“These are the appointed seasons of HaShem, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their appointed season. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at dusk, is HaShem’s passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto HaShem; seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. And ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto HaShem seven days; in the seventh day is a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. And HaShem spoke unto Moses saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye are come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring the sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest unto the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before HaShem, to be accepted for you; on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.” breslov.com Leviticus 23:4-11
Passover (Heb. Pesach pronounced peh’–sakh) the first of the spring feasts of Israel begins this evening. Keeping Passover is an important part of Israel’s relationship with God and there is great celebration among our Jewish brothers on this feast day. Leviticus 23:4-8, NLT
Especially during this Passover season, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We also pray safety for those in Israel as they commemorate this historic event, when God brought the Hebrew nation out of Egypt, a type of the world, and into the Promised Land, a type of God’s Kingdom.
The land of promise then is the same land appointed to Israel’s possession today – both the land and people of Israel are irreversibly the apple of God’s eye. Ezekiel 20:41-42
Christianity’s spiritual roots are in Israel and we share from our hearts in this joyful time, especially since the Passover season coincides with our Resurrection season—our joyful, thankful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, the Lamb of God who still today takes away the sin of the world. Those who embrace His lordship celebrate crossing from darkness into Light, from spiritual oppression to true spiritual freedom and eternal life!
Thanks be to God!
When the Lord lead Israel out, He empowered them to prevail over enslaving powers. The Lord provided the means. You and I are equipped to do the same. We have God’s Spirit living within, His Word written on our hearts. New doors open to a new season as we are delivered from enemies entrenched in the old. We do it by faith.
Our example is Jesus’ life. To the degree we believe the Spirit and Word, every contest can be won by faith. He IS the resurrection and the life! Anytime we seek God wholeheartedly, corresponding change takes place. God’s presence in our lives changes us as we leave the old nature and its habits behind and by faith step into the new.
Don’t allow your own flesh to dictate. Change your lifestyle. Do it today, right now! Otherwise bondage continues to hold you. Dreams and vision die in mediocrity. Never say you seek the Lord’s highest when in fact you are comfortable with second or third best. Rather, make changes necessary to see new doors open. Do it by faith.
Revelation 12 (especially 7-12)
Observers of Jesus’ ministry witnessed divine authority in operation. Jesus said His followers would have the same supernatural endowment, the same divine authority: “Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done and even greater works . . .” Knowing we have His authority means power to establish Kingdom authority in every place. Jesus said, “… the ruler of this world approaches; He has no power over me.” Enemies of the Lord’s Kingdom are not more powerful than He. His authority is greater and as disciples we are His authority, a release of power in His Name.
True authority is foundational to decisive leadership—we need that; but authority can also be destructive—overriding everything and everyone, superior and without humility; obviously, we do not need that. Jesus said the world doesn’t recognize (isn’t even looking for) the authority and leadership He gives through the agent of His Spirit. Unlike the world and the world system, disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ base everything on the Spirit’s work, trusting the Spirit’s leadership to truth: “He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
True authority is foundational to true leadership: Without the foundations, what will the righteous do?
John 13:3-4 | John 14:30 | John 14:15-17 | John 14:12 | Psalm 11:3 | Verses@Once
“And so you can be sure the future of your house is also settled: Also, the Lord tells you that He will make you a house!” (2Samuel 7:11)
The future of the Lord’s house is settled—the city of Jerusalem on earth and that heavenly city “Jerusalem above” will merge. In the meantime, the Lord reveals his will and works his plan through those with understanding of the times, those willing to build.
The Lord tells us when to build, when to tear down and when to go up. This revelation, given by God to decisive people, builds up everything in its path. In the process His goodness is established by righteous, God-inspired decisions, one step at a time—building.
Concerning your own house—your spiritual and physical house—critical decision-making unlocks important next steps. As you act on what He tells you, He merges both spiritual and physical for all He is building through you.
Psalm 122:3 | Revelation 21:2—3:12 | Galatians 4:26 | 2 Samuel 7 | Verse@Once
“So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work…” (Nehemiah 4: 16-18, NKJV)
Every believer has gifts and a calling specific to areas of Kingdom building and intended to be used for that purpose. Some, however, believe they can live to themselves and for themselves even if it means withholding the part God gave for their participation in building His Kingdom.
Any time we withhold God’s gifts and purpose for us and don’t allow them to flow through us the missed opportunity comes at the expense of everyone else. The missing part becomes the most needed part… because it’s missing! Don’t do that—don’t squander what God has placed within you. The treasure inside is an offering meant to be given away.
