July 2. 2020

“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. – Habakkuk 2:4 NLT

Warrior;

The original sin was NOT in the Garden, the ORIGINAL SIN was in the heavenly’s. The original sin was Lucifer in the Heavens. “You were in Eden, the garden of God.… I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire. “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you.… and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground.” (Ezekiel 28:13-17)

Leader, in his great work written in 1980, ‘The Invisible War’, Donald Grey Barnhouse talks about the gap theory. The theory that posits between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 there could be an eternity of time. When did time begin? It began when there was more than 1 WILL in the universe. The Original sin was PRIDE. And the Bible is clear; Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the North. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)

Conduit, Nebuchadnezzar was the leader of the Babylonian Empire. Babylon was considered one of the wonders of the world in its time and still today considered one of the great empires on earth. He had a problem with pride and NOT realizing who was really doing the building of his kingdom and his authority. As he looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’ “While these words were still in his mouth, a voice called down from heaven, ‘O King Nebuchadnezzar, this message is for you! You are no longer ruler of this kingdom. You will be driven from human society. You will live in the fields with the wild animals, and you will eat grass like a cow. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.’ (Daniel 4:30-32) The book of proverbs tells us, “When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom. (11:2) The great king became like an animal and lost his sanity- but some would say he had already lost his sanity- taking credit for what God was doing. Some would say he was crazy to STEAL GOD’S GLORY. When he came to his senses WISDOM prevailed. “When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before. “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.” God is in charge. Quit stealing HIS GLORY and building your kingdom on this planet. It is time to be about KINGDOM BUSINESS. Not yours on this planet, but HIS that is SOON TO COME! All glory and honor to God the Father and His SON, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” (Romans 14:11) Therefore, God elevated him (Jesus) to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

July 1. 2020

Why, then, do you judge your brother? Or why do you belittle your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God.” So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. – Romans 14:10-12 BSB

Warrior;
So much to unpack in a few short lines. This is what the writer of Hebrews means when he says, For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12). First of all we must remember that each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. God is keeping score, God knows not only our deeds, but our hearts. That is why we are to live an examined life-because when this life is over God will go over that examination with us! The Bible encourages us to judge now, so that we can make adjustments and then God will not NEED TO judge us! “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1 Corinthians 11:31)

Leader, Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Corinthians 13:5) We must be aware that we are in a fallen world, and the Prince of this world is doing everything he can to keep us from being used by God and bringing glory to God. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6) This is why we must know scripture because the devil is constantly deceiving us, he is the father of lies. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Conduit, And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) Satan is the great counterfeiter of Jesus. Throughout the Bible we find that he has done this in a number of ways. God has sent prophets to proclaim His word, and Satan sends false prophets, Jesus is the LIGHT of the world and Satan appears as an “angel of light”, God gives us teachers to teach His WORD and Satan sends false teachers. Satan is a liar and a deceiver (Romans 12:9, Revelations 20:7-8,10). In the world of racial unrest, the destruction of the fabric of our family and our country we are seeing many believers bowing down and confess sins to men. We see people ‘take a knee’ to people in the BLM movement and confessing ‘sins’ of those who in the past looked like them? Things are getting crazier, angrier, and more ungodly- just like the Bible says it will in the end of days. But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Revelation 12:12) How do we know what is of God and what is counterfeit? We must diligently read and study God’s word, and know it well, so that when we hear or see something that DOES NOT line up with the Bible, or is a COUNTERFEIT, we will know it instantly. If we DO NOT spend time becoming familiar with God’s word, as well as spending time with God in prayer, we are likely to fall prey to Satan’s deceptions. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

June 30. 2029

And when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they themselves gathered together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with a question: “Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?” Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”- Matthew 22:34-40 BSB

Warrior;
Our enemies #1 weapon formed against us is confusion. We are called to beware of the wiles of the enemy. Ephesians 6:11 tells us not only to be AWARE, but by being aware we are able to STAND against the wiles of the devil. When we are confused we DO NOT take action. When we are confused, not only do we NOT stand up, we DO NOT speak up, we do not OWN UP, we DO NOT fess up- we just SCREW UP! Keep It Simple Soldier (K I S S) The spirit of the LORD is PEACE, understanding, Mercy, Grace, Light, and clarity. The Spirit of the devil is darkness, hatred, retribution, strife, ‘Pound of flesh’- confusion. We are called not to judge, but we are called to be FRUIT INSPECTORS!

