MAY IN THE VINEYARD & OTHER INSPIRING, EDUCATIONAL, SOUL SEARCHING ARTICLES & REPORTS FROM THE CORRIDORS OF SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MAGAZINE 2012!!!
AMONG MANY OTHERS WERE AWARDED FOR OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE PERFORAMCE IN THE VINEYARD OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD ! IN THIS SPECIAL ISSUE IS INCLUDED A PICTORIAL PAGE WITH HIGHLIGHTS EVENTS FROM DIFFERENT MINISTRYS/GROUPS /ORGANIZATIONS/CHURCHES ACROSS THE GLOBE
PENTECOST: SHARED BY EVANGELIST FAVOR LIBERTY Acts 2 King James Version (KJV) â€œ And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.â€?
The Swift Angels Are Here! : WRITTEN BY KATHIE WALTERS -ADDED BY SUSAN C. CLARK
About a month ago, I thought I was seeing things! When I looked at certain people I would see these small birds swirling above their heads â€“ they were Swifts. No one told me that, but I knew in my spirit that that is what they were. There are things I don't know about Swifts, but I do know they can fly very fast (up to 70mph and more) and fly high and never touch the ground voluntarily. They sleep on the wing, eat and drink on the wing, and even mate on the wing. They don't come to nest on the earth and almost always nest in buildings. On a side note, the most famous and oldest nesting place is the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Last count there were 88 pairs of Swifts on the wall and circling over Jerusalem. They just recently came back and they return the same day every year. Then I began to see Swift-like angels moving very quickly among people. Always Be Available and Ready to Go I am always talking about being available and ready to go. Along these lines, I tell people about the angel from New Zealand who is always in my meetings there. He came to my house and sang to me the entire song from Aladdin, "A Whole New World." The song starts out with an invitation. Aladdin says to the Princess Jasmine, "Do you trust me?" and he holds out his hand to her. He
takes her on a carpet ride and she gets a whole new perspective on everything. I hope you will take the opportunity to listen to that song.
When the angel sang that song, He said to me, "Kathie, there is a whole new world for you if you will believe it and receive it." I accepted that and thought that was easy until ten minutes later a Pastor friend of mine in Singapore texted me and asked me to "Come and help train some pastors." "No problem," I thought, as I love Singapore. I texted a reply, "I will be there." Five minutes later he texted back and said, "Oh, I'm not in Singapore. I'm in Siberia." I was a bit alarmed when I heard that and really hoped he would forget all about it. But six months later I found myself in Siberia! Siberia was very oppressive, but a Siberian angel got on the plane when it pulled into the gate and started to push myself and my friend DeAnn around the plane. He told us to "lighten up." We started to laugh hysterically. We couldn't stand up because he was pushing us around. The Siberian flight attendant came down the aisle and told us, "There is a light over you." "Oh great," we said, "it's from the church in the sky." He looked at us as we looked out of the window. "No, no," he said, "the church is in the sky not out of the window." We were drunk in the Spirit by then. When we got inside the airport, it was even more oppressive. We tried to be quiet and behave "properly" as we didn't want to get arrested. But it didn't work. The angel started pushing us around again. "Lighten up," he said, and he started laughing. My, my, we do have such religious concepts about angels, don't we? We tried to straighten up, but he kept pushing us and we started laughing and laughing. We thought the security people were going to get annoyed, but guess what? They started laughing and getting drunk in the Spirit. The man couldn't stamp my passport because he was falling off the chair. The supervisor came running out to see what all the commotion was about. He touched my back as he squeezed past me and he began to get drunk in the Spirit, too.
We couldn't speak Russian and they couldn't speak English except to say "Passport" and "Visa," but after a while they were holding their hands to their mouths and pointing.
There was an English guy standing there and I asked him if he knew what they were saying. "Yes," he said, "they are saying they can taste honey in their mouth." The Lord spoke to me and said, "Yes, and the next time someone does witness to them about Jesus, they will have a good taste in their mouth." I knew that they would have the same taste of honey and would know it was a good and pleasant thing they were hearing. Are You Ready? Well, back to the swift angels. Are you ready to go? We all say yes, but for some people it's time to say "goodbye" and for others it's time to say "hello." Doors open and close. Windows of opportunity open, but we have to take those opportunities. It's time to take off. I have a feeling there are people reading this who have taken off before but somehow got "grounded." God is the Author of taking off. He enables you to fly, but we have to respond to His invitation. See what God sees for you. He sees the whole picture...huge. It's amazing what you can do in only a week or two when the Holy Spirit is moving and the angels help you. The angels are very interested in helping you fulfill the purposes of God in your life. That's what their assignment is – YOU are their assignment.Are you ready to fly? This is a bit different from the eagle anointing – it's an anointing to move swiftly – and high – and fast. I have a good friend who says God always pushes him, but that's not true, really. God doesn't push you against your will. Sometimes our mindsets get in the way, but the heart really wants to embrace the purposes of God, so God sends angels to push us past our mindsets. A hungry heart will always push you past your mind in the end.
We only have one life to live down here, it might as well be an adventure. Better to make a few mistakes then never do anything. If you don't ever want to make a mistake, don't do anything â€“ that's simple, isn't it?
Only Be Willing - God Is the One Who Is Able A couple of years ago, some friends on the Gold Coast of Australia told me after a meeting, "We are going to take the next opportunity God gives us." So I asked, "Well, why don't you come with me to Hawaii?" "When are you going?" they enquired. "Tomorrow," I responded. They weren't on the plane with me the next day, but a couple of days later they were in Hawaii. They helped me for a few days, and on Sunday they preached. Doors opened all over the place and they stayed and ministered in Hawaii for several months. You just have to be willing and prepared to get ready swiftly. God is the One Who is able. It doesn't matter how old you are! Twenty or ninety. God is raising up an army of wild grandmas, remember. Kathie WaltersGood News Ministries Email: email@example.com
Measuring the Temple... : BY KENNETH WHITE
When the time comes for us to understand by the spirit of wisdom and ravelation from the Lord that the outer court realm of the flesh and cast away from us, our entire perception of it is altered. The environment in that entire ghost towm of the flesh and outer court becomes so inneffective and
unavailing, so empty and hollow, so worthless, irellevent and insonsequential , so lacking and desolate, and so repugnant and horrible to us that we can no longer look on it. All who have been called of the Father to sonship understand precisely what I`m talking about! It is no longer for us, for the Lord now commands us to "cast out the outer court and measure it not, for it belongs to the Gentiles(carnal fleah)." That dosen`t mean it is given to the unbelievers of the world, or to the imagined armies of a false antichrist---it means that the realm of religious externals is given to those people who abide in the outer fringes of spiritual life and know God only in the types and shadows of outward observances. These are the people who tread under foot the holy city, that is, they keep the things of God and the people of God under the feet of, or servant to, the carnal mind, natural understanding, fleshly religious ways, bringing them into bondage on the lowest level of spiritual experience. They know nothing of the glory, life, wisdom, and power of the indwelling Lord! To these, knowing about God is more important than truly knowing him! Therefore this outer court realm becomes extremely uncomfortable to the man or woman in whose walk it has been cut off....KW
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Fools : BY JEFF GODSOWN
Many times, people have tried to correct me, for my use of the word fool(s) in describing certain self proclaimed Christians, only to show their own lack of understanding of Godâ€™s Word. FOOL, n. [Heb.] 1. One who is destitute of reason, or the common powers of understanding; an idiot. Some persons are born fools, and are called natural fools; others may become fools by some injury done to the brain. 2. In common language, a person who is somewhat deficient in intellect, but not an idiot; or a person who acts absurdly; one who does not exercise his reason; one who pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom. 3. In scripture, fool is often used for a wicked or depraved person; one who acts contrary to sound wisdom in his moral deportment; one who follows his own inclinations, who prefers trifling and temporary pleasures to the service of God and eternal happiness. The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Psa 14.
4. A weak christian; a godly person who has much remaining sin and unbelief. 5. A term of indignity and reproach. 6. One who counterfeits folly; a buffoon; as a king's fool. To make a fool of, to frustrate; to defeat; to disappoint. FOOL, v.i. To trifle; to toy; to spend time in idleness, sport or mirth. FOOL, v.t. 1. To treat with contempt; to disappoint; to defeat; to frustrate; to deceive; to impose on. When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat; for fooled with hope, men favor the deceit. 1. To fool away, to spend in trifles, idleness, folly, or without advantage; as, to fool away time. 2. To spend for things of no value or use; to expend improvidently; as, to fool away money. In biblical usage, the word ‘fool’ has a wide range of meanings. Among these there is the usual variety of everyday meanings where the word applies to those who are careless, thoughtless, stupid, foolish, wicked or easily led H5036 nâbâl BDB Definition: 1) foolish, senseless, fool
It behooves one who is not a fool in their thinking, to examine the full spectrum of the meaning of this word, fool, you could be fooling yourself, and if truth be known, none of us want that, hopefully. He called them fools Yes, even Jesus Himself called them fools, so why would we consider it a sin to expose foolish men and foolish things, even to pronouncing them, according to scripture, as fools? Mat 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. By the description of the word fool, anyone who makes a willful choice to not seek God, to not be fully obedient to His Word, to not seek God’s truth of God’s Word, plain and simple, God calls the fools. Amazingly enough though, God is a God of so many more chances than we can give or fully imagine, we have till death do us part, to change all that. Many have had a problem with me constantly, consistently going after leadership for the false teachings, I wish to remind you that David, as a shepherd, defended the flock against the wolves, and was raised to be a king. We are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation, but how can one reconcile another in the darkness of deceit, unless the deceit is exposed to the light of the truth of God’s Word? I wish to remind all of you, we are called to; Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Telling the truth, holding to the truth, not backing down, neither compromising, holding one’s ground, takes a measure of violence, and not all violence requires the shedding of blood.
Sometimes violence comes in the form of a slap, by truth, the slap is the wake up call, the truth is the hammer that breaks wrongful barriers, but only to and for those who have ears to hear it. So now a new question arises; are you walking in God’s truth, are you willing to submit to God’s truth, are you wanting to hear God’s truth, or are you just a fool? He called them fools So when all is said and done, what will He call you? For those of you who receive or will receive this message, and allow God to have His perfect work in you, God bless you. For those of you who wish to be and remain offended, well, we’ll just keep praying for you, we who love God, also love you as well and want the best for you He called them fools, what does He call you?
A SPIRITUAL ARREST WARRANT!!!! BY APOSTLE JESSIE STRIGGLES
This may be a little deep for some - if it has NEVER happen to you!!!! When God sends a Spiritual Arrest Warrant for you - you can do nothing in your own power. You can't talk, you can't move - all you can do is listen as He talks. When He is finished talking to you - then He will release you. When He releases you - you will obey as He has told you while you were under arrest. You can be ANYWHERE - even in a rain storm. People passing by you wondering why in the world would that person be just standing in a rain storm getting soaking wet with her bags on the ground. SHE IS UNDER ARREST!!!
SOMETIMES PEOPLE GO OUT IN THE SPIRIT & SOMETIMES THERE IS A WORD THAT MUST COME FORWARD. U FEEL LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO FAINT OR PAST OUT - BUT GOD GIVES U A WORD "SUSTAIN" - O M G!!!!
Some of you fight with your cheating mates - when all you have to do is send a spiritual arrest warrant for them as they head out the door. DON'T ARGUE!!!! U know they are lying when they tell you where they are going you know exactly where they are going. U just say OK HONEY!!!! hmmm!!! THAT SPIRITUAL ARREST WARRANT WILL STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS & THEY WILL COME BACK HOME & TELL YOU THEY CHANGED THEIR MIND. HA HA HA!!! THEY RATHER BE HOME WITH YOU & GUESS WHAT THEY MEAN IT; BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT JUST HAPPEN. THEY WERE UNDER SPIRITUAL ARREST!!!! U GOT THE POWER IN THE SPIRIT; NOT IN THE CARNAL. In the carnal when the police arrest you - you can talk & even fight; but not so WHEN U ARE UNDER A SPIRITUAL ARREST WARRANT!!!! WALKING IN KINGDOM AUTHORITY!!!! GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT I HAVE!!!! from the desk of AJS
Flourishing During Days of Darkness ~ WRITTEN BY KATHIE WALTERS
-ADDED BY SUSAN C. CLARK My book, Thrones of the Soul, is presently receiving much attention and emphasis. This is fulfilling a prophetic word given to me by Bob Jones when it was first published. When I handed Bob his copy of Thrones, his immediate response was a prophecy. He said, "This book will be more relevant 10 years from now than it is today." At the moment that didn't seem to be a very favorable prophecy. However, it is now being fulfilled. It has been just over 10 years and the truth of this book is more relevant today than when it was first published. The purpose of Thrones is to hopefully quicken desire and vision for the endtime mandates and cooperate with the Holy Spirit in our preparation. This is perhaps the most important generation in human history, and comparable in importance with the day of the Lord's death and resurrection. These are both sobering and exciting times requiring our full attention and sincere responses. Vessels of Honor But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 The end-time scenario is taking shape and the players are starting to take their position in the dramatic unfolding of events prophetically observed by prophets throughout history. Hunger and desire to become vessels of honor is being imparted to those given the opportunity to participate.
It is our prayer that each person will respond with favor and give the Holy Spirit permission to fully clothe them with Himself, making us the instruments of His warfare and useful to the Master for every good work. The Scriptures clearly outline, directly and through types and shadows, the consecration and sanctification necessary to become vessels in whom the Lord will find His rest and through whom He will do His greater works. From among the various redemptive names illustrated in the Old Testament, Jehovah Shammah â€“ the Lord Who is Present, is the one with highlighted emphasis for this hour. When the promise of this redemptive name is realized, the Lord is fully present bringing with Him all of the other redemptive attributes inherent in His nature. The Lord is our â€“ Provider, Healer, Banner, Sanctifier, Peace, Shepherd, Righteousness, Recompense, Defense as the Lord who smites, and the Lord of Hosts orchestrating the armies of God providing a canopy of protection around those who are His sons and daughters. All of His attributes will be on display in amplified form during our watch. An Open Door Invitation There is a flourishing sense of anticipation and purpose concerning the days in which we are living. The marked increase in the intensity and focus within many Christians relates to the birthing of Kingdom purposes in our nation and throughout the earth. Some individuals are experiencing measures of increase in anointing and various expressions of outpouring to quicken and prepare us for the next wave of the Spirit. I was recently allowed by the Spirit to witness some individuals being taken "behind the veil" and shown great and mighty things that have been reserved for the end-time. After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in Heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things."Revelation 4:1
The objective and commission given these individuals is to understand spiritually the mysteries associated with these great truths and convey them to the Body of Christ. That is the hopeful aspiration of this book; to awaken God's people to their destiny and create desire to be groomed for their purpose. We prophetically decree that it is now time to begin to fulfill Revelation 4:1 and Jeremiah 33:3; as many saints call upon Him that He will begin to show great and awesome things which we presently do not know. The truths associated with this reality are quite significant and provide keys that unlock prominent mysteries of Heaven's Kingdom. Many individuals allowed this experience must go through the preparation and refining described in this book and essential for this weighty responsibility. It is difficult to adequately express the importance of being clothed with the garment of humility in the execution of this commission and the sharing of great mysteries imparted in this hour. His Banner of Love As the experience continued, the Holy Spirit revealed how the sharing of Kingdom Truths with the Body of Christ was likened to the preparation of a great banqueting table being set for the Lord and His Bride. Seemingly, the "implements and banners" that were being revealed to this group somehow were utilized in the adornment of the banqueting table, particularly around the area that was clearly recognized as the "seat of honor." Naturally, these things are shown in symbolic form to illustrate truth that will help us in the hour in which we are living and the responsibility being delegated to us by the Holy Spirit. One of the banners emphasized depicted a picture of the High Priest in all of his adornment with the breast plate, golden miter and other garments. When the banner was displayed, a voice spoke with clarity and determined purpose and stated "My banner over you is Love."
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. In his shade I took great delight and sat down, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He has brought me to his banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. Song of Solomon 2:3-4 There will be many who will be allowed to go behind the veil, to obtain and experience expressions of His Divine love that will transcend anything that we presently know. It will be a greater comprehension of His love and heavenly design for us and also a fulfillment of John 17:26; that we may love Him with the love wherewith the Father did love Him. His love for us will supply the essential spiritual provisions necessary to see us through to our promises. This central truth is an emphasis of the Holy Spirit pointing us to a form of genuine unity with Him that will also birth in us brotherly love and fraternal affection. Jealousy and selfish ambition have no place in the joining of individuals and ministries for the purpose of pursuing a higher mandate and greater fruitfulness during the end-time generation. Throughout the Church there is an aligning of people and ministries that will produce a much higher anointing and authority in the realm of the Spirit. Light in Darkness One need only look at the evening news to discern the hour in which we are living clearly points to the many Biblical prophecies foretelling and describing a day of profound significance. Just as the Bible describes, all things are being shaken so that those things which remain can stand under the scrutiny and pressure of the harvest generation. The prophet Zechariah foretells a unique day which is known only to the Lord and is neither day nor night; a day in which light and darkness become apparent at the same time. It is a significant day in which individuals will become the light of the world displaying the bright and virtuous attributes of God Himself. And it will come about in that day that there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle.
