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The Walk  Is Tight But It’s Right….

As God’s “Funambulist”

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”  Hebrews 12:11

 

Our walk as endtime saints can benefit greatly from gleaning a little knowledge about this gift of funambulism.   Funambulism; usually referred to as tight rope walking is an art or skill that is admired by many; but acquired by few.

God has required of us, some of the same characteristics that are applicable to the funambulist.  For example:

  1. The tight rope walker must never become over confident. As God’s tight rope walker, He advises us: Don’t get heady. ( II Timothy 3:1-17)  
  2. The tight rope walker must remain focused at all times. As God’s tight rope walker we must remain focused and have the mind of Christ. (Philippians 2:5)
  3. The tight rope walker must learn to ignore their surroundings. As God’s tight rope walker, I must not participate in the conversations and pleasures of this world. (John 17:16; 2 Thessalonians 3:11)
  4. The tight rope walker carries no baggage. As God’s tight rope walker,  I am commanded to do the same.  (Hebrews 12:1-2)
  5. The tight rope walker must at all times maintain their balance. As God’s tight rope walker I must adhere to the proper guidelines.  (I Corinthians 6:12)
  6. The tight rope walker can’t be weak minded. As God’s tight rope walker I must be mentally sound. (Romans 12:1&2)
  7. The tight rope walker musts assert discipline. As God’s tight rope walker I must do the same.            (I Corinthians 9:27)
  8. Lastly, the tight rope walker must stay physically fit altering their eating habits. As God’s tight rope walker, I must always remain cognizant of the fact that my body is the temple of the living God…. And treat it as such. (1 Corinthians 6:19; Proverbs 25:27)

 

Since we are called to be God’s tight rope walker in the realm of the spirit, as well as in the natural realm, we can therefore avail ourselves of the attributes above.

 A tight rope walker in the realm of the spirit or in the natural will only survive if they have already received the necessary preparation prior to approaching the tight rope.  Our daily regimen should have no allowance for the tolerance of anything that will distract or divert us from being the warrior that we were created to be.  Preparation is our endtime key! We must begin to prepare ourselves now for the days ahead. 

We have within us the vital components to be that skillful funambulist.  However, without the application of at the very least,   the above eight listed attributes, our strategies will not possess the effectiveness that will permit us to successfully reign and to walk in the heighten dimensions that the Lord desires for us. 

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”

Proverbs 12:1 ESV

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Transitioned for Transformation

 

If change is to be effective, relevant and complete, it must occur in our minds.  Therefore, if I haven’t altered my thoughts, opinions and ideas concerning a certain matter, then my actions will not produce a permanent change.

According to the dictionary, transitioned means a process or period which something underwent a change and passes from one state, stage, form, or activity to another.   Therefore by its very nature the word “transitioned” bears witness that I have altered some component of my being.

I have not transitioned if everything about me has remained the same.  However as previously stated this process of transitioning begins in our minds.  My actions will only reflex the activity that my control center - my mind - has ordered. 

Transformation however, expresses the end product; a completed change. 

Today, in this season, God is especially using those who have permitted their minds to be transitioned by the indwelling power of Holy Ghost…. and through that transition, He has brought them into a state of transformation that cannot – will not ever be diminished.  It is these Saints who are “Transitioned for Transformation”. 

Although the renewing of my mind is a progressive process; once the transition has produced transformation in a given area – then, that area cannot ever be controlled by the enemy again.

When I have been transitioned for transformation:

        I now have the ability to treasure and to be entrusted with the “weightier” matters.  (Luke 16:11)

When I have been transitioned for transformation:

        My total allegiance is to no one but the Lord. (Matthew 22:37)

When I have been transitioned for transformation:

         I don’t have any excuses for not walking in obedience to the call of the Lord on my life.  (Luke 11:28)

When I have been transitioned for transformation:

         I know no defeat – I don’t have the ability to, nor the knowledge of failure.   (Philippians 4:13)

When I have been transitioned for transformation:

         I have not reached perfection in every area – but I am a threat to the kingdom of darkness!  (Luke 10:19)

 

Above all; when I have been transitioned for transformation, I am now ready to:

 Receive the Manifestation…. Expose the Revelation.. and To be a Demonstration of God’s written Word for all to observe. 

Have you been Transitioned for Transformation????

 

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LEADERS! Be Authentic!

Don’t Be An Imposter!

 

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”  St. Matthew 5:13

 

There are two substances, which many of us normally experience some type of interaction on a regular basis.  Although from a distance, one could be mistaken for the other – however, their molecular composition is quite different.                                        

The two substances in question are: table salt and white sugar.  While both have the ability when viewed by the natural eye, to share certain characteristics in appearance, color, and shape – the substitution of one for the other would prove to provide catastrophic results!  Both are solvable in hot liquids; yet, someone would never desire to add a teaspoon of salt instead of a teaspoon of sugar to their favorite morning mug.  Disastrous result would occur.  On the other hand, if one attempted to use sugar as a preservative – devastation and ruinous effects would be inevitable.

When we refer to our reference scripture, we can observe that Jesus informed his disciples that they were to be the salt of the earth.  Ye are the salt of the earth.  What exactly is the implication of this statement?  Jesus was informing His disciples of the power and the authority that they possessed.  He was using a substance that they were very familiar with…. Salt.  They were neither privy to nor equipped with the modern mechanics or mechanisms of our current era.  Salt was to them the common commodity - containing the multi-faceted ability to serve numerous capacities. Therefore for Jesus to use this analogy, the implication of its impact on the minds of the disciples was extremely enlightening!  Jesus was informing them that they had been entrusted with the ability to bring to the earth every quality that they knew was common to salt.  In essence, they were to bring to the earth Purification, Preservation, and Protection. 

In our society, we have too many Leaders who possess the delicate character qualities of the simplistic nature of sugar, rather than those characteristics which are common to the complex durability of salt.  We are faced with the consequences of Leaders who are imposters!  Leaders who desire to display their ecclesiastical titles and the like instead of possessing and exemplifying the fruit of the spirit –They are IMPOSTERS!  Leaders who are displaying and living undisciplined and ungodly lifestyles – IMPOSTERS!  Leaders who are not attempting to aggressively seek the face of God on a daily basis – IMPOSTERS!  …. And what is even more damaging are those leaders who are confusing others by adding a stamp of approval to compromise – IMPOSTERS!

