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                                   Divine Purpose
“Surely as I have though, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” Isaiah 14:24. Divine Purpose is the will of God on earth as it is in heaven. The plan of God is already done in heaven and is being done through the process of time. We get a revelation of God’s purposes as we study the Bible.
We have plans that we want to see come to pass, circumstances get in the way of what we are trying to do, adversity rises up against the good that we do. When we align our plans with the plan of God what we say and do will come to pass. In spite of great circumstances brought to us through the powerful hand of adversity, we must continue to stand upon the promises of God.
Isaiah 14:25 is a word of prophecy that Isaiah sent to King Hezekiah that would encourage him not to surrender to the King of Assyria. The Assyrian soldiers of 185,000 were a great Army that King Hezekiah in his own strength could not overcome, 2 Kings 19:35. It was by Prayer and Faith in the word of God Hezekiah received deliverance.
Hezekiah was a wise King because he sought out the will of God. It is true that one can be in the will of God and still face great opposition. What do you do when the word of God says one thing and your circumstance says another? Remember God is bigger than your trouble. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness.” 2 Peter 3:9. “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19. God used the opposition Hezekiah faced to show forth his mighty hand of deliverance. What God had purposed to do would come to pass on spite of great opposition.
The testimony of Job is a look at Divine Purpose. The book of Job reveals a conversation between Satan and God. Satan accused Job of begin faithful to God only because God had been so good to him and his family. “Doth Job fear God for nought? “ Job 1:9. Job did not know the reason for the lost of everything but he refuse to blame God instead he worshipped the Lord. What do we do when purpose is hidden? Job was never given a reason for his trails of faith. Through all of his trails he held on to faith and trusted God to be in control of all that is good and evil.
“Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10. Most of us can see God in the giving but only a few can understand the same hand that gave is the hand that has taken away. “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21. Never lose faith for God is in absolute control of all things that touch our lives be it good or evil.
“When he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold” Job 23:10. The Devil is the author of all that is evil. Job knew that his trials were from the Lord, with the purpose of revealing the glory of God in his life. There is a reason for every trial. It is through our trials we grow in Holiness. Job did not say if he try me, but he said “when he has tried me.” The trials of life are sure to come; the only question is when, how and how long.
The good news is that God has a divine purpose for everything. God is able to use evil that was meant to destroy your life for purpose that will bring forth good to you and the people he has called you to serve. We know this is true because evil men crucified Jesus. God did not simply allow it but he predetermined that evil men would crucify Jesus, Acts 2:23. Jesus submitted to the will of the father and God raised him from the dead. God has made it possible for all who believe on the name Jesus shall be saved. Let us trust God in whatever he has allowed to happen in our lives to work for our good and his glory.
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Keep The Vision Alive

Let us be faithful to the word of God. The word of God is the visions of glory manifested in the life of the believer, v.2. No matter how great the turbulent storms of life, let us run the race with patience; for our God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Run the race with patience because the vision of Glory will surely come. Run the race with patience, for there is nothing too hard for our God.

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time,” Hab.2:3. Through the process of time, God is unfolding the vision of glory for your life. Every day of life is divinely appointed. It may seem at times as though we are always living for tomorrow; and yet, it is in this present moment we chose the steps that will take us from glory to glory. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,” Ps. 37:23. To walk by the word of God is to have a lighted pathway in the midst of darkness. This light that we have in the word of God is a vision of glory.

“Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,” v.3. As we travel along the pathway of life there will be times of trial and tribulation. The enemy wants to steal your vision of glory. Be faithful to the vision of God’s word. God will perform his word. Whatever touches your life, God will use it to show forth his glory. Be faithful to the vision because it will surely come to pass. Let us not become lifted up in the pride of what we can do or what we cannot do, but let’s forever keep the vision of faith in what God will do in us and through us.

“Cast not away therefore your confidence,” Heb. 10:35. The target of the enemy is to get you to give up your confidence in the word of God. He will seek out whatever and use whoever to steal, kill and destroy. However, it really does not matter what Satan does, he cannot put his hands on your faith. Your faith is what you give up, when you give up on God. No matter what the cost, “sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” Rom. 8:18. No matter what the cost, nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, “Rom. 8:39. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall be my son,” Rev. 21:7.

After you do the will of God, you must have patience, Heb. 10:36. If we persevere through patience, we can receive the promise of God’s word; this is the fulfillment of the vision. We can be fruitful in every good work through patience. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister,” Heb.6:10. The foundation of every man’s work is going to be tried by fiery furnace of tribulation and persecution. But if we remain faithful to the name of the Lord Jesus, God will bring to pass the vision of promise.

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man drawback, my soul shall have no pleasure in him,” Heb.10:38. Let us therefore pursue the vision with a righteous zeal. Give yourself completely to the vision of God’s word for your life. Yield all of your life give all that you have to Jesus. Do not draw back. There is only one way to keep the vision alive, we must be willing to faithfully live it. The just shall live by faith. A committed life lives in the vision of God’s word by faith.