Leader, the devil Himself attempts to TWIST, to PERVERT to take what is HOLY and make it WICKED. Look at the temptation of Christ in the Garden in Luke 4. Jesus is the Word of God, and yet Lucifer attempted to MISQUOTE the WORD to JESUS, who is the WORD. Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. (Revelation 19:11,13) Notice, the devil attempted to tell JESUS, “You said this.” And Jesus said, “NO, I SAID….” Jesus is the WORD OF GOD! The Word of God is also called your Bible! If A=B and B=C; then A=C!

Conduit, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 10:17) This is why CONFUSION can be debilitating. If someone tells you what JESUS says, and you don’t know the WORD of GOD, then you will be confused, you will be useless and maybe even fall away from the TRUTH. See Genesis 3, and how the Devil tricked Eve, who had gotten God’s word from Adam, but not directly from God. We must know the WORD OF GOD, to KNOW the WORD OF GOD. Here in Matthew 22 God, breaks it down for us: LOVE is the way to KNOW GOD. Love is a Verb; For God so loved the world…HE DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT! (John 3:16) For you so love your spouse, you do something about it- sacrifice, turn the other cheek, serve him\her, hold your tongue….For you so love your country, you do something about it; serve in the military, sacrifice your freedoms, risk dying. Today, remember LOVE IS A VERB and that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your brother. (John 15:13) Today lay down your CHECKBOOK, lay down your SCHEDULE, lay down your HARDNESS of your heart- for your brother or your sister. If you don’t lay down those temporal things, how can you ever lay down your life? By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

June 29. 2020

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth. –Gen 11:4-9 ESV

Warrior;
Genesis is the first book in the Old Testament, it is the BEGINNING book of the BIBLE- God’s WORD! It is the Launch PAD of God’s STORY: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen 1:1) Genesis is a Greek word for “beginning”. In Genesis, we see the BEGINNING of Creation, the beginning of our introduction to God. It is the book of BEGINNINGS! In the book of Genesis we find the beginning of man, the beginning of sin, the beginning of disappointment, the beginning of Israel, the beginning of the plan of redemption and the BEGINNING OF RELIGION- man’s attempt to build a TOWER TO GOD, the beginning of PRIDE and man’s attempt to be GOOD ENOUGH for GOD! And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves. (Gen 11:3, 4a) The BEGINNING of RELIGION!

Leader, God sits above time, He is NOT constrained by the dimension of time and its limitations! We sit IN TIME, where God sits above time. God is OMNISCIENT and IMMUTABLE, this means that God CANNOT learn. God is the GREAT KNOW IT ALL! He cannot know more today, then He knew yesterday or He would cease to be GOD! I believe this is HOW we have things NAMED for the way they turn out or show up. The word Israel means to WRESTLE WITH GOD! The original meaning of the word BABEL, was, “Gate to Heaven” but it came to mean CONFUSION! Man was rebuilding, POST FLOOD, and man was working to do the GROUND work to CONNECT with GOD; religion. I have heard it said that the first King of Babylon, NIMROD, was building a tower to GOD to confront him about his decision to end the world with the FLOOD. Man believing HE was ON PAR with God, HIS PRIDE, HIS STRENGTH, HIS GLORY, HIS ABILITY- this is what we call RELIGION! However the book is about REDEMPTION and GOD’s plan to build a RELATIONSHIP with man- HIS MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION!

