Seed Time

April 24th, 2014

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. (2Corinthians 9:10-11)

In the center of hope, the impossible becomes possible. Through disciplined application of growing faith you believe with hope and trust. The Spirit of God within stirs understanding that His will for you is to receive His promise for your home and family.

In all of this the Lord is for you; otherwise, He would not be leading you this way. He blesses you. He answers your faith. You speak of financial things, spiritual things, visions and dreams—the Lord placed those in your heart and He will answer your faith-filled words.

Guard your heart. Don’t cripple what you see and hear in the Spirit with other thoughts. Silly thoughts like I don’t know why God wants me to do this; I guess He knows something I don’t . . . or, The Lord is in control and if He wants something to happen it will, and He doesn’t, it won’t . . . or this, I know God is powerful enough to do this but if it’s not His will for me – if He wants me to remain this way, sick and broken – then He will give me strength to endure.

Don’t even think those things much less say or believe them. The Lord’s plan is high! His plan is complete fulfillment of His promise. Your response is to expect Him to do exactly as His Word promises.

That includes your virtue of sowing. When the Lord speaks—when He quickens you concerning any matter or situation—He is prompting your heart to respond. When He does, begin to sow seed(s) for a harvest—seeds of prayer, of specific actions, or financial seed. Your seed is the beginning of a crop and connects you to the Lord’s harvest.

Seed time and harvest—basic!

Amen.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 | Genesis 8:22 | Verses@Once

New Day, New Hope, Fresh Vision

April 23rd, 2014

We often  remember seasons of life in two ways: One, for the good deposit left by the experience and  two, for their inevitable demand for change necessary to transition well into the next season.

In the process we learn to leave behind negative emotions – those culprits of emotional baggage that oppose healthy lifestyles and the give-and-take of relationships, both mistakes and successes, to focus instead on the many benefits gained.

Always remember anything new begins best in a context of prayer and is best interpreted from a prayer perspective.  Prayer moves us forward into a new day with renewed hope and fresh vision as our hearts merge with God’s heart; in alignment with Him we receive “grace for grace.”  (John 1:16)

Amen.

John 1:16 | 2Thessalonians 1:11-12 | Romans 8:28 | Verses@Once

Covenant of Deliverance

April 22nd, 2014

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Jeremiah 31:33-34 Hebrews 8:9-10

The covenant between God and Abraham meant protection for the families of Abraham and his son Isaac; the covenant also gave provision and increase in every way. From ancient times and still today the Jewish people have a covenant that again and again has been the undoing of their enemies; again and again, God’s loving kindness for them has redeemed missteps their away from His covering. The anchor of God’s love of His people holds—no question.

God’s blessing of covenant protection points to His Lordship. His love allowed Israel’s unfaithfulness to surface—a saga born of going their own way. Still, God’s love did not lessen. Deliverance is part of the Jewish covenant and our Christian inheritance. Jeremiah’s prophecy envisioned Calvary and our deliverance—our rescue!

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:11-15, NKJV

Amen—thank God! 

Change

April 21st, 2014

Passover Week April 14-22, 2014
21 Nissan 5774

We are in the final hours of this Passover season, New doors open into our next season as we are delivered from enemies entrenched in the old. We do it by faith.

When the Lord lead Israel to “by faith” prevail over enemy power He also provided the means. You and I are equipped to do the same thing. We have God’s Spirit living within and His Word written on our hearts.

We study scripture and find our example in Jesus’ life. His example encourages us all things are possible to the degree we believe the Spirit and the Word, and every successful contest will be won by faith.

Anytime we seek God wholeheartedly corresponding changes take place inside, and out – the outward change is visible to others as faith grows in the hidden place of our heart. God’s presence inside always affects the exterior presence as we leave old nature and habits behind and “by faith” step into the new.

Don’t allow your own flesh to dictate another day of captivity. Change the landscape, horizon, the ceiling and environment of your lifestyle – and do it today, right now! Otherwise the shallow life will continue to hold you; dreams and visions will die in mediocrity. Never say you seek the Lord’s highest when in fact you are comfortable in His second or third best.

Amen.

Exodus 12
Revelation 12 (especially 7-12)

Resurrection Morning

April 20th, 2014

We begin a new season, strengthened with resurrection life by the One who is the resurrection. We have a new song and clear path—strength today, hope for tomorrow.

Distinctive, set apart, changed, raised up—we are His people, called by His name. That at the Name, and by the power of the Name of Jesus, knees bow, both in heaven and in earth, confessing the resurrected one is LORD, to the glory of God the Father!

Now if any man will do the will of God, he will know what His will is . . . Whatever He says to you, do it! . . . Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, the crucified and resurrected One. We begin a new season now, strengthened with resurrection life by the One who is the resurrection!

Amen.

John 11:25 | Lamentations 3:22-23 | John 7:17 | James 1:5-8 | Philippians 2:5 | Verses@Once

Resurrection Season

April 19th, 2014

The mentoring process transfers the mentor’s experience to the mentee—teacher to student. The teacher imparts intuitive leadership with a graceful approach to student-disciples whose fire-y zeal invigorates the process.

Jesus’ teaching ministry trained the outspoken and strong-willed as well as those more reluctant to speak up—He made disciples of all kinds of people and the resulting leadership transfer changed history. When Jesus stepped into Glory those He had trained went forth and turned the world upside down with His message. Nothing has been the same since!

This Resurrection season is like that for us—we step out in faith from one place to the next higher one, from everything familiar to unknown realms, from just basics to new levels of faith. When we hear the trumpet, we don’t hesitate. When the word from the front is move, we do not stay. As the cloud moves, we follow. As glory transforms us—we rejoice!

