “power” here in Matthew means authority, right and ability.  A king possesses absolute authority and absolute power. 

Thirdly, an earthly king is recognized by all subjects as the one who is in control.  Everybody recognizes a king as the boss.  He is recognized by those over whom he rules as the one who is in control of all things.   He is respected and feared because of Notice what the Bible says regarding the control that Jesus has…

“For by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers… all things were created by Him and for Him and He is before all things and by Him all things consist or hold together… and He is the Lord of the body (the church0) He is the beginning the First Born from the Dead that in all things He might have the preeminence…”  A king is recognized as the one who is in control. Let me ask you something… who is in control right now?  The devil would try to make you thing that he is in control he would like to get everybody believing that he is running all things, but the devil is a liar and truth is not in him… he is not in control!  He has had his authority taken away from him.  I will tell you who is in control… the KING is in control!  And the King is Jesus.

A king is only able to rule over a territory or kingdom the size of which he has the power to control.  If a king has a kingdom and another king rises up that is stronger that he is and who has a greater army what happens to the first king?  He loses control of his territory.  He is only able to control as much territory as he has power to control.  All power has been given to Jesus…both in heaven and in earth and He is in control and there is no dominion and there is no kingdom and there is no power that is able to come against Him because He is All Power… He has all the power that is.  All is ALL and He has all of it. 

Fourthly, a king receives recognition from powers that are lesser than his.  What happens when a mighty king comes on the throne and begins to rule over a large domain… the little kings around him say “well we better make friends with the big king because he’s got a big army and he is able to exercise authority over us and he over run us if he wants to and he defeat us and he can tax us and he can restrict us and he can control us… we better pay homage to him and recognize him as the big king who has more power than we have.”  If he has greater power then all the kingdoms around him recognize that he is The King.  The Big King. The Boss.  Now that’s just like Jesus… and the lesser kingdoms have to recognize that Jesus is really THE KING… 

In Acts chapter 19  the Apostle Paul was going everywhere getting people saved and healed and delivered and baptized in the Holy Ghost and casting out devils and creating quite a stir wherever he went. And the sons of Sceva began to watch Paul. When he would preach the Word people would get under conviction and come and he would lay hands on them and cast out devils. And the sons of Sceva said “you know, this guy has got something going… lets us try this.”  And so they decided to attempt to do what Paul was doing.  So they began to preach and sure enough a man came who was full of the devil.  He was demon possessed.  And they began to prophecy over him and said “we adjure thee devil and we command you to come out of this man in the Name of the Jesus who Paul preaches…”  The devil that was in the man said “I know Paul and I know Jesus but who in the world are you?” And the demon came out and those poor impersonators were attacked by the devil…their clothes were torn off they were beaten and bruised and they fled naked and wounded.  You know why?  The devil recognized that Paul was greater than they were had and more powerful and had more authority than they had. They recognized the superior power and authority of Jesus. 

Number five.  A king rules over a kingdom of subjects who are submitted to him  Jesus is Kingover an invisible kingdom.  Dic you know that the kingdom over which Jesus rules alive and well all over the earth today?  Everywhere on every continent in every climate in every hemisiphere and every nation and every land the Kingdom over which Jesus rules in alive and well and strong and powerful.  \It is not seen by the naked eye it is not recognized by resident powers it is not recognized by people inprominence  The kingdom of God at this moment is invisible and Jesus isruling over the hearts of men and soon injust a matter of pmoths perhaps this kingdom isgoing to become a visible kingsom  and Jesus is going to rule and reign where everybody will be able to see Him and every knee will have to bow and every tongue will have to confess that He is King of kings and Lord of lords.  He is ruling over an invisible kingdom but shortly that kingsom will become a visible kijngdom

Acts 19

13 ¶ Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.

14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Phil 2

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That is King Jesus…

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

A king is recognized by lesser powers around him All the demons of hell recognize that Jesus is Lord and that He is King and He possesses all authority and all power.  The devil has tried to make you not believe this… but the Bible says that even the devils tremble when the Name of Jesus is mentioned.  And the reason they tremble is because they recognize that He is a King who has more than they have.  

