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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Destructive Spirits that Hinder the Building of the City Church

Topic: The Destructive Spirits of Jezebel, Korah, Absalom and Adonijah that Attempt To Hinder the Building of the City Church

Spirit of Absalom (2 Samuel 14:19-15:6)
Beware of this spirit in building the city church.  It is a son who seeks to usurp the authority of the set man by trying to appease the congregation by giving or planning to give them what they want, not what they need.  They seek the audience and plants seeds of doubt about the leadership.  In by doing so, they turn the hearts of the congregation against the set man.  Beware of this spirit.

Spirit of Korah (Numbers 16:1-35)
Korah was the leader of the rebellion against Moses and Aaron in  the wilderness when they came out of Egypt.  The spirit of Korah seeks to usurp the set man rebelling against authority and submission to authority.  These people are well-liked persuasive and charismatic.  They seek to get people to submit to them and desire to restore the old order of things.  They discontent with their position in the church and jealous.  They will try to get others to rise up against someone in leadership and campaign their ideas  and recruit others  before approaching leadership which creates a groundswell of favor and opinion for the idea so if it is reject the leadership looks incompetent.  They place themselves and their counsel above leadership and the assembly. 

Spirit of Adonijah (1 King 1)
This spirit seeks to take advantage of the set man in his most vulnerable position.  They seek to be the leader at all costs and they wait for the most opportune time to jump at the opportunity.  Even though God has a plan and a establish His successor as leader.  The spirit of Adonijah ignores the plan of God for selfish gain and pride.  Those who are truly covenantly bonded will stay with God’s plan.  But those who are not will side with those who have no vision for personal gain. 

Spirit of Jezebel (Revelation 2:20; 1 Kings 16)  
This spirit is very destructive to the building of the city church.  And the fact that it was seen in the Old and New Testament let’s us know that this spirit is still seeking to destroy all that is in true authority.  Some of the characteristics of spirit of Jezebel are:
1.   Seeks control through manipulation and has a deep hatred for true spiritual authority.  Uses emotional pressure, witcraft and sensuality (sexual and non-sexual)  in the pursuit of power to gain control.
2.   Likes to use the power and influence of others to accomplish its goals. 
3.   Seeks complete dominance and will attempt to cause leaders to be suspicious of the true prophetic message which bears the testimony of Jesus.

Leaders must show no mercy when this spirit tries to rear its head.  We must give not ground

These are the spirits that will seek to undermine and destroy the work of the Lord within the city.  In building the city church, it is not about numbers but about the quality of the people coming.   They must recognize the grace of the set man, they must give themselves to him in understanding how to carry the vision.  The doctrine of Christ must be to doctrine of the church within the city.  The leaders must be discerning and wise to prevent such spirits from destroying the church.  Let us mature that we may see with the Lord’s eyes and rule as He would have us to rule.  Show no mercy to those spirits that seek to divide and destroy. 

Peace, Mercy and Grace:

Calvin Calhoun Jr.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Principles in Building the City Church Part 4

Topic:  Principles in Building the City Church Part 4

Greetings:

1.   Understanding of the Times/Seasons of God
1 Chronicles 12:32:  And the children of Issachar which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment

There must be those sons within the house who can understand the times and seasons of God.  This is crucial because the Body of Christ must have a clear vision of where we are maturing to.   The Scripture says it yet appears what we will be but what we know and the Lord has revealed we should have a clear vision on that path and walk in it. 

In understanding the times and seasons there will be doctrinal adjustment in these times.  God is correcting inaccurate doctrinal positions.  This is the make or break line for many people.  Are they willing to give up their traditional, denominational doctrine for the doctrine of Christ, repent and adjust as necessary?  As I have said before the pride of some leaders will but the repentance and change of others will lead many sons back to their identity for the purposes for which they were called.  Let me show you this!  The four pillars of Kingdom Culture.

Acts 2:42: And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 

Notice the order in which the first century church continued after the sermon by Peter in Jerusalem.   Apostle’s Doctrine is first and prayers is last..  Understand this, when we get the doctrine right, the prayers will began to be effective.  Why?

James 5:16b:…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availieth much. 

The righteous man has the right positioning but most of all the right doctrine.   Doctrinal adjustment is here…Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.  Repent and live! 

2.    Stout-Hearted and Loyal Men/Experts of Doctrine
1 Chronicles 12:33:  Of Zebulun such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.

The city church must have loyal, stout-hearted men who are experts in doctrine.  Many of us see what double-hearted people can do to a congregation if not rebuked and chastened?  Confusion and division. These sons must be of one heart, one Spirit and willing to lay down their life for each other.  

