KINGDOM VIRTUES…are not achievable through human effort

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

We don’t understand as we ought to when it comes to the things of God and pertaining to God…walking with God the Holy Spirit and keeping in step thereof. Only my opinion of course not knowing the hearts of men and women of God, only the evidence of what is seen around us on a daily basis pertaining to our struggles and fears and doubts and wavering back and forth in faith amongst Believers. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I also include myself in this number of struggling as well. We attempt to try to achieve many things ourselves apart from God, but leads us becoming independent from God and causes the enemy joy to see that inner struggle and shipwreck faith when clearly we can do NOTHING apart from God, Amen. The word states; “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10. Humility and faith incorporated with love are our strongest weapons of warfare here and now. That humility of heart, that allows our Lord to fill us up with His Spirit that God will lift us above all adversity that we may encounter; “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. That faith that shakes mountains because we believe in the God of our Lord and Savior that is the same yesterday, today and forever; “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelations 22:13…and that love that surpasses all understanding that confuses “the world” because of its insensitivity to accept it; For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believesin him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. Kingdom virtues doesn’t compromise with sin, or play parts in negotiations with the world or the enemy. Kingdom virtues stands in a position that looks at the world through the eyes of God and know that it know, that it know who we are and is evident  by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. “Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?”…(a representative of the kingdom of heaven knows his place in this world), Amen.  Let us therefore strive to put on these virtues as Ambassadors of Heaven, knowing who we are in Christ as the Lord lead us and direct us from faith to faith and glory to glory, being no longer tossed as a child, but striving to become mature in our faith to carry out the works God has prepared for us since the beginning; “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12. May the God and Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob watch over, protect and bless everything you  do and touch in Jesus name. Amen.

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“VICTORY “…over Satan, the world, and the flesh…

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                             …lies not within the power of men, but in a risen Lord.

“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6.

How long must we suffer defeat? How long will it take for us to wake up and realize that this divine spiritual battle is very real and wages war against our souls? The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” Job 1:8. Our enemy knows us all too well, perhaps better than we do. He (Satan) also knows scripture better than most of us if not all of God’s word, however, what he doesn’t know is the heart of man only the mind based on us following after the things of the flesh and its desires. Family, this is why we have so many scriptures of examples and fore-fathers of faith that directs us through these land-minds of bear traps set up by the enemy, because (1), without the Spirit of Christ we are sure to suffer defeat and stand condemned, (2), without the Spirit of Christ we could never grow up in “spiritual maturity” to distinguish right from wrong to walk victoriously and overcome the enemy in this life, and (3), we need to wake up and realize who we truly are in Christ what we were created to do while on this earth for the short time we are here. There is a solution…Christ Jesus our Lord and King. Having that Spirit deposited within you begins your journey to victory. The key…Christ in us gives us that authority for our commission as well as that grand love for humanity and that humility that is needed for the Spirit of God rest upon us to carry out the works God has for us individually to complete through Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen. So the real keys here are LOVE and HUMILITY…everything else shall follow…I promise. Family, I say this with all the love the Lord has placed in my heart for my brothers and sisters in Christ that I haven’t yet reached this “maturity” spiritually, though I strive to do so as God has given me revelation to some of these things I share. I have suffered much shipwreck faith during my years of learning how to walk by faith and not by sight, and til this day, I strive praising the Lord for every defeat, victory, lesson learned and blessings in Christ, for this shows me that the hand of God continues to be with me, because this inner man continues to call out in power and have such a deep longing to be part of this glorious kingdom of our Lord. So I will press on in faith as I encourage my brothers and sisters to do the same, and permit not the enemy to be victor over you, for He that dwells within you is so much greater than he that is in this world. Amen. Separate the illusion from the things that are real, and practice to learn the difference between having a form of Godliness to growing to spiritual maturity…,for these remain…FAITH…LOVE…HUMILITY…HOPE, with these we can never fail and will ALWAYS come out victoriously. Amen. May the God and Father of us all watch over and protect you in everything you do and touch as we walk from faith to faith and glory to glory in Jesus name. Amen and God bless.

“FOLLOWING CHRIST IN THIS LIFE….”

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Requires one to have faith in He that dwells within us.

