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Friday, 16 December 2011

Why Pray?

What is the point of Praying?
Disciples want to pray effectively : Luke 11:1-5 "Jesus, Teach us to Pray"

Luke 11:1. ‘And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Old Testament believers understood that God’s power would achieve that which is humanly impossible. As we come to the end of our own human resources, so we often, out of need, allow God to move. Moreover, we learn that God’s ways are to be followed. Psalm 107.13 ‘Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. In typical Hebrew style, this is repeated (verses 19 and 28) for emphasis. The Holy Spirit is saying to us ‘get a hold of this’.

Our human will does not know how to pray as we ought so Holy Spirit intercedes for us.

Luke 18.18 ‘then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to loose heart…And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay in helping them?’ Prayer is a manifestation of our relationship with God. It is something we develop as we grow; it takes time. As we choose to pray so we gain spiritual strength.

Our human wisdom not enough to sustain us. Our knowledge is not enough. Our experience is not enough. So we are instructed to ask our Heavenly Father for these things.

James 1:5 ‘If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly’.

PRAYING ALTERS ME.

Prayer is as important to our spirit as food is to the body.
We stop everything else to eat. We can do likewise for prayer.
So we pray or starve our spirit.

We have to commune with God to pray. There has to be relationship. So I build my relationship with Him as I pray. Relationship is real to Him. It is a means to get us to Him.

Prayer is not about getting things from God, or twisting his arm by clocking up hours on our knees!

Matt 6:10 Prayer is that God gets His will done. That His holiness, His purposes, His wisdom is brought about on earth as it is in heaven.

When in despair or distress we cry out without reasoning. Our logic goes haywire; we cry out for help. Mark 10:47 when a blind man ‘heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and cry ‘ Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me’.

One Purpose of Prayer is to reveal God’s presence, His ways and His acts in us and about us to others. Ps 103:7 ‘He made known his ways to Moses, and his acts to the people of Israel’.

Through prayer relationship with God we grow (spiritually) into His likeness by our response to Him. God’s order reveals His character and His grace.

Gods permissive will is what He allows. For example, God’s order is:
No sin; no suffering; no sickness; no limitations and no death.
His permissive will allowed us to be born, and keeps us for the sake of His love for us.

We come into His order - His ways - His character by being obedient to Him. Not by our own efforts, but by submission to Him in His strength.

John 14:13-14 ‘Ask in My name’ means to ask in Him and through Him.
As we grow into His character, becoming more like Him so His nature grows in our hearts.
In maturity we will not manifest two different streams of flowing water.
So we pray in accord to His life style; not our nature but His nature.

When we feel strong in our old self we feel we do not need to pray.
Our emotion rules over the Word of God through our feelings.
It is often when we are feeling powerless that we do what He says.

Our feelings can stop us praying as well as urging us to pray.
We act or react to where the self will get its’ greatest reward.

John 15:7 ‘If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask what you will and it will be done for you’.

Is our will at work in conjunction with the Fathers?
Is our will at work in what we are praying?
We ask according to the way we live, not only when we are praying but at other times also.
James 5:16 ‘The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective’ is a call to live righteously. The prayers of a righteous man mean a lot to the Lord.

The New Testament view of a Christian is that the Son of God is revealed in his life. Prayer nourishes and strengthens that life.

1 Pet 5: 7 ‘Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you’ and Phil 4:6 ‘ in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God’ both encourage us to refuse to be fearful, to worry or be anxious.
These things make us into self conscious people instead of God conscious people, and they cause us disturbance in our prayer life before God.
God is always with us to help us.

Prayer changes me, because in His presence things happen to me that are for my good.
It helps me relate to the one I pray to, the one I pray for and the one I pray with.
It is Spiritual communication.

When praying love rises in the heart. A man in love has a person on his heart. But the love in the heart changes the view of circumstances. Praying alters the view and faith rises and things change.

Watch and Pray

Praying is simple /easy. Children can do it. It is no effort.
He does not answer according to merit, or on the grounds of self effort. He does not respond in proportion to the time we spend in prayer.

We also have the help of the Holy Spirit and Jesus:

Heb 7:25 ‘he always lives to make intercession’. Jesus intercedes for us with the Holy Spirit.
Rom 8:27 34. ‘the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God’. Romans 8.34 ‘ Christ Jesus, who is at the right hand of God, intercedes for us’.
Romans 8.26 ‘’the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words’.

It is because of Gethsemane and Calvary that we can be bold to enter the Holy Place where all prayer is answered.

Mark 14:32-40 The agony of Gethsemane was not just the agony of the man Jesus but the agony of God as man, God in human flesh.
An agonizing body soul and spirit asked disciples to "Watch and pray with me".

Disciples were asked to watch and pray. Be aware of others around you when praying together. Jesus told them to watch while He prayed. They did not, so He then asked them to pray also.
Pray that you do not fall into temptation.

Watch = look and see what is happening, such as signs of the times.
There are times when we have to wait for the circumstances to be prepared for us by the Lord.
We must be in God’s timing as well as His will. For example, Paul (Galatians 2.1) waited fourteen years to return to Jerusalem with Barnabus.
Resting and waiting is especially for true disciples.
Luke 22:45 ‘When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief’. Their master (verse 44) was in anguish, and the disciples were full of sorrow thinking what could happen, instead of what Jesus had said would happen. This represents a stronghold we must be aware of in our lives. We must keep our eyes on Him, watching and waiting for Him, our friend, Saviour, helper and Lord.

He did not reveal all things to all of the disciples, only to those who chose to be close to Him -Peter, James and John.
Gethsemane showed them that their flesh was weak.
He took the three to see the agonizing of His humanity at Gethsemane. To see the unveiling of the depths of His Human heart.
(Also at the Mt of Transfiguration they saw God’s glory).

John 12:27 ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say – ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour’. Jesus knew the pain of the soul, sorrowful unto death. He knew what it was to agonize in prayer.
He has been through it for us, so He can help us, and we can help others.
Prayer is easy for us when we see what He went through, that we might be free to pray for others. He saw the end result.

We must be aware that w do not see all things clearly. 2 Corinthians 3:14-16 the veil of the old life remains, yet it is lifted in Jesus. v 17-18 Liberty where the Lord is. We have freedom from the old life of doubt and unbelief. Watch out for the materialistic way of life in prayer. James 4:3 ‘ You ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasure.’ We have to ask with the right motives to receive. We can not allow our old life to effect our new life in Jesus Christ. Selfish prayers do not please our Father.

Matt 4:1-4 The devil tempts Jesus with ‘Look to your own needs Jesus’.
Jesus could turn stones into bread. He fed 5000 at the appropriate time.
Who are you in Jesus?

v 5-7. The devil’s temptation says ‘do something supernatural, show them who you are’.
Likewise we must watch the lure to destruction. Signs and wonders must come from right motives. There has to be righteousness and holiness in our motives. Our motives need to be for others needs.

v 8-10 Do not test God in prayer, accept His will, not yours. ‘Compromise with me says the devil’. Jesus replied ‘I will serve Him only’. We must test our own spirit.

We need to be aware of what is happening in any given circumstances, or we pray
with only a little faith. Be assured of His will and The word.

Matt 17:1-12, the transfiguration, a mountain top experience. Next came the valley, faith had diminished without Jesus around.
Matt 17:14-20 The test of the mountain experience came in the valley.
We have to walk and pray on earth according to what we see in vision on the mountain top.
Jesus’ level of faith was constant wherever He was. He was simply in the Father’s will. In contrast the disciples had faith.

Matt 26:35 Peter’s heart for Jesus was good. He would have done anything for Him. But he did not really know Him. He failed to see the Kingdom of God. He failed to watch and pray.

Be aware of being lifted up above our faith level or gifting. When we get success in answered prayer we feel that it is always expected of us. We then struggle to prove ourselves instead of God. Remember it is Him in us as Master.

Habakkuk 3:1-2 ‘Lord I have heard about you and I fear’ is an Old Testament look at God, about an earthly people in an earthly setting. The New Testament view is based on relationship with Jesus, a heavenly state of mind in a heavenly people, on earth.

Waiting – In Old and New Testament = standing under. Actively enduring. Active strength until it comes. Eagerly seeking, looking over the horizon for it to come.

Like the watchmen of old, if you are waiting, keep looking.

Pray Pray Pray.

Armour on for Prayer

Eph 6:12-19 ‘For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.’

Jesus paid the price for us to come into the presence of God in prayer by His work and obedience in Gethsemane and on the Cross. The cost was great for Jesus. It is easier for us because of what He did for us. I Cor 6:20 ‘For you were bought with a price’. He made the way for us.

Paul here in Ephesians teaches us our need to put the whole armour on for prayer. Why? Because the enemy wants to stop prayer. He recognises it as his battleground. The devil’s strategy is firstly to stop us becoming Christians, then to stop us receiving the Holy Spirit, and then to stop us functioning. He can make prayer seen hard of difficult; he prays on our human weaknesses. We have to overcome our laziness in prayer. With our armour on we are more aware of the realm of the spirit. However, if we are not in a right relationship with our Father or each other, the armour can feel heavy. If we sit down or relax, it can be hard to get back up. Therefore not only do we put the armour on, but we never take it off!

James 4:7 ‘ resist the devil and he will flee from you’ tells us to stand and resist him, which implies that he attacks us. Indeed, the weapons of our warfare in Ephesians 6 are all defensive weapons. We are not told to attack the enemy unless He shows himself.

Rom 8:37 ‘we are more that conquerors through him who loved us’.
A conqueror is one who fights (wrestles) and wins.
More than a conqueror is one who wins with hardly a battle.

Most of our prayer life is fought within the realm of the spirit. This is not motivated by intelligence or power or organisation etc but by God’s Spirit.

We must take up the armour in prayer. It is not automatically given. We have to choose to receive it and to keep it. It is always on if we are always in an attitude of prayer and in righteousness.

