Archive for January, 2012


I Don’t Wanna Cry

I Don’t Wanna Cry.

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes….”(Rev. 21:4 and 7:17)

“And the Lord will wipe away tears from all faces….”(Isa. 25:8)

 

If you are anything like me, you have those moments in which tears begin to well up in your eyes.  You make abortive and bootless efforts to suppress the inevitable tide of physically manifested emotions.  Tears can be brought on by many ardent and effusive forces.  There are tears of regret; when I take a retrospective glance at my life, tears began to flow as I am reminded of the pain that has come to others because of my selfish actions.  There are tears of pain.  The same retrospection that produces regret also paints the malevolent and inclement portrait of abandonment and heartache.  There are tears of Joy, sadness, emptiness and loneliness.  Tears are most often associated with negative emotions.

 

It is a natural human instinct to hold back tears.  Nobody wants to cry.  I took some time to stop by and tell you that it’s okay to cry, your tears are temporary.

            “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…”(2 Cor. 4:17)

 

Jesus promised it, mama confirmed it, and experience has consummated and solidified the fact that this world will bring pain to those that inhabit it.  There is no circumvention of the trials and tribulations of this life.  You will inevitably take some wrong turns that consequently lead to pain.  You will at some point and time experience the heartache brought on by the neglect and betrayal of those you love and hold dear.  There will be a time when you will, just as David, say, “In return for my love there are my love they have become my accusers…”(109:4)  There are men that with every ounce of their being attempt to stem the tide of tears that flow as a result of pains that run deep.  There are women that have sworn that they will not shed one more tear over a man that has repetitively wounded their emotional stability.  Yet, in both instances, these people wake in the morning to find their pillows drenched with tears.

 

Tears are as natural as the instinct to suppress them.  They are a physiological response to invisible emotions; emotions that the majority of us don’t want exposed.  In our culture, tears are considered a sign of weakness, especially when it comes to men.  However, our emotions were never meant to be suppressed, but expressed.  David, Jeremiah, and Jesus all wept.  Very few people understand that crying and weeping are part of the healing process.  Suppressed emotions are never conducive to proper healing.

 

 

 

The most awesome truth about our moments of weeping is that no matter how hard we try to conceal our tears, our weeping is never a solitary experience.

 

“And the Lord said: ‘I have surely seen the oppression of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.”(Ex. 3:7)

 

God acknowledges that He has seen and heard the cries of His people.  He establishes the point that He is not some distant God that is cold and aloof toward His people.  Exodus 2:23 informs us that as the cries of the children of Israel rang out, God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Remembering His promises, God looked upon the children of Israel and acknowledged them.  God has promised us that He will never leave nor forsake us.  This fact should bring solace to every believer.  Though the vault of your emotions has been breached and a medley of emotions cascade through the hollows of your existence, do not despair.  No matter how lonely the moment, irrespective to the current darkness, you are not alone.

 

Not only has God promised never to leave us alone, He has promised to act on our behalf.

            “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”(2 Chron. 16:9)

 

“When the enemy comes in like a flood.  The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”(Isa. 59:19)

 

God did not simply acknowledge the children of Israel and their circumstances, He became personally involved.

“So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians…”(Ex. 3:8)

 

Not only have “I’ heard their cries and seen their oppression, “I” am going to intervene on their behalf.  The God we serve is completely responsive to the needs of His people.  He does not sit idly by while they face the vicissitudes of life.  God responds to those tears with a decisive force, bringing power, joy, and peace.

 

In fact, it is those moments of mourning, weeping, and crying that God moves most awesomely in the lives of believers.  When the pain of the moment has taken control of your life; when the loneliness has consumed you and the manacles of depression have seized hold of you; when no one else seems to care, God hears and God answers.  God responded to the cries of Job, David, Jeremiah and more.  It was the weeping of Mary and Martha that moved Jesus to tears and prompted the resuscitation of Lazarus.  It was the weeping of the nation of Israel that caused God to speak through Ezekiel and promise to bring them up from their graves of despair.  God moves in moments of desperation.

 

Let us look once again at the book of Exodus so that we might closer examine the dynamics of God’s movement in the lives of His chosen.  It begins in Chapter 1.

            “But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty….Now there arose a new king over Egypt…and he said to his people….come, let us deal shrewdly with them….therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens….and they made them serve with rigor…. Then the King spoke to the midwives…and he said, when you do the duties of a midwife to the Hebrew women, if it is a son, then you shall kill him…”(Ex. 1:7-6)

 

The God we serve is a “show up” God, and the show up process begins at the moment of need.  Up to this point, God had sustained His people through providential care.  They had increased abundantly and grew exceedingly mighty, but the moment the Egyptians moved against them, the show up process began.  God’s subtle movements are revealed in His providential provisions.  There is nothing subtle about the show up process; when God shows up He shows out.  He is completely radical in His movement.  He leaves no doubt as to who has brought deliverance.  Your tears are a visible sign that God is about to bust a move in your situation.

 

 

Every oppressive move of the Egyptians drew God closer to His people.  Every lash of the taskmasters whip, every drop of sweat from the brow of an enslaved Israelite, every vociferous cry of a Hebrew woman brought closer the day that God’s inimitable and unsurpassed power would be displayed on behalf of His chosen.  The tears of the believer are like a magnet that acts as a spiritually kinetic force that draws God to the center of the struggle.  Sometimes all you can do is cry.  Your ability to reason has dissipated, rendering you dysfunctional.  You want to pray, but you can’t form the words.  All you can do is cry.  Your soul sinks within you and the questions of why, how and when press their way to the surface.  Why is this happening to me?  How could he/she do this to me?  When will it end?  All of these questions have their place, however, the most pertinent question is not why, how, or when, but who?  Who can I turn to when my attempts to ebb the tides of the tribulation proves futile?  Who can I trust when no one else seems to care?  When those who are normally the pillars of support in my life are being crushed under the weight of life’s realities, to whom can I turn to be the buttress that sustains me in the midst of the storm?

“When I cry out to you, Then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me.” (PS 56:9)

“And it will be for a sign and for a witness…for they will cry to the Lord…and he will send them a savior and a Mighty one, and He will deliver them.”(Isa. 19:20)

 

“Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep….So David recovered all…and nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great….David recovered all…”(1 Sam. 30:4, 18-19)

 

 

When there is nowhere else to turn, even when there is “no more power” to weep, God hears our cries, even the silent cries of a desperate soul.  It’s okay, go ahead and cry.  Your tears are a release of the pressures, hurts and disappointments of the moment.  Your tears are a clarion sounding to God that His child is in need.  Your tears are not meant to be quenched or suppressed; they are an expression of the heart’s yearnings.  Your tears are a part of God’s show up process.

 

Isn’t it awesome to be in Love with a God that loves you; a God that becomes personally involved in our lives.  I can’t promise you that there will not be tears, in fact, the one you hold dearest may yet break your heart; the expectations for tomorrow may go unfulfilled; in return for your love, they may become your accuser.  Yet, God, in His bountiful love, sees, hears, and responds to the cries of His people.

