Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jesus is Upset – Very Much




My House is a House of Prayer 

Our Bible Study centered around the story of Jesus upsetting the tables in the temple, but first we considered some words from Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 7:1-11.  God told the prophet to proclaim the Word of the Lord; “God says to repent, amend your ways; You steal, murder, commit adultery and then have the audacity to come and stand before me.  Don’t think you are free to do these abominations and get away with it.” 

In the Psalms, (69:9) David knew that those who opposed him actually opposed God.

Isaiah 56:7 Come to the mountain and worship and you shall be accepted.

Understand that today - - you are the temple.  I Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

With those verses as a foundation we return to John chapter 2.  

After the miracle of water turned into wine, Jesus came to Capernaum, with his mother, his disciples and remained there many days.  

The Jewish Passover was soon, so Jesus went down to Jerusalem.  

The Passover celebration was a time to sacrifice, and many traveled from long distances and planned to purchase a sacrifice once arriving there.  All nations came to worship and sacrifice, but the Gentiles were only allowed in the outside outer court.

Prices for sacrificial animals were inflated as the High Priest was behind all the overcharging.  This was a big money maker and quite a business.  Tables were set up inside the temple with animals available for sale.  The money exchange was also corrupt, with greed, racism; loss of dignity, stealing, deceitfulness reigning high.

Jesus came upon this scene and his anger fumed as He turned over tables and whipped and drove the animals out of the temple.  Jesus cried, “My house shall be called a house of prayer and worship, but you have made it a den of thieves.”

The Jews viewing this remembered the verse in Psalms 69:9  “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Educated scholars knew prophetic words about the Messiah but their hearts were closed.  Instead the religious leaders criticized Jesus for his outburst and demanded a sign from him.  Jesus remarked, “Destroy this temple and in three days I shall rise again.”  

They immediately considered the building made of stone, but Jesus was speaking of his body being the temple of the Lord.  His disciples remembered this later when Jesus had risen from the dead.

Jesus began to do many miracles and a multitude of people believed on Him and followed him.  Jesus did not advertise himself, because he knew the fickleness of men and the issues of their hearts.

For us today, we must use wisdom to correct our selves when we are tempted to entertain sin in any of its various forms.  

You have a right to protect yourself even in the church if there is something wrong going on.  Use your spiritual eyes and ears to examine your own heart.  Be wise not to take part in wrong even if it is in the church.  Do not fear to speak up and perhaps walk out - - if it comes to that.

Our teacher shared a hand out about the secret place.  Where is the Secret Place?  It is a personal place where you meet with God.  There is only room for you and our Lord.  Where is the most holy place on this earth?  It is your own secret place where you can leave every thing behind and enter into His presence.





Become a Child of God and a Witness

Edited Sermon as I took notes as our guest speaker ministered at our church.



Pastor Gamel from Egypt was our guest speaker.  Pastor Gamel thanked our church for supporting him as he and his wife work for the Orphanage established by Lillian Trasher; “Mother of the Nile.”  

 He reported that the young people in Egypt are on fire for our Lord Jesus, and God answers their prayers.  

Sharing the Word of God must be done in the power of the Holy Spirit.  You can’t do anything with out the Holy Spirit.  Continue to pray for lost souls as we share about Jesus.

John 1:11 He came onto his own and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, he gave the right to be children of God.”

Acts 1:8 tells us that you shall receive Power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be witnesses.  You are important because you can be a witness for Jesus.

There are two very important things prior to becoming a witness.
1.     Believe on Jesus and you shall become children of God.  You will be a child of God.

This is important because receiving Jesus will bring a change in you; bring you new direction, a new kingdom, and a new family of other Christians.

Jesus told the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit.  They were not to leave to go home - - No they were to stay in the upper room and wait, until they received.  

They did not know what to expect, but when the Holy Spirit came with a mighty rushing wind, filling the house and tongues of fire were on each person, they discovered this was a new and mighty experience.  They were all filled with Holy Spirit boldness to be witnesses and to do the works of Jesus.

2.     It is important for you to receive the Holy Spirit as this is the power.

The question is:  Have you received Jesus Christ into your life?
If you have not accepted Jesus, know that today is the day of Salvation.  When you receive Jesus Christ, you become a child of God.  God is your new Father.  When you pray, God listens. You can come boldly into his presence because you are his child.  You are sons and daughters of the Most High God.  He is willing to shed upon you the blessed Holy Spirit and to grant you power to witness.  He has promised you this power to BE.

