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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Birthdays Come Once a Year



 
A few days ago, Friday May 22 to be exact, was my 84th Birthday.  My Daughter Judie has been wanting to visit my new church so we conversed on Face Book.  Her long time friend Judy who calls me Aunt Hazel also wanted to come and bring her good friend Liz and my daughter decided my Birthday week end would be a good time. 
 
My daughter Judie expanded the celebration by saying she wanted to take me to Bethel Redding for the Friday night service and attend the healing rooms Saturday morning from 9:00 am to 12:01 pm.  Her friends were up for the entire package too. 

On Friday my daughter Becky had returned home from a wedding, so she and my granddaughter Ashley joined the four of us at Tong Fong Low in our city.  What a joyous time we had and more food than we could eat.  We returned home first and told my husband Robert to enjoy Chinese tonight.  
 
Robert said, this is a girl thing so go and have fun.

Soon the four of us headed for Bethel, Redding, California where Chris Gore was the Friday night speaker.  The worship time was tremendous as the Holy Spirit moved even in the overflow room where we were assigned as the auditorium was full to capacity. 
 
We visited the gift shop and I purchased a book by Mark Chironna, “The Panoramic SEER, Bringing the Prophetic into the Healing Anointing.”

You might wonder what is a “Seer”?  When one is baptized in the Holy Spirit, the evidence is speaking in other tongues, and this is a powerful gift especially in prayer, but there are other gifts of the Holy Spirit.  A SEER will see into What God is doing often by a dream or vision, or simply a knowing in their spirit what is God’s plan.
 
A Seer will often prophesy as they pray and will be praying according to God’s will.  God may allow them to see (or know) what the person they meet needs as to healing or emotional relief.  
 
It is a zeroing in on what needs to be accomplished without hap hazard praying.

The next morning we arrived at the healing rooms and filled out a form stating three of our physical needs.  Most of us hurt somewhere so that was simple.  Soon we were told our group could enter the hall way and sit in chairs along the wall. 
 
A woman volunteer gave a few verses on healing and asked if anyone had a problem with their knees and to please stand.  Several stood, and the instruction was to march in place lifting their knees.  A lady across from us exclaimed, my knee is healed as she almost danced.  The volunteer had used the “Seer” gift to call out other hurts and pains. 
 
A visiting lady in our group told of a dream that she had last night.  She saw into heaven into a large room which was filled with new body parts.  In her dream she knew that these were spiritual transplants waiting for someone with the gift of miracles and gift of faith to allow God to send these to earth. 
 
(Years ago, I heard Norval Hayes tell about a man needing a new heart and in the night an angel visited him; made an incision and placed in his chest a new heart.  I am not sure if the incision was visible, but Doctors confirmed that he now had the heart of a young person.)

We might say – “That is strange and I never heard of any such thing?”  Understand, with God all things are possible.

Shortly our group was escorted down corridors, and into a class room, where three volunteers spoke about healing and used scriptures that Jesus went about preaching, teaching and healing the sick.  He said all that I do you will also do, and commissioned us to lay hands on the sick. 
 
After this short teaching everyone’s faith was alive and well.  The leader of our group then brought us into a larger room and asked us to be seated. 
 
We could see the area in the center was filled with people standing here in small groups praying over visitors.  What happens is volunteers come to those seated and as the Lord speaks to them, they select a visitor to enter the area of praying volunteers.  This took some time, but after prayer we retired into the main auditorium to pray and wait for my family and friend to arrive.  Again the book store was visited and our friend purchased a couple of books.

We were rejoicing and happy as we went to seek out a Home Town Buffett near by and then head back to my city and wait for Sunday to arrive with Bible Study followed by Church. 
 
We were not disappointed.
 
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

God’s Name Is Holy


 
Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

At Open Door Church Bible Study, we are examining the time when God Spoke to Moses on the mountain and gave him the Law.  As our lesson continued we considered the third commandment. 

We were reminded that God is a jealous God and he will not have any other gods before Him. 

We are also NOT to make a graven image and worship it.

The Hebrew word Yahweh (Jehovah) has in it - the words “Nail, Behold, Hand.   (These simple words Nail, Behold and Hand - carry much hidden meaning.)

God revealed Himself to Moses with His name “I AM.” He IS the Self Existent One. 

John 8:58 Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM 

Jesus is God and is Holy, and will not hold any one guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Many glibly blaspheme as they loosely use God’s name in conversation.  How many say OMG without even thinking – it is a bad habit.

To even swear by His name is showing disrespect and abusing His name. 

The Lord’s Prayer reminds us that Holy Holy is His name and Hollowed be His name. 

