Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Spiritual Laws in Both Kingdoms


This post was the message I brought at our meeting "Praying over our city."

  


 
If you have taken any soul winning instruction, you may have heard about the “Four Spiritual Laws.”

1. God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
2. Man is sinful and separated from God.
3. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin.
4. Jesus must be acknowledged as savior and received by faith into ones life. 

In the natural, there are laws of the universe:  The Law of Vibration (everything moves,) The Law of relativity, (Practice relating your situation to something worse than yours, and you will feel good about where you are.) The Law of Cause and Effect, states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. We also know about the LAWS of sowing and reaping.  The Law of Polarity states that everything has an opposite.  The Law of Rhythm states that everything has a natural cycle as do the tides, and the law of gravity. Law of Gestation states that everything takes time to manifest. The Law of Transmutation states that energy moves in and out of physical form. Your thoughts and words are creative energy. 

In the Old Testament, God gave Moses many laws including the 10 commandments.

There were laws,  rules and regulations how to make the sacrifices and the priest must be clean physically and spiritually before he could administer the sacrifices.  God planned everything to be legal for sins to be carried away.

Today we are going to consider a deeper view of Spiritual Laws.  Just as there are natural laws that govern the physical universe, so there are spiritual laws that govern your relationship with God.

Jesus was continually asked by the skeptical leaders; “Is it lawful to do this or is it lawful to do that?”  They hoped to trap him with their legal tactics. 

Jesus gave us spiritual keys to the kingdom to bind and loose with words. 
 
Jesus gave us the legal right to boldly enter the Holy of Holies. 
 
Jesus gave us authority to speak, to proclaim and to declare His will on earth. 
 
He taught the laws of enforcement with love and mercy when He prayed, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Jesus also taught about the law of agreement, when two or three agree.

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus was all pre-planned in eternity past and was officially authorized by the Father and carried out lawfully to make a legal way for our salvation.

The spirit world operates with spiritual laws, and this includes satan and his kingdom of darkness.  The devil knows he can legally touch those who will give him entrance by their choices.  He crouches as a lion waiting for people to give him an open door.  Many have ignorantly given satan open doors because they failed to understand what they were doing.  They gleefully followed their friends who urged them on.  Participation in certain practices will open the door to the devil and bondage.

There are many dark doors that prevent prosperity, and blessings; dark doors that are stopping our joy, happiness and peace for Christians and non Christians alike.

We are aware of the doors most visible such as unforgiveness, harboring grudges, attitudes of mood by allowing our thoughts to wander, sexual sins, and addictions of various kinds.

There are also dark doors of curses that go back decades even back generations in many families because of occult practices and other agreements made legal with satan at one time, but are still even today holding people in bondage.  We may not be at fault in this matter but are reaping what others have sown.

Intercessors must be aware that the battle is in the spirit world to boldly pull down strongholds of blind eyes and deaf ears so that our citizens will be able to see and hear truth.  Pray and make declarations using words because words are powerful.

Before we come to war, it would be good to first close any open doors in our personal life.  Ask the Lord to search your heart and - - and closing any open doors - - as we do at communion time.  Coming with a clean heart is the only way we can advance and win.
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A portion of today’s lesson was adapted from Laura Gagnon’s video “Why can’t I get my breakthrough?”  You may want to view her video on You tube.  She prays a powerful prayer over you at the end:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHl4YB4swuo

 

 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Meet God at the Watch Tower

This post is from my notes at the Sunday Morning Bible Study

 
Find a Place to Meet with God

The prophet Habakkuk had found a place where he could meet God and they would hold a conversation.  This is what each of us must do.  To find a place where we are comfortable and meet God so He can speak to us and us to Him. 

Habakkuk 2:1  I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will look forth to see what he will speak with me, and what I shall answer concerning my complaint. 

The prophet was upset with God because he had figured out what he thought God should do; and things were not happening according to the prophet’s plan.  He was willing to listen and then God spoke and told him to write it all down.

Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD said to me, "Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.

It is good for you to keep a journal and write down things God is saying to you.  Be still before God and listen for answers.  Write down your dreams and visions and even your prayers.  Be still and wait to receive from God.  The important thing is our heart attitude.

Sit and wait for this is a relationship and is not to be hurried.

Our foundation of Faith is to daily meet God and it is okay to ask questions. 

How does it help you or the Body of Christ?  Is the message from God for every one, or simply personal?  It will become clear as you wait.