It is really great to be sons of God, and it is really wonderful to be used of the Holy Spirit. 

God used not just prophets of old, but God desires to use you to share the Gospel.  He will give you the words to say.  You will know the words are from him and will cut to the heart of the listener.  

What is in God’s mind?  He reveals His secrets to you and shares with you.  We can not afford to be absent of the Holy Spirit.  He gives us power and boldness.  How can this be? 

Each of us can experience the Holy Spirit, and He can be in each of us all at the same time, because He is spirit.

Many people have received our Lord Jesus Christ, but fail to enter into the fullness of God’s blessing.

Now the question is; “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you have believed?”

We need to ask God for the Holy Spirit and He is ready to give to you.
Heed his call – come and receive for the promise is for you.

Reminder:  First become a child of God by accepting Jesus into your life. Next ask and receive the Holy Spirit.

There is more God offers as you receive His Holy Spirit.  He has gifts available to you as you move in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Pastor asked those who desire more to come forward and many came to receive.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mary Trusted Jesus

This Post is from notes taken at our Bible Study Sunday Morning at our Church.



The week had been eventful.  Jesus had been baptized in the River Jordan by John the Baptist.  God the Father spoke with a voice and the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove.   Now Jesus was gathering disciples as men began to follow him.  

Perhaps it  was time to relax as there was a family wedding in Cana to enjoy.

Mary the mother of Jesus was very involved in the wedding that was occurring.  The wedding feast was to last seven days, and it was incredibly shameful to run out of anything especially the wine.

When Mary mentioned to Jesus they had ran out of wine, his answer seemed a bit rude.  “Woman what have I to do with thee?”  

Actually Mary had no reason to think Jesus could fix the problem, but she spoke to the servants and told them to obey what ever He says to do.  In her heart she knew Jesus would do something about the situation. 

Consider Mary as a young girl; hearing the Angel’s announcement that she was to become the mother of the Savior.  Mary’s encounter with the Holy Spirit took wisdom and understanding as she submitted to the will of God.  She realized there would be public shaming that would follow her, but to obey God would be worth it all.

Luke 1:46-72 Mary exalts the Lord singing praises and she was filled with the Holy Spirit as she submitted to the will of God.  

Mary sang an amazing proclamation of praise, glory and blessing as she visited her Cousin Elizabeth. Family was so important in Jewish culture.  Mary embraced the prophetic scriptures as she carried the Son of God in her womb.  

Mary pondered in her heart about Jesus as he was growing up, and at age twelve, he was found in the temple expounding truth to those listening to him.  Mary was not ignorant of the calling of God upon her son Jesus’ life, and she realized Jesus walked in authority even as a child.  

His time had come and that was now evident. 

As John began his Gospel, he declared that Glory was revealed as the Holy Spirit hovered over the water in creation. 

The Holy Spirit hovered over the water at this wedding as the water turned into wine.

For us, the Holy Spirit offers Spiritual Wine from heaven to cause our hearts to rejoice.
We need to spend time with the Holy Spirit as we become different enough to change our world.  Spirit to spirit changes us; Steam rolling as it were.

Mary trusted Jesus and knew he would do something to solve the problem.  Jesus honored his mother and commanded the servants at the wedding to fill the large jars with water.  Each jar held from 25 to 30 gallons of water.  Then He instructed the servants to carry the “water” to the master of the feast for testing.  

Now the servants knew all that had happened, but they obeyed Jesus trusting him.  This was a God Moment as they encountered the Christ and followed his command. 

The master of the feast could not believe the best wine had been saved to the last of the feast.  This was no ordinary wine, but was wine from heaven; the magnificence of the miracle of water to wine.

We glance at "water" throughout the Bible.  In Egypt water turned to blood.  Moses brought water from a rock and another time, cured water with tree limbs.

Water was used in washing ceremonies, and the water turned to wine reminds us of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Jesus honored his mother and fulfilled her request.  Mary was submitted to His authority and to His Majesty.  Mary trusted Jesus.




Sunday, October 8, 2017

WAIT PATIENTLY

This post is from notes taken during Pastor Allan’s Sermon on Sunday Morning.



How many here are waiting for an answer from God, that hasn’t arrived yet?  (Hands were raised all over the congregation.)

