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Visions of Glory…Walking out Your Heavenly Vision

Visions of Glory
heavenly vision
Acts 10:19 ¶ While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

Ever had an authentic vision from God, that you didn’t understand, or that was clearly beyond your personal current ability to accomplish?
impossible man
I am in the midst of that personally, presently. I have a vision from heaven for my life, that involves many nations, peoples, and ministries, that is clearly revolutionary, and will bring wonderful grace, power, and blessing to the earth, in this, my generation.

Daily, as I seek the Lord, and think on this vision, Holy Spirit speaks!
prophecy speaks through prophets
When He speaks, He often speaks very specifically, directly, and far outside of my comfort zone, but always in terms of something I am able to do, immediately.

Could you imagine crying out to God, for His power revealed in your life, that He might use you in His gifts and miracles, and then Him speaking: ‘Go, spit on the ground, make some mud, and put it in that blind man’s eyes’. Yeah, right…
'Visions of Glory
Acts 10:19 ¶  While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
Ever had an authentic vision from God, that you didn’t understand, or that was clearly beyond your personal current ability to accomplish?
I am in the midst of that personally, presently. I have a vision from heaven for my life, that involves many nations, peoples, and ministries, that is clearly revolutionary, and will bring wonderful grace, power, and blessing to the earth, in this, my generation. Daily, as I seek the Lord, and think on this vision, Holy Spirit speaks!
When He speaks, He often speaks very specifically, directly, and far outside of my comfort zone, but always in terms of something I am able to do, immediately. 
Could you imagine crying out to God, for His power revealed in your life, that He might use you in His gifts and miracles, and then Him speaking: ‘Go, spit on the ground, make some mud, and put it in that blind man’s eyes’. Yeah, right…
Yet, Jesus operated as a man under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, under the direction of the perfect voice of the Father, and we read:
Joh 9:6  When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
Or . how about this one: ‘spit in the mans face, and he will be healed!’ How would you handle this word from Holy Spirit?
 Mr 8:23  And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought
I heard a minister testify of how God had used him to raise over 200 people from the dead.
Some of the things God asked him to do, in terms of fasting and prayer, were very extreme, (Like a 9 month fast where he ate 3 days/week, and fasted four).
A more traditional Christian said to him, ‘You are out of your mind!’
His reply makes me smile to this day: ‘No I’m not, I’m just out of yours, I’m over in the mind of Christ”
So, have you ever taken an extended time in prayer and fasting to hear exactly why God created you, and His vision and plan for your life? 
If you have have authentically heard the specific voice of God for your life, written down what He said, you may have a fresh understanding of the little plaque the Oral Roberts used to have on his desk that read: ‘Make no little plans here!”
God usually speaks something so above and beyond what we are able to ask or think, that sets us upon a path or direction that will require daily, specific faith filled courageous directions, that lead us from faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory.
It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. "Jimmy, it's time to go to bed. Go up now and I'll come and settle you later." Unlike usual, Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his window at the moonlit scenery. "What are you doing, Jimmy?" "I'm looking at the moon, Mommy." "Well, it's time to go to bed now." As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, "Mommy, you know one day I'm going to walk on the moon." Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon's surface, just one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so? 
Bill Hybels, Who You Are When No One's Looking, IVP, 1987, p. 35.

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, show me again your glory, and the purpose for which you created me. I believe that my steps are ordered of you, and that you will speak to me specifically regarding the particular acts of obedience you require for me to get there. I seek you Lord Jesus, and believe I receive the hearing of your voice, for you have promised you will speak to me today, Amen’'

Yet, Jesus operated as a man under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, under the direction of the perfect voice of the Father, and we read:

Joh 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

Or . how about this one: ‘spit in the mans face, and he will be healed!’ How would you handle this word from Holy Spirit?

Mr 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought

I heard a minister testify of how God had used him to raise over 200 people from the dead.

Some of the things God asked him to do, in terms of fasting and prayer, were very extreme, (Like a 9 month fast where he ate 3 days/week, and fasted four).

