Fresh Fire – Fresh Problems!

Heavenly Vision and Glory, Earthly Problems!

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Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

“Holy Brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling” (Hebrews 3: 1).

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Seems people have not changed much over the centuries!

It has been said, that the very participants of the previous great move of God, become the greatest opponents of the current move, because they are sure God should do it like He did it last time.
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Yet, God loves to confound the wise, to keep us humble and intimate with Him.

Seems He places His hand upon some of the weakest and most foolish looking people, and opens heaven to them in their brokeness and humility, and reveals mysteries, keys to unlock the hearts of the current generation, yet, previous soldiers in the previous move, who through obedience and good works are now generals in God’s army, often oppose vehemently, that which God is determined to do.

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And so there is conflict in the kingdom.

The younger generation, firebrands with open heaven experiences, are often quenched by the old guard, and wonderful moves of the Spirit can be aborted, before they ever begin to bear great fruit for the kingdom.
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Yet, we need each other.

I love the African proverb:
‘When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground!”

We need the wisdom and seasoning of the mature, yet not at the expense of obedience and fire!

Heard a preacher say: “Sure we want the fire of God, but not wildfire!”
Another man replied: “Any fire is better than no fire, fire burns best on old dead wood!”

Yet, the Scripture says that things in public worship must be done ‘decently and in order!’

Things are in perfect order in a graveyard!

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People generally are not particularly spiritual, and when a heavenly office with all it’s glory hits the earth, like in the days of Jesus, people love to categorizee folks by their family, education, culture, vocation, or anything familiar to them.

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Yet, this was God the Son! The man Christ Jesus, having stepped into His heavenly office, mandate, and ministry, the miracle worker.

Yet, people did not recognize Him!

So, young firebrand with heavenly vision, is it any wonder that people don’t recognize you?

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Yet, do what Jesus did. Don’t fight with them, nor try to curry favor.

Simply do the will of the Father, and move on in your ministry. Maybe you will be of some use to them in later years….

I remember the initial days of what is now known as ‘The Toronto Blessing’ where people howled, jerked, moaned, and lay on the floor as Holy Spirit wrecked lives with his love. It was an awe inspiring thing.

Then came Pensecola, where REPENT was the word, God is Holy, come running for mercy!

Over the years, I have seen God move in missions, the Word of Faith camp as we all shouted, ran, and laughed in the glory, often drunk as skunks with holy laughter, with incredible miracles occurring.

Yet, that was then, and NOW faith is. His name is I AM!

In ‘Conspiracy of Kindness’, we see the dealings of God: When He wants to move, He lays His hand upon a MAN, and gives him a MESSAGE, a MESSAGE  of fire, and passion that moves the hearts and lives of a generation. From the MESSAGE, comes a MOVEMENT of men, materials, resources to facilitate that particular move of God. Yet, if the MOVEMENT develops METHODS that are not continually pruned by the Spirit of God, then the new wine continually coming out of heaven, finds old wines skins, and the adherants to the METHODS become legalists, actually quenching what they fought to build! While the MESSAGE of the gospel will never change, the METHODS constantly change, as the creative love of God breaths His love towards hurting people, and if we do not continually change with them, all we have is a MEMORIAL and a MONUMENT,  to what God did then, instead of what He IS doing NOW.

I want to be included in His movings NOW, in this generations, and it is my cry that He not pass me by, that I might be included in this fresh wind of heaven, this breath of God to our generation..

Let me always have a message that is a voice, not an echo!

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Let’s Pray:
Father God, speak to me today. Use me! Let me not bow to people but serve and obey You above them, seeking Your approval and acceptance, above theirs. Let not my fire nor vision be quenched by their lack of understanding, but may I move on and move out, into the fullness of all you created me to be and do in this, my generation.May the fire of Your passion and love, burn from me any hint of bitterness or offence!

Light me on fire with your love and passion Jesus, that people might come and watch me burn, Amen’

The Money Test…

The Money Test…

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James 4:4 You adulterers![a] Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

I have heard people say (I’ve done it), that if God would give me an extra $50 I would surely give Him an offering into His kingdom, to some ministry project.

Then, supernaturally, God does that. Gives exactly that $50, and the test has begun.

$50 can take the family our to eat! Why, it can get you into a movie theater for the night to see the latest movie!

THIS IS A TEST!

If you have really made Jesus your personal Lord, keep Your word to Him, and give the offering you promised.

The question is: Who is your Lord? Jesus? or that $50 burning a hole in your pocket?

Like the US currency reads: ‘In God we trust’

Are you actually trusting God, or your money?

Money makes a wonderful servant, but a lousy Lord…People who serve it, do horrible things…

He will bless and multiply it in ways you cannot see right now.

If you fail it, and go through another round of financial hardship, please remember this word…He wants to bless you financially, but you must do it His way, by honoring the tithe, and keeping your word to Him.