Conduit, CHRISTIANITY is a RELATIONSHIP with GOD. It is understanding that we can’t BE GOOD ENOUGH, and we CAN”T BUILD a TOWER to GOD, for HE HAS ALREADY built a BRIDGE to HIMSELF, in the PERSON of JESUS! For He is the ONLY WAY to GOD the FATHER! Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6) Religion is always about MAN attempting to FIND THE GATE TO HEAVEN, but when man attempts to be the BUILDER, then CONFUSION is the SPIRIT that we are following! Man is attempting to find the GATE TO HEAVEN: if I wear the RIGHT clothes, or say the RIGHT things, or DO ENOUGH STUFF, then I WILL be the builder of the CONNECTION to GOD- I will FIND the GATE TO HEAVEN! Christianity is about realizing HE IS THE GATE and HE HAS done the planning and the construction- IT IS FINISHED! (John 19:30) In the BEGINNING GOD- the CREATOR of the HEAVENS and EARTH- GOD BEGAN, PROVIDED for and COMPLETED the process of connecting a HOLY GOD to an UNHOLY creature, MAN! The GATE to HEAVEN was GIVEN, there is no need to be CONFUSED and to attempt to BUILD your TOWER TO HEAVEN! In John’s Gospel, the apostle quotes GOD INCARNATE, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. (John 10:9) Quit building your GOOD WORKS and start BUILDING your RELATIONSHIP with JESUS- the GATE TO HEAVEN! “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (John 10:1-3) TODAY, BUILD that relationship and know IT IS FINISHED- He paid the bill- PAID IN FULL!

June 28. 2020

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. -Heb 11:7-8 ESV

Warrior;
Faith requires a GAP! Without a GAP, there is NO FAITH! Many who call themselves followers of Jesus have their security in their Job, their Bank account, their Family, their RICH BEST FRIEND, or their own gifts, talents and strength. 1 Corinthians 1:27, ESV: “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;” If you could do it without God, there is NO FAITH required. To God, Faith=Glory.

Leader, It takes NO Faith to believe that 2 +2 =4. It does take Faith to uproot your entire family and head out without knowing where you are going. It takes NO FAITH to hold onto whatever money you have, instead of helping someone in need, because you have a budget, and you might not have enough for your retirement or planned vacation. It does takes faith to spend 100 years building an ark, in a desert, when it had NEVER RAINED before, and preach about the end of the world. When it rained 40 days and 40 nights, God received- MUCH GLORY!

Conduit, when we are in the flesh then we do as ‘earth dwellers’ do. (Rev 3:10) However, when we are in the SPIRIT and GOD IS OUR PROVISION, when we truly treat HIM as JEHOVAH JIREH and we depend on HIS PROVISION, HIS VISION, then the world will mock us, put us down and even ‘believers’ will join in the chorus. We must DECIDE who we are here to please; Man or GOD? It is impossible to please GOD WITHOUT FAITH! Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Amen!

June 27. 2020

However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”- Matt 17:27 ESV

Warriors;
In his book, “Knowledge of the Holy”, A.W. Tozer identifies 18 attributes of God. He says, “God, being infinite, must possess attributes about which we can know. An attribute, as we can know it, is a mental concept, an intellectual response to God’s self-revelation. It is an answer to a question; the reply God makes to our interrogation concerning himself. What is God like? What kind of God is He? How may we expect Him to act toward us and toward all created things? Such questions are not merely academic. They touch the far-in reaches of the human spirit, and their answers affect life and character and destiny”.

Leader, by understanding the QUALITIES or ATTRIBUTES of GOD we can better know HIM and make HIM KNOWN and TRUSTED IN! Tozer says God is NOT more of one attribute than the other, and HE can NOT cease to be one attribute, or He would cease to be GOD! Two of those attributes are IMMUTABLE and OMNISCIENT. Got is ALL KNOWING and GOD cannot change! Unlike our politicians- God does NOT EVOLVE! He is just as much against homosexuality, fornication, PRIDE and GREED today as He was when He had the Bible written! God CANNOT LEARN, or He would cease being GOD, HE is ‘THE’ ONE- KNOW IT ALL!

