3/23/2020 Christ Revealed

Throughout this national trial, many church leaders have focused on the last days and prophetic words within the book of Revelation. I, however, would like to point out that it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, so that everywhere we look, we should see Jesus. I have been going through Revelation with the sole purpose of discovering who Christ is in it by identifying His names. It is as complete as I can make it, but perhaps your translation provides different names. Besides each name is the verses in which I found it.
 
One interesting discovery in this short study is that God, in all of His attributes, is mentioned most often, with the Lamb, Lord God, the One who sits on the Throne, and the Almighty regularly mentioned. What does that mean during our times of trial? It reemphasizes that redemption is God’s priority, that the sacrifice of the Lamb covers us, and that He remains on the throne regardless of the opinions of others. He has not abdicated it, nor has He abandoned His Lordship. God remains sovereign and is continually seeking to reconcile man to Himself. His hand is stretched out still.
 
I pray you are encouraged by this list and will praise Him with us, as we honor the King of kings and Lord of lords.
 
The Revelation of Jesus Christ Firstborn from the Dead (1:5) Ruler of the kings of the earth (1:5) Lover of man (1:5) Deliverer of man (1:5) Alpha and Omega (1:8, 21:6, 22:12) The Almighty (1:8, 4:8,11:17, 15:3, 16:7, 14, 19:6,15, 21:22) The One who was, and is, and is coming (1:8, 1:4, 4:8,11:17, 16:4) Son of Man (1:13, 14:14) First and the Last (1:17, 2:8, 22:12) The Living One; was dead & is alive (1:18, 2:8,7:2) Forever Alive (1:18, 4:10; 10:6) Holder of the Keys of Death and Hell (1:18) The One who holds the seven stars &walks among seven lampstands (2:1) The One with a sharp, two-edged sword in mouth (2:12) The Son of God (2:18) One whose eyes are a flaming fire & whose feet are like bronze (1:14, 19:12) One who examines minds & hearts (2:23) Shepherd (2:27,7:17, 12:5, 19:15) Potter (2:27) One who has the seven spirits of God & the seven stars (3:1) The Holy One (3:7, 4:8, 6:10, 16:4) The True One (3:7, 6:10) The One who has the key of David (3:7)
 
The One who opens & closes doors no one else can (3:7) The Amen (3:14) The Faithful & True Witness (3:14, 1:5) Our Lord & God (4:8, 11;11:15,17, 15:3, 4, 16:7, 18:8, 19:6, 21:22, 22:5, 6) The One Seated on the Throne (4:2,3,9-10, 5:1, 13, 6:10,7:10,11,15, 20:11, 21:5) The Originator of God’s Creation (3:14, 4:11) The Lion from the Tribe of Judah (5:8, 17:14) The Lamb (5:6, 9, 12,13, 6:1,10, 7:9,10, 14,17, 12:11, 13:8, 14:1, 4, 10, 15:3, 19:7,9, 21:9, 14, 22, 23, 27, 22:1, 3) The Root of David (5:8, 22:16) The Victor (5:8) Worthy (5:9) Judge & Avenger (6:10) God, Living (1:1,6,8,2:7,3:2,12,5:10, 7:2,3,10-11,15,17, 11:19,12:5, 14:7, 15:2, 16:9,10,14, 16:21, 17:17, 18:5, 19:1,4, 5, 9, 10, 15, 17, 20:6, 21:2, 3, 7, 10, 11, 23, 22:1, 3, 9, 22:18, 19) Guide (7:17) Messiah (11:15, 20:4,6) Maker of Heaven and Earth (14:7) One Seated on the Cloud (14:15,16) King of the Nations (15:3) Jesus (17:6, 19:10, 20:4, 22:16, 20, 21) Righteous One (16:4) King of kings (17:14, 19:16) Lord of lords (17:14, 19:16) The Beginning and the End (21:6, 22:12) Faithful & True (19:11) Word of God (19:13) Bright and Morning Star (22:16)

3/16/2020 A Preponderance of Peace

To My children, I am giving a preponderance of peace amid this pandemic of fear. Be assured that My love has not changed – I am the Immutable God. Choose to walk in My love and be still, for surely, I will deliver you through this storm. Is anything too hard for Me? When the world asks, “Where is their God?” your tranquility will be their answer. I am yet speaking and moving among you. Choose to listen to My voice and walk forward, having shod yourselves with the gospel of peace. Let your testimony be that of a calm and quiet spirit and one who knows their God! Is. 26:3-4, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.” NKJV