A more traditional Christian said to him, ‘You are out of your mind!’

His reply makes me smile to this day: ‘No I’m not, I’m just out of yours, I’m over in the mind of Christ”

So, have you ever taken an extended time in prayer and fasting to hear exactly why God created you, and His vision and plan for your life?

If you have have authentically heard the specific voice of God for your life, written down what He said, you may have a fresh understanding of the little plaque the Oral Roberts used to have on his desk that read: ‘Make no little plans here!”
ORU
God usually speaks something so above and beyond what we are able to ask or think, that sets us upon a path or direction that will require daily, specific faith filled courageous directions, that lead us from faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory.

It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. “Jimmy, it’s time to go to bed. Go up now and I’ll come and settle you later.” Unlike usual, Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his window at the moonlit scenery. “What are you doing, Jimmy?” “I’m looking at the moon, Mommy.” “Well, it’s time to go to bed now.” As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, “Mommy, you know one day I’m going to walk on the moon.” Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon’s surface, just one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so?
Bill Hybels, Who You Are When No One’s Looking, IVP, 1987, p. 35.

 moon walk

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, show me again your glory, and the purpose for which you created me. I believe that my steps are ordered of you, and that you will speak to me specifically regarding the particular acts of obedience you require for me to get there. I seek you Lord Jesus, and believe I receive the hearing of your voice, for you have promised you will speak to me today, Amen’
'Visions of Glory
Acts 10:19 ¶  While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
Ever had an authentic vision from God, that you didn’t understand, or that was clearly beyond your personal current ability to accomplish?
I am in the midst of that personally, presently. I have a vision from heaven for my life, that involves many nations, peoples, and ministries, that is clearly revolutionary, and will bring wonderful grace, power, and blessing to the earth, in this, my generation. Daily, as I seek the Lord, and think on this vision, Holy Spirit speaks!
When He speaks, He often speaks very specifically, directly, and far outside of my comfort zone, but always in terms of something I am able to do, immediately. 
Could you imagine crying out to God, for His power revealed in your life, that He might use you in His gifts and miracles, and then Him speaking: ‘Go, spit on the ground, make some mud, and put it in that blind man’s eyes’. Yeah, right…
Yet, Jesus operated as a man under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, under the direction of the perfect voice of the Father, and we read:
Joh 9:6  When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
Or . how about this one: ‘spit in the mans face, and he will be healed!’ How would you handle this word from Holy Spirit?
 Mr 8:23  And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought
I heard a minister testify of how God had used him to raise over 200 people from the dead.
Some of the things God asked him to do, in terms of fasting and prayer, were very extreme, (Like a 9 month fast where he ate 3 days/week, and fasted four).
A more traditional Christian said to him, ‘You are out of your mind!’
His reply makes me smile to this day: ‘No I’m not, I’m just out of yours, I’m over in the mind of Christ”
So, have you ever taken an extended time in prayer and fasting to hear exactly why God created you, and His vision and plan for your life? 
If you have have authentically heard the specific voice of God for your life, written down what He said, you may have a fresh understanding of the little plaque the Oral Roberts used to have on his desk that read: ‘Make no little plans here!”
God usually speaks something so above and beyond what we are able to ask or think, that sets us upon a path or direction that will require daily, specific faith filled courageous directions, that lead us from faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory.
It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. "Jimmy, it's time to go to bed. Go up now and I'll come and settle you later." Unlike usual, Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his window at the moonlit scenery. "What are you doing, Jimmy?" "I'm looking at the moon, Mommy." "Well, it's time to go to bed now." As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, "Mommy, you know one day I'm going to walk on the moon." Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon's surface, just one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so? 
Bill Hybels, Who You Are When No One's Looking, IVP, 1987, p. 35.

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, show me again your glory, and the purpose for which you created me. I believe that my steps are ordered of you, and that you will speak to me specifically regarding the particular acts of obedience you require for me to get there. I seek you Lord Jesus, and believe I receive the hearing of your voice, for you have promised you will speak to me today, Amen’'

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I Have Third Day Faith!

On the third day…

Chris Karen Walsh's photo.

Ex 19:16 On the morning of the third day, thunder roared and lightning flashed, and a dense cloud came down on the mountain.

God seems to like 3rd days!

Jesus came out of the tomb, on the third day!

I choose to release my faith, NOW, that in three days, that is Saturday, our time: I will see God do great things – life from the dead things, thunder roaring and lightening flashing things, where God comes down upon the mountain of my devotion, and meets with me, face to face.

Let’s Pray:

Father, do it again. God of power, might, Creator of Heaven and Earth, meet with me, deliver me, provide for me, again.  In Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen!

Chris Karen Walsh's photo.
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Write God Off?

Write God Off?

'Write God Off?
Ps 14:1 ¶  «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Lu 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
The strength of self will.
People have been given the greatest gift God can give, the ability to choose. Complete and sovreign free will, to decide what they want to do with their lives. 
In light of eternity, there are really only two choices we ever make, each day.
Will we handle the day God’s way, come what may, or will we deal with it our way.
We can choose to allow the pressures and pains of life, to continually drive us to the feet of Jesus, finding strength and courage to know what to do, and then ability to do it.
Is 60:15 ¶  Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
We can live victoriously in this life, and receive eternal glory, or we can live for ourselves, and our own selfish agenda, and even if we happen to stumble upon Jesus, and make heaven by His mercy and grace, we arrive there poor, destitute, naked, and ashamed.
Not me!
I will love victoriously, live by faith, and walk obediently to Jesus both in this life, and the next. He is all I need, and His love, grace, strength, power, and wisdom consistantly find me at my point of need, making me an answer and blessing to the problems of this sin sick, broken world.
It is a serious thing…to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these over-whelming possibilities…that we conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” C. S. Lewis
Let’s Pray:
‘Father, make my life count for eternity. Use me for your glory, and allow me to serve you, with all I am, never compromising, shrinking back, nor shirking responsibility before your throne, by your grace, and in your mercy I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’'
Ps 14:1 ¶ «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

'Write God Off?
Ps 14:1 ¶  «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Lu 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
The strength of self will.
People have been given the greatest gift God can give, the ability to choose. Complete and sovreign free will, to decide what they want to do with their lives. 
In light of eternity, there are really only two choices we ever make, each day.
Will we handle the day God’s way, come what may, or will we deal with it our way.
We can choose to allow the pressures and pains of life, to continually drive us to the feet of Jesus, finding strength and courage to know what to do, and then ability to do it.
Is 60:15 ¶  Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
We can live victoriously in this life, and receive eternal glory, or we can live for ourselves, and our own selfish agenda, and even if we happen to stumble upon Jesus, and make heaven by His mercy and grace, we arrive there poor, destitute, naked, and ashamed.
Not me!
I will love victoriously, live by faith, and walk obediently to Jesus both in this life, and the next. He is all I need, and His love, grace, strength, power, and wisdom consistantly find me at my point of need, making me an answer and blessing to the problems of this sin sick, broken world.
It is a serious thing…to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these over-whelming possibilities…that we conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” C. S. Lewis
Let’s Pray:
‘Father, make my life count for eternity. Use me for your glory, and allow me to serve you, with all I am, never compromising, shrinking back, nor shirking responsibility before your throne, by your grace, and in your mercy I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’'
Lu 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

gospel rose
The strength of self will.


People have been given the greatest gift God can give, the ability to choose.

Complete and sovereign free will, to decide what they want to do with their lives.


In light of eternity, there are really only two choices we ever make, each day.


Will we handle the day God’s way, come what may, or will we deal with it our way.

One Way
We can choose to allow the pressures and pains of life, to continually drive us to the feet of Jesus, finding strength and courage to know what to do, and then ability to do it.


Is 60:15 ¶ Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.


2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

reward
We can live victoriously in this life, and receive eternal glory, or we can live for ourselves, and our own selfish agenda, and even if we happen to stumble upon Jesus, and make heaven by His mercy and grace, we arrive there poor, destitute, naked, and ashamed.


Not me!


