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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Beloved sons, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 states that those who remain shall be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR. This sentence alone should tell you we will not be raptured. Let's break it down:
Who is them in the clouds? Them refers to the Lord AND the Cloud of Witnesses He is riding on. Keep in mind the Scripture says the Lord descended out of Heaven. So the Lord and the cloud of witnesses comes into out atmosphere and after the dead in Christ rise first, we who are alive and remain will be changed (1 Corinthians 15) in a twinkling of a eye and be caught up or gathered unto the Lord. So you have the entire House of God gathered together in the earth.
In the last message on this, we will simply share Scripture after Scripture to re-enforce the false notion of the rapture.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Sons of God most people who believe in the rapture quote this Scripture a lot and over the next one to two messages we will put this in its proper context.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Let's start! First notice the Spirit tells us that those who sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. So when Christ returns He is bringing everyone who died in Christ back to the earth. The Scriptures say he is coming on a cloud. That cloud is the Cloud of Witnesses, those who died in Christ.
"Now if there was going to be a rapture and disappearance of the saints from the earth why would Christ bring those that had died in Him back to the earth. He could have left them in Heaven and went and got those who are in the earth and brought them back."
But as we can see that is not what God does, He brings those who had died in Christ WITH HIM TO THE EARTH. Why? To bring complete restoration to the being of the sons. Flesh, soul and spirit will be in perfect order and the sons of God will have a incorruptible body. But before we get there let us keep in mind that the angels told the disciples after the cloud received Jesus that He will come in LIKE MANNER. So God is not going to just make us disappear….He is coming to the earth so that every eye shall see Him and every knee shall bow. So He is coming into our atmosphere so that all will see Him. No disappearing, just manifestation.
Psalm 37: 9-11: For evil doers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more, indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace
Proverbs 10:30: The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
Matthew 24:39: And did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
These are just a few Scriptures, there are so many more. It is time to fix our vision with sound doctrine. We as the sons of God are not disappearing when the Scriptures say the creation waits for the appearing or manifestation of the sons of God.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Notice the wicked was destroyed "taken" and Lot and his family, through the intercessory prayer of Abraham, was saved or "left". Let me share this Scripture to drive this Biblical concept from this story home:
Psalm 1:5: Therefore the ungodly SHALL NOT STAND IN THE JUDGMENT nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
The wicked will perish. They will be taken, not the righteous. Stay tuned we will continue to dismantle this false doctrine. The ministry of Jesus Christ after the Baptism was to show the sons of God how to live in the Earth, not how to wait to disappear at the moment signs of trouble. We are overcomes, more than conquerors! Is not the grace of God greater than the largest enemy? Then let us stop trying to escape and learn how to overcome!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Beloved Sons: We are are going to dismantle this by the Scriptures. Remember we are talking about the rapture, is disappearance of the saints pre or mid or post-tribulation. So in essence we know we are talking about the return of the Lord. Now let's first examine Jesus words in the passage of Scripture.
In Luke 17:26,27 it speaks of just like it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man. In verse 27 it speaks of what they were doing until the day that Noah entered the Ark and the flood came and destroyed them all. Now Jesus gives us the point of reference as it pertained to his return and he started with the testimony of Noah. We know from Genesis the the earth was full of wickedness and God found favor and righteousness in Noah. God gives Noah the instructions to build the ark, He warns the people of the coming rain but He was mocked by the people. In Scripture, rain or water is the picture of the Word of God and the Scriptures say that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of God and this is by His Word.
Now who was taken and who was left in the Scripture as it pertains to Noah? Noah was left but the wicked were taken. Remember just as wickedness filled the earth in that day, so should iniquity fully mature before the coming of Jesus Christ. And in that instance the wicked were destroyed or taken off the earth, not the righteous. I urge you to read, read, read the Scriptures for yourself and always use the context principle when seeking interpretation.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Beloved sons, over the past 24-48 hours I have been dialoguing with saints primarily from the United States about the rapture. There are many viewpoints on when the rapture will happen. Some say it will be pre, mid or post tribulation. First let me say, there will be no rapture. Now as cut-throat and to the point that is, if you know me, I will let the Scriptures back that up and show you. Many use Scriptures that say we will be "caught up" or we will be "gathered together". But the rapture doctrine and theory is only 200+ years old. This is why the first century church never mentioned anything about a "rapture". Let me define what the church knows as the rapture so there is no confusion about what we are talking about over the next couple of messages.
