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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Repentance Part 2: Benefits

Topic:  Repentance Part 2: Benefits

Greetings Sons of God:

When we talk about repentance most times we are looking at a change from the wrong mindset or action to the right.  So for most people when they hear repent they immediately think of the bad but there are benefits to repenting.  Yes, benefits, and if we truly repent we will see these benefits.  I will not type the Scriptures out because one of the major problems we have in the Body is we want to be spoon-fed all the information and Jesus said if YOU seek, YOU will find so I want to encourage you to go read these Scriptures and seek out the answers and understanding for yourself:

1.   Repentance reaps Rest (Isaiah 59:12-14; Matthew 11:28-30)
2.   Repentance reaps Forgiveness (James 5:15-16; 1 John 1:9, 10)
3.   Repentance reaps Mercy (Proverbs 28:13; Matthew 9:10-13)
4.   Repentance reaps Outpouring of the Spirit (Joel 2:12-28; Acts 2:37-41
5.   Repentance reaps Illumination of God’s Word (Hebrews 6:1-6; John 12:39-50)
6.   Repentance reaps Dominion (Micah 4:1-8; Luke 15:11-24)

The hard part and the aspect that many struggle with as it pertains to actually repenting is the denial of what has been “normal” to them.  These things range from behavior to even people who you associate with and call a friend who in actuality is a hindrance to your walk.  As believers we must embrace repentance.  The first elementary doctrine of Christ found in Hebrews 6:1 is repentance from dead works.  God does not want you to waste time.

“Time is a currency that you can never get back.  You are constantly spending so invest wisely”

Only God knows the amount of time you are to be on the Earth.  He desires for you to do the work the reveals the Heavenly reality of you being His son and manifesting His glory in the Earth.  All of these spiritual blessings that the Father desires to give us can only be obtained through repentance.   Repentance positions you with the Father.  The Scriptures declare that we are being changed from glory to glory and if we are being changed then we must embrace repentance because the Father is going to continuously reveal areas of our lives that we need to change that we may further manifest His glory and become a better representative of Him in the Earth.  It is through repentance and obedience that the fruit of our faith can be seen.  Oh yes, when you start repenting and making a true lifestyle change the first thing that will happen is you will begin to see the true intentions and character of those whom you call friends.  And many will you have to walk away from because they are not willing to follow Christ as you.   Do not fret, the Father has promised that he will never leave you nor forsake you but moreover he also promised that He will give you a hundred-fold more brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers in this lifetime.  That is a promise from God.  

Let me make sure that we embrace the right mindset to repentance because the carnal mind can slip one over you and then you will be trying to repent to get things and that is not the reason you repent.

You repent because your faults and/or something that is not like the Father is being revealed to you that you may make the change so that you may be LIKE your Father.  When you embrace repentance from that mentality everything else will come as the Father grants it.  Matthew 6:30-33 declares that we seek the rulership (Kingdom) of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be “added” or given to you.  You repent to become more like your Heavenly Father not because you want something.   

Peace and Grace

Calvin Calhoun

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wisdom for the Week: Repentance Part 1

Topic: Repentance Part 1
             
Greetings Sons of God:
Over the next couple of weeks I want to share the Word of God with you as it pertains to three topics but are all significantly connected.  They are Repentance, Hypergrace and the Law.  Now for some of us the word that really jumps out at you is hypergrace.  Hypergrace is a term that you will come to know especially in this season and it is important to know what hypergrace is and how it is a rapidly growing doctrine that seeks to stunt the maturity of the sons of God today.  We are seeing a rapid growth of hypergrace churches and once you know what hypergrace is then when we look out at the church we can see the effects of this false doctrine is doing to many believers. 

Characteristics of Hypergrace churches are:
1. Embrace motivational preaching instead of the Word of God. 
2. Despise the Law of God and the acceptance of grace
3.  They deny the chastisement of the Lord and the fear or the Lord
4.  No Need to Repent

This is a very disturbing doctrine and the evidence of its impact can be seen in disorderly households (churches), corruption and lack of the power of God.  There is extreme emotionalism masking as a movement of the Spirit.  The way to remove this doctrine and eradicate it from the church begins with the very thing that it denies, repentance. 

Repentance is a change of the mind.  When one changes their mind they turn the opposite direction of which they are going and do the opposite of what they are doing.  The word repentance is one of the most powerful word in Scripture but before I tell you how let me share this. Hypergrace churches deny the dual nature of the believer.  What do I mean by dual nature?  The believer has a human nature and a divine nature.  Hypergrace churches only acknowledge the spirit nature of man.   Now this may sound good but it is not because to deny the human nature is to deny the sin nature contained within.  Let me show you in Scripture:

1 John 1:8,9:  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

To deny the human nature is to deny the sin nature within us and so many who have adopted the hypergrace doctrine feel no need to repent because they take the grace of God as a occasion to sin.  In other words you hear them say this phrase:

"I know it is wrong but the Lord will forgive me"

This mentality goes to one of the characteristics seen in believers that have embraced the hypergrace doctrine and that is they deny the chastisement (correction) and the fear (respect and reverence) of the Lord.  You take a "arrogant" attitude because I am saved I can sin and God will forgive me without even thinking about any type of punishment for the sin because their perception of love is God being cuddly and sweet and never one who punishes us for disobedience.  But let me show you the folly in that mentality of those who embrace the hypergrace doctrine:

Hebrews 12:6-8:  For whom the Lord loveth he chaseneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure the chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons. 

It is time for us to embrace repentance and understand that we are to die daily and be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  As we mature and change from glory to glory, that change and maturation only begins with repentance.  

Peace, Love and Grace,

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.

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.