I will love victoriously, live by faith, and walk obediently to Jesus both in this life, and the next. He is all I need, and His love, grace, strength, power, and wisdom consistently find me at my point of need, making me an answer and blessing to the problems of this sin sick, broken world.

victory1
It is a serious thing…to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these over-whelming possibilities…that we conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” C. S. Lewis


Let’s Pray:
‘Father, make my life count for eternity. Use me for your glory, and allow me to serve you, with all I am, never compromising, shrinking back, nor shirking responsibility before your throne, by your grace, and in your mercy I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

'Write God Off?
Ps 14:1 ¶  «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Lu 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
The strength of self will.
People have been given the greatest gift God can give, the ability to choose. Complete and sovreign free will, to decide what they want to do with their lives. 
In light of eternity, there are really only two choices we ever make, each day.
Will we handle the day God’s way, come what may, or will we deal with it our way.
We can choose to allow the pressures and pains of life, to continually drive us to the feet of Jesus, finding strength and courage to know what to do, and then ability to do it.
Is 60:15 ¶  Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
We can live victoriously in this life, and receive eternal glory, or we can live for ourselves, and our own selfish agenda, and even if we happen to stumble upon Jesus, and make heaven by His mercy and grace, we arrive there poor, destitute, naked, and ashamed.
Not me!
I will love victoriously, live by faith, and walk obediently to Jesus both in this life, and the next. He is all I need, and His love, grace, strength, power, and wisdom consistantly find me at my point of need, making me an answer and blessing to the problems of this sin sick, broken world.
It is a serious thing…to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these over-whelming possibilities…that we conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” C. S. Lewis
Let’s Pray:
‘Father, make my life count for eternity. Use me for your glory, and allow me to serve you, with all I am, never compromising, shrinking back, nor shirking responsibility before your throne, by your grace, and in your mercy I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’'

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By Them is thy servant warned…

consequences
Ps 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

People make choices in life, that have brutal consequences. All I know to do, after praying fervently, is to love them, and let the chips fall where they may. There are always consequences to clear violations of the Word of God…

I heard a minister say: ‘Every person in life is either and encouragement, or an illustration of what not do. We can learn from all people, as long as we gauge our lives by the Scripture.’

truth past

If we are alert, we can see these consequences in the lives of others, and avoid the pain similar decisions would cause us…

In the meantime, we are called to love people, and trust Jesus to do miracles. He delights to forgive, show mercy, and restore broken people and lives.
mess miracle

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, open our eyes to the consequences of our decisions. Help us to see clearly, in the lives of others, Your Word working, either in deliverance, or in judgement upon their sin. Cause us to desire, pursue, and walk in purity and holiness, and to run from evil. For those around us, who are clearly in violation of your Word, help us to be the answer, not the critic in their lives. Give us authentic love for them, and help us to be quick to restore them, after then have repented. I ask this, knowing I am heard, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus, AMEN’

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The Anointing

Flow in the Holy Spirit

'Flow in the Holy Spirit
Acts 5: 32  And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
You have the anointing of God flowing through you when God's heart touches another person's heart through your heart. The anointing of God is the Holy Spirit. He flows as a river of love, from the throne of grace, through the hearts of believers, bringing life to all that receive His touch.
http://www.seekgod.org/message/anointing.html
Let’s Pray:
‘Father help me to flow in you today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’'

Acts 5: 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

You have the anointing of God flowing through you when God’s heart touches another person’s heart through your heart. The anointing of God is the Holy Spirit. He flows as a river of love, from the throne of grace, through the hearts of believers, bringing life to all that receive His touch.

