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“Have I not Commanded thee?”

Strength for the Walk

“Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,
Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them,to the children of Israel.”
Joshua 1:1~3

Joshua was about to embark on a sojourn that he wasn’t capable of accomplishing on his strength or understanding. If we were to stand in his place and here these same words spoken to us, our hearts would melt like wax. For we would know in our hearts that we couldn’t accomplish this task. Our Lord asks of us what we cannot accomplish, this is to get us outside of ourselves, our thinking or human strength. Grace is our only option, and for each day of our sojourn His grace is sufficient, this is a vital lesson for us to learn.

“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Joshua 1:3~5

Our Lord was speaking into Joshua’s spirit, he was hearing The Living Word, and from this he knew how to walk, how to see and how to hear, it was to trust in our Lord with his whole heart, and not to lean upon his understanding. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

“Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it the right hand or the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”  Joshua 1:6~8

Joshua had watched, listened and experienced the Lord moving in and through the Lords servant Moses. Now it was time, and new day for Joshua. Our Lord was very clear how Joshua was to walk, it was through Faith. Joshua heard The Word, and it also was in Faith that he drew the strength and wisdom to become a channel for our Lord to minister through.

This is exactly what our Lord is asking of us today, to learn form Joshua’s example and to remember this key point; “Then Peter opened mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts 10:34, 35. What our Lord accomplished in and through Joshua, he can accomplish in and through us, our response of course is to walk as Joshua walked, by Faith in our Lord. Not human faith, but Faith of, and into our Lord.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9

Our Lord came to fulfill the law, and to provide each of us the ability to walk in and through His strength. Today we must open our hearts for the walk into our Lord. Always moving, trusting, listening and opening our hearts to His Living Word. As we do we move higher, experience more of our Lords Life, and our hearts become stronger and stronger in His Faith.


“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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What Does it Take?

There is the Way

What made Caleb, and why is he mentioned in scripture? What does it take for us today to learn from his example, and to truly have a fruitful walk in our Lord? Was he special? Was the time or circumstances special? What does it take for us today?

We can read and see the favor he was given. Its vital for us today to seek understanding, to yearn for a deeper walk, to know our Lord, and to be known by Him.

There is a quality that set him apart, and it had nothing to do with him being special, or the circumstances, or the place in time. It has everything to do with the condition of his heart. Caleb exhibited a quality that is rare, there was a humble spirit, one that was teachable, responsive to the Lords voice. This is the key! This is the way to walk, and today this is fully available to each of us.

Its time we truly seek our Lord, to hear His voice, and to become the people He is looking for. Its safe to say that our current condition is lacking, and if we are honest, we will find that it falls squarely upon each of us to awaken from our slumber, and to open our hearts before our Lord. The preponderance of the evidence before us should be our wake up call.

 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Revelation 3:14~22

The key here is to have an ear that hears, this often is mistaken for reading the Bible, listening to a sermon, or reading a book someone has written about faith. Now each of these examples can be valid, if our ears are tuned to our Lord. If not, then they serve little lasting value. The key is the condition of our heart. We each have an internal battle to fight, our human nature is vile, deeply corrupt, and spiritually lazy. We must come to see that we do not see, and understand our hearing is not what it should be.

Our human nature is very religious, and leads us to think more highly of our walk that we should. We must come to our senses, and open our hearts before our Lord. Seek a fresh revelation of Him, and to grow in a much fuller and more fruitful walk in Him. Once again we must see that He is Faithful and True, and it falls upon us to partake of His nature. He sets the table, yet we must eat. A friend once stated “he feeds the birds of the air, but they must get out of the nest to find their food”.

What we need is to have a walk like Caleb;

But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.” Numbers 14:24

“Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.” Deuteronomy 1: 36

Of all that left Egypt, that saw our Lords hand deliver them from the bondage, feed them in the desert, and bring them to the Jordan, Caleb was different, not physically, but spiritually. There is a true lesson here for us today.

Caleb like the rest heard Moses, and saw the evidence of the Lords hand, yet his heart was supple, and he listened beyond his natural hearing, in Faith he trusted our Lord.

Today we must walk in the spirit of Caleb, regardless of the opposition before us, we must trust in our Lord with our whole hearts, entering His rest, and possessing the Land of Promise, the very Life and nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:” Deuteronomy 6:3~6

It is in the hearing of our hearts that His Faith is established.