Furthermore, when we look at the Scripture it says that the sons of Zebulun were experts of war with all instruments.   In the city church, there must be leaders who know how to equip the sons of God for battle.   Ephesians 6:10-17 teaches us the weapons of our warfare but when we look at the weapons notice none of them are carnal but are spiritual are in order to effectively put them on and most of all us them, one must have the doctrine right!  When the sons of God have the doctrine right they can withstand the schemes of the enemy.  When the Doctrine of Christ is right within a son, they will understand how to use truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation and the Word of God to overcome the enemy at every turn.  The city church must have men who are experts in the Doctrine of Christ.  They give themselves to the Word of God, studying and rightly dividing it for the Body that they may grow to the measure of the fullness of Christ. 

Once all of this has been done and set in place:

1. Recognize the David (Son carrying the Grace) within the House
2. Recognize the Helpers with a Pure Motive
3.  Recognize the Crossing Over Necessary to be Used for the Work
4. Recognize the Need for Men Fit for Battle
5. Need Men Activated By Tribulation
6. The Set Man has to be Discerning
7. Recognition of Grace / People Must Say: “We are Yours”
8: Sons who Understand the Times/Seasons of God
9. Loyal Men / Experts of Doctrine Now

We can now declare this within the city:

1 Chronicles 13:2:  And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in the 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. 

When we can build the city church we will experience the presence of God like never before and signs and wonders will be so evident and truly common because the city is united in one heart and one Spirit.

In the final message I want to examine the spirits of Jezebel, Absalom, Korah and Adonajai that seek to destroy what is being built.


Peace and Grace
Calvin Calhoun Jr.




Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Matured Church

Topic: The Matured Church
             
Greetings Sons of God:

Lately we have been studying the importance of Zoe life.  We have seen that Zoe life is not a life in the after-life but it is a life meant to be lived now.  It is a Heavenly life lived on Earth.  So much of what we have heard is a misinterpretation of Scripture and has put knowledge within us that delays or puts present day reality in the next life.   This brings me to this topic here and as I studied and the Lord spoke and revealed we must repent and turn our eyes back to Jesus.   We have been entertained and distracted too long and the doctrines of this word which produce death is slowly eating away at believers.  Death is in the pot for many believers but for some the Light of Christ is shining brighter and brighter and He is revealing more of His Word and who He is now.  I want to start by looking at Revelation 21:9 and moving forward from there.  

When many believers look at Revelation 21 and Revelation 22, dare I even say throughout the entire book of revelation many want to put what is being shown and said in Heaven.  There are some aspects that speak of Heaven but for the most part the book of Revelation is not about Heaven.  It is the revelation or revealing of Christ.  Wanna see:

Revelation 1:1:  The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John. 

So the end is the revelation of Christ.  So throughout the Old Testament and New Testament there are stories, pictures and revelation of Christ.   Now if you are talking about Christ then you are also talking about the church.  There are two dimensions of Christ:  The Head and the Body.   And we as the church is the Body of Christ.  So inasmuch as Christ is revealed throughout the Old and New Testament, so is the church, the sons of God.  Of course in most of the Old Testament, God speaks in types and shadows and of course in the New Testament we see the reality that does away with the type and shadow.  May I suggest to leadership, we must come back to preaching a Christocentric message.  God, through Jesus Christ did not preach hell to bring people into the Kingdom.  Is hell real?  Yes but it is Christ that every man and woman is looking for and if we just present Him, He will take care of the rest.  Unfortunately for many who were scared in for the fear of hell find it hard to live for Christ because their entire motive for coming was out of fear of hell but now that is gone…oh well is the attitude.   People develop a false picture of Christ and so how they live is a reflection of their perception and place He has in their life.   For many of them they are still searching for peace, happiness, love and joy.  Some of the manifestations of a unsatisfied believer is the constant desire for titles, money, methods of advertising to increase membership and people hoping from church to church to name a few.  Sad to say, they have that already by His Spirit dwelling within them.  In this time for those who have made the spiritual sacrifices and present themselves as broken, humble and of a contrite heart, God is correcting the inaccurate and clearing up the fog within the vision of the believers as it pertains to who He is and who they or we are.   When the sons of God access and live the Zoe life, extreme contentment, joy, peace, their place within the body, the true identity and love is manifested through them and they change the circumstance from the Zoe life and not let the circumstances change them.  Let’s look at the mature church first. 