Conduit, when you put it all together- ALL WORRY is removed! How far back did God prepare in ADVANCE for this moment in time? He had to have someone drop a shekel into the water, where a specific fish swallowed it, and that specific fish would be in the exact location where Peter was going to be standing, when HE was going to be fishing for a shekel to pay the taxes that WOULD BE demanded of Him by the collectors of the two-drachma tax? There has NEVER been an emergency meeting of the TRINITY. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Eph 2:10) Trust in the ALL knowing, all CONTROLLING God who sits above TIME!

June 26. 2020

As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” – Luke 19:37-40 ESV

Warrior;
Our God is the GOD of PURPOSE. Everything He does, or allows to be done, is done in the name of PURPISIVE STRIVING! Our God is a GOD OF ORDER! And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) God has one acceptable place, and ONE ONLY- our FIRST LOVE- our MAIN SQUEEZE. All throughout the Bible, especially IN THE BEGINNING, we read- He is a jealous God: see Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 4:23-24, 32:16, Joshua 24:19, Psalms 78:58, 79:5. The prophets were sent to Jerusalem, and they were silenced, John the Baptist was silenced, even Jesus was silenced- AND THE ROCKS- the Walls of Jerusalem CRY OUT with the story of the Gospel. Just like an object of our desire for our flesh- a lover, wants to be sought, and pursued- our God wants the same thing! He has hidden NUGGETS of joy and understanding, if we DESIRE HIM ENOUGH- to search HIS WORD!

Leader, in the book of Nehemiah 3rd Chapter, Nehemiah, a business man, not a priest or a member of the priestly line, was called to go and ‘rebuild’ the walls of Jerusalem. In the 3rd chapter, we are taken through the 10 gates of Jerusalem and in them you will find a hidden message about our redemption and reconciliation to God- we must look into the text: He starts at the SHEEP Gate and he ends at the SHEEP gate, because this gate represents the CROSS of Christ- He always entered through the sheep gate, that is where all the sacrifices entered, and all those condemned to die departed from. The Good news of the Gospel BEGINS and ENDS with JESUS and the cross. Jesus always entered through the sheep gate except this one time, of the Triumphal entry, and He Entered through the EAST gate, which is the gate that is opened at the break of dawn, with the rising of the MORNING SUN. Then there was the FISH GATE, for we are called to be fishers on men (Matt 4:19). Then we have the OLD gate, because nothing is NEW, and we are called to GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING, the basics- Keep it Simple Soldier! See Jeremiah 6:16.

Conduit, After the OLD GATE, we find the VALLEY GATE- this is the place of humility, we are called through the valley, to grow into Christ’s likeness, so we can eventually get to the mountain of God. We then have the DUNG gate, where we must get rid of all the trash, the stuff that smells, that makes us impure. Which takes us to the FOUNTAIN gate, which is about the HOLY SPIRIT; see John 7:37-39, and the woman at the well (John 4). Then we have the WATER gate, which represents the word of God- for we are to be washed by the word! (Ephesians 5:26, John 15:3 with Peter and washing of his feet). The WATER gate was the only ONE NOT destroyed- we need to ADD nothing; we need NO REPAIR of the WORD OF GOD- it is perfect, it never changes! We then come to the HORSE gate, which is a picture of POWER of WARFARE- for we are called to put on the WHOLE ARMOR of God and fight the good fight of SALVATION. (Ephesians 6:10-17) We then find the EAST gate, the one that is opened upon the RISING OF THE SON. We end with the MIPHKAD gate- the word means REVIEW, or REGISTER. This is the gate where you would register as a stranger to enter the city, and King David would review HIS TROOPS as the returned from battle! Warrior, there is so much hidden in HIS WORD, and it is our PLEASURE to seek HIS MYSTERY: the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. (Col 1:26) Seek His WORD and HIS HEART, for the answer to this question asked of JOB is YES- if you DESIRE: “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? (Job 33:13)

June 25. 2020

You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:9-10 ESV

Warrior:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG) There are many translations of the Bible. The reason for this is that English is a limited language compared to Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic. There are not WORD for WORD translations so there are what are called INTERPRETATIONS. In other words, getting the “original” meaning, similar to what we would know today. The Bible is called the GOSPEL, which means GOOD NEWS. In todays ever-darkening world we need some GOOD NEWS to combat the news that our country and our world are in rapid decay and decline, and we need to keep our heads about us and our hearts on the TRUTH of the GOOD NEWS!

