ALWAYS TRIUMPHANT

IN CHRIST, ALWAYS TRIUMPHANT
2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us triumphantly as captives in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

Our triumph lies in our captivity to Christ. Christ-Captives are doing His will, day by day, moment by moment. His purposes are becoming our purposes; we are moving from what we want, to what He wants; we are walking more and more in step and in tune with Him. The I, Me, and My of our identity, wants, and possessions are being invaded by Him. We are learning to submit all to Him, not by compulsion but through personal intimate relationship. We are looking at Him and not at the world. The carnal is overcome by the Spirit in our beings, our walk, our talk. . And thus the fragrance of Christ more fully invades our lives and transcends our lives to enrich the atmosphere, the environment and the people around us, so that others may pause and wonder, (whether we are having a good time or trying time), ‘what is that cleansing and pure fragrance that I sense in this place or in this conversation? It could only be Christ!’

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Heart Not Mind

Let’s keep walking our faith as children of God.

Proverbs 4:4 He also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.

Holy Spirit wisdom says: Let your Heart RETAIN my words. The heart and not the mind. The heart is that deepest place of soul where it connects with spirit. That location is the destination of the doubled edged sword of the Spirit— the word of God. That is where faith and change is produced leading to the bearing of the fruit of the Spirit. And out of that same place are the issues of life. We are talking a depth of penetration of the Word achieved by meditation and submission so that the word becomes implanted or engrafted to the end that it is able to save holistically— also known as sozo!.

Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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Healing of the Heart: Focus On Double-Mindedness

Matthew 6:22 (KJV) The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

It may be that the greatest affliction of the human soul is double-mindedness. Do I believe the word of God about a situation, or do I believe my reasoning/ or circumstances? Do I practice what the Lord has said (and seek to please Him only), or do I seek to please myself or others? Do I make a particular church my church family, or do I circulate among a few churches without commitment? Do I really believe the Word of God, or do I hold other philosophies equally? Do I fully pursue Christ or not?

Concerning Faith and Prayer, James says:

[James 1: 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.]

The fact is that we can begin the journey of faith from a double-minded state, but focusing on the word by prayer and meditation moves us to a place of single focus. Expect to gain that single focus. Keep walking out your victory.

Again James writes:
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[James 4: 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you; Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.]

The solution to wiping out double-mindedness is purification of the heart. It takes identifying double-mindedness where it exists and repenting of it. Then ask for Holy Spirit help to heal the heart to gain that single focus of commitment. And the resources of heaven will bring strength and focus to the people of God. Faith is the victory and faith has focus.

Dear Lord, help me to uncover my areas of double-mindedness, and repent of them. Heal my heart where my trust has wavered because of disappointment. Let me press into your word and may the life of your word strengthen my focus and my faith, through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

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A Favourable Season

After the flood of Noah’s days, the Lord renewed world with blessings. He also promised never again to destroy the world by water. And He gave the rainbow as a sign of that covenant, that even when it rains it will cease. Therefore we have the promise of seasons: Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

Seasons are established that we may always have hope. Seasons are established so that we have a sense of when and how to take action. Seasons are established so that we may plan and prepare ahead of time for our next moves..

May the Lord grant you wisdom for this season. May you step up and step forward in your relationship with Him. Everything depends on our abiding in Him, and His word abiding in us. Then we will bear the fruit of His blessing and our obedience.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.”

Step into your new day! Be blessed in Jesus’ name!

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Let’s Go Deeper

Let’s go deeper. Let’s get devoted to the Lord. Let’s desire to match our footsteps to His. It begins with the press of the will past the superficial things that surround us. Let’s get beyond the desires for the bumpy easy- come- easy- go joys of this life; let’s get beyond the ‘I want to do it my way’ sensibilities of today’s world, and the Holy Spirit will draw us in closer and bind us to His loving will. I believe if we ask for the one thing with all sincerity, everything else will follow: What is that ONE thing? David said it like this:

Psalm 27:4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

Jesus said it like this:

Matthew 631 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Finally let’s hear the call to leave the shallows and embrace the deep by answering the call to His love. Have you heard the roar of his waterfalls calling?

Psalm 42:7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and waves have rolled over me. 8 The LORD decrees His loving devotion by day; and at night His song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.

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Life-giving

John 6:63 (NKJV)
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

There we have it: Life abundant as promised by Jesus in John 10:10 flows from the Spirit; i.e the Holy Spirit. If abundant life flows from the Holy Spirit, its point of entry in us is our Holy Spirit sealed spirit— the spirit of man inside you. This is how God awakened our spirits at the new birth, by investing our spirits with Holy Spirit. (Paul describes this as “being sealed” by the Holy Spirit.”) And we continue on to be baptized in Holy Spirit, and from the well of spirit inside us, Holy Spirit will flood our souls with Love, Faith, Hope and Joy, which I believe is our Peace. Our physical flesh or corpus can receive of the overflow as strength and healing. In John 6:63, JESUS speaks of His life giving word. Every scripture in the Bible, we are told, was Holy Spirit inspired. 2 Peter 1:21 “For no prophecy was ever brought about through human initiative, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” And so this precious WORD contains within itself (each nugget) life-giving Spirit. Just like every carrot, every spinach leaf contains within itself nutrients to feed the physical flesh, the Word contains Spirit to feed the soul. Just as one must eat their veggies by chewing, digesting and absorbing to gain life-giving nutrients, so one must hear the word (by reading or listening), study it, meditate on it, pray it to gain life-giving Spirit to live by. Thus by two different entry points we can receive life, through the activity of the Word and the activity of praying in the Spirit. The two are designed to function together for the best results. One does not replace the other. Praying in the Spirit releases the word of prophecy directly through our spirits in words, vision or dreams, which must then inform and align the soul (Acts 2: 16-18). Word acts directly on the soul, releasing life-giving spirit which aligns the soul to the renewed spirit of man and ultimately to the Holy Spirit. The Bible gives the principle of “two witnesses” for the establishment of truth. If we want God to establish His truths in our lives, we must seek the double witness of Word and Spirit synergy. Be blessed in Christ. You are the recipients of abundant life!

Acts 2:16 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says,
‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams;
18 Even on My bondslaves, both men and women,
I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit
And they shall prophesy.

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Carry On In Hope

Carry On In Hope, Manifest the Kingdom

Whatever the frustration might be, it is impregnated with hope. The frustration the creation experiences— the frustration you might be facing right now— is none-the-less impregnated with hope. Hope will not die. It remains with Love and Faith throughout time and eternity. Even now, Hope will become Faith as you believe God’s promise, speak it and act in obedience upon His truth. Hope will become substance and manifest in this natural realm. Peter had said to Jesus, “We have (fished) worked all night and caught nothing.” That is FRUSTRATION. But then he (Peter) continued, “But at Your word, I will let down the nets.”  Hope is every word from the Lord. And in one moment Peter went from no fish to too much fish as he acted on the word. The Kingdom became manifest in the fishing industry in one moment. The Kingdom manifests not by striving in the flesh but by maintaining perseverance in hope and acting in faith upon the word of the Lord. The creation is subjected to frustration, that is why we all feel it in our various situations. But God has infused and impregnated the same creation with Hope because of His great love. And hope is more powerful than frustration. It helps us to carry on until the time is right to manifest the Kingdom. All creation awaits our manifestations as sons of God, walking in our liberty and in the victory Christ won for us. Keep hope alive. Fan it into flame. Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [f]corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

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