For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. Zechariah 14:6-7 This day is so remarkable that only the Holy Spirit can make ready a company of people to meet the challenges and spiritual demands of this hour. As it is written, "at evening time it shall be light." This is the "evening time" of human history and the light of God is about to shine. Many of the events that have taken place throughout history have provided a rehearsal for the confrontation between light and darkness as the Holy Spirit orchestrates the training of His army. Likewise, our adversary is also providing polluted authority to those who have set themselves in opposition to the Lord Jesus and His end time mandates. A Threefold Mandate Clearly, there are many purposes for which we are being equipped and prepared. However, three notable divine mandates begin to emerge as our primary focus. Our highest purpose and the one instrumental in allowing us to achieve all others purposes and mandates, is to know God as personally and intimately as He may be known. There is an open door and a call to come up higher to a place of fellowship and exchange with the Creator and establish friendship with God. From that place of communion we begin to receive the unveiling of His nature and attributes as not merely intellectual perceptions but the revelation and comprehension of His Person. It was Isaiah's great privilege to see Heaven's design before the throne of God; there Seraphim spoke one to another declaring "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts." They were allowed to see with their eyes demonstrations of His majesty and authority and give expression to it. Their words began to fill the temple with smoke and Glory by witnessing with their eyes and expressing with their lips the revelation of God sitting upon His throne in absolute and perfect supremacy and sovereignty.
As the Seraphim gave Glory to Him and He received the Glory due Him, more of his Divine attributes began to be revealed causing an even greater expression of praise and Glory. This Kingdom exchange and heavenly design continued filling the atmosphere with the Glory and illumination of God until the entire temple was saturated with the appearance and revelation of His Glory. That is the fashion of Heaven that is to be transferred to the earth; our second end-time mandate to create an atmosphere on the earth that is consistent with His nature and character in which He can dwell. If we can fulfill this mandate, all the other purposes and desires for which we long will naturally be established and achieved by His Presence and anointing resting in us. We must likewise become the instruments that create a similar atmosphere on earth so He can tabernacle in us and accomplish all that He has foretold for this generation. The third mandate for winning the lost and healing the sick will inherently take place because of the evidence of God's Glory resting on the Lord's friends experiencing close encounters with Him. We are given the incredible opportunity in this generation to function under the principles of the Kingdom of Heaven and experience intimacy with God and demonstrate the powers of the age to come. Paul Keith and Wanda DavisWhiteDove MinistriesEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apostle Alain Mutamba: “The people cannot prosper in following blind guides”! ADDED BY CLAIRE LISE
Le Potentiel, Kinshasa, RDC – www.lepotentiel.cd May 9, 2012 by ntambwe During an unstructured interview, Alain (DJA) Mutamba, in the capacity of apostle, has highlighted the role of spirituality in the life of mankind. From his viewpoint, a people cannot prosper in following blind guides, because they walk in darkness. Here is the full interview. Can an honest and sincere spirituality change the order on the social, political, economical, cultural, intellectual and technological levels? The "honest and sincere” character of the spirituality of a person is not sufficient to change the order, because he can be "blind, ignorant” all the while being "honest and sincere”. One can sincerely and honestly suffer from blindness. On this matter, Jesus said: "You have eyes to see yet you do not see” and the Apostle Paul to add: "Awake you that sleep, arise from the dead and Christ shall give you light!”
I advocate an enlightened spirituality through the teachings of Christ, which consequently bring believers to a maturity that will influence society and shine in the world. Don’t you think that if spirituality is not sincere, honest, it could easily lead the sheep toward a delusion or a disaster? As I said before, sincerity and honesty are not enough. Even as Jesus said: "You do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” And to add: "Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind!” People cannot prosper in following blind leaders! People fall because they walk in darkness. Is the objective behind spirituality to instruct man who would have eventually lost something? The spirituality which is mine has for objective to manifest God’s divine nature in man. The Apostle Paul said: "The creation awaits the manifestation of the sons of God”. The objective is not to keep the listener a slave, but rather a free person conscious of his or her divine identity. Doesn’t Jesus say: "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”? The teachings of Christ have for objective to free man by giving him back the wisdom he once had, the glory of God he once had. Here spring forth the miracles He did, such as the recovering of sight to the blind, the restoration of hearing to the deaf. The course of life of an individual, his development, is always related to his social organization. If such is the case, does spirituality also have for objective to organize the social issues of a person or that of the community? It is written as we think so are we. The acts we do reflect our thoughts, we embody the instruction and the word we listen to by our actions. In this, whatever our spirituality might be, it will influence positively or negatively our surroundings. Jesus said that His disciples are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. A darker example of the impact of spirituality on the social environment is the application of the precepts of jihad through terrorism, etc.
While browsing your book, you write that there are categories of judges. Are those judges ruling on the spiritual or physical level? Do they judge people’s actions and their behaviour? The judges I refer to in the book are the "sons of God”, son, being here in the sense of "uihos” the mature son. Not everyone can have access to it because all have not become "sons” and are still children. There is a necessity to transmit the instruction of the secret, so the childish things die and the mature son is revealed; herein lays the hidden meaning of Isaac’s binding by his father Abraham. A society is formed of both small and great. What makes the difference is the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom. This is the reason Jesus could say to the disciples: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. A closer example outside of the Bible is that of the Songye society which is formed of "initiated ones” called "Muntu wa Kishima”, while those ignorant of the secret knowledge are called "Kapungulu”. You give an example of the Songhe people with the "Muntu wa kishima” which is translated in swahili as "Mutu wa eshima” meaning a man to whom respect is due. Are the judges to be placed in this class of men? Indeed, this "muntu wa kishima” was designated with the title of "mukalenga”, an honouring status which would distinguish the one who had undergone trials connected to the secret teaching "bukishi”. Now, to come back to the Bible, the Apostle Paul will say: "From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus”, and also "If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him”. At the end of the cross, there is a crown which will distinguish us in the eyes of the whole creation, as it is written: "This is my beloved Son: hear him”! The Son is worthy of honour because of the sufferings connected to his initiation! In the mystery of Christ, we are "mukalenga” because of the marks of Christ. Something worthy of note is that within the word "mukalenga” is hidden "mukale ngye” which means that which is superior to the leopard. However, biblically the leopard is noted for its spots. This is a mystery concealed; in Hebrew, the leopard is "ha namer” which numerical value of 52 is also that of "ben” the son, as well as
"Mashiach” the Christ, the anointed one. And its spots are called "chabarburah” which word conceals within "son of stripes”. The leopard is symbolic of the Son worthy of reigning, because of the wounds he received during his instruction, comparable to Christ when He is presented by Pilate who declares: Here is the man, or when He shows His wounds to Thomas! First of all, the Son of God had to be schooled in the secrets, the mysteries, for through this He was wounded for our ignorance and the healing is caused by His stripes. Do you not realise that no one embodies these values in Congo-Kinshasa? There is indeed a great need in Congo, to mention only this country, though we are not the only one in this circumstance. Joseph became Pharaoh’s Father. In fact, he became the originator, Pharaoh’s instructor with regard to the "sod”, the secret. This is the apostles and prophets of Christ’s true characteristic; they are the Guardians of the mysteries of Christ Who is the Mystery, the secret of God in Whom are hidden all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom. The king lives by the secret: he draws his strength from it! My mission is to spread the knowledge of the mean by which the secret instruction of Christ will be shed within us! Without this, the flock will be without strength, scattered and abandoned to the mercy of predators fearing neither God nor man, who will destroy our society in what it holds dear. The leaders of a people are raised to be their protectors! What about those judges you speak of? The judges are the sons which go about the Father’s business. Further, the Father’s house is called a house of prayers for all nations so that the Father’s Son looks after prayers, the answer to the prayers, since the Father judges no man but has committed all judgment to the Son. Do you mean to say that the time of prayer is likened to a debate between the one who prays and those who listen to it? When you pray, you are in the most solemn moment of your life, because you enter in contact or you connect with your Creator.
However, be aware that He has a whole administration serving Him. The Ethiopian eunuch went on a long journey to worship God in the temple in Jerusalem, but this God Who witnessed his journey sent him Philip to answer his prayer. The Roman centurion Cornelius was praying, but the concrete answer came through the Apostle Peter. Do not close yourself up, watch and observe your environment, there might very well be a judge close by and finally the heavens may truly be open over you! THE MYSTERIES OF PRAYER (pictured, french version) is available in English and Spanish
WORK GLORY!!!! BY JOSEPH SAMUEL KING
Precious and I love to work glory; we love to share the glory of CHRIST. Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Did you know that every being was created to work for the LORD ALMIGHTY; every work was ordained for HIS glory? Have you ever considered that you were made to work for GOD; to do HIS bidding?
Work, my dear, was never intended to be a vain effort restricted to human passions and dictated by mortal considerations. Indeed, every man must work; every being that GOD created was fashioned to work, to profit HIS pleasure, to give HIM glory. That there exist people opposed to any form of work is a tragic development of our times; and that there exist governments that actually seek to assist these people stay this way is profoundly lamentable. To deny anyone work is to deny them an inherent human right and duty; furthermore, it is to insult them and the GOD who made every being for HIS profit. Make no mistakes about it: Everyone will stand before GOD to account for their time; everyone will be required to demonstrate before GOD what they did for HIS glory; indeed, every work shall be tested by the refining fore of the MOST HIGH: 1Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 1Corinthians 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 1Corinthians 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Just to buttress the fundamental role of work, consider that when GOD created everything HE actually had an assignment for it. The sun was made to give light in the day, the moon to give light in the night; everything had a ‘something to do’ that justified GOD’s creation of it. Nothing GOD made was intended to be idle and unprofitable; everything HE made was good not just because it looked good but because HE saw its reason, it’s potential, HE appreciated the work that it would do (Genesis 1).
Now when it came to man, he was found to be very good (Genesis 1:31); and that appreciation begs a serious question. Why did GOD find man to be very good? Was it because of what man looked like? What made man the crown of the creation story? Beloved, there are two basic reasons that underpin GOD’s delight in man, namely- that man was indeed created in GOD’s image and likeness; in HIS substance. What that means is that when GOD created man, male and female, HE actually reproduced HIMSELF; man, so to say, is in his most perfect self a replica of the sovereign divinity that is the MOST HIGH GOD. And that is very good in by itself. That we are made to be like GOD is a wonder that ought to marvel our attention and inspire our dreams beyond the wildest reach in mortal ponder. We are blessed beyond wonder to be graced with the privilege of being made like GOD. The second reason why this omnipotent privilege is indeed very good has to do with the potential GOD saw in it. Beloved, when GOD made a creature that is HIS replica, HE made unlimited potential. Indeed, this is the basic reason that made HIM assign man the lofty responsibility of being the CEO of the earth and all his creation therein; man was created to work and furthermore than that, he was created to work above all other beings, to do greater works than all other works, to superintend GOD’s creation. This is what moved David to praise GOD, marveling at this privilege when he marvels: Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Psalm 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
That marvel should be captured in the soul of every man, every woman, and every child. You were not only created as GODâ€™s finest work but you were also created to be above all of GODâ€™s works; meaning that you are responsible over the sun, the moon, the vegetation, the fauna (animals), the seas, the fish, over everything. Beloved, you are a boss in your own right, by virtue of being a man GOD has assigned you the responsibility to rule over all. Now this is awesome responsibility. What is so unfortunate is that most men have little or no impression of this glorious privilege. Because of sin and the subsequent fall of man, many men live without any sense of serious responsibility. Few, among those who have been redeemed by the blood of the LAMB which reconciled us with GOD again have yet perceived this essential privilege that we have as men. It is so sad to find idle Christians that are unwilling to work, unwilling to assume any responsibility, or even many who are responsible at the basic minimum completely unaware of the grand privilege GOD has afforded us to be superior to all HIS works. To be sure, GOD abhors laziness and there are enough scriptures in the word of GOD that support this view. But what is essential for many believers is to understand that GOD will actually judge us according to what we do, whether good or bad. Indeed, the tree that does not bear fruit is cut off and cast into the fire (Matthew 7:19); meaning, those that are lazy and insolent are no good to GOD and HE will reject them with the impunity they deserve. Watch this: Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: Matthew 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Matthew 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Matthew 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. Matthew 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Beloved, do not just sit there wondering what GOD can give you; if you smelt the coffee, you would know that HE has already given you a whole lot. One of the greatest things that GOD has already given you is your assignment. Have you perceived it yet? While you cry for HIS favor and provision, has it occurred to you that HE has given you something and that when you perceive it and work it, it will provide for you all things that you need? I believe that I am talking to someone here that it becoming increasingly perceptive of the infinite greatness that stirs in them; someone that the HOLY SPIRIT has been urging, prodding, moving, from ordinary and mundane tasks to venture richer, greater, better into their fullest potential. This may not be everybody but it certainly is intended to reach some special individuals that are determined to maximize their potential; men and women that are conscious that they are set on a hill and should not be hidden. Yes, to this lot I am sent today to provoke your greatness, your gifts, your vision, your assignment. GOD has called you to work wonders in your generation. That is why you are different from everybody else; everybody else is content at doing nothing or those things that make no serious difference but you cannot be comfortable doing things just because people do them.
You are uncomfortable being idle, resigning to fate when you have greatness urging you in your innermost parts. To you I have been sent with this word loaded with divine power: I have been sent to declare your day, your season, your time to ARISE AND SHINE!!! Yes, the glory of GOD is risen and is shining on you (Isaiah 60:1). That dream you have had to do great and lofty things is not a lie from the devil; that vision you have written down that has ostracized you from your peers who think you are queer is GOD programming your steps into the glorious assignment HE cut out for you. Go in that course, take a step; even it were a small one, a baby one, a single move; take it and see GOD unfold graces to you that will lift you from one level of glory to another. You are GODâ€™s masterpiece, created to function just as gloriously as HE does. Like HE does signs and wonders, so were you created to perform wonders. Watch this: Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. That is your assignment right there. If you count yourself among the sons of GOD, then manifest in glory, demonstrate wonders. Refuse to settle for mediocrity when incredibility beckons at you. You were wired to be the best, to aspire for excellence, to excel beyond wonder. That is your destiny, your manifest purpose, your call in CHRIST. Precious and I are in this business of the kingdom of heaven because we sense that greatness. When we reach out to the nations, we reach out in faith believing that we shall indeed bring them all into subjection to CHRIST JESUS. That is why we work day and night and work the way we do. Indeed, THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD CAMPAIGN that we are heading in which we seek to give away, at no cost 3 Million books across seven nations, with the hope of winning 25 Million souls over the next five months is one such strategy that defines our assignment.
We refuse to think small; we refuse to be idle and work nothing; we refuse to work for ourselves when we have the gift, the grace, and the glory in us to work for the glory of GOD at the profit of all nations. I hope this message has reached to you and helped you discover your potential, your divine assignment. I also encourage you to partner with THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD CAMPAIGN because I believe that this effort is profoundly and radically divine; partnering with it will release amazing graces to you that should enable you to locate your own great assignment in this day. Listen up: We are in the last days and the people that know their GOD should do exploits, great works. This campaign is a great work but so are you. Your partnership with us will keep us praying for you to engage your gift so that like CHRIST who finished HIS assignment and is now rested at the right had of the FATHER, so shall you finish what GOD has programmed in you. Donâ€™t just sit there and do nothing: RISE, SHAKE OFF THE DUST OF MEDIOCRITY, AND WORK THAT WORK THAT JESUS GAVE YOU.
ALWAYS SERVING Joseph King A Minister of the Cross And Voice of the Blood www.josephkingbooks.com www.thecrossandtheblood.org THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD CAMPAIGN (Community Fan Page) THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD CAMPAIGN (Group) Follow us on Twitter @ Cross_and_Blood THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD CAMPAIGN IS A WORK OF GLORY. CONNECTING WITH IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT YOUR WORK WITH GLORY.
OCCUPY ! BY MARGARET MULLINGS
May you be not only blessed as you read but also challenged to Occupy every area in your life ! DEFINITION OF OCCUPY: To take, or have possession of, to reside in, to take or return possession of by military force; to fill a position; to keep (one's mind) busy; to keep employed. From The New Webster's dictionary. Yahweh, the God who redeems has given you all good things and land. Yet for whatever reason, you do not occupy it. Even in your home, there are rooms you do not occupy; and have a good reason. The word occupy is resounding from the book of Luke 19 where Jesus is speaking a parable. Here we go from verse (12) " Therefore He said. " A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. " (13) " So He called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them. Do business till I come. " Pause there for a moment. Take a deep breath in. Now breathe out !
Read verse thirteen again. Yes. Indeed Yahweh has chosen you to do a specific work, in other words. He has employed you and I to do kingdom business here on the earth; but you have been experiencing great opposition, and deadly assaults on every side. You have allowed yourself to be derailed and you do not occupy that which Yahweh has mandated you to do. I just stopped by to encourage you to make a decision to rise up and occupy ! The question you may ask is. How do I occupy ? You will find the answer in these two verses of Luke 19. (21) " For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow. " Be it known to you this day, that fear is a number one factor for not being able to occupy. Dig a little deeper and you will discover it could have been just one single act of disobedience which caused fear to enter your life. (22) " And he said to him. Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant.
You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. " Fear and disobedience will cause you to make the wrong decisions. Read what happens next in verse (23) " Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my command I might have collected it with interest. ? " Pause for a moment and calmly think about this. It is time for you (me too) to rise up in prayer ! Return to the ground in your life that you do not occupy. Get on your knees and ask Abba Father to forgive you for that one act in fact it could be many. Yet He will forgive you ! Immediately fear will flee away. This is urgent do it even now. For like in this parable, the nobleman went into a far country and definitely he returned. Jesus Christ Himself has gone away to His heavenly Father; and He will soon return ! You (me too) will have to give an account of your stewardship Quickly ! Rise up and occupy every room in your house so that there would be no schism. Every area will then flow in harmony with each other. Understand this.