The prophet’s vision was timed for later, but it was true and at the right time it would be fulfilled.

Be careful not to be proud or lifted up.  Realize the just shall live by faith.  We must trust even if we don’t understand.

Faith is humble submission and personal loyalty to Him as our savior and Lord.  Looking only to Jesus as the basis of our salvation and acceptance before God; and acknowledging His absolute right to give orders and to have the final word about what is right and acceptable behavior and conduct on our part. 
 
As His people we are to have a moral uprightness and steadfastness to follow His ways no matter what the prevailing evil around us.  Regardless of the situation is and what ever happens - - we chose to remain upright and trust God.

We are not to worry, for God is in control and He will take care of us and bless us. 

Every day, come to “your tower” to meet God.

At my work place, I must make sure I am doing everything according to the “rules” of the company, State and Federal.  The rules may not be according to my opinion, but I am to follow them regardless.  Continue to check your attitude. 

We follow Christ and acknowledge he has given us guidelines, procedures of importance.  We are not to compromise and take short cuts.  Be comfortable as you obey God.  He demands moral uprightness and expects us to follow His will.  He calculates everything to shift into His general plan regardless of our present culture.  His “right” is absolute and there is NO turning with Him.

What God shares with you, understand it may come to pass at a later season; however  though it delays, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
 
 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Heart Speaks


Notes from the Sunday service at Open Door Church

 


 
 
The service was different today, as Pastor Allan was speaking from his heart.
 
Have you ever had one of those days when God seems so far away? 

Let us come boldly into His presence.  I am so thankful I am not the person I was yesterday or the same person I was in the past.

If you are experiencing different things from the usual, perhaps you are the one who has changed your position. 
 
Are you too busy to read your Bible every day?  What is occupying your time?  Are you spending too much time on face book?

We must co-operate with God.  He is always available - - we may have shifted our position.  Am I making sense? 

We need you Jesus,  Holy Spirit we need you, I just want to be in your presence God.  The Holy Spirit is here today.  He has shown up.  We can praise the Holy Spirit, That is what Holy Spirit wants.  He delights in the praises of His people. 

At this point different people from the congregation came forward with their Bible and read scriptures on worship and praise.  All was orderly, and different ones said amen in agreement.

Thank you God for provision; You are our provider.  He gives us what we do not deserve.  He is worthy of our praises. 
 
We claim our schools, our neighborhood for God.  We claim boldness to be an effective missionary here in our city.

We need to practice worship at home where we are constantly seeking to be accountable to God.  For our ministry and our church to be blessed, we must follow His direction.

If I shift and move away from His direction; God is still moving but not as He wills.  God wants this place to be a place of refuge, and a place of prayer. 

What is on my heart?  To be 24/7 in His presence.  I am not speaking about a confessional, but a place where people can connect with God and He will speak to them.

We have ministers we admire, but we can’t be like them.  We can desire to have their passion, but if we try to be like them, we put ourselves in a box.  We need not a box or a ball field, or a world, but we need a universe.  A heavenly place here on earth where we can rest. 

People pursued Jesus and they wanted to be near Him.  He was and is the answer to every need and to every problem.
 
We need to be in His presence 24/7.
 
 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blessings in the Natural and also in the Spiritual

To view the story of the afterglow following this prayer meeting click HERE


 


 
 
Proverbs 10:22   The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Good News Trans:  It is the Lord's blessing that makes you wealthy. Hard work can make you no richer.
 

I am reminded of Pastor Allan’s sermon Sunday when he said there is the Natural and there is the Spiritual. 
 
Jesus told a story about workers who agreed for a certain wage to work in the vineyard.  Through out the day more workers were hired, and at the end of the day, they all were paid the same.  The twist is that the first workers complained and did not think they were being treated fairly.  Logically they thought they should have more because they had labored longer than the rest.  The Master reminded them that all of them were saved by Grace and not of works lest they should boast. 

In the Natural - -  Have you ever received a gift that you did not work for, and did not earn? 
 
In the natural at one time, as we left with our four young children to visit the worlds fair in New York; our Pastor’s wife phoned and told us to come by on our way out of town.  Robert got out of the car and spoke with pastor in their yard.  It turned out Pastor gave Robert $450 for us to use on our trip.  There were no strings attached, and it was freely given.  Pastor said "We want you to have a great time on your trip."

In the spiritual - -

Salvation is our gift and it available at a valuable price, but to us it is offered freely.

