While waiting on the Lord this morning, I was reminded of an illustration of real faith that I heard many years ago;
A man was out walking along the cliff tops near where he was staying, and as he walked along, he was enjoying everything around him to such an extent that he didn’t see the rock on the path, so he stumbled and feel over the edge. The cliff was very high and as he fell, he saw a bush growing out of a crevice and managed to grab it and stop his fall.
Hanging there, he cried out “is there anyone up there?” to which a voice came back “yes, give Me your hand” The man let go of the bush with one hand and stretched it upwards, then the voice said, now give Me your other hand” The man thought for a second and called out “is there anyone else up there?”
I know it is just an amusing tale, but the reality is, so many Christians are in that position, and the fear of the situation seems to have annulled all previous acts or declarations of faith in God’s power to save them.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Two things stand out to me from the story above:
One: When we are walking on God’s Highway of Holiness we are not walking along with beautiful green fields on either side! If we do not keep our eyes and our hearts on being holy as He is holy, we are in danger of stumbling over the edge!
Two: Are we any different from the man hanging onto the bush with one hand, reaching out to God, but with the hand holding onto “our understanding?”
Pause and think on this, remembering that Romans 8:1 teaches us “There is NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk NOT according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit”
Be blessed. Warren
PATHWAYS TO BECOMING
“Faith That Releases Authority”
Greetings Church, once again I am using The Passion Translation of the scriptures for all of my references today.
In this blog, I want to touch upon three areas;
· The power of the Kingdom
· Populating the Kingdom
· Intimacy with the King
1. The Power of the Kingdom.
Ephesians 6:10 “Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of His explosive power flowing in and through you”.
· Paul’s first words reveal to us how intimately entwined he was with the Fathers heart, and how aligned he was to His will. His desire was for all the believers in Ephesus to be that way; to be of the same mind! These same words, that same passion and desire, reaches out to us in this very hour!
“Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with Jesus!”
[I love this] “Stand victorious with the force of His explosive power flowing in and through you”.
· In the prophetic word for FCC from Isobel Allum dated 1st December 2019, she prophetically revealed that there had been many in the house who were “hibernating”, BUT that time has ended! When a bear comes out of hibernation, it is because of an inner knowing that it is time; that the winter was over and gone together with a compelling within that could not be ignored for survival. Hibernation for the Ecclesia [the Church] has never been a part of Jesus’s plan.
Church, you cannot deny the inner working of the Holy Spirit within you! He is relentless in His love for you. He is explosive in His power in you and through you. What was it that Paul wrote? Stand victorious with His explosive power flowing in and through you.
2. Populating the Kingdom
When Jesus was sending out His twelve disciples, He gave us the key to populating the Kingdom. He said to them: Matthew 10:7 “And as you go, preach this message: “Heaven’s Kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch”.
The concept of “as you go, or as you are going” is to make disciples towards conversion. Genuine caring and walking with people in life opens up their comprehension of God’s great love for them and the wonder of His Kingdom realm.
3. Intimacy with the King
· Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All authority of the universe has been given to Me. Now wherever you go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you, even to the completion of this age.”
Think deeply about this.
What I have sought to do here is to throw out some thoughts like seeds. I would be very interested in your feedback. I believe that these three areas are worthy of our full attention and meditation. Happy fruit bearing! If we do not sow, nothing will grow and there will be nothing to reap.
Greetings friends, today's blog is about "Becoming", and is the first of a "Faith" series. The Holy Spirit has been redirecting my attention back to some of the "wells" that have been dug and somewhat neglected. Faith is the most important one of those wells, as without it we cannot please God! It is of great concern to me that so many Spirit filled Christians so easily fall into fear and not stand firm in faith.
be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]". Ephesians 6:10 Amplified version
I have inserted here a small portion out of Smith Wigglesworth's book "The Power of the Scriptures". He is talking here about entering into the authority that faith brings to us.
"You see it is as clear, as definite, and as personal as it could be. As we enter into these divine, personal plans today, we will find that sin is dethroned, disease can’t hold its seat, death has lost its sting, and victory is in Christ Jesus. How? Reigning in life by Christ Jesus. To reign in life means that you are over every human weakness on every line. To reign means to say that you are on the rock and everything else is under your feet."
He is talking about the very clear plan that the Lord has laid out for us to follow: obedience and faith working in partnership with each other [Luke 7.1-10] this has always been the plan of God from the very beginning.
"You are My friends if you keep on doing what I command you" John 15:14 [AMP]
"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…." Hebrews 12:2 [NKJ]
"Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" Romans 10:17
You see, scripture totally underlines the importance of faith!
We cannot do without it!!
Please meditate on this blog, and apply it to your heart, and, if needed, to your circumstances and watch Father work to your good! Every blessing. Warren
Greetings Church! I trust that you all opened your hearts to the Lord with praise as you opened your eyes to this glorious day Tuesday 11th August! I think that affirming our own hearts in the total goodness of God is the greatest act of believing faith that we can do. When we can begin our day with praise instead of groans, it has got to be a big plus for our soul!
I would like, for a few weeks, to look at faith, but not in the traditional way that most of you are familiar with. I would like you to pick up the challenge of walking in a conscious attitude of faith towards God hour by hour, so that every thought becomes a delight to The Father.
"We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith's perfection. His example is this: Because His Heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be His, He endured the agony of the cross and conquered it's humiliation, and now sits at the right hand of the throne of God" Hebrews 12:2 Passion Translation
The key to great faith is to "fasten our gaze onto Jesus". It is not shouting, it is not jumping up and down, it is not reciting scripture; it is the simple, restful, pure action of fastening our gaze upon Jesus! He is the center of our being; we are one with Him and as such, we are His body on this earth - we are "as He is". This means that fear is defeated before it gets to your door, and when fear with all of it's cousins of anxiety, worry, stress etc are dealt with by faith, authority begins to rise up in your heart and you begin to walk as overcomers, no matter what comes along.
Your meditation scripture for this week is Matthew 8:5-10
I would love to have some feedback on your meditation and application of the above. Warren
I think the greatest cry in the body of Christ right now is, “what are YOU saying Lord”?
There are many voices out there but only One really matters, the voice of the Lord. I want to say right here, that I honour every true prophetic and apostolic voice that is seeking to equip the church for the work of the ministry and to bring clarification on the future highway the church will be travelling on. However, I long even more, to hear that all the lovers of Jesus Christ are singing the same song, dancing the same dance, linking arms across the nations and presenting a solid wall of unity and purpose against the flood of the enemy. Those who are hearing and acting on the word of the Lord.
Did you know that you don’t need a prophet to tell you what God is saying to you?
“Until now you’ve not been bold enough to ask the Father for a single thing in My Name, but now you can ask, and keep on asking Him! And you can be sure that you’ll receive what you ask for, and your joy will have no limits!
I have spoken to you using figurative language, but the time is coming when I will no longer teach you with veiled speech, but I will teach you about the Father with your eyes unveiled. And I will not need to ask the Father on your behalf, for you’ll ask Him directly because of your new relationship with Me.” John 16:24 - 25 (TPT)
This is a time when we must intentionally embrace the fullness of what Jesus taught when He walked this earth, not modifying our behaviour, but living out of a surrendered and transformed heart. Loving God, loving one another, loving our enemies and sharing the good news of the Gospel of the Kingdom at every opportunity.
Currently, many are living with fear as their constant companion. They are presenting us with not only their dilemma, but also with an opportunity to share the way out of that dilemma - to choose to listen to the voice of the Shepherd and to choose to walk on the highway of holiness.