The Anointing for Breakthrough Started with Jesus – by Minister Sherline —


 

Hello Everybody! 😀

My message from this past Friday is also posted on my church’s website via The Anointing for Breakthrough Started with Jesus – by Minister Sherline . I’m on day 6 of the 7 day Fast and I give God praise.


On April 6, 2016, marked the 2 year anniversary since my Pastors and I and my sister started the church. We give God all the honor and all the praise. It has been challenging but I’m so happy to see people desiring to seek God more in our church that we’ve been getting so many people contacting us across the globe and in other cities that want to connect. I believe that God wants to equip His Church for the greater call in people’s lives, but everything starts with the foundation of your belief system. Many churches have clogged up the foundation to suit their own agendas, but we must advance the agenda of Christ in order to see His Word become manifest in a generation that needs to know, Jesus came for all people, and not just some, but all people to live a purpose driven life, Amen! 😀


The Power of the Anointing for Breakthrough is already in you. The word “Christ” (in Greek khristos) means “the Anointed One”. If you have Christ in you the hope of glory that means that the anointing is already in you through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The question is, is it operating inside of you?

Are you tapping into what is already inside of you if you are a believer?


The Anointing God puts on you cannot be taken away, it is generational.

Exodus 40:15

You shall anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may minister to Me as priests; for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”


 

The Anointing for breakthrough started with Jesus

Jesus had first fasted for 40 days in the desert while being challenged by Satan before releasing this Word found in Luke 4.


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Luke 4:16-30 – Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,[j]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”[k]

20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

23 He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum,[l] do also here in Your country.’” 24 Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; 26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath,[m] in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”

28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. 30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.


The Anointing on Jesus is the same anointing we need to tap into as Christians in order to operate in a realm of perpetual breakthroughs.


First the anointing Jesus speaks of comes from the Holy Spirit (Verse 18). The Holy Spirit provides the power that backs the anointing for you to be able to do the following:

  1. To preach the gospel to the poor: It brings good news to the Poor (poverty in spirit, poverty in finance, poverty in relationship, in fact all areas of Poverty).

  2. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted: It has the power to heal what was broken in your heart because everything you do in your life is a reflection of what is in your heart. Out of the abundance of the heart your mouth speaks.

  3. To proclaim liberty to the captives:  It breaks bondages to those bound to sin in any area (spiritually and physically). Because the Holy Spirit provides the power that backs the anointing, you need to understand that you need to tap into the spiritual realm to move what cannot be moved in the natural realm. This can be done by prayer and fasting and meditating on God’s Word. Every breakthrough you require for God to intervene is only found through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you don’t tap into the Spirit, you will operate in a realm of mediocrity as you strive by might and power. Learn to humble yourself and go before God to whom is your source of breakthrough.

  4. And recovery of sight to the blind, – Jesus doesn’t just restore physical vision, he restores your spiritual sight to see into the spirit, He restores your vision so that you are able to see yourself in the way that God sees you and He also restores the overall vision you require in order for you to be successful in your life.  In order to be successful, you require Revelation.

What is Revelation? The dictionary defines it as:

  1. the act of revealing or disclosing; disclosure.
  2. something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized.
  3. Theology.

God’s disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures; an instance of such communication or disclosure; something thus communicated or disclosed; something that contains such disclosure, as the Bible.


 

In the KJV it says in Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

The NKJV version says: Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.


 

Vision brings you revelation, however, you are required to keep the law which is contained in God’s word; meaning that you must follow God’s Word. It is not enough to be a hearer of it when you don’t do what it says. You don’t want to be a Revelation Short of a Breakthrough.

Vision allows you to see what you couldn’t see before and it brings about direction towards your elevation.

When God gives you a revelation, he reveals to you what was hidden so that you are guided in the right direction.


You need Revelation for ELEVATION.


How can you follow the Lord’s direction when you cannot see?