The rapture doctrine speaks of Christ removing His church or as people know it…making the church disappear off of the earth while he punishes the wicked.
This doctrine that people know as the rapture is only 200+ years old. If we go back 200 years of course we would be in the time of slavery. So would not want Christ during that time to come down and "take us away" from this oppression? Of course now we have Hollywood cashing in on the ignorance of many by doing a movie with unbelievers called "Left Behind".
Sons, please hear the instruction of a father…We are going to systematically dismantle this theory and all misinterpretation of Scripture pertaining to it. Read, read, read your Bible… Search, search, search the Scriptures on everything that will be said. Many sons have not come to maturity because they have been waiting for something that will not happen. The Father is correcting the inaccurate to bring sons back in alignment with Heaven's will for us in the earth. Think about this until the next message:
We pray for the Kingdom to come down, so why are we trying to go up?
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Acts 14:22: Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Embrace your conflict as an opportunity to grow in character and in the full stature of the Son of God. You cannot get around this method of the Father. Many will remain immature because they chose to stay comfortable and avoid conflict. My sons, it is my desire that you grow by the word of His grace.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Beloved sons, John 1:1-3 lays out how Creation was formed and we know it was formed by the Word of God. Within our household, the Word is the center of all activity. It is not about the songs, outreach ministries, praise and worship teams, it has to be about the Word. We are a doctrine-driven household. We let the Word determine our song. It is the Word of God that frames our worship and praise. It is the Word of God that frames and purifies our speech. It is the Word of God that gives us life, identity and purpose. Unfortunately in many church circles it is reversed and they adore the those things above the Word. We will complain about a 25 minute sermon but will not complain about 25 minutes of songs, praise dances..etc.
My sons, I do not want you to be a vessel of cliches with no substance. You are called to be a vessel that dispenses the grace of God into the Earth and put on display the glory of our Father. You are His Son and in your maturity it is the Word that will help form Christ in you. Let us attend our ear to the voice of our Father.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Beloved Sons the third aspect to being a effective minister of Christ is we must be obedient. Many get into trouble with this because of the misconception of freedom and grace in the Body of Christ. We we choose to be constrained by Christ and move by His grace, then we truly free. Because in Him I live and move and have my being. Obedience manifest faith. It takes to the unseen to the seen. Without obedience faith is another religious word that keeps us wishing instead of expecting. Jesus said "if you love me you will OBEY my commandments. The obedient son accurately puts on display the Father. This is what we are called was Sons of God to do. When we do that we can understand why the angels cannot look directly in the face of God but look into the earth and say "The whole earth is full of His glory". Through obedience, the Sons radiate the glory of the Father in the earth.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Beloved sons, for many believers this is the break point and major determining factor to whether someone will mature in Christ and that is, to be an effective minister of Christ a Son must suffer. Suffering is such a nasty word to the carnal believer, but to a son they understand it is a way that the Father brings them to maturity. Suffering in the world's eyes and even carnal-minded believers is bad and nothing good comes of it. But suffering in the Biblical sense is to suffer and crucify the flesh to the will of the Spirit. Let me show you this Scripture that I shared with you in a earlier message:
1 Peter 4:1: Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourself likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
Catch this! If we crucify and suffer in the flesh it says we cease from sin. What does that mean? Because there is no sin in God and you cease from sin when you suffer in the flesh then you are able to accurately represent your Heavenly Father in the Earth. When you can do that, then you can serve as His ambassador and Son He would serve. Do not forsake suffering but know how to recognize it and know it is a opportunity to grow.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Hebrews 5:8: Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Beloved Sons, the first aspect of being a effective minister of Christ is one must be a Son. Your perception of God will govern your actions as it pertains to Him. When you understand the ultimate relationship in the spirit is Father/Son and you live and view God from that relationship then you can began. If we have been given a word and ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20) then we must live that reality. Our word and ministry of reconciliation is that man can come back to God and He be His Father and he be a son. Once a son is in the house they must be taught and learn how to serve within he house. We all as sons must have a servant heart. This is why we are so hard and continue to hit message of being a son. This is the first step in being a effective minister of Christ, you must first be a Son.