Your Giving To God

August 23rd, 2014

In biblical Israel there were different kinds of offerings. Besides five main offerings – burnt, grain, fellowship, sin, and guilt – Israel was to give specific offerings, including the trespass, peace, fellowship, freewill, wave, heave, thank, consecration, dedication and memorial offerings, as well as offerings for the poor.  Similarly, we bring different offerings to the Lord and each kind of offering has significance to our worship and response to Him.

Our giving is not a religious duty but originates instead in the heart, a response to His love expressing honor for Him in a specific way. With the same measure of heart that we communicate with Him through our giving, the Lord directs other men and circumstances on our behalf. Not legalistically or religiously, but rather as a spiritual expression of what we believe about the Lord’s giving to us, and ours to Him.

You can make a decisive heart commitment that starting now and moving forward, concerning your money and all you plan to do with it, to ask God and listen to what He tells you. Your giving is between you and your Lord, a higher spiritual expression than mere record keeping or impressions given. The privilege of giving is God’s idea — holy and special and completely beyond anything we could imagine.

Give and it shall be given to you.

Amen.

Luke 6:38

Longing To Impart

August 22nd, 2014

The English word ‘longing’ refers to strong desire, especially for something beyond reach, and often applies to a beloved person or situation, to something that may not happen now or even in the near future.

This kind of desire appears in Paul’s letter to the Christians living in Rome. Paul expressed longing to come to them. It wasn’t casual either. Paul’s reach for them was focused. He probably rehearsed in his mind many times how he would make the trip in his mission to impart spiritual gifts to establish the believers in Rome in their faith.

Impart means to give, share, distribute or grant, and its use here includes liberality or generosity. Establish means make stable, to place firmly, to set, fix, strengthen, make firm, to confirm, and applies to one’s mind, to render constant.

Paul’s impartation to them was the Lord’s gift to them, carried in his heart by instruction and appointment from the Holy Spirit, a gift he was to deliver to people that he (Paul) had never met! To this end he pressed, trying to get to them. He knew that what he carried was critically needed and would be life-changing for the people who would receive it.

The text continues “that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me” (v12). God’s dual purpose in sending Paul worked benefit for both he and the people he longed to reach.

The Lord sends people to us the way He sent Paul to the Romans. We should receive them and receive from them. Anyone receiving a prophet in the name of a prophet receives the prophet’s reward. Receiving the Lord’s messenger (to us) in a lesser way, or as the Bible states “in any other name, or not receiving them at all” refuses the one God sends to impart the gift. When we do that, we not only close the door to the promised reward but also sadly, the “fire” of the message is “shut up” in the bones of the messenger, the one sent by God.

We need to listen carefully to the person and message God sends. Not casually but with longing to receive from them all God wants to impart.

Amen.

Romans 1:11-12, Jeremiah 20:9, The Message, Verses@Once 

 

You Have Authority To Change It

August 20th, 2014

Prayers of righteous men and women are powerful. Add steady confidence in your authority as a believer to move obstacles and influence situations and everything suddenly turns. When you pray remember you have authority to change those things that must change.

In every place of your God-given authority “say to the mountain” that stands in your way, “move!”  Answer every defiant challenge with authority given to you by the Lord and according to the plan already revealed to you.

Determined to stand with Him today? Then pray with authority. Focus your faith and prayer there. Your words are powerfully anointed to destroy yokes placed by others in ignorance.

As one who knows truth you have authority with your words to undo wrong words, overriding careless and faithless activity and holding the line for truth in every place He has positioned you.

Having done all to stand, take your stand,

Amen.

Matthew 21:21-22, Matthew 9:8, Mark 13:34, Proverbs 29:2, Verses@Once

 

 

This Is The Refreshing

August 19th, 2014

Isaiah 28 gives insight into God’s offer of refreshing for the weary. His refreshing gives strength for the day ahead, encouragement for every challenge, and ability to prosper in the midst of those challenges. Consider the possibilities.

