Monday, February 14, 2011
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
My fellow warriors. I pray you are well, comforted, full of joy and at peace. Times are hard right now for everyone, no worries....God is still on the throne and He is faithful. Please enjoy this message. It is one we gave to our family and friends. You are my friends. Love forever....Kenny G.
THE CROSS and the CRADLE 25 DEC 2010
Pathway to Your Inheritance
We pray that this message finds you in good health and spirits. We miss you, love you, care about you and frequently pray for each and every one of you. Before I forget, “Happy Birthday Jesus !” If you have ever read one of these holiday messages, or browsed the ones I have on www.countdown2glory.com, then you will realize they are not traditional. This one will be keeping the same pattern. That is just the way the Holy Spirit has chosen to speak through me. This message goes out to many who are in different levels of their spiritual walk. To those who are walking in His heavenly ways, let this be more life to you. To all others, if you were here I would get on bended knee and beg you to listen to, and DO what you find here. Why? Because time is shorter then you could possibly imagine. Because the Kingdom needs you and because you are just plain missing out on the coolest adventure and journey ever. Holy Spirit, I am not interested in what I have to say. Please give all, who read this message, ears to hear. Let Your Living Words penetrate our very being, giving us hope, loving us and encouraging us. In the covenant Name of Jesus we pray....AMEN. With that said, let me introduce you to Daddy.
In Bethlehem, the God-child was born.
On Calvary's cross, the God-man was crucified.
Mary looked down on her baby boy with joy unspeakable.
Mary looked up at her Son Jesus with unquenchable sorrow.
Those gathered at the birth of Messiah cried out with joy and admiration.
On Golgotha's hill, many cried. Some looked on in horror.
In the Word of God we see many types, shadows and patterns. All of these are supposed to teach us. The birth and death of Jesus is no different. In fact, I believe with my whole heart, that the Words you are about to partake of, are a summary of God's heart as found in the whole Bible. Pretty bold statement, but please hear me out. The whole purpose for your existence can be seen in the Cross and the Cradle, if you look hard enough. Just like our beloved Jesus, God wants you to have a death and birth experience. Why? So you can inherit something. In just a moment, you will find out what that something is.
The Word talks much about sowing and reaping. Have you ever thought that Jesus was sowed in that tomb. What is the harvest supposed to be? Well, you don't sow apple seeds and get oranges. Got it? Yes, God sowed Jesus in hopes of reaping a harvest of many sons and daughters. GOD WANTS CHILDREN !! He always has. In the garden of Eden, before sin came in and put a barrier up between man and God, Adam and Eve enjoyed a child/Daddy relationship. You can too my dear ones. But we must do it God's way. And then we will be heirs. Heirs of what? EVERYTHING !! That's right. God gave Jesus everything and when we become children of God Almighty, we become joint heirs. Can you just take a moment to ponder such things? God of the universe wants to be your Daddy and give you everything. What exactly is everything? I believe it means what it says. Everything both visible and invisible. In order to call God, “Daddy,” and in order to be a co-heir with Jesus, we must follow the example Jesus set before us.
The cross and the cradle. This is the pathway to eternal life and to having it all. Just as Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit, we too must be born of the Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus was crucified, we too must be crucified. God humbled Himself, got off His lofty throne and became a man. That man, Jesus Christ, further humbled Himself and became mercy for you and me. If you haven't already, my friend, humble yourself now under the mighty hand of God. You need a savior. You have to make that choice sooner or later. What about now? Besides, you really don't know if there will be a later. Jesus paid the debt for your sin which was taking upon Himself the wrath of God. Jesus paid it all, beloved. Repent and receive the forgiveness God holds out before you in Jesus. The sinless blood covers all sin....forever. I am so proud of you. Pull up a cradle beside your King and enjoy your new birth and status as heir. But, just like Jesus, you will have to embrace your cross. That cross represents dying to your own wants and trusting Daddy for everything. I know it's hard, the Holy Spirit will help you.
Check this out. Born in that manger this Day was humility. God humbling Himself and becoming a man. Nailed to that rugged cross was mercy. Jesus paying for your sins and mine. God Himself poured out such things upon us. Who are we not to do the same. Therein lies the power of the Kingdom. Let's love one another.
Do something for me would you? Take my hand beloved. Kneel with me on this mountain top. Lift up your hands with me as we humbly praise the King of Glory. Proclaim, as did Mary: “HE IS RISEN”. The child of God has RISEN. Guess what else we can proclaim from our empty tomb? WE HAVE RISEN ! By the way, fellow child of God, please pass the baby bottle, as we continue our heart song before our DADDY. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Glorious Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves under Your mighty hand. Without You we are nothing, have nothing and can do nothing. But, we know of Your great love towards us who believe. Praise You. We know that with Your help we can do all things. Praise You. We know that Your faithfulness reaches to the sky and beyond. Praise You. We know that You are coming back for us. Praise You. Help us to love; to be obedient and to be light to others. Protect us in the coming months and please provide for us, Your children. Most importantly dear Daddy, help us to know the mind of Christ and to have the mind of Christ. We love you. AMEN.
