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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Enter Into His Presence


 

Today at Open Door Church our visiting minstrel and minister Chris Burns led us first in worship. He followed the choruses with words; Jesus promises to restore what was stolen, and we must tear down the walls of wrong attitude; Rebellion, stubbornness and a refusal to yield as this will prevent us from entering into God’s presence. 
 
Allow the Holy Spirit to do a deep clean, yes go through the second wash cycle.  May we not break off the weeds of sin, but allow God to pull out the roots so that it does not return. 

God dwells in the heavens where there is non stop worship and praise.  Real worship is revelation about how beautiful Jesus is.  Learn to be comfortable in His Presence.

David as a little boy was out on the sidelines tending the sheep.  He could have said, “My Dad must not love me to send me away from the family.”  That was not his attitude, instead he used his circumstances to sing praises to God and have God as his father.

God sees those on the back side of the desert.  We learn that He loves us regardless of how we were treated as children.  God knows your deepest secrets, and He forgives.  He has translated us into a new family.

King Saul was tormented at night by thoughts of depression, so he called for the boy David to play and sing bringing him peace.

I don’t care what lies the devil has told you, - some here now their souls have been starved.  God says, “You are special. I am proud of you and I chose to be your Dad.”  Tell God, “Daddy, I will be your son/daughter.”

Father God, heal the wounds of disappointment, and childhood neglect. 

Jesus is here to deliver from drugs, cigarettes, pornography and what ever you need.  You can be free today, for it is Jesus who sets us free.

The difference between presence and manifested presence is simple.  Moses returned from the mountain with his face shinning from being with God.  The word Presence has a meaning of Face.   The people were frightened and couldn’t stand to look at his face. 
 
The children of Israel had been slaves in Egypt, and knew nothing about worshiping the true God.  The first thing Moses was told to do was to set up the tabernacle and teach the people about God and his requirements.  Moses had been in the divine presence of God, returning with the commandments and the law. 

Revelation 5:10 tells us; He has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.  Kings serve the people in the natural and Priests serve God in the Spiritual. The Old Testament was a shadow of what was to come.

In the Old Testament, only the Priests would carry the Ark, which represented the presence of God.  No one else could touch the ark/presence of God, or they would die.  Only a Priest could carry  the presence on their shoulders. 
 
The New Covenant gives us the honor and privilege to carry God’s presence with us daily.  The presence of God on you and in you makes you different from the world.  Live your faith at home, at work where ever you go.

Understand that the Presence of God includes the entire package for Spirit Soul and body; Salvation, deliverance for the mind and thoughts, and healing from sickness and oppression.

John the Baptist was accused of being possessed by a devil because he was so wild.  They asked him who he was.  Was he the Christ?  John replied; I am a voice crying in the wilderness, Repent for one comes after me whose shoes I am not worthy to unlatch. John had no church, no title, he was just a voice.  Religion wants to put everyone in a box.

People today are intrigued with the TV and movies about the supernatural, darkness, and death.

God’s Supernatural brings Life and Life more abundantly.  Let’s be real and seek reality.  God possessed people are more frightening than demon possessed people are.

Determine to be possessed by God and His Presence. 
 
 
Be a worshiper for God has everything you need because the Blood of Jesus covers every sin. 
 
Jesus gave His life so you can boldly enter the throne room of God’s Holy Presence. 
 
 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Thou Shalt NOT Commit Adultery


 
 

Our Bible Study continued with the 10 Commandments and we are addressing number seven, Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery, Exodus 20:14

Our teacher, Linda asked us to compare and contrast the scripture found in Leviticus 20: 10-15.  This scripture includes all types of sexual relations with family members, and ends by saying; “They have committed perversion.”  The writing continues to include homosexuality and bestiality; saying all who are guilty of such should be put to death. 

Genesis 1:26-28 In the beginning when God created male and female, His intention for the marriage relationship, was one man and one woman until death do them part.

Genesis 2:22-25, The man shall cleave to his wife and they two shall become one flesh.

This is the Biblical view while our government has seen fit to say otherwise using the opinions and dishonest ideas of man.

It was not God’s intent that the marriage relationship should break down, but because of the hardness of men’s hearts divorce was granted.  Deuteronomy 24:1.

Divorce is especially difficult for the children, as they often feel that it was their fault and many carry that innocent burden of guilt for years. 