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Keep the Vision Alive
There is only one way to keep a vision alive and that is by being faithful to God, Abraham was such a man. In Gen. 12:1, Abraham is called to leave his father’s house. At the word of the Lord Abraham leaves his father’s house to depart into a new country. God did not say where, but he promised Abraham that he would show him. As Abraham willingly obeys God in the first step, God has promised to show him where to go after he leaves his father’s house. God will unfold his vision for Abraham one step at a time. Abraham had faith enough to trust God in making the first step. God assured Abraham that he would be with him to bless him, so that he would be a blessing to all the families of the earth, Gen. 12:2-3.

We must be patient as God works through the process of time. Sarai was barren for a reason that God had ordained. Sarai acted in an impetuous manner. She wanted to help God out. According to Gen. 16:2, she reasoned with her husband on the basis of what she could not do. So, she had Abraham to go in and have a child by his handmaid. It has always been forbidden by God for a man to have more than one wife. Gen. 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Sarai would confess her sin in v.5, “ And Sarai said unto Abram my wrong be upon thee; I have given my maid into thy bosom.” This sin would come between Hagar and Sarai. However, God would hear the cry of Sarai’s repentant heart, by restoring a relationship broken by the sin of adultery. God would not recommend abortion, but he would bless the child exceedingly. Isn’t it good to know that God can fix up our mess-ups.

The vision of the Lord is a promise to Abraham that will be fulfilled at a time of divine appointment. Gen. 18:10: “I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” The word of the Lord is very clear on this matter of Sarah bearing a child in her old age. This vision seems to be utterly impossible. However, God would prove faithful in performing his word. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” V.14. Abraham and Sarah would once again know the pleasure of love. The word of the Lord said that his everlasting covenant would be upon Abraham and his seed, Gen. 17:7. “I will bless her and give thee a son also of her,” v.16.

When Abraham heard that God was going to make Sarah, who is now 89 years old, a mother (This woman has been barren all of her life), he fell on his face and laughed. Abraham could not comprehend such a thing as this. Even though Abraham did not see it or feel it, Abraham would act upon the word of God. He would embrace his wife, and love her by faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Heb.11:1. “Abraham was an hundred years old when his son Isaac was born unto him” Gen. 21:5.

If we are going to keep the vision alive, we must be faithful to prayer. Hab. 2:1: “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower.” Prayer is the only way to remain alert. As we communicate and listen to the voice of the Spirit of Truth, God will unfold the vision of his glory manifested in love and power. We must be willing to hear the word of reproof and then respond in obedience. The prophet Habakkuk is concerned about the way in which he’ll answer to God, v.1. Only in a willingness to respond in obedience to the word of God, will God speak.

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Abide In The Truth
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32. The key words in this particular passage are “If you continue”. It is important to continue in the word, many have started but Jesus brings to us a condition, we must continue in the discipline of the word in soul, mind and body, in the application of the word of God. The believer is to abide in Christ and through abiding in Christ we find freedom from sin.
Freedom from the power and dominion of sin is the work of the Spirit of Truth. The truth is a revelation of Jesus that the believer lives in. This truth lives in the heart and it is freedom from sin. “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. As we submit to the rule of Christ by obeying his word there is power to overcome sin. Abiding in the truth is a continuous process daily in the scriptures, in prayer and worship. If we are going to be free from sin we must abide in the truth. The truth must become a dwelling place.
The word of God is truth that lives on the inside. As we live by the word the work of the Holy Spirit empowers with grace to perform the will of God. “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of God in truth:” Colossian 1:5-6. The truth is the building block of faith and love. We must continue in faith that works by love. God has called us to be an expression of his love in this present world. The hearing of the word of God will cause one to bear fruit, Colossians 1:5-6. Truth is the door of revelation into the grace of God. The word of God is wisdom and knowledge for knowing and performing the will of God. This is the reason why we must continue to abide in the truth.
Maturity comes as a result of abiding in the truth, Ephesians 4:15. As we grow in the truth we grow up in love. Many times the truth as been used as a weapon of destruction by taking the sword of the word of God and use it against one another. Truth is to be spoken in love for the purpose of maturity, healing and medicine for the wounded soul. Many have used the truth in unrighteousness to divide, destroy and bring down one another. Truth should be used to buildup and encourage one another. We will see the grace of God in operation, the gifts working together to build the kingdom of God. Love is the ground, foundation, habitation and reason. Love is the motivation, the goal that unifies us. Therefore specking the truth in love causes growth, and maturity.
