Fan Into Flame

The Jews began to persecute Jesus because he kept healing people on the day of worship.

Jesus replied to them, “My Father is working right now, and so am I.”

John 5:16‭-‬17 GW

John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone forcing demons out of a person by using the power and authority of your name. We tried to stop him because he was not one of us.”

Jesus said, “Don’t stop him! No one who works a miracle in my name can turn around and speak evil of me. Whoever isn’t against us is for us. I can guarantee this truth: Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.”

Mark 9:38‭-‬41 GW

Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee on his way to Jerusalem. As he went into a village, ten men with a skin disease met him. They stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus, Teacher, have mercy on us!”

When he saw them, he told them, “Show yourselves to the priests.”

As they went, they were made clean. When one of them saw that he was healed, he turned back and praised God in a loud voice. He quickly bowed at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. (The man was a Samaritan.)

Jesus asked, “Weren’t ten men made clean? Where are the other nine? Only this foreigner came back to praise God.”

Jesus told the man, “Get up, and go home! Your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:11‭-‬19 GW

God is our healer.

Jesus gives us the opportunity to heal people by using the power and authority of His name.

We can cast demons out of people in the same manner.

All it takes is faith, willingness, and the breath to speak His Word.

God’s word cannot return to Him void.

We have the Spirit of Truth living inside of us.

Anything that we ask for in His name, He will give us.

And before you get all materialistic and selfish and start asking for stuff, remember that we’re here to accomplish God’s will, not our own.

Pray for one another so that you may be healed.

God is a loving community.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Humans are made in the image and likeness of God.

We have a body, soul and spirit.

Similarly, God has a physical body.

His Name is Jesus.

God has a mind, will and emotions.

We call that Our Heavenly Father.

God has a spirit.

The Holy Spirit.

Jesus and the Father are One.

That means they have the same essence.

Jesus only said and did what the Father told Him to say and do.

Similarly, we are to be one with Christ.

We should only say and do what God’s Holy Spirit moves us to say and do.

If we act in the flesh instead of the Spirit, we are sinning.

We are falling short of the glory of God.

It’s God living in us that gives us the power to overcome our carnal nature.

Trying to obey all of God’s commandments in our own strength is called religion.

And religion leads to death.

God desires to have continuous fellowship and communion with us.

When we sin, when we do something contrary to God’s divine nature, we sever that relationship.

That’s where we need to repent and return to following God.

We’re all born into sin.

We’re all born not knowing Jesus.

There’s nothing more important in this life or the next than knowing Jesus.

That doesn’t mean knowing about Jesus or knowing all about Scripture.

Those things are helpful, but they won’t save your soul.

Only knowing Jesus will save you.

We’re talking knowing in the Biblical sense.

To be one and the same.

To have the same essence.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

It’s a difficult road to walk, but it’s the only path to eternal life.

Those who endure until the end will be saved.

Christianity is about cultivating your relationship with God.

How do you do that?

You talk to God.

And then you listen.

You spend time with God.

The more you do it, the easier it becomes.

Do you have troubles?

Then pray.

Are you rejoicing?

Then sing and praise God.

Do you want to be healed?

Then praise and worship God in spite of your circumstances.

Revival won’t come by sitting in a church meeting.

Revival comes when we get off our butts and go carry the Gospel to where it’s needed.

God didn’t save you so that you can sit around basking in your eternal security while waiting for death so as to be freed from this world of sin.

No.

He saved you so that you can go and do what He commanded us to do.

Spread the Good News.

Heal the sick.

Cast out demons.

Win souls.

Make disciples.

The Church has been asleep at the switch for too long.

We need to evangelize the Church again to wake the believers up to their true identity and purpose and set them on fire for God.

Then, they will go out into the world and reach the lost.

Jesus came to seek out and save the lost.

He didn’t come to go to temple and worry about His retirement plan.

We already have the promise of eternal life.

To live is Christ and to die is gain.

May the Lord God give you strength and courage.

May His Presence fill you and surround you.

May His words always be on your tongue.

May His Love always be in your heart.

And may your actions always cause people to praise the mighty Name of Jesus.

To God be the glory forever and ever.

Amen.

Go set your world on fire for Jesus!

And may you be continually molded and made more and more into His likeness and image.

Go be a Christian for Christ’s sake!

Amen.

You make your angels winds and your servants flames of fire.

Psalms 104:4 GW

Live For Today

This is the day the Lord has made. Let’s rejoice and be glad today!

Psalms 118:24 GW

“This is how you should pray:

Our Father in heaven, let your name be kept holy.

Let your kingdom come.

Let your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

Give us our daily bread today.

Forgive us as we forgive others.

Don’t allow us to be tempted.

Instead, rescue us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:9‭-‬13 GW

Today the Lord your God is commanding you to obey these laws and rules. You must faithfully obey them with all your heart and with all your soul.

Today you have declared that the Lord is your God and that you will follow his directions, obey his laws, commands, and rules, and listen to him.

Today the Lord has declared that you are his people, his own special possession, as he told you. But you must be sure to obey his commands.

Then he will place you high above all the other nations he has made. He will give you praise, fame, and honor, and you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.

Deuteronomy 26:16‭-‬19 GW

What is today?

Today is another day that the Lord has provided for us to do His will.

Yet, what do most people do?

Anything but God’s will.