“And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23

Do we really know the ways of God? Do we really know how to keep in step with the Holy Spirit that dwells within us? The Word of God states that; There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12. The Holy Bible suppose to be our [B]asic [I]nstructions [B]efore [L]eaving [E]arth, however we tend to lean on our own understanding and begin to drift away from the truth of the Word and incorporate the things of the world; based on what we see, into our walk of faith, leaving us struggling within ourselves; flesh fighting against the Spirit and then we wonder why things aren’t working out according to the way we planned them. We receive many signals from the Spirit that tries to lead us, teach us, and guild us into all truth and the correct way to walk this walk of faith, but there always seems to be present with us this nature that keeps us from carrying out the things of God as we ought to…I’ve failed in this area many times in my life. God states that; “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9. And again the Apostle Paul states in Romans chapter 7:14-23; “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I…  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” The classic battle of the “flesh against the spirit.” As the Body of Christ…a spiritual church that is being built up in Christ, need to start realizing and claiming that identity in Christ and that authority given by Christ in this life and walk that walk of faith with such kingdom virtues that we begin to witness the power of the Holy Spirit just as if it were the yesterdays of our brothers and sisters that are now in that “Hall of Fame of Faith..” Hebrews chapter 11. Let us learn from them, for they were just as we are today, but with some exceptions…they believed; He said it…I believe it, should be our attitude when walking in faith…The Word said it, and I believe it. No room for doubt, confusion, discord, wavering or arguing amongst one another, but loving one another, praying for one another and speaking with the authority that has been given us from on high as men and women of God. Amen. Therefore, let us take on this attitude as we continue to walk in faith beholding before us the path many have already sacrificed to keep this torch, this flame of the Holy Spirit lit within us as children of the living God. May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob watch over you, protect you, keep you and bless EVERYTHING you do and touch in Jesus name. Amen…God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

 

“SPIRITUAL DIVISION” WITHIN THE BODY OF CHRIST…

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DESTROYS THE BODY WORST THAN CANCER

“You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 

This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?…”

Ephesians 3:1

Today there is a grand problem that is destroying Believers all over the world; divisions and different denominations. It appears to have Christian Believers jumping from one foot to the next in seek of something firm to stand on by the Preaching of many Pastoral Leaders, Teachers and Ministers that have seem to have lost their way themselves. Denominations are nothing more than a disagreement on Scripture based doctrine that for some reason appears to be difficult for “Mature Christians” to come into agreement with. Our God is NOT a God of confusion, but a God of order that makes His Word very clear, even to babes in Christ, therefore leaving us to believe that our supposedly walk of faith is based on a spirit of pride or being puffed up in knowledge, or worst…a form of Godliness, but denying its power…this should not be. There is only One Spirit…One God…One Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and why then has the Gospel of our Lord been watered down and The Body of Christ weakened? “The World” stands on the outside watching the Body of Believers in this disarray and uses this to expose our lack of unity and purpose and our strength of one mind, one heart and one Spirit against us for the dissecting by the enemies of God. I personally believe that this is one of the reasons we have become weak, sick and with the demonstrating power of the Holy Spirit evident in our walk of faith today…lack of unity, therefore leaving us divided walking without faith; my opinion of course. Many then turn and walk away from the loving and open arms of our Lord to seek elsewhere for what their congregation lack and non-believers see this as a reason NOT to come to our Lord because it seems as though the household of God needs cleaning first; “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5. There were those who thought that they should follow Paul and those who thought they should follow the teaching of Apollos,1 Corinthians 1:12, “What I am saying is this: each of you says, “I’m with Paul,” or “I’m with Apollos,” or “I’m with Cephas,” or “I’m with Christ.” This alone should tell you what Paul thought of denominations or anything else that separates and divides the body. But let’s look further; in verse 13, Paul asks very pointed questions, “Is Christ divided? Was it Paul who was crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul’s name?” This makes clear how Paul feels, he (Paul) is not the Christ, he is not the one crucified and his message has never been one that divides the church or would lead someone to worship Paul instead of Christ. Obviously, according to Paul, there is only one church and one body of believers and anything that is different weakens and destroys the church (see verse 17. He makes this point stronger in 3:4 by saying that anyone who says they are of Paul or of Apollos is carnal. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”1 Corinthians 3:11… “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:4. Therefore, where is our faith? That faith we held when we first believed in Christ as Lord and Savior? That amazing grace faith that boldly proclaimed…His Word said it…I Believe It!!! Amen. Now let us therefore return to the days of old, where unity ushered in the Holy Spirit’s presence and power to work amongst us as a unified Body of Believers that hasn’t been given a spirit that shrinks back, but one that cries out ABBA Father. For we are the children of the living and Holy God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…joint heir Kings and Queens with our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore let us walk as such and God willing as we pray and confess our sins will heal us and strengthen us for what lay ahead during our walk in faith in this valley of the shadow of death. Give the enemy NO MORE footholds that will separate us; “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. Hebrews 5:12. May God the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shine His light within our hearts and protect every work that you may do and touch in Jesus Name. Amen.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“OUT OF DARKNESS HE CALLED ME…”

