Read Hebrews 11:1-11. I believe that there is only one way to all the treasures of God, and that is the way of faith. By faith and faith alone do we enter into a knowledge of the attributes and become partakers of the beatitudes, and participate in the glories of our ascended Lord. All His promises are Yea and Amen to them that believe.
God would have us come to Him by His own way. That is through the open door of grace. A way has been made. It is a beautiful way, and all His saints can enter in by this way and find rest. God has prescribed that the just shall live by faith. I find that all is failure that has not its base on the rock Christ Jesus. He is the only way, the truth and the life. The way of faith is the Christ way, receiving Him in His fulness and walking in Him; receiving His quickening life that filleth, moveth and changeth us, bringing us to a place where there is always an Amen in our hearts to all the will of God.
As I look into the 12th chapter of Acts, I find that the people were praying all night for Peter to come out of prison. They had a zeal but seem to have been lacking in faith. They were to be commended for their zeal in spending their time in prayer without ceasing, but their faith, evidently, did not measure up to such a marvelous answer. Rhoda had more faith than the rest of them. When the knock came to the door, she ran to it, and the moment she heard Peter’s voice, she ran back again with joy saying that Peter stood before the gate. And all the people said, “You are mad. It isn’t so.” But she constantly affirmed that it was even so.
Zacharias and Elisabeth surely wanted a son, but even when the angel came and told Zacharias that he should have a son, he was full of unbelief. And the angel said, “Thou shalt be dumb, because thou believest not my words.”
But look at Mary. When the angel came to her, Mary said, “Be it unto me according to thy word.” It was her Amen to the will of God. And God wants us with an Amen in our lives, an inward Amen, a mighty moving Amen, a God-inspired Amen, which says, “It is, because God has spoken. It cannot be otherwise. It is impossible to be otherwise.”
Let us examine this 5th verse, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God translated him: for before his translation, he had this testimony that he pleased God.”
When I was in Sweden, the Lord worked mightily. After one or two addresses the leaders called me and said, “We have heard very strange things about you, and we would like to know if they are true. We can see that God is with you, and that God is moving, and we know that it will be a great blessing to Sweden.”
“Well,” I said, “what is it?”
“Well,” they said, “we have heard from good authority that you preach that you have the resurrection body.” When I was in France I had an interpreter that believed this thing, and I found out, after I had preached once or twice through the interpreter, that she gave out her own ideas. And of course I did not know. I said to these brethren, “I tell you what my personal convictions are. I believe that if I had the testimony of Enoch I should be off. I believe that the moment Enoch had the testimony that he pleased God, off he went.”
I pray that God will so quicken our faith, for translation is in the mind of God; but remember that translation comes on the line of holy obedience and a walk that is pleasing to God. This was true of Enoch. And I believe that we must have a like walk with God in the Spirit, having communion with him, living under his divine smile, and I pray that God by His Spirit may so move us that we will be where Enoch was when he walked with God.
There are two kinds of faith. There is the natural faith. But the supernatural faith is the gift of God. In Acts 26:19, Paul is telling Agrippa of what the Lord said to him in commissioning him. “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.”
Is that the faith of Paul? No, it is the faith that the Holy Ghost is giving. It is the faith that He brings to us as we press in and on with God. I want to put before you this difference between our faith and the faith of Jesus. Our faith comes to an end. Most people in this place have come to where they have said, “Lord, I can go no further. I have gone so far and I can go no further. I have used all the faith I have, and I have just to stop now and wait.”
I remember being one day in Lancashire, and going round to see some sick people. I was taken into a house where there was a young woman lying on a bed, a very helpless case. The reason had gone, and many things were manifested there which were satanic and I knew it. She was only a young woman, a beautiful child. The husband, quite a young man, came in with the baby, and he leaned over to kiss the wife. The moment he did, she threw herself over on the other side, just as a lunatic would do. That was very heart-breaking. Then he took the baby and pressed the baby’s lips to the mother. Again another wild kind of thing happened. I asked one who was attending her, “Have you anybody to help?” “Oh,” they said, “We have had everything.” “But,” I said, “have you no spiritual help?” Her husband stormed out, saying, “Help? You think that we believe in God, after we have had seven weeks of no sleep and maniac conditions.”
Then a young woman of about eighteen or so just grinned at me and passed out of the door. That brought me to a place of compassion for the woman. Something had to be done, no matter what it was. Then with all my faith I began to penetrate the heavens, and I was soon out of that house, I will tell you, for I never saw a man get anything from God who prayed on the earth. If you get anything from God, you will have to pray into heaven; for it is all there. If you are living in the earth realm and expect things from heaven, they will never come. And as I saw, in the presence of God, the limitations of my faith, there came another faith, a faith that could not be denied, a faith that took the promise, a faith that believed God’s Word. And from that presence, I came back again to earth, but not the same man. God gave a faith that could shake hell and anything else.
I said, “Come out of her, in the name of Jesus!” And she rolled over and fell asleep and wakened in fourteen hours perfectly sane and perfectly whole.
There is a process on this line. Enoch walked with God. That must have been all those years as he was penetrating, and going through, and laying hold, and believing and seeing and getting into such close cooperation and touch with God that things moved on earth and he began to move toward heaven. At last it was not possible for him to stop any longer. Oh, Hallelujah!