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Over the next couple of days I want to share a blessing that a received through Manny Hernandez who is a spiritual father in the Orlando, Florida area that I believe will shed some light on some confusion that is prevalent in the Body of Christ. As you can see from the title we want to discuss "Effective Ministers of Christ". Who is a minister of Christ? What makes one a effective minister of Christ? A minister is simply one who serves. So to answer the first question, who is a minister of Christ? All who are believers. Every son born of the Father is called to be a minister of Christ. Now the next question what makes one a "effective" minister? I know that a minister in some people's definition of their church is one who is a leader or serves beside the Pastor. I am here to tell you every son born of the Father are called to serve. In the next message we will begin to dissect and show what makes one a effective minister.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Matthew 7:7,8: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened
Beloved sons, if desire to know what someone knows, especially what your spiritual father has been graced to dispense, you must do the asking, seeking and knocking. If you do not, you will not be given, you shall not find nor shall the door be opened. Consider this thought, if you are not in a place to receive nor truly desire to know, someone could be preaching the uncut Word of God and with all that was revealed from Heaven before you, you would still be blind, deaf and locked out because of your lack of desire. Listen, wisdom and revelation is not spoon-fed it is sought after by the one who desires and based upon your desire you shall receive.
Isaiah 43:25: I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Beloved sons, it is said amongst t many "I forgive you but I will not forget". To do this is to not be like your Heavenly Father. If we are to be like Him because we are One with Him then as the Scriptures say, if He fogives us and does not remember our sins, so should we. Lets put that in perspective, if your truly have forgiven a person when you see them again, no animosity, anger or hurt should build in you. True forgiveness brings about a rise in love. So you forgive until you love again. Now when I see you again, I see you as our Heavenly Father sees you because He is Love and His perspective of you is from a position of love. Let us not conform to the cliches of the world but to Father, Son and Holy Spirit whom we are One with.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Beloved sons, this Scripture is simply but so misunderstood. This Scripture does not mean that you can do anything you put "your mind" to do and God will just strengthen you in what you want to do. No. Whatever God has told us to do He will give us the power and authority (grace and strength) to accomplish what He has told us to do. If you look at Scripture every time God called someone to do something, to the carnal eye it was impossible and man would seek to give every reason why he could not do it. Sons, if God has given us direction and instruction then He has fully equipped you by His grace to accomplish what He sent you to do.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
My sons, this is our calling to reveal the Son within us. Without revealing the Son the gospel is simply words. Jesus said, if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me. When we die to self, Christ the Son is lifted up and revealed. Consider who we are revealing by the life we are living.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Sons, this Scripture is quoted many times but few understand. Let me lock in on the word transformed. To be transformed to to be changed from one state to another. But notice that the transformation only happens when their is a mindset change. So perception and mindset is crucial to this transformation. What is the transformation? Being matured as a son of God. Remember we are changing glory to glory. Paul admonishes tells us "Let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus". When your mindset is changed from the ways of the world to the ways of your Father then you are transformed and can prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
My sons, when you read that Scripture know that you are already blessed because you are in Christ. Now to access these blessings requires submission and obedience to the Father. Now I do not want you to chase the blessing but chase after Christ and being more like Him. Live Blessed by your submission and obedience to the Word of God.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Beloved sons, the atmosphere of the Lord is simply His presence. When we are in His presence we have access to experience and move in "this" atmosphere. But let me bring this out: So many are talking about God "changing the atmosphere and he is shifting this and that". May I say, you must change in order to experience and move in the atmosphere of His presence. We must repent, obey, submit, have faith…. All of that hinges on us. God has given access to His presence through Jesus Christ, it is now up to us to live, move and have our being in His atmosphere.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Beloved sons of the Most High God, this very first thing the Lord tells us take no thought or do not even worry for your provisions (eat, drink, clothing). This should never enter the thought pattern of a son of God but Jesus helps us with the reason why we should not worry: Our Heavenly Father knows. When you live from the identity of God being your Father and Source and you being His son then you do not worry because God is the BEST Father you will ever know. Many struggle with this Scripture and the major reason is because their perception of themselves is being members of a church and not being a son of God. If we struggle with this as sons the Father will deplete our natural resources to a point where all you can do is trust Him to meet your need.
