Category: Empowerment


“…and they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the words of their testimony.”

Don’t let the enemy rob you of your testimony. He wants to convince you to give up in the midst of the battle. He understand that through Christ you already have the victory as long as you stand.

As he paints his illusionistic portraits of negativity and despair his purpose is to distort the view of faith. If he can get you to believe his lie you will not retain the testimony of God’s deliverance. Listen, their is no trial, temptation, heartache, valley or pit that you can find yourself in that God has not already planned your deliverance. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. Don’t accept the negative report of the enemy.

He will tell you that the prolonged length of your struggle is an indication of your failure, when the Word of God has revealed repetitively that struggle has no deadline and delay in deliverance is not indicative of denial of delivery or absence of faith. God has set a path and much of it is appointed for the duration and nothing you do will expedite the situation. Abraham waited 25 years before the fulfillment of the promise. The Children of Israel waited centuries for their deliverance from the Egyptians. Joseph, before them, waited thirteen years before the vision became reality. I could go on. What I can tell you is that the longer the delay, the greater the destiny.

Hold on to your testimony for dear life. Your testimony is a powerful weapon in combating the enemy. Your testimony speaks the powerful words of victory and deliverance. It is a reminder of God’s faithfulness in times of trouble (Ps. 46:1). Hold on to your testimony with all that is within you.

You will overcome, just hold on to your faith and your testimony. They both have power. ~ Dr. Rick Wallace

November 21, 2012

Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” - (Matthew 11:28-230 NIV).

Friend to Friend
Here’s a question. Do you think obedience to God is easy or hard? Hmmm. Obedience may seem hard at first, but in reality, obedience is the easy way. It is difficult to cope with the messes we get into when we don’t obey. The consequences of sin are hard to deal with. Think about the times you have disobeyed or turned your back on God. What were the results? Easy? Hard?

Satan will try and convince you that obedience is much too hard, that it carries too high a price, but he will never tell you the cost of not obeying God. He will never tell you the glory moments you will forfeit by refusing or ignoring God’s invitation to join Him.

Practicing Acts 17:28 (In him we live and move and have our being.) will never lead to sin. When we wrangle from God’s embrace and set out on our own, that’s when we get in trouble. God isn’t telling us to obey to make life difficult. God wants us to obey to make life less difficult. The end result of obedience is the blessed way…smooth moves.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” (Matthew 11:28-30). The yoke is simply a farmer’s understanding of the divine dance of obedience. When two oxen are yoked together, they move as one—walking in tandem to the bidding of the master. Usually, an older, more experienced animal is yoked with a young upstart. The apprentice ox learns from the more seasoned ox as they walk along tethered together. If the younger animal tries to surge ahead, the yoke chokes at his neck and slows him down. If he lags behind, the yoke chafes at his neck and prods him to hurry along.

And what does Jesus say about this yoke? It is not hard. It is not difficult. It is not heavy. It is easy. It is light. Being yoked to Jesus actually makes life much simpler…smoother…more peace-filled.

God said to the people of Israel: “If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” (Isaiah 48:18). A river flows unhindered over rocks and boulders as it moves from one place to the next. It flows around them, over them, and past them—all the while smoothing rough edges. A river doesn’t strive to get from one place to another. It simply flows. That is the glory life of living and moving and having our being in Christ. We simply flow with a sacred inner calmness. Sometimes circumstances will be like tumultuous white-capped rapids, other times like a lazy gentle stream. But the life in union with Jesus keeps flowing. Moving forward. And in the journey, we catch glimpses of sudden glory in the scenery as we move between life’s banks.

Obedience is so much more than following a list of do’s and don’ts. Practicing religion rather than enjoying a love relationship with Jesus is like trying to plow the field alone. It will exhaust you rather than energize you. You will feel like a martyr and then wonder why others around you seem to be so joyful in their calling. Obedience because of our love relationship energizes our lives. Obedience out of a sense of duty or law drains. Always drains.

Religion operates on a “works of the law” principle: “I obey God, therefore, I am accepted by God.” Relationship operates on the gospel of grace principle: “I am accepted by God through the finished work of Jesus, therefore I obey—because I love and trust Him.”  We’re going to talk more about that in the next chapter. This is important to understand because until we grasp the difference, we will never experience the joy of living and moving and having our being in Christ.

Obedience is aresponse to love. Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching,” (John 14:23-24).

Sometimes relinquishing control and following Jesus’ lead through obedience can feel uncertain or awkward, like when your dance partner leads you into a new move for the very first time. But each time you say yes to God, a new passion and peace flows through your veins until eventually, hopefully, a total transfusion of Christ-centered living replaces self-centered stubbornness. Intimacy becomes sweeter. Passion grows stronger. Glory moments become easier to see. Unique glory moments…selected especially for you.