In the 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians we read of the body being “sown in weakness,” to be raised in power. It seems to me that, as we are looking for translation, the Lord would have us know something of that power now, and would have us kept in that power, so that we shall not be sown in weakness.
There is one thing that God has given me from my youth up, a taste and relish for my Bible. I can say before God, I have never read a book but my Bible, so I know nothing about books. It seems to me better to get the Book of books for food for your soul, for the strengthening of your faith, and the building up of your character in God, so that all the time you are being changed and made meet to walk with God.
“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.”
I can see that it is impossible to please Him on any line but faith, for everything that is not of faith is sin. God wants us to see that the plan of faith is the ideal and principle of God. In this connection I love to keep in my thoughts the beautiful words in the 2nd verse of the 12th chapter of Hebrews: “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” He is the author of faith. God worked through Him for the forming of the world. “All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.” And because of the exceedingly abundant joy of providing for us so great salvation, He became the author of a living faith. And through this principle of living faith, looking unto Him who is the author and finisher of our faith, we are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even by the Spirit of the Lord.
God has something better for you than you have ever had in the past. Come out into all the fulness of faith and power and life and victory that He is willing to provide, as you forget the things of the past, and press right on for the prize of His high calling in Christ Jesus.
I found this article about Leaders and Manager by William Harper. His business is training people in the network marketing industry. However, this is good information in any organization. Because leadership is leadership. Enjoy the information!
ARE YOU A LEADER OR A MANAGER? Article By William Harper
Are you frustrated with trying to inspire and motivate others to work their businesses? Have you felt overwhelmed with stagnation? Do you lack the knowledge and the ability to help push others to become productive? Do you feel stuck and cannot develop any momentum because of lack of motivation with your team? Well, do not despair there really is a simple solution to helping you grow, stay positive, and develop quantum leaps in your business.
YOU ARE NOT ANYONE’S PARENT
The answer is DO NOT try to change people. One thing that I have learned is there is a difference between a manager and a leader. A lot of managers fall into this trap of seeing potential in someone and trying to change them, trying to motivate them and push them into an arena either they are not ready for or really do not want even though they said so. Managers try to make them go when they do not want to. They are constantly pushing and the person is constantly pulling away.
Instead of letting people be what they are going to be which is what a leader would do, the manager tries to make them produce because the manager wants it more for the person than the person wants for themselves. The leader however, will provide an environment that hopefully the person will decide to change. The leader will provide great educational opportunities, make themselves available, follow-up from time to time, but the Leader will not go out of their way to make someone a project “so to speak” who really does not want help in changing their lives. Leaders inspire and not motivate because they understand if you have to motivate someone to get them in you will have to motivate them to keep them in which is quite contrary to the role of a leader. A leader realizes that the best thing that they can do is to spend their time locating new people, and more time developing groups. It is said that it is easier to give birth than to raise the dead. The ability and energy that a leader expends trying to get new people, fresh people, cooperative and self-motivated people will do more for you than trying to get those who have been in the business a while to become more active and engaged.
A LEADER’S RESPONSIBILITY
Managers need to become leaders and in becoming a leader they will begin to understand that they should not fall in love with someone’s potential and waste their time. We all know that potential is merely the ability to do something and not yet doing it. Therefore, a Leader will not continue to try to get their existing group to produce and do just a little bit more when they are aware that their group isn’t doing the necessary tasks for productivity i.e. getting on training calls, reading positive books, attending national and regional conferences, reading informative emails, etc.. What a leader quickly learns is that when an individual wants to really change their situation and circumstances they do not need anyone to push them. Their situations will propel them all by themselves and inspire them enough to be productive.
One of the most frustrating things that a Manager who is not yet a Leader can do is fall in love with a person’s potential because when you fall in love with their potential you lose their objectivity and you are not any good to the person or yourself. It can be frustrating to develop programs, incentives, and other motivating tools for individuals who have been sitting a while and you see that they are so close to reaching a goal and really doing something huge. It is frustrating to see someone so close toward capturing their future and they are unable to see it and take the small necessary steps toward grabbing it.
NO STRESSING ALLOWED
As Jim Rohn said, let those people be. Tony Robbins said it so eloquently in yesterday’s blog post that I sent out. A person MUST have certainty in what they are doing in order to accomplish their goals. So if you have no belief or certainty the results will be uncertain and unsuccessful. This is one of the mysteries of the universe. Why would a person have such potential, yet will not use it to accomplish great things in their lives.
What I want you to remember as a Leader, our job is to give people an opportunity and create the environment for success. So, if you have a group that is not productive, just begin to look for individuals who are ready and willing. If you want to inspire your existing group the best way to do that is to bring in a new set of willing participants. Work with the willing, build them, show them and grow them. So work with those who want it not with those who have potential. To be honest we all have potential because God gave it to us all. But, potential means absolutely nothing if you do not use it. You have to resolve in your mind to let the potential be and to go after and work with those who are willing which is the key to growth, satisfaction in your business and success for others. Simply put, spend more time finding new people.
Removing Satan’s Seat: We are not Spiritual Pacifist!
Audio Lesson: We are not Spiritual Pacifist!
The Goals of this book
Let’s talk about what you will receive if you keep reading Volume One of Removing Satan’s Seat.
First, you will understand how the devil gains influence in the House of God. What are his tactics? What is his approach? Where will he strike first? What is his number one weapon? These are very important questions we will answer in this book.