You will still experience fierce opposition but each assault will be boomeranged back into the kingdom of darkness. Occupy persistently and consistently . You will see the enemy flee seven different ways. I hear the word resounding. Can you hear it ? Isaiah 5919. " When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. " Do you not know ? The gifts which have been given to you to you are to edify the Body of Christ; and not for your personal gain ?
Rise up in prayer and the flow of the river of Yahweh will saturate your life without measure . Occupy I tell you, and you will hear Jesus say to you as the servant heard the nobleman say to him in verse seventeen of the fore mentioned chapter (17) " And he said to him, ' Well done, good servant, because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities." Leave no room for Satan and his demons. Occupy until the return of Jesus Christ ! Be encouraged, and may the Logos word become the rehema word in your life; empowering you take back all the ground Satan has stolen from you. Occupy this day !
A study about women in ministry ~BY SUSAN C. CLARK
Let's examine these verses for the true interpretation. "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law" (1 Corinthians 14:34). "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence" (1 Timothy 2:11-12). In these verses, Paul cannot be addressing women who were in the ministry, but rather those in the congregation who were out of order. How do we know this? We have many such proofs, many from Paul himself. Here is a partial list of women who were all in influential positions of leadership in the early church. Pheobe (Romans 16:1-2): This woman was a deaconess of the church in Cenchrea, who was beloved of Paul and many other Christians for the help she gave to them. She filled an important position of leadership. It would be a difficult stretch of the imagination to say that this woman fulfilled her duties without ever speaking in the church!
Priscilla (Acts 18:26): Priscilla and her husband Aquila are often mentioned with great respect by Paul. Together they were pastors of a church in Ephesus, and were responsible for teaching the full gospel to Apollos. We are informed that they both taught Apollos, and pastored the church together. In fact, Priscilla is sometimes listed ahead of Aquila when their names come up. This has led some to speculate that of the two, she was the primary teacher and her husband oversaw the ministry. At any rate, we see here a woman in a very prominent position of teaching and pastoring. (Other references to Priscilla and Aquila are Acts 18:2, 18; Romans 16:3, and I Corinthians 16:19). Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3): Here we see reference to two women who were "true yokefellow" and who labored with Paul in the advancement of the gospel. Junia (Romans 16:7): In this verse we see Paul sending greetings to Andronicus and Junia, his "fellow-prisoners" who are of note among the apostles. Junia is a woman's name. In some modern translations, an "s" has been added (Junias) because the translators were so sure a woman could not be an apostle, that they assumed a copyist has accidentally dropped the "s." However the proper male ending would have been "ius," not "ias." No church commentator earlier than the Middle Ages questioned that Junia was both a woman and an apostle. Though there were other women throughout the Bible in positions of leadership, such as prophetesses, evangelists, judges, leaders, etc., the above references should be enough to establish that women were indeed a vital and normal part of church leadership. Paul expected women to speak in the church, or else why would he have given the following directive? It would have been useless to give directions for women who were speaking in the church, if they were never allowed to do so. 1 Corinthians 11:5, "But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven."
Furthermore, if Paul believed that all women should never teach or speak in church, why does he commend many women who did just that? With all this in mind, what then do we make of the troubling verses that command women to be silent in the churches? First of all, we must interpret those verses in light of what we have just established--that there were women in leadership positions of the church. Obviously, Paul is not writing to them. He is must be addressing another issue entirely--the women who were loud and unruly during the service, causing disorder and confusion.. When he wrote the Corinthians, he was dealing with a church that was very disorderly in their services. Much of the letter was spent correcting excesses and abuses. Some of these pertained to women in particular and some were to the entire church. Paul is not being prejudiced against women when he instructs the Corinthian women to keep silence. In the early church the seating arrangement was quite different from our modern day churches. Men were seated on one side of the church while the women and children were seated on the opposite side. This is still practiced in many cultures today. The women of Christ's day were generally uneducated and usually only the men were privileged with an education. Due to this situation, when the church met the women were tempted to shout across the room and ask their husbands the meaning of whatever was being taught. This disturbed the service. Paul was simply saying during the service, "Women, keep your children quiet and you be quiet, and if you have anything to ask your husbands, wait until you get home." Because of the new equality that Christianity brought to women, it could be that some of them were taking their freedom too far, to the point of being obnoxious. When Paul wrote to Timothy, he gave him a similar directive. Again, it is important to understand the context in which the letter was written. In I Timothy, a careful reader becomes aware that many severe heresies and false teachings that were being dealt with. We can draw a conclusion here that many of the proponents and victims of the false teachings were women. Timothy pastored in Ephesus, and it has been suggested that goddess worship might have played a large part in Paul dealing so severely with the women.
Ephesus was a primary center of the worship of Diana or Artemis. The heresies being taught might have suggested that women were authoritative over men and had higher access to spiritual knowledge than men did. Regardless of the particulars, in both cases we can see that Paul is dealing with specific incidents in specific churches for very particular reasons. We must understand that many of Paul's epistles dealt with local problems and his commandments are not meant to be taken as "commandments" across the board for all situations. Rather, we are to seek the Lord for the basic principal that needs to be incorporated in our churches. Because of Old Testament precedents that had already been set, apparently it never occurred to Paul to re-establish the case for women in ministry. Why would he need to? The early church took it as a matter of course that Jesus would call and ordain anyone He chose--and that settled it! As a matter of fact, the Bible mentions a prophetess who was in the Temple when Jesus was brought there as a baby. Her name was Anna (Luke 2:25-35), and she was one of two people who recognized Jesus as the Messiah because of her sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Paul's writings are sometimes misunderstood today because we do not know all the details that led him to write as he did. We must rely on the Holy Spirit, and the rest of the testimony of Scripture to interpret how we are to apply these things to our everyday lives. Scripture should always be compared with other Scripture and the context taken into consideration. Even in Paul's day, there were those who tried to twist the meaning his words. "...His (Paul's) letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do other Scriptures, to their own destruction" ( 2 Peter 3:16). It is a fair conclusion that the testimony of the bulk of Scripture, church history and God's anointing upon them, all speak plainly for women being able to fulfill all positions of the five-fold offices of apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist and teacher.
MINISTERING TODAY It has always been a strange doctrine that will allow women to go to foreign mission fields and teach heathen men, but will not allow the "heathen" men at home to be taught by the same women! It makes absolutely no sense to think that a female who is learned in the Scriptures cannot teach a male who is unlearned. Additionally, it is acceptable for many women to teach Sunday School to children, and for mothers to teach their sons. Where do we draw the line and say to the women that can no longer teach a male once they reach a certain age? This may seem like a ridiculous scenario, yet there are those in the church who teach along these lines. Those that are dogmatic in excluding women from the ministries of God usually are not walking in the Spirit, as they see women after the flesh (viewing her sex), not after the Spirit (seeing her heart and calling). The Lord admonishes us in His Word that we are not to look at one another with regard to our sex, race, class or culture, but rather we are to see one another through spiritual eyes. "Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:16-20). God wants to use any person who will yield to His Spirit, regardless of that person's sex or capabilities. Those who are a new creature in Christ have His capabilities.
Our problem is that we must see there are rules for the fleshly, or earthly man, and there are rules for the spiritual man. Then, we must discern when to apply the appropriate Scripture. We are admonished in 2 Timothy 2:15 to "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY The Lord gave the church gifts of His choosing in the form of men and women who would lead the church into perfection (Ephesians 4:8-12). It is the Lord who calls men and women to His ministry. He does not call special people, but the call goes out to "whosoever will." First, we are called to salvation; then as we walk in obedience to Him, He calls for us to be baptized in His Holy Spirit. As we continue to obey and follow Him, He then may choose us to serve Him in a full-time ministry. He chooses people for the ministry out of those who have walked in obedience to His other calls. He desires that all follow, but can only choose those who are obedient. These men and women who have answered the call are set in the ministry by Jesus Himself. Man's ordination does not qualify them, but the ordination of God does. Men will recognize those who are truly called by Him. They will even recognize women who are called of God as God empowers them with His anointing and power which cannot be denied. Acts 2:17-21, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
The Traducer: BY KENNETH WHITE
Adam and Eve had an experience with Satan which we will call `devilation`.The serpant is a type of the devil, as we know, and it was that twisted spirit by which the woman was inspired that opened her eyes to see the fruit was pleasant to look upon. We also know the Greek word from which devil was translated is `diabolis`, and Strong`s Concordance defines the word as being a "traducer". Traduce is not commonly used these days, but it does tell us something about the inspiring, serpentine spirit. It simply means: to transfer from one order of reasoning to another order of reasoning. Therefore, in referenceto spiritual matters, the traducer (the devil)twists and transfers the word of God in such a manner that the natural mind can understand it. The traducer lowers spiritual revelation to the natural playing field of mans understanding, and it opens men`s eyes to see themselves rather than He who is from above, Jesus Christ. The spirit which inspires the carnal mind is the traducer which has no truth, and the spirit which inspires the spiritual mind is the Holy Spirit which is Truth. Either can open one`s eyes to see. Either can bring a person to revelations beyond the scope of common vision. The old one is causing people to rise up in pride of knowing themselves. The new one is also causing people to know themselves; but it is first to know Him and then with humble thanksgiving to know who we are in him. Which inspiration is opening our eyes? Is it when Adam and Eve had the first communion with the serpant that is taking stolen fruit and causes us to know ourselves, or is it receiving the Last Communion which opens our eyes to see
Jesus Christ? Hopefully, it is when we commune with the Lord from within us, and not the traducing influence of the serpant---KW (some material is from Elwin Roach and His Pathfinder Series)...
Kenneth And A Ukrainian Army Veteran in Ukraine 2009
DO WE ? MARGARET MULLINGS
Be blessed and encouraged as you read ! DO WE ? Pause for a minute right where you are. Take a deep breath in ! Now breathe out. One more time.....Breathe in. Now.,Breathe out ! There, feeling better ? Hope you are ! Isn't it something how you and I desire for everything in our lives to work in harmony. Yet sometimes it seems instead like all hell is breaking loose in our lives so to speak ? Sometimes my heart is sad. Sometimes I get mad, then in the word I am made glad. Sometimes I wander from the path, and feel God's wrath. Quickly I repent on Godly sorrow for my sins, and Jesus Christ wins. Sometimes it is just wise just to be still and trust God to work out my problems; for He is the God of the impossible! But do you and I really love Yahweh, the God who has redeemed us and calls us His own? Do we? Do we love Him like the addict reaching for that high, trying to touch the sky? Do we love Him like the Potter does the clay? shaping and molding in his way ?
Do we love Him like the fish does the ocean to swim, knowing without the water he won't survive? Do we love Him enough to give up the right for the wrong, yet still be our brother's keeper? Do we love Him, and are we willing to say Lord, " I surrender to Your perfect will for my life. " Do we ? I challenge you to showcase the display in the midst of ridicule and pain; even when your heart is made to grieve, showcase the display. Yes. You will experience rejection from even your very own; and some of your long time friends will betray the trust you placed in them. Still showcase the display. When challenged by the foe, put on the full Armour of God, and stand persistently in prayer to show case the display. What an array ! The Greater One Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns on the throne of your heart. He is the showcase, He is the display for the entire world to see God's love in demonstration overcoming all evil. Showcase the display, showcase Jesus Christ, He is the display ! Now. Keep your mind right there as you read these words. To love and not be loved; to be despised and rejected by your very own, to speak truth and still be called a liar. To suffer pain and humiliation. To be faithful in spite of it all. To be condemned to die without any evidence of doing wrong. To be hung on a tree, and stripped of everything except God, the Father's love. Yes. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God willingly gave up His life so that you and I can experience God's love in the midst of your circumstances. Glory be to the Lamb of God ! Come on right where you are in all you are going through, allow your heart to send up the praises ! Begin right now to give Yahweh. The God who has redeemed you, give Him thanks ! You maybe sitting at you desk in the office, and may not be able to verbalize. Come on in your heart say. " Father, in the name of Jesus. The Lamb, who died for me. I give You thanks . " Come on Mama in your homes begin to give Him thanks, and send up thepraises. Come on young man, young woman ! Students, come on give Him a loud hallelujah !
I just stopped by to remind you though the battle rages on every side especially in your home and all across the globe. It may feel like you are going through some deep dark waters. The very foundation you are standing on is being shaken. Be it known to you this day. You are victorious and will emerge triumphant; being made whole because of the finished work of Jesus Christ done at the Cross of Calvary. The question is though. Are you divinely aligned to receive and experience the abundant blessings of God ? Do you (me too) behave like you are the church? Are you (me too) really spending time in prayer and in fasting seeking God's face ? What about the word ? Your reply maybe. What about it ? Well ! Do you study (me too) the word daily or even read it for that matter ? Then we. You and I must become doers of the word ! The truth is, the church you and me must become divinely aligned with the perfect will of God. It is then that every area of our lives will flow in harmony with each other. Understand this. You and I will always face many challenges; Still we have the comfort of this promise from the book of Jeremiah 29:11. NKJV. " For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, " Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. " As I close. Lets you and I take an inventory. Could Galatians 5:1921 be operating in our lives. (19) " Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, selfish ambitions, dissension, heresies, " (21) " envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like, of which I tell you before hand just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. " Still taking inventory. Lets you and I read what verse 22 of Galatians chapter five has to say about the fruit which is to be evident in our lives. (22) " But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. " I hear those words resounding again.....Do we love Him enough to give up the right for the wrong, yet still be our brother's keeper! Do we love Him, and are we willing to say. Lord I surrender to Your perfect will for my life. Do we?
Satan's Domain: The Realm of Darkness! : WRITTEN BY FRANCIS FRANGIPANE : ADDED BY SUSAN C. CLARK Many Christians debate whether the devil is on the earth or in Hell; can he dwell in Christians or only in the world? The fact is, the devil is in darkness. Wherever there is spiritual darkness, there the devil will be. Preparing for Spiritual Warfare For most, the term spiritual warfare introduces a new but not necessarily welcomed dimension in their Christian experience. The thought of facing evil spirits in battle is an unsettling concept, especially since we came to Jesus as lost sheep, not warriors. Ultimately, some of us may never actually initiate spiritual warfare, but all of us must face the fact that the devil has initiated warfare against us. Therefore, it is essential to our basic well-being that we discern the areas of our nature that are unguarded and open to satanic assault. Jude tells us, "And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day" (Jude 1:6). When satan rebelled against God, he was placed under eternal judgment in what the Bible calls "pits" (2 Peter 2:4) or "bonds" of darkness. The devil and the fallen angels with him have been relegated to live in darkness. This darkness does not simply refer to areas void of visible light. The eternal darkness to which this Scripture refers is essentially a moral darkness, which ultimately degrades into literal darkness. However, its cause is not simply the absence of light; it is the absence of God, who is light. It is vital to recognize that this darkness to which satan has been banished is not limited to areas outside of humanity. Unlike those who do not know Jesus, however, we have been delivered out of the domain or "authority" of darkness (see Colossians 1:13). We are not trapped in darkness if we have been born of light. But if we accommodate darkness through tolerance of sin, we leave ourselves vulnerable to satanic assault.
For wherever there is willful disobedience to the Word of God, there is spiritual darkness and the potential for demonic activity. Thus Jesus warned, "Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness" (Luke 11:35 KJV). There is a light in you. "The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord" (Proverbs 20:27). Your spirit, illuminated by the Spirit of Christ, becomes the "lamp of the Lord" through which He searches your heart. There is indeed a holy radiance surrounding a true Spirit-filled Christian. But when you harbor sin, the "light which is in thee" is "darkness." Satan has a legal access, given to him by God, to dwell in the domain of darkness. Thus, we must grasp this point: The devil can traffic in any area of darkness, even the darkness that still exists in a Christian's heart. God's Thresher An example of satan having access to the carnal side of human nature is seen in Peter's denial of Jesus. It is obvious that Peter failed. What we do not readily see, however, is what was occurring in the invisible world of the spirit. Jesus predicted accurately that Peter would deny Him three times. Anyone looking at Peter's actions that night might have simply concluded his denial was a manifestation of fear. Yet, Peter was not fearful by nature. This was the disciple who, a few hours earlier, drew a sword against the multitudes who had come to arrest Jesus. No, human fear did not cause Peter to deny the Lord. Peter's denial was satanically induced. Jesus had warned the apostle, "Simon, Simon, behold, satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers" (Luke 22:31â€“32). Behind the scenes, satan had demanded and received permission to sift Peter like wheat. Satan had access to an area of darkness in Peter's heart. How did satan cause Peter's fall? After eating the Passover, Jesus told His disciples that one of them was going to betray Him. Scripture continues,
"They began to discuss among themselves which one of them...was going to do this thing" (Luke 22:23). This was a very somber time. Yet, during this terrible moment, "there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was...greatest" (Luke 22:24). They went from an attitude of shock and dismay to an argument concerning who among them was the greatest! Evidently Peter, the waterwalker, who was also the boldest and most outspoken of the apostles, prevailed. We can imagine that Peter's high visibility among the disciples left him with an air of superiority, which was fanned by satan into an attitude of presumption and boasting. Peter, being lifted up by pride, was being set up for a fall. Pride caused satan's fall, and pride was the very same darkness manipulated by satan to cause Peter's fall. Lucifer, from experience, knew well the judgment of God against religious pride and envy. He knew personally that pride goes "before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18 KJV). Satan did not have a right to indiscriminately assault and destroy Peter. He had to secure permission from Peter's Lord before he could come against the young apostle. But the fact is, the devil demanded permission to sift Peter, and he received it. Submit to God The trip wire that satan used to cause Peter's fall was the disciple's own sin of pride. Let us recognize before we do warfare that the areas we hide in darkness are the very areas of our future defeat. Often the battles we face will not cease until we discover and repent for the darkness that is within us. If we will be effective in spiritual warfare, we must be discerning of our own hearts; we must walk humbly with our God. Our first course of action must be, "Submit...to God." Then, as we "resist the devil...he will flee" (James 4:7). Satan will never be given permission to destroy the saints. Rather, he is limited to sifting us "like wheat." The good news is that God knows there is wheat inside each of us. The outcome of this type of satanic assault, which is allowed through the permissive will of God, is to cleanse the soul of pride and produce greater meekness and transparency in our lives.