Once we have claimed ground by faith and prayer, it has to be held by faith. This is a relationship issue between us and the Father which is one of the main targets of the enemy. There will be an attack of doubt upon any move of faith. We must learn to doubt our doubts! If we believe and do not doubt, we will receive.

In Gethsemane Jesus did not go and do, but watched and prayed. We must be guarding our spirit. Obedience brings the blessing of strong armour with no vulnerable chinks.

Do you have your own armour on?
Is your relationship right?
Do you have the right motives?

If you can say ‘YES’ then prayer has no snares; you have the answer.

As we say ‘Yes’ to God in all things, so he does to us. Matt 7:2 ‘the measure you give will be the measure you get back’ .

Armour of God

This is a spiritual armour, but we must never allow ourselves to belittle it. It is not something that we should put on each morning, for there is no need to ever take it off. But we do. A little lie or unforgiveness, for example, will mean we need to come before God in repentance in order to restore our breastplate of righteousness. No doubt we would not think twice about ensuring our armour is intact when we are going into a pre-determined prayer battle. But we must beware complacency. Especially in these moments we may drop our guard. This is beautifully illustrated in the history of Sardis (Revelation 3). Sardis was built with an Acropolis on the summit of a hill. The path up to it was known only to the locals. The people were confident that they were safe from the enemy when they retreated to this protective place. Twice in history it is recorded that the watchmen were complacent and off guard, possibly even sleeping on duty. Twice they dropped a piece of their armour. Twice they went down the path to retrieve it, so giving away the route by which they were to be defeated. A moment of lapse can be the downfall for many. The lesson of the Persian victory of 549 BC was not learnt, and repeated by the Greeks in 218 BC.

Let us heed this warning. The spiritual battle is real.

Eph 6:16-17. With the helmet and shield of faith we guard our minds from the fowls of the air that seek to take away the thoughts given to us by the Holy Spirit. The shield of faith deflects the blows the enemy attempts to inflict upon us.

The Lord searches our hearts to see what our desire is. We have the mind of Christ. The Holy Spirit searches into all things, to bring the will of God into our minds and spirits.
1 Cor 2:10-13 ‘For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God…’
Our spiritual thoughts give rise to spiritual deeds. Only that which is born of God can please God. If the root is holy, the fruit will be holy. Conversely, worldly thoughts provide a doorway for the enemy to enter in by. Worldly thoughts of sin need to be taken captive. We must train and discipline ourselves to have Godly thoughts so God and His word can dwell richly in us.

Eph 6:14. We need the belt of 100% truth firmly in place, for everything else hangs on it. Truthfulness will always defeat the lies of the evil one. Real truth is knowing who we are in Christ.

Eph 6:14. As our breastplate of righteousness is seen by others, so it will cause them to stand back and take stock – what do we have that they desire? We will become the light on the hill to show the way to Jesus, moreover, ‘the righteous are as bold as a lion’ Proverbs 28.1. We must sit upon the righteousness of Jesus Christ, for on our own ‘We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away’. Isaiah 64.6. The gospels serve to show us that of all men, only Jesus Christ was righteous. Not one of his 12 disciples were righteous. Righteousness is beyond the reach of natural man, but is ours in Christ.

Eph 6:15. The shoes of peace are a tremendous weapon in an argument in a crucial situation. They also lead us into victory.

Eph 6:17. The helmet protects the head and ears. It is to protect that which the Spirit has placed within us – speech, songs of praise, assurance, the Spirit in our minds. It protects us from anti-biblical words and thoughts.

Eph 6:17. The sword of the Spirit is the word of God; the word He speaks to us in any given situation. This particular Roman sword Paul envisaged was used not to stab to kill, but to deflect blows from the enemy. As we speak the word of God, so doubts are defeated, fears overcome and the enemy flees.

Rom 13:12 calls us to ‘lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light.’ Not only does God hear our commands and prayers, but so does the demonic world. We must therefore have the armour that God has given to us in place as our defence.

Isaiah 58:8 ‘the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.’ The armour of Ephesians 6 does not cover our back. The Lord does.

Members of The Church and the demonic forces are already at war.
Paul fought against :

• Satan inspired Jews
• Vice and violence - Judaism.
• Divination
• Fanaticism (in the Galatians over circumcision).
• Contentions.
• Agnosticism (among the Ephesians).
• Fightings without / fears within.
• Law of sin and death working in his own flesh.

Eph 6:18 encourages us to be constantly alert in prayer. Most prayer strategies are – armour on – pray in the Spirit (with the mind of Christ) – use the armour to deflect the blows of the enemy (stand firm).

Eph 6:19 ‘Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel’. Speaking the gospel and speaking prayer are both acts of faith ‘so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places’ Eph 3:10.

We can trust Father God to always do abundantly, according to His power that works within us.

Praying in the Spirit

1 Cor 2:1-13 What does it mean to move in the Spirit.
It is allowing a constant, effective influence within our hearts,
whereby we are directed and enabled to do more than we could ask or think.
To walk in obedience to God's word, freely and joyfully.

Praying in the Spirit is a weapon of precision, it will always hit the target.
It is effective deep into the realm of darkness.
Tongues. It touches the highest heaven.

We are of the Spirit of God, so all that we do is/should be done in and through the work of the Holy Spirit. Conscious of Him.

Not led by various impulses from the soul of ideas that flood into the mind.
The blind have to be led, not carried. Walking then able to be led.
No walking by the Spirit cannot lead.
So start to pray and He will lead.
Phil 2:13 for God is at work in us for His good pleasure.
By His Spirit. For His purposes.

Peace is a result of this relationship. Trust - Faith.
Gal 5:22 Fruit of the Spirit. Love -Joy -Peace. to God.
Patience - Kindness - Goodness - Gentleness. to others. Self Control to you/me.
v 25 if we live by the Spirit - also walk by the spirit.
Praying in the character of God's Spirit.

Faith in Jesus = produces love
Love for Jesus = produces faith, and draws us together by His Spirit.
Relate to Jesus - others - will relate rightly to self.
We have need of knowing our own self, before we can fully know His leading.

1 Pet 4:11 Whoever speaks, let him speak the utterances of God,
By the strength given. Not struggling or striving.
Matt 25:15 Talents given. Gifts given. To his own ability.
He does not expect more than we have been given.
Our ability is His expectation.

1 Cor 2:11-12 spiritual thoughts with spiritual deeds.
Eph 4:23. be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
1 Cor 14:15 mind and spirit. A right time to pray in tongues. Pray in natural language.
Eph 6:18 Pray in the Spirit - understanding
Wisdom - council - strength - fear of the Lord
Righteousness - faithfulness. His character.
2 Cor 3:17 There is liberty. No pressure or striving.
Rom 12:2 + 11-12 Mind and spirit devoted to prayer.

1 Pet 4:7 Be sober in spirit for the purpose of prayer,
not unruly, wandering all over the place.
Order on Order. Line on line.
But, if the Holy Spirit says, do all that He asks.
Col 4:2 Keep alert, with an attitude of Thanksgiving.


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1 Thess 5:16-25 Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing
Rejoice some more. Give thanks for this is Christ's will for you.
Prayer has its wings clipped without thanks.

Acts 12:5-12 Paul in prison. People praying at Mary's house.
He was led to the place the people were praying.
They were in the spirit but did not know that God had set Paul free.
James 4:5 He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us.

So pray according to His word and His will :-
Forgiveness of sin.
Increase of knowledge, understanding in the realm of the spirit. Wisdom etc.
Opportunities to witness.
Courage - boldness - Strength to do His will.
Give thanks. Pray for the fruit of the Spirit.
Divine appointments.
For Jerusalem.
Go through the concordance. Look up pray.

He will always answer positively
2 Cor 12: 7 Pauls thorn in the flesh was for added power.
He received more power from having the thorn than he would with it.
Can we trust Him like that?

So why do we not let the Holy Spirit do all the praying for us?
1. We build relationship with God in prayer, He wants to relate to us.
2. The Holy Spirit only prays in the hearts of those who choose to pray.
He searches the desires.
3. God has told us to pray.
4. The Holy Spirit is helping us in our praying. Our Helper.
John 16:13 to lead into all truth.

1 Chron 28:9 The Lord looks into the heart to see the motive.
The Spirit wants us to have the right motive to receive the prayer request.
1 Sam 16:7 Lord looks at the heart.
For out of the heart comes forth the reality. Heart -Spirit-Life.

The Watchman

All disciples should be prayer warriors and watchmen. Prayer warriors are like a dog with a bone – have a good gnaw, bury it, then later dig it up and gnaw again. So with the prayer warrior – he has the tenacity to pray something through to completion, but not necessarily on a regular daily basis. The watchman is one who guards, protects, maintains something, by warning others and by his own prayer as seen in Jeremiah 31.6 ‘for there shall be a day that the watchmen on Mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise and let us go up to Zion to Jehovah our God!’

The watchman peers into the distance to observe and keep watch, waiting for friends to arrive, or warning of the approach of the enemy. The trained watchmen of old could recognise who was approaching the city by the dust churned up by their mode of transport 2 Kings 9:20 ‘And the watchman reported, saying, He came up to them, but does not come again. And the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously.’

Babylon (Daniel Chapter 5) had walls 87 feet thick and reputedly 350 feet high. Stationed at the 250 towers on the wall would have been watchmen. However, let the warning of complacency be taken, for although Babylon was besieged by the Medes and Persians, the inhabitants felt secure, for the drawbridges were up leaving a moat filled by the river Euphrates around the city and the walls impenetrable. They had provisions for several years within the city of 225 square miles. Yet in their festivities to foreign gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood and stone the people did not reckon on the judgments of the God of Israel as they defiled the Lord’s sacred vessels. The watchmen not only failed to observe the draining of the river Euphrates and consequent way made for foot soldiers to enter the city and Palace, but failed to recognise the enemy within their own Palace (the worship of foreign gods and contempt for the True God and His ways). Let the watchmen of today remember to look within their own professed ranks to see the enemy at work. May the true people of God hear and heed the warnings wherever they may be.