Lincoln on The Money Power

This works on the national level all too well – https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/what-spirit-do-you-serve-with-your-money/

Let’s pray:
‘Father, give me the courage to trust you with my money. Help me to keep my word to you, and give financially what I said I would. You have given us richly all things to enjoy, and I trust You are well able to supply good food, good entertainment, and wonderful things for my family, as I obey you in my tithes and offerings. I ask this, knowing I am heard, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus.’

Your Choices Make Your Life!

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2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Ezekial 18:19 “‘What?’ you ask. ‘Doesn’t the child pay for the parent’s sins?’ No! For if the child does what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live. 20 The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness. 21 But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die.

I have seen people come out of homes that were drug centers, crack houses, and parents that are still living the lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Yet, they have chosen to live for Jesus, and do right. Fighting to be honest, loving, clean from the way they were raised.

This is the glory of the gospel. Even if someone was immoral, having sex with anything that moved, they become a born-again virgin in him, cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus!

Even if parents were addicts, alcoholics, criminals, liars, and thieves, a child can choose Jesus, life, and a life of blessing, purpose, joy, purity, and peace!

There is no sickness, disease, addiction, or criminal behavior that can be passed down generationally now, to anyone that wants a better way of life. These things are the result of the curse, but God speaks here: The sins, sicknesses and failures of the parents, will NOT be laid upon the children who choose right!

It is written: Galatians 3:13
Now Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law’s condemnation, by himself becoming a curse for us when he was crucified. For the scripture is plain: ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.

We can freely choose to live honestly, righteously, in purpose and passion before His throne, and our families, our homes, our children can be blessed of heaven, with a bright and glorious future!

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Jesus is a good shepherd, and if you decide to seek Him first, and let Him lead you out of the messes life has dealt you, you will discover Him to be all powerful, faithful, and a God of miracles.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (PHILLIPS)

God still governs human experience

13 No temptation has come your way that is too hard for flesh and blood to bear. But God can be trusted not to allow you to suffer any temptation beyond your powers of endurance. He will see to it that every temptation has a way out, so that it will never be impossible for you to bear it.

Jesus is the way, and the Waymaker!

waymakerLet’s pray:
‘Father, I choose to do right. I refuse to be limited by my past, or the bad choices of my ancestors. I am your child, royalty, and I will fight for purity and righteousness in my life, and this generation. I choose Jesus rule and Lordship in every area of my life, now! Amen’

The Responsibility of Discipleship

The Responsibility of Discipleship

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Some time ago, I attended the leadership portion of Word Explosion here at Victory in Tulsa, OK.

A pastor that I had never heard of, who reported pastors a church of 15,000+ somewhere in the Eastern United States brought a word about the seasons of God in the church, and he was very articulate and relevant, in bringing out the various things Holy Spirit was accenting, decade by decade here in churches  in the United States.

From the Healing movement, to the Charismatic renewal, to teaching and the Word of Faith, to leadership, etc.

Then he made a couple of statements that confirmed things that Holy Spirit is screaming to me.

He explained that the day of a person simply accepting Jesus, receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and attending church, is not enough in this upcoming season of God, but that what must occur is discipleship.

He went on to say, that to the average pastor, you would look for someone saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, attending regular worship services, attending a small group, and then serving somewhere in the ministry as good indicators of what a disciple should look like, and I agree these are good indicators, but here is where he and I take a different path to the same objective.

I believe a true disciple of Jesus, is a person that is fully led of the Holy Spirit, all day, every day.

Historically, there has been grave excesses in what is called ‘the discipleship, or Shepherding movement’

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherding_Movement

Yet, what about true discipleship?

Jesus said: Matthew 28:19

Go out and make disciples in all the nations.

YOUR Great Commission - Embracing YOUR Destiny!

I think back on my own discipleship experience with my pastor, where, for a period of 5-7 years, he had me read every book in his library, develop a strong devotional life and Bible reading plan, and had me serve in every area of the church for 3-6months.

Was that the end of my spiritual growth?

Was I fully prepared for ministry by this process?

No, but it was a great foundation.

And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
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So let’s dig into this concept of discipleship a bit:

Let’s begin by looking at the definition of a disciple:

Full Definition of DISCIPLE

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:  one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: as

a :  one of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ’s followers according to the Gospel accounts

b :  a convinced adherent of a school or individual

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capitalized :  a member of the Disciples of Christ founded in the United States in 1809 that holds the Bible alone to be the rule of faith and practice, usually baptizes by immersion, and has a congregational polity

 

For the sake of simplicity, I call a disciple ‘a disciplined one’.

For example, when I swam on the college varsity swim team, I was expected to make 7 swim practices a week, and we usually did 2 weight work-outs on top of this. In order to stay on the team, I had to be a full time student and maintain a ‘C’ average academically.

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What this meant, was that literally every minute of my week, seven days/week was scheduled, so that we could survive not only the training schedule, but the weekends spent on buses travelling to inter-varsity swim meets all over the province.

I was a disciple of competitive swimming and robotics engineering, listening carefully to my Olympic coach on how to make all this possible.

Obviously I survived and completed three varsity seasons, and completed my BSc in robotics, by being a disciplined one…

I was a disciple of robotics and swimming. No Jesus anywhere though.