If we are going to equip the body of Christ with the tools necessary to be salt rather than sugar, we must be the first partakers.  Leaders we must stand up for and adhere to those guidelines for righteous living that are ascribed in our Holy Bible.  It matters not what our judicial system dictates or deems correct.  If their statements are in contradiction with the Word of God – we are to obey God.

 Leaders - Stand Up for the Word of God….Trust the authority of God…… and above all don’t compromise or negate your mandate to be the true SALT and not SUGAR in this world of mass confusion!                    

                                                          NO MORE IMPOSTERS!!!!!

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Three Words That Will Ensure Your Advancement:

Encourage, Enlighten, Empowered

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus….” Philippians 2:5a

 

During my prayer time one morning, I heard these three words: ENCOURAGE, ENLIGHTEN, and EMPOWERED.   The Lord has said that in this season; if we can embrace the essence of these words…..  permitting their meanings to become as one anchor… we will obtain the ability to stand firmly in any situation and enter into an advanced dimension.

First, I must learn how to truly ENCOURAGE myself….as David did (I Samuel 30:6). Because of the rapid occurrence of events in the realm of the spirit and in the natural; unless we establish a pattern of daily renewing our minds with the Word of God; depression, oppression, confusion, distrust and the like will attempt to take residence within our minds.  Therefore, we must not allow our attentions to wander, nor our allegiance to the Lord to become altered.  We must maintain an attitude of gratefulness.  Remember to speak over yourself and encourage yourself …..REGARDLESS!

Next, we must daily seek to educate ourselves concerning some subject. Enlarge the territory of your mind! (I Chronicles 4:9 & 10).   Never let a day end without having learning something new.  Be determined that you will learn at least one new thing every day.  When we don’t actively use our minds, because of the inactivity of certain brain cells; we have opened the door to various psychological disorders.  To become ENLIGHTENED concerning any subject on a daily basis only requires one key element…. Discipline! 

Lastly, I must remember that I have already been EMPOWERED to accomplish EVERY task that I may encounter.   I must declare that I will triumph in every situation!  (II Corinthians 2:14). God has given to me the power and the authority to successfully triumph in every situation.  However… when I am uncertain concerning this decree; I will permit the enemy to make me think that he has the upper hand.  We have the power…we have already been empowered.  Therefore, we must stand in the midst of any and every situation……commanding it to come into an alignment with what the Lord has said.  Our dilemmas don’t surface because of a lack of power… we have already been empowered!   Our dilemmas overtake us simply because we lack to authoritatively handle those situations. The restraint on the manifestation of our power could very well be a result of: ungodly fear; a lack of wisdom; a lack of correct information or an improper application of the same.

Therefore, if I ENCOURAGE myself; become more ENLIGHTENED; and walk in the EMPOWERED state that the Lord has already given unto me…..I can’t be defeated!  When my mind has truly been renewed to this position…… and I used these words as my foundation…… then I have become that feared individual that the enemy’s camp so dreads!!!

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.” Proverbs 4:7 (ESV)

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Did You Hear That? 

“And when you shall HEAR the sound of marching in the top of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly.”  I Chronicles 14:15

 

Today the Lord, our Baal Perazim (the God of Breakthrough) is confirming His position in our current battle.  Just as He was with David, He is reminding us that His wisdom still supersedes that of the adversary. 

 

When reading this story in I Chronicles (or II Samuel) we discovered that “Our Lord of Break -Through” required  David’s response  to be quick and at precisely the right time.  Let’s consider David’s responsibility.

  1. David had to know the voice of the Lord.
  2. David had to remain alert and attentive in the realm of the spirit.
  3. David had to already have his weapons and be positioned offensively.

 

When we attempt to correlate this story to our daily lives, we must remember that:

  1. David sought the Lord for direction prior to the onset of the battle.
  2. The Lord went before David and “Broke Through” the front line of the enemy’s defense.
  3. Whatever the Lord has done before, He still has the power to do again.

 

I found it interesting that David was told to LISTEN for a certain sound. If we are going to know exactly when to advance, conquer and reclaim our territory; then we must critique or fine tune our ability to recognize a specific sound. Far too often we are listening to and following the wrong sound!  For example, David was instructed to listen for a specific sound - the sound of marching.    

Next, the sound was in a designated pace - the tree tops.  Not on the ground, nor in the air, but in the top of the trees.  Lastly, David was told the type of trees from which the specific sound was to resonate. 

 

So because Our Baal Perazim had already preceded David, he (David) was able to be victorious.

Our God is still operating as a Baal Perazim today.  He has broken through enemy territory and is permitting us to recover all!  But we must LISTEN for our specific marching orders.

 

Don’t permit a delay in your recovery because you didn’t hear or recognize the voice of God concerning His specific instructions, advising you how and when to advance - and recover all!

The wealth of the wicked IS ours; however, we must adhere to the precise, explicit instructions from the Lord if we are to be privy to it!

 

Just as David did…. Seek the face of God, Listen for the Sound, and March your way to victory.  

 

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Are You Producing….

Seedless Grapes?

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, …” Genesis 1:28

 

Throughout the Bible, the theme of reproduction is ever present.  In every era or dispensation we can observe that God intended for mankind to “establish & duplicate”.  In other words, God’s plan for mankind did not include mutated fruit – but fruit that would; “reproduce after its own kind” and fruit that would “remain”. 

 

Seeds = potential.   Seeds represent God’s natural form of reproduction.  However, man has in his wisdom introduced an alternative to the wisdom of God.  For example, let’s consider how man’s intervention has interrupted the natural reproductive nature in the area of vegetation.   Now, although we all really enjoy eating the seedless varieties of fruit; can you make a connection between seedless vegetation and the seedless human race?  In other words, can mankind now so readily accept the introduction of lifestyles which are contrary to those originally instituted by God; because in our minds we have already accepted this concept?

 

God has planned for everything to reproduce “after its own kind”.  However, seedless grapes cannot be reproduced without the assistance of man.  For years now; we have just eaten them and have never given any thought to their origin. 

 

I’m again reminded of the Cicadas who had made an appearance a few years ago; which had been underground for about 17 years.  Still alive; still thriving – but hidden! Many of the concepts of the enemy have been hidden for years, and even centuries!  However, because it is now restoration time – all that was hidden is now being revealed….but only “he who has an ear to hear” and an “eye to see” will be able to benefit from the many endtime revelations.