Understand that God hears your cry and he is asking you to ‘Wait Patiently.’

Psalms 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Are you willing to wait and be patient in your waiting?

We get so caught up in serving that we forget who we are serving.
As we wait, God lifts us up sets our feet on a rock and puts a new song in our heart.

Psalms 40:2,3 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. And he has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Understand that God is working behind the scenes and he is listening to your prayers.  In the mean time He is preparing you for His perfect plan.  So I wait.  So I wait patiently, not trying to help God out as some have done. If we are not careful, we can mess things up that God desires to do.

We long for the fire of God to come down on our mountain of trouble.  We yearn to view the supernatural army come to defeat those obstacles in our path.

God says:  “I have a plan, - - Let me bring it to pass as you wait.”

Know that we are in this for the long haul.  God is not in a hurry as we often are.  Our human inclination is to “Want our answer now.”

God asks us to wait with wisdom and patience that He gives.

Psalms 40:4  How blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD and does not seek help from the proud or from liars!

Happy is the person who seeks truth and does not run after liars, but will Trust in the Lord.

Waiting takes trust that God is hearing your cry and is directing traffic.

Our Lord has done great things, and His thoughts toward us are for our good. If we try to count His benefits, they are too many to number.

While we wait, He feeds us and cares for us as we trust in Him.

All the disciples of Jesus were willing to be taught.  We can be taught as we wait patiently.

Many of us are waiting for the restoration of our children or loved ones. 

Besides waiting what else must we do?  The simple answer is to Trust and Obey.

We plant a seed in good soil, but it must be cared for.  We water it and tenderly remove weeds, and wait patiently for it to mature and bring a harvest.

It may turn out that your answer is on its way.  It may arrive tomorrow.


Wait patiently, and trust that it will surely come.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Love God and Love One Another




 

Pastor Allan was speaking, as I took notes and present an edited message:

This has been a hard week of disappointment, hurt and absence of answers.  Pile upon pile it seemed, but the Holy Spirit reminded me: “Keep your eyes on Jesus and it will be worth it all.”

It is time to ignore the distractions of life that pull our eyes off God.  Our eyes often are focused on the tempest instead of He who controls the storm.

We have seen a lot of changes this year.  Some have been alienated by pressure or feelings of loneliness. 

There have been seasons of ministry and then changes.  The outreach to the homeless upset some of our neighbors, because we embrace all people as we offer them the love of God.

There is a new shift in the seasons.  How do we measure success?  This is what Jesus had to say.

Mark 12:28-31 And one of the scribes came, and asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?  And Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

As a pastor, I need to know more about each of you.  Our relationship with each other and with God is of importance.

Understand what the will of God is and I encourage you to build your relationship with God and with each other, and also with those you associate with during the week.

The second commandment is to love others as much as we love ourselves.  We are to be kind and caring toward all.

We need wisdom to make right choices and to keep our eyes on Jesus.

The test of Fire will remove impurities in our soul, and after the fire comes the cool breeze of the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit.  We are accountable to God as we trust him. 
 
When adversity comes, it is not time to throw up our hands in defeat, but it is time to unite as one.  Let us show our love.


 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Praying Over Our City using our Spiritual Weapons.


This Post is a review of the teaching I gave at our Praying Over our City Meeting.

 
Hannah was Sincere and her Deep Agony caused the Priest to consider that she was drunk ??


Hannah was in deep agony as she prayed asking God for a child.  She was so serious she made a vow that has always caused me concern; because she promised to give away her child after she had weaned him.  In those days the child might have been 4 or 5 years old when she took him to Eli the Priest and declared this is the son I prayed for and he is to be dedicated to the work of the Lord. 

All that time while she was crying out; – God’s plan was in effect and he was waiting for her promise from her own lips. 

Do you always keep your promises to God?  Sorry to say, I have missed a few.   

God has a plan for our City, our State and our Nation.  We are part of that plan and as we pray and intercede he is working behind the curtain setting the stage - - The curtain is ready to be lifted bringing the next scene which is almost ready. 

As we pray over our city, do not hesitate to pray in the spirit and in other tongues.  Tongues are important and should never be down played.  It is the important prayer language that pleads with God with words we cannot know and probably do not fully understand.  We will KNOW somewhat of the thought of what we pray, just not the entire picture.  As we pray in tongues, we pray according to God's Will.