‘Watchmen’ also means one who preserves or hedges something about as with thorns ‘I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who will not always be silent all the day nor all the night; you who remember Jehovah, do not be silent’ (Isaiah 62.6). This specifically refers to the protection offered by prayers in response to needs. As we observe the signs of the times so we have a responsibility to pray with understanding which may not be granted to so many people. It is a privilege to be used of the Lord in this way, but it comes with a price, just as in the natural there is a price in our bodies as a soldier lays in wait for an enemy. To be a watchman is at times to be sleepless (how often may we be awoken to pray during the night) and constantly on the alert. Jeremiah 31:28 ‘And it shall be, as I have watched over them to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so I will watch over them to build, and to plant, says Jehovah.’ The Hebrew word here for ‘watch’ is ‘shaqud’ meaning to be alert, sleepless – to be on the lookout. How comforting to know that we are following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ as we make our personal sacrifices to be watchmen for the body of Christ.

The watchman has to be in a vantage point or high place in order to ‘look out’. A watch tower can be at home, school, church, town, area or country etc. Today, we must also think globally.
2 Kings 9:17-21 ‘And a watchman stood on the tower in Jezreel. And he saw the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Jehoram said, Take a horseman and send to meet them, and let him say, is it peace?’ As we see suspicious events occurring or in preparation, we have a responsibility to ask ‘is it peace or is it in accordance with God’s will? We may have to research what we see, and ask others, especially the Holy Spirit. We must lay everything alongside the word of God our plumb line and pray blessings on that which has come from God, and pray protection and sound the warning for all else. We must remember our responsibility to warn, for if the watchman does not, the blood is upon his hands and it will be accounted to him in the judgment of our works.

The prophet Ezekiel was also called by God to be a watchman. Eze 3:17 ‘Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel. Therefore hear the Word of My mouth, and give them warning from Me.’ This was not in contradiction to his role as a prophet, but a refinement of it. Likewise with us disciples and people of prayer. We are all called to do our little bit in the areas over which we have responsibility and influence. It is a responsibility on our shoulders, for God gives us warnings that we must heed in prayer.

Watchmen are called to be prayerfully alert, and to report what we see. Isa 21:6 ‘For so Jehovah has said to me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees…And let him listen, very attentively.’

Watchmen may cause the body to perceive a new battle ahead; being prepared in advance may hasten victory. 1 Cor 14:8 ‘For also if a trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for the battle?’ The watchman must have built up a trusted relationship with those in spiritual authority, so their voice will be heard. Leadership then has a responsibility to test and act on the word. Submission to leadership is a key to victory for the body in question, obviously with sensitivity to the exact nature of the situation. For example, a household warning is the responsibility of the head of the household rather than the pastor. Similarly, an issue effecting, for example, a school where parents or pupils pray is firstly the responsibility for the leaders of that group. Each praying individual and praying group has a responsibility to watch with spiritual awareness, and to listen to what the Lord is saying in the situation so that we have spiritual understanding. Hab 2:1-3 ‘I will stand on my watch and set myself on the tower, and will watch to see what He will say to me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And Jehovah answered me and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on the tablets, that he who reads it may run. For the vision is still for an appointed time, but it speaks to the end, and it does not lie. Though it lingers, wait for it; because it will surely come. It will not tarry.’

It is certainly good practice to record our experiences, although we do not all find this easy at the time. Looking back on answered prayer increases our faith and encourages those who come after us. It also serves as a reminder for the future – how quickly we can forget the battle, especially when results are not immediately evident, or we get distracted. Moreover so often there will be ongoing prayer battles, and those requiring us to wait for God’s perfect timing. As we pass on our spiritually discerned thoughts, prayers, prophetic actions, so we maintain the necessary momentum for ourselves and others. It seems to be an observed fact that success in prayer, often by the few, will encourage many more to join. Success breeds success. As Nehamiah said (Neh 4:19-22 And I said to the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, far from one another. In whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, gather there to us. Our God will fight for us. And we laboured in the work. And half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared. Also at the same time I said to the people, Let everyone with his servant stay inside Jerusalem, so that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour in the day.’) the work of re-building was to be shared, so no one would be over burdened. This calls for localized strategy and organization as we act in prayer, be it a city-wide initiative or an informal gathering of friends.

We must depend totally on our Lord who is our perfect watchman. Psalm 127:1 ‘Unless Jehovah builds the house, they labour in vain who build it; unless Jehovah keeps the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.’ Not all of the ‘good ideas’ we have will be ‘God ideas’. We must learn to lean and depend on God the whole time, or we will be our own time wasters. We may also make problems for others to sort out. Let us never think we can do the Lord’s work for Him! God’s direction and timing are paramount in all activity undertaken in His Name.

Watchmen, by nature, are not always popular people! By nature and calling they are looking out for danger, so may appear to be negative people. Obviously, a calling, be it on ones’ life, or for a particular episode, brings a need to speak out loudly. Perhaps in the business or festivities of normal church life, the warning will not be popular. Isaiah 62:6 ‘I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who will not always be silent all the day nor all the night; you who remember Jehovah, do not be silent.’ . As we have already said, blood is on our hands if we remain silent!

In the New Testament watchman are found watching over the church in prayer, as did Paul for example (Eph 1:15-23; 2 Tim 1:3).

Watchmen warn of false doctrine 1 Tim 1:3-4 ‘Even as I begged you to remain at Ephesus, when I was going to Macedonia, that you might charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies (which provide doubts rather than the nurture of God in faith).’

Christian leaders watch over the souls of the flock, and will have to give an account for this responsibility. Heb 13:17 ‘Yield to those leading you, and be submissive, for they watch for your souls, as those who must give account, that they may do it with joy and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you’.

Watchmen must be on guard for themselves and the body of Christ Acts 20:28 ‘Therefore take heed to yourselves, and to all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God which He has purchased with His own blood’.

If we do not speak out against the world and its system who will? We are the Lord’s mouth-piece here on the earth in this natural realm. We can not afford not to be aware of Satan’s wiles.

John the Baptist came before Jesus to warn of His coming. Watchman and prayer warriors need to be prophetic people, praying ahead of things and being watchful for those who are not so alert.

Jesus makes intercession for us Heb 7:25 ‘Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them’ and so should we for others.

A Bible Study on Intercession

Why do we need intercession?

Ezek 22:29 God was looking for someone to stand in the gap for Him and could not find one. We need to build up the wall as a defence against oppression.

Matt 21:13 The reason for intercession is not that God answers prayer,
it is that He has said "Pray"

Isa 53:12 To intercede for those who do not know God's ways and acts.
Jesus said "forgive them Father they know not what they do".

Heb 7:25 He intercedes for those who draw near to God through Jesus.
Prayer is Gods work through us.

Rom 8:26+34 The Spirit of God intercedes on earth. This is the Spirit of interc ssion.
Jesus intercedes in heaven. The same spirit is within Him.
The same spirit is within us, so all are intercessors.

1 Tim 2:1-8 It is commitment to God's calling. It is in answer to His calling.
A selfless love. Your intercession cannot be mine.

1 Cor 3:9 We are fellow workers with the Lord.
We are to act as God’s mouth-piece, to direct the word or power as deemed necessary by His leading.

Who should intercede?
Those who are His true disciples.
Those who know that they are called to pray.

Psalm 24:3-4 Those with clean hands and a pure heart.

2 Chron 7:14 Those who have humbled themselves before God.

Ecc 4:9-12 A person on their own is alright, but two or more are better.
The Holy Spirit is the instigator of all prayer.
Fear of the Lord - Love of the Lord.
Matt 11:30 Bearing the burden. My yoke is light.
He gives strength for the things He desires us to carry.

Exod 32:11 Moses entreated the Lord for the Israelites.
32:31 Again he interceded for them.

Praying from revelation.
God answers the prayers that He has inspired.

Amos 7:1-6 He prayed and God changed His mind.
Jonah 3:10 He changed His mind over Nineveh
James 5:17-20 Elijah prayed 1 Kings 17:1 no rain for three and a half years.
Saved a nation.
2 Chron 20:5-12 Enemies encamped about them and Jehoshaphat
prayed and God spoke assurance and won the battle for them.
Being aware of the things that would block the work of the Lord in someone’s life, or some kind of situation.

Standing in the gap for those who do not understand the battle of the soul and spirit or the spiritual realm.
Standing for those who are oppressed by the devil.

To those that much has been given much will be expected.

Luke 23:34 Standing in the gap for the lost. They know not what they do.

Standing in the gap for the nation. Only the wisdom of God can save a nation.

Psalm 122:6 Standing in the gap for Israel. Peace for Jerusalem.

The Power of the Kingdom of God

Luke 17:20-21  is within you.    Luke 8:1+10   Luke 9:1   Luke 18:16-17  
Therefore we are called as His disciples to show forth the Kingdom of our God.
 932 basileia {bas-il-i'-ah}
 AV - kingdom (of God) 71, kingdom (of heaven) 32,
1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule…having the right or authority                                                        
                                                                       to rule over a kingdom
This Kingdom within has to rule and it has to stand over the Kingdom of evil.
Do you want to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God…His way of life?

It first has to be alive in us, then it can manifest itself in our lives.
Its purpose in being in us, is for it to flow from us.  Jesus is our example.
Is His Kingdom alive in you? It is a faith life therefore the righteous shall live by faith.
There is royal power in your life… there is a ruling over everything that is ungodly.

