Catalysts for God’s Blessing

Channels and Catalysts for God’s Blessing:
The Biblical Basis for Advocacy

By Dr. Sarah J. Melcher Department of Theology Xavier University

A compelling story about advocacy of one human being for another is the tale of Ruth and Naomi. Naomi finds herself in a precarious position after the death of her husband and her two sons. She herself expresses the hopelessness of her situation. In the days of biblical Israel, a widow without the support of a male kinsman was in a very vulnerable situation indeed. In a society in which men were the common property owners and in an economic system which depended almost exclusively on agriculture on family land, how would a widow provide for herself? Orpah and Ruth were also in a precarious situation, but they had the option of remaining in Moab, with their own blood kin, and making another marriage. Both apparently were still young enough to bear sons and provide for their future security. Clearly Naomi thought that staying in Moab was the best choice for her daughters-in-law. Ruth, however, decides to take an unexpected path. She commits herself to Naomi and throws in her lot with her mother-in-law. Though Ruth’s choice may entail a more risky situation for her, she commits herself to the relationship with Naomi.

The text is not explicit about Ruth’s motivation in returning to Judah with Naomi. The first chapter of the book of Ruth tells us only that she wept at the idea of leaving her and that unlike Orpah she clung to Naomi and refused to leave her.


Achieving God’s Purpose and Destiny for Your LIfe

Achieving God’s Purpose and Destiny for Your Life (Vision)

Vision is revelation or mental sight of the revealed will of God for you – a clear mental image of a preferable future, imparted by God – based on accurate understanding of God, self and circumstances.  It is foresight with insight from heaven, not self-determined destiny.  It is living by design instead of default. 

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.

“…cast off restraint” is literally, “are made naked.”  That is, without Divine guidance, people “perish”. They walk contrary to the will of God and lose their covering.

Notice: Jesus saw the future, Abraham saw it, John the Revelator saw it, and you must see it (have vision).  Paul wrote Timothy: “Fulfill your ministry…I’ve fulfilled mine.”

John 8:38 I speak what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

You do have an inner picture of the future and you do act on it!


Developing Godly Character

Developing Godly Character

When the seed of God’s Word is implanted in the heart, faith starts to grow. This is the indis­pensable starting point of the maturation process. Then out of faith there follow seven stages of development until the Christian character of love is fully formed. Peter lists these successive stages:

2 Peter 1:5-7 But also for this very reason, giving all dili­gence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

In secular Greek, the word “virtue” was applied to excellence in any area of life. It should not be restricted solely to moral character although it certainly includes that.  A teacher who comes to Christ should become an excellent teacher. A nurse should become an excellent nurse. A Christian businessman or woman should excel in his or her field of business. There is no room for sloppiness or laziness in any area of the Christian life.


Blessed Are the Merciful

Blessed Are the Merciful

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

We are exposed through 24/7 news outlets to so much violence and evil that it is easy to become cold-hearted, insensitive, and unsympathetic. To protect ourselves from all of the pain and suffering, we learn to not allow ourselves to dwell too long on what ails the world. In the process however, we can become almost indifferent and merciless.

But to be Christ-like is to be compassionate.  James 1:27 (NIV) says that religion that our Father accepts as pure and faultless is: “to look after orphans and widows in their distress”.  The Greek word for this is “episkeptomai”. Jesus used this word in Matthew 25:

Mat 25:36 (NIV) I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Mat 25:43 (NIV) I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

Compassion reflects the heart of God, who, throughout the Bible, cares for orphans, widows, and those in distress and tells us to care for them. And so, although James is talking about orphans and widows specifically, God calls us to care for all those in need.

Deuteronomy 10:17–19 (NKJV) 17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. 18 He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. 19 Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.


Read the Signs of the Times

Read the Signs of the Times

This article includes some recent sermon material and focuses specifically on the very recent death of Billy Graham. The excerpted pieces of sermons from the last month have some other information inserted because this is a thrilling time you absolutely must not miss and for which you should prepare.

