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Answering To a Higher Authority by Elaine Tavolacci

Answering To a Higher Authority by Elaine Tavolacci
By Elaine Tavolacci

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Many of you are wondering why you are not able to go to a higher level with the Lord. We are called to live by a higher standard than the world. We serve a holy God and we cannot compromise our walk with Jesus and expect to receive His anointing without measure. Your spiritual level depends entirely on you. Jesus wants to do extraordinary things in your life that are beyond human comprehension but It is not possible for Him to approve of or promote someone living an ungodly lifestyle. There is an enemy that vies for your attention to keep you from what the Lord has for you. You have to realize that greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world, and you are able to break through any barriers that the enemy tries to use to block you from advancing in the kingdom of God.

The Lord says, I am calling you back to a place of intimacy. I am calling you back into a holy alliance with Me. You who were once sensitive to My voice, sensitive to My leading and sensitive to My conviction, hear My call once again. Don’t get caught up in the seduction of this world or entangle yourself with the affairs of this life. Don’t allow those things that are meaningless to entice you and lure you in the wrong direction. Watch for the little foxes that spoil the vine. As you acknowledge and turn away from the things that are hindering you and the sin that so easily besets you, you will begin to advance once again. Push aside anything that is obstructing your walk with Me. Guard your heart so that your conscience will not become seared, to where you no longer become repentant. As My conviction comes upon you, you will respond in one of two ways. Just as fire is applied to a wax candle, some will melt in submission but some will  become more hardened.

Going Back to the Place of Your First Love

I am calling you back to the place of total surrender and to enter into My rest once again. This is the place of your first love. Recognize all that I have made available for you in My Covenant. I have wonderful plans and great exploits to release but I must have clean vessels to work through. Do not despise My chastisement. I have provision beyond what the world could offer.  Do not compromise your salvation or take it lightly but treat it with reverence. Open your eyes and open your ears My beloved so that you will recognize the days that you are living in. I desire to move in a mighty way among you but you must be submitted. There is much I could do with an obedient heart. As you throw off the soiled garments and that which defiles, I will move in your life once again. I have called you to a higher place. I have called you to a higher standard. Rise up above temptations and allow Me to work in your life once again says the Lord

Romans 8:6-8 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

Ephesians 5:8 -11 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light  (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),  finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

 

2 Timothy 2:3-7 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

 

Hebrews 12:6 “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” 

 

Elaine Tavolacci

www.awordinseason.info

www.TheVoiceOfBreakthrough.com


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Two Things, Two Things Only by Francis Frangipane

Two Things, Two Things Only by Francis Frangipane
By Francis Frangipane

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There are so many things to occupy our minds: so many books, so many examples, so many good teachings that deserve our attention, that say, “Here is a truth.” But as I have been serving the Lord these past years, He has led me to seek for two things and two things only: to know the heart of God in Christ and to know my own heart in Christ’s light.

Knowing the Heart of God

I have been seeking God, searching to know Him and the depth of His love toward His people. I want to know Christ’s heart and the compassions that motivate Him. The Scriptures are plain: Jesus loved people. Mark’s gospel tells us that after Jesus taught and healed the multitudes, they became hungry. In His compassion, Christ saw them as “sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:34). It was not enough for Him to heal and teach them; He personally cared for each of them. Their physical well-being, even concerning food, was important to Him.

A lad with five loaves and two fish provided enough for Jesus to work another miracle, but this miracle had to come through Christ’s willing but bone-weary body. Consider: Christ brought His disciples out to rest, “for there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat” (Mark 6:31).

Consider: Jesus personally had come to pray and be strengthened, for John the Baptist, Jesus’ forerunner, had been beheaded earlier that very week at the hands of Herod. It was in the state of being emotionally and physically depleted that Jesus fed the multitudes—not just once or twice but over and over again: “He kept giving [the bread and the fish] to the disciples to set before them” (v. 41).

Thousands of men, women and children all “ate and were satisfied” (v. 42). Oh, the heart of Jesus! The miracle was for them, but we read of no miracle sustaining Him except the marvelous wonder of a holy love that continually lifted His tired hands with more bread and more fish. Out of increasing weakness He repeatedly gave that others might be renewed.