The intensity of spiritual attacks seem to be increasing. I am not talking about circumstances during this discourse, but about our thought life. The satanic whisperings in your ears from the devilish hordes unleashed against us. We have the eye gate. What we look at goes directly to our heart. Images will cause us to think in a certain way. The ear gate is really important too because this is the same gate which the Word uses to access our heart. But, the music we listen to etc., demands thinking too. The soul gate is the gate we will talk about mostly during this message. This is where very private and personal struggles are taking place. The devil uses this one most. As a side note, I would like to mention the only outgoing gate we have. The mouth gate. What are you talking about? This gate can spew forth filth and unbelief or it can be a stream of living water to yourself and all those around. As you can see, the battle is between our ears. Let's talk about the soul gate.
9But as Scripture says: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him."10God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, especially the deep things of God. 11After all, who knows everything about a person except that person's own spirit? In the same way, no one has known everything about God except God's Spirit. 12Now, we didn't receive the spirit that belongs to the world. Instead, we received the Spirit who comes from God so that we could know the things which God has freely given us. 13We don't speak about these things using teachings that are based on intellectual arguments like people do. Instead, we use the Spirit's teachings. We explain spiritual things to those who have the Spirit.14A person who isn't spiritual doesn't accept the teachings of God's Spirit. He thinks they're nonsense. He can't understand them because a person must be spiritual to evaluate them. 15Spiritual people evaluate everything but are subject to no one's evaluation. 16"Who has known the mind of the Lord so that he can teach him?" However, we have the mind of Christ. I Corinthians. Study and get into the Word. Then you will have a choice: the mind of Christ or the thoughts of fear and chaos.
3Of course we are human, but we don't fight like humans. 4The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people's defenses, that is, their arguments 5and all their intellectual arrogance that oppose the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ. II Corinthians. You cannot think two thoughts at one time. When you discern a thought is not pure and good, then replace it with the Word.
14"I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep as the Father knows me. My sheep know me as I know the Father. 15So I give my life for my sheep. 16I also have other sheep that are not from this pen. I must lead them. They, too, will respond to my voice. So they will be one flock with one shepherd. 17The Father loves me because I give my life in order to take it back again. 18No one takes my life from me. I give my life of my own free will. I have the authority to give my life, and I have the authority to take my life back again. This is what my Father ordered me to do." John 10. If you are born from above, then you do know the voice of the Lord. HE IS ALWAYS TALKING..ARE YOU LISTENING?
15God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God. 16We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God's love live in God, and God lives in them. 17God's love has reached its goal in us. So we look ahead with confidence to the day of judgment. While we are in this world, we are exactly like him [with regard to love]. 18No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn't have perfect love. 19We love because God loved us first. 20Whoever says, "I love God," but hates another believer is a liar. People who don't love other believers, whom they have seen, can't love God, whom they have not seen. 21Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love other believers. I John 4. If we are connected to God (LOVE) through fellowship and consecration, then we have His love in us. When fear knocks on your door (and it will) then stand in your love fellowship with the Almighty One and fear must go. He will give you peace, strength and whatever you need. Trust Him !! We will talk more about our thought life, where it relates to the soul gate, later in this message.
Another gate satan is using, to nudge us off the path of holiness, is our eye gate. You can't hardly turn your computer or TV on anymore without being bombarded by content which is sexual in nature. Practice focusing on Christ Jesus during these attacks. Within yourself...gaze upon the cross. God's love, high and lifted up. Once again, you can't think two thoughts at the same time. Force yourself to push wrong thoughts down. Think and speak the Truth you have hidden in your heart. Practice these things now because things are going to get much worse. Much, much worse. The Holy Spirit will keep you and help you my special friends. That's His job. Get as close to Him as you can. NOW, WHILE IT IS STILL DAY.
Circumstances will arise which will either take you away from the King of Glory, or draw you nearer. If you let them. Things such as the cares of life; financial troubles; sickness and loss of loved ones. I know that I said above we would not focus much on circumstances, but we must spend a minute or two because they are real and very powerful. Even your circumstances will cause your thought process to be activated. God uses the troubles of life to produce faith in us and to grow us up. Realize that God is in control. Embrace your trials and know in your hearts they will work out for your good.
28We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan.Romans 8.
Stand in faith against each obstacle. What does that mean? As a refresher, consider this. Faith comes from hearing the Word. Find out what God says about something and then stand on it. Believe it. Speak it. Believe it....speak it. Faith calls those things which are not as if they already are. Stand on the Word regardless of what you see or feel. There are verses to cover every circumstance which may come our way. For example:For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, 22 who did not sin, "neither was deceit found in his mouth." 23 Who, when he was cursed, didn't curse back. When he suffered, didn't threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously; 24 who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were going astray like sheep; but now have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. I Peter 2.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you. John 16,17.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. I John 3.
So I say to you, Take no thought for your life, about food or drink, or about clothing for your body. Is not life more than food, and the body more than its clothing? 26 See the birds of heaven; they do not put seeds in the earth, they do not get in grain, or put it in store-houses; and your Father in heaven gives them food. Are you not of much more value than they? 27 And which of you by taking thought is able to make himself a cubit taller? 28 And why are you troubled about clothing? See the flowers of the field, how they come up; they do no work, they make no thread: 29 But I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God gives such clothing to the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is put into the oven, will he not much more give you clothing, O you of little faith? 31 Then do not be full of care, saying, What are we to have for food or drink? or, With what may we be clothed? 32 Because the Gentiles go in search of all these things: for your Father in heaven has knowledge that you have need of all these things: 33 But let your first care be for his kingdom and his righteousness; and all these other things will be given to you in addition. Matthew 6.
