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Monday, April 6, 2015

Embracing Trials Part 4: Divine Guarantees

Good Morning:
I could go on for months about this but I want to share this message as a temporary end to this topic with a guarantee by our Lord when we embrace trials.

John 16:33:  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  

There is a major key our Lord gives us that ensures our peace through tribulation and it is locked into two words:  "In Me".  If we abide in Christ then we will have peace.  We have also heard in Scripture, Righteousness, Peace and Joy is in the Holy Spirit.  So when all hell is breaking loose we must live from the reality of being in Christ and allow Him to be our strength when we are weak.  His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  He also guaranteed we would have tribulation but also follows that with a guaranteed victory we shall experience because if He overcame, so shall we if we abide in Him and obey His Word.  

Peace and Grace,

Calvin Calhoun

Friday, April 3, 2015

Embracing Trials Part 3 - Comfort

Wisdom for the Day: Embracing Trials Part 3- Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3,4:  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Here is a unique reason to why we must embrace our tribulations, because if we are to be Sons of God and be like our Heavenly Father then we must learn how to comfort others in their time but how we learn is going through trials ourselves and see the comfort and glory of God. Now in the immediate midst of the trial that maybe hard to understand but let me share this for an example.   Bianca and I have had the opportunity for 5 children.  We had two miscarriages, Sept 2008 and on Mother's day 2010.  Focusing on the first miscarriage, when it happened it was very difficult to understand why God would allow this to happen but after days went by and the Lord told me that this suffering is not in vain and we will be a witness to others.   Of course in the immediate, did not understand but 7 months later, two of our close friends ended up going through a miscarriage 7 weeks into their pregnancy and we were positioned to witness and minister to them.  We learned the comfort of God through our trial so that we can comfort others through theirs.  In comforting them through their trial the comfort of God was released through His sons to His sons.  Your suffering will strengthen your relationship with the Father so you can minister and comfort others in their time as the Father would.   



Peace and Grace to you All, Calvin Calhoun

Friday, March 27, 2015

Embracing Trials Part 1

For the next couple of posts this is the topic I believe many of us struggle with and with a Biblical understanding may our minds be changed and aligned with the mind of Christ on this subject.  Let me lead with this Scripture:

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.  

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

I want you to read, reread and reread these Scriptures because what will be taught will change your life and give you a different perspective as it pertains to trials and tribulations.  

Here is wisdom principle #1:  Learn to embrace trials and instead of saying why me, think and say this:  "Father what are you trying to show me or teach me?"  Why should you think about it from that perspective? Read the Scriptures above and stay tuned for the next post……….

Peace, Grace and Love,


Calvin Calhoun

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Effectual and Fervent Prayer

Topic: Effectual and Fervent Prayer

When we look at James 5:16 there are some key words in this Scripture that are going to be crucial in understanding how we as sons are to have a consistent and effectual prayer life.  The reason I say consistent and effectual because you can be consistent and not effectual especially when it comes to prayer because you can consistently be praying for the wrong thing.  This is why prayer is only effective, not only when it is consistent but when it is from someone who is righteous.  We will talk about the righteous man in a upcoming message.  But let’s back up and deal with two of the three words of this Scripture, fervent and effectual.

Fervent
When we look at the word fervent, it means: passionate and intensity.  So we can say that the passionate and effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  Why should we be passionate about prayer?  What is prayer?  We know that prayer is communion with God in order for God’s will to be done on earth as it already is in Heaven.  If you can keep that definition in mind that should give you a slight glimpse into the importance of prayer in the life of a Son. 

1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without ceasing

This means we should always be praying, we should desire and mature to a passionate prayer life that is not ritualistic but out of understanding the Heavenly relationship between man and God and that relationship is Father/Son and we will discuss this later because depending upon your perception of the relationship between you and God, it shapes your prayer life.  We want God’s continued impact on this earth through the lives of His Sons and that requires prayer.  Considering the shape of this world 1 Thessalonians 5:17 should be priority number one for the believer but as we can see and many have experienced, many of our prayers have gone unanswered and many have gotten discouraged because of God not answering their prayers.  But keep this in mind, there is a reason, there is always a reason to why God did not answer your prayer.  And that brings me to the second word:  Effectual

Effectual
One who is consistent, passionate and righteous will have a effectual prayer life.  Many of their prayers are answered consistently.  Here is a simple key to keep in mind to why and you can confirm this statement in the many prayer of Jesus Himself. 

“Their requests lined up with what was on the heart of the Father”

To have an effectual prayer life that has to be at the heart of your requests and this is why it is crucial to get the relationship right because the Scriptures declare the Sons only does what he sees his Father do.  So there has to be a functioning relationship between man and God in the reality of Father and Son for mankind to know what is on the heart of God and when that request is made, earth is impacted by Heaven through a prayer of the sons in the earth.  So as you can see we must mature from the asking of things for us to the things that are on the heart of God for this very reason:

Your Heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things”

Before I deal with the word righteous man, I want to go all the way back to the beginning and lay this foundation because without a proper foundation your prayer life will be shaky and unstable and when the storms of life (trials and tribulations) come, what you know will be “washed away”….Let’s build a effectual prayer life with Christ as the center, the Rock! 

Peace and Grace,

Calvin Calhoun,Jr.