Number six.  A king rules over a kingdom of subjects who are submitted to him.   Jesus is King over an invisible kingdom.  Did you know that the kingdom over which Jesus rules is alive and well all over the earth today?  Everywhere on every continent in every climate in every hemisphere and every nation and every land the Kingdom over which Jesus rules in alive and well and strong and powerful and thriving.    This kingdom is not seen by the natural eye and it is not recognized by resident powers.  It is not recognized by people of prominence The kingdom of God at this moment is invisible and King Jesus is ruling over the hearts of men. Soon this kingdom is going to become a visible kingdom and Jesus is going to rule and reign where everybody will be able to see Him and then every knee will have to bow and every tongue will have to confess that He is King of kings and Lord of lords.   Hallelujah.

Are you subject to King Jesus?  Have you bowed the knee of your heart to Him?  Does He occupy the Throne of your heart?  Is He your Lord?  If He is then you are willingly submissive to Him.  You delight in pleasing Him.  You determine to stick with Him even if it costs you your life.  You want Him.  You want to Know Him.  You love Him.  You have a passion for His Will. 

If you have not recognized Jesus as King and Lord will you do it NOW?

FAST FOOD

December 16, 2021

Word for Today:  December 16

There is more.

There is more in God than we have experienced.   We have not arrived and we will not “arrive” before Jesus comes for His Church.

As the Spirit of God moves across the earth there is a deepening hunger for More of HIM.  This present day outpouring is bringing focus to our Christian walk.  I don’t know about you, but I want more of God.  I want all of God that I can get.  I want to experience the fullness of God.  I want to receive the maximum anointing in God’s presence and God’s Glory.  I want more.

The exciting reality is that there is more.  We can never draw out of God all that He has.  The Bible says:

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1Cor. 2:9

I want more of Jesus, I want more and more

I want more of Jesus than I’ve ever had before

I want more of Jesus, Full and fresh and free

I want more of Jesus

So I’ll give Him more of me…

The Cameron singers

On the Threshold a New Year

December 15, 2021

A New Year.  I like “new.”  Because it implies beginning again.  Starting over.  Correcting some errors and making some adjustments.   New is exciting.  Invigorating.  Encouraging.  Challenging.  It means change and improvement.  It can mean forgetting some bad things and concentrating on some better things. 

It is no accident that your Salvation is called the New Birth.  God likes New Things.  And you are enough like Him to like New Things, too.  I am going to take the advice of the Apostle Paul and Forget those things that are behind and I am going to reach forth unto those things that are before me and I am going to press toward the mark for the prize of the high and holy calling in Jesus Christ. (Phil 3:13-14)

Philippians 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Philippians 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

The Apostle Paul says several things here: 

(1)  He tells us to Forget the past. 

(2) He encourages us to Reach for the things before us and then

(3) He admonishes us to Press on…

         Now… What are you going to Forget that is behind you?  Those things that drag you down, keep you depressed and force you into seclusion.  Forget them.  Forget whatever it is that keeps you from being who and what God created you to be and then determine to reach (dream) for the things that God has promised and Press (strain, be diligent and unmovable) toward the mark for the prize of the High Calling (that what He as extended to you and me… a High Calling) that is in Christ Jesus. 

            Refuse to continue to live in the past.   You can.  You must. Even if it was good, you can do nothing to change it.  And if it was bad, sad, or depressing, there is still nothing you can do to change it.  Satan will use all these “memories” to keep you depressed or melancholy or blue, sad, defeated, or hopeless.  Forget them.  Move on.  Get up and get on with living.  The past will plague you, hinder you, and keep you from becoming what God created you to become.