3/5/2020 Sacrifice Your Promise

Are you willing to sacrifice your promise for My Person? As Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac, so too, must you place the promise I gave you on the altar. Your inheritance is indeed great, but relationship with the Father, the Promise Giver, transcends it all. Apart from Me, the promise means nothing. Just as the prodigal son chose to demand the father’s promised inheritance and then came to ruin, many of My people are demanding My promises outside of their proper time. Many, too, are those like the elder son, who focused on increasing his inheritance by work and never stepped into the fullness of his position in the father. Be wise. The father released the son’s inheritance, even at the risk of losing his son, though the father watched diligently every day for his return. The father longed to give the elder anything he asked, but the son never stopped to bask in the depth and breadth of his father’s love. Neither son won, for the true inheritance was relationship with the father. Unclasp your hands and release even what I have promised and, in relationship with Me, you will find everything you need. Gen. 22:1-19, Luke 15:11-32, 2 Cor. 1:20-22, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” NKJV

2/28/2020 Your Cross & Joy

For the joy set before Me, I endured the cross. I gazed past sin’s burden and price, and saw you. I saw you free, reconciled to the Father, and smiling back at Me; not only you but countless others who would also accept Me. You were the joy set before Me. And now, dear one, you face a cross of your own. Learn of Me. Look past the cross towards your joy. And that, precious one, is Me, smiling in delight upon you. I am your joy! Look to Me as you endure, knowing that I am on the other side with resurrecting power. Understand the lesson of the seed, and allow yourself to be broken and die that multiplication can occur. Your cross is a fruit-bearing tree. Heb. 12:2-3, “Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” HCSB

2/27/2020 On Faith

Faith. Without it, Hebrews tells us it is impossible to please God (11:6). It is more than just accepting Christ as Lord; faith is a lifestyle of trusting Him. How horrible to share a home with someone you couldn’t trust or refused to believe you. As Christians, we are called to live in it. So why don’t we?

Well, faith has become in many circles an abstract idea that refers solely to the acceptance of a God they cannot see. However, Hebrews tells us, “Now, faith is the substance of what we hope for, the evidence of what is not seen” (11:1). Faith is essentially an everyday reality of looking forward with hope, knowing there is an expected end. It has substance that can be relied upon. There is nothing futile about it. Faith refuses to look behind. As the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians three, verse fourteen, that he forgets what is behind to press forward. Why? Because faith chooses to see the promise that lies ahead of it and greets it, much like a friend. In choosing to acknowledge God’s promises every day, we train our minds towards expectancy, and our actions begin to line up with our mindset. We start to prepare for the promise. That’s one of the reasons Jesus told a man that no one who sets his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom (Luke 9:62). To follow requires a faith that refuses to look back!

Faith is a dogged determination to grab hold of God’s reality regardless of what is happening outwardly. We all want to be the ones with the faith that Hebrews 11:33 says conquered kingdoms, shut the mouths of lions, quenched fires, and put armies to flight. Let’s remember though that to do this, there must be a lion faced, a wall to scale, a fire to address, and an army to fight. It is all facing it, so we must, in faith, do likewise and meet it head-on. However, what about the rest of that Scripture. I find it interesting that it is not in the heroic conquests of faith that we find the phrase, “of whom the world was not worthy” (11:38). No, this observance is made amid speaking of the wanderers who have been afflicted and mistreated; those who find themselves in the desert, on a mountain, in a cave, not to mention the occasional hole in the ground.

James tells us that it’s during these times when our faith is tested, that perseverance is cultivated in our lives – that choice to continue to move forward without a backward glance. And in doing so, we are made complete and whole in Christ, lacking nothing (James 1:4). It’s not always easy this moving forward, especially when we’ve been hurt or have hurt others. However, this is the time to count it all joy (James 1:2)! When you consciously choose to face forward, expecting God to be who He said He would be and to deliver on every promise He gave, He will follow through. Looking back, only causes us to harden in bitterness and like Lot’s wife, become an example of failure instead of triumph (Gen. 19:26). In fact, Jesus told us to remember her. In choosing to try to hold on to her past lifestyle, even taking one last glimpse of it, her life was forfeit (Luke 17:32-33).

