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APOSTOLIC PASSIONBy Floyd McClungWhat is "Apostolic Passion?" The term "passion" is used to describe everything from romance to hunger pangs. I don. t know what it means to you, but for me passion means whatever a person is willing to suffer for. In fact, that. s the root meaning of the word. It comes from the Latin paserre, to suffer. It is what you hunger for so intensely that you will sacrifice anything to have it. The word "apostle" means a sent one, a messenger. "Apostolic Passion" therefore, is a deliberate, intentional choice to live for the worship of Jesus in the nations. It has to do with committed to the point of death to spreading His glory. It. s the quality of those who are on fire for Jesus, who dream of the whole earth being covered with the Glory of the Lord.I know when apostolic passion has died in my heart. It happens when I don. t spend my quiet time dreaming of the time when Jesus will be worshipped in languages that aren. t yet heard in heaven. I know it. s missing from my life when I sing about heaven, but live as if earth is my home. Apostolic passion is dead in my heart when I dream more about sports, toys, places to go and people to see, than I do about the nations worshipping Jesus. I have lost it, too, when I make decisions based on the danger involved, not the glory God will get.Those who have apostolic passion are planning to go, but willing to stay. You know you have it when you are deeply disappointed that God has not called you to leave your home and get out among those who have never heard His name. If you will not suffer and sacrifice for something, you are not passionate about it. If you say you will do anything for Jesus, but you don. t suffer for Him then you aren. t really passionate abut Him and His purposes on earth.If you don. t have it, how do you go about getting this thing called apostolic passion? Is it like ordering pizza at the door in 30 minutes or less, guaranteed? Is there an 800 number to call? Or better yet, just send us you special gift of $15 or more, and we. ll rush you some passion, express delivery, overnight mail.If you are like me, you need help figuring out how to grow this thing called passion. I am motivated by reading how the apostle Paul got it. He chose it. Paul says in Romans 15 that it is his ambition, his passion, if you will, to make Christ known. It began for him with a revelation of Jesus, that he nurtured all his adult life. Paul not only encountered Christ on the road to Damascus; he kept on meeting Jesus every day. This revelation of Jesus, and his study of God. s purposes, gave birth to Paul. s apostolic passion. Knowing Jesus and making Him known consumed the rest of Paul. s life. He "glorified in Christ Jesus in his service to God" (Rom. 15:17). By comparison, everything else was dung, garbage, and stinking refuse. Paul. s ambition was born from his understanding that God longed for His Son to be glorified in the nations. It was focused so that the "Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 15:16)Human enthusiasm cannot sustain apostolic passion. When God invests His own passion in you He desires to see His name glorified among all people, so you must build and develop what God has given you.Four things will help:1. Apostolic Abandonment:Too many people want the fruit of Paul. s ministry without paying the price that Paul paid. He died. He died to everything. He died daily. He was crucified with Christ. This strongwilled, opinionated man knew that he must die to self. He knew that in his flesh, he couldn. t generate the revelation of Jesus; he couldn. t sustain the heart of Christ. So he died. He abandoned himself. We live in a world of competing passions. If we do not die to self and fill our lives with the consuming passions of the worship of God in the nations, we will end up with other passions. It. s possible to deceive ourselves into thinking we have Biblical passions when, in reality, all we have done is to baptize the values of our culture and give them Christian names. We will have chosen apostolic passion only when our hearts are filled with God. s desire for His son to be worshipped in the nations. May I encourage you, dear friends, to give up your life? I challenge you to pray this prayer: "Lord, be ruthless with me in revealing my selfish ambition and lack of willingness to die to myself." I guarantee that He will answer your prayer quickly.2. Apostolic FocusThe greatest enemy of the ambition to see Jesus worshipped in the nations is the lack of focus. You can run around expending energy on all sorts of good ministries, and not get one step closer to the nations. I don. t have anything against all the projects and ministries out there. God. s people do them, and I don. t question their obedience to God. But the church has an apostolic calling, and an apostolic mission. God has called us to the nations. We must focus, or we won. t obey. Focus on