         Stretch… Reach Forth…Be a Dreamer.  Dreaming is OKScriptural dreaming is not fanaticizing.  Fanaticizing involves carnal appetites and cravings.  It usually deals with those things that will gratify lust or satisfy greed. Dreaming is God-Like.  God had a dream.  You are a part of His Dream and His Dream came true.  Great men of God were Dreamers.  They dreamed of fulfilling the plans and purposes of God.  Moses dreamed.  Abraham dreamed.  Joseph dreamed.  David dreamed.  The prophets dreamed.  Jesus dreamed.  Dreamers are special and necessary in producing the Will of God on earth.  Preachers should be dreamers… every believer should be a Dreamer….dreaming of bringing people into the fullness of God and into the completeness of their Redemption.  Dreaming of walking continually in the anointing of the Holy Ghost.  Dreaming of seeing the lost saved and the Gospel girding the globe…dreaming of nations coming into the Kingdom of God and of multitudes and millions being overcome with passion for God

         I know you have some things you really want to see happen in 2022.  I know you have some dreams…. Maybe some of them are being carried over from last year.   It could be that some of the dreams you had did not manifest as you thought they would.  Has the “deadline” come and gone?  Has the “time” run out?  Does it seem “too late”?  Real dreams have no deadlines.  They are so real and so vivid that you are already living in them by faith.  Be encouraged… your faith will PRODUCE the FACT of your dream…  It is real in the Spirit World and your Faith will produce it in the Natural World.  God honors His Word (even above His Name… and there is no Name greater than or higher than His Name.

         Dreamers are dangerous.  They see life bigger than it is.  They see no mountain too high to climb.  No valley too deep to cross.  No ocean to wide to overcome.  The devil fears dreamers.  He knows they are invincible.  His kingdom cannot control them.  His demons cannot defeat them.  His plans against them are futile and his weapons against them will not and cannot prosper.  Dreamers are what the Kingdom of God is made of.  Not only are we Dreamers, but we are also God’s  Dream fulfilled.  And His Dream is still a Work in Progress.  It is happening and we are a vital part of it.  He planned it this way.

         Here are some simple suggestions that will help you make your dreams come true.  If you will notice all these suggestions come directly out of the Bible.  They will work.  They will not fail.  They will produce.  The only requirement is that you must Believe.  And you can.  You have Faith… and it is enough…. It is the Measure that God gave and it was enough to get you Born Again. If it can produce the greatest miracle in the human experience (the New Birth) it can produce anything else in line with the will of God.

1.  Hold ON to YOUR DREAM.  

2.  Keep BELIEVING that your Dream will Come True. 

3. Start NOW.  TODAY.  THIS MORNING.  Begin with what you have…

            A Dream

            Faith

            Determination                                                                                            

            Confidence and

            A Little…. Will become a LOT  (Jesus and feeding the 5000) 

4. Look for ways to operate WORD and KINGDOM  PRINCIPLES  

            Jeremiah 1:12  Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I                

            will hasten my word to perform it.

5.  Press on.  Never quit.  No Matter What.   

6. Keep your Mind and your Mouth in line with the WORD.

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7. Make preparation NOW for visitation   

             Dig ditches.

            2 Kings 3:16  And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of   ditches.

            Borrow pots.

            1 Kings 17:12  And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

            1 Kings 17:14  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal  shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.

In 2022…The rain is coming and the oil will flow.

FAST FOOD

December 15, 2021

Word for Today:  December 15

Believe

  • If you can believe, all things will be possible for you and nothing will ever be impossible to you.
  • If you can believe, you can move into the realm of the miraculous.
  • If you can believe you can change your life, your situation, your circumstances and your destiny.

Believing is the key to the impossible.  Believing is the secret to success.  Believing is the way into heaven.  Believing is the way man connects with God.  Jesus said that if we can believe all things will be possible to us (Mark 9:23).

The Bible says that if without Believing it is impossible to please God.   Believing is the way to please God and the way to tap into the supernatural power of God.  Believing is the most powerful force on earth.

Your believing can change things around you and make them line up with your will and the will of God.  Nothing you can do as a Christian is more important than Believing.

Believing can change our nation.  Believing can produce miracles.  Believing can bring God into your situation and solve all your problems.  Believing is life-changing.