“So then faith by hearing, and hearing by The Word of God.” Romans 10:17

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Jesus Christ

 

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For I the Lord, I change not;

Our Fathers will, is unfolding 


“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he,like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

And he shall sit a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”
Malachi 3:1~3

We are living in a very dynamic day; our hearts must be open to hearing the Word. His faith increases, as we hear the Word. May our hearts be strengthened in His faith. We must become what currently we are not, pure, holy, and channels for our Lord to move through. The day of mixture will not stand, we are coming into a new day, we have heard this Word before, yet it is vital to our walk to hear and keep hearing. The messenger mentioned in Malachi’s prophetic Word is here. The Living Word is accomplishing our Fathers will within the body.

“And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.” Leviticus 20:26

Our Lord is cleansing His temple, this is beyond what we have experienced thus far, He is making us truly a new creation, the day of mixture is to be replaced by a day of purity. This is so beyond our human reasoning, or comprehension. Our Lord will have His way with us. His grace is indeed a refining fire.

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

     Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” ~ Isaiah 43:18, 19

This new thing our Lord is doing is the establishment of a people that will be spiritual Judah. There are prophecies concerning this, that heretofore are unfulfilled, this is about to change.

As we see in Malachi, this refining fire produces what our Father is looking for, what He has always had in mind, a people that are truly His.

“Then shall the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, as in the former years” ~ Malachi 3:4

There are three prophecies that relate to the above verse, and our Lord is bringing them to fruition in this new day.

“Judah, thou whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

     Judah a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

    The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him the gathering of the people.

    Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

    His eyes red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.” Genesis 49:8~12

“… but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.” Hosea 11;12b

For evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.” Hebrews 7:14

Our Lord is bringing about a spiritual tribe, a people that are His in Spirit and Truth, this is all through His grace, and once again we see the meaning of Paul’s statement;
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of good pleasure.” ~ Philippians 2:13

“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5: 5~10

   

The Lion of the tribe of Judah is bringing about His perfect will.

“Behold, I come quickly: blessed he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:7

 

Blessing, as we open our hearts to the will of our Father, and seek to have His life overtake our nature.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Uncategorized

 

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Hear, O Israel:

To Hear His Voice

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Romans 10:17

Repetition of the Word is needed, we must seek and keep on seeking our Lord for anointed hearing, and hearts that are supple in His hands. This is all in His grace, as Paul stated:

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of good pleasure.” 

Philippians 2:13

 

Our hearts have been and to various degrees still are influenced by our fallen nature. Our hearing is dulled by our human condition, we must see that we don’t see, and hear that we don’t hear. We each have a tendency to think more highly of our selves than we ought. We must seek our Lord for His Word, and see ourselves as He sees us.

A word of caution, be prepared to be humbled.

“Blessed they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

Matthew 5:4.

 

This mourning is from knowing we all are afflicted with spiritual leprosy. We must know our disease before we can be healed.

“…But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Luke 5:30~32

There is within all of us the spirit of the scribes and Pharisees, thinking we know, and see, yet in truth we are blinded, and deaf.
The key is an open heart before our Lord, this is essential! Couple this with the deep desire to know Him, and to Love our Lord with our whole hearts. Placing everything on the table for His scrutiny, we must see the vital need we each have for the Living Word to circumcise our hearts. To become in Spirit and Truth, spiritual Israel.

“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

 Deuteronomy 6:3~5

 

 

“Blessed they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
Matthew 5:6

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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One Man

Sought and Found 

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30

 

The prophetic Word spoken by Ezekiel was, is and shall be found and fulfilled in Christ, the son man, and the Son of God. The ‘man’ that God is looking for is the many membered body of Christ.

Today the Man, is Christ in His disciples. His expression is found in those who live in and under His Lordship. Through Him the fulfillment of this verse is being carried out today, ones who in His grace are standing in the gap.

If we don’t speak the Living Word into this earth then the above verse is true.

Today as we hear His voice, we must proclaim the Kingdom within and outside of us, doing so through the zeal of our Lord, and the host of those who have gone before us.

“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.” Ezekiel 3:17

There is a Trumpet sounding forth today, it is found in those who express the Living Word, not from their flesh, but in and through the Spirit of Christ Jesus.