what? I believe God wants a people for Himself. Activity, without a desire that God has a people for Himself, is just activity, not missions. You can have evangelism without missions. Short-term ministries are great, as long as they focus on raising up workers to plant churches. You might say, "I. m not called to plant churches." Yes you are! It. s always the will of God to have a people who worship His son in the Nations. You. ll never have to worry about making God mad if you try to plant a church. It seems crazy to me that people are under the delusion that they need a special calling to save souls, disciple them, and get them together to love Jesus. Whatever ministry you are with, you must understand one thing: church planting is not for us, it. s for God. We do it so God will have the people to worship Him! 3. Apostolic PrayingA young man in Bible school offered to help David Wilkerson years ago when he was ministering on the streets of New York City. Wilkerson asked how much time he spent in prayer. The young man estimated about 20 minutes a day. Wilkerson told him, "Go back young man, Go back for a month and pray for two hours a day, every day for 30 days. When you have done that, come back. Come back, and I might consider turning you loose on the streets where there is murder, rape, violence, and danger. If I sent you out now on 20 minutes a day, I. d be sending a soldier into battle without any weapons, and you would get killed."You can get into heaven my friend, without a lot of prayer. You can have a one-minute quiet time every day, and God will still love you, but you won. t hear a "Well done, good and faithful servant" on one-minute conversations with God. And you certainly can. t make it on that kind of prayer life in the hard places where Jesus is not known or worshipped. Here. s a challenge for you: Read everything Paul says about prayer, then ask yourself, "Am I willing to pray like that?" Paul said that he prayed, "night and day with tears, without ceasing, with thankfulness in the spirit, constantly and boldly for godly sorrow against the evil one."4. Apostolic Decision . MakingIf you live without a vision of the glory of God filling the whole earth, you are in danger of serving your own dreams of greatness, as you wait to do "the nest thing" God tells you. There are too any over-fed, under-motivated Christians hiding behind the excuse that God has not spoken to them. They are waiting to hear voices or see dreams, all the while living to make money, to provide for their futures, to dress well and have fun. The Apostle Paul was guided by his passions. Acts 20 and 21 tell of his determination to go to Jerusalem despite his own personal anticipation of suffering, the warnings of true prophets, and the intense disapproval of his friends. Whey would Paul go against his own intuition let alone the urgings of prophets and weeping entreaties of close friends? He had a revelation of greater priority, of greater motivation: the glory of God. Apostolic decision . making starts with a passion for God. s glory in the nation, then asks, "Where shall I serve you?" Most people do the opposite. They ask the where-and-when questions without a revelation of His glory in the nations. Is it any wonder they never hear God say, "Go!" They have not cultivated a passion for the passions of God. All kinds of lesser desires can be holding them captive. They might never realize it.Present you gifts, vocations, and talents to the Lord. Press in to God. Stay there until you long to go out in His name. Remain there and nurture the longing to see the earth bathed with His praise. Only then will you be able to trust your heart if you hear God say. "Stay." Only those who long to broadcast His glory to the nations have the right to stay.If you have apostolic passion, you are one of the most dangerous people on the planet. The world no longer rules your heart. You are no longer seduced by getting and gaining but devoted to spreading and proclaiming the glory of God in the nations. You live as a pilgrim, unattached to the cares of this world. You are not afraid of loss. You even dare to believe you may be given the privilege of dying to spread His fame on the earth. The Father. s passions have become your passions. You find your satisfaction and significance in Him. You believe He is with you always, to the end of life itself. You are sold out to God, and you live for the Lamb. Satan fears you, and the angels applaud you. Your greatest dream is that His name will be praised in languages never before heard in heaven. Your reward it the look of pure delight you anticipate seeing in His eyes when you lay at His feet, and the just reward of His suffering: the worship of the redeemed. You have apostolic passion.Ed. NoteFloyd McClung is a director in the YWAM organization. If you are looking for a mission organization there is none better. My daughter just returned from a mission and I know what I am talking about.Go here for