So, if my quest is to know Him, I must recognize this about Him: Jesus loves people—all people, especially those society ignores. Therefore I must know exactly how far He would travel for men, for that is the same distance He would journey again through me. Indeed, I must know His thoughts concerning illness, poverty and human suffering. As His servant, I am useless to Him unless I know these things. If I would actually do His will, I must truly know His heart. Therefore, in all my study and times of prayer I am seeking more than just knowledge; I am searching for the heart of God.

Knowing Our Hearts

At the same time, as I draw closer to the heart of God, the very fire of His presence begins a deep purging work within me. In the vastness of His riches, my poverty appears. The psalmist wrote, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully.” (Ps. 24:3-4)

We cannot even find the hill of the Lord, much less ascend it, if there is deceit in our heart. How does one serve in God’s holy place if his soul is unclean? It is only the pure in heart who perceive God. To ascend toward God is to walk into a furnace of truth where falsehood is extracted from our souls. To abide in the holy place we must dwell in honesty, even when a lie might seem to save us. Each ascending step upon the hill of God is a thrusting of our souls into greater transparency, a more perfect view into the motives of our hearts.

It is this upward call of God that we pursue. Yet the soul within us is hidden, crouching in fear and darkness, living in a world of untruths and illusions. This is our inner man, the soul God seeks to save. Have you discovered your true self, the inner person whom truth alone can free? Yes, we seek holiness, but true holiness arises from here; it comes as the Spirit of Truth unveils the hidden places in our hearts. Indeed, it is truthfulness which leads to holiness.

God, Grant us a Zeal for Truth that We May Stand in Your Holy Place!

Men everywhere presume they know the “truth,” but they have neither holiness nor power in their lives. Truth must become more than historical doctrine; it must be more than a museum of religious artifacts—mementos from when God once moved. Truth is knowing God’s heart as it was revealed in Christ, and it is knowing our own hearts in the light of God’s grace.

As members of the human race, we are shrouded in ignorance. Barely do we know our world around us; even less do we know the nature of our own souls. Without realizing it, as we search for God’s heart, we are also searching for our own. For it is only in finding Him that we discover ourselves, for we are “in Him.”

Yet throughout that searching process, as I position my heart before the Lord, it is with a sense of trembling that I pray the prayer of King David: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”(Ps. 139:23-24)

Let us wash the cosmetics from our souls and look at the unadorned condition of our hearts. I know God has created us eternally complete and perfect in Christ. I believe that. But in the first three chapters of John’s Revelation, Jesus did not tell the churches they were “perfect in His eyes.” No! He revealed to them their true conditions; He told them their sins. Without compromise, He placed on them the demand to be overcomers, each in their own unique and difficult circumstance.

Like them, we must know our need. And like them, the souls we want saved dwell here, in a world system structured by lies, illusions and rampant corruption. Our old natures are like well-worn shoes into which we relax; we can be in the flesh instantly without even realizing it. The enemies that defeat us are hidden and latent within us! Thus the Holy Spirit must expose our foes before we can conquer them!

Concerning man’s nature, the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9)  Quoting another of David’s prayers, a similar cry is heard: “Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me; then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression.” (Ps. 19:12-13)

There may be errors inside of us that are actually ruling us without our awareness. Do we realize, for instance, how many of our actions are manipulated purely by vanity and the desire to be seen or accepted by others? Are we aware of the fears and apprehensions that unconsciously influence so many of our decisions? We may have serious flaws inside yet still be either too proud or too insecure to admit we need help.

Concerning ourselves, we think so highly of what we know so little!

Even outwardly, though we know our camera pose, do we know how we appear when we are laughing or crying, eating or sleeping, talking or angry? The fact is, most of us are ignorant of how we appear outwardly to others; much less do we know ourselves inwardly before God! Our fallen thinking processes automatically justify our actions and rationalize our thoughts. Without the Holy Spirit, we are nearly defenseless against our own innate tendencies toward self-deception.

Therefore, if we would be holy, we must first renounce falsehood. In the light of God’ grace, having been justified by faith and washed in the sacrificial blood of Jesus, we need not pretend to be righteous. We need only to become truthful.

No condemnation awaits our honesty of heart—no punishment. We have only to repent and confess our sins to have them forgiven and cleansed; if we will love the truth, we will be delivered from sin and self-deception. Indeed, we need to know two things and two things only: the heart of God in Christ and our own hearts in Christ’s light.

Francis Frangipane

www.frangipane.org


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Hang onto Hope by Tiffany Ann Lewis

Hang onto Hope by Tiffany Ann Lewis
By Tiffany Ann Lewis

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“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” 

The days that we are living in now require that we hang onto hope like never before.  But what exactly is Biblical hope and how do we hang onto it?  Let’s take a look.