 

Think about it.  Could the concept of seedless grapes have mentally paved the road for the acceptance of homosexuality and all of the “gender allowances”? – (which are an attempt to alter the natural reproduction of the human race!)  Could the concept behind the seedless grapes also have enhanced some of the “hassle-free” ideas that we have entertained concerning our work ethics?  Seedless grapes have no potential of their own and are completely contrary to every concept that the Lord has given to us in His word.  Seedless grapes represent man’s ability to develop and to improve upon something that God had already perfected… just for the sake of convenience!   

 

Now… don’t misunderstand me.  Will I cease to purchase seedless grapes? Absolutely not! (Not that I know of!) .  But just remember that God doesn’t want us to produce seedLESS grapes.  His desire for us is to produce fruit with the ability to reproduce after its kind – with no other interference than that which is generated and motivated its natural innate ability and or by the Holy Spirit.

 

So, in this season; let’s be more mindful of anything in our lives that does not have the potential to be productive; as well as to monitor what we are reproducing.

   

By divine nature, we should all be reproducing some type of fruit. I challenge you today to permit the Fruit of the Spirit to be manifested ever the more in your lives.  Be determined that next year, or next month, or next week – will not find you still producing seedless grapes ….. But grapes with the potential to go forth; to reproduce and to fulfill the plans and purposes of God.

 

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:….”  John 15:16

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…Because I Am Positioned  For Wealth….

 I Must Create An Atmosphere of Excellence

“Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.” Daniel 6:3

 

As we proceed daily to accomplish all that the Lord has assigned our hands to do; we must always remain cognizant of the fact that God expects us to be a living example of “excellence” by creating this type of atmosphere wherever we are.  This character quality appears not to be as important to some as it should.  One of the causes for the failure to build an atmosphere of excellence is that many are still being held captive in a mindset that has been produced by a spirit of poverty and lack.  Therefore, although they are productive in the realm of the spirit; although they love the Lord; and are living a lifestyle that is well pleasing to the Lord…they lack the ability to create an atmosphere of excellence.

The Spirit of excellence; prior to its demonstration; must have the ability to engulf our minds to the extent they we can first detect anything that is in disarray within US.  Excellence begins inwardly and flows from within.  Excellence is a mindset that commands and demands that we bring into a state of order….. everything – on every level and in every situation.   Therefore, when we have permitted this Spirit of excellence to begin a work WITHIN us …. we will then possess the ability to permit that Spirit to be released FROM us and to infiltrate atmosphere AROUND us. 

One of the main culprits of the Spirit of Excellence is an undisciplined or non-conscientious mindset.  My ability to identify and uproot any degree of “slackness” that may be within my mind… is to first be able to… “Recognize its fruit - then uproot”!   So because excellence refers more to a mental condition; I can be a millionaire and still not have a disciplined mindset…. And lack the ability to create an atmosphere of excellence.  My ability to create an atmosphere of excellence is not contingent upon my material gain or assets.   My ability to create an atmosphere of excellence is dependent upon my true weightiness in the realm of the Spirit; which will permit me to detect every diabolical plot, plan and ploy that has been established for my demise.

To create an atmosphere of excellence I must daily refuse to permit others to clutter my mind.  I must maintain a sense freedom.  To create an atmosphere of excellence I must eradicate, eliminate, and totally remove all debris which has previously been advantageous – but is now producing a blockage or hindrance to my current status.  To create an atmosphere of excellence I must be determined to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

Lastly, I must always remain cognitive of the fact that I have already received my wealthy status in the realm of the Spirit.  The elevation of my MINDSET, which will permit it to create an atmosphere of excellence, just might be the missing link that is preventing the manifestation of the same.   So, because excellence is first and foremost a mindset, I must renew my mind to live according to Philippians 4:8 which states….

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

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Protect Your Seed!

Use Your Kingdom Authority!

Behold, I have given you authority, …….over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

 

The only way to avert the successful attacks of the enemy in our lives is to become informed of the tactics that he is using.   Most of the time we will tend to respond to a specific attack by using physical weapons; rather than to initiate a diabolical encounter against the kingdom of darkness.  As I have often said, we are reactive instead of proactive.  

The time is now when we must “step up our game” and expand our knowledge.  We must not continue to remain ignorant concerning the devices of our enemy.  The Bible informs us of various animals which represent the evil forces that have been dispensed or released and operate to destroy us. 

If we are to remain prosperous, we must protect our seed.   God has given to us seeds which are intended to be sown and then to produce a harvest.  However, seeds attract birds.  So in the natural… so in the realm of the spirit.   Spirit birds are attracted to spiritual seeds. 

I have posted the list below which was extracted from “Prayers that Rout Demons” by John Eckhardt ; quite a while ago (January of 2009).  The list includes decrees and names some Spirit Birds.  Not all birds are attracted to the same Spiritual seed.  However, their purpose is to prevent our seeds from producing its intended harvest.

(Although the Lord has promised us that He would rebuke the devourer on our behalf – we must remember that He uses us to accomplish His work here on the earth.  Therefore, we must be properly equipped, ready to be used of Him.)

 

As you read through the list, ask the Holy Spirit to highlight those which directly concern you.

 

Dealing With Spirit Birds

I prohibit and rebuke any unclean and hateful bird sent against my life by the enemy in the name of Jesus (Rev.18:2)
I exercise my dominion over the unclean fowl of the air in the name of Jesus (Ps 8:8)
Let every spirit bird sent against me be taken in the snare (Eccles 9:12)
I bind and rebuke every spiritual vulture in the name of Jesus (Isa. 34:15)
I prohibit the operation of the screech owl (night monster) from operating against me in the name of Jesus (Isa. 34:11)
I prohibit and rebuke the cormorant (the vomiting pelican) from operating against me in the name of Jesus (Isa 34:11)
I prohibit and rebuke the bittern from operating against my life in the name of Jesus (Isa. 34:11)
I prohibit and rebuke any raven sent against my life in the name of Jesus (Isa. 34:11)
I prohibit and rebuke any demonic eagle and hawk sent against my life, and I command their nests to be destroyed in the name of Jesus (Job 39: 26-30)
I pray these unclean birds would be caged in the name of Jesus ( Jer. 5:27)
I prohibit and rebuke any unclean bird that would attempt to nest in my life in the name of Jesus.
Let every wandering bird be cast out if its nest in the name of Jesus (Isa. 16:2)
Let YOUR presence Lord, drive every unclean bird away from my life (Jer. 4:25-26)
Let every fowl of heaven operating against my life be consumed in the name of Jesus (Zeph. 1:3)
Let these birds flee and fly away at Your rebuke (Jer. 9:10)
Let me walk in the path of wisdom that no fowl knows (Job 28:7, 21)
I will not be afraid of the terror by night, and I rebuke every night bird that would attempt to visit me at night (Ps. 91:5)
I am not a companion to owls (Job 30:29)