more info.http//:www.ywam.org------------------------------------Jack Hayford explains what Holiness really isAs often as the word holy is used by Christians, you’d think that we could all agree on a uniform understanding of its meaning. We read our “Holy” Bibles. We receive “Holy” Communion. We sing the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” and acknowledge the “Holy” Spirit, the third person of the Godhead. We understand the word generally to mean “divine” or “of God.”But when Christians start to discuss holiness, they discover that the implications of the word vary widely. It seems that holiness can mean anything from a name for the pope to teetotalism and not wearing makeup.What do you think it means? What does the word holy (or the closely related words sanctify or sanctification) suggest to you? The word in some form—holy, holiness, holiest, allow, hallowed—occurs nearly 700 times in the English Bible. Certainly, it’s an important word. The average believer seems to feel threatened by the idea of holiness. He tends to see it as something unapproachable, a demanding standard of life that seems to be well beyond him. Believers tend to define it by “feel” more than by fact, and the feeling seems to be, “Boy, that’s way beyond me (although I sure want to try my best!).”The Holy Spirit desires to bring each of us to complete personhood. This practical pursuit—our partnering with Him as He comes to help—is geared to make us whole or holy. That’s what “holiness” is really about—wholeness. What the Holy Spirit is up to is bringing the whole life of Jesus Christ into the whole of our personalities so that the whole love of God can be relayed to the whole world.The word holy is derived from the medieval English hal, an 11th century word that is the root to such contemporary words as health, hale, whole and holy. Obviously, holiness is more than an esoteric spiritual attribute, and it relates to more than merely the invisible. Holiness involves the completion in all parts of the human being. As the Holy Spirit rebuilds you to the depths of your being ...*Your spirit can be revived to life in God (made holy).*Your soul can be restored in mind and emotions (made whole).*Your physical body, habits and conditions can become disciplined, recovering to well-being (kept healthy).Now, doesn’t holiness look like a far more desirable goal, even a practical, attainable reality? God wants to make us holy—just as He is.Because both terms—holiness and sanctification—have become smothered in religious verbiage, we must uncover the truth about holiness if holiness is God’s goal for us. If full sanctification is something each of us should truly desire, and if you and I are not likely to hunger or thirst for something that we don’t understand or feel intimidated by or have a distorted idea about, then we need to explore the real meaning of holy some more.In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Paul prays for the believers in Thessalonica: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” His words reveal three aspects of sanctification or holiness, which is the same as full recovery of the three-part nature of man (spirit, soul and body). 1. Holiness/sanctification is for now.2. Holiness/sanctification is something God Himself will do in you.3. Holiness/sanctification involves your peace, completeness and wholeness.In short, God is ready to do everything He can to put you fully together, starting today! Paul’s prayer holds a tremendous promise: “May the God of peace ... sanctify you.” The essential idea of the word eirene (peace) is unity, of fragments or separated parts being brought together. This is a wonderful promise, relevant to our own broken hearts. Holy as He Is HolyThe phrase “be holy as He is holy,” far from being a prohibitive summons or unattainable goal, actually gives us a glimpse into the Father’s heart and desire for us. The phrase is used first in Leviticus: “For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate [sanctify] yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy” (Lev. 11:44). It’s used again, in essence, in Jesus’ words, recorded in Matthew’s Gospel: “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (5:48). Here are both an Old Testament and a New Testament summons calling you and me to be perfect. How can this be? How can we possibly measure up?A divine call that was intended to beget hope instead produces fear and condemnation. We will never really gain ground until our sense of being “failures before we start” gets broken. If the walls of our personalities are going to be rebuilt, we must come to a place of comfort and confidence about both the goal and the process.Nothing hinders the pursuit of holiness more than a sense of condemnation, which always includes guilt, unworthiness and the sense of impossibility about ever being able to truly measure up to God’s standards. We must fully “own” the truth that our holiness has been secured before