In Hebrew, there are two primary words for hope; yachal éÈçÇì (pronounced ya-khal; Strong’s #3176) which is the word in the Scripture above and tiqvah úÌÄ÷ÀåÈä (pronounced teek-vah; Strong’s #8615) which we’ll discover later in this article.  Although they are different words, they share similar meanings: to wait, to hope, and to expect.

This reveals that Biblical hope involves expectancy, not wishful thinking.  Biblical hope consists of waiting for Lord to accomplish His perfect will in our lives and earnestly expecting Him to come through for you.  For example, in last month’s Manna, Are You Expecting, I shared with you that my daughter is expecting and will soon be delivering my first Grandchild.  She is not expecting a giraffe or an elephant (although at times she feels like she is at times lol), she is expecting a baby girl.  Similarly, as believers hoping in God, we should be expecting that what God has promised us in His word will be delivered.

Unfortunately, when you are waiting (and waiting some more) and haven’t seen the fulfillment it’s easy to become depressed and discouraged.  As our text reveals, our heart can become heavy or sick.  Tragically, we may even give up the hope of ever experiencing the fullness that God has for us.

Can you Identify? 

Have you been in the waiting room for an extended period of time and find yourself losing hope?  If so, I pray that this message is an encouragement to you from the Lord.

Let’s take a look at the word translated as “deferred” in Proverbs 13:12.  In Hebrew the word is mashach îÈùÇÑêÀ (pronounced mah-shakh; Strong’s #4900) and means: draw, drag, or seize.  With that meaning in mind, I find it no coincidence that in John 10:10 Jesus speaks of the enemy of our soul as a thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy us. The enemy is trying to drag the hope right from our heart!  Some of the ways he successfully does that is through doubt, worry, and fear.  That is why it is so important to hang onto our hope.  Yet, how do we do that?  How do we hang onto hope especially when our heart is sick, weak, and defeated?

Scripture gives us some insight in the second chapter of Joshua through the encounter with the harlot Rahab.  Interestingly, this is also where the first appearance of other word I mentioned earlier that means hope (tiqvah) in the bible.   In case you are not familiar with the story let me give a very brief overview.

In a mighty display of His strength, God rescued the children of Israel from 400+ years of bondage in Egypt and brought them into the wilderness.  The wilderness is a dreadful place yet they survived, nay, they thrived because God was providing what they needed as they journeyed toward their promised land.

News must have gotten around the region about Israel and their God.  I’m sure that folks were talking about this group that was wandering around the desert with a cloud cover by day shielding them from the sun and a pillar of fire warming them by night as they moved toward the Promised Land.  Well, Jericho was part of the land God wanted them to possess.  Can you imagine what it must have felt like to a resident of Jericho watching this group coming towards your home with God leading the way?  It must have been terrifying.

Rope of Hope

Enter in Rahab, a harlot who lived in Jericho.  Israel sent spies into Jericho to search out the land.  Rahab hid them from the king protecting them from certain death.  In return, the spies promise to protect Rahab and her family if she tied a scarlet cord in her window and stayed inside the house.  However, if she didn’t follow their instructions, they wouldn’t be responsible if Rahab and her family were destroyed when the walls came tumbling down.

“Unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home.  So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.”  Joshua 2:18-19

I underlined the word “line” regarding the scarlet cord Rahab tied in her window because this red thread was Rahab’s rope of hope!  The word “line” is tiqvah (hope).  She didn’t just tie a rope in the window…she bound her future in her hope in God!

Can you imagine how heartsick Rahab could have become waiting in her house watching God’s army marching towards her town?  I bet the enemy of her soul was trying to defer her hope and cause her to doubt that the sign of faith, which she placed in the window, would save her.  Nevertheless, she waited on the Lord and kept that rope in her window and her hope in God.  As a result, she and her family were saved from the destruction of Jericho.  Hallelujah!

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Something Supernatural happens as we wait on the Lord.  As we wait upon the Lord we connect to His strength, His grace, His power, and His might.  Faith arises in our weak human heart and empowering us to be still and hang onto hope.

