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Saturday, December 22, 2018

12-22-2018         The Flower, The Soldier, The Church

                  From bud to bloom

                                Recruit                            to                        soldier
                                      Babe                          to                       fully equipped

Father keeps showing me how things are coming in threes, the natural, the spiritual and the heart!
Follow me with this.  How does a flower, a soldier and the church all work towards the same end?

The Flower – bud to bloom

The planting of the seed, the young plant shooting up through the soil into the ‘heavens”, the sprouting of leaves and then the bud is formed. The bud is encased in a protective covering until it is time to bloom.  When the season is right, those petals start peeling back from the bloom inside and that bloom starts to emerge. The bloom continues to unfold and spread out until it reaches full maturity, at which time we can enjoy its beauty.

The Soldier – raw recruit to being ‘ready’ to serve

In the “old days” a soldier was drafted into service or he could enlist as they do today.  Irregardless after processing into the military, his first stop is ‘boot camp’.  Here the recruit gets into good physical shape so he/she can perform their duties without tiring and to learn military ways.  Next stop is what is (or at least was) called ‘advanced infantry training’ (AIT).  Here the recruit learns a specific skill which will be their job for the duration of their service.  Of course after AIT, the soldier is ready for ‘full bloom’ and show his skills.  The recruit is now ready to be deployed – sent to their duty station.  The soldier is now out ‘in the world’ performing their task, fully and effectively.

The Church – from babe to bold

When we first receive Jesus Christ into our heart, we are a ‘baby’ Christian, no matter what our chronological age is.  Like a new born babe, all we really know is what we can see, hear, touch, smell or taste (when a baby grabs something, where is the first place it goes, the mouth, right?).  The only real knowledge of God is that Jesus has ‘saved’ us.  Of course, we grow beyond ‘infantdom’ (right?), growing into our teenage years then to adulthood.  As we grow into adulthood, we learn how to interact with the world around us.  We can apply the things God has taught us our lives successfully.  In Christ, we learn what we can expect of God and what God expects of us.  Of course, as Christians, our ‘adult life’ is when we’ve come to understand what task Father has called us to and then being equipped to go out and effectively work in that calling as we walk in His will.

I’m going to go in stages, comparing the flower, the soldier and our Christian walk together.  Coming into an understanding of the natural man, the spiritual man and the heart of man has helped me get a better perspective on what I’m all about.  Hope it helps you.

The seed is planted

With the flower, this is obvious.  We put the seed into the ground (okay, or pot), water it and wait for the first shoot to spring forth.  The shoot still has sprout leaves as it grows into a mature plant in order produces the flower.

In the ‘old days’, a soldier may be drafted.  But today, was well as then, a soldier could enlist.  Enlisting is the ‘planting of that new life (in the military).  Is he yet skilled in what his ‘job’ will be?  Of course not.  He has to go through ‘boot camp’ and Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) to learn the skill he needs to become an effective soldier.  Boot camp gets him in shape and AIT prepares him to perform his selected military occupation.  Then the soldier can step out and perform his task.  

When we ‘give our life to Jesus’, all we know for sure is that Jesus has ‘saved’ us.  That He has brought us into the kingdom of God – given us the promise of eternal fellowship with the Father though Jesus Christ, the Son and given us the Holy Ghost as a security of that promise.  But, we still have to grow in the Lord, learning how to apply His love into our own lives and how to interface with those around us (2 Tim. 2:15).  As the Holy Ghost builds that foundation in our heart, we gain enough knowledge and maturity to go out and share what God has given us with others.  Even so, to be ready as a solid ‘soul winner’ we have to learn how to grow in God’s love and follow His direction, thus being sure of who we are in Christ Jesus (1 John 5:1-13). 

But understand, as the flower blooms, it is nurtured, gaining strength to continue blooming for its designated period of time.  The soldier is now out performing his ‘duty’ but he still continues to learn more about his ‘job’ and grows becoming even more efficient at his task.  Even though the Christian has received enough knowledge to share Christ with those around him, he doesn’t stop there.  He continues to pour the Word of God into his spirit so the Spirit can strengthen him to more boldly (and correctly) share the Word of God with others (Acts 1:8).