Revelation 21:9,10: And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 

Here is a question:  The angel is showing John the Lamb’s Bride who is the church and John records that he sees the great and holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God.  So how is the church a city?  Now what people have done is made this a futuristic Heavenly thing because they could not understand it.  Remember how does God communicate?  He communicates by type and shadows and reality.  We know types and shadows are symbolic pictures and reality is reality, it is what God says it is.   Now what is John looking at?  He sees the holy Jerusalem but the angel said I will shew you the Lamb’s wife!  So this is symbolic language.  Let me take a second and show you this in the Old Testament:

Isaiah 2:2,3:  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all the nations shall flow unto it. 
                             
Now the Scripture in Revelation says that the city is descending OUT of heaven FROM GOD!  So this city is coming out from God and if this is the case?  Then where are we? 

Ephesians 2:6:  “And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  So though we walk the earth in time, we as sons are seated in Christ Jesus in Heaven.  

So we are in Him and when He appears so shall we!  Take a look:

Colossians 3:4:  When Christ who is our life (zoe) shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory

Understand what we are saying, the matured church will happen in the Earth.  God is revealing this now!  He is preparing this now!   This is not a sweet by-and-by concept but a present day reality.   This is why we must come back to a Christocentric message because our very life is Zoe and is Christ because Christ is Life.  John was given a vision in Revelation 21 and 22 and this picture is a symbolic picture of the matured church but nothing about this picture says this will happen in Heaven.  From Genesis to Revelation is a progression of the revelation of Christ and the Sons of God in the Earth and the plan of how this will be fulfilled.  Let us look to Heaven and set our heart and affections to heavenly things and allow the Father and Christ to bring the will of Heaven into the Earth through the sons of God.  Let us stop trying to go to heaven and escape life and live Zoe life here on earth and be a avenue that God uses to bring the Kingdom to earth. 

Peace, Love and Grace,

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Principles in Building the City Church Part 3

Topic: Principles in Building the City Church Part 3

Greetings:

   5.  You Need Men Activated By Tribulation
1 Chronicles 12:15:  These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west

In building the city church you need men who are activated by tribulation.  In the Scripture you see the Gadites saw that the time to attack was when Jordan was overflowing.  Most people would wait until the river was down but in the midst of tribulation these men saw the time to attack.  We need men and women of God who are active by tribulation.  When the time seems the most inopportune in the carnal they see the perfect opportune to go forward by the spirit. 

1.    The Set Man Has to be Discerning
1 Chronicles 12:17:  And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you:  but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon and rebuke it. 

The set man is the God-appointed leader and here it is David and the Gadites have come to join David with the tribe of Benjamin and Judah.  In building the city church the set man must be discerning of the people who come to want to help.  We must ask the question:  Are you coming because you desire to help and my heart is knit or covenantly connected with yours or are you coming to betray me to mine enemies.   Understand, unfortunately you have believers who will become your enemies out of jealousy, envy and even out of rebuke.  The set man must discern those that come and make sure that they are covenantly connected so that they may help carry the vision of uniting the church within the city.  Jude said it best:

Jude 4: For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 

We must beware of the invasion of false doctrine and the spirits of Jezebel, Absolam and Korah. We will discuss these three spirits in a upcoming message in this series.   

2.   People Must Be Able To Say “We are Yours”
Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captians, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee.  The David received them and made them captains of the band.

Now here is where many will get the strange eye.  When you look at the Scripture we see that Amasai who was the chief of the captains made the declaration that they recognize that God is with David.  Those who come desiring to help must recognize the grace upon the set man. 

Next they must submit to the grace within that man.  They are not bowing to a man in the mind of slavery but because they recognize grace they desire to get connected and give of themselves to help see the vision to reality. 

The problem many will have is pride.  Pride will prevent you from submitting to grace, especially when the one carrying the grace looks nothing like you expect them to.  Great example:  Saul was clearly older than David but the people recognize the grace within David and flocked over to his side.  Spiritual maturity and the anointing of the set man has nothing to do with natural age or “experience” in the church.  That has been the problem for so long.  Especially in the institutional church, so many gifted sons are being suppressed by the institution and system and many gifts are being held up by prideful and controlling leaders. 

In addition, before someone is appointed to be a leader, the set man must back sure that this person is carrying the spirit of Amasai.  The name Amasai means burden-bearer.   These must be people who will carry the burden. 

We will continue looking at the principles necessary in building the city church.  So far we have:

1. Recognize the David (Son carrying the Grace) within the House
2. Recognize the Helpers with a Pure Motive
3.  Recognize the Crossing Over Necessary to be Used for the Work
4. Recognize the Need for Men Fit for Battle
5. Need Men Activated By Tribulation
6. The Set Man has to be Discerning
7. Recognition of Grace / People Must Say: “We are Yours”