What did Jesus say: Matthew 19:2-6  Have you not read God made them male and female Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” However because of the hard headedness of mans hearts, divorce was granted.

Jesus went on to say:  Matthew 5:27-28. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Jesus was speaking about guarding our eyes, thoughts and mind to abstain from lust and sinful desire. 
 
Jesus was warning about twisted thinking to decide to sin, and then ask forgiveness.  What a deceitful heart.  

Paul condemned certain lifestyles; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 (NKJV)  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.


Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.


It impossible to live in a vacuum, and we are not the judge when some dissolve their marriage and unite with another mate. 
 
Our father is a God of Love and we must not question his grace and Mercy. 

So much heart ache is brought about from separation and divorce.  No one is left unhurt while others resume a Christian Life Style and are blessed by God.

The destruction of Marriage relationships is often the consequence of decisions.  The old adage is true that we often “reap what we sow.” 

Can God forgive an adulterous affair?  Of course He can and will if there is a repentant heart. 

We are reminded of the woman caught in adultery.  We ask where was the man?

The pious men brought her to Jesus and told him that she must be stoned.  Jesus stooped down and began to write in the dust.  (What was He writing?)  We can only surmise that Jesus was listing the names of those present who had committed the very sin they were accusing of the woman. 
 
Jesus answer was plain, “Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Naturally all the men left.   John 8: 10-11 Jesus asked the woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

 
Notice the kicker – forgiven with a stipulation – not to repeat the sin what ever it was.

Understand that you can’t go back and undo the past –
but the thing to do - - is to pick up your bed and walk.
 
 
 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Prepare, Contend and Pursue.


Prepare, Contend and Pursue. 
 
Pastor Allan was speaking as I took notes on his message.  On Sunday, we invite the Holy Spirit to show up – however, let us walk in the Spirit daily. .  Keep in prayer and worship all week long.

During the week our heart condition is often busy and it is hard to hear God’s voice.  We start to study and prepare our hearts, but our mind set is distracted and we need to slow down and let God be God.  There is no time for foolishness. 
 
I trust Sister Linda to teach the Sunday school class and she is doing a superb job.   She shared today about marriage and how families are falling apart.  We don’t know the pain our neighbor carries, but we must pray for one another.  Pray for families for their mouths to speak gentle words that will bind together instead of splitting.  The devil wants to separate and destroy marriage because it is a picture of relationship with our bridegroom Jesus.
 
We must seek God instead of trying to go in our own power.  The reason we are under attack is because we are going forward.  There is no time for relapse. 
We are praying for our city and when you pray, include our leaders, our police and fire fighters.

 
Pastor told how On Saturday, he went with a group to the State Capital to pray over California.  Those praying were including the Indian Tribes, Politicians, and marriage according to God.


I am tired of our country slipping and separating themselves away from  the intent of our founding fathers.

2 Chronicles 7:13-16 (NKJV)  When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
 
What do you need?  Call on my daddy, because He knows your name.  He knew you before you were born.  We are a people called by His name.

To receive an answer, activation is needed.  We are required to come in true humility and to have a teachable spirit.

We must be willing to change our theology as God changes our heart.  I am not trying to convince you, but allow God to change your heart. 
 
I make mistakes, and I try to be transparent, but when all is done, I want to hear those words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.

The Lord has shown me three words for our future:  Prepare, Contend and Pursue. 

Prepare:  Be humble and prepare our hearts, then get our building ready.

Contend:  Keep at it.  Don't give up.  You may need to intercede for your neighbor until they become strong enough to STAND.  Learn to feed yourself God’s Word during the week.  Also learn to pray for yourself and also to pray for your enemies.  Yes, Amen!

Pursue  Follow hard after God and His Righteousness in order to be bold to face oncoming Spiritual Battles.  Pursue the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Yes, pray in tongues, but realize there are nine gifts and any of them may be used at the moment of need.

People in our city are starving for reality.  If you have Jesus - - then you have the answer to share with them.  It’s all about Jesus who is alive. 

Seek His Face, Prepare, Contend and Pursue. 
 
 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Entering into the Presence of God



 
Entering into the Presence of God

Psalms 100:4  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Hebrews 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
 
While it is possible for a non-believer to enter a room (or church service) where the presence of the Lord is; they will not be able to have His presence inside them.