We together abiding in the truth must in the bond of love build so that we may grow up together in Christ in all things. The truth from within will cause Christ to dwell in our hearts. Being rooted and grounded in love this truth will cause the believer to be filled with the fullness of God. In this truth we shall raise up in the knowledge of his perfect will. We shall preach the gospel to the poor, strengthen the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees, the eyes of the blind shall be opened; the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. We shall also lay down one day in the dust of the earth, only to be raise from the dust of the earth in the likeness of Christ. We shall know him and we shall be just like Jesus. As he has loved us so shall we love him.
If we continue to abide in the truth of the Gospel we will see the manifestation of power by the Spirit of Unity. Many who have sat idle for many years God will use for his glory. Every member of the body of Christ is to be equipped with the truth to reach out
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A Precious Thing
In the trial God is working all things for our good. God is perfecting my faith in the midst of the trial. To be kept by the power of God, one must have faith in God. How can we say we are children of the king if we have no faith? Faith means that the believer is willing to trust God and stand in faith along. There are places in life were all you have is faith in God. No matter how small your faith might be if you ask God he is able to do all things.
The word of God is what we live by when faith is alive. But we cannot say that we have faith in God if we are not willing to live Holy. The word of God is a sword to use in the midst of defeat, doubt, fear, sickness, financial need; the word of God is the way out. The word of God reveals the power of God in knowledge and understanding.
I have no doubt that there are many who have great faith, but who is using it. It was the servant who had wrapped his talent in a napkin and had buried it. His Lord held him accountable for that action. His Lord took what little talent he had and gave it to another who had many, and cast him into everlasting condemnation, Matthew 25:28. Why? Because he had hid his talent.
Faith will do you no good until you put it to work. In time of trouble we use our faith in the word of God by trusting him in the midst of whatever we face. To declare as Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” The testimony of Job to this day was that his latter state was better than the former. Therefore whatever we lose for the sake of the gospel God will restore many times over.
Whatever we are call to go through in this life is only for a season. For the trial of your faith is a precious thing. Let us look to God and know that it is in his power to keep us until the end of our faith which is the salvation of your soul.
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    A Precious Thing
So many hold the idea of suffering and whatever crisis they’re going through as being a very evil and ugly thing, but the Apostle Paul speaks of the trial of our faith being more precious than gold, 1 Peter 1:7. No matter what you may be facing always remember you are kept by the power of God. There is a blessed consolation in realizing that nothing can pluck you out of the hand of God, John 10:29.
There is a keeping power of God which is greater than anything known to man. There is a keeping power in the grace of God. He keeps us from danger, from evil, he keeps us from failing. This keeping power of God is by faith. The trial comes to challenge your faith, for Satan is no challenge for the power of God. However, Satan’s Challenge is to get us to doubt the word of God in the things that immediately touch our lives. If our faith is not anchored in the word of God we will soon doubt the power of God. Satan has done his job when the church is silenced by fear and doubt. As long as faith is in the power of God, he will keep us in the trial and through the trial. We are truly kept by the power of God.
No trial is meant to last forever but only for a season, 1 Peter 1:6. It is beautiful to know that we are not going to always be in the valley or weeping through the night, for there is the promise of joy in the morning. It is in this hope that our faith is made stronger because we realize that God is faithful. As sure as the sun will rise, the long night will break because God is faithful. He provides for every sparrow of the sky and every fish of the sea, God is faithful. The Nations of the world have his abundant resources in the heavens and earth. Even if we suffer it is only for a season because he knows just how much we can bear.
Many times the Lord has delivered me from great trials and so I can say has David has said “the Lord will deliver me” Samuel 17:37. God delivered David from a giant. The giant represents anything that stands before us to defy our faith and to bring fear. Each of us has a testimony of God’s deliverance and we know has we face the giant of trouble God is a deliverer.
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                                   Suffering for the Gospel
Paul writes to Timothy his son in the gospel from a Roman dungeon awaiting his execution under King Nero, he encourages Timothy to be strong in grace. In Ephesians 4:7 we find that every one given a measure of grace according to the gift of Christ. Every man is given some measure of Spiritual gift for the edifying of the body of Christ. Paul recognized Timothy to be gifted by the grace of God. To continue the work that Paul had started Timothy would have to be strong in the grace that God had place upon his life.
2 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul encourages Timothy to be strong in the word; he tells Timothy to pass it on to faithful men who are able to teach. This is the vision of outreach, we must pass it on, pass on those things that we have heard and seen. We must teach others to pass it on. Each of us is called to be faithful stewards of the manifold grace of God. Matthew 25:23 “His Lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
Paul set forth a series of illustrations using the Soldier, the Athlete and the Farmer, to show us biblical truth that should be applied in developing Christian character has laborers together in Christ. First, Paul admonishes Timothy to endure hardship has a good Soldier, 2 Timothy 2:3. We can learn from the qualities of the Soldier. In dealing with the enemy the soldier must endure many hardships. The soldier is called upon to invade enemy territory he must be brave in his mission he knows how to resist enemy attacks, to maintain order and give help in time of need.
