The Good News

cropped-image1.jpgIt is important you see your part in the body of Christ and realize your effectiveness. We must believe in our hearts we can reach people for Christ’s sake. The Apostle Paul said, ‘fearlessly work at telling other the Good News of Jesus and carry out the ministry God has for you’ (2Tim4:5).  Ask yourself this question, ‘what do I see as my part in His body and will I allow the Holy Spirit to prepare me to be ready in season?’ My dad used to say, ‘you get what you are willing to give’. That is so true; we will reap in kind based on the attitude we bring with us. Often, I see people who come to church and seem to get nothing. What did they come to bring? Did they come just to get and not to give or participate? Did they just bring an attitude of unbelief that thought they were not going to get much and so received nothing? Someone has said how much attitude affects everything. Is your attitude one of believing faith that comes trusting God to move you giving you a heart for His purposes? Stop delighting in merely telling what you think, and start looking and listening for God’s word to bring His voice of change in you, making you a valuable asset for His purposes of healing the lives of others who are living life looking for love, but in all the wrong places.  When the word comes alive in you, it will be the manifest love others are desperately looking for.  And it will come as Good News–refreshing news, but how will they hear unless there is a field worker nearby their pain?  Are you spreading words that are caustic and divisive, or do they possess the power to heal?  You must realize while the whole world reaches for something for the pain, you are God’s pain management tool.  A ‘Love Application’ in the highest order, prescribed by great authority and highly effective to vanquish every sorrow and grief. The real issue is my heart and a faith that is working for the Kingdom of God and not my own. Will you consider working with me to reap a harvest in these days? Contact us today, we will pray with you for God’s will and His work.

 

The Burning Bush

Somewhere on the backside of your wilderness there is a place in God’s presence that will draw you in to captivate your heart and arrest your complete attention. Like Moses in Exodus 3, the burning bush reminds us God is never finished — though we may have long given up. I have recently been reminded that we are living in the last days. Things are out of control, and it seems men’s hearts are so hard. Even believers seem so fixed in just what they know; there is no desire to receive any more than just what they have. It would seem all is well, yet something turns sideways because all is not well, and men are racing over a cliff to destruction with no one to hold them back. It is all indicative of the last times. There seems to be resistance to the truth no matter how hard you try. We are living in days where the people of God often find themselves in a wilderness from wanting to follow God, but genuinely not knowing how. Have you found yourself in a wilderness like Moses running — running from your fear, from your people, from what would be the plan of God for your life — all because you tried to follow God and failed?  In these days you had better find that burning bush on the back side of the wilderness you are living in. I believe these days are to be a season of rescue and recovery, but you need the burning bush. You need the Spirit of God to draw you in to look at Him spending time in His presence beholding what consumes, but does not burn up. It is marvelous as Moses said it was. It causes you to remove what is unholy because you got a word from God that says put that down and away from your life and come to me … here on holy ground. There you actually can hear God confirming to you His desire to save — it was His desire all along, and you thought He had forgotten and left you in the wilderness. But He has not forgotten you. You, like Moses, may have had the right idea, but failed to get in on the full plan of God. But now with the bush He includes you, telling you, “I see the affliction of men’s souls, and now I want to use you.” You see, we need the burning bush experience that lies in the wilderness of our struggle, because without it we lack awareness of God’s care or concern. We lack understanding of His plan to include us in the work to liberate men’s bondage. We are in the last days, and men are surely in bondage. If you fail to see that, you are proving you need a touch of the marvelous bush from which God speaks. Somewhere, there in your dry place, He is telling you to stand and see — looking for that bush that burns. It is Christ in you the hope of glory. It is not so far, though you may believe it cannot be found. God will use these very words you are reading now to stir your heart and bring you to find that place. It is a place of power and privilege; it is a place of revelation and inclusion. It is a place in these days you cannot afford to be without. From the bush, He calls us to identity as sons. He says, “Come, and I will send you.” God is saying to us — I will touch your lips and give you a voice so that your slowness of speech will be met with the confidence to declare freedom to every bound place, so the captive souls of men can be made free.

