Civil War in America??

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Benjamin’s thoughts January 22, 2012 to November 7, 2012

Civil War

There is a civil war in this nation that is being fought in our courts, churches, public schools, offices, over the radio and internet, on campuses and sadly in families—over the issue of God’s morality vs. man’s—God wants to bring healing and unite us. We have taken sides against one another just as we did before The American Civil War (1861–1865).

I believe the book of Joel serves as a plum line for God’s redemptive strategy. It shows us that God’s way is RIGHTEOUS and leads to repentance; if we do not listen then His progressive mercy is released as judgment upon the Land in order to turn our hearts to truth.

Our country’s past civil war shows the picture of what is happening today. The Civil War was fought because of the innocent blood shed of the native and African Americans; their blood was the counterbalance, which pulled our nation into civil war. At Appomattox General Lee laid down his life, humbled himself, and walked up the steps to sign the treaty with General Grant—bringing PEACE—uniting the nation once again.

Today, the blood shed of abortion and many other forms of wickedness—have divided our nation, and we are at war with one another. Our words, against each other, are destroying the very fabric of this nation. And like our past civil war, time has run its course and Heaven is waiting for us to respond. What will we choose, Mercy or Judgment? Either we turn to God and cry out for the blood of Jesus to cover us; or we face the judgment of God and blood is required (Genesis 9:5-7).

Today, President Obama has the chance to become like Lincoln in this generation and unite America once again—at the Cross of Christ. I believe, if we do not repent, and turn to the Lord—asking for the Blood of Jesus to free us and wash over this land—we will see more “Joplins”, we will see “the shoot heard round the world” (gunfire between races; camera shoots escalating unto riots). AND, in the civil war blood was required…what if this time our sons’ and daughters’ blood will be shed, but this time on foreign soils–in WAR!

Lent and Levite: Uniting the nation under God—Obadiah shouts

There is increased pressure on the apple of God’s eye, Israel, but wisdom can be found, in the book of Obadiah as the force of reconciliation in this season. Two Jewish brothers fought, separated, and within their lifetime were reconciled: Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Edom/today part of modern day Jordan). Obadiah shines light that their reconciliation was short lived and Edom sinned against the God of Israel by idly watching, rejoicing and mocking Israel’s suffering. The Lord ends the book with a precedent, from the Highest Court, that is still applicable; Turn to Him, and acknowledge His ways by embracing Israel—or a nation will face “the day of the Lord”—“as you have done it will be done unto you”.

God desires that none would perish but all would come to repentance—Jew and Gentile reconciled unto one new man—in Christ Jesus. Today He is inviting “Lent” and “Levite” Believers together to pray for Peace in the Middle East. “Lent” are those persons that would prepare before hand to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. “Levites” are Israeli Jews that believe in Jesus, serving Him day and night. God is asking that we help bring reconciliation like John Paul II when he left a note of prayer in that wailing wall in Jerusalem, “We are deeply saddened by the behaviour of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and asking your forgiveness we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant.”

Our Nation is torn and in a civil war of strife and debate over the issues of LIFE and DEATH. God the Reconciler wants to bring, Joel 2 solemn assemblies—bringing Peace in the Middle East and uniting our Nation under God. He wants us to do this by: displaying the testimony of Jesus in His reconciliation story between “Lent” and “Levite” and gathering the largest prayer force (across denominational and party lines) and reigniting the September 23, 1857 NYC noon Marketplace Prayer meetings—to pray for our President and nation to turn back to God; the prayer for Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, to be embraced in America. This is what will unite our nation, helping us to stand against the false reconciliation movement, which is fast upon us.

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Group #1 Fierce love of the Father

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“God likes me” team member sharing the LOVE of the Father at Gay Games

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this page is designed to be on the front side of the paper, and gives the “why” behind the what; this is the group of 3 questions (accountability group) after you meet with your large group. 

THE LOVE OF FATHER
MEDIATION – PRAYER – ENCOUTNER GOD – HOLINESS

GOALS GROUP OF 3
1. Personal growth and accountability – 1st commandment growth so that you can do the 2nd commandment.
2. Serving brothers and sisters – others praying and serving another into the fullness of their calling.
3. Freedom from sin – sharing wisdom, being there, keeping other accountable, praying and fasting until your holy brother or sister has freedom.
4. Disciplines – walk forth in the disciplines with right motives.
5. Personal Prayer and fasting – cultivating a lifestyle of prayer and fasting, keeping each other accountable helps us do it!!

PERSONAL GROWTH AND ACCOUNTABILITY
A cord of 3 strains is not easily broken (Eccl. 4:12). Therefore, it is important that we gather in threes and strengthen each other. We strengthen each other to grow in the 1st commandment so that we can do the 2nd commandment. Our job is to allow God to move in our lives by the power of, His Word and Spirit, and through the encouragement of our brothers and sisters.

