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Angels on Assignment

calmur | July 30, 2015 08:39

Psalm 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone

 

Once you are a child of God, you have special priviledges and graces. Not only are your sins forgiven, and you have access to forgiveness for all of your life, but you have the blessings of the New Covenant. That could be a teaching on its own but what I will say is that part of these blessings include, heath, strength, prosperity, long life, the blessing of the LORD on all aspects of your life. Deuteronomy 28 is a must read at least once a week so you can remind yourself of the blessings God has for you. The blesssings of Abraham, the blessings upon the covenant God made with Moses - all the blessings of all the covenants have given to us by the resurrected LORD Jesus Christ.

Protection - There is a sphere of blessing that surrounds you. You literally have angels on assignment in your life to protect you, to keep you in your ways. Most people never see angels. They are strong, mighty beings who minister on our behalf. If we are confessing God's Word, praying God's Word, and living our lives pleasing to God, these angels enforce the Word. In special situations, they bring messages, fight demons, open passageways, release answers to prayer. 

Even people who do not intimately know the LORD often believe in angels but with a wrong perspective. We are not to seek fellowhsip with angels. We are not to pray to angels or glorify them in any way. They are servants of God that are special agents of righteousness to bless us, to hep us, to care for us. We can and should pray for God to release angels in our lives. We should align our speech with God's Word to give the angels something to use as weapons. They make it possible for us to not only obtain victory but also cause us to give God all the glory because only He could accomplish certain things in our lives. 

If you haven;t thought about the angels God uses to protect and help you. Take a moment and Thank God for the unseen things He does and the angels that He uses to help you. Pray for God to release angels to minister in areas of your life where there is a need - protection, answers to prayer etc,

The angels of the LORD minister to us and on our behalf. They are enforcers of God's Word.

The Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ

calmur | July 22, 2015 12:24

John 6: 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Most Protestant Christian denominations do not literally believe these words. Often we hear words like "these are emblems or symbols to show we believe in Jesus". 

Jesus was teaching a crowd of people who wanted physical manifestation. He had just fed the 5, 000 people plus women and children by a multiplication miracle. The child's lunch became multiplied miraculously. The people who had gathered to hear Jesus was there because they wanted his words more than anything. There was no place to get food or refreshment. The people lingered anyway. Jesus had mercy on them, seeing their desire was for spiritual food. They wanted what he had to say more than earthly things. That is why Jesus did the miracle recordered. He saw their hearts desire for Him and their need.

Other people heard about the miracle and thought "free food". They didn't care about Jesus really. They wanted what He could provide. They saw Him as a means to their end to fill their bellies. I am being blunt but Jesus spoke to them quite directly and even more bluntly. They asked Him for a sign that He was the Messiah and proof. They wanted Him to provide bread. 

Jesus redirected them completely. He pointed out that He was the bread of life and His blood was as wine. Most of those people were offended. Even some of the followers of Jesus were offended and left Him. The crowd was dispersed. What type of person would say His flesh was bread and His blood was wine? 

Jesus was speaking fo course of His death on the cross. His body hanging there in atonement for our sins. His blood was shed so we wouldn't have to die. He was prophesying and giving us the true meaning of His purpose on earth. Although the disicples didn't understand His words, they did not leave Him. They would come to know His words after His death and resurrection.

The communion table is a place where we make covenant with God. It is the place we say, Jesus you are my hope opf eternal life. As we take the bread and wine (sometimes juice) we are taking ordinary elements. They are not Holy in themselves. There is no mystical power they have. But as we take them in faith believeing, we are partaking of that Body hanging on the cross and that blood shed for our sins. We are agreeing with God's covenant provision for our sins by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's life for our sins.

 

 

 

The Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ

calmur | July 22, 2015 12:24

John 6: 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Most Protestant Christian denomindations do not literally believe these words. Often we hear words like "these are emblems or symbols to show we believe in Jesus". 

Jesus was teaching a crowd of people who wwanted physical manifestation. He had just fed the 5, 000 people plus women and children by a multiplication miracle. The child's lunch became multiplied miraculously. The people who had gathered to hear Jesus was there because they wanted his words more than anything. There was no place to get food or refreshment. The people lingered anyway. Jesus had mercy on them, seeing their desire was for spiritual food. They wanted what he had to say more than earthly things. That is why Jesus did the miracle recordered. He saw their hearts desire for Him and their need.

Other people heard about the miracle and thought "free food". They didn't care about Jesus really. They wanted what He could provide. They saw Him as a means to their end to fill their bellies. I am being blunt but Jesus spoke to them quite directly and even more bluntly. They asked Him for a sign that He was the Messiah and proof. They wanted Him to provide bread. 