 

Now Father, as I study, permit the windows of my spirit to receive a sharpen and a keener discernment ..…Thus availing me with the ability to walk always as the victor and never as the victim!

 

And it is so!

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Wisdom “IS” The Principle Component…

…Not more Word….But More Wisdom 

“Lord may I daily walk in a state of wisdom that operates above my physical age, and experiences.”

El De’ot”

(The God of Knowledge - Proverbs 19:8)

“Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom and in all of thy getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

 

Read: Proverbs 4 & James 1

 

To have obtained information, yet lack the knowledge and the understanding of its application; is equivalent to walking in a rain storm; carrying a closed umbrella; and complaining that you are now soaking wet!  Many Christians today are experiencing a since of being “overwhelmed” by the circumstances and the occurrences of their daily lives.  Most are truly devoted Saints - who can tote, quote and know who wrote the Bible.  However, they have not received the wisdom for proper application of the God’s word.

So today Father, I will no longer be content; and I refuse to be one who has simply memorized your Word – but lack the wisdom that is embedded within your Word.  I ask that you El De’ot, reveal to me the hidden treasures of your Word.   I understand that I can no longer afford to walk in ignorance concerning the application of your principles.  You have given me a work to accomplish. I have the tools, I have the plans, and I have the true desire to continue to walk in your divine guidance.  However, the missing element which is now vital, is a degree of your wisdom which is equivalent to or which surpasses the amount of your Word that is within me. 

El De’ot, May I always remember that for every minute that I am not aggressively applying your wisdom, “I” am permitting a delay in the manifestation and the execution of your plans for my life.   “I” am opening the door for diabolical distractions. “I” am giving fuel to kingdom of darkness and giving it permission to release and execute its plans…… Simply because “I” have not intensely sought you for wisdom.

Therefore, I will plunge into you and seek your wisdom at any cost.  The degree of your wisdom which I have already attained, mandates that I push through EVERY obstacle, and pursue not to get more of your Word – but a fuller understanding of the Word that I have already obtained.

 I will, and I must, with a renewed tenacity seek the guidance and direction that is only procured from you; My omniscient Father…. My God of knowledge… My El De’ot.

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Unshackled!

Moving From Fetters to Freedom

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishment on the peoples, To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron,   Psalm 149:6-8

 

 

Years ago, we sang a hymn entitled, “Jesus Breaks Every Fetter”.  Even though that song is rarely  heard of now, its implication hasn’t loss it validity.  When we bring to mind thoughts concerning the word “fetter”, we can correlate it to various obstacles that the enemy attaches to us to delay our progress in the Lord.   Whether they be: areas of sin or weaknesses in the flesh; the phenomena of life; or circumstances totally beyond our control; - a fetter is anything that is tied to me which restricts my mobility and/or my advancement. 

There are those things that YOU have permitted to shackle; bond; chain and yoke themselves to you in the natural; therefore your effectiveness in the realm of the spirit is none productive.  Many times we are attempting to assist others in a deepen walk with the Lord, yet we have not been freed ourselves of our many “fetters”.  However Jesus still breaks EVERY iron fetter.

What are some of the evidences that our iron fetters have been broken?  

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, my concern is to increase my relationship with the Lord - just because of who he is - not because of what he can do. 

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, I will realize that as I increase in my love walk and in every other walk in my life - so will those with whom I am connected.  (The proof IS in the pudding!  Leaders.. We cannot any longer expect others to walk in a level of excellence that we are not committed to.) 

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, my appetites are disciplined and my motives pure.

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, the manifestation of the enemy’s work won’t frighten me, his maneuvers don’t surprise me and his schemes can’t outwit me.

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, I won’t just sing, “It is Well With My Soul”, but my life will exemplify and verify so.  (By your fruit shall you be known!)

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, the peace of God WILL rule my mind,  I WILL walk above EVERY circumstance in this life, and I WILL remain focused on and committed to the plans and purposes  that the Lord has assigned to me.

Therefore to obtain the freedom which will permit the peace of God to continually infiltrate our lives; surpassing all understanding;…. every iron fetter and its power must be broken.  

So ….it’s once again dependent upon the status of your mind! Once your mind has been liberated from its fetters – you will have the ability to be…and to maintain total freedom in every area of your life!

                                                           "He whom the Son sets free is free indeed!" John 8:36

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Be Mindful of Your Actions…..

Because All Eyes Are On You!!!

“And WHATEVER ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,…..”  Colossians 3:17

 

 

Believe it or not – someone is watching you!  Could be: a neighbor, co-worker, family member, someone that you pass on a regular basis, your favorite waitress or waiter, and this list could continue forever!  However, we must realize that because we have made a decision to stand for Christ, our every move is on display.  We are daily making an impact on the life of someone.  The problem is…..What type of imprint am I stamping in the lives of those who may not know me…may not know my name – but SEE me on a regular basis?

 

Think about it…. Am I known by my “walk” or my “talk”?  Most of us can talk a good game.  We have all of the correct answers and responses.  But, does my talk outweigh my walk?  Does my “dedication” to the Lord end when I leave my church or place of worship? If the people with whom I worship and the people who see me on a regular basis were to compare their notes on me – would they think that they are comparing two entirely different people?  

