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The Monster And The Baby Wednesday, January 10, 2018 In the late 19th century, a customs service worker in the Austrian Empire fell in love and married his cousin, Klara, who gave birth to 3 children, all of whom died as infants. Her fourth child, a son, survived. He was her treasure. The baby’s name: Adolfus Hitler, or Adolf Hitler. What I’ve described to you is the birth of perhaps the most diabolical man ever born. Was this the birth of a monster? No. April 20, 1889 was the birth of a baby, not a monster. That baby would grow up to be a monster because he’d make choices in his life of pride, anger, bitterness, self-pity, blame, selfishness, spite, and hatred. This very powerfully confirms the Word of God. Throughout your life, you’re given choices which could lead you to become a monster on one hand or a saint on the other; life versus death. Over the long run, you become what you choose: a monster or a saint. So God say s, “choose life,” because you will be not what you were and not what you are, but what you choose. Choose life.
From Message #630 – The Kingdom of Broken Crosses
Scripture: Deut. 30:19
TODAY’S MISSION – In every decision you make today, choose the path of life.
Why It’s Important That Moses Is Dead Tuesday, January 9, 2018 The first five books of the Bible are called the Torah. The Torah ends commending Moses, but the very next book opens with God saying, “Moses, My servant, is dead.” Without the Book of Joshua, the Bible couldn’t get on with salvation. Because as great as Moses was, the Bible isn’t about Moses. It’s about God. God is I AM! He doesn’t stay in the past, He’s now. God had to tell Israel, in effect, Moses is dead now, get on with it. Too often God’s people dwell on the past, on how good or bad it was. If you do that, you won’t be able to move on and inherit the blessings He’s got for your life. God is saying to you, “Moses is dead.” The glory of the past is no more, its pain and sorrow are over. Stop dwelling on it, say goodbye and move on, because God is now. Therefore arise, cross the Jordan and enter the land of milk and honey. Get on with your life, get on with the blessin g, because Moses, my servant, is dead.
From Message #609 – Moses is Dead
Scripture: Luke 9:62
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, make a conscious effort to live in the present and presence of God. Let go of the past and get on with the blessing.
What Makes A Ship Unsinkable Monday, January 8, 2018 An American preacher visiting Belfast was scheduled to preach in the church which had lost 16 of its members on the unsinkable ship, the Titanic. It was a week after the tragedy. The church was filled with lords, bishops and ministers of all denominations. The audience was filled with newly made widows and orphans sobbing all around. The sermon was called “The Unsinkable Ship”. It wasn’t about the Titanic. It was about a much smaller, much frailer and much more humble ship that sailed the Sea of Galilee two thousand years before. It was unsinkable, not because of its construction, but because Messiah was in it. Messiah is the Lord of land and sea. He’s the master of storms and He’s the calmer of raging waves. In this life, we sail many vessels of career, success, popularity, health, youth, and money. Some of these vessels look strong, solid, rich, and glorious, but all th ese vessels ultimately sink. A life that’s built instead on the presence of the Rabbi from Nazareth is the ship that will never sink. That life will make it through every storm. That’s the unsinkable ship.
From Message #695 – The Jesus Boat
Scripture: Jer. 32:27
TODAY’S MISSION – In any distress, trouble, fear, or anxiety today, comfort your soul with the knowledge that you’re not going to sink. Messiah is in your boat!
The Pantheist Christian Friday, January 5, 2018 The basis of Eastern and New Age religion is that ultimately everything and anything is God – pantheism. When people in the Lord put “Thus sayeth the Lord”, “The Lord told me”, or “The Lord spoke to me” in front of everything they say, they run the risk of sliding unknowingly into that same pantheism. When everything is the voice of God then there’s no voice of God. It’s very easy to say “God told me this” or “God promised me that”. It’s easy to attach God’s name to your desires, hopes, and dreams, and there’s nothing spiritual about it. In fact, it’s taking the name of the Lord in vain. When you mistake your own voice for the voice of God, you’ll stop hearing the real voice of God. God is Holy. His Voice is Holy. We have to be still and listen to it. We have to be rooted and grounded in the sure Word of God as found in the Scriptures. Be rooted, grounded, and strong in H is Word. For thus sayeth the Lord, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.”
From Message #588 – Prophets of Lies
Scripture: Ps. 95:7
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, spend time being still before Him, listen for His voice, and receive His word.
The Expert Witness… You! Thursday, January 4, 2018 How do you witness? It’s much simpler than you think. Witnessing comes down to simply bearing witness. It doesn’t mean you have to be impressive or eloquent, you just bear witness. Imagine you’re on a jury and a guy comes in as a witness in a case and he looks slick, polished, well-rehearsed, every line’s the right line, every word and mannerism is professional. Would you find him very trustworthy? Probably not. You don’t believe a witness who’s skilled, you believe a witness who’s sincere and who’s real. A witness isn’t called to be skilled, smooth, or professional; a witness is called simply to bear witness to what he or she knows. That’s it. So how do you witness? You just bear witness to what you know, not to what you don’t know. Just be real, be sincere, and just share what you know. Do you know the Messiah? Share Him! You know He came into your life, you know He’s great, and you know your life has changed. Share it! That’s all there is to it. Just share what you know and you’ll end up being an expert witness.
From Message #546 – As You Go
Scripture: Prov. 14:25
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, commit to sharing whatever you know about Messiah and be an expert witness.
The Year Of His Favor And Will Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Messiah began His ministry reading Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me …to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” He came to fulfill this Scripture, but His ministry didn’t end in that first year. All the things He spoke about are not limited in time. The anointing of Messiah is to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and that word in Hebrew is ‘ratsone.’ It also means will, desire, delight, pleasure, and satisfaction. In Messiah’s anointing, you have the power to live a year that the Lord wants you to live, that He’ll take pleasure in, is satisfied in, delights in, and will be pleased with. The year the Lord has for you is the Year of Ratsone. But ratsone doesn’t just mean favor and delight; it also means will. The year of the Lord’s will. Consecrate this year to the Lord’s will and commit every part of your life to His will above even your own. Messiah will give you the anointing to live it and it will become for you the Year of Ratsone, the Year of the Lord’s Favor on you!
From Message #1225 – A Year of Joy
Scripture: Prov. 3:26
TODAY’S MISSION – Consecrate this year to the Lord’s will and commit every part of your life to His will above even your own.
The Year Of Second Chances Tuesday, January 2, 2018 The English word ‘year’ is pretty simple. But the Hebrew word for ‘year’ holds many mysteries – the word is ‘Shannah.’ One of its meanings is ‘the second.’ So each New Year presents a ‘second’ chance to do the Lord’s will. This year may not have gone the way you hoped or wanted it to, but take heart. This is a new year, and in Hebrew it’s a Shannah – a second chance to have that victory, to do it right, to overcome that sin, to break out of that bondage, to show love to that person, to make it right. It’s a second chance to rise up to your calling. God is the God of second chances and after that He will have another second chance, for His mercies are new every morning. So go for it. Do it right by the power of His grace. Live the life you were called to live, live the year you were called to live, and win the victory you were called to win. For it is a new year and that m eans it’s a Shannah. It’s your second chance to triumph. Happy New Year – Happy Second Chance.
From Message #1397 – The Mystery of Nisan 1
Scripture: 1 Cor. 15:55
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, declare this year to be the year of victory for your life in the Lord, and go for it!
The Power Of The Lamb Friday, December 29, 2017 Here in the West, we begin the new year in January. But the biblical new year wasn’t in January, nor was it in September as many think. It came with the Hebrew month of Nisan in the spring. Nisan was the month of the Passover redemption from Egypt, slavery, bondage, and of the rebirth of the nation to God – all through the blood of the Lamb. Nisan is also the month of Messiah’s redemption. It’s the month He gave His life. It’s the month of His death and resurrection; when the Lamb of God died to make all things new. That’s the real new beginning. So the power of new years and new beginnings does not come from a calendar, it comes from the Lamb. So if you want a new beginning, you’ll only find it in the Lamb. Come to the cleansing mercy of the Lamb. Come back to your first love and be made new. For there, all things are made new. The true renewal of God for new days, walks, lives, hearts, and even New Years only comes by the power of the Lamb.
From Message #1098 – The Lamb of New Beginnings
Scripture: John 1:36
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, receive the power of complete cleansing and newness in the Lamb of God and live as if all things were new.
The New In New Years Thursday, December 28, 2017 We come to the beginning of a new year, but what is New Years? The date of January 1 is an arbitrary one. So what makes it new? Nothing really. The only thing that makes New Year’s new, or for that matter any month, week, or day new, is the power of God. For God is the one who, in Revelation says, “I am making all things new”. Only God has the power of new beginnings. It’s not the morning that makes things new, but His mercies which are new every morning. Do you want this to be a truly new year? Then don’t expect it to be new simply because it’s called a new year. It won’t be new on its own. If you want it to be a new year, resolve to walk in the power of the Lord’s newness. For those who are led by His Spirit are given the power to walk in the newness of life. Commit yourself to walk in His Spirit, in the power of His newness, and you will have a truly new year, and a year of newness.
From Message #1079 – The Secret of New Beginnings
Scripture: Rom. 6:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, commit yourself to walking in His Spirit of newness.
Performing Your Enemy’s Funeral? Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Messiah said “love your enemies”, a seemingly impossible command. How do you love someone who’s against you, or the one you’re against? But if your enemy dies, if your enemy doesn’t exist anymore, then it’s no problem. When somebody dies, it’s customary to give them a funeral. At the funeral, you honor them with an official goodbye, a eulogy. Eulogy means to speak well of someone. That’s why no matter how rotten somebody is, or was, most eulogy speakers speak well of them. Messiah commands us to bless our enemies. The command behind the English word bless is the Greek word eulogeo, from which we get the word eulogy. The key is to deliver your enemies eulogy. When you bless your enemy, you’re delivering their eulogy, because when you bless them, they die. You no longer have an enemy to hate or be afraid of. The enemy is gone and a human being in God’s image remains, whom you must now love, forgive, and minister to. Bless your enemy, because it’s as simple as delivering their eulogy.
From Message #440 – The Sunrise Commandment
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Deliver your enemies’ eulogy by speaking a blessing over their life today. Deliver your enemies’ eulogy by speaking a blessing over their life today.
The Terror Of The Nativity Monday, December 25, 2017 In the 30s, Boris Karloff dressed up as Frankenstein and it was reported that women literally fainted in fear. In the 60s was a movie called Psycho that caused women to pass out in the theater. What does this have to do with the Nativity? Back in Bethlehem, when the angels appeared, the shepherds were terrified. It wasn’t because they were of a sensitive nature. The shepherds were rough men of the outdoors. They were confronted with supernatural beings. It was terrifying. And the account records a very real reaction. If that’s their reaction to angels of God, how much more to God? God is awesome! In Hebrew the word for awe is pachad. It also means fear. We need to have a holy sense of the awesomeness of God, the sense of awe that caused Isaiah to cry out, “Woe is me” – the awe that causes strong men to fall on their faces and caused the first believers to become mighty men and women of God and change the world. Draw near to God, and get into His awesomeness. Those who truly know Him are those who will walk in His holy awe.
From Message #743 – The Everywhere Town
Scripture: Prov. 3:7
TODAY’S MISSION – Draw near to God’s presence today, and get into His awesomeness.
Bursting The Bubble Friday, December 22, 2017 Have you ever seen a snow globe nativity scene? You shake it up and the snow comes down on Joseph, Mary, and the shepherds. The only problem is that there was no snow in Bethlehem – not on Joseph and Mary and not the shepherds. For a real nativity scene, you’d have to fill up the bubble with desert dirt and make a dust storm. That’s a lot closer to the truth. It is human nature to make things look nice, the way we imagine they should be. It’s a fantasy, and there’s no blessing in fantasies. You can’t get blessed with something that’s not real. If you have a fantasy of what life is supposed to be like, you’ll be miserable. The real Bethlehem was gritty, dirty, and down to earth, but had the presence and redemption of God. Blessings come in real life, not in fantasies. Don’t live your life in fantasies, or romantic illusions of what life should be like. Live here and now with God. Love your life, because God is here and now in real life. To live a real life with God here and now is a thousand times better than any fantasy.
From Message #742 – The X Holiday
Scripture: Ps. 119:113
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, live your life head on, in reality, with the reality of God’s power.
