Discerning Your Time – Week 4 – Where do I stand?

Where do I stand?

Hosea 10:11 – Jehovah’s view of Spiritual and Practical living

Hosea 10:11 Ephraim is a trained (experienced) Calf that loves to thresh

(to separate); so I will put a yoke on her fair neck. I will drive (the force or power behind) Ephraim, Judah must plow, and Jacob must break up the ground.

Ephraim – Fruitful. The experienced ability to Recognizes fruit and separate the fruit from the vine – discerns wheat from chaff. – lie from truth – One who discerns the truth – fruitful in living and attaches him or her-self to what is fruitful.

Judah – Praise. David and Jesus were defendants of the tribe of Judah.

1Samuel 30:6 – (while in exile) David was in great danger because his men were bitter about losing their sons and daughters (during a raid on their camp), and they began to talk of stoning him. David strengthened (encouraged) himself in the Lord.

Encouraging ourselves in the Lord is a lost ART. We would rather have someone else pray for us, then to take advantage of the weapons, and position we have as sons and daughters of God. This is why the hear, respond, obey movement is so valuable, as it establishes a firm foundation that can be built upon. (t-shirt)

Which reality are you choosing to believe?

Because what we see is becoming more turbulent, and the frequency of the appearance of struggle and distress is in front of us, we must decide which side of reality we land on. Gods reality, or what we see?

Change your perspective, and you will change the way you live and respond to your visible reality.

David changed his perspective by encouraging himself in the Lord

How do I encourage myself in the Lord? Do the very thing that builds your ability to hear and believe God. PRAISE & WORSHIP / PRAYER in the SPIRIT.

Jacob – Sup-planter – takes over, over throw, strategy and scheme. May God protect. Listening to Gods Spirit establishes a plan of strategy for living. Being led by Gods spirit enables us to over-throw the fear our natural reality creates, (abundant living) so that God becomes the ruler of our hearts and Minds – especially our minds, which is where our emotional response exist.

Where are you in this conversation?

3 things we must do today!

1). We must discern what is wheat (fruit) and what is chaff (bad yoke, that produces fear, doubt, anxiousness, worry, stress) in our lives; attach ourselves to what produces fruit.

2). We must praise, worship and pray in the Spirit till our belief in God (and what he is able to do) becomes firm and his voice hear-able.

3). We must mix faith in God (God strategy) with our belief, so that we over-throw the fear of our circumstances (or what our eyes see).

Discerning Your Times – Week 1 – What are we not saying?

What are we not saying?

John 12:37 – 50

Verse Focus

42:Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, (what are we not saying with our actions) they were afraid of being put out of the synagogue; 43: for they loved the praise of men (see, hear, in the natural) more than the praise of God.

The hour of vulnerability is upon us. We can no longer live with a mask of religious expectation. Because the church is tied so much to our heritage, it is easy for us to fall into the act of doing church, instead of being the church.

Doing: to perform, to accomplish

Being: live, reality of the soul, spirit and nature or essence of a person.

The language of God is not found, nor established in what we do in Church, but rather our experiences with God in life. John 12:25-26 – those who love their life (maintain control) in this world will lose it. Those who care (lose control of) nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow (the being) me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

As much as talk is, or, can be cheap, the language of the believer to day must come from our willingness to do life with God. This forms the words we speak and establishes not a religious tone, but a experiential tone that has its origin in vulnerability and truth.

What are we not saying? If the Holy Spirit is charged by God to lead us into all truth, than this leading (if we give up control enough to be led) establishes the very words and language of God (truth) that is needed for declaring or speaking words of discernment that define the time. We must speak, and be willing to speak, by the spirit, the truth that defines the moments in our lives that matter to us – words that flow from doing life with God – our vocation, or economical status, social status, spiritual status, mental status, physical status.

We must be careful. To make statements about the times we live in, that we know are contrary to what God believes concerning the times, or that validate a world view, will keep us spiritually blind to the truth – casting our lot with those who are not Spiritually minded.

Being Spiritually Minded – Part 4 – Evil

Proverbs 3:7-10
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear (revere) the Lord and turn from evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones

Honor the Lord with your wealth (possession, goods, worth – your life) with the first fruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing (there will be no lack).

Evil: Anything that keeps you from believing God.

Remember what sin is – sin is simply, unbelief in God. The act of unbelief is what we often see, as this is merely an expression of our own nature (the sin nature we were born into). When we are conflicted about what we believe, it is impossible to make Godly decisions or submit to God making evil or temptation greater than God’s ability to make us victorious. Evil is the expression of all things wicked, bad, wrong, immoral, foul, vile, dishonorable, corrupt, iniquitous, depraved, reprobate, villainous, vicious and malicious.

