Day 21 September 28th 2014

Time for Harvest Luke 10:2

Since Noah and his family came out of the ark, the process of seedtime and harvest is guaranteed in the word. Unfortunately we have tended to apply this primarily to the area of finances but this irrevocable principle applies to every part of our existence.  We sow, water and tend, God adds the increase and we reap!

Harvest, in God’s mind, is a verb – a doing or action word.  In the Bible mostly is means ‘the act of reaping’We have used it as a noun – a thing to be had at our own whim.  Jesus states here that its laborers that are the issue – not the harvest.

One of the marks of a Spirit filled and Spirit led church should be a harvest.  The first outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the New Testament Church came on the day of Pentecost – the celebration of the beginning of the harvest on the Jewish calendar.

The Harvest is:

  1. A place of provision.  This means there will be enough to fill the barn, seed to sow for the next crop and share some of the harvest with others.
  2. A place of hard work and great emotion. The sower didn’t just skip through the field tossing seed out to the wind. The harvest didn’t simply stroll through the fields and fill his basket.  It was hard, hot, back breaking work.
  3. A place of fulfilment. You don’t reap a great harvest by just sowing one or two seeds!  If you require God to be faithful to you, be faithful to him – especially when it is difficult to do so.

There is no historical precedent for the harvests that God wants His church to go out and bring in.  This one is HISTORY MAKING. ‘‘The days are coming,” declares the LORD, ‘‘when the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman and the planter by the one treading grapes.

This is a Supernatural season but will require a response from us.

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Day 20 September 27th 2014

On earth as it is in Heaven Isaiah 64:1-4

God is releasing the order of heaven on the earth.  This is the foundation of prayer – “…Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”  This realm between heaven and earth was bridged by Jesus on the cross so we would have access to the Throne of God.  In fact, this bridge was seen by Jacob in his dream and Jesus later affirmed that what Jacob saw was the Messiah. John 1:51

One of the biggest problems in the church is that we are striving more for success or position than His Presence and His will.  This is satan’s original sin – I will exalt my throne above the Throne of God.  In heaven, success is not based on our position – the elders give up their position (thrones).  Success is in being in His Presence.

And that’s why Jesus came and preached the Kingdom of God.  The manifest power of His presence would be brought to bear as we “seek first” His Kingdom.  As Kingdom people, we need to quit asking for what they want and start asking for what His Kingdom requires.  He responds to that kind of prayer by tearing open the heavens to get His Kingdom to come to us.

The problem is that too many are living subject to the order of this earth. We need to get back to the Divine order of His will on earth as it is in Heaven.  When this happens, it is an irresistible manifestation of His presence. It goes beyond what the carnal man could comprehend. Natural resistance is melted away at His awesomeness!  The longing and deepest desires of our heart begins to come to pass as He tears the heavens open and reveals Himself to us.

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Day 19 September 26th 2014

A Spirit Set Free Matthew 11:28-30

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.   Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”   (Message Bible)

There is a difference between a “free spirit” and a spirit that has been set free. One wants to do whatever they want without consequence.  The other understands that while we may make certain choices, there will be negative consequences for the wrong choice.

Jesus ministry was all about living free. He used the picture of oxen yoked together to do their work.  They could not go in any direction they wanted.  They were forced to walk in step with each other at the command of the one driving the cart or plow!  If one ox was larger than the other or had a different gait, the rhythm was forced and considerably more work!  This was meant to illustrate the pharisaical bondage to the letter of the law.

“The unforced rhythm of grace” is the perfect phrase to show what it is like to walk with Jesus.  Instead of a heavy yoke bringing bondage, He puts his gentle arms around us and teaches us to walk with Him. He won’t take us faster than we can handle nor will He try to make us do something that is “ill-fitting”.

The Apostle Paul takes up this thought in Galatians 5:1.  The reason Christ set us free is SO WE CAN BE FREE!  So don’t do things that are going to place you back in that heavy yoke.  True freedom starts with the miracle of a transformed heart. A heart that is made pure through the blood of Jesus Christ cannot be bound because the things that condemn it to bondage have been washed away!

You have the choice to live enslaved to religion or free in Christ. The Pharisees kept people entangled by a set of laws – all but 10 of them were man made! Christ came to reverse that.  The ability to live free in Him and for His purposes is not a difficult place to find and in which to live.

