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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

God Has A Place For You

God wants to use YOU

I want to repeat this because I feel that way too many believers have never grasped this fact- God wants to use YOU!

 We admire those whom God uses in various ways, and we love to read about saints whom God has mightily used in the past, who have since gone on to be with the Lord, but we have the toughest time believing that Almighty God actually desires to have US, individually, involved deeply in His plans.

DEEPLY, not just a cameo appearance....

The problem, in part, is that we see pastors, missionaries, and evangelists as the ones going out into the world (within their own callings) and making disciples of all men- and that's true, they're doing just that, but it's not ONLY those people who are called to do God's work!

The Lord hasn't placed the same calling on everybody- not everyone is going to be a preacher, an evangelist, a bible translator, or a martyr (that's right- martyr...

Jim Elliot was speared to death by the very people he was trying to reach, yet his testimony is extremely powerful to this day, though he died a young man)- God's calling on YOUR life may be very different....

To witness of God's love to a lost world in your own sphere of influence (and we all have that 'sphere', don't we?), to make a difference in someone's life, to take a stand that happens to be unpopular- these are things we are all called to do on a daily basis, and they're wonderful.

Do we treat them as such?

Maybe God has placed something within YOUR heart, some work that is so personal, so precious to you that you can scarcely speak of it- something that really moves you?

Are you constantly on your knees, seeking the will of God concerning it? And that's really what I'm getting at here.

Know of a certainty that God longs to use YOU, and in a very personal way. Know also, that He would have you looking to Him, seeking that specific purpose that He has created you for.

 Do you feel too insignificant to even dare to ask Him? Ever hear of Moses the stammerer, or David, the youngest among brothers, overlooked by everybody but God?

Remember Gideon, 'least in his father's house'? How about Rahab- what kind of woman was she? Of course, I could go on and on- you get the point.

1 Corinthians 1:26 through 29 says, "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: THAT NO FLESH SHOULD GLORY IN HIS PRESENCE."

Who you are is no hindrance to God at all, unless you have an exaggerated sense of self-importance (and God is able to deal with THAT, too!)....

My prayer is that you can now see that God wants to use you for His glory, that He has a wonderful purpose and anointing specifically for you, no matter what your station in life, and that He LONGS for you to seek after Him, continually.

 Follow the Holy Spirit's leading, and He will guide you into your place in the body of Christ.

 I pray God's richest blessings for you as you constantly look to Him!

En Agape,
pastor Jim Ewing

Those of us who were there know exactly what Brant Baker described about Calvary Chapel at the beginning

Brant Baker And Calvary Chapel Of Costa Mesa

"I remember walking into that little church, of course that was before it grew. They didn't have that patio there. They just had a little side walk and it was dirty and they had old carpets out on the dirt lot.

They had not yet expanded, it was a small chapel, and it wasn't filled. But there was something that was filling it. Some one was filling it...I walked into that little church and I begin to feel this funny feeling. It was like molasses going through the air...I saw, I touched, and I realized the reality of Almighty God."

Brant Baker speaking at a service held at the Arlington Foursquare Church, 2085 California Ave, Riverside, California.

Brant Baker first encountered the fullness of the person called the Holy Spirit at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa CA.

 He desired that every single service at Shekinah Fellowship be like what he had experienced at Calvary Chapel.

Filled with a person, the person of the Holy Spirit.

 Many a person gives testimony that they encountered the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit at a Shekinah Fellowship service.

Brant refused to walk out on the platform until he was certain that the Holy Spirit's presence had manifested in the service.

The worship would continue as Brant spoke out through his microphone saying, "Worship Him, Adore Him, O how we love Him. We give you praise dear Jesus, we give You praise! Worship Him."

Brant said,

"It's only to know, to yield, and to be yielded to the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. He is the only One that can testify of Jesus. Did you know that? I can tell you about a person, but I can't preach Christ, preach Jesus, without yielding to the Holy Spirit, that He would make Him become alive. His life touches and penetrates our lives.

I want with everything that is within me to be able to love Him with everything that is within this being...to love Him with all our heart. To love one another. Let's get back to the basics of what the Bible is talking about.

'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son' And Jesus said, 'As the Father has sent me, so I send you.' The same way, identical, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Assembly of God, Foursquare, everybody! 