We do this by gathering once a week, strengthening and challenging each other. This time does not need to be longer than 20 minutes and can easily be finished in a lunch break once a week. This time is there to help each other grow in the Love and Knowledge of God so that you can live out the fullness of the 1st commandment.

Each member should take a moment to share how they have grown in the to Love God (as from the meditation in holy Club last session) and be loved by God more this week. We start off each session by asking the questions from the “Group of 3 Questions”.

WEEKLY QUESTIONS FOR GROUP OF 3
1. Fierce LOVE of the Father; For God so loved the world that He sacrificed His Son (John 3:16); cause you to grow in the first commandment to love God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength?
2. Are you doing the disciplines that you agreed to?
3. What do you think about using the Name of God in vain?

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this page is designed to be on the back side of a double sided sheet of paper

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

ENCOUNTER GOD: FIRST read the scripture over slowly. SECOND, close your eyes, Go to God, ask for the Holy Spirit to teach you all things, Let Him guide you to the Truth. THIRD, say the scripture slowly pausing FOR GOD TO REVEAL HIMSELF—to reveal TRUTH. FORTH, answer the questions accordingly. REMEMBER TALK TO GOD, NOT JUST ABOUT HIM.

What does this scripture show me about who YOU (God) are? (text with God in space provided here)

What does this scripture show me about what YOU (God) think about me? (text with God in space provided here)

How then shall I pray/obey? (text with God in space provided here)

Holiness! Part 2 “Hollywood’s light” vs. “THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD”

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But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.

If therefore the light that is in you is darkness,

how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:23)

The greatest pleasures available to the human spirit are spiritual pleasures that come to us when God reveals God to our spirit. This exhilarates our spirit at the deepest levels. We are set free from the inferior pleasures of sin by experiencing the superior pleasures of the beauty and majesty of Jesus. And we discern to superior pleasure of God as the Holy Spirit brings revelation.

The Spirit discerns the deep things of the Father’s heart and mind, including the delight He feels for Jesus, the saints, and His kingdom. The Spirit helps us feel some of what the Father feels. Paul taught, “The Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God…12We have received…the Spirit…that we might know the things that have been freely given to us. (1 Cor. 2:10-12).

 

We are made to understand the knowledge of who God is and what He thinks and feels about us. However we can’t do this without the Holy Spirit’s help. Therefore we have to set our hearts to Encounter the Holy Spirit so that He can teach us all things and revel God to us.

The Spirit escorts us on a divine treasure hunt into the beauty of Jesus. He takes the things that Jesus is thinking and feeling and reveals them to us. This is divine entertainment at its highest—Hollywood can’t ever match this. Jesus, in speaking of the Holy Spirit said, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (Jn. 16:14).

God releases small “measures” of insight and inspiration from the Word of God, which tenderize our spirit for a few moments. These subtle “glimpses” of glory are to be a regular part of our relationship with God. Over time, these holy glimpses change us emotionally. This is the process of growing in holiness. We literally become what we behold.

The best way to overcome darkness is to turn on the light. No one seeks to remove the darkness in a room by opening a window to throw out buckets full of darkness. They simply turn on the light. The way for darkness to decrease in us is to focus on increasing the amount of light we enjoy. Jesus said. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”. (Jn. 1:5, RSV)

In the same way, we will not overcome the darkness of immorality, bitterness, and pride by focusing on it. We do not decrease the darkness in us by focusing on darkness (thinking, talking, watching or reading about darkness is the quickest way to increase darkness in us). We change our focus to become preoccupied with gaining more of the light of the superior pleasure of revelation of God. Shouting, talking, and staring at darkness can not make it go away. Only the light of day brings and end to the night.

Movies can be a fun way to enjoy time with one another. However, Hollywood, no matter how hard they try to sell “Bible” movies will not bring more light into our lives. Watching movies that are “not really bad” will not increase the light in us. Searching through the internet for hours to “just keep up with what’s going on” will not increase the light in our lives. We must learn to open our bibles, shut off all electronics, and talk to the LIGHT of the World. This is what David did.

***stay tuned to next time (Part 3) when we look into the life of David and see how we call can walk after a lifestyle of holiness… 

HOLINESS!! Part 1

 

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If this girl is happy to get a watermelon think how happy you will be whey you walk in “Holiness” HAPPY holiness

 

The Lord said, “be holy for I am Holy” (Leviticus 11:44, 45; 19:2; 20:7). The more we walk in holiness the greater our ability to walk in joy with Him.   Some understand holiness as a list of hard fast rules and exhausting self-denial, but the truth is that God’s holiness is the most pleasurable and exhilarating quality of life in existence. This is how God is on His Throne right now; He is Holy and Joyful. David understood this when He wrote, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11).