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Day 18 September 25th 2014

The Cup of Blessing 1 Corinthians 10:16

There were usually 4 cups of wine used in the Passover meal. These four cups stand for the four “I wills” that are recorded in Exodus 6:6-7.  It is the third cup to which Paul refers in this verse – also called the cup of redemption. It is a celebration of God’s promise that He will redeem us.  The Jews used this cup to symbolize the blood of the Passover Lamb. How significant that this is where Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

His sacrifice was for the cleansing of our sin and making us fit for intimacy with God.  In the old covenant, when the person would bring a sin offering, the priest would NOT examine the man.  He would examine the sacrificial LAMB and if the lamb was worthy the person could be forgiven.

Jesus is the Lamb of God.  When we come to the table the Father examines the Heavenly Lamb and proclaims us “forgiven”.  It is NEVER based upon our worthiness

To forgive others is to allow the work and love of Christ to wash away our anger and resentment at what has been done to us. When we forgive others it affirms their value to us – we declare they are much more important to us than the offense.  We reach beyond the offense to the person – JUST LIKE CHRIST DID FOR US!  The GRACE of God is manifested in that moment and sets us free.

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Day 17 September 24th 2014

Culture versus Kingdom Matthew 6:31-33

Many believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture.  This has resulted in many beliefs, doctrines and practices prevalent in the church that are not in accord with the clear teaching of the Kingdom paradigm of Scripture.

The following are some of the contrasts between Western Cultural Christianity and Biblical/Kingdom Christianity:

1.  Western Cultural Christianity focuses on individual destiny. The Kingdom focuses on the reign of Christ over the nations.

2.  Western Cultural Christianity focuses on individual prosperity. The Kingdom focuses on stewardship.

Much of Western preaching today focuses on “our rights in Christ” to be blessed. In Scripture the emphasis has to do with being blessed by God in order to be a blessing by bringing God’s covenant to the Earth.

3.  Western Cultural Christianity appeals to using faith to attain stability and comfort. The Kingdom encourages believers to use faith to step out to spread the Gospel.

4.  The Western Cultural apologetic focuses on human reason. The Kingdom apologetic focuses on the power of God.

We have been taught to defend the faith utilizing scientific, archaeological and linguistic proofs to validate the historic accuracy of the Scriptures. In the Bible we see the prophets, apostles and Jesus based their message on the anointing, authority and reliability of God.

5.  Western Cultural Christianity promotes a culture of entertainment. The Kingdom promotes the pursuit of God.

We are often catering to an obsession with entertainment and visceral experiences, instead of cultural engagement and personal intimacy with God.

6.  Western Cultural Christianity is about efficiency. The Kingdom is about effectiveness.

The whole point of being part of the “Body of Christ” is not to see how much we can pack into the shortest amount of time in a building but about being effectively equipped to take the Gospel to the world!

Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God… because often the culture cannot meet the needs! Learn to be more culturally relevant than culturally driven!

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Day 16 September 23rd 2014

Signs and Wonders Mark 16:17

Hollywood loves all things supernatural – from zombies, vampires and ghosts to superhero movies – Superman, Batman, the Hulk, Dare Devil, Spiderman; the Flash…  In all these movies people have been touched by special power to make them “more than human” – some touched by goodness others by darkness.

The Bible also has super heroes!  We don’t call them super heroes; we refer to them as men and women of God.  He took normal ordinary people with natural gifts, talent and ability and super charged them so they did exploits beyond their own ability. This was the work of the Holy Spirit.

The modern church has tended to ignore the power of the Holy Spirit or down play the importance of His ministry.  But the Bible declares the Holy Spirit is God. The impact He has on people is awesome and makes natural people supernatural – He comes upon/fills ordinary people and makes them extra ordinary.

Acts 2 saw the release of a fresh dimension of the supernatural into the natural realm. What was once the experience of a “few” people as the Holy Spirit came upon them, is now accessible to EVERY believer.

Operating in signs and wonders:

  1. Signifies the release of the power of God into the earthly realm
  2. Results in the release of thanksgiving, praise and worship to God
  3. Celebrates the release of provision from God
  4. Releases supernatural revelation to the natural mind

Allow God into your life – decide to surrender to His will and power in and through you today. Humble yourself before the mighty hand of God and invite His Holy Spirit to fill you – to add His “Super” to your natural.