My sons, be totally dependent on your Heavenly Father because He is our Source.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Ephesians 6: 19-20: And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldy, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
My beloved sons, we should never be ashamed or scared to declare the gospel with passion and love (boldness). We know it is the gospel lived and spoken through a son that allows Christ to draw men unto Him. As ambassadors we are representatives of the King and our Father in the earth we were given a word and ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20). Because you love people, declare boldly the gospel that is shows them the door to salvation who is Jesus Christ. Speak with the authority that your Father has given you beloved son of God!
Friday, August 22, 2014
My beloved sons, this is a unique scripture that unfortunately many fall under the latter part. It is one thing to hear instruction, it is another to receive rebuke and correction. Know that in the House of God the one that receives rebuke and correction, it says the Father deals with them as a son. But the one who does not they are bastards or fatherless. In order to mature, you MUST be able to accept correction and rebuke because we are changing glory to glory and the correction is to help you differentiate between the soul and the spirit.
My son, receive correction and rebuke and know that it is our of love because you are a son.
My beloved sons, when our prayers and our words line up with the Father's heart and will, the Father's will will be done. But look, the Lord heard the voice of Elijah. It is the sound from the Son in the Earth to Heaven that brings Heaven to Earth. As we mature to know the heart of the Father, our prayers should change. The Lord does honor some of the "basic prayers" for needs but as a Son matures those prayers mature and the focus is on the Will of the Father.
My sons, this is why we "take no thought for what we will eat, drink or wear" because our Heavenly Father already knows what we need. Let our vocabulary and heart began to align with Heaven because it is in the Body of Christ where Heaven and Earth collide.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Romans 12:17,18: Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men
My beloved sons, it is so easy to want to get revenge but the Scriptures instruct us not to do evil for evil but as much as you can live peaceably with all men. This is hard I know but remember the Lord said “Blessed are the peacemakers for they are the sons of God” Eye for an eye does not reconcile relationships but only drives them further away and the Scriptures say we have been given a word and ministry of reconciliation, Yes the reconciliation is back to God but our goal is also to reconcile broken relationships within the Body.
My son, let us not seek revenge but seek peace and in many case you must forgive…..until you love again.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Romans 5:3,4: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worth patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope:
My son, when we have an experience with our Father our soul should become more anchored as the spirit rises within us. The Scriptures says we have a hope that is an anchor for the soul. The reason we want to anchor the soul because it can act and think independent of God and as sons of God we are totally dependent of God. So in the midst of tribulation we have a hope, a guarantee that the Father will deliver us but we must learn patience and through that patience we gain experience in that sphere of life and our relationship with the Father and in our total dependance on the Father our hope is strengthened by the anchoring our our soul by the spirit.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Romans 5:3,4: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worth patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope:
My son in our last message we see the necessity of tribulation and the first thing we learn is patience. When we learn patience in any situation we develop experience in that area. When the Father brings us through we now have a testimony, a living experience of what God can and will do in the midst of the tribulation.
My son, we must allow the Father to put us through trials and tribulations that we gain that spiritual experience when we get that experience we become stronger spiritually and more assured of the reality and guarantee of the Word of God.
