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Legalism says “Do”, Grace says “Done” by Ken Legg

Legalism Says “Do”, Grace Says “Done!” by Ken Legg

Many Christians across the world are now making the transition from legalism into grace. Legalism is the belief that my works are the basis of God’s acceptance and blessing. Grace is the belief that I am always accepted and qualified for every blessing because of the finished work of Jesus.

With legalism the focus is always upon self. With grace the focus is always upon Jesus. Legalism says, “Do”. Grace says, “Done!” There is nothing I can do to make God love me more; and there is nothing I can do that will make Him love me less. This is grace. When we try to relate to God and the Christian life through law-keeping we leave the realm of grace. Legalism nullifies the grace of God.

But not everyone is convinced. Here are some of the popular objections I come across to the grace of God, and how I answer those objections:

  1. “We all need rules to give us structure and goals, and to lead a better life”

Paul was deceived into thinking this, and it ‘killed’ him spiritually. Rom.7:11

Legalism actually incites us to sin, not holiness. The commandment puts a thought in our mind that wasn’t previously there, so that we obsess over it. And it touches the point of our rebellion. Rom.7:5,8

The Law is good, but our ‘marriage’ to it is bad, because the power-base in this marriage is the flesh, which is weak. Rom.7:18; 8:3. God’s plan for us is not to be married to the Law but to Christ. Rom.7:1-4

  1. “I believe in grace, but it needs to be balanced”

In other words, grace saves us but works keep us? Having begun in the Spirit are we to be made perfect by the flesh? (Gal.3;3)

What we call balance is really mixture. Rom.11:6

Grace must stay pure in order to be radical and effective

  1. “Grace is just a license to sin”

No, grace is the only thing that can get us out of sin. It is God’s ability in the place of our inability. It is God’s way of holiness. Rom.6:14

Some people might abuse grace and turn into licentiousness, but true grace is not an encouragement to sin. Titus 2:11-14

  1. “I believe in grace, but we still have to do our part”

Our part is to believe that Jesus has done it all. John 6:29. Our full salvation is provided by Him.

The Christian lives by faith. Rom.1:17; Gal.2:20

  1. “But I believe that if you want God’s blessing, there is a price to pay”

Everything that God wants to do in our lives has already been paid for. False teachers try to get you to pay for what Christ has already paid for. Rom.8:32

We are already blessed with all things. Eph.1:3; 2 Pet.1:3

Good works are our free response to what God has done for us. Any works that seek to pay for blessing and favor from God are dead works

  1. “If there’s nothing I need to do, why should I do anything? Grace takes away the motive for Christian living”

Paul taught grace more than any other, and yet worked harder than all others. 1 Cor.15:10

If the only reason you serve, give, obey, etc. is to receive something from God in return, then grace does not remove the motive for giving, but rather it reveals your mercenary motive!

The only acceptable motive for serving, giving, obeying etc. is love. Gal.5:6

Ken Legg


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Betrayals by Os Hillman

Betrayals by Os Hillman
By Os Hillman

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If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend.Psalm 55:12-13

“You will always be attacked in the place of your inheritance,” said the man sitting across the breakfast table. “God dhas called you to bring people together and to impact other people’s lives as a result of this anointing in your life. You must make sure that you seek to maintain righteousness in all of your relationships.” Those words came from someone who had the wisdom and authority to speak them to me.

I have had a number of close relationships that ended in betrayal. I am very loyal to my friends and those with whom I have covenant relationships. Yet there are times that no matter how righteous you are, when someone means to betray you, he will do it. Loving those who betray you is “graduate-level Christianity.” The religious community and one of His closest friends betrayed Jesus. Those who were closest to David betrayed him. Joseph’s own family betrayed him. Loving our enemies cannot be accomplished by mustering it up. It can only happen when we have come to a death in ourselves so that Christ can love through us. It is truly one of those acts of identifying with the cross.

If you are a leader, you can be sure God will allow you to experience betrayal. It is one of those courses in the Kingdom that may not be required until God has seen that you have successfully passed other tests. It is the most difficult and most gut wrenching of all tests. A godly response goes against all that is in us. Our natural response is to protect, retaliate, and retain unforgiveness and bitterness. Our natural response is Satan’s most powerful weapon; to overcome it requires much grace from God. Ask God to build His nature in you now so that when such attacks come, you will be aware that it is a test and you will respond in righteousness.

Os Hillman

 

By permission only. To learn more about Os Hillman, go to:www.marketplaceleaders.org.


