Resurgence

Resurgence

 
 

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All who followed Him were healed. Matt. 12:15

It has been insightfully said: “What you do only proves what you believe in.” I encourage you to go ahead and read that sentence again until it speaks to you. Action makes the stuff of faith a reality. If I truly believe God to be good, then I will actively choose to see the goodness of the Lord in every area of my life. There’s an added benefit in this act of worship for when I do this, I become more aware of the things still left for the Lord to repair, uproot, build, reconcile, etc. It’s not a burdensome consequence that stems from choosing to see the good hand of the Lord but rather a motivator to keep pressing on in faith to see greater victories. If God has done such a great work in one particular area of your life then clearly He will continue the good work in you and bring revelation about how to attain the breakthrough in the other domains of your life.

Faith without action is dead. Action without faith is just optimism at work… A type of work that is mechanical, superficial, and short-lived. The enemy will continue to have his way with you without you even being consciously aware of it. Faith birthed by the Spirit is eternal and substantial because it carries the breath and life of Jesus. To allow faith to breathe and grow means you believe that the health of your faith is your main priority. Your faith is living, it’s active, and alive in you. Jesus’ ministry on earth was substantial because it came from the Father. He believed in His Father so much so that He only did that which His Father does… Jesus Christ could only do what He saw His Father doing. The two were One. Jesus’ faith while on earth was completely and utterly rooted in the love of the Father. His faith was alive, living through every Word of God and by the Spirit that energizes the very fabric of life into being.

The faith that Jesus imparts is a faith that brings us from death to life. The faith of Christ draws us into a new way of life. What was once impossible is no longer impossible. For with Christ all things are possible for those who believe. The more we press our faith into motion, the more we will discover the depth, the height, the width, and the length of God’s great love for us. The truest form of worshipping God is by walking out a life of faith in Him. He calls us out of the boat and unto the waters, He calls us to give Him the little it may seem we have while assuring us abundance in provision in all aspects of our lives. The key to abundant living is rooted in compassion and generosity just as Jesus taught His disciples to give and to nourish others even with limited means. In their act of surrender, Jesus literally fed thousands through the disciples’ offering of two small fish and a few loaves of bread.

Faith is activated and mobilized into tangible results when we actually do what we believe in. Let us humble our hearts and begin to see a new side of ourselves. Walk in love and impart your faith unto your beloved, your friends, those in authority over you, and your enemies for the Word of the Lord says:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the one believing in Me, the works that I do, also he will do. And he will do greater thanthese, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12

The quality of our faith is determined by our ability to surrender our character, personality, and even our temperament. We are to let go of our faulty thinking and ask God to deliver us from both the pride and the shame that holds us back from receiving every good gift from our Father. There is now no condemnation for those who are in a Christ Jesus. We have been set free from the power of sin and the bondage of the sin-legacy from past generations. We are a new creation that is now able to freely follow Jesus, able to follow Him well because we have our Father on our side. He has called us by name.

We are  God’s forever family and we have access to a faith that is living and breathing inside of us waiting to be unleashed so that we may live out the type of life only the Good Father can give. It’s a life worth living for and it’s a life worth dying for. Step out of the boat, out of your comfort zone, take your name off of the platform of your life, work, ministry, etc. and let the light of His Glory overtake your identity! For it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17

All who are continually pursuing and following after Jesus are made whole because Jesus heals holistically, it’s a completed work. Receive all the benefits from the Cross. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Yearn for His will to be your faith walk today and everyday. Then you can test for yourself and prove that His will is and forever will be better than yours… And all of God’s people say: Amen!

Additional Verses: Philippians 4:8; Philippians 1:6; James 2: 14-17; John 5:19; Matthew 19:26; Ephesians 3:18; Matthew 14: 13-21; Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:2

Enter God’s Perfect Peace

Jesus is Our Prince of Peace

Our God is not a God of disorder, rushing, chaos, confusion, strife, disfunction or drama. He is our Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Maybe you are already used to seeing or experiencing chaos in your life that you have not yet surrendered the chaos to the Lord to receive His divine peace. Perhaps you have seen enough destruction and disorder in your life (or in your family’s lives) and you want to be free of it. You can have God’s peace at any point in your life. You simply need to invite God into your situation and He will pour out His Spirit and transform your atmospheres.