An economic downturn cannot drain us when vision is fresh – when inspiration moves us to reach for more than average. Hearts revive when rest is the core. Whatever challenge is faced and despite anything blocking the path supernatural refreshing makes it possible to skillfully navigate and go straight thru to a desired end result.

9) “Whom will he teach knowledge?
And whom will he make to understand the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just drawn from the breasts?

10) For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”

11) For with stammering lips and another tongue
He will speak to this people,

12) To whom He said, “This is the rest with which
You may cause the weary to rest,”
And, “This is the refreshing . . .”

Amen.

Isaiah 28

Discipline For Your Soul

August 17th, 2014

“Send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared… do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

Do everything possible to relieve the suffering of others but don’t forget to balance that with plenty of joyful praise. Otherwise you’ll be tempted to allow care and burden to transfer to your soul and risk being weighed down with it.

The world is loaded with areas we care about. But the way we respond to those shouldn’t be an intellectual fix.  Some of those God does not plan to fix—at least not in the way you might think. Always there are layers of history between the Lord and the situation you and I cannot possibly know about.

Guard against projecting your own plan into the situation. Otherwise you might be more soul inspired than spiritual and it may be difficult to discern which is which. So be sensitive. Allow the Lord to work through you, realizing He was there first. Don’t get ahead of Him.

The Lord’s perfect will is to heal, deliver, and restore. Your will, of course, is aligned with His so stay the course and don’t lose heart or run out of energy while He accomplishes what only He can accomplish. Yield the care of every “care” to Him. When you do, you’ll strengthen your position to help others.

In the same way we cannot lead effectively without discipline, we also cannot cooperate with the Holy Spirit when the soul (mind, will and emotions) is undisciplined. Jesus taught that simple trust in the Father’s watchful eye depends on His love to cast out all fear. The example we offer to an unbelieving world balances every outreach with confident trust plus gladness of heart.

The joy of the Lord is your strength!

Amen.

Nehemiah 8:10Mark 4: 18-19, Verses@Once

Ready, Or Not?

August 16th, 2014

Jesus made disciples—He made them; He taught and trained them, then left them! The principle He knew and we have come to know is that Holy Spirit power takes the student beyond the teacher . . . once humility is formed and God’s voice known, reverential fear of the Lord establishes disciples in God’s authorityfor all of life.

A disciple is teachable (a learner), willing to grow (mature), and has a lifestyle marked by courage and confident trust (decisiveness). Like soldiers trained for contests, disciples face spiritual battles knowing what to do, with an intuitive grasp for how to do it. Bottom line, a disciple’s focus is Kingdom building under the authority and direction of the Holy Spirit.

The LORD calls disciples to wisdom and, by His Spirit, gives them understanding of the times and a spiritual knowing of what to do. A disciple draws from their total of learning and life application thus far to both meet and answer today. A disciple is ready.

Amen!

1 Chronicles 12:32, John 14:12, Job 12:22-23, John 11:45-48 AMP, 1 Timothy 1:16-17 AMP, Verses@Once

Held In Trust

August 15th, 2014

If you ever invested in something expecting to benefit in some tangible way, you can relate to the parable of the minas. In the parable, a certain nobleman entrusted ten pounds of silver to three household servants before leaving on official business. In his absence one servant invested the equivalent of three months’ wages and received ten times as much in return. Another servant did not trust that his master was a fair man so that servant invested nothing and benefitted nothing.

Our lives are invested—somewhere; and with the investment trust is expressed, a confident expectation that the person or entity involved can be trusted to pay us any benefit, profit or reward resulting from our investment. Like the Gospel example of the servant who failed to trust and so failed to invest, we don’t yield control of something we possess unless we trust the one on the receiving end.

In life, ability to trust others is definitely a faith matter; and really, the basis of all trust lies in the way we trust God. Trust in Him is as much an investment as money or time since with any commitment to Him, we lend ourselves to Him, investing who we are and something we possess, expecting the end result to benefit everyone involved.