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The Baptism of Love by Francis Frangipane

The Baptism of Love by Francis Frangipane
By Francis Frangipane

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It is hard for us in this anxious, fearful age to quiet our souls and actually dwell upon God in our hearts. We can engage ourselves with Bible study or other acts of obedience. In varying degrees we know how to witness, exhort and bless. We know how to analyze these things and even perfect them. But to lift our souls above the material world and consciously ponder on God Himself seems beyond the reach of our Christian experience.

To Dwell Upon God

Yet, to actually grasp the substance of God is to enter a spiritual place of immunity; it is to receive into our spirits the victory Christ won for us, which is oneness with God in Christ.

Thus we cannot content ourselves merely with the tasks we are called to perform. Ultimately we will discover that study and church attendance are but forms which have little satisfaction in and of themselves. These activities must become what the Lord has ordained them to be: means through which we seek and find God. Our pleasure will be found not in the mechanics of spiritual disciplines, but that these disciplines bring us closer to God.

Paul’s cry was, “That I may know Him!” (Phil. 3:10). It was this desire to know Jesus that produced Paul’s knowledge of salvation, church order, evangelism and end-time events. Out of his heart’s passion to know God came revelation, the writing of Scriptures and knowledge of the Eternal. Paul’s knowledge was based upon his experience with Christ.

On the other hand, we have contented ourselves not with seeking the face of God, but with studying the facts of God. We are satisfied with a religion about Christ without the reality of Christ.

The Bible is the historical record of man’s experiences with the Almighty. Out of personal encounters people had with the living God, our theological perspectives have developed. But knowledge about God is only the first step toward entering the presence of God. As much as the Bible is a book of truths, it is also a map to God. As Christians, we study and debate the map yet too often fail to make the journey.

Love Surpasses Knowledge

There is a place greater than knowledge; it is a simple, yet eternally profound place where we actually abide in Christ’s love. This is, indeed, the shelter of the Most High. Remember the apostle’s prayer was that we each would “know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:19). As important as knowledge is, that verse tells us love “surpasses knowledge.” Doctrinal knowledge is the framework, the vehicle, that opens the door toward divine realities, but love causes us to be “filled up to all the fullness of God” (v. 19).

There is a dwelling place of love that God desires us to enter. It is a place where our knowledge of God is fulfilled by the substance of God. The Amplified Bible’s rendering states:

“May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [that you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!” (Eph. 3:17-19)

Is this not our goal, to be rooted deeply in love, to grasp the breadth, length, height and depth of God’s love; and to know for ourselves the deep, personal love of Christ? Can any goal be more wonderful? Indeed, to be filled and flooded with God Himself is the very hope of the gospel!

You see, God cannot truly be known without, in some way, also being experienced. If you had never seen a sunrise or a starry night sky, could any description substitute for your own eyes beholding the expansive beauty? Awe comes from seeing and encountering, not merely from knowing that somewhere a beautiful sky exists.

Likewise, to truly know God we must seek Him until we pass through the outer, informational realm about God and actually find for ourselves the living presence of the Lord Himself. This is the “upward call” of God in Christ Jesus. It draws us through our doctrines into the immediacy of the divine presence. The journey leaves us in the place of transcendent surrender, where we listen to His voice and, from listening, ascend into His love.

The earth’s last great move of God shall be distinguished by an outpouring from Christ of irresistible desire for His people. To those who truly yearn for His appearing there shall come, in ever-increasing waves, seasons of renewal from the presence of the Lord (see Acts 3:19-21). Intimacy with Christ shall be restored to its highest level since the first century.

The Baptism of Love

Many on the outside of this move of God as well as those touched and healed by it will look and marvel: “How did these common people obtain such power?” They will see miracles similar to when Jesus Christ walked the earth. Multitudes will be drawn into the valley of decision. For them, the kingdom of God will be at hand.

But for those whom the Lord has drawn to Himself, there will be no mystery as to how He empowered them. Having returned to the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ, they will have received the baptism of love.

Is this possible, my Lord? Is it true that I might know the love of God that surpasses all knowledge? O God, I seek to know You, to live in the substance of Your love. For Your love is the shelter of my protection. Help me, Master, to recognize Your love, not as a divine emotion, but as Your very substance! Help me to see that it was neither Pilate nor Satan that put You on the cross; it was love alone to which You succumbed. Remind me again that it is Your love that still intercedes for me even now.