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Day 15 September 22nd 2014

Keys to Restoration – Coming through the Wilderness Job 42:10

Testing/trials/wilderness experiences are common to all people.  Job is the most classic example of someone who faced trials/testing and came through.  These experiences are NOT about how good or bad, righteous or unrighteous you are or have been. They are about PROVING something.  God already knows – He wants you to know. Through the situation Job learned and grew in his revelation of the greatness of God. Eventually he was able to say, “I have heard of You with my ears but now my eyes see You!”

Many times you hear people talk about their wilderness experiences.  Maybe we need to understand these times more fully from Gods perspective to appreciate the value of them. They are a proving ground!

Moses and the children of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness. This was not just to wait for the end of an unbelieving generation, it was to give birth to a new generation of believers.

The problem with traditional understanding of wilderness experiences, is that it is a “nothing” time. But it is more like being pregnant – it’s not wasted time – it is FORMING something within you.  That something has been conceived in the mind of God since before time began and He needs you to carry that to full term and bring it to birth at the right time!

Jesus submitted to the wilderness experience and He came out in the power of the Holy Spirit! Paul had a God encounter on the road to Damascus and heard God speak to him then went out to the desert for 13 years. He came out and wrote over half the New Testament. Deal with weaknesses and failures in the wilderness then come out and live the life for which you were saved.

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Day 14 September 21st 2014

Keys to Restoration – Repentance Jeremiah 15:19

Spiritual change implies a return to God. The term repent, signifies “to have another mind,” to change the opinion or purpose with regard to sin and set a right course.  Religion has presented grief over sin rather than abandonment of sin as the primary idea of New Testament repentance. The change wrought by Biblical repentance is so deep and radical that is has an effect on the whole spiritual nature and involves the entire personality.

The story of the prodigal son is a classic example of the process of repentance and the restoration it brings.  Instead of using his portion of the inheritance to prepare for his bride, the son went to a far distant country (as opposed to the closeness of a portion of his Fathers property) and wasted it. When hard times came – as they inevitably do – he was all alone.

Greek philosophy equated redemption with the concept of coming to senses – which is what he did –  but Biblical repentance takes it further.  It requires a response:

  1. Recognition of the condition or need
  2. Decision to make a change
  3. Action that “puts feet” to the decision
  4. Confession of the failure/sin and need for salvation/redemption/restoration

When he had done this, not only did he find the father waiting for him but he found forgiveness and complete restoration.  It is a sloppy, false gospel that promises salvation and restoration without repentance and confession.

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Day 13 September 20th 2014

Keys to Restoration Acts 3:21

The Greek word for restoration (a noun) in this verse occurs only in this one time in the New Testament.  It signifies a return to original condition as in a broken limb being restored to its right placement in full health and strength. The verb from which it is derived occurs eight times and refers to healing, setting things in order and completion.

Scripture promises restoration for the people of God.  Things that have been lost, stolen or as yet unfulfilled – everything God has promised for our lives – He has promised to restore.  But restoration takes time.  Life is not ½ hour sitcom; 1 hour drama; 2 hour movie.  Most of our issues don’t get resolved by some “romantic” fictional storyline or scriptwriter.

For the believer, though, the script has been written by the Perfect Writer – the One who knows the end from the beginning.  The promise is that all things that were spoken by the mouths of the holy (God inspired) prophets since the beginning of time, will be restored.

Pray that every encounter, every touch, every word and every action will bring and minister restoration of Gods promises to you and those around you.  Be an agent of restoration through the power of God.

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Day 12 September 19th 2014

A complete work 1 Peter 2:24

As we have already seen, Jesus sacrifice and death on the cross was more than just symbolic. i.e. He was not just the symbol of the necessary sacrifice, He WAS the sacrifice.  He took our sins, sorrow, and diseases on HIMSELF.  He did not send an animal as a substitution this time.  The blood of bulls and goats had to be offered each year because the shedding of their blood would NEVER completely satisfy the penalty for our sin!

A perfect sacrifice was needed to accomplish a complete work! There could be no other than the Son of God Himself – the spotless Lamb. In fact, so complete is the work that Jesus did on the cross, that the concept conveyed in the Greek literally means to be separated from our sin so that it no longer influences our standing with God.  Where once sin was our master, now we are to be ruled by righteousness because of what Jesus suffered on our behalf.

Healing is inherent in the finished work of Calvary! The phrase, “by His stripes we are healed” is a very graphic picture in the original language.  Peter was there when Jesus was scourged and he saw the welts came up and the skin break and bleed as the whip came down across His back.   The effects of sickness and disease would be reversed because of what He took on Himself that day.

Hebrews 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high

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