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In This Final Hour

In this final hour, darkness looms over the city. Death and decay are increasingly rampant. Evidently seen by the lack of love and dissatisfaction of love, in a rising number of divorces, adulteress acts, homosexual desire, poverty and an indifferent spirit; all seems but lost.

But there is a generation that is rising for this very hour. 

There is a power that is rising, among the sons and daughters of God. There is an authority above all authorities, that is coming to redeem the captive. There is a champion that has long lived before our time, who holds the keys to all our victories!

Though darkness continues to loom over the city, slowly lingering in, is a silent but over-powering light and brightness, which without err sets everything free in its path. This light has always lived, both now and forevermore.

This light is Jesus Christ.

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When Faith Reaches the Tipping Point

Water is poured from a bottle in a glassOur lives are constantly in an experiment with faith. A faithful or faithless lifestyle can be understood through a glass of water. The glass represents our faith. The water represents our hope. First we must understand that there is no other type of faith, but real faith. You can’t have a half-hearted belief, otherwise it is not faith. There is real faith and there is dead faith.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Examine two points here, “hope” and “confidence” must go hand-in-hand to create the faith. When a glass is being filled with water it may or may not reach the lid. “Hope” works in the same manner. Though we may not have the confident belief in our hope immediately, we do have that “hope” which we must cultivate and build to reach faith- a confident assurance in what we hope for. As we place our trust and hope in God, the water is being filled. That hope will reach its maturity and create faith in you, or in other words a revelation.

Many things seem impossible to a man, especially when God calls him to a certain work. However, it is the man’s responsibility to keep trusting God and placing His hope in Christ, which will lead to a full glass of water creating in him faith! You can also understand this by relating “revelation” to it. For example, a revelation must occur for a healing to take place. This is not always the case when one is receiving prayer, but I find it is very much critical. One may to an extent receive a healing and etc. but to stay in divine health and procreate a lifestyle of spirit-living, the individual must live in revelation.

A full cup represents mature faith. God builds mature faith in us. If our faith is not full in that which we ask, we should not hope to receive it. “Let him who asks, believe and have no doubt” (James 1:6).

In the same manner, faith operates. You see, faith is only faith when it is “without wavering.” Faith without works is obsolete (James 2:17). It is in operable until it reaches the “lid.”

For those who haven’t grasped the concept yet- the lid represents the tipping point of your faith. It represents ‘proven trust’ in God. It is at the tipping point that proves you are still relying on God. Many ask God for certain miracles and works in their lives, but if they ask today, believe for tomorrow, but lose hope after that- how successful can that faith be? 

There are many elements to understand here. The fundamentals are as follows:

#1 Without faith it is impossible to please God

#2 He who believes must believe and not doubt

#3 Faith allows God to move

a) We have a free will

b) Believing is trusting

c) Trust invites God in

If we believe for God to act or carry out His work in our lifetimes, dare to believe how critical your personal faith is. We can assume God will do what He must regardless but I just don’t believe Jesus spoke in vain when He said:

And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58)

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt. (James 1:6)

Anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6).

Faith also expedites events. Believing for a loved one to change? Are you praying for them- casting down strongholds that hold power over them? Are you blessing them and proclaiming the authority of Christ over them? My friends we must pray and believe without wavering that He who holds the power is just and able to do all that we ask in His name. And He does not wish for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9).

Pray my friends, pray! He is on His throne and is able to do exceedingly more than you can think or ask (Ephesians 3:20). I have heard too many stories and testimonies of God’s power when people stood in faith.

Andrew Wommack was interceding for it to rain in a season of drought. It wasn’t until he aggressively took it upon himself to pray and intercede for the rain that something began to happen. For three days, during his prayer, the clouds would come, darken and thunder, but it would not rain. Not even a drizzle. Wommack recalled how he began to feel the Holy Spirit empowering Him through the prayer. On the third day, the clouds came in again, brewing and thundering, and all of a sudden, it began to rain. It rained steadily for three whole days, and did not cause any downpours. God is good! Not only does He come on time, but in the best fashion possible!

Wommack stated that because He began to pray and believe for it, the rain would have surely come, but it might have come days or weeks later, but the crop needed the rain within days or it would spoil. Faith has a tipping point.