 

The Wilderness of His Glory

Often we find ourselves in a fog, wondering where God is in our circumstances. We may feel as though we made a decision to follow the Lord way back when, but the enemy would have us convinced that all those decisions for what we believed was right and honorable have left us in the middle of the desert. You think, after all these years life should be more comfortable, but instead you feel like your life is in a wilderness and everything you believed is being tested. You are not alone though you may think you are.  How you handle the wilderness will be the defining moment in your Christianity.   You said you wanted to serve God and be his disciple, but what you may fail to realize is; there is no effective ministry without a wilderness.  Matthew 4:1, Jesus is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness.  This wilderness is for His glory.  This wilderness is defining your call. Many a young person may think it well to serve God without fully removing the harmful effects of sin, pride, or rebellion, but without a wilderness you will serve God by what is born out of ‘pop culture’ pursuing what is popular and not what is holy. Remember Moses?  It was the wilderness that led him to a place of holy ground. The wilderness defines my call by leading me to holy ground to meet a holy God not given to the popular, but to the pure. The wilderness defines my identity as being in Christ and in Him alone because there is nothing else to cling to.   It is here the enemy comes to question your sonship saying, ‘If you’re a son, then do this or do that for instant comfort’ but in the wilderness you must discover it is Christ alone your hope of glory. It is a place of understanding my identity as the Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me….” You may feel you have spent your whole life serving people and even family, only to be kicked in the teeth. You may have worked so hard to accomplish some purpose only to be disappointed in some way, yet is it the wilderness that defines my God. He uses the wilderness to prove the true object of my affection. Was my service just my gratification or was it for His glory?  You see, the wilderness makes the object of our affection very clear; will my god prove to be self as I bemoan the circumstance, or will I recognize the greatness of our God by completely trusting Him as I offer Him my praise. Often we have come to make worship about the “lights, camera and the action”.   In the wilderness, He proves there is no power but His, and He wants to be the main attraction. While He makes us to sing, it’s not the music, it is the message.  Jesus said in the wilderness, “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God”.  The good news is, this wilderness will define your victory by advancing the kingdom for God’s glory.  Just remember this fact from the life of Christ; wilderness advances the kingdom (Matt.4:17;19).  As you are hidden in Christ and His life is yours, you will advance His cause bringing many sons to glory.   The wilderness God is using produces glory every time.   After the wilderness, Moses saw God liberate a nation in just a few days.  After the wilderness, Jesus moved with might and power.  And this wilderness you may find yourself in at this present hour is for His glory to give you a future and hope that through your tried and proven testimony He lives, He moves, He saves, He redeems, and He alone is able to rescue and recover when no one else can. God is using your wilderness to define your Christian faith so embrace it, embrace Him and glory will follow.

The Work of God in Prayer

Recently in prayer, I began to understand the source of my frustration with others.  In my discovery, I realized how I had waited on men and not waited on God.  I had waited on men to be my help;  I had waited for men to have the answer.   I was waiting on men for my next move.  It was hindering my progress slowing me down and making me angry.  I saw my failure to wait on God was causing me to miss His move and with it, His great provision.  Bottom line, it was the fear of man and not the fear of God.  I began seeing where the fear of man ensnared me and left me without a Godly mandate to move forward.  That fear of men kept me from confronting my problems and issues with others.  It left me without a voice that could speak as God to inspire true leadership that moves to victory.   I did a lot of preaching at the problem, but was distant from confronting it head on with real solutions born out of relationship.  The people were not my problem, but failure to wait on God was.  Could it be God is calling you to a ‘relationship of waiting on Him’?   In your frustations,  your failure to wait is a failure to get a word from Him to speak directly with divine wisdom into the lives of others.  You like me need to see the work of God in prayer.  It is a work that reveals willingness to wait on God bringing rest from other men’s agendas.   In prayer, the Spirit of God will cause you to find a ‘fresh wind’ to fill your sails and propel you forward to victory.

Working Together

This ministry has for a long time provided a place to help others. I can’t say that everyone has received help, but that has been our desire. This week I began thinking about the body of Christ working together; it is important we pull together to accomplish the purposes of the church. The church has been given the unique call to preach good news and make disciples. At our ministry farm we believe the Lord was saying to us for the past few years, “build a barn and usher in a harvest of souls”. That word was confirmed to us and so we will be using the farm to provide a variety of ministry opportunities in days ahead. It is important you see your part in the body of Christ and realize your effectiveness.  We must believe in our hearts we can reach people for Christ’s sake. So I need you to ask yourself the question, ‘what do I see as my part in His body and will I allow the Holy Spirit to prepare me to be ready in season?’ My dad used to say, ‘you get what you are willing to give’.  That is so true; we often reap a harvest out of the kind of attitude we bring with us. Often, I see people who come to church and seem to get nothing.  What did they come to bring?  Did they come just to get and not to give or participate?  Did they just bring an attitude of unbelief that thought they were not going to get much and so received nothing?  Someone has said how much attitude affects our altitude.  I believe that is important for us all to consider.  Is your attitude one of appreciation for the word or is it in merely telling what you know?  Are you spreading words that heal or do they divide?  The real issue is my heart and a faith that is working for his kingdom not my own.   Will you consider working with me to reap a harvest in these days?  Call or contact me so we can pray with you concerning God’s will and His work.  Let’s find ourselves working together in these days ahead.