Francis Frangipane

www.frangipane.org


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Show Me Your Glory by Elaine Tavolacci

Show Me Your Glory by Elaine Tavolacci
By Elaine Tavolacci

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Throughout the bible we read about incredible encounters that people had with God. In the book of Exodus He led the children of Israel with a cloud by day and fire by night. In chapter 33 Moses told God; “if Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here”. He didn’t want to do anything without the Lords presence. Then he said to the Lord, “Please, show me Your glory.” This is the cry of every Christians heart. We sing it and we pray it but many of us are not experiencing His manifested glory in our lives the way that we desire. In the book of John chapter 17 when Jesus was praying to the father He said, And the glory which You have given Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. Jesus is looking for those who are totally yielded to Him, who He could trust with His glory.

The Lord says I am looking for those who are focused, those who are courageous, those who are determined and immovable. I am looking for those who are willing to put their own agendas aside for My Kingdom. I am looking for those who are strong to do great exploits. They will know My leading and not be confused by counterfeit voices. They will know My word and not be moved by every wind of doctrine. I am looking for people who will go forth to fulfill My plans for this generation. They will walk in My authority and power. They will not be weak or frail and will teach others how to live a life of faith.  They will have a revelation of My truth, therefore they recognize what I have assigned them to do. They are not double minded but understand their calling and the authority that has been given to them. They understand the preparation and submit to the process of growth, as they allow Me to work in their lives. Many are those who have been tried and have overcame difficult trials in their lives.

Tenacious in Warfare

I am looking for those who are tenacious in spiritual warfare. They will not be fearful of the enemy’s tactics but they will rest assured that no evil shall befall them. They have been released from the enemies camp, and are not afraid to go in and set other captives free. They will never retreat in adverse times. They will be My witnesses on this earth and will not fear the days ahead. They see what is on the horizon and will not be moved by an approaching storm.

They will discern false teachings and false prophets, because they will recognize My voice. They will walk in a life of victory because they are Spirit led and not led by their own desires. They know how to enter into the Holy of Holies, and will teach others how to enter without guilt or shame. As the veil has been torn and they come into this higher dimension, they will receive the fullness of what I have for them.

There is now an open door to enter into My presence in a new way. I have provided for you to receive My anointing without measure. There is a greater glory and a new authority available to you that you have not known before.  Make yourself available to this by simply saying yes and receiving all that I have for you in this time of transformation says the Lord.

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

 

Daniel 11:32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

 

Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

 

Hebrews 5:14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

Elaine Tavolacci

www.awordinseason.info

www.TheVoiceOfBreakthrough.com


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I Love the Lord Because ….by James Ryle

I Love the Lord Because…. by James Ryle
By James Ryle

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“I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.” (Psalm 116:1)

How would you finish this sentence? “I love the Lord because…….”

Obviously, most would answer, “…because He first loved me.” OK. But now moving on to something that requires a little more thought on our part, take another pass at it. “I love the Lord because….”

The Psalmist says, “Because He has heard my voice and my supplications.”

The Amplified Bible says, “He has heard and now hears my voice.” Other translations say things like, “You have answered my prayers,” or “You have heard my pleas for mercy,” and also, “You have heard my cry for Your favor.”

So, if someone were to ask you, “Why do you love the Lord?” – could you put it in an answer so succinct as this? Or, is your love for the Lord rather ambiguious? Take a moment and compile a list, a meaningful list, of the specific reasons why you love the Lord. You just might find that your faith will begin to strengthen and your love will begin to deepen.

As for me? I love the Lord because He has proven Himself true to His Word over and over again in my life. Every promise He has made, He has kept. Every direction He has given, He has blessed as we followed His lead. Yes, I love the Lord because He is faithful.

I asked my wife, Belinda, how she would answer.

“I love the Lord because He has shown Himself to be everything I hoped He would be once I began seeking Him.”

Everyone who loves the Lord has a definite answer they can give as to why. So, how about you? What answer will you give?

James Ryle

www.truthworks.org


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God is Releasing Boldness to Confront the Powers of Darkness by Dr. Sandie Freed

God is Releasing Boldness to Confront the Powers of Darkness by Dr. Sandie Freed
By Sandie Freed

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Dear Believer, I want to write to you today to encourage and impart to you courage for this season.   Though we face what seems to be increased darkness, we must be reminded that we are the light that drives away darkness and the powers of darkness.  However, as we continue to serve Christ, we are faced with increased persecution. The other day I heard the Lord speak to me concerning our season of favor.  He reminded me of Isaiah 49:8 (RSV) which says, “Thus says the LORD: In a time of favor I have answered you, in a day of salvation I have helped you.”  I knew immediately that God was speaking to me about entering into a new season of favor and that in that season He was going to reveal hidden mysteries and give answers (revelation) to those mysteries.  So, therefore, we can expect to hear from God and receive answers to prayers! Believer, just be assured that God is releasing not only great favor right now, but also a divine boldness to confront powers of darkness.