Yet, we are called to follow Jesus…

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/your-great-commission-embracing-your-destiny/

So what does a disciple of Jesus look like in today’s world?

Here are some thoughts:

  1. Aggressively following Jesus, having established a morning prayer watch, deliberately seeking Him first thing, every day.
  2. Walking in the Word in deliberate Bible reading, confession, memorization, study, and meditation.
  3. Consistently demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit, with signs, wonders and miracles flowing in everyday life, in spirit-led days. Flowing in God all day, every day, not merely on Sundays, or in devotional times. Walking with Holy Spirit, one day at a time, fully submitted to Jesus Lordship.
  4. Consistently exhibiting the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our character, carefully watching over our words, that they be faith-filled, representing Jesus well, as an ambassador should.
  5. Consistently witnessing and sharing the gospel.(Here is a way to do this on-line:https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/the-gospel-the-power-of-god/)
  6. Consistently growing their families in the call of God, through their example, love, consecration, and recognition and fulfillment of their responsibility in their role in the home
  7. Consistently attending church, and seeking to serve and build it, growing in faithfulness and responsibility.  https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/why-go-to-church/
  8. Living a lifestyle of worship, singing, praying in the spirit, with an attitude of humility and gratefulness, demonstrating the acts of compassion the gospel commands: helping the poor, feeding the hungry, visiting the prisoner, the sick, clothing the naked, empowering the fatherless..
  9. Consistently seeking to grow in their gift and calling, spiritually, academically, and physically.
  10.  Consistently seeking to grow others in their gifts and callings, empowering, equipping, and encouraging them to hear and fully obey God in all things.
  11.    Consistently giving and growing financially, learning how best to keep money under the Lordship of Jesus as a good steward.
  12.    Deliberately seeking and pursuing our personal mandate, vocation, and assignment, individually, growing in responsibility levels, on purpose.

Jesus had 12 disciples.

These are simply 12 guidelines I seek to live by.

Yet, as I have meditated upon the concept of discipleship, I discover questions that have difficult answers.

I remember many years ago, an organization called Promise Keepers, encouraged us to find a Paul, and Barnabas, and a Timothy in our lives. The ‘Paul’ being a spiritual leader we could look to for leadership, mentorship, and instruction. The ‘Barnabas’ being a ‘son of encouragement’, another brother in the Lord we could look to for encouragement in the day to day battles of life, and the ‘Timothy’ being one we could pour life and wisdom into, one we were deliberately discipling.

This is a good start surely.

As we grow in our Christian walk, we surely need a pastor who can gently help us learn the basics of this Christian life and character development.

Through our growth process, God will bring the other 4 ministry offices to add strength and structure to the formation of Christ in us, the hope of glory.

Yet, as I have walked with God these years I see many of these ministers see the kingdom of God only through their particular ministry gift, and for humor I write:

The pastor:

GO TO CHURCH! Is it not written: Ps 122: I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

Hebrews 10:25

not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Planted in the house of the Lord, They will flourish in the courts of our God

They are right! We all need to be part of a local church, https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/why-go-to-church/

The apostle:

Then we have the apostle, often called the missionary today, whose favorite verse might be

Romans 15:20

And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation

Kind like the old Star Trek television series, ‘To Go Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before”

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1 Corinthians 4:9

For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.

Since the greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all, the true apostles I have met over the years are often gentle, suffering, humble servants of Jesus, who almost glow when they walk, carrying great spiritual authority and power….

We call them missionaries….

The Prophet:

Then there are prophets:

Wild creatures!

Dreams, Visions, revelations, ‘This is the Way Walk Ye in It!’ people.

A couple of verses from the office of the prophet, you often hear, when they show up:

Numbers 11:29

Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”

Acts 2:17

‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams

1 Corinthians 14:1

[ Prophecy and Tongues ] Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy

It has been my experience that true prophets stir up controversy by what they say, apostles by what they do

Evangelists:

Repent, and get saved!

If you are not winning souls, I question your salvation!

These are the great soul winners, those called to train and equip believers for the work of winning the lost.

Biblically, they usually demonstrate great miracles to draw the crowds to the gospel.

Acts 8:6

And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did

A perfect modern day example of a firely evangelist is Rhinhart Bonnke, or now Danial King.

The Teacher:

Then there are the teachers

2 Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon  precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

There have been great studies in the life of Jesus, showing how He is the ultimate apostle, pastor, prophet, evangelist and teacher, but what is the purpose of all of these gifts?

Here is a passage of Scripture I continually come back to:

Eph 4But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says:

“When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”[b]

(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first[c] descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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So we are given men and women of God, from God, to grow us in the things of God, that we can be delivered from the trickery of men, that we can take our place in the Body of Christ, our particular spot, gift, place and calling, that the whole Body of Christ might grow as we edify each other in love.

Been thinking about some what a disciple might look like in 2015, and I see questions, not full answers before me.