God by virtue of our position in Jesus Christ. Jesus’ sinless record was credited to your account. The epistle to the Romans often uses the word justified, a word indicating that God has made a positive legal judgment about you. By the standards of the highest court in the universe, He regards you as holy when you put your trust in Jesus Christ. God’s Word also gets specific about holiness in practice. God wants us to get on with lives that are lived “holily,” lives in which we practice holiness in thought and conduct. This implies growth. It’s as if we grow up into the holiness that Jesus has provided for us. Once we grasp this, we are on the way to understanding “be holy as He is holy” in a new way.What is the Lord Jesus really saying here, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect”? I used to think this was solely a commandment, but I have come to see it as more of a promise. Here’s what it really means: “Because your Father is holy, you are assured already that you are en route to holiness.”We come to understand two important points: (1) holiness in God’s changeless nature, and (2) His promise about our new nature. These understandings bring us to a settled confidence about our future.Holiness is that attribute of God by which He preserves the integrity of His own being. This means God never needs to be reminded to be good, loving, wise or wonderful. He doesn’t labor to accomplish what most of us define as “being holy.” Instead, because God’s very nature is holy, He will never be less than what He is already. His holiness guarantees the changeless integrity of His own being.What does that mean for you? It means He’ll never be without love for you. He’ll never be less than merciful. He’ll never be anything other than just. And He’ll remake you so you can reflect His integrity of being in your own personality and actions.I don’t need to tell you that the human personality falls far short of God’s integrity of character. Our integrity has been shattered, smashed and damaged, reduced to far less than it was made to be. The good news is that we don’t have to remain that way. Here comes our Savior! He comes not only to forgive us but also to restore us. His plan is to give birth to each of us all over again and, through this new birth, to place in us a new seed. It’s like a new genetic principle: We are to be “born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Pet. 1:23).First John 3:6, 9 says: “Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he [is] born of God.”I used to read those verses and want to give up. I would say: “Well, I think I’m born of God, but this says that if you are, you don’t sin. But sometimes I still do. I don’t want to, but I do. I love the Lord, and I’m trying to become more holy, but I sin.”Then the words of verse 8 would haunt me: “He who sins is of the devil.” Doubt and futility would grip me: “Since I’m not sinless yet, am I really saved? So in reality, I must be ‘of the devil’?” Years went by, and no one ever told me differently. Like many people, repeated trips to the altar and the prayer room seemed to be the only way I knew to assure God’s acceptance. But one day I learned that the same verses that had confused me held a mighty truth.My misunderstanding was overcome simply by discovering the tense of the Greek verb. In this verse, the original language actually says, “Whoever is born of God does not keep on sinning.” In fact, the chapter immediately preceding already establishes the idea that it’s only by the help of the Spirit of Jesus that we can grow in our ability to resist sin: “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1 John 2:1-2).So what the Bible is really saying is this: “Whoever is born of God does not keep on sinning.” Those of us who have been reborn just don’t make good sinners anymore. The more we grow, the harder it gets to keep at it the same way we did before. The message is also this: The seed of His new life in me assures me that my destiny is to conquer sinning. How often, before you knew Christ, did you sin and feel justified in doing so? Remember feeling free to retaliate, to let your temper flare or to serve yourself selfishly? Have you noticed since your rebirth that an inner sense of wanting to please God has begun to predominate? Are you more sensitive toward doing His will? Here’s why: What is born of God doesn’t want to keep on sinning because He has planted His seed in you. God’s seed is in you! He says, “I birthed you into My life, and therefore, the attributes of My personality will be forthcoming in you.”As any photograph of me reveals, I have a receded hairline. I didn’t plan to be balding. In my early 20s I didn’t make a decision: “I think I’ll start losing hair.” But I did begin losing it, and anyone could’ve predicted that it would happen. Both of my grandfathers and my dad had precisely the same hairline, and the same genetic principle that caused them to be balding was transmitted to me. My