Straight Talk From The Pastor

The Lord Is My Help

Heb. 13:5b-6 KJV

…..For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

 Do you realize that when you were at your weakest point in life, with no hope of ever reaching God by any efforts of your own, Jesus Himself got up and came for you! People are hurting in life because someone didn’t come for them, but Jesus came to rescue every man, woman and child out of their place of hopelessness.

 Not only that, but having rescued you from the power of sin, He will never leave you alone again – not even for a moment. I know they told you that when you sin you cut yourself off from God so that He can’t help you, but that simply isn’t true. Jesus’ sacrifice was once and for all. That means that the way to Him is open no matter what you have done or what you are doing now, or what you might do in the future.

Is that a license to sin? By no means! There is no truly born again person who is looking for an opportunity to sin and get away with it; but there are many condemned, fearful Christians who have been sold the lie that God is angry with them for what they did yesterday, and because of that He won’t help them.

 Listen to the heart of God in this scripture:

He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!” So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6 Amp)

 If everything is going good for you, these are nice words; but if you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow and your life is hanging in the balance and you don’t know if you are going to make it, and then you bump into this verse, this verse is shouting ground. It will NEVER happen that you will be forsaken. The Lord will always receive you.

 God can hold you, whatever you are going through – and He is able to make you bounce back again! He can raise you up again from wherever life took you, because He IS the resurrection and the life. If you think your situation is dead, and your life, your ministry, your marriage, your hopes and your dreams are over – look at this verse one more time and think again! It is not over, even if something or someone already died, you still have a chance. Your life is not over, because the Lord, Himself will help you!

 That means you can boldly say, with courage and attitude like you know you have got some help, “The Lord is my helper!” Don’t despair if you are completely on your own; you have the best help that there is! When they start asking you, “How are you going to pay these bills?” “How are you going to get through this?” When your own mind is tripping and telling you that there is no way this situation will ever change, that you are getting too old and things are getting harder, you have to say it boldly, “The Lord is going to help me. The Lord is my helper.”

 Then go to the Word. That is the only place you will find peace. Don’t look at your circumstances for peace and reassurance in the midst of a storm, and don’t search in your mind for a confirmation that things will be OK, look to the Word of God. Those who have no faith in God have to make do with the peace supplied by the natural world, but we have the peace that Jesus gave us by the promises of His Word.

 Let the Word speak to your mind and to your emotions. Have the discipline to stay with that Word for as long as it takes for it to produce results in your life. Many Christians don’t have victory because they won’t cling to the Word for long enough. Quitting is not an option for you and me; we are destined to win every time!

 Tell the devil, “I am not scared of you! I take authority and take captive every thought and bring it to subjection to Jesus Christ. From now on I declare that I have the best help there is! My God doesn’t need any help from me. He knows how to be God and to dig me out of a hole. He knows how to cure the incurable and make a way out of no way. He can handle His business! And His Word is coming to pass in my life!”

Welcome To The Anointing In Our Midst.

Isa 10:27 KJV

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

As preachers will do, we often find ourselves saying some things that are not scripted in our planned teachings. These are serendipitous moments that if we are safe, we should be able to attribute to the unction of the Holy Spirit. At the closed of my message recently, as I was approaching a time of prayer with the intent to show many in the audience before me that there is a blessedness of being connected to a local body of believers, I said something to this affect, “Everyone that is properly connected to anointing of this ministry is advancing in their personal lives. There is no unemployment that we know of, all that wants to work have jobs, all of our children that want to go college are in college, our people are people with their needs met. We pray until there is a release in the earth, we bombard heaven until the answers come.” I think I even said something like, at this ministry, even though we are not a very large group, we expect you to win in life”. And I went on for a moment to tell of the many prayer sessions that we hold during the week.

I thought about those words after I went back to my office, and reflected on the fact that such statements are very true concerning us. I believe that such should be true in every local Church, if Moses could led such a large group as he did from a place of bondage and there was not a feeble one among them, such should be the case with a people connected to the anointing of a godly leader in their midst. The anointing flows from the head-downward, (Ps. 133).

So, let’s talk about Expectations and see if we can agree, because two cannot walk together unless there is agreement.

We Expect Answered Prayers because we are commanded to pray and ask expectantly for Heaven-sized, Heaven class healing, favor, wisdom, provision and breakthroughs of every kind.