Where Does Disorder Come From?

The devil is the Father of Disorder and Chaos. He seeks to divide and destroy God’s plans for your life. You need to know which pathways are God’s will for you and which ones are detours that Satan puts in your way to derail you.

One way to know if the opportunities you come across are not from God is to discern whether you feel peace or stress and anxiety.

Matthew 12:25

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”

Learn to Walk in God’s Will

Stress is an open door to spiritual warfare! The enemy wants us to be in chaos and disorder because it keeps us from our divine calling. God has called us to have a sound mind and to prosper in all that we do.

Stress and rushing things will keep you from keeping a sound mind in Christ and possibly cause you to take wrong turns in your life. Never rush God’s plans for you. When the timing is right, your dreams and passions will come to life. Just listen and wait on the Lord and He alone will tell you when to move.

A sign that you are walking with God and in His will is Peace. Abide in His Presence day and night. Declare scriptures of peace throughout your day, in your home, in your car, even at work. Take the Word of God with you everywhere.

Prayer For Peace

Dear Lord Jesus,

I place myself under your authority, King Jesus. I cover myself with your precious blood and I declare total peace over my mind, heart and my soul. I renounce the spirits of fear and anxiety. I draw a blood line between me and these spirits. They will no longer have permission to rule me in any way. I belong to my Heavenly Father who has given me Spirits of courage, love and of a sound mind.

Surround me with your supernatural peace as with a shield. Fill my home and work environment with your peace. Help me to wait on you and listen for your voice. Holy Spirit, I invite you into my day and ask you to lead me down the right paths in God’s perfect timing. Open the right doors and help me to see them. Let your perfect will be done in my life. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

Scriptures About Peace

Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Hebrews 12:1

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 3:11

They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 16:7

When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Psalm 29:11

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 26:12

LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

Isaiah 54:10

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Isaiah 55:12

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Matthew 11:29-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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Releasing the Power of God

God has mandated that we walk in the power and authority that He gave us when we became His ambassadors in Christ.  Genesis describes how God created man in His image, and tasked him with stewarding the earth realm. Genesis 1:28 says, “God blessed them and told them, ‘Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.’” When Jesus paid the price for our freedom from sin and death, He charged us to continue His work on the earth. Matthew 10:1 describes this charge. “Jesus called His twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.” Jesus gave believers a mandate to continue to establish His kingdom here on earth, and He gave us His authority to do so.

How do we come into agreement with this mandate? We must become a conduit of the power of God through Holy Spirit. Paul spoke about this in Romans 15. “I have won them over by the miracles done through me as signs from God- all by the power of God’s Spirit.” Paul was able to convince the gentiles of the Good News of Jesus Christ by the signs and wonders that followed him.

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Jesus began to speak of this mandate before He went to the cross. He spoke over His disciples, releasing His authority to them. We see this in Luke 9:1. “One day, Jesus called together His twelve apostles and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases. Then He sent them out to tell everyone about the coming of the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Matthew 10:8 said, “heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received.”  It is clear that Jesus’ power did not cease when He returned to heaven, but He gave the command to continue the work that He began and equipped us with His authority and power to do so.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we can access all that He paid for us to walk in. As we extend our faith, we can connect with the power of God to see deliverance, healing and miracles. In Ephesians 1:19, Paul urges us to embrace this truth. “I pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” This is resurrection power! As we believe, it will be done according to His word. In Mark 16:20, we see that the disciples believed Jesus and began to fulfill His mandate. “And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.” It is God’s plan that we walk in His power and authority and bring His kingdom to manifest on earth as it is in heaven.