There are spiritual blessings that God desires to pour out into the natural with provision, and “wealth” that you did not earn the normal way by work.  God’s spiritual Kingdom does not operate the same way as the natural world. 

I am not suggesting that you are going to be blessed with a new car, or a new house just dumped into your lap - - but I have heard of people here in our city being blessed with a new (or almost new) sofa, a desk chair, or a washing machine. 

Although I am careful when I shop and spend money, - - God does not want us to live beggarly and to barely get along living from hand to mouth. 

When the Bible says “He makes us rich,” it means he supplies us with MORE than enough.   

God has records, and he will be passing out rewards in heaven; but he will not be rewarding us according to the amount of work we do for him.  He will be rewarding us both spiritually and materially according to His measuring cup; and his measure is larger than ours. 

Today I have brought a copy of Laura Gagnon’s prayer of blessing over our cities, and our Nation.  As we use this as our guideline for today, note that we are declaring blessing over our city. 
 
Blessings that the citizens did not earn or work for; Blessings in the natural and also in the spiritual. 

(Here below is the Prayer of Declaration:)

 
A Declaration of Blessing  by Laura Gagnon, Escondido, CA 

Father, I declare blessing on everyone in this geographic region. Send this word out and let Your angels fulfill the administration of this blessing.

I declare a release from the things that bring bondage, stress, and worry. Let there be a release from the things that deplete people's strength, steal their time and bring them into spiritual slavery. I release the Spirit of the Lord to break them free from all constraints, ungodly yokes and covenants. I loose them from the things that have had them shackled and bound.

I declare we are breaking new ground in 2017. I declare this is the year of the pioneers to break forth and lead the way. I declare 2016 is the year for shifting and restructuring to make room for the release of the Kingdom of God. Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven O God!

I declare restoration for the losses of previous years. Let angels be released to administer justice and restitution on behalf of Your people. "Let all that was theirs and all rightful proceeds be restored to Your people now, in Jesus name." The thief is caught. In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ I command the thief to repay every loss at no less than a 7-fold return according to Proverbs 6:31. 
 

I decree over the people in this region supernatural cancellation of debt, as it is written in Deuteronomy 15:1,2. Let there be forgiveness of debts, both in the natural and in the spiritual as the Lord’s remission has been proclaimed.

I declare the accuser who divides must be cast down according to Revelation 12:10. I declare the God of peace has crushed the enemy under Your feet, and ours. Let there be a sudden turnaround in relationships that have been fractured, divided and estranged. Let families be made whole in Jesus name. I declare healing to the family trees. I declare God's family tree in the body of Christ is healed. I declare that you are trees of healing to the nations in Jesus name.   

Father, let the tangible results of Your glory manifest in each person's life. Pour out Your blessings upon Your people. I ask You to please give them things they have not had to work for.

I ask You to shift things around in such a way as to cause Your people to receive things they couldn't possibly imagine.  Bless them exceedingly, abundantly above all they could ask or think according to Ephesians 3:20.
 
Give them divine appointments and open doors into places they couldn't get to without Your intervention, according to Revelation 3:8 and Isaiah 22:22. 

Let Your favor do for them the things they cannot do for themselves.  You are God Almighty; You can do anything! I ask You to open Your hand and release the blessings of Your storehouses to Your people and I thank You for hearing me.  In Jesus name, amen.
 
 
 

Angel’s Wings


Our Wednesday lesson has been posted in full  - but this is after Glow - -
to view Wednesdays message Click HERE
 
 

I felt a gentle breeze as my hands were lifted in prayer at our prayer meeting Wednesday morning.  No one else seemed to sense the soft wind.
 
As I lay in my bed that night, I asked Jesus "What was that breeze I felt today?" He said to me, "That was the angel’s wings as they left to answer the prayers you all prayed today."

Hebrews 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation? 

Our lesson was on receiving what you did not earn and did not necessarily deserve.  Our prayers were to bring blessings on our local citizens both saved and unsaved. 
 
Several needs were mentioned and we asked God to supply abundantly even though it might seem impossible in the Natural.  God’s Spiritual kingdom works differently than our natural abode here on earth.  God specializes in things thought impossible.
 
Allow God to amaze you with answers even when you hardly believe that He can do it for you. 

Then today I was shocked to receive a check in the mail for $66.19 that I did not earn and apparently I deserved.  It was a refund for an overpayment to my insurance on my automobile. 

That was quick and I did not even ask for it.  God works in ways to surprise us at times.

I do believe that Angel’s Wings create a soft Breeze as they leave to do God’s bidding.
Are you Praying and believing?   - - There they go - - -
 

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Speaking our Minds and Hearts

This post is from my notes and our Teacher’s outline of our Sunday Bible Study
 
 

Speaking our Minds and Hearts

Reading from Habakkuk 1:12-17 we see the prophet acknowledging God’s holiness but questioning God from all eternity for choosing the Babylonians to bring judgment against the sinning Israelites.  The prophet likens the Babylonians as fishermen pulling in a good catch and almost worshiping his rod and reel for helping make his day.  The prophet is speaking his mind telling God are you sure this is the thing to do?

Consider our own attitude to those around us who seem engrossed in worldliness. 
Watch your sharing with others when you are angry.  Perhaps you are in rebellion against God. 
 
Habakkuk was angry at God.  We must take care not to accuse God because he knows the end from the beginning.  After all God knows you like a book.  It is time to trust God when things don’t look so good.  Things will go better if you live for God and follow His law. 
 
We have the ability to use “Free Will” and to make choices.  God is angry with the wicked - - but does He still love them? 

Think:
Sometimes we have a hard time being completely honest with God.  We read certain passages of Scripture, such as in the Psalms and here in Habakkuk, we are encouraged to know that not only is God okay with our honesty, but He even invites it.  Most prophets speak on behalf of God to us; Habakkuk speaks on behalf of us to God – and he does it with honesty that might make some people blush.

When you read Habakkuk’s bold words - - “This outrage! Evil men swallow up the righteous and you stand around and watch!  - - How do you feel?

Does the same level of honesty in Habakkuk’s words show up in you when you talk to God?  Why or shy not?  Is that good or bad?  What might happen in your life if you could speak to God with such honesty? 

Pray: 
Consider  your life - - your friendships, place in life, expectations, dreams, goals, hopes, job, school situation, and so on.  About which of these areas do you wish you could speak honestly with God? 

Take the risk and tell God exactly what is on your mind.  Resist censoring yourself.  Speak honestly and openly assured that God is capable enough to handle your honesty. 

Live: 
Know that God invited your honest communication with him at all times because above all, He wants your heart. 

Proverbs 13:34  Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Natural and Supernatural


Sermon Sunday Morning at Open Door Church digested from my notes

 


Pastor Allan was speaking,  We need to be here.  We need to experience the Corporate Presence of God in this place.  What God really wants is for you to recognize his omnipotence, His glory and His presence in the congregation; and then take it with you.

I am tired of a mind set of independence, for we are a team, a body of believers.  We can’t put God in a box, and He must be allowed to move freely to work in our lives. 
 
God desires to correct, to fix and to lead us as He shows us the way to go.  Understand His plans may not be what you expected.  He moves in His way regardless of the bent of the people.  His desire is to save, heal and to deliver from bondage.

I desire my children to receive the Promise, and a move of God in this generation. 

People are searching and know not that their need is for God.

Some in this church have put expectations on people to control them. Understand that we are not the Holy Spirit telling people how to live. 

What is the model of God’s will?  What does God have for us as a corporate body and as individuals?  Everyone of us has a personal agenda; and often it is instead of being willing to allow God to have His plan.

We need miracles like it was in the Bible. 
 
God I claim miracles to meet the needs of the people.  Many are the needs, physical, financial and spiritual.  We need a revival in the hearts of our people. 
 
Pastor asked anyone with a need to raise their hand.  He moved among the people addressing several with needs for a job, some to overcome habits, and faith for healing.

We must stand in the gap for those who are suffering.  Those who are in impossible situations - - may they receive their miracle.  We must believe instead of question why.

When we are in God’s presence and we pray, all Hell shakes.  Posture yourself to understand the natural reveals the spiritual.  Let us view each other in the spiritual view. 

I Corinthians 15:46 However, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

When Jesus was baptized by John, the Holy Spirit ascended upon him in the form of a dove.  We have experienced the dove, the flood, and the fire in the natural, and there are spiritual applications as well.

God’s desire is that we be healthy in the natural and also in the spiritual.

When others look at us I want them to see Jesus. 

The believers at Antioch were called Christians, because they were known as little Christ’s.  The term may have been meant to be ridicule, but the truth was they were reflecting Jesus so much that they were like Christ.

That is my prayer for this church that we will be so like Jesus that miracles and the supernatural will be natural.