 

God, through His Word, has not only promised temporal relief from life’s struggles and disappointments, but an eternal acknowledgment and comforting for every tear shed during this ethereal journey of Christianity.

 

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”(PS. 46:1)

“For the lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”(Rev. 7:17)

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”(Rev. 21:4)

 

In Psalms 46, we find that God is a present help in trouble.  He is there during those bouts with loneliness; He is there when you are grieving and mourning the loss of a loved one; He is there when all you possess is taken away.  No matter what you are going through; no matter how dark the moment, God is there.  Not only is He a present help, but he has promised to bring eternal peace and comfort.  He has promised to wipe every tear permanently away from your eyes, after which there will be no more death, no more sorrow, nor crying.  He has promised that He will personally take away forever, every pain, every heartache, and every tormenting struggle.

 

Isaiah 25:8 says, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.  Isaiah 35:10 says, “And the “ransomed” of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing.  With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and singing shall flee away.”

 

“The ransomed” refers to those who have been purchased at a price; those whose debt has been expiated by the Son.  “The ransomed” are those who have been redeemed by the precious “Blood” of the “Lamb”.  Ransomed and redeemed are words meritorious of our concentrated attention.  These words remind us that we have been released from the prison of sin; we have been rescued from the pit of hell; we have been preserved for all eternity; we have been liberated, set free, and cut loose from the shackles of eternal damnation.  God in His matchless love has said, “I will ransom them from the power of the grave…(Hosea 13:14)”

 

 

When we keep in view the fact that we are creatures redeemed by the creator; when we are able to apprehend in full the understanding of the magnitude of the love required for God to redeem us in our sinful state, we will view our trials, sufferings, and disappointments in a different light.  We will view them as Paul did:

 

            “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”(Rom. 8:18)

“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed….for our light affliction, which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of Glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4: 8,9,17 and 18)

 

Your tears are a temporary response to the reality of the moment.  Your tears are a physical expression of an emotional state.  It’s okay, go ahead and cry, the pain won’t last forever.  God’s on His way and He’s bringing joy with Him.  He’s coming to wipe away ever tear.  You may be crying now, but weeping only endures for a night, for joy comes in the morning.  Cry if you must, but do not despair; the God we serve is a show up God.  He is on His way to deliver, to heal, to liberate, and to exalt.  So, let the tears flow when they come, for soon God will wipe every tear away!

 

May you be richly blessed!

 

Sincerely,

Bishop Rick Wallace

No More Dry Bones

Foundational Scriptures: Ezekiel 37:1-14

 

As I reflect on my life’s history and contemplate the many struggles and vicissitudes, the ups and downs, the ins and outs, I find myself asking the same invariable question my ancestors posed many years ago -How did I make it?  I must say that my soul looks back in wonder of how I made it through.

 

To my fellow Christians that are going through right now, God has sent forth His Word so that it may bring healing.  The sun is downing just over the mountain top.

 

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ 1 Peter 6,7

 

I’ve said this more than once and I will venture to say it once more; It is only when the Christian warrior has been tested by the fierce and vehement winds of adversity that he proves himself genuine in his faith, while at the same time discovering the awesome power and ability of God to deliver and restore.

 

Not until you’ve been pushed to the brink of despair will your true character and integrity shine forth.  Not until you have reached that place in which family and friends have no bearing on the outcome of your situation, that place at which you have been left with but two choices:  Trust God or perish into the abyss of failure.  Only by choosing to stand on the infallible promises of God will the genuineness of your faith be validated.

 

My dear Christian friends, if you have not yet found yourselves in this place of vulnerability and frailty, just wait……but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

 

Now, if one must be tested, it only stands to reason that such a one should spend a significant amount of time preparing for the exam.  How does one prepare for life’s tests? – By the daily study, intake, absorption, metabolism, and inculcation of Bible doctrine.  This develops the foundation for every Christian function -faith! Faith is then applied to situations and circumstances of life.

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 establishes the fact that we walk by faith and not by sight.

 

Faith – Here is that unavoidable word that is embedded in the existence of the life of every Christian.  Without faith, the Christian life is void and hopeless; virtually nonexistent.  Without faith your Christianity is an illusion that bears no true power. Without faith there is no power source. Without faith there is no peace. Without faith there is fulfillment of purpose and destiny. So, if the apprehension of faith is paramount in this ethereal journey of Christianity, how must one go about obtaining it?

Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God!”  Faith, then comes to man when they hear the Word preached by called men of God.  William Mac Author adds this to the point of hearing, “But hearing with the ears is not enough, a person must hear with an open heart and mind, willing to be shown the Truth of God.  If he does, he will find that the Word has the ring of truth and the truth is self-authenticating.  He will then believe (Believers Bible Commentary).  Once again we are magnetically drawn to the truth and relevance of God’s word.  Faith is therefore built upon the unshakeable foundation of the infallible Word of God.  Faith then, is receiving the testimony of God, as He has revealed it to us in His Word, as unadulterated truth and then standing and acting on that truth; this is faith.

 

Though today’s message deals with restoration, we cannot lose our focus on faith, for restoration is filtered through and encapsulated by faith.  A faith that says all things are possible through God; even delivery and restoration from the consequences and repercussions of our own actions. Oh how the devil desires to drape the anvil of past failures around our necks in an attempt to produce a guilt complex that stifles our growth and impedes our progress. Yet, we will find that the God we serve is a God of second chances; not only affording us a new opportunity to succeed where we have failed, but also providing the power through which to do it.

 

We begin our journey in verse one with the prophet Ezekiel being brought out in the Spirit of the Lord and set in the midst of the Valley of Dry Bones.

 

Allow me a diminutive degree of digression if you will. There are many hermeneutics (rules, principles, techniques, etc.) when studying God’s Word, one of which isagogics.  -Isagogics is the interpretation of scripture within the frame work of its historical setting or prophetical environment.  Lucidly speaking, Isagogics gives consideration to the date of authorship, the audience, and the reason.

 

With this in mind, we will take notice that Ezekiel is an Old Testament prophet, a contemporary of Jeremiah and Daniel.  He prophesied from 593-571 B.C.  Ezekiel was taken captive and exiled to Babylon during the second of three raids by the Chaldeans led by Kind Nebuchadnezzer.  During the third and final raid in 586 B.C, the third deportation took place and the temple was destroyed.  This fifth cycle of discipline (As outlined in Leviticus Chapter 26) lasted for seventy years, another Biblical prophecy fulfilled.

 

Through this diminutive bit of background information, we can ascertain quite a bit.  First thing would be that Ezekiel is an Old Testament Prophet; meaning he received his revelations through direct communication from God via visions, theophanies, and audible mandates; which explain verse one.

Next, we can understand the state that the nation of Judah was in at the time, the Jews were in a very dark time in their history.  They had every reason to give up and acquiesce to the despair of the moment.  This pit of despair is of their own doing, yet we will find out that God has honored his promise to never leave nor forsake them.