Jesus redirected them completely. He pointed out that He was the bread of life and His blood was as wine. Most of those people were offended. Even some of the followers of Jesus were offended and left Him. The crowd was dispersed. What type of person would say His flesh was bread and His blood was wine? 

Jesus was speaking of course of His death on the cross. His body hanging there in atonement for our sins. His blood was shed so we wouldn't have to die. He was prophesying and giving us the true meaning of His purpose on earth. Although the disicples didn't understand His words, they did not leave Him. They would come to know His words after His death and resurrection.

The communion table is a place where we make covenant with God. It is the place we say, Jesus you are my hope opf eternal life. As we take the bread and wine (sometimes juice) we are taking ordinary elements. They are not Holy in themselves. There is no mystical power they have. But as we take them in faith believeing, we are partaking of that Body hanging on the cross and that blood shed for our sins. We are agreeing with God's covenant provision for our sins by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's life for our sins.

 

 

 

Not Prone to Wander

calmur | July 16, 2015 10:21

God's Word is given to us to bless us. The Word of God is inspired. It was written by holy men inspired by the Holy Spirit. God wanted us to have instructions for every day life on earth.

Psalm 1:  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

We were not created to wander. I know there are choruses that say we are most likely going to wander. This same lie is taught in some churches that we are all sinners and that's just the way it is. We were all sinners, but those of us who have been born again have been given a new nature. We have been given freedom to live free from sin. We do not have to choose it. If we do sin, we should immediately repent and ask Jesus for forgiveness and the anointing to cut it off and never do it again. We can get back up and be free. Repentance releases a tremendous force of freedomin us.

We were not destined to wander. Wandering is curse. Cain wandered all of his days after he killed his brother; it was a curse. If we are wandering from sin to sin, we require deliverance from Satanic oppression. That is a seperate topic. But worth noting that is not God's will for us to be in bondage - overcome by sin ever. He came to set us free.

I have been through churches that have had division and split and I have seen the devestation this has on the people of God. The strife within the churches caused bad words to be spoken, caused termoil, broken marriages, children turning away from the Lord, bondages etc to come upon the people who were the victims of such a thing. These leaders will have to give account of this before God. They did not protect the sheep - laying down their lives for the sheep.

If there is strife in the leadership (especially), the sheep begin to wander. They will lose their confidence in their present place and begin to shop around for a church. This is devistating if God has called them to be at their present church. No other church would be ok. They will not be spiritually covered. They will be open to the wiles of Satan. They will not be fed or nourished. They may get caught in sins and iniquities. They may backslide. They would be cut off from the nourishment of the Vine Christ. 

If you are in a church that has strife, agree to be no part of it. Pray. Pray for the leaders. Pray for the situation. Even if you know one side is clearly right - the answer is to pray.

If you are in a church that is not only in strife but that you can no longer in good conscience, leave. Pray over yourself and your family. If possible get the church to pray over you and send you out. If not, as a family pray, plead the blood over yourself and your family. Pray cutting off the spirit of strife. Anoint tyour family with oil, praying for the Good Shepherd Jesus to lead you to a place of nourishment and nurturing, a new church home. God's plan is for us to be a part of a local church, to be firmly planted in a place we know we belong. 

If you have been wandering from church to church, meet as a family or with strong Chritian friends. Pray together that God will lead you to a place of belonging. If you cannot find the place, and have done as I have recommended, you should attend the church closest to your belief system until God opens a different opportunity. You are not to be without a church. Sheep require the covering of a shepherd and the safety of a body of believers.

Sow financially into ministries that share your beliefs. As you give in faith, sowing and praying, God will release a place of rest to you. There is a place, God will prepare it for you special if He has to. Remember how Israel came to Elim - the place in the wildreness - the Ooasis, and they were refreshed.

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Not Prone to Wander

calmur | July 16, 2015 10:21

God's Word is given to us to bless us. The Word of God is inspired. It was written by holy men inspired by the Holy Spirit. God wanted us to have instructions for every day life on earth.

Psalm 1:  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

We were not created to wander. I know there are choruses that say we are most likely going to wander. This same lie is taught in some churches that we are all sinners and that's just the way it is. We were all sinners, but those of us who have been born again have been given a new nature. We have been given freedom to live free from sin. We do not have to choose it. If we do sin, we should immediately repent and ask Jesus for forgiveness and the anointing to cut it off and never do it again. We can get back up and be free. Repentance releases a tremendous force of freedomin us.