That is why it is important to meditate on God’s Word so that you are provided clear direction as to where you ought to go, rather than follow another man’s revelation of where they think you should go. You have to learn to see God by following His Word. That’s why there is emphasis to meditate on His Word day and night so that it does not depart from your mouth. The more you meditate, the more you can see clearly and hear clearly. If you don’t meditate on His Word, you will follow a false direction and will end up misguided into the wrong direction and that is why God’s people keep perishing, because they don’t keep God’s word. They don’t meditate on it and therefore, they run in the dark and find themselves lost and directionless. It is important to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus if you want to maintain the vision that He has for your life which is in:

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


 

  • To set at liberty those who are oppressed; The anointing is so powerful that it gives you the ability to deliver people from oppression whether it is demonically inspired (demonization) or legally inspired (through the laws of men) to oppress people into slavery/torture of different sorts (i.e. human trafficking/ war etc). God has given us authority to challenge and defeat the oppressors in order to set captives free.

  • To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” The anointing also prophesies what the Lord will do in every year. When you proclaim, you are declaring what it is that you want to see. The anointing gives you the power to call forth those things that be not as though they were. You can call your breakthroughs into being by proclaiming by faith what it is that you want to see happen in your year. The thing is, whatever you proclaim requires you to partner with the Holy Spirit in order to see your breakthrough.

Romans 4:17  As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.


The Power of the Anointing:

  • Confounds the wise and the mighty (Luke 4:22). People will not know why God has put such an anointing on your life, but God is willing to use a willing vessel to do great and mighty works. Look at David as an example.

1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV)  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;


  • The Anointing locates the least likely for increase (Luke 4:25-26). There were many widows in Israel and yet the prophet Elijah during the time of the great famine/drought that lasted 3 years 6 months visited the widow who fed him the last morsel she had for herself and her son. The oil in her pots brought increase in a time of famine/lack.

1 Kings 17:8-16 Elijah and the Widow

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

eikon_1132_13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”

15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.


  • The Anointing does not discriminate, it locates willing vessels to receive breakthrough (Luke 4:27). The same applies to Naaman in 2 Kings 5: 1-19 who was a great and honorable Commander who the Lord had given him victory to the Syrian army that he served as commander, was also struck by leprosy. However when he listened to the prophet Elisha from the enemies camp (the Children of Israel) he was healed. It just goes to show that the anointing can even heal the least likely to believe in the God you serve.

2 Kings 5: 1-19 – Naaman’s Leprosy Healed

Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”

Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.

And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”

So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the Abanah[a] and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

eikon_1142_15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”

16 But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

17 So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord. 18 Yet in this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord please pardon your servant in this thing.”

19 Then he said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him a short distance.


  • The Anointing Offends those that do not practice the Truth (Luke 4:28) People will not like the fact that the anointing in your life reveals their own weaknesses and will stir up jealousy, hatred, and people will want to attack you but the anointing will still preserve you.

Jesus kept emphasizing in the synagogue that a prophet is not accepted in their own country and was calling that out on the Jews. Elijah and Elisha were such prophets and they kept giving instructions to willing vessels to receive blessings who were foreigners. In the Bible, you will find the frustration of the Lord in the book of Isaiah who keeps saying “Oh Jerusalem, how I have sent you many prophets and you did not receive them” and they kept killing them, dismissing them and not hearing them because they would not accept the instruction that the Lord had to give to them to guide them back in the right direction. The blessing of the anointing was no longer reserved for just the Jews, it was also for the Gentiles. That’s why Jesus states that He was going to pour out all His Spirit on all flesh. You no longer needed to be a Jew to receive the anointing and this reality and truth heavily offended those in the Synagogue.