Let’s Pray
Dear Lord, thank You for loving me enough to provide boundaries in which to experience the abundant life. Help me to obey You quickly and fully, so that I can experience all that You have for me. I don’t want to miss a single blessing because I’ve chosen to walk through the wrong door.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

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October 16, 2012

Master Designer
Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth
For he [Abraham] was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:10, New English).

Friend to Friend
Our son was born to be a builder. From the time he could hold a plastic red hammer in his toddler-sized hands, Jered began hammering imaginary nails into the coffee table, fixing everything that was broken in our house, and drawing crayon blueprints of various objects he planned to build. No wooden surface in our home was safe from Jered’s scrutiny or design.

Since my husband enjoyed woodworking as a hobby, he decided to build Jered a miniature workbench beside his own in the garage. Several nights each week, Dan and Jered headed out to the garage to pound and hammer and do what they called “man stuff.” I thought it was cute – a philosophy that would drastically change in the years to come.

I knew we had a true builder on our hands when Jered built a clubhouse inside our garage. And what a clubhouse it was – complete with four walls, a roof, windows and a door, carpeted flooring and a window air conditioning unit – all of which he scrounged from neighbors, dumpsters and piles of discarded wood at construction sites. He built a jewelry box for my birthday and a toy box that held his prized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If we needed storage cabinets in our garage, Jered drew up blueprints and built them. When we moved to a house with small bedrooms, Jered designed and built a queen-sized bunk bed over a built-in desk and book shelves to conserve space in his room. We no longer bought furniture. Jered simply built it. Looking back, I did not realize that those crayon blueprints and plastic tools would pave the way for our son’s career. Today, he owns his own construction business and is a master carpenter and builder.

Jered reminds me of another young man who was destined to become a builder – Jesus. Jesus’s earthly father, Joseph, was a carpenter by trade and taught Jesus everything he knew about being a master carpenter. It was not uncommon for the son to carry on his father’s business in those days. I often wonder if Jesus didn’t have a little workbench beside Joseph’s. I am sure Jesus must have followed His daddy around, hammering alongside His father’s true blows. I imagine Joseph had to remove a few stray nails driven by Jesus and even repair a few of his Son’s “jobs.” Did Jesus make a jewelry box for His mother or did He build a piece of furniture that Mary treasured like I treasure everything Jered has ever built for our home? Jesus was and is the ultimate Architect and Builder.

Yes, God is the Master Creator, but His greatest creations are not made of wood or stone. Jesus was and is the creator of eternal masterpieces like you and me. His blueprint for our lives is second to none. His plan is the Word of God and is without flaw or error as it molds us into the image of God – a process that is sometimes painful.

I once promised myself that I would never buy a house that could be described as a “fixer-upper.” I don’t like fixing things. I want everything to be fixed before I move in. But there I was, buying a town house that needed so much work even the realtor couldn’t believe my husband and I wanted to buy it. Why didn’t someone stop me? No one did, so the sale was made, and we went to work. Actually, my son and husband went to work while I went crazy.
I had no idea how horrible the process of remodeling could be. Layer after layer of dirt, grime, stains and ugliness was stripped away. Rotten kitchen cabinets were torn from the walls, and rusty appliances were replaced. We basically gutted the whole place and rebuilt it – while living in it. I was not happy!

I will never forget the day I woke up to see a toilet sitting at the foot of our bed. It was at that moment I resolved to never set foot in another house that required so much work. I am so thankful God does not feel that way about me.

Honestly, I used to wonder why God didn’t just demolish the old me and build a new one. Then He did just that – through a two-year battle with clinical depression. While sitting at the bottom of that deep, dark and slimy pit, the Father lovingly stripped away old fears and insecurities. From the walls of my heart, He tore the rotten attitudes, undisciplined thoughts and unholy desires that had walked me to the edge of my pit – then pushed me in. He replaced rusty old dreams with new ones and basically, gutted my life to build a new one, a better one, and a stronger one.

I know there are days when the plan of God seems completely wrong and we simply do not understand. Every moment is pregnant with darkness, and our hearts are numb, paralyzed by fear and doubt. We are treading water in the storm-tossed sea of life, desperately longing to see Him walking on the treacherous waves toward us, rescue in His hand. It is in those shadowed moments that we must choose to trust the Plan Maker, the Master Designer, even though our faith is small, and we cannot understand the plan. His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. And one day, every one of our question marks will be yanked into exclamation points as we see that high plan as He sees it – perfect.

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT).

Today, girlfriend, set aside your meager agenda. Lay down your limited life arrangement and look for God to meet you at the point of surrender, power and victory in His hands. Now that is a great plan.

Nothing Too Hard

“Is there anything too hard for Jehovah?” (Gen. 18:14).

Here is God’s loving challenge to you and to me today. He wants us to think of the deepest, highest, worthiest desire and longing of our hearts, something which perhaps was our desire for ourselves or for someone dear to us, yet which has been so long unfulfilled that we have looked upon it as only a lost desire, that which might have been but now cannot be, and so have given up hope of seeing it fulfilled in this life.

