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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sowing Series: Honor

My beloved, this seed is one that many struggle with and it is no wonder so many are immature.  When you sow honor you reap grace.  So many have no clue what honor is.  In Genesis, Abraham showed honor to Melchizedeck.  Remember Melchizedek brought bread and wine and Abraham tithed to him.  The tithe BEFORE THE LAW was to show honor.  The Scriptures also say that those that labor in the Word are worthy of double honor.  Many will say that honor is solely monetary and that is not true it is not all monetary.  You give to celebrate your sonship not out of force or reluctance.  You can show honor with your service and time.  But remember, being stingy is a sign of being a orphan and if we are to be like our Heavenly Father it is better to give than to receive.  When you receive the one that the Father sends with the Word and you receive it and show honor to them, you receive or reap grace.  Remember the Word of God is full of GRACE and truth.  

I can remember when I received the Word of His grace from my spiritual father and as I showed honor and celebrated my sonship, I reaped more grace and more grace.  I reap it not to hoard it but to dispense it to the sons of our household and those the Father bring within my sphere.  When we keep in mind that what the Father gives us, is to bless and share with others, this is how the House f God is built trans-generationally.  We must learn to show honor to those who bless us with the Word that if you will receive it, you will reap grace.  We mature by His grace.  Do not be immature and a ripe season to grow…

Sowing Series: Gathering of the Body

Beloved sons, when there is a Gathering of the Body it reaps safety.  One of titles of Satan is "accuser of the brethren".  A lot happens when the Body of Christ gathers.  There is fellowship of the Spirit, apostolic doctrine, breaking of bread and prayers.  These are the four pillars of Kingdom culture  but there are other things that happen at the gathering and there is a unloading of burdens and spiritual immunity. The unloading of burdens or confessing our faults one to another reaps safety because sins can be forgiven and the devil cannot accuse you of that sin that once held you in bondage.  I am reminded of a gathering in Egypt in a particular arrangement when God instructed Israel to prepare the passover but the key is that they were to be in households under the blood of the lamb and that blood gave them spiritual immunity from the death angel that would smite the firstborns.  In the Book of Numbers God would arrange the nation of Israel according to their households and tribes and as they moved through the wilderness in this arrangement and obeyed God they were victorious over all their enemies.  The arrangement also was strategic to protect the weak and feeble.  

I am very passionate about this because with technology we have been able to join households and go to church without actually going.  Problem is these technologies are great for people who cannot attend but for those who are local, the gathering is where you should be.  In the Gathering of the Body you shall reap safety.  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sowing Series: Integrity

Beloved sons, this seed is extremely important because our Father is Holy and in being holy His motives are pure and to have a pure motive is to have integrity.  In as much as Oneness reaps credibility, Integrity reaps Deliverance.   Being honest and truthful will always deliver you.  Even to come into the House of God you came by the truth.  Truth is not knowledge per say but a person in Christ.  He said, I am the way, the Truth, and the life.  It is more important to focus on being free eternally.  When we lie, scheme and deceive or have a lack of integrity, were are subject to the bondage of the system and/or the principalities governing that sphere.  The truth makes you free.  Having integrity allows us live, move and have our being freely in Christ.  The Father will confront us when we fail to have integrity just as a natural parent would instruct their children to always tell the truth.  Having integrity requires us to be transparent so that our good cannot be spoken of as being evil.  Whether it be within the House of God or on our jobs, continue to sow the seed of integrity because we evil comes the truth makes you free.   

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ

Household of Elijah - United States

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sowing Series: Oneness

Beloved sons, Oneness reaps credibility.   It took me a while to understand but thank the Holy Spirit for understanding.  The Body of Christ is arranged by the Holy Spirit.  We know that we have spiritual fathers giving oversight to souls arranged within the House of God in the order of Households, Clans, Tribes which make the Holy Nation.  Now when a spiritual father accurately is putting on display the character and ways of the Father, the Father in Heaven gives him sons to watch over their souls and bring them to maturity.  It is within this arrangement and oneness of the house that shows the credibility of the one whom the Father has sent in His name.  Let me use this example to minimize confusion if there is any.  Jesus had 12 disciples who were also sons and He said this to them:

John 13:34,35:  A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.  