 

I’m reminded of an incident which occurred many years ago.  While shopping I had an encounter with a store manager.   Prior to leaving the store, my son said to me, “Wow, you were very nasty to him”.   So, my immediate response was to go find the manager and apologize to him for the manner in which I had spoken to him. It wasn’t what I had said, yet, it was the manner in which I had spoken the words.   Now, I didn’t attempt to justify my actions - by presenting any explanations to the store manager or to my son.  I just moved in instant obedience to correct my wrong.  I instantly apologized to the manager. I didn’t ask God to forgive me without FIRST going to the person to whom I had offended. Therefore, my actions were more impressive than any preached sermon; impacting both the manager and my son.

 

In response to Genesis 4:9, yes – I am my brother’s keeper.  It IS my responsibility to be more concerned about the impact that I am making on and in this world.  I’ve heard many people say, “Well I’m just being me.”  Yes…and that’s the problem.  God doesn’t want us to be ourselves – He wants us to: renew our minds (Romans 12:1&2), come out from among the foolishness (II Corinthians 6:17 & 18) and live a lifestyle that is in accord with who He is!   Everyone has come out of the closet – except the Saints of God!  God doesn’t need any secret agents or undercover Saints; especially when it comes to taking a stand for Him and mirroring all that He has instructed us to do. 

 

So make a decision to be more conscious about those who are watching you.  Don’t air your dirty laundry in public!  There are times when it is necessary to be transparent; but use wisdom.  The Lord will advise you when and when not to be transparent. 

 

Become more concerned about being a living example for the Lord – than satisfying your flesh.  (Note: Fast and pray for the strength to totally eradicate sinful acts!)

 

Anyone can say, “Lord I love you”.  However, are you willing to “Show” that love by slaying the deeds of your flesh (Romans 8:13 & Colossians 3:5) and allowing your daily lifestyle to become the magnet, which will attract the people who are watching you? 

 

Believe it or not, All Eyes Are On You!!!!

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I’m Successful!

But… How Do YOU Measure Success?

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4

 

The word success is one of those words whose meaning is understood or established by the intent of its user.  Therefore, because everyone has pre-determined differently their own set of aims, goals and purposes – we can agree as well as disagree on what we deem to be successful.

In this era it is imperative that we “re-determine” who and what we use as our “plum-line” to measure success.  Our overall motives must be geared more towards the eternal than the temporal.  In other words; it’s time for us to permit our spiritual weightiness to dominate our physical worth.  We should deem it of greater importance that we are recognized in the realm of the spirit – than in the physical realm. 

Think about it.  When you arise in the morning; even prior to getting out of your bed; what impact have you made in the realm of the spirit?  What level of success did you achieve even prior to entering into your devotional time with the Lord?

To accomplish any plateau of success, one must realize that their future estate hangs upon the decisions that they permit their minds to develop and conclude.  Therefore, I must realize that if I utilize the definition that the world deems for “success” to govern my life; I might not avail myself to gleaning the best of life.  (Romans 12:1&2).  In my every endeavor – I have been successful.  Now, some people may disagree – and that’s their opinion.  However, in every situation I have been increased in wisdom and have gleaned from the experience – therefore success has been achieved.  My initial goal might not have been accomplished; but I’ve learned from that endeavor….. and a level of success has been received!

Prayerfully re-consider your goals; long term, intermediate and short term.  Never permit the enemy to convince you that you can’t accomplish and exceed whatever your dreams may include (Ephesians 3:20).  If you can dream it – you CAN accomplish it! (Philippians 4:13)

 Lastly, don’t become apprehensive about seeking the advice of those who have already accomplished something similar to what you are attempting to embark upon or achieve.  Be determined and develop a sense of tenacity that will endure – REGARDLESS! The first person that you ask might not be the person that the Lord has decreed to assist you…. But don’t be a quitter! History has revealed that most of the accomplished writers, inventors, musician, etc. were once told by “professionals” that they would never make it…. BUT GOD…….!!!!!

Every level of success is achieved when YOU have accomplished the intent that YOU… governed by the Holy Spirit have pre-determined.

Remember: The sky is not the limit……. You have no limitations…. You have been freed to excel….. You have been equipped to soar and You have been destined for success! REGARDLESS!!!!!!!

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

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Go and Possess Your Land!

Go and Possess Your Land!

“Let us go up at once and take possession of it..” Numbers 13:30

 

In the same fashion that God lead and directed His people in times pass; so is He doing today.  Sometimes it appears that we have forgotten that the ultimate battle has already been won and the victory is already ours! Many appear to have developed the mind set of the victim in this war instead of the victor.  Far too much time is spent focusing on “the what” we are observing in this physical realm – than standing in faith and proclaiming the promises of God.

REMEMBER: It doesn’t matter what the intensity or the volume of my voice may be – if my words are not spoken in faith and in alignment with the Word of God – I’m just wasting my time!  It doesn’t matter how many times I decree something; if my mind has not been renewed to the extent that it is in total agreement with the manifestation of my decrees.   I must also remember that I can only place a decree over the territory where I have been given legal dominion and authority in the realm of the Spirit!  (A discussion for another time.)

Possessing my land requires:

An ear to hear the voice of God,

The discipline to move out in the timing of God,

An unshakable, steadfast confidence in the Word of God and

A discerning spirit that detects every diabolical move from the kingdom of darkness.

So it’s time to learn how to obtain “sweat less” victories! (Note: The Levitical priest were instructed to were linen as opposed to wool as to not sweat in the presence of the Lord. Research Ezekiel 44:17,18.) We, in our power, can’t make our adversary do anything.  He fears not our words – nor our hype!  However, he MUST, MUST become subjected to the Word of God when it is spoken.

Don’t permit any type of fear to cancel your faith!  Speak the Word of God, and don’t permit ANY negative words to override or cancel what you have spoken!

Lastly, learn how to extend your prayers above the battle ground and into to the courtroom!  When we learn how to spend more time in the presence of the Lord in worship – we will have the advantage of descending in power.  We will have the privilege of walking as Christ did; telling the enemy, “It is written”.  Don’t permit him (the enemy) to have the upper hand any longer.  God has commanded and Jesus has defeated every opposing force.  Soooo why the delay?  The time is now! The person is you.  Move forward, keep your focus and go possess our land!

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I’m In My New Place, Embracing My New Position,

Fortified With My New Stamina;

Advancing Towards My New Assignment!

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:19 (New Living Version)

 

The Lord has said: “My people are all in a new place and have a new position.  (This is something that you should have realized  – if you didn’t already know this; go into a period of consecration as to awaken your discernment.)