Michael Walker from The Q997 radio station recalled how they stood believing for their pledge drive goal. Several days passed and they were still only halfway with a day or so left. The staff stood believing, encouraging one another, not allowing doubt to creep in. It was fascinating to hear that, because most of us would rather let our guard down, because faith makes you vulnerable, you set yourself up for an expectation you yourself cannot meet. Therefore, you need God to come through. That’s the definition of faith.

As the Q997 team stood in faith with a day or so left, they collected, I believe, more than they did in the past 2 or 3 days. I’m telling you… when God moves… He moves. It’s almost a funny illustration, but I believe it drives a point. I can imagine God watching as His faithful ones stand in the gap believing and God begins to look down and realize there are no human resources for the timing needed. He sees His children have believed Him to the end, reaching the tipping point, and according to His word, He promised faith would have its reward. Therefore, God nudges His heavenly resources over His throne to fall from heaven to earth to meet His children’s request!

We must realize, it is humanly impossible for certain events to take place or certain events to occur. The more we experience those positions of need, the more we can see God work in our lives. Dare to believe!

What does all of this mean for us today? Let’s go back to the glass of water analogy. The water represents ‘hope’ and ‘trust’ in God. Though you are not able to believe in something God said or is saying or for something you are asking, you can make a decision to ‘hope’ in Him. It is that decision to trust God will reveal and work in your life.

Only a revelation can give you a ‘faith’ that does not waver. A revelation is reflection of your spirit man. It gives you the ability to believe in the impossibilities of God. It is a spiritual work and nothing of your doing.

For example, let’s take our ability to believe that God loves us. How do we attain a position where we are fully convinced God loves us? We can say we believe, but if you actually believed, 99% of your day would be overwhelmed with peace and joy. But how much joy and peace do we experience in our daily lives oppose to anxiety and worry? Can you imagine the change in an individual who constantly meditates on the love of God- coming to a point where he has no doubt that an almighty God of great impossibilities loves him. It will change his entire perspective and Christ promised nothing short of that.

So today, do you want to attain that position of power and be fully convinced God loves you? First we must understand that we do not control revelationSo you must realize right now that you cannot give yourself a revelation of God’s love. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. But what you must do is place your hope and trust in God to reveal it to you. That is your responsibility!

Let go of that pressure to try and believe Biblical truths. Fear not, “I have overcome the world ” (John 16:33). Who has overcome? Christ. Not you. So then, it is Christ who will reveal it to you. Christ is the One with the victory. All you have to do is “hope in Him.”

As you keep placing that hope in Him, you are filling a glass of water. When the water reaches the lid, you will receive a revelation of what you are hoping and trusting for. For example, you believe God can heal you of your disease, but why aren’t you getting healed? It is because you don’t fully believe it yet. Your job is to keep placing your hope in Christ as your deliverer. By doing this, you are trusting in what God has said regarding your wellness. And as you continue in this hope, you will come to a realization of the truth. It is in a sense fighting through the soulish man. It is a process of renewing your mind to the Word of God and as you do that, revelation is sure to come. 

There is no minimum or maximum time length that you must put in for something to occur because once faith reaches the tipping point it can’t go anywhere else but over. God moves based on your belief in Him. Belief in Him- faith- is only truly faith when it does not doubt.

When you receive a revelation, you receive faith, and faith moves mountains. Thus, you have reached the tipping point. Stand back and watch as God works.

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Healing Old Wounds

corazónGod is a healer. He is interested in our freedom. Don’t ever dare to believe otherwise. If freedom is a product of the Lord’s presence, “Where the Spirit of the Lord, there is freedom” (2 Corinth. 3:17), then how can we expect anything but freedom?

Before we can walk in freedom, we must believe it is God’s will. As we recognize that His will is indeed to prosper us “that it may be well with our souls” (3 John 1:2), we can then start walking into it. But trust me and the Word of God on this fact: Without faith, you will attain nothing from the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, it is absolutely essential to believe in WHO God is before you can reap His rewards and blessings (Hebrews 11:6).

The step to our freedom begins with uprooting ‘once conscious’ thoughts out of our subconscious. This is done by “repenting and rebuking” of old wounds. We must confess old thoughts, patterns of thinking and decisions that were made. In the Secret Place, out of your heart, and unto the Lord, you must acknowledge anything that doesn’t line up with the Person of Jesus Christ. 