The Power of Self Control

Self-control is a fruit of the spirit talked about in the Bible. Self-control refers to the ability to govern one’s own actions, words, and decisions. Being able to choose wisdom over wants or desires shows self-discipline and maturity. Proverbs 25:28 says that a man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Having no walls leaves a city unprotected and defenseless. A life without self-control is one that invites potential trouble or difficulties.

How does one get more self-control? One way is to set long-term goals. Once we can see a long-term goal, the small temptations do not seem to have the same strength as they did without a goal. 1 Corinthians 9:25 says, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but to get a crown that will last forever.”

Another way to develop self-control is to do everything as unto the Lord. Knowing that what we choose will be pleasing to God will give us inner strength to do the right thing. Romans 12:1 say, “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship.”

Choosing to set our minds on noble and pure things can help us focus on the bigger picture. Philippians 4:8 reminds us to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Refusing to dwell on negative things can help us keep our focus.

As we yield ourselves to the Spirit of God, we open ourselves up to the power of God. In 1 Corinthians 2:5 Paul says, “my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” We need the power of God to overcome temptation, battles, and distractions.

The Bible commands us to walk in the power of God. Ephesians 6:10 says “finally be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” We cannot walk in the power of God and not have self-control. They go hand in hand. Living a victorious life means that we live surrendered to God, choosing to be self-controlled, and living in His power. Only then will we overcome.

 

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When You Love Someone

When you have a loving relationship with someone, you want to spend time with that person. You desire to know everything this person thinks and feels.  You ask questions and you listen.  You look forward to being together…..just the two of you.  You miss this person when you are unable to meet, and eagerly look forward to the next opportunity.

It’s the same in your relationship with Jesus. Once you begin a loving relationship with Him, you want to know everything about Him.  You look forward to your time together and desire to know what He thinks and feels. You ask questions and you listen.  You can’t wait to spend time with Him and you miss Him when you can’t.

Jesus said to His followers, “Come away with Me, by yourselves.” (Mark 6:31) God desires for you to find a place and time to be alone with Him.  During these quiet times, you have an opportunity to get to know Him.

Make it a priority each day to spend time with Him.  Use this time to read God’s Word and talk with Him. If you are a new Believer, a  good place to begin reading is in the book of John, located in the New Testament of the Bible.  John, one of Jesus’ disciples, traveled with Jesus and knew Him personally.  John records first-hand accounts of his time with Christ. In the book of John , you will glimpse the amazing love of God, who sent His Son to save us through His death on the cross.  Every chapter proves that Christ is God’s Son, and through His life, the character of God is revealed.  Jesus is God, in human form, and He shows us how to live a life that is pleasing to the Father.

Many things in life could disrupt your time to be together. Be determined to protect this time.  Plan ahead.  Put the time on your calendar.  As you sit down to spend time in God’s Word, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s truths.  Ask questions and listen.  Ask God to give you spiritual wisdom and insight to grow in your knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17)  He will meet you during these times and teach you. Your relationship with Him will deepen and grow. You will look forward, more and more, to this special time together.

Spiritual Gifts and Your Purpose

Written by: Dr. Kim Jessie, DMin

God gives each person who believes in Him a divine purpose that is encouraged by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit and accomplished through the gifts, talents and abilities bestowed upon that person by the Spirit. Multiple gifting lists are found in Scripture. The gifts are distributed as the Holy Spirit decides and used by the Holy Spirit to build up the body of Christ. Everyone should rejoice in their spiritual gifts and use them to the best of their abilities to build the Kingdom of God. No one should consider their gifting more important than someone else’s gifting. All gifts are distributed as God desires. Below are the gift lists from various scripture passages with a basic definition to help leaders understand the gifts. A leader can review the list and determine which gifts are needed to accomplish specific ministry tasks.