We Expect The Word Of God To Build You, (Acts 20:32)Every time we gather around the Word we should do so with this mindset in the presence of God. We set our hearts to receive, because coming to Church isn’t about just coming to spectate, it is about hearing and being healed; it is about being planted in the house of God and being built together with others to create a living house. It is about a dynamic supernatural relationship with a Holy God.

We Expect Sensitive StewardshipWe expect people to be sensitive to what God is prompting them to do and to give freely and willingly so that the work of the gospel can prosper. When we get people who understand their contribution, and the pastor understands that he mustn’t screw his people for money, we can achieve balance. The needs of the gospel will be met and the people of God will prosper and increase as they are supposed to. It’s insane to expect a harvest knowing full well that you haven’t sown anything. If you don’t sow you have to become good at begging or rationing.  You can’t keep someone broke who gives according to the principles of the Kingdom!

 We Expect Our Lives To Reflect Our Redemption – John 16:33 tells us that in the world we will have trouble, but we have been severed from the power of trouble. It may try to come, but we can pray, praise, and worship it off. The devil is no longer empowered to just do what he likes in our lives. We are no longer citizens under his jurisdiction. We enjoy living under a King whose code and values are different. Now we can expect peace, wholeness, soundness, restoration and redemption.

 So, for anyone reading this, it is my sincere appeal to you, if not with us, then find a place of worship that ministers the word in a way that you can receive it. As much as any pastor may try, we are not all things to all people. However, when you find that place that can feed you, please embrace the profound ability of God to hold you, to restore your virtue and your self-esteem. Get into the atmosphere of the anointing and let your guard down so that the balm of God’s love can heal every place of lack in your life.

Lift your expectations to believe for these things for yourself, even as you work on embodying them for another. Believe Him to restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten. You don’t need permission from anyone from this point onwards to live life, to prosper and be successful at whatever it is you aspire to do and be.

Welcome To The Anointing

It’s Working For Me!

 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory

 When it seems that every plan of the devil that prevailing in your life, that is the time to pause and bring your emotion in check, in other words, be still and know that you are yet under the care of the Almighty God. Just as God provided another seed for Eve after the devastation of Abel’s death; so He has outmaneuvered the devil in your life too.

 Recognize this today, and release your faith for it: “There are more possibilities in my life than it looks like, from where I am standing right now. I am not stranded or trapped; God has saved the best for last.” If you are going to maximize the goodness of God in your life you are going to have to start with the impossible. Don’t start with what you can do by yourself – there’s nothing supernatural in that. If you were fired, don’t think just about getting another job – think about promotion! Go beyond what you would naturally expect. In other words, defy your natural circumstances and keep your expectation fixed on the will of God for you: which is abundance, victory, miracles and blessing.

 That means that you will refuse to take instruction from your circumstances. Notice that your circumstances will be talking to you every day – and they will be saying something contrary to your dreams and desires. Always remember, God is standing outside of the little circle that you are in. You have to have the discipline to keep your faith set on what you want, and entrust your dreams to God. If you can keep focus of these two unchanging facts, they will be an anchor for you as you handle circumstances that scream something different from what you believe should be happening for you.

 The first is this: God will never mismanage your life. He can be absolutely trusted with the things you have asked of Him in the quietness of your heart. It doesn’t matter who or what is threatening your advance, no one has the ability to meddle with what God is doing in your life.

The second is this: He has the unerring ability and power to work everything together for your good if you will praise Him through it. Even when everyone else is waiting for you to die, like they waited for Paul to die when the snake fastened itself to his hand, God will turn everything for your advantage and use every set back as a set up to take you higher.

Just as Joseph was thrown into jail, even after he had worked his way up in Potiphar’s house, and hadn’t done anything wrong, the jail was just a set up for the throne. When things turn in a direction that stuns and dismays you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have done anything wrong. It’s just that this is your path to where you have dreamed about.

You are believing for promotion, but it seems like all of a sudden, what you thought was your way up, starts to shut down. God is simply removing the things that you thought were your security, but which were actually hindering your advance. That is the time to hold steady and trust God. Even though it feels shaky and insecure because your manna has dried up, the truth is that you are about to step into your Promised Land. Don’t camp in the place of transition – let God take you into that land!