That thing, if it is in line with what we know to be His expressed will (as a son to Abraham and Sarah was), God intends to do for us, even if we know that it is of such utter impossibility that we only laugh at the absurdity of anyone’s supposing it could ever now come to pass. That thing God intends to do for us, if we will let Him.

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Not when we believe in Him enough to go forward and do His will, and let Him do the impossible for us. Even Abraham and Sarah could have blocked God’s plan if they had continued to disbelieve. The only thing too hard for Jehovah is deliberate, continued disbelief in His love and power, and our final rejection of His plans for us. Nothing is too hard for Jehovah to do for them that trust Him –Messages for the Morning Watch

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The question is: Is there anything to hard for God? Certainly not! God is not perplexed by your problems. He is not confounded by your concerns. He does not become discombobulated by the loftiness of your desires.

It is time for believers to stop walking in the mundane and start participating in the miraculous. It is time to raise the expectations you have for your life. God meets each of us at the level of our expectations. It is time to unpack your dreams and activate your visions.

I’m not speaking about wishful thinking here. I am speaking of walking in the will of God and using faith to access God’s very best. God has supernatural blessings locked in escrow for the one that is audacious enough to believe.

God told the unbelieving Israelites in the wilderness: “As you have spoken in my hearing so shall I do to you.” To follow up on the same issue, the writer of Hebrews said that the Israelites did not enter into the promised rest because of unbelief. The land was already promised, but failure to step out on faith and believe God for the spectacular cost an entire generation a trip across the Jordan River into the promised land.

2 For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with [c]the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; [d]neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe). (Heb, 4:2, AMP)

Are you stepping out on the word of God and trusting Him to honor His promises? The woman with the issue of blood stepped out on faith after being told multitudinous times that there was nothing that could be done for her. The blind man believed that he could see. The lame man believed that he could walk and each of them reached into the well of faith to claimed their miracle. They met Jesus at the threshold of the supernatural and what was His response? “According to your faith you have been healed.” When the Centurion came to Christ requesting that his servant be healed, he had enough faith to believe that it was not necessary for Christ to step into his house. He told Christ that if He would just speak the word it would be done. The bible said that Christ marveled at the faith of this man, who was not even a Jew but recognized the messiah and the power of faith. How would it feel to have a faith so powerful and lucid that it makes Christ marvel. That is audacious faith.

When Joshua stopped in the middle of battle and prayed that the sun stand still, I can imagine that God looked down and said, “Now that Joshua just gets it.” Keep in mind that when God told Israel that they would not make it into the promised land, it was Joshua and Caleb that got a pass. They were the only two that believed that they could take the promise land. Joshua had a history of believing God for the impossible and he experienced more than his share of miracles.

The nation of Israel’s first generation missed the promised land because they were afraid of giants. So, what are the giants in your life? Maybe its the opinion of those close to you. Maybe your giants are the memories of your past failures. Maybe its a damaged self-image based on past abuses experienced at the hands of others. Maybe its the fear of the unknown. No matter how huge your giants are, God is not shaken by the size of your issues. God is ready to execute His power on behalf of those that trust in Him without fail.

9 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, NKJV)

So, I ask you once again: Is there anything too hard for God?

July 19, 2012
Whose Report are You Going to Believe?
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth
“We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” – (Numbers 13:30 NIV).

Friend to Friend
All through the Bible, God gives us great and wonderful promises about who we are in Christ, what we have in Christ, and where we are in Christ. Let me remind you of just a few.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)
God…has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3).
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:5)
The Bible is packed full of many promises just like those. However, the enemy, Satan, tells us that we are worthless losers with little to no power to live in victory. He tells us we are but “grasshoppers” in the face of our difficulties and struggles. So, who’s reports are we going to believe?

The Israelites faced the same situation. They had been freed from Egyptian slavery and then headed into the desert. Then God signaled it was time to enter the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey. He said, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan which I am giving the Israelites.”

At God’s command, Moses sent in twelve men to spy out the land. Ten came back with this report:

We went into the land which you sent us and it does flow with milk and honey! But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large (Numbers 13:27,28). The men went on to say they were like grasshoppers compared to the giants who lived in Canaan.

However, two of the spies, Caleb and Joshua, believed God. This was their report: We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it (13:30).

Guess who the people believed? They believed the ten who said, “we can’t,” rather than the two who said, “God already has.” Why? Lack of faith and an abundance of fear. I have an acronym for fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. They saw only the giants, but failed to see Almighty God. God had already given them the land, the people simply needed to walk in and take possession of it. But instead of moving into the Promised Land, they wandered in the desert for forty years because of their unbelief. The entire generation, except for Caleb and Joshua, died in their unbelief. Caleb and Joshua marched in and took possession of what God had already promised and provided.

Oswald Chambers notes, “Human frailty is another thing that gets between God’s words of assurance and our own words and thoughts. When we realize how feeble we are in facing difficulties, the difficulties become like giants, we become like grasshoppers, and God seems to be non-existent. But remember God’s assurance to us – “I will never…forsake you.” Have we learned to sing after hearing God’s keynote? Are we continually filled with enough courage to say, ‘The Lord is my Helper,’ or are we yielding to fear?”

