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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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

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
Website: www.householdofcalhoun.org

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Characteristics of Total Depravity

Topic:  Characteristics of Total Depravity

Greetings:

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.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Understanding the Depraved Man

Teaching Series: Total Depravity

Topic: Understanding the Depraved Man
             
Greetings Sons of God:
What is total depravity?  Let us first define depravity because we know total is complete.  Depravity is defined as moral corruption or degradation.  So total depravity is the complete moral corruption of degradation of mankind.  This corruption was brought about by the original sin in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.  That sin corrupted the mind, emotion and will of mankind.  Because of that sin:
1.    Mankind was unable to come to God on his own. 
2.    Mankind was unwilling to seek God
3.    Mankind was unable to submit to God
Man went from being a living, immortal being in the earth, to a walking dead man.  Man was dead in his trespasses.  This is why every person born onto the earth was born in sin (Psalm 51:5).   Now lets look at a picture of the depraved man so we can get an understanding of total depravity and how it affects the maturity of the sons of God today.

John 11:11-43 – Story of Lazarus
We know that Jesus raised Lazarus from dead but I want you to look a little deeper than that.   Lazarus is a picture of the unregenerated man.  One thing we know about dead people is that they cannot talk, repent, believe, interact, hear, see etc.  But it is not until there is an encounter with God that the dead man, the depraved man is brought to life.  Now does the dead man call for God or does God find the dead man?  Scripturally it is God that comes to the dead man.  God sent Jesus to redeem us from the curse of sin and depravity.  Now notice Lazarus was completely dead but it was not until Jesus (The Word of God) called Lazarus to come forth that Lazarus was given life and was brought back from the dead. The coming to life from the depraved state is completely a God-process.  You will remain depraved until God calls you to “come forth”.   In obedience to God one is transitioned form a state of total depravity to Zoe life.  Let me show you another example:

Ezekiel 37:1-10 – Valley of Dry Bones
We have read this story but let’s get a spiritual understanding of this story.  First the dry bones represent the depraved man who is dead.  God asks Ezekiel “can these bones lives””  Ezekiel responds “only you know”.  Next God tells Ezekiel to “prophesy”  to the bones to HEAR the Word of the Lord.  When Ezekiel would prophesy God said He would cause breathe to enter into them and they shall live.  Do we see this!  The dead bones could not seek God, speak to God, repent or believe.  It is not until God sends a son carrying His image and likeness with His Word within them to the depraved that they have an opportunity to live. Every attempt at man trying to get back to God has failed and as a result many have created religions to find God.  But God did what man in his carnal mind would not ever dream of doing.  He would come to them!  Here is where the bedrock of our faith really comes into play because for many in false religion they could not think of God coming in human form to make the ultimate sacrifice that humanity would now have an opportunity come back in fellowship with the Creator and restore the divine relationship of Father and Son.  It is not until the Breath of God enters into someone that they are transitioned from death to life. The cure for death is the Breath of God. 

In the next message we will look at characteristics of the totally depraved man and I promise you will be shocked to see many believers possess some of these very same traits.

Peace, Love and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Overcoming the Spirit of Ammon

Journey of the Sons of God to the Promised Land
Today’s Focus: Overcoming the Spirit of Ammon
Scripture: Jeremiah 32:32-40

Greetings Sons of God:
Jeremiah 32:32-40: Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and the their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And they have turned unto me the back and not the face though I taught them rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.  But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.  And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom to cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.  And now therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city, where ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine and by the pestilence; behold I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:  And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Now from examining this extensive Scripture we see that the children of Israel had sinned against God and now desire to come back but the only way to come back to Him is through repentance, submission and obedience to His Sovereign rule.  When a son comes into the House of God, the Father desires for the son to learn His Way and fear Him (reverence and respect) for ever.  As long as they do good and that is obey the Lord they would be safe and prosperous. 

To overcome the spirit of Ammon is to repent and make the Sovereign Lord, King and Father ruler over your life and despite people’s opinions, you stay within the ways and character of the Father.   In the Kingdom of God, it is governed by the Sovereign King and His Laws and Commandments, not our opinions and thoughts.  We are the sons of God, not the sons of the people.  It is notuntil we embrace a “Kingdom mentality” that we will continue to fall short due to the opinions of man and not advance by the Word of God. 


Peace, Love and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.