I don’t know what type of destruction you may be facing today but I know that the enemy wants to drag your hope away.  He wants you to doubt you will ever see the goodness of God manifested in your life.  Beloved, hang onto Jesus, He is your rope of Hope.  “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.” Hebrews 6:19

I know it’s hard at times but please don’t give up.  Do what Rahab did, hang onto hope and you will see the salvation of the Lord.  Amen and Amen.

Tiffany Ann Lewis

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Nine Marks of Maturity by Jeremy Caris

9 Marks of Maturity by Jeremy Caris
By Jeremy Caris

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There are nine character trait combinations that I believe reveal a balanced maturity. Some of these may seem to be contradictory, but the individual traits are only perfect when tempered because they can be stretched to distortion when they are isolated. Jesus perfectly displayed all of these traits, and we will exhibit them as we grow into His fullness.

Gentleness with Boldness

The most mature believers that I have ever met have all carried a remarkable gentleness along with a ferocious boldness. So, when I find someone with incredible boldness, I immediately look for signs of gentleness. Either trait without the other is immaturity. (Mat. 11:29; 2Co. 10:1)

Humility with Confidence

Humility is the only way to true greatness. It means to be lowly and gentle of heart, mind, and spirit; but it does not mean you must abandon confidence in yourself. Confidence, on the other hand, is not self-focused and puffed up; it is knowing who you really are. It would be ignorance or false humility to pretend otherwise. (Mat. 21:5; Phi. 2:6-8)

Compassion without Coddling

This is love with accountability. It is knowing that love is always necessary, and yet there is a line where true love is stern and discerning in it’s approach. Jesus is the perfect and consistent love of God on display, and yet He did not shrink back from being firm. (John. 6)

Honor without Flattery

Maturity teaches us to value others despite their flaws, without derailing it through insincerity. To honor someone means that they carry weight with you. People carry such weight with God that He died for us all while we were absolutely flawed. If we are to imitate God, we should honor all people as well. (1Peter 2:17; Job 32:22)

Faith without Presumption

Faith is assurance of something before it is physically evident; agreeing with God. Presumption is what you think God should be saying. In our immaturity we often tend to presume to know what is best for ourselves. We must learn to trust God as our Master. He never fails or waivers from His goal of seeing Christ formed in us. (Mat. 9:29, 26:39)

Generosity with Wisdom

Generosity is giving freely and liberally, just as God always does. Yet in 1Chronicles 21:24, David said that he would not offer to the Lord something that cost him nothing. Generosity should apply understanding to guide it’s use. (2Co. 9:11; 1Ti. 6:18)

Honesty with Tactfulness

In it’s most basic sense, it means to be truthful to others and to ourselves. Yet, it’s not typically wise to say everything and anything that is truthful. We should be tactful and discrete about what we say, without lies or compromise. (Psa. 51:6; Eph. 4:29; Pro. 25:11)

Dependability with Zeal

Maturity produces ambitious people that others can count on. A reliable person with enthusiasm is the kind of person that we all want fighting alongside us. Just showing up is the most important key, since zeal without consistency produces nothing significant. (Mat. 24:45; Rom. 12:11)

Peacefulness with Tenacity

A person of peacefulness with tenacity is a person who has learned to rest in God through every storm. Learning to stay in peace takes persistent determination to deliberately set your faith it God regardless of the circumstances. (Isa. 32:18; Rom. 5:3-4)

Jeremy Caris

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Do You Know Who You Are? by Annette Capps

Do You Know Who You Are? by Annette Capps
By Annette Capps

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Do You Know Who You are?
Of course you do. When asked this question, you are quick to give your name, which identifies you to the world. If pressed for a further explanation, you might tell who your parents are or were. The next description you would give of yourself would probably be your occupation or maybe your spouse’s name.

But who are you?

Everything you have listed is a physical description and you know as well as I do that you are not your body. Yes, your parents created your body, but without your spirit in your body, you would not exist. You are a spirit. So, who are you really? Where did you come from? And why did you come here to live on earth?

You are a Spirit sent from God.

(Pause… and think of that!)

You are a Spirit sent from God to affect this planet.

(Did you really think your life is an accident?)

Please say this out loud: “I, _________, am a spirit sent from God.”

If you are born again, your inward witness just registered the entire truth of that statement. You know it is true.

So why in the world have we been wandering aimlessly around this earth believing something else? I’ll tell you why. When you were a child, you knew exactly who you were because you had just come from God. It took many years of training for you to forget who you are and believe you are what the world and the devil says you are.