2 Corinthians 10: 3-5  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty in God for the tearing down of strongholds, arguments and rebellious fortresses.  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ - - 

I shared a hand out with a suggested prayer for us to follow today.  Let us read the prayer out loud with our voice and mean it from our heart.
~ ~ ~
(Hand Out)

What is Intercession and Intercessory Prayer?   By Rebecca Barlow Jordan


Have you ever felt an unexplained burden on your heart to pray for the masses, for unnamed others, for your community or the world at large? The Bible is filled with examples of men and women who lifted up others in prayer, and Ephesians 6:18 tells us to: pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying

God has chosen intercession as the primary means in which He releases His power now and forever. Jesus operated in the principle of intercession when He created the earth by speaking the Word to the Father (Genesis 1)). He releases His power now and will rule the nations forever in partnership with His people through intercession.
  • Intercession causes us to internalize God’s Word and changes us.
  • Intercession imparts life (John 6:63).
  • Intercession changes the spiritual atmosphere of cities and nations.

Example Intercessory Prayer

Lord Jesus, I come to you today and thank you for the privilege of praying for others. I've been the recipient of others' prayers so often, I understand how powerful intercessory prayer can be. I ask you first to cleanse my heart and show me if there is any unconfessed sin in my own life so that my prayers for others will not be hindered. I thank you that through your name, I can come boldly before you and pray with confidence, according to your will and know that you hear me.

A Prayer for the Sick

I lift up those in my neighborhood, in my city, and in my church. Begin with those who follow you, and help them influence others for good. Let them be salt and light, pointing others to you. Deepen their love for you and for the people around them. Guard them from hypocrisy or from giving in to temptations that could harm the cause of Christ. Raise up leaders who will serve you faithfully at all costs. Turn the hearts of fathers toward their children, and families toward you. Help them to exemplify your values, and make them bold in their faith. Strengthen my own family and those closest to me, Lord.  May our love for you help us to love and forgive others and make a difference in our world.

I pray for teachers, for students, and for all those in authority and leadership, both locally and throughout the world.   Give them your mind, and surround them with godly counselors who will exercise integrity and work for justice, morality, and freedom. Help them to esteem you, not dismiss you. Send revival, Lord.

I pray for the lost, the hurting, the lonely, the sick, the bereaved, and those who are imprisoned—behind both visible and invisible walls. Send your comfort, your peace, , and your calming presence to those who are without hope. Protect the defenseless, and hold them close to your heart. I pray for laborers to tell the good news of Jesus to people around our world. Jesus, my heart cries out for persecuted believers, too. Make them brave, and give them your powerful protection. I pray you will bring swift justice to those who want to destroy the innocent and those who carry your name. Bind the power of Satan, and strengthen believers everywhere.

So many needs, Jesus, but you are adequate for every need. Your name is powerful, and your power is great. So it's in your name that I pray—and believe.  Amen

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

BREAKING BREAD TOGETHER

Our Bible Study Review from my notes during the Lesson at our Church
 
Breaking of Bread Together

 
As our Bible study began, our teacher set a small glass of grape juice before each member and passed a plate with a large round loaf of bread.  We were to break off a piece of bread as we feasted on the bread and “wine.”
Our lesson resumed with Jesus at the Jordan River, and John bore witness that Jesus was the Son of God. 

After being baptized in the river, Jesus walked away as John’s disciples announced “Behold the Lamb of God.”  John’s disciples began one by one to follow Jesus and wanted to know where He stayed so they could be with him.   It was powerful emotions that drew them to Jesus Christ.
Daniel in the Old Testament, was given a vision and he declared: 
Daniel 7:13-14   I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Jesus began to call different men and said:  "Follow Me."   One such man was Simon the fisherman, to whom He gave a new name, “Peter” meaning a stone. 
 

Follow Me
 
Jesus found Philip who ran to find Nathaniel and told him, “We have found the Christ.”  Nathaniel gave a rude remark saying is there anything good coming out of Nazareth?  However he was willing to come and see.  Nathaniel was a man educated in the Jewish law.  He understood the prophesies concerning the messiah.
As he approached our Lord, Jesus declared, “Behold an Israelite in who is no guile.”  Nathaniel remarked, “How do you know me?”  Jesus made a statement, “I saw you when you were under the fig tree.”  This comment immediately changed Nathaniel’s stance and he declared; “Thou art the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered, “Verily I say onto you, Here after you shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the son of man:”
Some believe with almost no effort while others struggle to accept truth.  May the sword of God’s Word cut deep into hearts as truth is revealed?
The first chapter of John takes us from;‘In the beginning was the Word’ to revealing Jesus as the Lamb of God, the Messiah.  The allegiance of John’s followers is transferred over to Jesus as they declare, “This is the King.”
This was a huge shift in their belief to accept Jesus as Lord and to follow Him. 
 