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WITH THE LOVE HE DISPLAYED FOR ME.

Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”John 15:13.

My family in Christ…Believers…, can you imagine what love the Father has for us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? I mean, have you really given it much thought? Not only a love [that] a Holy and the all powerful God of creation would even consider us as a thought, but a love that’s so powerful and inseparable that He would ultimately send His one and only Son to die to save us all and all of creation by that same love, because of His great love for us? Have you meditated on that thought? Or even considered what our Lord had to go through in that hour, being found without sin carrying the sins of the world upon Him? What a terrifying dark hour that moment had to be. I couldn’t fathom the thought, though I have tried, which had led me to a mess of tears, because I couldn’t contain the emotions that accompanied the thought. During this process of growth, falling, getting up and trying again, repenting and pressing forward, struggling, yet holding on to that mustard seed faith even while the enemy taunted me, attacked me…He has always been right there never leaving my side because of that love He has for us. That alone humbles me, because I know I’ve felt I’m not worthy of such a great love and amazing grace. But He continues to remind me that; “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6. He called me out of darkness and what a darkness it was. A life of self destruction, a life that had became incorporated with the world of things. Chasing after endless illusions the enemy would lay before me without realizing while all the time heavens eyes were upon me and at the proper time…He called me, He introduced Himself to me and this not with words only, but by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to let me know HE…is alive, that HE…does exist and that HE…has a love for us that no mind could possibly conceive. Amen. I‘ve heard some ask the question that if indeed a person be saved, why does so many continue to fall during their walk of faith? It would leave some to believe that a Christian/Believer’s conversion is not authentic if one continue to fall into sin, which however leaves us with those that point the finger, accuse, judge, and make comments like; “That’s why I don’t trust churches, or Pastors”…etc…, right? In my times of failures, it would crush me literally, because I knew I loved God, my Lord, and His Word, but I couldn’t for the life of me understand why after all I’ve seen and witnessed (spiritually) why I continued to repeat the same actions, habits as before after accepting Christ, which left me feeling as the lease of God’s household. Then witnessing the struggle of the Apostle Paul…; For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.…”  Romans 7:14-23 (please read) …began to shine light on the fact that even though being born again caught up with Christ spiritually in positioning, physically, mentally and emotionally we’re going through this process of change to become more like our Lord to continue this great commission and walk of faith, however by no means does this permit one to continue in the sinful nature you were once called out of, but to resist, and to fight to make that calling sure as we press forward in faith and love. Amen. This is what such a display of God’s love compels one to do…fight for that positioning in the Kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ in which we stand united as the Body…Praise God. Therefore, may this great display of God’s love compel us into action to stand up in faith as a spiritual house, a spiritual family in Christ Jesus our Lord unwavering and uncompromising with the enemy as we continue in the great work set before us. May all power, honor and glory be given to such an awesome God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and may the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob continue to watch over, protect, and bless everything you do and touch in Jesus name. Amen.

 

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“Shrinking back out of fear doesn’t mean that we failed …

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…it means we’re only human and God isn’t done with us yet.

