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The Righteousness of God

         God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  

2 Corinthians 5:21

Declare over yourself this day

“I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus”

I believe we can all agree that Apostle Paul said it best “ I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do”.  Later in the passage he says “Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me”.

We all have the best intentions in mind but often times we find ourselves falling short of the very thing we sent up to God in prayer. We find ourselves forgetting what we told God we would not do in prayer. We often find ourselves calling out to Jesus for help.

What then happens is we find ourselves stepping back into the corner, counting ourselves unworthy of the call on our lives and unworthy to dwell in the presence of a Holy God.

We have deemed ourselves worthless.

But God wants you to know today ….. that YOU ARE the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. There is no sin to great or too big that could separate you from the love of Christ. He who had no sin became sin and through His death and resurrection has set us free and through His abundant love for us …. He has made us free. There is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ.

“And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” … John 8:11


My Two Cents ….

One thing I have noticed (if I can share my two cents) … is how lethargic people are to prophecy. The word tells us not to despise prophecy another version says not treat prophecy with contempt. Even in the old testament people told the prophets to stop prophesying!
Most of us run to horoscopes and fortune tellers and palm-readers, taro cards and the like but never think to seek the Creator of all things for direction and to know what the future holds for them.
Prophecy wasn’t given to us to simply “tickle our fancy” but to set our lives in motion, to unlock things, to establish, to encourage, edify and comfort and to give direction. Prophecy helps you set focus, tells you what’s worth fighting for and what just isn’t worth it. Paul told Timothy to keep the prophecies made about him and to recall them so that he may fight the battle well.
Without a vision/prophetic vision people perish. It is important for us to know what God’s thoughts toward us are so we do not settle and conform to just anything an anyone. It is important to know what God wants to establish in our lives so that we don’t waste time with dead things. It is important that we know where God wants to take us so that we don’t wonder around the mountain for 40years!

I dare you all to seek out the word of the Lord for your lives.

p.s. Yes, He is a know it all


Prayers of the Heart …

The prayer of my heart this morning was …. It is my desire to love you more.

It is my desire to love you.

If there is anything that will keep me from you …then I do not want it

If my name being known keeps me from spending time with you …. then I do not want it

If the money, houses and cars make me forget you …. then I do not want it

I posture my heart before you

and on the altar of my heart I lay my

will, my plans, my desires, my thoughts, my fears and insecurities

Send your fire your Lord…

to burn them away

Replace them with your will, with your plans, with your desires

Replace them with your thoughts

Replace my thoughts of myself with the thoughts you have toward me

Keep me in a place of longing for you

Keep a conviction and void until I spend my time with you

until I hear your voice.

For my desire is to hear you, to speak with you.

Speak Lord for your servant is listening.


I’ll Show You …..

Faith and Deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”

 

It is easy for people to say “I have faith, I know He will do it”  and then they return home to their sofa to twiddle their thumbs and wait for the promise.

Well, while that is ok to some extent that you have faith to say that with or without you God can do what he wants…

God wants to see that we really believe we do this by showing Him our faith in Him by our deeds.

Faith without works is dead.

God promised you financial increase in this season?

Great!

Show Him you believe by your deeds …

Sit down and write out those expenses, see what you have coming in and going. Make yourself a wise steward over the little so when the increase comes you won’t be foolish in handling it.

He promised to make you the head and not the tail, then show Him now that you believe in His promise that He will complete that perfect work in you by walking in it.

Declare over yourself God’s greatness, don’t walk as a double-minded man but let your “yes” be a “yes” and your “no” be a “no”.

God loves deeds that are influenced by faith.   

That not only says

“God I trust your going to do it”

but it also says

“God here is what I am going to do to show that you I know you are going to do what you said”

and He will most definitely honor it.

God says today, “He finds it pleasing, it is a sweet aroma to Him to see His children who believe and are inspired enough to act out the fulfilled ahead of time!”

 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”

Give God something to honor on today and show Him that you believe.

 

  

Faith and Deeds (scripture continued) …..

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[e] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

 


Tap into Greatness….

Philippians 1:6

King James Version (KJV)

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ

Jeremiah tells us that all of God’s thoughts towards us are good and none of evil to give a hope and a future and an expected end. The book of Peter also tells us to think it not strange the fiery trials that come to try you as though some strange thing is happening.  The book of James tells us to consider it pure joy whenever we face trails because the testing of our faith produces perseverance.

When we face trails often times we forget just what the word tells us to do. When we face uncertain situations, hopeless situations and bleak outcomes we tend to forget who we are. We forget promises made to us, we forget who God is and all that He can do.