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The anointing gives direction to willing vessels and it does not discriminate. This is why a Muslim or any non-believer for that matter can come to church and receive the Word and act on it (being a doer of what they hear) and receive the reward that a Christian sitting in the same room would miss. The Anointing searches willing vessels that are ready to obey the Lords instruction in order to receive the blessing that they seek. This is why the people wanted to murder Jesus upon hearing all this. They were not ready for the Truth and wanted to kill him by pushing Jesus off a cliff, but they were unable to because the Anointing protects your destiny. That’s how powerful it truly is and this is the same anointing that is in all believers that have been baptized receiving the same power through the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing “Staying Power” to Remain Free


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Hi Everybody!

For the past few days during the Daniel Fast, the Lord has been speaking to me about maintaining “Staying Power”. At first I had no clue what He meant since I knew it was a business term so I had to look it up and this is what it is defined as:

stay·ing pow·er

Noun
  1. The ability to maintain an activity or commitment despite fatigue or difficulty; stamina.
  2. Long-term popularity of a product or trend: “hip-hop has a remarkable staying power”.
Synonyms
endurance – stamina – durability – hardiness – resistance

And according to investorworlds.com “Staying Power” in business terms is defined as:

The ability of a person or entity to endure for a long period of time, even through rough times or situations. “During every economic downturn, the company was able to weather the storm and remain profitable. This was a true testament to the company’s staying power.”

energizerWhy mention STAYING POWER?

Through this fast, Daniel learned an important lesson when he prayed and fasted for God to come down with the answers he sought for; He learned the true power of ENDURANCE in order to obtain his breakthrough. Many people want breakthroughs in life but have not past the test of ENDURANCE to stay the course. I have found that it’s easy to start something with much passion and enthusiasm in the beginning, but the true test is whether one can endure to the end. This is a matter of Starting and Finishing something.

Now, for Daniel he had hindrances that he did not realize he had to fight in the spiritual realm in order to receive a message of confirmation from the Lord spoken by an angel. Many people fight unseen forces and underestimate the intensity of the battle when they give up too early. According to Daniel 10:12-14, the angel revealed to him that on the very first day the Lord had answered his prayer but he had to battle the principality of Persia.

Daniel 10:12-14

12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.

Finish the raceIn this Fast, the Lord wants to train our spirits to practice ENDURANCE in Spiritual Warfare. Don’t give up too easily as you pray with expectancy for instruction, direction and confirmation of God’s Word in your life. As you press through do not be naive and underestimate the enemy who seeks to Kill, Steal and Destroy your Hope and Faith during this fast (John 10:10). You’ve got to fix your eyes on JESUS.

The Bible says that we cannot work by MIGHT nor by Power, but by HIS SPIRIT (Zechariah 4:6). If we want to endure during this Fast and if we want to strengthen ourselves for battle, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit to provide us guidance to maintain our STAYING POWER in the Lord. Staying Power only comes from the guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT.

How does one maintain STAYING POWER to stay the course?

1. By Practicing Humility – You need to know that you need God to help you endure the tests and the trials that you may encounter this year no matter what comes your way. Also confess your sins and weaknesses to God by practicing daily repentance so that the Accuser has no room to hinder the progress of your prayers by petitioning against your soul. Recognize your mentors and respect them when they chastise you and guide you because they are the people that God plants in your life to watch out for your soul. Disrespecting them only closes doors of opportunity in your life and will definitely leave you in a vulnerable position for the enemy to attack you ruthlessly.

James 4:6
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

1 Peter 5:5
[ Submit to God, Resist the Devil ] Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.

Hebrews 12:7
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

2. Practice Worship DAILY – this is your battle axe weapon of warfare in this fast. Keep your mind, body, soul meditating on God’s Word so that the enemy can’t kill, steal or destroy your hope and your faith.

2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

3. Being specific in your Prayer life – You need to be specific in your prayers so that you hit the target. Don’t be vague otherwise you will not receive what you truly require during this fast. The most important thing to pray for is WISDOM. It is worth far more than rubies or diamonds and this can take you a long long way.68652_317238341728647_846683213_n

2 Chronicles 1:10-12

10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”

11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”

4. Meditate on the Word – Guard your spirit from UNBELIEF by abiding in the Truth that is contained in God’s Word. The Bible says that you must meditate on the Word day and night so that it does not depart from your mouth.