I don’t want to be like those Israelites who didn’t believe God told the truth. Do you? Let me ask you a few questions: Are you going to move into the land flowing with milk and honey – take the promises found in the Bible and make them yours? Or, are you going to believe the evil report and continue wandering around in the desert – free from slavery, but missing the Promised Land? Who’s report are you going to believe?

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but[b]divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…7 [c] You are looking at [d]things as they are outwardly.  (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, 7, NASB)

In the above scriptural passage we have an extremely powerful revelation given to us by God through the Apostle Paul. In it we find not only one of the major reasons why many believers live perpetually in a state of defeat, we also find the means of overcoming our defeatist state of mind.

It is of immense importance to the Christian believer to understand the manner in which he must engage his struggles. Too often the believer attempts to engage spiritual matters through natural means and finds himself in a place of intense darkness. In 2 Corinthians Chapter 10 Paul produces a state of lucidity for the Corinthian believers who were in a state of carnality that was close to tearing the local church apart.

In verse 3, Paul immediately introduces a truth that when apprehended brings with it victory and power. Paul tells the Corinthian believers that although they walk in the natural realm, they do not wage war through natural means.

I cannot stress enough the gravity of this truth. So many believers find themselves in situations and they immediately employ natural methods of engagement to spiritual issues. Allow me to elucidate; no matter what situation you may be in, no matter how pragmatic or empirical the evidence of your circumstances may be, the issue is always spiritual. What you are seeing is simply the physical manifestation of an issue that has a spiritual origin.

Paul made this very clear when he told the Ephesians that “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood…’ but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12).” The problem may have manifested itself in some physical form and yes that physical issue must be addressed, but the issue must be engaged from the place of spiritual warfare.

I have noticed as I read the tweets, posts and rants of believers that know how to speak about breakthrough, but very few of them understand the true dynamics of obtaining their breakthrough. Understand that the enemy preys on our ignorance. It was the Prophet Hosea that gave us the revelation that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The enemy knows that the vast majority of believers are lacking in foundational indoctrination; this means that believers don’t fully understand their basic rights and the assets that are available to them as a part of the royal family of God.

What the enemy does is attack believers and then convinces them that there is nothing that they can do about it. The enemy has successfully directed the focus of believers to their circumstances and away from God. Many of you reading this short treatise are convinced that your breakthrough is tied to the improvement of your circumstances. Let me make something lucidly clear to you; the Christian life is not circumstantial; it is not situational; it is solidified in your position in Christ and validated through your faith.

What does Paul say on the matter? He says that we walk in the flesh, but we do not wage war according to the flesh. What he is saying is that we may be of this world, but we are not bound by it. Our spiritual assets are powerful and mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds. For those of you that did not get it, the pulling down of strongholds constitutes a breakthrough; however, the breakthrough is not initiated in the physical realm. This is where so many believers lose the battle. The breakthrough is initiated in your thought processes. It is in understanding your identity in Christ; it is in being cognizant of the divine assets that you have at your disposal; it is in understanding the dynamics of spiritual warfare.

So many of you are waiting on your circumstances to change to validate your breakthrough, but your circumstances are actually waiting on you to move into the spiritual realm and assert your spiritual prowess through faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s be clear about this, this is not mystical, but it is spiritual. This is about gaining an understanding that your circumstances to do not dictate who you are and what you can and will accomplish. Listen to what I am about to say very carefully: Your victory is not in the changing of your circumstances, but in the manner that you engage them. Your breakthrough is not in alleviating the struggle, but realizing that you are victorious despite them. As a faith wielding believer, you are built to advance in adversity. Adversity is the fertile soil in which faith is cultivated and grown.

It was Paul that said that tribulation produces patience, and patience hope, and hope does not disappoint. So, you see that your breakthrough begins with your state of mind. You are victorious even in the midst of the struggle. You are still royalty, even in the midst of the struggle. You are still a joint heir with Christ, even in the midst of the struggle. You are still men or valor and women of virtue, even in the midst of the struggle.

Paul tells us that our weapons are mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds. The physical manifestation of your breakthrough comes when you exercise the dynamics of faith through a mindset that says I am who God says that I am and I will not be shaken or swayed by my circumstances. Genuine breakthrough manifests itself in the physical when authentic believers refused to back down to their circumstances. The believer simply decides that they will not receive the negative report of the enemy. Although the circumstance is real, the believer’s spirit simply disagrees with the circumstance.

What I mean when I say that a believer’s spirit disagrees with their circumstances is that they see that the circumstance is real, but they understand that they have the power to step into the spiritual realm and override the circumstance and render it inconsequential in negative impact. The believer that has learned how to wage spiritual warfare knows how to use their negative situations to their benefit.