It may feel terrible, but God causes it to work for good. Our husk-like outer nature must die to facilitate the breaking forth of the wheat-like nature of the new creation man. Both the chaff and the husk were necessary; they provided protection for us from the harsh elements of this life. But before God can truly use us, in one way or another we will pass through a time of threshing. Peter's husk nature was presumptuous and proud. His initial successes had made him ambitious and self-oriented. God can never entrust His Kingdom to anyone who has not been broken of pride, for pride is the armor of darkness itself. So, when satan demanded permission to assault Peter, Jesus said in effect, You can sift him, but you cannot destroy him. The warfare against Peter was devastating but measured. It served the purpose of God. Peter was ignorant of the areas of darkness within him, and his ignorance left him open to attack. But the Lord would ask each of us, "Do you know the areas where you are vulnerable to satanic assault?" Jesus would have us not be ignorant of our need. In fact, when He reveals the sin in our hearts, it is so He might destroy the works of the devil. Thus, we should realize that the greatest defense we can have against the devil is to maintain an honest heart before God. When the Holy Spirit shows us an area that needs repentance, we must overcome the instinct to defend ourselves. We must silence the little lawyer who steps out from a dark closet in our minds, pleading, "My client is not so bad." Your "defense attorney" will defend you until the day you die â€“ and if you listen to him you will never see what is wrong in you nor face what needs to change. For you to succeed in warfare, your self-preservation instincts must be submitted to the Lord Jesus, for Christ alone is your true advocate. We cannot engage in spiritual battle without embracing this knowledge. Indeed, James 4:6 says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." God is opposed to the proud. That is a very important verse. If God is opposed to the proud, and we are too proud to humble ourselves and admit when we are wrong, then God is opposed to us.
James continues in verse 7, "Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." When we see this verse, it is usually all by itself as a monument to spiritual warfare. However, it is in the context of repentance, humility, and possessing a clean heart that we find satan fleeing from us. We must go beyond a vague submission to God; we must submit the exact area of our personal battle to Him. When we come against the power of the devil, it must be from a heart in submission to Jesus. There is a recurring precept throughout this book. It is vital that you know, understand, and apply this principle for your future success in spiritual warfare. That principle is this: Victory begins with the name of Jesus on your lips, but it will not be consummated until the nature of Jesus is in your heart. This rule applies to every facet of spiritual warfare. Indeed, satan will be allowed to come against the area of your weakness until you realize God's only answer is to become Christlike. As you begin to appropriate not just the name of Jesus but His nature as well, the adversary will withdraw. Satan will not continue to assault you if the circumstances he designed to destroy you are now working to perfect you. The outcome of Peter's experience was that after Pentecost, when God used him to heal a lame man, a more humble Peter spoke to the gathering crowd. He asked, "Why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?" (Acts 3:12). Peter's victory over pride and the devil began with the name of Jesus on his lips, and it was consummated by the nature of Jesus in his heart. The darkness in Peter was displaced with light; the pride in Peter was replaced with Christ. Francis Frangipane Ministries of Francis FrangipaneEmail: email@example.com
The Coming Move of God - May Not Be As You Think!!! WRITTEN BY KATHIE WALTERS -ADDED BY SUSAN C. CLARK
A Move Like Niagara Falls Several years ago, I was in a meeting in Orlando, FL. During the worship I was asking the Lord what to preach about and He told me "Romans 6 â€“ you WERE crucified with Christ." Almost immediately I was taken up in the spirit and wasn't able to move in any way, and I couldn't even open my eyelids. I could hear the music of the pianist, and the next thing I felt was something swirling very strong all around my legs, just below my knees. Then I seemed to be standing in water, which was rushing and swirling around me. In front of me, about 1/8th of a mile away, was Niagara Falls. It was loud, roaring, and the water falling as you know, if you've visited there, was very intense. Thousands of tons of water per minute. I was being drawn toward it like a magnet, but inside I was trying to pull back. "How would you like to get under that?" the Lord asked me. "Well I would die for sure," I replied. "Not if you're dead already," the Lord seemed to laugh. In fact, I saw Him and He tossed His head back and He did laugh, like a victory laugh. (Read Romans chapter 6, "As surely as we died with Christ, we believe we will also live with Him.") I could hear my friend Joy Strang introduce me, but I was unable to respond. After a little while the anointing lifted and I was "unfrozen" and I ministered the word I had. I didn't think of it very often until we were in Rochester, NY a while ago.
Bob Jones had prophesied several years ago that we would be involved in a move of the Spirit in Rochester among the young people. There was also a connection to Niagara Falls. There was a powerful move of God in Rochester, and there was an angel who came from Niagara Falls. There are 100 angels who are guarding that portal at Niagara – 100 represents God's elected grace. While I was there in Rochester, I went up and visited Niagara. I remembered what the Lord had showed me about the Falls and how the move of the Spirit that was coming would be like Niagara. Smith Wigglesworth prayed that God would pour out His Spirit like that. Many people have had visions of Niagara being a type of the next and last great move of the Spirit. The weekend after Rochester, I was home and had a whole day on Saturday to just wait on God. Sure enough in the morning the fire of God came and the presence of the Lord filled the room. I asked the Lord about this move – this Niagara move. The next thing was that I was suddenly standing in that water again, but this time it was MUCH CLOSER. It also wasn't scary because I remembered that the Lord had laughed the last time I had seen it. It seemed to be almost a matter of feet away this time. I was expecting to go under it, but suddenly a chariot came down and scooped me up. I was taken up over the Falls and I could hear the sound of the water. As I looked down I saw the tremendous power of that water and felt the spray of it. The next thing I was in a meeting; I had been praying and people were standing in the front. The Presence of the Lord was great, the perfume of the Lord was all over as it is now as I type, and then the Lord released a new angel into my ministry. The angels are sent to minister to the heirs of salvation personally, and also they work in your ministry. "What Does This Move Look Like?" I kept asking the Lord, "What is it then? What does this move look like really?" Driving through Atlanta, He suddenly said, "It's called 'GREAT GRACE' – a revelation of the great grace and love of God."
He showed me that He will pour out His grace and love upon His Body, and it will wash away the religious concepts and bondages and spirits that rob God's children of a true revelation of the Father's great love. The lack of revelation of the grace and mercy and love of God makes God's people feel they don't qualify to receive their inheritance. The inheritance Jesus left us â€“ the realm of the Spirit, the supernatural realm, the angels, and heavenly visitations â€“ are meant to be a normal part of our lives. He wants us to be so free of all the heaviness. "His yoke is easy and His burden is light and delightful, it is not hard and neither is it heavy" (Matthew 11:30, Greek NT). He wants us full of His light and carried away by His love and His sweetness. He desires for us to be strong in the spirit, taking dominion over the powers of darkness, yet at the same time totally enamoured by His beauty. His desire is toward you, He loves you with a passionate and unchanging love. "He is going to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy," as Jude 1:24 says. The last few months, the chariots of God have been coming into the meetings and taking people up in them and showing them what God is doing in other places, and giving them heavenly visitations. I have noticed the love of God getting stronger and stronger, as well as the perfumes of the Lord and the honey and oil and healing and deliverances. The love of God washes away fear, bondage and sickness. It washes away condemnation, guilt and heartache. As from a popular hymn and song, "His love has no limit, His grace has no measure, His power has no boundaries known unto men, but out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He gives and gives and gives again."
Well friends, this Niagara move is drawing closer â€“ let it fall over you and flow through you. When we get caught up in His marvelous presence all else fades away. Things that have consumed us get left behind in the amazing wonder of His lovingkindness. Niagara is coming â€“ it is close, closer than you think, and you are being drawn by His love and His power. His Love will change you into His image, and you will sing and speak out and testify to His goodness. Blessings, Kathie WaltersGood News MinistriesEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
DOES GOD STILL SPEAK TO PEOPLE? : BABSIE VAN DER BERG A young man had been to Wednesday night Bible Study. The Pastor had spoken about "listening to God and obeying the Lord's voice." The young man couldn't help but wonder, "Does God still speak to people?" After service he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how God had led them in different ways. It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray,"God, if you still speak to people, speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to obey." As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk. He shook his head and said out loud, "God is that you?" He didn't get a reply, so he started on toward home. But again, the thought came to him... buy a gallon of milk. The young man thought about Samuel, and how he didn't recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli. "Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk." It didn't seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. So, he stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started toward home. As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, "Turn down that street." This is crazy, he thought, and drove on past the intersection. Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street. At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh. Half jokingly, he said out loud, "Okay, God, I will". He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop. He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in a semi-commercial area of town. It wasn't the best, but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods either. The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark, like people were already in bed.
Again, he sensed something, "Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street." The young man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat. "Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid." Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk. Finally, he opened the door and said, "Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for something but, if they don't answer right away, I am out of here." He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some noise inside. A man's voice yelled out, "Who is it? What do you want?" Then the door opened before the young man could get away. The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn't seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep. The man asked, "What is it?" The young man thrust out the gallon of milk and said, "Here, I brought this to you," he said. The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway speaking loudly in Spanish. Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down his face. The man began speaking and half crying, "We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn't have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk." His wife in the kitchen yelled out,"I ask him to send an angel with some. Are you an Angel?"
The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put it in the man's hand. Then he turned and walked back toward his car and tears were streaming down his face. He knew then that God does still speak to people... and answer prayers.
Go and Sin No More BY KATHI MACIAS
“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:11, NKJV).
The story of how Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery is an alltime favorite for many of us. We love that the Savior was merciful and compassionate, even turning the spotlight from the woman to her selfrighteous accusers. But to focus on the Lord’s lack of condemnation to the exclusion of His admonition to “sin no more” is to misrepresent the truth and power of His words. A few decades ago I came across a popular book titled I’m Okay, You’re Okay, and it struck a chord of concern in me because the book was selling like crazy and readers were extolling the virtues of its anything-goes message. Some years later I had the privilege of working on Josh McDowell’s manuscript for his book The New Tolerance, in which he cautioned the Church not to get caught up in the world’s ever-increasing love affair with that “I’m okay, you’re okay” type of mantra. Josh rightly predicted that our society was well on its way to making tolerance the number-one virtue and intolerance the gravest sin. We now live in that culture, where the most oft-quoted (and misused) verse in the Bible is “Judge not, that you be not judged”
(Matthew 7:1, NKJV). Though it is true we are not to judge others based on our own opinions or personal values, neither are we to toss out the absolutes of God’s Word in fear of being considered intolerant. The Scriptures are clear that murder, stealing, lying, adultery, and other behaviors contrary to the character of Christ are absolutely wrong. Period. Not because we say so but because God says so. To proclaim His Word is not judging; it is simply believing that what He says is True because, after all, He is Truth, and God cannot contradict His own nature and tell a lie. Jesus clearly said to the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” He assured her that she did not have to live under condemnation, but He also admonished her to change her ways. “Sin no more,” He warned her, for if she truly understood His message and received His forgiveness, her life would be marked by repentance, an “aboutface” from her previous walk away from God to one heading straight for His heart, a life epitomized by a desire to please her Lord and reject a life of sin. By all means may we refrain from imposing our opinions and personal values on others, but may we also love enough to speak the truth of God’s Word so others can turn from sin and enter into eternal life.
THE HISTORY OF WOMEN OF WORTH: TESTIFIED BY MARILYN ORTON
I WAS MOVED TO ASK THE PRESIDENT OF THE WOMEN OF WORTH PROGRAM WHAT MOTIVATED HER TO START A WOMEN PROGRAMWORLDWIDE THAT HAS SPREAD LIKE WILD BUSH FIRE AND IS NOW IN 73 COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD AND GROWING DAILY. THE TESTIMONY I RECEIVED AS A REPLY PROVE THAT INDEED WHAT THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT ONLY GOD CAN DO AND WHEN HE DOES YOU CAN SEE HIM ALL OVER IT. READ THIS POWERFUL TESTIMONY AND SEE THE POWER OF GOD AT WORK! EVANGELIST FAVOR LIBERTY How Women of Worth International and MOAM Began Women of Worth International really began in 1986, but I just didnâ€™t know it! That was the year I attended the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, known as Amsterdam 86. I worked in the Prayer Room, and prayed with hundreds of the 10,000 participants. Invariably, we exchanged addresses. A few weeks after returning home the avalanche of mail began. For 17 years, it was an honor to write letters of encouragement to some of the poorest evangelists in the world, and just be a cheerleader for them and their ministries. They were doing so much with so little, while we in the Western world were doing so little with so much.
In 2003 an opportunity arose for my daughter and I to go to Nigeria. Over 100 of my evangelist’s friends were at the airport to greet us. We traveled throughout Nigeria for a month and it became evident that the women played a lesser role in the country, even in the churches. I begin to ask “Do you have a Women’s Ministry?” The answer was usually “What is a Women’s Ministry?” Upon leaving Nigeria I agreed to come back to help my friends start a women’s ministry that would link their churches together. In the spring of 2004 I was diagnosed with Para Neoplastic Cerebral Degeneration. There is no treatment and no cure. In July I was given 2 months to live. My Evangelists friends all over the world prayed for me. In August I received a phone call from Nigeria, and was told they held an all night prayer meeting and God told them I was be healed. I thanked my friend, rolled over, and went back to sleep. The next morning all of my symptoms were gone! We returned to the Mayo Clinic and they did extensive testing which proved that I no longer had PCD. When I returned to Nigeria in 2005, I was “their Lazarus.” The crowds were large. People were showing up to see the person they had prayed back to life. I viewed my illness as simply “God’s P.R. program” to launch WOW! In 2005 I returned with a simple little program that took under an hour to write. It showed how to form a team under the leadership of their Pastor. It divided the traditional roles of women within the church into seven groups whereby women could easily identify their spiritual gifts and use them to edify and build up the body in the local church. We gave the program the empowering name of Women of Worth. The program spread like wildfire among all denominations, and in 2006 the first, small national WOW Women’s Conference was held.
The Pastors then wanted a men’s program and so the Marilyn Orton African Mission (their chosen name, not mine) Leadership program was born. This is comprised of many of the Pastors I met at Amsterdam 86. As they invited other Pastors in Nigeria to participate, it soon became a National Organization. Their annual conference draws over a thousand participants, annually. Two years ago, we put up a Facebook page inviting Pastor’s all over the world to start the program in their churches. It cuts across all denominational lines. The response can only be explained by “It is God doing what only He can do!” WOW is now in 73 countries and is comprised of hundreds of coordinators and thousands of women, who are not only using their gifts within the local church, but are forming teams to take the Good News of the Gospel out into their communities. Hundreds have been led to Christ by WOW women. No persons or organization could have started, orchestrated, and spread Women of Worth International, for it is the vision of the Spirit of God. As He directs the work, we simply move forward in obedience trusting Him to do what only He can do. WOW is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our sight. To God be the glory – great things He has done! <>
GODâ€™S WILL UPHOLDS US THROGH TRIALS
I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. Galatians 2:20 KJV We should receive chastisement with meek submission, presenting ourselves to God that He may do with us still as He has dealt with usâ€”not wishing to move to the right hand or to the left: asking Him if it may be His will to remove the load, to heal the pain, to deliver us from the bereavement, and the like, but still always leaving ample margin for full resignation of spirit. The gold is not to rebel against the goldsmith, should at once yield to be placed in the crucible and thrust into the fire. The wheat as it lies upon the threshing floor is not to have a will of its own, but to be willing to endure the strokes of the flail that the chaff may be separated from the precious corn. We are not far off being purged from dross and cleansed from chaff when we are perfectly willing to undergo any process that the divine wisdom may appoint us.