Your current fights are a set up in preparation for your ruler ship. You are just like David, who fought the lion and the bear on the hillside, and then had to meet Goliath in one to one combat and slay him too. Without those struggles against the wild animals and the giant, Goliath, David would have remained a shepherd boy whose father didn’t even believe in him.

 We aren’t going to get depressed about our current situation; this storm won’t last a life time. Instead, according to 2 Corinthians 4:17, it will work for us a far more exceeding weight of glory, if we will keep our eyes on the goal.

In fact, in the economy of God, life always comes out of death. If you are experiencing a death of something, or a weakness or pain in your natural man, which is telling you that you lack the strength to finish your course, it is so that the resurrection life of God can be revealed in you. Get comfortable with God using your life to get glory, because even though he uses you for his purposes, he also pays very well.

You will not run out of strength before you finish your assignment. Get ready for God to take you into bigger territories and onto higher levels. Don’t allow yourself to grind to a halt because of a challenge or a storm. Others can hate and dismiss and reject you, but God is preparing a table for you!

 Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Your life is in His hands, declare and set your faith in the God that cannot lie. Receive sufficient grace to go through and to have a new lease of life.

The last word in our life is victory!”

You Are Already Anointed

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you.

1 John 2:27 NKJ

 Why do you go to church? Are you like many Christians who go out of habit, or to salve their conscience, or maybe to check out the talent among the congregation?

But church shouldn’t be purely natural; we are a supernatural people!

Hopefully, we can move to the place where we put an end to church that is predictable and academic; Church should not just be a classroom, because God Himself is not someone we are supposed to simply learn about – He is alive and real and He wants us to have an ongoing experience with Him

Ours should be like when Paul preached in the book of Acts, and while He was still preaching, the Holy Spirit fell. Thus we will leave Church saying, today was time spent in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

 Some Churches go as far as to say that the times for those things has passed away and that our job is to focus on preaching the gospel so that people can get born again. No, we are to settle for a Christianity that is based on rhetoric and fine sounding sermons. Being born again is vital, but it is far from the fullness of what God has for us. In fact, it is just the beginning. If it was all about just getting born again, then God may as well let us die as soon as we make our decision for Him! But He doesn’t do that, because there is so much more that He has in store for us to experience of His goodness and power.

You can be one of two types of Christian: you can let your faith rest in the in the wisdom of men, which will work to some degree. The wisdom you receive will help you in many ways. But what will you do when you come up against something that you cannot shift in the natural realm?

Or, you can be someone whose faith rests in the power of God. You depend on and trust in the manifestation of the anointing to see the impossible accomplished in your life.

 Have you ever seen the power of God to the point where it challenges your natural thinking? If not, then you haven’t really experienced the anointing in your life. Yet the Word tells us that when you got born again, you received an anointing that abides. You have access to another realm – the realm of the supernatural!

 Jeremaih 2:13 gets to the heart of the problem:

“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.

 The day that any church group reject the Holy Ghost is the day that they lose touch with their real source of power. If you neglect His presence, you start to rely on people. If you bypass the possibility of the supernatural, you fall back on natural power to make things happen in your life.

God wants to flow through you like you are on His level. He wants you to be able to take care of business EVERY time. He wants you to be like Jesus, who healed THEM ALL!

The distinguishing hallmark of Jesus was that He was anointed with the Holy Ghost and POWER. According to the book of Acts chapter 10, this was the message that went all about the region concerning Him. This was the reason that people flocked to Him, and this was the reason that miracles constantly happened in His presence.

 We are supposed to operate just like our savior. There is power on the inside of you, but just like the electricity in my house, if I am ignorant of what I have and I fail to turn the switch, I will be groping in the dark like a man who has no electricity. I will find other ways of getting around my house – maybe light a candle to give me a little light, or even just go to bed and wait for the sun to come up.

Christians who don’t believe in the power within, and who fail to make a demand on it, are like sleeping giants, operating far below their ability and calling. It is as if they decided to live in a house with no lights, when electricity was available all the time!

It’s time to stir up the gift of God on the inside of you. It’s time to recharge your anointing and become hungry for God, and for the life that He has made available for you. Spend time in His presence. Pray until something in you changes and you become clear. You will get stronger and stronger as you stir yourself up. There are levels of glory that you will only access when you get stirred up!