During your trials and pressures of life...put on God's armor.
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. Ephesians 6.
Before we leave the subject of circumstances and the cares of life, let us bathe ourselves a little more with the sweet healing Word's of the Holy Spirit. We have talked about this in past messages, but we must get it deep down into the core of our being. We must, we most certainly MUST....know how much God loves us.
31What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” 37No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8.
As stated before, this message is more focused on the invisible attacks against us. The satanic whisperings. From what I gather so far, these attacks are aimed at 4 main areas. Waves and waves of satanic barrages trying to destroy: 1.) Your absolute trust in Almighty God. 2.) Your relationship with others. 3.) Your love walk (by keeping you focused on fear) and 4.) Your confidence of eternal salvation. The last one is where I want to focus on today, dear hearts. The joy of your (and mine) salvation. When this battle is won, then the war will be won also.
We cannot save ourselves. It is by the grace (power) and mercy of Almighty God. He paved the way. The way is through believing. That's right, simply believing. Have faith in what God provided for you in Christ Jesus. Believe that your sins are forgiven. Believe that God loves you. believe everything God says in His Word. Hear it. Believe it, and above all, DO IT. This is faith and it is ever increasing. Just like your love and hope. But, how do you hold onto such a wonderful and glorious salvation? The devil will come and attempt to destroy your faith. How do we act when he comes? Beloved, hold that thought for a moment.
The picture of Autumn colors shown at the beginning is an example of how I feel about my soul when it waivers. I see autumn as a season which is stuck between life and death. I too feel that way at times when I doubt my salvation.
Have you ever doubted the assurance of your salvation? I have. Many, many times. It's a plot and scheme straight from the pit of hell itself. How does it start? Self condemnation. That's the number one lie the devil begins with. I do something my flesh desires, such as getting angry and saying things which hurt everyone within hearing distance. Including myself and my beloved Jesus. Then the satanic whisperings begin. "Kenny G., how can you act that way if you are born again?" From there it snowballs and I continue to listen.
"Look at all the evil you have done in your life, you haven't changed!" he whispers. Woe is to me, I continue to listen as the father of lies diligently drags me deeper and deeper into his bosom of darkness. "You can't be born again, you have done something so evil that you are discounted from salvation," he chants. I am beginning to feel heavy and dead inside. A hatred for myself and anger against God begins to form in my soul as it is carried away to the despairing world of doubt and unbelief.
Why be angry with God you may ask. With great shame and remorse, I will share with you my darkest secrets. First, let me proclaim to you that there is a happy ending. I tell you these things because there are others out there going through the same things. I digress. Yes, unfortunately, I allowed the slimy one to persuade me to hold a grudge against God Almighty, the lover of my soul. As I reasoned with demons, I concluded that: "if I am not capable of being born again, then God created me to go to hell."
There, deep things from my soul has been revealed. What an ugliness you might say. I agree. But, if we don't cast down the unholy thoughts from the onset, they WILL spiral out of control. How does the story end? Let me tell you. After about a day (it used to be days and of this writing it has come to minutes...glory be to God) the darkness begins to subside. The light begins to dawn again. Not because of something I did, but because of His mercy and faithfulness to deliver His child.
The balm of love everlasting, broke through the cloak of lies and touched me. Ever so gently, my loving Father and my Jesus (through the ministry of the Holy Spirit) laid His head upon my breast. Nothing was spoken at this moment. The divine comfort was dispelled and my soul was brought back to the assurance of my unbreakable relationship with the Holy One of Israel. As the closeness of hearts became clearer, so did my souls remorse. Godly sorrow ensued because I had sinned against my God, and Him alone. This time I put my head on His breast as tears rolled from both our eyes. For me, the tears were tears of repentance. From the eyes of God, tears fell because of love and forgiveness. I AM BORN AGAIN, AFTER ALL !!
Extra ingredients to add to our food (thoughts) from the throne:Knowing that heroes of faith (both in scripture and still living) have gone through similar testings, give me great comfort. Of course, comfort comes from the living Word too. Let's dive into both.
Consider King David. God called him, "a man after My own heart." David encountered more enemies (visible and invisible) than anyone I know. He was downcast about Saul trying to kill him. He lived with guilt and shame over the murder and adultery he committed. he watched his own son raise up an army against him. He suffered the agony of losing many, many loved ones. He became depressed in his soul over his best friend, and covenant partner, turning his back on him. Such was his depression that he looked for a place to hide. A place to hide from God.
7Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You. Psalm 139.
Nor chasten me in Your wrath.
2Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away;
Heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed.
3And my soul is greatly dismayed;
But You, O LORD—how long?
4Return, O LORD, rescue my soul;
Save me because of Your lovingkindness.
5For there is no mention of You in death;
In Sheol who will give You thanks?
6I am weary with my sighing;
Every night I make my bed swim,
I dissolve my couch with my tears.
7My eye has wasted away with grief;
It has become old because of all my adversaries.
8Depart from me, all you who do iniquity,
For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
9The LORD has heard my supplication,
The LORD receives my prayer.
10All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed;
They shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.Psalm 6.
Don't you imagine, that this great King, suffered with the satanic whisperings and battle with unbelief like we all? Yet, God brought him through every time. He will bring you through too. His faithfulness reaches to the sky and beyond. He is God and there is none like Him. How do I know that He will bring you through every battle you face? Because He says so !1 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that formed you, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle on you.