We then find ourselves acting out of anger and fear, we no longer seek God’s peace and sovereignty. Instead we begin to lean unto our own understanding.

I had a situation only an hour ago that brought me (so quickly) to my wit’s end. I found myself upset and in tears fussing at everything and everyone. I found myself on the phone ready to give a piece of my mind. I was ready to throw in the towel and walk away… and over what?

A trail that only came to test me.

A trail that only came to test my faith and produce perseverance.

A reminder from my Father, that there is greater in me.

A reminder that He has given me hope and future and an expected end.

Instead of continuing in my anger and quickly approaching  wrath. I decided to remember all of God’s promises for me and my family. I began to tap into that “greatness” He placed on the inside of me and use the mind of Christ He that He told me that I had.

I implore you today to do likewise.

Do not allow outside influences and circumstances dictate you. Take a hold of that which has been promised to you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. It doesn’t matter what you go through now, or who hurt you, who you owe, what you don’t have…

Know that your present sufferings DO NOT compare to the glory that is to be revealed.

Tap into your greatness today and trust God.

God Bless and Happy Blogging


Article: Why You Need Prophecy

Morning.

I found another good article concerning the importance of prophecy in a believer’s life. So many times we see people who take prophecy lightly and it literally goes in one ear and out of the other.

People of God .. for those who are surrounded by prophetic leaders when they speak into your life WRITE IT DOWN. Words carry power, if God has placed something in their spirit for you and they come to you to release what thus saith the Lord you need to take it seriously! God says that the words He speaks NEVER returns to Him void, they accomplish just what He calls it do. Take those prophecies from long ago and meditate on them.

I like to “remind” God and most importantly remind MYSELF of what He has spoken, destined and determined for my life. So that I may be encouraged and go on to fight this fight of faith, for my life, the life of my husband our children, our family and whatever else may be connected.

Stop regurgitating God’s words.

.. Enjoy

Why You Need Prophecy

By. Michelle McClain

“Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law” (Prov. 29:18, RSV).

Prophecy provides revelation of the purposes of God. It is the revealed will of God for your life. “Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint.” “Casting off restraint” is letting go of your goals and focus in life. You become passionless, living an undisciplined, mediocre life. Without prophetic revelation, we lose a grip on life and become like a wild person. Without prophecy, we become like savages, never grasping the potential God has placed within us. Prophecy can inspire within us a sense of purpose that brings focus, determination and discipline into our lives.

The prophetic word will align our lives with the law, which is the decree of God. Without prophetic vision, we will be untrained in the ways of God, living our lives without the discipline of God.

We are called to be disciples of Christ. A disciple is a disciplined learner. The prophetic ministry will equip you with the advantage of living under the discipline of God.

The disadvantage of not having prophecy released in your life is that you will live your life in a vacuum. One translation of Proverbs 29:18 states, “Without prophetic vision the people run wild” (GW). In other words, they live life taking risks with no control or direction, leaving them uncultivated, out of rhythm and out of reason.

The prophetic word brings order and structure to your life. God wants your life to mean something—your money, your efforts. The prophetic word of God causes you to live your life for something greater than yourself.

Life and time are speeding along so fast for all of us. We should be able to look back over our lives and say that we have accomplished the purpose God created us for. We should want to be able to confidently say, “I was here.”

The prophetic word will allow you to live for eternal purpose and not the temporal. It changes your value system. Once the revealed purpose of the Lord is known, you set your affections on things above, transcending this temporal world. There are people who live their lives never knowing or obeying the prophetic purpose of God. The graveyard is one of the richest places in the earth. People live and die on the earth with so much potential for greatness. They never impact the world around them.

Don’t let your gravestone epitaph read: “It was like they were never here.” “They settled for too little.” “They never discovered the riches and treasures that were inside of them.” “They lived for the temporal, fading purposes, never living out God’s eternal purposes.”

Life before Christ can be so devastating and confusing. It’s like having the wind knocked out of you. The prophetic word provides spiritual oxygen for life and destiny. Prophecy is the breath of life being released back into you. When God breathed into Adam, He released life and prophetic purpose into him. We must understand that God will always give us pictures, maps and directions to show us how we should be living our lives. His will for our lives is knowable. This is revealed by prophecy. Everything
in the earth is trying to take us away from the original purposes of God for our lives. It dangles every kind of glitter in front of us. Its ultimate goal is to lead us down paths of destruction.

God, in His love and mercy, sends prophets and prophetic people with insight and direction. We must then make a decision to follow and align our lives with the revealed prophetic word. We must go to the cross. I am not talking about suffering, but rather where your desires are in conflict with God’s desires—you must be willing to put those
desires to death on the cross.