In the book of Isaiah, Chapter 40 we are told that those that wait upon the Lord are renewed in strength and shall mount up with wings as eagles. I have taken many looks at this passage over the years and it carries massive implications. First we must understand that the word “wait” here is not in the passive sense, but requires progressive endurance merged with a patience that understands that in God’s timing he is going to move and His movement will be immensely powerful and unmistakably God. Next is the empowerment that is analogous to the soaring of the majestic eagle.

I studied a little about the eagle and what I have learned is there is no other creature who can soar at the heights of the eagle. What I found most interesting is the fact that when a storm is approaching and the winds begin to pick up, the eagle literally flies toward the storm and uses the force of its tumultuous winds to fly above it. This is what the faith filled believer does; he uses the adversity in his life to propel him into the next level. He soars above his struggles.

One important note: Paul says that we are to cast down imaginations or arguments of all that is exalted against the knowledge of God. I will not delve too deep into this at this moment, but th,is points once again to the enemy attacking our thoughts. The word rendered “imaginations’ or “arguments” is actually “systems of thought” and points to the attempt of the enemy to confuse the thinking, mindset, and belief systems of the believer. We are to speak against and move against all things that are contrary to the knowledge of God. In order to do this one must have knowledge of God.

In closing, I want each of you to understand that breakthrough is a process that begins with your mindset. When you become aware of who you are in Christ and the powerful assets that are available to you through your relationship with Christ, you will be able to accomplish great feats and overcome all obstacles. You will understand that your physical breakthrough is simply the manifestation of your faith which says that you have already overcome.

You conquer your moments through faith.

God bless,

Bishop Rick Wallace

http://rickwallaceministries.com 

26 For [r]consider your(BD)calling, brethren, that there were (BE)not many wise according to [s]the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but(BF)God has chosen the foolish things of(BG)the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of (BH)the world to shame the things which are strong, 28and the base things of(BI)the world and the despised God has chosen, (BJ)the things that are not, so that He may (BK)nullify the things that are, 29 so that (BL)no [t]man may boast before God. 30But [u]by His doing you are in (BM)Christ Jesus, who became to us (BN)wisdom from God, [v]and(BO)righteousness and(BP)sanctification, and(BQ)redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “(BR)LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”

 

Paul reveals that God uses those that are lowly, debased, and downtrodden to manifest His power through. He takes those that the world sees as worthless and useless and unleashes his power in a manner that confounds the wise and powerful of the world.

 

God does this so that there can be no mistake of the source of the great works that come forth. God has revealed to me that we are in the midst of a time in which he will use men and women that have very little value by the standards of this wayward world in ways that are unimaginable. We are rapidly approaching a massive international revival the likes that have not been seen since Wesley’s Methodist movement.

 

Men of God are being called to stand on their faith and walk in their divine purpose; they are being empowered to reassume their God-ordained roles. Women are being inundated with a more lucid sense of worth and destiny. Children are being given dreams and visions of a future filled with God’s blessings and direction.

 

Make no mistake about it; this is a time for advancement of theKingdomofGod. This is a time for reclaiming what the enemy has taken from us. It is a time to walk boldly in our callings. This is not a time to meander through the maze of mediocrity or to ponder at the pool of popularity. This is not a place to dwindle into the destitute valley of diminished dreams and dwarfed goals. No, this is a time that the kingdom is to rise up and live in all of its Heavenly Splendor.

 

For far too long we have been giving ground to the enemy as we retreat into the comfort of our temples and church sanctuaries. We have been content with preaching to the choir while neglecting the greater command to go out in the community and share the Gospel of God’s love. We have relegated ourselves to temple ministry and failed the mission. Those days are over. It is time to rise up and live out the true meaning of the Christian Creed.

 

There are many of you that for your entire life have been told that you don’t matter. You have been convinced that the best you will ever be is average. You have struggled with your self-esteem as others have mishandled and mistreated you. You have shed an abundance of tears while wondering what meaning your life could possibly have in this world that seems to be so hostile towards you. I want you to understand that this is your moment. God wants to use you. Where others have doubted you, God believes in you because he designed you with this very moment in mind. I encourage you to come forth. I implore you to stand in the power of the Holy Spirit as God thrusts you into your destiny. You are a part of the Royal Family of God and an aristocratic resident of theKingdomofHeaven; walk in your purpose and achieve your destiny.

 

This is the moment where we as a people stand up and declare our faith through our actions. This is where we step from behind our words and execute the actions that that validate our words.

 

I want every man and woman that reads this to contact me via email, tweet, or Facebook inbox so that we may organize and mobilize in our communities, at our jobs, and in our homes.

 

Remember your breakthrough comes through obedience

 

May you be blessed in all that you do.

 

Bishop Rick Wallace

http://rickwallaceministries.com

This went out to the Facebook open group “The Believers Initiative”. Anyone that wants to better themselves in every aspect of life is willing to join.