Leader: That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT) While reading the Bible, different versions will have different words, but alluding to similar thoughts. For example, the KJV and NAS attempted to take the underlying Hebrew and Greek words and translate them into the closest corresponding English words as possible (word for word), while the NIV and NLT attempted to take the original thought that was being presented in Greek and Hebrew and then express that thought in English (thought for thought). Many of the other translations attempt to “meet in the middle” between those two methods. Paraphrases such as The Message or The Living Bible can be used to gain a different perspective on the meaning of a verse, but they should not be used as a primary Bible translation. They put you in the ‘zip code’, and get you the general understanding of what is being read, but not an accurate WORD for WORD translation.

Conduit, But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26 KJV) Whatever version of the Bible you choose to use, you need to know a couple of things. #1 Read the Bible! You must open the book, read the book, and think about what you read in THE BOOK. It is not a good Pastor, or an impressive speaker who teaches you from scripture, it is the HOLY SPIRIT! His job is to teach you, He dwells in you and before you open the WORD OF GOD ask the HOLY SPIRIT to illuminate the scripture to make it make sense to you. #2, ask yourself: What did what I just read, mean to the people it was written to, back then? Secondly, what does that mean today? Thirdly, how does this apply to my life today? We NEED THE WORD of God. For someone who is just starting their journey into reading and understanding God’s WORD, I recommend an NLT study Bible. A study Bible has explanations at the bottom of the page, about scripture you are reading at the top of the page. The Bible is not HOLY, it is the WORD written in the Bible that is Holy. And the WORD does not impact you, UNLESS you get the WORD IN YOU, through SIGHT, SOUND, or EXPERIENCE. The only antidote to what ails America is the GOOD NEWS, and FAITH that it is YOUR GOOD NEWS! Remember: So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17) Today, tonight- instead of opening a COLD ONE, why not open up the GOOD NEWS and feed your SPIRIT! Stay Strong WARRIOR of GOD!

June 24. 2020

for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.- Mark 9:31-32 ESV

Warrior;
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. (1 Cor 1:18) How you feel, IF YOU FEEL anything when you read or hear about Christ, His Cross and His Resurrection will tell you the CONDITION of your HEART! If you consider it a FABLE or mythology, then your HEART is HARD! For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2 Peter 1:16) After Jesus death and resurrection, the Bible denotes 12 times Jesus was seen after His Resurrection and states He is the FIRST! Jesus is both first in time and first in preeminence. In the book of Revelation Christ is called the FIRSTBORN of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. (1:4) But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back. (1 Cor 15:23)

Leader, we must understand the biblical meaning of the word “HEART.” The Bible considers the heart to be the hub of human personality, producing the things we would ordinarily ascribe to the “mind.” Scripture informs us that grief (John 14:1); desires (Matthew 5:28); joy (Ephesians 5:19); understanding (Isaiah 6:10; Matthew 13:15); thoughts and reasoning (Genesis 6:5; Hebrews 4:12; Mark 2:8); and, most importantly, faith and belief (Hebrews 3:12; Romans 10:10; Mark 11:23) are all products of the heart. Also, Jesus tells us that the heart is a repository for good and evil and that what comes out of our mouth – good or bad – begins in the heart (Luke 6:43–45). The Lord of Creation put our eyes in the front of our head because we MOVE in the direction we are LOOKING, and we LOOK in the direction we are MOVING. What we desire, what we focus on daily becomes our treasure; where our HEART IS! For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt 6:21)

Conduit, unrepentant sin causes HEARTS to grow hard. Now we know that “if we confess our sins, [Jesus] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9). However, if we don’t confess our sins, they have a cumulative and desensitizing effect on the conscience, making it difficult to even distinguish right from wrong. Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared. (1 Tim 4:1–2) Scripture makes it clear that if we continue to engage in sin, there will come a time when God will give us over to our “debased mind” and let us have it our way. The apostle Paul writes about God’s wrath of abandonment in his letter to the Romans; For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, (Rom 1:21-22) Today, REPENT, change your MIND, OPEN your heart and allow JESUS to MEND your HEART! Then you can share with others: My HEART is FULL because HIS TOMB is EMPTY! And you can thank the GREAT PHYSICIAN by LIVING FOR HIM! Amen!