brother and I have patterns of baldness similar to our forebears. The biological genetic “seed” transmitted to us.This rather silly illustration points out how God is saying to you and me: “My seed is in you, and since I am holy, increasingly you are going to be holy too.” We shall be holy for He is holy. We shall become perfected just as He is perfect.Holiness—His holy nature—is progressively going to fill my broken, weak and damaged parts. The character and constancy of my Father will grow in me. Why the Holy Spirit Won’t RestThe Holy Spirit is after that growth and rebuilding in each of us, no matter how long it takes. We see this exemplified early in the story of Nehemiah, who oversaw the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. Nehemiah was the cupbearer (i.e., a respected adviser) for King Artaxerxes, who ruled the 127 provinces of the massive Persian Empire. When the king asked about Nehemiah’s sad countenance, the Israelite explained his desire to complete reconstruction of the city walls and gates. The king replied, “How long will your journey be?”“And I set him a time.” Nehemiah registered his request (Neh. 2:5-6). How long a time did he ask for? As we learn later in the account, Nehemiah asked the king for 12 years! I can imagine a man asking, “May I have a two-month leave of absence?” or “Well, King, Sire, I would like the opportunity to be there. Could I possibly have a year?” But 12 years?Amazingly, the king agreed to Nehemiah’s request. From his reaction at the time he first received Hanani’s report of the dire condition of the Jews in Jerusalem, through his willingness to risk his life asking for the king’s permission to leave his position, and now to his request for an incredibly long leave of absence—more than a decade—Nehemiah exemplifies the character and heart of the Spirit of God. Nehemiah could not be content until his people were taken care of.In this way, the Holy Spirit will not rest until you and I are taken care of. He comes to work in us and with us to rebuild the walls of our God-ordained personalities, and He will not be deterred by the probable length of the task. As the king agreed, so it is today: “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever” (Ps. 138:8).Whatever time it takes, He is committed to your completion, and that completed work will be a work of holiness unto the Lord—worked in you by the Holy Spirit of God. He will complete the job of restoring your personality. He will “reprogram” you.The Gospel of Matthew reports that as many as touched Jesus were made whole—thoroughly whole (14:36). John indicates that a well of the water of new life will bubble up inside you (John 4:14). By the direct action of the Holy Spirit, God will cause that well to burst open so that rivers of the Spirit will flow out of your inner being. That flowing is designed to work a full restoration of the real you.Jack Hayford is the founding pastor of The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, Calif. A prolific writer, he has authored almost four-dozen books and composed more than 600 hymns, songs and choruses, most noted of which is the classic “Majesty,” written in 1978. Hayford is also founder and president of The King’s University, an accredited, Spirit-filled interdenominational institution in Los Angeles.His Faith, Not Mine from "momentum" June 2013by Dave Hearn, President C&MA CanadaI have always believed that leaders need to lead from a place of authenticity.In other words, they had better be real in how they live and in how they lead. For me, part of being authentic is expressing areas of my life in which I feel a level of vulnerability. One of those areas is faith. I have found myself in a strange dichotomy when it comes to the issue of faith. In my leadership role, I have a growing and audacious faith.I feel a holy boldness when I think about the impact that our churches can have in the next decade, and I am willing to lead the way with passion andresolve. However, in my personal journey, I am often plagued with doubts, fears and worries. For several years, our family has felt the sting of a myriad of crisis situations that have left us vulnerable and, in some ways, emotionally numb.Many of these crisis moments seem to be direct attacks of Satan designed to discourage, distract and immobilize us. Every one of them is targetedtoward an area in which we are extremely delicate and easily wounded.Each one of my daughters has gone through very challenging experiences in which the intensity of the attack feels relentless and overwhelming.At times, we feel like we are barely hanging on. Personally, I have wrestled with some health issues that have left me bewildered at God’s plan for mylife. A few months ago, I was going through a particularly difficult time and actually ended up in the hospital overnight. My family stayed with me aslong as they could, but after visiting hours were over, I was left alone.I felt a dark, thick cloud of despair