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Romans - Inheritance Affirmations

 I have been made right in God's sight and at peace with God because of my faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. - Romans 5:1

 

I reign as a king in the realm of life through Jesus Christ because I receive God’s abundant provision of forgiveness and the gift of righteousness. - Romans 5:17


Since we have become one with Him in His death we are raised to life in the likeness of His resurrection. - Romans 6:5

 

I consider myself to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. - Romans 6:11

 

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. - Romans 8:2


I am a Son of God since I am led by the Spirit of God. - Romans 8:14

 

I am called according to His purpose to be conformed to the image of His Son.- Romans - 8:28,29

 

God, who delivered up His own Son for me, freely gives me all things. - Romans 8:32


In all things I am a conqueror through Him that loves me. - Romans 8:37


The word of faith is in my mouth and in my heart. - Romans 10:8


I am saved since I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord of my life and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. - Romans 10:9


With my mouth I confess my salvation and with my heart I am put right with God. - Romans 10:10


The Lord richly blesses me when I call on Him. - Romans 10:12


Since I am a believer, when I call upon the name of the Lord I am saved. -Romans 10:13


Faith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the word of God. - Romans 10:17


I present my body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. - Romans 12:1


I am not conformed to this world; but am transformed by the renewing of my mind; that I might know the will of God - what is good, and is pleasing th Him, and is perfect. - Romans 12:2

 

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Sunday School - July 31, 2016

 Isaiah 9:7 - "Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end......"

 

How important is increase to God? Jesus once cursed a fig tree for not bearing fruit out of season (Mark 11:13-14)! A man in one of His parables was cast into outer darkness for burying his money and not obtaining an increase for his master (Matthew 25:24-30).

When the main goal of our faith is keeping us safe from the devil, our faith becomes inferior to what God expects. Jesus had in mind more for us than survival. We are destined to overcome.

Every conversion plunders hell. Every miracle destroys the works of the devil. Every God encounter is an Invasion of the Almighty into our desperate condition. This is our joy.


Affirmations:

I FORGET THE PAST AND REACH FOR THOSE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS CALLED ME.

I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.


QUESTIONS TO ASK MYSELF:

1. Do I have an increase or a survival consciousness? What fruit am I bearing today - in season or out of season?

 

2. What conversion, miracle, or God encounter have I experienced recently?

 

 

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Impacting Others

 God has empowered us! We are anointed for action!

Our mission and mandate? Establishing the Kingdom!
We are chosen by Him and for Him!

 

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." - Ephesians 2:10

 

AFFIRMATIONS:

 

I have a God-given purpose!
I was chosen by Almighty God in eternity past to live in the present.
I have a divine DESTINY.
NO one on earth can accomplish what I have been commissioned to do!

 

It's time to get God's opinion of you; you're essential to His eternal plans and purposes -- so become the bold, brave, radiant warrior you are called to be. Arise, lift your head -- walk with confidence and assurance that God is with you. Therefore be radiant and shine bright in this sin-darkened world.
We have a PURPOSE -- we have been chosen by God.

 

ACCOMPLISHING THE COURSE SET BEFORE US

 

You are divinely prepared to accomplish the task God has assigned you. You can do something no other human being can do. Meditate and ponder this message; believe that you have been chosen by Christ, for Christ, and your life will take on even greater zeal and purpose. Jesus said:
"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you." - (
John 15:16).

 

Your confidence and courage will soar as you understand in greater capacity the depth of these words -- "YOU ARE CHOSEN BY CHRIST!"
Let these words wash over your soul – they are like refreshing water to the thirsty. You have been chosen by Christ, for Christ; the choice was made before the foundation of the world (see 
Ephesians 1:4). Knowing this promise will release you from rejection and depression.
You Can Impact the others -- the hurting and the Lost.
The goal is to finish the course and to be able to say with all confidence, "I've kept the faith and stayed on course, accomplishing the task set before me" (see 
2 Timothy 4:7). It is to that individual Christ will say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21).

 

INTO ACTION:

 

God gives us His power for a purpose: the gifts are tools, not toys, and anointing is for action (see Acts 1:8). God releases His anointing on His children for one main purpose: to impact the nations, to bring the hurting and lost to Himself.
During these days of division and confusion, the message of Christ's redemptive love and overwhelming mercy must be heard and heeded.