 

Anyone that knows me knows that I am intent on being informed about past and current issues. I was contemplating the objective of this Group Forum
: To help advance believers in every aspect of their lives. So I took the 21 principles of Christian Living as revealed to me by the Holy Spirit and I wanted to address the 5 that are lacking the most.

21 Principles of Christian Living

1. God above all else ( When God is placed first the process of power begins)
2. Always know that God is in control (This is the essence of faith)
3. Constantly renew your mind and your thinking (transformation begins here)
4. Daily intake, digestion, metabolism & inculcation of Bible doctrine
5. Always look to give more than you receive (Fill your space)
6. Wholeness of Life (let no area be in lack)
7. Living in true abundance (finance is only a small portion of true abundance)
8. Guard Your Tongue & Understand its power. (Life & Death lie here)
9. Maintain the Temple (our bodies; health, fitness & nutrition)
10. Teach others as you learn (Of whom much is given, much is required)
11. Build up rather than tear down (Christians have become good at the latter)
12. Forgive (Forgiveness is one of the greatest ways to reclaim stolen power)
13. Live in your purpose (Your Purpose defines your pain)
14. Honor God in your Walk (This is your greatest testimony
15. Allow Praise to become a daily practice (Praise confounds the enemy)
16. Work in harmony with all believers (stop being a busy body & complainer)
17. Accept Correction (Only a fool despises it)
18. Maintain a heart of gratitude (take notice of the simple things)
19. Develop a sense of order (Without order chaos rules and little is accomplished)
20. Expand your vision & God will enlarge your territory (We have been trained to
think
small, criticized when we open up to the possibilities (God is not a god of
mediocrity)
21. No surrender; No retreat (God takes not pleasure in those that draw back)

When we follow these principles victory is inevitable. When I began to delve into the things that were troubling believers most, I found the following 5 things to be most prevalent.

1. Financial Struggles (falls under principle #3)
2. Fitness and Nutrition (falls under principle #9)
3. Relationship Issues (falls under principles #11 and 17)
4. Poor Vision or Dwarfed Goals (falls under principle 20)
5. lack of Knowledge (falls under principle #3)

Each of this issues are due to lack. The issue is always lack.

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

This is the famous passage in Daniel dealing with the writing on the wall. Belshazzar was weighed in the balances or searched by God and found to be lacking. Any area of perpetual personal struggle is always due to a lack of the virtue that provides foundation and strength in that area of your life. This is why we are to have an abundance in every area of our life, not just focusing on wealth.

We are going to address these issues head on. The first thing that I want each of you to do is determine which of these areas of struggle apply to you. Determine what the exact need is. Second you are to determine which of thse areas you are strongest in and decide the best way to use your strengths to help others with weaknesses in the area of your strengths. If you know of courses, products, people and other resources, prepare to share them with the rest of the group beginning Monday. If you have something you want to share before then thats fine too. I need all of you Entrepreneurs, Life Coaches, Motivational Speakers, Spiritual Leaders to step to the forefront. I will provide support on several fronts. I will provide insight from my years of experience as a business owner; Health, fitness, health, and holistic living from my expertise in the fitness arena; and scriptural foundation in order to build the foundation on which we will build up each of these areas of weakness.

Let every one you know that is in need of help to come. Tell all the heavy hitters that this is a chance to give back as well as generate business within the guidelines of the program.

Together we will make a difference, not only in the lives of the people within this group, but the people we come in contact with outside this group.

Okay, lets do this.

Bishop Rick Wallace

http://rickwallaceministries.com

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P.S. Pastors, I have some special resources to share with you. Those of you in the Dallas and Houston area should contact me directly. This includes Author and Publisher Andrea Taylor of Third Chapter Press

 

 

12“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

 

In a culture in which people are so inclined to extract verses of scripture from their context without consideration of the contextual influence, it is no wonder why the Word of God has lost its influence in the way of power in the way of the Christian faith. To truly grasp and understand the gravity and veracity of the aforementioned verse of scripture, you must examine it within its context.

There are few things more debilitating to the advancement of the Christian life than the misunderstanding and misapplication of scripture. Failure to accurately analyze scripture is the culprit and it will render its victim virtuously helpless.

15Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. (2 Tim. 2:15 AMP)

It is important that we not allow traditional presuppositions to enter in and cloud our focus.

John 14:12 is, without question, an extremely powerful statement; in its implication and in its designation.  What is it that Jesus was saying and how does it apply to the contemporary Christian? In order to truly understand this we need to examine the scripture within its contextual influence.

There several things in view here. First through the preceding verses, Christ is establishing his relationship with God the Father and His identity as the Messiah. He is also reiterating, as He does throughout the book of John, the efficacy of prayer. Most importantly at this point, He is also introducing a new element into the equation. We shall examine this most closely very shortly.