Self and sin are married and will never be divorced, and until our selfhood is crushed, the seed of sin will still have abundant vitality in it; but when it is “not I” but Christ who liveth in me,” then have we come near to that mark to which God has called us and to which, by His Spirit, He is leading us. Amen Reflections: Who in their right mind love/like being chasten? I can recall sometime back in the beginning of my walk with God as I was seeking a personal relationship with God the Father, Christ Jesus the Son, and the Holy Ghost. I told myself within my heat that God did not see nor know all my sins. I heard these words so very clearly and my Bible turned by itself to this passage of scripture to assure me that it was God speaking to me. Jeremiah 23:24 “Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. There were times I was deep in sin and God would chastise me for my secret sins and some of the church member would say why God is always dealing with her like He does! Little did they know, yes He was blessing me both for the good and chastising me for the bad things I had done. He is the Potter and I am the clay so therefore I humbly submit to His will to do with me as He see fit. May He continue to mold me into His perfect image of His character! Amen Inspired by the Word of God Written by Charles H Spurgeon Reflections shared by Catherin Skinner 5/30/12
SOMEBODY DOES NOT UNDERSTAND MY PRAISE: MY STORY! BY MARGARET MULLINGS :
Somebody does not understand my praise because you do not know where Yahweh, the God who redeems has brought me from. Recently He reminded me that even in the womb of my mother He covered and protected me. Tears streamed down my face as the scenes of my life were unfolding. Just before birth, something......it looked like a creature to my mother. She was horrified for it seemed to be alive and swimming around in the basin. By the time I made my entrance, my mother was even more distressed. For I was fuming at the mouth, and my eyes were rolling over. What a sight ! It was just too much for my mother, and I was sent to my grandmother, who was a praying mother. The seizures were severe, and with each episode. It was said that I would not survive. However, Yahweh healed me ! My grandmother died when I was just a little girl, what a great loss. The curtains of my life reminded me of how withdrawn I became even from my own mother, who was unwed at the time; and not having no daddy to call my own.
I am sure my mother loved me, yet the curtains revealed that this seed was left to grow......grew and I was convinced that my parents did not love me. My mother married, and oh I learned the importance of having a daddy to call my own. Things did not work out so well though. My mother suffered much and at the age of forty-seven she died. I discovered she really did love me. She just could not express it to me; and oh how I loved her too. My daddy. I love him and discovered I could not express it to him either. What a mess ! Misunderstood, depressed, and oppressed the curtains reveal me being steeped in generational curses, and filled with unforgiveness in my heart. For even though I was saying with my lips I loved my mother and daddy. The curtains revealed that, I longed for my mother to hold me, and tell me she loved me. What a revelation. My daddy whom I love but there was so much unforgiveness lodged in my heart for not being able to communicate with him. Yes. I was a complete mess. From a young child, the pain seemed to much to bear; and I decided to end my own life by eating poison. I awakened early the next morning, and recall being very angry with God for allowing me to be alive ! Went outside and remembering asking God. " Why did You allow me to live ? I do not want to live.," God did not answer. I then grew even more withdrawn, and began to hate myself. Many times I would look in the mirror and say to myself. " I hate you, I hate you.
" I did not talk to any one, and always had an angry look on my face, people were afraid to approach me. The boys especially were afraid to approach me, which was good for I hated all boys, and did not want to ever get married. I actually wanted to become a nun. Yet God had another plan, and at the age of sixteen at my high school student christian movement I confessed Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour ; and that changed the course of my whole l life. I tell you God has a plan for my life. He lead me in the path of a wonderful man, who became my husband. A christian and devoted man of God. Oh Hallelujah ! What I did not know was that my troubles and trials was really just beginning after we married; and what I was born into was preparation for where God was taking me. For what I had already walked through was to bring me to see from a new perspective ! Incurring turbulence in my marriage, experiencing sickness and disease. Attempting to commit suicide. Even losing my mind momentarily. Feeling always like my husband did not love me. No matter how hard he tried to convince me of his love. ( The seed that was planted as child and was left to grow, had now followed me into my marriage relationship. ) Still I felt so unloved by him. We argued so much about the most silly things. When he would say A I would say B.
The curtains are revealing how God Himself divinely intervened. He took me by the hand during one of the worst times of my life. (He put me in a straight jacket ) and led me to a place. Told me to get on my knees and pray. As I knelt, sleep was hitting me heavily......was mumbling. I did not know how to pray. I said....." Father, I do not know how to pray, and I am sleepy. I am going back to bed. " As I turned to get off my knees, I heard...." Don't go ! Stay with Me !" Instantly something happened. His voice was so comforting, I reached for Him and looked all over the room for Him. The room at 2am in the morning was brighter than the noon day hour. Immediately, I turned on my knees to the chair where I was kneeling; only this time. It was not me praying. The Holy Spirit was praying. My life took on purpose. I now understood that God really did have a plan and a purpose. The sickness and suffering of my children was not in vain. My oldest son had grown gravely ill and was diagnosed with meningitis, and had to under go a spinal tap which left him deformed. He suffered from the asthma and was sick almost daily.
My oldest daughter suffered a deformity in one of her legs; and had to wear special shoes hooked up to a girdle around her waist, with steel strapped to her legs. My youngest son suffered severe seizures. One Sunday morning after prayer. He collapsed and lay lifeless on the bed losing what looked like so much of his bodily fluids. The curtains reveal how through faith. I declared that he was not dead. Took up his lifeless body, and took him into his play area. Then laying him on his favorite blue couch. Immediately I began to weep and wail as I looked at my youngest son.....He was not there (His eyes were glassy) I petitioned God to heal and deliver him. Weeping and walking the floor for hours. Then it happened! My son regained consciousness and was healed, and delivered. My husband, and his siblings all gathered around hugging him and giving God thanks ! My oldest son was healed of meningitis and his deformity, and the asthma. My oldest daughter's leg was healed too. She did not have to wear that brace and specially made shoes anymore. My youngest daughter, who was diagnosed with having cerebral palsy, and told that she would never walk or talk. She is walking and talking. Doing things which was told she could not do. God is healing her gradually ! It is a process. The curtains reveal. The sickness and marital problems, and turbulence was all for the glory of God.
For you see as the curtains unfolds. The sickness that came to cause my demise is working to bring glory and honor to God. My marriage turbulence has equipped my husband and I to sharpen each other. Somebody does not understand my praise ! They buried me and left me for dead. But God has placed a powerful gift in my hand, and with it I began to work the dirt which was black, was being transformed into white quarry. Suddenly I could see the light up out of the pit of darkness and despair. Abba Father has rescued me. Oh Hallelujah ! Now today. I stand by my husband's side with our children. Yes. Every child was challenged and suffered sickness, and physical challenges. Today. The oldest son and the youngest son are now married. I have gained two more beautiful daughters. The oldest daughter has graduated from college with her degree. The youngest daughter is walking and talking. We are seeing the gifts that God has given her manifesting in her life ! I have come to understand first hand. I was saved yet not delivered. The beauty of this story is, Abba Father is real, and it is His perfect will for you to be made completely whole. Many things, be it sickness, negative trends, addictions, generational curses, and broken marriages, you name it. These all can be a cry for help ! For there is a cry from within that says.
" Help me. I do not want to live this way anymore." Be sensitive to each person you may cross paths with. Don't be quick to pass judgement on them, or get angry with them because of what others have said about them. The next time you see a drug addict, a drunkard, a prostitute, or someone who is homeless. You do not know there story ! Stop for a moment take a second look in their eyes. If you would take the time to look. You will see someone who is crying out for help ! There are persons who have suffered broken marriages. They are crying out for help ! There are so many who have been molested and raped. Far too many children have been robbed of their innocence . There is a cry for help ! A cry for help is ringing out from every child who has been abandoned, despised, and rejected by and in some cases both mother and father. There is a cry for help, help me ! Help me ! Yet for far too many no help ever comes ! I just stopped by to tell you. Abba Father has heard your cry for help, and He is stepping into your situations and circumstances ! He did it for me ! Now He will do it for you ! Somebody who does not understand my praise now knows my story. Still there maybe many who will never understand why I praise and worship in such a way, and that is okay ! The question is though. Can you hear it ? Hear what, you may ask ? A resounding urgent cry for help !
Will you help those whom you cross paths with almost on a daily basis ? Pause and calmly think about this; and may Yahweh, the God who has redeemed you, empower you to change the course of someone's life, who is crying out for help ! Be encouraged and strengthened in His word ! BELOW IS A BEAUTIFUL SONG VALLED PRAYER CHANGES THINGS BY THE AUTHOR ETC. “Bishop. This song was birthed in Palestine Texas on a mission trip with a Group called CCI.....There I grew gravely ill and through much fervent prayer God healed me and gave me this song !” : http://seedsofhopenuggets.blogspot.com/2009/05/prayer-changes-thingsvideo.html <1 attachment> http://www.facebook.com/messages/?action=read&tid=id.13585134318566 0
MY HEART : BY CATHERIN SKINNER
This is a revelation from God given unto me today. As the Spirit of the Lord was upon me with groaning and speaking in tongue out of my belly flowed these Words. This is what the Sovereign Lord God, spoke to and through me.
"My heart is pierced because my people have turned their backs to me. I have longed for you to come and seek me, but you would not come. "Write down the revelation and make it plan on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers; wait for it; it will certainly come and not delay.â€? Habakkuk 2:2, 3 NIV How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Selah Psalm 4:2
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ Luke 13:34, 35 NIV
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD your God.' Numbers 15:40, 41 And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, Deuteronomy 10:12
Can you feel the pulse of God’s heart beat? Do you not know that it is broken because of our actions? My God, as I stood in the gap with fear and trembling repenting for my actions and the action of God’s people, it felt as though I was having a heart attack and I knew it was not my heart that was hurting or broken but His. Amen!!!! He still requires you to do the same. Amen!!! Please I beseech you not to be conformed to this world to be transformed by the renewing of your mind and to present our bodies holy and acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service. Amen.
There is more, but I am not at liberty to speak it yet for there is an appointed time for the rest. Thus said the Sovereign Lord God, Declared and decreed in Jesus Name! Amen Inspired by God. Shared by Catherin Skinner 5/7/12
Homosexual Marriage Is Not Gay: BY BISHOP DIRRICK DAY
President Obama made headlines last week when he endorsed and supported homosexual marriages. Aside from the obvious, this is wrong on more levels than I have time or space to discuss. Before I begin, I would like to reclaim the use of the word, "gay.” Homosexuality is unhappy because it is completely opposed to the Word and the will of God. "Gay” is a word that means "happy,” as in the verse ”don we now our gay apparel…” from the holiday standard ”Deck the Halls.” First and foremost, the President has effectively told Black voters that they have nowhere else to turn. No Black person could, in good conscience, vote for a man that says he identifies with Black people because "his ancestors owned slaves.” Now I understand the president cannot "kowtow” to Black voters but a patent snub cannot be dismissed. Second, while the President has professed to be a Christian, taking the stance he did runs completely contrary to Biblical teaching. While Mr. Obama is, ostensibly, a liberal, his decision to support homosexual marriage has destroyed any possibility of his carrying the evangelical vote which, incidentally, is numerically greater than the homosexual vote.
Now, I could go deep scripturally but the Biblical argument has been clearly framed and proffered; I don’t need to elaborate that case any further. The issue is not whether it is an abomination or not – sin is sin, and folks want to make homosexuality a sin of greater magnitude. The point, here, is that homosexuals are part of a small cadre of sinners who want their sin to be made legal in the sight of men (along with abortionists and corporate thieves) and now they want it to be accepted by the church. If homosexuals want civil unions, well, okay…I don’t have to have anything to do with that. When you speak of the institution of marriage – an institution, I might add, ordained by God – it’s a slippery slope approaching the inevitable end of the state forcing the church to sanction and perform nuptials for homosexual couples. Those of you whose ministries receive faith-basedinitiative money had better consider this carefully! As for me, I refuse to accept, sanction, or perform homosexual marriages. Period. Another point to consider: if you make homosexual marriage legal, the public schools will have to teach that it is "right.” Then, other taboos such as pedophilia, bestiality, and polygamy will have to be taken into consideration. After all, they represent "behavioral choice,” as well. As a parent, I am aghast at this possibility; I will be forced to either homeschool or put them in private Christian schools. Finally, the well-meaning but misguided minority says "live-and-let-live” and "homosexuals have the right to be unhappy in marriage as heterosexual couples.” To that I have just two words to add: bovine effluvia! And, for the record, godly marriage is blissful, thank you very much! Paying taxes to a man-sanctioned nation does not grant the right to pollute a God-ordained institution. I’m willing to live-and-let-live if the institution of marriage is left unsullied.
Homosexuals, as a demographic group, earn more, have more entrepreneurs, and greater net worth than much of the nation. And they are free to socialize, cohabitant, and enter into business partnerships without inhibition. The notion of homosexual marriage is an affront to Christian sensibilities and just another milestone on the route to societal decline. Let me be clear, I love everyone and I pray that all people experience the love of Jesus and the power of His Kingdom. But, as an Ambassador of the Kingdom of God, it is illegal for me to speak anything that contradicts the Word of my King. God wants none to perish, rather that they have everlasting, abundant life in Christ. I pray that homosexuals cease to be conformed to the ways of the world but, instead, are transformed by the renewing of their minds. ÂŠ 2012 â€“ Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
My Journey to becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman : BY INGRID POTGIETER
Amplified Bible (AMP) 31 The words of Lemuel king of Massa, which his mother taught him: 2 What, my [a]son? What, son of my womb? What [shall I advise you], son of my vows and dedication to God? 3 Give not your strength to [loose] women, nor your ways to those who and that which ruin and destroy kings. 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink, 5 Lest they drink and forget the law and what it decrees, and pervert the justice due any of the afflicted. 6 Give strong drink [as medicine] to him who is ready to pass away, and wine to him in bitter distress of heart. 7 Let him drink and forget his poverty and [seriously] remember his want and misery no more. 8 Open your mouth for the dumb [those unable to speak for themselves], for the rights of all who are left desolate and defenseless; 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy. 10 A capable, intelligent, and [b]virtuous womanâ€”who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil. 12 She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her. 13 She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it].
14 She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her householdâ€™s food from a far [country]. 15 She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks. 16 She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. 17 She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm. 18 She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust]. 19 She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit]. 21 She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made]. 23 Her husband is known in the [cityâ€™s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. 24 She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service]. 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]! 26 She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. 27 She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat. 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying],
29 [c]Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all. 30 Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised! 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]! I do not believe that any "Christianâ€? woman has been able to avoid this Scripture at some point in her walk with the Lord, be it in encouragement, exhortation, rebuke or correction, we have ALL at some time had this text ministered to us, if we are Godly woman, who want to honour the Lord in marriage. Over the years the Holy Spirit Himself has taken me to this Scripture and spoken to me regarding my behaviour and attitude towards men in general, men in ministry and specifically the men in my life. Every psychologist will tell you that a woman is formed and designed by the men who impact her life as a child, adolescent and young woman, and these relationships will affect her response to all men going forward in her life, be they friendships or intimate relationships. Anyone who knows me, will be able to tell you that my dadâ€™s favourite line was: "Ingrid, are you being disobedient?â€? seems more often than not, when he uttered those I was usually busy doing something that I should not have been doing. Both my parents were strong achievers and encouraged their children to be the best and that the sky was the limit in terms of achieving in life, both in career and personally. Growing up in Apartheid South Africa, as a non-white, also meant that this was not the easiest achievement as we had to achieve considerably better to gain university entrance.
As a single mother, my mom encouraged me to achieve academically, so that I would be in a position to earn better and therefore NEVER RELY ON A MAN for anything, these were the words that resonated throughout my childhood. Needless to say, I went to university, dropped out, but then the Lord allowed me to enter the corporate environment, where I both excelled and achieved. At this point I had reached the pinnacle of my career and the Lord started speaking to me in Proverbs 31, so I started to read and learn, I began to be a "woman” in my home, while still single, and trusted the Lord for a husband. Not long after this I met a man and married him. I continued in my career and he began a business, shortly I was pregnant, still running my career and trying to be "wife” and "homemaker”. Most of the household duties fell to my "helper” and so really I worked and paid someone to look after my home. Needless to say things soon started falling apart, because it was difficult for me to be career woman, wife and mother, as "women’s liberation” clearly taught this was not only an option it was my right, because so many men had had it all before, it was now women’s season to HAVE IT ALL. I started behaving like a man, and very soon my marriage fell apart, I am now divorced and single again after 5 years of marriage, and in recent weeks the Lord took me back to PROVERBS 31 and told me "My child you did not get it right.” So once again, I have begun a journey with the Lord on becoming a Woman of Worth, a Woman worthy of the praise of both her husband and her children. Reading this passage I realise that I can have it all, the woman described here, is both in charge of her household, her career, and is in submission and concerned with the well being of her husband, and that because of her, he becomes respected at the "city gates”, in ancient Jerusalem, it meant a great deal to be respected in this manner. I have learned that it is possible to be called blessed by your husband and children, but it is going to cost you dearly. Are you prepared to wake up while it is yet dark, are you prepared to treat your "staff” well, are you prepared to allow the Lord to guide you in business, so that you can "consider a field” before buying it.