Song Speak Thursday, December 21, 2017 Zimmer is one of the biblical words for song. Ephesians 5:19 says, “Speak to one another in Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” Think about that. How do you speak in songs? You have to learn to talk in ‘song speak’, to speak in such a beautiful way that it could be a song. When you speak, there’s no real melody, harmony, orchestra, accompaniment, or musical instrument. Yet, you’re to speak in a song. To speak in song means your words make up for the fact that there’s no music and become themselves a song so beautiful it needs no accompaniment. Ask yourself, if somebody took a transcript of your daily talk, could they write a godly song from it? Would it go to music? Talk of anger, fear, blame, pride, conceit, and emptiness doesn’t make godly music. What kind of talk does? Talk of love, faith, peace, hope, praise, thanksgiving, encouragement, mercy, God, and Scripture. Stop merely speaking and start learning how to speak a new language today, the language of song speak.
From Message #423 – Melody In Your Heart
Scripture: Ps. 35:28
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, practice thinking and talking in ‘song speak”.
The Only Verse He Preached Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Henry Moorehouse began to preach when he was a young man and died at the age of 40. Every time he preached, he gave out as his text John 3:16, and he never ran out of things to say. As believers, we’re prone to seek the newest teaching, movement, or revival. We get impatient if we hear the same thing over again. We’ve all heard John 3:16 so many times that when we hear it, we stop hearing it. We feel that we’ve grown beyond such a basic thing. But God’s Word doesn’t say to grow beyond the knowledge of salvation. It says grow in the knowledge of salvation. You’ll never know anything better, higher, or deeper than God’s love for you that’s declared in this verse. The love of God is the one thing that can make things complete in your life. Get away today from all the things that have complicated your life, your walk, your faith, and your relationship with God. Get back to simplicity of the simple verse that’s as life changing today as it was the day it first changed your life. rnrn
From Message #2113 – The Ultimate Verse
Scripture: Luke 3:6
TODAY’S MISSION – Get away from all the things that have complicated your life today and meditate on John 3:16.rn
Speaking The Memra Tuesday, December 19, 2017 The first words ever spoken, as far as we’re concerned, are found in Genesis 1:1. God speaks and creation begins. Because of this, the rabbis wrote of the memra; the spoken Word of God. They saw it as something divine, for by God’s spoken Word, everything was created. The first spoken word was to create, to bring into existence what is good. Words exist to bring good into the world, not to tear down, slander, discourage, denigrate, or blame. They exist for divine purpose, to call into being that which is good, to build up, to make whole, to complete, and to bring healing. So every time you open your mouth to speak a word, speak it to build up, call forth life, bring healing, and make whole. The Word of God teaches us to speak that which is uplifting according to the need of the moment. Is that you? Are your words building up or tearing down, bringing life or causing death, or just making conversation? As God’s child, learn from your Father and let your words bring forth life. Speak the word, and let there be light.
From Message #399 – Not A Rotten Word
Scripture: Prov. 15:23
TODAY’S MISSION – Speak that which is uplifting today and let your words bring forth life.
The Key Of The Kedoshim Friday, December 15, 2017 Kedoshim is Hebrew for saints or holy ones. Most people don’t realize that saints are a Jewish thing. Zechariah 14:5 says, “And the LORD my God shall come and all the saints (kedoshim) with him.” It’s from this verse we get the song ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’. It’s a scene of the saints coming in victory. It’s an important truth. A saint is one whose life is characterized by holiness. Holiness is the right way, but it’s also the way of victory. It may not look like it in the short run, but in the end when the saints go marching in, it’s pure victory. God calls you to forsake and turn away from the ways and things of unholiness and walk by His Spirit. Start walking in holiness, and step by step, you’ll end up marching into victory. It starts now, with one small step of repentance, and then one decision and commitment to follow through daily on the straight and nar row path. Start today, and in the end you’ll win, because I know you want to be in that number when the saints go marching in.
From Message #328 – When The Saints
Scripture: Is. 4:3
TODAY’S MISSION – Walk in holiness today. Follow the path God has for you.
The True Or Ha Olam Thursday, December 14, 2017 The only place in the entire Bible where Chanukah is celebrated isn’t in the Old Testament, it’s in John 10:22. “Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem.” The word Dedication in Hebrew is Chanukah. It says, “It was winter and Messiah was in the Temple.” Chanukah is in the winter and the Lord was there celebrating. At Chanukah, the Temple and all Jerusalem would be lit up with the lights of the Festival. As Yeshua stood in the temple courts and began to give His Chanukah message, they said, “Tell us who you are!” It should have been obvious, as He stood in the midst of the torches and oil lamps. It was the Festival of Lights. He was ‘Or Ha Olam’, ‘The Light of the World’ that bears the witness of God. Messiah celebrated Chanukah not by lighting a light, but by being The Light. Celebrate Chanukah as He did. Wherever you are, bear witness to God’s truth, love, an d glory. Let your life become a sacred candle, a blazing torch, and a light to the world.
From Message #1366 – The Consecration
Scripture: Matt. 5:16
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, go through your day as a living light. Bear witness of God’s truth, love, and glory to all you come in contact with.
How Chanukah Brought You Christmas Wednesday, December 13, 2017
About 130 years before the birth of Messiah, Antiochus Epiphanes, King of the Greek/Syrian Empire, tried to wipe the Jewish faith from the face of the earth. He almost succeeded. If he had succeeded, there would be no Jewish fishermen in Galilee to become apostles, no Jewish shepherds in Bethlehem, no Jewish carpenter in Nazareth, and no Jewish virgin to give birth to Messiah. But by a miracle of God, he and his armies were defeated. The celebration of that miracle is called Chanukah. Jewish people celebrate as they light the lights of the Chanukah Menorah. Christians celebrate the birth of Messiah with the Lights of Christmas. But if it were not for Chanukah, if Messiah wasn’t born, we would have nothing to celebrate. The lights of Chanukah gave birth to the Light of Messiah. If you belong to the Messiah, rejoice in your Jewish roots, your heritage as a child of Abraham, and light a menorah this year. Celebrate the Festival of Lights in the Light of Messiah’s glory.
From Message #275 – The Christmas/Chanukah Connection
Scripture: Gal. 4:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, rejoice in your Jewish roots as a fellow citizen of the nation of Israel and pray for His ancient people.
God’s Love Is Not A Bucket Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Zechariah 13:1 says, “In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and impurity.” It doesn’t say, “In that day a bucket, a pool, or a lake,” because a bucket has a bottom, a pool has sides, and a lake has an enclosure of land around it. But a fountain, as long as it’s a fountain, which is as long as it keeps flowing, is infinite— there’s no end to it. That’s why God’s love is not a bucket, or even a lake, because those things have ends and they run out. God’s love for you, His mercy and forgiveness have no end, no limit, and no running out. His mercies are new every morning, because it’s a fountain. That’s why you don’t receive it just once, but every day of your life. Rejoice because God loves you, and still loves you, and yet loves you more. Come to Him today and be refreshed. Receive the new living waters waiting now to fill your heart again, because His love for you is like a fountain.
From Message #307 – The Wounded Prophet
Scripture: Acts 26:18
TODAY’S MISSION – Come to Him today and be refreshed. Receive the new living waters waiting now to fill your heart again to overflowing.
God And His Baby Monday, December 11, 2017 Have you ever felt like you don’t love God enough? As a parent, it is natural to love your baby. Yet you can’t expect your baby to love you back with the same love. Babies are a constant expense of time, energy, and money. But you don’t expect your child to pay you back. How did you, as a parent, love and bless your newborn child? It was not dependent on anything they did. It was unconditional. So it is with you and God. You can never love Him enough, but He loves you more – just as a parent loves a baby. It’s not about how much or how little love you have for Him. You’re not God. Stop dwelling on your love— or lack of it— and lose yourself in His love. He’s your Daddy. He loves you just because He loves you. When you realize it, you’ll love Him as you never did before. It’s as simple as being a baby.
From Message #1745 – The Abba Mystery of Faith
Scripture: Jude 1:21
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, stop dwelling on your lack or limitations and lose yourself in His unlimited love.
Be Thou Joyful Friday, December 8, 2017 The word simchah is Hebrew for joy. Scripture says, “Rejoice in the Lord always”, “the joy of the Lord is your strength”, “rejoice and be exceedingly glad”, “rejoice and shout for joy!” God didn’t have to command us to be joyful. He could have commanded us to be miserable and we’d have to, because He’s the lawgiver. But the amazing thing is, He doesn’t say be miserable, He says be joyful. “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!” Too many believers act like He said be miserable, gloomy, defeated, sad, and worried. The good news is He never said that, and therefore you don’t have to. If He did say it, it would still be enough that He gave His life for you. But not only did He give His life to save you, He commands you on top of that to rejoice and be exceedingly glad! So who are you to disobey God? Start obeying Him today. Rejoice in the Lord, because He lo ves you, He died for you, and you have eternal life— and because in God, “joy” is a command.
From Message #349 – The Ways of Freedom
Scripture: Gal. 5:13
TODAY’S MISSION – Obey God today and start rejoicing in your salvation!
Chicken Everything Thursday, December 7, 2017 It used to be that you went to the supermarket looking for chicken and that’s what you got— chicken. But now when you go to the store to get chicken, you don’t just find chicken, you have a choice: barbeque chicken, fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, chicken strips, chicken nuggets, chicken patties, chicken burgers, chicken everything! What happened to chicken is symbolic of what’s happened to every area of life in modern times. Our lives are filled with choices and distractions that compete to take up your time and life: radio, television, video, networks, pads, phones, texts, twitter, emails, the web, and the internet. But your life and your time is precious – especially your time with the Lord. The more choices you have, the more crucial it is to clearly choose to give your time only to what is best. If you don’t, your hours, days, and years will be wasted. The best th at you can seek is God’s will. That’s why Messiah said, “Seek first the kingdom of God”. Your years are too precious to be given to anything but the best, and only one thing is best. All the rest is chicken bits.
From Message #286 – A Life Of Value
Scripture: Micah 7:7
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, choose to give your time only to what is God’s best.
The Lightness Of Messiah Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Most people in America weigh more than they should, or want to. We have all sorts of diets, because it’s not healthy to go through life with a heavy body. Neither is it healthy to go through life with a heavy spirit. When you partake of things like gloom, bitterness, negativity, worry, selfishness, frustration, pride, worldliness, hopelessness, and fear, these things make your spirit heavy. So go on Messiah’s diet. He said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I’ll give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you shall find rest for your souls because my yoke is easy and my load is light.” This is Messiah’s diet— 1: Know that you’re not alone. He loves you and He cares for you. 2: Give Him your burdens and trust Him with all of them. 3: Learn to be humble of heart, as He is. Get your eyes off yourself and become like a little child. That weight you’ve been carrying around will lift off, and your heart will become light.
From Message #188 – The Joy of Humility
Scripture: Col. 3:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Get your eyes off yourself today. Humble your heart, and become like a little child. Cast your burdens on Him and lighten your load.
The Failure That Saved A Life Tuesday, December 5, 2017 William Cowper was 32 when he decided to end his life. After several attempts that failed, he tried to hang himself, but was cut down, unconscious but still alive. Then one morning for a reason unknown to him, he reached out for his Bible and opened it up to the Book of Romans. He opened up his heart and received the Lord. His life was changed, and years later he’d write the famous hymn which begins,“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.” Cowper was thanking God that all of his own plans failed and only God’s plan came to pass. You need to do the same thing. When your own plans fail, remember the plans of William Cowper. God has something better for you. The way of the flesh is death, but God’s way is life and His will for you is blessing. So, every time your own plan fails, thank God. He’s got something better. As the Lord says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.”
From Message #1910 – Your Heavenly Pattern and Your Earthly Tapestry
Scripture: Prov. 16:33
TODAY’S MISSION – Give thanks today for any of your failed plans that have led to the plans of God being accomplished in your life.
The Menorah People Monday, December 4, 2017 Israel’s national symbol on their Parliament building and national seal is the seven-branched menorah described in Exodus that stood in the Holy Place. Israel was called to be a light to the nations, a holy vessel filled with God’s oil and shining with the light of His Presence. Whether you’re Jewish or not, if you’re born again, you are grafted in as a citizen of Israel. So if you’re part of Israel, your national symbol is the menorah, and as a citizen, you’re called to individually be a light to those around you. Are you living a life worthy of the menorah? Is your life a light to those around you? As God’s holy lamp, are you getting continually filled and refilled? Get filled up with the oil of His Spirit and the fire of His will. Be the light you were called to be. Shine to people all around you. It’s your heritage and it’s your national calling. Live your life as th e holy menorah of God.
From Message #167 – The Automatic Menorah
Scripture: Heb. 1:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, get filled up with the oil of His Spirit and the fire of His will and be the light you were called to be.