You might say, “Give us some suggestions how God can manifest Himself to me.”

First and foremost a person must be qualified with a Born Again Experience. 

That means they must accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, Believe that He died on the cross for their sins, and confess with their mouth that they will serve Jesus all the days of their life.

To fully walk with Jesus, there must be another occurrence, an encounter with the Holy Spirit. 

To seek for “More of God,” a believer must enter boldly into the Throne Room with clean hands.  Search your heart and ask God to remove all attitudes that are displeasing to Him.  Come before a Holy God in Holiness requesting that He Baptize you with His Holy Spirit.

The evidence will be speaking in other tongues.  You may simply open your mouth and allow words of praise to come forth not fearing how the words sound. 

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

Begin to use your gift of tongues as a new prayer and praise language, by setting aside 15 minutes a day to use your new gift of other tongues in private.  Naturally in a crowd, pray under your breath, not making a spectacle of yourself.

When you find yourself driving, walking, shopping, resting, use these moments to pray in tongues.  In your spirit you will begin to know and understand what you are praying about.  Praise and worship might be coming forth, or it is possible that it will be interceding for a loved one.

Be aware of what is happening in your spirit as you pray.  Are you finding that there is a new Godly presence inside you that was not there before?

We go now to a different setting. 
 
It is time for Church and when your feet hit the floor, begin to pray in tongues.  On the way to church keep praying in the Spirit, and when you arrive, allow the presence of God to permeate your very existence. 

Be concerned for persons around you.  Pray for those you sense need a touch from God.

What new joy and delight you will begin to experience at church, take the presence of God with you out into your world.

Allow your daily activities to be infused with His Presence. 

After you have grown in God, you will realize that 15 minutes is not enough time to spend praying in the Spirit. 
 
Allow God to speak freely to you, and be open to listen to what is His will for your life.
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Feed My Sheep Good Food


Give My Sheep Good Food for their Health !!
 
Luke 16:15  And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

We look around at our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and there are occasions when we get a gut punch because one of those we thought so highly of; fell into sin. 

I have seen many a preacher, deacon, song leader, teacher, or pew member go off the deep end and land smack dap in the middle of the mud. Thankfully, some do repent and are washed in the blood and restored to fellowship.

Hear me out for this next part is very important:

Who is to blame when a fellow Christian turns and makes decisions that WE question?

Are we to blame?  Did we fail to demonstrate a good example before them?  Did we fail to encourage them when we noticed a change in their attitude?  Did we fail to pray for them?  Was it our fault?

We asked Jesus this question and were reminded of Peter who cursed and denied Jesus three times.  Jesus who is at fault?  Was not Peter one of your chosen few who stayed by your side through thick and thin?

Jesus answer amazed us all.  No one is to blame.  I know the heart of man that his heart is selfish, prideful, lustful, and deceitful.  That is why I died to give mankind a new heart and to forgive their sins.  It is the repentant heart that receives forgiveness and is restored.

Jesus reminded us that Peter was quick to repent and wept bitterly and was not only forgiven but was reinstated. 

Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?  When Peter affirmed that he did indeed love Jesus, it was then he was given a declaration to feed Jesus’ sheep. 

Was Peter told to be a friend or an example to the sheep?  Was he told to whip and beat the sheep into compliance? 

The answer is clear; NO.  Peter was told to build up the sheep with good Spiritual food so that they would become strong and learn whose they were and to whom they belonged. 

Give the sheep water, milk and meat from the Word, and to lead them to the fresh water of the Holy Spirit so that their lives would become powerful with courage to witness.

Jesus was about to return to His Father and His final instructions were to seek for the Holy Spirit.  Jesus knew these timid, weak, frightened disciples would fail to stand and might indeed return to “fishing,” unless they were dramatically changed into a different person. 

Not only did they need to be converted, but they must also be endowed with, power, valor and supernatural boldness; wearing the robe of His righteousness.

So Jesus, “What should we do?”  His answer is plain.  “FEED MY SHEEP.”


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Never Give Up




Never Give Up

Pastor Allen was speaking as I took notes on the service.

“After a lively worship time, it often takes awhile to settle down, but now there is a need to be quiet before the Lord, and to be open to what the Holy Spirit desires to say to you.  Don’t miss out by being distracted with your neighbor chatting.

Father God, we take authority over the spirit of distraction, and welcome the Holy Spirit and are anxious to hear Him speak to us.

