Wednesday, December 5, 2018

                           Ecclesiastes 7:25                                                                                                                                    
“So I applied my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things.”  Ecclesiastes 7:25
We live in stirring days, when deeds are everything—when closet work is often neglected for active business, and little time is given to meditation.  Yet, with more thought and prayer—wholesome activity would be greater in the end, and all our actions more successful.  Time is not lost, which is spent in meditation—in searching wisdom’s ways, and seeking out profound realities.  There is one who often meditates—and yet accomplishes much.  There is another who hastens—and yet does little.  None works so heartily, nor reaps so full—as he whose wits are sharpened by prayer and meditation.        Reading either Scripture or Christian books, apart from meditation, does little good.  It is much the same as not digesting what you eat—this only starves the soul.  How many read the Bible thus!

George Mylne, “Lessons for the Christian’s Daily Walk”  1859

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Meaning of Worship

THE MEANING OF WORSHIP INTRODUCTION: 


One writer notes that:
"Worship in our time has been captured by the tourist mind set. Worship is understood as a visit to an attractive site to be made when we have adequate leisure. For some it is a weekly jaunt to church. For others, occasional visits to special services.. Some, with a bent for Christian entertainment and sacred diversion, plan their lives around special events like retreats, rallies and conferences. We go to see a new personality, to hear a new truth, to get a new experience and so, somehow, expand our otherwise humdrum lives. We'll try anything -- until something else comes along."

Does this describe our attitude toward worship? What is worship all about?

BODY

I. WHAT IS WORSHIP?

A. A look at both the original language and the origin of the word in English will help us understand the meaning.
1. The primary Hebrew word for worship.
a. Shachah - "to depress, i.e. prostrate (in homage to royalty or God): bow (self) down, crouch, fall down (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship."
2. Three Greek words.
a. Proskuneo - "meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand), to fawn or crouch to, homage (do reverence to, 
adore): worship." It occurs 59 times in the New Testament. It originally carried with it the idea of subjects falling down to kiss the ground before a king or kiss their feet.
b. Sebomai - "to reverence, hold in awe." Used 10 times in the New Testament.

c. Latreuo - "to render religious service of homage." Used 21 times in the New Testament.

3. The word in the English language.
a. Literally means to ascribe worth to something.
4. True worship begins with a deep respect or reverence for God, a frame of heart, an attitude. This must be fixed in one's mind before we go further. An "act" of worship is an act proceeding from or the result of that attitude. 

B. The Bible talks about several "kinds" of worship.
1. Ignorant Worship--Acts 17:22-31
a. Acts 17:23 - "for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
b. Paul perceived that they were very religious but he warned them that their religious service was not pleasing to God for it was done without knowledge of what God wanted or even who God was.

c. Ignorant worship is like throwing darts at a bulls eye while blindfolded--sure you might hit the mark but more than 
likely you will do a lot of damage 

d. ignorant worship is not pleasing to God for he is not glorified by accident, but by a conscience praise of His name.

e. Such worship will never be pleasing to God, for His will has been revealed (John 4:24).

f. God does not wink (tolerate) ignorance - Acts 17:30.

2. Vain Worship
a. Matthew 15:7-9 "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 8 - 'These people draw near to Me with 
their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9- And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
b. The Pharisees made their worship Vain (useless) because they had layered on the commandments of men to their 
practices.

c. This is the attitude which changes what God has said, does not respect what God has said, and not obey what He has 
commanded. See Leviticus 10:1-11.

3. Will Worship
a. Colossians 2:23 - Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (KJV)
b. Colossians 2:23 - These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and 
neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

c. This is worship that centers in satisfying self. This is the same type of worship that we often have today, that 
which calls for "audience centered" worship.