God is love!  So the manner by which we show love, we show the Father.  Jesus said this is how ALL men shall know that you are my disciples.  Jesus said:  Greater love hath no man than this, if one lay down his life for his friends.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.  Do we see that love is sacrificial and generous. This is how we show who we are and who we belong to.  When we live within the eternal reality of our oneness with Christ we reap credibility.  His reputation becomes ours.   

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ

Household of Elijah - United States

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Sowing Series: Obedience

Beloved Sons of God:

Our next seed we can sow is obedience.  Obedience reaps rest.  Sounds weird huh?  No not really.  Jesus tells us to come unto Him all the labor and are heavy laden and He will give you rest.  Take His yoke upon you and learn of Him for His yoke is easy and His burden is light and there you will find rest for your souls.  Notice in the paraphrased Scripture the key part is taking the yoke that is on Jesus and placing it on us and learn of Him.  Who?  Christ, the Son of the Living God. He then says when you learn of Him you will find rest (Sabbath) for your souls.  The placing of the yoke is to come under the command and rule of Christ.  To come under His rule (learning of Him) one must be obedient.  When we are obedient to the Spirit, our souls will find rest.  So we can say that our souls can be tormented when we are disobedient and seek our own will and way.  Understand that being obedient to the Father will make you contrary to society's norm and the ways of the world.  Let me close with this powerful statement from Christ:  If you love me, then obey my commandments.  When we obey the commandments of God we cease from our ways and find rest in the ways of the Father.    

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ

Household of Elijah - United States

Sowing Series: Repentance

Beloved sons:

Our third seed you can sow is repentance.  Repentance reaps revelation.  Romans 12:1 (Paraphrase) Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  To renew your mind is to repent from living from the ways of this world.  Change your mind about yourself and who you think God is.  The reason why you must repent is because revelation is only given Spirit to spirit.  You must submit your soul  (free will center where you think and perceive) to the revelation that comes from the spirit.  If you do not repent you cannot receive revelation because you are living from your soul and not from the spirit.  Remember that there are two types of wisdom.  There is the wisdom from below that the Scriptures say are sensual, carnal and devilish and there is the Wisdom from above with is gentle, peaceable and easy to entreat.  Our problem is we want God to give us revelation but He knows that you do not want to change when He releases the revelation.  This is why nothing is being revealed.  Revelation is for the repentant mind. In order to reap revelation you must sow repentance.  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Household Gatherings now Available on Itunes, Double Twist and Tune-in Radio

Exciting News to share with everyone: 

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Grateful to the Father for extending our reach and availability of our teachings to the world and of course completely free to all.   

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States


Sowing Series: Praise


1 Peter 4:12-13:  Beloved think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  

The second seed we a Sons can sow is praise.  When we sow praise we reap power.  Pertaining to the Scripture above, it is easy to praise God when the going is good but when the trial come does our praise turn to fear?  It is in times of trouble that the Father loves to show up because the response to trouble makes a clear distinction between a son and a orphan (fatherless individual).  Peter writes us and encourages us to rejoice or give praise in the midst of these trials because the glory of God is revealed.  This is odd to the carnal Christian, they expect God to show up in the good times and He does but the Scripture tells us that in times of trials our praise will reveal the glory of God.  When we give praise to our Father, our Abba, our Source, He empowers us by His grace to overcome the trial.  This is why God would tell Paul, my grace is sufficient.  Suffering one of the major ways the Father matures us sons.   When we sow a seed of praise we will reap power.  Let me share this testimony in Scripture of this exact principle:

Acts 16:25,26: And at midnight (darkest hour), Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.  

Praise reaps Power!!!  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sowing Series: Prayer

Galatians 6:7,8: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever  a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh  reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit reap life (zoe) everlasting.

Beloved sons remember we desire to sow to the Spirit and reap everlasting life.  When we reap everlasting life we are able to put the Father on display in the earth.  The first seed you can sow is prayer.  

When you sow prayer you reap intimacy with God.  God tells us to pray without ceasing.  Prayer is communication with God.  When we can mature in our prayer life our prayers shift from being focused on us to being focused on advancing the Kingdom and the will of the Father.  In the Letter of James it tells us that the prayers of a righteous man availeth much.  Why?  Because the righteous, the mature son, desires to pray the Father's will to be done and His prayer is not selfish but for the benefit of others.  Do not get me wrong in our spiritual infancy and youth, God will grant those request so that we can see that He does answer them but like a child, we must grow up and as we grow we change and so should our prayers.  As we mature our prayers and communication with God should become more intimate and personal.  