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

These are the things that I can think of at the moment that will help you develop Staying Power. If anybody has anything to add, feel free to comment down below.

The Lord continues to emphasize in my prayer life the importance of Humility.  Humility will take you to your destiny; Pride will kick you off the path. Let the Grace of God be with you during this 21 Day Daniel Fast because God resists the proud only because they do not believe they need God to direct their path.

Proverbs 3:5-7

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And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

Matthew 10:22
And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Those that can endure during this season of prayer and fasting, whatever you are seeking from the Lord shall be saved and you will receive your reward for your endurance. Do not falter in your Christianity, do not lose hope, even if you stumble along the way, get yourself back up again and continue to run towards God with all that you’ve got! Seek God to purify your heart so that your flesh decreases and the Spirit of God increases in you.

1 Corinthians 3:14
If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

2 Timothy 2:3
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:12
If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

endurance1So everybody, the Staying Power of God is the ability to ENDURE through hardship and remain standing strong and firm in the Faith. This is how one also maintains their ANOINTING like the 5 wise virgins (refer back to The Bride of Christ is Anointed post) who kept a supply of fresh oil to keep their lamps burning. Do not be like the 5 foolish ones that did not prepare properly to keep their lamps burning. You need divine wisdom in order to continue the course and endure the race set before you. Keep in mind that yesterdays anointing cannot sustain you for tomorrows troubles, so it is important to always seek a fresh Word, a fresh anointing, a fresh direction through revelation to continue on the path that lays ahead of you.

The Kingdom of God shall not be shaken, so be guided by the instruction of the Holy Spirit and remain in obedience to God’s Guidance by yielding to HIS WISDOM and stay strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might (Ephesians 6:10).

You can become free from bondages and things that hindered you from progress by maintaining your Humility, practicing your worship unto God daily, being specific in your prayer life and by meditating on God’s Word day and night to fortify your SOUL.

Daniel 6:26
I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end.

I have a song by Kierra Sheard called Free to bless your spirit today. God bless you Everybody!

It’s Time for the DAVID Generation to Rise Up


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Hi Everybody,

This is going to be a short post, but this is in my Spirit right now. It’s time for the DAVID Generation to rise up. God is seeking a generation that will specifically run after God’s heart. When you run after it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your life is going to be easy. I mean look at David in the Bible, Saul who was a psychotic king wanted him dead because he was jealous of David and David at one time also lived in a Cave for a season while God was preparing him to become King. The Sauls will be forced to recognize the divine favor poured upon the David Generation, for this generation will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth for He seeks such to worship Him (John 4:23).

This type of elevation and favor that was on David was on him since he was a child, because he already lived a life of consecration (refer back to my God’s No Name Brands post) and this life of consecration is what God is demanding for the DAVID generation rising.

John 4:24
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Because God is Spirit, this generation cannot afford to fake worship, neither can they worship based on their fleshy feelings or desires. There will be no room for Pride in this Generation…Humility will be their robe of righteousness. They will have to worship from deep within them through the Spirit provided that they abide in the Truth.

How does one abide in the Truth? By having faith and believing that the Word of God is true and living it out too. God will ask the DAVID Generation to do difficult things within the next year. Relationships will change and everything in their environment will change for there is a quickening in the spirit to move them into their rightful positions. They should not fear what is happening because that is the only way they will move from Glory to Glory. As my Pastor says, “No guts, no Glory”. The Glory that the Lord is pouring out in this season will land on those that can be trusted with little so they will be given much.

Luke 16:10
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

The DAVID Generation will walk in the Spirit and will teach others what it means to Fear the Lord. God does not want the DAVID Generation to be afraid of Spiritual warfare for He will train their Hands for war and He will walk with them wherever they go because He will be their God and they will be His People. God be praised!