The Mountain of God’s Presence

There is a view behind my house, although it is hidden by the trees, that I’ve often wondered about.  I had a sense it was a grand, glorious view, if but one could only rise above the obstacles that blocked the beauty of it.  While recently looking at I map, I discovered something I had missed.  A very short distance behind where I live was Mt. Sinai; it is one of four recorded summits in the area.  My discovery brought so much excitement, I spent the best part of a day just trying to find a way to go up the mount.  In my search, I began thinking of Mt. Sinai in the Exodus chapters 3 and 19; it was the place of God’s presence, and a place where he spoke promises.  Then this thought occured to me, ‘Mount Sinai, the Mount of God had been there behind my house all along and I didn’t know it’.  You know what I suspect?  Mount Sinai is there shortly behind the place where you live and you failed to understand its significance.  It is a place of glory; Jesus lives there in God’s presence making intercession for you, like Moses, to behold that glory so you might be His witness.  He says to you pull off your shoes, for this mount is holy.  It represents a place of consecration in your life laying aside some things.  Like those trees, blocking the view of His glory, He says to you, ‘rise above to get a view of the mount; make the discovery that it is near to where you live–it is near to your struggle, near to your fears, near your failures, near to you bonds’ saying, ‘come to my glory and remove the obstructions.  Come to the mount, it is a place where I reveal my name, my position, my Kingdom, and my Lordship to you.’  After the cross, Jesus resumed His rightful position and is now living at the right hand of God to pray for you to receive God’s power.  We are told to come boldly before His throne of grace that we might find mercy and grace in our time of need.  It is interesting to note, Moses brought God’s people to the foot of the mountain, but only Jesus fills full the word by bringing us up the mount to a high place with Him.  And there near His footstool, He says ask what you will and I will make you to live for me and that more abundantly.

The Rain That Brings Harvest

God says, ‘If you love Me and serve Me with all your heart, I will send the early and late rain bringing the necessary provision to finish the work of harvest in these times’ (Deut. 11:13-14). We live in difficult days, yet glorious days when you consider the Master commands a harvest. He presides as Lord of the harvest urging our service as His followers.  In James 5:7-8, He says to you in these days, ‘be patient brethren until the coming of the Lord’. The reference to brethren is a reference to kinship and friendship; if you care to receive it, is a call to discipleship. It is a call to follow the things that drove the ministry of Jesus. In these two verses he says, consider the farmer and be like him.  What about the farmer you ask?  He is waiting on the precious produce of the soil with a vested interest in the field.  These verses remind us the coming of the Lord is at hand, and that we should find ourselves committed to the produce of His field.  Like the parable of the talents says about His return, He will be looking for your produce.  He is not coming back so you can show Him your stuff.  His return will be all about souls and what you’ve done with the seed He gave you.  Jesus said, ‘lift your eyes and look on the  fields white unto harvest’.   Right now, amid perhaps, the greatest mixture of Christianity and darkness the world has ever known, there is a harvest waiting.  However, one can only reap by being a friend of Jesus as John 15 states.  He is saying, ‘I chose you, I appointed you to bear fruit, I appoint you to a harvest’.  ‘Understand the season of my return is near, I’ve given the early rains, but it’s the latter rain that ushers in harvest.’  The body of Christ need remind herself and be encouraged that the rain of God’s blessing for harvest comes to a people–to a whole hearted people– who have lost themselves and yet been found, in a place of prayer.  Praying with expectatation, they are looking to be found faithful in their work with a complete dependance upon the Lord who sends the rain that brings harvest.  Do you understand the signs of the times?  Have you heard His call?  Let’s pray for eyes to see His field and for the rain that brings harvest.