Friday, August 15, 2014
My sons, Christ made us more than conquerors and the Scriptures declare that. However for many of us the tribulations of life seem to beat us to a point of just wanting to give up. Let me tell you "Do Not Give Up!" And this Scripture tells you why. We must change our perception of tribulation knowing that we are eternal. Though something may happen to this earthly tabernacle in "reality" we are healthy, living and vibrant because we are born of God and in Him there is no sickness. This requires a perception change for that to be a reality. God uses tribulation to draw us closer and learn obedience and in tribulation the first thing we must learn is Patience. God is not going to immediately do or deliver you from most things when He knows you struggle with patience. You must have the confidence of the three Hebrew boys and knowing that in the midst of the fire (tribulation) YOU KNOW GOD CAN DELIVER AND EVEN IF HE DOESN'T YOU KNOW HE CAN! That is the faith that we must have as we mature and God puts us through the fires of life to burn away our soulish nature.
My sons, the Scripture say we glory in tribulation…..stand still be patient and expect God, your Father to deliver you His Son.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
My sons, this is how sons mature and the House of God is built trans-generationally. This is also how we make disciples. This requires submission to grace and those the Father has given to watch over our souls.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Proverbs 17:5: Whoseover mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished
My sons, let us be cautious that we do not mock the poor and/or the consequences or situations people find themselves in. This can be hard, especially the situations part. But we need to keep our vision of people the same as the Father because we are the sons. Beware of siding with the world and how they talk about others. Remember what we do unto the least of these we do unto Christ.
My sons, let us keep this in mind.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
My sons, it is not amazing that of all the things we can pray for and ask God for, in His Word He tells us what to ask for and then quantifies it. He says get wisdom because it is the principal, it is the first thing. In the letter of James, the Spirit says that if any man asks for wisdom, they shall receive it liberally or freely. So it cost you nothing to ask for the wisdom of God but it is the most precious and valuable thing you should ask for. Remember the wisdom of God is knowing the end of a matter from the beginning. Imagine all the bad decisions we made and wonder if we had asked for the wisdom of God, how many of those situations would have turned out so much better.
My son, desire the wisdom of God and ask unwavering in your faith. Remember it is the principal thing.
Psalm 91:1,2: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
My sons, with all the talk of Ebola many in the faith are becoming scared and fearful. Do not get me wrong there is nothing wrong with preparation but to a point where you are fearful is where we have a problem. Our Scripture say we are to abide under the Almighty and He is our refuge. Our Father is BIGGER than Ebola and can wipe it out with less than a blink of an eye. But we as sons should be confident in Him that He can protect us and even if he allows it to touch us we are secured eternally in Him knowing that our earthly tabernacle is fading anyway. We have given Him our life, now we must trust Him knowing that everything works together for the good of them that Love the the Lord.
My son, perfect love casts out fear. Abide in the shadow of the Almighty and be a peace.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
My son, when the Scriptures speak of meat and milk it speaks of to the level of maturity one is at. Of course one who is on the milk of the Word (Hebrews 6:1-3) is a babe. But here we see those who are on meat are mature but look at the last portion of that Scripture. When one is maturing it states that their "senses" are "exercised" to discern good and evil. As we mature and begin to shift our vision from the carnal to the spiritual our discernment shifts also from the carnal to the eternal. This is crucial because our enemy is spiritual and you cannot see the spiritual with a carnal mind. Let me say as we mature we will miss judge situations and many times we will get it right but do not be afraid of missing it sometimes this is why it is "exercised". But if you are not seeking spiritual maturity as a son of God then your spirit man is not being exercised and your discernment of spiritual things is very low. This is why many in the faith who are babes are so opinionated on spiritual things that are called out as being good or evil..