THE SPECTACLES OF SODOM – Friday, December 1, 2017
In 2 Peter 2:7 it is written that God “delivered righteous Lot who was distressed by the depraved conversation of the wicked.” Lot lived in Sodom. Sodom was a city of depravity. How did Lot deal with it all? His family was the only island of morality and faith in a sea of moral evil. How did he raise his children in Sodom? How did he interact or have “fellowship” with the citizens of Sodom around him? How did he involve himself in Sodom’s government? What did he do concerning Sodom’s pastimes, entertainments, and spectacles? If this sounds totally hypothetical, it is not. It is burningly relevant. We, as Lot, live in a day of moral and spiritual depravity. We are surrounded by it. It’s everywhere. It’s on the internet. It’s in our magazines. It’s in our government. It’s in our schools. It’s on our television sets. How do we deal with it? In this month ’s message, we’ll focus on the pastimes, entertainments, and spectacles of our time as in that of Sodom. There was a time in the early days of television where that which was broadcast on American network television was overall more pure, more moral, and more wholesome than the reality of daily life. Sexuality was never depicted in any meaningful way as existing outside the marital bed. Language had no curse words or profanity. Faith, religion, ministers, and believers were depicted in a positive light and family was celebrated. Those days are long gone. What now emanates from our television screens would have been unfathomable to those of the 1950s and even to us of a few years back. We must understand that an increasingly apostate, anti-biblical, and anti-Christian culture will naturally present increasingly apostate, anti-biblical, and anti-Christian entertainment. And so we have watched as the entertainment industry has grown increasingly profane, vulgar, depraved, defiling , anti-Christian, and, in some cases, outright satanic. As believers, the danger is to grow used to such things, to gradually accommodate oneself to the new and anti-God morality, to no longer be shocked by it, to absorb it in the pursuit of entertainment. We must recognize such things for what they are – that which wars against our faith, our God, our salvation, and our souls. Had we lived in the days of ancient Rome, we could not allow ourselves to partake in the blood spectacles of its arenas. Nor can we partake of that which would defile us. Even if it is the most celebrated Hollywood spectacle in years, if it contains that which goes against our Lord and the most precious thing we have – we must reject it. We must draw a line in the sand. And if that should one day mean unplugging altogether to such industries, then that’s what we must do. Our salvation, our walk, our lives, our souls, and our eternities are too important to defiled and threatened by the spectacles of S odom. This month, draw your line in the sand. Unplug from whatever is not of God and life, and plug your heart all the more into His presence. And may God greatly bless you as you do! Your brother and co-laborer in His love and service, Jonathan
See Message: Food of the Priests
Scripture: Scripture:: 2 Peter 3:17
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The Seven Year Convert Thursday, November 30, 2017 Adoniram Judson turned down pastoring a large church in Boston for the mission field in India. He arrived in Calcutta in 1812 filled with zeal to preach to the peoples, but the British government gave orders to leave the country immediately. He returned the following June, but once more was ordered to leave. With a heavy heart, Judson fled to Rangoon, a place he hated and ended up being imprisoned in. But Judson stayed and began a mission there. When no one responded, he struggled against severe discouragement. Finally, after seven years his first convert was a criminal of the Karen people. Through this man, the Gospel came to the Karen peoples, and through them to the Kachin peoples. Within 90 years, more than 250,000 people came to the Lord because of Judson’s faithfulness and perseverance. Most people would have given up. Had Judson done that, he would have quit before the greatest of miracles. Don’t miss your miracle! Even when every door is closed, every plan and dream has been crushed or thwarted, serve the Lord with gladness, faithfulness and perseverance, and you too, will find your miracle.
From Message #2103 – Altars of the Unknown God
Scripture: Gal. 6:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Encourage your soul in God’s calling. Renew your commitment today to persevere in fulfilling all that God has called you to.
The Kokhav Wednesday, November 29, 2017 ‘Kokhav’ is Hebrew for ‘star’. In the northern sky, there’s a star, that for thousands of years has been the most reliable guide for travelers. It’s called Polaris, the pole star, or the North Star. Sailors sailed the oceans, discovered new lands, and conquered new worlds by its light. No matter which way the wind blew, no matter how great the waves were, no matter how lost they seemed to be, they found their way back home by just looking up at that star. Numbers 24:17 says, “a kokhav, a star, shall rise out of Jacob”. Messiah’s called a star because He’s the guiding light that shines in the darkness. Life’s a journey, and every journey needs a guiding star, a light by which we find our bearings, and our way back home. Everything else in life moves and changes like the waters of a storm tossed sea, but the Kokhav, the Star of Jacob, never changes. Get your eyes off the st orm and look up to the Star of Jacob. Keep your eyes on His light as you journey and you’ll make it home because He’s your guiding Star.
From Message #1564 – Starlight
Scripture: Ps. 48:14
TODAY’S MISSION – Get your eyes off of any storms and problems in your life today and focus on your guiding Star
The Time Of Fruit Tuesday, November 28, 2017 In today’s world, we’re surrounded by fast food. It’s fast and convenient, and that’s what we like because we don’t like to wait. Unfortunately, fast food isn’t just a food. It’s a culture, an attitude, a mindset, and a heart. It often invades the hearts of believers. Believers are to be known by the fruit of the Spirit— love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The scripture doesn’t say, ‘the fast food of the Spirit’, because fruit isn’t fast and it doesn’t come overnight. Fruit takes time. They don’t come prepackaged and without effort. They’re fruit, they have to be grown, and they need your time, your consistency, your perseverance, your commitment, and your care. You have to put effort into it. God wants you to have a solid, real love, a full joy, a true peace, and a deep goodness in your life. You’ll only have it by forsaking that fast food culture, the fast food life, the fast food walk, and the fast food heart. Come into His presence today and be filled at His table. It’s not fast food, it’s the Bread of Life.
From Message #513 – Fast Food Christianity
Scripture: I Tim. 1:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, unplug yourself, take time to dwell with God, to soak in His love, and to be transformed by His Spirit.
Aliens On Earth Monday, November 27, 2017 ‘Ger’ is Hebrew for ‘stranger.’ Like most of you, I grew up being told “Beware of strangers,” which is good for children to hear. But in the Bible, some of the best people were strangers. Abraham said, “I’m a stranger and I sojourn among you.” Moses named his son ‘Gershom’ meaning ‘stranger in a strange land’. In 1 Peter 2:11, we’re called aliens and strangers. Strangerhood is a holy call, and has much power. As believers we’re to go through life as strangers to the ways of this world and to our old identity. When people talk to you about impure subjects, you need to respond, “I don’t speak your language.” It’s a great thing to be a stranger to who you once were and to be able to say, “I just don’t understand you.” When you’re going through tough times, remember that you’re a stranger to them. You’re not of the problem anymore, you’re of the kingdom of heaven. Practice th e ministry of strangerhood. Learn to be in the world, not of it, because to be a stranger in this world is the most holy of callings.
From Message #493 – Aliens on Planet Earth
Scripture: John 15:19
TODAY’S MISSION – Practice the ministry of strangerhood today and view yourself as a sojourner on earth.
Making The PerfectFriday, November 24, 2017 Most people spend time seeking the right marriage partner, expecting their mate to be perfect. And the more they do, the more miserable they become. In Biblical times, it was common for marriages to be arranged by parents. They generally worked out much better than our perfectly picked marriages work out today, lasting a lifetime. The truth is, the perfect marriage isn’t about marrying the perfect one, but rather loving the imperfect one with a perfect love, accepting the imperfect one with a perfect acceptance, and being faithful to the imperfect one with a perfect faithfulness that comes from God. It’s the secret of a joyful marriage and a joyful life. A good life isn’t about having perfect situations and circumstances. It’s not about obtaining the perfect circumstance but rather accepting an imperfect situation with a perfect acceptance, loving imperfect people with a perfect love, rejoicing in a perfect joy, and giving thanks with a perfect thankfulness in the midst of an imperfect world. That’s the secret of joy in marriage and joy in life. Use it.
From Message #444 – The Perfect Commandment
Scripture: John 6:37
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, seek to live in perfect acceptance, love, and joy towards all the circumstances and people in your life.
The Blessing And The BreadThursday, November 23, 2017 Many churches focus on the eucharist as the bread of communion. Others don’t think the concept of eucharist is Biblical. The word ‘eucharist’ comes from the Greek ‘eu’, meaning ‘good’, and ‘charis’, meaning ‘grace’ or ‘blessing’. The eucharist was there at the Last Supper, only it wasn’t the bread at all. It was the blessing that Messiah said over the bread. The same blessing is said in Jewish homes to this day. “Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha Olam, Ha Motzee Lechem Min Ha Aretz.” It means ”Blessed are You O Lord Our God, King of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.” The truth is, the true eucharist isn’t eaten, it’s given. This one distinction is crucial, and can change your life. What makes something holy and beautiful isn’t the thing itself, but the blessing you speak over it. Give the blessing of thanks over your bread, wine, spouse, parents, children, friends, and enemies; over every situation, good or bad. Give the blessing of thanks over your life itself and your life will become holy and blessed, for such is the true eucharist.
From Message #2072 – The Hebrew Blessing Revelation
Scripture: Luke 22:19–20
TODAY’S MISSION – Say the eucharist over all your blessings today. Make every part of your life a holy gift from Heaven.
The Nonexistent Existent Father Wednesday, November 22, 2017 One of the greatest lessons you could ever learn about God is from the ‘father of the prodigal son’. He has no past, future, birth, or death because he only exists in the parable. Yet through him, you learn more about the love and mercy of God than almost every other teaching. God’s love for you is so wonderful and pure, so absolute and perfect, so awesome that no earthly father could ever exemplify it. A flesh and blood father, even if he were like the father in the parable, would have parts of his life and love that were imperfect and inconsistent with the picture that you see there. But the father in the parable loves totally with all his heart and all his existence. In the same way, God loves you with a love that’s perfect, pure, unconditional, steadfast, faithful, awesome, and wonderful. He loves you wholeheartedly with all His existence. Rejoice in God’s love for yo u. Like the prodigal son, let it change your heart, because such a love you could only get from a man who never was, or a God who always is.
From Message #472 – The Prodigal Father
Scripture: Lam. 3:22–23
TODAY’S MISSION – Meditate on God as your Father today and rejoice in His love for you.
The Fought-Over Life Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Tiny Israel is the most fought over land in human history. Fought over by the ancient pharaohs, Amorites, Canaanites, Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Mohammedans, Mamelukes, Crusaders, Ottomans, French, British, Arabs, and finally Israel again – the Jewish people. You’d think with all that fighting, Israel was filled with natural resources and riches. It has almost nothing, except that it belongs to God. Which makes the stakes there especially high. From there the kingdom and the blessing will come. You might feel like life is a battle. The reason is because you belong to God and your life is precious. There’s a high calling on it and a promise of great things to come. It’s worth the fight, and the enemy knows it. His job is to discourage you from persevering and inheriting the blessing. He knows how precious and how high the promise and the calling is on your life. Be encouraged, fight the good fight, and keep going until you inherit the blessing. You knew you had a fight, but now you know you’ve got something worth fighting for.
From Message #451 – The Waters of Zion
Scripture: Eph. 6:10–18
TODAY’S MISSION – Be encouraged, take the fight and the resistance as a sign of the greatness of God’s blessings, and press on!
The God Of Not Monday, November 20, 2017 “Love rejoices not in iniquity.” We take that to mean that we’re not to rejoice over sinful things, and that’s correct. Butrnthere’s another way you can apply this. Love does rejoice. It rejoices over what’s good, but don’t stop there. Rejoice over thernrighteousness that is, and the sin that isn’t. When you don’t fall to that temptation, lose your temper, worry, or give in to thatrnlust, rejoice over the fact that you didn’t fall or give in. Think about all the things you were set free from because Messiah came into your life, and rejoice over that. The Hebrew people were never to stop rejoicing over the fact that they were no longer in Egypt. The more they rejoiced, the more blessed they were in the Promised Land, and less likely to ever want to go back. The joy of the Lord is your strength. The more you rejoice that you’re no longer in bondage, the less likely you will ever go back, and the more you’ll be blessed. Rejoice today, because there are so many things to rejoice about and many of them don’t even exist.
From Message #412 – The Radical Heart
Scripture: James 1:2–3
TODAY’S MISSION – Think about all the ‘Nots’ in your life – all that He’s delivered you from, all that’s no more, all that He saved you from – and give Him praise!