Paul says to strive for masteries in 2 Timothy 2:5. Paul uses the Athlete to show the laborer has one who runs in a race of endurance. In the race there are many hurls and obstacles to overcome. The athlete must not let the hurls brake his strive, he must not underestimate the course or he will run to fast in the race of endurance and to slow in the race of speed. Each event is a test of some particular skill. The athlete must abide by the rules of the event. Paul admonishes Timothy to strive lawfully are he will not be Crowned.
Paul introduces the farmer has one who labors, 2 Timothy 2:6. There is much that we learn from the qualities of the farmer. The farmer is aware of what to do during any given season. He knows that spring is a time of planting, fall is a time of harvest. During any given season the farmer will fight to save his crop against floods, drought, and disease. The farmer must study many different techniques in order to grow crops and raise animals that will bring a good profit at the market. He must study management for there are many investments to be made, tractors to break the ground, feed for the animals, various supplies for the farm. If the farmer studies he’ll make the right investments at the right time.
Paul speaks of his suffering for the gospel, 2 Timothy 2:9-10. Paul said he had endured all things for the sake of the Church. Paul encourages Timothy to remember the sufferings of our Lord. 1 Peter 5:10 “But the God of all grace , who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you”. There is much fruit in suffering persecution for the sake of the gospel.

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                                        Persistent Prayer
“Give us this day our daily bread.” God desires to unfold to us his infinite riches by his grace to open the flood gates of heaven. But we must first desire his will. When we put his will first than we can say give us this day our daily bread. The will of God is paramount and in his will we will find the provision of the day. In the will of God we will find what we need to perform his will.
“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”This verse deals with our relationship with God and with one another. We must show the same mercy to others that God has shown to us. Our prayers can be hindered as a result of one’s relationship with others. Prayers can be hindered by envy and strife against one another. We must walk in love as we forgive the faults of others. To receive forgiveness we must forgive. To receive mercy we must show mercy. To receive love we must show love. To receive the blessings of God we must first bless somebody. “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7.
Our relationship with one another has a great deal to do with the essence of our prayers being answered. A selfish life can be the biggest thing between you and God. As we learn to crucify the selfish life and freely give of ourselves to one another, then God will answer our prayers, doors will be opened and power will be given to break the chains that bind, the fetters that come to hinder. We will find guidance and deliverance.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:” We can seek deliverance as we first free ourselves of envy and strife. We must allow judgment to be in the hands of God. Stop judging one another and began to love one another. Stop wounding one another and began the process of healing. Than we can say “Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory”. Than we can praise his name with the saints and the heavenly host, we can know the power of God manifested on the face of this Earth. Than we can know the glory revealed in his church the believers.
If we be persistent in our prayers, in our prevailing before God, if we continue to struggle in prayer we will know the fruit of the morning the joy that comes to those who prevail in prayer. Our faces will shine with the glory of the Lord because all men will look upon you and know there is a man who has been with Jesus.
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                                        Persistent Prayer
Genesis 32:24 this passage of scripture is an illustration of Jacob in persistent prayer. There is a power that fills the believer as a result of persistent prayer. Notice Jacob was left along with God. The ability to shut the door on our personal responsibilities having that hour in the day or in the early morning to be left alone in a special place and time to wrestle with the angel.
Quality time in prayer is time that we set aside to be alone with God, to hear from God, to experience the presence of his spirit. We live in a day were there is very little time to do the things that really matter but we ought to set down an prioritize our schedule in such a way that there is a special time of prayerful meditation and being persistence in seeking the Lord.
When we decide to do a simple thing, a child like thing, to humble oneself and look to God. In the process of prayer we experience the presence, guidance and strength of God. If we look to God in faith we can know his protection, and the sovereignty of his rule. If Jesus had to travail in prayer than we must do the same we are not exempt from laying before the Lord in prayer. We must be persistence in this spiritual struggle.
The entire body of Christ is partakers in prayer. We must stop saying “preacher pray for me “and began to join the preacher in praying then we will see a difference. We are called to unify our efforts in prayer. It is the unity of the spirit of prayer that breaks the yoke.
Matthew 6:9 we find the manner in which Jesus instructs his disciples. “Our Father which art in heaven” deals with our relationship to God as Father. It is beautiful to know that we have a Father in heaven who hears us for we are his children. We have a Father who knows our needs even before we ask who hears us even before call. It is marvelous to know that we have a Father who desires to take his little children in his arms and hold us in his bosom. We can only know the Father by prayer. We can know God by the spirit in our hearts. The spirit of Jesus in our hearts gives us intimacy with God.
“Hallowed be thy name.” His name is Holy, righteous, deliverance, peace, love, his name is Jehovah. In his name all power in heaven and earth has been given. “Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done” The will of God is above everything. The Kingdom of God should take preeminence in our prayer lives. We should not go to God and fail to seek his will. We should seek the will of God even in the midst of suffering, and persecution.