My son, continue to study, seek and obey and exercise the spirt man that you may grow from milk to meat and your senses are exercised to discern the good from the evil.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
My beloved sons, who we submit ourselves to is who we allow to influence our lives. But I would have you to notice that we are not instructed to fight the devil, just resist him. So one of the powerful words to overcome the enemy is "NO". Think about it! He was defeated at the cross by Christ so all we have to do is resist him. Jesus showed us how to resist him in Matthew 4. Once again, the devil can NEVER make you do anything. All he can do is set the trap (atmosphere). This is why we must submit ourselves before God. When we do, when a visitation comes from the enemy the light (knowledge) of Christ and our obedience to His Word gives us the ability (grace) to overcome EVERY trap of the enemy. Search all Scriptures especially in the earthly ministry of Jesus and you do not see Jesus "fight" satan or any demon conventionally as we know fighting but by the Word of God does Christ demonstrate to awesome power of the Kingdom over the powers of darkness. My beloved son, submit to the rule of God, be vigilant and clear-minded so that at the appointed time you can resist the devil.
Friday, August 1, 2014
My son, in well doing to others do not shout and and broadcast the things you do for others. Do them in the name of the Father that He may get all the glory. There is a fine line between sharing a testimony and boasting of what you are doing for others. When you broadcast the things you have done for others the Scriptures say you have received your reward, the glory of men but if you do it in secret the Father will bless you openly. My son, consider all the miracles Jesus performed, not one did He broadcast and many he told them "do not tell anyone". He always sought to give the glory to the one who sent Him, the Father. Let us do our work quietly and for the glory of the Father.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
My sons, the most important word in those two Scriptures is the word "causeth". Cause is not make. Make is to force someone to do something. Cause is to set the atmosphere and allow them to make a choice to engage the thing that has been set. The devil cannot make you do anything, period. The reality is he sets atmospheres and traps to capture you by appealing to your soul and carnal nature. The mark of the beast is not some microchip but it is presently here but that is for another conversation. He cannot force you to do anything without your consent. So it comes down to a choice. When you choose to follow your soul, you fall into the devils trap. However when you choose to follow the spirit, the Spirit gives you vision into the traps that they may not snare you. My beloved sons, choose the spirit.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
My son, we all will cry out for help because we are the sons of God and we will have to confront our adversaries. Understanding that we do not fight flesh and blood our natural methods for understanding how to fight will do us no good when confronting the demonic. We need the wisdom of God and know that if we obey Godly wisdom and instruction the victory is guaranteed. Remember, greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. Notice in the Scripture it say "through God" so we do not trust in our own strength to fight this battle but in the grace of God when encompassed by the enemy. My son, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. The victory has already been won….walk in the confidence of His Word!!
My sons, it has been constantly said that "experience is life's best teacher" I beg to differ according to this Scripture. Instruction is life's best teacher. When we go by experience we learn the hard way and we go the long way around only to come back to instruction. Submit to those who have been given grace to watch over your souls. Hear their instruction and follow them. It will save you so much heartache and headache when you obey the instruction of God. The instruction of God can come from Him directly but many times He sends it by the fathers over the household you belong to and also other sons. Amazing one of the five-fold graces is the grace of a teacher and you do not hear much about that grace but God says take "fast hold" of instruction. My son, hear the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding (Proverbs 4:1).
Sunday, July 27, 2014
My sons, the washing of the disciples feet by Jesus was one of the greatest shows of humility and service in the Bible. Here we have God in the flesh washing the feet of men. In this example we are being called to always remember no matter who we are, what rank, or position we have in the Body, nobody is above servanthood. Leaders are called to set the example and by spiritual fathers serving the sons, the sons see the same humility and character of servanthood that the Lord gave us as an example. Let us remain in the position of humility because God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Yes, you are a son in your Father's House but you serve your Father as His son.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
My son, one of the major characteristics that separate the sons of God from the world is the ability to be a peacemaker. We are not called to be the cause of strife and confusion even though those who reject the Word of truth may become contentiious but our sharing the Word of truth is from a position of love. When we look at the world so many are looking for peace in a world of strife and confusion and you may even be looking for that peace. One of the major arena's God will teach us this characteristic is in relationships with others who have hurt us. Reconciling and making peace with these people is one of first steps in maturity. Do not let past relationships continue to hinder your future progress. Be a peacemaker because in being that you are called a child (son) of God.