starting to descend over me. The level of discouragement was rising, and I was feeling hopeless. I grabbed myKindle and turned it on, hoping to find some relief. I was shocked to find that it opened to a book that I had been enjoying, several chapters ahead of where I had been reading. (Kindle does not do that). I read these words:“Beloved, we greatly miss the discipline of life and the victories of faith if we do not watch for God in all the hard places that come to us day by day,and learn to rise from these to our sublimest victories, to take the stones of stumbling which the devil puts in our way or throws at us and build atower with them which will reach to heaven. If you want to meet God this week you will find a hundred places awaiting you where you can eithersurrender to difficulty or trust your Father for victory and go forward with thankfulness and praise” (A.B. Simpson).I was stunned by the accuracy of this word fromGod to my soul. I sat for a long time ponderingthese truths and finally acknowledged thatI have consistently surrendered to difficultyrather than trusting the Father for victory. My first inclination was to say to myself, “You cando better! Be stronger...be a man of faith!” Theminute I spoke those words, I was defeated inmy spirit. I wanted to, but it just wasn’t withinme to muster up more faith. Then it hit me...Christ has the faith and he lives in me.The faith that I need is already available as a gift from the indwelling Spirit of Jesus. I need simply to surrender to Jesus and declare, “It is your faith,not mine, and I take your faith and depend upon it to be mine.” In fact, I have concluded that my faith is not the issue. The issue is surrender, the ability to acknowledge that my faith will never be enough, but that Jesushas everything I need. The stones still come, but Christ in me, the fullness of his faith, is helping me to build a tower. How about you?Dave HearnPresident“We have nothing of our own, and even our very faith is but the grace of Christ Himself within us. We can exercise it, and thus far our responsibility extends;but He must impart it, and we simply put it on and wear it as from Him”— A.B. SimpsonThe faith that I need is already available as a gift from the indwelling Spirit of Jesus.---------------------Christians Are Saints Who Sin - Dr. Neil AndersonPosted on March 29, 2013 Believers are “called to be saints” (Rom. 1:7), i.e. we are saints by His calling. Notice that Paul writes “to the saints” in Ephesus (Eph. 1:1), and Philippi (Phil. 1:1). A saint is not someone who has earned their lofty title by living a magnificent life or achieving a certain level of maturity. In the Bible, all believers are described as “saints,” which means “holy ones” (e.g. 1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 1:1). Being a saint does not necessarily reflect any present measure of growth in character, but it does identify those who are rightly related to God. In Scripture, believers are called “saints,” “holy ones,” or “righteous ones” more than 200 times. In contrast, unbelievers are called “sinners” over 300 times. Clearly the term “saint” is used in Scripture to refer to the believer and “sinner” is used in reference to the unbeliever.Although the New Testament teaches that believers can and do sin, it never clearly identifies the believer as a “sinner.” Paul’s reference to himself as “the worst of sinners” seems to contradict his teaching (1 Tim. 1:15,16). Despite the use of the present tense by the Apostle, however, there are several reasons why Paul is referring to his pre-conversion opposition to the Gospel.First, the reference to himself as “sinner” is in support of the first half of the verse, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). The reference to “the ungodly and sinners” a few verses earlier (vs. 9) along with the other New Testament uses of the term “sinners” for those who are outside salvation show that the “sinners” whom Christ came to save were outside of salvation.Second, Paul’s reference to himself as a “sinner” is immediately followed by the statement: “But for that very reason I was shown (past tense) mercy”( v. 16), clearly pointing to the past occasion of his conversion. Paul, the worst of sinners, uses himself as an example of God’s unlimited patience. Because of his past action, Paul considered himself unworthy of what by God’s grace and mercy he presently was, an apostle who was in no respect, “inferior to the ‘Super-apostles’” (2 Cor. 12:11).Third, although declaring that he was the “worst” sinner, the apostle at the same time declares that Christ had strengthened him for the ministry having considered him “faithful” or “trustworthy” for the ministry to which he was called (vs. 12). The term “sinner,” therefore, does not describe him as a believer, but is rather used in remembrance of what he was before Christ took hold of him.As believers we are not trying to become saints, we are saints who are becoming like Christ. Being