Since Jesus only ministered on the earth to His 12 disciples for 3-1/2 years before appointing them leaders in His kingdom in the earth, as His representatives, can we as leaders raise up people to send, in a similar three and a half year time period?

Yes, He promised that we would perform greater works than His, yet He lived with His disciples 24/7 for His entire earthly ministry.

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How many of us are willing to embrace twelve people, and lovingly live with, teach, train, equip, and work with for 3-1/2 years until they are raised up in their particular ministries?

As I thought about the church structures in place across the earth, I see churches that place pastoral staff on salaries, but then how are the other four ministry gifts supposed to ethically receive financial support?

Do they simply attend a strong local church, and then perform their particular ministries outside of it’s four walls?

Evangelists raising up evangelistic centers that receive donations from the Body of Christ to finance their living support, and to host the crusades and conferences that train and equip us in the work of evangelism.

Prophets, who host conferences, and produce books and teaching materials to train and equip us in the prophetic…

Missionaries who solicit support to GO and perform missionary assignments, and to raise their families on the missions field.

Teachers, who receive salaries for teaching in the various educational institutes where they are called.

Somehow all this must flow through the local church, and how I have seen cat fights over money!

Should never be. All of us should tithe where the Lord directs, and I honestly believe if the Holy Spirit is fully in charge of the finances of His people, there will be no lack in God’s work being fully supported…

I was speaking about this today with Richard Lyons, who pastors the church we are helping pioneer.

I asked him: ‘Richard, here, in 2015, what does a true disciple of Jesus look like?’

He replied:

John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

John 13:35

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

So we see the fruit of a true disciple of Jesus, is true love exhibited in the earth, unconditional love shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit!

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If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

[ Disciples’ Relation to Each Other ] “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

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Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

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This I command you, that you love one another
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and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears muchfruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

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My Father is glorified by this, that you bear muchfruit, and so prove to be My disciples

So, as we deliberately seek to receive the love of Jesus, we find ourselves thrust out into this war-torn, sin-sick, broken world, with one great weapon, His love beating in our hearts.

This is the mark of a true disciple, loving people, with no strings attached, simply because He first loved us.

Love Loud Today Leader!

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All the evangelism, miracles, works of the ministry mean nothing without love…and love never fails!

Neither will you or I, as we deliberately love…

1 Timothy 1:5

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

Come on disciple, let’s pray:

Father, I come to You today, knowing my needs! I need Your love, Your direction, Your strength and power to serve You in this, my generation. Flow through me to love loud today, those You have placed in my path today. I ask this, knowing I am loved and heard, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus! AMEN!

September Newsletter – AOMMinistries

September Newsletter – AOMMinistries

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Family comes before Ministry.

It has been said: ‘You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family’

As most of you know, Karen’s mom fell last week, and due to her age, osteoporosis  and a bad liver, broke her back, and was unable to get up. Her liver has only been operating at 5%, and she has transitioned from hospital, to hospice where she has been in and out of consciousness.

So, we got a call to come immediately.

And two of you responded to this urgent need, and we jumped in the jeep, and viola, three days later, we were at mom’s bedside for a heart to heart. Karen’s sister bravely packed up mom’s two babies, a couple of huge St. Bernard’s, and dad, who is legally blind, and managed to get bring them to her bedside.

Such a precious sight to see mom holding dad’s hand. The love between them strong still, after 61 years of marriage…Wish I had taken a picture, but some things are too precious for camera’s…

Yet, what was given, paid our fuel, a couple meals, and two nights hotel to get us here.

Now, God needs to get us back to Tulsa. Honestly do not want to go yet, with mom in such precarious health, but there is very little we can do at this point. Karen is the youngest of 7 children, and the older siblings are making the decisions.

Frustrating to have so much to give, yet no way to express it…

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In any case, there is work to be done. The daily disciplines of prayer, reading, writing, serving, speaking where the Lord opens doors…

The children are doing Epic again, and it is dangerous to allow them to fall behind in their studies.

The month of August, I have been working with a group on the design of a 24 hour praise and worship facility. As soon as we get through the non-disclosure phase, and it becomes public I will show you some of the incredibly neat things that are happening.

If you are able to help us financially this month, we would sure appreciate it, yet all we ask is that you pray and obey, whatever He asks you to do:

John 10:27 (NIV)

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

For prayer, comments, or to donate online:

Email: chris.aomministries@gmail.com

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Give in faith!

1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?

1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.

Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.

I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…

As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.

Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.

I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….

I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.

Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:

Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies

It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!

Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!

Love plays no favorites….

Love Plays no favorites…

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Romans 5: (AKJV)

and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

The foundation of everything in the Christian faith is the love of God. It is a spirit-led existence, never designed to be walked out in our own strength, it is the Holy Spirit in us, shed abroad in our hearts, that shows the love and grace of God to this fallen world.

faith works by love

Our faith only works by love, and as we shared yesterday in service, one of the fruits of the love of God, can be immediately shown, in the way we treat people. Whether rich or poor, clean or dirty, we must not be a respecter of persons, we must love…

Absolutely impossible in our own strength!