The Keys Of Carey, McKay, And Livingston Thursday, November 16, 2017
David Livingstone’s heart was set on being a medical missionary to China, but the opium wars made it impossible. He went to Africarninstead and opened up unchartered land to the Gospel. Alexander McKay prepared for Madagascar, but instead ended up in Ugandarnhelping found one of the most amazing missions in the world. Robert Carey planned on going to the South Sea, but instead ended up inrnIndia and was responsible for opening up India to the Gospel. None of these people got what they initially prepared for or dreamed about,rnbut they didn’t let it stop them. In the end, what appeared as a broken dream was really the call of God to do something better. You willrnknow broken dreams and frustrated plans, but be all the more determined to serve God no matter what. If it’s not one way, He’ll give yournanother and it’ll be something better and greater than anything you could h ave ever planned yourself. In the end, disappointments arernGod’s appointments if you let them be, and your detours will have been the call of God on your life.
From Message #1470 – Plan B
Scripture: Prov. 16:3
TODAY’S MISSION – Today when things don’t go as you want make it your aim to praise and glorify God all the more.
The Worship Of Your Avodah Friday, November 17, 2017 The Biblical Hebrew word for ‘work’ is ‘avodah’. It also means ‘worship’. Often, worship takes work and our works shouldrnalways be worship. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly, as for the Lord rather than for men.” If yourndon’t do it with all your heart, then you’re not being whole. When you agree to do a job, you agree to do it 100%. When you give less than that, and don’t work as you said, then you’re taking that which doesn’t belong to you. As a believer, you should be the best of workers, and do all you do wholeheartedly to God. When you don’t work wholeheartedly, you not only rob your employer, you also rob yourself. When you do something wholeheartedly, that’s when you do it freely. When you’re half-hearted, you’re in bondage. So, do what you do with a whole heart or don’t do it at all. Because in Hebrew, work is avodah, and avodah is also worship. When you stop doing your job half-heartedly, and start doing it wholeheartedly to God, your work will stop just being work, and will turn into worship.
From Message #933 – Avodah
Scripture: John 9:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Today do all that you have to do, the task of your work, your job, your duties, wholeheartedly for the Lord – as if it was worship – because it is.
The Everywhere Name Wednesday, November 15, 2017 While Messiah was in the boat with His disciples, there came a violent storm, waves breaking over the boat threatening to drown them. Messiah was sleeping. He didn’t really have to do anything, because it was enough that He was there. Messiah has a special name in Hebrew prophecy. In Hebrew, it’s a sentence: ‘Im’ with a long e meaning ‘with’, ‘Anu’, which means ‘us’, and ‘El’, which means ‘God’- ‘Immanuel’, or ‘God with us’. Messiah’s presence isn’t just the Name, but Immanuel the sentence. Messiah was ‘God is with us’ on the boat that day, because He’s Immanuel. We all know what it’s like to have storms in our lives, times when it seems like everything is out of control, overwhelming circumstances, and it seems that your boat is sinking. You’ll have those storms, but when they come, remember Who’s with you in your lifeboat. If you are Messiah’s, then Immanuel is in the b oat with you. The wind and waves won’t prevail against you, and your boat won’t sink because you’re not alone. In the storm is Immanuel; God is with you in the storm.
From Message #351 – Immanuel I
Scripture: Joshua 1:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, throughout the day, meditate on this Hebrew sentence, IM-ANU-EL – GOD IS WITH ME!
The Fondling Of Heaven Tuesday, November 14, 2017 When I was little, grown-ups in my family were always patting or rubbing my head. My parents explained that it was an expression of love. They were touching me because their hearts were filled with love toward me. A word used to describe God is ‘rachamim’, meaning ‘mercies’. It comes from a root that means “to fondle,” or “gently touch” someone you love. Just as the adults felt towards me when I was a child, so God loves you. Just as your heart overflows with compassion and sympathy towards the needy, so God’s heart overflows with compassion for you. Too often our ideas about God’s mercy are more of a legal concept than of the heart. But now you know how He feels towards you. His heart overflows with deep compassion when He thinks about you. He wants to touch you in your spirit and heart with His tender love and affection. He wants to put His arms around you and hold you tight. God doesn’t just let you in the door of the kingdom, He loves you from His heart with rachamim; with deep compassions and tender fondlings.
From Message #329 – The Blessings of the Merciful
Scripture: Luke 1:78–79
TODAY’S MISSION – Run into His arms of mercy today and receive the tender fondling of God’s love.
Showers On The Midbar Monday, November 13, 2017 The Hebrew word for ‘wilderness’ is ‘midbar’. Israel’s wilderness is like a giant moonscape of rock hills and plains, rock mountains and valleys; everything rock. That’s why the word ‘midbar’ also means ‘waste place’ and ‘desolate’. But, when the rains fall upon the wilderness, the whole place changes. The dry wadi’s fill up with water and become rivers in the desert. The rock hills are covered with a coat of green and become speckled with beautiful flowers of every color. It’s a miraculous sight. It’s almost unbelievable to see. The fact is that even when things look totally desolate in the wilderness, there are seeds of grass and flowers waiting to blossom as soon as they receive their water. Your life might have been a wilderness or wasted place and your situation right now might seem dry, desolate, and hopeless, but in God, your desert will bloom. You might not see it , but there are seeds of joy, life, hope, and love waiting to blossom. They only need you to open your heart to the waters of God’s Spirit, and your desert will bloom.
From Message #474 – The Midbar
Scripture: 1 Cor. 3:6–9
TODAY’S MISSION – Invite the Spirit to touch every part of your life today, especially into the most barren and dry ground, the wildernesses of your life.
The World Of 1948 Friday, November 10, 2017 Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated. Communists take over Czechoslovakia. Harry Truman is re-elected. Stalin rules the Soviet Union. Honda motorcycle is created in Japan. Humphrey Bogart stars in Key Largo, and John Wayne in Fort Apache. V8 juice is marketed, the McDonald brothers begin franchising their name, and Nestle’s Quik is introduced in the US. Into this world, the ancient words of the prophets come to pass. The year is 1948 and the nation of Israel is resurrected, fulfilling ancient prophecies. Life is filled with details that seem to have nothing to do with God or His plans. If you don’t think your everyday world is biblical, just remember 1948. God was working it all together to fulfill the ancient prophecies. If you love and follow God, know with assurance that His hand is on your life. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose”— even Nestle’s Quik.
From Message #309 -The Gathering
Scripture: Prov. 19:21
TODAY’S MISSION – Go through your day today, in full confidence and faith that God has worked and will work out everything for your good.
Kepler’s Universe Thursday, November 9, 2017 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler, troubled by his friend who denied the existence of God and maintained that the universe came into existence by itself, constructed a model of our solar system. Upon seeing it, his friend exclaimed, “How beautiful! Who made it?” Kepler replied, “No one. It made itself.” “Nonsense,” said his friend. “Tell me who made it.” Kepler then said, “Friend, you say that this little toy cannot make itself? It’s but a weak imitation of this great universe, which I understand you believe did make itself.” No one in their right mind would have believed that Kepler’s model made itself any more than one could believe that a car could manufacture itself. Yet, according to many scientists, the universe came into existence by accident, and so did human life. You’re here because of God, and your life has a great purpose. The Creator also said concernin g you, “I know the plans I have for you… plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.”
From Message #508 – The Dance of the Heavenly Circles
Scripture: Ex. 9:16
TODAY’S MISSION – Rest assured in the fact that your life was not an accident and God has a purpose for you. Live each moment
The Shemen Name Wednesday, November 8, 2017 In the Song of Solomon, the bride says to her beloved in Hebrew, “Shemen turak sh’mecha”. “Your name is like pouring oil.” When you’re in love, your beloved has a beautiful name and it pours off your lips like oil. You sing it, shout it, and write a song about it because the name of your beloved is always beautiful. When you’re in love, the name of your beloved is like pouring oil. The name of Messiah is like pouring oil. Not just because He’s called ‘The Anointed One’, but because it’s the name of our Beloved. There’s something about His name, Jesus; Yeshua in Hebrew. It’s the name of the One who loves us with all His heart and life, who died for us. His name should pour out of your heart and lips, and not just His name, but His love. It’s one thing to talk about Yeshua, another to show His love. Show others the love of your Beloved, and they will love Him too. Then His name will flow from their hearts, like pouring oil.
From Message #289 – Like Pure Oil
Scripture: John 13:34
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, let your lips be filled with and flow forth with the name of your Beloved, in worship, in praise, and in love.
The Isaiah 66 World Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Isaiah 66:1 says, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool.’” Sitting in a chair with your feet up on a stool is a divine picture. Heaven is as the chair to God because that’s where He dwells, and the stool is the earth. By nature He doesn’t dwell here, but He does touch it with the feet of His presence. This world, with all its mountains, oceans, nations, and history, is all His footstool. Do you have problems, worries, concerns, fears, or anxieties on your mind? All of these things that happen to you in this world are part of God’s footstool and, therefore, under His feet. If you dwell with God, all these things are also under your feet. That which is under God’s feet is under His control, His will, and His love for you. Ephesians says that He put all things in subjection under Messiah’s feet, and if you’ll receive it, under your feet as w ell. So, stop worrying. Pull up a chair, put your feet up, and be at peace— you’re living in a footstool world.
From Message #267 – Under His Feet ll under your feet. If God, until they become the miracles of pe
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:10
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, set aside all worry, all problems, all concerns. Treat them all as a footstool; put it all under your feet. If God, until they become the miracles of peleh.
The Matbil Monday, November 6, 2017 When, as a Jewish person, I first started reading the New Testament, I had a hard time with John the Baptist. It was like reading about Richard the Presbyterian, or Norman the Methodist. It didn’t sound Jewish to me. I pictured him clean-shaven, short hair, with a robe. The truth is very different. He was hairy, bearded, wild looking, and spoke Hebrew. He was called ‘Yochanan Ha Matbil’; Yochanan the immerser. He was a Nazarite; dedicated to God according to the scriptures, a priest, a son of Aaron, and he was Jewish. John the Baptist stands as a symbol of the Gospel and salvation. To the Jew, it seems totally un-Jewish. To most Christians, it seems totally un-Jewish. In reality, it’s the most Jewish thing in the world. When you really get to know Messiah, you realize how Jewish it is. If you have the Jewish Messiah in your heart, you’re Jewish in spirit. Get to know who He really is. Rejoice in your Jewish roots, bless the Jewish people, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, because true Christianity is as Jewish as John the Baptist.
From Message #224 -Yochanan The Immerser
Scripture: Rom. 2:28–29
TODAY’S MISSION – Meditate on this – In Messiah you are a child of Israel, totally Jewish, live as one who is of God’s chosen people, His royal, holy priesthood.
The Prisoner’s Flower Friday, November 3, 2017 In his loneliness and despair, the Frenchman Charnay, imprisoned for provoking the wrath of Napoleon, took a rock and scratched on the stone cell wall “nobody cares”. One day, through the stones of the dungeon floor, a green shoot appeared and began reaching up to the light through the tiny window of his prison cell. Charnay was so touched by this, he kept part of his daily ration of water for the plant. It grew until it became a beautiful blue flower. The day the flower fully blossomed, Charnay crossed out the words “Nobody cares” and replaced them with “God cares”. On hearing of this, Empress Josephine was so impressed with his devotion to the flower that she persuaded Napoleon to set him free. If a prisoner in a dark dungeon could find the love of God, how much more can you in the circumstances of your life? When situations look hopeless, look for the tender shoot comi ng through the cracks. Nourish and water the tender shoot of God’s love, hope, and joy and you’ll see something beautiful blossom. You will likewise be able to declare, “God cares”.
From Message #1979 – Anochee Eemkha
Scripture: 2 Cor. 12:9–10
TODAY’S MISSION – Take a scripture and ‘carve it’ into your heart, and to every situation of your day. Refocus your thoughts today and meditate on the love of the Lord in your life.
The Peleh Of Your Life Thursday, November 2, 2017 Are you dealing with a lot of difficulties in your life? You probably think it’s a bad thing. The word for difficulty in Hebrew is ‘peleh’. The word for ‘miracle’ is the very same word ‘peleh’. You see, every difficulty in your life is a potential miracle. In Isaiah 9:6, Messiah is called the Counselor of miracles, but you can also take it as the counselor of difficulties. In the Gospel, you find His miracles with the blind, lame, crippled, poor, the grieving, those in mourning, the thirsty, the sick, the lepers, the guilty, the sinful, and the outcasts. We find the miracles in our difficulties. You have to learn in your difficulties to find His miracles. Those who found miracles are the ones who lifted up their difficulties— their withered hands, crippled fingers, sinful eyes— to the touch of His hands and the difficulties became a miracle (peleh). The difficulty is the very thing that allows you to have a miracle. So, lift up your difficulty to the touch of God’s hand, and the difficulty will become a miracle (peleh), because that’s what it was all along, in disguise.