God desires to take us to another level in the Spirit.  We often think we are doing everything right, but God stops and says take a new direction.  We need open ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.  God is telling us there is something greater.  The water is flowing from the temple and that we are the temple. The water flowing out from us, must be clean and pure.  This means we must be Godly and Holy.   God desires to use each of us as individuals, outside these walls.

Pastor shared that he has a nice Bible given to him as a gift.  He put it in a safe place to only use for special occasions.  His regular study Bible has notes and he writes in it.  He decided to get his gift Bible, but it was no where to be found.  He searched all the closets, cupboards, almost tearing his house apart, but could not find it.  He has NOT given up his search, and is diligent to find his gift even to the point of being obsessed to find it. 

God is the same way over those who are lost or backslidden.  He will NOT give up searching and seeking until they are found and brought back.  Souls are precious in His sight and are important to Him.

May we also not only pray but seek out those who need God.  Ask for a heart of compassion for souls.

In the Book of Luke, the Pharisees said of Jesus, “This man receives sinners!”  They indicated the sinners were not worth it, were unfit, and not to bother with them.

Then Jesus told the story of the lost sheep and how the shepherd would leave the 99 and search for the lost lamb until it was found.

Many of you in the congregation are miracles; you are now a believer because of an answer to someone’s prayers.  God did not give up on you.

Our spirits are in pain when we hear of someone dear to us, falling back into sin.  They were on fire, doing so well, and became deceived and they fell.  Now the enemy is telling them they are too sinful to be restored.  The enemy is a liar, and God is playing hard ball.  He will not give up.

Each time we attend church, we need to walk out of here just a bit different, and carry the light with us out into our world.  Every day we must experience God’s presence and not just on Sunday.

There are some things, I can tell my wife and she understands.  I just can’t tell you, but I can also tell Jesus my deepest secrets.

The Prophets wept and cried over the sins of God’s people, praying that they would repent.

The scriptures tell us that we need to become teachers when we are still on milk.  Instead of being immature babies, we need to grow up.

Relationship with Jesus is the answer.  May God forgive our self righteousness attitudes, when we meet those who do not look right, or smell right. 

Peter was weak and cursed as he denied knowing Jesus, but he repented, weeping bitter tears. 

Jesus did not give up on Peter, and He will not give up on you. 
 
 

FAITH'S CONFESSIONS CREATE REALITIES


Say With Your Mouth and Create Realities in Your Life
 
 
FAITH'S CONFESSIONS CREATE REALITIES
(Courtesy Jim Kaseman Ministries)

WHAT I AM IN CHRIST (CONFESS DAILY)

 
I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. My spirit is created in the image and likeness of God. 2 Cor. 5:17, Gen 1:26

I am complete in Christ Jesus. Col. 2:9-10

I am righteous in Christ Jesus. I have right-standing with God just like I'd never done anything wrong. 2 Cor. 5:21

I am redeemed from the curse of the law (poverty, sickness, and spiritual death). Gal. 3:13 and chapter Deut. 28

I am God's child and a joint-heir with Christ. Rom. 8:16-17



WHERE I AM IN CHRIST (CONFESS DAILY)
I have been taken from Satan's kingdom and I am now in God's kingdom. Col. 1:13-14


I am part of the Body of Christ and Satan has no power over me. 1 Cor. 12:14-27, Luke 9:1 and Luke 10:9

I am seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus far above all power of darkness and all things are under my feet. Eph. 1:20-23 and Eph. 4:6



WHAT I POSSESS IN CHRIST (CONFESS DAILY)
ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places are mine in Christ Jesus. Eph. 1:3


ALL my needs are supplied by my Heavenly Father, in every area of life, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19

I don't have to worry about anything, for God has commanded me to cast all of my cares on Him. I Peter 5:7



WHAT I CAN DO IN CHRIST (CONFESS DAILY)
In the power of the Holy Ghost I am a witness for Jesus. Acts 1:8


I can and do tell others about Jesus Christ. Matt. 28:18-20

As a believer and in the name of Jesus Christ I cast out devils, I speak with new tongues, and when I lay my hands on the sick they do recover. Mark 16:17-18

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13



FOR COMFORT AND STRENGTH (CONFESS DAILY)
The joy of the Lord is my strength. Neh. 8:10