Jeremiah 24:7
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.

Ezekiel 11:20
that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

Jeremiah 32:38
They shall be My people, and I will be their God;

This is what I am feeling in my spirit right now and just felt compelled to share it here on WordPress for some reason.

God bless you everybody!

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We are Known by our Love – Repair the Breach


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Everybody!

Today’s contemplation comes after reading a post that I re-blogged here from Pastor Mikes blog concerning an Atheist’s perspective about Christianity. The way I see it, we sing songs such as “We are known to be Christians by our Love”, but do we live that way? What does being “known to be Christians by our love”  mean to us as individuals?

The question I have today is:

Can somebody like a stranger look at you an tell and I mean literally tell that  you’re Christian by your conduct?

Sometimes, I come across people and they would say to me “You’re a Christian aren’t you??” and I would say “Yes, how can you tell?” because I never said I was and they’d tell me that they could just tell without me really saying anything because they get that vibe with the way I am as an individual.  When I think about that…it gives me some level of encouragement to believe that being Christian doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to wear a WWJD bracelet or wear a crucifix symbol on your necklace of have a fish bumper sticker on your car for people to be able to tell that you are what you live. If you really live it, people who don’t believe can tell by how you demonstrate Jesus’ love for people by our conduct. I know personally that I’m still a work in progress….so I’m not going to claim “I have arrived” but for those that have been reading my blog, the reason why I write the things that I do is because it is soo important in God’s heart for us to really stretch out our hands and be the answers to the World’s problems.

I am blessed to share my faith through this blog and considering that I have an international audience, it’s awesome that I learn from others as well when I share. We can’t limit the power of our ability to share our faith. Stretch yourself out more and be God’s hand extended where ever you live no matter where you are. He can use the internet, radio, movies, books, television, music to share the gospel. We have so many avenues to share what we believe in order to satisfy the call to spread the Gospel of peace, to spread the Good news, but even though we have these mediums, we must not forget that we must demonstrate what we believe with how we live. Each day is a daily battle, but each day is a chance for someone to experience the Love of God through YOU.

Jesus was and is our Salvation. He is the answer to our questions of Faith. He is the one who redeemed us back to the heart of the Father and He demonstrated God’s love for us here on Earth so that we could do greater demonstrations than what He did at Calvary (John 14:12).  However, I feel that to some extent, we accept that we are forgiven and remain satisfied in our own salvation but fail to realize that the peace we feel in being redeemed should also be shared with others so that they too can feel that restorative power of Christ.

The Hope in us must be revealed by living out our demonstrated love from the Father by showing love to others. Some Christians remain complacent and do not seem to see or understand that if it hadn’t been for God or that ONE person that interceded on your behalf to get saved, you’d still remain lost as others still are to this day. So rather than remaining satisfied with our own Salvation, we must strive to live and be an example that is attractive to follow. We have to be known to be Christians by our ACTIVE demonstration of GOD’s love for People EVERYDAY. This isn’t one of those “let’s love on people when we go out on missions experience” and then you return and remain as selfish as you were before doing that very same “Christian activity”. You can’t have two faces here people. It’s either you love people everywhere you go or you don’t. You can’t be so selective on when you feel compassion. Compassion should always be residing in your Heart to share the Gospel of Truth to people. However, how many of us think this way? Are we merely satisfied sitting in the pew waiting for another “Word” for the day and then leave to do grocery shopping and what not?

How many of us have been woken up at night to intercede for someone and actually answered to that call?

How many of us have extended our hand to give money when we could to the homeless in the street as we walk on by?

How many of us have extended our homes to shelter victims in some serious situations???

We have many opportunities presented to us each day…but how many times do we demonstrate this Love that we supposedly have for the lost, the broken, the poor, the abandoned?

I felt challenged after reading Pastor Mikes post and I think we all should be.