Peace and Grace
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Matthew 5:3: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
The Scriptures say that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. The Scriptures also say the "pride" of life, the belief that I can do it on my own, is not of the Father. If we desire to lay hold of our inheritance who is the Father then we must humble ourselves. Even when we receive revelation, receive it as a child and share it with love. When we are humble it is easier to learn the ways of the Father. This is the first character trait Jesus taught the multitudes on the mount. The religious leaders carried so much pride to a point that they could not humble themselves before the King of kings in the flesh. My son, pride will cause you to miss wisdom and revelation but most of all it will keep you separate from the Father. Let us not be prideful and high-minded but humble and meek because it is the humble that will inherit the Kingdom and the meek that will inherit the Earth. In this you are Blessed!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Joshua 1:8: This book of the law shall not depart out of the mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.
The world has defined success based upon material wealth and power but as Sons of God success is defined by maturity. Maturity is achieved by hearing and obeying the Word of God. Notice in the Scripture, Joshua was told to meditate day and night AND do all that is written and when he did both of these you shall have good success. The success from God is eternal and cannot be corrupted by the world. The success of the world can be here today and gone tomorrow because it is controlled by man. We as sons should desire the success from our Father because in the end I want to her "WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT". My son, study the word and obey the word because you are guaranteed success for his name's sake.
There is another way to live in this earth and as a Son of God you are to display this economy of grace in our daily lives. The Scripture states God shall supply according to His riches. Jesus states: Your Heavenly Father knows you have need of all these things. Let us leave the mentality of the orphan of seeking our own way, especially provision. We have a Heavenly Father who knows all and knows what you need and will supply. That is a guarantee by Him. You must trust Him and put all your faith in Him. God brought bread to Elijah by birds…..God gave the disciples their tax money through the mouth of a fish….. How much more will God meet your need today? My son, He is your Father, trust and obey Him.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Topic: Characteristics of Total Depravity
A person who is totally depraved carries these characteristics:
1. Dead in Trespass and Sin
Ephesians 2:1,2 Jude 12
These people are powerless and helpless. They can do nothing apart from God.
2. Man is Always Self-Seeking
Philippians 2:21; 2 Peter 2:10
Totally depraved people are selfish and always seek self-preservation and protection
3. Desires Become Perverted
Romans 1:20-32; Ephesians 2:3; Proverbs 21:10; John 8:44
These people seek perverse desires through not only personal interaction but also entertainment. Curiosity really is a major driving aspect of this perversion
Romans 8:6-9; Romans 3:10-12
Totally depraved people are very opinionated, they have a inflated self esteem and carry a sense of entitlement. When you are like this you will alaways go against the truth, if the truth does not fit your criteria of what you believe is right. This is where ignorance turns to rebellion.
5. Affinity for Darkness and Sin
John 3:19; Titus 3:3; Matthew 7:18; Psalm 58:3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5;
Depraved people love darkness when they have grown accustomed to it and find themselves comfortable with what they have put together to be their life.
6. Ignorant of God’s Righteousness and Ways
Ezekiel 18:29; Isaiah 55:8,9; Romans 10:3
They are partakers of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The wisdom the totally depraved receive is the wisdom that comes from the Earth. In the letter of James it says the wisdom from the earth is carnal, sensual and devilish. It is this wisdom that the totally depraved use to frame their perception and knowledge of the world.
7. Heart is Deceitful and Wicked
Matthew 15:19,20; John 12:42,43; Jeremiah 17:9
One of the characteristics of the totally depraved is they are self-seeking and fame-seeking. Seeking to do things for the approval of man.
8. Governed by inability
Philippians 2:13; John 5:30-32; Ephesians 1:4; Philippians 4:13
Without God man can do nothing. Without God man cannot please, commit, come, change or seek God because the totally depraved man is dead. God decides who He choses to call. Ephesians 4:1 speaks of the calling of God from the foundation of the world. It is His call and His choice. Every attempt of man from the tower of Babel to false religion is a seeking to find God. Every person in the earth was created to serve the Father. It is inherently in them but they can do nothing of themselves. It is only by God can man be all who God has created Him to be. This requires man to have a true encounter with God and in that true encounter with God, the Word, you are then empowered or graced to fulfill His Will in the earth.