 

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Rejecting Compromise And Complacency

 NOW is the Time to Awaken!


We are being called in these turbulent times to contend for change and take an unshakable stand that transforms our culture. It is time for a spiritual revolution.


WALK OUT OF PASSIVITY AND LUKEWARMNESS


There is a paralyzing passivity so prevalent in the Church today. As prophetic voices, we must sound the alarm: these are not days of peace! We have no armistice with the workers of darkness! We must stir ourselves out of this stupor, as Scripture instructs us to do. We must rouse to reality and awake (Romans 13:11-14 AMP).

A non-confrontational attitude is not the role and the responsibility of God's end-time warriors! We must awaken. Now is the time to find God's PURPOSE for your life and theCALLING you were destined to fulfill.

"Keep on asking and it wil be given you; keep on seeking and you wil find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you." - Matthew 7:7 AMP


Shake yourself and rise to the occasion (Joshua 1:7). You are called to be a history maker, to change the world. These are not empty phrases but powerful prophetic promises. YourDESTINY and the destiny of coming generations demand that we do our very best – now! Indeed, the destinies of nations depend upon our actions.


RUN FROM COMPROMISE AND COMPLACENCY!


This is no time to enter negotiations with the devil. Never forget that the enemy of your soul would, if he could, utterly destroy and devastate your life, the life of your loved ones, your neighbors and our nation. We must not entertain compromise nor tolerate complacency. On the contrary, we are called to confront the powers of darkness. Rather than remaining passive, complacent or compromised, it is our responsibility to resist the enemy and stand firm (John 10:10). He is a defeated foe – but we nevertheless must rout him out of our lives and nation.

Run from cooperating with the enemy! Our response must be the opposite of his evil suggestions. We must withstand him and his demons with all our heart, submitting to the Spirit of God and His Word instead. Having done all to stand, we shall stand bold and brave, resisting the devil and all his schemes, knowing full well that greater is God's power within us than the devil's power about us (1 John 4:4).


WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS


We are fighting from a place of victory! Why? Because our Lord and Savior has already defeated every foe at Calvary! In Christ we are more than conquerors. We are truly, practically, eternally victorious in every arena of life – and are not victims (Romans 8:37). 
Cast off any "victim" mindset and take hold of the truth spoken by Christ as He gave His life for you: "It is finished!" He fought the war and won – on our behalf.


We will stand strong, knowing that as we resist, we are more than victors in Christ Jesus(Colossians 1:13-14). What we see withstanding us will not erase from our souls the victory God has promised.

Let your heart gain courage from this promise Deuteronomy 31:6: - "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them for the Lord our God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."


As we STAND IN FAITH, drawing ever closer to God and resisting the devil, the enemy flees(James 4:7). Through the power of Christ Jesus, we will trample on the evil works of satan(Luke 10:19). As we walk in confidence, knowing our God and depending upon Christ the King, then we will see the promise of Romans 16:20 fulfilled: "...the God of Peace will crush the powers of satan under our feet."

 


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Praying Your Family Into God's Family

 A. Ask God to Soften Their Hearts

Ezekiel 11:19 - "And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh..."
Pray for the condition of their hearts to change.


B. Spirit of Conviction
Ask for the release of the spirit of conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come.
John 16:8 - "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment..."

C. Spirit of Revelation
Ask for the spirit of wisdom and revelation (dreams, visions, inspiration etc.)

 

Ephesians 1:17-19 - "...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might..."

D. Recall To Remembrance.
Ask the Lord to bring to their remembrance any of the good Word of God that they were taught from their childhood to this day

 

1. John 14:26 - "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you."
2. 
Isaiah 55:11
 - "So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."

E. Pray Prayers of Forgiveness
Forgive your mother, your father, your son, your daughter. Forgiveness is the master key that unlocks the prison door to a heart of stone. Through forgiveness comes a place of identification. The model prayer of Jesus is not an individual prayer. It is a corporate prayer.

 

Matthew 6:9-15 - "Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.)'"