Have you ever noticed that it is perfectly acceptable to put yourself down, talk about your shortcomings, and the negative traits about yourself? “I’m not very smart.” “I’m just a poor person.” “I can only get low paying jobs.” “I’m just a sinner.” “I’m not very spiritual.”

Even when complimented, it is traditional to say, “Oh, no, I didn’t do anything.” “What? This old suit? No, I’ve had it for years. Can’t afford a new one.” When others try to lift you up, it’s your job to put yourself back down. After all, didn’t you learn this from you parents? After a certain age, it was no longer acceptable to say with excitement and pride, “Look Mommy, see what I did!” To avoid looking prideful, you were taught a false sense of humility, to deny and disown your accomplishments.

We were taught that it was wrong to recognize and acknowledge our own greatness.

Acknowledge Your Greatness

But don’t try this in just any church. The Word of God says that we are the righteousness of God in Christ. (II Cor. 5:21) Say this out loud and you could be accused of blasphemy. Did you know that quoting scriptures is blasphemous? Well, it is in some churches. Several years ago when people began to realize the truth about our righteousness and confess, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ”, there were outcries of “Blasphemy!” “You are a sinner.” “Who are you trying to be? God?” (Would you rather we try to be the devil?)

Religion wants you to confess and declare that you are a lousy, no-good sinner. That is acceptable in religion. What do you think is acceptable to God? He is your Father and your Creator. He created you in His image and His likeness. How do you think he feels when you declare you are like the devil?

Religion implores us to declare our weakness and lack of power. It demands we acknowledge our likeness to the devil. Who do you think is behind all this? The devil, of course. He wants us to believe that he is our father. He is not.

We are spirits sent from God! We are made like him. His Spirit is in us. His greatness is in us. All that He is, is inside us, a part of us, and we are a part of Him. Never again confess a likeness to the devil or his traits. You are God’s own holy creation.

Acknowledging Your Greatness is not a Comparison

“But my parents told me I would get a ‘big-head’ if I said stuff like that.” Your parents told you that out of fear that you would think you were better than everyone else. You are not better than anyone else. Everyone is a spirit sent from God. When you acknowledge that about yourself, you will also acknowledge it about others. Why? Because when you truly believe that you are a spirit sent from God and you are like God, you will see his greatness in others.

Every spirit has the right of choice and some are choosing to be like the devil. They choose to behave like the devil because they believe they are like him and there is no greatness in them. If you believe you are a bad person, you will do bad things. If you really believe that you are great, you will do great things.

You will never exalt yourself by putting other people down. You cannot exalt your own race by being a racist. Disrespecting women will never exalt men to who they really are. Women who put down men do not exalt their gender.

God created all of us in His image and His likeness. He created us to create and bring forth out of our imagination our own individuality. Individuality, who you are, shows forth on the earth the diversity and greatness of God.

God took a planet that was void and without form and filled it with beautiful seas, fish, birds, animals of every kind and color. Then He created man and woman to be like Him. Their directive was to “guard and keep his creation.” They were to be the protectors of the physical manifestation of His greatness, the earth and the fullness thereof.

As you know, the man and woman chose to believe the serpent instead of God and things rapidly went downhill! Through Christ, our authority has been restored to us. Jesus said, “All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do…. We truly have the power and greatness to rule over this earth and again be the protectors and restorers of God’s creation.

So why aren’t we doing it?

Because we don’t really believe it.

There is a residual belief of unworthiness. A belief that we haven’t really obtained that level of spirituality yet. There is nothing to obtain. You are there. You are raised up together with Christ and seated together with Him in heavenly places. (Eph. 2:6) You are not a child of the devil. Your Father and Creator is God. Your greatness is a result of creation. No longer deny who you are. You are a spirit sent from God. All His power is invested in you. All the wealth of heaven is yours. The Wisdom of the Ages is on the inside of you. Go forth and reign in this life!

Annette Capps

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Valor by John Paul Jackson

Valor by John Paul Jackson

By John Paul Jackson

 

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The Bible says that in the last days, men’s hearts will fail them for fear. I believe we live in an era that has been prophesied for millennia.

 

The earth suffers all manner of geophysical, economic, political, religious, and war issues. We see fear mounting in the hearts of men and women across the globe. Truly, it is a difficult time – for those who don’t know God. However, for those who do know God, this time doesn’t need to be difficult. If we are willing, it could be the most exciting time of our lives.