 

Now that we have laid the foundation, let us move on.

 

Ezekiel has been placed in the Valley of Dry Bones; a valley that represents death in the worst way.  These bones represented the nation of Judah.  Whether the placement in this valley is by vision or literal is irrelevant in the scope of its message.

 

Next, comes the question, “Son of man, can these bones live?  Ezekiel’s answer was succinct, yet immensely profound.  -“O Lord God, You know”.  At first glance, it may seem that Ezekiel did not answer the question, but deferred to God, but he did answer when he said, “O Lord God.”  -Through God, all things are possible. When Ezekiel acknowledged God he acknowledged the possibilities.

 

-More than deferring, Ezekiel was saying, O Lord God, you don’t even have to ask.

 

Now, the command, Prophecy to these bones -Preach to the bones, tell them to hear my words.  God too, has said to me, son of man, can I revive and restore those who are called by my name?  My answer every morning is the same, O Lord God you are able and you are willing. Be sure of this, for those that truly come to God and know that he is, this will be a year of restoration.

 

I can imagine how Ezekiel must have felt, being asked to preach to the dead, because there are times when I feel I am preaching to the dead. They are there, but they are not listening. They hear, but they do not comprehend. I hear the amen corner, but I don’t see the victorious soldier.

“Surely, I will cause breath to enter into you and you shall live.”  I would like to bring elucidation to the word “surely“.

 

Webster’s definition for surely is -without doubt, certainty.  The Word surely here should bring an unwavering confidence; not only in God’s ability but his willingness to perform what he has promised.  If God said it, I believe it and that settles it.  It will happen.

 

 

Verse 6 ends with “Then you shall know that I am the Lord.  The work that I am about to perform, that “new thing” of Isaiah 43:19 will be so complete, so awesome, so abundant that it will leave no doubt that God himself performed it.  When God shows up, He shows out.

 

The next verse, verse 7, is of the utmost importance.  “So I prophesied as I was commanded.”  Here we have one of the three quintessential elements that are imperative if we are to experience the process of deliverance and restoration – obedience; the remaining two being faith and patience.  “Behold to obey is better than sacrifice (1 Sam 15:22).”  Ezekiel did not question God, he simply believed and his faith resulted in obedience.

 

“Faith without work is dead (James 2:17)

 

As Ezekiel prophesied, he heard a noise.  Keep in mind that there is no one out there but him.  In our obedience to God we will be taken back in absolute astonishment by His movement in our situations.  He is a God of abundance and profusion not of mediocrity.  The scripture goes on to tell us that the bones came together and became flesh, but there was no breath in them.  These bones were like so many of us today -They did not get the entire message the first time around.  They grasped the whole bone and flesh thing, but not the part about the breath.  So, God told Ezekiel to prophesy to the breath.  It can also be translated spirit.  Here the breath or winds represented the power of the Holy Spirit to quicken or bring life to that which was dead.

 

Ezekiel once again did as he was told and upon doing so the breath of life entered these bodies which then stood upon their feet an exceeding and great army.  I ask you now, are your bones dry and brittle? Are you being tossed by the winds of despair?  If so, hold on, God has a word for you.

 

Then the Lord spoke to Ezekiel and said these bones are the whole house of Israel.  They indeed say our bones are dry, our hope is lost and we ourselves are cut off.  Therefore prophesy and say to them…behold my people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel.  Then you shall know that I am the Lord when I have opened your graves – I will put my Spirit in you and you shall live.

 

There are many of you today who have become overwhelmed in your particular circumstances.  The pernicious and incessant attacks of the enemy have left you dangling by the circumscribed cards of despair and destitution.  A vehement sense of hopelessness has began to threaten your very existence.  However, I have good news.

 

God desires to renew, rejuvenate, and restore.  In essence, He has sent me to tell you: no more dry bones!”  The enemy would like for you to feel lost and alone, but God has promised never to leave you alone  -“No more dry bones””  You may  be at the most darkest of times, yet God’s command remains.  “No more dry bones”!  Like David your friends may have become your enemies, but I exhort you to give yourself to prayer.  I come to tell you today, “No more dry bones”!  There may be stress, tension, and uncertainty in your marriage, but God sustains, “No more dry bones”!    Your heart is heavy and your pillow is drenched with tears -“No more dry bones”.  Everywhere you turn is trouble, but trouble don’t last always -“No more dry bones”.

 

If you have to cry right now, that’s okay, go ahead because weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning -“No more dry bones”.

 

God through Christ has positioned us for blessings and deliverance.  He is about to breath life into your situation.  “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart, wait I say on the Lord (Psalms 27:14)“…Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.” (Proverbs 20:22)

 

God has offered His Son for our sins so that through Him, we might have eternal      life -This is salvation.

 

Christ paid the penalty for our sins -This is propitiation.

 

The sacrifice of Christ at the cross satisfied the wrath of God -This is expiation.

 

God imputed His righteousness to us -This is justification.

 

God renewed fellowship with us -This is reconciliation.

 

Because of God’s gifts, we lift our hands in praise -This is celebration.

 

In Christ, we have an unspeakable joy -This is elation.

 

Each day we are becoming more like Him -This is sanctification.

 

We have been anointed and ordained with a purpose -This is predestination.

 

We have been set free from the enemy -This is emancipation

 

God has declared us victorious over the enemy -This is declaration.

 

When we proclaim the power of God aloud -This is recitation.

 

When we turn away from evil -This is cessation

 

God is about to revive your hopes -This is resuscitation.

 

God is about to bring you back to a fullness -This is restoration.

 

Finally God will bring you to the fullness of purpose -This is glorification.

 

Your breakthrough is coming.  Hold on, remain steadfast in prayer.  God is about to bust a move.  Remember, No More Dry Bones!

 

Bishop Rick Wallace

Mind Power

Mind Power.

For the past month I have been talking to you about the power of the mind. I have iterated on multitudinous occasions that in order to change your current state you must first change your current state of mind.

Educational psychology states that a learned person is one with a vision of unified knowledge. He does not like being restricted to seeing things from one dimension. He prefers seeing things from multiple dimensions and combines them into an integrated perspective. His thoughts, visions and projections are unified and in harmony with his direction.

In the arena of Business Administration many companies are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that the old model no longer works. These companies are now recruiting executives that are emerging from the new school of innovative thinking. Yes, they are looking for thinkers. Social evolution requires the ability to shift the model. It takes a person that is able to consistently exercise thought in several realms or dimensions to insure that the current model is effective. In this arena there are three major thought processes:

  1. The first is “reflective thinking”; this is a place where you allow your mind to flow freely and think freely without being confined to organized system. If you are putting in energy and effort into this realm of thought then it is not truly reflective. This type of thinking opens up the possibility for creative thought. It creates the capability to function in the second realm of thinking.
  2. The second realm of thought is “lateral thinking”. Lateral thinking, also known as thinking outside of the box, is a thought process in which preconceived boundaries are removed and alternative ideas are entertained. Lateral thinking is the reason that a young entrepreneur who has been told that his passion will not translate into a viable business in the present economy still flourishes. He has learned how to think outside of the built-in boundaries of his niche.
  3. The third realm of thought is “critical thinking”. This is the thought process by which you analyze, anatomize, re-examine, and recalculate your processes. This is the analytical realm that when properly navigated reduces errors and maximizes opportunity.