Miracles happen because of the Love of God. Salvation happens because of the Love of God, it's the greatest miracle."

I desire the moving of the Holy Spirit!

Sir I said Do Not Move While We are In Motion

THE BALANCE TRAIN

It is a very delicate activity

It has been said that a meeting where the gifts of the Holy Spirit are allowed to be freely exercised is a balancing act.

Think of it as if a circle of people are carefully passing around a tray with glasses of water upon it. They are trying very carefully not to spill the water as they pass the tray from one to another.

One speaks out in tongues, another gives an interpretation, while another sings out in an inspirational spiritual song. Another gives a word of knowledge while another gives a prophecy in song.

This is what it is like. Each and every member of the meeting being sensitive to the Holy Spirit's direction and orchestration.

The meeting moves forward and accomplishes God's goals when it is conducted decently and in order.

Things run along smoothly with no crash and burns.

 I have been in large meetings where everyone was singing in the Spirit (singing in tongues) altogether at the same time. when suddenly, without anyone other than the Holy Spirit giving direction, everyone stops singing except for one person.

 Then just as suddenly someone else joins them in a sort of a duet.

And then the whole room full of people gently joins in a chorus.

And then an absolutely amazing thing would take place.

I would hear gentle rain pouring upon the roof when it is a very dry evening with no rain outside, and yet rain could be heard coming down on the roof.

 Angelic voices could be faintly heard singing a counter part harmony along with the whole congregation.

And finally every voice would go silent as if a conductor had given a hand signal to taper off to silence.

It was at this point that there would be manifested the most powerful spiritual atmosphere where you felt as if you should be taking off your shoes because it was Holy ground that you were standing upon.

There is a church experience beyond the stimulation of the intellect with study.

There is a church dimension that few ever get the opportunity to experience.

 True heart felt worship with Christians who are not afraid of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and know what balance is.

I have had the wonderful pleasure of being in meetings like this.

And

I have been in carnal meetings masquerading as spiritual meetings, when in reality flesh was at work pretending that the Holy Spirit was moving in their midst.

Nothing quenches the Holy Spirit faster then flesh acting as if He were behind their antics.

Reverence dictates that we be sensitive and truly worshipful to insure balance for forward momentum or we will get no where...few make it through the straight and narrow.



 David Sloane

12,03,08
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I wanted to add some thoughts that I had while working today, 12,04,08.

Over so many years I have noticed that teachers of the Word always like to down play and marginalize those of us who love the moving of the Holy Spirit.

Just today my son mentioned hearing John Courson saying on the radio something about not validating those of us who desire the Spirit's moving.

He said that if we just stay in the Word that would be enough Spirit moving for us.

I beg to differ.

 Why?


I had this conversation about this topic out in the parking lot of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in 1973 with the then assistant pastor Lavern Romaine.

 Romaine told me that there has to be 'balance.' His very words to me on this topic were, "David, too much of the Word and we will dry up, too much of the Spirit and we will blow up, correct balance of both and we grow up."

I never forgot that conversation with him. I have noted over the years that churches that marginalize any operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit while lifting the Word of God high over everything else, (almost to the point of 'Bibliolatry,') can become some what dry in a sense for me personally.

  (note: I am not speaking about John Courson.)

Ok, so you never heard the term Bibliolatry.

 Years ago all of us who would go out to the desert to seek the Lord came up with this term on our own. Today it is in common usage. Bibliolatry is the worship of the Bible or any other text.

I have been in churches that minimize the teaching of the Word of God and maximize the exercise of the gifts. Man what a mess!

 People looking like Funky chickens doing that bouncing up and down thing and others shaking their hands and others shouting.

 I have spiritual discernment and in some of those places the Holy Spirit wasn't moving at all, but they did their thing any way while insisting that the Holy Spirit was doing those strange things and goings on.

When a church teaches the Word of God in it's entirety and allows the exercise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, there can be such a sweet manifested presence of God.

 The sheep need inspiration.

1 Corinthians 14:4
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Have you even heard anyone prophesy in church?

The sheep need to be edified. Above we see two ways this can be accomplished. One is by speaking in tongues. The other is by being exposed to prophecy.

There are many other ways.

When was the last time that you spoke in tongues?