I think the women at the forefront of women’s liberation would be surprised to see that a king’s mother was advising him to seek a woman who was both BUSINESS and HOME oriented, as she would be of profit to him. I think they would be surprised that it was expected in ancient times for a prudent woman to excel both at "work and in business” and at home, and that not only was it expected it was valued and honoured, and very possible. I am learning however that it is only possible to become this woman of worth, if you allow the Lord to mould and guide you into the "helpmeet” he created you to be. I am learning that He alone is able to transform a girl into a "wife”. I am also learning that He loves His sons so much, that no longer will He allow His sons to be hurt and destroyed by women who will not love, honour and respect them. I am learning very quickly that I cannot desire a Godly man, until I become Godly woman. I am learning to purge myself constantly and that I need to request like the Psalmist in Psalm 51, purge me with hyssop, cleanse me of even my unknown sin. I am learning that just because I am respected in the workplace, because of my education and experience, I am respected in my home, because I am providing the needs of my family, that I am in a position to meet their, physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and that when I am able to do all of that, my works will cause me to be praised at the city gates. To every single woman, desiring for the Lord to present you to your "Adam”, know that He is able to present you as quickly as you allow yourself to yield to His leading, teaching, breaking and moulding. Know that the Father desires you to have the best gifts, but in order to be presented to a "KING” you need to allow the Lord to make you a "QUEEN”. Ask Esther she spent 6 months of intense preparation for ONE NIGHT in the presence of a KING. Trust me if you allow the Holy Spirit to wash you and anoint you, on the day of presentation to your king, the Lord will cause that man to say: "Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh”, and this man will know that you will keep his best interest at heart and that he will be honoured because of you. Agape,
Worth : BY JEFF GODSOWN
There is no actual start for a day for me, unless I have started the day off, with and in the presence of the Lord. I’m not talking about turning a little music and singing some lyrics in a Memorex forum, I’m talking dining at His table with Him, seeking answers, listening and hearing every Word He says. Not walking away while the seeds just planted fall to the wayside, but ensuring they got seated well in the best, most fertile ground. I have a reverent fear of the Lord, I know deep in my heart what God speaks in His Word is serious and not to be taken lightly or treated as indigestible. I have seen the changes in my life; from the first day I met Him even to this morning when Jesus asked me a question. We as human beings, like to think we’re invincible and as brave as brave gets, but when the time comes to find out, will we still stand in our convictions? What would you say to the person who asks you, would you go into a burning building to save a child’s life? Most of us would like to say a resounding yes, while moving on and never giving the question another thought. What if you were asked, would you go into a burning building and save the life of an animal, any animal? Here again, most of us would like to say yes, but then we would want to know what kind of animal. What if a person asked you, would you step in front of a bullet, to save a friend? Though there would be a level of hesitance, here once again we would like very much to say, yes but would we?
Have you ever truly wondered about the metal of your make-up, when you’ve actually had time to think about that question? Your actions could get you seriously hurt, maimed, or even killed. Do you still think you’re man or woman enough to lay your life on the line for something or someone else? If the truth be known, unless you’ve already done it, you don’t have a truthful answer and even your experience combined with age, aches, and pains can take its toll, leaving you without a truthful answer. What if Jesus or our Father, while sitting with you and you in their presence asked you the following questions: 1) What if you had a Christian friend whom you know well, and their life was being threatened, would you get between them and the threat? This is a true God fearing, God honoring friend whom you believe would lay down their life for you, would you be willing to die for them, to save them? Our first response from the brevity of our mind, without giving thought or consideration to the circumstances, would be yes? We would also like to think we would lay down our life for them if we thought about it, at least we hope we would. 2) What about someone we don’t know at all, would we be willing to get between them and the threat on their life? Once again we would like so very much to believe and say, yes I would die for them, but what about after you’ve given it much thought? Here again we’re faced with the same scenario in our thought patterns, filled with brevity of mind, while lacking the measure of the heart. Would we still be willing to die for them? 3) Now the question that will truly identify the heart of a man or woman. What if you knew the person well, and they claimed to be a Christian but their entire life lacked any viable proof that they give consideration to God’s Word or even have a reverent fear of the Lord, would you still be willing to lay your life down? What if they are the type who constantly is judging people, running their mouths about others and yourself, always causing great conflict and much pain, would you die for them?
Question one and question two, for me, not speaking for anyone else, I would be willing to die, to lay down my life, but question three put a major pause in my heart. I began to examine my heart, looking for a reason both my mind and heart would accept, in order for me to be willing to die for them. Thank and praise God the Holy Spirit stepped in and reminded me of this; Christ died once for all, but He would have done the same, even if only one received and walked with Him. I am one who has laid down his life for others and it has cost me, and though I’m way older now and broken up, I would still get between someone and the threat on their life, if I’m physically able. Yes to the third question, if my actions which cost me more than I’ve ever paid before, even to the shedding of blood and life were at stake, I would still do it. Why, because if it changes one person, so they, too seek the Lord with their whole heart, mind, soul, and strength, then I have accomplished a good thing, serving God with my all. So, can you answer the question in total truth; will you honestly lay down your life for another, no matter whom, no matter the circumstances? Food for thought isn’t it? May you be blessed in such a way; you also will open your heart, even greater, and let the love of the Lord flow through you.
COMMANDING SOME THINGS IN THE SPIRIT REALM TO MANIFEST IT SELF ON EARTH!!! : BY APOSTLE J. STRIGGLES
How can we COMMAND ANYTHING IF WE DON'T KNOW WHO WE ARE; NOR WHAT IS INSIDE OF US!!!
We got to know that God came down as Jesus on earth. Jesus lead by example - HE TAUGHT, HE HEALED, HE DELIVERED and He even provided. Remember the 2 fish & the 5 loaves of bread. Jesus went on to let us know that every thing that is inside of Him is NOW INSIDE OF YOU & GREATER WORKS SHALL YOU DO BECAUSE I AM GOING TO SENT YOU HELP THE HOLY GHOST. THE TRINITY!!! GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON & GOD THE HOLY GHOST. JESUS COMMANDED THINGS & THEY WERE SO!!! My God - why in the world are we NOT doing the Greater Works? Simply because we don't know the POWER WE HAVE INSIDE OF US. Why are we so fearful and NOT walking in Authority of who we are? We really don't believe God; nor do we trust His Word.
I am getting ready to COMMAND SOME THINGS. But wait a minute - I must prepare my mind - GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN ME THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD - LET THIS MIND BE IN CHRIST JESUS!! I got to cover myself - according to Ephesians 6. I have to put on the Whole Armour of God. MY FAITH IS MAXIMUM LEVEL!!! I believe according to Acts 1:8 that I shall receive POWER AFTER THE HOLY GHOST has come upon me. I AM READY - LET'S GO!!! I COMMAND IN THE NAME OF JESUS THAT AIDS LEAVE YOUR BODY, CANCER LEAVE YOUR BODY, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES, CHOLOSTERAL ALL BE NORMAL IN THE NAME OF JESUS. I COMMAND EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT LIKE GOD IN YOUR BODY, IN YOUR MIND, IN YOUR SPIRIT TO LINE UP WITH THE WORD OF GOD. I don't consider how I feel - I KNOW by His Stripes I am already healed. Every sickness & disease fall under 1 of the 39 stripes that Jesus endured. O MY GOD!!!! MY MY MY - I FEEL MY HELP COMING ON!!! I command every demonic force around you to break power right now in the Name of Jesus - every witch, every warlock, every nay sayer to go to dried up places & never show ur ugly head around the people of God again. I break the back of poverty, bad relationships, doubt, stress, worry in the Name of Jesus. There shall be no more lack in your life. NOTHING MISSING, NOTHING BROKEN. I speak to your very situation - no more prison, not another child going to prision. I speak healing to your body in the hospitals that will STUN THE DOCTORS. Ask for another x-ray; before you continue on with that medication. OMG - be healed, be healed & set free in Jesus Name. Speak over yourselves, lay hands on yourselves & speak the word of God. COMMAND SOME THINGS IN YOUR LIFE - YOU HAVE THE POWER INSIDE OF YOU - TAP INTO IT!!!!
NEUTRALISING CURSES : BY EMMANUEL BABA
ISIAKA Bible in one year: Proverbs 1-3 Memorise: And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. Isaiah 28:18 Read: 2 Kings 2:19-22 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, we pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is bad, and the land miscarrieth. 20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. 21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast salt therein, and said, Thus saith Jehovah, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or miscarrying. 22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spake.
Besides overruling death, the God we serve – the Most High God – overrules curses. In 2 Kings 2:19-25, Jericho was a beautiful city, yet there was barrenness, death, bad water, etc. as a result of a curse placed over it by Joshua in Joshua 6:26 "And Joshua charged them with an oath at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before Jehovah, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: with the loss of his first- born shall he lay the foundation thereof, and with the loss of his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it." But through the servant of the Most High, the curse was lifted. 4 Points To Note: 1.A lesson here is that not only can individuals or families be cursed, but communities and cities can equally be cursed. Living in a cursed community is not an interesting experience. Virtually everyone there will suffer from affliction brought about by the curse. But you, as a change agent, can break the curse over your community and set everyone there free like Elisha did. 2.Another lesson is that any curse placed by a man of God can be broken by another man of God who has a higher anointing. Joshua destroyed Jericho and placed a curse over it that should prevent it from being rebuilt. But the one with double portion of the anointing on Elijah broke the curse. Have you made a covenant with the forces of darkness contrary to God’s will before you became a Christian? God says it shall not stand. 3.The Most High can overrule hell, that is, He can command hell not to take you (Isaiah 28:18). This season, the Lord will command hell not to take you. You shall end up in Heaven, not in hell in Jesus name. One person God spoke to hell that it could not have was Paul. He was so evil that he called himself Chief of Sinners in 1 Timothy 1:15
"Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief " Ordinarily, a chief of sinners should occupy the hottest parts of hell yet, he became the Chief Apostle. In addition, because He is the Most High, 4.He can also promote far higher than any man. The height you can promote a person to is a function of how high you are yourself. If I lift six footer above my head with my two hands, you can be sure that within minutes, my hands will become weak and compel me to put the fellow down. Governors can appoint commissioners but it will take the president to appoint ministers. However, with God, there is no limit to the extent He can lift you. When He lifts you up, Heaven, not the sky, will be your limit because that is where His throne is. PRAYER POINT: Father, concerning me, my nuclear and extended families, overrule hell for our sakes in Jesus name.
SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MINISTRIES & THE AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL IN COLLABORATION WITH MINISTRIES THAT BELIEVE IN REACHING THE PEOPLE WHOLESOME NEEDS ; LAUNCHES A SEASON OF OUTREACH TO PHYSICALLY & SPIRITUALLY DISABLE , IMPRISONED , SICK , HUNGRY, NAKED , ORPHANS & WIDOWS . CONAMED OPERATION WHEEL CHAIR (SINCE WE ARE SEEKING COLLABORATION IN PROVIDING TWO HUNDRED WHEEL CHAIRS & 500 FREE BIBLES TO STREET DISABLES, SEEK TO HOST A ONE DAY CRUSADE IN EVERY PRISON WE CAN REACH , HAVE A LOVE FEAST WITH ORPHANS AND SHARE SOME WARM CLOTHES WITH THE WIDOWS.) WE ARE NON-DENOMINATIONAL AND STAND READY TO WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH ALL OTHER MINISTRIES INTERESTING IN GOING OUT THERE PHYSICALLY AND GETTING THEIR HANDS SOIL IN THE VINEYARD! YOU WILL HAVE CONTROL OVER ANY MATERIAL YOU BRING AND FULL CREDIT AND COVERAGE WILL BE GIVEN TO YOUR MINISTRY ACCORDING TO YOUR DEEDS. THIS IS IN PREPARATION FOR OUR INTENDED VISITATION TO YOUR CHURCHES AND HOMES. IT WILL BE A WORKING MISSIONARY JOURNEY AS WE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED. PLEASE PUT US IN YOUR PRAYERS, FOR ONLY GOD CAN FULLY IMPLEMENT OUR PLANS ACCORDING TO HIS DIVINE PLANS FOR US. FOSTERING UNITY AMONG THE BRETHREN IN ORDER TO SERVE OUR SINGLE MASTER & FLOCKS IS OUR PARAMOUNT GOAL.
TWENTY FOUR DISTINGUISH LADIES WHO HAVE BEEN REFINE THROUGH THE FIRES OF THE GOSPEL TRUTH AND ENDOW WITH THE POWER OF GOD’S WISDOM , KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING AS HAVE BEEN PROVEN OVER THE YEARS BY THE FRUITS THE CONTINUE TO BEAR IN THE LIVES OF MILLIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE ; WERE HONORED & CERTIFICATED BY THE SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
LETTER TO THE HONOREES FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTESS OF THE SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MINISTRIES : FAITHFUL SERVANT OF THE MOST HIGHEST GOD , IT IS WITH THE GREATEST HUMLITY AND JOY IN OUR HEARTS TO INFORM YOU THAT AFTER WEEKS OF CONSULTING WITH OUR FRIENDS AND FOES ALIKE; WE ARE ABLE TO COME OUT WITH TWENTY FOUR NAMES (LIKEN UNTO THE TWENTY FOUR ELDERS WHO LIVE TO WORSHIP GOD WITH THEIR VERY EXISTENCE EVERY SECOND) OF FAITHFUL SERVANTS OF THE MOST HIGHEST GOD WHO HAVE STRIVE IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER TO TAKE THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO THE VERY ENDS OF THE EARTH. ON FACE BOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL (ETC.) SITES; YOU HAVE PROVEN YOURSELF WORTHY OF DEFENDING THE NAME OF GOD. YOU HAVE EITHER TRAVELED FAR AND WIDE THROUGH THE MEDIA OR PHYSICALLY AND SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR. I AM HUMBLED WHEN CHOSEN TO INFORM YOU THAT DURING A SURVEY CONDUCTED WHEREIN WE RECEIVED FIVE HUNDREDS NAMES OF THE WHOS WHO IN TAKING THE GOSPEL TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH ; YOU WERE CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE FIRST TWENTY FOUR FAVORITES NAMES WITH THE MOST VOTES. THEREFORE FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ; SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MINISTRIES & THE AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL , OUR FRIENDS , SUPPORTERS AND WELL WISHERS; WE ARE HONORED TO CERTIFY YOU WITH THIS TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION AND RECOGNITION OF YOUR SERVICES RENDERED TO HUMANITY AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD . MAY GOD CONTINUED TO DIRECT THE PATHWAYS OF YOUR LIVES AND MINISTRIES AS TOGETHER WE IN OUR DIVERSITIES TAKE THE LIVING WORD OF GOD TO THE FLOCKS! SIGNED THIS 26TH DAY OF MAY 2012: FOR & ON BEHALF OF THE CHIEF SHEPHERD: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES: BISHOP STEVEN LIBERTY SR : CEO
APPROVED : BISHOPSTEVENLIBERTYSR SHEPHERDSWITHOUTBORDERS AFRICANVOICE*******
ALSO HONORED WERE GREAT MEN AND WOMEN FROM ACROSS THE GLOBLE WHOSE WORK AND LIVES HAVE POSITIVELY AFFECTED THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA .
AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL 2012 AWARD FOR JUSTICE, STABILITY & PEACE
IT WITH THE GREATEST OF RESPECT AND PRIDE THAT WE INFORM YOU THAT AFTER EXAMING THE RECORDS OF YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT; THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL HAVE SELECTED YOU TO BE AWARDED THE DISTINGUISH TITLE “VOICE OF AFRICAN PEACE”. IT IS NO NEWS THAT THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA IS BLEEDING FROM CRISIS OF VARIOUS TYPES AND FORMS; WARS, TERRORISM, IGNORANCE & TOTAL DARKNESS, FAMINE AND MANY OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE THE TENDENCY OF DESTABALIZING IT. DURING THIS PERIOD IN OUR LIVES; THERE ARE VARIOUS TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT ARE EITHER BLESSING OUR LIVES OR PROFITING FROM OUR CRISIS. TODAY AFTER EXAMINING ALL THE EVIDENCES AND RECORDS OF YOUR INTERACTIONS: WE ARE SATISFIED THAT YOU ARE INDEED A LOVER OF THE PEACE AND UNITY OF OUR CONTINENT AND CAN FULLY INTERCEED ON OUR BEHALF PHYSICALLY & SPIRITUALLY AT ALL TIMES ; IN ALL CAPACITIES WHEREEVER YOU ARE. AS OF THIS DAY WE RECOGNIZE YOU AS A LIGHT IN OUR DARKNESS AND A VOICE CRYING OUT ON OUR BEHALF; WHILE YET DIRECTING US TOWARDS THE PATH OF TRUTH. ATTESTED SEALED AND SIGNED THIS 15TH DAY OF MAY 2012: BOARD OF TRUSTEES: AFRICAN VOICE N THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL: APPROVED: BISHOPSTEVENLIBERTYSR : CEO
THESE NAMES OF THE THIRD AND FINAL GROUP OF HONOREES WERE PRAYERFULLY SELECTED AFTER WEIGHING THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SPIRITUAL LIVES OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE !
IN A LETTER TO THIS GROUP THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL WROTE : BLESSINGS FROM THE LORD; SILVER AND GOLD WE DO NOT HAVE TO REWARD YOU FOR THE MARVELOUS WAY YOU HAVE IMPACTED THE LIVES OF MILLION ACROSS THE WORLD WITH THE WORD OF GOD. THROUGH YOUR FAITH, YOU HAVE GIVEN THOUSANDS HOPE TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT DAY DISPISE OF THEIR PROBLEMS AND DIFFICULTIES. FOR SOME YOUR COUNSELING, TEACHINGS AND PRAYERS GIVE THEM COURAGE THAT SOMEWHERE, SOMEONE IS PRAYING FOR THEM. AFTER A SURVEY WE DISCOVERED THAT INDEED THE SEEDS YOU PLANT DAILY THROUGH YOUR SWEAT AND TOIL ON SOCIAL SITES AND OTHER PLACES HAVE BORNE FRUITS INTO THE LIVES OF MILLIONS ACROSS THE EARTH AMONG PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT CULTURE BACKGROUND, TRADITIONS AND CULTURES. WE ARE BLESSED THAT GOD BROUGHT YOU INTO OUR LIVES AND IN THIS LITTLE WAY WANT TO ENCOURAGE AND THANK YOU: THEREFORE AFTER MUCH PRAYERS AND DISCUSSION , IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR OUTSTANDING PERFORAMENCE CARRYING OUT THE COMMAND OF OUR CHIEF SHEPHERD JESUS CHRIST TO (AS ISSUE IN MATTHEW 28: 18-20 )TO TAKE THE WORD OF GOD TO THE VERY ENDS OF THE EARTH WITH OUT FEAR OR FAVOR AND YOU ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT THIS COMMAND WITHOUT PREJUDICES; FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA WHERE SOME OF YOUR FRUITS ARE HARVESTED AND BROUGHT MUCH PEACE AND HOPE TO OUR CONTINENT :AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL DO HEREBY AWARD YOU THIS CERTIFICATE “VOICE OF AFRICAN PEACE” GIVEN THIS 15TH DAY OF MAY 2012
ATTESTED: BOARD OF TRUSTESS AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL
PHOTOS OF OUTREACH ACROSS THE GLOBE /STREET VISITATIONS/CONFERENCES/WEDDING/DELIVERENCE /ENCOURAGEMENT IN THE VINEYARD OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD !
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FATHER: BY CATHERIN SKINNER
Understanding that not all people are children of God and that becoming a child of God only happens when you are adopted by God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26) is important for understanding how and why God deals with people differently. If we are born again (John 1:12; 3:1-8), we have been adopted into the family of God, redeemed from the curse of sin and are “joint heirs with Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7). Part of that new relationship is that God now deals with us differently, which includes His chastisement when we sin (Hebrews 12:3-11). Because of that new relationship, Christians may sin, but they cannot be comfortable or content living a life of habitual, ongoing sin. If a person is living a life enslaved to sin and is comfortable in that sin and without the chastisement of God upon them, then we know they are “illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8). In other words, they are unbelievers.
As we come to understand the true nature of God as revealed in the Bible we should be amazed that He not only allows us, but even encourages us, to call Him “Abba Father.”
It is amazing that a holy and righteous God, who created and sustains all things, who is the only all-powerful, all knowing, ever-present God, would allow sinful humans to call Him “daddy.” As we come to understand who God really is and how sinful we are, the privilege of being able to call Him “Abba Father” will take on a whole new meaning for us and help us understand God’s amazing grace. http://www.gotquestions.org/Abba-Father.html Reflections: We all would like our natural father to have the characteristics of our Heavenly Abba-Father, however, most of them don’t. Therefore we still love and respect them as a parent chosen and given by God. It took my relationship with God to understand what my relationship and role with my natural daddy/father was. My dad chosen by God and now is gone to be with God, yet I am so grateful that I will never lose my heavenly Father. For someone that loves me unconditionally, give me new grace and mercy every morning, that watches over me and keep me as the apple of His eye and the center of His affection. Knowing that I am in the palm of His hand and No thing or No one can pluck me out, makes everything well with me. Amen! I am a born again child of the Most High God and filled with His Holy Spirit. "HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL THE FATHER'S BOTH NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL. BE BLESSED MEN OF GOD."
Inspired by the Word of God Quotes from gotquestions.org/Abba-Father.html Reflections shared by Catherin Skinner 6/2/12
The Two Witnesses
"Clearly, the two witnesses are not a man and his wife, nor two contemporary preachers, nor two Old Teastament prophets returned to earth in physical bodies. It is my deep conviction that the answer regarding just who these two witnesses are lies in the word of the Lord to Zechariiah when Zechariah posed the question, "What are these my Lord"? He then says ,"Then He answered me and spake unto me, saying, This is the WORD of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying,Not by Might, nor by power, but by my SPIRIT, saith the Lord of Hosts." Can we not see the secret truth revealed in these words? The lampstand and the two olive trees were the HOLY SPIRIT AND THE WORD that was sent ot empower Zerubbabel to raise up the temple of God! The Word empowered by the Holy Spirit is God`s prophetic witness which flows out for all ages. The greatest and most powerful thing on earth is a witness--the witness of the Spirit and the Word which God has raised up in the earth to testify of Himself and to accomplish His plan and purpose! In 1st John 5:8 we read, "and there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, the water, and the blood." The Spirit then is one of the witnesses, even as the writer of Hebrews states, The Holy Spirit is also a Witness to us,"(Heb. 10:15), and "the Spirit itself beareth witness","(Rom. 8:6), and "it is the Spirit that bears witness( 1st John 5:6). In John`s first epistle we read that Jesus Christ came by "water and blood".(1st John 5:6). So the water and the blood both witness through Him who is the Living Word, the divine Logos. Therefore, the two witnesses mentioned in Rev. ch 11 become the Spirit and the Word! "This Gospel of The Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a WITNESS unto all nations."(Matt. ch 24:14). Of course men are the human agents through whom this message becomes effectual. "You shall be my witnesses," and in this connection how our Lord sent His disiciples two by two(Mark 6:7).
After the Day Of Pentecost the apostles often travelled in two`s, Paul and Silas and John Mark,e.t.c. Two, as we have shown, is the number of witness required by law and approved by the gospel. It was and is and ever has been the purpose of God to bring forth a Prophetic Army , im whom the spirit of prophesy moves to unfold in the written word and in the Spirit realm the living WORD OF GOD. This is that "Elijah which is to come" and who is to "restore all things"---a company of prophets, a many membered prophet!---J Preston Eby The Two Witnesses Part Two... "The destruction wrought by the two witnesses against their foes, does not consist in literal fire proceeding from their mouths or in some cosmic calamities brought down on their heads of their enemies, for such a carnal, childish interpretation of such a majestic symbol is a dry and barren thing compared to the deep spiritual truth and light the Spirit brings. Do you really believe a literal fire will literally happen? Do you think the day is coming when we will open our mouths and flames of fire leaping out from our throats? There are some, I`m sure, who relish the thought of having such a ministry! But notice, my friends, that these witnesses are clothed upon with sackcloth---which is a type of humility, repentence, and brokenness. In the Revelation, we read about white robes; here is something about black robes! We read about the sun becomming black as sackcloth of hair(Rev. 6:12). Sackcloth was made from the hair of goats and camels and for that reason, it was very dark and coarse in texture. Sackcloth was usually the garb of the poor, and also used when mourning. As long as the witnesses remain clothed in their sackcloth, as long as they are humble, broken, and a meek spirit accompanies them, they retain their power! The "fire" of God is a glorious reality! Our God is a consuming fire! Daniel says that a firey stream came from and before Him. The Lord Jesus Christ is compared to fire. He is like a refiner`s fire. The Holy Spirit is also a fire into which the Lord`s people are baptized! And the ministering servants of the Lord are likewise represented as a flame of fire(Heb. 1:7).
Now hear what Jeremiah declares when he says, "Thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because you speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it(firey words) shall devour them".(Jer. 5:14). And again, "Is not my word lake as a fire, saith the Lord? And like a hammer that breaks rocks into pieces? (Jer. 23:29). It is obvious to me that the imagery of fire proceeding from the mouths of the two witnesses mouths and devouring their enemies is drawn directly by the Holy Spirit from these words in the prophesy of Jeremiah! The fire that comes from their mouths is a burning word of authority, it is their prophesying the word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit which burns and consumes all the opposition of those who fight against it. This is the fire! I`m looking for this day for this to finish it`s work. If someone was to take a blowtorch and touch your body with the flame, you would scream as loud as possible from the pain of this flame. As your flesh begans to melt, you would be in excruciating pain! This is the exact image the Holy Spirit would impress upon us. These two witnesses---with a ministry like this---would you receive them? They speak with such power that if you try to resist, their word will burn you up! Is this an imagination, or is this what is really written by the prophet of God? It is written there, and it is surely God`s way of dealing spiritually with the rebellion of man! The phrase, "devoureth their enemies," in the Greek says ," it eats up or consumes the adversaries". Multitudes of believers are confused about the meaning of these spiritual things because of literal, carnal thinking. They suppose the two witnesses are two physical men, as Moses and Elijah, and they send literal flames of fire out of their mouths and instamtly cremate other living people. But these symbols of the Revelation never mean what they appear to be in a literal way. They point to something else. The enemies that are devoured are not flesh and blood people, but the true enemies within each of us---the old man of sin within us, the carnal mind, the flesh nature which always resists both the Spirit and the Word! It is not the wicked physical man God destroys in this day of the New Covenant and Grace and Salvation, but the wicked nature of physical nature of old Adam that dwells in mankind"....J Preston Eby---KW
The Utterances of God: WRITTEN BY FRANCIS FRANGIPANE MINISTRIES & ADDED BY SUSAN CLARK
Much of what we are living today we were speaking yesterday. Of course, not everything in one's future is determined by his words. However, in real ways, our words are seeds that bloom in future hopes and fears; they are the trailblazers of our future, the pioneers of our tomorrows. Still, most of us are too casual, or ignorant, about the weightiness of our words. Recall: it was Jesus Himself who warned, "For every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment." He continued, "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matthew 12:36-37 NKJV). We will each stand before God and give an account for our words. We actually will be justified or condemned by the things we uttered in life. In truth, idle words create idols, false realities and hollow goals, to which we bow down and serve. The Kernel of Life or Death There is a weightiness to words, a spiritual substance within our words, and that substance has the power to impact those who receive them. Jesus said His words were "spirit and [they] are life" (John 6:63). The substance in Christ's words is eternal life, and believing His words transforms us.
So also our words can contain either life or, conversely, they can contain death. If I wrote a string of profanities, blasphemies and curses, would not the vileness of such words, at least temporarily, degrade your soul with their toxic affect? Our words, manipulated by Hell, can actually become weapons the enemy uses to destroy us and wound others, as Job challenged his so-called friends: "To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit was expressed through you?" (Job 26:4). When we slander or gossip, we must ask ourselves: Whose spirit is being expressed through us? You see, satan seeks to use our words against us. With our words, we criticize but do not pray; we judge without showing mercy. These things immediately affect our future. Satan knows that if he can capture our tongues, he can capture our future. As it is written: "The tongue...sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by Hell" (See James 3:2-6). The devil can take our careless, insensitive words and literally crush people with them. Although a word has no measurable mass, it can become an unbearable burden on a person's soul, especially a harsh word spoken in anger. It can actually destroy another's life. Still think words are unimportant? A definite aspect of our salvation unfolds when we "confess with [our] mouth Jesus as Lord" (Romans 10:9). Our confession takes salvation out of the vague, provisional state and makes it a distinct, effective dimension of our life. Our confession of faith in all things helps chart our lives in a Godward direction. Prayer itself is the expansion of the heart toward God through words, and when you pray according to the will of God, your words begin to shape your future in God. Combining Spiritual Thoughts with Spiritual Words
Now we have received...the Spirit Who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 As we combine spiritual thoughts with spiritual words, the things freely given us by God begin to manifest in our lives. This is not to say that merely repeating words has power, as if by magic. No. However, the Bible calls us to combine "spiritual thoughts" with "spiritual words," enabling new dimensions to open in our relationship with God. Becoming Like Christ, the Word The Church is beginning to realize its singular purpose is to be like Christ. To be like Jesus, however, is to be purified in both heart and speech. James said that "if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man" (James 3:2). Our words, therefore, are a measure of our maturity. Or consider Isaiah. When this mighty prophet saw the Lord, he was immediately convicted concerning his words. Isaiah said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips" (Isaiah 6:5). Taking a burning coal from the altar, the first thing the Lord cleansed was Isaiah's speech. Likewise, when we truly see Jesus, our words will also be brought under the burning coal of divine conviction; a process of cleansing will begin. Thus, Peter says, "Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God" (1 Peter 4:11). It is an honor to be anointed to speak a timely word; it is a greater honor to speak a timeless message. Christ spoke both. If we were, this day, required to stand before God, would our words justify us or condemn us? Would we be honored for speaking the utterances of God?
Lord, put a guard over my heart that I might not sin with my mouth. Master, purify me that my words might be the expression of Your heart. Help me to crucify my instinct to talk. May I serve You as one entrusted to speak, as it were, the utterances of God. Francis Frangipane Ministries of Francis Frangipane Email: email@example.com
THE DAY OF PENTECOST: BAPTIZED WITH FIRE BUT IGNORANT ABOUT THE SPIRIT!!!!!!! Sometimes it puzzle me to see the various preparations and fanfare we put into celebrating religious holidays; as if we are living or even trying to live as those who were present during those times. Take Pentecost for instance; if you ask many why they are celebrating this day; they would quickly state it was the day the Holy Spirit descended like fire upon the disciples. Go a little further and ask them if the were baptized with the Holy Spirit and they with shout yes. Check their dressing and you will think they are dressed for a feast in Heaven. See them jumping and singing and you will yearn to be a part of their congregation; but go a little deeper and you will be shock that they are so dirty underneath it all. In fact they are so dark inside the only demons dwell in such places. The Spirit of God is on their lips but absence from their lives. They do not even know who the Holy Spirit is nor where to place Him in their lives.
I do not know what Pentecost means to you as a person, as a church, as a believer; but I do know it is a period that a freshness and renewal of your old relationship with God begins. I will not be dealing much with the event here because this has cause many good folks to lost track of the substance. The event is Pentecost while the substance is the Holy Spirit that filled the believers that day. The book of Acts tells us that out of all those believers who saw Christ after He resurrected from the dead only one hundred and twenty gather in the Upper Room to await the promise of a comforter. What happen to the rest? Were they asleep as many today who will not take the word of God seriously until death comes knocking at their door? I do not know, but what I do know for sure is that these 120 were gather in the Upper Room during this same period (a few days difference) praising, praying, fasting, and restructuring their Ministry while awaiting the promise of the Holy Spirit because they believe in the Word of God and were willing vessels that were clean and sparkling white after their faith had been tested and their eyes had been opened through the happening of the last two mouths.
Today so much emphasis is placed on the baptism of the Holy Spirit; but it is very interesting to note that many of those who claimed to have been baptized by the Holy Spirit know absolutely nothing about the Holy Spirit. Oh yes I do not doubt that they were filled after giving their lives over to Christ and the Servant lay their hands upon them; but I doubt if the Spirit remain in most of them. There is a saying â€œby their fruits you shall know themâ€?. Many will be celebrating Pentecost Sunday for the disciples who were gathered in the Upper Room but have not an iota of the Holy Spirit in them. How can you learn from a teacher if you do not know how to behave as a student? Pentecost should be celebrated by those fill with the Spirit of God to bring in a harvest as it happened on the first Pentecost. As far as many are concerned there was a great outpour of the Spirit in their meetings and from that day forward those who receive the Spirit are left to fend for themselves; they have a Spirit living in them but do not know anything about the Spirit. The result is we have a lot of empty vessels running around claiming to be carrying a stranger within themselves that they know nothing about. Many of them refer to the Holy Spirit as it, when conversing; while other believes The Holy Spirit was born on the day of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit is not an IT not a thing. The Holy Spirit is God Himself and I am not referring to the Trinity. First of all the Spirit of God is unchangeable and if that is truth than it is save to state that indeed the Spirit of God that filled the disciples that day and continue to filled and reside in vessels worthy of His presence is the same Spirit the moved over the face of the waters before the creation of the Heavens and the earth “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”(Gen1:2) Now that we have established that fact we must go back to the very beginnings of the Spirit dealing with man to fully understand the true importance of the day of Pentecost and what it means for us today. When we encountered the Spirit of God next in the Bible we see Him numbering the days of our lives on the face of the earth.: “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years”.(Gen 6:3) The Spirit of God resided within the bodies of worthy men before long before the day of Pentecost; but they were selected and Worthy vessels chosen by God.
These vessels prove beyond reasonable doubt that they were worthy of the Spirit of God through the way they live for God; regardless of the circumstances they found themselves in. However when the Spirit of God is present in a person; it is like a light that can be seen and felt as in the cases of Joseph and Joshua in Bible. You can not have the Spirit of God in you and do not bear fruits of the Spirit. What are some of those fruits I am referring to? When the Spirit of God fills a person the attributes of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and various other talents needed (like interpreting dreams in the case of Joseph). “And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?” “See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship”(Ex 31:2-3) “And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;” (Num 27:18) Above all you will be obedient to the word of God. Those that are obedient to the Word of God do justice and keep the commandments of God , they shall show mercy at all times and unbelievers and strangers shall submit to them . They shall fear God at all times because:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”(Ps111:10) For those who encountered the Spirit of God and allow it to take residence in their temples/bodies; they will find it as a worthy instructor always ready to instruct, a listening ear. Their lives will be lead by and controlled by the teaching they received daily from the Holy Spirit. It is an every day affair. It is not because you were baptized by the Holy Spirit somewhere and you go back to your evil ways and yet claim that the Spirit resides in you. The Spirit of God does not reside in a dirty vessel. No, no The Spirit of God does not work that way. The Spirit only resides in vessels clean and willing to accept His presence. He does not force His presence upon anyone but instructs and releases His blessings upon those whom He dwell. “Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.” (Neh 9:20) If you are instructed by the Spirit of God you will not walk in the dark However you cannot claim to have the Holy Spirit residing in you if you hate instruction and cast the Word of God behind you. You will always yearn for His statues because the Spirit prompts you to prepared your heart; cleanse and sanctify it to seek the law and teach it to others.