You will also learn about the “specialized demons” that are used to assault the House of God. There are demon spirits called specialist. They operate in a particular realm and have special uses in certain areas. The devil studies a person’s character, personality and family history before he attacks them. Then he develops an attack plan using the current data and the best demons to attack in that specific area. In this way, Satan can come into a church using this approach and attack key people in the church in order to weaken it, and when the season is right he sends a series of blows against a church to take it out of the fighting zone. A weak church is no threat to the devil. In fact, it can be used to his advantage at the right time.
Now, if we can know what these demons are and how they operate and what they use in us to gain influence, then we can put a stop to his foolishness in the House of our God! We can put a stop to him and prevent him from running around in the local church.
The devil has to get influence in the life of the influencers in order to be able to gain a seat of authority in the House of God. If you keep growing, developing, and practicing the principles of God, you will have influence in the House of God. You must close the door to the devil in the intricate detail of your personal life. This includes sinful habits and weights. Notice the following verse.
Hebrews 12:1 NKJV “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Most Christians know that Satan will have a seat if we live filthy, sinful lives. But this verse tells us that weights will affect our ability to run this spiritual race. Weights will slow us down, and therefore allow Satan to “catch up” to us. Every sin is weight, but every weight is not necessarily sin. So you must close the door to his influence by laying aside weights and sins. If you don’t, you can potentially become an agent of evil for the devil. Remember the Word teaches us that if any man thinks that he stands he should take heed lest he fall. In other words, it could be you. You will find as we study this together that no one in the Bible started out with the intent of being used by the devil. However, when it was all over they were.
Have you ever seen the movie, Star Wars? If so, you will remember lord Vader. lord Vader was a very evil man. Yet, in his beginning he was the sweet, innocent little Anakin Skywalker. In the second movie, you see certain traits that were used against him and were the reason why he eventually turned to the dark side. The very same thing can happen to all of us.
Last of all, it is time to sound the alarm in the holy mountain of God. We need to understand that yes, the devil is defeated, but we don’t need to be relaxed. The Bible says, “To be sober and vigilant.” This means to stay on alert. The world has never been the same since 9/11. Why? Prior to 9/11, we felt we were completely safe from the rest of the world.
Think about what happened. If our nation were on alert in the first place, this attack would have never happened. Many lives have been lost, money has been lost, and truly the economy suffered from this attack. We were not on alert and we had the wrong thinking that no one could touch us. We felt safe. We found out quickly and very painfully what just a few insane people could, and did, do to us. Now our entire nation is experiencing a state of alert. Praise God, we have not had any successful attacks since. You can see clearly that being on alert does make a huge difference.
As a Christian we too must stay on alert, or many churches may suffer the same fate.
1 Peter 5:8-9 MSG “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith.”
This verse teaches us to stay on alert. Staying alert does not mean staying in fear or torment, but understanding that there is an enemy out there and we are at war with him. It is unfruitful to think that just because we are serving God, and are in the will of God, that we do not have to be concerned about anything. We must stay on alert and be aware of things that can happen, so that we do not let the devil get in and do what he wants to do. God wants us to protect His House, and to keep the waters clean. God wants to use all of us to stop the evil intents and works of the devil. Let us learn together how Satan gains access to the very House of the Living God.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT PRIDE
As we look at Proverbs 16:18, we learn that destruction is at the end of “Pride Boulevard.”
Notice what God’s Word says, “Pride goes before destruction.” If we choose to travel this road, we will find destruction at its end. Have you ever been traveling down a street and found a sign telling you, “Dead End?” Some people will travel down that street anyway, just to see if they can get out their own way. The people who created the street maps know the streets very well and have placed the sign there to save you and I time! God has already been down the street called “Pride Boulevard,” and He is trying to tell you that destruction is at the end. So if we start down the path of pride, it will be impossible for us not to experience the fruits of destruction in our lives. It is amazing to me, how many people think that they are the exception. This element of exception is an indication of pride.
Proverbs 16:18 NKJV “Pride goes before destruction and a HAUGHTY SPIRIT before a fall.
“Mr. Haughty” is standing on a trap door. If you have a haughty spirit or a prideful attitude, you are going to drop like a rock! It’s the law of gravity. By haughty I mean:
This kind of thinking places a person on a trap door, and chances are this person is going to fall right through the floor!
It goes on to say, “better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” In other words, a prideful person will have a few companions. Let’s talk about this company of companions. Each of these characters indicates an element of pride in your heart.
PRIDE BRINGS BAD COMPANY
Have you entertained one of these guests? The first guest is ‘Mr. Justify.’ Just like the name, he loves to justify his actions. ‘Mr. Justify’ says, “I am justified to rebuke this person, or to be unkind and rude. After all, they had it coming. I am justified to tear up and damage the church on the way out. After all, the preacher is corrupt and somebody has got to sound the alarm! I am that watchman on the wall!”
Our next guest is ‘Ms. Compromise.’ Pride will make you compromise the Word of God. God tells us not to be unequally yoked with the unrighteous, but you do it anyway. God told Adam, “Don’t eat of the fruit of the tree,” but he did anyway. The principle is clear to see. Anything that we compromise to keep, we will certainly lose.
Take our next guest called ‘Dr. Self-righteous,’ who feels he is always right. ‘Dr. Self righteous’ was one of my best friends. I used to let my wife know that she was always wrong. After all, I was a more mature Christian than she was. So it couldn’t possibly be me! Even if I was wrong, she was the reason for it!