Think it not strange that you “feel” different and that the things around you appear to be different. The winds have shifted and you are in a new place.  You are now in an enhanced dimension.  You are about to embark upon a new venture.  For some your physical location may be the familiar; however your mission has now been altered, elevated, enlarged and broaden.  Advance, proceed and press forward quickly and cautiously.  It is important that in this dimension you don’t become stagnate, idle or inactive.  Don’t look back with regrets (Remember Lot’s wife!)

Stay freed from every entanglement that once held you captive …. the positive situations as well as the negative.  The enemy knows the important role that you are now in the position to assume.  He is going to attempt to keep you preoccupied with “being busy”…. doing and engaging in assignments that are positive but not God ordained for this season.

Embrace the change by altering whatever you can in the physical realm; this will assist your mind in forming new thought patterns.  If possible change something in your décor, the places where you shop or dine.  Be creative. It may even be as simple as changing something in your normal daily agenda….. But change something!  The shift has already occurred in the realm of the spirit; therefore it won’t be difficult to transform your physical realm.   We have the mind of Christ; therefore, change is only difficult because we have been programmed to believe so. Remember Philippians 4:13!

Don’t expect the assurance or the acceptance of others.  As long as you have my validation, said the Lord….that’s all that matters. He has said, “Your mandate has already received my stamp of approval.”  Continue to guard your heart.  Stand boldly and stand strong in the authority of the Lord.  It is imperative that your mind stays free.  Walk in peace, walk in power, walk in my promises … and you will continue to walk in my provision as never before.” …. saith the Lord.

And it is so!

                           “May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”  Romans 15:33

 

 

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LOOK UP!!!

Reach Beyond the Break….And Keep It Moving!!!

 

 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed ; we are perplexed , but not in despair ; 9 Persecuted , but not forsaken ; cast down , but not destroyedAlways bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.                      II Corinthians 4: 8-10

 

As it is, there's not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we're not much to look at. We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we've been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn't left our side; we've been thrown down, but we haven't broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us - trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us - he lives! 

                                                                                                  II Corinthians 4:8-10 (The Message Bible)

 

 

 

Life has a way of introducing “interruptions” which usually are unexpected and have a tendency to throw us off course for a second.  The Lord wants to remind us that whatever causes a break in our daily flow should only present a momentary pause.  We must reach beyond that break …and keep it moving!  Delays are many times unavoidable.  However, a delay must only present a “comma” in our lives – and not a “period”. Whatever the break….. Reach beyond every break and keep it moving.

 Below I’ve added another prayer.  Be blessed and always remember never stop, never quit,  never give up or give in – reach beyond that break…..and KEEP IT MOVING!!!

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Power To Press Beyond  (©2003)

Father in Jesus’ name, I thank you for the innate force within me that prompts me to seek a deeper revelation of you.

For my only desire in pressing beyond this realm is to obtain a greater insight of you and your solemnness; thus, enabling me to not walk on the surface, but to have available to me those hidden, partially revealed spiritual treasures that are vital at this time.  These “jewels” are required for me to excel and will afford me the opportunity to properly lead others.

Lord God, I thank you that I have learned to persevere and to press beyond the obstacles, the roadblocks and the detour signs - the hidden snares designed to delay your divine will for my life.  Thank you for the courage to press; - that courage which is required to recognize and discern; to subdue and call to naught every demonic and satanic force sent to oppose me on every level.  I now know how to press through and not request that you to remove from me difficult situations.  For I recognize that all of these have been foreordained for my advancement.

Since you have told me that the best is in the press, I will press into you at any cost.   I will press beyond the feelings of defeat, frustration, adversity and opposition. I will press beyond the spirits of despair, dejection and rejection.  I have learned that I must press beyond any of the feelings in my flesh, and rely only what my spirit discerns for you. Then and then only will I maintain this realization that in my press, YOU will never deny me.  So, forgetting those things which are behind, I press.

Growing and still maturing in the process, I press.

Awaiting your divine intervention……..

I press, I press, I PRESS!!!

And it is so!!!!

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                                                                                               I Know No Defeat!!!!

Therefore….. I Can’t Fail

“And this is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”                          I John 5:14 & 15

 

 

Walk today as if you have already received everything that the Lord has promised! Wisdom, wealth and riches are in your hand.  God has already placed within your hand the valuable keys which will give you access to every resource needed. However, you must use every available avenue (such as; networking connections, business partnerships, education, talents, gifts, etc… – use them all!) to receive the manifestation of the promises. 

God has already heard your request; He’s positioned you, established you, and strategically aligned every detail concerning the manifestation of your request and petitions.  

Reread the recorded accounts of Joseph’s life (Genesis 37-45) and compare them to your life.  He went from the pasture to the pit, to the prison and then to the palace. It was a process! Also, ask God to reveal to you your three key people….Your butler (the person who will open the doors for you); your Pharaoh (the person who will give you access to unlimited resources); and your baker (the person who will assist you in pulling everything together).

Just like Joseph, I can’t fail!  Why can I not fail? Simply because there is no failure in God.  As long as I maintain my focus, God will cause ALL things to work together for my good (Romans 8:28).  Even when the circumstances produce unfavorable and unexpected results; I must remember that I STILL HAVEN’T FAILED!!!  I am determined that even in the times and experiences that others may view as failures; I will learn how to perfect or correct every circumstance that has yielded on unexpected outcome.  Therefore, I have still gained something during the entire experience!  I am emerging wiser, more conscientious or more patient.  Therefore, I haven’t failed! I can’t fail.  Failure is not a part of my DNA; and I refuse to permit anyone or anything to impose that mindset into my spirit!  Whether in my pasture, my pit, or my prison…. I KNOW that I’m being prepared to reign in my palace!  In other words, I have still been increased through every situation….that’s why I can’t fail!

Trust God! He can’t fail you – REGARDLESS!! Whatever you would do …. if you were assured that you would succeed …DO IT!  God IS able to do through you exceedingly and abundantly more than you could ever ask or think!

The ball is in your court… the bat is in your hand.  You may have thought that you were waiting for God …..But in all actuality - He is waiting for You!  Get up! Move out! …. And refuse to be defeated….REGARDLESS!!!!

 

“…….The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.” James 2:26 (The Message Bible)

 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”   James 2:26 (KJV)

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Get the Junk Out..

