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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Moving On with God

   There comes a time when things change, and I believe we are in a new season as the church of Jesus Christ. We are in a new day. Things are not as they were, and we see corruption and problems all around us. We see corruption in government and our operating systems like never before. Sometimes we feel helpless and sometimes even hopeless, but that is not the case. The devil would love for us to give up and cave in, but our God is bigger. The Church of Jesus Christ does not know defeat, nor will it ever. Though sometimes it appears that we are surrounded on every side, though it seems that this world has conquered us, in Him we are secure. In Christ alone our hope is found, and in prayer we can ascend into the very throne room of God via prayer, praise , and Worship. When we Worship God - HE finds us!
   Regardless of what happens or will happen in the days ahead, we win! Now that is good news. Jesus leads us in a glorious triumph. When we walk with God our Father, and Jesus His Son, and we pray in the Holy Ghost then things will change. We are no longer sinners bound to this world. We may sin, but that does not make us sinners because now we have a new nature. The old things are passed away and behold everything has become new. We have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus our LORD. If we are sinners before Salvation, and still sinners after Salvation, then why get saved? What are we saved from? Christ is of no effect if there has not been a change.
   This change is not only in the way we think, it is in the way we live. It should affect our speech, our actions, our daily activities, and especially our focus and motivation and purpose for living. The problem is that sometimes it takes a while for us to understand that we have changed. Our identity has changed. We have become adopted into a new family as His Sons and Daughters. Now we should live like King's Kids! Our Father should provide all we need. It is no longer a "performance based" system. Now we live and move and have our being in Him. This does not mean that everything shuts down. Usually just the opposite occurs, life gets real busy. However, in this busy-ness we must maintain our focus on Him. We must get our Daily Bread (our "gasoline" or fuel) via the Word of God. We should not live according to the Law. "The letter kills, but the spirit of God gives life." We are free in Christ, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
   We do not attain to outward perfection, but we are made "perfect" in His eyes through the blood of Christ. It is not our perfection, it is His perfection. "Christ in us, the hope of glory." We should strive to know Him in all of His fullness. Though we stumble, we are not utterly cast down for the Lord sustains us, and He holds us with His righteous right hand.
   If we sin (NOT "when" but "if"), we ask for His forgiveness and move on. If a child smokes a cigarette, that does not make him a smoker. If a kid learns to play the saxophone one year in school, that does not make him a professional musician. If we sin as Christians, that does NOT make us sinners. Sinners enjoy their sin, and it is their lifestyle. They do NOT repent, nor are they sorry for their actions. They are full of pride, arrogance, anger, and all manner of evil. Christians may get mad and frustrated, but they cannot stay that way very long. Christians cannot continue in sin and not be affected by it. If the spirit of God dwells in you, you will repent and seek to make things right with God and your fellow man. The vertical affects the horizontal, this is a sign of the cross at work in your life.
   Learning to grow and mature in Christ is not always an easy thing. People will talk badly about you, they will assume the worst at times, they will assume things, and all sorts of other problems will arise. The devil is at war with believers, and it is time we stomp on his little head! Our God is bigger. Sometimes we get our feelings hurt, we fail, we miss the mark, and we fall short. Well, welcome to the club! I guess if we were totally perfect, then there would be no need for Jesus and the Holy Spirit, or for the Word of God. We need to pray daily, we need to Praise and Worship God daily, we need to work daily, we need to give God all we are daily, and we need to seek His face daily. Sometimes life gets in the way, and we lose focus. I think Jesus would say "Remember me? Come back Home! Return to your first love!!!!"
   When we fall in love, it is not a burden to talk and to listen for countless hours over the phone or in person. Regardless of where you are right now, I believe God would say "Move on!" Continue seeking Him via His Word. If you have gotten off track, get back on the Highway of Holiness. If you are miserable, ask God why! If you need something, stop being proud and ask for help. God is willing to help those who come to Him. In Him, we live and move, and have our being! Apart from Him we can do no good thing! Move on with God! Seek His face! Come to Him with a sincere heart, and know that He loves you even more than your Mother or Father. He is your true Father, and He will provide ALL you need for this life and for the one to come. Shalom!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