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                                               Sacrificial Giving
True forgiveness will cost you something. God will not forgive us unless we forgive others. We cannot experience what we are unwilling to give, Matthew 18:32-35. Forgiveness is the only way to open up the channels of blessing; release the Spirit of hate, envy and strife so that the transforming power of love can flow. As we forgive with a pure heart, we can experience the joy of reconciliation. There can be no peace without the sacrifice of forgiveness.
A true sacrifice is to give to a person that cannot repay you. Your pay is in the fact that God has blessed you so that you can be a blessing to someone else, Matthew 5:44-48. It is a sacrifice to love one’s enemy. Your enemy cannot love you back. People who hate you cannot show you love. It is a great sacrifice to pray for those who despitefully use you. To pray God save them and bless their lives with goodness and mercy. “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?” “And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?”
To give ourselves for others is the mark of spiritual maturity. A selfish person will never grow. When you seek great things for others great things come back to you. God is glorified whenever we sacrifice for the sake of others. Whatever you lose for the Gospel you gain for eternity, John 12:24-26. Alexander the Great World Conquer gave pacific instructions that when he died his body should be placed in the coffin in such a way that it should be seen that his hands were empty. This was done to show the world the he could take nothing with him.
The principle of the world is that a man should live for himself. The principle of Christianity is that a man should live for others. The selfish nature can be replaced by the joy of sacrifice. The rich man of Matthew 19:22 went away from Jesus with great sorrow because he loved his possessions more than God. Whatever you love more than God is your God. The rich man could not respond to the call of Jesus because of his selfish Spirit he would know sorrow instead of joy.
You are born of the qualities you give out. In giving out of love you transform the other person and yourself. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good.” Luke 6:45. We must be willing to practice love in ministry to others. In this way we can see and experience the transforming power of God in the world in which we live.
It is a very dangerous thing to be greedy behind material things. Our desire should be for more of God, for he along is the giver of every good and perfect gift. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”Psalm 24:1. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.”Haggai 2:8. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”Psalm 84:11. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”Matthew 6:33.
Our God bestows his grace freely upon every believer to be vessels of his Praise and Glory, to offer up our lives as a living sacrifice. With this privilege there is laid upon us a great responsibility. “To whom much is given, of him shall be much required.” Luke 12:48. Sacrificial giving is to know the grace of God and its power, as we grow in love, we can know the beauty of Sacrifice.
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                                    Growing in Holiness
In the Old Testament it was necessary for one to meet the requirements of holiness through religious rituals and ceremonial laws. Today, Jesus is our standard for Sanctification. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit” Romans 8:1. Christ is your Holiness.
To sanctify is to set oneself apart in the consecration of one’s life to God. For the purpose of being used by God as we serve others. Deut. 7:1-6 is a passage of scripture that deals with some of the particular commands of Sanctification. First of all we see that when the Lord defeated all of the other Nations he told the Israelites not to make Covenant nor show mercy to them, V2. God did not want the Israelites to be in friendship with these Nations because they would cause them to turn away from God. Any relationship that is working against your commitment to Holiness sure be given up. We should draw close to those who inspire us to live Godly lives.
It is the will of God that we live sanctified, 1 Thessalonians 4:3. Your life style is the greatest indication of your relationship with God. Our thoughts, words and deeds should speak of our love and commitment to Jesus. To reject the call of Sanctification is to reject the Lord, for the Lord has said “Be ye Holy for I am Holy”, Leviticus 11:45.
The true measure of Holiness in a person’s life can be experienced through love. This love is Holy and it cannot be self- generated. For it is the presence of Christ in you that makes one to increase and abound in love, 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13. Jesus on the inside is power to mature in love and Holiness. As we grow in love we grow in Holiness.
The need to be loved and accepted is not a sin. It is a sin to fulfill a genuine need in an ungodly way. When one desires anything or person more than God that desire will rule over you in the place of God. We must always pray that God Sanctify our desires. Satan is working to bring you into captivity through the power of sinful desire. We must not only pray but we must choose to set ourselves apart for God’s use.
Genuine Christian love is a great deal more than a feeling but it is a conscious choice to seek the good of others. This kind of love is a true witness of the indwelling Spirit of Jesus. As we grow in love we grow in Holiness. If we chose to love, God will give us by his Spirit power to love.
Sanctification is letting Jesus be Lord your life. His Spirit will guide you into righteousness that glorifies God in holiness. If we truly desire with all of our heart Holiness the Lord will lead us in the way of Holiness. It is also true, that God is not going to force Holiness upon anyone. We cannot have the privilege of such a relationship without responsibility. By the grace of our Lord we have power to grow in Holiness through love.
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The Spirit of the Word is Power
Each of us has been created with purpose and destiny. The Creator has placed within every child of God valuable gifts and talents. If we look at our God given abilities we get a revelation of the Creator’s will for our lives. God has a specific design for each of us. Through the word of God and prayer we can discover the will of God for our lives.