Israel…is the land and the people. Translated commonwealth…land and a people.
It is God’s Holy Land…does not look like it from mans point of view, it does to God.
There is a place to dwell, within Israel, for God’s people with Jesus as their King.
Zech 2:8 …the apple of My eye…God’s eye is there…over the people and the land.
Israel cannot be anywhere else can it?
The Kingdom of God is a dwelling place within us, it is the dwelling place of the King…Jesus.
It is a Spiritual place with a spiritual rule and reign…with Him on the throne.
Nothing can touch this Kingdom, where Jesus rules.
Only our reluctance to allow it to manifest can stop it from ruling.
He will not over-rule our will…the choice has been given to us to submit or not.
This Kingdom within is a place for us also to dwell in…with Him.
It is a place for His personality to be seen and related to.
It is of the Holy Spirit, so is a Holy place and we are to live within this ruling character.
With us being in Christ and Christ being in us…is being in His Kingdom.

Rev 21:1-11
Now let us consider the New Jerusalem as a bride coming down out of heaven.
The old has to pass away and the new will come…the old earth will go and the new will come.
Does this sound familiar for your own life. The old had to die that the new may come.
A new heaven and a new earth, a new Jerusalem of people and a place where we are as one person with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. John 17 in answer to Jesus prayer.

Israel…a people and a place…The New Jerusalem a people and a place.
The Kingdom of God within is personality and a place…we are a people with the personality of God.
Israel cannot be Israel outside of Israel.
The Kingdom of God cannot be outside of us. Until He comes again.
The New Jerusalem cannot be brought here until the old earth has gone.

Heb 8:1-2 a temporary tabernacle is set up for now…
The NJ is a temple created by the Holy Spirit…it is a place for the people of God.
A place for His family…who are like Him…born of Him.
A people who manifest His character that rule over evil…loves and lives the truth.
We do things His way…have the life of Christ within and show forth His creation, The Kingdom of God.
Jesus came down to the earth…came down out of heaven, like the NJ will.
A prepared place for us to dwell in…the same as the living, life giving Kingdom already here in us to be lived.
We live by the power of this Kingdom…it produces power to rule, the person who rules within us has the power and imparts it to those who are willing to accept it.

Only those who have the Kingdom of God within shall be part of the bride…the new Jerusalem. You must be born again to enter heaven. John 3:3
One has to be born again…born of the Spirit to enter this spiritual place.
It is done in a spiritual way by a spiritual life given and accepted by the One who has made a way for us to enter.
He went before us to make a way… to the new life. Wow…what a Friend.

We are being prepared for His coming, will He find faith in our hearts when He comes?
Have you entered by faith into this Kingdom of His, that is already here in you and me?
Will He have found something of His Kingdom manifest in each of our lives?

Matt 6:10 Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done. It has come…is His will being done?
It came at Pentecost in the character of the Holy Spirit poured out onto believers.
Did it manifest itself in the world through them?
Luke 10:1 and the Lord sent out 70 others to take forth the Kingdom to be an ambassador for the Kingdom of God. v17-21 Jesus’ reaction to His rule being seen was that He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit.

What did HE tell His disciples to do…
Luke 12:28-34 seek first the Kingdom of God,
and its character…righteousness…then all these things will be added to your life.
Are you seeking the Kingdom of God first in every situation?

Believers say to me…how do I do it David?
You talk to Him…relate to Him…allow Him to change your heart, your mind, your life
Listen to Him, respond to His calling, respond to His Word and His Spirit.
Live as a spiritual person more than you would seek the way of the world.
Do not act like the world does…live like Christ…pray and seek His way for your life.
Submit to His ways… stand firm for Him…do not deny anything He asks of you.
Resist the devil and his ways…quickly repent and forgive when hurt or rejected.
Love Jesus with all of the heart and proclaim the Lord is the answer…
And then you will know that the Kingdom of God has been manifest in your life.
Trust and obey for there is no other way…to be happy in Jesus.

You will see the New City…because you will be part of it.
The old city is nice to see…but the new one…wow.
Will you stand with me in proclaiming the Kingdom of God?
It is for us to help each other so lets pray for each other.

The Anointing of the Spirit

Do not let the past rob you of the rule in life for the future.
Anointing is the “plus” that God alone can give.
Vision is merely hope with a blueprint, a strategy for baring fruitfulness.
We can better our future by confronting the past.

The Definition of Anointing:
To smear, anoint, spread a liquid, properly to stroke, to draw the hand over, to paint
a) (Qal) 1) to smear 2) to anoint (as consecration) 3) to anoint, consecrate
b) (Niphal) to be anointed. To consecrate (set apart, make holy), to sanctify them to minister as the Lord’s priests. To spread over with anything especially to lay colours on anything, especially to anoint with oil, a shield (by doing so the leather becomes more tenacious and less pervious to weapons.

Ezek 44:15-17  sons of Levites and the sons of Zadok + v23
We can only serve people fully after we have devoted ourselves to God…He and His divine principles have to be the priority in life.
Without this in life’s understanding we will never know what the anointing of the Spirit is.
The anointing is released from within by the power and personality of the Holy Spirit.
With the knowledge of the inner power of the Holy Spirit one can then be in-tune with this part of God’s character and power.
Anointing is owned and released to the degree that it corresponds with God’s divine sense of purpose for us.

Psalm 45:3-7   Oil of gladness above thy fellows
It was the alive/olive oil that blended all the ingredients together to make the
anointing oil complete.  Herbs blended. Sweet and bitter together.
Anointing increases in the olive press, where our flesh is dealt with.
We do not find this comfortable but we have to allow God to deal with our flesh so that the anointing can flow more freely.

Anointing oil was first used to protect against sunburn.  Any manifestation of God’s anointing will therefore bring healing, comfort and protection.
We must be aware who’s anointing we are working in – are we promoting genuine Godly intimacy with peace, comfort and healing, or seductions of intellectual philosophies (Babylon) which is a watered-down version of God’s word… Satan will often counterfeit what God does.

Gethsemane means wine-press which was costly to Jesus.
There is a cost (commitment to pray) to bring the release for many.

A willing submission to the character of the Holy Spirit will bring a sweetness of God, the love of God, and the peace of God flowing through your soul out to others.
It is only the grace of God that can produce this anointing, and that is to be released through the inner dwelling of His Spirit.
There is a grace anointing for difficult times (2 Corin 12:7-10)
2 Cor 12:1-9 Paul requested of the Lord for a release from difficult circumstances beyond his control. The Lord’s response was “My grace is sufficient for you”…in other words The inner dwelling presence and power of God is enough to see you through this.
The grace anointing is sufficient for all of us to come through no matter what is thrown at us.
Jesus could do nothing spiritually without the Father’s wisdom and the power of the Holy Spirit (John 5:19)

Acts 1:8 you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.
1 Cor 12:4-6  Explains to us the Holy trinity at work. The Spirit gives out His spiritual gifts, and the Lord gives forth the different kinds of ministries, the Father then creates the affects to be seen in the natural world.
He tells us to covet these kind of gifts and anointing (1 Cor 12:31 + 1 Cor 14:39)
This is not a negative type of coveting but a pure heart desire for good.
This is co-working with the full character of God and brings forth fruitfulness.

Psalm 2:2-12
Your anointing to serve Him will be greater blessed by allowing that anointing to flow from the head over the body onto your own vision for your spiritual life.
We cannot say that we can do without the body of Christ or God's anointing.
Because there is a battle against the anointed ones of God, and standing together is essential to see success in ones life.

King David had three types of anointing from the Lord.
1st   was before his brothers  1 Sam 16:1 + 12-13  
2nd  was before the tribe/house of Judah  2 Sam 2:4 + 7 +11
3rd  was before all of Israel  2 Sam 5: 1-5 he was made king and anointed for the purpose.     Trusting in His faithfulness for the fruit of the life lived to follow.

In summary
Knowing the anointing myself I can only encourage you to look to the Lord for the added life under the anointing, for within it there is a deeper wisdom and discernment needed for and in these end times.
Once received and experienced as part of  you,  your life will be the fuller for it and you will give more glory to the Lord for what He has given you. The fruit from it will be a blessing to you, your family and your church.

Anointing of the Spirit

Vision is merely hope with a blueprint, a strategy for baring fruitfulness.
We can better our future by confronting the past.
Do not let the past rob you of the rule in life in the future.
Anointing is the “plus” that God alone can give.
The Definition of Anointing:
To smear, anoint, spread a liquid, properly to stroke, to draw the hand over, to paint
a) (Qal) 1) to smear 2) to anoint (as consecration) 3) to anoint, consecrate
b) (Niphal) to be anointed. To consecrate (set apart, make holy), to sanctify them to minister as the Lord’s priests. To spread over with anything especially to lay colours on anything, especially to anoint with oil, a shield (by doing so the leather becomes more tenacious and less pervious to weapons.
Ezek 44:15-17  sons of Levites and the sons of Zadok   + v23
We can only serve people fully after we have devoted ourselves to God…He and His divine principles have to be the priority in life.
Without this in life’s understanding we will never know what the anointing of the Spirit is.
The anointing is released from within by the power and personality of the Holy Spirit.
With the knowledge of the inner power of the Holy Spirit one can then be in-tune with this part of God’s character and power.
Anointing is owned and released to the degree that it corresponds with God’s divine sense of purpose for us.

Psalm 45:3-7   Oil of gladness above thy fellows
It was the alive/olive oil that blended all the ingredients together to make the
anointing oil complete.  Herbs blended. Sweet and bitter together.
Anointing increases in the olive press, where our flesh is dealt with.  We do not find this comfortable but we have to allow God to deal with our flesh so that the anointing can flow more freely.

Anointing oil was first used to protect against sunburn.  Any manifestation of God’s anointing will therefore bring healing, comfort and protection.
We must be aware who’s anointing we are working in – are we promoting genuine Godly intimacy with peace, comfort and healing, or seductions of intellectual philosophies (Babylon). A watered-down version of God’s word… Satan will counterfeit what God does.