3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior: I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for you. Isaiah 43.
Consider the temptation of Jesus.
1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
7Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
10Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”
11Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4.
Even the Son of God underwent the crucible of tempted thoughts. In His case, the devil wanted Jesus to question within Himself, whether or not He was truly the Son of God. This passage is very important because it shows us the method of satan, and God's prescription. The devil is the father of lies and he wants to make us believe a lie. Jesus showed us that the way to combat this slippery weasel, is to speak God's Word about the situation. Light always overcomes darkness. Truth always vanquishes the lie.
I would like to share something personal with you in closing. Like I haven't shared enough already. Let me start with a picture.
May I add something from the Word to go along with this most beautiful picture?1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14.
I shout "HALLELUJAH" with a voice of triumph. Come dance with me beloved. Why all the jubilation? Why the picture of spring? Because of the mercy and faithfulness of God. Because of the washing of the Word...giving me a new mindset. The veil has been lifted. Like the flowers in springtime, I too have resurrection flowing in my veins. I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. I guess I am born again after all. You can be too........if you believe !!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Hey there my fellow spiritual, "special forces." I am so glad that you have come again, so together, we may see what the Spirit is saying to us. This message is more of a pet peeve of mine. But, the Holy Spirit has given me enough of the Word to make it worth a notice. We will have a little fun expanding our minds, then we will allow the Spirit to encourage and love on us. I could use a lot of that, especially in the difficult times in which we live, couldn't you? Let us pray:
Thank You Father for loving us. Please help us to receive Your most awesome love and give it back to You in return. Jesus, our hero and champion, we adore You. Holy Spirit, we need You. Please teach us the Word, and show us the Father and the Son. Lord God Almighty; Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Creator of all things; soon coming King; merciful; mighty; holy; beautiful; righteous; forgiving and kind...we lift our hands and praise Your holy Name. Give us courage and great faith. Help us to be bold and effective witnesses to those You put in our path. May we have joy and expectancy of Your Coming. In Jesus name...AMEN.
Have you ever heard of "jailhouse religion?" Have you ever heard a preacher preach a "fire and brimstone" message? We are going to talk a little about these things, and hopefully I don't offend anyone in the process. We are going to brainstorm a little about this pet peeve of mine, then we will let the Word tell us a higher way. A way which keeps. Fear might draw you to God, but love will keep you. Whoops, almost gave away the ending. This message might not give you goose bumps or bring tears to your eyes, but then again, we never know which way the wind of the Holy Spirit will blow. Ready? Let's go.
I know of many, many persons who have found themselves behind the jailhouse bars. Do you? From observation, it seems as if a very high percentage of them, turn to the Lord Jesus during their incarceration. This is a good thing and understandable. When you find yourself without freedom and without your family, you turn to the One who can ease the pain. The One you used to have a relationship with. They turn back to the love they have neglected for so long. Sometimes it is for comfort and protection, but often they turn to that Light within for hope of being released. Sure, it usually begins like any other love affair gone sour. There is sobbing, repentance, forgiveness and acceptance. Oh! Hallelujah for such times of refreshing and reconciliation.
But, I ask you, are there fruits of repentance? Are they producing fruits of righteousness? Is their talk just that?....talk. When they melt back into the real world, do their hearts still blaze with great love and zeal for their Jesus. Or do you see them going from crisis to crisis,from reconciliation to God to reconciliation to God? Some say, "well, Mr. Kenny G., isn't that better than nothing?" To them I say: "sure, but the Holy Spirit has a higher way." A way that will keep that love affair alive and burning. And from it will drip droplets of peace and assurance of eternal life.
Hey, are you familiar with anyone who was born again while in prison? Once again, let us ponder their motivation to seek after such a thing. Or better yet, let us ponder why they said, "yes," when God called them to the cross. By the way, the cross is a clue to the keeping power and the higher way. You will understand more fully in just a few, stay patient my beloved. Was the prisoners motivation to kneel at the cross the same as the person described in the previous paragraph? Was it fear? Only God knows and that is the way I like it. Takes a lot of pressure off of me. But let's investigate and ponder a little further so the revelation, of the higher way, will make more sense. Oh praise God! Praise God, for the many ministers who (some put their own life at risk) go into the prisons to bring the Good News to the incarcerated. And, "Thank you Jesus," for the thousands upon thousands who said, "yes," to His calling. But, how many went back to their old lifestyles upon release? Why did they not stay the course? The higher way would have kept them producing fruits of repentance. In fact, this higher way will keep all of us. It surely will !
As a kid, I can remember my cousins and I going to church with our granddaddy. It was a Christian denomination, but one which put more emphasis on the outward holiness of man versus the inner sanctification of the Holy Spirit. I remember that the women couldn't wear pants or cut their hair. If memory serves me correctly, they couldn't wear make up either. There were a lot of what a person couldn't do instead of what they could do in Christ Jesus.
I guess the most vivid memory was one of us kids sitting on the front row during revivals, which seemed to occur every couple of weeks. The preacher would be pacing back and forth across the stage in a rage. His face was red, hair was matted and his suit was wrinkled and stained with sweat. We were on the edge of our seats, as spit rained down on us. I didn't know it then, but something else rained down on us that day...condemnation. All we heard in our little ears was this: God was mad at us; we were sinners and unless we came to the altar we were going to burn in hell forever. We went and knelt. Sometimes we cried, sometimes we just stayed still as the men of God came and tried to shake some kind of demon out of us. Sad to admit, but during revivals, I think we were at the altar every night. I didn't know about God's higher way of keeping me on the path of His love back then. But, God had mercy on me and over the years He taught me what I am about to share with you.