Let us follow God at whatever the cost and trust him for the outcome. God has promised to guide and teach the meek in his way, Psalm 25:9. A man is said to be meek when he seeks the Lord in everything. His trust is anchored in the word of God. He knows that it is in the power of God to provide all that he needs and to fill his life with peace.
Many times the word of God is a call to perform the will of God. In Exodus 4, Moses is called of God to lead Moses had many fears about his own sense of inadequacy. He fears rejection, failure and uncertainty about what God had called him to do. In Exodus 4:1 Moses is concern about rejection. He says “they will not believe me.” Moses argued with God about the people’s unwieldiness to follow him. Moses felt that his lack of ability would make him and ineffective leader.
God’s response to Moses was through a miraculous sign. God told Moses to cast his rod on the ground. At the word of the Lord Moses threw his rod on the ground, and it became a serpent. Moses started to run away but he heard the voice of God telling him to pick the serpent up by the tail, he did and the serpent became a rod in his hand.
The working of miracles is by the word of God. The staff in Moses hand is a symbol of divine power. The authority of God’s word working in the life of Moses was by the anointing of the Spirit. By the spirit of the spoken word, God would use a very ordinary man to do the extraordinary.
The word of God is the will of God. Jesus says to us “if you love me keep my word”. When we are fully persuaded that God is able to do just what he has said we will keep his word. The word of God is spirit and the word is true. If we choose to co-operate with the work of the Holy Spirit we can experience what the world cannot receive. We can know those things that are freely given to us of God, John 14:17.
God does not work in us without us. The Spirit is at work by the power of the word to reveal the will of God, to work out his plan for our lives through people and circumstances. The Spirit of the Lord is at work in us and through us for Jesus has said “ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you”, John 14:20. This relationship is the gift of God to every believer. We know that we love God because we keep his word.
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Seek the Lord
We seek the Lord daily because his thoughts and ways are not like ours. We are living creatures fashioned by the Creator. The heavens are full of his glory. We can by the word of God and prayer discover the will of God for our lives. We must daily seek to know the will of God. We seek the Lord because his word is like the rain that falls upon the earth, so that every living thing may bring forth fruit. We must have water to live. The word of God is the source of living waters; we’ll find in it all that we need to prosper.
The word of God in you is working to manifest the will of God through you, Isaiah 55:11. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” Philippians 2:13.The word of God endows with power to do the will of God. The word is the seed of God planted into the heart to bring forth the fruit of righteousness. This seed is the very nature of God working in the believer a life of glory and virtue.
Now is the time to seek the Lord. If you want to receive you must be willing to ask. You’ll find whatever you are willing to seek for. If you knock, the door will be opened. If you call upon the name of the Lord you’ll find him. “The Lord is night unto all them that call upon his name.” Psalms 145:18. The Lord is nearer to you than you thing, his hears are open, and his arms are outstretched to all who call upon him. Our God never sleeps nor slumbers.
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Seek the Lord
Prayer is how we exercise our faith in God, Hebrews 11:6. We go to God in prayer with confidence in his power to supply all that we need. For God is in control of all things, he along is all knowing, nothing can escape his supreme rule. As we seek God through the word and commune with him in prayer, we discover the will of God. For our Father knows how to give good things to them that ask him, Matthew7:11.
Let us therefore trust in the fact that God is “a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Prayer is the principle way in which we seek the Lord. Life can be understood has a prayer for good or evil. We communicate to God in the life we live not only in word but in deed. We can choose to seek the will of God in all that we do or we can seek to please ourselves. The choices we make go up before God and they speak much louder than words. In this way our lives are understood to be a prayer for good or evil.
Our greatest challenge is to hear and to respond to the voice of God. The word of God is the voice of God. “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God,” 2 Timothy 3:16. The word inspiration is defined in the Greek as divine breathe of God. The breathe of God is the voice of life and power. For Jesus hath said “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life,” John 6:63.
The prophet is pleading with the people of Israel to seek the Lord, Isaiah 55:6-7. There is a call to forsake two things, there wicked ways and there unrighteous thoughts. A man’s manner of life is determined by his thoughts; wicked behavior is the consequence of wicked thinking. The wicked can be transformed into the righteous, by the renewing of the mind in the word of God. To renew, it means to make new over and over again. Daily we seek the Lord in offering ourselves to the transforming power of the renewed mind in the word of God.
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                                    Freedom from Sin
The power of the indwelling Christ gives one the strength to withstand and overcome the trials and tribulation of life. We have this power in Christ as joint heirs by the blood of Jesus. Therefore sin shall not rule nor have power over you. We are made free from sin to serve God in holiness unto everlasting life. All of our labor in holiness is the gift of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 6:22”But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” A man or woman who yields their life to God, who surrender all, who give up all, who make no place in their life for sin, darkness, or ungodliness, who sanctify and make room in their heart for Jesus.. For you are his possession, you are his prize; you are created his handy work to glorify God in righteousness and true holiness.