Over the next week focus on your prayer life and really ask yourself what am I praying for?  Jesus said our Heavenly Father knows that we have need for all these things BUT seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.  When we so prayer we will reap intimacy with God.      

Peace and Grace
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Sowing Series

Beloved Sons of God:

Today we will examine the importance of sowing.  Let me lead off with this Scripture:

Galatians 6:7,8: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever  a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh  reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit reap life (zoe) everlasting.

Now notice there are two types of sowing.  There is where one sows to the flesh and now who sows to the Spirit.   Now notice Paul informs the church that if you sow to the flesh you will reap corruption.  We know in the flesh is greed and jealouy and trust em if you sow into jealousy and fred you will reap corruption.  So the question is obvious what or how do we sow into the Spirit.  Over the next 9 days we will share with you that will help you to understand the concept of reaping and sowing.  Keep Galatians 7:8 in your memory for the next 9 messages.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Patriarchal Thoughts: Sons and Glory

Proverbs 17:6:  Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children are their fathers.  

This Scripture is so sweet to the spirit.  We as sons of God are created, designed and purposed to display the glory of the Father in the Earth.  When creation looks at us they should see the Creator because we are one with Him and we are the radiance (Hebrews 1:1-3) of His glory.  This is much more than just winning souls to Christ, this is about reconciling lost sons back to the Father for the them to live out their time in the earth as they were designed: to rule and reign putting on display the glory of the Father.  The major reason why the Father cannot be seen through many of us is because we lack understanding of how we are sons and our created purpose.  Our perception of ourselves must line up with the Father's perception of ourselves. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Patriarchal Thoughts: Wisdom

Proverbs 16:16: How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

A major reason we have such chaos within the church because many are under the rule of unwise men.  Many chase the money and put emphasis on giving and tithing instead of making sons wise. So many churches are being run as businesses and hence so many fall because of currency.  We are seeing this right now.  When you become wise you control the money effectively and the Father can command more resources to you because you are desire Heavenly things over earthly currency.  Solomon desired wisdom above all.  Only a son who is wise can build what the Father desires in the earth. 

Peace and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Caught Up Part 2

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.  

Nowhere in Scripture will you find us leaving the earth to go to heaven and then returning.  That is not Biblical.  The Word speaks of only one return of the Lord, not two and for the Lord to rapture us out, He would have to bring us back and that makes two returns to 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

False Doctrine of the Rapture: Caught Up Part 1

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.  

False Doctrine of the Rapture: Left and Taken

Beloved, Luke 17:34-36 speaks of the one who will be left and the one who will be taken.  This is a very popular Scripture that people use to justify the rapture.  Now the mistake that many make is they interpret that the one who is taken is the one who is "raptured" and the one who is left is the one who is wicked.  The problem is this is backwards.  Now let me show you some Scriptures to justify the one being left is the righteous and the one taken is the wicked.  

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

False Doctrine of the Rapture: Story of Lot

Sons, continuing in Luke 17:28-30 we see Jesus make reference to the story of Lot in Sodom and is referencing His return will be like the day that Sodom was destroyed.   Now let's do a refresher:  We know Lot was in Sodom and in Sodom there was much evil, sin and of course sexual perversion.  Abraham prayed to the Father for the sake of the life of his nephew Lot.  Of course God said that if one righteous man was in the city, He would not destroy it.  Well we know Lot, his wife and his daughters made it out of the city and God rained fire and brimstone on Sodom and destroyed the city and all of them that were in it.  

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

False Doctrine of the Rapture: Theory #1 - Noah

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

False Doctrine of the Rapture - Introduction

Patriarchal Wisdom - False Doctrine of the Rapture

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

Patriarchal Wisdom: Conflict and Character

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.