It has been a while

   It has been a while since I have posted anything here, and that for various reasons. I am getting many more "followers" on Facebook. I guess this tends to be more "private." That can be a good thing, I guess, but then again maybe not. Oh the irony!
   What has been going on? God is good! Pam and I are still at Hosanna First Assembly in Baton Rouge. I believe that Revival is close, even at the door. Last Sunday was totally awesome, and the congregation was  amazing! I've been reading the book "Gazing into Glory" by Bruce D. Allen, and "The School of the Seers" by Jonathan Welton. I recommend them highly. I just finished reading "How to find God's Love" by Don Nori Sr. and it is a great little book too.
   Lately, I have been doing inventory on my life. Oh how the years go by!!! I remember giving my heart to Jesus as a child while singing "Into my heart, Into my heart, Come into my heart Lord Jesus. Come in today, come in to stay. Come into my heart Lord Jesus. Amen!" I was around five years old then, and much has changed in America and in this world. God has made Himself more real to me as the years have gone by, and I have learned that the biggest enemy of the Christian is usually the one we look at in the mirror every morning.
   A funny thing about "inventory" - you find a lot of stuff, some is precious and valuable and you find a lot of junk. The one constant in my life has been "God." Regardless of where I am or where I have been, God has never left me. Through every struggle in my life, Jesus has been a friend to me. He is a very Good Shepherd. Joshua 1:9 rings true, and I am so thankful that He never leaves us nor forsakes us.
   There is much more I could say, but some things do not need rehashing. God is faithful! He is my Father and I am His Son. Thank You LORD!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It has been a while

  You wake up one day and realize that you are older, or even old. Life does not stop, but it is rather like a new beginning. The days are more precious and fewer in number. At this point, the body begins to suffer more, and relationships become more valuable. Family is a thing of endearment. God is either out of the picture, or HE is closer than ever before (Hopefully the Latter).
   It has been a while since I have posted on this, my blog site. Why? I guess I want more and more to let my words be few. My heart looks upward to God. I have been in the belly of the Whale like Jonah, and I am waiting to be spit out on the land. Maybe it is time for me to preach to Ninevah, but on that note I will wait on God.
   I have been doing a Bible study on the book of Daniel by Beth Moore. I am astounded by her wisdom, grace, and charm. God said, "Be ye Holy for I AM Holy!" Holiness is not an action, it is a state of being. One cannot become what they already are, and if Christ is in us, THEN and only then are we "Holy." "Christ in you the Hope of Glory."
   Do you ever get frustrated with God, or maybe aggravated or agitated? I do, and I don't like it. I have learned two things in life: 1) There IS a GOD and 2) I am NOT Him! It is easy to say "I Believe!" Yet even the demons believe and shudder at His Name (YHVH). Faith working through love, and Love is the key. We are a work in progress, and none of us have  ALL the answers, but HE does.
   I am being stirred to pray, to Journal, to express my deepest longings and cares to HIM! We cannot put  our faith in man, or woman. God is faithful! He alone is our answer! Sometimes GOD says "NO!" Other times HE says "Wait!" I don't know which one is worse, but IF God said it, HE will do it. GOD has NEVER backed down or fallen short with His Word. We may fail, BUT GOD never fails!
   Jesus, the Living Word, is the Anchor of my soul and of all who are believers in Christ (Yeshua the Messiah). Our faith in Him grows as we get older. I have seen GOD at work. He goes before me and makes the crooked paths straight. He brings healing and deliverance. GOD alone deserves ALL of our Praise. HE is the King of ALL Kings and the LORD of all lords. His name is Faithful and True!
   I have been looking over the past years of my life. I have been a stinker, I have failed, and I am my own worst enemy. I cannot be God, yet GOD is in me. His spirit is in me. Christ died and HE rose again. If the spirit of God dwells (abides, has residence, makes His home) in us, then "Greater things than these shall you do." We have His signet ring (Haggai 2:23). We have His authority and His mighty power at our disposal. We have to walk in it, live in it, throw away the Old "Self-Life" and live for HIM and for HIM alone.
   Not to preach at you, this speaks to me as well. Satan wants to rob us of our identity. Old sluefoot wants to strip us of our dignity and create shame and reproach, but he is a liar and the Father of lies. We ARE KING"S KIDS! We are Mephibosheth's in the spirit. We live in the King's Palace in Heavenly Places. We are seated with Christ. Christ is our portion, and we are His portion. (It is in His WORD)
  Let us consider how to encourage and build one another UP in our most Holy faith. Christ died, yet HE lives within us. He is in Heaven, yet in our hearts. We are Parabolic with Him. "On Earth as it is in Heaven." My prayer is "Not my will, but THY will be done!" Jesus is Faithful! Shalom and God Bless!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Where do we go?