All this is about individual growth, but now, this brings us to today. 

We’re in a season, which began approximately January 2015.  Understand, that the Hebraic calendar begins in September, so I say ‘approximately’.  This season could actually have started in September 2014.  Let’s not bicker.  We’re still in a seven year period which is into its second half.   

In the first half, Father was raising up people to train so they could be ready for the next season.  The next season is also a seven year period.  During the remainder of this seven year period, The buds are blooming, the soldier is approaching the end of his AIT and the Christian is just about ready to go out and do God’s work.  He should have reached ‘full bloom’ by the end of these seven years.

Now don’t get me wrong, since the time of Jesus, Christians have been witnessing and drawing souls into the kingdom of God, but the stage is being set for something special.  For centuries the church has been learning about God but some have come into a ‘relationship’ with Him but during this this ‘training’ period,  they and others will come into a much closer walk with the Creator of all things. 
Have you been hearing the early rumblings of the coming of a Spiritual revival?  Revival means awakening something from a deep slumber or, perhaps, even that which has been dead.   Believe it, the church (as a whole) has been in a deep sleep for centuries.  Oh it looks like what it is supposed to be but it has fallen very short of what Father intended.

Beginning when John Wycliffe (and a little later Martin Luther) started providing a bible for the common man, through the Protestant Reformation and several ‘Awakenings’, Father has been bringing His church back to the maturity it has sorely has needed.  Into a relationship with Himself (through Jesus, John 14:1-21).  A closer walk with God!  Coming through the torn veil and communing with Him.

As we approach the end of this season the flower will burst forth in “full” bloom, the soldier will be all but an expert in his calling and the Christian will be prepared, as never before, to go out and share the Word of God.  Our bud is starting to unfold and by the time the next season starts, God’s ‘flower’ will be in full bloom showing the world His glory – big time! 

We read about what Jesus did as He ministered to the people.  We read about what the apostles did as they ministered to the people.  A revival would just be a renewal of all that.  A revival is just re-awakening a sleeping church to do what it ‘used’ to do. 

What’s coming is more than a just revival.  IT IS a Spiritual explosion! 

The former rain prepares the ground for planting but the latter rain brings the fruit to maturity so it can be harvested (Joel 2:23-24).  The latter house (today) will be greater than the former (2000 years ago) (Haggai 2:9).  Jesus said that those who come after Him shall do greater works than He because He goes to the Father and we will have the Holy Ghost, the same that infilled Jesus, operating within us (John 14:12-14). 

I call what is coming a Spiritual Explosion because what Father is bringing soon will far surpass what they did in the early church.  We can’t do anything more than bring souls to Christ, heal the sick, raise the dead or cast out demons (Mark 16:17-18), but the expression of working in those gifts is what will far surpass what we’ve read about or, perhaps, may have already seen.  We won’t be just looking to the ‘super’ preachers to perform these works, but the ‘average Joe’ will add in his two cents worth.  Christians will come to not only believe that God ‘can’ do but ‘will do’ what He says through their obedient hands in faith.  Father will start showing the magnitude of His kingdom – here (Isaiah 55:11).   

 These gifts will be magnified as this season draws to a close and even that won’t compare to what follows (Joel 2:28-30, Acts 2:17-21). 

The power of the living, Almighty God is coming.  All we have to do is receive, then be obedient to do His will (Matt. 5:1-16).

The flower, the soldier and our walk with God are all pointing to the completion of this season and the incoming of the next.  A lot of people claim they believe (have faith), but does anyone else see that faith (James 2:18)?  After all our righteousness comes through our faith and salvation come through our confession (of Jesus) (Rom. 10:9-10).  Confession is an action.  We have to put our faith into action! 

Now, the next question is “Are we going to be ‘just’ bystanders watching the events or are we going to be a part of it?”  Listen to the Holy Ghost and be obedient!


