What the world says

The world, (not the physical creation, but its fallen corrupt ways and means) feed on and spew out bad news with which to control and use you through manipulation. It is an evil world because mankind rejected our position and the enemy has usurped authority, however, evil is restrained by God out of His mercy and lovingkindness. Right now is the Day of Salvation, as God is saving people from eternal damnation, through the Good news of Yeshua Messiah, (Hebrew for Jesus Christ). This work of God is carried out through the Holy Spirit and the Congregation of Believers in whom the Spirit dwells. Paul explained it saying, “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7) It is for those who will believe this message of God’s love that time remains. The lost are reserved for wrath, but all Israel will be saved then the end will come. “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.” (Romans 11:25-26)

Do not listen to the world or mimic its behavior. Yeshua said to His disciples, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:18-19) Some of you have suffered under the world’s standards, you’ve been rejected, slandered and mistreated because you belong to God. The world has chosen the beautiful, rich and powerful as its own. Scripture reminds us, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” ( 1 Cor. 1:27) The world has a long history of wickedness, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of the extent of their evil. Today, the genocide of Abortion can only be compared with pagan child sacrifices. Gender confusion, sexual perversion and depravity are not new, though widespread acceptance of it is new to America. Scripture says, “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:16).

The Believer can no longer live as though America was a Christian nation. Peter advised, “For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.” (1 Peter 4:3-4) Believers should not be partners or close friends with Unbelievers, because they share nothing important in common and there is no unity between idolatry and the Living God. This is especially true of those who profess faith, but live in debauchery. “Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor. 6:17-18) The Congregation of Believers are the temple of God, which must remain clean of the world’s filth, so that God’s presence can remain among us. The power of God is His presence among us, our entire life depends upon this.

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Spirit Worship

In the early days of the Jesus movement revival, large numbers of young people were swept into the Kingdom by Holy Spirit. Many were sin sick and were miraculously delivered from various addictions and set free into a loving relationship with the Lord Jesus. The Spirit birthed a new worship expression of praise choruses. These where often scriptures put to song, but there was a distinct submission centered upon Jesus. The Holy Spirit was released and worship poured forth spontaneously. The lyrics were simply prayer songs of worship and praise. “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.” (Luke 5:37-38)

This was the work of the Holy Spirit. As Paul said, “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5) Scripture explains the grace of God, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior…” (Titus 3:4-6)

I hear some of this emerging today, personal, intimate, simple, hearts pouring out worship in Spirit and truth. God finds that which He seeks and if necessary causes the stones to cry out in praise. (Luke 19:40) When you are able, close your eyes and enter your innermost being, where the Spirit dwells and you have fellowship with the lover of your soul. God is there, as He promised. You come only to love and be loved, to drink living water from the spring of life. (John 4:14; 7:38) Wait on the Lord, listen and receive with faith through the Spirit.

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Your Song

Elton John wrote a song for everyone entitled, “Your Song”, with the lyric, “My gift is my song and this one’s for you.” There are various singing/talent shows that take a group of the best contestants and gradually hone, develop, groom, and arrange music to produce the best performance through each finalist. The same could be done for every person, not necessarily with music, but through art, in one of its forms. What I see are groups in each discipline and stream of art, music, singing, fine art, dance, sculpture, sport, drama, photography, writing, etc., that identify, mentor, and guide each person in the release of their art in its highest expression.

I believe each person has a gift of art that can be released in a measure and degree. In preschool every child draws with crayons, plays xylophone or flute, jumps and dances. Then, we leave them alone with their art, or occasionally with others, if there are any who will guide and mentor them. You and I were likely abandoned in the development of our art, because it was not important in a relative sense. What if an important flow of life was cut off and withered in us – we can only speculate as to its affect. Perhaps each of us shares some blame, as we didn’t like drawing or singing or dancing, particularly when our expression was compared and judged against the others. We felt ungifted and accepted the presumption that we had no artistic ability, why pursue it. Small children are trusting, sensitive, and humble, easily convinced of their ineptitude and shortcomings.