 When was the last time that you heard someone prophecy?

Apostle Paul understood this all too well:

1 Timothy 4:14
 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Prophecy is declaring the mind and heart of God.

 It is making known God's will.

The laying on of hands is the impartation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 Some would teach today that such things have ceased since we now have the written Word of God.

They are in serious error and are teaching others to be impotent and powerless as witnesses for Jesus Christ by their false concepts.

2 Peter 1:19
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

They quote the above verse as if it declares the cessation of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ would have stayed upon the earth and lived out the full extent of His natural life if this were true.

But He had to leave this earth so that the Holy Spirit could come.

 Apparently for some reason, unknown to us at this time, only one person of the trinity can be in resident here on earth at one time.

Although we see all of them present at the immersion of Jesus by John the immerser.

Luke 3:22
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

We see the Holy Spirit descending and the Father declaring and Jesus the Son in the above verse.

The Holy Trinity.

Within the one Godhead there are three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is not a force or an energy or an essence, He is a person.

We want this person of the Holy Spirit in our midst.

 Why?


Because it is He who manifest the presence of Almighty God to us.

 And anyone who has ever truly been in a service where the Holy Spirit comes and manifest Almighty God, never ever forgets that experience, never!

Once you taste of the 'real' of God you can never be satisfied with less then that.

 You search and search, looking for that church that 'gets it.' But you never can seem to find it. You leave disappointed until eventual you give up.

Satan steps in and tries his best to convince you that it was all a dream. He gets you to chalk it up to your youthful exuberance or just an emotional period of your life.

No! It was a genuine manifestation of Almighty God that you were ever so blessed to have experienced.

Years and years of Bible study can never do for you what just one simple touch of the Holy Spirit can do for you. It can change your life for the rest of your days.

The mind listening to teaching is important, but the human spirit being touched by the Holy Spirit is just as important.

John 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Worship Him in your spirit!

The mind.

Ephesians 4:23
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Philippians 2:5
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Feed your mind on the Word of God.

Ephesians 5:26
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Washing of regeneration?

In biology, an organism is said to regenerate a lost or damaged part if the part regrows so that the original function is restored.

Restoration.

Renewing of the Holy Spirit.

We need this experience that comes of the Holy Spirit.

 Therefore I desire the moving of the Holy Spirit!

And so should you.

A balance of the Word and the Spirit brings true spiritual growth.

I know of a pastor who backed off from spiritual exercise and went mainly into the Word only.

He did it so that he could reach a greater segment of society.

And guess what?

His church soon enough became very boring, a shadow of it's former glory in the Lord.

He abandoned the things that were given to the Church for it to function with Godly perfection.

Man's mind decided to D emphasize the spiritual and stick to the respectable teaching of the Word.

An imbalance.

We need the Word and we need the Spirit.

If we can learn to do this the world would see the Church in all of her God given glory.

David

"I Don't Believe In God" Atheist Minister

An ordained minister with the United Church of Canada is resisting efforts to oust her from the pulpit because she is an atheist.

“I don’t believe in … the god called God,” Gretta Vosper told the Globe and Mail. “Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share.”

She said that she believes the Bible is “mythology,” and denies that Jesus is the Son of God.

“We build a faith tradition upon it which shifted to find belief more important than how we lived,” Vosper said.

Vosper, 57, and who was ordained in 1993, first came out as an atheist in 2001.
 
 However, her congregation still supported her until 2008 when she sought to do away with the use of the Lord’s Prayer and lost approximately 100 members of her 150-member congregation.

Time To Roll Up Your Sleeves And Get To Work or Don't Quench Me

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

Quench not-the Spirit being a holy fire: "where the Spirit is, He burns" [Bengel]

To quench is to extinguish or put out a fire.


 God implies the Holy Spirit in us is as a fire and should not be dampened.


Matthew 3:11:I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Hebrews 12:29:For our God is a consuming fire.

It is interesting to note that on the day of Pentecost the apostles saw a vision of "tongues as of fire." 

 They then manifested forth the new spirit within by speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).

We have been given so much ability to exercise the power of God.


Our freedom of will determines how much of that power we will bring forth.

We have the powerful Word of God at our disposal as well as the spirit of God within us.

 People hear a lot of words spoken but rarely do they see the genuine power of God unless a believer is manifesting it.

