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Bring the Anointing Back

Bring the Anointing Back

Since December, the Pastors have been praying for the manifest anointing and Presence of God. The heart-cry is, “Be present, Lord, God!” This comes from recognition that even though God’s people have been set free from bondage, there can still be things that hold back the glory of God. One example is seen at the return from Babylon.

Haggai 2:3-4 “‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing? 4Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the LORD; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the LORD, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the LORD of hosts.”
 
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Planning for a Victorious 2015

Happy New Year! May you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers (3 Jn 2).

Every believer must learn to read the Word of God and pray it back to heaven. It is God’s own word, which He watches over to perform. Agree with it until it fills you and becomes the treasure in your storehouse (heart). Then, “the good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things.” This is literally, he “manufactures good things”. Out of his heart of faith, God’s words frame the picture of a future and a hope, and the believer’s faith pours the substance of things hoped for. A whole new path opens up.

James says, “No man can tame the tongue,” but also refers to bridling it. You can’t tame it yourself so you must give it to the tamer, who is the Holy Spirit. Do not try to keep it in control, or give its control to any other person, or submit it to the culture of politically correct speech. Let the Lord reign in your world by giving Him complete reign over your speech.

“In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble {referring to enemies}, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.” Now, the Lord knew some would be slow to recognize His meaning so He clarifies by explaining, “Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD, (Isaiah 54:14-17). (Click below to read more . . .)
 
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They Limited the Holy One

 

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In every one of our lives there are limits or boundaries we face. These may be external such as traffic signs given for the protection and safety of ourselves and others, or they may be internals such as strongholds of the mind that keep us bound. Of course, not every external limit is good nor is every internal limit harmful. Where would we be if men’s consciences put no restraints on them; where could the underground church of

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Hearing God #20: Faith Comes by Hearing (C)

Hearing God #20: Faith Comes by Hearing (C)

We have looked at: 1) The Open Ear; 2) Hearing His Voice; 3) Your Will and His; 4) His Knock at Your Door; 5) The Spirit and the Word Agree; 6) Setting Your Mind; 7) Taking Thoughts Captive; 8) Test All Things; and in parts 9-13, we looked into the various means God uses to communicate.
 
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We saw external communications include: signs and wonders; putting out a fleece; dreams, vision and prophecy; circumstances; church “gifts” or governments; theophany; and angelic visitation. God’s internal means of guidance includes: the inner witness, the conscience, and the peace of God ruling over all as the final umpire in the heart.

In parts 14-17 we looked at achieving the fullness of the hope and future God has planned for you as you test everything and hold fast to that which is good, being careful to get objective confirmation for what you get subjectively. Now we are completing the last major theme of this series with focus on the walk of faith, for those who are doers of the Word. (e.g. obedient doers of what they hear).

We left off at James comments on faith requiring corresponding actions and also had looked at the faith heroes’ hall of fame in Hebrews 11. It ends with a notation that these all lived and died in faith and sets up the exhortation that opens chapter 12.

Heb. 12:1-3 1Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.  

Don’t do as Peter did while walking on water and look away. Keep on looking at Jesus.

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