Believing changes death into LIFE

Releasing the Anointing

December 14, 2021

Matt. 22:29   Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Agree with me:

  • God has Power.  (Ability – Authority – Resources)
  • God’s Power is a First Order Power.
  • All things existing, past, and present, came out of God’s Power.
  • God’s Power is a Present Day Reality.
  • God’s Power can Change the World.  (It can even change you).
  • God’s Power is IN THE BELIEVER.
  • God wants His Power to be Released into the Earth.
  • Only Believers can do this.

We will learn How to Release God’s Power into the Earth….

            You are Born Again to RELEASE this POWER into the earth.  It is up to you and up to me.  It is up to the church.  The Power of God will not prevail in the earth until and unless we RELEASE IT.   It will not happen unless we make it happen.   It will not come out of the Church until it comes out of YOU.   All of creation is waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God.  

Rom. 8:19   For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

            The world is waiting for the Power of God to be revealed in us.

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

Eph. 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,

Eph. 3:21   Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

2Cor. 4:7   But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Ps. 68:1   Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

Isa. 60:1   Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

Isa. 60:2   For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Phil. 2:12   Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

            We must be missing something.  There must be something we have not understood about this.  Do we really know what these verses mean?  Have we come into a Revelation of the awesomeness of these Statements of Fact?  How is it that we have settled into such wimps and weeneies and weaklings when all of Heaven’s Power is in us?  What is wrong?  What has happened?  Where have we missed it? 

  • God has made an awesome investment in you. 
  • God has confidence in you.
  • God believes in you.  
  • God’s Miracle Power is in you. 
  • All of heaven’s power is in you. 
  • You have the potential to change anything that needs to be changed. 
  • You can change the world. 
  • You can change you.

            Nothing is too hard for God and God lives in YOU.   The Bible says that with God all things are possible.  Paul wrote that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…”   The Word declares that if “You can believe (have the God-kind of faith) all things are possible to him that believeth…”  (Mark 9).   When you got saved, God made a Divine Deposit in you.  Your body became the Temple of the Holy Ghost.  You are no longer your own because you were bought with a price…”  We are to glorify God with our bodies.  We are Born Again to release the Power of God into the earth.  

            People are becoming more aware of their need for God.  As politics fail, as economics fail, as education fails, as religion fails, our need for a viable and real and powerful connection with God is more apparent.  People will turn to God because of the sovereign move of the Holy Ghost that causes conviction to fall on unbelievers and backsliders. 

God is calling us to be channels of His Power in the earth.  We are the restraining force holding back all the relentless powers of darkness that are poised to overthrow every kingdom and nation.  Why is it that atrocities such as those that are presently happening in other parts of the world are not happening here in America?  Because we are called to be the nation from which God will release HIS POWER into the earth and throughout the earth.  With all our shortfalls and shortcomings, this nation is still the One Nation on this planet that God has sovereignty raised up to launch His Power into the Human Race. 

            Every Believer has God’s Power.  They may not act like it, look like it or talk like it… but THEY DO.   According to God’s Word… HIS POWER IS IN EVERY BELIEVER. 

            One reason many do not function in this power is because they do not know where it is.  If they do not know where it is they cannot function in it.   If they cannot function in it they cannot use it.  If they cannot use it they will be buffeted and whipped by the devil.  And the things that need changing will not be changed.

            It may be a shock to you but GOD’S POWER is not in HEAVEN.  “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth…”  is what Jesus said in Matt 28:18.  We have been taught that we are to pray for God’s Power to FALL on us.  For God to “send the Power…”  For the “Fire of God” to fall and come down from heaven.  We were led to believe that we could do nothing unless the Power “fell” on us.  As a Baptist, I prayed for a Revival to come from Heaven.  Our whole concept of GOD’S POWER has been warped and steeped in error.  No wonder we can’t operate in God’s Power… we don’t even know what it is, where it is,  how to get it or how to release it. 