Doing Christian “activities” and living out the belief are two separate  things here folks. Yes, it is possible to be part of the Body of Christ as a member and still act like a person who is indistinguishable between a person from the secular world by how we demonstrate our Character in front of others. I believe that as Christians, we have to be distinguishable in our conduct as a heart condition rather than “Perform Christianity”. Being Christian isn’t an Act, we already have many clowns at a circus…

Being Christian is a heart condition that is demonstrated through action.

If we are the “light that shines through the darkness” (John 1:5) that exists in this world, then why do we lack impact for those still living in the dark (ignorance)? How bright is our beacon? Are we soo dim that we are easily mistaken to be a mirage in the dark? I think these are scary thoughts don’t you think so too?

Evangelism is easier when your love comes with no condemnation and pointing of fingers and neither does it come with a sense of apathy towards another person struggling with sin, struggling with their weakness and failures to remain in the walk. People often backslide because of our failure to demonstrate Christs Love for them even in their weaknesses. If we “claim” that we have “Christ in us the Hope of Glory” (Colossians 1:27) , then this hope should be able to draw people towards Christianity. We must question why some people are falling in between the cracks when we have hands that can catch them from falling any further.

Christ Our Redeemer is the Repairer of this Breach (Isaiah 58:12)…so we have to do our part to demonstrate this Love to Others as a heart given goal and not do it out of mere obligation as a “duty” as a Christian. People aren’t as stupid as we make them out to be. Non-believers can tell who is genuine and who is not, so don’t kid yourself for one second and think for one moment that being an “actor” as a Christian and that by being a “performer” can fool them into desiring to live that life too. In a non-believers perspective, we probably act no different from them and they end up being disgusted by the level of hypocrisy that exists within the Body of Christ. So today, I implore you all to assess and re-assess where you are in your walk and consider that your Conduct can save someone. Sometimes the best evangelical tool one can use isn’t always with mere words, but through LOVE IN ACTION.  What do y’all think?

Here is a song to minister to you today by  Trinit-I-Tee 5:7  called Greater Than You & Me. Stay Blessed Everybody!

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Scriptures to Meditate

Isaiah 58:12
Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

John 14:12
[ The Answered Prayer ] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

John 1:5
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

2 Peter 1:19
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;

Psalm 33:18
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,

Psalm 119:166
LORD, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments.

Acts 24:15
I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.

Romans 5:5
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Ephesians 4:17
[ The New Man ] This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,

Philippians 2:15
that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Acts 20:21
testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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A Quick Thought for the Day – I AM NOT HAVING AN IDENTITY CRISIS!


Hello Everybody!

So this is just a quick thought for the day. We all know that our Jehovah  is the Great “I AM” – JEHOVAH. So likewise, we must remember who we are in Christ. The Devil who is our adversary loves putting a question mark (“?”) where GOD has put a PERIOD (“.”).

 GOD Said “I AM WHO I AM” and never once did He question who He was. He never said “AM I WHO I AM?”.

Exodus 3:14
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

Understand this people. GOD knows who HE IS and so must we know who we ARE. Satan makes us put question marks where GOD has placed a period. The assignment on our lives is to confuse us with many questions concerning our identity if you refer back to my previous post Contending with Unbelief – Father of Lies where God has already placed periods to establish HIS WILL on Earth for all of His Childrens lives.

 So whenever you feel confused about your IDENTITY…remember GOD’S PERIOD in your life and TOSS AWAY & TRASH EVERY QUESTION MARK by way of any Diabolical suggestion that tries to negate GOD’s PERIOD in your life. Be firm in God’s Word. Believe what GOD says about You because you are His CHILD!

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

You are a CHILD OF GOD and you are a Son and Daughter of the Most High GOD! Who’s report will you Believe?

We haven’t got time to have an identity crisis so understand WHO YOU ARE in CHRIST and WHOSE YOU ARE. A child of Obedience, A Child of Faith and  A Child of the MOST HIGH GOD. 