 

Example: Reflective thinking will provide the idea of how to build your loved one a beautiful gift from wood. Lateral thinking will give you the idea that cutting the traditional way as explained in the instructions will give you a generic product, whereas as simple change in tools and angles will offer something that will be truly unique. Critical thinking will cause you to examine the cutting angles and tools used with precise thought and consideration given to each detail. What this does is reduce the chance of error and the loss of a valuable piece of wood.

All of this has been stated in order to stress the power of thought. Listen to what the creator of Mind Reality; who happens to be a Christian by the way, says.

The secret of wealth is consciousness of wealth. In order to
experience abundance, you have to be abundant. Abundance is your
true nature, and when you think, act and live according to it, you
will manifest abundance. The rich in mentality get richer while the
poor in mentality get poorer. The accumulation of material wealth
begins with wealth consciousness. Pursuing spiritual development
before working on wealth creation is the key to attaining both
inner and outer riches. The outer is reflection of inner.

The secret of health is consciousness of health. Disease is a lack
of ease psychologically and physically. Conflicting thoughts and
feelings in your consciousness is what causes this state of
distress. When you notice yourself becoming sick, watch for
conflicting thoughts that have arisen within your consciousness and
resolve them. Either push them all one way or the other, or find a
way to hold them in a harmonious way. External remedies only cure
symptoms but dealing with consciousness cures at root. (see Bishop Rick Wallace for a more detailed explanation on sickness and healing)

The secret of secrets is the consciousness of secrets. All the
truths about life are not secrets, but they are hidden from us due
to our ignorance. By thinking about the discovery of truths as a
search for the secrets, we motivate our subconscious mind to go on
a treasure hunt. The greatest treasure in this world is wisdom, and
life is to be played as a treasure hunting game. Treasures are
meant to be appreciated and so when you think of truths as secrets,
your appreciative mindset will draw them all to you.

Written by Enoch Tan – Creator of Mind Reality

 

Can you at least begin to grasp what is written here? Everything he says here has strong biblical foundation.

“As a man thinks in his heart so is he…” (Prov. 23:7)

When I first decided that I wanted to be an entrepreneur years ago, I was blessed to have an awesome mentor who spent the majority of his time, not giving me different business models that were certain to work, but teaching me that poverty is a mentality and so is wealth. This is what Enoch was speaking of when he said, “Abundance is your true nature, and when you think, act and live according to it, you will manifest abundance. The rich in mentality get richer while the poor in mentality get poorer. The accumulation of material wealth begins with wealth consciousness.” When you find yourself in any kind of pit or grounded in any area of your life it can be traced back to your thinking. We all fall into places where we fall victim to what Christian Author, Joyce Meyers calls “stinkin thinkin”. Our way of thinking sends us down a path of destruction and delay. The Christian should have a thought process that is inundated with Christian doctrine. The Christian should not have a mindset of lack because the God we serve is a God of abundance.

Proper and accurate knowledge that is put into action is the execution of wisdom. There must first be the apprehension of knowledge:

“My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge.” (Hos. 4:6)

The knowledge that is apprehended must be put into action and its progression facilitated by faith. This means that you believe that what God has promised you as an inheritance is already yours as long as you align with his will.

Remember what Enoch said, “The rich in mentality get richer while the poor in mentality get poorer.” What this means is what separates the wealthy from the poor is not socioeconomic boundaries; it’s not geographical impediments, it’s not racial discrimination; those are simply built in excuses for failure. What separates the wealthy from the poor is the mentality of each. Understand this: In order to truly become wealthy, you must become wealthy in your mentality. Money is simply one of the manifestations of your wealth and is the conduit through which external expression of that wealth is most easily witnessed. When you gain this understanding you will never be imprisoned by money again. When you grasp this truth you will never experience poverty again, even if your bank account is empty. You may be asking how that can be so. This means that you have not grasped it just yet. Money is simply a medium produced through the power of the mind impressed upon life. As long as you understand wealth and you think in abundance you will always recover.

When I say think in abundance, I am not speaking of daydreaming. There is a place and time for that; it falls under the reflective thought process I spoke of earlier. In this instance, thinking in abundance means careful and intent consideration of what is before you and the power you have been given by God to obtain it.

“But you shall remember the LORD your God, for (S)it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deut. 8:18 NASB)

As we press forward in this journey of elevation this year, I will continue to present new truths that will allow you to adjust your thinking. There are opportunities out there right now that will produce cash in abundance, but I tell you that until your thinking has change you will not be successful or like most lottery winners, you will have fleeting riches. It is not the opportunity, but the mindset. The mindset will automatically uncover opportunities. I will eventually present opportunities, but I want to establish the need for proper thinking or it will be a waste and a source of frustration.

I pray that this short treatise has in some way blessed you. If it has I encourage you to pass the link on to others so that together we can raise the status of believers everywhere.

Bishop Rick Wallace

 

” Throughout the past centuries, mankind has been looking to the outside for improving the quality of our lives. Technology has developed and advanced to a level where we can do many things we couldn’t possibly do before. It’s amazing how far the genius that God has put in us has turn out to be. Now at the turn of the millennia, mankind is beginning to turn from looking outside to looking inside to exploring and developing the vastly untapped potential that lies within each and every one of us all along.” ~ Enoch Tan”

The Power In Purpose

The Power In Purpose.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

 

Recently I put together an exegesis on Romans 8:28. That analysis of Romans 8:28 brought lucidity to the subject of knowing for whom God works all things for the good. What I aim to do here briefly is give insight to the last word in this passage; purpose.

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πρόθεσις

prothesis

proth’-es-is

From G4388; a setting forth, that is, (figuratively) proposal (intention); specifically the show bread (in the Temple) as exposed before God: – purpose, shew [-bread].

Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

 

The Greek word “prothesis” translated purpose in English connotes something being set forth and placed in view (with the underlying meaning being that it has been set forth with the understanding  and clarity of the reason for which it was set forth). Simply put, purpose means something that has been set forth with clear understanding of its reason. Clear understanding does not constitute easy access, but clarity in the sense of understanding what has been revealed.