This Word is expressed to purge and to tear down, and to plant and to build (Jeremiah 1:10).

His Word is going forth today, to bring about His will. For His people to be the Israel He has always wanted. Today His voice is crying out in the wilderness, we must have our ears tuned to hear His voice, and hearts that willing to be His channels, expressing His Word in Spirit and Truth.

Today if we hear His voice, He is clearly saying:

“My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.” Jeremiah 51:45

The ‘her’ mentioned in the above text is the chaos and confusion of mans religious systems, and to come out of ‘her’. We are to worship our Lord in Spirit and Truth.

The call of our fathers, is our call today:

“And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
Matthew 3:2, 3

True repentance is seeing our nature is opposed to our Lord, and the vast need we each have for His nature to replace our corrupt nature. His divine nature becoming our very life, this is indeed the Goods News. From this we submit to our Lord, and enter His Kingdom.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
For whether we be beside ourselves, to God: or whether we be sober, for your cause.
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
And he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we no more.
Therefore if any man in Christ, a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech by us: we pray in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
For he hath made him sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:10~21

In His grace, we become a new creation, here now, today.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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Something New

Breakout to Enter In

There are many ways we can be hindered in our walk in our Lord, and one that is very common for all; complacency. It has been said; “familiarity breeds contempt”. We must place the greatest value upon our relationship in our Lord, and we must come to understand that His Word is more precious than gold or silver.

Today if you hear His voice, reach into Him, lay hold of our Lord. Ask seek and knock on His door. Express fervent desire to know Him, and to be known by Him.

 Be zealous for Him as He is jealous for you, meet His desire with zeal, allow your heart to be open, fully receptive to His Word.

 Our Lord wants to see in our hearts the burning desire that is essential for our walk in Him. We live in perilous times, with many distractions, chief among them are false teachings that have the appearance of being valid. Remember that a counterfeit is only dangerous if it looks like the real.

Seek the Lord for discernment, wisdom, and ever increasing understanding. Taking to heart the admonition of our brother Paul:

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13

We must see that our Lord is both our calling and our ability.  He provides us the ability, it must be put into action. It’s like a meal prepared for each of us, He knows exactly what you or I need for this day. He isn’t slack in His promise to provide, and He does. A meal is of no value unless it is consumed. This is our part, to spiritually stretch out our hands and receive the meal He has for us, and to eat of all He has provided.

 

“And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

 And they all with one began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.” Luke 14:15~24

 We are without excuse, our Lord is beckoning us to come and eat of His table, our response must be expressed with the same Spirit His invitation is given in.

In our hearts we must repent of our complacency, and seek from our Lord something new, His zeal. His example we find what He is looking for.

“And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.”
  John 2:17

 

With our spiritual hands we must reach out to our Lord, for the harvest is great, but the laborers are few.

 

“Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” Hebrews 12:12, 13

“Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.” Matthew 12:13

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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Faith

Faith is a supernatural gift

Faith is not a quality we posses naturally, or found in our human condition. Faith is the same as grace and Love. Faith comes from the heavens, and it can only be found as we seek the Lord with our whole hearts, leaning into His nature, His very being, His understanding.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Romans 10:17
 This hearing isn’t our natural hearing, it is the hearing the inaudible yet Living Word of God. It is hearing from His Spirit into our spirit. This is why it is stated “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”Psalm 46:10
 We must allow our Lord to quiet our hearts and allow our Lord to speak into us. This is how Faith is imparted, and how we lay hold of it, or appropriate His Word, which is how Faith is imparted.
 This Faith is the Faith of the Son of God, when we look at our linage Abraham, Rahab, Samuel, John, and others, the Faith they lived by is the same Faith we have available to us today, it is the Faith of Christ. We must see this in order to walk with our Father, for it is impossible to do so otherwise.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6

 Faith isn’t something we use when we are faced with a difficulty, or when we are at our wits end. Faith is like spiritual oxygen, it is required to live, move and have our being in our Lord. Faith is absolutely essential  for life in Christ.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
 Hebrews 11:1

 Today we must see beyond the earthly realm of existence, we must see that the turmoil in our world requires of us to see beyond what this world has to offer. We must hear our Lords voice, for He has the Way to all Truth and eternal Life. This is why our father Abraham is called “the father of Faith”

“For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
  Hebrews 11:10
 
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Posted by on August 8, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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