So, faith. It is seeing God’s promise, greeting it like a friend who has announced their imminent arrival, preparing for it, and moving forward in anticipation of its arrival while refusing to look at the past should haves, could haves, would haves of our lives, and trusting that He is able. It is putting complete trust in the One who has charted a course of victory and life. What you are moving toward is His promise. You’ll never find it in the past. Don’t fear the lions or even a time of wandering in the desert. Faith is not contingent on location or success defined by the world. It is measured by the degree to which your eyes remain focused upon Christ – the Author and Finisher of Our Faith. Keep looking forward!

2/13/2020 The Hug of God

Heb. 3:1, “Therefore, brothers whom God has set apart, who share in the call from heaven, think carefully about Yeshua, whom we acknowledge publicly as God’s emissary and high priest” (CJB).

Many translate this as “consider” Christ. It doesn’t say to think about His miracles, His provision, or His doings in our life, but to think about Him. To set our minds on the beauty of His smile, the tender ache of His tears, the authority of His person, the power of His word as THE WORD, within whom we have our very being, is to seek to understand Him. This is all in the context of Jesus being sent to us, as our apostle and the One who makes intercession for us, to whom all is subject.

He is not far off; THE WORD is right now speaking His creative word over you and me, giving definition and meaning to our lives. When we gaze at His Person – the God of the Universe, and Man, who empathizes with our weaknesses – we see the things of this world “grow strangely dim.” It is in looking upon Him that we glimpse into His heart and are transformed by His love. He has done and will continue to do so much for others and us, and yet many will walk away without even acknowledging His gift. BUT for those of us who will take the time to look upon Him, we enter into a new dimension of relationship with Him that transcends what we could ever attain by simply knowing His acts. It is ascending the holy hill of God and embracing Him. In doing so, we come to understand His ways. We enter into a greater reality beyond what we can see with our eyes. We step into the realm of faith, into the arms of God in whose hold we are made whole and complete. I call it the hug of God. In this place where we hear His heartbeat, we begin to relate Heart to heart, Spirit to spirit, and Life to life, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that come what may, nothing can separate us from the love of God. We enter into rest.

2/10/2020 Poised for Victory

My child, it is not a matter of what you are seeing but Who you are seeing. Many grow faint-hearted and weary because they are looking at physical circumstances and situations and cannot see the answer. My dear one, look to Me. Look beyond the physical into the spiritual realm and realize you are poised for victory because you remain in Me. At the forefront of your thoughts should be the subjection of all things under My feet. Maintain focus on Me – the One who loves you and gave Himself for you. Nothing below Me has dominion over you, and nothing is above Me. When questions come, encourage yourself, knowing I am positioned above all! Your triumph is found in Mine, and you are seated in heavenly places with Me.  Heb. 2:8b-9, “In subjecting everything to Him, He left nothing unsubjected to Him. However, at present, we don’t see everything subjected to Him – at least, not yet. But we do see Yeshua – who indeed was made a little lower than the angels – now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by God’s grace He might taste death for all humanity.” CJB Eph. 2:6, “That is, God raised us up with the Messiah Yeshua and seated us with Him in heaven, in order to exhibit in the ages to come how infinitely rich is His grace, how great is His kindness toward us who are united with the Messiah Yeshua.” CJB

2/4/2020 The Full Knowledge of Him

In Scripture we see one of Paul’s prayers for the churches is that they grow in full knowledge of Christ and love of the truth (Phil. 1:9, Col. 1:9, 2 Thes. 2:10). Now, in English, we have but the one word, “knowledge,” to express this concept, but throughout the New Testament Paul uses two different Greek words, and both are a gift from God. The first is gnosis which signifies a general knowledge that enables us to come to Christ, understand His work, know the difference between right and wrong, and grow in the things of God. This gnosis is the beginning point for every believer, and Paul speaks of this quite a bit. However, when praying for the church, this is not the word Paul uses.