From Message #431 – Peleh
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:10
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, embrace the difficulties in your life. Praise God, lift your troubles up to Him, and open them up to
ICELAND’S WAR AGAINST THE DISABLED Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Shalom, to you my Friend and Co-Minister in the Great Commission…Word for the Month & for Wed., Nov. 1st. It came out in a CBS News report. It appeared to be news heralding a medical breakthrough. The report stated that Iceland is leading the world in “eradicating Down syndrome births.” But there was no medical breakthrough, no treatment or cure for genetic disorders. It was something very different. Iceland had decided that the answer and cure for children born with Down syndrome was…. Extermination. In Iceland, the government mandates that doctors notify pregnant women who are carrying a child with Down syndrome of the option to end the life of their unborn child. In Iceland nearly 100 percent of women notified by their doctors that their unborn child has Down syndrome choose to abort the child. The CBS report appeared to frame the development as something close t o a step of progress: “Other countries aren’t lagging too far behind in Down syndrome termination.” Thus it would seem to be the wave of the future. “Iceland,” the report said, “is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.” Notice the word child has been eliminated or rather the child has turned into a disease that is being eliminated. Only the reality is that it is the child that is being eliminated. A counselor in an Iceland hospital speaks of the procedure this way: “We don’t look at abortion as a murder,” she said. “We look at it as a thing that we ended… And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder — that’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.” Could this be the wave of the future? The idea that those who have abnormalities are not worthy of life goes way back. It can be seen in the pagan practice of leaving ones’ unwanted child out in the cold to die of the elements. It can be seen in the writings of Margaret S anger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion organization. And it can be seen in the philosophy of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. We must take note, that before he launched the Holocaust and the annihilation of millions, he ordered the death of the disabled. How radically different is Messiah, Jesus, who came specifically for the lame, the blind, the crippled, the paralyzed, and the afflicted. He treated them as precious vessels created in the image of God. And for them He gave His life. So too He commands and warns: “In as much as you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it unto me.” Let that be taken as a warning to a civilization that ends infirmity by ending people. And for us, let it be taken as a charge to defend the defenseless, to speak up for those who cannot, and to live as people of life. Your brother and co-laborer In His love and service, Jonathan
See Message: The Kingdom of Broken Crosses
Scripture: Scripture: Psalm 139:13-17
TODAY’S MISSION – This month turn away from that which leads to death, all sin and darkness, and choose life and all that leads to life in everything you do. And may God greatly bless you as you do!
Zerubbabel And The Mountain Tuesday, October 31, 2017 The Hebrew word for mountains is harim. In Zechariah 4:7, God talks to a mountain. He literally says in Hebrew, “Mi ata har hagadol?” This means, “Who are you, great mountain?” He’s actually saying to the mountain, ‘Who do you think you are?’ The great mountain in Zechariah 4 was all the obstacles, distractions, setbacks, discouragements, and apparent impossibilities which were coming against Zerubbabel as he tried to follow God’s will. We’re also called to talk to mountains with an attitude, or an edge. You too have obstacles, discouragements, bondages, or situations that seem hopeless. These are your mountains. Don’t just sit back and accept them. You need to walk up to your mountain and start speaking to it with an attitude;“Just who do you think you are? How dare you try to stop God’s will in my life? How dare you try to stop the blessings and joy He has for me? You’r e going to be history, leveled to the ground by the Spirit of God and I will have the victory!” That’s how to talk to mountains.
From Message #181 – Mountains and Capstones
Scripture: Eph. 3:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, practice talking to mountains! Go up to that hindrance to God’s will– that obstacle, that evil, that darkness, that sin– and put it in its place!
Lechem Chaim The Bread Of Life Monday, October 30, 2017 Messiah said He was the Lechem Chaim, the Bread of Life. Bread is a basic simple staple of life. Messiah is the Bread of Life because His love is basic, simple, and essential. You don’t need the caviar of life. The sophisticated things of this world, even of religion, will never satisfy the hunger in your heart. Believers are often prone to forgetting the source and the staple of their spiritual life. We easily get lost in the complexities of doctrine, ministries, new teachings, and new movements. We need to get back to the bread. You may have known the Lord a long time, but got lost in the complicated and sophisticated things of life– money, relationships, businesses, careers, owning a house, ministry, pursuing a higher standard of living, or just making ends meet. If you’ve let your life become so complicated that spiritually your heart is starving, come back to the sim ple things. Come back to His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness. Come back to the simple joy of salvation and knowing Him. You need Him and He alone is the Bread of your life.
From Message #152 – The Bread and The Wine
Scripture: 2 Cor. 1:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Renew your faith today by getting back to the Lechem Chaim– the simple, basic, essential Bread of Life. Partake of the simple love of God.
Your Audience With The Most High Friday, October 27, 2017 Emily Post, known in her time as the authority on social behavior and proper etiquette, was once asked the correct procedure when one is invited to the White House and has a previous engagement. She answered, “An invitation to dine at the White House is a command that automatically cancels any other engagement.” In other words, whatever else you’re doing, no matter how much planning went into it or how your heart is set on it, cancel and go to the White House. If that’s proper etiquette for a call from the President, what’s the proper etiquette for a call from God? How much more should you treasure your meeting with God every day? How much more should you cancel and put aside all your activities to have an audience with Him? How great an honor it is to meet God in prayer and communion? Greater than an audience with any President or King. He’s sending you an invitation. C ancel all your other plans, answer the call, and go to the throne room. It’s better than the White House.
From Message #2112 – The Still
Scripture: Matt. 6:6
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, put aside all your activities. You have something much greater to do– You have an audience with your King!
The Fringes Of Your Life Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Kanaph is the Hebrew word for the corner of a garment or the bottom hem. It’s the same word used in Job for the ends of the earth. God commanded His people to wear sacred fringes called tzitzit, tassels that hang down from the corners of their garment. When Scripture says that a woman touched the fringe of Messiah’s garment, it was His tzitzit. Kanaph means the end, and tzitzit is a tassel that extends the end. As a child of God, there must be no end to your love, your joy, or your giving. The corners of your heart and life must be extended. Your compassions mustn’t be limited to your friends, but must be extended to strangers and the poor who dwell in the four corners of the world. As Israel had to extend the corners of their robes, so too must you extend the corners of your heart and reach out to those who are outside your life. Lengthen the cords of your life and love today so that others may touch the hem of your garment, as they did His, and find healing and miracles.
From Message #465 – The Sacred Fringe
Scripture: Ps. 119:32
TODAY’S MISSION – Extend your heart today and reach out to those outside your life, outside your comfort zone, and outside your fields.
The Specificity Factor Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Most believers say they believe that God can do anything. After all, He’s God. But truthfully, most believers don’t really believe God can do anything. When the anything becomes a particular problem or need we’re dealing with, then our anything faith goes out the window. God cannot do anything, because anything is generic and vague and doesn’t mean anything. He doesn’t do things vaguely and generically. He doesn’t do just anything. He answers real and specific problems with real and specific answers, fulfillments, and miracles. He won’t deal with just anything, He’ll deal with specific things– needs, problems, troubles, or gaps in our lives. If you want to see God do something, stop saying God can do anything and get real. Let Him do one thing. Get specific. Start praying specific prayers. Start bringing Him that specific problem or need in your life, that specific gap in your heart. Start believing specifically for that one thing with specific faith. Forget anything and start with that one thing. Get real with God and God will give you a life that’s really something.
From Message #111 – Notes on Faith
Scripture: Eph. 3:20
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, get specific with the Lord. Get specific with the Word, specific with your obedience, specific with serving Him, specific with a specific good work. Be spe
The Power Of SassonThursday, October 26, 2017 In Hebrew, sasson means gladness, and it’s linked to the word bright. The English word glad also comes from a root that means bright. Another word that also comes from the same root is glade. A glade is an opening in a forest, particularly where the light comes in. So, if you want joy, you need to be bright. In order to be bright, you need light. To get light, you need an opening. It’s not enough to wait for an opening for joy, you need to make an opening for joy. It’s like living in a dark room when there’s sunshine all around you. It looks dark only because you’ve blacked out the windows. Dwelling on that problem, trouble, rejection, sorrow, hurt, or loss is keeping you from the joy. Meditate on the light of God’s goodness. It’s all around you. If you want joy, open up a window of faith and let in the light of God’s love. When the Son shines in, everything will become b right and you’ll be glad.
From Message #131 – Joy
Scripture: Matt. 5:14–16
TODAY’S MISSION – Break down the barriers of sin and darkness today with the joy of the Lord. Make an opening for the light of God to shine in.
The Lakham People Tuesday, October 24, 2017 The biblical Hebrew word for fight is Lakham. When the Jewish people came back to the land of Israel, they had to quickly organize an army for the first time in over 2000 years and learn to fight. It turned out to be one of the most effective and powerful fighting forces in history. You may not be a fighter in the natural realm, but in the spiritual realm you cannot be a pacifist. You have to fight. If you’re a child of light, you have to stand against the darkness. If you don’t fight back, you’ll lose because you’re already in a fight. Your enemy attacks your faith, your joy, your love, and your relationship with God. The soldier who doesn’t realize he’s in a battle is a sitting duck for the enemy. Don’t be a sitting duck. Fight back– not against people, but against darkness. Fight the good fight of faith, love, joy, truth, righteousness, and hope. Stop living on the def ensive and start overcoming. Put up your spiritual fists and come out swinging. You’re on the winning side, but you can’t win if you don’t fight.
From Message #214 – Overcoming Fear
Scripture: 2 Cor. 10:3–5
TODAY’S MISSION – Don’t fear the battle – embrace it, in the confidence and power of the Lord who guarantees you the victory.
Practicing Your Sovereignty Tuesday, October 17, 2017 In order for Messiah to be King of Israel, He has to be of the royal line of David. His mother was of the line of David, His Father is King of the Universe. Even his stepfather, Joseph, was a descendent of David, poor but no less royal. Kings are called sovereigns, meaning they are above and over all things. Joseph and Miriam went through life as sovereigns. Not that they didn’t have a lot of problems, but they never let it get the better of them, hinder, or define them. They walked through them sovereignly. They were little sovereigns. If you’re born of God, you’re also of royal blood. You’re a little sovereign, so live a royal life. You’re not subject to your problems. As a child of God, your problems are subject to you, so rule over them. Reign over and command your problems, because you’re not subject to this world– this world is subject to you. Be not overcome, but o vercome. Declare your sovereignty today, learn how to walk above your life in God’s Spirit, and you’ll start living like a king.
From Message #582 – The Secret King
Scripture: 1 John 5:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Don’t let your circumstances dictate who you are today. Live sovereignly over your circumstances, your problems, and your world.
Living The Miraculous Friday, October 20, 2017 Pele is the Hebrew word for miracle. Some people are skeptical of the miracles of the Bible. In the story of Peter Pan, a boy appears in people’s bedrooms with a tiny winged woman and they just accept it. In real life, you wouldn’t think it was fine, you’d call the police or child services. In the Bible, when a miracle happened or an angel of the Lord appeared, the people to whom the miracle happened didn’t carry on as usual. They fell on their faces, trembled in fear, froze, bowed down, were overcome with joy, or questioned it. They did exactly what a 21st century skeptic would do if confronted with a real miracle. The reality of miracles isn’t Never-Never Land or some lady on strings pretending to be Peter Pan, but real divine intervention into real life. So be strong in your faith, because what’s supernatural isn’t less than natural, but more. It’s super real. If Messi ah has saved your life, then it isn’t a usual life but a miraculous one. The miracle is real. Walk in its power and overcome, because you’ve been touched by the living God, not Tinker Bell.
From Message #39 – That You Might Know
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:10–11
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, don’t carry on as usual. Your salvation is a miracle! Don’t ever get over it. Live as if you were a walking miracle because you are!