Purpose and its underlying elements have been pondered through the ages. The Great Greek philosophers of ancient times have grappled with purpose and the significance of human life and their modern counterparts have faced the same enigmatic issues that plagued them centuries ago. Freud, Nietzsche, and Foucault have no better settled the quandaries of life than did the likes of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Secular paradigms and cosmic speculations have infiltrated the faith of Christianity and have brought about paradigmatic shifts in the thinking of believers. When I survey the Christian landscape I find that the cosmic thinking of secular worldviews such as Nihilism, Secular Humanism, Religious Pluralism, Relativism, etc. have infiltrated the thought processes of the Christian believer. This helps to explain how so many things that were socially unacceptable just a few decades ago is now common place. When these worldviews impress their tenets of moral ambiguity and their nebulous approach to purpose and destiny, they undermine the power of God and they open the door to antinomianism and even legalism.

Understanding purpose carries with it a wealth of benefits in the sense of perseverance through the trials of this life. Purpose steadies us when we begin to waver under the pernicious attacks of the enemy. Purpose sets the resolve necessary to penetrate the darkness of doubt. Purpose makes visible the plan that is unique to each individual’s life. Purpose says that I am here for a reason, and in knowing this purpose I can comprehend the challenges that accompany this life in the sense that they will work toward the fulfilling of that purpose. My purpose explains my pain.

There is an inherent desire for significance within each of us. There is a yearning to belong; there is a yearning to matter; there is a yearning to have something for which you can base your life; purpose is the substance that satisfies this yearning. Purpose identifies and validates your direction. There are many secular systems that have created paradigms that suggest there is no true meaning to life and that our existence is simply the result chance mutation. There are those that speculate because of the size of our planet in relation to the rest of the universe that we have no true significance. It is easy for the finite perspicacity of man to erroneously hypothesize concerning such issues because without knowledge of God there is no true revelation. Without God things just don’t make sense. Until we unite with our purpose as set forth by God, we will wonder aimless, and strive ineffectively throughout our lives.

To really understand the power in purpose we must understand the following verse of scripture in the Romans 8 passage:

“For those whom he foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” (rom. 8:29-30)

“For those whom he foreknew”, introduces the doctrine of foreknowledge which can be defined as the subcategory of God’s omniscience in which he personally knew each believer in eternity past and thereby knew that they would repent and receive The Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. With this knowledge in mind, he set forth an individual plan for the life of each of these believers. Within this plan lies the purpose and destiny of each believer. The setting out of this plan by God is known as predestination (To predetermine or foreordain; to appoint or ordain beforehand by an unchangeable purpose).  In other words, by divine decree, a purpose has been placed upon your life and the emptiness that is within many of you will never be satiated until you began to walk in that purpose. When you begin to walk in your purpose a peace will settle upon you. When you engage your purpose you will find exceptional power to live in that purpose. When you put on the jacket of purpose you will defend yourself from storms of doubt that have filled your life.

 

Purpose girds your thoughts when the enemy attempts to infiltrate your mind. Purpose provides the focus that propels you into your destiny with a passion that is undeterred by trials. Purpose is the inexorable force that speaks to doubt and reminds you that God is behind the scenes holding the plan together.  Purpose reminds you that your destiny has been decreed and that only your dedication to remaining on the path is required. Purpose exposes you to the unlimited assets that God has placed at your disposal. Purpose provides the answer to the question: After salvation, then what?

 

We are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). The Greek word [ κατεργάζομαι , katergazomai] which is rendered “work out” means “to continually work to bring something to fulfillment or completion. This is sometimes misapplied to teach salvation by works which would call for us to disregard scriptures such as Romans 3:21-24 and Ephesians 2:8-9). What Paul is teaching is that there is more to salvation than eternal life. Salvation comes with purpose or after salvation we would be immediately taken away to live in eternity. We have been left behind in this hostile world because we have a purpose in it. Salvation is not earned by works, but it is confirmed by them.

 

I urge each of you to search out your purpose and take hold of it; walk in it. Stand in your purpose. Do not relinquish the vision that has been placed inside of you for the vision is inundated with purpose. Do not forsake the constant study of the Word of God, for the Word is saturated with purpose. Do not forgo prayer, for prayer settles you in purpose. Do not forsake the assembly as some do because fellowship exposes the interconnectivity of individual purpose with the universal purpose of the body of Christ.

 

Welcome to your purpose; welcome to your destiny!

 

 

Best regards,

 

Bishop Rick Wallace

Founder & President

Rick Wallace Ministries

100 Men of Purpose

Life Solutions 21

The Invisible Father

Abiding In Abundance

By Bishop Rick Wallace

 

It does not require much effort to find yourself digesting massive doses of rhetoric and propaganda concerning the current economic situation.  Every self proclaimed expert is weighing in on the matter; and as always there is more criticism than contributions towards a valid solution.  The thing that grabs me the most is the level of fear.  In fact, an enormous portion of the current economic situation is driven by fear.  Consumers fear making the most nominal and inconsequential of purchases; bankers fear lending money due to the risk of default; retailers fear making the necessary investments to procure adequate marketing and advertising.  There is so much fear permeating throughout the corridors of society that we are feeding and nurturing the very thing we fear – economic instability.

 

In the fury of all of the extrapolated theories floating around in the air, in the midst of the paralyzing fear gripping our nation, is hidden the most disparaging of revelations, the defeated Christian.  The fear level among the saved is equal to or greater than the unbeliever.  Those who are called to walk by faith have become sight-walkers; glued to the T.V. set and gaining on every financial report.  I am in no way suggesting that anyone at any time engage in unwise spending nor do I propose total ignorance to the economic climate that encapsulates you.  However, I passionately desire to impress upon the heart of every believer that engages this piece to walk each day in the confidence of your identity in Christ and to stand implacably on the promises of God.  The promises of God are 100% recession proof.  Come with me as we take a journey through the infallible Word of God and come face to face with the great and precious promises of our great provider.  Walk with me as I show you how to abide in the abundance of God and share with you its multitudinous benefits.

 

There is no mistaking the signs of economic recession and the presages of a pending structural collapse of the economy.  Yet, these prognostications should not be the guiding forces in the lives of believers.  Yes, we are to be prudent in our thoughts and actions irrespective to social or economic climates, however, there is a distinct difference between prudence and paranoia.  External circumstances should never be the point of reference of the Christian solider.  We are to be guided by the Word of God.  We must ask ourselves: What does the Word say about this?  God’s Word is lucidly clear when it concerns the financial state of His chosen.

 

Though I will be addressing financial prosperity and stability in primary, it is of immense importance to understand that Biblical prosperity and abundance extends beyond the realm of monetary wealth.  Biblical prosperity encompasses emotional, physical, relational, spiritual, and financial advancement and stability.  There is to be balance in the progression of the believer.  Remember we are the reflection of God’s love and thereby the window through which the world sees our savior.  If we are only focused on prosperity in wealth, we do not represent our savior well.  We are told over and over in scripture that God will perfect us.  The verb “perfect” in the Bible connotes completion, fulfillment, and attainment of a desired goal.  Completion implies a person be established in every aspect. So, we cannot become so enamored with one aspect of our lives that we neglect others.

