People of Christian principle have unusual grace and special wisdom. With strong core values and skill to speak in the spirit of truth, their words convey substance and confidence, their lives an example for others to follow. Christians and non-Christians together, sharing basic and common-sense regard for life—for the gift of life—stand in opposition to upside-down philosophies that threaten life and do not prosper a people or civilization.
“When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind. Solomon had answers for all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her.” (2 Chronicles 9:1-2, NLT)
Our words must be clear. Strengthened by prayer. Tempered with humility. Persuasive and compelling.
2 Chronicles 9, NLT
A family altar is the center—the heart of the home. It’s where we discover our spiritual inheritance. It is where faith develops, heartache is pre-empted, and families grow together spiritually.
“Arise, cry out in the night,
as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water
in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to Him
for the lives of your children…”
(Lamentations 2:19, NIV)
Don’t put it off. Build your altar—not a physical altar necessarily; rather, a place in the home everyone will realize is established for special times together. Expect God’s presence to come as you gather. Expect His glory to come. Expect miracles. Pray big prayers. Believe for the impossible!
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 | Deuteronomy 11:19-21 | Jeremiah 31:17 | Lamentations 2:19 | Hosea 4:6 | Luke 11:13 | Ephesians 6:4 | Verses@Once
Times of impartation are crossroads, prized for what they produce in our lives and especially for the changed perspective they leave with us. Once we encounter the Lord in a higher way, we are never the same again.
As surely as our lives are containers sent by the Lord for many purposes, He also sends us into settings orchestrated for the purpose of change, for an increase of true spiritual substance and dramatic deliverances.
Teaching informs but impartations establish. Paul desired to come to the people, “that He might impart some spiritual gift… that they would be established.”
Behavior and attitudes change subtly over time, and unless something or someone brings them to our attention, we aren’t necessarily aware of wrong patterns that develop. The person least likely to say anything good may be the needed attention-bringer. All criticism contains an element of truth.
It’s important to listen to what your opposition has to say. An opponent will tell you things friends might not. An adversary’s criticism often sheds light, yielding up missing pieces to the puzzle, perhaps an embarrassing detail or maybe, and especially, the key to breakthrough.
Satan is accuser and adversary, and we know of course, to steadfastly resist him—absolutely; but another place in the Word instructs “agree with your adversary.” A friend “sharpens the countenance of a friend” and ideally that’s true, but when was the last time a friend was the sharpening iron to get your attention and force you to see the thing you absolutely refused to admit about yourself?
We can be thick-headed—slow to really get it, if you know what I mean! Recurring patterns are both cause and effect, and undetected, they continue unrestrained in repetitious circles while we honestly haven’t a clue why our breakthrough is delayed.
Whatever a man sows, he will also reap.
Guilt is a spiritual force.
Guilt is a survivor, returning again and again to influence motives. Guilt is a death arrow to relationships. Guilt finds its base in unbelief—refuse to align with it! Never negotiate with guilt and never require someone else to carry guilt-blame for your sin or someone else’s. Disconnect with guilt, and its evil force, responsible for trapping you, again and again, will leave.
Faith in God refuses guilt. The Lord appeals to the human spirit by His Holy Spirit, not through guilt. The Spirit’s appeal is opposite to guilt; it is the agent of divine rescue and encouragement, not condemnation. You want to hear the Lord, not guilt, clearly, in your heart.
Right standing with God is solid ground upon which we may stand against guilt’s connection to evil. Inquire of the Lord what is right. If you’ve done anything other than what is right, ask forgiveness, and move on. Settle it in your own mind, from now on, give guilt “no place.”
Don’t allow guilt to dictate to you—ever!
Standards of Bible truth are muddied when for convenience’s sake, we choose surface truth only. When this happens, a distinction is made: The Lord doesn’t conform to our preferences or whim; rather, He calls us to conform to His standard, to represent Him correctly and draw from His Word.