a saint is part of our positional sanctification. In no way does this deny the continuous struggle with sin. Christians can choose to sin, and many are dominated by the flesh and deceived by the devil. Because they sin, we want to call them sinners, but what we do does not determine who we are. Telling Christians they are sinners and then disciplining them if they don’t act like saints is counterproductive at best and inconsistent with the Bible at worst. Believing who we really are in Christ determines what we do.Dr. Neil www.discipleshipcounsel.com For Spanish see ficmm.org/blogAccording to the power that worketh in usBy A.B. Simpson When we reach the place of union with God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we come into the inheritance of external blessing and enter upon the land of our possession. Then our health and physical strength come to us through the power of our interior life. Then the prayer is fulfilled that we shall be in health and prosper as our soul prospers. Then, with the kingdom of God and His righteousness within us all things are added unto us. God's external working always keeps pace with the power that works in us. When God is enthroned in a human soul, the devil and the world soon find it out. We do not need to advertise our power. Jesus could not be hid, and a soul filled with divine power and purity should become the center of attraction to hungry hearts and Suffering lives. Let us receive Him and recognize Him in His indwelling glory, and then will we appropriate all that it means for our life in all its fullness. Lord, give me the "hiding of thy power," and let Christ be glorified in me.Where You Go, The King Goes We have a saying in our movement: "Where you go, the King goes, and where the King goes people bow." The idea is that you bring the rule of Christ with you. Where Christ rules, things change. The gospel is not just a set of facts to believe, it is a change in allegiance and therefore a change in life. Someone who accepts the gospel does not just accept a few facts about Christ, he or she accepts the rule of Christ as King-a King with all authority of heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18-20). Imagine what we could do with such authority filling our sails.From our small-minded, and humanistic point of view there are resources lacking, closed doors, and insurmountable obstacles to fulfilling a global transformation movement. It is too much. But to the King, who has all authority of heaven and earth, there are no limits. The kingdom of heaven is more powerful than any kingdom of the earth. There is not a government, a law, a criminal cartel, a cultural fad or religious movement that can withstand the rule of God's kingdom.When instructing His disciples to go out and preach the gospel of the kingdom in the various cities and villages of Galilee, Jesus firmly told them that even when people reject your message and you are leaving town without any change left behind you are to announce, "Nevertheless, the kingdom of God has come." The kingdom of God is not subject to the whims of man. Acceptance or rejection does not affect God's kingdom, because it is above all of men's calculated methods or reactions.Pressing On,Neil ColeOriginally posted in Neil's blog --------------------------Ernte, Erntezeit & Erntearbeiter (setze den Namen deiner Stadt in die Lücken rein)Herr, du sagst in dem Bund mit den Menschen in 1. Mo 8,22: Von nun an, alle Tage der Erde, sollen nicht d Ernte, Frost und Hitze,Sommer und Winter, Tag und Nacht.Danke Herr für dein Versprechen. Herr, wir werden nicht aufhören, dein Wort in _____ zu säen. Deswegen wird auch die Ernte nicht aufhören.Danke, dass wir die Ernte in _____ einbringen werden.Herr, du hast die Gesetzmäßigkeit von Saat und Ernte auch im Königreich eingesetzt. Jesus wird die Nationen ernten als ewiges Erbe. Menschen und ganze Nationen werden die Ernte sein, die Jesus durch seine Saat am Kreuz bekommt.Er sagte auch für _____: Die Stunde ist gekommen, dass der Sohn des Menschen verherrlicht werde. Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch: Wenn dasWeizenkorn nicht in die Erde fällt und stirbt, bleibt es allein; wenn es aber stirbt, bringt es viel Frucht. Hör genau zu, _____: Jesus ist als Weizenkornin die Erde gefallen und er wird an diesem Ort viel Frucht bringen. Jesus soll alle Ehre für die Ernte bekommen. (Joh 12,24*)Herr, Erntezeit bringt Arbeit, aber auch Freude und Jubel. Jesus, du wirst das Gute geben und unser Land wird seinen Ertrag bringen.Das Land wird die Ernte herausgeben. Ich rufe hier in _____ aus: Die Erde gibt ihren Ertrag und Gott, unser Gott wird uns segnen. Halleluja. Denn die Wahrheit ist: Die mit Tränen säen, werden mit Freude und Jubel ernten. (Ps 67,7; Ps 85,13; Ps 126,5*)Herr, ich spreche zu diesem Land: Das Volk in _____, das im Dunkel lebt, sieht ein großes Licht. Die im Land der Finsternis wohnen, Licht leuchtet über ihnen. Du vermehrst den Jubel, du machst die Freude groß. Sie freuen sich vor dir, wie man sich freut in der Ernte, wie man jauchzt beim Verteilen der Beute. Wir werden uns freuen beim Einbringen der Ernte in _____. (Jes 9,1-2*).Ich rufe den Menschen in _____ zu: „Säet euch nach Gerechtigkeit! Erntet gemäß der Gnade! Brecht euch einen Neubruch! Es ist Zeit, den HERRN zusuchen, damit er kommt und euch Gerechtigkeit regnen lässt.