 Praise Him until you know that you are in His presence, standing face to face. At that moment you know that you can access His power. Become quiet and yield to Him. Receive your answers; receive your fresh anointing and your infilling. Then step out ready to possess what you obtained in prayer.

Decide to step out beyond where you have gone before. Come to church expecting to hear and to be healed. Come expecting God to move in your circumstances. Come to church because it’s the place of His power!

Consistent Victory and Conquest

Ephesians 2:12

At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

The will of God is for us to maximize life; for us to be whole in every area of our lives.

Yet not every Christian manifests the will of God. This scripture gives us a poignant insight into why this is so: If Christians don’t know their covenant, it is as though they are living their lives without God.

In order for a person to get hold of the manifestation of God’s promises contained in His Word, he has to focus less on the problem he is facing and more on the answer from the Word. He must put God in remembrance of that Word in full expectation of it coming to pass, and not get hung up on “being real;” or “just saying it how it is.”

This business about words is more important than most of us realize. Especially the word of God. As we fill our hearts with the Word, that Word will determine and map out the boundaries and the quality of the life we experience as, out of the overflow of what is in our hearts, we speak the Word over our lives and situations.

Just as the rudder of a ship alters the course of a huge vessel on the sea, so the Word that our hearts are full of, has the power to turn the course of our whole lives. This is the mystery of a supernatural life of conquest over every challenge.

This process isn’t just easy. All kinds of influences and thoughts assail our minds through the day. But we have to guard our hearts with all diligence.

In fact, the reason we HAVE to come to Church; is because of the deficit of our minds. If we don’t come and place ourselves under the Word, our minds will stray.

Fill your heart with the Word on purpose in a systematic and passionate way. Let the Word be first on your agenda. Focus your mind on the will of God for you and don’t let depression, sickness, bills and challenges of all kinds consume your heart. You are not a victim: you have options. You are equal to life because you have the Word to put you over and give you conquest.

Far too many people don’t fly high, they are constantly broke, constantly sick, depressed, get fired, lose opportunities and can never prosper because they Do And Say Everything They Feel Like.

Freedom is not the ability to do and say what you want. Freedom is the ability to do and speak As You Ought. Have you ever wondered how your wrong concept of freedom has already cost you and will cost you in the future?

Freedom is when you mature to the point that you rule your Spirit as opposed to your emotions ruling your life. It takes more strength to only do what you need to do in order to accomplish your purpose and be effective than it does to do and say everything you think or feel.

Real freedom is rooted in self-control, which is not the same as bondage. We restrict our own freedom in order to create and accomplish something far bigger than just feeding our own individual liberty. Proverbs 25:28 tells us that, “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.

Make a decision to rule your spirit and emotions. If you really believe that your words are heard in Heaven, then you must live in the consciousness that the angels will assist you because of your words. With that in place you will start to release only words that you want to see become flesh in your life. Don’t start saying, “It’s just not happening!” You don’t want those words to become your reality.

If you really can’t bring yourself to say, “It’s working for me now,” when you still can’t see anything; at least learn to say nothing and keep silent!

Don’t speak against your advancement, speak the Word! Whoever will give voice to the Word will get the angels to move. The ability to rule in any arena starts with getting a hold of yourself first. That is one of the secrets of consistent conquest and victory.

Acts 13:36a

For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers.

What Is Your Passion?

You were not born just to work at your secular job and have kids and then die. Surely you don’t think that can satisfy you? It is only fulfilling your purpose that will satisfy you. Every day you should breathe the purpose for which you live.

 I don’t want a shallow existence.  As a shepherd over God’s heritage, my constant request is, “give me someone to preach to”. Everything in me is focused on that aim because I have been infected with the purposes of God and I have so much of His word in my spirit. I am frustrated when I cannot talk about Jesus. The dangerous preacher is the one who has to preach because he can’t do anything else. As for me, fresh insight and revelation is what I want to give to people.

I am not trying to be popular, because I am not running for office, someone else will have to do that. I am focused on building the Church of Jesus Christ. I don’t play with it because I know that it is God who has entrusted these truths to me.

 As a Church leader I know that I must still open the Bible because it is the source of all the purposes of God. The Church of Jesus Christ is worth spending My life for. Satan should not win this generation.

