The Southwest Believer’s Convention was amazing as always!
It is available for viewing online already! Here is the link! Be blessed!!
The Southwest Believer’s Convention was amazing as always!
It is available for viewing online already! Here is the link! Be blessed!!
Okay, Church. Gather ’round. We need to have a chat, and y’all ain’t gonna like it. Ready?
Homosexuality. Marriage equality.
Oh! Yup! There it is! I saw that! Your knees jerked! Don’t try to deny it! We all know it’s true. You had a knee-jerk reaction to those topics. Yeah, I ain’t particularly happy about them either. But you’re going about it all wrong. Yeah, that’s right. I said it. WRONG!
I know, I know, I know. It’s in the Old Covenant as an abomination. Heard it. Heard it way too many times. It’s a sin. Yeah. I know that. You know that. They know we believe that. And y’ know what? They don’t care. Let me reiterate: they don’t care. And you bellyaching about it like a dog that’s treed a squirrel ain’t gonna do diddly squat to change anyone’s mind. All you’re doing is blowing yourself out, working up a sweat, and making them ignore you (at best), or ridicule you (more likely). Feel good about that? Did that get anyone into the Hereafter? Ah, nope.
So grab something cold to drink, sit down, shut your yap hole, mop your brow, open your Bible, and listen up for a few moments. You might learn something. Then again, you might not. I might lose a few of y’all after this. But so be it. I ain’t in this for y’all. I’m in this for Him. So stifle it. Stop fidgeting. You—in the back. Sit still.
When Yeshua (Jesus for you Traditionalists) was asked by one of the lawyers, which was the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:35, He responded with, “…’Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'” (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)
It was repeated in Mark, also. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 KJV)
Still not convinced? Let’s hash this out in triplicate then, shall we? “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” (Luke 10:27)
Oh, there you go again, rolling your eyes. Yes, I can hear you thinking that if those people truly loved God, they would obey His commandment about homosexuality. They’re breaking his commandments by sinning with that one. I know, I know. I’ve heard all the arguments. Tell you what, though. Let’s look at that beam in your eye, first.
Oh, so now your mouth is open and no sound coming out! I’m sorry. Did I strike a nerve? I bet I did. Yep, that’s a hard one to take sometimes. “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:1-3 KJV)
Here, let me step a little harder: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8 KJV)
And: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10 KJV)
Next: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like…” (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)
You catching the drift here? Sin is sin. It doesn’t matter if you break even the tiniest portion, you’ve broken it all. Yes, I know—we’re saved by Grace. Guess what? So are they. All they have to do is come to know Him. And that—that is where we come in, not by badgering them incessantly with our hatred of their choice, but with His Good News. Remember that commandment? Or have you, in your zeal to hinder them, forgotten all about it? Yeshua told us all to do something. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15 KJV)
Yeah. That one. And why did He command us to do that? C’mon, this is an easy question—you ‘member! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)
Ah! There it is! The verse that puts us on the side of Grace! Forgiven. Once again—forgiven. And saved. The Gospel! The GOOD News! The one we’re to preach to all the world. Did you ever read past that, though? Oh, not all that far. Just the very next verse. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17 KJV)
Yep. Yeshua came to save us all. Every last one of us! All! All we have to do is accept Him in belief. He did not come to condemn us. Why, therefore, are we so busy trying to condemn the LGBT crowd? Fear?
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18 KJV)
Are we able to preach the Gospel to them when they fear us? If you’re not walking in His love, you’re not preaching the Gospel. Hatred and strife—go back up to Galatians 5. Those are not of the Son. Those are of the fallen. They are sinful.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…” (Hebrews 12:14 KJV)
Peace. Be peaceful. Now I ain’t telling you that you have to agree with them. Nowhere in the Word does it say we have to agree with them. Nope. Never going to happen. Nor am I advocating lallygagging about with them, painting the town red until the wee hours of the morning. But be at peace. Love them. Love your neighbor…
“But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?” (Luke 10:29 KJV) Do I need to trot out the story of the Samaritan? Or can I trust you to understand that reference enough without me showing it to you in black and white? All of mankind is your neighbor—even our enemies. Heaps of coals upon their heads, what, what?