F. Pray for Laborers to Be Released to Your Loved Ones

 

Matthew 9:38 - "Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."

G. Pray for a Revelation of Eternity
Ask the Lord to give them an awareness of the realities of both Heaven and Hell. Ask the Lord to reveal that none are righteous and that we each need to receive the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus!


H. Resist the Enemy
Pray to break the powers of darkness that are generationally hindering your loved ones from the saving power of Jesus' Blood.


I. Solicit Other People's Prayers
Enroll others on your team of intercessors to pray for your family.

 

Ephesians 6:19-20 - "...and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."
2 Corinthians 1:11
 - "...you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed upon us through the prayers of many."

J. Revelation of God's Love
Ask for God's love to overwhelm them. (Don't pray for bad things to happen to them.)

 

1. Romans 2:4 - "Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and (forbearance) and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?"
2. 
Romans 12:1419
 - "Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not...Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord."

 

EXPECT GREAT THINGS! Let revival begin. Release your faith and believe the Lord for more of His presence to come to your family. Stand as a Prophet, Priest, and King of your family before the Lord and your own home and family for the glory of God's great name.

PRAYER OF SALVATION FOR FAMILY MEMBERS:


Lord, I bring my family members to You right now.
I bless them in Jesus' great name. I call forth that You soften their hearts and release the spirit of conviction upon them.
I pray that You reveal the goodness of God to them and draw them to repentance.
Release laborers across their path that will move in power and kindness.
Release demonstrations of Your love to them for Your holy name's sake.
I pray myfamily members into God's eternal family, in Jesus' name! Amen

 

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Possessing The Kingdom Through Action

 God has already "granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness" so that "you may become partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:3-4). 

The Bible says that we "grow up into salvation" in the same way we should grow to be responsible adults (1 Peter 2:2). Therefore, our experience of the FULLNESS of all that is available in Christ should be growing as well.

There are reasons why some grow into "all things" more quickly than others:


First, they know that they have nothing without God (see 1 Chronicles 29:14).

Second, they are assured in their hearts that "all things" have already been granted to them by God because He wants them to "become partakers of the divine nature" through Christ.

Third, they have learned how to receive of His increase.


TWO GREEK WORDS USED FOR "RECEIVE"


"...What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?" - 1 Corinthians 4:7

It is very easy to assume, based on this Scripture, a mentality that whatever God gives us we will automatically and unintentionally receive. However, we must understand what it really means to receive, Biblically. There are two Greek words used in the New Testament which are translated "receive," and yet they have very different implications.


The first word is "dechomai" (dekh'-om-ahee) and the second is "lambano" (lam-bah'-no).


PASSIVE vs. ACTIVE AGRESSIVE Receiving:

With a little research, we find that "dechomai" speaks of receiving in a passive way.It is a passive verb which indicates receiving in the sense of welcoming and accepting.


"Lambano" is a completely different way of receiving and understanding.

"Lambano" is an active aggressive verb which indicates receiving INTO ACTION or taking possession through ACTION.


"And Simon answered, 'Master, we toiled all night [trying to catch fish] and took [lambano] nothing! But at Your word I will let down the nets.'" - Luke 5:5


"When He [Jesus] was at table with them, He took [lambano] the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them." - Luke 24:30

Fishermen do not expect fish to jump out of the water and directly in into their boat. They know they must "lambano" the fish, taking them into possession through some kind of action. In the same way, Jesus reached out to lambano the bread, receiving it unto Himself through action.


DO YOU "LAMBANO"?


"For everyone who asks receives [lambano], and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." - Luke 11:10

Perhaps you were led to believe that you should ask of God and then wait for the answer to fall on you at the right time, as if you were expecting Him to throw a glass of water at you, if He felt like it. However, this scripture says that everyone who asks must take action to receive it. Everyone who asks must "lambano" the answer from God, who is not only willing now but is also waiting for us to do so.


God holds out provision to us, making it available to all who are in Christ. Then He tells us topray the prayer of faith for it, asking and expecting in agreement with what He's already demonstrated is His will through Christ.

Then we must reach out and take what He is offering in order to receive it.