Romans 12:6-8
Prophecy: The ability to tell what will happen in the future.
Service: Ministering to the needs of others
Teaching: Helping others learn, discipling others
Encouraging: Helping others by lifting them up
Giving: Sharing resources to meet needs
Leading: Guiding and directing others toward a common goal or purpose
Mercy: Showing kindness and compassion to others

1 Corinthians 12:8-10
Wisdom: A deep understanding and insight about what the Holy Spirit is leading a group to do to grow God’s Kingdom
Knowledge: Having an understanding that comes from the Holy Spirit, providing information to help others grow in their spiritual walk
Faith: A deep belief in what God can do
Healing: The ability to bring healing to others
Miraculous Powers: Abilities that come only from God
Prophecy: The ability to tell what will happen in the future
Discernment: The ability to judge between good and bad when clarity is difficult
Speaking in Tongues: Speaking in the Heavenly language or in multiple common languages
Interpretation of Tongues: The ability to interpret when someone speaks in the Heavenly language

1 Corinthians 12:28-30
Apostles: Those who see opportunities to share Christ by starting new churches and ministries
Prophets: One who can tell what will happen in the future
Teachers: Those who help others learn, those who disciple others
Workers of Miracles: Those gifted in supernatural work that builds the body of Christ
Healing: The ability to bring healing to others
Helping: Those who assist others
Administration: Those who manage and give direction to others
Speaking in Tongues: Speaking in the Heavenly language or in multiple common languages
Interpretation of Tongues: The ability to interpret when someone speaks in the Heavenly language

Ephesians 4:11
Apostles: Those who see opportunities to share Christ by starting new churches and ministries
Prophets: One who can tell what will happen in the future
Evangelists: Those who share the Good News of Christ through preaching and teaching
Pastors: Those who minister to the body of Christ with a focus on the spiritual needs of others
Teachers: Those who help others learn, those who disciple others

1 Peter 4:9-11
• Hospitality: Help others feel welcome and cared for
• Speaking: Sharing the Good News of Christ with others
• Serving: Ministering to the needs of others

For those who do not know their spiritual gifts, a free assessment can be found at: https://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcf_mycs_030526_spiritual_gifts_survey.pdf

Questions for further thought:

  1. What are your spiritual gifts?
  2. How are you using your gifts to build God’s Kingdom?
  3. Which spiritual giftings do you need to add to your team to help you accomplish your work?
  4. How will you find the people with these spiritual gifts?

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What is Idolatry?

Idolatry is the act of worshipping or desiring something or someone above God. In the Ten Commandments given to Moses, God said, “There shall be no other Gods before Me.” This commandment refers to idolatry. He knew that people would fall into idolatry easily and it would cost them greatly.

Many people worship or desire people or things that are right to love, such as their children or their country or even a job or career. It is not wrong to love or desire these things. The question is, what place to they have in our lives? What do we make as a priority? Galatians 5: 19-21 calls idolatry an act of the flesh. It says, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, purity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Idolatry is a serious offense before God.

God gave man guidelines that would honor Him and protect them. Idolatry creates a wrong order in people’s lives. In Exodus 20:3-6, God spoke clearly about idolatry and the curse it would bring. “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” There are consequences for who live in idolatry, and a blessing to those that would keep Him first.

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The Bible says that if we have an idol, He will allow us to trust that idol and He will allow us to make our choices. God gives those people a warning. Psalm 16:4 says, “Troubles multiply for those who chase after other Gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of their Gods.” But God has promises for those who make Him their first love. Psalm 16:5 says, “Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.” God’s protection is on those that worship Him alone.

God’s love for us is so great that He will not bless us when we neglect to put Him in first place in our lives. When we are out of divine alignment, we cannot contain the blessing of God. It is not until we align rightly that we will see and hear and know the goodness of God. If you are not sure if you have an idol, ask God to show you any areas that need an adjustment. Remember, He is for us and will help us when we call on Him.

The Key to Surviving a Storm: Peace

Storms are part of life.  Everyone faces storms, there is no escaping that fact. Some storms can feel overwhelming and we may wonder how we make it. Storms can make us wonder if we will survive.