And Keep Your Water Shaft Unpolluted

“David said on that day, Whoever smites the Jebusites, let him get up through the water shaft and smite the lame and the blind who are detested by David’s soul….”   2 Samuel 5:8 (Amplified)

 

 

 

As we read this story about the capture of Jerusalem from the Jebusites we will find that King David had a strategy.  This reminds us that whenever we are going to be victorious in any type of confrontation – we must first have a strategic plan. Bear in mind that our adversary isn’t powerful nor a genius - but he is strategic and tenacious. 

 

David’s plan was to use the water shaft. Basically, a water shaft was an underground conduit for bringing water from a spring into a city. David knew that the water shaft would give him the access into the city – yet give him the ability to arrive undetected.  David didn’t attempt to devise a new method to gain access – he just used what was already available.  

 

What device is used as the water shaft in your life?  What is the source in your life that keeps your soul, (your mind) and your spirit refreshed?  Whatever the source, we must make certain that our personal water shaft remains free from debris.  We can’t afford to permit our water shaft to become clogged nor to circulate polluted water.

 

The enemy will use whatever access is available to gain entrance. He will try to poison your water shaft.  He will try to clog up your water shaft.   By any means necessary… he still wants access to kill, steal and destroy. He will use your eye gate, ear gate, etc. to gain an access to pollute your water shaft. 

 

You see…Water is one of those resources that our bodies need on a regular basis.  Both our physical and spiritual bodies need a fresh supply of water on a daily basis.   Our natural body is composed of mostly water.  Statistics have revealed that our bodies are more than 60 percent water. Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water.  A human can survive for a month or more without eating food, but only a week or so without drinking water!

 

So in the natural – so in the spiritual.  It is vital that our spiritual bodies receive water – that living water…. in order to be effective. So by any means necessary – keep your water shaft unpolluted. 

Daily maintenance is a dire necessity.   Ask the Lord for a sharpened and a keener discernment with the ability to detect the enemy while he is yet afar off! 

 

We have to govern and disinfect our spiritual water shaft constantly!  The water is pure because it is flowing directly from the throne of God.  However, am “I” permitting my water shaft to become contaminated because “I” am not maintaining a DAILY regimen of spiritual cleansing?   Am “I” the cause of someone else receiving contaminated water because my water shaft is filthy with the ideologies, concepts and precepts of the world?  Am “I” yielding my ear gate to music that is not structured and inspired by God?  Far too often we, the body of Christ will attempt to justify and legalize anything that we desire.  Old data that is outdated and now non-productive MUST remain in the past… and we MUST receive all things new – if we are going to have the ability to successfully stand in these last days.   We cannot permit our souls to find contentment in the pleasures of the world IF we want our water shaft to remain clean and unpolluted.

 

The Bible states that there shall be many in the last days that will come and DECEIVE.  Warriors – don’t be deceived.  Don’t permit your spirit man to feed on music that is not ordained of God.  Just because someone may verbally “SAY” that they belong to the Lord – doesn’t make it so.  People often ask me if it’s okay to listen to secular music.  My response is this.  Music is known as a universal language because it is generated from the soul and spirit of a person.  If my spirit man is to maintain a certain stamina; it cannot do so by receiving from one who has not acknowledged God’s lordship into their lives. Secular music will appease by flesh and my soul – but does not have the ability to enhance my spirit.  The Lord has equipped several musical artist to accommodate us for EVERY occasion and emotion! Therefore, the proof will be in the pudding!  It’s all or nothing – anything that is lukewarm…. God will spew out… and so should we! Again…. if I am going to keep my water shaft in the condition that is satisfactory to the Lord – then I must “step up my game”, become more focused and remove any “junk” that is attempting to clog or pollute my water shaft.

  

Remember: It’s the “little” foxes that spoil the vine…. So it only takes one small action, one gate left unprotected, one small breach in the wall….. to permit an access to your water shaft…. Which can lead to the potential of your entire water shaft becoming polluted!

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Learn How To Employ The Word of God

And Nothing Shall Offend You!

“Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:165

 

Your ability to refrain from becoming offended, reveals the level of maturity from which you operate.  The word offend in this verse refers to “stumbling block”.  Therefore, when I permit anything to cause me to stumble or to divert my focus from the Lord; I have not learned to avail myself of His ever-abiding peace.  I have not learned to avoid walking in offense.

 

The peace of God represents the wholeness of God; His completeness – nothing missing.  When I realize that God has the ability to control the outcome of every situation; I will then receive that confidence in my spirit to rest in Him. 

 

I’m reminded of a toddler as they begin learning to walk.  They must learn to be confident, as well as how to balance themselves.  When we haven’t learned to walk confidently according to God’s word; we permit the cares of this world, people and even our own undisciplined motives – to become a stumbling block and we lose our balance.  When we haven’t obtained the power to have the proper balance in our lives; we stumble and sometimes fall.

 

I must also realize that the spirit of fear is the anchored root system and underlying, hidden culprit that is still present when I am yielding to the influences of offence or of being offended.  When ungodly fear is eradicated from my life, I will recognize that offence will no longer be an issue.

 

Offences will come (Luke 17:1) – but I don’t have to permit them to divert my attention.  If I prepare myself daily with an awareness that I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37); I will know how to receive the peace of God; which has the power and the authority to permit me to remain stable and causes me to triumph in every situation (Philippians 4:7).  Peace is not the absence of chaos.  Peace is the mindset that affords me the ability to remain unshaken – regardless.  Peace is the state of completeness – nothing broken, nothing missing!

 

To rest in the peace of God reveals that I have permitted the power of God to be my support system… and that I am trusting in His promises to be my daily provision.

 

Therefore, to prevent the offences that so readily appear in life from becoming a stumbling block in my life; the spirit of fear must be dealt with.  I also must appropriate the mindset that God’s unconditional love will yet prevail in every situation.  I can’t become distracted nor lose my balance; and above all I must trust the fact that God will vindicate every contrary wind that blows my way….and somehow….. always cause His favor to reign in my life! (Romans 8:28) 

 

“Those who love your laws have great peace of heart and mind and do not stumble.”

                                                                                                   Psalm 119:165(The Living Bible)

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Why Do I Do What I Do?

Do I Have Clean Hands….AND a Pure Heart?