Matt. 16:2-3 2He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

You can miss God even as He moves in your midst… if you have not set your heart on knowing Him…on seeking Him…on loving Him.  True Seekers will understand the outworking of the eternal will of God as it is being worked out in history. They will embrace it in their decisions on the way to their destiny. 

In that light, every thought, every word, every action takes on eternal repercussions.  Every decision is history in the making and eternity in the shaping.  Unsettling times and seasons need to be seen as God bringing all things together for good. (Rom 8:28)


Keepers of the Flame Priestly Declaration


PRIESTLY DEDICATION (Never allowing the flame to go out)

As a keeper of the flame, I dedicate, consecrate and commit myself to:

Building the altar by…

• Choosing a lifestyle of worship     • Abandoning myself totally to God     • Coming before Him wholeheartedly     • Paying the price of true worship

As a keeper of the flame, I dedicate, consecrate and commit myself to:

Offering the sacrifice by…

• Placing my total being on the altar as my sacrifice, dying to self     • Presenting the sacrifice of my hands, my time, my possessions, my work     • Deciding to obey as a doer and not just a hearer of the Word

As a keeper of the flame, I dedicate, consecrate and commit myself to:

Keeping the fire by…

• Being impassioned by a fiery love for God     Desperately pursuing God     • Maintaining the fire as the ultimate priority in my life     • Being consumed by the fire of purity and consecration     • Consecrating myself solely to Christ for His use

As a keeper of the flame, I dedicate, consecrate and commit myself to:

Releasing the fragrance by…

• That the living God will be pleased with all that I am     • That the changes of holiness worked in me by the altar, sacrifice and fire might attract the world to Christ     • That all of my life would manifest God’s love in me and through me to the Church and the world

Be aglow and burning with the Spirit!

Prayer for the Firstborn

Lord, bring times of refreshment on us. Loose a fresh breath of Your Spirit that we might be revived under that anointing that breaks every yoke – the anointing of Your Holy Son, that He might exercise, in us and through us, His ministry as Prophet, Priest and King, and His inheritance of the Double Portion and Overcomer’s Position.  Grant wisdom and understanding to us as the Church of the Firstborn.    

Judge of all the earth, loose the mantle of the prophet. Let us be crying with Jeremiah for the sins of the people; thundering with Elijah over the apathy and duplicity of faltering between two opinions and agonizing over the presence of Jezebel and Ahab; longing with Zechariah for the Spirit of “grace and supplication”; standing with John in the wilderness calling for repentance and making straight the way of the Lord.

Most Holy God, loose the anointing of the priest that we might offer the acceptable sacrifice, pronounce the blessing, and cleanse the leper. Take us past the outer court into Your Holy Presence – past the brazen altar and the washing of the waters. Take us through the divine illumination of Holy Spirit and the table of showbread to the golden altar of incense where our prayers might rise as sweet smelling incense. Rend the veil, Lord, that we might see You in all Your transcendent glory. Let us stand boldly before Your throne because of Christ until we find the fullness of mercy and help, and send us, Lord, back to the people to carry that grace and help to all.

As in the anointing of the priest, Lord, touch us first with the blood and then with the oil. Touch our ear that we might hear what the Spirit is saying. Touch our thumb that we, the priests, would be consecrated and the work we undertake approved in Your sight. Touch our big toe, the guiding member of our walk that it too would be cleansed and anointed.

God of Heaven and Earth, loose the anointing of the King, the authority of heaven in the ambassadorship of men. Raise us up first as a holy priesthood but also as a royal priesthood destined to reign with Christ our Faithful High Priest. Put a bold word of truth in our mouth, a proclamation of the King’s dominion and a demonstration of His will done now in the earth.

Fill us with Your generous Spirit that we should never fear again unto bondage but, instead, walk in power and love and a sound mind. Lord, rise up as a spirit of power, for the enemy comes in like a flood. Rise up as a Spirit of love, for the people of our land are sin-sick, dying, and in great need of help and grace. Rise up as a spirit of sound mind that in all this we might not sin against You but overcome every work of darkness.