4. True Worship.
a. John 4:23-24 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 - "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
II. THE CORRECT ELEMENTS OF WORSHIP
A. Worship is God centered.
1. Psalms 95:6 - Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
2. Acts 17:23 - "for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this 
inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:

3. Hebrews 13:15 - Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our 
lips, giving thanks to His name. 

4. One of the great errors in modern worship is making it worshiper centered. Worship is to be centered on praising God, not entertaining ourselves.

a. We need to understand that the blessings we receive from worship are a by-product of our worship and not the focus. In worship we come to do and give, not receive.
b. The effort to "get more" out of worship has led to all types of artificial, superficial, and unscriptural gimmicks to "liven up" worship periods. Such IS NOT WORSHIPING GOD; it is bowing to altar of the social gospel.

c. Our problem is that we have determined that we have a problem but have not correctly diagnosed the problem. The 
problem is not with the content of our worship. The problem is with our hearts. We are so materialistic and carnal minded that we cannot center our minds of praising God and need artificial stimulation to "feel" spiritual.

B. The correct place of our worship.
1. Anyplace where God's people dwell.
2. Acts 17:24-25 "God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25- "Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

3. This is the truth that Jesus revealed to the Samaritan woman. 


a. John 4:20-21 "Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship." 21 - Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father."
C. There must be a combining of reverence toward God and worshiping according to the truth of God's will.
1. John 4:24
2. Joshua 24:14 - "Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!


CONCLUSION: The child of God does not need special stimulants to bring about proper worship. He centers his life on pleasing God, therefore he is always happy to come before the throne of grace in praise to the King.

http://www.christianlibrary.org/authors/Grady_Scott/meaningofworship.htm

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

HOSTING HIS PRESENCE – A Word By Amie Rogers

HOSTING HIS PRESENCE – A Word By Amie Rogers

Anne Marie Molster & Amie Rogers
We have been overwhelmed with a sense of urgency; that we are in a critical and strategic moment of time that requires us to shut ourselves away in the quiet. Heaven is passionately pursuing to encounter us like never before. We are on the cusp of a massive shift that will thrust His Bride forward into all He has purposed us for, but we have to know His heartbeat, we have to be seeking His quiet.

Throughout the entire Bible, people have sought out the comfort of the Lord. At times, they simply rested and worshiped in His presence, but also relied on Him to bring victory in times of adversity. The reassurance that God was with them offered confidence, strength and hope in all they faced. God’s desire then was just as it is now. He longs to be with His people and live among them.

“Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.” Exodus 29:42-45 NIV

Later in Acts 2, a group of one hundred twenty people intentionally shut themselves away in the Upper Room – in the quiet, awaiting the return of the Lord’s Presence. They saw and received the mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire from Heaven, resting upon them leaving, them forever changed; which in turn, changed everyone around them.

This is where we must see ourselves today. We are to establish Heaven here on Earth. Wherever we go, we must take Heaven with us! We have been empowered to heal the sick, lift up the lame and the rejected, open blind eyes and raise the dead! Church as we know it has forgotten that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is the very power within us. We are Heaven manifest. We ARE His Glory Carriers, we are the ones He’s chosen to change this world.

His presence upon us is the power that births miracles, opening doors for the signs and wonders of Heaven here on Earth! It is no mistake that there are twenty-two scriptures referencing the Lord’s presence. It is the key to opening doors to the plans He has for us.

“I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” Isaiah 22:22 NIV

There is a level of excitement in the spirit as many begin to understand that the Kingdom of Heaven is, in fact, at hand right now! We have been given the gift of Holy Spirit so that we too can be carriers of His presence, glory and miraculous nature!

“From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. ”” Matthew 4:17 NLT

As Jesus preached these words, we can be assured that they were quite confused. Heaven as they knew it was an inaccessible thing; something only a high priest was allowed. They could not fathom that they could easily grasp hold of it. Although they may not have understood Him at the time, as Jesus continued to put His words into action, they began to witness Heaven. Heaven turned water into wine, Heaven touched the lepers and healed them, Heaven broke bread with tax collectors (the most hated of the Jewish people), Heaven sought out the rejected and adulterers, Heaven opened blind eyes, Heaven made the lame to walk, Heaven raised the dead, Heaven miraculously fed the hungry and Heaven washed the feet of those that would deny and betray Him.

Then, Heaven went to the cross, taking on the sin, sickness and shame of all those that had gone before Him, those hanging beside Him and for ALL who were to come after Him. He received the punishment of death for it all, then three days later, defeated that death when He rose from the grave.