Accepting an evil position in life, only leads us to the fulfillment of Satan’s plan for our lives.

We must understand Satan’s goal:

Understanding that Satan’s plan is to distract you from the ability to allow the truth to enter into your soul – which changes your living.  Remember, as the truth enters into your soul through belief, you always have a choice to act upon that truth. This is what eventually causes the truth to produce consistent fruit. The more we act on the truth, the less we are tempted (distracted) or drawn away by our own lust.

One of the ways we know we are choosing evil (unbelief) over God’s plan for our lives, is Guilt.

Guilt

Unless we allow the truth from God to establish our thinking, Guilt will always be part of the ramifications of our actions (or the lack there of) in life.  This distorts our view of God’s love. If we are not operating out of truth, then evil (unbelief in God) will always be part of our thinking.  Reverence, submission and humility, positions us for receiving the truth, which demolishes evil and keeps us from living under a Spirit of religion, which is where we find ourselves without truth.

Proverbs 16:6
Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil.

Being Spiritually Minded – Part 2 – Eyes

Proverbs 3:7-10
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear (revere) the Lord and turn from evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones Honor the Lord with your wealth (possession, goods, worth–your life) with the first fruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing (there will be no lack).

Eyes

Perspective is everything. The way you view your life, will be the basis for the actions (verbal and physical) of your life. The Lord requires truth in the inward parts; meaning, God desires that the truth find its way into our lives through experience with Him. It’s not enough that we hear the truth, but that we believe. It’s easier for us to believe the lie than to believe the truth, as the lie takes no effort to believe, and it’s easier to come by. The truth however, although heard, will always require something of us (our lives)–truth must be experienced, so that it becomes reality.

Like how our earth orbits (turns around) the sun. The truth orbits our soul trying to find a way in. “David said you desire truth in the inward parts. God wants us to not just hear the truth, but to receive it in the inward part, so that it changes our lives, making it livable. Jesus said, you shall know the truth and (you receiving and believing) the truth will make you free.

ROMANS 12:1-2
Offer your lives as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God– for this is your real act of worship. Do not be conformed to the ways (thinking) of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may know (have proper perspective of Gods plan), what is the good and perfect will of God for my life.

How do I reestablish myself in God’s will? — By Giving Thanks

1 Thessalonians
In all things, give thanks, for this is Gods will for you. Giving thanks sets your mind back on what he has said. It lowers us in humility, so that we no longer take control of our lives through fear and submit ourselves to Him through thanks and acknowledgement of his power in our lives.

Let your Christianity come from your experience with Him. This is
the perspective that has power.

Back-2-Basics: Relationships – Communication Part 1

John 16:13 – And when he the Spirit of Truth comes, he will lead you into all Truth.

Truth is at the core of having solid communication in relationships.  But, the one truth that we all fail to accept is – if we are going to believe the truth that comes from God. We must first accept that we have to learn what the truth looks like. This is because we are accustomed to believing the lie (or expect the lie) than we are the truth – as a result of the deceptive nature we must all battle. This perspective (or lack of) creates a distorted view of the truth, which in turn distorts our ability to live the truth – affecting the way in which we communicate with others.

2 Corinthians 10:5 – We demolish arguments and every pretension (posture) that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

We all like to win the argument, because we were never made by God to be wrong (the deceptive nature, or sin nature distorted our perspective – causing the lie to be more attractive than the truth).

 

This leads us to react or converse from 2 platforms: 

1). We all have interpretive opinions: We create an opinion from our own interpretation of the circumstance, weather we know what we are talking about or not.

2). We are manipulators: We all want people to see things our way, so we will argue our position as right, until we have won the moment.

 

Satan’s goal is to “Steal the Word – or truth” through circumstance. This began with Adam and Eve, and exist in our lives today.

Isaiah 59:14 – So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; Truth is fallen in the street, Honesty cannot enter.

Being still helps us to practice not only listen to God, but as well, we learn to be good listeners to others.

James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

Remember that in relationship, “your word is your bond” – Often we are guilty of lying, or making commitments via our words that we fail to keep, and this affects the overall relationship, creating a wedge of dis-trust between us and the person we are in relationship with.  No lie can serve the purposes of God. This is an issue of the heart, as a man or woman’s word is only as good as his character.

***In addressing the grey that has infiltrated Christianity, we must be intentional about responding to God, otherwise we will fear faith, and the areas in which we fear faith, are the areas in which we find the darkest shade of grey – dis-honest living. ***

Proverbs 21:23 – Whoever keeps (hold firmly) his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble

 

Application Exercise:

1). Communication is an essential part of the relationship process. Looking at your relationship with God:

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what Season you are in – write down what he says, and then begin to talk to Father from this place. Remember, knowing your season, helps you communicate effectively with God, which positions you to participate with Him as well.