It is not recorded if there were any reactions from their parents, who were entrenched in Jewish Culture and tradition.  Jesus was a New and Living Way as He revealed the Father and the Kingdom of God.
Our Bible teacher reminded us that in the banking system, employees handle real money and learn the feel, the look, the fabric so that when they see the counterfeit, they immediately know that which is false.
John’s disciple’s hearts were open and it took little to convince them that this was real.
Those of us who experience a life changing experience as we receive Jesus as Lord, will always know the reality of our encounter with God.  No person or circumstance can convince us otherwise. 
 


Monday, September 25, 2017

ENCOUNTER WITH GOD


 

Pastor Allan was speaking and from my notes I present his edited sermon.

God is moving and working in our lives.  An encounter with God should be usual in our lives.

Saul had an amazing encounter.  He was headed in the wrong direction to destroy God’s beloved children.  Then God took charge.  As Saul was riding his horse thinking he was doing a good thing; suddenly God struck him down, revealing a greater purpose to serving God.

Acts 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me?

The one seeking to destroy ended up spreading the New Truth about Jesus. 

He thought he was helping God and we often do the same.  We see someone and try to correct, and cause more harm than good.  We must use caution who we criticize even those in a different religion or something we do not agree with.

Here at Open Door Church, we welcome all.  We must be careful not to build walls.

Saul was struck blind for a season as Jesus revealed Himself in a personal encounter.

We must remain blind to what is going on around us, and be open to the Holy Spirit allowing him to fall and flow as He wills.  It requires us to be available for an encounter with God.  Not just a one time thing, but daily be in His presence.

The strength of that encounter changed Saul to Paul.

The Holy Spirit power will change you.  What you receive today from the sermon is not meant to last you all week.  You are to feed on God’s Word and seek Him daily at home.  He is ready to encounter you in your ‘secret place.’

Paul was learned in the Jewish culture and tradition and he knew the Old Testament scriptures.

Suddenly he was encountered, struck with a bright light, and he heard a voice: “Why are you persecuting me?”

Saul immediately knew who this was.   For three days he was physically blinded but his spiritual eyes were opened.  God ordained him to go to Damascus and discover what was assigned to him. 

Many times he was called up by the leaders and governors about what he was preaching. He had to tell them, that he had experienced an Encounter with God.

Acts 22:1, 9  Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense which I make now unto you. And those that were with me saw indeed the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of him that spoke to me.

Maturity will show us many things.  We must ever be open to learn and to follow Christ.

God continues to amaze me as He delivers and sets people free.  He encounters individual persons.

Jesus encountered a woman at the well.  He asked her for water, and an amazing encounter occurred. The master mover of directions set the ground for revival in her country.

As we encounter God, Jesus enables us to be the church.  You are the church.
 
 

Do you want to see revival transform lives where you are?  Jesus said, you shall receive POWER after that the Holy Spirit is poured out on you.  On the day of Pentecost, there was a sound of a rushing wind, as tongues of fire appeared upon those present and they spoke in other languages.  That day they encountered a new dimension in God and received power to minister to the world.  Peter the fisherman, became Peter the preacher that day.

Each of us can be used of God in our personal world.  Seek His Face daily for your personal encounter with the Holy Spirit.

 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

SALT and Living WATER will Heal our Land


 
Matthew 5:13 “You are the SALT of the earth.” 

At our Praying Over our City Meeting, we will zero in on “Healing our Land:” Our city, our State and our Nation needs healing.  Our obligation is to humbly pray and seek God.
Let us bring salt to our barren earth as we pray over our City, State and Nation today.
I was reminded of the verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.
Today’s lesson we will consider Elisha as he took up his new ministry.  Prior to this he had only been a servant, seeing to all the needs of his Prophet Elijah.  His request was to have a double portion of the anointing of Elijah, and the promise was “if you SEE me, you shall have your request.”  We need to “SEE,” Jesus daily and remain in His presence.
2 Kings 2: 12 – 22  And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.
(Elisha Succeeds Elijah)   And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah does rest on Elisha. And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants (50) fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, “You shall NOT send. And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They  searched three days, but found him not. And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, “Did I not say unto you, Go not?”
Notice the son’s of the prophets paid no attention to Elisha’s words “Do not go.”  They had to prove for themselves that his words were true - - Does every one you share Jesus with; listen to YOU?  - -  Don’t give up.
Elisha Heals Jericho's Waters:  And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray you, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees: but the water is terrible, and the ground barren. And he said, Bring me a NEW cruse, and put SALT therein.