Sounds a lot like confession? Yes, but entirely not what you think. Repentance is releasing ownership of what never belonged to you. Through the process of “repenting and rebuking,” we are releasing “things” that don’t belong to our spirit man, things that hold us captive and in bondage, until we release them. Let me illustrate this further: Does a certain situation trouble you? Are you instantly offended even at the thought of someone you know? Are you afraid of public speaking? Do you cringe when someone asks you to pay for their meal? Is there someone you don’t want to be seen with?

More than likely, you have several of these situations if not a whole fold. Here’s the problem: men and women are living in bondage but there is freedom if we can access our souls through the Spirit of God. This pertains more to Christians, because if you are not a born-again believer, you have no legal authority over any spiritual foe and the last thing you need to worry about is a character flaw, because you have a much greater underlying problem- your spirit in its entirety is dead and if not “born-again” by the Spirit of God, has no authority to take on any “soul” matter.

Christians, on the other hand, continue to live in bondage as well, because they do not take captive what doesn’t belong to them, but they hold it to themselves and try to live in freedom and victory. We can’t live in freedom if we aren’t letting go of “sin.” In this case, sin is not necessarily sexual immorality or theft. Sin is accepting the dead mentality over the Spirit mentality. The Spirit mentality is believing in the full finished work of Jesus Christ, found in the atonement. Not only do you gain relationship with God, but divine healing and restoration of your soul, “through the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Therefore, if you aren’t releasing the old mentality, you are accepting it.

It is important to realize that on our own we cannot search out and release old habits, thoughts and strongholds. The human soul is unsearchable, but the Spirit of God knows everything about you and He will bring to your remembrance those “things” you must release. He stands with us, as we release those “things” that don’t belong to us. He stands today saying, “Child, release that thing, that I may heal it, cover it and restore YOUR freedom once and forevermore”!

When we “repent” of a certain event or situation that once happened, we are renouncing the authority over that “thing.” For example, let’s say that back in grade school, the class was making public presentations, but deep in your heart and mind, you didn’t believe in yourself and focused on how annoying your voice sounds or your accent. AT THAT POINT, you sowed a seed into your heart, a corrupt seed that doesn’t have any place in the Kingdom of God. This seed will create a hole in your heart that will forever keep you in bondage in some fashion or another to  public speaking. As time passes, you affirm that decision, rationalizing that you really dislike public speaking, “just because,” but all you are doing is binding yourself more and more to your master- fear. You are locking yourself away further and further into an isolated dungeon. It is exactly where the devil wants to keep you, stripping you of your authority.

I repeat, this is not the Lord’s plan or way. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”! Rather we must have a continual release and flush of anything contrary to the Word and Person of Jesus Christ! In the depth of your heart, in your prayers, confess, repent and rebuke those “authorities” you’ve allowed in your life through circumstances, situations, and relationships. As you release that corrupt seed, the Holy Spirit immediately patches the wound and heals you, closing the door to that weakness and “authority” *forever. Did I say forever? As long as you hold fast to your confession, you will remain free (Hebrews 10:23), because He, the Lord, holds the keys to Hell and Hades and has defeated every spiritual foe, to whom the Father has submitted every authority and principality. You need not worry about His authorization. It has been given to Him from the Father of lights, in whom there is no darkness or shadow of turning (James 1:17).

He brings us to a place of repentance to restore our freedom. Will freedom cost us everything? Yes. Everything that doesn’t belong to you as a child of God.

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Where is the line?

line-in-the-sandFirst of all, Christians need to be honest with themselves. If they haven’t as much believed God in getting rid of a “cold”, they should not expect to be healed of cancer. This doesn’t mean they can’t come to that point of faith, but what they must realize is the capacity they’ve developed is all the capacity they have to believe for. This may sound like heresy, but you do realize that faith is absolutely essential. Our capacity of faith is increased as we trust and believe in God in small and great matters. As we believe in Him for the small things, we will start believing in Him for the bigger things. 

#1 Faith makes healing possible because a human being “accepts” that God can heal.

#2 When a person “accepts” that as truth, they will inevitably believe God can heal them. When they know God can heal them, they will be healed.