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Read with me a couple Scriptures if you would:

Acts 10:34

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

1 Peter 2:17 [

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Proverbs 24:23

These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

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Proverbs 28:21

To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

James 2:1

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

God is no respecter of persons, nor should we be. We cannot be one way when we are with our wealthy, intellecully success friends, and then act another with the poor, the broken, the street person, the homosexual, the muslim, the pervert…

He loves people, and as long as they have breath in their body, is doing the mission of Jesus, to seek and save the lost….

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So should we be!

Yet, fear raises it’s ugly head: ‘How can I share Jesus with an openly gay man that is hitting on me?’ ‘How can I even speak to muslims? Are they all trying to take over the world?’

Not that any others of you have asked yourself these questions….

So last night, my pastor friend and I led the openly, and flaboyently homo-sexual waiter at Denny’s to Jesus, then sat with him, as he poured out his heart, his struggles, and his brutal trauma with us while we ate supper. Not judging, not condemning, simply listening, encouraging, and praying with Him…”

Thought about the Muslim families sitting next to us at Panera bread during our business meeting on Saturday, and dreamed about how to bridge the huge relational gap, to reach out to them…not sure yet how I will do it, but I will love them, and share Jesus love with them, somehow…

No respecter of persons….

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This is the love of God working and maturing in our hearts…

Jesus loves people, not just church people, but all the people He created, and His desire and wish is that none should perish.

You know, I have watched certain ministries, that really miss this idea. They have their ‘clique’ of people they run with and network with, but unless you are ‘one of them’ or in their circles, you are shunned, distained, or openly spoken evil about.

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In my life, this has been brutal emotionally, yet awesome in the way it has forced me to see, to understand, to love, and to carefully decide to build my life, family, ministry not on who I know, but rather upon the Word of God, and faith in Jesus.

This love walk is the most important thing we can ever learn, for it is love that never fails…

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Let’s Pray:

‘Father, please forgive us for knowingly, or unknowingly being a respecter of persons in either our judgements or in our treatment of others. Lord Jesus, fill us afresh with Your love! Holy Spirit, be stirred up in our hearts, and love the people around us, through us. Amen!’

We must believe – and OVERCOME!

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1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

God gives us grace to overcome. This grace comes when we believe!

1 John 5:4

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith

Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

There will be tests and trials in this world, yet we are more than conquerors, called to overcome them all!

Jesus promised we would have troubles and tribulation, yet He is with us and in us to overcome!

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world
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1 Cor 10:13 AMP
For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently

Revelation 2:26

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

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No Test, No Testimony! We are created to overcome!

Victory, is for those that overcome, in faith!

Matthew 11:12

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, you see what I am going through, and the troubles and trials I face today. Give me overcoming grace, deliverance, and wisdom to know how to overcome every one of them in Jesus! I believe, now Lord Jesus, my way, make a way, where there seems to be no way, today! Amen’

What Does God call a man? Pastor Sunday Adelaja

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WHO DOES GOD CALL A MAN?
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.

“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.” Isaiah 59:14-16

A careful examination of this scripture, would reveal to us something quite alarming. Out of all the millions of people in the world, at the time when prophet Isaiah penned down these words, God himself confessed not to have identified a man. In verse 16a of that scripture, it says “He saw that there was no man…”

What? Did he say there was no man? Out of all the people in the whole wide world? No man? Relating this scripture to our time today, that is like saying, of the over seven billion people alive today, God comes around and complains, He can’t find a man. What a paradox that would seem to us. Alas! As I write these words however, I could hear the burden and the cry in the heart of God Almighty, that the same need persists today. EVEN GOD HAS A NEED.

Can God be frustrated about anything? Well, if this is not frustration I am seeing here, then I don’t know what it is. Could it be that even to this same present time, the maker of heaven and earth is frustrated that he can’t find enough men to take care of business on the earth?

What frustrated God so bad to make him scream that he can’t find a man? A return to that passage would give us a glimpse.

“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.” Isaiah 59:14-16

God is frustrated by the following factors. Whenever these factors are present in any given society, God is angry, frustrated, irritated and grieved. His frustration is mainly directed at men. Men who he had charged with the mandate to manage the earth for him. Men who are now so much preoccupied with their own day to day survival. Men that have neglected his instructions and injunction, to rule and reign on earth, on behalf of God. This cannot but frustrate even God himself.

“To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Below I will enumerate the factors that causes grievances in the heart of the master:

1. Whenever justice to ordinary men, widows. Orphans, poor, disadvantaged and the general mass is delayed or denied, that leads to God’s frustration. At a time like that, God laments, WHERE IS A MAN?