The Spirit of God keeps record of our every movement, every word that comes out of our mouths, every action and interactions; our thoughts and even our most intimate desires. Isn’t that frightening? Yes it is for those who do not understand the Spirit of God. However once you understand the Spirit of God and allow Him to instruct you; you will be happy for His presence at every breath you take. Job proudly boasted about the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life: “Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high”. (Job 16:19) For Job the Spirit of God inspired all he did and increased his understanding to understand one fundamental truth; that he was created by God and is accountable to God alone. It was the comforting nature of the Spirit of God that Job refers to as the breath of God. The Spirit of God relaxes our every move and incorporates it and takes control as He directs us to the destiny and purpose of our existence. “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” (Job32:8) “The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.(Job 33:4) But the Spirit of God must be fear and respected because He inspires and instructs but also can be a consuming fire for those on the opposite side of Him. The Spirit of God is also a Spirit that judges and at times destroy through burning in order to cleanse.
Now isn’t that something that we don’t want to be associated with the truth of the Spirit of God; therefore many do not even mention it these days. Oh yes! The Spirit of God creates, gives wisdom, instructs, and resides within worthy vessels but also judges and burns in order to cleanse. God hates dirty places, dirty people, sin and filth. “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.” (Isa 4:4) We must beware of provoking the Spirit of God because we will surely face the judgement throne one day and either the Spirit of God will testify on our behalf or witness against us ; for as I mentioned earlier all we do, think, say , is being witnessed by the Spirit of God. Yes Christ has indeed wash away our sins on the cross and we were baptized with the power of the Holy Spirit but if we go back to our filthy lives; we are dirty and filthy and the Spirit of God will judge us and condemn us to burning like the Devil we serve. If the Spirit of God should dwell in you everyday and night you must walk as best as you can in the right path. Oh yes all have sinned, all will continue to sin but if you follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit much of those sins and dirt will avoid you and you will be worthy of the Spirit of God. The word of God says: “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin” (Isa 30:1)
Only the covering of the Spirit of God makes life worth living. Everything else is vanity and leads to the pits of eternal destruction. The Lord pours His Spirit from on high upon those servants and vessels He finds worthy of His calling and dwells within their bodies directing and counselling and teaching because He delights in His elect. Now the key question is when the Spirit of God is pour upon you, what becomes of you. What are your own responsibilities? Is it poured upon you just for nothing? There were millions living in Israel and it surroundings on the day of Pentecost and many more disciples scatter around but the outpour only came upon those who were willing and ready to receive it. Of those original disciples who were in the Upper Room and among the early Christians were those who receive the power and out pour of the Holy Spirit and were baptized; but were so dirty the Holy Spirit struck them dead (Acts 5:1-10) With the out pour of the Spirit comes responsibilities. The responsibilities to spread the Word to the gentile’s ands thus bring judgement to them, pour waters of life upon those that are thirsty and wet the dry and patch grounds. When the Spirit of God dwells in the worthy; He extends it to their seeds and mightily bless their offspring. The promises of the Lord are mighty towards those who are obedient to His word and found worthy to receive the power of the Holy Spirit. “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” (Isa 54:13)
Those whom the Spirit of God dwell in have no worry about what the plans of the enemy are for them for they are insured, assured, protected and covered. That’s why Christ called The Spirit of God a Comforter. They have no fear for the truth that comes out of their mouths concerning the Kingdom of God, His blessings to the just and wrath upon the unjust. They speak with a boldness and fire that drives out both physical and spiritual enemies into hiding. For it is written: “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.” (Isa 59:19, 21) I think you can now see for yourself that the Holy Spirit is more than just a one day event. It is more than been baptized with fire and the Holy Spirit; it is living with that fire in the temple of your bodies’ everyday and night and walking in accordance to its mandates. Now let’s go to the event a little before retuning to the substance once more; for in order to fully understand the event that you called the Day of Pentecost, it is necessary to note that what takes place from that day forward in the lives of the Believer is very important.
The disciples had been taught all the while that Christ would die, resurrect, and leave them to carry out the mission one day. However they did not take His Words seriously and were very surprised, frightened, and astonished when these things actually took place. We can see it in Peter’s denial, Thomas doubt etc. Now before ascending He give Word that they should assemble and wait for the Power that would enable them to carried out their mission boldly to the ends of the earth. This time Peter, Thomas and those around them would not be taken unawares as we can see from their assembly in the Upper Room and their restructuring the number back to twelve; by replacing Judas. They were willing, ready, and anticipating a new day in their lives. They were waiting to be among the first in their days; after the death of Christ to receive the Spirit of God. However this time it was with a difference. The Spirit of God was going to come as a rushing wind to be poured upon all flesh. What does this new wave means? “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:28-29) All flesh? Yet there were those who were out of the Upper Room that did not received the Spirit of God that day.
If you go through all the passages of the Bible relating to the Spirit of God before the day of Pentecost ,you will note that it was being poured out on a selected worthy vessels of a particular nation. Now God was releasing His Spirit upon all nations upon the face of the earth to guide, instruct, etc. those who willingly, believed, and accepted Him in their lives. I have never read a passage in the Bible where there was a baptism of the Holy Spirit upon people who were not ready to receive it. It ushers in a new period in the lives of those who it resides in. Now was the time for both men and women of all nations of the earth to prophesy about the things of God to come with a new boldness. I am not referring to empty vessels with a title, I am not referring to witches and magician using tricks and evil charms to claim the title, I am referring to something so transparent, beautiful and pure that when released in your presence you know that that vessel houses the Spirit of God. Yes Pentecost usher in a new way of life for all to received the Spirit of God at any given time in their lives, both young and old, men and women, slave and free, Jew or Gentile. It was restoration time! If you go to the passage referred to by Peter in His speech that day; you will note that there were many things relating to restoration and the end of days that we live in today. It was a promised of a new day.
â€œBut I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.â€? (Joel 2; 20-27) A new day had come; a new period for the day in God to arise and live again with God dwelling within them; a period for the old to be instructed through their dreams. Oh what a beauty!
But how will they dream went they are drunk with power, wine, lust, and things of the world most of the time. It ushers in a period for young men to have visions. I laugh the other day when some young man asked me about my vision. They play with words so much these days. Those who were filled with the Holy Spirit were filled with signs and wonders; even their shadows healed at times ; but here you are dying of stroke and all manners of diseases and playing with magic and evil charms you call power , drunk with the blood and sweat of those you exploit daily for material gains , oppressing the poor ,giving deaf ear to the fatherless , and engaging in everything contrary to the Word of God and yet you claim to have visions. The time had come for young men to visualize the things of God through a manner that would bring wholeness to their lives; because only in the things of God can we find the real true about life. The time had arrived when the Spirit of God took control and not the might of man. “….Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Oh yes, we boast that we were baptized with fire and power and have received the power of the Holy Spirit. We wear long dresses and respectable clothes, we sit properly and outwardly when you see us or hear us talking about the Holy Spirit , singing so beautifully you will think we are okay but just go one layer deeper and you will find our truth selves most of the time.
The Holy Spirit is only on our lips and absence from our hearts and lives. We have as many secret lives as it is claimed that a cat has nine lives. Many claiming the Spirit of God are fakes. Many think by dressing in white garments, shouting, dancing, and speaking in tongues means baptism of the Holy Spirit. Remember the Devil is a good counterfeiter. When you are actually baptized with fire of the Holy Spirit it refines you and gives you a new direction and that brings us to the Day of Pentecost. My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ; let us not relent in our efforts in seeking the Spirit of God to take up residence in our lives. You might have been baptised with the Spirit but have lost contact through your associations and interactions with the things of the world. You made have been baptized with the Holy Spirit but lose contact because no one told you the real truth about the Spirit of God. Let Pentecost be a time of rekindling that fire in your life. The coals are there as long as you live. All you need is a single spark to make that light blaze so brightly within your life that you will be unable to contain it alone but will pass the surplus on to others. It is the will of God that you old men dream dreams that will bring about peace and stability in all our lives and you young men have visions that will make life worth living in the presence of God.
It is the will of God that everyone received this Spirit regardless of colour, status, or location as long as you are a willing vessel. Great signs and wonders, healings and unity are expected to take place among those who the Spirit of God resides. It is my innermost wish that you benefit from your encounter with the Spirit of God and not let it be a one day affair but one that will impact your life forever.
Cornfused is a word from my neck of the woods, when I was still a back hill country boy, and though I knew what the word represented, I didn’t quite grasp the concept. Simply put cornfused means confused, but from this perspective, cracked corn is able to serve very few purposes, one being white lightning or grain alcohol, another being feed for farm animals. Fused, means put back together, but if you were to trying putting cracked corn back together, you would find, without help, you just do the best you can to find pieces that resemble what’s missing. The end product of such things would be, it may look good, but it’s not whole, according to its original design. I went to church yesterday and a well meaning person, supposedly walking in the spirit because they’re a prophetess, punch me in the arm, just to say hello. Though it has been several weeks since I had surgery, anytime you cut nerves and muscles in the neck and the scapulary area of the shoulder, it’s a long and painful road back to health and full use of those areas. When I responded with ouch and withdrew in pain, somehow I offended them, to me this is cornfused. Have you ever gone to church and walked out wondering, what just happened and not feeling good about it? I’m not talking about feeling the pangs of living wrong, I’m referring to that feeling like, something wrong just happened, and you don’t know how to explain or understand it.
Did what happened, make you feel confused or worse, cornfused? Well the fact of the matter is, that’s not of God and if the Holy Spirit was present and working in that church, there should be no confusion. When a Prophet (ess) speaks a word over you, you should not have questions regarding what they’re talking about, for this is nothing but confusion. 1Co 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 1Co 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. If that particular body is engulfed in envying and or strife, then rest assured, confusion does exist there, along with every evil work. Jas 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. Jas 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. Jas 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Jas 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. So, if the word of prophecy or the Word of God is taught appropriately, even if it steps on toes, there should still be a level of peace with it, for those who are wanting to do the Father’s will and be about His business. If there is in anywise confusion, it’s probably not from God. Please note; when God speaks a word of prophecy that steps on toes, self examination should take place before letting foolish emotions overrun good senses.
There are things in our lives that we may or may not be aware of, that actually are displeasing to God and God uses His true Prophet(ess)s to inform us, this is not the place where anger should rule over judgment. It could very well be, God is getting ready to use us, but there is something out of order that might cause one of His precious ones to suffer more than be healed. I know for myself, I do not want to cause any needless suffering, even if the word that goes to a person is extremely hard for them to swallow. God has His ways, and also His words, if we speak exactly what God says completely, then healing should take place soon after the affront. Now that’s not necessarily true with all people, if we look back at king Saul’s life, we see he got bent out of shape, then continued headstrong and headlong in the wrong direction. That was and is not the prophet’s fault, but the receiver, for their heart was not for God, and God succeeded in weeding out the present tare. In all God does to transform His people, He does with foreknowledge of their heart. Sometimes a person needs to be turned to the right direction, and other times people just need to be turned out to pasture, in order for their hearts to change. Sometimes though, people just need to be turned out as they will cause more harm to the flock, than good. Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. So if you’re feeling cornfused about something, or if you feel misplaced, you really need to seek God. Actually, we should be seeking God over everything, not just the; this, that, and the other thing that bothers us. That means we must, Must, MUST, take the time and get into His Word, daily and into communion with Him, constantly, otherwise things may continue on in the way they go, with a not so good outcome on our part. Keep seeking God, and see, how much you will be blessed and have your soul prospered in all areas. Now go and get before the Lord and bless you all, Amen! I decree and declare, no more cornfusion! Remember to walk in the Spirit!
WELCOME TO THE CORRIDORS OF THE SHEPHERDS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MAGAZINE: LEANING ON EACH OTHER TO PRESS FORWARD WITH THE GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!!!!!! BY EVANGELIST FAVOR LIBERTY
The Shepherds Bugle is the voice of Shepherds Without Borders Lighthouse Ministries; which comes out once monthly to highlight messages, news, visions, projects, strength & weakness of the United Body of the Kingdom of God. Inspired Shepherds come together monthly to write message etc for the community of God chosen. Every shepherd chosen, charged, and called by God (YHWH) to care for His flocks is officially a member. Shepherds serve as an ambassadors of the Kingdom of God , advocates for petitioning God for mankind, administrators for the handling and distributing the truth of God's Word and they need a watch tower on the hilltop to help them not to crash against the stones of temptations placed in their path by the Devil.
This magazine is the shepherdsâ€™ consultant for wisdom and direction when it comes to how the work of the Kingdom of God is being carried out in different places around the world. It is also a confronter of the evil practices that are carried out in the name of the kingdom of God. It is no respecter of any particular doctrine, tradition, color, language, social status, or geographical locations. It is the voice for the united kingdom of God's body of workers in the vineyard here on earth. This magazine is the discussion leader of any topic concerning the kingdom of God and the warfare of God's people. Here you will see and post the work you do for the kingdom; however it should be clear that every work you see here is the responsibility/views of the writer who placed it there and not always necessarily the views of everyone. It is a medium to serve as an encourager for the shepherds around the world who are striving to get the truth of God's Word out even at a risk to their own families and lives. As a spotlight, we intend to also serve as a ground inspector of the work of every ministry we can and highlight their strengths and weaknesses. Shepherds, we say a big welcome to you and your flocks. Let this place be a companion and knowledge dispenser, a place where you can rest and discover your God given talents, your historian where you can view the past and log the present, the nurturer of your visions, your opportunities spotter, and critic. I know many times when you are in the wrong and we speak about it, you might be hurt. Go home and pray about it, and please come for a second look. Partake and make this place a home away from home. Make this place a secret corner for airing your views and questions that have been bothering you for a long time. Please allow Shepherds Bugle to help you develop your ministries and broken lives.
DENMARK HAS JOIN THE TEAM AS OUR 68th COUNTRY !!!!!!! To date we are sharing the word in (68) nations of the world and nearly all of the major cities and towns in those countries as listed below : United State United Kingdom.
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THERE : THEY ARE THE BAHAMAS
Unity is strength and if we are to ever reach the ends of the earth; penetrating every doctrine ,traditions ,creed, or religious belief with the living word of God , then we must united on all fronts. To date we are struggling to keep the touch burning. While the magazine is and will always be totally free of charge; we need the help of volunteers and finance to paid for electricity, housing etc. Your will contributions of any amount & prayers could go a long way to assist us.
LET’S COMBINE AND REACH THE REAL CONGREGATION OUTSIDE OF THE FOUR WALLS : WE NEED YOUR HELP , PRAYERS , PRESENCE, & LOVE TO BRING OUR VISION FULLY TO REALITY ! IT’S NOT JUST REACHING OUT BUT REACHING INTO OUR SELVES TO TAP INTO THE FULLNESS OF JOY AND LOVE THAT COMES FROM WORKING AS A TEAM !!!!!!! SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MINISTRIES & THE AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL IN COLLABORATION WITH MINISTRIES THAT BELIEVE IN REACHING THE PEOPLE WHOLESOME NEEDS ; LAUNCHES A SEASON OF OUTREACH TO PHYSICALLY & SPIRITUALLY DISABLE , IMPRISONED , SICK , HUNGRY, NAKED , ORPHANS & WIDOWS . CONAMED OPERATION WHEEL CHAIR (SINCE WE ARE SEEKING COLLABORATION IN PROVIDING TWO HUNDRED WHEEL CHAIRS & 500 FREE BIBLES TO STREET DISABLES, SEEK TO HOST A ONE DAY CRUSADE IN EVERY PRISON WE CAN REACH , HAVE A LOVE FEAST WITH ORPHANS AND SHARE SOME WARM CLOTHES WITH THE WIDOWS.) WE ARE NON-DENOMINATIONAL AND STAND READY TO WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH ALL OTHER MINISTRIES INTERESTING IN GOING OUT THERE PHYSICALLY AND GETTING
THEIR HANDS SOIL IN THE VINEYARD! YOU WILL HAVE CONTROL OVER ANY MATERIAL YOU BRING AND FULL CREDIT AND COVERAGE WILL BE GIVEN TO YOUR MINISTRY ACCORDING TO YOUR DEEDS. THIS IS IN PREPARATION FOR OUR INTENDED VISITATION TO YOUR CHURCHES AND HOMES. IT WILL BE A WORKING MISSIONARY JOURNEY AS WE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED. PLEASE PUT US IN YOUR PRAYERS, FOR ONLY GOD CAN FULLY IMPLEMENT OUR PLANS ACCORDING TO HIS DIVINE PLANS FOR US. FOSTERING UNITY AMONG THE BRETHREN IN ORDER TO SERVE OUR SINGLE MASTER & FLOCKS IS OUR PARAMOUNT GOAL.
THE EDITOR, STAFF, FRIENDS AND WELL WISHERS OF THE SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MINISTRIES/MAGAZINE & THE AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS INTERNATIONAL FAMALIES WANT TO WISH OUR CEO BISHOP STEVEN & EVANGELIST FAVOR LIBERTY A BLESSED WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AND A HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! MAY THE GOOD LORD CONTINUE TO SHOWER YOU WITH WISDOM , KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING AS TOGETHER WE PRESS FORWARD AS A TEAM TO DO OUR SHARED IN HARVESTING THE VINEYARD OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD !!!!!!!
BRINGING IN THE SHELEVES HARVESTED FROM THE CROPS PLANTED OVER THE YEARS IN THE LIVES OF MANY ACROSS THE GLOBE IN THE LIVES OF MILLIONS . ON...
Published on Jun 4, 2012
BRINGING IN THE SHELEVES HARVESTED FROM THE CROPS PLANTED OVER THE YEARS IN THE LIVES OF MANY ACROSS THE GLOBE IN THE LIVES OF MILLIONS . ON...