Isaiah prophesied Isaiah 7:14, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel," Meaning - - God is with us.

Many misuse God’s name in anger or to strengthen conversation; those person will not be held guiltless.

Proper use of God’s name is to lift up His name in Worship, Praise and to Honor God with our lips and with our speech.

It is alright to speak up and say, “I am offended when you use God’s name that way.”  We protest with various causes; many are good, but we need to stand up for God and the incorrect use of His name.

Please do NOT disrespect the name of our God. 

The scriptures tell us there is NO other name whereby we can be saved.  The Name of Jesus is precious and powerful when used correctly.

Let the thoughts of our heart and the words of our mouth be acceptable to God.

Great is our Lord and He is the Anointed One.  He gives strength, and covers us with splendor and glory, and his love is everlasting.

Jesus introduced us to God as our Father.  We can come to God and establish the Father relationship.  God is our Father.  The enemy has destroyed many families by removing the father in the home.

Psalms 33: 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Let all the earth Fear (reverence) the Lord God.

 

“6 Things That Block the Holy Spirit's Power” by J. Lee Grady

6 Things That Block the Holy Spirit's Power by  J. Lee Grady  5/20/2015  



(By J. Lee Grady)  Last weekend while I was preaching at a church in central California, a young man came to the altar to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. He was eager to go deeper spiritually. Someone prayed for him for a while, but nothing happened.

I walked over to the young man a few minutes later and told him I would pray for him some more after the meeting was dismissed. I've learned that sometimes there are blockages that can prevent people from receiving the fullness of the Spirit, so I always try to discern what must be moved out of the way.

In this guy's case, his heart was in a great deal of pain because his father had abandoned his family. He wanted God to baptize him with the Spirit, but the pain of rejection was like a gaping wound that needed urgent attention. As soon as I began to address this problem, he began sobbing in my arms.

After we prayed about his father issues, and he got the healing he needed, he quickly received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A fresh joy filled his heart. And a new heavenly language began pouring out of his mouth. I encouraged him to pray in tongues for a while as he received the Spirit's anointing.

This next Sunday, May 24, is the official day of Pentecost—when Christians all over the world celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the church. But Pentecost should also be a very personal experience for you. Have you, or someone you know, struggled to receive this supernatural infilling?

Here are some reasons why there might be a blockage:

1. Doubt or intellectual pride. In the 1960s a journalist named John Sherrill decided to write a book discrediting the phenomenon of speaking in tongues. But after he interviewed countless people about this experience, his doubts were shattered and he was baptized in the Holy Spirit himself. His book, They Speak With Other Tongues, became a Christian classic. Spiritual experiences cannot be figured out with the mind. To receive the Spirit's infilling you must let go of your intellectual arguments and display childlike faith (see Matt. 18:2-4).
2. Religious tradition. I knew an Episcopal priest who was filled with the Holy Spirit in the 1970s in New York City. He was excited about the new vitality he felt in his faith—and thrilled that his wife had experienced a physical healing. But when he shared his testimony with his bishop, he was told he was crazy! And the bishop referred him to a psychiatrist! Religious people who are locked into "the way we've always done it" find it hard to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit. You must be willing to break free from tradition.


3. Fear of the supernatural. Some Christians grew up in denominations that taught against the infilling of the Holy Spirit. They were told that Pentecostals are all fanatics who go into trances, speak mindless gibberish and swing from chandeliers. Actually, the first disciples in the New Testament spoke in tongues and experienced miracles—yet their faith was not strange. It should be the norm! People who are afraid of God's supernatural power will struggle to receive it.

4. Unconfessed sin. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit can be "quenched" as well as "grieved" (1 Thess. 5:19; Eph. 4:30). Because He is so holy, our sinful habits and attitudes can cause Him to withdraw. This is why it's so important for us to walk in constant communion with God, and to be willing to repent quickly when we know we have sinned. Some people "stuff" their secret sins in the closets of their hearts. If you want to be filled with the Spirit, you must be willing to open those closets and invite the light of God's holiness into every dark corner of your life.

5. Emotional wounds. Like the young man I prayed for last weekend, some people are just too burdened with emotional baggage to be filled with the Spirit. Some have been abused, others weighted down by anxiety, others grieved or depressed. They need healing first. Like Lazarus on the day he was raised from the dead, they are bound by the grave clothes of the past, and they need to be unwrapped before they can experience God's full anointing (see John 11:44). Healing is often needed before a person can receive the blessing of Holy Spirit baptism.

6. An unyielded spirit. You cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit if you are full of yourself. Some people are too willful. They have not surrendered their plans, finances, relationships or time to God. They have their lives planned out and they don't want God interrupting their agendas. Yet God is looking to fill hearts that have been emptied and surrendered. Only the fully yielded can experience the fullness of His power.