Persecution

Webster’s defines persecution as “the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another group.”  Webster’s goes on to say that one of the most common forms is “religious persecution.”  This involves, according to Webster as an inflicting of “suffering, harassment, isolation, imprisonment, fear and/or pain.” I can relate to persecution from our enemy, Satan, as I am positive that you can also.  Our enemy is seeking ways to imprison us with fear and bondage.  However, when we refer to “religious persecution,” we must conclude that this harassment can come not only from Satan and his cohorts, but also from a religious system or a religious belief system that persecutes us as we continue to advance the kingdom of God.  In this article, I will address both types of persecution- religious persecution from a religious system and the persecution that occurs when a Jezebel spirit is active within a church, organization or a family.

Demonstrating the Kingdom

Dear ones, there is not a single one of us that enjoys persecution.  However, if we are determined to demonstrate the power of the Kingdom of God on earth, we will definitely confront powers of darkness.  Let’s just be real a moment and admit that there have been times that we have been challenged with a lack of courage and boldness when we attempt to do as Jesus commissioned; heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out devils (to name a few).

However, I recently read how Peter, while under serious scrutiny from the Pharisees, prayed not to be delivered from persecution, but rather receive increased boldness to stir things up even more!

Healing the Lame Beggar

If you will recall the account in John chapter 3, Peter and John were on their way to prayer and passed by a lame man who was carried daily to the gate called Beautiful to beg for alms.  Rather than donate to his beggar’s cup, they healed him!

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:6-10 (NIV)

The Gate Called Beautiful

This gate referred to as Beautiful is translated in Greek as not only being beautiful, but interestingly also means “belonging to the right hour or season (being timely)” and “flourishing.”  I feel it is safe to say that it is a beautiful thing that happened that day when Peter and John demonstrated God’s heart to heal the lame beggar.  In fact, it was his “time and season” for a miracle.  Dear ones, I believe we are in that same season. The Spirit of God desires for us to flourish also- He wants to touch us with His beautiful expression of  grace and His divine love through demonstrating His power on earth.

When the people around noticed this miracle, they followed Peter and John to Solomon’s Colonade.  It was as if they could not believe their eyes, they actually witnessed a miracle from God!  Yet, Peter addressed the crowd and addressed their doubt and unbelief.  He reminded them that Jesus had just been among them and demonstrated heaven on earth with signs, wonders and miracles.  Yet, they disowned Him and killed the author of life. Peter explained that Christ had been resurrected and that it was not by their own power that they were able to heal, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Power of God Stirs Up Religious Spirits and Legalism

Acts 4 picks up with the leaders and the Sadducees who approach John and Peter as they boldly addressed the crowd.  These religious leaders and teachers of the Law were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching about Christ’s resurrection and demonstrating resurrection power and then seized them and put them in jail until the next day.  Persecution comes with demonstration, doesn’t it? And when we demonstrate the grace and love of God it stirs up legalistic spirits. Yet, we must remember to focus on the fruit of demonstration rather than the persecution that is coupled with demonstrating God’s power on earth.  Scripture says that many saw what happened and heard the message and the number of men grew to five thousand!  Wow, now that is a sign flourishing, isn’t it? It truly is the love and grace of God that brings people to repentance.   Yet, we must make note that there was boldness in operation when the apostles were demonstrating power and pointing to the life Jesus was offering His people.

Acts 4 goes on to discuss even more persecution.  More leaders approached Peter and asked, “By whom and in whose name are you doing these things?” (My words). And again, the Holy Spirit fell upon Peter and he spoke with even more boldness. Peter and John were on trial because they healed someone.  How ridiculous is that?  Just to imagine that when the apostles healed people from diseases, lepers and spirits of death, etc., that it upset the religious leaders.  Rather than rejoicing, there was persecution.

Yet, Peter and John did not ask to be delivered from this persecution, but as noted in acts 4:29, they prayed for more boldness!   They asked for the Lord to continue to use them to demonstrate His miraculous power- regardless of the persecution.

Acts 4:31 (NIV) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Please take some quality time and read through the entirety of Acts 3 and 4.  Your faith for boldness will arise and you will become even more empowered to demonstrated God’s’ kingdom on this earth!