‘Dr. Self Righteous’ will always make the issue the mission. For example, a husband and wife have a mission to stay together and to build a family. Normal issues of life occur. Perhaps, there are financial problems, personality clashes, or relatives too involved in your marriage. The issue can become more important than the mission. “I have to be right even if it destroys the family.” In church, for instance, God gives a vision to the pastor to build a powerful family church. Due to some petty squabbles over some issue, the church suffers and the vision suffers, because the issue becomes bigger than the mission.
These petty Christians can wreck the House of God. They decide they are going to go to another church. They slander the leadership and criticize them, as well as sow all kinds of seeds of discord. David clearly had a right to kill Saul from a human point of view. However, he was a submitted man and would not touch the Lord’s anointed. I am sure Dr. Self-righteous tried to talk to him, but David resisted that voice and was able to fulfill his purpose in God.
Let’s meet another companion of pride. His name is ‘Bishop Exception.’ Any good church will establish policies and requirements, in order to maintain order and facilitate excellence. ‘Bishop Exception’ will always feel that he doesn’t have to follow the rules, or do what everyone else is required to do. Why do we feel we are the exception? Little by little, we feel we are really making sacrifices and great contributions to the cause. Since we are really making a difference, we feel we are to be treated differently than everyone else. The Scriptures below are an example of what we are supposed to do. Listen to the words of Jesus.
Luke 17:7-10 NKJV “And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? 8 “But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 “Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. 10 “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘we are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.'”
God expects us to live holy, and to be loyal and faithful. God expects us to stay at our post and stick to our assignments. There is no reason to get into pride and make exceptions.
Let’s meet our next guest. His name is ‘The Right Rev. Title Power.’ As the name implies, it’s all about the title. This reminds me of a pastor who made his name larger than the church name. His name was in granite rock! Anyway, title recognition was very important to the Reverend. Our society is really into the “title thing.” Some people want to be called by their title: Reverend, Bishop, Brother, Deacon, and Minister So and So. One time I saw a card that said “The Most Top Assistant.” If you have the goods, you don’t need the title! Jesus did not operate that way! I believe in honoring people, but it’s another thing when people want to honor themselves.
Let’s meet another companion of pride, ‘Elder Close Minded.’ This type of person feels they know all there is to know about their area. Another person’s ideas are unimportant. The only good idea is their idea. They do not want to work as part of a team; everything must be centered on them. This person’s idea of teamwork is to tell everybody what to do. What a prideful spirit!
Next, we have ‘Arch Bishop Denial.’ This particular version of pride will cause you to be in denial about everything. “I am not the problem, in fact, there is no problem here. After all, I am in charge.” Denial always leads to deception. Such a person is an open target to the enemy.
Lastly, let’s meet the final companion of pride. His name is ‘Professor Blame.’ You got it. It is always somebody else’s fault! It could not be him! He will blame someone else for things that are not right in his life, his department, and his church. It’s the church’s fault that he doesn’t have a good prayer life. It’s his wife’s fault that he is not serving God like he should. It’s the preacher’s fault that he can’t trust people in authority. It is always somebody else. No, we all have to take responsibility for our own lives. Otherwise, we will never be able to change. Adam blamed God for his condition, instead of taking responsibility. Eve did the same, but God put them both out to reap the results of their own actions.
Proverbs 16:19 NKJV “Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.”
Wisdom tells us to take the high road and humble ourselves. Let’s not operate in pride and company with such rascals! We have the spirit of Jesus who said in Philippians 2:4-9 KJ, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.”
We are going to follow Jesus!
I Peter 5:5-6 KJV “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
These verses tell us, first of all, to give honor where honor is due. The younger are always to respect the elders. So, we want to give honor, where honor is due. The elders have paid the price and they have made the commitment to reach new levels of spiritual excellence. It is only right that we honor them. I make it a practice to honor people who are older than I am in life, in Christianity, or in the ministry of the Lord Jesus. It doesn’t matter if I am ahead of them or not. They deserve honor for sticking it out and paving the way for me. Peter tells us to be subject to one another. This deals with your horizontal relationships. Some people will honor their pastor, but treat everyone else with disrespect. As God is not a respecter of persons, we are not to be a respecter of persons.
We are to have an attitude of humility by submission though submission to one another. In other words, show respect to everyone. It will only be a great benefit to our lives if we make a conscious effort to stay humble.
We learn from the Bible that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Don’t make God your enemy. The Bible says that God resists the proud. In other words, God sets Himself against people that are prideful. The Word says in Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things If God is for us, who can be against us?” When we are prideful, the Scripture should read: “If God is against us; who can be for us?” I don’t want to make God my enemy, do you? Yet, if we don’t stay humble, this is what will happen.
Let’s look at the next part of this verse, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” God’s grace provides for us what we could never provide for ourselves, and empowers us to do what we could never do in our own strength. We need his grace to live right. We need His grace in raising our children, being effective in the church, increasing in anointing, and serving with excellence. The efforts of the flesh are ineffective, but the grace of God will put us over the top every time.
When we are humble, then we will receive that grace. The Bible says, “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time.” Notice the wording of due time. You don’t have to promote yourself. You don’t have to play politics. The Spirit of God is like water; He takes the path of least resistance. Pride shows itself in resistance, but humility is yielding. So when I stay humble, the power and the grace of God will come upon me and time will tell the story. Man will see and want to promote me, because God’s promotion grace is upon me! Let time tell your story. In time, honor will come, promotion will come, recognition will come, and increase will come. If you maintain a spirit of humility, God will exalt you in due time.