If the art in each person was developed and offered to God above and society at-large, the world would be drastically altered for the better. This is not about making money or winning a competition, its about releasing the gift of God and recieving healing of our inner witherness. The multitudes who have endured boredom, tedium, and hard labor of servitude need a restoration of their inner child’s hope of achievement and accepted expression. The occupation of work was necessary, but not the sacrifice of their true and highest expression of God’s artistic gift.

Prisoners often begin writing poetry, drawing or painting, because they have time and opportunity, but they also have the latent artistic talent. In artistic expression there can be healing and fulfillment, these are critical for prisoners, but highly beneficial for anyone. The greatest challenge is finding the right stream when it was choked at the source. Teacher’s offer knowledge and coaches encouragement, but there is a spiritual dynamic to art. Moreover, the evaluation of art is not made by comparison, textbooks, or commercial viability, but through the Spirit, the perception of beauty, value, and truth. God in His mercy, can heal and restore all that was lost. He can restore your artistic expression, if you ask Him. (Psalm 8:2; Luke 19:10; Acts 3:21; Luke 19:39-40; Luke 13:13; Psalm 16:7; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 33:2-3; Psalm 40:3; Exodus 31:3-5; 1 Chron. 25: 6-7)

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Eternal Perspective

Believers should understand this concept, even if they seldom practice it. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2) I take “things above” to mean things eternal which includes all things Spiritual, God focused, and other than temporal or physical. It does include people because everyone will continue after this earthly life either in Heaven with God or in Hell separated from the source of all goodness and love. What I’m talking about is not merely controlling your thoughts to periodically think about religious matters, like a break at work to think about your plans, the weekend or a vacation.

When you set your heart and mind upon a thing eternal you are entering the realm of the Spirit, physical laws, limits and effects do not apply. Eternal things have transcendent enduring purpose and result. Prophecy is Spiritual and therefore eternal. This is an eternal conversation, pursuing revealed truth, hearing God and receiving prophetic insight about the future, yet to come. This requires faith and an intimate relationship with God. Some believers may only remember connecting to God in their salvation experience or infrequent times of worship or desperate prayer, but He said, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” (John 6:63)

Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name) said,
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16) The fruit that will last is eternal. Yeshua wants us to ask for eternal results, through His eternal Spirit empowerment. He talked about the indwelling Holy Spirit, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38-39) We have an eternal connection with the infinite all powerful God, our part is to simply believe and receive by setting our heart (affections) and mind (will) upon Him. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17) “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:21) Is Yeshua showing Himself to you through your eternal perspective? Let us open our heart and mind to receive and enter into an eternal participation through the Spirit.

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The Enemy’s Foothold

I went to the tire store recently where I had an appointment made with my online purchase. The process seemed simple straight forward and easy, but it was not. The store staff was slow, rude and not helpful. It was a horrible experience, one where you leave saying, “I will never come here again.” I thought if they ask for feedback, I will let them have it. Suddenly, there was a check in my spirit, it was like a road sign now visible warning, “Danger Ahead”. I was approaching a Spiritual principle that held dire consequences. It is the crossroads of bitterness and judgement, a trap and snare of the enemy.

Of bitterness Scripture says, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:15) “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32) Peter and John confronted Simon saying, “For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” (Acts 8:23) Bitterness is an emotional/mental response to injustice or resentment of unfair treatment.

God is the only righteous judge, therefore our judgment is unauthorized and unrighteous. Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:1-3) We will reap bad consequences when we judge others in our position of hypocrisy. The only escape is to avoid judging and condemning through forgiveness, then we will recieve forgiveness. (Luke 6:37) Paul says it very clearly, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?” (Romans 2:1-3)

When we fall into the trap of bitterness and judgment we will have given the enemy a foothold in our life and become captives. When I compare the full weight of my collective life of trespasses, being ill treated as a customer is nothing. Moreover, forgiveness enlightens the heart, raises our head, lightens our load and frees us from the chains of the enemy. This is all possible because of Yeshua and His grace and love imparted through the cross. It is for freedom that Messiah has set us free.