911. That very number speaks volumes. Most people of the world have an understanding of that infamous day. Let me quickly recap for those who do not know of this day. It was a day like most others, people here in the United States of America going about their daily routines. All seemed well on this fateful day. The hint of autumn was in the air as we lived our lives on that September 11th day. Most people will always remember where they were that morning, just like the day when JFK was assassinated. I was getting a haircut, when all of a sudden, the pictures being broadcast from the TV sent shock waves through my entire being.
911. Pictures of a jumbo jet, a passenger plane, plowing into one of the twin towers in New York. We all watched in horror..not understanding, not believing, not breathing. Soon thereafter, another passenger plane flew full speed into the second tower. Smoke, flames, persons jumping out windows from high up as the jet fuel created a hell on earth. Reporters were talking frantically trying to get all the info, some crying. Along with many who watched. As in a science fiction movie, we watched the towers fall in seemingly slow motion, down, down, down to the city below. The smoke from the fires, and now from the manmade towers disintegrating as they made their final resting place on the earth below, set a volcanic like scene. Fires, alarms, smoke rising to the heavens, the sun blackened, people screaming and crying. These are the lasting images we who witnessed this calamity remember on 911...the day the world stood still. The day we understood that we have a real enemy and that enemy is fueled by satan himself.
The churches were full the next day (probably that day also). Months diminished and so did the church attendance. Some will say that, "hey, Mr. Kenny G., at least they went to church, and maybe something good wore off on them." To that I say, cool, whatever. But please let me tell you about a much higher way. The way which Father God hopes all of us will take to Him through His Son, Jesus. If we take His way, then the Holy Spirit will keep us. We will have peace, hope, joy, abundance of life, sanctification, and all things God has for His people. And it won't take a crisis to bring it about. This way, if taken, will bring about much power and Light for all the world to see.
Before we dive into the ultimate road to His Highest, let me address a few groups of people who may be reading this. I would be in error if I didn't mention the group who are still seeking the right road to their after life. Let me introduce you to someone really cool. His name is God. Yes, the same God who created all things, including you. He is love and everything which comes from Him is good with a capital G. He created satan also. The devil is a fallen angel who was cast out when he tried to make himself like God. Through him, sin was brought into the world through the bowing down of Adam and Eve. Sin separates a person from God. Before sin, Adam and Eve communed with God face to face. Cool with a capital C. After sin entered the human race, man had no hope of assurance of salvation, fellowship with God or of their destination. God said that without the shedding of blood, there is no atonement for sin. He had a plan to win back the hearts of His children.
Let's talk more about the One True God. He is a God who is more than willing to hold you in His arms. In those arms, as you lean close to His breast, you will find the peace you are searching for. It is not the peace the world has to offer. It is an everlasting peace. Peace between you and the Almighty God who created all things. It is a peace which can only come through believing and accepting His gift of Love.
That gift (which comes with no strings attached and is something you cannot purchase or work to achieve) was the One who outstretched His arms and was crucified in your place. The rugged cross, the shedding of sinless blood and the agony of suffering the Father's wrath on unrighteousness. These are the things that the King of Glory suffered in your place and mine. Who is this King of Glory? Who is this Love, who willingly took your place and mine on that tree of death? He is the same One who keeps the stars in place by the power of His Word, and He calls them by name. He is the One who got off His lofty throne to humble Himself as He walked among us.
Who is this King of Glory? He was the One whom the Father loves with an eternal love, but He is also the One whom the Father used to purchase you and I. Think about it for a moment. Father God looked through the ages of eternal time and chose each and every person (whom He calls by name) to be esteemed worthy of being purchased. And what a price He paid for us. The price was none other than the death and resurrection of the very King of Kings Himself.
God made a way for all people's of the earth, who are created in His image and likeness, to be forgiven; to be purchased; to be redeemed; to be loved; to be chosen and to walk in His glory and power. WOW !! Chosen to be His children. Chosen to be His beloved. Chosen to be His own very special treasure. But we must all go through the Door. There is only one Door which all men must pass through to achieve this heavenly bliss which I am describing. Who is this King of Glory? Who is this Door? He is none other than Love...the One with the nail pierced hands and feet. His name is JESUS.
Pause and see that Love who loves you so! Think of the humility, shame and agony He went through to make you His very own. Would you make Him your own? Today? Now? Thank the Father for His love poured out for you on Calvary's hill. Thank King Jesus for His blood which will cleanse you of all sin. ALL SIN. Ask for forgiveness and mercy NOW. Believe it. Receive it.
Bow now before your new King. Embrace your new love. He has been brought near to you now. As near as your very own heart. Rejoice my beloved. You have been been forgiven. You have been born from above. Your name is now written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Eternal bliss awaits you. I am singing, dancing and worshipping God right along side of you. And we are not alone. All of heavens Host rejoice with us. Rejoice...again I say Rejoice. Keep feeding on Jesus, who is the Word. The Word will give you daily abundance of Life. The Word gives you faith. What the Word says...God WILL do. Share that life (Jesus), who now dwells within you, with someone else. Associate yourself with like-minded believers. Grow. Love. Hope. Worship. The One living within you will keep you. It is God's highest way...this love affair.