God wants us to use it not quench it.


I Corinthians 2:4 and 5:And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

The connection in which the exhortation, "Quench not the Spirit" occurs, shows to what it refers.

 The next sentence is, "Despise not prophesying."

 It has to do with the gifts of the Spirit and their exercise in the holy liberty and power of the Spirit.

"Quench not the Spirit" would go further, and warns us against any attempt to shut out, or impose limits on the free action of the Holy Spirit in the gifts He has entrusted to the saints.

 The word quench means to suppress or stifle.

I know of a Church that started out by allowing the free movement of the Holy Spirit and ever so slowly began to quench the Holy Spirit "in order to appeal to a much greater audience."

The net result was their corporate identity took over completely and the Holy Spirit was all but silenced.

 "Quench not"--as if it were a candle flame,--a fire, which might be extinguished.
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Don’t throw cold water on someone else who is operating under the power and fire of God!
 
Do not throw water on yourself from doing the same thing by resisting the move of the Spirit and smothering it out.
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The Pharisees restrict the flow of spiritual experiences until religion becomes a purely intellectual and theological exercise, and the Spirit is quenched.

 There are many blogs and websites that stress theological and intellectual issues religiously with no true spirituality in evidence. In fact the name of Jesus Christ is rarely mentioned.

 Pharisaism was heretical in spite of its theological correctness.

The Pharisee's real problem was that they drastically overvalued the role of theology in spiritual life and made theological correctness the chief religious virtue.

(I know of weblogs where people are doing that today!)

 They had a man~given confidence in their theology.

 Their faith became intellectualized.

Their center of faith moved from the heart to the head.

 A sign of this was the way that they bombarded Jesus with theological questions.
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The Pharisee's self~evaluation was that they were on the forefront of what God was doing for Israel.
 
Jesus judgement of them was different:
Matthew 23:29-33 (King James Version)
29Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous,

30And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

31Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

32Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

33Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
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Although they believed themselves to be the protectors of orthodoxy, the Pharisees were really the opponents of the Holy Spirit.

All Pharisaism contains tragic elements of missed opportunities.

They stood in the way of the person of the Holy Spirit at work.

They are "witch hunters" who like to point out errors and win their case.
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On the other hand, well meaning workers in ministry want to help individuals from being
presumptuous.

When Christians begin to appropriate specific promises in Scripture as being applicable to themselves and nothing happens they can become very confused and disillusioned.

Yes the Holy Spirit can and does speak to individuals, and it is often through Scripture.

 But one must use discernment, is it really the voice of God or is it presumption?
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We want to encourage and to inspire others to move out in the power of the Holy Spirit while helping them to avoid presumption.

A very fine line, if we are not careful we could 'throw the baby out with the bath water.'
Which many of today's corporate churches have and are doing.

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Many people were upset with Jesus because He claimed to know the mind and heart of God, to speak directly for God, to reveal God's mind and heart towards an individual or group of individuals.

Therefore they threw Him out with the bathwater!

They missed Jesus Christ, Almighty God the Master Creator because of their resistance to what He was and what He was saying.

 They clung tightly to their orthodoxy and their drastically overvalued theology and therefore they missed Jesus for who He truly is.
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Are we upset at those who attempt to have an active faith idealism?
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Ephesians 3:20 (New King James Version)
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
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I like that, "ask or think."

What are the implications of this scripture?

 Can we have faith with a vision?

Can we think while using our minds eye to see our thoughts realized.

 Can we see ourselves ministering to others before it happens?

 Lonnie Frisbee did and look what he accomplished in his short life time.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
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God does call us to serve Him. He does give us a hope for a future.


 If you know that you know, that He has called you to a task.

And you hold that vision dear, what will be the result?
 
There will be opposition from those who hold to rigid legalistic rules with tight boundaries.

"You can't do that!

 Your a dreamer!"
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Genesis 37:5And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
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And yet Joseph was the deliverance for all of his brothers and their kin.

Do you have a vision a dream?


 Are you willing to suffer the contempt of others as you pursue your dream, your vision?

 Will you hold true to your vision and your dream through the years knowing that our God cannot lie?
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Titus 1:2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
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You know that you know, that God has planted a vision and a dream within you.

 A passion!