God assures us in His Word of His unchanging desire to answer our prayers, and yet He wants us to come asking earnestly, persistently, boldly, and expectantly. Our receiving from God is not meant to be a passive act. God wants to interact with us. There must be action in both His giving and our receiving.


If you received Christ as your Savior and the sacrifice for your sins, then you do understand how to "lambano". Everything you receive from God comes exactly the same way: by grace through faith – reaching out to take hold of what He is freely offering. Not a single person has ever received Christ any other way. God acts and we respond. God initiates and we cooperate.


INTENTIONAL RECEIVING


...What do you have that you did not [lambano]? If then you [lambano] it, why do you boast as if you did not [lambano] it? 1 Corinthians 4:7

In other words, nothing that you've received from God was automatically and unintentionally received into your experience, so why boast as if you don't know why God apparently gave you more favor than anyone else who is in Christ? Instead of boasting, you should teach others how to "lambano"!


"As each has received [lambano] a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace..." - 1 Peter 4:10

This verse gives us permission, and responsibility as good stewards, to use what we lambano from God to serve one another. In doing so, it also illustrates a key on how to lambano. When it says "as," -- it means "in the same way." In the same way you take a glass of water to receive it, you intentionally take God's gifts and use them to serve each other, as good stewards would. So, in the same way, we take all things pertaining to life and godliness through intentional and cooperating action, putting them to use. In other words, do something in expectation that you have taken hold of what you reached out for. Receive it into action!


"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received [lambano] it, and it will be yours." - Mark 11:24

This literally means, "Whatever you ask in prayer, lambano it by faith, and it will be yours." Receive it by taking it! The Biblical act of receiving looks like the intentional action of taking. No one takes hold of something all the while wondering if they really have a hold on it. They take hold of it and know that they have it as they are receiving it to themselves. They reach out, grab it, and pull it in. That's how you receive from God.


GOOD STEWARDS OF GRACE


"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me." - 1 Corinthians 15:10

It is only by the grace of God that we have anything, and yet it is by the action of faith that we make it ours in experience. The grace of God requires our cooperation in order for it to have its full effect in our lives. The Apostle Paul spoke of this very clearly, even implying that God's grace could have been released and available for him in vain if he had not cooperated with it.

 

In the same way you receive a gift, use it -- 1 Peter 4:10 gives you permission to "lambano" a gift from God with the intention of serving others. In fact, doing so makes you a good steward of His fully available and varied grace. When someone needs something, you have access to a warehouse full of "all things pertaining to life and godliness" – all available for the taking. A good steward uses what God has entrusted to their care and produces increase from it (seeMatthew 25:14-30). This is part of the work that God gives us to do, and by doing it, God is glorified (see John 17:4).

 

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DEEDS, CLAIMS, AND PROMISES OF JESUS - 8 (OF 11)

 Read John Chap. 8 and Matthew Chap. 13


Have the class (or individual) read aloud each of the ascribed scriptures. Then dictate the indicated summary. The student is to recite the summary of each of the scriptures 5 times per day until the next class.


II Tim 3:15-17; All scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit and not the reasoning of man.


Col 1:13-16; All things are created by Jesus and for Jesus.


Lev 17:11; Heb 9:22; A life must be given and blood shed in order for God to forgive sin.


Matt 26:27-28; Eph 1:5-7; We are made right with God through Jesus’ one-time sacrifice.


John 3:35-36; Eternal life is promised to those who believe in Jesus.


Mark 13:31; All Jesus says will be fulfilled.


HOMEWORK:

JOHN - CHAPTER 8 - QUIZ

1. Jesus told the woman caught in adultery that He did not 
_________her and for her to go and _______no more.


2. Jesus said: I am the ___________of the world; He that
follows me shall not walk in___________, but shall have the
_____________of __________________.


3. Jesus told the Pharisees that they shall _____________
in the sins because they did not believe that he was the
___________________. (John 1:41)


4. Jesus said: Verily, verily I say unto you if a man keep my 
words, he shall never see _____________________.


5. Jesus said: Whosoever commiteth___________is a 
servant of ___________________.


6. Jesus said to the Pharisees: Verily, verily I say unto you 
before Abraham was _________________.

 


MATTHEW - CHAPTER 13 - QUIZ

1. The peoples heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull 
of hearing, and their eyes _____________have closed.