What are you going to give your life to? What will you spend your life on?

We are bigger than the things that have got our attention, especially if those things are not giving meaning to someone else. Your life can give someone else purpose.

 You are not insignificant. When is your life going to be about something bigger than me, myself and I? Today we have an opportunity to live for something greater than ourselves and to make a mark on this generation that will last throughout eternity.

Again, the question is, how deep does this passion for the purpose of God go? Please know that when you rise God will make you stand on whatever platform you want to stand. The first question is, “will you serve the purpose of God in this generation?”

 

I Decided To Open My Mouth

Daniel 10:12

Then (the Angel) said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

When Daniel sought miraculous things from God, he obtained them.

Angels were on assignment to bring him his answer and to minister to his needs – And that was under the Old Covenant! How much more can we expect the attention of Heaven when we engage with God to receive, now that Jesus has paid the price once and for all for every single area of our lives that has ever fallen short of God’s standard.

Like Adam and his wife Eve when they lost one of their son, they experience a time of great devastation, but Eve realized that God had appointed for them “another seed”. Maybe we failed in the past, or experienced massive disappointment; Thanks be unto God, it has been revealed to us, that God has appointed for us another opportunity and another breakthrough.

It’s time to let mercy rewrite your story, and let Grace give you more than you deserve. The past is behind you, and you are not tied to it. As we set our minds to break the cycle of sameness that has frustrated our lives and we insist on seeing the manifestations of the things that haven’t worked yet; there are a few things that we have to do in imitation of Daniel, to unlock the promise of God over our lives.

Notice that Daniel SET his heart to receive his answer. He wasn’t waiting for his answer to show up before he made a decision that he was going to have it. He SET HIS HEART before there was any sign of the answer showing up.

Once you lose the fear of failure, and set your faith by making a decision to receive, you activate the unseen forces of Heaven, which come together to bring your manifestation. Your decision is the door into reality. Conversely there will be no manifestation until you set your mind to expect something, because you have determined that you will have it THIS YEAR!

Whatever it is that you have set your mind to receive, start to SPEAK IT. The angel said to Daniel this astonishing thing, “I have come because of your words.”

Do you really believe that your words are heard in Heaven?

From now on you must live in the consciousness that the angels are activated by your words. With that in place you will start to release only words that you want to see become flesh in your life.

Christmas reminds us that God is able to make the word into a living reality. Jesus took on flesh and dwelt among us. In the same way, the Word that you believe will become your reality. In fact we will all be able to tell what you have been believing by looking at your life.

Don’t start saying, “It’s just not happening!” You don’t want those words to become your reality. If you really can’t bring yourself to say, “It’s working for me now,” when you still can’t see anything; at least learn to say nothing and hold your silence! Don’t speak against your own advancement, speak the Word! Whoever will give voice to the Word will get the angels to move.

What is it that you want to happen in 2015? Give voice to it!

There is a saying that people living in the country use to say, “The closed mouth will not get fed”. You must decide to open your mouth – and speak.

So yes, you have God’s permission to walk with a little swagger, or appear to be a little bombastic. Have that millionaire bounce even as you confess it with nothing showing in your account. If you’re not willing to look a little crazy, you’re not ready to receive a miracle.

You can tell when someone is sure about where they are going: success has a rhythm and a pace. It has a posture and a mindset and a language. Everything in your life has to be calibrated towards what you want, because you are releasing your faith for victory in your life.

This year is going to be well if you make it so, by releasing words of success and getting that determination to see what you believe for.

Release words every day; “This year my body is going to cooperate! This year I am buying my house! This year I am coming from the background into the forefront, and I am first in line!”

You are a spiritual authority in the Earth. Send your Words into that situation. You don’t even have to be there, because the realm of the spirit knows no distance. Your word will prevail.

“This year my children will be saved. This year I am out of debt. This year I have the friends I need! This year I will meet my mate. This year I will give birth to a healthy, beautiful child”

Start with the highest thing you can hope for, and your ability to set your mind and keep it set, speaking out boldly the end from the beginning because God can do exceedingly, abundantly above all that you could ask or imagine. If heaven is to assist you,

You Must Decide To Open Your Mouth

Building You Future

James 3:2

If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

We can tell how perfect you are based on the words you speak. The words that are in your life control your whole body. Speaking comes before action every time.