Circumstances matter nothing whatsoever in the light of what God has placed within you.

You know your God.

 You know what He has done and what He is capable of doing.
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Sight is a function of the eyes; vision is a function of the heart.

You don't see anything happening at all and yet you know that you know that God will perform that which He has promised.

You see what will be.
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You know what will be!
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"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
King Solomon Proverbs 29:18
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Do you have a vision?

Jesus had a vision and He knew it.

"For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth."

John 18:37
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It is important for you to know your vision.

 To know what you are meant to do.

What has God prepared you for?

Don't bury your dreams.

Don't give up on your God given vision.

 You have a reason and a purpose for your life and you know it.
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"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."
Ecclesiastes 9:10
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Your purpose is your passion.

 It gives you hope and keeps you going because you know that what God has given to you to accomplish cannot be stopped by anyone!

 You are immortal here on earth until God's will in your life has been accomplished.
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But you have to fight for it, you have to believe in it, you have to put your whole might behind it.


You have to stay in the race and see it to completion.

You have to believe in the gift or gifts that God has placed within you. "A man's gift...brings him before great men." Proverbs 18:16.
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"For this reason I remind you to fan to a flame the gift of God, which is in you." 2 Timothy 1:6

You have a human responsibility to fan to a flame your gift.

Stir up the gift of God.

 No one can activate your gift but you.

You have to do it yourself.
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You do this by reason of usage, just as a bodybuilder does with weight resistance to accomplish growth.

 Stir up your own gift and don't seek other people's gifting.

 You are created uniquely to be what you are to better to do God's will.

You are an original, not an imitator.

Be who you are and God's.
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i believe that the Lord would say to you:

 

"Today there are few, among the millions our Father has sent to the earth~world, who give themselves and their lives with total dedication to Me. 

There are many dedicated ones who say, "Take my whole life", and then proceed to live it according to their own idea of My will. 

Thank you, My workers, for wanting above all other things to work with Me for My will.
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Do nothing that is not My will. 

This is the secret of not hurrying.

 Do what is My will in My time, leaving the weight of responsibility to be carried by Me."

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As the days start growing darker and good is called evil and evil called good the Holy Spirit will empower those who have availability and are yielded to Him.


The time of the latter rain has come and those who were promised that the latter rain would be greater than the former are about to experience the explosive power of the Holy Spirit moving through them in ministering to others and displaying the power of God.

Be not intimidated.

You have seen others promoted to position while it were as if you had been left on the bench and not called forth.

Look not to the right nor to the left, keep a steadfast focus upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

Embrace the vision and the calling that He has given you so long ago.

Believe in what you have been told and shown by Christ.


For the first shall be last and the last shall be first.

Greater darkness calls for greater light!

Those who have gone on before you had light but the light will increase in these dark days ahead for those who are still here serving.

Dare to allow yourself to dream the dream to entertain the vision and the call placed upon you by the Holy Spirit like warm oil flowing down and anointing you for service.

Stark Reality will impact you as you seek to fulfill your destiny in Christ.

For God Almighty is calling for His sons and daughters to leave their caves.

To get out upon the hill and to let their light so shine that the world may know that Jesus lives!

The Holy Spirit awaits you!

He desires to move in might and power through you as you represent Christ to a broken world.

Quench not the Spirit.

Fan to a flame that which is within you.

Who is being told to take this action?

You are!

An action based upon your free will to do as such.

Don't just sit there expecting God to do it.

You do it!

What are you waiting for?

Come on start fanning, walk with God.

Monday, August 31, 2015

We seek to hear those among us who are anointed.

The Anointing


There are some who walk with an anointing from God Himself upon their lives. 


Such an anointing that others are impacted and drawn.

There is a manifested presence of the person of the Holy Spirit that lifts and encourages in such a way that has a lasting impression for having been exposed to the ones who walk in anointing.

There is something beyond anything of this earth that enlarges and fills, pushes us forward into the larger plans of Jesus Christ for our own existence and that of others in ministry and service.

Years may pass, and yet the influence and shaping of that precious anointing still lingers upon us.

Will we ever know or experience that anointing again?
Will we ever hear genuine words of relevancy for the moment from the mind and heart of Almighty God again?

Or will we just be entertained and catered to while hearing flat words of man?