 

In Judges 7 when Gideon finally realized there was no reason for him to be afraid anymore, the Bible says he “worshipped.” The Hebrew word used here for worship implies that you first bow in humility, then you stand to your feet, raise your hands and in a loud voice proclaim God’s glory. That is a very brave thing to do when you’re right outside the enemy’s camp.

 

But something had happened to this man, who had once hidden from his enemies in a winepress and described himself as the weakest person he knew. Essentially, he stood up, and in the face of all his fears, he declared, “You can’t kill me! Nothing you can do can harm me. I can defeat you. The angel has said it. God has shown it. I will do it.”

 

Fear and Faith

 

It is difficult for fear and faith to exist in their fullness in the same place at the same time. Both are the belief that something that hasn’t happened is going to happen. Fear is the expectation of something bad, and faith is the expectation of something good. One cancels out, or neutralizes, the other, and one or the other is going to exist as the plumb line of a person’s life.

 

Fear produces a desperate survivalist mentality. We dare not help the person next to us because if we do, we might fall off the cliff ourselves. The more self-concerned and self-focused we are, the fewer people we impact, because all of our effort and energy is consumed with ourselves. Gideon was hiding in a winepress! What impact did he have on his community while in a winepress?

 

Yet it was there, in the winepress, that God met him and proclaimed him to be a mighty man of valor. The winepress was not his destiny, though he clearly thought it was. Instead, God called him a hero, and a hero is what he became.

 

Out of Weakness Made Strong

 

The people of God are not born strong. We become strong:

 

“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle.” – Hebrews 11:32-34

 

Out of weakness, God’s people are made strong. We become valiant in battle. We don’t start out valiant – we become valiant.

 

The enemy has created a realm of fear to keep us shackled to inaccurate images and concepts of who we are. But God wants to take you and raise you up as a hero. He wants to take the “impossible” destiny He has written for you and bring it into existence.

 

I will never forget what the Lord once spoke to me: There is no limit to what I can do if you can restore hope in the heart of the people.

 

Faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). What do you hope to become? Who has God called you to be? The day is coming when you, like Gideon, will stand before your foes and declare, “You are defeated!”

 

John Paul Jackson

www.streamsministries.com


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Prophesy Judgement or Grace by Jeremy Caris

Prophesy Judgment or Grace? by Jeremy Caris
By Jeremy Caris

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One of the most common mistakes in prophetic ministry today is prophesying judgment. Christians read the Old Testament prophets and make the erroneous assumption that it is the eternal nature of prophecy to decree judgment. Yet, there is a clear and definite mandate set for all ministry under the New Covenant in Christ.

It is true that God is just and that the judgment for sin is definite (Deut. 24:16; Eze. 18:20). It is also true that there is a Day of Judgment to come (Rom. 2:5; 2Co. 5:10). We deal with the effects of sin and corruption as a result of disobedience. There is still “cause and effect” in this world. Yet, we live in an age where the law of grace suspends us above the judgment of God until that great and terrible Day comes.

Frankly, true prophecy is speaking what God is saying, not what He was saying. It is verbalizing the words being released from Heaven, which are the seeds that God Himself is planting (Mat. 13). Understanding this allows us to see the clear difference between prophecy in the Old Covenant versus the New.

Then & Now

Under the Old Covenant, the primary word being released from Heaven was:

  • The Truth of God
  • God was requiring the world to reconcile itself to Him.
  • “Repent, or judgment is at hand.”
  • “Everything I have will be available if you obey Me and do what is right.”

In the New Covenant, the clear word from Heaven is:

  • The fullness of God, which is Grace and Truth through Christ
  • God has paid the requirement and is now reconciling the world to Himself.
  • “Repent, for my Kingdom is at hand”
  • “Everything I have is available if you only believe, and I will give you a heart to obey Me and do what is right.”

Grace Triumphs

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 ESV

Salvation has always been by grace, through faith; but the grace of God was not clearly unveiled until Jesus came and was crucified for the sins of the world. Since Jesus paid the price of death which must be paid, God is no longer counting the world’s sins against them. That’s good news!

Our Message

God is freely offering the world restoration to His favor and to harmony with Himself. Those who are Christ-like will allow God to make this appeal to the world through their words and lives. That is true Christianity. Therefore, we no longer prophesy the judgment of God, but the grace of Christ that paid for the judgment that is deserved.

It is our job to say what God is saying today: “Come to Me! My grace is for you.”

Jeremy Caris

www.jeremycaris.com