Christ sinless life qualified him to be mediator of the New Testament. His death is payment for every sin. The death of Christ has put into affect the New Covenant with all of its blessing as well as the promise of eternal life, Hebrews 9:14-16. It was God working in Christ to reconcile man back to himself. Through the blood of his Son the spirit of God has brought freedom from sin to every believer.
The truth that God spoke became flesh and he dwelt among us. The record states that the disciples handle him and knew him in an intimate way. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth, 1 Peter 2:22. He was not a deceiver of any kind. He spoke the words of life, and ministered. He brought to mankind a New Covenant. He put the New Covenant into effect by his death, and brought to all eternal life.
We look now for the day when Jesus shall appear a second time, not to suffer the pain of death, never again to be offered as a sacrifice for the sins of this present world. But we look to him who shall appear again to judge this world with a righteous indignation. We look to him who shall appear with healing in his wings. He shall appear to set all things right. The wicked shall cease from troubling. The weary shall be at rest. The crooked shall be made straight. Every valley shall be exalted and the glory of the Lord shall declare it and all flesh shall see it, Isaiah 40:4-5. In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, praise and honor and glory to our Lord.
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                                    Freedom from Sin
Romans 6:1-2 is the text of the message. It is not the will of God that we continue in sin. In verse 2 we find “dead to sin”. Until death happens sin is still alive, has long has a person yields oneself to do the work of evil. This is not the plan of God that people live day by day, year after year under the bondage of sin. Jesus came and shed his blood from a cross that we might be free from sin. This is the gospel that preaches freedom from sin. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:32.
The freedom that comes in Christ Jesus is right now as a result of what Calvary means to every believer. Jesus has paid the ransom for sin with his own blood, that we might have freedom from its bondage and dominion. Freedom from that old taskmaster that Adam became enslaved to, as a result of what Jesus has done, we no longer have to live in sin. The work of Jesus is real, salvation is real. If anyone will repent it means to turn and go a different way. Jesus as made it possible for us an opportunity to turn from death to life, from darkness to light, from a life of misery to a life of love and righteousness in Christ Jesus.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God,” Romans 5:13. The word yield means to surrender to. To stop the power of sin is to give up anything that is contrary to the word of God. To open ones heart to Jesus by giving up the life of sin. There must be complete surrender to the Lordship of Christ. Each of us must make a choice today to surrender everything to Jesus.
Many are willing to give up a certain part of their lives to God. But this is not the way to true holiness. To give God a little of your money or a little of your time is not what holiness is. All of life must be made Holy unto God. We cannot offer to God bits and pieces of life, time out for giving place to the devil by keeping a closet for sin, a nest of ungodliness as a token of the old life. When the Spirit of knowledge reveals to you what it is that God is calling for you to give up, then you ought to give it up. Because today is the day of salvation and when you hear his voice tugging and pulling at your heart harden not your heart. For today is the day of salvation, tomorrow is not promised. Satan is fighting a war of death and he desires to have you locked in your grave. But if you just heed to the master’s voice today, right now you can have life instead of death. You must dethrone and denounce sin in every way in order to know everlasting life.
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                                The New World Order
The wine of fornication is not merely physical fornication but the writer is speaking to us in regards to spiritual fornication which is unfaithfulness to God. Fornication is when one has sex outside of marriage which is unfaithfulness to the law of God, because sex is a holy act between man and a woman within marriage. Fornication is unfaithfulness to God by becoming involved in alternatives to the word of God. The great harlot comes with an alternative that is a different way to what God has shown in his word to be true. Many have looked upon this harlot and her alternative lifestyle, her pleasures which last only for a season.
Revelation 21:1 we find the new world order. It is not the kind of order that will be instituted by neither military regime of the nations nor Kings of this world. This is a new world order that was instituted on Calvary’s cross. One day long ago when Jesus shed his blood. By his blood we have received his spirit. In to his Kingdom you cannot be voted in you must be born again born of the spirit, born of the water, born of the word, born of the Lord Jesus Christ. We must receive the spirit of our Lord Jesus into our hearts the presence of God dwelling on the inside an everlasting habitation. We have received eternity into our hearts by knowing the love, joy and salvation of God.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;” Revelation 21:1. We can live in this blessed assurance that one day the nations of this world will pass away. Babylon will fall in a day the city will be demised in one great moment. When we look around and see so much trouble in the land. We can look within and know that there is hope. The judgment of God is sure no evil doer will go unpunished on the day of reckoning.
There are many ways in which the systems of this world will fail you. Religious, Political, Commercial systems will fail you but the word of God will never fail you because it is impossible for God to lie. Every promise that he has made will be fulfilled when we see Jesus. Faith will no longer be hope but faith will be by sight for we shall see him just has he is. Every prayer will be answered. Every sermon will be understood. Every mystery will be open and fulfilled. When I see Jesus he will wipe away all tears from my eyes.