The disciples faced a storm that made them wonder if they would survive. Luke 8:22 describes the storm’s intensity that rocked their faith, despite the fact that Jesus was in the boat with them. As they began to cross the lake, the storm began to rage and the boat began to fill up with water. The disciples feared for their lives. Jesus had been sleeping, but the disciples woke Him up. They cried out, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Jesus arose and rebuked the wind and raging water. The storm ceased, and the weather began to calm.  Jesus then turned to the disciples and asked, “where is your faith?” The disciples were amazed. How could this man command the wind and waves?

A storm can be a literal storm, or it can be a difficulty in life. It can be a sickness, trauma, abuse, or even an attack from those we love. As the storm begins to rage around us, it may feel like we are losing hope. As we begin to focus on the waves and the wind, we forget that Jesus is in the boat with us. But maintaining our focus is key.

The secret to peace in the midst of a storm is preparing our lives before the storm arrives. Just as the disciples did, we too can walk with Jesus, learning about His nature and His character. We can cultivate such a relationship with Him that we learn to trust Him fully. As we surrender ourselves to His Lordship, we can rest in Him, knowing that He is for us and not against us. He is a good and loving God. He already paid a high price for us, why would He not help us navigate the storms of life?

It’s true, storms will come in life. It may try to rock our foundation. But it is possible to have peace in the middle of the storm. Jesus is our peace. He is our strong tower. As we abide in Him, we can abide in peace.

Revelation of God

Many people say that they know God. Some may know of God. But who can truly know God, except that He reveal Himself to us?

Revelation can be described as an unveiling. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord- who is Spirit- makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” As God removes the veil from our eyes or understanding, we will be able to see Him by the spirit and come to know Him in a greater way.

God desires to reveal himself to us, yet we can cause a separation from God by our sin. Living a sinful life will cause our hearts to become hardened so we struggle to hear God. We must acknowledge our sin and repent so that we can hear God more clearly. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive and cleanse us. He will not keep us away when we come to Him with a contrite heart.

God’s word can reveal God to us. John 1:14 tells us that the Word of God became flesh and dwelled among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” As we learn His word, we will learn about Jesus.

Holy Spirit will reveal God to us also. John 16:13 says, “But when He, the Spirit of truth comes He will guide you into all truth.” He will teach us about God and His Kingdom. In 1 Corinthians 2:10, it says, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches out all things, yes the deep things of God.” Holy Spirit is with us always. We can ask Him to show us those deep things.

As we seek God, He promises to let us find Him. In fact, it is He that puts the desire to know Him inside of our hearts. As we connect with Him by faith, He is sure to answer our heart’s cry to know Him more.

 

 

 

Humility and Repentance

The Bible speaks often about humility. Humility can be defined as a modest view of one’s own importance. Humility is the opposite of pride. Pride is a serious offense to God. In fact, the Bible says that God will resist you if you have an issue with pride. James 4:6-7 says, “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” We all need the grace of God! Luke 14:11 says that if we try to exalt ourselves, we will be humbled. If we humble ourselves, we will be exalted.

Humility helps us treat others well. Ephesians 4:2 says “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” This is a formula for successful friendships. As we sow humility, patience, and gentleness, we can expect to reap a harvest of good relationships.

When we walk in humility, our ways are pleasing to God. Micah 6:8 tells us, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Humility will cause God to move on our behalf. He will grant us His favor and exalt us in due season because He can trust us.

What can we do if we have not lived a humble life? We can change that in an instant. Repentance is key. Repentance means that we recognize our sin, ask for forgiveness, and purpose to turn the other direction.  When we realize that that we have not lived in a way that is pleasing to God, we can go boldly to the throne of grace. He will always receive us when we come to Him. As we repent before the Lord, He will forgive us and remove our sin as far as the east is from the west.

It is important to walk in this new freedom and purpose to live in humility. If we do, the promises of God will carry us into a new season of favor, wisdom, and help from God.

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