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.” ― Che Guevara

Justice is the foundation of any society. When that falls nothing else stands. Men of honor, men of God in a healthy society, stand in defense of justice. Men who know God and his heart, would not hide behind their pulpit when justice is been ridiculed in their society. Men after the heart of God, become the moral conscience, the guidance and custodians of justice, not simply in the security of the four walls of their church. No! They extend that wall to the wider society.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. The next thing that frustrates the heart of God, is lack of judgment: when judgment turns backwards instead of going forward, when there is no advancement in righteous judgment, it grieves the heart of God. Judgment does not necessarily relate to the judiciary system.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Judgment refers to a sound mind. When there is no sound mind in a society, people in that society don’t think straight. They are perverted in their thoughts. They are compromised in their judgment. Their thinking and their decisions, don’t always follow the natural flow of logic, because the society and the culture of the land has polluted the minds of ordinary people.

One of the dictionary meanings of judgment is the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions. This only happens in a society where the value systems have been compromised. When that happens, God is frustrated.

“For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero.

3. The next thing that grieves the heart of the lord is when truth is ridiculed: When God doesn’t see men who stand in defense of the truth. When men allow other people to ridicule, laugh and jeer at the truth, that cannot but bring sorrow to the heart of God.

“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
– I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
– I shall fear only God.
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The state of Israel at the state of Isaiah’s writing is that truth was not only ridiculed, truth had fallen in the streets. Meaning, truth had become like a football, that is kicked and tossed around by passersby. That grieves God’s heart.

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,

4. The next thing that breaks the heart of God and makes him to cry out of frustration for his men and their whereabouts is when equity has been squeezed out of the public square.

What is equity? It is the quality of citizens of a given society to relate to each other in fairness and impartiality. When fairness disappears from the public discuss of any nation, when partiality replaces impartiality, God begins to look for men – His men.

“There is a difference between what is wrong and what is evil. Evil is committed when clarity is taken away from what is clearly wrong, allowing wrong to be seen as less wrong, excusable, right, or an obligatory commandment of the Lord God Almighty .Evil is bad sold as good, wrong sold as right, injustice sold as justice. Like the coat of a virus, a thin veil of right can disguise enormous wrong and confer an ability to infect others.” ― John Hartung

In those societies where there are worthy men and women of God, not necessarily preachers or religious men, but men that know the ways of God, they stand up against the collapse of equity in their land. Those who are men in God’s eyes would live and die for the promotion of equity, fairness and impartiality.

When a society begins to lack such men, that is the kind of thing that brings sorrow to the heart of our King.

5. In any society where it is dangerous not to practice evil like others, it means, men after God’s heart have disappeared from the land. At the time of Isaiah’s writing, things had gotten so bad that according to him “ he that departs from evil makes himself a prey” it was so unpopular to stand for what is right that people will not just mock and ridicule those who strive to live right, they would actually go to the extent of taking advantage of them, punish them, prosecute them and make a prey of them

“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. … A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

My dear readers, is your society getting to that place? Can you hear the clarion call from heaven, telling you to arise and be the man God is looking for?

6. At the height of God’s disillusionment though, is the fact that “… He saw that there was no man” how come there are millions of people in a country, billions of people in the world and God says there is no man?

Friends, are you a man according to Gods definition? Have you ever placed yourself under God’s microscopic eyes? Have you examined yourself according to his standards of judgment? Does he call you a man? Is he satisfied with you or could it be that God looks at you and fails to see a man, only a bunch of flesh, Full of self, and missing out on the purpose for his or her creation? What does God see, think and feel when he looks at you? “… He saw that there was no man”

Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever thought about what could be God’s heartbeat? What gets him excited? What frustrates him? Today we are examining one of the major points of frustrations to God. Often, we tend to think that God doesn’t struggle with mundane things like frustrations and anger. But here he comes out plain to us, that one of his major points of frustrations is WHEN THERE IS NO MAN.

When men and women who God has created to make a difference in the world, abandon the mandate for their lives and instead begin to pursue all nonentities of life, God cannot but be frustrated. Each and every one of us was created to carry out justice, judgment, truth and equity on the earth. It could be in different spheres of life, in various professions or in diverse gifting. But the mandate is clear, his nature must be reflected on the earth. If he is a God of justice, people must see his justice on earth. If he is a God of sound judgment, that sound mind must be revealed in people who identify themselves with him on daily basis. If God is truth, that truth must reign supreme on the earth even as he reigns over the universe. If fairness, impartiality, equity, are his essence, that should become dominant in any society.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ― Robert F. Kennedy

If these things are not ruling and reigning in a community, it means he is not there. It doesn’t matter that we claim to belong to him, it doesn’t actually matter what we claim, if it is not been reflected, if his nature is not been manifested, let’s face it friends, He is not there. If we claim to know Him, let’s reveal Him. If we say we are his servants, let’s carry Him.

“As long as there is one person suffering an injustice; as long as one person is forced to bear an unnecessary sorrow; as long as one person is subject to an undeserved pain, the worship of a God is a demoralizing humiliation.
As long as there is one mistake in the universe; as long as one wrong is permitted to exist; as long as there is hatred and antagonism among mankind, the existence of a God is a moral impossibility.
Ingersoll said: ‘Injustice upon earth renders the justice of heaven impossible.” ― Joseph Lewis,

I think it should begin to become easier to understand God’s frustration at man “… and he saw that there was no man” I can only imagine how frustrating that could be. After spending all of his resources to create all of us, not just one or two people, but in millions and billions and yet, not to find anyone stand tall when you most need him. Yea, you can’t say there is a man when there is no man.