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” (John 15:10 KJV) Love. We keep coming back to love, over and over.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44 KJV)
“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you…” (Luke 6:27 KJV)
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34 KJV)
Your clamoring of hate and intolerance does nothing but make noise. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (which is translated elsewhere as love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1 KJV)
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35 KJV)
Cease this Gospel of hate and judgment. Preach the Gospel of love. Let them know you love them. Get them to know the Gospel of love. God knows what’s in their hearts. He can change them.
Dr. Colbert gives us facts along with some preventable measures you can take to avoid Ebola
With news of the Ebola virus growing in intensity across the web and news channels, Brother Copeland has released this message for his Partners and Friends. Take courage! There’s no need to fear, for The WORD triumphs over anything the enemy tries to throw our way, The BLESSING wall is up!
Also, click link below to download the MP3 Healing Scriptures read by Kenneth Copeland—to feed your spirit and keep you established in the truth!
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“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105
This verse is just so beautiful, but let’s take a moment to go beyond the pretty words to embrace the power held within them.
Whatever situation you’re facing, the Word has an answer. Maybe you think that your problem is just too weird or complicated. Believe me, it’s not. The Lord has walked me through some doozies.
Please note that the verse above does not imply that God will show you the entire plan all at once. I can’t remember where I heard it, or who said it, but when you’re walking on a dark path with a flashlight, you can only see a few steps ahead. But isn’t that all that’s necessary to walk the path ahead, step by step?
All you need right now is one step, and the Word has it for you. Open up your Bible, go where He leads you, and as you read, the Holy Spirit within you will cause whatever God knows you need right now to leap out at you. He’ll show you how it applies!
I love this verse in the ERV:
“Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps, a light that shows the path I should take.”
Don’t concern yourself right now with the rest of the path. Just take that first step.
It is very important for the believer to study the biblical festivals. Jesus, Yeshua, fulfilled some in His first coming and He will fulfill the rest with His second coming.
The bible does not call them feasts of the Jews or feasts of the Christians, it says they are Feasts of the Lord.
Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
The biblical festival of Rosh HaShana starts tonight at sundown and lasts two days.
In light of this, I am sharing a few links for your personal study of this “Festival of Trumpets”.
The beginning of this year (2014) the Lord led my BB (battle buddy), Tammy and I to begin reading and sharing together daily in the New Testament. We read 1 chapter a day and then we join each other in a group we created and share our notes, insights, questions when we had time during the day (mostly mornings). It has been more of a blessing than I ever would have imagined!!
God lead us to Rick Renner’s series on “7 things to keep you spiritually strong”. Tammy and I watched it when he taught at EMIC. This became part of our every day reading. Powerful, powerful, yet simple list to check daily and pray daily.
As we obeyed (that is the key!), God led us to continue that but to move to the next “place”.
This year, when KCM broadcast the Southwest Believers Conference they did something different. They broadcast the pre-service prayer times. They were amazing and the Lord told Tammy and I to watch them together after the convention was over. So we committed to 1 hour a day together in chat and listened together.
This was life changing for us….
(links to all these are to follow at the bottom)
We felt led to study more with Pastor Terri Pearsons on Prayer. And God led us to what was next. Please notice all the “we obey, He led”. Because we had no idea what He had put in place or how perfectly the pieces would fit together in each study, lifting us higher and higher into Him.
So we were then led to continue our one hour a day study/prayer time together by listening together to an entire series called “Understanding Spirit-Led prayer”..
This… there are no words for what this did to us, for us, with us, in us…. I think we can safely say this rocked our world.
We then listened to Pastor Paul Brady when he taught at EMIC. Amazing, amazing praying Pastor. Had we not been prepared with the previous teaching though, I am absolutely sure that while we would have been blessed we would not have gotten all that God had planned for us out of his teachings.
As we are continuing listening, obeying and doing, He has now led us to listen to a LA Spirit-Led Prayer conference from 2009 (the 2014 one is going on as I type this and is in the Queue as well :)).
As we finish this, we will listen to a study Pastor Terri did just finish on Wednesday nights on prayer, and then God willing, we will do this years prayer conference with Patsy Cameneti.
To write this all down, and truly see what the Lord is doing is breath-taking.
He has led me to put this on a blog for our benefit, but also so that you too can be blessed by doing this study process. Get with your battle buddy and commit to an hour a day together however the Lord leads. Sometimes it was 90 minutes, sometimes things happened that it was only 30 minutes, and sometimes we missed, but it’s all ok!!