Gethsemane means wine-press which was costly to Jesus.
There is a cost (commitment to pray) to bring the release for many.
The character of the Holy Spirit
A willing submission to His character will bring a sweetness of God, the love of God, and the peace of God flowing through your soul out to others.
It is only the grace of God that can produce this anointing, and that is to be released through the inner dwelling of His Spirit.
There is a grace anointing for difficult times (2 Corin 12:7-10)
2 Cor 12:1-9 Paul requested of the Lord for a release from difficult circumstances beyond his control. The Lord’s response was “My grace is sufficient for you”…in other words The inner dwelling presence and power of God is enough to see you through this.
The grace anointing is sufficient for all of us to come through no matter what is thrown at us.
Jesus could do nothing spiritually without the Father’s wisdom and the power of the Holy Spirit (John 5:19)
Acts 1:8 you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.
1 Cor 12:4-6  Explains to us the Holy trinity at work. The Spirit gives out His spiritual gifts, and the Lord gives forth the different kinds of ministries, the Father then creates the affects to be seen in the natural world.
He tells us to covet these kind of gifts and anointing (1 Cor 12:31 + 1 Cor 14:39)
This is not a negative type of coveting but a pure heart desire for good.
This is co-working with the full character of God and brings forth fruitfulness.

Psalm 2:2-12
Your anointing to serve Him will be greater blessed by allowing that anointing to flow from the head over the body onto your own vision for your business life.
We cannot say that we can do without the body of Christ or God's anointing.
Because there is a battle against the anointed ones of God, and standing together is essential to see success in ones life.

King David had three types of anointing from the Lord.
1st   was before his brothers  1 Sam 16:1 + 12-13  
2nd  was before the tribe/house of Judah  2 Sam 2:4 + 7 +11
3rd  was before all of Israel  2 Sam 5: 1-5 he was made king and anointed for the purpose. Trusting in His faithfulness for the fruit of the life lived to follow.

In summary
Knowing the anointing myself I can only encourage you to look to the Lord for the added life under the anointing, for within it there is a deeper wisdom and discernment needed for and in these end times.
Once received and experienced as part of  you,  your life will be the fuller for it and you will give more glory to the Lord for what He has given you. The fruit from it will be a blessing to you, your family and your church.

The Will at Work Keeping a Good Conscience

In our Bible 'our will' refers to the things that have been instilled in our consciousness; it allows our soul to distinguish between what is morally good and bad, prompting us to do the good and shun the bad, commending one, condemning the other.There are a number of scriptures which talk about the conscience, have a read of them:
Rom 9:1 bearing witness in the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 8:7 their conscience being weak
2 Cor 1:12 it speaks… can be holy or fleshly
1 Tim 1:19 keep faith and a good conscience
1 Tim 3:9 pure and clear
1 Tim 4:2 some having their consciences seared
1 Pet 2:21 there are answers for keeping a good conscience
A good conscience will help us to stand in these end times.
Conscience
In Greek the word is 'Suneidesi'.
Our conscience always tends to lean towards the greater ideal in our life, but is influenced by our childhood training and culture. We all tend to say 'This is what I believe and this is what I stand on, this has worked for me.'
Whatever becomes the greater ideal or focus of the soul or mind the conscience will be biased in that direction.
Mind
What do you put your mind to?
Whatever our mind thinks on will manifest through our words and actions.
If it is towards your desire rather than the Lord, it will lean towards decisions for fulfilment of this.
It will be drawn to the deepest desire in your life, and in that give signals to the soul and the mind. Feelings will be released in accordance to this.
The conscience can give a feel good factor, as it sits nicely with your own desire.
If the major focus in your life is your family then the conscience will lean towards it.
Take a radical believer of another faith brought up in his holy books, and his conscience will tend to lean towards His major focus, regardless of what are right morals to others.
His conscience has been trained to respond to what has become the ideal or focus of his upbringing and culture.
His conscience, like ours, can be seared by his ideal or wrong morals.
To a Christian, Jesus has to be the ideal. Not the church, not the book, not the lost, but Christ Jesus as their Lord. Nothing else can be above Him and all that He is.
A selfish person who has ideals of grandeur for self will make decisions promoting self and feel it is OK because of the greater strength of that desire, even in working with God.
What is your ideal in life? This is where your conscience will trigger your greatest morals. They will be promoted by the soul, and lead the body to obey.
We therefore cannot trust in just the leading of the conscience. Conscience is not the voice of God in us. The conviction of the Holy Spirit is.
If we choose to put the light of the truth into our lives by listening and responding to the Holy Spirit in the Word, it is more than likely that the conscience will be swayed to go God’s way rather than the world’s way. And the more the conscience leans towards the truth, the more it will trigger the correct action.
From this we learn to live from the conviction of the Spirit in our conscience rather than it acting upon its' past programming. It is being renewed in the Spirit of your mind.
The Holy Spirit will squeeze that old conscience until it conforms to the word of God and revelation of the Spirit. Until, like a squeezed sponge, good flows out of it.
When my will sees the value of a good conscience it is more than likely to follow the prompting of the Spirit rather than my own ideal.
Conscience knows the highest ideal in our lives and seeks to follow that level of programming.
We have to allow the Holy Spirit to set the mind and the will to programme the conscience or it will be led astray by our own self motivation.
The conscience speaks and the mind should receive the necessary instructions, but there is a middle voice between the two.
Reckoning (Logizomai) log-id-zom-ahee
It is called “reckoning” or “weighing up” before it gets to the mind. (Logizomai)
To impute or to take into account, To consider. To judge or to decide, to choose a purpose.
It has an interesting root word (tupto) meaning to smite, beat, to strike with a whip or fist; of mourners to smite their breasts; disquiet of one’s conscience.
Again as we look back further we find that word has another connecting root of (tugchano) of one discharging a javelin or arrow.
To reach, attain to. Obtain. Get…become master of.
We have to look at the target, the goal or the vision that is important to us, our ideal.
As we fight for what is the truth, so we beat our soul into submission. It is an inner fight as we allow our conscience the freedom to be used by the Holy Spirit.
From ideal … to conscience:
Our ideal, or should we say the highest level of priority, vision or standard of morals in our lives
is the major influence upon our conscience. The conscience tends to evaluate its decisions on the conviction of the strongest voice within. If the ideal in life is more powerful in ones life than the Word of God it will tend to be swayed by that ideal.
Morals
In listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit within us as He promotes of the Word of God, the morals that are formed in our conscience are born of His ways and not the worlds ways. If the conscience listens to the voice of any other “ideal” it will form morals attached to that ideal, hence the statement of:
'His will, in my conscience
His will, in my reckoning
His will, in my mind
His will over my will'
Listen to the conviction of the Holy Spirit within your conscience, weigh it up and apply it to the decisions you have to make. Here is where we gain the inner strength for self control, the fruit of relationship with the Holy Spirit. It starts right here in the conscience. Having a good conscience is so important to each of us. Do not switch it off, but listen to it and be encouraged that the Lord will use it to help us to stand.
Pray for a release of our conscience to more openness of the Spirit, that anything that raises itself up against the will of the Lord will have to come down. I pray you will be strengthened in your inner fight for holiness.
DT 03.07

Our Will brings us Blessing

Romans 7.15-25 to 8.6 speaks of the law of sin and death and the spiritual laws of God, His divine order of things.We constantly have an inner battle to fight if we are going to choose to go God’s way.
What I want to do and will to do are two different things.
God works through our will, not our wants.
He supplies our needs, not our wants.
Most times, ‘I want’ is me looking for something coming in to me.
’I will ‘is often an active flow out from me. So exercising my will over my want is a decision I have to make; God has given me this freedom to choose whether or not to act on my free will.
Greek meanings of ’will’ in the New Testament include:
• To have a purpose; that which I determine shall be done
• To have in mind; to intend
• To be resolved
• To desire
• To love
• To take delight in; have pleasure
• To know in the mind what ought to be done
My will is the response from the whole of my life, reflecting and acting on the desire within me. My will has to be activated by an immediate response of obedience. If I do not act on it, the desire will weaken, be challenged and may turn into a negative power. There will be a hardening and corruption of God’s leading within me, possibly leading to deception and mis-understanding.
If we know the right thing to do and do not do it, that becomes sin. We have not been obedient. I will then suffer the consequences of disappointment and condemnation because I did not respond as I should have done.
Whenever the Holy Spirit’s conviction comes to us, our whole character is softened so as to obey.
Obedience brings its blessing, and disobedience brings its own loss. It is better to never hear the truth than to hear it and refuse to obey.
We must determine to take the initiative and obey the truth, to never hesitate regarding God’s character at work in our lives. We must remember to protect our own will by taking our first thought captive, which will most times either hinder or enhance our second, deeper thought. Never postpone a Godly decision, because the second thought about it will often be a deflection from the first.
When concentrating on His Word, allow the deeper thoughts to penetrate the will. We have to speak to our mind and soul and tell it ‘THIS is good for you, receive it.’
We have to set our mind on Him and His ways. The only true way to know His will is to do it; simply to do what He says.
This often has to be an aggressive stance to the stubborn parts of our mind and soul.
For example, a runner wants to win a race. He or she trains, prepares their body and mind, commits to self effort. Likewise, we accept God’s will in our lives and commit our will to see His power manifest in our winning the situation.
Who would want to try to be a Christian? Certainly not a spiritual Believer. We can not be a Christian by trying; we are or are not a Christian. Likewise, if the call of God is there in your life, we have to give it our total commitment.
When we say ‘yes’ to Jesus and His will, we accept God as our Father, we accept His Holy Spirit in us, and we accept His Word and will too.
Then we gain the benefits of God’s kingdom and spiritual power beyond anything we have ever had before, and an everlasting love and support for us. We live the life by His power and not ours. We feed our new spiritual life with His spiritual food, and we grow. We must act on even just a little bit of understanding, and as we prove it as being God, we go for more. Our mounting experiences of obedience to God help us to really know God’s voice. All of this is activating my will to do His will.
Is Jesus alive in you?
Then do as He did and find what He found, the love of the Father, the will of the Father and the life of the Father.
If our intention is to obey God rather than just hear Him, then the Spirit of God opens up the ability for us to respond. Moreover, we gain more insight into who He is.
As you respond to His will with determined intent to follow it through, so you will receive more instruction or direction from Him, because your will is more than willing to submit to His divine order and calling of you. Jesus said to the Father ‘Not my will be done, but yours’
‘I want this’ or ‘I want that’ is so often short sighted; a ‘give me now’ attitude or even selfishness. Romans 8.28 encourages us that as all our circumstances are allowed by God, they are ultimately there for our benefit, often to refine and develop our Godly character, not meet our wants.
Only the pure in heart shall see God, understand God and enjoy being obedient to Him. Further insight comes to us when we are pure hearted and working out God’s will in our lives.
If we follow after self motivated activities, we will find it very difficult to hear any of God’s leading. Until we turn from our own desire to do His will, we will struggle in our decisions.
We must say ‘not my will but Yours be done’.
His conviction of what is right and wrong is always there in a Believer. Freedom of our will is God’s gift to us. Submission to His will is our gift to Him.
Good discipleship training turns the disciple from our own way to God’s way. A preacher or teacher has to bring people to a place of doing something. When I pray for you, you have to exercise your will to respond to God.
Now let Him know what your will really is.
DT March 07.