Saturday, December 8, 2018

God is Love
Jesus is the manifestation of that love

Our pastor usually assigns bible study topics and teachers at the end of one month for the coming month.  Of course, she asks for volunteers so no one person is bringing the lesson each and every week so we can get a variety of how the Holy Ghost has been speaking to people on a specific topic or on various topics.  You know, it’s like a quarterback spreading the passes out to multiple receivers, everyone gets a shot.  Now, our bible studies are interactive.  Someone has a question, they ask, if the Spirit has shown someone an insight pertaining to the subject, they can share it.  This past Sunday and this coming Sunday are “Celebrating Jesus”.  In light of the current season (Christmas) we are sharing something about our Lord and Savior and what the celebration of His birth may mean to us.  The following is basically what I shared last Sunday.

In celebrating Jesus, understand, that we also celebrate the fullness of God, including the Father and the Holy Ghost (the Godhead).

John 1:1-4, 14. 16-18

1          In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God
2          The same was in the beginning with God

We know that the “Godhead” consists of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Knowing that they are one is not the issue but ‘how’ they are one is often discussed.  What Father has shown me, briefly) is that when He created all things God (the Father) spoke the Word (Jesus) and the breath of God (the Holy Ghost) carried that Word into action.

3          All things were made by Him and there wasn’t anything made without Him
4          Life is in Him and that life is the light of men
14        And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten Son of the Father full of grace and truth.

(Jesus is the only one without earthly dad since Adam (Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 2:7)
Death came into the world with Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Gen. 3:1-24)
 All things were created through Jesus and Father sent Him to earth to show us how we can come back into the kingdom of God – John 3:16)

16        And we all have received of His fullness, grace for grace (by grace we are saved!, Eph. 2:8-9)
17        For the law came by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ
18        For no man has seen God at any time except the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father and has declared Him

(Moses didn’t see God’s face.  Like us, Moses experienced Him Exod. 33:17-23) but he did ‘literally’ experience God.  Father allowed him to see His backside.  The glory of God is so awesome, that even Moses had to cover his face, after having been in the presence of God, when he came before Israel (Exod. 34:34-35)

That Word is the light of man.  He shows us and is the way into eternal fellowship with Father by Coming into this world and living as we do for a season.  He brought grace into this world.  He gave us grace, enabling us to attain that fellowship thereby experiencing the Father in our own lives.  
I got curious about that word ‘bosom’.  I know what I think about first so I checked out Strong’s Concordance.  The Greek word is kolpos (2859) means bosom or creek (like a bay).    Now when John lay his head on Jesus’ bosom (John 13:22-23) I assumed that the word meant ‘chest’.  I wasn’t totally wrong.  I understand Strong’s definition to indicate ‘running’ or ‘living’ ‘water’ yet ‘all encompassing’.  I envision like a Wellspring of Life with protecting arms surrounding us.  Then Father said take a look at Webster’s definition and as I did, the Holy Spirit said “what do you see?”.  I did and I said “oooh”.  The part of the definition citing ‘center of secret thoughts and emotions’ and ‘close relationship” caught my attention.  Can we get any closer in a relationship than that?  ‘Nuff said?

That explains the relationship between the Father and the Son.  Well, for me anyway and now we bring in the Holy Ghost

John 14:23-26

23        … If a man loves me, he will keep My words.  My Father will love him and we will come and make our abode with him
24        He who doesn’t love me does not keep my sayings.  But the word you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me
25        I’ve spoken these things being in your presence

Jesus said “I’ve spoken the things” trying to get the light to come on in our hearts that He wants the same type of relationship with us as He has with the Father.  which is why He says:

26        But the Father will send you the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, in my name and He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance whatever I have said to you

The NIocene Creed, which the church generally refers to as the Apostle’s Creed and is what the Christian church generally believes, states in part:
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
Thus identifying the fullness of the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) which dwelled completely in the body of Jesus Christ (Col. 2:8-10) as He walked this earth.  
So in celebrating Jesus, we also celebrate all that God is.  That means abiding in His love for which he has given us His example.  So, as the Holy Spirit dwells in our lives (through salvation), Jesus has not only told what type of a relationship He wants with us, but through the Holy Ghost, He has given us the ability to accomplish this – as we yield our lives to Him. 