The moment you choose to align your life with the prophetic purpose of God, the Lord is watching and sends every resource you need to accomplish His prophetic purpose in your life. You’re not in this world by chance. Embrace the prophetic anointing that gives you an advantage to live a rich and full life.


Article: A Prophetic Showdown is Coming

I found another awesome article this morning.

” A Prophetic Showdown is Coming”

Just briefly, from what I gathered it is talking about an approaching time when the true prophets of God will rise and stand against the false prophets of Baal and the false prophets of Asherah, the false prophets who come into our churches and lure and seduce our believers and lead them astray with false teachings and all for their (the false prophets) personal gain.

God dropped it in my spirit if these are my people then they too are yours.

For those of us who currently have access to the mind, plans and thoughts of God .. we are responsible to share it with those who currently do not have the revelation we have and it is our responsibility to bring them into the same if not a greater realm of revelation and salvation than what we have.

As I read the article what stuck out to me, is the motives and intentions of the heart of the prophet or of a person in general.

As I read, I prayed that God would know my ways and search my heart. The heart is wicked and we do not know our own hearts. 

I prayed that God would try my heart .. and that He would begin to purge from my heart, purge from my spirit anything that can and will stand in opposition to the will of God.

I prayed He would expose and purge anything from my heart that would make me consider and make me look another way.

God said don’t look to east nor to the west … but look above.

I will look unto the hills from whence cometh my help!

We as saints and people of God need to really ask God to do this .. try my motives God by the fire … burn it up!

LOL

Burn it up … we need some fire LOL!

I believe it was Paul who said do not use you freedom to do evil.

So we cannot, Children of God, use our gifts for evil we cannot use our gifts that are given without repentance to try an”Lord” it over someone who may not be as strong in the faith. We cannot use our gifts to deceive others, we cannot use them for personal gain.

We cannot use them to wave in someones face to say “I made it”.

If you continue in your wicked ways … you will receive the recognition, the fame, the lights, the money

and you best believe that you have received your just reward for every seed you have sown.  

LOL, so go on and enjoy it now;  but know that you will be judged for every action, deed and thought once our Savior Jesus the Christ returns.

So, here is the article!

Enjoy and Happy Blogging.

“A Prophetic Showdown is Coming”

By:  Jennifer LeClaire

Just like Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal, the time is coming when God’s New Testament mouthpieces will confront modern-day merchandisers. The true will defy the false. The holy will challenge the unholy. Until that day, spirits of divination, with a little help from the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life, are working overtime to woo God’s true prophets to the side of error.

Some merchandising prophets, with their miracle water, prophetic soap and prosperity oil, are catching naive Christians hook, line and sinker. Other gospel gainsayers are profiting with urgent announcements that God will heal the first five people who run up to the altar with $100 bill in hand.

But perhaps the most dangerous merchandisers are those who use their gift to tap into divination. These prophets announce what the believer wants to hear in order to sow a false seed of faith in his heart and reap an improper financial reward, inappropriately earned position or wrongly received recognition. No matter the merchandiser’s brand of deceit, it is a practice that stinks in the nostrils of God.

“Then the Lord said, ‘These prophets are telling lies in my name. I did not send them or tell them to speak. I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts. Therefore, says the Lord, I will punish these lying prophets, for they have spoken in my name even though I never sent them. They say that no war or famine will come, but they themselves will die by war and famine!’” (Jer. 14:14-15)

Of course, most false prophets don’t start their ministries as false prophets, rather they are tempted and enticed by the idolatry in their hearts. Avoiding Satan’s snare begins with the fear of the Lord and the promised wisdom that follows. After all, the merchandise of wisdom is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies and all the things that you can desire are not to be compared to her (Prov. 3:14-15).

The wisdom in God’s Word plainly illustrates that with every temptation there is also a way of escape. By comparing the responses of Balaam with Daniel and of Jezebel’s diviners with Elijah, we get a clear view of the trap, the way of escape–and the ultimate fate of merchandising prophets.

Balaam is best remembered for his talking donkey. He was a true prophet of God who went the way of divination for the promise of financial gain when King Balak offered him rewards to curse Israel. But Balaam did not fall into sin upon the first temptation. In fact, he refused the king’s initial offer. His royal majesty then upped the ante, promising the prophet promotion, honor and power if he would curse the Israelites. Balaam once again refused, saying “If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more” (Num. 22:18).