YOU MATTER! Part 1
What is going on? Pastors committing suicide? If this is what is happening to shepherds, what hope is there for the sheep? I felt compelled to write this article as a word of encouragement to pastors, church leaders and members of the body of Christ. The word that I believe I have from the Lord is “YOU MATTER!!” We not only need you alive, but we need you to thrive, pursue, and fulfill the dream of God for your life! Here are three recent stories of fallen shepherds:
The son of a Florida mega-church pastor, who is close to President Barack Obama has died, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to local police. Isaac Hunter and his wife, Rhonda, were going through a divorce, according to Florida court records. Hunter resigned as senior pastor of Summit Church in 2012 after acknowledging a three-year affair with a member of the church staff.
Pastor Teddy Parker of Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia, committed suicide while his congregation waited for him to arrive on Sunday. The 42-year-old Georgia pastor tragically killed himself with a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” on Nov. 10.
Ed Montgomery hadn’t recovered from the death of his wife, Jackie. According to the Christian Post, they served at the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Illinois. The police have not officially confirmed the death to be a suicide, but a senior official at the church confirmed the suicide. The pastor’s wife died of a brain aneurysm last year.
“Impacting the One, who impacts many.” This is the tagline for Preachers’ Trainer, a leadership and business coaching system for pastors, marketplace ministers, marriages and men, empowering leaders to be the best in the world in what they do, or impacting the one, who impacts many.
Are you called of God to impact many? Of course you are! Genesis 12:2-3 NKJV – I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
This promise was made to God’s covenant man Abraham. Abraham was a man just like you and I. Yet he impacted many, by the power of God. You are the seed of Abraham, and you, too, are chosen by the living God to impact many. Notice Galatians 3:13-14 NKJV – Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
So, according to this verse, the blessing of Abraham (the power to impact many) comes upon every person who is in Christ. So, this is not just for the preacher, but for anyone who will receive this power to impact many. Sometimes circumstances, people, and Satan himself will make you feel and even believe that you, your life, your ministry, or even your presence on this earth doesn’t matter or is not making a difference. This is a BALD-FACE LIE! I rebuke the doubt and the evil thoughts and words spoken by the devil himself!
I speak the Word of God to you. Your life matters, your ministry matters, your calling matters, your works matter! You matter!—Because God has placed something inside of you that this wicked and perverse generation desperately needs. This is a rotten and foul world that we live in. It is rotten because of sin and lawlessness. Yet, people in this world don’t realize that they are dead zombies walking around without the life of God.
You might say, “Dog, brother John, that’s kind of harsh! My unsaved friends and associates are good people, you know. Just because they don’t believe like I do, they are not that bad.” Notice Ephesians 4:17-19 – Let me say this, then, speaking for the Lord: Live no longer as the unsaved do, for they are blinded and confused. Their closed hearts are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds against him, and they cannot understand his ways. They don’t care anymore about right and wrong and have given themselves over to impure ways. They stop at nothing, being driven by their evil minds and reckless lusts.
Just because the people in this world use perfume to cover their stench doesn’t mean that they don’t have the smell of death on them. “Perfume?”—Yes—degrees, titles, material possessions, positions, first-class looks, cosmetic “add-ons” and surgical procedures, body sculpting, and the like. It is not the outside I am talking about, or even their moral standards, as some are morally good people. I am talking about the TRUE human condition in the eyes of a perfect, sinless, righteous and holy God. In His eyes, without the spotless, precious blood of the Christ, they are filthy menstrual rags. Isaiah 64:6 Douay-Rheims – And we are all become as one unclean, and all our justices as the rag of a menstruous woman: and we have all fallen as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
This is the true human condition of some of your finest, upstanding and successful un-regenerated friends. They NEED YOU! You are a carrier of the Life of God—the ZOE life! This eternal life inside of you is for their salvation—the salvation of their total existence—so how can you not matter? You must understand that you matter, and God has raised you up in His Kingdom for such a time as this.
Don’t look at your circumstances, attitudes of some people, and even where you are in life right now, to validate who you really are. You are the seed of Abraham and an heir according to the promise. You are seated with Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father. You are the redeemed of the Lord, a king under the King, a lord under the Lord, a priest under the High Priest. You are a joint heir with the first-born from the dead. You are greater than all of the prophets and kings in the Old Covenant, even if you consider yourself least in the Kingdom of Heaven. You are chosen by God to reign as a king in life, the righteousness of God in Christ, the bride of the Lamb. You are a son of God! You matter!!!
“Do you have the heart to fight for what’s yours?” By Arthur Toole
(A transcription from Men Of Honor Conference Call)
Good morning Men of Honor.
I hope everybody’s day started out well. Before I jump into the lesson, it was funny, I had just experienced a setback in my business. For those who don’t know, I run a trading firm. I teach people how to trade and then I give them the capital to trade and then I help them become profitable. I just had a huge setback where not only did it wipe out the profits, it wiped out a significant portion of our operating capital. I was really upset. But just maybe two days before that, I was asked to teach a lesson (this lesson today) and I was like, “Sure it’s an honor and a privilege to do so.” But I asked, “What am I going to teach them?” The Holy Spirit told me, “Do you have the heart to fight for what’s yours?” Then, I was like, “Man, that’s an amazing title! Great! That’s what I’m going to do!” – not knowing that two days after that, I was going to be tested, myself, on that very thing I was led to teach about.