Where do you go when you don't know what to do? What do you do when there is no answer available? If you have never reached that place in life, you will. When the rug of "normalcy" is snatched out from under you and there is no peace in your heart, only turmoil and anger...then there is God. Not the one you thought HE was, but the one who "is." Jesus is!
"Jesus IS the answer for the World today, above Him there is no other, Jesus is THE WAY!" (per Andre Crouch's song "Jesus is the answer") Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit never change. Jesus is the same "yesterday, today, and forever." Truth NEVER changes! We may be able to manipulate people and circumstances for a while, but not forever. When it all comes crashing down, you will cry out for help - but to Whom?
Sometimes on this Earth, we ARE the hands and the feet and the mouthpiece of God. The church is His Body. The head tells the Body what to do, unless there is a problem with the central nervous system. The central nervous system is the communication to the body. Are we communicating with the head? When nerves are severed or removed, there is no feeling. We are to walk by faith, not by feeling. Who can repair the body when it is "damaged goods." A Doctor can do this or that, but God determines the outcome.
God has given a language to His people, it is a gift from Him to us. We can speak in tongues when we choose to do so. The spirit gives the utterance, but we have the ability to speak or to be silent. We have the choice to accept the gift from God or to quench it. The Apostle Paul said "I pray in tongues more than you all." A prayer language or tongues are an "unknown language." If you know what you are saying (the language), then it is not tongues.
Why do people have problems receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Well, many times it is because of their intellect. Tongues do not make sense to a rational mind. It is God doing a work through you, not an intellectual process. The min tries to "figure it out" and then to do it. God says "Speak!" If we ask God for a fish, He will Not give us a serpent. If we ask God for Bread, HE will NOT give us a stone. "Whatever things you desire when you pray, believe that you received them and you SHALL have them." That is God's word, we must simply believe, accept, and receive. In the words of Smith Wigglesworth...."Only Believe!" All things are possible to him (her implied) who believes.
What do you want? Many times, that is the difficult, or the most difficult question to answer. Many times, we don't really know what we want. That is why we need to go to God. That is why we need to pray in the spirit (that is to say, "in tongues").
When a baby is born, the child cannot speak in a language that is "known" but the parent "KNOWS" that it is either gas, hunger, a need to be held (loved), or a diaper change. Even though the child cannot speak, the Father (and Mother) know what to do. If you being earthly know this, then how much more you Heavenly Father?
I remember as a child that when something broke, if I took it to my Daddy, he would usually be able to fix it. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could think or imagine. His ways are higher than our ways. Run to Jesus! Call on His name and He will answer you!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"The Weeping of the Holy Spirit" (by Joni Ames)

The Weeping of the Holy Spirit by Joni Ames
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The Weeping of the Holy Spirit/Prophetic Intercession
Joni Ames
Jan 3, 2010

- Joni Ames

The weeping of the Holy Spirit? Recently many have told me that this is happening to them and contacted me to pray for them because it scared them. I have been experiencing it too...which, over the years, I've learned usually happens with me from the Lord as a call to pray, and it is called, "the weeping of the Holy Spirit" or "prophetic intercession."

You may feel like crying, and tried to brush it off because you thought it was "depression from the enemy" or "the blues" creeping in, or that you were "losing it." - MANY people go through this and take it unto themself. Along with it, some have even had thoughts like, "There is no hope!" Or "I'm not doing anything worthwhile in life" - or even thoughts of death. You are not feeling this for yourself. You are standing in the gap. - Much of it may be for the current situation in Israel, or for the victims of coming storms similar to Katrina, tsunamis, earthquakes, wars, or other catastrophes and items of intercession - whether personal, national, or Corporate Body of Christ issues.

Do NOT ignore this, nor think that you are "losing it" or that it is just the "blues." - And do NOT allow the enemy to turn it inward or into depression. This "ominous feeling" or "weeping" sensation that is coming from our inner-most beings is the Weeping of the Holy Spirit - Prophetic Intercession. It isn't depression, hormones, or insanity, so cast down those imaginations!