If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or if the flow of the Spirit has been blocked in your life, empty your heart today and prepare for your own personal Pentecost.

J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma. You can follow him on Twitter @leegrady. He is the author of 10 Lies Men Believe and other books. You can learn more about his ministry, The Mordecai Project, at themordecaiproject.org

 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

All In One Accord


 

Edited sermon by Pastor Allan of Open Door Church.
Acts 2: 1-4 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
This week end we are honoring the veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice, so as Americans we can live in freedom.

Today is also Pentecost Sunday and we honor our Savior who gave His life a ransom so that we might be free from sin. 

God created man for fellowship in the Garden, but a gap was created and Jesus came to fill that gap. 

Jesus did many things, he taught, healed and worked miracles, but he was despised and rejected so a trial was held and they killed him.  But He rose again and He lives so that we might live.

He met with many of His believers and told them to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said, believers would do the works that He did, but they needed power and authority.

Notice they were all in One Accord, in One Place, and were unanimous in agreement and consented to wait until. 

It is amazing what a church body can accomplish when they are all in One Accord, seeking Jesus and doing what He asks.

Suddenly upon these Believers there was a sound from heaven, a wind, a fire and they all began to speak in other tongues that were foreign to them.

There is a misunderstanding about the Holy Spirit, for at Salvation He does come into the individual and they are born again.  In that sense all Christians have the Holy Spirit, but the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate experience and the evidence is speaking in other Tongues.

All sorts of cool things happen when one is Baptized with the Holy Spirit.  Tongues are only part of what is available in the Spiritual Gifts.  Paul urged us to covet earnestly the best gifts, including prophesy, healing, words of wisdom, special faith to work miracles and words of God’s knowledge.  He also said Tongues is important and essential and a powerful tool in intercessory prayer.  Be wise to use your tongues around other believers and in private.  Pray with the Spirit of understanding for others.

Here is the thing; if you go to a special conference or spiritual revival in another city, bring back the Holy Spirit to our town.  Be of one mind, and in one accord, and God will show up where you live. 

If you only go to church to see what the church can do for you, alter your focus and see what you can contribute.  Years ago you may remember the Jericho march in church?  Let us take the Jericho march outside these walls.  When you go about your business tomorrow, you are taking the Holy Spirit with you.  Are we effective or defective?

Pastor stated, that as he was preparing for this sermon, he read that some believe that what happened in the book of Acts is done away with and there is no power today.  Sorry, but that is wrong.

The Holy Spirit is alive and well and will empower us as we seek and wait on God to be filled. 
 
“Holy Spirit, have your way in these people.”

The next 21 days we are calling a time of fasting and prayer, for salvations and healings.  Fast however God shows you to fast.  Not all fasts are a total fast.

I am tired of miracles and healings happening somewhere else.  It is time to pray through until the answer comes.  This is “crazy God Stuff, but expect God to move. 

We can’t put God in a box, so understand what happens may not be exactly how you think it should be - - but don’t be scared of what God wants to do.

Just a little spark can start a big fire. 
 
May we all be in One Accord.
 
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hidden Secrets


No One Will Ever Know !!
(Wrong)
Mark 4:22  For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 

Many years ago, as a newly married couple, Robert and I pinched pennies and did not have extra money to squander. 

One day the “Jewel Tea truck,” parked in front of our apartment and the gentleman showed me their catalog.   

In those days, Melmac dinnerware was new and Jewel Tea offered a set of dishes on the installment plan. 

I desired those dishes, but was too embarrassed to tell my husband, so I hid them in the cupboard until they were fully paid for.  Finally I confessed and we enjoyed the new dishes.  However - I suffered with guilt many weeks for that hidden secret. 

Secrets can take many different forms, such as jealousy, hurt feelings, resentments, self-pity, anger, selfishness, unforgiveness, and be kept out of view of others 

The light will arise and shine when the darkness is very great. The darkness cannot overpower the light, but the light will reveal what has been hidden in the darkness. 

In our Sunday School Bible study we have been discussing the first two commandments.  Special interest was taken about: No other gods before The One True God, and not to make graven images or worship them.

We talked about idols and how so many things can become an idol. 

Our teacher asked us to share what God was showing us, and when my turn came, I shared something that could be seen as an idol.  I was reminded of the story about Achan.
God sent Joshua to destroy the city of Jericho and all its inhabitants except save alive the Harlot Rahab and her household. (Because she hid the spies and saved their lives.)  Amazingly she is in the line of Christ. 