“There will be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:4-5. Your faith must stand in the Lord Jesus for in him we have a blessed hope. For in him we can look forward to a New World Order. This present world is going to be done away whit in a twinkling of an eye. We shall appear in his likeness, glory and the unity of Christ. The bride of Christ shall stand with the bridegroom and we shall be like him in every way.
In the mist of all the trails and tribulation that we encounter we can look to the book of Revelation and there we find the plan of God. The word of God has said I am true and I am faithful, therefore we must not be fearful or doubtful but always know that God is true and faithful what he has promised he will perform.
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                                The New World Order
Revelation 18:2 “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”We look to the book of Revelation to find God’s judgment and grace according to his plan. We find that God will judge the wicked and God will ultimately deliver the saints. In Revelation 18:2 Babylon represents the corrupt systems of the world be it religious, political or commercial. Babylon is doom to fall this is God’s judgment. We look at how the nations of the world such as the Kings and merchants of the earth have made themselves rich by whole heartily committing to a system of greed and oppression.
John gives us a vision of Babylon falling. In the day of the Lord the fall and collapse of evil as we know it the Prince of this world will come to an end. Jesus and the saints of the ages will come and put an end to this world’s system. You look at the world and think that they have it made there is so much happiness, and big spending, big names and fame. All of this is going to fall and come to an untimely end. For God along knows when the last day shall be when the trump shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise.
Verse 3 “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,” The writer uses the metaphor drunk to show that the world leaders of all the nations have been overcome by the defilement of sin and corruption that Satan as instituted in the systems of the world through greed and oppression. The nations of the world have sold themselves out to the Prince of this world and have become drunk. To be drunk is to become over powered by the influence of a drug. If we look around at the world today it has been over powered by the influence of Satan and his devises.
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                                Balaam the Soothsayer
Balaam will once again seek to curse Israel by way of enchantments. God would use this evil plot to show forth his glory by letting Balaam go along with the men of Moab. God reveals to Balaam that he will speak only what God says.
God is angry with Balaam. To deliberately disobey God always puts one under the wrath of God. The judgment of God is always against sin. Has Balaam is going whit the princes the angel of the Lord stood in the way for an adversary against him, Numbers 22:22. God opened the eyes of the donkey that Balaam was riding to see the angel standing in the way with his sword drawn. The donkey turned and ran in a different direction. God will allow strange things to happen in order to open one’s eyes to the danger of sin.
God is angry with Balaam but the love of God is always greater than the wrath of God. This is why the eyes of the donkey are open to see the danger in the person of an angel with his sword drawn. Here it is that God is showing Balaam mercy through the eyes of a donkey. Balaam can repent and chose to go a different way. Divine intervention makes this possible.
God goes on to even open the mouth of the donkey so that the donkey can speak. Through this miraculous event Balaam repents, Numbers 22:34. Just has the donkey would speak by the power of God; Balaam would become an instrument in the hands of God saying only what God would allow him to say. We can praise God because the devils reach has been limited by God. No matter what it is that Satan has design against us God will turn it around for our good.
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Balaam the Soothsayer
The children of Israel are dwelling in the plains of Moab, because of victories that God hath given them. Balak the King of Moab looked out on Israel and saw that their numbers were very great. So Balak sought out the counsel of the leaders to war against Israel, Numbers 22:4. He sent messengers unto Balaam to curse the people. Who is Balaam? Some believe that Balaam is a Prophet but no were in the Book of numbers is Balaam called a Prophet. In the book of Joshua Balaam is called a soothsayer, Joshua 13:22.
The King is hiring a Soothsayer to curse the children of Israel, Numbers 22:7. Balaam will consent to this work of divination. The scripture is very clear about what Balaam is being hired to do. Right to this very day people will send you money to have you say what they want to hear. A true Prophet cannot be hired to say what you want to hear. Every Soothsayer has his price but the Man of God is not for sale.
Balaam the Soothsayer is going to attempt to curse the children of Israel but God answers Balaam with a question, “What men are these with thee”? God is pointing out to Balaam by way of a question that he is running with the wrong crowd. God goes on to say that Balaam is not to go with these men, and tells him not to curse the children of Israel for they are blessed.
Now Balaam will not be receiving the money because he sends the men back to their King without cursing the children of Israel nor would Balaam go with the messengers to meet King Balak. However, the King is determine to get the services of Balaam the Soothsayer, so he sends princes with more money and the promise of a political promotion of honor. Balaam proves that he’s in this for the money and the promotion of himself because he knows what the will of God is in respect to cursing the children of Israel, Numbers 22:18. The love of money is the root of all evil, 1 Timothy 6:10. If Balaam had true love for God that was above money or position he would not be a Soothsayer, he would be a child of God who would stand for what was right in the sight of God even unto to death.
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