Confronting Jezebe l – A Demonic Power of Intimidation

In my travels, I come across many believers who claim they are intimidated by a spirit of Jezebel.  When we are intimidated, our boldness to do great exploits for God is dwarfed.   I have written two books on this evil spirit.  The first book, Breaking the Threefold Demonic Cord: Exposing the Seductions of Jezebel, Athaliah and Delilah will empower you to understand the power of a demonic threefold cord the enemy still uses against us today.  The most recent book, The Jezebel Yoke, discusses how easily we’re yoked with the deceptions of Jezebel.  If we are in agreement with doubt and unbelief, we are easily yoked with the deceptions of an evil Jezebel spirit.

It is important to understand that the Jezebel spirit operates strongly through a spirit of religion (religious spirits) and legalism, Religion hinders the demonstration and power of God.  Elijah confronted Jezebel and her false gods.  As a result, she sent an evil messenger with words saying that she was going to kill him for what he had done.   Actually, Elijah “saw that” which she was prophesying.  Jezebel will always send a false message to us that causes our imaginations to picture utter defeat- even death!  This evil messenger sent Elijah running off and ending up in a cave! Elijah was persecuted for standing up to Jezebel and her false gods.  We also will be persecuted when we confront Jezebel.  However, we must not cower down and run away from confrontation- we must become as Peter and pray for even more boldness.

I believe that if we will pray for boldness, God will bring a shaking and fill us with even more boldness and power just as He did in the books of Acts.

We must be on guard and remain aware of how Jezebel easily slips a yoke upon us:

  1. Idolatry:  Don’t allow anything or anyone to take the place of God in your life. When the “Ultimate thing” is no longer the “ultimate thing,” you are easily yoked with idolatry.
  2. Examine your spiritual thermometer.  Have you lost your passion?  Jezebel steals godly passion and replaces it with religious works.  Examine your heart and ask yourself “why” you are working for God- is it out of love or out of fear?  God will always give grace to do as he directs.  If there is no grace, then you may be involved in religious works.  Jezebel loves that!
  3. Is your life in chaos?  A Jezebel spirit brings with it confusion and chaos.  In local churches and ministries, there will be control issues and the need to have power (not true delegated authority).  When Jezebel is active, the local church will experience the fear of church splits and confusion along with major disunity.
  4. Check for a pattern of illness and infirmity.  Jezebel will drain the life from you.  Especially, if you are a counselor or leader, Jezebel attempts to wear you down with her control issues and by spreading lies of disunity.
  5. Are you discouraged?  Jezebel robs us of courage.  She is known in Rev 2 as a false prophetess.  Today, this spirit falsely prophesies to us concerning our destiny.  This evil voice sounds like this:
  • You’re not strong enough to be a leader.
  • You’re not smart enough for God to use you.
  • You will never fulfill destiny.
  • God doesn’t care about you.
  • God might heal others, but you’re not good enough for Him to heal you.
  1. Jezebel is legalistic and demands religious performance.  Remember, we are no longer under the Law.  We are under the New Covenant of God’s grace. We are righteous in Christ Jesus, not because of what we “do” for God (speaking of religious dead works.).  More evil messages that come from her influence sound like:
  • You’re not “doing” enough to please God
  • You must perform for God to love you
  • You are righteous only because of your performance for God

These are only a few examples of how Jezebel operates and attempts to rob us of boldness and courage. Remember, if God asks you do demonstrate His power, He will give you to grace  and the boldness to do it.   I have many other examples in the books I have written that may help you break off any influence of Jezebel.

Dear one, I believe that it is our season for beautiful and timely things to occur.  It is our season to flourish.   Have faith today in His divine grace to equip and empower you to do whatever He has instructed for you to accomplish as you advance His kingdom. God is going to shake things and fill us to overflowing with power and boldness.  Just as He encouraged Joshua to be bold and to be strong (see Joshua 1), God is saying the same to us today!  Let’s cross over into our promises- with divine power and demonstration!

Allow me to pray for you:

Father, I pray for every reader that you led to read this article.  They are reading this by divine appointment.  It is their season of favor.  It is also their season to receive divine revelation and answered prayer.  I pray for the spirit of Might to be upon each reader and for a supernatural boldness to confront evil powers that are opposing their breakthroughs.  Father God, I thank you for the finished work of the Cross and the shed blood of Jesus that was the ultimate sacrifice for our victory over the enemy.  Lord, I thank You for Your grace which will empower us today with greater boldness to confront and defeat spirits of darkness- especially a Jezebel spirit!  And, I also thank You for a divine impartation of boldness today as well as an anointing of power and demonstration for every reader.  In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, I pray.  Amen.

Sandie Freed

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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

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