In the gospel of John (6:63), Jesus teaches us on the anatomy of words. He lets us know that words or contain a spiritual element and words also produce what they are directed towards, (spirit and life).

The words you live under lead you either into fear, defeat, victim mindset and self condemnation, or into peace, self esteem, confidence and faith. If you want to find pleasure in where you end up in life, you first have to choose the words that will take you to such a destination.

Notice as you read on in James, that he likens the tongue to the rudder of a ship, determining its course. The winds do not have the final say where the ship ends up – the rudder does.

There are all kinds of winds. In the sea of life you will be tossed to and fro by the different seasons, but you can still set your rudder. An illness, getting fired, someone dying; they are not what is going to turn your life’s course unless you get in agreement with their discouraging prognosis for how your life will end up.

Scripture is replete with teachings on about the words that shape our lives, for instance in 1 Peter 1:23, we are told that our new birth is a results of, “Having Been Born Again, Not Of Corruptible Seed But Incorruptible, Through The Word Of God Which Lives And Abides Forever”. The word of God is call seed to your future. Question; what do you do with seed? You must sow seed. If you don’t sow seed, you will not reap a harvest. One of the most damaging things we often see, is people speaking against their own advancement. We can sow the seed for our advancement while we are in the church among the company of believers by what we say, especially in an environment where we are asked to repeat or make confessions over our lives. Then we take the seed out of the ground at home by talking about what will never happened for us.

The words of your mouth pilot you to your destination. If you want a life that is worth living, you must never give up your right to choose the words you live under.

Bad experiences don’t control you. In fact challenges are an opportunity for you to get better as a person. But the words you believe and speak will direct your life.

In the passage, the writer mentions the tongue because it is what produces and issues forth our words – so literally it is our words that pilot us to certain destinations.

 One other truth about the matter how life in the kingdom of God is designed to bring about manifestation. It is a revelation that I got from what Jesus teaches in discipline of prayer. In Luke 17: 21, here Jesus teaches us that the entire “Kingdom of God” is within us — All of heavens resources are already inside of you when you accept Jesus.

 So If The Kingdom Of God Is Within Us….It wont be about us looking upward for heaven to come down to us, it will be about us pushing out the heaven that God has placed in my heart by speaking words of faith, whether in prayer or confession.

 WOW.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  Marvelous are Your works,And that my soul knows very well.

Without His Presence, What’s The Point…

Ex 33:15-16   NLT

15 Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. 16 How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.”

When Moses was bringing the Israelites up into the Promised Land, God was so frustrated with the people and their stiff-necked, stubborn ways, that He didn’t even want to be associated with them anymore. He made an offer to Moses that they should go into the land and enjoy all the good things that God had prepared for them, but God Himself was not volunteering to go with them, in case He got so mad with them that He killed them.

Many Christians today would be very content to take God up on that offer. Just as long as they would have the things that they are praying for – the house, the car, the better job, physical healing, and of course, and the man or woman of their dream!

Even when it comes to the Church many attend on a weekly basis, they are not even bothered whether or not the presence of God is really there. Instead, their concern is, “Did the service meet my need?”

When sermon titles like, “How to beat stress” , Seven keys to the abundant life”, are so popular and common, it’s clear that the church is trying to package God to make Him appear acceptable to men, rather than lifting people to God’s level.  They try to make God likable to men, when the plan of God is to raise us up and make us just like Him.

How can people prescribe what they need to be taught and where they need to get to, when they don’t even understand fully where they are right now? Yet week by week there is an emphasis on what goes over well and what is intellectually pleasing in the church experience. It is all about looking nice and feeling nice, but there is no power. Church has become a glorified social club where we learn about God. But it’s one thing to know about a person and a totally different thing to experience that person.

If you can predict week by week what is going to take place in Church, then your Christian experience is far too natural; when all the time you and I were born again to live from our spirit, not from our soul. If we are going to have Bible authenticity, we have to move away from churches that are merely giant classrooms. We have to get to the place where, like Moses, we yearn for Him, and we feel that without His presence there is simply no point trying to move on.