The Dwellings Of ThanksT hursday, October 5, 2017 The Feast of Tabernacles is called Sukkot in Hebrew. It’s plural for sukkah, which means a temporary hut. The Israelites would leave their homes and camp out in huts they made out of branches. They would remember the journey that God took them through to bring them to the Promised Land, to appreciate what God had given them. Sukkot is the feast of thanksgiving. As God’s people, we have to give thanks for what we’ve been taken from and what He’s given us. Often, we come to the Lord rejoicing for what He’s done and then forget and take our blessings for granted. It’s really important to remember when you first came to the Lord, to stop and give thanks to God for what you have. Remember what you had before the joy, before you had hope and faith. Get away with God and give thanks for all your blessings so you can be blessed again. Write down your blessings. Give thanks to Go d. Get into your sukkah, your hut. Take nothing for granted and you’ll continue to receive the blessings. Happy Feast of Tabernacles!
From Message #1070 – The Practice of Thanks
Scripture: Col. 3:17
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, take time to remember and meditate on all that God has carried you through in life and give thanks.
The State Of TamimMonday, October 9, 2017 Messiah said, “Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect”. He was speaking Hebrew, and one of the central Hebrew words for perfect is tamim. It also means complete. Your heavenly Father is perfect and not lacking anything. If you want to fulfill this commandment, you have to learn to be complete. If you dwell on what you don’t have, what you want, and what you think you have to have, the more incomplete and miserable you’ll become. You don’t have to get anything to be perfect. Perfection begins not by getting more, but by being still and letting God complete you. It begins when you stop dwelling on what you don’t have and start rejoicing in what you have in God. It starts by being still and knowing that He is God, by saying in your heart, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. When God completed creation, He rested. You’ll find completeness when you stop striving and start resting in God’s rest. Enter the Sabbath of His presence, the peace that passes understanding, and the way that is perfectly complete and completely perfect.
From Message #444 – The Perfect Commandment
Scripture: 1 Cor. 13:10
TODAY’S MISSION – Rejoice in what God has given you today. Rest in His perfect shalom, His completeness, His perfection.
The End Party Friday, October 6, 2017 In life there are two parties and two joys. That of the world and that of heaven. The world celebrates beginnings- youth at the beginning of life, the wedding at the beginning of the marriage. They find joy in strength, beauty and sensual pleasure. As time goes on, the party fades and continuously moves away from joy. Then there’s heaven’s party, and the joy of the Lord. Heaven’s party is summed up in the biblical ‘Feast of Tabernacles’ called ‘Sukkot’. It was the greatest party of ancient Israel, and it didn’t come in the beginning of the year but at the end in the autumn. God’s biggest celebration comes at the end. The more you go on, the more joyful it gets. You have to choose one or the other- the party of this world, or the party of Heaven, the joy of the flesh, or the joy of the Lord? One is already fading away. The other’s just beginning. So forsake the flesh and its temptations. It’s a party that’s on the way out. Live in the Spirit and the party of God, and your joy will never end.
From Message #565 – The Last Joy
Scripture: Rom. 8:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Join in the Feast of Thanksgiving today, and the spiritual joy found in God’s party. Today make it your aim to rejoice in the Lord always!
The Success In The Failure Friday, October 13, 2017 Robert Moffett, a Scottish missionary to South Africa, came back to Scotland to recruit missionaries. He preached a messagerntitled, “Unto You Oh Men, I Call”. It was winter and only a few women, along with a small boy who had come to work thernbellows of the organ, showed up. He felt discouraged, knowing that few women could be expected to undergo all the harshrnconditions of Africa, but he gave a call to the mission field anyway. Little did he know that the little boy was stirred by thernmessage and decided that one day, he would follow in Moffett’s footsteps. He grew up, earned a degree in medicine, and thenrnspent the rest of his life ministering in Africa. His name was David Livingstone. You’re not called to be a success in the eyes ofrnothers or even a success in your own eyes. You’re called to be obedient. Only in heaven will you truly know what yournaccomplished b ecause you were faithful. Whatever you see or whatever you don’t see, be faithful and your life will be a successrnin the eyes of heaven.
From Message #1470 – Plan B
Scripture: Prov. 3:5–6
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, focus on the endgame and put your effort into living God’s plan, no matter what you see. Be faithful and trust Godrnwith the results.
Manifesting Messiah Thursday, October 12, 2017 When I was five, I cut out little pieces of cardboard and pasted them together to make a bus with windows, wheels, and little seats. I put it in my back pocket to bring it to school for show-and- tell. When it was time, I stood up and reached into my pocket to proudly display my cardboard bus, but all I found were cardboard pieces. It was demolished, having been sat upon; my first great scholastic achievement was destroyed. I ended up telling them all about the bus instead of showing them. I was all tell and no show. Show-and- tell is also our first big assignment as children of God. It’s a crucial part of the Great Commission. We’re told to love not only in word, but in deed. You’re to tell the world the Gospel, but that’s not enough—you have to show them the Gospel. Show them Messiah in your life, your home, your manner, your emotions, your relationships, your joy, your love, the way you treat others, and in your peace. They won’t be able to help seeing. It’s as simple as show-and- tell.
From Message #555 – Show-Em
Scripture: Col. 3:17
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, don’t only speak Messiah, show Messiah in everything you do. Make your life a show-and- tell about Messiah.
Message From The Dead Wednesday, October 4, 2017 In the late 19th century, Henry Stanley journeyed to Africa in search of David Livingstone. He was received by King Muteesa of Uganda. One of the king’s wives had a strange dream just before his arrival about the white man’s God and His son. The king agreed with Stanley to send a letter to England asking them to send missionaries. The young French man who was carrying the letter was ambushed and murdered. Stanley’s letter was recovered from the boot of the slain man and sent to England where it was printed in the daily telegraph. Several young men responded and brought the Gospel to Uganda. In the end, the dead man did his job. If a dead man can be used for the Great Commission, how much more you who are still breathing? The Gospel is so alive that even though the messenger is dead, it still produces life. Become a messenger of the Good News, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and serve the Lord in the great commission. You’ll end up being more alive than you ever were before, because God’s will is the way of life.
From Message #1937 – Reaping the Field of Blessings
Scripture: Phil. 2:12–13
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, seek to become a messenger of the Good News in whatever way, and through whatever the door, the Lord would open for you.
The Apostasy Candles Tuesday, October 3, 2017 II Thessalonians speaks of a great falling away. The Greek word is apostasia from which we get the word apostasy. Stasia means state of, and apo means away from. Looking around the world, we see apostasy everywhere, even in some churches. We’re witnessing an unprecedented social, moral, cultural, and ethical upheaval, but Messiah didn’t die to save culture or society. He died to save people, and the Gospel’s as strong as ever– even stronger now in an anti-God culture verses a culture that professed to be Christian. A candle burns brightest at night. When the apostles foretold the apostasy, faith in Messiah was the belief of relatively few people. Most of the world was pagan. In order to have apostasy from the faith, it would have to spread to all the world. This was only possible in the 19th and 20th century when Judeo-Christian morality became universal. So, be encourag ed. The apostasy you see in the world is only more proof that God’s on the throne and you’ve got the light. Be strong and remember, it’s not by day but by night that a candle burns its brightest.
From Message #486 – End Time Love
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1
TODAY’S MISSION – Practice being a candle in the night– shine against the darkness, bear a contrary light, and be a night light of the Lord.
The Strings Of The Harp Monday, October 2, 2017 Ephesians 5:19 speaks of singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord. The word melody in Greek is psallo, which means to pluck as a harp. Your heart is like a harp made to make holy music, if it’s played right. You might look in your life and heart and see things that don’t look beautiful; ups, downs, highs, lows, hopes, disappointments, joys, tears, love, and rejection all mixed together. A harp doesn’t have just one string, but many. It has both high strings and low strings. The highs give it brightness and brilliance and the lows give it deeper and fuller sounds. There’s a great beauty waiting to come out from your life and heart, from the highs and equally from the lows. The key is to let God’s Spirit touch all the strings of your heart and make it beautiful. Let Him touch your high strings– your joys– and your low strings– your sorrows and your hardships . Whatever it is, bring it to the Lord, because only the heart that’s touched by the Spirit can make heavenly music to God.
From Message #423 – Melody In Your Heart
Scripture: Ecc. 7:14
TODAY’S MISSION – Use both the good and bad times, the blessings and problems alike, to glorify God.
The Athens Christian Monday, September 18, 2017 Ephesians 2:12 says, “Once you were … without God in the world.” The Scripture is saying that the Gentiles were going through their lives as if He didn’t really exist. The Greek word for without God is atheos, from which we get the word atheist.You might think an atheist is someone who denies God, but the root of the word really denotes someone who’s without God. If you’re not careful, you could end up being a Christian atheist- a Christian who lives as if God doesn’t exist. Much of modern Christianity, many churches, and ministers exist not for God, but to keep existing – serving the house of the Lord, not the Lord of the house. They wouldn’t run well without computers, phones, consultants, databases, or their business practices, but they’ll run smoothly atheos/without God. Beware that you don’t end up the same way, running activities in your life quite smoothly without God. Get back on your knees, because atheist really means without God, and without God nothing else matters.
From Message #295 – Strangers To The Commonwealth
Scripture: Ps. 37:34
TODAY’S MISSION – Acknowledge your need for the Lord in everything you do today. Live in the very present reality of God.
Giving To Your Creditor Friday, September 15, 2017 The inventor, A. A. Hyde, found himself deeply in debt. Believing that because of his debt, any money he had belonged to his creditors, he didn’t tithe. One day, he was impressed with the thought that God was his first creditor and everything he had, had been borrowed from God in the first place. He began tithing in his debt, and as he did, the Lord caused him to become debt-free and greatly blessed him so that he could bless others. You, too, may be dealing with a lot of needs, lack, and want. You may not think you have much to give. It doesn’t matter. The Lord praised the tithing of the widow, because she gave out of her poverty. Poverty could be very affluent if you give out of it. Don’t ever think you have too little to give. If you have too little, you have too little not to give. Give to God out of your prosperity or your poverty. Give and it shall be given to you . In God’s eyes, giving is never limited by the size of your resources, only the size of your heart.
From Message #1148 – The Holy Debt
Scripture: Matt. 25:37-40
TODAY’S MISSION – Give to the Lord today out of your much or your little. Bless Him in every way you can.
The Masks Of God Thursday, September 14, 2017 There are times the Lord appeared to His people in disguise: walking on water and they thought Him a ghost, to Mary/Miriam looking something like the gardener, to the disciples as a stranger on the road to Emmaus. So, too, the Lord often appears to your life in disguise, and just as His own disciples didn’t recognize Him, chances are you’ve missed Him. He may speak to you disguised as the radio teacher, the pastor, a friend, your conscience, or even as an unbeliever. The Lord may touch you through your boss, your parent, as sunlight on a beautiful day, or as a smile from a stranger. It’s the Lord in disguise. He might save your life through the correction of a friend, through the hurt of the enemy, or even through what looks like a tragedy at the time. If you belong to Him, the Lord says to you, “I am with you always even to the end of the age.” If you don’t always see H im or feel Him, it doesn’t mean He’s not there. It means He’s there right by your side in disguise.
From Message #253 – Recognizing Him
Scripture: Is. 41:10
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, seek to identify all the appearances of the Lord in your life, in people, circumstances, guidance, provision, and blessings.
Talking To The Saints Wednesday, September 13, 2017 There are some denominations that believe in the veneration of saints. They build statues to honor them and pray to them- Saint Joseph, Saint Jude, etc. Is it biblical to venerate saints? Yes, as long as it’s the right saints and the right venerating – as in giving honor. Scripture teaches that everyone who’s born of the Spirit is a saint – thus we must believe in all of them. It’s saints who greet you at Worship Service, who teach the word, who sit next to you in the service. We’re to honor the saints around us, never to worship or pray to them, but to revere and bless them. The saints who are already in heaven don’t need your reverence, but the saint who sits next to you, your brother and sister in the Lord, could use real love, respect, honor, and encouragement. It’s okay to ask a saint to pray for you as long as the saint is alive. It’s even nicer to pray for a sain t, because the saints can use your prayers. Love a saint today, because saints are biblical and so is their veneration and blessing. rnFrom Message #752 – To Become a Saint
From Message #752 – To Become a Saint
Scripture: Eph. 6:18
TODAY’S MISSION – Take every opportunity the Lord gives you today, to honor and encourage the saints around you.
Rabbi Paul And Your Commentary Tuesday, September 12, 2017 The Talmud and the Targums are Judaism’s writings on the Bible and commentary on the commentaries of the Bible. When you read the writings of Paul, it’s clear that he was a rabbi schooled in the Writings of the Rabbis. His writings are every bit as rabbinical in style and approach as that of the Talmud and the Targums of Judaism – except that he has the answer, the truth of Messiah, and the Spirit of God. God prepared him all his years before Messiah – to become an expert in commenting on Scriptures and bringing out their deeper meanings so that you could be blessed with the epistles. So, too, God has given you His Word and salvation and He wants you to comment on it, discuss it, share it, proclaim it, rejoice in it, and contemplate it. He’s given you His Word. Your life is to be the commentary on His Word. Let everything in your life, word, and deed be a commentary on G od’s love and salvation.God gave you the Bible. Let your life now become its living, continuous, and never-ending commentary.