Are you in the category of persons who came to the Lord Jesus in a time of fear or crisis? Well, God bless you. Welcome to the family and praise You Jesus. My question is this: "has it been a stable relationship?" Did you find yourself, after your conversion, continuing in your old lifestyle or coming back to the table to dine after the next new crisis? I am in no way being demeaning. But, in love, I offer to you the more excellent way. Drum roll please. And here it is ladies and gentlemen......the higher way. The way which will keep you.
L O V E
Hear me out please. God never intended to get man's attention by using scare tactics or fear, because He knew that wouldn't keep us beholding His lovely Face. The following verse is about wore out, but let's look at it from a different perspective. "For God, so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son. That whosoever believeth in Him, would not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16. Let us go now to a few scriptures in the book of Acts. These are important because the church was birthed on the Day of Pentecost. What message did Peter preach to have God add three thousand souls that day to His roster of children? And by the way, every message proclaimed to people in the Bible, about being born from above, was out of love...not fear.
22-28"Fellow Israelites, listen carefully to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man thoroughly accredited by God to you—the miracles and wonders and signs that God did through him are common knowledge—this Jesus, following the deliberate and well-thought-out plan of God, was betrayed by men who took the law into their own hands, and was handed over to you. And you pinned him to a cross and killed him. But God untied the death ropes and raised him up. Death was no match for him. David said it all:
I saw God before me for all time.
Nothing can shake me; he's right by my side.
I'm glad from the inside out, ecstatic;
I've pitched my tent in the land of hope.
I know you'll never dump me in Hades;
I'll never even smell the stench of death.
You've got my feet on the life-path,
with your face shining sun-joy all around.
29-36"Dear friends, let me be completely frank with you. Our ancestor David is dead and buried—his tomb is in plain sight today. But being also a prophet and knowing that God had solemnly sworn that a descendant of his would rule his kingdom, seeing far ahead, he talked of the resurrection of the Messiah—'no trip to Hades, no stench of death.' This Jesus, God raised up. And every one of us here is a witness to it. Then, raised to the heights at the right hand of God and receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he poured out the Spirit he had just received. That is what you see and hear. For David himself did not ascend to heaven, but he did say,
God said to my Master, "Sit at my right hand
Until I make your enemies a stool for resting your feet."
"All Israel, then, know this: There's no longer room for doubt—God made him Master and Messiah, this Jesus whom you killed on a cross."
37Cut to the quick, those who were there listening asked Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers! Brothers! So now what do we do?" (Their hearts were convicted of sin and at the same time they saw God's Love poured out on Calvary's tree.)
38-39Peter said, "Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites."
40He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, "Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!"
41-42That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.
43-45Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person's need was met.
46-47They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I missed you my dear brethren. How have you been? I know the world seems to have gone stark raving mad, but the Holy Spirit promises to encourage us in the days ahead. Jehovah Productions will also continue to bring you the Living Word which will be a lifter of your head. Have you got your copy of the book: "Drawing Near," by John Bevere? Get it ! Let's get started. Holy God, Creator of all things, we come to You with praise on our lips. Praise You, King Jesus! You are worthy to receive glory, honor and praise. You are powerful, righteous and merciful. Praise You ! You are beautiful, good and forgiving. Praise You! You are wise, loving and holy. Praise You! Glorious One, You are Love, there is none like You. Please help us to know that we know, how great Your love is towards us. Help us to love You in return. With all that is within us. And with all that is within us..we praise You! AMEN.
God desires intimacy.7 So place yourselves under God's authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. 8 Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds, you doubters. 9 Be miserable, mourn, and cry. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the Lord's presence. Then he will give you a high position.
James 4:7-10 (GW)
The children of Israel had it harsh in Egypt. Moses was treated like a king. Yet, Israel wanted to go back to Egypt when things got hard for them in the desert. Although Moses was treated like royalty...he never looked back. Why? Moses dared to draw near to God, but Israel did not. They did not want to change. Drawing near to God meant killing their flesh (selfishness, pride etc). That is what happens when you come in contact with the Living God. When God shows up, you have a choice: humble yourself; repent; worship or get your neck all stiff and say to yourself: "I enjoy my rulership and flesh the way it is...thank you very much." THEY WANTED THE BLESSINGS OF GOD, BUT NOT THE BLESSER !!
Moses longed for God regardless of the cost to his fleshly desires. He considered the cost. Likewise, Jesus also tells us to consider the cost before we make Him Lord and submit to His kingdom. It will cost us everything.26 If any man come to me, and shall not hate his own father and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yea, and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple; 27 and whoever does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desirous of building a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, if he have what is needed to complete it; 29 in order that, having laid the foundation of it, and not being able to finish it, all who see it do not begin to mock at him, 30 saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish? Luke 14:26-30.
This is a message that we need to share with all who are born again from above, or desire to be. Moses got it. Drawing near to God was like breathing air....God was his all, his everything. During this message, we will discover together the secret of Moses.
Israel did not want to trust God and wait (patience) for their creature comforts (faith). Remember, with faith and patience, we inherit the promises of God. They made the arm of their flesh, god. "Not by might or power (fleshly strength to gain desires and provisions), but by my Spirit saith the Lord." (Zechariah 4:6) Moses surely had faith. The kind of faith that drew him near the holy mountain of God which shook; displayed flashes of lightnings and roared with ear splitting thunder which caused even the smoke (covering God's glory) to shake, rattle and roll. That is where rock and roll first started. OK, just kidding. But faith was not the only thing that Moses possessed which would cause him to courageously want to look in God's face. What was that thing that set him apart? Let's go deeper. Could it be love? Whoops, now the cat is out of the bag.