“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the (wonder-working, miraculous) power that worketh in us…”  Eph 3:20

            God’s Power does not “come down” or “fall on us”…. God’s Power emanates from our RE-BORN HUMAN SPIRIT that is BORN AGAIN in the IMAGE of GOD and HIS SON the LORD JESUS CHRIST!!  God’s power is IN US.  It is not in heaven and it is not floating in space or gathering in the skies to fall on us when we “pray through…” 

“Arise, shine, for thy light is come and the Glory of the Lord is RISEN UPON THEE…”  Isa 60:1

            “Let God arise and His enemies be scattered…”  Psa 68:1 

(Is He supposed to come out of the ground?  NO.  Then what is He supposed to “arise” out of?  He is to RISE out of the RE-CREATED, RE-BORN HUMAN SPIRIT… and when He does HIS ENEMIES (and yours, too) will be SCATTERED.  

“We have a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the Day Star ARISE in your hearts…”  II Pet 1:19

            God’s Power is IN EVERY BELIEVER.  It is ADEQUATE and it is ABLE.  The problem is not that GOD WON’T… it is that GOD CAN’T because of our UNBELIEF. 

            JESUS PRAYED: “THY KINGDOM COME…”  The Earth was designed to be a DUPLICATE of HEAVEN  (Where God dwells… explain the 3 heavens).  Earth was designed to FUNCTION and OPERATE just like HEAVEN functions and operates.  The WILL OF GOD is for the EARTH to be JUST LIKE HEAVEN….. NOW.  TODAY.  At this time it is obviously not like Heaven, but JESUS told us to PRAY and BELIEVE that it would get to be like heaven.  The WILL OF GOD is the very same today as it was in the beginning… and that is that GOD’S KINGDOM WOULD BE ESTABLISHED ON EARTH.  That purpose and plan and will of God is in the process of being accomplished and established today. 

            JESUS told us to “seek first the Kingdom of God…” (Mat. 6:33).  He told us to first FIND the KINGDOM.  Locate the Kingdom.  Discover where the Kingdom is.  The Kingdom operates through the RECREATED HUMAN SPIRIT.

  “Neither shall they say Lo here or lo there: for behold the Kingdom of God is within you…”  Luke 17:21. 

            The KINGDOM is where the Power is.  (The Power of this Nation rests in Washington… the equivalent of a Kingdom).  The KINGDOM is where the KING is.  The KING is in the HEART of the BELIEVER.  Where the KING is the KINGDOM IS.   Where the KINGDOM IS, is where the POWER IS.  Therefore the KINGDOM is in the heart of every believer.   That is the LOCATION of the KINGDOM.  When GOD has DOMINION in your heart, the KINGDOM OPERATES THERE and the WILL OF GOD is DONE on earth… Just like Jesus told us to pray.  The HUMAN SPIRIT that is BORN AGAIN is where the KINGDOM of GOD is set up.  Within the KINGDOM you will find everything and all things you need… in every realm of life.  The KINGDOM is designed to PRODUCE WHAT YOU NEED or TO LEAD YOU TO WHAT YOU NEED or TO CAUSE WHAT YOU NEED TO COME TO PASS.

            The KINGDOM LITERALLY and ACTUALLY CAME when JESUS made it possible for you to be BORN AGAIN.  The kingdom of darkness was replaced by the Kingdom of Light… the Kingdom of God… when Jesus defeated satan in the bowels of the earth.  That made it possible for GOD to live in the HEART of the BELIEVER. 

            The SOURCE of all your needs is found in the KINGDOM… because that is where GOD IS.  GOD is the KING who operates in the DOMAIN of HIS KINGDOM.  Wherever GOD is there is ADEQUATE SUPPLY.  That is why Jesus told us to “SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU…”  The disciples were talking about the everyday necessities of life…. food, shelter, clothing, protection, provision, etc. 

            Most of JESUS’ PREACHING dealt with the KINGDOM.  11 of the parables in the NT are about the Kingdom.  Jesus said that when the Gospel of the Kingdom  is preached to all the world, that the end would come….  He wanted to make sure that we understood about the Kingdom.  Here are some things you need to know concerning the KINGDOM:

1.  The KINGDOM is in the HEART of every BELIEVER.  You have the potential of causing the WILL of GOD to be DONE on earth wherever you are.  When the KINGDOM COMES the WILL of GOD is DONE!!  When you operate by KINGDOM PRINCIPLES then the Will of God is done wherever you are!!