Understanding the ways of God

The result of the fall of man has affected the way mankind relates to God.
Communication in a spiritual way was broken.
We started seeing with our eyes and hearing solely with our ears.
People do not see God, do not hear God. Or know Him intimately, He is so loving, caring, faithful to them.Being able to see what is in God’s Spirit is essential for the spiritual life of His family.
Discerning the inner spirit comes from knowing the Spirit.
You will not really know another person without spending time with them.
…you pick up on their wisdom and their understanding.
You begin to discern the real life that is there deep within. Not just the surface.
Be able to read the heart of that person, what they really think.
What makes them tick. The real life deep within.
The real life,… born of the Holy Spirit - Has been prepared for us to live.
Communicating from our inner spirit to His Spirit.
How do we do this? Is always the big question.
It is lived by communication and by the desire of our will.
First, my will has to be willing to submit to His ways.
The word of God will not be opened up to us by His Spirit, if we are not willing to receive it.
We will not have the power to live it, if we refuse to abide in its conditions.
The measure you give of your life to the Spirit, will be the measure you have of Him.
This is part of the divine order, the ways of the Lord.
Likewise…No repentance, then we are not forgiven.
If you do not forgive others, then you will not be forgiven either.
Discerning the ways of God, you will discern the will of God.
You will discern the heart and will of man by the way they live.
What is in the heart of God and man will come out.
Discerning the things of the Holy Spirit will come from understanding the H/S
Understand the will of God by the word of God…. Revealed by His Spirit.
If you do not understand it… then you have to search His heart for it by talking to Him.
Ask and you will receive …. Searching His will by having a clean and pure motive.
We gain the power of the spoken word by submission to it. To His Ways.
You cannot say to a demon of lust, Go from this persons body, if you are lustful. Unclean spirit. Resentful.
No willingness to deal with sin will weaken the power of the word in you.
The word is not weak, but your spirit will be. H/S not weak…but you will be.
There can be no compromise, if we want to see spiritual things.
Sin closes the window to the light, we will remain unable to see, until repentant.
If you do not see the ways of God, nor the will of God… then ask yourself why.
Before discerning the spirit of others, learn first to discern your own.
Do not try to judge others until you have finished looking at your own life.
1 Cor 2:6-10
God actually holds back certain wisdom until we get wise to His ways.
Less we hinder the work that He is doing.
V9 There are things that he has prepared in His heart to reveal to you.
V10 The Holy Spirit longs to bring truth, give discernment, wisdom etc.
BUT do we love Him enough to handle some things that we will see and understand?
How far do you want to go in submitting to His ways?
How far will you go?
Share the truth with a friend?
Will you speak out in tongues?
Will you cast out a demon from a persons life?
Will you be a voice?
Will you say it as it is and not compromise His ways?
You will ! great… then your discernment will increase, your power will increase.
Get ready for more supernatural wisdom to be released to you.
Insight is on its way. The window is opening to the light again.
You will see the heart of heart of God for yourself.
You will find His ways for your own life rather than others helping you.
For He will lead you into all truth.
The church as a whole is not a bride as yet, it is still immature.
It is not ready for birthing yet, it is still a child, in adolescence.
Childish in behaviour, still growing up.
BUT the time will come when the bridegroom will say “Come up here all you who have made yourself ready, washed your robes in the blood of the lamb, who have submitted to the purity of the word and the work of the Spirit, come”
DT 03.06

Walking in the Light

Jn 8:32 Know the truth and the truth will set you free.
Believe a lie and it will hold you in its grip
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH?
New age people say “that truth is relative to what you want to believe”
THE TRUTH IS living in the reality God. This is the Christian’s walk, and life.
We cannot make excuses for not walking in the light as He is the light. (1 Jn 1:7)
Luke 14:16-24 Many will make excuses as to why they did not walk in the truth, light.
V25 –27 love God above everything / everyone else or we cannot be His disciple.
Are we filling our lives with Godly things, Godly thoughts, Godly ways?
IF NOT, then when we come to pray, this worldly negative stuff we have filled our minds with will come to the surface and rob us of knowing and hearing from God.
If we have filled our lives with the word of God, had time with His Spirit, trusted and relied upon the heart of the Father, then these things will come to mind when we pray.
Then the relationship will be built, and we will know that we walk in the light, because of fellowship.
We cannot be HIS disciple without laying down the old life and living the new life in Christ.
Faithfull AND true written on our foreheads in a spiritual way, for all to see. (Rev 19:11)
Relationship with the Holy Spirit brings more love, more joy, more peace, more patience etc.
Fleshly living brings grumbling, quarrelling, disputes all basic instincts of the flesh. Selfishness.
• Heb 12:14 1. Pursue peace, with all men
• 2. And sanctification for without it no one will see the Lord, meet with the Lord.
• V 15 3. Do not come short of trusting in the grace of God
• 4. Do not allow any roots of bitterness to cause trouble for you, and be defiled.
• 5. Do not be immoral.
• 6. Do not be GODLESS, be filled with His life and ways
For when they lived without God and Godliness they robbed themselves of the blessing of God.
Revelation of our position in Christ as an individual is essential.
Living by grace and love. Give the same and you will be blessed.
You are the gate-keeper of your life, see to it that only Godly things have influence in your life.
Being a Christian, is more than just knowing of Christ, it is living the life of Christ.
Instability, weakness, double-mindedness, unreality is caused by indecision to go fully God’s way.
Does God has priority over your lives?
IF NOT, what is your excuse?
If Yes, He does have priority, wonderful. Then His life will manifest in and through you.
You will know the fruit of that relationship and others will see it.
They will know that you are His disciple, because you have the characteristics of God in your life.
The very best thing that you can do in life is to give your life to Christ Jesus and leave it with Him to work it all out for you.
Do not grumble about what is or is not, as you see it, get on with living His life in you and see the glory of God be seen through you.
It is more important and gives priority to God to press on into more of God for yourself, than to always be making excuses for what you do not see.
In time we all will reap what we have sown, the life of Christ manifest to the world.
If you don’t pray, you will not stay… the course of life.
Walk in the Light of the Spirit of Love. Gal 5:16 - Eph 5:2 - Eph 5:8 – Rom 6:4

A Life of Love

I have been speaking recently about the love flow of God, and His sweet words to us.
I said “Intimacy creates a sharper sword. Grasp this revelation for yourself.
I am in love with Jesus, and He with me, so I am going out on a date with Jesus.
Taking me places to show me off to others. Proud of me, loves me, pleased to have me as His own.
Are you willing to be taken out to be seen with Jesus, to speak sweet words about Him?”Take every opportunity to speak about Him, because you love Him SO MUCH.
This week on the street, I had a wonderful time of sharing the love of God to others
Rev 3:2-3 wake up to the fact, that you need to do something in regard to what you have heard.
Strengthen what you have retained, for the deeds that are to be done are not yet completed.
What has remained of what you have heard? Continue to proclaim it.
Believe it, live it, and make it seen…this is what I believe. I am saved, I am His.
OR WE WILL GROW WEARY OF OUR WALK OF FAITH IN GOD
Isa 40:28 I do not grow weary or tired of you, My understanding of you is so great.
Ps 139: 17-18 How can I stop loving you, when Me thoughts are continuing all day about you.
Ps 139:3 Because I am acquainted with all of your ways,
I know all of your thoughts and all of your personal ways.
Ps 139:13 Was it not Me that created you and formed you in your mothers womb
V14 Wonderfully made
V15 It was no mistake, Me making you in that secret place, to be who you are.
Isa 49:15 As a mother who cannot forget her nursing baby, even so much greater is My love for you, I will never forget you.
Isa 49:16 I have engraved you on my hand
Eph 1:11 I have chosen you, you are My beloved.
John 10:3 Isa 43:10 I have called you by name
1 John 3:1 You are Mine, my child
Heb 13:5 I will never leave you or forsake you (to the enemy) wherever you go,
I will be with you.
John 10:37 Ps 37:4 I hold you firmly in My hand.
1 Pet 5:7 Matt 11:28 I care for you and want to take your burdens and anxi- eties,
1 Ps 145: 15-19 I delight in satisfying your desires
1 Rom 8:35-39 Nothing can separate My love from you
Isa 54:10 Though Mountains be shaken and hills be removed, My unfailing love for you will never change
John 15:15 You are My friend
Isa 43:1 + 4 You are precious and honoured in My sight and I love you, My beloved
Ps 139: 16 I had a specific purpose in mind when I made you, for I have written the days of your life in My book before there was one of them.
That was for Me to love you, whom I created, and for you to LOVE ME.
The Spirit of God is saying to us:
It is not your commitment to church, It is not your availability, It is not your finances that I need,
It is not your prayers that I need, It is not an existence in you. All these things are right and true, BUT MY desire is to live a life of love with you, will you come to Me and give Me the desire of My heart.
I love you, I love you, I love you.
DO YOU KNOW HIM TO BE LIKE THIS? SO LOVING.