Trust in the Lord is the most important trust relationship in life; trusting Him is foundational to faith that endures. Those who mature in faith also grow in capacity to live with steady confidence that trusts in a loving heavenly Father.

It is better to trust in the LORD
  Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD

  Than to put confidence in princes.
(Ps118:8-9)

The fear of man brings a snare,
  But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
(Pro 29:25)

Amen.

Luke 19:11-27, Proverbs 3:5 Psalm 118:8-9, Proverbs 29:25, Verses@Once

Spirit Man

August 14th, 2014

“It is the LORD who forms the spirit of man within him.” (Zechariah 12:1)

God created man — his spirit and soul with a body — a living, breathing, speaking spirit. And each new life emerges this way from conception, then receives a soul and body to become triune human life, designed by God, each one completely unique, each one of a kind.

From birth and even before, parents can discern the spirit of their child. They are thus able to give necessary nurture for the baby’s developing spirit; their child’s life, from conception, draws everything from its Creator.

In contrast, the trend of moderns is an approach to the miracle of life on their own terms — a philosophical ideal, sprinkled with selected God elements, a backward approach based in logic blinded to their most vital need. They self-believe and resist genuine faith in astruggle to control. This approach ultimately fails because it has no basis in truth.

The truth that we are spiritual beings, living out our lives in the placement God has for us, best resonates  in a heart that’s teachable. A heart open to truth is transformed by the stunning truth that transforms us – the Word became flesh and He lived among men. The Word is the Son. The Word became flesh and He, “God the Word,” came and lived among us to initiate our transformation so that we can now understand our reality as a sprit man, created in His image.

Today, as spiritual beings, we experience God the Word, speaking to and transforming us: “By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.”  (Hebrews 11:3, AMP)

Amen.

Zechariah 12:1, John 1:1-2, Psalm 139:14, Psalm 100:3, Hebrews 11:3 AMP, Verses@Once

Prophesy!

August 13th, 2014

Generations invest to leave an inheritance for those who follow. Those born into the next generation experience a convergence — handed down portions, gifted by the generation before and generations past.

Treasures received from those who go ahead to open the path encourage our future and give us hope. This generation inherits the ‘estate’ of generations before, spiritually and otherwise. Taking possession is the inheritor’s part. Is there sufficient strength of character to pay the price?

Enter the Holy Spirit, designer of human events that both build and humble us, of circumstances and mountains that prepare and test us. A prophetic atmosphere with prophetic momentum carries us. We see in a natural sense but also a supernatural sphere, exclusive authority of the Lord and His people.

We determine to speak as the Lord speaks. We know in part—the part He has uniquely chosen for us. We specialize in that part, gaining fresh momentum by faith while refusing to doubt He will do “His part.”

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”Hebrews 11:8

I declare blessing to you, prophesying over you fresh vision . . . a keen eye with laser focus to fulfill your destiny and complete “your part” to accomplish that destiny. Certainly you have the courage necessary to do your part, the part no one else can do; the part the Lord is both waiting for and confident you will do. Prophesy that part and then do it. Selah!

Amen.

Ephesians 

Frame Every Assignment With The Word

August 12th, 2014

The thing we value is the thing that costs.

Christians established with understanding in the finished work of the Cross know every outcome is already accomplished. Anything less re-opens and raises doubts about the values and truth we are called to lay down our lives to embrace. The investment is your life. It’s who you are!

The way to invest your life this way is to invest every part of your life in the Word. Hearing it (the Word) produces faith so spend time doing just that – give heed to its principles, instruction, and ideas. As you grow spiritually, add quality time in God’s Word to move from belief to revelation and from revelation to impartation. You’ll gain greater understanding to interpret things as they unfold, even before they unfold – prophetically.

So prepare. Glean more from the Word. Draw from that deposit both now and in the days ahead. Frame every assignment from the Lord this way – with His Word, spoken aloud – and it will align with His Word to accomplish what it must.

Amen.

Jeremiah 1:12