 

Yet, we must come to an understanding that financial prosperity is a part of the inheritance of the saints (belivers). There are those that teach that financial prosperity as promised in the Bible is only promised to the Jews of the Old Testament and are not a part of the new covenant. I will not spend a great deal of time addressing this directly, but we must understand that wealth in its rawest form is represented in natural created things. God created these things in abundance for all to have access to. For those that follow me, you know that it is my stance that lack is not of God; and just enough to get by is lack. We serve a God of abundance, and His magnanimous benevolence is expressed in every area of the believer’s life. Just as in other areas of a believer’s life; his financial lack comes from a lack of knowledge and appropriate action. Simply put lacking in knowledge in any particular aspect of your life produces poor decisions and fallible actions that produce lack in that area.

 

Now that we have this understood let us press forward.  What does God promise concerning finances?  Let us begin with the apprehension of the fact that money, as with all other blessings, carries with it an immense responsibility. Financial prosperity is a trust.

 

“Will a man rob God?  Yet you have robbed Me!  But you say, In what way have we robbed you?  In tithes and offerings.”(Mal. 3:8)

 

“In tithes and offerings”; there are two forms of giving, one obligatory and one voluntary.  There is a distinction between the two and failure to distinguish between the two can lead to indecision.  The fact that Malachi distinguishes between the two in verse 8 supports the fact that tithing and offering (free will giving) are two separate functions.

 

The word tithe means a tenth.  Since God commanded Israel to bring tithes (Lev. 27:30-34), it is compulsory in its proper context.  In the Old Testament, tithes were levied on the nation of Israel as a whole.  Every man was to give a tenth of what they owned or earned through labor.  There were several tithes: a tax for the maintenance of the Levites, the priestly tribe as inheritance in return for their work as priests (Num.18: 21,24); a tax for the national feasts and sacrifices (Deut. 14:22-27); and a tax every third year used for the poor and destitute of the land. (Deut. 14:28,29)  As we can see, not only was tithing obligatory, it had a specific purpose.  In the Old Testament, offerings extended beyond the mandated tithes.  It is what was given of one’s own free will.

 

There are some who believe that although tithing is not mentioned in the New Testament, it remains a valid function of Christian living, and there are those who believe that tithing was a bona fide function only in the Old Testament Israel.  Tithing as a legal obligation was given to the Jews of the Old Testament and them only. This means that a legal obligation for tithing no longer exists. Remember, we are no longer under the law, but grace. It does not, however, make tithing an invalid function within the church. The principles behind tithing are still true. The laws of diving reciprocity are still active. As you will soon see, not being under the law does not excuse the believer from giving, but actually requires us to give more. The Christian functioning under grace has a greater responsibility to give than the Jew functioning under the law.

 

Whether you believe in Church age tithing or not, we are still called to give.  The issue is motive and obedience. Tithing existed before the law was given to Moses, therefore it is a bona-fide function in spiritual service. Whether it is compulsory for the Church is a subject to be visited later. With this in mind, let us take a look at what Paul had to say concerning giving:

 

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity (compulsion); for god loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:6,7)

 

The first principle made visible here is the law of divine reciprocity.  In the manner you give is the manner you receive.  This is the simplest and most ingenuous of scriptural truths.  The sowing of seeds is an analogical principle revealed throughout scripture, and is without question, aptly applied to financial giving.  The second principle unveiled here is the attitude and motive through which one gives.  One is not to give begrudgingly or out of compulsion.  Mental attitude is the issue here.  The point here is God’s graciousness towards you should motivate you to be gracious in your giving.

 

We must always be cognizant of the fact that God is our source of sufficiency, abundance, and stability.  All things that are beneficial to our existence originate in Him.  We are blessed to be a blessing to others.

 

“….I will bless you….and you shall be a blessing.”(Gen 12:2)

 

It is God who gives the increase so that others may experience His graciousness through you.  To this point, you may be questioning the significance of seed sowing in the form of voluntary giving.  Please understand that the financial breakthrough you are seeking is inextricably bound to your ability and willingness to give.

 

Let us revisit Malachi and see what God has to say concerning being robbed:

 

“You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.  Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this, Says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”(Mal. 3:9,10)

 

We find that we have been brought under a curse due to our failure to give.  The curse here is the consequential result of the dereliction of a triune principle; a principle formed through the compilation of three basic Biblical precepts: Obedience, responsibility, and divine reciprocity.  At the core character of every successful and prosperous Christian is an obedient spirit.  A willingness to surrender their personal volition to the awesome will of God.  They have an erudite understanding that obedience is not only an essential part of Christian living; it is a banner that reveals the genuineness of their faith.

 

As Christians, we understand that our blessings come with great responsibility (Luke 12:48).  We, as Christians, must understand that as blessings come from God they are not to be managed through the vacuum of greed, but the liberal faucet of generosity and Christian love.

 

“…I will bless you…and you shall be a blessing.”(Gen. 12:2)

“…So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.”(Zech. 8:13)

 

Being blessed carries the responsibility of being a blessing.

 

The law of divine reciprocity tells us that giving precedes receiving, that seeds must be sown in order to reap a harvest.  This law is 100% perpetual, meaning it is always functional.  Irrespective to the financial climate, despite personal circumstances, we are to give.  The concept of giving yourself out of a financial bind is as valid as any other Biblical principle; however, sewing seeds requires faith.  Trust God to perform that which He has promised. Stop making excuses of why the Church age believer is not privileged to the blessing of the Old Testament and start trusting God to honor his Word.

 

When we fail to obey, to properly execute our responsibility, or to sow productive seeds, we become counterproductive in our endeavors.  The curse of counter productivity is an inexorable force that devastates the life it invades.  When we withhold in hopes of sustaining, the very opposite happens; we lose ground.

 

“Trying God”

 

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house and try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”(Mal. 3:10)

 

God invites his people to try Him that it may prove and validate His trustworthiness.  What God has promised in His Word, he will perform. (Isa. 55:11)  God uses money as a type of trust; it requires stewardship.  What we do with what we’ve been given has a bearing on how we are blessed in the future.  When we withhold giving, whether tithes or offerings, we not only rob God and the church, we rob ourselves of positional, sequential and corollary blessings.  God blesses us that we may bless others; He gives to us that we may give.  He calls for a renewed commitment to our giving in tithes and offerings.  Regardless to what side of the fence we sit on concerning New Testament tithing, it is important to remember that tithing was a genuine and valid function long before the law was given.  In Gen. 14:20, Abram gives Melchizedek a tithe (tenth), making tithing a bona-fide function long before the law was given. We simply should not take a legalistic approach to it. It is not the law that makes tithing effective, it the heart that understands its principles.

 

After a renewed commitment toward giving, God reveals that there will be food (resources for kingdom work) in His house.  Giving in the church equips the church to function, both internally and externally.  Not only in the inward functions, such as utilities, maintenance, salaries, etc., but it also allows the church to be an outreach into the community and beyond.