 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
John 12:21

It is Jesus that we want to see and hear.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Acts 10:38

John 6:44-45 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Therefore, those who are drawn are all that do in fact come to Jesus.


 They come to Him because God has opened their heart and taught them. 
 
Colossians 1:19-20 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 


 The plan of God is grander than just people going to church and worshipping Him.

 He means to reconcile the whole created order to Himself. 

 Since Jesus says He will draw “all,” He may be referring to “all things.” 

, He may be saying that His death, and the power it has to eradicate sin, will be the fulcrum God will use to undo all the effects of evil everywhere in the universe:

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
John 12:32

Jesus has the anointing of the Holy Spirit and power from God (Acts 10:38) to draw all of us to Himself.

We are drawn to Jesus when we hear Him speak through others who have yielded their lives to Him.

They have prayed sincerely, "Dear Jesus I submit to You and I desire that you would use me as you see fitting. I desire that Your Words would be in my mouth and that every single word of the flesh would fall void to the ground and that Your Word would go forth from my mouth as I represent You before others." 

God anoints people who pray like that!

So where are the anointed of God?

The ones who truly represent Christ to the world around them with an anointing from God.

They are serving Jesus and not themselves.

O how we long for Jesus!

O how we seek after the ones who serve Him, who would speak His Words.

The anointing of God has no equal.

Sir, we would see Jesus.

John 12:21

So who do you say that I am?

“Who do you say that I am?”

Jesus Christ once asked, “Who do you say that I am?”


Have you ever thought about who your fellowship or church says Jesus is?

Have you actually explored the different iterations that come from churches.

 Have you ever given thought to who the Jesus you think you know is. What is the Jesus you hold in your mind and heart like?

My Jesus performed miracles.

Does yours?

My Jesus performed miracles in which humans were healed of diseases and physical maladies.

Two blind men were healed, a paralyzed man was cured, a leper was cleansed, a woman was healed with a long term hemorrhage of blood.

My Jesus performed miracles over nature.

 He walked on the sea and He stilled a storm. He cursed a fig tree, causing it to wither.

My Jesus performed miracles over things and objects. He fed the five thousand and He changed the water into wine. He summoned a fish with a coin in it’s mouth.

My Jesus performed miracles in which those who were dead arose. His power conquered death itself.

My Jesus expelled evil spirits and demons out of humans who were tormented or insane.

Greatest of all, my Jesus forgives sin.

He forgave a known thief on the cross, a woman taken in adultery.

 Many was the time that my Jesus healed and uttered the phrase, “Your sins are forgiven.” This is more amazing than the miracle He performed.

What was the effect on humans who saw these miracles? Were their lives changed in any way for having witnessed a miracle, even though that miracle was not performed directly on them?

What is the effect of Jesus’ miracles on us, on each of us as contemporary Christians who hear and seek to respond to his question, “Who do you say that I am?”

Some humans have a Jesus who does not perform miracles. Would Jesus still be Jesus the Christ if He had not performed any miracles? Do you still believe in miracles? Can your Jesus perform miracles today?

A miracle is not the momentary event; it is the miracle’s long range effect on humans.

Jesus performed His miracles to say something to humans about the relationship between God and God’s people.

 He performed miracles out of His love and His empathy with those who suffered. Miracles were and are part of Jesus calling and ministry.

Luke 4:18-19
18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

“Lazarus, come out.”
John 11:43

These words originally rang out in a quiet cemetery, in the midst of a small group of humans in grief over the loss of a loved one.

The words back then were directed towards a small cave, a cave from which a sealing stone had just been removed, a cave where the body of Lazarus had been placed four days earlier.

The words rang out from this Jesus, my Jesus, despite the warning from the dead man’s sister that the forces of decomposition would already be at work and that the stench from the cave would be overpowering.

The words rang out, and a figure of a man bound in grave clothes emerged from the depths of the dark cave.

It was Lazarus the man who had been dead.

He walked out of the tomb, fully alive.

Then Jesus said, “Unbind him and let him go.”

Lazarus was not the only person Jesus raised from the dead.

On at least two other occasions He had only touched those who were dead and fully restored their life.

“Lazarus, come out.”

Place your own name their and close your eyes as you hear my Jesus.