The Lord calls and sends you. He draws you to a specific geographic location, to live among a certain people; and the spiritual gifts the Lord has given places a demand upon your spiritual storehouse. It’s God. He is leading.
The Lord’s end time plan unfolds and with it, divine pressure challenges the things He never intended, refining everything into one thing–convergence! It’s what we see now, prophetically, as all things come together, a new form unlike the old one, uniquely created by refining processes over time.
Convergence means to unite or merge groups or tendencies that originally were opposed or very different. For example, the Bible describes Jerusalem in convergence. Jerusalem is “a city compacted together”. . . the earthly city converging with the Jerusalem above . . . a city above a city, converging as heaven and earth draw closer to fulfill John’s vision in The Revelation: “And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven.”
God walked with Adam in the garden until that relationship was lost but at Calvary and since, all those born-again are restored under Adam’s original open heaven, God’s Spirit resident now and His heavens moving into position for that future day. We often pray Lord, rend the heavens and come down, a prophetic calling forth of a future day when the Lord Himself will literally split the Eastern sky and come down!
Best of all, God’s people are in convergence; a supernatural joining, overshadowing conditions around us, nothing held back! For you, this means an avalanche of revelation and goodness, breakthrough and overthrow; the thief is bound, the spoiler found out, and corruption driven out.
This is how we pray. I believe it.
Psalm 122:3 | Revelation 3:12; 21:2 | Genesis 3:8 | Verses@Once
In the same way that history repeats itself our lives create a history of patterns—cycles. While we should definitely learn from past experiences, refuse to mentally re-entertain them again and again. Learn from them and move on. Refuse to hear same old messages against you—refuse their oppressive, hypnotic taunts!
Ignoring history insures its repeat; ignoring our own behavior and response patterns insures their repeat. Every disease has a spiritual root, every hurtful act perpetrated on another has consequences and every hurtful act received marks us.
Step away from the contest.
Discern destructive elements.
Don’t sugar-coat the facts.
Now, step back in and… break the cycle!
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…” (Titus 2:11-14)
The grace God gives is sufficient and nothing escapes the goodness of God expressed in His grace. Those who gratefully receive grace to live above condemnation are freed from religion’s legalism, knowing missteps are covered as we give our all, our very best, in pursuit of and aligned with His Word.
Grace teaches us to believe strongly, stand firmly, lead by example, live demonstrative faith and love God completely; true Bible grace is a stronghold for the godly, a joy greater than weak-willed excuses and a triumph of redemption over rigid and legalistic doctrine. God’s grace silences rule-mongers and gives voice to born-again hearts who honor His Word and reach by faith for the heights and depths of His love.
Grace also teaches us to say “no” to ungodly and worldly passions; grace encourages self-controlled lifestyles and righteous living despite the culture’s noise. Jesus gives redemption from wickedness to purify and set apart for Himself. He is Grace. He makes a way even when there is no way. Grace leads the way out!
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with you all.” (Titus 3:15)
Titus 2: 11-14, NLT
Government insures order and accountability, makes secure, and establishes a foundation to build upon. Every person governs in some way, and those who govern are also expected to submit to being governed on some level.
Every Christian has spiritual authority to govern. Each has governmental authority in spiritual matters, in a spiritual sense. The believer’s spiritual authority includes leadership within prescribed boundaries, and within those boundaries, authority does and should include headship. In the Church those with specific governing gifts are God’s provision for specific leadership roles in His Church.
Look around you, in every area, spiritually and otherwise:
Who is in the place of authority?
Who is decisively leading?
Who has a leadership mantle and God-given authority to govern?
Isaiah 9:6-7 | Proverbs 20:5 | Proverbs 21:1 | Verses@Once
Truths we awaken to by study and discipline lead us to relevant spiritual excellence for this generation; and, those truths, quickened by the Spirit and developed in the heart, transfer to family members and all those the Lord places in our sphere of influence. Our lives are supernatural really because we carry the Lord with us as we go: “Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God…to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume.”
Life-giving is our hope, our fervent expectation. And that hope is not ashamed but continues daily, increasing in the expectation that as God-vision and human-hope converge, the message we live, plain-spoken or eloquent, hits the mark and accomplishes the goal: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Romans 5:5 | 2Corinthians 2:15-16 | Matthew 6:10 | Verses@Once