“And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.” Acts of the Apostles 10:38-41 NLT

When something has been defeated, we are given dominion over it!

Just as Jesus displayed the power of the Lord in Luke 4:18, as His Father’s spirit rested upon Him, we have been given the same power and authority! The favor of the Lord has come and it rests upon each one of us!

https://spiritfuel.me/hosting-his-presence-a-word-by-amie-rogers-anne-marie-molster/

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Your Creator [Abba Father] knows that true transformation comes by a relationship--a powerful relationship with Christ where love's torrent covers our sin and makes us lovely in His sight. Just as relationships in the past had the power to wound and scar our souls, downloading lies into our thinking, so a passionate pursuit of the Bridegroom holds the key for the deepest level of change in our personalities. author Brian Simmons Song of Songs: The Journey of the Bride

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Where Do You Belong in the Body of Christ

Do You Know Where You Belong in the Body of Christ
God has a reason for everything He does and has done.  Most Christians tend to shun the Old Testament, but as the Apostle Paul said, the Old Testament is the natural and the New Testament is the Spiritual (I Corinthians 15:46).  In order to understand many of the spiritual messages of the New Testament, we must understand the natural side of it as demonstrated in the Old Testament.  In Genesis Chapter 1 God created man. [Then God said, "1:26, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…; 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  
Fast-forwarding to the New Testament we find that God’s Church, aka the Body of Christ, resembles the natural body.  Let me explain this a little further.  First of all we know that the head of the body of Christ is the Christ Himself.  We, the Church make up the rest of the body as described in Romans Chapter 12.
Rom 12:4  For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use, 
Rom 12:5  So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another]. 
Rom 12:6  Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith; 
In studying the natural body we discover that the body is made up of many cells that form the individual parts of the body i.e., legs, arms, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, etc.  Going back to the beginning when a sperm merges with an ovum, it forms what is called a zygote.  This “zygote” contains in it everything needed in order to form a fully developed baby.  It has cells for every organ, every limb, etc.  The cell begins to divide by mitosis and develops into a new organism (a baby).  Each of those cells that are dividing contains the same exact DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) and within the DNA there are genes that contain instructions for making specific proteins.  These proteins determine what each cell will become as it divides and develops.  It determines which cells will be eyes, skin, arms so on and so forth.  
Now let’s look at the body of Christ.  The body of Christ is made up of individual members (parts/organs) as shown in Romans 12:4-6.  Picture each individual Christian as a cell (like a human cell).  The moment you accepted Christ as Savior you were baptized into His body and His and the Father’s DNA was injected into you.  That same exact DNA is found in EVERY born again believer.  What is different is the specific proteins that the genes within the DNA are making.  Spiritually the genes are like the Holy Spirit because the genes develop the proteins that determine what you will become.  The specific proteins themselves are like the different measures of grace that each of us receives.  As Romans 12:6 states ‘our gifts (what part of the body we are) differ according to the grace given us.’  So some may receive the measure of grace needed to be a Pastor, someone else may have the measure of grace needed to be an intercessor, a deacon, a Teacher, one gifted in hospitality or a praise and worship leader.  The body of Christ, just as the human body, is developed in such a unique way that everything must flow together in order for the body to function properly.  No individual member of the body (just like no member of the natural body) can decide to go off by itself and do its own thing because when that happens the body develops diseases such as cancer and lupus (with lupus the cells attack one another wreaking havoc in the body).  These diseases causes the body not to function properly and they must be healed or removed so that the body can function normally again.  
Now, as a baby matures through the years, you are able to see more clearly what that baby will look like as a full grown adult; and it is the same in the body of Christ.  As each individual member (cell) develops, you should be able to recognize what it is developing into (such as an Evangelist, a singer, a gifted warrior, etc.).  It depends on the individual rate of growth in Christ but if you are growing on schedule a picture of who you are should begin to emerge.  If there is no growth at all or if the growth is extremely slow then I would advise you to return back to the starting point and recommit your life to Christ and get in the Word of God.  Our growth comes through the Word of God and prayer or communing with God continually.  If you do not feed a baby it will starve to death and it is the same for a new born babe in Christ.
1Pe 2:1 So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. 2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord's kindness.
I encourage each of you to search yourselves and determine where you are with your growth in Christ and your positioning in the body of Christ.  We all have an identity and a destiny to fulfill in Him and if you are not measuring up to what you were created to be, then you cannot fulfill your destiny.  
In conclusion, I leave you with these Scriptures that sum up the meaning of this teaching:

Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.  15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.  16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. 