Sweet Words

Romans 8:1-13
There is a love flow of God in us and through enabling us to serve others.
The words that I give to you are eternal.
With a new heart comes a new voice. We do not speak how we used to speak.
He has given us His word, here it is, it is for you, do you want it?“I give you MY word, and you can trust it.
Can you give Me your word that I can trust?”
Being born again releases a fresh attitude, coming from our hearts within.
Something that is flowing from the heart of God within.
Something good, special to Him.
Are all the words we speak sweet words to Jesus’ ears?
Does He long to hear us speak? Can He not wait to spend time with us to hear the words of love and encouragement flowing from our lips to Him and others.
Does He then not long to give more opportunities for folks like this to share His love and life with others.
Does He use the foul mouth, negative and aggressive person. No, who would want to listen to them anyhow?
The difference between our opinions and our revelation can be miles apart.
Worldly opinions are formed by reasoning of knowledge we see with our natural eyes and listen to with natural ears.
We then reason things out and come to a logical answer.
Our experience can be a major factor in the decision making.
This will bring about a worldly wisdom. Sometimes good but not necessarily God.
The spiritual person seeks for the wisdom from God’s heart searching through relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Relying on, and trusting in hearing His voice as the good shepherd who will lead us into all truth.
We then have to test out our own motives for the use of this knowledge.
We have to allow the Spirit of God to bring it forth in the same character that it was given, Jesus way, love being the root and the motive.
What is not brought forth in love does not flow from God.
What is not brought forth in the right Spirit, is not from the Holy Spirit.
All of you have to test out the heart that you listen to. Testing me today.
What is this doing to me, what am I receiving here, is this the Spirit of the Lord?
Or is it some other spirit power?
If it come from some flesh activity it will only touch flesh.
If it is a mind thing, it will only touch the mind.
If it is born of the Spirit of God it will accomplish what God wants it to do.
God is love and always speaks of grace and care for others.
The love flow of our Lord Jesus was always meant to be for you and out to others.
Two key things He is doing with us right now.
• 1. Calling us into a greater depth of intimacy
• 2. Taking what we have out to others.
Intimacy creates a sharper sword. Grasp this revelation for yourself.
I am in love with Jesus, and He with me, so I am going out on a date with Jesus.
Taking me places to show me off to others. Proud of me, loves me, pleased to have me as His own.
Are you willing to be taken out to be seen with Jesus, to speak sweet words about Him?
Word given Friday Prayer time 17th July 04 at C/S
“I am opening your hearts to be a transparent people, for all to see.
I am preparing a people for Myself.
Do not be concerned of what you feel you do not see, but focus on who I am and give glory to what you do see happening. Do not take your eyes off of Me as I prepare you for what is ahead, be patient and you will see the desires of your heart fulfilled.
My plans are to prosper you. Have I not given to you and kept you.
You desired a place of your own and here you are in that place, have I not provided this for you?
Have I not given you the finance as you have had need of it?
You have a body around you, a team of people to encourage you, a family in which you can trust.
I have given you a freedom that others would love to enjoy.
Yet now in My provision for you I am unfolding a mystery, things that you cannot see as yet, but you will see it. It will be opened up to you.
There is a pending storm brewing, yet be assured that I am watching over you and that I am for you, and will see you safely through. Only through trusting Me and putting your assurance in Me will you stand this testing time. I will be protecting you because of My love for you. Be aware of those who seek their own way of doing things, ask of Me, search My heart for your success, for My way is the way of growth and prosperity in the work of My Spirit”

Love Flow

John 13:34-35 a new commandment, it is a commandment to LOVE.
Not by your gifting, your abilities, your intelligence, your anointing,
BUT YOUR LOVE.
Ezek 11:18-19 …and will put a new spirit within you .. new heart.
A heart that will know Me, one that will contain Me.
You will be My habitation, dwelling place. Where I AM - Is love.
The Greek word for abide is “meno” it means to settle down, to remain
To be at rest in His love, settled, at peace in Him.
I want you to remain in My love.
Submit to this love, He will be able to create a new fresh place within you, a realm where God rules = the Kingdom of God.
From within this place where God is allowed to rule all things are possible.
Here your faith grows in an atmosphere of love, an area well protected.
No-one can touch this spiritual kingdom within, it has been given to you.
Only you can allow this Kingdom to be released from within.
No other than you or God can move the power outward, from within.
This place of intimacy, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, is where revelation is birthed,
from where the rhema word comes forth.
This is the place of words of knowledge,
The prophetic is seen.
Where prayers are birthed,
Where anointing flows from.
Where tongues speak from.
Where desires are birthed, where we minister from.
Where wisdom flows forth, understanding received.
Faithfulness leads to fruitfulness.
Ps 1 says blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him, he will be like a tree firmly planted by the waters...and never fails to bear fruit.
Isa 30:15 In repentance and rest is your salvation,
And in quietness and trust is your strength, BUT you would have none of it.
Matt 11:28-29 come to me all of those who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and...you will find rest for your soul
This actually gives some suggestion of inactivity, stillness, because Jesus wants to be our life and that is in Him alone. But its not passive.
The problem is always us, because the human heart is prone to perpetual self reliance and stubbornness.
TAKE My yoke upon you, …. And you will find rest for your souls.
A changed life is always shown by its fruit.
Rest shows in us, it reveals the character of Jesus at peace and at rest, Him as shalom peace.
Tim 4:7 train yourself to be Godly, for Godliness is of great gain / value. Being at rest is being Godly.
It’s of great value being at rest as God is.
Our simple discipline is to pursue Godliness, Holy Christ-likeness.
God is never troubled, and so can we be free of worry.
The way forward for us is :
Bring intimacy into relationship with the Lord.
Create time to be with Him, the one you love.
Choose a pure and simple devotion to Him
Guard the heart to keep it open and listening to His words of love.
Block the voice of doubt, that steals away the love.
Build on what you already know of His character
Keep yielding to His will and His way.
Its not about getting things from God, to better your life, its not about information, BUT revelation, of His place of rest with in us, and all this is for Him.
For us to give to Him a new love, a renewed life
It is this transformation of the inner life, born of the Spirit, that is the greatest life to live
The attitude of the heart is more important than any method you use to meet with Him.
Acknowledge that the Lord is always ready to meet with you, wherever you are, and wherever you are at spiritually.
Take time to purify the heart, only the pure in heart see God. Matt 5:8
Do not focus on getting something from God, but for God to speak.
Relationships today are mostly because the people give something, but we need to be available just to listen, giving worth to the speaker, God.
It is in our giving away everything that is precious to us to the Lord, that enables Him to give us the real treasure of His life.
When there nothing between us He can give us more of Himself.
No idol or anything that resembles an idol, anything that has a higher place than Him in life. Home, friend, husband, wife, money, appearance, habit, ministry, calling, desire for more gifts etc.
You can give away the joy of ones senses, for the depth and reality of the spirit.
This will release His joy into yours and make your joy complete.
Your joy will not be complete outside of Him. Only in and through Him, and by Him.
Impartation of Himself into your life. Spirit to spirit overflowing into the soul and body.
Love is God revealed, manifest into this earthly life.
Happiness is created by external sight, real joy that lasts is knowing Him and His Joy.
Happiness can be lost where circumstances change around us, but the Joy of the Lord gives us strength no matter what we have to endure.
The love of God, not the love for God, within with the joy that comes from the Spirit of God will see you through the greatest trial.
It will remove the power of isolation, loneliness and despair.
It will rule over the roots of rejection, and fears of rejection.
Because His love carries an acceptance within it.
Because it contains your heart in His hand, the treasure that you are to Him.
No devil can touch you, steal from you for His eyes are always on you.
His thoughts are forever looking with favour to help you.
Seeking ways of giving you presents, gifts of revelation, words.
Love is the healing power to every sickness, every wound. Love is beyond any estimation, far far greater than anything earthly. It knows no boundaries, no time, no distance, no conditions.
He will fight for your eternal presence with Him, do everything He can to see you through.
Will You?

Pressing on Into More of God

In any step of faith there is risk, we never have 100% information. We always need a % for faith to flow in.
Always need seeking, knocking and searching for.
A robe to lay around our shoulders, a mantel or yoke to carry the presence of the Lord.
We are to be a healthy, Biblical body of believers that will have more influence in the community.
• There is an accountability to this healthy body, to keep it healthy.
• There is an accountability to the Biblical, Spiritual body.
• There is accountability to the vision God has given us, to see a Church where people can find hope.
• To see a growing Church that will change the Spiritual climate of the area.

More involvement with the community.

• We are showing our colours to the people, what we believe.

We still have the same vision as always, to see God glorified in this area.
Vision only changes if it is fulfilled or fails.
Some are quick to point out their dislikes, and their opinions, but not with the right spirit.
They are normally the ones who do not come to pray, or speak about holiness, are making excuses for their sin. In other words a cover up for ungodliness.
Encourages are wanted, not discouragers “puller downers”
Stumbling blocks have to be removed from your lives, personally and here at Church.
Encouraging the people to live holy lives.
Motivators, builders, servant hearted.
Obedience is at the beginning of any vision, do what He says.
We are here in Birchington because of that.
Obedience is the progression of the vision, in doing what He says.
Obedience will be the fulfillment of the vision.
Obedience to His calling and using His gifts will give new wine to others.
Gifts unlock the Church’s future, to be able to see prophetically.
What value do you put on the love of God? highly of course, RSVP is required.
What value are the gifts of the Holy Spirit to you?
Gifts can unlock the door of many a closed heart, with words of knowledge, prophecy, encouragement etc.
Follow the Lord in the vision or there will be division.
Preaching and teaching the word of the Kingdom will bring the Kingdom fruit.
It is a Holy Kingdom with a Holy King, who has Holy motives and gives Holy fruit.
If we continue to preach the divine principles and do what He says, we will see it manifest from within. He will build His Church.
I would love to see all of you see the richness of living by His divine principles.
They are out of this world, in God’s hands.
‘My house will be a house of prayer’, What value is this to you?
Listen to this call from the Spirit of God to us from the letter to Timothy.
1 Tim 1: 5 “the goal of our instruction is LOVE from a pure heart, and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
v10 deal with anything that is contrary to sound doctrine.
V18 fight the good fight with the prophecies previously given you.
1 Tim 2:1 with much prayer.
1 Tim 3: watch out for the devils’ tactics.
1Tim 4:6 constantly nourish yourself on sound doctrine.
V14 do not neglect the spiritual gifts given to you, use them.”
WHY do all this?
2 Tim 3:1-17 to be equipped for every good work.
God is setting up our future for us to stand with Him.