 So, in celebrating Jesus, there are some things we need to know and do.

1 John 4:7-19

7          Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God.
8          He that doesn’t love doesn’t know God for God is love

Our connection with the Father is His love which He showed us in and through Jesus and shares with us through the Holy Ghost.  As we love God, we will show that love in our own lives – to some degree as we grow.

9          God’s love was manifested towards us because He sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.  (while we were yet sinners – Rom. 5:8)
10       This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (atonement/replacement) for our sins  (no greater love than to lay our life down for our friends, John 15:13)

Don’t get me wrong here.  This doesn’t necessarily mean literally dying for someone else. It could but it also means setting our own egos aside and not withholding the Love of Christ from people.  It also means that when we interact with them, we do what is best for them and not ourselves.  We don’t forget ourselves but we consider others first (Phil. 2:3)

11        Beloved, if God so loved us, we should also love one another

How can we show this?  God told Abraham to sacrifice his most beloved son.  As Abraham readied to plunge the knife into his son’s body, God sent an angel to stop him and showed him a ram caught in the bushes nearby to use instead.  Earlier, Abraham had told Isaac that God would provide Himself a lamb for sacrifice (Gen. 22:1-14).  Abraham showed his obedience to God was more than even his love for own beloved son, Isaac.

12        No man has seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God dwells in us and His love is perfected in us

As God’s love abides in our hearts, He enables us to love those around us.  Need any further explanation?

13        This is how we know that we dwell in Him and He in us because He has given us His Spirit
(Ezek. 37:12-14 [God’s Spirit in us], John 15:1-12 [the vine], Acts 1:8 receipt of HG). 
We receive His Spirit with our confession of faith that Jesus is Lord and Savior as the Holy Spirit takes up residence within our heart (John 20:22-23).  But we receive power through the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4).

14        We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world (Apostle John speaking but ought we not do the same?)
15        Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God
16        We have known and believed the love that God has towards us.  God is love and he who dwells in love, dwells in God and God is in him.

Where does God live, and why?  In case you missed it – God (through the Holy Ghost) lives in our hearts to we can give our love back to Him  and share that love with those around us.

17        This is how our love is made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment because as He (God) is so are we in this world

We reflect who God is by living in Him and for Him in front of the world.

18        There is so fear in love because perfect love casts out fear because fear has torment.  He who fears is not made perfect in love.

Fear is being afraid and when we love God with all our heart, we fully trust Him for anything and everything.  If we are afraid to die in this world, our love for Father still needs perfecting because we aren’t trusting Him for everything.  When we truly love God with all our heart natural death is spiritual gain for when we die physically in this world we gain presence with Almighty God (Phil. 1:20-24).  It just might happen a little quicker with some than with others.  Martyrs, etc.  but we don’t take ourselves out of this world.  All is in God’s timing and for His purpose (Ecc. 3:1-14).

19        We love Him (Father/Son) because He first loved us


This lesson was presented to our fellowship on December second.  It is fitting that this lesson coincided with this day of this month.

December is the twelfth month.  Twelve is governmental perfection (authorities over us), God’s power and authority

It was the second day (#2) of the month.  Two represents union and/or witnessing
This reading from 1 John helps us to understand the Father’s power and authority, which He has given us, in partnering with Him to be witnesses for Jesus.

We celebrate Jesus because He is the Father, come in the flesh, into this world and after His departure He has given us the Holy Ghost so that the love of the Father can dwell within our heart. 

The best way we can celebrate Jesus is by living in His love and expressing that love towards those whom we encounter.  Christians are the only image of the living God the world sees – until they give their hearts to Him.  Once we’ve let Jesus into our heart and we seek His love, He will grow us and mature us so we can be His effective light in this dark world.  We celebrate Jesus with everything that we are and that we have (Psalm 150:1-6).