June 23. 2020

But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. – Galatians 1:15-17 ESV

Warrior;

The battle being waged, by BLM, is not about Black lives, it is not about equality for all, it is not about white vs black it is about VALIDATION and AFFIRMATION. We are in this battle of whose Lives Matter…. Black lives matter, Blue Lives matter, all lives Matter…don’t you hear it? The need for Validation, for Affirmation- and to know WE MATTER! Abraham Maslow created the Hierarchy of Needs in 1943. This theory is a classical depiction of human motivation, the needs of ALL human beings, no matter race, creed or language. The premise is that there is a hierarchy of five needs within each individual. These five needs are as follows: Physiological needs- the needs for basic amenities of life. Safety needs- including physical, environmental, and emotional safety and protection. Social needs- the need for love, affection, care, belongingness, and friendship. Esteem needs- two types: internal esteem needs (self- respect, confidence, competence, achievement, and freedom) and external esteem needs (recognition, power, status, attention, and admiration). Self-actualization needs- This includes the urge to become what you are capable of becoming / what you have the potential to become. Validation and Affirmation are the 3rd and 4th levels; Social and Esteem.

Leader. Paul- like every other human being, needed VALIDATION and AFFIRMATION. He wasn’t part of the original 12 apostles, He started out on the other side of the apostles; abusing, arresting, and accosting believers of THE WAY- until God had a WORD with Saul and it changed him forever and He became Paul and went to Arabia for three years to learn about and from Jesus Christ. If you read many of Paul’s letters he feels the need to defend his position and to defend His VALUE before the other apostles and believers. Generally, those to be considered for the awesome responsibility of an apostle had to have been personally called by Christ, taught by him directly for several years (as Paul would be), and seen him alive after his resurrection (Acts 1:17, 22, 25). Because Paul’s path was different from the other 11 and Judas He was in need of VALIDATION and AFFIRMATION like many of us. Affirmation is defined as saying positively; declare firmly; assert to be true; to make valid: confirm, uphold. Validation is defined as having legal efficacy or force especially executed with the proper legal authority and formalities; well-grounded or justifiable: being at once relevant and meaningful. This is what every human being NEEDS and HAS available through a loving, saving, graceful, merciful relationship with God the Son, Jesus the Christ!

Conduit, everything a HUMAN does is a search for validation. The question is not “if” a man\woman is seeking validation. The question is “where is he\she seeking validation from?” The 2 sources of validation; Our Heavenly Father, and\or our Earthly Father. MEN YOU MATTER! The problem is we mistaken affirmation for validation and go after it, thinking this is what we need- but it is empty apart from God. To validate something is to “give official sanction, confirmation, or approval to it.” What makes you feel like you have value and worth? We are designed to want validation, the feeling of significance. The problem is that we work to get validation from the world and the world system. We seek validation from people, work, friends, accomplishments, our marriage, or our family. They become the barometer of our feelings and worth. The treadmill of acceptance can wear us out. We don’t believe that we have value or significance in our world- so we constantly are seeking it from the world- doing worldly things. God’s love and acceptance is the key to value and significance. The journey of believing brings freedom and renewed energy. God validates us in HIS WORD, but we must READ it and BELIEVE IT: God made you in his image and delights in you- see Genesis 1:26-27, Zephaniah 3:17. God stubbornly loves you even when you are unlovable- Romans 5:8, John 3:16. God is for you not against you, has plans for you and prepared in advance for you- Romans 8:31, Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10….The only true Validation and Affirmation comes from God, and you find it in HIS WORD and it is espoused from HIS FOLLOWERS! Seek those things and you will see your VALUE and YOUR REASON WHY!