“Do you have the heart to fight for what’s yours?” Think about that for a second. Do you have the heart to fight for what’s yours? The bible says we’re supposed to be the lender, not the borrower; we’re supposed to be on top and not beneath. We’re supposed to be wealthy (since He blessed us with all of these plans). But how many of you guys know that it doesn’t come the next day? It doesn’t happen in that next moment. It happens in its proper season. Sometimes that season may take minutes, it may take days, it may take months, or it may take years. For instance, we often times look at David, how he was a shepherd boy until he was about twelve to fifteen years old when they came and they anointed him to be king. Immediately (in our minds), we fast forward to where he is king. We don’t realize that that was about twelve to fifteen years between the time he was anointed to be king and the time he actually became king. And in that time, Saul tried to kill him, he ran and hid in the wilderness, and he had to fight for his life several tiems. He had a lot of calamities that came against him. Still, he held fast to what God told him fifteen years ago. Even when he was anointed king, his problems didn’t start, they were just problems at a different level.
If you’re a business owner, and you believe God called you to be a business owner, then you have to recognize that the trials and setbacks that come aren’t there to break you, but to reveal to you your measure of faith in God and what he’s called you to be. So, if you get into business and you have one setback and you quit, it’s not God. It’s just that you really didn’t believe in what God told you to, or maybe you weren’t sure in what you heard. When you have those moments you have to go back to God – it’s all about going back to God and walking in what He calls you to be. When God told me it was time for me to leave Corporate America, we were a $100,000 plus income producing household. Life was comfortable. Life was great. However, when it came down to leaving and launching the business, I went from being comfortable to having several months of having no profitability and several months of trying to build a business with no guidance. I had mentors that came in and pillaged all the profits in my company and left me and my family desperate. Even in those hard times, after you cry and you get pissed off, you stand back up and fight again. This is because you have to have the heart to fight for what’s yours before you can claim what God has for you.
So, that’s the main thing – recognize that as a business owner, even as a man of God, the trials that come are to reveal to you, not God, your level of faith. And once you recognize what your level of faith is, you go to God and ask God to increase your faith. You get into the Word and allow the Word to sustain you during those dark times, because as a business owner, you will have dark times.
The second thing I want to highlight is that a lot of times in the business community, they tell you, “Follow your passion, follow your passion, follow your passion!” Well, the meaning of passion is suffering, which I’ve heard one of the men say on the call before. Really when they are saying follow your passion, they are saying follow your suffering. God called you to business. That’s your calling. That’s also your passion. Then suffering is a part of the process. So you have to recognize that in walking in your business model, you’re not going to go from zero to one million dollars in one day or six months or even one year. Some people can, but the average person will not. You have to understand that’s okay. As a matter of fact, the average person takes about five years to get their business from start to where they are staying consistent in profitability. This is the average person. And most times when it fails, it’s not necessarily because of finances, it’s not even because of lack of planning – it’s because of lack of heart. When they get hit with that first calamity that they didn’t see coming, they quit. So you have to ask yourself, “Am I willing to fight for what God told me is mine?” And if you are, be ready to embrace any calamity that comes your way.
The other thing – and this is the last point – is that you have to accept the fact that failure and defeat are a part of the process. Let’s go back to David. David wasn’t perfect and he had way more sins than when he slept with Bathsheba. However, despite that, he knew how to get back on his feet, repent, pray to God, encourage himself, stand back up, and continue walking his calling. But how’s that applicable in your business life? Most of us were first generation business owners, meaning there was no blueprint that said that if you do one, two, three, you’ll make x, y, z, profits – all we had was experience via trial and error. So you go, you try, you fail, you have your pity party, you get back up, you learn from your mistakes, make the adjustments and you keep going. It’s an iteration. Test by fire. Test by fire. Trial and error. Trial and error. And then, eventually you start getting the right team members in place and you start identifying who the right clientele are, you start identifying how to market yourself. You start identifying what clients you don’t want (and yes, you do not want all the clients that are interested in your product or service). You start identifying what partners you don’t want and then next thing you know, you look back and you realize, “Man, I’m in a profitable business,” – but it’s because you were willing to fight for what’s yours not due to some hidden talents, skill, or special knowledge.
It’s in the trials and setbacks that you are made into what God has called you to be. I often say, “Business ownership is probably the next most challenging thing after marriage and fatherhood because it requires your entire being in order to be successful.”
I want to leave you guys with those things.