Here are the links to the prayer studies done and planned so far (Some of the links are to part 1 and you will have to go to the previous page to find the rest. (Follow the dates on newer things, direct links may change pages as the most recent is always on page 1 until the year ends.)
And we look forward to what the Lord has planned next!!
One of the things the Lord has had me do this year is to learn the two prayers we often call “The Ephesian’s Prayers”. Praying them at least twice a day (morning and night) and any other time of the day that I think to do it has changed more than I could put on paper in my life, spiritually and naturally.
So I am sharing the prayers here. I personalize them, where it says you, I say me or I, etc.
You can pray these for yourself that way and for specific people as the Holy Spirit leads you.
As you pray these prayers daily you will begin to see yourself strengthened, you will gain revelation into the Word and you will walk in Wisdom that you did not know before. All of this is hinged on a huge revelation of the love of God in your life that you will receive.
And we can trust this because the Word says:
James 1:5 (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Print these out, put them in your bible or prayer journal and pray them at least twice a day for a few months or more and you will be blessed beyond measure.
I have put the prayers/scriptures here as well as examples of personalization. Feel free to use whatever version of the bible you prefer or that the Spirit leads you to use.
Prayer 1 – Ephesians 1:15-23 (NKJV)
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Prayer 1 – Personalized example:
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened; that I may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward me who believes, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Prayer 2 – Ephesians 3:14-21
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer 2 – Personalized example:
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant me, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in my inner man, that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that I may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in me, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
As we remember today the horrible events in the US that occurred 13 years ago, this Psalm came up in my Spirit. It is important today and every day. Take a few minutes and read the Psalm and let the Lord minister it to your life. – Kath
Psalm 91 (AMP)
1 He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4 [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.
Psalm 91:1 The rich promises of this whole chapter are dependent upon one’s meeting exactly the conditions of these first two verses (see Exod. 15:26).
Amplified Bible (AMP)
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation
“Afterward He appeared to the Eleven [apostles themselves] as they reclined at table; and He reproved and reproached them for their unbelief (their lack of faith) and their hardness of heart, because they had refused to believe those who had seen Him and looked at Him attentively after He had risen [from death].” – Mark 16:14 (AMP, emphasis mine)
If you’ve read the gospel accounts of the events following Jesus’ death and burial, you know that the disciples did not believe those who reported to them that Jesus had risen from the dead. In my head, their doubt was more of a passive thing, like they couldn’t help but be dumbfounded by the news.
But no, the Word says they REFUSED to believe. They had a choice to believe the report, or not!
It got me thinking. What does God’s Word say that I’ve been refusing to believe? As I seek the Lord to show me what needs to be corrected in my own heart, take some time to do the same:
Do I believe that God really will supply all of my needs (Philippians 4:19)?
Do I really believe that God loves me (John 17:23)?
Do I really believe that Jesus paid the price not only for my eternal salvation, but for my healing and peace (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24)?
Do I really believe that God forgives me the moment I ask Him to (1 John 1:9)?
Do I really believe that God’s going to work this situation out for my good (Romans 8:28)?
A big indicator of your trust in God in any area is your joy level. When your mind touches on the situation, does dread rise up in your heart like a flood, or does a sense of gladness rise up, knowing that God’s Word is working on that particular thing?
Think about it! If I told you I was sending you a thousand bucks today, would you be mopey and gazing sadly at those catalogs full of items you can’t afford, or would you be expectantly waiting for the mail to arrive and planning what you’d do with it when it came?
You always have a choice to believe or not believe!
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
And Paul wrote, in his letter to the Colossian believers:
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
LET. Let means choice. Let yourself believe God’s Word to you today!
Not sure what the Word has to say about your situation? Send us an email, and we’ll help you out!
I was reading in 2 Corinthians 4 this morning, and I got to verse 17:
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…”
I thanked God momentarily for that verse and what it was promising me, and then went on to verse 18:
“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.”
And again, it was good, but I pretty much kept moving right along… until the Spirit poked me and brought me back to one little word: WHILE.
How does verse 17 happen? WHILE (during, as we do what comes next) we are looking at the things we CAN’T see instead of things we CAN see.
Hallelujah! While you’re keeping your eyes fixed on Him and the answers you can’t see with your eyes in your life yet, GOD, your FATHER, is working things out FOR YOU.
(See also Hebrews 12:1-3, Psalm 34:5-8. Really, you should read these!)