To trust God for His promises to be fulfilled (faith), we must have love. Remember, faith works by love. Love is put into motion by complete surrender and obedience to God. Yes, we will never get away from the message of obedience. It's footprints are all over the Good Book. Think about it. Isn't obedience something you do unto your Lord? That is what makes Him Lord, King and God. The verse where Jesus said, "If you love Me then you will be obedient,"always used to bother me. I would think, "How in the world can I be obedient? How can I love God, whom I can't see?" So many people today (church people), try very hard in their own strength, to obey and do good works. But the power and glory of God isn't evident. So, obedience is not the only sign that shows a person loves God. I am not contradicting the Word. I am just saying that another ingredient is missing. Jesus said it Himself, if we dare to listen. If you love me....
Hang in there my dear ones, the secret of Moses is about to be revealed in all it's glory.(no pun intended)
The Old Testament (covenant) presents types, shadows and examples for us to live by today. Egypt represents the worlds way of doing things. Just like the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, we too are delivered from the worlds way of doing things, as we put our trust in Jesus, Son of God. Just like Israel, we too thirst for the promised land. The blessings and presence of God. But, before Israel was to inherit the land flowing with milk and honey, they were told to go into the desert and worship God.(exodus 7:16)
16Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the desert. But until now you have not listened.
From this verse we can safely surmise the following: God wants intimacy with us. When we are born from above and brought out from the worlds(Egypt) way of doing things, then we can love and worship the Lord our God. May I throw a bunny trail on you my most precious soldiers? We will get back to the secret of Moses shortly. It's all good.
10And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.(Exodus 19:1o,11)
This is so important to understand since we are at the threshold of the Third and Seventh Day. From previous studies, we have discovered that a day to the Lord is like a thousand years. Let's map this out together since we are talking about two time frames. Four thousand years transpired from creation to the birth of the Awesome One. Since then, two thousand years have come and gone. This gives us a total of six thousand years since creation. Let's diagnose the finish of both. The Seventh Day: God created for six days then He rested. We are about to step into the beginning of the Seventh Day. It will begin with the catching away of the Church. Then seven years of tribulation for those left behind, the pouring out of God's wrath. Jesus returns (with His True sons and daughters..that is us). He sets up His Kingdom here on earth for a thousand years(that is the seventh day...peace on earth under the rule of Jesus. That completes the shadow of the rest of God after six days of creation) After that, we step into blissful eternity with our God and Maker. Forever to be with our hero and champion, King Jesus. This is the part where you shout and give thanks to the Lord.
The Third Day: we are now walking in the shadow of the Third Day. The beginning of the third thousand year period since Jesus was raised from the dead and seated Himself at the right hand of the Father. What is about to happen? Much of it is about the same as the beginning of the Seventh Day because they are really one in the same, except for a few distinctions. At the end of the second day and beginning of the Third, God's Glory is going to fill the earth. This happens before the rapture of the Church. This is fantastic news because it gives us great hope in this world which seems to be self destructive. I know that sometimes you look around and wonder if God has forgotten about us. Sometimes, you might even think that there are no other believers anywhere to be found. Evil is getting worse (as the Word predicted), but trust me, God does have for Himself a remnant of worshippers and He is about to add to it. When His Glory fills the earth (through us, his holy temples) there is going to be the greatest Holy Ghost camp meetings you could imagine. God wants as many saved as possible before He pours out His wrath on all of mankind. During the past two thousand years ( or the time since you have been born from above), have you been worshipping the Lord as He commanded? The other distinction is this: God has been sanctifying His Bride for two thousand years (since it's inception). He is really picking up the pace here lately, can you feel it? He is about to appear to His people. Just like He told Moses. Jump for joy dear ones, God is about to show up. PRAISE HIM !
Wow ! That was some bunny trail to say the least. But the Holy Spirit wanted us to know this again for our encouragement. Let's get back to Moses and his secret. The secret which caused him to draw near to the Lord. It wasn't just his great faith. It was also his love walk. But not just any type of love walk. Many of us have what he possessed, faith and love. Many of us are surrendered to the Lord God Almighty. Many of us worship Him, we adore Him, we thirst for Him. Yet still, there is a pearl of great price which is about to be revealed. One which will take us to a place just like Moses and beyond. Are you ready for it? Not just yet my dearly beloved. Not yet. First let's examine what happened to Moses when God came down to visit with the people on the Third Day. Remember though, the children of Israel did not follow Moses up to the top of Mount Sinai that day. Moses alone went to meet with God face to face.
Uh oh. I feel another bunny trail coming on. The Word of God says that no man can see God and live. Yet, Moses wanted to see His face. During this real cool time for Moses, God did just what His Word said. He wouldn't show him His face. He hid Moses in the cleft of the rock and let him see His back side. All of who God is advanced before Moses (his back was turned). Then God let Moses see his back side. But even that part of God was enough to impart to Moses all the things he wrote about in the Old Testament. Just that glimpse of where God had been, showed Moses all about how to build the Tabernacle, how to write down all the blessings and curses, the set up of all the feasts, the jobs of the priesthood, the Law and so much more. Something else that encounter did.....It made the face of Moses shine like the sun. Oh boy, we are so close to the secret of Moses.