2.  The KINGDOM is a SPIRITUAL (INVISIBLE) KINGDOM (Domain).  It operates by and through the RECREATED HUMAN SPIRIT.  Jesus told Nicodemus that unless a man is “BORN AGAIN” he cannot see the Kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit…”  God wants the “Invisible” Kingdom to become visible.

3.  The KINGDOM is BASED on the NEW TESTAMENT or NEW COVENANT.  The POWER of the KINGDOM comes from the BLOOD OF JESUS.  The Kingdom is not operational in the O.T….  It was born in the GATES OF HELL and RATIFIED by the BLOOD of JESUS when He entered the HEAVENLY TEMPLE and sprinkled HIS BLOOD on the MERCY SEAT!!

4.  The KINGDOM  is the SOURCE for all your NEEDS.  Our needs do not come down out of heaven and fall on us like rain.  They are PRODUCED in GOD’S HEADQUARTERS where GOD DWELLS and where GOD IS ACTIVE.  That is in YOU and in ME.  The RECREATED HUMAN SPIRIT is the PRODUCTION CENTER for all that we need…. Spirit, Soul and Body.  God put Himself inside of you in order that you might be COMPLETE. 

5.  The KINGDOM CAN AND WILL WORK IN EARTH.  It is not reserved for us in heaven.  It is on earth that we need the THINGS OF GOD… the POWER of GOD… the AUTHORITY of GOD…  the ABILITY of GOD… The SUPERNATURAL WORKING of the GIFTS of the SPIRIT…. Jesus said we are to pray and believe for the KINGDOM to come and for the WILL of GOD to be DONE in EARTH as it is in HEAVEN.

6.  All the EARTH ANXIOUSLY AWAITS the COMPLETION of the KINGDOM.  The KINGDOM is not completed yet… but it is BEING COMPLETED and soon it will be the VISIBLE KINGDOM of GOD on earth with JESUS RULING as KING for HIS THRONE in JERUSALEM.

How to Release the Power of God:

  • Decide to.
  • Believe the Word.
  • Find where the Power is. 
  • Cooperate with God.  Agree with God.
  • Speak the Word ONLY.   Let it come out of your Mouth… just as Jesus allows it to come out of His mouth…

If you are a Believer, God’s Power is residing IN YOU.  And you can release it at the point of your present need.

DO IT

FAST FOOD

December 14, 2021

Word for Today:  December 14

One Factor.

There is only one factor that gives credibility to any legitimate ministry.    There is only one factor that guarantees the success of Kingdom work.  There is only one factor that makes preachers really preach and churches really produce lasting results.  Effectiveness and productiveness are not the result of man’s effort, ingenuity or education.   Success is not correctly measured by size.  Bigger is not always better.   And smarter is not always wiser.   Breadth is never as important as depth.

In Kingdom Ministry it is the Anointing that produces results.  Without the anointing all our efforts are but sounding brass and tinkling symbols.  Where there is no anointing, there is no Life.  It is the anointing that breaks the yoke and sets the captive free.  It is the anointing that brings revelation and produces conviction.  It is the anointing that moves the heart and rends the soul.

With all our getting, preachers, let us be certain we get unction.  Education is good, but it can never substitute for anointing.   Personality and popularity and acclaim are good, but they can never accomplish what the anointing can accomplish.  The coming Millennial Kingdom will operate in limitless anointing.  This anointing will change nations and kindreds and peoples and tongues.  The anointing will bring glory to God and honor to Jesus.

In all the years of ministry, I’m not so sure as to exactly what the anointing really is, or how to adequately explain it, but I can surely tell when I haven’t got it.  And so can you.

  • The anointing gives credibility to ministry.
  • The anointing eradicates human limitation.
  • The anointing speaks the truth.
  • The anointing breaks the stronghold of the enemy.
  • The anointing ignites the hearts of complacent Christians and impregnates the barren church to produce children.