Is any one of us reading this, asking himself the question, how he could get himself back to the heartbeat of God? Is anyone asking what he or she could do, to begin to carry the concerns of God? Is anyone seeking to please the master again? Can I hear anyone crying out saying, tell me what to do. What can I do? I must see a change in myself and in my community.

Are you now taking a decision, making plans, strategizing, to begin to proclaim and establish justice in your world? Can you see the pictures before you on how to intervene on behalf of the oppressed? Are you thinking of what to do to the disenfranchised of your society? Do you notice the abused of your society? Can you see the afflicted that are crying for that justice every day? What of those who are been maltreated on daily basis, do you think they need that justice? Did you see any of those who are downtrodden, would that justice help them? Anyone oppressed and suppressed around you, can you serve them justice?

Ladies and gentlemen, lack of sound mind and judgment – the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions, is a matter of frustration and disillusionment to God. If God is saying he doesn’t have men to pursue and establish these, are you not thinking that He is referring to you? Is it not clear now that he is not just addressing the preachers? Can’t you hear his voice that he is obviously talking to you to do something about it?

Can you start a movement in your land that will encourage men and women to begin to think, to begin to make sound judgment and informed decisions? Will you bring illumination to your people? Will you facilitate understanding amidst those whom you live with? The earth is crying for people who make sound judgment and informed decisions.

If God is so concerned about the state of truth in any society, I think that should begin to concern us as well. When was the last time your heart was troubled that truth is been ridiculed where you live? Are you sure you are not one of those who simply close their eyes and turn in the other direction just to avoid experiencing the horrible truth of our world?

Every one of us can do something about the truth. You can at least stand for the truth wherever you are. You can refuse to compromise the truth. Of course you can tell the truth. Truth could be proclaimed. Truth could be defended. Truth could be protected. There are so many responses to the truth that would please the heart of our master. Heaven awaits only your decision.

When God speaks about equity, that choice of word, makes us understand that God is not referring to the leaders of the land or the elite this time around. He is actually talking about how ordinary citizens of the land relate to each other in fairness and impartiality. What do you think about your area? Is it a common thing for ordinary citizens to relate to each other in fairness and impartiality? Can you do anything about it? Of course you can.

What about starting an NGO? What about launching a campaign? What about joining a pressure group? What about teaching this in schools, colleges, tertiary institutions? I want to believe that you are hearing the voice of conscience right now, calling you to arise and become the man God is looking for.

When God says he doesn’t see a man, I think the logical question would be to ask, what then does he see?

In my thinking, I believe the word that best describes what God sees in the absence of a man, is a bunch of flesh – biological masses. There is a word that might best fit the description of what God sees when he looks at the earth, the word is BIOMASS or BIOMASSES.

Biomasses are a biological reality that cannot be denied as existing, but even though they exist physically, yet they have not attained the height of Homo sapiens. Humans could be termed as biomasses when they don’t fully put into use their human qualifications. Men and women that don’t bother to think. Men and women that don’t bother to notice things that are out of order. People who are indifferent about the happenings around them. Men and women that don’t respond with solution to the challenges of the era. All of these people are united by one common name BIOMASSES.

Even God does not call every human a man. There are some who have not managed to attain the height of those who God refers to as men. They might be giving birth, eating and drinking, having fun, but yet, when they don’t live for what they were created for, they remain biomasses.

It is not enough to have a body to be qualified as a man. Animals too have bodies and we don’t call them man for some reasons – they don’t qualify. So such is man, such is human, who might not be qualified because he has not attained the height where he sees realities as God wants him to see it. Animals give birth to children, so that alone is not an argument strong enough to make a human a man. Otherwise goats, dogs and pigs could beat us to the game, because they could do in one go what will take man years to accomplish. A woman can only give birth to a number of kids at a time, in a year, while some animals could give birth to as many as tens of breeds in a year.

Ladies and gentlemen, I therefore submit to you that what qualifies a person to be called a man according to God, is the ability of the individual to live by the right standard and values that heaven values. Standards like, justice, judgment, truth and equity.

Our daily endeavors and activities should be about or around these value systems. They reflect love. They reflect care. They reflect kindness. They are qualities of heaven.

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public” ― Cornel West

God is calling upon us today, especially those of us who have been privileged to come across this article, to arise and rebel against lawlessness in our societies. Silence and indifference would not take you anywhere at the end of the day. It is only people who show upright positions in standing for the truth that win at last. When we become quiet at the collapsed value system in our nation, iniquity and injustice would eventually overrun that nation if action is not taken promptly.

Justice suffers when men refuse to stand firm for what is right. If we don’t fight lawlessness, it prevails. If we don’t establish the truth in our nations, truth becomes foreign in the country. God says there is no man when there is nobody who stands for the truth.