I mainly created this blog, because of this well laid out teaching I read on the topic of the anointing:http://www.seekgod.org/message/anointing.html

Let’s Pray:
‘Father send Holy Spirit afresh and anew today. Precious Holy Spirit, anoint me, and help me to flow in you today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

'Flow in the Holy Spirit
Acts 5: 32  And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
You have the anointing of God flowing through you when God's heart touches another person's heart through your heart. The anointing of God is the Holy Spirit. He flows as a river of love, from the throne of grace, through the hearts of believers, bringing life to all that receive His touch.
http://www.seekgod.org/message/anointing.html
Let’s Pray:
‘Father help me to flow in you today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’'
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Hunger for the Power of God

The Power of God!
holy ground
Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

I have been in meetings where Jesus appeared, in His glory, and everyone present found themselves on the floor in the light of His glory.
I know these people that recorded this event, this really happened.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OxNVmxYfmA

I hunger for these times again, drunken Holy Spirit joy, rivers of tears, people shaken to their very core unable to speak, or stand before Him. Do it again Lord!

Father, I hunger for revival, your presence, your river, your glory. Please shake our services, shake us, reveal again, your glory, that this nation might be turned again, back from destruction, do it I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

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Negotiations – Not Every Offering is acceptable

Negotiations
acceptable
2 Kings 5:26 Is it a time to receive money?

I remember this verse well, but to begin, let’s look at the account of Abraham looking for a burial place for his beloved wife, Sarah.

Gen 23: 4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.
5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,
6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.
7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.
10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,
11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.
12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.
13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.
14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.
16 ¶ And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
acceptable offering

Notice the heart of Abraham here. He could have simply received this grave site cave as a gift, but his heart fully belonged to God, full of honor.

He knew that in the long run, not paying full price for this burial plot would have caused strife between him and Ephron, and there is no honor in strife. How? Think about it for a minute: the people in the community would say: Abraham is really wealthy, yet he took some of our land to bury his wife. He could have paid for it, but he took advantage of ‘uncle’ Ephron’s kindness…You know how all that can go…

Reminds me of the heart of Elisha after Naaman was healed of leprosy, yet he did not receive an offering from him.

Let’s look at the account here:

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2 Kings 5:15 ¶ And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?

As we study church history, we have seen great abuses of spiritual authority in this area.

The great healing evangelists who would see the power of God open a number of deaf ears, or raise cripples miraculously from deathbeds or wheelchairs, only to announce:

‘Now let’s honor God by taking up an offering!’
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As if one can buy the miraculous power of God!

Matthew 10:8

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Not every offering is acceptable before God, and though folks may offer us money, gifts, great deals, not every offering is acceptable before God.

I remember how the Lord dealt with me along these lines while I attended Bible school at Rhema back in the 90’s.
I had prayed for some new suits, and while at a revival meeting, a man approached me and told me that God told him to give me three new suits that he had just purchased. We went to his house after the meeting, and they were beautiful suits, and exactly my size! I went home praising God, thanking Him for this blessing, but had a gentle nudge down in my heart, that something wasn’t quite right. Wasn’t sure quite what yet.

Next morning, in devotions, the Lord showed me the motives of this man’s heart that had given me the suits, and they were not right before him.

Mt 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

The man was extremly bitter against Rhema, and was in gross rebellion towards God Himself. I prayed about what to do, and the Lord told me to return the suits that very minute to the man, so I jumped in my car, drove across town, and left them on the doorknob of his house with a note on them. Never saw the man again, but God ignited my heart with joy, and I knew that I had done the right thing.

The heart of any true minister of God, is to receive offerings, in faith, just like Jesus received the little boys lunch: When people give to us, we should have not merely gratefulness that OUR needs are being met, but more importantly, that they honored God in their giving, so that we could, with the faith of Abraham, believe God would multiply their gift exponentially so that THEIR needs are met.

This is the heart of the apostle Paul in the famous verses, often misquoted at offering time that he wrote in his letter to the Phillippians:

4:16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Paul saw, before the throne of God, how God Himself was honoring the offerings of the Phillipian church, and ‘fruit was being added to their account’ so that he could state clearly that God would become personally involved in their finances, and would supply all of their needs according TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY by Christ Jesus!

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Hope this helps someone today, trying to walk in their calling, and to keep their heart right before the Lord.

Let’s pray:
“Father God, I come before you right now, trusting you, and You alone fully for my provision. Show me where to give, and where to receive, and give me strength of heart, to never be bought, nor compromise our vital, living relationship. In your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

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