We were not destined to wander. Wandering is curse. Cain wandered all of his days after he killed his brother; it was a curse. If we are wandering from sin to sin, we require deliverance from Satanic oppression. That is a seperate topic. But worth noting that is not God's will for us to be in bondage - overcome by sin ever. He came to set us free.

I have been through churches that have had division and split and I have seen the devestation this has on the people of God. The strife within the churches caused bad words to be spoken, caused termoil, broken marriages, children turning away from the Lord, bondages etc to come upon the people who were the victims of such a thing. These leaders will have to give account of this before God. They did not protect the sheep - laying down their lives for the sheep.

If there is strife in the leadership (especially), the sheep begin to wander. They will lose their confidence in their present place and begin to shop around for a church. This is devistating if God has called them to be at their present church. No other church would be ok. They will not be spiritually covered. They will be open to the wiles of Satan. They will not be fed or nourished. They may get caught in sins and iniquities. They may backslide. They would be cut off from the nourishment of the Vine Christ. 

If you are in a church that has strife, agree to be no part of it. Pray. Pray for the leaders. Pray for the situation. Even if you know one side is clearly right - the answer is to pray.

If you are in a church that is not only in strife but that you can no longer in good conscience, leave. Pray over yourself and your family. If possible get the church to pray over you and send you out. If not, as a family pray, plead the blood over yourself and your family. Pray cutting off the spirit of strife. Anoint tyour family with oil, praying for the Good Shepherd Jesus to lead you to a place of nourishment and nurturing, a new church home. God's plan is for us to be a part of a local church, to be firmly planted in a place we know we belong. 

If you have been wandering from church to church, meet as a family or with strong Chritian friends. Pray together that God will lead you to a place of belonging. If you cannot find the place, and have done as I have recommended, you should attend the church closest to your belief system until God opens a different opportunity. You are not to be without a church. Sheep require the covering of a shepherd and the safety of a body of believers.

Sow financially into ministries that share your beliefs. As you give in faith, sowing and praying, God will release a place of rest to you. There is a place, God will prepare it for you special if He has to. Remember how Israel came to Elim - the place in the wildreness - the Ooasis, and they were refreshed.

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Clean Hands and a Pure Heart

calmur | July 08, 2015 11:57

Psalm 24:Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

 As Christians we have an awesome priveledge of communion with God. This is only understandable by Christians. If you have given yourself to Christ and desire to live your life for Him, you will actively pursue Him. By this I mean, you will want to pray, read the Bible, be with other belivers, hear preaching and teaching etc.

The Holy Spirit who lives inside of believers is a comfort like no other. We are never alone. We always have the presence of God with us. He comforts us constantly. I like the fact that I can pray 24/7. I don't have to go to a certain place to pray. I don't have to say a certain phrase to pray. I don't have to do a ritual to pray. I can talk to God out loud or silently. I can talk to God in my car, or while I am doing sports or while I am working and I do. I ask Him for wisdom and insight throughout the day and thank Him for the answers because He always answers. Although I thank God for this convienience of always having the Omniscence God with me, I also know that I should not let there be anything between me and God - no division. If there is sin, it seperates people from God. That's why God hates it so much.The only way we can commune with God is with a pure heart. That means there can be np sin in us.

If we sin, we must immediately ask God to forgive us. We must recognize the tug at our hearts and repent and turn to Christ. This turning towards God meant with all the heart always results in Him cleansing us and washing us as though we had never sinned.

Those who want to approach God but continue to do sinful things or keep pet sins (you know its wrong but maybe you can get by with it and still get to heaven or maybe you can keep it butgive it up on the last day of your life. People make all sorts of ways to hand onto their pet sins... Pet sins will keep you away from God. You may be able to get into the outer courts of His presence but you will not enter into the Holy place God has for you. You will never know the pleasures of knowing God at the most intimate level possible and that is at the Throne of God, in the Holy of Holies.

Clean Hands - Keeping your hands clean means more than some soap and water. Our works should be pleasing to God. What we do, what we hold in them, what we do should honour God. Especially new Christians should get in the habit of asking God if any part of their lives is not pleasing to God.The Holy Spirit inside of us will let us know. If you grieve the Holy Spirit, you will most certainly know. You will feel Him and you will know you have done it. If you love God, this will priompt you to repent immediately.

Pure Heart - So important is that our deeds be pure. What are you doing? Is there something you shouldn't be doing? Any illegal activity is a sin. (I am not talking about other nations that forbid prayer or Bible study - I am talking about North America). We should not be partaking in illegal activities and we should not associate with those who do, unless they stop doing them and turn to God.