Amen.

Acts 17:6-9 | 1 Corinthians 5:7 | Hebrews 11:8-8; 28-29 | Verses@Once

Your Righteous Cause

April 18th, 2014

Passover Week
18 Nissan, 5774

Let them shout for joy and be glad who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” (Psalm 35:27)

The psalmist knew there were people who agreed with his righteous cause. The cause was his — the righteous cause of a man. It was a righteous pursuit so obviously the Lord was involved but here the cause belonged to a man. “My” refers to the psalmist – the man.

The same is true of your righteous cause. Your life is an epistle, read and known of all men, and the people walking with you in the cause you’ve undertaken have taken on your cause. They cheer you forward, prayerfully keeping vigilant watch for you. They know if your resolve weakens the ordeal may be prolonged and if your heart is broken in the pursuit your cause will also break.

God’s Word applies. You know what you are doing is right – it is righteous; and your humility speaks volumes but you’re no push-over . . .  you understand in the deepest part of who you are and in the way God has wired you, this a God-thing! You stepped up and began!

You are not alone. Surrounding you, others are shouting – you go! Your team of encouragers has picked up in the spirit what’s ahead for you; they sense the joy and gladness that’s ahead for you! Sure, they see what you’re going through and, like you, are impatient for your breakthrough. They know your cause is righteous; they know the Lord is on your side.

. . . And they say continually . . . Magnify the Lord! In the way you do this, in the way you live, magnify the Lord!

. . . They say, over and over and over, “Let the Lord be magnified! He is so pleased with you, His servant.”

. . . They talk about you every day; continually, with words, they insist upon your vindication.

. . . Continually, yes continually they prophesy about the Lord’s presence that is with you, proven in the wealth of every decision you make.

Continually, those on your side are talking about you and all that’s going on with that righteous cause of yours!  Talking expectantly about you, they SHOUT for all to hear: “Hey, come magnify the Lord with me. Magnify the Lord – shout, rejoice in a big, big way and multiply the Lord’s presence in your midst – to prosper and increase you with every step.

Let those who favor YOUR righteous cause magnify the Lord continually for His favor to accomplish your righteous cause. You go!

Amen, so be it!

Belief in His Word

April 17th, 2014

If the challenge today is physical – for you or someone you care about – God sent his Word to heal. Think of God’s Word as your weapon against disease or any opposition to God’s plan for your life. Jesus healed those who came to Him. God “the Word” became God “the Son”. The Word took upon Himself flesh and dwelt among us!

The essence of sickness is deceptive. Guard your heart against deceptive working by reading and meditating in God’s Word. Meditation on God’s Word produces confidence in God, the absolute opposite to “confidence in” infirmity’s power to control you. Every threat to physical health is answered with belief that God’s role is absolutely supreme and completely triumphant.

Be warned in this matter of believing that the effect of unbelief produces more unbelief. Unbelief isn’t covered over with religious words only. To believe is to release God’s power but unbelief fundamentally opposes Jesus’ mission to His people. Unbelief is not just “another opinion” but is its own opinion, a rejection of God’s covenant plan.

Jesus came to give life. He sent His Word to heal. Whatever the challenge, make God’s Word the final authority in this challenge; make your plans according to the Word. Belief in God’s Word is what you need.

Amen.

Psalm 107:20 | John 1:14 | Psalm 119:11 | Matthew 17:17-18 | Verses@Once

Mercy Day

April 16th, 2014

Passover Week
16 Nissan, 5774

This Passover we choose to leave behind habitual wandering, old ways, wrong beliefs, and petty smallness – any neglect of His will, anything that squanders His mercy.

God’s mercy pours into (saturates) our lives. You could say we are deluged with merciful consideration. He is rich in mercy with plenty to go around!

Our response should also be rich – we steward mercy’s wealth and the reward of that stewardship: The Lord my God goes with me, He will not leave or forsake. Deuteronomy 31:6

You have a new day and new beginning. Breakthrough saturates the air. Press forward. Sanctify the Lord in your heart. Always set the Lord before you. Choose to be personally set apart with Him!

We cross over. His mercy brings us out, to take us in.

The Lord—He is G-d!

Amen.

Coming Out

April 15th, 2014

During the Passover feast time in Israel, Jesus’ family along with most Jewish men and their families went up to celebrate in the Judean city of Jerusalem. Jesus, however, did not go with them but headed instead away from Jerusalem toward Galilee. In obedience to the Spirit, our Lord went in a direction other than religious rule or expectations from family.

Along the way that leading changed and, again, responding in obedience, our Lord turned toward Jerusalem where the many in need of His ministry waited expectantly and also where an enraged religious mob (who hated His message enough to kill Him) also waited. Jesus turned toward Jerusalem by the word of the Lord and leading of the Spirit.

Christian spirituality is more than traditions and religious formalities. The Lord daily speaks a fresh word, a proceeding word, and Christians sensitive to hear what the Spirit is saying, receive from the Lord beyond the dictates of religious tradition.

True spirituality means obedience to the leading of God’s Spirit rather than religious demands or constraints: Listen to Him and do whatever He tells you. Today is made for salvation—your portion is to rejoice. Today is your day of salvation—you do hear Him!

As one led by the Spirit of God leave religion behind and turn, expectantly, toward discipleship revealed by the Lord to any with an ear to hear the Spirit’s voice. You are coming out of religion and into spiritual reality, by the Spirit of the Lord!

Amen, so be it!

John 7 | 2 Corinthians 6:2 | Romans 8:14 | Psalm 118 | Verse@Once