Hear His strong voice ring out your name.

 My Jesus who overcame death, calls out your name.

 He calls out to you in that darkened cave that you have been placed.

 That cave that can not hold you.

That obstacle in your life that has been holding you.

Illness, poverty, demon possession, that seem all so permanent in some ways.

All arenas that Jesus, Almighty God, is in control of.

Jesus performed amazing miracles.

Now you hear His voice saying to your circumstances, “Unbind him, let him go. Unbind her, let her go.”

God of love and mercy sets you, the captive free. Praise Him. Lift up your hands and give praise to Him. Worship Him!

You have been restored…“Who do you say that I am?” asks my Jesus.

David

Who Are You?



 "...I Am Who I Am"


Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” Exodus 3:13.

 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you! Exodus 3:14

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.." 

And Elohim said unto Moshe, Eh-heh-yeh ashair Ehheh- yeh (I AM WHO I AM); and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the Bnei Yisroel, EHHEH-YEH (I AM) hath sent me unto you.

Exodus 3:14 is one of the greatest challenges to interpretation in the Bible.

We find a Divine name for All Mighty God here. 

We see four words ehyeh asher ehyeh in the first part of Exodus 3:14 and ehyeh in the second part.

  There has been no consensus on the meaning of this verse for at least 2,300 years because the meaning of just four words therein has defied all efforts at being convincingly explained.

  God speaks words that to Moses and the Children of Israel, these words conveyed a meaning so clear and so potent as to have inspired them to undertake the legendary acts of courage and faith recounted in the Book of Exodus.


The words of Exodus 3:14 were both highly meaningful and readily comprehensible to those who first heard them.

The words indicate the way in which God should be known by name, there is every reason to believe that they would be just as meaningful for us today if only we understood them...

There is a connotation of absolute existence in the Septuagint version of this verse.

Moses is asking All Mighty God how it is that God should be known by name. God's self-designation.

We know there is a Divine name in Exodus 3:14, that this name is the Personal name of God, that it is the Hebrew word Ehyeh and that Ehyeh should be translated into English as I AM.

  I AM articulates the perfect knowledge that God has of His existence.

 The words Ehyeh asher Ehyeh are God's Self-identification to Moses they are not a name. They translate literally as "I AM asher I AM"

This is the greatest ever instance of Divine revelation to humanity at that point.

Until Jesus Christ appears on earth.

What we do know is that:

Jesus Christ is the self existent one who becomes what you need.

He is the all becoming one, He is God.

What we do know about the context of the conversation between Moses and the Master Creator is that he is sending Moses to set His people free.

Do you have needs?

 Are you trapped today?

 2 Corinthians 1:10
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again.

On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us...

Velcro to Jesus Christ.

 Cling to Him, rely upon Him, trust in Him.

 That term in Exodus 3 is also the exact term used by The Lord Jesus Christ in describing Himself in John 8:58

He will deliver you!

 Jesus was telling us that it was and is HE HIMSELF that was the one that lead the people out of Egypt.

Read what Paul says in 1 Cor. 10:1  

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 
  10:2   And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 
  10:3   And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 
  10:4   And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.  

It was and is Christ that is The I AM of The Bible.

 In  John 8:58 Jesus does apply the meaning of this Name to Himself when He says, "Before Abraham came into existence, I am", thus clearly identifying Himself as God.

"I The All Becoming One Become What You Need"

The wrong way to read your Bible

Shekinah Fellowship: The Wrong Way to Read the Bible

A Sunday afternoon at Zzyx Soda Dry Lake Mojave Desert California 1987.



In the morning five jets flew across the sky spraying something. 
 
Then they flew over in the opposite direction across the lines that they had previously sprayed.
 
 By noon they had the crystal clear sky completely overcast! 
 
I shot this picture as the sun was setting and developed the film to find this excellent photo of one of the first geoengineering photos that I ever took.

What is significant about it is it was 1987, proving that at least back then the geoengineering crews were active.

Would he get us into war if he were president?

Donald wants the oil.

He really wants the oil.

U-name It

“The Greatest Toy in the Universe” needs a name

If you’re looking for “The Greatest Toy in the Universe”, look no further. 


 The folks over at Wow! Stuff have come up with may possibly be the greatest toy in existence.