We must not let the enemy defile it by calling it "depression," or by any other name. We also must not defile it ourselves by "turning it off" or turning it inward. To do so would be to harden our hearts to what the Spirit is saying, which would deeply grieve Him, as well as reverse its intended use and bear no fruit.

Remember! "He has NOT given us a spirit of fear! - But of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND!" (2 Tim. 1:7)

"Oh my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me, that I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war." (Jer. 4:19)

The enemy of our souls is out to kill, steal and destroy, but the Holy Spirit within us wants to use us to properly do battle against the enemy. However, we must remember, "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty THROUGH GOD for pulling down of strongholds." (2 Cor. 10:4)

Let us not be ashamed of the weeping that He desires to do in and through us! Let's allow the Holy Spirit the "right of way" to take it over and to direct it. - Let's turn TO it and not from it.

"Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts." (Heb. 3:7)

We need to ALLOW the Holy Spirit to cry and to pray through us when this unction comes upon us and to NOT "shut it down." Additionally, don't worry about the "words" you will pray. - God has given us a "G-force" (GOD force) weapon called "praying in the Spirit" through which we have the ability to pray in the Spirit what the mind of the Spirit wants to have prayed, and to pray through to victory.

Romans 8:26 & 27 says:
(26) "the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

(27) "Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

As we allow the weeping unction of the Holy Spirit to cry out to Him within and through us, we will be praying (1) past our own weaknesses (personal opinion, judgement, etc.) for the root issues we do not have any personal knowledge about, and are able to pray in the will of God for situations, (2) for the things for which the Spirit within us is weeping; (2) in the way the Lord wants it prayed about; and (3) in the will of the Lord for the outcome. - And when we do that, we know that He hears us:

"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14)

And if He hears us, we have what we asked for:
"And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.: (1 John 5:15)

And that's why Rom. 8:28 tells us: "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Rom. 8:28 is one of those scriptures people like to quote - but it is the direct result of praying in the Spirit, as described in Rom. 8:26-27!

When we pray in the Spirit, Jude 1:20-23 tells us that we:
(1) build ourselves up in faith on the inside (v. 20)
(2) keep ourselves in the love of God (v. 21)
(3) help ourselves to look for mercy (instead of criticism and judgement) (v. 22)
(4) walk in compassion (v. 22)
(5) have discernment (v. 22)
(6) have the fear of the Lord (v. 23)
(7) save others from destruction (v. 23)
(8) have successful evangelism (v. 23)
(8) hate defilement/desire holiness (v. 23)

(20) But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, (21) keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (22) And on some have compassion, making a distinction; (23) but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh." (Jude 20-23)

In other words, when those tears and/or deep groanings come, LET them! Grab your Kleenex and "go with it"! Don't stop it! ~ Be led by the Holy Spirit.

Let me bring balance to this and say - please understand that, even if you don't have your prayer language, you are still His Sheep and you can still hear and obey the voice of the Lord and be directed to pray according to the will of God. ~ In whatever way He desires for you to pray! ~ And still "pray it through!" - In other words, until you have a "release" or a sensing of peace that it has been "taken care of."

However, one of the benefits of "praying in the Spirit" is that it is a language that the devil and his demons cannot understand. Therefore, they cannot thwart or "mess up" the outcome!

When praying in the Spirit, you don't need to be concerned about "words"!! ~ It may be that you will experience tears and/or groanings alone! ~ And we don't need to be embarrassed by tears (ours or others') if they begin to flow! We just need to "let go and let God"! ~ Certainly we are NOT to "fake it" or get loud to get attention! ~ It may well - and most likely will - occur when we are all alone!! Then, as we pray in secret, He will reward us openly, in the natural. (Matt. 6:6)

We don't need to be afraid to allow the Holy Spirit total access to and through us, to be led by Him, for His purposes to be accomplished when and how He causes that unction to come. It is a time to let the "rain" of the Holy Spirit "reign!" ~ To let Him cry out through us for souls and for mercy!

Especially in this time when so many have serious needs, let us heed the voice of the Spirit to "pray it through."

Rev. 2:11 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches..."

Joni Ames
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