I hope my modest effort in unveiling this truth, will contribute to you my dear readers, to becoming a better man in the eyes of God!

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.

Should Marijuana be legalized?

12 Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power

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I was speaking with an obviously bright young man yesterday, who was advocating for the legalization of marijuana.

Reminds me of teenagers who refuse to understand that living in my house, there are curfews, and rules that will be obeyed if they want to continue to live there.

This issue before God, is not: ‘Can we smoke pot?” (The answer is obviously yes)

Rather, is it helpful, and more importantly :Why do want to smoke it?”

Clearly, there are some short and long term side effects to marijuana use, they we have probably not thought through:http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/marijuana/short-and-long-term-effects.html

This scientist is convinced of the harmful effects, after 20 years of study:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2783111/The-terrible-truth-cannabis-Expert-s-devastating-20-year-study-finally-demolishes-claims-smoking-pot-harmless.html

If we claim to love Jesus, and have accepted His Lordship over our lives, the issue is not whether we can still do sin, rather, in light of who He is, and what He has done, and the high level of honor He has granted to us as royal citizens and children of His kingdom, that we would still lower ourselves to alcohol, marijuana, and recreational pharmaceuticals, seeking from the Creation, that which should only legitimately come from our Creator.

I want to serve Him with my WHOLE Body, Soul, Mind and Spirit, not merely handing back to him, damaged goods after I have destroyed my body and mind through drug use. He is love, and will take us wherever we are at, and begin the process of healing, redemption and recreation in us, but like the old proverb goes, “It is easier to raise a healthy child, than repair a damaged adult’. There are clearly harmful side effects from marijuana use, Jesus came to give us life, not death and destruction – Live and become all you are created to be.

If you want to learn more about what the Word of God says about this, please read these articles I wrote:

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/freedom-from-addictions/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/in-him-we-live-and-move-and-have-our-being/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/seeing-ourselves-as-god-sees-us/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/youre-who-affects-your-do-until-we-are-through/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/governed-inside/

CS Lewis

So, legalization of marijuana is not the real issue, but rather why anyone would want to smoke it…lowering ourselves to mere carnal humanity, with a plant ruling over a man, instead of ruling and reigning in Christ, with a man ruling over a plant.

For the record, I am against it, simply because my experience in running an alcohol/drug treatment has proven that marijuana is clearly a gateway drug, to a life of addictions. I have seen young people use marijuana to avoid reality, and watched as a helpless spectator, as they spent years of their lives getting high, instead of growing, learning, and becoming the people of honor and excellence they were created to be. Presently, a user generally purchases pot and hash, from the same person who sells crack, coke, meth, ecstasy, and harder substances.

Even if it were legalized, the motive for smoking it, is not holy, godly…

I love people, and believe in them. Tobacco and alcohol are legal. Yet where do we find local liquor stores? Usually right next to low income housing or government housing projects. People who are broken, use it to avoid reality, when the truth is, there need to be ministries, and educational opportunities to help people break the cycle of defeat, and to honestly get into a better brighter future.

1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

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Like tobacco and alcohol, these substances destroy lives. Ever notice that there is always a liquor store near a low-income housing subdivision. It’s like the owners of these establishments prey upon the brokenness of humanity, encouraging them to get drunk, rather than to get up, and make something of their lives. It is another dream stealing, soul sucking trap to devour peoples lives, and I love people, and believe in them. I hate things that destroy them. Marijuana smoke is 20x more toxic than cigarette smoke. THC stays in ones system for 30 days, not just a day or two like alcohol, and there are clear documented reports showing the mental damage pot smoking produces.

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/how-does-marijuana-use-affect-your-brain-body

Let’s Pray:

“Father God, reveal Your love, high and holy calling upon our lives to us. Show us our great worth, and teach our hearts to receive Your presence and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, that meets our true hunger within, not looking to artificial substances, in our search for what only You can give. We ask this, knowing we are heard and answered, for we ask in Your name Lord Jesus.

If you like this article, and want to read more: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/the-blog-approaching-1000/

Pure Lives Deliver People – Lay Hands Upon The Sick

Job 22:30

He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.

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Mark 16:18   they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

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Numbers 16:48

And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

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 Here, in these Scriptures, we see divine healing.

In the case of Aaron, standing with his censer between the living and the dead, I see an allegory of how we, as Christians walking with the living power of God, can stop plagues, sickness, judgements and evil in the earth.

In Job 22, I see the responsibility we bear, to live pure, blameless, holy lives, so that we can lay hands upon the sick, and see them recover. In this verse, innocent people, possibly ignorant of what is required for them to be delivered from their problems, can be delivered through the purity of your hands.

In Mark 16, Jesus give the great commission, and commands us to lay hands upon the sick, and see them healed.

The way I see this, living pure, holy obedient lives will produce the ear of God, and His power to help hurting humanity in the earth.

Simple?

Let’s pray:

‘Father, help me to hear and obey you today. Purify my heart and motive, to do right before you, that my pure hands and lifestyle might be used to heal the sick, and deliver your people.