Conditions (must be met): God moves based on faith. You can even be an unbeliever, but if you believe God can heal you and accept that, you will be healed. Why? Because man has a free-will. MAN HAS A CHOICE. God cannot take that choice away. If God healed you without you accepting He can heal you and trusting Him to heal you, He would be taking away your FREE CHOICE. You must CHOOSE to accept and believe He can heal you. Otherwise, He would be a liar to invade our free-will by exercising His authority over us.

Now think about it, to really know something means you actually believe it. Many, many Christians have not made this a stronghold in their life, that God can and does heal, and because of that, as sincere and compassionate a Christian you are, God cannot heal you. Why? Doesn’t sound fair? What kind of God is that?

Those are all wrong questions to ask. How long can we remain to be so naïve? Has God not said, “I have given you the authority to cast out demons, heal the sick and preach the Good News.” Now wait a minute, if He gave us the ‘authority,’ what more remains? It remains our duty and accountability to use this authority for our healing. In a sense, “God is no longer in control” but we are His ambassadors. A diplomat that is sent from his home country does not keep telephoning back home to get resources, a car for transportation, hotel tickets, or intel. A diplomat has been prepared from home and has all that he needs to properly represent his home country. Christians are the ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. We have all that we need, equipped to represent Christ, in power and authority. We have the authority to heal!

To speak frankly, I must say a few things. Christians must use wisdom when it comes to seeking medical attention in emergencies. A great man of God himself once said, “If there would be no doctors, all the Christians would be dead by now.” Though humorous, I agree with that statement. God has blessed human kind to understand the biology of the body and quite frankly, because many do not believe in the power of God to be healed, they must seek medical attention. What good are you to yourself or God if you are dead and gone from this earth. You will no longer be able to serve your purpose as God has destined.

No one can really answer that question with a set protocol on what to do because you alone know your capacity to believe in God and ability to discern His voice. I say discernment because I honestly believe God will, at times, call you to go to the hospital or seek professional help. Now what am I exactly saying here? Don’t get me wrong, I tell people to hope in the perfection of God more than anything else! I tell them that though their children might not be saved- in God’s perfect will… they would be saved. Though they die from disease- in God’s perfect will… they wouldn’t die from disease. Having said that, God foresees your capacity and ability to believe in Him. This is where one must use wisdom in His ability to discern God’s voice and understanding his own relationship with God. If the individual doesn’t know the difference between God’s voice and his empty stomach, then I would seriously advise that individual to seek medical attention when need be. People simply have to realize “what they sow, they will reap.” If they spend their time doing whatever pleases them, living however they please, breaking their promises, and just carrying on with life in any manner, they will reap exactly that!

On the other hand, an individual who sows into trusting God day-by-day will reap that in many folds. Days will come when “hell breaks loose” for whatever reason in his life, but his trust in God will sustain him, because he didn’t spend his time foolishly but he spent his time seeking God, loving God, developing that capacity to believe and hear God’s voice. When tragedy strikes, that person will clearly be able to hear God speak to Him,

“Be still for I am with you… This is what you must do… This is what is happening… I will carry you… I’ve got you… Fear not for I am with you…”

In other words, this individual will know what is going on and he will know what to do. As one minister once told me, “God is clear. He doesn’t try to confuse us. He speaks clearly.”

Dedicated to my aunt Angela, full of wisdom 

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Claimed by the Holy Spirit

Dedicated to my sister Christina in her ever-pursuit of sharing Christ

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In the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to share the Gospel with my neighbors and other closely-related people in my life. I have found it almost frustrating to persuade people into salvation to the point of asking God to give me the mind and perspective of the unbeliever so that I may be better equipped to share the message of the Gospel.

As I observed my own efforts and others’ around me trying to save the lost, the Holy Spirit gave me a fresh outlook and revelation on this topic. The following is a conversation between the Holy Spirit and myself:

How do we save people? It seems to be so difficult to persuade someone into trusting the Lord Jesus. There are two things I noticed in contemplation of all this. The first thing to note is that most of the time, an individual turns to the Lord when they are broken, either through a tragedy, loss, or hopelessness. When one is broken, they become aware of their ‘sorry’ state. They realize that something is missing. Hopelessness brings one realization of the reality of their corrupt state- being dead in spirit. 

Therefore, a realization, or revelation, has to occur for one to see any need to repent and surrender. If they are #1 Not aware of their corrupt state, they cannot see the need for salvation. If a country is at war, both sides have the option of surrender. But a country at peace has no need to surrender. Thus, it is with salvation. Until one gets a revelation that they are, in fact, sinners in need of saving, they will have no true repentance nor are they able to repent. 