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Unloading Burdens

A driving motivation within each of us is to get out from under the burden that weighs us down. In Pilgrim’s Progress, it was Pilgrim’s burden that drove him to seek release. We feel the direct pressure of our regrets, failures, and mistakes, but a greater weight of indirect pressure comes from that which we could not control, but nevertheless produced hurt, pain and loss in us. All this injustice is indirectly borne upon our frame as the weight of remorse, revenge, hate, and sadness. Our mind blocks much of this by moving it to our subconscious in an effort of self-preservation and health, but it is still there and emerges in our memories, until it is dealt with appropriately. If you think about it, the truth is self-evident. How can this load, both direct and indirect be lifted from our shoulders? This was the burden Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name), referred to when He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) It is rest for your soul which you need, even though it is beyond your ability to express or describe.

Some things are bigger than us and we need help. Yeshua knows this and offers to remove the burden that wearies us. He can help because He paid our price of forgiveness. Coming to Him He imparts forgiveness for the direct burden of our evil infractions. Then He teaches us the power of forgiveness over the indirect evil infractions that brought us hurt, pain and sadness. Just as His forgiveness first brought us healing, we learn that forgiving our tormentors and enemies releases another level of healing and freedom within. The beauty of love is that of a double cure, saved from God’s wrath toward our sin and made pure from the result of others sins against us, all through forgiveness – received and given.

The beginning place is too catch up with Yeshua’s forgiveness to us by remembering our enemies and their offenses on purpose to forgive each. Release your mind to bring up past wounds, even subconscious, wounds that hurt so much they had to be hidden, and speak forgiveness, grant forgiveness, undeserved forgiveness, just as your forgiveness was undeserved. This forgiveness is an act of your will, in submission to Yeshua, and by His Spirit. Therefore, ignore the emotional aspects, except with respect to the freedom and rest of your unburdened soul. Setting these offenders free is releasing the chains binding you as a victim. Scripture says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) If you should ever remember these people or associated events, affirm the forgiveness you have proclaimed and you will see the eternal effectiveness and power of forgiveness.

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One Lie Exposed

America and Americans have been richly blessed through the years by God. The lie spoused today is that we robbed others and stole their blessing, so the blessings we have recieved are unjust. We must reject God and chose humanist values. We should embrace self-hatred because we are blessed, apparently more than others. All these are one related lie, born of a socialist, secular humanist, multicultural racist, atheist worldview.

The truth is that blessings are from God. They are often more than what we deserve. Though we all make mistakes, self-hatred is futile and not from God. God’s blessings are not earned or stolen from others, but gifts out of His amazing grace to those who seek, acknowledge and stand in awe of Him, follow His ways, and bless Israel and others. America has been and remains a Christian nation, but a minority of unbelievers are rising to destroy this nations faith in the God of the Bible.

God’s blessings are not just wealth and prosperity, but strong families. Righteous men and women who love God and their fellowman and raise children to grown up and do the same. Each one, in whatever state they may be, bears their own responsibility before God who alone is able to raise up, deliver from evil, and establish us. The government can not do any of this, but merely stiffles and restricts, when it reaches outside its proper limited boundaries. “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:-3)

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The Air We Breath

We can survive for weeks without food, days without water, but only seconds without air. We can’t see it, touch it, smell it, taste it, or hear it, but it is our most essential need for life. We know this, but like God in Heaven we tend to ignore or take Him for granted. Nevertheless, the ancients, whom we consider ignorant by our standards today, observed, “‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.'” (Acts 17:28) The secular philosophers whom Paul quoted were aware of our connection to the Creator and the interconnectedness of all creation.