• From being a believer, to a disciple, to a saint, to an overcomer.
• A church with Vision.
• A disciplined body, individually and corporately.
• A serving Church, first The Lord, each other, then the community.

Free Methodist grew last year by 100, 000 new members world-wide.
Now in 67 countries.
It is moving forward in spreading scriptural holiness, and keeping Biblically correct.
There are no short cuts to living scriptural holiness.
There is no substitute for it, it is the best way of living.
It’s the easiest, the most rewarding way and it is living the truth.

Reality - Being Real

Heb 11:6. believe that He IS, and that He rewards those who diligently seek HIM.
Being real about life, with no pretence, no acting.
He is who He say He is, do you believe that He is who He says He is?
Do you simply believe what you have heard about Him or do you know Him personally?
To you personally, is He who He says He is. Do you believe all that He says?
What is a thought or a dream compared to the reality of Christ? If you know anything of the inner life, you will confess that our highest, purest, and most enduring joys must be from the fruit of the tree of life which is in the centre of the Kingdom of God within.
Heb 12:1-3
A great crowd of witnesses. We have the reality of another realm about us, an angelic realm.
Watching, observing on The Lord’s behalf.
Protecting, guarding sometimes helping us, is this real to you, or far off. It’s true!
Therefore He makes requests of us:
Lay aside every encumbrance. Hindrances that rob us of the reality of Jesus Christ, alive today
Now He lives, here with us. Living in His word, by His Spirit. Listen to Him in it.
High Priest bore the iniquity of the holy things he wore upon his forehead the words, "HOLINESS TO THE LORD:"
Jesus bears our sin, He presents before His Father's face not our un-holiness, but His own holiness.
We need to see by the eye of faith the grace of our great High Priest,
Then we can see the reality of truth.
• 1. Lay aside every encumbrance which entangles us, wraps around us. Entwines like ivy.
Let us run with endurance. Keep going, not stepping back from our responsibility before God
We have A calling to live what He has given us, salvation.
If I have it, I am to live it, if I really want it.
Don’t live it? then we put no value on it, we will not have it. 2 Thess 1: 8-10
Be real about your faith, live it. Show to all I am a REAL believer in Jesus.
• 2. Heb 12:1 endure because it is set before you, you will have to run and endure.
Cannot escape it, we have to know Him and His power to be able to win through.
• 3. By fixing our eyes upon Him, who will perfect our faith and us.
Jesus saw the joy following the cross, and it gave him strength to go through with it.
You may have to suffer a little, but what lies ahead in eternity for you - Paradise.
Endure the reality of this life in Christ, endure hardship. BUT keeping looking to Him.
Fix your eyes on Him, not on problems, not on others.
Whether you like it or not, it is just between you and Him. That’s the reality of it.
Your life and Him, no excuse about any other person. Your life and His life.
Un-conditional forgiveness on both sides, you forgive others and He will forgive you.
• 4. From v 3 (Heb 12) Now consider Him who endured such hostility by sinners = imperfect people.
Folks who are not there yet in understanding of His Holiness.
Or the life to live, as maybe you do.
• 5. Do not grow weary, for there is hope. There is more of His life to manifest in you and others.
The evil one is seeking to weigh you down with his lies.
Remember, stay in the truth. GOD IS REAL. HE LIVES, FOR YOU.
• 6 v4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin.
Well, the truth is, He has for you.
Then should you not strive also against sin? Should you then not help others.
Come then strive to live The Life for others, be real about your faith.
I am only perfected by the work of the word of God that is accepted by myself before Him.
I have to say to myself am I willing to pull the plough and not look back?
We can review our communion with Jesus, and find no regrets of emptiness there; there are no dregs in this wine, no dead flies in this ointment.
We would rather have one mouthful of Christ's love, and a sip of his fellowship, than a whole world full of carnal delights.
No wine can rival the love of Jesus.
Nothing you have given up is worth anything as far as His love is for you.
• 7. Do not neglect our private devotions, and allow lethargy, coldness, sleepiness, and vanity make a mountain of dead works and words.
If we looked deeply we should find this iniquity to be far greater than appears at first sight.
What is the chaff compared to the wheat?
What is the sparkling paste to the true diamond?
No spring yields such sweet water as that well of God which was dug with the repentant heart.
The Reality of all truth is that He is the only One who is worth anything to a saved soul
Time and eternity will show and proclaim that He is our only true delight.

The Power of Holiness

Rev 5:1-14 The revelation of Jesus to John.
Jesus by His Spirit is always willing to give His revelation to you, if you want to hear it.
Taken captive to Patmos, John taken aside to hear what God had to say to him.
God will allow circumstances to come your life to help you to listen to Him.
Pray that you will always be willing to hear what He has to say to you. Desire to rsvp.
V2-3 No one was strong enough to open the book and break its seals.
Not needed physical strength but spiritual strength, the character of God, His Holiness.
For you to open and listen and respond to Jesus requires a Spiritual strength.
A strong desire to know Him and all that He is. The Holy God.
V5 The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David has overcome and is able to open.
What had He overcome but sin, death and the world.
He had the power even as a man on earth to rule over sin and death and a desire to serve God.
The power is found by choosing to live a Holy life without sin, death and worldliness.
Make friends with the worlds’ ways and we make ourselves an enemy of God. Weakens life.
V9 He was found worthy because of what He did.
Holiness works against all ungodliness.
V 10 A priesthood to reign. A Holy Priesthood, A Kingdom of God.
Holy character, priests who can see through the eyes of the Lord.
Face to face with Him. Nothing evil in their hearts. Godly people who love to serve.
These folks will see through the power of sin and the world, its’ motives and strategies. Only they will see the prophetic clearly.
These will see the rebellion of worldliness and sin and choose to reach out to God.
Those with eyes to see, look for and pursue Him for a touch of His Holiness.
He loves to be loved because of His Holiness, loves to be desired for who He is.
He loves to be enjoyed, accepted and honoured.
Loves the intimacy of the oneness of His Holy Spirit with us.
He hates spiritual adultery, flirting with the world and its half hearted attempts to satisfy us. Does not last.
He hates the things of the world that steal away our love from Him.
Acting in a natural life rather than the spiritual life robs Him of the real life He gave us.
Marriage is to be shared openly and freely same for Him with us.
Free to love and care for each other, giving spiritual freedom because He is Spirit.
Not a worldly freedom, not a sensual freedom, that steals away the trust and purity of love.
Love Him? Love His character? Love His Holiness? Love His faithfulness? Great
We are betrothed to Him, He is faithful, we also are to be faithful to Him.
There are no short cuts to finding God and His Holiness; it will cost you much.
The rewards are great. The persecution and pain will be much. WORTH IT? YES YES.
V14 Four living creatures cried out Amen. Amen. Amen.
So be it. This is my will. My desire is ‘Yes Lord Yes Lord. Your way, Yahweh.’
“Be still for the presence of the Lord is moving in this place”
Where are we going as a church? First where have we come from?
We are not what we were this time last year, we are different, so we have handled change.
We have moved into something more of the freedom of God.
Do not back off from the work and change of the Holy Spirit.
Learn to flow with Him, we are going the way of the Holy Spirit.
We are now attached to a movement of Holiness, and such we shall be.
This is not legalistic or religion but freedom of the Holy Spirit.
It is this Holiness that carries the power to open doors that were not able to be opened before.
Seals, agreements against us will be broken because of the move of His Holy Spirit amongst us.
Restrictions have already been broken and a move of God is happening, Satan has seen it.
We are opening up to more of His presence, so this will reveal sin in the church.
It will reveal worldly ways and fleshly desires.
It will show who is and who is not willing to fight through.
The freedom is more now than ever before, if you have a problem with this, it is with you and the Lord. You have a problem with the Holy Spirit, not the Church.
If you have not brought forth in the meeting times together words to encourage the body, prophesied as from the Lord, built up the body then you have no spiritual right to condemn, criticise or speak badly about His Church body.
I suggest you spend much time with Father before you talk to others about it.
He could save you a lot of trouble and pain.
Will YOU help us to find this love of and for His Holiness?
Help us to find His love and grace.
Help us in doing that which is born of the Holy Spirit.
Help us to deal with any hindrances to the freedom and Holiness of the Lord we love.
Help us to fulfil the purposes of why Jesus came, to destroy the works of the evil one.
Help us to promote the Holiness of God over the worldliness in the church in this nation.
Help us to find ways of touching this town and this area with this God of Love.
Help us to support those who have need of living the life of Christ in the Church.
Supporting each other from being drawn into the world and its ways.
Help each other from natural reasoning to spiritual insight and understanding.
Live the life of a born again believer.
Are you really born again, letting the Holy Spirit reign in your life?
Are you dedicated to serving God and His Holiness?
Then say Yes to God and begin to see things open up to you.
You will see seals of the past being broken and a freshness of the Spirit in our lives.
You will see clearly into the prophetic view of God through His eyes.
What a day for change for us all as we say ‘YES LORD, YES LORD, YES LORD.’
Living creatures here on earth Father are saying to You, ‘Amen Amen Amen.’