Help us Holy Spirit to be about Father’s business. With a heart of compassion and a will of steel let us be about Father’s plan, purpose and design for the church, that through it, by the power at work in us which is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we could ask or think, we might make known to the principalities and powers the manifold wisdom of God.  Push out our tent pegs to enfold the double portion and direct the abundant distribution to the advance of the King’s dominion.

We agree with Your word, Father, that Your church is the pillar and bulwark of truth.  We confess that we have not always walked in this light. We repent. We turn from man’s plan, purpose and design and seek only Yours. We are Your people, called by Your name. We do humble ourselves and pray and seek Your Face and turn from our own wicked ways. Now, therefore, God of all Comfort, hear us, forgive our sin, and heal our land.

In the Name of Jesus, exalted above every principality and power, above every throne and dominion, above every name that is named, and above all authority in heaven, on earth and beneath the earth… Yes, in the mighty name of Jesus, Firstborn of God, we pray. Amen and Amen!

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Establishing a Biblical Worldview

Are You Established in a Biblical Worldview in Your Life?

Worldview is one’s perspective on life. It is a comprehensive “Big picture” of the world via presuppose-tions, convictions, and values by which you try to understand and make sense of the world and life. It is the organization of your rationale in all you believe, interpret, and judge real. It is a lens which colors your vision and determines how you perceive the world around us.

Your world view is formed by: education; upbringing; culture; and the media you absorb. 

Every worldview deals with at least these 3 questions: 1) Where did we come from and why are we here?  2) What is wrong with the world?  3) How can we fix it?

The Bible poses radically different answers from all others. 1) We are God’s creation, made to govern the world and fellowship with Him. 2) We sinned against God and subjected the whole world to a curse. 3) God has redeemed the world by the sacrifice of His Son and will restore creation…   


Prophetic Alignment 2018

Prophetic Alignment 2018

We are crossing a threshold called the “fullness of time.” Gal 4:4 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son.”  This is a day when many promises will be apprehended and divine destiny achieved. Our “kairos” is at hand (an appointed time for heaven and earth can align.)  Our prophetic destiny in God is in the “wind.”

We are promised a generation who will do “greater works.” (John 14:12) These will be the “sons of the Kingdom” who carry the 7-fold Spirit of God that rested on Jesus.  Those who heed this call and allow God’s pruning will begin to emerge with considerable anointing and authority for substantial advancement.

New wine: It is time to re-think, re-structure, and seek how He wants us to shift. “What must we do to be ready, to advance, to breakout, to stake our claim?”  The Saints Movement is under way – The Kingdom Movement is at hand – many believers are beginning to flow in healing and miracles and other supernatural manifestations of Holy Spirit. This is true for all ages – God is intergenerational. 


Walking in Family Oneness

Walking in Family Oneness (Eph.5:22-6:4)

The construction of the book of Ephesians is that chapters 1-4 lean into “What’s in it for me?”  Naturally, we receive this wholeheartedly.  Then the book launches into the practical outworking of the previous statements and leans more into “What’s in it for God?”  This is where “the rubber meets the road.”

We are instructed in chapter 4 to “put off the old man and put on the new man.” Chapter 5:1-21 follows with examples of what to put off and put on and ends with “Be filled…giving thanks… submitting to one another in the fear of God.”

That leads straight into the marriage relationship, giving a beautiful picture of marriage. Why then are so many couples experiencing so much less?  Before the Fall, God was One with man and Adam and Eve were one with each other.  They fully expressed His image and likeness, His life.  Then they lost it…


Walking the Resurrected Life

Walking the Resurrected Life (Eph 2:1-7)

As we read the Book of Ephesians, the chapter break between 1 and 2 should not obscure the vital connection from the latter part of chapter 1 where the mighty power of God raised Christ from the grave and crowned Him with glory and honor. In chapter 2 we get to see how that same power has worked in our lives, raising us from spiritual death and seating us in Christ in the heavenlies.

As Ephesians 2 opens, we are spiritual corpses in Death Valley. When it closes, we are not only seated in Christ in the heavenlies; we form a habitation of God through the Spirit.

This passage resembles the first chapter of Genesis. In each we have: (1) a scene of desolation, chaos, and ruin; (2) the introduction of divine power; (3) the creation of new life.