Beloved sons, conflict is one of the major ways that the Father matures us. Well you would say, how is that?  It is in conflict that the character of a Son is challenged and a major opportunity for the glory of God to be revealed.  Conflict is also an opportunity to draw closer to God.  It is critical for us not to default to the ways of the world in the midst of conflict because our ways (the ways of the world, soulish ways) are not His ways (Eternal) and because as Sons we are eternal beings, we need to respond how our Father would respond.  This is why Jesus would say, "I only do what I see my Father do".  When the Son does what the Father says and do, the glory of God is put on display.  Look at every time there was conflict with Jesus.  The manner in which he responded showed the people that He was sent from God.  This is how the world will know we are sons, in the manner we respond in conflict.   This is why we are called to love our enemies and those who despitefully persecute and use us.   

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

Patriarchal Wisdom: Word-Centered Household

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

Being Effective Ministers of Christ Part 4: Obedience

Hebrews 5:8:  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.

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

Becoming Effective Ministers of Christ Part 3

Hebrews 5:8:  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.

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

Effective Ministers of Christ Part 2: Be A Son

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

Effective Ministers of Christ Part 1

Beloved Sons:

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

Wisdom for the Sons: Personal Desire

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.    

Wisdom for the Sons: Forgive and Not Forget?

Hebrews 8:12: For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their inquities will I remember no more

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

Wisdom for the Sons: Strength

Philippians 4:13:  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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.  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons: Why Do I Need a Spiritual father?

This is a special message from my spiritual father, Leon Elijah

Why do I need a Spiritual Father? I have direct access to God, do I not? Why do I need to be submitted to the authority of another man? These questions and more are those of the immature. They have not come to accept and understand a key Principle of the Kingdom of GOD that is, "Unless you are under authority you have no authority". It takes tremendous humility to submit to another whose Grace is evident by the quality of His lifestyle, family values and the things he suffered. If you continue to maintain this immature point of view you will rule over nothing in the Kingdom. The Father will not hand over anything of importance for Kingdom advancement to an immature son, you will be kept playing on the Jungle Gym of life because that is all you can handle. 

-Leon Elijah - Spiritual father, Household of Elijah 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons - Revealing the Son

Galatians 1:15,16: But when it pleased God who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood

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

Wisdom for the Sons: Transformation

Romans 12:2:  And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  

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

Wisdom for the Sons: Accessing Guaranteed Blessings

Ephesians 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.

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

Wisdom of the Sons: Accessing the Atmosphere

Acts 3:19: Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

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

Wisdom for the Sons : Total Dependence

Matthew 6:31-32:  Therefore take not thought saying, what shall we eat? or what shall we drink?  or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 

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

Wisdom for the Sons - Boldness

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

Wisdom for the Sons: Rebuke

Proverbs 13:1 A wise son hearth his father's instruction: but a scorner hearth not rebuke.  

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.  

Wisdom for the Sons: Aligning with Heaven

1 Kings 17:22:  And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived 

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

Wisdom for the Sons - Revenge

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

Wisdom for the Sons: Experience and Hope

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.  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons: Patience and Experience

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.  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons: The Necessity of Tribulation

Romans 5:3:  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worth patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope:

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.  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons - Discipleship

Philippians 4:9:  Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

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.  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons - Caution

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.  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons - Wisdom

Proverbs 4:7,8: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.  

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.   

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Ebola and Refuge

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.    

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons: Spiritual Fitness

Hebrews 5:14:  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  

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.

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons - Power of Resistance

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.

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons: Quiet Work, Open Reward

Matthew 6:2-4:  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men.   Verily I say unto you.  They have their reward.  But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what the right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy FAther which seethe in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

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.

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons: Power of Choice

Revelation 13:16,17:  And he causeth all both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.  

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.  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons - Present Day Help

Psalm 108:12,13:  Give us help from trouble for vain is the help of man.  Through God we shall do valiantly for He it is that shall tread down our enemies.  

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!!

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Wisdom for the Sons: Instruction

Proverbs 4:13: Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

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

Wisdom for the Sons: Servanthood

John 13:14,15:  If I then, your Lord and Master have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.  For I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done to you.  Verily, verily I say unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.   

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.     

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons: Peacemaker

Matthew 5:9:  Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God

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
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons: Character: Humility

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!  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wisdom for the Sons - Success

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.   

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Wisdom for the Sons: Provision

Philippians 4:19: For my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory By Christ Jesus.

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.  

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.
Body of Christ
Household of Elijah - United States

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Characteristics of Total Depravity

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

4.    Rebellious
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 Grace
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.