 

We get to walk forth in holiness. It is not a struggle but a joy that brings Godly pleasures, peace in our hearts, and liberty. The four living creatures are exploding with song as they gaze upon the holiness of God. Holiness leads to joy—Jesus is HOLY and He is happiest Man alive.

 

Jesus is the holiest man that lived. Why? Because He was about His Fathers business, He pursued the knowledge of God and was lead by the Holy Spirit.  John the Baptist was holy, and the angel Gabriel said that John’s ministry would, “have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth” (John 1:14). Jesus prayed, “…that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves” (John 17:13). We must set our life to know God, resist sin and satan, and pursue God and people so that we walk in happy holiness.

 

Holiness is not what we don’t do it is what we do! In order to walk forth in a life of holiness we must do two very important things: seek the superior pleasure of God, and we must set our hearts to 100 percent obedience.

 

In the midst of the escalating sin both now and in the end times, Jesus will bring His people to victory. He is returning for a Church that lives as a spotless prepared Bride that is fascinated with God and walking in His power (Rev. 19:7). When we gaze at Jesus’ beauty our body, soul and Spirit is empower to overcome even in the midst of the most lawless, demonic, and sexually perverted generation in history. Paul said “…that He [Jesus] might…cleanse her [the Church] with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:26-27).

 

We are made by God to interact with Himself and each other in a glourious way. For instance we have our minds to comprehend the majesty of God, and our hearts to feel the emotions of God. God wants us to interact with Him in a heavenly, and very real, earthly circumstances. Mike Bickle from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City shares about 7 longings that God created us to have.

 

LONGING #1: THE LONGING FOR THE ASSURANCE OF BEING ENJOYED BY GOD

9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you.” (Jn. 15:9)

We were created with a craving to be pursued, delighted in, and enjoyed, first by God and then by our loved ones. Understanding God’s affection for us is where we begin to live exhilarated by His love. There is a great difference between rebellion and spiritual immaturity (that sincerely seeks to obey God).

 

LONGING #2: THE LONGING TO BE FASCINATED

4 One thing I desired…all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD… (Ps. 27:4)

There is a craving in our spirit to be fascinated, to marvel, and be awestruck. The entertainment industry has identified this longing and exploited it to their profit—to the ruin of people. Without having a sense of awe we live aimlessly and spiritually bored. A spiritually bored Church is weak and vulnerable.

 

LONGING #3: THE LONGING TO BE BEAUTIFUL

3…to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning… (Isa. 61:3)

Every person longs to possess beauty and to feel beautiful. The beauty that God possesses is the very beauty that He imparts through redemption. His beauty is transferable to human beings through Jesus!

 

LONGING #4: THE LONGING TO BE GREAT

19“…whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:19)

We long to be successful. The great God created us with a desire for greatness. Jesus preached that we should strive for greatness. We were made for greatness and honor (Heb. 2:7). We cannot repent of this longing, only of pursuing it in a wrong way. Instead we must present this longing before God and ask that He teach us and cultivate our gifting so that we walk pure before Him.

 

LONGING #5: THE LONGING FOR INTIMACY WITHOUTSHAME

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant (Ps. 25:14).

We each long for intimacy without shame in knowing and being known before the Lord. Jesus shares the secrets of His heart with His people (Ps. 25:14), and we will share the secrets of our heart with Him. We desire a deep and personal loving relationship, and very seldom find that in relationship with others (no matter how God they are). We can have several, very deep and meaningful relationships. But we the longing for a deep, secret, relationship can only be satisfied by God.

 

LONGING #6: THE LONGING TO BE WHOLEHEARTED—FIRST COMMANDMENT

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’(Matt. 22:37)

We long to give our all to God with deep loyal love. He imparts to us the power to be passionate because He is a passionate God. We cannot function properly until we passionately give our heart to a Person and purpose beyond ourselves. If we don’t have something to die for, we have nothing to live for. Also we are always trying to give our self to something or someone in a wholehearted way. But we cannot give to people what is reserved only for God, and we cannot grow close to people without growing close to God. Only when we diligently work to grow in intimacy with Christ can we grow in fellowship with others (1 John 1:1-3).

 

LONGING #7: THE LONGING FOR SIGNIFICANCE—TO MAKE A LASTING IMPACT

We are desperate to live with meaning and to make a contribution that is significant to God so that He esteems and remembers it forever. This longing is satisfied by service that results in eternal impact and rewards. God designed us to long to make a difference in the lives of others.