    

Effectual Prayer Life: Introduction

Effectual Prayer Life

Topic:  Introduction
             
Greetings Sons of God:
In maturing in Christ as a son, one of the hard aspects to growth is a effectual prayer life.  Many of us, including myself, have found ourselves frustrated at one time or another with our prayer life.  Most of the frustration centers around God not answering our prayers and of course watching others pray and seeing God answer their prayers.  Through the carnal lenses we can easily interpret and feel that God has abandoned us or He does not care but we as believers should know better because the Word says “He will never leave us nor forsake us”.  So if that is the case, why does it feel that God does not answer our prayers?  And how can I mature my prayer life to be like Jesus where every prayer was answered?  Simply put the answer is in the Word of God.  Now I will not leave you with that answer solely as a mere statement but I desire to dig deep and share some wisdom, knowledge and understanding that will help us all in maturing our prayer life.  

Prayer is not optional for any believer!  Without prayer we leave ourselves vulnerable and subject to the continuing deterioration of our the world and ourselves to Satan.  We know in the end that the Kingdom will win, that is guaranteed but the question posed to you is are you going to be a part of the advancing of the Kingdom or sit on the sidelines and suffer in many cases unnecessarily the oppression of a defeated enemy?  Let share some Scriptures that I want to use for the base of this study:

James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another and pray one for another that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 

Luke 18:1: And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not faint;

Here are simply two Scriptures that we all know but the problem is they are full of wisdom into maturing into a effectual prayer life.  Jesus tells us that we ought to always pray but then through Paul Christ tells us that the effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 

In the next message I want to dig into our Scripture here in James and to be honest I do not know how long this series will be but I know no matter how long, it is necessary for us as sons who are called to be fellow-labourers with our Father in advancing the Kingdom.

Peace, Love and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Transitioning from the House of Saul to the House of David

The Hebron Concept
Today’s Focus: Transitioning from the House of Saul to the House of David
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 10:12-14; 13:1-3

Greetings Sons of God:
1 Chronicles 10:12-14: They arose, all the valiant men and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.  So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the Word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it and enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.  

In our previous messages in this series we talked about how David loved Saul even unto death and when he reached this point of maturity, he was able to advance to Hebron.  Now notice that Saul and his sons were buried in a place called Jabesh which means ashamed, confused or disappointed, to dry up or whither away.  Saul’s house had fallen due to his transgressions against the Lord.  After this the Lord handed the kingdom over to David, the son of Jesse.  Now let me say this here and in the next series we will elaborate:

The house of Saul or spirit of Saul is the spirit of the Institutional church

Please keep that in mind because in the next message we will elaborate but look how the scripture ends.  It says the kingdom was handed over to David the son of Jesse.  What is this saying?  The Kingdom of God is arranged in a patriarchal model of fathers and sons and the Father has always intended to place His Son King to rule over His House and Holy Nation. It will be on the model of fathers and sons that the Father builds the Nation. But it will be at this position in the spirit called Hebron where the Holy Nation will unite and inaugurate Jesus Christ the King over this Holy Nation now watch this: 


1 Chronicles 13:1-3:  And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds and with every leader.  And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it see good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us: And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul


This is the picture of the gathering of Israel together at Hebron but more over a return of the Ark of the Covenant to Israel.  What does this mean?  Remember in our previous teaching series “The Ark of the Covenant and House of God” we said the Ark of the Covenant are the principles we are to live by in order to guarantee the presence of the Lord. Remember Israel went no where without the Ark leading them.  Inside the Ark we know were three items which represent three crucial principles:
1.    Golden Pot of Manna – Grace of God
2.    Aaron’s Rod – Theocratic Leadership
3.    Tablets of the Covenant – Covenant of Sonship

Everything is starting to come together or consolidate in this place called Hebron.  2013 will be a crucial year for the House of God because we will begin to see the consolidation and joining of the House of God into the Holy Nation.  We know that the Holy Nation is 12 spiritual tribes which are made up of clans, which are made up of households headed by fathers.

In the next teaching series we will examine how the spirit of Saul is the spirit of the Institutional church and how it is mandatory that we migrate to the house of David because the grace of God is in the model of fathers and sons and it is the sons of God that dominion is given to, not the slaves of Saul.


Peace, Love and Grace from the Father,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Building True Alliances

The Hebron Concept
Today’s Focus: Building True Alliances
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 11:1,2

Greetings Sons of God:
1 Chronicles 11:1,2; Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying Behold we are thy bone and thy flesh.  And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.

The scripture says that all Israel gathered themselves unto David unto Hebron.  True alliances cannot be built by organizing, advertising, summoning or inviting.  In the Body of Christ, true alliances are formed by the Spirit of God and through the grace in a man as the set man or father over a household. 

Congregations can be built when the leader is amongst the sheep and he has an intimate relationship with them.  And like a true shepherd the father of the household is given grace to move people or lead them to a single location.  These people who have formed an true alliance will be attracted to the grace within the father or leader of the household. The culture of family and love must be present.  Now I know this is a little wordy but let’s look back at the scripture to prove it.

First, we know Hebron is the place of joining and the gathering of all Israel to David was to unite the nation and become one corporate man.  Now the people acknowledged that David was God’s anointed because they confessed in verse 2 that even though Saul was king it was David that led Israel out and in.  Hence the people were attracted to the grace that was within David.  David was anointed king at Hebron and Israel was all gathered there to anoint him. 

In the Body of Christ, God gives grace to spiritual fathers to help lead and mature the Body of Christ.  The Holy Spirit assembles the Body of Christ in households, then clans then tribes to form the Holy Nation.  When the Holy Spirit puts you within a household of faith, he has given grace to the father of that household to dispense the grace of God to you through the word of God.  This is how the fathers of the household feed the sheep or the sons of God within their care.   

Peace, Love and Grace from the Father,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.