 

Then God says that those that give will place themselves in position to receive an overflow of blessings (that there will not be room enough to receive).  The Hebrew “day” pronounced (dye) translated have “room enough” carries the meaning sufficient, enough; a large enough quantity; plenty; immeasurable.  This word occurs approximately forty times in the Old Testament.  It describes an abundance that is inexpressible and beyond sufficient.  God is simplistically stating that we can in no way out give Him.  Growing up in church, we would sing a song, “You can’t beat God-giving”.  One of the lines said, “The more you give, the more He gives to you.”  I compel you to give yourself out of lack and into abundance.

 

I will digress momentarily.  Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder why so many nonbelievers seem to prosper even though they are seemingly diametrically opposed to the divine will of God?”  The answer is lucidly revealed in scripture.  These people have grasped an experiential knowledge of the law of divine reciprocity (the general principle of giving).  Biblical principles can be divided into two categories: general principles and exclusive principles.  A general principle that is delineated from Biblical doctrine applies to both, nonbelievers and believers alike.  The book of Proverbs is replete with such principles.  On the other hand, an exclusive principle is a principle that only applies to God’s chosen; it is covenantal.  Therefore, the question you should be pondering is: ”If unbelievers can prosper by adherence to a Biblical principle, how much more will God bless those who are His own when they are obedient to his will?” God designed the universe to bring back to you what you put out, both negatively and positively.

 

In Malachi chapter 3, God does not only promise an overflow to those who are loyal in there giving.  He promises to defend those blessings from the assault of the enemy:

 

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the lord of hosts;”(Mal. 3:11)

 

This guarantees that Satan himself cannot stop the blessing process.  There is nothing like abiding under divine protection; living your life knowing that, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”(Isa. 54:17)  A mature believer will never allow himself to be deterred from his responsibility to give.  Allow me to pose a question.  If a Jew living under the law was required to give one-tenth, how much more should the Christian living under grace give? Grace provides so much more in the way of blessings, requiring so much more in return.

 

Let me be clear; one of the most important and powerful forces of life is the principle of giving.

 

“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.  The generous soul will be made rich.  And he who waters will also be watered himself.”(Prov. 11:24,25)

 

The aforementioned truths are undeniable and are invaluable in the life of the believer.  We can never become so imbued by social opinion that we lose focus as to our direction, purpose, and destiny as Christians.  We are to never allow fear to render us dysfunctional.  Fear is the antitheses of faith and has no place in the life of the believer.  For we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7)

 

The Cheerful Giver

 

“But this I say:  He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully so let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9:6,7)

 

Here, we once again see giving as being analogous to seed sowing.  We gain the stance that the measure at which we give is the very measure in which we receive.  Yet, Paul does not stop with the principle of giving; he protracts the message to the sphere of attitude.  “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver”(2 Cor 9:7).  We can see that God is not only interested in your giving, but the state of heart and mind at the time of giving.  Your motivation behind giving is just as important as the act of giving itself.  We are not to give grudgingly or reluctantly, but freely and openly.  We are not to give of necessity, which in essence, means under constraint, against one’s will, or as an act of compulsion.  We are to give out of love as a response to God’s immeasurable love towards us.  Yes, giving is an act of obedience, but our obedience should always be a responsive action in view of God’s awesome love and generosity towards us.

 

God searches our hearts as we give to determine our motives.  We are to be a reflection of His love and bountiful generosity.  For God gives us richly all things to enjoy (1 Tim: 6:17).

 

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance toward every good work.  As it is written: ”He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.  Now may He who supplies seed to the sewer, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. (2 Cor 9:8-10)

 

There are three particular details we do well to take notice of here: First we must never lose sight of the fact that it is God who causes all grace to abound toward you.  In a society that places so much significance and perceptive consequence on being independent, it is a facile accomplishment to become convinced that we are autonomous and self-sufficient.  The fact is, irregardless to how active or proactive you are in your life and its circumstances, it is God who provides, protects, and sustains.

 

Secondly, the abundance of God’s grace comes with specificity of purpose; God blesses you with abundance (more than what is required), so that we may be a blessing to others. (Gen. 12:2)

 

Third, not only is it God who provides for your basic needs, but supplies for you in immense abundance so that you may bless others.  When you sow seed, you reap a harvest in direct correspondence to the type and amount of seed you’ve sown.  There must be an investment in order to receive a return.  Again, this giving cannot be contingent upon the economic climate, your mood and emotions, or any other potentiality; any time fear, stinginess, or spite causes you to withhold what is appropriate, and in truth, belongs to God, the harvest is emaciated and ravaged.  Liberality is the foundational force behind both, spiritual and material prosperity.  When the heart is guided by a liberal spirit, it opens the doors for God’s awesome and munificent blessings to flow through the arteries of your life.

 

When you are an incessant giver, you not only sow new seed, but also perpetually water the seed that you’ve sown previously.  The dynamic force in play insures that the harvest will yield bountifully as long as you continue to give.  Keep in mind that your attitude towards giving is the key; your attitude should always reflect God’s love and generosity toward you.

 

 

Opening Up The Gates

 

“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.”(Heb. 2:10,11)

 

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God…. Beloved, now we are children of God.”(1 John 3:1)

 

“…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself…”(Eph. 1:5)

 

These scriptures, among others, establish the doctrinal truth that, upon salvation, we are grafted into the Royal Family of God.  We become heirs with Christ.  If this is so, it stands to reason that God will supply our every need by His riches in glory.  Wait a minute, that’s not human reason, that’s sound scriptural principle!  Beyond money and wealth, God has blessings in escrow for the believer.  This means before you were conceived, before creation, God designed blessings specifically for your life and predicated on your purpose.  There are so many of us strolling through each phase of life failing to take hold of God’s blessings.

 

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”(Rom. 8:32)

 

Here, the Apostle Paul uses “A Fortiori” logic to establish the fact that God will take care of His own.  A Fortiori is a Latin phrase that carries the meaning “from or with stronger reason.”  A fortiori logic has two parts: the greater and the less.  Paul uses a fortiori with surgical precision in Romans Chapter 5, but we can also bear witness to His ingenious use of “a fortiori” logic in Romans 8:32.  I know that we have drifted of course, but bear with me for a moment.  As usual, I will get you there.

 

A fortiori logic is comprised of two comparative clauses which are also conditional.  A conditional clause has two parts: if this, then that.  The second clause is dependent upon the first clause; the “if” portion or premise is known in grammar as the protasis, and the “then” portion or conclusion is called the apodosis.  In essence, Paul takes something known to establish something unknown in a manner that the thing that was once unknown becomes lucidly clear.

 

An example of an “a fortiori” would be: If Usain Bolt can run 100 meters in 9.58 seconds, it follows “a fortiori” that he can run it in 10 seconds.  With 9.58 seconds being the greater task and 10 seconds being the less.

 

In Rom. 8:32, Paul uses the fact that God did not spare Jesus, but offered Him as a sacrifice for all, the greater, then He will surely, in conjunction with this sacrifice, freely give us all things, the less.  In fact, every time you gaze back at Calvary, every time you meditate on the cross, each time you fathom the awesome power of the blood, you should become confident that the same God that introduced grace will also provide more grace. (James 4:6)

 

The question is inevitable; how do we open up the floodgates to these escrow blessings?