 At the moment it doesn’t have a name...
 
The greatest toy in the universe needs a name

Where Is The God Of Elijah?

Where Are the Prophets?



I’ve been wondering lately, where are the prophets? 

 
Are there any real prophets cut from the same cloth of an Elijah who confounded the evil King Ahab or a John the Baptist who called out the sins of Herod? Are there any among the fundamentally conservative or the progressively liberal wings of Christianity who are willing to break political ranks and speak truth to power?

Solutions to complex issues like war, poverty, healthcare and environmental deterioration will require greater vision than what is currently possessed by those in power and those seeking to replace them. Our nation stands in great need of the truly prophetic.

The populace of American Christianity is generally polarized along the same fault lines as the two political parties who seek to gain the blessing and endorsement of the faithful. Tepid partisan clergy ranging from conservative to liberal on the theological spectrum has generally displaced the prophetic mantle in the public forums of our time.

Much of the upper tier conservative clerics still offer their carte blanche blessings to a political party and president whose values and policies have grossly distorted the Christian image to the rest of the world. The progressive wing of Christianity offers a similar endorsement of the entire platform of the other party. Where is the prophet like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who fearlessly advocated against war and for social justice in the face of both Republican and Democratic leaders and the Church?

I have a question for those recognized as prophets by the theological left and right. Are there points on the platform of your chosen political party that falls short of mercy and justice? If so, then please show some genuine prophetic authenticity and offer divine public correction to these issues. You could help change the errant course we travel as a nation. Our national leaders on the left and right apparently possess no map and have lost their compass. They desperately need prophetic help in the realms of vision and accountability. They do not need your blanket endorsements.

Many conservative and liberal clerics alike have become nothing more than pathetic lap dogs for the two political parties and the special interests they represent. Citizens entering voting booths must make their choices based on their individual conscience, but how can true prophets publicly endorse a single political party when both are corrupt?

Shouldn’t the prophetic office serve as a watchdog of the Church and the State? Prophets point out injustice and speak uncomfortable truth to those in authority regardless of their political party or church affiliation. Their function in society is not bound solely by the parameters of religion. Their authority to rebuke and bring correction historically extends into every social dimension where justice is lacking and mercy is needed.

Where is there a clear prophetic voice rising from the American societal landscape today? Where is the group or individual who dares to expose the injustice committed in our name by our government regardless of who is in power? Why do the preachers of the left and right only rebuke those leaders of the opposite party and never their own? Where is the prophet who is bold enough to confront the harlotry of the Church as she runs recklessly into the seductive arms of corrupt and conscienceless political suitors?

It is a terrible and costly compromise when preachers and prophets offer their endorsement of any party or candidate who is not willing to work legislatively for mercy and justice on every front. It is an even greater compromise when they dare not speak needed confrontational truth to those whom they have endorsed. The fear of losing their privileged place at the trough with the other lobbyists tragically enforces their silence.

Much study and editorializing has been done regarding the influence of fundamental Christianity in the outcome of the 2002 and 2004 elections. Although conservative Christian voters seemed pivotal in the elections, their actual impact in public policy was minimal. Four years of total Republican control of the White House and Congress delivered little that represents the values and concerns of the conservative Christians who endorsed them. Two Supreme Court appointments are the only real solace for the believers who supported this president and his subservient Congress.

Much work is being done among progressive Christians to counter that electoral influence. The 2006 elections show the pendulum of political control is swinging away from Republicans and continues to favor the Democrats in 2008. Will moderate and more liberal Church leaders be willing to speak truth to power when they are the ones being allowed through the turnstiles of the White House and the Congress?

The current influence of the polarized Church is apparently no greater than any other minor special interest group finding identity and nominal representation in the political parties of today. It will always be so as long as the church world allows itself to be exploited and fragmented by the strategists of the two political parties.

A united Church could actually become a powerful purveyor of good in the realm of public policy. This could happen if the conservative and the progressive wings decided to coalesce around a broader spectrum of justice related issues. They could collectively influence both parties to design public policy more reflective of judicious mercy. Is such a thing possible?

God help us. Where are the prophets?

Gary Vance

Gary Vance is an evangelical pastor/writer living in rural Tennessee. He is the author of "Wasn't Jesus a Liberal?" and other published essays.