Pure actions and pure motive. Why do you do what you do? If there is any doubt that it may not be a pure motive, ask yourself, why am I doing this? Ask the Holy Spirit Why am I doing this? God will show you if there is any impure motive, An impure motive could be to gain at another's loss, or to mistreat someone, but it could also be rooted in pride or selfish gain. These are just as repulsive to God. Only the pure in heart can commune with God.

 It is important to guard your heart. This means what we take in through our senses should be pure. This includes what we listen to, what we watch, what we do etc. 

The place to begin is Lord show me if their be anything unpleasing to You. God is faithful and the Holy spirit will reveal your heart to you if you ask Him. Those who have clean hands and a pure heart can commune with God as friend with friend.

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The God of Israel Keeps His Word

calmur | July 01, 2015 11:32

Deuteronomy 11:Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,

And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the Lord hath destroyed them unto this day;

And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;

 These words were spoken as commandments to Israel after God had miraculously delivered them our of slavery. Literally wrapped in miraculous wonders, God's intervention caused Israel's oppressor Pharoah of Egypt to release the people. Only Joshua and Caleb remained of the people who left Egypt. Only they had the faith to believe God and they entered the promised land. The people who entered the promised land knew of certain things.

1. History - they heard their parents share with them the miraculous works of God that got them their freedom. They heard of Moses and the plagues brought on Egypt for Pharoah's stubborness. They heard of the provision of manna and water and quail. They saw that the shoes and clothes lasted them 40 years. They saw the tent of the Tabernacle with the visable presence of God on it. They heard the laws of God from the priests and their parents, It was ingrained in their being.

2. Provision - they knew that God provided manna for them daily. When they were thirsty and parched, God literally opened up a rock causing it to bring forth a fountain of water. They were partakers of these miricles on a daily basis. Also, they witnessed God's victories in battles. They realized their God was more than enough.

3.  Effort - all of them were steeped in God's victory after victory for them as a nation. All of them, were filled with excitement beyond description as they finally saw within their reach the land God had promised being there in front of the. a lush green land with rivers and streams, milk and honey. Fertile land, a place to build, a place to call their own after 400 years of being captives in foreign lands. The excitement they were about to experience claiming their land was worth all the effort of their lives. God kept His Word to them.

4. Hope - They had heard it told to them althoughout their lives. God would make a way for them and give them land, homes, cities. They would be fruitful. They would be plentious. They would prosper, God was with them. He was going to live among them. His promises were kept; surely this same God would continue to keep His promises to them. They had hope for a future that was bright - freedom.

The same God that was faithful to keep His promises to Israel - is the same God who will keep His promises to you. What He says in His Word is His will for us. The Bible teaches us what God did for others but it also instructs us for how to live our lives. What He did for one, He will do for us. If you have received blessing from the LORD, truly you know it and are thankful for it. That same God will be with us now and in the years to come.

 

 

The faith and obedience of Abraham

calmur | June 23, 2015 10:37

Gensis 12: 1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Abraham lived comfortably with his family and his prosperity. He could have stayed and lived a good happy life. abrahm had an encounter with the Living God. He knew that he knew that he heard God instruct him. The instruction was strange and rather vague. Get out of your country and away from your family and I will bless you. That is very strange and also very vague. I would have wanted to know why. I might have wated exact directions to the place I was going. Abraham's divine encounter transformed his life. It changed not only his life but of all of those who were with him and those he later encountered.

It is not a light thing to be mentioned in Hebrews 11 the heroes of faith chapter. Abraham obeyed God without question. He knew that he encountered God. If you truly know that you have met God, you will not be content to stay where you are at. You will want to obey God. Obedience had within it a double blessing. For instance most certainly it requires you to use your faith to obey but there is a blessing in it for you.

Leaving all his family and heritage was hard. leaving his parents and relatives was hard on all of them. God called him apart from them to give him a land so vast it is known as the promised land. He gave him the lineage of Israel known as God's chosen people. If he had not obeyed, he would not have receievd the blessings of the LORD. 

Receiving a blessing of God usually requires faith on your part and also obedience. It usually is far beyond what you would think of because God's idea of blessing is way beyond what we may conceive of as blessing. God wants to bless and prosper us because He delights in us. 

You were created for God's glory. He gets glory from your life as you freely serve and worship Him. By freely worshipping and serving Him, blessing after blessing comes upon your life because God rejoices in prospering us and causing us to flourish. His plan for our lives is a good plan. There is always reward for tryusting in God and obeying Him. Ask yourself if there is something God has asked of you and see if you have been faithful to obey. If not, that is the first place to start. Obey God and continue to commune with Him. He will alwaqys lead you to a land of promise - a land of blessing beyond what you could have hoped for for yourself.

 

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