They are slaves to sin.

Anything not done in faith is sin.

Our rebellious hearts seek to satisfy our own fleshly desires instead of seeking to please our Father in Heaven.

I see a problem in the Church.

Men want to be leaders.

Women want to be leaders.

We are supposed to be followers.

We are supposed to be sheep.

We are supposed to be disciples of Jesus Christ, the head of the Church.

Who leads your local church?

If it’s not the Holy Spirit, your church is out of order.

The humans that God ordains to help shepherd the flock need to be Christians who walk uprightly before the Lord.

They need to be people of integrity, fully submitted to God.

Otherwise, they will lead you astray into their own sinful ways.

Misery loves company.

Watch out for people that like to be in charge.

They have a controlling spirit.

The spirit of witchcraft.

They lack self-control.

If you want to be anything in this world, you must first master yourself.

This world is temporary.

It’s a proving ground for the substance of your soul.

Don’t be concerned about worldly things.

Be concerned about what has your Father’s approval.

Don’t serve to be seen.

Serve with purity of heart.

God is pouring out His Spirit in greater measure in these end times.

There’s so many areas in which to serve.

There’s so many opportunities to make a positive impact on this world.

How does one choose what to focus on?

Ask God.

After all, we’re not here to follow our whimsy, we’re here to follow God.

God is cleaning up His Church.

Evildoers are being exposed.

It’s time to repent and return to God.

He is Our Lord.

He’s in charge.

He’s not just our Savior.

He is our King.

There’s a very good reason for the separation of Church and State.

The Church is eternal.

The State is temporary.

The Church is a steward of the mysteries of God.

The State is a steward of earthly things.

Trust God.

He loves you.

His guidance always works to your advantage.

Your flesh won’t like it.

But your spirit will rejoice.

Lean not on your own understanding.

But in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your path smooth.

Sit and be still before the Lord.

Seek Him with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength.

He will reveal Himself to you.

You were created to be like Him.

Be like Jesus.

Your life is a sacrifice.

A love offering.

A sweet smelling aroma to God.

Be poured out for all.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

Believe In Love

Be alert. Be firm in the Christian faith. Be courageous and strong. Do everything with love.

1 Corinthians 16:13‭-‬14 GW

You were also taught to become a new person created to be like God, truly righteous and holy.

Ephesians 4:24 GW

Then an expert in Moses’ Teachings stood up to test Jesus. He asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus answered him, “What is written in Moses’ Teachings? What do you read there?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as you love yourself.’”

Jesus told him, “You’re right! Do this, and life will be yours.”

Luke 10:25‭-‬28 GW

God is love.

God is righteous.

God is holy.

You were created to be like God.

When we believe, when we possess faith, we believe in the person and attributes of Our Creator God.

God’s power is based in love.

Miracles, signs, wonders, healings and deliverance are evidence of His love.

They follow His believers.

Don’t go chasing after the evidence.

It will chase you if your heart is chasing after God.

Love heals.

Love sets us free from our demons.

Love makes the impossible happen.

Love saves us.

Love moves mountains of doubt and fear and replaces them with peace and joy.

What’s the first fruit of the Spirit?

Love.

Without love, you will not have any of the other fruits.

What’s the last fruit of the Spirit?

Self-control.

Trying to get self-control, or discipline, without first loving God and others is an exercise in frustration and futility.

Love naturally yields a harvest of righteousness.

Love naturally leads to a holy life.

You will become what you love.

You will become what you worship.

Conversely, you will become what you hate.

You will become what you judge.

There is only One who judges fairly.

Human nature is to be hypocritical.

Human nature is to be prideful.

Human nature is to be selfish.

That’s why it’s called the corrupt nature.

We are born again of an incorruptible seed.

Our spirit is born of God and is incorruptible and cannot sin.

However, we still live in these tents of flesh.

The flesh can still rear its ugly head and lead us into sin.

That’s why we must be submitted to God’s Holy Spirit as our head.

We have the mind of Christ.

Use it or lose it.

Life is a daily battle to keep God first and to love at all costs.

The Father didn’t spare His Son but handed Him over to death.

Love is stronger than the grave.

Christ Jesus rose from the dead three days later with the keys to the Kingdom and He’s giving them away freely in these final days.

Whatever the problem, whatever the question, whatever the circumstance, love is the answer.

We know that Jesus is the answer.

Jesus is the physical manifestation of love.

God is love.

What am I supposed to be doing?

Loving God and loving people.

It’s that simple.

The world will try to seduce you into doing anything but that.

Love will overcome every obstacle.

We are more than overcomers.

Love transcends all wisdom and knowledge.

Love knows no bounds.

Love endures forever.

Abide in the love of Christ.

What is ministry?

Loving people.

We are all called to minister.

The gifts to the Church help prepare and equip us to serve.

Don’t make the gifts an idol.

They simply serve a purpose.

To enable us to love more purely and effectively.

It’s all about love.

God’s message is this: I love you so much that I was willing to die for you. And even death couldn’t stop My love from coming back to love you some more!

He’s coming back again.

Don’t let Him catch you sleeping.

Love like there’s no tomorrow because today is all we have.

May God’s love abide in you richly.

Amen.

Dedicated in love to all my brothers and sisters who faithfully pursue God and share His Love with the lost, broken and hurting on the streets.

May God give you great success in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Amen.