Now, the thing that helped me keep going was my “why”. I tell people who sit with me, all the time, “What’s your why? Why are you starting this business?” If your why is because you want to make a lot of money then I guarantee you, you’ll fail. Say you start a business that needs clients, but the clients are due not come in the beginning. If your why is money, then you’ll quit and go get a job. I’ll use Lou as an example – a professional personal trainer. If his why is, “I just want to make money”, he won’t last long, but if his why is because he sincerely loves seeing people go from being unhealthy to being healthy, then he can withstand
He can do this because his heart says, “I want to see people become healthy”, He understands that being healthy allows him to do more for God. That’s a strong “why”. So, you have to ask yourself, “What’s my ‘why’?” and then work to achieve that why. And lastly, and we’ll get to this when we come back, is the confession. If you hear what I’m saying and it touches home, then your confession should be, “I promise to fight for the blessing called my business. God says that if I commit your plans to him, He promises that they will succeed. That’s in Proverbs 16:3. He also says that for those who honor him, he will not allow them to be put to shame. So you can stand on those two things knowing that God called me to be a business owner – if I dedicate it to him, then I know my plans will succeed and I know that if in all my ways, I honor him, he will not allow me to be put to shame. That’s Psalms 25:3 So, I have twenty seconds left. I just want to complete my personal story I started at the beginning of this lesson. Because I was able to withstand the pain, because I was willing to fight for what was mine, because I had the heart to fight for what was mine, I now have about 3500 percent more profit than what I did before that calamity happened. Hear what I said, I have 3500 percent more profit than what I had before that calamity happened. I had the heart to fight for what’s min. God is not a respecter of persons. What He does for me, He will do for you. I hope this blesses you all.
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Love Languages bring unity 1 + 1 = 10
“Language is the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication, and a language is any specific example of such a system.”
In the context of marriage, a love language is the system by which we communicate our deepest feelings for each other. It is how will understand and deepen our relationship with one another. Knowing the love language of your spouse is absolutely essential in building unity or what the Bible calls becoming “one flesh”. If 1 + 1 =10 then understanding the love language of your spouse is a critical step towards enjoying the “math” of such union. Watch it now
Without this knowledge 1 – 1 = 0. This is the impact the lack of understanding will have on the most important human relationship you have. In other words without walking in the love language principles you will negate the impact that loving people coming together can bring to your children, your church, your communities and your world. We need you to get along with each other! Help us create a culture of love and understanding, of peace, trust and goodwill. It starts at home. Here are a few nuggets you will gain from watching our ten minute video. Watch it if at all possible together and discuss what you can do to improve your communication with each other.
1. Discover the power of the impact of the love languages.
2. Words of affirmation: the power of words.
3. Eliminate all criticisms and negativity towards each other.
4. Focus on building each other up with positive words of affirmation.
5. Start with making a list of positive things that you love about each
other and share.
6. Negative words are thieves that steal your joy and happiness. Never
allow yourself to be a person who always puts your spouse down.
7. The relationship between you and your spouse is the closest
relationship you will ever have.
9. Your spouse needs words of encouragement; if you don’t encourage
your spouse, someone else will!
Take 10 minutes and view this video View Now
The Five Love Languages Review
Words of affirmation: words that build each other up. These words build up your spouse’s confidence.
Quality time: spending time with your spouse, free of distractions.
Gifts: just that—simple gifts that you would buy for your spouse.
Acts of service: these are things that you would do for your spouse to express love.
Physical touch: touching your spouse with love and care.
Discover your love language and the love language of your spouse to increase a closer relationship and bond with each other.
Learn how to be effective in meeting each others needs using the love languages.
Understand how to apply the love language for your spouse.
Learn the importance of listening to what pleases your spouse.
Go through exercises on how to use the love languages.
Learn the importance of the power of your tongue. Speak words of encouragement.7
In writing this book, I had one mission in mind: to assist the believers in their spiritual development and to stimulate their desire to be a positive influence in the House of God. I believe this will ensure God’s vision and the cause of Christ will be advanced without delay, and will not be hindered.
To remove Satan’s seat is to remove his influence from the House of God. We do not want the devil to have a seat of authority in God’s House. As a child, I remember playing the game called musical chairs. Let’s say there are about twenty people and nineteen chairs. We would walk around the chairs while the music was playing. When the music stopped, we would rush to find a seat. Of course, someone wouldn’t have a seat. The person left standing would have to leave the game. In the same way, we don’t want the devil to have a seat in the House of God. There is no place for the devil in the Church of God.
UNDERSTANDING KEY VERSES
Revelation 2:13 KJV “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to my name, and did not deny my faith even in the days in which Antipas was my faithful martyred, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.” (Where Satan’s seat is)
This verse tells us that Satan had a seat of power and authority in a certain area. The devil likes to move into nations, cities, and communities, wherever people are; he sets up a place of authority, in order to control and promote his own agenda.
Ephesians 4:27KJV “Neither give place to the devil.”
This command implies three things. One, we have authority to restrain or permit demonic activity. Two, the devil desires to have a place or permission to influence and operate in our lives. Three, the devil can only influence our lives by our permission. This includes permission by our ignorance of his schemes.
II Corinthians 2:11KJV “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Satan does not have to take advantage of us! There is Biblical information available to us about him and his works. Our God will lead us into all truth and keep us informed so that the devil never gains the upper hand in our lives.
Romans 16:20 KJV “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
Here, we learn that it is possible to crush Satan under our feet. The devil is not only a defeated foe, but he is to be without power and influence in your life. The way to stop a serpent is to crush his head. Thank God we have a promise in Christ (the seed of the women); the serpent would be crushed or rendered powerless in our lives. If he can be crushed in our lives, then he can be crushed in our church. Glory to God, let’s get the job done and crush the serpent for our generations!
Matthew 23:2-3 KJV “Saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 “Therefore whatever they tell you to observe that observe and do.”