Despite his bold confession to obey the Lord’s will, Balaam secretly desired to attain the rewards pledged by the king. And so the testing begins. Balaam would follow his rebellious heart 320 miles on a donkey’s back to curse Israel and claim his coveted merchandise. But to his surprise, the Lord would not allow him to pronounce the curse when he arrived in Moab. Disappointed and still hoping to collect the king’s bribe, Balaam shared a strategy to trip up the Israelites through sexual sin that led to the downfall of his brethren.

Balaam had a clear way of escape: Telling the king’s messengers upon their first visit that the Lord forbade him to curse Israel. That would have closed the door to future offers and put an end to the temptation that would lead to his destruction. The end of Balaam came by the command of Moses at the sword of his own people–the Israelites he tried to curse through divination.

Daniel, on the other hand, refused to give in to the temptation presented in King Belshazzar’s dilemma. Belshazzar and his guests were drinking from gold and silver cups that his father had stolen from God’s temple and giving praises to idols when the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the palace wall. Belshazzar was frightened and summoned enchanters, fortunetellers and diviners to come, promising riches and power to anyone who could interpret it. When none could, the king called Daniel and made him the same offer (Daniel 5).

Daniel was faced with at least three choices at this critical turning point in his ministry. He could accept the king’s offer to interpret the message, thereby merchandising his gifting. He could exercise the gift he had freely received from Jehovah to freely interpret the message, all the while knowing that such a harsh word from the Lord could land him in the lion’s den. Or he could stand on his credible reputation as God’s prophet to falsely interpret the warning message as a blessing message and in all likelihood collect the loot anyway.

Unlike Balaam, Daniel unlocked the hard truth in the writing on the wall. He told the king that his days were numbered and that his kingdom would be divided up and handed over to the enemies. Daniel refused to compromise, no matter the consequences, and God used the king to promote him. As one of his last acts as king, Belshazzar robed him in purple, draped a great gold chain around his neck and positioned him as third-in-charge of the entire kingdom.

King Ahab and his wife Jezebel took the tradition of kings calling on prophets to unlock the mysteries of god a step further–and a few steps too far. Jezebel had false prophets on her payroll. The wicked queen regularly fed 450 prophets of baal and 400 prophets of asherah. Bible scholars estimate that feeding those false prophets cost her about $12,750 a week or $663,000 a year. That’s a hefty price tag for a good prophetic word.

So while Jezebel’s prophets had full bellies in a time of famine, the queen cut off the prophets of the Lord for fear of the truth (1 Kings 18:4). Obadiah hid 100 of God’s prophets in caves and fed them bread and water. While this may appear like a good work on the surface, Obadiah was only facilitating Jezebel’s plan to cut off the uncompromising prophetic word.

While Jezebel’s prophets looked well-fed and God’s true prophets looked like sheep being led to the slaughter, the story changes in a hurry when Elijah confronts the 850 merchandisers at Mount Carmel in what goes down in Biblical history as the ultimate showdown between the true and the false. Elijah threw down the prophetic gauntlet and challenged the false camp to bring fire down from heaven by calling upon their God. The merchandising diviners cried to Baal from dawn to dusk with no answer.

When the false camp had finally exhausted itself, Elijah built an altar holding a sacrifice to Jehovah, drenched it with four barrels of water, said a simple prayer, and watched as the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dust and even the water in the trench. Then Elijah slew his false counterparts one by one. So the ultimate fate of the false prophets came at the hand of the true prophet, who was later taken to heaven in a chariot of fire.

Like Old Testament prophets, modern-day prophets are also being tempted to merchandise the anointing for fame, fortune or friends in high places. Being plugged into a strong local church is a safety net because apostles boldly confront false moves of the Spirit and give merchandisers a way of escape by leading them into deep repentance.

Recall Simon the sorcerer, who was highly esteemed among the Samarians because he bewitched them. The apostles Peter and John met up with Simon after praying for the baptism of the Holy Ghost for the new believers there. When Simon saw that the people were filled with the Spirit when the apostles laid their hands on them, he offered them money. “Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God” (Acts 8:19-21). Simon may have repented and did ask the apostles to pray for him. Repentance is the appropriate response for New Testament prophets who fall into the trap of merchandising.

The decision to go the way of Baal and or to go the way of Elijah lies in the prophet’s heart. If pride, self-will, anger, or lust occupies the place where obedience, love and truth should live, then the merchandising prophet may succeed in reaping worldly rewards for a season but the retirement fund built on ill-gotten gains leads only to death (Romans 6:23). While there is certainly abundant grace for the true prophet who misses it, the Book of Revelation makes it clear that the false prophets (those who purposely set out to lie and deceive God’s people) will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone and be tormented day and night forever and ever (Rev. 20:10).