Joshua 6:24 And the Children of Israel burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.

Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel, 

God showed Joshua who had sinned and Achan confessed;  7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.  

It is important to search our hearts and see if there is anything hidden buried in our tent so to speak.   

If so, may we be quick to allow God's light to reveal the hidden things, so that we might clean house and ask forgiveness. 
 
God is gracious and will give us opportunity to begin with a clean slate. 
 
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dreams Can Have a Double Meaning


Water Gushing and Flooding
 
My last post “The Key of David” I mentioned that the guest speaker asked his wife to share a dream she experienced awhile back. 

As you might be aware, California has been declared a draught area and water rationing is being put into place.  Farmers will not be receiving the water they desperately need for their orchards and crops.  Oroville dam holds the water in Lake Oroville, and is the main water supply for California.  All that to say this - - - 

In the woman's dream she could see the city of Oroville and the Dam.  She was in a large room and suddenly water began to come in the windows and under the doors.  There was water flowing like a gusher.  She wondered if the dam had broken.  It seemed that Christians were giving God credit for the flood of water, but the “President” and Government leaders were scoffing and refused to say it was Jesus sending the water. 
 
Last year, I urged my friends, to begin to speak to the clouds and believe for rain.  There was some rain, but not enough.  Some weeks later I was reminded of the time Moses was commanded to “Speak to the rock” to receive water.  He was angry and hit the rock instead of obeying God.  I urged my friends to speak to the rocks in the mountains above Lake Oroville, commanding them to split open and fill the lake.  My friends thought I was crazy.

To me this woman’s dream seemed to reveal that there are upper and lower springs of water that God wants to gush out both physically with real water and also Spiritually with Living water to flow out and flood Oroville with the Holy Spirit.   

Since Oroville has the main water supply for California this could also mean that the Holy Spirit would flow out from out city and cover not just our area but perhaps the entire State of California with Living Water Revival.

The American people are beginning to give God credit for healings and miracles, even though government leaders seem to be mocking God. 

May God bring fulfillment to this dream and cause the reality of both physical water and most importantly the spiritual Living water to flood our land.
 
 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

KEY OF DAVID


 

Pastor Allen gave an admonition.  Be open to what God is doing as he works individually and corporately. The presence of God is thick in this church today.  Let God be God.

Then Pastor introduced our special speaker, Chris Humphrey, who has been down the devil’s path but Jesus found him and he is called to minister.

His wife Shared a dream (click on the highlighted words to view the dream.)

Revelation 3:7-8  “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

David was a man after God’s own heart, and God knew David would do what ever he was told to do. Although he was the least of his brethren, God saw his soft and obedient heart, one that was continually filled with worship and praise.

Isaiah spoke of a valley of trouble, but he ended with Hope as we respond to God.

We have found a place of “Worship” not just with words and songs, but with our heart and body.

Satan fights worship and praise because he is jealous and wanted himself to be as God.

You can be doing Christian Discipline and Satan will whisper doubt and distraction, but learn to shut off what Satan is trying to do, to interrupt your worship to God. 

Take the Word with you into the secret place and discover WHO you are IN Christ.

We are not just attending “church,” but we are catching a glimpse of Jesus and his Glory.

Reach out and touch something greater, for God desires a close relationship with us all.

There is a wake up call, to stand in the gap for our city, and also for our nation.

We ask, “Why don’t we see revival?  Give us the KEY.”

The key was given to the church at Philadelphia.  The Key of David - - Worship and Praise.  The door is open and no one can shut it.  Hold Fast and enter in.

The key is granted to those who submit to a life style of devotion.

While David tended  to his sheep the Philistines were attacking his nation.  David sang and praised the Lord. 

We listen to the world’s events and although we should be aware, we are not to be concerned and be in fear.  Love will overcome.  David turned over the troubles to the Lord.

God inhabits the praises of His people. 

You might ask, “Why am I here?” 
God says, “You are here to make a difference.”

Jesus opened the door to the Holy of Holies when the veil of the temple was torn in twain.  Now we have access right into the throne room where Jesus sits.

You may ask, “Why am I still empty?”  Keeping rules didn’t fill the emptiness.  Many were rejected by their parents, thinking it was their fault.  They said they loved you but they hit, abused and violated.

In Christ you are accepted and loved.  Allow Jesus the forgiver to release your parents and bring you peace.  In this world there is evil, but God weeps over cities, over Jerusalem and over nations.
 
Get a revelation of His love.  God the Father gave Jesus to take your punishment and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.
 
The Key of David is for you.  The Door is open.
 
The question is, "Are you ready to walk through it?"
 
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.H
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
 
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
 
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
 
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.

 

The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”