Of course it is vital to be well taught, but we don’t just come to church to listen to an instructor. There have to be times when the pastor gets right out of the way and the Holy Ghost takes control. There must be a part of the service where the worship isn’t coming out of the instruments, but out of the depths of our hearts. There must be room for the prophet of the house to speak to the people, not about what they think they need, but from the heart of God.

People who have a shallow church experience, and who never go far in coming to a knowledge of God Himself, are always shocked, when trouble comes, at how little power they have in their lives. All the time that things are going well, they look the same as Christians who pursue the presence and power of God, but when the evil day comes, as it inevitably does, all of a sudden they are gone. Their faith rested on the wisdom of men rather than on the power of God. When they used to build ships out of wood, they stretched ropes around the entire ship to hold it together in a storm. These ropes were called “helps”. The reason for this was because they understood that once you get out onto the sea, you cannot be merely hoping that you will make it. You have to make the vessel with the storm in mind.

The Holy Ghost is our Helper and He is the one who makes us like the wind, never predictable and never stuck. We go through the same challenges, but we come out totally differently, because when what we say we believe is tested, we can pray and hear from God; we can use sword of the spirit, which is the word of God and see the supernatural hand of God take over as power is released in our situation.

If the church is to become distinguished and strong in this generation, we have to have both the Word and the Spirit. We have to be able to paint the person of Jesus so clearly in the minds and hearts of the hearers, until Jesus leaps out of the book while we are preaching and heals someone’s body right there in the middle of the sermon. We have to have been with Him to the point where we know Him so well that we can release Him to be God in our midst.

Like Moses, if His presence go not with us, “What’s the Point”?

Will You Becoming A Runner?

A few weeks ago I taught from the theme, “God Included You”.  Sometimes in preaching and teaching we don’t have time to point out all we need to because usually there is so much more pertaining to the matter. In that message I emphasized that “It Is The Nature Of God To Always Meet The Needs In Which The Times Demand. God is not nervous about the decadence and the perils of our times…..He is looking for vessels to anoint that will rise to the occasion. He always works through leaders that have consecrated themselves to His service, our assignment is to receive vision and articulate it to people connected to us, thus our times can be redeemed and society can be blessed. I would like to refer to such people as “Runners”

Habakkuk 2:2

Write the vision and make in plain on tablets, so that he may run who reads it.

When a man or woman receives a vision from Heaven of what God wants accomplished on the Earth, his or her first move is often to look for money to facilitate it.

But the greatest resource that a vision can have is not money; it is people – people who are passionate about the Kingdom Of God; people who understand that their lives are strategic to God’s eternal purpose, and who declare, “This is what I want to spend my whole life on.”

Above all else a vision requires people who will run with it. The main reason why any vision doesn’t get off the ground is because it lacks runners.

The runners are those who take hold of the vision and practicalize it. It will require a great company of giftings and multifaceted wisdom to bring the GHCF vision to its fullest expression.

Not only that, but we are called to be runners with a defined race We are not to be aimless, as one beating the air, but those who run with focus and discipline, so that we can win the prize. Winning is the reward of those who run consistently within their lane, and who will say, “Leave that segment of the race to me. I have it covered.”

When a person starts to run, it demands an explanation. When you start to run, others will begin to run alongside you, simply because you are running. Your influence for the Kingdom will immediately be increased.

A runner experiences a shift in every part of his being: his metabolism, his focus, his mindset and what is important to him, all will change. Nothing remains the same. Under the anointing, he is turned into another man. Every Christian should at least one time, experience the anointing coming upon him to the degree that he is shocked at himself and at what God will do through him.

It’s time to go into the enemy’s camp and to discover ourselves and what God will do with our lives, once we give ourselves over to Him. Maybe you don’t believe you have the strength or the time to do what God called you to do. Become part of the company of runners who gather under this vision and let the Holy Ghost come upon you.

A company of runners will have multiplied strength. Even an ox tied to a donkey will pull harder, even though the donkey isn’t actually yoked up. There will be a synergy, that will give us the ability to change a generation. As we march as one, each of us will become giants, and our God will be glorified.

The question may be asked, Pastor what are you looking for in those calling themselves member of this fellowship? The answer will be, “Will you be a runner? Not a lone runner, remaining independent and self-directed; but a member of a company of runners, flowing as a team and allowing God to maximize your impact”.

Let God’s purposes become your driving force as you run your set race.

That is the Greater Harvest that I see.