Stay blessed in your Journey everybody!

I have posted this video before in a different post but I feel that I need to repost this video to drive the point across. May it bless you today.

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Scriptures to Meditate

Genesis 15:1
[ God’s Covenant with Abram ] After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

 Genesis 17:1
[ The Sign of the Covenant ] When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.

Exodus 6:8
And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.’”

Exodus 29:46
And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the LORD their God

 Leviticus 19:2
“Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.

Leviticus 19:4
‘Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 20:26
And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.

Jeremiah 3:14-15
Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Jeremiah 9:24
But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

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Going the Distance – Building on Perserverance to Finish the Race


Day 11 of 21 Day Daniel Fast –  How many are you feeling a phsyical, emotional and spiritual change at this half-way point? You know when you run a long distance marathon, there are check points for runners to grab water or a towel to pat dry their sweat. Is this where you are right now? Has this Fast made you see how much you can endure when putting pressure in the supernatural realm to evoke a change in the natural? This is the test of endurance. Endurance that is cultivated by patience and built up perseverance. This has not been an easy Fast at all for me. I have gone a full week and have started to see so many things I need to curb within myself in order to pursue the greater things that God has for me. My expectations are to grow with a heart that mirrors Christ and yet when certain things rub me the wrong way, it can be discouraging at times when God is doing a great shaking in you to purify your soul to reflect His image. How many of you are experiencing this?

Today’s meditation is about Learning as you go along the way when Seeking God’s face and stretching your ears to Hear what He has to say to you in this time of Prayer and Fasting. Ask yourself, are you ready to bear the weight and the responsibility of the answer that He wants to download to your address? Sometimes in receiving the answer, we cannot be idly satisfied of  just receiving it and not anticipate that there could be more work for us to do. Look at what happened to Daniel in Chapters 10 & 11. He didn’t just receive an answer, he received further instructions to prepare for what was yet to come.

Are you even considering that the answers you receive may entail more work for YOU to do? Are you even prepared to handle that? Those  are the questions that are in my mind right now. Am I ready? Am I really prepared to handle what God has in store? To be quite honest, I am afraid of what God’s plans are for me but at the same time, I want to have the courage and walk by faith into it and do it afraid anyway. You can’t afford to mill around your comfort zones because great dreams, great visions, great faith require great measures, great preparation, and great ACTION. This is what has been in my heart at the moment. “Where is God taking me?” is the question. Where is GOD taking YOU???? Think about that and circle back when you receive your answers. Consider it, Reflect on it, Pray about it and then Act on it.

Going the distance to finish the race entails that you are gathering a level of mental preparation to PERFORM whatever is required of you to get to the finish line. The thing you need to understand is that you are persevering in your Fast through prayer and meditation to achieve your goals in the Spirit so that they manifest in the Natural.

You Fast, You Pray and then there is another step that accompanies these things which you have to prepare to do and that is You ACT. When YOU know better (after receiving revelation, answers etc) YOU DO better by acting on what YOU now KNOW (James 4:17).

Another thing you should understand is, that there is indeed more work required of you after the Fast has ended. So suffer no delusions my friends and family; PREPARE to Work,  PREPARE to Endure, PREPARE to Persevere, PREPARE yourself to put into action ALL the things you learned during the Daniel Fast in practical ways in your life.  Faith without works is DEAD (James 2:14). Remember, what I said in my earlier Post, Don’t do this Fast in Vain. Keep expecting a Change within to manifest a Change throughout.  Stay Blessed everybody.

 

Scriptures to Meditate

1 Thessalonians 1:3
remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,

James 2:14
[ Faith Without Works Is Dead ] What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

James 2:18
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

 James 2:20
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

James 2:26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Luke 9:62

62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

James 4:17
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Romans 4:2-3

2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

2 Corinthians 12:12
Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.

Ephesians 6:18
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

James 5:11
Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

1 Peter 1:5-7

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

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