 

“Give, and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”(Luke 6:38)

 

Though financial encumbrances may tempt you to give in, God’s Word calls for you to give outward.  Do not be confused or deceived by the enemy, the key to your breakthrough is giving.  If your back is against the wall financially, if you can see no way out, foreclosures and tax liens loom large, I dare you to try God, I dare you to test Him, I dare you to trust Him.  Give yourself into a blessing frenzy.  I’m not just speaking of sowing monetary seeds.  Sow yourself into your ministry; sow yourself into being a better parent, give of yourselves in every imaginable way.  We are to give even when we, ourselves, are in need. (2 Cor. 1-5)

 

The law of divine reciprocity is a universal principle that teaches us that as we give outward, we receive in direct correspondence to what we give.  If you sow seeds the ground yields a harvest.  If you deposit money into the bank it accrues interest.  There is a reciprocal affect.  There is a reciprocal relationship that exists between God and his chosen.  As we give, he gives to us.  The thing is we want something from God, but we refuse to give.  When we do this, we not only rob God, but we rob ourselves of exponential increase.  Whether you are investing time taken, commitment, money or obedience, abundance begins with investment.

 

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2)

 

In this scriptural passage, the Apostle John prays for temporal prosperity and physical health for Gaius; not only that, he prays that this prosperity will be commensurate with his spiritual status.  The term “temporal prosperity” does not connote transitory prosperity, but is stated in reference to eternal prosperity, which extends into eternity “Just as your soul prospers”, references Gaius spiritual prosperity and maturity.  The word “euodoo” in the Greek; translated “prosper” meaning to help on the road, to succeed in reaching, or to reach a desired or profitable result.  So for the believer prosperity is not transitory.  It is a continuum through which we progress in correspondence to our spiritual growth.  As we grow up in Christ, God is free to expand our blessings.

 

 

Well, Bishop, Jesus commanded the rich young ruler to sell all he had and follow him; doesn’t this mean we are not to acquire wealth.  No, this passage is not a condemnation of a massing wealth, but of being possessed or controlled by our possessions, we are never to become so engrossed in the blessing that we lose sight of the blesser.  We are to never allow the gift to supersede the giver.

 

But Bishop, Paul said that money is the root of all evil.  No, what Paul said was, “…the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil…”(1 Tim 6:10).  The problem here isn’t money, but the way we perceive it and to whom we consider to be its source.  When money replaces God, we are out of line.  When we are not good stewards with our money, we are out of line.  We are not to put our trust in wealth, but we are not to despise it either.

 

Many of you are thinking that I’ve spent all this time teaching on the importance of giving, but I’ve failed to address the financial turbulence of today’s economy.  Oh, but I have!  Your breakthrough is inextricably bound to your willingness to give.  God’s promises of prosperity are multitudinous.  He has promised to bless the fruit of our body, to make us the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, the lender and not the borrower. Yes, these are covenantal promises made directly to the nation of Israel; however, they apply to the church age believer in principal.  And what does he ask of you in return for these blessings?  Give!  Give your time; give your money; give the sacrifice of obedience.

 

My friends, God is still God, even in the time of recession.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  You are His children; you bear His name.  He wants nothing more than to bless you.  A child of God should not be stressing about the mortgage payment.  A child of The Most High should not be encumbered by the fear of losing their job.  A child of the King is never moved by external circumstances, for he knows that God is able.  Let the experts weigh in, let the naysayers scurry in fear; let the Wall Street dons press and pull, but as for you, trust God; try God.  Know that as you give, it will return in good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.  You are standing at the threshold of your breakthrough.  I invite you to walk into the sanctuary of abundant living.  God has a blessing of abundance with your name on it!

 

May God bless and keep you!

 

Bishop Rick Wallace

 

 

Tried In The Fire.

Faith Grows Amid Storms

“He hath acquainted himself with my beaten path. When he hath searched me out, I shall come out shining” (Job 23:10, free translation).

Faith grows amid storms”–just four words, but oh, how full of import to the soul who has been in the storms!

Faith is that God-given faculty which, when exercised, brings the unseen into plain view, and by which the impossible things are made possible. It deals with supernaturals.

But it “grows amid storms”; that is, where there are disturbances in the spiritual atmosphere. Storms are caused by the conflicts of elements; and the storms of the spiritual world are conflicts with hostile elements.

In such an atmosphere faith finds its most productive soil; in such an element it comes more quickly to full fruition.

The staunchest tree is not found in the shelter of the forest, but out in the open where the winds from every quarter beat upon it, and bend and twist it until it becomes a giant in stature this is the tree which the mechanic wants his tools made of, and the wagon-maker seeks.

So in the spiritual world, when you see a giant, remember the road you must travel to come up to his side is not along the sunny lane where wild flowers ever bloom; but a steep, rocky, narrow pathway where the blasts of hell will almost blow you off your feet; where the sharp rocks cut the flesh, where the projecting thorns scratch the brow, and the venomous beasts hiss on every side.

It is a pathway of sorrow and joy, of suffering and healing balm, of tears and smiles, of trials and victories, of conflicts and triumphs, of hardships and perils and buffetings, of persecutions and misunderstandings, of troubles and distress; through all of which we are made more than conquerors through Him who loves us.

“Amid storms.” Right in the midst where it is fiercest. You may shrink back from the ordeal of a fierce storm of trial…but go in! God is there to meet you in the center of all your trials, and to whisper His secrets which will make you come forth with a shining face and an indomitable faith that all the demons of hell shall never afterwards cause to waver. –E. A. Kilbourne

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What an awesome revelation. The Apostles Paul said that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance produces character and character produces hope. Paul said that hope produced through this sequence does not disappoint (Rom. 5:3-5 paraphrased). This type of hope is the product of pure faith. The type of faith is the fruit of a seed that that can only be cultivated within the fertile soil of trials and sufferings. Faith is not faith until it has been tested and proven pure.

6[You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations,

7So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed. (1 pet. 1:6-7 AMP)

The furnace may be turned up seven times hotter than normal, but understand that you are not in the furnace alone. Just ask Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego about the fourth man that joined them in fiery furnace (Daniel chapter 3). When you allow your faith to be developed in the heat of life’s trials you will see your naysayers and enemies speak just as King Nebuchadnezzar, who had to humble himself before the God of his servants. Nebuchadnezzer came to personally witness the reason for such resolute faith in those three young boys. This faith produced results so powerful that King Nebuchadnezzer said: “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who believed in, trusted in, and relied on Him! And they set aside the king’s command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God …there is no other God who can deliver in this way!” (Dan. 3:28-29 AMP)

Trust God in all that you are going through right now is is worthy, willing, and able to perform His promises. Give God Some glory! ~Bishop Rick Wallace

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