From Message #163 – The Five Gospels
Scripture: 1 Tim. 4:15-16
TODAY’S MISSION – Make everything you do today a commentary on the truth, love, and salvation of Messiah.
The Thomas Touch Monday, September 11, 2017
Upon hearing the reports of the Resurrection, Thomas said, “Unless I see the nail prints in His hands, put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand in His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later Messiah appeared and said to him, “Put your finger here, see My hands, reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas responded, “My Lord and my God.” It’s literally a touching scene, and touching is the key. When Thomas touched the Lord, he stopped doubting. We need to do the same. Messiah doesn’t say, “hide or repress your doubts,” or “shame on you for having them.” He says, “Bring your doubts to me. Don’t let them separate you from Me. Touch Me and let Me touch your doubts and make them disappear.” Do you have doubts? Learn from doubting Thomas. Really, it’s unfair to call him doubting because he ended up very much believing. He appr oached the Lord with his doubts and touched Him. You do the same. Touch the Lord with your doubt and He’ll touch you with faith.
From Message #192 – Touching God
Scripture: Is. 26:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Bring any doubts you may have to Messiah today. Bring everything to Him, even the most ungodly parts of your life and touch Him with it.
The Light Of The Virgins Thursday, September 7, 2017
Messiah’s parable of the ten virgins was based on the ancient Hebrew wedding. The maidens would wait with the bride, not knowing exactly when the groom would come. They had to keep their lamps oiled because it often happened at night. This parable is linked to the end-times, and we’re near the coming of Messiah. Five virgins didn’t keep themselves ready, and at the time of His coming had lost their light. We have to be like the faithful virgins. In the end-times, it’s especially crucial for believers to keep that light of faith strong, because for many it goes out. It’s easy to let your love of God get snuffed out by the world, relationships, distractions, money, materialism, or selfish ambition. Even busyness in ministry can snuff out the light simply by not refilling it. You’re an end-time believer, and you have to be wise. Stop getting distracted. Refill your oil i n prayer, in the Word, in doing His true will, in rejoicing in Him, and just being in His presence. Refill your lamp every day, and your light will shine bright through the end-times.
From Message #995 – Lights of the End-Times
Scripture: Matt. 6:22
TODAY’S MISSION – Refill your lamp today in prayer, in the word, and by rejoicing in His presence.
Your Storm Brother Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” A brother is born for hard times, not just for the good times. In the good times, having a brother is good, but a true brother is born in the times of hardship, to stand with you when no one else will. That’s the most important time for being a brother. If you’re born again, you’re the brother of Messiah. You’re born for times of adversity, to show yourself true not just when everything seems fine, but also in times of testing. You’re born not to abandon, forsake, or deny Him, but to stand with Him all the more in adversity, trouble, and persecution. When times are tough in your life, that’s when you should show your true devotion to Him in your brotherhood. When you go through a trial, don’t despair. Praise and bless Him all the more; He’s your brother and you’re His. You’ll be bl essed because you were born as His brother. A brother is born for adversity and He will stand in your adversity just as well.
From Message #997 – The Storm Brother
Scripture: 2 Sam. 22:26-27
TODAY’S MISSION – Express your true devotion to God today by praising Him through whatever situations you go throu
Inside The Name Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are safe.” If you are named among the righteous, you need to run into the name of the Lord. The name of the Lord is not just a group of letters or sounds. It’s His authority, His identity, it’s Him. To run into the name of the Lord means to get yourself inside Him, inside His identity- your name inside His name, your weaknesses inside His strength, your unrighteousness inside His righteousness, and your sins inside His holiness. Get inside Him. Salvation is getting your identity in God’s identity, getting your life inside His life so you are in Him. It’s no longer I that live, but Him. When you run into a tower, you disappear. If you want to be safe, disappear in Him. Get covered. Get your life, heart, emotions, sins, fears, ego, ambition— everything— inside the name, identity, authority, and will of God. Because the name of the Lord is a strong tower, and if you run into it, you will be safe.
From Message #986 – Inside the Tower
Scripture: Ps. 16:1
TODAY’S MISSION – Run into the Lord today and let Him encompass you with His strength.
The Boa’s Strategy Monday, September 4, 2017
Boa constrictors can crawl 85 meters through a forest to enter the hole of a large mammal, coil there, and wait for the bait for days. The enemy is a serpent and uses the same strategy; he seeks to find an opening in your life, an unprotected open area, a foothold, a position to strike at you. If you know that the serpent is waiting to strike, the wise thing to do is identify that opening in your life. It can be an ungodly attitude, a habit, an ungodly incident, or something in your past— a hurt, a wound, unforgiveness, bitterness, a connection to the occult. Even pride, jealousy, insecurity, rejection, idolatry, lust, or a lack of trusting God can be openings. It could be any entrance at all, such as gossip, that television show, that magazine, the internet, that association, that place you go to that gives the enemy a foothold. He’s waiting to strike you. Be wise and s eal up that hole in your life once and for all. The enemy is a serpent who needs only an opening. Don’t give him room anymore; close the door.
From Message #987 – The Serpentine Strategies
TODAY’S MISSION – Today focus on sealing up any openings, gaps, weaknesses, sins, and danger areas to close the door to the enemy.
THE PARADIGM Friday, September 1, 2017
Shalom to you, my Friend and Co-Minister in the Great Commission…rnrnThis month will be the release of The Paradigm. So I thought it’d be good to let my partners and co-ministers know in advance what it is and some things I would not share elsewhere.rnAs the year began, I had no idea I would be writing “The Paradigm.” It only came to me after the year began. Most of it came to me in one month (as did The Harbiner). Things moved very quickly. I had about sixty days to write it and it would go to print about one month later, and be in the stores two months after that.rnSo The Paradigm will be coming out this September.rnThe Paradigm is definitely the most explosive book I’ve ever written – so much so that I’ve joked I might have to leave the country for a few years. Of the books I’ve written, The Paradigm is most similar to The Harbinger. It is an ancient biblical mystery t hat lies behind what is taking place in our day, even before ourrneyes.rnThe Paradigm is a master blueprint that not only reveals the big picture of what’s taking place before our eyes but even the details of the events of our day. Hard as it may be to believe, it even reveals specific peoplernof our day. This three thousand year old blueprint has determined the rise and fall of governments, even who will win elections and who will lose, more accurately than modern pollsters and analysts. It even reveals whenrnspecific occurrences must take place down to their exact years, months, and, in some cases, down to their exact days and dates – including the exact day of a presidential scandal, the time and manner of Osama bin Laden’srnassassination, and even the exact date of 9/11. It is so exact that one would have been able to pinpoint the day of the calamity years before September 11.rnIt goes right up to the present, to this last election, which it foreshadows, and beyond. It even give s revelation on what lies ahead of us, what the future holds. It brings forth a prophetic warning. And it reveals critical keys to know how to overcome and live victoriously in such a time as this.rnBecause it is so specific and touches the powers that be, I would ask you, my friends and partners, to please keep me, my family, and all else in prayer – and please pray that God would powerfully use The Paradigm forrnHis purposes. (It will be released on September 19 and available everywhere – and even before that, by the time you read this, it should be available online.)rnIt ultimately shows, above all, that God truly is in control, over all things and through all things, even down to the most minute details – and in every moment of our lives.rnThis month dare to rise higher in the Lord and in His calling than you ever have before. And may God greatly bless you as you do!rnrnYour brother and co-laborerrnin His love and service,rnJonathan
See Message: Josiah’s Window
Scripture: Prov. 9:11
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He Who Is Joy Thursday, August 31, 2017
God is the King of the universe and the Lord of all. You are part of the universe. Therefore the only way things can be right in your life is when you make Him who is the King of the universe, the king of your heart, and when you make Him who is the Lord of all, the Lord of your life. The Lord is also the Joy of all existence. The only way things can be truly right and blessed in your life is to make Him who is the Joy of all, the true joy of your life. You are to rejoice in the Lord always, because you’ve made Him the joy of your life. You are to delight yourself in Him, because you’ve made Him the delight of your heart. If you’ve made God the Lord of your heart, that’s great and essential. If you’ve made Him the Lord of your life, that’s just as important. But now do something even more: make Him who is the Joy and Delight of all creation, the joy and delight of your he art and your life will be blessed.
From Message #985 – Delight Yourself in the Lord
Scripture: Ps. 51:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Spend time delighting in the Lord today and allow His joy to fill you to overflowing.
The Blessing Of Anti-Semitism Wednesday, August 30, 2017
For two thousand years, the Jewish people have been hated, persecuted, oppressed, killed, and massacred. One of the greatest evils the world has ever known, Adolf Hitler, was devoted to the total destruction of the Jewish people. You might think that all the hatred and suffering goes against the Word of God, but the Bible foretold it and it does just the opposite. If you look at it objectively, you have to say that there’s something supernatural and unique about the Jewish people. What else explains why all the forces of hell are against them? The darkness is so great against them because they are greatly linked to the Light. The darkness doesn’t disprove the light, it proves it. They’ve survived because the Bible said they would. In your life, all the evil you’ve dealt with, sin, problems, adversity, attacks, and setbacks should not discourage you, but encourage you. If you’re following God, it’s a witness that He’s real, He loves you, and you’re called to overcome and fight the good fight.
From Message #967 – The Beast Of A Thousand Faces
Scripture: Ps. 139:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Whatever challenges you have today, know that God’s power is greater. You’re on the winning side – Fight your good fight!
Magnifying The Magnificent One Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Koran contains a statement directed at believers in Yeshua (Jesus). It says, “Oh people of the scripture do not exaggerate in your religion, the Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary”. It calls Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, but doesn’t understand what the Messiah is. Don’t exaggerate the Messiah? How could you exaggerate the Messiah? He’s the One who reconciles man to God, becomes a light to the nations, brings peace- first spiritually and then physically to the world, makes the lion lie down with the calf, ushers in God’s Kingdom, and reigns upon the throne of David. Don’t exaggerate the One who saves us from hell and who redeems us for everlasting joy? Don’t exaggerate Him? How can you? If there is one thing you can’t exaggerate, it’s the Messiah. As people of the True Scriptures, followers of the Anointed One, Messiah Yeshua, don’t stop lifting up the Lord. You can’t sp eak enough about Him, praise Him enough, lift Him up, and rejoice enough in Him. Don’t worry about exaggerating the Messiah. You couldn’t if you wanted to, because He’s just too great. He’s the Messiah.
From Message #984 – The Secret of Islam
Scripture: Acts 4:20
TODAY’S MISSION – Magnify the Lord today in everything you say and do.
The Rabbis’ Savior Of The World Monday, August 28, 2017
Judaism says that Jewish people can’t believe in Yeshua/Jesus, because one man can’t die for the sins of others. But in ancient rabbinical writings is this amazing statement: “When God wants to bring healing to the world, He strikes a righteous man among them with disease and sufferings. Through Him, He gives healing to all. As it is written, He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and by His stripes we are healed.” Even though most rabbis deny it, it says in Isaiah 53 that atonement comes through striking a righteous man. There’s only one, Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth, who died for our sins that we would be healed. He was wounded and bruised for your sins. He gave His life for you, so give yourself to Him. He went through a lot for you and He counted it joy because it was for you. So count it joy when you’re going through trials for Him. He bl ed on an execution stake for the love of you. Live completely and entirely for Him, because even the rabbis agree— someone died for you. rn
From Message #983 – The Prince of Tears
Scripture: James 1:2
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, do everything, live every moment for the One who gave everything for you.rn
The Titanic And The Solid Rock Friday, August 25, 2017
The Titanic scraped along an iceberg and didn’t sink until hours later. In the beginning, everything was still level and the people continued their activities. They saw the iceberg through the windows, but didn’t think that there was real damage. They couldn’t see it, but the damage was real, and the water began flooding the chambers. It was mortally wounded. People continued to talk and play cards. The band continued to play as if everything was fine, but there was limited time left. That’s a picture of life. It appears solid, but it’s mortally wounded. Eventually it’s going down. If your well-being is based on anything in this life, your well-being is going to sink. Messiah spoke of a rich man who stored up his treasure, but then his life was required. He put all his treasures in a sinking ship. Beware of growing comfortable in a sinking ship. No matter how much it glit ters, it’s still sinking. Put your treasure where you can’t lose. Messiah is the rock; build your hope on Him, for all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is the Titanic.