2. He that soweth the good seed is_________________;
the field is _____________; the good seed are the children
of the kingdom; but the _____________are the children of 
the wicked one.


3. I will open my mouth in _____________________; I will
utter things which have _____________from the foundation
of the world. (Psalm 78:2)


4. The Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant who had found 
one pearl of great price, went out and sold ______________
that he had, and ________________it.


5. When Jesus came into His own country they were
_______________at Him; and He did not many mighty
works because of their______________.

 

 

JOHN - CHAPTER 8 - QUIZ ANSWERS

1. Condemn, sin

2. Light, darkness, light, life

3. Die, Messiah 

4. Death 

5. Sin, sin 

6. I Am


MATTHEW - CHAPTER 13 - QUIZ ANSWERS

1. They

2. The Son of Man, the world, tares

3. Parables, kept secret

4. All, bought

5. Offended, unbelief

 

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Making Revelation Reality

 Man was created to be inhabited by God through His Spirit.  With a sincere devotion to God through the Holy Spirit, people can live in a place of overflow in His presence.


God desires our revelation to become reality. The things that He has given us in our dreams He desires to make manifest in our lives. We have been given the ability to determine the path that we will travel through the our actions and the words of our mouth.


REVELATION TO REALITY THROUGH DECREEING


James 3:4 "Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires."

James speaks of our tongues being like the rudder of a ship. As small as the tongue is, it has great control of where we end up. If we can learn to bring what we say under the influence of the Holy Spirit, good, eternal fruit will come of it.


SEASON OF PRUNING


Many have been in a season of pruning so that they may be even more fruitful in the next season. Pruning is not pleasant in the beginning, but later it yields a greater increase of fruit.

"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." - John 15:2


During the season of pruning it is all the more important to keep integrity in what we do and say. We need to "Hold our rudder in right position" and "Stay the course." Even now promises are being possessed and there is more to come. As we experience a gradual increase in promises being possessed it will propel us into an remarkable season where doors will fly open to an abundant possession of promises.


BE ACTIVATED


This is a great time to be activated in the spirit. This means that we see opportunities at every turn. There are opportunities to demonstrate God's love to people. Don't assume that everyone has heard the truth of the Gospel or has experienced "His life". Take time to share the life of God with others.

God wants us to expand beyond the borders we have preconceived in our natural mind.


Don't say, "I can't do this" or "That is not me", because God wants to put something new in you. God continually "adds to us" things that would not be our "natural inclination".


2 Corinthians 5:18-19 "Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation."


Do you realize that we are all ministers of the Gospel? The pulpit is just one very small outlet of ministry.
Jesus did close to 99% of His ministry outside the walls of a building. The five-fold ministry is just to get the saints equipped to go out into the world.


PULL HEAVEN'S REVELATION INTO REALITY


God is continually giving us inner vision to encourage us to believe and DECREE these things into existence. Take time every day to "pull down" those inner visions that God has given to you.


Luke 11:2 - So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in Heaven, Holy is Your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven..."


If God has shown you an inner vision, enter into worship and thanksgiving with DECREES –pulling down that vision and combining it with actions that will activate it. It is our part to make revelation reality in the earth.

 

 

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Hidden In His Cross - Meditations

 Luke 9:23 - "If anyone wishes to come after Me; he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me."

 

When the Cross is alive, it burns up the flesh – dreams of the flesh, ambitions of the flesh – all of the flesh.

 

All of the flesh it consumes. It consumed man's flesh beyond recognition, and so it is with His own. So when the Father looks down, He sees the reflection of His Son, and then there becomes recognition.

 

Let the Cross have its work. Let the grave contain what is causing death, but let the Spirit quicken what is life.

 

Thank Him for the Cross; for the work of the Cross. For we are a people of His Cross -- you are marked by My Cross. 
Cast not away the Blood of Jesus. Let the Blood consume. Let the Blood be the fuel for the fire of the Cross.

 

Let the Spirit of the Living God consume the flesh, so that in His Spirit you will live and move and have your being, but first there must be the working of the Cross.