Excerpt taken from Randolph Barnwell Firstborn Sonship:
Identity reveals destiny. Identity relates to who you ARE; destiny involves what you DO. Who you ARE reveals what you should DO. You will never know what to do until you understand who you are. Actually, you need to BE what you are called to DO. Embodiment of Divine nature is in essence an assertion not just of ‘BEING’ but empowerment and authorization to ‘DO’. Gideon saw the Lord as ‘Jehovah Shalom’ – ‘The Lord is Peace’; He was transformed into the nature of God he saw and became the embodiment of peace (Judges 6:23,24). This was very essential for him, because this nature of peace was his authority to defeat the Midianites, which means ‘strife’. Peace destroys strife (Is. 9:6; 32:18; Rom 16:20). Dethroning strife (Midian) was his destiny, but to do so, he had to become the very nature of God, ‘peace’ (identity) - designed to overthrow it. First BE, then … Doing will flow effortlessly and authoritatively.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

THE BRIDAL PARADIGM

THE BRIDAL PARADIGM
“I believe we need a paradigm shift once again among God’s people with regard to prayer. In the activity addicted, performance-oriented entity that is the Church, we have largely lost sight of the experiential intimacy with Jesus to which we have been called, and we need a restoration of that understanding. The new perspective makes room for believers to define their lives before God not on the basis of what they do for Him, but on the basis of the declarations of His ravished heart as the Heavenly Bridegroom.
“We need a shift in the way we read the Scriptures, with a resultant shift in our theological thinking and ultimately a shift in the way we relate to Jesus, to ourselves, and to what we do in His Name. Our experience of the Christian life needs to be deepened and changed. The path the Holy Spirit is opening into this deeper experience is the way of intimacy with Jesus as our Bridegroom.” (Gary Wiens, Bridal Intercession, Oasis House, 2001, p. 22.)

LAZARUS COME FORTH

Born Again but bound
LAZARUS COME FORTH 
John 11:43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
When we accept Christ as Lord and Savior we become what the Bible calls “Born Again”. To be “born again” is the process of regeneration by which God renews the human heart, making it alive when it was de
ad.
Regeneration is necessary we are all descendants of Adam and Eve and have inherited their sin. Because of this we are morally unable to do what is good. Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian Church that people are by nature dead in trespasses and sins. In this state, they are without God and without hope in the world. Not in response to their merit, but freely and in love, God speaks the word that raises the dead.
When Jesus raised Lazarus from death and called him to come forth, the Word tells us that Lazarus was still bound in grave clothes. What does this mean? It means Lazarus was still wrapped in cloth like a mummy and would not have been able to walk or function properly 

Still in bondage to the past
until the grave clothes were removed. Thus Jesus told them to loose him and let him go. So many Christians today accept Christ as Savior but their lives are still bound in grave clothes from things in their past whether it be rape, abuse of any kind, death, brokenness, hardships, past life filled with crime etc. They have truly accepted Christ in their hearts but in their soulish realm they are so bound until they cannot live in the freedom which Christ bought for them. Some are so deeply wounded inside until they are unable to let go of the life of sin they have been living. If you are one of these people (alive but still bound in grave clothes) I encourage you to go before God and begin to cry out until your life begins to change. If you have a Pastor or someone you feel comfortable confiding in, share your story with them and ask them to be praying with you for your freedom. God is faithful and He will do it because it is not His will for His children to still be walking around still wearing their grave clothes. Cry out for as long as it takes until YOU are set free.
Loose him and let him go!
He has been made free