From Message #982 – The Floating Palace
Scripture: Lam. 3:24
TODAY’S MISSION – Is your well-being dependent on anything other than Him? Today place your hope, your well-being, and your peace on nothing less than Messiah, the solid Rock.
One Believer Under God Thursday, August 24, 2017
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declared the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ unconstitutional because of the words ‘under God’. God is being removed from American mainstream culture. But it’s not just about the word ‘God’, it’s about the word ‘under’. Without God, there is no under; the state becomes the final authority, man becomes the measure of all things, there’s nothing above him, and everybody becomes a god. What separates a true believer from false believers and non-believers is that they live under. They don’t just know about and praise God, they live under God by actually submitting their lives to Him. Are you truly living under God? When God’s will, plan, and desire isn’t yours, do you put your will, plan, and desire under God? The desire to remove the words ‘under God’ isn’t good, but the real point isn’t the words ‘under God’. It’s whether God’s people are living u nder God. If you want ‘under God’ to be in the pledge of allegiance, put ‘under God’ in your own pledge of allegiance to God. Live your life as a true believer, one believer under God.
From Message #981 – The City on the Hill
Scripture: 2 Cor. 5:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, truly submit your will to God and allow Him to direct your plans. Live truly as one believer under God!
The Simple Maxim Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good”. This perfectly sums up a great theological truth. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. If you don’t believe, you can’t do good. If you do believe, you have to do good. Faith without works is dead. Works without faith are empty. Work out your salvation, because it’s God who’s at work with you. Trust, believe, and then act on your faith. Don’t try to do good without believing. Don’t believe and then not apply your faith into action. Let every work come from faith, and let your faith work. As the hymn says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”. The key to abundant life is very simple. Believe His Word and then just do it, just truly believe. Then take that faith into your life, with real faith actions, and see what happens. Keep it simple. Trust in the Lord and do goo d. Even more simple: “Trust and obey. For there’s no other way to be happy in Yeshua/Jesus, but to trust and obey”.
From Message #980 – The Fruitful Bough
Scripture: Prov. 16:20
TODAY’S MISSION – Take a word from Scripture today. Believe it, and then act on it.
The Path Of The Magi Tuesday, August 22, 2017 The magi were priests of a pagan religion, yet they found Messiah because they were seeking Him.The Jewish leaders of that day, knew about God but didn’t find Him because they weren’t seeking Him, they were heading the wrong way. It’s not your position or your past that matters – it’s where you’re heading. A sinner who’s heading to God is better off than a saint who’s falling away. So where are you heading? Paul said, “I discipline my body[…] so that after I’ve preached to others I won’t be disqualified”. He also said, “Forgetting what lies behind, I press on”. He started out every day as if he were a new believer who had as much to know about the Lord then as at the beginning. Have the same attitude. Seek to know God, because we don’t even know the half of God. It’s not who you have been, or even where you are, it’s where your heart is heading. Don’t rest on your laur els. Seek God again as you did at first. It’s a good road, it’s the road of the Magi.
From Message #979 – Amazed in Cyprus
Scripture: Jer. 24:7
TODAY’S MISSION – Make it your aim today to seek God with all your heart and draw nearer to Him.
The Other Heaven Monday, August 21, 2017
The Hebrew word for heaven is Shamayim. The ‘im’ at the end makes it plural, so the word heaven means specifically two or more. Shamayim means not just heaven, it means heavens. We think of heaven as that which comes after this life is over; it’s not yet, but it will be. In one sense, yes. But that’s just one heaven, so there has to be another one. If one is then, then the other heaven is now. Heaven can’t just be a place you go to after this life, it’s got to be the place you live now. For a child of God, heaven is not just something that will happen in the future, it’s where we live now. We’ve been born from above. We’re already seated in the heavenlies. It’s not just getting into heaven, it’s about letting heaven get into you, into your life, because it’s not just heaven, it is Shamayim – heavens. Discover the secret of it and start dwelling in it right now. Don’t wait until you’re dead to start living it. Heaven is too important to not live in now.
From Message #978 – Shamayim: The Mystery of Heaven
Scripture: Eph. 2:6
TODAY’S MISSION – Learn the secret of dwelling in the heavenlies now, and live our life from heaven to earth.
Your Sacred Access Friday, August 18, 2017
In the Scriptures, those who minister to God are called Cohanim, meaning the priests. They were those in charge of God’s service and were given access to the Holy Place behind the veil. It’s no accident that the ministers of God were given access to His presence because those who minister to God have to dwell in His presence. The only good things we can do for God are the good things we receive from Him first. Those who do the will of God are given special access to the presence of God. As a servant of God, He’s opened for you the doors of His sanctuary, to meet you in the secret place. If you’re committed to doing His will, He will open the doors to show you His glory and fill you with His power so you can do His work. Because you are a spiritual Cohanim through Messiah, serve Him with all your heart. Come into the Holy Place daily where the glory, power, and presence of God are waiting just for you, His priest. Enter in behind the veil, for that is your privilege and your access.
From Message #975 – Sailing Away
Scripture: Ps. 132:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Enter into the holy place of His presence today and minister to Him in His presence, as His priest.
Barachat Avote Thursday, August 17, 2017
Scripture teaches us about the father’s blessing; Abraham blessing Isaac, Isaac blessing Jacob, and Jacob blessing his sons. In every generation, fathers are supposed to bless their children and children are supposed to receive the blessing. Adolf Hitler, who propelled the world into WWII and was responsible for the death of 6 million Jews and millions of others, was raised by a father who treated him harshly, with rage and beatings. Not that his father was responsible for what he did, but it’s noteworthy that he never received his father’s blessing. It’s really important to receive your father’s blessing. Maybe you never did and your life has been affected by it. The good news is, if you’re born again, you now have a Heavenly Father who’ll never refuse to give His blessing to you, the child He loves. As a beloved child of God, you can now receive your Father’s blessing. Receive it, because it’s time to live as a beloved child. All you need to do to live a blessed life is get blessed. So get your blessing, because your Father is waiting to give it.
From Message #977 – Your Father’s Blessing
Scripture: Prov. 10:22
TODAY’S MISSION – Receive the blessing from your Heavenly Father today and become the beloved.
The Promised Land In All Places Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Eretz is a Hebrew word used in scripture for the world or the land – specifically, the land of Israel – and the earth. In the Sermon on the Mount, Messiah was quoting Psalm 37:11: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. Eretz can mean both promised land and the whole world. As a believer, wherever you are in the world, you’re meant to be dwelling in the promised land. Anywhere in the world/eretz, you can dwell in the eretz/promised land. Anywhere you live can become a promised land for you. Wherever you live, live as if you’re in a land of promises. That’s the way to dwell in His perfect will, His blessings, His promises, and His goodness. It doesn’t matter where you are, it’s Who you’re with that makes any place in the world the Promised Land. It’s great to make a pilgrimage to Israel, but it’s even better to dwell in the Promised Land no matter where you live. Learn to dwell there all the time, because as a child of God, you’re given the blessing of dwelling in the land of promises.
From Message #974 – Dwell
Scripture: 1 Kings 8:56
TODAY’S MISSION – Whatever you go today, live as if you’re
Seeing Things As They Are Not Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Much of world history happened because of revolutionaries making a difference. There’s a trait that revolutionaries share. They never accept things as they are, or the status quo as the final story. They see it as temporary, something that’s going to change. They see their defeats as temporary setbacks and their dreams as if they’re already the final reality. Most believers tend to just accept the world, situations, and people as they are, resigning themselves to the darkness. God called you to be a light to the world, to make a difference, to be a true revolutionary. In order to do that, you need to see things in a revolutionary way. As God’s revolutionary, you can’t accept the world, or the status quo, as the final story. Your situation is only temporary. Darkness and sin is not the final story. Your failures are no longer failures, they’re now only setbacks. There ar e no more real problems in God, only challenges. No more hopeless defeats, only victories and triumphs waiting to happen. Put on revolutionary eyes, because it’s time to change the world. It’s time to live like a revolutionary.
From Message #973 – Revolutionary
Scripture: Ps. 33:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Put on revolutionary eyes today. Don’t accept things as they seem, but as God has willed them to be – your circumstances, your life, and even yourself.
The Tarrying Factor Monday, August 14, 2017
Some people have formulas about how to receive the fullness and empowering of God’s Spirit, some have seminars on it. Messiah said, “Tarry in Jerusalem”. The word in Greek is kath-id’- zo. It means to stay, to continue. They had to continue in Jerusalem, in God’s will and presence. If they’d only stayed four days instead of ten, they’d have missed the blessing. If you want the fullness and power of His Spirit, you have to kath-id’ – zo. Stay, continue, and keep on in the will of God. Consistency in God is important. Many people give up before they get the blessing. The secret of receiving the blessing in God’s Spirit is linked to tarrying. They didn’t just go to Jerusalem and get the blessing, they had to stay there and persevere before they saw anything. The Spirit life is about continuing, abiding, perseverance, consistency, endurance, and continuing in His Word and wil l without giving up. Do you want to reap? Keep on keeping on, in the will and calling of God and He will come to you to fill your life with fullness and power from on high. You just continue.
From Message #972 – Welcoming the Spirit
Scripture: Luke 24:49
TODAY’S MISSION – Make it your aim to keep on in what is good. Don’t give up in the Lord, but press on no matter what.
The Mirrors Of God Friday, August 11, 2017
I knew two great saints of God, Sabina and Richard Wurmbrand, leaders of the underground church in Romania. In Sabina’s last days, she was in great pain. Feeling overwhelmed, she asked the Lord, “How long?” He reminded her of how, as a young woman, she’d taken some jewelry to be worked on. The jeweler put her jewelry over a flame.Panicking, she’d cried, “You’re going to destroy it!” He turned up the fire and said, “Trust me, I know what I’m doing. I have to keep it on the fire until I can see my reflection on the metal. Then it’s finished.” She heard the Lord say, “Don’t panic, trust Me. I Am the Master Jeweler. You must go through the fire for a moment and when I can see My face reflected in you, it will be finished.” Soon after that, she peacefully went home to be with the Lord. When you go through trials, don’t fear. God’s purpose isn’t to hurt you, but to change you i nto the image of Messiah. God wants to see His reflection in you because you’re His jewel and He’s your Master Jeweler.
From Message #970 – The Way of the Great
Scripture: Rom. 12:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Are you going through a trial today? Allow God to purify you so that He can see His reflection in you.
The Always Right Direction Thursday, August 10, 2017
What’s your direction? Do you have a direction or a goal? In any journey, it’s important to know your direction and stay on course. In life, sometimes we come up with our own directions— to school, our jobs, getting married, directions of self-improvement, or of making more money. What’s the direction the Bible says? It’s really simple— “make love your aim”. Love is to be your direction. When you have a direction, you aim everything there. Do you want to find God’s will for your life? It’s not necessarily what you might think it is, but pursuing His love is. Love the Lord with all of yourself, and your neighbor as yourself. You need to chart your course to one goal; the goal of love and that’s it. Heaven is a place of love, and you’re heading to heaven.rnSo go in the direction of love and aim away from that which isn’t love. Whatever it is, get away from it if it’s not lo ve. Set your compass and chart your journey to love. Don’t go north, south, east, or west. Simply go in love.
From Message #966 – The Heavenly Calling
Scripture: 1 John 4:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Make it your aim today to walk in love and away from whatever is not.
The Deadly Double Standard
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Proverbs 16:11 speaks about double standards. In many hospitals, there are two doors. One door is prenatal care, where everything is devoted to the carrying of unborn babies. The doctors are devoted to making sure the unborn baby’s needs are met. Through the other door, there are no doctors devoted to ensuring the unborn baby is healthy. Beyond this door, the baby is not safe. The doctors, rooms, and machines are wholly devoted to the killing of the baby— abortion. It could be the same baby, if a mother changes her mind. It all depends on which door the mother enters. Through one door, the baby is protected, through the other door, the same baby becomes the victim of a killing. How can that same baby’s life be priceless in one door and worthless in the other? When there are two sets of weights and values, you have a double standard. Do not get used to the double standard in regards to life. Uphold God’s standard. Be a person for righteousness and life. No matter what changes in society, you hold to what is true.
From Message #965 – The Weights of the Bag
Scripture: Lev. 19:36
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, hold to what is righteous and speak up for what is true.