The Anointing Breaks Every Yoke

Preparing for the Increase

December 13, 2021

            How do we prepare for the Increase?   (1) By BELIEVING it is coming and (2) By GETTING READY.  During the storm season, we followed the paths of hurricanes  with intense interest. As they head into the Gulf, folks begin to make preparation. Cars line up for gas. Stores are crowded with people buying flashlight batteries and water and candles and ice and canned goods… they are busy preparing because they KNEW it was coming.

2 Kings 3:7-20:

2Kgs. 3:7         And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, 1 will go up: 1 am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.

2Kgs. 3:8         And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered The way through the wilderness of Edom.

2Kgs. 3:9         So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.

2Kgs. 3:10       And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!

2Kgs. 3:11       But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may inquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.

2Kgs. 3:12       And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

2Kgs. 3:13       And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.

2Kgs. 3:14       And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

2Kgs. 3:15       But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

2Kgs. 3’16       And he said, Thus saith the LORD Make this valley full of ditches.

2Kgs. 3:17       For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not. see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

2Kgs. 3:18       And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.

2Kgs. 3:19       And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.

2Kgs. 3:20       And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.

The prophet told them to dig ditches. He told them to make the valley full of ditches. They were instructed to dig before there was any water. There was no sign of water. Water was nowhere to be found. There were no rain clouds, no rivers, no streams, no lakes. There was no water. But the Man of God commanded them to DIG DITCHES.

Get Ready. IT is on the way. Water was coming. Dig the ditches. God brought the Water and it was Life to them. The same water that was Life to Israel, became death to those who were fighting against God and God’s people. When the enemies saw the water it appeared to be blood, they rushed in to finish the kill and take the spoils but found God’s People Revived and Ready for Battle. The Moabites were smitten and slain and driven back into their own land. Israel was Victorious. They dug the ditches and prepared for the flood… even in the midst of a drought.

Years ago God spoke to my heart regarding this hour. He took me into His Word and gave me the 54th Chapter of Isaiah. He told me that this promise was ours. Since then, this entire ministry has been given to Making Preparation for The Manifestation. As best as we knew, we followed the leading of God.

Isa 54:2  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 54:3  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.

He told us to “enlarge the place of our tent…” We did.  

He told us to “stretch forth the curtains of our habitation…” We did

He told us to “spare not…” We didn’t.

He told us to “lengthen our cords and strengthen our stakes…” We did   

We did what He told us to do.

Now it is time for Him to do what He said He would do:  listen:

“For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left ….”

“Thy seed shall inherit the heathen and make the desolate places to be                              inhabited…”

Now it is time for us to dig the ditches because the flood (increase) is on the WAY. Every ditch we dig will be filled with the overflow. Every ditch that you dig will be filled with the overflow.  The only limitation to the flood that is coming is the lack of ditches for the flood to fill. How many will you dig? What will you Believe God for?  When are you going to start?

2Kgs. 4:1         Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.

2Kgs. 4:2         And Elisha said unto her, What shall 1 do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

2Kgs. 4:3         Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

2Kgs. 4:4         And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into. all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

2Kgs. 4:5         So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.

2Kgs. 4:6         And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

2Kgs. 4:7         Then she came, and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil; and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

The Prophet told the widow woman to go and borrow some pots. He told her to borrow not a few, but many. She was going to need them. She did not need them right then, but she was going to need them. He told her to go behind closed doors with her sons and begin to pour out the oil. All doubt and unbelief had to be shut out. All opinions of men had to be shut out. All skepticism had to be shut­ out. “What do you need all the empty pots for?”

            “You have never had that much oil in your whole life:”

            “You will never fill all those pots up.”

            “You must be out of your mind.”

She was willing to be ridiculed and criticized. But …she needed a breakthrough. She needed a miracle. She needed God to come through for her. When she had borrowed the pots she began to pour from the vessel of oil. The oil multiplied… it continued… it increased until all the empty pots were full to the brim. The oil did not come until she had the pots. The manifestation did not come until she made the preparation.