In praying for the church, Paul prays that we may come to and grow in epignosis. So what is the difference? Epignosis refers to a complete, full, precise, and correct knowledge of things divine and ethical. In other words, it is not enough to have a knowledge of Christ. We need to come into accurate knowledge of Him. This is a significant differentiation because it is one thing to know about Him, but to have a precise knowledge is so much more.

Paul addresses this in I Corinthians thirteen, verse twelve. “Now I ginosko in part; then I will epignosko fully, just as God has epiginosko me.” The prayer of Paul for you and me is that we move beyond a mere head knowledge of Christ, but into knowledge based in truth, and there is a danger for the Christian who refuses to grow in the epignosis of God.

I Cor. 8:1 explains that “gnosis puffs up,” and this can lead to all sorts of error. Indeed, the Gnostic gospels take their name from this type of knowledge where we keep God at our level, and we do not recognize that His thoughts and ways are higher than our own. These authors had just enough knowledge to be dangerous and fell into error regarding many things, including the resurrection, which led to blasphemy and heresy.

In Ephesians 3:17, Paul tells us that love transcends gnosis, which suggests that love is a fruit of having an epignosis of Christ. This is backed up by Paul’s letter to the Colossians in which he commends them for having the epignosis of God in truth (1:6), and their love in the Spirit (1:8). Then he continues to pray that they will be filled with the epignosis of His will and then grow in it (1:9-10).

If gnosis can puff up, then epignosis leads us to love, which according to I Corinthians 13 is not puffed up, but gentle. The point being is that gnosis can bring us to Christ; however, it is epignosis that enables us to walk worthy of and fully please Him. This is what I desire for myself, my family, and the Body of Christ – that we would come into a complete and correct knowledge of our Lord. My prayer is that we would know Him in truth so that our lives reflect Him correctly to the world around us, and that we may know Him as intimately and wonderfully as He knows us.

1/30/2020 The Hidden & the Hiding

Is. 49:2, “And He has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand he has hidden me, and made me a polished shaft; in His quiver He has hidden me.” NKJV

There are some who, like young Joash in 2 Kings 11, have been hidden. Your hiddenness is not because God has finished with, is angry at, or forgotten you. It is because the release of your destiny, your time, is yet to come. God has hidden you so that the manipulations of the enemy do not destroy your future before you can grow into maturity to fulfill His plans and purposes. To you, you are in a safe place. God knows where you are, and those that help protect you will be used as catalysts to declaring with the sound of trumpets your release into destiny. Some of you are feeling like you’ve done something wrong, that perhaps God has changed his mind and decided not to release you. The anxiousness you feel is a tactic of the enemy to alienate you from your purpose, and questions your calling when God is silent. Stand strong and wait. Use this time to learn from the Spirit and those around you. Young Joash never trumpeted his own coronation. Attitudes toward your past can affect your effectiveness in the future, so don’t look back any longer. I hear the Lord saying to be of good courage, wait, and learn. Release is coming. Arrows are released at the point where they will have the highest potential to hit the target – being too far away is a waste. You were created to prosper in that for which God created you.

Some have been hiding. Some know the call, carry the anointing, and have even prophesied along with others. Just like King Saul in I Samuel 10:22, now that the recognition has come, you are hiding in the stuff. You are hiding amid the vessels and implements of war, instead of wielding them with power, standing confident in your position in Christ. Whether it’s fear of the future or failure, you have refused to acknowledge God’s plan. For you, know that God sees exactly where you are and is calling you forward in this time. Like King Saul, you are anointed as a captain over God’s inheritance. It is an awesome responsibility that requires a confident response to God’s choice for you. Yes, there will be naysayers, but there are people whom God has already prepared to stand with you. What God has confirmed, God has empowered. Step out with humble confidence into God’s plan into the jurisdiction He has given you. He will be with you. Remember the Parable of the Talents, and do not hide, failing to give God a return on His investment in you.

Whether you’re currently hidden for God’s purposes or hiding from them, God’s timing is imperative. To understand His heart and what He is doing is paramount to His plans for you. Moses understood the ways of God, not just His acts (Ps. 103:7). As His people, whether in preparation or release, learning the character, nature, and habits of Him who leads provides the motivations of His actions. Many see what God is doing, but seeing beyond God’s hand into His heart, to understand the why of His movements takes intentionality that must be continually cultivated to result in a faith able to lead God’s people through desert places and war into the place of promise.