The transcendent aspects of our spiritual nature can be ignored or denied, but the lack of physical evidence though our faulty senses cannot disprove the eternal and infinite reality within. The differences between mankind and other living creatures is infinite and can not be spanned by theory or science. The field of Mathematics is considered the language of science and fact, but it too comprises the unexplainable, irrational, infinite and missing pieces that only the existence of a higher preexisting power can explain. For example, consider the majesty of a circle and the infinite nature of Pi. Nevertheless, there seems to be no end to the manufacture of new flawed and strained theory to suggest otherwise.

For Believers, the answers that plagued mankind from the beginning, were resolved in the coming, life, and resurrection of Yeshua Messiah. Not necessarily the existence of God, but His personality, purpose, and future for mankind collectively and individually. The critical issues are not about thoughts or destiny, but what happens when we are denied air to breath. At that point, we will reach out to God and unless He intercedes, we will stand in the eternal with no resource, material substance or help, other than that which we have set aside in this physical existence, our life. Yeshua said, “In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:19) That true eternal life is not as some suggest, a right that can be purchased with good deeds – No, the life comes as a gift from God’s grace, but eternal treasures can be put by. We seek God and His presence through His incomparably great gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)

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Magazine Issue 2

Truth of Reality

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain. Reality comprises every possibility, where as fiction must stay securely in the realm of the plausible. Reality has no limits, as it is ruled by a miracle working God. Actually, this is great evidence for the truth of miracles. The next time you hear of a miraculous event and are tempted to doubt, consider God’s hand in reality.

Your Offering

When you surrendered your will, pride, or desires for the Lord He accepted it as an offering. It was an acceptable offering and as such it was recieved by the Lord. The Holy Spirit was behind this offering whether you realized it or not. What you considered a slight denial of your wants in preference of the Lord’s ways resulted in more eternal substance than you can comprehend. (Mark 9:41)

God’s Tender Care

Love takes particular care of those who require it and infants are totally helpless. Yeshua observed the precious, innocent and dependent status of children and gave them priority access to him. We don’t need to be taught this as it is strikingly obvious. Parents and mothers specifically recieve a special gift of love for their babies. God appoints an angels to watch over children. (Matt. 18:10) We see this supernatural care in situations most dire such as tornados or accidents of all sorts. Many times infants are supernaturally preserved from harm.

God’s Supernatural Word

We know that mere human words cannot accomplish things. Numerous quotes have become colloquial regarding “All talk and no action”. However, God’s word has power. Yeshua said, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” (John 15: 3) His spoken words have cleansing power. “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7) His words within the Child of God are able to cause whatever is asked to be done. Not only are the words, deeds, and teaching of Yeshua full of power, His name is equally effective. “By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:16) “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

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Magazine Issue 1

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life was in the garden of Eden. (Gen. 2:9) It gives life continual. It is also in Heaven doing the same. (Rev. 2:7) God was in the Garden and also in Heaven. He alone is eternal within Himself, we are imparted eternal life in His presence and relationship. There is no life apart from God.

The First Prophet

God said to Abimelek, “Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.” (Genesis 20:7) We may not think about Abraham being a Prophet, but he was, as God said.

How Satan Works

“For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work…The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7,9-10, ) The enemy and his representative thwart the law through lies and deception. Those who reject the truth, fall for lawlessness and lies. When there is a breakdown in the Rule of Law, the enemy is at work.

Faith, Fear, and Trust

Do you believe God; that what He promises He will do? How strong is your faith in God? Do you believe He will save you by the blood sacrifice of Jesus and give you a home in Heaven? What about your next meal, the clothes upon your back, and a place to sleep? Do you suffer under a weight of fear and worry? Do you trust God or trust in your own plans and ability? Has God taken care of you until this moment or you have made wise decisions and plans to create your current status? Are you who God says you are or are you the person you decided to become?

Child Sacrifice

Infants bear all the promises of God, in the womb, because they were destined before the creation of the world. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” (Ephesians 1:4-6) The ancient wicked abomination of child sacrifice continues today under the name of abortion. It is pagan religion of death and Satan worship, designed to cut off the spring of God’s blessing. When you hear someone lauding the wisdom of modern man, consider this – The highest cause of death in the world is Abortion.

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