The totally depraved man is completely dead and it is not until God sends His Word to those whom He has chosen and they receive Him that the totally depraved man can be resurrected from the dead and live the Zoe (God-like) life. For many in the church, though they be resurrected by the oneness with the Spirit, mentally they are still walking a life of death. Romans 8: 6-11 explains this perfectly. It is time for us as the sons of God to live the life that God has given us through Christ as His firstborn sons. We have eternal, Zoe-life, now! Though we have been translated from the kingdom of darkness spiritually (Colossians 1:13) we must make the translation mentally (Romans 12:1,2). When we make the translation spiritually and mentally then shall there be the manifestation of the sons of God. We are continually changing from glory to glory as we mature and submit our will to His will. We made the declaration by baptism of water that we have died and the depraved man is dead and buried and now through Christ we are a new creation and walk in the newness of life. Let us recognize the depraved nature within us that we may overcome and continue to change glory to glory.
Peace and GraceCalvin Calhoun, Jr.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Teaching Series: Total Depravity
Topic: Understanding the Depraved Man
Greetings Sons of God:
What is total depravity? Let us first define depravity because we know total is complete. Depravity is defined as moral corruption or degradation. So total depravity is the complete moral corruption of degradation of mankind. This corruption was brought about by the original sin in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. That sin corrupted the mind, emotion and will of mankind. Because of that sin:
1. Mankind was unable to come to God on his own.
2. Mankind was unwilling to seek God
3. Mankind was unable to submit to God
Man went from being a living, immortal being in the earth, to a walking dead man. Man was dead in his trespasses. This is why every person born onto the earth was born in sin (Psalm 51:5). Now lets look at a picture of the depraved man so we can get an understanding of total depravity and how it affects the maturity of the sons of God today.
John 11:11-43 – Story of Lazarus
We know that Jesus raised Lazarus from dead but I want you to look a little deeper than that. Lazarus is a picture of the unregenerated man. One thing we know about dead people is that they cannot talk, repent, believe, interact, hear, see etc. But it is not until there is an encounter with God that the dead man, the depraved man is brought to life. Now does the dead man call for God or does God find the dead man? Scripturally it is God that comes to the dead man. God sent Jesus to redeem us from the curse of sin and depravity. Now notice Lazarus was completely dead but it was not until Jesus (The Word of God) called Lazarus to come forth that Lazarus was given life and was brought back from the dead. The coming to life from the depraved state is completely a God-process. You will remain depraved until God calls you to “come forth”. In obedience to God one is transitioned form a state of total depravity to Zoe life. Let me show you another example:
Ezekiel 37:1-10 – Valley of Dry Bones
We have read this story but let’s get a spiritual understanding of this story. First the dry bones represent the depraved man who is dead. God asks Ezekiel “can these bones lives”” Ezekiel responds “only you know”. Next God tells Ezekiel to “prophesy” to the bones to HEAR the Word of the Lord. When Ezekiel would prophesy God said He would cause breathe to enter into them and they shall live. Do we see this! The dead bones could not seek God, speak to God, repent or believe. It is not until God sends a son carrying His image and likeness with His Word within them to the depraved that they have an opportunity to live. Every attempt at man trying to get back to God has failed and as a result many have created religions to find God. But God did what man in his carnal mind would not ever dream of doing. He would come to them! Here is where the bedrock of our faith really comes into play because for many in false religion they could not think of God coming in human form to make the ultimate sacrifice that humanity would now have an opportunity come back in fellowship with the Creator and restore the divine relationship of Father and Son. It is not until the Breath of God enters into someone that they are transitioned from death to life. The cure for death is the Breath of God.
In the next message we will look at characteristics of the totally depraved man and I promise you will be shocked to see many believers possess some of these very same traits.
Peace, Love and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.