The second point, or #2 Recognition of sin goes hand-in-hand with recognition of grace. Grace is the realization that there is a God who loves us. This is radical news to anyone. Therefore, when realization comes, there is no if-and-or-but, a person will immediately surrender and repent. Grace overlooks one’s addictions and in-turn says, “I accept you exactly the way you are”!

But often times, it takes a loss or tragedy for a man to find God, or more like, realize God. One may ask, “Where then is God when we are not lost or hurt”? The reality is that God is always present, but He cannot be recognized entirely to the point of surrender unless we receive that revelation. 

Having said that, God is always at work within you, but A) Our flexibility with Him is respected by Him and B) He does all He can with what we give Him to work with. If we limit Him so much, what do we expect to happen? But faith will usher in the reality of His work. Faith will bring truth into manifestation.

Salvation is never achieved through indifference. One must get a revelation of their need for salvation. Realization and revelation will bring one to a position of surrender. Therefore, our job is not to save or convince people to claim salvation, because neither Christians nor Non-Christians own the rights to salvation. Salvation belongs to the Lord (Psalm 3:8). Only He can claim someone to it. Since the Lord is our salvation (Psalm 27:1), a revelation of the Lord is needed. That revelation is given from God. And it is only He who can save the lost.

The question becomes, “Who then can be saved”? God wills that none perish, but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The progress begins with us, allowing the Lord to direct us to those individuals He wants us to minister to. We should follow this pattern: Speak, Pray, and Watch!

The steps of this pattern can be taken interchangeably. The steps are adjustable to the Lord’s direction. Speaking God’s Word and the truth of Jesus Christ should be our life story wherever we go, representing Christ and not allowing any man to tempt us with religion (The Standard Christian Epidemic). Praying should be a lifestyle for us believers, as it is the means by which the spiritual realm runs by. Watching is the concept of listening and obeying the Lord’s direction. Watching is also the prophetic realm. We are to be sensitive to His voice and direction through discernment and wisdom.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. (Ephesians 2:8).

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The Hungry Soul

ImageWhat satisfies one’s soul?

The answer may shock you. Anything can satisfy your soul. We will always search for satisfaction. Satisfaction can be found in sin. This however is a short-lived and regenerative quench. It will make you hunger more and more. You will become addicted to sin, because it causes your thirst and appetite to increase. Not only does sin attach itself to you and becomes an addiction, but sin starves your soul. Though sin seems to satisfy one’s soul, it is in fact emptying it out, creating a stronger hunger. Therefore, sin does two things. It makes one hungrier and leaving the soul with an addiction, causes the individual to desperately fill his or her hunger in the quickest way, by sinning once more.

I am not speaking about a sexual sin specifically. I am speaking about the idols we hold to in our lives. Sin can be your quick temper. Sin can be your obsessiveness with fitness. Sin can be as simple as following the crowd. Sin is simply going contrary to faith and trust in God.

One may argue that they do not sin. My friend, if you are not being fully satisfied in the love of God, you are in sin. If you are not abiding in the love of God, you are abiding elsewhere. Deadly sin or not, you belong to your Father who art in heaven! Live as a child of God ought to. There is no “ifs, ands or butts,” if you are not in faith, you are in doubt. Sin is simply unbelief in Jesus Christ, whom the Father sent as a sacrifice for our sins. At the end of this age, it will not necessarily be a matter of the weight of your sin, but the weight of your defense. In the eyes of God, there is only One qualified to stand as an Intercessor. He is your defense attorney who has never lost a case! (Carman)

The question however remains to be that the soul is hungry. It must be filled with something. If one isn’t be satisfied by the love of God, they will be seeking and searching an output for their hunger. But real and permanent satisfaction will only occur when we fill the source of the hunger.

The hunger of your soul sources from the innate desire to know and be with God. Do you realize you are a designed creation! Do you realize you were in fact made by God, for God! You were not always a sinner, empty-handed. You were once experiencing the fullness of His glory as He permitted! This divine state that you were created in is the hunger of your soul! You have this innate desire to know God, because you once knew God! Though man was stripped of His righteousness through disobedience, it has been returned to us by way of Jesus Christ!

Knowing God is not merely knowledge about God. Knowing God is experiencing a new birth through the Spirit of God! Thus forth, it is having an ever-increasing, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). The knowledge of God is satisfaction; it meets the true definition of satisfaction- contentment. There is no other fulfillment that will cause us to be content. No other pleasure will bring us contentment, because every other pleasure, if not ultimately satisfied by the love of God, will arouse more hunger. Sin has a whiplash effect; it causes immediate hunger. Sin starves the soul! If we understood this truth, why would we ever entertain the thought of sin. To the Christian, it is a very contrary lifestyle. Don’t wonder why you feel spiritually stale if you are entertaining sin. Once again, bear in mind, sin is any idol in one’s life. It is simply unbelief; it is trying to fill our hunger with other pleasures. This can be anything, not necessarily evil, as we tend to associate sin with. If you feed the flesh, you will starve the spirit, but if you starve the flesh, you feed the spirit!

At the well in Sycher, Jesus met a Samaritan woman (John 4). He asked her if she wanted to drink from a well that never runs dry (my paraphrase). He offered her a water that would make her content. “Whoever drinks the water that I give, will never thirst again” (John 4:13). She replied with great wonder, “Sir, give me this water, so that I won’t get thirsty (John 4:15). Jesus assuredly told her, “I am He, the living water!” (John 4:26). Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior is where you will find the end of your hungry soul.

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The Standard Christian Epidemic

01In my new book, “The Standard Christian Epidemic,” I expose the hypocritical Christian way of life that is so widespread today. The basis of the book is the Word of God itself. Behind every experience and revelation, I point to what the Word of God says. The book challenges every Christian to go back and re-evaluate their lives in light of His Word and the Holy Spirit. The Standard Christian Epidemic is simply a concept that states Christians will not have successful Christian lives if they live their lives basing their experiences and expectations on what other Christians have experienced. My call to Christians is to look upon Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. He alone is deemed worthy and qualified to represent Christianity. In all our ways, we need to acknowledge and believe upon Him, because He can do exceedingly more than you can ever think or ask (Ephesians 3:20)

A look inside the book: 

Chapter 5 The Standard Christian Epidemic 

            The error lies in this: we claim Jesus as God, but we accept other Christians’ experiences as “the way it is.” Who has deceived you into such thinking? There is no greater crime against Christianity than to label it by any other name than the name of Jesus Christ. He said, I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). The Standard Christian Epidemic is Christians relating to one another through their victories and defeats. For example, you can look at me today, teaching the Word of God, and be affirmed in the truth of the Gospel but if the following year, my life goes downhill, and you are discouraged in your own faith, then you are misled. You cannot build your altar on anyone else but Jesus. He is your sacrifice and He is the one found worthy to be your ransom. It is His life that was qualified to die for you, not mine or anyone else’s. Jesus never expected us to walk the Christian life relying on other Christians. Jesus Christ is Christianity. There is nothing in the Word of God written about trusting other Christians and their experiences. Nowhere does God tell us to get through life by holding onto one another. The answer is simple; Jesus is the only one who conquered the world and lives today making intercession on our behalf (Romans 8:34). If you don’t make Jesus the focal point of your life, your Christianity will suffer. There is no Christianity without Christ. He has to stay the main point. It is only when you begin to look to the right and left that you begin to stumble in your walk with God but if you keep your eyes steadfast upon Him, you will walk on water. 

               If not for Jesus Christ, I would have left Christianity a long time ago. There are many Christians that live hypocritical lives and the world mocks Christianity because of it. But to the world I say, let every man fall, but the One who I believe in represents His own name. His name is Jesus Christ. He alone represents Christianity; He shares His glory with no man (Isaiah 42:8). He is the one who saves, preserves and delivers. If someone has wronged you, don’t mistake that for Jesus. Your father, mother, brother, sister or anyone else for that matter does not represent Jesus Christ. Jesus represents Himself; no one else can be Jesus in your life, but Jesus Himself. Therefore don’t allow Satan to deceive you into religion. He will trick you into believing evil acts are of God. He has convinced many that it is God who brings evil to our world. Satan indeed is the father of all lies (John 8:44). Religion says God punishes us by sending natural disasters or other woes. Religion teaches that God makes us sick to teach us a lesson. Can a kingdom divided against itself stand? Would God use Satan’s devices and the very thing that He hates, sin, to discipline the children He loves? Does your natural father call his enemies to discipline you when you step out of line? Your natural parents would never do such a thing. They would discipline you themselves, because it is their right, responsibility and love that will change you. It is so with God; He changes us through His Word. He teaches and matures us through His Word. If we place God somewhere in the middle of using evil, we are denying both truths that Satan is evil and God is good. Our God is an absolute God. His Word makes many such absolute statements. His Word declares He is a good and loving Father. Study the many names of God to get a better picture of who He really is. If God truly did use evil to teach us then Jesus would have made everyone ill rather than heal all who came to Him.

Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Matthew 12:15

            Apart from healing, there are natural disasters that people claim are acts of God. Yet natural disasters weren’t even brought up in the Bible. The storm at sea that Jesus rebuked was not necessarily God trying to kill people at sea rather it was the natural cycle of the earth. If we assume storms, droughts, hurricanes, etc. are of God, then we are saying that Jesus was trying to kill Himself at sea. One can claim that maybe God caused the storm, so that Jesus could bring glory to Himself by exercising His authority over it, but even this doesn’t really illustrate like that in the story. Jesus was sound asleep and didn’t wake up until the disciples woke Him up. This was one of those things that just came up and when it did, Jesus did exercise His authority. Instead of thanking God for the storm, He turned to His disciples and rebuked their lack of faith. Jesus made no mention of this being a part of God’s plan. I am making no claim that it was or wasn’t, but I am observing how Jesus looked at it. To Him, it appeared to be a normal every-day thing that He didn’t even flinch at. This can lead us to make the assumption that Jesus understood storms came and went and had no agenda from God to kill people rather when sin entered the world, the earth itself was cursed, no longer being the earth God created it to be. Sin became a natural cycle of the earth. Sin brought corruption and death everywhere. Before Adam’s sin, creation was lively and vibrant but when sin came into the world it tainted everything. The point I am making is that it is not God who brings chaos to the world. God’s Kingdom brings order. He commanded us to bring His kingdom to earth. It is our job to represent God as Jesus represented God by healing the sick, delivering the captive, and preaching the Kingdom… Continued in book

Chapter 6 Seasons

            In every season of our life, God is at work. Every season has a purpose before God. You will be greatly blessed if you recognize and accept this reality. It will put your life into perspective; you will begin to realize how to live in every season. The Bible speaks often about it. 

To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven… He has made everything beautiful in its time. Eccl. 3:1; 11

             What I have seen in my life are the many seasons people pass by without discerning and living that season’s purpose. Many people do not choose to accept the responsibility and calling that God has placed on their lives. They believe if they ignore the calling, then they waive any personal responsibility placed on them but the truth is that if you ignore your calling, you make a conscious decision to do so while others make a conscious decision to accept their calling. Those that understand what God is doing are those that will flourish in every season. They will live content, eager, and expectant of God. It is not a matter of waiting for a season, for God has said in His Word that He daily adds to us. 

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Psalm 68:19

                Each and every day is a day in your season that can be lived out in perfection and favor. We have heard it said, “God is more interested in the destination.” That being true does not take away from the fact He is just as much interested in the details of our lives. Every day has meaning and purpose. It is to your benefit to live each day’s agenda as God desires. He makes all things good in their time. Don’t buy into the fact that your good thing is coming, so in the meantime you simply wait for it to come. He has an ever-increasing abundance for your life. This is in regards to spiritual and physical blessings. There is specific timing for certain gifts from God, but He is not at all interested in your complacency for those gifts. He wants you to grow in the knowledge of Him and all the while reaping His benefits. If He has made a promise to your life, don’t make it the focal point of your life. Don’t let it tie you down from everything else God wants to bless you with. When you do obsess over gifts, you are serving not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but the god of self. I personally believe God will withhold further or certain blessings if you don’t steward properly the ones He already gave you. If He blesses you with a dream job and it takes over your life, what good has come of it? God was trying to satisfy you and give you your heart’s desire, but you turned it for evil. Not only will this hinder God’s work any further in your life, but you will be dissatisfied with what you already have. We will be set free when we realize God makes everything perfect in its time. We will enjoy what we currently have, knowing He makes each day new…  Continued in book 

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