There are several elements of verse 12 that are tantamount to understanding the power within it:

  1. “he who believes in Me” – both in verse 12 and 14 He reveals that there is efficacy in prayer through faith.
  2. “the works I do” and “greater works” – Christ reveals that through genuine faith in Him there comes infinite power and results. (However, the third element is an absolute necessity.)
  3. ‘because I go to the Father” – It is not obvious to the superficial reader, but this is the most powerful and revelatory portion of the verse (The Third Element). This is the part I want to center this short study on.

What does “because I go to the Father” mean in this context? We begin to gain a more lucid understanding when we reach verse 16:

“16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—“

Jesus has now entered into the shadow of the cross and has begun to prepare the disciples for what lies ahead. Over the next several chapters he begins to reveal the fact that he must leave in order to fulfill the ultimate plan of the Father, but in his leaving there will be another; the comforter, the helper, the advocate – The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be a revelator, the initiator and designator of anointed purpose and so much more. Basically, the message was simple: “I have come as a part of the plan of the Father, but my work here is almost done and for the plan to be fully perpetuated, I must leave to make room for another. This is the Holy Spirit and through Him your will do marvelous works; where you lack courage now, you find courage to live within your destiny. Where you are deficient in power, you will find an unlimited source in the way of anointing to fulfill your designed purpose.

Let’s just take a brief look at some of the scriptures that open up this doctrinal truth for a minute.

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you.18 I will not leave you as orphans…26 But the (AR)Helper, the Holy Spirit,(AS)whom the Father will send in My name,(AT)He will teach you all things, and (AU)bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.  (John 14:16-17, 26 NIV)

26But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me. (John 15:26 AMP)

12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13But when He, (R)the Spirit of truth, comes, He will(S)guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.14 He will (T)glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15(U)All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. (John 16:12-15 NASB)

8But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth. (Acts 1:8 AMP)

As you can see Christ has switch the emphasis from the present to the future. He has pointed to the source of power for every believer; the Holy Spirit. If you have taken notice of scripture you will have noticed that in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, there were no miracles performed before the Spirit descended upon Him at His baptism. His power to perform these miracles was a direct result of the transference of power by the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the man, was just as limited in human power and physical strength as we are. Except for the absence of the sin nature, Jesus was human in every aspect. Now as a whole he was the God-man; 100 percent man and 100 percent God joined in hypostatic union forever (without mergence in either essence or identity between the two). Yet, in his earthly ministry, Jesus was 100 percent human and no miracles were accomplished without the power of the Holy Spirit.

What Jesus was doing in chapters 14-16 was informing his followers that He was bequeathing to them the very sphere of power that allowed Him to do all that He had done in His earthly ministry. We can see the massive impact of this in the book of the Acts of the Apostles. In chapter 1 we see Jesus reveal to them that they will receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon them. We know through consistent Bible Study, that the Apostles accomplished a few things before The Day of Pentecost (that point at which the Holy Spirit came upon them and took up permanent residence within them), but the book of acts reveals how cowards who were hiding behind a locked door and had abandoned Jesus to His enemies weeks before, boldly stepped out with unparalleled power to live out their destinies.

Now there are some that teach that John 14:12 only applies to the original Apostles that were with Christ. First of all, from the measurement of the greatest accomplishments in the way of ministry, the greatest of the Apostles (Paul) was not present to hear this; in fact, he had not yet been converted. Even more revealing in this subject is Christ’s prayer to the Father in Chapter 17.

 

20Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching… (John 17:20, AMP)

This lucidly expresses that this power and oneness that Christ speaks of with the Godhead applies to all that believe. Faith in God and the power of the Holy Spirit is not a respecter of persons. Faith functions for the Prince as well as the Pauper.

So, in summation, the central focus of what Christ is revealing in John 14:12 is that the very power that assisted Him in His earthly ministry was going to be made permanently available to all that would believe in Him as the Messiah.

This power is now available to you who truly believe. The question is: Are you ready to walk in power?

 

Bishop Rick Wallace

 

 

 

The revelatory influence of God’s Word never ceases to amaze me. No matter how much time I spend in the Word, no matter how well I believe I have anatomized a particular subject, God always seems to take me a little further each time I visit Him in His Word. When it comes to the power and sufficiency of His grace there is no exception.

As Christian believers, we will inevitably come to a place of trouble in our lives. Christ promised that there would be tribulations. He said that the world would hate us because it hated Him. Yet, He said that we should be of good cheer because he had already overcame the world (John 16:33). This means that the victory has already been one. The strategic victory has been established (Christ magnanimous work done at Calvary), and now the tactical victory must be executed (the believer’s victorious walk made available by the victory achieved by Christ at Calvary).

It is important to understand the multitudinous assets we have at our disposal. Because of our position in Christ we have the power to overcome any obstacle and conquer any enemy. God has designed each of us with a specific purpose in mind and He has empowered (anointed) us to fulfill our destinies. As Christians it is not our aim to circumvent life’s struggles because we understand that it is in the struggles that the power of God moves mightily on our behalf. It is in the weakness of pain that the power of God’s love restores us. So, any attempt at circumventing the vicissitudes of life is futile and reveals a level of spiritual immaturity. There are numerous text within the Bible that reveal this truth; none quite as powerfully and distinctly as 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

7And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn ([a]a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted. [Job. 2:6.]

8Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;

9But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [b]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may[c]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

10So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [[d]in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful [e]in divine strength). (2 Corinthians 122:7-10, AMP)

Here Paul informs the Corinthians about the “thorn” in his “flesh”. What exactly this thorn is has been the topic of much great debate among theologians for centuries. I will not endeavor to state my case on the matter because it does not have true bearing on the message. If it did, Paul would not have been as ambiguous in revealing it. What is important is Paul’s request for God to remove the thorn and God’s response.

One thing to take notice of here is the fact that Paul lists the reason that he has the thorn. Paul had received an abundance of revelation and with the natural exaltation that comes with a gift like that it would have been easy for Paul to get big-headed, so God allowed this thorn to exist to keep Paul grounded and dependent upon Him.

Paul says that he prayed three times. This is significant for two reasons. First, the multiple supplications reveals Paul’s intense desire to have the thorn removed; it was not simply a nuisance, but it was painful and a burdensome. Second, as powerful of a faith warrior as Paul was his will could not override the will of God. God is sovereign and his will is the final standard.

Paul, as we often do, sensed the intensity of the moment and immediately sought extraction from the pain, discomfort, and toil involved with his affliction. He wanted to be taken back to a place of comfort, but God’s response was both, powerful and succinct. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

Let’s slow down for a moment so that we can take a good look at what is happening here. God is revealing the fact that there is not an autonomy, as for as man is concerned, outside of God. Man functions optimally under the power of God. God is saying to Paul, I will not take you out of the trial, but I will bring you through it. God is opening and bearing up the truth concerning His grace. We all see grace as simply the function through which God forgives our sins, but it is so much more. Grace represents everything that God is able to do on our behalf based on Christ’s magnanimous gift on Calvary. This includes the power he provides to live this Christian life in victory.

“My grace is sufficient” is one of the most powerful statements in the Bible. Some of you may feel that I am being melodramatic, but allow me a moment to point out a couple of things that validate my point. We know that this is a powerful statement first of all because God uses it as a “settle all” for Paul’s incessant prayers concerning his thorn. God did not go into a long doctrinal treatise to give Paul an explanation; He simply said, “My grace is sufficient….” In other words, the buck stops with grace. One of the most impactful words of this entire passage is one that almost always goes unnoticed; “IS”. “IS” is the 3rd person singular present indicative of “be”.  The key grammatical designator is “present indicative”. Present means now and indicative indicates what. In simple God’s grace “is” sufficient, not shall be sufficient, but “is” sufficient. This means right now, you have all that is necessary to overcome everything that you encounter. Right now; not tomorrow, but you have the power to stand right now.

Let’s look at the word “sufficient” for a moment. The Greek word translated “sufficient” is

ἀρκέω

arkeō

ar-keh’-o

Apparently a primary verb (but probably akin to G142 through the idea of raising a barrier); properly to ward off, that is, (by implication) to avail (figuratively be satisfactory): – be content, be enough, suffice, be sufficient.

Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries  G714

 

Sufficient means that everything that is required is supplied. There is nothing lacking in the grace of God. Allow me to state it this way; God does not supply your spiritual assets in installments; he has given you all the assets that are required and then some, but you must possess the faith to access them.

God supplements His declaration to Paul with a final declaration of power. “For my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul, in his ingenious elliptical writing style has boldly explained our pain in two verses of scripture. In verse 7 we find that our pain and afflictions stabilize us and prevent us from becoming haughty. In verse 9 we find that this same pain (weakness) allows the power of God to work mighty on our behalf; meaning that we can accomplish more in our state of acknowledged weakness through God’s power than we can at full strength in our own human strength. So, the very thing that humbles us also makes us strong. All I can say to that is “only God”.

What is Paul’s Conclusion to all of this?

 

“…Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may[c]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

10So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [[d]in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful [e]in divine strength).” (2 Cor. 12:9-10 AMP)

Paul is not saying that his pleasure is in the actual infirmities, but that there is pleasure and encouragement in what these infirmities and afflictions will produce. Paul understood that his greatest achievements would be accomplished under the pressure of affliction. He came to the knowledge that his pain activated God’s power. He understood that his weakness opened the door for something great to come in.

God wants you to know that there is nothing going on in our life that he is not aware of. He desires that you apprehend the fact that the very things that are hurting you right now will facilitate your greatness. Your weakness and inability to resolve the issue on your own opens the door for God to step in and perform all that he has promised. Know that all that you are dealing with at this moment is not beyond you because God has you in His care. Your pain and struggles may be bigger than you, but they are never too big for God. So when you traveling through the vicissitudes of life and it seems that things are simply getting worse, lift up your hands in praise because God’s grace is sufficient.

 

God bless,

Bishop Rick Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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