 

And as His Cross becomes your cross, know He has hidden you in His Cross. For your cross is within His Cross, and the enemy cannot beat you with your cross when you bow down and let the working of His Cross take precedence.

 

Feel His Cross. Feel His Blood. It is real. It is truth. He is alive forevermore, and so are you. Your spirit is eternal. Let your spirit be free to mature through the working of the Cross. For, yes, there is death, but more importantly, there is the life of the Cross.

 

Let His Cross consume you. Let His grave clothes transform you. Let His robes of righteousness transfuse you, through the Blood of the Cross.



ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY

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GOING BEYOND OUR ABILITIES

 "And a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His miracles which He did on them that were diseased." John 6:2

When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food. But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. YOU give them something to eat." Matthew 14:15-16

 

FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISHES


Philip would have sent these to the fast-food restaurant in the next village. Andrew remarked about a "lad" who had some food, but he only had "five loaves and two fishes."
Jesus had told the disciples to feed all who were hungry.

Immediately, these disciples began to express the reasons why they were unable to do so, saying that they did not have adequate resources. It is very important to recognize that Jesus already knew that they did not have the means to feed this multitude.


"And this He said to prove him: for He Himself knew what He would do." John 6:6

The Lord often asks us to go beyond our abilities. Our usual response is to express our limitations, not realizing that Jesus is asking us to place our limited ability in His hand, so He can multiply it.


Therefore, concerning these five loaves and two fishes, Jesus said:
"Bring them here to Me." Matthew 14:18

Once the limited resources of the disciples were placed in His hands, Jesus multiplied them, and the multitude was fed to the full.

 

A HIGHER REALM OF IDENTIFICATION WITH HIM


This was perhaps the best meal this multitude had ever eaten. But several hours later, they were back asking for a repeat performance. Jesus refused and brought a word of correction. He told them to seek their satisfaction on an HIGHER LEVEL. 
Then Jesus offered His very life for them to partake of:

"I am the living bread which came down from Heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." John 6:51


They had gladly received the miracle of multiplication on the lower level of experience, but rejected the higher realm of identification with Him.
"The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us His flesh to eat?" John 6:52
If we are perceptive, we will discover that this spiritual principle is in operation in our lives at this present time. Whenever the Lord moves on us in any measure of provision or healing, it is His intention to take us further, 
into a higher realm of identification with Him.


Jesus was looking forward to the time when He would stand at the door of our heart, knocking, in order to gain entrance that He might sup with us, and we in turn with Him, in which we partake of His very life and blood.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20

 

PARTAKING OF HIS LIFE


When He fed the multitude on the lower level, they sought to take Him by force to make Him their King. But on the higher level, they rejected Him. Therefore, Jesus stands alone at the door, speaking to whomever will respond (if anyone hears).


Today, all too many Christians are satisfied to remain in the first area of spiritual blessing and provision, and are not seeking to enter into a personal relationship with the Lord, to discover His CALLING on their life.


There is a depth in spiritual revelation and understanding into which the Lord desires to bring us, which involves a partaking of His very life (our DESTINY in Christ). This will bring us into an identity with Jesus in the "fellowship of His sufferings," which refers to His (and our) being rejected and misunderstood, but leads to a depth of satisfaction and fulfillment that only those who partake can understand God's PURPOSE for their life.


"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death." Philippians 3:10

 

EATING HIS FLESH


There are many who will respond when the blessings are flowing, but when it comes time to "eat His flesh," (PARTAKE OF HIS LIFE) they say, "This is a hard saying, who can hear it?" and they disappear.


The Lord is speaking of our partaking of the foundational characteristic of His life – that of His ministry and giving His life for another. Many will receive the blessings that He offers, but few will identify with His sufferings.
The purpose of this revelation of Jesus to us, as being a person with feelings, is to bring us into the experience of personally knowing Him, that we might be able to identify with Him in the giving of His life to others.


In this last hour, the Lord is yet seeking those who are willing to go beyond the surface blessings, to enter into the place of identification with Him in the "fellowship of His sufferings."

Here, in intimate, deep communion with Jesus, we will begin to partake of an intercessory identification with Him, in which His life can now be lived and made known through our lives.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY

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