The Lord is the strength of my life. Psalms 27:1

Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. I John 4:4

I will not let God's Word depart from before my eyes, for it is life and health. Prov. 4:21-22

I do not let foul words come out of my mouth, but only what helps, encourages, and is beneficial to the spiritual progress of others. Eph. 4:29


I refuse to give place to the devil. Eph. 4:27

I speak the truth in love and grow up into Him in all things. Eph. 4:15

No man shall take me out of His hand. For I have eternal life. John 10:28

I let the peace of God rule in my heart. I refuse to worry about anything. Col. 3:15 and 1 Peter 5:7

Whatever I refuse to allow here, God also refuses to allow, and that which I do allow, God also allows to come to pass here on earth. Matt. 16:19

I am a believer and these signs do follow me. I speak with new tongues, I take authority over the devil, I lay hands on the sick and they recover. Mark 16:17-18

I am complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power. Col. 2:10


FOR FINANCIAL AND MATERIAL NEEDS (CONFESS DAILY)
Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. (Poverty, sickness, and death)
For poverty He has given me wealth, for sickness He has given me health, for death He has given me eternal life. II Cor. 8:9 and John 10:10

I delight myself in the Lord and He gives me the desires of my heart. Psalm 37:4
I have given and it is being given to me good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Luke 6:38


I have paid my tithes and offerings and God has opened the windows of heaven and is pouring such blessings on me that I hardly have enough room to receive them. Malachi 3:10

God makes all grace come to me in abundance, so that I always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others 2 Cor. 9:8

There is no lack for my God supplies all my needs, in every area of life, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19

The Lord is my Shepherd I DO NOT WANT. Psalm 23:1



FOR GUIDANCE AND WISDOM (CONFESS DAILY)
The Spirit of truth abides in me and teaches me all things. He guides me into all truth. I have perfect knowledge of every circumstance and opportunity that comes before me. John 14:26 and John 16:13


I trust in the Lord with all my heart and do not rely on my own understanding. Prov. 3:5
In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my path. Prov. 3:6

God's Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalms 119:105

I let the Word of Christ dwell in me richly in all wisdom. Col. 3:16

I follow the Good Shepherd because I know His voice.  I will not follow a stranger. John 10:3-4

I am not conformed to this world but I am transformed by renewing my mind with the Word of God. Romans 12:2



FOR FEAR AND WORRY (CONFESS DAILY)

I am part of the body of Christ and Satan has no power over me. 1 Cor. 12:14-27
Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. I John 4:4
I am not afraid because you are with me, Your Word and your Spirit comfort me. Psalms 23:4


I am far from oppression and fear does not come near me. Isaiah 54:14

No weapon formed against me will prosper for my righteousness is of the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

I produce much fruit and whatever I do will prosper because I am like a tree planted by the water. Psalm 1:3

I have been delivered from the evils of this world according to God's will. Gal. 1:4

God is my refuge. I trust in Him and I am safe! Psalm 91:2

Evil can't get close to me. No harm will come to my home. God has commanded His angels to protect me wherever I go. Psalm 91:10-11

In my pathway is life and there is no death. Prov. 12:28

I obey God's Word and I am blessed in what I do. James 1:25

I use the shield of faith to stop everything the enemy brings against me. Eph. 6:16

Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. I forbid any sickness or poverty to come on me. Gal. 3:13 and Deut. 28 chapter

I overcome by the blood of Christ and the Word of my testimony. Rev. 12:11

I am submitted to God and the devil flees from me because I resist him in Jesus' name. James 4:7

God's Word is forever settled in heaven and in my heart. Psalms 119:89

My peace is great, because I'm God's child and I am taught of the Lord. Isaiah 54:13



FOR HEALING AND HEALTH (CONFESS DAILY)
Jesus carried my sicknesses and diseases in His body on the cross and by His stripes I am healed. Isaiah 53:4-5 10


Jesus took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses. Matthew 8:17

I am a believer and these signs do follow me: I speak with new tongues, I take authority over the devil, I lay hands on the sick and they recover. Mark 16:17-18

When I am sick, I will call for the elders of the church to pray over me, anointing me with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save me and the Lord will raise me up. James 5:14-15

Jesus bore my sins in his body on the tree, so that I might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His stripes I am healed. I Peter 2:24

Courtesy Jim Kaseman Ministries
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