Foolishness is associated with the un-teachable person. Their words reveal ignorance. Without ears to hear, they do not—cannot—understand. Unfortunately, they are the very ones who may not even read the Bible. Knowledge for them consists of select verses emboldened by documentary-style theology and philosophical thought.
False information represented as true, again and again, produces belief in those things. Add to repeated misinformation an absence of relationship with God, and the result is offense—offended for truth’s sake, truth according to God’s Word, as it truly is.
Jesus understood that miracles, like blind eyes receiving sight, sick and disabled bodies being made whole, and the dead being raised back to life would offend earth-bound hearts; He knew any congregation distanced from the Lord to the point of unbelief would attack any message greater than their experience.
We partner prophetically with the Lord. We see ahead to envision the future, declaring, Thy Kingdom come, Lord, thy will be done on earth as it is—just like it is—in heaven. We declare the Kingdom with a present tense, “now” perspective, combined with prophetic “future” expectation.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaims God’s plan for His creation. The power of that plan is made known in His message and its demonstration, separating the hearer to it. Prophetic ministry declares something beyond—separating us for something better and greater.
Avoid anything that denies the importance of prophecy. Keep your own vision high—stay above the chatter. Preserve those deep roots in God, always reaching deeper. Depth calls for more depth and more truth, and truth is a separator.
Perception may not be everything, but impressions create an expanded version of the way something seems, making it seem real, making it seem true. A wrong impression, even with no basis in fact, grows to take on a life and spirit of its own. Try finding the end of that rope!
It is the same with the human perception of God. We perceive Him on a level we can relate to, that we can mentally comprehend. For example, the Bible contains accounts of numerous divine visitations, instances when the Lord or an angel or angels appeared to men and women. Those at the center of these experiences usually could not fully grasp them.
That is because the human experience demands explanation. So how do you explain the Lord appearing to you? When man in his humanity interprets the divine, both the explanation and perception are likely something inferior.
Similarly, people judge others according to what they personally would do under the same circumstances, or what they think they know about the facts in the situation, even taking liberties to change or add to those facts. It’s their perception.
And they judge spiritual matters, even God, in the same way—on their level, within their experience, limited by mindset and lifestyle, filtered by the mind; they interpret by their intellect, despite being factually limited about the heart of the matter or the heart issues involved.
Since mankind is like this, the Lord tells us to abstain from every form of evil, even the appearance of evil. While it is true that God knows the heart, and a relationship with Him is totally a heart matter, on the outside, among those around you, the human condition trusts in and takes its cue from appearances rather than the true heart of the issues involved.
Abstain from every form of evil—even the appearance of evil.
Promotion comes from the Lord as a reward with eternal implications. Natural rewards, too, reflect yesterday’s investment. Men reward themselves where God will not, and God rewards where mankind cannot.
The Lord’s reward arrives with Him and is according to what has already been done – before. Also, the Lord rewards according to what we store on the inside—in the heart, our inward, hidden treasure.
The most profound part is the heart—always. We should do as David did; he prayed for truth in the deepest part of His being: “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.”
The Lord’s reward is with Him.
Isaiah 40:10 | Isaiah 62:11 | Revelation 22:12 | Psalms 51:6 | Verses@Once
Today we pray for our Father’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done. With expectation in every fiber of body, soul, and spirit, we lean into Holy Spirit leading and prepare for the day. We are called to it!
Prophetically, we see it—Kingdom power and the glory of our Father in those who are Spirit-inspired, who follow divine promptings with unction and a witness of the Spirit.
Religious men think it foolish to trust God and obey Him completely, but the spiritual man does not flinch nor yield at all to such pride. Instead, with wisdom and confident strength of spirit, the one who is spiritual presses in with discernment to take the day!
2 Corinthians 3:18 | Matthew 6:10 | 2 Timothy 3:16-17 | Hebrews 11:8 | Psalm 10:12-13 | Verses@Once