The Pharisees were in a position of authority in Moses’ seat. Satan desires to have a seat of authority. He wants to control the Church and he will use you to do it if he can, especially, if you are a person of influence. Some of the stories I hear about church problems give me the impression that the devil can just run around in the House of God and do whatever he wants to do. Sometimes, you get the feeling from some that there’s nothing we can do about it. The Bible teaches that we are not to be ignorant of the devil’s devices. He can’t take advantage of us if we are truly walking with God. When we follow the God who reveals to us the hidden things, we will find that Satan doesn’t have a chance to get in to hurt, harm, and bring destruction to the House of God. My hope is that this book will teach you how to crush Satan under your feet. You will learn how the devil gains influence in the House of God.
The key thought is: only an influencer can give permission to the devil to operate in the House of God. An influencer is the devil’s primary target. Unless the influencer knows how Satan operates, he will be used as an agent of evil in the House of God, whether he knows it or not.
Why are we talking about the devil so much in this book? We are unveiling what he is doing. You see, friend and growth partner, having an anointed servant of God and a God-ordained vision does not make you exempt from the wiles of the devil. In fact, the greater the man and the vision, the more fierce and sophisticated the attack will be.
By Apostle Maurice K. Wright
“Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart. And such trust we have through Christ to God-ward.” (II Corinthians 3:1-4, KJV)
“Are we beginning again to tell you how good we are? Some people need to bring letters of recommendation with them or ask you to write letters of recommendation for them. But the only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves! Your lives are a letter written in our hearts, and everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ prepared by us. It is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on stone, but on human hearts. We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ.” (NLT)
As Paul, the servant of God an apostle of the Lord by the will of God, sought to foolishly prove his apostleship to the believers in the church at Corinth, he revealed the true heart, concerns, and motives of a true apostle – one indeed sent by the Lord. In his genuine desire to validate his apostleship to those he should have been received as an apostle (even if others churches had rejected him as an apostle or fathering-servant of the Lord), the church at Corinth should have understood that they were his validation. Paul said to them, “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. And such confidence we have through Christ toward God.” (II Corinthians 3:2-4, NASB).
An apostle is just a “fathering-servant”, one directly chosen by the will of God and sent forth with a specific assignment and mission. Along with the other ascension gifts of Christ given to men in Ephesians 4:7-11, the apostle or apostolic grace upon certain men are given to the body of Christ as a gift from Christ to His body, which He is the head. Paul sought to bring the Corinthian church believers in Christ to a place of understanding as to who they were, who he was, who really did the work, and how it was all accomplished.
First, he said, “You are our letter known and read by all men; manifesting before them that you are really a letter of Christ.” Paul’s recommendation was not letters but lives that were known and read by everybody. The implication is that the authenticity of the letters produced by other so-called apostles was suspect and would not stand close scrutiny. True apostles of the Lord and apostolic teams are not self-assertive or prideful. They never attempt to commend themselves, pat themselves on the back, or boast about themselves.
Second, he said, “(you are) written in our hearts”, and “being cared for by us.” The phrase translated, “placed in our care” or “being cared for by us,” is, literally, “worked by us.” The Greek for “worked” (or: “ministered,” “served”) is “diakoneo”. The words “manifestly declared” (KJV) mean “to make known or be shown.” The connotation is that of public display. In a sense believers’ themselves are epistole or authoritative letters of Christ “known and read of all men.” Paul’s work was not his own but that of Christ. He was simply a diakonos, or one of the King’s servants, a bond slave of the Lord. True apostles of the Lord and apostolic teams hold so close to their hearts the interest and spiritual well-being of the believers they father, cover, and/or have the oversight.
Third, he said, “But with the Spirit of living God what is written in the Scriptures have been written and etched on the human heart and not tablets made of stone.” This is a direct result of the miracle-working power of God. Their being a “letter” was the work of the Holy Spirit of God in their hearts – and not the apostles. But the believers are “letters of Christ” inscribed upon the apostles hearts. A true apostle of the Lord and apostolic team totally rely upon the Spirit and grace of God to work in the lives of the redeemed covenant people of God. Paul said, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves: but our sufficiency [is] of God” (2 Corinthians 3:5). True apostles and apostolic teams recognize that there ability is in God and in the power of the Holy Spirit. They never rely upon their ability to try and accomplish the work of the Lord.
Fourth, he said, “Christ gives us confidence about you in God’s presence” (GW). The Message Bible says, “We couldn’t be more sure of ourselves in this – that you, written by Christ himself for God, are our letter of recommendation.” The true apostle of the Lord knows that he could only do what he has done because of the confidence given him through Christ. Philippians 4:13. He is not self-confidence or arrogant. He claims nothing for himself – all is of God. He knows that his confidence will endure in the sight of God. True apostles of the Lord and apostolic teams know that without God being with them and enabling them by His grace and power, no lasting and transforming work can be done for the sake of God’s glory and kingdom.
In summary of the preceding Scriptures and exegesis of the text, Paul was really saying to them, “You are a letter from the Messiah [The Christ] placed in our care for safe delivery to God at the final Judgment.”
Here are some facts concerning apostles and the apostolic:
In closing, Paul felt like he had behaved like a fool for boasting so much. Paul understood that boasting in such a way only proved two things: 1.) that boasting is stupid; & 2.) that nothing is to be gained by it. True apostles of the Lord never boast in themselves or about themselves. If they do any boasting it is in Jesus Christ being crucified on the cross at Calvary, and being resurrected from the dead for our justification. Amen.