This is what God is saying about the increase. IT is on the way. We need to dig our ditches and borrow our pots. God is sending the Rain and the Oil. He wants us to be ready to contain them. The Water will bring Refreshment and Life. The Oil will bring Power and Prosperity.

This is the Abundant Life Jesus came to give to all men. The Increase will bring this into the earth for those who will dig their ditches and borrow their pots.

2022 is our Year for Preparation

FAST FOOD

December 13, 2021

Word for Today:  December 13

God has given us weapons

 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds,) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.   2Cor 10:4-6

They are mighty weapons through God to the pulling down of strongholds  … they are not carnal and they are not natural … they are Supernatural and they are efficient and they are effective and they work.

They are given to every believer in order that every believer might overcome the attacks of the enemy. These weapons are for warfare. They are not for vacation. They are for pulling down and destroying and they are to be used.

The reason we have these weapons is that we might overcome the powers of darkness…. that we might stop the devil. If we do not use them, they will not work, and we will not stop the devil. If we do not exercise them, we will not break through and put the devil on the run.

God gave them. God gave them to Believers. God gave them to Believers in order that Believers might confirm what Jesus did to the devil.

Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. Those works are still destroyed. The Bible says that

to as many as received Him to them gave He power to become…  John 1:12.

You have the power and authority to become whatever God has purposed for you to become.

This is why Paul says… “I can do all things though Christ…”

A Prophesy for my Country

December 11, 2021

Because I am a Believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and because God, in these last days, has given to me the Spirit of Prophesy (Acts 2:18;  Rev 19:10), I earnestly and confidently prophesy, in faith, the following for my country, the United States of America:

1.  That there shall be a mighty and supernatural Spiritual Awakening in the Leadership of our nation. 

2.  That the Office of President of the United States will once again be restored to Righteousness and Godliness.

3.  That the Supreme Court will recognize the authority of the Word of God as the Foundation for Law and Order and Justice.

4.  That the sins of our past and present shall be forgiven and covered by the Blood of Jesus.

5.  That the powers of darkness are being driven back in every area of our government.

6.  That Biblical Moral Values shall be restored and protected.

7.  That the Congress of the United States will honor God and the Bible and will defend and protect the Spiritual Foundations upon which our nation was founded. 

8.  That the traditional Bible standard for Marriage and Family will be restored…. One man and One woman One time… forever.

9.  That the Home will become and remain the Moral and Spiritual Example God has set forth in His Word.

10.  That there will be unity and accord among the races

11.  That there will be a Spiritual Renaissance in the Public Education System

12.  That the Colleges and Universities will undergo a supernatural shift from Humanism, Atheism, Agnosticism and Materialism to principles of the Christian Faith

13.  That I will pursue God and His Righteousness with all my heart and assume my responsibility to Bring my Country back to God.

These things I prophesy in faith, according to the Word of God….

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.    2Chron 7:14

Will your join me?

FAST FOOD

December 11, 2021

Word for Today:  December 11

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 so powerful was the 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.  All were moved by the awesome Presence of God… They Worshipped and God responded.

I walked into a convention center filled with over 1000 people 40 years ago and was met by an overwhelming Presence of the Holy Spirit.  Those present were mesmerized in True Worship.  They were singing in the Spirit.  They were praying in the Spirit.  Some were standing with uplifted hands, others were kneeling…. They were weeping and rejoicing and dancing and many were prostrate on the floor laying at the feet of their Glorious God.

They were as one and they all were literally “drunk with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2).  It was the most moving and emotional meeting I had ever experienced in my entire life.  It was at that moment God let me know I could have More of Him than I had ever received.

This revelation came in the atmosphere of True Worship.  I remember rushing to the altar for prayer.  I remember a saintly Episcopalian Rector who laid hands on me and gently prayed for me.  I was literally flooded with the awesome and Real Presence of the Holy Spirit… and my life (and ministry) was forever changed.


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