“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
We’re all aware that fear paralyzes faith as children of God, but what is it that causes us to fear in the first place? The uncertainties of life…? “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” … “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:25-34. I’m no exception to the rule, I’ve shrunk back more than I’ve walked in victory and I’ve learned many things during this process of growing up and one that stands out the most is the fact that I had been trying to find a way to make God’s plan fit into my lifestyle, instead of my life fitting into God’s plans for me. This was the biggest struggle in my life. It was being afraid to let go of the world of things and trust God…”Having a form of Godliness, but denying its power.” For me personally this was what I called suffering “shipwreck faith.” However, our Lord is faithful even when we are not, and so it states that; “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6. And again…; “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Zachariah 4:6. Faith… is our most powerful weapon against fear and being human we will experience it more often than we wish, but we MUST come to terms within our inner most being that we serve a living God, a risen King and Lord who has not abandoned us to some foreign land as if unforgotten…No! “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deut.31:6 and “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5. We have the promises of God and this is what we stand on without doubt, without compromise, and without fear. Therefore, having said this let us as a spiritual family built up in Christ Jesus our Lord press on forward being confident that He who raised our Lord and Savior from the dead is able to do more than we as human being could possibly fathom stand firm facing that “spirit of fear” knowing that we who confess Him and believe in Him will receive whatever we ask in His name. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. Let us be like minded, of the same heart and Spirit that is in all and work through all for the glory of God and make our calling sure. May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob continue to watch over you, protect you and bless everything you do and touch in Jesus name… Amen.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

 

“A BROKEN SPIRIT AND A CONTRITE HEART…”

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IS WHAT GOD DESIRES TO HEAL OUR CONDITION.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:

 Who can know it?”Jerimiah 17:9

No other person in Biblical history can better share this example of a broken heart and contrite spirit better than the one who understood the sin he committed and tried to hide within his heart other than King David when he felt the hand of God pressing upon him…”the man after God’s own heart”…when he wrote in PSALMS 51; Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Please read the rest). Psalm 51 is marked by true characteristics of repentance such as:

  • Appeal to the mercy of God
  • Honesty
  • Understanding of the severity of sinning against God
  • No excuses or justification
  • Desire to reform
  • Recognition that forgiveness is not deserved but by grace alone

So we see here that giving more in church, more community work or volunteering our time, IS NOT what God requires of us as though it was by our deeds, (as the enemy would have us to believe, but God’s grace.) We tend to think if we just repent and move on as though it’s ok, we’re safe and right with God again, but warning against such thought, (one could be easily influenced by Satan to think all is fine, besides others do the same, right?) because the Word of God does states; But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9… this stands true however, the kind of repentance we offer is something else. (The enemy fails to mention this part.) The Apostle Paul confirms that; For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”2 Corinthians 7:10. What did it say…? There’s no regret. Amen. Meaning now, you are of a clear conscience before God, and Satan cannot use this “sin” to continue to accuse us or make us feel guilty for falling, if indeed there are some of us unsure about what we have done and just for some reason can’t find “peace of mind” with it, this may be the reason. It need to be laid bare before God in all honesty and poured out…then we can tell those demons; “Silence! I’m already forgiven for that by the cleansing of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by the washing of His blood.” Amen. The Kingdom of our Lord’s has an order and we as children of the living God live by that order; to worship our Father through our Lord and Savior in “Spirit and in Truth” and there is no other way…that’s law. My point in sharing is that we are merely passing through completing a work given unto us, and therefore we are living sacrifices, living by kingdom standards (spiritual) while in the flesh of our bodies (physical) our minds are still trying to grasps the depths of God’s wisdom as we grow from faith to faith and glory to glory. There is a difference between “I’m so sorry for sinning against you and my God…forgive me (from the heart), than “I’m sorry…for getting caught”, kind of attitude as we all know. We will stumble, fall, bump our heads, etc…, but what better way to practice such a repentance and grow up in spiritual maturity now, than to continue to get knock around by the world from lack of Knowledge and destroyed by the enemy because of spiritual ignorance of who we are in Christ and the requirements of our Lord and God in heaven? Therefore let us be reminded of whom we serve; the ALL knowing, ALL powerful, King of Kings and Lord of Lords…the first and the last, the same God yesterday, today and forever, be ALL  glory and praise and honor. Amen. May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob watch over you, protect you and keep you and your household from ALL seen and unseen danger and continue to bless EVERYTHING you may do and touch in this life. Amen. God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels