Friday, July 24, 2009

The Power to Get Wealth

Deut. 8:18
And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers as it is this day.

The power to get wealth is not a method, but a Person – Jesus the Christ. He Himself is the Power that infills you and empowers you to receive the wealth that is Himself. Everything comes from Him and is an expression of Him. As long as people keep looking for things or methods they will miss the true Power. Even if they acquire a measure of wealth they will have to continue to work hard at keeping it since it’s self-generated and not God-imparted.

Matt. 6:31-33
Do not worry saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.

When you find the Kingdom of God you are able to find the King who is in you. At that point your ego – your sense of self – is set aside, and He who is in you is free to manifest the Kingdom through you. The needs that you perceive you have are not really needs at all since Christ in you has no need. This is why when you seek and find the Kingdom all things are added to you.

Jesus epitomized this in His life here on earth. He was able to put His humanity – His awareness of self – on the back burner so to speak, and it was because of this I believe, that He was able to do the mighty miracles that He did. You can do the same.

A miracle can only be done by the Miracle Worker Himself. I believe that one of the reasons why we don’t see as many miracles as were done in Jesus’ day is that our own self-awareness has hindered the Christ in us from functioning freely.

I have often heard preachers say that you can’t win those who have a lot of money unless yours is equal to or exceeding theirs. If that were true then Jesus would have taught this as a vital principle. He did, however, say that it is hard (yet not impossible) for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.

The spirit of mammon is so subtle and enticing that it has snared even the most devout and well meaning of saints. Little do men and women realize that when they buy into the kind of mindset mentioned above, they are actually making mammon their god. Our God does not have any such prerequisite to bring someone – rich or poor – to Him. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that brings men to repentance and salvation – not the power of the wallet.

What the rich and influential of this world need to see is the awesome power of God manifested in the lives of His children, and that power can only be received and transmitted through prolonged, consistent, intimate communion with the Father.

How many ministers of the Gospel are truly ready to spend the time needed to receive that magnificent impartation of God’s power so that rich and poor alike can come to Christ? Are you one of them?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Words from Warning Street

The following article - a prophetic word - was written by my friend Sonya.

Please take heed to what I am about to write. These are not words to scare you but to encourage you during this season. There is a time in the near future where God is going to reveal Himself in a new way. This is a strategic move on His part to usher in His Glory. However, if you are familiar with how God works; He does things in His own way and never how we could fathom in our own minds. What will seem disconcerting to the world will not be so for the Body of Christ.

Something happened on my parent’s property yesterday which was a strong warning from God. I woke up this morning with the lamp shaking. As soon as I got out of bed the lamp stopped shaking and the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance the events of yesterday. I will share with you what happened.

My parents have a lake in their backyard. Since the springtime there has been a problem with many people from a neighboring subdivision who come through the yard of a woman who is renting a house. She gave them permission to cut through her yard because she does not own the property she is renting, nor does she own my parent’s property where the lake is located. People have been coming on a regular basis to fish and walk their dogs on the property. They leave behind trash and doggie “stuff”.

Initially, my parents had put up no trespassing signs but they were torn down. My parents have not really taken active steps to combat this problem because they are not here a lot. However, since I have been here it has irritated me because of the privacy issue as well as knowing these people do not have a right to be on my parent’s property. So, yesterday I decided to confront the people and let them know.

The first person I informed was a teenage boy and he stated he was not aware that he could not fish there. I told him to get off the property since I had now given him the information. However, later the boy came back with a group of friends as if I had not told him anything but went down further onto someone else’s property. My brother, who is visiting went into the backyard and stood there to present an authoritative presence and they left.

Later, I told a man who was with his son that the property was privately owned and he needed to leave the property. He became very angry and stated no one had told him that he could not fish there. I proceeded to let him know that no trespassing signs had been placed there before but people chose to ignore them. However, since I was telling him then, he should abide by my request. He asked me if I owned the house and I told him no but my father did. When I said that then he picked up his son and left. I then told my father about the incidents of the day when he returned home from work. He proceeded to inform me that it was time to put the signs back up and take action to find a person to put up a fence.

This is my interpretation of the events which happened to me. God is saying that many of us have tolerated the enemy invading our territory in our lives and in America. We have not taken authority to tell the enemy that he has no right to be on our property and it is now time for him to go. By taking authority given to us by Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20), we can know that we have a protection from our Father in Heaven. As we go before the Lord in prayer and begin to declare that the enemy be removed from our land then God will spiritually put up “Do Not Trespass” signs and fences to prevent the enemy from coming back. Having an understanding of this for the season which is coming upon us is crucial. We need to pray over our physical bodies, our minds, our families, our finances, our health, the lost souls, the nations, our children, etc. because the enemy has been wreaking havoc for years and we have not taken the mindset that “enough is enough”.

We have authority in Jesus Christ and now is the time to arise and take the land. Move into the land and overcome the giants which seem to be overtaking you knowing that you already have the Victory through Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 60:1-5
ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you.

And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising

Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms.

Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged; because the abundant wealth of the [Dead] Sea shall be turned to you, unto you shall the nations come with their treasures.

Matthew 28:18-20 (Amplified Bible)
Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.

Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).

Revelation 3:10-12 (Amplified Bible)
Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient endurance [have held fast the lesson of My patience with the expectant endurance that I give you], I also will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell upon the earth.

I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one may rob you and deprive you of your crown.

He who overcomes (is victorious), I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God; he shall never be put out of it or go out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which descends from My God out of heaven, and My own new name.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Don't Shun The Sifting

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22: 31 – 32

There are some key issues in Jesus’ statement to Peter that apply to all of us today.

Satan had to ask for Peter, just as he had to ask for Job.
This confirms that the adversary cannot operate on his own volition, but has to do as God dictates. He is therefore a pawn of the Lord, used to fulfill God’s purposes in a person’s life.

Unlike popular thought, the adversary is not self-employed. He is God’s slave, and can do only what the Father allows. This was true for Job and for Peter, and it is just as true for you and me.

He wanted to sift Peter as wheat.
When wheat is sifted the valuable parts are separated from what is worthless. The chaff which is the light, worthless part is blown away through a process of fanning. When the sifting, or winnowing, is competed the heavier and valuable grain remains.

Note that the chaff is necessary for a season. Chaff is actually the outer covering of a seed, so while the wheat grows the chaff is used as an outer protection. But there comes a time when the wheat is mature enough and the chaff is no longer needed. That’s when the sifting must occur.

The same thing happens in our lives. There are certain character traits in you and me that are allowed by God until we come to maturity. But when we mature and He is ready to use us the chaff has got to go, and for wheat the process is unsettling to say the least. It is no longer attached to the stem that gave it nourishment, and it is violently thrown into the air.

The adversary was simply going to be used by God to bring Peter to a place of greater righteousness. In his challenge Peter would face his own carnality. Remember that he denied Christ three times after He was arrested. But his righteousness began to shine through as he wept bitterly, acknowledging his wrongdoing. This opened the way for his own arrogance to be replaced by his confidence in God. This, I believe, is why Peter was the one who was able to stand so boldly and speak before the leaders of that day and testify about Jesus.

Jesus knew about Peter’s victory beforehand and the purpose for it.
Jesus knew that because he interceded for Peter that the outcome was sure. We have that same assurance today, since Scripture tells us that Jesus is ever interceding on our behalf. What a guarantee of victory it is for us!

Peter’s victory was not only for himself. Note that Jesus told him that when (not if) he returned he was to strengthen the brethren. So Jesus knew all along that Peter could be trusted enough to be sifted – buffeted by the winds of his own carnality – and return stronger, thus being a blessing not only to himself but a valuable asset to the Kingdom of God. So it is with us.

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