……..Who may stand in his holy place?  The one who has clean hands and a pure heart…  Psalm 24:3 & 4

 

One of the prerequisites to maintaining a proper relationship with the Lord is for us to regularly monitor our actions AND our motives.  The above scripture acknowledges the importance of both of these qualities.

There are many instances when people have asked if doing certain things will cause them to go to hell.  However, while our eternal state is of great importance – our daily walk is of equal relevance.   My daily walk as a Christian will establish one of two points.  It will verify that I sincerely love the Lord – more than I love myself.  Or it will confirm that although I have acknowledged Christ as my Savior; I have not matured in my relationship with Him to the extent that He is the “Lord” of my life. 

The statement “clean hands”; above the obvious, is also making a reference to those things that we are involved or associated with.  We also must be certain that we have not become members of various organizations (especially those of you who are in college) whose origin is demonic.  There are several groups who are accomplishing much within in our communities and making a great impact.   However, their real motive is to get you to become connected with them.  Therefore, by doing so, you have willingly given satan an access.

A “pure heart” reflects my intentions.  If my actions are correct – but my reasonings which support my actions are not resonating from the character qualities of the throne of God – then I am operating from a place of deceit, deception and dishonesty.  My actions also must not be the results of: the spirit of fear, past feelings of rejection, anger, pride etc.

Colossians 3:17 states, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

The word clean refers to the state of …while the word purity refers to the composition of.  Both words are of grave importance in our ability to function successfully during our daily walk.  The application of these words also greatly effects our relationship with the Lord and His ability to thoroughly use us. 

A pure heart is a heart in which the Holy Spirit has free reign; where He can manifest the fruit of the spirit; and a heart that has been guarded ……and protected from diabolical or wicked guidelines. 

Clean hands also refer to our works. Are our gifts being used in unpolluted and uncontaminated manners?  Are we utilizing the proper methods to accurately cultivate our gifts… hence producing “clean” and holy representations? 

Today, God is calling us to a greater place of discipline. A state that requires us to be more authentic than in days past. I often hear people in the body of Christ say, “Well, no one is perfect”.   This is true; however, the Lord is calling us to strive towards living a lifestyle that is in accords with His kingdom principles.  He is still requiring of us to be effective and to not make excuses for our lack of discipline that governs our lives years after year. (Note: Matthew 4:48 is not referring to without blemish….we’ll discuss this at a later date.)

To have clean hands and a pure heart will assure us of the ability to excel in our success against every diabolical device which may be hurled at us.  This level of effectiveness will not just produce a “Church Service Emotional High”; but will manifest deliverance, change and “Fruit that will remain” (John 15:16)!

Let’s remember that people may observe our actions…. WHAT we do (clean hands).  However, God knows our motives…WHY we do what we do (if we have a pure heart). Therefore, moving forward, let’s engulf a more disciplined attitude and be more determined to have clean hands AND a pure heart.

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I’ve Got To Get Out of My Comfort Zone…

So, I’ll Get Out Of The Boat….But Stand On The Rock!

 

There have been quite a few popular books published expounding on the concept of getting out of the boat.   However today, we are going to “kick it up a notch”.  Getting out of the boat is the initial step.  So, what’s the next step?   STANDING ON THE ROCK!!!

 

Just to recant; the basis for this perception of getting out of the boat is referenced in the book of St. Matthew 14:23-33.  When we refer to this story, we are informed that it is the fourth watch.  Now, the fourth watch was the final watch.  That’s when Jesus showed up!  So today….because we are in the “final watch”…therefore, we can expect Jesus to show up in our situations – at any time. SUDDENLY!!! We play the song by Ron Poindexter entitled “Any Day Now” during our worship services on a regular basis.  This song reminds us to…. Look for Jesus! He will show up!  ANY DAY NOW!!! (We’ll discuss this in detail at a later date.)

 

So, what does getting out of the boat entail? Basically, first, it means that I must move beyond the arena where I know that I can excel.  I must advance from the level where I have already acquired a certain degree of knowledge and where I feel as though I can “tread the water”……my comfort zone!  I must now begin to exercise my faith and to venture into those areas within in me….that are still “uncharted waters”.  We all have within us gifts and callings which have yet to be developed.  As I explained in a previous lesson…. discover your “Untapped Potential”.   

 

To begin to discover my untapped potential; I have to come to the realization, that I must make a conscious decision to step out of my boat…my own will, emotions, gifts etc..  Next, I must come into an agreement with the mind of God and into the next phase of the purpose that He has for my life.  To get out of the boat also means that I have to relinquish the pillars of my education, past experiences and acquired knowledge … and rely totally on God.  In other words….I must learn to stand solely on the promises of God.  He must become my only Rock. 

 

To get out of the boat and to stand on the rock requires me to: maintain my focus, increase my fortitude and to anchor myself in the Word of God.

 

As I stand…like Peter, I must: Ask, Seek and Wait.  Peter first asked, “Lord is it you?”. Therefore, before you just jump out of your boat – know whose voice is calling you!   Next, always seek the face of God for instruction, wisdom and direction.  Lastly, learn to “Wait” for the manifestation of His divine presence. Peter’s decision to advance out of the boat came after direct instructions from the voice of the Lord in response to his questions.  Jesus told him specifically two things.  Be not afraid and come.

 

Today, we are still being instructed to: take courage, be not afraid, and get out of the boat…..but to stand on the Rock.  I am reminded of two hymns (for those of you who still remember what there are!).  The first is, “In Times Like These”.   The chorus (the vamp) said, “Be sure, be very sure your anchor holds and grips that solid Rock”.  The other hymn is, “My Hope is Built”. 

 

In conclusion, to get out of the boat and stand on the rock I must have: a made-up mind (Philippians 2:5); persistence (I Corinthians 15:58), and above all an expressed level of unwavering faith (James 1:6-8).

 

My Hope is built on nothing less; Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

On Christ the solid rock I stand; ALL other ground is sinking sand!

 

 

 

 

In Times Like These
Words and Music by Ruth Caye Jones

 

In times like these you need a Savior, In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure; Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

 

In times like these you need the Bible, In times like these O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

 

In times like these I have a Savior, In times like these I have an anchor;
I'm very sure, I'm very sure, My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

 

Chorus
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the One; This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

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