And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus says the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spoke.

How can we apply this Bible story to our city and nation?
 
1. Understand although Elisha had in his hands the mantle; a symbol of God’s power (we hold our Bible) –
2. Elisha spoke and declared, Where is the God of Elisha?  Perhaps there was some fear and trembling in his voice. However he stepped out in faith and struck the water with the mantle.  We often must take those first steps by faith before the water will part for us. 

Elisha was feeling pretty bold by now, and when there was a problem in the city because their water was awful and not fit to drink or use and nothing would grow because the LAND was barren - - Elisha asked a strange request:  Bring me some SALT in a “NEW” clean bowl.  .  Realize at first look - - the water was not good enough to use, but salt caused it to become the living fresh clean water of excellent use. 
 
We are to be the “New born again” Holy vessel full of salt to bring healing to our citizens.   Be kind and gentle and let others see your well watered salty life. 

Notice Elisha made a bold declaration a pronouncement, or you might say he prophesied; “Thus says the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.” 

Let us bring our new vessel filled with SALT” as we make our bold declaration of faith that our land be healed as we pray over our city.

 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Water Baptism

Our Bible Study Sunday Morning by Linda, and taking notes to present an edited message.
 

 

The Christian principles of our nation are based on what has been handed down from the Jewish Holy Men of God, who wrote the Bible.  Our faith is not religion, but a personal relationship with God. 

Leviticus 11:24-40 mentions laws of cleanliness and washings.  Certain animals were forbidden to eat.  Water to drink and cook with, must have a natural flow or a clean cistern.

Leviticus 11:36 Nevertheless a spring or a cistern, in which there is plenty of water, shall be clean - -

In 1850, Doctor Ignaz Semmelweis saved lives with three words: “Wash your hands.”

The laws of cleanliness given to Moses, were for health but there were spiritual meanings as well.

Jeremiah 17:13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.

Jesus declared - - John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water

Jesus told the woman at the well But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Our lesson turned to John baptizing Jesus.  Jesus went down into the water, John baptized him and Jesus came up out of the water.  Amazing a voice from heaven spoke the words:  “This is my beloved Son, Hear ye him.” The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove.  Here we have God the Father speaking; Jesus is in the water, and the Holy Spirit descending. – 

Understand that it is the blood on the cross that saves you, not baptism.  Our practice of water baptism is in obedience to Christ command to be baptized as a testimony to the world that we have died to our old life and have risen to a new life in Christ.

Many were sprinkled as a baby, prior to their free will being acknowledged.  Might it be good as a grown up person to be baptized again with our understanding. 
 
We do not judge those who were sprinkled as an adult, because the very ceremony has great meaning to them.

When possible, we prefer to get into the “Water” and stay there soaking in his presence.  Our attitude of obedience is important.

Let us consider the question, “Why was Jesus baptized?”  Jesus made an intentional decision, “I must needs be baptized.”  This baptism was to declare His Heavenly Father as his God.  The Holy Spirit descended and a voice was heard showing approval of what Jesus did.

John’s eyes were opened to see the truth of who Jesus was.

Isaiah 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Philippians 3:8-9  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

It is important to understand the reasons to be baptized and to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection. 
 
The last commandment of Jesus was  Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit - -  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen

 
 
 

Friday, September 15, 2017

"I Am Stirring the Waters"


For our Wednesday day of praying over our city, I shared this short devotional by David Lebo or Hedgesville, WV.  As we realize Jesus is stirring the water, and He is the pool with five porches - - - We can have a part in the salvation of the citizens of our city.  The Pool is available to come to the people.
~ ~ ~

Jesus is the Pool

 

"I Am Stirring the Waters of the Pools of Bethesda!" (John 5:1-14)

In the gospel of John, there is a great picture of God's fivefold ministry that many, perhaps, would miss in a fast reading. But if you read through it again, you'll discover that this particular pool in Jerusalem, near the Sheep Gate, was surrounded by "five covered porches."