“ (Hos 10,12)Träufelt, ihr Himmel, von oben auf das Land _____! Und ihr Wolken, fließt über von Gerechtigkeit! Das Land _____ öffne seine Ackerfurchen, und siesollen fruchtbar sein mit Heil und Befreiung, und es lasse Gerechtigkeit hervorwachsen zugleich! Denn Gott, der Herr, hat es erschaffen. (Jes 45,8*)Herr, ich rufe über uns als Christen aus: Wer sparsam sät, wird auch sparsam ernten, und wer segensreich sät, wird auch segensreich ernten. (2. Kor 9,6*)Wir werden in der Region _____ segensreich säen und daher gemäß des Wortes Gottes auch segensreich ernten. Gal 6, 7-9 sagt: Was ein Mensch sät, das wird er auch ernten. Denn wer auf sein Fleisch sät, wird vom Fleisch Verderben ernten; wer aber auf den Geistsät, wird vom Geist ewiges Leben ernten. Herr, wir werden im Gutestun in der Region von_____ nicht müde werden! Denn zur bestimmten Zeitwerden wir ernten, wenn wir nicht ermatten. Daran halten wir fest. Danke dafür.Herr, ich bin begeistert, dass du uns Weisheit geben möchtest, auch deine Zeiten der Vorbereitung des Feldes, der Saat und Ernte zu erkennen. Gib unsdie Salbung des Stammes Issaschar, der die Zeiten erkennen konnte. Gib uns diese Fähigkeit für Einzelne und auch für ganze Städte und Nationen.(1. Chr 12,33*; Jer 5, 24*)Herr, ich bete, dass der Boden für das Wort vorbereitet wird. Lass die Herzen und das Land dein Wort mit Sanftmütigkeit empfangen. Lass sie deinen Worten Raum geben. Die festgetrampelten Wege sollen durch einen Neubruch empfangen können, damit die Vögel das Wort nicht einfach stehlen. Die Steine (Flüche,Sünden, keine Ausdauer, Rebellion, Ärger und Anstoß bei Bedrängnis oder Widerstand gegen das Wort) sollen entfernt werden durch deine Kraft,so dass dein Wort Wurzeln schlagen kann. Die Dornen (Raum geben für Sorgen der Zeit, Betrug des Reichtums und Begierden) sollen ausgerissenund verbrannt werden, denn sie ersticken das Wort.Herr, wir beten für gute Erde, die das Wort Gottes hören und aufnehmen und Frucht bringen kann: dreißig-, sechzig- und hundertfach. (Mt 13,1-23*)Herr, immer wieder sagen Leute, dass dies hier harter Boden ist. Du aber sagst in Joh 4,35 etwas anderes. Du sagst dort: Siehe, ich sage euch: Hebt eure Augen auf und schaut die Felder in _____ an! Denn sie sind schon weiß zur Ernte! Danke, dass ich das Land mit deinen Augen sehen kann. Herr, wir bitten dich auch für mehr Erntearbeiter. Du selbst sagst in Mt 9, 37-38: Die Ernte zwar ist groß, die Arbeiter aber sind wenige. Sobitten wir dich, den Herrn der Ernte, dass du Arbeiter aussendest in deine Ernte hier in _____!Herr, vergib, dass wir oft in der Ernte schlafen. Du sagst in Spr 10,5: Wer im Sommer sammelt, ist ein kluger Sohn, wer in der Ernte schläft, einschandbarer Sohn. Und in Spr 20,4: Im Winter pflügt der Faule nicht; sucht er zur Erntezeit, dann ist nichts da. Vergib uns alle Faulheit in der Vergangenheit. Es liegt nicht am Land allein, sondern an unserer Faulheit, dass wir keine Ernte sehen. Wir wollen gehorsame und nicht schandbare Söhne sein. Wir wollen gemäß deines Wortes fleißig sein, brennend im Geist und dir, dem Herrn, dienend. (Röm 12,11*)Ich bete Mk 4,26-29 über _____ aus: Mit dem Reich Gottes ist es so, wie wenn ein Mensch den Samen auf das Land wirft und schläft und aufsteht, Nacht und Tag, und der Same sprießt hervor und wächst, er weiß selbst nicht wie. Die Erde bringt von selbst Frucht hervor, zuerst Gras, dann eine Ähre, dann vollen Weizen in der Ähre. Wenn aber die Frucht es zulässt, so schickt er sogleich die Sichel, denn die Ernte ist da.Herr, auch wir sind mit der Sichel bereit. Danke, dass das Wachsen der Ernte nicht von uns abhängt, wir können in dir ruhen - und in der Kraft des ausgestreuten Wortes. Es wird Ernte hervorbringen. Danke, Herr!Herr, ich rufe dein Versprechen über die Erntearbeiter in _____ aus. Joh 4,36-38 verspricht: Der da erntet in _____, empfängt Lohn und sammelt Frucht zum ewigen Leben, damit beide, der da sät und der da erntet, sich gemeinsam freuen. Denn hierin ist der Spruch wahr: Ein anderer ist es, der da sät, und ein anderer, der da erntet. Ich, Jesus, habe euch gesandt zu ernten, woran ihr nicht gearbeitet habt; andere haben gearbeitet, und ihr seid in ihre Arbeit eingetreten.
An inspiring message on the Holy Spirit : "Welcome, Holy Spirit" spoken at Pacific Community Church in October, 2013 by Ruth Shareski
Ralph Shareski - Taste and see (at Encounter)
20 min mp3 message from Dec 16, 2012 "Royal Priesthood of all Believers" by Ralph Shareski, Tsawwassen Alliance
Allen Hood (with German translation) - Until the Nations rejoice (from January 2015)
informing and inspiring