He alone has endless life and lives in inaccessible light. No one has ever seen him, nor can anyone see him. Honor and eternal power belong to him! Amen. I Timothy 6:16.
Yet, we (and the whole earth) will soon see a glimpse of His glory and not die. How can that be possible? It will be filtered through the Mercy Seat of Christ. The Mercy Seat which His precious blood spilled upon, in the heavenlies, flowing from Mount Calvary. That same blood is on the Mercy Seat of your heart, if you believe. That blood makes you the righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus. Moses did not have that sinless blood to filter out the Glory of God. We do my dear ones. And that Day Star is arising in our hearts even now. It is getting brighter and brighter.
Let's talk about the face of Moses for a moment.When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. Exodus 34:29.
The ministry that brought death was inscribed on stone. Yet, it came with such glory that the people of Israel couldn't look at Moses' face. His face was shining with glory, even though that glory was fading. 8Won't the ministry that brings the Spirit have even more glory? 9If the ministry that brings punishment has glory, then the ministry that brings God's approval has an overwhelming glory. 10In fact, the ministry that brings punishment lost its glory because of the superior glory of the other ministry. 11If that former ministry faded away despite its glory, how much more does that ministry which remains continue to be glorious?
12Since we have confidence [in the new promise], we speak very boldly. 13We are not like Moses. He kept covering his face with a veil. He didn't want the people of Israel to see the glory fading away. 14However, their minds became closed. In fact, to this day the same veil is still there when they read the Old Testament. It isn't removed, because only Christ can remove it. 15Yet, even today, when they read the books of Moses, a veil covers their minds. 16But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17This Lord is the Spirit. Wherever the Lord's Spirit is, there is freedom. 18As all of us reflect the Lord's glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.II Corinthians 3:7-18.
As we can see from the above verses, the Glory of the New Covenant will be far superior than that of the Old. Moses gave us a shadow of things to come. Even Father Abraham's stories are shadows of things that were fulfilled in the New Covenant and are coming true today. For example: He showed us that to walk in the fear of the Lord, we must be obedient. God said that He knew Abraham feared Him as he was set to sacrifice his son Isaac. God's Word says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We are hearing more and more about Moses and Abraham in these days. It would be wise to adhere to and meditate on such things. Even Glenn Beck (whom I believe is a watchman sent from the Lord) is proclaiming from the watchtower many things he is hearing from God. Things about Jesus; Moses; Abraham and even John, who announced: "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." And it surely is.
God began to teach these things to my wife and I about 8 years ago. We dared to have faith. We dared to worship the Lord. We dared to operate in the secret of Moses (which is still coming). We dared to approach God regardless of the cost to our flesh. And you know what? We would often times (and we still do, and with greater intensity) come away with our faces glowing, just like Moses. We would proclaim to each other: "Hey Moses! How you doing?"
Drum roll please. Now....THE SECRET OF MOSES. The thing he possessed which caused him to dare ask to approach the One who dwells in unapproachable light. The ingredient he added to his faith, worship and self denial can be summed up in the following verse. "For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son. Whomever believes in Him should not perish, but obtain eternal life." John 3:16. The key which unlocks the secret is found in the part where we discover that God loves us. Let's break that down a little further then we will be finished. Thank you so much for riding this spiritual stream all the way to the finish line.
It is one thing to quote to your self and others that God loves you. It is an entirely different thing to really, really know it. It has to get deep into your heart. When you do, then you can better love and worship Him in return. Then you are one with Him and really have something powerful to give away to others. Remember the song: "The Circle of Life," from the movie: "The Lion King?" Here is a new song for you. It is called: "The Circle of Love." Love is complete when it is received by both parties.Let's look at a few verses which will help you realize God's great and passionate love for you. But before we do, consider this: God loves you as much as He does His own Son. Before you cast stones on little ole Kenny G., think about it. Do you not suppose that Jesus is Father God's prized possession? Hang with me soldiers ! When you go to the market to barter, do you not give your money in exchange for something that you deem more valuable? Of course you do. God bought you with a price. That price was the blood of His Beloved. He just had to have you for His own. Case closed.
Try it out. Worship the Lord. If you do not yet have an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus, then by all means, ask Him to come into your heart...do it now. If you have sins to confess and receive forgiveness for...then repent. Now, humble yourself under the mighty hand of God in praise and worship. As you do, meditate on the following verses which will help you see His great love for you. Make them your own. Love Him, meditate, worship...praise Him. As a side note. Maybe some of you are like me. I have a hard time receiving love. From God or others. Let's pray together that the Holy Spirit will teach us to receive the love of God into our hearts. After all, that is what our Father God yearns for. The devil is good at condemning you for past, or present, sins and iniquity. The Word says that if we repent and ask for forgiveness, the blood of Jesus cleanses us of all sin. God removes them as far as the east is from the west. I think the part of God's love we need to receive is His great mercy.
17How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.Psalms 139:17-18.
15“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
16See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:15,16.
9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. I John 4:9,10.
Are you ready? Go to the mirror and take a good look at your face which God's thinks is beautiful indeed. Say it ! Don't be shy. Say it! "HEY MOSES ! HOW YOU DOING ?"
Boy, this one took a lot out of me, but the supply of the Spirit never ends. Give me an AMEN !