"These FIVE porches are My five coverings in fivefold ministry," says the Lord God Almighty. And in that day, the angel would come down into the pool and stir the waters; and the lame, the blind, and the paralyzed would all lie there waiting for that moment when that one angel sent from God would stir the waters so they could jump in and be healed. There was one catch. You had to be the first one in.

In that day, there was one man in particular who had been an invalid for 38 years. He could not make it into the pool fast enough to be the first one in. So then, Jesus came by that special day and He noticed this one man lying by the pool and He asked him the question, "Do you want to be made well?" And the sick man replied, "I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred."

This man is much like the Church today, who gives excuse, after excuse, why they can't jump into the pool. All excuses have been eliminated! Why? Jesus is the pool; and the pool now comes to you.

Today, the Pool Comes to You! Hallelujah!

"And I, the Lord God, am stirring the waters in this time. I am not just sending My angel, not just one angel; but THE I AM is stirring the waters—but it is through My FIVEFOLD Ministry—My FIVE-FOLD COVERINGS! It's a picture of the Church. Can you see it? The pool of Bethesda has five coverings or five porches, and it is a pool of MY Spirit," says the Lord. "It's the Holy Spirit—a container of My POWER!

It's a picture of My Church. It's a pool, a container, a vessel of My Holy Spirit without measure that I am stirring! And each and every one of My Believers in the Church today that can jump into the 'pool' can receive what they need and be healed in this time, this side of Heaven."

The lame man by the pool of Bethesda did not jump into the pool of water but instead, jumped into the "pool" of Jesus. And Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." This happened on the Sabbath day. You see, Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and He is our “Rest;” He is the pool!

The pool came to the lame man. Jesus is the fullness of God in the earth, and He comes to you today to bring you rest, to bring you the true Sabbath day rest. So you can become a new creation in Jesus and become full and complete in Him.

He is the fullness of God incarnate. When you come into Jesus, you can be full and complete not lacking any one thing! Hallelujah!

Jesus is the Pool!

We see here in this pool of Bethesda, that this is a picture of fivefold ministry or five coverings over a pool of water, where a multitude of people are trying to get what they need if they can just get in. You see, Jesus is the pool today! Will you come to Jesus today? Will you come to the pool? And will you come into God's government, and into His fivefold ministry, His five porches? It's God's government. It's God's order. It's God's pattern.

Will you allow it to be established in your life and in the Church today? Jump into Jesus and get all that you need! Jump into Jesus; He is the Pool of Bethesda and He carries all that you need.

"I am building My 'Pools of Bethesda' all across the world in this time. They contain a pool of My Holy Spirit, a pool of My anointing power for miracles to be released that have no limits," says the Lord God Almighty.

"And this pool is underneath My five porches. It is my fivefold ministry, part of My government in the earth. Will you help establish these 'Pools of Bethesda' all across the globe? Will you be a part of this? And if you will say, 'Yes, Lord. Yes I will,' I will allow you to raise up fivefold ministry in your midst. And if you say, 'Yes, Lord, yes,'" God says, "Yes, I will. I will raise up the 'Pool of Bethesda' all over again in this hour.

Every Believer on the face of the earth can go to a 'Pool of Bethesda' and jump into it and receive all that they need.

"You see, I am releasing gifts of miracles, supernatural signs and wonders, and gifts of healing right now, more than have ever been released before. I, the Lord God, if you say, 'Yes, Lord, yes,' I will absolutely, positively, blow your carnal minds with what I am about to do in the earth.

Miracle after miracle after miracle, not just one at a time anymore, but 30 and 40 at a time! The limitations are coming off of My people to believe Me for the impossible.
Do not look with the sight of your eyes. If their condition bothers you, close your eyes, for this is the faith realm here, for I AM the God of the impossible, and there is nothing that I cannot do.

"I am building My 'Pools of Bethesda' and stirring the waters afresh and anew in your time today! Will you be a part of this spiritual building? Will you be a part of this release of My power and My anointing in the earth today?" says the Lord. "Open your heart and receive My Word engrafted into your spirit. Let it become a part of who you are, and the truth shall set you free. The truth shall set you free!"

JUMP INTO JESUS AND RECEIVE ALL THAT YOU NEED!